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An empress of India in new clothes: John MacLithon

Source: Express buzz
12 Nov 2010 12:23:00 AM

Like Sonia Gandhi, I am a Westerner and a brought-up Christian. Like Sonia Gandhi, I have lived in India many years and I have adopted this country as my own.

But the comparison ends there. I did land in India with a certain amount of prejudices, clichés and false ideas, and I did think in the enthusiasm of my youth to become a missionary to bring back Indian ‘pagans’ to the ‘true god’. But the moment I stepped in India I felt that there was nothing much that I could give to India, rather it was India which was bestowing me. In fact in all my years here India has given me so much — professionally, spiritually, sentimentally. Most Westerners, who come here, still think they are here to ‘give’ something to a country, which, unconsciously of course, they think is lesser than theirs. It was true of the British, it was true of Mother Teresa, it is true of Sonia Gandhi.

It is a fact that Sonia brought discipline, order and cohesion into the Indian National Congress. But the amount of power that she, a person of foreign origin, an elected MP like hundreds of others, possesses should frighten her. All the television channels report without a blink that Maharashtra CM rushes to Delhi to meet Sonia Gandhi to plead for his life. But should not Chavan have gone to the prime minister first?

The CBI blatantly and shamelessly quashed all injunctions against Ottavio Quattrocchi and even allowed him to get away with billions of rupees which he had stolen from India. Yet, without batting an eyelid, and with the Indian media turning a blind eye, it goes ruthlessly after the chief minister of the most efficiently run state, the most corruption free. Today the Congress, with Sonia’s overt or silent consent, pays crores of rupees to buy MPs to topple non-Congress governments. Her governors shamelessly hijack democracy by twisting the law.

Are Indians aware that their country has entered a state of semi-autocracy where every important decision comes from a single individual residing in her fortress of 10 Janpath surrounded by dozens of security men, an empress of India? Do they know that the huge amounts of the scams, whether the 2G, the CWG, or the Adarsh housing society scam, do not go into politicians’ pockets (only a fraction), but to the coffers of the Congress for the next general elections, and more than anything to please Sonia Gandhi? Nobody seems to notice what is happening under the reign of Sonia Gandhi.

That an Arundhati Roy is allowed to preach secession in India, whereas on the other hand the Congress government has been going after the army, the last body in India to uphold the time-honoured values of the Kshatriyas — courage, honour, devotion to the Motherland. They alone today practise true secularism, never differentiating between a Muslim or Hindu soldier and who for a pittance daily give their lives to their country. First it was the attempt of a caste census, a divide-and-rule ploy if there is one; then there are the first signs that the government is thinking about thinning down the presence of the Indian army in the Kashmir valley, which will suit Pakistan perfectly. And now there is the Adarsh housing society scam in which the army officers, at the worst, were innocently dragged into it. We know now that it was the politicians of the Congress who benefited the most out of it.

It would be impossible in France, for example, to have a non-Christian tell a Hindu (who is a non-elected president or PM) to be the absolute ruler of the country behind the scenes, superseding even the PM. There are many capable people in the Congress. Why can’t a billion Indians find one of their own, who will understand the complexity and subtlety of India, to govern themselves? Not only that, but her very presence at the top has unleashed forces, visible and invisible that are detrimental to the country. There is nothing wrong in espousing the best of the values of the West — democracy, technological perfection, higher standards of living — but many of the institutions are crumbling in the West: two out of three marriages end in divorce, kids shoot each other, parents are not cared for in their old age, depression is rampant and Westerners are actually looking for answers elsewhere, in India notably.

One does not understand this craze to Westernise India at all costs, while discarding its ancient values. Sonia Gandhi should do well to remember that there still are 850 million Hindus in India, a billion worldwide and that whatever good inputs were brought by different invasions, it is the ancient values of spirituality behind Hinduism which have made India so special and which gives it today unique qualities making an Indian Christian different from an American Christian, or an Indian Muslim different from a Saudi Muslim. It is an insult to these tolerant Hindus to show United States President Barack Obama as his first input of the Indian capital the tomb of Humayun, a man who slaughtered Hindus in thousands, taking Hindu women and children as captives. He even subjected his elder brother Kamran to brutal torture, gauging his eyes out and pouring lemon into them.

The tragedy of India is that it was colonised for too long. And unlike China, it always looks to the West for a solution to its problems. Sonia Gandhi, whatever her qualities, is just an incarnation of that hangover, an empress of India in new clothes.

Congress replicated Jallianwala Bagh at Ramlila Maidan

Author: Hari Om

7 June 2011

On May 31 this year, The Times of India wrote an editorial on Congress and the BJP, “The lotus eaters.” Commenting on Congress and the Congress-led UPA Government, the editorial said: “The platter of political opportunities before it (read BJP) today is heaven-sent. With record-breaking scams to answer for, UPA-2 has hit rock-bottom in popular standing. Public anger over sky-high prices and never-ending inflation is palpable and growing. The middle class is more politically charged than in decades, evident from the groundswell of support Anna Hazare’s movement against corruption has received. These circumstances could be immensely rewarding for a national-level opposition party making the right moves… Here’s a great opportunity for the party (BJP) to reinvent itself. With major elections coming – Uttar Pradesh in 2012, national balloting in 2014 – the BJP should’ve been out there campaigning against corruption, agitating against inflation, strategising and sloganeering across India.”

 On BJP, the editorial said: “Instead, the party’s in a shambles, slugging it out in its own headquarters, rich in accusations, poverty-struck on policy, increasingly defunct in the public’s eyes. The irony’s thick – while the party carps on about the Congress’ dynastic rule, it hasn’t been able to decide a clear leader after Advani, its confusion leading to tense tirades between rivals. By appointing a chief through internal democracy and lending a firm shoulder to major public concerns – corruption and inflation – the BJP could have emerged as a modern, dynamic, fully-engaged party. Instead it’s clawing itself to bits. So much for this Hindu undivided family.”

 Obviously, these comments were made by a keen and unbiased Congress and BJP-watcher. These were significant comments and reflected the national mood. The upshot of the whole argument advanced by the writer was that both the Congress and Congress-led UPA Government have become thoroughly unpopular and that BJP could have galvanized public opinion against them and recaptured the government at the centre which lost to Congress in 2004 and 2009 because it compromised its ideology for power and fell from grace. This was the state of affairs just 6 days ago.

 Today, Congress and the UPA Government stand totally discredited. They have outraged the nation. BJP has sharpened its attack on the government as the most corrupt India has ever seen, and as a government similar to that of 1975, when an ‘unseated’ Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency, suspended civil liberties, muzzled the Press and threw behind bars all of her critics, including Jay Prakash Narayan, who led a no-holds-barred campaign against corruption: Total Revolution.

 BJP says “UPA Government doesn’t know even a b c of statecraft” and accuses Congress and the government of according legitimacy to radical Islamist Syed Ali Shah Geelani and supporter of Maoist terrorists Binayak Sen by allowing the former to preach sedition under the very nose of the authorities in New Delhi and by putting the latter on an official committee when convicted on the charge of sedition only recently.

 It may be recalled that on 21 October 2010, Geelani, along with others, including Arundhati Roy, poured venom on India and preached sedition. While Geelani condemned India and demanded separation of Kashmir, Roy denounced India as “bhookha-nanga Hindustan.” She said: “Kashmir should get Azadi from bhookhe-nange Hindustan.”

 The Delhi police under the direct control and direction of the Union Home Ministry took action (beat up) the displaced Kashmiri Hindus and other nationalists gathered at the LTG Auditorium, venue of the anti-India seminar, to protest the anti-India slander. The police not only used force against the pro-India protesters but booked some of them as if they had committed a crime against the State. Geelani and Roy were provided foolproof security cover and allowed to castigate India and promote secessionism. Commenting on the attitude of the pro-India protesters, Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir said: “Our democracy is a matured democracy and is capable of absorbing political dissent and diverse view points and so we should provide every individual an opportunity to air his or her opinion in a democratic manner.” Almost identical was the opinion of the national spokespersons and the Union Government.

 What motivated the BJP to compare the UPA with the Indira Gandhi Government was the manner in which the police, allegedly at the behest of Congress and the UPA, swung into action against Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev and his followers and supporters (nearly 50,000) assembled at Ramlila Maidan, New Delhi, on June 4, to join the anti-corruption crusade and persuade the government to bring back to India black money stashed in the foreign banks by the corrupt.

 According to Baba Ramdev, the corrupt have stashed nearly 400 lakh crores of rupees in foreign banks. Some of the major highlights of the cruel and barbarous action by the police include forcible eviction of Baba Ramdev and thousands of his peaceful unarmed followers from Ramlila Ground; deportation of the Yoga Guru from New Delhi; heavy tear-gassing against the peaceful unarmed protesters, including women and children; lathi charge; destruction of the pandal; imposition of section 144 at and around Ramlila Ground; sudden attack by 5000 paramilitary personnel when Baba Ramdev and his followers were sleeping; and attempt at forcibly evicting media persons covering the event.”


 The police action left at least 70 persons, including women injured, with some struggling for life. Leave alone the woeful story of those thousands of followers of Baba who had come from different parts of the country. One estimate says 5000 followers are still missing. It must remain a matter of shame for the Congress and UPA Government that they threw to the winds all democratic norms, imposed wartime restrictions on civil liberties, and used brutal force against Baba Ramdev and his followers, whose only crime was that they had taken up a social issue of national import and demanded action against the corrupt. The police action suggests that Congress and the UPA perhaps wanted to produce a moral effect so that no one again raised his/her voice against the cancer of corruption.

 Baba Ramdev has compared, rightly, the Ramlila Ground police attack with the 13 April 1919 Jallianwala Bagh (Amritsar) attack on a peaceful unarmed crowd of villagers who had come for Baisakhi fair. The BJP also compared the incident with Jallianwala Bagh, with president Nitin Gadkari equating Home Minister P Chidambaram with General Dyer, butcher of Jallianwala Bagh. Dyer and his soldiers attacked the crowd in an enclosed ground without the “slightest warning,” killing according to official estimates, 379 innocent persons, including women and children; unofficial figures were higher. Dyer’s only “regrets” before the Commission that looked into this barbarous attack were that “his ammunition ran out, and that the narrow lanes had prevented his bringing in an armoured car – for it was no longer a question of merely dispersing the crowd, but one of producing a moral effect.” Remember, Dyer, in collaboration with Lt Governor of Punjab O’Dwyer, produced the “moral effect through indiscriminate arrests, torture, public flogging and making Indians crawl down Kucha Kauchianwalla lane…”

 Delhi Police under instructions from political masters acted in similar fashion. The crowd was not just peaceful and unarmed, but a vast majority was sleeping in an enclosed tent. They were tortured, dragged and brutally beaten up. If one goes by Baba Ramdev’s version, and there are potent reasons to endorse the version, one can also say that the intention of the authorities was to kill the Yoga Guru and some of his followers. His startling revelation that the “police threw water on the electric wires” and that the authorities had planned to “kill him” could be construed as a very significant but highly frightening reflection on what Congress and the UPA Government thought of doing to the Baba and his followers.

 The only difference between Jallianwala Bagh and Ramlila Ground was that while General Dyer produced a “moral effect” during the day, the Indian political establishment ordered the police to produce a “moral effect” after midnight so that the nation would learn of the police atrocities only in the morning. A similarity between what Dyer did to innocent Indians during the British rule and what the police did in independent India to innocent citizens was that Indian law-makers like Kapil Sibal, Subodh Kant Sahay, Pawan Kumar Bansal, Digvijay Singh, Janardhan Dwivedi, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Manish Tiwari and so on, like Dyer, defended to the hilt the police brutalities on the peaceful crowd.

