Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hindus and minorities discriminated against in Pak, Bangladesh: US

The US on Monday expressed concern over continued religious discrimination against religious minorities in particular the Hindus in Pakistan and Bangladesh, citing instances of violence against them.

While Hindus in Pakistan continue to face the threat of abduction and forced conversion, the members of this minority religious community and Christians in Bangladesh are experiencing discrimination and sometimes violence from the Muslim majority population, a report on international religious freedom released by the State Department said.

In Pakistan less than five per cent of the total population are religious minorities including Hindus.

"Religious minorities claimed that government actions addressing forced and coerced conversions of religious minorities to Islam by societal actors were inadequate," the report said.

"According to the HRCP (Human Rights Council of Pakistan) and the Pakistan Hindu Council, as many as 20 to 25 women and girls from the Hindu community were abducted every month and forced to convert to Islam," it added.

The State Department said on November 9, four Hindu doctors were shot and killed in Chak town of Shikarpur District, Sindh. According to reports the attack was in reaction to an alleged relationship between a Hindu man and a Muslim woman.

The investigation was pending at year's end, it said.

Minorities in Bangladesh have also been discriminated against, according to the report.

"Hindu, Christian, and Buddhist minorities experienced discrimination and sometimes violence from the Muslim majority population," the report said, but quickly noted that abuses declined in comparison to the previous year in Bangladesh.

In Bangladesh, the report said many Hindus have been unable to recover landholdings lost because of discrimination under the defunct Vested Property Act.

Although an Awami League government repealed the act in 2001, the succeeding government did not take any concrete action to reverse the property seizures that occurred under the act.

The Vested Property Act was an East Pakistan-era law that allowed the government to expropriate "enemy" (in practice, Hindu) lands.

"Under the law the government seized approximately 2.6 million acres of land, affecting almost all Hindus in the country," the report said.

"According to a study conducted by a Dhaka University professor, nearly 200,000 Hindu families lost approximately 40,667 acres of land since 2001, despite the annulment of the act the same year," the report added.

Friday, July 20, 2012

'Porno' depiction of Kali in game leads to protest

Hindu groups are protesting against Hi-Rez Studios, a US-based company, which has launched an online game, SMITE, with a slutty, femme-fatale portrayal of Hindu Goddess Kali. SMITE is an online battleground of mythical gods and features a number of other Hindu gods and goddesses such as Vamana and Agni.

Catholics, Jews and Buddhists have come out in the support of those Hindus who are upset with this. Well-known Roman Catholic leader in Nevada, USA, Father Charles T Durante, prominent Jewish leader in western USA Rabbi ElizaBeth W Beyer and distinguished Buddhist leader from Nevada, USA, Reverend Jikai' Phil Bryan have issued separate statements criticising Hi-Rez's game. Reverend Bryan has reportedly said: "Shame on the game-makers for denigrating these Supreme Beings".

The Hindu Jagruti Manch on its website says: "This game has portrayed Hindu Goddess Kali Mata in very bad manner, with appearance as a combat porn-star. Kali Mata is highly revered Hindu Goddess and more than one billion Hindus worship her. Also it is grave of insult of Hindu Deities as Deities are not objects to be used for online games."

While IBNLive checked out the game videos where the characters are pretty tiny, it has found no evidence of the Goddess being portrayed as a pornstar. Yes, she is barely clad like Hollywood femme fatales which is possibly not a reverential portrayal of a goddess worshipped by a billion people.

Hi-Rez COO Todd Harris's words have been pretty high-strung. "In fact, given Hinduism's concept of a single truth with multiple physical manifestations, one could validly interpret ALL the gods within Smite to be Hindu. And all gods outside of Smite as well. Ponder that for a minute. Anyway, going forward Smite will include even more deities, not fewer," he has been quoted as saying.

Rajan Zed, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said he's urging Hi-Rez to reconsider their portrayal of these gods and that they should have them removed from the game, especially Kali. He has called the portrayal "pornographic style".

"Video game makers should be more sensitive while handling faith-related subjects and no faith, larger or smaller, should be trampled. As these games left lasting impact on the minds of highly impressionable children, teens and other young people; such inappropriate depictions would create more misunderstandings about Hinduism, which was already a highly misunderstood religion in the West," Zed's official press statement reads.

Source: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/porno-depiction-of-kali-in-game-leads-to-protest/272430-61.html

Monday, July 16, 2012

Islam is ‘a religion of war,’ says son of Hamas founder on a visit to his ‘beloved Israel’

Mosab Hassan Yousef rejected his Islamist upbringing to help Israel fight terror. If he had the chance, he says, he’d tell his father: ‘Leave Hamas. You have created a monster’

Mosab Hassan Yousef has a knack for controversy. The son of Hamas founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef, he has already broken every taboo in the Palestinian book. He has worked for Israeli intelligence and converted to Christianity. Now he is developing a new film which is sure to be no less sensational: a biography of the life of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam.

Yousef, 33, broke ranks with Hamas in 1997 and began working for the Israeli internal intelligence service Shin Bet. Ten years later, after helping Israel thwart dozens of terror attacks and arrest many members of his former movement, Yousef left for the United States where he sought political asylum and later converted to Christianity.

Today, he says, he is back in Israel for the first time on a personal visit “to inspire a new generation of Palestinians.”
‘I love Israel because I love democracy,’ Yousef told journalists in Jerusalem

“I love Israel because I love democracy,” he told journalists in Jerusalem Tuesday. “I am here to protest religion’s absolute control of people’s lives.”

Standing next to his retired Shin Bet handler, Gonen Ben-Itzhak, Yousef refused to answer questions in Arabic. He said he was on a mission to educate the public about the true nature of his former religion.

“Islam is not a religion of peace. It’s a religion of war,” he said. “Muslims don’t even know the true nature of their own religion.”

To that end, Yousef decided to produce a film about the touchiest subject of all: the revered prophet of Islam, Muhammad. He says the film is based on a traditional biography of Muhammad written by the eighth-century Muslim historian Ibn Ishaq.

He said the film is unique in that it will be produced by Muslims, “or people of Muslim background,” unlike recent European attempts to tackle the complex historiography of Muhammad. With a written screenplay, guaranteed funding, and a celebrity actor (whose name he would not divulge) in the lead role as Muhammad, Yousef said he hoped filming will commence next year.

“Muhammad is still untouchable,” Yousef said, noting that controversial as it was, Mel Gibson’s 2004 film “The Passion of Christ” touched many people worldwide.

Another film, expected to be produced before “Muhammad,” is a cinematic adaptation of Yousef’s 2010 autobiography “Son of Hamas,” in which he recounts the tale of his cooperation with Israeli intelligence. Yousef said the book was already translated into 25 languages and is available for free download in Arabic on his personal website.
When asked what he would tell his father if he were in the room, Yousef said only: “Leave Hamas. You have created a monster.”

Gonen Ben-Itzhak, Yousef’s handler who appears in the book under his operational pseudonym “Captain Luay,” said he considers Yousef “his brother” and has become his close friend after their professional paths parted in 2004.

“He saved many lives and stopped many attacks,” Ben-Itzhak told The Times of Israel. “I think that we, as Israelis, must show our gratitude to people like him. Even while working for us he was always against bloodshed, on both sides.”

Ben-Itzhak noted that Israeli officials voiced their concern about Yousef’s arrival in Israel as his life is still under threat, but added that Yousef was allowed into the country with neither visa nor passport.

“His story is very unusual,” Ben-Itzhak added. “I can’t recall the last time an ‘asset’ came out like this.”

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Warrant for Bhaarat! - Unite Hindus!

Dr Pravin Togadia

In 1947, Bharat became independent from the British but broken and looted. The same ordeal is hovering over Bharat now with Muslim Reservations. After 1947, 3 Crore Muslims stayed back in Bharat who rejecting family planning and common civil core increased their population to 15 crore now. Using population explosion, they created their own formidable vote bank making all political leaders to crawl in front of them.

Here began the dirtiest conspiracy to snatch education, employment, bank loans and livelihood of all backward castes - SC, OBC, ST and from open merit. Using Hindu tax payers' money, government subsidised Muslim vote bank and now they are demanding reserved constituencies thereby preventing Hindus from having any say in many pockets in Bharat.

Current basis of 4.5 per cent from OBC's 27 per cent for Muslims (and Law Minister's election announcement of further 9 per cent): Biased and ill-informed reports of Rangnath Mishra Commission and Sachhar Committee. Mishra has given following recommendations:

A) Education: Only for Muslims and Christians:
1. All educational Institutions to give 15 per cent reservations
2. Scholarships for pre-Matric, Matric, Post Matric and private tuitions
3. Residential Hostels
4. Polytechnic, High Schools, vocational training centers at various places
B) Business and Inclusions:
1. All Muslims and Christians be treated as backward OBC, SC and ST whose Businesses are same as the Hindus from these categories. With this, almost all Muslims and Christians will get included in OBC, SC, ST quota.
2. Those Muslims & Christians staying in tribal areas before 1947 should be treated as Tribals & should be given all reservations meant for Scheduled Tribes.
C) Constitution
1. Constitution be amended to remove words 'Socially and Educationally Backward' for reservations and mention only word 'Backward' and all Muslims be treated as Backward. So far benefit of being socially and educationally backward was available only to SC, ST and OBC; now all Muslims will snatch it.
D) Majhab
1. Based on Majhab, 15 per cent reservations be given to all Muslims and Christians snatching 6 per cent from OBC and 9 per cent from Open Merit.
Based on these, government promptly started the 'loot poor Hindus' game and showered millions of rupees on Muslims:
1. With the order dated 22 December, 2011, Government reduced OBC reservations to 22.5 per cent from the earlier 27 per cent and gave 4.5 per cent to Muslims. In 22.5 per cent Muslims already are included + extra exclusive 4.5 per cent to Muslims.
2. Education: Already started only for Muslims  * 90 Kasturba Vidyalayas
* Muslim-populated 374 districts have now exclusive colleges
* 36 such districts have Polytechnic colleges
* Muslim girls hostels at 249 places
* 35 Vocational Training Centres Scholarship given to 72, 00,900
Muslim students and for additional 31,145 Muslim students scholarship, government gave Rs 700 Crore to Maulana Azad Foundation
* Muslim students get education loan at 3 per cent whereas Hindu students have to shell out minimum 13 per cent
3. Financial Aid
* Muslim populated areas are given 2498 new special branches of banks.
* Per RBI circular of July 25, 2007 only in one year all banks were forced to give loans to Muslims to the tune of  Rupees 1 lakh 43 thousand 396 crore and 70 lakh! 5,87,088 Muslim women are given Rs 3,984 crore
* If any Hindu wants bank loan he gets only 60 per cent and has to shell out 40 per cent himself and pays 13 per cent interest; Muslim gets 85 per cent loan, pays only 15 per cent that too given by Minority Finance Development Corporation and pays only 6 per cent interest!

All this, when government is reeling under severe deficit and debt of over $1 lakh 50 Thousand billion, government begging for extra 5 lakh crore rupees loan from open markets at 18per cent interest, when 42 per cent of kids in Bharat are malnourished! Such showering of Hindu tax payers' money and benefits on Muslims for vote bank politics is leading Bharat fast to the 2nd partition!

With such reservation policies, already poor Hindu SC., OBC, ST and even from Open Merit will get poorer, unemployed and frustrated. No Hindu will be able to compete with any Muslim or Christian in academics, business or jobs. With such low interest loans to Muslims, no Hindu will survive in business. Their Hasan Ali alone owes Rs 50,000 crore to Income Tax and they are poor backward? And some of them if poor, are not because of Hindus; but because of their own choice of unlimited kids! Why burden Hindu Tax payer?

Their demand of separate reserved constituency is the last straw on camel's back. This will block out Hindus from many areas of Bharat. Despite this death warrant on Bharat and Hindus, government plans to oppress Hindus with Communal Violence Bill which will not allow any Hindu to even speak.

To save Bharat, all castes, communities and regions need to come together fast and start 'Hindu Roti and Shiksha Bachaao' agitation.

Leaders SC, OBC and ST and Open Merit should make their communities aware of this dirty conspiracy by the Government to snatch the rightful education, employment, business and bank loans of all Hindus and give to Muslims and Christians for votes. All Hindus must vote together as one against this.

Hindu Demands from Government:
1. Government should Reject Rangnath Mishra and Sachhar reports completely and apologise to Bharat for misusing Government machinery for creating false, ill-informed and biased reports with the intention to appease Muslims and hurt Hindus. .
2. Withdraw 4.5 per cent reservation given to Muslims from OBC's 27 per cent; promise that Muslims will not be included in OBC and Muslims already included will be immediately excluded.
3. Government should not give Scheduled Caste reservations to Christians or Muslims.
4. Christians included in Scheduled Tribes must be immediately de-listed.
5. Government must promise not to amend the Constitution to give religion-based reservation to Muslims and Christians.

The only immediate way to stop this reservation Jehad by the Government against all castes of Hindus is that all students, youth, ladies, caste-community leaders come together, start an awareness campaign, sms, email, make groups on Face Book and other social sites, do flash mobs and street plays opposing snatching of Hindu Roti and education. Put democratic pressure on all political parties to reject Muslim reservations fully. All Hindus must unite for this democratic and peaceful fight for last effort of survival to avoid perishing as Hindus and as Bharat.