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Gujarat genocide: SC grants bail to 14 convicted in Sardarpura massacre

The court has asked them to do social and spiritual work

29 Jan 2020

Gujarat Riots

The Supreme Court on January 28 granted bail to all 14 convicts in the Sardarpura massacre that took place in wake of the Godhra train burning incident in 2002. A bench comprising Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant directed they perform social and spiritual service. The Sardarpura massacre took place on  February 28, 2002, when 33 Muslims, including 22 women were burnt alive at Sardarpura village in Vijapur tehsil of Mehsana district. 

The convicts have been split in two groups, one group would be moved to Indore and the other to Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. This was done as the advocate for the convicts said that they should be moved out of Gujarat for their security. The 14 convicts will be kept confined to the territorial limits of Indore and Jabalpur under the supervision of the district legal authorities, the order said. The order further said that the convicts will have to undertake community services for six hours a week besides reporting to the local police station on a weekly basis; these were the conditions of their bail. The court asked them to do social and spiritual work while on bail. District legal authorities were also directed to find livelihood for the convicts and to file compliance report recording the conduct of the convicts.

There were two bail applications that the bench heard. The main applicant, convict Prahladbhai Jagabhai Patel said in his application that the sentencing of six of the 14 convicts was based upon one eye witness account. The second application of the rest of the convicts stated that their conviction was based on account of one or two witnesses only.

The bail was opposed by counsel appearing for state of Gujarat saying that a trial court had convicted 18 persons in this case, of which one died and 17 had appealed to the Gujarat High Court. The Gujarat High Court had then sentenced 14 of these accused to life imprisonment in 2016, while acquitting 3. The conviction of these 14 people is in appeal before the apex court at present.  https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif

 

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Gujarat genocide: SC grants bail to 14 convicted in Sardarpura massacre

The court has asked them to do social and spiritual work

Gujarat Riots

The Supreme Court on January 28 granted bail to all 14 convicts in the Sardarpura massacre that took place in wake of the Godhra train burning incident in 2002. A bench comprising Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant directed they perform social and spiritual service. The Sardarpura massacre took place on  February 28, 2002, when 33 Muslims, including 22 women were burnt alive at Sardarpura village in Vijapur tehsil of Mehsana district. 

The convicts have been split in two groups, one group would be moved to Indore and the other to Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. This was done as the advocate for the convicts said that they should be moved out of Gujarat for their security. The 14 convicts will be kept confined to the territorial limits of Indore and Jabalpur under the supervision of the district legal authorities, the order said. The order further said that the convicts will have to undertake community services for six hours a week besides reporting to the local police station on a weekly basis; these were the conditions of their bail. The court asked them to do social and spiritual work while on bail. District legal authorities were also directed to find livelihood for the convicts and to file compliance report recording the conduct of the convicts.

There were two bail applications that the bench heard. The main applicant, convict Prahladbhai Jagabhai Patel said in his application that the sentencing of six of the 14 convicts was based upon one eye witness account. The second application of the rest of the convicts stated that their conviction was based on account of one or two witnesses only.

The bail was opposed by counsel appearing for state of Gujarat saying that a trial court had convicted 18 persons in this case, of which one died and 17 had appealed to the Gujarat High Court. The Gujarat High Court had then sentenced 14 of these accused to life imprisonment in 2016, while acquitting 3. The conviction of these 14 people is in appeal before the apex court at present.  https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif

 

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BJP MP Dilip Ghosh asks why Shaheen Bagh protestors aren’t dying

Sabrangindia 29 Jan 2020

Not new to controversy, BJP’s Dilip Ghosh kicked up another storm by asking why protestors staging an agitation at Shaheen Bagh against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) “were not dying”. His comment came after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that almost 100 people lost their lives during the demonetization exercise from standing in queues at banks.

At an event organized by the Kolkata Press Club Dilip Ghosh said, “What surprises me is that people were dying after standing in line for two to three hours. But now women and children are sitting in temperatures as low as 4-5 degrees Celsius but nobody is dying! What nectar did they have? I am astonished! What is their incentive (for protesting)?"
 

 

Hinting at a possible motive behind the protest he said, “I find it very interesting. People are very excited about Shaheen Bagh because women and children are protesting there day and night. Some say they are getting 500 rupees every day. This may or may not be the case. But the truth about the Popular Front of India has come out. The truth about Shaheen Bagh will also emerge. We will make sure it does."

The women-led protests at Shaheen Bagh against the CAA have been going on for over a month. This is not the first time that Dilip Ghosh or other BJP ministers have spewed hate or made inexplicable comments against the protestors.

Dilip Ghosh had earlier called theatre personalities protesting against the CAA “spineless devils” and “parasites”.

BJP MP Parvesh Verma at an interview had said, "Lakhs of people gather there [Shaheen Bagh]. People of Delhi will have to think and take a decision. They will enter your houses, rape your sisters and daughters, and kill them." Considering that Shaheen Bagh protests are led by women, this was a particularly bizarre and illogical comment.

The UP Shia Waqf Board Waseem Rizvi chief had also called the women at Shaheen Bagh ‘badkirdaar auratein’ insinuating that they took money to stage protests; apart from going ahead to question their ‘character’.
 

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BJP MP Dilip Ghosh asks why Shaheen Bagh protestors aren’t dying

At a press conference he also asked what their incentive for protesting was

Not new to controversy, BJP’s Dilip Ghosh kicked up another storm by asking why protestors staging an agitation at Shaheen Bagh against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) “were not dying”. His comment came after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that almost 100 people lost their lives during the demonetization exercise from standing in queues at banks.

At an event organized by the Kolkata Press Club Dilip Ghosh said, “What surprises me is that people were dying after standing in line for two to three hours. But now women and children are sitting in temperatures as low as 4-5 degrees Celsius but nobody is dying! What nectar did they have? I am astonished! What is their incentive (for protesting)?"
 

 

Hinting at a possible motive behind the protest he said, “I find it very interesting. People are very excited about Shaheen Bagh because women and children are protesting there day and night. Some say they are getting 500 rupees every day. This may or may not be the case. But the truth about the Popular Front of India has come out. The truth about Shaheen Bagh will also emerge. We will make sure it does."

The women-led protests at Shaheen Bagh against the CAA have been going on for over a month. This is not the first time that Dilip Ghosh or other BJP ministers have spewed hate or made inexplicable comments against the protestors.

Dilip Ghosh had earlier called theatre personalities protesting against the CAA “spineless devils” and “parasites”.

BJP MP Parvesh Verma at an interview had said, "Lakhs of people gather there [Shaheen Bagh]. People of Delhi will have to think and take a decision. They will enter your houses, rape your sisters and daughters, and kill them." Considering that Shaheen Bagh protests are led by women, this was a particularly bizarre and illogical comment.

The UP Shia Waqf Board Waseem Rizvi chief had also called the women at Shaheen Bagh ‘badkirdaar auratein’ insinuating that they took money to stage protests; apart from going ahead to question their ‘character’.
 

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BJP MP suggests Shaheen Bagh protesters are rapists

Sabrangindia 28 Jan 2020

Parvesh Verma, a BJP MP has stoked controversy once again. In an interview to ANI, Verma said, "Lakhs of people gather there [Shaheen Bagh]. People of Delhi will have to think and take a decision. They will enter your houses, rape your sisters and daughters, kill them." Verma added, “There's time today, Modi ji and Amit Shah won't come to save you tomorrow." Considering that Shaheen Bagh protests are led by women, this is a particularly bizarre and illogical comment.

"This election [Delhi poll] is not a small election but that for stability and unity of the country. If a government of the Bharatiya Janata Party is formed on the February 11, then after an hour no one will be seen in Shaheen Bagh," said West Delhi BJP MP Parvesh Verma.

