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2009 -- India Election -
<!--QuoteBegin-Pandyan+Mar 23 2009, 02:11 AM-->QUOTE(Pandyan @ Mar 23 2009, 02:11 AM)<!--QuoteEBegin-->What are the powers of the EC? What can they do against VG?
Varun guilty: EC
Asks BJP not to nominate him

New Delhi, March 22
In an unprecedented order, the Election Commission (EC) tonight recommended to the BJP that it should not nominate Varun Gandhi as a candidate for the Lok Sabha elections after holding him guilty of violating the Model Code of Conduct for his hate speeches against Muslims.

Coming down heavily on the 29-year-old son of late Sanjay Gandhi and Menaka Gandhi, the EC in a 10-page order said Gandhi’s controversial speeches in Pilibhit (UP) early this month contained “highly derogatory” references and seriously provocative language of a “wholly unacceptable” nature against a certain community. <!--emo&Sad--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/sad.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='sad.gif' /><!--endemo-->

<!--emo&:thumbsup--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbup.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='thumbup.gif' /><!--endemo--> BJP questions EC on Varun hate speech
23 Mar 2009, 0010 hrs IST, PTI
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NEW DELHI: BJP on Sunday night virtually questioned the EC advice to the party not to nominate Varun Gandhi as its candidate after the poll body
declared Gandhi guilty of the hate speeches.

"It is an advice and we think it is not an order and we will certainly like to know from the EC that under what law has it advised us this," party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

"We would like to examine the EC ruling and would come out with a structured response in a day or two," he said.

As per sources, the party is not convinced and may question the authority of the EC "to decide which candidate to be fielded in the fray".

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Varun Gandhi will remain BJP candidate from Pilibhit: Balbir Punj</b>

NEW DELHI: The BJP on Monday announced that Varun Gandhi will remain the BJP’s candidate from Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh, a day after the Election 
Commission’s order which severely indicted Gandhi for his anti-Muslim speeches and asked BJP not to field him as a candidate in the Lok Sabha polls.

“Varun Gandhi is the BJP candidate in Pilibhit. What I am telling you is the outcome of the consultations among the BJP leaders," Balbir Punj confirmed.

Lashing out at the Election Commission over its order, the BJP spokesperson said the commission’s order on Varun Gandhi was biased. “EC has no right to give advice to parties about who should be a candidate,” he said.

"We have turned down the decision of the EC. It has no right to give such an advice."

This is the considered stand of the BJP and I am speaking as the authorised spokesman of the party," Punj added.

A short while ago, BJP's Prakash Javdekar also slammed the EC, saying it was not the EC's job to decide who should contest the polls and any action with regard to someone's candidature could be taken only by the courts.

"This is matter of code of conduct. Varun Gandhi has raised doubts on the authenticity of the CD. EC has chosen to give a judgement without any examination. It seems EC has turned into an investigating agency and a forensic laboratory...After receiving formal letter from EC, we will give a view on it at a proper time," Javdekar said.

"This is not the advisory function of the Election Commission...if somebody makes such remarks, this is not the BJP's policy or viewpoint," he added.

While asking the BJP not to field Varun, EC on Sunday said, "Any such move would be perceived as endorsing his unpardonable acts of inciting violence and creating feelings of enmity and hatred between different classes of citizens of India, destroying the social, democratic and plural fabric of the country, as enshrined in the Constitution of India."

Saying it was unconvinced by Varun's explanation, the EC termed his reply a recourse to "wriggle out of the situation which he has created by making inflammatory and highly derogatory speeches".

Earlier today, Balbir Punj also suggested that strained relations between Sonia Gandhi and Maneka Gandhi were another reason for the Election Commission's decision. "There are candidates with criminal charges in other parties also. Sanjay Dutt of SP, who was indicted by the TADA court, and Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar of Congress, who are facing charges in connection with anti-Sikh riots. Why has an exception been made only to Varun Gandhi?"

Punj told reporters that "the world knows about the strained relationship between Sonia Gandhi and Maneka Gandhi (Varun's mother).

"We also know about the proximity of the CEC-designate Navin Chawla with Congress and its leadership. I would not like to comment anything on it."

