From Christina Palmer and Maninder Singh Dhillon
NEW DELHI- With Hindu extremists, under the BJP patronage preparing to wage Dharma Yudh ( Religious Holy War) the global community got a wakeup call on Monday about astonishing emergence of Hindu religious extremism when in a worst of its kind episode, BJP backed Hindu extremists terrorized hundreds of Muslims in Agra and forced them to become Hindus.
The Daily Mail’s investigations reveal that Hindu extremists were targeting different Muslim neighborhoods for past many years in different parts of India. However, after the sweeping of polls by Hindu extremist party the BJP under the most criticized Hindu extremist Narendra Modi, these extremists started terrorizing the dweller Monday’s target at s of these Muslims neighborhoods and the selection of Vednagar slum in Agra where very poor and in fact garbage picking dwellers of Muslim community reside, was a well though-out plan. The Daily Mail’s investigations further indicate that goons of BJP factions were terrorizing the Muslim dwellers and forcing them to convert to Hinduism or face a situation, similar to Gujarat state where thousands of Muslims were butchered under government protection in 2002 with same Narendra Modi being the Chief Minister of the state. These Muslims dwellers were told that if they convert to Hinduism, they would be provided with the basic necessities of life via provision of special “Ration Cards” or they would be made starved to death. Under this situation, many Muslim dwellers, who could, fled to other cities but those, around 350, who had no other place to run to, were eventually forced to become Hindus in a properly organized ceremony, coupled with appropriate media coverage.
According to British State media the BBC, “In the past few years, Hindu hardliner groups have started organizing reconversion rituals they call “ghar vapasi” – which means “returning home”. The conversions – and re-conversions – in most cases allegedly involve force, fraud or inducement.”
BBC further says “Recently, a row broke out after Government Minister Niranjan Jyoti used an abusive term to refer to non-Hindus, by asking people at a public rally to choose between Ramzada (children of the Hindu God Ram) and Haramzada (bastards)”. Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister, later refused to take any action against the said Minister.
The BBC report further says “It’s barely six months since Narendra Modi led his BJP party to power and critics are already expressing fears over the future of religious minorities in the country. Mr Modi, who was accused of failing to stop deadly anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat in 2002 when he was chief minister, insists there is nothing to fear. But his Minister’s remarks and the row over Agra’s conversions mean many suspect his hard-line supporters must be receiving quiet encouragement.”
The Daily Mail’s investigations reveal that the US embassy in New Delhi has sent a very strong-worded diplomatic cable to Washington, urging the US government of Barak Obama, urging Washington to take a very serious view and initiate a strong action against Hindu fanatic groups and Hindutva laboratories that is emerging as a new and a very deadly source of global terrorism.
Diplomatic sources here in New Delhi, on conditions of anonymity, revealed it to The Daily Mail that the US Embassy in New Delhi has now very strongly started believing that Hindutva Brotherhood and other Hindu fanatic groups, particularly those, attached to Sangh Parivar are getting organized on the pattern of Taliban and Hindutva network has got all the potential to become even more lethal than Al-Qaeda and other Muslim extremists’ militant groups.
According to these sources, the US officials here in New Delhi and back in the US as well are of the firm view that these Hindu extremists can become a permanent threat to the world peace and the ongoing global anti-terror war will have to open another front and this time in a nuclear State with every possibility of nuke weapons landing into the hands of these extremists, having deep roots in Indian Armed Forces and Delhi nuclear command infrastructure.
The sources further said that these US officials concerned very firmly believe that during his upcoming visit to India, US President Mr Obama must take up the issue with Indian premier and must ask him to take solid action against religious extremism by his patterned fanatic groups.
These US officials, according to our sources, have also suggested that President Obama should make it very clear to Narendra Modi that in case of his failure to bring an end to the flourishing of religious extremism vii Hindutva platform and that too under Indian government’s patronage, the US govt would be left with no option but to exercise the relevant US legislations.
These sources say that a number of Indian organizations, mostly part of ruling BJP and involved in saffron terrorism, religious bigotry and hate mongering politics, have already qualified to come under very serious US legislations and can very easily be placed on the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) as well as blocking of their assets and finances and fund raising in terms of the Executive Order 13224.
