Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Letter to CM Narendra Modi on 6-01- 2013

Letter to PM 06-03-2014

Letter to CM Narendra Modi on 6-01- 2013

Letter to CM Shri Narendra Modi 17-09-2011

Representation to H E Governor of Gujarat - 09-12-2012

Letter to Justice Bedi on Information on the alleged fake encounters - 30-08-2012

Letter to Governor - UP - 30-03-2013

Letter to Mulayam Singh Yadav - 30-07-2012

Letter to UP Chief Minister - 27-03-2012

Monday, 12 September 2016

SIT Investigation - 24-Jun-2013

R.B. Sreekumar's Comments 03-Oct-2012

An Appeal to the Sovereigne of India - 2nd Feb - 2012

An Appeal to the Sovereigne of India - 2nd Feb - 2012

Appeal to Judicial Commission 30.11.2010

Suggestions Letter by R B Sreekumar to SIT - Aug 2009

Letter to CM

Letter to CM

Suggestion Letter to Justice Nanavati Commission

Letter to Nanavati Commission dtd 6th-Jan-2013

Monday, 16 May 2016

2016-05-12 'Book on Gujarat riots' by L.S. Herdenia

http://echoofindia.com/reflex-action/new-book-gujarat-riots-108112 [May 12, 2016]

By L.S. Herdenia

A book "Gujarat Behind the Curtain", exposing the misdeeds of the administration and police during 2002 Gujarat violence was launched at a function held here. Bhopal was chosen for the launching programme because no other organisation gave consent to hold a programme to release the book.

Mr. RB Sreekumar, former Director General of Gujarat Police is the author of the book. He served Gujarat in various capacities. Serving as Additional DGP (Intelligence) of Gujarat from 9th April 2002 to 18th September 2002, he submitted numerous truthful reports, exposing the culpable collaborative role of political and administrative bureaucracy and police in the communal violence in 2002 and subsequent subversion of criminal justice system. Though the state government penalised him, he could get justice from higher judiciary and got promotion to the rank of Director General of Police (DGP) after his superannuation. Reputed NGOs and Human Rights Bodies of Kerala, Maharashtra, USA and Gulf bestowed awards on him for excellence in public service and commitment to foundational ideals of the constitution of India.

The release programme was organised by All India Secular Forum. Mr. KS Dhillon, former DGP, Punjab and former vice-chancellor of Bhopal University was in the chair. LS Herdenia, convener of the forum introducing Sreekumar said that he deserved the highest civil honour for the outstanding courage with which he performed his duty. His book will continue to inspire future generation of the police officers. Dhillon said that if we have more police officers like Sreekumar, the country may become crime free and the common man will enjoy a secured life.

Mr. Sreekumar addressing the audience said the anti-Sikh riots in 1984 and violence in Gujarat, after killing of 59 Ram Bhaktas in Godhra Railway Station in 2002, and subsequent subversion of Criminal Justice System in Gujarat State, had inflicted infamy on the image of Indian State and its commitment to the Rule of Law. Unlike terrorist attacks and explosions, no communal riots can prolong unless the authorities avoid implementation of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), to control and contain mass violence and normalize public order. High Voltage mass violence was reported from 11 of 30 police administrative units of Gujarat. Significantly, volume of crime was directly proportionate to the commitment of law enforcers in police and Executive Magistracy, to implement SOP, ignoring extra-legal pressures from unauthorized quarters.

The book uncovers the author's experience as a senior police officer and citizen about background, course and aftermath of 2002 communal holocaust. The author provides substantial evidence on planners and perpetrators of violence. Basing on his situation assessment reports, the Central Election Commission, in August 2002, had refused to accept the State Assembly Election Schedule proposed by the State Government, after premature dissolution of the Assembly. Instances of complacency of the Judicial Commission by not probing deeply into inputs on the omissions and commissions of government officials and political bureaucracy are delineated. The Special Investigation Team (SIT), constituted by the Supreme Court, had practically been transformed into a team of defence lawyers of the planners, organizers and enablers of violence, by booking only foot soldiers of communal crimes, the author lamented.

