KAPIL MISHRA JOINS ANTI MUSLIM PROTEST, AMPLIFIES STIGMA IN GURUGRAM

Right-wing Hindu groups are protesting against a namaz ground used by Muslims in Sector 12A of Gurugram. Right-wing protesters have raised tents to perform a religious function, Govardhan Pooja to mobilize more people into joining. On Friday, November 5th, protesters chanted Goli maro saalon ko, Hindu ke gadaaron ko (Shoot the traitors of Hinduism)” in Sector 12A, a slogan used by Kapil Mishra during the anti-CAA protests in Delhi, which led to the anti Muslim pogrom in the Capital city last year. Govardhan Pooja conducted at the site, was attended by Kapil Mishra which encouraged participants to chant the anti Muslim slogan. 

 

Last week, officials revoked the permission to offer Jummah (Friday prayer) in 8 grounds out of the 37. The move was followed by weeks of protests from Hindu groups who were disrupting the prayers and intimidating the minority community, by playing religious songs and raising provocative hate slogans. Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti even said they ‘would stop the prayers themselves’ if authorities hadn’t canceled, inciting violence against Muslims. “We are ready for lathis [sticks], we are ready to go to jail. We won’t run if we are shot at, but this will not be tolerated”, a leader said. 

 

“Nobody has the right to shut down roads. This is not a part of any religion, nor can it be…Will you block the streets in Gurgaon? Will you block streets in Delhi? Blocking streets is not a part of religion, it is to block the country, facilities and the economy,” said Kapil Mishra, adding further, “If a local citizen – the resident of the area objects – then nobody has any constitutional rights to sit on the streets,” hinting at the stigma that Muslims are ‘outsiders’. 

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