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Obama ignores ‘secular’ group complaints, promotes Sonal Shah

Obama ignores ‘secular’ group complaints, promotes Sonal Shah
21 Nov 2008, 0329 hrs IST, Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Obama_ignores_secularists_protests_promotes_Shah/articleshow/3738975.cms
WASHINGTON: US President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday named Indian – American policy wonk
 
  Sonal Shah as a leader of a key policy working group, ignoring charges from the so-called leftist-secular Indian groups in the U.S about her alleged links with radical Hindu groups.

Shah is one of nine leaders who will head seven Policy Working Groups tasked with ”developing priority policy proposals and plans from the Obama Campaign for action during the Obama-Biden Administration,” the transition team announced on Wednesday.

Shah will co-chair the Technology, Innovation and Government Reform panel along with Julius Genachowski and
Blair Levin.

Other panels, all of which will be headed by a single person, are as follows: Economic: Daniel K. Tarullo,
Education: Linda Darling-Hammond, Energy and Environment: Carol M. Browner, Health Care: Senator Tom Daschle, Immigration: T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Mariano-Florentino (Tino) Cuéllar National Security: James B. Steinberg, Dr. Susan E. Rice.

Some of these positions could conceivably lead to appointments in the administration. For instance, Daschle is now strongly tipped to be the health secretary. On Wednesday, the Obama transition team also formally announced several other White House positions, including David Axelrod as Senior Advisor to the President, Lisa Brown as Staff Secretary, Greg Craig as White House Counsel, and Chris Lu as Cabinet Secretary.

In naming Shah to head a policy group, the President-elect has seemingly snubbed Leftist activists in the U.S who loudly protested her inclusion in the Obama transition team last week, ostensibly because of her family’s connections in India to the RSS and the VHP.

Shah responded with a statement that her ”personal politics
 
have nothing in common with the views espoused by VHP, RSS, or any such organization,” and she has always ”condemned any politics of division, of ethnic or religious hatred, of violence and intimidation as a political tool.”

In its press release about the new policy planning panels, the transition team referred to Shah’s work as the co-founder of Indicorps, a U.S.-based non-profit organization offering one-year fellowships Indian-Americans to work on development projects in India, which Leftist groups had viewed suspiciously.

The transition team also cited her work at the Center for American Progress on trade, outsourcing and post conflict issues and the Center for Global Development on development policy issues.

Sonal Shah currently heads Google.org’s global development efforts and is on temporary on leave from that job to help with the transition. Prior to joining Google, she was Vice President at Goldman, Sachs and Co. developing and implementing the firm’s environmental policy.

She also worked at the Department of Treasury from 1995-2002 on various economic issues and regions of the world, including Bosnia, Kosovo, the Asian crisis and sub-Saharan Africa, and at the National Security Council
from 1998-1999.

I was beaten day and night, my chastity was questioned. I wanted to commit suicide..- Prajna Singh Thakur


http://www.dailypioneer.com/135265/%E2%80%98I-was-beaten-day-and-night-my-chastity-was-questioned-I-wanted-to-commit-suicide.html

NASIK
C.R. NO. I – 130/08
(RE-NUMBERED AS C.R. No. 1 – 18/08 at ATS)

State of Maharashtra: Complainant

Thru’ ATS
V/s.

Sadhwi Pragyan Singh Thakur & Ors: Accused

AFFIDAVIT

I, Sadhwi Pragyan Chandrapal Singh Thakur, Age 38 years, Occupation — Nil, residing at 7, Ganga Sagar Apartment, Katodara Road, Surat, Gujarat State do hereby state on solemn affirmation as under:

1. I say that I am a resident of Madhya Pradesh. My parents live in Surat, Gujarat where they shifted residence a couple of years ago. I say that for some years now, I found myself becoming increasingly detached from the material world and correspondingly found tremendous comfort and solace in Spiritualism. Accordingly I decided to renounce the material world and become a Sanyasin. On 30.1.2007, after performing the appropriate Hindu Religious rites and prayers I became a Sadhwi. I say that ever since then, I have been residing in a ashram at Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. My life at the Ashram almost exclusively consisted of prayers, meditation, yoga and the reading of spiritual texts. At the ashram I did not watch TV channels and had practically no access to newspapers.

2. I say that apart from my activities at the ashram, I travelled chiefly around North India for the purpose of religious discourses and sermons. In connection with these latter activities, between 23.9.2008 and 4.10.2008, I was in Indore where I stayed at the residence of one Annaji who is my disciple. In the evening of 4th October, 2008, I returned to my ashram in Jabalpur.

3. I say that on 7.10.2008, when I was at Jabalpur Ashram, I received a call from a police officer from the ATS, Maharashtra, called Mr Sawant, who wanted to know about my LML Freedom vehicle. However, I told him I had sold it long back and not concerned with it. However, he insisted me to come down to Surat as he wanted to question me at length about it. I was reluctant to go to Surat by leaving the Ashram and insisted for him to come down to Jabalpur, but he refused and told me to come down to Surat as early as possible.

4. I further say that accordingly I travelled to Surat by train via Ujjain and arrived at Surat on 10.10.2008 early in the morning and my disciple Shri Bhimbhai Pasricha had to receive me at Railway Station and I went to his place at Atop Nagar.

