Noorani conceals truths, excludes facts
by B S Harishankar on 18 Jul 2019 30 Comments

Some books create controversy through their contents, others through promotion publicity. But few books create polemics at their very launch event. Eminent jurist A.G. Noorani’s recent work, The RSS: A Menace to India, falls in this category. The gentleman who released the book spoke much about its aims and contents.


Former Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari released Noorani’s book on April 2, 2019, at New Delhi. Ansari had earlier stirred a huge controversy by inaugurating a national conference (Sept. 2017) at Kozhikode, Kerala, organized by the National Women’s Front (NWF), women’s wing of the  Popular Front of India, notorious for its terror links (Row over Hamid Ansari attending PFI conference, The Hindu, Sept. 23, 2017).


Since its outset, the Popular Front of India (PFI) has been accused of various anti-national activities which include links with various Islamic terrorist groups, possessing arms, kidnapping, murder, intimidation, hate campaigns, rioting, Love Jihad and activities of religious extremism. In July 2012, the Kerala government informed the Kerala High Court that the PFI is “nothing but a resurrection of the banned outfit Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in another form”.


According to the statement filed as per the direction of the state intelligence chief, although the PFI’s objectives are to protect the rights of minorities and safeguard human rights, the organization is clandestinely engaged in criminal activities, ostensibly to “defend Islam” (PFI is SIMI in another form, Kerala government tells HC, The Indian Express, July 26, 2012).


In Feb. 2014, the Kerala state government submitted before the Kerala High Court that activists of the PFI were involved in 27 communally motivated murder cases, 86 attempt-to-murder cases and 106 communal cases registered in the state (PFI promotes extremism, The Hindu, Feb.11, 2014).


Mary Joseph, undersecretary to the home department, Kerala Government, submitted that the PFI has a clandestine agenda of Islamisation of people by promoting conversion, communalisation of issues with the view to benefit Islam, and recruitment of Muslim youth for actions like selective elimination of persons who are “enemies of Islam”. The anti-national activities of PFI were again confirmed after the arrest of 21 hardcore PFI activists from Narath, Kannur, Kerala. The police seized explosives, gun powder, weapons, country made bombs and ID cards of Republic of Iran (NDF and PFI Involved in 106 Communal Cases, HC Told, The New Indian Express, Feb.11, 2014).


After inaugurating the PFI conference, in Sept. 2017, Hamid Ansari was presented a memento by PFI India chairman, E. Aboobacker. It shall be untrue if Ansari claims he was not aware of the PFI’s background. Now the equations are clear: why PFI has been left out with utmost humility from the book by Noorani and why Ansari himself came and released the book in New Delhi. The arrest of a student, Mubeen Ahmed, with ISI links, and the brutal assault on Intelligence Bureau officer Rajan Sharma who was on duty at Aligarh Muslim University, happened when Hameed Ansari was Vice Chancellor (Arrest of AMU student with alleged ISI links shows all’s not well, India Today, Oct 2, 2000).


In the chapter, RSS and Gandhi’s Assassination, Noorani forwards the usual allegations, but has not dared to counter the statement by former Supreme Court Judge, Justice K.T. Thomas, who rubbished the allegations. Noorani should have invited Justice Thomas for an open debate on the issue if he was confident of the evidences. Justice Thomas said in 2011 that the “smear campaign” against the RSS on this score “must end”, and added that the organization had been “completely exonerated” by the court (Former SC judge praises RSS: ‘Not anti-minority, end smear campaign’, The Indian Express, Aug 2, 2011).


Later, Justice Thomas also said that after the Indian constitution, democracy and army, it is “fortunately” the presence of the RSS which guards Indians (‘After Army, RSS keeps Indians safe’, says former SC judge, The Times of India, Jan.14, 2018).


In Power in the Name of Ram, Noorani asserts that the ideological challenge to RSS came from Left parties, especially CPI(M) and CPI, and academics and writers associated with them. Noorani should understand that some major Left leaders now regret their past hate campaigns against Hindu culture and heritage.


As early as 1997, during a visit to Rome, then Kerala Chief Minister E.K. Nayanar and current Pinarayi Vijayan gifted the Sri Shankara version of Bhagavad Gita as a token of Kerala’s legacy, to Pope John Paul II. Some years ago, CPI Kerala State secretary, Kannam Rajendran, admitted that the Left has not been considerate towards Hindus, and Left secularism is minority appeasement (Red fades to saffron in Kerala, The Hindu, Aug, 29, 2015).


On Feb. 1, 2017, in an interview to Manorama News Channel, veteran CPI leader and former minister E. Chandrasekharan Nair, acclaimed the Upanishads, which had helped him to overcome many traumas in life, and said that unlike Semitic faiths, a Hindu can be a communist and a communist can remain a Hindu.


Finally, mindful of the dwindling Hindu population, Marxist octogenarian and former Kerala Chief Minister, V.S. Achyuthanandan, stated in July 2010 that radical Muslim outfits wanted to turn the state into a Muslim-majority through their communal and divisive activities (PFI trying to make Kerala a ‘Muslim country’,  says VS, The Indian Express, July 25, 2010).


Noorani should not forget how former CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat urged Left trade unions to learn from the way the RSS has made inroads into every walk of life (Learn from RSS, Karat tells unions, The Hindu, Nov. 20, 2014).


In the same chapter, Noorani refers to Gandhiji and Jawaharlal Nehru on the question of India’s identity, which he claims is not Hindu. Noorani should read how Mahatma Gandhi wrote unambiguously in Hind Swaraj that our farseeing ancestors established Setubandha (Rameshwar) in the South, Jagannath in the East and Hardwar in the North, as places of pilgrimage since India was one undivided land, therefore, they  argued, it must be one nation. Noorani should remember that Nehru translucently admitted in Discovery of India that the idea of ‘Bharatavarsha’ is clearly outlined from the time of the great epic, Mahabharata, where “a very definite attempt” has been made to emphasize the fundamental unity of India.


