Scenes of destruction at Bhajanpura in Northeast Delhi, where riots killed 37 people
Scenes of destruction at Bhajanpura in Northeast Delhi during the riots | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
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New Delhi: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) suspects a larger design behind the Delhi riots and doesn’t see them simply as clashes between the supporters and opponents of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). 

It believes the demographic profile of certain areas is changing fast, with Hindus now constituting a minority there. This, it feels, needs to be reversed to avoid such clashes in the future. The RSS also thinks Delhi Police did their job well and need to be backed fully.

According to an informal assessment carried out by the RSS, the violence in Northeast Delhi, which killed 37 people, was a reaction to a series of steps taken by the Modi government, including the scrapping of Article 370, the introduction of a law banning triple talaq, the CAA, and the Supreme Court verdict paving the way for the construction of a Ram temple at the deity’s birthplace in Ayodhya.

“Whether it was violence at Jamia Millia Islamia and the surrounding areas or the sit-in at Shaheen Bagh, all these so-called protests against the CAA are actually a manifestation of the frustration of a section of radical Muslims, who feel politically less empowered as the present government at the Centre doesn’t indulge in the policy of appeasement,” said a senior RSS functionary.

“The radical Muslims feel slighted by the fact that most political leaders cutting across party lines are forced to opt for symbols of Hindutva,” the functionary added. 

“The number of ‘iftars’ organised by political parties is going down drastically and the number of temple visits by political leaders from various parties is going up. This is an indication that, in the polity and policymaking apparatus of this country, Muslims would be treated as equals and not ‘first among the equals’,” the functionary said. “But a section of radical Muslims is not ready to accept this reality and hence you witnessed this mayhem on Delhi roads.” 


Also Read: List of those killed in Delhi communal riots


‘An ultra-Left-Islamist nexus’

Based on feedback from its cadres on the ground, the RSS has arrived at an assessment that the reaction to the present government’s policies has been precipitated by a “dangerous” nexus of  ultra-Leftists/Naxals and radical Islamists.  

It believes a combination of Islamist radicals, backed by “urban Naxals”, planned attacks in various parts of the city. The RSS’ assessment is that the attacks were not as spontaneous as they looked, and a number of “outsiders” or “non-residents” played a role in perpetrating the violence.

“Our assessment is that this was a well-planned campaign and outsiders played an important role in instigating violence. Our cadres identified a number of such outsiders,” said a senior functionary of the Delhi RSS who is part of the team monitoring the real-time situation on the ground.

“The way police officials have been targeted, and specific residential areas, business establishments and educational institutions bore the brunt of mobs, shows that the targets had been identified much in advance,” the functionary added. “The kind of weapons that have been used also indicate how well prepared the mobs were.”

Another key factor that led to the violence, according to the RSS’ assessment is, a “change in the demographic profile of Northeast Delhi over the past few years”. 

According to a third RSS functionary, the riots occurred in areas where Hindus are either not present or form a minority, namely, Jafrabad and Seelampur. The functionary also noted that Okhla and Jamia, the site of major anti-CAA demonstrations, had a similar demographic profile.

“In fact, we have been observing that there are more than three dozen places in Delhi where the demographic profile has changed, with the Hindu population moving out of the area and… replaced by Muslims,” the functionary said. “Gradually, they have turned into ghettos where radical elements find fertile ground to promote violence. Unless one addresses this core issue, one would be doing only window-dressing.”

The writer is CEO of Indraprastha Vishwa Samvad Kendra and author of two books on the RSS


Also Read: Delhi riots neither designed by Modi govt, nor Islamic conspiracy. It’s far more dangerous


 

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  1. Arey o Saurabh, Ek baat dhan se Sun ley, tumko itni bakwas bolne keliye aur karne keliye yeh jo aazaadi naam ki cheez jo hai naan, woh sirf aur sirf yeh bahadur officer jaise raksha balon ki wajeh se hi hai, nahi to tumhari mundi kisi gandi naali mein hoti aur tumhari biwi ki naam bhi badal gai hoti..Shukr karo gaddha kahin ke. Aur ek baat, tum jaise gandi nali ki keedon ki wajeh see hi hamari desh ki arth vhyawstha par bahut gehra asar padh raha hai kyunki tum log bahar ki nahi balki andar ki aatanki ho.Yaad rakhna samjhe.

