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Rajasthan zila parishad polls: Congress wrests 4 seats from BJP

Congress wins majority of seats in local body by-elections in Rajasthan

Close on the heels of an improved performance in Gujarat, the on Tuesday won all the four zila parishad seats and also 16 of the 27 panchayat samiti seats and six nagar palika seats, for which bypolls were held.

The ruling had to remain content with 10 panchayat samiti seats although it won seven nagar palika wards.

The saffron party could not even retain even a single of the four zila parishad seats that it held, according to the State Election Commission.

The bypolls for 27 panchayat samitis of 19 districts, 14 nagar palikas of 12 districts and four zila parishads were held on December 17.

“The results of the local bodies bypoll has proved that the countdown for the in Rajasthan has begun. has expressed the feelings of the people in the last four years and they have trust in the party,” state president Sachin Pilot said.

He predicted a similar result in the upcoming bypolls for the two parliamentary seats of Alwar and Ajmer and Mandalgarh Assembly seat.

Bypolls on all the three seats have been necessitated due to sudden demise of two of the ruling BJP’s parliamentarians and a legislator.

The civic by-election results are a setback for the as it lost two nagar palika wards in Baran district, which is a strong hold of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s MP son Dushyant Singh.

However, state spokesperson, Anand Sharma said that the result was good for the party as it has grabbed several seats earlier held by the 

In August, opposition had won 19 out of the total 37 seats in bypolls to urban local bodies and panchayati raj institutions while the ruling had got ten.


The seats in various rural and urban local bodies had fallen vacant in Udaipur, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Banswara, Dausa, Sriganganagar, Pratapgarh, Nagaur, Baran and other districts. Congress candidate Rajendra Patidar won by a margin of 3,178 votes for the Zila Parishad seat in Banswara.

Jubilant over the party’s victory in the by-polls, Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot said the BJP’s days were “numbered” in Rajasthan and its countdown had begun. “The Congress gave a tough fight to BJP in Gujarat. The Rajasthan government has completely neglected the people in both rural and urban areas during the last four years,” he said.

Mr. Pilot said the by-poll results in the State, coming just after the Gujarat Assembly election results, were “very encouraging” for Congress, as the local bodies which went to polls were geographically situated all over Rajasthan. “The results have depicted people’s disenchantment with the BJP and a renewed faith in Congress,” he said, adding that his party would win in the upcoming by-elections to two Lok Sabha and one Assembly seats as well.

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Kerala Student Suspended Over ‘Long Hug’ In School, Fights To Take Exams #WTFnews

The boy’s father has quit his job as a highly-placed dealer for the automobile industry to try everything possible and get his son back into school for his exams

Kerala Student Suspended Over 'Long Hug' In School, Fights To Take Exams

The student of St Thomas Central School says he can’t believe he could miss his exam



  1. The girl, who is in Class 11, says she was also suspended in July
  2. The school, however, refuses to acknowledge her as their student
  3. In August, child rights panel told school to take the teens back

A 16-year-old student of a school in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram has been suspended indefinitely — over a hug that lasted too long. Worried that he may be forced to miss his Class 12 board exams, his parents are set to move the Kerala High Court against its own order.

The principal of St Thomas Central School confirmed that the teen had been suspended five months ago over the “long hug” on school premises and Instagram posts.

“He was found hugging a girl for a long time in an isolated area, near a staircase in the school. If it was just a congratulatory hug, it would have finished in seconds. But this lasted long. And only when the teacher literally shouted at them did they let go of each other,” said Sebastian T Joseph, the school principal.

“Besides this, we also found that they had posted several pictures in very intimate positions on Instagram and this was being circulated by their friends, with hundreds of likes. This is unacceptable,” he said.

The student says he can’t believe he could miss his exam and a whole year.

“They called me all kinds of sexually explicit names, in front of my grandmother… treated me like a rapist, criminal despite me apologising. I want to write my boards,” he told NDTV. “The Instagram pictures were from my private account… And they circulated it.”

The girl, who is in Class 11, says she was also suspended in July. “I didn’t have any objection to him hugging me after my performance. It was just for few seconds. And school says it was for five minutes. They abused me, slut shamed and used very harsh words against me and my family, questioning my upbringing. They harassed us,” the 16-year-old told NDTV.

