Throw him out!
What a joke!
In its reply to the EC, the BJP stated that Gandhi’s remarks did not represent the views of the party. “The BJP categorically states that it completely disagrees, disassociates and disapproves the contents of the CD as sent to us,” party leader R Ramakrishna said in his single page reply to an EC notice. The EC had issued a notice to BJP and Gandhi, on the alleged anti-Muslim speeches made by him early this month. The party asked the EC to check the genuineness of the CD. According to Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami, the onus of proving that the video CD – containing the inflammatory hate speech – was tampered with rests with Varun himself.
Why hasn’t the BJP chucked him out? IS it because he might still get votes??
See for yourself how a foreign educated (that much talked about tag) educated LSE graduate spews venom.
Does he deserve even a second of our time? And most importantly our vote?
This is the young face of a ‘new’ India!!What a big joke!!
Though just one offensive remark captured by a TV channel drew the attention of the local authorities, the scion of the estranged Gandhi family has been busy making such statements all over Pilibhit.
While “Jai Shri Ram” is his battle-cry at all roadside meetings or assemblies, some of the other slogans being used are “Gau hatya rukwana hai, Varun Gandhi ko jitana hai” (Cow slaughter must stop, Varun Gandhi must win) and “Varun nahin yeh aandhi hai, doosra Sanjay Gandhi hai (Varun Gandhi is like a storm, he is another Sanjay Gandhi)”.
Varun Gandhi has already addressed three ‘Hindu sammellans’. While the district administration has taken cognizance of his utterances at a meet in Barkhera on March 8, those at earlier meetings in Dalchand on March 6 and at Lalori Khera locality on Feb 22 have almost gone unnoticed.
On March 6, he said at the Dalchand meeting: “Agar kissi galat tatv ke aadmi ne, kisi Hindu pe haath uthaya ya hinduon ke upar yeh samajh key ki yeh kamzor hain, unke peeche koi nahi hai… hinduon ke upar haath uthaya, mein geeta ki kasam khake kehta hoon ki mein uss haath ko kaat daaloonga. (If somebody lifts a hand against Hindus, or thinks they are weak, there is nobody behind them, then I swear on the (Bhagvad) Gita that I will cut off that hand).”
It has left even leaders who are working for his victory flabbergasted.
Naresh Verma, a popular BJP leader in Puranpur – within the constituency – told IANS: “I am a BJP activist and a Hindu too. But I am not in favour of launching a communally charged campaign. If Varun Gandhi persists with such style of campaigning, I would be compelled to keep myself away from it.”
Added another BJP veteran Gurdial Singh: “Varun is going out of hand. If he is not restrained, this election could end in a bloody communal clash.”
The 70-year-old Sikh froom Ramnagar village was even asked to leave one of the Hindu meets being addressed by Varun Gandhi.
“He neither has respect for any other religion nor even for elders. In his arrogance, he has gone to the extent of forgetting that his mother was also a Sikh before her marriage.”
If the BJP is alarmed, other parties are determined to ensure that this stops.
“We have audio-recordings of the provocative language used by Varun Gandhi to run down Muslims,” claimed Haroon Ahmad, a local Samajwadi Party leader.
“We have been restraining our people from retaliating because that will lead to a clash, but how long can we stop people from reacting?” he asked.
Varun Gandhi’s Congress rival V.M. Singh said he was “going to make a detailed complaint in this regard to the Election Commission”.
Asked why he had not done so far, Singh told IANS: “I have been gathering all the evidence against him so far but now I am going to make a written complaint.
“The highly objectionable slang used by Varun in his reference to Muslims could just spark off a violent communal clash here.”
What the hell is wrong with Varun Gandhi???
We pin all our hopes on the new generation of politicians and this is what they are like????
I am sure even the most hardened fundamentalists must have been gaping open mouthed at this gumption!
And shrewd he certainly is..
He looks like a novice infront of this newcomer who spouts vitriolic speeches.
Is this what he learnt at LSE?The London School of Economics?
This is the guy we should look at with hope???
Will this sound weird or worse dumb if I say he has traces of his father’s stupidity??
The gall!the sheer gall of it all!
Now how will liberal Indians stand up and say we are secular? How?
Because this falls on all of us. The responsibility as also the need to see that this scum goes for good.
It is disgusting! it is horrific !it is vile!
Will we have Gujarat revisited 5 years down the line. ???
It is a horrifying scenario!
If communal tension flares up in Pilibhit and spreads in UP who will be responsible?
This venom spewed here now..
How I wish I could use some choice words for him.
Secularism is already in its dying throes in India…it has almost become a dead word in India.
IS Varun Gandhi here to ensure that future generations never know what Secularism meant?
Local media played clips in which he is alleged to have said he would cut off the hands of Muslims who threatened Hindus and compared a rival Muslim candidate to Osama bin Laden.
“That is a conspiracy, that is not my voice, those are not my words,” Gandhi told Times Now news channel in New Delhi.
