Was the Una Dalit beating incident a set up? – Jagruk Bharat

Dalits in Una Gujarat

Question MarkSomething is fishy about the Una Dalit flogging incident. Media cries it is one more incident of Hindu fundamentalism, but here are some shocking facts which prove otherwise! – SayNoToSoldMedia

BJP did not raise issue of rapes of SC girls in Kerala, Bihar, West Bengal, and scores in UP. So it is now answering beating of SC men in Gujarat as if it itself organised the beating.

Dumb.

The least it could have done was conduct a proper investigation as there are some points of suspicion:

1) Una is a Congress stronghold.

2) The vehicle used in the incident came in from Daman, which is at least 700 kms from Una. Do people travel 700 kms just to beat someone up?

3) The TV which made this public the first time is a local Telugu TV. What was it doing in Gujarat?

4) Locals say the assailants were a mix of people from different religions.

One cannot rule out the hand of Congress, Communists, or the Church—all of whom have vested interests in maligning the Gujarat government and the so-called majority community of India.

How will they gain?

A) Communists will be successful in wedging a deeper rift between the various Hindu communities, Dalits in this case.

B) Church will gain conversions by showing the ‘majority religion’ in bad light. It’s worth noting on how powerful the Church is in these matters:

Two people were very successful in stopping the conversion of Scheduled Castes and Tribes in Gujarat and both are now languishing in jail with some very serious charges on them. One was Asaram Bapu, who’s been charged with the molestation of an underage girl. Another was Swami Aseemanand, who’s been charged with terrorist activities.

What a sweet co-incidence that whoever stops conversion activities in Gujarat, or elsewhere, ends up in jail because of some serious crime. Convenient.

C) Congress will gain politically, of course, as Gujarat has the BJP government. A weak, clueless, helpless, apologetic BJP government. A government which is expert in taking random flying arrows upon itself.

Beware of changes around ourselves. Demography is the destiny. The lesser we get, closer we are to our doom.

Because, inside the womb of a staggering victory with no vision and boundlessly arrogant pride, breathes the foetus of an eternal and absolute self-annihilation. – Jagruk Bharat, 21 July 2016

NB: There are ten tweets in the original article that have not been copied here. They give important background information. Go to the original article to see them.

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Willful Defaulters: Have money, won’t pay – Madhura Karnik

Arun Jaitley & Arundhati Bhatacharya

Madhura KarnikA wilful defaulter is one who fails to repay the lender despite being able to, or uses the funds meant for repayment for other activities. – Madhura Karnik

Indian banks are in trouble, and the trouble-makers refuse to toe the line.

Up to 8,167 borrowers—despite their ability to repay—have defaulted on Rs76,685 crore ($11.4 billion) of loans taken from public sector banks in Asia’s third-largest economy. Answering a query in the Rajya Sabha on July 19, India’s finance minister Arun Jaitley said cases have been filed against 1,724 such entities, called wilful defaulters.

A wilful defaulter is one who fails to repay the lender despite being able to, or uses the funds meant for repayment for other activities.

The bad news is that this may just be a fraction of such defaults.

Bad loans are a sticky issue among Indian banks staring at huge losses due to these toxic assets. An estimated Rs 13 lakh crore in bad loans have bogged down the banking system itself, prompting everyone—from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to the government—to fire-fight.

RBI governor Raghuram Rajan had directed banks to make provisions to cover such loans by March 2017. This has resulted in a massive erosion of profits of many big lenders. Rajan has said that the RBI will soon make the list of wilful defaulters public.

The government, on the other hand, announced on July 19, that it will infuse Rs 22,915 crore as equity in public sector banks in an effort to strengthen their weak balance sheets.- Quartz, 20 July 2016

» Madhura Karnik is a writer for Quartz, based in Mumbai. She is interested in economics, business and impact investing. 

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A look at recent findings about the ‘mythical’ River Saraswati – Anil Kumar Suri

Ghaggar-Hakra (Saraswati) River

Ghaggar-Hakra River

Bharadwaja RishiSarasvaty abhi no neṣi vasyo māpa spharīḥ payasā mā na ā dhak |
juṣasva naḥ sakhyā veśyā ca mā tvat kśetrāṇy araṇyāni ganma ||

(“Please do not deny us your water, O Sarasvati! Please do not spurn us, leaving us to travel to other lands distant from you!” — Rig Veda (RV, Mandala 6, Sukta 61, Verse 14 – composed by Bharadvāja)

Few topics in Indian history have been the subject of as much debate and controversy as the Vedic River Sarasvati. Notably, in the last year, the Sarasvati has been the partial subject of a bad opinion piece by Mihir S. Sharma in the Business Standard, a rambling column by historian Irfan Habib in The Hindu and, most recently, a poorly researched article by Devdutt Pattanaik in Swarajya itself.

I shall try to bring the reader up to speed with the latest evidence pertaining to the Sarasvati, and its implications for Indian history. In the process, I also hope to illustrate how these three articles represent the three standard methods employed by those who present a false picture of Indian history—outright denial, obfuscation, and interpolation after convenient distortion, respectively.

