UP Government’s Muslim first approach creating communal divide
Dr Shakti Kumar Pandey from LucknowThere seems to be validity in the allegation of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad when the organisation declares that the Chief Minister of UP Akhilesh Yadav is following the foot-steps of his father and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav while pursuing an ‘anti-Hindu’ policy to appease Muslims. In fact the Muslim appeasement policy of Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh is taking an ugly shape now as UP becomes a favourite play-ground for fanatics, fundamentalists and criminals who are bent upon disrupting the peace and harmony of the state. People have started discussing questions like ‘Why does all this not happen in Gujarat’, while the commoners giving obvious reply that ‘Gujarat government doesn’t appease any religious group’. The Faizabad riots are a case in point, where the senior officials were punished simply because they were taking action against the criminals irrespective of their caste and creed.
The VHP had strongly objected to denial of permission to its acting chief Praveen Bhai Togadia when he tried to enter riot-torn Faizabad. The VHP leader was scheduled to arrive at Ayodhya to attend a five -day programme there. The VHP claimed that riots in Faizabad were the results of Muslim appeasement policy adopted by SP government. The VHP threatened that the organisation will launch a decisive battle as the Hindus are being subjected to atrocities during the riots and the police and administration are prompted by the government to take action against them.
It may be mentioned that curfew was clamped in the Kotwali area of Faizabad city recently following violence created by Muslims when Hindus took out their religious processions. Twenty four persons, including a sub-inspector, was injured in the violence. Several shops and vehicles were also torched. Trouble started when the idols of Goddess Durga were being taken in a procession for immersion. The devotees assembled at the Government Inter College with the idols of their localities and then proceeded to Guptar Ghat for immersion. As the procession was passing through the congested Rekabganj area, some devotees were attacked by the Muslims, who were also teasing the Hindu girls in the procession. The Muslims also hurled stones at the procession and damaged a Durga idol. The police had to fire teargas shells to disperse the warring mobs to control the situation. The communal strife later spread to the rural areas of Faizabad and reports of clashes were received from the fringe areas of Rudauli, Bharadsa, Sohawal and Harringtonganj. Finding the situation going out of control, the district administration ordered closure of all educational institutions and imposed curfew in the Kotwali area coverng almost the entire city. Interestingly, as seen elsewhere, the government initiated action against the innocent Hindu fraternity.
Alleging harassment of Hindus in the Samajwadi Party rule, Bharatiya Janata Party’s state president Laxmikant Bajpai said that his party workers were being persecuted in the present regime. “False criminal cases are being registered against BJP workers in Faizabad. Even the party’s legislator and members of the Nagar Palika Parishad have not been spared. BJP workers are being beaten up on the directions of the officials,” Bajpai told reporters. The BJP state president said that the recent communal tension in Faizabad was the result of Muslim lawlessness and government’s lack of control over these elements, but action was being taken against Hindu leaders. For example, in Rudauli, the police registered FIR against BJP legislator Ram Chandra Yadav, and over a dozen BJP workers were arrested from their houses. Some of them were in Lucknow when the communal tension started in the region. When they protested, they were beaten up in full public view. Bajpai said that when kanwarias were attacked in Bareilly, Hindus were put behind the bars and the same action was being repeated in Faizabad.
The state president said “Akhilesh Yadav should remember that he came to power not because of Muslim votes alone, Hindus had also voted in favour of the Samajwadi Party. However with an eye on Muslim votes in the run up to the Lok Sabha election, Akhilesh is trying to appease Muslims by harassing Hindus,” he said.
Stepping up its attack on the Akhilesh Yadav government, the Bharatiya Janata Party said that some members of the Muslim community were responsible for the communal clashes taking place across the state. The party chief also said that a campaign would be launched against the state government for its failure on all fronts, including law and order. “As for the worsening of law and order situation is concerned, the Samajwadi Party government has left the previous Mayawati regime far behind,” he said.
