Monday, February 9, 2015

Forget not the crimes bygone: Activist Shabnam Hashmi's scathing letter to Kiran Bedi

 The author, and many of her like, cannot digest the fact that Modi has smashed the vote bank politics. In Kashmir PDP is sharing power with BJP. Peoples' lives wherever are lost is sad. But the author, like most Muslims, are one sided, and that is not acceptable. Muslims started Godhra riots and the aftermath was a repercussion. 
Looking back, in 1946, Muslims started great Calcutta killings, and then that spread to Bihar where Muslims were killed. Read history.
Yes, the 2002 mayhem of Gujarat was the (rightful) repercussion of Godhra riots - sounds like a cliche? That is indeed the standard reaction of many in India towards the tragedy.

You cannot empirically prove or disprove such assertions. One thing is sure though: those who think so presume that the crime of a few in a community automatically confers to the entire community and that the punishment of anybody from the 'guilty' community is the duty of everyone in the 'victimized' community. That is indeed the justification of horrendous crimes committed in the name of religion or faith anywhere in the world.

This particular comment was posted in response to this scathing--revealing and comprehensive despite its short length--letter in India Resists website by activist Shabnam Hashmi. Here is the entire text of the letter:


An open letter to Ms Kiran Bedi from Shabnam Hashmi

February 8, 2015 2:52 pm


Let me begin by saying that I have never been your fan because I strongly disagreed with your patronising and dictatorial way of doing ‘social service’.

Shabnam HashmiNow that you will have ample free time I request you to reflect and introspect. I suggest make yourself a coffee sit in a rocking chair and put your feet in a bucket of hot water and relax.
Please think about what they have done to you.

I might not have been your fan but you have been a very confident professional woman. Every human being has shortcomings and we constantly strive to improve them but to be publicly ridiculed for the shortcomings is highly humiliating.

I saw a photograph where you are half bent and looking at Modi asking him something. The expression on your face is of helplessness and wanting approval from him.


It extremely pained me. I might have differences with you but as an activist and as a human being I would never want you or for that matter any other professional woman in this situation.

Ms Bedi you might not know but I recorded testimonies of gang rape survivors in 2002 when Gujarat was still burning. I travelled to over 50 villages across ten districts. Met doctors in small village dispensaries who had done postmortem, saw photographs of charred bodies of many women with slit open stomachs and dead fetuses sticking to their bodies. There were many kausar banos not only one in Naroda Patiya Whose case every one knows. Ms Bedi I met women who couldn’t get up for months because they were gang raped by 15-20 men and their vaginas were torn apart.

Ms Bedi Modi took out a Gaurav Yatra after 2002 carnage , he called the relief camps -where people who had lost everything were given shelter- child producing factories. Now last two years youtube has been sanitised of Modis footage spewing venom and talking filth. Sakshi Maharaj and Sadhvi Prachi are no Match in front of Modi. What he spoke was much more venomous.

Ms Bedi when bilkis was being gang raped they smashed her little daughters head against a stone and she died on the spot . Medina was forced to see her own daughter and niece being gang raped.

Ms Bedi it pained me to see you bend before this man.

You can tell me about the clean chit. I know a little too much to appreciate the clean chit stories.

Ms Bedi when this man was manipulated to become the PM I was advised to be careful. I told all such friends that maximum they can do is to malign arrest or kill. I would rather be killed physically than morally.

Ms Bedi please reflect when you are alone only with yourself what they have done to your self esteem. Think as a woman think as a mother. Think as a professional woman who has led a life with her head held high.

The most difficult thing is to have the courage to ruthlessly tell the truth to your own self to analyse your own self. For your own sake please do It.

My best wishes to you.

Shabnam Hashmi

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