Amidst the continued controversy over the feedback on Prophet Muhammad by former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and former Delhi BJP chief Naveen Jindal, persons are elevating questions over the hypocritical response to feedback on Islamic Prophet when in comparison with feedback on Hindu Gods. A lot worse feedback on Hindu Gods and traditions have been made which didn’t appeal to FIRs or requires capital punishment whereas there are mobs supported by ‘liberals’ in each metropolis asking for Nupur’s head
Over the previous few years, many celebrities, journalists and politicians have gotten away with abusing Hindu Gods with none backlash. In actual fact, a few of them have grown of their careers due to it. Right here is an indicative and never an exhaustive checklist of such remarks and social media studies.
Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Celebration
Let’s begin with the Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal. Whereas he had not too long ago mocked Kashmiri Hindus’ distress and referred to as ‘The Kashmir Information’ a faux movie, there have been a number of situations the place he had mocked Hindu Gods, holy symbols and traditions.
Earlier than Ram Mandir was a distant reality, Kejriwal had stated in 2014 that his Nani (grandmother) would by no means approve of it. He had repeatedly referred to as for constructing Faculties, Faculties and Hospitals rather than the Ram Mandir.
Other than mocking Hindus over Ram Mandir, in 2019, CM Kejriwal shared a derogatory picture the place an individual with a brush (his get together’s image) in his hand was working behind the Hindu holy image Swastika making an attempt to beat it up.
In one other tweet, Kejriwal shared a cartoon depicting Bhagwan Hanuman burning JNU to divert consideration from alleged issues confronted by the federal government of India.
— Ankur Singh (@iAnkurSingh) March 10, 2021
Kejriwal is just not the one one in AAP to offer anti-Hindu statements or take pleasure in actions that go in opposition to Hindus. AAP chief Sanjay Singh, in an try to realize relevancy in politics, had run a misinformation marketing campaign alleging funds misappropriation by the BJP and Ayodhya Ram Mandir Belief in June 2021.
In August 2020, the official Twitter deal with of AAP had shared photos of Kanchenjunga in Sikkim, held sacred by each Hindus and the Buddhists, Kamet Peak, and Nanda Devi hills in Uttarakhand, the place lies a sacred temple of Nanda Devi, an incarnation of the Hindu Goddess Durga. It drew analogies between these sacred peaks and a humongous landfill at Ghazipur in Delhi. The contentious tweet was accompanied by the caption, “Highest Mountains of India.”
Shivling at Gyanvapi advanced wuzukhana
The current discovery of the Shivling on the Gyanvapi construction within the wuzukhana the place the individuals who went to supply namaz contained in the disputed construction would wash fingers, triggered a slew of jokes on the Shivling.
TMC MP Mahua Moitra had shared an image of Bhabha Atomic Analysis Centre with a snide comment saying that hoped it was not subsequent on the digging checklist.
In a now-deleted Tweet, Saba Naqvi shared an image of Bhabha Atomic Analysis Centre to take a swipe on the Shivling found contained in the Gyanvapi compound.
RJD chief Kumar Divashankar made a derogatory reference to Shivling in his tweet mocking the BJP.
Peace Celebration’s Shadab Chouhan, who is thought for his polarising tweets, posted a scornful tweet after a Varanasi court docket ordered to seal Gyanvapi mosque after a Shivling was discovered inside its wuzukhana. Chouhan had posted an image of a curb-side lined with small poles to say the decide would seal the realm if somebody made a declare of Shivling.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen’s (AIMIM) chief Danish Qureshi had posted an especially offensive touch upon Shivling on social media, taking a dig on the discovery of the Shivling contained in the disputed construction of Gyanvapi mosque. Whereas he had added a rider that his intention was to not damage the devotion of anybody and he solely wished to reinforce his data, his subsequent check made it clear that his solely intention was to insult the idea of Shivling in Hinduism. Although he was arrested by Gujarat Police over the remark, it is vitally a lot attainable that he wouldn’t face any strict motion anytime quickly.
Leaders will not be the one ones to make derogatory feedback. Financial Instances had published a meme mocking Hindus by depicting the Bhabha Atomic Analysis Centre as a Shivling and captioned BOM BHOLENATH. The picture was included within the MEME’S THE WORD Column of the print version.
One other cartoon within the column mocks the decision to open the Taj Mahal’s closed gates within the basement.
Ratan Lal, an Affiliate Professor of Historical past at Hindu Faculty in Delhi College, had made a derogatory publish on social media concerning the Shivling present in Gyanvapi disputed construction. He had stated if that was a Shivling, “it appears that evidently maybe Shiva Ji was additionally circumcised”.
This hurts my non secular sentiments. I’ll respect if Dr. Ratan Lal is booked underneath part 153A IPC & different provisions of IPC and case be pursued in opposition to him. @CPDelhi @DelhiPolicehttps://t.co/G8HJXVpEZ7 pic.twitter.com/9vf5Wy7KZE
— RP Singh Nationwide Spokesperson BJP (@rpsinghkhalsa) May 17, 2022
Professor Ravi Kant Chandan had remarked throughout a debate over Gyanvapi disputed construction that it was demolished by Auragzed after he allegedly observed unlawful actions taking place on the premises by the Pandits. The guide and story he referred to don’t have any hint in any historic doc, and the guide’s writer himself had advised to not take the guide critically.
