Narendra Modi, the person responsible for the 2002 Gujarat riots, is now sitting on a three day fast for communal harmony aimed at attracting the muslim vote, aiming the 2014 general elections. Such hypocrisy is the hallmark of fascists. We present here Badri Raina's thoughtful response to this episode. We also reproduce below, an open letter of the riot victims to Narendra Modi.
It is hugely ironical that the BJP (and thus also their candidate from Pilibhit parliamentary constituency, Varun Gandhi) should accuse the Election Commission of bias against the young lad due to the presence of Chief Election Commissioner designate, Naveen Chawla. But before we get to explaining that irony, here are a few facts.
Neither are Sonal Shah’s associations with the Hindutva organisations in the United States as innocuous nor are her critics McCarthyites. Vijay Prashad responds to earlier assertions in an article in EPW.
If Ms. Shah really wants to dispel doubts about her linkages with the VHPA and other Sangh Parivar outfits, we urge her to be more forthcoming in her condemnations of the Sangh Parivar, especially its branches in the United States since that has been the site of her involvement.
Statement by Campaign to Stop Funding Hate
What has long been suspected is now in the open. How will mainstream politics deal with Hindutva terror?, asks an EPW editorial.
The aggressive defence by the Shiv Sena of the terrorist activities of people acting in the name of Hindutva, combined with the BJP's refusal to condemn these activities, represent a danger mark in the political response to the rising tide of bomb attacks and violence against innocents. Any effort to give terrorism a communal colour will surely spell disaster for our country. Writes Brinda Karat. Courtesy: TOI, 11th Nov '08
09 November 2008 is the 70th anniversary of the infamous Kristallnacht. In one night of terror, the Nazi State of Germany ordered the deliberate and systematic destruction of Jewish properties, Synagogues and homes, the arrest of thousands of Jews and the removal of Jews from jobs and businesses.
Pragoti brings to its readers a collection of articles to remember that terrible night.