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Naipaul vs Karnad, pro-Muslim and anti-Muslim and Fact vs Fiction: Negationism in Indian History

நவம்பர் 8, 2012

Naipaul vs Karnad, pro-Muslim and anti-Muslim and Fact vs Fiction: Negationism in Indian History

Vedaprakash

Pro-Muslim and anti-Muslim stances at the Literary Festival: It is strange to watch that the popular writers violate the code of decorum and start flaring-up with egoist outburst or emotions attacking other. The Mumbai Lit fest on 02-11-2912 (Friday) witnessed such a kind of major drama when veteran actor and theatre artist Girish Karnad slammed 2001 Nobel Prize laureate VS Naipaul[1] and called him anti-Muslim[2]. Karnad, who was present at the lit-fest on Friday to conduct a class on theatre, spoke at length about Naipaul. He said, “Now Mr Naipaul has written three books on India, three very big books and if you read them you will find that not one of them contains any reference to music. He has gone through the whole of India without responding to Indian music. Now I think that this only means that he is tone deaf. That’s my reading of the situation but then there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be tone deaf. He has no music and therefore no conception of what the Muslims contributed to our history. This concept of what the Muslims did in Indian history clearly shows that he has no idea of at least the music bit.” He also attacked Naipaul for his reported visit to BJP office after Babri mosque demolition in December 1992[3]. Dwelling on Naipaul’s anti-Islam stance in his writing, he said, “Given that music defines our daily existence… you find it in the streets, in the restaurants and so on… you would expect an exploration of India to comment on that.” It is not known how he had chosen the platform to vent out his ego to turn against Naipaul under the bogey of “anti-Muslim” stance, which was not at all relevant or subject of the Lit-Fest organized.

Music with the Saints of Bakti and Fakirs of Sufism[4]: Karnad said one had to understand different strains of music. The Bhakti and Sufi movements often overlapped. If one had to understand Indian culture, how Hindus and Muslims and the whole historical process reacted, one had to know music. “If you don’t know music, you cannot understand it, and I think this is, let me state right away at the beginning, this is one problem with Mr. Naipaul’s analysis of Indian culture.” Referring to the analysis of Indian culture and music by certain Indologists, Karnad said the whole matrix was already there — the foreigners came, they looked at Indian culture, they saw pristine Hindu culture, they saw that it was corrupted and it was corrupted by Muslims. “Anyone who has read Naipaul’s books will immediately recognise this matrix, which, he claims, he arrived at himself but it is already there in any Indological study long before Naipaul, nearly 200 years before he wrote his books… He writes, for instance, India was ravaged by the Muslim invaders. They ruled it severely, ravaged it for five or six centuries, and they left nothing and they brought poverty to India and so on.” Not only did he cast aspersions on the credibility of some accounts in Naipaul’s book “India: A Wounded Civilisation”, Karnad also lashed out at the Nobel laureate for his critical views on the influence of Islam on India[5]. He went on to say Naipaul had no music and therefore no conception of what the Muslims contributed to Indian history. He also commented that he was not an Indian[6]. “Naipaul is a foreigner and he is entitled to his opinion. But why give an award to a man who calls Indian Muslims ‘raiders’ and ‘marauders’? I have Muslim friends and I feel strongly about this,” he said[7]. It is not known as to why he all of sudden he could not have relished the hard and bitter facts of the Muslims marauding India starting with the invasion of Sind in 712 CE. Ironically, orthodox Muslims do not accept music as a part of Islam, as it is “anathema / haram”!

Music alone does not decide the contribution of the Muslims to India: Karnad must have known about the nuances of Indian music and also that of the Arabs, which he decided to call “Muslim”. It is not the fusion, as now the modern manipulators call the bastardization of mixing “western” and “Indian” styles of music together to create more noise to hate the original. The Muslims have done exactly the same thereby, the Indians were forced to accept such bastardized mixture of unsynchronizable notes. The Muslim Sufis actually tried to imitate Indian method of worship to convert Indians. Perhaps, any music critic could contend or settle with telling that every music form has certain individual characteristics. Therefore, if Karnad stands for the “contribution of Muslims to India”, he should spell out what type of contribution he is talking about, including the destruction of temples, breaking of idols, raping Indian women and keeping them in their harems, just to mention a few. By pointing out this, the “secularists” could very well dub it as “communal”, but truth is truth only, in spite of arguments put forward.

Karnard – not prepared to answer: Not everyone in the gathering, however, was willing to buy Karnad’s arguments. When the session was thrown open to the audience, Naipaul’s friend, writer Farrokh Dhondy, rose to ask a question. But Karnad refused to entertain any queries from him. “This is like a court where the prosecution has been presenting its case without giving any opportunity to the defence,” Dhondy remarked in anger. This is the typical present day mentality of scholars as they take shelter under such pretext to escape from facing inconvenient questions from the common people or learned people. Many times, conferences, seminars and workshops have symposiums, memorial lectures and so on, but the speakers or paper-readers never care to respond or the organizers cleverly protect them by telling “No questions”! In other words, the speakers just come to talk about what he knew or what he could speak about conveniently just to get TA and DA. He is not bothered about the quality of his speech. Many times, the audience might not be interested in listening to such forced speeches making most of them to either sleep or talk about their personal affairs.

Did Muslims not destroy temples, break idols etc in India?: Even school and college students know that what Muslims have done to India, in spite of the secularization of social processes and white-washing the atrocities committed by them and totally removing such topics in the history or Civics text books. Any Indian visits temples, mutts, ghats and other places of religion, he could easily understand who were responsible for the broken temples, damaged sculptures, ruined mantaps, smashed idols etc., with the patch-up work carried on and restored by the Archaeological department. In fact, there have been inscriptions to vouchsafe that the Muslims did so. Of course, the Muslim chronicles have recorded with pride how the Mohammedans carried out their jihad in cleaning the kufruness in India by their holy act of demolishing temples and breaking idols. Therefore, it is ironical that the learned celebrity like Karnad should have tried to negate such historical past. In any case, he cannot prevent the candidates to read such stuff, when they prepare for competitive examinations, particularly, Civil Service Examinations every year.

Lit-Fest organizers – Secularists or communalists?: Anil Dharker, director of Mumbai LitFest, said on 03-11-2912 (Saturday) he was taken aback by playwright Girish Karnad’s attack on Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul, who was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the event[8]. “After all, we had invited him to speak about his journey in theatre, and Naipaul had nothing to do with that,” Mr. Dharker said in a statement. “Even the packed audience had come to listen to Karnad’s talk about theatre.” Dharker said he was all for free speech but free speech pre-supposed a dialogue, not diatribe. “Karnad’s two objections to Naipaul getting the Landmark Literature Live Lifetime Achievement Award are demonstrably false. Naipaul is of Indian origin, so we are not rewarding a foreigner. As for Naipaul being anti-Muslim, his wife Nadira is Muslim and her two children are being bought up as Muslim. Naipaul writes about how Muslim rulers and invaders of the past destroyed temples, monuments and so on. That’s historical facts, and who can argue against that? That does not make V.S. Naipaul anti-Muslim,” he pointed out. He also resented the implication that the organisers were somehow not secular. “I am a trustee of the Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), led by Teesta Setalvad, and we have been fighting over 200 cases in court against [Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra] Modi and his government over the 2002 violence.” So by opposing Modi, one could become a secularist! In a statement, he added that, “I am all for free speech but free speech presupposes a dialogue, not a diatribe. Karnad’s two objections to Naipaul getting the award are demonstrably false,” Dharker said in a statement.

