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AmAresh misrA
Jo chup rahegi zuban-e
khanjar
Lahu pukaarega aasteen
ka...
Ameer Meenai, 19th
century, Lucknow poet
In the best, figurative-dialec-
tical tradition of Urdu poetry, the afore-men-
tioned couplet unites two opposite meanings.
First, the silence of the knife, an instrument that
is used to kill, and by virtue of its nature and
material force, cannot remain noiseless.
Second, the clamour of spilled blood on the col-
lar, that again by nature and insinuation, is in
reality, condemned to remain devoid, forever, of
speech.
I am not aware whether officers of various
security agencies the IB and state-level
ATSs, special cells and crime branches know
Urdu. But one thing is sure: that Urdu knows
them well. Like the perennial, hard-boiled detec-
tive of the jasoosi novels of Ibn-e Safi, the
Allahabad-based father of detective fiction in the
Urdu-Hindi heartland, the language catches the
contradictions in their stories, points towards
blatant lies and ambiguities in their
chargesheets. Urdu stalks the agencies as they
go around inventing an entity like Indian
Mujahideen, grind innocent Muslims and their
families to dust in turf wars, undermine Indias
constitution, sovereignty, and dance to the tune
of RSS, Mossad, the CIA and may be the MI6.
In my last column, I had written about Abu
Jundal - actually Zabihuddin Ansari, an IB
informer, who had helped the agency track
down illegal arms in 2006 at Aurangabad. The
Delhi Police Special Cell brought him over to
India, painting him as the mastermind/moving
force behind 26/11. He supposedly revealed
sensational aspects of the 26/11 case how
orders were being passed in a control room on
Pakistani soil and so on and so forth.
Yet, during secretary-level talks between
India and Pakistan, Indian MEA officials were
unable to present something concrete in terms
of evidence to back the claim that 26/11 was
state-sponsored by Pakistan. All we could pres-
ent were confessions that even Indian courts
scorn!
So the agency that brought Abu Jundal over
to India flashing his revelations all across the
compliant Indian media basically made a fool
out of genuine Indians who want terror attacks
to stop and unearth the truth behind 26/11.
Indias position on 26/11 stands severally
weakened not strengthened the world over
after the Abu Jundal affair.
If we rewind the story of turf wars between
agencies, certain uncomfortable truths emerge:
1. On 19th September 2008, during the
Batla House encounter, which was conducted
by the Delhi Police, a team of Mumbai Police
was present in the same Zakir Nagar area.
Apparently, the Mumbai Police was looking for
someone else, most probably Riaz and Iqbal
Bhatkal whom they thought were responsible for
the 16 July Ahmedabad and several other blasts
of 2008.
2. A Mumbai Police source reveals that the
Mumbai Police knew of Atif and Sajid, and the
terror module cell of the Zakir Nagar, Delhi,
area where they lived. Yet, as per the source,
the Mumbai Police was not of the view that Atif
and Sajid were behind the 2008 blasts.
3. According to the official Mumbai Police
version, Atifs name appeared first from the lips
of one Afzal Usmani, a car thief, caught by the
Mumbai Crime Branch (headed by Rakesh
Maria at that time). Usmani was accused by the
Mumbai Police for stealing the cars which were
used to plant bombs in Ahmedabad on 16 July,
2008.
4. But the Gujarat Police have a different
take on the issue. According to them, the cars
used in the Ahmedabad blasts were parked first
in Bharuch in the premises of a London based
NRI.
Indian security agencies unleash
home grown terror
Maulana MuJIBullah...7 BJPs real face...15
MG/Yusuf
Continued on page 11
If there is home-grown terrorism in India, it is not being perpretrated by the IM or some imagined Muslim terrorist group.
The IB, Military Intelligence and various state agencies represent the real hub of home-grown terror. My charge is that
terror plots, in which innocent Indians lose their lives, are planned inside their offices, in collusion with Mossad-type
security forces. They need to be exposed and punished... There is a complete lack of trust between victims and Indian
security forces. The latter have become a law unto themselves.
O
ur constitution gives
equal rights to every
citizen
consti-
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Delectability of Persian
One of my pet peeves is bad language. Incorrect language puts me
off. Weaned on Persian and Urdu literature and particularly the
exquisite poetry of these two languages, Ive grown up hearing the
pristine and most sublime form of these tongues. I remember, I was
the only non- Muslim student in my class to study Persian in a
school, where all other students were Muslims.
Why have you opted for Persian, you could have chosen
French, gently asked my teacher as non-Muslim students in Tehran
could opt for French and other modern European languages.
Because it fascinates me, I said to him. Thus began my lifelong
affair with Persian. The very first lesson of Persian is seared on my
memory forever. Its the language of polite conversation with
shuma (Aap: You) being the only mode of address to anyone, irre-
spective of age, told my first teacher of Persian in Central Asia.
Since then, Ive never used tum or tu for anyone even in Hindi.
The desirably feminine beauty of Persian language prompted
the writer and explorer Sir Richard Burton to opine that the finest
species on earth is a beautiful woman conversing in delectable
Persian. Its indeed a language thats tailor-made for the most
refined kind of conversation. Without sounding partial to Persian, I
must say that despite knowing French and other so-called delicate
European languages, what Ive found in Persian is unparalleled in
any other language.
The Persian poetry of Jalaluddin Rumi, Hafiz Shirazi,
Fariduddin Attar, Sanai, Iqbal and Ghalib can mesmerise anyone
and transport the readers to a different sphere. Its worthwhile to
mention that Ghalibs Persian was better than his Urdu and he often
sounds a tad laboured in the latter. His friend and biographer, the
great Urdu poet Altaf Husain Hali of Panipat wrote in the biography
of Asadullah Khan Ghalib, Yaadgaar -e- Ghalib, that he (Ghalib)
rued the fact that, Mere Urdu ashaar yeh log nahin samajhte, mera
Farsi kalaam kya samjhenge? (My Urdu couplets are unintelligible
to these people, how can they comprehend my Persian poetry?).
But it must be mentioned that despite Mughals ruling for more
than 300 years (1526-1857), sub-continental Persian could never be
compared with Iranian or Central Asian Persian. The reason being
adulteration. Persian of the sub-continent got adulterated by Indian
languages and dialects like Khari boli Hindi, Braj and Awadhi. I
heard a local version of Persian in Khorasan (many of the artisans
and masons who built Taj Mahal, came from this region) that had
innumerable words from Purbi i. e., Bhojpuri, Shahbadi and Patiyali
(spoken by Amir Khusro because he was born at Patiali village in the
vicinity of Mainpuri-Etawah and Mirzapur). This Indianised Persian
is justifiably looked down upon in Iran. Guru Govind Singh, spoke
Purbi Persian as he was born in Patna. The Afghan chieftain
Shershah Suri was in the eastern part (Sasaram and Saharsa in
Bihar) and he spoke Dari (variant of Persian, spoken in
Afghanistan). After 16th century, sub-continental Persian became
early Hindi Persian. I for one, could never like Persian written by
Abul Fazl (Aina-e-Akbari) and his brother Faizi. It smacks of Indian
languages and is far removed from the delectability of the Iranian
Persian. Thats the reason, the sub- continent has not yet been able
to produce anyone, except for Allama Iqbal and Ghalib, to be put
alongside the very best of Persian literature. Even great Ghalib and
Iqbal lack that uninterrupted flow of language in their otherwise
smooth Persian. Their Persian has the absence of dialectical idio-
syncrasies of the Iranian Persian and pristine idioms of colloquial
Persian and Pehalawi. In Iqbals Baal-e-Jibreel (The wings of
Gabriel) and Payam-e-Mashriq (The message of the East) as well
as Ghalibs Dastanboo (compilation of his Persian missives), the
scholars of Persian can detect the incorrect usages of typical Iranian
phrases used in rural Iran.
Now, Im in the sub-continent, where Persian is seldom heard or
spoken, yet the nuances of this beauteous language are embedded
in my consciousness and I still speak Urdu a-la Persian.
DR SUMIT S PAUL
K.S. FAIYAZ PASHA
Scientists are claiming now that they have dis-
covered the footprint of God particle known as
Higgs Boson after having read the mind of
God who is beyond the reach of human percep-
tion. Here is my take on the contention of the sci-
entists regarding their discovery of God a
never ending process which is like a wild goose
chase.
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had warned
1400 years ago that satanic forces would seek to
introduce doubts in the hearts of believers by
raising unanswerable questions about Allah.
Allahs Messenger had said, Satan will come to
everyone of you and ask: who created this and
that until he questions who created your Lord?
When he comes to that, one should seek refuge
in Allah and say I affirm my faith in Allah and His
prophets and avoid such thoughts.
Such unanswerable questions about Allah
are still asked by the atheists - men of little
understanding who refuse to admit the truth of
Allahs existence in nature which is a portent for
men of understanding. For example, the quixot-
ic questions they raise about the existence of
Allah are: if Allah created the universe where
was He before creating it? If He was not in
space, where did He localise the universe? How
could a formless or immaterial substance like
Allah create a world of matter? If the material is
to be taken as existing, why not suppose the
world to be itself self-existing? Is Allah self-suffi-
cient? If He is, He need not have created the
world. If He is not like an ordinary potter, He
would be incapable of the task since by hypoth-
esis, only a perfect being could produce it. If
Allah created the world as a mere play of His
will, it would be making Allah childish. If Allah is
benevolent and if He has created the world out
of His grace, He would not have brought into
existence misery as well as felicity. Such hair
splitting arguments about Allah have led the
seekers of truth to ruination. Hence Prophet
Muhammad (pbuh) said Reflect on the creation
of Allah but do not reflect on Allah. To reflect on
the reality of Allah is to reflect on the infinite. As
the mind boggles when it reflects on the limits of
the finite universe and the galaxies and stars
within it, it will be more confounded when it
attempts to understand the uncreated. Here we
have to convince ourselves concerning the
nature of Allah in the Quran: Say: He is Allah,
The One; Allah, The Eternal, Absolute; He
begets not, nor is He begotten; and there is none
like unto Him. (Quran - 112:1-4). Do you not
see that Allah has subjected to your (use) all
things in the heavens and on earth, and has
made His bounties flow to you in exceeding
measure, (both) seen and unseen? (Quran -
31:20) (Quran - 31:20; also 14:32-33).
Allahs creation is independent of man. But
Allah in His infinite mercy has given man the fac-
ulty to subdue the forces of nature and to pene-
trate through high mysteries with his powers of
reason and insight. But this is not merely a ques-
tion of power. For in His universal plan, all are
safeguarded. But mans destiny as far as we can
see is noble to the highest degree. Allahs Grace
and Bounties work for us at all times. Sometimes
we see them and sometimes we do not see
them. In things which we can apprehend with our
senses, we can see Allahs Grace but even in
them sometimes it works beyond the sphere of
our knowledge. In the inner or spiritual world,
sometimes, when our vision is clear, we can see
it working and often we are not conscious of it.
But it works all the same. But men who dispute
about Allah lack knowledge as they make no use
of their intellects. They are, instead, swayed by
their passions; they lack guidance, as they are
impatient of control; and the fruits of revelation or
spiritual insight do not reach them as they reject
Faith and Revelation.
Thus Allah the unimaginable Supreme Being
is known only through reason because He is
beyond the reach of human perceptions.
Whatever happens, I will follow the command of
Allah. He has revealed Himself and I know that
He is One Supreme over all creatures. Him alone
will I serve. Is there any so ignorant as to seek
anyone else? Let him do it and see the result. The
loss will be his own. For he falls from grace into
evil, said Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) (page
1398, Holy Quran English translation of the
meanings and commentary by Abdullah Yusuf
Ali).
Prof. K.S. Faiyaz Pasha is a former prof. of history
now based in Ambur, Tamil Nadu
Discovery of God through the footprint of God particle?
A wild-goose
chase in Kashmir
SAMEER ARSHAD
Reports about the Centres attempts to fuel sectarianism in Jammu
& Kashmir have revived the debate about its dangers while drawing
parallels with a similar disastrous strategy involving Sikh fundamen-
talist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale that culminated in the siege of
Amritsars Golden Temple and triggered insurgency in Punjab in the
1980s. But importantly, the reports have reinforced perceptions that
the Centre behaves like a colonial power in the state and in this case
seeks to emulate the most effective British divide-and-rule policy that
allowed them to colonize the subcontinent for nearly two centuries
besides laying the foundations for the two-nation theory. It fuels con-
cerns over the threats to the freedom of religion as one sect is
sought to be given official patronage as if sectarian lines are cast in
stone and are not blurred by other greater binding forces.
The policy seems to be designed - not the first time though to
present the Kashmir problem in a way that it dovetails with the inter-
national Islamophobic narrative. By presenting it as part of the glob-
al problem of fundamentalist Islam, it becomes easier for the gov-
ernment to wash its hands off in the events like that of 2010 when
around 120 people, including kids as young as nine and women,
were killed in firings on Kashmiris protesting another extrajudicial
killings of civilians branded as terrorists.
The projection of Kashmiris as the threatening fundamentalist
other provides an excuse to the government to continue with laws
like the AFSPA that deny the fundamental right to life. It comes par-
ticularly handy as the state now has no justification for carrying on
with the oppressive laws as Jammu & Kashmir has been among the
peaceful areas in the last few years. More civilians have died in
attacks on Mumbai and Delhi since 2008 than those in J&K.
The policy seems to be a part of a pattern like the one reflected
in how the debate over alcohol consumption in the Valley was
orchestrated in the media to present Kashmiris as fundamentalists
last year despite the fact that several bars remain functional. For
many, the concern for promoting alcohol seemed to be bigger than
challenging the miscarriage of justice in the state and revocation of
the most inhuman laws that provide immunity to abusers in uniform
that even occupation forces in Iraq did not enjoy. This was again
done when overzealous mullas hounded out a Christian priest over
alleged conversions. Earlier, anonymous letters warning Sikhs to
leave Kashmir at the height of 2010 killings was sought to be paint-
ed as example of Kashmiri bigotry to divert attention from the mass
civilian killings. The policy underlines that the root of all problems
between Srinagar and New Delhi --mistrust largely due to J&Ks dif-
ferent demographic realities remains.
Crucially, the policy underscores the flawed understanding of
Islam and Kashmir and how Kashmiris are seen as the other, who
cannot be regular people, but essentially ideologically-inclined
threatening people needed to be kept under watch.
Despite the strategy behind the policy, it is a futile exercise as
the Kashmiri identity subsumes other identities including the ones on
sectarian lines. An extreme sense of collective suffering at the states
hands particularly in the last 20 years has further bound people like
never before to frustrate designs aimed at promoting sectarianism.
Kashmiris argue that the states guns have made no distinction
between various sects since. It did not do so in the massacres like
the one in Gaw Kadal in the 1990s, where dozens of people were
shot dead, thrown into the Jhelum and left to bleed until death.
Further, no matter what the state may like people to believe in case
of the burning of the Charar-e-Sharif shrine of Kashmirs patron saint
Noor-udin-Noorani - whose sect is sought to be patronised-- people
see it as a part of the policy of arson as a counter-insurgency tool in
the 1990s that was also used in places like Sopore that was burnt to
ground after a militant hit-and-run attack in 1993. Such arson attacks
made no sectarian distinctions.
Moreover, the resentment against the state stigmatizes any
association with its coercive arms. The policy is bound to be doomed
since one such covert arm is seen to be involved in implementing the
policy of fuelling sectarianism. The arm is among many status-quoits
within the establishment, who seek to ensure that Jammu & Kashmir
continues to be seen as a dangerous place full of crazy fundamen-
talists and remains a cash cow for them in the name of fighting
them.
Even top elected officials albeit off the record - acknowledge
that such vested interests wield disproportionate influence in the
states affairs and the situation is unlikely to change as the states
paranoia would ensure that they would continue to rule the roost.
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NATIONAL

After the Storm is a documentary narrating stories


of seven former terror-accused persons set free by
various law courts across India. Mukhtar Ahmed,
Mohammad Fassiuddin Ahmed, Umar Farooq,
Motasim Billah, Harith Ansari, Mohammad Musarrat
Hussain Bobby and Shaik Abdul Kaleem are among
thousands of Muslim youth arrested, falsely implicated
and then acquitted in terror cases. The film narrates their
ordeal and miseries and sheds light on their current fight
for survival. The documentary strongly advocates that
they must be compensated, cases against them with-
drawn and an unconditional public apology should be
made by the authorities to reassure people's faith in
democracy and democratic institutions.
Forty-nine years old Mukhtar Ahmed from Bangalore
was in retail business of readymade garments when he
was picked up by the Central Bureau of Investigation on
3 September 1993 under Terrorist and Disruptive
Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) and framed in the
Chennai RSS (Hindu rightwing organisation) regional
headquarters blast case. In all, 17 persons were arrested
in this case. He was acquitted by all the courts and the
final judgement came from the Supreme Court on 6
December 2010. In all, he spent six years in jail and was
forced to remain in Chennai on conditional bail for eight
years away from his family and business. Though he has
now achieved some success in re-establishing his busi-
ness but still struggles on for survival.
Mohammad Fassiuddin Ahmed from Hyderabad was
doing his graduation when he was picked up on 1
September, 2007 by Hyderabad police as a suspect in
the blast at Gokul chat shop and Lumbini Park. Ironically, his
cousin died in one of these blasts. He was shown arrested on 5
September, 2007, i.e., five days after his actual arrest. He spent
six months in jail and finally secured his acquittal in February
2008. Though he finished his graduation somehow yet mental
trauma and fear still haunt him.
Twenty-eight years old Umar Farooq was picked up by
Ahemdabad police on 11 May, 2006 in the conspiracy case to kill
rightwing Hindutva leaders. He was shown arrested on 9 June,
2006 along with five others. After spending four and a half years
in jail, he finally secured his acquittal on 29 July, 2010 but his life
stands ruined today. Currently he is unemployed and his family
is debt-ridden as a result of his arrest and fighting legal cases.
On 5 March, 2008 engineering student Moutasim Billah was
sitting in front of his house in old Hyderabad when he was picked
up by the police and then, along with 20 others, he was framed
in Hyderabad conspiracy case. He spent six months in jail before
securing his acquittal on 31 December 2008. Though he spent a
relatively shorter time in jail but his education got ruined and he
is yet to finish his engineering course and marriages of his sis-
ters are not getting fixed due to his social image.
Harith Ansari is son of Dr. Shakeel Ahmed, a prominent
Ahmedabad-based social activist and politician. Harith was in the
profession of medical transcription and was doing well. He was
picked up on 7 December, 2003 from his home but his arrest was
shown on 11 Dec, 2003. Along with five others, Harith was
framed in conspiracy to conduct bomb blast in prominent build-
ings of Ahmadabad. After remaining six years in jail, he was final-
ly acquitted on 12 December, 2009. Currently he is unemployed
and struggling to find his way in life.
Thirty-five years old Mohammad Musarrat Hussain Bobby
was working in a printing press when he was picked up on
5 March 2002. His arrest was shown on 7 March 2002. He was
charged as a conspirator in the firing and killing of policemen at
the American Center, Kolkata. He spent eight years in jail
and remained on death row for five years. Finally, Kolkata
High Court acquitted him on 7 Feb 2010. His family is in bad
shape today and along with his two daughters and wife, he
took shelter in the house of his father-in-law.
Shaik Abdul Kaleem is the person who was credited to
influence Swami Aseemanand by his behaviour and
prompted him to confess the Hindu terror plots. He was a
paramedical student when he was first time picked up by the
police on 1 June 2007. His arrest was shown on 7 June
2007. He was framed in Mecca Masjid blast case and fake
SIM cards case. After spending one and a half years in jail,
he secured his acquittal on 20 September 2008 in the SIM
cards case and on 22 Jan 2009 in the RDX case. Currently
he is studying law.
Director of the documentary Shubhradeep Chakravorty
is a journalist by training and documentary filmmaker by
passion. He is a post-graduate in Political Science and
International Relations. He works independently and is
interested in making documentaries based on current
affairs. So far he has made four documentaries. His first
independent documentary film was Godhra Tak: The Terror
Trail. It is an investigative documentation of the barbaric
incident of 27 Feb 2002, in which coach S6 of Sabarmati
Express was burnt down at Godhra railway station in
Gujarat. Fifty-nine passengers including several Karsevaks
died in that fire. The film tries to find out what actually hap-
pened at Godhra railway station on that day and how far the
allegation of a conspiracy is true. This incident was used to
start anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat in 2002.
In 2008 he finished his second documentary
Encountered on Saffron Agenda? which is a film based on
investigative documentation of encounters of Sameer Khan
Pathan (22 October, 2002), Sadik Jamal (13 January, 2003),
Ishrat Jahan & Javed Seikh (16 June, 2004) and Shorabuddin
Seikh (26 November, 2005) which all happened in Gujarat.
Those killed were said to have been on a mission to kill the Chief
Minister Narendra Modi who had allegedly organised the 2002
genocide of Muslims in the state after Godhra train burning inci-
dent. The film tries to find out the truth behind Police stories and
politics of encounters in Gujarat.
In 2012 he came out with his third documentary Out of Court
Settlement. It is based on the tales of killings, beating up and
intimidation of several defense lawyers across the country who
were appearing in terror-related cases. This documentary tries to
put forth the ensuing danger to rule of law in the country because
of such incidents.
For more info and to order, contact Shubhradeep Chakravorty at
shubhradeep@gmail.com
After the Storm: a documentary on former terror-accused
RAJIV YADAV
L
ucknow: I trust my God, he will be
released soon, said Rifat Fatima. In
several meetings with Ghulam Qadir, I
came to know Rifat. Now is the time that
Uttar Pradesh government should know her
too. Rifat is the fiance of Sajjadur Rahman and
for the last four years she has been waiting for
him far away in the valley of Kishtwar in Jammu
& Kashmir.
She was engaged to Sajjad in October
2007. In December, the same year, Sajjad was
accused of being involved in a blast in UP
courts and was arrested. When I asked her
whether she has had any proposal for marriage
during the past four years, she took a pause
and said, yes, but I rejected them all. At that
time Sajjadur Rahman was studying in
Deoband. In December 2007 he went to his
home in Kashmir for Eid celebrations. His father
said that the local police of Kishtwar picked him
up on 20 December 2007. With his eyes filled
with tears, he said that his wooden house was
also damaged badly by these police officials.
On the contrary, Police records show his arrest
with Akhtar Wani on 27 December 2007.
I still recall the face of Akhtar Wanis father
when he came to Lucknow regarding the arrest
of his son and when asked to remove his
woolen clothes he said to his lawyer
Mohammad Shoaib that, I am very poor man
and I cant come to Punjab very often. Please
save my child. He is innocent. When corrected
that this is not Punjab but Uttar Pradesh Wani
was not ready to accept. We never met him
again. Father of Sajjadur Rahman said that in
the grief of his sons arrest, Akhtars father
became a heart-patient and finally died.
Mohammad Sabir was keen to get those
documents in which it is said that his son was
involved in a motor accident on 16 November
2007 and was in custody till 24 of November,
while in a UP court, Police claim that he was
involved in the bomb blast on 23rd November
2007.
According to the police, Sajjadur Rahman
had planted a bag full of bombs in a Lucknow
court. Police has framed charges of sedition,
conspiracy, attempt to murder and has regis-
tered cases against him under Explosive
Substances Act. Advocate Shoaib filed the dis-
charge petition following which the court freed
Sajjadur Rahman in one case, i.e., Lucknow
blast case on 14 April 2011.
The question here is who is the real culprit
of spoiling those four years which Sajjad spent
behind the bars.
Father of Sajjad, Ghulam Qadir Wani, con-
siders this judgment as a blessing. A low-
income farmer in Kishtwar, he could not afford
to meet his son in Lucknow very often. Ghulam
Qadir did not even have sufficient money to
fight his sons case and hire a lawyer for him.
He says, I am thankful that Mohammad Shoaib
fought my sons case without asking for a penny
and justice-loving people supported me which
resulted in his acquittal from one case. Even
after all this, Ghulam Qadir sincerely believes in
the justice system. He adds that the way police
picked him and registered cases against him,
we were not hopeful about his release at all. But
God has accepted our plea and I am sure he
will be acquitted in Faizabad court bomb blast
case too.
Rifat is overwhelmed with happiness after
this decision when asked if she ever met Sajjad
in Lucknow, she replied, No. Its too far.
Enquiring about UP, she asked, Its too hot
there in summer, right? When he will be
released finally?
In the name of terrorism, these boys are
kept in high security wards where they have to
spend 23 hours in the hot summer heat.
On 23 November 2007, bomb blasts took
place in courts of Lucknow, Faizabad and
Varanasi. Five Muslim youths, Tariq Qasmi from
Sammopur village of Azamgarh, Khalid Mujahid
from Madiyahoo of Jaunpur, Aftab Alam from
West Bengal and Akhtar Wani and Sajjadur
Rahamn Wani were arrested from different
locations after the blasts. Soon, due to peoples
pressure, the Mayawati government formed a
committee headed by Justice Nimesh and now
Samajwadi partys government is talking about
their release. Therefore, the question of release
of these two Kashmiri boys is also important as
they are in jail for the same reason.
T
he mastermind of all these blasts, Aftab
Alam, is a free man since long. Aftab Alam
alias Raju alias Mukhtar was arrested in
December 2007, and accused of being a HuJI
terrorist. He was acquitted by the court within
less than a month. Back then, along with RDX
and weapons, a huge bank balance was also
claimed to belong to him. After the intervention
of human rights groups, within 22 days the STF
presented an excuse for confusion in name and
offered an apology.
In the court blasts of UP, fingers have been
raised against police stories since long. Police
has claimed HuJI and other Islamic organiza-
tions have carried out these blasts. Arrested
youths were presented as members of these
organizations. In Faizabad court, the bombs
exploded under sheds 4 and 20 which belong to
the district officer of BJP Vishwanath Singh and
Mahesh Pandey. Both were absent at the time
of the explosion. Police never questioned them.
On 25 December 2007, ADG Brijlal had
said in a press conference that the technique of
bomb blast is identical or similar to blasts which
happened in Mecca Masjid of Hyderabad.
According to NIA, the Mecca Masjid blast was
carried out by Hindu right organizations. If Brijlal
is right in his conclusions, then in UP Court
blast cases there must be a hand of some
Hindu right wing organizations.
Arms cache recovered
in Azamgarh
Azamgarh: An arms cache including an AK-47,
a pistol and a locally-made gun alongwith ammo
were recovered here on 13 July from a person
called Saheb Dayal Yadav son of Brij Raj Yadav
who claimed to be a resident of Govindpur vil-
lage under Rudarpur police station in Deoria dis-
trict. After a tip off, a police team caught Sahib
Yadav at Bawali Mor. Strangely, he was not
taken into police remand for further investiga-
tions. Instead, he was sent straight to jail which
is in sharp contrast to police behaviour if the cul-
prits are Muslims as it will make all excuses to
get their remand for long periods in the name of
investigations. Only sustained interrogation and
cross-checking on his connections will show if
Saheb Yadav was connected to some Hindutva
terror outfit like Arya Sena, Abhinav Bharat and
Sanatan Sanstha. The way Sahib Verma has
been treated, his case will be reduced to a mere
case of illegal possession of arms.
When will he be released?
Quote,
Unquote
A person who has his hands tainted with the
blood of Muslims cannot be projected as
Indias next prime minister. Nor can the false
clothes of culture hide the real face of adher-
ents of Hindu Rahtriyata concept.
KULDIP NAYAR, Mainstream
Paid news is the greatest crime in the history
of the Indian media, it still goes on, is mostly
monopolised by print. Sponsored pages,
advertorials, product placements are pub-
lished by many without even a hint of disclo-
sure.
SHEKHAR GUPTA, The Indian Express
NATIONAL
4 The Milli Gazette, 1-15 August 2012
4611 killed in custody
within three years: NHRC
New Delhi: According to National Human Rights
Commission, 4611 persons were killed in India while
in custody at the hands of Police and paramilitary
forces during the last three years. Uttar Pradesh tops
the list with 956 murders. During 2009-10, U.P. secu-
rity forces and Police killed 348 in custody, 348 were
killed in 2010-11 and 227 persons lost their lives in
custody in U.P. in 2011-12. Some other figures are:
Bihar 300 murders in custody, A.P. 310 murders and
W. Bengal 242 murders in custody during the last
three years. In the national capital, Police and secu-
rity forces killed 61 in custody during the same peri-
od. Delhi has seen a steady rise in the number of
custodial murders - from 22 in 2010-11 to 29 in 2011-
12. Although laws provide many rights and reliefs,
these are flouted at will by the Police and security
forces who keep detainees for long periods illegally
without producing them in courts or filing an FIR.
Several police
encounters are fake:
NHRC
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
has declared as fake, 16 out of 19 police encoun-
ters as fake and ordered for a monetary compensa-
tion of Rs. 80 lakh (Rs. 5 lakh each), in which pres-
ent Inspector General of Greyhounds P. S. R.
