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India: Five children abducted every hour

File photo of parents of missing children at a rally in DelhiOn April 13, 2017, Reuters reported that according to Indian government’s Track Child portal 250,000 children were reported missing by their parents between January 2012 to March 2017 – that’s five children vanishing every hour in the so-called world’s largest democracy.

But campaigners say these figures are just the tip of the iceberg, as many cases are not registered by parents or the police, and the children dismissed as runaways. For example, on May 24, 2016, the Times of India reported a 84% rise in missing children during 2013-2015.

On December 8, 2011, the BBC News reported that 11 children go missing in India every hour – and only 4 of them are recovered by the law enforcement agencies.

Delhi-based Shakti Vahini anti-child trafficking organization says 70% of these missing children are sold into child labor or prostitution.

India has world’s largest child population – with more than 40% of its 1.2 billion citizens are below the age of 18.

India is a source, destination, and transit country for trafficking for many purposes such as commercial sexual exploitation. Majority of the trafficking is within the country but there are also a large number trafficked from Nepal and Bangladesh (here).

India’s 51% population lives under poverty level which has become a breeding ground for surrogacy trade especially for baby girls who are considered a liability among Hindu majority.

India’s Hindu racism against African people

India’s Brahmin-dominated culture is based on religious and ethnic racism. Its victims include 160 million Muslims, 220 million Hindu Dalits, and Sikh and Christian minorities. Since Narendra Modi’s BJP came into power – African nationals working or studying in India have been added to the Hindutva’s “enemy list”.

On Monday, March 27, hundreds of people in New Delhi went on a mob rampage and attacked several African students. The violence was sparked by allegations that five African students were involved in the drug trade and the overdose death of a young Indian boy. Police arrested the five but then released them citing a lack of evidence.

Many social media users justified the attacks and hurled racist slurs against the Africans. Some even accused them of cannibalism and drug racketeering.

Last week, diplomats from 44 African nations accused pro-Israel Modi government of failing to do enough to stop racist attacks on their nationals following a series of brutal assaults on Nigerians. The diplomats in a unanimous decision threatened Modi government that they will ask UNHRC meeting on the issue if such practice continued.

It was not the first time that Africans living India have faced brutal attacks. Experts say these incidents reflect on the growing xenophobia and a deep-rooted racism in Indian society against African people.

Last year, a Congolese man was beaten to death in Delhi. Prior to that, a Hindu mob pulled a Tanzanian female student out of a car and forced her to walk naked in the southern city of Bangalore. In 2015, six Africans were beaten up by a mob in New Delhi.

An estimated 40,000 Nigerians live in India. According to government data, they make up the fifth-largest group of foreign students in India – only one place behind Sudanese students. Most of these Nigerian students choose to live in big cities and constitute a significant chunk of India’s medical tourists. They have often complained of facing racist taunts on the streets.

Not much known is Siddis community of 50,000 Africans who were brought to Indian-subcontinent by Muslim, Portuguese and English invaders. These people live in Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Gujarat states.

On April 12, 2017, Ravi Nitesh, an Indian writer and human rights activist wrote: “Africa and India also derive inspiration from each other. People in India connect Africa with Nelson Mandela and in Africa, people respect Mahatma Gandhi. Both were world leaders of non violence and closely linked in their views and ideology. It is worth to remember that Gandhi who is one of the most remembered hero of freedom struggle of India and is the Father of Nation of India had during his time in Africa fought for equal rights. Similarly, Nelson Mandela with his long struggle to abolish apartheid is also a household name in India. Nelson Mandela is one of the two foreign nationals who had received the highest civilian order of India, the ‘Bharat Ratna’.”

India’s ban on holy cow and cricket match

Cricket and holy cow have become major tools in the hands of anti-Muslim-pro-Israel Modi government to demonize Muslims and neighboring Pakistan.

Cow meat is consumed not only by the majority of Muslim (160 million) and Hindu Dalit (220 million) minorities – India is world’s largest exporter of beef. However, slaughter of cow and bullock by Muslims is banned in majority of Indian states. Several Muslims have been lynched to death by Hindu mobs over slaughtering of a cow.

On April 7, 2017, ruling party BJP’s Mangal Prabhat Lodha, MPA from Mumbai demanded capital punishment for killers of cow and bulls.

Cricket is the national sports of India and Pakistan. However no Pakistani cricketer has been allowed to play at Indian Premier League (IPL) since its creation in 2008. On April 5, Bollywood veteran actor Rishi Kapoor urged Indian Cricket Board to allow Pakistani players to show their talents at the IPL’s matches being played now.

Muslim players from Indian occupied Muslim majority state of Jammu and Kashmir have used cricket to show their hatred of Hindu occupation. Recently, a number of Kashmiri cricketers were detained by the local Hindu police for playing Pakistani anthem before starting a friendly match with an Indian team while wearing Pakistan cricket team uniform (watch below).

With every passing day, news in India looks more like a really saffronised version of The Onion. Politicians assaulting flight staff, Nigerian students getting beaten up for imaginary cannibalism, dairy farmers murdered by cow vigilantes, hatred toward Pakistani sports player and Bengalis eating fish, etc.

