Ashwin Shukla 10, Kaliyug Varsha 5114
Appeal to HJS Website visitors and devout Hindus
Indian Government has lifted ban on HJS Website after the period of more than 2 months after successful fight by Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, other Hindu organisations and countless devout Hindus. Now we appeal to all devout Hindus to spread the word that 'Now ban on HJS Website has been lifted'. You can tell your friends, relatives, colleagues and acquaintances to regularly visit HJS Website to get all news related to Hindu Dharma and Nation and to get knowledge about festivals and spiritual science in Hindu Dharma !
- Conspiracy by Government of India to ban the website of ‘Hindu Janjagruti Samiti’ !
- Fight put up by Samiti against the ban
- Devout Hindu organisations in various states participating in agitations and press conferences organised against the ban on the website of Samiti
- Legal steps undertaken by Samiti against the ban on the website according to the various stages
- To submit the standpoint of Samiti, Advocate Sanjiv Punalekar of Hindu Lawyers Forum and Coordinator of Samiti for North Bharat went to Dehli and met officials in the Directorate, Electronics and Information Technology
- Changes incorporated as per the advice of the officers in Directorate, Electronics and Information Technology
- Chronology of events during follow-up actions with the Government to restart the website of Samiti
- Serious mistakes committed by the government while imposing a ban on the website of Samiti
- The confusion caused by government in restoring the website of Samiti has caused irreparable harm to the Samiti’s mission
- Appeal to the administrators of Hindu websites !
1B. Fearlessly exposing on website, vicious and barbaric atrocities committed by fanatics on journalists, policewomen, and citizens in Mumbai after Assam riots : Realistic news items were published about the riots started in July 2012 in Assam between Bangladeshi infiltrators and Natives in Assam from the website of Samiti. Therefore, this matter reached thousands of Hindus all over the world with a correct perspective. After the riots in Assam, fanatics first instigated the riots at Mumbai in Azad Maidan and nearby areas under the pretext of so-called atrocities on Rohigya Muslims in Mynamar and Muslims in Assam. On that occasion, fanatics attacked journalist and sexually harassed the policewomen. In this incident, many citizens along with more than 40 policemen were injured, and 2 individuals were killed. During these riots, fanatics also demolished ‘Amar Javan Jyoti’, a memorial erected in memory of soldiers who attained martyrdom while defending the nation.
1C. Disseminating factual and realistic news of violence perpetrated by religiously fanatic Muslims at various places in the country after the riots in Mumbai : Fanatics perpetrated large scale violence, also for the same reasons, in various states in the country such as Uttar Pradesh, Kashmir, Jharkhand etc. The website of Samiti had published factual and realistic news in this regard. The viewers also gave a good response to these news items.
1D. The citizens, from North-eastern region of the country, migrated in other parts of the nation rushing back to their domicile states because of the threats of attacks delivered by Muslims through the mediums of SMSs, Social networking, and e-mails : Fanatics started attacking the Indian citizens migrated in other parts of the country not only from Assam but also from other North-eastern states. They were threatened that, ‘If they do not leave the city for their own states, they will be attacked after the festival of Id’. Therefore, citizens from North-east region who had migrated to cities such as Mumbai, Pune, Bangaluru, Bhagyanagar (Hydrabad) etc. started rushing to go back to their domicile states, and they returned by whichever means available to them.
1D 1. Government banning few websites and social networking sites under the pretext that rumours are being spread in Bharat by websites from Pakistan : At last, the government woke up and issued orders to block certain pages and accounts, which, the Home Ministry felt, are disseminating objectionable matter on few websites, many ‘Blogs’, several links, and social networking sites of ‘Face Book’, ‘Twitter’, and ‘You Tube’.
1D 2. The ‘ban’ badly affected the website of ‘Hindu Janjagruti Samiti’ and the ‘Face Book’ account of Samiti, but the no ban was enforced on the anti-national websites of ‘Raza Acedamy’ and ‘Huriyat’ : The website of ‘Hindu Janjagruti Samiti’ and the ‘Face Book’ account of Samiti were also included in above ban. The orders of the government were implemented with effect from Adhik Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha 2, Kaliyug Varsh 5114 (19.8.2012), and the website of Samiti became unavailable in most of regions of Bharat from Adhik Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha 3, Kaliyug Varsh 5114 (20.8.2012). Actually, the news items on the website of Samiti were published with the objective of acquainting society about facts and prevent the false propaganda of anti-national forces. However, unfortunately, the government banned the website of Samiti. On the other hand, no ban was imposed on the websites of anti-national organisations of ‘Raza Acedamy’ and ‘Huriyat’ who were responsible for riots in Mumbai.
