July 14, 2016

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Newsletter of All India Secular Forum
Volume. 11 No.5 July 2016

From the Editor’s Desk
The events of last month were dominated by the Kairana incident. The BJP MP Hukum Singh released a list of over 300 Hindu families, who according to him, had to leave Kairana due to the pressure of Muslims. This was compared to the exodus of Kashmiri Pundits in 1990s. When investigated it was revealed that the list was totally false and only few families had left due to economic reasons. When it was exposed Hukum Singh tried to change his version but many associates of BJP continue to use this as a propaganda tool to polarize the communities. In the past also on the eve of elections the polarizing issues have been thrown up by BJP affiliates and they have gained on electoral ground many a times. In Assam 2016 Assembly elections the issue of native versus outsider (Bangla Deshi) Muslim was used with success by this party. The capability of communal forces to keep bringing up new issues to divide the society is phenomenal. Beef, Bharat Mata ki Jai, terrorist violence, points from medieval history keep being brought forward. By now; this has been studied and one of the major studies in this field has come from prestigious Yale University. This study reiterates that where ever communal violence is orchestrated, it is BJP which gains on the electoral field.

We are also covering a major interview by the doyen of intellectuals in India, Romila Thapar. In this she expresses her anguish about the state of intolerance in the society and the dangers of communal politics. We also carry a list of YouTube videos which cover some of the major issues of our time. We do look forward to the national meeting being organized by Swaraj Abhiyan in Varanasi on 26-17 July to promote Aman Committees all over the Country.

Ram Puniyani




1. CSSS News

- Fact Finding
- Meeting for Dr.Asghar Ali Engineer Memorial activitries

2. Article
- आरएसएस-मुक्त भारतः एक राजनीतिक अभियान की जरूरत

3. Civil Society Investigaiton
- Fact finding report on the alleged Exodus of Hindus from Kairana

4. Kanhaiya Kumar’s Speech

5.Kairana issue: an Appel to CM

6. समझौता काण्ड: हिंदुत्व का नया विधिशास्त्र

7. Interview
“And then the government fell. But the books continued” an interview with Prof.Romila Thapar

8. Resources