The author throws light on the soul-less secularism of the India National Congress, betraying opportunistic communalism, by appeasement of minority and majority communalism simultaneously. How the government failed to practice 'Raj Dharma', both as per the ideals of Indian heritage and provisions of the Constitution of India is explained. The imperativeness of providing statutory frame-work to the concepts of command responsibility and accountability of supervisory cadre in the government, is projected as the vital lesson to be learnt for forestalling repetition of mass crimes in future.

The book consists of 14 chapters. Each chapter begins with relevant quotations from Gita, Veda and Upnishad and also religious books in Malayalam. This indicates his mastery over Sanskrit language. The author in one chapter quotes from a speech in which Chief Minister Narendra Modi makes derogatory remarks about Jawaharlal Nehru University. On 25th June 2002, in a conference of senior officers, chaired by the CM, he directed officers to enforce law, in tune with the prevailing political atmosphere. He also advised officers not to be influenced by the JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) brand of secularism.

In the chapter titled "Collaborators of mass crime and enforcers of the Rule of Law" Sreekumar provides the list of such officers who have been consistently victimised for their strict adherence to their charter of duties. They include Rahul Sharma, IPS, Sanjiv Bhatt, IPS, Rajnish Rai, IPS, Vivek Shrivastava, IPS, Himanshu Bhatt, IPS, MD Antani, IPS, Satish Chandra Verma, IPS and Jaswinder Singh Rana, IAS. All these officers refused to follow Chief Minister's directive and did not allow outbreak of communal violence in the areas of their command.

He also commended the role of national media and main T.V. Channels, which depicted the ground situation without any distortion. He notes that some vernacular newspapers and periodicals were influenced by Hindu fundamentalist sentiments during riots and after. The book, among others has been dedicated to Late Ehsan Jafri, Member of Parliament who was brutally killed by rioters on February 28, 2002.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

2016-02-05 'Facts of a carnage' by A. G. Noorani

"Facts of a carnage"

An important addition to the documentation of the 2002 Gujarat pogrom, the book deserves a wide readership. 
THE author, R.B. Sreekumar, served with distinction as an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the Gujarat cadre. A Keralite, he was respected for his ability and integrity. He was Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence) of Gujarat from April 9, 2002, to September 18, 2002. He was penalised by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government headed by Narendra Modi for his truthful reports. He was a witness to the subversion of the criminal justice system. The courts gave him relief and he was promoted to the rank of DGP after his superannuation.
Gujarat is an important addition to the documentation of the 2002 pogrom after the Godhra outrage on February 27, 2002, in which 58 kar sevaks, who were returning from Ayodhya, died.
The book comprises Sreekumar’s reliable personal testimony and references to documents.
“On 28 February 2002 forenoon, I was on my way to office in [the] State Police Headquarters at Gandhinagar from [my] residence in Ahmedabad city. …I found bandh supporters freely moving on [the] road equipped with sticks, shouting anti-Muslim slogans, burning tyres and waste material right on the roads, and so on. They were forcing the commercial establishments, including pan shops and street vendors, to close down their business, in [the] presence of inactive and unresponsive policemen.”
Sreekumar met the DGP, K. Chakravorti, who “hinted that the Chief Minister had convened a meeting of senior officers at his residence after his return from Godhra in the late evening of 27th February 2002. The DGP said the CM told the officers in the meeting that ‘in communal riots, the police normally take action against Hindus and Muslims on one-to-one proportion; this will not do now, allow Hindus to give vent to their anger’.”

Anonymous notes
The author prepared anonymous notes on the behaviour of 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”. The author sent a report titled “An Analytical Note on Current Communal Scenario in Ahmedabad City” to Additional Chief Secretary Ashok Narayan and the DGP on April 24, 2002.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

2016-04-10 'About those who make and cull laws' by Humra Quraishi

"About those who make and cull laws"

Humra Quraishi
In the summer of 2011, when I interviewed Gujarat cadre cop RB Sreekumar, I knew he had a book in him. He was aware of the ground realities of the 2002 pogrom of Gujarat. He knew the exact sequences, along with the dates and timings and even names and surnames of the planners and perpetrators of violence.