The BJP state chief said that during the 7-month rule of the Samajwadi Party government, the state had witnessed 1,068 murders, 205 rape incidents, 1,116 cases of loot and theft, 105 kidnappings and 716 cases of various type of crimes. “The policemen are forced to act as Samajwadi Party workers and if they resist they are victimised,” Bajpai said citing the case of a circle officer who has been suspended for accusing the Director General of Police and Bulandshahr’s district police chief of demanding bribe. “Instead of suspending the complainant, the government should have first removed the DGP and the SSP along with the complainant and then ordered a time-bound inquiry by any sitting judge of the High Court,” the BJP state chief said.
Bajpai said that some members of the Muslim community were responsible for the communal clashes as they had no fear or respect for the law of the land. “In the 7-month rule of the Samajwadi Party, 11 communal riots have taken place in nine districts and this shows the appeasement policy of the Samajwadi Party government is costing the state dearly,” Bajpai said. “Only FIRs are being registered but seldom has any arrest been made or chargeesheet filed against the culprits,” he added.
Launching a frontal attack on the Samajwadi Party government for “instigating” communal disharmony in the state, Bharatiya Janata Party’s senior leader and parliamentarian Lalji Tandon alleged that fanatics like Shahi Imam of New Delhi’s Jama Masjid, Maulana Ahmad Bukhari, were running the government through remote control. Tandon advised Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to build an image of unbiased and non-partisan administrator if he wanted to play a long political innings. The senior BJP leader and Lok Sabha member from Lucknow, who was denied permission by the administration to enter the Faizabad district, warned the SP government against victimisation of the majority community. “Victimisation of Hindus will not be tolerated anymore,” Tandon said while addressing a press conference. “It is well known that between Navratri and Dipawali various religious functions related to Lord Ram are held in the twin towns of Ayodhya and Faizabad but still the government did not make elaborate arrangements to maintain peace and now it has not given permission to take out Ram Barat,”. He added that due to the threats of the Maulana Bukhari, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav had nominated Bukhari’s son-in-law to the Legislative Council and had given key posts to many of his close aides.” He also flayed the ruling party’s appeasement policy.
(To be concluded)
Distortion of history, fading memories
Vijay Manohar Tiwari
CLOSE to the Nepal boundary Bahraich is a backward district of Uttar Pradesh. Afghan invader Salar Masud Ghazi, Mahmud Ghaznavi’s cousin, was killed here in a battle. In fact, Masud was the son of Ghaznavi’s sister. The same dreaded Ghaznavi, who through repeated attacks shattered India a thousand years ago. The place where Masud and his soldiers were killed is now an area dotted with old graves scattered far and wide. Strangely enough, with the passage of time Masud’s grave has taken on a holy aura.
It is now a Sufi Saint’s mazar (shrine). People started coming here to seek mannat, the wishes they want to realise with the blessings of Sufi Saint Masud! Once an abandoned grave it has now turned into a place of reverence buzzing with hundreds of devotees visiting daily. A staff of 125 people takes care of the shrine and the visiting devotees.
Ghaznavi attacked India seventeen times, plundered and devastated many cities including Mathura, Vidisha and Somnath and turned several glorious temples into ruins. But this area bore the brunt of his initial attacks. Ghaznavi’s army trampled the area many a time. During these attacks his army developed a penchant for brutally plundering temples and market places. During a series of attacks his cousin Masud also attacked the area to test his fortunes in India in 1032.
Local ruler king Suhel Dev led a joint army of 17 kingdoms and gave stiff resistance to Masud’s army. Among all the battles fought against Turks, Mughals and Moguls, this battle of Baharaich has a special significance in the history of India. Masud’s army couldn’t last against Suhel Dev’s formidable defence. Along with all his chieftains Masud died on the battlefield. No prisoner of war was taken, no mercy was shown. All soldiers of Masud’s army were annihilated. The place, where their bodies were buried is known as Ganj-e-Shahidan, the colony of martyrs. Shahid means Islamic crusaders, who sacrificed life while fighting kafirs (unbelievers). Masud is also called Ghazi Miyan, one who fights for Islam, the crusader. Ganj-e-Shahidan boasts of a dargah (shrine) surrounded by many big and small graves, where hundreds of thousand people visit every year. A religious congregation is held every year in later half of May. People come here from remote places. I was told that of the visiting devotees 80 per cent are Hindus. The morning I reached there I saw that many rural Hindu families were getting their children’s heads tonsured. When their mannat gets fulfilled people return here to get their children’s head tonsured as a token of gratitude and respect exactly like they do at Hindu holy places.
