Calling All Peace-Loving Hindus

Who sees all beings in his own Self, and his own Self in all beings, loses all fear.
(Isha Upanishad)

I and my colleagues at Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus are heartbroken to read the news that Muslim man, Mohammad Akhlaq, was lynched and murdered by a Hindu mob in Northern India because it was rumored that he killed and cow and consumed the meat. News reports claim that a mob of Hindus wielding bricks, batons and swords came to the man's house to hunt him down, beat him to death and severely injure his son and mother.

The Hinduism of this murderous mob is not a Hinduism that we recognize or embrace. Our bhakti teaches us that we are all one regardless of race, religion, caste or gender. Our belief that the whole world including cows and all species are interconnected and divine should guide us to treat the whole planet with love and compassion; it should not lead us to perpetrate such acts of brutality. We vehemently denounce all terrorism perpetrated in the name of our religion.

I have faith that the majority of Hindus do not condone such acts of brutality, but it is very important that we speak up as Hindus and show these extremists that they do not represent us.

Let us speak up for the Hinduism that we know and love: the faith that we are all one, and that violence to one is violence to all.

Hindu brothers and sisters, please sign our petition asking for justice for Mohammed Akhlaq. And all readers, please share the petition far and wide.