Hindu fascists of the Sri Ram Sene, encouraged by the indifference and tacit support of the BJP-led Karnataka government in the aftermath of the Sene's violent attack on women in a Mangalore pub have flexed their muscles again. They have now attacked Shruti, a PUC II student in Mangalore and a young Muslim boy, Shabib, her brother's friend with whom she had spoken while travelling on a bus.
Soon after becoming the Chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933, Adolf Hilter called for fresh elections to the Reichstag - the German Parliament. On the evening of February 27, 1933 – six days before elections -- a massive fire broke out at the Reichstag. The next day, the Reichstag Fire Decree was signed which effectively suspended most of the civil liberties -- freedom of the person, expression, press, the right of free association and public assembly, the secrecy of the post and telephone, as well as the protection of property and the home.
Much in the same way that the Reichstag fire gave Hitler the opening to tighten his stranglehold and paved the way for the creation of Nazi Germany, the Sabarmati Express fire gave Modi (Chief Minister of Gujarat) the opening to revive the BJP's floundering electoral fortunes in Gujarat and legitimised the advent of the saffronazi.
The mainstream media is all hype about the appointment of Sonal Shah in Barack Obama's transition team. Vijay Prashad raises the questions around her link to the role of the 'Vedic Taliban' i.e. The Sangh Parivar.