Anjaneyulu was allegedly involved in Guntur and
Kurnool Districts prior to 2002. The Guntur district
unit of the Human Rights Forum (HRF) had on July
11, 2002 (when Mr. Anjaneyulu was the
Superintendent of Police), lodged a complaint with
the NHRC, with B. Chandrasekhar, an eminent
lawyer as one of the signatories. Completing its
hearings on all the 19 encounters (six in Guntur and
13 in Kurnool districts) by November last, the
Commission sent its findings to Government, rec-
ommending a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh each to
the kin of the deceased. NHRC has stopped short
of condemning them and has not passed any stric-
tures on the allegations against the police officer.
The Commission has been issuing proceedings
and seeking compliance reports on payment of
compensation since October 2011 after taking into
consideration a 100-page complaint on 19 alleged
fake encounters in the two districts and allegations
of wrongful confinement and torture filed by
Mr. Chandrasekhar. The complaint has names of
persons, along with identity of their caste, political
affiliations and the charges, who were allegedly
killed in the encounters. He expressed his disap-
pointment as the NHRC did not take cognizance of
the alleged criminal misconduct of the police officer.
The NHRC has only ensured economic justice by
awarding monetary compensation and has not
taken any penal action against the officer, he said.
The complaint titled, Police torture and killings,
was filed under section 12 of the Protection of
Human Rights Act, 1993, and sent to then NHRC
Chairman, J. S Varma on July 11, 2002, four
months after Mr. Anjaneyulu took over as SP,
Guntur. The detailed complaint has divided the alle-
gations into three categories - cases of killing pris-
oners, incidents of wrongful confinement and set-
tling civil disputes through violent methods.
We will prepare
fidayeen-like sacrificial
persons: Ramdeo
Ranchi: The yoga guru Baba Ramdeo said here in
a meeting on 10 July that we will storm central gov-
ernment on 9 August from all the ten sides (North,
north-east, East, south-east, South, south-west,
West, north-west, above and below) because now
its pitcher of sins is full. He said that when terrorist
organisations can prepare fidayeen, why cant we
prepare persons who can sacrifice themselves for
the country, adding that we will prove and show this
for the sake of patriotism. He further said that a boy
can induce a girl to elope with him and a girl can
induce a boy to elope with her, so why cant we
induce them to elope (sacrifice) for the country. On
this occasion he asked the people to pledge that
black money, corruption and unjust and corrupt sys-
tem will be brought to an end and in support of this
pledge and against all these vices a lakh of people
from Ranchi will take part in the national movement
rally that will be held in Delhi on 9 August. He said
that the central government has mortgaged nation-
al honour and self respect. (NAAnsari)
JASON OVERDORF
New Delhi: Internet Hindus are like swarms of
bees, Indian television anchor Sagarika Ghose
tweeted in 2010. They come swarming after
you. The Internet Hindus Ghose refers to -
actually, she coined the term are right-wing
bloggers and tweeters who seem to follow her
every move, pouncing on any mention of hot-
button issues like Muslims or Pakistan. Liberal
journalists and netizens sympathized with
Ghoses exasperation. But for right-wingers, it
was like throwing gasoline on the fire. Since
Ghoses tweet, Hindu nationalists and other con-
servatives opposed to the Congress Party of
Sonia Gandhi have, if anything, multiplied and
grown more organized embracing Ghoses
derogatory term and making it their own. Today
there are perhaps as many as 20,000 so-called
Internet Hindus, many tweeting as often as 300
times a day, according to a rough estimate by
one of the communitys most active members.
You will find thousands with similar sounding
IDs [to mine], a Twitter user who goes by the
handle@internet_hindus said in an anonymous
chat interview. Some [others] prefer to openly
do it with their own personal IDs. Offline, Hindu
nationalist groups have used threats and vio-
lence to prevent people like artist M. F. Hussain
and filmmaker Deepa Mehta from speaking or
exhibiting works they deemed insulting to
Hinduism. But in the online world, many Internet
Hindus believe that Sibal has attempted to blur
the line between statements that are slanderous
or dangerously inflammatory and those that are
only politically incorrect.
The government is scared of us, said
Suvendu Huddar, a 33-year-old Mumbai entre-
preneur who calls himself Internet Hindu
online. Thats the reason they want to knock
down the internet freedoms through some
biased tools, which seem to be coming up very
soon. Harini Calamur, a media professional and
self-described old-fashioned liberal, frequently
attracts online abusers whether its for her
advocacy of due legal process for alleged terror-
ists or her support of free speech for controver-
sial figures like Salman Rushdie. In one episode,
a particularly odious tweeter from the Hindu right
kept her Twitter feed busy with a relentless rant
for more than 12 hours.
Similarly, Priyanka Chaturvedi, who holds
an elected position with the youth wing of the
Congress in Mumbai, has been targeted for
attack for her statements on the anti-corruption
movements Hazare and Gujarats chief minister
Narendra Modi - who is vying to become BJPs
prime minister candidate, though liberals still
hold him responsible for what they call a deadly
pogrom against Muslims in Ahmedabad in 2002.
Modi is the principal hero of most Internet
Hindus, along with Janata Party President
Subramanian Swamy.
I heard things like Im a paid Congress
agent, Chaturvedi said. [They said] Im a Sonia
Gandhi agent. I was called a bitch. I was called
a whore. Any time I tweet about Narendra Modi,
they say Im paid to tweet.
Who are the Hindus?: any Internet Hindus
say they dont have any political affiliation - apart
from a deep-rooted disdain for the Congress
Party. But broadly speaking, most of them seem
to sympathize with an ethnic nationalist doctrine
called Hindutva, or Hinduness, which is the
unifying ideology of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak
Sangh, or National Organization of Volunteers
(RSS), a paramilitary organization with as many
as 5 million members, and the BJP, its political
wing.
Hindutva developed in opposition to the
idea of secularism promoted by Indias first
prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru of the
Congress Party. It proposes that India is first and
foremost a Hindu nation, and rather than
appeasing Muslims and other minorities with
special privileges, the government should pro-
mote Hindu culture.
At various points in history, Hindutva and the
RSS - sort of like Boy Scouts of America crossed
with the Ku Klux Klan - have proven problemat-
ic. One of RSSs chief ideologues, Madhav
Sadashiv Golwalkar, expressed open admiration
for Adolf Hitlers ideas of racial (or in this case,
ethnic) purity in We or Our Nation Defined, one
of the founding texts of Hindutva, in 1938.
Kar sevaks or volunteers inspired by the
ideology tore down the 16th Century Babri
Mosque in 1992, sparking nationwide Hindu-
Muslim riots. Members of the Bajrang Dal - an
organization affiliated with the RSS and known
for beating up couples on Valentines Day -
burned to death an Australian Christian mission-
ary and his two young sons in 1999. And break-
away Hindutva extremists have been accused of
perpetrating terrorist attacks on Indian mosques
and Muslim shrines in 2007 and 2008.
According to an informal online survey, the
Internet Hindus are mostly young, educated pro-
fessionals as one might expect in a medium
that requires a computer and a strong command
of English. More than half of them are under 30
years old, 80 percent have undergraduate or
graduate degrees, and two-thirds of them earn
more than $10,000 a year - putting them on the
high end of Indias middle class.(Excerpted from
Alaska Dispatch)
Meet the Internet Hindus
Narasimha Rao was
a villain of Babri...
New Delhi: Former Union minister (late) Arjun Singh in his autobiogra-
phy A Grain of Sand in the Hourglass of Time, while blaming
Narasimha Rao for the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in
1992, described him as a villain. The book, priced at Rs. 599, was pub-
lished last month. In this book, Arjun Singh has written that when I found
that my letters to the prime minister are not even being acknowledged, I
felt as if I am striking my head against the wall. Thereafter, directly tar-
geting the former Prime Minister, he wrote, A member of Congress who
had the honour of becoming the prime minister of the Indian Republic
with the help of the Party but it appeared as if he had forgotten those
high principles and values which have always guided this great institu-
tion (Congress). Thereafter, I wrote a letter to Raos political secretary
Jitendra Prasad and sent copies to all important leaders of Congress. I
do not know what was the effect of my letter but one thing is certain, that
if such a letter was written to Congress leaders before Independence,
there would have been an uproar in the Party.
Arjun Singh also wrote in the book that after being totally disappoint-
ed with the prime minister, I decided to go to Ayodhya myself on 3rd
December 1992 so as to assess the ground situation there. I wanted to
catch the Lucknow Mail to Lucknow and from there to take another train
for Ayodhya. When I reached New Delhi railway station I received a
message from the prime minister to phone him immediately. This was
surprising for me because having ignored all my arguments and precau-
tions, I was asked to phone him. When I telephoned him, he wanted to
know why I was going to Ayodhya without his permission? In reply, I said
that as a minister I am at liberty to go anywhere and I am going to
Ayodhya so as to personally know the ground situation there. He could
not stop me directly but he asked me to meet Kalyan Singh in Lucknow.
I told him that I have no intention of meeting him but if you are asking
me, I will meet him and find out his plan. Arjun further writes in the book
that he returned to Delhi on 4 December evening and next morning he
met Narasimha Rao and apprised him in detail about his talks with
Kalyan Singh but I felt that he is not taking the matter seriously and that
I am telling him about the talks that were infructuous. When I finished,
he asked me what is your assessment about the whole affair? I said
when you did not allow me to go out of Lucknow, what can I say about
the situation prevailing there. He said no, no, I know that you have your
own sources there and I want to know what will happen there next. Then
I very clearly told him that the Babri Masjid was going to be demolished.
He was shaken at this news and wanted to belie my claim.
Arjun further writes in the book that after this, Rao began to think
about the consequences of the Masjids demolition. Then suddenly he
said that if this happens, it will very badly affect the Congress Party.
Arjun Singh says that such a guess was quite common. He writes that
at that time I could not control myself and said that we ignored the
threats and preparations of the BJP and other Hinduvadi parties... Then
Rao asked me when the Masjid can be demolished? I said in reply that
it can be any day. Arjun Singh writes that at that time I also did not
know that the Babri Masjid will be demolished the very next day i.e.,
6 December.
According to Arjun Singhs book, in the night of 6 December, 1992,
the prime minister addressed the nation on T.V. and radio. The sub-
stance of his address was that Kalyan Singh, the then chief minister of
U.P., failed to fulfill his promise/assurance to the Supreme Court about
the safety of Babri Masjid but, says Arjun Singh, I could not understand
how would he be able to convince the people about the role of the cen-
tral government. This incident was a great shock for Muslims. This com-
munity had reposed its faith in the Congress. This is a fact that as
Congressmen we could not come up to the expectations of the country,
the price of which we had to pay in the general elections.
...Advani told Kalyan: resign only after
the complete demolition of Babri
CBIs 24th witness in the Babri Masjid demolition case, Hindi daily Jan
Morchas editor Sheetla Singh told Rai Bareili courts special judge
Gopal Tiwari on 30 June that on the day the Babri Masjid was demol-
ished, at about 2 p.m. a telephone conversation was going on between
U.P. chief minister Kalyan Singh and LK Advani in which Kalyan Singh
had told Advani that he is going to resign. In his reply, Advani had told
him not to resign before the demolition and that he should resign only
after the Masjid was completely demolished. Sheetla Singh said that a
telephone operator called L. Singh had told him about this telephone
conversation. The 80-year-old senior journalist Sheetla Singh further
told the court that in 1992 he was editor of Jan Morcha and today also
he is working in the same post. He told the court that he had sent jour-
nalists Suman Gupta and Chandra Kishor Mishra to Ayodhya for report-
ing, and on their reporting the news report under the heading Kar
sevaks complete raj in Ayodhya alongwith a photo was published and
editing, printing and publishing was also done by him. The witness con-
firmed the news and the photo published in the newspaper that was pre-
sented in the court. Sheetla Singh said that the information that his
reporter Suman Gupta was injured was given to him by the official driv-
er at about 1 p.m. and she had also told him that she was manhandled,
molested and her camera was also broken. When Sheetla wanted to
contact her, he was told that there was only one line between Ayodhya
and Faizabad on which two important persons were talking. On his ask-
ing about the identity of the two persons, he was told that a conversa-
tion was going on between Kalyan Singh and Advani. He told the oper-
ator that my reporter is injured, I am getting worried and the conversa-
tion is going on for so long. Please find out what conversation is going
on. After a while the operator told him that Kalyan Singh was saying that
he was going to resign from the post of chief minister but Advani was
telling him not now, do not resign until the demolition is complete. At
that time it might have been around 2 p.m., Sheetla Singh said.
In reply to defence lawyers query, the CBI witness said that after a
long period of 20 years he could not say whether the brief of the news
communicated in writing by the reporter was still there or not because it
is not possible to remember it after such a long time. In reply to another
question, the witness said that he had mentioned the news given to him
by the telephone operator before Justice Chenna Reddy Commission.
The witness told the court that the telephone operators name is L. Singh
who is a resident of village Gandhor, Tahsil Bikapur, District Faizabad.
He further said that when he had spoken to the telephone operator, he
did not know his name but subsequently he came to know his name.
During the time of hearing the CBIs special government lawyers
P. Chakravarty, P.K. Chaubay, M.M. Haq and defence lawyer Vimal
Shrivastava were present.
NA ANSARI
The Milli Gazette, 1-15 August 2012 5
NATIONAL
SARIR KHALID
Srinagar: For the past many years newspapers in Kashmir Valley contain
almost daily news of suicides by men, women and even children in their
teens for some reason or the other which is indeed a matter a great con-
cern for everybody here. People in the Valley are already beset with the
problems of frequent strikes, violence by militants as well as police and
security forces for more than two decades leading to the disruption of
peoples daily life, business, education of children and added to all these
is the growing number of suicides.
According to cases registered in police stations or taking place in
hospitals and other places, as many as 1100 cases of suicides have
taken place in the Valley last year. During the five or six months of the
current year also, at least a hundred persons have attempted suicide and
out of them about 30 persons succeeded in ending their lives. According
to a latest survey, at least 17000 people committed suicide in the Valley
during the past 21 years. What is a matter of greater concern is that
according to the National Crime Record Bureau of India, on an average
at least one person takes his/her life daily in Kashmir and in this respect
the Valley has left behind much bigger states like U.P. and Bihar.
In addition to the common reasons for suicide, like failure in exami-
nations, unsuccessful love affairs, unhappy married and family life, frus-
tration because of unemployment etc., a special reason of suicide in
Kashmir is the uncertain political situation.
According to a prominent psychologist, Dr. Hamidullah Shah,
Kashmiri people face many such problems which give rise to the trend of
suicide in Kashmiri society. According to him, uncertain and some times
dangerous situation has greatly weakened peoples power of forbear-
ance which is responsible for suicide. According to him, in an atmosphere
where there is violence, fear of militants as well as of security forces and
uncertain condition for more than two decades, healthy physical, psycho-
logical and mental growth is not possible and people feel inclined to get
away from such a situation by taking an extreme step like suicide.
Though in many states of India, ordinary people and thousands of
farmers are committing suicide because of poverty and inability to pay
back loans, in J&K the reason for suicides is not poverty as much as
acute and constant mental tension because of violence, fear and uncer-
tain social and political conditions.
According to some psychologists, blind race for materialism, ever-
increasing unemployment etc. also give rise to incidents of suicide, par-
ticularly among the youth. According to a sociologist, he found in a sur-
vey that among those who committed suicide, most were between 17 and
26 years of age and sadly enough, as many as 62 percent of them were
women and girls. The blind race for material comforts, unnecessary and
superfluous expenditure, promoted by a materialistic culture, have so
much worried parents that they find it difficult to get their daughters mar-
ried. Many of the young boys and girls have crossed their marriageable
age while their parents find great difficulty in getting them married and
this puts a mental burden not only on parents but on their children also,
particularly girls.
As far as unemployment is concerned, in the Valley alone more than
three lakh well-educated youth are facing unemployment. As many as
5000 engineers, same number of doctors and other professional experts
too are facing unemployment. A much higher number of persons are fac-
ing under-employment, i.e., employed but their salaries are not commen-
surate to their qualifications and experience etc.
Uncertain political and social conditions and fear because of militan-
cy and strong arms tactics used by police and security forces have great-
ly added to the mental trauma of people.
Before the advent of militancy in 1989-90, incidents of suicide were
virtually nil in the Valley. According to experts, because of lingering vio-
lence over years, post-traumatic stress disorders are fast gripping the
people of J&K. In this states lone hospital for mental and psychological
diseases whereas a total of about 1200 patients had got themselves reg-
istered in 1989, in the same hospital there were now about one lakh
patients in 2011. According to a survey conducted by S.K. Institute of
Medical Sciences, 55 percent population of the Valley is a victim of some
psychological ailment or the other.
According to some doctors, a majority of such people do not go to
hospitals at all because of some reason or the other and the number of
such mental patients may be much more than the estimates of sociolo-
gists and other experts.
These conditions prevail in the security forces also. According to a
report of the defence ministry, about 800 army personnel committed sui-
cide between the period 2005 and 2012 and about nine percent of the
forces posted in the state are victims of mental tension.
Everybody, from government officials to common people and reli-
gious and social reformers and leaders, is naturally worried at the
increasing graph of suicides but the pity is that no effective steps, long-
term or short-term, are being taken by the government or concerned
authorities who matter to check this menace.
Valleys Mufti-e Azam, Mufti Bashiruddin, in view of the growing
cases of suicide had issued a fatwa a few years back which, while
describing it as haram and un-Islamic, had asked people not to partici-
pate in namaz-e janaza of persons who commit suicide in order to dis-
courage this un-Islamic practice but this fatwa appears to have had no
effect.
According to some sociologists, parents, government and religious
leaders can play an important role in preventing this evil. They suggest
that Masjid imams and preachers should urge and warn people in their
sermons and speeches to desist from this evil practice and other evils like
taking of drugs and intoxicants and quote the examples of the Prophet
(pbuh) and his Companions. Some others suggest that instead of sex
education, psychology should be introduced in schools. Some medical
experts suggest that Prevent Suicide Centres should be opened and
persons who show any signs of suicidal behaviour should be treated in
these centres.
According to Dr. Muzaffar Ahmad Khan, a psychologist, such centres
opened in Bangalore are proving useful where a few years ago cases of
suicides had registered alarming figures. These centres are proving suc-
cessful in Karnataka. However, social reformers say that the govern-
ments role in preventing such incidents can be effective by providing
employment to people, particularly to the educated youth, strongly curb-
ing bribery and corruption, and by providing security to the people.
(Translated from Urdu)
Increasing cases of suicide in Kashmir
Former CRPF jawan in jail even after
eight years of completing sentence
New Delhi: Abdul
Qadeer, a former
CRPF jawan who shot
dead his senior officer
with his service gun
during the fierce com-
munal riots that had
erupted in Hyderabad
in 1990, is lodged in
Hyderabad jail since
that time. In 1990,
fierce communal riots
had erupted in many
places in India follow-
ing BJP leader LK Advanis first Rath Yatra in
support of the saffron partys campaign for the
building of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. The
communal riots that had erupted in Hyderabad
in December 1990 continued for four days in
which at least 200 persons were killed and sev-
eral hundred others were injured (vast majority
of them being Muslims). During the riots, while
Abdul Qadeer was on patrol duty in the city
alongwith other police and CRPF personnel, the
jeep of ACP, N. Satya, stopped there. Satya got
Abdul Qadeer and some other jawans seated in
his jeep. As the jeep started, Abdul Qadeer shot
Satya in his temple with his service gun and the
officer died before reaching hospital. Qadeer
was immediately arrested and was finally sen-
tenced for life imprisonment by Additional
Metropolitan Session Court in 1992 for killing a
senior officer on duty.
At that time, Chenna Reddy of Congress
was the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. He
claimed that his rivals in the Congress party
itself were responsible for these communal riots
under a conspiracy to blame him for the same in
a bid to engineer the fall of his government. The
main person responsible for this conspiracy and
riots was thought to be a young M.P. from
Rayalseema named Y.S. Raj Shekhar Reddy
who subsequently became APs chief minister.
Because of the Ram Mandir movement and
Advanis Rath Yatra, the social atmosphere in
the whole country was communaly vitiated. In
Hyderabad city and other places also people
were emotionally divided into two groups.
Hyderabad police was blamed for acting in a
biased way while controlling the riots and some
powerful and self-centred Congress big guns
had not only provoked but also fanned these
riots. Abdul Qadeer, the CRPF jawan, had him-
self witnessed the crass communal attitude of
ACP N. Satya. He says that by killing Satya he
saved the lives of hundreds of innocent Muslims
because it was Satya who had been ordering
the police to kill innocent Muslims and burn their
shops and houses without any justification. In
the court, the prosecution accused him of being
a religious fanatic who had killed a police officer
on duty out of revenge and feelings of fanati-
cism. The prosecutor accused him of provoking
and fanning communal riots, and that he used to
incite Muslim bad characters and rioters of the
area to rape Hindu girls. The court, however,
rejected these charges as baseless and
declared him guilty of murder only. His sentence
of life imprisonment (that is normally 14 years)
ended in 2004 but even eight years after that, he
is still lodged in jail and the government does not
want to release him. According to his wife and
human rights activists, after his arrest in 1990 he
was beaten up mercilessly until he fell uncon-
scious. In the same condition he was taken to
hospital and from there he was taken to the cen-
tral crime control station where he was tortured.
According to Civil Liberty Minorities Committees
general secretary, Lateef Muhammad Khan,
during the torture when he asked for water, he
was given urine every time.
In 2004, when he had completed 14 years of
his life sentence, Congress government had
decided to free 50 life-time prisoners, a list was
drawn of persons who had completed 14 years
of their life imprisonment. The list included dan-
gerous criminals, murderers and professional
criminals but Qadeers name was not in this list.
Instead, when Qadeers release was due, APs
home ministry issued a Government Order
(G.O.) to the effect that a person who has killed
a government officer cannot be pardoned and
freed. According to a Supreme Court order
issued in 2008, life sentence is not necessarily
for 14 years. It is the governments discretion as
to whom it chooses to pardon after 14 years.
When Qadeer was arrested for murdering
ACP Satya in 1990, he was 29 and now after 22
years he is 51. After Satyas murder, the army
was deployed in Hyderabad and in no time, riots
came to an end. Qadeer, however, is not sorry
and repentant of killing Satya. He says that he
LJP to gehrao Parliament
against witch-hunt of
Muslim youths
New Delhi: Lok Janshakti
Party has decided that it will
gherao (lay siege) the
Parliament and launch a
countrywide stir against the
targeting of innocent Muslim
youths in the name of fight-
ing terror. Addressing mediapersons here, party
chief and former union minister Ram Vilas
Paswan said that young Muslim boys were
being illegally arrested, tortured and put behind
bars for years without a trial. Strongly condemn-
ing this attitude, he demanded that the Union
Home ministry should direct all state govern-
ments to strictly adhere to the Supreme court
guidelines while arresting anybody. He
expressed concern over the mysterious disap-
pearance of the Bihar engineer Fasih Mahmood
in Saudi Arabia since 13 May. He said it is unfor-
tunate that the Sangh propagated stereotype of
Muslims are criminals and terrorists has taken
root even in the police force and security agen-
cies. He said the Apex Court in the D. K. Basu
vs State of West Bengal case has set 11 guide-
lines for arresting or detaining any suspect but
the police have been violating these guidelines
brazenly. "There is a gross violation of these
norms and it happens more in case of people
from minority communities," he said.
Paswan stated that his party along with
social organizations would hold massive demon-
strations in Delhi and other states and would
also gherao Parliament during the forthcoming
monsoon session. He said the matter has
become extremely serious and a potential threat
to communal harmony and unity of the country.
Therefore, the government should convene the
National Integration Council meeting at the ear-
liest. When this correspondent said that all these
were happening in the UPA government which is
supposedly a secular government. LJP leader
said he met Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh
a number of times to apprise him of the injus-
tices meted out to the minority community and
raised the issue in Parliament. He lamented that
when he tried to raise the issue of Muslims being
denied admissions in Public Schools on the floor
of Parliament, nobody came to his support while
BJPs Balbir Punj disrupted the proceedings.
Coming down heavily on the Bihars chief
minister Nitesh Kumar , he said more than one
year has passed since the Police firing incident
in Forbesganj block of Araria district in which five
persons, including a seven month-old infant,
were killed but the inquiry committee has yet to
begin the probe. He said the party might organ-
ise a massive rally in the Bihar state capital or in
Darbhnaga to press this issue. He blamed the
Nitesh government for the growing clout of RSS
in the state. (Abdul Bari Masoud )
had killed him to stop the large-scale killing of
innocent Muslims. Had he not killed him, many
more innocent Muslims would have been killed
and their properties destroyed. At the time of his
arrest, he had left behind his wife and three chil-
dren, including one 40-day-old son. According to
Qadeers advocate, Maleshwar Rao who is
pleading his case in the High Court, he was tar-
getted on the basis of communalism by police
and government which described him as a fanat-
ic communalist, and wanted to make him an
example for others.
Today he is suffering from many diseases
and is admitted in Gandhi Government Hospital
as a prisoner, suffering from hypertension and
diabetes in an advanced stage. His left leg is
almost paralysed because of diabetes. He says
that what he did is no doubt illegal and criminal
but insists that he did it to save the lives of many
innocent Muslims because Satya was a very
cruel and biased officer. Many people believe
that the murder of ACP Satya opened the eyes of
the government which called in the army which
brought the riots to an end within hours. He is
therefore being treated by Muslims as a hero
and they are making every effort for his release
so that he may meet his wife and children, even
though as a sick person. (NAAnsari)
NATIONAL
6 The Milli Gazette, 1-15 August 2012
RAM PUNIYANI
ram.puniyani@gmail.com
In the wake of the var-
ious acts of terror and
Sadhvi Pragya Singh
Thakurs motorcycle being
traced, it became clear
that the investigating
agencies are acting on the
wrong thesis that all ter-
rorists are Muslims. A Pandoras box opened
and the link of ex-ABVP activist, Pragya Thakur,
Swami Dayanand Pandey, retired Major
Upadhayay, Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit and
Swami Aseemanand tumbled to surface. The
role of two organizations inspired by the ideolo-
gy of Hindu nation, Abhinav Bharat and
Sanatan Sanstha, also came to light.
The investigations led by Hemant Karkare-
led Maharashtra ATS, by the Rajasthan ATS and
National Investigation Agency (NIA), made it
clear that there is a deeper nexus of elements
like Purohit & Co., with those who have been
part of terror groups or have been supporting
them in various ways. The confessions of Swami
Aseemanand named many more activists
belonging to the RSS combine some of whom
are currently cooling their heels in jails and are
facing investigations for various acts of terror.
Lt. Col Purohit came to be identified as one
of the major players in this whole episode. He is
the core person of the extremist Hindutva group
Abhinav Bharat. He was arrested on
5 November, 2008, by Maharashtra ATS for his
role in Malegaon blast. It was the investigation
of Malegaon blast, particularly under the leader-
ship of Hemant Karkare, which unearthed the
whole terror network which later on came to be
termed as Saffron Terror by P.Chidmabaram,
the Union Home minister.
For Purohit and other army officers, the
army instituted a court of inquiry. During the
inquiry, what Col. Purohit said is very revealing.
He claimed that he was part of the network as
an infiltrator and was keeping his superiors in
the loop, keeping them informed. He claims that
he infiltrated the terror network to keep a tab on
the same. But his statement leaves a lot of
questions unanswered. The major question is if
he was doing all this for army, why did the army
hand him over to the ATS?
The whole investigation seems to be mired
in mystery and lots of facts need further probe.
Tehelka had published investigative reports
naming several ex-military men from the
Bhosala Military School and their involvement in
the Malegaon and other blasts, which was later
confirmed by the ATS. The involvement of other
army officers needs to be brought to surface as
the whole matter seems to be much serious
than just the case of a few officers keeping a tab
on these terrorist groups.
The blasts taking place in front of mosques
and similar places where Muslims congregate
for prayers, at the time when they are about to
leave the congregation, was a clear indication of
the involvement of groups other than the usual
suspects. In these cases many a Muslim youth
had been arrested and later released due to
lack of any evidence whatsoever.
In the light of many a military officers role in
these acts, it did not, therefore, come as a sur-
prise that Mohan Bhagwat, RSS chief, used the
platinum jubilee celebrations of the Bhosala
Military School (BMS) to say that military
schools run under the aegis of Hindutva institu-
tions are the need of the hour.
Looking at the key role played by Bhosala
Military School, which is run by a group of peo-
ple whose sympathies with the RSS is no
secret, one fails to understand why the bosses
of the school were not investigated for their role
in the acts of terror? Very few people even know
that BMS is one of those rare schools which
impart training on service pattern to the stu-
dents along with regular courses which is aimed
at encouraging and preparing them for entry
into National defence Academy (NDA), Indian
Military Academy (IMA) etc and other defense
services.
Bhosala Military School has a long history.
It was set up by Dr. B.S. Munje, the mentor of
RSS Sarsanghclak, Dr. K.B. Hedgewar.
Dr. Munje was inspired by Benito Mussolinis
fascist methods and believed that one who
controls army, rules the country. His statue in
Nagpur, where RSS was founded, has this
phrase written on the plaque. With this perspec-
tive in mind, this school was set up to act as a
feeder for Indian army. The school was set up
with the assistance of the British and it supplied
officers to the British army. Its training is meant
to supply officers for the Indian army and allied
forces. Now it emerges from different confes-
sions and statements that the groups involved
in terror had deep connection with this school.