The background

A school of historians has long denied that the Sarasvati was ever a literal river (this theory finds Sharma’s approval). Those who do concede it was indeed a river cannot agree on its location; for some of them, it is the descriptions of the Sarasvati, such as a great river (nadītame, RV 2.41.16), one characterised by great floods (arṇah, RV 1.3.12, 6.61.8) etc. that are not literal. Thus, while it is common to read that the Sarasvati is identified by some scholars with the present-day seasonal Ghaggar-Hakra, it is equally common to find it identified with the Helmand River in Afghanistan (which was known in ancient times as Harahvaiti), or described as a purely mythical river. In his article, Habib tries to play up this ambiguity, whilst failing to provide a balanced account of current evidence. Figuring out the truth about the Vedic Sarasvati is crucial to the larger question of settling if there was an influx of Indo-Aryan people to the subcontinent around 2000-1500 BCE, after the decline of the “native” Indus Valley Civilisation, which is claimed by many historians to have been the case (and repeated by Pattanaik).

The originally roving, horse-borne, cattle-herding Aryans—verily the cowboys of the 2nd Millennium BCE—are believed to have composed the Rig Veda after settling down in the northwest. After graduating to an agricultural lifestyle almost overnight, they slowly spread down the Gangetic plain through the 1st Millennium BCE, which is also supposed to be the period of composition of the “later” Yajur, Sama and Atharva Vedas, and the events described in the epics (the Ramayana and the Mahabharata). The Sarasvati occupied pride of place in the Rig Vedic pantheon, being described as the personification of a benevolent, life-sustaining river, and elevated to the giver of knowledge and wisdom.

According to the Satapatha Brahmana (2.3.4), no-one would venture to cross the Sadanira river (identified with the Gandak) as it was untouched by a Brahmana’s holy fire; then, the sage, Gotama Rahugana travels with his sacred agni from the banks of the Sarasvati and takes it to the other side of the Sadanira, where it is used to clear the forests and prepare the land for agriculture. Archaeology tells us that agriculture began on the eastern bank of the Gandak no later than the 3rd Millennium BCE. The Sarasvati once flowed from the mountains to the sea (RV 7.95.2). However, later, some Brahmanas and the Mahabharata say that the river no longer extended up to the sea, but came to an end in the desert. Eventually, the Sarasvati did vanish, coming to be preserved in popular memory as antarvahini, implying that its channels had become subterranean, and being regarded as present at the Triveni Sangam at present-day Allahabad for ritual purposes. Communities of Sārasvata Brahmins, who believe their ancestors originally resided in the Sarasvati valley can today be found all over India.

The questions

There were some old studies which had concluded that probably no major river existed in that Ghaggar-Hakra region in the Holocene (i.e., the last 10,000 years) at all. Some historians, like Habib in his article, went to town with this theory, implying this basically put an end to the possibility of finding the Rig Vedic Sarasvati there. This suits those arguing in favour of an Indo-Aryan migration into India very well. However, some obvious questions present themselves.

Firstly, why are there so many Harappan sites in the Sutlej-Yamuna interfluves if there was no source of water?

Secondly, how did the Harappans manage without an irrigation network in such a dry place? After all, the Mesopotamians and ancient Egyptians had to rely on extensive irrigation to sustain their agriculture.

And where anyway is the Sarasvati the Rig Veda extols so much, even as it mentions it along with the Indus and its tributaries?

Indeed, mapping of the Ghaggar-Hakra region has shown the presence of many dry channels. However, this could imply that either the Ghaggar-Hakra was once much larger than it is today, or that rivers like the Yamuna and the Sutlej once flowed into the Ghaggar-Hakra, but later changed course to join the Indus and Ganga respectively, as we know them today. If it was the Sutlej and Yamuna that once fed the Ghaggar-Hakra, when did they move away?

Peter CliftThe latest evidence

A team of geologists led by Peter Clift have come up with extremely insightful answers to these questions. Using a geochemical technique called uranium-lead (U-Pb) zircon dating, they were able to establish that the sediments from the various rivers—Indus, Beas, Sutlej, Hakra and Yamuna—could be distinguished from each other and, further, the sediments from the dry channels matched with those from the Sutlej, Beas and Yamuna rivers, suggesting that it was these rivers that were flowing in the dried up channels.

Next, analysing the sediments by radiocarbon and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating, they were able to determine that the Yamuna sediments were deposited in the channels (i.e., the Yamuna last flowed into the Ghaggar-Hakra) about 50,000 years ago, and the Sutlej and Beas about 10,000 years ago. There was also no sediment from the Yamuna, Sutlej or Beas in the main channel of the Ghaggar that could be said to be less than 5,000 years old. All this implies that the Ghaggar-Hakra was a much bigger river before the Holocene, but this would have been well before the supposed arrival of the Indo-Aryans around 4,000 years ago, and even the rise of the Indus Valley Civilisation.

So does that mean that there was no major river there in the last 10,000 years? Does the Sarasvati of the Vedas belong to an entirely different region, or is its description a significantly embellished one, or is it altogether mythical?

Here is a twist in the tale: all that the study of Clift and his group tells us is that the Ghaggar-Hakra was not a glacially fed river, unlike the Indus, Ganga and their tributaries, but probably a monsoon-fed river like all the rivers of central and peninsular India. A word of caution: Clift and group worked only in Pakistan, and have not studied the Ghaggar or present-day Saraswati Nadi in India.

Perennial, monsoonal Sarasvati

The fact that geological studies have indicated the ancient Ghaggar-Hakra did not have its origins in Himalayan glaciers, but in the Sivalik ranges, does not rule it out as the likely Vedic Sarasvati, as some have tried to needlessly argue. The Rig Veda says that the river extended from giri (RV 6.61.2, 7.95.2) to samudra (RV 7.95.2), so its origin in the Sivaliks cannot be a problem. Indeed, popular belief has it that the Sarasvati originated in Adi Badri in the Sivaliks, which is part of the Sapta Badri pilgrimage sites.

