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THE 'SAVE KERALA' INITIATIVE

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Home-Made Kasabs and Their Sponsors

When I see our present day politicians and their parties (this includes the ones that claim to be politicians and parties as well!) who force their distorted ideologies and mindless policies in order to further their own selfish interests, I try and analyze how different they are from terrorists and criminals. Unfortunately, I do not see any difference, except for the number of people killed. But sooner or later, I doubt even that difference will exist.

If India got together to blame and isolate politicians when the Mumbai attacks happened in Novermber 2008, it is very evident today that it is time that we all got together to blame them for terror-mongering organizations under political masks and their every day crimes, whether it is SIMI, IM, JUD, LTTE, RUF, VHB, SRS, BD, RSSs, DFI, AbVP, KsU, MKP, LMP, or any other outfit that takes law into their hands or adopts violence, irrespective of the party, ideology or religion.

Almost every day now we hear something like the SRS attacking women in Mangalore, Haryana Police thrashing a woman, BD monkeys chasing siblings, coffee shops and customers being attacked in Trivandrum, and cops being thrashed all over Kerala. The common factor here is the elected government failing to be responsible and respect the constitution, but instead becoming operators of legal machineries hijacked for the sake of power, crime, illegal activities, and injustice.

Karnataka is a typical example of what is in store for us if this political frenzy based on party, religion and community continues. Imagine a scum-bag claiming to be the general secretary of an prganization full of goondas coming in front of national television to justify their activities and warning that they will continue their criminal conduct. Or an old-gas bag like their president saying they would have done the same even if their sisters went to the pub. Just 2 days ago, a lady from the same outfit claimed that we do not need one day to "love" but we can love all through the year!

Fundamental elements like these bank on the perception that the elected government with shared ideologies will be soft on their activities, however criminal, and assume that they can gain greater support and fame in the process. Unfortunately, the elected government fails to uphold the constitution because of electoral interests and the thirst for power and money. The end result is that the people get polarized further on the basis of religion and community, destroying the very foundation of the nation that is India.

Many years ago, Indian culture included pissing on the road and spitting around, widows jumping into pyres, women were never allowed to wear blouses under their saris, and children getting married off before they finished growing. Over time, as education and exposure to better living increased, we changed. Nobody told us to change or stopped us from improving ourselves. Of course, some of them still prefer to piss and crap around, and it is their wish as long as they do not break law. Similarly, if some of us want to live in a more refined and dignified manner, that should also be allowed. The law and the constitution of India will and should be the only factor that decides the perimeters of our civil existence.

If our states and the country cannot protect us from these terrorists within our country, they should let Kasab and the likes of him be tried in other countries which will have better justice prevailing. Because I do not see any difference between the Pakistani Kasab and our own, home-grown Kasabs pretending to be from various political outfits and organizations in India. Indians will need to come together, irrespective of religion, caste and creed, in order to ensure justice, and protect our liberties and fundamental rights from these home-grown terrorists AND our own governments that support them.

Happy Valentine's Day!

21 comments:

silverine said...

I think the people are finding their voice finally and I think the Internet will be the medium that will lead the way here. And I am willing to wager that Internet Policing will be the next fight in our hands!

Anonymous said...

This is a North Indian conspiracy to impose their culture on us! B@#$%ds!!

Praveen said...

these guys indeed are the desi version of kasab and his ilk...
can any of these idiots who blabber so much about our culture define the world culture? Its good that now people are coming forward and protesting against such unwanted influences

r a j o y said...