Taslima Nasreen opposing Naipaul and supporting Kanard – an opportunist act or showing that she is a Muslim: The controversial comments have sparked off a debate on web with author Taslima Nasreen tweeting in support of Karnad. Nasreen on Saturday tweeted that Naipaul was an Islamophobe. “Girish Karnad is right, Naipaul is tone deaf, wrote nothing about Indian music in his big books on India. Naipaul is a mean Islamophobe writer,” the Bangladeshi writer posted on the micro-blogging website[9]. She also called Naipaul ‘a male chauvinistic pig’ for his earlier statement claiming that he found no woman worth his literary match. Responding to a tweet she claimed, while “Girish Karnad is neither a Hindu hater nor Muslim hater, Naipaul is definitely Muslim hater.” She added that Naipaul would not have been so famous if he had written his books in one of the regional languages of India. “If Naipaul wrote his books in one of the Indian regional languages, he would have been an unknown writer even in India,” she said. She commented that, “If Naipaul wrote his books in one of the Indian regional languages, he would have been an unknown writer even in India”. Festival organiser Anil Dharker expressed dismay over the controversy saying, “We were all taken aback by Girish Karnad’s attack on VS Naipaul. After all, we had invited him to speak about his journey in theatre and Mr Naipaul had nothing to do with that!”. However, Karnard refused to apologize[10] for his outburst during the function, “I completely stand by my statement. I haven’t made any mistake, rather I came prepared for it,” Karnad said, as his remarks shocked the organisers of the Festival.

Naipaul – is a Hindu or Muslim?: Religion perhaps does not play any role in case of rich or popular people and celebrities, unless they are communal. V. S. Naipaul has married to a Muslim lady and his children are raised as Muslims only. Speaking about the incident later, Dhondy said Naipaul never made the remarks about Ayodhya Karnad had attributed to him. “In fact, his wife, Nadira, is a Muslim and so is his adopted son. By not letting me quiz him, Karnad imposed censorship, something that he himself vehemently opposes,” Dhondy said[11]. Naipaul was married to English woman Patricia Hale for 41 years, until her death from cancer in 1996. According to an authorised biography by Patrick French, the two shared a close relationship when it came to Naipaul’s work—Pat was a sort of unofficial editor for Naipaul—but the marriage was not a happy one in other respects[12]. Naipaul regularly visited prostitutes in London, and later had a long-term abusive affair with another married woman, Margaret Gooding, which his wife was aware of. Prior to Hale’s death, Naipaul proposed to Nadira Naipaul, a divorced Pakistani journalist, born Nadira Khannum Alvi[13]. They were married two months after Hale’s death, at which point Naipaul also abruptly ended his affair with Gooding. Nadira Naipaul had worked as a journalist for the Pakistani newspaper, The Nation, for ten years before meeting Naipaul. She was divorced twice before her marriage to Naipaul and has two children from a previous marriage, Maliha Naipaul and Nadir[14].

Karnad’s views appeared in Hindusthan Times[15]: His interview appeared clearly proves that he wanted to white-wash the atrocities of the Muslims committed in India. Girish Karnad spoke to HT’s Pankti Mehta on the sidelines of the Literature Live festival in Mumbai, a day after criticising VS Naipaul.

You were supposed to speak about your journey in theatre but criticised Naipaul. Isn’t that misusing the forum you were given?

What would be the point of questioning the award after the festival was over? This was a far more engaging topic. I’m sure the audience was interested. I stand by what I said. And I did speak about theatre in the second part.

 

The organisers gave Naipaul the award for a lifetime of work, including fiction. You critiqued only his non-fiction work about India. Even if we grant that you have a point, how can you judge his work based on just this?

Naipaul himself says that his non-fiction work, particularly about India, is his most important. You can definitely judge a writer by what he thinks is his best work. Even if it weren’t, it wouldn’t matter to me if his outrageous statements were only 10% of his work. As an awarding body, you have to take their implications into account.

 

Was it fair to criticise someone who wasn’t there to defend himself? You  didn’t allow (British writer who is Naipaul’s friend) Farrukh Dhondy to speak at the end.

Even if we had the time, I wouldn’t have opened it to a dialogue, because it was my talk, not anyone else’s. It would have become a tussle between Dhondy and me. Naipaul has said so many things against the Muslims – have they been there to defend themselves when he did?

 

Mr Dhondy says Naipaul never made many of the statements you cited. What are your sources?

I can’t vouch for each word I quoted because I wasn’t there, but this is what has been recorded in articles in newspapers and on the internet. And I only cited stray incidents, while Naipaul has over and over again said in different media that he supports the Babri Masjid demolition. He has also said, in his own writings, that Muslims have destroyed Indian culture. That’s what I have a major problem with.

 

How can Naipaul be anti-Muslim when he is married to a Muslim?

I don’t want to comment on his private life. I’m sure he loves his wife very much. But as I said, he has written and made public statements about how Muslims have destroyed Indian culture. That’s what I see in the open and what I spoke about.

 

Many Indian-origin writers live abroad, so what’s wrong if he comments about this country?

Naipaul hadn’t visited the country for the first 25 years of his life and has never lived in India. He is a foreigner. By the logic of origin, Mr Dhondy is Iranian!

 

V. S . Naipaul at Thinkfest in Goa[16]: Karnad was not there when Naipaul was sitting with a Muslim in Goa! Yes, a day after playwright Girish Karnad accused VS Naipaul of an anti-Muslim bias, Naipaul appeared at the Think fest in Goa alongside Arab poet Adonis. “…Adonis is a great Arab poet. Adonis is a secular poet. In India, this word has a very narrow meaning: it means belonging to one party or another. But for Adonis it is a much bigger idea; he wants to celebrate Mediterranean civilisation,” said Naipaul. After all, the celebrities compromise!

Writers, actors, literary experts want awards, rewards and titles: The simple logic is that writers, actors, literary experts want awards, rewards and titles. If one gets and the other does not get, immediately, jealousy starts working vigorously. So by doing any gimmicks on any platform, if they could prove their loyalties to any vested groups, they do it immediately eyeing for their support. After all, for nomination one has to manipulate and pull strings, as otherwise, even the genuine artist or scholar or writer would not get any honour. Ironically, in some cases one has to nominate himself as “the best” to get award! So he / she cannot feel ashamed of doing so! Some of them aping for honours till date or even after death. There have been many such celebrities dreaming for posthumous awards!

Vedaprakash

07-11-2012


[1] Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad “V. S.” Naipaul, TC is an Trinidadian-British writer of Indo-Trinidadian heritage of Bhumihar Brahmin known for his novels focusing on the legacy of the British Empire’s colonialism.

[4] K.A. Nizami, Aziz Ahmad, S.A.A. Rizvi, Richard M. Eaton, Carl W. Ernst,and others have elaborately dealt with the role of Sufis in the medieval Indian society by imitating Indian cultural methods to attract and convert Hindus. Therefore, such motivated experimentation with entirely different intention cannot be appreciated for their so called syncretism or fusion to create anything new. If that intention had been genuine then, India would not have experienced the acts of Islamic fundamentalism, fanaticism and terrorism through which millions have been killed, lalhs tortured, thousands of temples destroyed, and so on.

[12] Reynolds, Nigel (27 March 2008). “Sir Vidia Naipaul admits his cruelty may have killed wife”The Daily Telegraph (UK). Retrieved 27 March 2008.

[14] Balbir K. Punj (21 January 2003). “There was life before Islam”The Asian Age. Retrieved 21 January 2003.

