Online petition by Indian American techie asks Modi and RSS to end “Nafrat Ke Bazaar”


San Francisco-based tech entrepreneur Shanmugavel Sankaran has started an online petition asking Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “shut down nafrat ke bazaar” (marketplaces of hate). The petition, which went online on June 8, reaches out to Modi and the right-wing Hindu nationalist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Shan Sankaran is the founder and CEO of SaaS firm FixNix, a cloud based platform for Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) that would simplify GRC decision making and make managerial processes easier.

In his petition, Sankaran writes:

“Dear Prime Minister Narendra Modi,

“We,the concerned Indian citizens & NRIs of India, urge you to stop the hate propaganda that is causing division in our society. Your words and actions have a profound impact on the people of India, and we believe that it is your responsibility to promote unity and harmony among all communities.

“The recent incidents of communal violence in various parts of the country are a clear indication that hate speech and propaganda are tearing apart our social fabric. As a leader of this great nation, it is imperative that you take immediate action to curb this trend.

“Your speeches during election campaigns have been known for their divisive nature. They often target specific communities and create an atmosphere of fear and mistrust. This has led to an increase in hate crimes against minorities in India.

“According to data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), there has been a significant rise in communal incidents since your government came into power. In 2019 alone, there were 7,484 incidents reported across the country. Statista claims, most hate crimes reported in India were targeted towards Dalits. Muslims followed as targets during that time period. Reasons of alleged hate – varying from caste, religion to honor killing and love jihad. Also US based Council on Minority Rights in India identified there is a clear pattern which suggests that incidents of hate crime against religious minorities have occurred largely in BJP-ruled states.

“BBC also captured this in their Modi documentary about you. It got banned silencing dissent in a democracy.

“Furthermore, multiple reports suggest that social media platforms are being used as tools for spreading hate speech and propaganda. It is essential that you take strict action against those who use these platforms for promoting hatred among different communities.

“We would like to share our “Voice of Indian Diaspora” across world related to Rahul’s conviction and disqualification of his Membership of the Indian Parliament that it’s not of great interest for a largest democracy like India to silence opposition dissent as they are highlighting hate crimes happening across the country.

“We urge you to uphold your constitutional duty as Prime Minister by promoting peace and harmony among all sections of society. We request you to take immediate steps towards curbing hate speech and propaganda before it leads us down a path we cannot return from.”

Sankaran signed off the petition saying he is writing on behalf of “Concerned Indian Citizens & NRIs of India.”

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