Sunday, 29 March 2015 | Kanchan Gupta | in Coffee Break

The right to ‘propagate’ does not mean the right to ‘convert’. And it is this inability to distinguish between the two that highlights the appalling ignorance of those who see nothing wrong with offensive evangelism

Astonishing ignorance laces the arguments proffered by the Left-liberal commentariat and ‘secular’ politicians in defence of religious conversions through deceit, allurement and coercion. A lot of this has been heard in recent days both inside and outside Parliament. Amid the raucous din in Parliament and television studios, a point that is heard over and over again is how converting Hindus to another faith is integral to ‘secularism’,

sanctioned by the Constitution, and must never be objected to as that would hurt India’s pluralism. The Idea of India, it would seem, is hinged on the idea of allowing foreign-funded evangelists a free run. “The Constitution guarantees Christian missionaries the right to convert people to Christianity,” we are told. “In a secular country, the Constitution reigns supreme,” we are reminded. “Violation of rights enshrined in the Constitution will destroy democracy,” we are warned.

A Christian woman appearing on Barkha Dutt’s show, feigning great outrage over ‘persecution’ of Christians by Hindus, especially the clergy (her reference was to the alleged rape of a nun in West Bengal, a crime for which Bangladeshi Muslims have been arrested) absurdly claimed that India has turned into “Hitler’s Germany”. The Archbishop, a Cardinal and the woman who heads West Bengal Minority Commission, who spoke on the issue to the media, poured unadulterated hate on Hindus and have not had the courtesy to offer even an apology now that they have been exposed as liars.

But let’s return to the contentious issue of conversions, which are based on fraud and deceit and whose victims are invariably the vulnerable sections of Hindu society. What does the Constitution say on the Church’s claimed right to convert Hindus and ‘harvest their souls’? Ask the Constitution-thumping saviours of secularism, pluralism and democracy this simple question and they will be stumped.

The ‘Constitution of the Socialist, Secular Republic of India’ is likely the most mentioned and least read book in the world. Everybody loves to flaunt it; very few have actually bothered to read it. This is what Article 25(1) of the Constitution says: “Subject to public order, morality and health and to other provisions of this part, all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right to freely profess, practice and propagate religion.”

Read it out to those who pretend great outrage every time there’s a hint of protest against conversions, and they will pounce upon you: “See, the Constitution gives Christian missionaries the right to propagate their religion.” Wrong. The right to ‘propagate’ does not mean the right to ‘convert’. And it is this inability to distinguish between the two that highlights the appalling ignorance of those who see nothing wrong with offensive evangelism. That the constitutional right to ‘propagate’ does not mean the right to ‘convert’ was clarified by the Supreme Court while upholding the validity of anti-conversion laws (the Freedom of Religion Act 1967 and the Dharma Swatantrya Adhiniyam 1968) in Odisha and Madhya Pradesh.

Chief Justice AN Ray, in his ruling, left little scope for confusion between propagation and conversion. The two, he said, were different. “What Article 25(1) grants is not the right to convert another person to one’s own religion by exposition of its tenets,” Chief Justice Ray ruled. The Supreme Court, in that judgment, also ruled that States, bearing in mind their responsibility to maintain public order, have the right to adopt laws “prohibiting conversion from one religion to another in a manner reprehensible to the conscience of the community”.

Some years ago, Christian organisations, including the Catholic church, raised a huge hue and cry over violence against evangelists in Rajasthan. Then, as now, the BJP was in power and Vasundhara Raje was the Chief Minister. That was enough of a reason, it would seem, for the onslaught that came from the church and the Minorities Commission.

The furore was centred over a Hindi book, Haqeeqat, which was being freely distributed in Rajasthan’s tribal-dominated areas by ‘Archbishop’ MA Thomas and his son, ‘Reverend’ Samuel Thomas, of the Emmanuel Mission International. Here are some samples of what Haqeeqat, which was being used by the Thomases and their associates to convince Hindus in Kota to abandon their faith and embrace Christianity, has to say:

  • “Hindu gods and goddesses are fictitious and were invented to persecute Dalits” (Page 9).
  • “To prevent indigenous people from acquiring knowledge, Saraswati invented difficult Vedas (which nobody can understand)”. (Page 16)
  • “With the progression of time, people all over the world (except India) were freed of their ignorance and they began to disown wicked and cruel gods and goddesses. But in India, because people are (enveloped) in the darkness of ignorance, imaginary gods and goddesses are still worshipped.” (Page 17)
  • “Naked sanyasis are worshipped by (Hindu) women. The moment (Hindu) women see naked sanyasis, they fall on the ground and prostrate themselves before the sanyasis. (Hindu) women pour water on thesanyasis’ penises and then happily drink that water. Ling Devata is gratified when he sees all these repulsive things and feels empowered… These people are ignorant and do not know the difference between what is right and wrong.” (Page 93)
  • “Sita was abandoned in the forest as per Ram’s wishes… Ram later asked Lakshman to kill Sita. In the end, Ram frustrated with life, drowned himself in Saryu. Such are the teachings of half-naked rishis who are praised by Hindutvawadis.” (Page 100)
  • “Lord Shiva, to get people to worship him, dropped his penis on Earth (Devi), shaking the ground and the sky! … . Poor Dharti Devi was shaken by the weight of his penis. Seeing this, all the Gods were scared. It seems Gods would use their penises as bombs! Whenever and wherever they wanted to, they would drop their ‘penis bombs’ to terrorise the people. Thus, they were able to enslave the people… But compared to foreign bombs, these penis bombs were a damp squib.” (Page 106-107)
  • “(Ramakrishna) Paramahansa should have known that Ganga is the world’s filthiest and dirtiest river. How many dead bodies float down this river every day? How many half-burnt dead bodies are dumped into it every day? And Hindus call it the holy river! In fact, all the rivers of India are dirty and polluted… Hindutvawadis pollute the rivers… and then depend on their false Gods to cleanse them…” (Page 122-123)
  • “(For Hindus) men can be Gods, women can be Goddesses… animals are gods, snakes are gods… they (Hindu Gods) fight among themselves, marry among themselves, throw out their wives, run away with others’ wives, they steal, get intoxicated, drink blood, are reincarnated as animals, fish and tortoise, some of them can lift mountains… Some Gods are in same-sex relationships and are yet able to produce babies. These Gods and Goddesses are always armed because they believe in killing and plunder. Some Gods think their penises are more powerful than nuclear bombs. Others like animals live naked among their followers. Some of them spend their time in yogic exercises, others are in samadhi and happy to see the number of blind followers swell… You can wash away your sins by worshipping the penises of Gods.” (Page 146)
  • “How could Arya Hindus bring Aryanisation on this earth. To be Arya, one has to be born of an Arya womb… If Arya Hindus want to bring Aryanisation then they must lend or rent out all Arya wombs to non-Aryans. Non-Aryans should be given Brahmin women so that children are born from Brahmin womb” (Page 182-183).
  • “In modern India, many Ramas of this belief are living a carefree life. They marry several times, desert their wives, marry several times, and leave them. Many Ramas kill their Sitas. They are following their God Rama.” (Page 269)
  • “(Lord) Krishna had a despicable sex life… Shri Krishna is famous because of his love life. He had 16,008 wives. And all Yadav women were his illegitimate lovers. (Hindu) women are drawn towards him because of pornographic and vulgar tales of his sex life.” (Page 391)

The Government of Rajasthan, following street protests, decided to ban it to prevent the eruption of violence. Cases were registered against the father-son duo of ‘Archbishop’ Thomas and ‘Reverend’ Thomas. Immediately thereafter, the campaign of calumny began. It’s not for nothing that Indira Gandhi, incandescent with rage after the mass conversion of Hindus to Islam at Meenakshipuram in February 1981, favoured the idea of States adopting anti-conversion laws and had the Home Ministry prepare a draft Act for circulation among State Governments. Why the draft never became law is another story best kept for another day.

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Why some right-wingers are sceptical of Arun Jaitley: A right-winger’s view


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By Kaushik

Arun Jaitley is no stranger to the scathing criticism of the online right-wing. He is an impressive orator and is also known to be an effective political operative, but doubts about his loyalty to BJP have always lingered. At times he seemed to be politicking for his own ends, which do not necessarily line up with what is good for the party at large.

Arun Jaitley continues to cause a storm online even now. Before the new government was formed, it was a common left-liberal refrain to say Narendra Modi is a polarizing character. But after BJP’s comfortable victory, some of us find that Arun Jaitley has become a polarizing character, someone who has divided the right wing. His very intention is being questioned, and I wonder if we should continue to give him the benefit of doubt. We have no patience left for his aristocratic ways.

Arun Jaitley has always been moderately popular. He has never been a politician of the masses, simply because he never took the effort. He is an intelligent and powerful politician who likes to operate in the dark alleys of Delhi’s power circuit. His skill of articulation backed by in-depth knowledge has given him the image of a master-strategist.

To me, he has always belonged to the Delhi clique, representing the ‘coterie culture’. All leaders enjoy surrounding themselves with yes-men who provide ego-massages and also act as messengers or gatekeepers, but not all of them stop communicating with others. Jaitley is not one of them. He might be nice to the people around him, but he is reserved and reveals little to those outside his coterie. This has become fertile ground for conspiracy theories.

A lot was expected from him in his role as the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha. Many of us who were overawed by his articulation on various subjects were naturally expecting fireworks from him in the parliament. But while Jaitley, along with Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, did take up issues against Congress from time to time, on the whole he was ineffective.

The problem rose from the fact that he locked himself up with his coterie in the Parliament. Apart from speaking inside the Parliament, they would not indulge in any other major forum. They were not seen in the courts or the streets. There was an obvious, widening gap between the leadership and karyakartas. Nitin Gadkari did bring about a few changes when he took over from Rajnath Singh. He hit the streets with road shows and Chalo Sansad campaigns to embarrass the UPA government. But he was ousted soon enough.

