Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber ~ PLATO

Monday, November 24, 2014

'Lawgical Connect' Debates Art. 44 UCC - A Review ...

"Uniformity is NOT the idea of India"  ~ Shri S. Gurumurthy 

This is the review of the above event from a personal perspective, covering trivia, exchange of ideas and 'politically sensitive' highlights that Times of India would never write about.

Shri S. Gurumurthy, as Moderator of the event opened the debate to the panelists with a brief introduction, and how! In his opening address, Shri Gurumurthy argued that 'Uniform Civil Code' should actually be renamed as 'Common Civil Code'. He said "Uniformity is NOT the idea of India".

UCC is one of the most misunderstood concepts in contemporary India and hence a matter of high-octane debates, mostly between the Secular Thekedaars and the 'Communal' Hindutva-wadi. This was probably the first time ever that someone tried to present UCC in such clear terms, replacing simple word 'Uniform' with 'Common', and the whole perception & understanding of the Civil Code is put back into the right perspective.

UCC, or CCC (Common Civil Code) as Shri Gurumurthy likes to call it, is the concept of a Nation State. Mr. Gurumurthy reminded that until 1937, there was indeed a common civil law and only after the intervention of Muslim League, in 1937 the Britishers changed the Law and agreed to recognise Sharia: 
"Before 1937, Hindus and Muslims were united by a common customary law. They were divided only by the Shariat Law of 1937." 

Justice K T Thomas was invited to speak first on the subject. He started off with a little bit of background into the history of independent India and explaining how 554 different states had eventually come together to be called as one Republic. Republic is a country governed by Law. 
Constitution is supreme and as per the constitution "All are equal before law". Under Art. 37, it is the duty of State to apply principles in formation of laws. Justice Thomas argued that "Law of Succession" and "Law of Marriage" is not covered by any law. This absolutely warrants UCC. Finally, he concluded stating it was rather unfortunate that even after 65 years we are still debating & discussing the very concept of UCC, a constitutional direction under Art. 44, and signed off by quoting Thomas Jefferson: "Where there is no law, there is anarchy".

Next was Justice AP Shah, Chairman Law Commission of India. Justice Shah spoke at length and argued in detail quoting specific examples arguing that no personal law (Hindu/Muslim/Christian) is 'completely flawed' or 'completely perfect'. Therefore, he suggested taking all communities on board, borrow freely from all 'personal laws' while framing UCC and come up with world's best Civil Code. Justice Shah beautifully summed up his views in the following words:
"Let us have a Uniform Civil Code, but do not close the possibility of an individual's right to exercise his personal law. It, however, shall be ensured that the personal religious law does not violate the provisions of the common law."
Next speaker was Senior Advocate and former President of Supreme Court Bar Association, Shri M N Krishnamani. He was particular in correcting & putting it on record, as to how many times he has been elected President of Supreme Court Bar Association, and the only Tamilian to have reached there. He even went a step forward in his self-praise, stating that no other Tamilian will ever get a chance to be elected again and THAT, in my opinion and limited knowledge about Supreme Court Bar Association, was a totally avoidable & baseless statement. This small digression apart, he actually brought some key points to the discussion, which probably validates his being there among other luminaries.

He opened the talk stating that UCC is completely misunderstood by the communities, as it does not propose to restrict their personal & religious customs, practices and rituals. UCC is not about achieving Uniformity of Religions. For Hindus, religion is a personal matter. UCC is all about Marriage & Succession. He reminded, for example:
a) Who would be benefited by the Monogamy Act in UCC? It is the Muslim Women.
b) Who would be benefited by Succession Act? Hindu Women, as Hindu law allows husband to de-recognize wife & daughter. 

He argued further, when we have Evidence Act, Contract Act and Transfer of Property Act and other such legislations as common for all communities, what prevents us from having a common legislation concerning Marriage and Succession? Mr. Krishnamani summed it up: Despite the favourable orders from Supreme Court, lack of political will is the only problem. 