Sreekumar was the first whistle-blower cop of Gujarat cadre and suffered the expected backlash for that. To quote him: “I was additional DGP (intelligence) of Gujarat from April to September 2002. I’d been reporting the Sangh Parivar and Modi government’s role in that carnage. My reports to the government were submitted in four affidavits of 600 pages whilst I was still in service. Later, I submitted two more affidavits. I did so in keeping with my duty as a civil servant and my oath to uphold the Constitution of India. Expectedly, I was superseded in February 2005. The Modi government served me a nine-point chargesheet with the aim of dismissing me from service. Though the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) quashed all charges against me, and the Gujarat High Court upheld CAT’s order, the Modi government appealed against that. Till date, the case is pending in the High Court. Even after my retirement, I’m not free from agony”.

Now, as the cop comes out with his book, he details the 2002 communal holocaust. Well-laced with political build-ups, communal patterns and bureaucracy’s role, it brings out the facts that riots had political backing, more importantly, that of the top brass.

He narrates several instances of what went on ‘behind the curtain’. A quote from the book: ‘On 28 June 2002, after a review meeting regarding the Ahmedabad Rath Yatra, the Chief Secretary suggested to me that in case someone was trying to disturb the Rath Yatra or planning to spoil it, those people should be eliminated if necessary.’

At another place, he writes, ‘In the afternoon (of 28 February 2002), I met DGP K Chakravorti in his chamber. I found him quite perturbed, helpless and stress-ridden about widespread mass violence in the cities of Ahmedabad, Vadodara and many rural areas. He lamented that things were taking a bad shape and activists of VHP, Bajrang Dal and BJP were leading armed crowds, and police officers, at decisive level on the ground, were not intervening effectively as they were keen on avoiding crossing swords with supporters of the ruling party....” The book carries several other instances, potent enough to nail several big names on the political and bureaucratic circuit of the day.

One aspect that stands out throughout the book is the numerous quotes from the scriptures that Sreekumar weaves in to highlight every individual’s duty to stand up for justice and protect the hapless against all possible odds. As he sums up, “How the government failed to practice raj dharma, both as per the ideals of the Indian heritage and provisions of the Constitution of India.”

Monday, 15 February 2016

2016-02-12 David Headley’s revelations – nothing worthwhile for further action on security and strategic defense of India

David Headley’s revelations – nothing worthwhile for further action on security and strategic defense of India

            By merely re-iterating his earlier statement that Ishrat Jehan, killed by Gurarat police, in collaboration with the Central IB, David Coleman Hedley, did not provide any fruitful and significant inputs facilitating further probes by Indian Security Agencies.  Earlier also Headley stated that Ishrat Jehan was an LeT operative, without related information about her network and hierarchy in LeT and specific operations carried out by she and her friends in India and other places.  Of course, his statement has been music to the ears of B.J.P Leaders and Organizers of fake encounters like DIG Vanjara of Gurjart Police, who in his resignation letter in 2013 had confirmed that encounters were carried out, in pursuance of a well-conceived strategic policy of Modi Govt. 
            Perhaps, there is tie up between USA and India about Headley who must have been assured of immunity from legal action in India and USA for his culpable role as an operative of LeT.
            Utilizing each point of Headleys revelations, no purposeful investigation is possible because he religiously avoided data about present whereabouts, resources, associates and future plans of LeT and its terrorists and sister Organizations. Information on terrorists who were killed in police action is of not much use.  But those planers and perpetrators of fake encounters can built up further on their defense and their political friends can boast about feasibility and effectiveness of their counter terrorist propaganda. 
            Justification of the killing of Ishrat Jehan, on the ground of her role as an LeT activist has sinister portends.  An impression will go around among general public that fake encounters and extra judicial elimination of persons, deemed to be terrorists by police and their political God fathers can be legitimised as preventive actions like detention of persons without trial under anti-terrorist laws, externment  from an area etc.  Fake encounters are pre meditated murders, an offense under section 302 IPC.  Magisterial enquiry by Ahmedabad Metropolitan Magistrate and Special Investigation Team appointed by the High court of Gujarat had confirmed that Ishrat was killed  in a fake encounter.  The Law says that even convicted person awarded with death sentence should not be killed by police and security agencies as this action is not as per the procedure established by law.
            CBI could not trace out the source of AK 47 rifle recovered from Ishrat.   Did  Ishrat have skill and expertise to operate AK 47 weapon? Who were her supporters and their point wise game plan ? No collateral, corroborative and circumstantial evidence supporting the crimes of Headly has come out so far.  The spree of fake encounters started in October 2002 by Gujarat police strangely stopped with the arrest of D .G.Vanjara   and other police officers in April, 2007. Significantly, no terrorist was killed or arrested since then.  How Islamic Jihadists became inactive after the arrest of police officers for their culpable complicity in fake encounters ?



