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Ramji Tiwari

Ramji Tiwari

Affiliation: Antar Rashtriya Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal
Vocation/Title: General Secretary, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Location: Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh

Ramji Tiwari is currently serving as the General Secretary of the Antarashtriya Hindu Parishad, an organization led by the prominent Hindu extremist leader Parvin Togadia, situated in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. The group actively propagates an anti-Muslim narrative within India and internationally.

Tiwari has gained notoriety for his Hindu supremacist ideals and promotion of unfounded conspiracy theories and hate-mongering against Muslim minorities. His prominence began around 2020 during the rise of the Islamophobic conspiracy theory known as ‘love jihad,’ which alleges that Muslim men entice Hindu girls into Islam through romantic relationships.

In August 2020, Tiwari and his associates were involved in fabricating a fake ‘love jihad’ case implicating a Muslim youth named Ashif, alias Nafiz, aimed at demonizing and alienating Muslims in the region. Tiwari was a key propagator of this case, asserting that Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh had become a hub for ‘love jihad.’

In February 2021, Tiwari initiated an online signature campaign in Kanpur to protest the use of loudspeakers by mosques to give the Islamic call to prayer. The campaign aimed to gather support from 100,000 people so it could be presented to the President of India.

In September 2021, Tiwari, alongside the local unit of the Hindu militant group Bajrang Dal, vehemently opposed a request for a Muslim prayer room in the state’s assembly building, claiming that opening the prayer room could lead to India becoming an “Islamic state.” 

“Multiple nations invested thousands of crores to build Afghanistan only to see it taken over by Islamic State governed by Sharia law,” Tiwari said. He proceeded to smear the Muslim politician who had requested the prayer space, accusing him of engaging in “communal politics” and “making unconstitutional demands.”

At a public event in August 2023, Tiwari urged local Hindu businessmen and residents to sever financial ties with Muslims. He also made threatening remarks, urging Muslims to leave India for Pakistan and Bangladesh. In September 2023, while addressing a Hindu supremacist gathering, he stigmatized the religious and cultural significance of Indian Muslims and encouraged his followers to take up the issue of the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, which Hindu extremists are attempting to claim as a Hindu temple via the judicial system.

In May 2023, he said in a speech, “If Hindus remain in danger then I warn that this country will not remain,” implying that Hindus are threatened by Muslims. In September 2023, Tiwari shared disinformation during another speech, blaming Muslims for the bloody partitioning of India and Pakistan in 1947. He then pledged to transform India into a Hindu Rashtra (Hindu nation).

Tiwari is known for fear-mongering online through hashtags like ‘Hindu khatre me hai’ (Hindus are in danger). His social media posts indicate his regular presence at public rallies, often alongside prominent hate-mongers and anti-Muslim ideologues. These rallies frequently involve the chanting of derogatory slogans against Muslims and the display of deadly weapons, creating an atmosphere of intimidation and fear among Muslim minorities.