EMBEDDED COMMENTS TO MR. SULTAN SHAHIN’S INTRODUCTORY REMAIRKS:

 

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

 

EMBEDDED COMMENTS TO MR. SULTAN SHAHIN’S INTRODUCTORY REMAIRKS:

 

 

Muslim Penchant for spinning state-sponsored conspiracies: Will it turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy?

 

But do we ever come across a word of gratitude, even gratitude expressed to God, for what “in practice already had become a Brahmin-dominated state” to have not gone the Pakistan way or the Islamic way?

 

There is any number of voices during the last 60 years that have lauded the fact that thanks of leaders like Nehru, India has not gone over the barrel. If Mr. Sultan Shahin just wants to raise a hue and cry, he is certainly exaggerating. However, all such praise for the ‘secularism’ which in the hands of a communalised polity infiltrating and virtually ruling the country, Muslim have every right to raise their voices to project their ‘grievances’ and in that if they exaggerate, which they do not, then they have every right to even exaggerate, so long as they are not being responded to in a constructive and positive manner by the ruling oligarchs..

 

 

Do those Muslims fighting for their cause, no matter how legitimate even remember and remind the common Muslims of the larger perspective? Do we even hear our intellectuals, barring a few, of course, even restrain themselves in the language they use for their perpetual grievance-mongering?

 

The larger perspective is that if the British and Indian National Congress has not come to terms on partition, the total Muslim population of undivided India would have been to the tune of 500 million or about 30% of the total population or even more. That larger  picture had to be projected to point out the perfidy behind dividing the Muslim population in three parts while merely 3% Brahmins/Suvarnas/ Aryans, have managed to fool the rest of the non-Muslims and ruling the country with a concocted majority. While that majority, like the force of gravity, is gradually and certainly disintegrating, Muslims have yet to get the larger perspective of how their presence in the nation and in the subcontinent, should regain their weightage.

 

 

Do we ever wonder what would be our situation if we were living as a religious minority in an Islamic state?

 

Since the oil boom of 70’s millions of Indians, in the same ratios of Muslims to non-Muslims, namely 10% Muslims and 90% non-Muslims have been living in the Islamic states the Arabian Gulf. They have not been given citizenship rights, as they are guest workers; but even now after a second generation has taken over, none of those immigrant Indians would like to come back to India. In some areas, Indians are more than the Arab Muslim natives. As Arab Gulf countries are not bothered about their image outside, they do not respond to the false propaganda, spread by Islamophobes that Indians are being discriminated in Islamic countries.

 

Islamic countries have a millennium long history of coexisting and thriving with other communities in their midst. That cannot be denied by motivated propaganda by vested interest during the current phase of demonisation of Muslims and Islam, by the hired hands of US/UK/Israel.

 

 

Do we ever move our lips or lift our little finger in support of the religious minorities living in Islamic states next door? Well, what to support them, we have hounded out the one Muslim lady who dared to speak for them in Bangladesh? There are so many Hindus and even Hindu ladies who fight for our causes in this country: would we like the Indian system to hound them out of the country and of course, not get any refuge anywhere else, certainly not in a Muslim country? …

 

We have tens of thousands of mosques and madrasas running throughout the length and breadth of this country,

 

The constitution of India grants us freedom of religion, while local governments are illegally preventing Muslims to built Masjids to accommodate their burgeoning populations, especially in urbanised areas. Instead, the communal forces are systematically targeting older mosques and Idgahs to deprive Muslims of not only their religious places, but  in fact, targeting their religious places for the real estate that is now become a sin quo non of the neo riche conditions of  some communities. All our awkaf properties are being eaten up by state agencies and their proxies, to deprive Muslims of their legitimate heritage and right to property.  Will Mr. Shahin consider voicing against this anti-Muslim state policy as exaggerating the grievances and not thanking the state? What kind of slave existence he wants us to adopt to pander to the corrupted rule of the so-called secular liberators of India.

