Pseudo-Secularism

Hindu dharma is implicitly at odds with monotheistic intolerance. What is happening in India is a new historical awakening... Indian intellectuals, who want to be secure in their liberal beliefs, may not understand what is going on. But every other Indian knows precisely what is happening: deep down he knows that a larger response is emerging even if at times this response appears in his eyes to be threatening.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

'Don't wait to defend; be offensive' - H.H. Swami Satyanand Saraswatiji

'As per Rig-Veda, if anybody anywhere is growing against us, we should smash them. We should not wait for him to attack. Lord Krushna in Bhagwadgita has said ' Mâm Anusmara Yudhashch' - H.H.Swamiji
Thiruvananthapuram : Recently some of the Sanatan Seekers & HJS members had visited Jagadguru Swami Satyanand Saraswati, Mathadhipati of Shri Rama Dasa Mission, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, for getting his blessings for the mission of 'Rashtraraksha and Dharmajagruti'. The excerpt of the seeker's meeting with Swamiji.

'Don't wait to defend; be offensive', was the reply given by H. H. Swami Satyanand Saraswati, when asked about the surge in Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism in the country and the non-interest of the Indian Government regarding the same. 'As per Rig-Veda, if anybody anywhere is growing against us, we should smash them. We should not
wait for him to attack. Lord Krushna in Bhagwadgita has said ' Mâm Anusmara Yudhashch' i.e. 'Think of me and fight', Swamiji added.

Regarding what should be our step, Swamiji said that 'Islamic terrorism cannot be resisted through ethical means. The Muslims live in this country but they don't want to follow the rules of this land. Only fight can solve the problem. So they should be smashed. We should fight. Sanyasis should not be beggars but should become the one who fights for Dharma. Why did Lord Rama and Lord Krushna take birth? Lord Rama's killing of Ravana is for us to learn from Him.'

Speaking about the population of Hindus, He said that considering the world's population, Hindus are minorities whereas Muslims and Christians are majorities. In Malappuram, a Muslim dominated district of Northern Kerala, also known as mini-pakistan, four constituencies have been added thereby increasing the Muslims' bargaining power. The Muslim population is increasing at a very fast rate. When a Muslim purchases land he purchases it for his community whereas Hindus sell their land to Muslims for their personal needs.

Speaking about the state of Hindus, Swamiji said that Hindus are now communally and organizationally split. In Ramayana, we see the best politically organized and religiously based society. For destroying the Ravanas of modern times we should have our bow (weapon) like Rama had.

We use the word Indians. That is a word given by Britishers and has no meaning. Our country is Bharat. Bharat originated from the words Bhas that means enlightenment and Rati that means affection or affinity. Bharatiya is the one who is aiming at knowledge as the aim of his life.

Swamiji also told that Hindus should now carry weapons with them. At least for our self protection. Do not do exercises just for keeping fit, but learn to fight.

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SIMI threatens to blow up Hanuman temple at Vashim

Daily Sanatan prabhat

Vashim (Vidharbh): A letter written by terrorist organization SIMI to blow up the Hanuman temple located in the centre of the town, was found in the donation box of the temple. It was also written in the letter that the temple would be blown up and a mosque would be built there.

The managing committee of the temple has vowed to fight for protection of the temple till their last breath. The members of the committee found the letter which was translated into English in the donation box around 2.30 in the afternoon. It has also been mentioned in the said letter that all Hindus would be slaughtered and in the next 10 years, there will be Muslim rule. Immedialey the members lodged a police complaint in this regard. Police force has been deployed at the temple and there is tension in the area. A few days ago, in the same area, Pakistan’s flag was hoisted.

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CIA funds religious conversions in India

United News of India
Madurai, August 23, 2006

Launching a blistering attack on the US for imposing its culture and value system on other nations, RSS Chief KS Sudharshan has charged the CIA with funding large-scale conversions in the country.

American Baptists were engaged in a grand project of religious conversion, christened as Joshua I, with the patronage of the Bush administration, he alleged, addressing a symposium on Empowerment of Hindu Intelligentsia organised as part of the Golwalkar centenary celebrations at Madurai on Tuesday night.

According to him, the project envisaged a church initially in each locality having a post office and then between a cycling distance.

Turning his ire on Muslims, he warned of the 'serious consequences' of Bangladeshi immigrants, affecting the demographic profile of Assam, West Bengal and Bihar. In Assam alone 10 out of 18 districts have witnessed an alarming rise in the proportion of Muslims, he claimed.

Expressing hope that a Hindu renaissance would blossom by the year 2011, he called upon the intelligentsia to spread 'Hindu Dharma'.

Former Union Minister Arun Shourie, speaking on Media and Hindu Intelligentsia, said intellectual work should be an instrument for acquiring political power. As such, all efforts should be doubled and directed at achieving this and the current situation remained the most opportune and favourable one to realise that, he felt.

Stating that more than 50 years of secular discourse had done great harm to the nation, he said Hindu tradition had been denied its due space in mainstream media, which was insensitive to the national cause.

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Hindu saints dismayed at opposition to 'Vande Mataram'

New Delhi, Aug 23 : Several Hindu saints have expressed dismay over a section of Muslims opposing to singing the Vande Mataram, India's national song.

Dayananda Saraswati, Swami Chidanand Saraswati and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and several other saints have also instructed all Hindu religious places and congregations to start singing the Vande Mataram, according to a press release issued by the Art of Living Foundation.

"Religious intolerance has to stop somewhere. Today, it's Vande Mataram, tomorrow it could be refusing to say 'Namaste' or seeking the removal of the saffron colour from the national flag. This will harm the composite culture and social fabric of India," the release quoted them as saying.

The song had come in for controversy in recent days with several Muslims, including the Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, saying that the song was "against Islamic beliefs".

Their comments had come in the wake of a central government directive to states for recitation of 'Vande Mataram' in educational institutions during a celebration on September 7 to mark the national song's centenary.

The issue has also rocked the Parliament, which is currently in session.

In the release, the saints also urged the Prime Minister not to ignore Hindu religious leaders and interact with them as he often does with ulemas.

They also called upon Muslim intellectuals to condemn the attempt to insult the national song in the name of religion.

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Vande Mataram: Arjun in line of fire

VHP flays Arjun Singh's stand on Vande Mataram

Allahabad (UP), Aug 22: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) today attacked Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh for his reported statement that singing the national song 'Vande Mataram' was not mandatory.

"The HRD Minister's latest statement is aimed clearly at his vote bank. By doing so, he has gone to the extent of violating the Constitution as Vande Mataram was granted the special status at a meeting of the Constituent Assembly," VHP international president Ashok Singhal told a press conference here.

Singhal also said the statement of Shahi Imam of Delhi Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari's that the national song was against Islamic beliefs "smacks of an anti-national and separatist mindset." He questioned the rationale behind the opposition to Vande Mataram by Bukhari and other Muslim leaders.

"Vande Mataram does not aim to worship the country or the land. It is a song in which the country is given the status of one's mother and all its inhabitants are shown as her children," he said.

Singhal warned that by asking Muslims not to sing Vande Mataram, the leaders will "further isolate the community".

The VHP leader said he did not consider the entire Muslim community as supporters of terrorism.



Vande Mataram: Arjun in line of fire
[ 23 Aug, 2006 0032hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

NEW DELHI: Having got a pet 'nationalist' issue to attack the government with, opposition BJP on Tuesday stepped up its offensive against the UPA government on the Vande Mataram controversy in Parliament and plans to continue the campaign outside the House too.

The national song row rocked both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, with agitated BJP and Shiv Sena members accusing the government of trying to appease minority communities.

In both Houses, the BJP-Shiv Sena combine disrupted proceedings, forcing repeated adjournments. While RS was finally adjourned for the day amid uproarious scenes, Question Hour was disrupted in LS with opposition members chanting Vande Mataram .

Targetting HRD minister Arjun Singh on the issue, BJP even threatened legal action against him for 'insulting' the national song by declaring there was no compulsion on anybody to sing it on September 7.

"His statement is a crime. He should be booked for insulting the national song," BJP spokesman V K Malhotra said.

Singh was also accused of surrendering to anti-national forces for his remarks that schoolchildren would not be forced to sing Vande Mataram on September 7 to mark the centenary of its adoption, following refusal by some Muslim clerics to abide by a Central directive on the national song.

In the House, BJP and Sena members were unrelenting despite a categorical assertion by Singh that official notification to states on recitation of Vande Mataram on September 7 has not been changed.


Sing with me : Vande Mataram - disregard what antisocial anti-Indians say to make it optional
Preetam Sohani
Aug. 22, 2006

Jai Hind. Vande Mataram.

No it is not optional in my books.

No it is not optional for Hindutva movements.

Let sing again : Vande Mataram.

The Opposition BJP and Shiv Sena sought to raise the Vande Mataram issue during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha.

The movement has just started.

It is time for Indian nationalism. It is time for Hindutva grass root movements. It is time to treat all Indians equally but without damaging Indian ''parampara''- the tradition.

According to media reports, As soon as the House met for the day, Manohar Joshi sought to raise the issue but Chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat said the issue could be discussed after Question Hour.

"I don''t have any objection to the issue being discussed," he said even as BJP members joined Joshi in raising the matter.

Sushma Swaraj said the BJP would raise the issue during Zero Hour.


Vande Mataram rocks House
TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2006 01:14:47 AM]

NEW DELHI: In what has become a habitual occurrence, yet another old and shoddy controversy took centre stage in Parliament on Tuesday.

While it was the issue of manipulating textbooks along ideological lines just a few days ago, this time the occasion was provided by the fracas surrounding the centenary celebrations of ‘Vande Mataram’.

The Parliament erupted with the Opposition, led by the BJP and Shiv Sena, stalling both Houses over what they, predictably, termed the “minority appeasement” policy of the government and HRD minister Arjun Singh.

They charged that Mr Singh had, in response to objections raised by a particular section of the minority community, waived the ministry’s directive of singing the national song in all schools and educational institutions on September 7.