“They have taken my speech, they have twisted it so badly that it makes me look like I’m attacking Muslims.”
Who told him that Hindus needed any saving? And by him??
Mr Togadia and Mr Modi are Gujarat-based right-wing Hindu leaders known for their vitriolic attacks against minorities. Human rights groups have alleged that these two leaders played key roles in the 2002 anti-Muslim rioting in Gujarat, which led to the deaths of between 1,000 and 2,000 people, according to various estimates, the majority of whom were Muslims.
In Patna, the capital of eastern Bihar state, where Muslims torched an effigy of Mr Gandhi on Tuesday, Mazhar Abbas, a protester, said Muslims across the country know the tape was not doctored.
“[In his speech] he uttered some Muslim names and called them scary. He clearly meant that all Muslims looked alike and were terrorists. He gave a call to unite the Hindus against the Muslims. His attitude has the potential to trigger a communal riot. Why are the authorities delaying to arrest him?” Mr Abbas said. In the northern Indian city of Aligarh, Shabbir Husain, a Muslim community leader and doctor, said Mr Gandhi should be banned from politics in India.
“His style of outpouring of venom against Muslims shows how he hates the community. If such a leader comes to power he will try to get the Muslims killed if they cannot be thrown out of the country,” Dr Husain said.
“In the past year everyone has seen how Muslims across the whole country came out openly against terrorists and even clerics issued fatwas against terrorism. Even [The Mumbai] attackers were not allowed to be buried in India by the Muslims. But in his speech Varun Gandhi tried to brand the whole community as terrorists. This rabidly communal man should not be allowed to contest any election.”
Despite the backlash, some other Hindu leaders known for their anti-minority stands congratulated Mr Gandhi for his “courageous and just” remarks against Muslims.
Prakash Sharma, the chief of the Hindu militant group Bajrang Dal, said Mr Gandhi had said nothing wrong and did not need to tender an apology. He added that Bajrang Dal backed him in his fight for Hindus in what the party sees as its ongoing struggle against the Muslim community.
Bal Thackeray lauds Varun Gandhi’s remarks
In an editorial titled ”Ha Gandhi Amhala Chalel” (This Gandhi will do for us)” in the party organ Saamana, Mr Thackeray said Varun had given expression to the anguish and dissatisfaction of Hindus through his speech.
”He has inherited aggressive traits of his late father Sanjay Gandhi, who had an image of ‘Messiah of Hindus’, as he never indulged in appeasing the Muslim community and spoke for the welfare of Hindus of this country,” the octrogenarian said.
He also asked the BJP to support Varun instead of distancing him.
”Varun has said only the truth” he added.
the editorial said ”BJP was passing through a difficult phase and news of rift in Delhi are coming everyday”. ”As a political tradition we will say it’s their internal matter” it said, adding ”In our country we call it Democracy and Varun has spoken in favour of this democracy, don’t stop him.” Taking a dig at BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain for demanding apology from Varun for his remarks, Mr Thackeray asked ”Is this demand by a BJP leader or a Muslim leader?”
What he has inherited is a dumb brain that has lost the capacity to think whatever little it could in the first place and a mouth that he wont keep closed.
Such thoughts churning inside this hate monger’s head!
My god! And If he had not said this we would never even have come to know! We would have have voted for him or atleast supported this ‘young blood’ and would have been unaware of the hate inside his heart.
In the ‘Hindutva’ case, wherein the High Court had set aside the election of the Shiv Sena’s Manohar Joshi on the grounds that he had sought votes on the basis of religion, the Supreme Court overturned the High Court verdict, holding that ‘Hindutva’ does not refer to a specific religion but rather to a “way of life”. This, in a way, opened the doors for appeals for votes in the name of religion. It is a telling fact that no election in India has ever been rendered void on the ground that the winning candidate made communally provocative speeches. [More here]
You HAVE to read this link below ( By Farzana Versey )
a nice little roundabout way to get Muslim votes. What did you say? You said what would swell the heart of any Saudi – that you would cut the hand of “anyone who raises a finger towards Hindus”. This is not in the Hindu shastras or the Indian Constitution; you are following primitive Islamic laws banned in most Muslim countries. Bravo…
“They have scary names – Karimullah, Nazarullah – its scary to see them at night…………… When my cousin who is seven-eight years old, saw Samajwadi Party’s candidate’s photo, she said Bhaiya (big brother), I didn’t know that Osama Bin Laden is fighting from your constituency”.
Maan gaye ustaad…you know all these mullahs are trying to distance themselves from Osama, so the thought of little eight-year-old girl being scared of large section of population will bring out motherly instincts of all the Darul-Uloom types…and they do look frightening at night. You did not say day. See? You are conveying that in darkness everything looks different; we must see the light.
This Gandhi will do, says Shiv Sena
In an editorial on Wednesday, Ha Gandhi Amhala Chalel (This Gandhi is acceptable to us), in Sena’s mouthpiece ‘Saamna’, which is edited by Bal Thackeray, the party said, “A spark has ignited in the mind of Varun, don’t extinguish it.”
