Monday, December 20, 2010

Our Struggle – Rule of Law and Bakri Id

It is proved yet again that the Muslim society in the Indian state of West Bengal doesn’t have any reverence for the law of the land. It has also been proved whether the government of West Bengal can implement the ruling of High Court on the same Muslim community. We are not in need of evidence any more. It is already known to us – how much Muslims revere the Indian laws, respect Hindu rituals and tradition, how government and administration cope with the simply unjust demands of the Muslim community, and what is the real role of appeasing political parties in this context. We know all these very well and Hindu Samhati is committed to putting an end to such discrimination and injustice.

It is worthwhile to mention that the Hon’ble Calcutta High Court, prior to the last Bakri Id, issued a declaration terming slaughtering of cows on account of Bakri Id as illegitimate. The hearing of the lawsuit took place thanks to the writ petition (W.P. No. 1378 of 2010) filed by Avijit Das, Secretary of Amtala Nagarik Adhikar Raksha Samity (Civil Rights Defence Council of Amtala), in the Division Bench of Chief Justice J.N. Patel and Justice Ashim Kumar Roy. In accordance with the declaration dated 12 November, 2010, under the aegis of the two Hon’ble Justices, no slaughtering of cows, as part of any ritual, on the day of Bakri Id can be performed. It has also been stated distinctly, Hon’ble Supreme Court of India has also issued the same ruling.

We got the copy of the ruling by the evening of 12 November and without losing time, distributed its Xerox copies among HS activists to submit all those to local police stations. Bakri Id was on 17 November and in the interim, HS workers submitted copies to all police stations across the state and also to higher officials in a war-like effort and exerted strong pressure on the local administration to bring slaughtering of cows to an end.

There was success as well and in a few places, slaughtering was stopped. But in the other places, the tradition of slaughtering cows did happen as usual sticking to the procedure of halal. And in all these cases the local police and administration was found to be the best accomplice of the Muslim community. The one and only reason (in this regard) being police is afraid of thrashing by Muslims more than the ruling of Hon’ble Calcutta High Court. The entire police force in West Bengal is being routed by Muslims and there can’t be any counter-offensive as well. And the reason behind this is not hard to see. Both leading political parties in West Bengal, CPM and Trinamool Congress, are unanimous in this respect; Muslims have become dearer and nearer to them by now. Hence, not a single approach against them shall be tolerated ever. In Deganga, even the military didn’t dare to fire. What can police do then?

Katwa in Burdwan district in West Bengal, major witness to astounding developments, can be taken as a prime example. The village of SriSurura (Suddo), adjacent to Katwa, is inhabited by a populace comprising 90% Hindus and 10% Muslims. The village never witnessed cow slaughter in the past on occasion of Id. Nonetheless, at this time, no less than 80-90 Muslims of the village insisted on slaughtering of cows. What’s more, announcing that there would be Kurbani they also brought a cow in the village. The entire Hindu community was strongly opposed to all these. As a result, they submitted memorandum to both S.D.O. and O.C. containing signatures of 1014 Hindus on November 4.

O.C. of PS: Katwa proved himself unequal to adhering to the law. He asked the Hindus straight, “What problems do you have with cow slaughter? Why are you all taking exceptions to this if they consume their own foods?” The S.D.O. proved himself to be more ingenious. He assured the Hindus that there would be no slaughtering of cows and the tradition would go on devoid of any disturbance. This assurance did satisfy the innocent Hindus and it was quite natural as there had never been any cow slaughter in the village of Suddo. They thought that the administration would do all to prevent slaughtering of cows. But what did happen later on was contrary to their belief.

On the very morning of Bakri Id police was found to bring a matador vehicle from the Katwa police station and put the cow in it. Hindus considered this as the end of all rough-and-tumbles. But the police took the cow to Aker Hut, an adjacent Muslim dominated village. And the cow was slain there in sacrifice conforming to the procedure of halal of Islam. The police again was careful enough to carry the beef to the village of Suddo. What type of endeavor to retain tradition is this? A question started haunting Hindus – is this a way of retaining the dignity of Hon’ble High Court? Is this a way of carrying out the High Court’s ruling?

What can be the conclusion then? Bakri Id of this year states clearly the actual position of court’s ruling, law, administration and Muslims. The Hindus in West Bengal have got to find out their own position based on all these developments. The first and foremost aim of Hindu Samhati is to make Hindus in the Indian state of West Bengal conscious of their own position.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Our Struggle – Contemporary Press & Media

