The Hindustan Times – ‘Will resign’: Yediyurappa after Lingayat seer seeks cabinet berth for MLA

Yediyurappa has been struggling to expand his cabinet with the BJP high command yet to endorse his election promise to induct all the 11 ‘rebel’ MLAs who switched from Congress and JD (S) into the cabinet.

HT Correspondent

Bengaluru – Karnataka – India, 15 January 2020. Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday threatened to resign after a seer belonging to the Panchamsali sect of Lingayats demanded that Murugesh Nirani, a BJP MLA, be inducted into the cabinet failing which he would face the wrath of the community.

At an event of the Panchamsali sect in Harihar, Swami Vachanand addressing the thousands gathered with the CM seated next to him said “Murugesh Nirani has stood with you like a rock. Induct him into the cabinet, otherwise the Panchamsali Lingayats will abandon their support to you.”

An agitated Yediyurappa immediately got up and was heard telling the Swami, ‘Don’t threaten me. You can advise but don’t threaten.” The Swami, however, insisted that his community was ‘demanding justice.’

Community and BJP leaders including home minister Basvraj Bommai tried to mollifying the CM. Later addressing the audience, Yediyurappa said, “17 MLAs including some ministers made sacrifices and are in Vanvas.

Either co-operate with me in helping complete remaining three years of my term successfully, otherwise I will resign because I am not addicted to power.”

Though the BJP now has a full majority of 117 seats in a 225 member assembly (including a nominated member), after the party swept bypolls winning 12 of the 15 seats, Yediyurappa has been struggling to expand his cabinet.

The BJP high command is yet to give green light to Yeddyurappa’s election promise to induct all the 11 ‘rebel’ MLAs who switched from Congress and JD (S) into the cabinet.

Murugesh Nirani speaking to reporters later said, “Yeddyurappa is like a father to us. Even if he says something it will be in our interest only.” He also expressed confidence that the BJP government would complete its full term.

Yediyurappa earlier had said that he would consult BJP President Amit Shah who will be in the state on January 18 to address a pro-CAA rally and then expand the cabinet.

Congress Spokesperson V S Ugrappa taunted the CM saying, “Yeddyurappa is not a tiger but a rat. He is not able to even get an audience with Modi.

After promising to induct the rebel MLAs within 24 hours of winning, he hasn’t been able to do anything. Wouldn’t be surprised if he resigns due to political frustration and inability to have his way.”

Political analyst Manjunath said the CM’s outburst indicated his frustration with his party’s high command and his inability to honour the promise he made to the MLAs who crossed over from the opposition.

“While he is seen as the undisputed and tallest leader among Lingayats, he would not have expected this kind of public pressure being applied by a seer of his own community, which probably would have lead to this outburst. It is also his way of pressurising the BJP party high command into taking a decision on cabinet expansion.” – Hate Crime: California’s Gurdwara Sahib defaced with Swastika graffiti symbol

Sikh24 Editors

Sacramento – California – USA, 15 January 2020. Although there is a decline in the overall count of hate crimes incidents in the United States of America, but the incidents of hate crimes against Sikhs have not declined during the past few years. Within a month after an attack on Sikh taxi driver, another incident of hate crime against Sikhs came to fore during the morning hours of 14 January.

A Gurdwara Sahib named Guru Maneyo Granth, which is situated in Orangevale (California), was reportedly defaced with Swastika sign and the words “White Power” by some unidentified elements during the intervening night of 13 and 14 January.

The police officials have recorded statements of the Granthi (priest*) of Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara Sahib

Meanwhile, the Indian-American Congressman Dr Ami Bara has strongly condemned the racist graffiti spray painted at a Sikh house of worship in Orangevale.

“The California’s 7th congressional district is a community of diversity and inclusion, and the Sikh community is an integral part of it,” he said.

The swastika (as a character, 卐 or 卍, respectively) is a geometrical figure and an ancient religious icon in the cultures of Eurasia.

