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Michael Safi and Jessica Elgot report in the Guardian, “Senior Tories have distanced themselves from a firebrand Hindu activist invited to speak at the House of Commons last week, after it emerged he had been jailed at least five times in India for stoking religious tensions. Tapan Ghosh, the founder of Hindu Samhati, a controversial activist group based in India’s West Bengal state, spoke at an event in the UK parliament last week.  Ghosh has gained notoriety in India for his incendiary rhetoric about religious minorities in the country, especially Muslims, who he has claimed are “all jihadis”.  He has also justified the persecution of Rohingya refugees and told his followers earlier this year that “1 million white English children may have been the victims of Muslim rape gangs”. His travel to the UK and appearance at the event, which included meeting several Tory MPs, raise questions over how much scrutiny is paid to the activities of Hindu nationalists in the UK compared with those of Muslim or Christian hardliners. Ghosh addressed an event titled Tolerating the Intolerant, organised by the National Council of Hindu Temples (NCHT), a lobby group for British Hindus. Seated beside the Conservative member for Harrow East, Bob Blackman, Ghosh told the crowd Hindus were having “their daughters and sisters snatched away by what is called love jihad”.  click here.

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