From JallinwalahBagh to ShaheenBagh

Zamana bade shouque se sun rahatha,
hameen so gaye dastan kehtey kehtey.”

The world was listening with rapt attention;
It were we who slept while narrating the story.

The country is still listening carefully once again when the clarion call of “Save Constitution, Save Democracy and Save India” is emanating from the ramparts of ShaheenBagh, Okhla, New Delhi. Today, this voice raised from AMU, JMI, JNU and ShaheenBagh is redefining Secularism and Indian masses slowly but steadily paying heed to it. Hundreds of ShaheenBaghs are burgeoning all over the country. Indian Secularism is finding its way back into public discourse. The innocent Indian public has begun to realise that the Preambles and Values of Indian Constitution are worth fighting for.

It’s not surprising that ordinary Indians irrespective of caste, creed and religion are participating in the protests that are being organised against CAA and NCR and NPR – the new inductions that erode the credibility of a healthy democracy. Indians are observing that instead of Improving economy, creating jobs and good governance this RSS inspired government is dividing the Indians on religious grounds. If this outfit succeeds in its scheme, this India won’t remain an India of ‘dreams of Gandhi’ but a facsimile of Theoretical Hindu Pakistan.In an India of RSS’ Hindutva, the idea of tolerance and inclusivity would be rendered sterile. The cacophony of the ‘we’ and ‘other’ has already poisoned the minds of young generation; a lot of them have been brainwashed. It’s a sinister agenda and undoubtedly, a putative attempt to isolate the biggest minority of Indian nation.

However, the nation as a whole is awakened by now and the crude attempt of BJP to marshal the might of State with violence, rancour and vendetta is losing steam. It would never succeed to subjugate the voice of REASON. Now, most of the countrymen – the vigilant citizens are joining together to defend the values of Indian Constitution. They are exposing the divisive agenda of Jaundiced rulers that has, so far, refused to lend its ears. For BJP, there is no common ground left for civilized dialogue; for RSS and the rest of the country, it has become a struggle over two mutually exclusive ideas of India.

The nervousness is evident from ad-hoc reactions of BJP governed States. Its leaders are confused rather they have lost their bearings.

They’re firing like loose cannons.And in this backdrop, the BJP government seems to have lost the road as well as the road map. In the world perception India has been placed in the category of ‘Flawed Democracies.’ The world is watching the way BJP governed States and Central government have been violently and intolerably responding to the peaceful demonstrations highlighting the Clarion Call of SECULARISM from ShaheenBagh. The Nagpur Syndrome is not allowing the prejudiced rulers to show concern and pay heed to this ‘Vintage Gandhian Assertion’ that is perhaps the strongest challenge to Fanaticism in the history of India so far.

Especially for a few weeks, the country is showered with provocative, mischievous and threatening statements from Saffron Firmament.
Our West Delhi BJP MP ParveshVerma on this Monday openly threatened ShaheenBagh protesters saying that it will take the BJP only an hour to clear off the protests in the area.

“If the BJP comes to power in Delhi on February 11, we will clear ShaheenBagh of all protest and protesters within one hour. Not a single person will be visible,” he said, appealing people to vote for the BJP in the upcoming elections. Verma added within one month all the existing mosques built on government land will be demolished if the BJP forms government in Delhi. Will someone inform his that more than 50 mosques in Delhi are under control of Archaeological Control even today, It is the other way round. He was addressing a crowd at a community centre in Ranhoula village which falls under the Vikaspuri Assembly constituency in West Delhi.ParveshVerma is the son of BJP politician Saheb Singh Verma that makes a mockery of BJP’s plank of Anti-Vanshwad.

In the show bravado, the BJP’s Anurag Thakur, Union Minister of State for Finance, urged a crowd at an election rally in Delhi to say “goli maaro” – or shoot down traitors – in a widely-shared video that is being examined by the Election Commission.

The minister, who was campaigning for the BJP candidate in Rithala in North West Delhi for the February 8 Delhi election, can be seen prompting “desh ke gaddaronko…“, to which the crowd responds “…golimaaro sa***n ko“; the entire chant translates to “shoot down the traitors who betray the country”. The video was taken at a rally on Monday. Several BJP leaders were present at the time. The BJP candidate from Rithala, Manish Chaudhary, was also on stage when the slogan was being chanted. Later, Home Minister Amit Shah arrived and addressed the same rally. Asked who he believed were the “traitors” who need to be shot down, a defiant Mr Thakur told reporters: “First you should watch the entire video… Then you should see the mood of the people of Delhi.”

