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Hindu rate of BJP growth – By Shekhar Gupta – The Indian Express

May 9, 2009

ABOUT THE 800 POUND GUERRILLA IN THE ROOM THAT IS INVISIBLE TO BOTH BJP AND CONGRESS

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Hindu rate of BJP growth


Shekhar GuptaPosted: Saturday , May 09, 2009 at 2301 hrs IST


You can drive around the country in the course of this five-week election, and the one thing on which you will find remarkable unanimity among the thinking classes is that this is an “issue-less” election. Or, that in the absence of a real pan-national issue, the election is being fought entirely on local concerns, as if this was municipal or panchayat election by another name. It is tough to argue against this yawn-inspiring view. The failure of both national parties, the Congress and the BJP, to build a pan-national contest is phenomenal, and disappointing at a time when voter fatigue is increasing with small parties — the spoilers and spoil-hunters of split verdicts. This failure has reduced the leaders of both parties to being like admirals or generals who command vast fleets and armies, and have great ambitions, but have wound up fighting in penny pockets, for minor pickings.

 

If we continue, seeking parallels in military science (because electoral politics is war by another name, only more vicious), our politics, for exactly two decades now, has been a kind of stalemated, stationary trench warfare. The unlocking of the Babri Masjid, and the shilanyas of Ram Janma-bhoomi in the last months of Rajiv Gandhi’s prime ministership, made secularism the centre-point of our natural politics, particularly in the Hindi heartland; combined with a Mandal-ignited OBC surge, it led to the destruction of the Congress in the entire Gangetic plain — even today, it can barely hope to touch 20 in India’s most politicised zone, from Uttarakhand to West Bengal, out of a total of 167. The BJP was able to harvest this for some time, as the Ram Temple fervour overwhelmed caste. But it declined shortly thereafter, as the promise of building a grand new temple for Lord Ram did not quite have the oomph that the idea of destroying an old mosque did. As history, ever since man discovered God, shows, destroying has always held much greater sex-appeal than building. So the Ram Janma-bhoomi-Babri site has remained frozen in time since 1992, and so has our politics. This new polarisation is loosely defined as secular versus communal, or who can afford to join hands with the BJP and who cannot. Its corollary is that it enables parties with total ideological, philosophical and even political conflicts to come together on the principle of secularism or anti-BJP-ism. This is the now-fossilised state of our politics, and that is why the boredom, issuelessness, sameness and indecisive verdicts. There has to be a reason why the same voters who give us such utterly clear verdicts in the states give us such muddled ones nationally.

 

 

 

The BJP would say this analysis is simplistic, even hypocritical. They will say: the secular-communal discourse is just a camouflage for a large number of political parties effectively handing out to Muslim voters a veto on who can rule India. Any party that needs (and has a realistic chance of getting) the Muslim vote, will “blindly” oppose the BJP, they say. That is why, according to them, the BJP and the NDA have to build their politics in a field with a maximum of 325 out of a House of 543, since at least five parties — the Congress, the Left, the SP, the RJD and the NCP — can have nothing to do with them. That is the line of untouchability in our politics. Or perhaps the line that separates the rival trenches, and political mobility, therefore, is confined to hopping from one trench to another, mostly on the same side — barring some small, serial defectors like the Gowdas, Paswan, Ramadoss and Ajit Singh, the entirely mobile operators blessed with total ideological fungibility.

 

You can feel sorry for the BJP. But this is a problem for the BJP to fix. No political party can grow, even survive, by only feeling sorry for itself. Beginning in 1989, the polarisation had helped the BJP. By 1998, it had peaked. It was for the party’s vastly experienced leadership to read the writing on the wall. And probably it did, but did not quite have the conviction, the fibre to lead a change, an evolution that would have repositioned the BJP as a party of the centre-right rather than a party of the Hindu Right.

 

Vajpayee, the BJP leader most respected by the minorities, tried, but lost his nerve at the most decisive moment, a moment that, if seized, would have placed him among India’s great statesmen for ever, in fact our first real statesman of the Right, or may be the second, if you place Sardar Patel somewhere there. This moment was the killings of Gujarat in 2002 — on the flight to Goa, for the party national executive meeting, when he had to decide on sacking Modi after his “Raj-dharma” speech. But he blinked. In the process, he diminished himself, and his party, and gave its opponents Modi as their second rallying point after Ayodhya.

 

That Advani tried to address the same ideological isolation subsequently, with his statement on Jinnah, underlines the fact that, deep down, political wisdom does exist while the will and conviction are lacking. He has tried to re-position his party closer to the centre in a slightly more complex, but fascinating manner. The alliance with the Akalis in Punjab and with Mayawati in Uttar Pradesh, he thought, had helped move his party to the centre; and while the Muslims may still not vote for it, if he could simply persuade them not to treat the BJP as their permanent enemy — that needed to be defeated by voting tactically against it all over the country — he could change its politics fundamentally. But neither had he prepared his party and its ideological mentors, nor had he the audacity and conviction to bash on regardless. So this break-out from the trenches remained short, half-hearted and a failure. Yet again, Advani and his BJP blew an opportunity presented by Varun Gandhi’s speeches. Imagine if, instead of rushing to his defence and demanding a forensic examination of the DVDs, Advani stated unequivocally that he abhorred such language and politics and dropped Varun as his candidate? In one stroke, it would have brought his party closer to the centre, given it wider acceptability, and enhanced his stature in a manner that no website or ad-campaign, howsoever brilliant, could ever have done.

 

 

 

Indian democracy is not unique in having to deal with such a divisive issue of history and legacy. Race and segregation was a divide that determined American politics for a long time. But the Republicans cut their losses in the course of time and so it ceased to be the central issue. Surely, many more Blacks still vote for the Democrats but the Republicans totally dumped the race issue, giving America its most prominent Black public leaders in Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice — and the Supreme Court justice, Clarence Thomas. And while the larger majority of voters of colour were still on the “other” side, and there was no foreseeable prospect of those “vote banks” shifting, remember how even George Bush (junior) dealt with Trent Lott, the Senate Republican leader who, in a 2002 fund-raiser to celebrate Strom Thurmond’s 100th birthday, made remarks that appeared to raise the race-issue again. (He said “problems” could have been avoided had Thurmond’s 1948 presidential bid succeeded; Thurmond had based that campaign on a racial segregation platform.) Bush dumped Lott immediately, and two weeks later he had lost his job.

 

The beauty of democratic politics is that such opportunities do arise every now and then. Smart leaders seize them, particularly when it is an opportunity to rectify fundamental imbalances in the national political debate. Vajpayee had his big moment once, with Modi; Advani has had his, twice, with Jinnah and Varun. But the BJP, and Indian politics, are now paying the price for those long marchers having blown all three. And that is why their politics, or India’s, remains frozen. That is what will give at least three other possible “fronts” space to try setting up a “secular coalition” after May 16, the only factor overriding all enmities and contradictions among likely new partners being the “exclusion of the BJP.”

 

Until the leaders of the BJP accept the inevitability, and the wisdom, of moving closer to the ideological centre-right, and of growing out of the fantasy of one day reaping the harvest of Hindu resurgence, there will be, to steal the words of one of its own stalwarts (Jagmohan), no unfreezing this political turbulence. Of course, the Congress too has had its failures and lost opportunities to break out of this low-150s stagnation. But let that be an argument, a sermon for another day.

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Readers’ Comments – Online Indian Express:

AssumptionsBy: fromusa | Saturday , 9 May ’09 19:16:50 PMReply | ForwardAnalysis is based assumption that religious minority vote can be trusted to factor good things and change their mind. And congress allows that to happen. Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan tried that. Media has luxury of not being accountable. They can get away with keeping painting BJP in a particular way rather than highlighting governance given by BJP and ruining of institutions by Congress.

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Indian Muslims and the 2009 Elections – Challenges and Prospects of Political Success – By Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan, Editor-in-Chief, Milli Gazette, New Delhi

April 20, 2009

 

Analysis

Indian Muslims and the 2009 Elections

Challenges and Prospects of Political Success

By  Zafarul Islam Khan

 
 
Indians vote in 2009 general elections

voters stand in a queue outside a booth at polling station in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, April 16, 2009. (Reuters photo)

India, the world’s largest democracy with a total of 714 million voters, is undergoing these days a marathon election exercise over five phases which will conclude on 13 May. Results will start coming in from 16 May and the new parliament will be in place on  June 2.As usual, India’s 160 million Muslims, making up about 14 percent of the population, are taking part in these elections both as voters and as contestants.

