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Jammu and Kashmir Stone pelters are paid by handlers

At an unknown address in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, fugitive stone pelters dropped their face masks for a conversation with India Today’s undercover reporters. With that, they also uncovered devastating truths behind the unrest in the valley that followed Hizbul commander Burhan Wani’s killing.Zakir Ahmad Bhat, Farooq Ahmad Lone, Wasim Ahmed Khan, Mushtaq Veeri and Ibrahim Khan made startling confessions: from being on the payroll of their underground masters to carrying out deadly attacks on security forces, public servants and property in the troubled region.“It’s Rs 5,000-Rs 7,000 (a month) and clothes. Sometimes shoes as well,” said Bhat when asked whether he was paid to charge at security forces with stones.

Bhat is also a specialist in Molotov cocktails or petrol bombs. He is wanted for arson attacks during last year’s stone-pelting protests. By his own admission, the young man sounded unapologetic about forging contracts with obscure enemies to strike at troops in the valley.

“We pelt security forces with stones — JK police personnel, army jawans, MLAs and government vehicles.”

But this hired extremist refused to disclose the identity of his financiers. “We will die but won’t reveal their names. It’s the question of our bread and butter,” he said.

He admitted pelting stones in Baramulla, Sopore and Pattan. “Now, we go to the downtown (in Baramulla), where we protest on Fridays.”

FUNDS TO MAKE PETROL BOMBS

He would also supply and use petrol bombs. “We get separate funds for making petrol bombs,” Bhat said. He charges up to Rs 700 for making one Molotov cocktail.

“I must have made 50-60 bombs. We throw them on vehicles and whosoever comes in between,” he said.

From July to October last year, as many as 19,000 people were injured and 92 killed in a series of clashes between rock-throwing protestors and security forces in Kashmir, news reports suggest.

Around 4,000 security personnel were among the wounded. Two jawans were reportedly among the dead. But for pelters like Farooq Ahmad Lone, violent agitations are their livelihood.

“It could be Rs 1,000, 2,000, 3,000 or even Rs 5,000,” said Lone, quoting his daily income from organizing shutdowns and stone-throwing demonstrations.

“We have been pelting stones since 2008.” Wasim Ahmed Khan put his monthly stipend from rock-hurling protests at Rs 5,000-Rs 6,000. For accomplice Veeri, it’s Rs 700 a day on weekdays and up to Rs 1,000 on holy Fridays.

“So, the man who pays you belongs to your village?” asked India Today’s investigative reporter. “He just arrives. He’s known to one of my friends,” replied Veeri, refusing to name his paymaster.

But pelters did disclose how they were assigned their job well in advance. The hidden masterminds would use the Internet technology to organize stone pelting across various locations in Jammu and Kashmir, revealed Ibrahim Khan.

INSTRUCTIONS VIA GROUP-MESSAGING SERVICES

Instructions regarding potential targets, he explained, were circulated on group-messaging services beforehand. “Instructions are issued on WhatsApp groups,” Khan said. “Who are you asked to pelt stones at?” asked the reporter. “At police, army, whoever comes forward.

There are clear directives,” Khan, who makes up to Rs 20,000 a month from the protests, answered. Young children, he claimed, were also recruited as pelters. “How much are children paid?” probed the undercover journalist. “It depends upon who the boy is.  If he has a good physique, he will be paid around Rs 7,000-Rs 7,500,” Khan said.

But if the child recruit is weak, he would get around Rs 5,500 to Rs 6,000, Khan added. For children up to 12 years, the minimum payment for stone-pelting is fixed at Rs 4,000, he insisted. Bhat, Veeri and Wasim Ahmad Khan then shared their track-record in executing attacks on security personnel and government property.

“We hurled petrol bombs at a vehicle parked on a bridge. Two people were charred,” said Bhat, referring to a 2014 assault on a pair of policemen. Veeri said he had injured at least 30 to 35 people from various security agencies till now. “I was once charged under the PSA (Public Safety Act). I was behind the bars for six months,” he said.