Mr Thakur, as junior minister of finance, is part of the team involved in the Union Budget to be announced on Saturday amid a sharp slowdown and worrying growth.

And here is latest threat or howler from Sakshi Maharaj, who had once asked a Girl to unbutton her jeans to show her injuries sustained during a raid in Unnao.
“Those who’re used to receive the kicks won’t bother about dialogue. A day will come when strict action is imminent.”

Public memory is not so week and they could easily recall the statement of Amit Shah, the then BJP General Secretary, in 2014 at Raajhar – a village in western UP. He had issued a call for ‘revenge’ against those who were ‘protecting’ the alleged killers of Jats.
Following his footsteps, Yogi Adityanath who holds a responsible Constitutional position of Chief Minister of the largest State of India, made the most threatening statement :
“Congress party ke netritva me tukde-tukde gang jo Dilli ke ashanti ke liye zimmedar hai, isko dand dene ka samaya agya hai…..” (The Congress-led tukde-tukde gang is responsible for spoiling the peaceful atmosphere in Delhi. The time has come to punish them.)
“Kyunki yeh sab chinhit chehre hain. Wo sab videography mein aachuke hain, CCTV ke footage meina achuke hain. In sab ki property kozapt karke, inse hum iska badla lenge aur sakhti se nipatne ke liye maine iske baare mein kaha hai.” (All their faces have been identified. They are visible in the videography and CCTV footage. We will take revenge by confiscating their properties, I have ordered strict action.)

It is not Yogi speaking in the personal capacity; it is the CM of UP who is supposed to implement law and order in the state. It is the language of fanatical Ideology, an expression of power and arrogance. It reflects that RSS has now begun to understand that ground under its feet is slowly but surely cutting. These sudden fustian sixers of anger from the top echelons is reading the writing on the wall. It is a panic-driven campaign – a gamble of Saffron Brigade to bring back its core vote bank that might have been losing its interest about saffronisationoIndia.

Looming ahead are Delhi elections where AAP seems to be poised for spectacular victory. The gain the lost round, the flare up of communal fire, the ignition of Hindutva cannon using CAA etc could be helpful in the strategy of BJP’s think-tank. It could never be a dignified opinion otherwise when a Home Minister of the largest democracy upon earth proclaims:
“When you press the button (of EVM) on February 8, do so with such anger that its current (poll result) is felt at ShaheenBagh.” Today, at ShaheenBagh, thousands of women have been in a 24/7 sit-in protest since December 15 against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The peaceful protests here have inspired several such protests across the country.

The whole world knows that protests in ShaheenBagh erupted spontaneously in opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act, the National Register of Citizens and the National Population Register. It was mainly led by women, the protests have continued uninterrupted for more than a month now. The road blockage at ShaheenBagh have led to a tussle between the Delhi police and the protesters.

And a few old sayings are conjuring up in mind as I read the reactions against the psychedelic changes this peaceful hub of awakening is fostering in the minds of thinking Indians and old Bakts also. ShaheenBagh is turning as an eyesore for the Right Wing Political Strategist as well as the foot soldierswho are well anointed with the RSS’ socio-political and cultural grease:

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
“Despotic power is always accompanied by corruption of morality.”
“Authority that does not exist for Liberty is not authority but force.”

And these threats by the RSS juggernaut reminds me of JallinwalahBagh massacre. On 13th April, 1919, people had gathered to protest against the arrest of the two nationalist leaders, Satya Pal and Dr SaifuddinKitchlew. Suddenly, a British military officer, General Dyer, entered the park with his troops. Without even giving a warning to the people to disperse, he ordered his troops to fire at the unarmed crowd for ten minutes and when their ammunition was exhausted. In those ten minutes, according to the estimates of the Congress, about a thousand persons were killed and about 2000 wounded. The bullet marks can be still seen on the walls of the JallianwalaBagh which is now a national memorial.

There were no official data on the number of deaths during the JallianwalaBagh Massacre. But on the official enquiry of the British revealed that there were 379 deaths and the Congress quoted more than 1000 people died in the massacre.

According to Wikipedia, one Hans Raj (born c. 1890s) who was an Indian became an approver for the British government. Historians have debated whether he was an agent for the police all along or simply took the opportunity to save his own skin by testifying for the British. For several independent knowledgeable writers, he was behind the planning of that massacre.

