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Ramesh Shinde

Affiliation: Hindu Janajagruti Samiti
Categories: Most Dangerous
Location: Maharashtra

Ramesh Shinde is the national spokesperson of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS), the sister organization of the Hindu militant group Sanatan Sanstha. HJS members are accused of assassinating anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar in 2013.

A prominent Islamophobe, Shinde, and Uday Dhrui, were the point persons behind organizing the 2017 Hindutva conclave in Goa to draw up a programme to establish a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ in India by 2023.

Shinde also leads the propaganda wing of HJS and promotes conspiracy theories like love jihad and religious conversions with the sole aim of targeting Muslims and Christians. He considers “Secularism as a conspiracy to wipe out the concept of Hindu Rashtra from the Hindu minds.”

In June 2014, Shinde called for opposing quotas for Muslims in jobs and educational institutions in Maharashtra.

In 2017, he called for banning loudspeakers in mosques. “Is the loud speaker in Masjid more important or greater than constitution of India? Supreme Court has already issued a verdict that noise-making loudspeakers should be removed and also action should be taken against mosques,” he said.

In 2019,  he organized multiple rallies supporting the discriminatory Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

In 2020, Shinde spewed venom against the Muslim community over social media, accusing them of “economic Jihad.” He alleged that halal products were “gaining a stronghold over the world economy,” and the exact needs to be curbed, at least in India.

In April 2021, he called for banning the entry of Muslims and Christians from all the Hindu temples in the country.