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Ranchi: Under pressure from public intellectuals to clear the air over its role in growing intolerance in the country, the Rashtriya Swayamswevak Sangh or RSS said on Sunday it was being needlessly blamed for the mob-lynching of a man in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri and similar incidents of violence.

“We are in social life for 90 years. No one has raised such questions on intolerance. Whatever has happened we condemn that. Such incidents are not good for the society. But we need go deeper into such incidents. The truth must come out,” RSS General Secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi said.

“When the Sangh was linked to several such incidents, and we investigated deeper, they have proven to be false. There has been no truth to the allegations. It is a conspiracy to unnecessarily blame the Sangh for such incidents,” Joshi said.

52-year-old Mohammed Akhlaq was lynched on September 28 in Dadri following rumours that he and his family had eaten beef and slaughtered a calf, triggering a wave of protest from the civil society.

People related to a local BJP leader were allegedly involved in the Dadri lynching incident, leading to attacks on the RSS.

In Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, two persons were similarly beaten to death after being accused of cow slaughter by mobs comprising suspected Hindu militants.

Scores of writers, filmmakers, and scientists have returned their awards to register their protest against the growing intolerance and violence in the country. 

Moreover, in a bid to express their anguish and protest about the “highly vitiated atmosphere” prevailing in India, 53 historians on Thursday issued a joint statement lashing out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his stoic silence over growing intolerance in the country.

Romila Thapar and Irfan Habib were among the eminent historians who, in the joint statement, decried the climate in which “differences of opinion are being sought to be settled by using physical violence. Arguments are met not with counter-arguments but with bullets.”

They also warned the Bhartiya Janata Party government against distorting history.

“What the regime seems to want is a kind of legislated history, a manufactured image of the past, glorifying certain aspects of it and denigrating others, without any regard for chronology, sources or methods of enquiry that are the building blocks of the edifice of history,” the historians wrote.

“It is easy to trample them down, but it is important to remember that it will take too long and will be beyond the capacity of those who are currently at the helm of affairs, to rebuild it once it is destroyed.”

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Sikkim Assembly Passes ‘Sikkim Prevention of Cow Slaughter Bill 2017’ to Prohibit Killing of Cows

Sikkim Democratic Front passed the bill

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Sikkim Prevention of Cow Slaughter Bill 2017 passed
Sikkim Prevention of Cow Slaughter Bill 2017 passed. Pixabay
  • The Bill was passed in the State Assembly and it prohibits the killing of cows and its female calf across the state
  • In Assam, the slaughter of cows is banned
  • The people of Sikkim consider the cow as sacred and have an emotional attachment to it

New Delhi, August 31, 2017: Sikkim became the 2nd North Eastern state (after Assam) to ban Cow Slaughter, the bill was passed by Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) which is a part of the BJP’s North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA).  On August 29, the Bill was passed in the State Assembly and it prohibits the killing of cows and its female calf across the state.

The legislation was tabled by Somnath Poudyal, the state Animal Husbandry Minister and it was titled Sikkim Prevention of Cow Slaughter Bill, 2017.

As per the Sikkim Prevention of Cow Slaughter Bill, 2017, a cow has been defined as a dry cow, milking cow, calf and under the Act it will be a non-bailable offense and cognizable offense. If anyone is found slaughtering a cow in Sikkim, he/she will face imprisonment of not less than 2 years (it can be extended to 5 years) and the offender will have to pay a fine of minimum Rs 10,000. A repeat offender will have to face rigorous imprisonment for at least 5 years (it can be extended to 7 years) with a fine of not less than Rs 10,000.

Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, during the discussion on the Bill on 29th August, said that the protection of cow has become vital due to the “need of inputs for organic farming” in Sikkim.

Chamling said, “The government wants to invoke a humane, ethical and sustainable alternative to taking care of aged and unproductive cows in gaushalas (cow sheds).” The Chief Minister said that the state government will construct 2 gaushalas for this purpose.

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Until now, other North Eastern states have not banned cow slaughter. However, in Assam, the slaughter of cows is banned with one exception- if ‘fit for slaughter’ certificate is issued to them, those cows will be slaughtered at designated places. Though, they are not strict enough as cow slaughter is not a cognizable offense.

In Sikkim, the majority Nepali Hindu population doesn’t consume beef but the native population of Bhutias and Lepchas traditionally do.

Poudyal talked about how the cow is considered as a mother in India for the dairy industry, agriculture industry, and the mankind. He said, “The people of Sikkim consider the cow as sacred and have an emotional attachment to it.”

Poudyal gave some other reasons as well:

  • The dairy sector in Sikkim is the single-largest employer along with agriculture and is a major source of income for small and marginal farmers.
  • Over 80% of the rural households own dairy animals and earn supplementary income from these activities.

He added, “The government has deemed it necessary to frame a legislation to prohibit and prevent the slaughter of cows and its female progeny in the state of Sikkim.”

The new legislation provides an exception- for the cows suffering from contagious or infectious diseases. If one wants to slaughter an infected cow, a certificate is required from the competent authority. A designated place will be chosen to slaughter such a cow which will be according to the rules set in the Act. The dead body of the cow should be disposed of or buried according to the rules prescribed in the new Act.