Rabindranath Tagore, who had been knighted by the British, renounced his knighthood. In his letter to the viceroy, he declared: “The time has come when the badges of honour make our shame glaring in their incongruous context of humiliation and I for my part wish to stand shorn of all special distinctions, by the side of those of my countrymen, who for their so-called insignificance, are liable to suffer a degradation not fit for human beings”. The massacre marked a turning point in the history of the struggle for freedom.

The abject story of Power-Drunk rule seems to repeat after a lapse of a century. Nothing would explain it better than the immense popularity of Faiz Ahmad ‘Faiz’ poem “Hum Dekhenge….” It is now being translated in poetry in most of the Indian languages including the languages of South India.

The Tripura Chief Minister ManikSarkar had once urged the people of the state to resist the nefarious designs of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and the RSS.

“They will turn India into a theocratic state. They will decide what one will eat, wear or with whom one makes friends with.”
The power is slowly slipping from the hands of BJP / RSS like sand of the fist. ShaeenBagh is just a signal for things to come.

……………concluded

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Stop ‘Cruelty’ in the name of ‘Religion’

Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them. If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder down on others, it will crush you instead.

The Frankenstein West has created with the help of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, other Middle East royals and Israel is seeking the blood of its creators. It has now gone totally out of control and taking the toll of the innocent lives around the globe without discrimination and with impunity.

In Qatif, a famous oasis mainly populated by Shia minority of Saudi Arabia,  two suicide bombers blew themselves up one after the other outside the Faraj Al-Omran Mosque. No casualties were reported. A witness said a car bomb was detonated near the mosque, which was followed by a suicide attack just before 7 p.m. Police have launched an investigation into the attack.

It would be interesting to recall that Daesh had carried out a series of bombing and shooting attacks in Saudi Arabia since 2014 that have killed scores of people, mostly Shiites and members of the security services. In January, a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in Al-Ahsa, killing four people before worshippers disarmed and tied up an accomplice who had shot at them. In October last year, a gunman opened fire on worshippers in Qatif, killing five people before he was shot dead by police.

The attacks against Shia Minority continue with the connivance of WAHABI establishment that is the running the country.

And in Jeddah,before that at 2:15 a.m., a suicide bomber blew himself up near the US Consulate in Jeddah. Security officers confronted him as he moved suspiciously at a parking lot of the Dr. Soliman Fakeih Hospital. Two policemen were wounded lightly in the attack. The bomber was name as Abdullah Qalzar Khan, an expat from Pakistan, who lived in Jeddah with his wife and her parents and came to the country 12 years ago to work as a private driver. Photos taken from the scene showed the bomber’s body dismembered by the blast.

After, Istanbul, Dacca and Baghdad, the Daish, Al Qaida or any other name of terrorists outfits you may recall, have targeted the holiest site of Islamic world. Four policemen were killed and five others were injured in Madinah when a suicide bomber struck in the vicinity of a police post outside the Prophet’s Mosque, according to the interior ministry.

The bombing took place in a parking lot between the city court and the mosque, visited by millions every year. When security officials became suspicious of an individual who was heading to the Prophet’s Mosque they approached him resulting in him triggering his explosive belt killing four of the officers and injuring others. Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television said an initial death toll from the Medina blast included three suicide bombers and two security forces officers.

A video sent to Reuters by a witness to the aftermath of the Medina bombing showed a large blaze among parked cars in the fading evening light, with a sound of sirens in the background. Videos circulated on social media showed a car burning and at least two security officers lying on the ground and two others lay crumpled near a burning car. The bomber also died in the attack, which took place at the time of iftar. No worshipper was injured in the attack, said a press correspondent from the scene. The blast came after mosques were targeted in both Jeddah and Qatif.

It seems to be coordinated campaign of attacks by the so-called Islamic Terrorists around the globe to revenge heir defeat in Iraq and Syria. The attacks all seem to have been timed to coincide with the approach of Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that celebrates the end of the fast.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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The Cost of Courage

In my articles in ‘Merinews’ ‘IndiaOpine’, ‘NewsKick’ “All Voices’ and other news portals I had described the complex barbaric situation developing in middle east where Kurds are murdered, terrorized and forced to flee from their homelands by Arab ISIS, double speak and double deed Turks, and this is happening with the connivance of West. What is happening in Iraq, Syria and their border areas is not clearly known and shown to the world. Aerial bombardment by US and other forces are not alleviating the situation for the hapless victims ISIS terrorists. The pother and the dust is helping clouding more than stopping the ISIS in their merciless march ahead.
Apart from ISIS, the dictatorial regimes in middle east and Turkey also have a history of suppression of Kurds. The earlier dictatorships in the region also had tried to silence those brave media-men and women who dared to expose the atrocities on ground.

