Canada shouldn’t allow a movement originating from India that disseminates hate and victimizes religious minority groups to entrench itself in this country. This is an increasing influence/ threat from the ‘movement’ spearheaded by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), closely linked to BJP government in India; that promotes discrimination against minority religious groups at home and abroad. RSS poses a major challenge to Canadian human rights, tolerance & multiculturalism commitments. Its activists also created law and order situation in UK and other countries. The outfit is seeking to shrink space for Muslims and other minorities in Western capitals. RSS network has not only roots in Canada but is also extending its global outreach while propagating far right views in various ways. A recent report has confirmed RSS elements spreading hatred of Muslims in UK under the garb of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) organization. Presence/ entrenchment of RSS and its affiliates in Canada has already resulted in a litany of Islamophibic, anti-Sikh, and casteist incidents in Canada.
Such incidents resemble communal tensions being exploited/ exacerbated by RSS in India. Hindutva movement by RSS and its large network of affiliates (Sangh Parivar) trying to present its agenda ‘as agenda of all global Hindus’. This is both impossible and completely false. Electoral success of BJP and its deep ties with RSS helped smuggle Hindutva’s discriminatory vision to world’s diverse religions from ‘margins to the mainstream’ with devastating results. RSS antagonism against Muslims, Sikhs, Christians & Dalits became socially legitimized, emboldened & now threatens to destabilize Indian’s large diaspora both here in Canada & elsewhere. Canadian leaders should not allow individuals/ organizations pushing Hindutva vision of India – a supremacist vision discriminating against minorities leading to mass bloodshed – entrench themselves in this country. Extremist outfit’s presence will perpetuate supremacist ideologies, and would antagonize relations between large faith-based communities in Canada.