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  • Gujarat riot retrial urged
    BBC Online, 31 July, 2003
    India's top human rights watchdog has called on the Indian Supreme Court to order a retrial of 21 Hindus acquitted of murdering 12 Muslims in religious riots in the western state of Gujarat last year.

  • NHRC action will vitiate communal atmosphere in Gujarat: BJP
    Press Trust of India, July 31, 2003
    The BJP on Thursday said National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) petitioning the Supreme Court for a fresh trial outside Gujarat in the controversial Best Bakery and four other "serious" cases relating to Godhra and its aftermath would "vitiate" the communal atmosphere in the state.

  • NHRC moves SC seeking fresh trial in Best Bakery case
    Press Trust of India, July 31, 2003
    Amid speculation that the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat was unlikely to file an appeal in the high court against the acquittal order in the Best Bakery case, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday moved the Supreme Court, seeking further investigations and a fresh trial outside the state.

  • Justice Nanavati to file report next year, July 30, 2003
    The Justice Nanavati Commission, inquiring into last year's Gujarat riots, says it will be able to have a final report ready in June next year.

  • Notional integration
    Faizan Mustafa, The Hindustan Times, July 30, 2003
    There are well-defined positions on the uniform civil code. Human rights advocates, feminists and Sangh parivar supporters favour a uniform civil code and Muslim fundamentalists simply oppose it. No one is willing to look at the problem rationally and pragmatically.

  • Modi was the root cause of Gujarat riots, deposes doctor
    By Manas Dasgupta, The Hindu, AHMEDABAD July 29, 2003
    Mohammad Hussain Quadri, a doctor from the Mirzapur locality under the Karanj police station, today accused the Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, of being the "root cause" for the communal carnage in the State last year.

  • My husband was killed in `cold blood', alleges witness
    By Manas Dasgupta, The Hindu, July 29, 2003
    Appearing before the Nanavati-Shah Judicial Commission inquiring into the Godhra train carnage and the post-Godhra riots in the State, Rashida Banu claimed that her husband, Yusuf Khan, was picked up from her residence in Beldarbar bylane around midnight of March 1 last year.

  • Nothing personal
    Indrajit Hazra, The Hindustan Times, July 29, 2003
    Like all ‘communal’ issues that have become prime political fodder in this secular Nation-State of ours, the on-and-off debate about the uniform civil code, too, has its origins in pre-Partition India.

  • Personal laws and common sense
    Editorial, The Hindu, July 28, 2003
    THE SUPREME COURT of India has yet again turned the spotlight, fleetingly, on the issue of evolving a uniform or common civil code.

  • Gujarat riots probe to begin third phase on Monday
    Press Trust of India, Ahmedabad, July 27, 2003
    The Nanavati commission, probing post-Godhra riots in Gujarat in 2002, will begin the second phase of recording statements of riot victims/witnesses from Ahmedabad from Monday.

  • 'Try carnage cases outside Gujarat'
    By K.P.M. Basheer, The Hindu, July 27, 2003
    KOCHI JULY 26. In the light of the acquittal of the accused persons in the Best Bakery massacre case, all pending cases relating to last year's Gujarat carnage should be tried outside the State by independent prosecutors, Rajinder Sachar, civil rights campaigner, jurist and former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court has demanded.

  • Concern over acquittals in 'Best Bakery' case
    By Staff Reporter, The Hindu, July 27, 2003
    NEW DELHI JULY 26. Expressing deep concern over the acquittal of all 21 accused in the "Best Bakery" case, a group of civil liberty activists, scribes, lawyers and academicians today appealed to the Supreme Court to exercise its power and order reinvestigation of such cases by Central agencies.

  • Sangh Parivar leaders discuss ways to strengthen BJP
    Shekhar Iyer, The Hindustan Times, July 25, 2003
    The top brass of the RSS and the BJP are discussing ways to strengthen the BJP set-up and the Ayodhya issue, which was taken up at the recent meeting of the BJP's national executive at Raipur.

  • Amnesty International leader denied visa from India
    CNews, July 25, 2003
    NEW DELHI (AP) - The Indian government has denied a visa to the secretary general of Amnesty International without giving a reason, an official from the London-based human rights group said Friday.

  • Encrypted code
    Editorial, The Hindustan Times, July 25, 2003
    The difficulty with the kind of observation which the Supreme Court has made about the uniform civil code is that it can acquire a political overtone, obscuring the social objective of such a move.

