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Friday 7 January 2005

Separate Politics from Relief Work: Rediff.com


Here is an article featured on Rediff.com on the importance and need in this situation of separating petty politics from the work at hand, and that any and every volunteer's contribution should be sought, welcomed and appreciated.

Let us all take this opportunity to show the world that divided though we may be in our views and outlooks, at times of disaster, we stand as one to help along the affected and displaced. I think everyone who has contributed in any way toward the effort to move on from this disaster should read this and understand the spirit in which we need to handle it collectively; for today, as always, ours is one world ....
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Anonymous Anonymous said :

I totally agree with the views in this article. We should all move ahead and concentrate on the task at hand, that is rebuilding and giving these people their lives back. Even if you dont agree with someone's political views and affiliations, that is no reason to cry foul about their efforts to help the affected.

As the author of this piece says, if you are so concerned about it, get our yourself and do something for the affected on your own account.

Lets all come together and observe the spirit reflected in this article!!

Fri Jan 07, 01:16:00 PM IST  
Blogger someone else said :

I take issue both with the posting of this on the blog and with the message it sends.

See: http://stopfundinghate.org/resources/atdfaq.htm#6

6. OK fine, the IDRF is part of the Sangh and the Sangh is violent at times. But they also do good work during crises such as this tsunami, so why should I not support them in their good work? Are you not obstructing the relief and rehabilitation of people who have been hurt by trying to prevent IDRF, HSS, VHPA and Sewa International from getting donations for the Tsunami relief?

We should not let ourselves get fooled by the false dichotomy of "good work" versus "bad work." The fact is, as explained above, the Sangh becomes particularly active when natural disasters strike, because it sees natural disasters as golden opportunities to gain a hold over communities undergoing tremendous human suffering by performing "good work." It then stays around and slowly destroys the soul of the community by continually injecting its poison of divisions and hatreds that eventually explode in violence.

Not giving money to the Sangh is in no way going to obstruct the relief and rehabilitation of any of the communities suffering from the destruction wrought by the tsunami. Please remember that the Sangh does not provide any particular access to any of these communities; there are a host of grass-roots groups who not only have transparent operations and secular values, but also have a long history of working with these communities and do not manipulate or use a crisis situation to advance sectarian agendas. Donors can find lists of agencies at many sites, including at CSFH's site (www.stopfundinghate.org), of US-based organizations connected to such grass-roots operations in India. The list provided by CSFH is just a small sample of such groups and includes organizations that have a wide range of people at their helm--from former US President Clinton to business executives to development activists--and are able to deliver relief without sowing the seeds of hatred. We do not recommend any particular agency or organization, donors must choose the ones they are most comfortable with, but we are certainly saying that the organizations we list, and we cannot stress this enough, will not create conditions of hatred and violence, unlike those affiliated to the RSS.

Fri Jan 07, 01:21:00 PM IST  
Blogger Lhasa-Apso said :

Dutch people collect yesterday over 112 miljoen euro wich is about 160 milj. us dollar!!!! by radio,tv and sms actions!!!!!!!!!!

best regards

Frank
http://www.el-minjas.com

Fri Jan 07, 01:48:00 PM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

Saurav ! When people were needed to dig out dead bodies out of the mud in Nagappattinam, we did not see any of your friends from CSFH or the Communist party of India. It is only the RSS volunteers along with others who did this work.

Grow up. You are bringing a bad name to the Blog.

Fri Jan 07, 02:31:00 PM IST  
Blogger Andy Dabydeen said :

I agree with the message of this post. People are dead. More will die. We can prevent some of those deaths if we put aside differences and act to help each other.

It's unfortunate that old hatreds don't go away.

In the words of Mahatma Gandhi -- "An eye for an eye, and soon the whole world is blind."

Fri Jan 07, 08:40:00 PM IST  
Blogger someone else said :

As much as I would like for everyone to work together, we have to recognize that not everyone shares this mindset. Some people and organizations like IDRF, Sewa International, etc., are pushing hidden agendas, while there are other examples of social and economic discrimination playing themselves out even during this terrible time. For example, take a look at the article on Dalits ("untouchables") being cast out of relief camps above or here:

http://progressivetsunamihelp.blogspot.com/2005/01/why-politics-matters-dalits-forced-out.html

This ideally is not about fighting with each other as much as holding each other accountable to a true spirit of social benevolence and cooperation.

Fri Jan 07, 09:46:00 PM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

Sourav and others. Before you start preaching about caste system know your country. There are many castes among the Dalits. The higher caste Dalits practice untouchability with the lower caste Dalits.

Caste is more like a tribal system. It would have died long time back. But it is being kept alive by the politicians for winning elections. They will keep the caste system alive.

