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21 July 2010

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We, the undersigned, demand an immediate ban on the RSS and all its front organisations and wings.

We strongly condemn the recent attack by hundreds of RSS goons on the
office cum studio of leading news channels Aaj Tak and Headlines Today. This vicious sequence was supplemented by yet another attack on another TV network in Mumbai by yet another lawless mob of the Shiv Sena. There have been many cases earlier, though none as big as the recent attack, when various RSS outfits have attacked the media violently, in a planned moved to terrorise and intimidate. This follows the basic premise that these fanatic Hindutva outfits, with their hydra-headed joint family, are undemocratic, do not have faith in normal codes of decent, social behaviour, dislike all forms of dissent, debate or intellectual enquiry, and are staunchly non-believers in the basic tenets of the Indian Constitution.

Banned several times earlier, and accused in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, their sinister fronts and masterminds have been behind innumerable tragic events, violence and massacres which have rocked the country: from a series of communal riots, to Babri Masjid demolition and the riots thereafter, to the State sponsored Sangh Parivar carnage in Gujarat 2002, to the series of organised terror bomb blasts which killed hundreds across the Indian landscape in recent times.

It is widely known that the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh), which
claims to be a cultural outfit, is the umbrella organisation of the entire Sangh Parivar, and the political vanguard of the family. It appoints and dismisses BJP presidents. It even decides chief ministers and cabinet ministers of BJP governments. Most BJP leaders are confirmed RSS members. It is aligned symbiotically with VHP/Bajrang Dal and a network of similar lumpen organisations. It has thousands of branches which have been at the forefront of not just spreading communalised-hate propaganda but also in carrying out various kinds of systematic and underground terror and violent activities especially through Abhinav Bharat, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal.

The sting operation executed by Headlines Today/Aaj Tak and stories covered by other media houses show that he RSS think-tank connived in the bomb blast at Ajmer Shrief shrine on October 11, 2007. Some of the
cases where the sinister hands and minds of the Hindutva forces are being explicitly talked about are: Nanded/ April 6, 2006, Delhi/ April 14, 2006, Malegaon (Maharashtra)/ September 8, 2006, Samjhauta Express (Haryana)/ February 18, 2007, Mecca Masjid (Hyderabad)/ October 18,
2007, Kanpur/ August 24, 2008, Delhi/ September 27, 2008, Malegaon and
Modasa (Gujarat)/ September 29, 2008, Grace church at Margao in South
Goa/ October 16, 2009.

ANHAD as well many other civil society organisations and several media
publications/ channels have raised the question about the organised and penetrative involvement of Sangh in terror activities many a times during the past five years in the media as well as with various political parties and the government. It has been our stated position that these organisations are infiltrating law enforcement and other official agencies, subverting the legal process, and working on a long term and on a highly insidious plan to destroy the Indian social fabric, the Constitution of India and usher in a fundamentalist Hindu Rashtra. It is in this context that their bloody attacks on minorities and innocents can be explained: to polarise society, to create
violence and anarchy among communities, to destroy institutions and peaceful civil societies, to penetrate government systems, including the army, and to finally carry out a kind of coup.

Due to the infiltration of the rightwing in almost every sphere of public life including the establishment and part of the media, a blatant cover up has been provided to the Sangh terror network. The same media and the spokespersons of the government who brand Muslim youngsters or individuals as terrorists within minutes of a bomb blast and declare their connections to various dubious ’Muslim’ organisations — have not only kept quite but have surreptitiously suppressed the information about the direct involvement of the Sangh Parivar and many of their leaders in the terror killings and bomb blasts.

Clearly, top leaders of the RSS and its front organisations are involved. So how is the BJP, which receives orders from the RSS, with most of its members intricately associated with the RSS, outside the shadow of doubt?

Few excerpts from the revelations made in the Headlines Today sting
operation and other media stories about the RSS pracharaks, workers and their linkages to the terror attacks:

Involvement of top RSS leader Indresh Kumar, a close aide of the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in the terror activities points towards the depth of terror nexus with the Sangh Parivar. Late Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare had in fact revealed the involvement of these links starting from the Malegaon blasts.