Tuesday, 9 February 2016

2016-01-27 Unholy and Unconstitutional: the ban of women from Sabarimala

Unholy and Unconstitutional: the ban of women from Sabarimala

Ban on menstruating women entering the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple is a violation of core Indian Spiritual values and the Constitution of India.

Perverted practitioners of status-quoist traditionalism have been opposing the entry of menstruating women for worship in the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple in Kerala. This ban effectively seeks to curtail entry of the largest denomination of its devotees annually. It is a step that violates, knowingly or unknowingly, the core values of Hindu Spiritualism, postulated in the fundamental, foundational scripture of Hinduism, the Rig Veda (1500 BC). Apart from the transcendent text, the basic ideals of the Constitution of India, the Fundamental Rights, Duties and the Preamble contained within it, have also been violated by this ban imposed on women devotees.
Hindu scholars and devotees of the various Hindu sects have been unanimous in emphasizing the imperative of adhering to the lofty ideals contained in the Vedas. The Rig Veda states that the Earth is upheld by the truth while the Heaven is upheld by the Sun (X-85-1).
All those opposing the entry of females in Sabarimala temple are obviously going against the truth and logic of Biology. All phenomena of nature are expressions of God’s will; so is the menstruation cycle in women. Holding this as a ground for not allowing women to have Darshan (direct vision) of Lord Ayyappa is a cruel contradiction, limiting both the act of worship and the form of Divinity to a male action and vision. Lord Ayyappa, a symbol of the omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent God Almighty Mythology manifest in the Dharma Sanstha (Lord Ayyappa) goes far beyond this narrow vision.  
Lord Ayyappa has the combined divinity from two of the Hindu Triumvirate Gods – Lord Shiva as father and Lord Vishnu in his female form of enchantress, Mohini as mother. How can a woman, who represents the female aspect of sanctity and motherhood be kept away from offering their pious devotion and spiritual aspirations to Lord Ayappa? The Lord is called Hari (Vishnu) Hara (Shiva) Suta (son).  
The restriction of women from visiting Sabarimala Shrine may have initially stemmed from the poor infrastructure and inaccessible roads leading up to the shrine during its inception in the 8th century AE. Ayyappa worship was started after the advent of Islam in Kerala, in the 7th century, and the deity’s close friend was a Muslim trader – Baber, addressed as Vavar Swamy in Malayalam, whose temple / Dargah is adjacent to the Sanctum sanctorum, the Garbha Griha, of Lord Ayyappa.
The Rig Veda exhorts all for being receptive to knowledge. “Let noble thoughts come to us from everywhere (I 89 – 1).”

Science and technology has, over the centuries improved access to the Shrine of Sabarimala. Sabrimala has millions of visiting devotees who return for the worship at the Shrine with overwhelming devotion. Preventing women devotees from offering prayers to Lord Ayyappa on grounds of their feeble physico-mental conditions and citing insufficient safety and security in the Sabarimala hills is utterly baseless.