  2. It is not damn lies, it is truth islamic extremism is not hoax it is fact, it is world phenomenon. It might not suit your are leftist agenda, but illegal Bangladeshi immigration has completely alienated the Bengali population in West Bengal. That’s why bjp won considerable seat in lok sabha. Well you cannot tell me any single terrorist activity that rss has conmmited all attacks on temples, stone pelting have been done by Islamist and separatist forces. Well it is up to you, you can accept reality or live in Delusion. You are talking about Gujarat riots it was 18 years back, you are talking about secular fabric, of this country. India is only secular until hindus are in majority, can you answer me simple question why a single islamic nation doesn’t have democracy, all have state religion and its people are at constantly at War with each other. Look at Syria, Pakistan, you talked about Gujarat riots you forgot about Kashmir pandit exodus by Islamist and Muslims radicals. Well unlike you, I don’t believe India is secular country if it has been secular there would not have any separate laws for Muslims in India. It is democratic country and RSS might have history of violence, but they cannot be entirely blamed for communal riots. Morever rss has been irrelevant in India politics until recently before 2002 no one knows about rss much. Does communal riots didn’t take before lets says 1992, many riots did take place

    • Fully agree with you. Let me add few of my own. Everyone wants peace and security in our building society, area, state and of course our country. All Anti CAA protesters listen carefully,I would like to know who is staying in my mohalla, I can recognise Ram,Deep&Hari and of course Tom Dick & Harry.I’m also willing to count mechanic Hafeez, plumberPashaBhai, as well as the local Ruffian Iqbal bhai. But what alarms me is an unknown YasserBinSaad,ImanShagill or some MallaMalikChowdri browsing thru our neighborhood. Why do Societies spend so much on security that discourages even floating salesmen from entering without bonafide reason. Who is escorted after sec clearances only and is ejected imm thereafter. That’s the same logic for CAA. Now why should you get upset if he is not able to provide logical explanation/documents to support his stake/ claim for citizenship. Mind you and pz note this pt ur hnr, v hv supported millions & millions of Muslim invaders as well as refugees. How many other countries have taken in so many Muslims as much as we have. And it’s not only that is a sure recipe for disaster trying to combine two totally different faiths along with totally different lifestyle culture language dress religious rites, hijacking &raping of girls for conversions… The list can go on & on It is this secular formula proposed by the Congress that we are most uncomfortable with and some thing that you can never sell to all knowledgeable Indians. Show me how many Hindus have invaded other countries, raped, converted, beheaded and looted other nations? There is a limit to everything, We wish to say thanks, but no thanks we just don’t want another wave of poor refugees, a waste that no Islamic nation wants implying that we are the dumping ground of other peoples kachrapatti here. Period. Another sad fact is that there are many misguided Hindus here asking with converted Christians who love to swear by the Congi philosophy masquerading in Hindi names. Finally To these people pz tell them to show how many Islamic refugees (try doing it yourself by calling yourself as a refugee) were taken aboard by other Islamic nations. Hindus have no such option remember.Even the refugees for some reason or the other shun these and insist on “invading” India and other European nations only for setting dwn with their exponentially expanding population which they used to criticise for remaining a kaffir & not being Islamic still.

  3. There are lies, damn lies, and statistics – and now beyond that RSS analyses! Do these people even realize how disconnected they are from reality? The reality is that this is “Blowback” – when you perpetuate violence and subert the official machinery of the state (as Congress did in 1984, and Modi-Shah in 2002) then people realize their own need for protection. When you lead the way in trying to destroy the fabric of India (at which the RSS will continue to fail), it is hypocrisy to find fault with responses that blunt your efficacy. They are just disappointed because their kill ratio was lessened – from 1:2000 at Godhra to a more equal rate – maybe their cadres are scared now? After all their Israeli teachers revel in a 1:10,000 ratio – seems really unfair now!!

    • It is not damn lies, it is truth islamic extremism is not hoax it is fact, it is world phenomenon. It might not suit your are leftist agenda, but illegal Bangladeshi immigration has completely alienated the Bengali population in West Bengal. That’s why bjp won considerable seat in lok sabha. Well you cannot tell me any single terrorist activity that rss has conmmited all attacks on temples, stone pelting have been done by Islamist and separatist forces. Well it is up to you, you can accept reality or live in Delusion. You are talking about Gujarat riots it was 18 years back, you are talking about secular fabric, of this country. India is only secular until hindus are in majority, can you answer me simple question why a single islamic nation doesn’t have democracy, all have state religion and its people are at constantly at War with each other. Look at Syria, Pakistan, you talked about Gujarat riots you forgot about Kashmir pandit exodus by Islamist and Muslims radicals. Well unlike you, I don’t believe India is secular country if it has been secular there would not have any separate laws for Muslims in India. It is democratic country and RSS might have history of violence, but they cannot be entirely blamed for communal riots. Morever rss has been irrelevant in India politics until recently before 2002 no one knows about rss much. Does communal riots didn’t take before lets says 1992, many riots did take place