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ராஜிவ்-மொஹந்தா உடன்படிக்கையினை மறைத்த-மறந்த சோனியா மேய்னோ: 1985ல் ராஜிவ் காந்தி மற்றும் அப்பொழுதைய முதல் அமைச்சர் பொருபுல்ல மொஹந்தா இடையே கையெழுத்தான உடன்படிக்கையின்படி[1],

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  • 1971ற்கு பிறகு வந்தவர்கள் நாடு கடத்தப் படுவார்கள்.

ஆனால், சோனியா இதைப் பற்றிக் கொஞ்சம் கூட கவலைப் படாமல், கைகளை ஆட்டிக் கொண்டு கோபத்துடன் தனது எம்பிக்களைத் தூண்டி விட்டுக் கொண்டு பாராளுமன்றத்தில் கலாட்டா செய்கிறாறாம்! உண்மையில் இதெல்லாமே, தேசவிரோத சரத்துகள் தாம். இப்படி முஸ்லீம்களை, இந்தியாவிற்குள் நுழைய விடுவதற்கு என்ன காரணம் என்று யாரும் விளக்குவதில்லை. இஸ்லாம் பெயரால், போரிட்டு, மக்களைக் கொன்று, ரத்தம் சிந்தி, பிணங்களின் மீது நடந்து சென்று பாகிஸ்தானை உண்டாக்கியப் பிறகு[2], எதற்கு பாகிஸ்தானிலிருந்து முஸ்லீம்களை இப்படி சட்டவிரோதமாக இறக்குமதி செய்யவேண்டும்? 1947லிருந்தே காங்கிரஸ் அசாமில் அபாயகரமான, தேசவிரோத செயல்களில் தான் ஈடுபாட்டு வந்துள்ளது[3]. இன்று அசாம் பிரச்சினைக்கு மதசாயம் பூசக் கூடாது என்று வெட்கமில்லாமல் பேசும் சோனியா காங்கிரஸ் அன்று முதல் மதரீதியில் தான் செயல்பட்டு வந்துள்ளது. அதாவது முஸ்லீம் ஓட்டுவங்கியை உருவாக்க வேண்டும், அதன் மூலம் தேர்தலை வெல்லவேண்டும் என்றுதான் குறிக்கோள். 1947-1979 மற்றும் 1979-1985 காலக்கட்டங்களில் காங்கிரஸின் செயல்பாடுகளை நினைவு படுத்துக் கொண்டால், இந்த உண்மையினை அறிந்து கொள்ளலாம். 1983ம் வருடத்தில் 10-20 ஓட்டுகள் வாங்கி காங்கிரஸ் ஜெயித்த கதை இங்குதான் நடந்துள்ளது[4]. இப்பொழுது 2014 தேர்தல் வருகிறது என்று நினைவில் கொள்ளவேண்டும்.

உள்துறை அமைச்சர்கள் இந்தியாவிற்கு எதிராக செயல்பட்ட முறை: 25 ஆண்டுகள் ஆகியும், காங்கிரஸ் அதைப் பற்றிக் கண்டுகொள்ளவில்லை[5]. 1980களில் ராஜிவ் காந்தி உடன்படிக்கைகள் என்று பலவற்றில் வலியவந்து கையெழுத்துப் போட்டார். ஆனால், நிறைவேற்ற அத்தகைய வேகத்தைக் காட்டவில்லை[6]. காங்கிரஸ்காரர்கள் வேறு விருப்பங்களில் ஆழ்ந்திருந்தார்கள். போபோர்ஸ் வழக்கை வைத்துக் கொண்டு பிரச்சினையையும் திசைத்திருப்பினர்[7]. அந்த உடன்படிக்கையின்படி, அந்நியர்கள் வெளியேற்றப்பட வேண்டுமானால், உள்துறை அமைச்சகம் வேலை செய்திருக்க வேண்டும்[8], ஆனால், காங்கிரஸ் கட்சி உள்துறை அமைச்சர்கள் அதைக் கண்டுகொள்ளமலேயே இருந்து வந்தனர்[9]. அதாவது அவர்கள் அப்படி இருக்கச் சொல்லப் பட்டது அல்லது முஸ்லீம் லாபிற்குப் பணிந்து ஓன்றும் தெரியாதது மாதிரி இருந்தார்கள். பிரபுல்ல குமார் மொஹந்தா சொல்வதின்படி, அவர் 1996ல் முதல் மந்திரியாகியதும், தலைமைச் செயலர், உள்துறை அமைச்சர், நிதி-அமைச்சர் முதலியோர் ஓடிவிட்டனர்[10]. அப்படியென்றால் அவர்கள் யார்-யார் என்று அடையாளங்கண்டு கொள்ளலாம். சிதம்பரம், மன்மோஹன் சிங் முதலியோர். இவர்கள் எல்லோரும் இப்பொழுது மாறியுள்ளார்கள் அவ்வளவுதான்! கொடுமையென்னவென்றால், மன்மோஹன் சிங் அசாமில் இருந்துதான் தேந்தெடுக்கப் பட்டு, பிறகு பிரதம மந்திரியாகியுள்ளார். இவர்கள் எல்லோரும் எப்படி அசாமின் மக்களுக்கு உழைக்கிறார்கள் என்று தெரிந்து கொள்ளலாம்.

2014 தேர்தலை மனத்தில் வைத்துக் கொண்டு சோனியா ஆடும் அபாயகரமான விளையாட்டு: இப்பொழுதுள்ள நிலையில் இந்தியாவிற்கு வேண்டியவர், ஒரு பலமான, திடமான, செயல்படக் கூடிய, தைரியமான பிரதம மந்திதான் வேண்டும் என்று மக்கள் உணர்ந்து விட்டனர். இந்திரா காந்தியையும் மிஞ்சும் வண்ணம் ஊழலில் சோனியா கோடி-கோடிகளில் ஊழல் செய்துள்ளார். அதாவது அவரது தலைமையின் கீழ்தான் அத்தகைய கோடி-கோடி ஊழல்கள் நடந்துள்ளன. இதனையும் மக்கள் நன்றாகத் தெரிந்து கொண்டுள்ளனர். இந்நிலையில், பிரச்சினைகளை உண்டாக்கி, தேர்தலை வெல்வது என்ற திட்டத்தில் சோனியா செயல்பட ஆரம்பித்துள்ளார். முஸ்லீம்கள் ஏற்கெனவே, பாகிஸ்தான்-பங்களாதேசங்களை இணைக்க, இந்திய மாவட்டங்களைத் தேர்ந்தெடுத்து, அங்கு முஸ்லீம் மக்கட்தொகையை பலவழிகளில் பெருக்கி வருகிறார்கள். அதில் முக்கியமான ஒரு வழுமுறைதான், லட்சக்கணக்கில் பங்களாதேச முஸ்லீம்களை இந்தியாவில் நுழையச் செய்வது. சிதம்பரம் காலத்தில், நிறையவே உதவியுள்ளார் என்று அவர் அமைதியாக இருந்ததிலிருந்தே தெரிகிறாது. 2010 மொஹந்தாவின் பேட்டியிலுருந்தும் உறுதியாகிறது.

