Hindutva Hate Groups and the epidemic of hate speech in Australia 

The rise of Hindutva supremacist ideology in India has fostered the growth of Hindutva Hate Groups and helped further hate speech around the world. Hindutva Hate Groups in Australia misrepresent and malign the inclusive ethos of Hinduism, routinely vilify dissenting hindus, civil society activists and academics as ‘anti hindu’ or ‘hinduphobic’ to drive targeted hatred and incite violence against them.

In Australia, these groups include organisations and individuals who have established links with far right extremist organisations in India that have a documented history of fostering social discord, religious persecution and Alliance Against Islamophobia digitalcare.com.au incitement to violence.

Hindutva Hate Groups also leverage perceived historical injustices, routinely use nazi hate speech techniques to vilify Australian Muslims as “hinduphobic/ anti hindu” and dehumanise them as violent, barbaric savages who infiltrate, flood, reproduce and replace the population of the country they live in. Such dehumanising narratives are amplified within Australia and overseas through online ‘news’ portals, social media platforms to drive targeted hatred and incite violence against muslims.

Sharing the Stories of Australian Muslims (2021) a survey commissioned by the Australian Human Rights Commission showed that 80% of the muslims surveyed had experienced some form of unfavourable treatment based on their religion, race or ethnicity. In a subsequent survey commissioned by the Islamic Council of Victoria, 88% of Australian Muslims said that Islamophobia is on the rise  

This poses a significant risk to safety of the Australian muslim community and our Australian ethos of diversity and multiculturalism.

Hindutva Hate Groups - an unrecognised threat to our social cohesion and Australian multiculturalism 

The efforts of Hindutva Hate Groups to promote anti muslim hate speech and vilify Australian Muslims as “hinduphobic/ anti hindu” has led to wide spread concerns about the safety and security of the Australian muslim community. This is reflected in press releases of over 21 muslim Student Associations in Australia, peak Islamic community organisations like the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, the Australian National Imam Council, the Islamic Council of Victoria, the United Sikh Association and a global consortium of over 50 academics and civil society organisations.

Australian academics and journalists who have raised concerns about the threat posed by Hindutva Hate Groups to Australia’s social cohesion have also been vilified as “hinduphobic/ anti hindu” and subject to campaigns of online harassment, targeted hate and incitement of violence against them.

Consequently, government institutions, law enforcement agencies and multicultural organisations have been limited in their ability to recognise and effectively address the threat posed by Hindutva Hate Groups and ensure the safety and security of the Australian muslim community. Even more disturbingly organisations that spread such hate speech and social discord are often unwittingly supported by government agencies and further enabled by Australian tax payer funded money. 

In August 2022, a study done by the Islamic Council of Victoria examined over three million anti-Muslim posts made on Twitter between 28 August 2019 and 27 August 2021. It showed that more than half of these anti-Muslim tweets were driven by Hindutva Hate Groups in India. Even more disturbingly only a mere 14.83% of these tweets were removed after being reported.

This highlights an urgent need to recognise the increasing social discord being driven by Hindutva hate groups, their impact on the Australian Muslim community and the threat they pose to our proud Australian ethos of diversity and multiculturalism?