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December 26, 2007

Torture and humiliation of pilgrims CPM / Congress makes Sabarimala pilgrimage chaotic

Filed under: Communists, Indian congress, Islam, Muslims, Sonia gandhi — Tags: , , , , , — truecongresspolitics @ 2:59 pm

Torture and humiliation of pilgrims
CPM makes Sabarimala pilgrimage chaotic
By S. Chandrasekhar

Since times immemorial, the pilgrimage to the forest temple of Lord Ayyappa is an arduous one. This is because the pilgrims, who go there after 41 days of vrata and penance, have to battle extreme weather conditions, steep walk in dense forest and wild animals like tigers, elephants to have darshan of the Lord. But they have borne it with strength and fortitude, since the pilgrimage and climbing of 18 steps cleanses their human existence of all sins and evils and rids them of further rebirths.

But for the past few years, especially after the CPM came to power in the 2006 elections, evil forces represented by CPM, the Travancore Devaswom Board (government-controlled body ruling the temple) and the Islamic jehadis are making the pilgrimage torturous and humiliating.

The route to Sabarimala is through Muslim-dominated areas and for the past few years, jehadis have been targeting Sabarimala pilgrims and their vehicles, especially during the week adjoining December 6. In fact Sabarimala and Guruvayur temples are under constant jehadi threat. Earlier Christians tried to diminish the importance of Sabarimala by planting a cross there. But strong agitation by RSS and Hindu organisations forced them to remove the cross and withdraw.

The latest threat to the Sabarimala pilgrimage is from the foul-mouthed CPM Devaswom Minister G. Sudhakaran and the constantly fighting Travancore Devaswom Board president and members. The president C.K. Gupthan is son-in-law of CPM patriarch E.M.S. Namboodiripad and the members Narayanan and Sumathikutty Amma belong to CPI and RSP, both CPM allies.

Every year almost six crore pilgrims, twice the population of Kerala, come to Sabarimala. This is not to the liking of the Christians and Muslims who view the temple as a symbol of Hindu unity. Every year controversies are created to dissuade the pilgrims from undertaking the pilgrimage. Last year sex scandal involving the ‘Tantri’ and false statement of a Kannada actress, (who adopted Christianity) Jayamala, that she entered the sanctum-sanctorum, was used to denigrate the temple.

This year constant fighting between the Devaswom Board president and the members have made the pilgrimage torturous. Added to the agony is the comic interlude by the foul-mouthed Minister G. Sudhakaran. Violating all customs and traditions, he is colluding for women entry in the temple, which is banned as per shastras since the Ayyappa is a ‘Naishtika Brahmachari’. The hardships faced by the pilgrims are given below:

Bad roads and parking facilities
Worst roads comprising of extremely deep pot-holes make travel in this mountainous route hazardous. Moreover, there is no adequate parking facility for the lakhs of vehicles coming from all over Bharat.

Water shortage and drainage mess
The pilgrimage to Sabarimala is not complete without a dip in the holy Pampa river. Failure to release water from the adjacent dam has made the Pampa dry and pilgrims are not able to undertake the holy dip. There is acute drinking water shortage and lack of proper toilet facilities. Moreover, many government establishments are draining their wastes into the Pampa, making it stinking and polluted.

Fleecing by traders and government buses
All commercial centres including hotels and restaurants are owned by Christians and Muslims and they are fleecing the pilgrims charging three to four times. Moreover, the government buses charge extra amount from the pilgrims.

Chaotic crowd management and rude police
Crowd management is next to nil. Hardly 1000 policemen are deployed in Sabarimala where almost six crore pilgrims come in 60 days. Pilgrims are herded like cattle and beaten blue and black. They are made to stand 8 to 10 hours in queue for darshan and ghee abhishek, with no facilities. The CPM regime, which did not send additional police to Sabarimala, citing manpower shortage has sent almost 500 policemen to Gujarat for election duty! Kudos to anti-Modi CPM! Compared to previous years, the behaviour of the policemen is very rude. They attack even volunteers who came for selfless work. The CPM has hand-picked and sent Christian and Muslim policemen to humiliate and torture Hindu pilgrims!

Threats by jehadis
Threats to the pilgrims from jehadis from NDF, PDP continue unabated. Attacks on vehicles and pilgrims are everyday affairs. Commando protection has been given to the temple following IB reports of a jehadi attack.

Shortage of aravana
Aravana, the kheer made of rice, jaggery and ghee is the prasad, the pilgrims take home. Every year crores of tins of this prasad are sold. The Devaswom Board created blasphemy, this year, by awarding contract for making this prasad to a Muslim, Shahnawaz. But as a godsend, he was unable to make it. But due to the mess-up made, despite several days of the pilgrimage being started, the devotees are not getting this prasad. Against the daily requirement of three to four lakh tins, 15-20,000 tins are being issued. This has created stampede-like situation on the counters selling aravana. Instead of giving prasad police are being deployed at the counters to lathi-charge pilgrims. The vigilance judge has ordered probe against the Devaswom Board, in the corruption involved in the aravana contract to a Muslim and resultant shortage of the aravana prasad, based on a petition filed by VHP and Hindu Aikya Vedi.