He also threatened Shaheen Bagh’s peaceful sit in against CAA by saying that once BJP comes to power in Delhi, it will only take an hour to clear out the protest.

Recently, he had also said in one of his tweets that the mosques that are built on government lands in Delhi will be razed if BJP comes to power in Delhi.

Our take: BJP’s hate politics has become very potent especially in the background of the ongoing anti-CAA protests and state elections. Last year Jharkhand, and now Delhi is being used as a breeding ground for their communally charged diatribe.

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BJP MP suggests Shaheen Bagh protesters are rapists

Pravesh Verma becomes repeat hate offender with fresh diatribe against peaceful protesters

Parvesh Verma, a BJP MP has stoked controversy once again. In an interview to ANI, Verma said, "Lakhs of people gather there [Shaheen Bagh]. People of Delhi will have to think and take a decision. They will enter your houses, rape your sisters and daughters, kill them." Verma added, “There's time today, Modi ji and Amit Shah won't come to save you tomorrow." Considering that Shaheen Bagh protests are led by women, this is a particularly bizarre and illogical comment.

"This election [Delhi poll] is not a small election but that for stability and unity of the country. If a government of the Bharatiya Janata Party is formed on the February 11, then after an hour no one will be seen in Shaheen Bagh," said West Delhi BJP MP Parvesh Verma.

He also threatened Shaheen Bagh’s peaceful sit in against CAA by saying that once BJP comes to power in Delhi, it will only take an hour to clear out the protest.

Recently, he had also said in one of his tweets that the mosques that are built on government lands in Delhi will be razed if BJP comes to power in Delhi.

Our take: BJP’s hate politics has become very potent especially in the background of the ongoing anti-CAA protests and state elections. Last year Jharkhand, and now Delhi is being used as a breeding ground for their communally charged diatribe.

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Union Minister says “gun down traitors” at Delhi Election rally

Sabrangindia 28 Jan 2020

Anurag Thakur, Union Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs, has stoked controversy by raising inflammatory slogans while campaigning for a BJP candidate for the upcoming Delhi Elections. Delhi is expected to go to polls on February 8.

The inflammatory slogan which has been raised by pro-CAA rallies by BJP supporters has been condemned by the BJP higher ups and hence it was shocking that a Union Minister would resort to such sloganeering. At the rally, Thakur shouted, “desh ke gaddaron ko” and the crowd responded with “goli maaro saalon ko [shoot the traitors to the country]”.

In the video he be seen asking “ye kaun hai gaddar” to which the crowd responds “Kejriwal” and he asks, “Pappu ko bhool gaye?” (Who are these traitors?) (Have you forgotten about Pappu? – reference to Rahul Gandhi).

A senior officer at the Delhi Chief Electoral Office said that they have taken cognisance of the incident but also said that they have not received any complaints to that regard. The Delhi Chief Electoral Office has sought a report from the North West district’s election officer with regards to this incident.

Congress has demanded strict action from the Election Commission saying that BJP is “back to its favourite game of polarisation”. Congress spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee called the incident “outrageous, provoking and scary” and said that Thakur was simply following footsteps of BJP’s senior leadership who recognise protestors by their clothes, an apparent reference to PM Modi’s speech at a Jharkhand election rally.

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In retaliation, Saket Gokhale, a prominent twitter user, wrote a letter to Delhi Police asking for permission to hold a rally with the same slogan. In his tweet he said, if they grant permission, they will have to answer in court and if they refuse, they need to arrest Anurag Thakur as well as Kapil Sharma, the BJP Delhi candidate for raising the slogan.

Union Minister says “gun down traitors” at Delhi Election rally

Delhi’s Electoral office has sought report on this incident, however it says no complaint has been received

Anurag Thakur, Union Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs, has stoked controversy by raising inflammatory slogans while campaigning for a BJP candidate for the upcoming Delhi Elections. Delhi is expected to go to polls on February 8.

The inflammatory slogan which has been raised by pro-CAA rallies by BJP supporters has been condemned by the BJP higher ups and hence it was shocking that a Union Minister would resort to such sloganeering. At the rally, Thakur shouted, “desh ke gaddaron ko” and the crowd responded with “goli maaro saalon ko [shoot the traitors to the country]”.

In the video he be seen asking “ye kaun hai gaddar” to which the crowd responds “Kejriwal” and he asks, “Pappu ko bhool gaye?” (Who are these traitors?) (Have you forgotten about Pappu? – reference to Rahul Gandhi).

A senior officer at the Delhi Chief Electoral Office said that they have taken cognisance of the incident but also said that they have not received any complaints to that regard. The Delhi Chief Electoral Office has sought a report from the North West district’s election officer with regards to this incident.

Congress has demanded strict action from the Election Commission saying that BJP is “back to its favourite game of polarisation”. Congress spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee called the incident “outrageous, provoking and scary” and said that Thakur was simply following footsteps of BJP’s senior leadership who recognise protestors by their clothes, an apparent reference to PM Modi’s speech at a Jharkhand election rally.

The video can be viewed here:

 

In retaliation, Saket Gokhale, a prominent twitter user, wrote a letter to Delhi Police asking for permission to hold a rally with the same slogan. In his tweet he said, if they grant permission, they will have to answer in court and if they refuse, they need to arrest Anurag Thakur as well as Kapil Sharma, the BJP Delhi candidate for raising the slogan.

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Latehar lynching case: Jharkhand HC rejects convict’s bail plea

Vishal Tiwari had moved HC claiming witness testimony was embellished

24 Jan 2020

Latehar Lynching

The Latehar lynching case refers to an incident that took place on March 18, 2016, when 32-year-old cattle trader Mazloom Ansari and his business partner’s 11-year-old son Imtiaz Khan were mercilessly beaten and hanged from a tree by cow vigilantes in Jhabar village. 

8 people, Manoj Kumar Sahu, Mithilesh Prasad Sahu, Pramod Kumar Sahu, Manoj Sao, Awadhesh Sao, Arun Sao, Sehdav Sao and Vishal Tiwari were accused in the case. In December 2018, a Jharkhand court has convicted all 8 accused. But recently Vishal Tiwari moved the Jharkhand High Court seeking suspension of sentence and grant of bail.

Advocate Shadab Ansari who appeared for the victim along with Senior Advocate A Allam explained the arguments presented by Tiwari saying, “Their main argument was that the witness/informant did not name the accused persons in the FIR. They improved their version in court. They were not eye witnesses.”

Meanwhile, the victims’ lawyers argued that all the eye witness had identified the accused persons. Advocate Ansari adds, “They were connected through phone before the incident and after the incident, and their location was shown at the place of occurrence. All these were proved through their call details and cell tower locations. Moreover, the oxen were recovered from their possession on the basis of their confessional statement.”

The court could not be persuaded to grant bail and the application was dismissed as withdrawn.

Latehar lynching case: Jharkhand HC rejects convict’s bail plea

Vishal Tiwari had moved HC claiming witness testimony was embellished

Latehar Lynching

The Latehar lynching case refers to an incident that took place on March 18, 2016, when 32-year-old cattle trader Mazloom Ansari and his business partner’s 11-year-old son Imtiaz Khan were mercilessly beaten and hanged from a tree by cow vigilantes in Jhabar village. 

8 people, Manoj Kumar Sahu, Mithilesh Prasad Sahu, Pramod Kumar Sahu, Manoj Sao, Awadhesh Sao, Arun Sao, Sehdav Sao and Vishal Tiwari were accused in the case. In December 2018, a Jharkhand court has convicted all 8 accused. But recently Vishal Tiwari moved the Jharkhand High Court seeking suspension of sentence and grant of bail.

