SCALE OF THE GRANTS AT LEAST RS. 9500 MILLIONS PER YEAR

Embargoed for: 25 January 2013

Dear Sir/Madam,

Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) has the pleasure to share its report
“India’s Funds to NGOs Squandered”, the first ever study on conducted on
funding to NGOs by the Government of India. It is available at:

http://www.achrweb.org/reports/india/India’s_Fund_to_NGOs_2013.pdf

This report was released at a panel discussion in New Delhi on 18 January
2013. The panel discussion was addressed by Mr Satyabrata Pal, Honourable
Member, National Human Rights Commission of India; H.E. Ms. Lise Grande,
UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative to India; Mr
Laurent Le Danois, Attaché – Development Cooperation, Delegation of
European Union to India; Mr Amitabh Behar, Executive Director, National
Foundation of India; and Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for
Human Rights.

Please find below the brief of the study:

I. SCALE OF THE GRANTS: AT LEAST RS. 9500 MILLIONS PER YEAR

ACHR has been conducting the study for the last three years. As per the
replies received under the Right to Information Act, India’s Central
Government Ministries and the State Governments provided at least Rs.
6654,35,87,684 as grants to NGOs/VOs during FYs 2002-2003 to 2008-2009 or
an average of Rs. 950,62,26,812 every year. This includes Rs.
4756,71,26,395 given by the Central Government and Rs. 1,897,64,61,289 by
the State Governments.

The figure of Rs. 6654.36 crores of funds given to NGOs is only indicative
and not accurate. First, a number of States and Union Territories such as
Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal
Pradesh, Mizoram, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Lakswadeep
failed to provide information about the grants given to NGOs. Second, many
departments of the State Governments and Union Territories (UTs) which
replied did not provide full information. Third, the Central government
Ministries provided much less figures under the RTI applications in
comparison to information placed before the Parliament (both Lok Sabha and
Rajya Sabha). Fourth, little information was made available with respect
to many flagship programmes including the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural
Employment Guarantee Act. Fifth, many of the government owned Public
Sector Undertakings did not provide information about the funds given to
the NGOs as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility and therefore, not
included in this study.

II. FOR MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND FOREST, MONEY GROWS ON TREES

The selection procedure for the grantees lacks transparency. All the
Ministries claim that applications are selected on the basis of merit. But
how that merit is determined is unclear. In reality, merit matters little.
There is a mandatory requirement of recommendations from the State
Governments which facilitates corruption. In overwhelming majority of the
cases only those voluntary organizations which are close to the government
officials or those who have control over the officials/NGOs i.e. political
leaders are selected.

Field studies by ACHR suggest that selection of grantees is often
determined not on ability or technical expertise but rather on the
applicant’s ability to pay a bribe. The NGOs interviewed by the ACHR
alleged that to have their application approved required bribes amounting
to 15% to 30% of the grant. If a conservative estimate of 15% is used as a
“bribe to process the applications”, during the Fiscal Years 2002-2003 to
2008-2009 at least Rs. 1000 crores have been spent on bribes paid to
different layers of officials for approval of the projects.

These estimated Rs 1,000 crore bribes must be seen in the context of the
Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) Report No.17 of 2010-2011
pertaining to audit of transactions and performance in the Ministry of
Environment and Forest in which the CAG concluded that 7,916 Utilisation
certificates (UCs) from the grantees for grants worth Rs 596.79 crores
from 1981-2009 were not obtained under the scheme of Grants-in-Aid to
Voluntary Agencies. The CAG concluded that the possibility of
misutilisation/fraud is not ruled out as majority of VAs/State Forest
Departments /Forest Development Associations neither came back to the
National Afforestation and Eco-Development Board (NAEB) for the next
installment after release of first installment nor did they furnish
UCs/progress reports.

III. NO ACCOUNTABILITY BEYOND BLACKLISTING

There is little accountability beyond blacklisting.

