The Holocaust Did Not Occur in a Vacuum
The Holocaust is one of the greatest modern tragedies. The carnage of the Holocaust did not occur in a vacuum, but rather after a sustained campaign of hate that included fear mongering and dehumanization of Jews. The horrors of the Holocaust compelled research into indicators of genocide. Scholars and human rights activists are now able to identify patterns and stages leading up to a genocide. Early signs include symbolization and dehumanization.
Muslims in India are suffering the same type of “othering” and demonization that the Jewish population faced under the Nazi regime. This is not surprising as the Hindutva ideology of India’s ruling party draws its inspiration from Nazi supremacist ideology. India’s equivalent of the Nazi party, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), applies this derived ideology in its teachings and actions. Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is the political arm of the RSS, which itself operates as a paramilitary organization. The chief of the RSS is given government VVIP security.
The slogan “Never Again,” said after the horrors of the Holocaust, still echoes throughout the world. However, that promise rings hollow, as the international community remains unwilling to prevent new genocides. Governments remain largely silent on the Modi government’s Hindu supremacist agenda and the growing marginalization and persecution of Muslims and other minorities.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was born out of the desire to prevent future flagrant violations of human rights. It lays out universal human rights such as equality and human dignity, which the global community must recognize to ensure peace. When incitement of hate, marginalization, dehumanization, and persecution become commonplace in a society, it is crucial that the international community acts to ensure that history does not repeat itself.
In this report we aim to outline and draw comparisons between Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime and Narendra Modi’s Nazi inspired the BJP-RSS regime. This is not meant to deny the vast scale of evil and suffering perpetrated by the Nazi Government in Germany. Instead, we hope that this report will provide deeper insight into the very real and present dangers that 200 million Indian Muslims are facing and the realization that Hindutva must be condemned as an abhorrent ideology in the same way that Nazism is.