Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's daughter Veena T and Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) national president Muhammad Riyas will get married on 15 June | Photo: Twitter
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Now that the Ladakh stand-off is on its way to being resolved and the death of the pregnant elephant from Kerala has been demystified, India’s Right-wing has gone back to its favourite game — blame the Muslim.

The latest opportunity came with the announcement of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s daughter Veena T.’s engagement with Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) national president Muhammad Riyas. As soon as the reports came out, the Hindutva Right-wing went into a tizzy.

It was a double bonus because Veena is the daughter of a Leftist politician from Kerala, a state the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been eyeing for a long time.

In a deplorable replay of the Hadiya marriage episode that reached the Supreme Court, Veena, too, is being vilified for choosing the person she wants to marry. While Riyas is being targeted for his choice of food and his protest against the Narendra Modi government’s beef ban.

From conversion to the so-called ‘love jihad’ to beef eating, the mostly nameless and faceless members of the Hindutva gang on social media are using every tool they can against the couple. In the past, even Bollywood actors Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor were not spared the ‘love jihad’ nonsense. Now, the gang has found its new target in Veena and Riyas. 

It seems the Right-wing was waiting for a high-profile inter-religious marriage to return to a game it is most comfortable playing — targeting Muslims over their religious beliefs and eating habits. The icing on the cake is the couple’s political background and beliefs.


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‘Love jihad in style with the lead of beef festival organiser 

The Right-wing either can’t understand or deliberately ignores the fact that unlike the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) goons forcing couples to marry on Valentine’s Day, Veena and Riyas’ wedding is consensual.

It’s not like the Hindutva Right is a big fan of logic, considering it finds a Muslim angle in almost every scenario, but is it too difficult for it to wake up to the idea that a marriage can even be consensual? Or do choice and freedom for women not exist in the Hindutva Right’s worldview at all?

Then there is Riyas, whose sole identity is now that of a ‘beefeater’, ‘beef fest organiser’, or ‘beef ban protester’ — even though beef is not only available all over India but is widely consumed in Kerala, too. And whatever happened to food being a matter of personal choice?

BJP’s Priti Gandhi took to Twitter to let those ‘unaware’ know that Riyas is nothing but the brain behind Kerala’s ‘beef fests.’


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‘She will be made to convert to Islam’

Soon after the wedding was announced, the Hindutva brigade showed its faux concern for Veena’s future and started asking if she will convert to Islam after her marriage.

Veena is an educated, powerful woman, who is also an IT entrepreneur. To assume that she has no agency over her decisions and will be forced to give up her religion and embrace her husband’s is a window to the Hindutva mindset, which can’t comprehend women making religious choices.

They didn’t even spare Veena’s son from her first marriage. One of the Twitter users said: “Curious to know whether they (Veena and her son) can continue to be practising Hindus after her 2nd marriage.”

Not only are these attacks Islamophobic but also sexist. Whether Veena decides to convert to Islam and/or adopt Riyas’ last name is entirely her choice, just like it’s Priyanka Chopra’s choice to wear sindoor, or Hadiya’s choice to leave her parents’ home and marry a Muslim man. 

Even if Veena wants to convert to Islam, say due to her reservations against Hinduism, isn’t that ultimately her choice?


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‘May be the creep already has three wives’

In New India, a Muslim man will always be portrayed as per the popular Hindu imagery of him — multiple wives and triple talaq.

Even before the couple’s wedding, the Right-wing is already contemplating if Veena will be ‘dumped’ after giving birth to a ‘Muslim progeny’ — pandering to the ‘fear’ routinely fed to unsuspecting Hindus by bigoted propagandists that the number of Muslims in India will one day surpass that of Hindus. Journalist Dilip D’Souza, after looking into the decadal Census data on growth in population of the two communities, has reported that it would take Muslims nearly 220 years to equal Hindu population figures. But isn’t dangerous fear-mongering part of the Hindutva game?

India’s Hindu Right needs to chill sometimes. It’s just another Indian wedding between two consenting adults. Don’t understand the concept? Then leave it to the adults. One can understand the Hindu Right’s propensity to latch on to the heady mix of Kerala, Communist and Muslim, and that it must have started salivating from the word go. But really, the Right-wing can sit this one out.

