Dancing at the Crossroads

Intolerance becoming naked in so called Secular India

Shiv Sina one of the many Hindu extremist groups is active these days on the roads of those cities of India where not only fashion elites but powerful representatives of all segments of society are residing. Media has reported activities of extremist group followers very clearly showing the growingintolerance & actual face of so called secular society of India.

Article source: http://www.markthetruth.com/minority-issues-in-india/212-dancing-at-the-crossroads.html

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Vande Mataram – An Enduring Legacy of Vitriolic Hate

All national songs are meant to rally and unite nations, but one keeps wondering as to what is embodied in Vande Mataram, the Indian national song that has become such an unceasing source of friction and acrimony between the Hindus and the remaining communities in India, particularly once its title means; Salute to the Mother? We in Pakistan are lucky thatthe issue remains of peripheral interest but Vande Mataram’s threatening message keeps stalking the psyche of the Indian Muslims, constantly reminding them of the threat of being swamped over by a strident Hindu nationalism. The song’s potential to divide the polity in India was in full view recently by the extent of furor caused when a convention of Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind supported an earlier Fatwa issued in 2006 by Darul Uloom which prevented a recitation of the song by Muslim children in state run schools. The reaction by Shiv Sena’s Executive President Uddhav Thackerey sums up the communal passions that the song stirs; “If you don’t want to salute the motherland, then whom do you salute? What is the shame in saluting Bharatmata? Those who don’t want to salute Bharatmata should go to Pakistan, Bangladesh. There is no such place for traitors in India,” he said.

Article Source: http://www.markthetruth.com/minority-issues-in-india/208-vande-mataram-an-enduring-legacy-of-vitriolic-hate.html

Disappearing Girls of India

According to a recent report of UNICEF 50 million unborn female babies killed in India. India’s already abysmal sex ratio figures are getting worse day by day, with 80 percent of its districts recorded declining child sex ratios since 1991, as thousands of girl children are killed before or at birth. According to UN children’s agency annual report ‘ State of Worlds’ Children 2007′ the state of Punjab is the worst offender as the ratio has dropped from 875 in 1991 to 798 girls for, every 1,000 boys in 2001. After Punjab, comes the number of Haryana which saw a drop of 60 points from 879 girls in 1991 to 817 in 2001. Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal are the other states where girl children are largely unwanted.

Article Source: http://www.markthetruth.com/minority-issues-in-india/191-disappearing-girls-of-india.html

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