[Reader-list] Communalisation by Media

saraswati s_kavula at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 13 21:18:30 IST 2006

no vedavati,
  i was not equating RSS with Nazis.  I should have added one more thing may be - that all americans are not George W Bush nor are all muslims Terrorists or all British are and were not BAD Fellows. 
  i was only saying that one should not generalise. I think, the problem occurs with generalising people and communities. 
  I guess it is about time, we just called ourselves human beings and said, okay there are just may be good or bad people and many more with various shades of grey. 
  it was that i wanted to say. i should have said may be all Hindus are not hard core fundamentalists. 
  About the RSS - i don't know, but what we have seen in Gujarat was genocide done in the name of religion - people were marked and killed, killed by the fundamentalist forces. 
  I do not know where you come from, but when I traveled to the North, especially Gujarat, (i was there just before the sorry time of march 2002 - i could see the rift that was created by the works of RSS-VHP - i could witness the segregation of muslims by these forces) and soon after I returned from there - (i was in gujarat in jan 2002 and in march i hear of the horrible situation).
I am not at all supporting the muslim appeasement done by Gandhi, or by the successive governments...but then, i don't support the hindutva brigade either. i believe it is about time each community did an introspection and set their own house in order, rather than throwing stones at each other.
  it is a fact, that caste remains the bete noire of the hindu society. and we complain about conversions - really, i feel if hinduism was such a weak religion, it would have disappeared long time ago. i think on the contrary - i think it was one religion that never needed any kind of preaching. and if it must disappear - then so be it, that is the cycles of time. secondly, each person has a right to follow his or her religion of their choice. and if they wish to convert, then it is their personal issue.
  however, i donot approve the way the evangelists go on about converting people - by calling names of the hindu religion. the missionaries have all right to preach about their religion, but they have no right to criticize or degrade other people's religious beliefs or practices (which they always do).
  similarly, the muslims in this country always cry foul and try to show a wounded heart, and anything that hurts the muslims, they simply get angry and start blaming the system and the majority community, and the governments, which continue to condone an errring child. this ofcourse was the reason for the rise in anti-muslim sentiments amongst the rest. they want to have a seperate civil code, but will they accept the rest of the law of the islam like in Saudi Arabia, where a rapist will be stoned or hanged to death, or a thief's hands are cut off? when there have been cases of molestation by fathers and brothers of their own minor girl children in my city, then it was all hushed up and noone spoke of these things. it is a fact, that double standards exist amongst the muslims. today, they ask for special reservations, but they don't send their girls to school. if they remained in the ghettos it was partly their own making. they do not wish to acknowledge their flaws.
  it is the same with us, the Hindus, we have failed to uplift our own people, we have failed to eradicate the caste system and bring egalitarian society, we treat our own people as third-rate citizens and then we say, they should "feel proud to be hindus" and punish them for "converting to other religions". we have not allowed the free flow of knowledge...and today we are paying the price of it.
  it is this that i wanted to say ...there are flaws amongst all of us. let us stop generalising and start to look inwards than outwards...let us have the courage to face the truth about ourselves and call a spade a spade.
Vedavati Jogi <vrjogi at hotmail.com> wrote:
  saraswati, i appreciate your letter, but one thing i did not understand. why 
are you equating rss with nazis? has rss ever killed any muslim just because 
he is a muslim? they talked against gandhiji's muslim appeasement policy 
which ultimately resulted into partition of india. nathuram happened to be 
the member of rss but the latter had never deputed him to assasinate gandhi.

muslims partitioned india but we don't look upon all muslims as traitors, 
same way you should not hold rss responsible for nathuram's deeds. i request 
you to first understand their views and then pass such type of remarks.


