Hate speech: Uma Bharti defends Togadia

February 9, 2013 by  
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Uma BhartiMaharashtra, February 08, 2013: BJP leader Uma Bharti Friday defended Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Praveen Togadia, who has been booked in a hate speech case.

Bharti urged the Maharashtra government to first consider Togadia’s comments and compare these with MIM legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi’s only if the manner in which both spoke was similar. Owaisi has also booked for hate speech in Andhra Pradesh.

A case was registered against Togadia after he allegedly made a hate speech at a public meeting in Nanded district Jan 22. The VHP leader allegedly took potshots at Owaisi.

“I would like to tell the Maharashtra government that just because there was an investigation against Owaisi, an investigation should be conducted on Togadia-ji as well is not right (approach). We should first see as what Togadia-ji said,” Uma Bharti said.

“His comments should be considered. His comment should be compared with Akbaruddin Owaisi only if the two of them have spoken in the same manner.”

“It should not be… that an action has been initiated against Owaisi, so action should be taken against Togadia too,” she said.

She said she was sure the government would take appropriate action since everybody was equal in the eyes of law.

Togadia has been charged under Section 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), Section 505 (statements conducing public mischief) and Section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence and language).

– ians

Run for Jesus * Dalits to protest over Ambedkar’s derogatory cartoon

April 5, 2012 by  
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Karnataka, April 04, 2012: Kindly join us in RUN FOR JESUS organised by Aradana TV Christian Channel on Sat Apr 7th at 7am from Trinity church to St. Marks Church via St. Andrews Church.

– pericho prabhu

Dalits to protest over Ambedkar’s derogatory cartoon


Maharashtra, April 4, 2012: The cartoon is in the political science textbook of class XI.

Dalits in Maharashtra have threatened to launch an agitation over depicting B. R. Ambedkar in a “derogatory” manner in one of the school textbooks.

Ramdan Athawale of the Republican Party of India demanded the withdrawal of the political science book of the class XI graders where Ambedkar is shown in a cartoon.

He also demanded resignation of federal Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal under whose aegis the book was cleared.

The textbook is published by National Council of Education Research & Training (NCERT), under the human resources development ministry.

The cartoon, credited to Shankar’s Children’s Book Trust, appears in chapter I, titled “Indian Constitution at Work” in the political science subject.

The chapter in the NCERT book discussed about making of the Indian Constitution after Indian gained independence in 1947.

It also carries a small box item, which according to Athawale, “lampoons” B.R. Ambedkar astride a snail with reins in hand and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru standing behind brandishing a whip.

“Even the content describing the making of constitution is also quite biased. It tries to project B.R. Ambedkar as a mere critic and that the drafts were prepared by several committees formed at the time,” Athawale alleged.

He said that his party has complained to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sibal but received no reply from them.

“We have never claimed that the entire Constitution was written by Ambedkar, but the fact remains that the final draft was not only cleared by him but also envisaged by him,” he added.

– tcn

Barelwi groups ask Muslims not to vote for Wahabis

February 17, 2012 by  
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Barelwi groups ask Muslims not to vote for WahabisMaharashtra, February 15, 2012: Barelwi Ulema and prominent Barelwi organisations have unanimously decided to oppose and appeal for a boycott against all “Wahabi” candidates having any allegiance with Wahabi/Salafi organisations irrespective of party affiliation.

In a joint Press Conference held at Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh, All India Ulema Mashaikh Board, Raza Academy, All India Sunni Tablighi Jamaat, Anjuman Barkaat e Raza and Tanzeem Aimma-e-Masajid insisted that their main objective is to strengthen patriotism and social harmony amongst Sunni Muslims and to create a mass movement to attain the fundamental rights as enshrined in the Indian constitution. They claimed that India is the land of the Sufi Saints and that they constitute 80% of the country’s total Muslim population.

They said that Sufi teachings are the basis of the nation’s unity in diversity as it teaches compassion, brotherhood, love and peace; which they claims, rhymes up to perfect harmony with Indian culture, traditions and its religious variety.

They equated Wahabism with Extremism having an ideology of brutal intolerant ways of spreading their religion and beliefs. And so in the interest of the city, the state and the country the Sufi organization emphasized on the need to clip their wings before their fight to destruction. They declared that they would neither accept the Imamat (religious leadership) nor the Qayadat (political leadership) of the Wahabis.

They warned the nation and the community of Wahabis coming into power or having proximity to power corridors, as they accused them of indulging in sectarianism and creating law and order problems in the already volatile country. If they are not stopped at this juncture it will be difficult to control them in future as this has been the case of several countries across the globe, where they gained momentum, the press conference revealed. Considering them a big threat to entire humanity as well as to the internal security of the nation they asked the Muslims to stand up and raise their voice against this pervert ideology.

They accused Wahabi’s of attacking helpless Sunni Muslims in Junagadh district (Gujarat) by forming huge mobs; the culprits were said to have torched houses and burnt the shops of Sunni’s by singling them out intentionally. The Sunni groups added that even in Mumbai central they have tried to flex their muscles a fortnight ago adopting the same modus operandi with the help of a 2000 strong mob, attacking innocent Sufi Muslims who were reciting holy Quran in the Mehndi Mosque.

– tcn

Two young girls rescued from a brothel in India

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James Varghese, founder of the Indian Rescue Mission

James Varghese, founder of the Indian Rescue Mission, with some of the girls who had been rescued earlier

Maharashtra, October 16, 2011: Two young girls who were trapped in a prostitution ring in a red light area in Pune, India, were rescued by a Christian organization, the Indian Rescue Mission, along with the social security cell of Pune police on Thursday, October 13, 2011.
Acting on a tip by from Indian Rescue Mission about the presence two minor girls in a brothel, the local police, along with the activists of the Indian Rescue Mission, raided the brothel and rescued girls named Roopa (16) and Gowri (17).
In the operation, the manager of the brothel was arrested.
In the statement given by Gowri after the rescue operation, she said that she was brought to India with the “false promise” of a job and finally landed in a brothel in Pune. She was sold by the agent to a brothel owner and was kept there forcefully.
James Varghese, founder of the Indian Rescue Mission, said, “One of the rescued girls, Gowri, was trafficked from Bangladesh and she was made to attend customers by force and if she denied them then she would be beaten. She was kept in captivity for four months.”
He went on to say, “The other girl was also trafficked from a city in Maharashtra to Pune’s red light district. We received the information that they both had been forced into prostitution and hence we decided to rescue them.
“The police have sent them for a medical examination, after which they will be sent to a shelter home for rehabilitation and for self-employment training,” Varghese added.
The police are trying to ascertain the identity of the persons on who trafficked the girls.
The Indian Rescue Mission has so far rescued hundreds of girls from their terrible life and has set them free.

– jacob philip (assist news service)