The CAPART under the Ministry of Rural Development sanctioned 24,760
projects during 1 September 1986 to 28 February 2007 involving a total
sanctioned grant of Rs 252,02,44,12.56. Out of these, 511 NGOs were placed
under the blacklist category due to irregularities committed. However, out
of 511 blacklisted agencies/NGOs only 10 cases were referred to the
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for investigation while the First
Information Reports (FIRs) were lodged against only 101 NGOs. By 3 August
2009, the number of NGOs blacklisted by the CAPART increased to 830 and
FIRs were lodged against 129 blacklisted NGOs. By 3 May 2012, another 81
NGOs were placed under Black List category and 195 NGOs were placed under
Further Assistance Stopped (FAS) category by the CAPART.

The problem with blacklisting is reflected from the fact that CAPART even
released Rs. 46,83,142 to five blacklisted NGOs namely Nirmala Weaker
Section (Andhra Pradesh), Sarvodaya Ashram (Bihar), Magadh Social
Development Society (Bihar), Pazhakulam Social Service Society (Kerala)
and Vijay Warangal Trust (Maharashtra) in 2009.

Though 7,916 Utilisation Certificates from the grantees for grants worth
Rs 596.79 crores have not been received by the MoEF, the National
Afforestation and Eco-Development Board under the MoEF had filed only
seven FIRs and only one voluntary organization from Orissa had returned
the money in November 2009.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development alone blacklisted 389 NGOs and
further assistance to these organizations from the Rashtriya Mahila Kosh
(RMK) scheme has been stopped. Three organizations viz. the Central Social
Welfare Board (CSWB), an autonomous organization, and Indian Council of
Child Welfare (ICCW) and Bharatiya Adim Jati Sewak Sangh (BAJSS) acting as
‘mother’ outfits for the Rajiv Gandhi National Creche Scheme were
allocated a sum of Rs 110 crores annually since 2006. There were reports
of irregularities and pursuant to an application under the Right to
Information Act, 2005 filed by the ACHR the Ministry of Women and Child
Development confirmed that the Ministry had ordered an investigation and
requested the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) to check
the authenticity of the Chartered Accountants engaged by these three
organizations. In an RTI reply dated 7 July 2010 the Ministry informed
ACHR that the M/s Pawan Kumar Garg & Co., engaged by the Bharatiya Adim
Jati Sevak Sangh is not a registered firm of Chartered Accountants as per
ICAI records. In a communication dated 7 May 2010 under the RTI Act, 2005
the CSWB informed the ACHR that no investigation has been going on against
the CSWB indicating that no inquiry was launched against the officials
responsible.

The only case that came to light during the study in which limited action
was taken was with respect to six officers of CAPART identified as
Surendra Singh (Director), S. D. Singh (Assistant Director), Y. Bhakta
(Research Officer), A. R. R. Pillai (Research Officer), M. P. Singh
(Research Officer) and S. K. Das (Research Officer) and they were awarded
reduction of pay and increment.

IV. FUNDS INCREASING: NEED FOR A NATIONAL GRANTS-IN-AID COMMISSION
The grants to the NGOs given by the Government of India have been
increasing and as per the RTI responses, the amount increased from Rs 561
crores in 2002-2003 to Rs 835 crores in 2008-2009.

As India involves the NGOs/ VOs in the implementation of its programmes
more than ever, India must realize that funding to voluntary sector is not
something that can any longer be done as part time job of the government
officials, many of whom are the ultimate and illegal beneficiaries of the
funds granted to the voluntary sector.

In order to address the malaise, Asian Centre for Human Rights recommended
to the Government of India to establish a “National Grants-in-Aid
Commission” through which all grants to the voluntary sector by all the
Ministries shall be routed and the “National Grants-in-Aid Commission” be
responsible for all aspects, inter alia, calls for proposals, selection of
proposals, monitoring of implementation, review of reports, recovery of
funds etc. In the interim period, ACHR has requested the Government of
India to direct (i) all the Ministries to do away with current process of
recommendations by the District Magistrates and the State Governments,
invite applications through open call for proposals, consider the
applications on merits by independent evaluators, and conduct necessary
verification only after short-listing of the applicants; and (ii) direct
all the Central Ministries, the State Governments and Union Territories to
make all information pertaining to the grants to voluntary sector
including recommendations of the State governments publicly available as
part of the voluntary disclosure under the Right to Information Act, 2005.

