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Ghatkopar blast: All accused acquitted, will Best Bakery activists become active

Will those who have taken up the case of Best Bakery will now be active here? Doubt it. Just as they were inactive when the Supreme Court acquitted those whom the Mumbai High Court held as guilty for the burning of the Bane family in Jogeshwari in Mumbai. In both the cases, the target were Hindus and the perpatrators of the crime Muslims. Can Hindus receive justice in India? -- Ashok Chowgule Ghatkopar blast: All accused acquitted Rediff Vijay Singh in Mumbai | June 11, 2005 12:37 IST A special POTA court in Mumbai on Saturday acquitted all the eight accused in the Ghatkopar blast case. Two persons were killed and over 50 injured when a bomb went off in a BEST bus at Ghatkopar in Mumbai on December 2, 2002. The eight accused in the case were -- Dr Abdul Mateen, Jameel Ahmed, Imran Rehman Khan, Altaf Mohammed Ismail, Towfeeq Ahmed, Arif Paanwala, Harun Rashid Lohar and Rashid Ansari. The Mumbai police, for whom the acquittal is a big setback, had originally

West Bengal is going J&K way

Prafull Goradia June, 2, 2005 What Pakistan thinks for Kashmir today, Bangladesh will think for West Bengal tomorrow. Qaid-e-Azam Jinnah and his successors wanted Kashmir to be a part of Pakistan because there were more Muslims in the Valley. Later, the argument shifted to self-determination of Kashmiris. Sooner or later, Dhaka, too, may support similar movement for autonomy in the North 24 Parganas, Nadia, Murshidabad, Malda and West Dinajpur districts. All the 54 Islamic countries would support such a demand, as they did for Kashmir. The Pandits were driven out of the Valley. The Hindus of these districts in West Bengal are not far from a similar hijrat. Only two months ago Ram Mohan Chaki told me this when I visited his village Debagram in Nadia. The ripples of such apprehension have reached the suburbs of Kolkata. Dr Manik Dattagupta, having made it good in the US, returned home in 2003 with the intention of spending the rest of his years in leisure amidst relatives and frien

Is it war on terror or economical grabbing? A Baloch Nationalist Perspective

By: Dr Jumma Khan Marri Dr Jumma Khan Marri is Chairman of Baloch Unity with huge following in baloch diaspora and young generation. Hes son of prominent baloch leader Mr.Mir Hazar Ramkhani Marri who lead 1973 upraise against Pakistan for greater Balochistan . Currently live in Moscow . Pakistani Govt and the Americans have same mind sat up. That is their greed for others wealth, to achieve that they will go to any length using all their tactics to achieve their goals. It is very clear to the world that these two countries have created and financed these monsters Mullahs and their Boss, now most wanted man in the world Mr. Bin Laden. All this artificially and carefully orchestrated war on terrorism is nothing more then occupation of others resources Iraq is clear example, for the US the Caspian Sea area and Middle East oil resources are vital for their future economical survival and their hegemony on the world. The Pakistani are also in search

Did the ISI lay a trap for Advani?

June 08, 2005 To call Mohammad Ali Jinnah a secularist is like calling Shri Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat, a secularist or Pervez Musharraf a democrat. L K Advani, the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, has only himself to blame for the violent reactions in the Hindutva Parivar to his characterisation of Jinnah as a secularist and to his mea culpa before a Pakistani audience on the Babri Masjid demolition issue. It indicates a total lack of sensitivity on his part to the feelings of those members of the Hindutva organisations in the North, whose families suffered cruelly during the pre-Partition massacre of Hindus in what now constitutes Pakistan. They have always held Jinnah responsible for the brutalities inflicted on their families. If the reactions to Advani's remarks are not that violent in the South, it is because there are very few Hindus in the Hindutva Parivar in the south who had migrated from Pakistan and had been witness to the massacre of the Hin

