September 18, 2014

Stop shitting near the shine or floods will happen - says Uma Bharti [chief inspector-detector of holy and non-holy shit]

A year after the devastating floods in the mountain state of Uttrakhand, Uma Bharti, the Union minster for water resources in India’s Hindu nationalist driven government led by Mr Narendra Modi has publicly claimed that "underlying” cause of the disaster — defecation near the shrine by non-believers.
see: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/uma-bharti-says-human-excretion-caused-u-khand-floods/article1-1264697.aspx

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[’Desh Bachao, Tatti Bachao Abhiyan’ (Save the Country and Save the Shit Campaign), satirical leaflet in Hindi produced in Delhi in the early 1990s around the time Hindutva campaigns against the Babri mosque in Ayodhya was gathering steam. This leaflet was digitised by sacw.net and hosted for archival and educational purposes]¶

see full leaflet at: http://www.sacw.net/DC/CommunalismCollection/TBN1-2.pdf

Pakistan: civil society groups support demand arrest of killers of Hindu traders of Umerkot

Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER)
Gulshan-e-Maymar, Karachi-75340

Civil society supports demand to arrest killers of 2 Hindu traders of Umerkot

KARACHI, Sep. 18: Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) and Pakistan Dalit Solidarity Network (PSDN) on Thursday endorsed and supported the announcement for a protest at Karachi Press Club against murder of two Hindu shopkeepers in Umerkot, kidnappings for ransom, force conversion of Hindu girls by civil society organisations to be organized on Saturday at 2 pm.
In a joint statement issued here, Karamat Ali, Chief Executive of PILER and Dr. Sono Khankhrani and Zulfiqar Shah of PSDN deplored that after passage of over one and a half month’s period the police have not arrested the culprits of two Hindu traders. Instead, police have claimed to have killed the murderers in a fake encounter near Naukot last week. “We demand formation of a judicial commission to investigate the claim of encounter and identification of the actual assassins.”
They said it is unfortunate that the local police have failed to protect the lives and properties of the Hindus, who live in Umerkot and other areas of Sindh in a peaceful atmosphere since centuries. But they are spending their lives in a fearful atmosphere these days due to increasing violence against them. The police have also failed to maintain laws and order and kidnapping for ransom, dacoities and other crimes are at rise in the once peaceful areas of Thar desert. This has further increased the insecurity among the Hindus particularly Scheduled castes.
They pointed out that an overwhelming majority of estimated 3,451,816 population of Thar region are Hindus. But the state has failed to ensure equal rights for them. The traders and well off people of Hindus community are kidnapped for ransom and many of them were got freed after allegedly paying hefty amounts of ransoms through middlemen appointed by powerful and influential political personalities of the area. The poor scheduled caste population is coerced in labour bondage, and young girls from the community often fall victims to violence and sexual assault.
Besides kidnapping for ransoms and murders, the other crimes against Hindu minority are forced conversion and arsons and attacks on worship places. Because of these atrocities a large number of Hindus have migrated to India and many are planning to leave the country to save their lives and properties.
They said a large number of Hindus would gather at Karachi on Saturday to express their anger and concern against the Sindh government in general and the district management of Umerkot in particular on non-arrest of the killers of two traders. The civil society of Sindh would support them and be with them in the protest.
They urged the government to implement the landmark verdict of the Supreme Court of Pakistan announced in June 2014 in which the apex court has asked the government to constitute a National Council for minorities’ rights, to form a Special Police Force for the protection of worship places of minorities and remove hate material from the curriculum. They demanded that measures be taken to implement all the recommendations including enforcement of the relevant policy directives regarding reservation of quota for minorities in all the government services.
Civil society leaders say they expect that the Sindh government of PPP to which people of Sindh have voted for, would take the protest of Hindu community seriously and would form a high level committee to listen to the grievances of protesters and address the issues with a meaningful measures.
They have also demanded of the government to take necessary measures for the security of the protesters, large number of whom would be coming from different parts of Sindh.

