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How the “civil” society got its groove back

Reproduced from http://barbarindians.blogspot.com

Most of us have heard this fable in one form or another:

A patient came from afar to see a doctor. After a thorough examination, the doctor asked him to come back the next day for his prescription. The patient was a bit peeved – “Doctor, couldn’t you give me my prescription today? I come from far away”. “Nope”, said the adamant doctor. The next day, when the patient arrived, the doctor prescribed him some ordinary vitamins – and oh, by the way, he must go on a strict sugar free diet. The patient was visibly rueful that just for this he had to make a second trip, but he thanked the doctor anyway, and left. The doctor’s assistant felt curious about this, he had known the doctor to be a very reasonable man. “Doctor, I am curious, why did you make him come back again? Couldn’t you have prescribed this yesterday? Poor fella had to make the long trip twice”. The doctor smiled enigmatically. “You see, yesterday I had several boxes of sweets sent by my classmate right here in the chamber. It would be a bit odd to ask the patient to go on a sugar free diet, wouldn’t it?”

After successfully subverting the democratic process of elections and converting the entire policy debate into a “civil” society led agit-prop movement for over a decade, the Congress party now expects the people to suddenly become fond of democracy and constitutionalism and start hating “civil” society. Right. That is working really well.
Let’s take a brief look at the dangerous road to anarchy the Congress party has led us down:
A “civil” society body called the NAC – completely illegal and extra-constitutional, now runs major policy decisions. The members of this NAC are hand picked from a group of Sonia Gandhi loyalists and dangerous subversionists, with manifest links with both the Maoists and now as it has come to light recently, even Pakistan’s ISPR. Just check out news reports – NAC is everywhere. Sonia Gandhi is the self-styled permanent chairman of this body, with no term limits and no provision for her removal.
=> The constitutional experts who sprouted after Anna Hazare’s fast started ostensibly had no reason to worry about this dangerous subversive institution.
After 2004, the Congress party led state Governments and not to mention the Central Govt has indulged in a massive orgy of loot. While #2G, CWG and the Adarsh remain the iconic scams against which public ire is directed, a brief look at the situation at Andhra Pradesh provides a worrying picture of hidden scams from which Congress has successfully dissociated itself. Former star CM of AP and the late YSR’sson’s house is being raided by CBI, this sordid chapter has revealed just how much the Congress party looted from Andhra Pradesh. The whole state now resembles a Jesus camp.
=> Media and public intellectuals simply did not find it worthwhile to dig into the AP story and nail the lies while camping out in non-Congress states for sniffing out even minor transgressions. Try convincing the Anna Team why we don’t need a Lok Pal?
Despite their self-proclaimed and oft repeated claims of love for Dalits, the contempt they have shown for Mayawati simply boggles the mind, including planted stories of rape. The Congress party and its media contingent descended in full force (accompanied by a small battalion of “civil” society activists) in a quaint UP hamlet and tried to scuttle a land deal. The Gandhi dynasty scion did his second best impression of Naavi Prince after Odisha and needless to say got completely friendly coverage in the media and hailed by activists. Meanwhile, the Congress run state Govt in Maharashtra was shooting at agitating farmers. The latter news was mostly blacked out.
=> We would like to hear from the suddenly democratic Congress intellectuals exactly why is politics of agit-prop bad? What would they like to tell Team Anna about why Rahul Gandhi defying 144 is constitutional and a-okay while Team Anna wanting permission to hold a rally dangerous?
A famous Diva journalist of a top news channel enthusiastically covered the “Arab Spring” earlier this year. She was nowhere to be seen at the Ramlila grounds. Overnight she had become a champion of stability, democracy etc. Too bad for her, because her credibility had been shot to pieces in the Radia tapes controversy. The entire MSM seemed to be completely depressed over the whole affair. Unfortunately for them, they had already been exposed for hunting with the foxes and running with the hare. Too late.
=> It would be interesting to see these morally compromised and corrupt individuals of media do a debate with Team Anna about why media should or should not be under the Lok Pal.
Let us take a look at the Bills the Congress party itself has in the pipeline. These include the Right to Education (RTE), Right to food, Communal Violence Prevention (CVB) and Land acquisition bill. Each of these bills were written unilaterally by the NAC. Each of these bills suffer from the same problems – amorphous and skewed selection process, massively anti-reform, creates gargantuan bureaucracies, hands out enormous powers into the hands of a select few individuals, destroys federal structure, has the potential to create major communal rift. All these bills also contain a spawn clause – i.e. the commissar can create new rules as he deems fit. The CVB does not even entertain the possibility that Hindus can be victims of communal violence. It also does not specify the conditions under which the extra-judicial powers can be exercised. If boys playing street cricket breaks a Church window, Harsh Mander can walk in and take over that district. Worse, if the minority community feels peeved at some movie or book (which they often do), even then Harsh Mander can walk in. Prevention, see? Does not matter who initiates or starts burning trains. The gist of the Right to Food bill is to divvy up foodgrains into communal quotas and don’t you dare touch the minority pot!
=> Now, what were the points again about the Lok Pal being too powerful, can undermine democracy etc.?
The Congress party has led us down the garden path and converted the country into a giant NGO, a carnival of continuous discontent, intrigue and subversion. They have been completely aided and abetted by country’s top intellectuals who have not spoken up even on a single instance of countless transgressions of their favorite political outfit – worse, they actively cheered them on. Now that the shyte has hit the fan, Congress intellectuals should just hold their Padmashris in their hands and spare us the sanctimony.

