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News : Archive (October, 2003)
  • Modi to be BJP star campaigner in 3 states, October 31 2003
    NEW DELHI: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will be the star campaigner for the BJP in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, all going to polls in December.

  • RSS advice: Temple issue only saviour
    Times News Network, October 30, 2003
    LUCKNOW : Expressing concern over the BJP’s depleting vote-bank, the RSS on Wednesday advised the BJP that temple issue would be the only saviour for the party during the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.

  • Indian court acquits Muslim professor
    The Indian Express, October 27, 2003
    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav today said the only way to resolve the Ayodhya issue is to wait for court’s verdict as the time for negotiations is over.

  • BJP replaces Hindutva with women in Rajasthan
    K.G. Suresh, Press Trust of India, October 28
    Women aspirants for BJP tickets in the coming Rajasthan Assembly polls could be in for a bonanza with state party president Vasundhara Raje planning a greater representation for them even as Hindutva issues are set to take a back seat in her efforts to wrest the Congress bastion on the development plank.

  • 'We Will Not Allow Any Disturbance Like Gujarat'
    BBC Hindi Radio,, October 28, 2003
    The full transcript of the BBC Hindi Special Programme, Aapki Baat BBC Ke Saath with Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. The topic for the programme was: What has the government done to provide relief from drought in the state and for removal of poverty during five years?

    The Rajasthan chief minister is breathing a little easy because the opinion polls indicate he may survive the coming elections. Here he addresses questions on his last five years of governance.

  • Gujarat govt criticised in Sarabhai case
    Times News Network, October 28, 2003
    Some prominent personalities have criticised the alleged ‘framing’ of Ahmedabad-based danseuse Mallika Sarabhai on an emigration racket charge by the Gujarat government.

  • Togadia banned from holding Trishul diksha, 28 October, 2003
    Madurai: Viswa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Pravin Togadia has been banned from holding a proposed Trishul diksha programme on October 30 in the city.

    However, there was no bar on Togadia from addressing a public meeting or proceeding to Ramanathapuram district to pay homage to Muthuramalinga Thevar at his samadhi in Pasumpon village.

  • Docu-maker faces VHP's wrath
    Times News Network, October 25, 2003
    Mumbai: Shubhradeep Chakravorty is the latest filmmaker to face the wrath of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad for screening his documentary 'Godhra Tak: The Terror Trail' on the Godhra incident of 2002, that provoked a communal conflagration.

  • India's `lab' for divisive politics
    Gujarat state is the testing ground for fundamentalists' `Hindutva' strategy of demonizing Muslims to solidify power
    Martin Regg Cohn, The Star (Canada), October 26, 2003

    Fundamentalists proudly call Gujarat a testing ground for their hard-line ideology of Hindutva. And Ahmedabad is on the front lines of a battle that could remake the country's religious landscape, as politicians apply the lessons of Gujarat to next year's national elections.

  • Sants cold to VHP damage control
    Express News Service, October 24, 2003
    Alarmed at the fiasco over its last week’s Sankalp Sabha in Ayodhya, the VHP has launched a major damage control exercise not just for mobilising local support there but also to go for some changes in the existing set up.

  • Gujarat riots: Private groups can move SC, 23 October , 2003
    The Supreme Court has ruled that interested private parties can move the apex Court in cases where they apprehend miscarriage of justice by acquittal of the accused. The judgement could justify intervention of National Human Rights Commission in Gujarat riot cases.

  • Praveen Togadia de facto chief of VHP
    Press Trust of India, October 23, 2003
    VHP president Ashok Singhal on Thursday said he has for all practical purposes handed over the reins of the outfit to its fire-brand general secretary Praveen Togadia.

  • VHP aims to destroy secular India: Naqvi
    By Vinay Krishna Rastogi in Lucknow, 22 October, 2003
    National general secretary of the Bhartiya Janata Party Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has lambasted the VHP for 'its sinister designs to destroy the secular character of the country.'

    Naqvi has himself been a strong advocate for the construction of Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. .

  • Holy cow! Gujarat University now wants to run a temple
    NewIndPress.Com, October 22 2003
    AHMEDABAD: From academics to religion, the transition might be difficult for some but it isn't for Gujarat University. Instead of demolishing an illegal temple that's come up on its land, the university on Tuesday decided to run it.