Khurshid Ahmed Rizvi has been a care taker for this dargah for the last twenty years. The managing committee that takes care of this place commands a staff of hundred and twenty five workers. I met him at committee office. Rizvi says, “Only one thing goes against Masud that he was cousin of Mahmud Ghaznavi. Otherwise Masud was opposed to Ghaznavi’s policies that invited him Ghaznavi’s wrath and consequently was expelled from the court of Ghazni. Ghaznavi’s chief minister Ahmed Hasan Mahamandi too didn’t like outspoken and candid Masud. These qualities went against him. At the age of 18 Masud came here with massive army. Later on Firozshah Tughlaq identified Masud’s grave and built a mausoleum there.”
According to Rizvi, the area was under Buddhist influence. At that time bottom rung of the society was mired under poverty, oppression and atrocities by upper caste people. They weren’t looked up on even as human beings. Thakurs and Zamindars (feudal lords) from Meerut to Kannauj used to recover heavy taxes from them. The tax named as Turk dand, was half of the total earnings. The same feudal lords invited Masud to rule the area. Masud’s father stayed behind at Barabanki. You can see his mazar (tomb) still there. Starting from Ghazni the father and son along with their army, passed through Sindh, Kashmir, Meerut, Moradabad, Pilibhit, finally reaching Bahraich.
Rizvi argued that Suhel Dev succeeded in uniting Thakurs against Masud in the name of Mahmud Ghazi. The battle that ensued took the toll of Masud. Interestingly, both Hindus and Muslims visitors are oblivious of the historical events took place here centuries ago. For them this is merely a place, where they can seek mannat and hope to see them realised. Not even one per cent of them knew who is buried there and with was intention he came to that area centuries ago. Rizvi couldn’t tell which contemporary historian recorded these facts.
While passing through Bahraich during recent Uttar Pradesh Assembly election coverage, I too visited the dargah. Inside, a few maulavis (priests) were sitting near the grave. They asked names of the visiting devotees, turned towards grave and prayed for them. Drawing similarity with tradition of ancient Hindu temples, where before performing rites and rituals priest used to ask devotee’s name and gotra (pedigree). Many rural Hindus were getting their children’s head tonsured at the hands of Muslim barbers. At the Dargah gate, one can see wonderful exhibition of ancient weaponry showing all kinds of swords and shields of the era lapsed into history.
Bahraich is near another ancient city Shrawasti, which has its relation to Gautam Buddha. In his times Lord Buddha visited this city many times. He stayed at Shrawasti most than any other cities during chaturmas (four months of rainy season). On the way to Shrawasti, I visited the ruins of an ancient temple. This is the birth place of Jain teerthankar Sambhavnath, one of the wonderful monuments of red brick. But these facts related to totally another era, some two thousand and five hundred years back. Since then this area has been witness to innumerable tsunamis of history giving it altogether new identity every time. King Suhel Dev, who crushed Masud’s attack, belonged to same Shrawasti.
Renowned historian Dr SK Bhatt says, “Shrawasti-Baharaich area has been under Buddhist influence for the last two thousand and five hundred years. Though Islam entered here like a hurricane with innumerable invaders like Ghaznavi and Masud, people who accepted Islam still carried deep Buddhist influence with them. Because of this, Sikandar Lodi put a blanket ban on holding of yearly urs (congregation) at Masud’s grave. He was displeased with the streak of Hindu and Buddhist traditions on urs. Aziz Ahmed’s Study of Islamic Culture in Indian Environment published by Oxford University Press also confirms this as historical fact.
Hundreds of thousands of devotees, who visit here every year know nothing about history. Dr Bhatt says, “Only historical document confirming Mahmud Ghaznavi’s attacks on Kannauj and subsequent plunder and devastation of this ancient city is Jainual-Akhbar written in 1052. It’s a contemporary Persian document, which again confirms the fact that before Mohammad Ghori established his reign in India, innumerable Islamic invaders attacked, plundered and devastated this area for decades. Salar Masud Ghazi’s battle with Suhel Dev is a glorious chapter in Indian history but history books hardly mention it.(Courtesy : www.bhaskar.com)
Recently a century-old temple was hurriedly demolished in Karachi by a builder despite a Pakistani court hearing a petition seeking a stay on such a move, triggering protests by the minority Hindu community.
