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#106 [Permalink] Posted on 22nd April 2017 09:10
Behind the Scene Dynamics of BJP During Gujarat Riots of 2002

The article, below, is revealing. Honestly speaking we were not aware of this internal dynamics. Our average or the best image of the BJP Parivar was of a very coordinated, cohesive and congenial unit with cutting edge operational readiness, canine killer instinct and cut and dried professionalism. In reality it turns out to be merely a ride on the populist, anti-minority, opportunistic tiger. Nothing brilliant but very damaging. Another point to be noted is the sheer pace of things happening around us. The PM stands side lined today by the second juggernaut driven by the UP CM.


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When Modi staged a 'coup' against Vajpayee






April 7, 2002. (Prime Minister Atal Bihari) Vajpayee was in a pensive mood when he spoke to reporters in New Delhi hours before he left for Singapore and Cambodia on a five-day official tour.

Shortly after take-off, Arun Shourie, Vajpayee's disinvestment minister, was approached by (Vajpayee's adopted son-in-law) Ranjan Bhattacharya in the plane. 'Shourieji, please go and meet him. Baapji is terribly upset.'

Shourie found the PM deeply disturbed, not looking up, his face grave. He appeared crestfallen.

Soon, Shourie realised that PM was upset for one major reason: Gujarat.

On February 27, 2002, a group of people from a Muslim populated area of Godhra had set fire to a few bogies of a train -- the Sabarmati Express -- which carried pilgrims from Ayodhya, a town considered holy by the Hindus.

Massive riots broke out, mostly targeting Muslims, for nearly a week.

All the killing and pillaging in Gujarat had given Vajpayee a bad name, the more so because Gujarat had a BJP government in place, with a chief minister who had reportedly not risen enough to the occasion to rein in the violence.

Vajpayee was blamed for his failure as PM to get rid of Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who reportedly shouted back at a Muslim leader on the phone for seeking help after a mob had gathered outside his house.

Some hours later, the Muslim leader was lynched, and Modi is alleged to have asked the police forces to let the violence continue.

At that moment, Modi seemed to be the villain who brought a lot of shame to the central government.

Modi had also dared to publicly snub Vajpayee at a press conference where he was seated alongside the prime minister.

The reporter wanted to know Vajpayee's message for the chief minister in the wake of the riots.

In controlled displeasure, Vajpayee stated that Modi should 'follow his Rajdharma.'

He explained that Rajdharma was a meaningful term, and for somebody in a position of power, it meant not discriminating among the higher and lower classes of society or people of any religion.

In a bid to stop Vajpayee from saying something scathing about him, Modi turned towards Vajpayee, tried to catch his eye and said with a strong note of threatening defiance, 'Hum bhi wahi kar rahe hain, sahib (That is what we are also doing, Sir).'

Vajpayee immediately changed tack and said, 'I am sure Narendrabhai is also doing the same.'

Three days before his foreign tour in April, when Vajpayee visited the Shah Alam camp in Ahmedabad, which housed 9,000 Muslims displaced by the riots, he was deeply touched when a woman told him that he alone could save them from the hell that their lives had become.

Now, on the flight to Singapore, Vajpayee was worried he would expose himself to more humiliation while outside the country.

His grouse was: Why am I being paraded abroad at such time?

Shourie suggested that the PM speak to Advani, who had by now become the deputy prime minister, about the possibilities of salvaging the situation -- it could even mean replacing Modi.

But even after the 'pep talk' with Shourie, Vajpayee appeared cheerless. He told Shourie that he would speak to Advani about it.

The Gujarat issue came up in an interview on the third and final day of their stay in Singapore.

The journalist who interviewed Vajpayee first stated that Singaporeans were wary of communal disturbances, clearly indicating that he was referring to the recent riots in Gujarat, under BJP rule.

Then he shot off his question: 'And in India such disturbances have happened not once, but several times. In this regard what can Singapore learn from India's experience and what can you share?'

'Vajpayee paused and rubbed his forehead with his right hand before answering, betraying a level of discomfiture in answering questions related to the Gujarat riots. Then, weighing his words to make it as official as it could get, he said, "Whatever happened in India was very unfortunate. The riots have been brought under control".'

'"If at the Godhra station, the passengers of the Sabarmati Express had not been burnt alive, then perhaps the Gujarat tragedy could have been averted. It is clear there was some conspiracy behind this incident".'

'"It is also a matter of concern that there was no prior intelligence available on this conspiracy. Alertness is essential in a democracy. We have been cautious".'

'"And if one does not ignore even small incidents like one used to in the past, then one will certainly be successful in fighting terrorism".'

Clearly, he was on the defensive, and the issue worried him no end.

The Indian delegation led by Vajpayee returned on April 11. The next day, senior BJP leaders were to attend a national executive meet in Goa.

Shourie went home and took a shower. He was reading a book when he got a call from Brajesh Mishra asking if he had booked tickets to Goa. Shourie said he had.

'Please cancel them. You are going with the PM and the deputy PM in the PM's aircraft,' Mishra said, emphasising that if he didn't go, both Vajpayee and Advani would not talk if they were left alone in a plane.

