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Pb & Haryana HC lets off rape accused

Pb & Haryana HC lets off rape accused

Hindutva mindset influencing higher judiciary too

By Faraz Ahmad

In the hype and build up over that charlatan of a godman Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and his conviction on charges of raping two young inmates of his ashram, by a Panchkula court leading to violence and arson in Panchkula and adjoining Chandigarh by his disciples, the news of a horrifying judgment of the Punjab and Haryana High Court letting out three young men from evidently well off families convicted  by a Sonipat court for serial gangrape of a young class fellow over a period of two years, on the specious plea that this would ruin their career, failed to attract the requisite attention of the media. Well off because they were pursuing professional courses in a private expensive institution the O P Jindal University in Haryana.

The shocking part is that the court has obliquely held the “promiscuity” of the victim responsible for the crime committed against her. In an age and time when numerous judgments of the apex court and several high courts, including this court has held the absolute right of the woman over her body even if she be a sex worker, in the sense that a forced sexual intercourse with a sex worker too amounts to rape and her being a person of “easy virtue” is no defence of the accused in such a situation, this is clearly regressive.

We had the judges here suggesting that the issue in this instance was not, repeat was not,  “sexual violence” committed by the accused one of whom happened to be a close and intimate friend of the victim, “but of a generation which is unable to comprehend the worth of a relationship based on respect and understanding.” How condescending to the convicts! They are virtually demonstrating their paternal indulgence and benevolence towards the accused who in the judges’ perception on account of the current social condition, failed to “comprehend the worth of a relationship…”

The judges further observed, “We are conscious of the fact that the allegations of the victim regarding her being threatened into submission and blackmail lends sufficient diabolism to the offence, but a careful examination of her statement again offers an alternative conclusion of misadventure stemming from a promiscuous attitude and voyeuristic mind.”  This on the girl’s complaint that the main accused her boyfriend Hardik Sikri who first developed intimate relations with her and photographed her in the nude then threatened and blackmailed her to submit to sex with the other two accused as well and soon they continued coercing her to submit to them over a period of two years, till she gathered courage to report this. Now the judges did not dismiss the main accusation of the victim for the trial court had conclusively and satisfactorily established the substance of the victim’s allegations. So the High Court went into promiscuity to covertly mitigate the gravity of the crime.

The court set them at large observing, “It would be a travesty if these young minds are confined to jail for an inordinate long period. Which would deprive them of their education, opportunity to redeem themselves and be a part of the society as normal human beings. Long incarceration at this stage when the appeal is not likely to mature for sometime is likely to result in irreparable damage…”

The judges also suggested counseling for the accused at AIIMS and a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the victim to be jointly shared by all three. Every sentence, every word here smack of tremendous sympathy for the accused, without disputing the substance of the accusation leveled by the victim. There is also an implicit accusation in this on the victim condemning her as a person of easy virtue for whom a payment of Rs 10 lakh would suffice. That is shocking.

But is this not a one off judgment, to be taken merely as an exception, or to be ignored as the idiosyncrasy of two rather conservative judges?

It reflects the current social atmosphere created by the Hindutva forces led by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in which vigilante groups of various Senas go around  chasing and attacking young women in Bengaluru for being seen at Bars or those social media trolls which implicitly justified the killing of Gauri Lankesh recently alleging that she drank and smoked.

There are only two notable achievements of Yogi Adityanath in his seven month tenure. Closing down the meat shops of poor Muslims and forcing them and Dalits out of honest livelihood and setting the UP Police upon young couples strolling in the parks, attacking them and video graphing the whole exercise to ingratiate themselves to their new Hindutva masters.

The submission of the bureaucrats or the Police officers to their political masters of the day can be understood though not justified, but if the judiciary too succumbs to the forces of Hindutva what remedy is open for someone seeking justice from this increasingly oppressive system under the current political dispensation?

But then the judges of the High Court seem to be guided by their superiors sitting in the apex court. A little before this judgment came the observation of two judges of the Supreme Court Justice Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta who held that marital rape is no rape. The highest judiciary of the country upheld Section 375 f the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which defines the offence of rape has an exceptional clause that says the intercourse or sexual act by a man with his wife, not below 15 years, is not a rape.

The learned judges further observed that, Parliament has extensively debated the issue of rape. Therefore it cannot be considered as a criminal offence.”

That the judges in these two instances seem to be influenced by the stand taken by the Central Government is evident from the submission of the Central Government in a case in the Delhi High Court to the bench of Justices Gita Mittal and C Hari Shankar wherein the petitioner’s counsel Colin Gonsalves argued that a married woman has the same right of full control over her body as an unmarried woman and that marriage license cannot be viewed as license for a husband to forcibly rape his wife with impunity.

To this Government counsel  Monika Arora argued in an affidavit  that “If all sexual acts by a man with his own wife qualify to be marital rape, then the judgment as to whether it is a marital rape or not will singularly rest with the wife.” This affidavit exposes the medieval mindset of this RSS patronized BJP government which believes in Manu’s edicts that the woman is a property of the Man with no right to decide what she wants. The whole Love Jihad campaign is a product of the same mindset which refuses to allow a woman the right to decide who she would befriend or marry. Sadly successive court judgments too seem to be coming round to this larger vision of the saffron brigade.

