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Interview with Ram Madhav of RSS

‘Rss Members Are Present Even In The Congress Party’
The election of 58-year-old Mohan Bhagwat as the Sarsanghchalak, or chief, of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has signaled a generational change in the controversial Hindu supremacist organisation. The youngest-ever RSS chief, Bhagwat, a bachelor and a full-time RSS activist for decades, has his social and political agenda cut out. The RSS General Secretary since 2000, one of Bhagwat’s key goals is to expand his organisation’s base. Ram Madhav, 43, a key Bhagwat aide and the RSS’ national spokesperson, talks to AJIT SAHI about his new boss and the challenges the RSS now faces.

In his first public speech after he was named the RSS chief, Mohan Bhagwat said the RSS should evolve along modern lines. What does that mean?
Bhagwatji always says everything is changeable in the RSS except our core belief in the Hindutva ideology: that Hindustan is a Hindu rashtra [nation]. Contrary to what people think, we are not fixated on anything — not even on our uniform; even that will change whenever our cadres want. But our core ideology cannot change.
What are the key challenges before the RSS?
One of the challenges is that we are identified too closely with one political party, whereas the appeal of Hindutva cuts across all political parties. We took a major decision in 2005 — the Chitrakoot resolution — to completely abstain from electoral politics. Earlier, during elections, the RSS cadres would run parallel campaigns, such as the Jan Jagrans. Now, we want to promote the Hindu social agenda without being seen as an appendage of any political party. Our challenge is to maintain this fine balance between pursuing the Hindu agenda and keeping a distance from dayto- day politics.
Bhagwat is said to support LK Advani but not BJP President Rajnath Singh.
This campaign that he is Advani’s man does not hold water. He is everybody’s man. He is the man of the organisation and the ideology that it represents.
The general impression always was that the RSS leads and the BJP follows. But now it is said that Bhagwat is a supporter of Advani’s.
As I said, this is a spin given by a section of the media. In fact, he was on the dais when Advaniji’s book was released last year, and there he had said clearly that he didn’t know Advaniji well enough until he became the Sarkaryavah [General Secretary] in 2000.
Why doesn’t the RSS help the BJP sort issues, such as the one between Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley?
The BJP should have an internal mechanism to sort issues between two senior leaders. Why should the Sangh step in? The Sangh refused to intervene in the trouble between these two. Not a word about it was spoken during the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha, though senior BJP leaders were present there.
What are the other challenges that the RSS faces?
We face an image problem. There is a huge gap between our image and reality, accentuated by incidents like [last year’s Christian killings in] Kandhamal in Orissa and the 2002 [anti-Muslim] violence in Gujarat. To some extent, these incidents have created an image for the organisation that does not bode well. We know the reality is different. A large section of the Hindu society that has seen us directly understands the reality. But the wrong image persists in some sections. Under Bhagwatji’s guidance, we know we would be able to address this issue.
What do you mean that the RSS has an image problem?
After the post-Godhra violence, there was propaganda the world over that the RSS is anti-Muslim and a violent organisation. The whole case was presented wrongly by a section of the media as if Hindus were butchering Christians and Muslims, which is not the reality. The ground situation is totally different, both in Gujarat as well as in Kandhamal.
A report telecast on a reputed English TV channel had sound-bites from some people accusing the RSS and the Hindu groups of the violence against Christians. Later, I saw a documentary by a filmmaker in Kolkata in which the same people were speaking against the Christians! Last week, a story on [Gujarat Chief Minister] Narendra Modi in The Atlantic magazine of the US devoted one full paragraph to abusing us.
How do you propose to resolve this?
The image and the reality are 180 degrees apart. We have thought of making a major documentary on this question of our image and the reality. See, many things that are said about the RSS are not true. For example, it is said that only Brahmins can hold positions in the RSS. But half our pracharaks are not even from the so-called forward castes. People say this just because the RSS head may be from a so-called forward caste.
What is Bhagwat’s approach to this problem?
He is a great pragmatic leader. Today, if I can discuss with you so many things, that is because of the new visionary leadership. He believes we should be open and communicate with society. Earlier, we spoke only to our cadres. Now we plan to meet opinion-makers to put forward our points of view.
What kind of opinion-makers?
A huge spectrum: academicians, eminent citizens such as a doctor who could be a member of the Rotary or Lion’s club…
Within the RSS, too, we have challenges. Three years ago, we had 50,000 shakhas [branches]. In 2007-08, we got busy with celebrating the birth centenary of the second RSS chief, Guru Golwalkarji. Our shakhas were cut down to 44,000. We now aim to take it back to 50,000.
We plan to focus in a big way on reviving and protecting tribal culture. The Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram runs regular centres in 14,000 of the country’s 30,000 tribal villages. We go through education, healthcare and literacy campaigns.
A prominent saint from Karnataka is undertaking a Gau Gram Sanrakshan Yatra [Cow-Village Protection March], which will touch at least 300,000 villages. The Yatra will collect 10 crore signatures to ask the government to revive the rural economy. The protection of our cattle wealth, rural industry and agriculture has to be the focus of any development.
What about groups like the Sri Ram Sene and their attacks on the women visiting pubs in Mangalore?
The Congress leaders spoke more than us against the women going to the pubs. What did [Rajasthan Chief Minister] Ashok Gehlot say about the pub culture? When a TV journalist was killed in New Delhi last year, didn’t [Delhi Chief Minister] Sheila Dixit ask what she was doing alone at 3 am, the time she was killed?
Groups like Sri Ram Sene have no connection with the RSS. We don’t support vandalism. But we have views on many social issues. For example, we don’t approve of Valentine’s Day celebrations.
You say the RSS realises that the appeal of Hindutva cuts across political parties. The Communists must be out of the question, but which other political parties have RSS members?
We have our members in several political parties, including the Congress. We interact with them regularly. But this does not mean that we oppose the BJP. The BJP is closest to us in terms of ideology. Someone is 10 feet away from us; someone else is 1 km away — that’s the difference.
Bhagwat is said to have been hands-on as General Secretary. How different will he be in his new role?
Nothing changes with position in the RSS. His work will continue as before. The RSS is not personality-oriented. Rather, the leaders take decisions collectively through consultation.
The outgoing RSS chief KR Sudarshan is 79 years old. Bhagwat is 58. Does being young have any significance?
Bhagwatji’s rapport with the entire cadres is much stronger as he has the advantage of age. He is a patient listener. Anyone can walk up to him and share his thoughts and ideas. He is very open-minded and transparent. The cadres at all levels feel comfortable talking to him. He answers his e-mails personally as much as possible.
He has an excellent grounding in our ancient knowledge and wisdom, while he also has a scientific temper. In his speech after taking over last week he quoted from a magazine of the Ramakrishna Mission, which he regularly reads. Incidentally, Bhagwatji is also a regular reader of Reader’s Digest and extensively quotes from it in his speeches.
From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 6, Issue 13, Dated Apr 04, 2009
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Advani on Swiss bank Money from India

