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Unabated Hindutva Terror in Mangalore

February 8, 2009

The reign of terror unleashed by the Hindutva Brigade continues unabated in Mangalore, with the open support of the state government. On the evening of Feb 6, Shruti, a student of 12th grade at Mangalore was dragged out of the bus along with a boy belonging to Muslim community. Her crime: She knew him well as the brother of her friend and spoke to him in the bus, having seated separately. She had been travelling in the same bus everyday after her college hours. But this journey back home turned out to be different. The driver and conductor of the bus, who have the responsibility towards the safety of the passengers travelling in their bus, turned villains instead and informed the goons of the Hindutva Brigade who entered the bus at Pumpwell, and dragged the two out of the bus at the next stop, put them in an auto and took them to some unknown location. Both were slapped and manhandled. The girl was released after an hour during which some women preached her about good behaviour and warned her not to speak to any boys, not only of Muslim religion. The boy was further tortured and released after many hours.

And the ministers in the BJP led govt., in the state have once again supported the goons and have tried to derail or influence the police investigations. The Chief Minister condemned the attack and in the same breath blamed the Congress for the abduction. His reasoning: The Union minister has condemned the attack! So if any one condemns the attack, he/she automatically becomes the perpetrator of the crime! The district in charge minister belittled the attack when he claimed that there have been several such attacks in the past 3-4 years and blamed the CPM, the party to which the girl’s father, a MLA, belonged. So while the CM blamed the congress, his cabinet minister blamed the CPM! Although the minister blamed the girl, her father and his party for the abduction it was not clear from his remarks as to who were responsible for the other ‘similar’ incidents that he spoke about. May be he needs to be probed further. The home minister, who has the habit of giving himself full marks for all his actions (and inaction), suggested to the MLA that the parents alone should take the responsibility of their children and that the govt. cannot do much about such goons and further told the MLA to be happy and feel relieved that the goons did not do much harm to his daughter other than abducting, keeping in captivity and slapping. So the state of Karnataka can feel safe with a home minster who thanks the goons for not molesting/raping/killing the girl. But we only wonder as to who takes care of his children; may be police have some special responsibility.

Lies, cover ups, blame game – fascism in full force in Karnataka.

And NOW a twist in the tale:

After 3 days, the case seems to have been properly fixed. It has been claimed by the advocate of the accused that they have links with the left parties because they have been members of the unions affiliated to the CPM, their parents and siblings are members of CPM or CPI etc. etc. The various statements issued by the police, CM, Home minister and the advocate revealed several inconsistencies and confusion about CITU, AITUC, DYFI etc. (The Hndutva machinations even attempted at character assassination of the girl who was the victim of the attacks of its goons; further proof of the depths that these forces can stoop to defend their barbarism)

But this photo bares the truth for all: One of the accused, whose face is masked, is seen wearing a saffron lungi! [It is interesting to note that none of the attackers at the pub were masked, may be because they had owned it up.] Even if the mask is intended to cover the permanent stain of vermilion on the forehead, the lungi says it all! Truth cannot be hidden for long!!



Hindutva Barbarism in Mangalore

January 27, 2009

The Hindutva Brigade is at it again. The goons of Sri Rama Sena, a self-appointed moral police of Hindutva, attacked a pub at the heart of Mangalore city and molested the girls, slapped them, pulled them with their hair, dragged them to the ground – all in the name of protecting Hindu religion, protecting the women from the vices, imposing the Hindu culture, with the goons shouting Bharat Mata ki Jai![See 1, 2, 3

As is now a routine practice, the BJP and its sibling the Bajrang Dal have flip-flopped their response, condemning it, supporting its cause, disowning the cadre but owning up the moral cause, blaming the opposition and the media etc.[1,2] Fascist programme in full force there, for everyone to see. And Pramod Mutalik, the chief of the Sri Ram Sena, openly defended the act on Sunday,[See]  apologized to his ‘sisters’ on Tuesday, and disowned the cadres to save himself! And his assurance is simple: Next time, the job will be better done. So, keep waiting for the next attack. (And the BJP Govt. has arrested him, but not for Mangalore attacks!)

