Atlanta South Asians Against Hindu Fascism
Atlanta South Asians Against Hindu Fascism in conjunction with Equality Labs, a South Asian organization that works to end the oppression of caste apartheid, Islamophobia, white supremacy, and religious intolerance, will protest India's Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens on Sunday, January 19 at 2 PM at Gazebo Next To Whole Foods Market 365, 1555 Church St., Decatur.
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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the majority rightwing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have a violent history of oppressing Muslims (who number 200 million in India), other minorities, and the lowest Hindu caste, Dalits. Gregory Stanton, president of Genocide Watch, has stated, “Preparation for a genocide is definitely under way in India. The persecution of Muslims in Assam and Kashmir is the stage just before genocide. The next stage is extermination—that’s what we call a genocide.”
In addition to the CAA, Home Minister Amit Shah recently suggested the nationwide expansion of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), which would identify, detain, and deport non-Indian nationals. (At the present time, only the state of Assam employs a NRC.) Modi has also recently abolished Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which granted Jammu and Kashmir special status. The state remains under military lockdown.
Such policies are symptomatic of Hindu Nationalism or Hindu fascism, also known as Hindutva. This violent ideology maintains that Indian identity is synonymous with Hinduism, despite the fact that India is a secular nation and the largest democracy in the world.
Here in the United States we've been sold a bill of goods that we are all created equal and that we are a melting pot of immigrants,” says Shelly Anand, co-organizer of the January 19th protest in Decatur. “Those of us in the margins know this is not true and has never been true in the US. But we still fight for that belief and that ideal. Similarly, India has always been touted as world's largest democracy and that it is a secular nation where Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians and other religions have lived together in harmony. However this image of India could not be farther from the truth for Dalits, Muslims, and poor populations. But the ideal of India is still a dream worth fighting for--even from far away in the diaspora."
U.S. events on the 19th are being organized in conjunction with Equality Labs, a South Asian American organization that focuses on advocating for Dalits, Adivasis, and religious minorities of India (Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Jains). The actions are part of a national month of resistance events that will culminate in protests at all of the Indian embassies in the US.