The moderate elements online

1 12 2007

As a policy of encouraging debate on religion and debate against fundamentalism FACT (Foundation against continuing terrorism) has started the project DARA SHIKOH. Dara the prince royale that would have changed the way India is , is a role model for most fundamentalists.

Online on the web despite more venom and slit the throat, Jehad and Holy wars here is one blog that lists the FATWAS against the Terrorists and I would make it a point to list more such debates on this blog. The blog claims in its own words

We’re not getting all the news from the media, and we’re sure not hearing it
from the plethora of Islamophobic sites online. Talk radio suppresses this news,
too. There are Islamic sites and Islamic associations, religious and political
leaders that strongly condemn terrorism and violence, that are strongly allied
with the US in the war on terror, but not enough people know this. This site
will bring you that news.
This is one site that hosts discussions on various topics and the ins and outs of ISLAM.
The site claims

FACT Presentation and Dara Shikoh

10 11 2007

FACT Presentation Video

Dara Shikoh
A Forgotten Hero of Indian Cultural Synthesis
Need of Dara’s Spirit in contemporary world against terrorism

Dara Shikoh was born on 20 March 1615A.D. at Sagartal near Ajmer. It is said that his father, the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, visited the tomb of the great Chishti saint Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti and had prayed there with folded hands and down knees for a son since all his earlier children had been daughters.The prayer brought fruits and the child born had the influence of the teachings of the Sufi saint.

Dara’s was a unique and marvelous personality among the Mughal royal family. He was entirely distinct in all respects from other princes of the entire Mughal house since the establishment of the Mughal rule in 1526 till its ultimate extinction in 1764 or 1857. He had no likings for luxuries and sensual pleasures but had developed refined tastes in his life. In fact, he had combined in himself the qualities of his two great ancestors Humayun and Akbar. The habit of passing more and more time in the Library to acquire knowledge was inherites by him from Humayun who had lost his life while descending from the stairs of the royal Library, while the interest in comparative religions, universal brotherhood, humanism and peace came from the great emperor Akbar. These influences played a notable role in shaping his mind. His great mission in life was the promotion of peace and concord between the followers of Hinduism and Islam. It is true to say that at this moment when the unity of India, depends on the mutual comprehension of the two spiritual elements (Hinduism and Islam), attention can legitimately be paid to the figure of Dara Shikoh who attempted in the 17th century what Kabir and Akbar had done before him in the 15th and 16th century respectively, or what Raja Ram Mohan Roy did in the nineteenth (K.R. Qanungo).

Early Education: Formative Period of Dara:

Dara’s initiation into early education was not an exception and put like other Prices he was under the guidance of the royal teachers who taught him the Quran, Persian poetry and history. The credit goes to one tutor named Mulla Abdul Latif Saharanpuri who inculcated in him the habit of reading and unquenchable thirst for knowledge. The Sufi leanings of his tutor had great influence over young Dara. Besides this, the influence of contemporary Sufi saints had played a significant role in shaping young Dara’s mind.

Initiation in the Qadiri order and its Influence:

The prince witnessed change in his life after the initiation in the Qadiri order in 1640 A.D. and his close association with Mian Mir, Mulla Badakhashi and other saints. This was a remarkable phase of his life when he spent his major time in the royal Library busy in intensive studies in mysticism, the philosophy and the principles of the Qadiri order. This resulted in the publication of his major works on Sufism namely, the Safinat-ul-Auliya (1640 A.D.), the Sakinat-ul-Auliya ( 1643A.D.) the Risala’i Haq Numa (1647 A.D.), the Tariqat-ul-Haqiqat and the Hasanat-ul-Arifin (1653 A.D.). The first two books are biographical dictionaries of the Sufi saints and the last three contain his exposition of some of the Sufi fundamental doctrines. This was in fact a period of intellectual pursuits for Dara.

Another phase is marked by Dara’s quest for understanding of the Hindu religious systems. For this he spent many years in the study of Sanskrit and employed a large number of Pandits from Benaras. His patronage to the language brought applaud from the contemporary scholars. Prominent among them were Jaganath Mishra, Pandit Kavindracharya and Banwali Das. Jaganath Mishra even wrote a book named Jagatsimha in praise of Dara.

In his continuous search for the truth, his meeting with Baba Lal Das Bairagi proved quite enlightening. The diologues with this Hindu mendicant demonstrate his growing interest in comparative religion. Dara had compiled a summary of these teachings in Makalama Baba Lal Wa Dara Shikoh, which consists of seven long conversations between the Baba and the Prince held in 1653 A.D. This text focuses particularly on certain similarities in the teachings of Hindu and Muslim mystics.