  • Gujarat's Hindu, Muslim businessmen ignore boycott call
    IANS /, July 24th, 2003
    AHMEDABAD: Far from making them part ways, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad's call for Hindus to sever business ties with Muslims has in fact ended up bringing entrepreneurs of the two communities closer in this principal Gujarat City.

  • Supreme Court calls for common civil code
    Rakesh Bhatnagar, Times News Network, July 23, 2003
    NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has expressed distress over the government's failure in enacting a common civil code to end discrimination between various religious communities in the areas of marriage, succession and property and felt that such a code would help in removing contradictions based on religious ideologies.

  • BJP vs Sonia: The Great Indian Show
    The more the BJP vitiates the national discourse with non-issues, the less faith people will have in the party
    Swami Agnivesh, The Indian Express, July 24, 2003

    Who embodies the true spirit of India: a Mother Teresa who lived her life in godly compassion, or a communalist who spits poison and breathes cruelty? Surely, the Mother was a far more authentic embodiment of Ram’s righteousness, Krishna’s freedom of spirit, Buddha’s compassion and Gandhi’s spirit of sacrifice, than all the Sangh Parivar put together.

  • Gujarat riot victims praise police conduct during violence
    Indo-Asian News Service, The Hindustan Times, July 23, 2003
    In what could shock civil liberties activists across the country, only four Gujarat riot victims out of a total of about 150 who deposed before the Nanavati Commission said that the police had failed in their duty to prevent violence.

    A considerable number, on the contrary, praised the police in protecting members of the minority community.

  • Sangh Parivar links civil code with Ayodhya
    Press Trust of India, New Delhi, July 23, 2003
    Welcoming the Supreme Court observation on uniform civil code, the Sangh Parivar on Wednesday asked Opposition parties whether they would respect it in the same manner they wanted the saffron outfits to abide by the judicial verdict on Ayodhya.

  • The imagined Ayodhya
    Both ‘problem’ and ‘solution’ reinforce the cultural logic of a redefined Hinduism
    Ashwin Parijat Anshu, The Indian Express, July 22, 2003

    Time and again, the Ayodhya issue grips national headlines. No longer just a ‘dispute’, it represents an ideological clash over two ideas of India — a multicultural and secular nation based on the idea of individual citizenship versus one that regards itself as essentially Hindu in terms of ethnic identity dominating and taking precedence over other cultural identities.

  • Riot victim sought Kalam help after police ‘refused’
    Express News Service, Ahmedabad, July 21, 2003
    On the fifth day of recording statements of riot victims, cops continued to come in for praise for their ‘‘work during the riots.’’ But one riot victim said he had sought help from the President when told by then Commissioner of Police P.C. Pande that ‘‘Main Bhagwan nahin hoon jo tumhe bachane aaoon (I’m not God that I will come and save you).’’

  • Two SIMI activists sentenced to 7 years under POTA
    UNI, July 21, 2003
    NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Monday sentenced two activists of the banned Students Islamic Movement Of India (SIMI) to an imprisonment of seven years for indulging in ''anti-national'' activities by instigating people to wage a war against the nation by displaying provocative posters.

  • Have faith in politics
    Swapan Dasgupta, The Hindustan Times, July 21, 2003
    This is no time for the political Hindus to abandon the field to the religious leadership. Neither is it opportune for the Shankaracharyas and the Dharma Sansad to eschew the political class on the ground its commitment to the Ram temple is based on expediency. If the fierce emotions generated by Ayodhya are to be kept within peaceful and constitutional bounds, the Shankara-charya will have to be complemented by the prime minister. Fear of failure shouldn’t deter statesmen.

  • Seer confident VHP will agree to trade-off
    GC Shekhar, Kancheepuram, The Hindustan Times, July 19 2003
    The Kanchi Shankaracharya, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, is confident that if the Muslims concede Ayodhya, the VHP will relinquish its claim on Kashi and Mathura.

  • BJP supports temple legislation, but unable to enact it
    Press Trust of India, Raipur, July 19, 2003
    Striking a delicate balance between mollifying a restive Sangh Parivar and reassuring its secular NDA allies on its commitment to the common agenda, BJP on Saturday favoured exploring the legislative option to facilitate consruction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya but said it would not be possible in the present arithmetic in Parliament.

  • BJP stands by old agenda but won't thrust it on allies
    By Neena Vyas, The Hindu, July 19, 2003
    RAIPUR JULY 18. The Bharatiya Janata Party today declared that it was ready to re-assert its old agenda — Ayodhya, a uniform civil code and scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution conferring a special status on Jammu and Kashmir — but would "not thrust it" it on its political allies.