Then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, right, with L K Advani, then deputy prime minister and home minister

When Shourie boarded the plane, Vajpayee was already there, seated next to the window, and facing him, across a table, on a window seat was Advani.

The external affairs minister, Jaswant Singh, was also there.

The plane took off and after a few minutes, Vajpayee took a newspaper from the table in front of him and opened it so widely that he didn't have to face Advani at all.

A little while later, Advani also picked up a newspaper and began to read.

Shourie and Singh looked at each other and sighed.

Then Shourie surprised himself. He pulled the newspaper out of Vajpayee's hands and interjected, 'Vajpayeeji, newspapers can be read later also. Why don't you tell Advaniji what you wanted to tell him?'

Vajpayee kept the newspapers away, and muttered in his usual style about what had to be done.

First, Venkaiah Naidu would replace Jana Krishnamurthi as BJP president. Then he said, 'Modi has to go.'

By the time they landed in Goa, the decision was taken: Modi would go.

Jaswant Singh shared another version of the episode. He narrated that though Advani didn't protest when Vajpayee insisted that Modi had to go, the home minister added, 'There will be chaos in the state.'

At Panjim in April 2002, the national executive meet began, and a short while later, Modi took to the dais and said he would like to step down as chief minister over the riots.

Immediately, people from several sides got up and said there was no need to do so.

Whether it was orchestrated or not, Shourie wasn't sure. But, according to him, Vajpayee felt that it was a coup.

Sensing that things were not going as planned, Shourie got up and described what had gone on between Advani and Vajpayee on the plane and the agreement they had reached thereafter.

But shouts kept emerging from the delegates: 'It cannot be done! Modi cannot be allowed to go!'

Vajpayee immediately understood the situation, and said, 'Let's decide on it later.'

'It can't be decided later, it has to be decided now,' somebody shouted.

And as if on cue, it became a slogan.

Shourie observed that Advani hadn't said anything though he knew very well that Vajpayee wanted Modi out.

Seeing things take a different turn, Vajpayee kept mum, opting against a confrontational stance.

Perhaps, for all his bravery, he was worried about younger leaders publicly questioning his authority.

He would never forget that humiliation.

Excerpted from The Untold Vajpayee, by Ullekh N P, Penguin Viking, 2017, Rs 599.

Source : Rediff
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#107 [Permalink] Posted on 22nd April 2017 09:59
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Whatever be the case, now we know who is in power. I never thought he would ever gain that position.
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#108 [Permalink] Posted on 23rd April 2017 16:43
Alok Mohan's Post on Kashmir


(Sorry for the Devnagri script. This is for my own record only.)

कश्मीर को लेकर जितने झूठ रोज़ व्हाट्सेप पर पढता हूँ, कोई एडिट कर ले तो एक किताब बन जाए. कुछ तथ्य दे देता हूँ. जिसे भरोसा न हो कहे, सोर्स दे दूँगा.

1- कश्मीर का अर्थ 1846 से पहले सिर्फ़ कश्मीर घाटी था जहाँ 90 प्रतिशत से अधिक मुस्लिम आबादी थी. इस पर उस समय रणजीत सिंह द्वारा स्थापित लाहौर के सिख साम्राज्य का हिस्सा था और सूबेदार था शेख़ इमामुद्दीन. सिखों ने यह इलाक़ा अफगानों से छीना था जिसमें अफ़गान काल के राजस्व विभाग प्रमुख बीरबल धर की प्रमुख भूमिका थी.

2- गुलाब सिंह रणजीत सिंह के सिपहसालार थे जिन्होंने उन्हें "राजा" की उपाधि और जम्मू पर राज्य का अधिकार दिया था. रणजीत सिंह की मृत्यु के बाद जब लाहौर दरबार में षड्यंत्र और हत्याओं का दौर चला तो गुलाब सिंह ने अंग्रेज़ों से सांठ गाँठ कर सोबरांव के प्रथम अंग्रेज़-सिख युद्ध से ख़ुद को अलग रखा और अमृतसर संधि की जिसमें 75 लाख रुपयों के बदले गुलाब सिंह को जम्मू, कश्मीर और लद्दाख के क्षेत्र मिले और महाराजा की उपाधि. इस तरह आधुनिक जम्मू-कश्मीर राज्य का उदय हुआ,

3- समय समय पर वहाँ की रियाया की शिक़ायतों पर वहाँ जांच के लिए गए थोर्पे जैसे अंग्रेज़ अधिकारियों की रिपोर्टों से वहाँ की लूट और जनता के बुरे हाल की ख़बर मिलती है जिसके चलते 1859 से ही विद्रोह शुरू हो जाते हैं. इन विद्रोहों में सबसे आगे शाल बुनकर थे, जिनकी हालत टैक्स और अन्य नीतियों के कारण बेहाल हो गई थी, यही नहीं खासतौर पर गुलाब सिंह के पोते प्रताप सिंह के ज़माने में जिस तरह की साम्प्रदायिक नीतियाँ अपनाई गईं उसने कश्मीर में बेहद असंतोष का माहौल पैदा कर दिया. वहाँ की 80 प्रतिशत संपत्ति पर डोगरा राजाओं, सिखों और कश्मीरी पंडितों का कब्ज़ा हो गया जबकि बहुसंख्यक मुस्लिम आबादी तंगहाली, ज़हालत और बेरोज़गारी का शिकार हुई. सरकारी नौकरियों में नीचे के पदों पर तो थोड़े बहुत मुसलमान थे लेकिन ऊपर के पदों पर उन्हें आमतौर नहीं लिया जाता था.

