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November 1, 2008

Saturday, November 01, 2008






When it comes to Muslims, police has a very well-defined policy: arrest them first and ask questions later. After all they can be available for third degree torture only in jail. But for others they are for saving the culprits with all the loopholes in the books. The way police is trying to save the accused who battered the Bhaiyyas on the local train and got on killed, the whole police hierarchy right from home minister to the bear policeman, all vocally defend the criminals for not committing a ‘HATE CRIME’. They virus that has been spewed by Raj Thackeray in the recent days, has so swiftly spread throughout the Maharashtra state, that it can only be referred to as HATE VIRUS. Wherever a few Marathis gather, all they talk about is how to tackle the first Bhaiyya. Be that on train, on buses, on footpaths, on over- bridges. The mastermind of this HATE VIRUS is none other than Raj Thackeray. No same person can deny it. Even Raj will not deny it. On the contrary he will boast about it. So when the police repeat ad nauseam, that it is not a hate crime, for the first time, India will have to come to term with the real face the crime that had hitherto hidden, as that hate was only reserved for Muslims. Now the virus has spread on and it will know no boundaries, unless those at the helm of the affair will realise that they have a clear choice: Save the criminals or save the nation.  


Maharashtra’s Congress and NCP are playing with the future of the state and its people, when they think they can save the criminals from among their political class and protect their turf for themselves. Mumbai, in fact is a chromosome from the very Idea of India, that keeps this nation together, in one piece. Mumbai’s cosmopolitan ethos has developed to carry the nation with it. If we fail in Mumbai, we will fail in all four corners of our nation. The evolution of the commercial city of Mumbai had been a boon to the idea of India. If all the diversities of India can be so merrily and happily accommodated in a small city, the spirit of Mumbai, should rule the whole nation. Now if some vested interests are allowed to inject the poison of separatism in our lives, it is for us to first recognise the disease and then swiftly cauterize the cancer.


Sharad Pawar, R. R. Patel and Vilas Rao Deshmukh have compromised with the fascists for their own narrow interests. If they realise that what they have been doing by playing up with a dangerous brand of trickery to bolster their hold on the state electorate, is sheer unpatriotic, they would save India first and eventually save their own political future. If they destroy the nation, they cannot hope to survive to enjoy any future.



Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai