Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Nothing was able to concretely link Narendra Modi with the Gujarat riots

NDTV

Joydeep Ray
Sunday, December 23, 2007 (Gandhinagar)

In all these five years, nothing was able to concretely link Narendra Modi with the Gujarat riots.

1 ) No charge has ever been proved in any court of law.

2) No accusation has been upheld by any commission of inquiry.

3) Not even an FIR was registered in any police station.


MAIN ALLEGATION 1 : "Modi had insisted that the bodies of Kar Sevaks, who had lost their lives in the Sabarmati Express carnage, be brought into Ahmedabad in full public view to incite Hindu anger."

STATUS : A petition to this effect by the Jan Sangharsh Manch was filed before the Nanavati Commission of Inquiry.

WHAT YOUR LAWYERS WORKING ON THESE DAYS :

''Unless the link between the rioters and the administration and the hierarchy of command is brought out, proved, I don't think we will be able to book Modi under Section 120B of Indian Penal Code for hatching a conspiracy. That's precisely the reason why we are why we are linking up the triggering of the riots of February 28 with the bringing out of dead bodies here,'' said Mukul Sinha High Court Lawyer, Activist.

ALLEGATION 2 :
"Modi had instructed top cops, including the then Additional Director General of Police R B Sreekumar, to remain passive and silent for three days starting February 28, 2002."

STATUS : "There are 40-45 points linking the circumstances of riot, thereafter evidences about the conspiracy hatched at the highest level in which the Chief Minister was involved for organising this extensive genocide " --R B Sreekumar

CONCLUSION : Wait till 2008

The Nanavati Commission of Inquiry is hearing the final petitions. It's report is due early 2008 .

TILL THEN CROSS YOUR FINGERS . OK ? Or Go before Nanavati Commission of Inquiry and depose brfore them

Friday, December 14, 2007

Why Modi Will Score a Land Slide?

By Arvind J Bosmia

With congress electoral strategies formulated in terms of its golden bygone era, the Hinduttva mascot Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is all set to score a massive landslide victory at the coming assembly elections- much bigger than the one he scored in 2002.

This is the most onesided election I have covered in my 28 year long journalistic career where there is no electoral issue except the incumbent Chief Minister himself, who looms larger than life before has been and would be small timers of Congress. When a Tendulkar faces gali-mohalla bowlers a double century is certain.
In Gujarat, Congress's electoral brahmastra was KHAM( Kshatriya, Harijan, Adivasi and Muslims). Major non-Muslim components of KHAM have migrated to BJP under the compulsions created by serial communal riots since 1985. Congress has failed to reclaim them as its aggressive wooing of the Muslims has put the other three off.
In this situation of communal polarization, Modi has managed to build the halo of a Hindu taranhar (savior) around himself further consolidated by highly focused publicity campaigns as Vikas Purush, a leader with a difference.

This special Chemistry with the people has allowed him to get away with riding rough-shod over BJP workers, fellow leaders and other wings of the sangh parivar. Kisan Sangh hostility cannot cause him loss of farming community votes because farmers have prospered under Modi raj. Bajrang Dal and VHP cannot challenge him because he is perceived as Bajrang Dal plus. Other sangh parivar constituents need him for survival but the reverse is not true.

This special bond with the public helped him overcome the boycott resorted to by BJP workers during the last Panchayat, Municipality and Municipal Corporation elections. The refrain was who will get the public to the voting booth if party workers are not around. The voters came on their own initiative, and voted for BJP. Modi through sheer Charisma single-handedly scored land slide victories in all the three.
Modi's direct dialing relationship with his voters will hold in the assembly elections, by-passing the need to depend on the party to deliver the votes. If landslides could be scored in elections where he was indirectly involved, there has to be a bigger response where his leadership is directly on offer.

The party bagged almost two-third of the seats in these elections. So the proportion in the assembly can shoot upto three-fourth and more. This gives him 135-137 seats. But the back-lash against Tehelka sting operation has added another 10 seats. The last minute windfall from Congress came with the maut ka soudagar comments from Sonia Gandhi, Hindu terrorists charge from Digvijay Singh and vainglorious charge from Abhishek Manu Sanghvi to haul Modi before International Court of Justice. This windfall can add 5 more seats guaranteeing BJP a tally of 150-155 seats.

Thanks to the such comments Congress Party is perceived to be a Muslim party by Gujarat voters, with all the damaging consequences thrown in. The comments have petrified the local leaders. The question is why must such suicidal comments be made unless of course a huge electoral loss is foreseen by the party in the Gujarat assembly elections and they chose to hit three kicks of their own to the dying state unit to book profits elsewhere in the country?

None understands the hyper-Muslim phobia of Gujarat voters than Narendra Modi, who with his Sohrabuddin counter comment has launched a well-crafted strategy to create a situation where Gujarat voters will turn up at the voting booths on their own to tell which side they are on? Modi knows it will be his side. The bigger the commotion over the matter, bigger will be the turnout at the booths. If there is penal action by the election commission or there is a criminal case booked against Modi, the backlash will be even bigger.

Peeved Congressmen and BJP dissidents had even alleged that Modi had commissioned the Tehelka sting. But they dare not say that Modi commissioned the Congress trios as well to make comments that doomed Congress Party helped Modi.
The Patel- Thakor castes alienation is more a media hype than a ground reality. Modi's appeal to Hindus cuts across caste lines. Though Modi is an OBC, high caste darbar kshatriyas regards him as their leader. No less than nonagenarian Maharaja of Dhragandhra Meghrajsinhji thinks that Gujarat CM is a true Kshatriya by Karma.
Yet there are some voters who will be overwhelmingly against Modi. They are : 1)Government servants and school teachers; 2) Muslims ; 3) BJP workers who feel that Modi has totally neglected them in power-sharing. The government servants have borne the brunt of Modi's high-geared publicity campaigns while the teachers were punished for habitual absenteeism and poor examination results of their students. Used to lax ways for years, they really detest Modi. 2. Muslims for very obvious reasons do not want him as they view him as the ultimate Shaitan. 3. BJP workers realized that they were no longer treated as members of the ruling party. They could not do influence peddling nor were they appointed as directors in public corporations. Modi was quite happy to use bureaucrats instead.

But ordinary voters who far outnumber these Modi-haters, will overwhelmingly go in favour of Modi.

Arvind J Bosmia is an Ahmedabad based Freelance Journalist

Modi responds to EC

http://bjp.org/ Press/dec_ 2007/dec_ 0807_p.htm

From:
Narendra D. Modi
Gandhinagar.

To
The Election Commission of India
Nirvachan Sadan,
Ashoka Road,
New Delhi.110001.

*Subject: Your Notice dated 6th December 2007 to Shri Narendra Modi,
Chief
Minister, Gujarat State.*

Sir,

I am in receipt of your notice dated 6th December 2007 wherein on the
basis
of the media reports and a complaint dated 5th December 2007 filed by
Teesta
Setalvad, I am alleged to have made an open exhortation to violence and
misused of religion for political ends. The Election Commission has
further
stated that by linking the name of Sohrabuddin to terrorism in my speech
amounts to indulging in activity which may aggravate existing
differences,
creating mutual hatred and causing tension between different
communities. I
deny this charge in its entirety.

1. The Commission has acted on the basis of a complaint which alleges
that
my stand is contrary to what the State of Gujarat has stated in its
affidavit before the Supreme Court. The basis of the complaint appears
to be
a report dated 5th December 2007 of the Times of India by one Shri
Prashant
Dayal. The relevant extract in the Times of India reads as under:

Modi...you tell what should be done to Sohrabuddin?
People at the rally: Kill him, kill him.
Modi: Well, that is what I did. And I did what was necessary."

