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‘CIA plans to split India by 2015’

January 22, 2009

‘CIA plans to split India by 2015’

By: Ketan Ranga

Malegaon men wanted a monarch for India

January 22, 2009
Malegaon men wanted a monarch for India
Wanted to cannibalise RSS, VHP and put an end to democracy; were even hoping for help from the UN
By Deeptiman Tiwary
Posted On Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 02:20:16 AM

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Lt Colonel Prasad Purohit and his organisation Abhinav Bharat had unimaginably large plans for their Hindu Rashtra. Not only was it going to be a monarchy, they would seek its legitimacy from no less an organisation than the United Nations Organisation (UNO). The outfit wanted to have a single centre of Hindu strength and had thus planned to cannibalise the RSS and the VHP. 

Also, there was no place for detractors in Abhinav Bharat’s ideology. The group planned to eliminate anyone and everyone who was opposed to their idea of the Hindu Rashtra and had even prepared a list of 75 people.

According to statements of witnesses, as recorded in the charge sheet filed by the ATS in MCOCA court, accused Dayanand Pande and Purohit in various meetings discussed in detail about establishing a Hindu Rashtra and uniting all Hindu forces. At one of the meetings, Pande expressed that there was no space for democracy in their Hindu Rashtra and that there should be a king ruling over it.

In a statement of a witness, who owns a sugar mill in Motihari in Bihar and was part of most of the Abhinav Bharat meetings, he says that these facts were first discussed at a meeting held in Ujjain in August. He says that during the meeting Pande argued that like in 1947 the UNO agreed to the division of a nation on religious lines, they would again approach the world body to help them carve out an Independent Hindu Rashtra out of India. “…This independent state for Hindus would not be based on democratic principles but be a monarchy.”

An officer from the Army Education Corps who was present at one of the meetings, has revealed that though Abhinav Bharat was itself a Hindu right wing organisation, its members had little faith in the RSS and the VHP. In the long run, they wanted to dismantle both organisations and bring them under the umbrella of Abhinav Bharat.

In the statement, the armyman says, “Shankaracharya (ie Pande) also spoke about Government in Exile etc. Lt Col Purohit talked about cannibalisation of RSS, VHP and forming a pure Hindu organisation and the need for an academy of ideological indoctrination.”

The armyman has further added in his statement that Purohit talked of political excommunication of those who would oppose and that this excommunication would be in the form of elimination.

This statement is seconded by another witness, former general secretary and present member of World Hindu Federation, who even put a number to this idea of elimination of opponents. According to his statement, the organisation had prepared a list of 75 people, who would be eliminated. In the statement he says: “…In that meeting (held on Januray 26, 2008) Lt Col Purohit said that if anyone opposed their Hindu Aryavart Government, he would be excommunicated and killed. He said a list of 75 such people had been prepared.”


Purohit was in touch with Nepal king for a separate state

January 21, 2009

Purohit was in touch with Nepal king for a separate state

By Hetal Vyas, Deeptiman Tiwary and Anand Holla
Posted On Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 03:26:35 AM


The ATS chargesheet against 11 members of Abhinav Bharat, arrested in the September 2008 Malegaon blast, speaks of their lack of faith in the Indian Constitution and intention to create a separate state. But surprisingly, the ATS has not charged the suspects for waging war against the nation. 

The bulky 4000-plus pages chargesheet gives a detailed view of the role played by suspended Armyman Lt Col. Prasad Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Rakesh Dhawde etc. and their intentions to create a separate constitution, national flag. The ATS also claimed that the leaders were in touch with Maoists in Nepal and were ready to get in touch with Israelis if the need arose.

The transcripts retrieved from Pandey’s laptop also speaks of the group’s plan to seek help from ousted Nepal monarch King Gyanendra. In his conversation with other accused, Purohit has in detail explained how he held meetings with King Gyanendra and how the deposed monarch had accepted a proposal to train Purohit’s men. In a recorded conversation, Purohit also claims that he had asked the king to procure AK-47s from the Czech republic, for which he was ready to pay.

The act of the prosecution of not applying section 121 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), waging war against the nation is more surprising, as the ATS, itself has claimed that the accused did not have faith in the Indian constitution and they even planned to take the help of Israel and groups from Nepal, if need be, to take their conspiracy further. More so, these charges have been applied on the accused in the train blasts cases, the 26/11 case and also on the members of the Indian Mujahideen. 

The charge sheet explains eighteen various charges ranging from murder of seven persons, who were killed in the blasts and an offence of attempt to murder for 90-plus grievously injured. It also speaks about criminal conspiracy, provisions of MCOCA, arms and explosive acts for using RDX and other ammunitions to carry out blasts is tight-lipped over waging war. 

ATS chief K P Raghuvanshi says the cops know some leaders were in 
regular touch with Maoists in Nepal, but are not sure if they had sought help from them in their endeavour

“We have evaluated all evidences and the charges have been filed on the basis of the evidence available with us,” said ATS chief K P Raghuvanshi. 

The chargesheet says that Purohit took responsibility of providing explosives and Pragya Thakur took responsibility for providing men for explosion. It also says that Purohit had generated about Rs. 21 lakh to carry out the blast conspiracy and had also planned to create a separate constitution of India way back in 2007. 

