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Example of Hindutva Terrorism,

Meena Kandasamy is the emerging face of Indian literature. She is from Chennai. She is basically a teacher and teaches college students about the nuances of poetry and literature. She is an established poetess now. Besides she is a social activist, writerblogger, peace activist and a fine human beingwith a heart that beats. She likes to describe herself as a woman writer who is obsessed with revolutionary Dr.Ambedkar’s message of caste annihilation. Below it we present one of her article published in Boloji.com.

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This denial of space in the mainstream, this marginalization is being exploited by the Sangh Parivar. For instance, reliable sources claim that the Akhil Bharateeya Vidyarthi Parishad Terror Cell (ABVP—the Students Wing of the Sangh Parivar Terrorism) has a large contingent of Dalit students, who are tempted into joining by the offer of ‘prestigious positions’ within that organization. Keeping an eye on future vote-banks and prospective card-carriers the RSS never makes a wrong move in its political expansion. Towards this end, icons of Dalit identity are systematically brought into the pale of saffron. For instance, in Coimbatore, on 10th July 2004, the RSS-ABVP Terrorist conducted an ‘Ekalavya 2004’ function to give free notebooks to poor Dalit students. Color photographs of Dr.Ambedkar adorn the covers of Vijaya Bharatam on April 14th. Remarking on this phenomenon, Teltumbde observes:

“The co-optation process started from the systematic inclusion of the greatest dalit icon-Babasaheb Ambedkar into the Sangh Pariwar icons. They made him Pratah Smaraniya and variously propagated as though he was a staunch Hindutva Terrorist. They started celebrating his birth anniversaries, organizing festivals and seminars; publishing books with systematic vision of saffronizing him. Although, they chose the day of his death anniversary for their infamous demolition of the Babri Masjid, they have been celebrating the demolition day with the images of Ram and Ambedkar placed alongside. For gullible dalit masses reared on symbolism by the degenerate post-Ambedkar dalit leadership, the cooptation of Ambedkar meant change in attitude of the Brahmin camp. If Ambedkar symbolized concern for dalits, Sangh Pariwar did not lack in resources in making exhibitionist demonstration of this concern. It helped certain eager dalit elites to cross over to the resource rich Sangh Pariwar. Although, dalit masses did not follow these opportunist dalit elites it certainly helped in softening the anti-dalit image of the Sangh Pariwar and at the same time blurring the dalit identity.”

The same has been true of the Tamil Nadu example too. Here the Sangh Parivar prides itself in its ability to fund movements led by Dalits who are made to speak of the need to return to Hindutva. Such disgruntled sections and breakaway minor leaders from a most-backward caste party or a Dalit party were immediately bestowed with BJP tickets to parliamentary elections: Two of the five BJP candidates contesting from Tamil Nadu in the 2004 General Elections had such a ‘deserter’ background. Though they had earlier been models of militancy and staunch opponents of Hindutva, position and the dream of power could change their perspective overnight.

But people aren’t as easily turn-coat as politicians, and overnight changes in the worldview cannot be incorporated into the masses. Their percolation into Dalit lives is slower, but nevertheless vigorous, as can be seen from the sudden spate of building separate temples in Dalit areas. This not only gives them new Gods to pray too, but also subverts the eradication of the remnant forms of untouchability. Estimates given by the VHP, peg this number of new temples at 120, but it is just the tip of the iceberg. All over Tamil Nadu, the actual number of made-by-Sangh-Parivar temples might be a hundred times more, for a temple is, more often than not an idol, holy ash and kumkum, and someone to attend to it on holy days.

We need to also mention here that such participation of dalits in Hindtuva rituals/ celebrations has done nothing to remove untouchability or casteist oppression and discriminaton. Caste crimes are as crude, and as stark as ever. This is because despite all the wooing of the Dalits, the Sangh Parivar always tacitly aligns with the oppressors. Its largest following and economic support are from the castes that have a history of oppressive and caste-supremacist behavior. In southern Tamil Nadu, the RSS-VHP-Hindu Munnani finds its mutual counterpart in the Thevar community dreaded for its claims of aggressive masculinity and caste supremacy. That is why Praveen Togadia planned to do a Trishul Diksha at Madurai during the birthday celebrations of Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar organized by the Thevar Peravai. Similarly, Fuller notes that Maravars (another oppressor caste) had the maximum participation in the Vinayaka Chaturthi. This consolidation of caste-interests, also makes the Sangh Parivar a power block, giving the illusion of its being capable of swaying Hindu interests.

