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West ignored India’s warnings on terrorism: Blair

http://www.indianweekender.co.nz/Pages/ArticleDetails/10/1643/India/West-ignored-Indias-warnings-on-terrorism-Blair

London: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said that the West has always ignored India’s warnings on terrorism.

“Despite India’s warnings on terrorism, it took 9/11 for us to wake up,” Blair said in an interview to NDTV news channel aired on Monday.

“I used to say towards the end of prime ministership that we should have listened to India more…we should have watched what’s happening there and taken more account of it.

“It’s for our arrogance, something West is known for, that we didn’t quite understand it and ignored India’s warnings on terrorism,” Blair said.

“Now I realize that it is a global war (against terrorism) and it threatens all.”

Asked if terrorism is rooted in Pakistan, Blair said there is strain of extremism in Islam itself.

“I have many Pakistani friends and I have realized that they (Pakistan) too wants to defeat terrorism,” said Blair.

He further said: “I think it has more to do with the fact that this trend of extremism within Islam. What I learnt from the Indian experience is, you can’t hide away from the fact that this (extremism) is an element within Islam.…it doesn’t express itself as an accepted terrorism but as a narrative of extremism about society, about relations between countries and people of different places.”

“I think fundamental has to be confronted. That fundamental, I am afraid, is present as a strain in the Pakistani society,” said Blair.

Muslim students prevent Hindu students from using Multi-Faith Center

*Muslim students prevent Hindu students from using Multi-Faith Center
(at Queen Mary University of London)*

Source: http://www.hinduvoice.co.uk/Issues/28/QMW.htm

*QMW Hindu students denied access to to Multi-Faith Centre*

*Hindu Voice UK, July 2009*

As part of their “Sewa Week” (a week for which the National Hindu Students
Forum holds various service based activities), the QMW Hindu Society
organized to use the University’s Multi-Faith Centre every day from
6pm-8.30pm for one week, to recite the Hanuman Chalisa.

The Multi-Faith Centre is also booked by Islamic Students Society from 12pm
to 6pm for the entire year. After 6pm the Islamic Students Society had
another room allocated to them which they could use until late.

From the outset of the week, the Hindu students were prevented from being
able to access the Multi-Faith Centre by the Islamic students who refused to
vacate the centre. To justify not being willing to share the centre with
other faith groups they said that there is no demand for the use of the
Multi-Faith Centre by other faith communities and they cannot therefore
allow Hindus to use the premises even though they have a valid booking for
its use. An article written several months before the incident shows that
the Islamic Students Society dissaproved of other faiths sharing the
premises (click
here
).

The Hindu society committee sent letters to the Principal, Chancellor and
the Students’ Union (SU) of the university. The Students’ Union sent letters
to the Islamic students asking them to respect bookings made my other
students.

On Thursday, after three days of being prevented from entering the
Multi-Faith Centre, security guards accompanied the Hindu students to ensure
that the rooms were vacated as scheduled. Far from gaining entry to the
Centre, they were verbally threatened by a group of Muslim students who far
outnumbered them.

Rather than tackle this unacceptable behaviour resolutely, the security
guards and Students Union suggested that the Hindu students should use an
alternative room to conduct their prayers and forget about the booking. The
Hindu students society rightfully rejected this offer as a wholly
unsatisfactory solution to a serious breach of their rights.

The QMW Hindu Society together with the NHSF contacted and got the support
of various other students at QMW and other Hindu groups, who turned out
together in larger numbers on Friday.

On Friday, once again, the QMW Islamic Students Society refused to vacate
the Multi-Faith Centre at 6pm, and placed a group near the door to prevent
anyone from entering. The QMW Hindu Society and other supporters, including
non-Hindu students, decided to start their program outside the doors of the
centre and sang the Hanuman Chalisa loud and proud. Gradually the Islamic
Society members emptied out of the Centre over a long period, and the Hindu
Students Society moved into the Centre for the first time in next week.

RSS, Bajrang Dal are not terrorist groups: Britain

RSS, Bajrang Dal are not terrorist groups: Britain
19 Nov 2008, 1021 hrs IST, IANS 
 
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com./India/RSS_Bajrang_Dal_are_not_terrorist_groups_Britain/articleshow/3730887.cms
 
LONDON: The British government has said neither the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) nor the Bajrang Dal are terrorist organisations and their 
members are not banned from entering Britain.

“The government do not consider the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or the Bajrang Dal as terrorist organisations,” British Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Lord Malloch-Brown told the House of Lords.

“Neither organisation is proscribed in the UK or in India, nor do the Indian government classify either as a terrorist organisation,” Malloch-Brown said in reply to a question by former cabinet minister Lord Chris Patten.

Malloch-Brown said decisions on whether or not to ban a group in Britain “must be proportionate and based on evidence that a group is involved in terrorism as defined in the Terrorism Act 2000.”

The British minister also turned down a plea by Patten, who had visited India in October, to “ensure” that members of the RSS and Bajrang Dal are prevented from entering Britain.

Malloch-Brown replied that neither the RSS nor the Bajrang Dal are banned in Britain or subject to other restrictions or sanctions. Nor were they classified as terrorist organisations or banned by the Indian government.

“Unless an organisation is proscribed in the UK under the Terrorism Act 2000, membership of an organisation does not in itself provide grounds for refusing entry to the UK.

“Where there is evidence that the presence in the UK of a particular individual would not be conducive to the public good, consideration will be given to denying entry,” the minister said in his answer earlier this month.

While Patten’s questions at the House of Lords may have been prompted by the anti-Christian violence in Orissa, informed sources said the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) – set up in 1966 as the nearest equivalent of the RSS in Britain – works very differently from Hindu groups in India.

“The HSS was set up in a number of countries. They have little to do with the RSS and abide by the laws of the country where they are based,” said a source closely allied to the HSS in Britain.

“They largely undertake activities concerning cultural identity rather than nationalistic identity. You can’t equate what happens in Gujarat, or elsewhere in India with what’s happening in Britain. For the second generation in particular, India is a bit abstract,” the source said.

The HSS is said to have around 70 ‘shakhas’ or branches offices in Britain, with around 1,100 regular visitors.

“Over the years, British prime ministers and opposition leaders have passed through their doors,” the source said.

RSS General Secretary Mohan Rao Bhagwat stopped over in Britain in September on his way back from a visit to the Caribbean.

“He was felicitated by the community. Some important people, including police, were aware of the visit and there was no problem,” the source said.