4- शेख़ अब्दुल्ला अलीगढ़ से विज्ञान में पीएचडी कर कश्मीर लौटे तो उन्होंने सरकारी नौकरी के लिए ही अप्लाई किया था, लेकिन जल्द ही यह भेदभाव उन्हें समझ आ गया. एक स्कूल में पढ़ाते हुए वे रीडर्स रूम में पहुंचे जहाँ पढ़े लिखे मुसलमान अपने मसले डिस्कस किया करते थे. 1931 में इन्हीं लड़कों ने एक आन्दोलन शुरू किया और एक दरोगा द्वारा क़ुरान जला दिए जाने और इस आन्दोलन के नेताओं के दमन के चलते आन्दोलन और तेज़ हुआ तथा मुस्लिम कांफ्रेस का जन्म हुआ जो बाद में नेशनल कांफ्रेंस बनी और उसमें प्रगतिशील कश्मीरी पंडित भी शामिल हुए. कोई शक़ सुबहा हो तो मृदु राय की किताब "हिन्दू रूलर्स एंड मुस्लिम सब्जेक्ट" पढ़ लीजिये.

5- कश्मीर में सिर्फ़ नेशनल कांफ्रेस थी जो भारत के साथ आना चाहती थी और इधर सिर्फ़ नेहरु और गांधी थे जो कश्मीर को भारत में चाहते थे, पटेल तो उसके मुस्लिम बहुल होने का कारण माउन्टबेटन को पाकिस्तान के कशमीर पर दावे का समर्थन कर आये थे. बाक़ी किस्सा लंबा है, और कुछ नहीं तो भाजपा सांसद एम जे अकबर की किताब कश्मीर बिहाइंड वेल पढ़ लीजिये.

6- 1951 तो छोड़िये कभी भी कश्मीर में हिन्दू बहुसंख्यक नहीं रहे हैं. घाटी में 90 प्रतिशत से अधिक मुस्लिम आबादी रही है. हिन्दू मूलतः जम्मू और बौद्ध मूलतः लद्दाख क्षेत्रों में हैं. इस तरह पूरे राज्य में 1941 में लगभग 74 प्रतिशत मुस्लिम और शेष हिन्दू और बौद्ध थे. आज लगभग 69 प्रतिशत मुस्लिम और शेष हिन्दू और बौद्ध हैं. तो प्रतिशत के रूप में मुस्लिम आबादी घटी ही है, बढ़ी नहीं.

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जानता हूँ आप पूछेंगे लेकिन कश्मीरी पंडितों के कश्मीर से निकाले जाने पर आप क्या कहेंगे? तो ज़रा इंतज़ार कीजिये. कोई वर्तमान इतिहास से मुक्त नहीं हो सकता. थोड़ा इतिहास पढ़ लीजिये अगर वास्तव में जानना चाहते हैं, नहीं तो व्हाट्सेप पर आज कोई नई कथा आई ही होगी.

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#109 [Permalink] Posted on 27th April 2017 10:08
A Brief History of Indian Time


(1) Allah SWT must have sent Prophets to India. There must have been many of them because if a single family, the Jewish people, can get about four thousand ouit of the total work force of 124000 then India is much bigger a country and would need many Prophets to cover the whole geography, spacewise and timewise.

(2) The holiest scriptures of the Hindus are the four Vedas. The oldest amongst thse, the Rigved, very clearly enunciates unity of God. The institution of Prophethood is no stranger to India. Narad Muni is a sage figure who frequents the heavenly and worldly realms and exchanges information between the two. The concept of hereafter is as clear in Hindu society as Islam professes. Hence all the three main articles of islamic faith are present in Indian classical knowledge. Of course there is loads of innovation, subterfuge, polytheism as well as plain atheism. This happened to the message of all Prophets except the last one (PBUH).

(3) When the original message of God got corrupted in India clearly problems crept into society. Today problems come in many shades but in ancient India the problems manifested in social decay.

(4) This social decay lead to revolt against the existing theological establishment. This resulted in the birth, precipitation and establishment of new religions in India - nearly all of them atheistic. These were the Buddhism, Jainism, Ajivakas, just to name a few.

(5) Hinduism, obviously, was still the dominant religion. It reacted negatively to these new religions.

(6) In its reaction Hinduism completely destroyed the Ajivakas, expelled Buddhism from India and decimated Jainism.

(7) But it could not revive the original message of God because that was irretrievably lost. Just like it is impossible to recreate original Judaism or Christianity on the basis of Bible similarly classical Indian literature is not sufficient to create the original message of Hinduism.

(8) India remained that way for a millenium when Rasoolallah SAW was sent to Arabia. Islam came to India very soon.