What ideology it teaches and what it aims at is
very clear from some of the statements of the
accused.
The phenomenon of Hindutva terror
allegedly revolves around the likes of Lt. Col
Purohit and Swami Aseemanand of RSS to
name two central characters. After Swami
Aseemanands confession, the total picture and
their agenda becomes clear. Aseemanand had
said that bomb is the answer to bomb. He also
wanted to pave the way for the goal of Hindu
nation through such terror outfits and their goal
was larger than just a blast here and a blast
there -- they aimed at establishing Hindu rash-
tra.
Purohit in his statements during interroga-
tion has said that their effort was to fight the
Indian Constitution in order to establish (Hindu)
Nation: We will fight the Constitution to fight for
our nation. The RSS propaganda that Hindu
religion is in danger and it needs to be defend-
ed was also repeated by Purohit who reported-
ly said, many things are wrong in the country
and need to be rectified. Hindu religion is in
danger. It is our duty to defend Hinduism. And
finally, We have to establish this country in
accordance with the Vedic procedures; we want
the Sanatan Dharma, the Vedic Dharma, he
said.
Lffaire Purohit is getting murkier and
murkier. The agenda of Hindu nation, the role of
Bhosala Military School and army officers in the
whole chain of command cannot be accepted at
the face value. It needs a deeper probe and
investigation of the whole terror network and the
role of army officers. Col. Purohits statement
that he was keeping other army officers in the
loop for an operation which was not the part of
the army intelligence work, is a matter of worry.
The role played by Bhosla Military School also
needs to be probed. The ideology which such
people are harbouring to fight Indian
Constitution in order to build Hindu nation is a
clear danger to our Constitution, the democratic
values and the plural character of the polity.
How does one save the values of Indias
Constitution, the values of Indias freedom
movement? (Issues in Secular Politics)
Col. Purohit: acts of terror and groping for escape route
The whole investigation seems to be mired in mystery and lots
of facts need further probe. Tehelka had published investigative
reports naming several ex-military men from the Bhosala
Military School and their involvement in the Malegaon and other
blasts, which was later confirmed by the ATS...
ADITYA MENON
I
t appears that when it comes to reporting
or writing on jihadi terror, anything goes -
bogus insights, half-truths or red herrings
supplied by anonymous sources and, sig-
nificantly, content that can only be called
Islamo-babble.
Some of the reports that followed the
arrest of Abu Jundal last week fell under one
or all of these categories. Take for instance a
masterpiece carried in a national daily which
claimed to have decoded the method behind
the Lashkar-e- Tayyebas madness.
This terror code is - hold your breath -
that a majority of LeT men took the pseudo-
nym Abu: Abu Jundal, Abu Hamza, Abu
Mujahid etc.
Perhaps the author should have included
the cute little monkey of the same name in
Walt Disneys Aladdin. One can almost see
the bulb flash above the writer when he stum-
bled upon this piece of information. If, for a
moment, one were to imagine that the writer
was batting for terrorists, he would have felt
similar glee at discovering that every third
constable in Delhi Police is a Satpal or Satbir.
Another brilliant piece of writing was a
report that exposed Jundals modus operan-
di to hire terrorists - dinner parties. Gasp!
Kebabs of mass destruction, anyone?
This analysis of terrorism has its roots in
the American efforts to understand it in the
aftermath of 9/11. Experts threw around
words like Ummah and Kafir, as if men don-
ning beards and skull caps have an urge to
blow themselves up at their very mention.
O
ne only wishes that these experts had
the wit and self-confidence shown by a
Mumbai cop while interrogating Ajmal Qasab.
Unruffled by Qasabs assertion that he car-
ried out the attack to earn sawaab (divine
reward), the cop replied with quintessential
Maharashtrian humour, mil gaya shabab,
mazaa aaya? (Got your pleasure, had fun?)
(dailymail.co.uk)
A side effect of jihadi terror few noticed
Pharma company says
Muslims not wanted,
Hindus welcome
Lucknow: Faraaz Usmani, a young man with Bachelors in
International Business and a masters degree in marketing
applied for the post of area sales manager advertised in a
Lucknow newspaper on 17 July this year. The advertiser
was a private company called Claris Life Sciences Ltd.
Usmani applied for the job via email same day. Next day
he contacted the companys DBM of U.P. on his mobile
number mentioned in the advertisement (Anil Samena,
09648935806). The DBM told him that he is in a meeting;
upon which Usmani sent him an sms message enquiring
about the status of his application. The DBM replied him by
sms on Usmanis Reliance mobile number
(+918799669494). The message said: Dear Faraaz, sorry
to state that as per H. R. policy we cannot recruit u, so do
not make call for this, if any HINDU candidate is there do
recommend him.
Now Faraaz is aghast: how could such blatant discrim-
ination take place in India. It is immoral and illegal for any
business to discriminate against Indians on the basis of
religion. The fact that the advertiser is a Gujarat-based
company explains this unabashed behaviour flaunted by
Modi and his regime all these years since 2002. Usmani is
contemplating to approach human rights and minority pan-
els and also to take legal action against the company.
Communal riots in Ballia...
Rewati (Ballia/UP): A fight between Hindus and Muslims took place in
Rewati town of Ballia district of U.P. on 15 July when mischief makers
of the majority community tried to occupy by force a graveyard. When
Muslims opposed this, a fight took place with lathis and stones freely
used in which about 20 people were seriously injured, nine of whom
were Muslims, seven Hindus and about the remaining ones, no
authentic information is available. When police got this information,
ADM, SP, CO and police of many neighbouring thanas rushed there
and tried to bring about understanding between the warring groups.
P.A.C. was subsequently posted there in order to avoid worsening of
the situation. Though fighting has stopped but tension prevails there.
The clash is based on an old dispute. On one side of the town are the
Eidgah, Karbala and graveyard and on the other side, but attached to
the site of these Muslim places is Koela Veer Baba Temple. The prob-
lem of demarcating these two sites clearly has been lingering for
years, but as a temporary arrangement, a makeshift pillar was erect-
ed there by Muslims to demarcate the two places. On the fateful day
when Hindus assembled there for performing pooja some of them
removed the pillar. When Muslims opposed and objected to this, an
argument ensued that became a violent clash when lathis and stones
were used. Police officers took the injured hospitals and tried to bring
about peace and understanding between people of the two communi-
ties. According to the social worker for the area, Dr. Badar Alam, the
situation is under control though there is still tension. He also said that
P.A.C. is posted in the affected and neighbouring areas. On the com-
plaints of rival groups by Ameerullah and Veer Bal cases under sec-
tions 147, 148, 323, 336 etc. of I.P.C. have been registered against 11
persons of one community and 12 persons of the other community.
...and in Ghaziabad
New Delhi: After Kosi Kalan (Mathura district), Isthan (Pratapgarh),
Othai (Ghaziabadd), Jansath (Buland Shahar), a communal riot
erupted in Farrukh Nagar (Ghaziabad) on 8 July after a minor incident
the previous day. According to available reports, two youths belong-
ing to the Quraish fraternity were going somewhere on a motor cycle
in the evening when by chance they hit a youth of the Tyagi commu-
nity who was standing near his motorcycle. He and a couple of his
friends were slightly injured and the mirror of his motor cycle was also
broken. This led to an argument between them and then a physical
fight. However, with the intervention of some people the matter came
to an end at that time; but next morning i.e. on 8th, according to news,
some armed youth of the Tyagi community all of a sudden attacked
some houses belonging to Muslims which transformed into a commu-
nal riot. Though some people of both the communities intervened but
it had no effect and full scale clash erupted in which firing was also
resorted to. One youth, Vipin Tyagi whose motor cycle was slightly
damaged the previous day was hit by a bullet. He was immediately
rushed to Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital in Delhi but doctors declared
him dead. Another youth, Liaqat Ali was also injured in the firing who
was rushed to a Shalimar Garden Hospital where he was operated
upon. In all at least five-six persons on both sides were injured, some
of them seriously. According to Ghaziabad SSP, Surinder Kumar,
Police and PAC have been posted at and around the troubled spot.
According to him about a dozen youth of both communities have been
taken into custody and strict vigil is being maintained. The complaint
of Muslims is that the role of the police, as usual, was that of silent
spectators.
Maulana Arshad Madni and Maulana Mahmood Madni, leaders of
the divided Jamiatul Ulama wrote letters separately to the state gov-
ernment. Maulana Arshad Madni in his letter while urging the govern-
ment to control the situation at the earliest, demanded that the region-
al police and civil authorities should be made responsible and
answerable for such incidents.
MG NEWS DESK
The Milli Gazette, 1-15 August 2012 7
NATIONAL
DR. SALMAN SULTAN
In my childhood I remember listening to the
speeches of Maulana Mujibullah Nadwi (RA) in
Eidgah prior to the thanks-giving prayer. I didnt
have any idea about the personality/scholarship
of Maulana but his forthright and brave remarks
somehow got stuck in my memory. Though I had
the chance of occasional cursory meeting with
Maulana but it was much later, when I started liv-
ing in Rahmat Nagar adjacent to Jamiatur
Rashad, that I really came in contact with
Maulana and became aware of the tough interior
in a lean and thin frame.
In Jamiatur Rashad, Maulanas favourite
resting place was the almost bare couch in veran-
dah with books, newspapers and magazines
lying all around. In summer, he used to lie on a
cot with a thin sheet or mattress in the Madarsa
courtyard.
I didnt go through much of the scholarly work
of Maulana but I became aware of his fearless
and forthright thoughts through editorials and arti-
cles in Ar-Rashad. When Presidents award was
bestowed on Maulana Ziauddin Islahi, Director of
Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy, Maulana
Mujibullah advised him (Islahi) to continue with
bold editorials (Shazrat) in Maarif, in the function
organized to felicitate Maulana Islahi. He specifi-
cally mentioned usual practice of a softening
stand and blunting of pen in lieu of such govern-
ment awards.
Maulana was greatly affected by adverse
news about community issues or landmarks like
Aligarh Muslim University, Shibli National
College, etc. He always called me on such occa-
sions and expressed his anguish over inactivity
and extreme lethargy of the community. As secre-
tary of the AMU old boys association and even
later when Dr. Furqan Ahmad was the secretary,
Maulana always expected action on my part and
used to share his planning to protest against the
perpetual injustice done to the Muslim communi-
ty. As a matter of fact, Maulana always cared for
downtrodden, weaker sections of the society and
was always ready to help irrespective of caste
and creed. It is only due to Maulanas presence in
Jamiatur Rashad that the area could develop into
a well-to-do Muslim locality. The well-maintained
graveyard in front as well as behind Jamiatur
Rashad is a living testimony of Maulanas intense
interest in community affairs. Mostly, people pre-
fer the front graveyard which is relatively more
pleasing to the eye with flowered beds, trees and
aligned shrubs. Maulana, however, willed to be
buried in the seemingly ignored graveyard in the
back of Jamiatur Rashad, adjacent to the habitat
of poor and seemingly less advantaged people,
so-called Fakirana.
Whenever, I had the chance to listen to
Maulanas Friday sermons in Jamiatur Rashad, I
was greatly affected by his concern about the
adverse treatment meted out to Muslims around
the globe. He was truthful and didnt hesitate to
expose his own shortcomings. I remember his
mention of an incident around Indias independ-
ence when a meeting of Muslim leaders was tak-
ing place in Karbala maidan. Going to participate
in the meeting, Maulana returned when someone
informed him about rioting and disturbance by
antisocial/communal elements at the place of
meeting. While Maulana was returning, a seem-
ingly non-practicing Muslim having bad habits of
drinking etc was going towards the place with a
stick in his hand. Maulana advised him to go back
as he may be harmed on his way. To this the per-
son replied, Maulana, ihe to bela hai! Hum sune
hain ki Allah-o-Akbar ho gail hai (Maulana! This
is the time; I have heard that call of Allah is
Great! has already been given). Thus saying the
drunkard rushed to the spot and left Maulana in
deep thoughts of remorse. This reminded me the
central character of a novel, a Sikh Sardar who
gave his life in the process of saving the life of his
beloved Muslim girl. In Train to Pakistan,
Khushwant Singh, poignantly creates the scene
where the Sikh youth starts cutting the rope
stretched across the railway track by Hindu
fanatics in order to kill all those traveling on the
roof of overcrowded train carrying Muslims to
Pakistan. The Hindu fanatics waiting in the wings
spot the lone figure of Sikh youth and start firing
at one who was spoiling their bloody sport. The
Sikh youth keeps on cutting the rope and when
he could not do so with injured hands, he suc-
cessfully cuts the rope through his teeth and ulti-
mately falls on the train track. The train
carrying the beloved of Sikh youth
moves over his body to the safe desti-
nation. Maulanas candid admission of
his weakness in the face of strong
Iman of that particular Muslim, having
all the vices, who was ready to lay
down his life for Islam, is remarkable.
At the start of the new millennium,
peace of Azamgarh got vitiated in the
mishap related to the Republic day
function in Shibli National College.
Many innocent youths were picked up
by Police and curfew was imposed.
FIR was lodged against the Principal.
When the College management
shunned its responsibility of leading
from the front, Maulana came forward
and Jamiatur Rashad became the
centre of protest meetings. A commit-
tee with Maulana as chairman was
constituted and in spite of my reluc-
tance he persuaded me to act as its
secretary.
When SIMI was banned in 2002
and Police, throwing to the winds all
decency of Indian culture, was forcefully entering
Muslim households, harassing and picking up
Muslim youths, a Muslim youth living near
Jamiatur Rashad was allegedly picked up/kid-
napped along with his motorbike by unknown per-
sons. Maulanas son Amir along with Suhail Azmi
took out a procession next day to protest against
this unlawful activity and demanded the disclo-
sure of the whereabouts of the youth. Police not
only used force to disperse the procession but
arrested some of the protesters. A meeting was
arranged in Jamiatur Rashad and it was decided
to request Muslims to close their shops.
Maulanas son Dr. Abdullah Ammar used such a
subtle way of spreading the message that even
district administration was taken by surprise as
local intelligence failed to have an inkling of such
an impending step in such a silent way. Early after
my morning walk I was told about the visit of a
student of Jamiatur Rashad with the message:
come immediately. I changed my clothes, made
ablution and apprehending further arrests
informed late Alauddin bhai (Reader in
Mathematics, Shibli National College) on my way
to Jamiatur Rashad. Alauddin Saheb later came
to Jamiatur Rashad. However, when I stepped
into the verandah and was moving towards the
chairs opposite Maulanas bed, I noticed a
Muslim Police officer, who was known to me. I
was greatly relieved and jocularly remarked, You
people (Muslim officer) gain importance and are
remembered on these occasions only. Though
we had no plan to take out a procession or sub-
mit memorandum but the officer pleaded with
Maulana to restrain us. The Police officer readily
agreed to arrange for meeting of D.M. and S.P.
with Maulana in the Madarsa. As I had to go to the
college, I told the officer that generally these
meetings dont take place on time and I have a
class. The officer replied that we may fix the time
and he will call the authorities on cellphone to be
present at the exact time. Suffice to say that
Maulana didnt have to move a single step and
remained seated in his usual position on bed
while D.M. and S.P. came and sat in front of him.
They accepted our hurriedly drafted memoran-
dum and invited us for a peace committee meet-
ing in Kotwali. When I reminded S.P. about our
age-old cultural tradition and asked explanation
for the unruly barging of his force into Muslim
households, he apologized. It was the character
of Maulana, devoid of material paraphernalia,
which demanded respect.
Once Maulana asked for help to run
Madarsas Computer Centre and I arranged for
one of my students with explicit advice to main-
tain all records and discharge his duty with utmost
care. One day when my student came and told
me about Maulanas displeasure and his order to
quit, I was taken aback. I didnt expect such an
unexpected turn of events and asked my student
to show me all the records. I didnt find any dis-
crepancy but came to know that the matter is
related to purchase of furniture at a comparative-
ly low price than previous purchases done by
Maulanas confidant old hand. When I analyzed, I
came to know of such practices which prevail in
most of the Muslim-managed institutions.
Purchases are made without inviting price quota-
tions, comparative statements, etc. My experi-
ence with tender submission in Bhilai Steel Plant
during my first job was totally different. All parties
were invited and sealed tenders were opened in
front of us in order to compare and make notes. I
related Maulanass reaction to the inherent deep-
rooted malpractices prevailing in our institutions
but probably this incident weighed on my mind
when I politely declined the offer to join managing
committee of Jamiatur Rashad.
Another incident where I was impressed by
Maulanas integrity of character is related to a
pre-poll survey done for Municipal Board elec-
tions. Based on survey through verbal opinion
poll, a list was prepared in order of preference.
However, when the list was released, where I was
one of the signatories, all hell broke loose. People
asked as to how I could be party to a biased sur-
vey? To my defensive argument, they exhorted
me to ask Maulana. We all went to Maulana and
his reply exalted his status a few notch in my
eyes. Maulana admitted inherent interest for the
sake of the institution in a particular candidate
who incidentally was on top of our list. Perhaps
Maulana was unaware of such a pre-poll survey.
I had admitted my child in Rashad Nursery,
which at that time was in the basement, in order
to acquaint him with Islamic values and have a
firm foundation as a Muslim. Once, someone told
me about severe punishment (caning) of my
child. As I dont like to interfere with institutions
rules and regulations, I didnt ask my child. Later
on, I came to know that he was caned for climb-
ing up the roof of school bus. Well, what can a
child do in the absence of playing facilities? I dis-
cussed this with teachers of Jamiatur Rashad but
in spite of agreeing with my suggestion they were
afraid to bring this to the notice of Maulana. They
looked up to me to talk with Maulana. I am happy
that now Nursery has come overground though I
still dont see a play ground for kids, so necessary
for the healthy growth of a child, and this lack of
facilities can be noticed in almost all
madarsas/maktabs.
When Maulana fell critically ill and was in
Lucknow for treatment, a favourable judgment
came in connection with admissions in AMU. I
called Amir, who was with Maulana and told him
to break the news in the hope of stirring life in a
frail body which after completing a successful
journey was getting ready to let the soul free of its
confinement. Such was the interest of Maulana in
all matters related to Muslim community.
Praveen Swami, whom I considered as a
ghost author for intelligence planted stories till I
saw his photograph in a write-up on
twocircles.net, in his article entitled
Almost famous: Raziuddin Nasirs jihad (The
Hindu of 08/02/2008) states, Terrorism, though,
isnt what Naseeruddin had set out to inflict. Back
in April, 2001, clerics and politicians from across
India met at the Hamdard University in
Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, to discuss how best
Islamists might respond to the increasing aggres-
sion of the Hindu right. With both traditionalist
clerics and political leaders discredited by their
failure to combat Hindu communalism, the
Islamists who met in Ghaziabad believed space
existed for a new Muslim leadership that could
articulate the communitys interests forcefully.
Their deliberations gave birth to the Tehreek
Tahaffuz-e-Shaair-e-Islam, a coalition committed
to the protection of Islamic monuments and sym-
bols. In June 2001, the TTSI made public its
intentions at a press conference. Speakers
said that no power, including the Supreme
Court of India, would stop them from rebuilding
the Babri Masjid. Several TTSI leaders present
at the press conference charged the Bharatiya
Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance
government with being engaged in a project to
destroy Islam. While the TTSI included sever-
al clerics of eminence - among them Maulana
Kalbe Sadiq of Lucknow, Maulana Mujibullah
Nadwi of Azamgarh and Maulana Abdul
Wahab Khilji of Delhi - its agenda was in prac-
tice shaped by political Islamists. One reason
for this was the deep influence of the then-
legal SIMI-possessed networks that, in their
geographical reach and organisational rigour,
were far superior to those of the clerics who
had lent their names to the new coalition.
Former SIMI leaders Ashraf Jaffri and Ziauddin
Siddique, not surprisingly, played a central role
in shaping the TTSI agenda.
I was so pained to see Maulanas name in
this context that I shot a letter to the editor of
The Hindu emphasizing Maulanas work for
communal amity and his great concern for suf-
fering masses irrespective of caste or creed but
my letter was not carried.
Once Maulana Abul Hasan Nadwi alias Ali
Mian, Rector of Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow,
greatly respected by government, gave a bold
statement threatening withdrawal of Muslim chil-
dren from all such educational institutions where
singing of a controversial so-called National Song
is enforced. Hindu right wing reaction to this
unexpected statement from a soft spoken cleric
was in the form of attack on Maulana Ali Mians
residence in Takia, Rai Bareilly. Maulana
Mujibullahs following advice to the government,
therefore, gains importance:
Communal forces, on the other hand,
appear to have got a licence for committing any
mischievous act and hooliganism. They are not
content with lathi, sword and trishool(trident) only
but are giving training to their members in fire
arms also. They have no courage to face the ter-
rorists and militants in Manipur, Nagaland, Assam
or Kashmir. Their only target are unarmed and
hapless Muslims. The Maulana said that their
dubious bravery is based on the hope that the
government machinery is on their side. If they are
sure that police, administration, PAC etc would
act honestly and justly, these valiant people can-
not move even one step further.
He said that the contention of these commu-
nal and fascist forces is that they are giving train-
ing for defence of the country. If so, Muslims
should also be allowed to impart and receive
such training because Muslims have always been
in the forefront in sacrificing for the country. Our
ulama gave up their lives, faced imprisonment
and bullets, went to Andaman Islands for the sake
of the countrys freedom. We united the country
but communal forces divided the country, result-
ing in partition and the country became weak.
Otherwise, we would have been stronger than
Russia and China.
The Maulana said that these days UP gov-
ernment machinery in the form of police, CBI,
STF etc is very active in Azamgarh. They arrest
young men at will here and show them being
arrested in Lucknow or Ayodhya as terrorists
with fire arms, explosives etc. He said that a
young man was arrested here and killed and the
news was spread that being a Commander of
Lashkar-e-Toiba he was killed in Ayodhya in an
encounter. His dead body was thrown into a
river. Another young man was stealthily arrested
by CBI here and they did not give any information
about him for more than a week.
The Maulana said that it appears that the
report of the group of ministers (GoM) on internal
security has permitted this sort of cruelty and free
hand. Neither the Human Rights Commission nor
political parties are raising their voice against
these acts of barbarism which are almost daily
occurrence in Azamgarh. He said that once two
minor Kashmiri children went out of their school
premises for some work nearby. They were
arrested by the police who were asking them as
to why they have come here from Kashmir, as if
they have come from an enemy country.(Milli
Gazette, New Delhi, Vol 2, no. 19).
In my humble opinion, Maulana Mujibullah
Nadwi (RA) had imbibed the same spirit of rest-
lessness and concern for the community which
was the hallmark of Allama Shibli Nomani (RA).
Maulana Mujibullah Nadwi: reminiscences
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8 The Milli Gazette, 1-15 August 2012
YUNUS CHITALWALA
There has been a lot of hype about Gujarat
in the media. The state is portrayed as a
model of inclusive growth and good gover-
nance under the stewardship of Narendra
Modi. The Time magazine added to that
aura by portraying the Gujarat CM in a rosy
light and the Brooklyn Institute had much
to say in his praise. However, reality is dif-
ferent as in a recent article in The New
York Times, Modi was criticised for his anti-
Muslim stance and inordinate delay in get-
ting justice for victims of heinous crimes.
Courts have also taken a dim view of the
perpetrators getting off the hook due to
inefficient collection of evidence by the
investigators and prosecutors handpicked
by the state government.
The state remains peaceful by default,
as excesses of the last several years had
made the bowl to brim over. But that is one
side of the story. The surface calm betrays
the underlying tensions of Gujarati society
which has never been sympathetic to the
lot of the Muslims. A highly coloured sense
of pride makes it view Muslims as the orig-
inators of problems that Gujarat faces
today. The litany [of lies] includes terror-
ism, Love Jihad, fundamentalism and anti-
social activities, for which Muslims are
made to bear the cross.
Gujarat is a typical state where majori-
tarian ideology downgrades them to a
lower status, without saying it in so many
words.
Tall claims are being made that
Gujarat has remained riot-free since the
happenings of 2002. The ground reality dif-
fers. Though no big flare up has taken
place, small clashes are routinely reported
which do not turn into major riots for the
simple reason that the political establish-
ment does not want it at a time when the
government is crying hoarse to showcase
Gujarat as a safe destination for invest-
ments, domestic and foreign.
Recently the bogey of Love Jihad
has been raised which is pure fiction.
There are isolated instances of affairs on
both sides of the communal divide. Looked
through majoritarian lens, such escapades
involving a Muslim boy and a Hindu girl or
vice versa are blown out of proportion and
communal frenzy is whipped up. In a
recent case in the village of Sadaali, 30
kms from Baroda, scores of larri-gallas of
Muslims were torched and the licences of
more than 100 other shops were cancelled
by the local municipality. In similar cases
involving Hindu boys and Muslim girls,
Muslim parents can only blame their fate
and eat their pride: if you want to live here,
accept the pain. The incidence was probed
by renowned human rights activist Prof. JS
Bandukwala.
The male-female sex ratio in Gujarat is
badly loaded against the fair sex due to the
widespread practice of foeticide. In some
Hindu communities it is as low as 877
female to 1000 males. In such a scenario
the weaker sections of the population
might fall prey to manipulations of the com-
munities who have money and political
power. Recently the Indian Express report-
ed the arrest of touts in Gujarat who were
selling off tribal girls to customers wanting
to marry them. This appears to be the tip of
the iceberg and the police suspected a
wider network.
The industrial development in Gujarat
has accrued mixed and marginal benefits
to the Muslims. The unappreciated fact is
that they occupy the lowest level of the
economical pyramid. They are small time
craftsmen, builders, garage keepers,
motorbike repairers, weavers, cloth print-
ers, dyers, machinery-part producers and
even kite makers. That way they have
played a vital role in keeping Gujarats
economy going at the lower end of the
spectrum. The Muslim merchant class that
includes Bohras, Memons and Khojas
have always been at the forefront of trade
and business in Gujarat. But their contribu-
tions have largely been ignored. It is no
coincidence that Azim Premji happens to
be a Gujarati and is the fourth richest
Indian industrialist, though his business
activities are focussed on Bangalore,
Bombay and the USA.
This downside of development can
affect Muslims in unexpected ways. In
Kutch, large industrial projects are unfold-
ing and many more are in the pipeline. It is
a fact that some Muslims have benefitted
by them. But there are others whose liveli-
hood is in danger. Most of fishermen and
maldharis or pastoralists in Kutch are
Muslims. They are settled along the coast
and on the Banni grasslands on the edge
of the Ranns. Due to industrialisation of the
coastal areas starting from Mundra, the
coastal ecology comprising of mangrove
forests have been threatened. They are
home to a variety of marine fauna and
birds. This apart, the coastal fisheries
might also suffer a huge damage. Starting
from Bhadreswar, the cause of coastal
ecology has been taken up by well-known
politician and activist Mr. Sanat Mehta.
However, there is no intention to suggest
that Muslims are being targetted. But will
the government look after their livelihood
and come up with a plan to protect the
marine environment? Similar is the case of
Banni grasslands which are said to be
biggest in Asia. They are spread over 2497
sq. kms forming a habitat for 16000 people
and 60,000 livestock. The ownership of
these lands is a matter of dispute between
the Revenue and the Forest departments.
Already industrial units are coming up and
cowherds are fearing that they will lose
their traditional rights to the grasslands. In
fact, their fears are not entirely unfounded.
The entire ecosystem is in the danger of
suffering irretrievable damage as land is
given away to the industrial houses at very
low prices. For that price one cannot buy
even an empty gunny bag. So Gujarat
presents a very complex picture as far as
Muslims are concerned and one wonders
what lies in store for them in future.
Future tense for Gujarat Muslims
Hunger kills one
every week in Delhi
New Delhi: A recent RTI reply from four Delhi Police districts
out of a total of 11 received by RTI activist Nayaar Alam has
revealed that the city witnessed 737 deaths in the past 14 years
either due to hunger or poverty. All deaths were due to hunger or
suicides due to hunger and poverty. That on an average is one
death every week.
However, observers and people in the field say the real num-
ber is quite high. Though the other seven districts have replied
that no one in their area had died due to hunger or poverty,
activists say the reason is that these deaths were never probed
seriously. Autopsies of the abandoned and homeless are com-
pleted in a routine fashion. The investigating officers hardly ever
try to find their relatives and attempt to understand the reason
behind the death, said an NGO worker.
Senior government officials, on the other hand, questioned
the method Delhi Police had adopted to establish the exact
reason behind these deaths. One of them pointed out that no
post-mortem report cites poverty as a reason for death and the
word malnutrition does not necessarily mean that death was
due to hunger. Both, however, agreed that the RTI reply stating
that 689 of such deaths took place in one district - West - makes
it necessary to exercise caution.
As the debate rages on, here are the bare facts: In at least
two years i.e., 2002 and 2005, seventy-six and 72 people,
respectively, lost their lives. While in 2002, twenty-one died/com-
mitted suicide due to hunger, another 55 died/committed suicide
due to poverty. The corresponding figures for the year 2005 are
18 and 56, respectively.