  • VHP man turns Muslims' saviour
    Times News Network, October 21, 2003
    AHMEDABAD: In an unusual deposition, a Muslim resident of Gomtipur told the Nanavati-Shah Commission which is probing the Gujarat riots, here on Monday, that if it was not for the local Vishwa Hindu Parishad activist, he would have lost his parents again.

  • VHP pegs future on firebrand Togadia
    Times News Network, October 21, 2003
    KANPUR : Leaders of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) are in no mood to put the Ayodhya issue on the backseat after the state government foiled their attempts to hold the 'Sankalp sabha' in Ayodhya on October 17.

  • VHP makes filmmaker say sorry
    Express News Service, October 20, 2003
    Ahmedabad, October 20: Suspected VHP activists on Monday forced a Delhi-based documentary maker to apologise for screening Godhra Tak, a 62-minute documentary, containing footage of the Godhra train carnage and its aftermath.

  • Nearly 50 riot victims give full marks to cops
    Express News Service, October 20, 2003
    Policemen posted at Gomtipur and Kagdapith police stations during the post-Godhra communal riots had a field day on Monday as most of the witnesses praised their role during the riots. Many of the 50-odd witnesses who deposed before the Justice (Retd) G.T. Nanavati and Justice (Retd) K.G. Shah Commission today praised the police, but admitted that they had been outnumbered by the mob.

  • `Only Hindutva can restore India's glory'
    By Staff Reporter, The Hindu, October 20, 2003
    CUTTACK OCT. 19. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh said today that Hindus across the world had come under its banner and that it was the philosophy of Hindutva which could help restore the country's past glory.

  • Rally by Hindu Activists Sparks Fear of Religious Unrest in India
    Kalyani, OneWorld.Net, 15 October 2003
    NEW DELHI, Oct 15 (OneWorld) - On the eve of a proposed rally of Hindu activists in the troubled northern Indian town of Ayodhya Friday, human rights groups and victims of communal violence are urging the government to ban the procession to prevent bloodshed.

  • Our Ayodhya, and Ram’s
    The mandir-masjid issue has led to Islamic and Hindu extremists feeding on each other. And endangering India
    Radha Kumar, The Indian Express, October 14, 2003

    Since the destruction of the Babri Masjid in 1992, the temple movement has progressively polarised Hindus and Muslims and has inadvertently become a spark for Muslim terrorism in India.

  • Gujarat lawyers split over NHRC plea, October 14, 2003
    The Supreme Court hearing in the Best Bakery case has forced lawyers in Gujarat into two opposing camps—those who oppose the National Human Rights Commission's (NHRC) move to take the case to the apex court and those who support it.

  • Party pooper VHP
    If BJP’s anniversary do is overshadowed by Ayodhya, it has only itself to blame
    Editorial, The Indian Express, October 14, 2003

    The VHP’s threat to communal peace has never been discreet. The organisation’s cadres participated in the dangerous mobilisation that led to the demolition of the Babri Masjid in UP 1992, many lent their shoulder to the crime. The VHP’s fingerprints were discernible again in the horrible pogrom in Gujarat 2001. It has assiduously kept the embers burning in Ayodhya, with programmes carefully choreographed to rhyme with election schedules. Its leaders relentlessly dare the law of the land that proscribes hate speech.

  • Best Bakery: Gujarat HC admits police affidavit
    PTI, October 13, 2003
    A division bench of the Gujarat High court today took record of the affidavit filed by the state police in connection with providing protection to crucial witnesses in the Best Bakery massacre case.

  • Kar sevaks off to Ayodhya, Gujarat cops on their toes
    Express News Service, October 11, 2003
    Security has been beefed up around the Godhra railway station as kar sevaks from different parts of Gujarat prepare to leave for Ayodhya in response to the VHP’s Chalo Ayodhya programme.

  • Vajpayee condemns Gujarat riots
    Friday, 10 October, 2003
    Bangkok: Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Friday night strongly condemned last year's communal riots in Gujarat following the 'Godhra train carnage' and noted that "those in the administration are now in the dock."

  • Sorabjee offers help for fair Gujarat riot cases trial
    Law Business Standard Correspondent in New Delhi, October 10, 2003
    Attorney-General Soli Sorabjee today intervened in the Gujarat riot cases and offered to help select impartial prosecutors in the trial of the accused there.