September 17, 2014

India: Meet engineer Ajay Tyagi and such in RSS’s Hindu Behen Beti Bachao Sangharsh Samiti

The ‘Love’ Patrol

Tyagi, wearing the saffron stole, with a group of RSS volunteers at his home cum ‘headquarters’. (Source: Express photo) Tyagi, wearing the saffron stole, with a group of RSS volunteers at his home cum ‘headquarters’. (Source: Express photo)
Written by Amit Sharma | Posted: September 14, 2014 12:13 am

Tyagi and his 100-plus team of RSS volunteers attend calls, upload Facebook messages, go door-to-door and hold protests in western UP against ‘love jihad’, armed with Google Maps, WhatsApp and lawyers

The sprawling Lallu Singh farmhouse spread over nearly 2 acres and situated around 400 metres from Hapur road is one of the most frequently visited places in Kharkhoda town, 30 km from Meerut. Earlier, the farmhouse was known in these parts for offering its manicured lawns free as a marriage venue to Hindu parents with daughters. Lately, it is better known as the “headquarters” of the western Uttar Pradesh unit of the RSS’s Hindu Behen Beti Bachao Sangharsh Samiti.

With the BJP and its rabble of right-wing allies focusing their energies on western UP against ‘love jihad’, many roads lead to Lallu Singh farmhouse.

Ajay Tyagi, 44, the owner of the farmhouse and the convenor of this unit of the samiti, begins his day early, at 7 am. He runs his “office” from the outer courtyard of his big house. Here, he and some Sangh Parivar volunteers go through local Hindi newspapers as well as gather and pass around information gleaned on WhatsApp.

By the time they are through, around a dozen more local RSS leaders have reached, and they discuss everything from local politics to the Army’s rescue operations in the Valley.

Very vocal about ‘love jihad’, Tyagi insists Muslims are also carrying out ‘land jihad’, setting up religious structures on public land, making it difficult for the government to tear these down.

Just then, Tyagi gets a call on his mobile from a family in Khajuri village, around 30 km away. The caller claims his daughter is being forced into conversion and that the family is receiving threats. Tyagi and five others immediately get into his Toyota Fortuner to head there.

At the village, Tyagi convinces the father and girl to go with him to the Kharkhoda Police Station, where an FIR is lodged against three Muslim youths.

On his way back to the girl’s home, Tyagi insists what he did was essential. “‘Love jihad’ is the latest design to target our sisters and daughters. We will not let this happen anymore and I have devoted myself fully to the cause — body, spirit and soul.”

A B.Tech in civil engineering from a Maharashtra institute, Tyagi says he didn’t take up a job as he wanted to dedicate himself to this “social cause”. His family owns two factories and he is the ‘managing director’ in both. He attends to the samiti “work” three hours in the morning, and an additional two in the evening, taking a break only to make a round of his factories, located 50 km away.

Tyagi claims to receive 15 to 20 calls a day, like the one he just gor from Khajuri. “We prioritise these and work on cases nearby immediately.”

The Kharkhoda unit came up on August 10, following an incident of alleged forcible conversion in nearby Sarawa village, where a woman claimed to have been kidnapped and “raped” in a madarsa. Tyagi had led a team there and, following their protests over “inaction” of the police, the SHO, Kharkhoda, had been suspended and an FIR lodged.

The current Kharkhoda Police Station in-charge Shetabh Pandey says the police don’t have a communal or casteist bias. “We have lodged an FIR in the Khajuri village case and also arrested a Muslim youth. In the Sarawa incident, all the 10 accused named by the victim have been arrested.”

According to Tyagi, after the Sarawa incident, they even started getting calls from Muzzafarnagar, 70 km away, and Baghpat, a distance of 40 km.

“I am thankful to the media for making ‘love jihad’ a major issue,” says Tyagi. Around a dozen lawyers are associated with the samiti and offer their services free.

On Monday, they will be going to Rataur village in Baghpat district where communal tension prevails following an alleged bid to convert a Dalit youth who is involved with a Muslim girl. The youth is not willing to convert, but doesn’t want to give up the girl, says Rakesh.
“Locals”, he claims, have approached them. “This is the first such case for us as normally we get calls from fathers of girls.”

As Tyagi and team pay visits, a team of around 100 RSS workers travels door to door in the area, telling parents about the “helpline” they run. Areas have been narrowed down and routes decided with the help of Google Maps. People are told to approach immediately if they suspect Muslim youths of “luring their daughters”.

Ninety per cent of these RSS workers are students, and most of them aged beween 18 and 25 years. All have parents who are members of the Sangh Parivar, and most have been attending RSS shakhas since childhood.

On Thursday evening, at least four calls come from what appear to be NRIs based in Dubai. “They came to know about our campaign and assured me of monetary support if needed,” Tyagi says, adding pointedly, “Now we can get money for our cause from Gulf nations.”