Wooing the Women

Like all movements of religious fundamentalism, the Sangh Parivar uses women as tools and makes them upholders of morality and decency. Their teachings implore women to understand the greatness of chastity and the need for unswerving loyalty to their family. The family here is the central agent of control, and women are required to adjust and not revolt against its authority. Women are portrayed as the custodians of culture and upholders of tradition—so, women’s liberation is to the Sangh a ghost of a riddle, an un-asked question that anyway requires no answers.

In the Tamil Nadu context, the Rashtriyasevika Samiti and the Sewa Bharati are the women wings of the saffron brigade. Here too, festivals are the key to mobilization of women. The report of the International Initiative for Justice on the Gujarat carnage notes:

“The Sangh Combine has strategically drawn in large numbers of women into its campaigns by using religious festivals as a focal point. From such innocuous beginnings, it has systematically incorporated women into its hate-filled mobilization against Muslims and has even distributed trishuls among them. Violence against women from Muslim communities was unprecedented during the Gujarat carnage and women from Hindu communities participated actively in the violence.”

The same thing has been happening in Tamil Nadu for the past two decades. I am not being portentous, although Gujarat has not yet been replicated, that day is not faraway in Tamil Nadu. Here is an excerpt from the book, RSS: A Vision in Action,

“[T]raditionally, Hindu women have been the repositories of piety and devotion. Tamilnadu VHP has made pioneering efforts in this respect and the response they are receiving is truly remarkable.”

Now the back-scratching is complete. The RSS publication praises the remarkable VHP. Drum-rolls please, before we proceed to read the pioneering efforts.

“During the freedom struggle, Mahakavi Subrahmanya Bharati made use of this tradition for rousing national consciousness among women. Now, VHP has picked up the thread. During Navarathri, 1,008 deepa-poojas are regularly organized throughout the state. The spontaneous response from women-folk can be gauged by the fact that in 1987, 148,645 ladies partook in 2,842 deepa-poojas in 243 places.”

Close to one and a half-lakh women had participated in such deepa poojas as early as in 1987. Imagine the numbers today, seventeen long years since then, with the Hindutva government at the centre, alliance with the ruling parties and other favorable circumstances. A similar festival is the paal-kudam (milk pot), where large numbers of women carry milk pots for the purpose of abhisekha to temples. The minimum number is 108, the maximum so far has been 1008. Such continued holding of Deepa Poojas (in Tamil they are called Thiruvilakku Poojas) gives the women the power to participate outside the domestic sphere. This entry into the public domain gains them additional respectability in their homes. Though women take active part in all the festivals, such unique, women-only festivals give them an enhanced sense of femininity and womanhood.

On the local level, women are consolidated using activities that require them to get together and meet often such as the bhajan mandalis. Also, the practice of observing fasts, is generally more incumbent on the women of the Sangh Parivar. Apart from the health and hygiene reasons to which they stake claim; fasting, is indicative of moving towards purity, towards an ideal of self-control and sense-control. Such an emphasis on the elimination of craving and desire, aids in their project of the complete desexualization of women. They are wrapped up in protectionist discourses. Only the reproductive role is stressed time and again: matri-shakti underlines the womb: there is a control over the bodies for the project of begetting proud and valiant sons for the Hindu Rashtra.

The introduction of festivals like Raksha Bandhan into a state that had never heard of the custom, let alone practiced it, pinpoints the role of the Sangh Parivar in transforming an upper-caste North Indian tradition into a universal celebration. The fact that it is one of the six-recognized celebrations of the RSS highlights its importance in their agenda of Hindu Rashtra. (Unfortunately for the Sangh, the introduction of the Rakhi culture, results in much hilarity. Popular girls buy rakhis by the dozen, which they tie to the hands of interested men whom they want to keep at bay. A simple piece of thread can transform prospective boyfriend into protective brother, a kind of magic that can otherwise never be achieved.) In the larger, real picture it seems a grim, painful tradition because it projects women as people who need protection.