The Daily Mail’s findings indicate that a number of new saffron organizations are having mushroom growth in India on a routine basis under the patronage of the BJP government and the Sangh Parivar umbrella of Hindutva like-minded groups. However, the organizations that crystal clearly qualify to come under international legislations include the RSS, VHP including VHP America, Bajrang Dal, Durga Vahini, Shiv Sena, Hindutva Unity, Hindutva Brotherhood, Soldiers of Hindutva, Saffron Tigers, Hindu Jagran Manch, Hindu Student Council of America, American Hindus against Defamation (AHAD) and Savarkar Darshan.
The above groups fall under the definite of terrorist organization under numerous US legislations such as Section 140 (d) (2) of Foreign Relations Authorization Act 1988-89 which defines “terrorism as premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against non combatant targets by sub national groups…” or Chapter 8 of INA which describes engagement in terrorist activity including community, inciting to commit, plan or gather information on potential targets and soliciting funds for a terrorist activity as culpable offences under US law. Section 2l (d) (i) of Executive Order also defines terrorism as a violent act dangerous to human life, property or infrastructure.
According to The Daily Mail’s investigations, RSS and Bajrang Dal have joint terrorist training camps at several locations in India where large number of Hindu trainees even come from USA, Europe, Australia, Africa and South East Asia. These trainees are imparted ‘Shakha’ (daily military regime and discipline) preparing them for ‘Dharma’ Yudh (Religious Holy War).
According to The Daily Mail’s investigations, the main military camp for Dhrama Yudh training camp has been established under the direct supervision and facilitation of none other but India’s National Security Advisor, Ajit Kumar Doval, at Sarojini Nagar in Awadh region near Lucknow. Bajrang Dal, RSS and subsidiary groups’ terrorists are trained in use of fire arms, explosive, knives, daggers, trishuls (Hindu religious javelin having three prongs) guerrilla warfare, sabotage, booby trapping, ambush and surprise attack tactics, close quarter encounters and assault techniques, as well as combat with minimal use of weapons such as clubs and martial arts.
The Daily Mail’s investigations further reveal that even women of Durga Vahini are trained in these camps though their main training centre is in Kampur. Over a 100,000 terrorists have been trained to a high degree of sophistication in these camps while those who have received preliminary training are countless.
The training is imparted by former Special Commando Group personnel of Indian Armed Forces, many of whom got premature retirement after lucrative offers from RSS and BD. The Chief Trainer and Instructor at Sarojini Nagar is also said to be a retired military personal formerly belonging to the Elite Commandos Squad of Indian Army, Sardar Bhupendra Singh. The Bajrang Dal convener in Uttar Pardesh state is also reported to be responsible for the camp. A target of training 200,000 has been set for 2015. Most trainees are students and youth with some as young as 8 to 13 years old.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that despite Washington eyeing billion-dollar defense purchase deal by India, certain US officials have been much concerned on the phenomenal rise in Hindu fundamentalism since the BJP’s coming into power in India. The US State Department, in a report, noted that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Security Advisor Ajit Kuma Doval were both members of RSS, which is known for its bigoted religious and cultural agenda. Citing various incidences of victimization and terrorizing of the Christian and Muslim minorities the report had expressed concern over the recent hat speech by Indian Minister for Food Processing with Prime Minister taking no notice of the same. The report also recalls an earlier similar incident during the previous tenure of the BJP government when the then Indian Home Minister L. K. Advani participated in the controversial Agra rally which had called to ban all foreign Churches and formation of a national Christian Church under the control of the government.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that even according to its own claims, VHP reconverted over 5000 tribal Christians to Hinduism in Sundargarh district of Orissa state alone, during the past few years. It is pertinent that Sundargarh is one of the Bajrang Dal strongholds where numerous incidences of terrorizing and victimization of Christian tribal folks have been reported. The element of coercion in these re-conversions cannot be therefore ruled out.
