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Sunday, June 26, 2016

If Bajrang Dal creates fear, instills insecurity among people in Mangalore, what Congress government in Karnataka is doing?

In Mangalore, the Bajrang Dal's politics of fear is ultimately about good business sense, says a report published in Scroll.

It tells us that Bajrang Dal is feared by people including mall owners, shop owners and common citizens.

Hence, there is a huge demand for private security. The Bajrang Dal runs its own security service to meet this demand.

So, if you need 'protection' from Bajrang Dal, you have no option but to again go to Bajrang Dal and hire their security personnel, who are obviously from the Bajrang Dal.

This business model is based on fear. You want to avoid extortion [paying hafta] or escape undue attention of those who don't need to fear the law, the best way is to pay them officially, through their agency.

Dhirendra K Jha's report that appeared in the Scroll, reveals how the the outfit has "managed to breed a sense of insecurity...(that) generates a demand for security guards, which are then supplied by a company run by the Bajrang Dal's top leader in Karnataka".

It quotes the leader, Saran Kumar. “All the supervisors and most of the security guards who work for the company are Bajrang Dal workers,” Sharan told Scroll.in. “As a Bajrang Dal leader, it is my duty to secure the livelihood of karyakartas [workers]", he says.

Ruling party ignores extortion, politics of fear: Congress' responsibility!

Once again, you end up criticising the Bajrang Dal for its strong-arm tactics. But who is responsible? After all, Bajrang Dal is just an outfit and if it is responsible for creating a 'climate of fear', there should be action against it.

It is Congress that rules Karnataka. Coastal Karnataka has been notorious for right-wing outfits' moral policing. Bajrang Dal, Ram Sene and other similar groups have been active here for long, still, Congress never took stern action against them.

The outfits that should have been banned, function openly and without fear of the law. Instead, they run a parallel government on the ground. How is it that Congress always allows such groups to be active in states that it has ruled for decade?

Shiv Sena is just another example. Congress ruled for most part of the last four decades or so, [from the beginning when Shiv Sena gained strength]. Its workers and leaders remained outside the purview of law. These groups also spread hatred and end up hurting Congress too.

Still, the party either fails to realise it or its leaders have sympathy for the Sangh's ideology. What else explains the manner in which the party has always been soft on Bajrang Dal--the militant arm of Sangh Parivar. Screenshot: Scroll.in

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Responsibility of RSS: Does Sangh approve of VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi's hate speeches?

Hate speeches have become the sure-shot way to get publicity in India.

They serve many other purposes like communal polarization.

With UP elections getting nearer, inflammatory speeches are more in vogue.

Sadhvi Prachi, who is known for her controversial statements, said:

"It is time to make India free of Muslims". That's a call for Genocide, isn't it?

The video went viral and is available online. [IE link]

Unlike many other countries in Europe where such comments can lead to imprisonment and tough penal action Indian 'system' is quite tolerant of them.

Sadhvi Prachi is not alone. There are many others like her. But enough has been written about them.
This post deals with another aspect:

Who should be blamed for her hate-speeches and which organisation should be held accountable?

Sadhvi Prachi is NOT a BJP leader. She is a VHP leader and VHP is linked to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Hence, it is RSS leadership that should be held accountable for her utterances.

1. RSS leaders say that they are 'nationalists'. RSS leaders talk about 'shuchita', morality in public life. So do they approve of such speeches? If they don't, shouldn't they clarify or give a dressing down to those who use such language.

2. Whenever there are such speeches, section of media doesn't go to the reserved or 'incommunicado' RSS leadership for comments, rather, ask BJP leaders. The relationship between all the arms of umbrella Sangh Parivar is known....

3. ...But Sadhvi Prachi is not in BJP, it's a fact. The speeches may help the party politically. However, the BJP conveniently says, "we have nothing to do with her", and it's right too. The speeches stoke communal hatred.

