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21 July, 2010

We, the undersigned, demand an immediate ban on the RSS and all its
front organisations and wings.

We strongly condemn the recent attack by hundreds of RSS goons on the
office cum studio of leading news channels Aaj Tak and Headlines
Today . This vicious sequence was supplemented by yet another attack on
another TV network in Mumbai by yet another lawless mob of the Shiv
Sena. There have been many cases earlier, though none as big as the
recent attack, when various RSS outfits have attacked the media
violently, in a planned moved to terrorise and intimidate. This
follows the basic premise that these fanatic Hindutva outfits, with
their hydra-headed joint family, are undemocratic, do not have faith
in normal codes of decent, social behaviour, dislike all forms of
dissent, debate or intellectual enquiry, and are staunchly
non-believers in the basic tenets of the Indian Constitution .

Banned several times earlier, and accused in the assassination of
Mahatma Gandhi , their sinister fronts and masterminds have been behind
innumerable tragic events , violence and massacres which have rocked
the country: from a series of communal riots, to Babri Masjid
demolition and the riots thereafter, to the State sponsored Sangh
Parivar carnage in Gujarat 2002, to the series of organised terror
bomb blasts which killed hundreds across the Indian landscape in
recent times.

It is widely known that the RSS ( Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ), which
claims to be a cultural outfit, is the umbrella organisation of the
entire Sangh Parivar , and the political vanguard of the family. It
appoints and dismisses BJP presidents. It even decides chief ministers
and cabinet ministers of BJP governments. Most BJP leaders are
confirmed RSS members. It is aligned symbiotically with VHP/Bajrang
Dal and a network of similar lumpen organisations. It has thousands of
branches which have been at the forefront of not just spreading
communalised-hate propaganda but also in carrying out various kinds of
systematic and underground terror and violent activities especially
through Abhinav Bharat, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal .

The sting operation executed by Headlines Today/Aaj Tak and stories
covered by other media houses show that he RSS think-tank connived in
the bomb blast at Ajmer Shrief shrine on October 11, 2007. Some of the
cases where the sinister hands and minds of the Hindutva forces are
being explicitly talked about are: Nanded/ April 6, 2006, Delhi/ April
14, 2006, Malegaon ( Maharashtra )/ September 8 , 2006, Samjhauta Express
(Haryana)/ February 18, 2007, Mecca Masjid (Hyderabad)/ October 18,
2007, Kanpur/ August 24, 2008, Delhi/ September 27, 2008, Malegaon and
Modasa (Gujarat)/ September 29, 2008, Grace church at Margao in South
Goa/ October 16, 2009.

ANHAD as well many other civil society organisations and several media
publications/ channels have raised the question about the organised
and penetrative involvement of Sangh in terror activities many a times
during the past five years in the media as well as with various
political parties and the government. It has been our stated position
that these organisations are infiltrating law enforcement and other
official agencies, subverting the legal process, and working on a long
term and on a highly insidious plan to destroy the Indian social
fabric, the Constitution of India and usher in a fundamentalist Hindu
Rashtra. It is in this context that their bloody attacks on minorities
and innocents can be explained: to polarise society, to create
violence and anarchy among communities, to destroy institutions and
peaceful civil societies , to penetrate government systems, including
the army, and to finally carry out a kind of coup.

Due to the infiltration of the rightwing in almost every sphere of
public life including the establishment and part of the media, a
blatant cover up has been provided to the Sangh terror network. The
same media and the spokespersons of the government who brand Muslim
youngsters or individuals as terrorists within minutes of a bomb blast
and declare their connections to various dubious 'Muslim'
organisations -- have not only kept quite but have surreptitiously
suppressed the information about the direct involvement of the Sangh
Parivar and many of their leaders in the terror killings and bomb
blasts .
Clearly, top leaders of the RSS and its front organisations are
involved. So how is the BJP, which receives orders from the RSS, with
most of its members intricately associated with the RSS, outside the
shadow of doubt?

Few excerpts from the revelations made in the Headlines Today sting
operation and other media stories about the RSS pracharaks , workers
and their linkages to the terror attacks:

Involvement of top RSS leader Indresh Kumar, a close aide of the RSS
chief Mohan Bhagwat in the terror activities points towards the depth
of terror nexus with the Sangh Parivar. Late Maharashtra ATS chief
Hemant Karkare had in fact revealed the involvement of these links
starting from the Malegaon blasts.