Besides razing the pre-Partition Shri Rama Pir Mandir in Karachi’s Soldier Bazar, the builder demolished several houses near it.Nearly 40 people, a majority of them Hindus, became homeless as a result, The Express Tribune reported. Following the demolition, the Pakistan Hindu Council organised a protest outside the Karachi Press Club. The Sindh High Court is hearing a petition seeking a stay on any move to demolish Shri Rama Pir Mandir. “They destroyed our ‘mandir’ and humiliated our gods,” an angry man named Prakash was quoted as saying. The demolition team placed the statues of four Hindu deities to one side, but local residents accused them of taking away gold jewellery and crowns that had adorned the statues. Pointing to bruises on his arms, another man identified as Lakshman said: “They hit me with their guns when I tried to stop them. I told them to kill me instead of destroying our holy place.”
A woman named Banwri said the demolition team arrived at around 11 am while she was preparing breakfast. She rushed outside when she heard the sound of a bulldozer and was given instructions to move her bed, cupboard and other essential items outside her home. “I watched my house go down in just minutes and I couldn’t do anything,” she said. The area was cordoned off by police and Pakistan Rangers during the demolition.
BSF chief UK Bansal warns
Asim Kumar Mitra
IN his last annual press conference the outgoing Chief of Border Security Force U. K. Bansal told the reporters that there was no other way out except to legalize cattle smuggling to Bangladesh. He said “the menace of cattle smuggling on the India Bangladesh border defies policing and might be best controlled by making the trade legal”. He further mentioned that the government has made efforts to bring down casualties of Bangladeshi nationals by introducing non-lethal weapons. But the move has hurt the BSF, as emboldened smugglers have started attacking force personnel. In the past three years, while casualties of Bangladeshis on the border came down by over 60%, attacks on personnel of BSF went up by over 100%. This has been a dangerous proposition made by the top boss of BSF as high sentiment has been attached to cows by the people of India who actually worship cows as “Go Mata”.
Hardly two months have passed when Officer in Charge (O.C.) of Hingalgunj Police Station had convened a meeting to discuss a very serious matter namely “Cattle smuggling to Bangladesh”. Among many other persons the Hingalgunj M.L.A. Shri Gopal Gayen was also present there. Shri Gayen was elected from the same constituency consecutively for five terms He had specific and detailed information about this particular problem. How police, politicians and BSF jawans were both directly and clandestinely involved in these anti-national activities, he knew everything.
So when the O.C. had floated the subject for discussion Shri Gayen stood up to say that cattle-mafias of border areas of North 24 Parganas district were so much entrenched in this field that they used to dictate terms with administrative authorities. And this was the reason why thousands of cattle are smuggled to Bangladesh everyday. All roads leading to Bangladesh from this Indian border town were under the command of cattle-mafias. No civilian vehicles were allowed to move when the convoy of trucks carrying cattle to Bangladesh; the role of police and BSF jawans at that time was as if they were giving ‘guard of honour’ to a V.I.P. Apart from this cattle movement, those routes were used by the Bangladeshi infiltrators to sneak into Indian soil and the abovementioned trio i.e. police, politicians and BSF jawans were there to facilitate their entry into India.
This was an open allegation made by a sitting legislator of West Bengal Assembly against our administrative authority and the O.C. who was virtually representing this authority had kept mum as a large section of police and security forces were involved in this activities and the authority knew it. At the same time, off and on they were subjected to attacks by militant mafias and Bangladesh Rifles.Actually worship cow as “Go Mata” Unfortunately; this has also been a fact that almost all the states of India have been involved in this trade. Sometime ago it was mentioned in a seminar that main supplier of cattle for this purpose have been states like Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and of course, West Bengal. To tackle this problem, first of all it was necessary to snap the supply line. The sorry part of the story was that this was not or could not be done. Nevertheless, there was no dearth of ‘Go Bhaktas’ in our country.