  • Gujarat prosecutors to be vetted
    BBC Online, October 9, 2003
    India's Supreme Court has told the government in the state of Gujarat to appoint new public prosecutors to probe last year's religious violence.

    And the court says the new appointees must be vetted by the federal government's top lawyers.

  • Handling of Gujarat riots embarrassing: Advani
    Press Trust of India, October 9, 2003
    Acknowledging that the Supreme Court's observations on the handling of the riot cases by Guajrat Government were embarrassing, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani has said that these should be seen in the light of the wider criminal justice system.

  • SC appoints Harish Salve as amicus curiae in Gujarat riot cases
    PTI, October 9 2003
    NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Gujarat Government to vet with the Attorney General of India the names of special public prosecutor appointed for conducting trial of Gujarat riot cases and appointed former Solicitor General of India Harish Salve as amicus curiae in Gujarat matters pending before the Court.

  • Dropped eyewitnesses may hold key to Best case
    Sachin Sharma And Presley Thomas, Times News Network, October 08, 2003
    VADODARA: The prosecution in the Best Bakery has dropped four key eyewitnesses in the case. If a retrial is ordered in the case, the testimonies of these witnesses may become crucial.

  • Gujarat relatives demand outside probe
    BBC Online, October 6, 2003
    Relatives of four people killed during an attack in India's Gujarat state last year have demanded that the inquiry into the killings be moved out of the state.

  • Justice in Gujarat
    Ian Williams,, October 6, 2003
    Eighteen months after communal violence in the Indian state of Gujarat left up to 2,000 people - mostly Muslims - dead, the state government seems unable to provide justice for the victims.

  • Victims allege BJP pressure
    Press Trust Of India, October 6, 2003
    MUMBAI, OCTOBER 5: In an embarrassing development for the ruling BJP in Gujarat, some relatives of the Godhra train carnage today alleged being ‘‘pressured’’ by party and VHP workers and demanded shifting of the Nanavati Commission of inquiry outside the state as they had ‘‘no faith’’ in the Narendra Modi government.

  • 5000 Gujarat Dalits convert to Buddhism
    Rathin Das, October 5, 2003
    Around 5,000 Dalits and Adivasis from all over Gujarat converted to Buddhism on Sunday in protest against what the event organisers called the dual policy of upper caste Hindus 'to use these backward classes in riots against Muslims, but dumping them later'.

  • RSS attacks NHRC over Best Bakery case
    Press Trust of India, October 4, 2003
    RSS on Saturday launched a scathing attack on National Human Rights Commission for raking up the Best Bakery case, accusing it of bias and "utter disregard for Hindus" for not taking up the case of Hindus killed in 1993 Mumbai riots.

  • Film captures riot horrors in Gujarat
    Aman Khanna, The Indian Express, October 3, 2003
    New Delhi, October 2: ‘‘Get me a coconut, the thing that is peeled and used in temples,’’ says Shahjahan, a Muslim woman staying in a refugee camp housing Gujarat riots victims.

    This short and simple scene almost summed up the documentary, Passengers, by Nooh Nizami and Akanksha Joshi. ‘‘We came up with the subject when researching history of partition. It was then that the riots broke out,’’ said Joshi.

  • Chargesheet filed against seven more in Godhra carnage case
    Press Trust of India, October 3, 2003
    Gujarat police on Friday filed chargesheets under POTA against seven more persons for their alleged role in the Sabarmati train carnage at Godhra that claimed the lives of 58 kar sevaks on February 27 last year.

  • BJP betrayed Hindutva cause: VHP leader
    By Special Correspondent, The Hindu, October 1, 2003
    CHENNAI OCT. 1. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad senior vice-president, Acharya Giriraj Kishore, said today that the BJP had betrayed the Hindutva cause and the Ram temple movement.

  • Gujarat VHP plans mass awakening plan
    Press Trust of India in Ahmedabad, October 3, 2003
    As a part of its proposed national agitation for the Ram mandir at Ayodhya, Gujarat unit of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) today chalked out an extensive programme of “mass awakening” to press for the temple’s construction.

  • Warrants against Best Bakery accused to be executed
    Press Trust of India, October 1, 2003
    Arrest warrants issued against the accused involved in the Best Bakery case would be executed only after they were sent by Gujarat High Court (HC), city police commissioner Sudhir Kumar Sinha said here today.

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