March 30, 2017

India: BJP likely to gain numbers, Left may face rout in 2018 rural polls in Bengal (Tanmay Chatterjee / Hindustan Times)

Political mainstay of the Marxists for 34 years and now hunting ground for Trinamool Congress and BJP, Bengal’s villages may significantly alter the political equilibrium when panchayats go to the polls in 2018, feel many opposition leaders.
The Left, many of them fear, could be pushed towards political isolation while the BJP would rise because of sustained activities of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Bengal’s districts where religious divides have started to emerge as raging issues; a phenomenon not witnessed during the Left regime.

Going by the results to the last Lok Sabha, Assembly, municipal and panchayat polls, the Left has lost ground faster than anyone had anticipated. Villages that once enjoyed the benefits of Operation Barga (land reforms) implemented by the Left Front government in the 70s have witnessed a paradigm shift in voting pattern.

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India: Notice to Chicken meat vending shops in Gurgaon by the Hindu right wing Shiv Sena

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March 29, 2017

India - Haryana: 500 eateries and meat vendors shut shop in Gurgaon after vigilanttes of right wing Shiv Sena barge in to intimidate

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India: RSS Bets Big on the hindu festival of Ram Navami in West Bengal - “six mega rallies” in Calcutta and 175 more in other parts planned

The Indian Express

With six mega rallies, RSS to ‘support’ largest ever celebration of Ram Navami in Bengal
The RSS has planned “six mega rallies” in the city and at least 175 more in other parts of the state, Sangh officials said.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | Kolkata | Updated: March 29, 2017 11:52 am

Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will be “supporting” the largest ever celebration of the festival in the state. (Representational image)

With Ram Navami celebrations set to take place in at least 175 locations across districts on April 5, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will be “supporting” the largest ever celebration of the festival in the state. This will be first among many festivals when the RSS will actively seek to highlight the “agenda for rebuilding the Ram Temple in Ayodhya”, said sources.

The RSS has planned “six mega rallies” in the city and at least 175 more in other parts of the state, Sangh officials said. In Kolkata, rallies will be taken out in Khidderpur, Burrabazar, Baranagar, Hastings and Brace Bridge areas. Apart from that, processions will also be held at Islampur of Uttar Dinajpur, Ranigunj in Burdwan, Suri in Birbhum, Krishnagar in Nadia, Kharagpur of West Midnapore among others.

While BJP sources said the celebrations would help them in their attempt to strengthen and spread the ideological foundations for Hindutva, Left leader Surjya Kanta Mishra alleged that the RSS was “masterminding communal riots” on the day of Ram Navami and asked the Left to remain “vigilant” and “protect communal harmony” at any cost.

Bidyut Mukherjee, organisational secretary of the RSS in West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, said the celebrations were not being conducted “under the banner of RSS, but affiliated organisations Ramnavami Udyapon Samity and Shree Shree Ram Navami Utsav Samity”. “This is the first time that such a large celebration is taking place in Bengal. It happens every year, but never have there been so many,” he added.

The BJP has also lent its support to the celebration, with state party president Dilip Ghosh speaking to the media and expressing his support for the same, while adding that he “would be visiting different districts”. However, a senior BJP leader was quick to point out, “The RSS has been in Bengal for decades.

However, this is the first time that something of this scale is happening. Moreover, the traditional Hindu gods of Bengal are Kali and Durga. But they don’t celebrate those festivals with the same fanfare. The motivation this time, is different.”

Meanwhile, the TMC government, though not officially commenting on the issue, has already issued instructions to the police to ensure that peace is maintained during the celebrations. A senior police officer said, “The scale of the events is not a problem. But there is a historical precedent of such religious processions becoming a show of strength that some use to aggravate another religion. Processions, irrespective of religion, have in India at different times led to communal violence. We are worried and are taking all possible precautions.”

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also called a meeting of the Trinamool Congress’ core committee on April 1, aimed at formulating a strategy to combat the RSS and BJP.

The drive comes soon after the RSS expressed concern over the “unabated rise in violence propagated by jihadi elements in Bengal” and claimed that the TMC government had allied with “anti-national” elements in their bid to play votebank politics. The RSS Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha’s congregation — held this year in Coimbatore — accepted a resolution titled “Growing Jehadi Activities in West Bengal – A Challenge to National Interests”.

Bengal has seen repeated incidents of communal violence in the past few years, which the TMC officially denies, but unofficially maintains is being “stoked by the RSS”. Last week, Mamata had in a television interview said that the RSS is targeting her state due to “disappointment” stemming from a string of poll defeats in Bihar and Bengal.

India: Fake Nostradamus passages invented by Francois Gautier a Hindutva propagandist

Fake Nostradamus passages invented by Francois Gautier

blog titled “Nostradamus and India” has been published on the Times of India website on March 28, 2017. Francois Gautier, the author of this blog, claims to have chanced upon some hidden manuscripts according to which Nostradamus predicted that a supreme leader will be born in the state of Gujarat and his first name would be Narendrus (Narendra). Fracois Gautier claims that these manuscripts were discovered in 2012.[ . . . ]

India: AIMPLB open to out-of-court talks on Babri dispute

The Times of India

Babri dispute: AIMPLB open to out-of-court talks
Arshad Afzal Khan | TNN | Mar 29, 2017, 06.33 AM IST
The disputed structure at Ayodhya (File photo)The disputed structure at Ayodhya (File photo)
FAIZABAD/AYODHYA: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board is in favour of Supreme Court-monitored negotiation with Hindu parties for out-of-court settlement of the Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi dispute.

Talking to TOI, Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali, memeber of the executive body of AIMPLB, said, "We are ready to talk if there is opportunity of peaceful negotiation between the two parties. Talks are necessary and we were always ready but before we are on the negotiation table, Supreme Court must chalk out an agenda of the debate and must authorise and nominate the Hindu parties for negotiation."

Convenor of the Babri Masjid cell of AIMPLB, Syed Qasim Rasul Ilyas said, "We will talk after Supreme Court monitors the negotiation and gives both parties equal status."

AIMPLB, the apex body that represents Indian Muslims religiously and socially, is of the opinion that if the talks of negotiation start, it must be protected by the Supreme Court, as in the past, some talks were held but yielded no result and ended up in Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Muslim side blaming each other for the failure. "The actual reason for the talks not materialising was that the VHP was involved at every stage," claimed Khaliq Ahmad Khan, a party in the case.