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The boy was found hugging a girl for a long time in an isolated area, school principal Sebastian T Joseph

The school, however, refuses to acknowledge her as their student saying she attended classes for just 20 days and hadn’t submitted her fee or her transfer certificate from her earlier school.

In August, on the boy’s parents’ appeal, the state child rights panel had ordered the school to take the teens back. The High Court cancelled that order in December, saying the school is the final authority in matters of discipline to “maintain and sustain the standard and reputation of the school”. The court also suggested fining the parents as a “deterrent”.

The boy’s father has quit his job as a highly-placed dealer for the automobile industry to try everything possible and get his son back into school for his exams. He said: “His fundamental rights, including to right to education and expression, right to privacy — all have been denied to him. This is wrong and they should have taken some reformative steps instead of such harsh steps.”

The school authorities have said whether the boy will be allowed to take his exams will depend on the Central Board of Secondary Education, which manages schools across the country.

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India – Vishwa Hindu Mahasangh to oppose New Year’s celebrations in Agra #WTFnews

Agra (Uttar Pradesh) [India],: A Hindu right-wing group on Sunday announced that they would oppose the New Year’s celebrations here with the support of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party.

Vishwa Hindu Mahasangh chief Manoj Agrawal the New Year’s celebrations were part of Western culture, which they would not allow to reign in here.

“In the name of New Year celebrations, obscenity is witnessed in hotels and we condemn it. First we will try to explain them through methods used by Mahatama Gandhi, but if they do not accept it then actions will be taken,” Agrawal told ANI

Meanwhile, BJP MP Pramod Gupta echoed Agrawal’s sentiments.

“We are enlightening the youth to celebrate the New Year according to Hindu custom, so that the next generation will be aware of our culture,” Gupta added. (ANI)


Main Objectives of Hindu Maha Sangh


The Principle objective of the WHF shall be promote Hindu philosophy through effective coordination and cooperation by providing common platform to Omkar Pariwar i.e. Vaidie, Jain, Budhhist & Sikhh organization.



Aims and objectives: 

    •  To foster Educational, Cultural, Social and Spiritual affinities among the Hindus by promoting the philosophies of Omkar Pariwar.
    •  To serve and /or strengthen institutions and organizations that serve orphans, senior citizens, disabled, widows, poor and needy.
    •  To study the philosophical, spiritual and cultural ways of lives of the Rishis, Maharshis and Saints.
  •  To create awareness for the protection of cows and eradicate orthodox discriminatory social practices and anomalies of custom, beliefs and rituals without infringing the basic principles enumerated in the Holy Scriptures.


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India – Aadhaar and inefficiency #mustshare

Linking it with other documents is cumbersome, ends up hurting the poor

by Yoginder K. Alagh | Updated: December 19, 2017 12:25 am

Aadhaar, Aadhaar Card, Nandan Nilekani, UIDAI, Supreme Court, SC, Editorial News, Indian Express, Indian Express News

It’s good that the Supreme Court has delayed the linking of Aadhaar with other documents until March end while it examines the issue further. Let me not be misunderstood. I have always been in favour of an identification system. When I was asked to chair a group on training and reform of the higher civil services, I wondered how the police could isolate a criminal. Without an identification system, it must be like finding a needle in a haystack. Senior police officers tried convince me that the thana and the post office are good sources of information. But their argument was thin. So when Nandan Nilekani was asked to develop the UIDAI, I was all for an unique identification system.

As a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, I was persuaded by one of my teachers who had an Indian connection to collect a Masters degree while I was pursuing my doctoral work. I was not very keen since I already had an MA in India but went along. I didn’t want to spend money on convocation robes so the degree in Latin was sent to my home in Jaipur. But I was offered credit cards for free, which is given to all degree winners in Ivy League Schools because in the developed world they really believe that knowledge is wealth. I also had to teach to make some money to finish my doctorate. That meant I had to have a Social Security card to draw my salary. My card was the marker of my identity for the next few years in the US for everything.

So, I value my Aadhaar card. So do many others, including very poor people. I was asked to read a research report on the things the poor really value. After some fieldwork, a study showed that very poor people keep their ration card under lock and key. They also keep their voter identity card in safe custody. They value their rations and the ration card gives them identity. The voter identity card gives them a sense of power because once every five years, the high and mighty come asking for votes.