5. I say that here at about 10 AM, I met officer Mr Sawant who had apparently travelled to Surat to trace the ownership of a LML Freedom two wheeler and I questioned him as to what had happened to my vehicle and why you are asking about it. I say that I it was at this point time, Mr Sawant told me that my vehicle had been allegedly planted with the explosives and subsequently detonated in Malegaon in the last week of September. I also say that it was here for the first time, I came to know that my old vehicle had been allegedly used in Malegaon blast, which was completely shocking to me. I confirmed to Mr Sawant that the LML Freedom 2 wheeler of the colour and number, he mentioned had once belonged to me.

6. I say that in Surat during the course of my interrogation with Mr Sawant, I mentioned to him that the LML Freedom two wheeler once owned by me was subsequently sold to one Sunil Joshi of Madhya Pradesh way back in October, 2004 and that Mr Joshi had paid me Rs 24,000/- for the same. I had also signed the necessary TT Form for RTO transfer in October, 2004 itself. I categorically asserted to Mr Sawant that since October, 2004 I had no control over the vehicle or its movements and usage.

7. I further say that in spite of my answers, Mr. Sawant repeatedly asked me how the vehicle reached Malegaon and how it came to be involved in the bomb blast on 29.9.2008. I repeatedly replied that I could not answer his questions as I had no control of the vehicle since October, 2004.

8. I also say that Mr Sawant however informed me that he did not believe me and that I would have to accompany him and his ATS team to Mumbai for further interrogation and he assured me that after such interrogation I would be free to go back to my ashram.

9. It is significant to mention that I was not formally arrested on 10.10.2008. Even though no formal summons to attend as a Witness was served upon me to make my self available for interrogation in Mumbai, and even though I was within my rights to insist that I be interrogated at the place where I reside ie Jabalpur, trusting Mr Sawant and having nothing to hide, I agreed to accompany the ATS team to Mumbai. I say Mr Sawant told me take my father along with me. However, due to his old age, I told him it was not proper take down him to Mumbai and suggested that my disciple, one Mr Bhimbhai Pasricha, in whose very residence my questioning was being done by the ATS. I further say that at 5.15 PM myself, Mr Pasricha and the ATS officer left Surat and reached Bombay on the very night of 10.10.2008. In Bombay I was taken straight away to the ATS office at Kalachowkie.

10. Thereafter for two days I was detained and interrogated by the ATS team in Mumbai. The questions were repetitive and directed at somehow involving me in the bomb blast in Malegaon on 29.9.2008. My answers remained constant throughout.

11. I further say that on 12.10.2008 the ATS changed the mode of interrogation and became extremely aggressive with me. At first they asked my said disciple Mr Bhimbhai Pasricha to beat me with sticks, belts etc, on my palms, forehands, soles, etc. When Mr Pasricha refused to do so, he was severely beaten by the ATS. Ultimately with the greatest reluctance, he complied with the ATS orders but obviously being my disciple, he exerted the very minimum of force on me. He was then pushed aside by a member of the ATS squad knows as Khanwilkar, who then himself commenced beating me severely with a belt on my hands, forearms, palms, feet, soles, causing me bruises, swelling and contusions in these areas.

12. I say that from the 13th onwards, I say that I was beaten during the day, night and midnight. On two occasions I was even woken up in the early hours of the morning at 4 am and questioned about my knowledge of the blasts. On these occasions, I was beaten by a senior officer having a moustache, whom I can identify. In addition I was subject to vulgar abuse and obscene language by members of the ATS team interrogating me. My Guru was abused and my chastity was questioned. I was physically and verbally traumatised to the extent that I wanted to commit suicide.

13. I further say that on 14th taken out for the examination at a far away place from ATS and was brought back in the afternoon and that I day I had no meeting or even knowledge about Mr Pasricha.

14. I say that on 15th October, after noon, both myself and Mr Pasricha were taken by ATS vehicles to Hotel Rajdoot in Nagpada locality of Mumbai and were kept in Room Nos. 315 and 314 respectively and we were made to sign the Hotel Entry register, however, we did not pay or deposit any money with the hotel manager, which was done by the ATS.

15. I say that after putting into this hotel I was asked to make phone calls from mobile No. 94066 00004 and from one more mobile instrument not belonging to me to speak couple of persons including one of my female disciple and I was asked to say that I was in a hotel in Mumbai and hale & hearty and was doing fine. I say that at that time, I did not know why I was made to say so. I would reveal the name of my female disciple at an appropriate time.

16. I say that as a result of the custodial violence/torture, mental stress, anxiety that were developed in the process, I was subjected to, I developed acute abdominal and kidney pains. I lost my appetite, became nauseous and giddy and prone to having bouts of unconsciousness. In view of this, within few hours after putting in Rajdoot Hospital, I was removed from the ATS office and was taken a hospital which learnt it to be Shusrusha Hospital wherein I was kept in ICU. I say that within half an hour Mr Bhimbhai Pasricha came down to Shushrusha Hospital with some ATS men and my Hospital admission forms, and other medical examination forms, etc were signed by him. I say that Mr Khanwilkar deposited money to the hospital management for me, which I learnt from Mr Bhimbhai. I say that after some time Mr Pasricha left the Hospital along with the ATS men and thereafter I have no contact with of any nature.

17. I say that I underwent a treatment over here for 3 to 4 days. I say that as my condition did not improve, I was taken to another hospital whose name I cannot recall. This hospital consisted of a high rise building where I was treated for 2 to 3 days. I say that no female police constable was by my side either in Hotel Rajdoot or in either of the two hospitals.