The issue rocked Rajya Sabha, which was adjourned for the day over the issue, and also led to noisy scenes in the Lok Sabha. The government had relaxed the ministry’s directive — which had asked all educational institutions to sing the first two stanzas of the song--after it led to protests from a section of the Muslim clergy, which claimed that singing the song was against Islamic beliefs.

The Rajya Sabha, in fact, saw five adjournments on the issue. The NDA, supported by AIADMK and TDP members, did not allow the House to function after question hour in the morning, though some business was conducted later during the day amidst quite a din.

BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi raised the issue during Zero hour, saying some fundamentalists were resisting the national song on religious grounds. He added that Mr Singh’s statement (in which he had said that singing Vande Mataram on September 7 would be a voluntary act) had created confusion.

According to Mr Naqvi, the HRD minister had told a gathering of Ulemas that the whole thing was Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s idea, and not his.

Mr Naqvi was joined by Shiva Sena leader Manohar Joshi who asked why the HRD minister had changed his stand. He then supplied his own ready-made answer: that it was due to Mr Singh’s “minority appeasement” policy. This statement created a furore with the Congress, SP, Left and RJD members accusing Mr Joshi of casting aspersions on the minorities.

They asked for his comments to be withdrawn and deleted from record, but chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat upheld the statements and allowed Mr Arjun Singh the right of response.

In his reply, Mr Singh read out a letter he had sent to state governments directing that “... as befitting a final, the first two stanzas of (Vande Mataram) should be sung simultaneously at all schools and colleges.”

Responding to charges that he had changed his stand Mr Singh asked: “Where is there a question of any change (in stance)?” He said the media had asked him if he had issued a “compulsory” directive, to which he had answered that the national song would be sung “collectively” and those who wanted to participate could do so.

Even after the minister’s reply Opposition members continued to stall the House, trooping into the well with cries of ‘Vande Mataram’ each time the House reassembled. To take matters further, they even took to greeting the Chair with ‘Vande Mataram’ instead of their customary ‘namastes’.

In the Lok Sabha, the issue disrupted question hour leading to two adjournments. Mr Singh, in the Lok Sabha, said his government had never said singing the song would be “compulsory”.

The Hindutva parties, BJP and the Shiv Sena, held that not singing the song was tantamount to “insulting” martyrs, and demanded that each citizen should show respect for the song.

Other opposition MPs took the hardline view that those 'who wanted to live in this country' should sing the song. In response to the Oppositions' tactic of stalling Parliament, the Congress charged the BJP with playing its usual communal politics.

The BJP, on its part, counter-accused the Congress and Mr Arjun Singh in particular, of succumbing to the demands of “Islamic fundamentalists”.

The Opposition to singing Vande Matarm was voiced by the Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid, Syed Bhukhari. He had held that according to Islamic tenets, when it came to worship, only Allah could be given that honour. This line was echoed by some minority community MPs.

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India: Political apologists of terrorism

This is ‘secularism’. We won’t find any evidence against SIMI or ISI or Pakistan’s involvement in terrorism. In the name of secularism we are supposed to forget what SIMI has done.

Afternoon Dispatch & Courier must be congratulated for two special reasons: One, for having the courage to report Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi’s talk in Mumbai on July 17. Few newspapers had the decency—forget courage—to report what he said. One may or may not like his politics; but he has a point to make and to dismiss him as a “Hindutva poster boy” is in poor taste. It may be fashionable to dismiss him as communalist and fascist. We can conveniently leave opinions to an editor. Reporters should stick to reporting.

ADC reported, Samajwadi Party General Secretary, Amar Singh as protecting, Mulayam Singh who is supposed to have defended Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). Amar Singh’s reaction was: “Government has not even found any evidence against SIMI. What is the basis to ban them?” Amar Singh wants evidence against SIMI just as Musharraf wants ‘evidence’ against ISI. Joke. More. According to Amar Singh “when America didn’t issue a visa to Modi why should we allow him in Mumbai?” This is ‘secularism’. We won’t find any evidence against SIMI or ISI or Pakistan’s involvement in terrorism. Shri Amar Singh should invite Musharraf to Uttar Pradesh and garland him. The truth of the matter is that if there was no Godhra, Narendra Modi would hardly have been heard of. That any Indian could be proud of the fact that Narendra Modi was refused a visa by the US makes one hang one’s head in shame. George Bush is responsible for the death of thousands of innocent Iraqis. Would Amar Singh suggest that India deny Bush a visa to come to India?

SIMI is supported by the ISI. And on its edit page ADC says: “There is now strong evidence that Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) is implementing a huge terror programme in India and is building a terror network and recruiting several Indians and directing terror operations.”

And in the column ‘Viewpoint’ ADC adds: “Two jehadies captured by security forces have given useful details (emphasis added) about the bomb blasts in Mumbai and the ISI’s involvement in the same. They have also mentioned that under instructions from the ISI, the Lashkar-e-Toiba is carrying out a violent anti-India campaign”, congrats, ADC. And shame on you, Amar Singh. It is Amar Singh who shouldn’t have been allowed to visit Mumbai and screate tension. But the best thing that ADC did was to interview twenty one Muslims from different fields of activity on what they thought about Abu Asim Azmi, Amar Singh’s bosom friend. Not one wanted Azmi.

Seldom has any media sought to find out what Muslims think. It is for that reason that ADC deserves our sincerest thanks and congratulations. The Muslim voice had in the past been stilled. ADC has done what the media should have done a long time ago. Things are bad enough in India without politicians like Amar Singh and Mulayam Singh Yadav adding fuel to fire. They have been answered richly by those Muslims in Mumbai who have stated their views to ADC.

Incidentally why hasn’t anyone reported that among the 200 killed in the Mumbai blasts some seven were Muslims? At least that is how their names sound. In the Mumbai blasts it was not just Hindus who got killed. Muslims and Christians also got killed. Why hasn’t this been reported? What kind of secularism are our secularists practicing?

ADC also carried an interview with Mumbai’s Police Commissioner A.N.Roy. And an excellent one, too. ADC is truly an eveninger for Mumbaikars. But in the name of secularism we are supposed to forget what SIMI has done.

One may wish to dismiss Organiser (July 23) as an RSS journal but one would do well to read Balbir Punj’s article on SIMI in that issue. “Blasts have LeT, SIMI stamp” said The Times of India ( July 12, 2006).

Amar Singh would do well to read the article written by Balbir Punj, quoting extensively from records. But what can one expect form semi-literate politicians?

But what was more painful to read was another issue of Organiser (July 16) in which the lead story is how evangelists have been defiling the holy shrine of Tirupathi under what is considered as encouragement of secular parties. The first to blow the whistle was The Indian Express in three issues of the daily in July. But there was no follow-up of the story in any other paper, except the Pioneer. And who was responsible for exposing the doings of evangelists? This was a committee of five that included Justice G.Bhikshapathy; Justice K.B.Siddappa, former Judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court; T.S.Rao, former Director General of Police, Andhra Pradesh; Dr P. Geervani, former Vice Chancellor of Padmavathi Mahila Vishwavidyalaya and a former Vice Chancellor of Dravidian University, R. Srihari. Do we, in the name of secularism, have to condemn them as fascists or communalists? Why hasn’t the great secular Indian media followed the story? Because it involved evangelists creating trouble in, of all places, one of the holiest of holy places in India, Tirupathi? To what level will our secular journalists stoop to justify their secularism?

Even The Hindu (July 17) went out of its way to check out on who has rights over the Seven Hills. Incidentally, one must read what the highly secular The Hindu (July 19) has to say about our secular press. Its correspondent, as bitterly anti-RSS and anti-BJP as one can think of, has this to say: “It must be understood that the communal forces thrived—and ultimately captured the Indian state during the National Democratic Alliance regime—because throughout the 1980s and 1990s anti-social elements and practices were allowed to go unnoticed and unpunished, all in the name of some esoteric notion of secular correctness.”

There were people like Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh, one supposes, who allowed anti-social elements go unnoticed. And the same Harish Khare adds: “During his six years at North Block, L.K.Advani tried many a time to get the states to agree to a centralised police force. The effort did not yield any result partly because there were reservations about the Union Home Minister’s intentions. The time has come for the political leadership to dissolve such distrust.” Shri Advani had advocated a wise step (Centralised Police Force), but no one was willing to listen to him and now we are paying for it. What, in effect, Harish Khare says is that we, have to thank our secularists for the situation that we find ourselves in now. There is something sick about our secular leaders and secular press. And it has taken The Hindu—and Harish Khare—to point that out.

Incidentally, another article worth reading is ‘Point of View’ by T.J.S. George, writing in Indian Express (July 23) who clearly states that “America will never concede that India has the right to defend itself against terror based in Pakistan”. And, now right he is.

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The limits of sectarian politics

Vote bank politics is quirky. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in Tamil Nadu has of late discovered that there is virtue in temples. And for a party founded on anti-god ideology it's quite a turn around. The original version of the DMK was the DK, founded by E V Ramaswamy Naicker. The wall space in Tamil Nadu then was filled with abusive slogans against Hindu gods. “He who believes in God is a fool.” “If you see a snake and Brahmin, kill the Brahmin first” these were some of the most often sighted slogans, on temple walls. They often bracketed Hindus with Brahmins. The films, the medium the DK used effectively to spread its ideology often made fun of the Hindu priests, rituals and the devout.

The new-found love of the DMK ministers for temples and community feasts in the temples might be confusing the DMK cadres. But the changeover comes after a hard look at the political calculus.

Ever since the DMK came back to power in the recent elections it has been giving sufficient hints that it is not all that anti-Hindu and was willing to woo the Hindu vote-bank too, if there is one. The reasons that prompted the Kazhagam’s rethink are the surprise win it registered in some constituencies, which were till now perceived as Herculean for the DMK. The Tanjavur seat, with considerable population of Tamil Brahmins and other upper castes returned a DMK candidate. Observers believe that their votes came as a protest to Jayalalithaa’s move on the Kanchi Acharya. Though there were no loud protests in the state on the issue, it was simmering, a fact most pre-poll analysts rejected.