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Modi’s reshuffle

Modi’s reshuffle

Looking for combatants

By

Faraz Ahmad

With just 19 months to go for the 2019 general elections, it is imperative that the coming elections were uppermost in the mind of Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he effected a minor reshuffle of his council of ministers Sunday.

But what was the criterion in his mind or the mind of his Alma Mater the force behind the throne that is the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in making the choice of candidates to be inducted/elevated?

What for instance is the secret of Nirmala Sitharaman’s or for that matter Smriti Irani’s swift rise to phenomenal heights in the Modi dispensation—Combat, I dare say. As a BJP spokesperson in the crucial period when the party was in the Opposition,  Nirmala as once upon a time M Venkaiah Naidu was, in front of the camera, combative when faced with a tricky or critical question concerning her party. Instead of a direct reply, she would throw back a question to your question, implicitly accusing the questioning journalist to be an agent of the rival political forces, say the Congress party. Significantly though both she and earlier Naidu were most amiable and amenable to answering all your questions sincerely in the off the record briefings. It was as though they were aware that the Big Brother was watching and they had to put up a show to impress someone up there. Sure enough Sitharaman has succeeded in this endeavor as did Naidu earlier.

Anyway returning to the subject of Modi’s choice making, he chose for instance one more Ananth Kumar from Karnataka, Ananth Kumar Hegde, a congenital, vituperative and demonstrative Muslim baiter. His much publicized public conduct of assaulting three doctors at the Bangaluru hospital because he felt his mother was not being given the VIP treatment befitting a ruling party MP’s mother, actually added to his esteem to join Modi’s team, never mind if he has no apparent qualifications to head the ministry of Skill development and entrepreneurship. His predecessor in this ministry Rajiv Pratap Rudy at least had been in the government earlier and if he supposedly failed to generate the much promised two crore jobs annually, one wonders what magic wand this street fighter has, to perform this miracle. Maybe he could hand over swords and guns to Bajrang Dal, ABVP and other affiliated Sangh outfits to attack Muslims for that is the only thing he has learnt over the years of his political apprenticeship. Sure he is a combat.

Then there is Hardip Puri, who missed the opportunity to be India’s Foreign Secretary, because his turn came during the UPA government and his proximity to the Sangh was well known. In fact he played a crucial role while posted in London those days along with our Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in pushing L K Advani’s ex daughter-in-law Gauri Advani to agree to an out of court settlement in separating from Jayant Advani . BJP insiders used to say with some degree of pride how thanks to Hardip’s aid they managed to secure some private correspondence of Gauri locked in a safe in her London home, putting her on the defensive. In effect Hardip engineered a burglary in Gauri’s house. Actually he deserved a more meaty ministry than his current portfolio of Housing and Urban Development.

Then there is that former Union Home Secretary Rajkumar Singh who won the Lok Sabha on BJP ticket from Maoist den Arrah in Bihar. He is a true bureaucrat, an established time server. His claim to fame is that as the District Magistrate of Samastipur in 1991 he promptly implemented the then Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad’s orders to arrest L K Advani and terminate his rath yatra, which he did. He is a true weathercock who in UPA good times as Union Home  Secretary released the names of RSS men allegedly involved in Samjhauta Express blast but as the tide seemed to be turning against UPA blamed the then Home Minister P Chidambaram for changing the Ishrat Jehan affidavit and once out of government with retirement, accused another UPA Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde of interfering in postings and transfers of Police officers. Naturally then he drifted towards the BJPP well in time and got elected to the Lok Sabha in 2014 riding a Modi wave. With life long stint in the bureaucracy Singh is adept at manipulating data and figures much needed to exaggerate their achievements in the runup to the next general elections.

The Modi dispensation had totally marginalized Brahmins, in particular the north Indian meaning UP/Bihar Brahmins. The elevation of Yogi Adityanath a die-hard pahadi Thakur as the UP chief minister further disappointed the Brahmins of UP, whose votes maybe crucial in the coming elections. Rubbing further salt into their wounds two Brahmins in Modi’s cabinet Kalraj Mishra and Mahendra Nath Pandey have been dropped in this reshuffle. So we have Shiv Pratap Shukla from Gorakhpur, Ashwani Chaubey from Bihar and Ananth Hegde from Karnataka, three new Brahmin faces in the Union government. None, however with any significant clout or power in this government to carry any weight.

Modi’s kept media has gone to town of how the BJP is pandering to Shias, citing Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s elevation. True there is an attempt by the Sanghis to coopt sections of Shia clerics and this was evident on how the likes of Kalbe Jawwad sold themselves to this Government, but after serving the BJP faithfully all these years Naqvi has been given a cabinet berth no doubt but has remained confined to his Minority, meaning Muslim affairs only. We had a joke in Aligarh about the Unani medicine students from Aligarh’s Tibbiya College. Their degree was abbreviated as BUMMS, expanded to Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Modern Surgery, which we had distorted to “Muslim surgery, bracket mein Khatna (circumcision),” meaning the Hakims of Tibbiya College were not capable of anything more than performing Sunnat or circumcision on Muslim children. Similarly the Muslims in Modi’s eyes are capable of only looking after Minority Affairs. Actually the position was vacant ever since Najma Heptullah was sent off as a Governor to North East.