Clift and his group describe the Sarasvati as a perennial, monsoonal river with multiple courses, fed by many streams, and with gentle floods that contrasted sharply with the fury of rivers like the Indus, that very effectively sustained agriculture in the Harappan civilisation.

This picture explains the extremely high density of Harappan settlements in the region between the Yamuna and Sutlej rivers, rather than along any one course. It also explains why the Harappans did not need recourse to canal irrigation for agriculture. To take the example of Haryana, Bidyut Bhadra and colleagues point out that clustered Mature Harappan (2600-1900 BCE) sites are located in Jind and Karnal districts near paleochannels, as well as Late (1900-1300 BCE) and Post Harappan (1500 BCE and later) sites along streams like the present-day Saraswati Nadi and Markanda River, which join the Ghaggar.

When the river swelled in the monsoon, it would gently flood its plain, leaving it ready for the sowing of winter crops like barley and wheat. Unlike the glacially-fed Indus and its tributaries, the Sarasvati did not pose the danger of unexpected floods from early melting snow in February/March that might destroy the crop, which could be harvested in the spring.

This explains why the agriculture in that region was based on barley and wheat, unlike the Gangetic plain, where it was based on rice. Interestingly, it can also explain a common tradition: that of offering barley (jau) on the occasion of the spring festival of Sarasvati Puja on the day of Vasanta Panchami, although barley is not commonly cultivated—it may well be a several millennia-old practice that we have faithfully retained!

Given the extremely munificient and gentle nature of the river, with none of the danger of floods common to the other rivers, it is little wonder that the Sarasvati came to be eulogised as ambitame, nadītame, devitame (“greatest of mothers, greatest of rivers, greatest of goddesses”, RV 2.41.16).

Also, it may have been peculiarly conducive to the establishment and development of agriculture in the region. Already, Rakhigarhi in Haryana, believed to be close to the paleochannels of the Sarasvati, is turning out to be the largest “Harappan” site by some distance.

Archaeology may yet show that the earliest evidence of sedentism and agriculture may be in the Sarasvati region rather than the Indus Valley, as is currently the case. By enabling sedentism and ensuring food security very easily, the Sarasvati probably made possible further development and progress, which is why a grateful people elevated the personification of the river to the status of goddess of learning and culture.

In another study, Clift et al. also throw light on the possible factors behind the poorly-understood urbanisation process in the Indus Valley Civilisation. The Harappans seemed to have developed a sudden urge to build cities around 2600 BCE (not 8,000 years ago, as Pattanaik states!), leading to rapid and widespread urbanisation in just about a century. Even as aridification had set in, a remarkable stabilisation of rivers and reduction in the intensity of floods occurred, that proved conducive to intensive agriculture and, subsequently, urbanisation. However, the decline in the monsoon, reaching its worst around 2100 BCE tipped the scales, triggering the decline of the Harappan cities. The Sarasvati itself started drying up around 4500 years ago, and was completely covered by sand dunes around 600 CE.

Contrary to long-held theories that Indo-Aryans entered the subcontinent at this juncture and began imposing their culture on the natives, we find the development of distinct regional characteristics, and the shift towards hardier crops like millets and kharif crops after 1900 BCE, suggesting that there was no new population—much less one with rudimentary agricultural skills as the incoming Aryans would have been—but a native one that knew the land and conditions intimately enough to diversify and adapt quickly in a rapidly changing scenario. More importantly, the Indo-Aryans seem to have had an apprehension that the declining monsoon may well lead to the vanishing of the Sarasvati, as the verse in the beginning of this article suggests. That can only mean one thing. Interestingly, Clift and his group seem to think so too, for they conclude:

“This is a testament to the acuity of the Rig Veda composers who transmitted to us across millennia such an incredibly accurate description of a grand river!”Swarajya, 26 june 2016

» Anil Kumar is a materials scientist at Los Alamos in the USA.

Sindhu Saraswati Civilization

Rakhigarhi Dig Siteplan

Rakhigarhi resident looks over ancient site

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A reply to Dr Zakir Naik – Maria Wirth

Ishwara

Maria WirthIf you are sincere, Dr Naik, you will realise that the wisdom of your ancestors scores high over the worldview and the mind-set of Abrahamic religions. The attitude of “We alone are right and you go to hell if you don’t accept our religion” is doing great harm to humanity. It may be helpful for world dominion, but do you want to live in a world where everyone has to wear a straight-jacket? — Maria Wirth

Hindus generally don’t criticise other religions in spite of the fact that Christianity and Islam not only criticise, but demean Hinduism badly. Zakir Naik is only one example. Do Hindus know what is preached in the innumerable churches and mosques across India? I know for sure that Hindu gods are called devils by Christian missionaries. Yet Hindus neither defend their gods nor challenge the Abrahamic dogmas in spite of having a solid philosophical basis for their beliefs, which is lacking in Christianity and Islam.

Zakir NaikSome years ago, Zakir Naik had ridiculed Ganapati and thrown a challenge to prove that Ganapati is God. I assume he means by God the Supreme Being that Muslims call Allah.

Now what do we know about Allah?

Foremost, Allah is great and merciful, and the faithful as well as the unfaithful are loudly reminded of it five times a day. He also knows what all human beings are doing, but is separate from them. It is claimed that Allah has communicated his final words to Prophet Mohammed. Those words are in the Quran. Allah declared that Islam alone is true. So, all human beings must follow Islam because other paths are wrong. And they must hurry up, because every human being has only one life.