‘UPA has adopted a policy of deafening silence and inaction’

March 29, 2009 | 16:08 IST
At a press conference in New Delhi on Sunday, Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and the National Democratic Alliance’s prime ministerial candidate L K Advani questioned the United Progressive Alliance’s ‘deafening silence about Indian wealth’, estimated at between Rs. 25 lakh and Rs 70 lakh crore, hoarded in secret Swiss bank accounts.
Advani claimed that the money was a mix of ‘political bribes, crime money and venal business’.
This is the full text of his speech:
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is going to attend the G-20 summit in London on April 2. Ahead of this meeting, I wish to bring a highly important matter to the attention of the people of India.
It is well known that Swiss banks provide secrecy and safety for tax evaders, corrupt individuals and criminals of various nationalities to hoard their monies. Several offshore tax havens are also used for murky financial dealings. The extent of illicit money lodged in Swiss banks is mind-boggling. Estimates vary.
According to Wikipedia, they totaled $ 2.6 trillions (Rs. 130 lakh crores in today’s exchange rate) in 2001. In 2007, they were believed to be about $5.7 trillions (Rs. 285 lakh crore), a staggering 80% increase in six years.
It is equally well known that many wealthy Indians have deposited their illicit monies in secret Swiss bank accounts and tax havens elsewhere around the world. As per credible estimates, these amounts range between $500 billion (Rs. 25,00,000 crore) and $1400 billion (Rs. 70,00,000 crore).
So long as the West-dominated world economy was doing well for the western countries, their governments winked at the secretive functioning of Swiss banks and tax havens. However, the current global economic crisis, which put several of their important financial institutions on the verge of collapse, has forced them to take many unconventional steps to revive their ailing economies.
The leaders of France, Germany, UK and other countries have joined forces with the US President Barack Obama in the battle against tax havens. They are mounting pressure on Switzerland and offshore tax havens to put an end to banking secrecy to bring back their tax-evading citizens’ hidden wealth.
This is likely to be an important point on the agenda of the G-20 Summit in London. In February, UBS, the largest Swiss bank, was forced by the US tax authorities to reveal the names of some 300 presumed tax evaders. The US threatened to sue the UBS. Fearing that this could lead to the demise of the bank, the Swiss authorities invoked an emergency clause in their banking law and gave the data to the US. Soon thereafter the Obama administration announced a law to uncover illicit American money in all secretive tax havens, including the Switzerland.

