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August 12, 2016

Bajrang Dal is terrorist group, creates fear in society, needs to be banned: Karnataka Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao

"Bajrang Dal is a terrorist group that creates fear in society through moral policing and cow vigilantism".

The Karnataka Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao has said this about the right-wing group linked to RSS.

Gundu Rao said that Bajrang Dal workers terrorize people and are involved in crimes.

The president of the Karnataka unit of Congress, he said that the Bajrang Dal should be banned.

The leader was speaking to media persons. He told Economic Times that the Bajrang Dal was responsible for crimes and it was acting like a private army. The right-wing outfit was disrupting communal harmony, he said speaking to The Hindu.

Gundu Rao has said that Bajrang Dal attacks people, extorts money from them and assaults in the name of Hindutva. He said that he was writing a letter to chief minister Siddaramaiah, asking him to take steps that are needed to ban the group.

TIH Bureau

August 10, 2016

Dalits, Muslims are most numerous in Karnataka, Lingayat-Vokkaliga much less in numbers: Karnataka caste census

The caste census that was conducted in Karnataka has thrown out figures that have potential to change the state politics.

Though officially not declared, the findings have been reported in the print and electronic media.

As per the census figures, Dalites are the biggest caste group with 18% population in the State.

Muslims are the second biggest group with 12.5%. Lingayat and Vokkaliga are 9% and 8% respectively, reports Thenewsminute.com, a news website.

The results are shocking as it was believed that Lingayats were the biggest single caste group and often pegged at 17%.

The Vokkaliga was also considered almost as dominant. But now the myth has been punctured. Brahmins are a small minority in Karnataka.

The census figures indicate that Brahmins are just 2%. Tribals are 7%, a big vote bank. Kuruba are also 7% of the population. The fall out of he result could be huge. This can lead to a new social umbrella formation in Karnataka.

It will also raise demand for caste censuses in other states of the country. There is demand for releasing figures of the caste census at national level. The government has been keeping the figures a secret. It is felt that OBC or Backward population could be as high as 50%.

The Dalits are over 16%, Muslims 15%, Tribal 9%. Upper Caste figure could be less than 10% in India. Socialist leaders are pressing for release of the figures. Sharad Yadav and Lalu Prasad  Yadav are among the leaders who are demanding that the figures are made public.

TIH Bureau

August 7, 2016

Terrorism strikes Assam: Bodo terrorists kill 13 in shootout at market place in Kokrajhar, alert in North-East India

Bodo terrorists have struck once again in Assam.

They shot dead 13 persons in a daredevil attack in a market place in the North Eastern state.

The figure of those who died went up to 14, after another injured person succumbed later.

The terrorists linked to the outlawed National Democratic Federation of Bodoland or NDFB-S undertook the attack, said police sources.

There were images of smoke billowing out of shops that caught fire and that of gun-toting terrorists.

The attack took place in Balajan Tiniali, which is nearly 215 km from the capital, Guwahati. The attackers had come in an auto-rickshaw, began indiscriminate killing and escaped. Just one of the terrorists got killed in retaliatory fire while others managed to escape.

After the incident, Home minister Rajnath Singh spoke to NSA Alert has been sounded in North East India, especially, Assam. NDFB is a Bodo group that has been involved in extremist acts in Assam for many years. It has been fighting for a separate Bodo state or a republic.

The group has a cadre of over 1,000 armed separatists. It is a separatist group that is heavily armed and has killed hundreds in Assam over the last several years. It has killed non-Assamese including Hindi speakers, Muslims and outsiders in Assam.

TIH Bureau

BJP chooses minority Jain leader Vijay Rupani as Gujarat Chief Minister, Nitin Patel would be deputy CM

In a major political move, the BJP chose Vijay Rupani to succeed Anandiben Patel.

Speculations were rife that Nitin Patel would be the next chief minister, however, party decided otherwise.

Rupani, who belongs to a religious minority, has been chosen to strike a balance among other dominant castes vying for the post.

Patels are the most dominant community in the State. But the Patel agitation was curbed with an iron hand.

As a result, the Patels have been angry with BJP. Hardik Patel, who led the movement for reservation, was recently released from jail. But BJP has other problems too in the State where BJP has been traditionally strong.

Dalits have been up in arms against BJP after self-styled 'gau rakshaks' attacked some youths who were skinning a dead cow. The decision to bring Rupani came to ensure a delicate balance. Rupani is a Bania but belongs to Jain faith. The Jain constitute 0.4% population in India.

But the Jain share in population in Gujarat is slightly more, at 1%. Jain community members have influence in BJP and the Sangh Parivar. Amit Shah who heads BJP is also a Jain. Jain leaders have headed Hindu right-wing groups including VHP and Bajrang Dal too.

TIH Bureau

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