பிஜேபி ஆட்சி காலத்தில் (1998-2004) ஏன் அமூல் படுத்தப் படவில்லை?: காங்கிரஸோ மற்றவர்களோ இப்படி தாராளமாக சேள்வியை எழுப்பலாம். ஆனால், அவ்வாறு செய்யவிடாமல் தடுத்தது கம்யூனிஸ்டு கட்சிகள் மற்றும், காங்கிரஸிலிருந்து பிரிந்து, திரணமூல் காங்கிரஸ் ஆரம்பித்த அம்மையாரும் தான் காரணம்[11]. 65 ஆண்டுகளாக கம்யூனிஸ்டு கட்சிகள் முஸ்லீம்களை நுழையவிட்டு, ஓட்டுவங்கிகளை உண்டாக்கி மேற்கு வங்காளத்தில் ஸ்திரமாக இருந்தனர். ஆனால், மமதா பானர்ஜி அதே முறையைக் கையாண்டு, அதாவது முஸ்லீம்கள்-மாவோயிஸ்டுக்கள் மூலம் பதவிக்கு வந்தார். காங்கிரஸை ஆட்டிப் படைக்கிறார். அதேப்போலத்தான் 1998-2004 காலத்தில் வாஜ்பேயை, இந்த பெண்மணி சதாய்த்து எதிர்த்து வந்தார். அப்பொழுதே மஹந்தா-மமதா பிரச்சினை வந்தது. காங்கிரஸ் அதனைப் பயன்படுத்திக் கொண்டு, மஹந்தாவை ஓரங்கட்டியது. இது, பிஜேபி ஆட்சி போனது, மம்தா வளர்வதற்கு சாதகமாக இருந்தது.

உச்சநீதிமன்றதீர்ப்பினையும்மதிக்காதசோனியாகாங்கிரஸ்: ராஜிவ் காந்தி உடன்படிக்கைகள் மட்டுமல்ல, புதிய சட்டங்களையும் ஏற்படுத்தி பிரச்சினைகளை ஏற்படுத்தியுள்ளார். சட்டத்திற்குப் புறம்பாக இந்தியாவிற்குள் புகுந்தவர்களைக் கண்டுபிடிக்கும் சட்டம் 1983 [the controversial Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunal) Act, 1983], என்று ஒரு சட்டம் அவர் காலத்தில் அறிமுகப்படுத்தப் பட்டது. ஆனால், உச்சநீதி மன்றம் அதனை செல்லாது என்று தீர்ப்பளித்து, அந்நியர் சட்டம் 1946ன் [the Foreigners’ Act of 1946] படி அடையாளங்காணுமாறு ஆணையிட்டது[12]. ஆனால், ராஜிவோ இப்பொழுதைய சோனியாவே, இதை சிறிதளவும் கண்டுகொள்ளவில்லை.

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[1] The 1985 accord signed between Rajiv Gandhi, the then prime minister, and Prafulla Mahanta, then chief minister of Assam, said that those immigrants who came to the state from Bangladesh till 1966 would be given citizenship, those who came between 1967 and 1971 would be allowed to settle down but not given voting rights and those who entered after 1971 would be deported.

[2] காந்தி பாகிஸ்தான் உருவாக வேண்டிய நிலை வந்தால், தனது பிணத்தின் மீதுதான், நடந்து செல்ல வேண்டும் என்று சொல்லிக் கொண்டார். ஆனால், முஸ்லீம்கள் இந்துக்களைக் கொன்று அவர்களின் பிணங்களின் மீது நடந்து சென்றனர், இவரோ நவகாளிற்கு முஸ்லீம்களைக் காப்பாற்றுகிறேன் என்று யாத்திரைக் கிளம்பி விட்டார்.

[3] The years from 1979 to 1985 witnessed political instability in the stale, collapse of state governments, imposition of President’s Rule, sustained, often violent, agitation, frequent general strikes, civil disobedience campaigns which paralyzed all normal life for prolonged periods, and unprecedented ethnic violence. The central government’s effort to hold a constitutionally mandated election to the state assembly in 1983 led to its near total boycott, a complete breakdown of order, and the worst killings since 1947 on the basis of tribal linguistic and communal identities. Nearly 3,000 people died in statewide violence. The election proved to be a complete failure with less than 2 per cent of the voters casting their votes in the constituencies with Assamese majority. The 1983 violence had a traumatic effect on both sides, which once again resumed negotiations in earnest. Finally, the Rajiv Gandhi government was able to sign an accord with the leaders of the movement on 15 August 1985. All those foreigners who had entered Assam between 1951 and 1961 were to be given full citizenship, including the right to vote; those who had done so after 1971 were to be deported; the entrants between 1961 and 1971 were to be denied voting rights for ten years but would enjoy all other rights of citizenship. A parallel package for the economic development of Assam, including a second oil refinery, a paper mill and an institute of technology, was also worked out. The central government also promised to provide ‘legislative and administrative safeguards to protect the cultural, social, and linguistic identity and heritage’ of the Assamese people. The task of revising the electoral rolls, on the basis of the agreement, was now taken up in earnest. The existing assembly was dissolved and fresh elections held in December 1985. A new party, Assam Gana Parishad (AGP), formed by the leaders of the anti-foreigners movement, was elected to power, winning 64 of the 126 assembly seats. Prafulla Mahanta, an AASU leader, became at the age of thirty-two the youngest chief minister of independent India. Extreme and prolonged political turbulence in Assam ended, though fresh insurgencies were to come up later on, for example that of the Bodo tribes for a separate state and of the secessionist United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA).

http://indiansaga.com/history/postindependence/accord.html

[4] And in the 1983 elections, people did not come out to cast their votes but the Congress put up their candidates. They only got 15 votes, 20 votes. And the election machinery declared that they were elected.

[9]  As per the clause of the Assam Accord, the Central Home Ministry is the nodal ministry to implement the Accord. Therefore, the Home Ministry should come forward. For the last few years, the Home Ministry has not come forward with sincerity. So the implementation of the Assam Accord was delayed. On the other hand, there is an insurgency problem in the Northeast, which creates a lot of trouble. In 1996, the day we took over the government, the chief secretary, the home commissioner, finance commissioner, all fled.

[10] In 1996, the day we took over the government, the chief secretary, the home commissioner, finance commissioner, all fled.

[11] BJP sources maintained the NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee could not implement the Assam Accord during its six-year tenure from 1998-2004 as Trinamool Congress, which was an ally, was opposed to it.

http://news.outlookindia.com/items.aspx?artid=771526

[12] the controversial Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunal) Act, 1983, was scrapped by the Supreme Court and as per the Accord detection would be done on the basis of the Foreigners’ Act of 1946 which puts the onus of proving citizenship on the individual.

http://newindianexpress.com/nation/article586268.ece

விபச்சாரி பத்தினியின் கற்ப்பின் தரத்திற்கு சான்றிதழ் கொடுக்கமுடியுமா?

செப்ரெம்பர் 6, 2010

விபச்சாரி பத்தினியின் கற்ப்பின் தரத்திற்கு சான்றிதழ் கொடுக்கமுடியுமா?

ஊழலில் சம்பந்தப்பட்ட அதிகாரி தேர்வு: மத்திய ஊழல் ஒழிப்பு கமிஷனின் தலைவர் ஆளும், அதிர் கட்சிகளின் ஆலோசனையின் பேரில் தேர்ந்தெடுப்பது வழக்கம். அதன்படி கலந்தாசிக்கும்போது, காங்கிரசின் தரப்பில் பி.ஜே. தாமஸ் என்ற கேரள அதிகாரியின் பெயர் பரிந்துரைக்கப்பட்டது. ஆனால் அவரது பின்னணியை ஆராய்ந்தபோது, 1991-92 வருடத்தில் அனுமதியின்று ரூ. மூன்று கோடி பாம் ஆயில் இறக்குமதி செய்த வழக்கில் சம்பந்தப் பட்டது தெரிய வந்துள்ளது[1]. ஆகவே பீஜேபி இதற்கு எதிர்ப்புத் தெரிவித்தது. இருப்பினும், சோனியாவின் சாய்ஸ் என்பதனால், மன்மோஹன், எதிர்பார்த்தபடியே தாமஸை நியமனம் செய்துவிட்டார்[2].