Those, who do not accept Islam during their lifetime, will be thrown into eternal hell-fire where “boiling water will be poured over their heads that not only melts their skin but also the inner parts of their bellies….” (Quran 22:19-22)

Clearly, here is where Allah’s mercy ends. He does not brook any dissent. And the azan, which started compassionately, ends with: “Oh Allah, guide us to the Right Way. The Way of those whom You have favoured, not of those who have earned Your wrath….” (Al-Fatiha 1)

This means, Allah is merciful only to his followers who are called Muslims and he is wrathful to those who are not Muslims.

Dr. Zakir Naik, I am confident that I got the concept of ‘God’ in Islam right because Christianity has a similar concept. And I dare to claim that it is not true. Can you prove (and this challenge goes also to Christian clerics) that Allah / God is indeed so unfair and divisive? Can you prove there will be this huge cauldron of fire where billions of people will burn for ever after Judgment Day? Do these claims of “eternal hell-fire for unbelievers” not rather have the purpose to keep the flock in check? To divide and rule?

There are about two billion Christians, who are told they have to remain Christians, otherwise they can’t go to heaven. And then there are about two billion Muslims who are told that they have to remain Muslims, otherwise they can’t go to paradise. Both religions had plenty of time to sort out which one is true, but they did not do it. Why? Because they cannot prove it. They can only make claims and counterclaims and fight among themselves, between Muslims and Christians and with heathens or infidels. They do this for the last 2000 years.

Under these circumstances, can anyone claim that Islam or Christianity is beneficial for humanity? Is it not time to have a thorough check of what REALLY is the truth?

In regard to the absolute Truth, Dr. Zakir Naik, your ancestors, the Indian Rishis, made valuable contributions and you can be proud of them. In ancient times, long, long before Christianity or Islam appeared on the scene, the Rishis had a very mature understanding of Brahman which would be ‘Truth’ or ‘Supreme Being’ or ‘God’ in English. Brahman is not personal, not a superhuman entity somewhere in heaven, not male or female, not jealous of other gods, not revengeful if ignored, but It is sat-chit-ananda, the conscious, one essence in all names and forms—like the one ocean is the essence of all the waves.

The Rishis realised that this universe is a wrong perception of Brahman. They called it maya, not really true, only apparently true.

For anything to qualify as absolute Truth, it has to be always—past, present and future—and it has to be self-evident.

The Rishis came to the conclusion that nothing fulfils these criteria except pure (=thought free) consciousness. This consciousness is here and now, always, everywhere. Yet we miss it because we focus only on things or thoughts, emotions, etc.—like, when we focus a torchlight in a room only on the furniture and miss the empty space. Infinite space, which throbs with life and love is actually a good metaphor for sat-chit-ananda—the highest truth that underlies names and forms (nama-rupa).

Science has meanwhile discovered the sat aspect of the truth. Oneness is there. To discover that this Oneness is also aware (chit) and blissful (ananda) scientists would need to turn to their own consciousness to research further instead of looking outside. Let us see whether the scientists will support also the claim of the Rishis that this whole manifestation is alive and full of bliss.

In one point, however, you are right, Dr. Zakir Naik: There is only one Truth, one God, which the wise call by different names. But the nature of it you got wrong. It does not send non-Muslims or non-Christians eternally into hell-fire. The Supreme Being is indeed merciful and great.

GaneshaBut you wanted to know whether Ganapati is a deity.

May I explain a bit of your ancestors’ tradition which struck me as most profound when I came to know of it?

Sanatana Dharma is not only about intellectually knowing sat-chit-ananda, but about realising it. Since Brahman is all-pervading, it must be also in us (ayam atma brahma). So we can tap and feel it. For this, however, we need to follow certain rules. We need to purify ourselves, lead a moral life, speak the truth, etc. To eat plenty of meat and have plenty of sex is not conducive for this purification. Yet one factor is very conducive: bhaktilove for God.

Here Hindu Dharma brings in Ishwara.

The concept of Ishwara is close to the Abrahamic notion of a personal God but more benevolent. There is of course no eternal hell for unbelievers. Everyone gets chance after chance in life after life till he realises that he is not a separate wave, but one with the ocean.

Ishwara is God with attributes and has innumerable aspects, as this universe has innumerable aspects or human nature has innumerable aspects. These aspects are personified in different deities and the devotee can choose the one who is dearest to him. It helps to develop love for the invisible Truth—for example through Ganapati.

Those Devas are mistakenly much maligned by Christianity and Islam. They are not separate entities but kind of access points to the one Brahman, which is otherwise unimaginable. It is possible to feel familiar with them, to love them, to talk with them. And the scriptures leave no doubt that Devas are ultimately Brahman.

And here, Dr. Naik, you may get an answer to your question whether Ganapati is ultimately the Supreme Being.

The Ganapati Atharvashirsa Upanishad, which is part of the Atharva Veda, states: “Tvameva kevalam karta si, tvameva kevalam dharta si, tvameva kevalam harta si. Tvameva sarvam khalvidam brahmasi, tvam saksadatma si nityam.”

It means: You alone are the creator, You alone are the sustainer, You alone are the annihilator. All this is Brahman and You are that Brahman. You are indeed the Atman eternally.

This declaration, however, is not unique for Ganapati. It is said for other deities, too.