Wasim Ahmad Khan belonged to the same league. Jailed in 2009 for a year, he revealed he had damaged police, army and government vehicles on numerous occasions.

“We have also pelted stones at the armed forces, MLAs, ministers and their aides,” he said.

 

 

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Muslim Appeasement – Trinamool Congress Attacks Vidya Bharati Schools

Minority appeasement to preserve vote bank has been a common policy of both the Marxists and Trinamool.

It is this policy that dictates the shutting down of Vidya Bharati schools while sanctioning a whopping Rs 2,500 crore for madrasas in Bengal.

Nationalism, and a correct rendition of Bharat’s history (as opposed to the glorification of invaders and their rule by Marxist historians) is what is taught in the 350-odd Vidya Bharati schools in Bengal. The more than 60,000 students enrolled in these schools are taught Indic values like respect towards elders and for nature, and a sense of righteousness and Dharma instilled in them. And along with classroom teaching, the students are also given physical training which, as Swami Vivekananda said, is critical for development of the intellect.

Now compare this to what is being taught in the 2,000-odd unregistered madrasas in Bengal. Most of these madrasas have mushroomed with funds provided by Wahhabi foundations based in the Middle East, especially Saudi Arabia, where a regressive and medieval form of Islam is enforced. Fundamentalist Wahhabi clerics in these madrasas teach the children that kafirs ought to be eliminated, that idol-worshippers should have their heads chopped off, that non-Muslims have to either convert to Islam or be tortured to death, while their womenfolk have to be raped and enslaved, that the adulterous have to be stoned to death and thieves should have their arms chopped off. The kids are told that waging jihad to make the entire world Islamic is the bounden holy duty of all Muslims.

It would be apparent to any sane and unbiased person that it is these madrasas that need to be shut down and their Wahhabi teachers put behind bars forthwith. However, in a gross travesty of fair play and justice, the Mamata Banerjee government has targeted the nationalist Vidya Bharati schools on the warped and totally false charge that these schools are “fanning religious intolerance”. Fact is that no religious instruction is imparted in the Vidya Bharati schools, unlike the madrasas.

The reason behind the proposed crackdown on Vidya Bharati schools seems to be a sinister one: to appease fundamentalist Islamic clerics who the Banerjee government has been actively wooing to preserve its crucial Muslim vote bank. It is learnt that a number of Muslim clerics and public figures have, over the past couple of years, been complaining to Trinamool politicians about the history being taught in Vidya Bharati schools. They have, for instance, objected to the (correct) portrayal of Aurangzeb as a tyrant who persecuted Hindus, of Babar and other Muslim invaders killing tens of thousands of Hindus and looting and destroying Hindu temples, of Bakhtiar Khilji’s destruction of Nalanda and massacring of thousands of monks, teachers and students there, and of the atrocious exploits of all other Muslim invaders and rulers.

Teaching kids such dark deeds of Muslim invaders, the fundamentalist Islamic clerics have argued (and this has been bought by Trinamool politicians) would create an antipathy among Hindus towards Muslims and, hence, the Vidya Bharati schools need to be shut down. Banerjee has also apparently bought the argument that telling young kids about the shameful exploits of Muslim invaders and rulers of Bharat will sow the seeds of communal disharmony in their minds. Hence, a falsified history written by Marxist historians, who have consistently watered down the rich heritage and culture of Bharat and built a false narrative by glossing over the mass murders, destruction of temples and other dark deeds of Muslim rulers as is being taught in all other schools in the state need to be taught in the Vidya Bharati schools too, feel the fundamentalist Muslim clerics and their Trinamool backers.

The Bengal government, at the behest of the Wahhabi clerics (many of them are paid stipends by Banerjee from taxpayers’ money), has also bought the argument that instilling Indic values and a sense of pride among students about Bharat’s rich heritage and culture (as is being done in the Vidya Bharati schools) goes against the grain of secularism. The warped logic is that if Hindu kids assert their identities and feel proud of their heritage and culture, they would turn against other religions. It is, of course, perfectly fine for Muslim kids in madrasas to learn that beheading kafirs is the holy duty of all Muslims!