ஸ்பெக்ட்ரம் ஊழலின் போது பி.ஜே. தாமஸ் தொலைதொடர்பு அமைச்சகத்தின் செயலர்: இதே பி.ஜே. தாமஸ் முன்பு தொலைதொடர்பு அமைச்சகத்தில் செயலராக இருந்துள்ளார். குறிப்பாக ஸ்பெக்ட்ரம் ஊழலின் போது, இவரது பங்கும் அதில் இருந்ததாக, தொலைதொடர்பு ஊழியர்கள் குற்றாஞ்சாட்டியுள்ளனர். ஆனால், அப்படிப்பட்ட ஆளையே, மத்திய ஊழல் ஒழிப்பு கமிஷனின் தலைவராக்குவது, படு அசிங்கமாக – திகைப்பாக, வேதனையாக இருக்கிறது[3].

சிதம்பரம் ஆதரிக்கும் தாமஸ்: “முன்பு ஊழல் குற்றத்தில் சம்பந்தப் பட்டிருக்கலாம், ஆனால், இப்பொழுது அவர் மன்னிக்கப்பட்டுவிட்டார்[4]. ஆகவே அவரது திறமைதான் நமக்கு இப்பொழுது வேண்டும், அதைத்தான் நாம் பார்க்க வேண்டும்”, இப்படி வக்காலத்து வாங்குவது உள்துறை சிங்கம் சிதம்பரம் தான்! நிச்சயமாக கருணாநிதி சிதம்பரத்தின் உதவியுடன் இந்த ஊழலை மறைக்க பார்க்கிறர் என்பது நன்றகவே தெரிகிறது. அதற்கு காங்கிரஸ், இவ்வாறு செயல்படுகிறது.

விபச்சாரி பத்தினியின் கற்ப்பின் தரத்திற்கு சான்றிதழ் கொடுக்கமுடியுமா? உதாரணத்திற்கு ஸ்பெக்ட்ரம் ஊழலில் சம்பந்தப் பட்டுள்ள ராஜாவை இவர் எப்படி நீயாயம்-தர்மம் படி விசாரிப்பார், புலம் ஆய்வு செய்வார்? ஏனெனில், அப்பொழுது, ராஜா இவரது “பாஸ்”, அலுவலக எஜமானன். ஆகவே, இது நிச்சயமாக ஊழலை மறைக்க, ஒரு ஊழல் அழுக்குப் பட்ட ஆசாமியை வைத்துக் கொண்டு மறைக்கும் நாடகமே என்று எதிர்கட்சிகள் குற்றஞ்சாட்டியுள்ளன[5]. ஆகவே, விபச்சாரி பத்தினியின் கற்ப்பின் தரத்திற்கு சான்றிதழ் கொடுக்கமுடியுமா?, என்று கேட்டால், முடியும் என்கிறது காங்கிரஸ்!

உ.டி.எஃப் மற்றும் எல்.டி.எஃப் கருணாநிதி-ஜெயலலிதா மாதிரி: காங்கிரஸ், கம்யூனிஸ்ட் கட்சிகள் மாறி மாறி கேரளாவில் கொள்ளையடுத்து வருவது சகஜமான விஷயம். ஆகவே, இந்த ஊழலை மறைக்கவும், இந்த இரண்டு கூட்டணி ஆட்சிகள் வேலை செய்துள்ளன. 2005ல் உ.டி.எஃப் ஆட்சி இந்த வழக்கு செயல்பாடுகளை நிறுத்திக் கொண்டது. 1992ல் ஒரு மலேசிய கம்பெனியிலிருந்து பாம் ஆயிலை இறக்குமதி செய்தலில், ஊழல் ஏற்பட்டதாகவும், அதில் பல கோடிகள் அரசுக்கு வருவாய் இழப்பு ஏற்பாட்டாதாகவும், அதனால், இவர்கள் பலனடைந்ததாகவும் வழக்கு போடப்பட்டது. கருணாகரன் மற்றும் ஏழு பேர் அந்த ஊழலில் சம்பந்தப்பட்டவர்கள்: அதில் டி. எச். முஸ்தஃபா – முன்தைய உணவு விநியோக மந்திரி, ஜிஜி தாமஸ், ஸ்கேரியா மாத்யூ இருவரும் ஐ.ஏ.எஸ் அதிகாரிகள். இவர்களில் பிணையில் வெளிவந்தவர்கள்[6]. 2006ல் எல்.டி.எஃப் ஆட்சி உச்சநீதி மன்றத்தில்[7], இவ்வழக்கை உயிர்ப்பித்தது[8]. ஆனால், உச்சநீதி மன்றம் ஊழல் பிரச்சினையை விட்டு விட்டு, அரசியல் காழ்ப்பிற்க்காக, இவ்வழக்கு நடத்தப்படுகிறதா என்று ஆராய்ச்சி செய்யுமாறு, கேரள உயர்நீதி மன்றத்திற்கே திருப்பி வைஇத்தது. பிறகு, புதைத்து மூடப்பட்டது.

நிறம் தெரியாத கண்ணடி போட்ட சிதம்பரம்: ஊழலில் கறைப்பட்ட, அழுக்குப்பட்ட, சாயம் பட்டது கூட சிதம்பரத்திற்கு தெரியவில்லை, ஆனால், அவரது அனுபவம் தான் திறமையாகத் தெரிகிறது. அதே நேரத்தில், தீவிரவாதத்தில் / பயங்கரவாதத்தில், கண்ணாடி மாட்டிக் கொண்டிருந்தாலும் காச்வி நிறம் நன்றகத் தெரிகிறது, ஆனால், இங்கு ஊழலின் கறை / நிறம் தெரியவில்லை. திறமை என்றால், மற்ற அதிகாரிகளிடம் இல்லையா? அப்படி ஊழல்கறையைவிட, திறமையைவிட, என்ன அதிகமாக அந்த தாமஸிடம் உள்ளது? அதுதான் “தாமஸ்” என்ற பெயர் போலும், அதாவது, கிருத்துவர் என்ற தகுதி போலும்! ஆமாம், சோனியா மெய்னோ சொல்லியிருப்பார்கள், அதனால், இந்த ஆடுகள் பணிவாக அப்படியே ஒத்துழைக்கின்றன.


[1]The BJP’s objections are over Thomas’ alleged involvement in the palm oil import scam worth almost Rs. 3 crore in 1991-92. Thomas, Kerala’s Food and Civil Supplies secretary, had struck an import deal with a Malaysia-based private firm without mandatory clearance

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/decision-to-appoint-thomas-is-to-cover-up-2g-scam-bjp-49799

[2] இப்பொழுதுகூட, இது “மேஜாரிட்டி டிஸிஷன்” என்றுதான் சொல்கிறார்களேத் தவிர, ஊழல் பேர்வழி எப்படி பதவிக்கு வரலாம் என்று சிந்திப்பதாக இல்லை.