UPA government’s evasive reply to my earlier demand
It is baffling that, in the face of this growing governmental activism in the West, the UPA Government has adopted a policy of deafening silence and inaction. It has taken no steps whatsoever to get information about illicit money kept abroad by Indian nationals and to strive to get it back.
Last year, I had written a letter to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh about the need to get the names of Indians, presumed to have secret accounts in LGT Bank in Liechtenstein in Germany. I was disappointed to see that the reply I received from the then Union Finance Minister was evasive. (Copies of both letters attached.)
Commenting on India’s ambivalence, Transparency International (TI) said that India has maintained “a stoic silence over the issue and has not approached the German government for this data” (The Economic Times, 25.5.2008). Some ministers in the UPA Government are reported to have made several trips to Switzerland as the personal leg of their official tours abroad.
Considering the size of the Indian wealth hoarded abroad, the government is duty-bound to take proactive steps to bring it back. The amount involved constitutes 3-10 times India’s overseas debt, and 50-120% of India’s GDP. Even if we take the lower limit of the estimated amount of Rs. 25 lakh crore, the money is sufficient to:
Relieve the debts of all farmers and landlessÂ
Build world-class roads all over the country  from national and state highways to district and rural roads;
Completely eliminate the acute power shortage in the country and also to bring electricity to every unlit rural home;
Provide safe and adequate drinking water in all villages and towns in India
Construct good-quality houses, each worth Rs. 2.5 lakh, for 10 crore families;
Provide Rs. 4 crore to each of the nearly 6 lakh villages; the money can be used to build, in every single village, a school with internet-enabled education, a primary health centre with telemedicine facility, a veterinary clinic, a playground with gymnasium, and much more.
What a transformation it can make to the ordinary and poor Indian lives!
Financial RDX with terror links
The need to put an end to hoarding of Indian wealth abroad, and to bring back the wealth already hoarded, is all the greater since the illicit money seems to be a mix of political bribes, crime money and venal business. The money trail in the Bofors scam in the 1980s had revealed the involvement of secret Swiss bank accounts. Last year, when the stock market was booming, National Security Advisor Shri M.K. Narayanan publicly stated that terror money might be operating through fund flows. What he had in mind was the Participatory Note [PN] mechanism for investment of undisclosed funds from abroad in Indian stock markets. The PN mechanism was introduced when India was desperately in need of forex inflow. The UPA government has permitted this mode of investment even after it had grown to alarming proportions. More recently, a hawala operator from Pune was found by the Income Tax department to have unaccounted wealth valued at Rs 35,000 crore. He is also suspected to have secret bank accounts abroad.
The BJP sees in secret banking the RDX that has the potential not only to blow up national financial systems but also to support and fund global terror networks whose attacks on India increased during the UPA regime. We do not expect any action from the UPA Government, which has shown total disinclination to act in this matter. In any case, its days are numbered.
If the people of India elect a BJP-led NDA Government in May 2009, we assure the nation that India will join the global effort to put an end to banking secrecy and intensify it by every means  diplomatic, political and economic � to get back the real Sovereign Wealth of our country. The BJP will intensely and actively educate the public opinion on this issue and take it to the masses and create intense public pressure on the system to uncover this nexus between secret foreign money, terror, and politics.
BJP’s promise and plan of action
1. The Bharatiya Janata Party will conduct mass public opinion polls on April 6, 2009, Foundation Day of the BJP, on Indian money in secret accounts abroad.
2. The Chief Ministers of the BJP-ruled States will write to the Prime Minister urging him to write to the Swiss and other authorities to disclose the names of hoarders of Indian monies abroad, since it is a huge loss to the state exchequer.
3. The BJP will form a Task Force comprising experts in law, accounting, management and intelligence to prepare a strategic document for India to recommend ways to get back the national wealth stashed away illegally by the corrupt politicians, venal businessmen and criminal overlords. Shri S. Gurumurthy, well-known chartered accountant and writer specializing in investigative journalism; Dr. R. Vaidyanathan, Professor of Finance at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore; Shri Mahesh Jethmalani, a renowned lawyer; and Shri Ajit Doval, an acclaimed national security expert, have agreed to work voluntarily on this Task Force.
Courtesy:Â http://www.lkadvani .in

A to Z achievements of the congress-led UPA government

A to Z achievements of the congress-led UPA government
Dear fellow-Indian,

The congress-led UPA government is spending crores of our hard-earned tax-payers money in newspapers advertisements.

But, these seem to be their real achievements:

A: Afzal guru not hanged by the congress government inspite of SC order.
B: Bomb blasts happen in hundreds, in 5 years of Congress misrule.
C: Cost of living and food prices rise, making life difficult for Aam aadmi.
D: Dr manmohan singh says muslims have first right to India’s resources.
E: Economy and business suffer like never before.
F: Farmer suicides continue. Where did our money for ‘farmers loan waiver’ go?
G: Gujarat police has to provide evidence to enable SIMI ban to continue.
H: Home Minister shivraj patil kicked out only after 4.5 years of sleep and 26/11.
I: India bullied by china, but NO diplomatic response by the government.
J: Jihadis offered pension in Kashmir by the congress government.
K: karunanidhi and congress insult Lord Ram and call Ram-setu a fake.
L: LeT becomes a household name, before congress forced to re-do POTA.
M: Media makes Hindu bashing a fashion.
N: Naxalism active in 165 districts of India.
O: Orissa conversions/maoism cause Hindu saint’s death.
P: Padmashri awards not given to Olympic winners.
Q: Quattarochi is helped to escape. Jai Mata Rome (sonia gandhi).
R: Report by Sachar committee advocates more minority appeasement.
S: SP’s amar singh calls Batla house encounter a fake.
T: Torture of Sadhvi Pragnya sanctioned by congress government.
U: UK rule over India was good for India, says PM Dr manmohan singh.
V: Vande Mataram NOT SUNG by PM and sonia gandhi. National shame.
W: Wheat imported by Sharad Pawar not fit for cattle.
X: (e)Xtremism bleeds our country. Soft approach on terror hurts us.
Y: YS Rajsekher Reddy sanctions subsidy for christians to visit Jerusalem.
Z: Zero development in fields like electricity generation, highways, etc.