Advocate Shadab Ansari who appeared for the victim along with Senior Advocate A Allam explained the arguments presented by Tiwari saying, “Their main argument was that the witness/informant did not name the accused persons in the FIR. They improved their version in court. They were not eye witnesses.”

Meanwhile, the victims’ lawyers argued that all the eye witness had identified the accused persons. Advocate Ansari adds, “They were connected through phone before the incident and after the incident, and their location was shown at the place of occurrence. All these were proved through their call details and cell tower locations. Moreover, the oxen were recovered from their possession on the basis of their confessional statement.”

The court could not be persuaded to grant bail and the application was dismissed as withdrawn.

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Karnataka BJP MLA threatens to "put Muslims in place"

Sabrangindia 21 Jan 2020

BJP leadership is in increasingly using pro-CAA rallies to voice their vile opinions and their obvious hatred towards the Muslim community. Thus, proving the point of people protesting against CAA who call the law anti-Muslim. Karnataka CM Yeddyiruppa's political secretary and MLA Renukacharya recently attacked the Muslim community by saying that Muslims collect weapons in mosques instead of praying. "There are few traitors who sit in a masjid and write fatwas. They collect weapons inside the mosque instead of praying. Is this why you want a Masjid," Renukacharya said.

He further also said that he will use the money allotted for Muslims for Hindus blatantly showing his toxic abhorrence and fascist mentality. He said, “I will put you [Muslims] in your place and show what politics is.”

This is not the first time a Karnataka BJP leader has made communal remarks targeting the minority community. Earlier, BJP MLA Somashekar Reddy had made controversial remarks at a pro-citizenship law protest in Ballari when he asked those opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act to think of the "consequences" if the majority community members hit the streets against them. For this statement a case was filed against Reddy for making such a provocative statement. 

Our take: BJP leadership’s now frequent impunity in openly threatening the Muslim community is reflective of their fascist ideology which is not only being propagated widely but is also seeping into the society. While it is feeding into right wing voters who now openly display their supremacist agenda and fake pride, is also creating a climate of fear for Muslims in India. As the protesters are rightly pointing out, the BJP government’s policies and laws are clearly in furtherance of their despicable anti-Muslim agenda.

Karnataka BJP MLA threatens to "put Muslims in place"

Renukacharya also said that he will use money allotted for Muslims for Hindus instead, in his taluka.

BJP leadership is in increasingly using pro-CAA rallies to voice their vile opinions and their obvious hatred towards the Muslim community. Thus, proving the point of people protesting against CAA who call the law anti-Muslim. Karnataka CM Yeddyiruppa's political secretary and MLA Renukacharya recently attacked the Muslim community by saying that Muslims collect weapons in mosques instead of praying. "There are few traitors who sit in a masjid and write fatwas. They collect weapons inside the mosque instead of praying. Is this why you want a Masjid," Renukacharya said.

He further also said that he will use the money allotted for Muslims for Hindus blatantly showing his toxic abhorrence and fascist mentality. He said, “I will put you [Muslims] in your place and show what politics is.”

This is not the first time a Karnataka BJP leader has made communal remarks targeting the minority community. Earlier, BJP MLA Somashekar Reddy had made controversial remarks at a pro-citizenship law protest in Ballari when he asked those opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act to think of the "consequences" if the majority community members hit the streets against them. For this statement a case was filed against Reddy for making such a provocative statement. 

Our take: BJP leadership’s now frequent impunity in openly threatening the Muslim community is reflective of their fascist ideology which is not only being propagated widely but is also seeping into the society. While it is feeding into right wing voters who now openly display their supremacist agenda and fake pride, is also creating a climate of fear for Muslims in India. As the protesters are rightly pointing out, the BJP government’s policies and laws are clearly in furtherance of their despicable anti-Muslim agenda.

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Decoding hate: BJP MP talks about razing mosques in Delhi

Sabrangindia 21 Jan 2020

The BJP leadership does not tire from making controversial and anti-Muslim statements. The incidents have although, increased in recent times. Recently, BJP MP from West Delhi, Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma said that the mosques that are built on government lands in Delhi will be razed if BJP comes to power in Delhi.

He had posted the following tweet on January 18:

 

 

(translation: "The government land on which religious places are constructed will be vacated after BJP forms government in Delhi. Complaints have come regarding more than 54 mosques and madrassas on government land in Delhi. The list has already been given to the Lt Governor.”

Later at a press conference he said that if temples and gurudwaras are also found on government land, he is ready to take up the matter with authorities. But subsequently he made a rather bizarre claim saying, “no temple or gurudwara are found on government land, only mosques are found on government land”.

Last year in June, he had taken up this matter with Delhi’s LG Anil Baijal and had furnished list of 50 cases of encroachment on government land by mosques. However, when Delhi Minorities Commission looked into the matter by forming a fact-finding committee, it found out that Verma's claims were all false.

Our take: It’s hard to say whether this is an appeasement tactic for Hindus or another method of increasing the fear psychosis in the Muslim community in Delhi. Either ways it is a patently divisive tactic that aims at creating a communal atmosphere and feed into fake pride and 'nationalism' of supremacist forces.

Decoding hate: BJP MP talks about razing mosques in Delhi

Says only mosques that are built by encroaching on government land will be demolished if BJP is elected in Delhi.

The BJP leadership does not tire from making controversial and anti-Muslim statements. The incidents have although, increased in recent times. Recently, BJP MP from West Delhi, Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma said that the mosques that are built on government lands in Delhi will be razed if BJP comes to power in Delhi.

He had posted the following tweet on January 18:

 

 

(translation: "The government land on which religious places are constructed will be vacated after BJP forms government in Delhi. Complaints have come regarding more than 54 mosques and madrassas on government land in Delhi. The list has already been given to the Lt Governor.”

Later at a press conference he said that if temples and gurudwaras are also found on government land, he is ready to take up the matter with authorities. But subsequently he made a rather bizarre claim saying, “no temple or gurudwara are found on government land, only mosques are found on government land”.

Last year in June, he had taken up this matter with Delhi’s LG Anil Baijal and had furnished list of 50 cases of encroachment on government land by mosques. However, when Delhi Minorities Commission looked into the matter by forming a fact-finding committee, it found out that Verma's claims were all false.

Our take: It’s hard to say whether this is an appeasement tactic for Hindus or another method of increasing the fear psychosis in the Muslim community in Delhi. Either ways it is a patently divisive tactic that aims at creating a communal atmosphere and feed into fake pride and 'nationalism' of supremacist forces.

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50 lakh Muslim infiltrators will be chased out of the country: BJP’s Dilip Ghosh

Sabrangindia 20 Jan 2020

Kolkata BJP State President Dilip Ghosh, in another verbal onslaught amid the sensitive time around the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC), has said that if needed, “50 lakh Muslim infiltrators will be identified and chased out of the country”.

https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1218944276572200960 

Addressing a crowd at a rally in North 24 Parganas, he went on a tirade against West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee saying, “Firstly, the names of Muslim infiltrators will be removed from the voters’ list, and then Didi cannot appease anyone.”

Mentioning that Mamata Banerjee would face a reduction in voter share in the upcoming 2021 State Assembly elections following the removal of the names of infiltrators from the list, he said, “Once this is done, Didi’s votes will be reduced in the coming elections, we will get 200 seats, she will not even get 50 seats.”

He also took a dig at the other Opposition parties who he said had “fuelled” protests against the CAA and NRC saying, “Their hearts bleed for infiltrators”.

His current statement comes just days after he said that people killed in the anti-CAA-NRC protests were ‘shot like dogs’ in the states of Assam and Uttar Pradesh. After this too, he had made a comment on Gorkhas, angering the community and also called a group of artistes protesting the CAA and NRC, “spineless devils” and “parasites”.