Press TV’s correspondent, Serena Shim, is the latest martyrs of freedom of press. She was killed on this Sunday in a suspicious car accident near the Turkey-Syria border. A US national of Lebanese origin, she was working on a mission to cover the ongoing war in the Syrian town of Kobani (The Eye of Arabia). Serena Shim was going back to her hotel from a report scene in the city of Suruç in Turkey’s Urfa Province when their car collided with a heavy vehicle. The identity and whereabouts of the truck driver remain unknown. She was an American citizen of Lebanese origin. She has also covered Ukraine in past.

Turkey is only country that has the temerity to openly support ISIS despite its heinous crimes against humanity. As the bold coverage undertaken by Serena didn’t go well along the Turkish government shameless plank to support ISIS, its intelligence agency had accused her of spying. As here stories were exposing the nexus between ISIS and Turkey, she had expressed fear, a few days back that she might be arrested. She was among the few journalists who succeeded in obtaining the stories of militants infiltrating into Syria through the Turkish border. She had probably managed to capture images from ISIS militants crossing the Turkish border into Syria in World Food Organization and other NGOs’ trucks.

The city of Kobani and its surroundings have been under attack since mid-September, with the ISIL militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages. According to Press TV news director Hamid Reza Emadi “Serena told the stories how Ankara collaborated with those terrorists,” and blocked Kurdish fighters from entering Kobani.”Emadi called the “car accident” version of Shim’s death an “infantile argument” by Turkey. “We are not going to buy that. We believe that the Turkish government has to be held accountable before the international community. It has to find out exactly what happened. Shim will not return to her children in Lebanon just because she criticized a certain country that is creating chaos in the region by supporting terrorists both inside Syria and Iraq.”

In 2012, Press TV lost another correspondent, Maya Nasser, who was shot in the neck and the chest by a foreign-backed sniper in the Syrian capital Damascus. Mr. Emadi decried news blackout on Press TV correspondents’ death “by those who control mass media” saying, “That’s how they’re sending a signal to independent journalists like Serena Shim.”

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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The Return of ISIS Frankenstein

Say ‘fly in the face’ and the ISIS did it again! The Islamic militant group released a video on Tuesday showing the second beheading of an American hostage in two weeks and blamed President Obama for the killing. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria had posted a video earlier that showed the beheading of James Foley, an American journalist who was kidnapped in Syria nearly two years ago. The video was concluded with the masked fighter threatening to kill Steven Sotloff, another American freelance journalist, who was being held alongside Foley. The hostage, Steven J. Sotloff, is shown in the video kneeling like the Foley as a masked figure stands besides wielding a knife. Prisoner Sotloff is forced to speak before the camera and described himself as “paying the price” for Mr. Obama’s decision to strike the group, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, in northern Iraq. The US administration has not yet authenticated the video. However, it is believed by members of Sotloff’s family that he had been killed. Mr. Sotloff appeared almost completely bald and had only stubble on his face. He was made to wear the same Orange Uniform put on Foley and the Prisoners of barbed American Detention Camp at Cuba.

A masked fighter speaking in British-East London accented, similar to Foley video, declared, “I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State. Just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.” The video, titled “A Second Message to America.” The ISIS was threatening to behead another captive, a Briton it identified as David Cawthorne Haines. ISIS is currently holding two Americans and three Britons, most of them aid workers.

The all times so-sure Americans in most of the matters are confused and have not yet formulated a clear strategy – Use military force against the militants in Syria or not? How long it will take for Pentagon to take a precipitated action against ISIS after appearance of these harrowing images of Americans with knives to their throats? According to Mr. Daniel J. Benjamin, a former State Department Counterterrorism Coordinator : “That pressure is often the enemy of good policy. There will be a clamor for the president to take military action, which may not be effective. If he conducts airstrikes and does not get the desired effect, there’ll be pressure for more airstrikes, and then to put boots on the ground.”

Mr. Sotloff, had been writing for ‘Time’ magazine and other publications, He had also covered the stormy days of the Arab Spring and his capture by ISIS was largely kept a secret for months at the request of his family. Last Thursday, Mr. Sotloff’s mother, Mrs. Shirley, appealed to the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed Caliph of the Muslim world, to grant amnesty to her son. “I ask you to use your authority to spare his life.”

Behind all this blood-letting in the Middle East, lies the hazy politics of the West. They want to induct Democracy and simultaneously they want to retain the most brutal dictatorships upon plant earth to serve as their vassals. They want to eat the cake and have it also.