[3] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article615916.ece

[4] Mohan Singh of Samajwadi Party said, “This will negate the very purpose for which CVC was instituted. Thomas may have been exonerated but we all know how acquittals happen. He has been tainted once and he will not be able to put pressure on tainted officials he is supposed to watch.”
Read more: Row over govt pick for CVC post – India – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Row-over-govt-pick-for-CVC-post/articleshow/6503526.cms#ixzz0yi5neQG3

[5] Vijay wondered as to how Thomas could be expected to make a fair inquiry into the spectrum case — which he insisted could one day land before the CVC — since the main accused, Telecom Minister A Raja, happened to be his one-time boss.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/new-cvc-bjp-says-attempt-to-cover-up-spectrum-cwg-row/677718/2

[6] http://news.oneindia.in/2006/08/09/

[7] http://news.oneindia.in/2006/08/08/no-anxiety-over-reopening-palm-oil-case-karunakaran-1155102957.html

[8] http://www.indiareport.com/India-usa-uk-news/latest-news/3565/Politics/6/20/6

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மே 28, 2010

டயானா மரியம் குரியன், ரம்லத், பிரபு தேவா: செக்யூலரிஸம் அரிக்கிறது!

இந்து-முஸ்லீம்-கிருத்தவக் கூட்டணி: பிரபுதேவாவை திருமணம் செய்ய நயன்தாரா, அதாவது டயானா மரியம் குரியன் என்ற கிருத்துவர் இந்து மதத்துக்கு மாறுகிறார்! பிரபுதேவா முன்பு ரம்லத் என்ற முஸ்லீம் பெண்ணை திருமணம் செய்து கொண்டபோது, அவர் தான் இந்துவாக மதம் மாறி, லதா என்ற பெயரை வைத்துக் கொண்டாராம். தற்போது பாதி நாட்கள் நயன்தாராவுடனும், மீதி நாட்கள் அண்ணா நகரில் உள்ள வீட்டில் ரம்லத்துடன் பிரபு தேவா தங்குகிறார் எனப்படுகிறது. பாவம், இப்பொழுது லதாவை விட்டுவிட்டு நயந்தாரவிடம் ஐக்கியம் ஆகிவிட்டாராம்!

May 28, 2010

http://www.alaikal.com/news/?p=39118

வன்மை முஸ்லீம் மனைவியும், காமக் கிருத்துவக் காதல்-மனைவியும்: பிரபுதேவாவும், நயன்தாராவும் திருமணத்துக்கு தயாராகிறார்கள். இருவரையும் பிரிக்க பிரபுதேவா மனைவி ரம்லத் மேற்கொண்ட முயற்சிகள் தோல்வி அடைந்துவிட்டன. நயன்தாராவை அடிப்பேன் என்று மிரட்டினார். கணவரை விட்டு விலகும்படி செல்போனில் எஸ்.எம்.எஸ்.களும் தொடர்ந்து அனுப்பினார். பிரபு தேவாவிடமும் காதலை முறிக்கும்படி வற்புறுத்தினார். எதுவும் பலிக்கவில்லை. மாறாக நெருக்கத்தை இருவரும் தீவிரமாக்கினர்.

காமத்திலும் திரியேகத்துவம்: பொது விழாக்களில் சேர்ந்து பங்கேற்றார்கள். ஐதராபாத்தில் நடந்த படவிழாவுக்கு கைகோர்த்தப்படி வந்தனர். சென்னையில் ஒரே மேடையில் சேர்ந்து நடனம் ஆடி தொடர்பை வெளிப்படுத்தினார்கள். ரம்லத் சோர்வாகிவிட்டார். அடுத்தக்கட்டமாக இருவரும் திருமணத்துக்கு தயாராகிறார்கள். தற்போது பாதி நாட்கள் நயன்தாராவுடனும், மீதி நாட்கள் அண்ணா நகரில் உள்ள வீட்டில் ரம்லத்துடன் பிரபு தேவா தங்குகிறார். நயன்தாராவுடனான சந்திப்புகள் நட்சத்திர ஓட்டல்களிலேயே நடக்கிறது. அவருக்கு சென்னையில் வீடு பார்த்து தங்க வைக்க முடிவு செய்துள்ளார். இதற்காக புரோக்கர்கள் மூலம் வீடு தேடிவருகிறார். ஐதராபாத்திலும் வீடு தேடுகிறார்.

ஆர். எஸ்.எஸ் செய்யாததை பிரபுதேவா செய்திருக்கிறார்! பிரபுதேவாவுக்காக மதம்மாற நயன்தாரா முடிவு செய்துள்ளார். இவரது சொந்த பெயர் டயானா மரியம் குரியன். கிறிஸ்தவ மதத்தை சேர்ந்தவர். சினிமாவுக்காக நயன்தாரா என பெயர் வைத்துக் கொண்டார். பிரபுதேவா மனைவி ரம்லத் முஸ்லிம் மதத்தை சேர்ந்தவர். திருமணத்துக்கு பிறகு அவர் இந்து மதத்துக்கு மாறினார். தனது பெயரையும் லதா என மாற்றிக்கொண்டார். அதுபோல் நயன்தாராவும் இந்து மதத்துக்கு மாறி பிரபுதேவாவை திருமணம் செய்ய முடிவு செய்துள்ளாராம். இப்போதே படப்பிடிப்புகளின்போது அந்தந்த பகுதிகளில் உள்ள இந்து கோவில்களுக்கு சென்று சாமி கும்பிடுகிறார் என்பது குறிப்பிடத்தக்கது. பிரபுதேவா, மதம் மாறவேண்டாம் என்று கூறினாராம். ஆனால் நயன்தாரா கேட்கவில்லை. காதலின் ஆழத்தை வெளிப்படுத்த மதம் மாறுவதில் உறுதியாக இருக்கிறாராம்.

A Hindu Swami killed while celebrating “Janmasthami” festival in Secular India!

செப்ரெம்பர் 2, 2008

Recent incidences of Orissa have provoked me a lot in the Indian secular context. The killing of a Hindu monk has been totally forgotten by all and the world, as one to believe, is so worried about the killing of christians, rapping of nuns, Christians running to forests and so on. The Pope condemned, the Italian government summoned Indian ambassador, Secular Indian PM, being a Sikh declaring that the incidences are “national shame” etc., followed. Today news is coming that Agnivesh entered Orissa and started issuing statements. So I start with the following post that is appearing in other blogs also: e.g, http://www.indiainteracts.com.

A Hindu Swami killed while celebrating “Janmasthami” festival in Secular India!

The Christians meddling in Orissa, killings and communal issues

Vedaprakash

vedamvedaprakash@yahoo.com

Late news of killing an old man by the unknown killers: Now, it is evident that the Christians have started indulging in terrorist activities in Orissa, after inciting the otherwise peaceful, innocent and calm Oriya people. Throughout India, Hindus were celebrating “Janmasthami” – the birth day festival of Lord Krishna. The old-man, Swami Lakshmanananda was also doing that unaware of the fact that he would be killed soon. The Christians have been bend upon this man ever since he started campaigning against their activities. The John Dayal’s tirade against Swami Lamanananda has been open and glaring[1].

The conflicting reports about killing of the Swami: The news of killing of Swami Lakshmanananda and four disciples, including a woman by the unknown people – has been reported differently by various leading and local papers.

The Swasmi was reportedly killed a group of armed at his Jalespata ashram in Kandhamal district of Odisha on Augurst 19th, 2008 (Saturday) in a grenade attack, shot dead and so on. Read the reports: “The Hindu” reports like this:

Orissa police on alert after ashram attack

Prafulla Das http://www.hindu.com/2008/08/24/stories/2008082460251000.htm

BHUBANESWAR: The police all over Orissa have been put on alert after Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Swami Lakshmanananda and four disciples, including a woman, were killed in an attack by armed men at Jalespata in the communally sensitive Kandhamal district on Saturday (19-08-2008).