4. If RSS is conscious about its image and claims that it practices what it preaches, it should strongly denounce Sadhvi Prachi's language. Does RSS leadership, especially, its Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat, approve of such speeches? He must be asked and should make it clear.

5. There are legal provisions and, of course, police can take action. But mostly it doesn't happen. If ever an FIR is registered in such a case, charge-sheets take years and often case is withdrawn by the same or other government.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Raebareli man writes to President, complaining that Zee TV is spreading communal hatred in country, demands ban on channel

A man from Raibareli has written a letter to President Dr Pranab Mukherjee, demanding action on Zee TV.

The man--Mahdi Hasan Aini Qasmi, has written that Zee TV has been spreading hatred through its news stories, which is affecting communal harmony.

Qasmi has mentioned that some TV channels are indulging in vicious propaganda that is affecting the country.

But he has mentioned Zee TV specifically in the complaint. The letter in Hindi is attached with his email that has been sent to several media houses and journalists.

In India's democratic setup, the President may not order such an action, but Qasmi, who is pained with the coverage of TV channel, has written to the head of the state and the highest constitutional post in the country.

Zee TV has been facing flak for its coverage for quite sometime. Thousands have already signed the petition to ban Zee TV for airing 'biased and misleading journalism'.

READ: Petition demanding a ban on ZEE TV for 'biased and misleading journalism'

Qasmi's letter and its loose translation is here:



I am an Indian Muslim, my ancestors sacrificed their lives for freedom of the country.

 I belong to Nasirabad village in Raibareli, where people from each house participated in independence movement.

We tell the whole world with great pride that we are Indian Muslims. Whenever there is a threat to nation's integrity, we are ready to give our lives for the security of the nation.

Right now, attempts are being made to stoke communal passions in the country. Media has a role in vitiating the communal atmosphere and Zee TV is leading the pack, having taken up the task to spread falsehoods and hatred.

Such TV channels are weakening the foundation of our country, with their anti-national acts and their aim is to break the secular fabric of the country, by targeting the Ganja-Jamuni culture of the country.

These channels bring a bad name to the fourth estate. I urge  you to take cognisance of this complaint and order a ban on Zee News. Such a channel that spreads lies and wants to throw the nation into fires of communal hatred has no place in our country.

Mahdi Hasan Aini Qasmi,
Nasirabad, Raebareli (UP)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Samajwadi Party, RJD-JDU failure to create own media unlike third front parties in South Indian states

The Samajwadis [socialists] have been a political force in North India for decades.

In Uttar Pradesh, Mulayam Singh Yadav's SP has been the main party.

But, they continue to get bad press, compared to other parties.

Dozens are killed in BJP-ruled Haryana and violence of such scale that hadn't been seen anywhere in India  but media would never call it 'Jungle Raj'.

Similar was the situation during the Patidar agitation in Gujarat. There were attacks on police stations, houses of ministers, firing led to deaths, and there was complete breakdown of law-and-order, but it was NOT TERMED JUNGLE-RAJ.

The reason is North India's Hindi press [also Hindi channels] is pro-BJP and is biased towards third parties. From mid-80s, Mulayam Singh has faced a hostile Dainik Jagran, Aaj, Amar Ujala and Swatantra Bharat.

However, he always used 'largesse', 'freebies' and other ways to keep owners and journalists of these groups in good humour. But time and again, the same groups have been uncharitable and excessively critical of his party.

These were the media groups that were soft on BJP and even supported it during the Rath Yatra. These groups created communalism and divided Indian society. Yet, Mulayam Singh Yadav and his SP never probably gave a thought to setting up their own media.

The situation is not too different in Bihar. As long as Nitish Kumar was with BJP, he was 'Sushasan Babu', but if BJP is not in the power, it will always be 'Jungle Raj', either it's Lalu or Nitish at the helm. But 'third parties' still fail to understand this?

Are they fools? Or they have no vision? How can, such 'ghaagh' politicians be so vision-less?

They support Zee TV or India TV, despite knowing that these channels will always bite the hand that feeds them, and will defame their governments.

