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Aabhas Maldahiyar

Aabhas Maldahiyar

Affiliation: Independent
Vocation/ Title: Architect, Author, and Columnist
Location: Hazaribagh, Jharkhand

Aabhas Maldahiyar, the ex-Communist, is an architect and Hindu supremacist author, and columnist from Hazaribagh in Jharkhand, India. As an architect, he has been part of the Namami Gange project of the Government of India aimed at cleansing the River Ganga.

He has been writing for various Hindu far-right media outlets, including SwarajyaOrganiser, and Firstpost. He has also authored multiple fiction and non-fiction books.

In March 2019, before the national general election, his book titled ‘Modi Again; Why Modi Is Right For India,‘ was published by the Hindu nationalist publication house Garuda Prakashan.

Maldahiyar is a pathological Islamophobe who regularly spreads hatred against Islam and Muslims through his writings and talks. He is a routine guest at Sanjay Dixit’s The Jaipur DialoguesSangam TalksThe Festival of Bharat, and numerous other Hindu far-right propaganda platforms to vilify Islam and praise Hindu nationalist ideology.

He rampantly misquotes Quran to substantiate anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. In June 2021, he tweeted, “I just said, Qur’an 2.221 substantiates Love Jihad & the whole jamat of anonymous trolls got behind me. I think the Indian State using this can make a law that Muslim Men can’t engage with non-Muslims. Or else hearing Rizvi ji, this verse must be removed!”

In 2021 he delivered a lecture at Sangam Talks titled, ‘Re-Thinking the Origin of Islam & Quran.’ He presented his flawed understanding of Islam and named it Alternative Islamic Theory (AIT), seeking to falsify the Standard Islamic Narrative (SIN).

According to his Alternative Islamic Theory (AIT) theory, Islam originated in the northern part of the Arabian peninsula, and the conflict between the Judaic sects led to its creation. He also stated that Prophet Mohammad ( PBUH) of the 7th century had nothing to do with Qur’an which was written around the 8th and 9th centuries.

Another Sangam Talks talk titled “Who Wrote the Quran and Who Was Muhammad?” was presented wherein he ridiculed the credentials of the Holy Prophet and questioned the reliability of the Quran.

In November 2021, he wrote a piece defending Hindu nationalism for the Firstpost, linking terrorism with the Quran.

 “And of all the most appalling case is the attempt to establish similarity between Islamist terror outfits and Hindutva. The truth of the matter is that bodies like Islamic State and Boko Haram have been responsible for the persecution of millions of people not agreeing to their faith system. One may like or dislike it, but they are indeed drawing inspiration from the Holy Book. There can be a case of argument that those organizations are misinterpreting the texts, but then this argument only appears more fallacious. I say this because while they want each Hindu to celebrate ‘Not in my name,’ they would get into this ‘interpretation business’ whenever things like Charlie Hebdo or Kamlesh Tiwari happen. They would not go on to talk of ‘Not in my name’ even when cities get burnt for someone calling names to Qur’an or Muhammad,” he wrote.

In early 2022, he extended his support for the Karnataka government’s ban on Hijab in educational institutions.

In June 2022, through a series of tweets, he tried to trivialize the 2002 anti-Muslim pogroms in Gujarat by putting up false claims that the incident was blown out of proportion to vilify Hindus and  Hindu nationalist sentiments.