Throughout the ideology of the Sangh, we find this constant reiteration that women, like children are weak people. So the patriarchy of the Parivar romps home with its protectionist policies. Perhaps this is aimed at according a greater masculinity to the men of the Sangh.

Children are enticed into the Sangh Parivar by the tinkering of the syllabus and the tarnishing of fresh minds. Schools run by the Hindutva forces are made to observe religious functions and rituals, students are made to stage patriotic (read Hindutva) plays.

One also needs to look at the maintenance of separate identities for women: they are generally not included in the masculine Vinayaka Chaturthi processions but in the ultra-feminine paal kudam, the deepa poojas, the fasting, the bhajan mandalis. Nothing that will affect her, nothing that will allow her to assert herself, or even assert her body. This perhaps arises out of the very low opinion of women that the reactionary Parivar holds. As an example, the then Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Hari Shankar Bhabra is reported to have said, ‘Why talk of humans, even gods cannot be sure of woman’s character.’

If ideology can take the Sangh Parivar thus far, crucially cunning strategies can take them farther. Their newest targets are the Self-Help Groups (SHGs) run by women. In July 2004, 5000 women marched the streets of Coimbatore city under the banner of the Seva Bharati. All these women belonged to Self-Help Groups and are economically powerful, as well as being socially well connected. In 2003, 30,000 women running SHGs participated in an RSS function arranged for them at Kanyakumari. Apart from such consolidation of women with social awareness, the orange order reaches out to the simple womenfolk too through rath-yatras. In Tamil Nadu, it is not the powerful Durga Vahini that woos the women, but softer icons of patriarchy like Sharada Ma and the Mother of Pondicherry Ashram.

Now we have seen how the Dalits and women are being enticed into entering the Sangh Parivar in the Tamil Nadu context. Such a massive project of Hindutvaization is possible only because of the active support of the state machinery.

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By Abdul Hannan Siwani Nadvi,

P. Chidambaram’s saffron terrorism remark angered BJP, RSS and their followers. BJP has objection at association of terrorism to particular organization. BJP, which has a long history of blaming whole Muslim community and calling Muslim areas as epicenter of ISI and terrorism, is now objecting at the term.

There are two things that should be clear to everyone: One, associating terrorism to particular community; and second, terrorism of Hindutva.

Common Muslims, Ulema and other Muslim leaders have been demanding for long that terrorism should not be linked to a particular community, or religion. Their repeated demand remained unheeded. Nobody was ready to address their pain and agitations. Everyone was seeing them as liars and cheaters. BJP and its followers were working to add more fuel in it. The result finally ended with the arrest of hundreds of Muslim boys.

Most of them have been acquitted of the terror charges. However, a large number of Muslim boys are still languishing in jails and no one knows when their pain will end and when they will be freed.

As for existence of terrorists in Muslim community, it has been proven many times that Muslim youths are implicated in false terror cases. Acquittal of most of them by the courts in various states where they were arrested is a big evidence of their innocence. The latest example comes from Gujarat where nine people were acquitted by a local court.

Unfortunately, while mere arrest of innocent Muslim youths in terror cases was seen as a matter of security of the country, cases of Hindutva Terrorist carrying out bomb blasts, making bombs and placing it in Muslim areas in the garb of Muslim identity were not taken as a security issue by the police or state and central government. It is seen just an incident that happens everywhere.

The term of terrorism was used with different colors – Islamic terrorism, jihadists and Jihadism– when it was being associated with Muslims. BJP, its allied functionaries and their followers in Media, security agencies and in other government run-offices were busy in blaming Islam and Muslim community for every single, big and small incident related to terrorism without checking the facts and following the clues. It was their great work. No one can deny their role in maligning Muslim community.