Though the BJP has, on the face of it, apparently given him an earful, Ghosh has stood by his statements. Also, his re-election as the BJP Unit President for the next three years just goes to show that at the national level, the party is confident of his leadership in the state and is ready to support his contentious statements even if they stoke communal sentiments.


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50 lakh Muslim infiltrators will be chased out of the country: BJP’s Dilip Ghosh

Also says in the upcoming Assembly elections Mamata will only win 50 seats

Kolkata BJP State President Dilip Ghosh, in another verbal onslaught amid the sensitive time around the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC), has said that if needed, “50 lakh Muslim infiltrators will be identified and chased out of the country”.

https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1218944276572200960 

Addressing a crowd at a rally in North 24 Parganas, he went on a tirade against West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee saying, “Firstly, the names of Muslim infiltrators will be removed from the voters’ list, and then Didi cannot appease anyone.”

Mentioning that Mamata Banerjee would face a reduction in voter share in the upcoming 2021 State Assembly elections following the removal of the names of infiltrators from the list, he said, “Once this is done, Didi’s votes will be reduced in the coming elections, we will get 200 seats, she will not even get 50 seats.”

He also took a dig at the other Opposition parties who he said had “fuelled” protests against the CAA and NRC saying, “Their hearts bleed for infiltrators”.

His current statement comes just days after he said that people killed in the anti-CAA-NRC protests were ‘shot like dogs’ in the states of Assam and Uttar Pradesh. After this too, he had made a comment on Gorkhas, angering the community and also called a group of artistes protesting the CAA and NRC, “spineless devils” and “parasites”.

Though the BJP has, on the face of it, apparently given him an earful, Ghosh has stood by his statements. Also, his re-election as the BJP Unit President for the next three years just goes to show that at the national level, the party is confident of his leadership in the state and is ready to support his contentious statements even if they stoke communal sentiments.


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RSS seeks Madras HC help for erasing its violent Hindu-Muslim heritage: A case fit for perjury

20 Jan 2020

RSS

 

This dossier is in continuation to the writer’s request to friends in Tamil Nadu that democratic-secular organizations/individuals must intervene in this case so that anti-national RSS fails to manipulate/use higher judiciary for hiding its toxic communal agenda.

 

I have reproduced original RSS documents (except one by Rajeshwar Dayal ICS who was the first home secretary of UP after independence) for use in the court. The original documents can be provided on demand.

 

The Madras High Court, presently, is seized of an interesting matter. RSS needs its help to hide its criminal attitude towards Indian Muslims such as calling for ethnic cleansing of Indian Muslims. According to the press reports, "P. Chandrasekaran, secretary of the Chennai chapter of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a writ petition has been filed in the Madras High Court by objecting to a sentence in the latest Class X social science textbook of State board schools (published by the government of Tamil Nadu) that the Hindu Mahasabha as well as the RSS had taken a "pronounced anti-Muslim stance during the days that led to partition of the country on religious lines in the pre-Independence era"[1]

 

Chandrasekaran's intervention on behalf of the RSS is quite perplexing as RSS keeps its roster of membership closely guarded secret. According to the petitioner the above-mentioned book under the title ‘Hindu Communalism, Muslim Communalism and Indian Nationalism’ read, “The Muslim League dubbed the Congress as a Hindu organisation and claimed that it alone was the representative of the Muslims of India. Similarly, the Hindu Mahasabha and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) took a pronounced anti-Muslim stance.”  The petition argued “It has been made to appear as if that during the struggle for freedom, RSS took an anti-Muslim stance and the same had resulted in the partition of the country.” The petitioner further claimed that RSS was not against any religion but was working towards the ‘consolidation of the Hindu society[2]. He demanded that the “objectionable” sentence from English as well as Tamil versions of the textbook be deleted. According to the petitioner, “If such wrong messages are included in the textbook meant for school students, it will lower the image of the organisation in the minds of the young people and it is highly objectionable”[3].

 

This writ petition was brought before Justice P.D. Audikesavalu who quickly directed the government counsel to obtain instructions on the issue by January 22, 2020, from the School Education Department, the Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation (TNTESC) and the Director of State Council for Education Research and Training (SCERT). The government of Tamil Nadu's education department submitted before the High Court that "We have formed a team to inquire into the issue. The TN school education department will strike the controversial portion from Social Science book of Class 10". Unfortunately, even before finding the truth or falsehood of the statement in the text books by its own committee, the government of Tamil Nadu told Madras High Court that it would remove certain portions pertaining to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) from class 10 textbook[4].

 

Hatred for Muslims is an integral part of RSS vision of India

The claim made in the above petition that RSS did not hate Muslims/Islam is not only fake but a white lie. RSS archives have abundant documents of pre-independence period, underlining the brazen and crude preaching of violence against Muslim citizens of India. It refused to treat them as part of Indian nation, in fact, declared the whole community as foreigners. It remains the most important plank of its attitude towards Muslims even after independence.

 

Hedgewar formed RSS as he was not satisfied with Gandhi’s call for Hindu-Muslim unity

RSS official documents make it clear that Keshav Baliram Hedgewar was disillusioned with the Congress for the specific reason that it stood for unity between Hindus and Muslims:

"It is clear that Gandhiji worked constantly with one eye on Hindu– Muslim unity…But Doctorji sensed danger in that move. In fact, he did not even relish the newfangled slogan of ‘Hindu– Muslim Unity.’[5]"

 

Hedgewar was never able to hide the fact that he distanced himself from the Congress for the reason that it believed in Hindu–Muslim unity. While returning from Central Province and Berar provincial Hindu Mahasabha session (presided over by Savarkar) in Akola, Maharashtra in 1937 when a prominent Congress leader asked him why he left Congress Hedgewar’s answer was, “because Congress believes in Hindu–Muslim unity”[6].

 

Second chief RSS Golwalkar preached Nazi formula for cleansing of Muslims

Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar (1906-1973), the most prominent ideologue of the RSS who came to head the organization after Hedgewar not only glorified the cleansing of the Jews by Hitler in Germany but also demanded the same fate for the Indian Muslims. In his book We or Our Nationhood Defined (1939) which is a holy book for the RSS cadres, he declared:

"The other Nation most in the eye of the world today is Germany. This Nation affords a very striking example… German Race pride has now become the topic of the day. To keep up the purity of the race and its culture, Germany shocked the world by her purging the country of the Semitic races-the Jews. Race pride at its highest has been manifested here. Germany has also shown how well-nigh impossible it is for races and cultures, having differences going to the root, to be assimilated into one united whole, a good lesson for us in Hindusthan [sic] to learn and profit by[7]. [Emphasis added]

 

While outlining the fundamental constituent elements of the Hindu Nation Golwalkar raised a significant question, “If, as is indisputably proved, Hindusthan, is the land of Hindus and is the terra firma for the Hindu nation alone to flourish upon, what is to be the fate of all those, who, today, happen to live upon the land, though not belonging to the Hindu Race, Religion or culture?”[8]

 

He answered to his own query in the following words:

“At the outset we must bear in mind that so far as ‘nation’ is concerned, all those, who fall outside the five-fold limits of that idea, (Hindusthan, the Hindu Race, with its Hindu Religion, Hindu Culture and Hindu language) can have no place in the national life, unless they abandon their differences, adopt the religion, culture and language of the Nation and completely merge themselves in the National [Hindu] Race.”[9]

 

Demanding de-nationalization of Muslims and Christians who were described as 'Emigrants', Golwalkar declared:

“It is worth bearing well in mind how these old nations solve their minorities [sic] problem. They do not undertake to recognize any separate element in their polity. Emigrants have to get themselves naturally assimilated in the principal mass of the population, the National Race [Hindus], by adopting its culture and language and sharing in its aspirations, by losing all consciousness of their separate existence, forgetting their foreign origin. If they do not do so, they live merely as outsiders, bound by all the codes and conventions of the Nation, at the sufferance of the Nation and deserving no special protection, far less any privilege or rights.

