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Wednesday, November 07, 2007


The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP; "World Hindu Council" in Hindi), is a Hindu nationalist organization in India, an offshoot of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.  The leading spirit behind its formation was Swami Chinmayananda; the founding religious leaders included Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama.  It was founded in 1964. 


Its slogan is "Dharmo Rakshiti Rakshitah", or "By defending what is righteous, you will be protected."  Its symbol is a banyan tree.  It is agitating for the construction of a Ram Temple at Ram Janmabhoomi, the site of the destroyed Babri Mosque in Ayodhya.  The Mosque is said to have been constructed over ancient Ram Temple, that was destroyed by Muslim invaders.


The Tehelka sting on Gujarat 2002 is a credible effort. Yet it is difficult not to question its timing and the exploitative manner of its presentation. (The Sting In Its Social And Ethical Context, Hindu, VIDYA SUBRAHMANIAM, Nov 07, 2007)

THE emperor has no clothes. He has been stripped bare. And it is not a pretty sight. In fact, it is ghastly. So horrific that everyone is looking away. (Action Replay, Frontline, DIONNE BUNSHA, Nov 07, 2007)

Some serious-minded secularists feel that the sting operation showing Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s foot soldiers boasting about conducting the Gujarat pogrom with state support should not have been publicised. (Modi Must Be Punished , Asian Age, Kuldip Nayar, Nov 05, 2007)

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has viewed the Tehelka exposé on Gujarat riots, aired on a private news channel recently, and is likely to take a decision on the future course of action on Thursday. (Nhrc Views Tehelka Tapes , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)

So the big daddy of sting operations is back. In 2001, we saw grainy black-and-white shots of Bangaru Laxman stuffing wads of notes into a drawer; and now, in 2007, we’re seeing grainy pictures of men from the VHP and Bajrang . . . . . . (To Sting Or Not To Sting Is The Question, Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)

The election fever intensified in Gujarat on Thursday with the arrival of fiery sanyasin and expelled BJP leader Uma Bharti, who is planning to take chief minister Narendra Modi head on in her campaign. Bahujan Samaj Party chieftain Mayawati is . . . . . (Uma Targets ‘Moditva’, Asian Age, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 02, 2007)

He takes the place of Arvind Pandya Government seeks more time to submit analysis of CDs with call details Rights activists demand fresh CBI inquiry into the Tehelka episode (T.S. Nanavati, New Pleader, Hindu, MANAS DASGUPTA, Oct 31, 2007)

On the face of it, the latest sting operation by Tehelka, also being telecast on TV, appears to expose those responsible for the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat in February 2002. (In Modi’S Best Interests, Hindustan Times, Editorial, HindustanTimes, Oct 29, 2007)

Tehelka expose is a reminder that justice is still undone. (Found Guilty , Deccan Herald, Editorial, The Deccan Herald, Oct 29, 2007)

No instruction has been issued by the State Election Commission to black out telecast of the Tehelka expose on the 2002 communal riots. (‘Collector Acted On His Own, No Order From Gujarat Poll Panel’, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 27, 2007)

In Gujarat’s poll arena, it’s the BJP and not the Congress that will be milking the Tehelka sting on Narendra Modi and his riot henchmen. (Poll Lifeline For Modi In Riot Sting, Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 27, 2007)

The victims, the state government, the courts and social activists have all spoken out on the 2002 Gujarat riots, said to be the worst communal strife since Independence. (Ahead Of Polls, Gujarat Riots Haunt Modi, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 26, 2007)

In what could become a major embarrassment for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on the eve of assembly elections in the state, Tehelka, on the basis of a series of sting operations, today claimed that Gujarat 2002 was “not a spontaneous . . . (Gujarat Genocide Was Planned: Tehelka, Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 26, 2007)

Tehelka on Thursday claimed that it had “irrefutable” evidence that the killings of Muslims post-Godhra train carnage in Gujarat was “not a spontaneous swell of anger but a genocide” planned and executed by top functionaries of the. . . (Tehelka Blames It On Sangh Parivar, Modi, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 26, 2007)

All the key accused’ in the 1998 Coimbatore serial blasts case were awarded life sentence by the Special Court for Bomb Blasts cases here on Wednesday. (Kovai Blasts: Basha Gets Lifer , New Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 25, 2007)

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is on a recruiting spree. (Recruitment Drive To Save Ram Setu, Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 22, 2007)

The peace and tranquility at Bababudangiri – the abode of a Sufi saint, revered by both the Hindus and Muslims for centuries – is once again sought to be disturbed by the Sangh parivar with the so-called Datta mala abhiyan some time next week. (Stop The Mischief , Deccan Herald, Editorial, The Deccan Herald, Oct 19, 2007)

When the dust finally settles on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision to avoid a confrontation with the Left over the Indo-US nuclear deal, few will doubt the sensibility and political wisdom concealed within the decision. (New Clarity, Indian Express, Rajeev Shukla, Oct 19, 2007)

The Organiser editorial takes pot shots at Congress’s “surrender” before the Left on the nuclear issue. (Congress Surrender, Indian Express, VARGHESE K. GEORGE, Oct 18, 2007)

The VHP on Wednesday demanded that a committee be set up under the chairmanship of former President APJ Abdul Kalam to study the feasibility of the Sethusamudram project in its proposed form. (Vhp Wants Committee Headed By Kalam To Study Sethu Project, New Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 18, 2007)


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