His presence in Team Anna has been a concern right from the beginning.
A self poclaimed ‘swami’, a noted Hindu hater, a pro-separatist and Maoist sympathizer who recently had to face the ire of the resenting public in Dhantewada, a person publicly slapped by a monk for his derogatory remarks on Amarnath Shivling, Agnivesh has now been further exposed.
Time for the media to stop pampering this bogus social activist.
In the final few days of Anna Hazare’s fast to demand a strong Lokpal Bill, the Gandhian leader came under tremendous pressure to give up his protest.
The entire political establishment , from the Prime Minister to leaders at an all-party meeting, repeatedly appealed to Anna to call off his fast, even claiming at various stages that his demands would be considered by Parliament. Parliament too appealed to him unanimously to call off his hunger strike.
Yet, in the absence of any tangible forward movement – in the form of a resolution in Parliament that addressed his demands, Anna persisted in his fast.
Even some of Anna’s own aides and supporters – from Santosh Hegde to Sri Sri Ravishankar to Swami Agnivesh – urged him to call it off, noting that the movement needed him to be in good health to continue the battle.
But it appears, on the basis of a sensational video that’s been recorded and available in the public domain, that not all of these appeals to Anna were motivated by concern for his health.
In the video, available here, Swami Agnivesh is seen in a phone conversation with, evidently, Kapil Sibal, who was among the government ministers actively looking to sabotage any deal that would offer concessions to Team Anna.
But strikingly, from the conversation that can be pieced together from Swami Agnivesh’s end, it appears that he was actively urging the government not to make any further concessions to Team Anna.
Swami Agnivesh is heard telling “Kapilji”: “Yeh to pagal ki tarah ho raha hai” (It’s like he’s turned mad”).
He then advises “Kapilji” to not make any further concessions since the demands from the other side only keeps increasing. “You should definitely not concede any more ground,” he says. “Be firm.”
Swami Agnivesh says that for anyone to “do this to the government is very bad… Even after issuing such a big appeal, if after even Parliament has asked him, if Anna doesn’t give up his fast…”
The irony is that Swami Agnivesh appears to be aware that he was being filmed: at one point he looks squarely into the camera. But perhaps preoccupied with his conversation, he continues – although subsequently he wanders out of range before the conversation concludes.
The video, whose authenticity has not been verified, appears to suggest that Swami Agnivesh, who was all along coming across as a bona fide supporter of Anna, may have been playing both sides in the final days leading up to yesterday’s denouement.
The video appears to have validated Team Anna’s concerns that Swami Agnivesh wasn’t entirely above board in his dealings with them. Kiran Bedi noted that “He (Swami Agnivesh) was under suspicion all the time… We kept warning him against these actions. Nature has given us this evidence!”
No doubt, having an NGO under your belt is a lucrative proposition. Ask Teesta Seetalvad or Kanimozhi. And then there are the Christian NGOs – who are the biggest beneficiary of foreign funds for the obvious reason.
24 Aug, 2011, 06.01PM IST, PTI
NEW DELHI: Foreign contribution worth nearly Rs 40,000 crore has been received by 77,000 NGOs across the country in four years beginning 2005-06.
Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran said in Rajya Sabha that during 2005-06, altogether 18,650 NGOs have received Rs 7,889.12 crore while 19,462 NGOs have received Rs 11,111.12 crore in 2006-07.
Rs 9,723.96 crore was received by 19,247 NGOs in 2007-08 and Rs 10,837.49 crore was received by 20,499 NGOs in 2008-09.
Last week, the government said it had barred 42 NGOs from receiving foreign contribution because of alleged financial irregularities and corruption.
It also said that it had placed 36 NGOs in prior permission category, asking them to seek nod from the authorities before accepting any donation from abroad.
Anna Hazare earned the wrath of his secular team members like Mallika Sarabhai, activist Medha Patekar and the self proclaimed Swami Agnivesh, when he praised Narendra Modi for his governance, so much so that, he was forced later to hastily do some damage control and pick on Modi for so called ‘scams’ in Gujarat and prove his secular stand by removing the ‘Bharatmata’ backdrop from his stage.
Unfortunately neither this nor his effort to disassociate from the saffron clad ‘Hindu’ Baba Ramdev, could save him from the Congress allegation that he has the backing of the RSS and BJP, despite his best efforts to refute it.
He is learning the hard way that an assertive Hindu is a communal and antinational element in Hindusthan.
