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Friday, 25 January 2013

Joint Public Statement on Hindutva Terror

Joint Public Statement on Hindutva Terror
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*24 January 2013 *



While one may or may not agree with the terminology employed by the Home
Minister in his recent speech at Jaipur, we feel that for long prejudice
has ruled investigations, obscuring the role of organizations and their
multiple affiliates in planning and executing of attacks and bombings in
the country. The veneer of 'nationalism' -- narrow, exclusionary and based
on hatred for minorities as it is-- cannot hide the violence that Sangh and
its affiliates beget and peddle.



Civil rights groups have been arguing for long that the investigations into
bomb blasts and terror attacks have degenerated into communal witch-hunts.
Bomb blasts are followed predictably by mass arrests of Muslim youth, raids
in Muslim-dominated localities, detentions, arrests and torture; media
trials, charge sheets and prosecution based on custodial confessions and
little real evidence. It has been assumed, and accepted widely, that no
further proof of guilt need be offered than the fact that the accused
belonged to a particular community. Leads which pointed to the hands of
groups affiliated to Sangh organisations and their complicity in planning
and executing acts of terror were ignored, never seriously pursued. The
agencies, showing their abject bias, instead chose to pursue the beaten
track of investigating Islamic terrorist organizations such—despite clear
evidence pointing in the opposite direction. This was true of Nanded blasts
in 2006, as well as of Mecca Masjid and Ajmer Sharif bombings.



The only exception was Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare, who had, as
far back as 2008 conclusively brought into the public domain the nefarious
designs of Abhinav Bharat and its foot soldiers of hate: (Sadhvi) Pragya
Singh of the ABVP, serving army officer Col. Purohit, and Sunil Joshi,
Indresh and Swami Aseemanand belonging to the RSS. Karkare had communicated
to the Hyderabad Police the sensational claim by Col. Purohit that he had
procured RDX from an army inventory when he was posted in Jammu and Kashmir
in 2006. The Hyderabad Police however ignored his messages, having already
detained close to 70 youth belonging to the Muslim community.

We demand that:

·         Although the Indian government has belatedly acknowledged the
heinous terrorist acts of the Sangh groups we feel that a genuine probe
must also perforce encompass a thorough enquiry into the terror nexus
straddling Abhinav Bharat, RSS, VHP, BJP and Bajrang Dal leaders together
with sections of the Indian intelligence and security agencies who
deliberately subverted the probes as well as the due process of law.

·       It must also be investigated whether the network of Hindutva
terrorists have been provided not just political but also financial and
logistical support by various governments

·         There must be a thorough investigation into the foreign sources
of funding of the Hindutva organizations.

We hope that the acknowledgement of Hindutva terror will not remain a
statement only but that the investigations will be seriously and sincerely
pursued.



Signatories

1.      Manisha Sethi, Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association

2.      Shabnam Hashmi, Act Now for Harmony and Democracy (ANHAD)

3.      Mahtab Alam, People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL)

4.      Mansi Sharma, Activist, Delhi

5.      Subhash Gatade, Activist and Author, Godse's Children: Hindutva
Terror in India

6.      Rajeev Yadav, Adv. Mohd. Shoaib and Shahnawaz Alam, Rihai Manch, UP

7.      Amit sen Gupta, Senior Journalist, Delhi

8.      Abu Zafar, Journalist, Delhi

9.       Harsh Kapoor, South Asian Citizens Web

10.   Seema Mustafa, Senior Journalist, Delhi

11.  Ram Puniyani, Activist and Author, Mumbai

12.  Sukumar Muralidharan, Senior Journalist

13.  Syed Zafar Mehdi, Journalist

14.  Dr. John Dayal, All India Christian Council

15.  Prof. Kamal Mitra Chenoy, JNU

16.  Navaid Hamid, Member, National Integration Council, GoI

17.  Prof Anuradha Chenoy, JNU

18.  Saba Naqvi, Senior Journalist, Delhi

19.  Wilfred Dcosta, Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF)

20.  Harsh Dobhal, Human Rights Law Network (HRLN)

21.  Kaviata Krishnan, All India Progressive Women Association (AIPWA)