Right-wingers have always believed that all power in BJP, while it was in the opposition, lay in the hands of the four people close to Mr. Advani, his political disciples. Who belonged to the ‘D4’ depended on who you spoke to, but Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley were constant. The D4 was often held responsible for targeting leaders like BS Yeddyurappa, causing immense harm to the party. The reality will never be known, but perceptions matter. The D4, especially Jaitley, was also perceived to be going easy over the Congress.

It is true, though, that they had no other option. They were lazy no doubt, but the numbers with BJP in the house meant there was little they could do in the Parliament to make a dent on the government. It was often believed that all BJP leaders were spied on by the NTRO in Sonia’s rule. BJP did not have adequate power to fight back so they could have adopted the strategy of playing nice only so they could live to fight another day. But for those with little at stake, this became an unacceptable behavior. Moreover, such coziness bred further conspiracy theories.

Such perceptions have eroded any good faith Jaitley enjoyed amongst many right-wingers. He was not seen doing enough. He was not seen letting himself be martyred for the right-wing cause. While he was an important part of the Modi campaign, and is also called Modi’s Chanakya, party workers never had a consensus over him.

There were further complications with the entry of Dr. Subramaniam Swamy into the BJP. Many karyakartas found hope in Swamy. He was vocal, vicious and took matters to the court. Overnight he became a hero for a sizable chunk in The BJP. He was embarrassing the Congress and seemed more powerful than the leaders of BJP.

Today, everything is assessed by these earlier comparisons between Swamy and other BJP leaders. Before the elections, Swamy’s diehard supporters expected him to get a seat from an urban constituency like Delhi or Mumbai. He was not given a seat, so it was believed that Modi had a special role cut out for him.

After the results were announced, there was only more disappointment for Swamy and his supporters. When even unknown faces of the BJP won on the back of a Modi wave, Jaitley lost. His loss was expected to reduce his chances of a ministerial berth. But he got two of the big four ministries and another smaller ministry too.

For Swamy’s supporters this is a breach of trust. Even though Swamy worked tirelessly for Modi, he has not been given what he deserves. The bitterness of the right-wing has roots here.

Jaitley has unfortunately been disappointing the right-wing, beginning with the Defence Ministry’s affidavit in the Dalbir Singh Suhag case. This was a clear U-turn by Jaitley as before the elections he opposed the government appointment of Suhag.

Not only did Jaitley clear the appointment of Dalbir Singh Suhag, but the affidavit that was submitted in the court was same one prepared by the UPA, which squarely put the blame for investigation of Suhag on “pre-meditated” intentions of Former CoAS Gen. V K Singh, who is now Jaitley’s fellow-Minister.

If Swamy had fought the corruption cases in courts and won hearts, Gen. V K Singh did so by raising national security concerns of multiple dimensions at grave personal risk, while in uniform and at an embarrassingly heavy price. He had won the hearts of millions and this showed in his high-margin electoral victory.

So, attacking and embarrassing a man like Gen. V K Singh, who is seen as an upright man by a majority, caused a sudden shock. Divisions were sharper than ever before. Jaitley is being suspected of carrying forward Congress’ agenda in BJP Govt. And it has looks convincing since he is close to the Gandhi family, Manmohan Singh and Chidambaram.

As if this was not enough, Jaitley did a U-turn on Henderson Brooks Report on 1962 War. He was a Minister in NDA’s 1st Tenure, that too in Law Ministry. One would assume he had a good chance to read it then. Even if not, he had a chance to read at least those hundred pages released by Neville Maxwell. He even blogged about it, asking for it to be released. But once in power, he changed his tune.

His response to the Swiss National Bank issue was also not appropriate. He seemed to have accepted the version given by the bank that there was no new data available on India account-holders. Does that mean all the aggression on black-money issue before elections was humbug?

Dr. Swamy has also made a very serious request the other day, about lawyer MPs of BJP disclosing the list of MNCs, from whom they receive retainer fees. It is well known that the price to not take up a fight against a client is always more than the price of taking up a fight for the client. In spite of giving up practice on paper, when law firms of the MPs are run by their family members, it is a common sense what they are up to. This is by far, the deadliest attack on Jaitley, but is bound to fade away.

On the whole, while it is clearly a Swamy vs. Jaitley fight. For us right-wingers, the impression that Jaitley is a head-worker trusted by the PM remains, but the goodwill to generate mass support is still missing. Maybe, Mr Jaitley will take this into account.

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My ‘manifesto’ on our imminent and ultimate collision with global Islamic Terrorism

Many of these my earlier tweets are on what awaits us with our unfinished war with Islam. I have traced it globally to show its sweep and depth.

This also truly forms my manifesto of as a true Viraat Sanaathani.

