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August 28, 2010

'Ban Bajrang Dal, VHP for Saffron terrorism'

After Home Minister P Chidambaram cautioned police chiefs of all the states regarding the existence of Saffron terrorism, the demand to ban militant Hindu organisations affiliated to RSS was raised in Indian Parliament.

After the BJP members forced adjournment twice over Chidambaram's use of the term 'Saffron terrorism', the Rajya Sabha again assembled in the afternoon.

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) supremo Ramvilas Paswan said that Hindutva forces have been involved in terrorist activities. He said that Chidambaram has made the right comment about extremist Hindu organisations.

Paswan said that RSS was involved in fanning hatred and communalism in the country and its affiliated organizations including Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) should be banned.

This angered the BJP and Shiv Sena members who reacted sharply. Amid the uproarious scenes and din, the speaker adjourned the Upper House for the day.

Earlier, BJP's Arun Jaitley said that the term was objectionable and it should not be used. BJP and Shiv Sena members said that a particular religion was being targeted and defamed while terror has no religion.

August 19, 2010

RSS chief's stand on Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri masjid dispute anti-national, say Muslim leaders

Muslim leaders have sharply reacted to the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's statement in which he said that the Ram temple would be built at the disputed site in Ayodhya even if the court verdict is not in favour.

Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind leader Maulana Arshad Madani said that the utterances of the RSS' chief are not only unconstitutional but also amount to sedition and treason.

Madani said that the Muslims have always said that they would abide by the judiciary, even if its verdict goes against us but the RSS leader has exposed the mindset of right-wing forces who don't believe in the law.

"When charges have been framed by CBI against 23 persons accused of demolition of the mosque and they include Shiv Sena's Bal Thackeray and Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Acharya Dharmendra, the RSS leader is making a mockery of our democracy, particularly, when the Lucknow bench is about to pronounce the long-awaited judgment", he said.

Shahi Imam Ahmed Bukhari has also objected to the RSS stand. "The statement that temple would be constructed by force, is provocative and speaks volumes about the Hindutva forces' belief in law.

Bukhari said that it is a dangerous signal as lack of respect for law would lead to jungle-raj in this nation. He urged the Prime Minister to take a serious view of the RSS stand.

Other Muslim leaders have also criticised the RSS. The much-awaited verdict of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case is expected to arrive by mid-December.

TIH Bureau

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