Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hindu Samhati Stands With Israel Rally By: Zemira Eli Natan

Zemira Eli Natan
Executive Director
International Unity For Freedom and Equality

In the face of a worldwide threat and increasingly  unjustified lack of international support for Israel one nation's heartfelt public support stands out beyond any other. Hindu Samhati led by Tapan Ghosh and whose membership is perhaps the largest in India held the largest rally in support of Israel ever to take place in India.  The following media report shared with IUFE by Souptik Mukharjee tells it all:

"Biggest ever pro-Israel rally in recent times 

The Israeli nation and the Jewish people worldwide have felt  let down by successive Indian governments  during discussions on Gaza in the United Nation. The governments may have its own compulsions, but these actions have always received support in the eastern state of India, West Bengal and a few other states in India.  The governments in these states often encourage anti-Israel groups in order to appease the large Muslim population for electoral gains. India has one of the largest Muslim population in the world. Some within this population are very hostile to the Jewish state. This population also includes citizens  from neighboring Bangladesh who reside illegally in India. 

The actions of these governments create an environment of a psychological seize. Majority voices of a billion plus people in India and millions those in the state of West Bengal who strongly support Israel are regularly drowned out. To give voice to the majority of Indians who support Israel and oppose terrorist organizations like Hamas, ISIS, LeT , Huji and Boko Haram, on the 16th of August, 2014, Hindu Samhati, a non-political organization led by Mr. Tapan Ghosh organized a mammoth rally in the city of Kolkata, India. The rally was held in memory of the ‘Great Calcutta Killing’. On this day in 1946, more than 5000 thousand innocent Hindus were massacred in Kolkata, under the Muslim League government led by Suhrawardi who was in power at that time. However one local hero, Mr. Gopal Mukhopadhyay and his team under the guidance of Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukhopadhyay, leader of Hindu Mahasabha built a resistance  against the attack on Hindus and saved the community. They also helped to keep Kolkata, the present day capital city of  West Bengal, to remain part of India. 

This rally also witnessed the biggest ever show of solidarity in support of Israel in India and also anywhere in the world where more than 20 thousand people raised their voices against the continuous rocket attacks on Israel by Hamas and against international terrorism at large. The city of Kolkata which had so far, seen protest marches only by those against  Israel, saw a new chapter in history being made  through this rally. Founder & President of Hindu Samhati, Mr. Tapan Ghosh, who is also known to be a crusader for atrocities against women, said that Israel has every right to defend her territory and ensure the safety of her citizens. His comment was hugely cheered by the crowd holding placards with slogans like “Hindus and Jews have a right to exist” or “Hindus and Jews - united against terrorism” written on them. Mr. Ghosh also talked about India and Israel, both being surrounded by very tough neighbors being united in peace. "The destiny of both India and Israel as thriving democracies are intertwined. We both share the same values",  he said. Israel helped India during last two wars, while 70000 Indian Jews  live in Israel under the shadow of daily rocket attacks by Hamas and threats of terror tunnels. Apart from Hindus, people of other faiths also attended the rally. The Sikh community was represented by Mr. Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga and who spoke as a special guest on the occasion. Representatives of the persecuted Buddhist community in Bangladesh also attended the rally. 

This is all set to become the beginning of a new era in the international relationship. Forever marginalized Hindus in the state of West Bengal, under pressure from mounting Islamic extremism,  seemed to have found a new platform in Hindu Samhati to express their voice. If this trend is continued, it is very much poised to unsettle the political arithmetic of the state in the coming state legislative election which is due in less than 2 years."

If you have any questions or need more  pictures or videos of the rally, please write to Sovan Majee or call 9874328666 (Cell phone number in India)


I was very happy to work very closely with Souptik to help coordinate and prepare for this all important rally even in the face of attempts by the Indian Government to put a stop to it.  Tajinder Singh Bagga, a well know activist stood his ground and ensured us all that the rallt would take place in the face of any obstacles that may come our way.  This is a clear message to the world and to Israel that despite what a government thinks, the people's voice shall not go unheard!  IUFE sends deepest gratitude for the bravery of all the members of Hindu Samhati, from its top leaders to its vast population of thousands of members who were not afraid to stand with Israel and stand for truth rather than the lies of our enemies.  Thank you is hardly enough sentiments to express the emotions for this true and enduring friendship for this effort which took place at great risk.  Here are some photos of this fine event:

Thousands of HS Members Gather to Support Israel

HS takes to the`streets in support of Israel

Circle of HS  friends in support of Israel

Tajinder Singh Bagga on the Frontline with HS in support of Israel

To all the  leaders and members of Hindu Samhati
Your support for Israel is timeless
Your Friendship is true and enduring
Israel can never forget how you bravely stood by her

Zemira Eli Natan
Executive Director
International Unity for Freedom and Equality

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