The unapologetic Hindu CMs of the BJP have shredded Casteism to pieces and have gained some success in Uniting Hindus back into the bigger Sanatan Dharma Umbrella. Not just the CMs, saints, social media influencers, and common citizens are making efforts for Hindu Renaissance. Hindu community of Karnataka is spearheading this cause by calling an end to the apartheid practices like Hijab, Halal, or the repeated cacophony of loudspeakers at odd times of the day.
- After the demand for the prohibition of Non-Hindu stalls on the temple premises, and the ban on halal certification, the demand for a ban on loudspeakers for Azan grows in Karnataka.
- Unapologetic About Sanatani Roots and giving ears to Hindu Voices in Karnataka.
- Development of all and appeasement of none i.e Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas.
Karnataka taking the charge
After a clarion call against non-Hindus’ stalls on the temple premises and ban ‘halalonomics’, some Hindu organizations like Bajrang Dal and Sri Ram Sena have requested the authorities to remove loudspeakers from mosques, following the SC and HC rulings to regulate loudspeakers use and exempt people from this continuous cacophony.
Recitals of Hindu deities’ songs and prayers are being planned by some Hindu groups during azan. The police have beefed up security to avoid any flare-up in the law and order situation and the state government has decided to follow court orders in a staged manner by taking everyone into confidence, not by using force. The Police officials informed that following a previous scolding from the HC in the same matter, till February of this year alone, it had given notices to 310 entities, including 125 mosques, 83 temples, and 22 churches.
Karnataka is seeing an upheaval in its socio-political arena for quite some time now. The Islamists have been trying to boil the state by raking up new controversies which have been luckily nipped in bud by the state authorities and awakened Kannadigas. The hateful and discriminatory campaign of ‘Pehle Hijab Fir Kitab’, which led to the unfortunate death of a Hindu boy, Harsha, was successfully quelled by the state government and the judiciary.
The apartheid Halal certification which follows Islamic traditions and rituals while slaughtering has been shoved down forcefully onto Hindus as well and Hindus are demanding a ban on such forced food certification for Hindus.
Perennial Azan/Loudspeaker Controversy and various Court Rulings
The controversy around the usage of loudspeakers in public places has been constant. In 2017, Sonu Nigam spoke against this “forced religiousness” for which many radical Islamic bigots hounded him. Various Public Interest Litigations (PILs) have been filed in state High Courts and Supreme Court to regulate the use of loudspeakers. The major guidelines came from the Supreme Court in 2005 when it clearly stated that the use of loudspeakers is prohibited between 10 P.M. and 6 A.M.
In August 2016 Bombay High Court directed that use of loudspeakers is not a Fundamental right under Article 25 of the constitution. In May 2020, Allahabad HC directed that Azan can be recited by ‘Muezzin’ in human voice only without amplifying device or loudspeaker. The states also have powers to regulate it under the Noise pollution Control and Regulatory Rules 2000.
Wholistic Development, No appeasement Veto
The saffron party, BJP has been branded as the Hindu party and anti-minorities especially anti-muslim, but the fact reflects that the charge is baseless and political only. The development policies have been distributed without any favoritism or hatred, to state the obvious, minorities have been benefitted from these policies. The party whole-heartedly follows PM Modi’s Vision of Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, and Sabka Prayas.
The recipients of many central and state schemes like PM Awas Yojana, Ujjwala Scheme, Minority Ministeries Schemes, etc include a large portion of Muslim minorities. While the development has been all-inclusive, the politics of appeasement has been given tilanjali. Former PM Manmohan Singh once said, “Muslims must have the first claim on resources.”. The saffron party has ended Muslim maulana’s veto by inclusive development and has even started making in-roads in progressive and educated Muslims.
The polity of Karnataka has rightly moved in the direction above casteism and fractions in Hindu religion like Lingayat and the government is tackling all such major and controversial topics very maturely and decisively. Taking everyone along on the path of development, the saffron party leaders have not been shied away from their Sanatani roots and are protecting Hindu rituals, traditions, and the community’s rights in general like hearing the voices of Kannadigas about Non-Halal food certification, etc.