 Digvijay Singh dismissed Baba with contempt as “thug” (cheat). Sibal, Sahay and Bansal dismissed Baba as “dishonest” and “not a good man.” Yet on June 1, they, along with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and the Cabinet Secretary, went to Delhi airport to receive Baba and accord him a warm welcome. The sudden change in the attitude of the government remains a riddle. Things would become somewhat clear after 15 days when the Union Government and Delhi Government file their replies before the Supreme Court, which has taken suo motu cognizance of the incident and asked both governments to explain the circumstances under which the Yoga Guru and his followers were evicted, as also what made police unleash a reign of senseless brutalities against the peaceful unarmed crowd. Congress had from day one unleashed a no-holds-barred vilification campaign against Baba Ramdev, with Digvijay Singh and Rashid Alvi in the forefront.

 Political parties have upped the ante against Congress and the UPA Government. The Janta Dal (United), Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, the Telugu Desam, CPI, CPI-M, Shiv Sena and several others, including Shiromani Akali Dal, have all condemned the police action as an attack on Indian democracy and civil liberties, including the right to peaceful assembly and right of expression. Some political leaders have stated that what Congress and the UPA did to Baba and his supporters was worse as compared to what Indira Gandhi and her coterie did in 1975. The month was the same – June. Indira declared an Emergency on June 26 and UPA murdered democracy on June4-5.

 The five members of “civil society” who are members of the joint drafting committee constituted to draft the Lokpal Bill, have condemned the UPA Government and boycotted the June 6 meeting of the committee to protest against the police action against Baba Ramdev and his followers. On June 8, they will sit on hunger strike for a day to express solidarity with the cause of the Yoga Guru. They have also questioned the very stand of the UPA Government on the issue of corruption and Lokpal Bill and hinted that they may withdraw from the joint drafting committee, which anyway is unlikely to yield what they desire.

 The reaction of people across the country to the outrageous Ramlila Ground incident has been sharp. Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jaipur, Kolkata, Jammu and several other places witnessed massive protest marches and demonstrations against Congress and UPA, all spontaneous. The Ramlila Ground gory incident will prove a curtain-raiser and create an environment that will culminate in the collapse of the anti-democratic, anti-people and separatist-friendly UPA Government. In other words, Congress is doomed and UPA is also doomed. People will never ever forgive them for the sin they committed during the black night of June 4-5. They will avenge the cruelties perpetrated on the Yoga Guru and his followers by the UPA in the manner they avenged the barbarities perpetrated by Indira Gandhi between 1974 and 1977.

 The author is former Chair Professor, Maharaja Gulab Singh Chair, University of Jammu, Jammu, & former member Indian Council of Historical Research

Anna Hazare lands up in fifth columnist camp

By N.T.Ravindranath


Removal of poverty, empowerment of women, measures to protect

environment, fighting for the rights of displaced or tribal people are all

genuine and admirable objectives. Every liberal-minded and true citizen

of this country will support such activities. However, the Civic Society

activists use these slogans only to hide their real and sinister objective

of promoting divisive tendencies among the people ofIndia. So, it

becomes essential to remove the veil of this deception and expose their

real intention of encouraging all divisive forces in the country with the

ultimate objective of disintegration ofIndia. They have a very strong

national and international network. They operate with military precision

and strategy. They have sympathizers in government, press and

bureaucracy. Most of them are highly educated intellectuals and

academicians. They support every separatist movement and oppose all

developmental activities in the country. It is a great mystery that all

most all members of National Advisory Committee (NAC) led by

Smt.Sonia Gandhi fall in this category. It will be naive to believe that it

is accidental. We need change, but not destruction. Following article is

an effort in that direction.


Born in a poor family in Bhingar village in Ahmedabad district of

Maharashtra, Anna Hazare has studied only up to 7th standard. He joined

the Indian army as a driver in 1963. During his spare time he used to read the

works of Gandhi, Vivekananda and Vinoba Bhave and inspired by such works,

he became a Gandhian. He opted for voluntary retirement from army and

came to Relegan Siddhi village in Ahmednagar in 1975 to become a

social worker. Under his guidance, the local villagers undertook a lot of

development work like afforestation programme, check dam

construction, watershed development programme and made necessary

changes in the crop pattern and also took steps to increase milk

production. By initiating such development work in the village, he soon

transformed this poverty-ridden village into one of the richest villages in

India. In this self-sustained model village, energy is produced from

solar power, biofuel and wind mills.


Anna Hazare is a simple and honest man, but he is also a fearless

crusader against corruption. He had become a terror for the corrupt

politicians and bureaucrats inMaharashtraas his non-violent fight

against corruption in the past had led to resignation of many such

corrupt ministers and officials in the state. In early 2000s, a movement

led by Anna Hazare had forced the state government to pass the

Maharashtra Right to Information Act, which was later used by the

Centre as a base paper for framing its own RTI Act. Hazare’s latest

crusade against corruption was the fast unto death agitation that he had

launched from April 5th, 2011 at Jantar Mantar inNew Delhiwith the

backing of civil society groups, seeking a stronger Jan Lokpal bill

incorporating the recommendations from the draft bill prepared by civil

society activists Prashant Bhushan, Arvind Kagrival and Karnataka

Lokayukta Santosh Hegde. Earlier Anna Hazare and his civil society

supporters had outrightly rejected the draft Lokpal bill prepared by the

Group of Ministers appointed by the government, as toothless and

ineffective. Meanwhile, senior cabinet minister Sharat Powar had

resigned from the Group of Ministers appointed for preparing the draft

bill following strong criticism by Hazare over the inclusion of people

like Sharat Powar in the Group of Ministers.


