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हेमंत करकरे क्या वास्तव में शहीद हैं…?
बात निकलेगी तो फिर दूर तलक जाएगी…
26 नवंबर 2008 की रात मुंबई की गिरगाव चौपाटी रोड पर रुकी कार के भीतर अत्याधुनिक आग्नेयास्त्रों से लैस वो 2 खूंख्वार आतंकी बैठे थे जो उस रात मुंबई की सडकों पर खून की होली खेलने निकले थे और पिछले 2 घंटों में ही मुंबई CST सहित कई स्थानों पर लगभग 60-70 निर्दोष नागरिकों को मौत के घाट उतार चुके थे.
गिरगांव चौपाटी पर उस रात उस कार का रास्ता रोक कर खड़ी हुई मुंबई पुलिस की टीम के सदस्य असिस्टेंट सब इन्स्पेक्टर तुकाराम ओम्बले इस स्थिति को अच्छी तरह जान समझ रहे थे. हालांकि उनके हाथ में पिस्तौल या रिवॉल्वर के बजाय केवल लाठी थी और अच्छी या ख़राब बुलेटप्रूफ जैकेट तो छोडिए, उनके बदन पर बुलेटप्रूफ जैकेट ही नहीं थी. लेकिन इसके बावजूद तुकाराम ओम्बले ने अपने कदम कार की तरफ और अपने हाथ उन आतंकियों के गिरेबान की तरफ बढ़ा दिए थे. जवाब में आतंकियों की बंदूकों से बरसी गोलियों से छलनी होने के बावजूद उन आतंकियों की कार में घुस गए तुकाराम ओम्बले ने उनमें से एक आतंकी का गिरेबान तबतक नहीं छोड़ा था जबतक उसको कार से बाहर घसीटकर सड़क पर पटक नहीं दिया था. इसी आतंकी की पहचान बाद में अजमल कसाब के नाम से हुई थी.
इसी दिन 26/11 की रात, गिरगांव चौपाटी की इस घटना से लगभग 45 मिनट पहले ही आतंकी कसाब और उसके आतंकी साथी से 8 पुलिस कर्मियों की टीम का सामना हो गया था. टीम का नेतृत्व हेमंत करकरे कर रहे थे. करकरे और उनकी टीम के पास तुकाराम ओम्बले की तरह केवल लाठी नहीं बल्कि आटोमैटिक पिस्तौलें और राइफलें थीं. करकरे और उनकी टीम तुकाराम ओम्बले की तरह केवल सूती कपडे की सरकारी वर्दी नहीं पहने थी, बल्कि बाकायदा बुलेट प्रूफ जैकेट और हेलमेट पहने हुए थे. बुलेट प्रूफ घटिया थी कहने से काम नहीं चलेगा क्योंकि वो जैकेट चाहे जितनी घटिया रही हो किन्तु तुकाराम ओम्बले की सूती कपडे वाली सरकारी वर्दी से तो हज़ार गुना बेहतर रही होगी.
सिर्फ यही नहीं, गिरगांव चौपाटी पर हुई मुठभेड़ में तो आतंकी कार में, आड़ लेकर बैठे थे जबकि तुकाराम ओम्बले के पास खुली सड़क पर किसी तिनके तक की ओट लेने की गुंजाईश नहीं थी.
जबकि करकरे और उनकी टीम की स्थिति इसके ठीक विपरीत थी.
उनके सामने दोनों आतंकी खुली सड़क पर बिना किसी ओट के खड़े थे और करकरे अपनी टीम के साथ कार के भीतर थे इसके बावजूद उन दोनों आतंकियों ने करकरे समेत उनकी पूरी टीम को मौत के घाट उतार दिया था और करकरे व उनकी पूरी टीम मिलकर उन दोनों को मारना तो दूर उनको घायल तक नहीं कर सकी थी. जबकि निहत्थे तुकाराम ओम्बले ने सीने पर गोलियों की बौछार सहते हुए भी कसाब सरीखे आतंकी को कार के भीतर घुसकर बाहर खींच के सड़क पर पटक दिया था. यह था वो ज़ज़्बा और जूनून जिसने तुकाराम ओम्बले को शहादत के सर्वोच्च शिखर पर पहुंचा दिया.
करकरे और उनकी टीम उन दो आतंकियों का सामना क्यों नहीं कर सकी थी.?
इस सवाल का जवाब देश को आजतक नहीं मिला. संकेत देता हूँ कि जवाब क्यों नहीं मिला था.
