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मैं नहीं भूला- I have not forgotten

I am reproducing an email I received (I have added the pictures.) While I am not in the business of wholesale condemnation of a community, when I look at current day ISIS, Taliban, al Qaeda and similar other outfits and look at the terror unleashed by Turks, Lodis, Mughals, etc. on the Hindus and search for common links for their inhumane, atrocious barbarism, I am compelled to come to conclusion that the common link that binds  “rakshasas”  of 8th to 17th century with 21st century ones is nothing but Islam.

We have heard the stale argument that no religion teaches violence, that Islam is not to be blamed, these are misguided followers, etc. But the questions that beg answers are, why doesn’t Islam have a self-correcting feature?  Why do Muslims by and large keep mum in face of such cruelty?  Isn’t keeping silent a tacit approval?  There are enough “aayats” in Quran advocating violence and subterfuge, so I am not even going into that.

Point is, should the Hindus live in the utopia of Hindu-Muslim bhai bhai and close their eyes to the reality? Should Hindus look at every Muslim with suspicion? Should those Muslims who don’t agree with ways and means of ISIS, Taliban and the al Qaeda continue to keep quiet?

मैं नहीं भूला

अत्याचार जो मुगलों, चंगेजों, तुर्कों आदि ने हमारे हिंदू पूर्वजो पर किये
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1- मैं नहीं भूला उस कामपिपासु अलाउद्दिन को, जिससे अपने सतित्तव को बचाने के लिये रानी पद्ममिनी ने 14000 स्त्रियो के साथ जलते हुए अग्निकुंड में कूद गयी थीं।
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2- मैं नहीं भूला उस जालिम औरंगजेब को, जिसने संभाजी महाराज को इस्लाम स्वीकारने से मना करने पर तडपा तडपा कर मारा था।
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3- मैं नहीं भूला उस जिहादी टीपु सुल्तान को, जिसने एक एक दिन में लाखो हिंदुओ का नरसंहार किया था।
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4- मैं नहीं भूला उस जल्लाद शाहजहाँ को, जिसने 14 बर्ष की एक ब्राह्मण बालिका के साथ अपने महल में जबरन बलात्कार किया था।
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5- मैं नहीं भूला उस बर्बर बाबर को, जिसने मेरे श्री राम प्रभु का मंदिर तोडा और लाखों निर्दोष हिंदुओ का कत्ल किया था।
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6- मैं नहीं भूला उस शैतान सिकन्दर लोदी को, जिसने नगरकोट के ज्वालामुखि मंदिर की माँ दुर्गा की मूर्ति के टुकडे कर उन्हे कसाइयो को मांस तोलने के लिये दे दिया था।
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7- मैं नहीं भूला उस धूर्त ख्वाजा मोइन्निद्दिन चिस्ती को, जिसने संयोगीता को इस्लाम कबूल ना करने पर नग्न कर मुगल सैनिको के सामने फेंक दिया था।
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8- मैं नहीं भूला उस निर्दयी बजीर खान को, जिसने गुरूगोविंद सिंह के दोनो मासूम फतेहसिंग और जोरावार को मात्र 7 साल और 5 बर्ष की उम्र में इस्लाम ना मानने पर दीवार में जिन्दा चुनवा दिया था।
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Guru Givind Singh's sons bricked alive
9- मैं नहीं भूला उस जिहादी बजीर खान को, जिसने बन्दा बैरागी की चमडी को गर्म लोहे की सलाखो से तब तक जलाया जब तक उसकी हड्डियां ना दिखने लगी मगर उस बन्दा वैरागी ने इस्लाम स्वीकार नही किया
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10- मैं नहीं भूला उस कसाई औरंगजेब को, जिसने पहले संभाजी महाराज की आँखों मे गरम लोहे के सलिए घुसाए, बाद मे उन्हीं गरम सलियों से पुरे शरीर की चमडी उधेडी, फिर भी
संभाजी ने हिंदू धर्म नही छोड़ा था।
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11- मैं नहीं भूला उस नापाक अकबर को, जिसने हेमू के 72 वर्षीय स्वाभिमानी बुजुर्ग पिता के इस्लाम कबूल ना करने पर उसके सिर को धड़ से अलग करवा दिया था।
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12- मैं नहीं भूला उस वहशी दरिंदे औरंगजेब को, जिसने धर्मवीर भाई मतिदास के इस्लाम कबूल न करने पर बीच चौराहे पर आरे से चिरवा दिया था।
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Sawing alive Bhai MatidasBhaiDyal Das's martydom
Mughal Torture of Hindus and Shikhs
हम हिंदुओ पर हुए अत्याचारो को बताने के लिए शब्द और पन्ने कम हैं…. 
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HC Orders Minor Girl TukTuki Reunited With Parents

http://www.satyablog.org/2015/08/26/press-release-hc-orders-minor-girl-tuktuki-reunited-with-parents-ncw-acknowledges-abduction-conversion/