Nuns treated like servants by priests: Cardinal

Nuns treated like servants by priests: Cardinal
17 Mar 2009, 0401 hrs IST, Ananthakrishnan G, TNN

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Early last year, a study by the Catholic church found that 25% of the nuns in Kerala were unhappy with life inside the four
walls of a convent. More recently, a former nun dropped a bombshell revealing in a book about sexual abuse and mental harassment she suffered in the order. Now,there’s further confirmation of their misery and it comes from the leader of India’s archbishops.

Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil, who is president of Catholic Bishops Council of India, says the nuns are humiliated by priests and they live in fear.

The cardinal’s views have appeared in his biography, much like the nun’s own. If Sister Jesmi’s book was called `Amen! Autobiography of a nun’, Vithayathil’s book is titled `Straight from the heart’. The cardinal tells his biographer Paul Thelakat, the spokesperson of Syro-Malabar Church, that the time has come to free the nuns from the “pitiable situation” they are in.

“I would say to a great extent our nuns are not emancipated women. They are often kept under submission by the fear of revenge by priests. That’s how the priests get away with whatever humiliation they heap upon them. It is a pitiable situation from which somebody has to liberate them,” says the 82-year-old cardinal.

“A big complaint of our nuns is that the diocesan priests are treating them like servants, making them wash their clothes, prepare their food, wash the churches, etc and that too without getting paid. These are all unjust ways of treating the women religious.”

About the criticism against the clergy in the controversial Sister Abhaya murder, the senior priest says he believed that the Church had not tried to hide anything in the case. “The Church does not want to protect anyone.”

Vithayathil admits that there has been erosion in values in religious life. “I think asceticism has gone out of religious life.” He also points to the growing gap between the clergy and laity.

Also, in what would be music to the ears of the Sangh Parivar, the cardinal lends legitimacy to arguments against religious conversion. “I must add that there is some truth in their contention that certain Christian groups are going about making mass conversions without any real conversion of heart.”

He says the Church believes in admitting to its fold “people who have belief in the Church” and not in mass conversion of people “who have no faith and become Christians only nominally”. He, however, slams anti-conversion laws, which he says, have banned even legitimate conversion.

The Ostrich Policy: West’s Ostrich-like policy of not seeing an obvi

Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:59 am (PDT)

