Racial Pride vs Racial Blindness

“Garve se kaho hum Hindu hain”, Say with pride I’m a Hindu – was a slogan that was given currency by RSS in 2006. I can’t recall if it really worked their way and attracted some more votes for BJP in past. All the same, it was a slogan I really liked. It still resonates well in my memory. I respect my Hindu friends who are proud to be Hindu. And with a nuance, with a subtle difference, I’m also proud to be a ‘Hindi’. When I asked some of my well-informed and well-meaning Muslim, Christian and Parsi friends about this RSS slogan GSKHHH, they affected ignorance; they were neutral and some rather enjoyed the tone of call.
For the new reader of my pen, I’m a practicing, middle class Muslim who has rarely faced any personal discrimination of sorts ever at any station of my life. Wherever, I failed, it happened on merit and didn’t afford much chance to complain about my position in life. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for many of my brothers with the same confidence and conviction. In fact, since the formative years of Independent India, my community as a cohesive whole, is facing discrimination and it is the festering wound on Indian democracy. We have faced genocide; our language and culture was decimated. We are facing hate that is written not on paper but in every act that takes away our due rights in the progress of country. Today, with the exception of 3 or 4 private companies, 14 per cent of Indian population with a Muslim tag can’t claim a national presence. We are at the bottom of all government services. The only saving grace are Khans of film industry. List of grievances is long and not relevant to support this article. The pertinent questions here are – Are we a racial society and racism is rampant here? As minority do we feel oppressed? Is racism that bad?
The history of the dominant world civilizations reveals that they reached the pinnacle of glories when they were practicing RACISM, often negative racism. It didn’t stop them from shaping the course of history. Their warriors were proud of their kings, regions, races and traditions. Their farmers were producing most, their artisans were at their creative best and their scientist and technologists were churning out monumental researches and inventions. For them life was smooth rather cozy. It was roses roses all the way. I also cannot help but feel with some understanding of their grim pride of their accomplishments. So, when a German pot valiant food technologist on Dutch courage, at Dachau – the biggest Nazi Camp city in Bavaria, thumping the table near the beer-fountain declared to me – “We’re the best; we were the best and would remain so even though we still have a large number of ..you know,, among us. My people had accomplished a great deal.” He smiled and concluded with,”……..Good and ill”. I knew what he meant.
Honestly, whenever any man of any race claims proud at the achievement for his people, I support him. However, I always go for a rider – let us move past the age when a race accomplished something, add a new dimension of nation instead of ethnicity. I am looking forward to the day when even those tricky provocative lines have been erased, when the entire human race has brought all the world’s nations into one power – the power of sanity, the spirit of Universal Brotherhood. We begin to care for humanity as one race.
But so long as these divisions exist, we carry that grim pride of race and religion with us both as a comfort and a warning. Till the realization of dream, I can’t detach myself from my past. I do feel proud about the accomplishments of your ancestors and mine.
All races attribute a lot of what they are to their unique culture, religion, traditions and style of living. A recent study undertaken by ‘AFRICANGLOBE’ revealed that African American teenagers performed better academically when their parents instilled in them a sense of racial pride. ‘Racial Pride’ is a positive inspiration while ‘Race Blindness’ instigated shunning, promotes hate, mistrust and discrimination. Race blindness encourages negative peer treatment that results in getting into fights, being bullied and affliction of lasting psychic wounds.
The study is concluded with the empirical evidence that the longstanding practice in the African American community of cultivating racial pride and preparing children to face racial bias in society should be considered among appropriate and beneficial practices in parenting Black children.
The study was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

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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To hang our heads in shame

An evil act of an individual calls the behavior of the whole community in question; a mistake of one member of the family forces the entire family to mourn and repent for years and generations; a lapse of a moment hangs as sword all through the journey of life and one fish spoils the pond. Pick up what suits for a situation. However, the ghastly news that a 61-year-old local Shiv Sena leader had been arrested for allegedly raping a minor, who studied in a school run by him has shaken the roots of sacred relationship between teacher and taught – a relationship almost parallel or equal to between human being and God..