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Cabinet reshuffle

Cabinet reshuffle

Why choose Satyapal  Singh?

By

Faraz Ahmad

More than half way through his five year tenure Prime Minister Narendra Modi has effected a much hyped reshuffle in his council of ministers, inducting a set of “tried and tested bureaucrats” with “proven records” of efficiency and integrity or so his admirers claim.

So we have the likes of Satyapal Singh, a former Mumbai  Police Commissioner a IPS officer from Maharashtra cadre now a Union minister.

His tenure as Pune Police Commissioner witnessed the 2010 German Bakery bombing in Pune that killed 17 people and injured at least 60 more. His so-called action resulted in a big embarrassment to the then Government when it turned out that he apprehended wrong persons for that blast solely on his intuition since they happened to be Muslims. He however earned kudos for defeating the formidable Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh in his home territory Baghpat and become a member of the 16th Lok Sabha.

So let us examine the past record of Satyapal Singh. Before he quit as Mumbai Police Commissioner, hardly anyone outside Maharashtra and many even within Maharashtra had heard of this Jat from Meerut who joined the IPS in 1980.

His opportunity to head the high profile Mumbai Police also came as sheer godsend, following the riotous demonstration by Muslims in Azad Maidan over the killings of Rohingyas in Maynamar for which the then Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik was blamed by the communal Shiv Sena and BJP for handling the rioting Muslims with kid gloves and unceremoniously bundled out. And so a wimp of a Home Minister in Maharashtra  belonging to the NCP R R Patil chose  a supposed tough cop with proven record of targeting Muslims and Maoists, Satyapal Singh.

The Wikipedia tells us that on 31 January 2014 Singh tendered his resignation and applied for Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) and sought to be relieved immediately to contest the upcoming the general elections on BJP ticket. That Patil, post haste accepted Singh’s request and hurriedly granted him VRS to facilitate his joining the BJP, to enable him to attend a rally in Meerut for joining that party in the presence of Narendra Modi and the then BJP chief Rajnath Singh.

On quitting the Police service and joining the BJP, Singh announced grandly, “My inner voice is telling me that it’s time to change profession. As a police officer, I have worked for the people of Mumbai and Maharashtra for many years, but now it’s time to work for the entire country with a renewed energy.”

Less than six months of quitting and within a month of being elected the MP from Baghpat on June 2, 2014, the Mumbai Police busted a prostitution racket running from a flat in the fashionable Versova in Andheri west facing seaside owned by Singh and arrested two women and a man we were told was the caretaker of that flat. Singh first avoided any reaction to the news report and later claimed he had rented it out to IndiaBulls (his close proximity to IndiaBulls is another story, reflecting on his financial integrity but that for another day) and had no idea who all were using his flat and for what purpose. This coming from a former Police Commissioner of the Metropolis showed how efficient and competent this man was even if he was really ignorant of the goings on his own flat. And Modi has rewarded Singh for his supposed “integrity and efficiency.”

As for the prostitution racket and the IndiaBulls connection, the company claimed with documentary evidence that it had vacated that flat quite sometime back and returned it to its owner,  that is Singh. Nothing was heard of that disgraceful racket run from the Police Commissioner’s home. And why would it, he was the chosen one. The embedded media buried that story and we never ever heard of it after the first news broke.

Singh was a first time MP and so had difficulty in securing government accommodation for a couple of months. In that situation new MPs are either made to stay in their respective state guest houses in Delhi or in government owned Ashoka Hotel. Singh being the MP from UP was naturally entitled to a room in UP Niwas. But then who would pay this first time MP any special VIP attention in UP. So he decided to park himself in the newly constructed and tastefully furnished Maharashtra Sadan at Kasturba Gandhi Marg and occupy not one but a couple of adjoining rooms there for the staff knew him as a former Police Commissioner of Mumbai.

This in turn caused considerable heartburning among other first time MPs from Maharashtra and one of them Ravindra Gaikwad of Shiv Sena took it out on a Muslim caretaker on August 4, force feeding him while the poor man was fasting during the month of Ramzan. The Sena later went public explaining the anger and annoyance of its MP over the VIP treatment being given to Singh.

Singh was spotted by the Sanghis when as Nagpur Police Commissioner, he started forming Mritunjay clubs mainly of ABVP students from college and university campuses ostensibly to aid the Police hunt for terrorists (read Muslims) and in effect spy on Muslims neighbours  and acquaintances. He formed 386 such clubs in Nagpur from 122 senior colleges and 86 junior colleges. The state’s minority commission then questioned its legitimacy and intent.

But what endeared him to Modi and helped his decision to join the BJP as a better career prospect was his role as a member of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by the Gujarat High Court to probe the Ishrat Jehan fake encounter case which implicated Modi and his Gujarat government  In June 2011, within weeks of being appointed as chairman of that team comprising also of two other members Mohan Jha and Satish Verma, he quit citing his differences with the other two members who as it turned out later, came to the conclusion that it was a fake encounter.