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  1. ziashakeel3@gmail.com
    We all need to be more humble spiritual and helpful.
    We all from Adam and Eve ❤️❤️❤️
    We’re all created by the same Creator Almighty Allah.
    Hate is a Poison 😷.
    We all must support Love and peace 🙏❤️🙏

    • hahahah adam n eve were brother n sister … we are not product of them .. its abrahamic crap …..u may be the product of sisfuckers like kane n habel …. others are NOT …. abrahamic religions may want that …. not others ….we are product of scientific evolution n not some mythological creation

  2. Love Jihad is a systematically planned war against Indians and Hindus. If the Muslim society is so open minded, then they should promote the idea of more and more Muslim girls marrying Hindu and Cristian boys. It cant be a one way road. I will be happy to see at least 500000 Muslim girls marrying Hindu/ Cristian Boys every year . THAT WILL BE A GREAT ACHIEVEMENT !

  3. Any news about muslim your favorite and solid victim card are Hindus but what ever you show is really opposite and we all have known(all- the one who are awake) the media is sold out and you get money to show the news of the choice it’s like tv and remote (tv-media channels, remote- money) whoever gives much money takes his side such a shake you’re not doing your own work well and calling others this and that.. #soldoutmedia

  4. Different people have offered comments for or against marriage. Certain valuable questions have been raised like to quote a single case where Muslim malyalam girl has married a Hindu, or what shall be her religion or her son’s. Just like writer of this article has expressed his views in his write up in same manner different people have raised some some doubts. What is harm in it.

  5. Different people have offered comments for or against marriage. Certain valuable questions have been raised like to quote a single case where Muslim malyalam girl has married a Hindu, or what shall be her religion or her son’s. Just like writer of this article has expressed his views in his write up in same manner different people have raised some some doubts. What is harm in it.

  6. All this religion thing is bane of nation. I am sure all 3 possibilities: Riyaz converts to Hinduism, Veena converts, both maintain their choices – are equally probable and best left to them.

  7. Hindu India is such as sick society that it doesn’t believe in love anymore. It believes everything is a fanatic conspiracy. From beliefs about ‘jihads’ over everything, to conspiracies of the liberal press bashing India because its too tolerant (lol), to every international move against it being a ‘Chinese conspiracy ‘, Hindu India sure likes to play international victim.
    No wonder India’s economy and social standing is taking a beating when its population is full of crazies who deal in fantasy. Nazi Germany has nothing on this sick society!

    • its hindu india that the cpl is still alive … its not muslim saudi or porkistan where they would have not dared to marry if boy was from minority community ..! as ur name says u r indeed ruddi ,,,means waste … as is ur religious ideology .. u must worry about ur sick islamic nations where they are killing every day …. from europe to africa…to fillipines ….hindu india is atleast far better n progressing

  8. The sanghis are dumb headed and obviously religious fanatics. When the whole of literate Kerala ha e no issues with the alliance…..we see the usual fascist comments from a section who takes pride of been a Hindu and in fact only trying to disgrace it. Riyaz and Veena of secularist parents. Sanghis need to mind their own baseless motives.

    • Hi just read your comments again. The dark Antipathy towards fellow Hindus exist in your brain washed and adled mind. Quite comm9n trait amongst your community? Beef fests and now a 2nd hand Cow! And all this worthy of an article?

  9. Ah, Ms . Taskin from The Print’s grievance brigade is at it again.
    Much ado about nothing.
    What this couple does nobody’s business .
    Wish them well and move on.

  10. As the author is definitely biased it is expected the article to summarise as it would be. Can it be fact checked and denied by the same author or somebody from the Print that there exists an offer of money being paid by muslim organisation in India / Guf countries, I had received an whatapp message long back
    in which a muslim speaker himself suggested that abdus samadhani ( or a leader of an political outfit received several lakhs for converting an elderly lady (widowed) and belonged to a leading malayalam newspaper and marrying her. The same speaker had continued to allege that she was taken to a resort and in the name of marriage sexually assaulted and she died a lonely death in Pune. Also it was alleged that in her final moments she regretted her decision and made a request to her son ( still a Hindu) to give her a cremation and narrated her horrible experience..

  11. Hey, if a polish girl married someone who accepted nazisim even after knowing what naxos did to Poland, would polish and europeans appreciate her?

    • so who is nazi here and who is polish?
      and polish what? you mean Polish?
      little knowledge is worse than none at all. please find a good book and read European history before blabbering about polish and nazi…
      poles were prety much hands in glove with nazi occupants, even though they deny it today. and so what?

  12. I wonder how this one marriage makes a case for or against the prevalence or absence of “love jihad’. I personally know of two cases (friends of the wife and daughter) who have married Muslim boys… fortunately or unfortunately neither of the parties are into politics…what does the writer make of this?

    Also if the father is a politician does the daughter too have to carry the cross? (pun intended)

  13. Don’t you journalists have any other decent job ?
    This Veena is an ordinary citizen of India. Let her marry a muslim , hindu, Christian or even an ISIS member. What difference does it make to people like me ?
    They are already leading a five star life, may be due to political connections.