BJP’s hue and cry over P Chidambaram‘s statement on saffron terrorism is an effort to cover their terrorism. If today terrorism has no color except black, as Congress clarified with vote bank politics in mind, then why it was silent when Islam and whole Muslim community were being blamed for the menace.

Today, when the term of saffron terrorism or Hindu terrorism is being used, BJP disrupts Parliament. It used immoral ways to express their objection at associating terrorism to Hindutva groups. News channels offices were vandalized. At last, it tried to play its old and very important card saying that it is the insult of Hindu nation.

Modi, who has lost moral right to stay as chief minister of Gujarat where a large number of Indian citizens, most of them Muslims, were killed in riots or encountered later and where the Indian constitution was being paralyzed and where all doors of justice had been closed on Muslims and where a majority of Muslim youths were put into jail, says that Prime Minister should apologize for saffron terror remark. He forgets that his hand is colored with the blood of innocent Muslims.

Members of Bajrang Dal openly brandish weapons, but without any repercussions. [Photo Jammu News Agency]

As for associating the term terrorism to any community, Muslims’ views are very clear from the first day: This term should not be linked to any particular community or religion. There are no differences among Muslims on this in and outside of India.

The second thing is terrorism of Hindutva. Can BJP deny its role in damaging India’s communal harmony? Can BJP deny that various Hindutva groups as an organization or as an individual are involved in bomb blasts? Can BJP deny that those activists and workers who were killed during making bombs were associated with Sangh?

BJP and its leaders are themselves accused in Babri Masjid demolition case and in so many cases of communal violence.

The gravity of the heinous terror attacks carried out by Hindutva activists can be gauged with the fact that they not only targeted Muslim religious places but also used Muslim’s identity and leaved at the site of the attacks, proofs that could indicate to Muslim’s involvement.

Spreading hatred, creating gulf between communities, brainwashing uneducated Hindu youths and inciting them against particular community are very old and common tactics of the game they play.

Challenging court orders, raping constitutions, defying court orders, stopping police and administration form doing their jobs and using religious sentiments to achieve their hateful aim – they do all brazenly.

Their aim, objectives and task are very destructive. Their emergence and supporting them in their destructive role is very harmful to India’s security and its integrity.

Former BJP leader Rithambara with Malegaon bomb accused Pragya Thakur.

No doubt that their network is very strong and their hand is very long. Their political, social and religious groups are active in every corner to check what is happening there and how they can protect themselves from the grip of law. Their work is very old. Their communal minded people are very strong.

Indian security agencies have not been able to prove Muslim’s role in any bomb blast. Acquittal of Muslim boys by the court of charges of terror and waging war against India is a biggest proof.

The failure of Police and security enforcers in proving their charges shows clearly that their mind was set only against Muslims.

BJP banned SIMI when it was leading NDA government at center. The Court once acquitted this organization of the charges leveled against it. There are a large number of cases, in which Muslims came out clean but precious and most important moments of their life were ruined by BJP’s communal politics.

Saffron organizations, on the other hand, have been involved in violence from the first day and now they are involved in making bombs and executing bomb blasts. They used retired Indian army officers and personals for their destructive projects.

Fair investigation of some terrorist attacks confirms the role of Hindutva brigades while other attacks are in need to be investigated honestly not as a matter of Hindus and Muslims but for the sake of India’s integrity and its security.

At last, the important question is: Are Indian citizens ready to accept Hindutva terrorism and their communal project? Can India survive with existence of such destructive objectives? Is protection of Hindutva more important than India’s security?

How long saffron organizations will get free hand to bring bad name to the country? Today or tomorrow it will come into discussion and every Indian will be forced to think on that point.

Ram Puniyani

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The book is essentially a compilation of articles and essays written by scholars and activists on the acts of terror indulged in by the Hindutva forces. The book intends on violating the myth that all terrorist acts are carried out only by Muslims.

This book brings out evidence of acts of terrorism carried out by Hindutva outfits from all over India. It will help us to critically reflect at terrorism and trend of branding and criminalizing a community. This book neatly puts terrorism into perspective along with exploring the complicit role of the state in a democracy in the perpetuation of such outfits and acts which leads to the stigmatization and discrimination against one community. It exposes the threat of the Hindutva outfits that are using systematized force and violence which proves detrimental to peace and communal violence.