Meanwhile, the EC has denied being biased in the Varun Gandhi hate speech case. Reacting to the BJP's accusations that the EC has been biased, sources have said that the Election Commission has defended itself saying it will contest any cases brought against it in the Varun Gandhi alleged hate speech case. 

Attn RajeshJi... Here is your other talwaar, or shall we say kataar, in the same myaan.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Priyanka Gandhi slams Varun for anti-Muslim comments</b>

RAE BARELI (UTTAR PRADESH): Varun Gandhi's communally volatile comments were against the traditions that the Gandhi family had "lived and died for", 
his estranged cousin Priyanka Vadra said Monday, and suggested he read the Bhagvad Gita.

...Priyanka was candid in her criticism of Varun Gandhi's inflammatory comments while campaigning as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate in Pilibhit.

"Varun's comments are against the traditions and principles of the (Gandhi) family and he has gone against what the Gandhis have lived and died for... It made me very sad to see him saying those things on TV... What can I say?," Priyanka told reporters in the Bachrawan Tehsil of Rae Bareli, the constituency of her mother and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

"I would advise him to read the Gita properly and try to understand it," said Priyanka, on a two-day tour of the district to campaign for her mother and brother Rahul, who represents Amethi constituency.

It was a reference to Varun Gandhi's comments at a meeting in Pilibhit where he allegedly said: "If somebody lifts a hand against Hindus, or thinks they are weak, there is nobody behind them, then I swear on the (Bhagvad) Gita that I will cut off that hand."


The two Yadavs:

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->My suggestion to arrest Varun not accepted: Lalu

NEW DELHI: Railway Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Sunday said his suggestion to have the BJP candidate from Philibit Varun Gandhi arrested for his alleged remarks targeting the minorities was not accepted by the Union government.

“Had I been the Union Home Minister, I’d have put him behind bars,” he told reporters.

The Railway Minister said Mr. Gandhi was a mere tool of the RSS and it was necessary to take stern action against him in the interest of the unity and integrity of the country. The ulterior motive of the Sangh Parivar was to communalise the situation ahead of the elections.

He condemned such statements on the eve of the elections and said such abusive language against Muslims should not be tolerated.

“The RJD would fight such forces and would make any sacrifice for the unity of the country.”

The Janata Dal (United), an ally of the BJP, too spoke in the same vein. JD (U) president and NDA convener Sharad Yadav said it was the job of the Election Commission to take stern action in such matters. “Nobody has the right to cross constitutional barriers and speak out against a community and vitiate the atmosphere.”


<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>EC action against Varun Gandhi in haste: GVG Krishnamurthy</b>

NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party's Uttar Pradesh candidate Varun Gandhi may have sparked off a controversy by his allegedly provocative speeches, 
but the Election Commission's action against him has been in haste and beyond jurisdiction, says former election commissioner GVG Krishnamurthy.

"The Election Commission has no jurisdiction to take action against Gandhi" for his alleged inflammatory speeches, Krishnamurthy said in an interview.

Krishnamurthy says this is because the model electoral code of conduct comes into effect only after President Pratibha Patil notifies the elections in the official gazette. Till then Gandhi cannot be considered an Election Commission recognized candidate.

"Till then, there are no official candidates at all," he added. The presidential notification is expected Monday.

Krishnamurthy says the commission has acted in haste in moving against Gandhi for violation of the model code of conduct under the provisions of the Representation of Peoples Act 1951. Only the police can move against him under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for inciting communal passions, he says.

Krishnamurthy, who has undertaken a detailed study of election laws for 60 years, explained that the Election Commission is authorized to take action under the model code of conduct only against a candidate and a political party recognized by it.

<b>"As of now Varun is only a probable candidate and an ordinary citizen against whom action can be taken only under the IPC if he makes inflammatory statements. The Election Commission has no role to play till the notification of elections by the president,"</b> said Krishnamurthy, whose tenure as election commissioner (1994-99) was controversial.

The Representation of Peoples Act, according to Krishnamurthy, categorically provides in eight paragraphs guidelines to the commission on the implementation of the model code of conduct.

"Action under the model code of conduct can be taken in the conduct of a political party registered with the Election Commission and candidates, at public meetings by a candidate and political party, processions by candidates and political parties, on polling day, at polling booths and election observers," he said.

