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Reporting only church attacks is half-truth, says RSS Krishna Gopal – Jatin Gandhi

Krishna Gopal

Journalist Icon“‘The media creates a false impression on church attacks. Only four churches were attacked in Delhi. During the same period, 458 temples and 25 masjids were also targets. You cover half the truth and show the other half, it becomes a lie that amounts to cheating the country,’ Dr Krishna Gopal said at a function to honour journalists.” – Jatin Gandhi

Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh leader Krishna Gopal said on Saturday that reporting only attacks on churches in Delhi is a “half-truth” and amounts to lying and cheating the country.

According to him, it also puts national prestige and honour in jeopardy.

This is the first RSS reaction since the U.S. commission on inter-religious freedom released its report last week placing India amid more than 30 countries that meet a “systematic, ongoing, and egregious” standard for failing to protect religious freedoms.

Mr. Gopal is a sahsarkaryavah — the number three position in the Sangh hierarchy — and the RSS official designated to liaise with the Bharatiya Janata Party and, effectively, the government.

Flagging concern over “Hindu nationalist” groups for programmes of forced conversion, ghar wapsi (re-conversion to Hinduism), attacks on churches and “hate campaigns” against Muslim minorities, the U.S. commission retained India’s status as a “Tier 2 Country of Concern” on religious freedom. Ghar wapsi is one of the Sangh’s key, professed goals.

“The media creates a false impression on church attacks. Only four churches were attacked in Delhi. During the same period, 458 temples and 25 masjids were also targets. You cover half the truth and show the other half, it becomes a lie that amounts to cheating the country,” he said at a function to honour journalists.

The reporting on church attacks exposed India to unfair international criticism and hurt it, he charged.

Mr. Gopal in his address earlier said media sensationalised rapes. “You read the papers and it seems no woman is safe, there are rapes on every street. We all know women are targeted, but the percentage of rapes in the U.S. and Europe is much higher,” he said. – The Hindu, 10 May 2015

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Tirupati residents protest against Islamic university illegally built on temple land – Vicky Nanjappa

Entrance road to the Heera International Islamic College for Women at Tirupathi, AP.

Vicky Nanjappa“Several Hindu organisations have taken up the issue and are protesting the setting up of this university. Interestingly, they have been receiving a lot of support from the local Muslims who say that this university is bad news. The Muslims who pray at the Tirupati temple feel that the town was peaceful and now with this university there is a good chance of peace being disrupted.” – Vicky Nanjappa

Entrance to the Vishnu Temple destroyed by Hyder Ali in 1782.History shows that the land on which the proposed university is coming originally was part of a temple pond. It belonged to the Venkateshwara Temple [Thimappa Temple] which was built in 1542. This temple which housed the Lord Venkateshwara statue was destroyed by Hyder Ali in 1782.

While this has been part of the history books for several generations, it is ironic to note that the same land was handed over to a university which the authorities today claim has no permission to function. No official is able to state with confidence or give correct details about how the temple land was handed over to this university which is under construction.

The protests against the setting up of this mystery university are gaining momentum, and interestingly, even the Muslims in the temple town too have come out openly against the setting up of this university.

The local authorities have made it clear that no permission has been granted for this institution. An official said that what he hears is that the university aims at propagating Islamic culture, but also adds that it cannot function as there is no permission.

Islamic College built on temple land at Tirupathi.The university in question is the Heera International Islamic College, founded by a woman known only as Nowhera ShaikhThe website of this university gives no concrete information about the institution. Most of the webpages have garbled messages on them. With regards to the founder, all the information the website has is that she is the chancellor of the university.

Shaikh is from a family which dealt in wholesale business of vegetables, fruits and textile products. She claims to have started an Islamic School for girls at Tirupati in the name of ‘Madrasa Niswan’ in 1998, (under a society registered with the Registration of Societies Act, AP, India, No: 386), with around 150 students, who she claims she provided with free education and lodging facilities.

She also claims that she has been nominated for the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award in December 2012 [her name is not on the list – Ed]. Several organisations are doing everything that they can to stop the university from coming up. Although the construction is on in full flow, there is no explanation about when the college would commence its activities.