The last sentence of the report of the Times of India has generated
controversy in the whole nation. Television Channels and News Papers
have
made comments to the effect that I have stated that 'Sohrabuddin got
what he
deserved', or that 'it is a confessional statement by me' or that 'Modi
has
justified a murder'. All other news papers cuttings which the Commission
has
taken into account are dated 6th December 2007, which do not report my
speech delivered on 4th December, 2007 but are comments inspired by
false
imputation in the Times of India. This last sentence is not reflected in
the
CD as having been used by me.

2. 'The Statesman' dated 6th December 2007 quoted me as having said -
"he (Sohrabuddin) has got what he deserved": The Hindustan Times of 6th
December quoted me as saying "Well then, that's it." I had on 6th
December
2007, immediately after receiving Election Commission's notice requested
that I may be supplied copy of the CD of the speech and also various
inputs
which have influenced the issuance of the notice. I have since received
the
copy of CD on the evening of 7th December 2007 at 5.45 p.m. I find none
of
the above statements are contained in my speech as recorded in the CD.
The
E.C. notice is issued on the basis of unverified and false media
reports.

3 As I am also involved in a campaign I am sending this as a preliminary
reply, which I am sure would satisfy the Election Commission with regard
to
the contents of my speech. Before I answer specifics raised in the
notice
and the complaint, I wish to state that India is governed by Rule of law
and
Constitution. I am entitled to my right of free speech. Free and fair
election involves a debate on the political issues in the market place
of
politics. When statements are made by political opponents, others are
entitled to reply to them. The tone and content of the statement must
necessarily adhere to the Model Code of Conduct. I wish to categorically
state that I regard the Election Commission as a constitutional
authority
under an obligation to ensure free and fair election which will also
defend
my right of free speech against those who have started hate campaign
against
me.

4. On 1st December 2007, AICC President Mrs. Sonia Gandhi visited
Gujarat
and referred to me by suggesting those who are ruling Gujarat are
"liars,
dishonest and merchants of fear and death (Maut-ke-Soudagar) ." On 3rd
December 2007, AICC General Secretary Mr. Digvijay Singh visited Gujarat
and
referred to it as a State which has unleashed "Hindu terrorism." The
newspapers reported these statements extensively. Separate complaints
with
regard to the violation of the Code of Conduct were sent to the Election
Commission by the Gujarat Unit of BJP. No action has been taken against
those responsible for these statements by the Election Commission. I am
sure
the Election Commission would at least now proceed to take action on
those
reports.

5. One of the critical issues in our country is the problem of
terrorism.
India has lost the lives almost 90,000 of innocent citizens and security
personnel in the last 17 years to terror. In the last four years, 5,619
innocents have been killed by the terrorist. The Government of Gujarat
has a
strong policy against terrorism. I believe that UPA and Congress party
is
indulging in Vote Bank politics and have sent soft signals on terrorism.
My
party and I have repeatedly made these charges against the Congress
Party.
In Gujarat only one life has been lost in the last four years through
terror. This is a result of our strong policy against terrorism. The
Nation
and the people of Gujarat are entitled to witness a fair debate on
terrorism. If any of the view point is censored or not permitted it will
be
interference in the right of free speech. Our Constitution and the
election
commission's obligation to conduct free and fair election will not
extend to
preventing me from expressing my strong views against terrorism..

6 My speech, therefore, has to be read entirely in this context. It was
a
political response to Mrs. Sonia Gandhi referring to me as those who
rule
the Gujarat as a 'Mout-ke-saudagar' . Surely it cannot be policy of the
Election commission first to ignore the violation of the Code of Conduct
in
her statement and then censor my political response to that statement. I
have gone through my speech on the CD supplied. It is merely a response
to
Mrs. Sonia Gandhi calling me "Mout-ka-Saudagar" .

7. This part of my speech was entirely against terrorism. I criticized
the
Congress President for calling me a 'Maut Ka Saudagar´. I responded that
the
"Maut Ka Saudagar" are all those who attacked parliament. It is the
Congress
party which is delaying the execution of the guilty accused. I have made
a
reference to the Sohrabuddin' s case and mentioned the allegations
against
him. I have accused the Congress of suggesting that I have engineered a
fake
encounter. I said that I am open for any action on this count. At no
point
of time I have either justified the specific encounter of Sohrabuddin' s
case, nor have I used the specific inculpatery sentences used in the
Times
of India Report. It is clear that my comment is a part of my speech
where on
several occasions I have put questions to the audience which the
audience
has answered. It is my political response to Smt. Gandhi's allegation
that I
am Maut-ka-Sodagar. I have replied back alleging that the Congress party
is
helping those who have spread terrorism in the country. It is clear that
Times of India's article which began this controversy, invented my
comment
to the effect "Modi: Well that is what I did. And I did what was
necessary".
The CD clearly indicates that this sentence was an invention of author
and
not the orator. The comments in the media that 'Modi justified murder'
or
that 'he made confessional statement' as being privy to murder or that
Modi
declared in the meeting that 'Sohrabuddin got what he deserved' do not
find
a mention in the CD. These are journalistic inventions intended to
engineer
a 'Hate Modi' campaign and not evidenced in the CD supplied by the
Election
Commission. My criticism in the media was concocted and engineered by
this
'Hate Modi' Campaign. No where in my speech have I explicitly referred
to
the religion of any person. I have spoken against terrorism. It is not
my
speech but the complaint which assumes terrorism is linked to a
religion.

8. Am I to be prevented from giving my point that terrorism will not be
allowed on the soil of Gujarat or that Congress is soft on the terrors
and
thereby helping "Maut-ka-Sodagar" If Election Commission imposes any
such
regulation, it would offend our constitutional values and my right of
free
speech. At no stage I have controverted the affidavit filed by the
Gujarat
Government in the Supreme Court of India. I have already clarified my
position that I do not support fake encounters. Encounters can occur but
there should be no fake encounters. I have nowhere tried to prejudice
any
pending litigation. I am fully committed to the enforcement of the Model
Code of Conduct by the Election Commission and shall comply with it. I
believe that the Election Commission should not be misled by motivated
media
reports which are based on falsehood.

I, therefore, request the Election Commission to withdraw this notice.

------------ --------
(Narendra Modi)
Date. 8.12.2007.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Where is the moral outrage for Mossamat Akhera Bibi

  

Rakeeb Hussain for The Hindustan Times reports:

Shiekh Motaleb, who anyhow managed to rescue his sister Mossamat Akhera Bibi and admit her to the Tamluk sub-divisional hospital in East Midnapore on Saturday, said: “My sister was pregnant and couldn’t run away when the armed CPM cadres stormed inside Satengabari village. She was severally beaten up and then raped by the cadres. Her two teenage daughters Soma Khatoon and Anwara Khatoon too have been raped and then taken away.”


Nirmalya Bannerjee for the Times News Network has these quotes


 
”It was about 8 pm last Tuesday (a day after the final onslaught from Khejuri was launched). My husband was not at home. I was in bed with two teenage daughters when five men barged in.

About 25 others stood guard outside. They pulled me by the hair and one of them raped me. Our two daughters were also pulled out and raped by four people. They hit me with rifle butts.” She lay dazed in her house for a day before her nephew brought her to the Nandigram block hospital. Later, she was shifted to Tamluk. “I still don’t know what has happened to my two daughters,” she said.
Police recorded her statement on Sunday. “There is no visible sign of rape but she is a mother of a number of children. In such cases, rape is difficult to confirm by physical verification, often circumstantial evidence is crucial,” said Dr Sudip Gole who carried out the medical examination on Saturday night.

Where is the moral outrage for the rape of pregnant Muslim women by Communist cadre in West Bengal ?