18. I say that both at the hotel and the hospitals, I was carried on a stretcher and my face was always covered with a black hood to avoid my face from being seen. From the second hospital, I was brought back to the ATS office at Kalachowkie.

19. I say that I was finally arrested on 23.10.2008 and produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Nasik on 24.1.2008. I was remanded to police custody on that date till 3.11.2008. Up to the 24.10.2008 and even sometime thereafter, I was denied access to a Lawyer or any member of my family. A polygraph test was conducted on me while I was in illegal detention prior to 23.10.2008. Thereafter a second polygraph test was conducted on 01.11.2008. On 04.11.2008, after I was remanded to Judicial custody on being presented before Nasik court on 03.11.2008, I also say that a Narco analysis test was also conducted on me.

20. I say that both the lie detector test as well as the Narco analysis test were conducted with out my consent. Never the less all these investigative tests have only established my innocence in the Malegaon bomb blast that took place on 29.9.2008. I finally was allowed to meet my sister Mrs Parthibha Bhagwan Jha on the evening of 02.11.2008, who had brought vakalatnamas of Advocate Ganesh Sovani who was engaged by my sister and her husband Mr Bhagwan Jha and had met him couple times in that week. This meeting was not conducted in private since members of the ATS stood within hearing distance of my sister and myself. I met my Advocate Ganesh Sovani for the first time in the court room of this Hon’ble Court very briefly for 4 to 5 minutes prior to the arguments commencing on my remand application on 03.11.2008.

21. I say that this period of 4 to 5 minutes was too short for me to give complete instructions as to what had transpired from 10th October onwards, about my vehicle, my stay at Kalachowkie, my illegal detention, the ill-treatment mitigated to me by ATS men, the beating job that was forced on my disciple to beat me, but which he carried out reluctantly, without any force, etc. I say that for this reasons, all the details had not reflected in the hand written application that was placed on record by my advocate Mr Sovani, for paucity of time to give all these instructions.

22. I say that on the evening of Wednesday 12.11.2008, I was allowed to meet my Advocate Ganesh Sovani for about 5-6 minutes again in the presence of female staff of Byculla jail. I say that again on 13.11.2008 I was allowed to talk to my said lawyer for 8-10 minutes to give him some more details. Thereafter, on Friday 14.11.2008 evening at about 04.30 PM, I was given nearly 20 minutes to talk to my said lawyer at length, and it was during this period I could narrate my entire ordeal with the ATS which is reproduced hereinabove.

23. I unambiguously state that I am totally innocent of any offence whatsoever. In particular I have no connection with the Malegaon bomb blast of 29.9.2008. While my former ownership of LML Freedom 2 wheeler, which was allegedly used in the Malegaon bomb blast entitled the ATS to interrogate me, that agency was not entitled to subject me to the treatment mentioned hereinabove. Their conduct discloses a blatant violation of statutory provisions of law, custodial abuse and violence, mental and physical torture and prolonged illegal detention. The ATS are fully aware that I am innocent. It appears however that they have a mandate from their political superiors to necessarily implicate me with Malegaon blasts with a view to suggest that Hindu Religious extremists were resorting to terrorism. The prolonged illegal detention, custodial abuse and physical torture were designed to compel me to confess to crimes I had not committed. This attempt of false implication persisted for the entire period between 10.10.2008 and 02.11.2008 . During this entire period I was deliberately isolated from my family and denied access to Lawyers. I say that no arrest panchanama was done after my arrest on 23.10.2008 and I was never asked about the names, addresses and telephone / mobile Nos. details to whom I would like to convey my arrest. I say that attention from my illegal detention was sought to be diverted by the ATS by daily leaking information regarding my involvement which was manifestly false and only indicated the malafide nature of the investigation..

24. I say that While I was thus painted as a sinister mastermind of the Malegaon blasts, a role which has now been subtly reassigned by the ATS to Lt Col Purohit — crippled and vulnerable as I was by the detention, abuse and torture, I could not protest my innocence. Nor was I allowed access to family, friends and Lawyers who could have done so.

25. I say that it is necessary that a detailed enquiry of my illegal detention, custodial torture, etc needs to be done and for which I am ready and willing to get subjected to any such medical test or tests and I also want the ATS officers, who interrogated me, tortured me, etc should also be put to the same tests.

26. I say that the ATS has caused blatant violations of my human rights and I should get a justice and they need to be adequately dealt with as per the provisions of law.

27. In the circumstances I now pray for the following relief:

a) that the ATS be directed to submit an explanation for my detention without authority of law between 10.10.2008 and 23.10.2008;

b). that enquiry/investigation be conducted into my accusation made hereinabove on oath, regarding custodial torture/violence and mental and psychological abuse;

c). that such investigation as referred to in (b) above, include a polygraph test, as well as Narco analysis on me to determine the veracity of my accusations;

d). that such investigation to include a polygraph test and narco analysis on officers of the ATS named by me, and also of those officers whose names, I do not know, but I can identify, for they subjecting me to mental and physical abuse during custody as well as others to be identified by me;

e) that a report be called for from the ATS for the reasons of my admission in two hospitals ( Shusrusha an another) and the medical treatment undergone by me at the said two hospitals;

f) The ATS be directed to disclose the reasons for my stay at Hotel Rajdoot at Mumbai.;

g) For such further and other reliefs as may be fit and proper in the facts and circumstances of the case.

