Posts Tagged ‘communal violence

04
Oct
08

Shame on You, Naveen Patnaik!

I wake up today morning to read this shocking news on Times of India – 38 days on, Patnaik govt admits nun’s rape. I was under the impression that Naveen Patnaik was one of the better politicians India has had, until this headline that is. A young Christian nun in Orissa was raped and paraded on the streets by Hindu fundamentalists. And more than a month for the govt to acknowledge that something of such magnituda happened. It is disgusting to say the least. The police could only stand and stare as such a heinous crime was committed right in front of their eyes. Christians in the state are living in a state of fear. Sangh Parivar and Bajrang Dal activists are out on a witch hunt for them. The state govt has so far been only a mute spectator.

After 38 long days, Patnaik commented that the rape was “shameful” and a “savage” act and “stringent action” would be taken against the culprits. Wasn’t the crime shameful or stringent for the last 38 days. And I am sure even after 24 hours since his comments, not one person would have been arrested. And what about the Central govt? Dr. Manmohan Singh is worried about the country’s image being tarnished because of the communal violence in the country, not about the innocent Christians who are being persecuted for no mistake of theirs. If the UPA govt calls itself “secular”, they take appropriate action against the Orissa govt. Central forces should be sent the state to maintain peace.

Apparently, as the poor nun was paraded along the streets, the self claimed ‘protectors’ of India’s culture were shouting “Bharat Matha Ki Jay”!! Is this what Bharat Matha should be proud about? The monsters who committed the atrocity should not just be killed, but tortured and burned alive. And these fanatic bastards are protesting the bombings in the county. What is the difference between the terrorists and the Sangh Parivar. Both are propogating violence in the name of religion. But any sane individual would think that nether Allah nor Ram in no way favor such fundamentalism. Why are Christians being targetted? So afr, as long as I know, we have been only working towards the betterment of the society. The maximum number of educational and health insitutions in the country have been set up by Christian organizations. What wrong have we done to the country and its people apart from serving?

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16
Sep
08

Karnataka is the New Gujarat

Don’t be surprised if you witness what happened in Gujarat six years back, in the cities of Bangalore, Mysore or Mangalore. The way things are going in the BJP ruled state, a full scale riot could escalate any moment. Karnataka is fast emerging as not an IT destination, rather the new Gujarat and Yeddyurappa the new Narendra Modi. VHP and Bajrang Dal activists have attacked churches around Mangalore protesting ‘forced’ conversions. It is not just Christians who are living in fear, but also Muslims and other minorities.

The whole country was shocked at the atrocities committed during the Post-Godhra riots in 2002. Narendra Modi and his cadres were literally butchering Muslims all over the state. Pictures of people being massacared and begging for their dear lives shattered the peace of every Indian mind.  Now that the BJP has assumed power in Karnataka, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa is looking up on Modi as his role model and is trying to emulate him.  Despite pressure from the media, NGOs and the common people alike, the Karnataka govt. is still going soft on the Hindu extremists. The in-efficiancy of the government is so evident that, a church in neighbouring Kasargod district of Kerala was also attacked by VHP activists. Still, the only response from Yeddyurappa has been that he is against ‘Forced’ conversions. At least under the previous Congress and JD-S governments, there were no communal tensions. Karnataka had always been considered a peaceful state.

It is not just Karnataka, every state which is under the BJP is rife with communal troubles. We are well aware of whats going on in Orissa, where the BJP shares power the BJD. Its not surprising that Islamic terrorists has so far targeted only BJP ruled states recently. Rajasthan, Karnataka, Gujarat and now Delhi are under BJP control. It is saddening that terrorists are targeting innocents for the mistakes committed by extremist politicians. People like Modi and Yeddyurappa are no different from these terrorists, and they deserve the same punishment as the militants.