Why Hindu rights are not naturally protected in India? By Anil Rathi A question that has been haunting me since the past so many years is why the Hindus have to fight for their rights in a country where the majority are Hindus? Also, why has Hinduism given birth to other religions like Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism? And why is Hinduism so tolerant as to allow other religions to co-exist? Decline of Hinduism Geographically In the early days Hinduism spread from Afghanistan to Indonesia. But slowly it got confined to India and Nepal only, while people of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia adopted other religions. Failure of Hinduism to Hold its Own Base We have seen that Hinduism has been subject to constant change. The change may be in language, way of living, beliefs, customs, etc. Take, for instance, Sanskrit language. Considered to be the mother of most of the Indian languages, it is today being used only while performing puja or other rit

The dispossession of the Hindus

Tarun Vijay June 08, 2005 Komal Chheda is one among the hundreds devotees from Mumbai who applied to go for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra this year. He was told his spouse who was accompanying him would be allotted the same batch. But like many others he was driven from pillar to post and no one had a moment to listen to him. The staff at the tiny Kailash Manasarovar cell in South Block are rude and unavailable to the pilgrims and the government has chosen to let the Yatra begin without the usual symbolic farewell gesture. When the BJP-led government was in power at the Centre, some states had started giving subsidies to the Yatra pilgrims, but that too was stopped at least in Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal. Apart from Gujarat and Delhi -- which has continued what Sahib Singh Verma started during his tenure -- the Kailash Yatra has become an apology for the government's secular credentials. It would like to have the Yatra completed as a hush-hush affair. That is what lies in st


Neither Gandhi nor Jinnah was secular in practice. It is time to re-examine history dispassionately. N.S. Rajaram Secularism as a gimmick During his recent to Pakistan Sri L.K. Advani seems to have stirred a hornet’s nest by stating that Jinnah, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was a secular figure who wanted Pakistan to be a secular country. The reaction in India, especially among Hindu organizations was prompt and vehement, with some Hindu leaders going so far as to denounce Sri Advani as a traitor for calling Jinnah secular. This is a bit puzzling see the same groups that denounce secularism as a fraud being upset that Jinnah was saddled with the same evil. Beyond all the fire and smoke, one good thing that Sri Advani’s statement has done is to make us look beyond simplistic stereotypes and re-examine history. Modern Indian mythology holds Jinnah to be communal and Mahatma Gandhi to be secular, but Sri Advani now calls Jinnah secular. What i

If Advaniji had to quote anything in Pakistan

If Advaniji had to quote anything in Pakistan it is the enclosed letter, and not Jinnah's speech. The letter is nearly 6000 words long, but worth a serious read. Pakistan's First Law & Labour Minister's Resignation Letter -- Ashok Chowgule. Pakistan's First Law & Labour Minister's Resignation Letter Protesting Dalit Hindu Persecution: Full text of the resignation letter by: Mr. J.N. Mandal, Minister for Law and Labour, Government of Pakistan On 8th October, 1950 My Dear Prime Minister, It is with a heavy heart and a sense of utter frustration at the failure of my life-long mission to uplift the backward Hindu masses of East Bengal that I feel compelled to tender resignation of my membership of your Cabinet. It is proper that I should set forth in detail the reasons, which have prompted me to take this decision in this important juncture of the history of Indo- Pakistan Sub-continent. ( 1 ) Before I narrate the r

Advani's Jinnah never existed

By Kanchan Gupta The Pioneer Wednesday, June 8, 2005 We will either have a divided India or a destroyed India," Mohammed Ali Jinnah thundered as Muslim League members cheered him lustily. This was in late July, 1946, a fortnight before Jinnah's "direct action" to force India's colonial rulers in London to concede his demand for a separate Muslim homeland. By then, Jinnah had decided to boycott the Constituent Assembly and had rejected the initial plan for transfer of power to an interim regime that would include the Congress and the Muslim League. This was not what the Muslim League desired; it was definitely a repudiation of Jinnah's two-nation theory that laid down, in stark black and white, his vision of Muslims as a nation separate and distinct from Hindus. The two, Jinnah decreed, could not live together. A day before declaring that he and his Muslim League would settle for nothing less than "a divided India or a destroyed India", he had ra