Filed in court on 17.11.2008
Contents Explained to the
Deponent in Hindi &
Confirmed with Deponent.
(Deponent)

My daughter Pragya is innocent – Pragya’s father

http://in.rediff.com/news/2008/nov/12inter-my-daughter-pragya-is-innocent.htm

‘My daughter Pragya is innocent’
 
November 12, 2008

In the first part of the interview, Dr Chandrapal Singh, father of Puranchetanand Giri, better known as Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, who was arrested by the Mumbai police’s Anti Terrorist Squad in connection with the bomb blast in Malegaon, spoke of her growing up years and early influences.

Dr Singh, a committed Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh worker for the last 35 years, spoke to rediff.com’s Sheela Bhatt at his home in Surat [Images] about why he believes his daughter is innocent.

Excerpts from the second and final part of the interview.
“I encouraged Pragya to become a sadhvi because that is the real life. We are all suffering the results of falsehood. In the last two years she became a sadhvi and headed her own organisation called Jai Vande Mataram. It’s active in helping women who have been converted to other religions by deceit. She also helps quarrelling couples by trying to build bridges between them. The entire Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad family was her family.

“Talking about the police, I can only say they are working under the political parties. They have to obey them 85 percent of the time. Later, they will apologise that they are forced to do certain things.

“During the Emergency I have seen it first hand. My name was on top of the police list. The government alleged that I was an anti-national, I belonged to an organisation that killed (Mahtama) Gandhi and that I am disturbing peace in society. The RSS asked me to go underground and I wasn’t arrested.

“In the case of Pragya, we don’t deny that she owned a motorcycle. Some four and a half years back Pragya had lost the registration papers and her degree certificates in Bhopal. She lost her purse when an autorikshaw hit her; she had a head injury. When she recovered she thought of getting rid of the motorcycle. One way was to prepare a new set of papers. When her colleagues at ABVP came to know that Didi wants to sell her motorcycle they came forward. Her one-year-old vehicle was worth Rs 43,000 and it was in a very good condition but they offered her only Rs 25,000. When the deal was closed, the buyer, Manoj Sharma, gave only Rs 24,000. He used to attend ABVP programmes and used to come to Surat also.

“We signed the papers. Some RTO fixer said they will help transfer the name. For four years the vehicle was not transferred in the buyer’s name. Meanwhile the motorcycle was stolen from Sharma’s home. Why did he not report to the police? Manoj claims it’s because the motorcycle was not transferred in his name. He was targeted by SIMI [Images] and guys from the Church, also. A Christian member of the Congress was murdered and Manoj Sharma’s name was inserted in that case. This is how the bike reached “that” camp. When the vehicle resurfaced in the (Malegaon) blast, the police could trace our house from the chassis number.

“On October 9, the Anti-Terrorism Squad’s inspector Samant came to see me in Surat, in this house. He said he wanted to ask me some questions. I agreed. He asked me, “Where is this vehicle?” I said, “It’s not mine. It belongs to my daughter. And some four years back it was sold.” I asked him why is he asking all these things. He said he would tell me later.

“He asked me if I have my daughter’s number. I didn’t have it but I got it from someone. He talked to Pragya on the phone. She accepted that the motorcycle once belonged to her and it was sold. The inspector asked if she can come to Surat. Pragya came on October 12 from Madhya Pradesh [Images]. The police took her to Mumbai and kept her illegally in police custody for 12 days.

“I didn’t complain. I believe that every citizen should help the process of law. I told the police that you may be very strict. I will be happy for that because it means that you are honest. I welcome you if you are honest. Why should I fear you? People who are guilty should be afraid of you. Why should I be afraid of you? Pragya told me, “Pitaji, my intention is not bad. I haven’t done anything; I have never even imagined such a thing. Don’t worry about me. You remain absolutely tension-free. I will return safe after managing this crisis. Trust me. Even if I am imprisoned I will come out without any blemishes”.

“By the way, what is your definition of non-violence? When Gandhiji was asked about it, he had said that non-violence doesn’t mean escapism. To protect “non-violence”, even if we have to hit someone it can’t be termed as “violence”. Will you term Ram a violent person because he killed Ravana? However, to uphold nationalism you don’t need to plant bombs. Pragya has Christian and Muslim friends. I believe in Hindu religion non-violence is valued above truth. I am confident that my daughter will come out unblemished. This is a made-up case to prepare the political climate .Have you heard anywhere that SIMI is wrong? People in power can do these things if they carry bad thoughts.

“I will ask you a counter-question. Do you think anyone who is involved will give her own bike to do such things? Those who indulge in terrorism, will they easily surrender when the ATS calls? When a relative went to see her in police custody Pragya asked him, “What was the need to come? Don’t you trust me? Let the police do whatever they like. One day they will have to release me”.

“Being a sadhvi she eats little food. She mixes rotis and subzis in one deep bowl and dilutes the taste before eating it.

“Now, I don’t know how she is in jail. She is no more with ABVP because she heads her own organisation. She was never with the Bharatiya Janata Party or the Vishwa Hindu Parishad so if they deny any links with her they are not wrong. I have an association with the RSS but the RSS doesn’t have swayamsevikas so in that sense she is not directly related to the RSS. (Gujarat Chief Minister) Narendra Modi [Images] has been associated with ABVP and Pragya has been a member of it, so they have met at a few events.

“I am not upset that some leaders have not come out in the open to support Pragya. Because, my daughter has not done anything wrong. When Christ was crucified he didn’t ask for a saviour. He was less famous then, but today he is famous many times more.

