Exploding the Myth of “Hindutva Terror” – Part II
Continued from Part-I. Dear All: I am opening this thread to avoid overload of comments on the previous thread. The last few comments have been reproduced here.
Please continue the discussion on this new thread. Thank you.
Comment by Sid:
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1100730/jsp/frontpage/story_12749135.jsp Note the last para:
“Attacking Hindu terror works fine for us. But taking on Muslim extremism is a very sensitive issue and so we should be careful. Achuthanandan is sounding like the Bajrang Dal and the central party is backing him,” said a senior CPM MP.
Comment by B Shantanu
Pl read Sh B Raman Arrests of Some Hindus as Terrorists: Curiouser and Curiouser which concludes:
“…Thus, according to American investigators the LET and Al Qaeda were responsible for the Samjauta Express blast and the HUJI for the Mecca Masjid blast.If the American investigators, who have better sources in Pakistan, are correct, how can our investigators claim that some arrested Hindus were responsible for these incidents?
Justice and fairplay demand a thorough investigation into the two different versions that have emerged from Indian and American investigators. While the American investigators have blamed the LET, Al Qaeda and the HUJI, Indian investigators have blamed the Abhinav Bharat. Both cannot be correct.“
Comment by GyanP
According to your interpretation, media is not biased. Any bias that a person sees is misplaced. And you also assert that this is done by the ‘Hindu Rightists’.
Just show you that this perception is shared by outside neutral observers, I am quoting from a book that is written by an American Journalist, who has done extensive research on indigenous cultures around the world. The book’s name is “ORISSA in the CROSSFIRE: Kandhamal Burning” and the author is Brannon Parker.
Do you remember the Kandhmal riots? I hope you do. That is one incident that inflicted great damage on the image of many Hindu organizations. The media just could not stop itself from reporting the torture that had been inflicted by Tribals and these organizations on the native Christians. But, sadly,the truth lay elsewhere. But that truth was never told by the media. What more proof is required by any person on the complicity of media with ruling power and also with missionaries? This is reported by an outsider, not some Hindu suffering from [i]paranoid cum persecution complex[/i]!
Oh yes, I here are the original words of the author-
Coincidently, a mere two weeks before my arrival in India the tribes of Orissa had gone on the warpath. According to media reports, countless Christian churches were being burnt and worst of all Christians were allegedly being hunted down and killed. The violence had erupted after an 82 year old Hindu Monk dedicated to the
upliftment of Orissa’s tribespeople had been assassinated in a most brutal manner. The day chosen for his assassination was also seen as an intentional provocation. The day was Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna; a holiday celebtrated across India. The location of the assassination also caused great anguish to the tribes people. A group of somewhere between 18 to 36 armed men had descended upon a local girls school, lobbing grenades and firing machine guns into the air. The headmistress of the school was gunned down as she attempted to shield the life of her mentor, the 82 year old monk and founder of the school, Swami Lakshmananda Saraswati. A visiting parent
along with two junior monks were also viciously slaughtered as the young students fled for their lives.
Orissa was stunned by the violence and the entire State went into mourning.
Hindus throughout the world were outraged. Yet worst was to come. As a stunned people began to confront the fact that the authorities had failed to protect its citizens, the media began a campaign of calumny. Ignoring the brutal assassination of a beloved
spiritual leader as the root of the crisis the media began to depict the response to the massacre as the story. Report after report flooded the world media depicting the outraged tribal response as the actions of blood-thirsty criminals and marketers of hate.
Ignoring the hundreds of years of anguish and the long simmering disputes between the local Kandha tribes people and the Christian converted Pana, the media and political left created an artificial template lambasting the Hindus as the sole perpetrators of the
It was in the midst of this crisis that I arrived in Orissa to investigate the circumstances surrounding the violence. I arrived in Bhuvaneshwar, the capital of Orissa, on September 15, 2008. The monsoon season was in full swing. The worst floods in nearly 70 years washed over the land. The state highway was washed out several
times and thousands of people were left homeless. Amazingly life went on as usual with very little interruption. I had a couple miraculous escapes as we drove around Orissa crossing bridges only hours before they were swamped by the swollen rivers of the region.
During my 5 weeks in Orissa I met with many people on all sides of the issue.
Most people were forthright and clear about the issues plaguing the people. Many of the people, in fact, most of the people I met with had excellent solutions to the problems at hand. However the violence and disparity experienced by the people of Orissa and India at large has created a kind of chaos and instability. Thus India moves from one
crisis to the other. The greatest obstacle in the way of India’s progress is the state of denial that is endemic to country. Without understanding the true foundation of the problem it is almost impossible to provide any solution. The truth is most often buried
and manipulated by vested interests. Any effort to reveal the truth is highlighted as a ‘communal’ or ‘prejudiced’ effort. Victims are ignored and culprits are emboldened as the various political players entrench themselves in the suffering of the people. India’s
people are categorized and cataloged and thus divided against themselves by language, religion, ethnicity, caste and clan. Government benefits are given out and fought over.
Many take advantage of government largesse based upon their greed as the truly needy are left on the way side. India’s tribal people have been left far behind as some of India’s non-tribal citizens expertly and criminally manipulate the system. In this way tribal lands and rights are being accessed by non-tribals to the disadvantage of the
tribals. Long embittered, India’s tribes are only now attempting to regain lost ground.
Their struggle has been a long one and is ongoing.
In this report I have attempted to present the facts as they happened.”[/quote]
The book is available as a free download on lulu.com, the links is given below-
The author above talks about ‘India’s state of denial’. I think till the time our people are suffering from this mental state, it is difficult to find a solution.
Comment by GyanP:
The case of so-called Hindu terror gets curiouser and curiouser. The TOI reports -
“Contrary to Centre’s growing estimate that alleged Hindu extremists carried out the May 2007 Mecca Mosque blast in Hyderabad, the United States and the United Nations have held the Pakistan-based Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami (HuJI) responsible for it. ”
“The world body has also listed a number of terror attacks which were carried out by HuJI. Besides the Mecca Masjid blast, these include the twin explosions in Hyderabad in August 2007 and suicide bombing of the US Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, in March 2006 among others.”
Comment by Anupam:
..that justifies the title of the post. Of course, media will not cover this with same vigor. Will outlook render an apology for jumping the gun.
Comment by Sid:
Will outlook render an apology for jumping the gun.
Why would they offer any apology? A lot of people still buy outlook and a lot of people who do not like outlook still drive traffic to their websites. What would change if a few “internet Hindus” feel offended?
Comment by Anupam
well said..by the way ..I recently found out that Sagarika Ghose invented the term Internet Hindus and she feels they hound her..:)
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