In the US and several other countries, different offices link up to a person’s Social Security card and financial agencies are aware of your credit card records. All this was happening much before modern information and communication systems, so I presume that these systems have made things easier. We, in contrast, have been given a different identification dispensation by our government. Hey you, come with your Aadhaar card and link it with your Pan card. Hey you, come and link our Aadhaar card with your mobile, landline, bank accounts and other documents.

No office is willing to link all this information with the Centralised Data and Information System. That destroys their power. I live on a pension and will drive down and complete the procedures required to link my Aadhaar card with other documents. But many Aadhaar owners are poor. For them, it means a half day of wages gone down the drain — much like it was when they had to exchange old notes during demonetisation. I know it may not influence their votes. But are votes the only thing? What about efficiency? What about an information and communication revolution? What about “Maximum Governance and Minimum Government”?

Vijay Kelkar had designed tax reforms which could account for double entry when it came to market transactions — if I sell someone has to buy. But with multiple rates we gave up on that reform. It’s like airport security in India. Too many checks and so you are probably unsafe because the responsibility is diffused. In most other countries, you have one thorough check and if need be, you are body searched. Simplify and live long.

Aadhaar and inefficiency

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NAPM condemns attack by Hindutva groups on Christians in Madhya Pradesh

Attack on secular fabric of Indian Constitution continuing, upsurge in religious attacks dangerous for democracy and harmony of the country

Hindutva groups targeting Christians after continuous act of hatred against Muslims

New Delhi | December 18, 2017: National Alliance of People’s Movements expresses deep shock at the unprovoked violence against Christian priests and seminarians in Satna in the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on the night of December 14, 2017. A group of people hailing from Bajrang Dal attacked a group of 30 Seminarians and two Priests of St. Ephrem’s Theological College as they were conducting a routine Christmas carol singing programme which has been the practice during the Christmas season for the last 30 years.

The group came with lathis and started threatening the Priests and Seminarians. Just then they called the police, who arrived in just 15 minutes and taken all Priests and Seminarians to the police station. It is very shameful that during the celebrations, not even the police restricted them of their freedom of religious celebrations but also tortured them by putting all of them in a room which cannot accommodate even half of them. Later when other priests from nearby villages came to enquire, the police allegedly beaten them up and shamelessly acted against the spirit of constitution, leaving Bajrang Dal people untouched and free to do violence inside and outside the police station. They even torched vehicles of priests and beaten up in front of police officials which only proves their involvement in the alleged planned attack and harassment of religious minorities in the garb of prevention from religious conversions.

This is not standalone case but we are seeing this as a trend under the rule of current Government. In most of the BJP ruled states, it has seen a rise in the last three years. Only in Madhya Pradesh, a dozen of incidents happened in the past giving a strong indication of religious attacks by Hindutva groups maligning the secular fabric of the country and constitutional rights of citizens of India.

It is worrying that this incident of mobocracy occurs among a host of other incidents around the country. The video clipping of the gruesome murder of Mohammad Afrazul, a migrant worker from West Bengal who was hacked with a cleaver and then set on fire by a man in Rajasmand, Rajasthan on the suspicion of being in a relationship with a woman from another religious faith has gone viral and many Hindutva groups are being proud of the act and also unfurled the flag on Udaipur session court. Lynchings of more than 32 persons over the last two years almost all from one minority community on the suspicion of killing a cow or possessing beef is creating a fear psychosis among the minorities. These acts of Cow vigilantes do not being credit to our democratic nation with its long tradition of being the model of civilized living and harmonious existence in comparison to some other countries in neighbourhood.

The incident in Satna just a few days before Christmas is shameful and deplorable. Even worse, lynchings, mob attacks and brutal killings of innocent people with culprits often not being found or going unpunished for months are largely blots on our democracy and judiciary.

We condemn the inaction of government and connivance of police forces with the Hindutva groups in this incident. We are deeply concerned and hurt at this religious terrorism. We demand the political leadership at Centre and States to follow the rule of law, respect the Indian Constitution, and to immediately arrest and notify the groups those are continuously acting on the behest of saffron terror groups spreading hatred among different communities. Hate politics cannot take India forward and will only create divisions in the society.


