What Happened At A Hindutva Rally In South Mumbai Alleging ‘Land Jihad’ (Boom Live)

Several speakers at the rally on multiple occasions made communal claims ranging from alleging that "khan mafia" is taking over historic forts in the state and demanded the removal of "Islamic encroachments".

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By Anmol Alphonso

The quiet lanes of fashion street in South Mumbai were filled with communal slogans on a Friday afternoon. A group of around 300 to 400 saffron-attired men, women, and some children, carrying posters and flags were part of a Hindutva rally, protesting against what they call “Land Jihad”.

“Nahi chalega, nahi chalega Gad-durg pa Islamic atikraman nahi chalega (The Islamic encroachment of forts will not be tolerated),” they screamed, alleging that historic forts in Maharashtra are being encroached upon by the Muslim community.

The rally organised on March 3, 2023, was spearheaded by Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) along with several other smaller Hindutva organisations under the banner of Maharashtra Gad-Durg Rakshan Samiti to protest against the alleged ‘Islamic encroachment’ of historical forts of Chhatrapati Shivaji. They demanded that the Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state government constitute a high-powered committee to address the issue.

BOOM has previously reported on HJS’s convention in Bengaluru in May 2022, where their speakers had discussed how to build a Hindu rashtra (Hindu nation) and their discussions had reeked of communal bigotry…

This story was originally published in boomlive.in. Read the full story here



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