On July 16, around 40 religious leaders and intellectuals from across India gathered in Delhi to address the increase of violence, a "disregard for the rule of law" and the spread of an "environment of hate" throughout the country.
Backed by the Indian bishops' conference, attendees urged the government to end "impunity which was at the root of the atmosphere of fear that stalks the land today" and threatens "not just secularism, but the Constitution and the democratic fabric of the country."
They expressed their shock at the increased number of lynchings carried out on the pretext of protecting cows, stressing that in these cases, the state governments and police forces "acted against the guilty in an impartial manner."
Past violence carried out against minorities in the country has largely been attributed to the radical Hindu group Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, also referred to as the RSS.
They were established in 1925 with the goal of establishing "Hindutva," or "Hindu-ness," and have been banned three times in post-independence India, with all three bans eventually being lifted.
Critics of the group have often refered to them as a sectarian, militant group who believe in the supremacy of Hindus and who preach hate against Muslim and Christian minorities. Narendra Modi, elected India's prime minister in May 2014, was a full time worker with the RSS prior to his election.
As BJP spokesman in 2010, Kovind said that "Islam and Christianity are alien to the nation."
The RSS sits on the right-wing and has no official registration in India. However, they maintain strong ties with the BJP, of which president-elect Kovind is a part, raising questions as to how much action will be taken against minority violence in the future. Kovind is also close to the RSS.