So it is neither financial nor personal integrity which has been rewarded in the case of Singh. Grapevine has it that Sanjeev Balyan who quit paving way for Singh and other entrants in Modi’s ministry had become a bit of an embarrassment for Modi all the time harping on corruption. But then he had to keep the communal cauldron boiling among the western UP Jats which he and Amit Shah had ignited in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining western UP Jat belt  in 2013 and that’s where Singh came in handy.

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Bharat Mata ki Jai

Bharat Mata ki Jai!

Do they really love Mother India?

By

Faraz Ahmad

 

They say they love India. They say to prove your love for India, you have to loudly proclaim “Bharat Mata ki Jai.”

I say anyone who loves India would draw a lesson from next door Pakistan and would want India not going down the Pakistan road.

India and Pakistan got their independence simultaneously. In fact Pakistan got it a day earlier because before the British rule ended in India the British empire had to create Pakistan and so on August 14, 1947 it created Pakistan and a day later on August 15, India was declared independent.

Pakistan was created in the name of Islam and Islam became its undoing. On October 15, 1951, Islamic fanatics shot dead Liaquat Ali Khan the first prime minister of Pakistan for his reluctance to wage holy war (Jihad) against India. Before that on 11 September, 1948, just a year after its creation its creator Mohammad Ali Jinnah died a lonely, broken and despairing man regretting his whole effort in creating the state of Pakistan, though he died of advanced stage of tuberculosis.

Husain Shaheed Suhrawardhy the man who helped Jinnah create Pakistan due to his efforts in what then became East Pakistan was expelled, at Jinnah’s instance from the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan and virtually declared a persona non grata in Jinnah’s lifetime for having shared a roof with Mahatma Gandhi to end the communal massacre of Hindus in Noakhali, Bengal.

It was Jinnah a Gujarati, barely acquainted with Urdu, who imposed Urdu upon the people of Pakistan, Bengalis, Punjabis, Sindhis, Pashtuns and Balochs, none of whom spoke Urdu before the creation of Pakistan. Others swallowed their pride and relented though except for the Punjabis, they continue striving for better recognition of their regional language as well. But the Bengalis stood in rebellion and that produced the sentiment for the ultimate creation of Bangla Desh, proving greater influence of national sentiments than religion even Islam.

Soon after the death of both Jinnah and Liaquat Ali Khan, Pakistan started getting buried slowly but surely into quick sand leading to the rise of the military and mullah power, because the moment you created a state in the name of Islam, you opened a window for the mullahs with their various conflicting and contradictory perception of Islam to seek an Islamic state and so in February 1953 first time the clerics made a public assertion rioting on the streets of Lahore to declare Ahmediyas, who participated enthusiastically in the creation of this supposed Islamic state, Kafir ‘heretics’. So by 1953 the attempt to create one nation on the basis of one religion, one language, was already in tatters. But even before that Sir Chaudhry Mohammad Zaffrullah Khan, an Ahmediya, the first Foreign Minister of Pakistan who represented Pakistan for five years in the United Nations on Kashmir issue and was the closest associate of Jinnah was prevented from joining the Namaze Janaza (last prayer) for Jinnah. This when Jinnah himself was a scotch drinking, pork eating Shia Muslim. Thankfully till then they did not declare Shias as heretics too. But now that is their current credo and I wonder in which case what would they do with the portrait of Jinnah adorning all official walls of Pakistan.

In 1974 under pressure from King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, and succumbing to agitation led by Jamaat Islami, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, supposedly a liberal, amended Pakistani laws to declare Ahmediyas non-Muslims. But that did not help Bhutto, who hoped to buy peace with the mullahs thereby. Brushing aside this appeasement, the Jamaat Islami in 1977 brought together Jamiat Ullema Islam (JUI), led then by Mufti Mehmood, and Jamaat ul Ulemae Pakistan (JUP) of Shah Ahmed Noorani Pakistan Democratic Party (PDP) of Nawabzda Nsrullah Khan and such other fringe elements of clerics, to commence the street agitation for “Nizame Mustafa” implying return to the medieval Islamic state. This agitation supported discreetly by Pakistani army, gathered momentum and soon enough all elements determined to rid Pakistan of Bhutto, including Frontier Gandhi Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan’s son Khan Abdul Wali Khan, his wife Naseem Wali Khan and their party the National Awami Party (NAP) and the Army’s proxy in civilian politics, Air Marshal (retired) Asghar Khan with his one man party Tehrike Istaqlal, all joined hands with these mullahs to pull down a duly elected government and legitimse the rule of Chief Martial Law Dictator (CMLA) General Mohammad Ziaul Haq, honouring him with the title Ameerul Momineen (the king of the believers) for enforcing Hudood Ordinances which paved the way for turning Pakistan into a narrow minded sectarian anti-secular state.

Zia, as is wont, prescribed heavy punishments and even persecution of Ahmediyas for practicing their religion. That’s what came of the Ahmediyas’ zeal to create an “Islamic state”.  The rest is well known, after the Ahmediyas, Wahabi mullahs targeted the Shias. And then came the turn of Barelvis. But now each of the 72 sects of Islam existing in Pakistan consider the others heretics and are campaigning for cleansing Pakistan of all the others.

This was a nation created in the name of religion, in the name of Islam, believing that Muslims are one people, one Nation and they had one language Urdu.

