An editorial in the Organiser comments on the video deposition of David Coleman Headley before a Mumbai court and says that it opens “a Pandora’s box for the seculars in general and Congress in particular”. It slams the “secular brigade” that ensured the “canonisation of Ishrat Jahan”, and notes that Headley’s claim of Ishrat being an LeT
operative has put the Congress in the dock. The editorial also points out that the UPA had earlier accepted before a court that Ishrat and her friends were Lashkar terrorists. Then, “why and under whose direction this stand was changed within a month in a fresh statement?”
“Ishrat was called Bihar ki beti by the chief minister of Bihar to boost his ‘secular’ image,” it says, and asks, “who was serving whose interests and misusing the investigation agencies?” Contending that the deposition can “open another Pandora’s box of the Samjhauta Express blasts,” it cites a July 1, 2009, statement by the US Treasury Department: “Arif Qasmani has worked with the LeT to facilitate terrorist attacks, including… Samjhauta Express bombing.” It points out that then Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik had also admitted that Pakistani terrorists were involved in the Samjhauta blast. “What were the reasons then that the story of ‘Hindu Terror’ was cooked up?” asks the editorial.
BJP in Kerala
The Organiser cover story praises newly elected Kerala BJP chief Kummanam Rajasekharan for reinvigorating the party ahead of the assembly elections. Noting that the Left Democratic Front and the United Democratic Front have been dominating Kerala politics, it says “the resurgence of the BJP under the charismatic leadership of Kummanam Rajasekharan seems to be challenging this status quo.” His Vimochana Yatra (Liberation March) from Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram “was several times greater than the political yatras being carried out by Congress chief V.M. Sudheeran and CPM supremo Pinarayi Vijayan”. The large turnout is the barometer of the “growing dissatisfaction” of people with the two fronts.
The article slams these two fronts for “playing compromise politics” and notes that Kummanam is “firmly tapping [into] that resentment”. He is addressing self-reliance issues of the coastal state as his yatra touched “the hearts and thoughts of the commoners and laymen”. “Annam (food), Mannu (soil), Jalam (water), Thozhil (employment) and Thulyaneethi (justice for all)” are the commodities people have been longing for since the last several decades,” says the article.
An article in Panchajanya slams the UP government after the acquittal of 10 people accused of the murder of a Muslim woman and a child in the Muzaffarnagar riots. It has “exposed the SP government which had falsely framed innocent persons,” the article says, and notes that the government is still preparing to challenge the decision in the high court. It has now begun to emerge how the state government “in order to please a particular community implicated thousands of innocent youths in false cases on political ground”.
When Hindu villagers were returning from a mahapanchayat on September 7, 2013, they were attacked in a pre-planned manner by some fanatics, causing many deaths. It led to riots in the entire district. The next day, during violence by an angry mob, a 10-year-old boy and his mother had died in a village. While 13 were chargesheeted, 11 were arrested and sent to jail. Except one, all were acquitted by the court. Following the acquittal, Union Minister and local MP Sanjeev Balyan said that the action of the police and state administration was discriminatory. Local BJP MLA Suresh Rana said the court’s decision “shows a mirror to the UP government. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav must tender an apology to the innocent persons…”