For Immediate Release – DRAFT

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#Justice4Tuktuki
West Bengal High Court orders minor girl Tuktuki reunited with parents, NCW report acknowledges abduction & conversion and recommends CBI query

New York, Aug 26, 2015:  West Bengal Kolkata High Court delivered interim judgment by Honorable Justice Dipanker Dutta that 14 year old minor girl Tuktuki parents will get custody of their daughter and that her study has to be continued with 2 private tutors arranged to her by State for Mathematics and English subjects.  She will appear in Secondary examination without attending her school in Mograhat and West Bengal Secondary education will ensure it.  He also asked Child Welfare committee keep vigilance over Tuktuki.  The case is covered in detail in NewsX TV report.
Tapan Ghosh's photo.
The success of this effort is made possible by spontaneous help from so many individuals and institutions.  First and foremost it is the Hindu Samhati that brought the attention of this case to the world, supported the family in every step and fought a valiant battle in courts, on streets and even risking their lives.  We are grateful to the efforts of National Commission of Women under leadership of Lalitha Kumarmangalam whose investigation and the report made all the difference in court and instrumental in recovering Tuktuki to her parents.  State BJP leadership who gave wide attention to this issue through their efforts deserved to be credited to the success.  We would like to thank NRI Organizations such as Hindu American Foundation (HAF),  Dharma Seva Purva Paksha (UK),  Global Hindu Heritage Foundation, Viswa Hindu Parishad America (VHPA),  and many  individuals such as Peggy Shapiro and others across different countries who came forward with their outpouring of support to stand behind the family in their efforts to recover their minor daughter.  But for these efforts Tuktuki would have been sold into prostitution either in India or in Middle East by now.
The NCW report stated that Tuktuki was abducted and converted and recommended a CBI query on the case.   They have reported the police inaction and gross indifference of the state to the plight of Tuktuki and her parents.  “While this may be news to some, this is daily struggle many minor girls and their families face” responded Dev Dutta of Hindu Samhati who stood with the family throughout the episode to the news media.   Per UN report 28,000 girls went missing in just one year in West Bengal and UK investigative reporter Ross Kemp, in Telegraph UK, reports an interview with one Khan revealing how he human trafficked thousands of minor girls and lost count of the girls he killed.   The situation is tragic and Hindu Samhati says they receive daily requests from panic stricken parents requesting help to recover their daughters.  The Delhi Police report that busted West Bengal Human Trafficking gang reports how the minor girls are targeted and enticed with purpose of conversion and sale into sexual slavery (prostitution) for just Rs 60,000 to Rs 1,00,000 per girl.  The horrendous situation of thousands of girls in West Bengal for more than a decade is no different from the fate of Yezidi girls facing sexual slavery under ISIS in Iraq/Syria.   It is matter of utter disgrace that this is happening even in a democratic India today.

While Honorable HC judge has considered the various interests of Tuktuki in his judgement,  NCW and Hindu Samhati still need to request the court for a CBI query into the matter, as recommended by NCW in its report.  Those who abducted and converted Tuktuki are still free and as court itself acknowledged there is risk to family as well as other minor girls in the future.  The police inaction and indifference under the State administration that is causing this horrific human rights abuses need to be investigated.  While court addressed the education of Tuktuki, her brother and sister, who cannot any more live in Mograhat also need support in education.  Tuktuki’s  family who cannot anymore go back to their village needs to be compensated for their loss and severe trauma.   Court needs to appoint independent body under its supervision in the state to address the plight of thousands of minor girls, kidnapped, gang raped and sold into prostitution.

SaveWestBengalDaughters welcomes all who would like to contribute in terms of intellectual efforts, research, preparing videos, posters  on the kidnapping , rape, conversion and trafficking of thousands of daughters from West Bengal each year.  We urge you to contact SaveWestBengalDaughters@gmail.com.   For those who want to contact people on ground please contact Hindu Samhati which is helping to recover these daughters, using email  hindusamhati@gmail.com or by filling the form http://hindusamhati.net/contactus. Also please donate to Hindu Samhati from within India using the link http://hindusamhati.net/donate. Your donation and participation in the movement however small can make the difference between life and death for these daughters as the Tuktuki Mondal incident has successfully demonstrated. Please come forward to make your contribution to humanity and save these helpless daughters.