In South India, every party has its channel. Either its DMK or AIADMK, TDP or TRS.

Even AIMIM has a big Urdu paper and a local cable TV channel. What stops the 'third parties' from doing it in North India.

They don't lack funds. The third parties haven't been able to create their internet wings either. We will talk of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) later, though it has also failed to set up its media arm.

PHOTO  COURTESY: INDIA TODAY website www.indiatoday.in

Starting and breaking fast with Cannon blast in Raisen: Age-old tradition during Ramzan in Madhya Pradesh

It is an age-old tradition that continues till date.

Everyday during the holy month of Ramzan, the devout start and break their fast with the sound of cannon blast in Raisen.

The cannon is taken up to the fort on the top of the hill just before Ramzan [Ramadan] every year, in this Madhya Pradesh town.

This old cannon is kept in the Collectorate's treasury for the remaining part of the year.

However, during Ramzan, it is taken to the fort, and it's fired twice--before dawn when the 'roza' [fast] begins and later in the evening, to signal the 'iftar' [breaking the fast].

It is probably the only place in the country where this tradition continues. Raisen is now a district but was once part of Bhopal riyasat, the princely state of Bhopal, and is situated nearly 35 km from Bhopal.

Sakhawatullah now has the responsibility to fire the cannon. The Shahar Qazi, municipal corporation and local Muslims jointly bear the expenses of the gunpowder that is used every year to fire the cannon, here.

The cannon blast sound is heard for several kilometers as it is fired from the top of the hill. People in the town and scores of villages nearby break their fast with the 'top ki awaz'. Photo Courtesy: Dainik Bhaskar

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Now an arms training camp in Aligarh, no trust on police: Is right-wing preparing for a war in UP?

Uttar Pradesh seems to have become the state from where only bad news comes these days.

Now an arms training camp is being reported from Aligarh. News agency uses the term, 'Self-defence camp'.

The organisers claimed it is to protect them from 'Love Jihadis'. It is well-known that 'Love Jihad' was a term coined by right-wing.

The aim was to stoke communal passions and create religious divide between Hindus and Muslims.

Various organisations are holding such camps across UP. From Durga Vahini to Aryaveer Dal, it's as if, they are preparing for a war.

In most of the cases, there is no permission from the district authorities.

Besides, the question is whether there is no trust in State or police, that such groups have begun imparting training. And clearly the training is to fight not the enemies of the country, but 'own countrymen'.

Not three or four, he married 55 women: Man who wedded 55 times, dies in Rajasthan

While most people barely get to marry once in their lifetime, Jiyaram Jat had 55 weddings in his life.

Jat, who hailed from Barmer in Rajastha, was a charlatan who kept marrying girls, one after the other.

Hindustan Times has reported his modus operandi which was unique. He operated in the part of Rajasthan where child marriage is rampant and the girl is married off at an early age.

However, the girl is not sent to groom's house for many years, until she gets mature. The 'gauna' ritual takes place later and hence when the groom comes, the girl doesn't recognise him as she was a child at the time of marriage.

Posing as groom, he would go to the bride's house, introduce himself as the husband, and would cohibit, before escaping with valuables from the house.

In areas, where women members of the household don't even speak to son-in-law, he took advantage of the customs. Most families won't report it, as they feared 'ignominy'.

The victims would not report in most cases, as an FIR would lead to the real groom's family getting to know about the incident.

Hence, he managed to continue his acts, for years. The first case was registered against him in 1994.

He had several cases of sexual harassment and molestation against him. Hindustan Times reports that Jat would only strike when women were alone in the house.

“He would walk into such households after nightfall and introduce himself as the girl’s husband.

Since she was married in childhood, she wouldn’t recognise him,” the officer said.

He would then cohibit with the bride, and decamp with the jewellery to be sent with the girl to her in-laws before daybreak.

Read the story. Man who slept with 55 brides, jamai raja dies alone