  • Ample evidence against Advani: CBI
    The Hindu, July 19, 2003
    Rae Barelli July 18. The CBI today told the special court that there was ample evidence to prove that all the eight accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case, including the Deputy Prime Minister, L. K. Advani, had committed offences under various sections of the IPC.

  • A mockery of law
    Editorial, The Hindustan Times, July 18, 2003
    Even the blind can see in the conduct of the pogrom-related cases being tried in Gujarat that the malign force exerted by the official machinery and the political outfits sympathetic to it are making a monkey of the legal system.

  • Bad dough rising
    Prem Shankar Jha, The Hindustan Times, July 18, 2003
    The Best Bakery case, thus, underlines the fact that the rule of law has virtually withered away in India. It has, therefore, been rightly condemned by all sections of opinion except the deep saffron brigade of the Far Right. But most commentators have concentrated upon its juridical implications and shied away from examining its social and political repercussions. These are, if anything, even more disturbing.

  • Pandya was in mob, claims riot witness
    Times News Network, July 18, 2003
    AHMEDABAD: A witness deposing before the Nanavati-Shah commission, probing the communal riots in Gujarat, created a sensation on Thursday, claiming former home minister Haren Pan-dya was in the mob which attacked housing societies in the Paldi area, Ahmedabad, on February 28 2002.

  • BJP in a fix over Ayodhya resolution
    Times News Network, July 17, 2003
    NEW DELHI: On the eve of the three-day national executive in Raipur, BJP functionaries were struggling to frame a resolution on Ayodhya which would keep both its NDA partners and the sangh brothers in good humour.

  • Poor public response plagues hearing of Godhra, riots cases
    By Manas Dasgupta, The Hindu, July 17, 2003
    AHMEDABAD July 16. Inadequate public response continued to plague the Nanavati-Shah judicial inquiry commission probing the Godhra train carnage and the subsequent communal riots in Gujarat last year.

  • Riot witnesses tell probe panel about police inaction
    Times News Network, July 16, 2003
    AHMEDABAD: Three of the four persons, who deposed before the Nanavati-Shah Commission probing last year's communal riots here on Wednesday, spoke of police inaction as they recounted the days of terror in Ahmedabad when the state was ripped apart by widespread communal violence.

  • Save Hinduism from Hindus
    Besides being morally wrong, events like Babri Masjid demolition, Gujarat riots harm Hinduism itself
    Kaushik Basu, The Indian Express, July 15, 2003

    Kaushik Basu It is time for the average Hindu to reclaim his religion from the madness being unleashed in its name by the VHP and the RSS.

  • Muslims and the democratic process
    By Imtiaz Ahmad, The Hindu, July 16, 2003
    Any resolution of the (Ayodhya) tangle could not have been thrashed out outside the democratic political framework of the state.

  • Beyond real estate
    Javed Akhtar, The Hindustan Times, July 15, 2003
    So, the choice is not between fundamentalists of two communities, for they are the mirror-images of each other. The choice is not even between a temple and a mosque. The choice is between democracy and a totalitarian regime. Let us make all fundamentalist organisations irrelevant by telling them in no uncertain terms that it is not Ayodhya — they are the problem.

  • Togadia opposes reopening of Best Bakery case
    Press Trust of India, Vadodara, July 14, 2003
    VHP on Monday opposed the fresh trial in the Best Bakery case, saying the purpose behind the demand was to create separate judicial system for the Muslims in the country.

  • The Path of the Parivar
    by Mukul Dube, Redistributed via: South Asia Citizens Wire, 12 July 2003
    Despite Lal Kishenchand Advani’s strident and menacing rath yatra and its culmination in the engineered catastrophe at Ayodhya in 1992, most of us paid little attention to the onward march of the Sangh Parivar until last year’s horror of Gujarat. Evidence was piling up, but it was in bits and pieces and so was ignored. Our picture became well-rounded and coherent only when the Parivar itself put forward a comprehensive example of its goals and methods.

  • Playing pretend-politics
    By Amulya Ganguli, The Hindustan Times, July 14, 2003
    A movement based on deception cannot but head for disaster. As is evident from the differences between the two fraternal allies, the BJP and the VHP, over the recent officially-inspired moves to solve the Ayodhya problem, politics based on expediency invariably leads to a cul-de-sac.

  • Advani rules out legislation on Ayodhya
    By Vinay Kumar, The Hindu, July 14, 2003
    NAGPUR JULY 13. The Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, today ruled out the tabling of any legislation for facilitating the construction of a Ram temple at Ayodhya.