 

There are only two courses open to the foreign elements, either to merge themselves in the national race and adopt its culture, or to live at its mercy so long as the national race may allow them to do so and to quit the country at the sweet will of the national race. That is the only sound view on the minorities problem. That is the only logical and correct solution. That alone keeps the national life healthy and undisturbed. That alone keeps the nation safe from the danger of a cancer developing in its body politic, of the creation of a state within a state.”[10]

 

Golwalkar as the most important ideologue of the RSS and Hindutva brand of politics forcefully argued for adopting the models of Hitler and Mussolini for getting rid of minorities from his kind of Hindu nation in the following words:

 

"From this stand point, sanctioned by the experience of shrewd old nations, the foreign races in Hindusthan must either adopt the Hindu culture and language, must learn to respect and hold in reverence the Hindu religion, must entertain no idea but those of the glorification of the Hindu race and culture, i.e., of the Hindu nation and must lose their separate existence to merge in the Hindu race, or may stay in the country, wholly subordinated to the Hindu Nation, claiming nothing, deserving no privileges, far less any preferential treatment, not  even citizen’s rights. There is, at least should be, no other course for them to adopt. We are an old nation: let us deal as old nations ought to, and do deal, with the foreign races who have chosen to live in our country."[11]

 

English organ of RSS since its inception demanded exclusion of Muslims from Indian nationhood

RSS launched its English mouthpiece, Organizer, on the eve of the independence of India, from Delhi. The perusal of its first few issues leaves no confusion about the intentions of the RSS. The maiden issue, dated 3 July 1947 carried a banner headline which read ‘Glorious Hindu Rashtra’. Echoing the view of the Muslim League in defence of the two-nation theory, the editorial condemned those who believed that “Muslims were equal partners in this land of the Hindus, Hindusthan, and propagated the theory that Hindus and Muslims combined could only make a nation”.

 

Importantly, its issue on the very eve of independence, dated 14 August, 1947, rejected the whole concept of a composite nation (under the editorial title ‘Whither’):

"Let us no longer allow ourselves to be influenced by false notions of nationhood. Much of the mental confusion and the present and future troubles can be removed by the ready recognition of the simple fact that in Hindusthan only the Hindus form the nation and the national structure must be built on that safe and sound foundation…the nation itself must be built up of Hindus, on Hindu traditions, culture, ideas and aspirations."

 

Golwalkar planned a massacre of Muslims in Western UP on eve of Independence

Rajeshwar Dayal, the first Home Secretary of UP after independence, recounts in his autobiography an incident which clearly exposes the sinister designs of Golwalkar, the then Supremo of the RSS to break the unity of the country just on the eve of independence.

 

“I must record an episode of a very grave nature when the procrastination and indecision of the UP Cabinet led to dire consequences. When communal tension was still at fever pitch, the Deputy Inspector General of Police of the Western Range, a very seasoned and capable officer, B. B. L. Jaitley, arrived at my house in great secrecy. He was accompanied by two of his officers who brought with them two large steel trunks securely locked. When the trunks were opened, they revealed incontrovertible evidence of a dastardly conspiracy to create a communal holocaust throughout the Western districts of the province. The trunks were crammed with blueprints of great accuracy and professionalism of every town and village in that vast area, prominently marking out the Muslim localities and habitations. There were also detailed instructions regarding access to the various locations, and other matters which amply revealed the sinister purport.

 

“Greatly alarmed by those revelations, I immediately took the police party to the Premier’s [chief minister’s] house. There, in a closed room, Jaitley gave a full report of his discovery, backed by all the evidence contained in the steel trunks. Timely raids conducted on the premises of the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) had brought the massive conspiracy to light. The whole plot had been concerted under the direction and supervision of the Supremo of the organization himself. Both Jaitley and I pressed for the immediate arrest of the prime accused, Shri Golwalkar, who was still in the area.

“Pantji [G. B. Pant] could not but accept the evidence of his eyes and ears and expressed deep concern. But instead of agreeing to the immediate arrest of the ringleader as we had hoped, and as Kidwai would have done, he asked for the matter to be placed for consideration by the Cabinet at its next meeting. It was no doubt a matter of political delicacy as the roots of the RSS had gone deep into the body politic. There were also other political compulsions, as RSS sympathizers, both covert and overt, were to be found in the Congress Party itself and even in the Cabinet. It was no secret that the presiding officer of the Upper House, Atma Govind Kher, was himself an adherent and his sons were openly members of the RSS.

 

“At the Cabinet meeting there was the usual procrastination and much irrelevant talk. The fact that the police had unearthed a conspiracy which would have set the whole province in flames and that the officers concerned deserved warm commendation hardly seemed to figure in the discussion. What ultimately emerged was that a letter should be issued to Shri Golwalkar pointing out the contents and nature of the evidence which had been gathered and demanding an explanation thereof. At my insistence, such a letter if it were to be sent, should be issued by the Premier himself to carry greater weight. Panditji asked me to prepare a draft, which I did in imitation of his own characteristic style. The letter was to be delivered forthwith and two police officers were assigned for the purpose.

 

“Golwalkar, however, had been tipped off and he was nowhere to be found in the area. He was tracked down southwards but he managed to elude the couriers in pursuit. This in fructuous chase continued from place to place and weeks passed.

 

“Came January 30, 1948 when the Mahatma, that supreme apostle of peace, fell to a bullet fired by an RSS fanatic. The tragic episode left me sick at heart.”[12]

 

Golwalkar described Indian Muslims as internal threat number one

The Bible for the RSS cadres, The Bunch of Thoughts, the compilation of the writings of M. S. Golwalkar, published after independence,116 has a long chapter entitled ‘Internal Threats’ in which the Muslims and Christians are described as threats number one and two respectively. The Communists receive the honour of being Enemy Number 3. This chapter opens with the following statement:

"It has been the tragic lesson of the history of many a country in the world that the hostile elements within the country pose a far greater menace to national security than aggressors from outside."[13]

 

While discussing the Muslims as hostile element number one he wrote:

"Even to this day, there are so many who say, ‘Now there is no Muslim problem at all. All those riotous elements that supported Pakistan have gone away once and for all. The remaining Muslims are devoted to our country. After all, they have no other place to go and they are bound to remain loyal…It would be suicidal to delude ourselves into believing that they have turned patriots overnight after the creation of Pakistan. On the contrary, the Muslim menace has increased a hundred-fold by the creation of Pakistan, which has become a springboard for all their future aggressive designs on our country."[14]

 

Elaborating further on the Muslim enemy, Golwalkar arrived at the following conclusion:

"Within the country, there are so many Muslim pockets, i.e., so many ‘miniature Pakistans’, where the general law of the land can be enforced only with certain modifications and the whims of the miscreants have to be given the final say. This acceptance, indirect though it may be, implies a very dangerous theory fraught with possibilities of the destruction of our national life altogether. Such ‘pockets’ have verily become the centres of a widespread network of pro-Pakistani elements in this land…The conclusion is that, in practically every place, there are Muslims who are in constant touch with Pakistan over the transmitter…"[15]

 

While deliberating on the ‘Internal Threat’ number two, the Christians, he declared,

"their activities are not only irreligious, they are also anti-national...such is the role of the Christian gentlemen residing in our land today, out to demolish not only the religious and social fabric of our life but also to establish political domination in various pockets and if possible all over the land."[16]

 

According to Golwalkar, conversion to Islam and Christianity turned the converts automatically into anti-nationals who were no longer true to their salt. Defining the attitude of the Hindu nation to Muslims and Christians, he declared:

"They are born in this land, no doubt. But are they true to their salt? Are they grateful to this land which brought them up? Do they feel they are the children of this land and its traditions, and that to serve it is their great good fortune? Do they feel it a duty to serve her? No! Together with the change in their faiths, gone is the spirit of love and devotion for the nation. Nor does it end there. They have also developed a feeling of identification with the enemies of this land. They look to some foreign lands as their holy places."[17]

 

Madras HC must initiate perjury proceedings against RSS

With these shocking, toxic and venom spitting documents and actions contained in the RSS archives which tantamount to spreading hatred against the minorities, specially, against the largest minority of India, the justice demands that Honourable Madras High Court starts perjury proceeding against P. Chandrasekaran, secretary of the Chennai chapter of RSS.