Indian Muslims are the biggest minority group whose vote is critical in key swing states such as Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in the north, Assam in the northeast, West Bengal in the east and Kerala in the south.

 

See Muslims Percentage in Indian States.

All parties, including the BJP which is perceived as anti-Muslim, have fielded Muslim candidates from places where Muslims may win as a result of large concentration of Muslims in at least 80 out of the current parliament’s 543 constituencies or in order to show that the concerned party cares about the community’s political empowerment.

Indian Muslims have been traditionally complaining that they are always under-represented in the national parliament as well as in provincial legislative assemblies. In the outgoing parliament there are 37 Muslim members out of their proportional entitlement of 76 seats. The highest number of seats Muslim could ever win was in 1980 when they secured 46 seats.  [See the chart here, page 15]

Indian Muslims are found in sizeable numbers in over 80 constituencies, especially in north India.  

Under-representationThe Muslim under-representation is due to a number of reasons, such as disunity in Muslim ranks, major parties’ disinclination in nominating enough number of Muslims in winnable constituencies and reservation of Muslim-dominated constituencies as reserved seats for Dalits, the so-called untouchables, in addition to the age-old trick of gerrymandering aimed at dividing Muslim-dominated pockets over a number of constituencies in order to break Muslims’ strength.

Among glaring examples is the nomination of actress Jayaprada from the traditionally Muslim seat of Rampur by an alleged Muslim-friendly party. In Delhi, where Muslims deserve at least one seat, no major party has nominated any Muslim in these polls.

Indian Muslims are found in sizeable numbers in over 80 constituencies, especially in north India, where they can help any candidate win or lose by voting for or against them. Muslims are concentrated in about 16 states where 97% Indian Muslims reside, with 1% or more in each state.

They have sizable concentration in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Maharashtra, Assam and Kerala. In another nine states, namely Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Gujarat, MP, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Haryana they have a lower proportion.

Constituency-wise, there are only 14 Muslim majority constituencies, in addition to another 28 with high Muslim-concentration of above 30% and 60 other constituencies where they constitute more than 20% of the electorate. All these 100 constituencies or so are targeted by secular parties to secure maximum Muslim votes for their candidates.

 

The Congress failed to act decisively on the recommendations of the Sachar Committee which found out that Muslims were at the bottom of the Indian society by any yardstick of backwardness.  

Background  Traditionally, Indian Muslims voted for the Congress Party, but this started to change in mid-1970 as a result of the excesses during the Emergency period.

As a result, the Congress for the first time was voted out of power in 1977. The demolition of the Babri Mosque in 1992 was the final proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back and resulted in almost total boycott of the Congress party by Muslims. Many other parties and coalitions ruled, as a result, and the Congress could come back to power only in 2004, as the leader of a coalition called UPA.

The half-hearted implementation of the Congress-led government’s various pro-Muslim schemes have failed to win back the trust of the Muslim voters. The Congress-led government for the first time in India established a “Minority Affairs Ministry” which has literally done nothing apart from disbursing a few thousand scholarships to Muslim students. Even its meager budget for the last year was not fully utilized.

The Congress failed to act decisively on the recommendations of the Sachar Committee which found out that Muslims were at the bottom of the Indian society by any yardstick of backwardness. Sachar report disclosed that Muslim representation has plummeted to as low as three and five percent in the government and public sector companies.

The Congress has also consigned to the cold storage the report of the Mishra Commission which recommended 10 percent reservation for Muslims in government jobs, schemes and bank credits. The Congress has consistently followed an anti-Muslim policy in Assam which has a 30% Muslim population.

The Congress failed to stop the anti-Muslim campaign in the name of fighting terrorism which was unleashed by the previous BJP-led government which ruled during 1999-2004. In fact, the campaign only intensified especially in states ruled by the Congress like the Mahrashtra and Andhra Pradesh which have witnessed some of the worst excesses, including extra-judicial killings, against Muslims in the name of fighting terrorism.

The Congress government at the Centre has also failed to take any action against the tainted Gujarat government of Narendra Modi who presided over the pogroms of 2002 and still rules the state. The Congress government has steadfastly refused a judicial enquiry into the cold-blooded murder last September by the police of two Muslim alleged “terrorist” youths in what is known as “Batla House Encounter”. As a result, Muslims are voting for all kinds of “secular” parties in the current elections.

 

A new phenomenon this time is the emergence of a number of small Muslim parties.  

New PhenomenonThe new phenomenon of small regional parties has offered new choices to the Muslim voter as an alternative to national political parties. Small Muslim parties are concluding alliances with small regional parties for their mutual benefit.

A new phenomenon this time is the emergence of a number of small Muslim parties. Muslims already have the Indian Union Muslim League in the southern state of Kerala (with 2-3 members of Parliament and a sizeable presence in the provincial legislative assembly) and Majlis Ittehadul Muslimin in the southern city of Hyderabad (one member of Parliament and about a dozen in the provincial assembly).

A new Muslim entrant from the last year is the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) in the northeastern state of Assam which won nine seats in the provincial assembly elections last year and expects to win 4-5 seat in the current national elections. The AUDF has now stretched its wings to other states too and is fighting elections in a number of northern states like Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. [See the map of  Muslims distribution here, page 13]

Another new entrant is the Ulama Council (UC) of Uttar Pradesh which emerged as a protest movement against the “Batla House Encounter”. UC’s popularity in the Azamgarh area of Uttar Pradesh led it to enter the elections in a number of constituencies in that state.
 
This is a new Muslim experiment which will stabilize by the time the next general elections are held in five years times. For the first time since independence in 1947, Indian Muslims are seeking to stand on their own two feet to ensure their political empowerment. Earlier they used to be part of various parties and thereby bound by the agendas and policies of those parties.

Ilyas Azmi, a seasoned member of Parliament, candidly portrayed the position of Muslims in various parties when he said recently that the position of Muslim members of Parliament in their respective parties is “worse than that of slaves”. These members are not allowed to have their own independent views or air them in public without prior clearance with their leadership which is Hindu even in the case of communist and socialist parties.

 

Major Muslim organizations like the All India Muslim Majli-se Mushawarat (AIMMM), Jamaat-e Islami Hind (JIH) and Jamiat Ulama-e Hind are trying to empower Muslim voters.

Empowering Muslim Voters  There are said to be no less than 22 small Muslim-led parties contesting elections mainly in the north though their chances are slim. These parties include Peace Party in Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Muslim Munettra Khazhagam in Tamil Nadu and People’s Democratic Council in West Bengal. They all claim to be “secular” parties working for the weak and marginalized sections of society.

These parties, including the UC, will at best only split Muslim votes and thereby indirectly helping the Hindu extremist BJP to win elections as the Hindu vote will be cast solidly for a single candidate while secular and Muslim votes will be split among a number of candidates.

Major Indian Muslim organizations like the All India Muslim Majli-se Mushawarat (AIMMM), Jamaat-e Islami Hind (JIH) and Jamiat Ulama-e Hind are trying to influence Muslim voters by advising them to vote for a Muslim candidate in Muslim-majority seats and for strong and winnable secular candidates in other seats.
While AIMMM has concentrated this time round on a single demand, i.e., reservation for Muslims in government jobs and facilities, others like JIH have issued elaborate charter of demands.

Muslim organizations this time have refrained from supporting any single party. Instead, they are supporting specific candidates belonging to various secular parties based on the record of the party and the winnablity of its candidate. The only exception is the Hindu communal parties, like BJP and Shiv Sena which have a clear anti-Muslim agenda.

Even these anti-Msulim parties have tried hard to show that they are not anti-Muslim and have included in their agendas some promises for Muslim uplift. Muslim organizations are also supporting Muslim candidates who are fighting elections as independents.

 

The change in the Indian part of Kashmir was observed last year when people overwhelmingly took part in the provincial assembly elections.  

Important DevelopmentAnother important development in these elections is that one of the two wings of the separatist Hurriyat Conference is not asking people this time round to boycott elections while Sajad Lone, a leading Kashmiri separatist who is the leader of People’s Conference, has for the first time since 1988 decided to take part in the polls.

The change in the Indian part of Kashmir was observed last year when people overwhelmingly took part in the provincial assembly elections. Hitherto the separatist groups had held that Kashmiris should not take part in elections before the solution of the problem of Kashmir.

Presently, there are no truly national parties which may be in a position to secure an overall majority in the next parliament and form a government on their own. Moreover, there is no political unity even among the secular parties as they operate more or less as regional or local parties.

For Election 2009, three political formations have emerged, headed by the INC, the BJP and the Left. This leaves out a few unattached parties which are now talking of a fourth front. 

