Archive for April, 2008

April 20, 2008

Sunday, April 20, 2008





The Times of India’s sister publication, Mumbai Mirror last week came out with a front page story about a Bollywood couple, splashing the news about their upcoming divorce after a 10-year long successful marriage. Surprisingly within 24 hours, the whole story took turn and next day the same Mumbai Mirror came out with the story that they had been fooled as the couple had staged the whole divorce drama to improve their headline presence in the media and that too on the advise of their media agents. It is not yet clear if the media advisors were from the Times of India camp itself. The suspicion is very strong that Times of India could itself have planned this phony scoop and next day played the anti-climax end of the story. The way Times of India is stooping to covert to the western mode of commercial exploitation of media, without any regard for either the truth or the worth of projecting pedestrian happenings to the level of headline news, strongly suggests that people’s guess about Times of India’s degraded journalism is well-placed.


In contrast, a similar incident rocked Russia, when a tabloid splashed the news that Russia’s popular leader, Vladimir Putin, is to marry a 25 year old gymnast from Tashkent, Alina Kabayeva, who is probably a Muslim girl, while having divorce his own wife. Putin was traveling aboard and he flatly denied that he is either divorced or is planning to remarry, much less the girl now in headlines around the world. Doubtless, by breaking the kind of story about Putin that Western media can lap up to add to its arsenal of anti-Putin and anti-Russian propaganda, there could have been some legal issues around the abuse of press freedom of the kind Western media is most enamored off, but which can cause serious personal, social and political damage to the people, their culture and their nation is involved. Consequently, the news that the tabloid after two visits by state authorities was closed down and its editor sacked, has some lessons for India. 


India media, both print as well as electronic, open to foreign investments and foreign guidance, has completely lost its bearing and has been so blatantly abusing its freedom of press prerogatives, that day in and day out, fake and untrue stories are planted to brainwash gullible audience into believing all such fictitious spin-doctoring exercises and there seems to be no accountability worth its name to put the media into docks. The Congress government, itself the clients of such slavish media proclivities, can hardly be expected to use the laws on the books to bring these abusers of the freedom of press to books. Consequently, unsubstantiated rumours, innuendoes and false news have now become the most lucrative stock in trade of the media.


The most favorite fare that media keeps feeding to the masses, in open disregard of any journalistic ethics, is to pick up police stories and splash it up as the holy truth, without bothering to check if whatever police is feeding them has any iota of truth. Media’s active participation in this jugalbandi between police, politicians and itself is so poisoning the polity that the communal harmony that is the most basic glue that ensures the integrity, security and peace of the nation is now openly being violated and disturbed while there is nobody to challenge the culprits.


It is time the civil society take notice of this most heinous form of corruption in our midst and rise up to trigger a movement against the abuse of freedom of expression and freedom of press, if India has to be saved from a  horrendous future of anarchy and civil revolt.


The Putin episode would be the correct solution to all such anti-people trend of media abuse to serve the commercial and political interests of their foreign investors. The UPA government should take lead in clearing up the mess, less they themselves may be swept away in this avalanche of the sinister absurdities.



Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai





April 19, 2008


Saturday, April 19, 2008





State after state, the special police squads, organised as ATS (Anti-Terrorist Squad) and STF (Special Task Force), are rounding up innocent Muslims, brand them as ‘terrorists’, jail them under draconian laws for days, months and years and try every trick in the trade to deny them justice. The volume of such arrests country wide has increased manifold.


This only points to a conspiracy to import US/Israeli agenda into India with a distinct proactive commitment to flaunt India’s constitution, its democracy, its rule of law, it’s ingrained respect for judicial process and flagrant violation of Human Rights.


India’s most active upholder of Human Rights, TEHELKA magazine, in the following article, exposes a diabolical attempt to subvert the system of justice and to make India a virtual police state, by openly promoting special police units to become the judge and jury in the case of Indian Muslims by denying the accused through chauvinist propaganda, the services of lawyers for their day in court.


From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 5, Issue 16, Dated April 26, 2008


Presumed guilty –


When Lawyers Turn Judges 

Bar associations in Uttar Pradesh have enforced a peculiar boycott of justice: no lawyer will plead a terror suspect’s case. But one man has refused to obey. ANIL VARGHESE reports

ARE YOUNG Muslim men victims of an unofficial Emergency? An unusual meeting that went unnoticed took place in Allahabad a couple of weeks ago. Away from the media glare, over a thousand Muslims gathered to speak aloud a question increasingly being asked in their community: are they the collateral damage in the fight against terror? The gathering took up the specific example of Uttar Pradesh where, in an unprecedented denial of justice, Muslims slapped with terror charges are being shunned by local lawyers. And with no lawyer ready to fight their cases, the police is finding it easy to pick up, detain and interrogate suspected ‘terrorists’ in flagrantly illegal ways. The Allahabad meeting was called to raise a voice against this State terrorism.

