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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Press : Shri Tarun Vijay on Kashmiri Hindu exile's 22 years today

19 January, 2012

Press Statement Issued by Shri Tarun Vijay, MP, BJP National Spokesperson on Kashmiri Hindu exile's 22 years today

22 years before, on 19th January 1990, an entire segment of Indians was forced to leave their home and hearth in Kashmir valley by barbaric Islamic terrorists and secessionists. The only reason for the forced exile of the Kashmiri Hindus was their love and devotion for India, Tricolour and their Dharma. This is one of the most atrocious and barbaric ethnic cleansing occurred in the world, against Hindus, for the “crime” of being just what they were.

Pandit Tikka Lal Taploo, prominent advocate and senior functionary of the BJP became the very first victim when he was shot dead near Lalchowk in Srinagar on 14th September 1989.

Several Kashmiri Hindus community members continue to languish in temporary settlements across the Jammu city and adjoining areas. Till date the J&K Government has been inefficient in prosecution of any terrorist responsible for the killings of Hindus or destruction of temples across the Kashmir valley.

While the J&K Chief Minister has often spoken on twitter and in media about ‘rehabilitation’ of Hindus in Kashmir; not much is visible on ground. Hindus forced to stay in one-room camp settlements for all these two decades outside Jammu have been further sent to a little known place called Jagati after creation of a secluded township for them. The community has been forced into another state government backed migration in turn making their return to Kashmir impossible in the coming days.

Since the tenure of the current coalition Government in J&K began, it has been screaming about return of the ‘exiled’ Hindus on the pretext of a job package which forces them to stay in the valley under unsafe circumstances risking their the security of their family members. Contrary to the claims of the Chief Minister, the Home Ministry while responding to a question towards the end of 2011 informed the Rajya Sabha that there has been no return of Kashmiri Hindus back to Kashmir.

The honour of Tricolour and the Indian citizen in Kashmir is threatened because of the divisive government policies reflected in Article 370 of the Constitution. We are committed to remove article 370 when we BJP comes to power .

We would like to ask Congress, what are its plans to rehabilitate Kashmiri Hindus and why there is a deafening silence by Congress leadership on their plight and agony?

BJP demands the Government of India to come clear on the ‘rehabilitation’ policy adopted towards Kashmiri Hindus with free flow of Indian constitution and a sense of security. It also demands action against perpetrators of horrific killings of Hindus.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The 'Cyclonic Hindoo monk' who changed our times

12 January 2012

Tarun Vijay

Since morning I have been trying to browse newspapers and magazines and intermittently glancing the channel talk shows to find out if any one, yes, any one, tried to put Swami Vivekananda's 150th birth anniversary too on a corner of their attention-radar. In vain, sorry to say, the search proved to be.

It's Batla house, some fatwa, UP and the election commission. Or in a corner, small insignificantly blurred lines on Mamata didi declaring Vivekananda's birthday as a holiday. Yes, he was a sannyasi, who belonged to Bengal, he was a Bengali, hence let it be a Bangla affair.

How do we define an India and the Indians where intellectual bankruptcy overwhelms the pan-national architecture with caste and regional affiliations ?

Vivekananda defined India. The quintessential Indian spirit, the soul and the fabric that makes us all together identified as one people, one nation, and one culture, called Bharatvarsh, which is also called India.

He defied the scheming theories of a sham secularism describing us some kind of conglomeration of mixed people and hit hard at those who tried to put in an element of shame and ostrich like hesitation to give a clarion call in the name of Hindu Take pride in being a Hindu and announce from the rooftops, that yes, we are Hindus, the inheritors of the world's greatest reservoir of wisdom, truth and a way of life that guarantees pluralism and protection of the nature without hurting the other people with a different viewpoint or faith.

He was a Hindu monk, a great Sannyasi, ochre robed and with a smile on his face and a Lion's heart. He faced the most powerful resistance of his times in the form of Christian missionaries Like the foreign correspondents made use of the Jarawa video to show how naked are the Indians who dance naked for food, same ugly machinations were used by the proselytizers who sought dollars showing Hindus in the most ridiculously backward image. Women throwing their babies to the crocodile, a nation of snake charmers and headhunters, the illiterate and uncivilized pagans and heathens, being brought to the shelter of the shepherd, for the good of all, hence please give us your precious dollars.