Cattle running mafias abound on the border, making smuggling bovines for meat a lucrative but violence prone illegal business. Let me quote a report from Kolkata edition of Times of India published on 1st December, 2012: Bansal seemed to endorse the view that the scale of operations and economic interests involved make policing limited option. Asked if the illegal trade should be legalized given economic realities in Bangladesh, he said: “We all have to think about it seriously. It is not a problem that can be solved by policing.” He was speaking at BSF’s annual press conference on November 30, 2012.Several Bangladeshis die smuggling cattle for amounts as low as Rs. 500. While trying to stop them, BSF men put their lives at risk while reports of corruption have also surfaced.
The massive demand for meat feeding a Rs. 2000 crore industry in Bangladesh has made it difficult for forces to stop the smuggling. The proposal to make cattle trade legal, despite its apparent pragmatism, is sure to attract fire from groups advocating cow protection. Legalizing the trade is a hot potato that the government is unlikely to consider, but it could throw open a discussion on a taboo subject that might yield results later.
According to government figures, in 2010, as many 32 suspected intruders were shot dead by BSF on the Indo-Bangladesh border while 64 men from the force were injured due to attacks from smugglers. Due to continued high fatalities of its nationals, Bangladesh had been pushing for softer approach towards border guarding from India.
An inter-continental team of scientists drawn out from Asia, Europe and the USA has found that the ancestors of the European Roma are the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes from north-western India. “We have proved scientifically that the forefathers of the European Roma Gypsies are the doma, a collective term for the ancient aboriginal populations of the Indian subcontinent, also known as Dalits,” Dr Kumaraswamy Thangaraj from Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad told The Pioneer. Dr Thangaraj led the team of scientists in the 30-month-long study.The scientists were from CCMB, Estonian Biocentre, Tartu University, Estonia, University of Bern, Switzerland; University of Cambridge, UK and Stanford University, USA. The ancestry of European Roma Gypsies was always enmeshed in controversy though it was widely believed that they had their origins from north-west India. The exact parental population group and time of dispersal into various continents remained a mystery all these years.
The Roman Gypsies are spread all over Europe, the USA and South America. Dr Gyaneshwer Chaubey from Estonian Biocentre said the breakthrough was made by studying the Y chromosomes of the Gypsies with that of various ethnic groups in Indian subcontinent.
Nearly 10,000 males from around the world, including 7,000 males belonging to 205 ethnic population of India were screened by the scientific team which included molecular biologists, anthropologists and linguistic experts. “The aboriginal Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes populations of north-western India, traditionally referred as Dalits or domas are the most likely ancestral populations of modern European Roma,” said Dr Thangaraj.
The genome sequencing and genetic studies proved that the Doma group had their origins in south India. “Their migration to other regions of the sub-continent began 24,000 years ago. We could establish that they migrated to Europe some 1,400 years ago,” said Dr Chaubey.
Dr S Kalyanaraman, director, Saraswathi Research Centre, Chennai said the language of the Gypsies itself had its origin from India. “The language of Gypsies also appears in the Comparative Dictionary of Indo-Aryan languages of RL Turner.”
“Many words of the Gypsy people are now part of the European vocabulary. For example, the word 'goro' in Gypsy language means 'non-gypsy married to a gypsy'. This word got absorbed in many Indian languages referring to 'gora' as meaning 'white or red'. The word 'dom' refers to a Nuri Gypsy. The word also appears cognate with 'roma' referring to a Roman. In Gypsy language, rom means 'man, husband,” said Dr Kalyanaraman, who has authored a multi-lingual dictionary of 25 ancient Indian languages including the language of the Gypsies.
“Our next step is to sequence the complete genomes of hundreds of Indians which will help us to find the relation and direction of migration among the Indians, Central Asians, West Asian and Europeans.” said Dr Thangaraj and Dr Chaubey.
What is of significance is that a 2009 and 2011 research by Dr Thangaraj and Dr Chaubey in association with another group of international scientists proved that the Aryan-Dravidian theory was bunkum. “Human genome sequencing and genetic studies proved that Indians all over the sub-continent had the same genetic traits. The physical traits differed because of external factors like climate, food habits and living conditions. We have found that there is no scientific validity for arguments like Aryan Invasion or Aryan-Dravidian theory. Classifications based on caste and religion are of recent origin and has nothing to do with genetic traits,” said Dr Thangaraj and Dr Chaubey.