Several Hindu organisations [under the umbrella of the Hindu Janjagruti Samiti] have taken up the issue and are protesting Old Vishnu Temple (L) & Islamic College Main Buildingthe setting up of this university. Interestingly, they have been receiving a lot of support from the local Muslims who say that this university is bad news. The Muslims who pray at the Tirupati temple feel that the town was peaceful and now with this university there is a good chance of peace being disrupted.

They feel that this is the doing of the ‘West’ who are trying to ‘worsen relationships between Hindus and Muslims’. Shaikh who had met with a couple of Muslims before the project commenced, and had claimed to be a resident of Tirupati, but no one remembers seeing her before.

Although Shaikh, during a recent press conference, claimed that she had the permission to run a college, there was nothing concrete shown to this effect. She had taken part in the press conference with around 300 burqa-clad women and had claimed that those would be the students in the university.

Several Muslim organisations in Tirupati have decided to fight against the university now. They say that they want no trouble whatsoever and are happy that at least 400 Muslims worship at Lord Balaji’s shrine everyday. Rediff, 21 Oct. 2013

Tirupati Muslims demonstrate against the Muslim university being built on temple land.AP govt gave permission to build Islamic varsity on 8 March 2010

Today everyone in the Andhra Pradesh government is in denial when asked about the permission granted to construct the Heera Islamic University at the temple town of Tirupathi. Looking into the documents in this regard the picture is clear that official permission to construct a building on a temple pond land at Tirupathi was granted by the Andhra Pradesh government on March 8, 2010.

Bhanuprakash Reddy, who is the BJP’s spokesperson in Andhra Pradesh who has taken up the cause to stop the Islamic University tells in this interview that it is a mischief on part of the state government. Permission was granted on March 8, 2010 for a construction to be put up by the Heera Group on survey number 4-2 A/1 B.

While looking at the government’s order of March 8 there are two direct violations that can be found. Firstly it is against a Supreme Court order which clearly states that temple pond land a part of which has been used for the construction cannot be granted for any sort of construction. Secondly while granting permission the order made it clear that only a ground floor and a floor above that can be put up. However today the construction is 6 floors and how has this escaped the eye of the authorities who are today conveniently claiming that no permission was granted.

Nowhera ShaikThe lady Nowhera Shaikh who is putting up this Islamic university is shady. There is no proper antecedents of hers which have been mentioned. In fact Assad Owaisi of the MIM had filed a complaint against her in the year 2012. The complaint against the Managing Director of Nowhera Shaikh stated that she was cheating people on a large scale by inviting investments for her company. This case today is with the Enforcement Directorate and needs to be probed properly so that we can blow the lid of this lady who is setting up a university illegally. Moreover we also have a record to show that a counter intelligence teams report from Tirupathi had stated in the year 2007 itself that she is a suspicious character and need to be kept on the watch.

We will ensure that this university does not come up. We are taking the help of historians and archaeologists who will prove beyond reasonable doubt that the university is coming up on a land which originally housed a Vishnu temple (Thimappa temple). We are not against the minorities but such things are totally uncalled for and are aimed at disrupting peace.

Let us understand that there is no huge Muslim population in this area and hence there is no meaning of such a university. The temple falls under Chitoor district which only has 9 per cent of Muslims when compared to 44 per cent in Hyderabad. Does such a university have any meaning? Is the intention not something else which is aimed at disrupting peace? There are intelligence report which suggest that Tirupathi is already under the radar of terrorists. Is such a development required at this stage? We want to demand that there should be no construction allowed in a 50 kilometre radius of the temple premises.

Ram MadhavRam Madhav adds: The senior RSS leader who is a member of the national executive says that the university should not come up. There are bound to be protests and we hope better sense prevails and the same does not come up. We are confident that the construction commenced only after a government order. Looking at it from every possible angle it makes no sense to have a university out there. It is nothing but an act of mischief to disrupt the peaceful co-existence of the people. They could have chosen Hyderabad for such a university. Why Tirupathi which is a Hindu town housing one of the holiest Hindu shrines?