The banner stuck below the dais read, ‘ATS-STF Vibhag, Aatankvad Ka Doosra Naam’ (ATS-STF Department, Terrorism’s Other Name). The ATS (Anti-Terrorism Squad) and the STF (Special Task Force) are special police forces tasked with tackling the growing number of jehadi attacks in UP. One of the speakers warned the audience: “Please do not be consoled that the one picked up by the STF was not you; it could soon be you.” Waliullah, Aftab Alam Ansari, Mohammed Khalid Mujahid, Mohammed Tariq Qasmi, Sajhadur Rehman, Mohammed Akhtar. These are not just names. The families of each of these men have accused the police of acting illegally but none could seek any legal recourse because one after the other, district bar associations passed resolutions boycotting the accused.

The Faizabad bar association set the trend following the attack on the makeshift temple in Ayodhya in 2005. Varanasi followed suit when the trial of Waliullah, accused in the 2006 twin explosions in the Sankatmochan Temple and the Railway Station, was about to begin. Lucknow and Barabanki joined the boycott after the November 22, 2007 serial blasts in three courts — at Varanasi, Lucknow and Faizabad. Days before the blasts, lawyers at a Lucknow court had even assaulted three men arrested by the STF for a plot to assassinate Rahul Gandhi.

In Phulpur village, 40km from Allahabad, Waliullah appeared for questioning at the local police station on March 25, 2006. The next day, he was asked to make the short trip to the IFFCO campus for another session where midway, he was stopped by men in three Bolero jeeps, shoved into one of the jeeps and driven away. Affectionately known as Muftisaab, Waliullah ran a madarsa and was also the Imam of the Phulpur mosque. The STF’s FIR says Waliullah was arrested in Lucknow with explosives in his possession on April 5, ten days after the date given by witnesses. His brother, Wasiullah, firmly denies the STF’s allegation that Waliullah was carrying a passport and had Rs 50 lakh in his bank account.

While awaiting trial in Varanasi, his “confession” to the police was broadcast on TV. Attacked in court and spurned by lawyers, his case made no progress for one-and-a-half years. It was then that he moved the Allahabad High Court for a transfer of his trial. The case was shifted to Ghaziabad where the family managed to hire a lawyer for Waliullah who has spent two years behind bars. He had left a pregnant wife and two little sons behind. Ask Varanasi lawyer Anupam Verma — part of the boycott — about Waliullah and he says, “These are people who betrayed the nation. Theirs is a matter of police investigation, and the police’s word should be deemed final.”

THE LAWYERS have for all purposes turned into judges. The serial blasts outside the courts united the legal community in outrage, and the five accused in these cases were rendered especially untouchable. Mohammed Shoaib, a lawyer based in Lucknow, defied the ban by the bar association to come to their rescue. Shoaib pleaded on behalf of Aftab Alam Ansari who the STF had labelled a HUJI terrorist. “Aftab’s mother and I were not allowed to meet him in prison. When I filed a complaint in court, the judge asked for a report from the jail authorities instead of acting on the complaint,” Shoaib recalls. But his efforts met with success and Aftab was released a few days later after Shoaib demolished the police’s theory.

The lone legal warrior was soon approached by the families of co-accused Mohammed Khalid Mujhahid and Mohammed Tariq Qasmi. “Khalid was picked up by the STF in Mariyahu (Jaunpur district) town where he had gone to buy vegetables. Hundreds of witnesses have signed a declaration testifying this,” says his wife Shabnam Banu. The date was December 16, 2007; the couple had been married for less than two months. Tariq’s story is similar. “He was arrested from Saraimir in Azamgarh on December 12 while on his way to Mohammedpur. When the people in the vicinity asked the STF personnel where they were taking him, they said they were taking him home. Instead, they dumped him in Lucknow Jail,” says Arshad Khan, leader of the National Loktantrik Party who led street protests in Lucknow following Tariq’s disappearance.

The protests led to the Director General of Police calling a press conference on December 22 to announce the arrest of two Harkat-ul-Jihad-al- Islami (HuJI) militants, suspects in the court explosions. The two suspects were Khalid and Tariq who, the DGP claimed, had fallen into the STF’s trap in Barabanki on that very day. Innocents or hardcore HUJI militants? Forget the legal work Shoaib is putting in, the lawyer also has to fight the “untouchability’’ factor that is operating so strongly against the “terror” suspects — it has reached the officials in the bottom rung. Requests for copies of case documents fell on deaf ears. It was now not just the lawyers, even the jail officials were lending silent support.

In Faizabad, the jail superintendent failed to respond to a show cause notice after he had failed to present the accused in court. The Chief Judicial Magistrate was forced to make an unusual move. Recalls Shoaib, “He went to the prison complex and read out the chargesheet to me and my clients,” says Shoaib. The jail authorities have still not produced Tariq and Shahid in court. When Shoaib went to submit the bail application in Barabanki, he was warned by Pradip Singh, secretary of the local bar association, of a possible assault if he didn’t withdraw from the cases. Bowing to pressure, he withdrew, and returned to Lucknow having struck his name off his clients’ papers. Distraught, the families of Khalid and Tariq have asked him to reconsider. Aware that the possibility of finding another lawyer is almost nil, Shoaib told TEHELKA, “In all probability, I will be the replacement.”