According to The Daily Mail’s investigations, in 2004, The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USIRF) took cognizance of the crimes committed against the humanity in the name of religion by the Sangh Parivar Hindu fundamentalists and held a hearing on Gujarat violence, on June 10 the same year. The then USIRF Commissioner Ms Felice Gaer also took strong note of the incitement and twist to the violence in Gujarat by the VHP of Ameirca Inc. to portray the Hindus as the victims. In a damage control exercise the VHPA’s President Jyotish Parekh hastily sent a letter to Ms. Gaer in which she called ‘killing of Muslims as well as Hindus despicable”. Noteworthy is the fact that the official press release of VHPA, still maintains “condemnation of 58 Hindus at the hands of Muslims in Sabarmati Express and despicable aftermath without mentioning the victimization of Muslims by Hindu militants”. It thus attempts to create an impression that Hindus suffered in the aftermath also. By inference this VHPA’s position implied that the carnage in Gujarat was a reaction to the Godhra incidence and hence justified. This is further deplorable since India’s own forensic lab has established that the fire on the Sabarmati Express was started from within the compartment, which incidentally only had Hindu passengers in it.
In her opening remarks USIRF Commissioner Ms. Felice Gaer expressed concern over the reports including that of India’s own National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) that the communal violence in Gujarat was carefully planned ahead by the government of Gujarat in which, members of state cabinet and police force were fully implicated. She expressed serious concern over the association of increased violence against the minorities with the rise in Hindu nationalist groups in India. She conveyed the disquiet of the Commission that the “US government had not spoken out forcefully against attacks on Muslims in Gujarat”.
The testimony of Robert M. Hathaway representative of Woodrow Wilson Think Tank was very revealing. Hathaway disclosed that though in public posture the US kept a low key on the Gujarat violence, in comparison to Japan and Europe, the US officials separately made strong representation to the Indians over the daylight terrorism by the Hindu fanatics. He nonetheless called on the Congressmen particularly known as India sympathizers to speak out their dismay and condemnation of the tragedy. He pointed that there was a direct linkage between the international war against terrorism and the Gujarat mayhem. He stressed that inaction by the US government (over the rising terrorism by the Hindu fanatics) “would strengthen the belief of many in the Islamic world that Americans somehow value a Muslim life less that of other religions and the present war was not directed against terrorism but Islam”. Therefore the US aimed to “utilize the tragedies of September 11 to carry out long-desired plans to repress Islamic world.” Hathaway disclosed to the Commission his grave horrific encounter with a senior Indian official who “expressed no remorse over the violence nor recognized that a great tragedy had taken place.” The official in fact tried to justify the violence as a natural cause and effect reaction of the Hindu community and attempted to shift responsibility on the so called cross border Jihadis.
Hathaway recommended an official inquiry into financial transactions involving of US anti-terrorism laws and other statues by Indians residents in the US and Americans of Indian origin in transferring substantial sums of money to groups and organizations in Gujarat and else-where in India that are directly linked to violence over there. He also recommended inquiry into fund raising activities in the United States by groups implicated in violence in Gujarat. He quoted that responsible sources who believed that the funds raised and sent from the US were being used to promote religious bigotry and called for action in banning fund-raising by such groups in line with the action taken in respect of similar groups in other countries. Interestingly the official fund raising appeal by Bajrang Dal and VHP calls on the Hindu community to donate generously and at least “five per cent of their income to Hindu movements that will ensure that Hinduism will prosper in spite of attacks from Islam and Christianity”.
Other speakers testified that nine out of every 10 dollars spend by the Hindu fanatics to carry out Gujarat carnage came from sources in the United States and Europe.
The Daily Mail’s investigations reveal further that the Sangh Parivar has been successfully running the pogrom of terror to establish a Hindu ‘Rashtra’ (State) in India whose ethos are based on Hindu supremacy and where Muslims and Christians are rank outsiders. Ms Teesta Setalvad referred the State-sponsored genocide of Muslims in India as a brutal expression of this ideology of an exclusive Hindu state that has no place and accords no equal citizenship to other confessions of faith”.