Col. Purohit from Abhinav Bharat and Sadhvi Pragnya's orginally have
Hindutva links, and their role in the Malegaon blast has been exposed.
The names of Devendra Gupta and Lokesh Sharma along with Sandeep Dange
and Ramchandra Kalsangra have emerged in the Ajmer, Mecca Masjid,
Samjhauta express and Malegaon blasts.

For the Mecca Masjid blast inquiry, two top RSS leaders from UP and
Jharkhand, namely, Ashok Beri and Ashok Varshney, are stated to be
directly involved in giving shelter etc to the bomb blasts accused.
ANHAD demands

an immediate imposition of ban on RSS and all its front
organisations and wings.
an urgent and impartial time-bound enquiry in all the terror bomb
blast cases should be held to bring the fundamentalist Hindutva forces
to book. It is a sensitive matter pertaining to security of the
country and hence the terror links of RSS and its other offshoots
should be cracked urgently.
Immediate release of innocent Muslim boys from those cases where RSS
involvement has been unearthed.

1. Aamir Idrisi, President, Association of Muslim Professionals, Mumbai
2. Aditi Mangaldas, Dancer
3. Ali Javed - Progressive Writers' Association
4. Ambarish Rai, Convener, People's Campaign for Common School System (PCCSS)
5. Anuradha Chenoy, Professor, JNU
6. Arjun Dev, retired professor, historian
7. Arundhati Dhuru- social activist, NAPM, Lucknow
8. Ashok Bharti , Chairman, National Confederation of Dalit
Organisations (NACDOR), Delhi
9. Digant Oza, senior journalist, Jal Seva, Ahmedabad
10. Dr Harshvardhan Hedge, surgeon, Delhi
11. Dr. Sirivella Prasad, General Secretary, National Dalit Movement
for Justice (NCDHR - NDMJ)
12. Dunu Roy- Consultant, Environment, Delhi
13. Fr Cedric Prakash sj-Human Rights Activist, Director, Prashant, Ahmedabad
14. Harsh Kapoor- South Asia Citizens Web , Delhi
15. Henri Tiphagne, Lawyer & Executive Director, People's Watch, Tamil Nadu
16. Hiren Gandhi, theatre, Ahmedabad
17. Indu Prakash Singh - social activist
18. Indubhai Jani, Editor, Naya Marg, Ahmedabad
19. Jaya Mehta, Researcher, Sandarbh Kendra , Indore
20. K.G. Kannabiran, Peoples' Union for Civil Liberties , Hyderabad
21. KN Panikkar, academicians, historian, Trivendrum
22. Madhu Chandra-All India Christian Council, Delhi
23. Mahesh Bhatt , film producer and director, Mumbai
24. Mallika Sarabhai - dancer, actor, Ahmedabad
25. Manglesh Dabral, poet, journalist, Delhi
26. Mansi Sharma- Social Activist, Delhi
27. Nandini Sundar, Professor of Sociology, Delhi University , Delhi
28. Naseeruddin Shah Theatre and Film Actor, Mumbai
29. Nawaid Hamid- Movement for Empowerment of Muslim Indians
30. Prasad Chako, National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights, Ahmedabad
31. Ram Puniyani, All India Secular Forum, Mumbai
32. Saba Azad-Dancer, Actor
33. Sachin Pandya, Anhad, Ahmedabad
34. Sandeep Pandey-social activist, NAPM, Lucknow
35. Sanjay Sharma, social activist, Delhi
36. Seema Duhan- social activist, Anhad, Delhi
37. Shabnam Hashmi-social activist, Anhad, Delhi
38. Sheba George, Social Activist, Ahmedabad
39. Sohail Hashmi-filmmaker, writer, Delhi
40. Swarup Dhruv, poet, writer, Ahmedabad
41. Uttambhai Parmar, social activist, Surat
42. Vineet Tiwari,Writer,General Secretary, Madhya Pradesh Progressive
Writers' Association, Indore (M.P.)
43. Zafar Agha, journalist, Delhi
44. Zakia Jowher, Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan

Released on July 21, 2010

Shabnam Hashmi

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copy to shabnamhashmi@gmail.com )