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Top police officers expose Modi’s bias, KPS Gill’s role – World Sikh News

February 20, 2009

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Top police officers expose Modi’s bias, KPS Gill’s role
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New Delhi: EVEN AS THE Indian Corporate world led by the likes of Ratan Tata and Anil Ambani wants to see Hindutva mascot like Narendra Modi as the next Prime Minister of India, this beloved of the Indian right wing communal forces was splashed in some more shame when two senior police officers told the investigators in a Supreme Court-appointed panel that the Gujarat CM had a pronounced anti-Muslim bias.  

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat saw R.B. Sreekumar, a former additional director general of police (ADGP) who was in-charge of the state Intelligence Bureau during the riots, and Rahul Sharma, the then Bhavnagar Superintendent of Police, questioning the impartiality of the administration.  

“The Chief Minister summoned me to his chamber on May 7, 2002, and instructed me not to concentrate on Sangh Parivar, as its members were not doing anything illegal. He asked me to concentrate on Muslim militants, and get data on Amanpath, suspected to be a Muslim group,” Sreekumar said in his affidavit. Narendra Modi was the CM then.

Predictably, Modi’s government kept mum after the allegation came to light. Modi was famously denied visa by the US because of his ugly record on the human rights front.  

What was even more important was the police officer’s revelations about KPS Gill. This man with a blot the size of the Indian ocean on his face, as a result of his all-blemished track record in Punjab during militancy years, was the one found encouraging Modi in his devious plans.  

“K.P.S. Gill, the adviser to the Chief Minister, had told state police chief K. Chakravarthy not to reform the politicians — meaning thereby , not to take any action against the VHP and Bajrang Dal. The adviser also wanted the police to vacate the riot victims living in the relief camps, exhibiting a clear anti Muslim bias,” Sreekumar said in his affidavit.  

Sreekumar says he is prepared to be cross-examined, and has stood by what he stated on oath in the affidavits. 

Sharma, who is a Deputy Inspector Gneral, CBI, in Mumbai, said: “Minister of State for Home Gordhan Zadaphia had contacted me and said the ratio of deaths as a result of police firing was not proper. What I understood was that, he was complaining about more number of deaths of Hindus as compared to Muslims in Bhavnagar city .” 

In his affidavit, prominently reported by the Hindustan Times, Sharma said a large part of the police records related to riots had been destroyed and “it was on my own conscience that I managed to submit to the investigating agencies what I could protect”.  

Interestingly , Sreekumar and Sharma both faced the wrath of the Modi government for not toeing the “official line”. Sreekumar, who retired in February, was chargesheeted in 2005, for leaking intelligence reports.  

Last year, the Ahmedabad bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal quashed the government order and directed payment of all dues to him and slammed the government for denying him a promotion. Sharma was shunted out of Bhavnagar within days of his talk with Zadaphia to an insignificant position in the Ahmedabad Control Room.

18 February 2009
 

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Muslim leadership condemn Ambani, Mittal for projecting Modi as PM

January 19, 2009

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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, TwoCircles.net,

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 TwoCircles.net 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.

An Open letter to the National Integration Committee By Amaresh Misra

October 11, 2008

An Open letter to the National Integration Committee

 

Subject: The continuing Muslim and minority persecution in India                                               

 

 

                                                       By Amaresh Misra

 

 

 

          I, along with my fellow citizens of India, am addressing this letter to the meeting of the National Integration Council (NIC) on 13th October. This Government of India body has the premier task of fighting communal forces and facilitating Indian national Integration  

 

Dear senior members of the NIC,        

 

You all know me as a historian and the author of `War of Civilizations: India 1857 AD’, the two volume authoritative work on 1857, India’s first war of Independence. I have been instrumental in making the world aware that India fought a great anti-colonial battle in the 19th century and that 10 million Indians were killed by rampaging British troops during the 1857 wars.

          1857 offers a shining example of national integration. There is no place from Gilgit to Tamil Nadu and Manipur to Maharashtra which was not affected by the great war of the Indian people. Hindus and Muslims fought as brothers. Kattar Hindu Sepoys or peasant soldiers went to Delhi to install, Bahadur Shah Zafar as India’s Emperor. When Rani Lakshmi Bai died she had only 250 Pathan-Muslim soldiers with her—all of whom perished in the fatal battle with the British. In Ayodhya, right near the spot where the Babari Masjid was demolished, Maulavis and Pundits were hanged together side by side. There was no distinction—Hindus and Muslims were one.

          Who can deny this history? I am a firm believer in policies and programs of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister. But some elements in our society, represented by the RSS are hell bent upon in negating the Nehruvian legacy, secular-Sanatani Hindu ethos and the Muslim contribution to Indian history. Sadly, present-day secular forces seemed to have surrendered before them—how else you all, esteemed members of the NIC, can define the Batla House encounter? During this encounter, the Home Minister of a secular government was sitting in the control room of the Delhi Police supervising the suspect encounter of two Muslim boys in the Jamia Nagar area. Is this democracy? Even if we accept the police version that the boys were masterminds or something of the blasts that rocked Delhi on 12th September who has the right to kill them in full public view? Isn’t this unconstitutional?