One of the senior ministers in the Karunanidhi cabinet recently called on the Kanchi Acharyas. Though there were murmurs of protests within the ruling set up, Karunanidhi put an end to the matter saying he would call for an explanation and left it at that. He also restored the full ritual rights of the Acharyas in the Rameshwaram temple, which had been denied by Jayalalithaa’s government. The Acharyas traditionally had the right to enter the sanctum sanctorum and perform puja rituals there. Under the AIADMK rule, after the manipulated cases on the Acharyas, they were denied entry into the sanctum sanctorum.

The DMK government also announced that it would allow non-Brahmins to be temple priests. Though overtly it seemed an objectionable move, several Hindu reformers welcomed it as it would help fight religious conversions. A major factor of discrimination would have been thus removed. Some religious leaders had initiated such a move over three decades ago, in the wake of the Meenakshipuram conversion in Tamil Nadu. Conveniently for the DMK, the move has been stayed by the Supreme Court.

Karunanidhi has of course been assiduously pandering to the minority community as was demonstrated in his giving VIP treatment to the terrorist Madani, a prime accused in the Coimbatore blasts.

It is an irony that Jayalalithaa who in the early days in her office wore her pro-Hindu tag on the sleeves ended her term with an anti-Hindu image. Not only did she go back on several measures but was at pains to convince the fanatic sections of Christians and Muslims, that she was more Dravidian in practice than the allegedly atheist Karunanidhi. She felt, there was no use cultivating the pro-Hindu image in the predominantly Dravidian polity. She rolled back the anti-conversion bill, she did what no other chief minister anywhere had done—arrested and jailed the most revered acharyas of Kanchi and used the official machinery to spread canard against them. Political analysts then attributed her moves to her eagerness to garner the minority vote.

The DMK and the AIADMK have had their cadre vote share intact and have won the elections alternatively on the floating votes. The octogenarian DMK leader must have realized that this was as good an opportunity as any to swing some of that vote base to his DMK. Especially if the mantle has to be passed on to his son.

There are limits to communal politics. Today, in Uttar Pradesh, the SIMI overdrive has put Mulayam Singh on the defensive. Mayawati is tirelessly coaxing the so-called upper castes. Gone are the days of tilak, taraju and talwaar. In the Bihar assembly polls Ramvilas Paswan canvassed for votes on a blatantly communal plank, offering a Muslim Chief Minister and projecting a duplicate Osama bin Laden. But the Muslims were not swayed. The Kerala Marxists who solicited votes in the company of Christian and Muslim communal sects are now facing a foul music, which they are unable to stop. After all, politics demands some level of intellectual honesty.

The mess the UPA is creating

The Moving Finger Writes
By M.V. Kamath

An earnest prayer to the UPA is: Kindly stop dividing people. It is unbecoming of you. The British in their time did it and we know with what consequences. Let it not be said that like the Bourbons, the Congress has learnt nothing and forgotten nothing.

It is painful to say so, but it has to be said before it is too late. The Congress-led UPA government is leading the country into a mess from which, if immediate action is not taken, it may become very hard to extricate ourselves. This is stated more in sadness than in anger. To the ordinary citizen it is not which party is in power but which party is exerting to keep the people together in the pursuit of peace, prosperity and national unity above all.

In this regard the Congress failure is writ all over its face. And the reaction is, to state it in plain terms, frightening. National unity is not achieved through dividing society into castes, forward, backward or scheduled. It is not achieved by insisting on reservations to particular castes or communities not only in educational institutions but even in private enterprises. That is not government. That is plain dictatorship. It only spurs deep resentment and discontent among people to no one’s advantage. To openly talk about increased appointment of Muslims in the Armed Forces is to make Muslims more conscious of their religious attachments and create a sense of unwantedness in their minds.

Alienation among Muslims is growing to the point that in Uttar Pradesh, a group of Muslim outfits have launched their own Islamic political party misleadingly called Peoples Democratic Front. Their charge is that all these years Muslims have been treated as a vote bank by various political parties and they will not stand it any longer. Muslim separatism is raising its ugly head all over again.

It may be worth remembering that the last time the Leftists were in power in Kerala they helped redraw district boundaries so that within the State there will be at least one district which has a Muslim majority. Now a section of Muslims in Andhra Pradesh is demanding that should the State be further divided with the creation of Telangana, then Hyderabad city must be given the status of a ‘City State’, presumably with a Muslim majority. People have stopped thinking of themselves as Indians. They are coming to think of themselves as Muslims or members of this or that community.

Even as the proposed Peoples’ Democratic Front(PDF) was getting organised, its self-appointed chairman, Maulana Kalbe Jawwad, a prominent Shia cleric was talking of how the Uttar Pradesh government of Mulayam Singh Yadav was biased. As Jawwad saw the situation, in recent times as many as 1,800 constables were recruited by the State of whom nearly 1,000 were Yadavs and only 30 (thirty) Muslims. Jawwad is reported as saying: “If the seven per cent Yadavs in the State and 12 per cent Dalits can occupy power in Uttar Pradesh, why can’t the 22 per cent Muslims do so?” This exclusiveness is spreading and is getting the support of important Muslim leaders like the Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid, Ahmed Bukhari who has been named as the PDF’s patron. At this rate we will soon have parties not based on economic ideologies, but on caste, creed and religion.

The move to form a separate Islamic political party should not be treated lightly. The message will spread fast. Attending the meeting held to establish the PDF were some important Muslim leaders like the Imam of Masjid Teela Shah, president of the Jamat-e-Islami, President of the Majlis-e-Mashawarat, President of the All-India Muslim Forum, President of Parcham Party and President of the Indian National Muslim League.

The original Muslim League led by M.A.Jinnah went about systematically to destroy the unity of India that was eventually to lead to Partition, wholesale bloodshed and ethnic cleansing in what became Pakistan and that decades-old hatred has still not died out. What the PDF will do is anybody’s guess. But the nation is warned.

The Muslim League did poorly in the 1937 elections to the Legislative Assemblies. It is also true that in the late thirties and early forties it was the British raj that was in power and which encouraged Islamic separatism. But when Muslims continue to think of themselves as a neglected minority and apply themselves to the task of demanding all sorts of benefits, rightly or wrongly, the nation will be forced to pay a heavy price.

Minoritism is an evil that should under no circumstances be tolerated. Caste or religion-based political parties should be immediately banned. They are a menace to the unity of India.

The UPA government has stooped to such a low level of politicising religion that the Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Shri A.R.Antulay seems determined to impart—or impose—minority status on Jains, who have not even asked for it.

As recently as August 2005, a Supreme Court Bench, comprising of then Chief Justice, Shri R.C.Lahoti and Justices D.M.Dharmadhikari and P.K.Balasubrahmanyam had directed the national and State-level Minority Commissions to find ways of first reducing and ultimately ending the listing of notified minorities, rather than increasing them. In India there are no minorities. There are only Indians. And any political party based on religious grounds must be immediately banned, no matter under what misleading title it is formed.

The trouble is that the Congress appears to have lost all sense of direction. Knowing what led to Partition, the Congress should have been the first to discourage minoritism under any guise. Even to have a Minority Ministry is itself symbolic of a mindset out to divide people.

The PDF wants to know how come so few Muslims were chosen as constables in Uttar Pradesh. It should have first checked out how many Muslims did, in fact, apply for the jobs in the constabulary and of them how many were eligible. It is sixty years since India became free. In these sixty years what did the Muslim leadership do to create jobs for Muslims? Was it necessary to set up madrasas in every town and village when the demand is increasingly not for knowing how many passages from the Quran one can recite but how good is the youngster at mathematics? When will Muslims understand that to get on in life one must get on with modernity?

The UPA government must spend lavishly on setting up primary schools and encourage every low-income family to send its sons and daughters to get higher education by providing financial incentives. In due course—say, a couple of decades—minority students, so-called will be able to gain self-confidence and get seats in institutes of higher learning in their own rights. For a nation some 10,000 years old, a couple of decades count for nothing. An earnest prayer to the UPA is: Kindly stop dividing people. It is unbecoming of you. The British in their time did it and we know with what consequences. Let it not be said that like the Bourbons, the Congress has learnt nothing and forgotten nothing. This is not a party matter. It deals with the vary essence of national unity and concerns all of us determined to stop further divisions of the country.

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The Hindu Nation and its enemies

By Sandhya Jain

The BJP’s rise in national politics, to the point where it led a national coalition in 1998, was both the triumph of Hindu nationalism for the first time since 1947 and a powerful affirmation of the RSS’ goal of empowering the Hindu community. Naturally, this was bad news for our native secularists and for the United States, which perceives Hindu nationalism as a threat to its vision of a US-dominated post-Cold-War world order.

There is a veritable industry of activists and NGOs that serves this US agenda, forging an alliance with India’s religious minorities to ensure Hindu powerlessness in the polity. In a powerful expose of some of these Hindu-baiters, Radha Rajan argues that Hindu political disempowerment is both the cause and the result of the growing power of ‘minorities’ to influence Indian polity (NGOs, Activists & Foreign Funds. Anti-Nation Industry, Ed. Radha Rajan and Krishen Kak, Vigil Public Opinion Forum, 2006).

Rajan argues that the RSS rose from a need to articulate and protect Hindu interests once it became clear that the independence movement was diverging from the Hindu character of the nation. The Indian National Congress early on revealed a bias towards ‘secularizing’ the freedom movement, and this trend could not be reversed even by Mahatma Gandhi. This was largely because the British quickly began to deal with Jawaharlal Nehru separately from Gandhiji, and with Jinnah independently of Gandhiji and the Congress. It is, with hindsight, no coincidence that the anti-Hindu Communist and Dravidian movements struck roots in India around this very time.

The anti-Hindu NGOs operate in the fields of education, healthcare, human rights, all of which are essentially a façade for the transfer of huge sums of money from abroad, either as support funds for their ‘charity’ work or as peace and human rights awards. Rajan contends that the funds find their way into political channels for political objectives. NGO activism is perfectly tailored for the politics of containment, she argues, as their shrill cries and demonstrations can paralyse a government or at least inhibit it from acting as it ought to in the national interest. The Narmada dam, as is well known, has been held up for over a decade because of the activities of Medha Patkar in Madhya Pradesh, and it is only recently, after the Supreme Court took interest in the matter, that an enquiry has been ordered into the foreign sources of her funds.