If the posturing against women devotees arises from apprehensions that the young women devotees will become objects of temptation for male worshippers, then any male devotee nurturing such unholy thoughts is ineligible and unfit to visit Sabarimala shrine. It is not the women, but the men who need to be restrained.
A reference to a widely quoted advice in “Hitopadesha” (Gems of friendly advice) epitomising the essence of Hinduism is relevant. The sloka proclaims “A truly knowledgeable person is one who treats other mans’ property as mere clod, perceives other women to be like one’s mother and realizes that his own soul (Atma) is permeating in all living beings.” Are women inferior to men in the eyes of the spiritual Lord? History does not testify to such a contention.
Pure and ideal Hinduism, as explained in the Vedas and Upanishads, as opposed to the condemnable lop-sided sub-scriptures of Smrutis by Manu, Parasara, Yajnavalka and so on and the Epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata, have no incompatibility with post Renaissance modern values of democracy, liberalism, equality, fraternity, dignity and human rights. Non-intrusive Hinduism allows its followers to choose any God and accepts that there could be multiple paths, all equally divine, leading to God. In fact, the brigands who demolished Babri Masjid in 1992 had indulged in a sacrilegious un-Hindu crime.
Moreover, it does not specify any dress code, language or prescribed food for worshippers. Non-vegetarianism is acceptable and Lord Ram, Krishna, Saint Rama Krishna, Swami Vivekananda and so on were all non-vegetarians. Hinduism is even accommodative and flexible to Atheism as a view and as a legitimate intellectual pursuit. Atheist religions of Buddhism and Jainism flourished for many centuries in India. There were no serious objections in declaring Lord Buddha as one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu, by replacing Lord Balram, the cousin of Lord Krishna.
The unequivocal spiritual destination of Hinduism is the utilisation of every moment of life towards one’s self through divine realisation, enlightenment, empowerment and value–addition. Simultaneous efforts to deepen and enhance empathy towards all living beings by enhancing their welfare and well-being are initiated in this religion. The goal of life is not denied to women by the Hindu scriptures. So by denying them the right to worship in the Ayyappa temple, the traditionalists are negating Hindus spiritual laws.
The methodology of pursuit of knowledge (Jnana Yoga) paths of self–less action (Karma Yoga) and deep devotion by sacrificing ones ego (Bhakti Yoga) are tools for self-realisation. Many women have proved their merit in all these fields. Avvyar (2nd Century BCE in Tamil Nadu), Merabai (Rajasthan) Mata Amrutananda May (Kerala) are illustrative instances. The perversions of present day Hinduism is from the exclusivist, pseudo-fundamentalist radical fringe elements, acting as foot-soldiers of the Sangh Parivar and subverting the quintessential Hindus spiritualism, through unethical and even violent means.
Similar elements among the followers of Islam, like ISIS, Al Queda and Taliban are de-spiritualising the holy religion preached by Muhammed the Prophet (pbuh) Salallahou Alayhe Wasallam
The human physico-mental personality, in the ascending order, is categorized by Bhagavad Gita, as
1. Body 2. Five Senses 3. Mind-centre of emotions 4. Intellect and the Atma (Soul). Bhagavad Gita, Sloka 42 of chapter 3 says “The senses are said to be superior to the body; the mind is superior to the senses, the intellect is superior to the mind; and what is superior to the intellect is Atma.” So the body condition of a devotee is not relevant for his/her seeking self-realisation or divine grace through visits to the temple or any of three yogas.
Misplaced sensitivity displaced by sexist, misogynist Hindu orthodox groups, stressing on self-created, ill-founded unscientific menstrual taboos, for preventing women visiting Sabarimala temple is in total violation of the spirit of the Bhagavad Gita.
How can the biological fluids from a women’s body can be anathema, while the male devotees voluntarily discharging semen due to pressure of testosterone (night emissions/wet dreams) during their stay in Sabarimala temple premises; be allowed? Are males superior biologically, spiritually and from a religions perspective?
No ban has been imposed on the entry of menstruating animals near the shrine of Sabarimala.