   During my travels to the US I unearthed a widespread plot to destabilize India. This plot is being hatched by American and Indian Right Wing elements—but is being resisted by American Democrats. Shivraj Patil and Narendra Modi are part of this plot; what do you make of Tata shifting his Nano car to Gujarat? It means that even the corporate lobby has thrown in its lot with fascists.

What is the long-term design of the American-Israeli plot? It is to butcher Indian Muslims, sound a death knell to Indian nationalism, and erode India’s sovereignty. Let this letter serve as a warning to people like Shivraj Patil and Narendra Modi, who are not even a speck of dust as compared to Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. A thousand Shivraj Patil, Narendra Modi and toady figures like Ratan Tata, will die a thousand deaths before their American masters can destroy India—a country built by the sacrifice of millions of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians.

 The bomb blasts that have rocked India since July 2008 have all been planned by the Home Ministry to effect Muslim persecution and communal polarization and destroy Indian nationalism. The reason: for Shivraj Patil, Narendra Modi and Ratan Tata, and the Indian corporate lobby, the current world economic crisis presents a dilemma. These forces want to rule the world through neo-liberal economic policies, which are failing even in America. In India, the current, neo-liberal economic policies have caused untold damage: while the corporate lobby stands strengthened, the peasantry and the Adivasis, the OBCs and the Dalits are all seeing a decline in their income. Unemployment and inflation is rampant. In the name of privatization, India’s Independent Industrial base has been eroded.

It is clear that that impoverished masses of India, the vast majority of minorities, Dalits, Adivasis and OBCs are restless. India wants a more pro-people, anti-corporate house economic policy. People want more empowerment, progress and prosperity. They are dissatisfied not only with the Modi-Tata economic policies, which have  made even the rich amongst OBCs, Dalits and minorities poor, but also with the entire ideology of fake Brahminism, which has been used since the British era to suppress minorities and Dalits.

RSS type Hindutva forces, created primarily by the British, are afraid of Sanatan Dharma, the true religion of Hindus. The reason is that Sanatan Dharma and Islam have worked in an historical alliance to create the great Indian composite culture which made India a superpower during the Mughal era.

Shivraj Patil and Narendra Modi hate the Indian composite culture. They also hate Hindus and Sanatan Dharma—like the British, Shivraj Patil and Narendra Modi know that as long as Sanatan Dharma and Islam exist in India, no harm can come to India’s sovereignty.

The American establishment—not the American people—are uncomfortable with Indian sovereignty; because Indian sovereignty implies anti-Imperialism and national dignity. America wants to turn India into a client-state, with limited sovereignty. What is best way to do this? From the American right wing perspective, a fascist Indian government which can curb nationalist and democratic elements is the best government.

It is clear that this fascist government can never come to power through votes. So the American game-plan is to organize bomb blasts, destabilize India, divert the attention of people from their real issues and then have a communal-fascist government assume power through largely undemocratic means in the name of `national security’. This fascist government will dismantle Baba Bhimrao Ambedkar’s constitution, thus disenfranchising the Dalits and minorities and all patriotic, peace loving and democratic people of India.    

What national security can Modi or Shivraj Patil provide India—they are already sold out to American interests. Who is India’s Home Secretary—he is the same anti-national figure who was the District Magistrate of Faizabad when the Babari Masjid was demolished.

Just pause and think for a moment—the Home Ministry since the time of LK Advani had enrolled unemployed Hindus and Muslims—these boys were exploited and used to plant bomb blasts. Then some organization like SIMI or the Indian Mujahideen (IM) was created and Muslims persecuted!

This has been the game-plan and Modi and Shivraj Patil think Indians are not aware of this? 

                 The recent Bomb Blast phenomenon stinks, from top to bottom. In March 2008 the Madhya Pradesh Police arrests Safdar Nagori, an alleged SIMI activist—then the Police of various states make a data bank of SIMI based on his confession. In India give any one, even Shivraj Patil, the home Minister to the police and in 24 hours the police will have even his confession as a the most dreaded terrorist of the country!

          What kind of a mockery is the Indian Mujahideen (IM)? We, the common people of India, know that the IM is a creation of the Home Ministry—Muslim boys being picked up from Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, UP and several other areas are all innocent victims of a foreign plot to destabilize India. The current Home Secretary is the same person who was the DM of Faizabad during the demolition of the Babari Masjid. How could the UPA government allow this to happen? How could a secular government allow a communal bureaucrat to become the Home Secretary in the first place?

          There is something clearly something very wrong here—Muslim boys are being picked up, while Ken Haywood, the American citizen form whose computer in Navi Mumbai the email sent by IM was traced is let off! There is not even a police investigation! And no one makes it an issue!

          Suddenly beginning from July 2008 we see pattern in which bomb blasts rock India with regularity, the media starts demonizing Muslims with impunity, and then the RSS-BJP-VHP-Bajrang Dal, the entire saffron brigade goes on a rampage in Orissa, Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra killing Christians and Muslims? In Orissa women are raped—a similar thing happens in Dhulia where a pregnant women were raped—all this shows that Gujarat 2002 is repeating itself. Only this time, the communal elements have the protection of the Indian state.