“Prasad Purohit in 2007 floated Abhinav Bharat with an intention to propagate a separate Hindu Rashtra with their own constitution, aims and objects as Bharat Swarajya, Surajya and Suraksha in its preamble,” says the chargesheet.

It further says that Purohit wanted to adopt a National Flag ie. Solo themed saffron flag having golden ancient torch in the middle. 

The chargesheet also includes certain transcripts of conversations between Purohit, Dayanand Pandey and Ramesh Upadhyay, which has details about their men visiting Isreal and also been in touch with Nepal based Maoists.Excerpts from the transcripts of a conversation that the police claim was retrieved from Swami Dayanand Pande’s laptop

Purohit: I have contacted Israel. One of our captains have been to Israel…very positive response from their side. They have asked us to show them something on the ground. 

Our website had not been launched yet. We just gave them on paper…they asked us to wait and watch for six months.

We had asked for four things…continuous and uninterrupted supply of equipment and training. second thing allow us to start out office with saffron flag in Tel Aviv. 

Sources said that Lt Col Purohit (above) was in touch with Israeli authorities in India and had even sent a representative along with a letter soliciting Israeli support

Number three…political asylum. Number four support our cause in UN that Hindu nation is born.

They have accepted two things. They don’t want to fly our national flag in Tel Aviv saying they don’t want to spoil their relations with India. Also they are saying that they cannot support us on international forum for two years.

Purohit: Let me also tell you our meeting had been fixed with King Gyanendra  (of Nepal) on June 24, 2006 and then in 2007…the King had accepted the proposal…20 people from my side will train as officers there every six months…I’ll get 40 persons every year and 200 persons will train as jawan…I’ll get 400 soldiers. You being an independent nation, ask for Aks from Czekoslovakia, we will pay the money and the ammunition. The king has accepted..

Purohit again talks of a meeting in which relatives of King Gyanendra participated. There is also a reference of Queen Aishwarya, King Gyanendra’s wife.


4,500-page charge sheet in Malegaon case
By Mumbai Mirror Bureau
Posted On Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 02:43:02 AM


The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), on Tuesday, filed a mammoth 4,500-page charge sheet against 11 accused, including a serving army official and a sadhvi, in the sensational September 29, 2008 blast at Malegaon, which claimed seven lives and left over a 100 injured.

Special MCOCA judge Y D Shinde allowed the prosecution to file the charge sheet, but reserved order on taking cognisance of the same, as all 11 accused refused to accept the sections levied against them under the stringent MCOCA. 

“The application of MCOCA has been done in haste. The court should first evaluate if the application of the provision of MCOCA against the accused is appropriate and only then take cognisance of the charge sheet,” argued defence counsel Shrikant Shivade and Mahesh Jethmalani, representing col Prasad Purohit and Sadhvi Pragya Thakur respectively.

Advocate Subhash Jadhav, defending one of the main accused, Rakesh Dhawade, argued that, “the whole case has been made up in an incorrect manner. MCOCA will be applicable only when there are two charge sheets filed and the competent court before whom the charge sheets are filed takes cognizance of it.”

According to Jadhav, the Nanded and Parbhani court has not yet taken cognisance of the alleged crime against him on which the prosecution has invoked MCOCA. 

Special public prosecutor Rohini Salian argued that the provisions of MCOCA had been applied correctly and the court could take cognisance of the charge sheet. The charge sheet filed against the 11 accused include charges against them under sections of the MCOCA, IPC, UAPA, Arms and explosive acts. 

A bomb strapped to a motorcycle had exploded in Bhiku Chowk area of Malegaon on September 29 last year, killing seven and injuring more than 70. The ATS probe revealed the involvement of members of right wing organisation ‘Abhinav Bharat’. 

The ATS invoked MCOCA against the accused who are presently in judicial custody. MCOCA was implemented on November 21.Investigations in the case are not yet over despite the filing of the charge sheet, with the ATS still on the lookout for at least three persons who allegedly planted the bomb.


Conspirators had planned to take over the country
By Mumbai Mirror Bureau
Posted On Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 02:43:00 AM


It was a conspiracy that had taken over seven months and it result in the September 29 Malegaon blast. The objectives were actually much larger and far reaching than the six lives it claimed. According to the charge sheet filed by the Maharshtra ATS in the case, the 14 conspirators of the terror attack had planned to take over the country and establish a Hindu Rashtra — with its own constitution and a saffron national flag.

At the helm of affairs of this conspiracy is a serving army officer — Lt Col Prasad Srikant Purohit, who had floated a Hindu radical group — Abhinav Bharat — on February 9, 2007. The intention of the organisation, says the charge sheet, was to “propagate a separate Hindu Rashtra with its own constitution and aims, and with Bharat Swarajya, Surajya, Suraksha in its preamble.” It adds that members of “this organised crime syndicate wanted to adopt a national flag i.e. solo-themed saffron flag with a golden border. The length of the flag would be twice its breadth with an ancient golden torch (bhagwa dhwaj).”

The Conspiracy

The conspiracy, according to the charge sheet, was hatched through several meetings held between January 2008 and September 2008 at Faridabad, Kolkata, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Indore and Nashik. The first meeting was held on January 25-26 at Faridabad in which Purohit, in the presence of other accused in the case, said he would provide explosives for the blast.