 

 

 

[5] H. V. Seshadri (ed.), Dr.. Hedgewar, the Epoch-Maker: A Biography, p. 61.

[6] H. V. Pingle (ed.), Smritikan: Param Pujiye Dr. Hedgewar Ke Jeewan Kee Vibhin Gahtnaon Ka Sankalan [in Hindi a collection of incidents in the life of Dr. Hedgewar] (Nagpur: RSS Prakashan Vibhag, 1962), 93.

[7] MS Golwalkar, We Or Our Nationhood Defined, Bharat Publications, Nagpur, 1939, pp. 34-35.

[8] Ibid, p. 45.

[9] Ibid, p. 45

[10] Ibid, p. 47

[11] Ibid. pp. 47-48.

[12] Rajeshwar Dayal, A Life of Our Times (Delhi: Orient Longmans, 1999), pp. 93–94.

[13] M. S. Golwalkar, Bunch of Thoughts, 177.

[14] Ibid., pp. 177–178.

[15] Ibid., p. 185.

[16] M. S. Golwalkar, Bunch of Thoughts, pp. 190, 193.

[17] M. S. Golwalkar, Bunch of Thoughts, p. 125.

RSS seeks Madras HC help for erasing its violent Hindu-Muslim heritage: A case fit for perjury

RSS

 

This dossier is in continuation to the writer’s request to friends in Tamil Nadu that democratic-secular organizations/individuals must intervene in this case so that anti-national RSS fails to manipulate/use higher judiciary for hiding its toxic communal agenda.

 

I have reproduced original RSS documents (except one by Rajeshwar Dayal ICS who was the first home secretary of UP after independence) for use in the court. The original documents can be provided on demand.

 

The Madras High Court, presently, is seized of an interesting matter. RSS needs its help to hide its criminal attitude towards Indian Muslims such as calling for ethnic cleansing of Indian Muslims. According to the press reports, "P. Chandrasekaran, secretary of the Chennai chapter of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a writ petition has been filed in the Madras High Court by objecting to a sentence in the latest Class X social science textbook of State board schools (published by the government of Tamil Nadu) that the Hindu Mahasabha as well as the RSS had taken a "pronounced anti-Muslim stance during the days that led to partition of the country on religious lines in the pre-Independence era"[1]

 

Chandrasekaran's intervention on behalf of the RSS is quite perplexing as RSS keeps its roster of membership closely guarded secret. According to the petitioner the above-mentioned book under the title ‘Hindu Communalism, Muslim Communalism and Indian Nationalism’ read, “The Muslim League dubbed the Congress as a Hindu organisation and claimed that it alone was the representative of the Muslims of India. Similarly, the Hindu Mahasabha and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) took a pronounced anti-Muslim stance.”  The petition argued “It has been made to appear as if that during the struggle for freedom, RSS took an anti-Muslim stance and the same had resulted in the partition of the country.” The petitioner further claimed that RSS was not against any religion but was working towards the ‘consolidation of the Hindu society[2]. He demanded that the “objectionable” sentence from English as well as Tamil versions of the textbook be deleted. According to the petitioner, “If such wrong messages are included in the textbook meant for school students, it will lower the image of the organisation in the minds of the young people and it is highly objectionable”[3].

 

This writ petition was brought before Justice P.D. Audikesavalu who quickly directed the government counsel to obtain instructions on the issue by January 22, 2020, from the School Education Department, the Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation (TNTESC) and the Director of State Council for Education Research and Training (SCERT). The government of Tamil Nadu's education department submitted before the High Court that "We have formed a team to inquire into the issue. The TN school education department will strike the controversial portion from Social Science book of Class 10". Unfortunately, even before finding the truth or falsehood of the statement in the text books by its own committee, the government of Tamil Nadu told Madras High Court that it would remove certain portions pertaining to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) from class 10 textbook[4].

 

Hatred for Muslims is an integral part of RSS vision of India

The claim made in the above petition that RSS did not hate Muslims/Islam is not only fake but a white lie. RSS archives have abundant documents of pre-independence period, underlining the brazen and crude preaching of violence against Muslim citizens of India. It refused to treat them as part of Indian nation, in fact, declared the whole community as foreigners. It remains the most important plank of its attitude towards Muslims even after independence.

 

Hedgewar formed RSS as he was not satisfied with Gandhi’s call for Hindu-Muslim unity

RSS official documents make it clear that Keshav Baliram Hedgewar was disillusioned with the Congress for the specific reason that it stood for unity between Hindus and Muslims:

"It is clear that Gandhiji worked constantly with one eye on Hindu– Muslim unity…But Doctorji sensed danger in that move. In fact, he did not even relish the newfangled slogan of ‘Hindu– Muslim Unity.’[5]"

 

Hedgewar was never able to hide the fact that he distanced himself from the Congress for the reason that it believed in Hindu–Muslim unity. While returning from Central Province and Berar provincial Hindu Mahasabha session (presided over by Savarkar) in Akola, Maharashtra in 1937 when a prominent Congress leader asked him why he left Congress Hedgewar’s answer was, “because Congress believes in Hindu–Muslim unity”[6].

 

Second chief RSS Golwalkar preached Nazi formula for cleansing of Muslims

Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar (1906-1973), the most prominent ideologue of the RSS who came to head the organization after Hedgewar not only glorified the cleansing of the Jews by Hitler in Germany but also demanded the same fate for the Indian Muslims. In his book We or Our Nationhood Defined (1939) which is a holy book for the RSS cadres, he declared:

"The other Nation most in the eye of the world today is Germany. This Nation affords a very striking example… German Race pride has now become the topic of the day. To keep up the purity of the race and its culture, Germany shocked the world by her purging the country of the Semitic races-the Jews. Race pride at its highest has been manifested here. Germany has also shown how well-nigh impossible it is for races and cultures, having differences going to the root, to be assimilated into one united whole, a good lesson for us in Hindusthan [sic] to learn and profit by[7]. [Emphasis added]

 

While outlining the fundamental constituent elements of the Hindu Nation Golwalkar raised a significant question, “If, as is indisputably proved, Hindusthan, is the land of Hindus and is the terra firma for the Hindu nation alone to flourish upon, what is to be the fate of all those, who, today, happen to live upon the land, though not belonging to the Hindu Race, Religion or culture?”[8]

 

He answered to his own query in the following words:

“At the outset we must bear in mind that so far as ‘nation’ is concerned, all those, who fall outside the five-fold limits of that idea, (Hindusthan, the Hindu Race, with its Hindu Religion, Hindu Culture and Hindu language) can have no place in the national life, unless they abandon their differences, adopt the religion, culture and language of the Nation and completely merge themselves in the National [Hindu] Race.”[9]

 

Demanding de-nationalization of Muslims and Christians who were described as 'Emigrants', Golwalkar declared:

“It is worth bearing well in mind how these old nations solve their minorities [sic] problem. They do not undertake to recognize any separate element in their polity. Emigrants have to get themselves naturally assimilated in the principal mass of the population, the National Race [Hindus], by adopting its culture and language and sharing in its aspirations, by losing all consciousness of their separate existence, forgetting their foreign origin. If they do not do so, they live merely as outsiders, bound by all the codes and conventions of the Nation, at the sufferance of the Nation and deserving no special protection, far less any privilege or rights.

