What are the best Achievements by BJP after forming the Government?


Then: Modi government plans 660 Centres for women violence
Now: Modi govt to build just 36 of the 660 promised rape crisis

Then: Aadhaar not approved by Parliament, says BJP
Nandan Nilekani’s Aadhaar project a political gimmick with
no vision Not afraid of Nilekani Aadhaar a national threat:
BJP’s Ananth Kumar ‘Will Scrap Aadhaar, Revive National
Population Registry’
Now: PM Modi sees advantage for BJP government from UID
scheme. Modi govt to give legal backing to Aadhaar –

Then: Ceasefire violations should not be politicised, says PM Modi
Now: Opinion: Where’s The Pakistan Tough Talk Now, Modiji?
Narendra Modi on Twitter
Congress targets PM over his ceasefire violations remarks

Then: Full statehood for Delhi is top BJP priority | The Asian Age
BJP demands full statehood for Delhi, Congress sees politics
Dikshit failed to get full statehood for Delhi: Harsh Vardhan
BJP releases ‘Delhi-specific’ manifesto ahead of Lok Sabha polls
Now: Modi may not grant Delhi full statehood

Then: Pics: Land Acquisition Bill passed; gets majority support from BJP
No ordinance to amend land acquisition law, law min Gowda says
Sushma Swaraj’s pro-farmer stand on Land Acquisition Bill
Now: Govt approves ordinance to ease Land Acquisition Act for reforms
Stringent Land Acq. law to be amended without Opposition’s support

Then: Will Modi’s ‘swacch bharat’ spell acche din for Indian hygiene?
Cabinet approves 5-year-long ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission
Now: Modi has just washed his hands off Swacch Bharat in budget
Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is nothing but a UPA scheme

2007: We will re-negotiate nuclear deal: BJP
2014: Ahead of Modi’s US trip, IAEA pact ratified .
AEA to get more access to India’s nuclear programme.

Then: 1962 Indo-China war secret report ‘blames’ Nehru;
BJP demands the document be made public
Now: In U-turn, Modi govt rules out release of Henderson Brooks report
Jaitley Wanted China War Report Declassified, Changes Opinion

Then: No talks till Dawood and Saeed are handed over, demands BJP
Now : Pakistan PM to attend inauguration of India’s Narendra Modi

Then: BJP warns against removal of AFSPA – The Times of India
Now: After Article 370, BJP does a U-turn on AFSPA in J&K

Then: BJP wanted files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose made public
Now: U-turn: BJP govt won’t make Netaji files public
BJP following Congress path in suppressing facts on Netaji

Then: BJP to oppose land boundary agreement with Bangladesh
Now: PM Narendra Modi endorses UPA’s land swap deal with Bangladesh

Then: BJP against hiking FDI cap to 49 per cent in insurance sector
Now: Determined BJP seeks to table insurance, GST Bills
Insurance bill: The reasons behind BJP’s puzzling about-turn
Then: Congress opposed to being covered by RTI; BJP sees no wrong
Now: BJP reverses stand on bringing parties under RTI

Then: Uma Bharti promises clean Ganga in 3 years
Now: Cleaning Ganga will take 18 yrs massive investment, Centre tells SC

Then: BJP, Left hit out at interim budget

Now: Jaitley’s maiden budget is like Chidambaram’s with a saffron lipstick
BJP at pains to explain why Budget is not an extension of UPA’s

Then: We’ll bring back black money in 150 days: BJP president
Will bring back black money in 100 days: BJP chief Rajnath Singh

Now: Never talked about bringing black money in 100 days: Govt
Black money: Back to square one, list same as last June, says SIT
BJP falling into black money ditch: SIT report will embarrass Modi
Black money case: Most accounts cleared or closed
Have BJP’s white lies on black money been nailed?