Last speaker on the panel was Mr. Manish Tewari. I am still wondering as to what Manish Tewari was actually doing among the judicial luminaries such as Justice Thomas & Justice Shah. His entry to the discussion seemed half-hearted and irrelevant. Clearly a misplaced choice on the part of the organisers SASTRA group. Apart from digressing to mention his liking for having a few drinks in the evening, he hardly contributed to the discussion otherwise. However, he managed to put the usual stamp of the band of loyal 'Congress Lawyers' on the debate, explaining as to why UCC is irrelevant, taking shelter under the garb of "Secularism" and "Liberty", both of which did not quite relate in any way to the discussion on UCC.

Then it was time to extend the discussion to questions from the audience addressed to the panellists. Unfortunately what followed were the 'views' rather than questions, which Mr. Gurumurthy as the moderator, managed to handle well. One of the enthusiastic audience even questioned the selection of panellists, asking why a 'Muslim' Judge from the Supreme Court was not invited? To which, Shri Gurumurthy in his signature spontaneity & wit responded: We don't look at the Judge of Supreme Court as a 'Muslim'. It was also clarified that MJ Akbar was supposed to be joining the discussion but could not make it due to some other pressing engagement. 

Finally, Shri Gurumurthy during his vote of thanks, highlighted the point that none of the speakers even once talked about Hinduism or Hindutva during the discussion. He also clarified that to raise issues of a particular community, it was not important to have speakers from the respective community and moreover, none other than Mr. Manish Tewari could have handled the 'Secular' torch.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hindi Controversy - Distortion Alert !

It was funny how this whole Hindi controversy episode flared up and once again the Sickular Anti-Modi mainstream English media loved to celebrate and dish it out for mass consumption. 

Intellectual, English-media followers and research-scholars all engaged in intelligent debates, their social network timelines flashed and flooded with the story, criticising the decision, commenting on how NaMo is going to break the country into pieces.

Absolutely hilarious all this and the more I see this empty jingoism, the more nauseatingly distasteful I find our civil society and well-read intelligentsia. 

We Indians love to swim with the Headlines and completely ignore the fine print, in fact we find it a waste of time and just rush to share the story on our walls! I wonder if these people even bothered to read the full story and understood the perspective and background of this Hindi Controversy. 

Please read on how English news media served the "Anti-Modi Hindi" story platter:

DC | June 19, 2014, 21.06 pm IST


Government clarifies push for Hindi after DMK objection

Fine print in the story that India missed completely is quoted as follows, emphasis mine:

The Home Ministry's official language department had issued a circular on May 27 asking all the Ministries and Departments, public sector undertakings and banks to give prominence to Hindi on official accounts in social media. 
"...all officers and employees who operate official accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, Google, Youtube should use Hindi and English languages. Prominence should be given to Hindi," Director, official language, Avadesh Kumar Mishra wrote in the directive. 
Seeking to cool tempers, Rajnath Singh tweeted "The Home Ministry is of the view that all Indian languages are important. The Ministry is committed to promote all languages of the country".

Thu, Jun 19 18:52 PM IST

Modi's push for Hindi struggles to translate in some states

By: Aditya Kalra and Shyamantha Asokan

"Since taking office as India's prime minister last month, Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi has taken a clear stand in support of Hindi, pushing for it to replace English as the preferred language of the capital's urbane and golf-playing bureaucrats.

The Home Ministry last month ordered all bureaucrats to prioritise Hindi over English on official accounts on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook."

Would the authors Aditya Kalra and Shyamantha Asokan please clarify the above misleading story?

Now let us get some facts clarified here:

The notice was issued by the MHA on 27/05/2014 when the current team at MHA had not even taken charge. New team at MHA assumed charge only on 29/05/2014. It is clearly stated in the Deccan Chronicle news but under the fine print - Alas, intelligent and educated India completely missed the story.

Sharing here the copy of the notification:
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The Office Circular to the effect was actually issued on 10/3/2014.

Please also judge for yourself if the pictures of PM Sri Narendra Modi in prominence on both articles are justified. 

So मित्रों , we are basically commenting on the circulars issued during the last days of the earlier UPA Sickular outfit. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

INDIA NGOnized – Part I

"Our real enemies are the people who make us feel so good that we are slowly, but inexorably, 
pulled down into the quicksand of smugness and self-satisfaction"
~ Sydney Harris

The recently 'leaked' IB report on foreign funding of NGOs has actually brought the stink out from an otherwise 'holier than thou' community of India that falls under the broad generic category of NGO: Non-Governmental Organisation.