According to Alam, a total of 177 people in these 14 years
have died due to hunger alone, according to Delhi Police.
Though 2002 was the worst in that respect - 21 died that year -
in 2010, eighteen and in 2011 fifteen people died. These revela-
tions come at a time when the data of Delhi government states
that the per capita annual income in the national capital is Rs
1,76,000.
These deaths were never brought to public notice, nor are
all the deaths accounted for. For hunger deaths to happen, there
has to be an acute lack of nutrition which does not support stay-
ing out in the open in extreme heat or cold. We need several
more shelters to protect these people. Delhi has been able to
tackle the problem by setting up shelter homes but more needs
to be done, said Mohammad Tariq, assistant professor at the
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, who also heads its urban
poverty programme. (epaper.timesofindia.com)
NHRC may seek fresh probe into 24
Andhra encounters
The National Human Right Commission (NHRC) is likely to ask
Andhra Pradesh to re-investigate 24 encounters that were
allegedly staged by its police between 2001 and 2011. The
NHRC has sought the state governments response to a petition
filed by two rights activists, seeking re-investigation into 19
allegedly staged encounters - in which 19 criminals were killed
- directed by P S R Anjaneyulu during his tenure as Police
Commissioner of Vijayawada, and SP of Kurnool and Guntur.
Anjaneyulu, who is now IG of Greyhounds anti-Maoist com-
mando unit, found himself in a scandal in January 2011 after a
woman, who had approached him to seek protection from a
stalker, accused him of sending lewd text messages.
On November 11, 2011, the NHRC, while deciding an earli-
er petition by the activists, found that 13 encounters carried out
by the police since 2001 were staged, including that of Peoples
War Group activist Dunna Sudhakar. The commission ordered
the state government to pay Rs 5 lakh as compensation to
Sudhakars family. The fresh petition, which NHRC chief K G
Balakrishnan has referred to a division bench of the panel, has
sought a CBI probe into these killings as well as of four undertri-
als in Guntur, who, Anjanyulu had claimed, were shot dead when
they tried to snatch the weapons of policemen escorting them.
The activists also pleaded for a fresh probe into the killing
of Meda Venkateshwarulu, a murder accused who was mistak-
enly arrested by Guntur police in another case and allegedly shot
dead when he did not confess. (indianexpress.com)
NIA to identify Samjhauta bombers
in chargesheet
For the first time, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) will
identify all four alleged Samjhauta Express bombers - Kamal
Chauhan, Lokesh Sharma, Amit alias Ashwini Chauhan and
Rajendra Pehelwan alias Samandar - in its supplementary
chargesheet which will be filed soon. Of these four right-wing
extremists, Kamal and Lokesh have already been arrested while
Amit and Samandar are on the run. All the four belong to Madhya
Pradesh and were associated with Rashtriya Swayamsevak
Sangh (RSS) at one point in time.
On February 18, 2007, two IEDs exploded in Samjhauta
Express near Panipat, killing 68 people, mostly Pakistanis. Later,
two unexploded bombs were also recovered from the train.
The Samjhauta bombing team allegedly comprised Kamal,
Lokesh, Amit and Samandar. They were divided into two teams
of two members each. Each member had to plant one IED. The
NIA will identify the four accused as alleged bomb planters, said
an investigator. (hindustantimes.com)
SYED AFZAL ALI SHAH
Lucknow: A seminar was held here at the UP Press Club by
Maulana Azad Memorial Academy to commemorate the centenary
of Al-Hilal weekly started by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad at Kolkata
on 13 July, 1912.
Speaking on the occasion, President of
the Working Journalists Association, K Vikram
Rao, said that Maulana Azad was already an
established mass leader much before
Mahatma Gandhi arrived on the scene in
India. He spread the spirit of freedom in the
country through his writings and thoughts.
Rao said that Maulana was an example of
exemplary courage. He opposed the Press
Act and went to jail for his opposition to the
colonial rulers many times. Rao said that
Maulana had started his journalistic career
from Lucknow itself. He had been invited by
Maulana Shibli Nomani to Nadwatul Ulama as
the editor of its Al-Nadwa magazine. Maulana
had formed a union to fight the draconian
Press Act. Rao highlighted that at that time
Muslim League was formed in Dhaka, but Maulana Azad
remained in Congress and led from the front. He was the youngest
president of the Congress party and was chosen as president for
seven consecutive years. In one of his articles, Maulana had said
that no chains have been made which can shackle the minds of
the freedom fighter. We should not fear, for history will not forgive
the neutralist in this struggle. Rao said that there is no comparison
between Jinnah and Maulana Azad, as he was a leader of the
masses and of much higher calibre than Jinnah. Maulana, till his
last breath, was dead against partition of the country.
Maulana had started Al-Hilal during a period when the morale
of the countrymen was at the lowest after the 1857 war of inde-
pendence. They were not in a position to fight for independence,
at that juncture. Maulana launched Al-Hilal and motivated the peo-
ple to fight the colonial rulers for their freedom.
Another speaker was Samajwadi Party MLA, Sharda Prasad
Shukla who said that Maulana Azad always considered both
Muslims and Hindus as one and that is why he wanted one edu-
cation system for the whole country. Shukla further said that under
the present political conditions, it is very important that the mes-
sage of Maulana should be spread all over the country.
Journalist Vandana Mishra said that Maulanas magazine and
his writings should be translated into Hindi.
Maulana Fazlul Rahman, Imam of Tilewali masjid, said that in
the present scene, Maulana Azads message should be spread far
and wide, all over the country. He said that Al-Hilal had such a
deep impact on the nations youth that the British government had
to ban it after two years and six months. Through his columns,
Azad appealed to the youth to join the nationalist movement.
Deepak Mishra, president of Samajwadi Party Yuva Morcha,
said that Maulana Azads magazine sowed the seeds of freedom
in the youths of the nation. He brought the Muslim youth into the
national mainstream to fight the British rule. His contribution in the
field of religion, politics, literature, arts are immense. Maulanas
concern for the educational opportunities of children belonging to
the SC/ST/OBC/Minority and those from the economically back-
ward section of the society was immense and that is why he
democratized the educational opportunities as the first minister of
education in independent India. Maulana had put forward the idea
of spending at least ten percent of the central revenues on educa-
tion, though this still remains a dream.
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Bhopal: A 12 year case fell through when six Muslim
youths, said to be former members of SIMI, acquitted
honourably by a court here on 10 July. They were
booked under sections 153 (A), (B) of IPC in 2000 for
allegedly pasting posters on a mosque which, according
to the police, promoted hatred among communities. But
with this acquittal the case built up by the police and pros-
ecution fell like a house of cards. The media, which goes
to town, whenever a Muslim youth is arrested, rather kid-
napped, was silent. There was hardly any coverage of
this acquittal. Only some local Hindi newspapers covered
the news but in a perverted style -- they taunted the
Police and government for not building up a strong case
against Desh Drohis.
Advocate Parvez Alam who fought this case in Bhopal
district court told TCN that there was huge number of
gaffes in this case which the police and prosecution had
fabricated. He said, First of all this case was illegal from
the very beginning. Police filed chargesheet five years
after registering the case, police didnt even make a
panchnama on its allegation that posters were pasted on
the mosque walls. But despite these facts this case
dragged on for 12 years before a verdict came which in
itself is a mockery of justice. Advocate Alam ontinued to
explain the errors in the prosecution: Additional charges
from UAPAwere slapped on them, and a secondary officer
from home ministry granted the sanctions. This was in con-
flict with section 45 of the said Act which states that the
order for the prosecution in this Act should be granted by
the highest officer in the state govt. Police failed to prove
in the court that the posters presented by them were the
ones pasted by SIMI members and all the witnesses of the
prosecution went hostile. Muneer Deshmukh, former
General Secretary of SIMI, was one of the six acquitted in
this case. Others are Arshad Bilgrami, Khalid Nayeem,
Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Aleem, and Sohrab Ahmad.
After getting acquitted, Arshad Bilgrami is now having
something to cheer for, because just five days before this
acquittal, he was convicted in a similar case registered in
a different police station. The irony of this poster case is
that different police stations have registered cases on the
same kind of poster against these persons. As a result,
they had to fight same case again and again. This is a
standard Police ploy to wreck such youths.
Arshad told TCN, I am obviously delighted on getting
acquitted. This case was built up against us in October
2000. Ever since, I was facing continuous harassment by
the police. I even spent two months in jail for this very case.
And now after 12 years I am being declared innocent. He
added that after this judgment he is confused and com-
pelled to think where the judiciary of this country is moving.
He said, Earlier on 5 July this year I got convicted in a sim-
ilar case. The poster presented by the police was same,
even the witnesses were same as the one in which I was
acquitted on 10 July. There cant be two different judgments
for the same case. Either I am guilty or innocent. Judiciary
cannot hang me in between. This makes me believe that
there are some elements in judiciary which are working
under pressure. But still this 10th July judgment has boost-
ed my hopes, and we will challenge the July 5 judgment in
the higher court. Let the highest judiciary decide which
judgment was right, based on the pressure from outside or
based on the facts and law of the land.
7 accused in Jalna mosque
blast case acquitted
Jalna: The district and sessions court here on 18 July
acquitted all the seven accused in the Qadria Masjid bomb
blast case due to lack of evidence. The seven accused in
the case, Maroti Keshwarao Wagh, Yogesh Ravindra
Deshpande, Gururaj Jayram Tuptewar, Rahul Manohar
Pande, Sanjay alias Bharauo Vittal Chowdhari, Himanshu
Panse (all residents of Nanded) and Rakesh Dhawade
(Pune) were acquitted in the case due to lack of evidence.
On August 27, 2004, a bomb was hurled in the mosque dur-
ing the prayer. Seven persons had received injuries in the
blast. The imam of of the mosque Sayyed Kausar had
lodged a complaint with Sadar Bazar police station in this
connection. One of the accused Himanshu Panse had died
in a blast in Nanded while he was preparing a bomb. The
local crime branch arrested the six accused and filed
charge sheets against them. When the case came up for
hearing, judge PH Gajbhiye recorded statements of 28 wit-
nesses in the case. Statements of the then tehsildar and
ATS and local crime branch officers were also recorded.
After hearing both the sides, the judge acquitted all the
seven accused due to lack of evidence. Advocate Sanjive
Deshpande, Vipul Deshpande, Nitin Runwal and
Babasaheb Tengle pleaded the case, while Pradeep
Jadhav worked as government pleader. After the judgment,
jubilant RSS workers distributed sweets on the court prem-
ises. Dhawade and others are also accused in the Nanded,
Parbhani and Malegaon blast cases. (PTI)
NATIONAL
10 The Milli Gazette, 1-15 August 2012
AFSANA RASHID, SRINAGAR
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said that Kashmir is not an inter-
nal problem of India but a political issue between India and
Pakistan. Unless the two countries sit and talk to solve it political-
ly, it will continue to remain there, said the chief minister, while
addressing party workers on the 12th death anniversary of his
grandmother, Begum Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, here at her
mausoleum at Hazratbal, July 11.
Omar said Jammu and Kashmir isnt an issue of development
and money. It is a political issue having both internal and external
dimensions that need to be addressed. The time has come to make
dialogue process between India and Pakistan result-oriented. He
added bigger, issues cant be settled in just a few meetings, but
smaller issues including strengthening of cross-LoC trade by con-
verting its barter status into normal trading pattern, hassle-free
travel across LoC, resolution of Sir Creek and likewise can be
addressed.
Reacting to the Armys statement that the situation in the state
was alarming, chief minister after casting his vote for the presiden-
tial polls at the Legislature complex here July 19 said, There is no
alarming situation here. Such words only create panic. The fact is
that with every passing year militancy is declining. If there is any
problem it points to failure in the security grid.
Lt Gen Om Prakash, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of
Armys Srinagar based 15 Corps, July 17 said, It is an alarming sit-
uation in view of some recent incidents of shootout at Pampore,
Kulgam and Rajpora in south Kashmir. There are civil intelligence
reports that handlers were urging militants to carry out suicide
attacks on security forces. Reacting to media-reports that had
quoted al-Qaedas Pakistan commander Farman Ali Shinwari as
saying that in case of war in Kashmir, militant group will fight Indian
forces; the GOC said it will not allow al-Qaeda to establish its
foothold in the valley.
BJP agitation is dangerous: Mufti Saeed
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayed
has cautioned that the threat of an agitation by Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP) veteran L K Advani against Article 370 amounted to
reversal of gains made on the Kashmir issue and Indo-Pak rela-
tionship since former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
announced ceasefire from Srinagar and extended its hand of
friendship to Pakistan.
If anything the party must launch a campaign for speeding up
the process initiated by Vajpayee rather than agitating against
Article 370 of the Constitution, said the PDP patron while address-
ing a public meeting in south Kashmirs Pulwama, July 11. Mufti
said in its bid to score political points, the party seems to have for-
gotten its role in trying to find an amicable solution to the Kashmir
problem. He cautioned the party against undoing the process of
reconciliation, resolution and Indo-Pak amity initiated by its NDA
government under Vajpayee.
Mufti recalled when he invited Vajpayee to Srinagar in 2003,
armies of both countries were in combat position in the wake of the
Parliament attack and Kargil conflict but Vajpayee saw a window of
opportunity and grabbed it to dismantle walls of hatred in South
Asia. Advanis stance is an antithesis of Vajpayees call for
insaniyat ke dayire mein and even his own initiative to hold direct
talks with separatists that was the first contact of its kind at that
level. He further recalled how NDA government announced the
first ceasefire with militants even as the state government of its ally,
National Conference had openly defied it. The PDP patron said
though UPAgovernment during its first tenure followed the initiative
and took things to the next level the process seems to be getting
trapped in partisan politics again. If Advani must agitate it should
be for carrying forward that process with speed and substance,
rather than following the same zero sum game that has led us
nowhere, he said.
Mufti said resolution of the Kashmir problem with its internal
and external dimensions in mind is inescapable. It is a matter of
life and death for us, for the rest of the country it is a matter of
restoring prestige. It is no source of pride for the country that
Jammu and Kashmir which strengthened its secular credentials
and multicultural ethos should be writhing in pain, he said, while
calling for a national consensus for a just and lasting solution.
Doctors strike hits services
Patient care at valleys premier and lone tertiary care hospital,
Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Soura was
severely hit for five-days owing to doctors strike following
alleged thrashing of their colleagues by hospital security guards
after an altercation over car-parking.
Complete chaos prevailed in the hospital. Attendants
claimed more than 20 people including children lost their lives
during the strike period (July 14 - 19).
Civil Society Forum Kashmir July 19 urged doctors, man-
agement and police to sort out their issues in the public interest.
Umar Tramboo, general secretary of the Forum, in a statement
said patient care has borne the brunt of the strike and the mass-
es have been left in the lurch.
The Forum said that the strike-culture should be abolished
by doctors as there are other ways of solving problems that
dont hamper patient care. Security setup in all major hospitals
lacks proper training on dealing with patients and they should
be sensitized about it.
Meanwhile, a day after the State Human Rights Commission
sought a report from the hospital about deaths since January 2011
to May 2012; the latter on July 19 said that the death rate is lower
than many other premier institutions in the country.
Referring to a complaint in which Sanjay Saraf had alleged that
2903 deaths took place in the institute during the period, Director
SKIMS Dr Showkat Zargar shared out of 66,716 admissions, 63700
were discharged and 3008 died.
SKIMS is the main tertiary-care-cum-referral hospital for the
state and all critical and sick patients from various areas of the state
get referred to the hospital which results in a patient population with
high morbidity and mortality, said the director, adding that response
was being prepared to be furnished in the Commission.
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Kashmir is a problem between India and Pakistan: Omar
PANKAJ MISHRA
In July 1995, an Islamic fundamentalist group called Al Faran kid-
napped six foreign tourists, including two Americans, in Kashmir.
For a few weeks, the worlds attention was fixed on the Himalayan
valley as the allegedly Pakistan-backed militants negotiated with
Indian security officials and foreign diplomats. Eventually, one of
the Americans escaped. Another hostage, a Norwegian, was
beheaded. The other four were never found.
The Meadow: Kashmir 1995 Where the Terror Began, a
staggeringly well-researched new book by two respected journal-
ists, Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark, concludes that the
hostages were killed by local mercenaries funded and controlled
by Indian army and intelligence. The authors argue that the drawn-
out negotiation, during which Indian intelligence allegedly knew the
hostages whereabouts, was a charade, part of Indias larger effort
to portray Pakistan as a sponsor of Islamist terror, thereby delegit-
imizing the Kashmiri struggle for freedom.
Certainly, India today no longer needs to highlight the role of
the Pakistani army and intelligence in sponsoring extremist
groups. It has also succeeded in shifting international attention
away from the appalling facts of its counter-insurgency operations
in Kashmir tens of thousands killed, and innumerable many tor-
tured, mutilated and orphaned. The tallying in 2009 of 2,700
unmarked graves containing the remains of people (often buried in
groups) killed by security forces barely provoked any comment in
the international media, let alone expressions of concern by
Western leaders.
Killers in Khaki: But Indias diplomatic and public relations suc-
cess has been achieved at considerable costs: the rise of militaris-
tic nationalism, the assault on civil liberties, and a dangerously
enhanced role in politics for men in uniform.
Most of the million-plus men and women in the Indian military
still manifest what Shashi Tharoor once described as increasing-
ly rare qualities in India: high standards of performance, honesty,
hard work, self-sacrifice, incorruptibility, respect for tradition, disci-
pline, team spirit. As a child, I had myself wanted, like many
Indians of my generation and class, to acquire the virtuous glow of
an army officers uniform, and even attended a military school.
It was therefore shocking and demoralizing to encounter, dur-
ing a visit to Kashmir in 2000, accounts of extrajudicial killings and
torture and rape by Indian soldiers -- stories that, though common-
place in Kashmir, were largely kept hidden from the Indian public
by a patriotic media. But to those who reported from Kashmir in the
past decade and a half as opposed to the many more who were
content to disseminate briefings from Indian army and intelligence
officials The Meadow presents a disturbingly familiar picture.
I was there when, during Bill Clintons visit to South Asia in
March 2000, Indian army officers allegedly kidnapped and killed
five Kashmiri villagers and presented their mutilated corpses to the
international news media as the Pakistani killers of the 35 Sikhs
who had been murdered by unidentified gunmen just hours before
Clintons scheduled arrival in India. It has taken 12 years for Indias
legal system even to acknowledge this well-documented atrocity:
Last week, the Supreme Court gingerly asked the army how it
wishes to prosecute the officers suspected of the cold-blooded
murder (by civil court or court martial).
Since 2000, the number of armed militants has steadily
decreased in Kashmir. But the human rights situation has not
improved. Under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in effect in
Kashmir and the northeastern states (where the Indian army was
first deployed in counter-insurgency), soldiers can kill on the basis
of mere suspicion while continuing to enjoy near-total legal immu-
nity.
Regime of Impunity: The result is a regime of impunity. A coali-
tion of Indian human rights groups in a report to the United Nations
this year documented 789 extrajudicial killings in the northeastern
state of Manipur alone between 2007 and 2010. In recent years,
the army has also been dragged into Operation Green Hunt, the
Indian states extraordinarily big, armed offensive against Maoist
insurgents in central India.
The widened powers of the military against the new electron-
ic medias background chorus of hyperna-
tionalism have given army officers a public
role they never had. Breaking with old proto-
cols, the previous army chief openly speculated about a limited
war under a nuclear overhang with Pakistan.
It is also not at all clear if there is any proper governmental
oversight of the Indian intelligence agencies, which, mimicking the
doomed Pakistani quest for strategic depth, have been trying out
potentially useful proxies in Pakistans Balochistan province as
well as Afghanistan. These adventurist spies and the perennially
belligerent men in uniform now seem to constitute as formidable a
lobby against peace between India and Pakistan as the Islamic
zealots on the other side of the border. Backed by Hindu national-
ist leaders, they even dare to overrule elected politicians such as
Omar Abdullah, Kashmirs chief minister, who has been pleading
in vain for a withdrawal of the much-despised special powers act.
Their jingoism, echoed by hawkish think tanks and websites
(Indias own military-intellectual complex), goes necessarily
together with dubious arms purchases. India is now the worlds
biggest arms market; a series of scandals have not stopped
spending sprees that, as the recent outbursts of the outgoing army
chief reveal, do little to prepare India for any conceivable war.
No Banana Republic Things are about to get worse. The next
Indian army chief comes into office later this month, trailed by alle-
gations of his involvement in an extrajudicial killing in Kashmir. He
was also in charge of Indian peacekeeping soldiers accused in
2008 of sexual misconduct in the Congo.
The Indian army remains firmly under civilian control. India is
very far from degenerating into, as an exasperated Ratan Tata
feared last year, a banana republic. Yet there are plenty of rea-
sons for alarm and dismay over a process that, starting in obscure
battles in the northeastern states in the 1960s, was accelerated
during the two previous decades in the valley of Kashmir.
Levy and Scott-Clarks book mainly excavates one of the
many murky incidents of the 1990s. But its revised draft of history
also sheds light on the present -- how a democratic states addic-
tion to colonial-style dirty wars has damaged not so much the
Kashmiri cause of freedom as Indias frail democracy and one of
its last uncompromised institutions. (bloomberg.com)
Kashmir is killing Indias Military and Democracy
Pathribal trial will be fair: Army
Assuring fair trial in Pathribal fake encounter case in which seven
people were killed in an alleged staged shootout 12 years ago, Lt
General Om Prakash, GOC 15 Corps has said that proceedings
against its officers would be carried out fairly and those found
guilty would be given exemplary punishment.
Where the trial would be carried out, hasnt yet been decided. It
has to be decided by Judge Advocate General (JAG) of Army,
said GOC, while interacting with the media at the headquarters of
15 Corps, July 17.
He added Army carries out trial on fast track basis in com-
parison to civil courts. Our punishments are always harsh. Trial
would be carried out fairly and those found involved would be
given exemplary punishment. Army on June 29 decided to take
over investigations and try its officers in the case. It filed an appli-
cation before Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar requesting that
the case be handed over so that the accused are tried under the
Army Act.
Pertinently, the Apex Court had asked the Army in May to
decide whether its personnel should be tried by court-martial pro-
ceedings or by regular criminal courts. CBI had moved an appli-
cation for vacating the stay granted by the Supreme Court on the
trial relating to the killing of seven persons allegedly by the Army
in retaliation to killing of 36 civilians by militants at
Chattisinghpora in 2000.
GOC informed that about 280-300 militants are active in the
valley, but there was a decline in militancy. North Kashmir is
affected the most as infiltration takes place from that area and the
dense forests help them to survive.
The Milli Gazette, 1-15 August 2012 11
ANALYSIS
O
f late, some attention has been paid to bias
Muslims, including celebrities, suffer on reli-
gious grounds. Yes, this is true. But would it be
fair to analyze this issue from only a subjective
angle conveying the impression that only Muslims in
India are affected by such discrimination? Statistically
speaking, Muslims constitute less than 14 per cent of the
countrys population. If each Muslim was subject to
extreme atrocities on religious grounds, would India have
remained home to the second largest population of
Muslims in the world? No. In the same vein, if emperors
who ruled India during the medieval period were really
fundamentalist and communal on religious grounds, as
projected by some right-wing elements, Muslims would-
nt have remained a minority in the country.
True, there prevails a bias, but it would be unfair to
assume that all Muslims are affected by this and that all
non-Muslims hold a similar attitude against them. If this
was really the hard truth, most probably no Indian Muslim
would have dared to raise voice on it. And this is just a
part of the issue. Where bias, discrimination and preju-
dice are concerned, Muslims are not the only ones who
face this. Within all religious communities, including
Hindus and Muslims, certain ethnic barriers prevail. What
else explains continuation of reservation at various lev-
els in government jobs and educational institutions, pri-
mary beneficiaries of which are Scheduled Castes,
Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes.
Let us not close our eyes to the hard fact that segre-
gation along religion, caste and class lines is still visible
in most parts of the country. Honour killings, a symbol-
ic condemnation of inter-caste marriages within Hindu
community and also of inter-religion marriages, have
started hitting headlines only recently. These are just one
of the many instances of strong, deep-rooted prejudices
and bias restricting interaction among members of differ-
ent castes. Rural India still stands witness to there being
strong, unwritten rules regarding which well is reserved
for which community. In village classrooms, it isnt sur-
prising to find students of different castes being seated
separately. Even residential areas in rural as well as
urban slum areas and JJ colonies stand marked by which
community lives where.
These points have been deliberately raised here to
draw attention to the hard fact that bias prevails in India,
but not only against Muslims. Certainly, there are certain
issues where Muslims are primarily targeted. These
include their being easily branded as terrorists, killed in
fake encounters, arrested for no fault of theirs and so
forth. The fault herein lies in law & order system, con-
cerned authorities and degree to which these can bend or
abuse rules, all for the sake of either a promotion or
under some political pressure or due to communal mind-
set.
But where bias on issues such as securing residence
is concerned, Muslims are not the only sufferers. Even in
the capital city, as mentioned earlier, residential demarca-
tion prevails even in slum areas and JJ colonies. It isnt
surprising to find certain lanes occupied only by sweep-
ers, largely Hindus and so forth. Think again, why did
Congress legislator Rahul Gandhi made the effort, during
his campaign, to spend some time at a Dalits residence
in Uttar Pradesh. Of course, this may be viewed as noth-
ing else but sheer publicity stunt as part of his electoral
campaign. But by taking this step, he conveyed the mes-
sage that he had no hang-ups about visiting Dalits, a
community that still suffers discrimination from higher
caste Hindus.
B
esides, this problem is not confined to only Hindus as
caste factor has affected Indian Muslims too. In cer-
tain Muslim-dominated areas, it isnt difficult to find
localities, with different classes, that is Syeds, Sheikhs,
Pathans and others having marked out separate places
for themselves. In this context, how can increasing barri-
ers, politically as well as socially, between Shias and
Sunnis be missed? Likewise, how can anti-non-Maratha
frenzy incited sometime back in Maharashtra be forgot-
ten? The campaign targeted non-Marathas, irrespective
of their religion, class and caste linkages. And this brings
to light the point that even Delhi is marked by certain
colonies known for only Bengali residents, some for
Punjabi, a few for Muslims and so forth.
It may also be noted, the tendency not to easily rent
houses to Muslims prevails among conservative Hindus,
basically due to cultural differences. The latter are
against renting house to a non-vegetarian and also eating
or drinking water in the house of a non-vegetarian, out of
the cultural fear of their being polluted on ground of their
being strict vegetarians. Fear of being polluted also
prevents them from renting their house to members of
their own religious community, belonging to castes which
are known to be non-vegetarian.
There is nothing wrong in taking note of bias Muslims
face in India. But it is equally imperative to pay attention
to its nature and whether they are only ones who face
this. Ignoring this aspect amounts to studying the issue
partially, that is adopting a biased approach towards it!
Speaki ng Out
Bias & Muslims:
Unbiased
Approach
NI LOFAR SUHRAWARDY
5. Acting on this tip, the Gujarat Police found out that one
Sajid Mansuri was living in that house on rent. The Gujarat Police
had Mansuris number. While tracing call records, the Gujarat
Police stumbled on the fact that a call was made from an east-
ern Uttar Pradesh person from Mumbai to Sajids phone, just
before the Ahmedabad blasts. Then that eastern Uttar Pradesh
person called Atifs number in Delhi.
6. Notably, Gujarat Police does not mention the role of
Usmani while the Mumbai Police knows nothing about Sajid
Mansuri. Yet, a third agency the Delhi Police invents these
connections. A story is constructed as to how Afzal Usmani first
stole the cars from Mumbai, brought them over to Bharuch, from
where they were transported to Ahmedabad and used in the
blasts.
7. Now, cases against alleged IM operatives are registered
in Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka. But
in the chargesheet submitted by various agencies in their respec-
tive courts, the role played by different actors do not tally. Most of
the chargesheets are fudged and not available. Yet, even a curso-
ry look shows that in the same case, Sajid Mansuri is playing a dif-
ferent role in Mumbai Police files, a different one in Gujarat Police
charges, and a very different one in Delhi Police records!
8. But the best part has yet to come. Officially, both Mumbai
and Gujarat Police had alerted the IB about Atif Ameen. Days
before the Batla House encounter, the IB was keeping Atifs phone
under surveillance! A post-Batla House encounter article, pub-
lished in The Hindu, states that the IB did not arrest Atif as his
phone might have led the agencies to the Bhatkals, who were
supposed to be the main guys behind the 2008 blasts.
9. It is important that the Hindu article
(http://www.hindu.com/2008/10/10/stories/2008101053621100.ht
m), written actually in defence of the Delhi Police, betrays the pos-
sibility that Atif could have been arrested. You do not kill a man
who is already under your surveillance. You keep him alive so that
he leads you to the bigger fish.
10. The Hindu article also suggests that Mohan Chandra
Sharma and other Delhi Police cops went to Batla House merely
to enquire about Atif. They received a burst of fire that hit Mohan
Chandra Sharma, after which they fired in return and killed Atif
and Sajid.
11. But the question is that if the Mumbai and Gujarat Police
got Atifs name respectively from Usmani and Mansuri, what was
Delhi Polices source?