Anna Hazare’s fast unto death agitation seeking a strong Jan Lokpal Act

to curb corruption had evoked spontaneous and nation-wide support

from all across the country. In 100 cities acrossIndia, there were

symbolic protest programmes on April 5, in support of Hazare’s “India

Against Corruption” agitation inDelhi. Civil society leader Medha

Patkar led the protest demonstration in Mumbai, where as Mallika

Sarabhai led the same in Ahmedabad. The press and the electronic

media, especially the English media, had given wide coverage to the

event and there were extensive debates over Hazare’s anti-corruption

agitation on every major TV channel inIndia. There was also running

commentary on the progress of Hazare’s ‘fast unto death’ programme

and related developments on some of the important TV channels in the

country. No other event in the recent history ofIndiaattracted so much

public and media attention as Hazare’s fast unto death agitation inDelhi

. Suddenly Hazare became a national icon and people from different

parts of the country started pouring into Jantar Mantar inDelhiin

support of his fast unto death agitation. The sudden emergence of Anna

Hazare as a saviour of the nation gave him a larger than life image, and

the UPA government looking for a way out, showed clear signs of panic.

Finally on April 8th, a jittery government conceded his demand to

constitute a joint committee of senior ministers and civil society activists

to draft a new bill to establish the institution of Lokpal at the Centre and

a triumphant Anna Hazare ended his fast unto death agitation on 9th

April, after the government issued a gazette notification constituting a

ten-member joint Committee of senior ministers and civil society

activists to draft an effective Lokpal Bill.


How is it that, Anna Hazare, whose popularity was hitherto confined

only to Maharashtra, suddenly emerged as a national icon and how did

his movement take the nation by storm? The truth is that the

unprecedented media coverage of the event and the running commentary

on the progress of Hazare’s ‘fast unto death’ agitation by the electronic

media had almost paralyzed the nation for a week and it also helped to

create a halo around Anna Hazare. The hype around Anna Hazare’s fast

unto death agitation had also brought to light Hazare’s humble

background and simple lifestyle and his successful fight against

corruption in the past. Coming at a time when the people of India are

extremely angry and agitated over the magnitude of corruption inIndia,

as have been brought out through scams like 2G Spectrum, CWG and

Adarsh Society, they were highly impressed by the honesty, simplicity

and the past record of Hazare as a crusader against corruption and they

wholeheartedly supported his “India against corruption” movement. The

turn of events not only elevated him to the status of a national icon, but a

section of the media even started projecting Hazare as a second

‘Mahatma’ in the making.


Civil Society Groups

Unlike the past agitational programmes of Anna Hazare, his present

‘India Against Corruption’ movement was totally planned and

organized by the civil society activists. But who are these civil society

activists? It is the same NGO and human rights groups which were

earlier known as social action groups or non-party political formations

that are now projecting themselves as the so-called civil society

organizations. Many prominent activists of these foreign-funded civil

society groups were found actively associated with or supporting various

militant and anti-national movements in the country. The civil society

groups have a very powerful and growing network of highly educated

and talented, but evil-minded, activists in the country.


It is a well-calculated strategy of the civil society groups to infiltrate

into all popular movements and social, academic and cultural institutions

in the country and take control of the same. It is in accordance with this

strategy that the control of some socio-cultural institutions like the

Kalakshetra of Chennai, Yashwant Rao Chavan Academy of

Development and Administration (YASHDA) of Pune, INTACH of

Delhi and hundreds of other social, cultural and research institutions has

been wrested by the civil society groups. The civil society activists also

try to win over influential social activists and crusaders into their camp

through various means to expand and strengthen their movement and

also enhance the image of the powerful civil society network inIndia.

For instance, sometime around 1985, prominent civil society activist

Medha Patkar and her associates had successfully lured an eminent

social activist Baba Amte of Maharashtra into the civil society camp by

allegedly helping him to win the coveted Ramon Magsaysay Award for

the service he did among the lepers in the state. He even shifted his base

from “Anandvan ashram” in Wardha to the bank of river Narmada in

1989 to become a full time activist of Narmada Bachao Andolan led by

Medha Patkar. In the very next year ie 1990, he won the Templeton

Award for his work among the lepers in the state. This award, carrying a

cash component of $279000, was instituted by the Templeton

Foundation of U.K.  Baba Amte died on February 9, 2008. Baba Amte’s

son Dr. Prakash Amte and daughter-in-law Dr. Mandakini Amte, who are

also part of the civil society now, also won the Ramon Magsaysay award

in 2008, for community leadership.


Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi is another good catch by the civil society

lobby. Even when she was in service, she had always remained in the

public limelight not only for being the first woman IPS officer inIndia,

but also for her knack of courting controversies. Though she was smart

and intelligent and a skillful manipulator in maintaining public

relations, discipline was not one of her virtues. She was reportedly a big

headache for all her superior officers, while in service. The civil society

activists had correctly judged her potential as a future activist during her

service days itself and had been cultivating her since long. No wonder,

she won the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1994 for her role in

introducing jail reforms. When failed to get elevated as the

Commissioner of Delhi Police, a dejected Bedi opted for voluntary

retirement in December, 2007. After her retirement, a documentary film

on her life was produced by an Australian film maker Megan Doneman

who also directed the film. This documentary titled “Yes, Madam Sir”

which was screened at Santa Barbara International Festival in 2009 won

two top awards, $100000 for best documentary and $2500 for Santa

Barbara “Social Justice Award”. Narrated by Helen Mirren, the academy

award winning actress, the 94-minute documentary tracks down Bedi’s

tumultuous career in the police force. Kiran Bedi was present during the

film’s screening inToronto, Dubai and Adelaide. The so-called civil

society had reportedly played a key role in producing this film for giving

a big boost to Kiran Bedi’s image. Their efforts have not gone in vain.

Ms. Bedi is a full-fledged activist of the so-called civil society now. The

film “Yes, Madam Sir” is yet to be released inIndia.


The civil society activists have been trying to woo Anna Hazare into the

civil society camp for quite some time and it appears that Hazare has

fallen into the trap set by the civil society groups to lure him to their side

with national level mobilization of support for his “Indiaagainst

corruption” movement. Apparently, the civil society activists wanted to

exploit the clean image of Anna Hazare to launch a popular movement

to get a draconian anti-corruption bill, in the form of the proposed Jan

Lokpal bill, passed and control and dominate it by inducting their own

nominees into it. But, does Anna Hazare know the real identity, personal

credentials, true colour and ultimate objectives of these so-called civil

society activists? A brief account of the views and activities of some of

these civil society activists given, as under, would help to understand

their true nature better.