Two-day Prjna Pravah meet Pune
A two-day seminar of the “Akhil Bharatiya Prant sayoyaks Bautak” was held in Pune on 24th and 25th November. This meet was inagurated by Shri Dattatreya Hosbale, Sahsarkaryawah, RSS. This meet was held at AbbaSaheb Garware college campus, Karve Road, Pune, which was attended by about 150 delegates all over India.
Shri Dattatreyaji called upon the prant sayojaks to face the challenges posed amidst failing systems and moral decay. It’s time to educate the youth and there is urgent need to follow Swami Vivekananda’s, teachings to the core. Swamiji laid stress on physical development as a prerequisite for spiritual development, which in turn leads to the development of the culture of the country. He recalled the changes the world had to adopt itself and in tune with the times.
The Berlin Wall, constructed in 1961, lasted almost thirty years as a symbol between the Communists and the non-Communists. In 1991 the wall had been completely knocked down and Germany was reunited.The Berlin Wall was torn down due to political changes in Europe; Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev lost his control by 1990, and the Soviet Union fell apart. The wall stood as a stark symbol of the decades-old Cold War between the United States and Soviet Russia in which the two politically opposed superpowers continually wrestled for dominance, stopping just short of actual warfare. Those who speak the same language are joined to each other by a multitude of invisible bonds by nature herself, long before any human art begins; they understand each other and have the power of continuing to make themselves understood more and more clearly; they belong together and are by nature one and an inseparable whole.
Dattatreyaji said, “If India’s culture tended to become tolerant, accommodating, open-minded, deeply but not ostensibly spiritual and concerned with the common human welfare, then it is due to the great and relentless efforts of our great ancestors and leaders. Thanks to them our country has achieved a common culture, despite a staggering pluralistic society.”
Dr. Bajranglal Gupta who also addressed a session wanted the participants to be ready in the sphere of what is called “Intellectual Gymnastics and conceptual clarity is indeed the need of the hour.” He also added that modern science has accepted that in this holistic universe all minds and matters are interconnected at a deeper level. On the basis of this holistic vision, Indians have developed work ethos of life. They found that all work, physical or mental, managerial or administrative have to be directed towards a single purpose. The manifestation of the divinity in man by working for the good of others, for the happiness of others.Thus Indian ethos is required all over the world in present scenario in managing business and industry effectively and efficiently.
Earlier a public meet was held at the college auditorium, “On “Emancipation of Dalits” which was addressed by Prof Rakesh Sinha, Head, India Policy Foundation, New Delhi and Dr Sanjay Paswan, Former Union Minister Govt Of India and former MP, BJP.
Prof Sinha in his address regretted that despite the fact that ‘untouchability’ was abolished under the Constitution of 1950, the practice still remains a part of rural India.He called for the intellectual exchange with the Dalit leaders to end the social stigma once for all.Dr Sanjay Paswan said ,” Dalits constitute a little over one-sixth of India’s one billion people, have for generations been at the very bottom of the social ladder. They are kept outside, and subservient to hierarchical caste structure.Accounting for over 80 per cent of the landless agricultural workers and doing menial jobs for the rest of society, Dalits have been victims of class-related economic exploitation and regretted contrary to the expectations generated among people during the freedom struggle, Independence has not brought any significant change in their lives. He demanded a national broad stream should have a befitting dignified space for the alienated groups of society. In the current political scenario of India , Ambedkarism and nationalism are the two important steams. According to the nationalists the essence of India is Hindutva.
They want to protect it in all possible manners , the nationalist thnk that the Ambedkarites keep criticising Hindusim unnecessariliy, on the other hand Ambedkarites think that Hindusim is the root of exploitation of Dalits. Any argument in support of Hindutva is considered by them as a effort to provide to conceptual base for the exploitation of the Dalits. Only the confluence of the two will result in a broad stream of India.
