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News : Archive (November 2003)
  • Gujarat: A baton-wielding cadre of `blue boys'
    By Manas Dasgupta, The Hindu, November 29, 2003
    A baton-wielding cadre of "blue boys'' to match the "trishuls'' (tridents) of the Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad is due to be launched by the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president, Shankarsinh Waghela, tomorrow.

  • India's democracy test
    Tom Plate / Syndicated columnist, The Seattle Times, November 26, 2003
    The Earth's most populated democracy, India, may be on the verge of showing a world that's also roiled by ethnic and religious tensions exactly how this is done. This comparatively young democracy (birth: 1947) faces a defining moment in its political evolution. In the province of Gujarat last year, Hindu-Muslim rioting led to many deaths. Now the challenge for India's leaders and institutions is to achieve justice for the victims within Indian law. This will be no easy task.

  • Gujarat riots: 12 get life imprisonment
    HT Correspondent, Ahmedabad, November 25, 2003
    The Kheda district sessions court on Tuesday sentenced 12 people to life imprisonment for the murder of 14 Muslims in Ghodasar village on March 3 last year. Three people were sentenced to two years rigorous imprisonment for unlawful assembly in the same case.

    The massacre took place during the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat.

  • WEF turns political with protests against Modi
    Despite noisy protests Modi went ahead to participate as a special guest
    ENS Economic Bureau, November 25, 2003

    New Delhi, November 24: The Indian version of the World Economic Forum organised by the CII here got the Davos flavour on Monday when Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had to face the wrath of social activists as he arrived to address a session of the India Economic Summit at a five star hotel here.

  • The Past Comes To Haunt Modi Again
    The Financial Express Corporate Bureau, November 25, 2003
    The Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) latest rendezvous with Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi had its share of fireworks on Monday, like some of the previous meetings.

  • Post-Godhra riots: 15 convicted in Nadiad,, November 24, 2003
    A court in Nadiad taluka of Gujarat on Monday convicted 15 persons for the massacre of 14 Muslims during the post-Godhra communal riots in Ginjar village in Ghodasar area on the outskirts of Nadiad on March 3, 2002.

    Forty-eight others were, however, acquitted in the case.

  • Modi runs into protests at World Economic Forum (WEF), November 24, 2003
    Branding Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as a 'killer', social activists and members of some NGOs led by Nafisa Ali on Monday staged a demonstration in a five-star hotel where Modi was to address the World Economic Forum.

  • A just case for transfer
    Since Gujarat cannot guarantee justice, there is no other way. For the moment
    Editorial, The Indian Express, November 24, 2003

    The highest court of the land has delivered another stinging rebuke to the Modi government and, by all accounts, it was again richly deserved. Justice is not being done in Gujarat and the state government is proactively responsible for this terrible breakdown.

  • Modify Modi
    Editorial, The Hindustan Times, November 24, 2003
    The shamelessness of the Narendra Modi government is quite unprecedented. The Supreme Court has castigated it once again for its failure to ensure that the course of justice in the cases relating to the riots is not perverted by the supposed guardians of law and order.

  • Indian court halts Gujarat riots trials
    By Edward Luce in New Delhi, The Financial Times, Last Updated: November 21 2003
    India's Supreme Court on Friday called a halt to 10 high-profile trials of people accused of communal violence in Gujarat last year in a ruling that could pave the way for a dramatic indictment of the state's Hindu nationalist BJP government.

  • Dutch scholar delves into roots of Gujarat’s communalism
    Janyala Sreenivas, The Indian Express, November 20, 2003
    The 2002 riots showed how deep the communal divide in Gujarat goes. Now for the first time, two well-researched and comprehensive books on Ahmedabad’s mill workers and industrial working class trace the root causes of Gujarat’s communalism and the VHP and BJP’s ascent to power.

    ‘The Making and Unmaking of an Industrial Working Class’ by Jan Breman and ‘Working in the Mill No More’ by Breman and photographer Parthiv Shah, published by Oxford University Press, offer new insights into how the decline of textile mills gave rise to caste and religious conflict, particularly in Ahmedabad, and subsequently resulted in communal riots.

  • NGO moves SC in another Gujarat case
    PTI, November 18, 2003
    NEW DELHI: Over an year after a Gujarat trial court acquitted all the accused in the post-Godhra Kidiad massacre case, an NGO on Monday filed an appeal in the Supreme Court challenging the court's decision.

  • Gujarat: Coalition to safeguard secularism in Gujarat
    Gujarat, Ahmedabad, Nov 18
    Around 50 members of rights groups and social workers in Gujarat Tuesday decided to form a coalition called "Save Gujarat, Save Bharat" to fight for secularism in the state.

  • People cowed down by Modi govt: Sarabhai
    Times News Network, November 13, 2003
    MUMBAI: People across the world may have rallied round in defence of dancer Mallika Sarabhai, who has been charged by the Gujarat police in a case of duping and illegal human trafficking. But few in Gujarat have come to her support, says the Ahmedabadbased artiste.

  • Three wounded in explosion in India's Gujarat
    MSNBC, November 12, 2003
    AHMEDABAD, India, Nov. 12 — At least three people were injured when a bomb exploded in India's volatile western Gujarat state on Wednesday, a senior police official said.

  • Gujarat to set up panel on foreign origin, 12 November, 2003
    Gandhinagar: The Gujarat cabinet will constitute a three-member high-powered committee to study the modalities of preventing people of foreign origin from occupying high positions in local self governments.