  • Temple moves may not work for the Parivar
    MANOJ JOSHI, The Times of India, July 13, 2003
    NEW DELHI: Saturday's meetings, quarter-backed by the RSS, have brought considerable clarity on the Ayodhya issue. The VHP says there are three options before the government: obtain the go-ahead through negotiations, if that's not possible, pass a legislation to enable the construction, and if this fails in Parliament, get a mandate from the people, viz virtually convert the next general elections into a referendum on the issue.

  • Fear rules Gujarat riot victims after Best Bakery case
    Times News Network, July 12, 2003
    AHMEDABAD: Imtiaz Khan (26) lost his mother and most of his family in the post-Godhra massacre at Gulbarg society which claimed the lives of 42 persons including Congress MP Ehsan Jafri.

  • To hell and back
    In the neighbourhood of what was once Best Bakery, there is no sorrow, no queasiness. And less repentance.
    Milind Ghatwai, Vododara, The Indian Express, July 13, 2003

    There is no remorse in the eyes of the neighbours for the deaths in their vicinity, but they are silently celebrating the return of the persons accused by Zaheera Shaikh of the carnage. The verdict has changed the way the locality behaved in the last 15 months since the March 1-2 massacre that claimed 14 lives.

  • Justice Elusive in India Violence
    Muslim Says She Testified Falsely Because of Hindus' Threats
    By John Lancaster, Washington Post Foreign Service, July 10, 2003

    The outcome highlighted what human rights activists say is the failure of Indian authorities to hold accountable those responsible for the killings, which sullied the country's reputation as a secular democracy and left a deep reservoir of anger and fear among India's 140 million Muslims. Bloodshed in the state of Gujarat last year claimed the lives of between 1,000 and 2,000 people, most of them Muslims.

  • Charlie’s Angels won’t work here
    Manoj Mitta, The Indian Express, July 10, 2003
    Moreover, barely three months ago, a high level committee appointed by the home ministry to reform the criminal justice system, recommended that the “time has come” to enact a law putting in place a "witness protection programme" (WPP) in India as well. This is by far the most radical proposal made by the committee, headed by a former high court chief justice, V.S. Malimath. Interestingly, the committee submitted its report around the time witnesses like Zaheera turned hostile before the fast-track court trying the Best Bakery case. But it is unlikely that this Advani-appointed committee had those poor Gujarat-riot witnesses in mind for proposing WPP. It is hard to imagine the Indian state taking so much trouble for them. But even if the will was not lacking, it is impractical to think of applying WPP in cases involving too many witnesses.

  • How to lose the war on terror
    By Dilip D'Souza, July 09, 2003,
    Delhi 1984, the Mattoo murder, Godhra, and now Best Bakery. Throw in the 1992-93 riots and blasts in Bombay, among others. All monuments to a striking reluctance to apply our own Indian laws to the terrorists who torch them as they torch their victims. All this from a country that seeks the sympathy of the world in its 'war' against terror.

  • NHRC's Vadodara visit ends in a whimper
    IANS, July 10, 2003
    VADODARA: Giving critics fresh ammunition, the National Human Rights Commission's (NHRC's) much hyped one-day visit to the city ended with the team failing to meet either the key witnesses of the Best Bakery massacre or the large crowds waiting to represent themselves.

    The two NHRC officials, Ajit Bharihoke and Sudhir Chaudhari, and the commission's special rapporteur in Gujarat, P.G.J. Nampoothiri, left people here disappointed and disheartened.

  • American Jews are key advocates of U.S.-India ties
    By Carol Giacomo. MSNBC, July 9, 2003
    WASHINGTON, July 9 — When India's deputy prime minister was in Washington last month, his brief visit included dinner at the elite Cosmos Club, courtesy of the American Jewish Committee.

  • India: Best Bakery Case - Concerns for Justice
    Press Release, Amnesty International, july 9, 2003
    The circumstances surrounding the acquittal on 27 June of the 21 people accused of the murder of 14 people at the Best Bakery in Baroda on 1 March 2002 have confirmed Amnesty International's worst fears about the lack of government commitment to ensuring justice to victims of the communal violence in Gujarat, the organization said today.

  • Crisis of Archaeology
    Irfan Habib, The Hindustan Times, July 5, 2003
    Now that the excavations have proved such a disappointment one suddenly hears once again the demand for ‘compromise’. Both the time and circumstances make the demand most suspect. Now that everything has been destroyed and dug up, why not just wait for the court verdict and obey the law?

