i wonder what teesta setalvad calls the bombers in london. surely not terrorists or jihadis. how about 'disaffected youth'? or 'the boys'?
see below for her plea not to call the terrorists at ayodhya terrorists. why, it may hurt their tender feelings, and we can't have that, can we? let's call them, um... 'freedom fighters'? or 'seminary students'? or 'innocent boys'?
in contrast to all this tenderness towards the dead pakistani terrorists, here's what she had to say when the godhra massacre of innocents on the sabarmati express took place:
Teesta Setalvad, head of Communalism Combat, a group that opposes religious extremism in India, said that 'while I condemn today's gruesome attack, you cannot pick up an incident in isolation. Let us not forget the provocation. These people were not going for a benign assembly. They were indulging in blatant and unlawful mobilisation to build a temple and deliberately provoke the Muslims in India.'
of course, the pakistani terrorists were *not* trying to deliberately provoke the hindus in india. indeed, how could the secular armed forces shoot down these martyrs instead of plying them with biriyani?
i guess teesta setalvad is a classic example of a convert trying very hard to justify her conversion. zaheera sheikh also hinted that teesta and family have enriched themselves greatly through all this.
that teesta setalvad says these things with a straight face is a tribute to her epidermal fortitude. that this stuff is reported with a straight face in the english-language media is a tribute to the large amounts of money changing hands.
July 5, 2005
Communalism Combat, SAHMAT and the National Campaign in Support of
Democracy condemn the attack on the Ramjanmabhoomi complex by unidentified
persons this morning and appeal to all to maintain peace and calm. This
incident reveals a serious lapse in security. Those who have
perpetrated this crime need to be investigated and punished. However
all persons in authority, political leaders and leaders of all
organisations need to be held responsible to the Indian Constitution
and Indian law so that an atmosphere of hatred and venom is not spread
by those interested in whipping up communal sentiments all over the
Such an incident poses a challenge to the secular fabric of the
country. Transparency needs to be followed in investigation. The media
needs also to respond responsibly to information when labels like
'terrorist' and 'jehadi terrorist' are used intentionally by some
organisations. Above all, this should not become an occasion for
venom and hatred against minorities clouding our public sphere once
Teesta Setalvad, Mumbai
Rajendra Prasad, Delhi
Dr Kumar Saptarshi, Pune