I totally agree with you in that the biggest threat to the Indian society does not come from outside our country but from with in. Of the 522 members of India’s current parliament, 120 are facing criminal charges; around 40 of these are accused of serious crimes, including murder and rape (http://www.economist.com/specialreports/displaystory.cfm?story_id=12749771). For such heavily criminalised top to exist , they do need the grass root support of organisations like the ones you mentioned, who can keep the public divided along lines of religion , region, culture etc , eventually converting such divisions into votes. The top layer inturn takes care of the grass root by giving them a free run and giving other favours. This tactic also distracts the public's attention from the real issues facing our country. This is a system of criminals helping each other to keep their hold on the country , feeding on the ignorance ,poverty and all other frustrations of a poor Indian. We should understand that their pretence to adopt an idiology , even a distorted one, is a strategy to prevent us from thinking about the real issues. Becasue if 1 billion people suddenly start understanding what really is happening to their society , and realize that it is within their power to change it all, I am sure the political parties and politicians and their support systems as we know it will cease to exist.

Incognito said...

RSS has been around for the past 85 years and has large number of swayamsevaks across the country. Its stated goal is, as its name suggests- Rashtriya Sewa, service for the nation. If it was a 'terror-mongering organization' with 'every day crimes' 'that takes law into their hands or adopts violence', as alleged by the blog, India would have got submerged in violence and anarchy long ago.
Grouping it together with the likes of SIMI, IM, JuD and LTTE appears to be both juvenile and indicative of a lack of discernment.
Perhaps it is fashionable to put some blame on organisations across the board of political spectrum in order to appear 'secular', 'impartial', 'judicious'.

"...SRS attacking women in Mangalore..."

I don't know about the people who comprise SRS. Going by what the blogger states, I assume that they have already attacked all the women in their immediate families before they started on other women in Manglore. Must be some advanced case of misogynism.

Ravana is supposed to have abducted Sita in retaliation to his sister Surpanakha being insulted and repulsed by Sri Rama and Lakhsmana when she, angry at the rejection of her amorous advances by Rama and Lakshmana attacked Sita.

The girls who were supposedly attacked by SRS have not registered any complaint with the police. But some Surpanakhas of the modern world feel insulted because their right to live freely as they please have been attacked.
Perhaps, for them Ravana is justified in abducting Sita.
It may be good if they take time to consider that Ravana is nothing but their own feelings of inflated-ego and revenge that is abducting their good sense, decorum and propriety represented by Sita based on perceived injury and insult suffered by their wayward and wanton desires represented by Surpanakha. It is for their own feelings of Righteousness and Loyalty represented by Sri Rama and Lakshmana to trounce their over-inflated ego and revenge feelings (Ravana) and save their good sense, decorum and propriety (Sita).

Meanwhile Muthalik has got a lot of undeserving attention and free-publicity. Another Thackeray in the making I suppose. Thanks to the sensation creating TRP hungry irresponsible media.

"...Karnataka is a typical example of what is in store for us ..."

All because BJP is in power?

If Gujarat is an indication, despite the riots that killed some 700 odd muslims and 200 odd hindus in the aftermath of burning to death of 58 hindus including women and children in a train, despite that, the past seven years of BJP rule has given that state prosperity unequalled anywhere in India amidst communal harmony.

If the present K'taka manages to emulate Gujarat, I would say what is in store for K'taka is good.

Modi has prevailed despite the unprecedented sustained campaign unleashed by destabilising forces who refuse to acknowledge Nanavati Comm Report only because it does not suit their anti-national motives.(It's time we called a spade a spade.)
It remains to be seen if Yediyurappa can do the same because those same forces are already at work. Very much so.

"...Unfortunately, the elected government fails to uphold the constitution because of electoral interests and the thirst for power and money...."

The goons who roughed up pub-goers have been arrested and Muthalik and his followers were put in preventive custody before 14 Feb.
In this context to accuse the govt in the above manner seems very much motivated with dubious intentions. Or irresponsible.

"...Many years ago, Indian culture included pissing on the road and spitting around, widows jumping into pyres, women were never allowed to wear blouses under their saris, and children getting married off before they finished growing...."

The first two are acts we see as often now as 'many years ago'. To give it cultural sanction is surely, intellectual depravity?
If anybody claims these acts to be their 'culture', then I must say it is their responsibility to disown that 'culture'.