Vivekananda revolted against their lies and utterly shameful falsehoods. You are not Christians, 'he shouted at them, go back to Christ'.

There is a conscious attempt to secularize Vivekananda in its most nauseating way. An attempt to present him like he never was. Well-planned methodically charted academic plot to de-Vivekanandise the real Sannyasi. To de-Hindu-ise a young warrior, who was called by the West - The Cyclonic Hindoo Monk of India.

The western missionaries tried to character assassinate him, even attempted to poison him. The blindly ritualistic opponents opposed him at his home turf. But the Master, the Thakur, Swami Ramakrishna Paramhansa's blessings saved him and he remained unscathed.

It is important to know why he thought that unless Hindus are reformed, taken out of the shadow of fossilized ritualistic Brahmins, who would never allow the real souls, the 'untouchables' and the disadvantaged sections, keep them shackled while announcing great schemes for them, Hindus would not rise to unshackle the other societies of the world.

Be a proud Hindu. he said, at the same time he was his harshest best on the ill conceived practices we followed, the way we behaved with our own blood, our own Hindu fraternity, whom we considered, illogically, as low caste and hence 'untouchables'. He wanted the Hindu-ness to be protected and enlivened with the lofty and universal ideas of the Upanishads and Vedas. His Swadesh Mantra is an electrifying message for the rejuvenation of the nation. It must find place at the entrance of not only Parliament, but at the entrance of every assembly in India and in every school. It says, "O India! With this mere echoing of others, with this base imitation of others, with this dependence on others, this slavish weakness, this vile detestable cruelty -- wouldst thou, with these provisions only, scale the highest pinnacle of civilisation and greatness? Wouldst thou attain, by means of thy disgraceful cowardice that freedom deserved only by the brave and the heroic?"

Further it exhorts all Indians: "Forget not that the lower classes, the ignorant, the poor, the illiterate, the cobbler, the sweeper, are thy flesh and blood, thy brothers.

"Thou brave one, be bold, take courage, be proud that thou art an Indian, and proudly proclaim, 'I am an Indian, every Indian is my brother.' Say, 'The ignorant Indian, the poor and destitute Indian, the Brahmin Indian, the Pariah Indian, is my brother.'

"Thou, too, clad with but a rag round thy loins proudly proclaim at the top of thy voice: 'The Indian is my brother, the Indian is my life, India's gods and goddesses are my God. India's society is the cradle of my infancy, the pleasure-garden of my youth, the sacred heaven, the Varanasi of my old age.'

"Say, brother; 'The soil of India is my highest heaven, the good of India is my good,' and repeat and pray day and night, 'O Thou Lord of Gauri, O Thou Mother of the Universe, vouchsafe manliness unto me! O Thou Mother of Strength, take away my weakness, take away my unmanliness, and make me a Man!'

Please do read it in full, it's too mesmerizing an exhortation, as powerful as Lincoln's Gettysburg speech.

He believed that religion is the main theme of India:

"Each nation, like each individual, has one theme in life, which is its centre, the principal note round which every note comes to form harmony....if one nation attempts to throw off its vitality, the direction which has become its own through the transmission of centuries, the nation dies....if one nation's political power is its vitality, as in England, artistic life is another and so on. In India religious life forms the centre, the keynote of the whole music of life."

(source: Glimpses of Indian Culture - By Dr. Giriraj Shah p. 27).

India was his greatest God. He said: "India alone was to be, of all lands, the land of toleration and of spirituality…in that distant time the sage arose and declared, ekam sad vipra bahudha vadanti (He who exists is one; the sages call him variously). This is one of the most memorable sentences that was ever uttered, one of the grandest truths that was ever discovered. And for us Hindus, this truth has been the very backbone of our national existence…our country has become the glorious land of religious toleration…The world is waiting for this grand idea of universal toleration..."

(source: Vivekanada's Complete Works III, 186ff).

And his unflinching faith in Hindu dharma was like Mount Kailas. He said: "To my mind, our religion is truer than any other religion, because it never conquered. Because it never shed blood, because its mouth always shed on all, words of blessing, of peace, words of love and sympathy. It is here and here alone that the ideals of toleration were first preached. And it is here and here alone that toleration and sympathy become practical; it is theoretical in every other country; it is here and here alone, that the Hindu builds mosques for the Mohammedans and churches for the Christians."