Decision on target

After a few meetings on spreading terror among the Muslim community, in a crucial meeting held in Bhopal on April 11, 12, 2008, Malegaon was chosen as the target. The meeting was attended by Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Ramesh Upadhyay, Sameer Kulkarni, Purohit, Pande and Sudhakar Chaturvedi, all accused in the case. In the meet it was decided “to take revenge against Muslims in Malegaon by exploding bombs in a thickly populated area”. It was at this meet that Pragya agreed to provide two men, her close associates, to execute the blasts.

Bomb planters

On June 11, 2008, another meeting was held at Circuit House in Indore. Here, Pragya introduced Ramji alias Ramchandra Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange, the absconding accused who planted the bomb, to Pandey and assured that they would do the job well. In another meeting next month in Indore, Pragya directed Pandey to ask Purohit to hand over the explosives to Ramji and Dange. 

Explosives brought from Kashmir

On August 3, 2008, in a meeting held at the dharmashala of Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain, Purohit was given the responsibility of procuring RDX and providing it to Ramji for the blast. At the same meeting, Purohit arranged to train Ramji and Dange in exploding bombs. For this, he asked another accused Rakesh Dhawade, who is a trained expert in handling bombs and making improvised explosive devices, to give the explosives to and train Ramji and Dange. Both had visited and stayed in Pune between August 9 and 11, 2008 for the purpose. The RDX that Purohit provided to the planters of the bomb had been brought by him from Kashmir while he was returning after completing his posting there. He had stored it in a cupboard in his house and later provided it to Ramji and others for making the bomb.

Final preparations

After this, Purohit arranged for a forged arms licence and entry pass to Deolali camp area in Nashik for accused Sudhakar Chaturvedi. Meanwhile, in September 2008, another accused, identified as Pravin Mutalik, joined the group and was reported to be staying at Chaturvedi’s residence in Deolali from September 22, 2008 with Ramji, who had brought a golden LML Freedom bike with him. It was here that Ramji, Dange and Mutalik assembled the bomb.

The trio later used the same bike to plant the bomb near Bhiku Chowk in Central Malegaon and successfully exploded it killing six people and injuring over a hundred.


There were several financial transactions that took place to facilitate the conspiracy in terms of procuring explosives and firearms. According to the charge sheet, Purohit collected around Rs 21 lakh for himself and his organisation Abhinav Bharat. The amount was given to the organisation’s treasurer, Ajay Rahirkar, an accused in the case. Rahirkar in turn disbursed the amount among various accused on the directions of Purohit for furtherance of their conspiracy. Of this, Purohit had taken Rs 1 lakh to procure hand grenades. He further paid Rs 2.5 lakh to a builder in Nashik to buy a bungalow for himself. He also gave Rs 2.25 lakh to Dhawade to procure explosives and arrange for training for the planters of the bomb. Dhawde was also paid Rs 3.20 lakh by Rahirkar for weapons and cartridges.


Very little evidence against Pragya
By Mumbai Mirror Bureau
Posted On Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 02:42:58 AM

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On Tuesday morning, as the court discussed the charge sheet filed by the ATS in the September 29 Malegaon blast case, it was confusing to see that while accused Lt Col Prasad Purohit sat gloomily in court, key accused Pragya Singh Thakur’s lawyers engaged in gleeful bantering with the public prosecutor. However, a perusal of the charge sheet shows that they probably had good reason to do so.

In most of the charge sheet, as opposed to initial claims of the ATS, it was Purohit who came up as the key accused, while little evidence seemed to have been cited over Pragya’s involvement in the conspiracy. A close scrutiny of the case against Pragya shows that she might either go scot free or at the most be punished with a much smaller sentence compared to her co-accused.

While the charge sheet mentions Purohit in almost every paragraph and cites him as a key planner, initiator and co-ordinator of the conspiracy, Pragya is mentioned only in a few instances.The only major charge against Pragya is the fact that she participated in the meetings, that too not all, and that her bike was used for the blasts.

While the first charge will stick only when ATS provides hard evidence of the Malegaon conspiracy being directly hatched in these meetings, the latter has already been mitigated by Pragya’s alibi that she had sold her bike much before it was used for the blast.

Another accusation against Pragya is that it was her trusted men, Ramji Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange, who executed the blast. The prosecution will have a hard time nailing Pragya in this as both the accused, who were allegedly provided by Pragya for the blasts, are absconding. Unless they are caught and their statements recorded, the defence will find many holes in the prosecution’s case to save Pragya.



Malegaon Bomb Blast: Taped phone conversation of the alleged ‘conspirators’ : The Indian Express

January 21, 2009…we-have-to-be-m…/413399/

‘Cat is out of the bag…we have to be meticulous…cautious’
Posted: Jan 21, 2009 at 0338 hrs IST
MUMBAI: For Lt. Col. Prasad Purohit and retired Major Ramesh Upadhyay, two of the 11 chargesheeted in the Malegaon bomb blast case today by theMaharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad, news that they were apparently hoping would never become public — and lead to their arrest days later — came on October 23 last year.

It was the day The Indian Express first reported that the ATS was believed to have cracked the September 29 bomb blast case and suspected it to be the work of a Hindu extremist group based in Indore. Later that day, the ATS also announced that it had arrested Sadhvi Pragyasingh Thakur and two of her accomplices in connection with the attack which killed six Muslims during the fasting month of Ramzan.

