Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday urged the international community to keep alert before the ‘Rashtriya Swayamsevak Singh (RSS) on the move leads to genocide of Muslims in India that would dwarf other genocides.’
In a post on Twitter, the prime minister said, “Whenever militias like Hitler’s Brown Shirts or RSS formed, based upon hatred of a certain community, it always ends in genocide.”
The prime minister was replying to a tweet shared by Suchitra Vijayan, founder of a New York based research organisation, showing RSS activists marching in military style in India’s Telangana state.
Vijayan said RSS activists were “Nazi’s in Khaki uniform.”
“If the international community remains silent — you are complicit in endorsing the ongoing violence,” she said.
Demonstrations have been erupting in India since December 12, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government enacted the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) that allows non-Muslim minorities from Afghanisatan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who moved here before 2015 a path to Indian citizenship.
At least 25 people have died in 14 days of demonstrations and violence after the Modi’s government passed the law.
The demonstrations have been largely peaceful but protesters have also thrown rocks and torched vehicles, while heavy-handed police tactics including the storming of a Delhi university a week ago have ignited rage.
Islamic groups, the Indian opposition, and others at home and abroad are fearful that this forms part of Modi’s goal to marginalise India’s 200 million Muslims and remake the country as a Hindu nation, something he denies.
Authorities have imposed emergency laws, blocked internet access and shut down shops in sensitive areas across the nation in hopes of containing the unrest.
More than 7,500 people have either been detained under emergency laws or arrested for rioting, according to state officials, with 5,000 in Uttar Pradesh state alone where 17 people have been killed.