Hate Watch: Did VHP head call Indian Muslims “4th stage cancer”?

Ravindra Narayan Singh said Partition was a ‘cancer’ now in its ‘fourth stage’ adding there was ‘no such thing as Ganga-Jamuni tahzeeb’

Ravindra Narayan Singh

Hate Speech can sound an ‘educated opinion’ or that is what Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) president Ravindra Narayan Singh, an orthopaedic surgeon, must be hoping people think, when he said Partition was a ‘cancer’ that was now in its ‘fourth stage’ in India. He was quick to ‘explain’ when asked pointedly by the media if he was describing Muslims in India as cancer, and said, “I am a doctor. So I was giving you just an example. That does not mean that I called them cancer.”

He claimed he was comparing the Partition of India leading to the creation of Pakistan to a surgery for removal of “cancer” reported the Indian Express. However, the implication of who, or which community chose to stay in India after Partition, is clear to all. According to Singh, this “cancer” has  reached the “fourth stage” in Independent India and now needs “chemotherapy”.

A clear implication that to him Muslims = “cancer”!

Singh was speaking to the media in Nagpur, Maharashtra, after laying the foundation for a new VHP building there. According to Singh, “When India was partitioned on the basis of religion, we had given a separate land for Muslims. Ye samjhiye ke hum apne desh se us cancer ko nikalna chahte the (It was akin to removing that cancer from our country). But, unfortunately, this did not succeed. Some Muslim brothers remained in India. We accepted them with magnanimity as per the Hindu tradition of ‘vasudhaiva kutumbakam’ (the whole world is family) and ‘atithi devo bhava’ (guest is god).”

However, adding that it seemed to be a favour that Indian Muslims have been ‘allowed’ as it were to stay in their own country. Singh also hinted that Indian Muslims ‘should merge’ with his homogenous idea of India, and those who don’t will be ‘dissolved’ in the ‘homogenous river’. He said, “This does not mean that we get rid of 20 crore Muslims. You cannot ask them to leave the country. All I am saying is Muslims should live with us, like several rivers merge in Ganga and then together flow as Ganga only. There is no such thing as Ganga-Jamuni tahzeeb. I will not say hum se jo takraega wo chur ho jaega (those who clash with us will be torn to smithereens). I will say those who clash with us will dissolve in us, hum me wileen ho jaega.”

Treatment needed to save the ‘body’ and end this ‘cancer/ sickness’ 

According to him this ‘cancer’ has grown over seven decades since Independence, “Hum is baat ko bhool gaye ke cancer dheere dheere badhta hai. Aj 70 saal me wo ek fourth stage me aa kar hamare pure shareer me fail chuka hai. Is cancer ko hatane ke liye ab hamare paas bohot jyada vikalp nahi hai. Ab ise hatane ke liye hame chemotherapy ki vyavastha karni hai. Aisa treatment karna hai ke jisse shareer bhi bacha rahe aur bimaari bhi khatam ho. (But we forgot that this cancer slowly grows. In 70 years after Independence, it has reached the fourth stage and has now spread in the entire body. Now we don’t have many options to remove this cancer. We have to arrange for chemotherapy to remove it. We have to do such a treatment that the body will also survive and cancer, too, will be cured),” said Singh, as quoted by IE.

Singh invoked the ‘Muslim population is rising’ bogey as well as “Hindus are weakening” and added, “For this treatment, we have to become strong. We have seen that in the last 50 years Hindus have become weak due to two main reasons. One, due to lack of population control, disparity has grown between the population of Hindus and Muslims. If you have a building worth Rs 40 lakh, then they have 40 votes and the equations change due to that. This also results in weakening of our political standing.”

More Islamophobic drivel

Singh also accused Muslims of believing in “Ummah, where they don’t have a concept of a nation and hence they don’t have a concept of nationalism. They believe that the whole world should be of one religion.” 

He added it appears to protect himself, that “this does not mean that we get rid of 20 crore Muslims. You cannot ask them to leave the country. All I am saying is Muslims should live with us, like several rivers merge in Ganga and then together flow as Ganga only.”


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