What is Sanghi Bhajpai nationalism all about? One people (read only Aryavrats), one language (Hindi), one flag (Bhagua), one slogan “Bharat Mata ki Jai.” They are neither blind nor ignorant to the descent into morass of their next door neighbour. They know very well what fate awaits India were it to go the Pakistan way. Yet they persist with it surely and determinedly. Is this love for Mother India? Are they Hindu nationalists or simply inimical to modern India? Are they sons or vindictive stepsons of Bharat Mata.

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How much love for Deendayal?

How much love for Deendayal?

Why not reopen the probe into his death?

By

Faraz Ahmad

Now that the Sanghis are fully in command of the Indian state they naturally want to ensure that the stamp of their overwhelming presence be felt by all in all spheres of everyday life. It is therefore no surprise that they now want to rename Mughalsarai railway station where they found the body of the former president of Akhil Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) the earlier incarnation of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and a noted ideologue of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Deendayal Upadhyaya lying on the railway tracks a little distance from the platform.

The Sanghis’ and in particular Uttar Pradesh chief minister Anand Singh Bisht alias Yogi Adityanath desire to deify Upadhyay is for a couple of reasons including the fact that Upadhyaya, like Yogi believed in the Varna vyavastha, meaning the supremacy of the caste hierarchy among Hindus and was a firm believer in the inadmissibility of the Muslims or Christians till they were “purified” in the Indian nation which for him was synonymous with Hindu Rashtra.

In any case, they are out to change the names of all the streets, towns, railway stations and you name it, one after another, history be damned. First it was Aurangzeb Road, then it was Akbar Road and you wait and see for this is just the beginning. Sooner than later they will turn to renaming the places or institutions named after the Nehru-Gandhi family members, for they despise them as much as they hate the Bloody Katuwas (circumcised, for that is how they refer to Muslims when among themselves.)

Be that as it may, we are currently on their new found love for Deendayal Upadhyaya. It is now three years since Modi government has come into being and more than four months since Yogi became the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh where Mughalsarai is situated. Last year was the birth anniversary of Deendayal Upadhyaya and this government has already renamed at least two major projects after their late leader.  The UPA’s Ajeevika scheme is now called Deendayal Upadhyaya Antyodaya Yojana to provide skill development to rural poor and the UPA scheme, Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana too has been renamed as Deendayal Upadhyaya Grameen Jyoti Yojana. That is perfectly understandable though it betrays a small mind to dress up already eistting schemes and make them appear new, but then that is what mean and cussed do. Never mind that.

What is remarkable is that while there appears suddenly such a surge of love and reverence for their former ideologue, there is not even a murmur to solve the mystery of Deendayal’s death. This when former BJS president Balraj Madhok, a contemporary of Deendayal, in his treatise dealing only with the assassination of Deendayal and Indira Gandhi, his third serial book titled ‘Jindagi ka Safar’ insisted that Deendayal’s  death on the outer signal of Mughalsarai railway station was no “accident’ as the BJP leadership maintained but a well-planned and cunningly executed murder.

The Government of India, naturally led then by Indira Gandhi instituted a Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) inquiry which after much humming and hawing concluded that two petty thieves tried to rob Deendayal and in the process pushed him out of the moving train which resulted in his death. The CBI caught two petty criminals tried them and later got them acquitted for lack of evidence. Mrs Gandhi also set up a judicial probe led by later day chief justice Y V Chandrachud, who came to the same conclusion as the CBI, never mind the lack of evidence on this count.

But many in the then Jana Sangh dismissed this thesis outright and believed he was murdered by a killer hired by some top leaders of the Jana Sangh. Balraj Madhok virtually named two senior leaders, namely former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and one time Jana Sangh organizing secretary Nanaji Deshmukh. According to Madhok the two had a falling out with Deendayal on account of their wayward ways. He insisted that these two were fond of good life which was an anathema to Deendayal  and was against the principles of the RSS and Jana Sangh where many in the know, including some leaders disapproved of. This, in turn caused much pain to Deendayal would have logically jeopardized the subsequent rise of both Vajpayee and Nanaji, big favourites of the then Sarsanghchalak Guru Golwalkar as also his successor Balasaheb Deoras.

After being thrown out of the Jana Sangh by the duo, Madhok was naturally bitter. Therefore one may take whatever he said with a pinch of salt. But then current BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramnian Swamy too had raised the demand for a high level probe into Deendayal’s death in Parliament then.

Deendayal was travelling from Lucknow to Patna to attend a high level meeting of the RSS on February 11, 1968 when insiders said he was pushed out of the train. Some circles claim that Deendayal was carrying a report card on the activities of these two leaders and their accomplices in the Jana Sangh one of them being a minister of Charan Singh’s Samyukta Vidhayak Dal (SVD) government Ram Prakash Gupta much later elevated as UP chief minister in Vajpayee’s dispensation in 1999 when Vajpayee got Kalyan Singh removed as UP chief minister. When Gupta proved incapable of that task he was further elevated as Madhya Pradesh Governor, proving the extraordinary bond between him and Vajpayee. Gupta died in office in May 2004, days before Vajpayee’s NDA was voted out in the general elections.