(Source: Secularization of India… By S. Balasundar - Hindu voice)

He never allowed or sanctioned the conversion of Hindus by Christian proselytizers. He used as strong words as he could to oppose the conversion of Hindus in these famous words: "We shall otherwise decrease in numbers. When the Mohammedans first came, we are said -- I think on the authority of Ferishta, the oldest Mohammedan historian -- to have been six hundred millions of Hindus. Now we are about two hundred millions. And then every man getting out of the Hindu pale is not only a man less, but an enemy the more. " Vivekananda

(Complete Works V, p233, interview given in "Prabuddha Bharat", April, 1899)

He put the ideal of Guru Govind Singh before every Indian to follow. He said: "Men can never be united unless there is a bond of common interest. You can never unite people merely by getting up meetings, societies, and lectures if their interests be not one and the same. Guru Govind made it understood everywhere that the men of his age, be they Hindus or Mussulmans, were living under a regime of profound injustice and oppression. He did not create any common interest; he only pointed it out to the masses. And so both Hindus and Mussulmans followed him. He was a great worshipper of Shakti. Yet, in Indian history, such an example is indeed very rare."

(Source: Volume 6 Page 513 of Complete Works chapter Conversations & Dialogues)

And pray, in these times when no two Hindus can stand each other, and every Hindu organization loves to work to mitigate the other, while the biggest challenge to the Hindu cause comes from the Hindu leaders themselves, he exhorted the Hindu in these words: "Mark me, then and then alone you are a Hindu when the very name sends through you a galvanic shock of strength. Then and then alone you are a Hindu when every man who bears the name, from any country, speaking our language or any other language, becomes at once the nearest and the dearest to you. Then and then alone you are a Hindu when the distress of anyone bearing that name comes to your heart and makes you feel as if your own son were in distress. Then and then alone you are a Hindu when you will be ready to bear everything for them, like the great example I have quoted at the beginning of this lecture, of your great Guru Govind Singh. Driven out from this country, fighting against its oppressors, after having shed his own blood for the defence of the Hindu religion, after having seen his children killed on the battlefield- ay, this example of the great Guru, left even by those for whose sake he was shedding his blood and the blood of his own nearest and dearest-he, the wounded lion, retired from the field calmly to die in the South, but not a word of curse escaped his lips against those who had ungratefully forsaken him! Mark me, every one of you will have to be a Govind Singh, if you want to do good to your country. You may see thousands of defects in your countrymen, but mark their Hindu blood. They are the first Gods you will have to worship even if they do everything to hurt you, even if everyone of them send out a curse to you, you send out to them words of love. If they drive you out, retire to die in silence like that mighty lion, Govind Singh. Such a man is worthy of the name of Hindu; such an ideal ought to be before us always. All our hatchets let us bury; send out this grand current of love all around".

He wanted a great, strong, happy and wealthy nation. And he stood for revolt than the meek submission before un-understandable murmurs of the outdated ideas.

That was Vivekananda. Immortal in his thoughts and inspiring in his wisdom.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Military team to China without Arunachal officer wrong: BJP

The Economic Times
9 JAN, 2012

NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Tarun Vijay Monday met Defence Minister A.K. Antony to convey his party's "concern and opposition" over the government sending a military delegation to China after "dropping" an officer from Arunachal Pradesh.

In a statement, Vijay said that Antony conveyed that he shares the concern of BJP on the issue, but the decision to send a smaller delegation was taken after discussing the matter with all stake holders.

Vijay, who is also BJP spokesperson, told Antony that the government had not sent the right message by sending a delegation to China without an officer from Arunachal Pradesh.

He said Beijing can cite it as a precedent and the move will have a negative impact on the youth of Arunachal keen to join defence forces.
The statement said the defence minister conveyed to the BJP that it was felt that a smaller delegation should be sent to continue talks with the neighbouring country while rejecting Chinese claims on Arunachal Pradesh.

Antony said the government was working towards manifold increase in India's military capabilities in Arunachal Pradesh and a fair share of the defence budget was being spent for the purpose.