It stated, “We have fallen in love with this Gandhi, despite the code of conduct. We bless him.”
Ofcourse!He will do! So much like Unclethis new felllow is..Did he give him up for adoption long back? Is he his long lost son? The language would certainly say so.
There so so much venom..
Under the directions of the Election Commission, a case has been filed against Mr. Gandhi under Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code and Section 125 of the Representation of the People Act 1951, which deal with promoting enmity between people on grounds of religion, race, and so on. If found guilty, the 29-year-old politician could receive a maximum punishment of three years in prison.
There are no legal provisions to disqualify someone from contesting an election for spreading divisiveness and fostering hate during the campaign — the law invites disqualification only on the conviction of a candidate for specific offences or on his or her being sentenced to two years or more of imprisonment for other offences. Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, one of the few politicians convicted for making communal and inflammatory speeches, was disqualified from either contesting or voting in an election for a period of six years. With no authority to punish hate speeches, the Election Commission’s demonstration of power is limited to cracking the whip on officials: the superintendent of police and the district magistrate of Pilibhit have been transferred for dereliction of duty. It is important that the criminal case against Varun Gandhi, who is in further trouble with complaints that he has distributed money to voters, is pursued diligently. If the son of Sanjay and Maneka Gandhi is allowed to get away with his deliberate and noxious foul, there will be no holding back other exponents of hate speech.[MORE HERE]
This is why restrictions are needed for people like him! So that he does NOT have the freedom to say what he wants!
Varun Gandhi seems to be suffering from verbal diarrhoea.
What will the Election Commission with limited powers do?Or rather will be able to do?
An article on the psychology behind or of Commmunalism below
How do we understand communalism?
If we want to reduce and eliminate communalism in India, the last people to seek answers from are the secularists themselves. I have read many articles on communalism, some written by vocal anti-communalists like Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand, and others by literary figures like Arundhati Roy and even Nobel laureate Amartya Sen. They actually have no answers.
The real answers come from psychologists, for communalism is nothing but a kind of collective neurosis, brought on by a community’s hidden anxieties and fears. Politicians know this, and this is why they pander to a community’s insecurities for short-term electoral benefits. They fan communalism for their own ends.
Psychologists like Salman Akhtar and Sudhir Kakar, however, know that you cannot deal with the problem without understanding its roots. While violence and terror need to be put down clinically, the roots of communal feelings run deeper, and need to be combated with social measures as much as education. Akhtar, for example, suggests Hindus and Muslims can deal with their negative feelings for each other if they are given opportunities to experience the “other” in everyday, non-threatening circumstances.
A former science and culture writer for The New York Times, The New Republic and other publications, Berreby’s fascinating book brings us uptodate on the essentially tribal aspects of the human mind. Based on scientific studies of human behaviour and the latest in neurosciences, Berreby explains why it is so important for human beings to slot people into our kind and their kind, and why some people may take to violence in pursuit of identity.
Leftists would have us believe that violence stems from poverty, and that feelings of separateness (as in Kashmir) must have economic causes. That may be true, but the science of the mind tells us that we can develop a sense of Us and Them entirely out of imagined feelings. Not only that, people do not necessarily develop a liking (or disliking) for other people based on real character traits; in fact, the human mind often works the other way round. We first decide who we like, or who belongs to our tribe, and rationalise the reasons for our likes and dislikes later. In other words, the bombers of Mumbai might well have decided they are going to kill a lot of “Hindu” enemies (just as the mobs in Gujarat decided to target Muslims) before appending a reason for their decision.
Berreby also tells us how behaviours and attitudes change depending on circumstances and experiences. He quotes one experiment, where some would-be pastors were divided into three groups to check if they would help an individual in trouble when they saw him. One group was put under time pressure to hurry somewhere; another was put under less time pressure, and the third group was free to take its own time to get wherever it needed to. The first group failed to help the victim; in the second group, some helped and others didn’t. In the unhurried group, most stopped to help. The conclusion is not that some pastors are less endowed with the milk of human kindness; it’s just that the others had more time to put the same milk to work.
In another experiment, researchers reported that subtle differences in mental experiences can completely alter human behaviour. In two groups of people, one group was told to list the positive qualities of comic book heroes. Another group was specifically asked about Superman. Later on, when members of the two groups were offered a chance to do community service, the first group had more volunteers than the second. Talking about positive traits helped.
Conclusion: If we want our people to be less communal, lectures on secularism or criticism of the RSS and VHP will not help. Instead, one needs to create a shared sense of community among Hindus and Muslims in actual practice to erase the communal divide. Salman Akhtar knows this. So does Sudhir Kakar. And David Berreby.
Searched for links,thought for a long time…but what is the answer?
A praticeable one?
One where we can throw such human beings out (and they dont even deserve to be called human.)
What is the way forward??