Deviant public behaviour such as those are not be given any cultural sanction. They are to be considered as unlawful and acted upon such.(if such laws do not exist, then such laws should be created.) Accusing culture for deviant behaviour of certain individuals is very shallow thinking.

Widows jumping into pyres..., never heard of such a thing in the southern states. The act of Sati among other practices such as covering the face with pallu, female infanticide and child marriages etc., were practiced by people in areas under muslim rule in the north for reasons one can find if one seeks to find them.
To allege that such practices are part of our culture merely shows ignorance and lack of self-esteem.

Just as it is wrong to blame culture because women in some localities were made to cover their faces, it is equally wrong to blame culture because women in some other areas were not allowed to cover their upper body.

Our culture is the one that worships women as equals of men. Lord Shiva is worshipped as half man and half woman. That kind of equality and respect for women is not part of any culture. Definitely not the pub culture or the western culture.

Deviant behaviour by anybody is always to be condemned and never given sanction of culture.

There is no call to denigrate our culture. That practice was instilled by the British to wean away any sense of self respect from Indians and to make us servile to western culture.

"...Over time, as education and exposure to better living increased, we changed..."

If that is so, you wouldn't find anybody doing abovementioned 'acts' on the roads in the 100% literate state of ours.
Education and better living conditions does not remove deviant behaviour. Development of values within oneself does.

Wisdom does not come from eductaion. It comes from contemplation and honest practices.

"...Because I do not see any difference between the Pakistani Kasab and our own, home-grown Kasabs ..."

Well, think more and you will see what distinguishes an AK-47 carrying youth who goes into a neighbouring country that is not in war with his and shoots down in cold blood ordinary civilians in a railway station and the RSS that rushes to queue up to donate blood to save the people who were injured in that shooting spree.

Go beyond the path you are lead up to by the irresponsible media that has ulterior motives and think. Then alone will you be able to contribute to finding solutions to the ills that you lament so much of.

"...Indians will need to come together..."

True.
How many of us are Indians?
Indians are the ones who identify themselves with India and nothing else.
How many of us will say "I am not a hindu, I am not a muslim, I am not a christian, I am not an ezhava, I am not a communist, I am not a nair, I am not a dalit, I am not a brahmin, I am not a mallu, I am not a punju, You are not a madrasi, I am not this I am not that.
If you want to call me something, call me an Indian.
That is my culture. That is my tradition. This is my nationality.
And the only identity acceptable to me publicly.
I may practice any religious or other belief in private. In public I am Indian and nothing else."

How many of us will say the above?

So long as you don't find an Indian like the above, India will be citizenless.

As for celebrating the 14 Feb,... it is merely a ploy by multinationals to sell their goodies.
Those who love do not wait for any particular day to express their love.
Love is boundless, unrestricted by limitations of time.

MC said...

@ silverine - yes, and its good to see the voice of the people surfacing. and very true about internet policing.

@ anonymous - i dont think its about north or south india. its just the bad elements that should be isolated and shunned.

@ praveen - true, culture is defined by the freedom of existence and expression.

@ rajoy - brilliant thoughts. i wish i could convert it into a post.

@ incongito - i am just listening to the Mangalore SP on TV saying that they are afraid to arrest the saffron brigade men accused of pushing a hindu teenager into suicide for spending time with muslim friends.

so we could argue forever about the sane and cruel face of organizations that polarize people on the basis of religion, caste and community. and there are many points that i could argue about, especially stuff like why the girl victims of the mangalore attack did not register a complaint!

but as long as there is a cruel face and as long as they take up violence and coercion to further their interests, they should be isolated. and when they behave the way SRS has, they should be banned. today these goons are beating up people. would we need some of the victims to die before we say its wrong and punish them? i dont think so.

Linda said...