Insiders also said that apart from the CBI and Chandrachud there was also an Intelligence Bureau report, which had remained a secret since then. That report said that Vajpayee too was travelling in the same train in which Deendayal was going, though in a different compartment. It also said that Ram Prakash Gupta was spotted emerging from that train at Mughalsarai station. They say Mrs Gandhi summoned both Vajpayee and L K Avani and showed them this report and then suppressed it on their request.

The simple point is that for all the love, compassion and reverence for Deendayal why has Modi government not bothered to reopen the Dendayal case and order a thorough probe to establish the veracity of all the rumours and speculations about the circumstances surrounding Deendayal’s death and Yogi still a member of Parliament would do some service to Deendayal to seek in Parliament a thorough probe into this mysterious death. After all if you can open the case of the circumstances of the death of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, if you arraign Jagdish Tytler in 1984 pogrom of Sikhs, why not remove the veil surrounding the death of your beloved leader? What’s holding you, Modi and Yogi? That would be a greater service to Deendayal than renaming Mughalsarai and Deendayal’s niece Madhu Sharma, the president of Rajasthan BJP Mahila Morcha has joined the chorus of those seeking a fresh probe into Deendayal’s death.

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Corruption bogey-II

Corruption bogey-II

Who is corrupt?

By

Faraz Ahmad

 

Chhatisgarh Minister Brijmohan Agarwal has built an expensive money spinner resort for VIP guests in Chhatisgarh forest by resorting to unchecked loot and plunder of poor tribals’ land. For three days the Indian Express carried this story. First the reporter got to know of only 4.12 hectares of land grabbed by a company called Aditya  Srijan Private limited with Agarwal’s son Abhishek and wife Sarita being the directors of the said company. Then they discovered another 13.90 ha and last records show another 26 ha of pristine forest land belonging to poor tribals even forcibly and mostly deceitfully grabbed by Agarwal. But Arnab Goswami of the Republic news channel firmly believes that the Nation DOES NOT WANT TO KNOW about Agarwsal’s scam. Nor does it prick the conscience of Times Now. After all this is not Lalu Yadav or Robert Vadra. What’s the fun?

Agarwal admits that he has been at it since 2008, which means nine years, almost soon after he became a minister in chief minister Raman Singh’s government.  Agarwal refused to explain anything to the Indian Express reporter saying, “Right now, there is an environment. After this ends I will give point wise answer. I have asked for many documents. After I get them, I will clear the air. There has been an investigation for eight years, why are notices appearing now?” No outcry in the media or in the BJP and its Government at the Centre or in the state. After all he is no Tejaswai Yadav, who was called upon by Nitish Kumar to immediately clear the air about the allegations.

Agarwal also discloses the embedded nature of our media saying how television channels have gone to the concerned village and the villagers said they are happy that this project is coming up and is bringing development. “We have not put pressure or trouble anyone,” he claimed . But the newspaper interviewed three different people including a widow who clearly say they were either cheated through forgery or simply coerced to sell off their plot of land on which they were doing a little farming to earn a respectable living. But the minister is blasé and says “I have not used my position to get any work done.” That’s it! That is the explanation of the minister and neither Raman Singh, himself involved in thousands of crore rice scam, with son named in Panama papers, seeks to remove Brijmohan Agarwal from his cabinet nor does our supposed squeaky clean Prime Minister Narendra Modi ostensibly crusading against corruption, so much as bats an eyelid. No press conferences by another crusader against corruption, Bihar Deputy chief minister and one of the senior most national leader of the BJP, Sushil Modi. No dismay or shock expressed by one more soldier for probity in public life, a corporate lawyer Ravi Shankar Prasad. It does not even register with Nitish Kumar, for whom only the Sangh and Sanghis can be incorruptible.

You never know BJP and Modi might even incentivise Birjmohan  Agrwal with further elevation, perhaps as the next chief minister in case Raman Singh is elevated and brought to the Centre. After all Agarwal has not said anything different from M Venkaiah Naidu when it turned out that Naidu’s son’s car selling company was bestowed special favour by the Telangana government for buying scores of Toyota  Innovas in one sweep giving as seller’s commission worth crores of rupees. Venkaiah also denied bestowing any favours upon his daughter’s NGO and Modi patted him on the back and fielded him the Vice President candidate and thereby the chairman of the Upper House of Parliament, the Rajya Sabha.

Raman Singh has done much more than Agarwal but not an eyebrow raised. As for the Vayapam scam involving not just Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan,his wife and his secretarial staff, not to forget top leaders of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) which ruined the career of thousands of prospective doctors in Madhya Pradesh, where in almost every one who rose to expose or could expose has been systematically eliminated and thus everyone has forgotten.