Similarly, he found some common elements in the Qadiri ashghal and the yogic meditational exercises of the Hindus which made him translate the Yoga Vasistha into Persian in 1650 A.D. In the same vein to understand Indian philosophical thought he also translated the Bhagwatgita in the same year.

Dara’s sustained researches in comparative religions came out in the form of an extremely remarkable book known as Majma-ul Bahrain or the mingling of the two oceans. Here he employees the term ‘two oceans’ for Sufism and Hinduism. This book came to light in 1656, just three years prior to his execution. In fact it was a pioneering attempt to find out the commonalities between Sufism and Hindu monotheism. He describes this book as ‘a collection of truth and wisdom of two truth-knowing groups’. This book shows Dara Shikoh’s belief in the unity of all religions.

His spiritual quest for monotheistic strands in Hindu philosophy was a continuous process. This led him to study the Upnishads and with the help of some scholars of Benaras he translated 50 Upnishads from Sanskrit to Persian. The text he prepared, the Sirr-i-Akbar, ‘the Great Secret’ was completed in 1657. He was of the firm opinion that the ‘Great Secret’ of the Upnishads is the monotheistic message, which is identical to that on which the Quran is based.

The aim behind the translation of these Hindu religious works was to search common elements in Hinduism and Islam and he draws remarkable parallels between the concepts described in the holy Quran and the Upnishads with respect to tauhid or unity of God. The comparison led him to reach on the conclusion that the Quran and the Upnishads represented two different facts of God. In the introduction of this book he states with full boldness his speculatve hypothesis that the work referred to in the Quran as the “Kitab-al-Maknum” or the hidden book is none other than the ital. This annoyed the orthodox mullas who issued a fatwa (decree) against him. These statements were exploited by his political opponents also and provided them an execute to execute him with utmost cruelity in 1659. Though his search for the truth cost him his life, his was a pioneering effort at religious synthesis or syncretism.

The Diwan and the Quatraims of Dara:

The prince was a great poet in the eyes of his contemporary intellectuals. His Diwan known as the Iksir-i-Azam is extant which is described as “incomparable and heart-pleasing” by his spiritual guide Mulla Shah.The author of Khazinat-ul-Asfiyat remarks about his poetry that “his poetry is like the ocean of unitarianism, flowing out of his pearl scattering tongue; or like the sun of Monotheism, rising from the horizon in the manner of his luminous opening verse (matla’)”. He has expressed his Sufistic views in quatrains and ghazals. Besides his poetic accomplishments, he seems to have been very well-read in classical Persian literature.

Dara’s genius is also reflected in other fields such as fine arts, music and dancing. He patronized these artistic pursuits. His interest was also reflected in paintings. He demonstrated his genius by drawing many paintings which could be compared with those by a professional artists of his time. His album which he presented to his wife, Nadira Bano, was later deposited in the royal library.

The above description demonstrates that Dara was a gentle and pious Sufi intellectual and a true and perhaps the greatest representative of Indian cultural synthesis. It can be easily imagined as to how different India would have been had he emerged successful against his orthodox brother Aurangzeb. The defeat of Dara was in a sense, the defeat of liberal Indian ideas.

FACT is they are at our door step Ajmer darga the latest

12 10 2007

Now in the continuing terror, They reach the Ajmer Dargah the next could be your house. Cant we act on them… Act with awareness and caution with responsibility and duty. That is all it takes to ward off if not eliminate terror. If peace needs a chance they should never have one and it is we that should defend and decide how we act with responsibility. The fact that its the Sufi Shrine that is targeted reveals a lot of things ….

The bomb was hidden inside a tiffin box and placed in the main courtyard called Aasthan-e-Noor, just outside the 750-year-old mausoleum of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, the Sufi shrine revered not only by Muslims in South Asia but people of all faiths.

The latest was the Mecca Masjid blasts in Hyderabad, now conclusively blamed on the Bangladesh-based and ISI-linked Harkat-ul-Jihad-e-Islami (HUJI), during packed Friday prayers and before that, the Malegaon blast on
Shabb-e-Barat night, when Muslims gather to pay homage to their ancestors.