It is an attempt to flex their muscle and provocate. But then this leads to nothing good. Tirupathi at the end of it is a holy shrine and considered sacred irrespective of religion. Mecca is a sacred place for the Muslims. They would not like the idea of a construction coming up over there. Believe me none of us would ever do that as we respect religious sentiments. – Vicky Nanjappa Blog, 22 October 2013

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Bengal’s doomed Hindu community – Tapan Kumar Ghosh

Tapan Kumar Ghosh“Mamata Banerjee has shamelessly surrendered to the Islamic fundamentalists. On April 3rd she convened a meeting of Imams at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata and proudly declared a monthly honorarium of Rs. 2500 per head for 30,000 Imams of West Bengal….  Then she announced that mosque muezzins would be provided with a monthly honorarium of Rs. 1000. How did Mamata’s government conclude that the imams are poverty-stricken?” – Tapan Kumar Ghosh

Left Front of BengalThe 34-year long rule of the Left Front in Bengal, according to some quarters, was not spontaneous, but the effect of a few secret measures adopted by Left bigwigs to retain their hegemony for eternity. These include implementation of land reforms, reorganization of Panchayats, expansion of small agriculture, provision to render foods in exchange of works in villages and rural economic development. But still there was a setback in the election of 1982, and though the Left Front managed to retain dominance, deep uncertainty started to gnaw its premier leaders.

There was a need for a stable alternative that could provide the Left certainty of electoral triumph, and there was none better than giving a fillip to illegal immigration of Islamists from Bangladesh to India; this would ensure their sway completely. So a vicious plan was undertaken, subverting national sovereignty and democracy. Illegal immigration became the order of the day, as evidenced by an assortment of reports of that period. The bordering districts of India-Bangladesh border have virtually turned into Islamist strongholds where each Hindu man lives in utter fear and the modesty of a Hindu woman is highly vulnerable.

Muslim infiltrator from BangladeshTake the situation in 24 Parganas border district. According to Bimal Pramanik (Endangered Demography: Nature and Impact of Demographic Changes in West Bengal, 1951-2001), “The 1981-1991 decade witnessed a massive growth rate of Muslim population, viz. 41.47%. This obviously is due to Muslim infiltration from Bangladesh. Consequently, the share of Muslim population rose from 22.43% (1971) to 24.22% (2001) within three decades, in spite of a massive Hindu immigration from Bangladesh during the same period. It will be more revealing if we go through the Block-level demographic changes. It needs a special mention that a large number of Muslims who had migrated to East Pakistan after Partition came back to this district not only during 1951-1971 but also after 1971, and this remains a persistent trend till today. Another important feature that needs mention in this connection is the continuous in-flow of Urdu speaking Muslims from Bangladesh after 1971.”

Hindus have also been entering India from Bangladesh, but as persecuted people only, and this gets more evident from the fact that they continue to live in Bengal devoid of any ration card, not to speak of any proper identity. The Left Front was brilliant in denying their claims of being legitimate refugees while bestowing all sorts of legal facilities on Islamists without delay.

Hindu Refugee AshramArticle 1 of the 1951 UN Convention as amended by the 1967 Protocol states that, a Refugee is “A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it..” Hindus of Bangladesh are refugees and any attempt to deny this is untrue and baseless.

The Statesman in a report “3.8 million and counting”, reported that 3.8 million people in Bengal have been using bogus ration cards (provided only in Left regime only). Another 7.5 million cards are believed to be in circulation. Jyotipriya Mallik, Minister for Food and Supplies, said, “We started this drive from the very beginning of my tenure but for the past few months we were busy with procurement. We resumed the drive in April and in one month 1.8 million bogus ration cards were seized.” He has asked ration dealers and distributors to deposit fake ration cards within a specific period or be prepared for harsh measures.

Hindus protest Muslim attacksHindu religious procession beaten mercilessly in Hooghly

How Islamists remain outfitted (round the clock) to harass and thrash Hindus was again exposed on May 15, 2012, at village Santoshpur, P.S. Jangipara, Hooghly. Hindus have been observing Raksha Kali Puja there for decades and as a part of the program, on the fateful day, Hindus, mostly women, were carrying Gangajal from Sheoraphuli Ganga ghat to Santoshpur along with the holy deity. Musical instruments were played in the procession and the environment was joyful. Almost 50 policemen were guarding the procession.