(9) Slowly Islam encompassed India and ruled it for centuries. In parts Islam ruled nearly for a millenium. Large populations of India became Muslim.

(10) Islamophobes blame spread of Islam on the sword. Painstaking tracking and analysis by Thomas Arnold decisively proved that theory wrong. The spread of Islam in india is attributed to the Sufis (in North India) and the traders (in South India).

(11) By 1857 the British completely snatched away India from Muslims.

(12) In 1947 India gained independence from the British and a new Muslim state of Pakistan came into existence on either side of India.

(13) In 1971 India, using Bengali nationalism craftily, succesfully chopped off eastern Pakistan and created a new country of Bangladesh.

(14) Since 1925 RSS has been trying to push for a Hindu dominance in India. In 1998 their political wing, BJP, managed to form a government in India.

(15) In 2014, May 16 the same party again came to power with even better political majority. Their route to power was majoritarian assertion against Muslim minority. they achieved their goal by successfully decimating the Indian National Congress, the political outfit that had lead the movement for independence from the British rule.

(16) Once BJP came to power, under the leadership of its single minded enforcer Narendra Modi, the world rudely woke up to the semi-hidden genocidal agenda of the spiritual guiding force RSS.

(17) With the success of dealing with Buddism, Jainism and Ajivakas in its historical genre the cadres of the ruling dispensation became all the more bold when the same party came to power with astounding majority in the politically very influential northern state of UP, Uttar Pradesh.

(18) Physical attacks on Muslims have become rather common place. even the law and order machinary is scared of the BJP cadres who move with saffron neck scarfs to terrorize the hapless minorities, maunly Muslims.

(19) The long standing objective of RSS has been to repeat the Spanish success in ousting Islam from the Iberian peninsula - Spain. The inspiration, as per Guruji (the teacher) M.S.Golwalkar, the third chief of RSS, Hitler's example is a good one for the majority community in India to profit by.

(20) On their part Muslims are doing their bit but in a most pathetic direction - they are behaving precisely in the same manner as they did in face of the Mongol assault against Baghdad and the whole Muslim land.
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#110 [Permalink] Posted on 27th April 2017 10:52
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What is the official Name of India according to Constitution?

Is it Hindustan? Is it Bharat or is it India?
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#111 [Permalink] Posted on 27th April 2017 16:16
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If my passe memory serves me right it is Bharat and India.

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#112 [Permalink] Posted on 28th April 2017 06:02
The Curious Case of India’s Secularism

Parvez Ahmed, Professor of Finance at University of North Florida

04/27/2017 11:13 am ET

(At the moment I do not have the time to react to this piece.)


Growing up in India, I had taken India’s secularism for granted. Not just secularism of the state but also pluralism in society. It was not unusual for my Hindu friends to visit my home during Eids and I looked forward to visiting their homes during Pujas. Several of my family members married Hindus and although it did create moments of awkwardness, in general, things worked out well. I grew up witnessing religious riots all through the 70s and 80s but I never questioned India’s commitment to secularism. It was not until I journeyed to America and I looked back, I found India’s secularism to be flawed. A flaw that continues to be at the root of much social unrest.

The recent episode over Indian singer Sonu Nigam’s awkward questioning of the use of loudspeakers to broadcast the Islamic call to prayer (azaan), made me take a closer look at my motherland from the perch of my homeland. As an avid traveler and a person curious about other faiths, I enjoyed visiting India’s many mosques as I did visiting the Hindu Meenakshi temple in Madurai, the Golden Sikh temple in Amritsar, the Bahai Lotus temple in Delhi, the Jewish Paradesi Synagogue in Cochin and the Christian Basilica at Bandel. They all evoked in me a sense of the divine. Thus, when I observed Hindu temples at Indian train stations or images of Hindu deities at Indian government buildings, such as at railway ticket counters or police stations, I never questioned if such overt displays of religious symbols in publicly funded institutions, eroded India’s secular character. But I question now, partly because of my self-awareness regarding what secularism ought to mean.

On my social media and across much of Indian society I discern spurious assertions that Muslims are often given preferential treatment by the secular Indian state structure. If such assertions were true then Sonu Nigam is correct in questioning why Muslims should be given special accommodation to broadcast the Islamic call to prayer over loudspeakers thus inconveniencing others, especially during the early dawn hours, when our sleep is at its sweetest. I am empathetic to Sonu Nigam’s irritation. Asserting my religious rights should not infringe upon the health of others. Moreover, it is not an “Islamic” necessity to broadcast the azan over loudspeakers. The point of a public call to prayer is to serve as a reminder to the faithful. But in today’s day and age of smartphones with easily downloadable azan apps, the efficacy of using loudspeakers for azan is questionable.

Accommodating the rights of others cannot be a one way street. Hindus will have to engage in serious introspection regarding the concessions they receive from the secular state, such as the aforementioned overt religious symbols inside publicly funded structures. In addition, during Pujas, a celebration I am often nostalgic about, the tremendous inconveniences imposed for days from loudspeakers blaring garish Bollywood music to severe traffic displacement from the construction of Puja pandals, are also an irritant to many. The traffic displacements are not just minor inconveniences but potentially life threatening, as it can sometimes prevent a fire engine or ambulance from reaching a place where they are needed.

