Rise of Hinduphobia has seen in a video of two burka-clad women smashing Lord Ganesha’s idols in a store in Bahrain that has gone viral on social media. The incident was reported on August 16. Soon after this, net citizens were involved in the war of tweets.
In the clip, that made rounds on social media, two women were standing near an aisle of Statues or Murtis of Hindu idols. One of them picked up Lord Ganesha’s statue and smashed them on the floor. The woman remarked, “This is a Muslim country, correct? Let us see who will worship these statues.” The footage is of a supermarket in the Juffair neighborhood of Manama.
The 54-year-old woman has been referred to the public prosecution. She has been charged for intentionally vandalizing the shop and publically abusing the religious symbols. As per the Ministry of Interior, the police summoned the woman after the video on social media went viral.
Islam is the state religion of Bahrain. However, it enjoys an excellent reputation for encouraging pluralistic opinions between diverse cultures. Bahrain is known for its reasonable levels of religious tolerance. According to the government data, around 4 lakh people in Bahrain belong to the Indian Diaspora. Also, it is home to many Hindu temples.
As soon as the video was published, it sparked debates online. Islamists hailed the women’s efforts to break Hindu God’s statues. At the same time, others condemned the bigoted act. #Hinduphobia kept trending all day.
The incident has left Indians fuming with anger over the mistreatment of their sacred idol. They expressed their resentment and called it a hate crime.
The world is seeing a rising tide of Hinduphobia
Soon after this incident, #Hinduphobia began gravitating to everyone’s attention online. Some tweets even criticized the oppressors for justifying their acts on the name of ‘Hinduphobia.’ These Anti-Hindu sentiments are fuelling day-by-day. Not just in Bahrain but all over the globe.
After six glorious years of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a leader, Hindu nationalism and hatred against Hindutva are peaked. Modi’s ideological and political bandwagon is rooted in ‘Ram Rajya.’ However, his plans to restore that come with the oppression of minorities and suppression of dissent. At least, this is what the other side thinks.
It used to be the left-wing fundamentalists who raised the issues of growing ‘Hindutva.’ But no one took them seriously. They were criticized for being oversensitive opportunists. But the incidents reported all around the world of Anti-Hindu hatred have opened everyone’s eyes.
In another recent happening, Wikipedia stated that the chants of ‘Jai Shree Ram’ are a ‘War Cry’ against other religions. It is a fact that Wikipedia is people-driven, which is open and edited by anyone. But it is also true that there is so much loathing of the Hindus.
In the past, if you would search for the meaning of the term “co-religionists,” you would get the definition along with a sentence referring to Hinduphobia. To explain the word in a sentence, Google Dictionary read, “Hindu fundamentalists are admired by many of their co-religionists as virtuous people.”
Reportedly, many events were organized outside India to protest against the Indian government’s decision to pass Citizenship Bill. In the USA, a group of students held a ‘Holi against Hindutva.’ Several such incidents were documented.
Sadly, this is how Hindusim is projected outside India. Many began to believe that if the politics of the last six years have proved anything, it is that the government is longing for a full version of Hindutva.