BHUBANESWAR: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Orissa recently came heavily on the move of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), which termed the freedom fighter Bhagat Singh as terrorist in the Civil Services Main Examinations. RSS reaction came after a question in the Civil Services Main Examination, conducted by UPSC, asked the students to evaluate the ?revolutionary terrorism? of one of the best-known martyrs of Indian freedom struggle?Bhagat Singh. The question was part of the general studies part-I paper which was held recently. ?The word terrorism has negative connotations in the minds of the masses and the UPSC tried to equate Osama bin Laden and other terrorists with Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, and we will not allow it to happen,? said RSS.
The Sangh further said, ?This is an insult to freedom fighters. How can Bhagat Singh be equated with Osama Bin Laden? It is ironic that even after sixty odd years of our Independence, we have not been able to judge the role of our revolutionaries and give them proper respect. Should those heroes be branded as ?terrorists?, who kissed the gallows with smiles on their faces, without showing any traces of fear and died with only one slogan inquilab zindabad on their lips?? RSS asked.
Protest of Hindu Jagaran Samukhya against settling
Bangladeshi Muslims in Orissa
BHUBANESWAR: In a press conference the state president of Hindu Jagaran Samukhya, Shri Ashok Sahu protested against the proposed settlement of migrant Muslims from Bangladesh who were affected in the accidental fire at an area in Bhubaneswar on October 24 night. Welcoming the efforts by various charity organisations with emergency relief materials to help the poor and indigent after the incident, he took strong objection to the government proposal to settle them on government land and grant them financial assistance to the tune of Rs 20,000-25,000 per family from public exchequer. Shri Sahu stated that when the old encroachers on the Malisahi were shifted to areas outside the Municipal limit there was no mosque, but it was constructed at a later stage. The illegal migrants who came from Bangladesh have been staying there illegally in pursuance to a well-planned conspiracy to have a vote bank on communal lines. About 98 per cent of the affected people are Bangladeshi Muslims who might have voters? identity cards issued by authorities in Midnapur and Murshidabad districts of West Bengal. But they have no right to stay in Orissa where more than 35 per cent of the population is below poverty line and victim of government indifference and negligence.
On behalf of the Samukhya, Shri Sahu demanded that the illegal migrants should be expelled from the encroached areas and then they should be identified and expelled from the state under provision of the Foreigners Act, 1948. In as many as 18 urban areas and many inaccessible rural areas such Bangladeshi Muslims have infiltrated to settle down as permanent residents. Their total number is more than 20 lakh, which is more than the indigenous Muslim population of the state. He urged the government to come out with a statement stating what it is going to do with these migrant Muslims. Shri Sahu further said that in case the state government fails to perform its constitutional duty to protect the state from infiltration by foreign Muslims, the Hindu Jagaran Samukhya would be compelled to resort to agitational programmes as the next option.