Secularism instead of being the glue that binds all Indians together has unfortunately become a cudgel. Hindus point out that the very existence of separate personal law for Muslims is an anathema to the very idea of a secular state. And I agree. A uniform civil code for all Indians is the best way to preserve communal harmony and national unity. But that is not the only source of discord. Hindus have enjoyed state patronage from the use of Hindu symbolism at official Indian events, such as the lighting of diya to the breaking of coconuts. In addition, how can a secular state order people not to eat beef because killing cows offends the religious sensibilities of a particular religion?

In India, religious tolerance is in recession. The harsh voices of fanaticism own and shape the conversations. Creative artists, who have historically served as the moral center for tolerance, have now become the blunt edge for beating up on a marginalized and vulnerable minority community. Sagely voices that call for a revival of India’s many millennia old wisdom, “Ekam sat, vipraha bahuda vadanti,” there is one singular truth regarding the Divine but theologians give it many names, are sadly missing.

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#113 [Permalink] Posted on 30th April 2017 10:05
I am not authenticating the info about Aurangzeb Alamgir used in this post.

Hindutva mobs flex muscles against Muslims. Sikhs, Christians should speak up before it’s too late

India’s religious minorities have always been suspicious of Hindutva, aware that one day they could be on the receiving end of its intolerance. That day is arriving faster than they realise.

columns Updated: Apr 29, 2017 11:48 IST

Sunny Hundal

As right wing forces flex their Hindutva muscles and use them against Muslims across the country, Sikhs and Christians will be watching in worry. But the time for them to speak out is now, not when the mob comes for them. By then it will be too late.

Sikhs know this better than any other religious minority in India. The state-directed genocide in 1984 showed that Indian politicians rarely face charges for stirring up hatred against non-Hindus. But what is at stake here for Sikhs isn’t just their own safety but the protection of an important principle.

If you are born into a Sikh family, like myself, chances are you have been taught about the sacrifice of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji. In 1675 a group of fearful Hindu pundits approached the Guru to ask for his help against the Mughal king Aurangzeb, who wanted to forcibly convert them to Islam. The Guru had a challenge for the king. If he could convert him to Islam then the Kashmiri pandits would follow. But, of course, Aurangzeb was unsuccessful and Guru Tegh Bahadur paid for his principles with his life.


The ninth Guru of the Sikhs wasn’t taking the side of Hindus against Muslims, he died to defend the right to practice religion without intimidation. But his sacrifice was more than just a lesson for Sikhs, it was also an example. Guru Tegh Bahadur wanted Sikhs to protect others from such intimidation too.

This is why the growing number of incidents of violent cow-vigilantism should matter to Sikhs, Christians and other minorities. While many Hindus pretend that Muslims are being targeted only for violating the law and ignoring their sentiments, it is clear this is a lie. In numerous cases, Muslims have been murdered merely on a vague suspicion of eating beef or transporting cows, without evidence. Hindus caught committing the same crime have been let go.

Cows should be protected through democratic means, not mob justice. This is no better than Pakistanis murdering Hindus on suspicion of ‘blasphemy’. In headlines around the world, Indian politicians are seen as caring more for the safety of cows than women.

Of course Hindus have the right to worship the cow and protect it from harm if they believe it is holy. And as a vegetarian, I also believe eating meat is wrong (as do many Sikhs). So in principle I actually agree with the gau-rakshaks.

But this is no more than a campaign of hate and intimidation against a religious group. This is Hindutva’s way of striking at Pakistan. The cow vigilantes hate Aurangzeb and all he stood for, but they have become him.

Sikhs, Christians and others should see it as a warning. The Hindutva movement needs to keep creating controversies to polarise the nation. Like a parasite it will grow by consuming its victim and then moving to the next one.

A famous European quote comes to mind. After the Second World War a German priest spoke of his regret in not opposing Hitler earlier. He wrote: “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Socialist.” Then they came for the Trade Unionists and the same happened. Then the Jews. “Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.”

India’s religious minorities have always been suspicious of Hindutva, aware that one day they could be on the receiving end of its intolerance. That day is arriving faster than they realise.

Sunny Hundal is a writer and lecturer on digital journalism based in London

The views expressed are personal.


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#114 [Permalink] Posted on 2nd May 2017 09:10
I declare that I am prepared to die for reconstructing Babri Masjid


RSS and Hindutva armies may win elections with slogans, but beneath is an embattled society reviving communal hate.

01-05-2017

Rajeev Dhavan


Justice Nariman’s judgment of April 19, 2017 revived the stagnating criminal trials against Hindutva leaders into fast track. In anticipation of the same, Uma Bharati had said on April 9 that she is willing to "go to jail" and "be hanged" for the sake of a Ram mandir. Hyderabad MLA Raja Singh said he would "severe the head" of those who interfere with building the Ram Temple.

I, Rajeev Dhavan, declare that I am prepared to die for reconstructing the Babri Masjid; and will continue to fight for secularism in India.