There is yet another reason behind the Banerjee government issuing notices to 125 of the 350 Vidya Bharati schools in Bengal. As has been stated earlier, all the Vidya Bharati schools are located in remote rural areas of the state, and many of them are in places in North Bengal populated by scheduled castes and tribes. The presence of Vidya Bharati schools in these areas and the quality education they render has acted as a bulwark against the proselytisation of Christian missionaries. These evangelical Christian missionaries have been frustrated by their inability to harvest souls and have, thus, seen a stark decline in the funds they receive from western countries to proselytise.

These Christian bodies, who also wield a lot of influence on Banerjee, have been very covertly pressurising Trinamool leaders to shut down the Vidya Bharati schools in the state. With this aim, they have been defaming these schools. A few missionaries, for instance, complained to a senior Trinamool minister recently that the physical education and drills in these schools is creating an army of militant Hindus, who will massacre Muslims and Christians in Bengal very soon! Such venom is being spread against Vidya Bharati schools with the sole purpose of shutting them down so that Christian missionaries will be free to set up their own schools and proselytise poor and marginalised Hindus.

Incidentally, an elaborate charade was played out in the West Bengal Assembly on Wednesday (8 March) with a Communist Party of India-Marxist legislator Manas Mukherjee alleging that the Vidya Bharati schools were “fanning religious intolerance”. And Education Minister Partha Chatterjee, as if on cue, immediately fished out a list of 125 Vidya Bharati schools which, he proclaimed, are being put on notice. The list, he said, was handed over to him by Banerjee, who also oversees the home portfolio. It is apparent that the Marxists and the Trinamool were acting in tandem to corner Vidya Bharati schools. Not surprising at all since minority appeasement in order to preserve minority vote banks has been a common policy of both the parties. It is this policy that dictates the shutting down of Vidya Bharati schools while sanctioning a whopping Rs 2,500 crore for madrasas in Bengal.

By Jaideep Mazumdar

He is a journalist with many years of experience in The Times Of India, Open, The Outlook, The Hindustan Times, The Pioneer and some other news organizations. He has reported on politics, society and many other subjects from North, East and North East India as well as Nepal and Bangladesh.

Courtesy: Swarajya

 

Bharat Must Rise to Defang the Communists of Kerala

 

The cruel and repulsive bloody acts of CPI (M) in Kerala, started with the murder of Vadikkal Ramakrishnan, a tailor by profession in 1969. An active RSS Swayamsevak, Ramakrishnan had brought in scores of Communists to the nationalist fold.  The prime accused in that case was the none other than the present chief minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan.

Vimala – 28th December 2016 – Burnt alive with other relatives. Locked in the house which was set ablaze. A relative and her husband died on the spot. Vimala struggled with third degree burns and died in the hospital.

Santosh – 18th January 2017 – CPI-M hoodlums waylaid him near his house, in the constitutuency of the chief minister, Dharmadam, and hacked him to death.

Nirmal –12th February 2017 – A 21 year old nationalist youth killed brutally.

K. Ramachandran – 11th July 2016 – A labour leader murdered before the eyes of his horrified wife in broad daylight.

Ramith –12th October 2016 – Young man, the sole breadwinner of his family, was waylaid when he came out to purchase medicines, and slaughtered. His father, Uttaman, was killed in an identical fashion fourteen years ago

P. Chandrasekharan – 4th July 2012 – former CPM worker – killed without remorse or pang of conscience.

What wrong did these citizens of Bharat commit? Was their work for nationalist organizations, for the poor, for the country, a crime? Apparently in the eyes of the Marxists, it was.

These are just a few instances of the continual ongoing massacre of patriotic men and women of India by Kerala Communists.