Sunday, August 12, 2007

INDIA : Taslima issue exposes politicians' hypocrisy

http://www.ndtv.com/convergence
2007%201:12:00%20AM

Friday, August 10, 2007

The attack on exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen has exposed deep-rooted hypocrisy with regard to fundamentalist protests against creative freedom in India.

Political condemnation has been not as vocal against the Muslim political party Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen's (MIM) attack on Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen.

Though she stays in exile from her country in Kolkata, even the Left government had banned one of her books. Fundamentalism at its worst, ironically elected representatives of India's democracy saying they may be MLAs but are Muslims first.

Three months ago a fine arts student in Baroda was jailed and his works vandalized by Sangh Parivar activists for painting what they saw as blasphemous images of Hindu deities.

But here's the difference, the Baroda incident led a nation wide outpouring of outrage at this moral policing by Hindu fundamentalists, as busloads of human rights activists and celebrities converged at the MS University in Baroda to support the student.

In Taslima's case the activists are either yet to mobilise support for the beleaguered writer and protest against similar attempts at censorship by Muslim activists or don't feel as strongly as they did for the Baroda student.

Brazenly unapologetic

A day after the MIM an ally of the UPA has been brazenly unapologetic about its ttack and the MLAs have been let out on bail in what seems to be tacit support of the state government.

The Congress has been guarded in its reaction uncertain about how strongly they should condemn the act.

''Writers have other subjects to write. Why just religion?'' asked Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chief Minister, Jammu & Kashmir.

And the Samajwadi party has gone a step further saying the MLAs were right, not surprising in a party where a minister announced a Rs 50 crore fatwa against a
Danish cartoonist for allegedly blasphemous cartoons of Prophet Mohammed.

''I will ask the government to get her visa revoked. She should be thrown out of the country,'' said Shahid Aqla, Samajwadi Party.

Many would see this as political doublespeak on issues of freedom of speech and expression but perhaps no one understands the need to clamp down on Muslim radicals
better than the Muslim community itself.

''Those who think that their action is justified because she vilified Islam have actually done more harm,'' said Shabana Azmi, actor.

READ : Where’re Human Rights Advocates?:INDIA VIEW
http://indiaview.wordpress.com/2007/08/10/wherere-human-rights-advocates

Friday, March 09, 2007

Teesta Setalvad speaks untruth to malign Hindus

K.G.Acharya
21/33 Sagar Aptt.
Link Rd., Lokhandwala Cx.
Andheri – Mumbai 400 102

Tel.:25119890 - Cell No. 9892474984

Sir,

This is with reference to the news, “ Carnage
anniversary concludes with a dharna” ( FPJ – March 6,
2007). According to the news, Teesta Setalvad, told
the small group, who attended the dharna to force the
Gujarat government to come out with the “truth ” of
what happened in 2002.
This is to inform the readers that Teesta has no moral
right to talk of truth. Her track record shows that
she has spoken untruth many times to malign Hindus. I
give herewith just two examples: (1) She has blamed
Hindus for blasts in Malegaon. If you click “
www.sabrang.com “, you find an article headed as “
evidence of Hindu terror” written long back even
before the probe started. After the probe the ATS
found the evidence that the terrorists were members of
the banned organization SIMI ( Students of Islamic
Movement of India). (2) In September 1998 two nuns
were raped in Zabua, MP; before the probe, Teesta
blamed Hindus for the rape in her article of Sabrang
of October 1998. After the probe, it was found that
the rapists were all Christians. Teesta had no
courtesy to apologise for her serious lapse.
Yours faithfully,
K.G.Acharya

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Teesta Shabana Amir Ahahrukh: What happened to freedom of speech?

Teesta Shabana Amir Ahahrukh: What happened to freedom of speech?


No more Desperate Housewives in Kashmir

Associated Press
Posted online: Wednesday, March 07, 2007 at 1518 hours IST
Updated: Wednesday, March 07, 2007 at 2009 hours IST

Srinagar, March 7: There will be no more Desperate Housewives for residents of Kashmir. They will have to do without Friends reruns, too.



Four foreign television channels have been pulled from the air in Kashmir after militant groups demanded cable companies stop airing "obscene" shows, cable operators said on Wednesday.

"As militants have asked us to stop airing obscene channels, we've suspended broadcasting English channels like HBO, Star Movies, Star World and Sony Pix," said Muzaffar Ahmed, a TV cable operator in Srinagar.

Two militant groups - Al-Badr Mujahedeen and Al-Madina – on Sunday in a telephone call to a local news agency, Current News Service, advised TV cable operators to drop channels that, according to the groups, spread obscenity. The groups did not specify which channels they were referring to.

"We took the decision after a meeting of all local cable operators in Srinagar," said Ahmed.

The content of the channel's broadcasts in India is already pretty tame compared to other countries in order to comply with India's stringent censorship laws. Obscenities are bleeped out and hints of nudity blurred. Other scenes are cut entirely.

In January the AXN channel was barred from the airwaves for two months for airing the show "the World's Sexiest Advertisements."

Cable operators were taking no chances. Last year, a bomb blast rocked the office of a cable TV provider in the town of Sopore, 50 kilometers north of Srinagar. One person died in the explosion and the company's third floor office was badly damaged by the blast. The lone cable operator in the town later halted telecasts.

Police said no formal complaints had been received from cable operators.

However, some of them have informed police about the threats, said Farooq Ahmed, a deputy-inspector general of police in Srinagar.

"Nevertheless, we've stepped up foot patrols around TV cable offices," he said

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Can we hold the peace? - K P S Gill

Saturday, March 03, 2007


Feb. 28, 2007

Five years after the horrific riots in Gujarat, we are still unprepared to anticipate and deal with the danger of communal violence
Five years after the horrific Godhra attack that triggered the riots in Gujarat, an ominous reminder of that event came in the shape of another incendiary attack on hapless rail users: The terrorist attack on the Delhi-Attari special train, packed with passengers to Pakistan. Evidently, efforts to polarise communities and to provoke communal violence have not ended. The recent attack, however, failed in its objective to incite wider carnage, despite attempts by elements in Pakistan, and some extraordinarily shrill voices from the ‘secular’ lobby in India, to give the incident a communal twist and link it to Gujarat riots.

Despite the general sobriety of the Indian response to the attack on the Delhi-Attari train, it is evident that the dangers that manifested themselves in Godhra and the riots in Gujarat are far from a thing of the past. Worse, we appear, today, to be no better prepared for such incidents than we were five years ago. During and after my brief tenure as advisor in Gujarat — where I was called to quell the riots — I had emphasised that the state’s communal conflagration was far from unique, and that the then latest orgy of violence lay along a continuum of comparable incidents, commencing with the bloodbath of 1969 which left at least 660 dead. A question I raised then, and that remains as relevant now, is, what do we do in the interregnums of peace to ensure that such episodes do not recur? The short answer is: Precious little.
I don’t think that anything substantial has been done either at the level of the states or at the Centre, to create instruments and mechanisms in communally sensitive areas that would prevent the recurrence of these disgraceful events. A great deal of political heat and dust is generated immediately after the event — and on various ‘anniversaries’ and politically sensitive times, such as elections — but little is done to improve the nation’s structural defences against the dangers of recurrence.

The failure is not restricted to the organs of the state. During and after the Gujarat riots, the role of political actors, non-governmental organisations and ‘activists’, was nothing short of shameful. There was a lot of posturing, a great deal of tamasha, but little was done to bring relief to the victims. Group after group flew into Ahmedabad, went through the motions of ‘investigation’, held press conferences and brought out ill-informed reports, but nobody stayed long enough to deliver concrete services and succour to those whose lives had been shattered and dislocated. In certain political quarters, there was almost an implicit hope that the violence would continue, so that it could be exploited electorally.