(Times of India)

We at FACT pray for the lives of the two souls

Following is the list of dead and injured in the blast at the shrine of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisthi in Ajmer:

List & video courtesy CNN IBN

Mohammed Shoaib (45), resident of Mumbai
Saleem, resident of Hyderabad

Yijul Haq (32), resident of Sundargarh Orissa
Patham Imran (24), resident of Gujarat
Faiz khan (35), resident of Bhavnagar, Gujarat
Sheikh Abdul Rehman (45), Nasik, Maharashtra
Mohammed Hafeez Shah (55), Boraj Road, Ajmer
Bismillah Khan (22), resident of Gujarat
Asif Khan (23), resident of Nadiyad, Maharashtra
Sammer (19), resident of Kotara
Mohammed Gulam Nabi (63), resident of Poonch, JK
Mohammed Sabir (42), resident of Bhilwara, Rajasthan
Dr. Badrul Hasan (59), Khadim Mohalla, Ajmer
Nand Lal (50), resident of Ajmer
Arshad (7), resident of Mumbai
Abdullah Mohammed (26), resident of Ajmer

Ongoing & Upcoming FACT Exhibitions

25 09 2007

The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti in association with FACT, Foundation Against Continuing Terrorism are organising the following exhibitions at the following lo9cations Know more

Exhibition of documents concerning Aurangzeb’s genocide of Hindus
I am grateful to the Anonymous dear reader who brought this to my attention. This is an excellent article by Francois Gautier about the exhibition he is organizing about the genocidal activities of the Radical Islamic genocidal tyrant Aurangzeb. Says a blogger friend

Weblog of Dashmesh Pictures

Reproduced the Francois article on Aurangazeb

Thyere is this piece on The same subject on Boloji by V sundaram

Francis Gautier presents a traveling exhibition on the reign of the last Great Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb that shows Hinduism as a timeless cultural manifestation capable of maintaining its unique character and spirit for tolerance amidst sustained onslaught.

Date Place Time Address Contact No
21-24 Sept 2007 Margao, Goa Full Day Lingayat Hall, Pajifond, Margao 9890722314
21-23 Sept 2007 Nashik, Maharashtra 10am to 9pm Limaye Hall, Tilak Road, Nashik 9422249329
21-24 Sept 2007 Mumbai, Maharashtra 5pm to 10pm Abhyudaya Nagar Sarvajanik Ganesh Mandal, Kalachauki, Shahid Bhagat Singh Ground 9322047582
22-24 Sept 2007 Mumbai, Maharashtra 4pm to 9pm Vijayanagar Society Hall, Sahar Road, Andheri (East) 9323950270

Date Place* No of Visitors Set** Inaugurated By Notes
11-14 Sep 2007 Beed, Maharashtra 1400 A & B Shri. Jaysingh Mama Chungade, Shivsena 1. Shri. Shivajirao Kulkarni sponsered 5000 handbills. 2. Smt. Jaju provided hall at very nominal rate.
8 Sep 2007 Bicholim Goa 250 A & B Shri. Mohan Kelkar, North Goa District Chief, RSS 1. The manager of Sree Maruti Temple provided the temple hall free of charge for the exhibition. 2. Shri. Sakharam Pednekar and Shri. Rajesh Parab provided sound system.
8-10 Sep 2007 Dharangaon, Jalgaon, Maharashtra 2500 A & B Shri. Mahesh Maharaj, Keertankar 1. Shri. Ranesh Mahajan provided hall free of cost. 2. Shri. Jeevanappa Bayas donated Rs. 2000 3. Shri. Mangaldas Bhatiya sponsered 5000 handbills.
7-9 Sep 2007 Mahalakshmi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 7500 A & B Shri. Baburao Borade, a devotee of Goddess Sree Mahalakshmi Foreigners visited the exhibition.
4 Sep 2007 Dadar, Mumbai, Maharashtra 1000 A & B Shri. Prakash Phatak, President, Gokul Mitramandal co-operated for arranging the exhibition.
31 Aug-2 Sep 2007 Thane city, Thane, Maharashtra 1200 A & B Pujya Eknath Maharaj Sadgir, Shri. Kelkar, MLA, BJP, Shri. Bhoir, Deputy mayor In the inauguration function Police restricted to show the VCD prepared by FACT ‘… and the world remain silent’ to Hindu Dharmabhimanis.
25-27 Aug 2007 Vileparle, Mumbai, Maharashtra 1760 A & B Shri. Vinayak Raut, Chief Secretary, Shivsena and Adv. Parag Alavani, BJP and others 1. Shri. Bapat, trustee, Sree Parleshwar Temple provided place of temple free of charge to arrange the exhibition.