The Ostrich Policy: West’s Ostrich-like policy of not seeing an obvious Islamic danger…
by Alexander Maistrovoy
15 Mar, 2009
The West don’t struggle with the threat of Islamic fanaticism, they pretend that this danger does not exist at all.
Have you ever read a story that combines love lyrics, Orwell’s plots and Kafka’s nightmares? If not, you should read the book of Dr. Sami Alrabaa, an ex-Muslim, Professor of Sociology and an Arab-Muslim culture specialist, living in Germany (before moving to Germany he taught at Kuwait University). It is not a novel, and the events are not set in medieval Europe. Dr. Sami Alrabaa’s book Karin In Saudi Arabia is a research. It is based on real events which took place in Saudi Arabia. The West consider this state to be friendly and moderate.
“Karin” is a real story of a German woman, who lived in Saudi Arabia for a while and fell in love with a Saudi. Later, this love turned into a devastating nightmare. The Saudi “Morality Police”, notorious for their bestial brutality, raped Karin and threw her in prison. Her crime was, she was driven alone downtown by a taxi-driver. Her German-Saudi baby son was taken away and she was deported to Cyprus without passport and money.
This story is not an exception to the rules. It is a rule. Dr. Sami Alrabaa gave many examples of this kind. Muna, a young Moroccan woman was luckier. She managed to smuggle herself and baby after one-night marriage with Sultan, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
Mimi and Najat were brutally stoned to death. Najat, a deaf-dumb was caught by the “Morality Police”, suspected of being a prostitute. In reality she was waiting for her brother to pick her up in front of shop window.
The Morality Police Chief quickly passed sentence on Najat. He wrote, among other things: “Najat was working as a prostitute and was caught in the very act of picking up a client. We advise that she be stoned to death…” Two muttawas (Morality Police) delivered the document to Prince Salman, the governor of Riyadh. He jotted down a verdict to match the suggestion, then signed it. Najat was to be publicly stoned to death the following Friday.
Mimi, a house-maid from the Philippines, was denounced by the wife of Karin’s lover. She was picked up by the “Morality Police” and also stoned to death. These stories happen very often, and people are defenseless towards them. There are no courts in Saudi Arabia, and the princes there possess absolute power.
Nisrin, a Bangladeshi woman, who married a Saudi, was deported and the marriage was annulled. Before that she was raped by one of those “Morality Police”. A Saudi who belongs to an important tribe, cannot just marry anyone.
Mohammed, a Syrian truck-driver had both hands amputated for allegedly stealing the truck he was driving. In March, 2002, the Saudi Morality Police prevented school girls from leaving a blazing building because they were not wearing the correct Islamic dress. As a result 15 girls were burned alive.” My stories are a pattern that happen day in day out.
All of it happens before our eyes: tortures, mockery, ridiculous medieval prejudices based on patriarchal clan customs. The absurdity turned into a dogma. On March 9, 2009, in Saudi Arabia a 75-year-old woman was sentenced to 40 lashes, 4 months in jail and deportation … The basis for such a ruthless sentence was her dialogue with two men who had brought her a loaf of bread. One of organizers of this “orgy” was her husband’s nephew. He too was sentenced to lashes and a prison term.
Laws of Saudi Arabia strictly forbid women to appear in public with men who are not their close relatives. Law also forbids them to drive, play musical instruments, dance and watch some films. The 75-year-old woman has broken it.
The issue has become a pathology. In Saudi Arabia a new prohibition has come into force. Any sale of cats and dogs, as well as walking them in parks and streets is banned. The Islamic religious police think that walking pets makes their owners more attractive to the opposite sex. According to the law pets of violators will be confiscated.
Clericals of Saudi Arabia consider pets as a result of “noxious Western influence”, as well as fast food, shorts, jeans and pop music.
People in the West close their eyes to these monstrous phenomena calling them «infringement of human rights». This is absurd! It is something like to use
such term to describe witch hunt in medieval Europe, both bloody slander and public executions of animals accused of cooperation with the Devil. But human rights watchers and liberals should understand: one can break only existing laws or norms. The concept of “human rights” simply does not exist in the Arab World, so it is impossible to break them .
We speak about religious dogmas which set human life and human respect at nought. And, Dr. Sami Alrabaa maintains, the problem is not in “bad Islam” or “good Islam”. It is in Islam itself.
«When you study Islam; the Quran and Shari’a, and live in Saudi Arabia for a while, you find out that the Saudis are in fact applying the Islamic law. “The woman who commits adultery must be stoned to death.” (Quran, 36:18). “And (as for) the man who steals and the woman who steals, cut off their hands as a punishment for what they have earned, an exemplary punishment from Allah; and Allah is Mighty, Wise.” (Quran 5:38). For more details, check out and “Understanding Muhammad” by Ali Sina», – he wrote.
Violence and suppression penetrates all Muslim society from top to bottom. The book also shows that not only the Saudi regime and its religious fanatic establishment are oppressive, but also other groups in society: Saudi men oppress and ill-treat women, and Saudi men and women oppress abuse foreigners.
Can democracy and liberal values be compatible with the Islamic dogmatism, rooted in patriarchal pagan traditions? To reconcile Islam with our days is even more difficult, than to find common language with Ivan the Terrible, Torkvemadah or Medieval Flagellants, scourging themselves in public.
«When I delivered the manuscript of this book to friends outside of Saudi Arabia, asking them to read it over, their response was uniform: they shook their heads in disbelief. Nobody in the civilized world seemed able to fathom the extent of the arbitrariness and atrocities to which victims in Saudi Arabia are subjected. To them, it was incredible. Some remarked that I was telling stories about the actions of monsters from another planet», – author wrote.
The last issue is the main problem. The West not only does not try to resist the threat of medieval fanaticism proceeding from the Islamic world, but also pretends that this threat does not exist. An ostrich hides his head in sand, hoping to escape the danger of death. Alas, it does not help him.

Tamil Nadu Lawyers’ mutiny – the Church’s first big step

Tamil Nadu Lawyers’ mutiny – the Church’s first big step
13/03/2009 03:03:02

By Radha Rajan

The drama unfolding in the Tamil Nadu Bar and judiciary is uncannily like
the drama which is even now unfolding in Pakistan and India after the Mumbai
terror attacks on 26 November, 2008; the serial rapist is successfully
playing virgin victim. The US has given the world another new phrase for
parroting obediently – ‘good Taliban/bad Taliban’ which is a bold and
original departure from good cop/bad cop. From good Taliban it is only a
small step to good jihad, good church, good rapist and good genocide. Now
permit me to coin a new word – good lawyers.

The irony of the ‘good’ will be better understood if we grant the Tamil Nadu
Bar to be part cut-throat and part craven, albeit in unequal parts while the
judiciary, and this includes the Supreme Court, is almost wholly craven. The
craven lot in the Bar comprises of the so-called ‘decent’ lawyers who have
not summoned the courage to take a stand against the rowdies, goondas,
hooligans and thugs in the Bar; these are lawyers funded by known
anti-social and anti-national groups at home and abroad while deriving their
impunity from dravidian anti-national polity and Tamil-chauvinist (read
crypto-Christian) political parties. The Tamil Nadu judiciary has been a
sometimes silent, sometimes benign and even indulgent spectator of this long
history of rampant goondaism bordering on terror tactics by a section of
Tamil Nadu lawyers. It is a history going back to over a decade. As Justice
Srikrishna put it in his report, “Suffice it to say that a number of
criminal cases were registered by the police against several advocates for
indulging in activities that amounted to criminal offences”.