We thought you would find the report of interest.

With kind regards,

Yours sincerely

Suhas Chakma
Director

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HINDU TERRORISM

 – Francois Gautier
Is there such a thing as ‘Hindu terrorism’, as Home Minister Shinde is heavily hinting at? Well, I am one of that rare breed of foreign correspondents — a lover of Hindus! A born Frenchman, Catholic-educated and non-Hindu, I do hope I’ll be given some credit for my opinions, which are not the product of my parents’ ideas, my education or my atavism, but garnered from 25 years of reporting in South Asia (for Le Journal de Geneve and Le Figaro).

In the early 1980s, when I started freelancing in south India, doing photo features on Kalaripayattu, the Ayyappa festival, or the Ayyanars, I slowly realised that the genius of this country lies in its Hindu ethos, in the true spirituality behind Hinduism. The average Hindu you meet in a million villages possesses this simple, innate spirituality and accepts your diversity, whether you are Christian or Muslim, Jain or Arab, French or Chinese. It is this Hinduness that makes the Indian Christian different from, say, a French Christian, or the Indian Muslim unlike a Saudi Muslim. I also learnt that Hindus not only believed that the divine could manifest itself at different times, under different names, using different scriptures (not to mention the wonderful avatar concept, the perfect answer to 21st century religious strife) but that they had also given refuge to persecuted minorities from across the world—Syrian Christians, Parsis, Jews, Armenians, and today, Tibetans.

In 3,500 years of existence, Hindus have never militarily invaded another country, never tried to impose their religion on others by force or induced conversions. You cannot find anybody less fundamentalist than a Hindu in the world and it saddens me when I see the Indian and western press equating terrorist groups like SIMI, which blow up innocent civilians, with ordinary, angry Hindus who burn churches without killing anybody. We know also that most of these communal incidents often involve persons from the same groups—often Dalits and tribals—some of who have converted to Christianity and others not. However reprehensible the destruction of Babri Masjid, no Muslim was killed in the process; compare this to the ‘vengeance’ bombings of 1993 in Bombay, which wiped out hundreds of innocents, mostly Hindus. Yet the Babri Masjid destruction is often described by journalists as the more horrible act of the two. We also remember how Sharad Pawar, when he was chief minister of Maharashtra in 1993, lied about a bomb that was supposed to have gone off in a Muslim locality of Bombay.
I have never been politically correct, but have always written what I have discovered while reporting. Let me then be straightforward about this so-called Hindu terror. Hindus, since the first Arab invasions, have been at the receiving end of terrorism, whether it was by Timur, who killed 1,00,000 Hindus in a single day in 1399, or by the Portuguese Inquisition which crucified Brahmins in Goa. Today, Hindus are still being targeted: there were one million Hindus in the Kashmir valley in 1900; only a few hundred remain, the rest having fled in terror. Blasts after blasts have killed hundreds of innocent Hindus all over India in the last four years. Hindus, the overwhelming majority community of this country, are being made fun of, are despised, are deprived of the most basic facilities for one of their most sacred pilgrimages in Amarnath while their government heavily sponsors the Haj.. They see their brothers and sisters converted to Christianity through inducements and financial traps, see a harmless 84-year-old swami and a sadhvi brutally murdered. Their gods are blasphemed. So sometimes, enough is enough.