Medha Patkar, Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) and National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM)

Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey and Shankar Singh, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), National Campaign for People’s Right to Information and NAPM

Prafulla Samantara, Lok Shakti Abhiyan, and NAPM, Odisha

P.Chennaiah, Andhra Pradesh Vyavasaya Vruthidarula Union-APVVU and National Centre For Labour and NAPM (Andhra Pradesh)

Binayak Sen and Kavita Srivastava, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)

Gabriele Dietrich, Penn Urimay Iyakkam, Madurai and NAPM (Tamilnadu)

Geetha Ramakrishnan, Unorganised Sector Workers Federation, NAPM, (Tamilnadu)

Sandeep Pandey, Socialist Party and NAPM, Uttar Pradesh

Sister Celia, Domestic Workers Union, and NAPM, Karnataka

Maj Gen (Retd) S. G. Vombatkere, Mysuru, NAPM, Karnataka

Arundhati Dhuru, Manesh Gupta, NAPM, Uttar Pradesh

Vilayodi Venugopal, CR Neelakandan and Prof. Kusumam NAPM, Kerala

Anand Mazgaonkar and Krishnakant, Paryavaran Suraksh Samiti, NAPM Gujarat

Ramakrishnam Raju, United Forum for RTI and NAPM (Andhra Pradesh)

Vimal Bhai, Matu Jansangathan, NAPM, Uttarakhand

Dayamani Barla, Aadivasi-Moolnivasi Astivtva Raksha Samiti, NAPM Jharkhand

Dr. Sunilam and Adv. Aradhna Bhargava, Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, and NAPM, Madhya Pradesh

Samar Bagchi and Amitava Mitra, NAPM West Bengal

Suniti SR, Suhas Kolhekar, and Prasad Bagwe, NAPM Maharashtra

Kailash Meena, NAPM Rajasthan

Gautam Bandopadhyay, NAPM, Chhattisgarh

Anjali Bharadwaj, National Campaign for People’s Right to Information and NAPM

Kaladas Dahariya, RELAA, Chhatisgarh

Meera Sanghamitra, NAPM Telangana-Andhra Pradesh

Bhupender Singh Rawat, Jan Sangharsh Vahini, NAPM, Delhi

Faisal Khan, Khudai Khidmatgar, NAPM Haryana

J S Walia, NAPM Haryana

Lingraj Azad, Samajwadi Jan Parishad, Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti, and NAPM, Odisha

Guruwant Singh, NAPM Punjab

Richa Singh, Sangatin Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan, NAPM Uttar Pradesh

Arul Doss, NAPM (Tamilnadu)

Jabar Singh, NAPM, Uttarakhand

Sister Dorothy, NAPM Bihar

Kamayani Swami and Ashish Ranjan, Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan, and NAPM Bihar

Mahendra Yadav, Kosi Navnirman Manch, NAPM Bihar

Basanat Hetamsaria and Ashok Verma, NAPM Jharkhand

Bilal Khan, Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan, Mumbai and NAPM

Rajendra Ravi, Nanhu Prasad, Madhuresh Kumar, Sunita Rani, Amit Kumar, Himshi Singh, Uma, NAPM, Delhi

Aaquib Zabed Mazumder, Rajesh Serupally, NAPM, Telangana – Andhra Pradesh

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What exactly is ‘ Molestation’ Sir ji ? #Vaw

What exactly is ‘molestation’, Sirji?
Someone ‘literary’ (ha!) asked me in all seriousness at my book launch this week, “Does Zaira Wasim know the meaning of molestation? She is just 17 years old.” I told the self-styled literary genius that even a sevenyear-old child, boy or girl, knows what molestation is, even if the word is alien to the kid.

Adults who may not know how to spell ‘molestation’ without consulting a dictionary would still understand what it denotes, in any language. You don’t have to be an English professor (or Shashi Tharoor) to figure out the nasty, repulsive, and disgusting act of being physically stroked, touched, caressed, kissed, held, fondled — forcibly, stealthily, deliberately, or ‘accidentally’. Molestation is never an accident. Never. It is a conscious, well planned action taken by someone who wants to touch another person without consent.

Molestation takes place most frequently in crowded places — bazaars, malls, events, railway platforms, train compartments, buses. Sometimes, the perpetrator moves so swiftly, it is impossible to catch and nail him. Though I have observed a pattern over time — if you suspect a man of deliberately rubbing against you in a crowd and slinking away, your instinct is to confront the vile person and teach him a lesson. If your eyes keep looking in the direction of where that nudge or pat came from, at some point, the culprit will turn around to see if you noticed. He will meet your enraged eyes from a safe distance, smirk cheekily and melt into the crowd, knowing it’s too late for you to nab him. But he knows that you know something dirty has taken place. And he gets his kick out of seeing you upset and angry.