Any accused is not guilty until proven guilty, but this fundamental legal principle has not passed muster in some parts of Uttar Pradesh. The lawyers’ boycott has come as a cruel blow to the families of the suspects. There seems to be little remorse about the effect the boycott is having. Sabhajit Pandey, secretary of the bar association in Faizabad, had said while passing the resolution, “The lawyers voiced their personal stand when they passed the resolution. It was inspired by their love for the nation. It will continue against similar cases in the future.” The boycott has been in practice for three long years and it is only now that Shoaib has filed a writ in the Allahabad High Court against the boycott resolutions of the Lucknow, Faizabad and Barabanki Bar Associations.

The hearing is scheduled for May 22 — a date the families of the accused are looking forward to. Meanwhile, Shoaib’s list of “helpless clients” is growing. He now also represents Sajjhadur Rehman and Mohammed Akhtar, the two remaining accused in the court explosions. He is similarly defending Kaushar Farooqui, arrested under dubious circumstances from Kunda, Pratapgarh for the January 1 attack on the CRPF camp in Rampur. “In my career spanning over three decades, I have seen nothing of this sort. Even during the Emergency, when I was underground for over a year and was subsequently jailed for two months, I could still avail legal recourse,” says Shoaib. In parts of UP, there seems to be an unofficial Emergency looming over young Muslim men.WRITER’S E-MAIL :





A LETTER TO THE EDITOR:FROM: Amaresh Misra TO: Mr. Arun Poorie, Editor-in-Chief, India Today

April 17, 2008
TO: Mr. Arun Poorie, Editor-in-Chief, India Today
FROM: Amaresh Misra
(Circulated with author’s permission)





  Mr. Arun Poorie


  India Today



  Dear Mr. Arun Poorie,


 Hope you are fine. I am   writing to you as the author of `War of Civilisations: India 1857 AD’,  the 2,000 page, two volume book, published by Rupa in January 2008.


Despite Mr. Mehra the publisher, sending two sets of copies to Mr.Prasannarajan in India Today, the magazine has till date ignored the book. I spoke to Mr. Prasannarajan and he was gracious enough to say that `we will do something’. This for a book on the launch of which (7th March 2008) Mr. Hamid Ansari, the Vice-President of India said   that this `work will define the way Indians look at themselves’.


Clearly just `doing something’ is not enough–the book details how the British killed 10 million Indians during the 1857 wars. This was the world’s first holocaust, bigger than the one perpetrated by Hitler on Jews. 7% Indians lost their lives. The proportionate percentage is higher than Second World War in which 2.5% of the world’s population was killed. It should have made for a cover Story. But of course, why should you be bothered about OBC, Dalit, Muslim and other poor upper caste peasant Indians getting killed and wiped out from the pages of history.. Time for some plain talk–do you think you are above the nation? India Today exists because of India; India does not exist because of India Today. Mine is the only comprehensive, detailed work written by an Indian on 1857 to have appeared during the 150th year of the event. It is comparable in scale and size to the 19th century British grand historical narratives.


You pseudo-intellectuals of Delhi think that you live in an `English speaking’ cocoon of yours; you look down upon `vernacular’ Hindi and Urdu journalism; you insult Hindi and Urdu writers and journalists.


You guys give William Dalrymple type works a fawning coverage–why? Only because they are written by white skins–am I being ostracized in free India  because of the dark color of my skin? Despite your arrogance and ignorance, you must have seen reviews of my book in Indian Express, The Hindu and other newspapers and magazines. The Indian Express review, done by an eminent economist like Bibek Debroy, called the book `near seminal’. An article on my book has appeared in the London Guardian; yet it has not in India Today.


You metro-intellectuals seem anti-1857 because it represents a brand of peasant-small town nationalism, which got us freedom but which you all resent as it goes against the `Shining India’, pseudo-corporate image you are trying to build through your magazine. All your cushy dealings with foreign capital stand threatened; I accuse you of plotting against the book at the instruction of the British and the  American embassy and the RSS, which has a fair amount of representation in your magazine, courtesy Prabhu Chawla. The entire media world is aware of the `back-hand’ influence exercised by Prabhu Chawla in India Today; Mr. Poorie you, a liberal, carry a fascist in your pocket–are you not ashamed? You should watch Bertolucci’s `1900′, the seminal Italian film on fascism. Prabhu Chawla has tried ruining the lives of several talented journalists, the one case in point being that of Zafar Agha, the English/Urdu writer whom you used and then dumped on RSS’ instructions. Chawla is under the scanner; he is an uncouth, illiterate/shady man. I have evidence that the British Government plotted against India celebrating the 100 years of 1857 in 1957; it would come as no surprise that they did something similar along with their American allies in 2007-08.


But even the RSS was gracious enough to publish a review of the book in `Organizer’, their mouthpiece. But you of course have no interest in any national aspect. I am writing to you as a citizen of India–it is my right to demand an explanation for the treatment meted out to my book. My earlier works on Lucknow and Mangal Pandey, which were nothing in scale compared to the 1857 book, were reviewed in your magazine by writers like  Iqbal Masud and Chandan Mitra.


An OBC-Dalit-peasant/nationalist backlash is building against you all; you want to erode India’s sovereignty and take the country back to East India Company days when a corporate power ruled India. Remember peasant sepoys of UP and Bihar ended the western dream of creating and sustaining the world’s first corporate state.


