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January 18, 2014

NDTV & Chidambaram Accused of Money Laundering Scam of Rs. 5500 cr.

Filed under: Uncategorized — meraman @ 10:12 PM
 Originally pblished here: http://www.manushi.in/articles.php?articleId=1749#.UttJamS6bZp
 In solidarity with the original author, Madhu Kishwar, have represented the article below, in case the corrupt NDTV gets it removed from the original location.
NDTV & Chidambaram Accused of Money Laundering Scam of Rs. 5500 cr.
 
IT Commissioner SK Srivastava’s Battle against Thwarted Probe into Hawala & Tax Evasion Scam by NDTV
Author(s) : Madhu Purnima Kishwar

 

Some weeks ago, my office received a big bundle of papers along with two DVDs by courier. The name and address of the recipient was Ranthambore Rana, resident of D-55, Defence Colony, New Delhi. I do not know any such person but the bunch of papers and the two DVDs contained very disturbing information. (When a Manushi volunteer went to check at the given address, we found someone else living there.)

They provide in-depth information with detailed documentation regarding an unholy partnership between Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and directors of premier TV channel—NDTV. It took me days to go through and make sense of these papers, which I also got vetted by a senior lawyer. Even so, I was diffident in putting this information in the public domain lest I make an error of judgement. However, on 6 December 2013, former Law Minister and now MP, Shri Ram Jethmalani sent a letter to Mr Chidambaram directly accusing him of receiving a bribe of Rs. 5000 crore and then getting it laundered by NDTV and harassing Srivastava who attempted to inquire into this economic offence. (Click here to view Srivastava’s account to his lawyers).

Chidambaram has not denied or rebutted anything. Rather, he offered to get himself inquired by his own subordinates. Following this exchange of letters between a former Law Minister and the present Finance Minister of the country, I felt compelled to share the information I had received with the public at large.

As per the information in these papers Chidambaram, whose job it is to stand guard over public money and state revenues, is allegedly involved in a Rs.-5,500 crore money laundering scam in collaboration with NDTV and consequent tax evasion of Rs. 3,500 crore. To facilitate this loot, two IRS officers of 1999 Batch were paid a huge amount of bribe and illegal gratification, including an ‘all expenses paid’ pleasure trip with family to Europe for one officer while the other officer was sent on pleasure jaunt to Mauritius. This claim is supported by documentary evidence presented by Srivastava in the High Court.

The two DVDs I received contained a video-recorded conversation between S.K. Srivastava, 1987 batch Indian Revenue Service Officer and a small team of lawyers. After having studied the papers and going over the video-recorded conversation twice over, I phoned S.K. Srivastava and asked for an appointment. I met him with a Manushi volunteer at his residence in Pandara Park, in the hope of interviewing him to confirm or refute the authenticity of those documents and the DVDs. He took no time in confirming that the papers were genuine and that he stood by all that was stated in those IRS and court documents. However, he said he had no idea how the conversation got to be recorded or why and who sent me the DVDs. When I tried probing him further, he refused to answer them saying that as a government official he is not allowed to speak to the media or give interviews for public consumption. However, he did share the names and phone numbers of his lawyers, including that of Advocate S.K. Gupta (mob. no.: 9811211218), who has for years defended him in court against the powerful adversaries like NDTV and Chidambaram.

From his house, I headed for the Supreme Court chamber of Advocate S.K. Gupta (chamber No. 57, Old Lawyers Chambers), who also confirmed the authenticity of the documents. He saw the two DVDs on his computer monitor and confirmed that that the particular conversation recorded on the DVD indeed took place in his office. But, he said he had no idea how and why it came to be video recorded.

The battle waged by S.K. Srivastava is no less mind-boggling and benumbing than that of ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan against forces out to subvert India. (For details of Nambi Narayanan’s battle, read RB Shreekumar: Hero of the Secular Brigade – Part I,  How India’s Space Program was Sabotaged — Nambi Narayanan Describes the Targeting of ISRO by Shreekumar Masterminded Team of IB Officials  Part II, Third Degree Torture by IB Officials of ISRO Scientist and Others – PART III  

His lawyer said that Srivastava was fighting more than 100 cases in civil and criminal courts right up to the Supreme Court of India against NDTV and corrupt IRS officers who are hand-in-glove with these tax-evaders and money launderers. As per Srivastava’s lawyer, these cases have been allegedly engineered by NDTV and a host of corrupt IRS officers working allegedly at Chidambaram’s behest to break Srivastava’s resolve to unearth this scam and have the guilty punished.