Maoists suspected

The assailants opened fire and hurled bombs at his ashram at 8.30 p.m., Director-General of Police Gopal Chandra Nanda told The Hindu over telephone. “We suspect that the assailants could be Maoists,” he said.

The Superintendent of Police and district officials reached the spot.

Mr. Nanda said several senior police officials were asked to go to the district to prevent any untoward incident. The SPs in all 30 districts were put on alert.

Police sources said police were deployed near churches and prayer houses in the district.

On Friday, a threatening letter was received at the ashram and the Tumidibanda police station was informed.

Last year, Kandhamal district witnessed large-scale violence involving Hindus and Christians on Christmas-eve, following an attack on Swami Lakshmanananda.

Another report of “Kalinga Times” from Bubaneswar has been as follows:

Swami Lakshmanananda, four others killed

http://www.kalingatimes.com/odisha_news/news/20080823-Swami-Lakshmanananda-four-others-killed.htm

Kalinga Times Correspondent
Bhubaneswar, Aug 23: Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Swami Lakshmanananda Sarawaswti and four others were killed when a group of armed men attacked his Jalespata ashram in Kandhamal district of Odisha on Saturday night.

A letter with a threat to eliminate the Swami was received at the ashram at Jalespata under Tumudibanda Block of the tribal-dominated backward district on Friday.

The attack took place around 9 pm and all the five persons died on the spot, according to VHP sources. The victims included a woman Sanyasin.

While confirming the attack, police sources said the attackers used automatic weapons and bombs. They were suspected to be Maoists, source added.

While the police and administration officials had reached the spot, senior officials from other districts had rushed to the region to take control over the situation.

Additional police forces were being mobilised for deployment in different parts of Kandhamal that has a sizeable number of Christian population.

Superintendents of Police in other districts of the state also been alerted, according to the police.

The district had experienced communal violence in December last year. Several persons were killed and hundred hundreds of houses were burnt during the violence that continued for several days.

The communal violence had started following an attack on the Swami a day before Christmas.

The “Odisha Today” reports as follows giving more details:

Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, 4 others killed in grenade attack in Orissa

By our Correspondent Last updated: 08/24/2008 13:22:25

http://www.odishatoday.com/Orissa/laxmanananda_shot_dead_54215867952487513-250808.html

Bhubaneswar ( Orissa) : In a sensational incident Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and four of his close aids have been killed in a grenade attack by the suspected Maoists at around 9 PM at Jalaspotta Ashram, in Tumudi Bandh area in the tribal dominated district of Kandhamal in Southern Orissa on Saturday night.
According to the sources the suspected Maoist have hurled grenade on the Ashram resulting killing of five persons including Ashram chief, Swami Laxmananand Saraswati.
The other victims include two inmates of the ashram and all the victims have dead at the spot.
RSS has decided to block all NH running through the Orissa as mark of protest over the killing on Saturday night, sources said.
Meanwhile RDC Southern range Satyabrta Sahu, DIG Southern range, RP Kothe have rushed to the spot as the tension flare up in the district following this incident.
Additional security forces 12 CRPF platoon have also been moved to the spot to prevent any unpleasant incident in the district.
According to the sources in the police administration, the Orissa DG Gopal Nanda directly monitoring the whole situation.
Meanwhile in yet another significant development highly placed sources in the VHP says that VHP and other saffon outfits have called a emergency meeting at undisclosed place to decide future action over this issue.
VHP and other saffron partied have called a dawn to dush Bandh on Monday protesting the brutal killing of Swami Laxamananda Saraswati.
It may be noted here that the tribal dominated Southern district of Orissa has been under serious tension since Hindu and Christians clashed each other on December 25, 2007 in Phulbani district.
Since then, Central Para Military Forces have been camping at Kandhamal. Orissa Government has constituted a judicial commission under Justice Basudev Panigrahi to probe the December communal clash.
In protest against the attack on saint and illegal beef trading, members of RSS, Viswa Hindu Parishad and Bharatiya Janata Party led by Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati blocked the roads and demanding action against the accused.
Swami demanded a high level probe into illegal beef trading in Kandhamal. VHP has also called Kandhamal bandh on Wednesday over this issue.

The Economic Times” reports that they were “shot dead” during the “Janmasthami” celebrations (Sri Krishna Jayanthi).

Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader, four others shot dead
24 Aug, 2008, 0107 hrs IST, IANS

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/PoliticsNation/VHP_leader_four_others_shot_dead/articleshow/3397757.cms

BHUBANESWAR: At least five people, including a top leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), were sho

t dead in an ashram in Orissa’s Kandhamal district by an armed group during Janmashtami festival celebrations on Saturday, the police said.

Over 20 armed people attacked at the ashram at Jalespata village, some 340 km from here, at about 8 p.m. and started firing.

“Five persons were killed. They include Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati,” Gopal Chandra Nanda, state director general of police, told IANS.

The dead include Swami Amrutananda, a woman and a boy, he said.

The police could not confirm whether the attackers were Maoist guerrillas.

Saraswati was a senior VHP leader.

The police have clamped orders prohibiting the gathering of four or more people in the entire district.

After hearing the news of the killings, thousands of people blocked roads in several places of the state.

The media has sensationalized and internationalized the Kandhmal issue: The media has definitely internationalized the issue[2], of course, the Christian romanticism in such activities have been more noticeable. Hundreds of news coverage in western media and more blogs appeared condemning the “Hindu communal forces”. The NDTV recorded as follows:

“A team from the National Minority Commission will visit riot torn Kandhamal district of Orissa on Monday, where night curfew continues. Curfew has been lifted from district headquarter town of Phulbani, but night curfew will continue in three other towns. This after a week of violence gripped the district when violence broke out between Hindu’s and Christians but the web of violence is not that simple.The Congress has also demanded an all-party meeting on Kandhmal communal violence.


“While the rest of the world was celebrating Christmas, the tribal dominated Kandhmal district in Orissa was literally burning. It was a mysterious mix of communal and ethnic passions that pushed the district into complete lawlessness for over a week. Old and simmering antagonism that existed between the Hindus and Christians and between Kandh tribals and Dalit Panos for years in this district were ignited at the same time and that made the situation get out of control.

“What and who was responsible for the eruption of violence that affected the entire population, across the religious and ethnic divide? With tension still continuing in the disturbed district, a dispassionate study of the circumstances is simply not possible. NDTV takes a look at what lies at the root of the hatred that has set Hindus against Christians and Panos against the tribals.

“The politics of hate: On December 24, the structure set up to hold Christmas celebrations in Brahamanigaon was attacked and destroyed. The provocation was nothing more than the pandal encroaching the main road of the town. That was enough to start an ugly argument, which ended in the Hindus attacking the pandal and injuring two Christians. After that, a rumour that prominent VHP leader Swami Laxmananand Saraswati had been attacked by a Christian mob at Dasingibadi set off a wildfire of violence across Kandhamal. “How can they attack a revered saint who has been working for the people for last 33 years? You think they want peace,” asks GS Rath, Secretary, Vishwa Hindu Parishad. At the same time, trouble was brewing also between the Kandha tribals and their old adversaries, the Dalit Panos. This mutual hatred had been simmering for the past 20 years with seven kandhs and 9 Dalits killed in clashes in 1994. The kandhs called a bandh on December 25 and 26, to protest the scheduled tribe/caste status acquired by the Dalits recently But many suspect the Kandhs were set up by the Sangh Parivaar, to add to the confusion during the attack on the Christians. But the tribal leaders themselves say it was entirely a coincidence. Lambodar Kanhar, Secretary, Kui Samaj, Kandhmal said, “We had a meeting on the November 29 and decided on the dates. It was just a coincidence and once we decided we went ahead with it.”