The news is believed to have triggered hectic telephonic consultations between Upadhyay and Purohit, now named the main conspirator in the chargesheet. The alleged conversations, however, were not private. Their phones had been tapped by the ATS and all the chatter recorded. Transcripts of the calls, among several others, now form a part of the chargesheet and the ATS expects they will play a big role in nailing the case.

The Indian Express is in possession of transcript copies of some of those conversations between Purohit, who was in Madhya Pradesh, and Pune resident Upadhyay. The duo frequently refer to a “Mr Singh” in most of the calls, which ATS sources said was their code for Sadhvi Pragyasingh, based on the interrogation of the suspects.

The first of the transcripts are from a call made at 11.23 am., which lasted 5 minutes and 38 seconds:


Purohit: Sir, have you read today’s headlines…

Upadhyay: I have read about Hindu Jagran Manch of Indore being blamed for Modasa and Malegaon blast.

Purohit: That is Singh sahib.

Upadhyay: OK.

Purohit: That means the cat is out of the bag now as far as Mr Singh is concerned.


During this conversation, the two men discuss how much the police might know from the information that has been shared with the media and Purohit goes on to ask Upadhyay to get a new mobile SIM card for himself.


Purohit:…so what I am suggesting to you is, Sir…

Upadhyay: Yes.

Purohit: If you can kindly procure one more SIM for yourself.

Upadhyay: One more…

Purohit: SIM card.

Upadhyay: OK.

Purohit: Which may not be your own.

Upadhyay: OK.

Purohit: who karle turanth sir (Please do this immediately sir)

Upadhyay: theek hai, dekhta hoon (ok, let me see)

Purohit: Yes, Sir.

Upadhyay: Anything you suspect?

Purohit: No sir, but let us be very meticulous now.

Upadhyay: Yes, we have to be…


ATS sources say the two men were also through the day allegedly trying to find out more information about the progress of the case and exchanging notes. Excerpts from one such call which lasted 10 mins and 59 seconds and was made at 5:54 p.m.:


Purohit: Some developments, Singh has sung a song quite a bit.

Upadhyay: OK.

Purohit: Situation is of tension. Your name is not figuring there.

Upadhyay: OK.

Purohit: My name is likely to figure.

Upadhyay: OK.

Purohit: This is the last phone call from this phone. I will give you one more number jo maine kal aapko jisse phone kiya tha (from which I had called you yesterday).

Upadhyay: OK.

Purohit: Uske baad main switch off ho jaoonga (I will switch off after that)

Upadhyay: OK.

Purohit: I tell everyone…not to talk to me.

Upadhyay: OK.


Later in the same conversation, Upadhyay tells Purohit that police were also making inquiries about him.


Upadhyay: See, when the chap has come to me, my name has also figured. There is no doubt about it because otherwise why should anybody come at my place.

Purohit: Yes, but sir, aise hai na, ek to aapka naam aaya hoga (your name must have figured) because of organisation head karke.

Upadhyay: Maybe, whatever be the reason, but checking has started.

Purohit: Yes.

Upadhyay: Checking has started means we have to be cautious.

Purohit: Very much, Sir.


Again in this conversation, the two men talk about the Sadhvi and wonder how much information she may have revealed, according to the transcripts.


Upadhyay: My suggestion would be that she had taken your name, it is confirmed now.

Purohit: It is confirmed now.

Upadhyay: OK, fine, she has taken your name but they will not be able to trace you immediately, that is for sure.

Purohit: Sir.

Upadhyay: It appears that she might tell the location if she knows.

Purohit: Sir.

Upadhyay: That you are here and there or whatever but then your right name is difficult so immediately it cannot be done. He has changed his number. Sudhakar. So it does not appear that they will be able to directly contact you. So that much safety factor is there and thirdly you are not in the organisation as such.

Purohit: Sir.

Upadhyay: So that much safety factor is still there but naturally some sort of problem cannot be avoided

Purohit: Sir

Upadhyay: Now, well, to tackle it, I suggested that we have a lawyer. Because I was suspecting and something or the other trouble will get created unnecessary and we will have to sort it out.


In an earlier conversation during the day, during a call made at 4.12 p.m. which lasted 5 minutes and 18 seconds, the serving and former army officer suspect the hand of the Nationalist Congress Party behind the news. They think the NCP, whose leader R R Patil was then Maharashtra Deputy CM and Home Minister, had leaked the information to divert attention from the furore over Maharashtra Navnirman Sena activists attacking north Indian migrants who had come to Mumbai to appear in railway job exams.

Upadhyay was arrested five days later on October 28 and Lt. Col. Purohit on November 5.




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Purohit planned Israel-based Hindu govt-in-exile, support from Thai contacts: ATS chargesheet today

Smita Nair
Posted: Jan 20, 2009 at 0305 hrs IST

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad chargesheet in the Malegaon blast case claims that as per statements from the accused the town was singled out for the blast as “it was the ideal place where the Muslim community crowd was the maximum” and that prime accused Lt Col Prasad Purohit had told fellow conspirators it was time to set up a parallel, Hindu government-in-exile which could operate out of Israel and ensure a completely sashastra (armed) India.

Purohit, according to the chargesheet, promised “all logistic help” with finances from several quarters and support from some of his contacts in Thailand.

The ATS chargesheet, which includes two important confession statements, statements of witnesses under Section 164, laptop records, telephonic records, detailed SMSes and financial transactions across states, will be filed tomorrow in the designated MCOCA court chaired by sessions judge Y D Shinde.

