Love jihad is a chilling reality – Rakesh Sinha

Prof Rakesh SinhaSecularism in India suffers due to three reasons. First, there is no uniform civil code. This renders the gender issue a religious and communal one. Second, organised conversion campaigns increasingly destablises socio-religious equilibrium. Third, the fundamental right of freedom of religion is shattered by unabated conversion. – Prof Rakesh Sinha

This is what happens to stupid Hindu girls who run after Muslim boys with money!The raging debate on love jihad has expectedly created a ruckus both in the media and the wider society. Accusations have been flying from expected quarters—the flag-bearers of disruptive secularism—that it is an “RSS conspiracy to drive a wedge between Hindus and Muslims” on the one hand and “deter intercommunity marriage”. The “RSS-versus-minorities” refrain is part of the secularists’ worn out subterfuge in suppressing serious debate on any sociological and cultural issue.

Ideally, love is one of the most sublime forms of human expression. Two people yielding to this benign emotion must be given moral, legal and social support. Love is exalted to spirituality in Indian tradition. Inter-community marriages are welcomed, if based on mutual consent. There are umpteen examples of public figures with spouses from another community, many of them from BJP. However, when a marriage is based on ulterior motives, premeditated actions or falsehood, it engenders problems violating the couple’s privacy. If an inter-community marriage forces a girl to forsake her religious identity and freedom, it sows suspicion and calls for increased sociological attention. Hindu or Christian girls getting married to Muslim boys had hardly been an issue till cases of abandonment and forced conversion came to light. The issue of “love jihad” first appeared in the British Parliament. The subject index of an “untraceable” file of the National Archives of India unravels that the daughter of Motilal Nehru eloped with a Muslim, Syed Ansari. Both were later traced and separated.

Tara Shahdeo: Not Ranjit Singh Kohli but Raqibul Hasan!Tara Shahdeo, a shooter in Jharkhand, is a more recent and serious instance. In the Kerala Assembly, Congress CM Oommen Chandy, certainly no votary of Hindutva, admitted in 2012 that 2,667 girls were converted to Islam. Numbers are much higher than reported. Such things may not enjoy wide Muslim support, but forces pushing such marriages are definitely not guided by any secular ethos. Can one dodge the very real issue of whether traditional Islamic society can accept an idol-worshipping woman as part of an Islamic family, culture and society? Hindu women are the biggest victims, whether the marriage is based on affection or design. Conversion is mandatory for any woman marrying a Muslim. Even Mohammad Ali Jinnah, who married Ruttie, a Parsi, in 1920, first converted her to Islam.

Mahatma Gandhi too faced conversion’s sordid symphony when his eldest son Harilal embraced Islam. He said on May 29, 1936, in Mumbai: “I have the gravest doubt about this acceptance being from the heart or free of selfless considerations. Everyone who knows my son Harilal knows that he has been for years addicted to the drink evil and has been in the habit of visiting houses of ill fame. For some years, he has been living on the charity of friends who have helped him unstintingly. He is indebted to some Pathans from whom he had borrowed at heavy interest. Up to only recently he was in dread of his life from his Pathan creditors in Bombay. Now he is the hero of the hour in the city.”

Hiralal GandhiGandhi wrote in the Harijan on June 6, 1936: “Harilal’s apostasy is no loss to Hinduism and his admission to Islam is a source of weakness to it if, as I apprehend, he remains the same wreck he was before.”

Secularism in India suffers due to three reasons. First, there is no uniform civil code. This renders the gender issue a religious and communal one. Second, organised conversion campaigns increasingly destablises socio-religious equilibrium. Third, the fundamental right of freedom of religion is shattered by unabated conversion. The colonial legacy continued under secularist regimes, as a result of which Hindus are perhaps the world’s only majority community but with minority psychology who need anti-conversion laws for protection from demographic deficit. – The New Indian Express, 6 September 2014

» Prof Rakesh Sinha is Hony. Director of India Policy Foundation. Contact him at



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  1. rama lakshmi @RamaNewDelhi [On Twitter]
    05:10 AM – 02 Sep 14: While we debate “love-jehad”, China offers cash rewards for interracial marriages in troubled Muslim-majority Xinjiang…

    Rana Laxmi works for Washington Post in Delhi.

    The example she has given is actually a case of ‘love jihad’. The Muslims (primarily men), in many parts of the world, are paid to marry non-Muslims, and convert the spouse to Islam. In China, the Hans (who are in majority) are paid to marry the non-Hans, so that the future population of the non-Hans is reduced. In this way, the Chinese leadership think that they are solving a problem.

    If the good lady had read this para:

    Dilxat Raxit, a Munich-based spokesman for the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), an exiled pressure group, condemned the move. “They are using marriage as a means to achieve Beijing’s political ends,” he told RFA, adding that such marriages are rare and unlikely to succeed. “The Turkic culture of the Uighurs and Han culture is different in almost every way, and Uighurs basically don’t marry Han Chinese.”

    She would have realised that the link to the Washington Post article actually reinforces the contention of the Hindu groups. Perhaps she thought that her readers would merely accept her say-so that the Washington Post articles has made a counter-point to what the Hindu organisations in India are contending.

    Creating confusion as a strategy for a political agenda is part of a large programme to deny Love Jihad. The objective is not enlightenment to project that it is the Hindus who are the bigots, and creating a mountain out of a flat land. The process of denying the problem accentuates the pain of the Hindu girls.

    The programme of negation is being actively indulged in India despite the exposure of Islamic grooming gangs in the UK. The tragedy for the non-Muslim girls in the UK is a due to the same tactics of negation that is being practised in India.

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