Table of Contents

Preface

  1. In Lieu of Introduction: Terrorism: Scapegoats and Holy Cows

– Ram Puniyani

  1. Saffron Terror – Subhash Gatade
  2. Malegaon, Modassa and Mehrauli Blasts

– Subhash Gatade

  1. MOssad, CIA connection to Mumbai Terror attacks

– Yoginder Sikand

  1. And Now Hindu Terrorists

– Asghar Ali Engineer

  1. Resurgent Hindutva Terror in Goa

– Subhash Gatade

  1. Jehadi and Sadhvi

– Ram Puniyani

  1. Rise of Hindutva Terrorism

– Praveen Swami

  1. Madhay Pradesh: Refuge of terrorists

– L.S. Hardenia

  1. Is RSS a Terrorist Organization

– Ram Puniyani

  1. From Murder Mystery to Spy Thriller: The Continuing Saga of The Mumbai Terror Attacks

– Raveena Hansa

  1. Book Review; Who killed Karkare: Real Face of Terrorism in India

– M. Zeyaul Haque

Appendix

1.1  A report on the attack on RSS Headquarters in Nagpur June 2006:

– Justice Kolse Patil, Dr. Suresh Khairnar

1.2  A report on bomb blast at the house of prominent RSS activist in Nanded, Maharashtra

– by Dr. Suresh Khairnar, Ahmad Kadar and Arvind Ghosh, Secular Citizen’s Forum & PUCL, Nagpur, May 2006

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The home ministry is “aware” of the presence of Hindu terror outfits and is looking into such cases. The Centre has written to the Madhya Pradesh government to transfer the probe involving one long-time former RSS pracharak, Sunil Joshi, who was recently murdered, to the CBI. Joshi is alleged to have planted bombs in 2007 at the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad and the Ajmer Sharif dargah.

Joshi, who was sacked from the RSS for his radical views, was associated with Abhinav Bharat, an outfit accused of involvement in terror activities. Governm-ent sources said the home ministry is keeping a tab on cases involving extremist Hindu outfits. “The MP government had completed its investigation but we are awaiting the response of the state government to hand over the case to CBI,” an official said.
Meanwhile, as the BJP and the Sangh were trying to prepare their line of defence on the issue of Hindu terror, the Congress on Friday demanded a thorough probe into the RSS terror links. The Congress also asked the BJP to clarify its stand on the issue. AICC spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan said, “We call upon the RSS to come clean regarding all links of its senior leaders with terror. We also call on the BJP to make its stand clear on the terror links of the leaders of the RSS.” She said her party was shocked to see media reports alleging RSS terror links.
“While the entire nation is engaged in a crusade against terrorism, what has come to light through such reports is the involvement of senior leaders of the RSS, the parent body of the BJP, with terror groups,” Ms Natarajan said.

PROOF REF – http://www.asianage.com/india/govt-says-aware-hindu-terror-516

Hindu Terror Master

NEW DELHI — For the first time in this Hindu-majority nation of 1.1 billion people, the police have announced the arrest of people who are accused of being part of a Hindu terrorist cell.
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Members of a right-wing Hindu group, Bajrang Dal, offering prayers last month in Agra, India.

Pragya Singh Thakur, shown in 2007, has been arrested in a September bombing.

Police officials in western Maharashtra State said they had arrested the nine suspects and charged them with murder and conspiracy in connection with the bombing in September of a Muslim-majority area in Malegaon, a small city. Six people, all Muslims, died in the explosion, which was among a string of terrorist attacks in Indian cities in recent months.

Blame for several of these attacks has been placed on radical Islamist groups; one group, calling itself Indian Mujahedeen, claimed responsibility for several attacks. But the arrests of the Hindu suspects in the Malegaon bombing raised the possibility of another source of terrorism, involving a radical Hindu fringe.