The ATS will tell the court how a group called Abhinav Bharat became a “front organisation” for a conspiracy which led to an explosion at 9.26 pm on September 29, 2008 at Bhikku Chowk, Malegaon. While all eleven accused have been charged with conspiracy, logistics and execution of the blast, the key roles, according to the ATS, were those of Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Sudhakar Dardwivedi alias Dayanand Pandey.

This will be the first case where a probe has been able to reach the conspirators — unlike other cases where only those who planted bombs have been arrested. In this case, the alleged bomb planters — Sameer Dange, Ramji Kalsangra — and Pravin Patil, another on the wanted list, remain at large. Patil also used the cover name of Mutalik and is a close aide of Purohit.

While the forensic finding of the chassis and engine number of the motorcycle used in the blast — it was a Gujarat registration number GJ-05-1920, owned by Pragya Singh Thakur — led the ATS to Gujarat, it was the statements of witnesses and the forensic report that helped the ATS build a strong case.

The ATS chargesheet has relied heavily on the statement of Sudhakar Chaturvedi (37), the last to be arrested, who said Purohit had called him on September 17, asking him to give the keys of his house in Deolali to a person named Pawar. According to the ATS, Pawar handed the keys to Ramji Kalsangra who along with some others used the house to assemble the bomb that was eventually used in Malegaon.

The ATS team took a picture of Ramji to the locality where Chaturvedi stayed. Two witnesses identified him and confirmed that Ramji did come to the house. A search of the house revealed remains of items used in making the bomb — this was verified by a forensic team. Evidences include recordings from the laptop of Sudhakar Dardwivedi which also has footage of various meetings.

Of the arrested, it is Rakesh Dataram Dhavde’s involvement in the conspiracy that led the ATS to slap MCOCA charges against all ten accused. Pragya Singh’s telephonic conversations recorded with accused Shyam Sahu immediately after the blasts will be included in the chargesheet.

According to the ATS, the Abhinav Bharat, a group founded on June 12, 2006 in Raigad where Shivaji was coronated, initially had retired Major Ramesh Upadhyay in the role of working president. Later, under the control of Purohit, it became the “front for an agenda of creating a Hindu Rajya”.
While the “anger and the determination” to create a parallel Government which “gives power to Hindus” can be seen in the records of the many meetings that transpired between the accused, the ATS says that it was at a meeting in Bhopal where the conspiracy for Malegaon was hatched. Purohit was said to have convinced the group that the time had come for a parallel government — and he detailed the idea of a bomb blast.The group, according to many statements of the accused, was told about possible safe houses in Israel from where the conspirators could operate once their ideology took root and their numbers increased.

According to the ATS, Pragya Singh promised “two of her men” from Gujarat. Upadhyay and Pune-based Ajay Rahirkar played key roles in logistics, conspiracy meetings and finances while Sudhakar and Sameer Kulkarni, the ATS says, were active foot soldiers of Abhinav Bharat who were paid a monthly sum of Rs 5,000 and were called ‘Chanakyas’.

Muslim leadership condemn Ambani, Mittal for projecting Modi as PM

January 19, 2009

Muslim leadership condemn Ambani, Mittal for projecting Modi as PM
Submitted by admin2 on 18 January 2009 – 12:05am. Indian Muslim
By Mumtaz Alam Falahi,,

New Delhi: Reacting strongly to the statements wherein leading industrialists of the country have described Gujarat Chief Minister as good prime ministerial matter, Muslim organizations have condemned the industrialists for supporting fascist forces.

Muslim leaders have said that it will be unfortunate for the country if it is led by a person who is responsible for massacres and ethnic cleansing in his state. They expressed the need that the industrialists should be involved in dialogue and convinced that they are seeing just one side of the coin.

In a global investors summit that ended on January 13, three top leading industrialists of the country – Anil Ambani, Chairman, ADAG, Sunil Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Group and Rattan Tata, Chairman Tata Motors – appeared supporting Narendra Modi as the next leader of the country because he has brought unprecedented development in Gujarat.

Talking to Nusrat Ali, General Secretary, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind said: “Nothing could be more unfortunate for a country if a person who is involved in massacre and ethnic cleansing becomes prime minister.” He said that the thinking of the industrialists and their proposal is absolutely wrong.

He expressed his concern over narrowing gap between industrialists and fascists. “That industrialists and fascists are coming closure is also unfortunate for the country. The government should take notice of the issue and industrialists should also rethink about their own views,” said Nusrat Ali.

Asked if the products of the companies chaired by these industrialists should be boycotted, he said: “People should protest the statement of the industrialists. Rather than boycotting their products there is a need for the society to change the mentality of such businessmen.”

Dr Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas, Member, Executive Committee, All India Muslim Personal Law Board also describes the statements of the industrialists as “very unfortunate.” Talking to TCN he said: “You cannot see the one side of Narendra Modi – whatever he is doing on developmental issues and investment issues – and on the basis of this you decide that he is the person who is capable of running a country.” Given the fact that India is a plural society with different religions and people, only a person should be at the helm of affairs who respect the diversity of the country, a person who is ready to tolerate all other religions, he said. “As far as Narendra Modi is concerned he is known internationally not for development which is taking place in Gujarat but for the pogrom 2002,” he pointed out.