In the first of two-part series, let us look at the evolution of this noble concept of NGO to get a '360-degree' perspective. It is important to know where & how it evolved over the last 60 years to get a clear understanding of this terribly crowded space in India known as 'NGO'.

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The very concept of 'Social Service' became relevant in India way back in 1947, just after the independence, when Mahatma Gandhi appealed that the Indian National Congress (INC) be transformed into 'Lok Sevak Sangh' (Public Service Organisation . INC had just assumed power and had taken over the governance of India as a free and sovereign republic, unanimously shot down the proposal all together. However, those who remained supportive & committed to the idea of Gandhi & his principles, lifestyle and ideology, started working on their own as individual Voluntary Social Workers. These Gandhian 'lok sevaks' (Social Workers) worked in isolation at grass-root levels in remote areas where the government could not reach out during the early years after independence. These 'Social Workers' picked up random causes of their choice, ranging from sectors such as Rural Development, Family Health, Education, Arts & Handicraft etc.

This initial phase of 'Gandhian' social service remained largely unorganized until the 60's, by which time it was quite clear that the Government was unable to achieve most of its objectives. This is when these individual 'lok sevaks' started to get themselves organized as Voluntary Social Groups and Organizations. This was the second phase of Voluntary Social Service in India.

20 years later, these Voluntary Organizations were recognized by the Government for their fine work on the ground in remote areas among the 'poorest of the poor'; and for the first time they were brought in as active partners in 'governance' in 1980. This is when the roles of Voluntary Organizations were defined under the Sixth Five Year Plan (1980-85). Major areas where Voluntary Organizations became extended partners of the Government included these sectors:
  • Family Welfare, Health & Nutrition,
  • Education & Community Development,
  • Social Welfare Programs,
  • Implementation of Minimum Needs,
  • Natural Disaster Preparedness & Management,
Quoting from 'preface' of the Sixth Five Year Plan:
In the introduction to the Third Five Year Plan, Jawaharlal Nehru said "Planning is a continuous movement towards desired goals"." ~ N D Tiwari
Planning Commission continued with the policy to enhance the roles of NGOs & Voluntary Organisations in the subsequent Seventh and Eighth Five-Year Plans. The 8th Five Year plan document states, "A nation-wide network of NGOs will be created. In order to facilitate the working of this network, three schemes relating to the creation, replication, multiplication and consultancy development have been worked out by the Planning Commission."

Pic Credit: The Indian Express
Unfortunately, the Planning Commission also continued to shift 'Goal-Posts' by re-defining 'poverty' to stay relevant under the rule of subsequent generations of the Dynasty, as a “continuous movement towards those desired Goals”; as originally envisioned by Nehru in Third Five Year Plan, guided by his Soviet style of Socialist Planning.
March 20,2012: The Economic Times -
March 21, 2012: The Hindu - 

36 Crores was our population in 1947 when we had almost zero NGO count. In about 40 years, by 31st December 1989, there were 12,313 NGOs registered with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India under the FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act 1976); and, 726 NGOs were unregistered but were under the prior permission category. However, it was estimated then that all together about 25,000 to 30,000 NGOs were active in India in 1990.

By the year 2000, India was brimming with NGOs of all possible hues, names, size, intent, scope, objectives and even Faith. Madam SoniaG created yet another monster called NAC (National Advisory Council) in June 2004, purely for personal gains. NAC was promptly populated with some of the most 'eminent' slaves from NGO & such related fields to serve Madam's interests. Today, we are at 1.2 Billion population and the NGO count is estimated to be somewhere around 2 Million – 

India witnessing NGO boom, there is 1 for every 600 people 

This is just the registered number of NGOs but a friend from the NGO industry confirms that the number would easily double up to 4 Million, if we include the unregistered ones as well. With this unprecedented NGO boom also arrived a new industry which we can call as "services for the service" industry - a secondary service industry to support the booming NGO sector.