  • BJP, VHP protest NHRC team's Gujarat visit
    Newindpress, India, July 9 2003
    VADODARA: A National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) team re-examining what has come to be known as the Best Bakery case arrived here on Tuesday to protests from political groups and local lawyers but praise from rights activists.

  • NHRC team report on Best Bakery case in a week
    By Manas Dasgupta, The Hindu, July 9, 2003
    VADODARA July 8. A three-member fact-finding team of the National Human Rights Commission is expected to submit its report on the controversial Best Bakery riot case to the chairman within a week.

  • Victims regroup to prevent a 'Zahira' rerun
    By Sourav Mukherjee, Times News Network, July 09, 2003
    AHMEDABAD: It was a huge mob. I cannot remember who the killers were — a similar statement changed the fate of the Best Bakery case. Will other riot cases meet the same fate?

  • The Good Life
    She won’t say why she changed her story, but she really had no choice
    Mukul Dube, The Indian Express, July 7, 2003

    The Best Bakery trial is a resounding national disgrace, but those who orchestrated the macabre farce do not care for such things. The good, the proper, the just — these have no meaning for them. They deal exclusively in death and lies.

  • Now daughter breaks the ‘fearful’ silence
    Says BJP MLA, his Cong cousin threatened them, asks for a re-trial outside state
    Ayesha Khan, The Indian Express, July 8, 2003

    Zaheera Sheikh at the press conference on Monday. Reuters Mumbai, July 7: Just days after her mother came out and told The Indian Express that she had lied in court ‘‘trembling with fear,’’ in the Best Bakery case, Zaheera Sheikh alleged that a BJP MLA and a Congress councillor were among those who threatened them to change their testimony. And she was ready to tell the truth if there was a re-trial, preferably outside Gujarat.

  • How ‘toothless’ NHRC knocked its own teeth out
    Manoj Mitta, The Indian Express, July 8, 2003
    NHRC chief Justice A S Anand New Delhi, July 7: Families of the accused in the Best Bakery case are nervous that the NHRC team is coming to town. They have little reason to. For, the NHRC is trying to lock the stable after the horse has bolted.

    When all the accused got away in the Best Bakery case, NHRC chief Justice A S Anand called it a ‘‘miscarriage of justice.’’ What he didn’t mention was the fact that while the case was on, the NHRC could have intervened—and it didn’t.

  • They came, saw nothing, did nothing
    Apart from meeting NHRC spl rapporteur for State and Chief Justice, the only time the team surfaced was for lunch
    Express News Service, July 8, 2003

    Ahmedabad, July 7: Big on hype, small on action. That summed up the first day of the two-member National Human Rights Commission team’s visit to Gujarat.

  • Best Bakery: PUCL demands fresh trial
    Press Release, PUCL, July 7, 2003
    "... judgement contains gratuitous statements, and observations and speculations with little immediate relevance to the case."

  • Best Bakery witness wants trial outside Gujarat
    Press Trust of India, Mumbai, July 7, 2003
    Zaheera Sheikh, a key witness in the sensational Best Bakery massacre case, on Monday decided to fight the case but demanded the trial be held outside Gujarat.

  • NHRC team arrives in Ahmedabad
    Press Trust of India, July 7, 2003
    Two senior officials of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) from Delhi arrived here on Monday morning.

    The officials will leave for Vadodara on Tuesday to examine "all documents pertaining to the Best Bakery case and the judgement awarded by a Fast Track Court", acquitting 21 persons accused in the massacre.

  • BJP MLA threatened us, says Best Bakery witness
    Ayesha Khan, The Indian Express, July 7, 2003
    In an exclusive interview to the The Indian Express on Monday morning, Best Bakery massacre witness Zaheera Sheikh alleged that she had been threatened many times by BJP MLA Madhu Srivastava and Vadodara municipal corporator of the Congress, Chandrakant, against giving testimony in the case.

  • Gujarat riot victims fear 'Best Bakery-like' verdicts
    Rajiv Pathak,, July 6, 2003
    The acquittal of all the accused in the Best Bakery case, which saw one of the worst incidents of rioting in Gujarat last year, has led to a fear that other crucial cases post-Godhra carnage that are expected to go for trial in coming days too will see the same fate.