“This is a very dangerous trend,” said Ajit Doval, former chief of India’s Intelligence Bureau, who added that it could undercut efforts to bolster pluralism in India.

Those arrested by the police antiterrorism squad in Maharashtra over the past two weeks included a Hindu nun with links to the principal opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, and an army colonel, who is suspected of having provided ammunition and training to the bombers.

The Indian Army has long viewed itself as being free of ideological or political bias, so the arrest of an army officer was deeply troubling to the military. “I can tell you that we are taking it seriously,” said the defense minister, A. K. Antony.

The arrests reinforced growing suspicions over the last few years of a potential threat from Hindu extremists. In August, two members of a right-wing Hindu group called the Bajrang Dal were killed while assembling bombs in the northern industrial city of Kanpur. In 2006, two people who were thought to belong to the same group died under similar circumstances in a bomb-making workshop in Nanded.

Officials in the Central Bureau of Investigation told reporters in New Delhi on Saturday that investigators had established a link between the Nanded group and the Malegaon bombing.

Bal Thackeray, the leader of another Hindu hard-line group, the Shiv Sena, wrote in June in the group’s weekly magazine that Hindus should defend themselves from Islamist attacks by forming their own squads of suicide bombers.

“The threat of Islamic terror in India is rising,” Mr. Thackeray wrote, according to a translation from the Marathi language that was published in The Hindu, a national English-language daily. “It is time to counter the same with Hindu terror. Hindu suicide squads should be readied to ensure the existence of Hindu society and to protect the nation.”

Prosecutors said that investigators of the Malegaon bombing on Sept. 29 traced a motorcycle at the site of the explosion, apparently used to plant the bomb, to a Hindu nun named Pragya Singh Thakur, 37, who lives nearby in Gujarat State. While in college, Ms. Thakur was a member of the student wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party, according to Vishnu Dutt Sharma, a senior leader of the student wing.

Mr. Sharma described Ms. Thakur as “aggressive in her speeches and work.” She was religious and studious, Mr. Sharma said, and did postgraduate work in history.

During a pilgrimage in 2007, Ms. Thakur renounced a worldly life and became a nun, or a sadhvi in Hindi, cutting her hair short and donning orange robes, the sacred color of Hinduism, according to a brother-in-law, Bhagwan Jha. After she became a nun, her name was changed to Purnachetnanand Giri, which means complete consciousness.

Ms. Thakur’s lawyer, Naveen Chomal, said she had done nothing wrong and that the police had arrested her only because her motorcycle was found at the site of the bombing. The police have said they also have taped telephone conversations in which Ms. Thakur wondered aloud why the Malegaon bombing had not inflicted a higher death toll.

Some people have begun to treat the suspects as heroic figures. Several Hindu organizations have rallied to Ms. Thakur’s side, contributing to a fund for her legal defense.

Her father, Chandrapal Singh Thakur, told The Times of India, a national daily newspaper: “If the government doesn’t act in time, common people will have to do something about their own safety. I pray that she succeeds in her endeavors.”

Mr. Thakur has placed a photograph of his daughter on the family altar. The Bharatiya Janata Party has issued statements defending Ms. Thakur.

Her arrest led police investigators to several other suspects, including Lt. Colonel Shrikant Prasad Purohit. At the time of his arrest, Colonel Purohit was posted with the Indian Army’s education corps, studying Chinese.

A prosecutor, Ajay Misar, said that Colonel Purohit had helped the bombers obtain money, arms and training. “He supplied six pistols and 196 cartridges to the other accused,” Mr. Misar said in a telephone interview.

Dinesh Aggarwal, an inspector in the antiterrorism squad, said the suspects were part of a larger conspiracy. “Their precise role will be known after the investigation is completed,” he said.

The terrorist bombings have become a major political issue, with state elections scheduled for later this month and a national election expected next spring.

The opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, initially distanced itself from Ms. Thakur, but acknowledged that she had been part of its student wing after photographs of her with prominent party leaders were published. Recently, the party has defended her. And the party’s chief minister of Gujarat State, Narendra Modi, accused the government of maligning the army’s image by arresting Colonel Purohit as a pre-election ploy.