Dr Ilyas is of the view that these people should be involved in dialogue to help them see the other side of the coin. “We should ask these people to take back their statements. It is not correct that on each and every issue we should come forward and boycott product of a company. These industrialists might be seeing only one side of the coin, not the both sides. We should meet them and engage them in dialogue and convince them that this type of one sided statement is not healthy for the society.”

Abdul Wahab Khilji, General Secretary, All India Milli Council, however, says that people should keep distance from fascists and those supporting the fascists while admitting that in democracy everyone has the right to express his views.

“But it seems that the industrialists have projected Modi as PM just keeping in view their own business interests. But we think that for the sovereignty and security of the country and for democracy and secularism, Narendra Modi can never be a good option,” Khilji says adding that the acts and deeds of Narendra Modi are known to people. Not only Muslims but no peace-loving people will accept him as the leader of the country.

Meanwhile, Hyderabad-based active Musim organization Majlis Bachao Tahreek has given a call for boycott of products of the company chaired by Anil Ambani. In one-page advertisement MBT said Muslims should boycott Reliance phone, petrol and other products. “Anil Ambani’s wish to make Narendra Modi, killer of thousands of Muslims, as prime minister, is like rubbing salt into wounds of Muslims.”

Ex-corporator and MBT leader Muhammad Amjadullah Khan led a protest on Friday in Hyderabad. The protestors burnt the effigy of Anil Ambani for projecting Narender Modi as PM of India. The agitation took place at different places after Friday Namaz at Ujalesha Mosque in Saidabad, Hyderabad. Later another dharna was held at Santosnagar Reliance FRESH and the police arrested all the MBT leaders when they tried to go inside the shop. Speaking on the occasion Amjedullah Khan appealed to all the Muslims and secular Hindus to boycott all the Reliance products.

Comments posted on New York Times site over William Kristol’s article: The Next War President: Ghulam Muhammed

January 19, 2009

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January 19th, 2009 2:46 pm

William Kristol has already declared that Obama will be a war president, even though Obama has yet to be swearing as US President. The most important member of the Neo-con group has not been satisfied with blood bath and carnage in Bush era. He is once again goading the new president to ‘finish’ the unfinished business. Apparently he believes in perpetual war for ‘perpetual peace- — the peace of the graves. Fortunately, Obama is made of different timber. One hopes he had learned from the plight of Bush, so unabashedly manipulated by Neo-cons, that he will keep these warmongers at double arms lengths. Iraq may be a success for the US, but what about hundreds and thousands civilian dead. As on Israel following its Gaza genocidal invasion, the pressure world over is mounting that all such warmongers should be brought to justice over their war crimes and violations of human rights of millions of world citizens.
— Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai, India

Op-Ed Columnist

The Next War President


Published: January 18, 2009

In synagogue on Saturday, before saying the customary prayer for our country, the rabbi asked us to reflect on the fact that a new president would be inaugurated on Tuesday, and urged us to focus a little more intently than usual on the prayer. The congregants did so, it seemed to me, as we read, “Our God and God of our ancestors: We ask your blessings for our country — for its government, for its leaders and advisers, and for all who exercise just and rightful authority …”

Barack Obama will assume that just and rightful authority at noon on Tuesday. After a dinner with him that I attended last week, as we said our goodbyes, I overheard one of my fellow conservatives say softly to the president-elect, “Sir, I’ll be praying for you.” Obama seemed to pause as they shook hands, and to thank him more earnestly than he did those of us who simply — and sincerely — wished him well.

The incoming president is the man of the moment. He deserves good wishes and sincere prayers. But I’ve found myself thinking these last few days more about the man who has shouldered the burdens of office for the past eight years, George W. Bush.

He wasn’t my favorite among Republicans in 2000. He has made mistakes as president, and has limitations as a leader. But he has exercised his just and rightful authority in a way — I believe — that deserves recognition and respect.

It will probably be a while before he gets much of either. In synagogue, right after the prayer for our country, there is a prayer for the state of Israel, asking the “rock and redeemer of the people Israel” to “spread over it the shelter of your peace.” As we recited this on Saturday, I couldn’t help but reflect that a distressingly small number of my fellow Jews seem to have given much thought at all to the fact that President Bush is one of the greatest friends the state of Israel — and, yes, the Jewish people — have had in quite a while. Bush stood with Israel when he had no political incentive to do so and received no political benefit from doing so. He was criticized by much of the world. He did it because he thought it the right thing to do.

He has been denounced for this, as Israel has been denounced for doing what it judged necessary to defend itself. The liberal sage Bill Moyers has been a harsh critic of Bush. On Jan. 9, on PBS, he also lambasted Israel for what he called its “state terrorism,” its “waging war on an entire population” in Gaza. He traced this Israeli policy back to the Bible, where “God-soaked violence became genetically coded,” apparently in both Arabs and Jews. I wouldn’t presume to say what is and isn’t “genetically coded” in Moyers’s respectable Protestant genes. But I’m glad it was George W. Bush calling the shots over the last eight years, not someone well-thought of by Moyers.

Many of Bush’s defenders have praised him for keeping the country safe since Sept. 11, 2001. He deserves that praise, and I’m perfectly happy to defend most of his surveillance, interrogation and counterterrorism policies against his critics.

