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Hooligans of Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena strike again

November 8, 2011

Maraa, a media and arts collective in Bangalore, has been organizing a monthly event called Pause: Creative Practice in Conflict.  This is a public event, inviting one speaker to present examples of creative practice in a conflict afflicted area. Previous events have showcased examples from Palestine and Afghanistan. In November, Maraa had planned a similar event on Kashmir, scheduled to be held on November 5th 2011.  

Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena (the same people who physically assaulted Prashant Bhushan recently for his statement on Kashmir), and its president, Mr. Tejinder Pal Singh Bagga, wrote a letter to the police alleging that the event which was to be held in the premises of a theatre organization, rafiki, was being organized by the Hurriyat Conference, at which Syed Shah Geelani or Mirwaiz Umar Farukh from the Hurriyat Conferece would speak. They warned the police that if they would not come to stop the event, their organization would make it a situation with unpleasant consequences.

Further, the Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena and Mr. Tejinder Pal Singh Bagga, posted online invitations on social networking site, Facebook, inviting people to come with stones, paint, eggs and tomatoes, to merge in with the audience, and then create chaos. There have been various comments responding to it, by promising violence to those who attend and organize such events.

The following statement has been issued by Maraa in this context:

Since July 2011, maraa, a media and arts collective based in Bangalore, has organised a series of events titled ‘Pause: In times of Conflict’ with the intention of creating a public forum for exchange on art and creative practices in conflict ridden areas. The events consistently focused on the role of creativity as a peaceful space of dialogue.

On November 5th 2011, the Pause event was scheduled to discuss literature, performing and visual arts in Kashmir and included the participation of Inder Salim, a performing artist from New Delhi, Abhishek Majumdar, a theatre director from Bangalore, the reading of excerpts from Mirza Waheed’s well known novel The Collaborator (Penguin, 2011) and the projection of Hopscotch, an animated short film by Sajad Mallik. This event was to take place at the workspace of rafiki, a theatre organisation that works out of a small space owned by the K. K Foundation and Public Charitable Trust.

The night before the event, on November 4th, Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, president of the group Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena, circulated a letter spreading false information that the event was a Hurriyat conference, promoting separatist and anti-national values and that the gathering would expect the participation of “Syed Shal Geelani or Meer Waiz Umar Farukh”.

Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga also threatened that the Police would be responsible for anything “unpleasent” [sic] happening, if they would allow the event to take place. On his Facebook page, he incited people to gather outside the venue with eggs, tomatoes, shoes and black paint to teach the allegedly “anti-Indians and stone-pelters” a “lesson”. This was not a perceived threat since there were several people who responded positively on Facebook in support of such actions.

Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena is the same group that claimed responsibility for the physical assault on Prashant Bhushan, a well known human rights lawyer, for exercising his freedom of speech and expression.

These threats and untrue claims forced the organisers to suspend the event at the original venue in the interest of avoiding any possible form of violence – an occurrence that would have contradicted the very nature of Pause: In Times of Conflict. K. K Foundation and Public Charitable Trust – which is in no way connected to the conceptualisation or the organisation of the event – supported this decision. Members of rafiki were subjected to preliminary investigations by the police and related investigating agencies as a result of the suspicion generated by these false allegations.

Despite the threats, Inder Salim managed to present his performance in the context of Theatre for Democracy an event which coincidentally took place in the city on the same day at the Institute of Agricultural Technologists, Bangalore.

With the present statement, the organisers of the event declare that the allegations made by Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga of Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena are false and malicious and resulted in spreading rumours and misinformation on the nature of Pause.

By threatening an event aimed at the promotion of peaceful dialogue, Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena seems to have betrayed explicit anti-national and anti-social sentiments.

The organisers denounce the actions of Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga of Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena as intimidating and as a serious threat to collective freedom of speech and expression.

This statement is endorsed by maraa and rafiki.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. November 8, 2011 1:18 PM

    This is a despicable act, we need to unite act against these pseudo “activist” goondas. What even if it was Geelani slated to speak, he has every right to present it in a democratic manner and to an audience that he chooses.
    Jagadish G Chandra
    New Socialist Alternative

  2. November 8, 2011 4:19 PM

    I wonder, why, we on the other side cannot form our own resistant group to check these fascists? It is high time that we too have local networks to bring in all the like minded progressive people wherever we can to fight out.

  3. November 8, 2011 5:35 PM

    Shameful and disgusting – an affront to freedom and democracy in the name of (paradoxically!) Bhagat Singh.

  4. pradeep permalink
    November 8, 2011 7:24 PM

    should gather all of them and drop them in the porous border betw india and pakistan and abandon them,… lets see how these facist fools survive that… whther their slogan shouting or bashing ppl up will be any good there i wonder… in that environment

  5. Harleen Singh permalink
    November 8, 2011 9:30 PM

    What a travesty of Bhagat Singh’s name! This is a clear example of not knowing your own history, and yet exhibiting an entitlement that presumes familiarity with it.

  6. Sohail Hashmi permalink
    November 8, 2011 11:55 PM

    The saffron brigade tried their level best to appripriate bhagat singh in the late 60s and 70s and persisted in their nefarious designs till the time that bhagat singh’s own writings rejecting religion came out.

    this is now a second attempt by the same tendencies, this time even the fig leaf of kow towing to the legacy of bhagat singh has been given a go by

  7. farooq jan permalink
    November 9, 2011 8:40 AM

    what r they preaching ? hooligasim in the name of Baghat singh

  8. Merwyn Coutinho permalink
    November 9, 2011 11:04 AM

    Is there a difference between the radical islamic terror group and bhagat singh kranti sena? Looks like both are together sharing the same ideology and methodology. Such a pity, Bhagat singh would commit suicide if he was present in todays time.

  9. November 10, 2011 6:33 AM

    The “Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena” is a shame to India that is polluting the name of great Bhagat Singh. When the evil British oppressed people of India with terror, the Brave Bhagat Singh fought back to protect the people of our country. But today these pseudo-patriotic group “Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena” are the ones that are oppressing and terrorizing the people of our country today. They are evil, anti-Indian. They are polluting the name of Bhagat Singh for their personal display of power. It is a shame that they call themselves Indian. They are worse than the British oppressors. They should leave India and join terrorist wings of Pakistan. DO NOT SUPPORT THEM IF YOU ARE A TRUE INDIAN PATRIOT. They have selfish political motives. Oppose their shameless attention-seeking fake campaigns.

  10. nagal permalink
    November 10, 2011 5:05 PM

    these goondas should not be allowed to use the name of Bhagat Singh who was a secularist and non believer.

  11. December 2, 2011 10:42 AM

    The “Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena” is a shame to India that is polluting the name of great Bhagat Singh. When the evil British oppressed people of India with terror, the Brave Bhagat Singh fought back to protect the people of our country. But today these pseudo-patriotic group “Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena” are the ones that are oppressing and terrorizing the people of our country today. They are evil, anti-Indian. They are polluting the name of Bhagat Singh for their personal display of power. It is a shame that they call themselves Indian. They are worse than the British oppressors.This is a despicable act, we need to unite act against these pseudo “activist” goondas. What even if it was Geelani slated to speak, he has every right to present it in a democratic manner and to an audience that he chooses.
    Bhupenra singh

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