Priyamvada Gopal worries about Hindu extremism.
No, not here. In India:
It is rarely scrutinised in the west, partly because Hinduism is stereotyped as gentle and non-violent in the image of Gandhi – who, ironically, was assassinated by an RSS activist – and benefits from the disproportionate attention given to Islamist violence, which enables other pernicious extremisms to slip under the radar.
Well, yes. We don’t worry too much about being nibbled by a puppy while we are fending off a rabid dog, either.
We should note with concern that some charitable funds raised in Britain, including for the 2001 Gujarat earthquake, went to charities run by Hindu extremists who systematically foment hate. So too must we care about the “saffron pound” sent by long-distance Hindu “patriots” to fund extremism. But investigating Britain’s Hindu zealots doesn’t have the same political currency as pronouncements about getting “tough” on Islamic extremism.
Well, while the Hindus are mainly concerned with fighting the Muslims, and that mostly over there, I’m happy to say ‘Shubh Kaamnaayein’ and let them get on with it.