दरअसल उनके रक्त के नमूने जेजे अस्प्ताल ने इसबात की जांच के लिए फोरेंसिक लैब में भेजे थे कि क्या उन्होंने शराब पी रखी थी.?
फोरेंसिक लैब की जांच का परिणाम क्या निकला था.?
देश को आजतक यह भी नहीं बताया गया.
मित्रों यह कोइ ऐसा रहस्य नहीं था जिसके उजागर करने से देश की सुरक्षा को कोई खतरा उत्पन्न हो जाता. लेकिन देश को यह नहीं बताया गया.
अतः मेरा स्पष्ट मानना है कि, उस रात यदि वास्तव में कोई शहीद हुआ था, जिसकी शहादत के समक्ष पूरा देश सदा नतमस्तक होता रहेगा, तो वो नाम था तुकाराम ओम्बले का.
जबकि हेमंत करकरे और उनकी टीम की मौत उस रात उन आतंकियों के हाथों मारे गए अन्य नागरिकों की तरह ही हुई एक मौत मात्र थी. क्योंकि शहीद वो कहलाता है जो तुकाराम ओम्बले की तरह सामने खड़े दुश्मन पर जान की परवाह किये बिना टूट पड़ता है. इस आक्रमण में हुई उसकी मौत को देश और दुनिया शहादत कहती है.
यदि हेमंत करकरे और उनके साथी शहीद हैं तो फिर उस रात आतंकियों द्वारा मारा गया हर नागरिक शहीद है.
आज यह विवेचन इसलिए क्योंकि कांग्रेसी इशारे पर साध्वी प्रज्ञा के साथ हेमंत करकरे द्वारा किये गए राक्षसी अत्याचारों और फर्ज़ीवाड़े की अदालत और जांच में उडी धज्जियां के बाद उजागर हुई अपनी साज़िशों पर पर्दा डालने के लिए कांग्रेस ने यह विधवा विलाप प्रारम्भ किया है क़ी साध्वी प्रज्ञा की रिहाई से शहीद हेमंत करकरे और उनकी शहादत का अपमान हुआ है.
मित्रों इस देश में अब शहादत का सर्टिफिकेट वो कांग्रेस नहीं बाँट सकती जो सरकारी किताबों में भगत सिंह, चन्द्रशेखर आज़ाद को आतंकवादी और नेहरू को महान स्वतंत्रता सेनानी लिखकर देश के बच्चों के मन में ज़हर घोलती रही हो.
(Our thanks to Shefali Vaidya who posted this on the Facebook)
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A lot, if you happen to be a Ph.D student and your tragic suicide can be used to malign the Hindus and to further a vicious casteist agenda.
However, if you are just a poor, uneducated Hindu kid of 16, burnt alive by Muslim criminals, your life is not worth the amount of petrol used to turn you into a human torch!
Sawan Dharma Rathod discovered this tragic truth at the cost of his life. He died in Pune around the same time Rohit Vemula committed suicide in Hyderabad.
The death of Sawan Rathod was no accident, nor was it a suicide. Sawan Rathod was burnt alive by three people. According to newspaper reports, their names were Ibrahim Mehboob Shaikh, Zuber Tamboli and Imran Tamboli. As per the newspapers, Zuber Tamboli is a known history-sheeter and has several cases against him, including a charge of attempted murder.
In a video statement recorded in the hospital just before he died, Sawan says his murderers burnt him alive just because he was a Hindu!
I have a copy of this video statement in my possession and believe me, I could not sleep the night I saw the 79 seconds video. According to his lawyer Ramesh Rathod, the police did not record his dying declaration as per procedure. The video statement has been given to the police by Ramesh Rathod.
Sawan Rathod was a poor boy from the Banjara community. His father works at a brick kiln in Pandharpur. Sawan had come to Pune to seek work, following a fight with his father. As per his dying declaration, Sawan Rathod was allegedly accosted by Zuber Tamboli and his friends at night while he had stopped in a narrow, dark lane in the city to relieve himself. They asked him his name. When he replied ’Sawan Rathod’, they allegedly asked him ‘Are you a Hindu’? Sawan clearly mentions this on the tape. When he turned away, they poured something over him from a can and lit a matchstick. Zuber and his friends then watched Sawan as he screamed for help, tormented by pain as his body was engulfed in flames.