And then there is one Govanitashraya Trust headed by the VHP President of Mangalore. Home for destitute cattle and women – in VHP’s scheme of things, Go (cow) is vanita (woman) and vanita may be cow. And that is what the VHP’s cousin SRS has proved by beating the college going girls like cattle. If this is what the women of Mangalore had to suffer and is any indication for the things to come under the rule of the Hindutva Brigade (what they love to call the Rama Rajya), the sympathizers of the Hindutva agenda can take pride in these attacks as, after all, it is done to protect Hindu Religion, now in grave danger!

The sympathisers of Hindutva agenda can now rest assured: their dream of Rama Rajya is being realised just after 6 months of forming the govt. This is the trial by mobs for all our girls, and they can get ready to go to the jungles very soon, no schools or colleges, no education. Incidentally, this attack was carried out in the name of Lord Sri Ram with the mobs shouting Jai Sri Ram and Sri Ramachandra Bhagavan ki Jai, and of course Bharat Mata ki Jai! Hindu Rashtra in the making and all those who feel threatened by minority appeasement, conversions etc. can now heave a sigh of relief. Bharat mata ki jai and Vande mataram – sound really good while the matas are beaten and molested in broad day light at the heart of Mangalore!

See: Apply anti-terror laws against Mangalore attackers:  UR Ananthamurthy

More on Mangalore Terror and its Links – From ABVP, BJP, RSS to Malegaon

Hubli is Karnataka’s Malegaon!

January 13, 2009
Hubli Bomb Blast

Hubli Bomb Blast

Karnataka police have claimed that they have solved the case of bomb blast inside the Hubli Court in May 2008 with the arrest of 9 people, Nagaraj  Jambagi and his aides, from Bagalkot.[See Report]

The blast had occurred during the electioneering for the Karnataka Assembly and was earlier blamed on Islamic terrorists belonging to SIMI, LeT etc. and some Muslim youth were even arrested in this connection. [See Reports 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]

The BJP had blamed the Centre’s soft stand on terror for this attack. [See 1, 2] However, Narayanaswamy, Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Planning and senior Congress leader, had claimed that he had information that some political parties were involved in the bomb blast to gain political mileage during the election, [See] and there was a report of even the IB, expressing similar doubts.[See]

Those who have now been arrested by the police have been branded as rowdies or criminals and some reports have claimed that Hubli bomb blast was not a terror attack! [See] (For some, terrorism is the exclusive domain of Islamic terrorists) However, according to the police, the blasts were directed at the SIMI activists, who were to be presented to the court, as well as the cops. [See 1, 2] It appears that the arrested men were activists of Sri Rama Sene headed by Pramod Mutalik. [See 1, 2, 3]

Now that the arrests have been made by the police of Karnataka, a state being ruled by the BJP, it now remains to be seen as to how the Hindutva Brigade would react to these developments.

But certain things are clear:

When it comes to terror attacks, Hindutva Brigade, ever so eager to point fingers, cannot be trusted and it is the religious fundamentalism that is at the core of most of the terror attacks on innocent civilians. The only answer to the menace is for the people of this great country to stay united and understand the double standards of all those who abuse the names of religions to achieve their sinister designs. And that our people have amply demonstrated post Mumbai 26/11.

Now Advani Turns Around!

November 17, 2008
Forever Waiting Advani Unmasks

Forever Waiting Advani Unmasks

BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate-forever-in waiting (it does not matter even if there is no such thing under the Constitution of India) Mr. L.K Advani has finally broken his silence of “no comments” on the arrest of Hindutva activists on the charges of bombing at several places. On Sunday (Nov 16) he indirectly voiced his support for the terror suspects by blaming the congress for raising the “bogey of Hindu terrorism” for vote bank politics. This turnaround is of no surprise to anyone who knows the habits of the Sangh Parivar. [See] And on Tuesday, Nov 18, he did a complete somersault by openly expressing his solidarity with the Sadhwi! [See] The Prime Minister-in-waiting supporting a terror suspect to appease what is considered the majority vote bank is one more reminder of the dubious and dangerous double game that the RSS/BJP have been playing all these years.

