07/28/2011, 00.00
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Attack in Norway, Hindu radicals among terrorist’s "models"

In a 102 pages manifesto, Anders Breivik defines the Hindu radicals "important allies and resources. "Fr. Cedric Prakash, director of the Jesuit Centre for Human Rights Prashant: "Christians must explain to the world that these killings have nothing to do with Christianity or with the message of Christ."
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Hindutva ideology is one of inspirations claimed by the Oslo and Utoya killer, Anders Breivik, who massacred over 90 people in the 22 July attacks. The Hindu radicals of the Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are referred to in the Norwegian aggressor’s 102 page manifesto as no less than "important resources". Fr. Cedric Prakash, director of the Jesuit Centre for Human Rights Justice and Peace Prashant, said that the acts in Norway were "atrocious" and that he was "shocked" and "disgusted" by what Breivik has written about India.

For Fr Prakash, the most sinister aspect of Breivik’s hindutva references is his meticulous campaign to unite Christian, Jewish and Hindu right-wing extremism: "This effort is intended to polarize those parts of society who are against Muslims." And this "is not a good omen - the Jesuit continues - for a world order that is fighting to affirm acceptance, friendship, multiculturalism and the inherent dignity of every human being."

Fr. Prakash Breivik “laudes Hindutva ideology" referring to it as an "important ally in the global fight to reduce the growing prosperous democracies in the world." In addition, in the manifesto the bomber emphasizes the systematic attacks by radical Hindus against Muslims in India. "Ironic - for the priest - as fundamentalists consistently target Christians." For this reason, "Christians around the world must not only condemn the actions and ideologies of Breivik, but publicly declare that these awful massacres that have nothing to do with Christianity or with the person and message of Jesus Christ" .

Harsh condemnation also from Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), and Lenin Raghuvanshi, a lay activist and director of the Peoples' Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (Pvchr). Both express solidarity for the victims of the massacre, carried out with "monstrous" methods. " What adds salt to the wounds - said Sajan George - is the Norwegian mass killer's manifesto hails Hindutva ideology," which continues to undermine the stability of India.

"No sane person - says Raghuvanshi - will ever accept extremists of any kind to upset the agenda of a society in search of development." He hopes that Norway will "maintain the harmony that it has built over the years, and not give way to panic." (N, C)

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