Krishnamurthy says the model code of conduct can be implemented only in the case of political parties registered with it and not in the case of probable candidates.

"Probable candidates can be recognized by the commission only after the notification of elections by the president, followed by filing of nominations and its scrutiny. Once this formality is over, only then the Election Commission recognized candidates come into being. And it is only after this that the commission can take action against them for violation of the model code of conduct," he said.

Its all votebank postulation from INC and Secular fundoos and EC. Lallu has done more criminal acts by harboring known KDs(known dacoits) in his party from Shabuddin onwards.
Bodhiji, maybe this will force Priyanka's entry into UP in next elections. She does have Indiraji's charisma. But ofcourse, its a gamble, INC can use Priyanka-card but what if that fails ? Also if she makes entry then what about Rahul baba ?

Re EC and media, now prob the situation is, Varun being barred from contesting will infact make him even more popular. My guess is they will most likely leave it at that.

Another interesting thing about visual media is, that a photo usually gets picked that evokes certain memories.. Somehow thats supposed to trigger a certain kind of feeling, train of thought and what not. In case of Godhra-Kand for eg gujju-media picked burnt S-6 while ELM picked muslim mans photo (one that has his hands folded - forgot his name). In tiananmen-square kand, its the protestor in front of tank. In case of Varun I have seen the foll in many places.


Maybe there are others too but I wonder what thoughts it triggers in various parts of India ? Which picture is used in UP papers ?
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->From: <b>"gandhim" <gandhim@sansad.nic.in></b>
To: "'Ashok Chowgule'" <ashokvc@>
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 10:18 AM
Subject: RE: Message for Varun Gandhi

Thank you for your support and good wishes at this difficult time. I
agree that the "recommendation" of the EC is politically motivated. It is true
that a large number of people not just indicted in the riots of 1984 but
also in the bomb blasts of Mumbai and other anti India actions have been
ignored and allowed to contest. In this case no attempt has been made to
check the veracity of the recordings or to see that no communal
reactions took place at all. It is a pity that the EC has become a tool in the
hands of the government.

Each one of us must work in different ways to make the people of this
country stronger.

Maneka Gandhi

-----Original Message-----
From: Ashok Chowgule [mailto:]
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 8:34 AM
To: gandhim@sansad.nic.in
Subject: Re: Message for Varun Gandhi

Dear Varunji,

Furhter to my enclosed message.  I am sure you will highlight the
nomination by the Congress party of those who are know to have lead the
campaign to murder the Sikhs in 1984 in Delhi.

Ashok Chowgule

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ashok Chowgule" <ashokvc@>
To: <gandhim@sansad.nic.in>
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 8:06 AM
Subject: Message for Varun Gandhi

I would appreciate if the following message is forwarded to Varun

Ashok Chowgule

Dear Varunji,

I would like to congratulate you for speaking out in such frank terms
recently.  You have rightly highlighted, in the subsequent, comments of
yours about the threat to the Hindus in the border states.  As you have
said temples are being attacked, etc.

You have also rightly said that had your speeches a potential for
creating communal disharmony, then surely there would have been a
law-and-order problem in the area.

It is a tragedy of those occupying the intellectual space that they will
always take up issues in a manner that the Hindus are placed in a bad
light.  Please see the enclosed article.  There is no mention of it in
any of the so-called secular press.  Furthermore, the blatant manner of
seeking votes of the Muslims in the name of Islam has been going on for
a long time.  The media actually think that this is a wonderful election
strategy, and there is an implicit authentication of the communal

I think that you should be forthright on the issue of protection of the
Hindus, and hope that the intellectual terrorism that you are confronted
with does not in any way reduce your resolve.

Ashok Chowgule<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Monday, March 23, 2009
<b>varun gandhi spoke the unpleasant truth: kanchan gupta</b>
mar 23rd, 2009

kanchan is right, of course. the media and the kkkangress simply hide all the terrible things the (mohammedan) taliban do. and all mohammedans are either active taliban or they, by their silence, are implicit partners of the taliban. i doubt if more than 5 mohammedans in all of india have ever protested anything terrible the terrorists did. shabana? never, not once. teesta? of course not. i can only think of rizwan salim (although he may not even be living in india), taslima nasrin (and oh, we know what happened to her), and salman rushdie (of course, he groveled later and begged for mercy). and maybe mj akbar once or twice, tentatively.