BJYM, VHP and Hindu Aikya Vedi leaders like Kummanam Rajasekharan have called for the disbanding of the Devaswom Board and handing over the temple to devotees for proper administration.

The six crore pilgrims who come to Sabarimala from all over India contribute thousands of crores of rupees to Kerala’s economy. The amount they pump into Kerala is much more than the Kerala budget. But the treatment meted out to them, especially by the CPM regime, is humiliating and torturous. Kerala has to be made rid of these atheists for the temples to flourish.

Shame on the UPA-CPM which spends crores of rupees for Haj pilgrimage and the Haj House in Kozhikode, Kerala, built at a cost of Rs.10 crore and inaugurated by the Chief Minister in the presence of jehadis like Kanthapuram Musaliar.


December 21, 2007

If Congress Wins Gujarat, Sonia should….

If Congress Wins Gujarat, Sonia should….

December 7, 2007 by secularindia

Sonia Behn during the recent Gujarat election campaign called BJP merchants of death  and this was followed by Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh accusing the BJP of “Hindu Terrorism

Here are some remedial, Congress-style secular measures Sonia Behn  should enforce, should Congress come to power in Gujarat: 

On The Political Front: Appoint Ahmed Patel, Sonia behn’s close and trusted senior minister as the chief minister to spearhead Islamic revivalism and usher in true secularism in Gujarat.

Make Muslim social activist Mrs Javed Anand (Teesta Setalvad) the deputy chief minister.  Mrs Javed’s credentials are impeccable.  With her staunch anti-communalist (read anti Hindu) stand, she would ideal in combatting “Hindu terrorists”

On The Religious Front: Re-impose jizia tax on the Hindus like the glory days of the Mughal era and use the funds generated to build mosques and dargahs. The funds collected should be used to rehabilitate and strengthen Islam, the muslims and the Ummah as well.

Temples donations in Gujarat should also be channeled for Mosques and other minority institutions as is already happening in other states. That is a critical to project Gujarat as a bastion of communal harmony and its cut from its Hindu past.

Haj subsidy is indispensable. Above and beyond the subsidy given by the national government, the state government should also embark on its own subsidy regime for Haj travelers. A new subsidy should be created for Christians intending to visit Vatican.

On The Social Front: There should be 20% reservation for muslims and 10% for Christians in government, police, and in all private enterprises as well.

Implement special reservation and incentives to dalits and tribals in Gujarat for their conversion to progressive religions like Islam and Christianity.  This will ensure BJP  never comes back to power and secular congress is assured of loyal votebank.

On The Human Rights Front: Promote Jesuit Father Cedric Prakash, the tireless crusader for human rights and as chief of Human Rights in Gujarat.  This will take care of the secular Christian community which has long complained of not getting a free hand in converting tribals and destroying their native customs and beliefs. Fr Cedric Prakash will providing the balming jesuit love, and Christian love.

Free all (muslims) accused in Godhra carnage which is actually a Hindu terrorist conspiracy. 

On The Economic Front: Besides Minority Economic Development Corporation for the welfare of religious and linguistic minorities in Gujarat and implementing the Sachar Committee recommendations, Congress should also look into the the Kerala Development model in Gujarat since Kerala is most secular with high percentage of Muslims, Christians and marxists.  In Kerala, minorities ably supported by the marxists are one of the most prosperous and powerful communities, ahead of the Kerala Hindus. Modi’s model which made Gujarat most prosperous state in india will not do.  That is Hindu-tva.

On The Arts Front: Provide asylum to M F Hussain, bharatmata’s favorite son. This will further bolster Gujarat’s secular credentials. Ahmed Patel’s government should fund Hussain next set of paintings of nude Bharatmaata and Hindu deities like these.

On The Education Front:  Make Urdu second language to gain the trust of the minority community.  Cedric Prakash should also set up a Catholic University in Gujarat. All Shishu Vidyalas and ekal Vidyalayas to be banned converted to madrasas and convents.
These are some ’secular’ measures that will ensure Congress party’s manifesto promises to create ‘new age Gujarat’.  They  will herald a golden age of lasting peace and harmonious and secular Gujarat. Just like the Muslim rulers did a few centuries back.

On the National Front: With Gujarat in her bag and BJP defeated, Sonia Maino should indulge in more secular acts.

Unconditionally free patriotic Indian Mohammed Afzal because he is not responsible for parliament attack.  He was framed and set up by Hindutva. Or the Hindutva Indian army. And do not renew Taslima Nasreen’s visa.

