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Muslims should think and vote regional – By Ghulam Muhammed

June 1, 2008

Sunday, June 01, 2008

 

 

Muslims should think and vote regional

 

By Ghulam Muhammed

 

Karnataka election victory of BJP has started a media frenzy to predict the imminent doom of Indian National Congress. All sorts of calculations are projected to nail the point that Congress is sure to lose the next Lok Sabha elections and BJP and its allies will form the next government at the center.

 

The whole scenario points to regionalization of Indian politics. The national stature of Indian National Congress has been declining since the demolition of Babri Masjid and the Muslim voters’ rejection of Congress as their true friend and ally, in confrontation with Hindutva and RSS forces. Like Congress, Indian Muslims too had an all India presence and this factor had immensely benefited Congress to maintain its national presence and relevance. With each election after the imposition of PV Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh team on Congress and the nation, the all India presence is being challenged not by BJP as clear alternative, but more regional parties. States have realized that Congress and/or any other National party, is seriously handicapped in being responsive to the genuine needs of one or other state, while it has to look to other states clamouring for similar sops. The resulting deadlock, or indefinite postponement of vital decisions so crucial to individual states, damages the credibility or bona fide of the national party.

 

When a Raj Thackeray comes out with sons of the soil demand, mere platitude about national integrity would not suffice. The rat race in on! Some states have already got cozy niche in Central government, while others are waiting their turn as the next change of coalition equation.

 

Under such circumstance, Indian Muslims too should think regional. They should identify themselves with local strong groups, rather than the political parties with national ambitions, especially those with Brahminical leadership — like Congress, BJP or CPM.

 

The current TMM campaign to get old Nawab Masjid in Vellore Fort, open for prayers, shows how Congress being a national party, had to play divisive communal politics of the worst kind when ASI under central jurisdiction, finds it convenient to allow a temple and a church to be handed over to their respective group while refusing the same yardstick of justice for Muslims. The injustice is so glaring that Congress leadership just cannot defend its communal policy with any degree of reasonable excuses. This is a case of high crime of communal discrimination against Muslims. However, Congress worry is not confined to only Tamil Nadu. It is apprehensive that if it gives in now to the just Muslim demands in Tamil Nadu, that would become precedent all over India. Being a national party it cannot afford to lose its bigger constituency of Hindu communalists, while ‘appeasing’ the Muslims in Tamil Nadu. It is time, therefore, for Muslims to relieve the Congress of this onerous duty to be just and appear to appease the Muslims, and shift their votes to regional parties, with whom they can be in a better position to bargain. Let Muslims and Congress not be emotional about such a parting of the way; as it is in the best interest of the nation, that the straitjacket of pseudo-secularism that Congress is wearing, should no longer force it to deny justice and fair-play to the Muslims.

 

Muslims however, should be very very vigilant that they keep out of the dragnet of Brahmin formations. Each and every political grouping, if dominated by the high-caste, like even BSP should be summarily rejected. Muslims should only cooperate with OBC and Dalits and SC/ST, to the complete exclusion of the criminal gang of exploiters, that will not relinquish their stranglehold on levers of power and pelf, unless they are clearly, publicly identifies and ostracized, just as they themselves ostracized the Dalits and the Malechas.

 

Muslim organisations, like Jamiatul Ulama, Jamaat e Islami, Mushawarat, Milli Council together with regional Muslim organisations should openly go regional. The Delhi based Muslim organisations should be humble enough to cooperate and even accept the leadership of regional Muslim organisations, especially from South and East. They should together come out with their favorites in each state, right from the very beginning of the campaigns that are now in full swing.

 

The first order of priority is not to think that Congress is our only saviour. All Brahmins think alike. If Congress has its Babri, BJP has its Gujarat, CPM has its Nandigram. All such crimes should be punished at the ballot box and better take care of the ballot box rigging too.

 

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

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www.ghulammuhammed.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

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COMMENTS POSTED ON ‘INDIAN MUSLIM’ BLOGSITE

May 31, 2008

 

COMMENTS POSTED ON ‘INDIAN MUSLIM’ BLOGSITE:

 

Saturday, May 31, 2008

 

There is serious flaw in not considering within proper context, Maulana Maududi’s verdict on Muslims that remained back in India, after an ‘Islamic state’ is formed where their religion and their Islamic way of life was to be protected from the kind of discriminations that were the starting point of the demand for a separate state/province for Muslims.

 

MM was responding to a question, the notorious kind that journalists invariably ask, more for argument and less for information. MM’s sarcastic line of argument should not be interpreted to mean that he ‘advocates’ or ‘prefers’ harsh treatment of Indian Muslims by their new ‘Hindu’ rulers. He possibly was encouraging them to appreciate the quality of religious and social life they will enjoy in the new Islamic state of Pakistan and at the same time scaring them of the dire consequences of remaining back in ‘Hindu’ India. He was all for Muslims to migrate in the best tradition of our beloved Prophet (PBUH).

 

At that stage, neither MM not Maulana Israr Ahmed, could have imagined that India, at least legally as per its constitution, would not become a Hindu religious state; even though in practice it already had become a Brahmin dominated state. Religious freedom to some extant was available to Indian Muslims in British rule too. But the thought of British handing effective power to highly communalised Brahmin rulers of independent India, was naturally nightmarish to practically all Muslims across the board, in terms of new religious/political changes in the country.

 

In the event, even though India is still highly communalised, its legal system, its constitutional safeguards to a large extent, give Indian Muslims a fair chance to rise up and even govern the country, if they can play the political game according to the new rules of the game. If a US or Israel can organise and manage a peaceful ‘regime change’ without firing a single shot; who has stopped the Muslims to get their due in their own land.