And Lalu Yadav, Union Railway Minsiter, has rightly called him and his BJP as terrorists [See] Who can forget Advani’s Rath Yatra in 1990 that blazed a trail of communal violence across the country? [See] Who can forget his leading role in the demolition of the Babri Masjid? (which he regretted while in Pakistan!)

More on the Hindutva Terror and BJP Double standards

Lead Articles | Editorials:

The Hindutva Brigade Somersault

And The Revelations

New Faces of Hindutva Terror

November 16, 2008

‘Swami’ Dayanand Pandey, Lt. Col. Purohit and ‘Sadhwi’ Pragya: The New Faces of Terror

A Swami, a serving army officer and a young woman: The new faces of terror in India

A master organisation that espouses ‘Hindu’ (read Brahmin or upper caste) supremacy with its lathi wielding cadres, its religious wing comprising of Sadhus, Swamis and Sants breathing fire and venom, a youth wing of this religious wing with its trishul wielding, rabble rousing cadres and its political wing whose leaders have mastered the art of double speak and deceit and all these and the other related off shoots openly supporting the terror acts allegedly committed by the suspects.

The manifestations of Hindutva terror over the past 8-9 decades have been diverse and wide spread. Assassination of the Mahatma (who spent his lifetime promoting social and religious harmony and fighting for justice for the untouchables and the downtrodden), demolition of the Babri masjid, the pogrom in Gujarat, attacks, rapes and murder of Christian missionaries, destruction and desecration of churches and prayer halls, threatening calls, mob attacks, arson, rape and murder have all been committed with impunity. And all these crimes are followed immediately by some justification or the other: Muslim appeasement, Ram Janam Bhoomi, Godhra tragedy, cow slaughter, terrorism, Ram Setu, forced conversions, moral policing, insult to Hinduism, slur on beliefs and so on. And then force a debate on these so called ‘reasons behind the terror’ in the media, public fora and everywhere else and brand anyone who opposes or decries terror as anti Hindu and anti national. And the double faced political leadership to defend the atrocities with one face keeping mum and the other arguing with ‘what is wrong in reacting to..’ theories. It was Vajpayee who kept mum and Advani and MM Joshi who defended. Now it is Advani’s turn to keep mum and Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu and co. to defend. Well structured, well oiled and well established pattern of Hindutva terror is for everyone to see.

Ajmer Blast

Ajmer Blast

That this terror network has acquired the capability to explode bombs has been revealed by the ongoing investigations into the Malegaon blasts. The terror trail has exposed the links of RSS/Hindutva Brigade with the explosions at Malegaon, Nanded, Modasa, Kanpur, Ajmer, Kannur and there may be more to be revealed.
And the alleged masterminds are the firsts in their ranks:

A self styled Swami, trained in the Indian Defence Academy for a year before metamorphosing, is now suspected to be the key figure in the Hindutva Bomb Squad. With the reports suggesting that he probably ‘bought’ his sainthood, had high level contacts and used his ‘ashram’ as well as another ashram near Ahmedabad for the meetings of the Bomb Squad, the reputation of Swamis and Ashrams has certainly been tarnished. Although all swamis cannot be called terrorists and all ashrams cannot be called terror schools, it can be now said that some terrorists may be in the garb of Swamis and some terror schools may be run from ashrams. And with this, the Hindutva Brigade has certainly lost the moral right to point accusing fingers at all the madarasas as terror schools.