 

There are only two courses open to the foreign elements, either to merge themselves in the national race and adopt its culture, or to live at its mercy so long as the national race may allow them to do so and to quit the country at the sweet will of the national race. That is the only sound view on the minorities problem. That is the only logical and correct solution. That alone keeps the national life healthy and undisturbed. That alone keeps the nation safe from the danger of a cancer developing in its body politic, of the creation of a state within a state.”[10]

 

Golwalkar as the most important ideologue of the RSS and Hindutva brand of politics forcefully argued for adopting the models of Hitler and Mussolini for getting rid of minorities from his kind of Hindu nation in the following words:

 

"From this stand point, sanctioned by the experience of shrewd old nations, the foreign races in Hindusthan must either adopt the Hindu culture and language, must learn to respect and hold in reverence the Hindu religion, must entertain no idea but those of the glorification of the Hindu race and culture, i.e., of the Hindu nation and must lose their separate existence to merge in the Hindu race, or may stay in the country, wholly subordinated to the Hindu Nation, claiming nothing, deserving no privileges, far less any preferential treatment, not  even citizen’s rights. There is, at least should be, no other course for them to adopt. We are an old nation: let us deal as old nations ought to, and do deal, with the foreign races who have chosen to live in our country."[11]

 

English organ of RSS since its inception demanded exclusion of Muslims from Indian nationhood

RSS launched its English mouthpiece, Organizer, on the eve of the independence of India, from Delhi. The perusal of its first few issues leaves no confusion about the intentions of the RSS. The maiden issue, dated 3 July 1947 carried a banner headline which read ‘Glorious Hindu Rashtra’. Echoing the view of the Muslim League in defence of the two-nation theory, the editorial condemned those who believed that “Muslims were equal partners in this land of the Hindus, Hindusthan, and propagated the theory that Hindus and Muslims combined could only make a nation”.

 

Importantly, its issue on the very eve of independence, dated 14 August, 1947, rejected the whole concept of a composite nation (under the editorial title ‘Whither’):

"Let us no longer allow ourselves to be influenced by false notions of nationhood. Much of the mental confusion and the present and future troubles can be removed by the ready recognition of the simple fact that in Hindusthan only the Hindus form the nation and the national structure must be built on that safe and sound foundation…the nation itself must be built up of Hindus, on Hindu traditions, culture, ideas and aspirations."

 

Golwalkar planned a massacre of Muslims in Western UP on eve of Independence

Rajeshwar Dayal, the first Home Secretary of UP after independence, recounts in his autobiography an incident which clearly exposes the sinister designs of Golwalkar, the then Supremo of the RSS to break the unity of the country just on the eve of independence.

 

“I must record an episode of a very grave nature when the procrastination and indecision of the UP Cabinet led to dire consequences. When communal tension was still at fever pitch, the Deputy Inspector General of Police of the Western Range, a very seasoned and capable officer, B. B. L. Jaitley, arrived at my house in great secrecy. He was accompanied by two of his officers who brought with them two large steel trunks securely locked. When the trunks were opened, they revealed incontrovertible evidence of a dastardly conspiracy to create a communal holocaust throughout the Western districts of the province. The trunks were crammed with blueprints of great accuracy and professionalism of every town and village in that vast area, prominently marking out the Muslim localities and habitations. There were also detailed instructions regarding access to the various locations, and other matters which amply revealed the sinister purport.

 

“Greatly alarmed by those revelations, I immediately took the police party to the Premier’s [chief minister’s] house. There, in a closed room, Jaitley gave a full report of his discovery, backed by all the evidence contained in the steel trunks. Timely raids conducted on the premises of the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) had brought the massive conspiracy to light. The whole plot had been concerted under the direction and supervision of the Supremo of the organization himself. Both Jaitley and I pressed for the immediate arrest of the prime accused, Shri Golwalkar, who was still in the area.

“Pantji [G. B. Pant] could not but accept the evidence of his eyes and ears and expressed deep concern. But instead of agreeing to the immediate arrest of the ringleader as we had hoped, and as Kidwai would have done, he asked for the matter to be placed for consideration by the Cabinet at its next meeting. It was no doubt a matter of political delicacy as the roots of the RSS had gone deep into the body politic. There were also other political compulsions, as RSS sympathizers, both covert and overt, were to be found in the Congress Party itself and even in the Cabinet. It was no secret that the presiding officer of the Upper House, Atma Govind Kher, was himself an adherent and his sons were openly members of the RSS.

 

“At the Cabinet meeting there was the usual procrastination and much irrelevant talk. The fact that the police had unearthed a conspiracy which would have set the whole province in flames and that the officers concerned deserved warm commendation hardly seemed to figure in the discussion. What ultimately emerged was that a letter should be issued to Shri Golwalkar pointing out the contents and nature of the evidence which had been gathered and demanding an explanation thereof. At my insistence, such a letter if it were to be sent, should be issued by the Premier himself to carry greater weight. Panditji asked me to prepare a draft, which I did in imitation of his own characteristic style. The letter was to be delivered forthwith and two police officers were assigned for the purpose.

 

“Golwalkar, however, had been tipped off and he was nowhere to be found in the area. He was tracked down southwards but he managed to elude the couriers in pursuit. This in fructuous chase continued from place to place and weeks passed.

 

“Came January 30, 1948 when the Mahatma, that supreme apostle of peace, fell to a bullet fired by an RSS fanatic. The tragic episode left me sick at heart.”[12]

 

Golwalkar described Indian Muslims as internal threat number one

The Bible for the RSS cadres, The Bunch of Thoughts, the compilation of the writings of M. S. Golwalkar, published after independence,116 has a long chapter entitled ‘Internal Threats’ in which the Muslims and Christians are described as threats number one and two respectively. The Communists receive the honour of being Enemy Number 3. This chapter opens with the following statement:

"It has been the tragic lesson of the history of many a country in the world that the hostile elements within the country pose a far greater menace to national security than aggressors from outside."[13]

 

While discussing the Muslims as hostile element number one he wrote:

"Even to this day, there are so many who say, ‘Now there is no Muslim problem at all. All those riotous elements that supported Pakistan have gone away once and for all. The remaining Muslims are devoted to our country. After all, they have no other place to go and they are bound to remain loyal…It would be suicidal to delude ourselves into believing that they have turned patriots overnight after the creation of Pakistan. On the contrary, the Muslim menace has increased a hundred-fold by the creation of Pakistan, which has become a springboard for all their future aggressive designs on our country."[14]

 

Elaborating further on the Muslim enemy, Golwalkar arrived at the following conclusion:

"Within the country, there are so many Muslim pockets, i.e., so many ‘miniature Pakistans’, where the general law of the land can be enforced only with certain modifications and the whims of the miscreants have to be given the final say. This acceptance, indirect though it may be, implies a very dangerous theory fraught with possibilities of the destruction of our national life altogether. Such ‘pockets’ have verily become the centres of a widespread network of pro-Pakistani elements in this land…The conclusion is that, in practically every place, there are Muslims who are in constant touch with Pakistan over the transmitter…"[15]

 

While deliberating on the ‘Internal Threat’ number two, the Christians, he declared,

"their activities are not only irreligious, they are also anti-national...such is the role of the Christian gentlemen residing in our land today, out to demolish not only the religious and social fabric of our life but also to establish political domination in various pockets and if possible all over the land."[16]

 

According to Golwalkar, conversion to Islam and Christianity turned the converts automatically into anti-nationals who were no longer true to their salt. Defining the attitude of the Hindu nation to Muslims and Christians, he declared:

"They are born in this land, no doubt. But are they true to their salt? Are they grateful to this land which brought them up? Do they feel they are the children of this land and its traditions, and that to serve it is their great good fortune? Do they feel it a duty to serve her? No! Together with the change in their faiths, gone is the spirit of love and devotion for the nation. Nor does it end there. They have also developed a feeling of identification with the enemies of this land. They look to some foreign lands as their holy places."[17]

 

Madras HC must initiate perjury proceedings against RSS

With these shocking, toxic and venom spitting documents and actions contained in the RSS archives which tantamount to spreading hatred against the minorities, specially, against the largest minority of India, the justice demands that Honourable Madras High Court starts perjury proceeding against P. Chandrasekaran, secretary of the Chennai chapter of RSS.