Then: Nirmala says no to FDI in multi-brand retail
BJP not to support more FDI in insurance, pension sectors

Now: Govt departs from BJP to let FDI stay in multi-brand retail
Modi signals BJP rethink on multi-brand retail FDI
BJP may consider higher FDI in insurance, but not in retail
BJP not against FDI in pension, insurance, wants to see fine print
‘Guj will be among the 1st to implement FDI in retail’ – Opinion
BJP To Welcome FDI In Defence
How vibrant is the Gujarat growth story?
Gujarat, the gateway to India: fact or farce?
Vibrant Gujarat Global Investor Summit

Then: Narendra Modi opposes GST
Now: Modi’s GST U-turn set to make India single market for first time

Then: BJP not in favour of privatisation of railways: Rajnath Singh
Now: Govt outlines areas open for FDI in railways

Then: PM Modi Hints at Private Involvement to Modernise Railway Stations
Now: PM Narendra Modi rules out privatisation of Railways

Then: Raise I-T slab to Rs 5 lakh, demands Arun Jaitley
Now: Tax Exemption Limit Raised to Rs 2.5 Lakh

Then: BJP dubs loan waiver as fraudulent propaganda by UPA
Now: Chandrababu Naidu to waive off farm loans totalling Rs 54,000 crore

Then: BJP calls for direct transfer of subsidies
Now: Modi’s Jan Dhan Yojana a free loan Mela without cash transfers
Jan Dhan Yojana has all the characteristics of bad old loan melas

Then: BJP hails PM Modi’s Jan Dhan Yojana
Now: NDA copying UPA’s financial inclusion plan: Congress
It’s an UPA scheme: Congress on Jan Dhan Yojna’s launch today

Then: Train fare hike unacceptable, says BJP
DMK opposes railway fare hike, BJP wants rollback
Now: BJP defends railway fare hike, puts blame on UPA

Then: We condemn the decision to deregulate diesel prices, says BJP
Now: Govt raises diesel price, puts limit on LPG subsidy
BJP allies want diesel subsidy to continue

Then: People won’t spare congress for fixing LPG cap:BJP
LPG cylinder cap will be increased to 24 if BJP voted to power
Now: Eye trained on deficit, FinMin pushes for lowering LPG cap
Raising LPG cap was UPA mistake, oil minister to tell Modi govt
Center to deregulate diesel prices, reduce LPG cap

Then: BJP slams price hike of non subsidized LPG cylinders
LPG cylinder price hiked, cylinder to now cost Rs.921
LPG price hike: BJP slams govt, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi
Now: LPG price hiked by Rs 16.50 per cylinder
LPG price hike to affect only 1% of consumers: Government
Non-subsidised LPG price hiked by Rs 16.50 per cylinder on

Then: Government’s ‘pink revolution’ destroying cattle, says Modi
Now: ABP investigation: Modi govt’s biggest U-turn on ‘Pink Revolution

Then: Haryana: bjp’s manifesto released, promise 24 hrs electricity supply
Haryana polls: BJP promises to develop the state capital
Now: Can’t assure 24×7 power in this term: CM – The Times of India

Then: Irony: Rape accused PJ Kurien heads for global meet on women
Now: Sexual assault case:No question of minister’s resignation, BJP says

Then: BJP attacks Robert Vadra over ‘inappropriate’ behaviour
Now: Robert Vadra continue to enjoy security check exemptions at airports

Then: BJP looking for clean candidates
BJP wants Chidambaram, Sibal dropped
Now: Half of Modi’s new ministers face criminal cases, majority crorepatis

Then: BJP accuses Trinamool of using Saradha money to fund terror
Now: Govt contradicts Amit Shah’s claim Saradha money used for terror

Then: BJP to strengthen institutions like CVC, CAG
BJP vows to oppose any government attempt to dilute CAG authority
Now: BJP pulls up Narayanasamy for questioning CAG’s mandate

Then: Judges’ verdicts are influenced by post-retirement jobs: Arun Jaitley
Now: Former Chief Justice P Sathasivam Appointed Governor of Kerala

Then: Immediately withdraw railway freight hike before budget: CM to PM
Now: Govt hikes railway fares by 14.2%,freight charges increased by 6.5%

Then: Lashing out at Cong Modi says under UPA, Governors were unilaterally dismissed in 2004
Now: Modi raj marks the end of road for Congress governors, Governors in the firing line