Harsh Mander:

He is a prominent civil society activist and a member of the National

Advisory Council. In a write up in Hindustan Times, dated 13th April,

2011, he wrote that he did not visit Anna Hazare at the venue of his ‘fast

unto agitation’ in Delhi as he was disturbed by the large portrait of

Bharat Mata that adorned the stage. He was further hurt when he saw

some Hindu leaders like Baba Ramdev, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and RSS

leader Ram Madhav visiting Anna Hazare. Mander further added that

later when Hazare praised Narendra Modi for the developmental work

undertaken inGujarat, he was convinced that he took the right decision

by not visiting Anna Hazare at Jantar Mantar.


A. Padma, wife of Ramakrishna, state secretary of CPI-Maoist in

Andhra Pradesh, was arrested by the Orissa police from Koraput district

of Orissa on November 13, 2010. On interrogation by the police, it was

found that she was working under the assumed name Sirishakka since

October 2008 as a home manager cum tutor in “Rainbow” orphanage for

girls, run by ‘Aman Biradari’, an NGO founded by Harsh Mander in

Hyderabad. She was one of the Maoist leaders released by the Orissa

government in exchange of abducted collector of Malkangiri district

R.Vineel Krishna. Harsh Mander, a former IAS officer, who gets upset

by the mere sight of a Bharat Mata portrait had no problem in giving

shelter to a top woman Maoist leader.


Medha Patkar:

She is the top most leader of the anti-development lobby inIndia. The

NGOs floated by her like the National Alliance of People’s Movememt

(NAPM) and Narmada Bachao Andolan had played a stellar role in

blocking or stalling hundreds of big development projects inIndiasince

last 25 years by raking up issues like rehabilitation, loss of livelihood

and environmental pollution. TheNarmadaproject which involves the

construction of a number of small and big dams spread over four states

is delayed by about 20 years because of the obstructionist activities of

Medha Patkar. With the help of some international NGOs, she was also

successful in blocking a $480 million loan sanctioned by the world bank

and another $200 million loan sanctioned by the Japanese government

for theNarmadaproject. She is also a staunch supporter of the Maoist

movement and was twice attacked by the villagers of Chattisgarh for her

open support to Maoists. In another development, the Supreme Court on

April 5, 2011, has issued notice to Medha Patkar-headed NGO Narmada

Bachao Andolan (NBA) on Madhya Pradesh government’s plea to

initiate perjury proceedings against her NGO for filing a false affidavit

in the court about the alleged acquisition of five villages in MP for

Omkareswar dam project.


Arundhati Roy:

On March 6, 2002, Arundhati Roy was sentenced to a ‘symbolic’ one

day in prison by the Supreme Court for her criticism against the court’s

judgment in favour of the Narmada dam project. A two-judge panel had

said that she was guilty of “scandalizing the court and lowering its

dignity through her statements.”


Arundhati Roy is a staunch supporter of the Maoist movement and

describes Maoists as Gandhians with guns. She is also of the firm view

that Afzal Guru who was sentenced to death in the Parliament attack

case is innocent and has criticized the Supreme Court for upholding his

death sentence without even giving him a fair trial. Addressing a

massive anti-India rally organized by Kashmiri separatists inKashmir

valley on August 18, 2008, Ms.Roy had declared thatIndianeeds azadi

from Kashmir as much as Kashmir needs azadi fromIndia. On another

occasion participating in an anti-India seminar organized by the civil

society activists inDelhion October 21, 2010, she thundered that

Kashmir should get azadi from the ‘bhooke-nange’ Hindustan.

Arundhati Roy, who is a strong critic ofIndia’s nuclear ambitions, had

expressed her shock and anger over the Pokran-II nuclear tests and had

said that she was ashamed to be an Indian. She had further declared

herself as an independent mobile republic and a citizen of earth. She has

written several articles in support of Kashmiri separatists, Maoists and

also against the unjust death sentence given to Afzal Guru in the

Parliament attack case.


Swami Agnivesh:

On March 26, 2011, Swami Agnivesh and his supporters who went to

Dantewada area in Chattisgarh with some relief materials for the

villagers whose houses were allegedly burned down by the police and

Salva Judum activists, were roughed up and chased out of the area by

angry villagers because of Agnivesh’s links with Maoists. Swami

Agnivesh had also raised slogans hailing Maoists following the release

of five abducted policemen of Chattisgarh by the Maoists on April 15,

2011, as per an affidavit submitted by the Chattisgarh government in the

Supreme Court. This fake Hindu leader is notorious for his close links

with the Maoists.


Aruna Roy:

Ms.Aruna Roy is serving as a member of the National Advisory Council

(NAC) for a second time. She started her career as an IAS officer in

1968. She quit the IAS in 1975, opting to become a social activist along

with her husband Sanjit Bunkar Roy at Tilonia,Ajmerdistrict in

Rajastan. She started working independently from 1983 and later

founded the NGO Mazdoor Kisan Sakti Saghatana in 1990. In the name

of empowering the marginalized sections of people, she was found

promoting militancy among the Adivasis and Dalits. She is also a

staunch supporter of the Maoist movement. She won the Ramon

Magsaysay award in 2000 for her work done for the peasants and

workers. She had also played a leading role in the enactment and

implementation of the RTI Act.


