November 11, 2015
"Tipu Sultan a great Indian hero, freedom fighter and the first ruler to fight against British imperialists"
The 18th century king died fighting the British in the last Anglo-Mysore war. Renowned litterateur Girish Karnad said that Tipu Sultan's place would have been even higher, had he been a Hindu.
Karnad was not off the mark, as Tipu Sultan was the first and only Indian king of the era who saw East India Company's design and fought against them.
Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday said that Tipu Sultan had fought three wars against the British and he was in a true sense the man who started India's freedom struggle.
The words that India's freedom struggle began with Tipu Sultan, are quite true. Tipu was the most formidable enemy, this is acknowledged by the British even today and he is listed among the fiercest adversaries that include Napoleon Bonaparte. Tipu's anniversary was celebrated across state on November 10.
Experts say that while Tipu Sultan laid his life for the country, right-wing extremists who quote from distorted history, selectively target Tipu. They say that his attack in Coorg is used to defame him and his army is accused of atrocities, which are exaggerated.
The reality was that medieval era kings did attack territories to subdue rebellion. A case in point is Shivaji's attacks including his seize of Surat, which was burnt and destroyed by the Maratha army.
Though Marathas kept looting and attacking across the country, this aspect is not recalled and Shivaji along with other Maratha rulers are termed as ultra-nationalists. However, Tipu Sultan is systematically targeted and denied his due status.
Karnad said that it was a fact that Muslims were not given their due recognition. "Had he been Hindu, Tipu Sultan's stats would have been similar to Shivaji. He was the first to unify the region that was in disarray then, just like Shivaji formed his empire in adjoining Maharahstra", he adds.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that Tipu Sultan was a true secularist and a great hero. He said it at the event organised by Karnataka government on Tipu Sultan's anniversary. The CM rejected the BJP and right-wing groups' propaganda to demean the status of the Sher-e-Mysore.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) had tried to disrupt the Tipu Sultan Jayanti function and had resorted to violence and stone pelting. The police had taken action and a VHP leader Kuttappa died when he got injured in the melee.
October 7, 2015
Sahgal has questioned the silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and has said that she was returning the award in protest.
Sahgal is the niece of India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. The growing intolerance in the society and the rise of extremist Hindu outfits has prompted her to take the decision.
She mentioned that the award was returned by her to express solidarity with all Indians who uphold the right to dissent. The 88-year-old has expressed her disgust over the distortion of Hinduism by the ugly phenomenon of 'Hindutva'.
The step comes within days of the death of Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri in UP. He was lynched by a mob that suspected him of having eaten beef. A false announcement was made from the temple and later the crowd had gathered at his house.
They entered his house, dragged him out and killed him on the spot. At least half a dozen members of a BJP leader have been found involved in this brutal murder. Akhalq's son is a corporal with the Indian Air Force.
Sahgal also mentioned the killings of Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and MM Kalburgi, the writers and anti-superstition activists, who were killed by suspected Hindutva-inspired extremist groups.
She said that PM hasn't said a word on all these killings. Sahgal said that the authorities had clearly failed to protect the lives of these people and that the attacks relect a growing extremism in the country, which needs to be checked.
BJP-RSS cooked up false 'Love Jihad' bogey to stir communal passions, divide India: Cobrapost sting operation reveals
This sensational revelation has been made in the Cobrapost sting. It suggests that RSS-BJP-VHP and other splinter groups attached to Sangh Parivar, were involved in cooking up the false story that Muslim youths were targeting Hindu girls, eloping with them and marrying them intentionally.
The investigation is corroborated by series of videos that were stealthily shot by the Cobrapost journalists. On-camera, the BJP-RSS leaders have been caught making statements that how all efforts were made to split Hindu-Muslim couples.
That, the right-wing activists used police force to threaten such couples, got society, relatives of families, harassing the couples through lawyers associated with Sangh Parivar and even assaulting and drugging them, to split the inter-religious couples.
Cobrapost and Gulail jointly conducted the sting operation that shows how members associated with India's ruling party and the elements in RSS' grand Saffron parivar including BJP, VHP, Bajrang Dal and numerous other outfits, were involved in creating the bogey of 'Love Jihad'.
The aim was to demonise Muslims, inflame Hindu passions and create communal atmosphere which they believed helped them (Saffron forces) on the ground and also in winning elections. The sting named 'Operation Juliet', claims to have exposed the nefarious designs.
The Cobrapost revealed that from distributing inflammatory pamphlets to forcibly taking away girls from their husbands, the Hindutva outfits used all tricks to vitiate communal atmosphere and polarise society on communal lines.
Aniruddha Bahal, the editor of Cobrapost, supervised the sting and his reporters--Shishupal Kumar and Shazia Nigar, went from UP to Karnataka and Kerala, and spoke to members of BJP, RSS, VHP, Shiv Sena, Hindu Jagran Manch and many other organisations, and found that the ploy was used across the country.
On tape, the leaders of the BJP accepted that they were involved in inciting communal violence. The sting reveals that the BJP leaders plan to use 'Love Jihad' bogey to stir passions in Uttar Pradesh where elections are to be held in next two years.
Link to Cobrapost sting and the videos
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