Sunday, November 26, 2006

Missionary booked for publishing objectionable handbills

Teesta , see how freedom of expression and religion is misused !

Posted on 24 November, 2006
HJS files complaint against conversion by Missionary

Mumbai: A Christian missionary and organizer named Sunil Samuel Kelvin had organised a program for conversion of faith, in the name of healing incurable diseases through miracles, at Mahakavi Kalidas Natyamandir, Mumbai on the 6 th November at 5 p.m. For this purpose, he had also published handbills containing objectionable advertisements.

In accordance with a complaint filed with the Mulund Police Station by Shri. Kashiram Parab, Convener of the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS), on the 5th November, 2006, the police have registered a cognizable offence under the 'Drug and Magic Remedies Act (Objectionable Advertisements) 1954'. Sunil Kelvin, the Christian missionary, had published handbills containing objectionable and illegal information under the title 'Live in the Spirit'.

He had made an indirect plot to convert the poor through these handbills by making claims about curing incurable diseases. The surprising fact is that the handbill did not have names of the printer, publisher and the organisation. Taking notice of this fact, the HJS filed a written complaint against the organisers, at the Mulund Police Station.

Accordingly, the Mulund Police interrogated Sunil Samuel Kelvin, the organizer of the program. The police have registered a cognizable offence against Kelvin under the 'Drug and Magic Remedies Act (Objectionable Advertisements) 1954'.

This case has been a second success story for the HJS' mission. In a similar case that occurred in January 2006 at Vasai Road, Father John Matthew had claimed to cure incurable diseases by miracles through prayers. At that time, after being warned by the HJS about conducting agitations, the police arrested Father John Matthew and stopped his program. The HJS appeals to all Hindus to be alert and fight against fake Christian missionaries through constitutional means.

Friday, November 24, 2006

So, why this extraordinary attachment with Gujarat?

So, why this extraordinary attachment with Gujarat?

Of all bordering states with Pakistan or Bangladesh - Gujarat and Rajasthan are the only ones that have not been largely affected by the machinations of Pakistan. Islamic population in Rajasthan is not significant. But that is not the case in Gujarat, where there is a critical mass. In comparison, Gujarat is extremely prosperous as well. As practiced and perfected in Punjab, Pakistan just needs to fire the pot of dissatisfaction and lo there is a nice unstable border state. Even one carefully chosen representative - one person with a nice high profile working relentlessly for the right money - can keep that pot stirring once the fire is lit.

Teesta's pressure against the strong Hindu ethos of Gujaratis has been systematic and sustained for over ten years now. This is only against Gujarat and Gujarat alone. Go thru older issues of Communalism Combat. The magazine has been targeting Gujarat since its inaugural issue that is available online. Even prior to Godhra or its aftermath the stories were just as horrendous, the propaganda just as fervent. Sometimes I wonder if Teesta herself had a role in the incineration of the train in Godhra. Her reaction just hours after the carnage published in several international dailies already point to a sinister motive. Despite her best efforts to destabilize Gujarat – a bulwark of a state against Pakistan - none of her innumerable efforts prior to Feb 2002 bore any fruit. But setting a train full of hindutvawadis on fire brought to fore the alchemy of this Hindutva laboratory - a laboratory she had repeatedly constructed in her messages but one that had shown no signs of existence at all. It was that proverbial “I told ya so” moment.

So the carnage set the required fire. Only what remained now was that one kept the pot continuously stirred. Take it up with International organizations of various hues - have the US body on religious freedom castigate Gujarat - run ad campaigns - speak courageously as a guest lecturer all around the world - write letters to world leaders. Teesta already had a head start in the propaganda. Only reinforcement was needed. The construct that Muslims in Gujarat are simply unsafe had to be real. The world needed to believe it fully. The Muslims themselves in Gujarat needed to believe it.

This is what I call setting the stage for discontent. For, tomorrow when we hear of the ad nauseam "indigenous struggle for the aspirations of the Gujarati Muslims" – with man, material and moral support from Pakistan – the world should gulp it hook, line and sinker.

Teesta Setalvad has worked tirelessly to bring this to fruition.

Supreme Court seeks details of Gujarat violence cases

New Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS) The Supreme Court Wednesday put objections from the
Gujarat government aside and sought details of 17 incidents of communal
violence in 2002 to decide on the question of shifting of these cases for
trial outside the state.