They then put a badly burnt Sawan Rathod in a tempo and abandoned him at an isolated spot on the river bed. Sawan lay there writhing in pain for several hours till some rag-pickers found hims and called the police. He was admitted to the hospital with 75% burns. Sawan Rathod died the next day, consumed by his pain.
The FIR mentions that Sawan was burnt alive by three ‘persons’ who suspected that he was stealing batteries of vehicles on the street, but Sawan’s video statement clearly reveals another angle to the story, a sinister narrative of communal hatred.
Sawan Rathod is gone forever. His life ended before it began at the young age of 16. There will be no TV debates conducted to discuss his murder. There will be no op-eds dedicated to him. No chief minister of Delhi will fly to Pune to meet his parents, no politician will offer his family a flat.
Truth is, no one cares for the cold-blooded murder of Sawan Rathod! The names of his murderers reveal an inconvenient truth; they belong to the ‘right’ faith!
– Shefali Vaidya
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By Japan K Pathak
Ahmedabad, DeshGujarat, 17 April 2013
With official documents in hand, in this series I am trying to narrate the details of crorepati non-government organizations functioning in Gujarat – author
The last article was about details of foreign funding to Shabnam Hashmi’s NGO ANHAD. In that article we mentioned that one of the founders of ANHAD was Mr. Harsh Mander, a former IAS officer and Action Aid India man.
According to Wikipedia page, Harsh Mander was a signatory to the campaign to save Afzal Guru, a terrorist convicted and later hanged for the 2001 Indian Parliament attack. Mander also supports the demand for removal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 from Kashmir and North-eastern states. Harsh is convener of the drafting committee for the Communal Violence (Prevention) bill. Harsh Mander applied for mercy to Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab courting a huge controversy.
Wikipedia page further tells that Harsh became member of National Advisory Council of the UPA government in 2010 and special commissioner to the Supreme Court.He was removed from the NAC in 2012. He worked formerly in the Indian Administrative Service in the predominantly tribal states Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh for almost two decades.
Harsh Mander heads NGO called “Aman Biradari”. He is founder member of Shabnam Hashmi led organization ANHAD.
But this article is about Mr. Mander’s another organization – ‘Centre for Equity Studies’(CES). This is a foreign funded (with partial funding from Christian organizations and church) NGO, headquartered in Delhi. We have obtained two-year data of foreign funding to Mander’s Centre for Equity Studies(CES).
In year 2011-12, CES received Rs 7,55,17,631.25 foreign funding. As per CES’s submission before government’s concerned department, justice for victim in states including Gujarat was one of the cause for which foreign fund was received and utilized. Research and homes for street children were other works for which money was received and spent in Gujarat area.
As Gujarat is involved somewhere, we are covering Harsh’s Delhi headquartered CES in our series.
In 2011, Mr. Mander’s NGO received highest amount of aid from Netherlands based ‘Partnership Foundation’ for “welfare of children”. From online resources we learn that Partnership Foundation was set up by Ferd van Koolwijk, a Dutch businessman, who initiated the Rainbow Home Program in February 2002 for school children at Sister Cyril’s Loreto Day School in Kolkata. Sister Cyril is from Ireland based Christian religious organization – Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto). Harsh Mander is the main partner of Partnership Foundation in New Delhi. Rainbow Home program is for homeless girls upto age of 18. Partnership Foundation has donated crores and crores of rupees to Mr. Mander’s NGO apparently to run Rainbow homes.
Then CES has received nearly Rs 90 lakh are as donation from Denmark based Christian organization DAN Church AID.
Rs 10 lakh received from America based Association for India’s Development(AID). This organization called AID also supports Medha Patkar in her Narmada movement and anti-Delhi Mumbai corridor movement. AID supported the movement to free Binayak Sen who was allegedly connected to Naxals and therefore jailed, but released later. Arvind Kejriwal is AID Saathi. What is AID Saathi? Well, AID recognizes certain activists in India with “Saathi” awards and support them in a manner that allows them freedom to operate without the constraints of a specific time-bound project. The program creates a mutually enriching relationship between AID and the Saathi and entails not only support in the form of a stipend, but also non-monetary involvement and strategic support from AID volunteers.
Germany’s BODO Huetten Foundation which works with children in education sector is another donor. Action Aid India is ofcourse at Mr. Mander’s help. International Development Research Centre – another donor to CES is headquartered in Canada. Members of IDRC’s Board of Governors are appointed by the Government of Canada.
One interesting source of donation is the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) – the bank that was in news for alleged dubious money transfers.