But at 6 pm, police stopped the procession at No. 31 route for 40 minutes, to allow namaz at the Santoshpur mosque to be undisturbed. Hindus reacted strongly; they blocked the road to give vent to their feelings, but police said this was as per order of SDO. The procession resumed at 6.40 pm and the moment it reached Santosphur crossing, it was stopped by a number of armed persons led by Sahabuddin Mallik, Samsuddin Mallik, Rezwan Ali, known strongmen of the neighborhood. The Hindu religious procession was attacked, Hindu women thrashed with bamboo sticks, some were even stoned and sustained grave injuries…

All this happened in the presence of the police and only when Hindus hit back did the police step in and disperse the gang. The Kali puja was completed under tight security.

Mamata Banerjee doing namazMadrasa, Urdu & Imams’ Honorarium: Mamata Banerjee and fate of West Bengal

Mamata Banerjee has shamelessly surrendered to the Islamic fundamentalists. On 3 April, she convened a meeting of Imams at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata and proudly declared a monthly honorarium of Rs. 2500 per head for 30,000 Imams of West Bengal. Does India’s secular constitution permit any government to organize a meeting of religious representatives of just one community?

Then she announced that mosque muezzins would be provided with a monthly honorarium of Rs. 1000. How did Mamata’s government conclude that the Imams are poverty-stricken? During last decade have the number of mosques gone up or come down? Has not the area, volume and floors of these mosques gone up exponentially, indicating a free flow of funds? Then why this magnanimity of Rs. 90 crore annually? This is taxpayer money; who has given government the right to embezzle this money?

Bengal chief minister addressing Muslims.CPI (M) had reserved 10% jobs for Muslims, which is totally against the constitution. It used legal loopholes, categorizing all Muslims, rich as well as poor, as ‘OBC’. Mamata added 33 more castes to take the number of Muslim OBC castes to 98. She said eight more castes will be included subsequently. She also formed a task force to explore innovative possibilities to hoodwink the constitution and open government coffers for unbridled unconstitutional benefits to Muslims.

Mamata has declared that the ten thousand madrasas outside the ambit of State Madrasa Education Board would be recognised by the state government. The curriculum of these madrasas, presentation as well as those conducting the courses will be completely beyond the purview of the Madrasa Board or the control of the government. They would be beyond governmental observation but would have government recognition.

Mamata’s decisions are highly detrimental to the national interest. She declared Urdu as the second official language in districts where the Urdu speaking population is just 10%, a suicidal and divisive policy. In fact, Urdu domination spurred the language movement in erstwhile East Pakistan, leading to the formation of Bangladesh on a linguistic basis.

Burned-out Hindu house in West Bengal.Jalaberia: Applied Secularism

In Jalaberia, Kultali P.S., South 24 Pargana district, two dacoits were killed by mob some days ago. Now, on June 5, police are raiding the area at the dead of night, 2 am., beating and torturing the people including women. Some have already been arrested. People are feeling scared and helpless.

Seven year old Tarani Haldar’s hand has been fractured by police torture; he was seriously injured and had to be hospitalized. Others injured include Smt. Anjali Naskar (22); Smt. Bhadduri Sikari (45); Smt. Mallika Haldar (35); Sri Bijay Bairagi (35). It is unclear whether the rural hospital gave them an injury report and whether police will allow them to lodge a complaint against the police.

Taranagar is just 7 km. from this place. There was massive torture and arson in that village, but no worthwhile police action. This is the applied secularism of West Bengal. Common Hindus are accustomed with it. The consequence is migration.

Ashtami RayWho will resist? Men ask me, what should they do when their women are being beaten up by the police? What should be my answer? If I tell them to resist, we will be considered law breakers and extremists. Mamata will get a chance to crush us.

But the people resisted in huge numbers; the Police fired and arrested five persons. Police beat and tortured many women. Both CPM and SUCI party leaders pressurized police to do this. I cannot reach there because of distance and my schedule to go to Delhi to attend a court date. Thousands of Hindus have gheraoed Kultali P.S. demanding release of the arrested.

There is a total media blackout, which is the norm here. There is a huge build up of communal tensions in the region. – Vijayavaani, 8 June 2012

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