January 11, 2018

Secular Action Network Jan 2018

http://www.csss-isla.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/SAN-January-2018-New1.pdf Newsletter of All India Secular Forum Volume. 13 No.1 January 2018 C O N T E N T S Editorial 1. CSSS News - Report - 10th Asghar Ali Engineer Memorial Lecture by Prof. Akeel Bilgrami 2. Articles - Christmas in the Midst of Unseen Violence By Fr. (Dr.) Anand Muttugnal - निर्मम सभ्यता की तैयारी - पंकज चतुर्वेदी - Me, The Anti National by Prof. Shah Alam Khan 3. Dalits and Hindutva - यह दौर दलितों के तालिबानीकरण का है! 4. Movements - Report- Khudai Khidmatgar Sanji Virasat Yatra from Rajghat to Deoband 5. Investigation - Report: Rejinagar Shariyati Violence 6. Campaign - Letter to Honorable Chief Justice of India - Stop criminalizing Triple Talaq: Punitive action is not difference 7. Archives - India: Sardar Patel on the RSS … 8. Resources - New Book Reignites Questions over alleged cover-up of Kandhamal killings - Book on Muslim contribution in India freedom movement - New Book on Communalism by Ram Puniyani - A package of 21 socially relevant films ----- - -------------------------------- From the Editor’s Desk The month of Christmas saw a rising violence against Christians, particularly priests. Carol singers were targeted and prayer meetings were disrupted. This year the incidents of such violence have gone up. As such the rough observation has been that the anti Christian activities are observed more often in the month of December, the month of biggest Christian festival. As such violence is also spread more in Adivasi-dalit areas while Christian mission schools in urban areas are earning a high respectability with parents opting them as the top choice for their children’s education. The fright being instilled among this section is a part of the agenda which is opposed to the liberal democratic society with values of equality. We recently saw the release of the revised edition of the book, ‘Who Killed Laxmanand’. The author, Anto Akkara has been pursuing the case doggedly. He recounts the horror unleashed in the aftermath of Swami’s murder. It was VHP volunteers who thrashed some Christians and dumped them into police station as being the killers of Swami. They were released only after prolonged Court harassment. Again another set of Christians have been implicated and the investigation and legal proceedings are tardy. The author argues for a proper inquiry into this murder as it was used as a trigger for the biggest anti Christian violence in the Country in which nearly one hundred people lost their lives. We also carry the petition of eminent citizens endorsing the appeal of Admiral Ramdas for a proper high level inquiry in to the suspicious circumstances in which Justice Loya lost his life. Just to recall the judge was to give his verdict in case related to Amit Shah, for which an earlier judge was transferred. The story of Caravan Magazine has raised the questions which need an answer. Ram Puniyani (Editor) 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.