This is precisely when 'once-a-noble' concept of NGO turned into a full blown 'industry' that we witness today as: Aggressively anti-national, Ruthlessly anti-people & anti-development, highly political, Internet & Media-Savvy; with completely unregulated free-flow of foreign funds from some of the most infamous and highly questionable external sources. During the last decade, this phenomenal and unprecedented growth of NGO industry has turned into a 'monster' that is now a major cause of worry and concern for the security and sovereignty of India.

This remains an undisputed fact that Nehru's Socialist style of 'Planning Commission' system and their grand plans of partnering with NGOs by Indira Gandhi in the Eighties, did precious little to solve the very basic problems of 'roti-kapda-makan' (food, clothing & housing) for the people even after 50 years. This is nothing but a complete failure of the Socialist system that we have followed since independence. It is a shame that we still believe in the same and are hopeful that one day we will eradicate poverty, feed the hungry children & educate them, empower women & offer shelter & sanitation to all; just by distributing and giving away free 'this & that'.    

Pic Credit: The Hindu
Finally, June 2004, enter Sonia Gandhi: a brand new conglomerate of NGOs 'State-sponsored' as 'NAC' arrives into the scene and takes over the 'policy formation' for one full decade (2004-2014). Country is placed in the hands of these 'NGO-policy-wonks', who draw wisdom from think-tanks consisting of 'leftist-marxist-socialist' intellectuals. 
India NGOnized, completely!

We will continue with the clinical analysis of NGOnized India in the concluding Part II, to understand how this 'well-packaged' & supposed to be 'well-intentioned' industry called NGO turned itself into a deadly monster for the nation.

While we do our good works let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.”
Chinua AchebeAnthills of the Savannah

Monday, June 2, 2014

Myths about Hindu Temples

"It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view." ~ George Eliot, Middlemarch

Every once in a while various links to random articles appear on my timeline at social network sites carrying completely distorted and misleading content related to Medieval History of India.
This post is a humble attempt at putting together some historical facts in perspective, only to clear these distortions and help my friends with factually correct information, duly supported with credible sources of information.

Distortion Alert # 1Few months back, I came across this post shared by a 'well educated' friend on FB: It’s A Myth That Muslim Rulers Destroyed Thousands Of Temples

My problem is not as much with the distorted content but more so with the well-educated and 'cultured' friends who consume such content from totally unreliable and morally corrupt sources such as Tehelka, share them widely and then draw twisted conclusions. These otherwise very nice and educated people inadvertently end up spreading lies in the Society.

Now that everyone knows all about the extortionist and 'hit-job' outfit called Tehelka and its annual lit-fest THiNK that had generated a whole lot of Stink last year, I guess we better save the space for quality content.

Lit-Festivals such as THiNK are littered with 'fake intellectuals' who share their 'manufactured' facts at shallow depths over serious discussions and talk-shows, followed by 'networking' dinners over expensive wine with 'socially ambitious' women. During one such lit-fest “THiNK 2013”, one of the  celebrity historians, specialising in Islamic Studies and Medieval History became an instant hit among the 'secular' intelligentsia.

Picture Credit: Tehelka
The name is Eaton, Prof. Richard M Eaton. As per the body of work available in public domain, he has done a huge 'favor' to himself by destroying and twisting facts to build his own career and getting published by Oxford University Press. His very first attempt was an honest one but that did not work well with the Western and Indian Marxist narrative. He realized this rather early in life and was quick to jump the fence towards the Distortionist gang of Historians, contributing to a more 'palatable' version of Indian History.

Noted Indologist and Historian, Koenraad Elst has this to say about Prof. Richard M Eaton in one of his reviews: The Details about Hindu Iconoclasm & I quote:
According to the cover text on his book, Eaton is professor of History at the University of Arizona and a leading historian of Islam. Had he defended the thesis that iconoclasm is rooted in Islam itself, he would have done justice to the evidence from Islamic sources, yet he would have found it very hard to get published by Oxford University Press or reach the status of leading Islam scholar that he now enjoys. One can easily become an acclaimed scholar of Hinduism by lambasting and vilifying that religion, but Islam is somehow more demanding of respect.
So much for Prof. Eaton and the Lit-Fest that offered him the space, visibility & above all the adulation from the 'Secular' crowd.