(One small thing. Taslima Nasreen is no longer muslim, she is an apostate. So is Salman Rushdie - he left islam, returned and left again. As far as I know he's still in this state.)

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->AGENDA | Sunday, March 22, 2009 | Email | Print |
<b>Varun was harsh, but so is truth</b>

Kanchan Gupta

The media-driven furore over what is being described as Mr Varun Gandhi’s ‘hate speech’ deserves to be countered with matching crudity: If he is ‘communal’, then his critics are biased against Hindus. Nothing else explains why newspapers and 24x7 news channels should twist the entire issue out of context and plaster it all over their front pages and feature it on prime time news bulletins, while ignoring the basic rule of responsible journalism — facts are sacred, opinion is free.

<b>Since the facts have been swamped by jaundiced opinion, it would be in order to place them on record.</b> Mr Varun Gandhi, son of Ms Maneka Gandhi and the late Sanjay Gandhi, is an articulate young man who will be contesting the coming Lok Sabha election from Pilibhit constituency in Uttar Pradesh as a BJP candidate. As a prelude to his election campaign — he is yet to file his nomination papers — he visited the constituency, till now represented by Ms Maneka Gandhi, for what is known as ‘jan sampark’, or mass contact, meetings to familiarise himself with the voters and vice-versa. This is a legitimate exercise. Over March 6 and 8, he addressed a series of meetings.

On March 16th, a CD mysteriously surfaced in the offices of news channels, which was promptly aired without any effort being made to verify the authenticity of its contents. The CD contained audio-visual snippets of what Mr Gandhi is alleged to have said during a community meeting (as opposed to an ‘election rally’) at Barkheda on March 7. The aired version of the recording showed Mr Gandhi as saying:

“This is not the (Congress’s election symbol) ‘hand’, this is the hand of the ‘lotus’ (the BJP’s symbol). It will cut the throat of (derogatory reference to Muslims) after the elections… Varun Gandhi will cut… Cut that hand, cut it… cut it… Go to your villages and give the call that all Hindus must unite to save this area from becoming Pakistan… Is it not true… that if (a woman) is asked her name and she says Bimla Devi, she is told we’ll see, we’ll think (about giving Government aid), give us Rs 5,000 first… But if her name is Saira Bano or whatever begum Hukum Begum… I don't even know… These people have such scary-sounding names… Karimullah, Mazharullah… If you ever encountered them at night, you’d be scared… I have a sister… there was a pamphlet with pictures of all the candidates… so this child told me, ‘I didn't know that Osama bin Laden is contesting from your area’. I told her, ‘America couldn’t get Osama, but Varun Gandhi is going to get a lot of people after the elections’.”

There were subsequent reports in media that at an earlier public meeting, on March 6 at Dalchand, Mr Gandhi was equally ‘communal’. He was accused of telling his audience, “Agar kisi galat tatv ke aadmi ne kisi Hindu pe haath uthaaya ya Hindu’on ke upar yeh samajh key ki yeh kamzor hain, unke peechey koi nahi hai... Hindu’on ke upar haath uthaaya, main Gita ki kasam khaake kehta hoon ki main us haath ko kaat daaloong (If some wrong elements lift a hand against Hindus, or think Hindus are weak, there is nobody behind them, then I swear on the Bhagavad Gita that I will cut off that hand).” He ended his speeches with “Jai Sri Ram” and to thunderous applause.

But did Mr Gandhi really say all this? Yes, by his own admission, he did say most of it. But not quite the way it has been presented by the media, and definitely not the way the alleged recording purports it to be. <b>A simple analysis of the recording contained in the CD, which was strangely circulated after more than a week, shows that it has 17 ‘cuts’; that the sound level dips to low resolution, and there is heavy echo at the crucial point where he allegedly makes a derogatory reference to Muslims.</b> Each of the quotes have been clearly taken out of context.