Yet the fact that this is written in a sacred text, is not proof enough. There are plenty of sacred texts in this world and if everything in them is blindly accepted as true, we end up with all kind of proclaimed truths which are not true. We need to verify what is declared as truth on the touchstone of reason, intuition and experience. If it contradicts all of these, it is not worth believing it and certainly not dying for it.

The proof that all deities are Brahman is because only Brahman really exists. Brahman is like the ocean. The waves are not separate from it. The name with which one worships the Divine, does not matter. What matters is how much devotion one feels. The greater the devotion, the more miracles can happen. Ganapati is loved by millions of Hindus worldwide. He is the door through which they try to access sat-chit-ananda.

Sanatana Dharma is very ancient. And yet the Rishis had such deep insights, for example that the world is a wrong perception of what is really true, like seeing a snake at dusk when in fact there is only a rope. Max Planck Universe PhotoWesterners who ridiculed Hindus because they believe that the world is an illusion keep now quiet as science supports the Hindu view.

Meanwhile NASA scientists have detected the building blocks of DNA in meteorites. The Max Planck Institute in Germany published the first picture of the whole universe. It had an oval shape. Could it be possible that those who ridicule Hindus for worshipping a Shiva lingam might soon rethink their attitude, as well, lest they embarrass themselves?

Great men have come and gone in India’s ancient civilisation. Some have been made into gods. There is nothing wrong with it. The Divine is in all.

It should make you reflect, Dr. Naik that science keeps validating the insights of the Rishis, for example the mind-boggling age of the universe, or the ultimate Oneness of all.

Attempts to vilify Indian tradition by you and others are successful because the British weaned Indians away from their tradition and most people know little about it. Yet if you are sincere, you will realise that the wisdom of your ancestors scores high over the worldview and the mind-set of Abrahamic religions. The attitude of “We alone are right and you go to hell if you don’t accept our religion” is doing great harm to humanity. It may be helpful for world dominion, but do you want to live in a world where everyone has to wear a straight-jacket?

If I were you, Dr. Naik, I would be worried especially about one thing: what if you wake up after death and there is NO paradise waiting for you? What if all those jihadis, who were inspired by you, cursed you after realising there was no paradise for them? What if you are taking birth again in another form and reap the fruits of your actions of this life where you consciously or unconsciously distorted the truth? Rebirth is not only mentioned in the Indian texts. There is also plenty of evidence for it—over 2500 cases are documented in the archive of Virginia University.

Dr. Naik, I don’t know how deeply you believe what you preach. I know from personal experience how effective brainwashing in childhood can be. But I also know that it is possible to get out of it, and it seems the older one is, the easier.

For me, it was a great relief to come out of the Christian religious straight-jacket and I would encourage you to also genuinely enquire into the truth. Your concept of God is not Truth. You quote a book as support. Truth does not fit into a book. Truth is THAT WHAT TRULY IS.

Your ancestors, the Indian Rishis, spoke from experience, not from book knowledge.

» Maria Wirth is a German psychologist and author who has lived in Uttarakhand for decades.

 Atman Brahman

11 – Tamil Nadu in the grip of Jihad – Thamizhchelvan

Tamil Muslim youth in ISIS t-shirts.

Panna Ismail, Bilal Malik, and Police Fakrudhin

The documentary clearly establishes the foothold of ISIS in Tamil Nadu. Having documented 12 murders out of 134 murders of innocent Hindus by jihadis, Hindu Munnani ends the documentary asking viewers, “Touch your heart and say: Is this path of peace? Whose duty is it to save the nation from the throes of this path of peace?” – Thamizhchelvan

Suresh KumarHindu Munnani leader Suresh Kumar

On 18 June 2014, Suresh Kumar, Thiruvallur district secretary of Hindu Munnani, was murdered in the cruelest fashion, near the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police situated close to the busy Ambattur Industrial Estate Bus Terminus. He was closing his STD booth when attacked with lethal weapons.

Suresh Kumar, who hails from Kanyakumari district, was living with his wife and two daughters in an area known as Padi, and was hence called “Padi Suresh”. A committed worker of Hindu Munnani, Suresh Kumar fought against encroachers and a conniving establishment to retrieve temple lands; he organized ‘Runs’ for the amelioration of Shiva temples.

On 20 July 2014, police arrested Kaja Mohideen of Cuddalore, as mastermind of the entire operation. A 17-year-old Polytechnic student from Chennai was also arrested, a part of the recce team. This juvenile’s arrest serves as testimony to the fact that terrorism is nurtured from a very young age.

Later, four persons, including two assailants, namely A. Mohammed Shameem alias Abdul Shameem (24) of Thiruvithangode village of Kanyakumari district and N. Syed Ali Nawaz (25) of Kottar in Kanyakumari district, Mohammed Shamiullaah and M. Sadiq Basha of Bengaluru were arrested from Bengaluru with the help of Karnataka Police. Earlier, Abdul Hakeem (44) from Vaniyambadi and Abu Tahir (37) of Padi were arrested in Chennai.

It was learnt subsequently that another member of the gang was to leave for Syria to join the ranks of ISIS. However, refusing to accept the international link to the jihad being waged in the state, the Tamil Nadu Police treats every jihadi murder as an isolated incident. On this occasion, the State Police, instead of the usual “real estate deal connection”, asserted that Suresh Kumar was murdered for an inflammatory speech at a public gathering at Avadi in Thiruvallur district on 12 December 2013.

