As detailed below, a number of conspiracy theories about Muslims target them as threats to India.
Love Jihad: A theory by Hindutva that Muslim men are trained to trap Hindu girls through love, then convert them into Islam to grow their population. Several Indian states now have laws against interfaith marriages and conversions because of it. Vigilantes from the BJP-RSS machine often attack interfaith couples; meanwhile, police arrest the victims.
Economic Jihad: A Hindutva conspiracy theory suggesting that Muslims are growing financially by selling to Hindu customers.
Population Jihad: As per this theory, Muslims marry four women and beget dozens of kids to increase their population and gain the votes needed to win elections, with the supposed end goal of declaring India an Islamic Nation.
Halal Jihad: BJP’s national general secretary CT Ravi says that “Halal is an economic Jihad.” It is said that Muslims sell Halal Certified products to earn more to strengthen their community and then that money is used to fund Islamic Jihad.
Naukarshahi Jihad/Bureaucracy Jihad: A conspiracy theory propagated by Suresh Chavhanke of Sudarshan TV that Jihadi Muslims are infiltrating the Indian bureaucracy through the civil service examinations. Only 3.54% of Indian Administrative Service employees are Muslims.`
Corona Jihad: EqualityLabs noted that there were 98,000 #Coronajihad tweets from April 1-4, 2020. The BJPRSS machine was in full swing, with everyone from the Indian health ministry to media blaming Muslims for the virus. They claimed Muslims are doing bioterrorism by intentionally spreading the virus to non-Muslims as a form of “jihad.” Muslims were beaten, arrested, and lynched during this hysteria.
Thook Jihad/Spit Jihad: This conspiracy theory claims that Muslim eatery owners/street food vendors deliberately spit in their food to contaminate it.
Shiksha Jihad/Education Jihad: This theory suggests that Muslims are using education as a means of Islamic indoctrination. A school was shut down for organizing an interfaith prayer service.
Flood Jihad: After devastating floods hit India’s northeastern state of Assam in June 2022, claims that the local Muslim community were to blame for the disaster began circulating online. Major influencers with verified account started forwarding it. Assam is a flood-prone state of India where poor Muslim farmers themselves are often victims of floods. Police eventually arrested five Muslims because of fake reports without any evidence to prove any guilt.
Land Jihad: A Hindutva conspiracy theory suggesting Muslims buy and encroach on properties as part of a campaign to displace Hindus and change demographics. This has led to bulldozing Muslim homes without due process. The BJP-RSS regime has also passed multiple laws designed to ghettoize Muslims.