Alok Kumar is the International Working President, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), and Sanghchalak of the RSS unit in New Delhi. He is the former Deputy Speaker of Delhi Assembly.
VHP is an affiliate of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a far-right Hindu nationalist organization formed in 1925 along the lines of hardline nationalist groups in Europe, which aims to create an ethnic Hindu-majority state in India.
For decades, VHP has campaigned to turn India into a Hindu nation and stands accused of orchestrating numerous attacks on Muslims and Christians in hundreds of riots in various parts of the country.
Kumar is accused of inciting violence against Muslim community members in the Lal Kuan region of Old Delhi in July 2019. He gave a communal color to an argument between two men, one Muslim and the other Hindu, over a parking space.
Kumar had put together a rally on July 9, 2019, where provocative speeches against Muslims were made.
“There were also songs about how Kashmir is Hindu and bhagwa (saffron), and that India is a nation of the Hindus. At around 1 pm, after their march, the crowd gathered near the main temple. Even as local Muslims were serving food at the bhandara, troubling speeches were broadcast from the temple loudspeakers. In the first speech, a man in saffron robes said that Hindus had been quiet for too long. He asked Hindus to wake up, adding that Hindus in Gujarat were already awake and could avenge the plight of their dead relatives,” according to the Scroll.
In March 2020, the Tees Hazari court in Delhi ordered the registration of an FIR against Kumar for inciting violence against Muslims.
Kumar often denies that Muslims are a minority in India and instead equates both Muslims-Hindus sharing the same DNA. After the Delhi pogrom of February 2020, Kumar visited the rioted affected areas and praised the RSS and VHP men for killing Muslims.
“In case of a riot when the mob attacks, then Hindus have the right to self-defence. And if any RSS or VHP people along with the society resisted the attacks, then I am proud of them,” he told ThePrint.