From Maninder Singh Dhillon
The forced conversions of some 200 Christians by Hindutva extremists of BJP allied Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Sunday when they “re-converted” over 200 tribal Christians to Hinduism by holding rituals at Aranai village in Valsad district of BJP-ruled Gujarat, has eventually earned the Christian insurgent movement the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) in Assam yesterday when they killed around 50 Hindus, several of them women and children, in an almost simultaneous attack on Adivasi settlers in four locations spread in two districts of Assam-Kokrajhar and Sonitpur in BJP ruled Gujarat, a state that has a very notorious history of government backed terrorism on minorities, reveal the investigations of The Daily Mail.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that as Hindutva Brotherhood, comprising haul of Hindu extremist organizing, operating jointly under the umbrella of India’s ruling party, the BJP, have geared up their religious extremism towards minorities, especially Muslims and Christians across India for the past couple of months. A couple of weeks back, the RSS extremists forcibly converted around 300 Muslims from a slum area in Agra ,threatening them either to become Hindus or to face fate like those Muslims who were butchered by Hindus under Narendra Modi’s Chief Ministership in Gujarat in 2002. Whilethis Sunday, the VHP extremists converted some 200 Christians at Aranai village of Gujarat’s Valsad District and publicized this issue immensely through media. Terming this serious of forced religious conversions as “Ghar Vaapsi” (returning back home) program, the Hindu extremists term it as a voluntary conversions plan, though it is being done on gun point and that too with comprehensive government protection, supervision and support.
According to a BBC report, “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 Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that Indian government’s National Security Advisor Ajit Kumar Doval, who is also the overall Intelligence boss by default, has tasked his underworld group of Chhota Rajan to terrorize minorities to keep mum over this issue of forced conversions and not to make any protest over the ongoing state of affairs. Chhota Rajan gang’s number two Ravi Pujari is personally leading this task and has been found terrorizing many Muslim clerics and social activists while he has also started the same with Christians too.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that while the Muslim minority was terrorized to the maximum by the Ajit Doval’s goons from Chhota Rajan gang, however, the Christian dominated Bodo insurgents could not hold their calm over the latest episode while the Hindu extremists have been taking complete credit for the same. “As part of the ongoing ‘Ghar-Vaapsi’ programme, VHP today re-converted 225 people from Christian community and took them back into Hindu religion,” said Valsad district VHP chief Natu Patel.
He said VHP organised a ‘Maha Yagnya’ (ritual of the sacred fire) for “purification” of the tribals before taking them back in Hindu-fold and also gave each of them a copy of Bhagwad Gita.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that the Bodo insurgents have never been carrying out their activities on the basis of any religion in past. Though majority of the victims of the Bodo insurgents’ violence remained Muslims in Assam and the Muslims from bordering towns of Bangladesh, yet there was never a religious colour in NDFB movement. These investigations indicate that NDFB claims to be a representative of the Bodo people, who form around 10% of Assam’s population. The main grievances of the group are the under-development in the region and the influx of immigrants. It aims to address these issues by seceding from India, and establishing a sovereign Bodoland. The NDFB constitution, adopted on 10 March 1998, lists its objectives as the following:
“ Liberate Bodoland from the Indian expansionism and occupation;
Free the Bodo nation from the colonialist exploitation, oppression and domination;
Establish a Democratic Socialist Society to promote Liberty, Equality and Fraternity; and
Uphold the integrity and sovereignty of Bodoland”.
Promotion of the Roman script for the Bodo language is also a significant demand of NDFB. The group’s members are mostly Christians, and are opposed to the use of Devanagari script for the Bodo language.
The Daily Mail’s Investigations further indicate that NDFB was formed on 3 October 1986 as the Bodo Security Force (BdSF), under the leadership of Ranjan Daimary, in Odla Khasibari village (near Udalguri). The group carried out several attacks targeting non-Bodo civilians, including Adivasis. On 12 December 1992, it attacked the 7th Assam Police Battalion headquarters at Choraikhola in Kokrajahar District, and decamped with 160 self-loading Rifles(SLR) and 5 Light Machine Guns(LMG).was renamed to National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) on 25 November 1994. Besides targeting non-Bodos and the security forces, the Christian-dominated NDFB has also been in conflict with the Hindu/Bathouist-dominated Bodo Liberation Tigers Force (BLTF). The BLTF has supported the security forces against NDFB, polarizing the Bodoland movement along religious lines.
Unlike several other Bodo groups, NDFB adopted a tougher stance on the issue of Bodo sovereignty. On 20 February 1993, the Governments of India and Assam signed an accord with the All Bodo Students Union, resulting in the creation of Bodoland Autonomous Council within Assam. The NDFB opposed this accord. In 2003, the NDFB denounced the accord between BLTF and Government of India for the establishment of the Bodoland Territorial Council.
Ranjan Daimary was offered amnesty by the Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in December 2003, but rejected the offer. On 8 October 2004, the NDFB announced a 6-month long unilateral ceasefire that came into effect on 15 October. However, the Government continued its operations against the group. On 15 April 2005, NDFB extended the ceasefire. The Government released its general secretary Govinda Basumatary to open a channel of communication with the organization’s Bangladesh-based leadership. This resulted in a ceasefire agreement between NDFB and the Government on 25 May 2005. The agreement stated that the NDFB agree to cease hostile action against security forces and civilians. In return, the security forces would not carry out operations against the group’s members. The agreement also stipulated that NDFB members would disarm and live in camps protected by the military for a year, and would refrain from assisting other militant groups. The pact came into force on 1 June 2005. However, certain factions of NDFB continued militancy. In May 2006, five members of the security forces were abducted and killed by suspected NDFB members in Assam’s Udalguri District. The group also continued to clash with cadres of the ex-BLTF (Bodo Liberation Tiger Force). On June 5, 2006, two former BLTF cadres were killed by NDFB militants in the Karbi Anglong District, and one former member of the disbanded group was lynched by suspected NDFB militants in Golaghat District on June 3, 2007.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that despite the fact that NDFB is a Christian-dominated group, with its armed wing Bodoland Army having around 3500 to 5000 members; it never declared itself as a religious party. Yet, the forced conversions of Christians by Hindu extremists on Sunday prompted the Christian dominants to carry out a befitting reply to the growing Hindutva terror.
The Daily Mail’s investigations also indicate that a great similarity between the execution and planning of the operations carried out by Bodo insurgents in India and those, executed by RAW-TTP Network in Pakistan, clearly indicate that RAW planners are providing the blueprints for terror plans across Pakistan as only RAW is in possession of the minute details of the operations by Bodo insurgents
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