Sohrabuddin: Interrogating the media

S Gurumurthy

Last Updated : 11 Aug 2011 08:17:26 AM IST

The facts unfolded here reveal a conspiracy – a hostile political strategy to communalise, thus weaponise, an illegal encounter killing to demonise a selected State; to oust its leader, outside ballot process. That State is the least sinner in fake encounters, just one in a hundred. Yet, its leader is vilified as ‘Maut Ka Saudagar’ [merchant of death]. So, the selected State’s leader is the target, not fake encounters as evil.

The State selected? Needs no guess. It is Gujarat, certified as the best governed, most prosperous.

The leader targeted? Needs no mention. Narendra Modi, known as the cleanest, also the ablest.

The National Human Rights Commission’s list of 440 fake encounters from 2002 to 2007 under inquest shows the share of Gujarat as just 5, almost the lowest. Uttar Pradesh tops the list with 231, followed by Rajasthan 33, Maharashtra 31, Delhi 26, Andhra Pradesh 22, Uttaranchal 19, Assam 12, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka 10 each, Tamil Nadu 9, West Bengal 8, Bihar and Haryana 6 each. More. At 7.25 am, on 8.8.2011, the NewX channel reported a further 120 fake encounter deaths in UP after 2007!

Yet, from 2006, the ‘secular’ media has been obsessed with, not the most guilty in encounter sins, but the least — Gujarat; and with only one of the 440 encounters — of Syed Sohrabuddin in Gujarat, none from the rest. Baying for Modi’s scalp, the media relentlessly pursued Sohrabuddin’s case, charged Gujarat with killing him [and his wife, Kausar Bi] only because of his religion. It made Sohrabuddin the poster boy of secularism, insisted on CBI probe to cover Amit Shah, Gujarat Home Minister then, and Modi himself. The judiciary too chose for CBI probe only Sohrabuddin’s case out of the 440 encounters. Later when CBI misused the court mandate, resorted to patent illegalities to fix Shah and target Gujarat and Modi, the media even seemed relieved.

Interrogatories to ‘secular’ media on its role in the Sohrabuddin case are overdue. Here are some.

  • Did the media even hint that, like Sohrabuddin’s in Gujarat, there were 435 other encounters outside, being inquired into by NHRC? No.
  • And did it ever ask for CBI probe into them? No.
  • Did it ever tell the true facts about Sohrabuddin, other than about his religion, like that he was a dreaded criminal, a crony of Sharif Khan, Dawood Ibrahim’s Gujarat head; or that he was arms carrier for ISI; or that a huge cache of 24 AK-47s, 22 grenades, 5250 rounds of AK-47 ammunition, and 81 magazines, adequate for a 1993 Mumbai blast were recovered from his farm house; or that he served a 5-year jail term under terror law? Never.
  • Did it ever say that he had 21 big crime cases against him – two, under anti-terror law and nine, under Arms and Explosives law – in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan? No
  • Did it even remotely hint that he had had connections with LTTE’s drug peddlers or that he contract-murdered in broad day light in Chennai an advocate who had tipped off the Narcotic Control Bureau about LTTE or that he killed a gangster, Karim Lala, in Udaipur in December 2004 and took over his extortion business in Rajasthan – for which Rajasthan was after him? Never, ever.  In contrast, one magazine even profiled him as a ‘Muslim businessman’!
  • The media hid Sohrabuddin’s criminality and sanitised him as Modi’s victim. The Congress party improved it.  It made him the main issue in the 2007 Gujarat Assembly elections, thus adding communal poison to an illegal killing to make it deadly. Sonia Gandhi, adopting Sohrabuddin as the party’s poster boy, charged Narendra Modi as “Maut Ka Saudagar”. The media even saw the use of Sohrabuddin – an extortionist, arms-carrier, a murderer and the point man of Dawood – in the elections as strategic.

Now begins the sickening story of how the CBI subverted the Sohrabuddin probe to suit Congress party’s politics.