Mend your ways or face the music. It is as simple as that.





  Amaresh Misra



  Aishwarya Building,

  SVP Nagar


  Near Versova Telephone Exchange

  Andheri (west)






  Amaresh Misra


US goes for the jugular in Pakistan: Times of India

April 15, 2008

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Comments posted on Time of India Website article: US goes for the jugular in Pakistan




“There is a grave lesson for Indian leaders, who should not rejoice in their neighbour Pakistan’s plight but think about their own future with a rogue state as their supposedly strategic partner. India is bound to suffer the same fate, if it is not careful. It must rise above local petty politics of the communal colouring and think about the overall future of the subcontinent as an independent identity and not give in to US arm twisting. US nuclear deal was nothing but arm twisting in disguise. One way or other, US wants to subjugate India and make India its colony, to exploit its resources, its people and its prestige around the world. Indian leaders have a sacred duty to safeguard all three. India must launch a preemptive ‘Quite Asia’ movement against the US warmongers.



Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai





US goes for the jugular in Pakistan


15 Apr 2008, 0030 hrs IST

, Chidanand Rajghatta , TNN



WASHINGTON: Finally acknowledging that Pakistan represents a clear and present danger to American and world security

, the Bush administration is trying to get a stranglehold on the country’s nuclear weapons.

In the latest move, Washington has sought direct access to Pakistan’s Nuclear Command Authority by posting an officer at the US embassy in Islamabad to liaise with the body that controls the country’s nuclear weapons.

The demand, first reported in Pakistani newspapers Jang and News, comes even as US president George Bush

said in a TV interview on the weekend that a future 9/11 kind of attack would most likely emanate from Pakistan, not Afghanistan.

Bush and high-ranking US officials had previously glossed over Pakistan’s role as the hub

of world terror while targeting Iraq.

Most major terror attacks in the world have emanated from Pakistan, and not from the usual US suspects like Iran, Iraq and Syria.

The US administration’s attempts to get a stranglehold on Pakistan’s nuclear weapons show that Washington now appears to have come out in the open about a country that has long been described by many analysts as the most dangerous place on earth and the ground zero of world terror.

Ironically, the change in the American thinking comes even as Pakistan’s vibrant civil society has forced a course correction by jettisoning a US-backed militaristic government in favour of a more democratic dispensation.

Although Washington appears to harbour more doubts about the new democratic government than about the previous military junta it allied with, its efforts to get a handle on Pakistan’s security predates the gradual transfer of power.

The latest attempt to get a fix on Pakistan’s nuclear assets

is the 12th in a series of demands aimed at establishing greater US oversight on what many commentators see as a dangerously unstable country. Last month, Washington issued a set of 11 demands that shocked Pakistan’s security establishment, which described it as highly intrusive and untenable.

The demands included allowing US personnel to enter Pakistan on the basis of national identity (like driver’s licence) and forgoing visas; accepting US licences, including arms licences, in Pakistan; US personnel being allowed to bear arms and wear their uniforms in Pakistan; application

of US criminal jurisdiction on American personnel in Pakistan etc.

Pakistan’s defence ministry, the foreign office and the law ministry were reported to have rejected the demands outright.

Pakistan’s security mavens have gone ballistic over the US security bear hug.

“The first step in dealing rationally with our indigenous terrorist problem holistically and credibly is to create space between ourselves and the US. As the US adage goes: ‘There is no free lunch.’ For Pakistan, lunching with the US has become unacceptably costly,” wrote Shireen Mazari, who heads the Pakistan Institute of Strategic Studies.

While Mazari wants Islamabad to punish the US by denying it access to Afghanistan, other analysts point out that Pakistan will be toast within weeks without US financial and institutional support.

According to reports from Pakistan, the new request for an NCA liaison was made through verbal contact via an assistant secretary-level official.

Elizabeth Colton, the US embassy spokesperson in Islamabad, did not deny outright the story but told the Pakistani media: “We are in touch with all elements of the Pakistan government all the time. But we do not publish or discuss details of our diplomatic discussions and assignments.”



Comments posted on Dr. Daniel Pipes’ website article: Europe or Eurobia

April 15, 2008

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Comments posted on Dr. Daniel Pipes’ website:

It can be interpreted as a symbol of modesty that Dr. Pipes has completely left out the role of the Jewish community, in the past, present and future. It will not be an exaggeration to bring out the fact that the Jewish community has been in the background of the major world developments as promoters, conceptualizers, funders, propagators. By keeping that historical potential to affect the future world events, be that in Europe or world wide, as something unmentionable, by default or by design, is not doing full justice to an open and frank academic discussion. 

While the role of Christian West is discussed in all the three possible scenarios, the role of Jewish community, that has always remained in the forefront of so many of world’s many a historical twists and turns, should be brought in as a major factor in not only forecasting of the future, but in fashioning of the future.

