With PM Modi blessing Muslim Holocaust has started without fear, I’ll protect you, PM Narendra Modi assured members of the Hindu Rashtra Sena. of protection against malicious prosecution for bona fide decisions,
A 28-year-old man was beaten to death on Monday night by people with suspected links with a Hindu fundamentalist outfit over a Facebook message they found offensive, according to police.
Six more youths were arrested on Wednesday for the murder of Mohsin Mohammed Sadique Shaikh. The police had initially arrested seven youths. Shaikh was bludgeoned to death after being beaten with hockey sticks near his residence here on Monday night.
Shaikh had been living in Pune since 2006 and was working as a manager in the IT department of a textile firm since the last four years.
The six youths who were taken into custody on Wednesday are Prashant Thorat (21), Akshay Ladge (20), Vijay Gambhire (24), Vicky Kandhare (19), Akshay Sonawane (19) and Ravi Sathe (21).
The police suspect that Shaikh was killed randomly after rumours spread over an objectionable post on the social networking site.
Shaikh’s cousin Salman said that the victim and his roommate were returning home on their motorcycle after picking up their dinner.
“A gang of youths blocked his way near the lane just behind his house and started hitting him with sticks. While the roommate managed to escape, they bludgeoned my cousin with stones and fled. He was lying covered in blood for about 15 minutes. His brother rushed there and took him to a nearby hospital where he died during treatment,” he said.
A police inspector told that all the 13 arrested were members of the Hindu Rashtra Sena.
A little before the murder, the same youths had beaten up two other men at the same spot. On Tuesday night, the police had arrested Vishal Sunnave (21), Atul Agam (21), Ranajit Yadav (24), Shubham Barde (19), all from Hadapsar, Dada Modak (19) and Aakash Lashkare (19), both from Vadki, and Sagar Sutar (19) of Phursungi. They were remanded in police custody till June 9.
Assistant public prosecutor Pandit Jadhav told the court that the custodial interrogation of the suspects was essential for recovering the hockey sticks and stones allegedly used in committing the murder.
Pune police commissioner Satish Mathur said on Wednesday that his force has started taking stringent action against suspects who indulged in violence in the city over the last three days following the objectionable post that appeared in social media.
“We have decided to invoke the Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities (MPDA) Act against them,” he said.
Mathur told reporters that the city police, along with the rural police, have started tracking down miscreants who are absconding after indulging in violence.
“The situation in the city is normal. We have deployed a strong posse of policemen in Hadaspar to avoid any further incident,” he said.
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Naqvi’s comments are likely to embarrass BJP that had kept the temple demand on the back-burner, barely reiterating it in a line at the end of its manifesto document released on April 7.
Even before the start of the campaign, BJP chief Rajnath Singh and state in charge Amit Shah had said that the demand for a Ram temple at Ayodhya is not an “electoral issue” and should be seen as a matter of faith.
The decision to focus on issues like development and decisive governance, even while tapping the polarization due to Muzaffarnagar riots, is deliberate as the Ram temple demand is not seen to resonate with voters.
Naqvi’s comments do not have much traction in the party and seem to fly against BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s conscious effort to avoid any references to Hindutva issues in his poll speeches.
All the perfumes of Arabia
Narendra Modi is being projected by a large section of Indians as the modern Moses, the messiah who will lead the beleaguered and despondent Indian people into a land of milk and honey, the man who is best suited to be the next Indian Prime Minister. And it is not just the BJP and RSS who are saying this in the Kumbh Mela. A large section of the Indian so called ‘educated’ class, including a section of our ‘educated’ youth, who have been carried away by Modi’s propaganda are saying this.
To call the killings of Muslims in 2002 as a spontaneous reaction reminds one of Kristallnacht (see online) in Germany in November 1938, when the entire Jewish community in Germany was attacked, many killed, their synagogues burnt, shops vandalized, etc after a German diplomat in Paris was shot by a Jewish youth whose family had been persecuted by the Nazis. It was claimed by the Nazi Government that this was only a ‘spontaneous’ reaction, but in fact it was planned and executed by the Nazi authorities using fanatic mobs.