This section of goonda lawyers emboldened by the political clout of the
Presidents of the Madras High Court Advocates Association and the Tamil Nadu
Advocates Association, RC Paul Kanagaraj and S Prabakaran respectively, have
not only publicly affirmed the cause of Velupillai Prabhakaran who is a
notified fugitive Sri Lankan Tamil terrorist wanted in India for the
assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, they have gone so far as to celebrate the
terrorist’s birthday within the High Court premises. Dravidian (by
connotation secessionist) politics has equated the extremely complex and
civilisationally troubling Sri Lankan Tamil issue with the LTTE; this
simplistic diminution of the issue has however exposed the Church in Tamil
Nadu and also exposed in the process the cold and calculating ways of the
White western church of all denominations.

It is not simply coincidence that all processions and demonstrations in
support of the LTTE and Velupillai Prabhakaran, in the guise of support for
Sri Lankan Tamils have a Christian padri leading from the front. Roadside
meetings addressed by politicians belonging to the ‘Viduthalai Chiruthai’
(Leopards for Freedom, a name closely resembling the Tamil appellation for
the LTTE, ‘Viduthalai Puli’ or Tigers for Freedom or simply Tamil Tigers)
are also organized near churches; the flock in these churches constitute the
audience at these meetings. A few years ago a Christian nun was arrested in
South Tamil Nadu for distributing inflammatory pamphlets in support of the
LTTE and Tamil Eelam (the secessionist Tamil state). Velupillai Prabhakaran,
and his son who has been anointed terrorist-heir apparent, are both
Christian; the LTTE’s verbose supporter in Tamil Nadu, the notorious Vaiko
or Vai. Gopalaswamy is also allegedly Christian. Vaiko, chief of MDMK, yet
another secessionist dravidian Tamil political party was incarcerated by
Jayalalithaa under the NSA for sedition. He is now her devoted Walter

The most striking tell-tale sign of the hand of the church in the cause of
the Tamil secessionist movement is Jayalalithaa’s endorsement last week of
Tamil Eelam; she had been vehemently opposed to the idea of Tamil Eelam and
had staunchly maintained that she was as committed to the territorial
integrity of Sri Lanka as she was to the resolution of the civil war with
justice for the Sri Lankan Tamil people. This radical departure on
Jayalalithaa’s part of endorsing Eelam is only a continuum of the radical
departure she made in December 2008 when several Christian padris, which
included one Bishop, conducted special Christian prayers on Christmas day
followed by special service in her home at Poe’s Garden. This went far
beyond the usual Christmas festivities in which Hindu political leaders
participate for their Christian cadre and for secularism. Needless to say it
was Vaiko who offered Jayalalithaa lemon juice after her day of fasting for
the well-being of the LTTE.

If we take into account the fact that south of Chennai, almost every single
fishing hamlet on the Tamil Nadu coast is wholly Christian and/or Muslim and
that the Muslims of Sri Lanka are almost wholly Tamil speaking, and if after
taking into account the fact that Jayalalithaa allowed World Vision,
ActionAid and other rabid Christian NGOs to run amok in Tamil Nadu after the
tsunami, were it to be said that Tamil Nadu is sitting on a political
volcano waiting to erupt, it would not be overstating the situation. Well
organized fishermen’s organizations and unions in Tamil Nadu have now
stepped forward publicly to demand Tamil Eelam.

Pope John Paul II abusing the hospitality of the Indian state and Indian
people declared on Hindu-majority Indian soil, on the sacred Hindu day of
Deepavalli that he intended to plant the church in Asia in the third
millennium. China , India , Nepal , South Korea and Sri Lanka , stubbornly
Hindu, Buddhist and Confucian, are top on the agenda of the Catholic,
Protestant and other primitive, uncivilized denominations like the American
Baptist, New Life and other freewheeling churches belonging to no known
denomination but flush with dubious money. Tamil Nadu is the largest
recipient of foreign funds and this money, coming from White Christian
American and European government and non-government donors is being invested
with great foresight and calculation by local Churches and Christian
agencies in several sectors ranging from real estate, banks, television
channels, TV soaps and other serials on television, penetrating the Tamil
film world with growing numbers of Christian actors, musicians and technical
support staff, giant jewelry outlets, religious conversion through
allurement, buying hugely expensive time for tele-evangelising in several
Tamil satellite channels, starting more and more educational institutions,
funding political parties, creating NGOs, the list is endless and their
determination to penetrate and influence all aspects of public life,
alarming. (

Church activity and investment in Tamil Nadu is directly linked to the
continuing civil strife (I refuse to call it ethnic conflict because it is
palpably false and misleading) in Sri Lanka . The church is working towards
the creation of a pan-Tamil nation out of the territories of Tamil Nadu in
India and the North and East of Sri Lanka; and the useful idiots in Tamil
Nadu and Sri Lanka, facilitating the diabolic objective, must wake up to the
truth that the pan-Tamil nation they are working for is a Christian state
like East Timor. (Give url of monograph) The church penetrated the Maoists
of Nepal and Kandhamal in Orissa, the church’s creepy fingers have touched
Chandrababu Naidu, Jayalalithaa and now Navin Patnaik; if the communists are
Patnaik’s new bed-fellow, the Christian Maoists of Kandhamal probably played
pimps. It is time the so-called decent elements in the Tamil Nadu Bar and
judiciary realized that their reputation has been held hostage and their
strings pulled by the invisible hand of the church in India and foreign