At some point, after years or even centuries of submitting like sheep to slaughter, Hindus—whom the Mahatma once gently called cowards—erupt in uncontrolled fury. And it hurts badly. It happened in Gujarat. It happened in Jammu, then in Kandhamal, Mangalore, Malegaon, or Ajmer. It may happen again elsewhere. What should be understood is that this is a spontaneous revolution on the ground, by ordinary Hindus, without any planning from the political leadership.
Therefore, the BJP, instead of fighting over each other as to whom should be the next party president, or who will be their PM candidate for the 2014 elections, should do well to put its house together. For it’s evident that the Congress has decided on this absurd strategy of the absurd, the untrue, the unjust, the treacherous, only to target Mr Narendra Modi, their enemy number One.

It should also fight the Untrue with Truth: there are about a billion Hindus, one in every six persons on this planet. They form one of the most successful, law-abiding and integrated communities in the world today. Can you call them terrorists? Let the BJP compile a statistics of how many Hindus were killed by Muslims since 1947 and how many Muslims by Hindus. These statistics will speak by themselves

Source – http://francoisgautier.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/hindu-terrorism/

India tested B-05 missile from under water

India successfully test fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile of its most ambitious programme from the coast of Visakhapatanam . DRDO Director General V K Saraswat told The missile destroyed the target with a single digit accuracy.

Missile test fired from underwater

Missile test fired from underwater

Petitioning Pranab Mukherjee – Justice for Kashmiri Pandit Refugees

On 19th January 2013, Kashmiri Pandits will enter their 24th year in exile. Since 1990, Kashmiri Pandits are living as refugees in their own country. Exactly 23 years ago, around four to five lakh Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave the valley. Prominent Kashmiri Pandits were killed in a span of few months and by 1992, only a few thousand Kashmiri Pandits were left in the valley.

In these 23 years of exile, the culprits responsible for the killing and exodus of Kashmiri Pandits haven’t been brought to book. In addition, in spite of a law passed in the Jammu and Kashmir state assembly, several complaints are pending in the J&K courts related to encroachment of Pandit properties. Moreover, time and again, Kashmiri Pandits have complained against the selective removal of their names from electoral lists. Political system, both at state and centre, irrespective of party levels continues to pay no heed to the repetitive demand of Kashmiri Pandits on the above issues.

We demand the following actions be taken by Government of India/J&K State Government:

1. Judicial enquiry into the exodus and killings of Kashmiri Pandits
2. Open all cases against culprits who are responsible for the exodus and killings of Kashmiri Pandits
3. White paper on encroachment of Pandit properties and desecration of temples
4. Removal of irregularities in Kashmiri Pandit electoral voter lists

We hope that we will see some steps in this direction.

India’s Kumbh Mela: How the world’s ‘biggest gathering’ is counted

 

By Amitava Sanyal Allahabad

The Kumbh Mela is described as the world’s largest gathering

India’s Kumbh Mela festival is usually described as the world’s biggest gathering.

Driven by a belief that a dip at the confluence of the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati rivers on auspicious days will cleanse sins and help bring salvation, millions of Hindus come to the festival in the city of Allahabad every 12 years.

Officials in charge of the festival say eight million people took to the waters on Monday, when the 55-day festival opened. The official turnout on the opening day of the festival in Allahabad during the 2001 festival was 2.5 million.

But the turnout of pilgrims on Monday, put out by the civilian administration, is sharply different from the estimate of the festival’s top police official, Alok Sharma.

The festival is managed by thousands of state officials led jointly by a magistrate in charge of the civilian administration and a senior police officer in charge of troops.

Different figures

“According to my estimate, there were only 1.5 to 1.8 million people on the opening day,” says Mr Sharma.

He should know: he was in charge of the 2001 Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, and the 1998 and 2010 festivals in Haridwar too. He not only has experience on his side, but also help from rough counts that some of the 8,500 policemen under his charge are tasked to do.

Mr Sharma says his men follow two methods to count crowds at the festival on auspicious days. The count is aimed at estimating the number of people coming into Allahabad to help maintain law and order.

One method involves counting people using the seven major roads leading into Allahabad, assuming that everyone is heading for the Kumbh Mela.

Pilgrims who used the pontoon bridges were not counted on the opening day

A 10-metre stretch is marked on each of these seven roads, and the number of people passing through each stretch every minute is counted.