The papers reveal how Srivastava, when he could not be coaxed or threatened into submission by NDTV and its agents within the Income Tax department from exposing the huge scam, was issued four charge sheets and repeatedly put under suspension—totaling to a period of more than 3 years—allegedly due to the personal vested interests of Chidambaram on illegal grounds and false charges of sexual harassment of two female IRS officers. The officers are alleged to have received huge bribe and illegal gratification and one of them had even got her spouse (Abhisar Sharma) employed by NDTV while she was its Assessing Officer, while another was in-charge of foreign tax division (FTD) of the CBDT and personally camped in Mauritius to arrange transfer of money laundered by NDTV through U.K. subsidiary.

Two Delhi-based women IRS officers, who are allegedly partners in the NDTV scam, were set up to make false allegations of sexual harassment against Srivastava. But he put together a pile of evidence to prove to the court and to the official enquiries that the two women officers were on the payroll of NDTV. Both these women were proved liars in court for lodging false complaints. Srivastava also managed to get his suspension orders quashed by the Central Administrative Tribunal since they were patently illegal. By all accounts, Srivastava had an outstanding service record and was found to have merely done his duty with due diligence. Therefore, he could get his suspension orders quashed by court. Since, in 2010, Chidambaram was no longer at the helm of affairs in the Finance Ministry, the government not only accepted those orders but also implemented them!

 

Chidambaram has also tried transferring Srivastava far away from Delhi but Srivastava was successful in getting his Mangalore transfer quashed by CAT because it was found to be politically motivated.

 

It is noteworthy that the previous Finance Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee who is now the President of India, had allowed the investigations initiated by Srivastava to go on! But after Chidambaram became Finance Minister, he is alleged to have taken active interest in keeping Srivastava from investigating the illegal activities of NDTV and its directors—just as in his capacity as the Home Minister, he did not allow CBI to cooperate in the 2G scam investigations regarding money laundering by NDTV, as requested by Srivastava before the court of CBI Special Judge Saini.

 

Srivastava, in his submission in the 2G scam case, had alleged that NDTV has laundered a huge chunk of this money for compromised politicians. Chidambaram as Home Minister got two FIRs registered against Srivastava for reporting about the corruption of those two female IRS officers of 1999 Batch. The ostensible charge was that Srivastava had outraged their modesty and committed offences U/s 509 of IPC, 1860.

 

As part of their resolve to browbeat Srivastava, vested interests in collusion with NDTV obtained a mischievous medical report from a private hospital, VIMHANS, Delhi that Srivastava is suffering from a mental disorder and, therefore, whatever he says doesn’t merit being taken seriously by the court. Srivastava describes in the video recording how he defeated that conspiracy by getting himself examined by doctors in five reputed government hospitals like AIIMS, Hindu Rao and Safdarjang. This medical report was later withdrawn by VIMHANS at the mere hint of an inquiry by the Medical Council of India (MCI).

 

Advocate S.K. Gupta says he has been again and again offered inducements and enticements by NDTV and a host of corrupt IRS officers to stop him from defending and protecting Srivastava. Nevertheless, he has withstood all those pressures because he believes in the rightness of Srivastava’s cause.

 

The full text of the SK Srivastava’s discussion with his lawyers is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIEHcitqivk 

This is not a sting operation, nor am I exposing anything “secret”. S.K. Srivastava’s battle has been going on in the courts for several years now. The documents that I received are part of court records and hence in the public domain.

We are posting the unedited version of the DVDs sent to me (barring a small section, which has unsubstantiated charges, unlike the rest of the conversation) because the case has been successfully hushed up by the media for obvious reasons. A brief summary of the case is given below:

Srivastava’s Allegation against P. Chidambram

  • That P. Chidambaram received several thousand crores by way of bribes, which NDTV laundered through dummy companies. Using his power positions, Mr Chidambaram has scuttled all attempts at inquiry.
  • P. Chidambaram’s counter case: S.K. Srivastava is indisciplined and should be removed from government service. CBDT under P. Chidambaram told the Delhi High Court that Srivastava’s “performance … has not been satisfactory” and “the department … are not satisfied with the manner of his work”.