Since then, a veritable ‘Gujarat riots industry’ has come into being, whipping up flagging passions at every opportunity, and manufacturing a range of ‘products’ that are marketed principally to foreign ‘buyers’. The role of most such ‘activists’ has not been to bring people together, but to create and widen cleavages. The most important thing in a post-riot situation is to apply the healing touch. But most political parties, NGOs and professional intellectual agitators appear principally to be interested in keeping the wounds of Gujarat open and festering.

One of the manifestations or ‘products’ of this ‘Gujarat riots industry’ has been the constant, ill-informed and often hysterical attempt to blame a great deal of subsequent terrorist activity in India on the Gujarat riots. Every time there is a major terrorist attack by Pakistan-backed Islamist extremists anywhere in India, we are told by a particular lobby that this is ‘because of’ the Gujarat riots. This is the most arrant and malicious nonsense. The Gujarat riots were a blot on India’s democracy. They must be condemned without qualification, and efforts to secure justice and to reconstruct thse lives of their victims must continue. But a falsification of history is unforgivable. Worse, it feeds into the terrorists’ mobilisation machinery, justifying the murder of innocents, and inciting Muslims to ‘avenge’ the atrocities of Gujarat.

Pakistan-backed Islamist terrorism in India did not begin after Gujarat 2002. The dynamics of this terrorism are rooted in Pakistan’s strategic ambitions and the Islamist extremist ideology that has been harnessed to mobilise cadres and recruits for this terrorist enterprise. It is significant that despite the prominence the Gujarat riots receive in the propaganda of terrorist recruiters and their fellow travellers, including armies of ‘useful idiots’ among India’s chattering classes who give currency to their fictions, not a single survivor or family member of a victim has yet been found to be involved in any act of terrorism in India.


Eventually, impartial policing will be needed to create a bulwark against communal riots. To the extent that the structure, authority and legitimacy of the police are being continuously undermined, the nation’s vulnerabilities to communal violence persist. Our attention should focus on creating the apparatus of law and order management that is our best insurance against communal violence. The tragedy and stain of Gujarat cannot be wiped out; but the power to ensure that such a thing never happens again is within our grasp. Even five years after the nightmare in Gujarat, it is not too late to begin to exercise that power.


The writer is a former DGP, Punjab. He served as advisor to the Gujarat chief minister in 2002

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

BJP's poster boy

Sunday New Indian Express 25-02-2007


Swapan Dasgupta


One of Indira Gandhi's most enduring but disagreeable contributions to public life lay in obliterating the distinction between politics and politicking. In 1969, she sacked Morarji Desai, her main rival in the Congress, and then proceeded to nationalise the banks and abolish privy purses. Putting an ideological gloss to what was essentially a factional struggle, she projected herself as a decisive leader, split the Congress and won a resounding mandate in the 1971 general election.


In steamrolling her way to absolute power, she also set the parameters of what has come to be regarded as decisive leadership by the political class: the ability to bludgeon all potential challengers. In 1990, Vishwanath Pratap Singh emulated this model by implementing the Mandal Commission report on reservations so as to steal the thunder from Devi Lal, his foremost challenger in the Janata Party.


The Bharatiya Janata Party has maintained that it does not seek to emulate the culture of the Congress and its various offshoots. Its self-perception is not so much that of a voluntary association as an extended parivar (family). A parivar may well have internal strains and rivalries; there may even be serious disagreements on key issues. However, the unwritten convention is that the integrity of the parivar has to be maintained at all costs. It is obligatory for the nominal karta (head of the family) to take everyone along. This includes those who have lost their immediate utility, are in disagreement with prevailing policies and even those who are a complete nuisance. The parivar approach implies that the personal stamp of an individual leader cannot become the hallmark of the party. Somewhere along the line, aggregation has to prevail.


The late Kushabhau Thakre, a full-time RSS pracharak who was assigned political responsibilities as early as 1951, epitomised this consensual approach. When confronted with contentious choices, his invariable advice was: ''Please discuss it among yourselves, come to a decision and that will be my verdict.'' It was neither a particularly political approach nor did it correspond to the lessons in leadership proffered by modern management colleges. Yet, Thakre was widely respected in the BJP and wielded awesome moral authority.


By convention, the BJP, in line with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, has attached more importance to the process of decision-making rather than the decision itself. In theory, the party president is vested with extraordinary powers. What is unstated, however, is that the exercise of powers is coupled with wide-ranging consultations. An individual may get his way despite objections of colleagues but not before it goes through a filter. Even flights of whimsy have to be approved in committee -- Vajpayee was adept at playing this game. One of the serious allegations against L K Advani was that he didn't bounce his controversial views of Mohammed Ali Jinnah with colleagues before making them public in Pakistan.


The corollary of this fanatical devotion to consultations is the insistence on total discipline. Since it is understood that all decisions are considered, it follows that no one has the right to question them in public.


This may explain why BJP President Rajnath Singh's controversial appointment of party office-bearers has elicited no public statements by those who are apparently dissatisfied. The exclusion of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi from the Parliamentary Board and the Central Election Committee was an audacious step. At the 2002 National Executive in Goa and immediately after the 2004 general election, Atal Bihari Vajpayee had tried to force Modi's resignation. On both occasion, there was an outcry in the party and the moves came to nought.


The question is: how was Rajnath allowed to do what he did earlier this month and that too when Assembly elections in Gujarat are just some 10 months away? What is also significant is that the move came at a time when Modi has successfully reinvented himself as the high priest of development and administrative efficiency.


Since Rajnath has a track record of both second-guessing the RSS and acquiescing in all their suggestions, many analysts are justified in deducing that the snub delivered to Modi must have had the backing of Nagpur. Modi's strained relationship with a section of the RSS in Gujarat and his feud with the local wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad are, after all, not state secrets.


Information from within the party suggests that Rajnath did indeed inform Vajpayee and Advani of his plan -- the latter apparently hinted that it would be injudicious. Yet, there was absolutely no basis for his claim that the move was inspired by the RSS. Someone somewhere may have been consulted, but did those individuals pass their personal preferences as the collective view of the RSS? The full story may never be known but the upshot is that the RSS, which claims to be a cultural organisation, has taken a dim view of the BJP President trying to use it as a cover for a decision whose logic is to be found in Indira Gandhi's legacy of politicking.


Yet, even by the exalted standards of political guile, Rajnath was found wanting. If the RSS distances itself from the organisational rejig, where will it leave him? Will he not then be accused to lowering the presidency to the level of a faction?


The appointment of office-bearers has cleared the air on a crucial issue. For the past two years, the BJP and BJP voters have been agonising over the choice of a successor to Vajpayee. In targeting Modi, Rajnath has clearly identified the man he considers his foremost challenger.


Actually, the emergence of Modi as the BJP leader-in-waiting was becoming increasingly apparent. For the past four years the Gujarat Chief Minister has been working assiduously to transcend the image of a sectarian leader. He has focussed on firm leadership, efficient administration and a no-nonsense economic policy. Helped in no small measure by the entrepreneurial culture of the state, he has built Gujarat as a show-case for high-voltage development. Apart from those who regard him as a Hindu icon, he has steadily won the admiration of Indian business -- as was evident from the resounding success of the Vibrant Gujarat summit last month. Politically too he has emerged as the BJP's main poster boy, even outside Gujarat. His rallies, whether in Maharashtra or Kerala, have elicited huge responses.


For the moment, Modi has to focus on winning the Gujarat Assembly election for the BJP. If he succeeds, the pressure by BJP supporters to bring him to national politics and project him as the prime ministerial candidate will become very hard to resist. As things appear at present, only a self-goal can prevent Modi from assuming Vajpayee's mantle. In retrospect, the BJP may well thank Rajnath for bringing subterranean currents to the surface.