1. Islamic Ottoman Empire covered large parts of Europe & included most of southeastern Europe to the gates of Vienna.

2. Ottoman Empire At its height the empire included modern Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia, Romania, Greece, and Ukraine.

3. Over almost 600 years of its existence Ottoman Empire had converted most of the population under its control to Islam
from Christianity.

4. Ottoman Empire collapsed and the Christians regained the territories in Europe but under its new policy of secularism.

5. In the heydays of Ottoman Empire Europe was divided into Christian Europe and Muslim Europe.

6. In Christian Europe there was schism between the king and the pope that resulted in the bifurcation of powers known as secularism.

7. With secularism the kings used it to ward off challenges by the clergy.

8. However secularism was ill-equipped when the subjects were divided into followers of warring religions of Islam and Christianity.

9. Though Christians regained their lost territories from Islam their secularist policy left the Muslims remain muslims in the now Christian Europe.

10. With debts and decay staring at their face in most of Europe today, the religious war is rising their head in Europe.

11. This is inevitable because capitalist economy to which secularism is key exists in two extremes of boom and bust.

12. In fact this capitalist economy is actually predatory, not productive as is touted, and its existence is by capturing markets.

13. This policy and practice of elbowing out competitors from market place have already resulted in two world wars.

14. Until WWI the westerner’s (Christo-Islamists’) History was Mediterranean countries focussed. The theatre moved away eastwards in WWII.

15. Islam was never conquered in both wars. Istanbul might have fallen but Islam did not and it is eroding into Europe.

16. Secularism is no divine panacea for poverty and capitalism is bound to collapse right where it started namely Europe.

17. In Europe the Christians who have by now converted to Islam or turned atheists wont be fighting either for secularism or for Christianity!

18. The entire gamut of struggle against Islam is not in the hands of Americans who support Saudis and Pakistan.

19. Europeans are losers and Russians are a collapsing empire and the Chinese would be content to keep the space they have from their own people they suppress.

20. The only force who can challenge and has the capacity to win the marauding hoards of Islam are the Hindus who proved it for 1000 years.

21.Ottoman empire ended in 1922 but the British compensated the Muslims with a Pakistan. Our struggle with Islam is never over, NEVER!

22. The safe haven for Islamic Jihadist terrorism is centered in Pakistan and it is actively supported by the U.S.

23. A so called civilian/military govt of Pakistan that forms a sheen for Jihadi terrorism is collapsing in Pakistan.

24. Collapse of Pakistan is gathering momentum. It is going to unleash the worst disturbance in India.

25. ISIS type of fundamentalist Islam is poised to take over in Pakistan that is not going to respect any borders in the west or in the East.

26. East of Ankara all the way to Lahore this blood-thirsty Islam is going to burst like a valcano.

27. This new mindless raakshasa hoards can and will certainly drag large part of Europe in its vortex.

28. Who is the new Baghdadi in the crumbling Pakistan?

29. Our nation is to enters the unheard of crisis in the collapse of Pakistan and the cruel war will be waged not by armies but by terrorist jihadists.

30. This terrorist jihadism of Islam will be well penetrated appealing to millions of Muslims and Muslims will always be Muslims.

31. While in the western border (Punjab and Kashmir) we face new wave of refugess and in the East particularly Assam with be a theatre of war.

32. Our stupid Media would still be ignoromously talking secularism and anti-Hindu. We have to hang those journos

33. No development, no democracy, no peace is possible with Islamic Jihadism and Christian secularism. Let this sink firmly in our mind.

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Shri Hukmdev Narayan Yadav’s speech in the discussion on The General Budget(2015-16): 16.03.2015

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The episode concerning Dr. Swami — V.Vaikunth, IPS

Book: An EyeTo Indian Policing Challenge & Response — V.Vaikunth, IPS (Former Director General of Police, Tamil Nadu)

Chapter 24: The episode concerning Dr.  Swami

Always in accordance with the due Process of Law

During this period, there was a serious attempt made to harass and arrest Dr.Subramanian Swamy. An earlier attempt had failed. On 21 May, 1995, when Narasimha Rao, the Prime Minister of India, visited Sirperumbudur, Jayalalitha was still in Ooty. I received a message saying that Jayalalitha was returning to Madras from Ooty and that I should attend a meeting in her house at 4.00 p.m that day. After seeing Narasimha Rao off from Sriperumbudur on his way to Arakonam enroute to Delhi, I rushed back to Madras and attended her meeting. Besides me, there was the advocate general, the public prosecutor and the chief secretary. Alexander, IG Intelligence, was not allowed entry into the meeting hall. I shall revert to it later. Jayalalitha started shouting at the advocate general and public prosecutor when they raised certain points of law when Dr.Subramanian Swami is going to any extent to harass me trying to implicate me in cases of my alleged corrupt activities. You are scared of Dr.Swami.”.