As for his call that “all Hindus must unite to save this area from becoming Pakistan”, that a Hindu woman would find it difficult to get Government aid, his reference to Osama bin Laden look-alikes, his pledge to stand by Hindus against ‘galat tatv ke aadmi’, and his swearing by the Bhagavad Gita, there is really little to cavil against. ‘Secular’ State Governments have been prompt in taking their cue from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s ‘Muslims first’ policy. Newspapers in the forefront of the bash Varun campaign have reported how Muslim victims of last year’s flood were lavished with aid while others were left to fend for themselves. Mr Ram Vilas Paswan would address election meetings accompanied by an Osama bin Laden look-alike till the man, Maulana Meraj Khalid Noor, dumped him for Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav for reasons that do not merit elaboration. Mr Gandhi was addressing a community gathering, not an election rally; he felt the people of Barkheda and Dalchand needed to be reassured that he would protect their interests; and, he spoke the truth rather bluntly, perhaps too harshly.

Before we go into the reason why he said what he is now being pilloried for, here are two questions for you to ponder over: Are we now living in such dreadful times that we cannot mention the Bhagavad Gita in public discourse lest we be condemned as ‘communal’ by newspapers and news channels which couldn’t stop pointing out, ever so admiringly and approvingly — some would say ecstatically — that Mr Barack Hussein Obama took his oath of office by placing his left hand on Abraham Lincoln’s Bible? And, is it now an unpardonable offence to say ‘Jai Sri Ram’?

Anybody who has any knowledge of Pilibhit knows that Hindus in that district — in fact, all over what is referred to as <b>Rohilkhand</b> — are increasingly feeling under siege. The district stretches along India’s border with Nepal. Mirza Dilshad Beg, the Nepali politician who fronted for Dawood Ibrahim and was on the payroll of Pakistan’s ISI, regularly used the Pilibhit route to funnel fake currency into India and supply arms and explosives to terrorists. Beg may be dead, murdered by his ilk in 1998, but the supply chain remains undisrupted. Thousands of cows are smuggled across the border to be slaughtered; cow slaughter in Pilibhit and adjacent districts is now a common phenomenon with the administration loath to take any action.

In recent months, there have been instances of Hindu women being molested and raped. This point has been disputed by the Indian Express which says there are no police records to prove it. Yet, on umpteen occasions the newspaper has, as have others, pointed out how the police in rural India refuse to register cases of rape, how families are terrorised into not pressing charges, and how the fear of social stigma forces victims of rape and their families to keep silent.

<b>The ‘secular’ media hasn’t heard of Sonu Kashyap who was murdered on October 21 last year. “Five unidentified Muslims” were accused of murdering him. The administration did nothing. On October 23, anger turned into street protests, led by a former BJP legislator and Minister, Mr Ram Saran Verma. He was promptly arrested and since then has been detained under the National Security Act. Beesalpur police station in-charge Pervez Miyan brazenly defends the continued detention of Mr Verma.</b>

The Indian Express, however, is not alone. The Times of India’s online edition had two ads promoting itimes, its social networking group: ‘Snub Varun Gandhi’ and ‘Join Sanjay Dutt fan club’. It would appear that in this wondrous land of ours, where rules are being increasingly set by a dissolute media, it is now politically correct to be a fan of a man who has been held guilty of aiding the terrorists who bombed Mumbai in 1993. NDTV began by referring to Mr Gandhi’s “speech”, and then switched over to “hate speech”. Who’s to tell our ‘secular’ media it is horribly wrong? Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

( Blog on this issue at: kanchangupta.blogspot.com . Contact Writer at : kanchangupta@rocketmail.com )<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->Many interesting comments. A handful of them:
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>"Jai Ho Varun Gandhi " Say We 85% Hindus of Nepal</b>
By maheswar on 3/22/2009 7:44:03 PM

Kancchan Gupta has rightly placed the actual context of the remarks that Varun Gandhi made. This context needs to be underscored again and again and the concerned media duly punished by the Election Commission for propogandizing and profiting from the unfortunate event. Nevertheless, we in Nepal pray for a BJP victory and,thereafter, the restoration of the secular Hindu Kingdom of Nepal through a national rereferundum.

<b>Varun's speech</b>
By Syamal on 3/22/2009 6:17:37 PM

It is a very thoughtful and timely article. I heard from several domestic workers from different non-Hindu dominated rural areas in W. Bengal that Durga Puja and similar other celebrations are highly restricted in their villages because of fear of reprisal. Some of the incidents in Pilibhit, as mentioned by Mr. Gupta, add credibility to the descriptions I heard from these workers.

