Electoral shenanigans in Gujarat


by Rumbold
14th November, 2007 at 12:14 pm    

Sunny has repeatedly covered the 2002 Gujarat massacres and their aftermath, which saw Hindu mobs attack Muslims after a train carrying Hindus was set alight. Those at the top of the Gujurati political food chain have yet to answer for their complicity in the massacres and are still contesting elections.

Indian TV station NDTV has now uncovered disturbing evidence that Muslim voters are being intimidated into not voting in the upcoming elections:

“At a village in Mehsana district of Gujarat, complaints of Kalal Muslims, an extremely backward group, get lost in the din of frustration. Among the many complaints they have, one is the threat to their vote.

During the last assembly elections their names were suddenly transferred from the polling booth at this government school to the RSS-run Thakker Adarsh High School. ”My parents went to vote and they weren’t allowed to vote. Our vote was in this government school nearby, I don’t know why they had to send us to this Adarsh School farther away,” said Rafiq.

No one actually has an explanation for why this shift happened.

In Kadi tehsil alone, 25 polling booths have been shifted to RSS-run institutes, the official reason, there was no other alternative. When NDTV visited the Adarsh School polling booth, we were greeted with a larger than life statue of Bharat mata.”

The RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) is a Hindu organisation dedicated to stopping Hindus converting to other religions and it is committed to ensuring the primacy of Hinduism throughout India. It has fascistic overtones, and its members sometimes use violence to achieve their goals. It has strong links with the BJP, currently the main opposition party on a national level.

“Though the area has an 18,000-strong Muslim population, not a single Muslim studies here [at Adarsh School]. But school authorities say they are most welcome. ”They spread all kinds of myths to keep people away,” said Keshav Khuri Das Patel, RSS Sanghchalak Mehsana.

Close by, another RSS establishment, the Shishu Mandir is also a polling booth. The images here are that of a trishul, the swastika and fire that drive the Hindutva message harder. Some claim the BJP uses this as a way to threaten Muslim voters and capture booths. ”The Finance Minister Nitin Patel has got this done, they shouldn’t have polling booths in private schools like this,” said Baldev Thakor, Congress MLA.”


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  1. Kaalia — on 14th November, 2007 at 1:44 pm  

    Rumbold, clearly you have an agenda and are lapping up the ever so biased Media in India.

    Modi Rocks!

  2. Rumbold — on 14th November, 2007 at 2:15 pm  

    Kaalia:

    “Rumbold, clearly you have an agenda and are lapping up the ever so biased Media in India.”

    I hold no brief for any party or political group in India. As for your beloved Modi, here is what Human Rights Watch and the US government think:

    “The U.S. Embassy in India denied Gujarat State Chief Minister Narendra Modi a diplomatic visa and, citing violations of religious freedom, also revoked his existing ten-year business/tourist visa. Human Rights Watch worked in collaboration with many colleague rights groups to revoke Modi’s visa. We had extensively documented the chief minister’s role in orchestrating the 2002 violence against Muslims in Gujarat by retaliatory Hindu mobs. Our reports on the violence in Gujarat, which have been publicly cited by the U.S. Embassy, describe the systematic murder, rape, and displacement of tens of thousands of Muslims under Modi’s Hindu nationalist government. In the aftermath of the violence, Human Rights Watch documented the government’s use of state security officials to harass and intimidate victims, witnesses and human rights defenders who are fighting to prosecute those responsible.”

    http://www.hrw.org/update/2005/05/
    (scroll down a bit)

    Read the full and lengthy report here:

    http://hrw.org/reports/2002/india/

  3. Parzania — on 14th November, 2007 at 2:38 pm  

    Modi Rocks!

    You sick individual. I don’t know how any humane person can agree with the mass murder of more than 2,000 innocent people who were slaughtered to death in 2002. Obviously you don’t want the truth being exposed. Well done to NDTV. The more the media exposes Modi’s crimes the better.

    I hope one day Gujaratis will be ashamed of what happened in 2002 like the Germans are today of what happened to the Jews.

  4. Vladimir — on 14th November, 2007 at 2:47 pm  

    I sense a storm brewing here…

  5. Parvinder — on 14th November, 2007 at 3:59 pm  

    good on you Parzania, although sometimes arguing with someone who thinks ‘Modi rocks’ is like arguing with present day neo-nazis who deny the holocaust ever happened, complete waste of time. All we can do is present the facts as various human rights groups have done and let people decide.

    Muslims in India are just as much Indian as any other faith group and for someone to say otherwise is trying to cause mischief at best and incite hatred at worst, which leads to shameful episodes like the one this article is trying to highlight.

  6. Michael Knight — on 14th November, 2007 at 4:16 pm  

    Modi has been voted in twice by the good folks of Gujarat and it looks like he will be again for a third time.