1. The government enforced the ban on the website of Samiti without giving any intimation or applying its mind to the role of Samiti behind publishing the news.
2B. Fight put up with lawful means by Samiti on asking the government for clarification
2B 1. Holding a press conference in Mumbai : On Adhik Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha 5, Kaliyug Varsh 5114 (22.8.2012), Samiti began its fight against the ban by holding a press conference in Mumbai. On this occasion, everybody was made aware of the injustice meted out to Samiti by the government.
2B 2. Embarking on agitation : As a part of next step in the fight, Samiti embarked on its first agitation at Azad Maidan, Mumbai on Adhik Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha 7 and 8, Kaliyug Varsh 5114 (24.8.2012) and gave a memorandum to the government. On the occasion, several devout Hindu organisations, devout Hindus and nationalist citizens participated in the agitation.
2B 3. Undertaking vehement agitations : Afterwards, vehement agitations were held all over the country in the states of Dehali (New Delhi), Karnataka, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh etc. against the ban on the website of Samiti by the devout Hindus and devout Hindu organisations along with the activists of Samiti.
2B 4. Holding press conferences at other places : Press conferences were held in Hubali (Karnataka), Bhagyanagar (Andhra Pradesh), Panaji (Goa), Amaravati and Ratnagiri. There was also an impressive participation of devout Hindu organisations in these press conferences.
2B 5. Undertaking signature campaigns : During above agitations, signature campaigns were undertaken and memorandums submitted to the government.
2B 6. Submitting memorandums : Memorandums against the ban on the website of Samiti were submitted to the Government officials. Hundreds of memorandums were submitted to the government. These memorandums were mainly given to The Prime Minister, Home Minister, Minister for Telecommunications and Information Technology etc., but it was surprising to note that not even a single acknowledgement of receipt was received by Samiti.
Only exception was the inquiry made by Assistant Police Commissioner regarding the ban on the website by making a telephone call to Mr. Vatkar on October 6, 2012. He inquired about the memorandum given to the Home Minister at Azad Maidan on August 24, 2012. He informed that the website is visible to him and said that the issue of the ban is under the jurisdiction of Central Government. Mr. Vatkar provided the detailed information to him and requested him to extend assistance on behalf of the State government.
2C. The news about this fight put up by Samiti were published on the alternate ‘Blogs’, ‘Face Book’, and ‘Twitter’ accounts launched by Samiti, and devout Hindus conveying these news items to the lakhs of Hindus : The news about this fight put up by Samiti were published on the alternate blogs launched by Samiti such as Hindujagrutiorg.blogspot.in and HJSHindi.blogspot.in, alternate ‘Face Book’ page Facebook.com/HinduAdhiveshan, and Samiti’s ‘Twitter’ account @Hindujagrutiorg. This exercise received very wide response from Hindus, and many devout Hindus propagated these news items through the ‘Face Book’ and ‘Twitter’ websites thereby conveying the subject of the ban to lakhs of Hindus.
2D. There was a widespread rage among Hindus all over the world because of the injustice meted out to Samiti, and Bharatiya and internationally renowned media like ‘B.B.C.’ also took the cognizance : As soon as news about the injustice meted out to Samiti reached lakhs of Hindus, There was a widespread rage against Bharatiya Government among Hindus not only in Bharat but also all over the world, and many extended their support to Samiti in this fight. Cognizance of the fight by Samiti was taken by not only Indian media houses but also by the internationally renowned media like ‘B.B.C.’, ‘The Wall Street Journal’, ‘FOX News’, ‘Voice of America’, ‘The Associated Press’, ‘The Newyork Daily’, ‘The Jakarta Post’ etc.
3. Devout Hindu organisations in various states participating in agitations and press conferences organised against the ban on the website of Samiti3A. Maharashtra : Vishva Hindu parishad (VHP), Rashtriya Svayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Shiv Sena, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Bajarang Dal, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), Vajra Dal, Hindu Mahasabha, Keraliya Kshetraparipalan Samiti, Jankalyan Ashram, Jain Sangathana, Patanjali Yog Samiti, Sanatan Sanstha, Pratapgadh Utsav Samiti, Hindu Ekata Andolan, Shri Yogvedant Samiti, Bharat Svabhiman Trust, Akhil Bharatiya Bhrashtachar Virodhak Samiti, Chhava Sangathana, Bajiprabhu Pratishthan, Shri Pratishthan, Hindavi Pratishthan, Hindustan Nirman Dal, Sanskar Bharati, Ayappa Swami Sangh, Hindu Swabhiman Pratishthan
3B. Karanataka : Shriram Sena
3C. Andhra Pradesh : Shriram Yuva Sena
3D. Dehali (New Delhi) : Shiv Sena, Hindu Mahasabha, Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena, Panchnad, Shriram Sena
3F. Jharkhand : Tarun Hindu, Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP)
The most important and positive aspect realised from the above event was that the devout Hindus got united for the cause of opposition to the ban on the website of Samiti.