2. Adv. Parag Alavani, ex-corporator, BJP provided nearby BJP office.

23-25 Aug 2007 Beed city, Beed Maharashtra 2600 A & B Pujya Patankar Maharaj, Prof. Sunil Dhande, MLA, Shivsena, Shri. Dharurkar of daily Lokasha and others 1. Prof. Sunil Dhande, MLA, Shivsena, sponsored 19000 handbills and 1000 posters for the exhibition
2. Shivsena provided 5 banners for displaying exhibition details.
22-23 Aug 2007 Hatkangale, Kolhapur, Maharashtra 1200 A & B Smt. Sunita Bachane, Sarpanch, Shri. Rajendra Patil, Deputy Taluka chief and press reporter of Daily ‘Samana’ and others Shri. Abhinandan Solankure, activist Sree Shivapratishthan had taken maximum responsibility of the exhibition. He also provided the food to the activist working for the exhibition.
19-21 Aug 07 Kankavali, Sindhudurga, Maharashtra 2600 A & B Shri. Parshuram Uparkar, MLA, Shivsena Smt. Shivani Bhat, displaced from Kashmir and now taking education at Kankavali visited the exhibition and expressed her experiences in the Kashmir.
19-20 Aug 07 Pulachi Shiroli, Kolhapur, Maharashtra 2000 A & B Pujya Vitthal Maharaj Patil, District Dharmacharya Sampark Pramukh, VHP Youths from ‘Shivapratishthan’ organization and ‘Sampark Yuva Dal’ took part in arrangement of the exhibition.
19-20 Aug 07 Junnar, Pune, Maharashtra 2000 A & B Pujya Atmaram Maharaj Tekale 1. Shri. Anil Joglekar of ‘Amarnath’ Local cable channel recorded the exhibition and immediately telecasted it. 2. RSS and Bajarang Dal activists present for whole day for providing security to the exhibition.
17-19 Aug 07 Bicholim, Goa 1072 A & B Shri. Anand Mayekar, President, Brahmanand Tarunai organization 1. Shri. Sanjeev Kumar, LIC agent printed 10,000 handbills for the exhibition. 2. Shri. Suresh Hobale, RSS activist at Lambgaon participated in the arrangement of the exhibition.
15-19 Aug 07 Ghatkopar, Mumbai, Maharashtra 2500 A & B Shri. Prakash Mehta, MLA, BJP, Adv. Liladhar Dake, Ex. Minister, Shivsena and P. Gaykar Maharaj Shri. Dattaram Gujar, Section chief, Shivsena provided hall of a temple and some place of Shivsena Shakha
14 Aug 07 Indapur, Raigad, Maharashtra 500 A & B Shri. Ramesh Shinde, Maharashtra state spokesperson, HJS Shri.Chandrashekhar Deshmukh and Shri. Dattatreya Patil provided hall free of charge
13-16 Aug 07 Tasgaon, Sangali, Maharashtra 7000 A & B Shri. Shrikant Chavhan, District chief, Sree Sampraday and Shri. Amol Shinde, Deputy mayor Trustee of Virshaiv Mangal Karyalay provided hall in concessional rates.
12 Aug 07 Bastoda, Mapusa, Goa 250 A & B Smt. Laalan Karapurkar, Deputy Sarpanch of Bastoda village Smt. Laalan Karapurkar, Dy. Sarpanch of Bastoda village provided hall free of charge and also informed the villagers to attend the exhibition.
11-14 Aug 07 Belgaum city, Belgaum city, Karnataka 4000 A & B Swami Satchitprakashananda Saraswati of Arsha Vidya Kendra 1. Shri. Narvekar, VHP provided place and printed 3000 handbills for publicity.

2. His holiness Acharya Dharmendraji visited the exhibition. 3. Shri. Abhay Patil, MLA visited the exhibition.

5-6 Aug 07 Shirpur, Dhule, Maharashtra 2300 A & B Shri. Baban Choudhary, Deputy president, BJP HJS, Shivsena, BJP and VHP had jointly organized this exhibition.
29 July 07 At 173 places in India Average


A & B HJS displayed FACT charts in Sanatan Sanstha’s

Gurupournima programs.Members of HJS and seekers of
Sanstha explained these charts to the curious.
Likewise, during talk on the topic of
‘Rekindling and Protection of Dharma’ at the

Gurupournima celebration, the speakers gave the

audience information about the FACT exhibitions to be

organised by the HJS at different places.

16-17 July 07 Shindkheda Dhule, Maharashtra 750 A & B Shri. Hemnat Salunkhe, local leader, Shivasena
14-16 July 07 Nanded city, Nanded, Maharashtra 1000 A & B Pujya Baba Balvindarsinghji, Naginaghat Gurudwar Sanatan Sanstha, Yogvedant Samiti, Swa. Savarkar Pratishthan, Shivsena, Brahman Mahasangh took part to arrange the exhibition.
13-16 July 07 Savantwadi Sindhudurga, Maharashtra 1350 A & B Dr. Trambak lele, RSS 1. Shri. Shivram Dalvi, MLA visited the exhibition. 2. Coverage by the ‘Sahara News’ and ‘Me Marathi’ channels
12-15 July 07 Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 25000 A & B Many Hindus who wished to participate in the activities of the HJS, provided their contact details.
12-14 July 07 Dombivali, Thane, Maharashtra 2000 A & B H.H. Sharaddada Vaishampayan

1. Shri. Umesh Nakhye, owner of Everest Hall provided the premises free of cost for 3 days. 2. HJS had organized a debate on the topic ‘Hindu genocide’. Local leaders of Shivsena, BJP and Dr. Sacchidanand Shevade, renowned kirtankar participated in the debate.

