Sangh Samachar

Modi fomenting hatred — Citizens for Peace and Justice

Posted in Bharatiya Janata Party, hindu fundamentalism, hindutva by ravi on December 6, 2007

December 5, 2007

To,
Shri N. Gopalaswami,
The Chief Election Commissioner,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

The present chief minister, Gujarat, Shri Narendra Modi has reportedly used a blatantly communal angle in his speech at Mangrol in South Gujarat on December 4, 2007, saying that “Sonia Gandhi spoke of terrorism. But she has no right to talk of this the Congress in Gujarat is raising its voice on the Sohrabuddin issue. But it should explain what should be done to a man who stored illegal arms?? You tell me what should be done?” and the crowds reportedly shouted back, “kill him kill him”.

Sir, we believe that this is an open exhortation to violence, an illegal act by a person seeking re-election to a powerful and responsible position in the state. It also amounts to an Unconstitutional and Unhealthy attitude in a leading politician in a polity. We also believe that this amounts to blatant misuse of religion for political ends and is violative of the Election Code of Conduct since indirectly Shri Modi is only referring to ‘Sohrabuuddin’ a Muslim was killed and not of the manner in which his wife, Kauserbi, an innocent was killed as also was Tulsiram Prajapati, and Mahendra Kadhav, Ganesh Kunthe (in other incidents of encounters) . In any case, an illegal act by agents of the state (Modi and his chosen policemen) is illegal regardless of who the victim is and which community he/she hails from. To equate and justify a criminal act with a particular community is nothing short of introducing communal politics in the electoral arena and fomenting hatred against a section of our people.

Sir the Election Code of Conduct, Rule 1 (2) and 1 (3) in General Conduct clearly mentions this.

Thirdly, the crude stance of Shri Modi is contrary to what the state of Gujarat has stated on affidavit admitting the illegality of the killing of Sohrabuddin (the rape and) killing of his wife, Kauserbi and the similar illegal encounter killing of Tulsiram -all by policemen commandeered to do so!! in the Hon’ble Supreme Court indicating that Shri Modi is resorting to both desperate and unhealthy measures to garner votes. It also means that either the state of Gujarat is misleading the apex court, or the chief minister is so far veering from the truth to make cheap electoral forays!!

Fourthly, of the officially admitted 21 encounters in Gujarat between 2003 and 2007, in which 5 Hindus were also killed it is emerging that grossly unlawful and unconstitutional means have been used. Therefore, can the CM of a state justify illegal murder lawlessness and extrajudicial killings?? Does his speech not just violate the rule of law enshrined in the Indian constitute but criminal law and the election code of conduct?

We urge that action should be demanded and taken against him for fomenting hatred and violence against a particular community . We urge action by the Election Commission in this regard.

Sir, Gujarat has had a legacy of sever communal strife and polarisation since 2002 when one of the worst ever post Partition genocidal carnages took place. Even today victims live like refugees in their own land. There have been no attempts by the state to re locate them with dignity. Today’s blatantly crude, desperate and communally surcharged speech of Shri Modi is an attempt to bring Gujarat back to the dark abyss of violence and polarisation yet again. It is also an attempt to win an election by foul means if not fair!! As the Constitutional body in charge of the state we urge the Election Commission to step in sharply and clearly in this regard.

In anticipation,
Yours Sincerely
Teesta Setalvad
Secretary

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  1. escapefromindia said, on December 8, 2007 at 2:29 am

    Do you know Sangh is expanding its hatred to Malaysia?

    Currently, HINDRAF leaders are inspired or remotely controlled RSS. The Jandewalan Street of Delhi is a notorious epic centre of hindu extremism in India.

    The traces of their criminal saga didn’t end up with crime of the millennium, the killing of Mahathma Gandhi. To Tamil Hindus in Malaysia, this leadership will gift more misery than you can expect.

    In an age were conflicts are solved more peacefully, the militant approach inspired by Hindutva will be disastrous.

    Considering the RSS factor, I would say Malaysian police is right in its argument about HINDRAF’s association with global terrorism. s

    For God’s sake don’t trust me, trace the movements of HINDRAF leaders through out India. Their actions should be a major concern to Indian immigrants around the world.

    The blog has to say more about it.

    http://escapefromindia.wordpress.com/


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