 

 

 

[5] H. V. Seshadri (ed.), Dr.. Hedgewar, the Epoch-Maker: A Biography, p. 61.

[6] H. V. Pingle (ed.), Smritikan: Param Pujiye Dr. Hedgewar Ke Jeewan Kee Vibhin Gahtnaon Ka Sankalan [in Hindi a collection of incidents in the life of Dr. Hedgewar] (Nagpur: RSS Prakashan Vibhag, 1962), 93.

[7] MS Golwalkar, We Or Our Nationhood Defined, Bharat Publications, Nagpur, 1939, pp. 34-35.

[8] Ibid, p. 45.

[9] Ibid, p. 45

[10] Ibid, p. 47

[11] Ibid. pp. 47-48.

[12] Rajeshwar Dayal, A Life of Our Times (Delhi: Orient Longmans, 1999), pp. 93–94.

[13] M. S. Golwalkar, Bunch of Thoughts, 177.

[14] Ibid., pp. 177–178.

[15] Ibid., p. 185.

[16] M. S. Golwalkar, Bunch of Thoughts, pp. 190, 193.

[17] M. S. Golwalkar, Bunch of Thoughts, p. 125.

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Hitler, Mussolini were products of democracy: BJP’s Ram Madhav

At the Raisina Dialogue he implied that the Opposition was involved in violence as it had lost in the democratic process

18 Jan 2020

Ram Madhav

Participating in a panel discussion in the Raisina Dialogue, BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav claimed that German dictator Adolf Hitler and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini were the “products of democracy”

Taking a dig at the Opposition parties over their agitation against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), he said that those who lost in the “democratic process” converted the “streets into the democratic platform” and engaged in violence.

Without naming anyone and taking a jibe at the protesters he said, “When someone loses in the democratic process and makes roads into the democratic platform, involves in violence and say the government is not listening, that is not the democratic spirit.”

Saying that the CAA was passed in the “most democratic manner”, he added, “The government is duty-bound to respond to criticism without violence. Some are getting depressed and claiming that Indian democracy is going to the dogs, that you have to keep aside. In India, governments are changed very easily. Nobody is going to sustain in a democracy for a long time,” further saying, “Or else you give democracy to a given country, take it from me, Osama Bin Laden posthumously can become the President. You need to nurture a value system in that society.”

He also said that the new CAA rules were “non-discriminatory” and allowed outsiders to become citizens after migrating from different years of stay here. On being asked by a member of the audience whether India was moving towards an “undemocratic democracy”, he said that India has a vibrant Constitution and “we are all wedded to it.”

Madhav further said, “Where is democracy in India actually progressing? The very fact that this question is being raised proves that Indian democracy remains vibrant, it has its own checks and balances.” It was then that he spoke of Hitler and Mussolini saying, “From then to today, there are liberal democracies in the world. Democracies mature over time.”

Speaking about India has always promoted democratic values in the region, Madhav said that democracy should not be used as a “political stick or political weapon” against any other country.

However, this isn’t the first time Hitler and Mussolini have become part of the political party slugfest. In January last year, Rahul Gandhi had addressed PM Modi as “Fuhrer” attacking him over rising levels of unemployment; while the BJP retorted saying that the Gandhi scion had “inherited Mussolini’s short-sightedness” for he had a myopic understanding of issues.

Even American actor John Cusack in a tweet mentioned the BJP’s ties to fascism after Cass Sunstein, the former administrator of the White House Information and Regulatory affairs congratulated BJP for its work in India, asking Sunstein admired – demonetization, dehumanization or violence and terror.

 

 

Also, ever since the CAA has come into force, it is being compared to Hitler’s Nuremberg Race Laws, an Indian version of fascism, set out to create a hierarchical society and the alleged formation of a “Hindu Rashtra” to single out the minorities and the marginalized.


Related:

Modi’s India & Hitler’s Third Reich: a look at the Nuremberg laws
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Hitler, Mussolini were products of democracy: BJP’s Ram Madhav

At the Raisina Dialogue he implied that the Opposition was involved in violence as it had lost in the democratic process

Ram Madhav

Participating in a panel discussion in the Raisina Dialogue, BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav claimed that German dictator Adolf Hitler and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini were the “products of democracy”

Taking a dig at the Opposition parties over their agitation against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), he said that those who lost in the “democratic process” converted the “streets into the democratic platform” and engaged in violence.

Without naming anyone and taking a jibe at the protesters he said, “When someone loses in the democratic process and makes roads into the democratic platform, involves in violence and say the government is not listening, that is not the democratic spirit.”

Saying that the CAA was passed in the “most democratic manner”, he added, “The government is duty-bound to respond to criticism without violence. Some are getting depressed and claiming that Indian democracy is going to the dogs, that you have to keep aside. In India, governments are changed very easily. Nobody is going to sustain in a democracy for a long time,” further saying, “Or else you give democracy to a given country, take it from me, Osama Bin Laden posthumously can become the President. You need to nurture a value system in that society.”

He also said that the new CAA rules were “non-discriminatory” and allowed outsiders to become citizens after migrating from different years of stay here. On being asked by a member of the audience whether India was moving towards an “undemocratic democracy”, he said that India has a vibrant Constitution and “we are all wedded to it.”

Madhav further said, “Where is democracy in India actually progressing? The very fact that this question is being raised proves that Indian democracy remains vibrant, it has its own checks and balances.” It was then that he spoke of Hitler and Mussolini saying, “From then to today, there are liberal democracies in the world. Democracies mature over time.”

Speaking about India has always promoted democratic values in the region, Madhav said that democracy should not be used as a “political stick or political weapon” against any other country.

However, this isn’t the first time Hitler and Mussolini have become part of the political party slugfest. In January last year, Rahul Gandhi had addressed PM Modi as “Fuhrer” attacking him over rising levels of unemployment; while the BJP retorted saying that the Gandhi scion had “inherited Mussolini’s short-sightedness” for he had a myopic understanding of issues.

Even American actor John Cusack in a tweet mentioned the BJP’s ties to fascism after Cass Sunstein, the former administrator of the White House Information and Regulatory affairs congratulated BJP for its work in India, asking Sunstein admired – demonetization, dehumanization or violence and terror.

 

 

Also, ever since the CAA has come into force, it is being compared to Hitler’s Nuremberg Race Laws, an Indian version of fascism, set out to create a hierarchical society and the alleged formation of a “Hindu Rashtra” to single out the minorities and the marginalized.


Related:

Modi’s India & Hitler’s Third Reich: a look at the Nuremberg laws
Amit Shah’s defence of CAB shames even Goebbels!
A Legislative Bill for Faith-based Citizenship: How India Has Reached This Point of Disaster?

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