A Partial List of NDTV’S Alleged Illegal Acts               

No 1: SCAM OF RS. 5,500 CRORE PLUS:

  • NDTV allegedly laundered Rs. 5,500 crore by raising funds through “private placements”, from undisclosed investors in NDTV subsidiaries based in UK and Holland.
  • The sums raised by it through dubious investors not only paid off its Rs.-3,500 crore liability but left an amount in excess of Rs. 2,000 crore to be transferred to another account.
  • These funds were transferred to a Mauritius-based NDTV subsidiary.
  • These funds were then routed to several other NDTV subsidiaries in India.
  • These Indian subsidiaries were later merged with NDTV Ltd., India without giving a fair share holding right to the companies of Mauritius or UK or Holland.
  • Shockingly, both, the UK- and Holland-based NDTV subsidiaries, were closed down and so was the Mauritius company!
  • Why would investors in UK and Holland allow such actions if this were not a plain money-laundering scheme?
  • At present dollar values, with penalties and interest, the scam exceeds Rs. 5,500 crore.
  • Shockingly, none of the UK- and Holland-based subsidiaries of NDTV appeared in the annual reports filed that year by NDTV India and subsequently no critical details were provided to the relevant ministry when special intimation was filed before it for condoning the lapse. None was asked for either!

It is alleged by Srivastava that this money itself is “illegal”; it is not a case of undeclared business profits or money on which income tax has not been paid. It is money transferred out of the country, received as bribes by ministers, politicians or public servants or just one unknown politician through the same hawala route that terrorists use!

 

No 2: SCAM OF RS. 300 CRORE

  • NDTV allegedly showed false exports to Star TV in Hong Kong under section 80 HHF of the Income Tax Act. This act defrauded the government of revenue worth at least Rs. 300 crore at present value.
  • NDTV claimed illegal income tax deductions without making any actual exports and by bringing in Indian rupees instead of foreign exchange as stipulated in supporting judgements!
  • This deduction was allowed by an Income Tax officer Sumana Sen (IRS 99005) whose husband, Abhisar Sharma, has been an employee of NDTV, a fact that she had concealed all through her employment.
  • Going against service conduct rules, Sumana Sen accepted a gift of a luxurious all expenses paid European holiday from NDTV, whereby the latter allegedly also paid her shopping bills. All this totals to an expense of Rs. 1 crore. She filed false reports that her involvement with NDTV was in her official capacity. She claimed eligibility for accepting this Rs. 1 crore holiday as one of the perks allowed to her husband as an employee of NDTV. Records show that NDTV has incurred no such expense on any of its employees, including Abhisar Sharma. Srivastava’s allegation that it was a bribe to Sumana Sen for giving undue tax rebates to NDTV has been backed by solid documentary evidence.
  • Sumana Sen failed to inform the Income Tax Department that her husband was an NDTV employee while she was handling their tax matters. This is an obvious case of conflict of interest. In fact, she manipulated her transfer to the Circle under whose jurisdiction NDTV and its directors—including Prannoy Roy, Radhika Roy, Barkha Dutt, Vikram Chandra, etc.—come for the purpose of income tax assessment.
  • In order to pre-empt S.K. Srivastava from proceeding with these inquiries, Sumana Sen and her collaborationist filed false charges of sexual harassment against S.K. Srivastava. Srivastava alleges that P. Chidambaram had set up these women and used their false cases to suspend him and harass him through various unholy means.
  • Ashima Neb undertook a tour of Mauritius with her companion for about 10 days and incurred huge expenditure on shopping, hotel stay, etc., while claiming to spend a princely sum of Rs. 60,000 only on everything from air travel to hotel stay to local travelling to shopping to food, et-all!   for both , she and her companion accompanying her.
  • All these cases against Srivastava were quashed yet P. Chidambaram continues to harass him and has set up another illegal inquiry that has been stayed by the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT). Even though P. Chidambaram has been named by Srivastava in the inquiry, Chidambaram has not had the courage to file a reply. (Here is the link to the departmental inquiry report vindicating Sanjay Srivastava on Sexual harassment charges : http://www.scribd.com/doc/175789159/NDTV-money-laundering-Annexure-9?secret_password=2jpv6pecii7osi9fos63)

NO. 3 – SCAM OF RS. 1.46 CRORE

 

In the same Assessment YearSumana Sen allowed tax refund of Rs. 1.46 crore to NDTV instead of implicating it in the above scams! She handed the cheque to NDTV through her husband Abhisar Sharma, then an NDTV employee (a direct conflict of interest, not statutorily disclosed by her, therefore illegal), in gross violation of the rules of refunding dues! The refund was not admissible and she passed illegal orders to illegally pay money to NDTV from government accounts!

 

Due to relentless battle waged by Srivastava and because of some still remaining honest IRS officers like the incumbent CIT, Delhi V and his subordinates, the I.T. Deptt. in Delhi could no longer ignore the fraud and loot of the public exchequer and public money. It has now succeeded in levying income tax on Rs. 900 crore of laundered money in one assessment year alone, i.e., 2009-10. Another Rs. 2000 crore of laundered money and bribe paid to public servants is under consideration for similar action.