    If there is evidence against him then he should be tried in a court of law…..given Congress are in power in Delhi and are part of this Modi smear campaign why aren’t they pushing for a trial?

    Instead these commie news outlets are coming out with such pseudo-journalism and ‘hear say’ articles on Modi.

    Come on Sonia ji, you are powerful enough so try Modi in a court of law and get this over and done for everyone.

  7. Rumbold — on 14th November, 2007 at 4:44 pm  

    Koranicide:

    “Let’s be honest: Muslims in India, if they feel they are not getting a fair deal, could always go to Pakistan, a country built, specifically for them.

    Or they could stop their constant whinging. It’s getting boring.”

    So asserting your right to vote in free and fair elections is a case of whining is it? Why don’t you follow your own advice and go off to an undemocratic country. You won’t hear anyone whining in public there.

    Michael Knight:

    “Modi has been voted in twice by the good folks of Gujarat and it looks like he will be again for a third time.

    If there is evidence against him then he should be tried in a court of law…..given Congress are in power in Delhi and are part of this Modi smear campaign why aren’t they pushing for a trial?

    Instead these commie news outlets are coming out with such pseudo-journalism and ‘hear say’ articles on Modi.”

    If you are a powerful politician in India you can usually avoid a conviction (the coal minister was convicted of murder and carried on for a bit, while an MP was convicted of murder, got bail while his appeal was being heard, contested an election and got re-elected). Do you even think Modi did anything wrong?

  8. Parzania — on 14th November, 2007 at 4:50 pm  

    Commie news outlets! So that’s what you call a channel that reports news responsibly. The Hindutva brigade just love to twist the truth to suit themselves. The Congress is not much better than the BJP but I have to say based on the evidence that the BJP are communal party.

    You cannot ask a community of approx 133 million to get up and go to Pakistan. They are just as much Indian as any other community. They have been more secular than Hindus because in the years since Independence the majority of them have not voted for Muslim political parties.

    Unfortunately justice in India is very slow. The Nanavati-Shah Commission set up to investigate the 2002 Gujarati massacres is still conducting the investigation. It is turning out to be another Liberhan Commission which was set up in the wake of the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992 but it has had as many as 84 extensions, costing nearly Rs 8 crores.

  9. Parvinder — on 14th November, 2007 at 4:51 pm  

    ‘Instead these commie news outlets are coming out with such pseudo-journalism and ‘hear say’ articles on Modi.’

    Not according to BJP, RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal activists speak openly of how Narendra Modi blessed the anti-Muslim pogrom:

    http://www.tehelka.com/story_main35.asp?filename=Ne031107What_They_Said.asp

  10. Rohin — on 14th November, 2007 at 6:36 pm  

    Technically, Sikhism isn’t alien, but Islam is.

    Oddly I was reading an old post yesterday where I mauled the RSS and then got a tongue-lashing from the saffron brigade we had then. Little changes.

    What leads a community to be called ‘an extremely backward group’? (as in your quote RumB, about Kalal Muslims)

  11. Rumbold — on 14th November, 2007 at 7:40 pm  

    Rohin:

    “Technically, Sikhism isn’t alien, but Islam is.”

    I know, but I was just trying to see if our bigoted poster thought there was a difference.

    “What leads a community to be called ‘an extremely backward group’? (as in your quote RumB, about Kalal Muslims).”

    Reading the whole article, I get the impression that the term was supposed to be purely descriptive, rather than a snide dig. ‘Backward’ was not meant to be pergorative I think.

  12. Kaalia — on 14th November, 2007 at 8:44 pm  

    easy old Rumbold, I was refering to Modi’s premier development and economic growth model!!

    Only Modi himself knows how guilty he is with regards his position during the spurt of violence which ended with the loss of many lives.

    Modi is a strange one, he is viewed as Hindutva Poster Boy and Mr Communal but people fail to acknowledge his stand-offs and polar position to those rabid elements in Hindu society – the VHP and their offshoots! These lot are a bunch of backward goons doing nothing reflective of what ‘Hindu’ is all about but have gone ultra radical in the face of percieved enemies – Muslim ‘aggression’ passive or real and anyone who bad mouths Hinduism and Nationalism.
    Modi is really more Communal than Congress??? Surely not, Gujarat was a state used and politically devised by the Congress Party since Partition on extreme caste divide and rule. Congress Party also attracts the Muslim and minority vote through disgusting tactics and has overseen many a communal current affair across the length and width of India! Sikh massacres?? come on people dont let the bastardised Indian Media which is in the hands of anti-Hindu/national elements fool u so more –

    There are several major publishing groups in India, the most prominent among them being the Times of India Group, the Indian Express Group, the Hindustan Times Group, The Hindu group, the Anandabazar Patrika Group, the Eenadu Group, the Malayalam Manorama Group, the Mathrubhumi group, the Sahara group, the Bhaskar group, and the Dainik Jagran group.

