Kapil Mishra is an Indian politician with the ruling far right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Before joining the saffron party, he was elected to the Delhi Legislative Assembly in 2015 from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Mishra is a Muslim hater who is well known for delivering communal speeches. During the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in 2019 and early 2020, he played an important role in mobilising Hindu extremists against people who were protesting against the discriminatory bill that grants Indian citizenship based on religion.
In December 2019, Mishra led a march where the slogan was “Desh ke gandaaron ko, Goli maaro saalon ko,” that implied those who protested against the citizenship bill were traitors and should be shot dead.
“JNU gaddaron ko, Goli maaro saalon ko; Jamia ke gaddaaron ko, goli maaro saalon ko; AMU ke gaddaaron ko, Goli Maaro saalo ko (Shoot the ‘traitors’ from JawaharLal Nehru University, Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University)”: Mishra raised this slogan on December 19 at Jantar-Mantar.
Moreover, he also incited many Hindutva groups to come on the roads and target anti-CAA protestors.
“I have also taken to the street today. If you know how to win in the Parliament, you have to win on the roads too. Today I am also on the road with thousands of youth of Delhi,” he wrote on his Twitter account on December 20, 2019.
On February 23, 2020, while US President Donald Trump was visiting India, Mishra addressed a huge gathering of members of various Hindu rightwing groups where he gave an ultimatum to the Delhi Police, asking them to forcefully remove the anti-CAA protestors from protest sites in Jaffrabad and Chandbagh localities in eastern Delhi.
“The DCP (Ved Prakash, DC North East Delhi) is standing in front of us, and on your behalf, I want to tell him that till the US President (Donald Trump) is in India, we are leaving the area peacefully. After that, we won’t listen to you (police) if the roads are not vacated by then… we will have to take to the streets,” he said.
By that very evening, Hindu right-wing members, armed with swords, guns, rods, chains, and stones, marched across Muslim locatities in Delhi. The anti-Muslim pogrom that continued until February 27 left at least 53 people dead, mostly Muslims, and injured another 400. However, despite court orders, the Delhi Police did not file any case against him.
During an interview with The Wire, Mishra didn’t show any remorse for his actions and said: “I am proud of what I did on February 23, 2020, and if it happens like that again, I will do that again”.
He is presently leading a digital network called Hindu Ecosystem with more than 20,000 people who, according to a Newslaundry investigation, are working in an organized fashion to create and spread communal hatred. He is also a lead promoter of an extremely Islamophobic news origination called Kreately.
In April 2022, Mishra was accused of inciting communal riots in the Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh state where Hindu extremist mobs had attacked Muslims, their places of worship, and properties.
BJP’s cockroach Kapil Mishra was in Khargone, MP, making hate speeches before the Ram Navami violence happened.
Is Khargone a tourist hot spot & he coincidentally happened to be there?
Or rather – it was a planned conspiracy like the Delhi pogrom hatched by the BJP MP govt.
— Saket Gokhale (@SaketGokhale) April 12, 2022