Writers’ meet accuses BJP of ‘manufacturing politics of hate’

Claiming that business leaders, common people and even the President had voiced concern about the “disturbing” trend, the protesters took umbrage to Union Minister Arun Jaitley’s remark dubbing their agitation as “manufactured rebellion”.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: November 2, 2015 12:08 pm
sahitya akademi protest, writers protest, intolerance in indian, national award return protest, sahitya akademi awards return, dadri lynching, kalburgi murder, BJP govt, Modi govt, scientist protest, india news, latest news Participants attend a convention of writers, artists, academicians and conscientious people in New Delhi. (Source: AP)

Rejecting the charge that the Congress and the Left were behind their protest against “growing intolerance”, writers and artistes on Sunday alleged that ruling BJP was unable to “control its mobs”, with one of them even comparing RSS to terror outfit Islamic State (IS).

During a “resistance” (Pratirodh) meet in the national capital, writers, artistes and academics protested what the called the an “attack on reason, democracy and composite culture”.

Claiming that business leaders, common people and even the President had voiced concern about the “disturbing” trend, the protesters took umbrage to Union Minister Arun Jaitley’s remark dubbing their agitation as “manufactured rebellion”.

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“In its inability to control its mobs, the only comeback that the BJP has is to describe the protesters as Leftists or instigated by the Congress party. Many of us are Leftists, but many of us are not Leftists. What the protest is about is the need for a liberal space and this being emphasised again and again,” historian Romila Thapar said.

In his speech, historian Irfan Habib said, “…There is not much difference between the Islamic State and the RSS as far intellect goes.”

A minute’s silence was observed by the gathering for three slain rationalists — M M Kalburgi, Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar.

Noted poet Ashok Vajpeyi, who was among at least 37 writers those who had returned their state awards in protest, added: “The President, the Reserve Bank Governor and leading industrialist Narayan Murthy have joined this manufactured politics. Some of us had returned our awards and now the number has crossed 40. And we are being accused of practising manufactured politics. Sir, the politics of hatred, violence, killing and ignorance is being manufactured by you.”

Dabholkar’s children Mukta and Ahmed Dabholkar were also present along with Dalit writer Mohan Das Rai. Meghna Pansare, daughter-in-law of Pansare, said that the three families had come together to seek justice.

Thapar also alleged that fringe elements were calling the shots and have “succeeded in creating an atmosphere of fear, violence and acute disharmony”. Dismissing accusations that they had never protested in the past, Thapar said she had twice declined Padma awards from Congress governments.

Actor Sharmila Tagore also extended her support to a “resistance meet”. The latest protest by the writers came on a day when Jaitley filed a fresh salvo to counter the protest, accusing Congress, Left thinkers and activists of practising “ideological intolerance” towards the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Writers’ message to Akademi: Reinvent yourself

Several writers, including those who had returned their Sahitya Akademi awards, Sunday wrote to the body, urging it to build on a resolution it passed recently and respond in a “strong, humane and robust” manner to situations.

“This is an urgent matter at this moment of spiralling hatred and intolerance,” a group of 41 writers said in a statement to the Akademi president, and asked the literary body to “reinvent” itself.

In another open letter addressed to everyone, the same bunch of writers expressed their “all-pervasive” concern about the “idea of India” being “distorted”.