The arrest of a well educated and brilliant Army officer in the active service of the Indian Army raises many disturbing questions. It is for the first time that a serving officer has been arrested and suspended on charges of terrorism. He has been accused of using the funds of the Army and using Army grade RDX in plotting these attacks. It points to the extent of the reach of the Hindutva Brigade and the dangers of the indoctrination in hatred imparted by the Sangh Parivar.

The arrest of a lady in Pragya Thakur also shows the depths that the venom injected by the Hindutva Brigade has penetrated among the young and educated. Although Pragya belongs to a family that always had strong ties with the RSS, her grooming into a Sanyasin and later a ruthless bomber is disturbing indeed.

And it is also for the first time that major political parties like the BJP and Shiv Sena have deemed it fit to openly extend support to the terror accused. Double standards apart, these parties have demonstrated dangerous callousness and utter disrespect for the Constitution and the laws of the land. And a Constitutional expert in their fold is keeping totally mum.

Terror is terror, Jehadi, Hindutva or otherwise and should be condemned by everyone who loves peace and freedom. Anyone justifying it, on any grounds, cannot be called a patriot by any stretch of imagination. Terrorists and their supporters are anti-nationals.

See Reports:

Shiv Sena Supports Hindutva Terror*

November 3, 2008

[*Hindutva Terror may be a better term than Hindu terror, specifically denoting the role of the Hindutva Brigade in the terror attacks and Hindutva, anyway, is not synonymous with Hindu religion or Hinduism]

Support for Pragya and others, accused of planting bombs on the Indian soil, is continuing to pour in from the Hindutva Brigade and this time, most vociferous of all, is from none other than Bal Thackeray, the Shiv Sena Chief.

Here is what he wrote (as reported in the mainstream media):

“The Hindu community should support the sadhvi, major (retd) Ramesh Upadhyaya and Samir Kulkarni…If the pseudo-secularists are supportive of Afzal Guru (Parliament attack convict), why should we not love and be proud of Sadhvi Pragya, Ramesh Upadhyaya and Samir Kulkarni?”[Times of India]

So, in his tit-for-tat argument, Bala Saheb equates a terror convict with the terror accused, almost hinting that both are alike; only difference being the fact that he loves the latter and may be, hates the former. The accused having possibly done something that makes him proud, he goes on to provide reasons for their acts:

“Every day Islamic terrorists are planting bombs to kill Hindus in India. The latest blasts in Assam too were engineered by Bangladeshi migrants. If a Sadhvi Pragya or a Ramesh Upadhyay or a Samir Kulkarni is born in the present milieu, they cannot be blamed,” []

This is how the twisted Sena logic begins: “Every day Islamic terrorists are planting bombs to kill Hindus in India”. Are these acts of terrorism directed against India as a nation or against Hindus alone? Do the bombs that blast choose the victims on religious basis? Only the Sena can answer.

Sena chief feels that they cannot be blamed for being ‘born in the present milieu’ of bombings and blasts engineered by ‘Islamic terrorists and Bangladeshi migrants.’ But hey, the accused were born long ago, almost 3-4 decades ago, when the milieu was different! So why did they do what they allegedly did – is it the brainwashing with the twisted arguments and the training to avenge on that basis? And training they apparently received at the Bhonsala Military School in Nasik [See]

In any case, the Sena Chief is proud of the terror accused for whatever they are, whatever they have done.

But then Bala Saheb says they have been framed []: “Police never get their hands on the real masterminds of blasts. They just pick up people at random and parade them before the media and congratulate themselves. This leads to a race to grab credit (for cracking cases).” See Reports 1, 2]

Alleging that the ATS machinery was being used at the behest of the Congress, which is practicing politics of Muslim appeasement, “the arrests of cultured and educated individuals in connection with the Malegaon blasts is an effort to crush Hindus to please Muslim fanatics in the country,” he says. []

So then, the Sena Chief is not ready to accept that these people have planted the bombs at Malegaon, but they have been framed. Then what is he proud of?