Now Anna and his secular team will have to really prove their secular credentials after the muslim leader calls for Muslims to desert Anna. It would be interesting to see how far along the Gandhian pathway will Team Anna walk to appease the Muslims now.
May be no more Vande Mataram or Bharat mata now …. only ISWAAR ALLAH TERE NAAM ……..
Aug 22, 2011, 05.12AM IST
Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid has called upon Muslims to stay away from the Anna movement saying that Anna’s war cry – Vande Mataram and Bharat Mata Ki jai that have almost become anthem at Ramlila Maidan – are against Islam.
“Islam does not condone the worship of the nation or land. It does not even condone worship of the mother who nurtures a child in her womb for nine months. How can Muslims then join his stir with a war cry that is against the basic tenets of their religion.
The tragedy revisited ….. lest we forget …..
Over a thousand years, as Hindus, we have given a chance to ‘unity’ and ‘integration’. We can dream to try another thousand years. But the reality is in the history and in the scriptural dictates. The sooner we understand that, the better. Time to say, NO MORE!!
19/01/90: When Kashmiri Pandits fled Islamic terror
January 19, 2005
Srinagar, January 4, 1990.
Aftab, a local Urdu newspaper, publishes a press release issued by Hizb-ul Mujahideen, set up by the Jamaat-e-Islami in 1989 to wage jihad for Jammu and Kashmir’s secession from India and accession to Pakistan, asking all Hindus to pack up and leave. Another local paper, Al Safa, repeats this expulsion order.
In the following days, there is near chaos in the Kashmir valley with Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah and his National Conference government abdicating all responsibilities of the State. Masked men run amok, waving Kalashnikovs, shooting to kill and shouting anti-India slogans.
Reports of killing of Hindus, invariably Kashmiri Pandits, begin to trickle in; there are explosions; inflammatory speeches are made from the pulpits of mosques, using public address systems meant for calling the faithful to prayers. A terrifying fear psychosis begins to take grip of Kashmiri Pandits.
Walls are plastered with posters and handbills, summarily ordering all Kashmiris to strictly follow the Islamic dress code, prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks and imposing a ban on video parlours and cinemas. The masked men with Kalashnikovs force people to re-set their watches and clocks to Pakistan Standard Time.
Shops, business establishments and homes of Kashmiri Pandits, the original inhabitants of the Kashmir valley with a recorded cultural and civilisational history dating back 5,000 years, are marked out. Notices are pasted on doors of Pandit houses, peremptorily asking the occupants to leave Kashmir within 24 hours or face death and worse. Some are more lucid: “Be one with us, run, or die!“
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Srinagar, January 19, 1990.
Jagmohan arrives to take charge as governor of Jammu and Kashmir. Farooq Abdullah, whose pathetic, whimpering, snivelling government has all but ceased to exist and has gone into hiding, resigns and goes into a sulk. Curfew is imposed as a first measure to restore some semblance of law and order. But it fails to have a deterrent effect.
Throughout the day, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front and Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists use public address systems at mosques to exhort people to defy curfew and take to the streets. Masked men, firing from their Kalashnikovs, march up and down, terrorising cowering Pandits who, by then, have locked themselves in their homes.
As evening falls, the exhortations become louder and shriller. Three taped slogans are repeatedly played the whole night from mosques: ‘Kashmir mei agar rehna hai, Allah-O-Akbar kehna hai‘ (If you want to stay in Kashmir, you have to say Allah-O-Akbar); ‘Yahan kya chalega, Nizam-e-Mustafa‘ (What do we want here? Rule of Shariah); ‘Asi gachchi Pakistan, Batao roas te Batanev san‘ (We want Pakistan along with Hindu women but without their men).
In the preceding months, 300 Hindu men and women, nearly all of them Kashmiri Pandits, had been slaughtered ever since the brutal murder of Pandit Tika Lal Taploo, noted lawyer and BJP national executive member, by the JKLF in Srinagar on September 14, 1989. Soon after that, Justice N K Ganju of the Srinagar high court was shot dead. Pandit Sarwanand Premi, 80-year-old poet, and his son were kidnapped, tortured, their eyes gouged out, and hanged to death. A Kashmiri Pandit nurse working at the Soura Medical College Hospital in Srinagar was gang-raped and then beaten to death. Another woman was abducted, raped and sliced into bits and pieces at a sawmill.