<b>Varun's Speech</b>
By Vox Indica on 3/22/2009 11:53:39 AM

On the role of the media, one wonders, quite often, whether words like objectivity and subjectivity are adequate to describe their views vis-à-vis Hindus and Hindu organisations - ‘bigoted’ would be more apt. <b>To quote two recent examples, in separate, nationally televised programmes, media persons Praveen Swami of the Hindu and Harinder Baweja of the Tehelka proclaimed that if they were Muslims they would take to guns making even Kamal Farooqui, the secretary of the MPLB squirm.</b>
(Christoislamics are universally, uniformly terrorist. Where's the surprise? The Chindu is christo and Tehelka is christoislami.)

By raghu on 3/22/2009 6:14:00 AM

The Control of media in India by thugs paid by foreign powers who want eventual destruction of India ,is complete. It is a tragedy that the super rich like the Ambanis,the Mittals & the Murthys & Premjis of India have not launched a public supported TV channel with bulk coming from them to counter the anti-national TV channels controlled by foriegn powers who can not tolerate the rise of India.They will one day realise that doing nothing will eventually destroy them along with thier nation.
(Oui, d'accord.
Another comment called it "christian media" outright - which it is.)

<b>Intimidation tactics</b>
By Bharat Kr. on 3/22/2009 5:23:16 AM

The anti-Hindu media, under the mask of secular is trying hard to intimidate hindus not to say they are hindus and refer or quote any of their dharma sastras anywhere. In one of the news website,you can't use the words Hindu or dharma in the feedback. They have blocked words like Hindu, Dharma etc. You need to write Hinnndu, or dhaaarma. This reflect their cowardice and frustation. More they bash hindus, more they abuse hindu sastras, more these sick media will isolate themslves from the hindu society.

<b>UPA thugs are never exposed in media or CDs.</b>
By K. Singh on 3/22/2009 3:48:02 AM

it was reported that the mysterious altered CDs. are being manufactured under the guidance of muslims techocrates and UPA partners in Delhi. Note that such CDs are regularly pumped into the State of Gujarat (or other BJP ruled States) to dethrone Mr. Modi during elections, whether it is from Tehelka, phone CD from Mukul Sinha, or Lalu.s investigation of Godhra riot. One will never see such CDs for corrupt Congress and UPA.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->Rest of the comments at link.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Press release in support of Varun Gandhi (23 March 2009)

The Indian American Intellectuals Forum expresses regret at the no-holds-barred campaign of vilification and calumny unleashed by the entire 'pseudo-secular' establishment of India on Varun Gandhi, the BJP candidate for Parliament from Pilibhit in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India.

Varun Gandhi is reported to have said in an election speech that " if someone thinks that Hindus are weak and leaderless.. . if anyone raises a finger towards Hindus - then I swear… I will cut that hand."

This rare display of utter fearlessness and exemplary courage from the young BJP leader has echoed the simmering feelings of millions of Hindus all over the globe. For coming out openly to speak the truth, the Indian American Intellectuals Forum congratulates him.

Judging from the unchecked spate of terrorist attacks on large metropolis like Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Varanasi, etc., in which the Hindus incurred the maximum financial damage and the huge loss of lives, there is a widespread feeling that the Hindu Nation is in a 'State of Siege' in its own country.

Despite the bitter condemnation from the English language press, Varun Gandhi is being lauded all over India in the vernacular media. We suspect the slanderous crusade against Varun Gandhi is backed by certain anti-national elements for the sole purpose of demoralizing and demonizing this young would-be MP.

It is worth noting that at the moment Hindu Nation is neck deep into an unprecedented crisis because of the double whammy of Islamic jihad on one hand and the pseudo-secular Congress Party politicians protecting even the high profile terrorists like Mohammad Afzal Guru, the convicted mastermind of Parliament attack, on the other.

It is not hard to look around and see that most Hindus have already been religiously cleansed from the neighboring Pakistan; they have been either converted to Islam or simply killed. The same thing is fast happening to the Bangladesh and Kashmir Valley.

In many other parts of India, Hindus are under attack from the Jihadists in collusion with the Maoists, Naxalites or other Marxist terrorists. (The recent murders of Swami Lakshmananda Sarasvati in Orissa and other prominent Hindus in Kerala are the gruesome reminders of this deadly combination) .