On Thursday, one of Pakistan’s top journalist, Nadeen Farooq Paracha, posted a parody, entitled, Modi adds cows to cricket team making fun of Hindutva obsession with everything related with Muslims and Islam.

The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the Indian cricket board, the BCCI, to select at least two cows in the country’s cricket team. A government spokesperson Anu Kintan Karnik Lal Taneja (aka Bob) said that since cricket was India’s most popular sport, the quota system will first be implemented in cricket and then extended to other sports. It is believed that since India has a Hindu majority, the selected cows will be included at the expense of Muslim players in the team,” wrote Paracha.

Indian court acquits ‘Iranian Mother Theresa’

Last week, an Indian appeal court acquitted Iranian-born British citizen Narges Kalbasi Ashtari, 28. She was convicted in 2014 for negligence resulting in the death of a child.

In 2014, her foundation organised a picnic, during which six children were swept away while bathing in a river. Five of the children were rescued, but one was feared drowned. His body was never recovered. The state Hindu leaders accused Narges of throwing the boy in the river. She spent one year in jail for not paying bribes demanded by the local police.

Narges known as Iranian Mother Theresa has lived in Britain, Canada and Sri Lanka. Narges established her NGO Prishan Foundation in Vancouver, Canada, in 2009. In 2011, she was invited by of an Indian NGO known as ASSIST to help build an orphanage in Mukundapur village of Rayagada district in Odisha state (formerly Orissa).

Once the orphanage building was completed, the Indian NGO began to give Narges hard time as result of her complaint that land documents in her named were forged by ASSIST.

I am going through the most horrific forms of abuse by a group of people with immense power, influence, and protection in Odisha,” she told Iranian Mehr News in an interview.

Nergas is not the only victim of Hindutva fascism. In 2011, Niyamat Ansari, a Muslim advocate for the safeguarding of worker’s right in the Indian locality of Jerua, was kidnapped by a group of armed men. Ansari, like Narges, had also been involved in highlighting corruption among state’s officials. The kidnappers beat Ansari to death.

Iran’s foreign minister Dr. Javad Zarif had congratulated Nergas of having acquitted of all charges of negligence, and hailed her patience and perseverance, as well as the efforts of Iranian officials and popular campaigns in support of her.

Odisha state has large deposits of diamond, coal, chromite, nickel, mineral sand, graphite, et. However, a majority of its 42 million residents live below national poverty level ($2 per day).

India: Save cow, kill female babies

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s ruling BJP won recent state election in Uttar Pradesh (UP). BJP fought the election based on Hindu majority’s old hatred toward non-Hindu minorities especially Muslims. So party’s choice of Mahant Yogi Adityanath, 44, as new state chief minister did not surprise Indians who still believe in a secular India which in practice it had never been due to racism-based Hinduism – ask a member of 220 million Dalit (Untouchable Hindus). Dr. Rajshekar in his 1995 book, Dalit: The Black Untouchable of India, wrote: “Every hour – two Dalit are assaulted. Every day – three Dalit women are rapped, two Dalit murdered and two Dalit houses are burned.”

Late last week, Yogi Adityanath dropped his Hindutva dhoti by starting a financial war on state’s largest Muslim minority (32.2%). It closed down several slaughterhouses run by Muslims. India is world’s largest exporter of beef. UP state plays a majority role in this export. However, Muslims and Dalit are the main villains as far as the Hindutva mafia is concerned. Interestingly, non-practicing Hindus, Sikh and Christian minorities too consume beef.

Who is Yogi Adityanath? To put it mildly, he is incarnation of Bal Thackeray, the anti-Muslim late Shiv Sena Supremo. Some Indian writers have equated the Yogi with the US president Donald Trump. Yogi not only hate Muslims and Dalit but also women and gay people.

Yogi Adityanath is like a God to us,” said Kiran Rana, the mother of one of the 14 men arrested over the killing of 50-year-old Muslim Mohammad Akhlaq on suspicion of slaughtering a cow as Eid offering in 2015.

The way the BJP campaigned in Uttar Pradesh particularly at the last phase converting the entire campaign to Hindu Muslim binary, resulted in the massive mandate in favor of BJP. If the Delhi journos who have been ‘fascinated’ by the big ‘money’ of Hindutva party to talk about its ‘developmental’ agenda believe that the election was a stamp on Modi’s #notebandi or #demonetisation or #surgicalstrike have got the answer today that Vikas (development) for the Hindutva means war between Shamshan and Kabristan. Those who know Yogi’s past well do understand his uncontrolled fulminations against Muslims,” Vidya Bhushan Rawat, Indian human rights activist wrote on March 18, 2017.

Many Indian don’t know the past history of Hindutva – the so-called “Hindu Nationalist” parties such as Hindu Mahasabha and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh which boycotted the Quit India Movement (QIM) 74 years ago. The Hindutva camp not only opposed QIM but also provided multi-faceted and multi-dimensional support to the British rulers in suppressing this historic non-violent mass upsurge involving Hindus and Muslims followers of All India Congress Party and All India Muslim League (here).

