Rajasthan Govt Backs ‘Hindu’ Fair

Jaipur, November 21: Following the incident of government students being forced to attend a five-day fair organised by the RSS backed organisation Hindu Spiritual and Service Foundation, the Jaipur Police on Sunday ordered an inquiry into the ‘love jihad’ pamphlets that were being distributed by Bajrang Dal.

The ‘love jihad’ pamphlet that was distributed in the fair which feature Kareena Kapoor;      source: thewire.in

According to a Scroll article, pamphlets at the event accused Muslim film actors of trapping Hindu women by marrying them, and also suggested that “love jihad” could be prevented by checking books and mobile phones of women. They said that “love jihad” takes place at beauty parlours, mobile recharge shops, ladies’ tailors and Muslim hawkers’ outlets.

“The reason for using Kareena Kapoor Khan’s case [as an example in the pamphlet] was to make these kids, who idolise all the Khans [referring to film stars], understand that love jihad is a trap.” 

                  – Chauthmal Gupta, the coordinator, told The Wire. 

The pamphlet which was passed to every female passer-by prescribes remedies to avoid ‘love jihad’ in their families.

The pamphlet states “frequently check the female’s belongings, call and SMS details, warn the Muslim boy if found with a Hindu girl, call Muslims as disgusting/terrorist/smuggler/traitor/Pakistan supporter in front of females at home.” 

The members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal denied that the distribution of pamphlets were done from their stalls following the police intervention.

Apart from the distribution of pamphlets, the fair had stalls where visitors could take an oath of vegetarianism, enroll in one of the many caste organisations or sign petitions for a campaign to recognize cow as the national animal. The stalls had also exhibited books on Christian conspiracies.

Jaipur’s  Additional District Education Officer Deepak Shukla told The Indian Express that the government and private schools in Jaipur have been asked to ‘help’ the students with the fair following the directions of Primary and Secondary Education Minister Vasudev Devnani.

“(The organisers of the) Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair (HSSF) are contacting government and private schools on their own. But what happens is that government schools say they can’t do anything until they have orders. So the honourable minister’s directions were that we help them (with the fair)”

                                                                                                            -Shukla, Additional District Education Officer


Furthermore, the Bhartiya Gau Kranti Manch in addition to demanding that cows should be recognized as ‘rashtra mata’ (national mother), declared that those found to be killing cows be given the death penalty.

Tara Chand Kothari, associated with the Bharatiya Gau Kranti Manch told The Wire,  “Not all gau rakshaks are bad. It is the media that highlights them negatively. Gau rakshaks have to take the law into their own hands because the government is not doing anything to save our mothers [the cow]. Gau mata is the god of gods.”

On vegetarianism, Baba Jai Guru Dev said that vegetarianism would ensure a bright future to children, save women’s honor and provide immunity from diseases. He gave out a ‘vegetarian pledge’ form to the visitors. The children were also made to participate in a tulsi and gau puja in order in a programme meant to promote ecological conservation.

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad also re-iterated their demand for a Ram Mandhir in Ayodhya.

Other caste outfits such as the Rajasthan Brahmin Mahasabha, Shri Dhobi (Rajak) Ekta Manch, Akhil Bharatiya Khatik Samaj, Kshatriya Yuvak Sangh, etc were also present at the fair which culminated on November 20.

The former Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot, reacted thus :

The fair was criticized by many as an attempt on instilling dividing ideologies in the minds of young people.

Earlier this month, the HSSF in collaboration with the Rajasthan government organised a massive ‘Vande Mataram’ recital where in all NSS (National Service Scheme) students were made to participate. The tricolor hoisted at the event, did not contain an Ashoka Chakra. To know more read:

Rajasthan Government Ties up With Hindu Group For Massive Vande Mataram Recital