Changed society

On December 6, 1992 when the Babri Masjid was destroyed, counsel KK Venugopal "hung his head in shame". In 2017, he appeared for LK Advani, a prime instigator. In 1991, two rath yatras led by Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi advanced to Ayodhya for kar seva. The Shiv Sena surged its cohorts in action.



Then UP chief minister Kalyan Singh’s arrangements to abort the same were deliberately slack. He was convicted for contempt for breach of assurances for which he claimed martyrdom. A 400-yearold mosque was mercilessly destroyed. On a terrace stood top BJP leaders Advani, Joshi, Bharati and others. One press member clarifies that Advani did not say "chodo" (leave) but "todo" (break).

Babri Masjid changed India’s history. India was now portrayed as a Hindu nation as Pakistan is for Muslims. The psyche of people changed. Hindus got away with anything. They could destroy a temple, paintings, attack the Bhandarkar institute and destroy their heritage. Books were prevented from publication and burnt. Hindoo-sthan was theirs — to complete Partition into Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan.

Ghar wapsi and "women should dress properly" campaigns were initiated. The cow campaign to intimidate, beat up and kill was renewed. RSS and Hindutva armies may win elections with slogans, but beneath is an embattled society reviving communal hate.

Bhalla’s Blunder

The civil case on entitlement went to Hindus. Short of voodoo, everything was packed into 8,000 printed pages of undigested pronouncement. Recently, CJI Khehar momentarily thought he could mediate. The CBI filed two FIRs: crime number 197 of 1992 was filed against lakhs of kar sevaks, and crime number 198 was filed against eight leaders: Advani, Singhal, Katiyar, Bharati, Pitambar, Joshi, Giriraj Kishore and Dalmia. Two, Singhal and Kishore, died.



A consolidated chargesheet against 48 persons for conspiracy was also filed. On October 8, 1993 the state government amended crime no. 198 to enable all cases to be tried in Lucknow. A special court was created by the government after consulting the high court. The big mistake took place on September 9, 1993 when the notification of the state government mentioned crime number 197 and on October 8, 1993 crime number 198 was named for the Lucknow cases.

The files were shifted from Rae Bareli. Then came the blunder. On February 12, 2001, the flamboyant Jagdish Bhalla threw a remedial technical spanner in the works. According to him, October 8, 1993 case committed to Lucknow did not have the administrative consent of the high court.

Nariman resurrects

It is on the slender issue of lack of consent of the high court that Advani and others were tried at Rae Bareli for lesser offences. Justice Bhalla may have had the technicality corrected. But no. The cases were sent to Rae Bareli. The Supreme Court stood by on November 29, 2002 rejecting Mohd Aslam’s petition. In Rae Bareli, Advani was discharged on all charges. The other seven petitions were only charged for rioting, unlawful assembly. What an incredible result!

Since February 12, 2001, it took 16 long years for SC to hold the division between the Rae Bareli and Lucknow prosecution absurd. Justice Nariman chastised Bhalla for “having upheld the joint charge sheet, after finding a prima facie case of criminal conspiracy... The Bhalla judgment of February 12, 2001 has completely derailed the joint trial envisaged and has resulted in a fractured prosecution going on in two places simultaneously.”

The court corrected the Bhalla error by using the SC’s power to do complete justice (Article 142). His second reason was that these “crimes which (shook) the secular fabric of the Constitution of India”. Third, the defects cured, a time line was fixed to complete trial in two years.

The Advani-Joshi yatras were a political obscenity mired in temple politics to mobilise Hindus against Muslims. The mosque was destroyed. What is amazing is the cowardice and self righteousness of the Hindu leaders who planned this, watching shamelessly — failing to adult their sinful behaviour.

The BJP’s White Paper of 1993 is one example of this arrogance.

(Courtesy of Mail Today.)

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#115 [Permalink] Posted on 3rd May 2017 10:23
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I wanted to share something positive that happened or is happening in Tamilnadu (a south Indian state) which I wanted to share and I hope the OP won’t not mind using his thread. I apologize in advance for the long post. We have few muslim gps here and they are deviated in the way they interpret hadith and they go more steps ahead of salafis that even salafis do not accept their views. A group was inistially started by a man called P.Zainulabideen shortly called as PJ. He was a self-learned scholar and I don’t think he studied under any scholars. Initially it was ok as he advocated against grave worship and he brought many people out of real shirk and bidat activities. His followers mainly the young people soon grew in number. Soon problems erupted in the way he interpret hadiths and derive rulings. It is like a one man’s opinion and ruling. He issued fatwa that it is enough to pay zakat once in a life time, ie. Say you have 100 gms of gold. If you paid zakat for 100 gms, it is enough and you don’t have to pay it every year. He also does not believe in sihr as he explains that it is mere illusion. First he said sihr does not exist, then he said exists and again reverted back to the former opinion. Leaving aside these negative things, this gp strongly voiced and protested against oppression of not just Muslims but also Dalits (lower class hindus). Soon this gp split into few more gps.

