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George Soros funded farmers’ protests, embodies ‘evils’ of the West, says Hindu Right press

ThePrint’s round-up of how pro-Hindutva media covered and commented on news and topical issues over the last couple of weeks.

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New Delhi: Not only does Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros represent “all the evils that Gandhiji had articulated about Western civilisation”, he also funded the protests against the Modi government’s now-scrapped farm laws, claimed an editorial in RSS mouthpiece Organiser this week.

Soros’s comments last month that India might see a “democratic revival” after the Hindenburg-Adani controversy signalled his “inbuilt contempt towards Bharat and the Bharatiya civilisation”, the piece said. It also tried to show that the billionaire’s championing of democracy amounts to “hypocrisy”.

An instance of this, alleged the article, was that Soros, ostensibly through his philanthropic organisation Open Society Foundation, funded anti-government protests in India.

“He (funded) the street power against the agriculture reforms bill constitutionally passed by the Parliament to strengthen the open market choices for the farmers — a clear indication that he does not have any regard for democratic institutions or an open society,” the editorial stated.

“Soros aspires to defend democracy by opposing all kinds of nationalist thinking through his regime change games with money power. In reality, he is paving the way for Islamists or communists, the vouched enemies of open society,” it added.

The piece quoted an excerpt from Mahatma Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj (Indian Home Rule) that Western civilisation “takes note neither of morality nor of religion” and is driven only by the “temptation of money”. It claimed that Soros was an embodiment of this.

“(Soros) would say, ‘Our civilisation is in danger of collapsing because of the inexorable advance of climate change’, while happily earning out of the same capitalist model that is responsible for the crisis,” the editorial alleged.

Also read: George Soros, billionaire at odds with Modi govt, is hard Right’s bogeyman who broke British pound

Russia-Ukraine war and India’s ‘daring defiance’

The latest issue of Organiser was dedicated to the one-year anniversary of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, with several articles commenting on the crisis.

In his recap of the war, Major General Dhruv Katoch (Retd) pointed out that the war has showed the Russian military leadership in a poor light and that the political objective of regime change had failed. More casualties “may also soon turn public opinion against the war”, he wrote.

India, he noted, would have to show a lot of “dexterity” to safeguard its interests.

“India’s interests in the Indo-Pacific align closely with the US and hence it remains an important part of the Quad grouping. However, India has a different set of interests in the Eurasian heartland, which spells divergence from US views,” he wrote.

However, he added, there is “no dichotomy in pursuing different interests on the continental shelf and in the maritime domain” as both policies are aligned to India’s national interest.

Another article in the magazine, written by researcher Pathikrit Payne and titled ‘India’s Daring Defiance’, said India had done well by “refusing to side with the West in condemning Russia”.

It said India has emerged as a decisive power, but the United Nations, which is becoming a pawn in the hands of “giant military industrial complexes”, has weakened and must be reformed.

“India emerged stronger, it would not have been possible if it had not charted an independent foreign policy and not continued sourcing oil from Russia in spite of severe Western pressure,” Payne wrote.

Kejriwal’s ‘bhadkau’ speech

An editorial in Panchjanya, the weekly Hindi mouthpiece of the RSS, targeted Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal this week over an alleged “bhadkau (inflammatory)” speech made nearly nine years ago.

This stemmed from the Supreme Court staying the trial proceedings last month of a 2014 case that was registered in Uttar Pradesh against Kejriwal for allegedly saying that “those who believe in khuda (god) won’t be pardoned by khuda if they vote for the BJP”.

Panchjanya took exception to how Kejriwal had asked the SC to stay the proceedings.

“Delhi Chief Minister and national convenor of Aam Aadmi Party Arvind Kejriwal, through his lawyer, had requested the Supreme Court to stay the proceedings in this case. The lawyer said on behalf of Kejriwal, ‘Now I am the chief minister, please stay the action.’ What a strange argument that since I am the chief minister now, I should be given relief from court action,” the editorial said.

“The chief minister has taken an oath to behave according to the Constitution. This is not just a crime, it is a case of habitual crime. Will democracy run on the basis of lip service?”