Release another  affidavit proclaiming Rama never existed. And print Christian cross on rupee notes to affirm commitment to minority religions.

These secular, pro-minority and anti-Hindu steps will ensure Congress and Sonia behn a thumping victory in 2009 elections and beyond.

December 20, 2007

Truths about Indian media

Filed under: Communists, Hindu, India, Indian congress, Sonia gandhi — Tags: , , , , — truecongresspolitics @ 3:01 pm

Why is media so sceptical about next Gujarat government?

 By Padma Bhargav  Thursday, December 20, 2007

The poll results for the next Gujarat assembly will be declared within the next few days, but the media seems to be very eager to know the final outcome. Why is media doubtful whether Modi will win or lose? Why is it so curious?

First of all, I appreciate the positive idea expressed for Modi government. It has been mentioned that the businessmen who have made huge investments in Gujarat during the Modi regime will be happy because there would be no roadblocks ahead. This simply means that if congress comes into power there are all chances of stagnation / roadblocks in this way.

It has been mentioned that the urban middle class would rave about him and worship his ideology and would forget about Hindutva–even if Modi focuses on development. This clearly means that Modi will never talk about Hindutva and focus only on development. It also means that the urban middle class votes for him only because of development and the rest of the reasons all are secondary.

Next, Gujarat would see a relaxation of its prohibition laws. I think this is a good move, everybody wants it and so does the investment community coming into the state. It would reduce corruption further. That is really what the people of this state want and look forward to.

It has also been mentioned that Modi rebels would try to find safe places or may turn to alternate occupations, as Modi would have proved a point that he is the greatest. This means the media agrees that Modi is the greatest.

There is the theory that if Congress comes into power it would come in disbelief and be a great surprise. It means nobody expects it to come into power as they have no declared leader suitable for the post of CM.

Then why was Modi targeted for the last five years? Why has the media promoted the opposition and smaller factions like Uma Bharati and Mayawati during this election? Why were the rebels highlighted so much? Why was hindutva concept blown out of proportion when Modi was always talking and working for development? Why was there an attempt to divide the mandate on the basis of caste? Why has the media supported an anti-prohibition move in the state?

It clearly appears that a large section of the media was against the development, growth and success of the Gujarat and Modi government. There was a constant effort to bring down his rule with the sponsorship of major political parties. People have understood the game plan of political parties, they will not fall into their traps again and again and the same rule applies for the media. It is high time that newspapers and news channels stop playing with news and the sensationalisation of the news.

The working media needs to show its social responsibility; it is not just enough to win awards. Journalism is a noble profession, but unfortunately journalists are being compared to low- grade citizens only because of the degrading attitude and behavior of some section of the media. It is treated as one of the glamorous professions these days. It is also the time for the media to learn its basics once again and show its maturity.

