Salute to Sanjiv Bhatt

A poem by Prof. Badri Raina in New Delhi, honouring Sanjiv Bhatt, the IPS officer¬†(Gujarat Intelligence) “who spilled the beans on Modi, revealing how at the¬†meeting of Feb.,27, 2002 Modi had instructed the police to let the Hindus vent¬†their anger; you can imagine what travails he is facing, having now even written¬†an open letter to Modi on the subject of the riots.”

Sanjiv Bhatt’s response to Badri Raina: “Thank you very much for writing to me.¬†Your poem has truly humbled me and further strengthened my resolve to ensure¬†that Gujarat Riots of 2002 is never repeated anywhere in this country.”

Thank you Sanjiv Bhatt. We need officers like you in Pakistan also. There are some mob violence murders disguised as ‘religious riots’ that could do with some whistle-blowing too. Here’s the poem: Continue reading

Support Diep; Massacre in Lahore, some thoughts & responses

Posted to my yahoogroup yesterday, with a very heavy heart:

WE MOURN. A man weeps at the death of a relative killed in the Friday attack, after a funeral in Rabwa, May 29, 2010

I signed this Petition to Stop Constant Harassment and Mental Torture of Diep¬†Saeeda Indo Pak Peace Activist ‚Äď pls read and sign also. I hope they’re going to¬†take it to the authorities and stop this harassment of one of our most¬†courageous, spirited and committed activists.

Meanwhile, we are reeling with the massacre of some 100 Ahmedis at two Friday¬†congregations in Lahore. This was not an isolated incident but cold-blooded¬†murder, conducted by trained gunmen with suicide vests. (Only one was caught alive ‚Äď wonder how much he’ll be allowed to reveal).

The incidents brought together various strains that have been tearing apart Pakistan in the bloodiest way. Several recent incidents are part of this continuum, all of which claimed many innocent lives: Continue reading

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