“I am 99 percent sure that Pragya is not involved in the Malegaon blast case. I am not sure one percent only because since the last two years she was not visiting my home because sadhvis are not supposed to visit their parental home. She doesn’t address me as pitaji and now calls me Doctor saab.

“I know she was dissatisfied with the blasts in India. She wanted everybody to be pragmatic. She wanted the people to think of the nation first. We believe that when India will become a Hindu Rashtra there will be no sin committed on this land. The Supreme Court says Hinduism is not a religion but a way of life. But in Sanskrit it is said that a person who is opposing sin on the strength of divine beliefs is a Hindu. We are not yet true Hindus.

“The Sangh believes that if Muslims are doing something wrong we should explain to them that it is our collective loss. And, we believe there are enough Muslims in India who understand this.

“Bal Thackeray [Images]ji is not supporting my daughter; he is trying to unite Hindu votes. The same thing is done by the Congress. This is not fair. Thackeray is supporting Pragya to prepare his votebank and Congress is harassing Pragya to tell Muslims that they are their only protectors. Muslims know well the games the Congress plays.

“I don’t need Modi’s support. If I have done injustice, I will get punishment and I will be hanged. If I have not done any crime then even if Modi doesn’t come to our rescue we will be saved. There is something called self-confidence. I haven’t met Modi in a formal sense but we know each other well enough. I am an RSS worker and he is also one.

“I need only the support of God and society. If my daughter had done anything wrong she would have told me somehow. My daughter is not capable of hiding anything from me. She would have surely told me, “Even if I die, I will do this (planting of bombs).”

“I believe my daughter is innocent.”

A Secular Protocol – by Tarun Vijay

A Secular Protocol
Tarun Vijay

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Columnists/Tarun_Vijay_A_secular_protocol/articleshow/3584631.cms

Patience is the key that defines facilitating others’ survival more
than your own. Earth, mother we call her, symbolises that element of
life. She lets the barbarian exploit her boons and the bliss, and
waits for a millennium to show she is angry.

Indian society, which believes in the values of the civilisational
flow so painstakingly preserved and handed over to us, is being
subjected the same kind of test of patience by the forces that
represent the colors of Roman and Arab ancestry.

Like history can’t be understood through secondary or tertiary
sources, original references have to be consulted, watershed incidents
in a nation’s life have to be analysed through original events. Hence
after Meenakshipuram, the forced exodus of Kashmiri Hindus, Godhra and
Kandhmal murders, and its now the turn of Bodo Hindus in Assam to face
Muslim attacks.

So far 40 Hindus have been reported killed and 76,000 people have left
their villages out of fear and taken refuge in 32 state government
camps in Udalguri and Darrang. Twelve villages have been burnt. In
Jhakuapara village the gaon budhaa (village head) was burnt alive
along with his mother and sister. It all began after local Hindus
resisted the forcible occupation of their lands by Muslims. The area
has suddenly seen Bodo Hindus reduced to a minority and a spurt in the
activities of the All Assam Minority Students Union (AMSU), SIMI, All
Assam Muslim Chatra Parishad and Muslim Students Association (MUSA).
Now, having burnt Hindu villages and forced them to flee, Muslims are
occupying the villages vacated by Hindus.

The Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF – Badruddin Ajmal’s Muslim
Political Party) MLA Rasul Haq Bahadur and AAMSU president Abdul Aziz
have been demanding a separate autonomous area for the Muslims in
lower Assam. The recent violence is considered as a `warming up’
exercise’ to chase away Hindus from their traditional hamlets.

Saw any report or interviews of the victims or front page ‘shame’
editorials condemning the roasting alive of Hindus, or making them
refugees in their own land? Got any call from Vatican or admonishment
from Paris? Sorry, the victims happened to be Hindus so we can devote
our space and time on matters more earthly like ICL cricket and red
alerts in the stock exchange.

Hate sells. The more you add poison to it, the more you get elevated
on the scales of leadership and fame. They say terrorism is the main
issue. But do you think any one wants to fight it? All that appears on
the list are a few ghastly pictures of the terror-struck common
people, a few `good’ slogans, emotional lines of poetry and the
election plank is ready. Greed, intolerance, revenge and bigotry of
the secular kind have taken centrestage to constitutionalise a hate
regime that thrives on disrobing India of her unique characteristics.
Anything that defines that uniqueness is under assault and like a
colonial dispensation; this has become a business of profit and
comfort. Grants, awards and fellowships are reserved for those who
yield and say yes to the secular protocol that defines India as a
non-Hindu entity, using terms like ‘shackled in the old’, `outdated’,
`obscurantist Brahmanism’ and `weird ritualism which makes the
practitioner rigid, backward looking’ and `pot-bellied, unintelligent
creature with a tuft’.

The sultans of this secular protocol define an assertive Hindu as
anti-women, anti-minority (read Muslims and Christians), Hindi
chauvinist, having a fossilized vision that tries to revive a dead
language like Sanskrit, worshipper of snakes, rats, cow, phallus,
trees, who uses cow urine, cow dung for various purposes including
medicine. They light fire and throw some herbs to please gods, who are
elephant-shaped, and use peacocks, oxen and owls as their vehicles.
They have to be civilized. And to do that they get grants from the
ministry of culture.

From the Germans and Dutch.

The contemporary seculars use exactly the same language and show
identical concern as was used and shown by the British when they urged
the Christian missionaries to civilise the Hindu savages a hundred
years ago.