As for the destruction of Hindu Temples during Muslim Rule that Prof. Eaton claims as Myth? Please read on for more details.

Distortion Alert # 2Just recently came across yet another random link on FB: 
I was going to start looking into JSTOR and other international/national academic journals to commence my research (time permitting)...

I had an instant 'dislike' for this comment, once again, much more dislike than the distorted content that was shared. This was least expected of very well educated and research oriented people. JSTOR? They want to look up JSTOR for credible research papers on Indian History? The subject has been completely ruined, twisted and destroyed by our Marxist Historian intellectuals. Only they have had the exclusive 'state-sponsored' privilege to populate such 'eminent' forums with distorted content,  having it “peer-reviewed” by their gang of colleagues and Oxbridge members, only to be published at JSTOR.

Friends, this is precisely how the distorted version of Indian History travels across frontiers and then enters back into our civilised society, to be shared as 'well-researched fact'.

(Concealment of truth. Statement of Falsehood.)”

Sita Ram Goel is one of the most underrated historians of our time. He has done extensive research on the subject and has always presented facts and data as they are. He derived data and research inputs exclusively from 'primary' and most authentic sources, from the huge archives of Epigraphic and Literary evidences as left behind by the Muslim Rulers. Obviously his work does not gel with that of our 'secular' and 'marxist' historians who have assumed the role of 'secular thekedars' populating content for 'state-sponsored' History in post-independent India. Unlike Prof. Eaton, he never bothered for eminence and 'status' so he refused to collaborate with the 'gang' and on the contrary, always engaged in challenging their distorted and manipulative work.

David Frawley has this to say about Sita Ram Goel in his own words:
  • He was "modern India’s greatest intellectual kshatriya",
  • "One of India’s most important thinkers in the post-independence era".
  • "Sitaram followed a strong rationalistic point of view that did not compromise the truth even for politeness sake. His intellectual rigor is quite unparalleled in Hindu circles..."
Prof. Richard M. Eaton, says this about Sitaram Goel, in his own words:
While Hindu nationalists like Sita Ram Goel have endeavoured to document a pattern of wholesale temple destruction by Muslims in this period, few professional historians have engaged the issue, even though it is a properly historical one.
Notice the 'Hindu Nationalist' tag used for Sita Ram Goel by Prof Eaton there? That says it all!

Coming back to JSTOR for a while, I quickly searched for 'Sita Ram Goel' and just as I had expected, it throws no results on his work, while 'Richard M Eaton' throws a whopping 22,401 search results. And then I looked for the doyen of Marxist Historians, our grand old Romila Thapar and I got 1,263 Search Results.

So much for JSTOR as a source of 'credible' research papers on Indian History.

'Hindu Temples: What Happened to Them' Volume I & Volume II 

~ Sita Ram Goel

Strongly recommend this extremely reliable and a valuable resource for those seriously interested in looking up for an unbiased and a 'free-from-distortion' version on the subject. In this landmark work, he has listed at least 2000 sites, which till date remains unchallenged. The book was considered for a ban in UP in the 90's, due to its unbridled and explosive narrative.

Volume I, Section I: ISLAMIC ICONOCLASM, Chapter 6: “Let the mute witnesses speak”, he draws up a detailed state-wise list of Islamic Monuments built on Hindu Temple sites. This list covers pretty much all of the geography covered under the map of Republic of India.
Volume I, Section III: HISTORY VERSUS CASUISTRY, Chapter 18: History of India: Putting the record straight” he concludes & I quote:

“Today the entire academia and media in India are under the stranglehold of this state-sponsored version of India's history which is eulogised as the secular version, and is supposed to promote national integration.”

Volume II, Section III: FROM THE HORSES MOUTH, Chapter 6: The Epigraphic Evidence: Conclusions, & I quote:

“Three conclusions can be safely drawn from a study of these 21 inscriptions. Firstly, the destruction of Hindu temples continued throughout the Muslim rule. Secondly, the destruction took place all over India. Thirdly, the destruction had no economic or political motive as has been proposed by Marxist scholars and Muslim apologists.”

Volume II, Section III: FROM THE HORSES MOUTH, Chapter 7: The Literary Evidence: This runs into a huge 150 Pages of solid evidence, purely derived from the literary works of Mughal Empire, which still stands tall and unchallenged.

