Sangh Parivar must be named together with SIMI in national and media discourse of Terrorism in India Military precision in Karnataka violence exposes deep conspiracy.
New Delhi, 15 September 2008
The following statement was issued by Dr John Dayal, Secretary General, All India Christian Council this morning on the anti Christian violence in KarnatakaState.
The All India Christian Council and the Christian community in India have been apprehending the Sangh Parivar attacks in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. We fear there may be many more in other states including the national capital, New Delhi.
The BJP ruled states have become absolutely inhospitable and indeed hostile to the miniscule Christian community. The Sangh Parivar, which has strengthened itself because of the inaction of the Central Government to act against it, has also made it clear it will also flex its muscles in States ruled by the Congress. Sporadic violence in Andhra Pradesh, attempted desecrations of churches in several other States, and a sustained hate campaign against the community in general and its spokesmen in particular, are indications that the Sangh Parivar is making a major and aggressive thrust to grab absolute power for the Bharatiya Janata party in the General Elections early next year on the Hindutva card.
We are surprised that the Sangh Parivar, specially its militant units Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram are not being mentioned in the national Media and public discourse on terrorism at par with SIMI as groups out to destroy the unity and the secular fabric of India. In fact the Sangh Parivar and the SIMI form a dipole, each feeding on the other and threatening innocent citizens of democratic India for their ulterior political motives. Terror is their common weapon. While the SIMI targets citizens at large, the Sangh focuses on Christians and Muslims.
The military precision of the timing of the attacks on Churches in Mangalore and other Karnataka districts in the violence on Sunday and Monday speaks of long range and meticulous planning, not surprising as the Sangh has a very large number of serving and retired police and administrative officers in its ranks.
The Christian response is always peaceful, but we expect the State, the national secular civil society, and the international community, to come to our defence. India without a Christian community will be no more than a graveyard of democracy and all that is decent in our ancient civilisation.
The State government must assume full responsibility. The Chief Minister of Karnataka has failed to live to his promise of communal harmony. The State Home Minister is guilty of conniving in the violence, as he disregarded ample warnings that had come in the wake of the Sangh violence in Orissa.
As far as the civil and policies authorities of the affected districts are concerned, they are working as if the Sangh Parivar is their real master and not the constitutionally constituted government. Christian youth are being harassed in Mangalore, many are threatened and police are desecrating places of worship by entering them this morning on the pretext of maintaining law and order. This must cease forthwith. The police must hunt for the real criminals – the Sangh Parivar.
We demand the suspension of all senior civil officers of the affected districts and the resignation of the Karnataka Home Minster on moral grounds.
Nothing less will send the correct message that Karnataka, fast slipping into the morass of communal anarchy, is the place where the world must invest.
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