According to inspector Anil Kadam of Kashmira polics station, Thane, Maharashtra, Vasudeo Nambiar, the district deputy chief of Shiv Sena who also owns a school and a temple in Kashimira township of Thane has been arrested on Friday in connection of rape. The girl was studying in class IX at the school run by the accused, who took her out several times with him on the pretext of visit to the temple and then allegedly raped her repeatedly at a place in Thane district’s Mira village in February this year. He had also threatened the girl with dire consequences if she revealed about the offense to anybody. The girl became pregnant and delivered a premature baby earlier this week. Following the birth of the child, the hospital authorities reported the matter to police who booked Nambiar on Thursday and arrested him on Friday..

The accused has been charged under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and section 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. He was produced before a local magistrate on Friday who remanded him in police custody till September 11.

It is a sad commentary upon our insensitive society, careless parenthood and a different kind of Modern Culture we extol for progress; where the holy tenets of all of our religions also bursting at the seams. There is no ‘Love Jihad’ here and Party Politics. It has happened to innocent girl who is my daughter, my sister and an unfortunate mother today. Shame on me ! I’m sorry Mother India !

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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Indian Muslims and Independence Day

For the first time since India’s Independence in 1947, there is no palpable Muslim representation in the majority party. Of the 283 Bhartiya Janata Party members elected to India’s new Parliament, there’s not a single Muslim representative. The lack of representation, combined with Mr. Modi’s image as a hardliner Hindu politician, has caused fear and concern in the Muslim community. You talk to any informed Muslim and he feels a sort of ostracized from the main stream. Never before a whole community felt so isolated and confused.

Following is the gist of reports gathered from several confirmed reports at different times by different organization:

It is a well-known fact that since independence, the Indian Muslims are being systematically and increasingly marginalized in the affairs of  their own homeland. Soon after the independence, various states and territories were reorganized splitting the minority dominated areas in parts and absorbing them in different states with a view to reducing their influence and making it difficult for them to win in any election. In Jammu and Kashmir is the only state where Muslims are in majority. India is a vocal advocate of secularism but nowhere else in the world secularism was so blatantly betrayed. It was expected that in an independent India, Hindu fanaticism will completely evaporate. Long before independence, Moulana Azad had said, “I firmly hold that it (communal frenzy) will disappear when India assumes the responsibility of her own destiny.” In so-called secular India, Azad’s hope was not only belied but Hindu fanaticism gained enormous strength and that also under the direct patronage of the government. The Congress party, which ruled India for over six decades, instead of making any effort to contain Hindu fundamentalism, did everything for its nourishment. Just after becoming the first President of independent India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad removed from the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s House) all the Muslims who were working there. There are thousands of examples which show how secularism is being betrayed in India. Secularism was betrayed by the federal State government by covertly becoming a party to the demolition of the Babari Masjid.

The socio-economic conditions of the Muslim community of India present a dismal picture. The Muslims are deprived of due representation in public employment even at the lowest level. The representation of the Muslims in various Ministries is approaching to zero. Muslims are also failing to avail the equal opportunity in the private sector. The literacy level of the Muslim community is much below the average level of India. The school enrolment level of the Muslim children is also very low. Because of the hurdles at the lower level of education, the share of Muslim students at higher and professional level is also much below the national level of India.

In ‘secular’ India, schools and other educational institutions are being systematically saffronized with Hindu culture incorporating glorification of Hindu mythological characters. Collective singing of Vande Matram of Bankim Chaterjee is almost an established tradition. Urdu is the language of about 62 per cent of the Indian Muslims and has the richest Islamic literature among Indian languages in all fields of learning. As a part of their efforts to obliterate the cultural entity of the Muslims, both the Central Government and the Governments of the States seem to do whatever is possible to strangle this language and deny it all opportunities of existence and growth. It is virtually banished from all the schools run by the Government.