But I don’t think keeping us safe has been Bush’s most impressive achievement. That was winning the war in Iraq, and in particular, his refusal to accept defeat when so many counseled him to do so in late 2006. His ordering the surge of troops to Iraq in January 2007 was an act of personal courage and of presidential leadership. The results have benefited both Iraq and the United States. And the outcome in Iraq is a remarkable gift to the incoming president, who now only has to sustain success, rather than trying to deal with the consequences in the region and around the world of a humiliating withdrawal and a devastating defeat.

The cost of the war in Iraq, and in Afghanistan, has been great. Last Wednesday afternoon, in the midst of all the other activities of the final week of an administration, Bush had 40 or so families of fallen soldiers to the White House. The staff had set aside up to two hours. Bush, a man who normally keeps to schedule, spent over four hours meeting in small groups with the family members of those who had fallen in battle.

This past weekend Barack Obama added to his itinerary a visit to Arlington National Cemetery. Obama knows that he, too, will be a war president. He knows the decisions he makes as commander in chief will be his most consequential. And so on Sunday morning, before going to church, he placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and stood silently as taps was sounded. The somber tableau provided quite a contrast to all the hubbub and talk of the last few days. Obama’s silent tribute captured a deeper truth, and — I dare say — a more fundamental hope, than could any speech.

The victory of the Palestinian Resistance & Israel’s unilateral withdrawal – A W A M I B H A R A T

January 18, 2009


The victory of the Palestinian Resistance & Israel’s unilateral withdrawal

The Palestinian Resistance has been victorious whilst the Israeli Nazi army withdraws in ignominy and global wrath. The People of Gaza have withstood the F-16’s, Helicopter gunships, tanks, ships and phosphorous attacks and have done so with extraordinary courage.

All that Israel achieved was the wanton destruction & death of children and civilians and residential neighbourhoods that included schools, hospitals, government buildings as well that of the United Nations. More than 1200 dead and 5000 seriously injured by the mercenary Israeli army.

The resistance led by Hamas still stands in defiance and the People of Palestine and the world stand in solidarity of the brave and courageous 1.5 million Gazan polulation who are challenging the collective might of the Israeli and American warmachine. Clearly Hamas and the Palestinian National resistance has triumphed and the Zionist colonial project of genocidal ethnic cleansing has once again been vanquished.

Palestine in 2009 and Lebanon 2006 have forever shattered the myth of Israeli military supremacy and have proved that the Palestinain resistance that stands at the vanguard of the global resistance to US-Zionist Imperialism will ultimately suceed to create an Independent state of Palestinen with Jerusalem as its capital.

We also salute the people across the world who took to the streets and besieged their governments. We also salute the rising tide of global Jewry against the Jewish Zionist counterparts.

This struggle will prove critical for the just resolution of the Palestine – Israel conflict. We need to stand in solidarity with the Jewish people as they join the struggle against Zionist Imperialism.

We also salute the leadership of South America lead by Chavez of Venezuela and Morales of Bolivia for taking a clear position against Israel, unlike the collaborator regimes of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan, we must add.

The anger of the Arab street, social and political movements will lead to democratic revolutions that will soon sweep away these dictators and monarchs. With Israel having lost both the strategic and moral war, the Zionists will resort to even more desperate measures.

The “Shoah” promised by the Israeli leadership is still a possibility. For the larger agenda of total ethnic cleansing, the Zionists need a larger war that will envelope both West Asia and the South Asian nations.

In the absence of a larger war theatre, without the direct involvement of the US and NATO, Israel cannot succeed.

And thus the coming war on Iran !!

We need to see the growing tensions between India and Pakistan that are being fanned by the Imperial powers in this light as well.

The patriotic people of both India and Pakistan can together avert a global catastrophe if we refuse to be drawn in to the agenda of nationalist jingoism and war mongering.

We the People of Asia need to stand as one, to defeat the designs of both the Israeli European colonial power and that of the US and the EU.

This is a both a time of sorrow and triumph. Sorrow because of the deaths of thousands of children and a sense of triumph because of the victory of the Palestinian resistance.

Yes the souls of the children and resistance fighters of the Warsaw ghetto and found a new voice and have been resurrected in Gaza.

And with resurrection, comes a new life and a new will to struggle and to change the world.

Long Live Palestine !!

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A LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Yes, Kashmir is not the issue

January 17, 2009

11:31 AM 1/17/2009

A LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Yes, Kashmir is not the issue

This has reference to Gautam Adhikari’s top article in TOI (Jan 17, 2009): Kashmir is not the issue.

Gautam Adhikari has rightly or wrongly chosen to address the issue of Kashmir, as if the matter is exclusively confined between states, India, Pakistan, UK, US.

Of course, it is the states that have playing with the lives of the people. But if matters of populated territories are the bone of contention; (at least in this age of democracies, however flawed that may be), if any settlement is made that is not confirmed by the people, the wound will never heal.

The way Gautam Adhikari writes: The Kashmir issue was in fact ‘resolved’, i.e. signed and sealed — when the Simla accord between India and Pakistan was initialed in 1972 following the Bangladesh war.’, one cannot help recalling how the First World War resolution, imposed on Germany, helped Hitler to rise and wage the Second World War.

Any solution on the battlefield can never be the last word. The people have to be satisfied that justice is done.

Secondly, why India should is waiting for the West to impose a solution on Kashmir, tailored according to their own global security and economic agenda?