 

but one of our mosques, a dilapidated and disused one, was demolished by people who were characterised by the Supreme Court as miscreants, and we blew that into an issue of our religious freedom in the country.

 

It is surprising that Mr. Shahin has not a single word for ‘the miscreants’ who virtually unleashed a fascist revolution in India, by demolition of Babri Masjid. He keeps harping on Muslim thanklessness, Muslim exaggerations, Muslim obduracy, without contrasting it with the Hindutva aggression. Can there be any greater proof of his bias and prejudice against his own Muslim community. Is he on some contract to target his own community in the hope some personal reward. Is he a well wisher of Muslims or a well wisher of the Fascist Hindutva?

 

 

We have still not solved that problem and allowed it to fester, to our nation’s detriment.

 

The onus of solving the problem is in the hands of the same government that had helped the Fascists in demolition of Babri Masjid. We want justice from our own state, our own judiciary, and our own people. Why cant Mr. Shahin instead of addressing the victims to forgive and forget, not condemning and asks for justice for Muslims. Or is that the way of the secularists to prove their secularism by appeasing the fascists.

 

Do our intellectuals take time off fighting the system and tell us it is not in our interest to allow a cancer to grow.

 

It is easy for Mr. Shahin to call the Muslim factor, as cancer, while having no guts to call a spade a spade by calling for the destroying the cancer of Hindutva fascism. His own credibility is on the line.

 

The mosque is gone.

 

The Mosque will never go. Take this from just one humble member of the 15 Crore of Indian Muslims. Babri Masjid has become the symbol of their freedom in India. Until they rebuild Babri Masjid at its own place, Muslims will not rest.

 

We apparently don’t worship bricks and soil. Bricks too are gone in any case. Why can’t we initiate an amicable solution, as it would be in our own interest too? We need a plot of land to pray, we can pray anywhere in the area. Why do we need to blow it out of all proportion, make it such a big issue, when the country – the system – is allowing us to have as many mosques and madrasas as we wish?

 

There can be no barter of our  right to reclaim what is due to us. Shahin Saheb has every right to pursue his one-sided effort to denigrate and demonise Muslims and exhort them to accept what is on the table. But Sultan Shahin does not represent the consensus of the overwhelming majority of Indian Muslims.

 

An analysis by Sultan Shahin, editor, NewAgeIslam.com

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You write:

 

What crime has the Indian state committed to be reviled so? Or, the Indian system (Nizam), which would presumably include the constitution? Well, it did not declare itself a Hindu state as Maulana Abul Ala Maudoodi, the founder-ideologue of Jamaat-e-Islami and the mentor of SIMI, advised it to do and treat Muslims and other religious minorities as second class citizens. Had it done so, it would not be accused today of hatching conspiracies against the rights of the minorities.”

 

 

 If India was not declared a Hindu State, by no stretch of mind, on can say that was to appease or humor or secure the Muslims.

 

Pandit Nehru is on record saying Majority communalism is worst than Minority communalism. Nehruji was fending off competition from Hindu Mahasabha as well as Hindu extremists within his own Congress fold. His distaste for Hindu fundamentalists is well-known. (Compare and contrast this with Nehruji’s warm associations with the ‘fundamentalist’ Muslim Ulema of Deoband who were against partitioning of India.)

 

 

Besides as a student of history, Nehruji was aware that India cannot be ruled in peace unless all its various diversities are accommodated. The unrest that we see making havoc is the land is the result of not fully adhering to Nehruji’s visionary Idea of India.

 

 

Those who are still for Hindu Raj as the Ideal for India’ should have taken appropriate lessons, when Nepal, the only Hindu state in the world, turned republic and the Hindu King was sent packing abroad, after a democratic election.

 

 

So Mr. Shahin’s strenuous efforts to convince Indian Muslims that they should thank their stars for at least being allowed to live in their own land, even if as the neo-shudars, is bound to go over the head of an overwhelming majority of Muslims. And if this is self-fulfilling prophecy; then let it be.

 

 

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

ghulammuhammed3@gmail.com

www.ghulammuhammed.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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