T Raja Singh is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician from the South-Indian state of Telangana. He is the only member representing BJP in the state legislative assembly. He is a resident of the Goshamahal constituency in Hyderabad.
Formerly a Telugu Desam Party (TDP) member, Singh joined BJP in 2013 and currently acts as the party’s chief whip in Telangana.
His website describes him as being from a “simple but devoted Hindu family”; for the Hyderabad Police, however, he is a known history-sheeter with a penchant for hate speech.
Singh’s hatred for Indian minorities is well known. He often rakes up his anti-Muslim rhetoric, which includes calling Muslims traitors and shooting the Rohingya Muslims.
He also called for the shooting of Bangladeshi migrants if they do not return to their homeland.
Singh had once called the Muslim-dominated Hyderabad Old City “Mini Pakistan.” During tension in West Bengal’s Baduria and Basirhat districts in July 2017, Singh appealed to the state’s Hindu community to respond to how Hindus in Gujarat reacted in 2002. He had also proclaimed Kashmiri Muslims were traitors and threatened to burn down theatres during the Padmaavat film controversy.
He has 60 cases pending against him — hate speeches account for most of them. He was named a “rowdy sheeter” by Telangana police in December 2019.
Singh promotes cow vigilantism and encourages lynching of those who eat beef.
“I am the convener of a cow protection group; most of the cases are related to this. I have repeatedly said that if anyone hurts a cow and eats beef, I will be the first to hurt them to protect the cow. What is the harm in protecting cows?” he said.
In December 2015, he threatened to create a “Dadri-like situation” — a reference to the Muslim man lynched in Uttar Pradesh on suspicion of carrying beef — after Osmania University in Hyderabad students made plans to organize a beef festival on campus.
In 2017, he called for the “beheading of those who oppose the Ram temple.” In January 2020, Singh reiterated his threat to kill the “Owaisi brothers” — AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and his brother Akbaruddin Owaisi — and bring an end to all those who oppose the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
In September 2020, after the Wall Street Journal published a report exposing the alleged political biases in Facebook’s content policies that seemingly favored the BJP in India, Facebook banned Raja Singh from its platform and Instagram for violating its policy around content promoting violence and hate.
The report cited that Singh’s posts were inflammatory in nature. Spread across various videos and posts, the MLA had called for killing Rohingya Muslim refugees by shooting and claimed that Indian Muslims were traitors. In other posts, he also promoted the demolition of mosques.
In his speeches, he called Hindus’, not true Hindus’ if they did not attend the RSS’s daily congregation— known as shakhas—. He called the right-wing paramilitary, Hindutva supremacist organization RSS, a factory producing “icons” like Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath.
In January 2021, Singh was convicted by a special court which sentenced him to one year imprisonment and fined Rs 5,000 for attacking police officials in 2015.
In August 2022, Singh made derogatory comments against Prophet Muhammed leading to protests in the city and sporadic incidents of violence. He was later arrested under the Preventive Detention Act, also known as PD Act, which is invoked by the police on habitual and notorious offenders.