We have to understand that Varun Gandhi's Pilibhit Parliamentary constituency is up North near the Nepal border. Thousands of Muslim mosques and madrasas have sprung up in the area. An extreme fear psychosis is created by Jihadi forces in the region. Several young Hindu girls have been molested and raped in recent times. Cow slaughter is going on recklessly on the streets in open.

In the conditions, Hindus find themselves very unsafe.

They feel persecuted.

The local Hindu population is in a state of shock and bewilderment.

All the above things are, obviously, happening under the very nose of young and vigilant Varun Gandhi. Instead of attacking him thoughtlessly, his speech describing the Muslim terrorist activities in the area should, on the contrary, be analyzed from the national security point of view.

We do not see anything wrong with Varun Gandhi's statement. Actually, his assertion that " I am a proud Hindu, I am a Gandhi and I am an Indian " should come as a breath of fresh air for all Indians in the suffocating pseudo-secular politics of India.

We look upon Varun Gandhi as valiantly fighting like Veer Abhimanyu, the brave son of legendary Arjun of Mahabharatha. Our modern Abhimanyu has been encircled in a chakraviyuh (the deadly maze) and is being viciously attacked by Kauravas. The role of modern Kauravas is played by an unholy combination of the pseudo-secular politicians of country led by Congress party and other anti-national elements directly or indirectly shielded by this Grand Old Party of India.

As such, we appeal to the Non-Resident Indians in general, and the Indian public in particular, to solidly stand behind Varun Gandhi, the gutsy young leader of the modern India.

It is essential that patriotic Indians provide this dynamic Gandhi all necessary support by sending him congratulatory emails at gandhim@sansad. nic.in.

Narain Kataria

Indian American Intellectuals Forum is a New York based organization. It tries to strengthen Indo-American relationship. It organizes seminars and creates an awareness about the menace of terrorism in the community
<!--QuoteBegin-rajesh_g+Mar 24 2009, 06:21 AM-->QUOTE(rajesh_g @ Mar 24 2009, 06:21 AM)<!--QuoteEBegin-->maybe this will force Priyanka's entry into UP in next elections. She does have Indiraji's charisma.
RajeshJi, the only woman in UP that has charisma is already the Chief Minister wanting now to become Prime Minister.

Priyanka or no Priyanka, congress can win no more than 4-5 seats in UP on their own.

Likewise, sans-Yogi/Modi-like Hindutva, BJP can win no more than 10-12 seats in UP, plus Ajit singh's 4-5.

Best bet for NDA/BJP, if they seriously want to avoid another Anti-Hindu govt in center, is to go in for an understanding with Mayawati. That would sweep the whole state with all its 80 seats in favour of the alliance. Their voters are very much transferable to each other and in common, unlike the other combinations. The sacrifice BJP will have to of course make is the PM-ship to the daughter of the dalit, or something of that sort. A sweep in UP will ensure a comfortable NDA+BSP at center. Lack of pre-poll alliance will ensure division of votes and some leakage of seats (about 20-25) to Amar Singh. To co-opt mA-yA, "who-is-not", should not be a bad idea for Hindus at all, IMHO etc.
^ Important

K.Ram's post (2 up) is also at:
1. http://haindavakeralam.com/HKPage.aspx?P...428&SKIN=B
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Indian American Intellectuals Forum Parallels Varun with Veer Abhimanyu</b>
23/03/2009 13:46:06 


2. http://haindavakeralam.com/HKPage.aspx?P...427&SKIN=B
<b>EC has no right to advice BJP on Varun: Arun Jaitley</b>
23/03/2009 10:51:45 PTI

3. http://haindavakeralam.com/HKPage.aspx?P...426&SKIN=B
<b>Karunanidhi and Varun Gandhi:The myth of equity and equality before Law!</b>
23/03/2009 05:07:52 Courtesy: Vedaprakash

The table is a must see.