Imagine then the audacity of 39-year-old Vikas Sachdev, who was seated behind Zaira Wasim on a flight. He allegedly stuck his bare foot on the armrest of Zaira Wasim’s seat, kept nudging her shoulder and continued to move his foot up and down her back and neck. This is not the first such instance. Many women passengers have similar stories to narrate, but have preferred to keep mum. Men who dare to take such liberties do so hoping their victims would feel too embarrassed to attract attention and would put up with an elbow or knee nudge without complaining. Unfortunately, far too many women do just that and end up feeling rotten at the end of the flight, wondering whether they had somehow given the copassenger some weird vibe or signal.

I wish Zaira had screamed. Had she raised an alarm and asked the crew to tell Sachdev to remove his foot from her armrest, perhaps this story would have panned out differently. How dare Sachdev intrude into another person’s space in the first place? That is offence number one. The flight attendants should have ticked him off then and there. Then comes the alleged molestation. Come on, what else does one call it? A friendly neck massage delivered by a stranger’s foot?

Ialsodon’t understand why passengers seated near Sachdev have spoken on his behalf and given him a ‘good boy’ certificate by saying what they saw was not molestation. So what was it? Just aguy stretching his leg all the way to a woman’s back and neck and moving his toes around while she squirmed? Who are these people to intervene and decide what constitutes harassment and a clear violation of a passenger’s personal space?

Then there’s the weak response from the airline, which reportedly told DGCA officials that Zaira’s mother didn’t want to file a complaint in the first place. So? Does that mean nothing happened? Did Zaira share a tearful video for publicity? Was it all play acting? Give the young girl a break. Yes, Sachdev has been arrested. But why question Zaira’s motives?

Iwas aghast when I read some of the vicious comments against her on social media. Threats and abuses were hurled at anyone who supported her. Trolls wanted Zaira hanged for daring to raise the issue. They also wanted Madhuri Dixit hanged for supporting Zaira. After this column, my name may also be added for the umpteenth time to the list of women who should be hanged, shot, maimed, burnt, or raped for daring to speak up. This is the pathetic level of public discourse today.

To quote Kangana Ranaut, who spoke strongly about the Zaira Wasim case at my book launch and asked why media was so reluctant to take up the issue: “In her place, I would have broken the man’s leg.” So would I. And if Sachdev is found guilty, I’d be happy to meet him and massage his neck with the heels of my stilettos.

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India – In Search of an Icon – Shambhu Lal Raigar

-subhash gatade

“… A Hero of Our Time, gentlemen, is in fact a portrait, but not of an individual; it is the aggregate of the vices of our whole generation in their fullest expression.”

‘(From Foreword to Á Hero of Our Time, Lermontov’ quoted in Albert Camus novel ‘The Fall’)

Shambhu Lal Raigar is a new hero of our times.

It may be quite numbing for any decent human being to know that hundreds of people belonging to rightwing organisations came out on streets hailing the gory act committed by him or how people from different parts of India sent online donation worth around 2.5 lakh Rs ‘supposedly to help his family’.

Glorification of Shambhu Lal reminds one of another similar episode which occurred around two decades back when Graham Steins (a pastor who was engaged in work of leprosy eradication in backward districts of Orissa) and his two kids (Philip and Timothy) were burnt alive in sleep in faraway Manoharpur by a group of around fifty people led by a right wing fanatic Ravinder Pal aka Dara Singh. This murderer – who was also charged in the killing of a Muslim trader Shaikh Rehman and a Christian cleric, Arul Das- was convicted by the courts and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

If today the murder of Afrazul by Shambhu is being ‘justified’by raising the issue of ‘love jihad’ or he is being portrayed as a ‘symbol of Hindu anger’ bogey of ‘conversion’ was peddled as a ‘rationale’ for the trio’s killing then. One does not know whether there were public demonstrations in support of Dara Singh and his henchmen or not but it was widely reported how many ‘senas’ and ‘support groups’ had come up which strived for Dara’s release. A few of them had even spread terror in their areas.

The tactical silence maintained by leading lights of Hindutva brigade in the aftermath of Shambhu’s criminal act, was also visible after Graham Steins killing and in fact had raised the issue of need for ‘national debate’ around conversion’. It was rather an oblique way of rationalising the killings. It is similar to formally criticising Nathuram Godse for his criminal act but in the same vein saying that he had some ‘genuine’grievances.