The point at issue was the Ravi, a LTTE cadre and the TADA detenu had failed an affidavit before a court in Madras alleging that Dr.Subramanian Swamy had harboured Ravi in his house in Delhi. Ravi had also filed, along with the affidavit a photograph, which showed that Dr.Swami had taken the photograph with Ravi allegedly during the latter’s stay in Dr.Swami’s house at Delhi. This then seemed to prove the allegation. Jayalalitha wanted the police to arrest Subramanian Swami merely on this account. Legal experts were of the opinion that a mere affidavit filed before a court could not be taken as the First Information Report (FIR) and we have to get the court’s permission to investigate. They quoted the Supreme Court’s rulings in support of their contention. But, when Jayalalaitha started shouting, I vividly remember that they came to the edge of their seats and did not know what to say in their nervousness. As for the Chief Secretary Haribhaskar, when he stood like a school boy trying to explain things, he too was shouted down. He then agreed to whatever Jayalalitha said. That was the prevailing state of affairs.

I kept quiet and kept observing the trend of what was going on when suddenly Jayalalitha turned towards me and asked me loudly why I was keeping silent. I told her politely that I was waiting for my turn to come. I then told her very calmly that we were not scared of Subramanian Swami at all. But we have to proceed according to correct legal principles and in accordance with the due process of law. Otherwise, it would recoil on us and the government would get a bad name. I had to tell her also that, if during investigation it was found that Subramanian Swami was legally liable, then we could go ahead. Until then, it was just not possible for us to arrest him merely on an affidavit of a detenu. Ultimately, I had to give a shock treatment to Jayalalitha by saying that already there were allegations that she was soft of the LTTE and so why should she now give credence to these allegations by acting on a mere petition by a LTTE detenu. Then, in sheer exasperation, Jayalalitha told me, “Ok, you go ahead according to your plans” and the meeting concluded abruptly.

When I came back to the office, DIG Ramanujam who was in charge of the special cell of the police dealing with terrorist activities and Selvarathinam, the Superintendent of Police of the same cell came to me and said that they would like to proceed on medical leave. They said so because they were apprehensive that they would become a party to an illegal act in arresting Swami without any legal basis. I told them not to get upset about Jayalalitha’s outburst. I would stand by them. I said, “Either we sink or sail together”. I assured them that I would never make them a party to any illegal act. Their apprehensions were well-founded, because in the earlier incident when the attempts of police officers to arrest Subramanian Swami on false charges failed during my predecessor’s time, efforts were made to find scapegoats. I assured them that I would take full responsibility. They were reassured and started the investigation. The investigation was very thorough towards establishing the truth or otherwise of the allegations raised by Ravi in his affidavit. It was found that Dr.Subramanian Swami around that particular time was not in Delhi, but in Bombay and there was clear evidence to establish this. Evidence was also available that Ravi never went to Delhi. Them, the most important evidence of the forensic experts was that the so-called photograph was only a trick photography and was not true at all. Though Jayalalitha kept asking me about the case, I assured her that everything was going on smoothly and we shoult not be hustled into any wrong conclusion.

It was during the investigation on this case that there was a suggestion made by Jayalalitha to summon Chandralekha to the police for interrogration. Chandralekha had by then quit IAS and joined Subramanian Swami as the President of the Tamil Nadu unit of the Janatha Party. Chief Secretary Haribhaskar was playing second fiddle to Jayalalitha as usual. I had to vehemently protest saying that it is against the law, rules and orders in force, all of which say that, no woman either as accused or witness–as Chandralekha in this case was, (a witness) should be summoned to the police station. Realising that I felt very strongly about this, Jayalalitha left it at that. When we came out, I still remember, I firmly held Haribhaskar’s hand and said, “Hari, don’t you have any respect for human values at all? Besides the fact that summoning a woman witness to the police station in against the law, rules and orders, after all till the other day Chandralekha was your colleague in the IAS. Just because she has fallen from the favour of Jayalalitha, do you want to be a party to the suggestion that Chandralekha be summoned to the police station? Haribhaskar could not answer this. Our investigating officers ultimately examined Chandralekha in her house.

A Diabolical Plan Uncovered

I prepared a detailed note substantiating by evidence that the contents in the affidavit filed by Ravi were all false. But, what really clinched the issue was the very valuable evidence we got to the effect that one particular leader of one of the powerful groups wanted to settle scores with Dr.Swami. Dr.Swami had lambasted that leader bringing in allegations against him. This particular leader had wanted to use his access to Jayalalitha and thereby the government machinery to have Swami arrested. What I heard in this connection was shocking. His plan was to get Swami arrested by hook or crook, get him remanded to the Central Prison, Chennai and have him beaten up thoroughly. When Dr.Swami would then by removed to the Government General Hospital for treatment of injuries after the murderous assault, the doctors would declare him dead. For executing this diabolical plan again we reliably learnt that the leader in question wanted to seek Jayalalitha’s intervention.