The minister assured that the government will not allow any weakness in the country's defence preparedness in the eastern sector.

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

PM should scrap military delegation's visit to China: BJP

Press : BJP National Spokesperson and MP, Shri Tarun Vijay
Sunday, 08 January 2012

Press Release
Chinese denial of visa to Indian officer and govt sending delegation dropping officer from Arunachal insulting to the nation and armed forces - Tarun Vijay

Its shocking to know that the govt is sending a military delegation to China after dropping an officer who hails from Arunachal Pradesh. This is conceding Chinese claim on Arunachal through backdoor and demoralizing the Indian armed forces, whose delegation is forced to leave for China without their brother soldier Group Captain M Panging, because China doesn't want' him as an Indian. Group Captain M. Panging is being humiliated and insulted for belonging to India and hailing from India's patriotic Jai Hind state Arunachal Pradesh. We condemn this attitude of the govt and demand that the delegation's China trip be cancelled immediately protesting the Chinese refusal to give visa to our military officer.

I have spoken to the Defence Minister Shri A.K. Antony in this regard, and he seems to be collecting information about the delegation's visit and said, 'he can't tell me details off hand, and would meet me tomorrow about it.' While I am thankful to him and would meet him tomorrow, I tried to contact External Affairs Minister but he was in Dubai, on his way to Israel and his officers put me in contact with his OSD in Delhi. He informed that because govt of India doesn't accept stapled visas to Indians, hence the said officer is not being sent to China. The govt wants the talks with China to continue therefore the military delegation is being sent without the officer who belongs to Arunachal Pradesh and was denied a proper visa by Chinese govt.

This is an outrageous position of the govt. Suppose we have a Prime Minister who belongs to Arunachal Pradesh, should the govt drop him from a China bound delegation because of Chinese objection and continue to send the rest of the delegation members? How the prestige of an Indian soldier is less than the honour of a Prime Minister?

Previously when the Chinese denied a visa to another army officer, who was posted in J&K, we had cancelled the delegation trip to China. One delegation less won't make a sea change in our relations, and we must be strongly protesting the Chinese arrogance, safeguarding the honour of Indian citizens belonging to all provinces.

We demand Prime Minister should intervene and call back the military delegation immediately till the Chinese rectify their undiplomatic and unfriendly act.

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PM should scrap military delegation's visit to China: BJP
PTI | 03:01 PM,Jan 08,2012

New Delhi, Jan 8 (PTI) Demanding Prime Minister's intervention to cancel military delegation's visit to China, BJP today alleged that the decision to go ahead with it after Beijing denied visa to a senior IAF officer from Arunachal Pradesh was an "insult" to Indian soldiers. Terming the government's decision as "shocking", party spokesperson Tarun Vijay wondered if "China will now decide India's foreign policy. "Will China now influence our policy towards our armed forces?...It is humiliating for Indian soldiers from Arunachal Pradesh. It will be demoralising for other officers from the region," he said. The BJP spokesperson also chose to attack the government over the age row involving the Army chief V K Singh. "Government insults and humiliates not only the army chief but army soldiers. Indian soldiers are being humiliated under this government. We want that the Prime Minister should rectify it. "Why should we send the delegation to China, when that country does not allow visa to an officer from Arunachal Pradesh? Tomorrow if our Prime Minister is from Arunachal Pradesh and China refuses to give a visa to him, will we send a delegation to that country minus the Prime Minister. A soldier's honour is not less than that of the PM," he said. The BJP leader said that he spoke to Defence Minister AK Antony this morning who told him to meet him tomorrow. "Possibly, the Defence Minister does not have full information about it," he said. Vijay said the officers on Special Duty of Minister of External Affairs S M Krishna explained to him that the officer was dropped because China issues stapled visas to residents of Arunachal Pradesh, which India does not accept.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Chinese ambassador assures to provide adequate safety to Indians in China, traders may get back home soon

Picture caption-Mr Tarun Vijay with the Chinese ambassador Mr Zhang Yan

Chinese ambassador assures to provide adequate safety to Indians in China, traders may get back home soon