Communism captured power in Kerala in 1957 and since then ideological opponents are physically targeted and killed. About 270 nationalists have been murdered in Kerala. Over 82 of them have been murdered in Kannur district alone.  Supplementing this dance of death, there is a police torture and false cases, especially when CPM/LDF grabs power.

The cruel and repulsive bloody acts of CPI (M) in Kerala, started with the murder of Vadikkal Ramakrishnan, a tailor by profession in 1969. An active RSS Swayamsevak, Ramakrishnan had brought in scores of Communists to the nationalist fold.  The prime accused in that case was the none other than the present chief minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan.

The main reason behind the attacks on nationalists in Kerala is the steady flow of cadres from CPI (M) to the RSS and other nationalist organisations.  The CPI(M) leadership is unable to digest the pure, affectionate, nationalistic approach of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Their separatist, divisive, hatred filling activities are unable to withstand the force of social harmony unleashed by the Sangh.

The ‘Kannur Model’ of CPI (M), in which nationalists are perpetually targeted and murdered by Communists, is inspired by Stalinist USSR or Maoist China where the voice of dissent and opposition was crushed with the iron fist of party and State

Communist butchers have not spared even women. The putting ablaze of Vimala, the spine chilling murder of Yashoda, Kausalya and Ammu Amma among the other women is testimony to the fact that even women are not safe under communist regime in Kerala.

The violent ways of the Marxists are inspired by narrow mindedness, which can only proclaim that ‘My way or Death’, and follows the Nazi, fascist strategy of destroying the ability of the people to think for themselves by eliminating all ideological opponents. They call their murderous actions with lofty names as ‘Revolution’ and ‘Struggle’. After having conducted its politics of violence for over three decades in Bengal, the CPI-M has inspired its leaders in Kerala to repeat the policy that it adopted in Bengal.

Abdullakutty recently quoted a statement once made by the present Kerala CM, Pinarayi Vijayan on the inspiration that the killing fields of Kerala drew from the marxist genocidal spree of his comrades in Bengal,

“We should learn (how to kill adversaries) from Bengalis. They do it without shedding even a drop of blood. They (rivals) are kidnapped and buried in deep pits with a sack of salt added. The world will not (even) know about the blood, picture (of the victim) or news” – Pinarayi Vijayan

There is no limit to the Marxist torture – neither children, nor women, neither dalits nor others backward sections are spared.  Putting farms ablaze, attacking homes, destroying vehicles, and attacking schools have become a daily affair. The police is silent seemingly at the signal of the Home minster.

The unceasing butchery of the Marxists should shake the conscience of every right thinking Indian. Let everyone condemn with all vehemence at its command, the inhuman, undemocratic and murderous activities of Marxists that lurk in the dark bloody shadows of their public face and ‘fight for human rights’.

Protecting its subjects is the primary constitutional responsibility of any elected government. This Kerala Government has abdicated its constitutional responsibility and is fast becoming an accomplice to massacres launched by violent, barbarous gangs. The people of Bhaarat should expose their murderous activities and help the people of Kerala to defang the communists.

Let’s oppose Violent, extremist Politics

Let’s protect Democracy

In protest of this barbarism, Jagrutha Bharat, MMRI are mutually holding dharna at 10 am at Lowertank- Dharna Chowk, Bhagyanagar, on 3rd March, 2017

 

కేరళ కమ్యూనిస్టుల ప్రభుత్వపు హింసారాజకీయాలను వ్యతిరేకిద్దాం..ప్రజాస్వామ్యాన్ని పరిరక్షిద్దాం

#EndViolenceCPM

1969లో దర్జీ పని చేసుకుంటున్న రామకృష్ణ హత్యలో ప్రధాన నిందితుడు నేటి ముఖ్యమంత్రి పినరాయ్‌ విజయన్‌. తమ విఘటనవాద, విచ్ఛిన్నకర, ద్వేషపూరిత విధానాలకు విరుగుడుగా విశుద్ధ, జాతీయవాద, స్నేహపూర్వక, సమరసతామయ భావంతో ముందుకు వచ్చిన రాష్ట్రీయ స్వయంసేవక్‌ సంఘ్‌ అంటే కమ్యూనిస్టు పార్టీ ఆఫ్‌ ఇండియా (మార్క్సిస్ట్‌) నేతలకు మింగుడు పడడంలేదు.