 

The problem with Muslims and especially with the Indian Muslim in the context of present discussion is that they just do not have what it takes to assume the role of the leader of the nation or nations. A shift of focus from the clamouring about immediate bread and butter issues to the higher level of resolve to help humanity at large could possibly bring in much better results. Islam at this juncture has so much positive to contribute to the world, that it will be a big mistake if we the Muslims should squander our energy and intellectual assets to fight internecine one-upmanship.

 

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

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Maulana Maududi’s Terrifying Vision for Indian Muslims

 

Posted: 30 May 2008 06:49 PM CDT

 

Maulana Maududi’s estranged disciple and Tanzeem-e-Islami chief Dr. Israr Ahmed appearing on the Jawabdeh program of GEO television in 2005 made some startling remarks about Indian Muslims. According to a published report of the program in the liberal Daily Times he reportedly said the following:

 

 In an Islamic state non-Muslims would be second-class citizens. He said if India decided after that to declare all Muslims second-class citizens then that would be right too. He said Muslims had fought in India on the claim that they were a different nation. There was no harm if India considered its Muslims a separate nation.[1] 

 

Dr. Israr Ahmed’s lack of concern for the protection of the rights of India’s Muslims is hardly surprising when looked through the prism of the views of his mentor Maulana Abul Ala Maudoodi. Both were comfortable with a possible political scenario in India where the nation’s Muslims were reduced to second class citizens.

 

In the often cited Munir Commission report Maulana Maududi emphatically said in reply to a query that he will have no problem if Indian Muslims were treated on par with the Malechas or “untouchables.”  He was asked the question, “If we have this form of Islamic government in Pakistan, will you permit the Hindus to base their constitution on the basis of their religion?” He reportedly replied, “I should have no objection even if the Muslims of India are treated in that form of Government as shudras and malishes and Manu’s laws are applied to them, depriving them of all share in the Government and the rights of a citizen. In fact, such a state of affairs already exists in India.”[2]

 

But the venerable Maulana later on denied making such a statement. In a letter to Dr. Nejatullah Siddiqi, he wrote:

 

There is a fair amount of distortion in things attributed to me in Munir Report. Actually, I did not say that Manu’s Dharma Shastra be introduced in India, and that I would concur with the treatment of Muslims as Mleccas and Shudras. In fact these were [Justice Muhammad] Munir Sahib’s own remarks which he attributed to me. His question was: “If you want an Islamic government, would you then agree if a Hindu government is formed in India, where Manu’s Dharma Shastra would be introduced.” What I had told him [Justice Munir] was that it is up to Hindus to decide what they wanted to do and what they did not want to do. They will not ask us what form of system they would establish. Our task is to work according to our belief and faith wherever we have the option. As to India , there the Hindus will do whatever they want to whether we agree with them or not.”

 

Despite the denial there are at least two other instances where the Maulana made known his contempt for Indian Muslims?  A booklet titled Jamaat-e-Islami Ki Dawat contains a speech made by Maulana Maududi on May 10, 1947. In it he says:

 

It appears now certain that the country will be partitioned. One portion of India will be given to the Muslim majority and the other will be controlled by the non-Muslims. In the first part (Pakistan) we shall mobilize public opinion to base Pakistan’s constitution on the Islamic laws. In the other part we will be in a minority and you (Hindus) will be in a majority. We would request you to study the lives and teachings of Ramchandra, Krishnaji, Buddha, Guru Nanak and other sages. Please study the Vedas, Puranas, Shastras and other books. And if you cull out any divine guidance from these, we would request you to base your constitution on this guidance. We would request you to treat us exactly on the lines of the teachings of your religions. We would raise no objections. [3]

 

Further evidence of Maulana Maududi’s disdain for Indian Muslims is evident from his following answer to a question regarding the permissibility of a Pakistani male citizen marrying an Indian Muslim female:

 

Answer: As far as I know the Quran’s derivative is that there can be no relations of inheritance and marriage between the residents of Darul Islam and Darul Kufr…From now on there should be no marital relations between Indian and Pakistani Muslims.”[4]

 

This shows that the Maulana not only disregarded the plight of Indian Muslims but also considered them unequal to Pakistani Muslims.

 

It is the good fortune of Indian Muslims that the founding fathers and the present rulers of   India did not heed the calls of Maulana Maududi or an Israr Ahmed. As it is the nation’s imperfect democracy has relegated the community to the most backward status. One can only imagine what would have been the scenario if a theocracy was imposed upon them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_4-10-2005_pg3_3

 

[2] Report of the Court of Inquiry …to Enquire into the Punjab Disturbances of 1953. (Lahore: Superintendent of Government Printing, 1954), p.228. Cited in Dr. Omar Khalidi’s ‘Between Muslim Nationalists and Nationalist Muslims: Mawdudi’s Thoughts on Indian Muslims. (New Delhi: Institute of Objective Studies, 2004)

 

[3] Cited in S.E.Hasnain’s Indian Muslims: Challenges & Opportunities (Bombay: Lalvani Publishing House, 1968) pp.51-52.

 

[4] Mahnama Tarjumanul Quran, September 1951. Cited in Khalid Waheed Falahi’s Hindustan Mein Zaat Paat Aur Musalman.  p. 357.

 

 

STATE TERRORISM: THE SHAME OF INDIA

April 19, 2008

 

Saturday, April 19, 2008

 

 

STATE TERRORISM: THE SHAME OF INDIA

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

http://www.tehelka.com/story_main38.asp?filename=Ne260408lawyers_judges.asp

 

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

 

Presumed guilty –

 

When Lawyers Turn Judges 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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