 

The fraudulent acts and conduct of NDTV is made out from their abject inability to cross-examine Srivastava who recorded his statement on oath and offered to be cross- examined by NDTV. Nor could it rebut documentary evidence submitted by Srivastava to the I.T. Deptt.

 

But, all because of Chidambaram’s clout, the Dispute Resolution Panel (the DRP II, Delhi) of the Income Tax Department still managed to save NDTV and Chidambaram himself, as it did not ask for the list of investors who contributed the Pound Sterling 300 million to NDTV and its subsidiary in the UK, and then forgot to recover their money as that would have revealed the link of Chidambaram with NDTV, as alleged by Srivastava. The DRP has not exercised its powers to order search of NDTV to recover that list and the Member (Inv.), CBDT, who is known to be a blue-eyed boy of Chidambaram and was deputed by him to harass the Chief Minister of his home state, has simply turned a blind eye to this case to cover up the link between NDTV and Chidambaram.

There is a lot more to this case than the above-mentioned scams.

 

Since Srivastava’s battle is unlikely to get a proper hearing in mainstream media, I am posting his account in Hindi on YouTube.

 

Was all this material sent to me because I am seen as someone similarly battling mainstream media’s partisan conduct and conspiratorial silence on many issues?

 

I am in no position to judge these issues but feel strongly that this case deserves to be known widely at least through the social media so that the government can be pressured into starting a fair probe into these allegations.

For viewing S.K. Srivastava’s account to his lawyers, click here for video.

(Links to Ram Jethmalani letters: http://www.scribd.com/doc/190072062/Ram-Jethmalani-s-letter-to-P-Chidambaram-in-NDTV-money-laundering-matterhttp://www.scribd.com/doc/193677788/P-Chidambaram%E2%80%99s-reply-to-Ram-Jethmalani-and-Ram-Jethmalani-s-reply-to-P-Chidambaram-in-NDTV-money-laundering-matter)

 

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February 12, 2013

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January 8, 2013

Rajdeep Sardesai’s article on Dawood Ibrahim in 1993

Filed under: Uncategorized — meraman @ 1:06 PM

Copied from here to preserve another copy. 

 

Rajdeep Sardesai’s article on Dawood Ibrahim in 1993

It is often quoted that Rajdeep Sardesai wrote an article praising Dawood Ibrahim in 1993 soon after the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts. In April 2002 in wake of the post-Godhra riots (in which hundreds of Hindus were also killed, but ignored), a member of Parliament quoted Rajdeep Sardesai as saying something against a top BJP leader. A BJP member of the Rajya Sabha at the same instant countered this argument quoting this article of Rajdeep Sardesai with a copy of it. 
 
In the last passage of this article Rajdeep Sardesai says that Balasaheb’s patriotism test fails since Dawood supported India in cricket matches in Sharjah. Of course, it would be too much to expect Rajdeep Sardesai to understand the patriotism test of Balasaheb Thackeray. The test is not that anyone who supports India in a cricket match is a true patriot. It is that anyone who supports India’s enemy Pakistan is not a patriot. A traitor may also cheer for India in a cricket match- all those supporting India need not necessarily be patriots. But those who support sworn enemies like Pakistan which has constantly backstabbed India are definitely traitors. But trust Rajdeep to find flaws and holes in this, and wrongly assume the patriotism test to defend those who support Pakistan and burn crackers when India loses a match on grounds of Dawood supporting India in one-dayers in Sharjah (and those too were not against Pakistan).
 
Rajdeep also of course cannot understand the difference between attending a party thrown by a Pakistani official (High Commissioner) and celebrating Pakistan National Day. Celebrating the National Day of Pakistan on 23 March is completely different from attending a party of a Pakistani diplomat. 
 
For all those wanting to have the full text, here is the full text of Rajdeep Sardesai’s article of 1993.
 
 
 
 
 
 
“MUSLIMS AND THE BLASTS
 
Must They Wear A Badge Of Patriotism?
 

By Rajdeep Sardesai – 2 APR 1993, The Times of India

 
 
It is possibly the largest multinational operating in India.  In street parlance, it is known quite simply as the D Company, named after its presiding deity, Dawood Ibrahim.  With interests in gold, films, drugs and real estate, Dawood has built a multi-million dollar global empire.  Sitting in his penthouse in Dubai, he is believed to direct all manner of nefarious activities in this country.  But Dawoodbhai – as his high society friends refer to him – is not just a distant underworld don anymore.  In the lexicon of Hindu militancy, he symbolises the Muslim as a criminal with extraterritorial loyalty.
 