12. Maybe the IB let Delhi Police in-but officially the IB was
keeping Atif not only alive but kicking to net the bigger catch.
Now the really uncomfortable part starts:
1. Was IB in agreement or was it even informed - about
Delhi Polices attempt to storm the Batla House building?
2. Mumbai, Gujarat, Delhi and other state agencies need not
necessarily share information. The IB too possesses the right to
withhold or share its information. Here, however, it is obvious that
the Delhi Police acted on its own more importantly, other state
and central agencies were not in the loop. What was a Mumbai
Police team doing in the same area on the same day? Looking for
Bhatkals? Then why was there no coordination between Delhi and
Mumbai Police? The IB and Mumbai Police still believe that arrest-
ing Atif would have been a better option.
3. But what if the Delhi Police claim that it had gone only to
enquire and the encounter was an accident? Ha! Ha! The Delhi
Police do not claim thus. On the contrary, they still take the credit
of what is described as a full-fledged encounter in which both
sides were armed.
Interestingly, since the chain linking Usmani, Sajid Mansuri
and Atif is different in different chargesheets of different state
Police forces, isnt it logical to merge the different versions and
create a proper, professional, scientific file that makes sense? But,
of course, how can that happen? Different states are ruled by dif-
ferent governments. Naquee Ahmed, the Delhi Police informer, is
arrested by the Mahrashtra ATS as a terrorist. Qateel Siddiqui, a
man wanted by IB and West Bengal Police in a fake currency
case, is arrested by the Delhi Police and declared a terrorist. The
Mumbai Police take his custody for interrogation. He is found dead
-- killed by so-called Hindu criminals in the maximum security,
anda cell of Punes Yerwada Jail. Then the Delhi Police brings
Zabihuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal - an IB informer - over from
Saudi Arabia - declaring him a terrorist.
It would require a full enquiry to fill in the horrendous gaps and
trace the messy, convoluted trail of blood, inefficiency and slaugh-
ter left behind by the devilish dance of security agencies. But
some issues are clear:
1. The Mahrashtra Police has a role to play - and a vested
interest - in Qateel Siddiquis murder in Pune. Qateel after all was
a terrorist arrested by the Delhi Police. The credit for revela-
tions made by him would have gone to the Delhi Police.
2. Naquee Ahmed was arrested by the Maharashtra Police for
the same reason - settling scores with the Delhi Police.
3. Abu Jundals extradition too is linked to the turf wars
between various agencies.
4. Hundreds of Muslim youth are languishing in jails in the
name of anti-terror operations for being IM members. The situa-
tion has become so desperate that as soon as one state agency
catches a Muslim youth, the other state agency immediately
wants his custody. Then the third state agency starts demanding
its pound of flesh. It seems that state Police agencies are not con-
fident about the suspects they have chargesheeted. Are they
nervous that there is no evidence against youths lodged in Delhi,
Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Karntaka
jails? So all state agencies clamour for custody as soon as one
of them nets a catch?
5. There is big money involved in keeping the various state
level ATSs, Special Cells and the Crime Branches. These forces
are allowed to spend billions - including buying sophisticated
weaponry - and are not accountable to anyone.
6. Anti-Muslim, communal biases seem to guide the agencies.
But even if we set aside the communal angle for a moment,
MONEY also can function as a major motivator for state and cen-
tral actors to implicate innocents and start a game which has no
end.
7. It is an open secret that Mossad, the infamous, dirty agency
of Israel, interrogates Muslim prisoners inside Indian jails, espe-
cially in Mumbai and Delhi.
8. Mossad functionaries have been found inside Military
Intelligence (MI) zones in Rajasthan and Jammu & Kashmir. The
pathetic manner in which Colonel Raj Kumar Purohit, leader of the
Hindutva terror brigade and an accused in the 2008 Malegaon
blasts, was sought to be shielded recently by forces inside the
Indian military, is a stern reminder of the fact that foreign agencies
might have infiltrated our military as well.
For personal gains, and to feed the anti-Muslim phobia of
Israel and the US, Indian security agencies are putting Indias
security and sovereignty at risk. If there is home-grown terrorism
in India, it is not being perpetrated by the IM or some imagined
Muslim terrorist group. The IB, Military Intelligence and various
state agencies represent the real hub of home-grown terror. My
charge is that terror plots, in which innocent Indians lose their
lives, are planned inside their offices, in collusion with Mossad-
type security forces. they need to be exposed and punished.
Everything again boils down to Urdu. There is a complete
lack of trust between victims and Indian security forces. The latter
have become a law unto themselves. Indians can only taunt them
with Ghalibs couplet:
Tere waade par jiye hum to aye jaan jhoot jaana
To say that I lived on your promises [of national security] is to
make my life a lie
Ki khushi se mar na jaate agar aitebaar hota
Would I not have died of happiness if you were really trustworthy?
Amaresh Misra blogs on blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
where this article appeared first
Let us not close our eyes to the hard
fact that segregation along religion, caste
and class lines is still visible in most parts
of the country. Honour killings, a symbolic
condemnation of inter-caste marriages with-
in Hindu community and also of inter-reli-
gion marriages, have started hitting head-
lines only recently. These are just one of the
many instances of strong, deep-rooted prej-
udices and bias restricting interaction
among members of different castes.
Continued from page 1
Different states are ruled by different governments. Naquee Ahmed, the Delhi
Police informer, is arrested by the Mahrashtra ATS as a terrorist. Qateel Siddiqui, a
man wanted by IB and West Bengal Police in a fake currency case, is arrested by
the Delhi Police and declared a terrorist. The Mumbai Police take his custody for
interrogation. He is found dead killed by so-called Hindu criminals in the maxi-
mum security, anda cell of Punes Yerwada Jail. Then the Delhi Police brings
Zabihuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal an IB informer over from Saudi Arabia
declaring him a terrorist.
S a l m a
Khatoon, wife
of famous
Muslim scholar
and Member of
Pa r l i a me n t ,
M a u l a n a
Mo h a mma d
Asrarul Haque
Qasmi, died in
Delhi on 9 July.
She had been
struggling with
life for the last six months and was
under regular treatment in Delhis
Batra Hospital. When there was no
improvement in her condition, she
was taken to AIIMS where she died.
She was 66 and is survived by
three sons and two daughters both
of whom are married and have chil-
dren.
With the news of her demise,
hundreds of people from Delhi and
the National Capital Region and
people of Kishanganj district and
Purnea Commissionerate of Bihar
living in Delhi rushed to the All India
Institute of Medical Sciences where
her body was embalmed. Her body
was taken to her native place in
Kishanganj, Bihar and buried there
next day.
Thousands of
people from
K i s h a n g a n j ,
Purnea, Katihar,
Araria and Uttar
Dinajpur districts
of Bihar and
West Bengal
attended her
funeral and paid
their respect with
moist eyes. Her
funeral prayer was also offered at
the mosque at Markazi Jamaat-e-
Islami headquarters in New Delhi.
Daughter of Vilayat Hussain,
Salma Khatoom was born in 1945
in Tappu village of Kishanganj and
was married to Maulana Asrarul
Qasmi on 16 May 1965. She lived a
simple life.
Condolence messages poured
in from different parts of India and
prayer meetings were held at vari-
ous palces. Condolence messages
were also sent from Saudia Arabia,
Afghanistan, the United Kingdom
and some other countries. May
Allah forgive her sins and get her
Jannah. Ameen!
MANZAR IMAM
Syed ABDUL WAHAB Ashrafi, prominent
Urdu poet, fiction writer, critic and historian
died of heart attack in Patna on 15 July.
Holder of Masters Degrees in English, Urdu
and Persian and a Gold medallist in
Persian, he is an author of about three
dozens books in poetry, fiction and criticism.
In recognition of his literary services he was
honoured with many awards including
Sahitya Academy Award (for his book
Taarikh Adab-e Urdu), Ghalib Award,
Bharatiya Bhasha Award etc. He was head
of Urdu Department in Ranchi University
and honoured with Presidential Award also.
He was 76 and is survived by his wife, four
sons and two daughters.
SAHIL SEHRI, noted Urdu poet died in his
home town Haldwani on 9 July. He was a
poet of modern Urdu poetry. His anthology
of poems Safar Safar hai was very popular.
He leaves behind his wife, one son and
seven daughters. He was laid to rest in his
home town Haldwani.
USMAN ALI Jaunpuri, veteran journalist of
Mumbai died on 6 July in Mumbai. He was
associated with many newspapers like
Mumbais daily Inqilab, Hindustan (Urdu),
Sahafat. Subsequently he had also become
editor of Inqilab. He leaves behind his wife,
three daughters and two sons. He was laid
to rest in Dharavis graveyard same day.
Wives of two important Muslim religious
leaders and scholars died one after the
other almost simultaneously i.e. on 9th and
10 July but at different places. Whereas
SHAFIQA KHATOON, wife of former Rector
of Darul Uloom Deoband (late) Maulana
Marghoobur Rahman died at Bijnor on
10 July the age of 95 years, SALMA KHA-
TOON, wife of Maulana Asrarul Haque
Qasmi, Lok Sabha M.P. from Kishan Ganj
(Bihar) and President of All India Talimi wa
Milli Foundation died on 9 July at the age of
66 years at Delhis AIIMS after a prolonged
illness. Mrs. Shafiqa Khatoon had been con-
fined to bed for the past about 8-9 years.
Both ladies were pious, kind hearted and
sympathetic to poor women and girls. Salma
Khatoon is survived by her M.P. husband,
three sons and two daughters. Her body
was taken by air to Kishan Ganj for burial.
Maulana ABDUL HAQ Qasmi, a noted reli-
gious scholar and former Ameer of Jamiat
Ahle Hadees, Mumbai died in Mumbai on 5
July. He did valuable service to Jamiat Ahle
Hadees of Mumbai branch at a time when it
was in its preliminary stages. He was also a
member of Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadeess
Majlis-e Shoora for many years.
Dr. SHARIF AHMAD, noted author and crit-
ic who was also former President of Delhi
Universitys Department of Urdu died at his
residence in Darya Ganj on 20 July after a
prolonged illness. His detailed critical work
on Abdul Haleem Sharars works is the first
and unique of its type. He was 81 and
leaves behind his wife, two daughters and
one son.
NASIR ALI, Director in the ministry of civil avia-
tion who has been handling Air India related mat-
ters and was recently appointed Officer on
Special Duty (OSD) to Air Indias Chairman & Mg.
Director, has been appointed Joint Managing
Director of Air India by the said ministry in addition
to his usual duties as Director. His appointment
was recently cleared by Appointments Committee
of the cabinet. A 1990-batch IRS Officer, Nasir
Alis position has now become No. 2 in Air India
after its CMD.
Twenty-two year old MUHAMMAD TARIQ of Mau
who has completed first year (M. Tech) from IIT
Kharagpur has been selected as a scientist by
union ministry of science & technology. He has
been assigned with the task of building a special
electric motor to be used in a robot which will per-
form different jobs like drilling and excavating in
deep sea (upto a depth of 6000 metres), taking
the debris (dug up mass of mud) upto sea level
etc. and posted at its centre at Chennai. The
authorities of IIT Kharagpur have, as a special
case, allowed him to complete his M. Tech course
side by side his government service. He passed
electrical engineering from AMUs Zakir Husain
Engg. College, Aligarh with 96% marks and also
GATE exam with 99.7% marks for admission in
IIT Kharagpur. He has represented India in many
countries like Thailand, Malaysia, UAE, Italy,
Saudi Arabia etc.
Syed FAISAL ALI, a journalist who was associat-
ed with Arab News, Jeddah as an editor for more
than 15 years has been appointed (and taken
over) editorial head of Urdu daily Rashtriya
Sahara and Alami Sahara T.V. Urdu channel. He
succeeds Aziz Burney who was group editor of
Sahara group of publications.
Dr. RASHIDULLAH KHAN, secretary of All India
Unani Tibbi Congress and Assistant Director of
Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine
(CCRUM) has been unanimously elected Vice
President of Central Council of Indian Medicine
(CCIM). Dr. V.P. TYAGI was elected President of
CCIM. Dr. Rashidullah hails from Meerut.
AHMAD KAMAL SAIFI, a student of Jamia Millia
Islamia, New Delhis Mass Communication and
Research Centre secured first prize in
International Photography Competition for which
he earned Rs. one lakh. He is also a national level
badminton player, a state level swimming champi-
on and a first class marksman of NCC annual
training camp.
Mrs. NASEEMA MIRZA, mother of Indias popu-
lar tennis player Sania Mirza, has been selected
by All India Tennis Association to serve as man-
ager alongwith four other experts including
S.P. MISRA, SANJAY SINGH etc. in the Indian
contingent of tennis officials team. Though she
(Naseema Mirza) has attended dozens of tennis
championship events and has lot of experience,
technically speaking she is not an expert in this
field but has been included as a special case to
boost the morale of women players.
JAFAR RAZA of Amroha has been conferred
PhD Degree by MJP Roohailkhand University in
Commerce for his thesis on Currency of Modern
India which he completed under the supervision
of Dr. Anil Rai Poorya.
NEWSMAKERS
12 The Milli Gazette, 1-15 August 2012
MEN & WOMEN IN NEWS
OBITUARIES
A businessman from Dhoraji town
of Saurashtra, Memon Abdul
Habeeb Yusuf Marfani, donated
almost his entire fortune of Rs 1
crore to the Indian National Army.
SAEED KHAN
Ahmedabad: While Gujarati businessmen
donated generously for Mahatma Gandhis non-
violent freedom struggle, there were some who
helped Netaji Subhas Chandra Boses Indian
National Army.
A businessman from Dhoraji town
ofSaurashtra, Memon Abdul Habeeb Yusuf
Marfani, donated almost his entire fortune of
Rs 1 crore to the Indian National Army, a prince-
ly sum in those days.
The Memon family was settled in Rangoon.
On July 9, 1944, when Netaji founded INA in
Rangoon, Marfani was the first to come forward
to contribute financially to the Azad Hind Bank.
Soon, the coffer swelled with contributions from
Indian expats in Rangoon and Singapore.
Historian Yunus Chitalwala says Marfani
was among the first donors and Netaji
expressed his gratitude by awarding him a
Sevak-e-Hind medal. He was the first recipient
of this award.
Marfanis gesture has been documented in
various history books. Historian Raj Mal
Kasliwal in his book Netaji, Azad Hind Fauz and
After says, One Muslim Burmese business
magnate of Rangoon donated a crore worth of
cash and jewellery and offered his services to
the Independence movement. After he emptied
a plate full of jewellery and placed a bundle of
title deeds before Bose, the leader praised the
gesture saying, Brothers! I am very happy
today that people have started realizing
their duties... People are ready to sacrifice
everything. What Habeeb sheth has done
is commendable and those who emulate
him in serving the homeland are really
praiseworthy.
Marfani is not the only Gujarati Muslim
to have contributed to INA. Surats Ghulam
Husein Mushtaq Randeri was the recruiting
officer for the army. During the recent cele-
bration of Boses birth centenary, Marfanis
grandson Yacoob Habeeb was felicitated
in New Delhi for his ancestors action.
However, these references were missing
from chief minister Narendra Modis
speech on the occasion last week, when
he donned the INA cap and tried hard to
establish the Gujarat connection with
Bose. (articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com,
Jul 14, 2012)
MUHAMMAD AAMIR, the innocent youth who was arrested
and jailed on the false charge of terrorism and was subject-
ed to inhuman treatment in jail was honoured at a function
sponsored by Lenin Raghuvanshis organisation Peoples
Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) at India
Habitat Centre, with Jan Mitra Award and given a certificate
and a cheque of Rs. 60,000 as financial assistance by
PVCHRs Executive Director, Lenin Raghuvanshi who,
while greatly praising Aamir for his fortitude and having no ill
will against his punishment for no fault said that he deserves
all praise and help. He said that if we dont help people like
Aamir, who else we should help? He said that in spite all
sufferings for no fault, he has great courage and optimism
and such people should be helped in all possible ways.
MAUDOOD ALI Siddiqi, a senior Urdu journalist and
Managing Editor of the weekly Akhbar-e Nau was honoured
by Delhi Urdu Academy with the Academys Award for Urdu
Journalism 2011. The Award was given to him by
Academys ex-officio chairperson and Delhis chief minister
Shiela Dikshit at a function held at Delhi Secretariat on 17
July. Maudood Siddiqi has been honoured with many other
awards also like Maulana Muhammad Ali Jauhar Award and
Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavna Award. He was also associated
with many Urdu weekly and monthly magazines like
Aastana, Payam-e Mashriq, Beesween Sadi, Awam etc. His
greatest achievement was compilation and publication of
first Directory of Urdu newspapers and magazines which
was released by former President of India, (late) K. R.
Narayanan.
ZUBAIR RIZVI, noted Urdu poet and editor of Urdu maga-
zine Zehan Jadeed has been selected by Maharashtra Urdu
Sahitya Academy for being honoured with Sant
Gyaneshwar National Award for the year 2009. There were
many other awardees also for the year 2010 to all of whom
the awards were given by Maharashtras chief minister
Prithvi Raj Chauhan at a function held on 17 July.
SIBTE RAZI, former Governor of Jharkhand was honoured
with Rajiv Gandhi Award at a function organised by Imamia
Educational Trust at Ghalib Academy, New Delhi on 11 July.
On this occasion about 350 students were also given gold
medals and certificates. Also, Ahmad Raees Siddiqi (Alig),
chief editor and proprietor of Nadia Times who is also Table
Tennis champion of All India Power sector and was the cap-
tain of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), former
Radio and T.V. commentator for more than 30 years, was
honoured with Imamia Award in recognition of his perform-
ance in the field of sports.
HIRA LAL Sibal, a senior lawyer of world fame was hon-
oured with the title of Alami Wakeel-e Urdu on the occasion
of his 98th birthday at a special function organised by Alami
Urdu Trust. He was presented a shawl, an Address of
Welcome and a memento. Hira Lal is the father of union
HRD minister Kapil Sibal and in the undivided India, Hira Lal
was the champion of Urdu language and literature. He was
also honoured by Indian government with Padma Bhushan
Award. It may incidentally be added that he had successful-
ly pleaded the case against famous litterateur Sadat Hasan
Manto in a Lahore court when he was charged with indecen-
cy and obscenity.
ABDUL HAIE Ansari, a journalist associated with Inqilab,
an Urdu daily of Delhi was honoured with Award for
Journalism by Maharashtra Urdu Academy.
(Ms.) SHAMAILA FIRDAUS of Hyderabad who always
secured first position in Jawaharlal Nehru Technology
University, Hyderabad from the years 2006 to 2010 was
honoured with a Gold Medal and Commendation Certificate
by the Universitys Registrar and Convener of EAMCET
Rama Rao at a function held at Amjadullah Khan College of
Business Administrations Seminar Hall on 18 July. Earlier
she was a student of Sultanul Uloom College.
AWARDS
Gujarati Muslim gave Rs 1 crore to Netaji
Maulana Asrarul Haque
Qasmis wife passes away
SPECIAL REPORTS
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BY OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT
New Delhi: Amjad Alqasis, an international
human rights law expert and Rev. Dr Jamal
Khader, Palestinian Biblical scholar, spoke at
conferences in both Chennai and Delhi on simi-
larities between Zionism and Hindutva. They
participated in a national consultation in Delhi
during 17-18 July on the struggle of the
Palestinian people for statehood and found sim-
ilarities between the ideologies of Hindutva and
Zionism which they said were promoting division
and suspicion of the other. Hindutva and
Zionism are two ideologies that are strikingly
similar in content and orientation. They have
grown into forms of nationalism that are intoler-
ant of pluralism and seek exclusivist identities
for their followers, concluded the participants of
the conference in New Delhi. The event saw
participants from the Church, Parliament, rights
groups and civil society.
In his inaugural address, Mani Shankar
Aiyer, Member of Parliament and former Union
minister, presented delegates with multiple chal-
lenges that Indians must respond to. In his
keynote address, Aiyer said that establishing
diplomatic relations with Israel was a mistake at
par with the destruction of the Babri Masjid and
both were committed by the same prime minis-
ter. He said relations have progressed so much
that Israel today is the largest supplier of non-
essential goods [read arms] to India. Describing
Oslo accords as the beginning of a panchayati
raj for Gaza and West Bank, he said that there
is no room for a two-state solution because
Israel will never allow a Palestinian state.
The conference was organised by Indian
Solidarity Ecumenical Network - Palestine
(ISEN) which is a new group of several Christian
organisations in India. An ISEN delegation visit-
ed Palestine last year. A member of the delega-
tion, Samuel Jayakumar who moderated one of
the sessions, said that life in Palestine is like a
prison. Life there is more pathetic than the caste
system in India, he said.
The conference had two participants from
Palestine, human rights activist Amjad Al-Qasis
and Father Jamal Khader, both Christians.
Al-Qasis explained in detail the racist Israeli
society which has two sets of laws, one for the
Jews and the other for the Palestinian Arabs
who include both Muslims and Christians. The
legal and constitutional framework has been
meticulously laid down with a view to favour
Jews and discriminate against Arabs.
Palestinians under Israeli occupation have been
divided into five categories: Palestinians living in
Israel, living in Jerusalem, living in West Bank,
living in Gaza and those living in diaspora
(refugees). All the five have different rules. If a
Palestinian of one category falls in love with a
Palestinian of another category, he/she cannot
live with him/her in Israel. The Israeli society is
so racist that Israels interior minister said two
months ago that Israel is the country of whites
only. Israels Law of Return allows any Jew from
anywhere in the world to return to Israel as of
right while Palestinians made refugees by Israel
cannot dream to return to their homes and
lands. Israeli Nationality Law desprives non-
Jews of equality in Israel while Political Parties
Law allows only pro-Israel parties to get regis-
tered and function. Jewish National Fund
actively discriminates against Arabs and works
for all Jews, even those who do not live in
Israel. Al-Qasis said that a strong Jewish com-
munity flourished in the Arab world for close to
two thousand years but Zionists have extin-
guished this. He said that in Israel, both Left
and Right are zionist. Even the Israeli
Communist Party is zionist. Non-zionist Jews
are less than one percent of the Jewish popula-
tion of Israel, he said.
Father Jamal Khader explained in detail the
Christian Zionism, a movement which started
long before the emergence of Jewish Zionism.
Its aim is to help collect all Jews inside Palestine
as a precondition for the second coming of
Jesus who will convert Jews to Christianity. In
essece, Christian Zionism is anti-Jewish but it
suits both at present andthey to cooperate with
each other because Israel benefits
from the influence and resources of
Christian movements supporting it in
the US and Europe. Christian zionists
in the US say that Israeli interests are
identicial to that of the US. To make
their case, Christian zionists pick
some sections of the Bible and neg-
lect the rest which do not support
Jews or Judaism. He said, these
groups have supermarket, i.e., pick-
n-choose, theology -- they choose and
pick some out of context texts of the
Bible in order to support their case.
The apartheid system in South Africa
too was based on a selective reading
of the Bible, he said, adding that these people
ignore the whole history between 3000 years
and now. Their plan is: return of the Jews to
Palestine; establishment of the Jewish
State/Third Temple; end of time and return of
Jesus Christ to this world. And when this had
happened Jews will be annihilated by Jesus. As
such, it is an anti-Jewish movement and Jews
know it, Father Khader said adding that Jews go
along with this as they need current political and
material support for Israel. He said that Jews
know that Christians are their worst enemies
and that their best friends used to be Muslims,
especially in Muslim Spain. Father Khader said
that Christian Zionists have now started saying
that we should not say that Jews killed Jesus
because this belief led to the Holocaust. He cau-
tioned that these ideas are slowly percolating
into mainstream Churches, which is dangerous.
Participants expressed their displeasure at
the Indian government and corporate sectors
growing relations with Israel while the zionist
country is in constant violation of international
law and pays no heed to UN resolutions pertain-
ing to ending the 45 year occupation of
Palestine. Speakers included Prof Achin Vanaik,
Prof. Shamsul Islam, Fr Maverick Fernandes
and Dr Ram Puniyani.
The consultation demanded an end to
Israeli occupation based on UN resolutions and
international law. It also decided to hold a
nation-wide campaign for boycott, divestment
and sanctions (BSD) against Israel.
MG/Yusuf
Srinagar: The Islamic Revival, a multicolored
Islamic magazine from Jammu and Kashmir was
launched here on 1 July. The magazine was
released by the prominent Islamic orator and
Peace TV speaker Yahya Alavi, who was the chief
guest. Alavi is also the Director Health, Adams
institute at Washington, He spoke on the topic of
Role of media in Islamic Society. He urged the
media particularly Muslim media to spread the
teaching of Islam. Dr Nazir Ahmad Zargar spoke
on the western media and its impact on society.
Chief Editor of the new magazine, Muhammad
Amir, said: I had started the magazine a few years
ago, but now we have officially released it . Our
motto is to spread Islamic education among the
youngsters and our new generation. He added
they have also launched website www.
Theislamicrevival .com.
Similarities between Hindutva, Zionism discussed
Islamic Revival magazine launched
How communal forces entrap Muslims
Hyderabad: A large number of people from Rajasthan, UP, Bihar and Gujarat are heading
towards this city to run their businesses. The ratio is increasing on an alarming rate. New
festivals and processions are coming up in the city because of these non-locals.
A new phenomenon is a certain calendar which hangs on the wall of various shops at
Begum Bazar, mostly owned by Gujaratis. The calendar has a photo of a famous swami
named Asaram Babu. More surprisingly is that the picture shows some Muslim men and
women sitting in front of the swami with great respect. When enquired about the swami the
shop owner said that he is bhagwan. No one returns empty-handed from him and your
Muslims also come to him.
In another such example, a barber near Masjid Miyan Mashak has shut down his busi-
ness and has become a faith-healer. Actually his father was a bonal and used to become
potraj on every bonal festival. This barber and his son do faith healing and unfortunately
Muslims too come to his shop located at a footpath. He gives his clients a thread and some
lemons, besides this he cuts a lock of his clients hair and tells that he would ward off all
the problems by doing a particular puja on it for which he collects 1100 rupees.
Another person named Chandu heals young children by giving bath to them. He
charges 30 to 50 rupees for giving each healing bath to the children. Another swami has
set up his faith healing business near Himayat Sagar. People go to him to promote their
businesses.
The sad part of the story is that there is a considerable number of Muslims who go to
such fake babas for cure. When the notorious witch craft Nagin Bhabi was arrested last
month, a large number of locals staged dharna for giving strict punishment to her. A chief
officer asked them why dont you stop people going to her? He was right. We should
inform Muslims what is right and what is wrong. (Siasat news)
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rape cases
reported
last year
Sir! Who should we
blame for all this?
Abu Jundal, Kasab
or Zakiur Rahman
Lakhvi...?
COMMUNITY NEWS
14 The Milli Gazette, 1-15 August 2012
HC notice to cleric on holy hair claim
A prominent section of Keralas Sunni Muslims which says it has
the holy hair of Prophet Mohammed - and claims to be building
Indias biggest mosque to preserve it - has been challenged in
court over the authenticity of the relic. Acting on a petition, Kerala
high court issued notices to Sunni Jamiyathul Ulema general sec-
retary Kanthapuram Aboobacker Musaliar and the state govern-
ment on July 7 and sought their replies within a month. Petitioner
UC Abu contended the Musaliar was exploiting the sentiments of
Muslims by making false claims that the hair he had collected
from Saudi Arabia was a relic of the Prophet. According to Abu,
the Musaliar has been collecting large sums of money to build the
mosque at Kozhikode in northern Kerala to preserve the hair. He
had appealed to the court to direct the state government to con-
duct a probe into the matter. Work on the mosque, spread across
12 acres, began in January and is expected to be completed in
two years. The mosque is estimated to cost Rs. 40 crore and will
apparently accommodate 25,000 devotees during prayer time.
The complex will have a museum and a library. Some Muslim
groups including Jamaat-e-Islami and Mujahid factions have
challenged the Musaliar to prove the veracity of his claim by put-
ting his relic through a fire test, saying if the hair is the Prophets,
it will overcome the fury of the fire. The Musaliar, however, has
rejected calls for putting the hair through fire, saying it will not be
proper to subject such a precious relic to tests. The Hazratbal
Shrine in Kashmir has a relic believed by the devout to be the holy
hair of the Prophet.
Christians Attacked in Karnataka
On 6 July in Ramagundahally, Channagiri, Davanagere, alleged
Hindu extremists forcefully entered into a house church, accused
the Christians of forceful conversion and beat them up until four
believers fell unconscious. According to our correspondent, Rev
Noel Kotian, the extremists barged into a prayer meeting, verbal-
ly abused the Christians and beat them up claiming that the
church was involved in fraudulent and forceful conversion. They
also tore up all the Bibles and other Christian tracts lying in the
church and then phoned the Basappakatte police station. The
police immediately came to the spot and took Pastor Mounesh to
the police station for further inquiry.
After area Christian leaders intervention, the pastor was
released at about 12:30 a. m. However, the release of Pastor
Mounesh infuriated the extremists and at about 2:30 p. m. the
next day, a dozen extremists forcefully entered the prayer service
and beat up Pastor Monesh and the church members. Believers
identified only as Hosuramma, Bhagyamma, Gurumoorthy,
Ranganatha became unconscious from the beating and they
received treatment in the district Govt hospital.