There are symptoms that space of Free Speech is shrinking in the democracy of Nehru and Gandhi. Not long ago, the famous book ‘The Hindus: An Alternative History’ by the academic Wendy Doniger was declared offensive towards their religion by a small hardline Hindu group and , forcing the mighty conglomerate publisher ‘Penguin’ were forced withdraw and pulp the book. In the aftermath of this episode two authors asked the publisher to cancel contracts and pulp their books, too, a move called “unprecedented” by one Indian newspaper. In the same period, a mob calling itself the Hindu Sena (Hindu Army), burnt copies of Caravan, the Delhi-based magazine, over an interview with a Hindu extremist.

The famous brave writer activist Arundhati Roy, an intellectual with a conscience, declared the withdrawl of the book as an act of succumbing to “fascists” forces. Liberals in India feel under strain and than ever before about the right to expression as religious groups increasingly are flexing their muscles. Many fear that Hindu Fundamentalists are further emboldened as Modi, their most demagogic leader is elected prime minister.

Hindu fundamentalism has been given a new name – Hindutva. Their concept of  “Hindu nationalism is built on the idea that India is a Hindu majoritarian nation, with Muslims and Christians cast as the minority, ‘other’.” RSS’ Hindutva says that India should be an exclusive Hindu nation state.

Today, Narndra Modi is the elected Prime Minister of India and he is a firm believer in RSS ideology. He did never hide his commitment to RSS ideology. A large part of Modi’s popularity comes from his message that Gujarat can be a beacon for India’s economic development. He talked tirelessly about his Gujarati pride. I don’t know how to recall my Muslim Pride.

So, while we celebrate the Independence Day with gusto in company of our countrymen, we have a lot of reasons to feel  estranged in our own house.

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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Modi’s Victory – A Pyrrhic Scenario

Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi

A few stray thoughts, some point of views………and a pessimistic observation.

The victory of Modi is a  foregone conclusion. The issue of debate is only the margin of victory, its implications for the nation in general and Gujarat in particular. I present here the future in simple terms without loading my arguments with statistical data.

 

A possible scenario:

If Modi wins big the Muslim minority in Gujarat (save the already rich trading Muslim communities which are exceptions) would be further pushed into oblivion. It would find life difficult and often miserable for itself. Helplessness and frustration would force it to resign to fate. Time to time Modi would throw some odds and bits before them for RSS propaganda and public consumption. But, from now onwards, they have to struggle much harder for their survival. In past Congress has done nothing for Indian Muslims  except lip service. A fleeting remark about their pathetic plight in P.M. Manmohan Singh’s address was all that it could do for them. Congress failed to take up a principled stand in Gujarat. This party wants people like Modi to remain vibrant. It makes easier for Congress to project itself as the protector of minorities. Ironically, Congress would remain a mute spectator while  RSS would force apartheid in the states where it rules. Indian National Congress has destroyed our economy, our language, our culture and our identity. New circumstances  would put the minorities between the devil and deep sea. The Urdu poet has said:

“Na tarapne ki ijazat hai na faryad ki hai,
ghut ke mar jayen yeh marzi mere sayyad ki hai.”

December 20 is also going to change the internal equations of BJP and the Saffron House for ever. A big electoral victory would catapult Modi into the central stage of Bharat. Modi would become the supreme leader. BJP and its leaders would be compelled to act as subservient to Modi’s dictates. The present cadre of leadership would have no control over the developing situations.

Undoubtedly, his towering personality has made him the pivot of every activity in Gujarat. He is able to attract the powerful rich investors, considerable middle class, media and film stars to bolster his aspirations and establish him as an undisputed leader. He is unstoppable. Consequently, RSS would no longer be in the driving seat. He would play politics on his own terms which is something unusual and contrary to RSS history and discipline. His march towards Delhi would begin on Dec 20, 2012.

Now, here is the rest of the story.

Mulayam, Mamta and Maya would find it difficult to opt for Modi as they also need the Muslim votes for their survival. With Modi at the helm of affairs, BJP would find it difficult to forge new alliances.

With the departure of Mr. Yedurappa from Karnataka BJP, Saffron Brigade has lost a powerful leader who had opened accounts of BJP in South India. Karnataka is about to slip from its stronghold. The results of Hills  do not augur well for BJP.  Defeat in Hills is almost certain as its victory in Gujarat. Mr. Gadkari, the present president of BJP has effectively become a liability for the party. The longer he sits at the top the more BJP is going to lose face.