Could you help me find news articles that I can put up on the web to help Kashmir - I know the Globalist Elites are taking over -. If you could send me the news articles with a headline that says Kashmir and what's going on I can link it to names of US government officials / depts that will get hits. My blog is bunik.blogspot.com

I am sick of this crap the rich are doing. my email is bunik@yahoo.com - I check that one the most, keep myself busy with posts ... with google make sure you get your countries name and the injustices from bankers, politicians, etc. Give me the names and I will post them.

We need a bunch more fighters from humanity to stop this exploitation.

Linda
if I get articles out of local papers that will help too

Incognito said...

Dear MC,

"..the Mangalore SP on TV saying that they are afraid to arrest the saffron brigade men.."

I hope somebody with sense will discharge that SP from his duty.
If a policeman in that position has no shame in brandishing his cowardice on TV, he eminently deserves to do some other job.

"...accused of pushing a hindu teenager into suicide for spending time with muslim friends..."

SRS was speculated to be behind the apparent abduction of MLA Kunhambu's daughter. Later reports indicate otherwise- http://www.rediff.com/news/2009/feb/13why-mangalore-kidnappers-want-to-stay-in-jail.htm

There is another story about the suicide of a teenage girl in Manglore and the case registered by her father here-http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=%91Rapist%92+held+for+minor+girl%92s+death&artid=2qGwpqM7KJ8=&SectionID=7GUA38txp3s=&MainSectionID=fyV9T2jIa4A=&SectionName=zkvyRoWGpmWSxZV2TGM5XQ==&SEO=

See how it is twisted by Times of India here-
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Girl-ends-life-after-over-moral-policing/articleshow/4118319.cms

and Indian Express toes the same line here-http://www.indianexpress.com/news/moral-policing-girl-commits-suicide-in-mangalore/422628/

"...but as long as there is a cruel face and as long as they take up violence and coercion to further their interests, they should be isolated...."

'They' should be tried as per the laws of the land and punished.
Nothing else.

"... and when they behave the way SRS has, they should be banned ..."

Here is what RSS has to say on that- ""RSS considers attacks on humans as heinous crime. We do not have any objection, if the government decides to ban Sri Ram Sene," RSS South-Central Zonal Secretary K Narahari told a press conference in Bangalore."
You can find the full text here- http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pc-says-ram-sene-crossed-limits-rss-favours-ban/421142/

It is interesting to note that PC's comparatively mild remark has been pasted ahead of RSS's unequivocal statement in the above report. It leads one to conclude that RSS's statement goes against the general trend of thought generated by the media about that organisation and therefore such ethically correct stands of RSS should not be publicized, lest the sensation creating potential of that organisation built up in the media is reduced.

The stand of RSS should have been given wider publicity to isolate the SRS as you suggested above. Instead, all reports in MSM are prepared to suggest the exact opposite- that Sangh Parivar stands with SRS. Moreover, that SRS acts with the moral sanction of government and our 'culture'. Therefore, to protest against SRS, go and fill the pubs! abuse the govt and condemn RSS in equal measure.

If educated people do not think through these malicious acts, Kerala will remain Dog's country and India will follow suit very soon.

MC said...

@ incognito - i am sorry but i really differ. i certainly think that RSS has been a organization that has mongered violence and the RSS-Communist violence in Kerala is ample evidence.

secondly, i give a whole lot of credit to the media today. i agree there is a lot of sensationalizing and masala stuff. but overall they are doing very well to expose issues and create awareness. i am especially proud of some of the staff at channels like NDTV and CNN-IBN for their campaigns and drive to better the nation. and today, it is because of the media that the incidents like the one MAngalore has drawn enough flak from the people. so kudos to them.

ray said...

Hi,

I was reading ur blog posts and found some of them to be very good.. u write well.. Why don't you popularize it more.. ur posts on ur blog ‘Dogs Own Country? - The "Save Kerala" Initiative’ took my particular attention as some of them are interesting topics of mine too;

BTW I help out some ex-IIMA guys who with another batch mate run www.rambhai.com where you can post links to your most loved blog-posts. Rambhai was the chaiwala at IIMA and it is a site where users can themselves share links to blog posts etc and other can find and vote on them. The best make it to the homepage!

