Chodo : Hindu Extremist in our midst?

We know that one of Chodo’s raison de’tre for backing BainiVore’s 06 coup is that he wants to divorce native land from native hands.  We know that Chodo’s backers in India have never shown their face publicly.  Are Chodo’s backers part of the ‘Talibanisation’ of the GOPIO?  

A Rising Anger in India’s Streets

Hindu Extremists Lash Out Against Symbols of Change

By Emily Wax Washington Post Foreign Service, Friday, May 1, 2009

BANGALORE, India — At a trendy pub in this cosmopolitan IT capital, Hemangini Gupta, 28, and some of her girlfriends were recently relaxing with cocktails after work. A group of Hindu men later followed them outside, verbally accosting them for drinking in a public bar and for wearing jeans.

“These guys went psycho,” Gupta said. “This isn’t Afghanistan. But here in Bangalore, as a young woman on the streets, if you are driving a car or in a pub or dressed a certain way, you just feel this rising anger.”

The incident was mild compared with some of the violent assaults on women that have taken place here. The attacks are part of what many see as rising Hindu extremism in much of the country over the past few years, especially in places such as Bangalore, precisely because it is a bastion of India’s fast-changing culture. Bangalore is home to an explosion of software companies, a lively heavy-metal rock music scene and burgeoning gay rights and environmental movements.

The growing extremism has sparked a national debate — especially with national elections this month — over what has become known by the Indian media and analysts as the “Talibanization of India.” It features a rise of moral policing and an increasingly active constellation of Hindu right-wing groups that believe in a politicized form of religion known as Hindutva.

In Bangalore, recent street protests by Hindu extremist groups have targeted the emblems of globalization. The demonstrators have thrown rocks at the glass office buildings of call centers and software companies. They have shut down clubs that feature dancing and live music. They have hurled verbal and physical abuse at women in jeans or skirts. They have vandalized Christian churches, which are regarded as foreign trespassers.

Political experts predict that the rise of Hindu extremism will spur greater participation during India’s marathon, month-long elections by the secular middle class and by those who support traditional values.

 

In the words of Ratu Sukuna, ‘The People And The Land Are One’.  Ours is a spiritual connection.  No one can separate Fijians from our Land.  Not Chodo and his Hindu Extremists.  Not anyone. 

God bless Fiji

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