Sunday, February 7, 2010

महाजाल पर सुरेश चिपलूनकर (Suresh Chiplunkar): तिरंगे में सफ़ेद रंग “क्रिश्चियनिटी” का होता है और “जन-गण-मन” की धुन पर पोप की प्रार्थना…… Mockery of National Flag, National Anthem by Missionary

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    • मेरे मलयाली मित्र द्वारा किये गये वर्णन के अनुसार – प्रस्तुत वीडियो में तिरुवल्ला के शैरोन फ़ेलोशिप चर्च में केए अब्राहम नामक व्यक्ति कॉमेडी शो(?) प्रस्तुत कर रहा है। इसमें यह बताता है कि भारत के राष्ट्रीय ध्वज में “भगवा” रंग आक्रामकता का प्रतीक है, जबकि हरा रंग मुस्लिमों की बढ़ती आर्थिक खुशहाली (खाड़ी के पैसे द्वारा आई हुई) का प्रतीक है, लेकिन सबसे पवित्र है “सफ़ेद रंग” जो कि ईसाईयत का प्रतीक है, क्योंकि सफ़ेद रंग शांति का प्रतीक है (ईसाईयत = शान्ति)। और आगे अपना ज्ञान बखान करते हुए वह बताता है कि शक्तिशाली अशोक चक्र का मतलब है “अ-शोक” (अर्थात कोई दुख नहीं) और इस “अ-शोक” को सफ़ेद रंग के अन्दर इसलिये रखा गया है क्योंकि ईसाईयत में आने के बाद मनुष्य को कोई शोक नहीं होता। इसलिये जो भी दुखी और असहाय हैं, सफ़ेद रंग में रंग जायें, यानी ईसाईयत स्वीकार करें। तिरंगे की ऐसी व्याख्या कभी देखी-सुनी है आपने? लेकिन “सेकुलरिज़्म” को दूध पिलाने की सजा तो भुगतनी ही पड़ेगी, क्योंकि अब इसका “फ़न” धीरे-धीरे फ़ुंफ़कारे मारने लगा है।

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The Sunday Tribune - Knot at a cost

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    • Many youngsters are going in for inter-faith and inter-caste marriages to script the
      story of a new Kashmir, but this is proving costly with various communities resorting
      to violence to thwart such alliances, writes Jupinderjit Singh
    Photo: Kuldip Dhiman
    • There are many others like them. "On an average, we get one such case daily in Jammu city itself. Often, it is easier to trace and catch a militant than a runaway couple," admits a senior police official requesting anonymity. "We go by the law. The girlparents file a case of kidnapping and add the charge of rape later. It boils down to the girl’s stand. If she deposes before a court that she had gone of her own will, which happens rarely, the law protects the couple," says the senior police officer.

      He narrates documented tales of runaway couples being recovered from places as far off as Goa and Siliguri. "Couples elope the world all over. But in this state, it acquires far more serious proportions," he says, pointing towards the communal divide. "No community here wants its members to join another community after marriage. The community members fear that one by one, their numbers will dwindle and the demographic change can affect the separatist demand. Interestingly, parents don’t mind if their son brings a girl from another community and converts her".

    Members of the Mahila Sangharsh Samiti demand justice in the Rajnish death case
    • FAIR PLAY: Members of the Mahila Sangharsh Samiti demand justice in the Rajnish death case
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    • Conversion after marriage becomes the main issue. The DGP remembers how a Sikh girl despite marrying a Muslim in England spent a torturous life for years. She wanted to follow her religion but there was opposition. She pulled along for a few years. But when it came to the children’s religion, she left the family.

      Dr Niharica recalls her experiences in meeting two such couples, "Some Hindu girls had got converted. One of them agreed to talk to me on the condition that I wouldn’t disclose that she was originally a Hindu. She had adjusted so well in her new life". Another case was even more telling. "This woman, originally a Hindu, just refused to acknowledge that. She showed me the door, saying she was born a Muslim".

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Who’ll stand up to this big bully?- Hindustan Times

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    • Two interesting things about Bal Thackeray that you may not know. One: in 1966 when the Shiv Sena first exploded on the scene, Indira Gandhi had only just become the Prime Minister of India and Rajiv Gandhi was yet to marry Sonia Maino. Of today’s senior leaders, Pranab Mukherjee was a young academic who had not even joined the Congress. Sharad Pawar had not yet been elected to the state assembly. In that sense, Bal Thackeray is probably the most senior of all active politicians in India today.

      The second interesting thing: though he has been around for over four decades, Thackeray has never once propounded a progressive agenda for Maharashtra or laid out his vision of how the state can flourish. All of his politics have been essentially negative: hate this community, beat up another ethnic group and burn the homes of a third.

      When Thackeray launched the Shiv Sena, he did so with the support and blessings of such Congress strongmen of that era as V.P . Naik and S.K. Patil. In the mid-60s, the Congress worried that the Communists were gaining a foothold in the industrial units of north Bombay. The Shiv Sena’s job was to fight the Communists (by any means necessary) and to protect the Congress bastion.

      In those days, Thackeray’s agenda was to rid Bombay of the communities that he claimed were oppressing the Maharashtrian people: South Indians and Gujaratis. What the Shiv Sena rarely reminds us is that, till 1960, there was no such state as Maharashtra. The state was called Bombay and included much of what is now Gujarat. Maharashtra was created in 1960 and naturally, Bombay still had a largely non-Maharashtrian ethos. As Maharashtrians from other parts of the state came flooding into the city (contrary to what he may claim, even Thackeray’s own family is not from Bombay), the Shiv Sena treated them as its natural constituency.

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The nation must come first -

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    • Anand Benegal
    • In India, since there are so many castes, sub-castes, creeds, religions and interdependent communities living together, making inflammatory statements like these are going to disturb the peace and harmony in the nation.

      It also seems like Thackeray has a problem with Biharis, even making remarks like ‘Ek Bihari, sau bimari’ (one Bihari, a hundred diseases) and stating that they are an unwanted lot in Maharashtra.

      In some sort of way, Bal Thackeray has a problem with India as a whole and wants only pure Maharashtrians to be in Maharashtra. This sort of parochial thinking is extremely harmful for our nation and may lead to civil unrest and riots like it earlier did, leading to the destruction of the Babri Masjid by Shiv Sena and BJP members in 1992.


      The author of this article is a 12-year-old schoolboy from Mumbai.

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    • By Manoj Kar
    • Waking up to apex court directives, the administration of this coastal Odisha district has identified as many as 529 religious places of worship coming up on encroached government land.

      Instances of abode of God on encroached government territory are most prominent as far as Hindu places of worship are concerned.

      As many as 523 Hindu temples continue to thrive in encroached public land while location of six numbers of mosques is on unlawfully intruded land, according to official reports.

    • Kendrapara
    • The infiltration-hit Mahakalpada tehsil stays at the bottom with 18 illegal religious structure, said officials.

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