But he goes on: “The government does not save Hindus from terrorists, and if Hindus defend themselves, they are maligned”[See]

So, may be, they attacked in defense and planted the bombs. But they cannot be blamed! Their arrests are to malign them! To appease Muslims! And the Congress is playing politics by using the ATS!

So his argument goes here, there and again here and there!

But what is it when Muslim youth are arrested on suspicion of terror? What is it when Muslims are killed in encounters and such encounters praised by Narendra Modi, the poster boy of Hindutva? [See 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Are these acts of the police not for rewards? Are they not the cases where ‘they just pick up people at random and parade them before the media and congratulate themselves…leading to a race to grab credit (for cracking cases)’? Or is the law different for Hindutva Brigade and others?

The editorial ends with a poser. “If a Majid Memon puts on the black coat to defend brother of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in a court of law, can we expect another Memon to stand up to argue for Sadhvi Pragya, Upadhyay and Kulkarni?”[]

While Thackeray invokes the case of Majid Memon defending Dawood to call upon the Hindu lawyers to defend the Sadhwi, he remains curiously silent on Ram Jethmalani’s successful defense of SAR Geelani in the Parliament attack case. But can Muslim or non-Muslim lawyers defend Muslims? Shiv Sena had attacked Jethmalani’s office protesting his decision to defend Geelani. [Timesofindia] And even after acquittal, the ABVP thinks it fit to ‘punish’ and spit on Geelani! And the BJP defends this! A group of lawyers tried to beat up advocates representing terror accused inside the civil court complex in Uttar Pradesh. [See] Consequently, no lawyer is ready to take up a case of a terror accused – even when there is neither any evidence nor charge sheet. [See]

(See Supreme Court expresses concern)

BJP leadres with the terror accused Sadhwi

BJP leaders with the terror accused Sadhwi

Supporting the Sena, the BJP said there was nothing wrong in using “private funds” for “helping” someone. “We have no objection to the Sena’s announcement of extending legal aid to Malegaon blast suspects. For that matter, even the RSS has promised help. It is not wrong to use private funds for helping someone. It is everyone’s right,” BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said.[See]

But when Mushirul Hasan, the vice chancellor of Jamia Milia, came forward to provide legal aid to two of his students, he was squarely blamed of defending and abetting terrorism.

So, it is not ‘everyone’s right’ to defend then.

Interestingly, Thackeray also lambasted pro-Hindutva organisations for what he called “disowning” the trio. But why should he be surprised? Even Narendra Modi now wants to distance himself from the ‘hardliners’. [See]

Also read:

The Hindu Editorial (Nov 3, 2008)

Nanded case: Of lost leads and shoddy investigation [The Hindu]

More News:

Sadhvi faints in court as Shiv Sena protests
Sadhvi arrest: Shiv Sena stages protest
Sadhvi link leaves BJP terrorised
Sadhvi’s arrest sparks war of words in Sangh Parivar
Saffron Shock
Gujarat Police’s clean chit!

Karnataka CM Equates Bombs With Mob Terror

September 24, 2008

Delhi Blasts | Attack on Churches | Babri Attack

Terror in the name of religion is on the rise all over and it comes in different forms, different severities. But the victims are all the same – hapless citizen standing by. As Mahesh Bhatt rightly said, Bomb terror and Mob terror, both for the ’cause of religion’, should not be differentiated. Be it the recent Delhi Bombs, Babri Masjid demolition or the recent attacks on churches across Karnataka, all these are manifetations of the same ill. And this notion has a surprise supporter in the Chief Minister of Karnataka.

But this acceptance, made rather unwittingly, came after week long attempts of the CM’s party to defend the attacks on churches.