"In a Bhagavati temple in Kerala – Chenganoor/Alleppy District – as well as in Kamakhya temple (Assam), red spots appear once a year on the robes of the Godess to this date”. So when Mother Godess, in all her physical disposition is worshipped, by what logic and scriptural or religious authority, can women in a similar condition, be deprived of their inalienable right to worship before the Sabarimala shrine?"
Significantly in “Tripura Sundari Ashtakam”, an invocation of Mother Godess, authored by Adi Shankaracharya, the deity is portrayed as a menstruating woman. The website of Sri Kamakoti Mandali ( www.kamakotimandali.com ) interpreted the 6th Sloka of this Ashtakam as follows “The Devi is described as being habituated in a blue sari with red spots, as the first menstrual flow, shows itself when a woman is ready to bear, so on the blue welkin (sky or heaven), the Devi’s raiment (clothing), signs appear, heralding creation.
In a Bhagavati temple in Kerala – Chenganoor/Alleppy District – as well as in Kamakhya temple (Assam), red spots appear once a year in the robes of the Godess to this date”. So when Mother Godess, in all her physical disposition is worshipped, by what logic and scriptural or religious authority, can women in similar condition, be deprived of their inalienable right to worship before the Sabarimala shrine?
We should endorse a proposal to send the Kerala Temple authorities for a crash course on the basics of Hindu Spiritualism, Tantric worship and attributes of a true devotee (Bhakta) as per Narada Bhakti Sutra. In Chengannor Devi temple, the Godess in menstrual cycle is offered special poojas by devotees.
At the entrance of Sabarimala temple, the Upanishadic dictum “Tat Twam Asi – That Art Thou – one of the four Mahavakyas of Hinduism – is prominently displayed. These words from Chandogya Upanishad (6-8-7) tells the devotee that “what you are seeking is within yourself” in the form of Atma (Soul). This also would establish the senselessness in giving any importance to the bodily condition of a devotee, though there are no regulations in fixing the standards of physical hygiene, clothings etc (all within individual control) as a condition for appearing before the deity.
Inexorably, the sole imperative attribute of a true devotee is the purity of the heart, as testified by Rig Veda thus, “If the heart is impure and malicious, then the God’s worship will also be unfruitful. Therefore God’s worship must be carried out with a ‘nishpap’ (sinless) heart. “VIII/61/11) Jesus Christ in his Sermon on the Mount declares” Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God! (Bible, ST Mathew 5-8)
The famous Sanskrit aphorism, Sa Vidya Ya Vimuktayae, was adopted by Mahatma Gandhi, as motto of the Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad. Kerala temple managers should opt for liberating women from ‘spiritual slavery’ imposed by male chauvinism for perpetuation of their domination.
The above delineated scriptural ethos does not sanction, support or justify any ban on women of productive age from the worship of Lord Ayyappa in the sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala temple. Further, the Constitution of India in Article 13, declared illegal all laws including Ordinances, customs, useage, rule, regulation, order and notification, which are inconsistent with the provisions of Part III (Fundamental Rights).
Let us hope that the Apex Court will accept the valid grounds advanced by petitioners seeking entry of woman devotees in Sabarimala temple at par with men. Simultaneously “true Hindus” should campaign for removing gender prejudice and the purposeful implementation of the Vedic vision as noted below.
“Come together, all of you, speak in one voice, know with one mind, even like the Gods, who, of yore knew with one mind and together had their share of enjoyment”.
“Together may they utter the mantra, may they unite together, may their mind be one and their consciousness mingle. I utter the same mantra with you all, ‘with you all equally I make the offering.”
“May your yearning be one, may your heart be one, may your mind be one, so that your union may be perfect. (Rig Veda X – 191-23)

(R.B. Sreekumar, Former Director General of Police, Gujarat)

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Date: January 27,2016 ]