Chauvinistic RSS Ideology

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The Hindutva ideology has been recognised as a form of religious terrorism in the seventh review of the global counter terrorism strategy, for which a resolution has been adopted by the UN General Assembly. Terminology matters and one wonders why it took so long for this ideology to be designated in this list. There was no hesitancy whatsoever in the case of equating Islam with terrorism, a significant part of the world population—the consequences of which continue to impact the lives of Muslims all over the world.

In addition to this, another diplomatic victory for Pakistan is that Islamophobia has also been included in this list because of how it has become a global issue which needs to be addressed. The issue of Islamophobia has been on the rise in India, particularly since the Modi government came into power. One would hope that as a result of this designation, more people around the world understand the issues being faced by Muslims in India and around the world.

Pak-India relations have always been strained, but the ideological underpinnings of the current BJP government do not just pose a threat to Pakistan, but also the rest of the region. The recent surge in terrorist attacks in Pakistan and the oppression being carried out in Kashmir is a practical manifestation of the Hindutva ideology.

Thankfully, Pakistan has been proactive in contesting false manufactured narratives and taking concrete steps in the realm of security. The security establishment’s swift response in apprehending the culprits behind the Lahore blast and exposing their links to RAW must be lauded. Also, President Arif Alvi’s remarks about how Hindutva ideology will continue to strain relations with Pakistan and ultimately lead to internal strife in India, serve as a timely reminder of the perils of an ideology based on racism and hate. Pakistan must capitalise on this momentum and ensure that the international community does not continue to turn a blind eye to the oppression being carried out against Muslims in India and IIOJK.

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