  4. RSS the biggest terroro organization giving birth to all type of chaos, lynchings, terror, rioting etc. due to their pure hatred towards minority communities like Sikhs, Muslims and Christians as well as hate to Mahatma Gandhi and his secular agenda. Also RSS has a grudge that they could not rule India for ever as a stooge to Britishers,. They did first terror attack and killed Mahatma Gandhi because he succeeded in packing Britishers out of India and end to the dream of ever lasting rule by RSS in India

  5. True RSS ideologue have a penchant for demographic changes in the Muslim population throughout each and individual district of India, and I have heard this point of view butteressed by none other than Rakesh Sinha in a program on TV long time ago. So there is nothing wrong if it is saying something on this issue, they blame others for all their radical changes or programs. But now other minorities will also feel the heat, after their success in Delhi after 1984, in 1984 they will also actively involved.

  6. Wait for another 50 years when Muslims will be a majority in India. Then all these Muslim loving sickulars of India will be either forced to convert to Islam or forced to leave India or get killed. Then only their eyes will open and see what is actually happening on the ground.

    Look at all countries such as Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey … Once Christian countries and now converted to Islamic countries.

    Pls gear up to welcome “Islamic Republic of India”.

    • Nothing could be further from the truth (although that is the “truth” on whatsapp). Here are some other parallels.
      *Before the Civil Rights Act, many racists believed Blacks will take over America.
      *Idi Amin thought Asians will take over Uganda.
      *In Hitler’s Germany, Jews were destroying the Aryan German purity.

      SB, if people like you takeover, India’s high standing in the world will vanish – actually the process has begun!

    • What a silly example and what a irrational and bigoted point of view. India was ruled for 700 years but Muslim rulers and it’s still a Hindu majority state. Don’t try to get Christian sympathy by quoting facts from your WhatsApp university. Wrong facts, show me when Iran, Lebenon etc were Christian. You are fear mongering communal liptard who instigates fear to fuel disharmony. Your designs of making a Hindu Rashtra will backfire as it backfired at the time of partition. Pakistan was never on cards, it’s the evil designs of your forerunners of this Hindu Rashtra ideology which resulted in creation of Pakistan and now, with Radical extremist Hindu ideology highly prevelent in the corridors of power, you are back with your evil plans of another partition like scene.

    • Scientific data with Govt of India indicates that even by 2050, India will be 76% Hindu and 18% Muslim. So please don’t panic on that score and make any emigration plans. It is only those who want to create panic among ignorant masses who talk of a demographic take over.

    • Why do these fact-less people keep talking? Would not your time be better spent learning something – e.g. facts? math? it would be amusing but just like the US so many people believe stupid lies because of their emotional fears and frustrations. There are real problems in society – Muslim majoritarianism is not one!!

  7. The REAL design is that these RSS honchos and Anurag Thakurs of the world will never be in the frontlines to fight for the Hindu community- their kids will study in private schools and ivy leagues- while our common people suffer death and destruction. Stop falling for this cr*p. The fact is that Modi has lost control of the Kapil Mishras of his party and they are desperate to rise to power like him- hence a riot engineered

  8. RSS has simply focused on the cases where Muslim extremists targeted people in Delhi. But they have conveniently ignored cases where mosques and schools were vandalized. Did those episodes take place in HIndu majority areas ? It was simply tit for tat and mutual vengeance that drove events in Delhi. RSS has also ignored the fact that in all big cities, there are clusters of people who are mainly of one religion or group. Let them not forget the shameful episode when a successful Muslim businessman in Vadodara settled in a HIndu area, but the locals there were so hostile that he finally relocated somewhere else.
    So it is natural for clusters of communities to form in large cities. London also has its Polish, Jewish and typically Indian areas .
    The crucial thing is that the BJP has somehow created a lack of confidence among minorities with their continuous and vociferous repetition of their agenda . Inst ed they could have been more diplomatic and got the same results by mutual consultation.But neither the RSS nor Mr Modi-Shah are willing to build consensus.