Then: Goa minister says centres to be set up to ‘cure’ LGBT youths
Now: Goa minister takes U-turn after facing flak for LGBT remarks

Then: Congress undermining CAG authority on coalgate, BJP tells Pranab
BJP accuses Govt of flouting rules amd for attacking national auditor
Now: Stop sensationalising reports, Arun Jaitley tells CAG, after BJP milked 2G spectrum allocation, coal scam figures

Then: Modi sarkar breaks from UPA, to rethink Section 66A
Section 66A: Nightmare for citizens who dare to dissent
Now: Modi government does flip-flop: this time it defends net censorship
Internet needs stricter curbs than print, TV: Centre to SC
U-turn as Government Prepares to Defend Controversial IT Rule

Then: Declaration of assets of the Ministers of the UPA Union Cabinet
Now: PMO under Modi blocks access to information on ministers’ assets

Then: BJP accuses UPA Govt. of providing shelter to the corrupt
Govt protecting ‘corrupt’ ministers: Advani
Now: Coal ordinance by BJP gives blanket protection to ministers

Then: Congress draws criticism from BJP as Khemka transferred again
BJP, IAC demand probe into Ashok Khemka’s transfer
Now: Ashok Khemka transfer: Bharatiya Janata Party justifies action
BJP downplays Khemka’s transfer
Haryana CM Khattar defends Ashok Khemka’s transfer
Ashok Khemka, whistleblower IAS officer, transferred again

Via – Rohit Nigam ( Quora )

Modi 300 DAYS – Documenting Hate and Communal Violence under the Modi Regime

300 DAYS

Documenting Hate and Communal Violence under the Modi Regime


(With inputs from Kiren Shaheen, Liris Thomas, Mansi Sharma, Shabnam Hashmi, Shahnaz Husain, Tehmina Arora, and Vijayesh Lal)

Executive Summary:

The rape of a 70 year old Nun in West Bengal in an attack ona convent and school in February 2015 sent shockwaves throughout India, and the world. “Protect not just Cows, but human beings also,” said Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference. At least 43deaths in over 600 cases of violence, 149 targeting Christians and the rest Muslims, have taken place in 2014 in India till March this year, marking 300 days of the National Development Alliance government of Mr. Narendra Modi. The number of dead is other than the 108 killed in Assam in attacks by armed tribal political groups on Muslims. Desecration and destruction of churches, assault on pastors, illegal police detention of church workers, and denial of Constitutional rights of Freedom of Faith aggravate the coercion and terror unleashed in campaigns of Ghar Wapsiand cries of Love Jihad. Since May 2014, there has been a marked shift in public discourse. There has been a relentless foregrounding of communal identities, a ceaseless attempt to create a divide between ‘us’ and ‘them’. The BJP leaders guaranteed to abuse, ridicule and threaten minorities. Hate statements by Union and state ministers, threats by Members of Parliament, state politicians, and cadres in saffron caps or Khaki shorts resonate through the landscape. But most cases go unreported, unrecorded by police.

The Prime Minister refuses to reprimand his Cabinet colleagues, restrain the members of his party members or silencethe Sangh Parivar which claims to have propelled him to power in New Delhi. Mr. Modi calls for a ten-year moratorium on communal and caste violence. His government soon declares Christmas to be a “Good Governance Day” in honour of the BJP leader and former Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee. There are fears at a severe whittling down of the 15 Point Programme for Minorities, a lifeline for many severely economic backward communities, and specially their youth seeking higher education and professional training. Anyway, Mr. Modi’s “assurance” to religious minorities is challenged and countered by Mr. Mohan Bhagwat, the head of the powerful Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, who asserts, repeatedly, that every Indian is a Hindu, and minorities will have to learn their place in

he country.Speaking at the 50th Anniversary of foundation of its religious wing, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Mr. Mohan Bhagwat, the RSS Sarsanghchalak bluntly stated that “Hindutva is the identity of India and it has the capacity to swallow other identities. We just need to restore those capacities.” In Cuttack, he asserted that India is a Hindu state and “citizens of Hindustan should be known as Hindus”. Sadhvi Prachi, a central minister, Members of Parliament Sakshi Maharaj and Adityanath are among those urging measures to check Muslims, including encouraging Hindu women to have from four to ten children each. In Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and other states, the terror, physical violence and social ostracizing of Dalit and Tribal Christians, in particular, continues.