A new alignment will emerge after the elections in which many of the parties now in the third and fourth fronts will go back to the Congress-led coalition.

Muslims will still be out of the political equation due to their disunity.


FOR INDIAN MUSLIMS, MANMOHAN SINGH IS CERTAINLY A ‘WEAK’ PRIME MINISTER

April 14, 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

 

 

FOR INDIAN MUSLIMS, MANMOHAN SINGH IS CERTAINLY A ‘WEAK’ PRIME MINISTER

 

 

While LK Advani’s branding of Manmohan Singh as ‘weak’ Prime Minister was cheap device to denigrate the office of Prime Ministership, now that BJP is in a very desperate position; Indian Muslims have already realised that technocrat Manmohan Singh had been merely exploited by Sonia Gandhi as a caretaker regent, till her dynastic plans to plant Rahul Gandhi most undemocratically, taking undue advantage of loop-holes in Indian laws and that Manmohan Singh’s oft repeated assurance to Muslim community that they should have first right to claim redressal as they have been marginalized in share government patronage, as has been so generously showered on other favourites.

 

It is possible that though he had spoken about Muslim’s first right on the nation’s budget, he was shot down by the Congress High Command that is riddled with communalized soft-Hindutva protagonists. Even in Congress, nobody is ready to accept that the decades long Congress government has let down the same Muslims, whose vote bank had loyally supported Congress all along.

 

The key-word is scare. Congress is scared of BJP’s Hindutva propaganda; while the BJP is scared that Muslim appeasement will bring back the Mughal rule.

 

In the event, Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister had no guts to counter the Hindutva communalism and fight an internal war in the same manner or with the same misguided but dogged conviction when struggling to finalize 123 nuclear agreement with US.

 

If he was weak, he would not have travelled such a long distance with the Congress, while forcing even a break in the UPA and the risk of losing his government. Apparently, that strength and that power of conviction were not availed by him, when he was advocating affirmative action for Indian Muslims.

 

He failed to tackle:

 

  1. Sachar Commission implementation for the upliftment of Indian Muslims

 

  1. Babri Masjid cases for early settlement of the dispute and due punishment to the culprits. (Is he waiting for a Muslim to take up the new ritual of throwing the shoe at him and then resorting to chakka jam all over the country?).

 

  1. His Congress government has not lifted a finger on Sri Krishna Commission report in Maharashtra. If he is a real Prime Minister, he should have the gust to do justice to his people, be that from either Sikh community or from any community, whosoever from any part of India.

 

  1. He has done nothing to initiate legislation against hate crimes, so that India can be rid of the curse of communalism and casteism. If he was so endeared of the USA, why not borrow a leaf from US legislation and crackdown heavily on Hate Crime and heavy recompense for the wronged.

 

  1. Gross injustice inherent in his economic policies that impoverish the very chunk of people that were already impoverished. His trickle down policies only heaped misery on the people. Rising unemployment is built-in and grass-root inflation choking people has no interest to him. He cannot fool dishing out statistics that show wholesale price indices and camouflage out inflation that has bloated the family burden for even survival level existence.

 

 

Just as he has rightly stated that L. K. Advani will be known ONLY for demolition of Babri Masjid, Manmohan Singh should be rest assured that he would ONLY be known for paving the way for US and Israel to take over India, in any of the various ways, a nation loses its sovereignty and integrity.

 

 

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

ghulammuhammed3@gmail.com

www.ghulammuhammed.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India’s Muslims in Crisis – By Aryan Baker – TIME Newsmagazine

December 3, 2008

TIME Newsmagazine —

Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008

India’s Muslims in Crisis

By Aryn Baker

The disembodied voice was chilling in its rage. A gunman, holed up in the Oberoi Trident hotel in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), where some 40 people had been taken hostage, told an Indian news channel that the attacks were revenge for the persecution of Muslims in India. “We love this as our country, but when our mothers and sisters were being killed, where was everybody?” he asked via telephone. No answer came. But then he probably wasn’t expecting one.

The roots of Muslim rage run deep in India, nourished by a long-held sense of injustice over what many Indian Muslims believe is institutionalized discrimination against the country’s largest minority group. The disparities between Muslims, who make up 13.4% of the population, and India’s Hindus, who hover at around 80%, are striking. There are exceptions, of course, but generally speaking, Muslim Indians have shorter life spans, worse health, lower literacy levels and lower-paying jobs. Add to that toxic brew the lingering resentment over 2002’s anti-Muslim riots in the state of Gujarat. The riots, instigated by Hindu nationalists, killed some 2,000 people, most of them Muslims. To this day, few of the perpetrators have been convicted. (See pictures of the terrorist shootings in Mumbai.)

The huge gap between Muslims and Hindus will continue to haunt India’s — and neighboring Pakistan’s — progress toward peace and prosperity. But before intercommunal relations can improve, there are even bigger problems that must first be worked out: the schism in subcontinental Islam and the religion’s place and role in modern India and Pakistan. It is a crisis 150 years in the making.

The Beginning of the Problem

On the afternoon of March 29, 1857, Mangal Pandey, a handsome, mustachioed soldier in the East India Company’s native regiment, attacked his British lieutenant. His hanging a week later sparked a subcontinental revolt known to Indians as the first war of independence and to the British as the Sepoy Mutiny. Retribution was swift, and though Pandey was a Hindu, it was the subcontinent’s Muslims, whose Mughal King nominally held power in Delhi, who bore the brunt of British rage. The remnants of the Mughal Empire were dismantled, and 500 years of Muslim supremacy on the subcontinent came to a halt.

Muslim society in India collapsed. The British imposed English as the official language. The impact was cataclysmic. Muslims went from near 100% literacy to 20% within a half-century. The country’s educated Muslim élite was effectively blocked from administrative jobs in the government. Between 1858 and 1878, only 57 out of 3,100 graduates of Calcutta University — then the center of South Asian education — were Muslims. While discrimination by both Hindus and the British played a role, it was as if the whole of Muslim society had retreated to lick its collective wounds.

Out of this period of introspection, two rival movements emerged to foster an Islamic ascendancy. Revivalist groups blamed the collapse of their empire on a society that had strayed too far from the teachings of the Koran. They promoted a return to a purer form of Islam, modeled on the life of the Prophet Muhammad. Others embraced the modern ways of their new rulers, seeking Muslim advancement through the pursuit of Western sciences, culture and law. From these movements two great Islamic institutions were born: Darul Uloom Deoband in northern India, rivaled only by Al Azhar University in Cairo for its teaching of Islam, and Aligarh Muslim University, a secular institution that promoted Muslim culture, philosophy and languages but left religion to the mosque. These two schools embody the fundamental split that continues to divide Islam in the subcontinent today. “You could say that Deoband and Aligarh are husband and wife, born from the same historical events,” says Adil Siddiqui, information coordinator for Deoband. “But they live at daggers drawn.”

The campus at Deoband is only a three-hour drive from New Delhi through the modern megasuburb of Noida. Strip malls and monster shopping complexes have consumed many of the mango groves that once framed the road to Deoband, but the contemporary world stops at the gate. The courtyards are packed with bearded young men wearing long, collared shirts and white caps. The air thrums with the voices of hundreds of students reciting the Koran from open-door classrooms.

See TIME’s Pictures of the Week.

Founded in 1866, the Deoband school quickly set itself apart from other traditional madrasahs, which were usually based in the home of the village mosque’s prayer leader. Deoband’s founders, a group of Muslim scholars from New Delhi, instituted a regimented system of classrooms, coursework, texts and exams. Instruction is in Urdu, Persian and Arabic, and the curriculum closely follows the teachings of the 18th century Indian Islamic scholar Mullah Nizamuddin Sehalvi. Graduates go on to study at Cairo’s Al Azhar or the Islamic University of Medina in Saudi Arabia, or they found their own Deobandi institutions.

Today, more than 9,000 Deobandi madrasahs are scattered throughout India, Afghanistan and Pakistan, most infamously the Dara-ul-Uloom Haqaniya Akora Khattak, near Peshawar, Pakistan, where Mullah Mohammed Omar and several other leaders of Afghanistan’s Taliban first tasted a life lived in accordance with Shari’a. Siddiqui visibly stiffens when those names are brought up. They have become synonymous with Islamic radicalism, and Siddiqui is careful to dissociate his institution from those who carry on its traditions, without actually condemning their actions. “Our books are being taught there,” he says. “They have the same system and rules. But if someone is following the path of terrorism, it is because of local compulsions and local politics.”