In 1913, British forces under Major Hamilton shot dead 1,500 Hindu
Bhil freedom fighters who had waged a struggle under the leadership of
a great reformist, Govind Giri, a disciple of Swami Dayananda. Having
performed this act of “valour”, Major Hamilton invited the church to
start work amongst the Bhils to “give them the divine message”. He
made the following appeal to Rev. D.G. Cock of the Presbyterian
mission, Neemuch: “Against my wishes, I ordered police to fire on the
innocent persons. Knew and loved them for years together.

Really it was a sad experience of my life. You go there and do work
which I could not do for them. Their hearts have broken. Give them
divine message. I want to do something and I know the best one will be
to establish a mission centre.” (Planting a mission among the Bhils of
south Rajasthan’, in man and Life, vol 10, pp 77-96).

Fifteen hundred innocent Bhils were killed. And the British officer
asks the Church, almost as an order, to go and work among them. First
physical annihilation, then organizing efforts for disrobing them of
their culture and religion.

And they are the adorable icons of the contemporary secular.

Hindus, medical doctors, MDs, law graduates, IITians,MBAs, working
among tribals to help them get better education never finds a place of
honour or even a mention in the passing. Because they preserve the
culture and indigenous traditions. In secular protocol, only those who
dispossess Hindus of their identity are eligible for enlisting.

Hence converting tribals to Christianity is acceptable, preserving
their culture is not. An assault on a nun is deplorable; a murder of a
lady Hindu monk is no news. Burning alive of Hindu Bodos finds a brief
mention, burning alive of non-Hindus deserve a front page editorial.
Post Godhra, Kandhmal, and Mangalore, Hindu symbols like Trishul must
be turned into symbols of `Hindu terrorism’.

Post 90s till this date, jihadi symbols like crossed rifles in the
backdrop of Koran or a jihadi killing infants or a NSCN activist in
Nagaland demanding Nagalim for Christ, must not be used as symbols of
hate because that’s against secular tenets.

It’s a universally accepted norm of the secular fraternity. Have you
ever, anywhere seen a jjhadi’s barbaric face as a symbol of terrorism?
The only face you might have seen shows a Muslim tailor with folded
hands, a Hindu “goon” with a saffron headband, a trishul terrifying
the minorities. Even the Maoists are never depicted as barbaric goons
who have killed more than 12,000 Indians so far and government has to
set up a special cell in the Ministry of Home Affairs to tackle the
left extremism problem. They are seculars, hence can’t be depicted as
terrorists.

Recently I saw a magazine depicting Jesus crucified on a trishul .

Even if for the sake of argument one may say some Hindus are indulging
in such activities which these seculars find bad, is their depiction
of a Jesus crucifixion on a trishul to convey their dismay and
disapproval acceptable and responsible behavior? Do they think the
trishul is the sole property or the patented symbol of the kind of
Hindus they despise? What about those Hindus who do not vote BJP or
support Bajrang Dal? Do they all belong to a non-Trishul order of
faith?

Depicting and institutionalizing the trishul as a hate symbol is
acceptable behavior for the secular. What about the cross of the
separatists in Nagaland who kill and maim non-conformists? And the two
AK-47s around the Koran used by terrorist groups? Has any one; any
secular, journalist, leader or human rightists ever used such symbols
to depict bloodthirsty aggressors?

A subservient media, a colonized mindset, a “manageable” pen – this is
all that is needed to clothe a secular protocol.

It’s a protocol that directs them to bury and subvert the truth. When
the killers of Swami Lakshmananada were arrested, the news was
filtered and published in a muffled way. Only in one newspaper did I
see a statement that pointed towards Christian involvement in the
ghastly murders. Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda admitted to a group of
media persons that “it is a fact that Christians form the majority in
our organisation. Our supporters in Rayagada, Gajapati and Kandhamal
also belonged to the Christian community”. According to him, Saraswati
was killed because he did not pay heed when the Maoists’ warned him to
end his anti-Christian activities.

Anyone condemned the confession?

This secular protocol insults a police officer even in death,
humiliates his family in grief, reinstates a teacher involved in the
attack on Parliament, demand a ban on Hindu organizations without any
proof or court order, but comes out on the streets seeking freedom for
a terrorist sentenced to death by the highest court of the land.

The secular protocol accepts permissiveness and exploitation of women
as acceptable smart behavior; opposition to sex in Meerut parks was
booed as “moral policing”, “they” were dubbed anti-environment and as
consuming more and conserving nothing. This protocol is anti-family
values – it turns homes into serais by legitimizing `live-in’
relations, it is anti-societal stability – which rejects
institutionalised relationships, replacing them with discount coupons
of pleasure trips, likes to invest in old age homes rather take care
of parents. (So much power this secular protocol has wielded that the
state felt compelled to make a law to punish children who do not care
for their parents). It supports gay marriages as a mark of human
advancement and abhors the only institution that has sustained global
societies – motherhood, as a symbol of women’s slavery.

Having done that, it organizes seminars on the fall in civility and
ethics.

They love to say they are not Hindus but `humans’ and when it comes to
making profit they are in the forefront to sell Hindu songs and
bhajans .All those media houses who love to deride Hindutva as a house
policy, do not hesitate to make millions by selling Sanskrit mantras,
bhajans, kirtans, in CDs and VCDs, and present the same dramas they
deplore as “mythological” called Ramayana and Mahabharata, to increase
TRP ratings. They are the same seculars who had opposed such Ramanand
Sagar serials during the 90s, saying “such mythological dramas” helped
fan the flames of the Ayodhya movement, which was, in their eyes,
anti-minority.