The 300 days have also seen an assault on democratic structures, the education and knowledge system, Human Rightsorganizations and Rights Defenders and coercive action using the Intelligence Bureau and the systems if the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act and the Passport laws to crack down on NGOs working in areas of empowerment of the marginalized sections of society, including Dalits, Tribals, Fishermen and women, and issues of environment, climate, forests, land and water rights. This report is focused on issues of communally targeted violence and the politics of hate and divisiveness that emanates from a thesis of religious nationalism.


Mr. Sakshi Maharaj, a god-man, and an influential member of the Parliament on behalf of the Bharatiya Janata party which now governs India has demanded the death sentence for persons who convert [Hindu] persons to other religions. As Indian TV and Print media quoted him, the saffron-clad ascetic politician told a religious gathering in the state of Uttar Pradesh that each Hindu woman should mother four children in order to protect the predominance of Hindus, India’s largest religious group. “Wait for some time,” local media quoted him as saying. “A law will be passed in Parliament in which anyone indulging in cow slaughter and conversion will be punished with the death sentence.” Maharaj said that Indians of Muslim, Christian and other religious faiths who convert to Hinduism, euphemistically Ghar Wapsi or Home-Coming, will not be subjected to the same punishment, as they were all once Hindus.

This is part of a vicious hate campaign which is endorsed by the leadership of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh to which the top echelons of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Ministers of the National Democratic Alliance Government are faithful members. The hate fuels the physical violence, many incidents of police complicity, and State impunity in the persecution of the Christian community in many states of India. The Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, is yet to comment on, much less castigate, the RSS and its affiliate organizations by name, choosing repeatedly to equate “majority and minority” groups in the one statement he made at a function of the Syro Malabar

Human Rights and Civil Society groups have documented at least 43 deaths in over 600 cases of violence, 149 targeting Christians and the rest Muslims, have taken place in 2014 in India till March this year, marking 300 days of the National Development Alliance government of Mr. Narendra Modi. The Christian Persecution data lists 168 cases. An analysis of the Christian data alone shows Chhattisgarh topping the list with 28 incidents of crime, followed closely by neighbouring Madhya Pradesh with 26, Uttar Pradesh with 18 and Telengana, a newly carved out of Andhra Pradesh, with 15 incidents. Of the deaths in communally targeted violence, two were killed in Orissa and Telengana, 8 in Gujarat, 12 in Maharashtra, 6 in Karnataka and 25 in Uttar Pradesh. Apart from these, 108 people were killed in Assam in attacks by Bodo militant groups. Much of the violence has taken place after the new government of the National Democratic alliance headed by the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, came into power on 26 May, 2014.

The violence peaked between August and October with 56 cases, before zooming up to 25 cases during the Christmas season, including the burning of the Catholic church of St Sebastian in Dilshad garden in the national capital of New Delhi. The violence has continued well into the New Year 2015, with more Catholic churches in the city targetted as incidents continue in other states. Much of the violence, 54 percent, is of threats, intimidation, coercion, often with the police looking on. Physical violence constituted a quarter of all cases, (24 per cent), and violence against Christian women, a trend that is increasingly being seen since the carnage in Kandhamal, Odisha, in 2007 and 2008, was 11 per cent. Breaking of statues and the Cross and other acts of desecration were recorded in about 8 per cent of the cases, but many more were also consequent to other forms of violence against institutions. A disturbing trend was rising communal violence in West Bengal where the BJP and the RSS have redoubled their efforts to fill what they see is a political vacancy following the decline of the Communist Party of India Marxist and the Congress party in recent times.

The rape of the aged Catholic Nun in a Convent and School in Ranaghat in West Bengal, is the most horrendous crime reported in the first quarter of 2015. According to the complaint lodged by the school, seven to eight armed people overpowered the security guard and stormed its compound around 2.30am. Stayed for two hours, raping the Nun, desecrating the Chapel, and then, as one Sister told the police, treated themselves to “imported chocolates, cake and pastries” meant for the students. A police report submitted to the state government said the criminals were “not locals” and this is a pre-planned on the school and sisters.