December 9, 2007

Modifying the reality

Filed under: Communists, India, Indian congress, Islam, Muslims, Sonia gandhi — Tags: , , , , , , — truecongresspolitics @ 2:06 am
Modifying the reality
It was just what the Delhi media, particularly TRP-hungry TV channels, were praying for. Development makes dull copy; it has little visual appeal. The Gujarat election campaign was threatening to put everybody to sleep. Just then Sonia Gandhi launched her vitriolic tirade against Narendra Modi, her speechwriters went on overdrive to draft hyperbolic phrases to conjure up grisly images. Veteran Congress strategist Digvijay Singh, out of favour till recently allegedly for peddling a soft Hindutva line, seized the chance to rehabilitate himself by describing Gujarat as a State teeming with Hindu terrorists. Ms Gandhi who had launched her 2002 campaign in the State at a temple town, paying obeisance to many local deities, dramatically altered track this time terming Modi “maut ka saudagar“.
Some say the Gujarat Chief Minister should not have risen to the bait. He could have carried on talking about injured Gujarati pride, exhorted people to give yet another fitting reply to those who continued to tarnish the State’s image by harking back to the violence of Godhra’s aftermath, and plodded on with impressive statistics of Gujarat’s quantum leap into the frontline of economic progress. But in politics, especially at election time, polite refusal to counter heinous charges is usually regarded as their tacit acceptance. A politician’s credibility comes into question if allegations are not effectively refuted. Narendra Modi had few options but to deploy a sledgehammer.
There is a Hindi saying “Sau sunar ka, ek lohar ka” (One strike by a blacksmith equals a hundred taps by a goldsmith). I hope this is not classified as a casteist remark on the lines of the Nachle song! But Modi’s reference to hardened criminal and terrorist, Sohrabuddin Sheikh, killed in an allegedly fake encounter with the police had precisely the lohar effect. Till he said it, even Sonia’s charged rhetoric had gone unnoticed in the national media. In any case, for the secular-fundamentalist, English-language media, Sonia is incapable of doing wrong. The Hindi and Gujarati media, though, being less mesmerised by her apparent charm immediately flayed her “merchant of death” comment. She had handed an issue to Modi and he could not afford to let go of it.
Of course, Ms Gandhi’s inadequate command over Hindi has led her into dangerous terrain in the past too. Once she called Atal Bihari Vajpayee “nikamma” (the literal English translation ‘useless’ doesn’t quite convey the derogatory connotation of the Hindi word). On another occasion, she reacted to a mediaperson’s query about the former Prime Minister with a highly provocative phrase, “Woh dimagi santulan kho chuke hain” (He has lost his mental balance). In other words, Ms Gandhi is not quite the demure, cultured, unfortunate widow in the mould of Jaya Bachchan in Sholay.
Master of crowd manipulation, Modi responded by asking a hysterical rally crowd as to what should be done to the likes of a terrorist like Sohrabuddin, for whom India’s bleeding heart intellectuals’ hearts bleed incessantly. Predictably, the crowd shouted: “Kill him! Kill him!” Theatrically, Modi wanted to know if Soniaben’s permission was needed for that. Hell has broken loose in the Delhi media since. They cornered Gujarat Government counsel KTS Tulsi, a dear friend both of Punjab supercop KPS Gill and I, into surrendering his brief. Moral of the story: Lawyers should be less approachable to TV hounds for they may make you say professionally untenable things that you might regret later. Anyway, Mr Tulsi’s hasty announcement is unlikely to impact the Gujarat Government’s legal defence now that star advocate Ranjit Kumar has taken up the brief. Having watched the TV clip of Narendra Modi’s controversial remark, I feel it will be difficult to establish a watertight case against him, especially after his subsequent condemnation of fake encounters.
Where the secular-fundamentalists who have made Modi their principal hate figure go totally out of sync with popular sentiment is in their macabre affection for every terrorist on Pakistan’s payroll. It is natural even for the averagely informed Gujarati to sense a conspiracy against the State when they see the likes of Teesta Setalvad, Prashant Bhushan and now (regrettably) a fine poet-lyricist like Javed Akhtar gunning for Gujarat. Some time it is Qutubuddin Qureshi, the hapless tailor who became their poster boy by virtue of an award-winning photograph showing him pleading for his life during the deplorable aftermath of Godhra. Qutubuddin was whisked away to “secular” (pre-Nandigram) Bengal and provided Government accommodation. A couple of years ago, he returned to Gujarat complaining of his exploitation by “secularists” and said he felt perfectly safe in his home State.
Then there was the celebrated Best Bakery case, whose main protagonist Zaheera Sheikh, ended up accusing her erstwhile benefactor, Teesta Setalvad, of physically torturing her. After serving a prison term for perjury, Zaheera is happy to return to the oblivion from which she would never have emerged but for the cynical manipulations of Modi-baiters. Finally, the secular brigade went to town over the killing of “innocent” Ishrat Jahan, an 18-year-old Pune girl who tragically got mixed up with die-hard ISI-sponsored terrorists, ending up as their courier. Her untimely demise was, no doubt, unfortunate but “innocent” she was not.
With Sohrabuddin, the Gujarat-bashers believed they finally hit the jackpot. Indeed, they appear to have successfully fixed DG Vanzara, the fearless encounter specialist who apparently did not believe in exchanging Anglo-Saxon pleasantries with terrorists or arranging gourmet meals including biryani for them in jail, the way a previous Government in Delhi did with ISI-backed Kashmiri terrorists at the Hazratbal shrine. Vanzara’s colleagues subsequently let him down, for even if his methods of tackling terror cannot be condoned his nationalist motives are above reproach. It is reminiscent of the way human rights-wallahs hounded Amarjit Singh Sandhu, SSP Amritsar in the heyday of Khalistani terrorism, once he had liquidated the enemies of India in the district under his command. In Punjab, not a single terrorist was convicted by the courts even under a draconian TADA but the same courts relentlessly pursued cases against Sandhu to the point where he was driven to penury and eventual suicide.
As for the repeated reminder that the police must not get trigger happy and adhere strictly to the law of the land, the case of Parliament attacker Afzal Guru mocks at the face of jurisprudence. His death sentence has been confirmed by the Supreme Court, but our prim and proper Home Minister says it may take up to seven years before he is executed! A simple question: Why? If vote-bank politics shamelessly intrudes into the sphere of justice, as it has brazenly done in the Afzal case, why must Narendra Modi be singled out in the Sohrabuddin matter? And have we forgotten the price the country paid for the red carpet treatment the Government gave Azhar Masood in a jail in Kashmir? Don’t we all know what he has been up to since we ferried him back to his Taliban masters in Kandahar in the final days of the last millennium?

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