>From: saraswati 
>CC: >Subject: [Reader-list] Communalisation by Media
>Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2006 03:58:22 -0700 (PDT)
>Dear Mr. Roger Das,
> I am wondering whether highlighting only certain facts will reflect the 
> Communalisation by media, it may be true in some quaters. if the media 
>forgetting Mohammed Rafi, equals to communalisation of Media, then what 
>does the eugolisation of Shah Rukh Khan, day in and day out, amount to??? 
>That special episodes are made on Amir Khan and today, Saif too has become 
>the darling of the media. And so has his sister. And then in that case no 
>one should be using Irfan Pathan as an advertisement Idol. Why is AR 
>Rahman, the uncrowned king of the music world - not because he is a Muslim, 
>but because he is the best. And let me tell you, His song, "Sat rangi re" 
>from Dil se and "piya haji ali" are the best of his compositions according 
>to me. My sister used to listen to "piya haji ali" every night before going 
>to sleep, while she was pregnant, because she wanted her child to imbibe 
>the spiritual feelings that come from that song.
> by the way, i am from that so-called upper caste community of brahmins.
> Please do not make a mountain of the mole hill. It is true that muslims 
>have been seen with suspicion due to the effects of partition in some 
>quarters. But then, so is it a fact, that most of our Bollywood big stars 
>have been Muslims for many decades, even in days after partition, we had 
>Suraiyya and Yousuf Khan AKA Dilip Kumar who were given a cult status by 
>the people of this country.
> Ofcourse, Yousuf Saab, did make remarks in Pakistan against India when 
>he went to receive an honour in Pakistan, is another matter, that no one 
>mentions. It was reported in the Week, many years ago.
> It is a fact, abberations are there. But there are two sides to the same 
>coin. Just as all Germans are not Nazis, so are not all Hindus, RSS 
> In fact, while I was in school, we never bothered who was a hindu or who 
>was a muslim. we all ate together from each others lunch boxes, and my 
>parents never taught us to be intolerant- my first best friend was a Muslim 
>girl, and today I have very close friends who are from Pakistan, one is 
>from the Azad Kashmir (as they call it) and my father always took us to the 
>Dargah in the outskirts of Hyderabad. and this is no exception. there are 
>tons of such cases.
> please kindly, do not stoke anger by constantly GENERALISING, applying 
>facts that belong only to certain sections of the society to the Society at 
> Most importantly, let us not forget where the problem arises... yes it 
>is a fact, that caste based discrimination continues in this country, 
>especially in rural areas, so also, it continues among both converted 
>christians and muslims too... both religions which preach egalitarian 
>treatment too all its peoples' have not been able to remove the caste 
>discrimination which continued even after conversions...
> we will be able to change things, if we, each one of us, looks inwards 
>at the flaws in our own individual systems and try to correct them, rather 
>than always trying to throw stones at others....
> let us set our own homes in order first....
> Let us try to build a nation, away from the rifts that were created by 
>the Colonisers.
> Let us not forget that Azim Premji, shot up to the top position as the 
>richest INDIAN, in this very country.
> If discrimination was really so much against the minority community, 
>they would not have been seen anywhere in the public sphere, like the way 
>it is with the minority communities in Pakistan or Bangladesh.
> Regards
> Saraswati.Kavula
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> >Subject: [Reader-list] Communalisation by Media
> >Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2006 02:26:25 -0700 (PDT)
> >
> >
> >Sir,
> > In this communal driven country even media is running on the path
> >partiality especially when it the question of Indian Muslims
> >arises. yesterday it was the birth anniversary of wonderful
> >Kishore Kumar and eevery news channels, hindi and bengali, aired nice
> >programme on the late singer. It was good to have such programme in
> >midst of these political drama that happens everyday. And on 30th July
> >carried an hour programme on S.D.Burman, the famous music composer, to
> >celebrate his anniversary. But sad to say that media has sidelined the
> >death or birth anniversary of the legend versatile singer, Md. Rafi. I
> >desparately switching the channels to watch some programme on the
> >anniversary of Md. Rafi, on 31st july but in vain. No news channels
> >bother to carry just a spot on him. certainly only one inference comes
> >of it and that is the religion. Being a devout msulim Md. Rafi has not
> >given due respect in media whereas singers
> > and music composers, his contemporaries and juniors noticed on
> >in some way or other just because they are non-muslims. I have not
>seen any
> >especial coverage of any Indian Muslim dignatories of any field. This
> >established a fact that almost all the media are owned by upper caste
> >groups and managed by hindus who least bother to consider Indian
> >acheievers as real treasures of the country. Thus it create new and
> >rift between Muslim and hindu, it is very unfortunate that media is
> >running on the path of communalism and favouring non-muslims. Hope
> >letter will find place in your esteemed newspaper.
> >
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