The documentary cites a peculiar occasion wherein the judge of the trial court refused custodial interrogation of the suspects after asking the police if they were going to torture them as they belong to the minority community. Incidentally, the judge happened to be from the same community. Parameswaran, state secretary of Hindu Munnani, says, “This judge is in the Thiruvallur Court. When the police produced the murderers in the Court, seeking its permission for custodial interrogation, the judge refused permission and posed a counter question whether the police are going to torture the members of the minority community”.

It is understood that the man who identified Suresh for murder was hiding inside the local mosque and that members prevented the police from arresting him. Parameswaran says, “Police arrested a Moslem who aided and abetted the murder; when the news of the arrest spread, all the Moslems of Padi area, including women, immediately indulged in “road roko” agitation, charging that the police entered the mosque to arrest him. Today the situation is many murderers are hiding only in the mosques. Even in Cuddalore, they arrested a criminal only from a mosque. Increasingly mosques are becoming safe havens for such criminals and murderers”.

The documentary shows teary-eyed Bhuvana, wife of Suresh Kumar, “I had kept dough prepared for him; upon his arrival I wanted to prepare dosas. Normally I do not take rest at that time and wait for his arrival for dinner; but on that day I lay down for a few minutes to take rest, as I was feeling a bit tired. Suddenly, the girl next door came and told that Krishnaveni’s father was hacked. Only then I knew of the incident”.

Weeping inconsolably, Bhuvana says, “I did not know anything other than office and home. The education and other things for my children were all taken care of by him only. He was everything for me. Till this moment I am not able to believe that this has happened to him. I am not able to believe that he is no more with me. As he was taken to the hospital from the shop, so much of blood had been lost, and I just couldn’t imagine the plight he would have undergone then”.

The documentary shows the innocent and playful daughters, unable to realize the loss of their beloved father. The girls, upon cue, sing a patriotic song which they learnt from him. Suresh Kumar was a musician, a tabla player.

The visual documentation of the above can be seen and downloaded from this website link (English) from 43.48 mts to 48.35 mts or from the video below.

S. VellaiyappanHindu Munnani leader Vellaiyappan

When Aravind Reddy was murdered in Vellore in December 2012, Vellaiyappan, state secretary of Hindu Munnani, also based in Vellore, met Superintendent of Police Eswaran and insisted that the murder could have been committed only by jihadis. However, the district police, inexplicably, refused to investigate the jihadi angle and arrested some other persons with an intention to close the case. The blunder came to light after one year, when the notorious jihadis were arrested in Puthur near the Andhra border. But for this blunder, many Hindu activists could have been alive today.

Vellaiyappan, hailing from Sankaran Kovil of Tirunelveli district, had dedicated his life for the cause of Hindus in Vellore district. On 1 July 2013, he was waylaid near Ramakrishna Mutt and brutally murdered.

Examining his postmortem report thoroughly, veteran physician Dr. Chandrasekharan opined, “Upon seeing the manner in which he has been murdered, his nape, neck, head, leg and other places have witnessed cuts and the fingertips have been chopped, the number of cuts are more, he has been further slashed even after the murder, all these go to prove that it is a clear case of jihadi murder”.

Emphasising that Vellaiyappan was murdered because of his service for Hindu causes, his junior colleague Mahesh says, “Vellaiyappan was the voice of hapless women who were affected by Love Jihad. He rescued 15 girls in the district of Vellore during the course of about 2-3 years”. Mahesh adds that Vellaiyappan changed the plight of Hindu teachers who could not serve in government schools. Citing one incident, he says, “Moslems indulged in agitation demanding the recall of a Hindu teacher and sought for a Moslem teacher and dutifully the administration transferred the Hindu teacher. Learning about this, Vellaiyappan organized agitations in support of the Hindu teacher and got him transferred back to the same school”.

Jalakandeswarar Temple is situated inside Vellore Fort. There is also another structure inside the premises under the custody of the government. Claiming that the ordinary structure is a mosque, Muslims organized protests demanding opening of the structure for performing namaz.

Vellaiyappan organized the local people in huge numbers and under his leadership the locals defeated the hidden agenda of Islamic fundamentalist elements by proving that the ordinary structure was not a mosque. Mahesh says, “the focal point of the agitation was that the Jalakandeswarar Temple belongs to Hindus”. The state government’s Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments Department was also attempting to take control of the temple. Vellaiyappan brought Hindus together to protest against this attempt.

When the three notorious jihadis, Bilal Malik, Panna Ismail and Police Fakrudhin were being brought to be produced before the Vellore Court, hundreds of Islamic fundamentalists lined up the streets and raised slogans in their support. Mahesh adds, “One Moslem lawyer, Mannadi Abdullah, arrived in the company of about 10-15 lawyers. All these persons crowded within the premises of the court. Among them were those belonging to Vellore and Gunavattam. They all belong to jihadi outfits such as Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam, Thowheed Jamath and other outfits and all of them raised their voices in support of the murderers”.

Resolving to carry on from where Vellaiyappan had left, Mahesh says, “Vellaiyappan has moulded persons to carry on his mission and we shall abide by his goals”. At his native place, Sankaran Kovil, Vellaiyappan’s nephews are bereft of their mentor-guide uncle. One of them lamented, “We have lost a soul who has been our guiding light. We are now directionless. Whenever there was a problem in the family, our uncle was always there at hand. And he would not disappoint us”.

RamagopalanQuestions to the government

In each and every murder episode, the documentary cites the postmortem reports and establishes the fact that the victims have been hacked methodically on their necks, faces and finger tips.

