May 17, 2017

Monthly Newsletter: Secular Action Network: Contents, Link

Newsletter of All India Secular Forum Volume. 12 No.5 May 2017 C O N T E N T S Editorial 1. CSSS News -Observation of Utkal Divas - Street Play - Observationof Dr.Ambedkar Jayanti 2. Article - ‘Not my Hinduism’ should be our slogan By Jyoti Punwani - Mystic Mantra: Sufism cannotes syncretism By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi 3. Poem - भँवर मेघवंशी की कविता 4. Personal Investigation - Behror (Alwar) Killing – A Grave Challenge By V.K. Tripathi - Gau Wapsi – A Muslim cattle trader and the Cows he loved - by Farah Naqvi 5. Intimidating Churches - In UP, cops halt church prayer after Hindu group alleges conversion 6. Unity in History 7.Harmony Event 8. Investigation Desecration of the Cross in Santacruz; A fact finding report by CSSS team 9. Interviews -Interview with Akeel Bilgrami - Maxime Rodinson’s interview on Islam, fundamentalism and the West 10. Resources -Book on Partition, Indo-Pak relations and Kashmir -------------------------------- Ph. 022-26149668, 022-26135098 E-mail: csss2work@gmail.com Editor: Ram Puniyani, ram.puniyani@gmail.com, www.pluralindia.com Advisory Board: L.S. Hardenia, Irfan Engineer, Dhirendra Panda, Mohammad Arif. - From the Editor’s Desk The intensity of emotive violence orchestrated in the name of Cow protections has been spreading dangerously. After the lynching of Akhlaq in Dadri, now it was the turn of Pehloo khan, a dairy farmer. On the back of that two Muslims were lynched in Assam on similar grounds. The rise is such incidents after Modi government coming to power and then Adityanath Yogi becoming the Chief Minister in UP is significant. The so called Go Rakshaks, have been there earlier also but now they feel emboldened with a feeling that now it is a Government which belongs to their ideology. The attitude of the state has been to treat these vigilantes with kid gloves and to blame the victims for doing cow smuggling etc. This is in total violation of the laws of the land. The hysteria has been whipped up by communal forces leading to the tragic situation where cow vigilantes are ruling the streets with full blessings of the BJP or BJP led Governments in power. As such Cow protection is the pretext for intensifying communal politics, to polarize the society along religious lines for electoral gains by the ruling party. Cow is not the issue as the major threat to cows is from the plastic consumed by them and their abandonment after their utility for agricultural-dairy purpose is over. Hindu right wing has mastered the art of picking up issues related to identity of religion and to make these as the foundation of their electoral power. Along with Ram Temple, this is yet another issue which is yielding rich electoral dividends for communalists. The major victims of this strategy on one hand are Muslims and on the other Dalits (as seen in Una). One needs to recall Gandhi at this juncture who refused to support the demand for ban on cow slaughter keeping in mind the diversity of the country. Ram Puniyani (Editor) -- Link http://www.csss-isla.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/SAN-May-2017-New1.pdf