FOREWORD

Two events triggered this book—the national systemic bending-over-backwards to ‘render justice’ to the Muslim victims of the Gujarat riots and the denial of a visa to the Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi by the US State Department. The first was a process and the second an incident, and both the process and the incident were authored by the same group of prominent ‘peace’ and human rights NGOs and individual activists whose signature tune is ‘anti-Hindu’.

There are hundreds of NGOs working with great dedication among the socially and economically backward sections of our society motivated only by the inspiring vision of transforming social attitudes and the quality of life of the people amongst whom they live and work. The authors of this book express their deepest gratitude and appreciation to all of them. This book is not about them. It is about those NGOs and activists whose ‘peace’ and human rights activism cloak deep political ambitions and objectives— political ambitions not restricted to participating or influencing electoral politics (that too) but aimed at shaping the character and direction of the Indian polity in a manner which derives from their warped notion of the Indian nation. Their political ambitions and activism are essentially undemocratic and anti-Indian nation.

Notwithstanding the fact that important democratic institutions including the NHRC, Parliament and the Judiciary have repeatedly shown a marked tilt towards minorityism and have rushed to do the bidding of the ‘peace’ and human rights activists profiled in this book, these persons have nevertheless shamed our judiciary, our men in uniform and our polity with their criticism of these pillars of our democracy on foreign soil and even before foreign governments. Perhaps the time has come for Parliament to enact a law which would make such criticism of important national institutions on foreign soil and to foreign governments a cognizable offence akin to treason meriting the severest punishment. Parliament should also consider suitable restrictions being placed on retired judges, retired armed forces personnel including and above the rank of Brigadier, retired bureaucrats including and above the rank of Assistant Secretary and retired policemen including and above the rank of SP from undertaking projects for foreign or foreign-funded think-tanks and from deposing before foreign governments and their departments on any issue without prior permission from the Government of India.

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has been sitting for over five decades on the title suit of the Ramjanmabhumi while the Supreme Court promptly issues interim orders on cases filed by the Muslim community seeking to deny Hindus access to the site; those guilty of the genocide of Sikhs during the anti- Sikh riots of 1984, those guilty of the genocide of Kashmiri Hindus and those that render Kashmiri Hindus refugees in our own country; those guilty of burning Hindus alive in the notorious Radhabai Chawl incident during the Mumbai riots of 1992, have all escaped the notice and attention of these very national institutions and the same ‘peace’ and human rights activists who continue to campaign for the Muslim victims of the Gujarat riots of 2002. There is a growing perception among the Hindu intelligentsia that ‘peace’ and human rights NGOs and activists are holding all democratic institutions in the country hostage to international opinion about democracy and good governance to serve the cause of ‘secularism’ in a peculiarly one-sided fashion which may be interpreted to be anti-Hindu.

India’s so-called secular polity is teetering perilously on the brink of minorityism aided and abetted in no mean measure by this well-networked group of Hindu-baiters who have succeeded in cleverly cloaking their congenital anti-Hindu bias in the garb of constitutional ‘protection of minority rights’ discourse. These NGOs and other politically motivated activists are embarked on the twin mission to weaken India’s political will to deal ruthlessly with Islamic, Christian and Naxal terrorism and to de-Hinduise the nation. A group of nationalist Indians – some of them residing abroad – came together to profile these ‘internationally acclaimed’ ‘peace’ and human rights NGOs and activists with a view to exposing their anti-India and anti-Hindu activism.

The most striking feature of this book is that, in spite of the fact that the authors never discussed which NGOs to put under the scanner and which activists to expose when we began to write the book, we all zeroed in on the same groups! The book offers a veritable mine of information on these NGOs and activists – who are their supporters, partners and collaborators, what they say, what they write and their position on important national issues. What we have presented, however, is only the tip of the iceberg. We have provided endnotes and appendices which will enable the interested reader to dig deeper.

We thank all our wellwishers for their sustained encouragement and support. We invite you, the reader, to perceive with us that, contrary to doctored public opinion, these internationally-acclaimed NGOs and activists are a threat to communal harmony and India’s democratic ethos. We believe that communal harmony and democracy are naturally and best protected only when 85% of this nation’s population repose faith in the country’s democratic institutions. We exhort you to raise your voice too as a political Hindu to render service to this great nation’s well-being.

Finally, we use ‘Hindu’ to connote all the panthas and sampradayas (‘religions’) that are indigenous to the Indian subcontinent, notwithstanding an occasional distinctive title (e.g., ‘Sikh’) for topical effect.

Vigil Public Opinion Forum.