Indian Muslim

Have taken moral responsibility for 2002 riots: Modi

New Delhi : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Tuesday said he has always taken moral responsibility for the deaths in the 2002 Godhara riots.

Asked whether he followed 'Rajdharma' during the 2002 riots, Modi said in an interview to ABP News: "I have taken it (moral responsibility for any person killed in Gujarat) since day one. In my speech in the state assembly, all my interviews, speeches, I have mentioned it."

Kadam's remarks on Muslims, Pakistan his personal view: Shiv Sena

Mumbai : An embarassed Shiv Sena Tuesday distanced itself from party leader Ramdas Kadam's "anti-Muslim" and "anti-Pakistan" remarks at a rally attended by BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, terming these as "his personal view".

Worried by the fallout of the remarks, a Shiv Sena spokesperson said that "the statements do not echo the sentiments of Bal Thackeray, Uddhav Thackeray and the Shiv Sena".

"It is his personal view. The party's stand on Hindutva is clear, and voiced by Uddhav (Thackeray) time and again," the spokesperson said.

No one need be scared of my government, says Modi

New Delhi : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Tuesday said no one need be scared of his government as his "mantra" is "fearlessness".

In an interview to ABP News, Modi said: "You would have my interview in your library (archives) in 2002 (post-winning the Gujarat polls)."

"After winning the polls in 2002, I went to Maninagar to thank the voters. I said in my speech that day that this (Gujarat) government belongs to those who have voted for it, against it and even to those who have not voted."

BJP to get absolute majority, won't need regional support: Modi

New Delhi : The NDA will get an "absolute clear-cut mandate" to form the government in the general election, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said Tuesday, dismissing speculation of any need to align with key regional parties that could object to his prime ministership.

In a free-wheeling interview with ABP News TV channel for its programme "Ghoshnapatra" (manifesto), Modi answered a range of questions from governance, Pakistan, his likely trip to the US, bringing back black money, the 2002 Godhra riots, his marriage and on the Congress.

Vote Congress, Shia groups urge Muslims

Mumbai : Softening their stand on the Congress, prominent Shia organisations, community leaders and Islamic scholars Tuesday appealed to Muslims to vote for the party in the ongoing national elections.

Top Shia leaders announced their decision Tuesday after a meeting late Monday night in the city, an official said.

"Remember the Gujarat riots before voting for the Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. It's the RSS which is trying to make him a hero," Khoja Ashan Ashri Jamaat president Safdar Karmali said on behalf of various groups.

Resurrecting Sanjay Gandhi and his politics of hooliganism

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat,

As media reaches the conclusion about the outcome of the general elections the Sangh Parivar and its excited ‘chhutbhaiyyas’ are competing each other in speak loud and threatening the opponents. One important thing the modern day politics teach us is that those who ride on the chariot of hype are dumped mercilessly by the same forces who are responsible for their rise. The example of Arvind Kejriwal is a pointer as how he was created by media as an alternative and how he has been dumped by the same media because at the moment media magnets and their ‘loudspeakers’ are anointing Narendra Modi as the future of India.

Modi should make his stand clear on Togadia

By S. Aziz Haider, Real News International,

Not long ago, a famous actor from Mumbai, belonging to the Minority community, stated that it was difficult for a Muslim in Mumbai to get a house on rent. Nobody complained against him. But the police took suo-motto action for disturbing communal harmony and lodged an FIR against the actor.

Governance over democracy?

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam

Whatever the result of this Lok Sabha election, this much is sure that the country has finally reached a watershed where established democratic procedures are openly being rejected in favour of a business administration model of governance, which is not in evidence anywhere else in the democratic world.

Owaisi hate speech video: Ban plea hearing April 26

New Delhi : A court here Tuesday fixed April 26 for hearing a plea for a permanent restraint on Andhra Pradesh legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi's hate speeches being aired on YouTube.

Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leader Owaisi delivered the controversial speeches at public meetings in Nizamabad and Nirmal of Andhra Pradesh Dec 8 and 22, 2012, respectively.

Police took action after the speeches went viral over social networking sites and some people lodged complaints with the police and in courts.

AAP to demand world spiritual capital status for Varanasi

Varanasi : The AAP will demand the status of world spiritual capital for this Hindu holy city in Uttar Pradesh, a party leader said Tuesday.

"Varanasi is not only about Hindu religion, and is about all religions. Hence, we would demand a special package for Varanasi so that it can be called the world spiritual capital," a senior Aam Aadmi Party leader, who didn't want to be identified, told IANS, adding that it is included in the party's manifesto for Varanasi.