4B. Samiti took legal advice and issued a letter to the DoT and the DIT of Indian Government warning them about the consequences of not lifting the ban imposed without any reasons : Therefore, Samiti took legal advice from the legal experts and issued a letter regarding the ban on the website of Samiti and its ‘Face Book’ page to the Directorate of Electronics and Information Technology (DIT) and the Directorate of Telecommunications (DoT) of Indian Government on Adhik Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha 6, Kaliyug Varsh 5114 (23.8.2012). In this letter, Samiti raised a query with Indian Governement as to ‘What are the reasons behind the ban imposed on the website of Samiti and its ‘Face Book’ page ?’ Samiti had also informed that ‘If the Central Government does not lift the ban as soon as possible, Samiti will be forced to approach the court of law regarding the harm caused to activities and rights of Samiti and subversion of the fundamental rights enshrined in The Constitution of India.
4C. Notice had to be issued for filing a petition in court of law, since even a simple acknowledgement of the receipt of the above letter was not received : The DoT of Indian Government had not sent even a simple acknowledgement of the receipt of the above letter. Therefore, Samiti served a notice on Adhik Bhadrapad Krushna Paksha 4, Kaliyug Varsh 5114 (4.9.2012) informing ‘If no response is received within 48 hours from the DoT and the DIT, Samiti will file a petition against an unjust action of Central Government .’
4D. Due to follow-up action taken on the letter by the Coordinator of Samiti from time to time, government officials gave a positive response and invited Samiti to submit their standpoint : Mr. Shivaji Vatkar, Coordinator of Samiti followed up from time to time the action taken on the letter by contacting the Directorate Electronics and Information Technology of Indian Government . As a result, the Director and Group Coordinator and Director General personally contacted on September 5, 2012 and responded positively. They invited the representative of Samiti to submit their standpoint.
It was realised from the letter sent by the Directorate, Electronics and Information Technology that they had banned the website of Samiti and ‘Face Book’ page of Samiti as per the provisions of Information Technology Act 2000, Section - 69A. They had invited Samiti to submit their standpoint as per the provisions of Information Technology Rules 2009, Rule 7.
5. To submit the standpoint of Samiti, Advocate Sanjiv Punalekar of Hindu Lawyers Forum and Coordinator of Samiti for North Bharat went to Dehli and met officials in the Directorate, Electronics and Information TechnologyOn September 10, 2012, Advocate Sanjiv Punalekar of Hindu Vidhidnya Parishad and Mr. Pratapsing Varma, Coordinator of Samiti for North Bharat visited the office of the Directorate, Electronics and Information Technology as per the information received from the Directorate, Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India. During the discussions, officers inquired about the seemingly objectionable matter on the website of Samiti. At the end of discussions, in order to find the golden mean, Samiti agreed to make suitable changes in the written material on the website by giving consent to suggestions made by the officers of Directorate.
In the news items published on the website of Samiti regarding riots in Assam, the officers in Directorate, Electronics and Information Technology of ‘secular’ Indian Government took an exception to the use of words such as Jihadi Muslims from Bangladesh, Muslim infiltrators from Bangladesh, and overall on the word ‘Muslim’. And since Bangladesh happens to be friendly country, this word also invited objection.
Advocate Sanjiv Punalekar gave a written undertaking that Samiti will verify the matter in the news items on the website of Hindu Janjagruti Samiti and effect necessary changes as advised by the officers of the Directorate, Electronics and Information Technology; but it does not necessarily mean that Samiti gives its consent to the allegations made by Government of India.
6. Changes incorporated as per the advice of the officers in Directorate, Electronics and Information Technology
The words ‘Muslim infiltrators from Bangladesh’ or ‘Muslim infiltrators’ are promptly replaced with ‘anti-national infiltrators’
At some places, the word ‘Muslim’ had to be deleted.