Back at the “headquarters”, three of Tyagi’s subordinates are tasked with uploading messages against ‘love jihad’ on their Facebook pages. There are no posters around but Tyagi has printouts of all that has appeared in print about him around the table.

It’s 8.30 pm now, and an RSS leader, Prabodh Shastri, is ruminating on the origins of ‘love jihad’. “It started with Jodha, Akbar,” he stresses, referring to the Mughal Emperor and his marriage to a Hindu Rajput princess. “‘Love jihad’ is not new. It’s not something that the Hindu community came up with. The Mughals brought it here. The Rajput tradition of jauhar, when hundreds of women burnt themselves instead of being captured by Muslims, was begun only to prevent this.”

SHO Pandey says this debate is irrelevant. “Police work on recent cases,” he says.

Finally, Tyagi is ready to retire for the night. “I make it a point to have dinner with my family,” he says. He lives with his uncle, wife, son and daughter. The daughter, 16, is in Class XII, while the son is younger.

Tyagi is not carrying his mobile phone with him as he enters the house. Two of his subordinates will keep a record of the incoming calls through the night, till he is back next morning at 7.

So how many cases would Tyagi say they have solved “successfully”, after more than a month of 24X7 “operations”, covering entire western Uttar Pradesh? “Eight daughters,” says Tyagi.

Does he track what happens to them later? He thinks about it, then says, “We maintain a file on each.”
- See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/the-love-patrol/99/

September 16, 2014

India: ‘Non-Hindu males should carry IDs to garba’

‘Non-Hindu males should carry IDs to garba’

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Posted: September 16, 2014 1:38 am

One more BJP MLA in Madhya Pradesh has linked ‘love jihad’ to garba and exhorted the administration to ask the organisers to insist on identity cards and allow non-Hindu males only if they give an affidavit that they have faith in Hinduism and its gods.

“How come Muslim youth suddenly get interested in Hindu festivals when it comes to Navratri. If they want to participate they will have to believe in Hinduism. Else, they should be accompanied by either their sister or wife or mother. Garba is not just dance, it’s an expression of faith,’’ MLA Rameshwar Sharma told The Indian Express.

The 44-year-old legislator raised the matter on Monday during the district planning committee meeting in Bhopal attended by cabinet minister Gopal Bhargava, police and officials of local administration.

“What’s wrong in asking for identity and address proof before rather than after something goes wrong. Admittedly, the festival itself has degenerated due to commercialisation but that does not mean we should not remain alert to stop elements with criminal bend of mind,’’ said Sharma, who was municipal councillor for a decade before his maiden victory in the 2013 Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections from Huzur constituency in Bhopal.

The former Bajrang Dal activist organises big events like Dharma Yatra, Kanwad Yatra, Bhagwat Katha and Kavi Sammelan in the state capital.

“It does not necessarily have to be the BJP’s stand. But eventually the party and other legislators will echo what I am saying today,’’ said Sharma, the second BJP legislator after Indore MLA Usha Thakur to publicly say that non-Hindus be kept away from garba venues.
- See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/non-hindu-males-should-carry-ids-to-garba/

India: Love, faith and conversions (Mushirul Hasan)

The Hindu, September 16, 2014

Love, faith and conversions

Mushirul Hasan

Polemical literature and what is taught in schools and colleges are a startling revelation of the suspicion tinged with hatred for the religious minorities. Yet, there is nothing in the comments of our ‘secular’ leadership that expresses moral distress over these developments

“If a modern Diogenes were to hunt out for Indians with his lantern,” wrote Syed Abdullah Brelvi, editor of the once renowned Bombay Chronicle, “he would be sure to come across fervid Hindus, bigoted Muslims and fanatical souls deeply engrossed with the problem of tirelessly finding out how unjustly their own particular community was being treated, and we would have to ask in sorrow: ‘Where are the Indians!’” Today, this observation is as relevant as it was in 1926. Last week the noted jurist, Fali S. Nariman, reminded us of the diminishing value of tolerance in society. He was the speaker at the annual lecture organised by the National Commission for Minorities in New Delhi.