But why are we talking of Vyapam murders only when the list of cases against UP Deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya include Sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Criminal Procedure Code (Cr. PC) 302 (murder), 120B and 153A conspiracy 188, 147, 148, 153, 153A, 352, 323, 504, 506, 147, 332, 295A, 153A, 353, 186, 504, 147, 332, 147, 332, 420, 465, 467, 171, 353, 380, 148 and 341 in a series of cases including murder, rape, cheating, forgery. You name it and there is not an Indian penal section Keshav Prasad Maurya has not violated. Similarly Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath too has violated the law of the land with impunity with cases of inciting murder, loot, arson and rape, publicly to his Hindutva brigade under sections 506, 307, 147, 148, 297, 336, 504, 295, 153A and 435 were registered against him much before he became the chief minister. But that was all in the service of Hindutva and that was a nationalist act. So no media rushed to confront Maurya or the Yogi on their criminal past. The UP Governor Ram Naik refused to grant sanction against Yogi or Maurya. But when it concerned Azam Khan in the previous regime, he wasted no time, even when a statement by him did not amount to any provocation.

Republic TV Pope Arnab Goswami sends ten reporters to question Shashi Tharoor on his former wife Suananda Pushkar’s death. But he firmly believes THE NATION DOES NOT WANT TO KNOW OF THE VYAPAM SCAM and all the murders linked to this scam all of which lie at the doorstep of the  Madhya Pradesh chief minister.. The nation only wants to know of Sunanda Pushkar’s alleged murder. (Alleged by Subramanian Swamy and Arnab Goswami)

The Republic and Times Now have yet again pulled out from his grave that long retired Swedish police constable Sten Lindstorm with some questionable past association with our Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to aid the BJP to resurrect the dead Bofors gun issue to splash some corruption dirt on Sonia Gandhi. BJP South Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi, desperate to become a minister,  was prompt enough to take the cue and raise it in the Lok Sabha, exposing who made that parrot Lindstorm speak. Remember since 1999 every time they saw some possibility of Sonia Gandhi emerging as the counter to BJP, they brought in Bofors. Lindstorm is a parrot who has been singing the same tune since 1987. Never mind that the Rajya Sabha records have a speech by Ram Jethmalani, (who once led the Bofors charge against Rajiv Gandhi with daily “TEN QUESTIONS”) wherein he had asked the then Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao to close the issue and charge the Hinduja brothers, exposed as one of the Bofors payoff beneficiaries, whatever loss the state might have incurred pleading that the Hindujas were willing to pay several times more to bury this. Hindujas, one time big patrons of the BJP are still thriving in Modi regime as well and their Indusind Bank opening branches all over the country.

And what about the Prime Minister himself?  Prashant Bhushan, who by no stretch of imagination could have anything to do with the Congress party and even fallen out with AAP and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, gave the cheque numbers of the payoffs made by Sahara group and Aditya Birla to Narenedra Modi when he was Gujarat chief minister and demanded a probe. It was an open and shut case. All the Supreme Court had to do was to verify whether these cheques were really issued and encashed and when and by whom and the truth would have been out. Instead it refused to entertain the petition accusing Bhushan of trying to denigrate and undermine the institution of the Prime Minister. What faith do we have in the institutions when the same Supreme Court let out Saharashri Subrat Roy on a specious plea for a week close to two years ago and the man is still out enjoying full freedom thumbing his nose at our institutions? Is it unfair to see a quid pro quo involving the most sacred institutions here?

The same courts have a different standard for Lalu Yadav. He is corrupt, his wife is corrupt and even his son is corrupt. Never mind if he was not even old enough when the supposed act was committed. But we have to fix Lalu Prasad.

There was a big scandal in Arunachal Pradesh with Union Minister of State for Home Kirren Rijiju’s brother leading a sand mining mafia presenting false bills of transporting stones and sand in trucks while on an inquiry later it was found that the registration numbers turned out to be scooters and motorcycles of their friends and relatives and using his brother’s name to browbeat and influence the officers qustioning him. Remember while campaigning against Lalu on alleged fodder scam Ravi Shankar Prasad and Sushil Kumar Modi had made precisely this allegation that the receipts of the cattle fodder supposedly carried bore the registration numbers of scooters and such other smaller vehicles. So during flood time carrying fodder on two wheelers even bicycles is unheard of for the BJP leaders and the media which went to town on that. But large boulders, stones and sand can be ferried in a scooter dicky or on a motorcycle and there is not even a murmur in the media after Rijiju makes some half-hearted statement defending his backside, because here it is a BJP leader.

Just last week almost immediately after Nitish dumped the Mahagathbandhan the architect of the entire game, Arun Jaitely rushed off to Chennai for his next mission to induct the entire All India Anna DMK, (both factions) into the BJP and the first thing he did upon landing in Chennai was to go and place a wreath at Jayalalaitha’s memorial. Who cares if Jayalaitha was convicted by the Supreme Court on corruption? But Arnab Goswami or Navika Kumar won’t send a single reporter to question Jaitley. Why would they, but why not? unless they are either politically or otherwise compromised to the BJP and this Government. So much for our concern about corruption and probity in public life!

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Corruption bogey-Part I

Corruption bogey-Part I
The unseating of Nawaz Sharif

By

Faraz Ahmad

 

The media is currently so engrossed in the corruption and nepotism issue that it has ignored completely the context and the source which has initiated the latest round of debate on corruption. Even our blinkered leftists had been drawn into the debate on corruption, singing paeans to the Pakistani establishment and judiciary for unseating Mian Nawaz Sharif, the constitutionally and democratically elected Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

There is appreciation in our Left oriented digital media of Pakistan’s judiciary and establishment for their supposed courage in unseating their prime minister on charges of corruption. There is no understanding why and how this came about.