That the anti-Hindu NGOs have a political agenda can be readily seen in the diligence with which they parrot the US-Western position on myriad issues pertaining to India. Thus, the agenda of the National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements (NAPM), an umbrella organisation of communist NGOs, includes resolving the Kashmir dispute; internationalising the Dalit issue with the slogan ‘Dalit rights as human rights’ in order to sever Dalits from the Hindu community; propagating the slogan ‘Women’s rights as human rights’ to delink Hindu women from their families and religion; and education with emphasis on church-run rural and mofussil schools, writing of history and teaching social sciences from a so-called subaltern, minority and gender perspective.

There is, says Rajan, a correlation between the removal of the offending Babri structure in December 1992, the coming to power of the BJP-led NDA, the emergence of India as a nuclear weapons state, and the liberal sprouting of anti-Hindu NGOs and freelance political activists. What unites them is a congenital hatred of the RSS, the BJP, Hindu nationalism and Hindu empowerment.

The anti-Hindu features of the polity, therefore, take the shape of looting Hindu temples and distributing their finances to non-Hindu religions (thereby facilitating conversions to anti-Hindu faiths); failure to check or even audit the huge foreign funds received by churches and mosques for conversion activities; discriminating against Hindus by permitting only non-Hindus to run educational institutions; delegitimising and destroying Sanskrit and Indological studies; assiduously promoting a negative Marxist interpretation of Hindu dharma; insulting Hindu tradition by calling it primitive and superstitious whereas it is highly rational and scientific; negating Hindu history and whitewashing the horrendous Islamic iconoclasm and genocide and Christian assault upon it; ignoring all human rights violations against Hindus; and promoting ‘secularism’ as a means of oppressing Hindus.

Worse, these NGO-activists often double up as intellectuals with the sole objective of delinking certain groups like Dalits from the Hindu community, in order to fragment the Hindu fraternity. The purpose of insisting that Dalits and tribals are not Hindus is to legitimise and even actively encourage religious conversion, mostly to Christianity, since their funding comes mostly from the Christian West, particularly America. The rich diversity of the Hindu civilisation is ignored in favour of an artificial concept called ‘pluralism’, the objective of which is to undermine the Hindu nation and facilitate the rise of sub-national and pan-national religious identities, which will eventually challenge the unity and integrity of the country.

It goes without saying that our NGO-activists could hardly permit the Hindu people to rebuild the Ram temple at Ayodhya, abolish Article 370, ban cow slaughter nationwide and enact a uniform civil code. Sita is also a metaphor for the earth; the anti-Hindus have laid a prolonged siege; Hindus have their task cut out for them.

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Anti Hindu forces behind SC notice on Sabarimala

8/19/2006 8:04:54 AM HK

NEW DELHI : The Supreme Court’s notice issued to the Kerala government and the Travancore Devoswom Board on the basis of a petition challenging the provision by which the entry of women at the Lord Ayappa temple at Sabarimala has shocked millions of Ayyappa devotees across the world

The petition was filed by Young Lawyers Association seeking to ensure the entry of women between 10-50 years at the Sabarimala temple. The real identity of this Lawyers Association and the forces behind this issue is still unknown. The petitioners have sought quashing of the provision of Kerala Hindu Places of Public Worship (Authority of Entry) Rules 1965 by which women are not allowed to enter the temple by any custom or use.

The nefarious forces behind this cunning strategy to create social tension and conflict among Hindu devotees and the funding source for such legal maneuver is not revealed.

Though Hindus have high respect to the highest judiciary system of the country, the denial of entry for young females in Sabrimala is based on our custom and practices have religious reasons. Why tinker with a tradition if it has not in any way harm women? The call for women entry to Sabarimala has not come from devotees, but from communists, anti Hindu groups & now from the Supreme Court of the country.

The ulterior purpose to highlight this issue is to denigrate Hindus and to destroy our spiritual Hindu tradition and foundation. It is not a judicial or legal issue. Supreme Court should not have interfered since it is not a legal issue. Would the Supreme Court or any political leaders would endorse Catholic Women becoming a Bishop, a Pope, or support Muslim women becoming an Imam? Can they speak for the liberation of oppressed women in Islam? Endorse uniform Civil Code?

Still Hindus are weak and meek and are easy target for Political leaders and judicial officials to play the game with Hindu tradition. The Sabarimala issue is not genuine or legally valid. It is a deliberate cunning strategy to misdirect attention from the deadly issue of Jihadi terrorism, Communist misrule and the real intention is to create division and tension among Hindus.

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Don't rejoice, tackle terror

by Swapan Dasgupta

For the past week, the Government and intelligentsia of India have been wallowing in an unseemly bout of self-congratulation. The much-feared terrorist attacks on Independence Day and Janmasthami did not materialise; the US and British advisory to its citizens in India turned out to be misplaced; and there was no visible backlash after the terrible Mumbai blasts of July 11. The results of an exhaustive opinion poll, suggesting that the support for the UPA is at an all-time high, also bolstered this enhanced comfort level. Internationally too, India wallowed in the praise lavished on its people by The Times (London) for being "majestic in their moderation."

At a time when security in Western airports remain edgy over what has been quaintly described as "travelling whilst Asian", it is great to be singled out for restraint and moderation. Ruing the possible end of duty-free shopping, a friend still managed to look on the bright side of life. At least, he announced loftily, pointing to a land mass west of Amritsar, "We are not like them."

That's a truism that hardly warrants reiteration. In 59 years, India has evolved and the others have regressed. While our neighbours are increasingly enthralled by the certitudes of medievalism, India has engaged with the modernity. There is an Indian identity and an Indian way of doing things which, despite their monumental imperfections, distinguish us from the people next door. Our avowed commitment to universalism is quite decisively national.

For the moment we have successfully resisted the temptation of being blown off our feet by the tsunami of hatred that has been unleashed from the West. Despite the arrests of real and potential subversives committed to waging jihad against the tenets of our nationhood, there is no widespread feeling that Indian Muslims have somehow gone over to the side of the fanatics. The belief that problems can be resolved within the parameters of competitive democratic politics is still not entirely discredited.

Yet, there are underlying tensions which have been wilfully skirted by the political class and the opinion-makers. We can ignore these early warnings at our own peril.

First, the opinion polls reveal that there is a monumental pent-up anger, in urban India at least, at our collective inability to thrash the terrorists - whether they happen to be foreign paratroopers or home grown deviants. That this has not manifested itself immediately in voting preferences has more to do with the waning credibility of the Opposition than confidence in the Government.

Second, there has been a complete erosion of faith in the ability of the State to mete out justice to those who kill and maim innocent Indians. Those who heard the comments of ordinary Mumbaikars after the TADA court delayed the 1993 Mumbai blasts judgment would have been struck by the popular exasperation with the niceties of law. The panic-stricken response to Raj Thackeray's warning to lawyers to stay away from defending those involved in the July 11 blasts is very revealing.

Finally, the leadership of the Muslim community hasn't exactly endeared itself to the rest of the country by its persistent policy of denial. By glossing over the increasing radicalisation of young Muslims, indeed justifying the drift with pan-Islamic and anti-American invocations, it is conveying the impression of being soft on terrorism. What, people are beginning to ask, have the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon got to do with us? Why, they ask, hasn't the Government shut down madarsas that serve as the antechambers of Islamism? The belligerent protests against police interrogations, which have resulted in some Muslim ghettos becoming no-go areas for the authorities, are helping establish new sectarian faultlines which may end up nullifying India's much-acclaimed majestic moderation.

The entire focus of the Government is on preventing Muslim "alienation", a position that ignores the ideological dimensions of Islamist terrorism. It is time to spare a thought to the mounting anger of those who have neither panicked nor yielded to terror: The Indian who is first and foremost an Indian.

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Can we trust our history in the hands of those who blaspheme the nation and its beliefs?

Sacred texts
by Chandan Mitra

Probably because politicians rarely read history - leave alone learn from it - they are obsessed with revising it. At least since the mid-70s, India's history is being tossed around by Governments of different hues because they aspire to condition impressionable minds to their version of our past. With equal zeal, successor Governments have spent much of their time "righting the wrongs" only to have one version supplanted by another a few years down the line.

The latest outrage over existing and proposed history textbooks that the UPA regime is bent on teaching schoolchildren follows this now familiar pattern. As a result of an uproar in the Rajya Sabha last Friday, a reluctant Government conceded an inquiry into the alleged defiling of heroes of India, although I am extremely sceptical about the outcome of any such probe.

The origin of the latest fracas is a politically motivated plan to bring contemporary history up to date in NCERT textbooks. According to a well known self-publicist who is purportedly in charge of the Arjun Singh sponsored project to inject "political correctness" (read Marxist venom), NCERT books will soon be updated to include chapters on recent developments like the assassination of Indira Gandhi, Punjab terrorism, the anti-Sikh pogrom of 1984, the Ayodhya Movement and more importantly the Gujarat riots of 2002, which the worthy in-charge asserted "targeted a particular community".

As a student of history, I strongly object to the move to include such recent events as part of the school history curriculum. There is a recognised convention that only those events that occurred approximately 50 years before the present should qualify as history. There is a very good reason for this. The 50-year gap virtually ensures that the protagonists of those events are no longer in our midst and are, therefore, neither extolled nor maligned. This is important, for history revolves around political personalities and they should not be able to benefit from, or be disadvantaged by, the discourse around their actions.

