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New faces of an old terror Camp PDF Print E-mail
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Godse and Companions, India's first terror gangEIGHT ATTEMPTS were made on Mahatma Gandhi's life before the final one on January 30, 1948 was successful. Yet public discourse is reluctant to acknowledge that the first act of terror perpetrated on independent India's soil stemmed from a determined and vicious planning by the Hindu Right. Moreover, it refuses to admit that the assassination, was premeditated. When Godse, a member of the Hindu Mahasabha, a Hindu nationalist organisation executed the crime, India's first home Minister, Sardar Patel said on record: The RSS [Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh] celebrated and distributed sweets when Gandhiji was assassinated. Sardar Patel's government banned the RSS after the killing. And Patel had made that remark to justify the ban.

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Counter Terrorism guide by Gnani PDF Print E-mail
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Counter TerrorismEvery channel worth its TRP has started a movement against terror in India. They declare during every alternate commercial break that, we the people won’t tolerate terror anymore; we will stop it. We won’t allow it to happen anymore. We will take to task any and every politician who is soft on terror. Nice and well meaning words, no doubt. But can we stop terrorism by candle light rallies?

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Your House, My House: Batla House PDF Print E-mail
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Delhi PoliceAs rain eludes like a miracle which must never happen and the heat moves like a snake inside the poisoned intestines of modernity's bad faith, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has yet again sprinkled salt on festering wounds. And mind you, this pain and injustice will sprinkle and scatter and spread across the parched landscape like a curse and come back again and again, like salt on blood.

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The growth of Fascism in India and Israel PDF Print E-mail
Fascism

With nationalist demagogues rising to power in both India and Israel, Pankaj Mishra examines the parallel histories of violent partition, ethnic cleansing and militant patriotism that have led both countries into a moral wilderness.

Hindu Jew relationGrowing up in the 1970s in small town India, where nothing much happened, I was an avid reader of the foreign pages in the Indian newspapers. This is how I discovered one of my earliest heroes, the Israeli general Moshe Dayan. I remember being introduced to his legend by my grandfather, an upper-caste Hindu nationalist who was an admirer of militant patriots, especially those he supposed to be ranged against Muslims. He recounted keenly how Dayan had outmaneuvered numerically superior Arab armies in 1967, and how he had snatched the Golan Heights from Syria at the last minute.

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Shape up or ship out PDF Print E-mail
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‘Today she (India) swings blindly between a blind adherence to her old customs and a slavish imitation of foreign ways. In neither of these can she find relief or life or growth. We have to think in terms of people generally, and their culture must be a continuation and development of past trends, and must also represent their new urges and creative tendencies.” A comment from election 2009?  Actually, you’ll have to go back to 1944.
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