Now, compare the fanatic Hindu concern for their so-called Holy Cow with the born-unborn female babies – one million of whom are aborted or killed every year. In 2012, United Nations designated India to be the most dangerous place in world to be born a girl.

India: Hindutva war on an orphan Sikh girl

India’s Hindu extremists groups have launched a vicious campaign against 20-year-old Sikh orphan Gurmehar Kaur on social media for saying that Pakistan didn’t kill my dad, war killed him (watch video below).

Her dad Captain Mandeep Sing was killed during Indo-Pak military conflict at Kargil in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir Valley in 1999.

She says when her father was killed she was only six years old. As a child she blamed Pakistan and all Muslims for the death of her father. As a teenager she even stabbed an Indian woman in burqa as part of her hatred toward Muslims. As she grew older it was her mother who was able to convince her that it was not Pakistan but war which killed her father.

Recently, Gurmehar Kaur, a student at Lady Sriram College in New Delhi started a campaign against Hindu extremist groups on social media for the peoples’ rights to dissent against Indian government’s racist policies against minorities and its war drum-beating against Pakistan and China. Changing a facebook display picture with a message “I am a student from Delhi University, I’m not araid of ABVP. I am not alone, every student in india is with me #StudentsAgainstABVP” which was a very polite way of protest. But Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parashad (ABVP) didn’t liked it and many started abusing her on facebook and twitter. She even received rape threats.

The ABVP is student wing of Hindu terrorist organization RSS. It’s modeled on Israel’s anti-free speech Campus Police Hillel.

Ruling party BJP MP Pratap Simha compared Gurmehar to Dawood Ibrahim while Union minister Kiren Rijiju questioned whether someone was polluting the young woman’s mind.

Indian-born Dawood Ibrahim is the most wanted gangster by the Hindutva mafia for supporting Mumbai Muslims against them. Until he escaped to Dubai in 1986, he had many Hindu politicians in his pocket. He was admired by many people in the Bollywood.

The nab Dawood whispers probably started only after the 1993 Mumbai blasts. Incidentally, Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt was also convicted in the same case. Despite that, he continues to be a much-admired personality in the country,” wrote Sunil Rajgru, Daily O, May 27, 2016.

Dr. Ambedkar stated that majority in India is not a political majority but a communal Brahminical  majority. During the regime of Congress, the political majority was always governed within the limits of communal majority and hence demolition of Babri Masjid was reduced to only an administrative failure and the riots on Sikhs, as aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s murder, was generally reckoned as a natural corollary of angst of majority. The 20 yr old girl is not acceding to an argument that Pakistan , as a specific entity, has killed her father.  The non-existing violation of this myth, which someone calls as a fact, should not be a case to consider violation of moral grounds. This has been escalated as a social crime too and, in forthcoming fascist days, possibly, this could be turned out to be a law if it goes unaddressed in the system. The dramatic part of all this is more interesting. We have laid down clear provisions in the constitution. Attaching every trivial and unconnected social event to a ‘holyness’ is actually brahminical majroiatarainist mentality of idolatry.  This culture is reaffirmed when the apex institution like Supreme Court makes ‘ Janagana mana ‘ as a holy affair in the cinema halls (here),” says Victor Vijay Kumar.

Narendra Modi’ Hindutva government has never missed a day threatening India’s Muslim-majority neighbor Pakistan with a nuclear war since it took power. It has just bought US$4 billion worth of ’emergency weapons’ from Israel, Russia and United State. It has also announced to spend US$231 billion on arms purchase during the next 10 years.

In 2016 India was second top importer of arms (US$3.1 billion) after Saudi Arabia (US$4 billion) despite the fact 51% of India’s population lives below the poverty line.

Bollywood and ‘The Asses of Gujarat’!

Indian state of Uttar Pradesh election 2017 campaign is turning into another Hillary-Trump circus – full of personal attacks, vulgarity, below the belt blows to gain brownie points and applause to sway large crowd.

On Monday, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and the ruling party Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav took a jibe at country’s prime minister Narendra Modi by urging Bollywood famous actor and Gujarat’s brand ambassador since February 2010, Amitabh Bachchan, not to promote Gujarat’s asses. Referring to Gujarat Tourism advertisement where the actor, speaks about State’s Wild Ass Sanctuary (watch video below).

Actor-politician Amitabh Bachchan was born in Allahabad (UP) in 1942. He was Congress Party member of Indian parliament (1984-87), which supports Yadav’s government in the UP state.

Prime minister Narendra Modi was born in Gujarat in 1950. Modi has criticized the SP-Congress government in UP as full of corruption and nepotism on several occasions.

In 2014, SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav accused Narendra Modi of murdering over 2,000 Muslims while he was the chief minister of Gujarat state in 2002. Indian minority leaders have named Modi as the Butcher of Gujarat.

Yesterday, Samajwadi Party leader Rajendra Chaudhry called Narendra Modi a terrorist who is spreading terror inside a democracy.