It is too early, for instance, to make a historical assessment of the role of the legendary DGP of Punjab Police KPS Gill who almost single-handedly combated the terrorist scourge in the State. He has his staunch admirers, among whom I am proud to be classified. Equally, he has strong detractors in the jholawala, human rights lobby. Besides, the relevant official documents pertaining to Punjab terrorism will not be declassified at least till 2043, the year that marks the 50th anniversary of the end of sustained terror in the State, although sporadic incidents, including the murder of Chief Minister Beant Singh, happened even later. In the absence of documents that are declassified only after 50 years (it's 30 years in a less volatile society like Britain) and released to the National Archives for scholars to see, no dispassionate judgement is possible. In other words, no authoritative historical manuscripts will roll out before, say, 2050, on Punjab terrorism, including its victims such as Indira Gandhi. Textbooks for schoolchildren must follow rather than precede scholarly works. It's preposterous to prejudice the minds of tomorrow's historians, who are studying in school today, through judgmental, essentially journalistic, accounts of events of the recent past.

Arjun Singh's secular fundamentalist spin doctors have given the game away by including the Gujarat riots in the ambit of their project to tamper with the past. There can be no guesses as to what they have in mind in their sanctimonious reference to the "targeting of a particular community". Given the antecedents of the spokesman of the project, it can safely be assumed that the "particular community" that was targeted by a mob of murderous hoodlums at Godhra railway station on February 27, 2002 is not on the radar. The aim, obviously, is to gun for those allegedly involved in the post-Godhra riots. The bull's eye is clearly the incumbent Chief Minister of the State.

I am astonished that the Government proposes to teach children about what happened in Gujarat even before the report of the official Commission of Inquiry has been submitted. The Nanavati-Shah Commission is still haggling with Rashtrapati Bhawan, seeking access to former President KR Narayanan's correspondence with the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Obviously, the Commission has not even started writing its report. So what will the textbooks rely on by way of "authoritative" information? The findings of the UC Banerjee panel propped up by Lalu Yadav, which concluded that the kar sevaks returning from Ayodhya were suddenly possessed by an urge for collective suicide and set themselves on fire inside two coaches of the Sabarmati Express after securely bolting them from outside? I am afraid this is the only reference that is likely to be found in the proposed NCERT textbook to the Godhra incident that sparked a reaction in the rest of the State. It is not my intention to justify what happened in Gujarat subsequently. The only question is whether an event barely four years old should be formally taught to children for they will be examined on their knowledge of it. And given the conflicting passions that the Gujarat events, or similar communally tainted issues such as the Ram Janmabhoomi Movement, arouse in people including probable examiners, is this fair to children?

The pseudo-secularist high priests also propose to include the Ayodhya Movement in the list of school textbook subjects with the evident aim of denouncing the BJP, particularly LK Advani. Again, we know how violently India is divided on this issue. Existing scholarship, for whatever it is worth in the absence of declassified documents, is equally conflicting in its conclusions. Will the inclusion of the Ayodhya Movement, that too, a patently one-sided version, be in the best interests of fostering communal unity? Or will it result in further disharmony?

It can be argued that in the age of information, 24-hour news channels, a growing number of newspapers and unlimited, easily accessible material on the Internet, old-fashioned ideas about guarding the contentious present from the inquisitive minds of children makes sense no more. But the crucial difference is that information about complex issues is one thing, to be tested in examinations about their "correct" interpretation quite another.

I may be accused of having no faith in the impartiality of the crop of scholars who have been entrusted this job by the Government. Indeed, I don't. To begin with, they are brazen. They have refused to pull out even the derogatory references to Vedic Hindu customs, the role of a nationalist martyr like Guru Tegh Bahadur and deried the entire Jat community. Their old books have been re-issued by the NCERT in place of the more appropriate, non-controversial versions published during Murli Manohar Joshi's stewardship of the HRD Ministry.

Worse, they have described icons like Rishi Aurobindo as a terrorist. Can we trust our history in the hands of those who blaspheme the nation and its beliefs?

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Entire system is rotting in India

by Dina Nath Mishra

On this Independence Day, incidentally I delved into 'the trust' and realised that the trust, which is so essential for existence of human life, is decreasing year-by-year and day-by-day. It is happening in almost all spheres of life.

Peace-loving, law-abiding citizens individuals living with fear. Their lives are increasingly becoming difficult. So much so that cynicism has crept into the very character of the masses. Ordinary citizens of the country look at government offices with utmost disdain. Compelled by the situation, if they are to enter these offices anywhere in India, they come across people who are either hostile or greedy. Sympathetic attitude is lacking in almost all the offices.

In my childhood, during colonial rule, I did not register any such feeling at that level of understanding. I had not developed that high sense to distinguish, until events of Quit India Movement when government offices, police stations, buses, trains faced the wrath of the people. It was explained to me that it was happening because people do not want to be ruled by Gora sahebs.

Great expectations and hopefulness prevailed in the 50s. But within two decades of Independence, all these hopes were belied. The system that was built by the Britishers in almost every field viz education, administration, policing and judiciary had a different perspective. Now it can be conclusively asserted that this was unsuitable for Indian way of life.

Take the example of education system. The recent episode of Chaudhary Charan Singh University in Meerut loudly conveys this message. Dismissal of Vice Chancellor and Registrar may ultimately lead to opening of the University. Re-examination of answersheets may lower the degree of anger of the students. Other remedial measures may bring semblance of normalcy. But the rot is there in the system itself.

Over a lakh answersheets were to be examined. According to a newspaper report, even answersheets of professional courses were being judged by class V and VI standard dropouts. Hardly any answersheet was checked by competent lecturers/ professors. Police raids scared the culprits and they threw the answersheets in the fields. How can the students and the society retain trust in such an examination system?

Every commission set up by the government to suggest improvements in the standard of education and evaluation system recommended solid grounding of primary education. One recent survey in schools suggested that more than 50 per cent primary teachers were absent. The percentage of absentee teachers differs in States. But in conclusion, one can say, the government-sponsored primary education infrastructure is crumbling. Even in villages, private primary schools are mushrooming. Those students whose parents can't afford private schooling are destined to remain illiterate.

It was not the state of affairs 100 or 150 years back when villagers themselves used to manage their primary schools. Mahatma Gandhi had described that system as a beautiful tree. Octogenarian Dharampalji wrote a book Beautiful Tree. It is compilation of data of primary education obtained from gazetteers of that era. One could not think of teachers playing truant in those days. At the macro level, our professional schools, including IITs and IIMs, have attained world class standards but education from the primary level to the university level suffers from various maladies, as manifested by that answersheet scandal in Meerut University.

Now take judiciary. From the Munsif Court to the Supreme Court, there are inbuilt infirmities in delivery of justice. The judicial system at the lower level is openly corrupt. Some experts say corruption has seeped into higher courts, too. Only a part of trust is retained by the Supreme Court. In the meantime, a number of notorious and confirmed criminals have found berths in the highest political seats of power, while cases against them are pending in courts at different levels. Thirty-year-old LN Mishra murder case is still awaiting judgement.

Now to policing. Security of life and property is essential to the existence of the civilised society. The police, looked upon as a protector of law and order, suffers from not only inadequacy of personnel but many times they turn conspirators in crime and aid criminals. They represent monumental corruption by themselves. Recently a High Court judge lamented that though convinced of the murder committed by the accused, he could not impose sentence for want of proper evidence. Can policing system be trusted?

Media on its part, thrives in crisis prevailing everywhere. This crisis is partly inbuilt in the minds of human-specie. Dharma (duty) drives out from the people's mind the baser instincts. But politicians driven by baser instincts driven politicians are liberally contributing to the erosion of trust. It generally leads to anarchy.

Is India really a Secular country?

by Sankate Sharma

Indians are more scared than secular. Feeling of being secular is being forced on to us by government, textbooks, schools and our families.

Government wants to appease all the sects and keep oiling the squeaky wheel (minorities). Textbooks are approved by government so they have to be neutral and hide the truth about the basic facts like India was invaded by Mougals and Baber destroyed temples in India and had forced Indians to convert to Islam. Schools are either private (busy earning money from students of all religions) or government funded (can not go against govt.) or Convent schools (YES!!! These are the ones who don’t care about government and talk about religion) or Madrasas (same as above). Our Families / parents / elders have been so busy earning the livelihood that they have slowly forgotten that they are no more connected to their cultural roots and the kids have secular / “we don’t care” attitude towards their culture / religion.

When Government is not caring about the faith being practiced by most of Indians and neither school not parents are doing anything to make sure that the “TRUE”culture is preserved. At the same time thousands of people are daily being converted to Christianity and Muslims, some willingly and some forcibly. In this scenario we can clearly see a bias towards particular religions and hence we are not secular and India is on path of destroying its original Vedic values.

What can we do to be truly secular?

Simple!!! All we need to do is to spread awareness about our great Vedic culture and be proud of it. Well is it so simple? No, I don’t think so. Till we are twisting the facts in the textbooks, having reservations for minorities / SC / ST / OBC’s / upper caste (refer to "Stop Reservation in Temples") and fighting among over selves, we will never be able to feel proud in saying that we are Indians and we love our culture. Invaders ruled us for about 800 yrs and we had preserved our culture but now we are loosing it, thanks to a simple word “SECULAR”.

We have to teach the kids about our great culture, ancient sciences, ayurveda along with the modern Engineering and medical sciences. Baba Ramdev is spreading knowledge Yoga to the masses, we would need many Ramdev’s to speak up and restore the dying culture. Many people say that the culture is not dying and its just transforming and taking a new shape. To answer that I will say that this new shape that our culture is taking is architected by Invaders who ruled us for 800 yrs and they want us to become just like them as this is what their religion preaches. Hindus can be safe in secular India and still preserve their culture only if they come out of the hideous system of caste. Caste system has been around and even Vedas mention it, but there is no mention of caste being propagated on basis of birth, it’s the Karma that decides what you will be and what you are. A Brahmin by birth serving in Indian Air Force is a “Kshatriya”. Unfortunately we Indians are not able to get over the cast system. I hope if every one is taught Geeta at school then they might be able to get over this plague of Indian society.

What next?
When all countries have a alignment to a particular religion and they still allow multiple religions to be practiced in their countries, WHY CAN'T INDIA BE A HINDU NATION??
Jai Hind!!