Mian Nawaz Sharif is a creation of that Mullah in Khaki Pakistan’s military dictator General  Mohammad Ziaul Haq who firmly established the unbreakable bond between the Army, the Mullahs and a good section of Islamised judiciary which thrives till date. The grapevine has it that before Ziaul Haq patronised the Sharif family, his father Mohammad Sharif ran a small flour mill in Punjab and claimed some kind of familial connection with Kashmir though they are true blue blooded Lahori Punjabis.

There was tremendous resentment against Ziaul Haq when he committed judicial murder of former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto because though Bhutto hailed originally from Larkana in Sind, he was equally popular in Punjab as well. So Ziaul Haq needed some bright and young face to launch an anti-Bhutto campaign with the help of the mullahs and thus picked up Mian Nawaz Sharif making him his Finance Minister.

Since then with the Army and Mullahs all smiling upon the Sharif family they accumulated vast wealth all over the country and abroad. By the way they are not alone. The worst offenders have been the Army generals and even middle level Army officers whose wealth disproportionate to their source of income has never been questioned by any court of the supposed upright and uncompromising judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

These revelations in Panama papers relate to the wealth he allegedly collected in his first stint as the Prime Minister between 1990 and 1993. Few people would remember Ghulam Ishaq Khan, a loyal creature of Pakistan’s military establishment who served the Pakistan establishment right from Ayub Khan days to Ziaul Haq and after Zia was blown to smithereens in the plane bombing, he was chosen to succeed Zia as Pakistan President.

Soon after Zia’s death elections were held in Pakistan and both the Pakistan People’s Party led by Benazir Bhutto and the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) under Nawaz Sharif contested. PPP won and Benazir became the first and only woman Prime Minister of Pakistan so far. But the Pakistani establishment could not digest this and by November 1990 Ishaq Khan dismissed Benazir on charges of corruption disproved to this date. Then he appointed Nawaz Sharif as the Prime Minister but by July, 1993 also dismissed him on same corruption charges. Nawaz Sharif went to court and the Supreme Court of Pakistan struck down Ishaq Khan’s act whereupon both Ishaq Khan and Sharif demitted office and went for another round of elections of the National Assembly of Pakistan.

The current corruption charges are the same which Ishaq Khan had leveled against him using that as a pretext to dismiss his government. The Pakistan Supreme Court naturally was aware of these charges and did not find enough substance in them to uphold Ishaq Khan’s action. But suddenly now 27 years later based on the same allegations carried in Panama papers, it has disqualified Nawaz Sharif and even blocked the path for his bright daughter Maryam to succeed him.

How did the Pakistan judiciary wake up to Nawaz’ alleged corruption so late in the day? The cue was given by that English speaking closet mullah and a proxy for Pakistan’s bearded army, Imran Khan, the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI) Party. Wonder how many would remember that there was once a party by the same acronym, the Pakistan Tehreeke Istaqlal (PTI) led by Air Marshal (Retired) Asghar Khan, a small but an important component of the Pakistan National Alliance of 1977 which conspired with Ziaul Haq to get Bhutto’s duly elected government dismissed and get Marital Law imposed. Imran Khan too has proved over a period, to be a proxy for the Army, the ISI  and the mullahs of the Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and while he has hardly any political following to become the Prime Minister, the higher judiciary in Pakistan seems to be responsive to Imran Khan, just like once that Asghar Khan with zilch political following played an important role in undermining the democratic institutions of that country for whatever they were worth.

Since the last elections Nawaz Sharif appears to have under gone visible change of heart or rather strategy. He had grown a little soft towards India, making some sincere effort to improve relations with India. Also he has made some move to alleviate the suffering of the beleaguered Hindu minority in Pakistan, by pushing ahead the Hindu Marriage Act in the National Assembly whereby after 70 years of its existence Pakistan finally recognizes Hindu marriages which will restrict the Muslim predators to kidnap and rape and convert Hindu women in Pakistan to Islam.

All this has not gone well with those who lionized that treacherous bodyguard of former Governor of Punjab Salman Tasseer, Malik Mumtaz Qadri who shot him dead at point blank range for criticizing the blasphemous Blasphemy law of Pakistan. Remember the lawyers of Lahore High Court who garlanded and took that murderer in a procession and the judge who handed Qadri death sentence fled the country for fear of being killed by some such fanatic too.

Before that the Pakistan Supreme Court was determined to pull down former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari, who presided over Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) after these mullahs in collusion with the elements in Pakistan Army and ISI, gunned down his wife Benazir Bhutto.  And when former Prime Minister of Pakistan Yusuf Raza Gilani did not yield to judicial pressure, the court first dismissed him and then the jidhadists kidnapped his son Ali Haider Gilani in 2013 and kept him a hostage for three years.

So the judiciary in Pakistan will pronounce you corrupt once the mullahs, the Army and the ISI suspect a leader of going soft on India and the religious minorities of the country. Who else would prove this better than Imran Khan who immediately accused Nawaz Sharif of being an Indian agent when Nawaz Sharif pointed a finger at the Army for his dismissal.  So much for the fight against corruption in Pakistan.

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