If one wishes to get an idea of the bitterness animating Hindus and Muslims in Uttar Pradesh or Maharashtra, there is no better way than to access the polemical literature, or to scrutinise what is taught to students in schools and colleges. One must not expect in them any comprehensive views of the significance of our composite culture, but they are a startling revelation of the suspicion tinged with hatred for the religious minorities. Yet, there is nothing in the comments of our “secular” leadership that expresses the profound moral distress into which these developments threw Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Sections of the westernised intelligentsia deplore; but the same sections execute a volte face and condone the bellicose speeches of the Togadias and the Avaidyanaths. Such is the level of opportunism that they have become impervious to criticism or argument.

Us and them

Mr. Rajnath Singh, the Home Minister, does, it is true, shake his head over the religious rhetoric around “Love-jihad,” but the concentrated venom of the Hindutva forces is echoed time and time again. With the romanticised temper of the 100 days of the Modi government over, the anti-Muslim tone is heard throughout; in fact, this constitutes a major strand in the bond by which the Hindutva forces feel united after the triumphant majority to the Lok Sabha. Indeed, there is a school of thought in our country, nowadays, vocal, animated by the consciousness of having a significant message to pass, according to which forced conversions have been an important part of the great Islamic enterprise in the subcontinent. It could not be thwarted then, but it must be stopped under the present “Hindu” dispensation.

The fact of the matter is that conversion has been a contentious and emotive issue between the followers of different religions. It came about in different circumstances, in different ways, and with different outcomes. B.R. Ambedkar became one of only two social leaders in Maharashtra who resorted to conversion as a form of protest against the iniquities of the Hindu caste society, the other being Pandita Ramabai Saraswati.

Passage of conversion

The converts for their part changed their religion through various means and for a variety of reasons. Some accepted their new religion after studying for a long time; others were inspired to do so by the shuddhi sabhas or the tanzim bodies. Historians have been debating this, with diametrically opposed arguments suited to each other’s particular case. The politicians and the journalists deal mostly in generalities, but not Mahatma Gandhi whose world view was based on compromise, equilibrium, and tolerance. What dominates his work is this conception, or let me rather say, this state of mind. He shared the ideal, so characteristically Gandhian, of swaraj through spiritual enlightenment and a pluralist way of life. Let me, therefore confine myself to his views which bring out the main points with admirable lucidity.

To begin with, Gandhi eschewed the demonisation of the medieval Indian rulers for their proselytising fervour. Instead, he desired to raise the standing of Muslims in the eyes of Hindus and to foster a greater understanding of Christians by Hindus. He downplayed injuries to his co-religionists, and emphasised, instead, the sufferings of Muslims at each other’s hands as well as from outside enemies such as Nadir Shah and Ahmad Shah Abdali. He wanted readers to appreciate Islam’s fine qualities, and delivered a long panegyric so gushing that it would make a present-day writer blush.

Between adopting and enticing

Gandhi recognised political and religious diversities, borrowed ideas from Islam and Muslim thinkers, and reiterated his belief that houses need not be walled on all sides and windows need not be stuffed. He kept the requirements in balance, a goal that meshed well with his own style and ideals. He portrayed Islam as a religion of peace in the same sense as Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism, and established that neither the strict conditions for jihad could be fulfilled nor the charge of conversion by force be substantiated against Muslims as a body. Even after years of heated debates and polemical controversies, he did not find a single passage in condoning forced conversion; “real conversion proceeded from the heart and a heart conversion was impossible without an intelligent grasp of one’s faith and of that recommended by adoption.” According to him, Islam spread by the prayerful love of an unbroken line of saints and faqirs; the life of the Prophet was itself a refutation of compulsion in religion.

This is very fine as far as it goes. But it did not mean that Gandhi approved of conversion. Henry Whitehead, Gandhi’s host in Madras in February 1916, remarked: “He represents in rather an extreme form the modern reaction against western influences and western civilisation in India, and naturally he is opposed to all proselytising on the part of the missionary.” He was angry and hurt to find Christian bodies vying with Muslims and Sikhs in trying to add to their numbers, and complained that the missionaries were engaged in weaning ignorant people away from the religion of their forefathers. They engaged in such activities not because the untouchables were suddenly awakened by spiritual hunger, but because the missionaries exploited their backwardness and offered visions of “liberation.” “It is one thing to preach one’s religion to whomsoever may chose to adopt it, another to entice the masses,” Gandhi told an American missionary in December 1939.

Widely as the leaders of the freedom struggle differed among themselves in their interpretation of conversion, Gandhi brought out certain aspects and meanings that seemed to point to his own particular moral code. He did not reject conversion, but disapproved of the change of religion by force or inducements. This is a fairly balanced position. Therefore, Gandhi’s heart repelled against the Mahars being converted to Buddhism, or his son’s conversion to Islam.