This way you can reach out to rambhai readers some of whom could become your ardent fans.. who knows.. :)

Cheers,
Ray

Incognito said...

@ MC,

"...i certainly think that RSS has been a organization that has mongered violence..."

Is that thinking based on actual study of activities of RSS or based on impressions gathered from media?

Blind acceptance of any authority, be it NDTV/CNN-IBN, Church, High Command or even RSS is detrimental to intellect of individual and democracy in society.

"...the RSS-Communist violence in Kerala is ample evidence..."

RSS has presence across the country. But is not seen to indulge in violence in all places.
Communists have presence in Kerala and WB. They are seen to indulge in violence there often, as exemplified by the various clashes across Kerala, Nandigram, Singur etc. Communist movement the world over is based on violence. So RSS-communist violence seen in Kerala by itself should be no reason to categorise RSS as violence-mongering.

"...i agree there is a lot of sensationalizing and masala stuff. but overall they are doing very well to expose issues and create awareness..."

A deeper analysis reveals otherwise. The examples of media reporting given in my previous comment indicate that they are only serving their own vested interests at the cost of truthful reporting.

"...i am especially proud of some of the staff at channels like NDTV and CNN-IBN..."

Maybe there is reason to be proud of 'some of the' staff of those channels. But on occasions that I watched those channels, I came away with feelings of disgust and revulsion at the denigration of a culture and a country.

"...it is because of the media that the incidents like the one MAngalore has drawn enough flak from the people..."

Some 25 in no policemen were killed by Maoists in two incidents around that time in MH and Bihar. Thousands of rape, murder, attacks and looting incidents happen in India daily. By contrast, in the Manglore incident no personal injury was reported by any victim.
Compared to the other incidents of wilful rape and murder causing life-long trauma to victims, this was a non-incident committed by a bunch of publicity aspiring guys who called NDTV and stationed the camera team before starting action.
In my lexicon, the disproportionate attention given by MSM for the above incident is termed irresponsible behaviour deflecting public attention from much more serious issues critical to the security of the nation and well being of society.

Prophet Mohammed is said to have advocated destroying all idols. It is the idols in our minds that are to be destroyed. Idols of media personalities, film personalities, political personalities, historical personalities.

Critical examination and inquiry towards spiritual truths was practiced and advocated by the ancient sages of India as well as Christ, Mohammed, Buddha and all other enlightened persons.
The media today discourages critical examination. In its stead it sells sensationalism and prejudice.

It is time Indians gathered the intellectual courage to think independently and refuse to be led on a leash, however fashionable, by the media, ‘intellectuals’, political and religious leaders.
Then alone will we prove to be different from the animal whose ‘own country’ Kerala is alleged to have become by this blog.
So long as we keep barking at the things that the media and leaders point to us, we will merely prove that the slogan of this blog is apt not only for Kerala, but for India as well.

MC said...

@ ray - thanks so much, will look at rambhai :)

@ incognito - i guess we have acutely differing views, both about the RSS and the media. that said my opinion about violent political organizations or that the media is doing a good job is formed on the basis of several factors, and not solely because of MSM as you call it. but thank you for the comments.

Anonymous said...

Look whats happening to Pakistan! Results of a lesson they never learned. If we don't rein in our home made Kasabs we will soon face the same future!

Unni said...

"Many years ago, Indian culture included pissing on the road and spitting around,
widows jumping into pyres, women were never allowed to wear blouses under their saris,and children getting married off before they finished growing"

and you claim your culture to be perfect with so many illicit affairs, pollution of the environment, moral bankruptcy, sick system of education, servility to cheap foreign nationals, hypocrisy.... to name just a few. Look at yourself. I'm pretty sure you are just one among
those who have been bought so cheaply by some MNCs for some few pieces of dead plants. This is called koopa mandooka attitude. The frog in the well thinks his culture is the best!!! I don't think you have even the intelligence to comprehend the corruption going on at the MNC levels. Before pointing your finger at others realize for yourself whats your level.

