POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Apr 14, 2011 AT 01:38 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 14, 2011 01:38 IST

Javed Anand in the Indian Express:

A few weeks ago, I received a call from Mayank Gandhi, Mumbai coordinator of ‘India Against Corruption’, invting me to be part of a panel in Mumbai to address a press conference on the then upcoming fast by Anna Hazare. “Your name has been suggested to me by Swami Agnivesh. We want Muslims like you, not fanatical Muslims. So please join us and suggest other Muslim names”, I was told.

Great, I thought: Which Indian is not sick of corruption? Here was a budding movement, clearly focused on a single issue but not blind to related concerns. The Mumbai coordinator of the campaign was very clear that they were only interested in “good Muslims” like me and did not wish to get mixed up with the fundamentalist lot. So I thanked him for the invitation and promised to get back in a day or two.

Read on at the Indian Express

Harsh Mandar in the Hindustan Times:

And yet why could I not actively join the demonstration at Jantar Mantar? First, the symbols and allies that the campaign chose disturbed me: the stage was decorated with a picture of Bharat Mata, almost identical to that propagated by the right-wing RSS. Baba Ramdev and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the two 'god-men' who dominated the campaign and whose followers contributed the largest numbers at the protest, endorse many Hindutva causes including the construction of a Ram Temple. RSS leaders like Ram Madhav were welcomed on to the stage. My fears were further confirmed when Anna Hazare declared that Narendra Modi was a 'model' chief minister. It's difficult to comprehend how a campaign that claims to be Gandhian can extol a government responsible for the slaughter of its religious minorities. Is the condoning of violent retribution against communities, the complicity in slaughter of the official machinery, the systematic subversion of the criminal justice system to protect those guilty of the massacre, or extra-judicial killings not signs of corruption?

Read the full piece at the Hindustan Times

POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Apr 14, 2011 AT 01:38 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 14, 2011 01:38 IST
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Apr 20, 2011
10:05 PM

"Wil that bridge the divide or widen the divide? You should have refuted him on facts/logic instead of making denigrating, communal statements." - Babloo

I personally, don't think that this divide will ever get bridged. There are many powerful entities whose career, job and power depend on this 'divide' being perpetuated.

I have already refuted Anwaar's craps a couple of times before and don't want to repeat that since he is adept at ignoring arguments that he doesn't like.

The Irreverent Indian
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Irreverent >> "the objective was to talk to Anwaar in the same lowly language."

Wil that bridge the divide or widen the divide? You should have refuted him on facts/logic instead of making denigrating, communal statements.

Also, Anwaar should accept that 2002 riots cannot become an excuse for the misdeeds of Teesta and many such NGOs. Organisations like theirs have eroded the credibility of the NGOs.

Brilliant Babloo
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Irreverent,

>>  the objective was to talk to Anwaar in the same lowly language.

When it comes to lowly language, there is no richer resource than your posts in this forum.

Anwaar
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Apr 20, 2011
08:13 PM

"They certainly are not looking to a genocide advocate like you for any help!" - Anwaar

When the topic is 'genocide', they generally don't need any help.

Moderator: Please delete this post - the objective was to talk to Anwaar in the same lowly language.

The Irreverent Indian
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Apr 20, 2011
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Irreverent,

>> Muslims themselves have to find a cure for their phobia.

They certainly are not looking to a genocide advocate like you for any help!

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