Sunday, October 19, 2008

Non Violent Hindus - 2

silenzer wrote:

Thank Bhagavan, in India our economy is booming. We have kept Indian muslims under check. We make them practice our customs and traditions.

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Dear Sir,

No doubt as compare to Pakistan there exist an strong Civil Society and Free Press with an Strong Democratic Traditions in India.

Is this the way to check Jihadi Muslims and getting them follow the Indian Traditions/Customs?

"Hey Ram - genocide in the land of Gandhi"

"All of them have done it together in collusion. Vehicles full of people were coming from outside. If the police and SRP had supported us, so many Muslims would not have died. They surrounded them, and got them killed."

"It was pre-planned only in that area, just at that time, phones were cut down, electricity was cut. Who doesn't hold one's life dear? To save our lives, some ran that way. We didn't know there was a mob of about 500 waiting with petrol and swords. Whoever went, they raped and killed them. When children cried for water, they poured petrol into their mouths. They raped, they burnt everything. When life did not go easily, they pierced people with iron rods and killed them. The police clearly said: "We have no orders to help you". Tell me, what can we do?"

"They dragged people out of their houses. Young girls and women were raped by them, and then they burnt everyone together. I saw corpses in fron of houses, in very bad condition - burnt and naked."

"There were 11 people in my sisters family. Only three are left - in the hospital. The other were finished, burnt. My sister had money. She said: "Take the money, spare my children". They said: "No! You have to die!" They poured kerosene and petrol over her and burnt her. Even now if you go, you will find dead bodies in every house. My mother-in-law' s sister and some others
were burnt with their children. What could we do, tell me? There was no one to support us! What happened was terrible! My pregnant niece's stomach was cut open, the foetus taken and thrown into the fire. Look at our situation! They ask us: Why did you burn our train?""

"In front of my eyes, they burnt my grandmother and two cousins. They raped a woman and cut her arms. In front of me they took out a foetus from a mother's belly, showed it around and put a sword through it. They told us to say "Shri Ram". They took us to a temple nearby, put tikkas on our forehead and asked us to say "Shri Ram". They killed whoever did not do so."

Narendra Modi on Gujarat:

“With the entire population of Gujarat very angry at what happened in Godhra much worse was expected” (Times of India Feb 28 2002)

“Asked about the violence, Modi quoted Newton’s third law — ‘every action has an equal and opposite reaction’— to virtually justify what is happening.” (The Times of India 3 March 2003)

Referring to Congress Party’s so called policy of appeasement of Muslims with sarcasm Modi said:

“I told them [the Congress] I got Narmada water in the month of Sharavan, if they had it their way …. They would have got in Ramzan.” (Star TV played this speech repeatedly on September 15-16 2002)

“What should we do? Run relief camps for them [Muslims]? Do we want to open baby-producing centres?”


Political direction and police support enable the death squads of the Hindu Right to run riot in Muslim neighbourhoods in Gujarat.

PRAVEEN SWAMI in Ahmedabad

Guajarat 2006 Is Deadlier Than 2002 By Prashant Jha 19 October, 2006 Countercurrents. org

Short, stocky, and balding, Babubhai Rajabhai Patel can pass off as a normal, middle-class trader. Only, he isn't one. Babu Bajrangi, as Patel likes to be called, says he runs an NGO, Navchetan Sangathan. Sitting in his 'office' in Ajanta Ellora Complex in Naroda in Ahemdabad, Bajrangi is surrounded by images of RSS ideologues KS Hedgewar and Guru Golwalkar, a map of Akhand Bharat, and his own photographs, with politicians or in public meetings.

Bajrangi claims to be a social worker. "I rescue Hindu women who are lured by Muslims. I hate such marriages." As soon as Bajrangi gets to know of any such union, he kidnaps and sends the girl back home; and beats up the Muslim boy. "It's fun. Only last week, we made one such man eat his own shit thrice," he says. Bajrangi's operation is ruthless and effective. He claims to have 'saved' 725 Hindu women this way. And what about the law? "What I do is illegal, but it is moral. And anyway, the government is ours."

Last Refuge Of The Scoundrel By Praful Bidwai 30 March, 2005 Khaleej Times

Public memory is notoriously short. But politicians' memory can be shorter. In the mid-1960s, India's Congress party joined hands with the Left to make a simple yet persuasive demand: withdraw Brigadier-General Paul Tibbetts from the United States embassy in New Delhi. Tibbetts was the pilot who had dropped the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. He never expressed remorse for this act of mass destruction. He was soon removed as military attaché.

Nobody then thought that issues of diplomatic protocol, "courtesy" and "sovereign" rights of states come prior to the moral-political imperative of preventing, protesting and punishing grave crimes against humanity, such as the nuclear bombing of Japan.

By contrast, the US denial of a visa to Narendra Modi has caused a great outpouring of crude nationalistic anger in India. Washington has been accused of 'discourtesy' and 'interference' in India's affairs. Some secularists who rightly hold Modi responsible for India's worst state-sponsored pogrom of a religious minority sided with the Bharatiya Janata Party on this.