8-9 July 07 Vardha city, Vardha, Maharashtra 1200 A & B Pujya Satish Maharaj, National Kirtankar 1. The Trustee of the Bajaj library provided the hall free of charge for the exhibition. 2. Owner of local cable channel advertised this program on his channel free of charge.
8 July 07 Khandala, Satara, Maharashtra 600 A & B Adv. Balkrishna Pandit, RSS 1. Shri. Subhash Sawant, Principal of local college provided the chairs and table free of charge for the exhibition. 2. Activists of Dharmaveer Sambhaji Mitra Mandal, Shivshakti Gram Vikas Mandal, Krantisigh Ganeshotsaw Mandal printed the handbills required for the publicity of exhibition and distributed it.
5-7 July 07 Ahamadnagar city, Ahamadnagar, Maharashtra 6000 A & B Shri. Anilbhaiya Rathod, MLA, Shivsena Muslim organizations had given a representation to the District Collector opposing this exhibition. Noticing this, 10 activists of Shivprathisthan came forward to provide security for the exhibition.
1-2 July 07 Ichalkaranji, Kolhapur, Maharashtra 700 A & B Pujya Bal Maharaj Local Hindu organizations participated in the publicity and also helped to organize the exhibition.
29 June-1 July Mapusa, Goa 2000 A Shri. Narayan Rathawad, Senior reporter Shri. Rane, ex- MLA, MGP (local party), Shri. Sheth-Tanavade, ex-MLA, BJP, Mrs. Bhobe, councilor of Mapusa MNC, Shri. Valavalkar, RSS, Shri. Buva, VHP and other eminent pro-Hindus visited exhibition.
29 June-1 July 07 Nagpur city, Nagpur, Maharashtra 700 A & B Pujya Sadgurudas Maharaj Dharmapeth Shikshan Sanstha provided the hall at nominal rates.
29 June-1 July 07 Amaravati city, Amaravati, Maharashtra 3000 A & B Dr. Pradeep Shingote, City chief, Shivsena 1. Shri. Patane of ‘Chintamani Coaching Classes’ printed 10000 handbills of the exhibition free of charge. 2. RSS activists explained this issue in their program and also distributed handbills.
29-30 June 07 Chopda, Jalgaon, Maharashtra 5500 A & B Pujya Narayan Swami, Rameshwartirth Shri. Atul Sonavane, District chief of Shivsena immediately chalked out plans to organize such exhibitions in the 4 talukas of Dhule district.
26-29 June 07 Miraj, Sangli, Maharashtra 4000 A & B H.H. Poyekar Maharaj ‘Khare Mandir Vachnalay’ provided hall at nominal rates.
24-June 07 Solapur city, Solapur, Maharashtra 1000 A It was organized in the Solapur Dharmajagruti Sabha.
22-24 June 07 Rajarampuri, Kolhapur, Maharashtra 700 A Shri. Sambhaji Jadhav, Speaker, Standing committee

1. Shri. Sunil Bhaik, junior engineer of MNC made available tables free of charge 2. Shri. Rajshekhar Baggi, owner, Shubhraj enterprises give Generator free of charge for 4 days.

21-24 June 07 Dhule city, Dhule, Maharashtra 5500 A Shri. Hiraman Gavali, Regional Chief, Hindu Ekta Andolan 1. Shri. Kantilal Jain, President ‘Jain Sadan’ organization provided the hall’s rooms free of charge. 2. Shri. Gavali expressed his desire to organize and fund such exhibitions during this year’s Ganesh festival.
20-22 June 07 Vita, Sangali, Maharashtra 1200 A Pujya Ishwarbuwa Ramdasi and Adv.Vaibhavdada Patil, Mayor Municipal corporation provided hall free of charge.
17-19 June 07 Mirajkar Tickti, Kolhapur, Maharashtra 2000 A Pujya Vitthal Tathya Patil Local Hindu organizations participated in the publicity and also helped to organize the exhibition.
13-14 June 07 Ponda, Goa 700 A Pujya Pethe Aji, Sanatan Sanstha

1. Bajarang Dal’s local activists assured their help in organizing the

exhibition at Madgaon.2. A teacher of the M.I.B.K. School promised

to make efforts to organize the exhibition in her school.

9-June 07 Swarget, Pune, Maharashtra 1500 A It was organized in the Pune Dharmajagruti Sabha.
3-5 June 07 Mangalore city, Mangalore, Karnataka 500 A & B Shri.Hanumant Kamat, Spokesperson, Mangalore Nagarik Hitarakshana Vedike

Shri. Kuldeep Pandit, Kashmiri refugee expressed his thoughts.

