Posts Tagged ‘hindutva’

Kanhaiya Kumar, The Indomitable Spirit

March 4, 2016

Kanhaiya Kumar, Out On Bail, Speaks Of ‘Azadi’ On JNU Campus


NEW DELHI, March 3, 2016:  Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Kanhaiya Kumar who was released from jail today on bail received a hero’s welcome at the campus on Thursday evening. In a defiant speech, he took shots at the government tearing into charges of sedition against him and said he had faith in India’s Constitution and democracy. Here are the highlights of his address:
  • I want to thank everyone who has stood with JNU.
  • I want to thank the people sitting in Parliament deciding what is right and what is wrong.
  • I want to thank their police and some media channels.
  • I have no hatred towards anybody, especially towards ABVP.
  • Because the ABVP we have on campus is more rational than the ABVP outside.
  • There will be no witch hunt against them.
  • We have no ill feelings towards ABVP because we truly believe in democracy and the Constitution.
  • We don’t look at ABVP as the enemy, we look at them like the Opposition.
  • The best thing about how JNU has stood up in one voice was that it was spontaneous.
  • They had all of it planned but we were spontaneous.
  • We stand up for all parts of Constitution – socialism, secularism and equality.
  • I don’t want to comment on the case. It is sub judice.
  • I have many differences with the PM but I agree with his tweet – Satyameva Jayate – truth will triumph.
  • In railway stations you will find a guy who shows you magic tricks. We have some people like that in our country.
  • They say black money will come back, sabka saath sabka vikas, equality and all that.
  • Yes we Indians forget things too soon but this time the tamasha is too big. These jumlas won’t be forgotten.
  • But what will happen if you speak up?
  • Their cyber-cell will release doctored videos and count condoms in your dustbins.
  • This is a planned attack to delegitimise the UGC protests, to prevent justice to Rohith Vemula.
  • But let me just say it is not easy to get admission in JNU neither it is easy to silence those in JNU.
  • You cannot dilute our struggle.
  • They say soldiers are dying on the borders – I salute them.
  • I want to ask the BJP lawmaker who said in Parliament that soldiers are dying on the border – is he your son or brother?
  • He is the son or father of the farmer who is dying of drought.
  • Do not create a false debate in this country.
  • Who is responsible for their deaths?
  • We will not rest till everybody has an equal right to prosperity.
  • We are not asking for freedom from India because India has not colonised anyone.
  • The man fighting on the border, perhaps he wanted to study but he couldn’t get to JNU.
  • You want to silence one Rohith, today look how big that revolution has become.
  • I realised one thing in jail. We, the people of JNU speak in civilised voices, but we use heavy terminologies.
  • Perhaps it doesn’t reach the common man. We have to establish communication with the common people.
  • We will bring Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas for real.
  • Today the honourable PM was talking about Stalin, I say Modi ji speak about Hitler too sometimes. Or maybe Mussolini?
  • He speaks of Mann Ki Baat but doesn’t listen.
  • What is happening today in the country is very dangerous.
  • It is not about one party, one news channel.
  • I have never told this to anybody but my family makes Rs. 3,000. Can you imagine somebody like me doing a PhD in any other college?
  • And they are calling anybody who stands up for this, traitor?
  • What kind of a self-proclaimed nationalism is this?
  • I want to remind our government that 69 per cent voted against you.
  • Just 31 per cent voted for you and some of them were caught up in your jumlas.
  • And today they are running a distraction campaign so that people don’t ask them the real questions.
  • RSS mouthpiece The Organiser did a cover story on JNU.
  • If they can reason in a debate why JNU should be shut for four months, I will agree with them.
  • They want to suppress the voice of dissent but I want to tell them, you will never be able to do that.
  • Once again let’s raise slogans for freedom – not from India, but within India.
  • Freedom from hunger, poverty, the caste system – all of that.



Movement Against Fascist Forces

October 22, 2015

Writers, artists announce movement against fascist forces

An Special Correspondent


New Delhi, October 21, 2015:  Eminent writers, artists and media persons, who are peeved at the present government’s insensitivity and inaction against hate-peddlers and violent radicals of   Hindutva groups, announced on Monday that they will fight fascist forces tooth and nail. They alleged that these forces have “tacit support and endorsement” of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.In the wake of growing intolerance and targeted killings of writers and rationalists and repeated incidents of lynching on the pretext of cow protection, a discussion was jointly organized by the Press club of India, the Indian Women’s Press Corps, the Janwadi Leikhakh Sangh and the Pragatisheel Leikhakh Morcha on Monday at the Press Club here.

Coming down heavily on the Prime Minister and his government for the growing atmosphere of intolerance and communal discourse, they resolved to take a protest march on October 23 from Sri Ram Centre to Sahitya Academy in the Capital. They said the PM is maintaining eloquent silence over the murderous attacks on writers and rationalists while his party members, MPs as well as his cabinet ministers are making provocative statements and remarks.  Writers at a Pratirodh Sangh (protest forum) in Press Club of India also raised concern over the deafening silence of Sahitya Academy which is the autonomous body of literaturers.

Speaking on the occasion, veteran journalist and Hindi writer Mangalesh Dabral, who returned his Sahitya Academy award in protest against the government’s inaction, has warned that: “History will not forgive us if we do not speak up at the situation when the core values of our civilization are under attacks”.

He said that democracy is not all about the rule of majority, but its real tests lies in the well-being of minorities and other marginalised sections of society.  Taking Finance Minister Arun Jaitly to task for dubbing the revolt of writers as “manufactured protest”, he said it was a “mischievous narrative to malign them”.