A bench comprising judges K.G. Balakrishnan, Lokeshwar Singh Panta and D.K.
Jain passed this order on petitions filed by the National Human Rights
Commission (NHRC), Teesta Setalvad of the Citizens for Justice and Peace and
some other NGOs.

The petitioners have sought reinvestigation of the cases by the Central
Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and to shift their trial outside Gujarat as
was done for the case related to the killing of 14 people in Vadodara, known
as the Best Bakery case.

The 17 cases include four incidents in Godhra, a town 140 km from Gujarat's
main city of Ahmedabad.

Other cases on the apex court's radar are related to the massacres at
Gulbarg Society in Chamanpura of Ahmedabad, Naroda Patiya and Naroda village
on the outskirts of the city, Sardarpura town in neighbouring Mehsana
district, two incidents of violence in Panchamahals district, violence in
Sesan of Banaskantha district and cases pertaining to Ode in Anand district.

The Supreme Court sought details of the 17 cases from amicus curiae Harish

The state government Wednesday filed an application strongly opposing the
transfer of these cases at the instance of third parties.

It cited the judgement of the apex court in a case against Railway Minister
Lalu Prasad in which it was held that "a PIL (public interest litigation) is
totally foreign to pending criminal proceedings" and transfer of criminal
trial could not be done through a PIL.

The state sought dismissal of the petitions stating that the trial could not
proceed further because of the interim stay granted by the apex court.

Salve wanted the court to lay down proper guidelines on whether besides the
complainants victims too could approach the court and seek transfer of a
criminal case. He also wanted the court to address the issue of witness

When counsel for the state government objected to this, the court said that
the Gujarat violence cases were completely different wherein due procedure
contemplated under the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.P.C.) was not followed by
the government, false cases were registered and innocent people were arrayed
as accused.

"This court is not powerless. When the criminal justice system and the
administration of justice in a state is in peril, it can intervene in public
interest," it observed.

While asking Salve to give a summary of the cases, the court also wanted him
to give suggestions on the larger issues to be decided.

The matter was posted for further hearing on Feb 20, 2007

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation strikes oil


Gujarat Corporation strikes oil

The Hindu

GANDHINAGAR: The state-owned Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation has successfully recovered crude from the second test well in the Dholkao oilfield, near Ingoli village, in Ahmedabad district.
Crude was available at a depth of 1,968 metres.
A Government spokesman said here on Thursday that initial reports indicated that commercial exploitation of at least 1,200 to 1,400 barrels a day from the second well, and the available reserve was estimated at over Rs. 1,200 crore.

Commercial exploitation

The Corporation earlier spudded well number one in the same oilfield in September 2004, and commercial exploitation of 900-1,200 barrels a day was expected to begin soon. The Corporation had filed an application with the Centre to begin commercial exploitation of crude from the Dholka oil field.

The work would be taken up jointly by the Corporation, Gas Authority of India Limited and the Centre.

Same oilfield

The spokesman said it was the same oilfield where the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation conducted tests and gave up the effort, believing no crude was available.It was at the behest of Chief Minister Narendra Modi that the State Corporation took the chance to go further deep and recover crude from the area

Another crown for Shri Narendra Modi .

Gujarat is the first state in the country, which has given power supply to all its villages and Kalam complimented the state government for this achievement

Kalam for establishment of PURA complexes in Gujarat

Champaner, Nov 11: President A P J Abdul Kalam on Saturday asked Gujarat Government to consider establishment of 300 PURA (Providing Urban Facilities in Rural Areas) complexes which will cover 18,000 villages and encourage reverse migration to rural areas.

Kalam, while addressing a huge gathering of more than one lakh people here, said, "the uninterrupted 24-hour, three-phase, power supply to 18,000 villages can lead to creation of 300 PURA complexes and further enhance the overall scheme activities and prosperity of Gujarat as a whole."

The President also dedicated Gujarat Government's 'Jyoti Gram Yojana' to the nation under which three phase power supply is given to three crore people staying in all the 18,000 villages of the state, 24 hours a day.

Gujarat is the first state in the country, which has given power supply to all its villages and Kalam complimented the state government for this achievement

Thursday, November 02, 2006

I want Gujarat to compete with China: Modi

I want Gujarat to compete with China: Modi

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi commenced a significant 6-day business tour to China on Wednesday accompanied by a high-level delegation of 35 Gujarat-based industrialists and top bureaucrats.