The lawyer representing Kejriwal was quoted in a Live Law report as saying: “Now that I am the chief minister, I will be called to UP every time… the whole object is to call me and arrest me.”

The Panchjanya piece also alluded to the alleged Delhi excise policy corruption case and “lawlessness” in Punjab, where the AAP is power.

“Today, it is difficult to count how many leaders of the party who call themselves staunchly honest, are accused or suspected in corruption cases. It is also not easy to gauge the implications of the growing lawlessness and political silence in Punjab,” Panchjanya said.

‘Worldwide ex-Muslim wave’

The cover story of Panchjanya sought to allege that many Muslims the world over are disillusioned by Islam and are leaving the religion.

The story said that young “ex-Muslims” are using the internet and making their own YouTube channels to propagate their ideas and  stories using the hashtag #AwesomeWithoutAllah.

“Islam may be presenting its logic and facts to the people, a large number of young Muslims are leaving Islam all over the world. Young people are coming forward openly in the internet era. There is uneasiness in the centres of Islam regarding this,” starts the story.

“Despite all the restrictions and fear, the campaign to leave Islam has started all over the world… The Internet has played a major role in this. With the help of the internet, at present, YouTube channels of ex-Muslims are running in 14 languages. There are hundreds of ex-Muslim YouTube channels in Arabic, Farsi, Turkish, English, French, German, Danish, Norwegian, Somali, as well as Indian languages such as Hindi-Urdu, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu,” the story says.

Seattle anti-caste law is ‘Hinduphobic’

In an article in the Indian Express last week, RSS ideologue Ram Madhav argued that Seattle’s addition of caste to the city’s anti-discrimination laws encourages “Hinduphobia”.

“Is caste discrimination a reality among Indian-Americans today? Or is it a diabolical design to malign the community, which is emerging as the most successful immigrant group in America?” he asked.

“Caste discrimination has no sanction in India. Indian Constitution criminalises acts of such discrimination in any form. Hindu religious leadership, too, has been unequivocal in rejecting such evil practices. Then how is it that the discourse on caste has been mainstreamed in the US in the last decade?” he added.

Madhav claimed that groups that champion the “false flag” of caste discrimination are generally “Hinduphobic”.

“They are using this discrimination card to malign the Hindu religion. At a failed conference a couple of years ago on Dismantling Hindutva, they declared that Hinduism must be dismantled since it is nothing but casteism,” he added.

A ‘Bajrangi’ in every Delhi house by 2024

Hindu Vishwa, the monthly magazine of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), has published the details of a meeting last month, during which the organisation’s Delhi head Kapil Khanna announced plans of ensuring that every home in the national capital has at least one Bajrang Dal member. The Bajrang Dal is the youth wing of the VHP.

To facilitate this, the VHP is planning to reach out to every family in Delhi by Janmashtami next year. VHP workers have also reportedly been urged to organise a Hanuman Chalisa recitation every Tuesday in every region of the national capital.

“No Delhi Hindu should think they are alone. A large section works to make narratives against Hindus. The tukde-tukde gang is made to work against Hindus. Muslims in the country are still reading namaz sitting on roads and train tracks,” Surendra Jain, VHP’s joint general secretary, was quoted as saying.

RSS-affiliated tribal body opposes Centre 

The All-India Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram (AIVKA), an RSS-affiliated tribal rights organisation, had an executive meet late last month, where they recommended that the government should stick to the Lokur panel norms for Scheduled Tribes (ST) and not include certain “prosperous” communities in the list.

“We question how the tribes, which were rejected many times from inclusion in ST list by highest constitutional institutions as well as by the states, are instantly being included in the list 75 years after the Independence. How [are] government institutions like Registrar General of India (RGI) and the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) changing their reports?” Girish Kuber, Akhil Bharatiya Hitraksha (protection of rights) head of AIVKA, was quoted as saying in a report published in the Hindu.

AIVKA has alleged communities like the Hatti in Himachal Pradesh, and some in Maharashtra, are on the verge of being included in the ST list without due diligence.

(Edited by Asavari Singh)

Also read: ‘Tribal girls have fallen prey to love jihad’ — Hindu Right press on stripping converts’ ST status



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