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Hindus targeted, says Janata Party

Calls for unified action to curb the menace

New York: Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy has said terrorists are targeting Hindus in India and that a unified action is the only antidote against the menace.

"Who is the target of terrorism in India? It's the Hindus," he told a gathering of the Hindu community here over the weekend. "A united retaliatory action can repel terrorism aimed at Hindus in India." In Kashmir, nearly half of the Pandits were forced to leave their ancestral homes since the late 1980s, when insurgency was revived. And, in the Mumbai blasts, almost all the victims were Hindus, Dr. Swamy pointed out.

Dr. Swamy dismissed the notion that poverty was the root cause of terrorism. Terrorists — most of whom were rich — had political objectives and they should be defeated through democratic and secular means.

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Bomb blast in ISKCON temple during Janmashtami celebrations, Manipur

Grenade attack on ISKCON temple complex

TRAGEDY ON JANMASHTAMI:
Lying pell-mell are people injured in the blast at the ISKCON temple in Imphal, Manipur, on Wednesday during Janmashtami celebrations.
Imphal: At least five persons were killed and 50, including five American and three French nationals, injured when suspected militants lobbed a grenade in the complex of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) here on Wednesday evening. The shrine was teeming with devotees on Janmashtami day.

The toll might mount as the condition of some of those who suffered injuries was critical, sources in the Regional Institute of Medical Science and Hospital said.

A 10-year-old boy and a 70-year-old woman were among the dead, the sources said.

Hospital sources said the foreign nationals were among those who sustained splinter injuries in the blast at around 7 p.m. Several others, including ISKCON chief priest Damodar Das, were among those hit by splinters.

It being the birthday of Lord Krishna, there was a huge gathering of people at the complex.

No individual or organisation has claimed responsibility for the explosions, official sources said.

However, the sources said investigation would be ordered to find out how militants infiltrated the complex where heavy security had been deployed.

``The temple was packed with Hindu devotees when unknown militants lobbed the grenade,'' said Army spokesman Col. Goswami.

``An unidentified woman and her son were among those killed,'' said a surgeon from a State-run hospital here.

Police have cordoned off the area and have launched a search for those responsible.

Manipur Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh, who visited the hospital, strongly condemned the incident. — PTI, Agencies

Five devotees died, Bomb attack on Janmashtami celebrations
8/16/2006 2:39:23 PM Media Release

Imphal:Five devotees were killed and several others injured when a powerful bomb exploded in midst of Janmashtami celebrations here.The bomb was hurled from outside by ‘unidentified’ persons,Police says.

The bomb exploded in International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) temple when the temple was packed with Krishna to participate in Janmashtami prayers.

No individual or organisation has claimed responsibility for the explosions, official sources said.In Manipur there are many guerrilla groups fighting against Indian army for last three decades.Many of them are covertly funded by Christian Missionaries.

Islamic jihadists create blast at ISCON complex in Imphal, ten injure
Media Release
Aug. 16, 2006

At least ten people were injured, three of them seriously, when a powerful bomb went off during a congregation where more than 1,000 people were offering prayers to mark Janmashtami, the birth of Lord Krishna, here this evening.

Police said a powerful blast was triggered in front of the Lord Krishna temple at the ISCON complex near here at 1900 hours when people were offering prayers during the evening puja. They said at least ten people, including some women, were injured in the blast. They were taken to Regional Institute of Medical Science hospital where the condition of three of them, including a girl, was critical. No one was arrested in this connection. Police cordoned off the area to launch a combing operation. No organisation has so far claimed the responsibility for the blast.

5 killed, 28 hurt in Manipur bomb blast in ISKCON temple
Aug. 16, 2006

At least five persons were killed and 28 others, including a foreigner, injured when a powerful bomb exploded in the complex of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) here this evening when the shrine was teeming with Janmasthami devotees. The toll might go up because some of those who suffered injuries were in critical condition, sources in the Regional Institute of Medical Science and Hospital said. The identity of the foreigner was not immediately available. The five victims included a 10-year-old boy and a 70-year-old woman, the sources said. Several important persons, including chief priest of the ISKCON''S Damodar Das, were among those who were hit by splinters of the bomb which was reportedly hurled at the Tulihal airport area in Imphal West district of Manipur this by some unidentified persons. Reports said that today being the birthday of Lord Krishna, there was a huge gathering of people at the ISKCON complex, about five km south of here, and the bomb exploded among the crowd at around 7 pm. No individual or organisation has claimed responsibility for the explosions, official sources said.

Christians bomb Krishna temple in Manipur
Aug 19 2006 9:52AM

It appalls me that there has been no mention of a tragic incident that happened recently. A Krishna temple belonging to the ISKCON society was bombed in Manipur on Wednesday. Atleast 5 people have been killed. The bomb is the handiwork of the Christian terrorist outfits led by the Kukis.

Where is the anger? Where is the feeling of empathy with fellow hindus in Imphal? Why is there no press coverage for this incident?

This incident happened during Sri Krishna Jayanthi or Janmasthami. This was a peak time when all devotees assemble for worship of Lord Krishna. The christian terrorists knew intended this for maximum damage.

Contrast the attitude of the press and the political parties on this incident and the Graham Staines death. There tonnes of paper were devoted to that incident and hindus were painted as demons. Graham Staines was illegally indulging in conversion practices in Orissa and the State was turning a blind eye to his illegal activities. Still Graham Staines was painted as a hero. His wife who routinely abuses hindus and hinduism in foreign media was given a Padma Bhushan by the Christian Congress Govt. She now has a free slate to go and convert people in Orissa. The deaths of five hindus have been slightly hushed by the indian media, the christian congress party and the evangelicals that control them.

What is the BJP doing to highlight the above incident. Advani and his band of american bootlickers are soo in awe of the christian west that a few hindu deaths dont matter. Why is there no anger in delhi or chennai or hyderabad? It is because we hindus are divided by caste and language. If this was a christian church bombed by hindus then there would be non stop coverage by BBC, CNN and bizillion christian web sites and the American Evangelicals organisations, the christian US State Department would be expressing concern.

Most Indian Christians abroad are traitors and abuse India and hinduism given half a chance. If you go and google the web you will find a bizillion sites that promote the idea that the evil hindu is killing the good christian. The message is for the christians of the world to unite against the pagan hindus!!

Fact is that more hindus are killed because of christian terrorism in nagaland, manipur, tripura to mention a few places. Christianity is as abusive and murderous a religion as Islam, except that it is packaged well. Usually christian atrocities start off with a "victim phase" where christians are supposedly being victimised by the pagan idolators. Then the faithful come and defend the believers while cleansing the pagans of all their evil native culture by converting them to the path of christ. The "cleaning" usually involves a lot of pagan blood.

People will do well to remember the South American example. Millions were slaughtered because of Jesus. They were killed in the most brutal fashion - burned at the stake, limbs chopped off all because they were pagans that were evil and somehow against God. In a heart wrenching incident the Inca King - Athualpa - was sentenced to death by burning by his Spanish conquerers. When the King pleaded with his captors he was given the option of converting to christianity and facing an easier death. So Athualpa converted to christianity, was baptised by a priest and then strangled to death. This is just an example of christian atrocities. Just read up on the Goan inquisition to see how hindus were tortured and burnt to death.

Today hundreds of millions of dollars are being pumped in India to convert hindus to christianity. The first phase in this war is a psychology operation where hindus are painted as evil and christians as good people. The people leading this movement are racist red necks from the bible belt in the southern part of america. These very people practised racial segregation till the 70s .

We might shrug off this christian aggression and say so what. If this goes on then a good constituency of christians ~15% would be established as a base. These christians will then do to us what the Kuki christian converts are doing to their hindu neighbors in manipur or what the naga and tripura converts do to hindus in their respective states.

When St.Thomas tried to spread his evil across the land of india, a brave hindu in Tamil Nadu stepped upto him and drove a spear through his heart. That stopped the spread of a satanic ideology and saved india from the brutal murder and gore of christianity. Where have the brave hindus gone?

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Monday, August 14, 2006

INDEPENDENCE DAY: REBUILD INDIA’S HISTORICAL MAGNIFICANCE

8/13/2006 6:33:28 AM HK

On August 15, India will be celebrating India’s 59th Independence Day. Independence Day is perhaps one of the most important national holidays in India. For India, Independence Day is a day for remembrance of the hard struggle to claim our freedom from hundreds of years of colonial oppression. As we celebrate our Independence, the celebration always must be a day of national recollection and reaffirmation of the great Hindu tradition and principles that kept India as a nation.

Wherever we are, whatever we do, Hindus should think of Bharat as a nation of spirituality, tolerance, pluralism and universalism, and should think about our nation as a birthplace of Dharma every day of our life. We should strive to make it known that we are proud of our Vedic heritage, the oldest surviving tradition in the world.

It is impossible to be a world citizen without absorbing the essential Hindu spiritual principles of tolerance, freedom and Dharma. Our life in this world is a swirl of confusing, distracting and seemingly complex issues. We simply will not be able to lead a good, peaceful, harmonious life in the midst of Jihadi terrorism, coercive religious conversion and corrupt political practices without cultivating the habit of seeking our eternal Hindu Dharma. But what exactly it means to have a clear Hindu principles and vision?

Some people have the mistaken view that a clear sense of Hindutva requires tolerance of intolerance, accept religious conversion, cope up with Jihadi terrorism, condone appeasement of Christian and Muslim fundamentalists, and live with bogus secularism. But freedom and liberty does not mean tolerance of intolerance, ignoring the erosion of political power and living under subjugation. Human life does not work that way. As we celebrate Independence Day, Hindus must always be striving to think things through in view of the past holocaust and the real current circumstances we face. So, on this Independence Day, what is the importance of Hindutva in making political, social and personal judgments? The critical value of Hindutva is to ensure that in the complexity of political India, we must have a firm commitment for Hindutva. Hindutva must guide us in the midst of constant change, political oppression, Jihadi terrorism and missionary efforts in “harvesting souls”.