Anyone who is a close watcher of the South Asian scene would rather vouch that valorisation of such ‘fanatic murderers’ in this part of South Asia is not an exception. In fact, in recent times there have been many such killings of rationalists, journalists, activists of various movements here in Asia and such killings were ‘celebrated’ in right-wing circles.

The grave turned shrine of Mumtaz Qadri, the man who brutally gunned down the then Punjab governor Salman Taseer in which is visited by thousands of faithfuls every week is for everyone to see. In fact, Islamabad a city of 1.6 million people, already has 827 mosques some of which come with madrassahs and shrines of a varying degree of religious and political importance.

May it be the killing of Salman Taseer by terrorist Maliq Qadrifor opposing blasphemy or attack on Peshawar school by Islamists and killings of more than 150 kids or the way Islamists killed bloggers like Avijit Roy in Bangladesh, or ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas by Buddhist radicals or targeting of religious minorities by Buddhist fanatics in Sri Lanka, such targeted violence have met with support among the masses.

One can recall the killing of Gauri Lankesh, a journalist and leading anti-communal activist, at the gates of her resident in Bengaluru, which had sent shockwaves across the country.  There were widespread demonstrations to protest the killing but what was shocking that many revelled in this gruesome killing . Former Zee journalist JagratiShukla was at her venomous best:

So, Commy Gauri Lankesh has been murdered mercilessly. Your deeds always come back to haunt you, they say. Amen.#Bengaluru#GauriLankesh

The most controversial tweet after this killing came from a businessman from Gujarat called Nikhil Dadhich who called Gauri a “bitch”. This trader from Surat, was “Honored To Be Followed by PM Sh. @narendramodiJi”. Dadhich’s other followers included Union Minister Giriraj Singh and BJP North Gujarat media cell in-charge Parag Sheth.

 Sometime back Altnews did a story on Nathuram Godse himself where he discovered the fan following of Godse

“Godse was God sent”, “Gandhi should have been hanged“, “Godse had valid reasons to shoot Gandhi”, “I repeat I’m a big Godse fan, so what?”

The metamorphosis of Nathuram Godse, a Hindutva fanatic, and leader of the terror module which killed Gandhi, from a hated figure to a person worth revering, where moves are on even to build this ‘great Patriots’ temples all over the country seems to be a recent development for the wider populace but it has been surreptitiously done since decades. The world came to know about it more than a decade ago when Nanded bomb blast happened (April 2006) when two activists of Hindutva Supremacist formation were killed while making bombs. (Ref: Portents of Nanded , 27 May 2006, EPW) On further investigation it was revealed how these fanatics use to ‘celebrate’ martyrdom day of ‘Hutatma’ (Martyr)’ Godse and it was not limited to a particular area or city.

And Godse was no exception to this mission ‘manufacturing’ an icon.

There are many other people in the Hindutva fraternity – who if the legal process of the country would have been allowed to function without any prejudice would have been tried for their criminal acts involving arson, murders or demolition of prayer houses or engineering riots – who are similarly glorified for their actions against the ‘others’ or their crimes against humanity. One still remembers when Babri Mosque was demolished in 1992, one of the chief architects of this mission demolition was felicitated as Hindu HridaySamrat. Or how birth centenary of a well established author cum Hindutva apologist was celebrated on a grand scale with chief ministers and political leaders of the saffron camp attending, who had admitted on records how the 2002 carnage in Gujarat was planned and executed with precision. Or when Malegaon bombers – part of a Hindutva terror module – were presented in courts in the year 2008, people had gathered there who showered rose petals on them reminding the way the Islamist Mumtaz Qadri was greeted in courts.

The growing normalisation of violence against innocents, the ‘others’ in 21st century raises serious questions about the moral ethical compass of the societies themselves. Time one relooks at such perpetrators, incidents not as individuals or in isolation but part of a larger pattern which demands serious contemplation. Talking about Eichmann, (19 March 1906 – 1 June 1962) a German Nazi officer who was tried for his role in holocaust, Hannah Arendt rightly observes:

The trouble with Eichmann was precisely that so many were like him, and that the many were neither perverted nor sadistic, that they were, and still are, terribly and terrifyingly normal. From the viewpoint of our legal institutions and of our moral standards of judgment, this normality was much more terrifying than all the atrocities put together.”

