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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Kerala: Where The Church Meets Communists

The "secular Christians" (thats what John Dayal & Communists call themselves!) couldnt conspire a code similar to Da Vinci, despite serious intimidation attempts, to ban Ron Howards movie in Indian theaters.

Said John Dayal, president of the All India Catholic Union: "The storyline of the film is anti-Christian and some parts of the film are singularly obnoxious. The authorities should ban this movie in India, as it will affect the religious beliefs and sentiments of Christ's believers, he said, while appealing to all the Christians to boycott the film.

Their other conspiracies, however unfortunate, need to be decoded. Recently, the electoral win of hardliner Communists had various reasons:

Church people and politicians in Kerala say a change in Catholics' political attitude has helped leftists return to power in the southern state.

Friday, May 26, 2006

BJP digs own grave, finally

The manner in which Gujarat BJP intimidates free speech is certainly condemnable. It in fact reflects what Rang De Basanti made a case out of.

First of all, why does it matter what Aamir Khan says about Narmada bachao andolan? It is certainly not going to change anything as far as NBA is concerned. Second of all, how does stopping his movie stops what he says? In fact, it gets exemplified and makes the BJP and other politicians (Gujarat Congress has also reportedly joined the intimidation) look foolish, illeberal, immature and out of touch.

Every citizen has the right to say what they feel is true and fair. One can respectfully disagree and even protest and boycott peacefully. Not adhering to these norms leads straight to the holy grail!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Communalism through communism!

Counter to what Indian communists might claim, they are notoriously involved in flagging, inciting and destablizing communal harmony. Recent electoral sweeps in Kerala by the ultra-communists (aka communalists) shows how the Muslim card is played for political gains:

The Left catchline in Muslim pockets was that the Congress-IUML was "breaking bread with imperialists and fascists who were waging war on Islam". The LDF also had the backing of the National Democratic Front, an ultra-religious Muslim outfit.

Fortunately, some Muslims organizations are starting to realize this and have begun to forge independent political fronts.

Everyone chases the Muslim vote, but no one does anything for the community. Why shouldn’t the community keep the vote and act for itself?

says AUDF founder. It was floated barely six months ago by Badruddin Ajmal, a millionaire businessman from Hojai in central Assam who runs a successful perfumery business in Mumbai.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

An Open Challenge to Indian Communists

The cold-blooded and ruthless mass murder of innocent civilian in Kashmir seems to have returned. Like in the past, not much is expected of Indian goverment to proactively counter the Mujaheedin's.

The victims were once again those described as the 'soft-targets': the minority Hindus in Jammu & Kashmir. At least 19 killed, including a nine-year old girl in Kulhan area of Doda, and 13 in Udhampur

There has been a sustained attempt by Indian communists to play down terrorism in Kashmir as mere communal violence. Thus belittling and equating it to other riots and violence.

Interestingly, but expected, AID, influenced by its communist mentors, has also joined the business of extra-developmental efforts. This time quite openly on many politically charged issue. The Narmada Bachao Andolan (Save Narmada) has lately been discredited as being a stubburn and a "anti" movement rather than something that aspires for a just rehabilitation.

NBA defines itself mainly through negative agendas – anti-dam, anti-liberalisation, anti-globalisation, anti-WTO, anti this, anti that. The alternative development paradigm Medha Patkar claims to represent has not yet offered any practical and positive worldview or agenda for action.

Incidently, Outlook India seems to have taken out the story by Madhu Purnima Kishwar. She pointed out so many facts including how NBA activist themselves threaten the locals not move out of dam area and how other covert, cunning tactics have kept the movement alive for so long, is just spectacular and elegantly zooms in to the "universal cosmos theories" of communists. She comes down heavily on Modi and Congress too.

It would have been a classic to observe communists reacting humanely on this - it would have been an open challenge!