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, who founded the Anglo-Mohammedan Oriental College at Aligarh in 1877, studied under the same teachers as the founders of Deoband. But he believed that the downfall of India’s Muslims was due to their unwillingness to embrace modern ways. He decoupled religion from education and in his school sought to emulate the culture and training of India’s new colonial masters. Islamic culture was part of the curriculum, but so were the latest advances in sciences, medicine and Western philosophy. The medium was English, the better to prepare students for civil-service jobs. He called his school the Oxford of the East. In architecture alone, the campus lives up to that name. A euphoric blend of clock towers, crenellated battlements, Mughal arches, domes and the staid red brick of Victorian institutions that only India’s enthusiastic embrace of all things European could produce, the central campus of Aligarh today is haven to a diverse crowd of male and female, Hindu and Muslim students. Its law and medicine schools are among the top-ranked in India, but so are its arts faculty and Quranic Studies Centre. “With all this diversity, language, culture, secularism was the only way to go forward as a nation,” says Aligarh’s vice chancellor, P.K. Abdul Azis. “It was the new religion.”

This fracture in religious doctrine — whether Islam should embrace the modern or revert to its fundamental origins — between two schools less than a day’s donkey ride apart when they were founded, was barely remarked upon at the time. But over the course of the next 100 years, that tiny crack would split Islam into two warring ideologies with repercussions that reverberate around the world to this day. Before the split became a crisis, however, the founders of the Deoband and Aligarh universities shared the common goal of an independent India. Pedagogical leanings were overlooked as students and staff of both institutions joined with Hindus across the subcontinent to remove the yoke of colonial rule in the early decades of the 20th century.

Two Faiths, Two Nations

But nationalistic trends were pulling at the fragile alliance, and India began to splinter along ethnic and religious lines. Following World War I, a populist Muslim poet-philosopher by the name of Muhammad Iqbal framed the Islamic zeitgeist when he questioned the position of minority Muslims in a future, independent India. The solution, Iqbal proposed, was an independent state for Muslim-majority provinces in northwestern India, a separate country where Muslims would rule themselves. The idea of Pakistan was born.

Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the Savile Row–suited lawyer who midwifed Pakistan into existence on Aug. 14, 1947, was notoriously ambiguous about how he envisioned the country once it became an independent state. Both he and Iqbal, who were friends until the poet’s death in 1938, had repeatedly stated their dream for a “modern, moderate and very enlightened Pakistan,” says Sharifuddin Pirzada, Jinnah’s personal secretary. Jinnah’s own wish was that the Pakistani people, as members of a new, modern and democratic nation, would decide the country’s direction.

But rarely in Pakistan’s history have its people lived Jinnah’s vision of a modern Muslim democracy. Only three times in its 62-year history has Pakistan seen a peaceful, democratic transition of power. With four disparate provinces, more than a dozen languages and dialects, and powerful neighbors, the country’s leaders — be they Presidents, Prime Ministers or army chiefs — have been forced to knit the nation together with the only thing Pakistanis have in common: religion.

Following the 1971 civil war, when East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, broke away, the populist Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto embarked on a Muslim-identity program to prevent the country from fracturing further. General Mohammed Zia ul-Haq continued the Islamization campaign when he overthrew Bhutto in 1977, hoping to garner favor with the religious parties, the only constituency available to a military dictator. He instituted Shari’a courts, made blasphemy illegal and established laws that punished fornicators with lashes and held that rape victims could be convicted of adultery. When the Soviet Union invaded neighboring Afghanistan in December 1979, Pakistan was already poised for its own Islamic revolution.

Almost overnight, thousands of refugees poured over the border into Pakistan. Camps mushroomed, and so did madrasahs. Ostensibly created to educate the refugees, they provided the ideal recruiting ground for a new breed of soldier: mujahedin, or holy warriors, trained to vanquish the infidel invaders in America’s proxy war with the Soviet Union. Thousands of Pakistanis joined fellow Muslims from across the world to fight the Soviets. As far away as Karachi, high school kids started wearing “jihadi jackets,” the pocketed vests popular with the mujahedin. Says Hamid Gul, then head of the Pakistan intelligence agency charged with arming and training the mujahedin: “In the 1980s, the world watched the people of Afghanistan stand up to tyranny, oppression and slavery. The spirit of jihad was rekindled, and it gave a new vision to the youth of Pakistan.”

But jihad, as it is described in the Koran, does not end merely with political gain. It ends in a perfect Islamic state. The West’s, and Pakistan’s, cynical resurrection of something so profoundly powerful and complex unleashed a force that gave root to al-Qaeda’s rage, the Taliban’s dream of an Islamic utopia in Afghanistan, and in the dozens of radical Islamic groups rapidly replicating themselves in India and around the world today. “The promise of jihad was never fulfilled,” says Gul. “Is it any wonder the fighting continues to this day?” Religion may have been used to unite Pakistan, but it is also tearing it apart.

India Today

In India, Islam is, in contrast, the other — purged by the British, denigrated by the Hindu right, mistrusted by the majority, marginalized by society. There are nearly as many Muslims in India as in all of Pakistan, but in a nation of more than a billion, they are still a minority, with all the burdens that minorities anywhere carry. Government surveys show that Muslims live shorter, poorer and unhealthier lives than Hindus and are often excluded from the better jobs. To be sure, there are Muslim success stories in the booming economy. Azim Premji, the founder of the outsourcing giant Wipro, is one of the richest individuals in India. But for many Muslims, the inequality of the boom has reinforced their exclusion.

Kashmir, a Muslim-dominated state whose fate had been left undecided in the chaos that led up to partition, remains a suppurating wound in India’s Muslim psyche. As the cause of three wars between India and Pakistan — one of which nearly went nuclear in 1999 — Kashmir has become a symbol of profound injustice to Indian Muslims, who believe that their government cares little for Kashmir’s claim of independence — which is based upon a 1948 U.N. resolution promising a plebiscite to determine the Kashmiri people’s future. That frustration has spilled into the rest of India in the form of several devastating terrorist attacks that have made Indian Muslims both perpetrators and victims.

A mounting sense of persecution, fueled by the government’s seeming reluctance to address the brutal anti-Muslim riots that killed more than 2,000 in the state of Gujarat in 2002, has aided the cause of homegrown militant groups. They include the banned Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), which was accused of detonating nine bombs in Mumbai during the course of 2003, killing close to 80. The 2006 terrorist attacks on the Mumbai commuter-rail system that killed 183 people were also blamed on SIMI as well as the pro-Kashmir Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT). Those incidents exposed the all-too-common Hindu belief that Muslims aren’t really Indian. “LeT, SIMI — it doesn’t matter who was behind these attacks. They are all children of [Pervez] Musharraf,” sneered Manish Shah, a Mumbai resident who lost his best friend in the explosions, referring to the then President of Pakistan. In India, unlike Pakistan, Islam does not unify but divide.

Still, many South Asian Muslims insist Islam is the one and only force that can bring the subcontinent together and return it to pre-eminence as a single whole. “We [Muslims] were the legal rulers of India, and in 1857 the British took that away from us,” says Tarik Jan, a gentle-mannered scholar at Islamabad’s Institute of Policy Studies. “In 1947 they should have given that back to the Muslims.” Jan is no militant, but he pines for the golden era of the Mughal period in the 1700s and has a fervent desire to see India, Pakistan and Bangladesh reunited under Islamic rule.

That sense of injustice is at the root of Muslim identity today. It has permeated every aspect of society and forms the basis of rising Islamic radicalism on the subcontinent. “People are hungry for justice,” says Ahmed Rashid, a Pakistani journalist and author of the new bookDescent into Chaos. “It is perceived to be the fundamental promise of the Koran.” These twin phenomena — the longing many Muslims feel to see their religion restored as the subcontinent’s core, and the marks of both piety and extremism Islam bears — reflect the lack of strong political and civic institutions in the region for people to have faith in. If the subcontinent’s governments can’t provide those institutions, then terrorists like the Trident’s mysterious caller will continue asking questions. And providing their own answers.