1-3 June 07 Sahakarnagar, Pune, Maharashtra 600 A Himani Savarkar, President, Svatantranveer Savarkar Prathisthan Shri. Mandar Bedekar, one of the speakers during the exhibition himself distributed 200 handbills.
29-31 May 07 Sadashiv Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 1000 A Adv. Amarsingh Jadhavrav, Editor, ‘Dainik Rashtratej’ Shri. Date Mandavwale provided cloth partition free of cost and Shri. Bamane provided hall at concessional rates.
27 May 07 Panvel Raigad, Maharashtra 2000 A The exhibition was organised in the HJS Dharmasabha.
22-24 May 07 Kothrud, Pune, Maharashtra 700 A Vedmurti Shri. Moreshwar Ghaisas, the chief trustee, Ved-bhavan
22-27 May 07 Pandharpur city, Pandharpur, Maharashtra 500 A Shri. Sambhaji Shinde, taluka president, Shivsena. Savarkarpremi Mandal and Savarkar Muktadwar has given invitation for exhibition and provided hall for it.
22-24 May 07 Bangalore city, Bangalore, Karnataka 1000 A & B Sree Chidroopananda Saraswathi, Arsha Vidhya Peetha The event was widely covered by the media.
20 May 07 Thane city, Thane, Maharashtra 2000 A The exhibition was organised in the HJS Dharmasabha.
19-20 May 07 Sinhagad road, Pune, Maharashtra 1500 A Capt. Dwarakanath Deshpande, Retd. Military Officer Chitamani Mangal Center provided chairs and tables free of charge. The ‘Mandap’ was made available at concessional rates.
16-18 May 07 Udupi city, Udupi Karanataka 1500 A & B His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Vidhyavallabha Prasanna Shripada, Sree Kaniyuru Mutt, Udupi. Shri. Sunil Kumar, MLA, BJP declared that he will organise this exhibition in his constituency. The entire program was compered by Shri. Vasudev Bhat of Hindu Yuva Sena.
16 May 07 Bhor, Pune, Maharashtra 2000 A H. Sadashiv Deshmukh, Datta Sampraday ‘G.P. Library’ management committee provided the library premises free for the exhibition.
15 May 07 Velha, Pune, Maharashtra 250 A Shri. Nanaso Sabane, Velha taluka president, BJP Torana student hostel provided hall free of charge.
11-12 May 07 Shiraval, Satara, Maharashtra 1300 A H.B.P. Bhanudas Ghare Maharaj Shri. Shekhar Gadevar of Nanded requested HJS to organize this exhibition in Nanded.
21-29 April 07 Hosanagar, Shimoga, Karnataka 30000 A & B H.H. Sree Raghveshwar Bharati Swamiji, Ramchandrapur Math It was arranged in Vishwa Gau Sammelan
20 April 07 Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 2000 A The exhibition was organised in the HJS Dharmasabha.
15-17 April 07 Pandharpur city, Pandharpur, Maharashtra 850 A & B Shri. Dvaipayan Varkhedkar, Senior journalist Shri. Radhesham, owner of Lakshaman bag ‘math’ provided the place free of charge. Owner of Adithya Mandap contractor gave concession in Mandap rates.
4-6 April 07 Akkalkot, Solapur, Maharashtra 1000 A & B
1-2 April 07 Kurduwadi, Solapur, Maharashtra 400 A & B
25-29 March 07 Barshi, Solapur, Maharashtra 3000 A & B
17-23 March 07 Solapur city, Solapur, Maharashtra 2000 A & B Pujya Chavan Maharaj, Shri. Purushottam Barde, District chief, Shivsena Adv. Kiran Kanale provided place free of charge for the exhibition.
20-25 Feb 07 Satara city, Satara, Maharashtra 20000 A & B 300 Kirtankars and Pravachankars visited the exhibition. Some Hindu organizations leaders, prominent pro-Hindus also visited.
10-11 Feb 07 Panvel, Raigad, Maharashtra 3000 A & B Shri. Sreedhar Bodhe, Sub-divisional Magistrate, Panvel media press club had jointly organized this exhibition with HJS.
1-2 Feb 07 Aurangabad 300 A & B

Al qaeda declares war on Mushraf

21 09 2007

There is this feeling of vindication in the peace activists after Alqaeda declared war on Mushraf their mentor at some time in the past, in it sixth and latest video after the 9/11 anniversary. But we as peace activists and opposing and standing up against terror cant let pakistan suffer, if we do we obviously put at stake peace in the world. It is a lesson for those who want to make quick fame or short cut to the jannath.

Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has declared war on Pakistani President Pervez
Musharraf and his army in its latest message, to be released by the network’s
media arm.
In another video released by Al-Qaeda’s media arm, Al-Sahab, Bin
Laden’s deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri also warned that Musharraf would be “punished”
over the killing of the Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi.
The storming
of the Red Mosque in Islamabad in July “demonstrated Musharraf’s insistence on
continuing his loyalty, submissiveness and aid to America against the Muslims
… and makes armed rebellion against him and removing him obligatory,” bin
Laden said in the message.

Remembering 9/11

16 09 2007

Its the 9/11 anniversary the other day and there were candles lit and soaked in tears…..

Victims of terrorism and their plight was not highlighted until 9/11 to what they deserved. Its the policy of FACT to campaign agianst any form of terror across the globe. We pray for the peace of the souls and for the well being of the living whose condition is more worse than the dead.

The number of American soldiers killed in Iraq alone exceeds the number of people killed in the 9/11 attacks, officially put at 2,973. The two figures have more in common than mere symbolism, beginning with the inhumanity, or rather the de-­humanity, the figures represent. I’m not referring to the obvious waste of the deaths themselves, to the barbarism of 9/11 or the vengeful barbarism since, but to the jag of dishonesty at the core of the first figure, and how that jag led to the second. That figure, 2,973, doesn’t include the nineteen hijackers. News accounts and blogs have over the years taken pride in noting the exclusion with those few words, not including…, as if it’s a point of honor to deny the nineteen so much as post-mortem identification as members of the human race. The exclusion signaled the desire to deny the hijackers and by extension the enemy they represented any claim on humanity, any sense that the enemy shares the slightest commonality with his victims, with us members of the human race, and more particularly us as members of western civilization.

FACT update

21 08 2007

This is an update on FACT. After the successful Kashmiri Pandits’ exhibition, which at the moment has been translated in Mahratti and is being shown in villages of Maharashtra, another exhibition/symposium on the persecution of Hindus, Christians and Buddhists in Bangladesh was inaugurated in Mumbai on 18th November 2006 by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, in the presence of many terrorist experts, such KPS Gill, B. Raman, Brahma Chellaney and delegates from Bangladesh invited by FACT.

A path-breaking painting exhibition on “Aurangzeb as he was according to Moghol records“ was shown in Delhi’s Habitat Centre in February this year, in G gallery Bangalore in April and is now slated to be exhibited in Pune in August and then Mumbai. A film on the condition of Brahmans and Other Upper Castes has been made (it is posted on U Tube: and it will be followed by an exhibition and a book. We have also initiated a show Shivaji which will be completed at the end of the year. FACT has embarked as well on a project to do two exhibitions: one on the 1947 Holocaust of Hindus and Sikhs and the second on the rise of Sikhism as a defender of the Hindu Dharma. FACT plans to bring out audio CD’s on all these subjects to educate people. We have already brought one on the Kashmiri Pandits’ issue, another one on the victims of the Bombay train blasts and of course, a third one on Brahmins and OUC.

But overall FACT has an ultimate goal: To build an Indian Holocaust museum. India has terribly suffered in the last fifteen centuries at the hands of invaders, be they Muslims, Christians, or even Chinese recently. No nation can move forward, unless it faces squarely its past. As His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of the Art of Living Foundation, pointed out recently, “ the courage to remember, helps us not to repeat the same mistakes and to build a better future for our children ”. Hence, FACT would like to build an Indian museum where all the atrocities committed against Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and Christians, will be depicted, but also where all the greatness of India, past, present and future will be projected. We have been donated a small piece of land in Pune near the airport and this is where we plan the museum. For all this noble endeavours, we solicit your help and support. FACT India is a registered Trust with tax exemption. If your donation is in Indian rupees, you can make a cheque in the name of FACT and mail it to

François Gautier,
Tamil Nadu,
(via Pondichery) 605101,

If it is in $, £, or €, you can make it in the name of François Gautier, specifying in an accompanying letter for which project it is meant. I will transfer the rupees in the FACT account which is Canara Bank, Pondichery a/c N° is 27147.

Thanks so much

Foundation Against Continuing Terrorism

21 08 2007
Friday, July 22, 2005
Triangle, NC

For Immediate Release
Re: Kashmir Exhibition and Francois Gautier’s Talk

“A Glimpse of a Tragedy Without an End” – Kashmir Exhibition
Francois Gautier’s Talk

On Wednesday, July 20th and Thursday, July 21st, hundreds of residents of the Triangle, NC area took advantage of an opportunity to view a unique exhibition on Kashmir titled “A Glimpse of a Tragedy Without an End,” and hear a talk by award-winning and world-renowned journalist and author, Francois Gautier. The exhibition and talk were held at the Hindu Bhavan Cultural Hall on Wednesday, July 20th and at the Duke University’s Freeman Center on Thursday, July 21st. Both events were organized by Foundation Against Continuing Terrorism (FACT) – an organization founded by Gautier – and Develop Empower and Synergize India (DESI).