Almost side-stepping the feverish, and often acrimonious, debate involving Congress President Sonia Gandhi and most Indian chief ministers over the pros and cons of having Special Economic Zones in the country, Modi has already put in place the infrastructure to build 11 SEZs spread all over Gujarat.

He has a prospective plan for a total of 23 SEZs in Gujarat. He has also invited the Japanese to develop the SEZs on commercial terms suitable for international investors.

Modi's agenda during the visit to China is two-fold. He wants to study the functioning of the SEZ in China and, possibly, invite them to help Gujarat build China-style SEZs.

Second, he will also seek Chinese investment in Gujarat in the power sector.

Modi is keen that Chinese experts are involved in building and operating the SEZ.

In a bid to project himself as the champion of privatisation and globalization, Modi has toured Israel, Hong Kong and Australia in this connection in the last two years.

During his foreign tours, Modi keeps himself well-equipped with PowerPoint presentations, slide shows and printed publicity material.

In Singapore, he called on Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong on October 30. He also attended Global Entrepolis Conference where he pleaded his case forcefully to attract fresh investments into Gujarat.

In China, apart from Beijing, Modi will visit several centers that showcase modern China's phenomenal progress in recent years, including Shanghai, Schenzen, Deren, Pudong and Jurong.

A Gujarat government spokesman said that Modi would focus on the working of Chinese SEZ in sectors like gems and jewellery, electronics, fashion apparel.

Modi is projecting himself as an effective salesman of Gujarat's factors of advantage and intends to highlight the investor-friendly climate of economic development.

In Singapore he said, "Gujarat has a unique combination of a strategic geographic location, state-of-the-art infrastructure, multi-lingual workforce and concentration of corporate and financial resources and a world-class pro-business environment."

He hopes to attract Chinese investment into sectors like chemicals and pharmaceuticals, gas and oil, tourism and medical tourism.

Singapore dailies quoted Modi as saying that he proposed to come out with an "integrated township policy" for Gujarat and that his government would shortly come out with an exclusive 'Petroleum SEZ' "for servicing oil rigs and (to offer) other exploration and development services."

Noting that Gujarat encouraged private participation in port development, he said, "Our concept is to have port-based SEZs with backward linkages with warehouses, cold storage and transportation network."

Senior functionaries of Singapore government assured Modi that they would be taking part in the global investment summit to be organised early next year in Gujarat.

The denial of visa by the US authorities has obviously not deterred Modi from taking seriously the imperatives of 'globalisation.' Like yet another 'native' Indian political leader, Sharad Pawar, Nationalist Congress Party boss from Maharashtra, Modi too has taken pains to improve his command over the English language. In Singapore, Modi made it a point to deliver his lecture in English before a packed 800-strong audience.

Modi has planned China trip with a clear strategy to increase Gujarat's trade ties with China. Gujarat is one of the largest producers of cotton in India. Out of 440 million bales of cotton produced last year, China imported almost 330 million of bales from Gujarat.
Modi wants to set up exclusive SEZ if possible with the help of Chinese investors for 'value addition' to turn cotton into fabric and fashionable garments for exports.

Modi government enjoys excellent equations with some of India's prominent houses.

Essar Group chairman Shashi Ruia, Torrent Pharma chairman Sudhir Mehta, Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani, and Nirma chairman Karsanbhai Patel are among the industrialists accompanying Modi.

Prior to his departure on the current tour, Modi told a select gathering in Ahmedabad that "Gujarat is not competing with other states like Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. We may surpass them. I want Gujarat to compete with China, Germany and Japan."

Gujarat is among the fastest growing states in India. Against the national growth rate of around 7 per cent, Gujarat is galloping at over 12.5 per cent growth rate. Modi pointed out to his audience in Singapore that while India is struggling to achieve a 4 per cent farm sector growth rate, Gujarat's agriculture output was expanding by 11.2 per cent.

Curiously, the Sardar Sarovar Dam controversy will also echo in Modi's itinerary in China. He hopes to visit the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric power dam, which has generated as much as controversy in China as the Sardar Sarovar Dam has in India.

Modi will be the second prominent figure of the Sangh Parivar to tour China in the run-up to the visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao to India in November. Ram Madhav, spokesman of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, had earlier paid a week-long visit to China in September.