Freedom is not free until Hindus join together and fight to preserve our freedom. With Hindutva in our hearts, we can be sure that our Independence can be preserved, protected and practiced. On this Independence Day, let us all make a pledge that we will not be drawn away from our Hindutva ideas and objectives and we will not be pushed to chase illusory, or bogus secular goals.

We got independence through sacrifice. Several Hindu leaders worked tirelessly to liberate us from foreign yokes. Hindutva was their guiding principles. The principles that Shivaji, Jhansi Rani, Swami Vevekananda, Gopalakrishna Ghokale, Bala Gangadhar Tilak, Lala Lajapat Roy, Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Dr. Hedgewar, Sarvarkar, and Guruji, have followed have soundness, eternal value and fundamental truth. Let these principles be our political and social starting point, the spiritual and moral fabric of Bharat. The Rsahtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh established by Dr. Hedgewar is still working tirelessly to preserve our national character, freedom and eternal Hindu Dharma.

Today’s phony secular politicians made India a heaven for Jihadi terrorists, missionary saboteurs, and criminal politicians. Politicians see power chiefly a wonderful tool to be used for personal gain to take care of themselves, their political parties and for appeasing Christian fundamentalists and Muslim fanatics.

Independence Day is a day for Hindus to reaffirm our eternal Hindu Dharma. Indeed, many of the worst abusers have been associated with people who refuse to have faith in Hindutva and follow the phony secular policies of the Congress party. They replaced our Dharma, our culture, spiritual principles and national pride and replaced it with a more benign anti national ideology and they are responsible for most of the awful mass evil of our country.

Independence Day is also a day to remember millions of Hindus who lost their lives for the hundreds of years in the hands of invading Jihadi warriors and imperialist colonialists. It is a day to reflect on the Hindu massacre and carnage in Hindu Kush, Panipat, Delhi, Sindh, Punjab, Meerut, Agra, Gujarat, Bihar, Malappuram, Chittoor, and Jhansy. It is a day for remembrance of Hindu holocaust and genocide, the lost generation from 8th century through independence in 1947.

Let us remember this Independence Day to bring those buried holocausts out so that the present generation of Hindus in Bharat and abroad stand up for their rights. The awareness of this Hindu genocide is important to preserve our freedom, culture and spiritual heritage. Our freedom is not free until we fight to protect it. The power to preserve Hindu Dharma, to gain political power, dignity and respect is not a matter of freedom, but a question of power and courage to take goal directed action.

Le us pledge on this Independence Day that we shall preserve our liberty and establish real freedom to preserve, protect, practice and promote Hindu Dharma. Let us embrace the new era, the era of Hindutva, a new future.

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Marxist historians decieved India-Michael Danino

8/14/2006 6:16:09 AM HK

Palakkad:

"Marxist historiography of Indian history accepts in practice the broad framework of the erstwhile colonial historians, even as it throws new insights, some of which are often valuable."

Michel Danino, convener, International Forum for India's Heritage, slammed Marxist Historians for their servile attitude shown towards their Colonial masters.

Micahael Danini was speaking on `A thematic view of Indian civilisation',at the Pudukode kendra of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan

"the history of India that we study for our examinations is really a nightmarish account of India. Our real ties are with `Bharatavarsha' that lie outside textbooks. If the history of this tie is lost, our soul loses its anchorage."

A noted Indologist,Danino continues, "colonial-Marxist" view the history of India from a purely materialistic, social and economic definition of man. Since no spiritual dimension is acknowledged, India's religious and spiritual movements and evolution are interpreted purely from a materialistic standpoint.

"Indian spirituality and religion are therefore of no value, as are India's great spiritual figures. To a Marxist historian, Swami Vivekananda's or Sri Aurobindo's or Tagore's understanding of Indian history and civilisation is of no relevance. Thus India's cultural continuity and identity are basically denied. Artificial breaks are introduced in time (for instance, the imaginary Aryan invasion of India) or in society (the Brahmins vs. the rest of India)," he said.

"We do hear of India's `diversity' but not what constitutes its `unity.' India's cultural bond, for instance the reach of epic and Puranic lore to the remotest corners of the country, is not thought to be a worthwhile object of study. Thus Indian education is neither Indian nor education."
"India's civilisational achievements and contributions to the world in science, technology, philosophy, spirituality, religion, art, literature, scripts, etc., are consistently underemphasised. Failing to work out an Indian historiography of India, this perspective in effect promotes a de-Indianised view of Indian history, which can logically lead only to the atomisation of India, since one is left to wonder what can hold together this bewildering medley"

Michael Danino convened International forum for India’s Heritage in 2001 with160 eminent founder members, whose mission is to promote the essential values of India's heritage in every field of life.

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Remnants of temple found in a Mosque washed out in floods

• Attempt by Muslims to rebuild the structure overnight
• Severe tension in Paithan
• Assaults with lathis (sticks) on Shivsainiks

Idol of Nandi in shattered state in the ruins of the Mosque

Paithan: 13th August-In a 'Mosque' situated at the foot of Nathsagar in Jaikwadi, a wall of the Mosque collapsed with the onslaught of massive floods and some remnants of an ancient temple along with 'Nandi' head have been found.. To suppress this evidence of treasure of Hindu culture, Muslims overnight tried to build the structure. (This is the real nature of Muslims of trying to cover up their misdeeds -Editor)

On getting information about it, the Shivsainiks rushed to the spot and stopped the construction. (Congratulations to the Shivsainiks for stopping the construction-Editor) After police assaulted the angry Shivsainiks with lathis, they shouted powerful slogans in the city of,” We will build the temple there only" .As a result of this there is severe tension in the city of Paithan. In the meanwhile the police officer who did lathi assault on the Shivsainiks has been urgently transferred.

As the waters of the massive Godavari floods receded, the remnants of the razed Mosque came to light. The steps constructed of stones were also seen going towards the river. In the morning some of the young fishermen had gone to this area. At that time they found carved pillars of the temple and idol of Nandi in shattered state in the ruins of the Mosque. This news spread quickly like air in the whole city of Paithan. Immediately thereafter along with the Shivsena M.L.A Sandeepan Bhumre, the Taluka chief Arun Kale, Shri Somnath Pardeshi of the Durga Group,Khushal Bhavre, Nandalal Kale, Shivsainiks rushed to the incident spot. Thereafter the Tahsildar Madhav Nilawade was given the news about this. The Police Inspector Balasaheb Khillor and the officers of Archaelogy Department inspected the site.

While the discussion of the discovery of remnants of temple in the place of Mosque was going on the city, later in the afternoon fanatic Muslims starting immediately pulling strings. Hundred to one hundred and fifty Muslims entered the site with construction material. They started building a new wall after excavating the collapsed mud heap. Moment the Shivsainiks came to know about the construction by the Muslims, in the evening, along with 25-30 Shivsainiks, Raju Pardeshi, Deputy chief of the city Sagar Patil, Vijay Acharya again came to the incident site. Seeing the Shivsainiks coming the frightened Muslims fled the scene. The mob of the Muslims directly went to the police station. Then a big force of police appeared on the dispute scene. The police did a severe assault of lathis on the Shivsainiks who stopped the construction. (Would the police have been so prompt if it were Hindus in this place and would they have dared to do such a lathi assault on the Muslims?- Editor)

About 25-30 Shivsainiks were seriously injured in this. On the spreading of news about the inhuman lathi assault by the police, Hindus came on the road .In every square the assembled Hindus gave slogans of 'Har Har Mahadev', We will build the temple there only' and sent the city roaring.

With his background the Sub -Divisional Police Officer Raosaheb Nalabe entered Paithan.He tried to pacify both the assembled mobs. But the tension kept on mounting. The Shivsainiks strongly demanded the suspension of the Police Inspector Balasaheb Khillor, Police officer Somnath Gite.

Later Police Superintendent Sanjeevkumar Singhal urgently transferred police officer Gite.- (The God of Nature has exposed the cruel acts of the Muslims. There were lakhs of temples all over the world which were demolished and Mosques and Churches were built. Now Hindus at least wake up and fight to redeem the lost glory of Hindu Dharma or else it will never be- Editor)

Reference: Daily Saaamana (Marathi)

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Friday, August 11, 2006

To keep the peace, I misled people on ’93 blasts: Pawar

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Mumbai: Pawar says he added fictional 12th blast in Muslim area; slams Deshmukh govt on 7/11

NEW DELHI, AUGUST 11:For the first time, Sharad Pawar has admitted, on record, that he had “deliberately misled” people following the 1993 Mumbai blasts by saying there were 12 and not 11 explosions, adding the name of a Muslim-dominated locality to show that people from both communities had been affected.

Spilling the beans on what became an ill-concealed secret in later days, but had never been said openly, Pawar said he had to quickly find a way to stop Mumbai from going up in flames and this was the ploy he hoped would keep Hindus from retaliating.

The step was pre-meditated as only shortly before making the announcement about the 12th blast that never was, he had been informed of 11 coordinated blasts in the city in March 1993, all hitting Hindu majority areas.

Speaking to The Indian Express Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta on NDTV’s Walk the Talk, which will be broadcast tomorrow at 7.30 pm, Pawar, who was Maharashtra Chief Minister at the time said he had anticipated clashes between Hindus and Muslims and he had to prevent that from happening.

“I went on TV and deliberately misled people. Instead of 11 explosions I told 12 and one of those areas was Masjid Bunder, dominated by minorities,” Pawar said.

And then at the Air India office, where the first explosion had occurred, Pawar came up with another “deliberate fudge” to prevent riots.

He had said then that from some of the material used in the blasts, it appeared that terrorist groups south of India were behind them—hinting at the LTTE.

The NCP president, who is Agriculture Minister in the UPA government, conceded that questions were indeed raised in the party on this step. He was in the Congress then and had been sent to Mumbai by P V Narasimha Rao to put the city back in order in the wake of the riots that had led to a sharp polarisation between Hindus and Muslims after the Babri Masjid demolition.

Pawar said the polarisation of those days was creeping back after the July 11 train explosions. The bombs had been planted in first-class compartments of the Western Railway suburban line to target those from the higher salaried sections, as very few Muslims would be in those compartments.