A sizeable segment of the well-educated, social and political Sinhala elite
in Sri Lanka is also Christian but the Christian segment, while visible and
powerful, is still in a minority vis a vis the Sinhala Buddhists; the
Sinhala Christian political ruling class is tamed by its dependence on the
powerful Buddhist clergy for its legitimacy. The invisible church behind the
Sinhala Christian ruling elite seeks to control the state apparatus even as
the visible and assertive church seeks to control the voting populace among
the Tamils. The church, with Machiavellian intent, is thus playing both ends
of the game. The civil war in Sri Lanka while seemingly between the Sinhala
and Tamil speaking people, now being given the brazenly false Hindu-Buddhist
conflict colour, is actually the Church manipulating the people of Sri
Lankathrough well-directed and choreographed civil strife aimed
ultimately at
creating a separate and secessionist Christian Tamil state.

The ruling Sinhala Buddhist and Christian elite has thus fallen into the
diabolic Christian trap of seeking Pakistan’s aid to break the LTTE
backbone, something which India ought to have done had the Congress Prime
Minister not been pulled by his strings by the hand of Italian Christian
Sonia Gandhi. Sonia Gandhi’s UPA abandoned Sri Lanka to Pakistan (read Chinaand
USA ) just as it had abandoned Nepal to the Maoists (read China and
USAagain). The Sinhala Sri Lankan government is playing the foolish
game of
pitting the potentially secessionist Tamil Muslims of the Muslim-majority
Amparai district in the East against the other Tamils of the region hoping
to keep Amparai as a thorn in the flesh of the Tamil-majority region. A
beginning was made when the North was separated from the East for the first
time in any calculation towards a political settlement of the issue. This is
a foolish hope because ultimately, the Muslims, like the Christians owe
their allegiance not to their native country but to their religion.

No political commentator or terrorism expert has pointed to the significance
of an LTTE suicide bomber killing 15 people and wounding several others,
including Sri Lankan Postal Services Minister Mahinda Wijesekara, on the
12th of this month outside a mosque in Akuressa in southern Sri Lanka . The
occasion was Milad-un-Nabi, – the birthday of Prophet Mohammedi. The LTTE
was targeting both Sinhala politicians who were present in large numbers at
the mosque and also the Muslims.

The Sri Lankan Tamil issue is therefore not simply ‘spilling over’ into
Tamil Nadu in India but has always been inextricably linked with Tamil Nadu.
Tamil politics, unless the caste Hindus of Tamil Nadu and the Tamil (Saiva)
Hindus of Sri Lanka wake up, is all about intra-Christian political tussle
between the Sinhala ruling Christian elite and the Tamil commoner Christian.
It is also the Asian theater in the never-ending Christian-Muslim cosmic
war. It bears repetition that Tamil Nadu is being increasingly, visibly and
aggressively Islamised and Christianised with astronomical amounts of
foreign money pouring into the state legally through foreign donors and NGOs
and illegally through Hawala and other routes. A similar scenario has
already unfolded in Kerala.

The violence let loose with impunity by the Christian and dravidian Tamil
chauvinist section of the Madras High Court lawyers is Christian investment
in education yielding political interest. Fewer than a hundred lawyers, the
history-sheeters with a long history of crime were let loose in the state by
their handlers and this murderous, criminal gang brought the Tamil Nadu Bar
and judiciary to its knees. The Supreme Court fared no better. The Church is
well-organized and well connected. Having triggered the sequence of violence
on the 17th of February, this group provoked the volatile CJI to put his
foot in the mouth when he committed the ultimate impropriety of lashing out
at the police without allowing the police to present their version of the
events of February 19. The CJI, like most of the country was intentionally
kept in the dark about February 17.

Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, heading a three-Judge Bench, told Solicitor
General G.E. Vahanvati, appearing for the State: “The police entering the
court halls, attacking judges, lawyers, staff and causing damage is a very
serious matter. We are serious about it. Even if the police wanted to arrest
some lawyers, in all fairness they should have informed the acting Chief
Justice or at least the Registrar-General. We want to know under whose
instance the police entered the premises. Give us the names of the officers
who asked helmet wearing policemen wielding lathis to enter the court halls
and we will deal with them firmly.”’

“We will ascertain from the government who is responsible for this mess. If
it is not possible for the government to tell us at whose instance the
police entered the HC premises and used force against the lawyers, then we
will find it out. We don’t want any cooperation from the police. We know how
to handle such situations.”

(In)famous last words! The incumbent Chief Justice of India, KG Balakrishnan
like another of his colleagues in the Supreme Court is given to emotional
outbursts and indiscreet, even intemperate statements.