"Over time, as education and exposure to better living increased, we changed.
Nobody told us to change or stopped us from improving ourselves. The law and the constitution of India will and should be the only factor that decides
the perimeters of our civil existence."

What progress you are talking about. On an absolute scale there isn't any progress. People may be living a longer and comfortable life but an unhappy and sick life. A simple example would be compare yourself with your
grandfather. I'm sure he had a much more peaceful life and definitely he worked orders of magnitude less than you slog. If you place trust in the Constitution of India written by some mundane personalities, copy-paste from ten different constitutions from different parts of the world, you are bound to be frustrated.

These people you are complaining about are serving some perverted political/religious philosophies.
Most youngsters are serving some MNCs with selfish interests. Both are serving the wrong masters. At least make
a sincere effort to find who the real master is.

Anonymous said...

Mr Unni, who are you to say that the older generation led peaceful lives? Have they told you so. Did you conduct a survey? Stop talking rubbish!

Sankar said...

@ unni - i dunno about your grandfather like you supposedly seem to know about MCs. but mine slogged and worked hard so that he could educate his children for a better life. and his children did the same and i am better off and better educated than my folks. thats progress.

r a j o y said...
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r a j o y said...

Unni , It is saddening to know your life is much worse than your grand father's. Something must have gone terribly wrong somewhere!! Hope things gets better for the future generations of your family. As for all the bad things you mentioned , I think there is a lot of truth in many of them but truth is that one of the greater causes for them is the kind of organisations mentioned in this article. When these monkeys keep the public preoccupied with religion based , caste based , culture based etc etc divisive politics , voices of intelligent debates and initiatives are simply lost in the resulting chaoes. We all know SRS and Muthlaik but how many of us know , for eg, any organisation that helps rehabilitate street children in a city , say , cochin ? Why isn't this blog discussing , say, chapters of our constitution that need revision? Because we have to deal with this shit first before we can get to level. And this happened precisely because of the kind of politics cultivated by these scum organizations spawned by the koopa mandookams amongst us.

Bijoy said...

ooh..This is the place all good boys should join to change kerala...And probably to make kerala, gods own places of ghettos and slums ...Keep writing...all the best

Unni said...

Being an integral part of the system, you fail to recognize where do you stand. As Sankar pointed out if getting some mere degrees in this system will make you happy, Good luck!! There are limits to which social bandages can conceal the cancer. Till that time keep on assuming that things are going fine all around. Whether my Grandpa worked harder than me or not is an issue...that was just an eye-opener. But all of you seem to be keen on keeping eyes shut.

Menon said...

Unni, widows committing sati, people pissing on the roads were never our culture.That was just manipulation of the system by a few and few others who had no access to what constitutes a good social behaviour. I am sure there are some reasons for you to be dissapointed , but i am sure there are more reasons for us to be happy in this world than ever.Today our children have quality education( i am not talking about namesake literacy), we have better infrastructure including that fact that you and i can write on a blog like this, better health system , better acess to knowledge and many more. I am sure it will improve and it will improve if we hold on to our culture and yet make some steady progress by removing poverty by means of bringing in more industries.

And yes for those who are doing moral policing in the name of god have no clue what they are upto. i was and am proud that my family were the first to bring in RSS into kerala, but i have never ever heard of us talking about moral policing in our shakas or even uttering one negative word about other religions as a source of hatred. For us RSS was associated with nationalism, when we felt that the other parties were aimed at benefitting only their own interests. I can still today claim that a common RSS man whose ideologies were based on the old belief system will not even kill an ant forget beating up the women in pubs. We in this country have become so polarised that majority of hindus hate admitting that they are a hindu. And to add fuel to the fire, acts like these committed by people in the name of god is nothing but an insult to their own manhood.

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