Finally admitted that there is a jihad being conducted in India

This is Teestaji at her very best! The most precious parts of this
report are the following two:
ONE:
"Though Setalvad was not willing to comment on the possibility of a "Hindu terror link" to the Samjhauta bombings...."

and TWO:
"Such materials are being used to prepare crude liquid Molotov cocktails. "The blasts on-board Samjhauta were executed using a combination of similar crude pieces," she claimed."

Both Teestaji and the publication have a very poor opinion of the people
at large.

Anyway to find a silver lining, at least Teestaji has finally admitted
that there is a jihad being conducted in India.


Namaste.
Ashok Chowgule





Anupam Dasgupta
February 22, 2007
http://www.dnaindia.com/
Two days after the Samjhauta Express blasts, social activist Teesta
Setalvad took potshots at the administration demanding that Hindu
right-wing fundamentalist groups like the RSS, Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal
and VHP be banned.

The point, the firebrand social worker, was trying to convey was that
the state governments and the Centre should be neutral to the point of
treating Hindu terrorist acts and jihadi terrorism "on a par".

Though Setalvad was not willing to comment on the possibility of a
"Hindu terror link" to the Samjhauta bombings (since innocent Pakistani
nationals were targets), she claimed Hindu terrorist groups are being
"protected" by the police and the intelligence agencies. She claimed the
acts of terror perpetrated by Hindu fundamentalist groups were not being
properly "explained".

She said, "In some cases, investigations were abandoned midway while
in some others the investigating agencies just preferred to turn a blind
eye to the existing state of affairs. The need of the hour is to instil
a sense of neutrality and purpose in our police agencies and the way
they are marshalled by their political masters."

Expressing concern at the smaller urban towns across Maharashtra
registering significant growth of "bomb-making factories", mostly run
and managed by Hindu operatives with terrorist leanings, Setalvad
demanded that they should be arrested by the government.

Referring to the "impact explosion" on February 10 at Nanded that took
a life due to the inept handling of highly inflammable materials stored
inside a godown, Setalvad tried to explain that Hindu right-wing terror
is as much a worrying phenomenon as the jihadi variety.

Pointing fingers at the sloppy probe into the Malegaon blasts, the
activist said the state was virtually compelled to summarily transfer
the case to the CBI even as the Anti-Terrorism Squad had a 2,000-page
chargesheet in place.

On the latest incident at Malegaon (on February 10), Setalvad said the
Concerned Citizens Inquiry report - a parallel investigation carried out
by the social group in the two Nanded blasts cases - suggested the
existence of ingredients (glycerine, sulphuric acid and nitric acid/
glass and gelatine sticks) used in manufacturing liquid bombs.

Such materials are being used to prepare crude liquid Molotov
cocktails. "The blasts on-board Samjhauta were executed using a
combination of similar crude pieces," she claimed.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Assume Teesta's agenda is -- to combat communalism

A comment by "decratl" at Saag Forum

Teesta's agenda - to combat communalism (lets assume that this is her personal and official agenda!!!!). I hope she realises that communalism is a social problem and how to solve it??? It takes many years or probably even decades. Social problems don't vanish by the time one snaps fingers. It will not go away by people trying to champion (Pseduo)secularism on 10min - 15min TV debates. If Teesta and co. are/were to be really knowledgeable in handling communalism, they should stop talking after issuing a condemnation statement in the press. Without knowing the difference between terrorism and communalism branding Hindu right wing activists as terrorists gives enough ammo for animosity. I hope VHP/Bajrang Dal will be counter these words, if at all if they want to, democratically rather than resorting to violence, strikes, bandhs.

In that debate, at the end Mr. Shashank said that what Mr. Raman told was "historically and factually" correct. Hope Teesta will get her facts correct next time she comes or is invited for a debate. Social activism and bureaucracy/diplomacy are not at the same level in the hierarchy. Bureaucracy/diplomacy are well above social activism. Social activists should first know that bureaucrats have access to both larger picture as well as minute details. Teesta should confine herself to preaching "Communal Harmony" and debating these issues with Jehadis and Hindu right wing activists.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

CNN-IBN's expert don't know difference between communalism and Terrorism

Posted by decratl at SAAG Forum

http://www.ibnlive.com/
The panel composition was: Pakistani Political and Defense Analyst, Lt Gen (Retd) Talat Masood; former Director, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), B Raman; Social Activist Teesta Setalvad; and former Foreign Secretary Shashank.

Why was this ODD person Teesta called in??? The panel has retired bureaucrats/diplomats and how does this social activist fit into that. The topic was "Indo-Pak peace" and related issues and how are diplomacy and social activism inter-related. What makes somebody think that she is even qualified to sit and debate with this kind of experienced panel. God knows which brilliant brain thought of including Teesta among the panelists

".....We have had terrorism from the Hindu right-wing activists....."

The actions of Hindu right wing activists, can be at the max, termed communal and CERTAINLY NOT terrorism.

Countries on this planet are still finding it difficult to come to a correct definition of terrorism and here is an expert who has come to talk about terrorism!!!!!. Of late she is being promoted by CNN-IBN as an expert and is being called upon to talk on all kinds of issues (what a joke!!!!). People who cannot differentiate between communalism and terrorism are called to talk about intelligence, diplomacy, investigation, terrorism (irony), Indo-Pak peace!!!!!!.

No other panelist traded personal charges against another panelist and here is a person who is saying Mr. Raman to be arrogant!!!!! She doesn't even know the basic rules of communication when diplomats and bureaucrats meet. and dear readers she is an expert!!!!!!

GUJARAT: LOOKING BACK

http://www.saag.org/

By B. Raman

It is five years since the brutal massacre of a group of Hindu pilgrims by some members of the Muslim community in the Godhra railway station in Gujarat and the violent Hindu-Muslim riots that followed. There has so far been no objective account of the incidents of 2002 in Gujarat. An unfortunate attempt has been made by the so-called secular elite of the country to create doubts in the minds of the people about the facts relating to the carnage at Godhra. The use of force by the Administration to bring the resulting law and order situation under control has also come in for criticism from this elite. Among the criticisms made by them are that the force used was excessive and disproportionate; that it was mainly directed against the Muslim community; that there were many atrocities committed against the Muslims; that it was politically orchestrated etc.

2. Such a campaign to play down the culpability of minority communities and to direct the attack against the administration, particularly the police, and the majority community is nothing new in our history since 1947. This has always happened after every communal riot. Whenever some Muslims take the law into their own hands, it is always the police which is criticised for acting against them. The secular elite rarely criticises the Muslims, who violated the law in the first place, and rarely calls for action against them. The voice of the secular elite will carry greater credibility if it modifies its present position that "the Muslims can do no wrong" and that it is always the Hindus and the Administration who are responsible for anything going wrong, which affects the interests of the Muslims.

3. If there are signs of an emerging divide between some sections of the Hindus and Muslims, the so-called secular elite cannot escape a major share of responsibility for this. Its compulsive habit of justifying every cause and complaint of the Muslims---whatever be the merits--- and its repeated failure to articulate the feelings and sense of anger of the Hindus are creating an impression in the minds of growing sections of the Hindus, who constitute 80 per cent of the population of the country, that for the secular elite only the rights of the Muslims count and not the rights of the Hindus. One finds this particularly in the case of the youth.

