Bob Blackman, the Conservative MP for Harrow-East hosted an anti-Muslim extremist in parliament on Wednesday 18th October. Tapan Ghosh, the founder and Chief Patron of Hindu Samhati was the keynote speaker at the event organised by the National Council of Hindu Temples entitled ‘Tolerating the Intolerant’. Mr Ghosh has previously praised the Rohingya genocide, called for Muslims migrants to leave their faith and claimed that “Islam has massacred over 669+ million non-Muslims since 622AD”.
Bob Blackman himself has an interesting past in being on the wrong side of history and in 2013 said he was ‘proud‘ of his High Court battle to block Nelson Mandela from being honoured with the freedom of Brent Council on the anti-Apartheid revolutionary’s visit to the UK in 1990.
At the event at the House of Commons earlier this month, Mr Ghosh said in his speech, “Your girls and daughters are threatened by grooming, but in our country, our land is threatened and our existence is threatened.”
He also talks about the ‘Hindu Defense Force’ he set up in his state to protect Hindu communities against Muslim violence.
Watch the full speech below:
Speaking to the Middle East Eye, Bob Blackman bizarrely spoke of an alleged problem in the UK of Hindu minorities being forced to convert, supposedly to Islam. He said: “One of the most worrying trends in recent years has been grooming and forced conversions of Hindu minorities in the UK and countries like Bangladesh and Pakistan. In our commitment as a nation to fight extremism and radicalisation, it is important to hear the voices of suppressed minorities.”
In tweets from the last 12 months, Tapan Ghosh has called on the UN to control birth rates of Muslims worldwide, speaking in praise of a ‘war against Islam’, claimed that ‘all Muslims are jihadis’ and much more. Here is just a selection:
That means Musa is a true Muslim. He wants to destroy all non Muslim/kafir institutions. https://t.co/FWn8H97lbZ
— Tapan Ghosh (@hstapanghosh) December 25, 2016
A believer in Islam, who converts or kills non Muslim & earns Ghazi title is a true Muslim. Any doubt? https://t.co/43NpiGU1F4
— Tapan Ghosh (@hstapanghosh) February 12, 2017
We deplore UN's Right's body.Why it doesn't try to control birth rate of Muslims world over? Why it doesn't try to reduce Muslim fanaticism? https://t.co/SHQOSGQoy0
— Tapan Ghosh (@hstapanghosh) September 11, 2017
Why they should come to Xtian countries? Why not to rich Muslim countries? If they want to come to non Muslim country, they must leave Islam https://t.co/pPkKjKGCaf
— Tapan Ghosh (@hstapanghosh) June 29, 2017
VIDEO: The Muslim world is dominated by bad ideas & bad beliefs. 'Moderate' Muslims are really very small in number.https://t.co/8EUOFnO0Gy
— Tapan Ghosh (@hstapanghosh) May 5, 2017
One million white English children may have been the victims of Muslim rape gangs, better known as grooming gangs. https://t.co/HSqi2JYqEY
— Tapan Ghosh (@hstapanghosh) May 3, 2017
Shame on Rohingya men. Shame on Islam. Seeing this reproduction rate, how can we blame the Myanmar Buddhists for driving them out? https://t.co/aA1vojtplh
— Tapan Ghosh (@hstapanghosh) September 19, 2017
Good news. Now Africa is awaking about the danger of Islam. Angola refused to recognise Islam as a Religion.https://t.co/Z5hFsJCn4M
— Tapan Ghosh (@hstapanghosh) October 20, 2017
ISLAM has MASSACRED over 669+ million NON-MUSLIMS since 622AD.https://t.co/cANSbYpm7p
— Tapan Ghosh (@hstapanghosh) May 11, 2017
All Muslims are jihadis. Some are Love Jihadis. These two BJP leaders are Love Jihadis, coz they compelled their wives to embrace Islam. pic.twitter.com/PjhnGEf1Z6
— Tapan Ghosh (@hstapanghosh) December 24, 2016
GOOD NEWS: War against Islam will be stronger: Geert Wilders on Track to Become Next Prime Minister of d Netherlands https://t.co/umWlSlj77Q
— Tapan Ghosh (@hstapanghosh) November 28, 2016
Muslim takeover of Europe is ‘biggest story of our time’ and nobody knows it! https://t.co/NnAahiY6jE
— Tapan Ghosh (@hstapanghosh) August 12, 2017
Muslims marching against terrorism? Funny! Why they're not leaving Islam? That will be real step against terrorism. Nothing else. https://t.co/h8n3noAmmI
— Tapan Ghosh (@hstapanghosh) August 23, 2017
— Tapan Ghosh (@hstapanghosh) October 23, 2017
Earlier this month Mr Ghosh was invited by the Hindu Forum Britain to speak at a Diwali event that was attended by Home Secretary Amber Rudd as well as other top Conservative Party politicians such as Damien Green.
When questioned about Mr Ghosh’s attendance, Trupti Patel, the president of Hindu Forum Britain, told Middle East Eye that her organisation had “checked everything about” Ghosh’s background and defended his views on Muslim attacks on Hindus.
“What he does is help Hindus in Bangladesh and West Bengal who have been treated really badly, and have had their villages burned. This person is doing good voluntary work,” she said.
She also said Ghosh had helped Hindu refugees who had been attacked by Rohingya in Burma. “Why are we going on about Rohingya Muslims all the time… Islamophobia is so annoying that our [Hindu] boys and girls are being treated so badly.”
The Conservative Party have a growing history of dabbling in Islamophobia and identity politics. Zac Goldsmith’s unsuccessful mayoral campaign in 2016 made ‘outrageous‘ attempts to link Labour’s Sadiq Khan with Islamist extremism. In 2010 Philip Hollobone MP called the burka “the religious equivalent of going around with a paper bag over your head with two holes for the eyes” and last year David Davies MP claimed that the Islamic tradition requiring women to wear face and head coverings is “an excuse for sexual violence against women”.
It’s time that the Conservative Party began to take a serious look at the growing wave of Islamophobia in the UK and begin to acknowledge and tackle their role in this narrative.