Not just BJP governments in Gujarat and Rajasthan, the Congress government in AP, headed by Sonia Gandhi’s pet YS Rajasekara Reddy then, too was deeply involved in the killing. Did the media ever highlight this fact? No.

If it had, the encounter would lose its all-BJP – read ‘communal’ – character; with the Congress-mix, the killing would become secular! The Gujarat police probe in the Sohrabuddin case led by Geeta Johri, an honest police officer, showed that seven AP police officials, including two drivers, were involved in the offence; that one Kalmuddin, had invited the Sohrabuddin couple to Hyderabad; that after their stay Sohrabuddin couple boarded a bus to Sangli; that the AP and Gujarat police officials, acting in concert, intercepted the bus, disembarked the couple, took them in their vehicles; the caravan which included two Tata Sumo vehicles used by AP police reached Ahmedabad where the couple were killed. The Gujarat CID probe on the encounter in Hyderabad was moving right, but slowly, when the CBI took over the case in January 2010. The CBI charge sheet of 23 July 2010 itself admits that AP police were party to the offence. But where did the Gujarat CID probe hit the roadblock in Hyderabad?

Geeta Johri, who uncovered the fake encounter, arrested her own colleagues, had sought the co-operation of Balwinder Singh, the Commissioner of Police at Hyderabad then, for three purposes: one, to question the AP police officials who had assisted the Gujarat police; two, to trace the missing Vehicle Entry Register of the AP IPS Officers Mess for the period August 2005 to May 2006 that would identify the two Tata Sumo vehicles, their drivers and also AP officials who went in them all the way to Ahmedabad; three, to track down Kalimuddin, who hosted Sohrabuddin at Hyderabad. But Balwinder Singh would not co-operate.

QED: the Congress was determined not to expose its role in the sin. See what it did instead. Who did it choose to head the CBI probe? Balwinder Singh! The very officer who shielded the AP police officials now heads the CBI to probe the role of the very AP – Congress? – Police! Shocked? It is just the beginning, with more shocks to come.

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Swami Nigamanand’s death shines light on destruction of our Heritage

Gaurang G. Vaishnav

Swami Nigamanandji’s death due to fasting is a big shock. While politicians play one upmanship and try to find advantage even in death, what is disturbing is that practically no one knew about Swami Nigamanandji’s fast. Why the media did not pick up on this story for four long months is a question we need to ask. Why VHP did not highlight it?  I do not know if they did but I have not seen any reports on it.

What is happening with our religious places which are also our cultural heritage sites is very troublesome. Whether it is the quarrying in the Ganga basin in Haridwar, building of a dam on Gangaji in earthquake prone area or illegal mining of Vrajbhumi, what is happening is the permanent loss of history and cultural heritage.  This is no less than the menace of corruption and black money. The fight against corruption and black money would be won some day but by the time our nation wakes up to the disaster of ruins visited on our historical and cultural places, if it ever does, it would be too late. We can blame the Muslims invaders for vandalizing our shrines and centers of learning and rightly so, but who do we have to blame but our own Hindu people and politicians for the naked aggression on our heritage because of their insatiable greed?

I am grieved by the death of Swami Nigamanandji but I have come to a conclusion (and Dr. Subramanian Swamy said the same thing when Baba Ramdev broke his fast) that you can use fast as a weapon only against those who have a heart. In today’s aasuric and adharmic world, one has to use the appropriate weapons as were used by Shree Krishna and Pandavas.  I am glad that Shree Krishna did not advice Yudhisthir to go on fast against Kauravas.  Come to think of it, how many instances you can find in our scriptures where people went on fast to right a wrong?

Gandhiji made fasting fashionable but someone rightly said that Gandhiji was successful because his adversary were Britishers; had he tried to fast against Hitler, he would have been dead long time ago.

I do not care for what Digvijay Singh says because he is no better than a puppy dog of Madam Sonia. He has no credibility to pass judgment on what Hindus are doing after calling Ramdevji a thug and referring to bin Laden as  Osamaji. The Uttarakhand government did move Swami Nigamanandji  to a hospital, just as they did with Baba Ramdev. They should have paid serious attention to Swami Nigamanandji’s demands.  It is a matter of great shame and pain that in free(?) and democratic (?), saints die because of total indifference of people in power to genuine grievances of people.

So far as the state government not stopping the quarrying is concerned, I would not pass a judgment without having all the information. When the central government is dragging its feet nay, putting all kind of road blocks in the path of having an effective Lokpal bill and bringing back the black money stashed abroad, why should we expect something different from any state government? They take their clue from their counterparts in New Delhi.

May Swamiji’s soul rest in peace and may his sacrifice not go in vain.

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

Commission.

 

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

forces.

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

terrorism.

 

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

particular.

 

 

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