However deviant they can be, I still believe they are Muslims and they have many appreciable qualities in them. We should appreciate, learn and adopt good qualities from others. We Muslims needed people from us standing up for our rights. This they do. Not just that they work along with non-muslim gps particularly those who fight for the rights for the Dalits. This earned Muslims good name. Two years back there was severe flood that Chennai never saw. There was huge loss of properties and even lives. There was no power or food supply. Even the rich came to the streets. Muslims opened up all the masajid for people to take refuge. They also supplied food to them. There were many instances that deeply moved the Hindus. Muslims walked through the dirty water and reached people to supply them food and necessary items where even political parties did not reach. When an old Brahmin told he does not eat non-veg food supplied to him, he was emotionally touched when the muslim went back and returned through the water bringing him some veg food. There were many instances that attracted Hindus towards kind acts of Muslims. One pregnant lady was in delivery pain and there was only water around her. A Muslim came there taking his boat, took the couple on it to hospital and all the way he was trying to soothe her by good words and to deviate her from pain. Finally when she delivered a baby girl, this hindu couple named their daughter with the brother’s name out of gratitude.

These Muslim gps and Muslims in general were fully active in serving the people. People too emotionally voiced for us with texts like, “Do not leave another Babri Masjid to be demolished for it can serve as a refugee camp for Hindus” and so on. Even the magazines were with full of praises for Muslims. Similarly last year when the CM passed away, police were standing everywhere for security. Muslims supplied water voluntarily to thousands of police men. When there was jallikattu protest, Muslims supplied to the protesters. When few anti-muslim elements tried to malign the Muslim names, they were exposed and severely reprimanded by Hindus themselves saying they will never this to happen to Muslims to here and to keep this hindu fascism in north. So what I am trying to say with this post which can be boring to some is it is important we Muslims mingle with the society and do the needful and serve the humanity which is encouraged by Islam rather than sitting idle. This will also remove the negative image of Muslims. Our actions will speak louder than our voice.

I heard in a bayan, when Islam was spreading a Roman emperor sent one of his men to the Market place to check the Muslims. He didn’t send him to Masjid but to the Market to know about Muslims. The man returned with the information that these Muslims neither deceive others nor are deceived by others. The emperor said, “If this is the quality of the Muslims, know that soon they will dominate”. So if we want to bring ourselves out of pitiful state we are in, we should work on our dealings in business and we should improve ourselves in behavior with others including non-Muslims or else we will remain strangers to them and the space we create due to our own negligence will soon be filled by hatred by anti-social elements. Let’s maintain good relationship with neighbors as advocated by Islam and also learn to stand up for the oppressed. I know we are the most oppressed nation but there are other fellow human beings too.

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#116 [Permalink] Posted on 5th May 2017 16:28
Verbose, tendentious, self-indulgent

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March 29, 2017 | 03:10 PM

(This a review of the book : Age of Anger - A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra)
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Pankaj Mishra is an Indian origin writer based in Britain who is a poster boy for the lunatic liberal fringe. Enjoying the privilege of the pages of some well-established journals, he plays up to this image by attacking from a safe distance and scant understanding those demonized by the self-accredited champions of liberty, whose targets include Modi, Erdogan, Xi Jinping, Duterte and Trump. On the jacket cover, Mishra is lauded as the heir to Edward Said which no discerning person would regard as a compliment.

Apparently the review writer is a retired south Indian RSS supporter. Hence it is relevant to have an assessment of his views.

(1) The use of the word lunatic for the author betrays the intemperate nature of the Saffron Brigade in India.
(2) The insinuation that the author of the book operates from a safe distance has the chilling reminder that had the author been in India his security would have been seriously compromised.
(3) Inclusion of Erdogan in the pious list is a curious case of adoption of a Muslim by the Saffron Brigade - let us see how long it lasts.
(4) Discerning people will have a low opinion of Edward Said. On the face of it this sentiment will be surprising because a saffron operator will have the gray matter to pass judgment on Said is a bit of a revelation if not an outright shock. In reality the attitude towards Said can not be a considered opinion for the discerning ability to assess Said might be present somewhere in the Saffron Brigade but it can not be a common attribute of this contingent.


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This latest Mishra offering is a verbose, tendentious, selfindulgent work replete with over-writing. He claims the idea for this book came to me from … Nietzsche about the conflict between the serenely elitist Voltaire and the enviously plebian Rousseau. This sets out his stall early. The list of contents, containing the words conjectures, illusions, visions and nihilism, gives forewarning that this is not an easy read, full of inchoate and meandering thoughts. The Preface that follows confirms this; with references to Hindu supremacists, the Islamic State became a magnet for young men and women in Western democracies (sic) and the bewildering and often painful experiences in connection with the earthquakes of Brexit and Trump’s election.

This is out of hand rejection and not an objective analysis.
The worrying thing here is that the Saffron Brigade has develop this much academic prowess.