The Hindu Rashtra Of Gujarat By V.B.Rawat 27 September, 2005

What is in the name:

Welcome to Amdavad, are the new signboards in the main roads of Ahemdabad and a serious reader of the events in Gujarat can make out of the situation in Gujarat. Apart from this, the certificate given by the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and now United Nations Development Programme to Gujarat for best-governed state in India exposes the hollowness of these institutions, who play with economic data without taking into account the issue of freedom from fear, freedom from want and freedom to live in dignity as suggested by Secretary General Kofee Annan, in his famous report 'in larger freedom', to the United Nations. Chief Minister Narendra Modi is enjoying every bit of this now with great hoardings about his achievements all over the
state and claiming how his 'enemies' are also eulogizing his work. However, it is another matter
that the threat to Modi does not come from the so-called secular camp but the very follower of Hindu Rastra brigade, on whose back he rose to become the mascot of Hindutva in India.


Crime and complicity

Was the Gujarat government being thick-skinned or was it just wishful thinking? After the Supreme Court described the leaders of the Gujarat government as "modern day Neros who were looking elsewhere when innocent children and women were burning", and ordered the re-trial of the Best Bakery case in Maharashtra, the Gujarat government filed an appeal recently against the transfer. While dismissing the petition, the Court came down even heavily on the Gujarat State government saying that its "sympathies were more for the accused than the victims".

Serious lapses by the state and the judiciary in Gujarat have been brought to light by the Supreme Court in several of the cases relating to the 2002 communal pogrom. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has also played an active role in bringing out the injustices in the State. Dionne Bunsha has compiled some of the remarks and observations made by the Supreme Court and the NHRC and the Central Bureau of Investigation' s comments:

The Supreme Court's remarks:

*When a large number of witnesses have turned hostile it should have raised a reasonable suspicion that the witnesses were being threatened or coerced. The public prosecutor did not take any step to protect the star witness who was to be examined on May 17, 2003, especially when four out of seven injured witnesses had on May 9, 2003, resiled from the statements made during investigation. Zahira Sheikh, the star witness, had specifically stated on affidavit about the threat given to her and the reason for her not coming out with the truth during her examination before the Court on May 17, 2003.

The National Human Rights Commission indicts the Gujarat government for its failure to contain communal violence in the State.


ON April 1, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) released its proceedings on the Gujarat situation, with its preliminary comments and recommendations. Its report, prepared after an NHRC team visited Gujarat from March 19 to 22, is kept confidential for the time being. The Commission is awaiting the State and Central governments' responses to the report, which it has asked them to submit within two weeks. The team was led by NHRC Chairperson Justice J.S. Verma and included Secretary-General P.C.Sen, Special Rapporteur Chaman Lal and Justice
Verma's private secretary Y.S.R. Murthy. It visited Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Godhra and held discussions with Chief Minister Narendra Modi, senior State government officials, eminent citizens, including retired Chief Justices and Judges of the High Court, former civil servants, the leaders of political parties, representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the business community, private citizens and, most important, the victims of the communal violence.

National Human Rights Commission Chairperson Justice J.S. Verma at a relief camp in Ahmedabad.

Justice Verma, who is a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, told the State officials that normalcy had not been restored in the State even three weeks after the Godhra incident. He reminded them that the NHRC served as a facilitator to improve the quality of governance, which was essential to ensure that human rights were respected.

It was perhaps the first time that the NHRC has intervened in a decisive manner in a situation of this kind since its inception in 1993. It had intervened in a limited way in Orissa after a 'super cyclone' struck the State in 1999 and in Gujarat following the earthquake in 2001, to ensure that the victims were rehabilitated expeditiously and that their dignity was restored. The Commission noted that in these instances the human tragedy was caused by natural disasters and its intervention was aimed at ensuring that the rights of all, particularly the most vulnerable sections, were respected. "In the present instance, however, the death and destruction sadly resulted from the inhumanity of human beings towards other human beings, and the large-scale violation of human rights. This, therefore, requires a response from the Commission of a qualitatively different kind," it observed.

In its preliminary comments, the NHRC has not explicitly held the Narendra Modi government guilty of complicity in the violence against Muslims. This was perhaps in keeping with the need to maintain propriety and objectivity as it wanted to give an opportunity to the State government to reply to its comprehensive report. However, the preliminary comments suggest that there was prima facie reason to hold the Modi government guilty of complicity.

The comments are based on the State government's response to its suo motu notice that was sent on March 1. In its proceedings on March 1, the NHRC observed that the situation in Gujarat, as reported in the media, warranted its intervention to prevent any negligence in protecting the human rights of the people irrespective of their religion. On March 6, the NHRC observed that media reports suggested that the administration had not done the needful. It also noted that media reports attributing certain statements to the Police Commissioner of Ahmedabad and the Chief Minister raised serious questions about some aspects of governance that affected human rights.

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