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ICC Note:

The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, has claimed that people that speak about Hindu terrorism are supported by foreigners and are anti-nationals. Attacks on religious minorities in India, including Muslims and Christians, are skyrocketing. On Christians alone, who only make up 2.3% of the population, there have already been over 400 attacks on their community in the first six months of 2017. That’s up from the more than 430 reported in total in 2016. The vast majority of this violence is perpetrated by radical Hindu nationalists seeking to make India a Hindu only nation. If the government of India shuts down any discussion of who is behind the rise in religiously motivated violence, can the government actually hope to solve the problem? 

11/07/2017 India (India Times) – Actor Kamal Hassan’s ‘Hindu Terror’ remarks seem to have sparked a political storm as now Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has jumped into the discourse and branded individuals talking about intolerance and Hindu terrorism as anti-nationals obliquely referring to actor Kamal Hassan.

“Those who market their intellectual wisdom for making money talk about intolerance in the country and those who talk about Hindu terrorism are surviving on hand-out of foreigners. They are anti-nationals and people of this country will never forgive them,” DNA quoted him while he participated in a debate in Lucknow on Sunday.

“Sanatan dharm is the only religion in India. Rest are followers of different cults and beliefs. There is nothing called secularism in the country. It is the biggest lie in Independent India. Everyone has a right to follow their own cult or religion but above them is the nation and one cannot betray nation by raising their heads in the name of intolerance and Hindu terrorism,” said Yogi Adityanth.

“Hinduism is a culture and way of living. This Hindu country has given shelter to Muslims, Zoroastrians, Christians, Jews and so many others. India has given tolerance to the world and we respect all religions. But it does not mean we will allow anyone to call Hindus terrorists,” he said in an obvious reference to the ongoing controversy over Kamal Hassan’s statement.

He said that one cannot impose their religious practices on others. “A Brahmin would remain a Brahmin even if he does not wear vermilion and ponytail,” he pointed.

The Chief Minister said that Hinduism teaches religious tolerance but it does not mean that we will remain mute spectator to attack by others demolishing our religious beliefs. “Lord Ram and Lord Krishna did not want war but they took up weapons to kill demons. We are not cowards and we will also give befitting replies to such demons. Politics and religion are synonym to each other,” he pointed.

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