— With reporting by Jyoti Thottam / Mumbai and Ershad Mahmud / Islamabad

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Obama win – a lesson for Indian Muslims: We can do it – By Ghulam Muhammed

November 5, 2008

 

Obama win – a lesson for Indian Muslims: We can do it

 

Obama belonged to an ostracized community that was historically brought to the United States of America as slaves, to slog in the cotton fields of the landed white aristocracy. He rose against tremendous odds and presented himself as a united voice of sanity in the backdrop of cacophony of bigotry and elitism. He took his nation to dream of unity and equal opportunity. His win has special significance for Indian Muslims, not because his middle name is Hussein. His win is a resounding message to 150 million Muslims, who are reduced within the last 60 years of Indian independence as a community to the existence of the lowest of the low. Obama rose from the pettiness of the old politics and nursed a vision for his country to be a united nation. He rose above the divisions of color and region and economic status. If any one single community that can lead India to a future of unity and universal brotherhood, it is the Muslim community. Indian Muslims have a long history of being at the helm of the affair of their country and had promoted a composite culture that thrived on the finer graces of diversities and inner aspirations of each and every individual as part and parcel of this great nation. In last sixty years, a small clique of Macaulay Brahmins, raised on the notions of the ruler and ruled, has drained the people of all their cherished dreams. While a few privileged amassed unimaginable wealth and influence, the people of India suffered stoically the ravages of governance that primarily was of the elite, for the elite, by the elite who successfully brainwashed the poor masses into a fatalistic existence of poverty and degradation. The appearance of Obama on the world horizon is a sign that the whole world is at the threshold of a historical change for the better. Injustices and deprivations have to be exorcised. And they will be. No civilization can survive merely on the basis of its material progress, if it is robbed of its innermost gift to human bonding. Indian civilization itself survived for millenniums as it accommodated and rejoiced in pluralities and diversities.

 

I call upon my Muslim brethrens to realise their duty and responsibility towards their homeland. Realise their strengths, their noble traditions, their inbuilt calling of universal brotherhood of all human being and unite with a deep sense of purpose and commitment to bring change to India; the paradigm change that will break down the walls of injustice and prejudice. Muslims should open their hearts and minds to all who seek to bring that change. And add their unique existence within the comity of the communities to become the glue for unity and justice. Let Obama be their role model to herald a new Idea of India that would be a role model to the world.

 

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

ghulammuhammed3@gmail.com

www.ghulammuhammed.wordpress.com

 

The fall of the house of cards By Ghulam Muhammed

September 18, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008

 

 

The fall of the house of cards

 

 

Delhi bomb blasts have completely destroyed the elaborate fiction line that police, investigating agencies, media and politicians all together, deliberately or inadvertently (take your pick) had been dutifully following after each bombing incident all over India. This time around the people were somehow got tired of the old line of blaming SIMI, which seems to have acquired nine lives, now that even two of its masterminds, as declared by ATS, are behind bars and still there is no let up in the bombings.

 

A big change in people’s thinking was brought about by Ajay Sahni’s meticulous investigative articles in Tehelka that exposed the fake demonisation of a ‘chosen’ enemy, as a convenient ploy to cover up the real culprits that were beyond of pale of law, due to apparent political consideration.

 

The disarray started in the UPA camp itself, when three prominent coalition party leaders, publicly expressed the doubt in SIMI could have been involved in all these series of bombing.

 

By the time of Delhi bombings, the storm blew up in the face of the Home Minister, Shiv Raj Patil, who is widely believed to have soft corner for an opposition party, that is most suspected of being involved.

 

The media took the hint of the adverse winds, and started concentrating on the real job of investigative reporting.

 

Following is just one example of how the hints are out, that ‘Indian Mujahideen’ could be an invention of some non-Muslim organisation, out to defame and demonise Muslims and prepare grounds to foment communal riots.

 

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

 

 

 

www.dnaindia.com

 

Thursday, September 18, 2008

 

Page: 1

 

Terror mail writers may not be madrassa products

 

Handwriting analysis shows they are urban-bred and may not know Urdu

 

Aditya Kaul. New Delhi

 

The emails sent before the serial blasts of Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Uttar Pradesh have been signed by three individuals, but one of them was only trying to copy the signature of the group leader just before Jaipur blasts, according to one of Indias leading graphologists.

 

The graphologist, who has helped the police in several investigations, believes that all the signatories are urban bred, English-speaking individuals, who may have had almost no madrassa education, if they are Muslims. It is quite possible that the three persons who have signed the documents do not know Urdu language. And thats because the strokes in the signature of a person who knows how to write and read Urdu are distinctively different. There is no reason to conclude that all of them are Muslims, he said.

 

These people are well educated men and have been born and brought up in metros. They have sound family backgrounds and have been brought up in families with a modern outlook, the handwriting expert said.

 

DNA had over the past two days consulted with some of Indias leading psychologists and handwriting experts to try and figure out the men, and women, if any, who could be playing a key role in the terror groups that are wreaking havoc across Indian cities. Yesterday, DNA carried detailed psychological profiles of the writers of the five terror mails, in which the psychologists surmised that the writers were in the age group of 20-50 and suffered from anti-social personality disorder. They were highly educated.

 

DNA has now been given a detailed analysis of the signatures on the documents. Four of the five emails have been signed — two of them have been signed as Guru Al Hindi and Al Arbi, the third has been signed only by Al Arbi. The fourth carries a signature faked by someone else for Guru Al Hindi.

 

The handwriting expert says there are primarily two people who have signed four of the five emails. These two people — Guru Al Hindi and Al Arbi — are personalities in contrast. One is a confident energetic extrovert individual, while the other is an extremely shy introvert.

 

The two have received assistance from a third person, or more, in drafting the emails. The third person whose signature is on the email sent just before the Jaipur blasts seems to have tried to copy Guru Al Hindis signature and he is only an understudy, if he is part of it.

 

The original Guru Al Hindi looks like the real executive director of the group. He is calm in the head and thats his plus point, says the graphologist.

 

The expert, who studied the email independent of the group of psychologists whom DNA consulted earlier, has agreed with several of their conclusions, including the fact that the emails were prepared by a small group of at least three people. There have been five emails which have credible links to the terrorists — four of them sent just as the explosions were to happen in the Uttar Pradesh courts, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Delhi. The fifth was sent to rubbish the Gujarat polices claims that Simi was behind the Ahmedabad blasts.

 

 

Different strokes in terror mails

 

Handwriting experts say that al Arbi who signed one of the emails may not be a proper follower of Islam

 

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Aditya Kaul. New Delhi

 

Guru al Hindi and al Arbi, the two persons who signed the terror emails sent just before some of the recent serial blasts across the country, are very contrasting personalities, according to a leading graphologist.

 

DNA had got the handwriting expert to analyse the signatures on the PDF formatted emails sent after the blasts. Four of the five emails have been signed — two of them as Guru al Hindi and al Arbi, the third only as al Arbi. The fourth carries a signature faked by someone else for Guru al Hindi.

 

The expert says Guru al Hindi is a person full of bubbling energy and enthusiastic to achieve something ASAP [as soon as possible]. He is riding high on confidence. And this confidence isnt over-confidence.

 

He knows exactly what he is doing. He is sharp. Kind of an upcoming genius and it would be very tough to trap him. With his kind of sharpness and energy, our agencies stand nowhere as of now.

 

On the other hand, al Arbi is a complete introvert, who is shy of the world and cant speak out much in the open. He is “definitely” a young male, says the graphologist, who has in the past assisted agencies in investigating sensitive cases. al Arbi’s is the only signature in the email sent out rubbishing the Gujarat police claims on the Ahmedabad bombers. Along with Guru al Hindi he has signed the mails just before the Ahmedabad and Delhi blasts. The email sent before the Uttar Pradesh serial blasts does not contain any signatures.

 

Al Arbi puts a lot of effort to hide his real self to anyone around him, but at the same time he is fairly literate and likes to read a lot. This youngster is short-tempered but covers up his anger in front of others. A completely emotionally unstable person and, if he continues to be so, the chances are he might just vanish or come out in the open if ignored, says the analyst. Therefore, the best way to catch him is to show that no one is trailing him, the graphologist, who has an enviable record in assisting crime investigation, suggests.

 

Chances are that al Arbi, a loner by nature, is the only child in his family or the youngest with some elders putting a lot of peer pressure on him. He comes under mental stress easily and yet loves that stage all the time as well.

 

In an interesting twist to the investigations, the graphologist suggests that this young member of the terror group is working and writes a lot and takes down notes regularly. The person could also be into painting, graphic designing or website designing.

 

From the emails it is clear that the writers have extensive knowledge of the Indian media scene, and they invariably carry detailed analysis of some newspapers and events in their mails. The sentence construction, the selection of email IDs of news organisations and other factors too point towards the possible media background of some of those involved in writing these mails and bombings. The graphologist does not deny this possibility in his analysis.

The graphologist suggests that al Arbi is dangerously getting into the habit of breaking rules. Probably he is not even a proper follower of Islam, or not even a Muslim in the first place itself.