The State Police, from the DGP to the lower level officers, branded these murders as intra-Hindu episodes, the fallout of financial transactions, real estate issues, kangaroo courts, personal enmity, etc. Hindu Munnani expressed outrage saying, “The hearts of these Hindus were devastated and inconsolably scarred by such fallacious and false accusations levelled against them before the three murderers, Panna Ismail, Police Fakhrudin and Bilal Mallik were arrested”.

These three terrorists have been travelling from one place to another and murdering Hindu leaders and activists, which is hardly possible without local support. While the State Police had the alacrity and cunningness to attribute reasons, except jihad, for all murders, they didn’t show the same alacrity and brains to find out the local supporters of the three terrorists.

Hindu Munnani rightly asks, “Who abetted these Islamic terrorists who have been arrested for the murder of six Hindus? And what action has been initiated against such abettors? These planned jihadi assassinations have not found any mention in the Chief Minister’s speech on Tamil Nadu’s crime scenario in the State Assembly. If that be the case, are the police scheming to find an escape route for the jihadists? Will Hindus get justice in these cases?”

In October 2014, Sub Inspector Kalidas of Ramanathapuram Police station fired in self-defense when a notorious rowdy Syed Mohammed attempted to attack him with a knife. Later, Syed Mohammed died and the State Government gave a compensation of Rs 5 lakhs to his family and filed a murder case against the official. Citing this, Hindu Munnani asks, “What help did the same State Government give to the families of nationalists who had laid their lives, apart from casting slurs on their families? What would be the answer to these families that live in tears? Will these murders continue?”

But the Islamists are determined to continue their acts of terror. They say that they would eradicate their enemies (non-believers) by instigating their youth. Their plans include converting gullible Hindus at religious conversion centers named “Arivagam”, “Islamic History Research Forum”, “Tamil Nadu Development Foundation Trust”, etc. The new converts are used for jihad.

Further, the documentary clearly establishes the foothold of ISIS in Tamil Nadu. Having documented 12 murders out of 134 murders of innocent Hindus by jihadis, Hindu Munnani ends the documentary asking viewers, “Touch your heart and say: Is this path of peace? Whose duty is it to save the nation from the throes of this path of peace?

The visual documentation of the above can be seen and downloaded from this website link (English) from 48.35 mts to 59.09 mts or the video below.

(To be continued…)

» Thamizhchelvan is an independent senior journalist in Chennai.
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Sadism sanctioned by an implacable version of god – Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar EttethPatrick Calvar, chief of the Directorate General of Internal Security, warned that just one more major Islamist terror attack after Nice will lead to mass uprising and civil war in France. – Ravi Shankar

The vanity politicians rarely reflect the concerns of the nations they lead. But no European leader has been so disconnected with reality than France’s Francois Hollande. How will he go down in history? As the president under whom the country was most vulnerable to terrorism, or the president with expensive haircutsFrancois Hollande? As France and the rest of the civilised world mourn Nice, the image at the helm is of Hollande getting a haircut.

Last week, the press outed Hollande’s personal hairdresser, who was paid a monthly salary of 8,000 euros (about Rs 6 lakh) to groom the president’s receding hairline. The government’s response to this hair-raising revelation was that the barber was making a personal sacrifice by cutting Hollande’s hair, because he had to shut his salon.  France would’ve spent Rs 4.5 crore by the time a new president boards the bus.

Compassionate Mother MerkelAfter the truck attack in Nice, the French see the president’s actions as purely cosmetic. The response of PM Manuel Valls was that France better “live with it (terror)”. The government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who had precipitated the situation by allowing the Syrian exodus into her country, had prevented the media from publishing stories about the rapes and molestation of German women by Muslim immigrants. In Germany alone, 1,200 women were victimised, mostly by North African migrants.

Patrick Calvar, chief of the Directorate General of Internal Security, warned that just one more major Islamist terror attack after Nice will lead to mass uprising and civil war in France. Members of a French parliamentary commission investigating the November 13 Bataclan concert hall massacre were horrified by the testimony of police and survivors of the massacre. The three Wahhabist killers tortured hostages, gouging out their eyes, castrating them and shoving their testicles in their mouths. Some victims were disemboweled. The genitals of women hostages were slashed. The macabre nightmare was filmed as the torture continued, as material for inclusion in Daesh propaganda videos.

The civilised world is slowly waking up to the fact that they are facing an enemy, which belongs to some dark primitive age. The terrorists want all of humanity to be brought under the Shariah. The few reports on life under ISIS show streets full of horrifying mementos: severed heads on spikes, innocents writhing on crosses, and corpses of women stoned to death.

The truth is that many of the ISIS recruits are educated and come from middle-class urban families, like the young men from Dhaka and those who have gone to Raqqa from Kerala. In a society that has grown soft, these young men and women get the opportunity to wield the power of life and death over human beings. Their sadism, sanctioned by an implacable version of god, is gratified by primitive bloodlust. They reject all that is modern, except their weaponry, which are of Riussian, Chinese and American make.

The civil war predicted by Calvar may soon become a Western reality. The irony is that once most of the countries wounded by terror had refused Narendra Modi a visa, accusing him of complicity in the Gujarat riots. But terrorists aren’t giving up. And they already have visas. – The New Indian Express, 17 July 2016

» Ravi Shankar is a columnist for The New Indian Express in New Delhi.

