Hindu supremacist allowed in the UK; no one outraged


by Sunny
23rd September, 2010 at 6:32 pm    

Meet Sadhvi Rithambara – she is a rabble rouser from India. She is also a leader at the Hindu militant group: Vishwa Hindu Parishad, and a founder of Durga Vahini (Army of Durga) – A Hindu women’s militant group in India.

DV trains women in India to become part of a growing militia. It works in tandem with the Bajrang Dal – the male version.

“Our aim is to insulate young girls from cultural pollution and teach them various ancient Indian traditions,” a VHP official said. He said TV was destroying Indian values and affecting young girls adversely. “The Vahini’s members discuss ways to protect Indian culture from the Western onslaught.”

A few years ago, the Indian govt established Liberhan Commission, investigating the demolition of 16th Century Babri Mosque by Hindu militants.

It held Sadhvi Rithambara and 67 other Hindu leaders in India guilty for demolishing the mosque and igniting the subsequent violence that killed some 3,000 people across India.

This woman is now on a tour of the UK, visiting temples and giving speeches. The Council of Indian Muslims (UK) are outraged. I doubt the press or any of the usual suspects will pay attention though – it doesn’t fit the narrative.

TOUR
September 22 to September 23, 2010
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Shree Geeta Bhawan Temple
107 – 117 Heathfield Road
Birmingham B19 1HL
England (United Kingdom)
Tel No Mandir: +44 (0)121 554 4120
Tel No Office: +44 (0)121 523 7797

September 23, 2010
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Durga Bhawan
*01215581222
360 Spon Lane South,
SMETHWICK,
B66 1AB

September 24 to September 25, 2010
Shree Geeta Bhawan Mandir
107-115 Heathfield Road
Birmingham B19 1HL, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
0121 554 4120


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  1. Richard — on 23rd September, 2010 at 8:44 pm  

    Probably not picked up by the media because it wasn’t Hindus who drove planes into the twin towers or blew themselves up on the London Underground. So yes, it doesn’t fit the narrative but then you have to ask why the current narrative exists.

    If we had a problem of Hindu extremism in this country then this person would probably receive more attention. You would also expect MI5 to be giving warnings.

  2. Rachel — on 23rd September, 2010 at 10:46 pm  

    Sunny, this is really important. Thank you for posting it here, and I hope you are using your networks to get the media (that’s you, isn’t it) outraged.

    You seem interested in point-scoring – instead use this as an opportunity to educate – there is shocking ignorance and therefore tolerance of Hindutva/Hindu nationalism/fascism here. That’s what’s important.

  3. Don — on 23rd September, 2010 at 11:29 pm  

    I don’t think there is a narrative about Hinduism in the UK media. At least, not one that would get column inches.

  4. steve — on 24th September, 2010 at 5:06 am  

    by the way do people really beleive the plane hitting thing was done by muslims? how ignorant some people are http://davidraygriffin.com/articles/was-america-attacked-by-muslims-on-911/

  5. Sarah AB — on 24th September, 2010 at 6:54 am  

    There seem to be inconsistencies in the way bans against people entering the UK are implemented – and I’m not always personally clear where I’d want to draw the line. I think at the time I thought Wilders should have been let in – partly because I thought then people would discuss his dangerous ideas rather than get distracted by the issue of whether he was allowed in or not. The case against this woman seems – at first glance – stronger, if anything, though – and Wilders wasn’t allowed in. Speaking of narratives though – does his banning ‘fit the narrative’?

  6. Arif — on 24th September, 2010 at 7:35 am  

    Don and Richard’s point about narratives is a key one.

    Who is feared by whom is the first question. Lots of people fear lots of other people for good and bad reasons. And UK media has broadly decided people in the UK should fear Muslim supremacists, particularly following 9-11.

    Naturally, many Muslims fear other Muslim supremacists too – as well as fearing secularists like Baathists, Hindu supremacists like the VHP and armies of invasion and occupation by various governments, particularly the US. But such Muslims do not much influence the UK media. The media reflects a structure of power inequalities we largely just have to accept.