 

On the emails, the graphologist said, there is a definite involvement of at least three different people in these documents signed. And there still could be more because the emotions and the tactics to scare and threaten drastically change, which dont match with the characters of the persons signing them.

 

aditya_k@dnaindia.net

August 7, 2008

Thursday, August 07, 2008

 

WHAT A MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE IN INDIA!

 

ON THE BASIS OF A POLICE OFFICER’S REPORT, A MUSLIM STUDENT’S ORGANISATION IS BANNED BY THE EXTREMIST HINDUTVA LEADER L. K. ADVANI, WHOSE OWN ORGANISATION HAS PLAYED HAVOC WITH PEOPLES LIFE. ADVANI HIMSELF IS TO BE PROSECUTED OVER HIS ROLE IN THE DEMOLITION OF BABRI MASJID AND THE MASSACRES OF MUSLIM THAT FOLLOWED. SINCE WHEN A POLICE OFFICER’S WORD HAS BECOME LAW OF THE LAND!

 

THIS POLICE OFFICER’S REPORT WAS NEVER JUDGED FOR VERACITY AND OVER THE ALLEGED INVOLVEMENT OF JUST FOUR INDIVIDUALS, THE THEN HOME MINISTER, L. K. ADVANI, BANS AN ALL INDIA MUSLIM ORGANISATION ON THE SPURIOUS ALLEGATIONS OF TERROR.

 

SUBSEQUENTLY, HUNDREDS OF SIMI MEMBERS WERE ARRESTED AND TORTURE FOR POSTHOMOUSLY BELONGING TO A ‘BANNED’ ‘TERRORIST’ ORGANISATION.

 

INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS SHOULD NOT BE A PARTY TO A WITCH-HUNT OF INDIAN MUSLIMS AND FOLLOW THE CRIMINAL ABUSE OF POWER BY THE BJP LED NDA COALITION GOVERNMENT OF THE PAST.

 

IT SHOULD DO JUSTICE. IT SHOULD NOT GET BROW-BEATEN BY FASCIST PARIVAR TO SUBVERT THE LAW OF THE LAND, IN LETTER AND IN SPIRIT.

 

GHULAM MUHAMMED, MUMBAI

 

 

 

 

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SIMI was banned on the basis of this officer’s report

   

SP SARANG AWAD

 

Then Deputy Superintendent of Police Sarang Awad’s report had revealed SIMI’s involvement in anti-India activities

 

DEEPTIMAN TIWARY

 

 

   The Delhi High Court order on Tuesday lifted the ban on Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). The news shocked Sarang Awad, Superintendent of Police (Highway Patrol), the officer on whose report the Centre issued a notification banning SIMI under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in 2001.

 

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

 

The Nagpur police in 2000 had got information that terror elements were planning to blow up the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters in the city. After explosives were found at the site, a hunt was launched to find the people behind the act.

 

   A breakthrough in the case came when the Jalgaon police headed by then Dy SP Sarang Awad in May 2001 arrested four men with explosives and subversive literature. On interrogation, they revealed that they were SIMI activists, and that one of them, Sheikh Shakeel Sheikh Annan, was the president of SIMI’s Jalgaon unit. They also revealed that before planting the explosives near the RSS headquarters, they had crossed the border at Kashmir and received training from terror outfits.

 

   Awad who was the complainant and investigating officer of the case said, “We found a lot of subversive literature in Urdu and Arabic urging Muslims to join a jihad. We also found a diary with names and phone numbers of people from across the border.”

 

   Police investigations also revealed that the operatives had exchanged emails with groups across the border. Later, many operatives who were involved in the conspiracy, were arrested from Kashmir and Delhi.

 

REPORT CAUSES BAN

 

After filing the charge-sheet, Awad made a report on SIMI’s increasing involvement in subversive activities, which was forwarded to the Union government. When the Union Home Ministry, then led by L K Advani, received the report, establishing SIMI’s involvement in anti-India activities, it issued a notification banning the organisation for two years. Awad said, “We established that the accused were active SIMI members as their bank accounts were receiving funds from the SIMI unit in Delhi and Bihar. We showed SIMI’s links across the border and its activities inside the country. We had shown how educated youngsters had been imparted training in making bombs. We had solid evidence which would stand in any court and that’s why most of the accused got convicted in the case.” Awad concluded by saying, “The outfit has been a big threat to our internal security — at least that’s what I found when I prepared the report.”

 

July 31, 2008

Thursday, July 31, 2008

 

 

 

A LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

 

 

Sushma Swaraj breaks the conspiracy of silence

 

 

 

Incensed by the blatant display of defiance, the serial bomb blast, however symbolic they may be, in the two BJP ruled state, within days of BJP’s humiliating defeat in Lok Sabha trust vote, when several of its own members, so famously committed to BJP/RSS Hindutva ideology, defected to UPA side, Sushma Swaraj public statement during a TV interview was long on coming.

 

 

She directly blamed Congress for the bomb blasts in Gujarat. According to reports she alleged that the weekend blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad were a conspiracy to divert attention from the ‘cash-for-vote’ scandal. She said: The blasts are a conspiracy to divert attention from the cash-for-vote scandal, claiming that the incidents took place just a few days after the government won the trust vote. With a note of finality she added: “These are not off-the-cuff remarks. I mean what I say.”

 

 

 

Coming from a front-ranking Member of Parliament of the opposition, blaming the ruling Congress party for organizing serial bomb blasts, in two highly industrialized states in India, where BJP is now ruling, it shook the whole political establishment in India. Fresh from the open resort to horse-trading in MPs switching over from various opposition parties, the blame of actually organizing bomb blasts in which Indian citizens were killed and injured is something Congress can hardly stomach lying low. It apparently showed how far the two major political groups have fallen apart in as much as both are blaming each other for high criminal acts of massacres of innocent people through mass murder devices.

 

 

 

However much it may be said, that while both the parties have gone over board in blaming each other, there can be no smoke without fire. Even though the outraged media, from Times of India to Indian Express, Economic Times, Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Free Press Journal, all wrote editorials on the appalling nature of Sushma charges, all their efforts to paper over the crimes of the past, could hardly be suppressed.

 

 

 

In fact, Congress has been widely known in Muslim circles, to be in active collaboration if not actually using RSS cadre, to organize communal riots, targeting Muslims all around the country, throughout the 60 years of independence and even during freedom struggle days. The Rajeshwar Dayal episode is all on record.

 

 

 

The Sushma Swaraj outburst is more credible, as Samajwadi Party has now joined Congress in the new bail out arrangement and the proximity of SIMI to Samajwadi Party who had lifted the ban of them in Uttar Pradesh when they were in power there, could be a new alternative to Hindutva cadre that Congress can now use as muscle power, whenever it may need them. It is this factor that is intensely galling to the BJP. It is the cry of the jilted.

 

 

 

For all practical purpose, the war on India that Narendra Modi, has spoken about has turned into a civil war and common people will be mute victims of the spectacular changes in Indian polity from now on, much more bloody, much more ruinous, much more divisive than India has seen in the past. As they say, chickens have come home to roost.

 

 

 

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

ghulammuhammed3@gmail.com

www.ghulammuhammed.wordpress.com

 

 

July 26, 2008

 

Saturday, July 26, 2008

 

WARNINGS TO EAST, CULLED FROM WESTERN SOURCES

 

IS INDIA OF MANMOHAN SINGH AND SONIA GANDHI PREPARED FOR 2009?

 

 

“Zionism is but an incident of a far reaching plan,” said leading American Zionist Louis Marshall, counsel for bankers Kuhn Loeb in 1917: “It is merely a convenient peg on which to hang a powerful weapon.”

 

The far-reaching plan is Illuminati world dictatorship. The Illuminati is the highest echelon of Freemasonry, an occult secret society dedicated to Lucifer. The world’s central bankers have intermarried with the richest dynastic families of Europe and America to bring about world hegemony. They instigated wars and depressions to degrade and destroy humanity. The American people have been financing their wars since 1914.

 

“The Jewish people as a whole will become its own Messiah. It will attain world dominion by the dissolution of other races, by the abolition of frontiers, the annihilation of monarchy and by the establishment of a world republic in which the Jews will everywhere exercise the privilege of citizenship. In this New World Order the [alleged] “children of Israel” will furnish all the leaders without encountering opposition. The Governments of the different peoples forming the world republic will fall without difficulty into the hands of the Jews. It will then be possible for the Jewish rulers to abolish private property and everywhere to make use of the resources of the state. Thus will the promise of the Talmud be fulfilled, in which is said that when the Messianic time is come, the Jews will have all the property of the whole world in their hands.” -Baruch Levy, Letter to Karl Marx, ‘La Revue de Paris’, p.574, June 1, 1928

 

 

From: Christopher (to Alex James)

Sent: Sunday, July 20, 2008 1:34 PM

Subject: Decision Time

 

 

Decision Time

 

 

I promised my long time readers and my friends who knew me even before the Internet to issue warnings before World War III starts and the Next Great Depression begins. I am now saying it is nearly certain there will be a Hyperinflationary worldwide Great Depression in the first 6 months of 2009 that will be far worse than 1929-1939. World War III will also start next year at about the same time.