I have said in my article ‘What is India?’ (see on my blog justicekatju.blogspot.in as well as on the video on the website kgfindia.com) that India is broadly a country of immigrants (like North America) and consequently it is a land of tremendous diversity. Hence the only policy which can hold it together and take it on the path of progress is secularism and equal respect and treatment to all communities and sects. This was the policy of the great Emperor Akbar, which was followed by our Founding Fathers (Pandit Nehru and his colleagues) who gave us a secular Constitution. Unless we follow this policy our country cannot survive for one day, because it has so much diversity, so many religions, castes, languages, ethnic groups, etc.
India therefore does not belong to Hindus alone, it belongs equally to Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Parsis, Jains etc. Also, it is not that only Hindus can live in India as first rate citizens while others have to live as second or third rate citizens. All are first rate citizens here. The killings of thousands of Muslims and other atrocities on them in Gujarat in 2002 can never be forgotten or forgiven. All the perfumes in Arabia cannot wash away the stain on Modi in this connection.
It is said by his supporters that Modi had no hand in the killings of Muslims in 2002, and it is also said that he has not been found guilty by any Court of Law. I do not want to comment on our judiciary, but I certainly do not buy the story that Modi had no hand in the events of 2002. He was the Chief Minister of Gujarat at that time, and the horrible events happened on a large scale in Gujarat Can it be believed that he had no hand in the events of 2002? At least I find it impossible to believe it.
Let me give just one example. Ehsan Jafri was a respected, elderly former Member of the Indian Parliament living in the Chamanpura locality of Ahmedabad in Gujarat. His house was in the Gulbarga Housing Society, where mostly Muslims lived. According to the recorded version of his elderly wife Zakia, on 28.2.2002 a mob of fanatics blew up the security wall of the housing society using gas cylinders, they dragged Ehsan Jafri out of his house, stripped him, chopped off his limbs with swords, etc and burnt him alive. Many other Muslim were also killed and their houses burnt. Chamanpura is barely a kilometer from the police station, and less than 2 kilometres from the Ahmedabad Police Commissioner’s office. Is it conceivable that the Chief Minister did not know what was going on? Zakia Jafri since then has been running from pillar to post to get justice for her husband who was so brutally murdered. Her criminal case against Modi was thrown out by the district Court (since the Special Investigation Team appointed by the Supreme Court found no evidence against Modi and filed a final report), and it is only now (after a gap of over 10 years since the incident) that the Supreme Court set aside the order of the trial Court and directed that her protest petition be considered.I am not going into this matter any further since it is still sub judice.
Modi has claimed that he has developed Gujarat. It is therefore necessary to consider what is the meaning of ‘development’. To my mind development can have only one meaning, and that is raising the standard of living of the masses. Giving concessions to big industrial houses, and offering them cheap land and cheap electricity can hardly be called development if it does not raise the standard of living of the masses.
Today, 48% Guajarati children are malnourished, which is a higher rate of malnourishment than the national average. In Gujarat there is high infant mortality rate, high women’s maternity death rate, and 57% poverty rate in tribal areas, and among Scheduled Castes/Backward Castes. As stated by Ramchandra Guha in his article in ‘The Hindu’, (8.2.2013) in Gujarat environmental degradation is rising, educational standards are falling, and malnutrition among children abnormally high. More than a third of adult men in Gujarat have a body mass index of less than 18.5 – the 7th worst in the country. A UNDP report in 2010 has placed Gujarat after 8 other Indian States in multiple dimensions of development e.g. helath, education, income levels, etc. (see Hindustan Times, 16.12.2012 P.13)
Mr. Guha further states in his article: “As a sociologist who treats the aggregate data of economists with scepticism, I myself do not believe that Gujarat is the best developed State in the country. Shortly after Modi was sworn in for his third term, I travelled through Saurashtra, whose polluted and arid lands spoke of a hard grind for survival. In the towns, water, sewage, road and transport facilities were in a pathetic state; in the countryside, the scarcity of natural resources was apparent, as pastoralists walked miles and miles in search of stubble for their goats. In terms of social and economic development, Gujarat is better than average, but not among the best. Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Tamilnadu are the three states which provide a dignified life to a decent percentage of their population”.
Business leaders no doubt claim that Modi has created a business friendly environment in Gujarat, but are businessmen the only people in India?