Teesta Satalvad:

The Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team which

conducted detailed inquires into various incidents of atrocities during the

Gujaratriots had severely censured rights activist Teesta Satalvad,

Convener of the NGO “Citizens for Justice and Peace” for cooking up

stories and fabricating evidence to dub Hindu activists as rapists and

murderers, deliberately meant to incite anger and hatred among the

Muslims. The SIT led by R.K.Raghavan, former director of CBI, told

the Supreme Court on April 13, 2009 about the involvement of Teesta

Satalvad in fabrication of evidence against the riot accused. In a report

submitted before a Bench comprising of Justices Arijit Pasayat,

P.Sathasivam and Aftab Alam, the SIT alleged that many incidents of

killings and other acts of violence as alleged by Satalvad were actually

cooked up, false charges were leveled and false witnesses were tutored

to give evidence about imaginary incidents. Quoting from the SIT

report,Gujaratcounsel and senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi said that 22

witnesses who had submitted identical affidavits before various courts

were questioned by the SIT which found that they had been tutored and

handed over affidavits by Teesta Satalvad, although they had not

actually witnessed any riot incidents. Pointing out a specific instance,

the SIT said how the evidence of 22 witnesses was suspect, owing to the

identical submissions made in their affidavits submitted to the court. The

SIT found that all the 22 affidavits were drafted, typed and printed from

the same computer giving sufficient grounds to believe that they were

tutored. .(“NGOs,Teesta spiced up riot incidents: SIT”, TOI, dated. Aril

15, 2009)


When three catholic nuns were raped by about 20-24 tribals at Jhabua in

Madhya Pradesh on 23d September, 1998, the so-called secular press

and the civil rights activists initially put the blame on Hindu activists

and conducted a campaign against the Sangh Parivar throughoutIndia.

In Mumbai, civil society activists Teesta Satalvad and Asghar Ali

Engineer joined Archbishop Evan Dias in conducting a campaign

against the Sangh Parivar. Catholic schools in Mumbai observed a bandh

in protest against the incident and school children were used to conduct

protest morchas. Finally when the investigation was over, it was found

that the accused arrested in the case included 12 tribal Christians, and

not a single Hindu activist was involved.


Teesta Satalvad was pulled up by the Supreme Court on January 11,

2011, for sending copies of communications addressed to Special

Investigation Team (SIT) probing theGujaratriots to the UN Human

Rights Commission. As inSri Lankaand elsewhere, the civil rights

activists inIndiaalso enjoy the patronage of the UN Human Rights



Ramachandra Guha:

On 23, June, 2010, during a lunch-time lecture on his book “India after

Gandhi”organized by Nyenrode, the Netherlands Institute of

International Relations and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, historian and

civil society activist Ramachandra Guha asserted that despite its

impressive economic growth,Indiawill never become an economic

super power. According to him, India’s enormous economic growth

contains a multitude of sins and he felt that beset with internal problems,

fissures and contradictions, Indiais unlikely to survive as a nation. He

expressed the view that India should not even dream of becoming a

super power.


Lachit Bordolai and Hiranya Saikya

Civil society activists Lachit Bordolai and Hiranya Saikya figured in the

11-member People’s Consultative Group (PCG) appointed by the UPA

government to hold peace dialogue with the ULFA leaders. Only civil

society activists acceptable to both the Centre and the ULFA leadership

are appointed as members of People’s Consultative Group.


Ironically, in February, 2008, PCG member and a prominent human

rights activist Lachit Bordolai himself was arrested under the NSA by

theAssampolice in connection with an ULFA plot to hijack a plane

from Guwahati toPakistanin 2007. Another PCG member Hiranya

Saikya was also arrested by theAssampolice under the Unlawful

Activities (Prevention) Act on 22nd. June, 2008 for acting as a conduit

for communicating messages and instructions from the ULFA top brass

to the field activists. In fact all the civil society activists nominated to

the People’s Consultative Group (PCG), including noted writer Indira

Goswami, and accepted as mediators by the government are found to

have close links with the activities of the ULFA.


Rajinder Sachar:

Civil society activist and retired chief justice of Delhi High Court

Rajinder Sachar, through his Sachar Committee report on the status of

Muslims inIndiahad tried to convince the whole world that the

Muslims inIndiaare mostly poor, backward and illiterate as there is

wide-spread discrimination against them in the fields of education and

employment. The report further said that their percentage in government

service is disproportionately low and in the security agencies, it is even

further lower. He used cooked up data, lies and half truths to arrive at

this conclusion. The extent of damage done to the country by this report

can be verified from the coverage of 2008 Mumbai attacks by the

international media. While commenting on the event, a substantial

section of the western media extensively quoted from the Sachar

Committee report to justify the terror attacks in Mumbai as a sort of

retaliation for the ill-treatment of Muslims inIndia. Sachar, who is a

supporter of various militant movements inIndiahad organized press

conferences in the past to condemn the arrest of Maoist leaders like

Arun Pareria and Maoist supporters like Dr.Binayak Sen. In January,

2000, when Naga under ground leader Th. Muivah was arrested by

Thailandpolice for traveling fromKarachitoBangkokon a fake

passport, Rajinder Sachar had air-dashed toBangkokto express his

support and solidarity with the arrested Naga leader.


From the brief account given above about the so-called civil society

activists inIndia, it is unmistakably clear that all the core activists of the

civil society are simply a bunch of anti-nationals who are cultivated by

certain western agencies to work as a fifth column to promote

fissiparous tendencies inIndia. These activists do not believe in

nationalism or national boundaries. In fact they do not even believe in

the concept ofIndiaas a nation state. Their argument is thatIndiawas

never a united and independent entity in the past and this

conglomeration of warring kingdoms were brought together by the

British for administrative convenience. They believe thatIndiais still a

conglomeration of different nationalities, who are kept suppressed by the

brutal state power. Supported by the western lobby, these activists

believe that several states inIndiaare on the verge of a civil war and it is

their duty to help the different nationalities inIndiato achieve their goal

of independence. It is in accordance with such a dangerous doctrine that

the civil society activists are indulging in various disruptive and

antinational activities inIndia, as stated below.


The civil society activists support all militant and secessionist

movements inIndia, like Islamic militancy, ULFA, Maoist movement,

Kashmiri separatists, etc.


They are opposed toIndia’s nuclear and space programmes.

They are opposed to all development projects inIndia.

They are against allocation of more funds for strengthening our armed


They promote militancy among the Adivasis and Dalits and also try to

create differences and clashes between Dalits and upper caste people in

the country.

