Author Archives: François Gautier

The problem is that Muslims have multiplied so fast in India, that in many places their votes can elect or defeat someone

. So even ‘good’ politicians go out of their way to woo them. The Congress had mastered this art of getting elected again and again on Muslims votes, till they shifted their allegiance to other parties such as the Aam party. But the fact remains that if all Hindus in India voted in a more united manner, as happened in the last general elections, this Muslim vote bank would lose much of its power. Unfortunately politicians have divided the Hindu vote, by pitting Dalit against Brahmin (as seen n in Maharashtra), Dravidians against Aryans (in Tamil Nadu), North against South. Cry O my beloved India, see what Thy children are doing to Thee. FG

#teestaseetalvad Hindu haters are numerous in India. The sad thing is that many of them are Hindus themselves

. Amongst these Hindu haters, if one should get the prize for being most venomous, untruthful and clever, it should be Teesta Setalvad.


Teesta Setalvad’s name has come to symbolize everything that is wrong with NGO activism in India.

Her global image notwithstanding, Teesta has been repeatedly exposed for having indulged in unethical acts and has cases pending against her in courts for perjury.

The curious case of Zakia Jafri lays bare the arrogance that activists of Setalvad’s ilk are capable of inflicting on hapless victims.

Zakia Jafri, the aged widow of Ehsaan Jafri, now finds herself in the dock for perjury. Teesta’s ex-aide Rais Khan says that the petition filed by Zakia was pre-written and false as it was originally written for Haren Pandya’s family. The latter’s family refused to sign the same for its falsehood. Zakia was taken in by Teesta’s glib talk.

Rais Khan Pathan, in his letter to the Chairman, SIT, dated 05.10.2013, submitted a CD of a recorded telephonic conversation between him and Safdar Ankaleshwaria, brother in law of Zakia Jafri, wherein Ankaleshwaria phoned Khan after Zakia Jafri’s deposition as witness no-337 in the session case no. 152/2002 in the Designated Court at Ahmedabad.

It may be noted that in her deposition on 22.10.2010, Zakia, in para no. 17 stated that “I know Teesta Setalvad since last 3-4 years”, in para no.18 she states that “I know only the name of Rais Khan via Teestaben Setalvad and I have never met him and only know him by his name” and in para no. 25 she has stated that “Safdarbhai Ankaleshwaria is her brother-in-law”.

Khan in his above letter states that “after her deposition in the Court, Safdar Ankaleshwaria, brother-in-law of Zakia Jafri, called me on 27.11.2010 on my cell no-98240xxxxx. I recorded the entire conversation with Ankaleshwaria due to security reasons. Safdar Ankaleshwaria admitted that Zakia Jafri knows me very well and it was me who used to take her to the courts and offices of the advocates. Mr Ankaleshwaria also admitted that Zakia Jafri visited my office & residence on several occasions. Hence, from the recorded conversation it is proved beyond doubt that Zakia Jafri has lied on oath before the Designated Court”.

Khan demanded that “a thorough interrogation of Safdar Ankleshwaria will reveal the truth which is necessary for appraising the Designated Court to arrive at a just decision”. He also stated that “interrogation of Safdar Ankaleshwaria will also provide evidence of how false and fabricated affidavits were prepared and filed by Teesta Setalvad in various Courts including payment to witnesses”.

Interestingly, Zakia Jafri, in SLP (CRL) No. 1088 of 2008, in her affidavit before the Supreme Court in Para 9 Stated that “Rais Khan was associated with the Citizen for Justice and Peace an organization created after the carnage in 2002 and has eminent persons from the society as its trustees. He has singularly supported the victims in their pursuit of justice and consistently followed up on the cases…………”
The truth is that Teesta Setalvad is a law unto herself. She has total disregard for the rule of law or for victims. Her anti-Hindu agenda is her source of income from foreign agencies. She has taken the courts for a ride with her perjury and her acts of influencing witnesses. She has misused the lack of education and poverty of victims to file false affidavits to further her own agenda.

Several innocent people rot in prison as a result of her false filings. Those who raised their voice against her have been vilified and crushed irrespective of their status as victims or Muslims.

Rais Khan, her trusted lieutenant, was removed by her for questioning her illegal methods. She has threatened him directly and has also sent him threats from powerful people for speaking out against her.

Zaheera Sheikh was jailed by courts for perjury in the riots cases that were handled by Teesta’s NGO. Teesta did not own up to any kind of moral responsibility for the same. Instead she condemned Zaheera for making false affidavits.

Teesta’s proximity to ex-Supreme Court Judge Justice Aftab Alam and his daughter Shahrukh Alam are well known. She has not bothered about the ethics of her alliance with them.

Teesta has approval in Islamic states where Sharia remains more or less the same since its inception. He luck might turn now that the Congress appears to be losing on all fronts and she may soon face the law of the land for her perjury in courts and her anti-Hindu activism, whereas Hindus must be some of the most tolerant people in this planet?