Most people agree with Gandhi that religion isn’t like a house of cards or a cloak to be changed at will. Moreover, no society, Indian or European, can alter its religious identity simply because it has a sword at its neck. At least, attempts have been made to question, as the historian Richard Eaton does, the Religion of the Sword thesis, to explain the growth of Islam in India.

In today’s context, proselytisation is no more than an isolated activity of the Christian missionaries or the Tablighi Jamaat, a quiescent body. Even if it is not, it should be avoided in the interest of communal harmony. Adding a hundred or two hundred Muslims or Hindus to the faith brings no strength or solace to any community.

Widening the gulf

My point is this: The spirit animating the “love-jihad” campaign is to oppose the liberal and secular tendencies in society. At first sight this kind of belligerence seems almost incompatible with the Prime Minister’s development goals, but his faithful adherents justify their high-handedness by inventing an issue almost every other day to widen the Hindu-Muslim gulf. With their images of fear and persecution, they present Hinduism as closed and self-contained. They represent Muslims as bad, in spite of the Hindus.

The shadow of the extremists has intensified religious consciousness in a number of States. There is little safety in the towns of western Uttar Pradesh, few rights, no public opinion. Sadly, simple souls among Dalits have been led astray. They are blind to the fact that they were being used in preparation of the State Assembly elections.

One can understand the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-Bharatiya Janata Party (RSS-BJP) exultation when the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was overthrown and Mr Narendra Modi’s government formed. But quite a few ominous developments have taken place since then. Fortunately, the founding fathers of the Constitution advanced the highest claims for pluralism, describing it as the essence of Indian culture and civilisation. Again, the electorate may now be out of tune with the secularism, but it is nonetheless wedded to preserving the idea of “Unity in Diversity.” This fact in itself is worthy of inclusion in our school and college curriculum, especially in the BJP-ruled States.

If the BJP leadership believes that the past is not worth returning to, it must provide an effective lead in curbing the violent instincts of its storm troopers. Otherwise, it will run into trouble. For our generation, this kind of reasoning has a familiar ring. The BJP has its own prophets who know it as well.

Fortunately, Mr. Nariman sorrowed, but he did not despair in his speech at the National Commission for Minorities in Delhi. I salute his courage. The unshaken ardour of such eminent men and women lends strength to our Republic.

(Mushirul Hasan was formerly Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia and Director-General of the National Archives of India.)

India: Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal ransack the office of University Vice Chancellor for expressing sympathies with Kashmir flood victims

Vice Chancellor admitted to hospital after office is ransacked
Press Trust of India | Ujjain (MP)
September 15, 2014 Last Updated at 21:15 IST

Unidentified workers of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal today ransacked the office of Vikram University Vice Chancellor Jawahar Lal Kaul and also misbehaved with him, after which he felt uneasy enough to be rushed to a private hospital, the police said.

The miscreants also attacked other areas in the campus protesting his reported statement favouring flood ravaged Jammu and Kashmir students, Madhav Nagar's Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Vijay Kumar Dawar told reporters.

The saffron workers were protesting against Kaul's statement yesterday that people in Madhya Pradesh should waive-off rent and fees of Kashmiri students studying in the state due to the flood situation in that state.

However, Kaul's statement angered saffron workers who questioned why people like him did not issue similar statements when floods hit Uttarakhand and Gujarat states, the police official said.

During angry discussions, the attackers allegedly misbehaved with Kaul, after which he felt uneasy and was admitted to a private hospital, the police official said.

Later, based on a complaint by the university staff, a case was registered against unidentified people under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and also for obstructing an official from carry out his official duties.

No arrests have been made so far in this regard, he said, adding that action would be taken against those responsible for the incident, by watching video footage.

It may be recalled that Professor H S Sabharwal died of cardiac arrest in Ujjain after he was allegedly manhandled by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) workers in August 2006.

However, the court acquitted all those who were arrested by the police in connection with the incident.


September 15, 2014

BJP & Shiv Sena duel about seats in 2014 Maharashtra election - Cartoon by R Prasad and Graphic on the political backdrop (Mail Today, 16 Sept 2014)

Original Source: http://epaper.mailtoday.in/339195/mt/Mail-Today-September-16-2014#page/13/2