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India – Love As A Tool Of War #LoveJihad

‘Love Jihad’ has become part of the political lexicon in Uttar Pradesh. But is there more to it than scaremongering with an eye on harvesting Hindu votes? Virendra Nath Bhatt finds out

Strident campaign Bajrang Dal activists protest against ‘love jihad’ in Muzaffarnagar, UP

Conjugal relationships between Muslim men and Hindu women may become a scary proposition in 21st century India with the BJP raising the pitch on what it calls ‘love jihad’. The trope has come to represent the fears of the majority community in India, especially in Uttar Pradesh, aggravated by allegations that some members of ‘sleeper modules’ of Islamic terror outfits are using love as a tool in a campaign to convert Hindu women to Islam.

Even as ‘love jihad’ has become a part of the political lexicon in India’s most populous state, the BJP’s opponents are crying hoarse that the saffron party is going all guns blazing on the issue in order to create hysteria and polarise the electorate along religious lines. What lends credence to this view is that the voices against ‘love jihad’ have grown louder at a time when bypolls are scheduled for 11 Assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh on 13 September.

However, undeterred by criticism from rival political forces, BJP leaders openly discussed the “menace” at the party’s recently concluded two-day state executive meet at Vrindavan near Mathura. The party, though, stopped short of making any direct reference to ‘love jihad’ in the political resolution adopted during the meeting. The reason could be that as the ruling party at the Centre, it chose formal discretion as the better part of valour.

This doesn’t mean, however, that the party is going to relegate the issue to the backburner in its election campaign in the constituencies going for bypolls. After all, its pitch on ‘love jihad’ has won it many admirers among Hindus, especially in western Uttar Pradesh. It has helped the party find a place in the hearts of many Hindu parents who have suffered social stigma after their daughters were lured by Muslim youth posing as Hindus. This has indeed deepened the anxiety among large sections of the educated urban middle-class Hindus.

Islamic scholars, however, refute the very notion of ‘love jihad’ and point out that their religion has no place for it. They see the BJP’s pitch on the issue as a hate campaign targeting Muslims for political ends.

The Sangh Parivar’s espousal of the term ‘love jihad’ and the BJP’s attempt to put the highly divisive issue on the political centrestage have prompted many observers to wonder whether such a phenomenon really exists in Uttar Pradesh, or whether it is just a case of making a mountain out of a molehill. There have been a few incidents of inter-religious marriage where Muslim men lured Hindu women by posing as Hindus, sporting a tilak on the forehead and sacred threads on the wrist. BJP leaders claim that it is an organised conspiracy funded by petro-dollars from Arab countries.

That the issue touches raw nerves is evident from the fact that both sides are quick to claim the existence of documentary evidence to press their case. The issue has certainly proved to be a convenient means for communal polarisation ahead of the crucial bypolls.

Opponents of the BJP see the issue as a manifestation of the “anti-women” mindset of the Sangh Parivar as it reveals a poor opinion of Hindu women, who are by default projected as being incapable of making the right choice in a matter so crucial to their lives. “Are Hindu girls so gullible that they can be lured into love by anyone and then made to change their religion?” asks CPI leader Ashok Mishra.

But such views find little traction among people in western Uttar Pradesh and other parts of the state that have witnessed numerous instances of communal violence or tension in the past 30 months under the Samajwadi Party regime. It is in this backdrop that the idea of ‘love jihad’ as a sinister design against the majority community has found many takers.

Ashutosh Mishra, who teaches political science at Lucknow University, acknowledges that while politics has indeed played a part in popularising the issue, the existence of the phenomenon itself cannot be denied. “It has ruined many Hindu families,” he says, “but it was only after the BJP took up the issue that it was played up in the media.” Mishra points out that in Kerala, too, chief ministers from the Left Front as well as the Congress-led United Democratic Front have been voicing their concern over the issue for several years now.