It was because of this that there were “similar experiences” like 1993 after things had turned around for Mumbai and it was “behaving like a cosmopolitan city”.

The Minister, whose NCP is a partner in the Vilasrao Deshmukh government in Maharashtra, praised the police after the latest attack on the city but was critical of the state government’s role following the blasts. “There was tremendous scope to improve,” he said.

In his interview, Pawar praised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s handling of the nuclear issue on which he is facing opposition from the Left and the BJP.

He said the discussions with the US are not final and if there was any indication of India being dictated to on the nuclear deal, he believed Manmohan Singh would “withdraw from the scene”.

In his estimate, the PM could not be compared to Indira Gandhi who was also party president, he said, but was nonetheless a visionary and an administrator. “He is a fit person to run a coalition government and each MP and UPA member is clear about his integrity and wisdom,” Pawar said.

Something our 'Secular media' missed out

8/11/2006 4:24:21 AM HK

New Delhi:Our secular media comes out with colouring stories and won’t let off any chance to shed crocodile tears while mentioning Godhra riots.

One cannot expect Islamic propaganda medias to show responsible Journalism.

The Interpol chasing for Salim Haji Ibrahim alias Salim Paanwala, the main accused in the Godhra train tragedy, in which 59 Hindu pilgrims were burnt alive on February 27, 2002 was never highlighted by our secular press who ran editorials on Banarjee report.

The CBI investigation revealed enough proof about the role of ISI in Godhra Train burning with the help of local Muslims.Paanwala masterminded the plot and later fled to Pakistan. A Red Corner notice was issued on April 11 to arrest paanwala, now in Pakistan.

This notice to Interpol dismisses the allegations of Justice U C Banerjee Committee, which was appointed by Union Railways Minister Lalu Prasad.The committee had in its report termed the Godhra train burning as an accident.

The present Interpol notice clearly points out that the accident theory was nothing but rubbish and it was a premeditated ISI Conspiracy.

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Pseudo secular worries on a Rumour!

8/10/2006 6:24:59 AM HK

Our pseudosecular leaders were shocked to hear about a ban on Arabic Channels in India,which turned out to be a rumour.

Islamic world turned red against Hindu India, hearing the rumour..Messages spread across the globe.
“India have banned Arab TV channels under pressure from Israel. In a country widely referred to as the world’s largest democracy, the Indian government has succumbed to mounting Israeli pressure and ordered a nationwide ban on the broadcast of Arab television channels?”

Infuriated by this Communist party Jumped into the bandwagon” the ban on Arab TV stations while allowing all other channels which support Israel's aggression and horrendous acts of bombings...." Condemning "this unfriendly move" against India's Arab neighbours, the CPI demanded withdrawal of the "ban."

In the mean time E.Ahammed,External Affairs minister was very much eager to deny the rumours on banning of Arab channels in India. This is the same minister who hided out when Suryanarayana was kidnapped and beheaded by the Taliban. Media searched him all over the country to get a statement from him then, And was very quick this time to respond to a rumour spread in Islamic world. He says “There is no such ban; these reports are fantastic nonsense."

None of us saw any protest from any of these Secular leaders when Hindu Websites are banned in India and when Indian channels are banned in Jihadidesh and Jihadistan.

One who knows about the present Minority Pampering government in India knows very well that they wont even dare to think about banning Arab Channels.

Its embarrassing to admit that such a lot of scumbags who don’t even knows to make out a rumour, are now leading this great nation.

Dishonorable criticism on Hindu religion, Deities and Brahmins....

Posted on 10 August, 2006
Daily Sanatan Prabhat

Dishonorable criticism on Hindu religion, Deities and Brahmins as also on National Leaders !

Sindhudurg :The Sindhudurga District Reservation Committee (SDRC) had organized a conference in support of reservetion for other backward classes at Anant Muktai Hall. In this conference, all the speakers used very dishonorable language while criticizing Hindu religion, Deities and Brahmins. They did not leave even national leaders from such criticism.

Shri. C. A. Jadhav, Ratnagiri District President of Republican Party alleged that due to Pandit Nehru’s conspiracy, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar could not give effect to his plan of reservations for other backward classes. Shri. Shivaji Desai, the district president of Maratha Seva Sangh said that Mandal Commission and Hunter Commission are just creating an impression that they have thorough knowledge of the Hindu religion and culure. Hindu religion is an illusion and we have given it a kick. Now we have to retire their 33 crores of deities.

Brahmins are responsible to trap everyone in God and religion. These Brahmins had refused to perform coronation ceremony of Shivaji Maharaj branding him as a ‘shudra’. If Shivaji Maharaj was ‘shudra’ then who are we, his descendents? Due to Brahmins, we were called ‘shudras’. Therefore, they should be drowned in the sea. Other backward classes should be given the benefit of reservation in proportion of their population. The power and wealth in this country is in the hands of a few highly educated Brahmins. The income from temples which is in lakhs of rupees, goes to Brahmins. Is it not a kind of reservation for Brahmins? Prof. Sushama Andhari criticized Smt. Shalinitai Patil, the Rashtravadi Congress MLA for her anti-reservation stand.

She said that Pandit Nehru was not in favour of reservation. She further claimed that Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar had said that Congress party was a house on fire, whoever steps in this house, would get burnt. Lokmanya Tilak was never accepted by people. Mahatma Gandhi never tried to realize other person’s soul. The death anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar is our festival. People belonging to higher caste do not participate in this festival therefore, even we should not participate in Ganesh festival, she appealed. Other office bearers of SDRC, Bahujan Vikas Front and Charmakar Kruti Samiti attended the conference.

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A 'belligerent' nation and the sahib

by Tarun Vijay
August 10, 2006

India is facing a serious threat from terrorists and the nation seems to be losing faith in the efficacy of State instruments. But the party that accuses the present government of being soft on terror has been made to read a confession of its leader in the Rajya Sabha that he had a decisive role in stalling Operation Parakrama, after the attack on Parliament on December 13, 2001.

Yes, Jaswant Singh in a startling revelation in his book A Call to Honour says on page 268:

'Early during Operation Parakrama -- the name given to the mobilisation of India troops following 13 December 2001's attack on Parliament -- Raghavan had asked me about our own aims... I had written on a scrap of paper: 'to defeat cross border infiltration/terrorism without conflict, to contain the national mood of "teach Pakistan a lesson", and in the event of war, to destroy and degrade Pakistan's war fighting capabilities'. In this I faced two, really three challenges. The internal was the most taxing for it involved carrying conviction with colleagues. This sapped my internal resolve and resources. An adjunct to this was to carry the three service chiefs, also convincingly, with me... the chiefs so wanted a chance, 'to have a crack' as the military would put it -- I had not only to persuade but also to convince them otherwise.... the third challenge was to carry the country's mood, to contain its belligerence, its desire for revenge and retaliation, but to give it a sense of achievement, of having diplomatically defeated the enemy.'

Frankly, I couldn't believe this and had to read it twice.

This was a leader of a nationalist party and he was trying to 'contain the nation's mood' and to convince the three service chiefs who 'wanted a chance, "to have a crack".'

So, why did they mobilise troops at an astronomical cost to the state exchequer in the first place and on what considerations did the learned author, who was foreign minister then, try to stop soldiers from doing what they had been sent for?

Surprisingly he has not mentioned the role of the prime minister or defence minister in this affair but inter alia concluded that his move succeeded finally.

This is a serious and a very significant revelation because the then army chief, General S Padmanabhan had complained of a political indecisiveness that made Operation Parakrama unsuccessful.

In an interview to Praveen Swami in The Hindu (February 6, 2004) he said, 'Significant military gains could have been achieved in January 2002, had politicians made the decision to go to war.' These objectives, he says, could have included 'degradation of the other force, and perhaps the capture of disputed territory in Jammu and Kashmir. They were more achievable in January, less achievable in February, and even less achievable in March. By then, the balance of forces had gradually changed.'

He further added, reflecting the frustration in the army over the political masters' attitude, 'It remains unclear, however, just why the politicians who ordered the build-up finally chose not to use the military machine they had assembled. Everyone seems to feel that the US held us back... 'Perhaps they did; perhaps they didn't. I don't know anything specific on this...'

Who were the factors responsible for this kind of an unkindest dilly-dallying on a major security issue?

Who were playing with national sentiments and the army's morale? The entire nation across party lines and world opinion was solidly behind us in our war on terror. Did 'external factors' as hinted in General Padmanabhan's interview weigh heavy on the decision makers in Delhi?

The brutally bruised nation was made to believe that the government would certainly make the enemy pay a huge price for its terror acts, but at the end of the day, Indians paid a heavier price and achieved nothing diplomatically as events proved later.

In a brilliant analysis of the situation Timothy D Hoyt writes in his essay Strategic Myopia-Pakistan's Nuclear Doctrine and Crisis - Stability in South Asia, 'The United States again intervened diplomatically with a parade of high ranking officials in May and June and recommended the evacuation of all American civilians from India. The crisis was defused in mid July again with Pakistani promise to reign in infiltration across the LoC, but as of this writing the US officials admit that infiltration has not ceased. During this crisis therefore Pakistan succeeded in making no major concessions, despite a looming Indian threat and considerable US pressure.'

This is how a major opportunity to demolish terror factories across the border was missed, going against the desire of the nation and the mood of all the three service chiefs.

Since public memory is very short, one has to remind (readers) that in those turbulent days a unique flow of patriotism flowed across the nation. Even Jaswant Singh admits the 'mood', and it was not just a mood of the 'chauvinist war monger Hindu nationalists', about whom the author has described with embarrassment.

The whole nation wanted some action. Soldiers' leave was cancelled, including the unusual step of cancelling the Republic Day parade; All India Radio and other private channels were broadcasting patriotic programmes and jawans were waiting for orders. Nothing was allowed to happen and it did dampen the morale of the nation, especially of the forces.

If at all nothing was to be done, why was an unnecessary hype created? Who was befooling whom?

Tarun Vijay is the editor of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh weekly, Panchjanya.




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