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Starts with:
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Thank You Barkha, Thank you NDTV !</b>
That goes out to Barkha Dutt for reminding Varun Gandhi and the nation on national TV that he is Feroze Varun Gandhi and he is only 25% Hindu as his grand father was a muslim.
(Huh? What kind of math is this? FVG didn't say he was x-percent muslim and x-percent Hindu.
More proof that the Barking Dud is barking mad. These people with their weird christian maths... Must be the sort of thing the sheep are taught at St Stephens. And people pay to study there? <!--emo&:blink:--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/blink.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='blink.gif' /><!--endemo--> <!--emo&:lol:--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='laugh.gif' /><!--endemo-->)<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
All the above articles have comments.
Bodhiji, Embracing Mayawati is like embracing Dhritrashtra. Also you are absolutely right about INC's chances for this round. But the gandhi pariwar's charisma is what binds INC and makes them a national level party. Without that charisma or rather a potential for charisma INC is like third front.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->The Trinamool Congress on Monday released its manifesto, through which it has tried to reach out to every segment -- from the Muslims to women, from the farmers to small traders, from the taxpayers to pensioners......
From job reservations for the Muslims and women to introduction of Urdu as the second language in all areas where they constitute more than 10 per cent of the population; from setting up Central universities for the Muslims on the lines of AMU to exclusive schools, medical facilities and madarsas for them - Mamata's Muslim focus was more than evident....

<b>Congress promises rice at Rs.3 a kg for BPL families</b>
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Reading and understanding Gita! A Christian sister advises a Hindu brother in secular India!
</b>24/03/2009 15:31:38  Vedaprakash<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Vedaprakash, who previously did a compare-and-contrast between Karunanidhi and Varun, now does a contrast between how the christomedia has dealt with Qasab - the apprehended terrorist in the Mumbai attacks - and how it is dealing with Varun Gandhi.
<!--emo&:ind--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/india.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='india.gif' /><!--endemo--> Blog Entry Six reasons why Congress will lose Election 2009 Mar 25, '09 8:47 AM



Many things about Indian democracy are not as complicated as they seem. For all the maddening diversities of our country -- regional, social, economic and political -- there is something which can be called the "collective mind of the nation", at work in any Lok Sabha election.
For example, there is a simple rule that governs whether an incumbent government wins or loses its bid for a renewed mandate. If the people are happy with its performance, it wins. If they are not, it loses -- except when there is no other viable alternative. Apply this test to the Congress party's bid to win a second term, and you will see that it does not have the ghost of a chance to return to power.
<!--QuoteBegin-Mudy+Mar 24 2009, 08:41 PM-->QUOTE(Mudy @ Mar 24 2009, 08:41 PM)<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Congress promises rice at Rs.3 a kg for BPL families</b>
Farmers were committing suicide during UPA rule, why didn't UPA provide $3/kg rice then? Will people see through their mischief?
<b>Maneka breaks silence on son's hate speech issue, attacks Cong</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->NEW DELHI: Breaking her silence over her son's alleged hate speech, Varun Gandhi's mother and former Union minister Maneka Gandhi on Thursday 
attacked Congress, saying the party was taking up the case to "conceal" its "anti-Sikh acts". ( Watch )

"It has become empirical for Congress to show such tapes (of hate speeches) to conceal their anti-Sikh acts," Gandhi told a regional news channel.

"It is Congress which should be ashamed for giving party tickets to people involved in the anti-Sikh riots in which thousands of Sikhs were killed," she added.

<b>Apart from the CD portraying Varun Gandhi speaking against the Muslim community, another clip was submitted to the Election Commission by Congress which depicted Varun Gandhi speaking against Sikh community as well.

"The Election Commission has also dismissed the tape as a fake one and it actually is a fake one because Varun has not spoken anything like that," Gandhi claimed. </b>

"I am proud of being a Sikh. Sikhism was founded to defend Hindus and there is hardly any difference between a Sikh and a Hindu," the estranged Nehru-Gandhi family member said. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Apart from the CD portraying Varun Gandhi speaking against the Muslim community, another clip was submitted to the Election Commission by Congress which depicted Varun Gandhi speaking against Sikh community as well. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

They ran that clip only once or twice. He said nothing like "against the Sikh community". He was referring to a Sikh candidate who is going to contest from Pilibhit, and said that the fellow was an agent of Muslims only contesting to divide the Hindu votes. Although what maybe offending to BJP ears, he said he didn't want Muslim votes, asked Muslims to never vote for him.

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