When I heard about this, I said to myself that if this were to be true, I shall not be a party to it. This was a very reliable information and I passed it on to Jayalalitha. This made her sit back and express shock and surprise that she and the government machinery were sought to be misused by some groups to settle scores with Dr.Swami. After I presented my note to Jayalalitha, she summoned a senior minister and said, “So I accept the D.G’s. report and let us leave the matter at that”. I saluted her and came back to the office. It is amusing now for me to note how the alchemy of political alliance has changed with Subramanian Swami joining hands with Jayalalitha only to part company with her later.

I summoned DIG Ramanujam and S.P.Selvarathinam and told them all that happened. On this, I still remember their beaming with a smile. I have always found Ramanujam a balanced and level-headed officers who is very professional in his approach. He is an asset to the State Intelligence in view of the expertise he had developed over years of experience in this Intelligence branch as a Superintendent of Police and later as the DIG.

I had earlier mentioned that Alexander as the IG, Intelligence, was not allowed entry into the hall where Jayalalitha held a meeting to discuss Dr.Swamy’s issue. It was not as though that Alexander was not allowed because he had reportedly wanted to convey that Ravi’s affidavit was motivated. Not just that. I was told by Jayalalitha herself at that time that she had a number of instances in her possession to convince her as to how Alexander–whom Jayalalitha trusted–had betrayed her trust.

Alexander is brilliant officer and has an effective way of presenting facts. It was delight to hear him present the facts of a case/situation. That way, I liked him very much. But unfortunately, he was perceived to be high and mighty towards district officials and even senior officers of other wings. There was an impression that because Alexander was reportedly close to Jayalalitha, he was brusque towards senior officers. It is all these which made Jayalalitha shift him out of the Intelligence Wing. When she issued orders shifting him, Jayalalitha told me, “ Mr.Vaikunth, I think by shifting Alexander, I have created yet another enemy against me.”

With me, however, Alexander was very polite and courteous even when I was not occupying positions of importance probably because he knew that it is I who was responsible for his initial entry into the Special Branch CID Wing way back in 1976. I would always cherish my association with him I am sure that he is slated to scale greater heights and occupy positions of importance in the state and the country, what with his brilliance and competence.

While on this, I recall an interesting episode that happened. In the Subramanian swami case, Dr.P.Chandrasekar, a former director of the Tamil Nadu Forensic Science Laboratory, had given a private interview to a weekly magazine saying that the photograph allegedly taken by Ravi, a TADA detenu, with Dr.Swami was bogus. Irked by this, some miscreants reportedly of the AIADMK waylaid him near his house and assaulted him. He naturally came running to me for protection. I asked Rajasekaran Nair, the Commissioner of Police to give him protection, keeping the Secretary to the Chief Minister and Haribhaskar informed. I also sent a written note to Jayalalitha who way away in Payyanur Bungalow. When she came back, she needlessly got worked up. Haribhaskar as usual feigned ignorance and I had to meet her separately and tell her that this was a very normal thing based on my own professional perception and the need for protecting Dr.Chandrashekar, who was after all an important witness in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. She asked me why Haribhaskar had feigned ignorance. Then, I had to tell her that I would not trust Chief Secretary Haribhaskar any longer as he was in the habit of backing out when she was particularly peeved over any matter. That was Haribhaskar.

Courtesy: janataparty.org (defunct)

Book: http://www.vaikunthpolicing.com/freeware.html

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“Who am I?” – A perspective from the Abrahamic religions – Part 5

182. I would like to move to the next Abrahamic religion namely Islam but there are two more points on Christianity that is worth mentioning.

183. The first one is on the way they preserved the faith in the face of opposition.

184. Christians as much as Jews were persecuted since the ransacking of Jerusalem in 70 AD reaching its climax in 303 AD in what came to be known as Diocletianic Persecution.

185. In all these years, in order to preserve the faith in the face of persecution, the Christians indulged in incestuous marriages that went on for well over 200 years.

186. In Judaism the role of priests was inherited. The root of casteism viz. what you do is an inheritance lies in the early Abrahamic religion.

187. Early Christians not only carried this trait but narrowed it down to germinate within each family by incest that lasted for centuries.

188. The second point is that the Christianity was born and sold in the name of sin. The institution of papacy is an epitome of corruption and sin. Examples are:

189. Pope Stephen VI (896–897), who had his predecessor Pope Formosus exhumed, tried, de-fingered, briefly reburied, and thrown in the Tiber.

190. Pope John XII (955–964), who gave land to a mistress, murdered several people, and was killed by a man who caught him in bed with his wife.

191. Pope Benedict IX (1032–1044, 1045, 1047–1048), “sold” the Papacy

192. Pope Boniface VIII (1294–1303), is lampooned in Dante’s Divine Comedy

193. Pope Urban VI (1378–1389), complained that he did not hear enough screaming when Cardinals who had conspired against him were tortured.

194. Pope Alexander VI (1492–1503), a Borgia, whose incestuous relationship with his daughter Lucrezia was most talked in all of papacy and who was guilty of the worst nepotism. His unattended corpse swelled until it could barely fit in a coffin.