The period of festivities, Durga-puja, Lakshmi-puja and Kali-puja is over. And the season was marked by copious attacks on Puja mandaps, desecration of Deities, aggressive attacks on religious processions as well as planned conspiracies to halt festival in some areas. Nevertheless, in sharp contrast to the passionate vigor with which our workers resisted these aggressive attacks, there is a systemic apathy to pen down such atrocities on the Hindu society at large. This is understandable, however, because the hand that swings sword at ease is not necessarily the one that writes well. Consequently, we have not been able to bring forth the particulars of mounting religious persecutions on Bengali Hindus and needless to say we are deeply saddened and ashamed at this deficiency or ours. However, one begs to ask - what are the press and media of Bengal doing regarding this worsening reality? It seems that the media are steadfast in their resolution that there would be no publication of news portraying encounters between Hindus and Muslims. As per their logic, publication of any news of communal persecution could potentially aggravate community cohesion. As a result, communal conflicts may increase. They go on to speculate that proscribing such news would somehow lead to preservation of harmony and lasting peace between communities. A few relevant questions need to be raised in this context. First, has there been a reduction or rise in communal hostilities in the last few years in Bengal? What does Deganga point out then? And second, is it really the case that mainstream press remain silent with the aforesaid sagacious intentions? Or, is it a case of more deep seated treachery?

Historically, after the restoration of democracy post-emergency period, “Bartaman” newspaper used to endorse Hindu views, its afflictions as well as the malicious attitude of the state towards it. The venerable journalist Pabitra Kumar Ghosh used to be mostly instrumental in this case. His dauntless approach and support to the Ram Janmabhoomi Movement helped it attain new heights. The newspaper gained prominence and popularity among the Bengalis by its bold and honest publication of news relating to the Hindu cause. But something went wrong after this and the newspaper turned into a pseudo-secular mouthpiece. The situation with “Dainik Statesman”, started by another exceedingly reputable journalist having creditable expertise, Mr. Manash Ghosh, has not been any different. In the beginning, this newspaper too was perceived to be impartial and uphold the truth regarding persecution of the Hindu and leading to the growth of a loyal readership. And then, lo and behold! Same magic again! It has also turned pseudo-secular by systematically suppressing news afflicting Hindus.

These days “Ekdin” newspaper, under the aegis of another esteemed journalist, is being found to focus on escalating Hindu-Muslim problems. This newspaper, without doubt, is focusing on the said strategy of “Dainik Statesman” to augment its own presence in the market and also to grab the power and identity to bargain with Muslim-backed pressure group to have greater shares of monetary benefits. This is now established to be a systematic ploy. It is likely that this newspaper would go for the same tactic, the moment it secures out a good market for its own. Focusing on increasing Hindu-Muslim hostilities is nothing but a ploy to market itself in order to have a good share of petro-dollars through I.S.I. at the cost of the poor Hindus. And talking of the Ananda Bazar group in this respect would only be a waste of time. It is a too old player in the pertinent scenario and has been adequately fattened by the petro-dollars. Their engagement in decimating Hindus is more than evident, thanks to its prolong association with people like Sunil Ganguly and others.

What conclusion can be drawn from here? Religious persecution of Hindus would remain subdued forever. Owing to the inhuman and treacherous silence of the mainstream press and media, incidents of continued persecution of the Hindus, destruction of its properties and temples will remain suppressed forever. No repressed Hindu would be able to know the hapless situation of his coreligionist, because knowledge of such oppression would lead to growing outrage against the perpetrators and compassion for fellow Hindus. Without doubt, any such development is too dangerous for the tormentors. To keep the Hindus ignorant about their plight, it seems that Saudi Arabia is expending enormous money to control the Bengali media.

Two anecdotes: A few days prior to the Kali Puja, an adolescent girl named Moumita hailing from a village in Joypur police station of the Howrah district phoned the Samhati office. She said without qualms that the government is up in arms to put an end to firecrackers during the Puja but remained strangely silent during the recently concluded Sab-e-barat, witness to excessive use of same fireworks. Overcome with emotions, she went on to say “during our celebrations power-cuts are quite common whereas during Islamic festivities, electricity remains intact. The situation is same in case of water supply too; they get water over prolonged times during their festivals whereas we don’t get even a single drop more. Aren’t we, the Hindus, citizens of the same nation? Why don’t you do something? But please, don’t publish my name.” Her name has been changed in this writing accordingly.

Second anecdote: Kolkata Police, before the Kali Puja, sent an SMS requesting people to stay away from firecrackers and to stop the nuisance, and report by dialing 100 or 1090 right away. Receiving the message, one responsible worker of Hindu Samhati sent a message to a known police officer, belonging to an important police station of Central Kolkata. The message stated, “through prohibiting firecrackers during Kali Puja and allowing the same during Sab-e-barat, Kolkata Police is doing a wonderful job. This is leading to the formation of a new Pakistan in Bengal”. In response to the message, the officer phoned the worker and stated without hesitation, they would have to convert themselves to Islam soon to preserve dignity of his wife and daughter. Here remains the true situation of Kolkata.

We have already said that these are nothing other than anecdotes but point to grave indicators of times to come. Because you would not find such articles anymore in any newspaper you read or TV channel you love to watch almost on a daily basis? This is the truest charm of petro-dollars originating from Saudi Arabia. We condemn with gusto this Muslim appeasing Indian media who have sold them to the highest bidder without caring a bit for the Hindus.