When it comes to lucre and power sharing and a good birth after life,
everyone comes closer to the forces representing Rama’s side. So not a
single secular Hindu would say he should be buried after death and no
Sanskrit mantra be chanted because it’s a dead language of deplorable
Brahmins. So a sense of personal profit, here or after life, makes
them to protect and support a Hindu character. If votes too begin
flowing to their boxes this way, they, and not the BJP, would be the
first to build Ram temple at Ayodhya.

That’s the moral of their secular protocol.

Speak out and say yes to unity – by Tarun Vijay

THE RIGHT VIEW
Speak out and say yes to unity

28 Sep 2008, 1847 hrs IST, Tarun Vijay
Do we get bad leaders in spite of having good people? 

If our people are great, why do we have leaders who fail? 

Where are the people if the leaders are not doing what we think they should be doing? 

A people so intensely under attack by the terrorists can’t claim to be brave by sitting silently and petitioning state clerks. Those who fear get what they fear. 

While China, having superbly completed the Olympics, sent a man for a space walk and Sarah Palin “delighted” our PM in the US with a handshake, India seems to be descending dangerously into communal polarisation, reinforced and powered by a secular lobby. In the process, the morale of the police and other security forces is being affected for they are facing the brunt from terrorists as well as the secularists in the government and the media who are running them down, doubting their intentions and integrity. 

Suddenly yardsticks for our judgment have changed. Opinions, morphed as judgments, are passed not on merit or weighing its consequences for the society, but by the yardstick of the colour events wear. The Nanavati Commission’s report is to be discarded even before its pages are browsed because the Narendra Modi government instituted it and it shows Hindus as victims. The Bannerjee report is to be trusted because the secular Lalu Yadav instituted it and shows Hindus as aggressors. Strange logic. 

Who speaks for the Indian? 

Inspector M.C.Sharma’s funeral is not to be attended because he shot at Muslims. When the men in khaki arrested the Kanchi Shankaracharya, not a single secular channel or newspaper cast any doubt on the police reports and statements. But when the men in khaki arrested a few from Jamia Milia, doubts were raised immediately and investigative journalism flowered. 

Anything written about patriotism, even a good word about Inspector Sharma, is sought to be embarrassed under a general head – Hindu media. I read this term being used first time in the aftermath of the Jamia controversy. Anything that Muslims show as a sign of solidarity with the rest of the India and condemnation of terrorism is either blacked out or shown apologetically. 

Last week, 21st September to be exact, a few hundred young professional Muslim youth from Okhla and Jamia Nagar organized a silent procession at India Gate in New Delhi. They were condemning terrorism, asking for the harshest punishment for terrorists who use Islam for their crimes, and they wanted to be recognized as patriots. I didn’t see the coverage it deserved. Why? 

Who is speaking for the Indians who were killed in the Delhi blasts? Why did they have to be turned lifeless in a sudden stroke? 

Suddenly a blast occurs and their life is changed. You are going to see a movie, and next moment found dead. Someone bringing his daughter home from school – suddenly both are dead in a blast. Gone to market for shopping – minutes later a phone call at home says ‘Please come to claim the dead body’. Terrorism has changed our lives, our behaviour, our language and relations. Yet we feel hesitant to speak out. 

What happens to those who were dependent on the terror-struck victim nobody knows. They are not news. Can’t we speak about Simran – whose father and grandfather were killed in the previous blast – and about Santosh, the sweet little kid who got killed in Mehrauli blast on Saturday? 

“Son, what’s your religion?” – should that be our first query and decide what is said next? 

Hard law is bad, because it was “used” against a particular community. Police is bad because it’s arresting and targeting a particular community. 

Terror is secular, khaki is suspect 

While the nation and her security forces – that includes the police too, stand firm to combat terrorism, the state power and the seculars are providing focused support to terrorists and enhancing their morale through statements and casting doubt on the motives of the anti-terror action. India’s secular cabinet ministers demanded lifting of a ban on a terrorist organization, proposed Indian citizenship to millions of illegal Bangladeshi infiltrators, refused to say a word of encouragement to the security forces fighting terrorists but publicly assured help to the accused whom police, a part of the government, arrested for blasting Delhi and killing citizens. 

All these secular statements had just one consideration – religion of the groups they want to support or oppose. The seculars have become the worst kind of communal hate spreaders, with their extreme one-sided postures and acidic language. In a way these rabble-rousing seculars have become a security threat affecting the societal fabric and the morale of the policemen and soldiers. 

They ordered a communal head count in the army, ignored and downgraded celebrations of Bharat Vijay Diwas, 16th December, and Kargil Vijay Diwas, stopped observing the Pokharan test anniversary in Delhi and failed to show due respect to Field Marshall Manekshaw. All this can’t just be exceptions; they show a trend, an attitude. 

These are the same elements who represent the governance and by virtue of being cabinet ministers, which ironically includes having taken an oath that obliges them to be loyal to the Constitution, succeed in facilitating comforts for the killers and create an atmosphere in which sympathies for the terrorists are generated and police become suspect with doubtful integrity. Words like – “they have a soft heart”, “they are our children and hence it’s our duty to provide them help”, “nothing can be said till they are proven guilty”, etc – are bandied about to warn the police and reassure those whom police caught at risk to their lives. 