195. Pope Leo X (1513–1521), a spendthrift member of the Medici family who once spent 1/7 of his predecessors’ reserves on a single ceremony.

196. Pope Clement VII (1523–1534), also a Medici, whose power-politicking with France, Spain, and Germany got Rome sacked.

197. Then there are episodes of pedophilia among the clergy throughout the world. In many ways it has a sickening culture.

198. Christianity’s very basis stand on 3 legs of (a) original sin, that man is born into sin thanks to his inheritance from Adam.

199. Baptism does not take away his ability to commit sin which is the nature of man is the Christian dogma.

200. (b) The second premise of Christiaity is the hell and the inexorable march to it is the destiny of Man; and

201. (c) Christ is the son of God.

202. All three premises are unverifiable.

203. Christianity was seized and spread by those, of not so much as faith but as opportunity to dominate the congregation.

204. Christianity was constantly changing its message with about a 1000 sects within yet opportunistic agreements always carried the faith.

205. Now let us move on to Islam which began with Mohammed who was born in Mecca in Arabia in 570 AD. He died in 632 AD.

206. The basic premise of Islam is same as those of Christians viz. you are created but you have an everlasting soul.

207. There is hell as also paradise.

208. But the idea of Christ the son of god is overrun by the new dictum that Mohammed is a messenger of god and his last prophet.

209. In Islam the original sin is either not accepted or held inconsequential.

210. Christianity points to a vileness in man the source of which is said to be the original sin.

211. Islam without lamenting on the vileness of man decides to harvest it towards a purpose of spreading its message across the globe.

212. There is no god but Allah. This emphatic statement that denies the right to any other faith.

213. Non-beleivers have to be made believers or hounded and even put to death. Apostacy is punishable by death.

214. The supremacy of Mohammed is very clear in this: “Allah Says, by your Lord, they can have no Faith, until they make you (O Muhammad) judge in all disputes between them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions, and accept (them) with full submission.” [4:65].

215. In other words, if you have an opinion that is contrary to Mohammed (or his successors) such an opinion is unacceptable.

216. Allah Swears by His Noble and Holy Self that no one believes until he accepts the decision of the Messenger of Allah on all matters.

217. Whatever the Prophet decides is the truth that should adhered to inwardly and outwardly.

218. Allah also Says, “It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision.” [33:36]. The true believer does not prefer his wishes or inclinations to what Allah and His Messenger decide.

219. There are many instances that indicate that obedience to the Messenger of Allah is obligatory.

220. For eg. O Muhammad: “Obey Allah and the Messenger (Muhammad)”. But if they turn away, then Allah does not like the disbelievers.” [3:32].

221. Allah explains the necessity of obeying His Prophet, and the reward of him who obeys him’ He said, Whoever obeys him will enter Paradise.

222. So Mohammed says: “Whoever obeys me has obeyed Allah and whoever disobeys me has disobeyed Allah.”

223. Allah also threatens those who disobey the Prophet’s orders with Fire and severe punishment.

224. He Says, “And whoever defies and disobeys Allah and His Messenger, then verily, Allah is Severe in punishment.”[8:13].

225. He also Says, “And whosoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, then verily for him is the Fire of Hell.”[72:23].

226. So in Islam all that its followers have to accept and digest is that they say this following prayer 5 times a day.

227. Allahu Akbar (Allah is the greatest) Allahu Akbar (Allah is the greatest)

228. Ash hadu an la ilaha illal lah (I bear witness that there is no god but Allah.)

229. Ash hadu an-na Muhammadar rasulul lah (I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.)

230. Thus it is incumbent on the laity to believe and defend the faith, never to doubt. Laity has no right to interpret but only echo the Clergy.

231. Clergy such as mullahs are the only ones who can say what Quron means on each occassion and the laity has to obey and defend.

232. In Christianity god chooses who goes to heaven and the rest go to hell. In Islam god is far removed. It is between you and Mohammed.

233. You obey Mohammed and the clergy who speaks in his name and you are assured of entry into paradise where you enjoy all you want.

234. If you refuse to obey you are packed to hell right away by being put to death.

235. In Islam there is a role for every Muslim and it is “Hunt down the disbelievers”!

236. Incestual marriages are established norm in Islam. Children of same man can marry provided the mothers are different.

237. Women are mere child-producing machines. They cannot refuse sex and can have no say on whether they like to bear a child.

238. Men can marry more than one but women cant. The man can divorce a woman at will but such right doesnt exist for a woman.

239. Woman is in effect a slave to man in Islam which contrasts itself from the other two Abrahamic religions.

240. Judaism is Israel specific. Therefore it finds no need to spread its religion beyond its borders. Forced conversion is anathema to it.

241. But Christianity relies on conversion alone for its existence and this takes itself to be planted throughout the world.

242. Islam spreads itself by forced conversion by means of sword. So both Christianity and Islam clash with each other for world domination.

243. Islam also see the advantage of being wedded to a locale as in Judaism so it exhorts its followers to take up Haj pilgrimage so as to anchor itself to Mecca.