Freelance journalist Raqib Hameed Naik, a notorious Hinduphobic component, put out a picture of the White Home and a fountain in entrance of it to discredit the current findings of Shivling on the Gyanvapi. As per the ‘journalist’, the survey workforce didn’t discover a Shivling, as an alternative unearthed a fountain, which as per him, is being utilized by the Hindu aspect to push for possession of the positioning.
Insulting the religion
Dr Jitendra Kumar, an assistant professor of the division of forensic medication at JN Medical Faculty hooked up to the Aligarh Muslim College, was teaching about sexual offences in his classroom. Within the PowerPoint presentation he used to elucidate the subject, Dr Kumar made derogatory references to Hindu deities. Summarizing a quick historical past of rape, he linked rape to Hindu deities. Kumar was suspended from the College pending inquiry however there was no replace on any strict motion taken in opposition to her.
How can one neglect the derogatory remarks made by alleged comic Munawar Faruqui in opposition to Maa Sita and 59 Karsewaks who have been killed in Godra practice burning incident in 2002. His a number of exhibits have been cancelled over time after Hindus protested in opposition to him. Nonetheless, he was nonetheless given probability in a actuality present Lock Upp that he received.
Controversial Islamic preacher Ilyas Sharafuddin has in contrast the Shivling to a male physique half and stated that Hindus have a behavior of worshiping the idol and male non-public organ. He was one of many individuals on the ‘Taal Thok Ke‘ debate hosted by Zee Information. Quoting the Vedas, Geeta, and Upanishads, Sharafuddin first argued that the Hindu texts point out that ‘individuals who would worship idols could be despatched to hell’. “Hindus shouldn’t worship idol, ling and personal components of a human physique”, he blatantly stated within the debate named ‘Gyanvapi Survey video reveals the presence of Shivling?’ Not listening to the opposite individuals, he burst into laughter and stated, “Personal components ki puja nahi honi chahiye (non-public components shouldn’t be worshiped)”.
— Zee Information (@ZeeNews) May 31, 2022
In a speech, AIMIM’s chief Assasudin Owaisi’s brother Akbarudin Owaisi referred to as Hindu Gods and Goddesses ‘Manhoos’.
He says about Hindu gods & goddesses “Foremost unke manhoos naam iss mubarak mehfil mein nahi lena chahta”. The group roars in approval.
— Main Gaurav Arya (Retd) (@majorgauravarya) June 8, 2022
Bengali movie actress Saayoni Ghosh had shared extraordinarily offensive cartoons on her Twitter profile. When she was threatened with motion, she claimed her account was hacked. Later TMC gave her ticket for meeting elections.
Other than celebrities, leaders and media homes, manufacturers even have a behavior of mocking Hinduism and when referred to as out, they typically get help from the left-liberals. In current occasions, a number of objectionable campaigns and types have been launched concentrating on Hindus. Although in many of the circumstances the advertisements have been eliminated after the backlash from Hindus, the manufacturers bought away with none severe penalties of the anti-Hindu advertisements.
In 2019, Crimson Label launched an advert marketing campaign on Ganesh Cathurthi projecting Hindus as hateful bigots. The advert confirmed a person shopping for a Ganesh idol to take residence, the place he talked to an aged idol maker concerning the type of idol he wished to purchase. The idol maker had a deep data of Hindu mythology, not stunning for the occupation he’s in. In the course of the dialog the idol maker pulls out a cranium cap and wears it, indicating that he’s Muslim. Seeing this, the potential purchaser hesitates and stated that he’ll come again subsequent, clearly implying that he didn’t wish to purchase an idol from a Muslim. The idol maker then provided him tea and has some chit-chat, which ‘reformed’ the Hindu man, who instantly ordered the idol. Crimson Label, a model by Hindustan Unilever, has a behavior of releasing such advertisements and taking them again after backlash.
An advert was released by jewelry model Tanishq that glorified Love Jihad in 2020. An enormous outrage broke over varied social media platforms with customers calling for the boycott of the jewelry model Tanishq for his or her newest commercial which showcased a Hindu lady married right into a Muslim household, getting ready for her child bathe. Heeding to criticism, the controversial advertisement which was accused of selling ‘love jihad’ has been pulled down from YouTube.
In 2021, fashionable ethnic garment model Fabindia launched a Diwali marketing campaign and assortment ‘Jashn-e-Riwaaz’ that didn’t go nicely with folks on the web. A number of social media customers have objected to one more appropriation of a Hindu pageant and sentiments. The cultural appropriation has left social media customers uncomfortable, simply forward of one other Hindu pageant. Not many favoured Diwali being loosely translated to ‘Jashn-e-Riwaaz’. The marketing campaign was eliminated after the backlash. FabIndia claimed it was not even Diwali marketing campaign which was certainly a laughable excuse.