In the Western world, it was a symbol of auspiciousness and good luck until the 1930s when it became a feature of Nazi symbolism as an emblem of the so-called Aryan race.

As a result of World War II and the Holocaust, most people in Europe and the Americas associate it with Nazism and anti-Semitism.

A granthi is not a priest, he/she is a reader of the Guru Granth Sahib. There are no priests in Dikhi !   

Hate Crime: California’s Gurdwara Sahib defaced with Swastika graffiti symbol

Den Haag (NL) – Hoefkade

Den Haag NL
24 December 2019

Tram 12 to Duindorp

Tram 11 to Station Holland Spoor

Tram 11 to Station Holland Spoor

Tram 11 to Station Holland Spoor

Tram 11 and 12 to Station Holland Spoor

Tram 11 departs

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India Today – Centre to act on Justice Dhingra report on 1984 Sikh riots that said police assisted rioters

The Dhingra Committee probing the 1984 anti-Sikh riots has said that then SHO Kalyanpuri had assisted the rioters when they were attacking Sikhs. SHO Kalyanpuri had assisted the rioters when they were attacking Sikhs

Sanjay Sharma

New Delhi – India, 15 January 2020. The Justice Dhingra Committee probing 186 cases in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots has submitted its report in the Supreme Court and the Centre has said that they have accepted the findings. The report has said that police, government and the prosecution lacked in submitting their findings before the court at the right time.

The Dhingra Committee has also made a crucial claim that then SHO Kalyanpuri had assisted the rioters when they were attacking Sikhs.

The Centre has told the Supreme Court that it has accepted Justice Dhingra Committee’s report in the role of Delhi Police in 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The government has also said that it will take necessary action.

The Supreme Court has allowed petitioner S G S Kahlon of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee to file suggestions on the report submitted by the SIT.

The Dhingra Committee has said that the Delhi government at the time and police did not file their reports on time, which led vital records of the cases to get lost.

The panel has also suggested that the state government should file reports in 10 cases.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde was informed by senior advocate R S Suri, appearing for the petitioner, that the report of the SIT is damning for police officials and they would file an application seeking action against the cops who were allegedly involved in the ghastly riots.

The Print – Indian liberals missed the mark yet again by protesting ‘la ilaha illallah’ in CAA debate

Shashi Tharoor and Sadanand Dhume both thought Muslims asserting their existence through ‘la ilaha Illallah’ was too extreme for the anti-CAA protests.

Fatima Khan

New Delhi – India, 15 January 2020. The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, which is discriminatory and Islamophobic in its very essence, is seeing continuous resistance from citizens across the religious spectrum.

But for many liberals, who also stand against the Act, the most salient question continues to be that of identity, why are Muslim protesters chanting ‘la ilaha illallah’ and are the protests ‘too-Muslim’?

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor was one of the first to take offence to the slogan. Unsurprisingly, Indian liberals have missed the mark, yet again.

The question may not necessarily be coming from a place of malice and must not be dismissed as such at the get-go. Questions of identity politics are always relevant and murky. More often than not, the answer lies somewhere between empathy, lived experiences and what it truly means to be an ally.

But the golden rule for allies asking questions of the marginalised, whose rights they are supposedly fighting for, is that the allies must be willing to listen. But that can only happen if allyship stems from a place of empathy, not patronage.

Tharoor’s idea of ‘Islamic extremism’

“Our fight against Hindutva extremism should give no comfort to Islamist extremism either,” Shashi Tharoor tweeted, referring to ‘la ilaha illallah’ being used as an anti-CAA slogan.

The chant, also known as the Shahada, is the basic tenet of Islam. It is a declaration of being a Muslim. ‘There is no God but God’ is its literal translation, an affirmation of the monotheism that Islam stands for.

It took something as basic as Muslims asserting the very fundamental tenet of their existence for Tharoor to label the act as “Islamic extremism”.