    India has more than 40 domestic news agencies. The Express News Service, the Press Trust of India, and the United News of India are among the major news agencies. Let us see the ownership of different media agencies.

    NDTV: A very popular TV news media is funded by Gospels of Charity in Spain supports Communism. Recently it has developed a soft corner towards Pakistan because Pakistan President has allowed only this channel to be aired in Pakistan. Indian CEO Prannoy Roy is co-brother of Prakash Karat, General Secretary of Communist party of India.

    CNN-IBN: This is 100 percent funded by Southern Baptist Church with its branches in all over the world with HQ in US. The Church annually allocates $800 million for promotion of its channel. Its Indian head is Rajdeep Sardesai and his wife Sagarika Ghosh.
    >>Times group list: Times Of India, Mid-Day, Nav-Bharth Times, Stardust, Femina, Vijaya Times, Vijaya Karnataka, Times now (24- hour news channel) and many more. Times Group is owned by Bennet & Coleman. “World Christian Council” does 80 percent of the Funding, and an Englishman and an Italian equally share balance 20 percent. The Italian Robertio Mindo is a close relative of Sonia Gandhi.

    Star TV: It is run by an Australian Rupert Murdoch, who is supported by St. Peters Pontificial Church Melbourne.

    Hindustan Times: Owned by Birla Group, but hands have changed since Shobana Bhartiya took over. Presently it is working in Collobration with Times Group.

    The Hindu: English daily, started over 125 years has been recently taken over by Joshua Society, Berne, Switzerland. Indian Express:
    Divided into two groups. The Indian Express and new Indian Express (southern edition). Acts Ministries has major stake in the Indian Express and later is still with the Indian counterpart.

    Andhra Jyothi: The Muslim party of Hyderabad known as MIM along with a Congress Minister has purchased this Telgu daily very recently.

    The Statesman: It is controlled by Communist Party of India. Kairal TV:
    It is controlled by Communist party of India (Marxist)

    Mathrubhoomi: Leaders of Muslim League and Communist leaders have major investment.

    Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle: Is owned by a Saudi Arabian Company with its chief Editor M.J. Akbar.

    The ownership explains the control of media in India by foreigners. The result is obvious. – Anti Hindu and Hindu bashing and of course pick on the prime effective CM who happens to be BJP’s very own Modi of Gujarat!

  13. jakey — on 15th November, 2007 at 6:08 am  

    I don’t have anything against Hindus as most of them are tolerant but what I don’t like is the mindless Nazi-like violence of the Hindutva activists. If you think the national media is biased then there are a lot of local media outlets that spread false propaganda. There have been many instances of Christian workers or institutions being attacked as result of this kind of propaganda. These incidents are generally not reported in the national media.

    Here’s a pastor being beaten up:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U51Cps04YdQ

    Incidents like this one are becoming almost an everyday occurrence now.

  14. KSingh — on 15th November, 2007 at 7:14 am  

    Sikhism originated in the Punjab so is a local religion. Hinduism was brought in to the Indian subcontinent from Central Asia by invading tribes.The original inhabitants of India followed other belief systems and were classed as low caste or tribals by the invaders.

  15. Rumbold — on 15th November, 2007 at 10:55 am  

    Kaalia:

    “Only Modi himself knows how guilty he is with regards his position during the spurt of violence which ended with the loss of many lives.

    Modi is a strange one, he is viewed as Hindutva Poster Boy and Mr Communal but people fail to acknowledge his stand-offs and polar position to those rabid elements in Hindu society – the VHP and their offshoots! These lot are a bunch of backward goons doing nothing reflective of what ‘Hindu’ is all about but have gone ultra radical in the face of percieved enemies – Muslim ‘aggression’ passive or real and anyone who bad mouths Hinduism and Nationalism.

    I am glad that you dislike the VHP too. Despite Modi’s clashes with them however, it does not absolve him of his behaviour.

    Modi is really more Communal than Congress???”

    Congress are a right shower as well, as has been documented on this blog many times.

    “The ownership explains the control of media in India by foreigners. The result is obvious. – Anti Hindu and Hindu bashing and of course pick on the prime effective CM who happens to be BJP’s very own Modi of Gujarat!”

    Having watched and read Indian news on a regular basis it has never struck me as anti-Hindu. Modi is getting criticised because he was complicit in a massacre, not because he is a Hindu.

  16. Kaalia — on 15th November, 2007 at 12:22 pm  

    KSingh – you obviously subscribe to the Western brand of ignorance when it comes to history of Vedic Civilisation.

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