The Kashmir exhibition is an attempt to highlight the impact of terrorism on the Hindu minority in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It depicts the plight of the 350,000 Kashmiri Hindus who were tortured, raped, killed, and ultimately ethnically-cleansed from the Kashmir Valley in 1989-1990 by Islamic terrorists. These Kashmiri Hindus have been turned into refugees in their own country and currently languish in refugee camps in Jammu and New Delhi. A highly-educated, secular and tolerant community with an ancient and distinct culture, the Kashmiri Hindus have found little support from the Indian government, human rights organizations or the international community.

Francois Gautier’s talks focused on the history and uniquely tolerant culture of the Hindus. He shared his own personal experiences, as a foreign journalist working in India, explaining how the peaceful, all-inclusive Hindu culture has influenced him. He urged Hindus living in America to take up the cause of human rights of persecuted Hindus in the Indian subcontinent and elsewhere, by highlighting the issue in mainstream American media, talking to their representatives in the Congress and Senate, and participating in non-violent protests and demonstrations. Mr. Gautier was born and raised in France, but has lived in India for the past 33 years, is married to an Indian, and works for Ouest-France, the largest circulated daily in France, and LCI, France’s 24-hour TV news channel. In addition, he writes “The French Connection” column in The Pioneer, and Indian daily, and contributes regularly to

FACT-USA, a registered non-profit organization in the US, is an initiative to raise awareness about the impact of terrorism on innocent people through exhibitions, conferences and other methods. DESI is a new organization in the Triangle, NC area which seeks to highlight issues related to Indian history, culture, society, economy, security and contemporary politics.

For more information about FACT and the Kashmir exhibition, please visit To learn more about Francois Gautier and his work, please visit For information about DESI, please visit, or email us at

Kashmir exhibition a success in Houston

The heart rending pictures depicting the tragic plight of the Kashmiri Pandits, their selective killings, mass cremations, exodus and refugee life since 1990 due to terrorism in Kashmir drew thousands of people at an exhibition here.

The exhibition titled “A glimpse of a tragedy without an end” and designed by journalist and author Francois Gautier, covered the killings and hardships the community has undergone.

Hosted by the Foundation Against Continuing Terrorism (FACT), a non-profit organisation, for raising awareness about terrorism and its affects on the people in India and South Asia, it was on display at the George R Brown Convention Center on August 20 and August 27 and drew over 15,000 people.

The exhibits, according to organisers, had been displayed in various other countries and was brought for the first time to the United States to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the exodus of 400,000 Pandits from their roots in Kashmir.

The pictures, showcased the rich heritage of Kashmiri Hindus, and the violence they have faced due to terrorism.

Many who saw the exhibition, were appalled at the sufferings of the community.

“It is beyond my imagination, how a community can survive and hold on to their culture, especially when barely 8,000 Kashmiri Hindus are left in valley after exodus, said Ashwin Patel, a visitor.

“The scale of the Kashmir exodus was larger than in Kosovo, yet the world remained silent,” FACT director Rahul Pandit told PTI. “And, in this whole conflict there is not single mention of the sufferings that these Kashmiri Pandits have faced after leaving their home and hearths back in valley,” he added.

Special guests to the exhibit included Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (Democrat-Texas), Nick Lampson, who is the Candidate for Congress, District 22, and Houston City Council members M J Khan and Gordon Quan.

Earlier, the exhibit had received approval by the House Ethics Committee in Congress prior to its premiere in the Rayburn Congressional Office Building in Washington, DC on July 11.

Terrorism cannot be fought on the streets. It must be dealt with before it affects the lives of innocent people. Kashmir (India) and Bangladesh are an example of what terrorism can do to human life. There are 350,000 Kashmiri Hindus living in camps as refugees in their own country. Bangladesh had 37% Hindu population in 1971. Today there remains hardly 10% Hindu population.

And the world Watched in Silence a Film by Ashok Pandit

And the world Watched in Silence a Film by Ashok Pandit

Foundation Against Continuing Terrorism is an initiative to raise awareness through exhibitions, conferences and awareness drives. FACT will sponsor educational programs for children suffering because of terrorism and have no access to education.
FACT has undertaken an Exhibition on Kashmir created by Francois Gautier, a French Journalist. Subsequently FACT will organize an exhibition on Bangladesh.

François Gautier,
Tamil Nadu,
(via Pondichery) 605101,

P. O. Box: 540892
TX 77254-0892