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Can Mohan Bhagwat’s views on Gyanvapi lead to an amicable resolution

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In an unexpected gesture, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat issued a conciliatory statement on the now simmering dispute over the Gyanvapi mosque issue.

Even fter reaching the Supreme Court, the matter is now being heard by the sessions court in Varanasi. While the Hindu side insists the mosque has a Shivling which proves that a temple was destroyed to build a mosque over it by the orders of Mughal ruler Aurangzeb, the Muslim side insists that the Shivling is actually a fountain and that the mosque actually predates Aurangzeb.

Hot heads from both communities have sought to inflame passions over the issue and make often unsubstantiated and reckless allegations against each other.

Mohan Bhagwat stepped in in an effort to cool down tempers and said while Hindus do have faith in the existence of a Kashi Vishwanath temple, history cannot be changed and it is unwise to look for a Shivling in every mosque.

CVoter conducted a nationwide survey on behalf of IANS on the issue to try and find out if the conciliatory gesture made by the RSS chief had an impact on ordinary Indians. The responses were mixed and not very encouraging.

Overall, 36.4 per cent of the respondents felt Bhagwat made the right statement, while 34.8 per cent disagreed with the contention and almost 29 per cent had no opinion.

The NDA supporters were sharply divided, with 39 per cent of the respondents saying he made the right statement, while more than 33 per cent of the respondents disagreed.

The survey also asked Indians if the statement could help both sides reach an amicable solution to the dispute.

Overall, 51 per cent of the respondents stated that it will help amiable resolve the dispute, while 22 per cent disagreed and almost 28 per cent had no opinion.

Amongst opposition supporters, more than 42 per cent of the respondents felt that it will not help lead to an amicable resolution.

Clearly, the battle lines over Gyanvapi are firmly drawn.

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PFI ban: Vijayan holds high-level meeting with police officials

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 Hours after the Centre banned the Popular Front of India, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday met top state police officials to take stock of the situation and draw elaborate plans to ensure that everything is kept under control.

State police chief Anil Kant told Vijayan that everything is under control and the Superintendents of Police of all the 14 districts have been asked to be on high alert.

In a related development, the RSS office at Aluva in Ernakulam district was provided Central security.

Meanwhile, PFI state General Secretary A. Abdul Sathhar, in a press statement, said that the PFI has been wound up and asked its cadres to stop all political activities and organisation work.

News also came the Kerala Police, acting on the directions of the National Investigation Agency, took Sathar into custody and is now kept at the Kollam Police Club waiting for the NIA officials to arrive to take him away.

In an early morning joint operation last week, the NIA and the Enforcement Directorate took into custody several top level state and national leaders of the PFI from various parts of the state in two cases registered at Delhi and in the state.

Those who were named in the case registered in Delhi were immediately taken to Delhi and produced before a court there and those named in the case in the state before local courts here.

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Maharashtra ATS to enforce further crackdown on PFI after Centre’s ban

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The agency has so far conducted raids in 12 districts in Maharashtra, arresting and detaining scores of people linked to the Islamist organisation
Following the central government’s imposition of a five-year ban on the Popular Front of India (PFI), the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) is planning to enforce a further crackdown on the organisation in the state, a senior officer said on Wednesday.“Relevant action has been initiated against the PFI in Maharashtra in accordance with the Centre’s ban this morning. We are getting details of their offices, members and bank accounts,” the officer said.

The agency has so far conducted raids in 12 districts in Maharashtra, arresting and detaining scores of people linked to the Islamist organisation. Sources said that more arrests are likely to happen in the days to come based on interrogations of the accused arrested so far.
The Union home ministry’s move banning the PFI and its affiliates under Section 3 of the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act will be referred to a tribunal for adjudication, whether or not there is sufficient cause to declare the organisation “unlawful association”, people familiar with the procedure said.

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Why right-wing majoritarian outfits not banned, asks Owaisi

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AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday said that the Centre’s ban on Popular Front of India (PFI) cannot be supported and asked the government why has it not banned right-wing majoritarian organisations.

The Hyderabad MP said while he has always opposed PFI’s approach and supported democratic approach, this ban on PFI cannot be supported.

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president believes that a draconian ban of this kind is dangerous as it is a ban on any Muslim who wishes to speak his mind. “The way India’s electoral autarky is approaching fascism, every Muslim youth will now be arrested with a PFI pamphlet under India’s black law, UAPA,” tweeted Owaisi.

“How come PFI is banned but organisations associated with convicts of Khaja Ajmeri bomb blasts aren’t? Why has govt not banned right wing majoritarian organisations?,” he asked.

He said actions of some individuals who commit crime does not mean that the organisation itself must be banned. He pointed out that the Supreme Court has also held that mere association with an organisation is not enough to convict someone.

“Muslims have spent decades in prison before being acquitted by courts. I have opposed UAPA & will always oppose all actions under UAPA. It runs afoul the principle of liberty, which is part of basic structure of the constitution,” he wrote.

“We should remember that Congress amended UAPA to make it stringent & when BJP amended the law to make it even more draconian, Congress supported it This case will follow timeline of Kappan, where any activist or journalist is randomly arrested & takes 2 years to even get bail,” he added.

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