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BSP had made parks in which the elephants erected have not moved .whereas we have given pension to 55 lakh women” he said The Chief Minister said though his government did a lot of good work it was not able to adequately publicise them He appealed to the party workers to work hard for the next five months and reach the people “If they can do this SP will form the government for next five years” he said The yatra will cover four divisions in the first phase and will end in Lucknow on September 20 For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Leena Misra | Ahmedabad | Updated: December 28 2015 10:18 am Congress president Sonia Gandhi (L) R B Sreekumar Related News Congress president Sonia Gandhi planned to visit Zakia Jafri widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri who was killed in the post-Godhra riots of 2002 but was prevented from doing so by party leaders claims retired DGP R B Sreekumar in his book Gujarat: Behind the Curtain which was released last week The chief of the Gujarat Intelligence Bureau in April-September 2002 Sreekumar accuses the Congress-led UPA as well of betraying the expectations of riot victims regarding justice even as he slams the BJP and Sangh Parivar for their role in the violence His book the first by an IPS officer who was in service of the Gujarat government during the 2002 riots talks about the “illegal” briefs given to him in the course of his five-month stint as ADGP CID (intelligence) soon after the Godhra train carnage that sparked communal riots across Gujarat While in service Sreekumar had filed four affidavits before the Justice (retd) G T Nanavati and Justice (retd) Akshay Mehta Commission on the alleged collusion of government agencies with rioters The Gujarat government initiated a probe against him for maintaining an unofficial “secret diary” and giving out “classified information” before the panel in which he got a stay from the Supreme Court in October Terming the conduct of the Congress leadership at the state and Centre during the course and aftermath of the riots as “quite vacillatingly obnoxious” Sreekumar writes “Soulless secularism and over-sensitivity to Hindu sentiments presumably prompted Congress leaders to block the plans of Congress president Sonia Gandhi to visit Zakia Jafri… during her Gujarat visit after the riots for expressing condolence” Further he accuses both the UPA that came to power at the Centre in 2004 and the then Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh of failing to provide evidence that could have aided probe into the Godhra carnage and riot cases “UPA government did not provide information on reports by the Army and central paramilitary forces about what they had experienced in Gujarat during the 2002 riots when they were deployed for assisting Gujarat administration Reportedly Congress was apprehensive that too much of an anti-(Narendra) Modi posture would alienate a section of Hindus who are anti-Muslims but not pro-BJP Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh also did not do anything to get evidence of eyewitnesses to (the) Godhra train fire incident from UP Police who were escorting the Gujarat contingent of Ram bhaktas returning after kar seva from Ayodhya in February 2002” The former police officer accuses the UPA government of “not releasing copies of letters sent by President K R Narayanan to Prime Minister A B Vajpayee on Gujarat riots” and of not providing reports of the Central intelligence bureau to the judicial commission probing the riots He alleges that the Manmohan Singh regime also ignored demands for a separate judicial commission to probe the chief minister (Modi) Calling the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team headed by ex-CBI director R K Raghavan ‘Special Immunisation Team’ Sreekumar says the closure report filed by it on Zakia Jafri’s complaint against then chief minister Modi and 62 others did not have legal standing “It is quite debatable as to how Supreme Court can accord status of investigation as defined in Section 2 of CrPC to SIT enquiry without backing of any provisions in law The Supreme Court also did not explain adequately the grounds for deeming SIT enquiry as investigation SIT’s closure report therefore also cannot be deemed as a final report under Section 173 CrPC” he writes Beginning every chapter in his book with verses from the Bhagvad Gita Vedas Mahabharata Thirukkural by Thiruvalluvar the Bible the Hadith and the Quran Sreekumar says he had prepared “anonymous notes” on “the police positioned in sensitive areas acting as facilitators to rioters higher number of persons from victim community getting killed in police firing and riots belligerent mobs shouting about police abetment to their crimes” based on his observation as ADGP (Armed Units) and despatched the same to the president of India leader of Opposition and senior leaders of major “secular political parties” “I was quite aware that it was an act of misconduct as per conduct rules but I was forced to do it for getting some solace from the intense agony and tormenting helplessness felt by me in those days having failed to do anything due to legal constraints to contain and control violence against hundreds of innocents…” Sreekumar notes that among the officers who kept silent on the 2002 riots were six IAS and seven IPS Muslim officers from Gujarat According to him two Muslim officers including a commandant even defied his “written orders” to give shelter to 500 Muslims from Naroda Patiya on the state reserve police (SRP) premises “… consequently they had become victims of riots… Most of the 96 people killed in the evening in Naroda Patiya were reportedly from this group of Muslims… No action was initiated for defying written order of ADGP (AU) and no report was made” Sreekumar who retired in 2007 works with victims of human rights violations and joined the Aam Aadmi Party last year He resigned from its primary membership recently after the CBI raid against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s trusted bureaucrat Rajendra Kumar Who isR B Sreekumar * Sreekumar’s first confrontation with the then Narendra Modi government was when he presented a