It’s good and admirable to stick to a universal assumption that everyone is innocent till proven guilty. But during wartime words spoken publicly have to be weighed against their possible impact on the elements that shoulder the responsibility to safeguard the nation. If you start being celestially virtuous by sympathizing with the pains and difficulties of those who have waged a war on the state, it’s bound to paralyze the enthusiasm of patriotic soldiers and civil resistance. 

They know their side 

In the secular dispensation, to be objective, liberal and broadminded and have sympathies on humanitarian grounds are reserved only for terror groups. Is it a secret that these seculars leave no stone unturned to create an atmosphere where procedural mechanism to punish the guilty is influenced and driven to believe that the arrested criminal is not the culprit, but the victim of an incompetent state apparatus. 

Remember how a vigorous campaign to release a lecturer of the same Jamia Milia Islamia was launched in spite of Delhi police submitting a truckload of evidence about his involvement in the attack on Parliament? And the famous case of Abdul Mahdani, declared as the “main accused” in the Coimbatore bomb blast case, which left 58 dead? Karunanidhi went to see him in jail, provided all the facilities, including a regular masseur, and finally when on purely “technical” points he was released, Kerala’s Left Front cabinet ministers came out and accorded him a public felicitation? 

The charges against Mahdani were as follows: 

“Accused No. 14 Mahdani is one of the key conspirators in the Coimbatore bomb blasts case.” 

“Accused of collecting and transferring explosives to the town, ripped by a series of bomb blasts on February 14, 1998.” 

“Charged under Sections 302 IPC (Murder); 307 IPC (Attempt to Murder); 153-A IPC (Creating hatred among communities); Section 5 of the Explosives Act and Section 25 of the Arms Act.” 

Public prosecutor Balasundarm, arguing against Mahdani, had expressed “surprise” over the judgment to release him and said he did a good job in assimilating the voluminous evidence of documents 1785 documents marked as evidence, 1300 witnesses and over 15,000 pages of investigation records. If indeed the case had been presented as thoroughly as claimed, why did it fail? 

If such incidents do not open the eyes of the people leading our public life, then what’s the course left for a law-abiding patriot? 

In any other country facing such a serious serial terror assault, those who publicly empathize with the terrorists would have been tried along with the arrested accused of the blasts. 

Speak out and say yes to unity. 

It’s the emergent duty of the media and political powers to help stop the dangerous polarization taking place in our social circles and polity post-bomb blasts and public shows of secular sympathies for the accused killers. 

While care should be taken that no educational institution gets a bad name because of the actions of a few, it’s also the duty of the faculty and the students to show solidarity with the terror-struck people. Muslim leaders have to come out openly re-enforcing a citizen’s solidarity against terror. If students fail in duty and character, the teachers will have to share the responsibility for their bad behaviour. It’s also wrong and false that a few wronged people have taken up guns. What wrongs and if it is indeed so, how many Kashmiri Hindus will have to take up guns? 

Rather, the goodness of the religion needs to be publicized and there will be no dearth of other communities joining with such Muslims. So far it’s only the Hindus who are coming out openly defending the goodness of the Indian Muslims and their religion. Nobody generalizes the community as terrorists, unlike in Europe and America. This difference remains unrecognized though. Maulanas are silent, teachers do not speak out and the common men suffer in silence. Is that the way we are going to deal with this war? If people don’t forge solidarity and revolt and keep looking to politicians for all solutions, even god will think twice about helping them. 

Crescent and Cross replace Sun and Lotus in Kendriya Vidyalaya emblem

Crescent and Cross replace Sun and Lotus in Kendriya Vidyalaya emblemBy R. Balashankar

 

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In a move that touches the pit’s bottom, the UPA government has changed the emblem of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan from Lotus and shining Sun to Cross and Crescent. And this has been done in the name of “broader reflection of national ethos.”

The Board of Governors of KVS in its 79th meeting held on 26.6.2008 approved the new logo and a circular was sent to all the offices and schools of the Sangathan on July 17, 2008, to change the emblem in all the publications and communications. Though the chairman of KVS, HRD Minister Arjun Singh did not attend the meeting, the minutes of the meeting stated that the emblem has been approved by the chairman. His deputy Shri Md Ali Ashraf Fatmi, Minister of State, HRD & Deputy Chairman, was also not present at the meeting. The circular issued by the Asst. Commissioner (Acad I), KVS, said “in order to give a broader reflection of national ethos and ought (sic) to be inclusive of challenges, opportunities, rationalistic, scientific and global thinking, advances in science & technology and social changes taking place in the society” (sic) the new emblem has been created.

The picture shows a book with blank pages, and apparently two human forms emerging from globe. The crescent (an Islamic symbol) and two crosses and stars (Christian) are obvious.

A few months ago, the UPA government had released coins of Rs 2 denomination with cross on them. There was reportedly even a surreptitious move to change our national motto ‘Satyameva Jayate’ which was buried because the government felt that it would earn mud on the face over the issue. From a reading of the minutes of the KVS Board of Governors meeting, it is not clear where the idea of change in emblem originated and what was the inadequacies of the previous emblems. The new emblem is not explained either in the minutes.

Commenting on the move, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, former HRD Minister said, “There is nothing scientific or Indian in the emblem that has been newly created. The previous emblem in fact reflected the Indian ethos. Lotus is a symbol of 1857 War of Independence and we always associate the sun with progress, innovation, spiritual, endeavour and it is unfortunate that the Government of India is trying to create a sense of alienation in young minds by trying to promote imported concepts.”