As I could make out, as a lay person, Muslims around the world do not have any grand design for either their community or the world at large. Of course, in theory, they do possess a formidable store of alternatives available to refashion the society. But there is no sign that they have any plans to take over the traditional world dominating role of European and American nation-states that is once again now bent around consolidating its nationalist identities, as a safeguard against the so-called new Islamic imperialism.

As Dr. Pipes has mentioned in his recounting of various scenarios, that many do perceive a heavy element of scaremongering into the future forecasting and the role of Islam, Islam and Muslim presence in the West, could be exploited for consolidation of western society in its traditional garb, that earlier was fraught with racism, wars and mass destructions.

If the new century is to avoid the death and destruction of the past century, an active co-existence policy should be the benchmark of all our peaceful endeavors. And Jewish community has much to contribute towards that peace, it it so chooses.


Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai






Europe or Eurabia?

by Daniel Pipes
April 15, 2008






The future of Europe is in play. Will it turn into “Eurabia,” a part of the Muslim world? Will it remain the distinct cultural unit it has been over the last millennium? Or might there be some creative synthesis of the two civilizations?

The answer has vast importance. Europe may constitute a mere 7 percent of the world’s landmass but for five hundred years, 1450-1950, for good and ill, it was the global engine of change. How it develops in the future will affect all humanity, and especially daughter countries such as Australia which still retain close and important ties to the old continent.

I foresee potentially one of three paths for Europe: Muslims dominating, Muslims rejected, or harmonious integration.

(1) Muslim domination strikes some analysts as inevitable. Oriana Fallaci found that “Europe becomes more and more a province of Islam, a colony of Islam.” Mark Steyn argues that much of the Western world “will not survive the twenty-first century, and much of it will effectively disappear within our lifetimes, including many if not most European countries.” Such authors point to three factors leading to Europe’s Islamization: faith, demography, and a sense of heritage.

The secularism that predominates in Europe, especially among its elites, leads to alienation about the Judeo-Christian tradition, empty church pews, and a fascination with Islam. In complete contrast, Muslims display a religious fervor that translates into jihadi sensibility, a supremacism toward non-Muslims, and an expectation that Europe is waiting for conversion to Islam.

The contrast in faith also has demographic implications, with Christians having on average 1.4 children per woman, or about one third less than the number needed to maintain their population, and Muslims enjoying a dramatically higher, if falling, fertility rate. Amsterdam and Rotterdam are expected to be in about 2015 the first large majority-Muslim cities. Russia could become a Muslim-majority country in 2050. To employ enough workers to fund existing pension plans, Europe needs millions of immigrants and these tend to be disproportionately Muslim due to reasons of proximity, colonial ties, and the turmoil in majority-Muslim countries.

In addition, many Europeans no longer cherish their history, mores, and customs. Guilt about fascism, racism, and imperialism leave many with a sense that their own culture has less value than that of immigrants. Such self-disdain has direct implications for Muslim immigrants, for if Europeans shun their own ways, why should immigrants adopt them? When added to the already-existing Muslim hesitations over much that is Western, and especially what concerns sexuality, the result are Muslim populations that strongly resist assimilation.

The logic of this first path leads to Europe ultimately becoming an extension of North Africa.

(2) But the first path is not inevitable. Indigenous Europeans could resist it and as they make up 95 percent of the continent’s population, they can at any time reassert control, should they see Muslims posing a threat to a valued way of life.

This impulse can already be seen at work in the French anti-hijab legislation or in Geert Wilders’ film, Fitna. Anti-immigrant parties gain in strength; a potential nativist movement is taking shape across Europe, as political parties opposed to immigration focus increasingly on Islam and Muslims. These parties include the British National Party, Belgium’s Vlaamse Belang, France’s Front National, the Austrian Freedom Party, the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands, the Danish People’s Party, and the Swedish Democrats.

They will likely continue to grow as immigration surges ever higher, with mainstream parties paying and expropriating their anti-Islamic message. Should nationalist parties gain power, they will likely seek to reject multiculturalism, cut back on immigration, encourage repatriation of immigrants, support Christian institutions, increase indigenous European birthrates, and broadly attempt to re-establish traditional ways.

Muslim alarm will likely follow. American author Ralph Peters sketches a scenario in which “U.S. Navy ships are at anchor and U.S. Marines have gone ashore at Brest, Bremerhaven or Bari to guarantee the safe evacuation of Europe’s Muslims.” Peters concludes that because of European’s “ineradicable viciousness,” its Muslims “are living on borrowed time” As Europeans have “perfected genocide and ethnic cleansing,” Muslims, he predicts, “will be lucky just to be deported,” rather than killed. Indeed, Muslims worry about just such a fate; since the 1980s, they have spoken overtly about Muslims being sent to gas chambers.

Violence by indigenous Europeans cannot be precluded but nationalist efforts will more likely take place less violently; if any one is likely to initiate violence, it is the Muslims. They have already engaged in many acts of violence and seem to be spoiling for more. Surveys indicate, for instance, that about 5 percent of British Muslims endorse the 7/7 transport bombings. In brief, a European reassertion will likely lead to on-going civil strife, perhaps a more lethal version of the fall 2005 riots in France.