“The broader political context right now appears to be western Uttar Pradesh and the forthcoming bypolls,” says Khalid Anis Ansari, professor of law at the Glocal University, a private educational institution in Saharanpur. Ansari, however, warns against viewing the issue through a “convenient secular-communal binary”. “Both sides in the debate are dominated by the upper castes and the discourse only helps to strengthen the hegemony of the elites,” he says.

At the Vrindavan meeting, top leaders of the BJP minced no words in accusing Muslims of running a campaign to lure Hindu women and convert them to Islam. The speeches of state BJP president LK Bajpai, Rajya Sabha MP and Bajrang Dal founder Vinay Katiyar and Union Cabinet minister Kalraj Mishra were replete with references to ‘love jihad’. All of them categorically accused Muslims of indulging in it. They also held Muslims responsible for the growing incidents of crimes against Hindu women, especially rape and molestation.

Discreet measures? The resolution adopted at the BJP’s state executive meet didn’t mention ‘love jihad’, Photo: Pramod Singh Adhikari

The political resolution passed at the meeting eschewed the term ‘love jihad’ but did not shy away from claiming that persons of “a particular community” were behind “99 percent of the cases of crime against women”. It dismissed the Samajwadi Party’s criticism of its stand on the issue as an instance of the “selective secularism of Saifai socialists” (Saifai is the hometown of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.) The resolution also accused the Samajwadi Party government of “shielding men belonging to a particular religion who commit crimes against women from a particular community”.

“The BJP has done nothing wrong by raising the issue of ‘love jihad’ for ensuring the safety and protecting the honour of Hindu girls,” Bajpai told TEHELKA. “How can the government justify the conversion and rape of Hindu women? Do the men from the minority community have a licence to convert and rape women of the majority community?”

On being asked why the political resolution did not explicitly mention the term ‘love jihad’, the BJP leader retorted, “We have the right to set our agenda. We do not do it after consulting the media. The exact words may not be there, but it has been covered in the resolution in a comprehensive manner and this issue does figure prominently on our agenda.”

On being reminded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called for a 10-year moratorium on divisive caste-related and communal issues, Bajpai was quick to reply, “But the prime minister has also not permitted illegal activities to be carried on under the garb of religion.”

Having won an unprecedented 71 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP is now clearly aiming for the throne in Lucknow. With an eye on that goal, the party has asked its cadres in the state to launch a no-holds-barred battle for the protection of Hindu women and against the appeasement of the minorities by the Samajwadi Party government.

While BJP leaders justify their strategy by pointing out that any political party that has the interests of the people in mind would be concerned about the deteriorating law and order situation and do everything it can to ensure the safety of women, Muslim leaders take it with a pinch of salt. “Love jihad is a medieval construct. Why should crimes against women be seen through a communal lens?” asks Kamal Farooqui, member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board. “Anybody who marries a girl through fraudulent means should be brought to justice. But the BJP is more interested in using the issue to mobilise people for its political ends.”

Zafaryab Jilani, additional advocate general of Uttar Pradesh, says “the BJP is aware that it stands to gain politically by promoting communal polarisation and its campaign against ‘love jihad’ is a part of that effort.”

Lucknow-based political analyst AK Verma, however, has a different take on the issue. “There is nothing wrong as long as an inter-religious marriage is acceptable to both the parties involved,” he says. “Instead of giving it a communal colour, the police should investigate specific cases to find out if any fraudulent means has been employed.”

Despite the diversity of opinions on the issue, it is clear that ‘love jihad’ will remain on top of the political agenda in Uttar Pradesh in the days ahead, given the emotional connect the BJP’s campaign has managed to achieve with a large section of the electorate.


See who’s talking of ‘love jihad’

Contrary to popular perception, the BJP and Hindu organisations are not the first to rake up the issue of religious conversion in the name of love. Christian organisations in Kerala and Karnataka, besides the Global Council of Indian Christians, too, have voiced their concern on the issue. Moreover, dispatches from US diplomats posted in Chennai to the American government, revealed by WikiLeaks, also mention ‘love jihad’.