(Francois Gautier is the editor in chief of the Paris-based La Revue de l’Inde. You can follow him on Twitter @fgautier26)

ear Sushma Swaraj, we do not really care about Lalit Modi. Many of us know that Indian cricket is an extremely corrupt world

D, where there is so much money, hidden and visible, that it spoils even the good willing – we have seen how Dhoni, an innocent boy, turned into a cynical man, who does adds for whisky, even though he knows it is unethical and has probably amassed money for three generations of his family, while Indian home cricket is slowly dying..
What we do care however, Mrs Swaraj, is that the image you project is of an arrogant woman, who is unreachable to the common people of India. I myself sought an interview dozen of times, but your PA’s and PS’s never even bothered to acknowledge the request. It is this old Congress system of power, that makes VIP’s so powerful and aloof, surrounded by several rings of arrogant PA’s and PS’s that you (and many other of your fellow ministers) did not bother to change.
Today, as in you are in need, many of those who could stand up for you are keeping silent.
This is called Karma Ma’am
Yours Francois Gautier

This is Pakistan for you. It is unfortunate that the USA and many other countries still think that #Pakistan

This is Pakistan for you. It is unfortunate that the USA and many other countries still think that #Pakistan represents the moderate Islam in Asia and prop it up with weapons and finances, in the mad hope that their nuclear arsenal will not fall in the hands of the Taliban or at #ISIS. In the process, they ignore #India, a democratic, liberal, peaceful, pro-western country, the only one that can stand against Islamic terrorism and Chinese bullying. And this has been going for 5 decades! FG

….To mark the first – ever International Yoga Day on June 21, 2015, #ArtofLiving had planned sessions in 4 cities (Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Faisalabad) in Pakistan which stand cancelled now. The sessions had been planned from June 13th and 21st for students of many schools.

In wake of threat perceptions from the extremist groups, authorities in Pakistan advised The Art of Living volunteers to cancel the events. The Extremists groups over television threatened to disrupt, if any yoga programs are held in Pakistan. Grand programs were planned which had to be cancelled considering security of people.. More than 10,000 people In Pakistan have benefited from The Art of Living Programs.

Art of Living in Pakistan
Art of living Pakistan has been working for the past 13 years with the objective of creating global peace through inner peace, conflict resolution, health and well being of people.
In April 2009, the Art of Living Pakistan provided aid to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Swat valley and other areas for the affected people.

It is not so much the hating of Mr @NarendraModi, it is the hate turned towards Hindus for centuries- spewed by the British,

Muslim invaders, Christian missionaries & Indian Marxists, who all understood, consciously or unconsciously, that #Hindus were the recipients and carries of an ancient Knowledge, that was the principal obstacle to their conquering India and the minds of Indians.
It is sad today that Indian intellectuals have taken up that hatred, blindly, without understanding that they are just clever monkeys, harming their own country and unique inheritance. It is even sadder that magazines like @IndiaToday, who used to have a balanced view of the #BJP; have taken-up, this hateful cry. Maybe it is due to the appointment of @ShekharGupta as the editor, which is the main cause of it, as he did the same thing when he was at the Indian Express. Since coming to power #narendramodi has been extremely careful to distance himself from his image of a Hindu hardliner and has shown balance and commitment to all communities, including Christians and Muslims. But did it make any difference to #ShekharGupta, Bharka Dutt @BDUTT and others? Not all. These journalists do not mind lying, deceiving, twisting the truth and falsifying facts.
We saw how a few incidents in Delhi churches, that were proven to be unconnected to any Hindu groups, were whipped up by the Indian Media so much that Indian Christians were able to show to the world that they were persecuted by Hindus, a total lie which caught on in the world till the Vatican.
Dear Mr Modi, beware: how good you strive to be, how much secular you show yourself, it makes no difference to your enemies. It would be better that you be yourself. at least they would have some reason to write badly about you. And remember this: the hatred against Hindus is totally IRRATIONAL, for no community in the world like the Hindus has tolerated so much the others and in return has been so much persecuted. FG

There are millions of western Christians who practice yoga and do not feel they are committing a sin. Why should Indian Christian bishops oppose Narendra Modi’s International Yoga day? You want to know why? it’s because the kind of Christianity practiced in India is the one that was prevalent in Europe in the 19th century, when missionaries ruled the roost. Today European Christianity has evolved and is beginning to accept the reality of other faiths (Buddhism, not yet Hinduism). European Christians who come to India visit temples without any qualms and have sympathy for the Hindu way of life. Whereas Indian Christian priests tell their flocks that they are committing a sin if they enter a temple, wear a puttu or do yoga and might even go to hell! It’s the most conservative type of Christianity you probably find in the world today. And they are getting away with it! FG

As the International Yoga day approaches, a watershed event, that may signal the arrival of India as the spiritual leader of the world,

as Sri Aurobindo had predicted, I though appropriate to republish this article, which all Muslims who oppose yoga should read:
What is this Knowledge that is still alive in this wonderful country which we call India ?