In RSS Selects India’s Prime Minister, Noorani recollects how Prof. Ganesh Devi, literary critic, activist and director of Tribal Academy at Tejgadh, took him for a tour along Tandalja Vasna Road in Gujarat, where he was depressed to see the plight of Muslim dominated area  in the midst of mounds of rotting garbage, dark, damp, crowded homes. Few remember that Ganesh Devi, who returned his Sahitya Akademi Award in 2015 to protest the alleged intolerance of the Modi Government, receives grants from the Ford Foundation and Christian organisations such as Catholic Relief Service (US) and Holy Cross Provincialate (Switzerland).


In, Endgame in 2018, Noorani quotes Cardinal Oswald Gracias, president of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference, who laments that the church is being attacked everywhere in the country. Noorani stresses Goa Archbishop Filipe Neri Feraro’s  advise to Catholics to play an active role in politics since the Indian constitution is in danger. He highlights Delhi Archbishop Anil Couto letter that India is witnessing a turbulent political atmosphere and the community should begin a prayer campaign ahead of the elections. Noorani charges that the Indian Muslim and Christian minorities have become increasingly sensitive to what they regard as the anti-national cultural exclusivism of the majority community.


Noorani conceals Muslim-Christian conflicts in India, especially Jammu and Kashmir. In 1967, Islamic terrorists attacked Holy Family Church. In 1972, they burned down All Saints Church. In 2006, they murdered Global Council of Indian Christians coordinator, Bashir Tantray. In 2010, Islamic militants attacked St Francis School. In September 2010, Tyndale Biscoe and Mallinson schools under the church were attacked and burnt down by fundamentalists. They set fire in February 2011 to the School of the Convent of St. Luke. The main entrance of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Srinagar was completely destroyed in 2012, by Islamic militants.


Where were the President of Catholic Bishop’s Conference, the Delhi and Goan Archbishops, when Christian minorities were persecuted and their institutions burnt down in Muslim-majoritarian Kashmir? Noorani has cleverly concealed the mass persecution of Christians in Kashmir by Islamic terror groups, in order to present the harassment of Christian groups exclusively by RSS as a pan-Indian phenomenon. These Bishops belong to the lineage of Bishop Ezra Sargunam of Tamil Nadu, who recently said there is nothing like “Hindu”, and if anyone opposes this claim, they should be punched on their faces to make them bleed, an act which God will forgive.

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Noorani conceals many truths, especially the heavy criticism by Churches against Islamic fundamentalists in India. On June 25, 2012, then Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy informed the state legislature that 2,667 young women were converted to Islam in the state since 2006. “Love Jihad in Kerala is part of global Islamisation project”, said Global Council of Indian Christians. In 2009, Kerala Catholic Bishops Council (KCBC) had stated that more than 2,600 young Christian women were converted to Islam since 2006. KCBC’s Vigilance Commission for Social Harmony had urged Christians to guard against the phenomenon. Fr. Paul Thelakat, former spokesperson of the Syro Malabar church, said it is a serious issue (Over 2500 women converted to Islam in Kerala since 2006, says Oommen Chandy, India Today, Sept. 4, 2012). In 2017, Mathew Mar Gregorios, Bishop of the Syrian Independent Orthodox Church, termed Love Jihad a ‘conversion ploy’ and said, “there is rampant conversion of Christian girls into Islam in the Malabar region” of Kerala (Hindustan Times, July 17, 2017).


Instead of acknowledging these criticisms against Islamic outfits by Churches in India, Noorani accuses Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath of coining the term “love jihad” for Muslims who married Hindu girls (India all set on the road to a Hindu state, The Asian Age, Apr. 9, 2017).


Noorani claims RSS targets Indian Muslims. Earlier, he wrote in Frontline that the 1993 Bombay blasts-accused Yakub Memon’s mercy petition to the President, which contended that “secret hangings of Afzal Guru and Ajmal Kasab and now my impending execution begs the conclusion that the heavy hand of punishment and legal misery, somehow, is reserved for Muslims in this country”. Arguing for Memon, Noorani vigorously wrote that if thousands of Muslims thronged Yakub Memon’s funeral procession in Mumbai, it is because they shared this sentiment. In glaring and significant contrast, there was not the slightest expression of sympathy for him in all the years that he was on trial. This is because recent events, statements and court proceedings suggested to Muslims that justice will be denied to them (Yakub Memon’s execution, Frontline, Sep.18, 2015).


Noorani did not express any anguish when T.J. Joseph, professor at Newman College, Thodupuzha, Kerala, had his hand cut off at the wrist in 2010, for alleged blasphemy, by a gang of Islamic outfits belonging to the Popular Front of India.


In a letter dated December 21, 2015, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the Ahmadiyya Community for religious tolerance and universal brotherhood and wished success to ‘Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya Centenary’ celebrations, he was severely criticized by Indian Muslim leaders who consider Ahmadiyyas to be heretics. In Pakistan, they were declared non-Muslim in 1974, and are persecuted. In Bangladesh, Ahmadiyyas are brutally tortured. India has a huge Ahmadiyya population which is spread across Kerala, Rajasthan, Odisha, Haryana, Bihar, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Punjab.


In July 2017, during Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel, the President of the Israeli chapter of the Ahmadiyya community, Muhammad Sharif Odeh, greeted the Indian Prime Minister alongside Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and said, “We want to thank you for helping our community in India. Thank you very much”.  

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