Any student of recent history of Middle East knows well that the virtual inventor of the “ISIS” is none other than former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In 2006, during the peak of the U.S.–Iran conflict, she prompted all Sunni states to set up a “Sunni belt” in response to the alleged “Shia belt” that Iran had supposedly created against Arab Sunnis. The Lebanese government was offered military to crush ‘Hezbollah’ in Lebanon. Then the Secretary-General of the Saudi National Security Council, the infamous Prince Bandar bin Sultan was assigned the task to create the brutal groups such as Al-Nusra Front and “ISIS” to fight the Assad regime in Syria.

The credibility of the humanitarian motives of the West can be measured by the fact that the same governments did not say a word about the atrocities of the Israeli government in Gaza against innocent kids and women. There is an absolute silence about the suffering of the Palestinians !

It is interesting to note that the U.S. neoconservatives have long been talking about a policy of “creative chaos” in the Middle East. The “creativity” of this chaos consists of the consolidation of U.S. hegemony in the region by causing area-wide instability and generating more “failed states” to keep their controls over BENZENE and Iron dome protection for their protégé – Israel.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Pakistan – Where Fanaticsm Got The Upper Hand

Islamic values are mercilessly defeated in Pakistan everyday. It was a country that was supposed to be ‘show-case’ of Modern Islam.

Sarabjit was killed in Pakistan’s Kot Lakpat Jail. He died the brutal and barbaric death and with him died a part of humanity, a part of centuries of love, trust and common heritage. Sarbjit was a prisoner and that reminds me another prisoner of Imam Ali. His name was Ibne Muljim. Fourteen Hundred years ago, he had attacked Imam Ali in Masjid-e-Kufa with a poisoned sword. He was caught soon after the attack and put into the prison which was near the home of Imam Ali. As a safety caution the hands of the prisoner were tightened hard. Imam Ali, who was facing excruciating pain the following night as a result of the severe wound and approaching death, heard the wails of prisoner. He inquired why the prisoner was crying. Having come to know that his shackles were tight he ordered to loose the ropes around the prisoner’s hands. Next morning Imam died but he left behind a beacon how to treat a prisoner.

I’m not arguing here whether Sarabjit was innocent when and where he was caught. My argument is what the Prophet (PBUH) and the Sharia says about the ‘treatment of the prisoner.’

In pre-Islamic-period, upon capture, those captives not executed, were made to beg for their subsistence. During his life, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) changed this custom and made it the responsibility of the Islamic government to provide food and clothing, on a reasonable basis, to captives, regardless of their religion. If the prisoners were in the custody of a person, then the responsibility was on the individual. Historically, Muslims routinely captured large number of prisoners. Aside from those who converted, most were ransomed or enslaved.

Pasquier writes, “It was the custom to enslave prisoners of war and the Islamic state would have put itself at a grave disadvantage vis-a-vis its enemies had it not reciprocated to some extent. By guaranteeing them [male POWs] humane treatment, and various possibilities of subsequently releasing themselves, it ensured that a good number of combatants in the opposing armies preferred captivity at the hands of Muslims to death on the field of battle.”

According to accounts written after the ‘Battle of Badr’, some prisoners were executed for their earlier crimes in Mecca, but the rest were given options: They could convert to Islam and thus win their freedom; they could pay ransom and win their freedom; they could teach 10 Muslims to read and write and thus win their freedom. William Muir wrote of this period:
“In pursuance of Mahomet’s commands the citizens of Medina and such of the refugees as possessed houses received the prisoners and treated them with much consideration. ‘Blessings be on the men of Medina’, said one of these prisoners in later days, ‘they made us ride while they themselves walked; they gave us wheaten bread to eat when there was little of it, contenting themselves with dates.”

During his rule, Hazrat Umar, the second Caliph of Islam, it was made illegal to separate related prisoners of war from each other, after a captive complained to him for being separated from her daughter. Upon capture, the prisoners must be guarded and not ill-treated. Islamic law holds that the prisoners must be fed and clothed, either by the Islamic government or by the individual who has custody of the prisoner. This position is supported by the verse (Quran 76:8). The Qur’an also urges kindness to captives and recommends, their liberation by purchase. The freeing of captives is recommended both for the expiation of sins [ and as an act of simple benevolence.

What the barbaric perpetrators in Pakistan did was the Death of Religion and the Burial of Humanity. Islam is a good Religion and they have tarnished the image of my religion.
Today’s life is complicated and demanding. While we have discovered the panaceas of horrible diseases we have created new kind of diseases in the name of Religion, Culture, Races and Regions. We have turned life demanding monster for humans.

