The gathering of over 300 people witnessed discussions that reeked of bigotry and violence in the heart of Bengaluru. It was organised by the Hindu Jana Jagruti in the city's Rajajinagar neighbourhood. The aim of the convention, according to the organisers, is a simple one - a plan towards turning India into a 'Hindu Rashtra'. The event was organised at a local civic body run community hall in Rajaji Nagar where doctors, students, housewives, lawyers all nodded in agreement as speakers explained the terms such as 'Land Jihad, 'Economic Jihad', Love Jihad', and discussed why loudspeakers should be banned or why India needs to become a country for Hindus.
The speakers included Hindutva leaders like Mohan Gowda, state spokesperson for the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, S Bhaskaran, Vishva Sanatan Parishad, GM Nataraj, a Karnataka High Court lawyer. Lawyer GM Nataraj spoke about how to legally go about protesting against Muslims. He started his speech listing off various noise pollution and environment protection laws in the country; he said that loudspeakers at mosques violate all of those laws. "Muslims counter that they play it only for five minutes. But it is not just a call to prayer. It is a call from mosques for every Muslim to wake up and pray and resolve that they will kill others. When a Hindu hears such a call, they get scared. Hindu families near mosques get palpitations and panic when they hear the azaan playing loudly because they know it is asking Muslims to kill Hindus. Is that not emotional distress and harassment?," Nataraj asks as he is met with a resounding "Yes!" from the crowd.
S Bhaskaran, president, Vishwa Sanatan Parishad to speak about "land jihad" and how Muslims are "taking over property" from Hindus. "In a locality of 100 Hindus, two Muslim families will live peacefully. That is our big-heartedness that we allow them to do so. But the same does not happen with Hindus in Muslim localities. Hindus are harassed, mentally tortured and forced to live around meat in these localities. Many times, Muslims throw meat carcass and bones in front of Hindu households on festival days just for fun. But even then have the gall to say they are scared to live in India. Is this what a scared person does?" Bhaskaran asks. Before explaining the term "land jihad" - a term commonly used by right wing groups to describe a "conspiracy" by Muslims to take over neighbhourhoods, he says, "Muslims are like cancer. They slowly take over the workings, economy, and properties of an area. And then spread over the whole city and do the same for a state and country."