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ISIS crucifixion in Raqqa, Syria

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EU narcissism leads to its slow collapse – M. D. Nalapat

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Prof M.D. NalapatThe EU has now got the worst of both worlds. It is having to cope with a flood of migrants with indeterminate skills and uncertain loyalties, while at the same time blocking those—mainly from Asia—who would have made significant contributions to local economies but are not allowed entry because they are not of European ethnicity. – Prof M. D. Nalapat

The European Union was born out of the idea that the peoples of the continent were the cream of humanity, and that if only they were to join together, they would—this time collectively rather than as individual countries—once again achieve primacy over vast sections of the globe. It was Karl Marx who wrote that a repeat of history converts tragedy into farce, in his “Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte”, and so it has come to pass. The European Union has become a near-farcical entity, furiously working out averages that would suit all its members rather than evolving systems where the best would lead and laggards would get left behind.

In other words, the system that made the European continent dominate the rest of the globe. Among the worst errors was the euro, a common currency that was set up on the shaky foundation of separate central banking systems, and entirely different cost structures and management cultures within a heterogeneous “union”. The other error was to repeat on a larger scale the mistake made by Helmut Kohl, who in a fit of generosity, decreed that the East German currency would be deemed equal to West German Deutschmark, which at that point in time was among most stable currencies on the planet, while East German currency was in its fundamentals depreciating at speed.

EU FlagAt its core, the EU is a club based on ethnicity and the myth of a common European ancestry. Hence the fact that the UK welcomes mafiosi from Romania into its cities while denying techies from Hyderabad or Chennai in India the opportunity of living and working in Britain, even though these latter would generate huge volumes of taxation for the state, as well as contribute to GNP in a way far superior to that of most of the hundreds of thousands from East Europe who every year cross into the UK to stay. Hopefully, despite hints of racism during the presidential campaign, the US will retain the advantage it has by being far more colour-blind than the European Union in welcoming professionals to its shores.

If the countries in Asia were ever to concentrate on such matters in the way they ought to, several of the largest economies in Europe would face sanctions from Asia because of the reality of EU discrimination against those from the world’s largest continent in favour of those from the world’s smallest. The European Union has become a vehicle for squeezing money from the rest of the world to throw at countries and regions in Europe that are behind star performers, thereby creating a culture of dependence and a cost structure that is unsustainable for purposes of global competition. Negotiating any agreement with the EU has become an exasperating process, because of need to satisfy each need of its more than two dozen members rather than work out outcomes that are better balanced and less one-sided.

It is true that the US too seeks to impose a “my way or the highway” code in its negotiations, especially with poorer countries, but the fact is that the US is a single country while the EU only pretends to be a unified entity. In actuality, the East European members in particular have each become adept in securing as much advantage as possible from the EU as they can get away with, including securing concessions from the rest of the world through the intercession of the bigger economies in the alliance. Given the steady downsizing of the cost and technological advantages of European entities globally, membership of the EU is becoming a negative rather than an advantage, given the burden (of poorer members) that need to be carried by the stronger, a burden that is hastening the collapse of French competitiveness and which will soon drain away the edge that German companies now possess, given that Berlin will need to fill the cash subsidy vacuum created by London’s exit.

Marine Le PenThroughout Europe, the telling of history as a seamless tapestry of endowing civilisation in distant shores by the intervention of European countries has led to a nostalgia that has generated the impulse to repeat history, of course with less bloodshed and obvious control this time around. A united Europe was seen as the pathway towards the regaining of primacy by the continent, just as the superiority of the European worker over counterparts in other continents was assumed in the policy of seeking to give a monopoly to such workers within the EU rather than open the doors to migration of those with skills. Of course, the EU has now got the worst of both worlds. It is having to cope with a flood of migrants with indeterminate skills and uncertain loyalties, while at the same time blocking those (mainly from Asia) who would have made significant contributions to local economies but are not allowed entry because they are not of European ethnicity.

Donald TrumpOf course, those of such ethnicity are always welcomed into the EU, whether they technically be citizens of countries in Asia, Africa or South America, even while fellow citizens from these locations who are of non-European ethnicity continue to be excluded. Just as was the case earlier in Europe, ethnicity is at the core of policy-making in Brussels. The choice of “Brexit” (or leaving the EU) by the British people is likely to see the rise of similar sentiment in France and Germany, the two countries that have fashioned the EU into a club designed to look exclusively after the interests of those from the continent and their ethnic kin outside. In France, it is becoming very probable that Marine Le Pen may get elected the next head of state, while in the US, although there is a frenzied effort by the Washington Beltway to demolish the chances of Donald Trump, the fact remains that in coming months, revelations of misconduct by those linked to the Clintons may yet cripple Hillary Clinton’s drive to win back residence in the White House.

Hillary ClintonGiven the way West Europe has hobbled itself in competitive terms by its Kohl-like generosity towards East and South Europe, economic growth is likely to slow down even more, leading to the election of “right nationalist” parties that say openly what the EU would like to hide away in a closet of silence, that the European experiment is about ethnicity and the presumption of superiority over other comers. After Brexit, there is likely to be a Frexit, when France bids goodbye, followed by Gerxit, the departure of Germany from EU, leaving it a club of countries in South and East Europe. June 23 vote in the UK is likely to be start of a slow process of meltdown of a political construct that refused to acknowledge that unless each country sees itself in global rather than in narrowly continental terms, it will finally fall behind others who are more open-minded – Pakistan Observer, 1 July 2016

»Prof M. D. Nalapat is Vice-Chair, Manipal Advanced Research Group, UNESCO Peace Chair & Professor of Geopolitics, Manipal University, Karnataka State, India.

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