Just a day after the serial bomb blasts in Delhi, Dakshina Kannada, the coastal district of Karnataka, was rudely shaken by well co-ordinated, serial attacks on churches and other places of worship of Christians, under the pretext of opposing forceful conversions. The Bajrang Dal and VHP, extensions of the party in power in Karnataka, claimed responsibility for these attacks. But the Chief Minister blamed the conversions as the motivation for these attacks and blamed the opposition for ‘engineering’ them! The Home Minister, sworn in to protect the life and properties of the citizens without bias, aired his opposition to conversions rather than initiating action against the rioters. Yet another minister feigned ignorance about the claims of the Bajarang Dal.

The Govt. kept changing its position on a daily basis. Even though the Bajran Dal openly admitted its role in the attacks and threatened of further attacks, the Home minister shifted the blame on the Sri Rama Sene, a breakaway faction of the Hindutva brigade, as though to settle scores and to protect the Bajrang dal. Even though both these organisations belong to the Hindutva brigade, the minister and many leaders of his party insisted that the attacks were engineered by the opposition! Attack is the best form of defence and it is crystal clear that to defend the indefencible atrocity on the christians, the Hindutva brigade is resorting to all kinds of circus! But as the Central govt., mounted pressure by issuing a notice under article 355, the Karnataka govt. was forced to arrest the chief of Bajrang Dal and order a judical probe. Why arrest him if not guilty? (He has managed to get a bail, reflecting the seriousness of this govt. in bringing the guilty to book)

And the state govt. had to try and save its face. Shocked and pushed to a corner, the Chief Minister demanded the Centre to take similar action against ‘strife torn’ Delhi, thereby equating the bomb blasts in Delhi with the attacks on churches in Karnataka. Yet, in the same breath, the same party defends the attacks on churches in Karnataka but decries the bomb blasts! Mobs of the ‘majority’ can have a free run, take law into their own hands or even be supported by the state!

And See How Impartial The Home Minister Is! Have a taste of his ‘fighting spirit’ on his OWN Blog!

  • While he has written extensively about conversion and the stone throwing, arson and attacks by the ‘christians’ on the police, and supports these with many photographs, there is not one word about the attacks on churches!
  • He claims that action was initiated only after he personally visited the sites of violence! Wah Home Minister! Any action would be initiated ONLY after the Home Minister reaches the sites of crime, be it attack on churches or bomb blasts! Safety of the people of Karnataka is ensured!! Expect to have an airport at Udupi soon!
  • He also claims that it took 16 days to control the violence that erupted in Mangalore when Mr. Kharge of the Congress was the Home Minister, but this time, under his ‘able leadership’, the violence was controlled in just two days. But the Home minister seems to have conveniently forgotten the violence and curfew for a week in Oct 2006, also initiated by Hindutva brigade on the issue of cow slaughter, very much during the days that his party shared power! What is common is the fact that on all occasions, the violence was initiated by the Hindutva brigade and if it contiuned longer during Kharge’s days, can it also mean that these incidents engineered and remote controlled?
  • And he claims that he has passed the test in first class! (these days, it is the students who decide the results, not the examiners). Although the home minister pats himself on the back and passes himself in first class, HT Sangliana, MP from the same BJP, called for the resignation of the home minister. For this, he is now being hounded; intolerance to criticism is the hallmark of fascism.
  • His blog gleefully passes judgements on the opposition parties and others as guilty, but absolves the Hindutva brigade of crime. At the same time, it questions the wisdom of those who raise their fingers against the Bajrang Dal. One has the powers to pass judgments, the other cannot even complain! So much for democracy and freedom! If the party in power finds it fit to pass judgements without trial, where is the need for a judicial enquiry?

And on Sep 24, the CM had to finally accept it: Government must ‘hang its head in shame’: Yeddyurappa

The response of the Home Minister, who seems to be still fighting, is awaited.

Arch Bishop of Bangalore openly expresses his pain and anguish to the Chief Minister

Situation grim in Mangalore
Situation grim in Mangalore

Karnataka CM visits violence-hit Mangalore
Karnataka CM visits violence-hit Mangalore

Karnataka churches vandalised
Karnataka churches vandalised

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