Renowned rights activist and Chairman of the Kashmir Institute of International Relations (KIIR), Altaf Hussain Wani, appreciated the statement by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in which the Muslim body expressed serious concerns in the face of rising Islamophobia and continued attacks on Muslims in India.
The KIIR leader, while commending the OIC’s position on the issue, said it was high time for the international community, including the United Nations, to take concrete action to end hate crimes against minority communities in India.
Altaf Wani said minorities, especially Muslims living in India, have been the worst victims of the political vendetta and hate politics of the right-wing Hindu supremacist party – the BJP – which was determined to turn India into a a Hindu Rashtra where there was no place for Muslims.
He said the brutal repression of Muslims, Dalits, Christians and other minorities in India today speaks volumes about the dangerous designs of the Hindutva regime led by RSS ideologue Nar -endra Modi. “This creeping communalism that is turning into a full-fledged pandemic poses a serious existential threat to minority communities who have been living in constant fear since the BJP took over the reins of power in New Delhi,” he added.
Altaf Wani said Hindutva supporters in Haridwar, Ut-trakhand are calling for genocide of Muslims, increasing incidents of harassment of Muslim women on social media, banning Muslim female students from wearing hijab and continuing to attack Muslims and their places. of worship were a clear manifestation of the growing trend of Islamophobia within Indian society.—KMS