7. Chronology of events during follow-up actions with the Government to restart the website of Samiti
7A. Samiti incorporating necessary changes : Samiti incorporated the necessary changes in the website of Samiti and informed the same to the Directorate, Electronics and Information Technology on Adhik Bhadrapad Krushna Paksha Ekadashi, Kaliyug Varsh 5114 (11.9.2012).
7B. Government delaying the action to be taken : The Directorate did not initiate immediate action to restore the website, and it did not show a simple courtesy to inform the progress in the matter.
7C. Samiti sending reminder : At last, Samiti sent a reminder to the Directorate, Electronics and Information Technology regarding the action to be taken for lifting the ban on the website of Samiti on Nij Bhadrapad Shukla 5 Paksha 5, Kaliyug Varsh 5114 (20.9.2012)
7D. Samiti contacting Directorate, Electronics and Information Technology : Afterwards, when Mr. Shivaji Vatkar of Samiti contacted the Directorate, the concerned officer informed “We will issue orders to lift the ban on the website to the establishments providing services of the website on Nij Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha 9, Kaliyug Varsh 5114 (24.9.2012), and your website will be visible within 3-4 days.”
7E. Officers informed about the obstacles being faced in visibility in all the areas : The website was visible at some places on Nij Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha 13, Kaliyug Varsh 5114 (28.9.2012); but it could not be opened at other places. When Advocate Punalekar again contacted the officers in Directorate, Electronics and Information Technology regarding this, he was told, “We have issued orders to restore the website and it will be visible all over within coming few days.”
7F. Indifferent attitude of the officers who had earlier established positive dialogue ! : During this period, Advocate Sanjiv Punalekar and Coordinator of Samiti contacted Mr. Gulshan Rai, Head of Information Technology Department from time to time as a follow-up action. He was sent 4 reminders and was contacted on telephone 8 times. The positive dialogue could be established, but the matter got neglected, since it pertained to Hindu Dharma, under the pretext of being busy for one week in connection with the ban on links of movie ‘Innocence of Muslims’, foreign tours, being busy in Loksabha and departmental meetings etc.
7G. Official communication that website is restored : Despite all this, the Director officially informed on the phone as well as through written communication on Ashvin Shukla Paksha 3/4, Kaliyug Varsh 5114 (18.10.2012) that the website is restored.
8B. Instead of banning the links of objectionable material, the action to impose a ban on the entire website is an infringement of the judgement delivered by The Madras High Court : In the judgement delivered by the Madras High Court on Jyeshtha Krushna Ekadashi, Kaliyug Varsha 5114 (15.6.2012), it is mentioned that, ‘Only the links of objectionable material can be banned, and it is illegal to impose a ban on the entire website just for a link’. Still, the Government of India, instead of banning the links of objectionable material concerned with riots in Assam, imposed the ban on complete website and thus infringed the judgement delivered by The Madras High Court.
8C. Samiti contemplating to put up legal fight against the serious mistakes committed by the government : Follow-up action has to be taken to solve the problems concerning the nonvisibility of the website and closure of ‘Face Book’ page in certain areas. The government has committed unpardonable actions such as to impose a ban on the popular website of Samiti, purposefully practicing the delaying tactics while lifting the ban, deprive lakhs of nation and Dharma loving viewers from Knowledge and causing harm to Dharma, similarly compelling Samiti to waste its time and money etc. To seek the justice against these misdeeds Samiti is contemplating to put up legal fight against the government.
9. The confusion caused by government in restoring the website of Samiti has caused irreparable harm to the Samiti’s mission
The website of Samiti was not visible all over Bharat till Adhik Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha 13, Kaliyug Varsh 5114 (28.9.2012). Such a situation persisted for a long time due to lack of clarity in the orders issued by Government of India and faulty execution of the process to restore the website by the establishment providing website services.
Due to the confusion caused by the government, many viewers of Samiti are perplexed, and they are not sure whether the website has really started or not. Similarly, there is a marked decrease in the number of viewers of the website, and this has caused irreparable harm to the Samiti’s mission.
The way the website of Samiti was banned, is an indication that, in the future, any website, account on any ‘Blog’ or ‘Social Networking’ site is likely to face the ban. When the website of Samiti was banned in August 2012, several devout Hindu organisations and devout Hindus came together and staunchly opposed the ban. If any such incident recurs in the future, all Hindus should unite and resist such attempts till death. By such actions, assistance of the strength of Hindu Dharma and God will be endowed, and the establishment of Hindu Rashtra will herald on enhancing the mission of Hindu Dharma !