Mr Sharma says logistical difficulties mean that police cannot count people coming along the lanes and by-lanes of the city which, he reckons, “accounts for about 30% of traffic” at the festival.

The second method – essentially cross-checking the numbers thrown up by the first method – involves counting people after they have poured into the heavily-guarded festival ground.

“There are three main roads from Allahabad city into the festival ground and we follow the same counting method,” says Mr Sharma.

Pilgrims using the pontoon bridges over the Ganges to come to the festival were not counted on the opening day, he adds.

Combining the two methods and the number of people who got off trains at the Allahabad railway station led Mr Sharma to come up with an estimate of 1.5 to 1.8 million people at the festival on Monday.

‘Very difficult’

“A real count is very, very difficult. And there is a tendency to increase the estimate,” says Mr Sharma.

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Kumbh Mela in numbers

  • Visitors: 80-100 million
  • Number of days: 55
  • Area: 20 sq km (4,932 acres)
  • Drinking water: 80 million litres
  • Toilets: 35,000
  • Doctors: 243
  • Police: 30,000

Is there any way of counting a close-to-precise number of people at such festivals?

“At the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar (another north Indian city where the Kumbh also happens) in 2010, we tried satellite imagery to count. That gave us a combined figure of 16 million pilgrims for the two busiest days of the festival. But it didn’t look like a very realistic figure. I was not impressed by it,” says Mr Sharma.

What was the difference between the satellite-fed number and Mr Sharma’s “manual” calculation?

“Just half or eight million,” he said, hinting at the possibility of a huge margin of error.

So who put out the official count of a gathering of eight million people at the festival on Monday?

Hari Narayan Singh, an assistant superintendent of police, was in the control room that oversees the running of the festival that day. He kept in touch with observation towers near the bathing area throughout the day.

His last count of the day, at 19:00 India time [13:30GMT], was eight million, which he relayed to higher authorities, who informed the media.

How did Mr Singh’s colleagues count?

“We first estimate, visually, the number of people going in and out of the water every minute. Then we calculate for the hour and add up for the day. I was here at 2001 too, and we have an idea from those figures too,” he said.

So there’s really no way of ensuring that wild miscalculations don’t take place?

“No, there’s no real science to it,” said Mr Singh.

Six years ago on the opening day of the Ardh Kumbh festival – an Ardh (or half) Kumbh is held every six years – in Allahabad I had asked the senior-most police officer for his estimate of the gathering.

He had thrown back the question casually: “How many do you think are here?”

Taken aback, I had mumbled that it could be three million or so.

“That’s good, I’ll go with it,” he had said.

The figure came back to me through reports.

True lies of Sushil Kumar Shinde

 

By S Gurumurthy

S Gurumurty

24th January 2013

“The RSS and the BJP were behind the Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid and Malegaon blasts,” declared Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on January 20, 2012, adding that the training camps run by the RSS and BJP were promoting ‘Hindu terrorism’. A day after Shinde’s declaration, Hafiz Saeed, leader of the LeT, the Pakistan-based Islamist terrorist outfit, called for a ban on the RSS. So Shinde is the witness for the LeT to accuse the RSS of terror. Now look at the evidence, first the blast onboard the Samjhauta Express from Pakistan in which 68 persons were killed.

LeT Culprit, say UN, US

“Qasmani Arif…chief coordinator of the relations of the [LeT] with other organisations…has worked with Lashkar-e-Tayyiba to facilitate terrorist attacks including…the bombing of February 2007 in the Samjhauta Express in Panipat (India).” This is what resolution [No 1267] of the Committee on Sanctions of the United Nations Security Council [UNSC] dated 29.6.2009 declares. Adding that Qasmani was funded by Dawood Ibrahim and he did the fundraising for the LeT and the al-Qaida, the UNSC said, “In exchange for their support, al-Qaida provided support staff for the February 2007 bombing of the Samjhauta Express in Panipat.” This resolution is available on the UN site. Two days later, on July 1, 2009, the United States Treasury Department said in its press release: “Arif Qasmani has worked with the LeT to facilitate terrorist attacks, including…Samjota Express bombing.” The US named four Pakistanis, including Arif Qasmani as terrorists, under Executive Order No 13224. This press release is still on the US Treasury site. The United Nations Security Council and the US Treasury Department thus named the LeT, Qasmani and Dawood Ibrahim as accused in Samjhauta terror. This is just the beginning of the torrent of evidence pointing to the LeT and Pakistan.