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Kerala Emerging as Epitome of Red Terror in India

Political clashes and the frequent approach of aggressiveness and extremism adopted by the leftists need to be addressed bringing all stakeholders together

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Communism flag in Kerala. Wikimedia Commons
  • Rajesh, an activist for the RSS, was brutally murdered in Thiruvananthapuram
  • The Bharatiya Janta Party’s Kerala Unit has alleged Community Party of India’s members and followers for the red terror
  • Both the parties have a history of being in physical conflict frequently in the state

July 30, 2017: On Saturday, RSS Activist Rajesh Edvakode was found critically injured in the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. Hours after the attack, Rajesh’s body gave up and he died. The victim’s hand was chopped off allegedly by workers and followers of the Communist Party of India (CPI-M). This incident has once again highlighted the constant red terror crimes in India at the hands of the aggressive left ideology.

Also Read: The Dangerous Ideology behind Communism: Why is it a Delusion?

BJP has reacted by calling a state-wide strike. The Kerala unit of the party has alleged the CPI-M members of committing the gruesome murder and given the history of conflict between the two parties, it is understandable why. Also given the fact that Kerala is haunted by the red terror propagandists who admire the hammer and sickle too much, the BJP was quick to respond. Eight suspects have been arrested by the police and it has been revealed that they have links with the Communist Party.

Along the political violence, Rajesh, a 34-year-old follower of the RSS on which the BJP has founded its principles, has been murdered.

In the press statement, Manoj Abraham, Inspector General of Police stated, “The attack was by a gang of men involving CPM (Communist Party of India (Marxist) activists. However, there was a long history of enmity between one of the accused and the victim. We are also probing any angle of a political motive.”

Two days ago, there was a violent conflict between the CPI and BJP members. On Thursday evening, an incident broke out into a fight between the two parties. The left ideology adherents were triggered by an assault to a left wing youth flag. The triggered leftists then vandalized residences of BJP members. Initially, six RSS members were arrested by the police. Further, four CPI-M members were also arrested.

Left wing youth members and the CPI-M counselor was caught on CCTV footage throwing stones at the BJP office. They too have been arrested.

The Communist Party in a press release denied any such accusations and allegations. However, given the political clashes in the past and the frequent approach of aggressiveness and extremism adopted by the leftists, the red terror problem, particularly in Kerala, needs to be addressed bringing all stakeholders together.

Kerala’s remarkable achievements as a forceful Indian state have been overshadowed by the rising political violence. Left wing aggressiveness is a reality in India, especially in certain states.

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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PM Modi in Israel: Is it The Alliance of Two Ideologies, Hindutva and Zionism?

The historical visit can also be discerned as the alliance of two ideologies, Hindutva and Zionism

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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi hug each other after reading their joint statement at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, Nov. 15, 2016. VOA

June 06, 2017: Narendra Modi is visiting the utopia of his Guruji Golwalkar, who was the second Sarsangchalak (Supreme leader) of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and also a land where the RSS dream has come to fulfillment. Golwalkar, the Hindutva leader in his book titled “We or Our Nationhood Defined” wrote:

A number of Jews, finding it difficult to live in those conditions maintaining their old religion and culture, left then-country Palestine, and came to Hindusthan—the purest stock of the children of Israel—and to this day they are inhabiting the country of the Hindus (the BeneIsraels of Bombay Presidency). Later, the engines of destruction loose under the name of Islam, completely destroyed their power and the Jews, in order to save what was most dear to them,—their religion and culture, fled from the country and scattered, all the world over naturalising themselves in various parts of the globe. Thus scattered they still live and with them live their religion, culture and language. They are still the same old Jews. With them nothing has changed except that they are exiles from their country and have no place to call their own; and they are all without exception, a rich and advanced people. But they are a people in name and are not a nation, as the whole world knows. The recent attempt at rehabilitating Palestine with its ancient population of the Jews is nothing more than an effort to reconstruct the broken edifice and revitalize the practically dead Hebrew National life.”

Zionism was the national movement of the Jewish people that was formed to promote the re-establishment of a Jewish homeland in the territory defined as the “Land of Israel”. Following the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Zionism continued originally to support on behalf of Israel and to address the threats to its existence and security.

A religious nature of Zionism promotes Jews buttressing their Jewish identity defined as adherence to Judaism, opposes the adaptation of Jews into other societies, and has bolstered the return of Jews to Israel as a means for Jews to be a majority nation in their own state.

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Aum is a symbol of Arya Samaj and Hindutva. Wikimedia

On the similar lines, RSS provides character training through Hindutva discipline and unites the Hindu community to form a Hindu Rashtra (Hindu Nation). RSS leaders were supportive of the Jewish State of Israel and supported Israel during its formation. Golwalkar admired Jews for preserving their “religion, culture and language”.

In Israel, RSS has found an ally and a role model who put their grand vision to success. The historical visit can also be discerned as the alliance of two ideologies, Hindutva and Zionism.

– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter: @Nainamishr94