  14. Marriage is personel.No body can oppose it.
    But forcible marriage, conversion is opposed by Hindu’s.
    Give correct picture and not distorted views

  15. I don’t think there is limits of religion, cast, class or status among people but i know it still exists in our minds if we are how much educated or not.
    I don’t think if there is anything when marrying a hindu girl to a muslim boy or vice versa and it’s not a matter of love jihad. We are talking about this news is just because of that the girl is a daughter of a leftist politician and the boy has conducted a beef fest against to the beef ban and both of them are against to the bjp’s agenda.
    Its all about their right to take decision on their life and future why should we measure it only on the basis of their religion and ideologies.

  16. If veena converts to Islam after her marriage with Mohd Riyaz,then she has made the right decision and saved herself from the punishment of the next world awarded by God to disbelivers.I am a real witness to having peeped into the next world wherein horrible punishments awaits those who follow wrong Religons./Man made religons instead of Following Heavenly Goverment of Allah’s religonIslam.

    • You people are religious obsessed fanatic, as always, no education will change you. Your religion is so great that it puts people in eternal peace. And next world? Where is that, in your backyard?

      • This people take advantage of every incident to glorify their religion. The propagandists never care for any moral values. But they swear everything by Allah. Even the deeds of Boka Harem, Thaliban and ISIS are justified in the name of Allah. Which Allah told them to kill their fellow humans ? Which Allah told them spoil the customs of other religion ? Can any Mullah tell it out ?

    • My religion do not teach religion, caste/tribe/race based discrimination. According to teaching of Our great Sikh Gurus each and every individual of entire world is equally lovable to Almighty irrespective of his/her religion. As far as definition of non believers is concerned.. one who do not believe in existence of Almighty/Waheguru/Allah/Parmatma is non believer. Eventually all this happened according to God’s wish and HE is source of everything. Whatever that couple decide about about their future , it shall be their personal choice and I don’t think anyone should forcefully put religion between them. I just wish them all the best

  17. I don’t think there is limits of religion, cast, class or status among people but i know it still exists in our minds if we are how much educated or not.
    I don’t think if there is anything when marrying a hindu girl to a muslim boy or vice versa and it’s not a matter of love jihad. We are talking about this news is just because of that the girl is a daughter of a leftist politician and the boy has conducted a beef fest against to the beef ban and both of them are against to the bjp’s agenda.
    Its all about their right to take decision on their life and future. why should we measure that only on the basis of their religion and ideologies.

  18. No problem with this marriage. It is personal choice’
    However, writer should not raise brouhaha, when a muslim lady marries a hindu and a riot is staged by likes of owaisis.

  19. But do Muslim women have the ‘freedom’ to marry Hindu men?
    Love Jihad exists, and every Hindu family knows about it.
    Muslim cockroaches want to breed with Hindu women, don’t they?
    Tell the Muslim cockroaches to marry their ugly hijabi women.

  20. Some Christians in Kerala have complained about love jihad as well. While several Hindutva proponents are crude, there are also Muslim obscurantists in India and even more so overseas. Let’s caricature both, shall we?

    And the irony of an atheist chief minister’s daughter marrying a Muslim and converting (if that’s true, which is not known) can not be missed. The atheists in India only attack Hinduism! Look at the DMK next door.

  21. Author completely failed to counter the argument raised by one of the twitter users; how many Muslim women in Kerala marry Hindu men? Why is it always the case that only Hindu women become so “consensual” and eager to marry Muslim men and the other way around never happens? And, if it ever happens among one in thousands of inter-religion marriages then why not even one Muslim woman converts to become a Hindu?

  22. Why no human rights for adults to choose their life partner. Why don’t theright wing trolls leave them alone to spend a peaceful married life.

  23. 10 years back they were saying it will take 500 years to equal the population now 10 years later it’s 220 years wonder what will they say 10 years down the line

  24. Theprint promotes one sided communal journalism by hiding behind the word secularism, but all your posts are biased, communal and filled with hatred.

  25. Test for Riyaz – if you are a true communist, you won’t force Veena to convert to Islam. But my guess is – you will secretly convert her to Islam. Your communism is only for the public’s consumption.

  26. This is the comment without reading the article.
    Stop hindu muslim debate. If you can’t stop then don’t preach others. Just joking.
    By the way I agree with you that hindu muslim debate can’t be ignored. This debate started with entry of arab genral mohammad bin qasim and it shall continue.

  27. Congratulations Veena and Riyas. When two sensible individuals take their sensible and convinced decisions, what opposition or different opinion can be
    there for that decision under any pretext.? Only inter-religious and inter-caste marriages will bring social equality.

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