“Are the killings of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and M M Kalburgi manufactured? Was Akhlak killing manufactured? They are not manufactured, but there is design into all these incidents,” Dabral asked the Finance Minister.

When this correspondent asked that writers are not defending their stand forcefully in TV discussions, Dabral quipped, “We do not cross the limit of decency to prove our point”.

Om Thanvi, ex-editor of Jansatta, said here is a Prime Minister who took refuge under the President Pranab Mukherjee’s speech for appealing peace in the country. It was “mischievous and cunning” as Muslims are not attacking Hindus or Hindus and Muslims are not fighting but the Hindutva radicals who are hell-bent to destroy the communal fabric of the country. Instead of taking action against these radicals the PM is making appeal for calm and peace, he said.

Conducting the discussion Press Club of India  general secretary Nadeem Ahmad Kazmi said that the majority of journalists are with writers in their fight against intolerance and fascism, He pointed that Hindutva groups are using all  means to “control communication” the manifestation of which is seen in the media narrative against the writers returning their awards. “They are not using swords or resorting to violence…. Instead of listening to their concerns, a section of media is accusing them of belonging to one quarter or the other”, said Kazmi. Many writers spoke on the occasion and castigated the opposition parties, including the Congress for raising their voice forcefully against these forces as they are more concerned with their political interest than the country’s interest.

Noted poet and critic K. Sachidanandan in his statement urged the silent majority to come together against the “mono-religious and mono-cultural entity”. He also raises concern over the BJP government’s bid to control prestigious institutions like ICHR, NBT and FTII, to name a few, which were so far headed by eminent scholars, educationists, social scientists, philosophers and thinkers. They are systematically destroyed by the appointment of little known, ignorant or ill-reputed people, he said.

“It is ironical that those who have vowed to safeguard the Constitutional rights are themselves challenging the constitution with inflammatory statements and hate-speeches every other day leading to riots and instilling fear in the minorities, he said.

Justice At Last

September 3, 2012


Triumph of Justice

    NARODA PATIYA is said to be the worst-affected area in the 2002 Gujarat pogrom. Here, 97 people were killed and almost 800 families were affected by the communal violence that followed the Sabarmati Express fire in Godhra on February 28, 2002. When the riots ended, the death toll across the State was said to have been close to 1,200.

    On August 29, a special trial court in Ahmedabad convicted 32 of the accused in the Naroda Patiya case, while acquitting 29 others. It convicted Maya Kodnani, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Minister in the Narendra Modi government, to 28 years’ imprisonment, former Bajrang Dal convener Babu Bajrangi to imprisonment until death. Of the 30 others, the court awarded 31 years’ imprisonment to seven accused and 24 years’ imprisonment to 22; it did not pronounce sentence against one accused.

    Special court judge Jyotsana Yagnik convicted Maya Kodnani and Bajrangi on charges of conspiracy and murder. The duo were held guilty under sections 120(b) (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code. The prosecution sought the maximum punishment of the death sentence for all the convicts.

    Maya Kodnani will serve 10 years in jail for her conviction under Section 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means), after which her imprisonment under Section 302 and other sections, which is for 18 years, will begin.

    Maya Kodnani, a three-time MLA from the Naroda area, had allegedly distributed weapons and had twice surveyed the area before the riots broke out. Evidence of her involvement includes phone records and eyewitness accounts of her leading rioters to the area. Bajrangi was also seen leading the rioters, and was captured on camera boasting about his involvement in the Naroda Patiya massacre.

    Naroda Patiya is largely a poor Muslim neighbourhood, which was systematically targeted. Many of its residents were later rehabilitated in an area called Citizens Nagar, a miserable shanty near the city’s dumping ground. Some families returned to Naroda Patiya but numerous houses there still bear evidence of the massacre. Many look like bombed-out structures, some have collapsed and others have a lock on the door.

    An eyewitness told Frontline that the mob had blocked all the exits. “We heard them coming but before we could run, they had begun killing. They were throwing burning rags and lit bottles into our houses. Women were dragged out. I saw a pregnant women being stabbed in the belly. We made desperate attempts to reach the police, but nobody came to help us.”

    The Naroda Patiya case is among the nine that were investigated by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and went for trial. Maya Kodnani was first arrested in March 2009 by the SIT in connection with the case. She resigned her post as Minister subsequently. This May, she was released on bail.

Implications for Modi

    The implications of the judgment are serious. To begin with, the conviction of a former Minister is a harsh blow to Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is gearing up for State Assembly elections in another three months and is an aspirant for the post of Prime Minister. Modi has tried hard to distance himself from Maya Kodnani’s actions and the riots in general. When she was arrested, he reportedly said she was only an MLA and that did not necessarily make her a State government functionary. Modi has denied any involvement in what he calls a spontaneous reaction to the Godhra carnage.

    “The significance of this verdict should not be underemphasised. This is the highest number convicted ever in the past 65 years in any case of communal violence. Even more significantly, for the first time, criminal responsibility has been fixed at the level of the political conspirator and instigator. This is a first for Indian jurisprudence and will have a tremendous impact on Zakia Jafri’s case against Modi and 61 others. Maya Kodnani and Babu Bajrangi are co-accused in that case too,” said Teesta Setalvad, who as part of the Citizens for Peace and Justice has been fighting a protracted battle to nail the culprits.

    Modi, who has seen three successful Assembly elections, is billed to face his toughest test this time. Observers say though the opposition is not strong enough to beat the champion of Hindutva, he has a tough fight ahead, which will probably scuttle his chances in New Delhi.

Courtesy: Frontline