  • NHRC hailed for intervention in Best Bakery case
    IANS, July 5, 2003
    AHMEDABAD: Human rights activists in Gujarat have welcomed the National Human Rights Commission's (NHRC's) decision to send its team to Vadodara on Friday to inspect the records of the Best Bakery case and examine the judgement. "The struggle for justice is not over. Even though the fast-track court in Vadodara has given a clean chit to the 21 accused in the Best Bakery case for want of evidence, we believe there is a lot more that still needs to be investigated," said Cedric Prakash from the NGO "Prashant".

  • Best Bakery: Now NCM writes to Modi
    Express News Service, July 5, 2003
    New Delhi: The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) on Friday sent a letter to Gujarat CM Narendra Modi asking him to appoint senior lawyers to appeal against the acquittals in the Best Bakery case. ‘‘We have asked Gujarat government to ensure that there is no discrimination on part of the prosecuting agencies probing Godhra and the riots,’’ NCM chairman Tarlochan Singh said. The NCM has also sought a meeting with the Chief Justice of India as well as Union Law Minister Arun Jaitley to press for an appeal against the acquittals.

  • We won't accept any bargain on Ayodhya: RSS
    Swati Das, Times News Network, July 04, 2003
    KANYAKUMARI: The Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh national executive meeting, scheduled to begin on Saturday, is likely to continue its hard stand on Ayodhya, ruling out any bargaining on Kashi or Mathura.

  • NHRC sends team to study Best case
    Express News Service, New Delhi, July 3, 2003
    A day after National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairman Dr Adarsh Sen Anand termed the acquittal of all the accused in the Best Bakery case as a ‘‘miscarriage of justice’’, the Commission sent a team to Vadodara today to examine the judgement of the trial court in the case.

  • VHP reverses its stand on 'Trishul deeksha' in Rajasthan
    Press Trust of India, Jaipur, July 3, 2003
    Turning back to its original agenda of Ram Temple construction in Ayodhya, the Rajasthan unit of Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Thursday said that it would not stress on its trident distribution programmes in the state for now.

  • Best Bakery farce: NHRC says re-open
    Aasha Khosa, The Indian Express, July 3, 2003
    Dr Adarsh Sen Anand New Delhi, July 2: Dr Adarsh Sen Anand, former Chief Justice of India and chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today came out openly against the acquittal of Best Bakery accused by a fast track court in Vadodara and said the case should be re-investigated.

  • A devious Ayodhya solution will fail
    Praful Bidwai, The News International (Pakistan), July 03, 2003
    Just as the archaeological excavation ordered by a court at Ayodhya is turning up negative results on the existence of a Hindu temple beneath the demolished Babri mosque, the Bharatiya Janata Party has floated a new proposal for an out-of-court settlement to the dispute. The initiative comes through the Shankaracharya of Kanchi in Tamil Nadu. It has slim chances of winning consensual approval unless the BJP stops being devious and takes an even-handed approach to the issue.

  • Saffron's on: Sena-BJP duo to put up joint fight
    Times News Network, July 02, 2003
    The saffron combine is gearing up for elections with the Shiv Sena planning to hold a conclave of senior leaders, similar to what the BJP had done a few weeks ago, to chalk out its poll strategy.

  • No just solution
    On Ayodhya, at best we can hope for prudence
    Pratap Bhanu Mehta, The Indian Express, July 2, 2003

    Any increase in activity over finding a settlement to the Ayodhya imbroglio, produces more anxiety than clarity. The circumstances that have produced this crisis are such that even the most palatable settlement will be only a second best solution.

  • India: Gujarat Massacre Cases Sabotaged
    Human Rights Watch Press Release, July 1, 2003
    (New York, July 1, 2003) The ringleaders of massacres committed in 2002 are still roaming free in Gujarat, Human Rights Watch charged in a new report released today.

    The 70-page report, Compounding Injustice: The Government's Failure to Redress Massacres in Gujarat, examines the record of state authorities in holding perpetrators accountable and providing humanitarian relief to victims of state-supported massacres of Muslims in February and March 2002.

  • BJP cannot be marginalised: VHP
    The Hindu, July 1, 2003
    Nagpur June 30. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad general secretary, Pravin Togadia, said here today that the organisation's criticism of the Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, on the Ayodhya issue was in a ``particular'' context. The criticism was not against the BJP as such, but against the NDA, which has no Hindutva agenda.

  • Fixing witnesses?
    Editorial, The Hindu, July 1, 2003
    THE ACQUITTAL OF all the 21 accused in the Best Bakery fire, which was part of the post-Godhra Gujarat carnage, is the culmination of a sloppy prosecution marred by interference from members of the ruling establishment.

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