Col. Purohit from Abhinav Bharat and Sadhvi Pragnya’s orginally have Hindutva links, and their role in the Malegaon blast has been exposed. The names of Devendra Gupta and Lokesh Sharma along with Sandeep Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra have emerged in the Ajmer, Mecca Masjid, Samjhauta express and Malegaon blasts.

For the Mecca Masjid blast inquiry, two top RSS leaders from UP and Jharkhand, namely, Ashok Beri and Ashok Varshney, are stated to be directly involved in giving shelter etc to the bomb blasts accused.

ANHAD demands

  • an immediate imposition of ban on RSS and all its front
    organisations and wings.
  • an urgent and impartial time-bound enquiry in all the terror bomb
    blast cases should be held to bring the fundamentalist Hindutva forces
    to book. It is a sensitive matter pertaining to security of the
    country and hence the terror links of RSS and its other offshoots
    should be cracked urgently.
  • Immediate release of innocent Muslim boys from those cases where RSS
    involvement has been unearthed.

1. Aamir Idrisi, President, Association of Muslim Professionals, Mumbai
- 2. Aditi Mangaldas, Dancer
- 3. Ali Javed, Progressive Writers’ Association
- 4. Ambarish Rai, Convener, People’s Campaign for Common School System (PCCSS)
- 5. Anuradha Chenoy, Professor, JNU
- 6. Arjun Dev, retired professor, historian
- 7. Arundhati Dhuru, social activist, NAPM, Lucknow
- 8. Ashok Bharti, Chairman, National Confederation of Dalit
Organisations (NACDOR), Delhi
- 9. Digant Oza, senior journalist, Jal Seva, Ahmedabad
- 10. Dr Harshvardhan Hedge, surgeon, Delhi
- 11. Dr. Sirivella Prasad, General Secretary, National Dalit Movement
for Justice (NCDHR — NDMJ)
- 12. Dunu Roy, Consultant, Environment, Delhi
- 13. Fr Cedric Prakash sj, Human Rights Activist, Director, Prashant, Ahmedabad
- 14. Harsh Kapoor, South Asia Citizens Web, Delhi
- 15. Henri Tiphagne, Lawyer & Executive Director, People’s Watch, Tamil Nadu
- 16. Hiren Gandhi, theatre, Ahmedabad
- 17. Indu Prakash Singh, social activist
- 18. Indubhai Jani, Editor, Naya Marg, Ahmedabad
- 19. Jaya Mehta, Researcher, Sandarbh Kendra , Indore
- 20. K.G. Kannabiran, Peoples’ Union for Civil Liberties, Hyderabad
- 21. KN Panikkar, academician, historian, Trivandrum
- 22. Madhu Chandra-All India Christian Council, Delhi
- 23. Mahesh Bhatt, film producer and director, Mumbai
- 24. Mallika Sarabhai, dancer, actor, Ahmedabad
- 25. Manglesh Dabral, poet, journalist, Delhi
- 26. Mansi Sharma, Social Activist, Delhi
- 27. Nandini Sundar, Professor of Sociology, Delhi University, Delhi
- 28. Naseeruddin Shah, Theatre and Film Actor, Mumbai
- 29. Nawaid Hamid, Movement for Empowerment of Muslim Indians
- 30. Prasad Chako, National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights, Ahmedabad
- 31. Ram Puniyani, All India Secular Forum, Mumbai
- 32. Saba Azad, Dancer, Actor
- 33. Sachin Pandya, Anhad, Ahmedabad
- 34. Sandeep Pandey, social activist, NAPM, Lucknow
- 35. Sanjay Sharma, social activist, Delhi
- 36. Seema Duhan, social activist, Anhad, Delhi
- 37. Shabnam Hashmi, social activist, Anhad, Delhi
- 38. Sheba George, Social Activist, Ahmedabad
- 39. Sohail Hashmi, filmmaker, writer, Delhi
- 40. Swarup Dhruv, poet, writer, Ahmedabad
- 41. Uttambhai Parmar, social activist, Surat
- 42. Vineet Tiwari, Writer,General Secretary, Madhya Pradesh Progressive
Writers’ Association, Indore (M.P.)
- 43. Zafar Agha, journalist, Delhi
- 44. Zakia Jowher, Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan

Released on July 21, 2010

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