Haridwar, India January 10 (KMS): Amidst outrage over the Haridwar hate assembly, Indian Diaspora across the world ran a robust online campaign, raising their voice against the calls for genocidal violence against Muslims by Hindutva groups in India.
Activists, community leaders, rights groups, academicians took to Twitter to carry on with the campaign with hashtag #StopMuslimGenocide to express their solidarity with Indian Muslims in the wake of rising Hindutva hostility targeting Muslims in particular and minorities in general.
The tweets under the hashtag were part of the campaign that also involved signature drivers, letters to local lawmakers in their respective countries seeking accountability from the Indian government as to what it is doing to put a check on rising communal violence and hatred against Muslims.
Prominent voices who took to twitter to raise their concern over the genocidal calls include historian Audrey Truschke, journalist Rana Ayyub, entrepreneur Aamina Kausar and artists T M Krishna, John Cusack and Swara Bhaskar among others.
The activists and Diaspora groups said that there was a need for a greater global intervention in the wake of the genocidal calls against Muslims. “India ratified the Geneva convention against genocide in August 1959. The convention binds the Indian government in a legal obligation to punish ‘direct and public incitements to commit genocide’ by the public as well as private individuals,” Director of Stitching London Story, a Europe-based think-tank, said, reminding the Indian government of its commitments to the global community.
“India stands on the brink of an impending genocide of Muslims,” said Dr Haroon Kasim, co-founder of The Humanism Project in Australia, a Diaspora group that took part in the campaign.
Sunita Viswanath of a US-based group Hindus for Human Rights urged all Hindus to take a stand against such violent and hate filled calls and said, “Indians across the world especially Hindus must wake up to the horrors taking place in India.”