Italian Job

HINDU SIEGE

The "raw deal" being meted out to Hindus has been the foundation of the Sangh Parivar's campaigns. Recent incidents have provided it an opportunity to emphasise this. The stampede at the Allahabad railway station has been used by the Organiser in its editorial to claim "Hindus get a raw deal under UPA-SP" regimes at the Centre and in UP respectively. Both weeklies have trained their guns against UP's Urban Development Minister Azam Khan, in-charge of Kumbh, with the Organiser calling him "a Muslim minister" who could not be expected to be "empathetic, involved and committed to the pilgrimage". Pravin Togadia, in Panchjanya, asks why no Hindu is made chairman of the Haj committee. But it is Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's remarks about "saffron terror" that continue to make the Parivar feel under siege. The Organiser has published a "counter probe" by S. Gurumurthy to assert that the UPA is "fabricating terror probe against the RSS" in the Samjhauta case. He cites claims made in the resolution of the Committee on Sanctions of the UNSC, the admission by Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik that "Pakistani terrorists were involved", with a caveat that "some Pakistan-based Islamists had been hired by Lt Colonel Purohit to carry out the Samjhauta Express attack" to reject Shinde's remarks.

Compiled by Ravish Tiwari

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