AAP - Anti-Modi stalking horse

The  Aam Aadmi Party’s links with questionable activists in India make  sense if one studies its ‘Made in UK’ agenda, which explains the  seemingly disparate causes it espouses, and its visceral hatred  towards the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate.  Informed sources say that the AAP core leaders are only foot soldiers  whose task is to undermine Narendra Modi in concert with London  buddies like Amrit Wilson and left-wing activists. The rabidly  anti-Hindu Aavaz group is part of this spectrum.

To  those outside the charmed circle, Amrit Wilson is a journalist,  feminist, and spokesperson of the South Asia Solidarity Group (SASG),  in which capacity she helped organise a demonstration outside the  Brent Civic Centre in Wembley, London, to protest against Labour MP  Barry Gardiner’s invitation to the Gujarat Chief Minister to come  and address a meeting in the House of Commons on “The Future of  Modern India” (September 9, 2013). Note that the Gujarat riots  figure among the AAP’s major concerns.

The  SASG also helped organise a protest in front of the Indian High  Commission in London against the Kudankulam nuclear power plant; some  British MPs wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh against it in  2012. Their protest was against Russian collaboration, not N-energy.  Senior AAP leaders met the church-backed anti-Kudankulam leader SP  Udayakumar at the height of his movement; he has since joined the  party.

Afzal  Guru also roused passions abroad. Writing to the death row inmate in  May 2007, Amrit Wilson said she had joined a dharna in his support in  Delhi and had organised a meeting of Champa, an NGO set up in the  memory of her parents, where Nandita Haksar explained his case.  Wilson wrote, “I wanted to do whatever I could to support you”.  On her return to London, SASG organised a protest in front of the  Indian High Commission on Republic Day 2008 and got three British MPs  and several representatives of Indian and Pakistani organisations to  sign a letter urging the Indian President to grant him mercy. Wilson  organised many events, including the Save Afzal Guru Campaign in the  UK with several individuals and groups; they wrote to all Members of  the European Parliament.

In  a joint letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, these activists  blamed Indian security forces for alleged violence against the  stone-pelters in Kashmir and demanded repeal of the Armed Forces  Special Powers Act (AFSPA). Prashant Bhushan’s supposedly  unilateral call for amnesty for Afzal Guru, removal of AFSPA and  referendum in Jammu & Kashmir coincide with Louis Mountbatten’s  unfinished agenda which has continued under the guise of the Owen and  Dixon Commissions, Musharraf formula, PUGWASH, and numerous Track-II  initiatives.

AAP  has not fared well on women’s issues, possibly because it was  forced to defend the then Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti’s  indecorous conduct with African women, which led former diplomat and  founder-member Madhu Bhaduri to quit in disgust. But gender violence  is a ruse for interference in the internal affairs of non-Western  countries, so the party will likely pick it up at an opportune  moment. It is pertinent that on March 3, 2014, the SASG and LSE  Gender Institute organised a seminar at the London School of  Economics on ‘Hindu fascism’, where Narendra Modi was indicted  “for orchestrating gender violence” and demands raised to bring  him to justice.

Nishrin  Jafri Hussain, daughter of former Congress MP, late Ehsan Jafri,  claimed that many women raped in the 2002 riots did not file reports  due to shame and trauma. She alleged that when the Gulbarg housing  society was attacked, her father called the central government for  help, in vain, and when he phoned Narendra Modi, the latter replied  ‘You are on your own Jafri, save yourself’. It may be pointed out  that in no proceeding before Indian courts or the Supreme Court  appointed Special Investigation Team has it been reported that Ehsan  Jafri called anyone in the Vajpayee Government the day he was killed,  or that Narendra Modi personally refused to help him. However, the  SASG-LSEGI declared that the international campaign to bring Modi to  justice would continue – a warning that he can be captured in a  Western country and dragged to The Hague like Slobodan Milosevic.

Minority  rights (read appeasement) are a famed colonial legacy. Arvind  Kejriwal’s mentor Aruna Roy, a member of Sonia Gandhi’s National  Advisory Council, was among those who petitioned the President for  mercy for Ajmal Kasab, the sole surviving commando of the terror  attack on Mumbai in November 2008.

The  AAP’s prestige survived association with the above persons and  causes, but allotment of the Hisar Lok Sabha seat to Yudhvir  Khayalia, the IAS officer who succeeded Ashok Khemka and cleared all  controversial land deals of Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra,  provoked a virtual revolt. Khayalia resigned as Commissioner Hisar  Division on February 9 and joined the party.

Eyebrows  have been raised over the entry of suspected Maoist Soni Sori and  Odisha Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda into the AAP. Panda is  implicated in the abduction of two Italian tourists (later released)  and carries an award of Rs 5 lakh on his head. In 2011, he quit the  CPI (Maoist) and formed the Odisha Maobadi Party. AAP leader Gopal  Rai, ex-member of Sonia Gandhi’s NAC, began his political career as  president of the All India Students Association, a wing of the  pro-Maoist CPI-ML. Magsaysay Award winner Medha Patkar (Mumbai North  East, AAP) and Sandeep Pandey were thrown out of Dantewada town,  Chhattisgarh, in January 2010, by tribals angry with their pro-Naxal  activism. Prashant Bhushan was a Maoist mediator some years ago.

Concerns  over the foreign links of AAP leaders (including as the original  Lokpal movement) were voiced as recently as March 4 by National  Council member Ashwini Upadhyay. In an email to the Prime Minister,  Home Minister and both Leaders of Opposition, he warned that the CIA,  ISI, Ford Foundation, Aavaz and other foreign agencies are funding  Indian NGOs and individuals, many of whom are pro-separatist,  pro-Maoist, pro-terrorist. He alleged that these agencies are also  recruiting people on lines of caste and creed to weaken the social  unity and integrity of the nation. Many of these persons are now  contesting Parliamentary and Assembly elections as part of a foreign  conspiracy; similar methods had caused the collapse of the USSR.  Upadhyay said the conspiracy could be unmasked by examining the list  of persons and organisations funded directly and indirectly by these  agencies in the past ten years. This is sound advice.

First  published
The Pioneer, 11 March 2014 [Title:  Anti-Modi campaign has Made-in-UK tag]

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