Why Indian leadership is not bold and farsighted enough to read into the future and make its own moves to settle matters with its neighbours and bring them into its own area of friendship circle —- without any interference from the Western hegemonists.

The imperialists had partitioned India, for their own global security strategies, to use Pakistan as a military base, to contain Soviet Russia after the Second World War and to protect the Gulf oil reserves, badly needed for Europe’s reconstruction.

Our people made a mess of our own country, without realising the long term implications of cutting off our own limb and giving our enemies to foster in our neighbourhood. If we had the foresight, we would never have agreed to partition the country and would have preferred to solve our internal problems with more restrain and generosity.

The same dividing scenario is now being presented to us and the West is again on its old game of ‘divide and rule’ tactics.

Our thinkers should think out of the box and see that independent India has its own views about the collective security of the sub-continent and it will be prepared to take along all its neighbours with it, by inspiring confidence and acting for just and fair solutions.

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai


Saturday, January 17, 2009

TOP ARTICLE | Kashmir Is Not The Issue

17 Jan 2009, 0010 hrs IST, Gautam Adhikari

There we go again. The latest to join the `Kashmir will have to be resolved for terrorism from Pakistan to stop’ chorus is British foreign

secretary David Miliband. He wrote in The Guardian on Thursday that “resolution of the Kashmir dispute would help deny extremists one of their main calls to arms and allow Pakistani authorities to focus more effectively on tackling the threat on their western borders”. Really? Well, here’s why that’s unlikely to happen.

To start with, let’s review a bit of history. The Kashmir issue was in fact `resolved’ i.e. signed and, many assumed, `sealed’ when the Simla accord between India and Pakistan was initialled in 1972 following the Bangladesh war. The two nations agreed that the line of actual control separating them in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state would be a de facto border. Not de jure, alas, because legend has it that when Indira Gandhi and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto went for a walk in the hills, the Pakistani leader convinced the Indian prime minister that making the Line of Control a real international border would not only make his political survival in Islamabad impossible, it would surely bring the army back in power.

And peace did reign between India and Pakistan no war, no cross-border terrorism for 17 long years. Until 1989, when the Pakistani security forces began to send mujahideen as well as other jehadi elements to fight on the Kashmir front since the lads were suddenly unemployed after the end of the Afghan war against the Soviet army. Soon after, the ISI also created the Lashkar-e-Taiba comprised mostly of non-Kashmiris as a special outfit to create trouble across the Line of Control.

Now, we should acknowledge that the Indian authorities did a few stupid things in that tinderbox of a region in the late 80s. New Delhi allowed a state election in 1987 to be rigged, creating resentment in the local population; the security forces cracked down far too hard on various protesters in the next couple of years and popular anger grew.

It would be quite fair to criticise Indian tactics and for human rights activists to point out reported atrocities committed by Indian security forces. And many did criticise, including several voices from India. But how does that give Pakistan a licence to intervene by sending jehadis across a mutually agreed border from 1989 onwards till today with not even a compelling refugee crisis to justify such intervention?

Over the years, there have been other instances in Indian border states Gujarat and Punjab, for example of perceived or real official mistreatment of minorities. But does that mean that Pakistan would have had a case for sending jehadis into, say, Gujarat following the 2002 massacre of Muslims? No. But Kashmir is special, isn’t it?

It is, because it’s a leftover of the bitter fallout of India’s partition into two nations in 1947. But the issue must be understood clearly for what it is by all those in the rest of the world who insist that a `resolution’ of the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan is a precondition for tackling terrorism emanating from Pakistan today.

Without recounting a long story about its origin, Kashmir is a partition-era dispute between India and Pakistan for possession of a former princely state. It is not about `independence’ of Kashmir. There are some Kashmiris who want national independence; but India and Pakistan are fighting over absorption of the state. One problem of global perception is that Pakistan has successfully sold a line to the world tacitly accepted by many, especially in the US and UK, for tactical reasons in the Cold War era that the fight in Kashmir is all about independence and Pakistan supports that cause.

A ruse that Islamabad uses to make its case is to call the portion under its control `Azad’ or independent Kashmir. The truth is that neither India nor Pakistan argues for Kashmir’s independence, not even under the UN plebiscite resolutions. Therefore, a solution of the dispute between the two cannot have independence of Kashmir as an option. In fact, the only viable solution would be to improve the Simla agreement and make the Line of Control a real border, with a measure of flexibility to allow cross-border movement and commerce. That solution was seriously being considered until terrorism blew a hole in it.

The point to ponder is: Is any solution of the Kashmir dispute acceptable ultimately to the Pakistani military establishment and the ISI? If it is, what prevents Islamabad from, first, coming down hard on terrorists on its own since jehadis now threaten Pakistan’s own stability and integrity and separately to allow talks on Kashmir to proceed with India? Why should any terrorist be allowed to operate from its soil by citing the Kashmir cause?

Unfortunately, the reality of power in Pakistan is too grim to cover up by simplistically citing Kashmir as a root cause of terrorism in the subcontinent. The reality is that the Pakistani military actually keeps itself in control of affairs instead of helping Pakistan to become truly democratic by citing a constant external threat. Those with influence over Pakistan must ask whether the time has come for the world to call the military’s bluff. A democratic Pakistan and a democratic India can live together in peace and, eventually, in economic prosperity. But, for that to happen, first drive the Pakistani army back into the barracks to make that country safe for the region and the world.