Dawood’s Name

 
It is scarcely surprising that Dawood’s name should come to occupy a central role in the investigations into the horrific serial bombings in Bombay.  As allegedly the country’s most famous NRI hood.  Dawood has been built into a larger-than-life figure blamed for every crime, from a stabbing incident to a large-scale terrorist attack.  Certainly, Dawood has the men, money power and international connections to have masterminded a sophisticated bombing operation.  Yet, as the Bombay Police Commissioner, Mr. A.S. Samra has admitted, there is still no prima-facie evidence to implicate Dawood in the bomb blasts.
 
Much of the information seeping out is based on intelligence sources who till less than a month ago seemed blissfully unaware that more than 1,000 kilos of RDX had been shipped into the country.  If Dawood is involved, then there is no reason why the Indian Government should not push for his suo motu extradition from Dubai.  Indeed, questions can be legitimately raised as to why no concerted effort has been made to have him extradited till now despite at least two murder cases being registered against him.
 
But pointing the needle of suspicion towards the Dawood-ISI-Pakistan axis is one thing, using this to tar the entire Muslim Community with the criminal brush is quite another.  Unfortunately, as the list of accused has filtered through an insidious campaign has been started by some sections of Hindu Militants to see the bomb blasts as a Muslim conspiracy for which the entire community must share the guilt.  It is, in a sense, a damnation not too different to what the Sikh Community had to face in New Delhi after the 1984 riots when every turbaned individual was seen as a terrorist, or what the Marwaris were confronted with during the Assam agitation when the entire ethnic group was pigeonholed as exploiters.
 
The motives for this propaganda are transparent enough.  In the campaign of bigotry launched by the Hindu militants, various historical figures and events have been invoked to widen the communal divide.  Mahmud of Ghazni the temple-destroyer, Aurangazeb the intolerant bigot, Jinnah the partitioner, Shahi Imam as a fundamentalist leader, the Shah Bano case as a classic example of Pseudo-secularism, all have been highlighted to legitimise majoritarianism.  Dawood Ibrahim as the gangster par excellence is part of this demonology.  Predictably, the Shiva Sena has lost no time in accusing Dawood and the Muslim underworld of triggering off the recent communal holocaust without waiting even for the preliminary findings of the investigative agencies.
 
Unfortunately, a section of Hindus has begun to be carried away by the rhetoric.  In the process, they are forgetting a cardinal principle of the underworld; it is as Mr. Samra points out, more cosmopolitan than the society.  The only religion it knows is money.  Dawood’s own case confirms this mercenary-instinct.  A majority of his key men like Chota Rajan, Raj Koli, Bhai Thakur, Anna Shetty are Hindus.  Dawood’s own rise in the underworld was built on the systematic decimation of the Pathan gang of Karim Lala.
 
The tragedy is that the secularists have done little to blast these myths about the underworld.  The notion of an unvbriegated Islamic terrorism is a concept that has gained popularity in the West in the light of the growing influence of certain fundamentalist groups in West Asia and North Africa.  Rather than examine the social and economic discontents underlying these movements, the Western nations have focused solely on the religious dimension.  In the process, they are seeking to reorient their ideological confrontation and fill up an enemy gap caused by the collapse of the evil Soviet empire.
 

Search For Enemy

 
Perhaps, it is the search for a similar enemy that has led people to fall for the religio-terrorist argument in this country too.  After all, the Hindu bigot needs to rationalise the recent orgy of violence.  The intensity of the post Ayodhya rioting had already shown how easily the Muslim had become a hate object.  Now, when most of those found to be indulging in recent unlawful activities are Muslims the secularists are being pushed on the defensive even as the rank communalists – have adopted a triumphant I-told-you so attitude.
 
 
But neither the diffidence nor the self-congratulation is called for instead, what is needed is an honest examination of why someone like Yakub Memon, who till a few years ago was a Chartered Accountant living in a single-room tenement, should suddenly become part of a massive terrorist operation.  Unfortunately, some self-styled champions of Hindu machismo, have not stopped to think of the impact their sloganeering is having on the Muslim psyche.
 

Frustrated Muslims

 
When your loyalty to the nation is repeatedly questioned, you are discriminated at the workplace, your businesses and homes are destroyed, the psychological scars are bound to run deep.  There is today, in the post-Ayodhya scenario, a large pool of frustrated Muslims, especially youths, who feel more and more that they have no stake left in the system.  They feel betrayed by the Government, disgusted with the emotional blackmailing by their community leaders and threatened by Hindu bigotry.
 