Firstly and foremost: “I accept you; I accept that you may be White or Black, Red or Yellow, Christian, Buddhist, or Muslim. I accept that God may manifest at different times, under different names, using different scriptures. Thus God is Krishna, but also Jesus Christ, Buddha or Mohamed. This an extraordinary statement and a marvellous instrument towards world peace, at a time where terrorism is striking everywhere in the world in the name of One God. It is also a Knowledge that only the body dies, but not the soul, which is born and reborn again till it achieves perfection. A Knowledge that whatever you do bears consequences in this life or another. A Knowledge that all human beings are made out of Love, even beneath the hate and the killings”…

And also: “I have inherited from my ancestors the tools to become a better person, whatever my religion, ethnicity and profession: a better Christian, a better Hindu, a better Muslim”. What are these tools ? Hata-yoga, India’s gift to the world, which has been copied and imitated everywhere. Meditation, this extraordinary technique of coming back to one’s Self, of settling the mind and the body, which is today practiced by millions around the world – another bequest of India to humanity. Pranayama, the science of respiration, perfected by Indians for three millenniums. “Does the breath have any religion”, asks Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of the Art of Living movement, which has spread today in 140 countries ? “Is the air we breathe around us, Muslim, Christian, or Hindu”?

This knowledge thus does not only belong to Hindus, but also to Buddhists, Jains, Christians and Muslims of India. Once upon a time, the Syrian Christians of Kerala, though they remained faithful to the word of Jesus Christ, had incorporated some of the basic tenets of Hinduism such as reincarnation and karma. Once upon a time, great Sufis, such as Dara Sukoh, Shah Jahan’s eldest and preferred son (who should have become emperor instead of Aurangzeb), while remaining true Muslims (and not apostate ones), could translate the Upanishads and step into a temple without thinking they were committing a mortal sin. Once upon, a time Sikhism was born out of Dharma, to defend the Hindu Dharma and neither Sikh nor Hindu, saw any difference between themselves. Once upon a time, Buddha, although he did strike against ritualism and hereditary Brahmanism, did not found a religion, but a path that led to the same Ananda he came from.

This knowledge is unique to India. For The West has lost the truth. We have lost the Great Sense, the meaning of our evolution, of why so much suffering, why dying, why getting born, why this earth, who are we, what is the soul, what is reincarnation, where is the ultimate truth about the universe? And this will be India’s gift to this planet during this century: to restore to the world its true sense; to recharge humanity with the real meaning and spirit of life. Thus, if you are an Indian settled abroad, whatever your religion, you should carry that identity in your actions and your aura, that you may shine without words, for it is a great privilege and responsibility to be born an Indian. Yet, too often, Indians in the US or Canada, or even the UK for that matter, hide their identities and try to merge into the mainstream culture, becoming more American than an Americans, more British than the British. Sometimes even, Indians are ashamed to say that they are Indians and it is a tragedy to themselves and to their children, who lose the connexion with one of the most ancient cultures in the world, which is not a religion but the last living spirituality on this planet.

You should also know that today this Knowledge is under attack from all sides. Foremost, from the Globalization and Westernization which is taking place at the moment in India at a frantic pace. TV channels and advertisements must be the biggest culprits. Is White the most beautiful color, does having a White Skin make you so hep ? Do a cell phone, a suit, or a fancy car, really make you into a man ? This is what millions of innocent villagers or lower middle class viewers are enticed to believe. There is also a rapid Christianisation of many of the villages in India, whether in Tamil Nadu, or in the North-East, where innocent tribals are converted with the help million of dollars and it is a tragedy, because they are taught to look down upon their own culture and social habits. What about the radicalism that seems to grip some of the Muslim youth? Nowhere but in India, they have had so much freedom to practice their faith. Try to be a Hindu, a Buddhist or a Christian in Saudi Arabia or Bangladesh ! And we know that the Pakistani or Bangladeshi bombers and killers in Hyderabad, Delhi, or Mumbai could never function without the (very) active participation of some India’s Muslims, although Indian politicians keep mum about it.
Lastly Hindu renegades, those intellectuals who want to cut off at any cost India from her past and make a copy – however brilliant – of a Marxism which has died everywhere else, or of the United Sates of America, where violence, divorce and depression are affecting three persons out of five, are extremely active at the moment, thanks to a Government who chooses to closes its eyes, while this is going on.

Yet, it is for this Precious Knowledge that all Indians, be they Hindu, Muslim, Christian, or Sikh, should retain their dharmic identity, while being faithful to their Creed or Supreme God. Every Diwali thus, should symbolize for all Indians, the rekindling of this Ancient, Universal, All-encompassing, Non-Religious Dharmic Light in their hearts. Let Mother India shine in them and rekindle their common identity beyond their religions.

It is time Indians look again at their own history and understand how it is important to save that Knowledge. Hence the Museum of (true) Indian History which FACT is building in Pune, dedicated to the great Shivaji Maharaj, a Vibhuti sent by God to protect India’s dharma from Aurangzeb