(3) The ideal outcome has indigenous Europeans and immigrant Muslims finding a way to live together harmoniously and create a new synthesis. A 1991 study, La France, une chance pour l’Islam (France, an Opportunity for Islam) by Jeanne-Hélène Kaltenbach and Pierre Patrick Kaltenbach promoted this idealistic approach. Despite all, this optimism remains the conventional wisdom, as suggested by an Economist leader of 2006 that concluded that dismissed for the moment at least, the prospect of Eurabia as “scaremongering.”

This is the view of most politicians, journalists, and academics but it has little basis in reality. Yes indigenous Europeans could yet rediscover their Christian faith, make more babies, and again cherish their heritage. Yes, they could encourage non-Muslim immigration and acculturate Muslims already living in Europe. Yes, Muslim could accept historic Europe. But not only are such developments not now underway, their prospects are dim. In particular, young Muslims are cultivating grievances and nursing ambitions at odds with their neighbors.

One can virtually dismiss from consideration the prospect of Muslims accepting historic Europe and integrating within it. U.S. columnist Dennis Prager agrees: “It is difficult to imagine any other future scenario for Western Europe than its becoming Islamicized or having a civil war.”

But which of those two remaining paths will the continent take? Forecasting is difficult because crisis has not yet struck. But it may not be far off. Within a decade perhaps, the continent’s evolution will become clear as the Europe-Muslim relationship takes shape.

The unprecedented nature of Europe’s situation also renders a forecast exceedingly difficult. Never in history has a major civilization peaceably dissolved, nor has a people ever risen to reclaim its patrimony. Europe’s unique circumstances make them difficult to comprehend, tempting to overlook, and virtually impossible to predict. With Europe, we all enter into terra incognita.

Mr. Pipes is director of the Middle East Forum and Taube/Diller distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. He is in Australia for the Intelligence Squared debate to take place this evening in Sydney. This article derives from a talk he delivered yesterday to the Quadrant.



April 14, 2008

Monday, April 14, 2008


Comments posted on TOI site re: G. Parthasarthy’s lead opinion article: Avoid past mistakes.



“Whatever merits or demerits of our past policies vis a vis China in general and about Tibet in particular, we should not follow and should not appear to follow any US driven initiatives that always takes others for granted and summarily expects others to follow their game-plans. Apparently the current world-wide agitation on Tibet in the backdrop of coming Beijing Olympics would not have been launched by the West in consultation with India.


India has to have its own independent response as well as well thought out policy basics to China and keep US at an arms distance, lest we get sucked into the US/EU/Israeli world politics where as strategic partners we have to sacrifice our interests and our people, without any control on the developing scenarios.


India should observe a full moratorium of at least 20 years, before it can hazard any confrontational diplomacy with China. Let the US during these years; leave India alone to pursue its economic development plans, without having to get entangled into wars and skirmishes, especially in its neighbourhood.


Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai



Khuda ke liye – leave us alone

April 14, 2008

Monday, April 14, 2008


Comments on Tavleen Singh’s article published in The Indian Express:



Tavleen Singh is grossly mistaken if she thinks Khuda ke liye, is an attempt to paint Islam and Muslims in favourable colours. The director and scriptwriter of the film belongs to Left Liberal persuasion and had used slick ways to denigrate Islam, even while appearing to be  presenting a supposedly presentable face of Islam. The film is full of clichés, the attempt by the Mullah as played by Naseeruddin Shah, reels out the most outlandishly liberal interpretation of Sharia, which rightly or wrongly are not acceptable to the orthodoxy. The film was released in India, with the blessings of India’s so-called liberal Muslims who wish to ‘reform’ Islam from inside. I have no reservations with Tavleen’s brand of obsessive anti-Islamic and anti-Muslim propaganda. At least she is frank up-front. But the attempt by the Left liberals to promote a 3-nation unity of Muslims of the sub-continent in the vanguard of a new communist planning to unite the 3 nations of the sub-continent, all with Muslim populations joining the Marxist bandwagon, is highly suspicious, and deceitful. Not that Muslim would not like to join together to form a 500 million chunk joined together to gain their rightful place that was denied to them by the conspiracies of the Brahmins and British stooges. But to sell their Islam to the Godless Marxist political operators, will be at best a Hobson’s choice for the Muslims and they better beware.


Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai,




Posted online: Sunday, April 13, 2008 at 2316 hrs

The myth of moderate Islam

Tavleen Singh

This is not a column that discusses cinema, but this week I make an exception because of a film I have just seen, which inadvertently exposes the myth of ‘moderate’ Islam. I went to see Khuda Kay Liye not just because it is the first Pakistani film to be released in Indian cinemas since anyone can remember, but because I gathered from reviews that it was a reflection of moderate Islam. This is a commodity in short supply in the subcontinent as well as across the Islamic world, where supposedly moderate Islamic countries like Indonesia and Malaysia have transformed in recent times into places where women have exchanged mini-skirts and western influence for the hijab and a return to medieval Arabia.