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The book professes to explore a climate of ideas and cognitive disposition from Rousseau in the 18th century to our age of anger. He speaks of the promised universal civilization being overturned by demagogues of all kinds here listing Erdogan, Modi, Le Pen and Trump, and people foaming at the mouth with loathing and malice. Those whose politics he disagrees with are demagogues and populists; as a superior species of democrat, Mishra deliberately forgets that these persons have been freely elected through the ballot box. The West-dominated world order which he longs for, is giving way to disorder, in other words, the age of anger, and the market-based Western model of democracy has begun to lose its sheen. Those who seek a post-West equitable multi-polar world would entirely disagree and could not concur with Mishra’s view of the West’s benign traditions. Colonialism was active until the 1960s and neo-colonialism is very much with us today.

The reviewer conveniently forget the fundamental instability of democracy - suppose the majority decides to wrong a minority?
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With repeated references to Hannah Arendt and de Toqueville, Mishra backpedals to Voltaire, Montesquieu, Rousseau and the ‘philosophes’ in lengthy and scarcely convincing digressions on the Enlightenment and European history (but without acknowledgement to British and Scottish contributions to the Enlightenment) to show how far the world has fallen from his expectations, with sideswipes at Rushdie and (of course) Huntington. Wagner and Nietzsche, fascists and anarchists and appeals for gender equality play their part. Mishra’s pages are replete with as many references, repetitions and quotations as possible as evidence of his intellectuality.

Once again out of hand rejection and condemnation and finally gratuitous jib at the author's intellect.
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He is a trenchant and wholly biased opponent of Narendra Modi ~ He and his fellow strongman, supervising bloody purges of economically enervated and unproductive people ~ and accuses Indians of chronic anti-Westernism, a West of which he presumably sees himself as a champion, though he refers two pages earlier to an Indian craze for foreign consumer goods and approval from the West. Defecation in the open and caste of course need to be mentioned. Savarkar is linked to fascists, communists and Zionists … ultra-nationalists and cultural supremacists.

Stock disagreement with the author, very pugnaceous ad hominem (supervising bloody purges of economically enervated and unproductive people) and fumes at unpleasant truth written by the author.
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Mishra believes that admirers of Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency of the USA and Guantanamo are left-leaning, and cannot conceal his snobbery, describing D’Annunzio as a short-statured man of humble provincial origins, a parvenu who tried to pass himself off as an aristocrat. Mishra belongs to the same ignorant army of ideologues that he despises. He has delivered another turkey, and the astonishing thing is that this work has been reprinted in India. The author offers no nostrum for the malaise he professes to discern, but this comes as no surprise, since it is easier to demolish than to build. Mishra is fundamentally in error: there is no destruction of faith in the future; quite the contrary. Modi, Duterte and Trump were elected not because of anger but because of hope. It was not the hatred of Sunni supremacists that killed innocents but faith. Mishra perhaps has some talent for biography of notables of the past and none for world affairs of today, and he should confine himself to the former. But with the liberal establishment in the West ~ more intolerant than any other in the world ~ cheering him on, neither redemption for him nor relief for his future readers, is at hand.

This is unwarranted horrific indictment.

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#117 [Permalink] Posted on 5th May 2017 16:36
Above review has been a shocking revelation to me.
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#118 [Permalink] Posted on 11th May 2017 06:44
Shashi Tharoor Tweet


Shashi Tharoor is an Indian statesman who has served as the deputy secretary of the UN and a union minister in India. He hails from the southern most state in India, Kerala. Among other places he was educated at the legendary St Stephan's College of Delhi University. He is known for his wit, humour, impeccable use of the English language and has written a number of books that are all international best sellers.

He was married thrice and his third wife died in unpleasant circumstances. There is no dearth of people who will always think of the worst possible scenarios. That is what happened in Shashi Tharoor's case.

A journalist, Arnab Goswami, with not so nascent right wing inclinations went on a hitting below the belt spree against Mr Tharoor in this case. He dragged Tharoor's reputation into mud into a longish programme.

What did Mr Tharoor do? Well he did what he does best - use his mighty prowess in the English language that left Mr Goswami flabbergasted, most of the India in a state of what-was-that and the cognocenti giggling.

Here is Shashi Tharoor tweet text: Exasperating farrago of distortions, misrepresentations and outright lies being broadcast by an unprincipled showman masquerading as a journalist.

Here is a collection of hilarious twitter reactions. Do not miss them.

I have been unable to hold my chuckle for last few days.
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#119 [Permalink] Posted on 11th May 2017 10:29
Mehdi Hassan as Precursor to Shashi Tharoor


This article tells us that Mehdi Hassan spontaneously used even better syntax spontaneouly in this video, watch after three minutes.
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#120 [Permalink] Posted on 13th May 2017 06:08
A Facebook Post by Me


Guys accept the reality, however stark it is.

Mr Narendra Modi is the Prime Minister of India, whether you like it or not.

And some of us will have to deal with him, meet him, talk to him and do business with him.

Maulana Mehmood Madani Sahab could be one, Maulana Arshad Madani could be another.

In case you suspect that the Maulanas might do something behind the veil and curtain that we shall not be privy to and that will be against the interests of the Muslim community then please do take your own precautions and necessary steps to be on the safer side or to make alternate arrangements about Muslim dialogue and communication with the PM.

The current social media brouhaha over the meeting is most immature reaction.

Wake up to the times that have changed.

Sooner you wake up easier will it be to take the precautionary measures that are required.
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