The Daily Mail’s investigations reveal further that there is a remarkable similarity between the Aryan chauvinism of Hitler’s Nazi party, Mussolini’s Fascist Party and the ideology of the Hindutva organizations of Sangh Parivar and their affiliates. In fact the founder of RSS Dr Keshav Rao Baliran Hedgewar was impressed by Hitler and even went to Europe to meet him. He could not have an audience with Hitler but managed to meet Mussolini of Italy. It was on the pattern of the pogrom of these two of his ‘ideologues’ that Hedgewar based the organization and regimen of his RSS. VHP was later formed in 1966 as a social and cultural wing of RSS but to act as a political pressure group in India and abroad. The use of Aryan symbol of racial chauvinism Swastika by Hindutva organizations is only a tip of the iceberg in this regard. Noteworthy is also the use of Nazi oath of allegiance “Loyalty is our Honour” by some Hindutva organizations while drafting new members. Of interest is also their slogan “Hinduize the politics and militarize the Hindus”.
The Daily Mail’s investigations further indicate that In its propaganda campaign to establish bona fide nature of charitable work, VHP America professes that it was a non-profit tax-exempt organization. One of the so-called charitable works listed by VHPA is the sponsoring of Ekal Vidyata (mythological religious schools) in nook and corners of India. In fact thousands of such schools have been opened in India through financing of VHPA and other VHP branches worldwide. Now these Ekal Vidyatas are nothing more than the Hindutva hate laboratories according to many independent reports including that of Human Rights Watch and even India’s own National Human Rights Commission. HRW assesses the two schemes of ‘vidya sahaks’ and ‘edal vidya’ as the heart of Sangh Parivar’s pogrom of “saffronisation” process.
In Gujarat alone, a couple of years back, Narendra Modi’s state government hand-picked 20,000 RSS diehards and appointed them teachers in the state run schools replacing the incumbents and same is in process all over India with same Modi being the Prime Minister.
The Daily Mail’s investigations reveal that a simple look at the VHP’s so-called “Points of Hindu Agenda” clearly reveals its Aryan racial jingoist approach . The very first point describes the establishment of Aryavarta (Land of Aryans) or Arya Rashstra (State of Aryans) as the prime objective of VHP and calls on the like- minded Groups and political parties to support this cause. The Agenda deplores the secularist elements within India and regards ‘Hindutva’ and nationalism as synonymous. It seeks to establish Gau-Seva (cow serving) Ministries at Union and State level to oversee complete ban on slaughter of cows and their progeny. The agenda calls for banning conversion to any religion other then Hinduism and stoppage of remittance fund provision to missionaries involved in conversion activities. At the same time it wants to make teaching of Hindu culture and dharma (religion) compulsory, thereby defying the fundamental human right of choice of religion. Simultaneously, it declares the activities related to ‘Pooja’ (Hindu Prayers), construction of Mandirs (Hindu Prayer Centers) exempt from payment of government taxes. It also calls for enactment of Hindu blasphemy laws to make any activity deemed disrespectable or undesirable to Hindu faith and culture a penal offence. Further it wants to withdraw all constitutional privileges, rights and quotas granted to minorities, scheduled castes (castes other then Aryan castes) scheduled tribes (Adivasis) and other depressed classes. The Minority Commission of India, established since the time of British to ensure protection and realization of basic rights of minorities is also sought to be disbanded.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that the propagation of hate and bigotry keeps no limits in case of ruling BJP’s subsidiary organizations such as Bajrang Dal Hindutva Brotherhood, Savarkar Dharshan etc. One leader of Bajrang Dakl regards that the only solution to “Muslim-Christian Problem” is “to have a supper diabolic offensive forcing them to accept Hinduism”. He calls on the “Hindus to Militarize and place a ban on recruitment of other faiths to enter into Indian Army”. He argues that it was “immaterial whose government was in power, the community that hand majority in the Armed Forces will decide the future identity of Hindustan.” These Groups’ bring in mythological references from Hindu religion books such as Ramayan, Mahabharat, etc. calling for ‘Dharma Yudh’ (religious Holy war) against Muslims and Christians. Human Rights Watch has also cited such tendencies of RSS, BD and like-minded groups in its reports stating: “Western thoughts and civilization are perceived as enemies of Hindu culture. Religions like Islam and Christianity are depicted as alien to India. RSS wanted the entire gamut of social life to be designed on the rock bed of Hinduism. A goal now collectively pursued by Modi Government”.
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