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Preparing for the harvest … September 6, 2009

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A Tahelka article labelled TOP SECRET throws some light over some evangelist designs. Here is the link to this eye-opening article:

http://www.tehelka.com/story_main.asp?filename=ts013004shashi.asp&id=1

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Islamists on conversion campaign September 5, 2009

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VR Jayaraj | Kochi

Islamists in Kerala have launched an organised campaign for converting girls belonging to other religions into Islam. Police believe that Islamist organisation NDF (presently Popular Front of India) and its student outfit Campus Front could be behind this campus-based campaign. An investigation is presently on into the matter on the instructions of the Kerala High Court.

Information about this planned campaign came out in the open after two girls in an MBA college in Pathanam-thitta, who had gone missing some days ago, were produced in the HC on a habeas corpus petition. Girls told the court that they were taken to a place in Kozhikode, where a group led by Campus Front activists Shehenshah and Sirajuddeen forced them to convert into Islam and sign marriage contracts.

Lawyer Muhammad Ansari, who appeared in the court for the Government, said there was a planned effort behind the forced conversion of the girls into Islam. In a petition, Jacob Thomas of Pallikkal, Kottarakkara, Kollam and K Madhavan of Peroorkada, Thiruvananth-apruam, parents of the girls, had alleged that their daughters were detained by one Shehansha of Pettah, Pathana-mthitta. Girls were doing a project after completing MBA.

The girls had left their homes informing the parents that they were going to convert into Islam. However, when they were produced in the court on the habeas corpus petition, they said that they were forced to convert into Islam in a deserted house at West Chelari, Kozhikode district where they were taken. Though the court sent the girls with their parents, it ruled that they could be taken to their homes but no restriction should be placed on their food and prayer.

According to Gopakumar, assistant commissioner of police, Cantonment, Thiruva-nanthapuram, who is in charge of the investigation into the campaign of the extremists to convert girls into Islam, as many as 940 girls had gone missing in Kerala in the past five years. He said the truth behind these cases could be brought only after probe.

The police are now in the process of verifying the reports that some Hindu organisations are preparing to counter the Islamists’ designs. A report regarding this would be submitted in the High Court early next month.

However, sources in the police refused to confirm reports regarding an Islamic group specialising in luring young girls for converting into Islam. Reports had appeared in a section of the media in January last that religious Romeos had converted more than 4,000 girls through such designs.

Ref: http://www.dailypioneer.com/198789/Islamists-on-conversion-campaign.html

8 jailed for singing bhajans on CR local September 5, 2009

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Nitasha Natu, TNN 22 August 2009, 03:19am IST

MUMBAI: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) cracked down on a satsang group on Friday for singing bhajans on a Central Railway local. The action was  taken after a woman commuter wrote a letter to senior railway officials, complaining of the nuisance.

“We have been conducting a sustained campaign against bhajan groups. On Friday, we arrested eight men who were part of the Hari Om Satsang Mandal. They had books and cymbals with them,” said inspector Ajay Sansare of Byculla RPF.

The accused are all office-goers residing in the eastern suburbs. “A letter written by the woman to the divisional railway manager (DRM) was forwarded to our superiors on August 19. On Friday morning, our team boarded the 9.56 am Thane-CST local at Dadar and kept a watch. Between Currey Road and Byculla stations, the accused, who were singing bhajans, were arrested for creating a nuisance,” Sansare added.

The accused-Subramanium Mudaliar (68), Santosh Parab (39), Ashok Kumar Gaud (30), Sunil More (22), Radheshyam Pal (48), Indersingh Shivnathsingh (32), Anand Garje (27) and G Chakraborty (31)-were produced before a railway court at CST. The magistrate directed them to pay a fine of Rs 500 each and sentenced them to imprisonment till the the court closed for the day.

Ref: Times of India: Aug 22, 2009 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/city/mumbai/8-jailed-for-singing-bhajans-on-CR-local/articleshow/4920974.cms

Indian priests paraded naked at Pashupatinath September 5, 2009

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IANS: 04 Sep 2009 05:19:21 PM IST

KATHMANDU: The Pashupatinath temple row took an ugly turn in Nepal Friday with a mob assaulting the two newly appointed Indian priests, stripping them naked and tearing off their sacred threads regarded as mandatory for Brahmins. 

Girish Bhatt and Raghavendra Bhatt, the two newly appointed Indian priests, were brought from Karnataka state in India this month to continue the nearly 800-year-old tradition at the revered Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu of employing priests only from the orthodox southern states of India. 

The two hapless men were thrashed within the temple premises Friday as they were readying to worship the deity from Saturday. 

Eyewitnesses said about eight to 10 men, armed with iron rods, stormed a secret room in the temple where the two priests had been confined two days ago, fasting and undergoing a purifying ritual so that they would be able to undertake the ritualistic worship from Saturday. 

The invaders broke open the padlock on the door of the room, dragged the two stunned priests out and beat them up. The attackers also stripped the two men naked and forcibly took video pictures.

Then, in a final insult to the two priests, their sacred white thread were torn off. The priests wear these sacred threads to proclaim that they are Brahmins and have undergone traditional rituals. 

“The attackers tried to drag them away,” said an eyewitness who did not want to be named. “But the abduction bid was foiled after the people in the temple raised a hue and cry and locals gathered.” 

The two shaken priests have been taken to a safe place, temple officials said. 

The attack inside the temple comes after protests began Sunday with at least three organisations banding together to oppose the appointment of Indian priests. 

They have formed a committee to oppose the appointments, saying at a time Nepal is writing a new constitution, Nepali priests should be employed instead of Indians. 

Though the protesters say they have no political affiliation, locals said the attack was led by the Young Communist League, the dreaded strong arm of the Maoists that had spearheaded a similar attack last year. 

Both the new priests’ appointment and the attacks on them come at a time the row is being heard in court. 

For the first time in the history of the 5th century temple, the Mahasnan ritual – the ritualistic bath of the deity – is in jeopardy with the priests saying they feared to carry on with their duties in the absence of security. 

The Indian priest vs Nepali priest row was triggered by the earlier Maoist government last year that sought to stop the old tradition of hiring Indian priests for the Pashupatinath shrine. 

However, the move raised widespread concern in India with major political parties there asking Nepal not to politicise religion and not to hurt the sentiment of two billion Hindus worldwide. 

The protestors have said they would keep up a blockade of the Pashupatinath area and take stronger action if the Indian priests are not sent back. 

Of the five Indian priests who originally served at the shrine, three have already resigned due to the mounting political pressure. 

Both the protesters and the Nepali government allege that the other side is trying to grab the offerings made at the temple daily that runs into thousands of rupees. 

Ref: http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Indian+priests+paraded+naked+at+Pashupatinath&artid=SPqTN6gAXvI=&SectionID=b7ziAYMenjw=&MainSectionID=b7ziAYMenjw=&SectionName=pWehHe7IsSU=&SEO=NEpal,%20Pashupatinath,%20priests,%20Karnataka