Khuda Kay Liye is the story of a modern Pakistani family that is destroyed when one musician son ends up in the clutches of a bad mullah and the other ends up in an American prison cell, where he is tortured till he loses his mind. The Islamist son, under the influence of the evil maulana, coerces his London-bred cousin into a marriage she does not want and forces her to live in a primitive Afghan village so she cannot escape. He rapes her because the maulana instructs him to and gives up his musical career because the maulana tells him that the Prophet of Islam did not like music. And he becomes an involuntary mujahid after 9/11, fighting on the side of the Taliban government. This is a simple story of a young man misled in the name of Islam.

The other musician son’s story is more revealing of the flaws of what we like to call ‘moderate’ Islam. He goes to study music in a college in Chicago, falls in love with a white girl, and generally has a good time living the American dream until 9/11 happens. Then he is arrested, locked up in a secret prison in the United States and kept naked in a filthy cell until he goes mad. The message of the film, in its essence, is that Islam is a great religion that has been misunderstood and that the United States is a bad, bad country and all talk of freedom and democracy is nonsense. Alas, this is not how we infidels see things.

What interested me most about the film was that in seeking to show Islam in a good light, it accidentally exposes the prejudices that make moderate Muslims the ideological partners of jihadis. In painting America as the villain of our times, the prejudices against the West that get exposed are no different from what Mohammad Siddique, one of London’s tube bombers, said in the suicide video he made before blowing himself up. In the video, that surfaced during the trial now on in London, he describes himself as a soldier in the war against the West: ‘I’m doing what I am for Islam, not, you know, for materialistic or worldly benefits.’

In Khuda Kay Liye, the prejudices against India come through as well. The hero, when he lands in Chicago, finds that his future wife does not know that Pakistan is a country. When he tries to explain where it is geographically, he mentions Iran, Afghanistan and China before coming to India. It happens that India is the only country she knows and Taj Mahal the only Indian monument she has heard of. ‘We built it,’ says our hero, ‘we ruled India for a thousand years and Spain for 800.’ As an Indian, my question is: who is we? Those who left for Pakistan or the 180 million Muslims who still live in India? If we pursue this ‘we’ nonsense, we must urge the Indian Government to bring back Harappa and Mohenjo-daro and Taxila. And that is only the short list.

Let us not pretend that Muslims in India do not face hostility and prejudice. They do. But some of it comes from this idea that Muslims have of themselves as being superior because they ‘ruled India’ for a thousand years. The problem becomes more complex if you remember that Hindu fanatics also see Muslims as foreigners and use it to fuel their hatred.

If ‘moderate’ Muslims believe that the West is the real enemy of Islam and that the free societies of modern times compare poorly with the greatness of Muslim rule in earlier times, then there is little difference between them and the jihadis. As we infidels see it, the problem is that Islam refuses to accept that in the 21st century there is no room for religion—any religion—in the public square. Other religions have accepted this and retreated to a more private space. Islam has not.

Query to Dr. Michael Rubin – Post on Wall Street Journal

April 14, 2008


Monday, April 14, 2008


TO:  Dr. Michael Rubin


I refer to your latest article: Rose colored foreign policy.


Your article for me at this stage is just a peg to hang on my query. I would like to place the whole question of ‘nuclear arms and its containment’ into a wider global perspective than the current western obsession to restrict the arms to only the ‘chosen’. I will cite the example of America‘s own historical development around civilian’s carrying of arms for personal protection. This was as good as human necessity to protect one person, family, property, even one group. Gradually the state evolved and took up practically ever phase of internal security. Still there are people and very active in forming a formidable arms lobby to see that the right of carrying arm to protect one is not in any way abridged. It is at times, the only means of survival even in a very organised society like that of the US.


I would take this argument and expand it to global security. Global security and global threats go hand in hand. When nations as advanced as US and EU, feel that they are threatened by an enemy force, they are compelled to arm themselves with weapons, which are on one hand, capable of destroying the potential threat as well as a means to declare to the enemy to lay off or else.


The flaw with the US thinking on nuclear arms proliferation is that while the dreaded arsenal does pose a mortal danger to the enemy, it is comparatively very easy to be acquired by the enemies of the West and its allies and therefore compares with the Wild West conditions, where every one else is to be treated as potential threat and therefore has to be eliminated at the first opportunity. 


The Wild West was superceded by a more civilized and organised state of affairs and central authority evolved that took a big burden off the minds and shoulders of ordinary citizen who had earlier devoted lopsided energy and mental obsession to be always on the alert, always vigilant to known and known dangers to his security.


Only when the state came in, and citizenry felt safe, those more fruitful activities of human endeavors were pursued and that opened up a wide panorama of opportunities for common people. (I will not deny that defence research too helped mankind in so many ways.)


The US and the West are still in the Wild West stage of world progress. They are now in a way programmed to treat every one that is not with them, to be against them and therefore should be eliminated, if 100% security is to be ensured.


This state of collective mindset inhibits the West from areas where it can lead the world in forming a more humane, safer, more productive world, by ensuring security for one and all of the citizens of the world.


No doubt UN and its organs are formed in pursuance of the same goal, but the US monopoly on decision making has imposed so much distortion in the works that the real goal of world government looks just like utopian and an unattainable goal.


My question at this stage will be why a US cannot progress from Wild West to an organised state.


Why a similar Wild West situation cannot be purposefully and proactively tackled by thinkers and activists to usher the world into a civilized unit.