The present Indian government is a coalition of caste based parties. How will they win another election if the caste system is wiped out?

Fri Jan 07, 10:33:00 PM IST  
Blogger Ravi Sharma said :

I can simply laugh on the Rediff article. Nothing else.
Rediff and IndiaTimes both look like biased.

Its just gimik by both of them to get more traffic on the site nothing else.

Today Indiatimes add a news by some professor from IIT named Ravi Shankar..saying that Tsunami hits are now like " Disater Tourism place", and added too much about the people who went from several places with relief material and help to victims.

No idea if such intelectual from IIT (prof.) are talking like this than what will happned to the students who are comming out from the IIT ? simply putting aquestion mark ?

One side he is saying that one should not go to Tsunami hits area with relief help..because people don't know how to help ? what to help ? whom to help etc. I have a simple question with Prof. why he took leave from IIT and roaming around these all places. Don't you think this is a real tourist person for Disaster places.Otherside i feel very sad about the IndiaTimes website editor who has publish such thing in main news section.

I sent my comment on that to editor..after that now that link is missing.

I think everyone has some difference of openion..here or there but motto is same. Than stop fighting each other and fight to provide best help from our side what ever is possible.

Regards
Ravi

Fri Jan 07, 10:52:00 PM IST  
Blogger Ravi Sharma said :

I can simply laugh on the Rediff article. Nothing else.
Rediff and IndiaTimes both look like biased.

Its just gimik by both of them to get more traffic on the site nothing else.

Today Indiatimes add a news by some professor from IIT named Ravi Shankar..saying that Tsunami hits are now like " Disater Tourism place", and added too much about the people who went from several places with relief material and help to victims.

No idea if such intelectual from IIT (prof.) are talking like this than what will happned to the students who are comming out from the IIT ? simply putting aquestion mark ?

One side he is saying that one should not go to Tsunami hits area with relief help..because people don't know how to help ? what to help ? whom to help etc. I have a simple question with Prof. why he took leave from IIT and roaming around these all places. Don't you think this is a real tourist person for Disaster places.Otherside i feel very sad about the IndiaTimes website editor who has publish such thing in main news section.

I sent my comment on that to editor..after that now that link is missing.

I think everyone has some difference of openion..here or there but motto is same. Than stop fighting each other and fight to provide best help from our side what ever is possible.

Regards
Ravi

Fri Jan 07, 10:52:00 PM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

The R.S.S volunteers do not seem to have checked up the caste while digging up the bodies.
But in the camps run by so called Secular Caste based government there is caste discrimination.

Indians has democratically chosen the so called Caste based parties. This had the support of the press and so called secularists. You have ensured that the Caste system endures for ever.

I have not read even a single article in the last one year in the Indian Press about the evils of electing caste based parties.

You reap what you sow. Why cry now?

Fri Jan 07, 11:02:00 PM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

I don't know who's burying the corpses, but I do know the following:

* "The Hindu organizations most responsible for violence against Christians are the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council, VHP), the Bajrang Dal and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (National Volunteer Corps, RSS). According to a former RSS member, these groups cannot be divorced from the ruling BJP party: "There is no difference between the BJP and RSS. BJP is the body. RSS is the soul, and the Bajrang Dal is the hands for beating."
[ http://www.hrw.org/press/1999/sep/christians.htm ]

* "The groups most directly involved in the violence against Muslims include the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council, VHP), the Bajrang Dal, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that heads the Gujarat state government. Collectively, they are known as the sangh parivar, or family of Hindu nationalist organizations."
[ http://www.hrw.org/press/2002/04/gujarat.htm ]

As evidence of IDRF-funded RSS-indoctrination, see
http://www.idrf.org/dynamic/modules.php?op=modload&name=My_eGallery&file=index&do=showpic&pid=346&orderby=dateD

In case you don't identify the two thugs on this photo, they're the same as those on http://www.rss.org

Sun Jan 09, 02:58:00 PM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

People like you (one who posted the above comment) are solely responsible for creating rifts between communities just to fulfill their political agenda.

Even if we assume the accusations made on RSS in the above post, then one should expect similar non-partisan allegations on other violent groups also.

For example, there are thousands of Madrassas running all over India. Non-muslims dont have a problem with that but so do people who self-claim to be secular. Terrorists in J&K are butchering people for the past decade - no secularists have raised their voice so far. Similar it the tragedy in north-eastern region where extreme left groups have killed thousands - again no word from the secular.

Why such a biased & hatred filled behaviour towards one group?

Could it be because of the fact the most violent of these groups (in J&K and north-east India) happen to be from the minority community?

The secular or rather pseudo-secular would not be able to answer this!!!

Tue Jan 11, 11:52:00 PM IST