Pakistan Minister’s Confession

Six months after the UN and US announced sanctions against the LeT and Qasmani, Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Mallik himself admitted that Pakistani terrorists were involved in the Samjhauta blast, but with a rider that “some Pakistan-based Islamists had been hired by Lt Col Purohit to carry out the Samjhauta Express attack.” [India Today Online 24.1.2010]

Headley Involved in Samjhauta — US Probe

Not just the UN. Or the US Treasury. Or just the admission of Pakistan’s Interior Minister. Independent investigation in the US revealed more. Some 10 months later, Sebastian Rotella, a US journalist, wrote in his investigative report titled ‘U.S. agencies were forewarned about suspect in 2008 Mumbai bombings’, that Faiza Outalha, the third wife of David Coleman Headley had confessed [in 2008, which was made public in 2010] that Headley was involved in the Samjhauta blast. Rotella added that Faiza felt that “she had been innocently used” in the Samjhauta terror. [The Washington Post 5.11.2010] A while later, in a follow up investigation, Sebastian Rotella disclosed in April 2008 that Faiza returned to the embassy in Islamabad with the tip about the 2008 Mumbai blast when she again  linked him to the Samjhauta blast.

Rotella commented that though India and the US blamed the attack on Lashkar, the US authorities had not implicated Headley in that still-unsolved attack, however.[The Washington Post 14.11.2010] So, independent, neutral probe in the US also pointed to Pakistan and the LeT in Samjhauta blast.

Narco Test Pointed to SIMI Role

Even at the start of the Samjhauta investigation in 2007, the evidence clearly pointed to the role of the Students Islamic Movement of India [SIMI] and the LeT. India Today [19.9.2008] in its report titled ‘Pak hand in Mumbai train blasts, Samjhauta Express blasts, says Nagori’ gave meticulous account of the involvement of the LeT and Pakistan in the Samjhauta terror. The report was based on narco test testimonies of SIMI leaders. India Today said that the narcotic tests were carried out on general secretary of SIMI, Safdar Nagori; his brother Kamruddin Nagori and Amil Parvez in Bangalore in April 2007, three months after the Samjhauta blast; the results of the narco test of the SIMI leaders were available with the magazine; it revealed that SIMI activists had executed the Samjhauta blast, with the help of the Pakistani nationals from across the border; while Nagori was not directly involved, two members of SIMI, Ehtesham Siddiqui and Nasir, were directly involved; SIMI members, including Nagori’s brother Kamaruddin, were involved in the Samjhatua blast; for executing the Samjhauta blast, the Pakistanis had purchased the suitcase cover from Kataria Market in Indore and one of the members from SIMI had helped the Pakistanis to get the suitcase cover stitched. Investigation had established that in the Samjhauta blast, five bombs packed in suitcases and activated by timer switches were used.

Conspiracy by Maharashtra Police?