Dr Paswan declared that a large part of the Dalit community believes that Hinduism belongs to them as much as it belongs to Non-Dalits,and the experience of those Dalits who left Hindusim and converted to other religion in the search of honour and respect,make it clear that the solution to the problem does not lie in abandoning Hinduism and thus remaining with in the fold of Hinduism and fighting for the rightful position is the best option for the Dalits. The minds of “Dalit”-Hindus know very well about the implications of converting themselves to non-Hindu religions in India. In fact, they love Hindu culture, tradition, heritage and civilization .As the entire burden and responsibility lie on Hindus, they should work sincerely and honestly to remove all social inequalities and injustice. Social evils may be there in every society, but they cannot be nurtured, justified or exploited in the name of religion, politics or otherwise for the benefit of themselves.The motive of Non-Hindu religions and their missionary activities in India, at present is to destabilize and disintegrate India through various social, economic and political blackmail.
Among those who attended the meet are Prof Brig Kishore Kuthiala, Prof. Makhanlal, Prof Rakesh Sinha, India Policy Foundation, Prof Shashi Dhimani, VC-M.P Tech University, Prof Sushma Yadav, IIPA New Delhi. This meet was chaired by newly appointed Convenor of Pragna Pravah, Prof Sadanand Sapre. Prant samyojaks of 32 different prants attended the meet.
Burying the politics of untouchabilityT. Satisan, KochiTHE clouds of political untouchability melted away for camaraderie between political opponents in Kerala, thanks to the courtesy expressed by both Congress and CPI-M in the state. But, that in both cases it was surrounding a single Sangh parivar leader is again an interesting matter for political observers. BJP national executive member and poet-cum-columnist Adv. P.S. Sreedharan Pillai was in the news last week for the aforementioned reasons. Two weeks back Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee’s (KPCC) publication cell published Pillais’s book “Onchium, Oru Marana Warrant” (Onchium, A Death Warrant), compilation of his columns published by different newspapers in the state. All articles are concerning legal, social and political aspects of the recent brutal assassination of CPM rebel leader TP Chandrasekhran. They discuss the post-murder police enquiry, media reports, court’s observations and CPI-M’s lapses. A ‘mini who is who’ of KPCC shared dais with the Sangh Parivar leader. Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Prof. P. J. Kurien, KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala, KPCC vice president Thalekkunnil Basheer and KPCC spokesman M.M. Hassan were the Congress leaders who addressed the well attended function organized in VJT Hall, Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. Chennithala stated that they intend to encourage good writers from all parties. Kerala Sahitya Academy chairman and well known novelist Perumbadavam Sreedharan and famous poet and environmentalist Sugathakumari released the first copy. The foreword has been penned by Ramesh Chennithala.
All channels and newspapers of Kerala gave much importance to the episode. Because, it was the first incident of that sort in Kerala. When some hints of controversy about the publishing of BJP leader’s book by Congress’ body came up, Sreedharn Pillai told the media that “Onchium, A Marana Warrant” was his 24th book and the proceeds of this book, like all his previous books, will be spent for the charity. He added that he loves to give the proceeds of this book to the widow and son of T.P. Chandrasekharan if they are not reluctant to receive it. Ramesh informed Sreedharn Pillai by the evening of the releasing day that all the printed copies of the book were sold out by dusk.
The author, in his speech, told that Indian system and culture were always for freedom of media and freedom of expression. Pt. Nehru was always for these strong pillars of democracy. The period of Emergency (1975-1977) was the only exception. But, that period did not last long.
Such a CPI-M gesture towards a Sangh parivar leader was unbecoming and incredible. In the past they not only did not invite Sangh Parivar representatives to their programme but also they made it a point not to accept any Sangh Parivar invitation to attend their programmes. After the first occasion rumour mills worked over time to blame Sangh Parivar for going closer to Congress. But, after PUKASA programme allegation turned the other way around. This time it was about BJP moving nearer to CPI-M. But one thing is clear, that is – political opponents will have to embrace men of wide acceptability and leaders with exemplary life style and scholarship even though they belong to Sangh parivar school of thoughts. Transparent politicians, social workers and men of letters look at these developments as the beginning of an era where men of social commitment, intellectual capacity, wide acceptance and professional excellence will be welcomed even by political opponents cutting across party and ideological lines. They believe that this trend should continue in the larger interests of the state and country.