In fact, the term is said to have been used for the first time in India in July 2010 by the then chief minister of Kerala and veteran CPM leader VS Achuthanandan, who accused Islamic fundamentalist outfits such as the Popular Front of India of “using money and marriages to make Kerala a Muslim-majority state”.

The Kerala Catholic Bishops Council claims that Islamic outfits have targeted over 4,500 girls in Kerala alone. In 2012, CM Oommen Chandy told the Kerala Assembly that “2,667 young women, including 492 Christians, were converted to Islam during 2009- 12”. He was responding to a question tabled by CPM MLA KK Latika.

(Published in Tehelka Magazine, Volume 11 Issue 36, Dated 6 September 2014)

Communal’ Rapes in UP: Police Records Puncture BJP Propaganda

By IndiaTomorrow.net,


New Delhi, 27 August 2014: For last two weeks, the ruling Hindu right Bharatiya Janata Party had been endangering the already volatile atmosphere of communal harmony in Uttar Pradesh – specifically the western part of India’s most populated state – by alleging and reiterating it at every platform that Muslims in the region are raping Hindu women with a sinister design. A painstaking investigation of NDTV news channel on Tuesday found BJP’s claim was a sheer false propaganda.

The police records accessed by India’s respected leading news channel showed that in over 85% of the rape cases registered so far in Western Uttar Pradesh districts, both the attackers and victims were from the same community. This only fact simply punctured the propaganda balloon of BJP whose several leaders are accused of the bloody Muzaffarnagar riot of 2013 which divided the society on communal lines helping the party to sweep the Lok Sabha elections in May this year. The investigation also revealed that in 64% of all rape cases in the region this year, attackers were Hindus.

Total rape cases in Western UP in 2014
Muslim attackers and Hindu victims
Muslim Attackers and Muslim victims
Hindu Attackers and Muslim victims
Hindu Attackers and Hindu victims

The police records show that a total of 334 rape cases have been registered so far in Western Up districts of Meerut, Bulandshahr, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Baghpat, Hapur, Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar and Shamli. Out of 334 cases, only in 25 cases attackers were Muslims and victims Hindus. While in 190 cases, Hindu men had attacked Hindu women. The data further showed that Hindu men also attacked Muslim women and number of such cases was 23.

Soon after assuming the charge of BJP’s president, Amit Shah organized state unit meeting in Mathura on 23-24 August where the party decided to take up the issues of ‘communal’ rapes and ‘Love Jihad’.


When left turns – 240 CPI(M) members join BJP #WTFnews


WARM WELCOME: BJP State unit president V. Muraleedharan greets CPI(M)
members who joined the party at a function in Thiruvananthapuram on
Tuesday. Photo:S. Gopakumar
The HinduWARM WELCOME: BJP State unit president V. Muraleedharan greets CPI(M) members who joined the party at a function in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday. Photo:S. Gopakumar

A majority of those who defected to the BJP are from Varkala, Kallambalam, Navaikulam, Kazhakuttam, Attipra, and Chirayinkeezhu

More than 240 members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] on Tuesday parted ways with the party and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The members, including area committee members of the district unit of the CPI(M) and those holding posts in the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), joined the BJP at a function held at the party State headquarters at Thycaud here.

BJP State unit president V. Muraleedharan welcomed the CPI(M) leaders by handing over the membership card to Alamcode Dhanaseelan, who was a member of the CPI(M) Varkala area committee.

A majority of those who defected to the BJP are from Varkala, Kallambalam, Navaikulam, Kazhakuttam, Attipra, and Chirayinkeezhu, a BJP leader said.

Mr. Muraleedharan said the decision by the members to leave the party showed the “ideological disarray” in the CPI(M), and the growing acceptance of the BJP in the State.The BJP, he said, had sensed the antipathy within the CPI(M) immediately after the Lok Sabha polls as several of its active members had voted for the BJP candidates.

The CPI(M) had “lost its relevance” as most of its leaders had moved away from the party’s core ideological moorings, he said. This drift had created disgruntlement among its committed workers.

“Such dissatisfied members are looking to the BJP. The party will continue to raise issues concerning the poor and the tribal people,” he said. The BJP leader criticised the Congress for its involvement in various scams.

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