New Delhi: Delhi-based Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) coaching institute, Drishti IAS, has written in its study material that the rise of Hindu nationalism is the reason for rising cases of lynching in the country.
It has also blamed the ‘Ghar-Wapsi’ for communal tendencies in society.
In its section on Threats to Secularism, the coaching institute has written “Rise of Hindu Nationalism in recent years have resulted into mob lynching on mere suspicion of slaughtering cows and consuming beef.”
It further writes “In addition with this, forced closure of slaughterhouses, campaigns against ‘love jihad’, reconversion or ghar-wapsi (Muslims being forced to convert to Hinduism), etc. reinforces communal tendencies in society.”
Not even one case has been reported in the country where any Hindu organisation forced any Muslim for ‘Ghar-Wapsi’.
It has also glorified the Mughal rulers writing “In medieval India, religious toleration and freedom of worship marked the State under Akbar. He had a number of Hindus as his ministers, forbade forcible conversions and abolished Jizya. The most prominent evidence of his tolerance policy was his promulgation of ‘Din-i-Ilahi’ or the Divine Faith, which had elements of both Hindu and Muslim faith.”
Earlier, video clips from other UPSC coaching institute, Vision IAS, had gone viral. In the viral video, its tutor Smriti Shah could be heard telling her students in a class that ‘Bhakti Cult’ in Hinduism started as a response to the liberalism of Islam.
In a video clip which had gone viral, she could be heard saying that when Islam had started coming to India in 7th century it generated huge response as it was talking about liberalism and a society free from evils of discrimination and oppression. She further added that ‘Bhakti Cult’ was started as a response to it.
In another video, she could be heard saying that the feeling of Hindu Rashtra gives rise to the violent behaviour of Hindus. She had also said that the feeling of Hindu Rashtra gives rise to antagonism of Hindus towards religious minorities.
Later the management of Vision IAS had justified Shah’s statement saying, “The discussion in point is only focused on one possible reason for the rise of the Bhakti cult and that too in a particular time period.”
Another video of a Vision IAS tutor had gone viral in which he could be heard saying that Aurangzeb demolished Kashi Vishwanath temple as there were complaints about illegitimate activities going on there. The tutor had added that Aurangzeb demolished the temple after some good priests complained.