 

 

In a previous essay I mentioned that Dick Cheney had warned the Saudis in March to expect nuclear fallout from Day One of the forthcoming attack on Iran. Recently Josh Bolton, the Neocon former UN ambassador appointed by President Bush said that the air assault on Iran would take place after our November 2008 elections. And even more recently Israel has promised to wait until 2009 to launch World War III by attacking Iran. And even President Bush has issued a warning to Israel not to attack Iran. This is an amazing turn of events from the daily threats we had been reading for the past few years. We know peace is not their goal. The Bush administration is continuing their covert war against Iran and has a 400 million appropriation which was approved even by House and Senate Democrats.

 

 

I believe this decision to delay WW III until 2009 is part of a strategy formulated most likely by the powerful Bilderberg Society Steering Committee even prior to their most recent meeting in Chantilly Virginia. The Steering Committee decides the agenda before the annual meetings at which the attendees discuss selected issues until they reach a consensus. The Bilderberg Society represents the interests of the Rockefellers, the Rothschilds, the largest international banks, select law firms, a handful of career central bankers, diplomats and the politicians the Society trusts to do their will. Paul Wolfowitz, Ben Bernanke, Henry Kissinger, Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair and Prime Minister Harper of Canada are Bilderbergers.

 

http://jahtruth. <http://jahtruth.net/politics.htm&gt; net/politics Htm

 

 

The top 300 banks launder 500 billion dollars a year in political bribes. They also launder over a trillion dollars a year in drug money and about 400 billion dollars a year in illegal weapons. They and their friends are also allowed to steal an estimated 200 billion dollars a year from unaudited federal government contracts. No American politician of note has claimed the right to demand the books be audited to save the taxpayers some 4 billion dollars a week

 

 

I believe the Bilderbergers have decided that the original plan for World War III was a disaster and needed to be modified. Make no mistake. The Bilderbergers do not fight wars themselves. The last Rothschild to die in a war was killed in the British siege of Jerusalem in 1919 while he was foolishly parading around on a highly visible white horse. When Bilderbergers plan a war, they are interested in finessing a political solution. They have concluded that a Great Hyperinflationary Depression will begin in the spring of 2009. They are busy cannibalizing existing companies such as, Bear Stearns, and seizing the remaining assets for themselves. They are creating tens of billions of dollars in new credits at their central banks to buy worthless defaulted investments from the likes of Bear Stearns so those doing the cannibalizing will survive the looming economic collapse.

 

When the dollar collapses, they will use the media they control to convince the voters that our pain was created by the Muslims who charged them too much for oil. Their plan is to box the voters into a corner where the only solution that makes sense to them is a genocidal war against 1.3 billion Muslims.

 

 

It should be noted that the Bilderbergers and the Zionists do want Americans to fight a suicidal and genocidal war against the Muslims but they do not want either the Muslims or the Americans to win World War III. The American people are to be permanently impoverished. The Mideast oil is to belong to the Zionists and the Bilderbergers. America is to cease to exist as a sovereign nation. A war against Iran and a cut off of Persian Gulf oil will send the price of oil to $600 or even $800 a barrel. China and Japan will refuse to loan us the money to buy our oil on credit. They can afford to buy oil even at $800 a barrel with the two trillion dollars in surplus cash they earned selling cars, toys, clothes and electronics to American consumers.

 

Americans will have to cut their consumption of gasoline, fuel oil and diesel in half. America will grind to a halt. Bringing America to its knees is one half of the Bilderberg goal for WW III.

 

 

A Zionist “friend” of mine told me recently that they have studied the situation and have concluded that they could get really good control of America if they just arrested 100,000 people. Some people in the resistance are too well known to be arrested though their access to the media and to the Internet would be eliminated. The second level of resistance to the New World Order is where the real action will be happening. I have heard Zionists many times say that they would go for the leaders first especially the intelligent ones. They have made lists of intelligent, honest, Americans who cannot be bought, compromised or intimidated. These will be among the first to be arrested. But the majority of the first wave of 100,000 men and women to be sent to the concentration camps will be the Muslims as the next war is to be a genocidal war against the world’s 1.3 billion followers of Mohammed or at least those who either have oil or live adjacent to nations with oil wells.

 

 

I told my Zionist friend that the arrest of 100,000 civilians within the borders of the U.S. will only be the down payment. In the very near future every day of every year Americans will disappear into secret prisons if you let the Bilderbergers and the Zionists get their way.

 

 

This essay is entitled Decision Time for a reason. We have five to twelve months remaining until the concentration camps open for business and Americans are incarcerated without trial and with neither lawyers nor the Bill of Rights to protect them. Now is the time for you to decide if you will resist and what you will do if you decide to just say no to fascism. Now is the time to decide whether or not it might be better for you to relocate to a safer place even if it is overseas. Next year I promise you will be too late to decide anything for yourself. All decisions will be made for you.

 

 

This is your Year of Decision. The other major decision facing you is this: what will you do to guarantee that you survive the coming economic collapse.

 

Several years ago I predicted that the dollar would collapse by 12-31-2009. I said that your after tax real wages will be cut 50% and that pensions and savings will be cut 90%. I now have refined my original prediction and zeroed in on the first half of 2009 as being when the dollar dies. Home foreclosures plus high oil and utility prices will make this a very bad Christmas for retailers. Construction, auto and retail workers will be laid off. The working poor will be unable to pay their bills in the face of rapidly rising fuel, utility and food costs. Logic dictates to me that prices have to increase 1,000% to cancel the bad debts created by the banks.

 

But intuition tells me prices will go up 3,000% and very soon.

 

 

Savings and fixed pensions will approach zero value. There are 43,000,000 people on social security and disability. Social Security is not in the strict sense a pension. Social security payments are financed from taxes on current wages which will be cut in half in real terms, social security payments and Medicare will also be cut 50%. I calculate that at least 5% of the 43,000,000 social security recipients will have to choose between starvation and suicide. Indira Singh, who has spoken out about the computerized theft of unaudited government spending, has said that the Powers That Be have even been stealing from Social Security by adding phony recipients to the rolls. Ms. Singh has explained how they have administrative level access to the computers at Social Security, Treasury, DOJ, FBI, HUD, NORAD, FAA and even the Congress.

 

 

The Congress and Senate know that your tax money is being stolen but they lack the courage to stop it. And when tens of thousands of our elderly and disabled kill themselves every month your politicians will continue to do nothing. But you knew that they were their politicians and not yours, didn’t you?

 

http://jahtruth. <http://jahtruth.net/freedman.htm&gt;  net/freedman. htm

 

 

The Energy Crisis and the demise of the dollar both of which are to be blamed upon the Muslims was actually planned by the Bilderbergers and their friends long ago. Currently we are importing 4.4 billion barrels of oil at $140 a barrel. We import 60% of our oil so if we increase our population 10% through legal and illegal immigration, we will add 14% to our demand for imported oil. If we have to bid an additional 600 million barrels of oil a year from foreigners who will be buying their petroleum with stronger currencies. We will easily be paying $200 a barrel for 5 billion barrels with a dollar that is considerably weaker than it is today. The next President of the United States will be paying one trillion dollars a year for imported oil on credit.

 

 

Wall Street has known for decades that we were able to double our population without increasing our energy output because we have been printing worthless dollars and have convinced people overseas to exchange them for oil, cars, electronics and everything at Wal-Mart for nothing. But foreigners are increasingly unwilling to accept dollars and the value of the dollar has declined accordingly. Wall Street financiers know money very well so they understand that when the dollar does collapse, you will no longer be able to buy a trillion dollars of oil a year on credit. At that point oil will be so expensive that half of the people in the United States will not be able to buy food and gasoline. That is to say that Wall Street knew your real after-tax wages would be cut by at least 50% when they devised this plan decades ago. I can only conclude that this permanent cut in wages was planned by the Bilderbergers and their friends to enslave Americans. Poor people are easier to control.