The convincing victory of Modi would leave BJP with  no choice but to present him as the BJP’s Prime Ministrial  candidate. And lo ! here comes the Guardian’s knot. Nitish Kumar will never accept Modi. He finds himself a suitable candidate for the prime minister chair. Mr. Nitish is obviously more acceptable to  coalition partners even now. Mulayam, Mamta and Maya would find it difficult to opt for Modi as they also need the Muslim votes for their survival. With Modi at the helm of affairs, BJP would find it difficult to forge new alliances. The cultivation of new relationships would be an uphill task as the choice is limited. The time is running out.

Ultimately, the victory of Narendra Modi in Gujarat would be a Waterloo for BJP ambitions in Delhi.

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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Azadi: Call for secession or peaceful co-existence?

People like Arundhati Roy should also understand that the demand of Azadi as secession is useless, freedom of expression with peaceful means is what is called for.

LET US look at some simple facts about Kashmir history and thus will emerge some unanswered questions.

Before August 15, 1947, the Republic of India did not exist. Maharaja Hari Singh signed the instrument of accession on Oct 26, 1947. Why it took so long for the Maharaja to sign it? What was cooking in his mind? Was there no war of independence going against his dynastic rule in Kashmir when the rest of India was fighting for independence from the British Rule?

Why are the knowledgeable writers or speakers are ignoring the history of struggle of Kashmiri people against the Maharaja? And what is significance of this ten letter word plebiscitein our political jargon involving Kashmir? What did Atal Bihari Vajpayee promise while taking the initiative on Kashmir problem?

The problems in Kashmir are not law and order problems but political. We can’t wish away a problem in the name of patriotism. Those who support the maverick thinker-writer Arundhati Roy believe that muzzling the voice of reason can push the problem under the carpet. The demand of Azadi is a political challenge.

The term Azadi would become sedition if it’s accompanied by armed insurrection. On the other hand, if the demand is made peacefully, it can’t be called sedition. Arundhati Roy is echoing what many in the streets of Kashmir are saying for decades.

How many individuals are we going to incarcerate if they do not agree with the concept which, we feel correct that is of Azadi? To silence the peaceful voice of dissent is to suffocate the freedom of expression. There is a huge difference between sensible democracy and autocracy. We have to fight the slogan of Azadi with ideas and reason and not with brute power.

People like Arundhati Roy are safety valves for the Indian democracy and not the enemy of the nation. They have as much at stake as anyone else. We do not support the demand of Azadi as secession but we support the freedom of expression with peaceful means.

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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And Rahul Gandhi has thrown the gauntlet

No one should be blamed to conclude that RSS is learning to profit from the doctrines of Hitler. Its totally another matter that in its blind enmity against Muslims its favorite country in the world is Israel.

IT WAS vintage Rahul Gandhi, an embodiment of courage and honesty, a modest youth leader who has finally thrown the gauntlet in the court of obscurantist, communalists and fascists. In his press conference in Bhopal on Wednesday he equated Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh with the banned Students Islamic Movement of India.

He said that both are preaching hard-line fundamental ideologies. SIMI was a proscribed outfit and RSS is a Nagpur based right-wing Hindu group. According to him,” Both these organizations preach fundamentalist ideologies. That’s a fact and nothing is going to change the fact.”

The Sangh Parivar reacted by saying – Only a sick mind can do it. He seems to have lost his mental balance. The RSS is an institute of nationalist thought while SIMI is banned by Congress government as it was banned by us when we were in power.

The writer is neither an particular admirer of Congress, Sonia Ji, Manmohan Singh or Rahul Baba. However, one must not fail to register the appreciation where and when it is due; one should not hesitate also to put the mirror if someone challenges the fundamental principle of co-existence and democracy.

Following are the pearls of wisdom from the top luminary of RSS and it is left for the reader to draw his own conclusions.

“To keep up the purity of the Race and its culture, Germany shocked the world by her purging the country of the Semitic races—the Jews. Race pride at its highest has been manifested here. Germany has also shown how well nigh impossible it is for Races and cultures, having differences going to the root, to be assimilated into one united whole, a good lesson for us in Hindustan to learn and profit by.”