In a similar incident, about 20 Hindu extremists allegedly from
the Bajrang Dal barged into the church at about 11 am and forced
the Christians to stop their worship service on July 1 in
Vijayapura, Chitradurga. The extremists verbally abused Pastor
Kantharaj Hanumanthappa and the church members, alleging
that they are involved in forcibly and fraudulently converting
Hindus to Christianity. Pastor Hanumanthappa stopped the
prayer service and then along with a few believers went to the
Burmasagar Police Station and lodged a complaint against the
attackers. Police officers visited the spot and reached a compro-
mise between the two parties. They warned the extremists not to
disturb the Christians in future and also advised the Christians not
to indulge in forceful conversion or force anyone to attend their
prayer services.
Delhi Waqf Board's income increasing
New Delhi: Delhi Waqf Board, like Waqf Boards of many other
states, is faced with the problem of lesser income and greater
expenses. Now it has started taking certain steps for increasing
its income which is paying dividend. First step in this direction is
that at the time of change of tenancy it has decided to charge rent
at the market rate which has substantially added to its income.
Recently, with increased rent the Board has received Rs. 64 lakh
as donations from some tenants. Six shops which were earlier
paying Rs. 3000 only (per month) are now made to pay approxi-
mately Rs. 30,000. According to news available from internal
sources, the Board was facing great difficulties because of mea-
gre rents from tenants. Though it had many ambitious and long
term plans, these could not be taken up because of small income.
In the formal meeting of the Board that was held in its office
on 16 June which was chaired by Chaudhary Mateen Ahmad and
attended, among others, by Maulana Ejaz Arshad, former CEO
Azimul Haq, Maulana Qasim, Raza Mehdi and new CEO Ehsan
Abid, some important decisions were taken. One of them was that
the Board decided to increase the salaries of Muazzins of
mosques under the Board by Rs. 1000 monthly. This increase is
to be with retrospective effect i.e. from 1 April 2012. Another deci-
sion was that the salaries of theology teachers of schools affiliat-
ed to the Board will be increased by Rs. 2000 per month. (It was
however not specified if this increase will
be from the current month or with retro-
spective effect). It may also be stated in
this connection that in its earlier meeting
the Board had decided to increase the
salaries of Masjid Imams by Rs. 1000 (per
month). Delhi Waqf Boards new website
is ready and will become operational soon.
Computerisation of Waqf Board records is
in progress and will be finalised soon and
will be available on its website. As regards
reconstruction of the demolished Masjid
Noor of Jungpura, Boards new CEO
Ehsan Abid told Board members that
approval for the land allotted by DDA for
rebuilding of this Masjid will be accorded
soon.
Sahil Parwez third in
MDS entrance test
Ahmedabad: Sahil Parwez secured the
third position in the Master of Dental
Surgery (MDS) entrance test conducted by
the All India Institute of Medical Science. A
jubilant Sahil beaming with pride, said that
he had scored 91 percent marks in the
12th standard exam, which secured him a
seat in BDS. Though slightly disappointed
for not getting an MBBS seat, he worked
hard to pass the BDS exam with a good
score. In the recent test he stood third in
the country and first in the state. He
intends to specialise in oral cancer and
serve people.
Eklavya Award for Yusuf Pathan and
Munaf Patel
Vadodara: The Gujarat government award-
ed the 2010-11 Eklavya Award to cricketer
Yusuf Pathan for his outstanding contribu-
tion to the Indian teams victory in the
World Cup as an inspiring role model for
the youth. The award carries a memento, a
cheque for Rs. 1 lakh and a blazer. Yusufs
father Mehboob Khan Pathan, was also present when officials
visited Pathans home to present the award. Munaf Patel has also
been given the Eklayva Award this year. Yusufs younger brother,
Irfan Pathan also a cricketer, too was honoured with the presti-
gious award. Accepting the award, Yusuf Pathan, expressed his
gratitude to Allah for His bounties. He expressed his happiness as
a Gujarati to be honoured by the state government. At Munaf
Patels residence the officials were taken by surprise when they
saw the award winning cricketer personally serving them water
and cold drinks.
University named after Qazi Nazrul Islam will be set up
Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamta Bannerjee speaking
on the occasion of celebrating 113th birth anniversary of united
Bengals rebel poet, Qazi Nazrul Islam here on 25 May said that
a university in his name will be set up in Asansol, his ancestral
home. Speaking about Nazrul Teerth she said that in this univer-
sity in addition to other departments, there will be a research
department, an academy and an archive. Defending the decision
of transferring / shifting it from Indira Bhavan at Salt Lake to
Roger Heart, she said that she did not want to enter into any con-
troversy or dispute regarding great persons like Rabindra Nath
(Tagore), Nazrul or Vivekanand.
Biography of Prophet in Guinness Book of Records
Dubai: UAEs finance minister Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al
Makhtoom released the book which is the most voluminous one
on the biography of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). This book is also
the costliest one in the world and has been included in the
Guinness Book of World Records. The book was released in the
presence of top officials of UAE, ambassadors, business mag-
nates and distinguished personalities. The book contains writings
on the life of the Prophet of Islam and Islams impact on the world
on the international scale. According to reliable sources, this book
runs into 420 pages and its weight is a hundred kilos. Height of
this book is 5 metres and width is 4 metres. Directions have been
issued to publish 50 thousand copies of this book, all costs of
which will be borne by Sheikh Hamdan.
Search of CEO of Ajmer Sharif Dargah
New Delhi: Union ministry for minorities affairs has restarted the
entire process of selection and appointment of Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) of Khwaja Moinuddin Chistis Dargah at Ajmer. It
may be stated that the previous CEO, Ahmad Raza after comple-
tion of his term had resigned in February 2011 and ever since
then this post is lying vacant and in the absence of the CEO, the
secretary in the ministry of minorities affairs Muhammad Afzal is
working as interim CEO. The ministry had no doubt appointed a
defence ministry official Rashid Ansari as the CEO who was
asked to take over this post by 20 June but because of some per-
sonal reasons he had expressed his inability to hold this post.
After his refusal, government (minority affairs ministry) has start-
ed the whole process of selection and appointment of a new CEO
anew and for this purpose it has started inviting applications.
Meanwhile, the 5-year term of the existing Ajmer Sharif Dargah
Committee is also coming to an end on 24 August. This commit-
tee consists of nine members which governs the affairs of the
Dargah and the CEO works under this committee. An official of
the minorities affairs ministry said that normally it takes about two
months for the selection of the CEO and the ministry is trying to
select a suitable person as CEO. Ajmer Dargahs Diwan Syed
Zainul Abdin Ali Khan criticised the governments go-slow policy
in this matter, saying he cant understand why the government
takes two months in selection / appointment of the CEO. It may
be stated that the CEOs role is important in many respects. The
person appointed by the CEO is authorised to collect and main-
tain the offerings / donations given by the devotees to the Dargah.
Again, it is he alongwith Dargah Committee who arranges the
annual urs of the saint. There are more than 300 properties asso-
ciated with the Dargah. Annual income from these properties and
offerings / donations etc. is about Rs. 225 crores. Recently,
Dargah Management Committee was accused of irregularities in
the management and income of the Dargah. In view of these
accusations and irregularities, one of the committee members M.
M. Tarmeez in a letter to the ministry had demanded dissolution
of the committee.
New Delhi: Muslims in Delhi normally take recourse to courts set
up by governments for the settlement of their Sharaee problems
because the number of Sharaee committees or Darul Qazas is
very small. In view of difficulties faced by Muslims in this respect,
All India Muslim Personal Law Board is thinking of setting up
many more Darul Qazas in the national capital, Delhi. According
to a senior member of this Board, in view of the necessity and
importance of Darul Qazas, planning is already in progress for
setting up of a network of such Darul Qazas in the long run but
for the time being preparations are going on for building one
Darul Qaza in the N.C.R. Jamiatul Ulamas department of
Amarat-e Sharaiyya has decided to set up many Sharaee depart-
ments or Darul Qazas in the capital.
At present there are only some such institutions which can
be counted on ones finger tips, including the one functioning in
Okhla under Muslim Personal Law Board. Another is Darul Qaza
in Madrasa Baitul Uloom in Jafarabad (East Delhi). The third one
is Sharaiyya department in Madrasa Baabul Uloom functioning
under Jamiatul Ulama. According to Maulana Ghayoor of
Jamiatul Ulama the number of Sharaee departments in Delhi is
hardly four which Muslims can approach for the settlement of
their family problems. According to Muhammad Tariq who is a
lawyer and has carried out research on Sharaee institutions in
Delhi, says that Muslims should take some of their family dis-
putes like marriage, divorce, heredity and will, maintenance
allowance but they do not find it possible because these institu-
tions generally do not have basic facilities, staff and they lack
transparency and hence common Muslims do not want to
approach these institutions.
Delhi states Jamiatul Ulama chief, Mufti Zafaruddin, who
runs a Sharaee department in East Delhi says that Jamiat has
made some progress in this respect and has also decided to
expand and set up more of such institutions. He said that some
Sharaee departments will be set up in Delhi where Muslims will
be able to get their disputes settled. Supervisor and incharge of
Jamiatul Ulamas department of Amarat-e Sharaiyya, Maulana
Moizuddin said that at present Jamiat is running more than 200
Sharaee departments in the whole of India but in Delhi only one
Sharaee department is working. It may be stated that in states
like Bihar, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Orissa Darul Qazas are work-
ing successfully. Amarat Sharaiyya of Patna is very successfully
running the Darul Qaza system and if in Delhi also this system is
run on the same lines, Muslims will benefit to a great extent for
the settlement of their Sharaee problems. (NAAnsari)
Plan to set up more Sharaee committees in Delhi
White Paper on Terrorism:
calling out readers and researchers
The most important and burning issue facing Indian Muslims at present is the continuing
arrests and widespread fake implication of our youth in trumped up terror cases master-
minded by saffron elements in the government, IB and Police. Now almost all Muslim
organisations are up in arms against this state terror. People are organising dharnas,
meetings, conference etc all over the country.
As a long-term solution and serious response to this problem thrust upon us, All India
Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat (AIMMM) has decided to bring out a white paper on the
Muslim-related terrorism in the country. This was discussed and passed during the
Working Committee meeting on 7 July. But since AIMMM does not have the required
funds and staff, I have undertaken the responsibility of preparing this white paper which
will be comprehensive in around 600+ large format pages covering the whole history and
gensis, communalism, vested interests in various fields, analysis of various laws like
TADA, POTA and UAPA, fake encounters, acquittals, IB & Police role, media attitude,
case studies, statewise studies, SIMI and so-called Indian Mujahidin, Hindutva terror,
individual tragedies of victims, Azamgarh, Bhatkal, Malegaon, Darbhanga modules,
some basic documents, etc.
The target is to bring it out during the next six months and release it in a big conven-
tion at Delhi as a combined effort of all Muslim organisations, and thereafter present the
white paper to politicians, media, human rights orgs, especially those abroad, in order to
enlighten public opinion as well as to build pressure on our blind and deaf government.
The estimated cost of this white paper is Rs 25 lakh divided as follows: Rs 10 lakh
cost of preparation and payments to contributors plus six months salaries to three per-
sons including an expert; Rs 10 lakh for designing and printing the document in a world-
class format; and Rs 5 lakh convention costs. The first two concern the undersigned while
the last (convention) concerns AIMMM.
To finance this effort which will be a watershed in this struggle against state terrorism
in India, I need and solicit your full support. This may be either by direct contribution for
the effort or by buying copies in advance which could later be sent to you or to others at
your behalf. The estimated price of the white paper is Rs 2000 at least. Our well-wishers
can pay Rs 1000 only per copy as advance purchase (plus any actual postal or courier
charges which will be indicated and payable later). Payments for the copies may be made
to our publishing company (Pharos Media & Publishing Pvt Ltd, D-84 Abul Fazal Enclave-
I, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi 110 025 - Email: info@pharosmedia.com). Individuals and
organisations ordering a minimum of 100 copies will be included as sponsors of the White
Paper. Contribution towards the organisation of the convention may be sent to the All
India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, D-84 Abul Fazal Enclave, part 1, Jamia Nagar, New
Delhi 110 025.
Experts who can contribute to this white paper may kindly write to me with
some detail about their past experience and work.
ZAFARUL-ISLAM KHAN (Editor, The Milli Gazette - edit@milligazette.com)
The Milli Gazette, 1-15 August 2012 15
COMMUNITY NEWS
Aala Hazrat Library inaugurated in Delhi
New Delhi: Aala Hazrat Library in Jamiatul Imam Ahmad Raza,
Mehrauli Sharif was inaugurated by Delhis chief minister Shiela
Dikshit on 22 June. Speaking on this occasion she said that the
Delhi government is trying to equip madrasas with computers
and modern technology and it is promise-bound to render all pos-
sible cooperation and assistance in improving the educational
system of madrasas. On this occasion she also released a book
titled Fatawa Hamidiya which contains hundeds of fatwas.
Dr. Yoga Nand Shastri, MLA and Speaker of Delhi Assembly said
that it is a matter of pleasure that religious madrasas are impart-
ing education to our youngmen and playing an important role in
reforming our society and in the building and development of the
country. Delhi Waqf Board Chairman Chaudhary Mateen Ahmad
while speaking on this occasion said that acquisition of modern
education alongwith religious education is very essential in
todays world. Maulana Ansar Raza said that right from 1947 till
date we have proved our secularism but we have always been
viewed with suspicion. Hence the time has now come that those
who want us to prove our patriotism should do a bit of soul
searching.
Dalit family converts to Islam
Ramla: Dalit family in Asara village of Panipat (Haryana) consist-
ing of husband Yogendra Prajapati, wife Babita, their two sons,
18-year old Sachin and 15-year old Rashabh, and 3-year old
daughter Gudia, have converted to Islam. Prajapati, a fruit seller,
changed his name to Qadir Khan after conversion, his wife
Babita, has become Aisha Begum, sons Sachin and Rashabh
have become Muhammad Hasan and Muhammad Husain
respectively and Gudia has become Anisa. Babita had been
working in an Aanganwadi that was opened in Maktab Hifazatul
Islam complex of the village. The entire family converted to Islam
in the madrasa in the presence of Muslims. (AG Khan)
Soofi Saheb missing from Loni Kotwali area
New Delhi: The way Muslims are being arrested in different parts
of India and they are being picked up without any information
being given to their families is really a matter of great concern. A
similar type of incident took place at Loni Kotwali also on 13 July
at around 9 in the morning where Soofi Moinuddin suddenly went
missing and in spite of all efforts and enquiries, his whereabouts
are unknown. As soon as this news reached his village and in
neighbouring areas, people rushed to the Kotwali and demanded
that Soofi Sahab be brought before them. When there was no
reply from the police, people shouted slogans. Soofi Moinuddin
Ansari is a resident of Pooja Colony. On 13 July he reached Loni
Kotwali alongwith his driver Raju and bodyguard Shaukat but
sent his driver Raju back to his residence to retrieve an important
paper. When the driver came back to the Kotwali and did not find
Soofi Saheb there, he contacted Kotwali police, but no one knew
his whereabouts. Soofi Sahebs brother Shakil Ahmad said that
everyone at the Kotwali said that we are finding out, proceedings
are going on, but there appears to be no result in sight. Soofi
Moinuddins elder son said that about two months ago, someone
fired at his father, but the bullet missed him and hit one Rashid
who was standing nearby and killed him. After that an official
guard was provided to him but he too did not come on 13 July.
Residents of Pooja Colony said they cant cook food because of
their sorrow. They said Soofi Saheb used to share joys and sor-
row of everybody.
Results of Bihar Madrasa Board declared
Patna: Bihar State Madrasa Board declared the results of its
Maulvi and Fauqania examinations on 14 July. Bihars education
minister P. K. Shahi also issued the result of these two examina-
tions on the Madrasa Boards website. In the Molvi examination,
68.93% students were successful, with the first, second and third
positions all held by girls. In the Fauqania examination, 62.89%
students passed. In Molvi examination 2012 a total of 66,972 stu-
dents had appeared of whom 62839 had passed and percentage
of girls was more than that of boys. In this examination Rukhsar
Parveen with 67.85% marks was the topper. In Fauqania, 70,798
students had appeared of whom 63,339 had passed. Number of
boys in this examination was 26167 and that of girls was 44,631;
65.90% girls and 87.87% boys had succeeded in this examina-
tion. In the Fauqania examination Muhammad Ahmad Ashraf
bagged the first position, while Muhammad Rizwan and Shakeel
Ahmad secured second and third positions respectively.
Azam Khan vows to bring back Muslim waqf properties
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh urban development and minority affairs
minister Azam Khan created flutter by claiming that almost 90%
prime properties of the Waqf Board in the state have been sold
to builders during previous regimes of the Bahujan Samaj Party
(BSP) and Samajwadi party (SP). He said that he would bring a
legislation to restore all of them back to the board. However, his
claim led to embarrassment of the ruling SP in the House
because Muslims are the partys main votebank. Khan alleged
that there where massive irregularities in the urban development
department during the BSP rule. While presenting Mulsim wel-
fare budget in the state assembly, Khan said in the last five years
of BSP government and also during the SP rule earlier, waqf
properties were sold. He said that he is aware about the deal-
ings of waqf properties done by some vested interests in previ-
ous SP regime. However, Khan said that the new law on waqf will
have the provision to take over the buildings constructed by
builders over waqf land and they will become a part of the Waqf.
He said that there has been a rise of 80% in the budget of the
minority development. Khan alleged that BSP government under
a conspiracy did not act to ensure education for the minorities.
Mayawati government kept the file
of Rs 90 crores central funds,
meant for minorities, so that its
next instalments could not be pro-
vided to the state, alleged Azam.
The assembly passed the budget
of Rs 1673.82 crores by a voice
vote.
Graveyard vandalised,
communal tension at Palanpur
Palanpur: Graveyard of the Muslim
Memon community situated near
Salempura Darwaza of Palanpur
was vandalised by anti-social ele-
ments in which more than 30
gravestones were demolished.
This was an attempt to generate
communal tension which the
Muslims managed to overcome by
great self-restraint. A police team
rushed to the site and carried out a
thorough investigation. A delega-
tion of community leaders met the
police urging them to act promptly
by arresting the culprits. A com-
plaint at the local police station has
been registered.
CBI clueless about Dilip
Patidars body
Indore: CBI submitted a sealed
report to state High Court admitting
its failure to trace Dilip Patidars
body. The agency apprised the
court that it is not in a position to
declare whether he is alive or
dead. It has named a few ATS offi-
cers related with the case. Challan in the court shall be filed after
the completion of official formalities. The bench enquired whether
it was a final report to which the agency replied that it was the
final report. The bench comprising Justices Shantanu Kemkar
and Prakash Shrivastav heard the matter in a habeas corpus
petition filed by the family members. Ritu Bhargava, petitioners
pleader, demanded a copy of the report for study. She accused
the investigation agencies of misguiding the probe. Padma
Patidar, wife of Dilip Patidar was consoled by the pleader Ritu
Bhargava with the assurance that suitable action on report shall
be undertaken.
Poster war against Modi takes Bollywood turn
Ahmedabad: Not content with Bollywoods cruel mother-in-law
image of Lalita Pawar, Congress added fuel to the poster war fire
by encashing the popularity of the recent box office hit film
Gangs of Waseypur. A poster with Modis photo displayed
prominently appeared with the title Gangs of Chorpur (Gangs of
Thieveland). Apart from Modi, the poster featured industrialist
Gautam Adani as a member of the gang. Modi is shown assault-
ing R. K. Laxmans common man with the line: Agle election tak
hum aapki aise hi lete rahenge (We will exploit you like this till
the next election).
High Court grants 14 day stay on Amreli graveyard case
Ahmedabad: Petition filed by Sunni Muslim Committee has grant-
ed 14 days stay on the graveyard-temple dispute site which
recently resulted in a communal flare up. Bench comprising Chief
Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and J.B. Pardiwala ordered a stay
on temple construction. The case has been pending since 1992
in which Sunni Muslims claim it to be a graveyard at Eidgah
whereas Hindus want the place for constructing a temple at
Damnagar in Amreli district.
Reconstitution of All India Muslim Intellectual Forum
Lucknow: Executive Committee of All India Muslim Intellectual
Forum which was created by the noted Islamic Scholar Prof.
Muhammad Yunus Nagrami Nadwi has now been reconstituted
at its meeting held recently. After its reconstitution, Darul Uloom
Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknows Rector Dr. Maulana Saeedur
Rahman Azmi Nadwi and Urdu, Arabi, Farsi Universitys Vice
Chancellor Anees Ansari were unanimously elected Chairman
and Vice Chairman respectively. Dr. Ammar Anees Nagrami was
also unanimously elected General Secretary of the Forum. About
18 persons including Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangimahli, Prof.
Malikzada Manzoor Ahmad, Prof. Shah Abdus Salam, Prof.
Shafiq Ahmad Nadwi etc. were elected Members of this Forum.
According to general secretary Dr. Ammar Anees Nagrami,
Nadwatul Ulamas Chief Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadwi will be
the Patron of this Forum.
Large-scale violence in Assam, govt playing helpless
New Delhi: The death toll in the ethnic violence in Indias Assam
state has risen to 32, authorities said on 24 July. More than
170,000 Muslims have fled their homes after attacks by tribes-
people against Muslims in Kokrajhar and Chirang and have taken
refuge in makeshift shelters or refugee camps. Security forces
have been given shoot on sight orders and a curfew has been
imposed in the troubled areas. There have been tensions
between indigenous groups and so-called Bengali Muslims in
Assam for many years. The current tension was building up since
early July but the authorities looked the other way as usual. The
current violence erupted on 20 July. Even during these attacks
the administration and security forces have been completely
biased and ensured the safety of the illegally armed tribesmen.
Muslim victims of earlier attacks, especially similar violence in
1994, are still living in refugee camps.
New Delhi: A poster was distributed here on 9 July in the prem-
ises of the BJP headquarters here. It warned against Muslim
youth marrying and converting Hindu girls and gave Bollywood
stars Aamir Khan and Saif Ali Khans names as examples. The
poster was allegedly put up by Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena, but
advertised a group called the Anti-Love Jihad Front. The poster
appealed to the Hindus to report such incidents, for which the
organization provided a phone number and an email id. The
Love Jihad slogan coined by Hindutwadis to malign Muslims
first appeared in Kerala but was dismissed by the Kerala police
after an official investigation. The Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena is
the same outfit, the members of which, allegedly beat up Team
Anna member Prashant Bhushan some months ago. The poster
was removed quickly after it attracted media attention but the
Delhi Police and administration failed to take notice or action.
Compare this with the eight month imprisonment suffered by
Okhla MLA Asif Mohammad Khan for pasting poster denounc-
ing Bushs war in Iraq in 2003.
Poster at BJP office warns of Muslims wooing Hindu girls
SM Mushrifs take on Abu Jundal episode:
it is contempt of court
Pune: Former IG Police Maharashtra and author of the path-
breaking book Who Killed Karkare, SM Mushrif said reacting to the
avalanche of news leaked by IB and Police after the extradition
of Zabihuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal that it is a clear case of con-
tempt of court and the Supreme Court can take action against the
culprits. He said in reaction to a report in Mumbais Urdu Times:
I would only like to enlighten your readers on the legal aspect of
the much published arrest of the prized catch in the Mumbai
attack case of 26/11 viz. Zabihuddin Ansari alias Jundal his so-
called confessional statement and other related news items.
At the outset, I would like to say that whatever is being pub-
lished in the media at the instance of the I.B. and the police has zero value in law and hence
deserves to be ignored totally as a trash. The behaviour of the I.B. and the police speaks of their
utter anxiety and lack of confidence.
I fail to understand what the I.B. and the police are driving at and what is their objective in
doing so? Are they trying to negate their own investigations or are they trying to pressurise the
Supreme Court before which the convicts appeal is pending for final disposal? Or are they trying
to create fear psychosis in the Muslim youths?
As has been well known, the Mumbai police, actively aided by the I.B. and the ATS, has very
meticulously and thoroughly investigated the 26/11 case and had filed its elaborate
chargesheet in the court. The trial court accepted the evidence furnished by the investigation
agency and awarded death penalty to the only surviving terrorist Ajmal Kasab. The Bombay High
Court also confirmed the death sentence. Presently, the appeal of Ajmal Kasab is pending n the
supreme court.
Presuming, if at this stage, the I.B. and the police have stumbled upon some vital piece of
evidence, which they thought could change the very complexion of the case, the best course
open for them was to approach the Supreme Court before which the convicts appeal is pending
and request it to remand the case back for further investigation and retrial.
If instead of following this legal course, the I.B. and the police are giving a very wide public-
ity to the so-called confessional statements given by the so-called prized catch or the master-
mind of the same case and that too while he is still in the police custody, it amounts to contempt
of the court as it amounts to suggesting that the trial court and the High Court did not apply their
mind and convicted the accused on the basis of insufficient evidence or wrong evidence. This
may also be construed as an attempt to pressurise the supreme court. Therefore, the supreme
court can take action against the I.B., the police and even the govt. for the contempt of court.
INTERNATIONAL
16 The Milli Gazette, 1-15 August 2012
Mossad agents run false flag terror operations
in Bulgaria and other states
SORAYA SEPAHPOUR-ULRICH
July 20, 2012 Information Clearing House --
On July 18, 2012, an attack on an Israeli tourist bus in Bulgaria
took the lives of five Israeli nationals, a Bulgarian, and the mys-
terious suicide bomber. It is reported that the suspect, a young
Caucasian, had a fake Michigan drivers license. According to
Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, a top Bulgarian official warned that it
would be a mistake to blame a specific country or organization
for the attack. However, Israels Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu had other ideas.
Quick to point the finger at Iran, Mr. Netanyahu called it an
Iranian terror network spreading throughout the world. He
added: Exactly 18 years after the attack on a Jewish communi-
ty center in Argentina, the Iranian terror continues to hurt inno-
cent people. Apparently, it takes a village and some to set Iran
up.
These serious allegations with a potential for disaster,
demand scrutiny on several levels. The most fundamental ques-
tion which needs to be addressed is who benefits from these
attacks. One must question the location - location, location, loca-
tion. And finally, analyze the empirical data.
Who Benefits?
In spite of Israel and its Washington lobbies pushing for a war
against Iran, of late, prominent voices have adopted a less belli-
cose stance towards Iran and its nuclear program. The possibili-
ty of any military action against Iran which would undoubtedly
lead to a closure of the worlds most important oil chokepoint, the
Strait of Hormuz, has prompted politicians around the globe to
opt for a diplomatic solution to end the impasse with Iran.
Somewhat optimistically, Iran is investing its efforts in diplo-
macy. While continuing to work towards a mutually acceptable
solution with the P5+1, Iran is making extensive preparations for
the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit it will be hosting in
Tehran in August. Over the past three centuries, Iran has never
initiated a war and it would seem unlikely that at this juncture
Tehran would resort to terrorism and solicit condemnation and
possibly war. On the other hand, the targeting and killing of Israeli
citizens by Iran would serve to support and justify Netanyahus
call for military action against Iran.
For Netanyahu, domestic dissatisfaction aside, Israels poli-
cy of settlement expansion, a policy which government appoint-
ed jurists called legal, has brought international condemnation.
With the moderate Kadima party pulling out of government, leav-
ing Netanyahu in charge of hardline coalition opposed to Middle
East peace, Israel needs support from its allies more than ever.
Undoubtedly, Israel would have greater support as a victim
instead of as an aggressor.
Location, Location, Location
In addition to the Bulgaria attack, Mr. Netanyahu has blamed Iran
for attacks in other countries, including the apparent foiled attack
in Cyprus and the accusations leveled against Iran for plotting an
attack in Kenya.
Bulgaria: Bulgaria and Israel have very cordial relations. In
July 2011, an Israeli-Bulgarian declaration pledged wide-range
cooperation. A year later, on July 8th, Bulgarias former foreign
minister Solomon Passy told The Times of Israel that Israel
should aggressively seek to join NATO and the EU. Passy said:
Israel is part of Western civilization and of the Euro-Atlantic polit-
ical culture and thats why Israel shouldnt be shy to vocally say
that it wants to become a member of NATO, the EU and OSCE
[Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe],. Ten
days later, an attack against Israel took place in Bulgaria.
Thailand: Thailand and Israel have had cordial relations with
moderate and steady trade. In January 2012, Thailand recog-
nized Palestine as an independent state . A month later, Israel
blamed Iran for terrorist attacks in Bangkok. Allegedly, one of
the perpetrators had carried his Iranian passport on him to carry
out the mission!
India: India and Israel have had very amicable relations. On
July 17, 2003, JINSAs executive director delivered a speech in
Washington to the US-India Political Action Committee
International Conference on Terrorism in India in which he put
Israel, the United States, and India in the same boat - as the
number one on the terrorist hit list (Bonney 2008 ). In 2008, India
launched Israels spy satellite into orbit. In spite of its close ties
to Israel, India has not stopped trade with Iran. In fact, two days
prior to the Israeli embassy staff in India were targeted on
February 13, 2012 , India defended its oil trade with Iran .