244. In all the three Abrahamic religions god is actually an unknown factor. He is known through an angel only. Christ have never seen the god or an angel!

We come to the end of our enumeration of the three Abrahamic religions.

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“Who am I?” – A perspective from the Abrahamic religions – Part 4

137. Let’s take stock of what happened so far.  Jesus abrogated the dividing line between the Jews and the Gentile;

138. Jesus converted the soul that was a ‘loan’ from Yahwe to a ‘gift’ from Yahwe! (who can check if he can do?!)

139. And established the ideas of inheritance of ‘original sin'(how come? That is not in the original Bible!), and

140. Christianity can be summed up as follows:

141. (i) You have an everlasting soul and Yahweh is your god;

142. (ii) You have been sinning – caused by the inheritance from Adam’s original sin;

143. (iii) Admit you are a sinner and repent!

144. (iv) Accept Jesus as your saviour for he dies for your sins;

145. (v) Join a Christian church;

146. (vi) Pay your tythe. (and presto you are laughing your way to Heaven!)

147. (vii) If you dont do the above you will rot in everlasting hell!

148. Inheriting someone’s sin is the landmark in Jesus. Surprisingly his followers are dumb enough to accept it!

149. After the crucifiction of Jesus all of his 12 disciples were killed one by one except Judas who killed himself.

150. Important among them was Peter who was crucified in Rome by Emperor Nero Augustus Caesar.

151. Jerusalem itself was attacked and razed down by the Romans as Jewish Zealots rose against them in armed rebellion in 70 AD.

152. The Romans would not let the Jews enter Jerusalem from then on and the Jews became weak and dispersed but not totally vanquished.

153. The followers of Jesus were also spread around preaching underground yet their presence was detectable.

154. Rome that was a power on earth in that area around the Mediterranian reached its greatest geographical extent under Emperor Trajan (98–117).

155. The Empire sustained as a power for another 150 years and by 260 it split into three for a short while. Emperor Aurelian reunited the empire in 274.

156. In 285, the emperor Diocletian partitioned the Roman Empire’s administration into eastern and western halves.

157. Since then the new supreme rulers disposed of the legal fiction of the early Empire and openly styled themselves as dominus et deus, “lord and god”, titles appropriate for a master-slave relationship.

158. Official cruelty, supporting extortion and corruption also have become more commonplace.

159. The scale, complexity, and violence of government were unmatched.

160. The emperors lost control over their whole realm as that control came increasingly to be wielded by anyone who paid for it.

161. The richest senatorial families, immune from most taxation, engrossed more and more of the available wealth and income.

162. There was growing economic inequality between a gold-rich elite and a cash-poor peasantry.

163. The barbarians had invaded the empire sometimes stealthily and sometimes openly that a cultural and religious strife was seen as imminent.

164. The need for one single state religion was being felt to keep the empire together. In 313 Emperor Constantine declared official toleration of Christianity.

165. In 325 in the Council of Nicea convened by Emperor Constantine Jesus Christ was declared as of the same substance as God (Yahwe).

166. Let me give a verbatim quote of the Declaration of Nicea which clearly tell you that Christianity is a religion by agreement.

167. This is the agreement of faith that the great council of Nicea, assented to with a loud acclamation:

“We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of all things visible and invisible;

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten of the Father, of the substance of the Father; God of God and Light of Light; true God of true God; begotten, not made, of the same substance as the Father, by whom all things were made, in heaven and on earth: who for the sake of us men and our salvation, descended, became incarnate, and was made man, suffered, arose again on the third day, and ascended into the heavens, from where he will come again to judge the living and the dead;

And in the Holy Spirit.”

168. By 330 the Capital of the empire was also moved from Rome to Byzantium which was to be known as Constantinople.

169. Nicene Christianity became the state church of the Roman Empire with the Edict of Thessalonica in AD 380.

170. In the next 100 years i.e. by 476 AD the Roman empire ceased to exist but Byzantine empire sustained.

171. Byzantine empire lasted till 1453 (with a break of 55 years in between) and was taken over by the Ottoman Empire which renamed it as Istanbul.

172. During this period the most important personality who made an impact on Christianity was Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430).

173. St.Augustine contended the predestination of man is hell only unless god chooses otherwise.

174. Christians sell the idea that their omniscient god is equal to all and he loves all.

175. Omniscience means knowledge of the past, present and the future.

176. Omniscient god knows who will be rich and who will be poor. He also knows who will be sick and maim and who will be

177. Omniscient god knows who will go to hell and who will go to heaven.

178. The arguments of Augustine clearly indicate that their omniscient god knows and creates soul that are to go to eternal hell and souls that are to go to heaven.

179. Clearly this is not an act of a god of equality or a god of love.

180. In all of 400 years since Jesus Christ was crucified people for the first time began to perceive the vile nature of their ‘loving’ god!

181. This is one important reason for the rise of Islam.

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