There is a lot of confusion when I see the intermixing of Kassab and Kashmir; Kargil and Chinese Intrusions; from Sarabjit to Afzal Guru. All that is happening in the name of a unnatural divide which cut across the hearts and across the paddy fields. My father was an ardent Congressman, a follower of Moulana Abul Kalam Azad. He refused to go to Pakistan. My eldest brother was looking for job and better life. He took all with him that he could and moved to Karachi. He died in 1948 there leaving behind a widow and two kids. He was never a supporter of Muslim League. He was looking for a job.

India was divided in the name of religion. But why do we need religion if it divides? We are creating wars and hatred in the name of Religion throughout history. In the name of religion we are closing our windows and doors and all the chinks upon our fellow human beings. It took thousands of years for civilizations to settle while most of religions are 3000 years old. We have successfully limited our domains and our lives and now we are Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Jews. We are on our way of eliminating the roots of humanity in the name of religion from our daily lives.

Let us declare the horrendous death a turning point in the history of our common civilization and go for the positives of Religion. Life is not perfect and no religion is giving the solutions of the problems of everything in life. However, each offers its lessons. What is the point is considering myself spiritual if I can’t embrace humanity.
Will the fanatic Pakistani Mullahs who are poisoning the planet earth listen !
Islam has taught us to “treat others in the way we want to be treated.”

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Ek Lamha hamburger Khane Se Pahley !

Read a poem sometime back – in praise of a horse.

The beauty of a horse
The thunder clap of hooves
The wind in their mane
The thrill of the flight
Another birth of a spring ride.

And now please read a pathetic story of horse’s plight and the perversity of human flight.
Horse drawn Victorias have almost disappeared from the streets of Mumbai. Now these novelties grace the wedding cavalcades. Nawabs and Maharajas have been transformed into politicians, industrialists or actors and their stables have been converted into five-Star Hotels. They are no longer interested in any breed, rich ancestry or pedigree of horses. Horses are now owned by armed forces or race courses. The horse-romance of Indians is left in history books: Chetak, Basfala or their ilks.

It is now another story in Europe. If you are not interested a horse ride near Champ Elysis, go for Horse Meat Hamburger. Courtesy – Irish Burger King franchise. There is no adulteration – 100 % pure horse meal. The only grievance you could air: It might be the poor cousin of the horse – the donkey’s meat that is garnished at your dining table. It does really matter if you have asked for Beef Burger. Both are non-veg! Yes, you are right. I’m talking about the recent horse meal scandal which is getting interesting, curious, murkier and weirder by the hour. How it had reached at your end if you were in Europe a day back?

It came from the abattoirs of Romania. As the Romanian government recently banned horse-drawn carts from the road, these hackneys went out of service. What to do with the redundant animals? Simple solution: Put them on the dining table!

Another million if not billion dollar question:
Why the slaughter houses agreed to substitute horse for beef?

Answer: India is no exception in curious businesses and Polish and Italian mafia gangs are running multi-million-pound scams can take lead from any smart resource. Substitution of horse meat for beef is not such a big deal. Veterinary doctors and other officers in the food chain are ready to help if someone is willing to pay the price. Intimidation are handy if the price-deal is not working. The authorities were managed by powerful mafia to certify ‘horse meat processed products’ as ‘beef’. From the abattoirs of Romania it went to a dealer in Cyprus, and from Cyprus to another dealer in Holland. Then it traveled to a meat plant in south of France. The French Meat Processor sold it to a French-owned factory in Luxumbourg which shaped it into the stuffing tikki of hamburger. These tikkis were sold to supermarkets in 16 countries. The story is as simple as this.

Have a nice ride!

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Apartheid makes a comeback in Israel

Israeli government on October 10 approved a bill which compels non-Jews to declare their loyalty to the Jewish state while not demanding the same thing of Jews. It is interesting to note that many Jews don’t recognise the legitimacy of Israel.

IF YOU believe that this is 21st century and individual dignity and human rights are the order of the day, the controversial bill requiring non-Jews aspiring to obtain Israeli citizenship to pledge an oath of allegiance to Israel as a ‘Jewish and democratic state’ would compel you to give a second thought. Israeli government on October 10 approved a bill which compels non-Jews to declare their loyalty to the Jewish state while not demanding the same thing of Jews.

