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.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

When Hindus assert themselves politically, secularism is under threat: Radha Rajan

Secularism in India MUST SERVE only jihadis, crypto-jihadis and evangelists.


by Radha Rajan
J&K - important one-liner

The BJP has reaped the consequences of the overt and covert jihadi rule by Sunni Muslims of the valley - state actors and non-state actors - and from the consequences of politics of islamism as practised by all political parties in the state.

This perversion peaked during the struggle by Kashmiri and jammu Hindus for right to land for pilgrimage to Amarnath.

The BJP reaped the advantages of the struggle while the others reaped the fruits of Islamism and jihad.. The BJP rose meterocially from 1 seat to 11.

"Secular space in J&K is shrinking and that is cause for worry" - Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Secular space remained intact when Kashmiri Hindus were genocided by jihadis and bestially hounded out of their home and homeland.

Secular space remained intact when politics of jihad and Islamism enforced delimitation of assembly and lok sabha constituencies in such a way that power will ALWAYS remain with the jihadis and Islamists (who are crypto-jihadis, biding their time).

Secular space remained intact when jihadis and islamists stomped on the national flag and shreaked that they were stomping the Indian nation under their feet.

Secular space remained intact when the jihadi-islamist mehbooba Mufti screamed that the Amarnath struggle was an attempt to alter the religious demography of the state; which meant that she intended for J&K ALWAYS to remain jihadi and Islamist.

But secular space was shrunk when Hindus voted as Hindus for the BJP.

Conclusion 1:
Secularism in India MUST SERVE only jihadis, crypto-jihadis and evangelists. When Hindus assert themselves politically, secularism is under threat.

Conclusion 2:


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BJP, PDP emerge stronger in J&K assembly polls
PTI | Srinagar

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have emerged stronger in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections by bagging more seats as compared to the previous polls.

The BJP, which was represented in the State by a lone member, emerged as a strong force and won 11 seats, while the only other party which improved its position in the assembly elections was PDP.

Against 16 in the 2002 elections, PDP improved its tally to 21 this year.

National Conference, which won the distinction of being the single largest party, retained its earlier position with 28 seats.

Congress lost three seats as compared to 2002. The party had won 20 seats in the previous elections and could only manage 17 seats this time.

The CPI(M), which had two members in the outgoing assembly, lost one seat to PDP President Mehbooba Mufti but retained the Kulgam seat where party's state secretary MY Tarigami won despite stiff resistance from PDP.

Democratic Party Nationalist President Ghulam Hassan Mir retained his Gulmarg seat, while Peoples Democratic Front president Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen again won on Khansahib seat.

Yaseen, however, was defeated by NC candidate in Budgam district.

The biggest losers this time were independents who could won only four seats against 15 in the previous elections.

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Respect Jammu!
Mon, 29 Dec, 2008,01:52 PM

The expected verdict has come true in Jammu & Kashmir, which might soon have a NC-Congress government and the rebirth of the infamous 'Abdullah-Nehru' combine through their descendents may continue to be a hindrance for national interests. The likely formation of the NC-INC government will neither curb 'separatism' nor help 'nationalism'. It may continue the wishy-washy governance of appeasing the Muslims and neglecting the Hindus.

Though the Election Commission has conducted a reasonably free and fair elections, the 65% turnout of the electorate cannot be taken as a defeat of the separatists, because, the PDP's improved show with an increase in the number of seats as well as vote share is an indication of the role played by the separatists. Though the separatist Hurriyat gave an open call for the boycott of elections, it rather covertly supported the PDP, which in itself is a separatist organisation and has been inclined more towards the separatists and joining them even during the Amarnath issue.

The observation of the separatists that the voter turnout must be attributed to the people's grievances and that their main aspiration of 'Freedom' is still very much alive cannot be ignored. The new government, which is likely to be headed by any one of the father-son duo, will not be assertive and tough against the separatist and anti-national elements, but will attempt to cajole them in the name of 'talks' & 'negotiations'. The 'secular & senile' Congress will support such an attempt and the PDP will achieve its nefarious objectives by resorting to agitations along with the separatist elements.

On the other hand, the response from the leaders to the verdict exposes their mentality. The effete Prime Minister has said that the people have voted for 'democracy and national integration' without remembering the plight of the Kashmiri Pandits and his party colleague and former Chief Minister Gulam Nabi Azad has insulted the BJP winners as 'communal' elements showing scant regards to the verdict given by the Hindus of Jammu. The Senior Abdullah has brought something new from the air and owed his victory to the militants, who have not taken to the guns on the instructions from Pakistan! One wonders whether he always remains in touch with the militants and Pakistan! The junior Abdullah has expressed his ideas of dealing with the separatists at the negotiating table while not mentioning anything about negotiating with the Hindus of Jammu.

The blessing in disguise is the rise of BJP and the assertiveness of the Hindus from Jammu. While misreading the verdict as a reply to separatists, the BJP has not spoken anything concrete about its plans for its voters in Jammu. Also the fact that the Congress has been able to win thirteen seats in Jammu region indicates that the party is still having some support from the Hindus despite its blatant appeasement of Muslims.

The one painful fact in the entire process, right from the announcement of election to the days of campaigning and to the aftermath of the verdict, is that, no single party has talked about the Kasmiri Pandits, who have been persecuted and driven away from the valley by the Muslims with the connivance of NC, PDP and the INC, and are living like 'refugees' in their own country. No single leader has had the courage to say that he would fight for the rehabilitation and resettlement of the Pandits in the valley and the restoration of their properties. There is no point in expecting the NC-INC government to take any steps in this regard, for the PDP and the separatists would certainly thwart such genuine democratic actions. It is the utmost responsibility of the BJP to focus on this vital issue. The people of Jammu must put pressure on the government and their candidates to look into the resettlement of Pandits in the valley. The new government must take the verdict given by the people of Jammu as a warning signal and must not ignore their aspirations.

When it was in power at the centre, the BJP too has done little to end the discrimination of Jammu & Ladakh regions and for resettlement of Kashmir Pandits. The party has been given an opportunity again and it must utilise it to the hilt. Also, the power at the hands of Abdullahs, and the Muftis in the opposition backed by the separatists in J & K, may prove to be detrimental in India's Pakistan policy and in such a scenario the BJP has greater responsibility of playing a vital role in national interests.

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