In villages and towns across the Kashmir valley, terrorist hit lists have been floating about. All the names are of Kashmiri Pandits. With no government worth its name, the administration having collapsed and disappeared, the police nowhere to be seen, despondency sets in. As the night of January 19, 1990, wears itself out, despondency gives way to desperation.
And tens of thousands of Kashmiri Pandits across the valley take a painful decision: to flee their homeland to save their lives from rabid jihadis. Thus takes place a 20th century Exodus.
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Srinagar, January 19, 2005.
There are no Kashmiri Pandits in Srinagar, or, for that matter, anywhere else in the Kashmir valley; they don’t live here anymore. You can find them in squalid refugee camps in Jammu and Delhi. As many as 300,000 Kashmiri Pandits have fled their home and hearth and been reduced to living the lives of refugees in their own country.
Two-thirds of them are camping in Jammu. The rest are in Delhi and in other Indian cities. Many of them, once prosperous and proud of their rich heritage, now live in grovelling poverty, dependent on government dole and charity. In these 15 years, an entire generation of exiled Kashmiri Pandits has grown up, without seeing the land from where their parents fled to escape the brutalities of Islamic terrorism, a land they dare not return to, although that land still remains a part of their country.
A large number of them are suffering from a variety of stress and depression related diseases. A group of doctors who surveyed the mental and physical health of the Kashmiri Pandits living in refugee camps, found high incidence of ‘economic distress, stress induced diabetes, partial lunacy, hypertension and mental retardation.’ Statistics reflect high death rate and low birth rate among the Kashmiri Pandit refugees.
And thereby hangs a tragic tale that has been all but wiped out from public memory.
An entire people have been uprooted from the land of their ancestors and left to fend for themselves as a weak-kneed Indian state shamelessly panders to Islamic terrorists and separatists who claim they are the final arbiters of Jammu and Kashmir’s destiny. A part of India’s cultural heritage has been destroyed; a chapter of India’s civilisational history has been erased.
Had this tragedy occurred elsewhere in Hindu majority India, and had the victims been Muslims, we would have described it as ‘ethnic cleansing’ and ‘genocide.’ We would have made films with horror-inducing titles. We would have filed cases in the Supreme Court of India. Our media would have marshalled remarkable rage in reporting the smallest detail.
But, this tragedy has occurred in Muslim majority Kashmir valley, and the victims are all Hindus, that too Pandits. What has been lost is part of India’s Hindu culture, what has been erased is integral to India’s Hindu civilisation.
Therefore, the government makes bold to record that the Kashmiri Pandits have “migrated on their own” and their ‘displacement (is) self-imposed;’ the National Human Rights Commission, after a perfunctory inquiry, refuses to concede that what has happened is ‘genocide’ or ‘ethnic cleansing,’ though facts add up to no less than that, never mind that 300,000 lives have been destroyed.
And, our jhola-wallah brigade of secular activists rudely turn up their noses to the plight of Kashmiri Pandits: Hindu sorrow, inflicted by Islamic terror, stinks.
Today, on January 19, the 15th anniversary of the forced flight of Kashmiri Pandits, look back at India’s wretched history of secular politics and consider the terrible price the nation has paid at the altar of appeasement because the Indian State has, and continues to, toe the line of least resistance.
This ex-Judge must be out of his mind. He is lucky that the Congress barking dogs have not noticed this yet …
Kolkata: Former Supreme Court judge K T Thomas today praised the RSS for its discipline and said the propaganda that the organisation is anti-minority is “baseless”.
Speaking at a function here, attended by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, he also said the “smear campaign” against the RSS that it was responsible for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi must end.
“There is a smear campaign that RSS was responsible for Gandhi’s assassination just because the assassin was once an RSS worker,” he said, adding that the organisation had been “completely exonerated” by the court. “This smear campaign must end against RSS,” he said.
“I am a Christian. I was born as a Christian and practise that religion. I am a church-going Christian. But I have also learnt many things about RSS,” he said.
“Can the entire Sikh community be responsible for Indira Gandhi’s assassination,” Thomas asked.
He said he became an admirer of the RSS in 1979 when he was posted as district judge of Kozhikode, adding that simple living and high thinking was its hallmark.
During the Emergency, RSS was the only non-political organisation which fought against it, he said. “We owe very much to RSS for sacrificing many lives for regaining our fundamental rights,” said Thomas.
“The propaganda that RSS is anti-minority is also baseless,” he said, adding that he is a great admirer of the organisation as it gives importance to discipline.