4th Jan 2012-Ne Delhi—The Chinese ambassador in India Mr Zhang Yan has assured that incidents like Yiwu will not be allowed to influence age old friendly ties between China and India and he will try his best to send back traders home soon. Shri Tarun Vijay, MP and National Spokesperson, BJP, met the Chinese ambassador Mr. Zhang Yan today and conveyed party’s concern about the safety of Indian citizens and diplomats in China. Requesting to send back two Indian traders as soon as possible.
Mr Tarun Vijay, while thanking the ambassador for acting swiftly to have the Indian traders released and sent to Shanghai in safety, said that such incidents vitiate the atmosphere and discourage Indians to visit China. The ambassador conveyed his thanks to BJP President Mr Nitin Gadkari for working to strengthen bilateral relations and assured that the Chinese govt is very keen not to let such incidents happen again.

‘We are working to improve relations. India and China are engines to the world economy and our horizons of cooperation are too big. We will not allow such incidents to influence our age-old civilisational ties’, said the ambassador. He also expressed hope that more and more Indians will continue visiting China. Mr Vijay suggested that the Chinese govt should think to have special India China Friendship Help Centers in major Chinese cities to facilitate Indian in distress in China, where they can get information and help in English or Hindi. To this suggestion the ambassador said this is a very constructive suggestion and he will send it to the govt for consideration. Mr Vijay conveyed that the BJP hopes the Chinese will be more cautious on such sensitive issues encouraging more people to people contact and hoped that India China friendship will further strengthened.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

BJP welcomes quick government action on traders trapped in China

Government should ensure their return to India immediately

New Delhi, Jan 4 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday welcomed the government's action in ensuring the release of two Indian traders trapped in China.

Welcoming the government action, BJP national spokesperson Tarun Vijay said the government should provide legal assistance to the traders and ensure their return to India immediately.
'We welcome that MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) has managed to sort out the crisis around the Indian traders,' Vijay told IANS.

Two Indian traders, who were being held hostage in the Chinese trading hub of Yiwu, were Wednesday shifted to a safe place by a team of Indian officials. The traders, Shyamsunder Agrawal and Deek Raheja, were being held captive by local Chinese traders, who asserted that their company owed them millions of Yuan.

'I spoke to Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai about the incident and conveyed the concern of Bharatiya Janata Party. We have requested MEA to provide legal assistance to the Indian traders and arrange to have them sent back home to India immediately,' Vijay said. The BJP leader also expressed satisfaction at the Chinese government's response to the issue.

'We also express satisfaction at the Chinese response to the incident in initiating action against culprits who manhandled Indian traders,' he said.
Vijay added that more presence of Indian media was needed in China to keep a watch on any such situation that may arise.

'The situation demands that there should be more Indian media presence in China so that such incidents are reported to India through Indian eyes and unnecessary misunderstandings are not allowed to disturb bilateral relations,' he said.
©Indo-Asian News Service

BJP asks China to probe incident involving Indian diplomat S Balachandran

The Economic Times

4 January, 2012

NEW DELHI: The BJP today condemned the treatment meted out to Indian diplomat S Balachandran in China and demanded that authorities there conduct a thorough inquiry into the incident and ensure that it is not repeated as several Indian businessmen visit the neighbouring country.

"The Chinese Government must conduct a detailed enquiry into the deplorable incident and take appropriate action against those responsible for ensuring that the Indian diplomat was provided adequate security and other facilities while he was on duty," BJP spokesperson Tarun Vijay said.

He pointed out that though it was known that Balachandran is diabetic, he was not provided any food for six hours. Moreover, he was reportedly heckled while he was leaving.

"A lot of Chinese goods come to India and our traders go there often. They are provided documents only in Chinese without any interpreters, and not given appropriate legal assistance or food. In some instances family members were also reportedly harassed," Vijay alleged, demanding that such grievances be addressed.

He said 30 Indians are in Chinese jails and government should make efforts to free them.

"Such incidents do not contribute to the stated Chinese intention to strengthen bilateral ties particularly people-to-people ties and are completely contrary to the declared desire for friendship," Vijay said.

The BJP also demanded that India should increase its consulates in China from three to ten, insisting that even smaller countries like Indonesia and Malaysia have eight and six missions respectively.

Presence of Indian media in China should also be enhanced, he said.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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