4. One talks often of the spreading radicalisation of the Muslim youth and of the need to address the root causes of their anger and to appeal to their hearts and minds. This is very important. I have myself been advocating it since the Mumbai blasts of March, 1993. But, we should also take note of the emerging radicalisation of sections of the Hindu youth and of the need to address the root causes of their anger and to appeal to their hearts and minds. The Government will be committing an error of judgement if it fails to take note of the feelings of concern and hurt in the minds of large sections of the Hindu youth. They have many reasons for their concern---- the perceived softness of the Government in dealing with jihadi terrorism; its repeated admonition of the police for trying to do their duty while investigating terrorism-related cases; its action in playing down the role of Pakistan and its Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in sponsoring jihadi terrorism in Indian territory; its secret talks with Pakistan on sensitive issues such as the future of Jammu & Kashmir and the Siachen glacier without taking the Indian public into confidence; the attempt to bulldoze the public and the bureaucracy into implementing the recommendations of the Sachar Commission etc.

5. The Muslims are the rightful citizens of this country. We are proud of them. They have every right to enjoy the benefits of our Constitution and the fruits of our economic development and to expect that the Administration, including the Police, will protect them. I was more critical than anybody else----when I was in service and after my retirement---- about the failure of the Narasimha Rao Government to protect the Babri Masjid, about the failure of the Mumbai Police to protect the Muslims in the communal riots that followed and about the failure of the Narendra Modi Government to protect the Muslims after the Godhra carnage and about some of his crazy ideas on counter-terrorism. I have been more lucid than anyone else in drawing attention to the fact that there was no jihadi terrorism in Indian Territory outside J&K before the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December, 1992. There were communal riots, but no jihadi terrorism.

6. At the same time, I have also been pointing out that the Muslims too have obligations like any other citizen, whatever be his or her religion----like the obligation to observe the law; not to look beyond our frontiers for ideological and religious inspiration; to condemn the resort to brutal terrorism by members of their community; and to help the police in dealing with this terrorism. They also have the obligation to try to achieve their legitimate political and economic objectives through legitimate means and not through intimidation. Recently, a highly-respected intellectual of Delhi told me of his sense of shock when he heard some leaders of the Muslim community warn at a meeting convened by one of the Ministries of the Government of India that there would be more jihadi terrorism in India if the Sachar Commission report was not implemented in toto.

7. What is this but an attempt at criminal intimidation? Doesn't the Government have the obligation to put down such attempts? Doesn't the public have the right to protest against it? If a Muslim leader resorts to intimidation, one dismisses it as an instance of understandable anger. If a Hindu protests against such intimidation, he is demonised as communal, anti-Muslim, anti-Islam etc. These double standards have to go if we have to strengthen national harmony and integrity.

8. Since 1947, India has faced many mutations of terrorism---ethnic, ideological and religious. It has reasons to be particularly concerned over the persisting menace of jihadi terrorism and the role of Pakistan in fueling it. The jihadis wish ill of India. They want India to break up. They want to "liberate" the Muslims of India, create "Muslim homelands" in our territory, which would ultimately form part of the global Islamic Caliphate, which Osama bin Laden wants. The jihadis use force ruthlessly. The State has the right and the duty to resort to the use of the legal force of the State against them. Whenever a State has lacked the will to act firmly against them, they have thrived.

9. The fears one had in 2002 that the anger in the Muslim community over the perceived sufferings of their co-religionists in Gujarat might result in a wave of acts of reprisal terrorism have not come true. We saw more instances of reprisal terrorism by the jihadis after the demolition of the Babri Masjid than after the Gujarat riots--- the Mumbai blasts of March, 1993; the simultaneous explosions on board trains in the North in December, 1993, coinciding with the first anniversary of the demolition of the Babri masjid; the acts of violence of the Al Ummah in Tamil Nadu, including the serial explosions in Coimbatore in February, 1998 etc.

10. There have been many incidents of jihadi terrorism in different parts of India since the Gujarat riots. Of these, only one---the attack on the Aksherdam Temple in Ahmedabad in September, 2002---- could be attributed to this anger. The rest of the incidents in Mumbai, Delhi, Varanasi, Ayodhya and Bangalore were not committed in a moment of uncontrollable anger. These were coolly and carefully prepared and executed acts of terrorism by some members of our Muslim community, who have joined hands with the pan-Islamic jihadis from Pakistan and its ISI. Their target is not just Gujarat. Their target is India and its economic prosperity. Their anger is not just against the Gujarat Government. It is against India and its people for refusing to let themselves be intimidated by the terrorists and for continuing to make rapid economic progress and showing signs of emerging as a major power despite their acts of depredation, sponsored by the ISI. Nothing less. I am not commenting on the latest incident at Deewana, near Panipat, because all the facts are not yet in.

11. We owe it to our Muslim co-citizens to see that their lives and property are protected, that they have the same opportunity for economic advance as the members of the majority community, that there is no discrimination against them---political, economic or social, that they are able to observe their religious practices as they wish so long as they observe the law of the land. At the same time, in our necessary attempts to win the hearts and minds of our Muslim community and redress their grievances, we should not under-emphasise the need to root out jihadi terrorism and the mind-set behind it from our territory. We should not project Pakistan as a born-again saint. It is not.

12. Five years after Godhra, there is a need for an introspection---by the Muslims and the secular elite of the brutality of those responsible for Godhra and by the Hindus and the Administration of how the subsequent riots were handled. If instead of doing so, we continue the national pastime of scoring points against one another, more acts of jihadi terrorism and more incidents of communal violence are waiting to happen.

(The writer is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai. E-mail: itschen36@gmail.com )

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Samjahauti Express attacks : B. Raman vs Teesta Setalvad

Excerpts from the debate which followed the Samjahauti Express attacks

Click : http://www.ibnlive.com
Teesta Setalvad interrupted him saying that she condoled the attack and that she did not agree with B Raman. She said that we need to appreciate the utter sobriety with which the Pakistani officials have dealt with this entire issue. "In contrast to their sobriety is the utter arrogance of B Raman. Are we trying to say that as Indians, we don't have out own breed of indoor terrorism? *We have had terrorism from the Hindu right-wing activists, disrupting communal peace and hating Indo-Pak peace talks for the past 60 years. Yet the Indian establishment does not want to look at this. Till the Indian establishment recognises that terrorism can be home-grown as much as it can be imported, we will not get to the bottom of terror talks. We need to have the same openness as Pakistan has at the moment."



The Pakistani officials dealing with the issue with 'utter soberity' and 'openness'? I guess the Pakistanis do not need anyone in India to speak on their behalf. There are enought Indian citizens who will do so.

Here are some more Gems of wisdom from Teestaji.

The tragedy of this country is that with the dominance of the ideology of Hindu rashtra in public life, with proponents of it gaining power, every real issue that we need to tackle has got sidelined. Setalvad, Teesta, in her acceptance speech of Rajiv Gandhi Sadhbhavana Puraskar, 2002. August 20, 2002.

For, while there are the hapless and forgotten Kashmiri Pandits also displaced and bitterly abandoned in Jammu and Delhi camps, they have been innocent victims of foreign-bred mercenaries not home grown terror bands; terror bands who moreover speak of a narrow sense of Indian patriotism and nationhood. Teesta Setalvad in the Rajiv Gandhi Sadhbhavana Award, 2002, acceptance
speech, 20 August 2002.


Teesta Setalvad, head of Communalism Combat, a group that opposes religious extremism in India, said that "while I condemn today's gruesome attack, you cannot pick up an incident in isolation. Let us not forget the provocation. These people were not going for a benign assembly. They were indulging in blatant and unlawful mobilization to build a temple and deliberately provoke the Muslims in India."
Rama Lakshmi, "Mob Attacks Indian Train; 57 Killed", The Washington Post, February 28, 2002

Before announcing a punishment or even a trial, (Saddam Hussain's) crime should be properly established. First, he allegedly was in possession of weapons of mass destruction which were not found. Later he was reported to be a dictator and an obsessive rule, but nothing is proved. All this points against the attackers who said they did it to restore democracy in Iraq, thus destroying a hundred year old museum. This points to a huge lack of ethics, and I'm not commenting either ways, whether to release him or try him unless his crimes are established. (sic)Teesta Setalvad, Human rights activist, quoted in The Afternoon Despatch & Courier, December 16, 2003.