It is interesting to note that many Jews don’t recognise the legitimacy of Israel for religious and theological reasons. A theological expert could explain in detail that the terms ‘Jewish and Democratic’ are oxymoron since Israel can’t be Talmudic and democratic at the same time.

Arabs populate 25 per cent of the Israel. To hoodwink the world opinion Israeli leaders hastened to gloss over the spirit of bill by saying that Israel was still a democratic state and that non-Jews aspiring to obtain Israeli citizenship had nothing to worry about as their rights and privileges would not be undermined in any way. The real intention behind the bill is to forestall demands for the repatriation of millions of Palestinian refugees, who were uprooted and ethnically cleansed from their homes when Israel was established in 1948.

What the so-called moderates in Israel fight shy to accept is clearly categorically stated by people like David Rotem, a member of the quasi- fascist Yisrael Beiteinu Party, a senior partner in the current Israeli government. He says: “I want to keep Israel a Jewish state, and if that contradicts democracy, then democracy comes second, period.”

The new law indirectly reminds Palestinians, who are Israeli citizens – to come to terms with their inherently inferior status as non-Jews. The whole world knows that 99 per cent of Arabs in Israel have been living in the country for hundreds of years before the arrival of Jewish immigrants.

According to Knesset member Ahmed Teibi – the new law means that Israel is democratic for Jews but Jewish for Arabs. “There is no country in the world that forces its citizens, or those naturalising, to swear their loyalty to ideology or a sectarian obligation.” Another Arab Knesset member, Talab Al-Sanea, reacted – the law was not accidental. “The Israeli government did this at this time for two reasons: first, the troubled negotiations with the Palestine Liberation Organisation; and second, as a direct response to the dictates of Israel’s internal coalition politics.”

There is some silver lining also with the dark clouds – some liberal-minded cabinet ministers, who either opposed the law or skipped the cabinet session in protest against it have said that Israel is slipping towards an abyss. One minister, Isaac Herzog, son of former Israeli President Haim Herzog said that the resounding support for an amendment showed that ‘fascism is devouring the margins of society’.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Iran dares US and Israel on Lebanese border

On the Iranian presidents visit, the people were seen waving Iranian flags and carried posters of the Iranian president and supreme leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

THOUSANDS OF Lebanese nationals lined the streets of Beirut on Wednesday to welcome the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his first visit to Lebanon. Signs on billboards and banners said: “The south welcomes the protector of the resistance”.

They were seen waving Iranian flags and carried posters of the Iranian president and supreme leader of the Islamic Revolution-Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

In order to boost the increasing bilateral cooperation with Lebanon, the Iranian President signed 17 memorandums of understanding in various fields like energy, agriculture, health, education, and other areas.

At a joint press conference with his Lebanese counterpart Suleiman, Ahmadinejad applauded Lebanon’s continued opposition to Israel and mentioned that Iran gives its complete support to the Lebanese people. In return, Suleiman mentioned that Lebanon supports Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities.

In fact Ahmadinejad’s visit to southern Lebanon is a stern message to Israel. He told thousands of supporters, who turned out on Thursday at a rally in a south Lebanon border town that Israel would disappear, while they would thrive.

Ahmadinejad praised Hezbollah and its southern stronghold as “the foremost shield of Lebanon.” Iranian President visited the town of Bint Jbeil which was the location of fierce fighting between the Israel Defense Forces and the Hezbollah militia during the Second Lebanon War of 2006. It was also the location of a victory speech by Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah after Israel ended two decades of occupation of south Lebanon.

“You are the heroes that guard Lebanon’s sovereignty,” he told them. “You have proven that there no force in the world can beat you. The resistance of the Lebanese nation, drawn from faith in God, can stand up to any Israeli force – planes, tanks and ships.”

The U.S. and Israel have called Ahmadinejad’s visit to Bint Jbeil, located just a couple miles of the Israeli border, an intentionally provocative move.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Insensitive pictures of Palestinian prisoners create furore

Aberjil’s failure to understand the uproar the pictures have caused reflects the inhuman attitude of a supposed-to-be-well-trained disciplined wing of the Israel. Decades of occupation have turned them into robots.

WE LIVE in a civilised world where we care for the dignity of enemy combatants. Prisoners of war are entitled to full freedom of religion and discrimination based on race, colour, or ethnicity is prohibited. Given the breadth of these rights, prisoners of war often enjoy greater protection under the rules of war than they would under the domestic laws of their captor.