  • VHP to hoist two crore saffron flags, 7 November, 2003
    Kochi: VHP proposes to hoist saffron flags atop nearly two crore houses spread over two lakh villages in the country on Ram Navami day in March next, demanding among other things, Ram temple at Ayodhya, protection to cows and abrogation of art 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • VHP in controversy over stray bulls in Orissa
    Press Trust of India, Kendrapara, Orissa, November 8, 2003
    Efforts to remove stray bulls by the civic body here has triggered a controversy with the VHP on Saturday alleging the animals held in reverence by Hindus were being handed over to cattle smugglers.

  • India: Abuse of the Law in Gujarat, States Amnesty International, November 7, 2003
    Amnesty International's report "India: Abuse of the law in Gujarat - Muslims detained illegally in Ahmedabad" presents damning evidence against Gujarat police contained in court documents. They prove the illegal detention and torture of two men in Gayakwad Haveli Police Station in July this year. Shockingly, the documents also provide evidence of the disregard of the Gujarat High Court for the rights of detainees.

  • Amnesty criticises illegal detentions
    Times News Network, November 07, 2003
    AHMEDABAD: The Amnesty International has criticised the large-scale ‘‘illegal detentions’’ of Muslims in Ahmedabad by the Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) of Ahmedabad police.

  • NRI organisations allege Gujarat Govt 'harassing' Sarabhai
    Press Trust of India, New York, November 7, 2003
    Two US-based NRI organisations have condemned the attempts by, what they alleged were, "elements" within the Gujarat government to "harass and humiliate" the eminent scholar and a human rights activist Mallika Sarabhai for "political reasons."

  • Vajpayee condemns Gujarat atrocities
    By Edward Luce and John Ridding, Published: November 6 2003 12:23 | Last Updated: November 6 2003
    Those guilty of carrying out the atrocities during the riots in the Indian state of Gujarat last year will be punished and "justice will be seen to be done", Atal Behari Vajpayee, India's prime minister, told the Financial Times in an interview.

  • Political vindictiveness
    Op-ed by M V Ramana, Daily Times, November 7, 2003
    Mallika Sarabhai is not the only victim of such political vindictiveness. Earlier this year Nafisa Ali, a social worker, had cases slapped on her for her remarks during a press conference where she pointed out parallels between Gujarat’s chief minister Narinder Modi, and Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden. Two newspapers, Indian Express and the Gujarati newspaper Divya Bhaskar, were charged with reporting her remarks.

  • Gujarat violence threatens 'Little India'
    IANS, November 06, 2003
    LEICESTER : Paul Winstone, director of Race Relations and Equal Opportunities of the Leicester City Council, is a worried man.

    He says this bustling city in the heart of Britain , which mayor Ramnik Kavia describes as "Little India" that has since long been a symbol of racial tolerance, is "threatened" by the politics of India .

  • Gujarat’s cricket test
    Editorial, The Indian Express, November 4, 2003
    The state needs a ‘healing touch’ policy of its own. It needs a government that can assure its insecure minority community that what happened during those horrific months last year will not revisit it again. A government that holds up the vision of a better future by honestly making amends for the past.

  • VHP to widen its base to make Ram temple a reality, November 5, 2003
    Vijayawada, Nov 4 (UNI) The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has chalked out an ambitious plan to mobilise over five crore Ram Bhakts across the country in the next five months to carry forward the movement for a grand temple for Lord Ram at his janmabhoomi at Ayodhya.

  • Hindutva's strategic crisis
    Praful Bidwai,, November 04, 2003
    The supreme irony is that the Sangh Parivar has nothing to do with religion in the real, deep sense. Hindutva's advocates deny the richly syncretic and plural nature of Hinduism and put it into a rigid upper-caste-oriented, puritanical and intolerant frame, which is amenable to political exploitation.

  • India: VHP flays centre over delay in law banning cow slaughter
    PTI, November 2, 2003
    After launching a broadside against the BJP-led NDA Government on the Ram temple issue, the Vishva Hindu Parishad today took the regime to task for "delaying" the legislation for prevention of cow slaughter in the country and demanded its early enactment.

  • A'bad remains Gujarat's communal hot spot
    Times News Network, November 04, 2003
    AHMEDABAD: With more than 25 instances of communal rioting in the last 10 months, Ahmedabad district still remains the most volatile areas of communally sensitive Gujarat state which witnessed widespread riots last year.

  • A'bad remains Gujarat's communal hot spot
    Times News Network, November 04, 2003
    AHMEDABAD: With more than 25 instances of communal rioting in the last 10 months, Ahmedabad district still remains the most volatile areas of communally sensitive Gujarat state which witnessed widespread riots last year.

  • Indefinite curfew continues in Gujarat town
    Press Trust of India, November 03, 2003
    Ahmedabad, November 3: Indefinite curfew in the communal violence-hit Viramgam town, about 60 km from Ahmedabad, continued for the second day on Monday even as police claimed the situation was "totally peaceful and under control".

  • 3 killed, 40 injured in Gujarat clashes
    By India Express Bureau, November 2, 2003
    Three persons were killed and 40 others were injured on Sunday when a former municipal Councillor allegedly fired at a mob after a local cricket match turned violent in Virangam town, 70 kms from Ahmedabad, sparking off communal clashes prompting the administration to impose an indefinite curfew.

  • Dire straits
    Editorial, The Hindustan Times, November 1, 2003
    Both the prime minister and the deputy prime minister have had to apologise more than once for his acts of omission and commission during the Gujarat riots. To Mr Modi also goes the discredit of being the only chief minister to have been directly castigated by the Supreme Court for failing to act like one. Putting up such a person as a ‘star’ campaigner only shows the BJP’s bankruptcy.

  • VHP plans year-long temple programme
    Srawan Shukla, Times News Network, November 01, 2003
    LUCKNOW: Emboldened by the October 17/18 build-up in Ayodhya and several other places, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is gearing up to intensify the temple construction movement.

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