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March 21, 2011

BJP leader Yogi Aditya Nath's terror links bring embarrassment for party

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in a soup after the name firebrand Hindutva leader Yogi Adityanath has come up during interrogation with Saffron terror suspects.

Adityanath is alleged to have financed the terrorism network and also supplied arms to the Hindu terrorists who attacked Muslim shrines and mosques in minority dominated Cities like Malegaon, Hyderabad, Ajmer, Modasa amongst others.

Bharat Rateshwar, a close aide of terrorist mastermind Aseemanand, has spilled the beans, claims Times Now channel, which showed a report about Rateshwar's interrogation report. He has confessed t hat Adityanath helped the network and provided arms and ammunitions.

Adityanath who is an MP from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh is known for his anti-Muslim rhetoric. He has been under the scanner earlier also. Rateshwar, who hails from Gujarat, has said that he and RSS activist Sunil Joshi had met Aditya Nath for assistance.

Apart from him the role of Indresh Kumar has already come up during the course of investigation by National Investigation Agency (NIA). The BJP has maintained a measured silence and its spokespersons have kept mum. RSS has also been reticent though its spokesman Ram Madhav said that he was against spreading stories of such interrogation reports.

TIH Bureau

March 13, 2011

Jains no longer Hindu, get religious minority status in AP

Jains will now be considered a religious minority in Andhra Pradesh, the tenth state in the country to give such status to the adherents of the religion.

The State government has declared that followers of Jainism would be considered a religious minority in the state. There are just over 40,000 Jains in Andhra Pradesh, most of whom are concentrated in Hyderabad. 

Jains are financially strong and own big businesses in Andhra Pradesh. The community had urged the AP government to give them the status of minority religion. Now that Jains will not be considered as Hindus in the state, they will get rights to run and open educational institutions for the community where seats can be reserved.

Jains are now considered a minority religion in 10 states. Jains have the highest concentration in Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. Jain organisations have been insisting that they have a separate religious identity and should get benefits of a minority under Article 30.

Though Jains number around 4 million in the country, they account for less than 0.5 percent of the population. Some sections have resisted the attempts and say that Jains are culturally close to Hinduism and shouldn't be considered separate from Hindus.

TIH Bureau

March 2, 2011

Gunmen kill Christian minister over blasphemy law in Pakistan

Unidentified gunmen shot dead Minorities' Affairs minister Shahbaz Bhatti in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan on Wednesday.

Bhatti, a Christian, was vocal in his opposition to the blasphemy law which have been misused. The gunmen fired nearly 20 bullets after intercepting his car when he was passing by a market after coming out of his mother's house.

He was taken to hospital where he was declared dead. The cabinet minister was receiving death threats for the last couple of months. The killers threw Urdu pamphlets denouncing those who are critical to the blasphemy laws.

The pamphlet suggested that the Taliban were behind the grisly murder of the minister. Recently Punjab governor Salman Taseer was also assassinated as he was also critical of the harsh laws under which those guilty of disrespect towards Islam get death penalty.

TIH Bureau

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