All this is not to deny the burgeoning growth worldwide of Islamic fundamentalism and its terrorist ways or minimize its capacity for mischief in a communally polarized India.  However, it would be counter-productive, at least in the present circumstances, to project what is primarily a social problem and crisis of governance as a religious war.  This is precisely what some sections of opinion, Hinduvta or otherwise, are attempting to do.  The result is that every Muslim is being pushed into a situation where he is expected to wear a badge proclaiming his patriotism.  Take the recent controversy over the Pakistan National Day Celebrations in Bombay.  Warnings were issued by the BJP-Sena and even the Speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly to Government Officials to desist from attending the function.  The irony is that while Dilip Kumar and Shabana Azmi were labeled anti-national even though they stayed away from the function, not a word was said about the BJP President, Mr. Murli Manohar Joshi attending an Iftardinner thrown by the Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi.
 
Indeed, the loyalty test is so patently superficial that it is bound to be exposed sooner or later.  For example,  Mr. Thackeray has always seen support for the Indian Cricket Team when it is playing Pakistan to be a mark of a true patriot.  He might be intrigued to learn that during the one-day internationals in Sharjah, one man who speaks fluent Marathi has been spotted waving the tricolour and vociferously cheering the Indian Team.  His name is Dawood Ibrahim.”
 
 
 
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May 26, 2010

“I am Nathuram Godse, Speaking”!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — meraman @ 11:22 AM

JANUARY 30th, 1949 – The Mahatma was assassinated by a man called Naturam Godse.
After he shot him, instead of running away, he stood his ground and surrounded. He said, “No one should think that Gandhi was killed by a madman”

One of the best speeches of All time, which is compared to Socrates’s speech in his trial.
The Judge was astonished by his speech and commented that if India had followed the Jury system of giving judgments, Godse would have been adjudicated as “Not Guilty” by the Jury, cause after the speech, the whole audience was in tears.

This is the speech given by Nathuram Godse in the court in his last trial for the murder of Mahatma Gandhi

Born in a devotional Brahmin family, I instinctively came to revere Hindu religion, Hindu history and Hindu culture. I had, therefore, been intensely proud of Hinduism as a whole. As I grew up I developed a tendency to free thinking unfettered by any superstitious allegiance to any isms, political or religious. That is why I worked actively for the eradication of untouchability and the caste system based on birth alone. I openly joined anti-caste movements and maintained that all Hindus were of equal status as to rights, social and religious and should be considered high or low on merit alone and not through the accident of birth in a particular caste or profession. I used publicly to take part in organized anti-caste dinners in which thousands of Hindus, Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas, Chamars and Bhangis participated. We broke the caste rules and dined in the company of each other.

I have read the speeches and writings of Dadabhai Nairoji, Vivekanand, Gokhale, Tilak, along with the books of ancient and modern history of India and some prominent countries like England, France, America and’ Russia. Moreover I studied the tenets of Socialism and Marxism. But above all I studied very closely whatever Veer Savarkar and Gandhiji had written and spoken, as to my mind these two ideologies have contributed more to the moulding of the thought and action of the Indian people during the last thirty years or so, than any other single factor has done.

All this reading and thinking led me to believe it was my first duty to serve Hindudom and Hindus both as a patriot and as a world citizen. To secure the freedom and to safeguard the just interests of some thirty crores (300 million) of Hindus would automatically constitute the freedom and the well being of all India, one fifth of human race. This conviction led me naturally to devote myself to the Hindu Sanghtanist ideology and programme, which alone, I came to believe, could win and preserve the national independence of Hindustan, my Motherland, and enable her to render true service to humanity as well.

Since the year 1920, that is, after the demise of Lokamanya Tilak, Gandhiji’s influence in the Congress first increased and then became supreme. His activities for public awakening were phenomenal in their intensity and were reinforced by the slogan of truth and non-violence, which he paraded ostentatiously before the country. No sensible or enlightened person could object to those slogans. In fact there is nothing new or original in them. They are implicit in every constitutional public movement. But it is nothing but a mere dream if you imagine that the bulk of mankind is, or can ever become, capable of scrupulous adherence to these lofty principles in its normal life from day to day. In fact, honour, duty and love of one’s own kith and kin and country might often compel us to disregard non-violence and to use force. I could never conceive that an armed resistance to an aggression is unjust. I would consider it a religious and moral duty to resist and, if possible, to overpower such an enemy by use of force. [In the Ramayana] Rama killed Ravana in a tumultuous fight and relieved Sita. [In the Mahabharata], Krishna killed Kansa to end his wickedness; and Arjuna had to fight and slay quite a number of his friends and relations including the revered Bhishma because the latter was on the side of the aggressor. It is my firm belief that in dubbing Rama, Krishna and Arjuna as guilty of violence, the Mahatma betrayed a total ignorance of the springs of human action.