Whenever Communalism Combat is blamed for being 'too pro-minority' , we hold the sangh parivar and the rest of the saffron brotherhood responsible for this editorial 'tilt'. Had Hindutva not hijacked the national agenda and targeted the country's religious minorities, so much time and attention would not have been needed to defend Muslims and Christians from the vitriol, vilification and violence that is
deliberately directed at them. In fact, but for the hate mongers, this magazine itself would not have been necessary. Editorial, "Minorities within minorities", Communalism Combat, May 2001.
(Editors: Javed Anand, Teesta Setalvad).

And what is the political agenda of Teestaji. This item from
India Today says it all:

The Congress is a little less forthcoming. Slow off the mark, it joined the proxy war under the banner of Communalism Combat, a small journal run from Mumbai by journalists Javed and Teesta Setalvad. Now operating from a flat owned by a Congress MP in Marble Arch Apartments on Delhi's Prithviraj Road, Communalism Combat is acting in tandem with the AICC media cell. It has issued ads in all major publications attacking Vajpayee's leadership qualities, his links with the RSS and the BJP-RSS, lack of "respect" for women, an ad co-sponsored by women's group as
well. According to media planners, the ad campaign should have cost some Rs 75 lakh, money Teesta claims to have raised "from a wide spectrum of well-wishers including corporates, trade unions, women's group and NGOs."
India Today, Sept 13, 1999.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Samjutha Express & Sabarmati Express : Teesta can you answer ?




If Samjutha Express is TERRORIST ATTACK , then why not Sabarmathi Express ?

Let Secular Media, Judiciery , MEDIA answer this question to the nation .

By the way , can Teesta Setalvad come forward and protest this TERRORISM ?

People must point out my mistakes: Modi

[ 15 Feb, 2007 2019hrs IST INDIA TIMES NEWS NETWORK ]



POLITICALLY CORRECT: A murderer from Punjab is a murderer, and one from Kashmir is not, asks Modi (PTI Photo)


NEW DELHI: Is Hindutva icon Narendra Modi sounding increasingly circumspect and politically correct as elections in Gujarat approach? Has he stopped talking about minority appeasement, for instance? No, says the man himself. "My language is what it was."

To elucidate, he talks about a recent visit to Punjab where he brought up the issue of Parliament-attack- accused Afzal's plea for clemency. The Congress he said had taken but an hour to reject a similar plea from the accused in General Vaidya's assassination. But on Afzal, despite the Supreme Court endorsing that he be hanged, the Congress is dragging its feet. "A murderer from Punjab is a murderer, and one from Kashmir is not - where is the justice in this?"
That is vintage Modi - making tenuous links to drive home his point and derive the maximum political mileage. Punjab went to the polls this week.

The Gujarat Chief Minister recounts this incident in a long chat with RSS weekly Panchjanya in its latest issue. That the state elections due at the end of this year are top of the mind is clear from the fact that a major chunk of what he says is Gujarat-related. As always, he wears his swayamsevak badge for all to see, but talk of nationalism begins with the state. Deftly, he weaves personal politics with an electoral agenda, denying national aspirations or even a propensity to be controversial.

"I don't say anything that is controversial", says Modi. "I only say what I think is in the interest of the nation. Like Lokmanya Tilak used the Ganesh festival as a vehicle for the freedom struggle, I have used Narmada as a symbol of the country's development."
Asked about when the Sachar Committee on the status of Muslims came calling in Gujarat, Modi says: "They asked me, what do you do for Muslims? I said I do nothing. Please write my words down carefully, I do nothing for Muslims or for Hindus. Whatever I do, I do for 50 million Gujaratis."

Then he lashed out. "What you (the committee) are doing is designed to divide people. Till you do divisive things I have no information for you. I have brought Narmada waters to the dry Sabarmati. Should I now tell you how much of Sabarmati water has gone into Hindu stomachs and how much into Muslim stomachs?" The sound and fury ends with a tongue-in-cheek recounting of how the committee members were heard saying it was best not to mess with Modi.

Hate campaigns don't wash with Modi. Whether it is protests against the Yoga practice of Suryanamaskar or the enduring campaign against him personally, "I don't care", is the essence of Modi's reaction. But yes, the consummate politico knows it's not enough to brush aside all criticism. "As a swayamsevak I have tried to fulfil all responsibilities. If someone brings my mistakes to my notice I'll try to correct them. If I knew all my mistakes I would be God. That's why I expect people to come forward and acquaint me with my flaws."

Or, when asked about his ambitions in national politics, the Gujarat CM says in most unlikely fashion: "I am a small state functionary." He insists he holds but a small position as the chief minister of Gujarat and as such will not speak on matters at the national level. But, "since childhood I've been a swayamsevak and have prayed for my nation's glory. And I will do all I can to see Gujarat contributes to that national glory."
So where is the famed arrogance? There is no arrogance, says Modi, even getting philosophical. Asked what his deepest regret is, he says: "Sadness and joy are a part of life. I have no complaints, no expectations nor a personal agenda."

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

“It`s stupid if you are not in Gujarat: Ratan Tata“ --- HELLO TEESTA

Rs.2 trillion investments promised at Gujarat expo – A World Record!!


“It`s stupid if you are not in Gujarat: Ratan Tata“

In his key-note address, ICICI Bank chief K. V. Kamath praised Modi's 'pro-active' role in guiding the state's economy. More like a CEO'. He said, however, that it was necessary to concentrate on the rural areas in augmenting human resources like education and health at the same level as the economy if the country was to achieve balanced growth.



Announcements of big ticket deals were made in rapid succession at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors' Summit 2007 by top India Inc honchos, right from Tata group's Ratan Tata to ICICI Bank's KV Kamath, Essar group's Shashi Ruia, A V Birla group's Kumar Mangalam Birla, Adani group's Gautam Adani and Torrent group's Sudhir Mehta

By end of the day one of two-day meet, the state had inked a mind-boggling 104 MoUs worth Rs 2,51,967 crore across sectors like oil and gas, power, chemicals and petrochemicals, ports and SEZs.

Leading the race were the centre pieces of Gujarat's future development — SEZs with investments worth Rs 1,42,685 crore (26 MoUs) followed by power sector with Rs 55,139 crore (11 MoUs), oil and gas with Rs 19,488 crore (19 MoUs), chemicals and petrochemicals with Rs 14,416 crore (26 MoUs), ports with Rs 10,474 crore (10 MoUs), urban development with Rs 6985 crore, railway projects at Rs 400 crore and others at Rs 2380 crore.

· Reliance Industries Ltd chief Mukesh Ambani announced an investment of Rs 67,000 crore in the Jamnagar SEZ.

· Kumaramangalam Birla of AV Birla group said his company would like to invest Rs 200 crore in a Rayon plant in Veraval, Rs 100 crore in a cement plant, Rs 800 crore in Wiscose and Textiles Application Centre and Rs 1,000 in a fibre plant.

· Shashi Ruia of Essar announced an investment of Rs 10,500 crore for the expansion of their Hazira refinery.

· While state-run ONGC announced an investment of Rs 16,000 crore for a petro-complex at Dahej, another PSU Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) has decided to invest Rs 1,700 crore for crude terminal and pipeline network.

· The Adani group said it will pump in Rs 25,000 crore in ports and SEZs while Torrent Industries, which supplies power to Ahmedabad, will invest Rs 9,000 crore in a coal-based project at Pipavav.

· Zydus Cadila announced a Rs 5,300 crore expansion plan for other facilities while Dishman Pharma would bring in Rs 2,000 crore in engineering projects.