– Madhavrao Golwalkar, We, or Our Nation Defined, Nagpur: Bharat publications, 1939, p. 37

No one should be blamed to conclude that RSS is learning to profit from the doctrines of Hitler. Its totally another matter that in its blind enmity against Muslims its favorite country in the world is Israel. All fascist movements have few things in common.

They begin as quasi-religious “spirited’ movements; they indoctrinate their follower to believe that they are in minority even if they are in majority and they put a lot of emphasis on health and purity of body. RSS is no exception. What they forget that the enlightened youth of India is not going to buy their anachronistic philosophy.

The ordinary Indian youth recoil at the thought that they could be bound together by the chains of dogma and prejudice. Needless to say that no Muslim has any problem with Hindutva as long as it doesn’t trample upon their fundamental rights; as long they are allowed to live with dignity; as long there is no apartheid.

They know that followers of other faith won’t accept the saffronization of their lives at any cost.

RSS has a flawed vision that inspires to debunk the secularism and adopt the undercurrents of TMI (Toxic Majoritarian Ideology). This is where Rahul Baba has hit them, this is where he has nailed them to the counter.

The time is not very far when the Indians would realize that this organization is trying to wring the last drop of juice from Hindu ideology. We have full trust in the emerging enlightened youth. Well done Rahul !

And to conclude the write-up: “As a final result of the poison, the country had to suffer the sacrifice of the invaluable life of Gandhiji. Even an iota of the sympathy of the Government or of the people no more remained for the RSS. In fact, opposition grew. Opposition turned more severe when the RSS men expressed joy and distributed sweets after Gandhiji’s death.” – Sardar Patel – freedom fighter, first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of India

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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Ayodhya Judgement: A victory of faith over reason

Ayodhya

Ayodhya

This judgment must be challenged in the Supreme Court and we hope that the august body would give a second thought to its legal, social, ethical and political repercussions.

THAT THE Ayodhya verdict was hailed with euphoric exultation by the Ram Janam Bhumi lawyers, who were showing the victory signs soon after the announcement, despite the restrictions on any such show by court in advance, simply reflects the respect of law they have.

That this verdict is victory of forces, who had pulled down the historic mosque does need any proof for the readers and viewers. Sangh Parivar rightly felt that it would pave the way for the grand Ram temple and they lost no time in indirectly advising Muslims to give up the one third of the area the verdict has given to them.

Should there be any need in future to cite an example where faith and belief prevailed so powerfully over the law and reason, this judgment would be available for easy reference. It would beckon form the ramparts of temples of Justice. Ironically, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat talked about the need to see the verdict “not as a victory of one group or defeat of another, but an opportunity to forget ill-will, hard feelings that were the results of the past conflicts.” I don’t know if he could have uttered the same dialogues if the verdict was gone against their designs.

Many Muslims are sulking and they have no choice but to knock the doors of Supreme Court against the verdict. For RSS and its cronies, this judgment has given a boost to their sagging morale. Their political movement got legitimacy and they can boast of victory. This judgment has opened the new avenues for their future adventures – Kashi, Mathura.

The judgment had nothing to say, as it was not asked to say though it delved in to different domains which had little relevance to the legal aspects of the case, about the criminal razing of a historical structure. It is strange that the court accepted that no mosque was pulled down to build Babri Masjid and Ram Lalla was never there before 1949. Still, to maintain the law and order it thought it appropriate to give precedence to Astha and belief over the concrete history, evidence and reason.

There are thousands of monuments, Buddhist temples, Jain temples, churches, mosques and synagogues which are built at places which have outlived their original utility. What is the difference between pulling down Babri Mosque and razing the Statues of Buddha in Afghanistan. Both the acts are akin and reprehensible in nature. In a majority dominated country if a ground fact that was created by the honchos of majority in 1949 with the connivance of State administration could become an integral part of faith in a judgment in 2010, we have little light to see at the end of the tunnel.

This judgment must be challenged in the Supreme Court and we hope that the august body would give a second thought to its legal, social, ethical and political repercussions.

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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