Unfortunately, the most powerful nation upon earth made a mockery of these rules at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and Israel, whose inhabitants had to face interrogation methods used during the World War-II. The Palestinian suspects were bound with plastic handcuffs, blindfolded and had to undergo the humiliating punishments, which violated all the rules and norms of war and peace. What makes the situation more abhorrent; what makes the pain more incisive is the insensitivity of those, who perpetrated these atrocities.

Eden Aberjil, an Israeli who has completed her mandatory two-year army service with IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) about a year ago managed to get herself photographed in 2008 with Palestinian prisoners which depict them as house pets. There are cries of shame against these pictures all over the world.

Even in Israel, many individuals and organisations have expressed their disapproval of this unkind cut. However, she is so impeccably devoid of human dignity that she doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about. The former soldier sees nothing wrong with posting photos on her Facebook profile showing her posing, grinning and amused, alongside blindfolded Palestinian detainees.

According to her, “The pictures reflect the military experience. The army: the best time of my life.” She was obviously not alone. Someone took those photographs with detainees and this photograph was not isolated. There are plenty.

Israel controls much of the occupied West Bank and Golan Heights captured in a 1967 war. Gaza is no longer in Israeli occupation and presently ruled by Hammas. Palestinians who try to cross the Gaza border into Israel were often taken for questioning.

Abergil is a civilian now and she is no longer directly answerable to the military. Commenting on whether the photographs had dealt a blow to Israel’s international image, she told Army Radio: “We will always be attacked — whatever we do, we will always be attacked.”

Aberjil’s failure to understand the uproar the pictures have caused reflects the inhuman attitude of a supposed-to-be-well-trained disciplined wing of the Israel. Decades of occupation have turned them into robots, who consider the Palestinian prisoners as subhuman – objects of amusement.

It is normal to abuse them and their rights. It is a culture that gives rise to appalling conduct like forcing inmates to dance, sing Israeli patriotic and military songs, or photographing them as a hunter would his conquered beast. The humiliation of Palestinian detainees is taken as ‘best time’ of any soldier’s army experience. They are not insulting the prisoners of an occupied territory but trampling upon the fundamental principles of human dignity.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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History in the making in Iraq as US leaves for home

Is the worst over? Is Iraq a stable country today ? It may appear a rather sick joke to the families and friends of the 61 young army recruits killed in Tuesday’s bomb blast in Baghdad ? the deadliest this year.

HISTORY WAS in the making in Iraq. Heavy armoured military vehicles, with their headlights on, in the predawn freshness were crossing, hopefully forever, the barbed wires and the metal gates that make the border between Iraq and Kuwait.

It was an early Thursday and the last day for many US troops, who were desperate to go back home to their families. For them one chapter of life was closing forever. They were part of a brutal history few would prefer to call the war of liberation.

History was made but it wasn’t what the protagonists would have loved to make. It was a retreat that left behind more problems than solutions. After seven years and five months of the US-led invasion, the last American combat brigade was leaving Iraq, well ahead of President Barack Obama’s Aug. 31 deadline for ending US combat operations there. Was there any thing to celebrate ?

The cruel, barbaric and unjust dictatorship of Saddam was brought to an end by this war. Today, Iraqis are free who can vote no matter their vote has not materialized in making a new government for months. Can they celebrate that liberators or going after doing their job ? Not really!

The US presence is far from over. Scatterings of troops still await departure, and some 50,000 will stay another year in what is designated as a non-combat role. They will carry weapons to defend themselves and accompany Iraqi troops on missions (but only if asked). Special forces will continue to help Iraqis hunt for terrorists.

America sacrificed at least 4,415 men going by Pentagon’s count as of Wednesday in this war which was fought thousands of miles away from their shores. It took months of preparation to move out the troops and armour across more than 500 km of desert highway through potentially hostile territory at night.

Is the worst over? Is Iraq a stable country today ? It may appear a rather sick joke to the families and friends of the 61 young army recruits killed in Tuesday’s bomb blast in Baghdad — the deadliest this year. Every day scores of people continue to get killed in the lawlessness after the US-led invasion.

Still this is a complacency that suggests a degree of confidence in both Baghdad and Washington, a belief that that the things are brightening up.

There is still no elected government and the political greed of the main parties that refuse to put national interests above their own is destroying the semblance of illusive stability. Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, refuses to talk with leader of the second largest party Nuri Al-Maliki, unless the latter apologize for a TV taunt that Allawi’s Iraqiya group was a minority bloc.

Children of Iraq could teach these politicians what maturity means. Iraq is still burning and its political leaders acting like spoilt brats. One hopes that better senses would prevail and Iraq would come back to normalcy. I hope it won’t be another mirage!

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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