They try to defame all nationalist forces in the country.

They particularly target Narendra Modi, a highly popular and dynamic

leader and an efficient administrator who has the potential to become a

strong and popular prime minister ofIndia.

They are opposed to all stringent and effective laws meant to curb



Civil society leader Rajinder Sachar was the main speaker at a

convention organized by the left extremists and civil society activists in

New Delhion April 15, 2010, to condemn the genocidal war crimes

perpetrated by the Sri Lankan government on Tamils inSri Lankaand

India’s indifference to the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils. One of the

resolutions unanimously passed by the convention is reproduced below.

“The House condemns the Indian state’s war on the various nationalities

fighting for self-determination”.


This resolution clearly shows that the civil society activists consider

people in all insurgency-affected states inIndiaas different nationalities

and they have no inhibition or qualms of conscience in declaring their

open, unambiguous and unashamed support for the various militant and

secessionist movements in the country. It is in such a camp of fifth

columnists that Anna Hazare has landed up now.


Conspiracy behind Anna Hazare’s “Fast unto death” agitation

Anna Hazare’s “Fast unto death” agitation inDelhifrom April 5, 2011

was the result of a big conspiracy hatched by the civil society activists,

pro-western English media and the National Advisory Council. The 2G,

CWG and other scams and also the corruption charges raised by former

Union Minister Subramanyam Swami directly against Sonia Gandhi had

all sullied the image of the UPA government very badly and the UPA

had started losing by-elections in different states. Baba Ramdev’s

anticorruption campaign was also gaining momentum. Addressing a

mammoth rally against corruption organized by Ramdev’s supporters in

New Delhion February 27, 2011, Ramdev had openly attacked the

Congress for encouraging corruption inIndia. Ramdev had planned

more such rallies and the Congress leadership was clearly unnerved.

They knew that something had to be done urgently to divert the attention

of the people and to neutralize Baba Ramdev’s campaign against

corruption and black money. The civil society activists who came to the

rescue of Sonia Gandhi then used Anna Hazare to launch a ‘fast unto

death’ agitation demanding a stronger Lokpal Bill with inclusion of civil

society members in the drafting committee and assuring Hazare national

level mobilization of support for him by the vast and powerful network

of civil society activists. The agitation that lasted for five days had an

electrifying effect on the nation because of the unprecedented projection

it got from the press and electronic media. The civil society activists

organized protest demonstrations, dharnas, hunger strike and meetings in

all major cities inIndiain support of Hazare’s agitation inDelhi. People

in the cities were glued to different TV channels to know the latest

development over Hazare’s fast. The hysteria created by the media over

Hazare’s fast elevated him to the status of a national icon and he seemed

to enjoy it. He probably started having hallucinations about becoming

another Mahatma as indicated by his comment that had he continued his

fast for another three or four days, the UPA government would have

collapsed. Whatever it may be, the five-day ‘fast unto death’ agitation

planned and executed by the civil society activists was a bigger success

than they hoped for as it helped to divert people’s attention from various

scams to the controversial Lokpal Bill relegating the issue of corruption

to the back seat. It also gave a big boost to Hazare’s personal image

placating him and cementing his integration into the civil society club

and cleared the way for the adoption of a stronger and more draconian

Lokpal Bill. The five-day drama also showed how Anna Hazare has

already become a prisoner of the so-called civil society. Anna Hazare

during one of his interactive sessions with the newsmen at his agitational

venue inDelhihad praised the development work done by chief

ministers Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar in their respective states.

The civil society activists like Medha Patkar and Harsh Mander had

immediately taken objection to Hazare’s praise for Narendra Modi and

drawing his attention to the role of Modi in the genocide of Muslims

during the 2002 communal riots inGujarat. Anna Hazare subsequently

was forced to issue a clarification stating that he had only praised

Modi’s development work inGujarat, and not his role in dealing with

the riots.


Media’s role

A substantial section of the English media, both the press and electronic,

under the influence of certain western agencies has always been

supporting all anti-social elements and forces in the country for the past

few years. Such biased sections of media had unashamedly supported

Maoist movement, Kashmiri separatists, Islamic militants, etc, in the

past. It is the same section of media which went out of the way to project

Anna Hazare as a new messiah of the people and ensured the success of

his ‘fast unto death’ agitation, which makes its intentions suspect. Where

was this media, when Baba Ramdev addressed a massive gathering in

Delhion February 27th this year as part of his drive against corruption

and black money? It got hardly any mention in the media. The media

which helped to elevate Anna Hazare to the status of a national icon also

helped the civil society crooks to hijack the anti-corruption drive of

Baba Ramdev, using Anna Hazare. The civil society activists were also

able to snatch a major role in drafting the Lokpal Bill and ensuring

majority representation for them in the proposed all-powerful institution

of Lokpal.


Jan Lokpal bill

The proposed Jan Lokpal bill, if accepted in the present form as drafted

by the civil society activists, will be the most draconian piece of

legislation. The bill demands that the members of the Lokpal be

conferred with judicial and police powers. They also want the Supreme

Court and Prime Minister also to be brought under the purview of the

Lokpal. If this demand is accepted, the monster called Lokpal will have

the power to dismiss even the Prime Minister and the chief justice of the

Supreme Court. A selection panel comprising of following dignitaries

will appoint the members of the Lokpal.

1) Chairpersons of both Houses of Parliament

2) Two senior most judges of Supreme Court

3) Two senior most chief justices of High Court

4) All Nobel Laureates of Indian origin

5) Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission

6) Last two Magsaysay Award winners of Indian origin

7) Comptroller and Auditor General ofIndia

8) Chief Election Commissioner

9) Bharat Ratna Award winners.


If these are the guidelines for constituting the selection panel, then most

of the members in Lokpal will be the nominees of the civil society. What

better prescription is there for the decimation ofIndiaas a nation state.