మా ‘మార్గమే నిజమైనద’నే సెమెటిక్‌ సంకుచితత్వం, ప్రత్యర్థుల్ని మట్టుపెట్టి మార్గం సుగమం చేసుకోవాలనుకునే నాజీ, ఫాసిస్ట్‌ ధోరణి నరనరాన జీర్ణించుకున్న మార్క్సిస్టులు హింసావాదాన్నే నమ్ముకున్నారు. తమ హింసోన్మాదానికి ‘విప్లవం’, ‘పోరాటం’ అని ముద్దుపేర్లు పెట్టుకున్నారు.

కేరళ లో జరుగుతున్న ఈ దాడులకు నిరసనగా జాగృత భారత్, MMRI వారు 3-మార్చ్-2017, ఉదయం 10 గంటలకు ధర్నా చౌక్, ట్యాంక్ బండ్, భాగ్యనగర్ లో “మహాధర్నా” ను నిర్వహిస్తున్నారు.

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How drinking alcohol harms women. Its Increase Is Alarming

A brief from a Sunday Times Article states ” Alcohol companies are targeting Indian women as they begin to abandon traditional taboos about drinking alcohol in public and for the first time join men at the bar.

Women who drink have traditionally been frowned upon and portrayed negatively in Bollywood movies. But as they become increasingly economically independent, women now represent one of the biggest growth sectors of India’s £6.6bn drinks sector.

The women’s market, although still relatively small, is expected to grow by 25% over the next five years, according to the Indian Centre for Alcohol Studies, a research body. “

On the other hand there is overwhelming evidence of the high impact of alcohol on both men and women but especially on women. Alcohol companies see a blue ocean in the women segment since this was by far largely untapped in Bharat. Hence a huge investment to make it appear cool !

Rather than shaming Indian women (and men) who don’t want to drink, through peer pressure and barbs, let’s consider respecting their, perhaps more sensible, choices instead, says Sankrant Sanu.

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Shruti, a student I know of at an engineering college in India, spoke to me of the pressure to adopt the ‘bar culture’ — being associated with ‘progressive modernity’.

A mixed group of her friends had gone to a nightclub in Delhi. Most of the students in the group were drinking, but Shruti preferred not to. She was told she was being a ‘Sati-Savitri’ for refusing to consume alcohol. Not ‘blending-in’ would result in shaming.

‘They make you feel aloof from the group,’ she reported in a Whatsapp chat, ‘And no matter how hard you try you can’t gel with them.’

I call this ‘Savitri shaming,’ a social ostracism as potent as the much-talked-of ‘slut shaming’.

There is nothing particularly ‘progressive’ or ‘liberated’ about drinking alcohol, either for men or women. In rural areas in India, the campaign against alcohol consumption by men is often led by women (external link). These women experience first-hand the consequences of alcoholism — blowing up of precious savings, domestic violence and breakdown of families.

In urban India, alcohol consumption is being pushed as the new ‘cool’, where often in the past it was looked down upon — people from ‘good families’ didn’t drink.

The media and urban messaging is especially targeting women as part of the drinking culture. Is this really ‘feminist’? Studies have shown that alcohol is even worse for women than men. The US National Institute of Health concludes (external link) that ‘drinking is much more risky for women than it is for men. A study by the Centre on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia showed (external link) that ‘women get drunk, high and addicted faster than men.’

According to Susan Foster, director of the centre:

‘A woman’s body contains less water and more fatty tissue — which increases alcohol absorption — compared to a male body. And women have a lower activity level of an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase, which breaks down alcohol.”

