The narrative of love jihad
As if their vilification and demonization was not enough, Hindutva forces have now weaved a new narrative around Indian Muslim youth that they indulge in “Love Jihad”.
The origin of this slanderous narrative, referring to an alleged Muslim plot to convert young Hindu girls to Islam by having Muslim boys entrap them in love affairs, can be traced back to Kerala wherefrom it travelled to Karnataka in 2007 in recent times (Although it finds its origin in 1920s Hindu mobilization as well).
Authorities in both Kerala and Karnataka eventually denied that such a plan existed. But the fact that it was actually investigated through a judicial intervention gave a huge boost to the idea that love jihad might be a real strategy.
The mantra of Love Jihad is yet another attempt to vilify Indian Muslims already reeling under tyranny of obscurantist Hindutva forces. The magnitude of the problem can be gauged from the slander & mudslinging thrown at this largest minority by surfing through “readers’ comments” to news/columns published in on-line Editions of national & regional newspapers. While it is generally believed to be a handiwork of computer - savvy Hindutva brigade, known as inter-net Hindus, the concerned newspapers are either sympathetic or helpless before them as their own in-built policy of “moderation of comments” is rarely invoked to block the muckraking. And all this does not augur well for India.