          In Assam, the VHP is spreading false stories that Muslims are attacking Hindus. It is being openly said by the VHP in Assam that   

          The worst fears of secular forces have come out to be true—communal elements have taken over parts of the Indian State—this much is clear. The RSS is openly challenging the Indian State—everyone knows that the BJP is politically isolated and does not stand a chance in the 2009 elections. The entire Sangh Parivar has put in all its might now to unleash a reign of terror and sabotage the very fundamentals of Indian democracy and constitution.

          I ask the Dalit leaders attending the NIC meet—in front of your very eyes, the constitution of Baba Bhimrao Ambedkar is being trampled upon—what are you doing about it? Everyone knows that the RSS has always hated the Indian constitution and the very idea of India as a secular state—why then is there no talk of banning the RSS?   The RSS has openly challenged the Indian State. RSS chief Sudarshan has openly exhorted his cadres to attack minorities—I am attaching this statement: “Dear Hindus, In the rule of Congress Hindus, Hindu Saints and Hindu leaders are attacked. Hindus sentiments are hurt on the issues like Amarnath Pilgrim, Ram Setu etc. For these we should start praying and chanting for 10 minutes not only for the defeat of Congress in the coming election but also to destroy anti-Hindu and anti-nation Congress, Communist, anti-Hindus and pseudo Hindus”.

          What kind of poison is this—what is the Government of India doing about this? This is the same language Hitler used against Jews and Communists in the 1930s—is it part of the anti-national plan of Modi, Patil and the RSS to turn India into another Germany of the 1930s?

 

          Members of the NIC, please act before it is too late. Ban the Bajrang Dal, VHP and the RSS. Constitute a judicial enquiry into the Batla House encounter. Request the UPA Government to put a stop to acts of Muslim persecution and arrests. Publish a white paper on terrorism, which shows the real face of the culprits. Enact a new law which prevents atrocities against minorities and Adivasis.

Please do not be scared of a Hindu backlash or some such nonsense—I assure you, these people have killed Sharma, their own man during the Batla House encounter. Hindus have no sympathy for them. Talk to ordinary Hindus—they are nationalists and they want a revival of composite culture. They know that Indian Muslims have a long history of nationalism—if Muslims had really wanted to take revenge, they would have attacked Modi or Advani. They would not have attacked ordinary, innocent Hindus and Muslims in cowardly bomb blasts.

          It is known the world over that blasts which kill ordinary people are the handiwork of International, anti-national, evil and fascist forces. These forces can never become popular. So they execute blasts in order to create terror and ensure that people do not protest, or come out to vote against them.

 

Any Indian supporting RSS is anti-national—and he or she will be given an appropriate response.    

      

 

TATA in Singhur is a different breed than the TATA of Jamshedpur

September 2, 2008

 

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

 

To, The Editor, Afternoon, Mumbai

 

Apparently TATA in Singhur is a different breed than the TATA of Jamshedpur.

 

Ratan TATA should have paid market price for the land his project required for NANO small car plant. If the new India of liberalisation and globalisation has finally opted to adopt free market economic norms, Ratan Tata’s exploitative use of West Bengal’s Communist regime’s dictatorial mode of governance, has resulted in great injustice to farmers and small landholders in West Bengal.

 

What kind of industrialisation is this that for supplying the lowest price car to the world at large, poor farmers of Singhur and Nandigram are made to sacrifices not only their subsistence level small farm holdings but their lives too, in brutal armed police and Communist cadre reaction by the West Bengal’s Chief Minister shooting down agitating farmers.

 

Ratan Tata, in best and noble tradition of his Jamshedpur family’s social commitments, should have shown deeper commitment to social causes and should have in his Nano car project’s feasibility calculations worked in the cost of rehabilitation of the displaced landholders’ economic well being. He could have made all of poor farmers and landholders, shareholder of his project, giving them a stake in the future of not only TATA but in the nation itself. A more than generous purchase settlement would not only had ensure long term security and stability for Nano Car and its ancillary industries, but would have shown a leadership way to introduce new humane version of India’s neo-capitalism.

 

The ganging up of robber barons, to justify their anti-people policies in amassing wealth for a selected few is saddest part of the whole episode.

 

Each and every industrialist should have been motivated to reflect more realistically been blinded to the future of the poor and deprived people of India, who have been increasingly impoverished by increasing inflation that has become the hallmark of the expanding economy.

 

It is regrettable that Ratan Tata has chosen the path of confrontation and blackmail. Whatever may be the real politick of the CPIM and/or Mamta, the basis of the injustice meted out to the people of Singhur and Nandigram, cannot be condoned.

 

 It may be of grave importance to the pluralist India, to know that Muslims formed a sizeable majority of the Singhur and Nandigram’s deprived population and West Bengal’s communist regime had been clearly condemned by Sachar Commission report, for the worst discriminative treatment of the Muslims who formed 28 percent of West Bengal’s population and who have most loyally voted CPIM coalition to a 30 year long stretch of continued rule.

 

Ratan Tata should rethink the whole project and start with generous rehabilitation of the poor people in West Bengal. 

 

 

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

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