Why were these clinching pieces of evidence not pursued? How the blame shifted from the Islamists to the Hindus? Some elements in the Maharashtra Police appears to have colluded in linking the 2008 Malegaon blast to the Samjhauta blast. When leads were thus pointing to Pakistan and SIMI as partners in the Samjhauta blast in November 2008, as an  anti-climax, the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad [ATS] shockingly told the Special Court through the public prosecutor that Col Purohit allegedly involved in the Malegaon blast in which RDX was used, had supplied RDX for the Samjhauta blast though one ‘Bhagwan’. [The Indian Express 15.11.2008] Within the next 48 hours, [17.11.2009] India Today online refuted the ATS claim saying that Samjhauta investigators had told India Today that a study of the blast by the National Security Guard(NSG) said that no RDX, but Potassium Chlorate and Sulphur, had been used as explosives. The magazine also recalled that immediately after the blasts, then Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil told the media that not RDX, but, a ‘new type of explosive’ had been used to bomb the Samjhauta Express. On that very day [17.11.2009] the ATS counsel retracted the statement he had made earlier involving Col Purohit in the Samjhauta blast. [The Hindu dt19.11.2008]. But the damage was done in the 48 hours. Immediately, Pakistan said that it would raise the issue of Purohit’s involvement in Samjhauta at the Secretary-level meeting on November 25, 2008. Finally on January 20, 2009, the Maharashtra ATS officially denied that Col Purohit had supplied RDX for Samjhauta. This was how the Samjhauta focus — later the blame — shifted from the LeT and the SIMI to Purohit and via Purohit on to Saffron. The Maharashtra ATS’ attempt to link Malegaon 2008 to Samjhauta, which shifted the focus away from the LeT on to Purohit, needs to be probed particularly given Dawood Ibrahim’s deep influence on Maharashtra Police.

If Shinde is telling the truth, then the United Nations Security Council and the US Treasury Department are fabricating charges against Qasmani, Dawood and the LeT; Faiza Outallah and The Washington Post are telling lies to fix the LeT and Pakistan; the SIMI officials’ narco evidence is fabricated; and Rehman Mallik’s confession about Pakistani involvement is false. Can it be more ridiculous? It is clearly the lies of Shinde, the vote bank politician versus all neutral evidence. If this was how the Samjhauta probe was perverted, in the Malegaon 2006 blast the Maharashtra ATS has filed a chargesheet where the SIMI cadre had confessed to their role in the blast. But the CBI is procuring confessions to exonerate them and implicate others, Hindus in the case. So Malegaon 2006, is becoming a case of confession vs confession! In Malegaon 2008 blasts, Col Purohit and his associates have been charged and the evidence submitted in the Court shows that the accused in the Malegaon 2008 case were planning to assassinate RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Indresh Kumar for taking money from the ISI! [Outlook 19.7.2010] How could the RSS which is the target of the conspirator itself be the conspirator? Does Shinde know what he is talking?

QED: Shinde now has a good companion in his mission against the RSS in Hafeez Saeed, boss of the global terror outfit LeT. Can a Home Minister tell more deadly lies against his own country’s interests, all for just a few million votes?

S Gurumurthy is a well-known commentator on political and economic issues.

E-mail: comment@gurumurthy.net

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THE STATEMENT ISSUED BY ALL INDIA PRACHAR PRAMUKH OF RSS

 

 

Panvel, Mumbai- 25 January, 2013

 

The statement issued by the Union Home Secretary Shri R.K.Singh in support of a political speech of Unio

n Home Minister Shri Susheel Kumar Shinde had contained several utterances about the RSS that were mislea

ding, malafide and politically motivated. The RSS takes strong exception to that statement and condemns it in no uncertain

terms.

The Union Home Secretary had disclosed the names of those ten people against whom certain allegations of involvement in terror incidences were made and the investigations are still underway. The matter is subjudice. It must be recalled that a different set of people belonging to the minority community were arrested earlier in the same cases, and the investigating agencies have filed the charge sheets after due investigations. Suddenly the investigations were given a new twist and another set of individuals were held to be responsible for same incidents. Those individuals, against whom the agencies seemed to have no sufficient evidence also, are sought to be linked to the RSS in a deplorable attempt to tarnish the image of the organization.

The RSS strongly condemns the act of Union Home Secretary in joining these forces to defame the RSS. We accuse him of uncalled for interference in the matter with view to influence the investigations. Through his defamatory statement against the RSS, the Union Home Secretary had become a part of the political conspiracy o
f the Congress. We strongly condemn his action.