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Terror attacks

Terror attacks

The recent bomb blasts in Hyderabad and the possible involvement of the Indian Mujahideen yet again bring to the spotlight the Pakistan angle in terror acts in India. Pakistan was created because it wanted to be separated from India and its Hindu masses.

With this being the underlying ideological bearings of Pakistan as a state, it is no surprise that it is rabid in its hostility towards its eastern neighbour. The occasional bonhomie, borne rather out of Punjabi brotherhood, gets highlighted more specially among the Indian Punjabi liberal diaspora, and can hardly be a compensation for real ideological synchronicity.

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I was saddened when Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde expressed “regret” over his “Hindu terror” remark. Even though he did it to ensure that the budget session of Parliament was smooth, it is sure to send wrong signals and embolden further the forces that were behind the Mecca Masjid blasts, the Ajmer shrine blast, the Samjhauta Express bombings, the post-Godhra violence against Muslims, and the Kandhamal violence against Christians.

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Ishrat Jahan case: CBI acts on Tehelka evidence against top Gujarat cops, GL Singhal arrested.

Ishrat Jahan case: CBI acts on Tehelka evidence against top Gujarat cops, GL Singhal arrested.  

At a time when the BJP central leadership has been contemplating on making former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah, the General Secretary of the BJP, the arrest of GL Singhal on the afternoon of 21 February has come in as a huge setback to Modi and Shah. Tehelka which was the first to have reported and produced evidence of Singhal’s complicity had published specific IB inputs and progress reports by the CBI which put senior intelligence and anti-terrorist cops in the dock. This afternoon a team of CBI officials who had parked themselves in Gandhinagar for the last three days arrested Singhal and at the time of filing this piece, his official residence is being searched by the CBI. Singhal is not the only officer involved in the fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan who was killed on charges of being a Lashkar terrorist out to kill Narendra Modi. The CBI has already charged DG Vanzara and Rajkumar Pandian who are in CBI custody for their role in the fake encounter of Tulsiram Prajapati and Sohrabuddin.

A team of CBI officials is also in Mumbai to take requisite permission for the questioning of ex-encounter cops and IB officials from Maharashtra. When questioned about the role of Intelligence officials at the Centre, CBI officials told Tehelka that they are taking cognisance of the Intelligence inputs provided by Tehelka and the concerned officials have already been questioned. It must be noted that it was Tehelka whose evidence against Amit Shah in the form of call records and internal notes had led to the arrest of the first serving state Home Minister in the history of the country. Besides the Ishrat Jahan encounter, the CBI has also been given charge of three other encounters including Sadiq Jamal, Tulsi Ram Prajapati and Sohrabuddin fake encounter. The CBI is all set to arrest some more officials in the Ishrat Jahan case in Gujarat tommorrow.

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Where Morality is Saffron Coloured

Where Morality is Saffron Coloured

Moral policing. Attacks on minorities. Intolerance of the media. Karnataka’s coastal city Mangalore is in the grip of right-wing hooligans, say Imran Khan and G Vishnu

Imran KhanG Vishnu

G VISHNU , Tehelka

2013-03-09 , Issue 10 Volume 10

AFTER A brief lull in 2011 and the early part of 2012, incidents of moral policing and violence are back in the coastal town of Mangalore, Karnataka. Situated between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, the town with a population of just under 5 lakh, has been a hotbed of aggressive Hindutva nationalism ever since the 2009 pub attack case, when members of the Shri Ram Sene vandalised a local pub and beat up the customers there in the name of moral policing.

Four years later, not much has changed. It has been three months since local journalist Naveen Soorinje was wrongfully jailed on charges of conspiracy, unlawful assembly, rioting with deadly weapons, criminal trespass, causing grievous hurt and assault on a woman with intent to outrage her modesty.

Soorinje’s crime? On 28 July 2012, he had captured on video camera a similar attack, this time on youngsters having a party in a private homestay. The whole nation was stunned with pictures of goons belonging to the Hindu Jagarana Vedike (HJV) — an outfit affiliated to the Sangh Parivar — roughing up young boys and girls, some even molesting the girls.

Whereas the Karnataka High Court cleared Soorinje of all the charges, it denied him bail simply for not having informed the police. On 31 January, following a campaign to free Soorinje, the Karnataka Cabinet cleared a note for dropping all charges against the 24-year-old scribe. As this article goes to print, it would have been a month since the note reached Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar for final approval.

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