· The Welspun Group announced an investment of Rs 3,000 crore toward the expansion of its existing facility at Kutch .

Evidently, it was Gujarati pride on its best display when Ambani thundered: "Reliance is a Gujarati company. It is an Indian company and it is a global company. That is how it was conceived by my father Shri Dhirubhai Ambani."

The two day Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Summit has brought promises of investment of over 100 billion US dollars. Announcing this, Chief Minister Narendra Modi said that the investment has brought many new national and global players from different sectors.

The summit third in a row has aroused great interest in captains of industries and as a result the investment promise this time is four times Modi could bring in previous summit in 2005. The state will generate employment for 12 lakh people through 330 projects involving 308 MoUs in the 2007 summit.

Modi said that three distinct trends emerged in the investment pattern of summit 2007 which has laid a strong foundation for a Gujarat that will lead India as its growth engine. The most important is the fact that maximum investment has come in the infrastructure sector.

This investment will become a facilitator for the future investment in the state. The better infrastructural facilities will work as a magnet to attract more money.

The second most important aspect is that majority of the projects are in manufacturing and engineering sector which has great employment generation opportunity.

To enable the people of Gujarat to use these employment opportunities the government has received as many as 15 proposals for human resource development during the summit. Modi said that this includes two marine engineering colleges, interest for investment in more than 100 ITIs.

He said that the summit has succeeded in giving right message to people to have faith in investment in the state.

Maximum number of MoUs in all 66 have been signed in the agro and food processing sector. This involves investment of 11,560 crore with employment to 80,000 people. This is followed by engineering, auto and ceramics sectors where 35 MoUs have been signed to bring in investment of Rs. 12757 crore and jobs to 38490 people.

In terms of investment and employment potential the biggest is the special economic zones. Proposals of investment of Rs. 170688 crore were made which will generate 605640 employment opportunities.

Narendra Modi's Gujrath Investment

Narendra Modi's Gujrath Investment



Sandeep Joshi
AHMEDABAD: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday succeeded in attracting invest- ments worth over Rs.2.5 lakh crore at the 'Vibrant Gujarat — Global Investors Meet' here, where top industry and busi- ness leaders praised his role in
creating a perfect business en- vironment. The investments included Rs.1.43 lakh crore in 26 Special Economic Zone projects. A total of 104 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) were signed on the inaugural day of
the two-day summit, involving leading business houses —Re- liance Industries
Limited (RIL), the Aditya Birla Group, the Tata Group, the Essar Group, the Torrent Group, the Adani Group, Zydus Cadila and Wockhardt.

While 11 MoUs worth Rs.55,139 crore were signed in the power sector, 10 were inked
for oil and natural gas projects targeting investments of over Rs.19,488 crore. Similarly, 26 MoUs worth Rs.14,416 crore were signed in the chemical sector, and Rs.10,474 crore was committed to ports develop- ment. All these investments are
likely to generate over 6.5 lakh jobs in the next two or three years.
Welcoming delegates, Mr. Modi said "Gujarat is going to be the main engine for the na- tion to achieve double-digit growth. We are showing the path to investment to the entire nation."

Friday, January 12, 2007

Mukesh Ambani's speech at Vibrant Gujarat

January 12, 2007


Shri Mukesh Ambani's speech at Vibrant Gujarat, Ahmedabad: I am delighted to be here at the 3rd Vibrant Gujarat – Global Investor Summit 2007.This is a hat trick for me.

I was present in the earlier two events as well – in 2003 and 2005. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Shri Narendrabhai and his Government for building on the momentum gained over the previous two events. This event is now broader based in terms of participation.

It is a reflection of the accelerated growth of the state. Gujarat is blessed to have a talented and committed team of administrators who are passionate about sustaining our State’s pre-eminent position. The event of ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ is an example of their foresight.

Many of the State’s dedicated administrators are with us here at this event. I compliment them for Gujarat’s growing exemplary achievements. In Shri Narendrabhai, we have a leader with a grand vision and the determination to translate his vision into reality.The vision and determination of strengthening Gujarat’s position as the leader amongst all states in the country.

He has an amazing clarity or purpose coupled with determination. He combines his strong Gujarat ethos with a modern outlook. Under your leadership there is new found confidence in Gujarat. I am convinced that his dynamism and passion would help Gujarat earn a place of pride in India and in the world.

Under his leadership, the State has been able to manage a scorching pace of development, duly reflected in the SDP numbers. Gujarat is now a revenue-surplus state from being a revenue deficit state five years ago. Gujarat has about 5 % of India’s population and 6 % of the geographical area. Gujarat today accounts for over 16% of country’s investments and 10% of the expenditure.

Monday, January 08, 2007

'Forget Gulf, Gujarat will produce oil' : Narendra modi

'Forget Gulf, Gujarat will produce oil' : Narendra modi

NEW DELHI: Pravasi Bharatiya Divas' favourite pin-up boy was back on Monday. On day two of the January jamboree, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was at his aggressive best as he marketed Gujarat as one of the country's fastest growing states and urged overseas Indians to come and spend quality time there.

"Come and see Gujarat. You don't have to invest. Just come, experience and feel Gujarat. Investment is secondary and voluntary. If you want to pool in resources, do go ahead. But first, come and see Gujarat," Modi said, while reaching out to a gathering of almost 100 Gujaratis who had come from different parts of the world to attend the three-day event.

Armed with a slick multi-media presentation that showcased the Gujarat growth story, the Chief Minister seemed to have done his homework well. Boasting of a growth rate of 10.2%, which was higher than the growth rate projected by the Planning Commission for the country itself, Modi stated that every nook and corner of the state was a learning experience for the rest of the country.

Shedding historical baggage of a state that saw terrible famines every decade, the BJP leader said that the state had moved on. It had been able to court success as it had not followed an unplanned growth, he said.

"Gujarat's much-talked-about growth has been courtesy a well-planned strategy, and it has not been limited to the cities only. In order to stop the influx to the cities, we have tried to provide basic city-like infrastructure, like electricity," said Modi, proudly stating that the Jyoti Gram Yojna had lit up thousands of villages across the state.

Modi, who was on first-name basis with most of the assembled delegates (he remembered all the Desai, Babulals and Wadhwanis), said the state is now aiming for complete self-reliance. With two LNG terminals and two petroleum refineries, it was "sitting on a gold mine as far as petroleum is concerned".

" Khari ka tel nahin, vari ka tel (no oil from the Gulf, but oil from the well). Buses, cars, autos in Gujarat will run on oil produced by the state," Modi said to thunderous applause from the community.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Modi did it again : Sardar Sarovar dam will supply drinking water to millions

India finishes controversial dam

Building work began in 1987

India has completed construction of a controversial dam on the Narmada river, nearly two decades after it launched the project.
Authorities say the Sardar Sarovar dam will supply drinking water to millions of people in four states, as well as fulfilling irrigation and power needs.

But critics say the project has displaced at least 35,000 people who lived in the dam area.

Work began on the 1,250m-long and 122m-high dam in 1987.

But the project ran into long delays, legal disputes and protests.

"India has taken a leap ahead," chief minister of the western state of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, told a gathering to mark the completion of the project, news agency Press Trust of India [PTI] reported.

"The dam will change the future of the country and Gujarat will benefit from it."

Mr Modi said a ceremony would be held later in the month to dedicate the dam to the people of the four states - Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra - which will benefit from the project.

Authorities in Gujarat say the dam will bring crucial water to its parched Saurashtra and Kutch regions.

Experts said there would be no further construction on the dam's structure over its current height.

Last year, the Supreme Court refused to stop the height of the dam from being raised, as demanded by campaigners.

Activists of the Save Narmada Movement, who have been leading the protests, say the state governments have failed to provide adequate relief and compensation to those displaced by the dam.