The anti-Muslim hate in India is getting unbearable

Hate in India now packs courts and movie theatres—and my despair is giving way to fear. The dark forces seem more invincible than ever.

2022-03-30, Rana Ayyub

SRINAGAR, JAMMU AND KASHMIR, INDIA – 2022/03/18: A Kashmiri Muslim boy lights candles at the grave of his relative during the shab-e-barat festival. Shab-e-barat is a festival observed by Muslims between the 14th and 15th night of the 8th Islamic Month Sha’aban, who pray all night with the belief that God will decide everyone’s fortune on this night. Additionally, Twelver Shia Muslims commemorate the birthday of 12th Imam Muhammad al-Mahdi on this date. (Photo by Idrees Abbas/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The collective conscience of India is being altered beyond repair with hatred so potent that it even consumes the most seemingly unlikely people—like the elderly man who has arrived in a wheelchair at the theatre to watch “The Kashmir Files.”

Two weeks ago,  I gathered the courage to go watch the film against the advice of family and friends. “The Kashmir Files,” which portrays the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in the 1990s, has triggered anti-Muslim hate chants in theatres across India. 

As soon as I entered the theatre in Mumbai, the audience broke into “Bharat Mata ki jai” (Glory to India). The man in the wheelchair soon joins the chants of “Muslims are terrorists.”

I left before the movie even began. I tried again the next day. A group of teenagers sitting in the front row soon begin chanting “Glory to India,” a nationalist chant that has been repeatedly weaponized against Muslims. I was seated in the fourth row, between an expecting mother and an elderly uncle who spoke proudly about how history in India was being redeemed under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The film began and within 20 minutes there were disturbing frames of Muslims lusting after Hindu women and a Muslim neighbour betraying his Hindu friend to support terrorism. On the big screen, Muslim kids flaunt Kalashnikovs and insult Hindu deities. In one scene, a Muslim militant tells a Kashmiri Hindu who has worn an attire depicting a Hindu god that only those chanting “Allahu Akbar” will be allowed to flourish in Kashmir.

That’s when the audience starts chanting “Jai Shri Ram” (Glory to Lord Ram ). The teens in the front row whistle and start clapping at the slogans. Scenes of Muslims in skull caps brutally murdering Hindus draw painful gasps from the audience.

The expecting mother seated next to me turns to her husband: “These Muslims are born bastards.”

Unable to take the hate, I inform them that I am a Muslim and the language they are using was hate speech against my community. “Hate is what your religion teaches, not ours,” the woman responds. Others seated near us start cheering her statement and I leave the theatre, just 30 minutes into the movie, feeling humiliated and physically unsafe. A man yells at me “Ja Pakistan!” (Go to Pakistan!).

When I complain to a theatre manager about being heckled and abused, he gives me a blank look. The film has been a box-office hit. The theatres are packed. The Indian government has even given the film tax privileges, deeming it important for the well-being of the country. That means audiences can buy the tickets at cheaper rates.

The next day Modi meets the cast and crew of the film. In a televised speech, the prime minister mocks the criticism, saying “those who always carry the flag of freedom of expression, this entire group has been rattled these past 5-6 days.”

I’ve written before about the power these films have to stir nationalist fervour and Islamophobic hatred. It’s now a proven formula. But the record-breaking success of “The Kashmir Files” has taken the propaganda to a genocidal level. The film is dominating all discussions—the head of the government and large networks dedicate hours of programming to extolling the bravado in the film.

And even after failing to recover fully from the fear and humiliation I felt at the movie theatre, I have to deal with the news that a court in India’s Karnataka state is upholding a ban on the hijab. The ruling came after Muslim students challenged a ban on headscarves in some educational institutions in the state, calling it a violation of their rights. The state government, run by Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), argued that wearing a hijab is not an essential practice of Islam.

It’s at times like these that I usually try to take refuge in the words of Mahatma Gandhi, who wrote: “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall.” I once had great faith in these lines. But today, I do not.

Hate in India now packs courts and movie theatres—and my despair is giving way to fear. The dark forces seem more invincible than ever.

This column first appeared in the Washington Post on Wednesday morning.

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The Indian elites use the RSS/ BJP for their greed.

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The Indian elites use the RSS/ BJP for their own purposes, to further their evil, greedy agenda.


The Indian elites use the RSS/ BJP to further their evil, greedy politics → so they split the ethnic/ religious groups against each other until people are blinded by hatred of the other. Then they step in and rid the country of everything good in it, destroy the trust and the communities and the coming together and establish themselves as semi-gods or tyrants. Everyone will lose, Hindus or Muslims, Sikhs… everyone, nothing will be the same, this is another stage in akhiri zamān (The Latter Times) before the Mahdi pbuh will come and set things right….

So all this talk about having a ‘Hindu only country’, where Hindus are ”free” etc is a only a smokescreen to distract from their true intent and it does work with every simple-minded simpleton. This policy is from the rule book of dictators and tyrants, it’s really nothing new, especially in our times of the Iron Age.

If concious/ non-sleeping Hindus don’t step up to the plate, India will be lost in a dark pit, which is darker than anything seen in the past.
But Allah will help His faithful servants!

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