    While I would like the media to reflect my values, to treat people’s lives with more equal value, and avoid attribution bias, I think most of the UK media sees its role in more parochial terms.

    Having said that, I don’t think whipping up a storm about Sadhvi Rithambara (analagous to other anti-fascist or anti-muslim supremacist storms) will do much good. It increases the publicity and the victim card of the supremacist.

    I think clear pointed questions on the issues of human rights, the bomb blasts she is linked with and the double standards in her arguments should be enough to raise awareness that these people are more interested in increasing rather than solving communal problems. In addition, any incitement to religious hatred can be reported to the police.

  7. cjcjc — on 24th September, 2010 at 8:53 am  

    by the way do people really beleive the plane hitting thing was done by muslims?

    Yes they do.
    They also believe the same thing of 7/7 and the numerous terrorist attacks which occur every year/month/week in various countries.

    (So sorry that you appear to be barking mad.)

    It is certainly true that very few people know about Hindu extremism.
    But that is indeed most likely down to the fact that Hindu terrorism hasn’t hit the UK (or the US?).

    PS it’s rather petty to turn a serious issue into an attack on the “usual suspects”, isn’t it?

  8. joe90 — on 24th September, 2010 at 10:14 am  

    The hypocrisy is so obvious is makes the system look like a joke. How you going to have clear double standards like that then claim we not picking on a particular minority!

  9. cjcjc — on 24th September, 2010 at 11:37 am  

    Well I would welcome something a little more extreme than the quote provided to suggest equivalence with eg Qaradawi.

    It’s hardly kill the jews, stone the whores, murder the gays is it?

  10. Kismet Hardy — on 24th September, 2010 at 8:08 pm  

    So a woman’s group sets out to encourage young girls to not have their brain rotted by MTV and instead learn to meditate. I said a similar thing to my 13-year-old daughter recently and she suggested I was a fascist, which I thought was quite an extreme reaction, so maybe all young girls are extremists. Or maybe I really have nothing to say and my pizza should have been here now so I can watch the Banksy movie Exit Through The Gift Shop again, which by the way is superb and like, totally extreme. I’ll go now

  11. joe90 — on 25th September, 2010 at 12:43 am  

    post #9

    making statements to arise and slaughter muslims or christians, calls to hindufy india or how about raize the mosque to ground or raising funds for terrorist activities including bombings is hardly kill the jews and stones the whores is it hmmm depends if your hypocrite or not!

  12. damon — on 25th September, 2010 at 1:30 am  

    Hindu supremacist allowed in the UK; no one outraged

    Is the wider society meant to know what a Hindu supremacist even is?
    I don’t think I’ve ever come across one in England.

  13. roy — on 26th September, 2010 at 6:30 pm  

    More on the wonders of Hinduism here

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11403486

    Row over ‘untouchable’ Indian dog

    Police in India are investigating claims that a Dalit woman has been ordered to pay compensation to the high-caste owners of a dog she fed.

    The woman says the village council wants her to pay a fine of 15,000 rupees ($330) for feeding the dog, which the owners have now kicked out.

    They are reported to have said the dog is “untouchable”, but deny being motivated by caste considerations.

  14. M A Yusufzai — on 26th September, 2010 at 9:20 pm  

    The logic of threat-to-law-and-order and non-threat-to-law-and-order in this case is extremely bizarre. So if someone commits a crime in another country but is not a threat to law and order in Britain is good for Britain? What about Britain’s international obligations and its signatures on international treaties? This so called priestess incited fanatic Hindus to tear down a historic mosque that resulted in anti-Muslim riots all over the country in which at least 3000 people were killed. By allowing her to come to Britain and raise funds for her programme is Britain not encouraging fascism and terrorism in India?

  15. justpassing — on 28th September, 2010 at 2:48 pm  

    shes hardly abu hamza or farrakhan. if she was much of a danger im sure she wouldnt be let in.

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