In more recent history, it was the heroic fight put up by Chhatrapati Shivaji that first checked and eventually destroyed the Muslim tyranny in India. It was absolutely essentially for Shivaji to overpower and kill an aggressive Afzal Khan, failing which he would have lost his own life. In condemning history’s towering warriors like Shivaji, Rana Pratap and Guru Gobind Singh as misguided patriots, Gandhiji has merely exposed his self-conceit. He was, paradoxical, as it may appear, a violent pacifist who brought untold calamities on the country in the name of truth and non-violence, while Rana Pratap, Shivaji and the Guru will remain enshrined in the hearts of their countrymen forever for the freedom they brought to them.

The accumulating provocation of thirty-two years, culminating in his last pro-Muslim fast, at last goaded me to the conclusion that the existence of Gandhi should be brought to an end immediately. Gandhi had done very well in South Africa to uphold the rights and well being of the Indian community there. But when he finally returned to India he developed a subjective mentality under which he alone was to be the final judge of what was right or wrong. If the country wanted his leadership, it had to accept his infallibility; if it did not, he would stand aloof from the Congress and carry on his own way. Against such an attitude there can be no halfway house. Either Congress had to surrender its will to his and had to be content with playing second fiddle to all his eccentricity, whimsicality, metaphysics and primitive vision, or it had to carry on without him. He alone was the Judge of everyone and everything; he was the master brain guiding the civil disobedience movement; no other could know the technique of that movement. He alone knew when to begin and when to withdraw it. The movement might succeed or fail, it might bring untold disaster and political reverses but that could make no difference to the Mahatma’s infallibility. ‘A Satyagrahi can never fail’ was his formula for declaring his own infallibility and nobody except himself knew what a Satyagrahi is.

Thus, the Mahatma became the judge and jury in his own cause. These childish insanities and obstinacies, coupled with a most severe austerity of life, ceaseless work and lofty character made Gandhi formidable and irresistible. Many people thought that his politics were irrational but they had either to withdraw from the Congress or place their intelligence at his feet to do with, as he liked. In a position of such absolute irresponsibility Gandhi was guilty of blunder after blunder, failure after failure, disaster after disaster.

Gandhi’s pro-Muslim policy is blatantly in his perverse attitude on the question of the national language of India. It is quite obvious that Hindi has the most prior claim to be accepted as the premier language. In the beginning of his career in India, Gandhi gave a great impetus to Hindi but as he found that the Muslims did not like it, he became a champion of what is called Hindustani. Everybody in India knows that there is no language called Hindustani; it has no grammar; it has no vocabulary. It is a mere dialect; it is spoken, but not written. It is a bastard tongue and crossbreed between Hindi and Urdu, and not even the Mahatma’s sophistry could make it popular. But in his desire to please the Muslims he insisted that Hindustani alone should be the national language of India. His blind followers, of course, supported him and the so-called hybrid language began to be used. The charm and purity of the Hindi language was to be prostituted to please the Muslims. All his experiments were at the expense of the Hindus.

From August 1946 onwards the private armies of the Muslim League began a massacre of the Hindus. The then Viceroy, Lord Wavell, though distressed at what was happening, would not use his powers under the Government of India Act of 1935 to prevent the rape, murder and arson. The Hindu blood began to flow from Bengal to Karachi with some retaliation by the Hindus. The Interim Government formed in September was sabotaged by its Muslim League members right from its inception, but the more they became disloyal and treasonable to the government of which they were a part, the greater was Gandhi’s infatuation for them. Lord Wavell had to resign as he could not bring about a settlement and he was succeeded by Lord Mountbatten. King Log was followed by King Stork.

The Congress, which had boasted of its nationalism and socialism, secretly accepted Pakistan literally at the point of the bayonet and abjectly surrendered to Jinnah. India was vivisected and one-third of the Indian territory became foreign land to us from August 15, 1947. Lord Mountbatten came to be described in Congress circles as the greatest Viceroy and Governor-General this country ever had. The official date for handing over power was fixed for June 30, 1948, but Mountbatten with his ruthless surgery gave us a gift of vivisected India ten months in advance. This is what Gandhi had achieved after thirty years of undisputed dictatorship and this is what Congress party calls ‘freedom’ and ‘peaceful transfer of power’. The Hindu-Muslim unity bubble was finally burst and a theocratic state was established with the consent of Nehru and his crowd and they have called ‘freedom won by them with sacrifice’ – whose sacrifice? When top leaders of Congress, with the consent of Gandhi, divided and tore the country – which we consider a deity of worship – my mind was filled with direful anger.