 

 

Now is the time to consider what you will do when your wages are cut in half. Now is the time to decide what you will do when your pensions and savings are cut 90%. Now is the time to decide what you will do when Medicare benefits are cut in half. Now is the time to decide what you can do to protect yourself when unemployment approaches 25% like it did in the last Great Depression. Now is the time to decide what you will do when your neighbors demand you feed them and their family.

 

http://jahtruth. <http://jahtruth.net/plan.htm&gt;  net/plan. htm

 

 

The Bilderbergers will use the coming economic collapse and war to enslave the people of America. Their brothers at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) have announced they plan to end American sovereignty in 2010 by merging the U.S., Canada and Mexico into a North American Union (NAU). Recently it was leaked that the U.S. and Canada have agreed that in case of civil disturbances in America Canada would be allowed to send troops to occupy American cities. We can logically assume that if Mexico is also a party to the NAU then they can also be expected to occupy our cities in case of civil unrest.

 

http://jahtruth. <http://jahtruth.net/illumin.htm&gt;  net/illumin. htm

 

 

The Bilderbergers and the Zionists are not concerned that a few hundred million people or even a few billion might die in World War III. Nor are they concerned that you might lose your livelihood or even your country.

 

Their war plan is to turn you from a citizen of a republic into a slave of their Empire.

 

http://jahtruth. <http://jahtruth.net/syst.htm&gt;  net/syst. htm

 

 

There are solutions to our problems other than war and a Hyperinflationary Depression. We could stop increasing our population until we have doubled our domestic energy output. We could repeal the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 which at my last calculation required a 759 billion dollar a year subsidy from the taxpayers. We could even demand the right to audit federal spending to save an additional 200 billion dollars a year.

 

http://jahtruth. <http://jahtruth.net/plan.htm&gt;  net/plan. htm

 

 

An adult solution would be to disarm both (counterfeit-) Israel and Iran of nuclear weapons. Mordechai Vanunu told us that (counterfeit-) Israel began the nuclear race in the Mideast when they assassinated President Kennedy 90 days after refusing him permission to inspect their nuclear works at Dimona so (counterfeit-) Israel is not likely to back down now. And Iran sees themselves as the heroes of the revolution that will bring down the Evil Empire of the United States, Great Britain and (counterfeit-) Israel so they are not likely to compromise either. This means war is the only real option unless we the people decide to just say no to (counterfeit-) Israel.

 

http://jahtruth. <http://jahtruth.net/britca.htm&gt;  net/britca. htm

 

 

I feel obliged to emphasize a point from previous essays. The Zionists and the Bilderbergers are not always on the same page. It was the Rothschilds who financed Hitler’s purchase of weapons in 1935 with a loan that was the monetary equivalent 50,000,000 ounces of gold. And in 1995 the Bilderbergers must have pre-approved the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by the phony Zionists. Rabin was murdered because he opposed getting (counterfeit-) Jewish people killed in a future war. But the Bilderbergers know they need to keep the (counterfeit-) Jewish people around the world in line by placing the Israelis in danger. Barry Chamish, an expert on Rabin’s murder, has proof that the Israeli conspirators even killed Rabin’s wife Leah by deliberately administering the incorrect cancer protocol.

 

 

I should also point out that to those of you who work in the security services that Muslims in America already know that we are headed to war and that they will be rounded up and sent to concentration camps. The Muslims are not leaving the country as would most white people or as the (Counterfeit-) Jews left Germany in the 1930s. The Muslims will stay and fight Evil in their adopted land. There are 4,000,000 Muslims and fewer than 15,000 FBI agents. But this too was planned by the Bilderbergers whose goal is the destruction of America and the permanent enslavement of its former citizens.

 

 

This could very well be your Last Year as a Free Man or Woman, I would urge you to seriously consider what you will do to stop the Bilderbergers, the CFR, the Zionists and their friends from destroying the world we knew and loved.

 

http://jahtruth. <http://jahtruth.net/plan.htm&gt;  net/plan. htm

 

 

It is only if we fail to stop the madness that has gripped our self-appointed leaders that we and the world we loved will survive.

 

 

I should caution you that I am basing my predictions on the statements and behavior of pathological liars and war criminals. They could decide to launch World War III soon after the November elections if they see events spiraling out of their control so you might not even have five months to prepare for the future.

 

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A MESSAGE TO INDIAN MUSLIMS: DIVIDE AND RULE

July 18, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008

 

 

 

A MESSAGE TO INDIAN MUSLIMS: DIVIDE AND RULE

 

 

 

The political turmoil rocking India around the debate on Indo-US civilian nuclear deal, 123 and Hyde Act and the very survival of current coalition government, has suddenly brought out the actual or presumed role of Indian Muslims in general and Muslim voters in particular, in view of the imminent Parliamentary elections, as the main bone of contention between secular and supposedly non-secular forces.

 

 

 

Reviews after reviews, lining up of Muslim voices, editorials and daily bytes on TV channels, does through up a dilemma for Indian Muslims, if this is for the real. However, the national debate around the participation of Muslims as tilting the balance on one side or other, is the result of changing times and the acute polarization within the non-Muslim majority that had publicly marginalized and thrown the 150 million Muslims of India to the dust bin of Indian history and is now forced to court the Muslims as it is apparent they do have a major role to play both, by their verdict on any extension of relations with the US and Israel and by their mass voting potential, as and when the next Parliamentary Elections are held, on their appointed time or even at an earlier date, if Congress and its motley allies, purchased through horse trading, loses its majority in the trust vote in Lok Sabha.

 

 

 

US and Israeli aggression against ‘Muslims’ supported by widely propaganda in Jewish controlled western media and American leadership, demonizing as the very incarnation of the devil, had ensured that Indian Muslims like all fair-minded world communities, have developed a hatred for the US foreign policies in general and the Bush regime in particular.

 

 

 

In Indian context, Indian Muslims have to decide if they respond with that deep ingrained hatred of the US and Israel, or be lured by the goodies promised by the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal. It is a common human trait that hatred works more intensely than love or greed. For those, who are hell bent wasting their time and energy in convincing Indian Muslims, that Indo-US deal is in the interest of the country, are oblivious of the fact that for the community to even consider any interaction with the US and Israel, that hatred had to first be addressed. As it is, Muslims who have been reduced to the bottom of the economic barrel, and go with the poorest of the poor in the country, are convinced that all the so-called progress of the new liberalization and investment driven economic boom, will hardly benefit them. On the contrary they all, the Muslims and others from the poor level of economy, have been hit tremendously hard by the ever increasing inflation, most disproportionately affecting their survival existence.

 

 

 

Muslims have observed how their lowly properties in Nandigram had been expropriated by the CPIM government of West Bengal, without any fair returns to them in any successful venture on their expropriated properties, now being handed over in SEZ to foreign and local industrialists. While real estate prices are skyrocketing, Muslims in Nandigram and Singhur SEZ had been unceremoniously deprived in the share of windfall profits accruing to their expropriated holdings.

 

 

 

Though it must be said, that it was a Marxist politburo member, MK Pandhe, who was the first to warn Samajwadi Party, about the risk of SP losing Muslim vote, if its opportunistically joins Congress in a Muslim hated strategic relationship with the US, that will perpetually bind the nation to a colonized existence. However, other realists soon caught up to the potential of Muslim votes deserting the much celebrated ‘secular’ coalition of political parties that is so disdainful of their most deeply felt hatred against the Muslim demonisers in the US and Israel.

 

 

 

Congress has now hit back on the ganging up of CPIM, the supposedly secular and BJP, the communal Hindutva extremists in one opposition group, apparently joining hands to pull down Congress led UPA coalition government. Muslims should not be hoodwinked by this Congress ploy. As Prakash Karat of CPIM has amply clarified how Congress has been in cahoots with the BJP in pulling down various ‘secular’ governments in the past — that of Charan Singh, V.P. Singh, Dev Gowda and  I. K. Gujral, why should it cry wolf, when the shoe is now on the other foot. In fact, non-Hindutva group is voting not in favour of Hindutva, but against the pseudo-secularist Congress, that had always sold Muslims short.

 

 

 

A new role for Muslims as citizens and as voters is being thrust upon them, and it is an opportunity for them to divide their tormentors and assume a leadership role, at least in giving true nationalist direction to India’s future where the Brahminical conspiracies will be exposed, where all victimized communities will get justice, where the robber barons are forced to abide by the laws of the land and shun corruption and pay back to the nation their ill-gotten wealth, where foreign forces are never allowed to subjugate India once again to be able to suck the blood of the poor and shed the blood of our Jawans.

 

  

 

 

 

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

 

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