report before then Chief Election Commissioner J M Lyngdoh on August 9 2002 stating that 154 of 182 constituencies had been affected by the riots and over one lakh people had been disenfranchised because of displacement countering the government claims that the situation was peaceful enough to hold early polls * Sreekumar was asked for an explanation by the state government following a report by him saying controversial IPS officer D G Vanzara had planted weapons on some Muslims ahead of the rath yatra of 2002 * Sreekumar was transferred out of CID (intelligence) soon after he sent a report on “communal overtones” in Modi’s speech during the Gaurav Yatra to the National Commission for Minorities in September 2002 * Following the submission of nine affidavits by him and his cross-examination before the Nanavati-Mehta commission in 2004 Sreekumar was superseded in 2005 The reason cited was a criminal case of 1987 pending against him For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Tarun Vijay | Published: November 22 2017 12:59 am Padmini is revered so much so that people do not remember the King of Chittor but everyone knows of Padmini’s jauhar as a symbol of the importance for women of their honour Related News The debate around the film Padmavati can never be confined to the honour of Rajputs or the people of Rajputana It touches every Indian’s sense of honour and cutting across party lines people believe that the film tries to brutalise a memory they have cherished for generations Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi’s criticism of Sanjay Leela Bhansali trying to bypass the Board through selective previews of Padmavati speaks volumes about the “not so noble” motives of the director Equally unacceptable are the threats to Deepika Padukone which doesn’t add grace to queen Padmini’s honour The movie must be screened after it has passed the Censor Board and we must trust the Board It is appointed by the government which represents our feelings But the debate has gone beyond the domain of the film with Hindutva-haters using it as an opportunity to hit out with their fossilised arguments The secular defenders and Hindutva opponents of Padmavati are reacting without authoritative knowledge of the story depicted in the film So why is Bhansali not coming out with the “facts” or the exact plot of his magnum opus Or is he enjoying the controversy because it could ensure the success of his film at the box office Should considerations of money-making be allowed to reign over matters of conscience Padmini’s jauhar and Khilji’s attack on Chittor are indisputable historical facts Playing with those facts is like playing with the character of Joan of Arc Beliefs have a great influence on our lives and faith Like the belief that the Quran was revealed and Jesus was born to a virgin Mary Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is not a Rajput but in his parliamentary speeches and poems he has spoken of the great valour and the recourse to jauhar by Padmini to save her honour from the advances of a barbaric and lustful Alauddin Khilji And the great poet Pradeep whose popular song aao bachhon tumhe dikhayen jhanki hindustan ki has a powerful line — “jahan hazaron padminiyan thee kood padee angaron pe” — which speaks of the tradition of Rajput queens embracing fire to save themselves from the brutalities of the invading Muslim armies Some secular scholars wrote in a way that suggested that perhaps yielding before Khilji would have been a better choice Their arguments are beyond shocking Padmini is revered so much so that people do not remember the King of Chittor but everyone knows of Padmini’s jauhar as a symbol of the importance for women of their honour Mothers name their daughters Padmini Khilji is never connected with anything chivalrous or majestic — he is a hated bigot with animal instincts Padmini had a choice To throw herself into the fire or live with Khilji She knew her decision would for years to come show the strength in making life-choices She could never imagine that instead of looking at her act as a metaphor for bravery some people would call it cowardice Her decision was the decision of a powerful unyielding woman Dividing the protestors as Rajputs and others is a ploy that British used to colonise us Khilji’s gang in Bollywood represents insensitivity towards its own soil Another example of how symbols usually linked to Hindus are used to demean them is a recent article in The New York Times about saris NYT’s intellectuals didn’t know that the sari is popular among women in Bangladesh Sri Lanka and even Pakistan But what appeared in the NYT was addressing the “Hindu-ness” of the garment and the so-called rise of militant Hindutva was linked to the nine-yard-long piece of grace Secularists have come to habitually denigrate Hindus in the name of a weird “freedom” Like the use of “sexy Radha” in Bollywood songs Durga labels on whiskey bottles Ganesh on toilet covers and Laxmi on shoes — and now Padmavati We must now produce historical facts to prove that Radha Durga and Ganesh appear as reverential icons in our historical records maintained at Harvard — and certified by the likes of Wendy Doniger and Audrey Truschke the ultimate guide for colonial slaves If Bhansali has the power to make millions watch his film he should realise he has a responsibility to respect a peoples’ collective memory His depictions on celluloid shouldn’t make India look as regressive as Saudi Arabia where women got the right to drive in an era when women from India are sending satellites to Mars Bhansali is using the limelight for box office gains Films are one of the biggest influencers of any society During the world wars movies were based on highlighting the courage of the soldiers to inspire citizens Shabby portrayals and glorifying Khilji will instil the sense that “bad men are majestic” in young minds Everyone needs a hero and Rani Padmavati is one Art can be presented in any form But Khilji’s knife cannot be used to recreate the history of a peoples’ memory The writer is a former BJP MP For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News “I don’t know about any such statement by her.

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