One of the conditions imposed by Gandhi for his breaking of the fast unto death related to the mosques in Delhi occupied by the Hindu refugees. But when Hindus in Pakistan were subjected to violent attacks he did not so much as utter a single word to protest and censure the Pakistan Government or the Muslims concerned. Gandhi was shrewd enough to know that while undertaking a fast unto death, had he imposed for its break some condition on the Muslims in Pakistan, there would have been found hardly any Muslims who could have shown some grief if the fast had ended in his death. It was for this reason that he purposely avoided imposing any condition on the Muslims. He was fully aware of from the experience that Jinnah was not at all perturbed or influenced by his fast and the Muslim League hardly attached any value to the inner voice of Gandhi.

Gandhi is being referred to as the Father of the Nation. But if that is so, he had failed his paternal duty inasmuch as he has acted very treacherously to the nation by his consenting to the partitioning of it. I stoutly maintain that Gandhi has failed in his duty. He has proved to be the Father of Pakistan. His inner-voice, his spiritual power and his doctrine of non-violence of which so much is made of, all crumbled before Jinnah’s iron will and proved to be powerless.

Briefly speaking, I thought to myself and foresaw I shall be totally ruined, and the only thing I could expect from the people would be nothing but hatred and that I shall have lost all my honour, even more valuable than my life, if I were to kill Gandhiji. But at the same time I felt that the Indian politics in the absence of Gandhiji would surely be proved practical, able to retaliate, and would be powerful with armed forces. No doubt, my own future would be totally ruined, but the nation would be saved from the inroads of Pakistan. People may even call me and dub me as devoid of any sense or foolish, but the nation would be free to follow the course founded on the reason which I consider to be necessary for sound nation-building. After having fully considered the question, I took the final decision in the matter, but I did not speak about it to anyone whatsoever. I took courage in both my hands and I did fire the shots at Gandhiji on 30th January 1948, on the prayer-grounds of Birla House.

I do say that my shots were fired at the person whose policy and action had brought rack and ruin and destruction to millions of Hindus. There was no legal machinery by which such an offender could be brought to book and for this reason I fired those fatal shots.

I bear no ill will towards anyone individually but I do say that I had no respect for the present government owing to their policy, which was unfairly favourable towards the Muslims. But at the same time I could clearly see that the policy was entirely due to the presence of Gandhi. I have to say with great regret that Prime Minister Nehru quite forgets that his preachings and deeds are at times at variances with each other when he talks about India as a secular state in season and out of season, because it is significant to note that Nehru has played a leading role in the establishment of the theocratic state of Pakistan, and his job was made easier by Gandhi’s persistent policy of appeasement towards the Muslims.

I now stand before the court to accept the full share of my responsibility for what I have done and the judge would, of course, pass against me such orders of sentence as may be considered proper. But I would like to add that I do not desire any mercy to be shown to me, nor do I wish that anyone else should beg for mercy on my behalf. My confidence about the moral side of my action has not been shaken even by the criticism levelled against it on all sides. I have no doubt that honest writers of history will weigh my act and find the true value thereof some day in future.

-NATHURAM GODSE

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May 3, 2010

Aman ki Asha – The time has not yet come

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Trying to understand The Times of India – Dawn initiative called Aman Ki Asha : Is the picture below included?

April 28, 2010

CBI ACB report on 2G Spectrum Scam involving A Raja, B Dutt, Vir Sanghi & Others

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This report was published in the Hindu on April 28 2010
Original link: http://beta.thehindu.com/news/resources/article414110.ece?homepage=true

http://beta.thehindu.com/multimedia/archive/00111/2_G_Documents_pdf_111165a.pdf

Several documents relating to the spectrum scam, including letters written by Vineet Agarwal, former head of the Central Bureau of Investigation team that was investigating the scam, and Ashish Abrol, Joint Director of Income Tax, were released by AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa on April 28, 2010. The documents included internal evaluation reports of the Director General of Income Tax, New Delhi, and notes marked ‘Top Secret’ and ‘Strictly Confidential’ that referred to information obtained from tapping of telephone lines of persons suspected to be involved in the spectrum scam.

Download PDF:CBI ACB Report on 2G Spectrum Scam by UPA minister A Raja

Alternate Source: 2_G_Documents_pdf_111165a

Screenshots of the complete document can be accessed below:














The Hindu has now removed the article and put up the following notice:
http://beta.thehindu.com/news/article415324.ece?homepage=true

A press release on the 2G scam was issued by AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa in Chennai on April 28, 2010. The Hindu is unable to verify the authenticity of a 14-page document purporting to be an official account of intercepted phone conversations and is, therefore, taking it off its website.

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