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|Before Advani unleashes his rath
LK Advani has gone or record and claimed that BJP would not have
reached the present level without Ramjanam Bhoomi. It now remains to be
seen, if the Ram Janam Bhoomi Movement, the Sangh Parivar's euphemism for
'demolition of Babri Masjid' and communal polarisation of the electorate,
was a political exercise permitted by our constitution and election laws,
to qualify BJP as a political party to participate in our democratic
electoral process; that bans all communal activities to canvass for votes.
LK Advani's term --cultural nationalism --- has to be tested against the
constitutional benchmark of our secular ethos, which support multi-culturalism
to the exclusion of any uni-cultural 'nationalism'.
Before LK Advani moves to create nationwide havoc once again to reap the
Illegitimate ‘rewards' of the communalisation of our electoral
processes, in anticipation of the coming UP Assembly election, Mr. Lydong,
the Chief Election Commissioner, should review BJP's declared communal
agenda and if found unconstitutional and illegal according to election
laws, should move swiftly to ban the party and disallow its participation
in the democratic election process.
LK Advani's threat to repeat its communal campaign to garner votes through
politicisation of `Babri Masjid demolition/Ram Mandir' issue, cannot be
left unchallenged both by the independent election commission and by the
highest judicial authorities of our nation.
Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai
Bajrang Dal hits out at NDA Govt
Udaipur: The Bajrang Dal has lashed out at the NDA government at the
Centre for its "appeasement policy" towards Pakistan, even as it
reiterated its resolve for the construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya.
The outfit's national coordinator Surendra Jain said on 15 August that the
only way to bring peace to the sub-continent was the merger of Bangladesh
and Pakistan with India. Jain was addressing Dal activists from all over
the state at the outfit's "Deeksha Samaroh".
Criticizing the policies of the Vajpayee government, Jain said the Bajrang
Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) were not dependent on the
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the construction of the Ram temple.
Jain said the BJP was entrusted with the task of removing the hurdles in
the way of the temple construction, after it came to power at the Centre.
However, if the party was not willing to cooperate, VHP and Bajrang Dal
would go-ahead with the task after Mahashivaratri, Jain said. The Dal
leader said towards materializing the dream of "Akhand Bharat"
was to free the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. If the need arose, military
action should be resorted to, he added. Earlier in the week, another Dal
office bearer Harishbhai Bhatt had called upon the Hindus to wage a holy
war to counter Pakistan's jihad.
Why this double standard?
Maulana Aneesur Rahman Qasimi of the All India Milli Council has condemned
the arrest of Muslim devotees for offering prayers in Vilayat Nagar
village in district Kanth and has demanded immediate release of those
people arrested and lifting of ban on construction of a mosque in the
Calling the administrations’ action utterly illegal and
unconstitutional, the Milli Council said that the minority community in
Vilayat Nagar has been demanding the construction of a mosque for a long
time. A Muslim has donated his land to Sunni Waqf Board for construction
of the mosque. But even then the administration does not allow Muslims to
construct their mosque and barred them from offering prayers even during
the holy month of Ramazan. The administration has arrested four Muslim
The Milli Council statement added that on the other hand people of the
majority community are given free hand o use public places as they please?
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