Koenraad Elst commented in his review of the above work of Sita Ram Goel as follows:
  • "None of the negationist historians has come forward with a reply or with the announcement that a mistake has been discovered in Mr. Goel's list of monuments of Islamic fanaticism.
  • Manini Chatterjee, reviewer for The Telegraph, could do no more than calling it a "very bad book". And
  • "Of the hundreds of secularist historians who have signed statements denouncing "communal history distortion", not a single one has been able to challenge even one of the 2000 claims in the list."

Koenraad Elst also comments on Prof. Eaton's distorted research on Hindu Temples in his work titled: The Details about Hindu Iconoclasm, as follows:
Yet, the numerically most important body of data presented by him concurs neatly with the classic (now dubbed Hindutva) account. In his oft-quoted paper Temple desecration and Indo-Muslim states, he gives a list of eighty cases of Islamic temple destruction. Only eighty, is how the secularist history-rewriters render it, but Eaton makes no claim that his list is exhaustive. Moreover, eighty isn't always eighty. 
Contrary to the impression created in the secularist media, Prof. Eaton has not even begun to refute Sita Ram Goel's thesis. He manages to leave all the arguments for Goel's main thesis of an Islamic theology of iconoclasm undiscussed. 
Unfortunately, Prof. Eaton has failed to cite us any paper or book on Indo-Muslim iconoclasm which is less selective. His own studies silence on each one of the testimonies cited by Goel amounts to a selective favoritism towards the data seemingly supporting the secularist theory.

As for the Myths around Aurangzeb and Tipu Sultan:

Sita Ram Goel in Volume II, Chapter 4 titled “The Marxists Historians” discusses in less than one page as to “Why Aurangzeb Destroyed the Temple” - he concludes thus and I quote:
“It is difficult to believe that the learned professors did not know of Aurangzeb's firman dated 9th April, 1669 and the large-scale destruction of Hindu Temples that followed. If they did not, one wonders what sort of professors they are, and with what right they pronounce pontifically on this subject.”
I would like to reproduce here a very brief extract from the book titled "A History of India" written by Antonova, Bongard-Levin & Kotovsky, first published in 1984. This extract is taken from the Hindi translation "भारत का इतिहास" of the same, translated & published by Naresh Bedi; Page 336:

औरंगज़ेब की धार्मिक नीति 
निष्ठुर और कुटिल राजनीतिज्ञ होने के साथ-साथ औरंगज़ेब धर्मांध मुसलमान भी था और दारा शिकोह पर उसकी विजय एक ऐसी नीति के सूत्रपात की द्योतक थी, जिसके अंतर्गत हिन्दुओं को उनके अधिकारों से वंचित कर दिया गया और शियाओं का दमन किया जाने लगा।  देश के जीवन को रूढ़ इस्लाम के सिद्धांतों की संगति में लाने के लिए औरंगज़ेब ने शिया त्योहारों, शराब, संगीत, नृत्य, चित्रकला और भांग के बोये जाने आदि का निषेध कर दिया।  १६६५ और १६६९ के बीच उसने कई हिन्दू मंदिरों के गिराये जाने और उनके खंडहरों से मस्जिदों का निर्माण किये जाने के आदेश दिए।  

For a more detailed reading on factual clarifications on the distorted versions surrounding Aurangzeb, recommended further reading: Why did Aurangzeb Demolish the Kashi Vishvanath?

Further reading on Tipu Sultan – 

Tyrant of Mysore, Rare Publications; 1st Edition 2013 edition (November 30, 2013),186 pages.  Book Description:

This book is part of a series of books aimed at disseminating the accurate history of India drawn from the primary sources. History writing, especially about the medieval Muslim rule has been fraught with political correctness, controversy, and in several cases, downright falsification. This has occurred mostly with official state patronage. As a result, any attempts to correct this course has been virulently opposed with the result that most urban-educated Indians have now internalized a politically correct version of Indian history.

Sandeep Balakrishna in this well-researched book, explores both the myths and the truth surrounding Tipu Sultan. A must-read for those who wish to learn the true story of Tipu Sultan.


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