Alcohol in even moderate amounts has been shown to increase risk of breast cancer in women, whereas the slight benefits of lower heart disease in some cases doesn’t apply to women below 55. Heavy drinking is even worse, leading to higher risks of liver damage, cancer, brain impairment and heart disease. The NIH estimates that 5.3 million women in the US ‘ drink in a way that threatens their health, safety, and general wellbeing. A strong case can be made that heavy drinking is more risky for women than men.’

Another NIH study (external link) shows alcohol use, by men and women, is also a major factor in sexual assaults.

‘Conservative estimates of sexual assault prevalence suggest that 25 per cent of American women have experienced sexual assault, including rape. Approximately one-half of those cases involve alcohol consumption by the perpetrator, victim, or both.’

Given an American society grappling with the ill-effects of alcoholism and showing a horrendous rate of sexual assaults, why would we emulate this drinking culture and call it ‘progressive’?

I heard other accounts from women in corporate settings who’re told they must drink to socialise with their (male) clients. Is this progressive or regressive?

Shruti recounted the increasing peer pressure to drink in college:

“It’s a ‘status symbol’. I was being forced to take a sip at least. And they would have had made me drink it if one of my friend hadn’t stood up for me. They were like it’s an awesome feeling … try it and get high and enjoy the world. Girls (were trying to make me drink) even harder.”

It used to be the stereotype that women from ‘good families’ didn’t drink. Now the mindless aping of a harmful practice, one that Western society is struggling to overcome, has been made ‘cool,’ while those who resist are derided as ‘Sati-Savitris.’

Who is Savitri? The story of Savitri and Satyavan is a love story of a courageous woman who challenged death itself to save her husband and love, Satyavan. Savitri represents commitment, loyalty, fidelity, courage and true love. Savitri-shaming denigrates all these values as ‘patriarchal’! What then is the alternative society?

Apparently the society we are asked to take as our model is one which has a sexual assault rape of 25 per cent, over 10 times that of India’s. A society in which the divorce rate is 20-40 times as high as in India (external link). Who benefits from the lack of commitment to the relationship?

In the US, women bear the brunt of divorce (external link). According to law professor Lenore Weitzman’s book Divorce Revolution, ‘A typical woman endures a 73 per cent reduction in her standard of living after a divorce. Her typical ex-husband enjoys a 42 per cent increased standard of living.’

As per a Brookings report (external link), ‘Single parents have much lower incomes and much higher poverty rates than their married counterparts.’ It also adds that ‘there is near-consensus that the retreat from marriage has not been good for children.’

Biologically promiscuity also has disproportionate consequence for women. In case of resulting pregnancy (and we know there is no foolproof contraception), women are often left holding the bag (and the baby). They need to either subject their bodies to drugs or surgery to terminate the pregnancy or deal with the consequence of an unwanted pregnancy and the potential of ending up as single mothers.

The men can shoot and scoot. I’m not advocating that men should be irresponsible; but that the reality is they have less consequences for being so.

In effect, marriage is an institution that serves women. Many men would be quite happy sleeping around given available women. As ‘players’, men who make conquering and dumping women into a game, know this is easier to do when a woman is drinking since it lowers inhibitions. Men are happy with a culture of drinking and no-strings-attached sex where women bear the disproportionate responsibilities.

‘Progressive’ feminists may inadvertently push the cause of patriarchy in decrying ‘slut-shaming’ while pushing for ‘Savitri-shaming’ in an attempt to replicate a troubled Western society. Women do not need to be slut-shamed for ‘dressing provocatively’ or victim-blamed for assault. Nor should they be shamed as ‘behenjis’ or ‘Savitri-shamed’ for dressing traditionally or refusing to drink alcohol.

Rather than shaming Indian women (and men) who don’t want to drink with peer pressure and barbs, let’s consider respecting their, perhaps more sensible, choices instead.

Sources 

Sunday Times Article – Taboo Broken as Indian Women Get Taste for Drinking

Rediff Article #SavitriShaming and how drinking harms women