Is anybody listening?

First Published in ‘Newsclick’,‘)

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Shambhu Lal Regar Killed The Wrong Man, His Target Was Another Muslim #WTFnews


Regar wanted to kill one Ajju Sheikh because he was in contact with a girl, the police said.

The Rajasthan police have said Shambhu Lal Regar wanted to kill another Muslim man but ended up hacking and burning alive a 48-year-old migrant labourer in Rajsamand on December 6.

According to Hindi daily Hindustan, during interrogation, Regar told police that Mohammed Afrazul, a resident of West Bengal’s Malda, was not his target but he killed him by mistake.


The murder on December 6 triggered a nationwide outrage after videos of the incident went viral on social media. He also shot several videos after the murder in which he expressed his hate for Muslims. He was soon taken into custody.


“He wanted to kill one Ajju Sheikh because he was in contact with a girl. We suspect Regar had an affair with her,” Rajendra Singh Rao, police circle officer of Rajsamand, told the newspaper.

Regar reportedly went to the market at Jhalchakki to enquire about Sheikh, the police said. But he could not find him and asked a labourer for his mobile number. “The labourer might have misheard Regar or needed to get some work done and gave him Afrazul’s number,” the police said.

Regar called Afrazul on December 5, the police said. He asked Afrazul to meet him but the day the labourer was reportedly in the town of Nathdwara.

“On December 6, he called Afrazul at 9 am again and asked him to come as he wanted a boundary wall of a plot constructed,” Rao said. Around 10.30 am, he had tea with Afrazul, and moments later hacked him to death.

Meanwhile, a person was arrested on Monday in Jaipur for threatening to commit suicide in support of Regard. The man identified as Anshul Dadhich was produced before the court which sent to judicial custody for a day, reported Aaj Tak.

This incident came days after more than 30 policemen were injured in a clash with hundreds of activists of right-wing groups protesting in support of Regar in Rajasthan’s Udaipur on Thursday.

The clash between protesters and the police took place near Court Circle in Udaipur around 5 pm. The protesters also unfurled a saffron flag at the entrance of the District and Sessions court. More than 20 protesters were detained.

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India- After ‘love jihad’, now saffron groups to take up ‘land jihad #WTFnews

Sandeep Rai| TNN | Dec 18, 2017, 21:18 IST

Meerut: After ‘love jihad’, right-wing groups are all set to take up what they term as ‘land jihad’, and are chalking up a campaign against alleged appropriation of government land by minority groups, as well as stealthy encroachment and “takeover” of majority-dominated residential areas.
Western Uttar Pradesh convenor for Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Sudarshan Chakra told TOI, “We want to draw attention of governments all over the country to those areas within the premises of government institutions and on government land, where a grave is converted into a mazaar (shrine) and within no time, a small mosque is built. And then anti-national activities are planned and promoted there.”

Chakra added, “These shrines are becoming a major concern for us. There are hundreds of them, even in the Meerut Cantonment area, posing a great danger to national security. We have decided to give a memorandum to various governments to demolish these structures as they are illegal and built on government land.”

Bajrang Dal convenor for Meerut province, Balraj Dungar said, “There is a sinister strategy by members of the minority community to buy a house in a Hindu-dominated locality. Over time, due to their activities, their Hindu neighbours are compelled to sell their houses to other minority families and move away. In this way the entire neighbourhood becomes dominated by that community and there is exodus of Hindus. All this comes under land jihad. We will now campaign more aggressively against this.”

Dungar added, “There are so many colonies like Patel Nagar, which were Hindu-dominated, but which are now completely dominated by the minority community. All this must stop.”

The statements come just a day after a family was prevented by BJP workers from selling their house to a Muslim family in Maliwara area of the city. On Sunday night, jeweller Sanjay Rastogi had sold his house in a Hindu-dominated area but BJP workers got news of it. Deepak Sharma, city secretary for BJP youth wing said, “We have convinced Rastogi not to allow anyone from the minority community to buy the house.”

On September 29, 2009, the Supreme Court had ruled that “no unauthorized construction” in the name of religious places of any community would be allowed in public places including roads and parks. The apex court was ruling on a 2006 order by the Gujarat High Court which directed the government to remove encroachment on public spaces by religious structures. The high court had taken cognizance of a news report in TOI, quoting the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, that 1,200 Hindu temples and 260 Muslim shrines had encroached on public spaces.

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