That doesn’t just tell us how Muslims are constantly living under the threat of being seen as the ‘next terrorist in town’, even by supposed liberals, but also tells us a little something about Indian liberals themselves.

Tharoor’s statement exemplifies the staple diet of many Indian liberals, false equivalencies and little to no understanding of power dynamics. Add to that, the insatiable appetite for appearing ‘balanced’ and ta-da! your garden-variety liberal is ready to be served with a dash of privileged ignorance on top.

For someone who has written at least two books and innumerable articles on why he wears his Hindu religion on his sleeve, Tharoor’s understanding of identity politics comes across as remarkably half-baked when it comes to Muslims and their fight for survival.

Muslims are here to stay

Muslims protesting in colossal numbers against the CAA has proven that Indian Muslims aren’t defeated and they aren’t fatigued. But they sure are exasperated beyond measure.

Muslims have been failed by India several times, in 1992 (Babri Masjid demolition and subsequent riots), in 2002 (Gujarat riots), in 2013 (Muzaffarnagar riots), then in 2019, with Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict, and the passing of the CAA in Parliament.

But despite this, they have consistently and unflinchingly upheld the secular ideals of India. Ultimately, however, they are well aware that no matter what, they will be seen as nothing but Muslims.

The slogan is a way of Muslims defiantly asserting, “We are Muslim and we are here to stay. Deal with it”. Honestly, there can be no better way to counter an Act that can end up sending the Muslim community to detention camps, especially when coupled with the National Register of Citizens.

“India’s protest movement has a problem: Muslim identity entrepreneurs want to give it a religious tinge to boost their own narrow prospects,” author and political analyst Sadanand Dhume tweeted.

He further elaborated, in a subsequent tweet, that “If you want allies, common symbols like the flag and the constitution work better than religious ones like the shahada. Why is this hard to understand?”

Dhume’s assertion might have had some merit if the Shahada would have been the only symbol employed by Muslims during the protests. But anyone can tell you that is far from the truth. Muslims have been actively using the national flag and the Constitution in all their protests. Unlike pro-CAA protesters.

Writer Taslima Nasreen soon joined the debate and tweeted: “You wanna fight for secularism, fine, but don’t let islamic fanatics join you, because they are definitely not secular.”

Wanted: Allies not patrons [

Dhume’s definition of the “Muslim identity entrepreneur” is a roundabout way of calling the Muslim protesters chanting the Shadaha “the bad Muslim”.

“…those among them who foreground religious slogans in their demonstrations are effectively hanging up a big sign that says ‘Allies not wanted’,” Dhume further adds.

The bad or overtly Muslim, according to Dhume and many other liberals like him, don’t deserve allyship. Their suffering and marginalisation on account of their Muslim identity aren’t enough for them to be worthy of half-decent allies, they need to please the allies in order to really earn that allyship.

This allyship, then, isn’t unconditional or even honest, it’s patronising. It requires the Muslim protester to “just be Muslim enough, but not too Muslim”.

It’s really just a more sophisticated way of asking a Muslim friend to bring the biryani to the neighbourhood potluck, but not the skullcap, something all Muslims have gone through, courtesy their “insensitive but not ill-intentioned” Hindu friend.

As Papri Banerjee writes in her brilliant poem The Proper Secular Liberal:

“Be mildly Muslim
Not wildly Muslim.
Bring poetry to us
Keep prayer at bay.”

Hayaat Fatemah argued in her Indian Express column that the Shahada can be alienating to a Hindu protester. There is no doubt that for a Hindu who has grown up listening to the Gayatri mantra, the Shahada can sound alien, even discomforting.

Do Hindus in anti-CAA protest need to chant the Shahada? Absolutely not. Their act of standing there, next to a group of Muslims chanting the same is enough and more proof of their support for the movement. Given how this is a situation of life and death, freedom versus detention camps, a good ally would get over their initial discomfort and show solidarity nonetheless.

Indian liberals missed the mark yet again by protesting ‘la ilaha illallah’ in CAA debate