Swami Prabodhanand Giri is the president of the Hindu Raksha Sena, a Hindu supremacist organization based out of Uttarakhand state. Formerly, he was the national president of Sanatan Dharma Mahasangh.
Giri is known for delivering anti-Muslim hate speeches where he exhorts Hindus to take up arms and commit genocide against Muslims.
In 2017, he called on Hindus to bear eight children for the purposes of contributing “towards conserving, preserving and protecting Hindutva and the society.”
In another speech in Shamli, Uttar Pradesh state in 2018, he said that only Muslims rape Hindu women and spoke about the bogey of ‘love jihad’, apart from expressing other anti-Muslim sentiments.
In June 2021, Giri recorded a video with Hindu militant priest Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, where he made genocidal statements against Muslims.
“In the entire world, if we want humanity to last, we will need to clean it of jihadis. There should be treatment, management for jihadis on this earth. A few days ago someone said that in Islam, rapists are born, jihadis are born – I have been saying this for some time, there is a jihadi and a terrorist in each Islamic home… Hindu society needs to stand up and find a cure for jihadis, otherwise these jihadis will find a cure for Hindus, and there will be no place on this earth for us to live… One thing is certain, if he comes into my space and I find out, he will not leave. I have lived for 14 years among jihadis, I’m not that weak… They should not think that if Narsinghanand or I are killed, you can live happily. There will be a pile of corpses, across the country you will see corpses. This is certain, nobody will stop us,” Giri said.
Between December 17-19, 2021, he was a speaker at the Hindu Dharma Sansad (Hindu Religious Parliament) in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, where he called for repeating Rohingya-style genocide in India.
“We have to make preparations. And I’ll tell you what preparations those are. I will make myself clear, this is the solution, and if you follow this solution, then the path is made for you… in Myanmar, Hindus were being chased away. The politicians, government and police were just standing and watching. They started by killing them by cutting their necks, and not only this, but they began to cut them in the streets and eat them. The people watching thought we are going to die, we are not going to live,” Giri said.
“This is our state now. You have seen this at the Delhi border, they killed Hindus and hung them. There is no more time, the case now is that either you prepare to die now, or get ready to kill, there’s no other way. This is why, like in Myanmar, the police here, the politicians here, the army and every Hindu must pick up weapons and we will have to conduct this cleanliness drive (safai abhiyan). There is no solution apart from this,” Giri added.
On January 2, 2022, Giri delivered an anti-Muslim hate speech in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.
“There are a few who read the Quran, the ones who understand it, become Jihadis. We will stand up against every jihadi in India and clean the country of their presence. The Prime Minister has said Swachh Bharat, we will make it a clean and holy (pavitra) Bharat. If you keep weapons to fight irreligion as Ram did in Mahabharat, you will be blessed by Lord Ram and Krishna. Weapons are essential, to fight with Jihadis and there is no other way,” Giri said.
Giri is also considered close to the BJP leadership i. On two occasions, Giri has shared photographs of himself with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
He was also photographed with the higher education minister of Uttarakhand and BJP member Shri Dhan Singh Rawat on August 12, 2021. In June 2021, he was also photographed with former Uttarakhand CM and BJP member Tirath Singh Rawat, giving him a sword.