Georgia: Israels relations with Georgia are unique. It was
widely reported in 2008 that Israel had the green light to attack
Iran from Georgian territory. Israel is thought to have played a
prominent role in the Russian-Georgian conflict (see link for full
details of the relationship). In 2010, Georgia and Iran entered a
new phase in their relationship and Nino Kalandadze, the
Georgian deputy foreign minister expressed that ties will further
deepen. As with India, Iran was blamed for the bomb attempts in
Georgia.
Given the nature of Israels relations with these countries,
one cannot definitively conclude why these countries were
picked by the perpetrators of these crimes. Perhaps these Israeli
allies are not safe for Israelis, or they are safe for false-flag oper-
ations.
Empirical Data
Mr. Netanyahu made a clear reference to 1994 saying: Exactly
18 years after the attack on a Jewish community center in
Argentina, the Iranian terror continues to hurt innocent people.
The 1994 bombing in Argentina was blamed squarely on Iran
without any evidence while all other voices were silenced.
Prominent voices such as Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate
director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles who sug-
gested that [Argentine] government and military figures may
have sought to embarrass the Menem government because of its
decision to release the files being investigated in the AMIA build-
ing at the time. An important project being carried out at the
Argentine Israelite Mutual
Association building was a
review of previously secret gov-
ernment files that reportedly
reveal how Nazis entered
Argentina following World War II
helped by Argentine officials.
The review of the files had gone
on for two years, but had not
been completed at the time of
the bombing. Speculation cen-
tered on the possibility that for-
mer Argentine government and
military officials, fearful of expo-
sure, were responsible for the
bomb attack.
This is but one of the many
instances where allegations
against Iran have been made
without any proof. However,
there have been many instances where Israeli false flag opera-
tions have come to light.
Many reports as well as a detailed accounts (Operation
Cyanide) reveals the Israeli plan to kill everyone on board the
USS Liberty in 1967 and put the blame on Egypt. The survivors
prompted President Johnson and Defense Secretary Robert
McNamara to order the investigation to conclude the attack was
a case of mistaken identity.
Israel has always had a knack for stealing passports and
other IDs to carry out false flag operations. According to The New
Zealand Herald (September 21, 2004), Mossad agents tried to
steal New Zealand passports, causing friction between New
Zealand and Israel. It is not the first time this has come to light,
according to the same source. Mossad agents had stolen
Canadian passports to assassinate a Jordanian leader. These
are not isolated cases.
In January 2012, it came to light that Israeli Mossad officers
recruited operatives belonging to the terrorist group Jundallah by
passing themselves off as American agents. According to two
U.S. intelligence officials, while toting U.S. passports and posing
as CIA officers, they recruited Jundallah operatives. One month
later, in February, NBC reported that according to US officials,
Israel armed and trained the terrorist MEK.
While there is plenty of empirical data to support that Israelis
are not shy about false flag operations, one would be hard
pressed to accept that Israel would carry out a false flag opera-
tion and kill its own. Not so.
The 1976 Operation Entebbe was a great tribute to Israeli
courage and praise of Israeli commandos of the Israel Defense
Forces (IDF) who rescued Israeli citizens at Entebbe airport in
Uganda. But newly released British government documents
reveal that the 1976 rescue of hostages, kidnapped on an Air
France flight and held in Entebbe was a false flag operation - the
file claims that Israel itself was behind the hijacking.
This rescue operation which became known as operation
Jonathan in honor of the units leader - Yonatan Netanyahu, the
current Prime Ministers brother. Yonatan was killed in the false
flag operation - as were four other Israelis.
When it comes to Israels political agenda, no sacrifice is too
great. A move against Iran will reverberate throughout the world.
It is important for political leaders around the globe to understand
that it may take a village to implement a political agenda, but it is
up to them to make sure that the agenda does not destroy the
global village.
Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich is a Public Diplomacy Scholar, independent
researcher and blogger with a focus on U.S. foreign policy and the role of
lobby groups.
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The 1976 Operation Entebbe was a
great tribute to Israeli courage and
praise of Israeli commandos of the
Israel Defense Forces (IDF) who res-
cued Israeli citizens at Entebbe airport
in Uganda. But newly released British
government documents reveal that the
1976 rescue of hostages, kidnapped
on an Air France flight and held in
Entebbe was a false flag operation -
the file claims that Israel itself was
behind the hijacking.
Many reports as well as a detailed
accounts (Operation Cyanide)
reveals the Israeli plan to kill everyone
on board the USS Liberty in 1967 and
put the blame on Egypt.
In January 2012, it came to light that
Israeli Mossad officers recruited oper-
atives belonging to the terrorist group
Jundallah by passing themselves off
as American agents.
War with Iran to last years, devas-
tate global economy: Brzezinski
Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski warned in
an interview with Newsmax TV that a confrontation with Iran
would be disastrous for the United States, lasting for years and
possibly devastating America's economy. "A war in the Middle
East, in the present context, may last for years," Brzezinski, who
served in the Carter White House, tells Newsmax in an exclusive
interview. "And the economic consequences of it are going to be
devastating for the average American.
"High inflation. Instability. Insecurity. Probably significant iso-
lation for the United States in the world scene," Brzezinski says.
"Can you name me any significant country that's going to be in
that war together on our side? That's something no one can afford
to ignore," Brzezinski adds.
"Rushing to war is not a wise course of action," he says. "You
can always start a war, and you know pretty much what happens
when you start it. But you don't know how long it will last, what its
consequences will be - and they will be certainly very costly for
the United States."
Iran recently renewed its threats to close the Strait of Hormuz
unless sanctions against it were revoked. Tehran has repeatedly
threatened to close the vital oil-shipping channel, through which
40 percent of the world's seaborne oil exports travel, in retaliation
for sanctions placed on its oil exports by Western nations.
"We would open it by force - and we have the power to do it,
and I'm fairly confident we would do it," says Brzezinski, who now
is Robert Osgood Professor of American Foreign Policy at the
School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins
University in Washington, D. C.. His latest book, released in
January, is Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global
Power.
"But let's not be simple-minded about it. We can open it up,
but you can be absolutely certain that the costs of oil will skyrock-
et because it will still be a dangerous passage.
"In effect, the American taxpayer should be ready to pay $5
to $10 a gallon for the pleasure of having a war in the Strait of
Hormuz," Brzezinski explains. "This is another reason why it's a
wise course of action to be prudent and patient. Time's on our
side." He concurs with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak that
Iran probably will not have a nuclear weapon for "at least three
years or so" - but, regardless, a Tehran with such arsenals is a
major game-changer in the region.
The Milli Gazette, 1-15 August 2012 17
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We Jews are a funny breed. We love to brag about every Jewish
actor. Sometimes we even pretend an actor is Jewish just
because we like him enough that we think he deserves to be on
our team. We brag about Jewish authors, Jewish politicians,
Jewish directors. Every time someone mentions any movie or
book or piece of art, we inevitably say something like, "Did you
know that he was Jewish?" That's just how we roll.
We're a driven group, and not just in regards to the art world.
We have, for example, AIPAC, which was essentially constructed
just to drive agenda in Washington DC. And it succeeds
admirably. And we brag about it. Again, it's just what we do.
But the funny part is when any anti-Semite or anti-Israel per-
son starts to spout stuff like, "The Jews control the media!" and
"The Jews control Washington!"
Suddenly we're up in arms. We create huge campaigns to
take these people down. We do what we can to put them out of
work. We publish articles. We've created entire organizations that
exist just to tell everyone that the Jews don't control nothin'. No,
we don't control the media, we don't have any more sway in DC
than anyone else. No, no, no, we swear: We're just like everybody
else!
Does anyone else (who's not a bigot) see the irony of this?
Let's be honest with ourselves, here, fellow Jews. We do con-
trol the media. We've got so many dudes up in the executive
offices in all the big movie production companies it's almost
obscene. Just about every movie or TV show, whether it be
"Tropic Thunder" or "Curb Your Enthusiasm," is rife with actors,
directors, and writers who are Jewish. Did you know that all eight
major film studios are run by Jews? Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty
good.
But that's not all. We also control the ads that go on those TV
shows.
And let's not forget AIPAC, every anti-Semite's favorite punch-
ing bag. We're talking an organization that's practically the equiv-
alent of the Elders of Zion. I'll never forget when I was involved in
Israeli advocacy in college and being at one of the many AIPAC
conventions. A man literally stood in front of us and told us that
their whole goal was to only work with top-50 school graduate stu-
dents because they would eventually be the people making
changes in the government. Here I am, an idealistic little kid that
goes to a bottom 50 school (ASU) who wants to do some grass-
roots advocacy, and these guys are literally talking about infiltrat-
ing the government. Intense.
Now, I know what everyone will say. That everyone tries to
lobby. Every minority group and every majority group. That every
group has some successful actors and directors. But that's a far
call from saying that we run Hollywood and Madison Avenue. That
the Mel Gibsons of the world are right in saying we're deliberate-
ly using our power to take over the world. That we've got some
crazy conspiracy going down.
Okay. Fine. So some of that is kooky talk.
But let's look at it a bit deeper.
Maybe it's true: everyone lobbies. Maybe it's true there are
actors of every ethnicity out there. But come on. We're the ones
who are bragging about this stuff all the time. Can't we admit that
we're incredibly successful? Can't we say it to the world?
I'll give my theory for why Jews don't want to talk about their
control of the media.
First of all, as much as Jews like to admit that so many of
them are successful, and that so many of them have accom-
plished so much, they hate to admit that it has to do with they're
being Jewish. Maybe they'll admit that it has something to do with
the Jewishexperience. But how many Jews will admit that there is
something inherently a part of every single one of them that helps
them to accomplish amazing things?
The ADL chairman, Abe Foxman, was interviewed in a great
article about the subject and he said that he "would prefer people
say that many executives in the industry 'happen to be Jewish.'"
This just about sums up the party line.
The truth is, the anti-Semites got it right. We Jews have some-
thing planted in each one of us that makes us completely different
from every group in the world. We're talking about a group of peo-
ple that just got put in death camps, endured pogroms, their whole
families decimated. And then they came to America, the one place
that ever really let them have as much power as they wanted, and
suddenly they're taking over. Please don't tell me that any other
group in the world has ever done that. Only the Jews. And we've
done it before.
That's why the Jews were enslaved in Egypt. We were too
successful. Go look at the Torah - it's right there. And we did it in
Germany too.
This ability to succeed, this inner drive, comes not from the
years of education or any other sort of conditional factors, but
because of the inner spark within each Jew.
Now, the reason groups like the ADL and AIPAC hate admit-
ting this is because, first of all, they are secular organizations.
Their whole agenda is to prove that every Jew is the same as
every other person in the world. I cannot imagine a more out-
landish agenda. No, we're different. We're special.
And clearly, that whole thing about big Jewish noses was
totally blown out of proportion.
Of course, people hate when anyone says this. They assume
that if you're saying that Jews are special, it somehow implies that
they're better.
To be honest, I'm not really sure what the word "better" even
means. What I do know is that being special simply means a per-
son has a responsibility to do good.
I think that's the real reason most Jews are so afraid to admit
that there's something inherently powerful and good about them.
Not because they're afraid of being special. But because they're
afraid of being responsible. It means that they're suddenly culpa-
ble when they create dirty TV shows that sully the spiritual atmos-
phere of the world. It means that things can't just be created for
the sake of amusement or fun or even "art."
Suddenly, we can't screw up the
world.
The interesting thing is that Jews
have done so much for the world in so
many other ways. They've moved forward
civil rights; they've helped save lives in
Darfur, Haiti and just about everywhere
else.
But that's not enough. Fixing the
world physically is only half the battle.
Our larger battle, the harder battle, is
elevating the world spiritually. And this is
what the people that fight with every inch
of their soul to prove that Jews are just
the same as everyone else are afraid of.
It means that we can no longer just
"express ourselves." We'll have to start
thinking about the things we create and
the way we act. It means we'll have to
start working together. It means we'll
have to hold one other, and ourselves, to
a higher standard.
The time has come, though. We no
longer have to change our names. We no
longer have to blend in like chameleons.
We own a whole freaking country.
Instead, we can be proud of who we are, and simultaneously
aware of our huge responsibility - and opportunity. (The Times of
Israel)
Jews DO Control The Media
Iran to Launch Domestic
Search Engine
Tehran: Iran plans to launch its first home-made search engine
which supports the Persian language intelligently, an Iranian IT
official announced on 21 July. "Despite the foreign search
engine's support for the Persian language, we want to launch
domestic search engines which support the Persian language
intelligently and present a more applicable understanding of the
Iranian users' demand and intention," Deputy Head of Iran's
Information Technology (IT) Organization Ali Asqar Ansari told
FNA.
"Operators which will be called 'Fajr' will receive operation
license for presenting search engines in Iran," Ansari explained.
Iran had also earlier said that it has plans to establish a
"national information network" billed as a system that would
function like a sort of intranet for the Islamic Republic.
Iranian Minister of Communication and Information
Technology Reza Taqipour said in April 2011 that the plan would
be fully implemented by March 2013.
He said that the country's own internet network will solve
problems with costs, security and bandwidth.
When the network becomes operational in a few weeks,
internet use will no longer need an international bandwidth for
domestic connections and bandwidth expenses will drop up to
30 percent, Taqipour said. With domestic communications rout-
ed through the "national information network" the international
bandwidth will be freed for international communications,
Taqipour said. The network's purpose is to provide Iranian citi-
zens with the safe environment to use the internet and to protect
Iran from cyber-attacks. Protecting privacy and preventing cyber-
attacks are concerns of all the countries in the world, the infor-
mation minister said.
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18 The Milli Gazette, 1-15 August 2012
KARAMATULLAH K. GHORI
Last month when a woman was publicly
executed by a bunch of men for alleged
adultery, outside Kabul and not far from
the seat of power of the puppet govern-
ment of Hamid Karzai, there was uproar in
the western news media. There was chest-
beating aplenty that the Taliban-like sum-
mary justice was returning to Afghanistan.
There was, however, none among the
bleeding hearts with enough moral integri-
ty to state the obvious: that all this was happening in a country
where the full might of the west, in the guise of US and NATO,
has been present for the past 11 years-with more than 150,000
troops armed to teeth-and more than $ 400 billion dollars have
been spent on allegedly ridding the country of the blighted Taliban
presence and blessing on its people the sunshine of democracy.
The neo-imperialist presence in Afghanistan has undergone
a series of justification-changes since US first unleashed its mili-
tary fury on Afghanistan-in the wake of George W. Bushs
declared vendetta to teach the Afghans a lesson for sheltering
those held responsible for the cataclysm of 9/11. It was, to begin
with, a war of retribution to make the Taliban-led Afghanistan pay
for the crime of colluding with Al-Qaeda. But once that target was
accomplished and the Taliban were toppled, the reason for being
in Afghanistan mutated, quickly, into a mission of bringing to the
Afghan people the fruits of western-blessed democracy. In other
words, it was an unabashed rehash of the 19th century western
mantra of the white mans burden. Afghanistan had to be civilised,
no matter what.
However, after 11 long years, neither the security situation in
Afghanistan looks any more promising than what it was when the
Taliban were in command in Kabul, nor the lot of the Afghan
women-deemed most vulnerable and thus worthy of western
humanitarian support-seems any better.
The Taliban, never quite routed or rendered ineffective as a
force of reckoning in Afghanistan, clearly seem to be on the
rebound. Security for the common Afghan is precarious even in
those areas where US and NATO claim the Taliban have been
purged and driven into wilderness. The Afghan people are, obvi-
ously, in a greater predicament in those areas which are still
regarded as the Taliban strongholds.
Corruption of the ruling elite spawned by western presence in
Afghanistan is, no doubt, a powerful element behind the revival of
the Taliban, whom many increasingly see as the lesser of the two
options. Political corruption, led by Karzais own extended family
and clan, has been endemic, to the abiding concern of ordinary
Afghans. A new class of corrupt cronies has been fostered right
under the wings of Karzai. In the name of promoting democracy,
western governments have lavished favours on this elite class
and neglected the welfare and interests of the ordinary people
who suffered under the Taliban but have, obviously, been suffer-
ing more under the present dispensation of rogues and
scoundrels.
Canadas largest newspaper, The Toronto Star, recently ran a
series of first-hand reports on its front page, filed by its reporter,
Paul Watson, from Afghanistan, based on his impressions of
those projects that had been commissioned by the Canadian gov-
ernment with great fanfare for uplifting the socio-economic condi-
tions of the Afghan people. Watsons revealing reports portrayed
dismal conditions of these projects that included an irrigation dam
and schools set up for the education of Afghan girls. The dam is
not irrigating land and schools arent providing education to the
children as intended.
Afghan women had been trumpeted as the most vulnerable
segment of the Afghan society when western military presence in
Afghanistan allocated to itself a new mission, that of alleviating
their lot, in particular, and securing their rights in a society that
had traditionally treated them as chattels and pieces of property.
Western NGOs swung into action with lan to wrench Afghan
women from the bowels of ignorance, illiteracy, maltreatment and
subjugation.
But after 11 years and 55 billion dollars said to have been
spent on improving the social standing and conditions of the
Afghan women, the picture today seems as dark and dismal for
them as it was at the commencement of the undertaking. Reports
from western press mention hundreds of schools for girls remain-
ing closed because of the Taliban intimidation. Women are still a
haunted and persecuted group treated as second class citizens,
even under the supposed democratic and representative Karzai
regime. Womens rights are still being given a short-shrift by
Afghanistans legal system and courts are behaving not much dif-
ferently than the Talibans kangaroo courts which had been
denounced in the west as archaic and belonging to the stone age.
In the last four months alone, there were 52 reported cases
of murder of women; 42 of them were murders committed by fam-
ily members at the behest of the archaic jirgas for allegedly dis-
honouring the familys name. The Afghan women are entitled, in
the face of such cruelty and barbarity, to ask what blessings has
the western occupation of their country-in the name of ridding it of
injustice-brought to them and what can they look forward to once
the western forces finally pack up and depart from their land?
It was, as such, no news for the Afghan people that donors at
the recent Tokyo conference, assembled to ferret out aid from
wealthy countries still obliged to support the neo-imperialist mis-
sion in Afghanistan, pledged $ 16 billion over the next four years
for social up-liftment of the Afghan people. Knowing the rampant
corruption on Hamid Karzais watch in that country, not even most
donors are convinced that their dollops of aid wouldnt end up in
the already bulging pockets of Karzai and his cronies.
Its obvious that the US and NATO presence in Afghanistan
has failed, miserably, on both counts: security and uplifting the
socio-economic conditions of the Afghan people.
To add to the concern of the Afghans, theres no light at the
end of the dark tunnel for them now that the western neo-imperi-
alists, having miserably failed in their mission to eliminate the
Taliban are showing all the symptoms of defeat. With 2014
already declared as the year for the final eviction of western
forces from Afghanistan, all focus is now riveted on patching
things up with the derided Taliban, while at the same time desper-
ately beefing up the ranks of the new Afghan army to carry on the
western effort.
According to plans currently on foot, the new Afghan army-for
the training of which thousands of American and other western
troops would still be left in Afghanistan after 2014-would have a
strength of 350,000, a huge number for a country as poor and
pauper as Afghanistan. The yearly expenditure on this large force
is estimated to be around $ 11 billion-three times the total budget
of Afghanistan.
It isnt clear who will foot the bill for supporting such a large
army and maintaining it in fighting form so it may deliver on the
expectations that it would keep the Taliban at bay and not allow
them to retake Afghanistan once the western forces are gone.
Those knowing the recent history of Afghanistan suffer from
no burst of optimism that the new Afghan army would remain a
disciplined force once its mentors have departed from the scene.
Afghanistans chequered tribal moorings are as active as ever
and their centrifugal pull wouldnt lose its magic over the new
recruits. Besides, the over-arching infiltration of the Taliban in
every segment of the Afghan society would spin its own spell on
the new force, inevitably. Desertions from its ranks, and defection
to the Taliban, are a foregone conclusion, even to some of their
western mentors who seem quite resigned to this inevitability. The
Taliban should have ample cause to rejoice on prospects of
receiving infusion of well-trained soldiers into their ranks.
With an eye on this denouement of its epic adventure in
Afghanistan, US has already been dispensing feelers, all around,
that 2014 will not see a complete end to its military presence in
Afghanistan. The genial and affable Ryan Crocker-resigning from
his post as American Ambassador to Afghanistan for presumed
reasons of health-told interviewers from two American papers,
before leaving his Kabul post, that US is committed to carry on
its mission until 2024, at the very least. Knowing Crocker, theres
absolutely no reason to doubt his frank admission.
Pundits are at one that western governments, nearing the
end of their misadventure in Afghanistan, have precious little to
convince their increasingly frustrated and disgusted people that
all that was not a complete waste of money, men and strategy.
Theyre desperately on the prowl for another option that could sal-
vage their bruised reputation and pride, vis--vis their electorate.
Syria happens to be just one such option that presents itself
and western governments, on cue from US, seem keenly going
after it.
The mess and mayhem triggered there by a purblind and
obdurate Baathist regime, led by Bashar Al Assad, over the past
15 months, is not only an unfolding and bloodied tragedy but its
eventual denouement promises to be bloodier and messier. The
western governments clearly see in it an opportunity to put their
money on the winning side-the opposition forces gaining strength
and adherents by the day-just the way they did in the Libyan cri-
sis.
Of course Syria is much more complex and sordid than Libya
ever was. In Libya it was a straight-forward conflict between the
tyrant Qaddafi and the Libyan people fed up with his excesses. In
Syria it is that plus sectarian and ethnic fault-lines all crossing
over each other and jumbling into a kaleidoscope; borrowing
words from Winston Churchill, its an enigma rolled into a riddle.
But the most sensitive angle to the Syrian imbroglio is the
extraneous factors woven into the crisis.
For one, there is the Israeli angle, which is dear to the west-
ern hearts. The Baathists were never kosher to western strategy
for Middle East and the Arab world; no mercy was shown to the
Iraqi part of it under Saddam. Likewise, Bashars father, Hafiz Al
Assad, was as much a pariah as Saddam but was tolerated
because in his later years he chose to not ignite the demand for
the return of the Golan Heights seized by Israel. Bashar contin-
ued that policy and was welcomed. In fact, for a while, he was
hailed as a moderate and reformer.
U.S and other western powers arent so sure how a succes-
sor populist regime in Damascus would behave vis--vis Israel
and, hence, would still prefer to move cautiously and gingerly and
not hasten into an early end to the crisis. The rise of the much-
maligned (in western eyes) Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, as a
result of free choice of its people, has already been ringing alarm
bells in western capitals and noises of concern for Egypts future
course of action in regard to their blue-eyed Israel and the peace
treaty can be heard, loud and clear.
But, then, there is the rosy prospect of cutting off Irans sup-
ply lines to Hizbollah in Lebanon-a constant and annoying thorn
in Israels side and, by implication, also in western sides-with the
extinction of the Assad regime in Damascus is too tempting to be
passed off. Iran is still the biggest prize on the chessboard of ME.
The demise of Assad regime in Syria dangles the added bonus of
cutting Iran to size. Western governments would think of them-
selves as a bunch of nave poltroons if they were to allow such a
glittering prize to slip through their fingers.
But fortune seems inclined to favour the western strategists;
they have some Trojan Horses well implanted into the Arab camp;
wealthy oil producing autocratic regimes that allow no freedoms
to their own people but are all game to roll out their billions to sup-
port and bankroll the cause of the Syrian people against their own
corrupt and tyrannical regime. The likes of Saudi Arabia and tiny
Qatar are in the forefront of countries ensuring the supply of
weapons to the Syrian liberation forces camped in Turkey. The
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IMAM ABU HAMID AL-GHAZALI
It should be known that there are three grades of fasting:
ordinary, special and extra-special. Ordinary fasting means
abstaining from food, drink and sexual satisfaction.
Special Fasting means keeping ones ears, eyes, tongue, hands
and feet - and all other organs - free from sin.
Extra-special Fasting means fasting of the heart from unwor-
thy concerns and worldly thoughts, in total disregard of everything
but God - Great and Glorious is He. This kind of Fast is broken by
thinking of worldly matters, except for those conducive to religious
ends, since these constitute provision for the Hereafter and are
not of this lower world.
Those versed in the spiritual life of the heart have said that a
sin is recorded against one who concerns himself all day with
arrangements for breaking his Fast. Such anxiety stems from lack
of trust in the bounty of God - Great and Glorious is He - and from
lack of certain faith in His promised sustenance.
To this third degree belong the Prophets, the true awliya and
the intimates of God. It does not lend itself to detailed examination
in words, as its true nature is better revealed in action. It consists
in utmost dedication to God - Great and Glorious is He - to the
neglect of everything other than God - Exalted is He. It is bound
up with the significance of His words: Say: Allah (sent it down):
then leave them to play in their vain discussions [Al-Anam, 6:91].
Inward Requirements
As for Special Fasting, this is the kind practiced by the righteous.
It means keeping all ones organs free from sin. Six things are
required for its accomplishment:
See Not What Displeases God: A chaste regard, restrained from
viewing anything that is blameworthy or reprehensible, or that dis-
tracts the heart and diverts it from the remembrance of God, Great
and Glorious is He. Said the Prophet, on whom be peace: The
furtive glance is one of the poisoned arrows of Satan, on him be
Gods curse. Whoever forsakes it for fear of God will receive from
Him - Great and Glorious is He - a faith the sweetness of which
he will find within his heart.
Jabir relates on the authority of Anas that Gods Messenger,
on him be peace, said: Five things break a mans Fast: lying,
backbiting, gossiping, perjury and a lustful gaze.
Speak Not: Guarding ones tongue from idle chatter, lying, gos-
siping, obscenity, rudeness, arguing and controversy; making it
observe silence and occupying it with remembrance of God -
Great and Glorious is He - and with recitation of Quran. This is the
fasting of the tongue. Said Sufyan: Backbiting annuls the Fast.
Layth quotes Mujahid as saying: Two habits annul Fasting: back-
biting and telling lies.
The Prophet, on him be peace, said: Fasting is a shield; so
when one of you is Fasting he should not use foul or foolish talk.
If someone attacks him or insults him, let him say: I am Fasting,
I am Fasting!
According to Tradition: Two women were Fasting during the
time of Gods Messenger, on him be peace. They were so fatigued
towards the end of the day, from hunger and thirst, that they were
on the verge of collapsing. They therefore sent a message to
Gods Messenger, on him be peace, requesting permission to
break their Fast. In response, the Prophet, on him be peace, sent
them a bowl and said: Tell them to vomit into it what they have
eaten. One of them vomited and half filled the bowl with fresh
blood and tender meat, while the other brought up the same so
that they filled it between them. The onlookers were astonished.
Then the Prophet, on him be peace, said: These two women
have been Fasting from what God made lawful to them, and have
broken their Fast on what God, Exalted is He, made unlawful to
them. They sat together and indulged in backbiting, and here is
the flesh of the people they maligned!
Hear Not: Closing ones ears to everything reprehensible; for
everything unlawful to utter is likewise unlawful to listen to. That is
why God - Great and Glorious is He - equated the eavesdropper
with the profiteer, in His words, Exalted is He: Listeners to false-
hood, consumers of illicit gain (al- Maidah, 5:42).
God - Great and Glorious is He - also said: Why do their rab-
bis and priests not forbid them to utter sin and consume unlawful
profit? [al-Maidah, 5:63]
Silence in the face of backbiting is therefore unlawful. God,
Exalted is He, said: You are then just like them (al-Nisa, 4:140).
That is why the Prophet, on him be peace, said: The backbiter
and his listener are copartners in sin.
Do Not: Keeping all other limbs and organs away from sin: the
hands and feet from reprehensible deeds, and the stomach from
questionable food at the time of breaking Fast. It is meaningless
to Fast - to abstain from lawful food - only to break ones Fast on
what is unlawful. A man who Fasts like this may be compared to
one who builds a castle but demolishes a city. Lawful food is inju-
rious in quantity not in quality, so Fasting is to reduce the former.
A person might well give up excessive use of medicine, from fear
of ill effects, but he would be a fool to switch to taking poison. The
unlawful is a poison deadly to religion, while the lawful is a medi-
cine, beneficial in small doses but harmful in excess. The object
of Fasting is to induce moderation. Said the Prophet, on him be
peace: How many of those who Fast get nothing from it but
hunger and thirst! This has been taken to mean those who break
their Fast on unlawful food. Some say it refers to those who
abstain from lawful food, but break their Fast on human flesh
through backbiting, which is unlawful. Others consider it an allu-
sion to those who do not guard their organs from sin.
Avoid Overeating: Not to over-indulge in lawful food at the time of
breaking Fast, to the point of stuffing ones belly. There is no
receptacle more odious to God - Great and Glorious is He - than
a belly stuffed full with lawful food. Of what use is the Fast as a
means of conquering Gods enemy and abating appetite, if at the
time of breaking it one not only makes up for all one has missed
during the daytime, but perhaps also indulges in a variety of extra
foods?