The inclusion of Nobel Laureates of Indian origin and last two

Magsaysay Award winners of Indian origin in the selection panel is

interesting. Past experience shows that only nominees approved by the

U.S.government can win the Nobel Prize. For instance, though many

ardent fans of Mahatma Gandhi have won the Nobel Peace Prize,

Gandhi himself was denied this honour despite being nominated five

times and short-listed thrice. Gandhi, who showed the world that

anything can be achieved through ‘satyagrah’ and non-violence was

nominated for the award in 1937, 1938, 1939,1947 and a few days

before he was martyred in January 1948. Similarly,India’s first prime

minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, also failed to win the Nobel Prize, though he

was nominated for this coveted award 11 times. Probably the socialist

views of Nehru and Gandhi’s criticism against the conversion activities

of Christian missionaries were not to the liking of the Nobel Committee

and the U S. While Gandhi and Nehru were denied the Nobel Peace

Prize, those who won the Nobel Peace award include the master

manipulator and war monger Henry Kissinger (1973), PLO leader and a

terrorist Yasser Arafat (1994) and Mikhail Gorbachev (1990) who

presided over the disintegration of theSoviet Union. The fact that some

CIA-linked human rights organizations who support Maoist movement

inIndiacould mobilize the support of 44 Nobel Laureates to demand the

immediate release of Dr.Binayak Sen, a jailed pro-Maoist human rights

activist of Chattisgarh, further confirms the continued loyalty of Nobel

Laureates to the variousUSagencies.


As far as the Magsaysay Award winners are concerned, this award is an

American award for Asians. These annual awards given to Asians under

different categories, were constituted in 1957 by the Rockefeller

Foundation in memory of Ramon Magsaysay, the former President of

Philippines. The Magsaysay awards were earlier given to eligible people

in five categories. In 2000, a new category, called emergent leadership,

was introduced with the financial support from Ford Foundation and

Aruna Roy ofIndiawas the first recipient of this category. The

Magsaysay awards now appear to be reserved for only civil society

activists or their nominees, as can be seen from the appended list of

awardees since 2000.


Year       Winner

2000 Aruna Roy, a civil society activist.

2001 Rajendra Singh -do-

2002 Sandeep Pandey -do-

2003 J.M.Lyngdoh, a former chief election commissioner who

after theGujaratriots in 2002, postponed the state assembly elections in

Gujaratdespite opposition from Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

2004 Admiral (Rtd) L.Ramdas, civil society activist

2005 V,Shanta, a nominee of civil society.

2006 Aravind Kejrival, civil society activist.

2007 P.Sainath, a supporter of civil society.

2008 Dr.Prakash Amte and

Dr.Mandakini Amte, civil society activists.

2009 Deepti Joshi -do-


Truth about Anna Hazare’s “ India Against Corruption” movement

The recent anti-corruption campaign and the “fast unto death” agitation

planned and executed by the civil society activists using Anna Hazare as

a tool was a big fraud committed by the so-called civil society activists

on the innocent people ofIndiato get an all-powerful ’Lokpal’ Bill

passed. The proposed Lokpal Bill seeks to undermine the authority of

even the Supreme Court of India, which amounts to a change in the

basic structure of our constitution. All core activists of the civil society

enjoy the patronage of Sonia Gandhi. The National Advisory Council

(NAC) is a representative body of the civil society activists. Ten of the

14 members in the NAC are civil society activists and other four are

supporters of the civil society. Sonia Gandhi who controls the UPA

government is also the chairperson of the NAC. Herein lies the great

deception. There is no difference between the civil society activists and

Sonia’s NAC members. Hence the proposed Lokpal institution is likely

to be dominated by the minions of Sonia Gandhi. This will be disastrous.


Since the civil society leaders want the break up ofIndia, all nationalist

leaders and institutions will be the first target of the proposed Lokpal.

The only way to save the situation is to stop the Lokpal Bill all together.

The ‘Lokpal’ could be a good and effective institution only if it is

brought under the control of the Supreme Court, only impartial and

eminent citizens or judges are inducted into it and all civil society

activists are kept out of it.


The public anger against corruption was ignited first by the explosion

caused by the 2G spectrum scam involving a huge loss of more than

Rs.170000 crore to the exchequer. More such scams as brought to light

by the CWG scam and Adarsh Society scam, etc. involving huge losses

to the exchequer and other irregularities further enraged the masses and

their anger was mainly directed against UPA ministers and other party

leaders who were involved in those scams. Under such circumstances

when Anna Hazare started his “India Against Corruption” movement, it

got overwhelming support from the people. The media, both the press

and electronic, went out of the way to project Hazare as a national icon,

some of them going to the extent of describing him as a second

‘Mahatma’ in the making. The continued projection of Anna Hazare’s

‘fast unto death’ agitation demanding a stronger Lokpal Bill suddenly

diverted the focus of public attention from the mega scams to the Lokpal

Bill giving a much needed respite to the UPA government. Thus the civil

society activists with the help of a biased media not only bailed out the

UPA government from the scam attack but paved the way for creation of

the monstrous and civil society-dominated Lokpal which is certain to be

misused by the civil society activists to achieve their sinister objectives.

Anna Hazare has done immense harm to the country by aligning with

the civil society activists. He has cheated the people and betrayed the

country by becoming a party to the evil designs of the civil society. Just

as Kiran Bedi was lured into the civil society club with the bait of

Ramon Magsaysay award and a 94-minute documentary on Ms. Bedi,

Anna Hazare also seems to have been lured into the civil society camp

with the bait of prospects of becoming a national icon and a second


‘Mahatma’. If Anna Hazare continues to be associated with the so-called

civil society activists, he will soon be proved to be a fake Mahatma. and

a poor judge of people.


Civil Society Groups, an international menace

The civil society organizations are promoted, funded and controlled by

certain western intelligence agencies, Corporate Houses and

Foundations and Christian funding agencies to protect the interests of

theUSand its NATO allies and the church all over the world. The

sinister activities of these groups are not confined toIndiaalone. These

groups are active in almost all countries in the world includingRussia

andChina. However their assignments differ from one country to other

depending upon the strategic interests of the western lobby in a




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