America based Indian Muslim Relief & Charities is another donor of Mander’s NGO. The same Muslim organization helped Shabnam Hashmi’s ANHAD also.
Now let’s move on to year 2010-11 records. Mr. Mander’s NGO CES received foreign funding of Rs 47817508.11 in this year.
Partnership Foundation is of course the top donor. IDRC also there. Then there’s an organization called Sangat which is based in Bradford, UK. American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin is another donor of CES this year with less than Rs 10 lakh donation.
Then there’s again a Church. One NGO ‘ICCI and Kerkin Actie’ has donated around Rs 70 lakh in a year to Mr. Mander’s NGO for research, seminars and other activities. Kerkin Actie (in Dutch) means Church in Action.
Concluding – in two years Mr. Harsh Mander’s one NGO CES received Rs 123335139.36 fund from abroad. We don’t have any detail about locally sourced funds of CES.
Previous article in this series:Shabnam Hashmi’s ANHAD is majorly Church funded
I am glad that the court awarded death penalty to this lowlife. Hope, all his appeals will be denied and he will hang at the gallows soon.
Observing that the convict “was a menace to the society,” a local court today awarded death sentence to the founder of an orphanage for murder of an inmate and gangrape of five mentally-challenged girls, including three minors.
One of the victims, suffering from tuberculosis, died after she was gang raped. Hence, prime accused and director of orphanage – Ramchandra Karanjule (54) – faced additional murder charge and was convicted on this count.
“He was menace to the society and life imprisonment will be highly inadequate in this case. The convict had no right to live in the society for the heinous crime he had committed,” said sessions judge P V Ganediwalla while awarding capital punishment to Karanjule.
“Every day crimes against women are being committed. It is increasing day-by-day. The law changes as per the needs of the society. It is the need of the hour to create deterrent effect by imposing the highest punishment, otherwise judicial conscience will be taken for granted,” the judge observed.
Karanjule and five others were convicted yesterday and today the court gave judgement on the quantum of punishment.
The offence was committed at the orphanage, located in Kalamboli area in Navi Mumbai and run by a private organisation, Kalyani Mahila Bal Seva Sanstha.
Of the three victims who testified in the court, one girl was mentally-challenged, while two girls were deaf and mute, who identified the main accused using signs.
Besides, awarding death sentence to Karanjule, the court sentenced to life imprisonment Khandu Kasbe, who runs a similar home in Shirdi, and Prakash Khadke, a teacher in the orphanage.
Also, orphanage superintendent Sonali Badade and caretaker Parvati Mavle were sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.
Another convict Nanabhau Karanjule, convicted for molestation, was sentenced to two-year imprisonment.
Judge Ganediwalla said that Ramchandra, in the name of running a very noble institution for the cause of mentally challenged girls, created a ‘demi god’ sort of impression in the minds of the prospective donors which ensured free and continuous flow of donations to the orphanage in all forms.
“He not only exploited the vulnerable, defenceless physically disabled girls but also exploited the emotions of the donors,” said the court.
The prosecution’s case was that 19 victims were gang raped by three accused, while the rest were tried for other offences against juveniles.
Statements of 19 victims were recorded by a magistrate and of them, three had come before the court to testify against the accused.
Ramchandra, while holding quasi parental position, has in fact breached the trust and fiduciary relationship with the inmates of the home to satisfy his insatiable lust, it said.
The court also observed that the girls were not allowed to move around. These 19 girls were dumped in a shop-like enclosure of 250 sq ft which had no doors but rolling shutter. The girls were literally stuffed in the small room with no space to move around.
“The scars of injuries on their bodies speak for itself,” the court observed.
Two untrained unqualified staff were kept to look after the girls. One of them was an illiterate old lady and other was a young girl who had an illicit relation with Ramchandra.
“The only objective behind running the orphanage was to satisfy the lust and to earn money. Ramchandra not only exploited the girls for years together but also allowed his friends to exploit the girls,” the judge said.
The court also observed that the proceedings are unique and have shown the vulnerability of the orphans, especially the mentally and physically disabled girls and need for their protection.
While observing the quantum of sentence, the judge cited the Dhananjoy Chatterjee case and said that it was well settled that the death penalty should be inflicted on rarest of the rare case.
“The cumulative effect of all the circumstances which came on record shows that the present case is the rarest of the rare in its kind,” observed the judge.
Praising the Child Welfare Committee the judge observed “but for the exhausting inspection and timely action the whole episode would not have seen the light of the day.”