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    Shivaji
    Nov 3, 2015 at 2:43 am
    FOR PESUDO SECULARS COMMENTING HERE. WHY DID YOU NOT SPEAK UP WHEN THESE HAPPENED UNDER CONGRESS AND ITS ALLIES? MORONS - PRODUCTS OF INCEST. 2013 - Canning roits. Attack on Hindus by muslim mobs. burned down over 200 Hindu homes & 24 Hindu-owned shops were looted 2010 - Deganga roits. Attack on Hindu by Muslim mobs led by Haji Nurul Islam. 23 houses ransacked,250 shops had been looted during the several days of rioting,while 50 houses had been burned and 5 temples desecrated. 2008 - Mumbai Macre - 11 coordinated attacks by Muslim terrorists; casualties include people of various nationalities, and Israeli victims were reportedly tortured before being killed 2008 - Tumudibandh macre (part of the Murder of Swami Lakshmanananda) - Hindus killed. Lead by Christian extremists. 2006 - Doda Macre - 35 Hindus murdered by Islamists. 2006 - Varanasi Bombings - 28 killed, 101 injured -Devotees of Sankat Mochan Temple targeted - Islamic attack on Hindus 2003 - The Marad macre was the killing of eight Hindus by a Muslim mob 2003 Nadimarg Macre - 24 Hindus murdered, by Muslim insurgent groups. 2002 Kaluchak macre - 31 Hindus murdered. Muslim insurgent groups attack Tourist bus and Army's family quarter attacked. 2002 Raghunath Hindu temple macre II (part of 2002 Raghunath temple attacks)- 14 killed, 45 injured (mostly Hindu devotees) - Lead my Islamic groups. 2002 Akshardham Temple attack - 29 killed, 79 injured (Hindu devotees)- Again lead by Islamic groups. 2002 Qasim Nagar macre - 29 Hindus murdered by Islamic groups. IF I START LISTING OTHER ISLAMIC AND CHRISTIAN AND CONGRESS ATROCITIES HERE, IT WILL FILL A FUC*ING BOOK! AND YET YOU CAN ONLY TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS TO MUSLIMS. YOU WON'T TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT IN 2002 Godhra macre - 59 Hindus were burnt alive for being hindus by Muslims. NO ONE RETURNED AWARDS THEN? So called educated elite - products of Macaulay -- did not return awards or talked about 'intolerance' for any of these. OR even when Tasleema Nasreen was slapped by MIM. So SHUT UP NOW. and don't even dare to call yourself 'SECULAR' if you don't like INDIA. GO LIVE IN OR SOMEWHERE ELSE!
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      Shivaji
      Nov 3, 2015 at 2:57 am
      Samar - you don't have an effing answer! SO the only thing you can do is vote it down. You are one of those self certified Macaulay product. Enjoy living in ignorance for eternity.
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      1. Sai Sarathivasan
        Nov 2, 2015 at 10:27 am
        These are the intolerant 'intellectuals ' who are accusing the Government. From who is who of this lot it has confirmed the statement of Arun Jaitelay that it is a manufactured one. Habib 's statement is rediculous. These people are not reflecting the truth as such.
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          Anil
          Nov 3, 2015 at 2:09 am
          All should go to stan RSS SAYS SO
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            DrBRAMBEDKAR Reincarnate
            Nov 2, 2015 at 10:40 am
            People in India don't know how to get the ban on cow slaughter declared Unconsutional. They think that Article 48 allows ban on cow slaughter; however they don't realize that Article 48 is only a "Directive Principle of State Policy". They don't know that Fundamental Right in Article 29 is a MANDATORY Provision which overrides the ADVISORY provision of Article 48. Article 29 PROHIBITS all of INDIA from denying a minority to practice its culture. Cow eating, Beef eating, meat eating, pork eating are part of culture of several minorities across India, which Government of India is OBLIGATED to protect. THEREFORE, any law that bans slaughter of Cows and Milch Cattle for purpose of eating by the cultural minority is an attack on the culture of the minority, and this is SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITED BY ARTICLE 29. TO reconcile ARTICLE 48 with ARTICLE 29, the laws banning COW SLAUGHTER MUST PROVIDE AN EXCEPTION TO THE MINORITIES FOR CULTURAL FOOD PURPOSE--THERE CANNOT BE A BLANKET BAN ON COW SLAUGHTER BECAUSE OF ARTICLE 29. ................ ......................... ........................... ................................... .................................. ................................... I HOPE THE TISS STUDENTS NOW EDUCATE PEOPLE OF INDIA ON THE ARTICLE 29 PROVISION IN THE CONSUTION. MANY JUDGES AND LEADERS IN INDIA ARE ALSO UNEDUCATED ABOUT IT.
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