TRN Bureau, New Delhi: Union Home Minister, Mr Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that the government will take strong action against anyone found guilty of attacking churches, mosques and other minority institutions.
“Whether it is an attack on a temple, mosque or any other religious place, whatever action is required, we will take that strongly,” he told while addressing the media on the sidelines of a function in Attari, Punjab.
There is no need to create a sense of fear among the minority communities; instead, all efforts should be made to “instill confidence in them”.
Incidents include a church that was recently vandalized in Haryana and a 72-year-old nun was raped at a convent in West Bengal in the last fortnight. In the last few months, several churches and a school have been vandalized in Delhi, prompting Christian groups to demand protection for their institutions and strong action against those involved in such acts.
More than 70 Muslim and Christian groups were joined by secular activists and political leaders at a protest in New Delhi on 19th March 2014 to raise their concern regarding growing religious intolerance in Modi’s government.
“The attacks on minorities have a larger agenda,” said Mr Digvijaya Singh, Senior leader of the Congress party that led two successive governments before the BJP assumed power.
“This is a question of ideologies. A fascist ideology is trying to put back the secular ideology of the state,” said Singh, who is also General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee (AICC).
Ms Amarjeet Kaur, National Secretary of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and Senior leader of the Communist Party, noted that, apart from the attacks and hate crime against religious minorities, Modi’s government is attempting “to replace history with [Hindu] mythology”.
While heads of historical and educational institutes have been substituted with those subscribing to Hindu nationalist agendas, attempts are being created to glorify even the man who killed Mahatma Gandhi – Nathuram Godse – known for his Hindu nationalist moorings, said Ms Kaur.