Not stopping with playing to the gallery with this highly improper
outburst against the police, the CJI took a leaf from out of Alice in
Wonderland and off-ed with the heads of five highly respected police
officers of the rank of Joint Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner and had
them summarily transferred out of Chennai. Thus did the highest officer of
the country’s judiciary dispense justice; by listening to just one side of
the story, the criminal lawyers’ side. The scumbag lawyers indicted by a
Division Bench of the Madras High Court for physical and verbal violence
against Dr. Subramaniam Swamy and other litigants in Court hall 3, and
indicted by Justice Srikrishna in the interim report, are still unpunished.
They have not even been found guilty because for the Madras High Court and
the Supreme Court, notwithstanding the Srikrishna report which has described
the events of February 17 in great detail, February 2009 never had the 17th

“My view, albeit prima facie, is that the soft-pedaling policy followed by
the Madras High Court Judges has led to the present piquant situation. The
lawyers appear to have been encouraged by the wrong ‘signals sent out and
seemed to think that they could do anything and get away within the Court
premises. Regretfully, far from being the upholders of the rule of law, the
lawyers seem to have behaved as hooligans and miscreants. The incidents that
transpired over a last month or so make it clear that the lawyers seemed to
be under the impression that, because they are officers of the Court, they
are immune from the process of law and that they could get away with any
unlawful act without being answerable to the law enforcing agency. It ismost
unfortunate that the soft policy adopted by the Acting Chief Justice of
Madras High Court and its administration sent out clearlya wrong message
that encouraged and emboldened the lawyersinto becoming law breakers”.
(Excerpt from Justice Srikrishna’s interim report)

*The Supreme Court by abusing the police through punitive transfers has thus
facilitated the transformation of the rapist into victim.*

Pandering to the hysterical demand by the lawyers for a judicial commission
to go into the events of February 19 in the Madras High Court, the CJI
constituted the one-man Justice Srikrishna Commission. Mandated by the
Supreme Court to submit an interim report within ten days of commissioning,
Justice Srikrishna submitted his interim report on the 4th of March, 2009 .
The findings of the Srikrishna Commission shocked the nation. The blatantly
one-sided anti-police version peddled by the lawyers and a section of
complicit print and electronic media was beginning to tilt rapidly to
achieve a state of relative balance.

Notwithstanding the damning indictment of the conduct of the lawyers by
Justice Srikrishna, the Tamil Nadu Bar and the judiciary remained craven and
did not summon the courage or the will to bring the criminal lawyers to
justice. Confronted by the extremely hostile reception to his findings,
Justice Srikrishna withdrew from the commission and the CJI, just as craven
as the Tamil Nadu judiciary, instead of holding the Tamil Nadu Bar
responsible for Justice Srikrishna’s withdrawal, and instead of constituting
another Commission with two or three retired judges, abdicated his
responsibility and threw the case back into the lap of the Madras High

For its part, both the Madras High Court and the state government have now
committed themselves to act as per the findings and recommendations of the
Srikrishna Report to probe police action in the court premises on February
19. Both have chosen to remain ignominiously craven and have not brought the
events of February 17 into the ambit of the probe. If the CJI was going to
pass the buck to the Madras High Court to probe the events of February 19,
then he ought not to have transferred senior police officers punitively out
of Chennai with unseemly haste. If the responsibility for pinning blame for
February 19 was going to be left to the local judiciary, then the Supreme
Court ought to have restrained itself from needless activism, encroaching
into the Executive domain. Investigating police action and dealing
appropriately with the results of the probe ought to have been left to the
state government.

The Church has succeeded on all fronts – penetrated law colleges using
admission norms in its favour, getting these students, irrespective of their
merit, into enrolling themselves as practicing lawyers in the Bar, using
such members to gain control of the city and state Advocates Associations,
using these associations and Dravidian, Tamil chauvinist, secessionist
political parties beholden to the church for its munificence to paralyze the
system, sowing discord between different pillars of democracy, and finally
to bring the judiciary to its knees. This is just the first step – testing
the waters, so to speak, before taking the plunge to set events in rapid
motion to culminate in the Christian Tamil state called Eelam. Unless the
useful idiots mindlessly serving church interests wake up now, they will
wake up one day to find that Eelam is a fait accompli like East Timor .

Radha Rajan,

14th March, 2009 .

The writer is Editor,

Priest admits to idol worship in churches

Priest admits to idol worship in churches

Express News Service

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BANGALORE: In a revelation that could have widespread ramifications,
Father Joseph Menengis, priest of St James Church in Mariyannapalya,
Bangalore, confessed before the Justice B K Somashekara Commission of
Inquiry on Wednesday that idol worship was being performed in churches
to attract Hindus and convert them to Christianity.

The Commission is inquiring into the recent attacks on churches in Karnataka.

“Hindus believe in idol worship. So to attract them to Christianity,
idol worship is performed in churches,” Menengis said.

During cross-examination, the priest said that “despite idol worship
being prohibited in Bible, we have idol worship in churches.” “The
duty of every Christian is to convert non-Christians to Christianity
by any means,” the priest told the commission.

St James Church was attacked by miscreants on September 21, 2008.

The church is running co-education institutions, with classes from
first to eight standard.

During cross-examination the priest confessed that “no girl students
are permitted to use kumkum, bangles and wear flowers. In our
institution, we have moral science textbook.

But it does not contain texts regarding Holy Bible and Jesus,” the priest added.

The commission has requested the priest to submit the textbook to it.