    • That’s a fact and it’s written in black and white …only fools can’t read and understand it’s implications,across the world ,forget about India ,Muslims are working to increase their population,with a sole aim to dominate others …

      • LOL this is the stupidest thing Ive ever heard. Please go to govt’s officlal website on population- Muslims have not grown, Hindus have grown. Rest is all RSS propoganda- use your own brain and stop falling for their BS

      • All except RSS are fools. This is same RSS that distributed LADDUs in Delhi after Gandhi was killed and those who refused to eat LADDU are still now fools. All those who fought for freedom of India were fools and those who licked boots of white men are now GREAT.

      • Hahaha…..You fear mongering communal hatred spreading prig, check some facts from reliable resources, may be your eyesight may be reinstated otherwise you are blinded by hatred against Muslims…..Hail whatapp university

    • Arey o Saurabh, Ek baat dhan se Sun ley, tumko itni bakwas bolne keliye aur karne keliye yeh jo aazaadi naam ki cheez jo hai naan, woh sirf aur sirf yeh bahadur officer jaise raksha balon ki wajeh se hi hai, nahi to tumhari mundi kisi gandi naali mein hoti aur tumhari biwi ki naam bhi badal gai hoti..Shukr karo gaddha kahin ke. Aur ek baat, tum jaise gandi nali ki keedon ki wajeh see hi hamari desh ki arth vhyawstha par bahut gehra asar padh raha hai kyunki tum log bahar ki nahi balki andar ki aatanki ho.Yaad rakhna samjhe.

  9. The idea that change in demography causes social strain needs to be looked into. Specially in view of the reports that even in a most ” leftist socialist ” muslims loving nation like Sweden some areas have been taken over by Muslim migrants. It is reported that even Sweden’s police are not allowed to enter in those areas without facing stiff resistance. And ordinary non muslim residents are not allowed to enter . But RSS has to first sort the dichotomy of Hindus not allowing muslims in their neighborhood and leaving that areas where Muslims enter. Unless Hindus learn to live with Non vegetarian muslims it is not possible to increase percentage of Hindus . But it is not very interesting to live in orthodox , hyper religious, animal eating neighborhood.

    • Seriously – how do you people swallow such lies?? Have you read anything about Sweden other than whatsapp U? This is embarrassing – the level of simple lying is so bad that I feel sorry for you! There is always an invitation from the real Hindu dharm to introspect, become aware and act from divine truth

  10. While making this so-called report did the RSS take into account the vandalization of the two mosques?
    and how journalists were lynched and were asked about their religion and when the religion sooted them, they were let go.

  11. Honestly Changing demographic definitely incites fear in one’s mind…I am from Delhi n I can completely agree…no matter RSS says it or anyone… don’t care…but that’s the truth… Hinduism always accepts n respects people of other faith but that’s not reciprocated… Most political parties ignore the Hindu population as they are not their votebank n try to divide the society.. something which the Gandhi family always did… unfortunately Indians get so involved in all these things that they forget the core issues affecting their economy…

    • I guess the British are still winning! Well, today the Indians are helping themselves do it a lot better than the British ever did. India is toxic as long as it continues to play the religion card!

  12. The fact that an intelligence officer was targeted and killed clearly shows that the rioters are getting their inputs from some foreign intelligence agency, perhaps not directly, but through cutouts. Guns and petrol bombs have been used in this riot. This also shows support to the rioters from our friendly neighbourhood country. In due course, we may see even car bombs and suicide bombings in communal riots. Hindus have no access to weapons.

    • Rioters came from both sides in this case. Some mosques were vandalised also.So, does that indicate a counter conspiracy ?
      Everyone responsible will have to pay the price, if the Police do their job well.

  13. 1. I wish to say that citizen-voters are opposed to use of religion; political decisions like enactment of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) should be opposed through other democratic, non-violent means, say an election. The citizen-voters are not in favour any particular party, be it the Congress or BJP, in this regard. 2. I also wish to say that none can succeed in defeating sectarianism by opposing everything which the ruling BJP wishes to do. Secularism will succeed in our country only by protecting interests of all communities and not by appeasing the minority vote banks. 3. I feel that instead of wasting energy on agitation against CAA anti-BJP parties can devote their energy for some good causes. I will mention a few here: (a) to protect environment, and for creating atmosphere with far less pollution, these parties and of course all citizen-voters must demand implementation of policies which aim to cut consumption of petrol and diesel. (b) We must implement various reforms- administration, election law, economic /fiscal, legal, education sector and so on. (c) We need a law for compulsory audit of accounts of all political parties and in this regard to all political parties are reluctant to have such an audit.

  14. RSS can be converted into Intelligence Bureau as their caders seems to have more information than government run. What demograph the author is talking about. A BJP member giving a ultimatum in the presence of a police officer and talking about demography.

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