“Clash of the castes: The Kandh tribals, predominantly pro-Hindu or Hindus, account for an overwhelming 51 per cent of the population. And nearly 70 per cent of the Dalit Panos who constitute 18 per cent of the population are Christians. That partly explains why the ethnic conflict here sometimes also assumes religious overtones If a Dalit becomes a Christian he loses all privileges and concessions available to the Scheduled Castes but if a tribal becomes a Christian he retains all the privileges available to the Scheduled Tribes. This was at the root of the conflicts – both religious and social. Christian organisations have been pushing for scheduled caste benefits for the Dalits, irrespective of their religious status, the Kandh tribals and the Sangh Parivaar are fighting the idea. What adds to the animosity is the Sangh Parivar’s allegation that Christian missionaries have used allurements and incentives to convert the mostly poor and backward population. Even the BJP, a partner in the ruling alliance feels there should be stricter provisions against conversions. Suresh Pujari, President, BJP, Orissa said, “The core issue is forced conversion by way of allurements or coercion. We need to enact a law that would be so strict that nobody would ever dare to convert people by alluring them.”


“But Christian leaders say the conversion issue has been drummed up just to hound them. “If conversions are only a pretext for anti-minority violence, why are Muslims and Sikhs also targeted even though they don’t convert people? It’s a mindset that looks for pretexts to attack minorities,” said John Dayal, Secretary General, All India Christian Committee. But the fact is, the VHP has been aggressively tackling the Christian conversions here for some time now. In the late 60s, VHP leader Swami Laxmananand Saraswati set up an Ashram in Chakapad and they have been running an anti-Christian campaign in Kandhamal since then. Their sole aim is to re-convert tribals and Dalit Christians. In May 2005, they organised the largest Hindu congregation in Orissa to celebrate the reconversion of nearly 350 tribal Christians. The Swami is very clear about what the real trouble in Orissa is. “The fight is on because we want to them (people) to become Hindus and they want them to join Christianity and convert the land into a Christian land,” said Swami Laxmananand , VHP Leader & Hindu Missionary. Adding to the smouldering situation are election campaigns every few years that feed on and fuel the religious hate campaigns. Christians say religious intolerance has seeped into the bureaucratic and judicial system as well and it is that which explains the administration’s indifference to the anti-Christian violence in Kandhmal.. Christian leaders are also worried about the reaction of their own community to the religious intolerance. They see a rise in Christian militancy in some areas, especially in Bamunigaon where an armed Christian mob retaliated ferociously to the attack on December 25, turning on the local Hindus and attacking the police with firearms. While the state government does not seem to recognise the new threat and blames the Maoists for the armed attack on Hindus in Bamunigaon, the rise of Christian militancy in Kandhmal is indeed a reality and could have serious consequences, both on the minority community and the socio-religious conflicts in future.”

The Police already suspected “NGO-Naxal-Christian nexus”: The police now think it’s a NGO-Naxal-Christian nexus. Wow, that’s really the kind of work Orissa police can be really proud of. In 1999, Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two minor sons were burnt alive for allegedly converting tribals. The Christian propaganda in fuelling the communal hatred is noted by their International reporting and spreading distorted news. Assist News Service could be cited as one example[3]. Ironically, they do not record their overenthusiastic or violation of human rights, religious freedom of others – Hindus etc. They do not record or analyse their provocative actions, utterances and blaspheming Hindu religion, scriptures and Gods / Goddesses. Under the guise of “Liberation Theology”, they have understanding with the “naxals” and others and thus, operating accordingly colluding with them. The GFA has been indulging in such activities[4]. They simply carry out the propaganda that the Christians are attacked in Orissa, persecuted, martyred and so on. They do not bother when a “dalit” woman refused to convert to Christianity was attacked by the christians[5], though they talk about woman-rights, human-rights and what not!

Swami Laxmananda ‘stokes passion’ in Kandhamal”! Of late, particularly, the Swami has become target. Their propagandist journals blared like this[6], “Hindu World Council organizer Swami Laxmananda ‘stokes passion’ in Kandhamal”! So this old-man was strengthening passion, fuelling passion, stirring up anger strong feelings, encouraging rage, adding fuel to fire. Thus, the Christians cannot keep quite or tolerate his nonsense and they have to raise and teach him a lesson. The article contributed by James Varghese & Gospel for Asia, is worth to read to understand their psyche, as giving a photo of the Swamiji, they discussed the issue.

The Christians should stop conversion and dividing Indian society: The study of Christian missionaries and their activities in India at all levels clearly prove that they have only religious arrogance in their conversion activities. They have assumed theological mandate ingrained since childhood or at seminaries afterwards or allured by money and material benefits after growing up and thus, they have been indulging in such unholy activities. Though, they talk in terms of “Vatican Coucil – II” language that they respect “divine” in every religion and so on, their psyche would not change in Orissa or elsewhere also.

Graham Staines and Swami Lamanananda: Here also note the coincidence – “Christ” loving souls are involved (though right now legally not so) in such killing of an old-man while he was celebrating the birth day of “Krishna”. Historically, the “Christ” was derived from “Krishna” as pointed out by many theologians, historians and others[7]. But still, they reverse the history and try to fool Hindus. If they really want peace, why not they celebrate “Janmasthami” with Hindus instead of promoting hatred and indulging in killing a Swamiji? Would they think that this has been revenged for Graham Staines? Or you want more blood? Perhaps, now they can settle the issues and come for dialogue, as more killings would not solve the issues.

The Christians should thus be honest in their activities even in “dialogues”. As usual, I quite the following:

“If believers of Gods abuse Gods, seekers of Gods destroy Gods, faithful followers of one religion question the faith of others and, against all moral and ethical codes and Universal principles, conduct pseudo-spiritual and psychological-religious warfare against one religion, then these activities are not “inculturation” but “outculturation”, as religion and culture are inseparable for Hindus.

Theocentric and theocratic eclectics are dangerous as nuclear, chemical and other warheads. The concept of “My God is your God, but your Gods is No God” does not foster understanding, co-operation and goodwill. The concept should be changed to “Your God is my God and my God is your God” and accepted by all religions.

This is the only way for humanity today. Super God Rivalry, religious superiority, racial / arrogant theology, theocratic world domination and neo-spiritual globalism cannot make “believers” live in peaceful existence. Therefore, the behaviour, attitude and psyche of the inter-religious theologists should change making “dialogue” a “dialogue” but not a secret “monologue” to undermine, disparage and denigrate other Gods, scriptures and religions. Historical facts, established parallels after borrowals and chronological developments and changes should be mentioned clearly. They should clearly spell out their purpose of dialogue and standards before initiating dialogues.”

VEDAPRAKASH

24-08-2008


[1] Dr. John Dayal, Kandhamal situation report 8th July 08 Tumidibandh incident: A Fact finding report by John Dayal, 9th July 2008, for full details see at:

http://groups.google.com/group/JohnDayal/browse_thread/thread/13389056ed79ae45/fd03559c11195ce6

[2] Sampad Mahapatra, Kandhamal: The burning issue, Monday, January 07, 2008, in NDTV, http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20080037891

[5] Dali woman ‘attacked’ by Christian converts, http://www.newindpress.com/Print.asp?ID+IEQ2006060119020744

[6] James Varghese & Gospel for Asia, Hindu World Council organizer Swami Laxmananda ‘stokes passion’ in Kandhamal, http://opentheword.org/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=667

[7] CFC Volney, Ruins of Empire……………….., etc.