It has even become the custom to stock up for Ramadan with
all kinds of foodstuffs, so that more is consumed during that time
than in the course of several other months put together. It is well-
known that the object of Fasting is to experience hunger and to
check desire, in order to reinforce the soul in piety. If the stomach
is starved from early morning till evening, so that its appetite is
aroused and its craving intensified, and it is then offered delicacies
and allowed to eat its fill, its taste for pleasure is increased and its
force exaggerated; passions are activated which would have lain
dormant under normal conditions.
The spirit and secret nature of Fasting is to weaken the forces
which are Satans means of leading us back to evil. It is therefore
essential to cut down ones intake to what one would consume on
a normal night, when not Fasting. No benefit is derived from the
Fast if one consumes as much as one would usually take during
the day and night combined. Moreover, one of the properties con-
sists in taking little sleep during the daytime, so that one feels the
hunger and thirst and becomes conscious of the weakening of
ones powers, with the consequent purification of the heart.
One should let a certain degree of weakness carry over into
the night, making it easier to perform the (tahajjud) and to recite
the praises of God (awrad). It may then be that Satan will not
hover around ones heart, and that one will behold the Kingdom of
Heaven. The Night of Destiny represents the night on which
something of this Kingdom is revealed. This is what is meant by
the words of God, Exalted is He: We surely revealed it on the
Night of Power (al-Qadr, 97:1).
Anyone who puts a bag of food between his heart and his
breast becomes blind to this revelation. Nor is keeping the stom-
ach empty sufficient to remove the veil, unless one also empties
the mind of everything but God, Great and Glorious is He. That is
the entire matter, and the starting point of it all is cutting down on
food.
Look To God With Fear And Hope: After the Fast has been bro-
ken, the heart should swing like a pendulum between fear and
hope. For one does not know if ones Fast will be accepted, so
that one will find favour with God, or whether it will be rejected,
leaving one among those He abhors. This is how one should be
at the end of any act of worship one performs.
It is related of Al-Hasan ibn Abil Hasan Al-Basri that he once
passed by a group of people who were laughing merrily. He said:
God - Great and Glorious is He - has made the month of
Ramadan a race course, on which His creatures compete in His
worship. Some have come in first and won, while others have
lagged behind and lost. It is absolutely amazing to find anybody
laughing and playing about on the day when success attends the
victors, and failure the wasters. By God, if the veil were lifted off,
the doer of good would surely be preoccupied with his good works
and the evildoer with his evil deeds in too much of joy to indulge
in idle sport, while for one who has suffered rejection laughter will
be precluded by remorse. Of Al-Ahnaf ibn Qays it is reported that
he was once told: You are an aged elder; Fasting would enfeeble
you. But he replied: By this I am making ready for a long journey.
Obedience to God, Glorified is He, is easier to endure than His
punishment. Such are the inwardly significant meanings of
Fasting. (Tasawwuf.org)
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The Inner Dimensions of Fasting
20 The Milli Gazette, 1-15 August 2012
Extra-special Fasting means fasting of
the heart from unworthy concerns and
worldly thoughts, in total disregard of
everything but God - Great and Glorious
is He. This kind of Fast is broken by
thinking of worldly matters, except for
those conducive to religious ends, since
these constitute provision for the
Hereafter and are not of this lower world.
The Milli Gazette, 1-15 August 2012 21
BOOKS
Book: Freedom Movement and Indian Muslims
Author: Santimoy Ray
Publisher: National Book Trust, Delhi
Year: 2011 (reprint of PublisherPeoples Publishing House, 1983
Pages: xvi+159.
Price: Rs 60
SUBHASH GATADE
How many people from this part of South Asia know the name of
Soomru Allah Bux (1900-1943), a legendary leader from pre-par-
tition India, who fought against the communal politics of Muslim
League, was popular enough to defeat its candidate to the state
assembly and wielded so
much support among the
masses that he could even
become Chief Minister of
Sindh in early 1940s. As a
chief minister, he was
opposed to the British war
efforts in 1941 and openly
supported Gandhijis Quit
India movement. History
records the tragic fact that he
was assassinated on 14 May
1943 by a hireling of the
British imperialists who was
close to the communal poli-
tics of the League. Or for that
matter how many people
have heard about Mayzada
Hashina Begum, a leader of
Calcutta scavengers and
sewerage cleaners, who
fought for their rights, court-
ed jail during the Second
World War, fought against
police oppression, social
injustice and obscurantist
ideas of mullas and confront-
ed boldly rabid communal
approach of Muslim
Leaguers.
The book Freedom
Movement and Indian
Muslims -- written by late
Santimoy Ray (1914-1999),
a renowned freedom fighter,
educationist and fighter for
communal harmony, who
had been part of the historic
Jugantar Revolutionary Party
since his young age and
faced a decade of imprison-
ment -- not only provides
many such important details
which have remained largelly
hidden from the eyes of our
people but also brings forth the role of Indian Muslims on the
broader canvas of anti-imperialist struggle. His contention is that
the main reason to exclude struggles of 18th and 19th centuries
by conventional luminaries is a conscious or (may be) an uncon-
scious endeavour to blackout the role of the peasantry - both
Hindus and Muslims - and of the tribals, more particularly of the
heroic and positive role of the Muslim community in India to end
the British rule in India.
The book is dedicated to those martyrs of Pakistan and India
who laid down their lives in protecting the minorities. It was first
published by Peoples Publishing House in 1979, and has been
reprinted by National Book Trust. It should be translated into all
Indian languages as it can help millions of people to get out of the
stereotypes they are still carrying about the other community.
Divided into six chapters, the book covers around two cen-
turies of British rule and the militant struggles which arose against
it. Starting from the Revolt of Sannyasis and Fakirs (1763-1800),
and Wahabi Revolt (1820-70), the book moves on to Phase of
Emerging Nationalism (1857-1905), Epoch of Armed Struggle
(1900-34), and ends by discussing National Mass Struggle and
Indian Muslims (1919-34 , 1934-47). A significant part of the
Appendix, which comprises of an extract from Prof Sumit
Sarkars work, and Sedition Committee Report on Muslim partic-
ipation in the revolutionary movement before the First World War
is the incomplete list of Muslim martyrs in the freedom move-
ment. The 40-plus page list of Muslim martyrs has been culled
from various sources which starts from the martyrs of the Wahabi
movement like Abdullah (hanged 1871), Ahmadullah (born 1808,
death in Andaman Jail 1881) and proceeds with revolutionaries of
Agniyug (the phase of what has been popularly known as revo-
lutionary terrorism) ; Anti-Rowlatt Act movement and Jalianwala
Bagh tragedy and concludes with the Royal Indian Navy revolt of
1946. It also includes martyrs of the Kisan and Workers move-
ment and a supplementary list of martyrs of 1857 war has also
been included. The author expresses regret that he has to name
these revolutionaries as Muslims (page 79) but he explains the
rationale behind it as to expose the illogicality and baselessness
of the anti-Muslim attitude of the Hindu pundits of history and
expresses the hope that the reader would appreciate the pur-
pose.
What prompted the author to take up this work is worth
emphasising. In the Preface, the author elaborates on the per-
version of history in school and college textbooks and the man-
ner in which Muslims are stigmatised at various levels, ranging
from them being considered foreigners or a separate cultural
identiy and betrayers of the national struggle' and how it had
been the deliberate policy of the British rulers during post-Mutiy
period to generate more acrimony and strifes amongst various
communities and groups.
The discipline of history-writing on the framework drawn by
James Mill became an important tool
here. It led to the depiction of Muslim
tyranny over subject people - the Hindus
- and the resistance of Rajputs etc
became their post-war themes. For a
layperson, it may be said that Mill cate-
gorised the Indian history into three peri-
ods: Hindu civilisation, Muslim civilisa-
tion and the British period. This was
largely accepted without question and
this understanding has stayed with us
for almost two hundred years.
According to Prof Romilla Thapar,
Mill argued that the Hindu civilisation
was stagnant and backward, the Muslim
only marginally better and the British
colonial power was an agency of
progress because it could legislate
change for improvement in India. In the
Hindutva version this periodisation
remains, only the colours have
changed: the Hindu period is the golden
age, the Muslim period the black, dark
age of tyranny and oppression, and the
colonial period is a grey age almost of
marginal importance compared to the
earlier two.
There is no doubt that colonialists
succeeded in influencing/impacting
Indian histriography so much so that
when, according to author, India wit-
nessed stirring phases of Hindu-Muslim
unity, one witnessed knighthood for Dr
Jadunath Sarkar whose four-volume
study on The Falll of Mughal Empire
well served the cause of British imperial-
ism. The author cannot hide his derision
for one of the leading lights of this
school - the eminent historian Dr R. C.
Mazumdar who had explained his phi-
losophy in the 1968 Diwali number of the
RSS organ Organiser in these words:
that all the Muslims should go to
Pakistan to solve the knotty problem of
communalism.
Elaborating on the exclusive approach of this conservative
school of history in the introduction, the author returns to
Dr Mazumdar again and tells how he refused to give any impor-
tance to the great uprising of 1857 and wanted us to go at least
700 years back when Bakhtiar Khilji first conquered parts of North
India to write the history of Indias freedom movement!
The author is happy that a new generation of historians have
cropped up to meet the challenge of the pernicious philosophy
and cult of hatred - which creates thousands of Nathuram
Godses - and observes that many of the earlier theories of
Dr Jadunath Sarkar and Dr Mazumdar have been mutilated and
nearly demolished.
II
The first chapter Revolt of Sannyasis and Fakirs (1763-1800)
dwells upon the first flag of revolt raised against the establish-
ment of British rule in Bengal, Bihar and Orissa which was
unfurled by Majnusha, leader of a band of Fakirs along with
Bhawani Pathak, leader of a band of Sannyasis. These fakirs and
sannyasis mainly belonged to religious orders like Madaria sect
among Muslims and Saiba sect amongst Hindus. Although they
were not properly organised but could successfully inspire
oppressed peasantry. Their forces could inflict series of defeats
on the British armies. By 1800, this first uprising against the
Firangis came to an end but left an indelible imprint upon future
struggles like the Wahabis and revolutionaries of Agniyug known
as terrorists.
The second chapter focusses on the Wahabi revolt (1820-
70) which was one of the earliest, most consistent and protract-
ed and the most remarkably anti-British movements which dom-
inated the nineteenth century (page 4). It wielded influence from
Peshawar to Dhaka and also made inroads into southern states.
The eighteen sixties witnessed (1863-65) a series of trials by
which leaders of this seditious community were arrested and
sent to jail or given capital punishment. All such prisoners stood
valiantly on the face of the tremendous torture. In 1872, one
Mohammed Sherali, a Wahabi imprisoned in Andaman Jail
assasinated Lord Mayo while he was visiting Portblair jail.
Chapters three deal with the phase of emerging nationalism
and the changes in the nature of resistance put up by the Indian
masses and the changed modus operandi of the Britishers as
well. One notices that the Muslim mind cannot be considered a
monolith and one can categorise the Muslim mind into modernist
and traditionalist or pro-British and anti-British. The modernist or
pro-British Muslim leaders felt dismayed at the growing frustration
of Muslims, declining aristocracy and their retinue including
ulama. They opposed the suicidal resistance of the Wahabis and
particularly the negative attitude of the ulama. They wanted that
Muslim masses accept British rule as salvation and appealed to
the Muslim masses to educate themselves on western lines. The
traditionalist represented by the ulama continued in the same
vein and looked beyond the immediate communal gains to the
historical growth of Indias national liberation struggle. The
founders of Darul Uloom Deoband represented the rebellious
spirit of the disgruntled Muslims since the days of the Wahabi
movement.
The author brings forth an important point that a significant
chunk of Muslims from the then Bengal province had opposed the
partition of Bengal which was supposed to be a smart move on
part of the British colonialists to divide the Hindus and Muslims.
According to him, The documents in government archives per-
taining to the movement against partition of Bengalprove that
throughout East Bengal in different districts a good number of
mass meetings were held to oppose this partition (page 30). He
discusses a mammoth gathering in Calcutta on 7 August 1905
where the main resolution was seconded by Maulvi Hasibuddin
Ahmed.
Chapter four starts with the advent of Agniyug, an age of mil-
itant nationalism, the birth of various secret revolutionary soci-
eties in India: Mitramela in Tamil Nadu, Abhinav Bharat in
Maharashtra, Atmaunnati Anushilan, Suhrid, Sadhana, Brati,
Sadesh Bandhab Samities in Bengal, Bharatmata Samiti in
Punjab and ends with the sacrifices by revolutionaries under the
leadership of Surya Sen.
While discussing the martyrdom of Khudiram Bose at the age
of eighteen who belonged to the Jugantar group of the Anushilan
Samiti (11 August 1908), it mentions the role of an unnamed
Muslim lady who had given him shelter before his arrest who was
known to be the sister of Moulvi Abdul Waheed.
The author narrates an experience when Dr Alam, a leader
from Punjab who toured Muslim majority provinces preaching
against communalism, had given his presidential address at the
second annual meeting of the Bengal provincial students confer-
ence held in August 1928 at Mymensingh town. He writes with
candidness that he still remembers his words: We must fight
British imperialism with all our might; but before that we must fight
communalism everywhere and always.
The last chapter discusses the trial of the INA prisoners Shah
Nawaz, Dhillon and Rashid Ali and how it electrified the whole
country from Kashmir to Cape Camorin. There were demonstra-
tions in major cities of undivided India when Rashid Ali Day was
observed by Muslim League, Congress, Communist Party and
Forward Bloc. A mighty demonstration of around two lakh people
was held in Calcutta.
The author concludes his monograph with the words that
while the rise of Muslim League and its ultimate triumph is being
recognised as a dominant negative feature, the positive contribu-
tion of the Muslim community in India went unrecognised among
many knowledgeable people. He ends with a note: This is a
basic malady of the Indian social situation which needs to be ruth-
lessly rooted out if India wants to survive and prosper as a civi-
lized community in the world.
Freedom Movement and Indian Muslims
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Accept the truth
Khan Vellayani objects to my views that Mughals indulged in
homosexual activities in his letter 'Homosexuality' (June 1-15).
Agreed, Islam condemns homosexuality in no uncertain terms
and Qur'an categorically prohibits it, but instances of homosexu-
ality among Muslims are not few and far between. Why is
sodomy called a 'Nawabi Shauq' (pastime of Nabobs)? Weren't
the Nawabs of Lucknow, Bhopal and Hyderabad fond of young
boys? 'The Dawn', 'The Nation' and Nawa-e-Waqt' (all from
Pakistan) reported the Pathans of NWFP and their predilection
for boys? Talibans, who call themselves the custodians of Islam
and the retainers of its pristine form, indulge in sodomy. Mughal
emperor Zahiruddin Babar clearly wrote about his weakness for
boys in his autobiography 'Tuzuk-e-Babri', originally written in
Turkish. We mustn't forget that despite religious bindings and
restrictions, we're all human beings with certain preferences and
priorities that cannot be thwarted by any faith however great its
influence on its followers. To live in a state of denial is to turn a
Nelson's eye to truth. And however hard you may try, truth has
its own way to emerge and laugh at your credulity.
Dr. Sumit S. Paul, Pune
Golden songs of olden days
Let A. I. R. broadcast decades old human film songs like "burai
ke badle bhalai kiye jaa" "gam jisne diye hen vohi gam door
karega" "teri gathdi me laagaa chor" - "basti basti parbat parbat
gaataa jaye banjara" "man ki aankhen khol baba" "panchhee
baawaraa" and several such others on easily listenable medium
air waves.
S. Akhtar Khanpur Deh - 392150
Mr. Chidambaram is angry
I fully endorse the views of Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan expressed in
his write up 'Mr. Chidambaram is angry: (MG, May 1-15, 2012).
It is really unfortunate that the Union home minister has not a
word of condemnation against outfits of Chauvinistic Hindu com-
munal organisation like Abhinav Bharat Sanatan Sansthan,
Bajrag Dal and Shiv Sena who have been arrested in being
involved in terrorist activities, but has condemned Muslim lead-
ers an organization for protesting against the picking up Muslim
youths throughout the country by the police on ground of suspi-
cion and using inhuman 3 degree methods against them. This is
nothing but a clear instance of double standards of the Hon'ble
minister and is quite against basic tenets of fair play and justice
Dr. M. Hashim Kidwai, ex-M.P, Mayur Vihar, Delhi
US attack on Indian fisherman
The attack on the fishing boat by the U. S. warship in the Persian
Gulf, killing an Indian citizen and injuring three others shall serve
as a wake-up call to the Indian administration. The heavy build-
up by the Fifth Fleet of the U. S. Navy in the region has already
created a warlike situation endangering the lives and livelihood
of about six million Indians living in the region. Any misadventure
by the U. S or Israel on Iran could engulf the entire region into
another irreversible turmoil. It is unfortunate that a large democ-
racy like India should have kowtowed to the U. S. demand by
cutting short the crude oil import from a time-tested friendly
nation like Iran. Instead of being a passive onlooker to the
unfolding chaos, India should play a proactive role by bringing
together the international community to build pressure on the 'U.
S - Israel combine' to find an amicable solution with Iran over its
nuclear programme.
Syed Sultan Mohiddin, Kadapa
Secularism - for unity and integrity
Democracy and secularism are foundations of our constitution.
It means the state should remain impartial and neutral regarding
all religions and communities. According to our constitution all
are equal irrespective of caste, creed and colour. Ours is a multi-
religious, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual country. The
architects of India's constitution were men of wisdom and
believed in "Unity in Diversity". Secularism is India's destiny
which stood the test of time. Secularism guarantees unity and
integrity of our mother land and its plural society. There are
diverse creeds, cultures and traditions in Hindu society. Hindus
practice different personal laws and customs. Hence secularism
is necessary to accommodate peacefully such diversities in
Hindu society. Hence secularism is essential for harmony and
peaceful coexistence and for unity, integrity and solidarity of
India.
G. Hasnain Kaif, Bhandara - Maharashtra
State terror exposed
According to agency report on 9 July, Bangalore police, which
picked up (rather kidnapped) school teacher Kafil Akhtar from
Darbhanga in the very morning of 5th May by 6-7 plainclothes
who barged into his the house. Karnataka police defied police
manual and S. C. directions. National media aired this news as
terrorist captured by Karnatka police from Darbhanga. Lead
news about Kafil Akhter and manufactured terror activities
charges and links published at front page continued for many
days. When Karnataka police acquitted him, the media is not
interested in publishing the acquittal of Kafil Akhter? Now
Karnataka police is handing Kafil to Delhi police for further inves-
tigation. Why? This is the modus operandi of police to destroy
the life of an innocent Muslim.
S. Haque, Patna
Indian Police
All countrymen rightly resent the deplorable, thoroughly ineffi-
cient and corrupt Indian police and its functioning. It has earned
notoriety for the immensely inhuman torturous 3 degree methods
leading to custodial death, resorting to fake encounters, produc-
tion of fabricated evidence in the courts, arresting innocent
Indian citizens and keeping them for months as under-trials. It is
full of anti Muslim bias and consider all Muslims terrorists. Over
and above all this, it has failed to perform its primary duty of reg-
istering FIRs and allowing notorious criminals and history-
sheeters to commit all sorts of crimes in return for receiving reg-
ularly money from them. Police stations have virtually become
dens of worst kind of crimes. Its failure to control public demon-
strations and use force is the glaring example of its thorough
incompetence. The need of the hour is this that the whole police
system should be overhauled and revamped and a new compre-
hensive law is passed by the Parliament removing all the evils
and converting the police Department into a real public service
department.
Dr. M. Hashim Kidwai, Ex M. P. Mayur Vihar, Delhi - 91
Secularist modus operandi to deceive Muslim
Congress-NCP ruled Maharashtra where a DCP ordered Muslim
police Ishaq Tamboli to shave his beard. This is a secular part-
ruled state. Jamiatul Ulama (Arshad Madni) group met minority
welfare minister Arif Nasim Khan with DCP order, and SC order
about beard respecting norms etc. Arif Nasim Khan met home
minister and only then the DCP order was withdrawn. This
drama of secularism is just to fool Muslims. A DCP dared to go
against SC orders and hurt religious sentiments, yet the so-
called secular government let him go scot-free. These pseudo-
secular leaders and parties even government play shadow box-
ing to fool Muslims.
S. Haque, Patna
Muslim media lacks Milli instinct
On 12th July Bihar C.M. met 173 Bihar class II grade trainee
officers at his residence and wished them successes in practical
field. Urdu newspapers published detailed report of that pro-
gramme displaying the data about the officers that out of 173
officers 150 are Bihar administrative officers and 23 are from
Bihar finance service. Our media is missing milli lineage that is
why they did not publish the data about Muslim officers: how
many out of 173 are Muslims? These are the reasons why
Muslim media is loosing sheen.
S. Haque, Patna
P. C. should be condemned
The remarks passed by Mr. Chidambaram, Union Home
Minister, against the middle class people for paying Rs. 15 for a
bottle of water or Rs. 20 for a cup of ice cream should in no way
be justified. Mr. Mukhtar Naqvi of BJP while condemning the
statement rightly stated that Mr. P. C. has not tasted poverty and
price rising as he sits comfortably in air-conditioned rooms, uses
air-conditioned cars, uses foreign made spectacles and eats
best quality food for which he is not required to pay from his
pocket. It is observed that for the past few months the honble
Home Minister has been making very irresponsible, irrelevant
and ridiculous statements on different subjects and problems
intermittently either related to his portfolio or not. It appears that
he is completely in dark about the pitiable condition of country-
men especially middle class people. Before passing such
remarks he must bear in mind that he is people's representative
and that by virtue of public support, he is enjoying the minister-
ship and life lavishly. Honble home minister must know that
water bottle or ice cream is used by the people in a casual way
but the rice is used thrice a day as a diet.
Faheemuddin, Nagpur
Thakeray Losing Balance of Mind In Old age
Due to his increasing old age it seems The Supreme of Shiva
Sena is losing balance of mind .He has suggested The new
President of India Mr. Pranab Mukherji to reject the application
for clemency of Afzal Guru ,the so called mastermind of parlia-
ment attack. Mr. Bala Thackeray has already been hanged by
her granddaughter. She had married a Muslim doctor. With this
incidence he has lost his credibility to give any kind of statement
about any Muslim. The prophet has declared categorically that a
Muslim is brother of Muslim. The supreme has committed a blun-
der by giving him the punishment of hanging him without listen-
ing his case even the high court did the same mistake. Only the
trial court has played the role of High court and the Supreme
court making the case as purely political nature. If Parnab goes
deep into the disposal of his case he order to conduct denovey
enquiry into the case and acquit Afzal Guru. Moreover he may
not think to taint his hands from the blood of Afzal Guru who was
not at all present at the helm of affair. Mrs. Prathibha Bharati, the
ex-president might had the same complexity to act on the case.
Maqoomi, Hyderabad drmaqdoomi@yahoo.com
12 July 2012
From today I shall recommend that all young people aim to
become psychiatrists. The prospects of that profession are look-
ing up like never before. If the Koodankulam protesters are to
have their minds set right by shrinks, it cannot be long before all
of us Indians who are opposed to our rulers even in the smallest
way must collectively undergo electro-convulsive therapy.
Mukul Dube, Mayur Vihar, 110091
uthappam@gmail.com
Jungle raj, gunda raj, terrorist, naxalite.
ABP news channel at 6.30 p.m. on 3 July aired a debate on pro-
gramme on "Rs. 20 lakh for MLA's car from development fund".
BJP leader Sidhartnath Singh many times called Akhilesh Yadav
government as gunda raj, just as the elected government of
Laloo Yadav was branded as jungle raj. Media are openly dub-
bing arrested Muslims as terrorists. Adivasis killed by police are
called Naxals. Dalits are treated as outcaste (achuts) since
ancient times. Backwards, adivasis, dalits and Muslims are at
the receiving end and who gets the benefit? Without recognising
the beneficiaries, B. C., S. T, S. C. and Muslims will not get jus-
tice.
S. Haque, Patna
Congress Party
Time and again the Congress Party is seen pitted with succes-
sion issue to a great extent. Manmohan Singh who became a
PM eight years ago simply turned out by chance as Rahul was
not prepared to take the reign in his hands. The latest fiasco over
Salman Khurshid's 'direction' comment has clearly indicated that
not Singh but it is the Congress itself which can be tagged as the
actual 'underachiever'. If you look at the story some three years
ago, Rahul Gandhi was termed as the modern day Chanakya of
politics. He was also referred as "the quiet revolutionary", the
man who was on a mission to "democratize" the dynasty-
obsessed Congress and "drive it to a new tomorrow." However,
in the past three years the tide has turned out against Rahul, that
now even Congressmen are beginning to acknowledge his fail-
ings, going by Khurshid's brutally honest assessment of him.
The Congress party's monopoly was clearly over long ago and
as of now Rahul Gandhi too has proved out to be a poor brand
ambassador for the political dynasty.
Mohd Ziyaullah Khan, Jafar Nagar, Nagpur - 440013
writeziya@gmail.com
A shame
The death of four years old Mahi near Gurgaon is really a shame
on us. Such tragedies have taken place earlier but the adminis-
tration failed to take any action or preventive measure to prevent
occurrence of such incidents. It reflects administration's total
indifference to human life. In sensitivity has become an integral
part of Indian life. Unfortunately we have not developed the habit
of taking due care. This is because every thing is taken for grant-
ed and nothing is taken seriously. Maintenance and up-keep of
anything built whether house or factory is not considered a part
of job. One is shocked that no action has been taken against
those responsible for sinking illegal bore wells which is a great
danger to human life.
Dr. M. Hashim Kidwai, Ex MP Mayur Vihar, Delhi - 91
A humorous war
A humorous was against world terrorism is going on by all fools
who can not see the ugly face of America, the founder of terror-
ism. There is no country in our world which has not suffered from
the blood shed treachery repeated by the big Satan!
S. Akhtar, Khanpur Deh - 392150
US policy
The U. S. hypocrisy is out in the open, when its President Barack
Obama is raising walls of protectionism in his own country vis--
vis outsourcing, while on the other hand coercing India to open
its markets in vital sectors like retail. We have seen as how our
farmers have paid the price to the arbitrary conditions of the
WTO which led to unstable conditions in agriculture. Retail in
India has been a source of succor to about 160 million people
and the livelihood of scores of kirana merchants will be bull-
dozed if the global retail giants like Walmart are allowed to open
their shops. The matter of allowing FDI in retail was stalled after
the move by the UPA government was vibrantly opposed in the
Parliament. The bullying tactics of the U. S shall not be allowed
to subdue our sovereign interests.
Syed Sultan Mohiddin, Kadapa, AP
Assom Molestation Case
People of India have demanded to punish the criminals who
committed the Assam molestation case.The demand is coming
uniformly from people of various sects .The home minister Mr P
Chidambaram has given clear instructions to the chief minister of
Assam to give relevant punishment to the criminals and give the
compliance report to him .This is not a single case that has taken
place .Hundreds of such cases are taking place in each and
every state of the country. There are a number of such cases
which are not reported and neglected right from the beginning.
The perpetrators commit the crimes and vanish.
Dr A H Maqdoomi, Hyderabad
Karnatka circus
By replacing Sadananda Gowda with Jagadish Shettar though
the BJP has for the time being succeeded to solve the crisis in
Karnataka it has sent many wrong messages to the public as
well as to the politicians. Instead of sacking the tainted
Yeddyurappa from the party it is trying to appease him for
Lingayat votes. The saga renders the anti-corruption charges it
labels on UPA meaningless. Seeing that the party has given into
the irrational demands of Yeddyurappa it is more likely that other
politicians too will start blackmailing the high command of the
BJP for their interests. The public wonders as to where the dis-
cipline of the BJP has gone.
A Hameed Yousuf, Ulsoor, Bangalore
ahameed12@gmail.com
India badly needs Talibanization
Few days before in AP a mother was raped by her son and his
friend and murdered mercilessly .I requested all the political,
social and religious organizations to make Bharat Band to awake
the citizens on the occurrence of heinous crime .In one more
case some youths raped a girl ,murdered her the pieces of her
flesh was cooked and enjoyed feast out of that .Recently in
Assam 11boys collectively molested a young girl .So far none of
the culprit was punished .The lethargic and corrupt judiciary and
police the criminals are set free for want of proof .The ABVP who
had killed the principal of a college beaten to death all were
acquitted as the BJP government went to the rescue the youths
. The court could not found sufficient proof of their sacred act .It
has become known very well that In Delhi the capital of the coun-
try is not safe for women .If you ponder over the intensity of
crimes are increasing .The culprits can rape a mother and kill her
the dearest idol in the world .All the values moral .religious,
social have been buried deep into the earth .Our reformers are
spell bound they are unable and feel themselves incompetent to
set right the present tsunami of immorality and crime culture .We
are busy in solving the Mumbai attack case and vigorously
engaging Pakistan to hand over the Master minds of that case
.Non of the politician is bothered about the present moral and
spiritual degradation of our nation .Our scientist are advancing in
Missile technology and made Agni-Missile which can target
Shanghai .But we are unable to punish the killers rapists debau-
turers, decoits grafters etc The only solution is Islamization or
Talibanization of the state .No other solutions can be successful.
Maqdoomi, Hyderabad
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