Why US and its neo-cons are so obsessed with their own survival and not the survival of the world.


Why the US model of multi-culturism is not being promoted and tolerated on world scale.


Why a ‘clash of civilization’ has become the driving force for the subjugation of the world, when the fruits of globalization are so distinctly perceived.



Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai




April 13, 2008

Sunday, April 13, 2008









The story of Taxi Driver is more poignant as his life has been conditioned by a Government that is on one hand insensitive to his existence as a common citizen, while on the other hand devises various legal measures to make his life more miserable. And all this in the name of the welfare of the people! An unalloyed Kafkaesque situation!!!


As a member of the Muslim minority, who are doomed to suffer for the sin of supposedly ‘dividing the nation’, he is completely cut off from any welfare measure that Government introduces to provide for the ‘below poverty line’ of its citizenry, be that for food or shelter. He is out, as he is a Muslim. He is out as he is Uttar Bharati. He is out as he does not have a home address, so no voter or ration card. He is not eligible for any of the various Government Housing scheme, again as he does not have a house in his name. Leave it to the wily bureaucrats to devise ways and means to see the unwanted are marginalised. A new danger that looms over his head of the serious risk of his taxi and himself being attacked by ‘MNS’ or “Shiv Sena’ hooligans, who themselves are not the original inhabitants of Mumbai/Bombay, but are now claiming the city as their own.


Moinuddin Shaikh travelled to a Gulf country to earn a better living, leaving back a dismal disjointed family to survive in a rat-race stricken city. He is among millions who are still in the Gulf countries and who had remitted and are still remitting, billions back home. Indian Government has no organised scheme to offer them social support, if and when their lives are disrupted due to various breaks in life cycle of a Mumbai resident. Government has never come around to organise some Gulf Returnee scheme to rehabilitate the returnees to a full life of local opportunities; even though they had at one time helped the country when it was heavily dependant of their foreign remittance.


A very interesting fact disclosed in the life story of Moinuddin Shaikh and his son, is the appearance of a ‘Madarsa’ as the relief centre for the uprooted. His son will not only be accommodated, fed, clothed but also will be educated; thus taking the entire burden off the head of the father, who could barely survive on some footpath of Mumbai. Here the Madarsa is not the matter of choice. It is the means of survival of his son and millions like him. The Madarsa is a fully community supported welfare measure. This same Madarsa has been demonized by the US and Israel as the hotbed of conspiracies against the West. 


The worst part is that those in authority are fully aware of the whole set of handicaps imposed on an Indian Muslim by the communalized ruling class, and in fact are rejoicing sadistically in their devilish schemes to impoverish and disenfranchise 200 million Muslims of India. And they want to die and disappear without even raising a sigh. However, this slow working genocide is not being noticed by the rest of the ‘international community’. Hope is still high that the opening to the world of India as a new power on the block, will expose India’s dreary pockets of hateful crimes inflicted on its own citizenry and the very international friends who are goading the ruling class to target Muslim in line with the current anti-Muslim hate wave, may turn their tables against their partners in no times; the tide is bound to turn.


Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai


UPI withdrawing story – Can you believe it!!!

April 12, 2008


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WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) — United Press International is withdrawing the story “Analysis: SIMI crackdown helps moderators,” published April 10 until an investigation is conducted into its veracity.

Comments attributed to Zafarul-Islam Khan, editor of the Milli Gazette, have been contested and UPI is investigating the matter.

Additionally, the Milli Gazette is an English-language newspaper, not an Urdu paper as stated in the story.




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For your information!



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From: The Milli Gazette



Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2008 11:27 PM

Subject: Incredible story


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The Editor, Emerging Threats / News Track Desk



Dear Sir/Madam,


I am stunned to find one of your reports attributing certain comments to me in the following story:

Analysis: SIMI crackdown helps moderators
April 10, 2008 at 9:59 AM
UPI Correspondent

NEW DELHI, April 10 (UPI) — The recent crackdown by the Indian police and


I want to make it clear that:


1. I never spoke to this correspondent now or in the past.


2. I do not hold the views attributed to me in this report; rather I think that SIMI, though extremist in nature, is not a terrorist organisation and the outfit itself did not indulge in actual violence now or in the past, and the past and present attacks on this banned organisation are part of the political agenda of the anti-Muslim forces in India who are using it to criminalise and marginalise the whole Muslim community in India;


3. My newspaper, The Milli Gazette, is not an Urdu publication as claimed by your correspondent in this report. It is and always was an English-language publication. This also serves as an indicator about the knowledge and credibility of your correspondent.


I demand that (a) the above report should be recalled forthwith, (b) this rejoinder must posted prominently on your website and (c) appropriate action must be taken against this irresponsible correspondent and (d) I am informed about the actions you take in this respect.


Yours sincerely


Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan


Editor, The Milli Gazette

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ASAK, Dr. Saheb,


Will it be OK, if I circulate your letter on my usual list.





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Dear GM saheb,

Wa’laikumussalam. Yes, you are free to circulate it. But please add UPI’s withdrawal of the story too. This serves to show how some people in the media cook up stories and how they are trying to pit us against each other.