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  • By Brannon Parker
    Nov 10, 2010
    INDIAN MEDIA REVIEWS OF 'ORISSA IN THE CROSSFIRE-Kandhamal Burning' INDIAN REALIST WRITES: Truly eye-opening stuff by Brannon Parker in his book “Orissa in the Crossfire.” Parker has laid bare the entire conspiracy against Hindus — the lies, the deception, the likely role of foreign intelligence agencies, the million churches in Orissa, how the CIA engineered a coup in Iran using similar tactics, the plagiarised reports of the so-called fact-finding missions, the rampant Christian fundamentalism and violence of the converted Panas, the sold-out Indian editors of English media … A must read for everyone that shows the degeneration of the character of anglicised, left-liberal Indians. NOTE: The Indian edition of the book was written under the name Michael Parker Looking back at Kandhamal Saswat Panigrahi A year after Kandha tribals erupted in fury, the real issues behind the conflict remain unaddressed. An indifferent Orissa Government refuses to recognise the reality One year on, the... More > agony of Kandhamal is refusing to simmer down. At a time when Kandhamal’s real problems are being disregarded and there is a deliberate miscalculation in handling the crisis by secular fundamentalist media and political parties which pin blame on ‘Hindu groups’, comes a report which not only exposes the allegations against the much-touted ‘Hindu hand’ but also depicts the authentic source of tribal anger. The report, titled Kandhamal: A Fact File by Michael Parker, published by India Foundation, reveals that the violent upheaval in Kandhamal is rooted in its socio-demographic history. “A social chaos, similar to that experienced by American tribes threatened the cultural stability of the entire region,” the report says. Kandhamal has two distinct inhabitants -- the tribal Kandhas and the Schedule Caste Panas - their relations have a history of turbulence and the report has brought its genesis. It was during the British period the Panas made a ‘momentous choice’ of coming closer to the Christian missionary and eventually converted to the Christianity. However, for Kandhas, Christianity was closely identified with the British colonial powers that they have battled in at least eight different wars. The problem arises, says the report, when Christian Panas are unwilling to forgo the benefits of being a member of Scheduled Caste. “Not only have the Christian Panas obscured their religious identities as Christians, they have submitted fake certificates identifying themselves as members of the Kandha tribal community,” the report says. Alienation of tribal land is the foundation of the Kandha-Pana turmoil. “Adding yet another layer of turmoil to the situation, the Christian Panas began a movement demanding official recognition as a Schedule Tribe,” the report says on Kui controversy. Kui is the native language of Kandhas. The amended central Scheduled Tribe list included the ‘Kui community’ in the ST category. Parker report quotes two schools of thoughts in dealing with the controversy. A section of experts on tribal affairs says Kui means Kandha and there is no need to add Kui in the Central Scheduled Tribe list, where as another section says the word Kui is used not in terms of language but in reference to a tribe. “The records and the facts prove that Panas are not and have never been a tribe in accordance to the guidelines set by the Indian Constitution,” Parker says. “Thus the Kandhas are understandably in an uproar over the loss of opportunity. A system that was designed to alleviate their poverty and social stagnation has been hijacked and their woes compounded,” the report states. Another ominous side of Kandha-Pana divide, as brought out by the report is the shadow of the Maoists in the region, who take advantage of the situation. “The tension between the Christian Panas and Kandhas is so tangible that it has been identified as a strategic opportunity for the Maoists,” the report says. FULL DAILY PIONEER NEWS REVIEW HERE COMPLETE REVIEW HERE An honest documentation on Kandhamal By Manju Gupta Harvest of Hate—Kandhamal in Crossfire, Michael Parker, India Foundation Kandhamal, a remote and tranquil district, tucked away in the western hills of Orissa, has been in the news recently. In the past few months, a predominantly non-descript Vanvasi district has become the site for violence following the gruesome killing of a highly revered saint, Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati and his four disciples at the end of August 2008. External forces have taken advantage of such a situation and begun propagating the native Hindus as an example of what is wrong with India. Is it not strange that when the Hindus resolve injustice and inequality within the framework of Hinduism, it is considered communal. Hindu ways are not considered a viable alternative to solving the problems confronting the nation as a whole. Even worse, the political climate is such that it is considered right to hate and defame anything identified as Hindu. In the name of secularism and minority rights, a campaign of hatred is whipped up. In other words, this report highlights the efforts of Swami Lakshmanananda, who dedicated his life to this cause but lost it in service of the Vanvasi people of India. He single-handedly developed an all-round formula for the betterment of the Vanvasi people. Not only did he feed and clothe them, he taught them how to farm and market their produce. He provided them with educational facilities and hospitals; he did more than just provide for their basic needs—he enhanced their spiritual tradition, giving them a sense of self-worth and appreciation for their native ways. This, combined with modern education and medical facilities has imparted them the confidence to better their own lives and of their countrymen. This has posed a threat to forces committed to bringing about a change in the lives of the Vanvasi communities and making them disenchanted with their own rich culture and tradition. In order to bring this about, they resorted to violence. The author, an American interested for long in the world’s natural life and who visited India a number of times to study its Vanvasi culture, says it was the Christians, who treated Swamiji as an obstacle as he stopped empowerment of Kandhamal’s enemy. The Swamiji threatened their lucrative trade in liquor, sacrificial buffaloes and conversion tactics. For Maoists, the Swamiji was a major impediment to their “planned liberation of Orissa”. Here the author indirectly holds the Maoists responsible for Swamiji’s death as they regard “the establishment of Kandhamal as a base of local operations and as a key and vital link within its declared ‘liberated zone’, stretching from the borders of Nepal down to South India.” He adds that while the non-religious Maoists are an anti-establishment group waging a violent war against the Indian state, “the RSS is a solid establishment oganisation rooted in Hinduism. It is the ideological opposite of the Maoists and this is the organisation that the Vanvasis here are close to.” The Maoists are not able to bond with the Vanvasis because of this affiliation. (India Foundation, Flat No. 343, Chandanwadi Society, Dwarka, New Delhi-110 045.) From the India-wide 'Organiser' Newspaper What is the truth? If only The Indian Express had read the full truth about Kandhamal written by an impartial outsider, Michael Parker, an American familiar with Orissa, it would have done some service to its readers. So many lies are unconsciously propagated by the media these days under the compulsion of "breaking news" that a brazen lie gets implanted in thousands of minds as the naked truth. To say the least, it is disgusting. Parker’s seminal work, incidentally, is published by the India Foundation, New Delhi.πd=316&page=40< Less
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