The Moslem Conquest of India- Extract from Will & Ariel Durant’s book

Those who do not learn from history are bound to repeat it.

This is the secret of the political history of modern India. Weakened by division, it succumbed to invaders; impoverished by invaders, it lost all power of resistance, and took refuge in supernatural consolations; it argued that both mastery and slavery were superficial delusions, and concluded that freedom of the body or the nation was hardly worth defending in so brief a life. The bitter lesson that may be drawn from this tragedy is that eternal vigilance is the price of civilization. A nation must love peace, but keep its powder dry.

This is an extract from: The Moslem Conquest of India, Volume 1, Chapter 16

The Story of Civilization Our oriental Heritage by Will & Ariel Durant: 

Indian Secularism is not Secular- by Maria Wirth

“It is a sad irony. Can you imagine the Jews honouring the Germans with preferential treatment instead of seeking compensation for the millions of Jews killed? Yet Islam and Christianity that have gravely harmed Indians over centuries get preferential treatment by the Indian state, and their own beneficial dharma that has no other home except the Indian subcontinent, is egged out. And to top it, this is called ‘secular’!”

Read full eye opening article by Maria Wirth at

https://mariawirthblog.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/indian-secularism-is-not-secular/

Hard copy: योगी के देशराग पर कांग्रेस का विलाप क्यों? Exposing Congress’s Hypocrisy

Some readers could not open the link that was given for this article in a previous post, hence I reproduce it here in full.

प्रवीण दुबे
स्‍वदेश के समाचार संपादक प्रवीण जी गत १८ वर्षों से समसामयिक विषयों पर लेखनरत हैं।

प्रवीण दुबे
”सूप बोले सो बोले छलनी क्या बोले जिसमें बहात्तर छेद देश की सबसे पुरानी और सर्वाधिक समय तक सत्तासीन रहने वाली कांग्रेस और उसकी कुछ पिछलग्गू पार्टियां धर्मनिरपेक्षता, सांप्रदायिकता, अल्पसंख्यक संरक्षण जैसे विषयों पर कुछ बोलती हैं तो सहसा ही ऊपर लिखी कहावत याद आ जाती है। वास्तव में कांग्रेस ने आजादी के पहले और आजादी के बाद इन विषयों को लेकर जो चरित्र प्रस्तुत किया क्या उसके चलते उसे इन विषयों पर किसी से भी कुछ भी कहने का अधिकार है?
वर्तमान की बात करें तो कांग्रेस सहित देश के कुछ तथाकथित धर्मनिरपेक्षतावादी राजनैतिक दल गोरखपुर से भाजपा के सांसद योगी आदित्यनाथ के बयानों को लेकर हायतौबा मचाए हुए हैं। आगे बढऩे से पहले इन बयानों पर नजर डालना बेहद आवश्यक है।
yaकहते हैं कि मुसलमानों की संख्या जहां भी 10 प्रतिशत से ज्यादा है, वहां दंगे होते हैं। जहां इनकी संख्या 35 फीसदी से ज्यादा है वहां गैर मुस्लिमों के लिए कोई जगह नहीं है। एक अन्य बयान में आदित्यनाथ कहते हैं कि अगर वह हममें से एक को मारेंगे तो यह उम्मीद रखना छोड़ दें कि वह सुरक्षित रहेंगे। अगर वह शांति से नहीं रहते हैं तो हम उन्हें सिखाएंगे कि शांति से कैसे रहा जाता है। हमले और धर्मान्तरण के मामले में हिन्दू समुदाय मुसलमानों को अब जैसे को तैसा के अंदाज में जवाब देगा। संन्यासी के तौर पर मैं ऐसी असुर शक्तियों को दंडित कर सकता हूं। यदि मेरे एक हाथ में माला है तो दूसरे में भाला है।
लव जिहाद पर बोलते हुए योगी आदित्यनाथ ने कहा था कि लव जिहाद के जरिए देश को मुस्लिम राष्ट्र बनाने का षड्यंत्र चल रहा है। उन्होंने कहा था कि अगर देश में आपको रहना है तो भारतीय संस्कृति और सभ्यता का सम्मान भी करना पड़ेगा। एक अन्य वीडियो में योगी आदित्यनाथ यह कहते दिखाई देते हैं अगर वो प्रेम जाल में फंसाकर एक हिन्दू लड़की का धर्म परिवर्तन कराते हैं तो हम उनकी सौ लड़कियों को हिन्दू बनाएंगे। योगी आदित्यनाथ ने जो कुछ कहा वास्तव में वह कितना सच है अथवा कितना गलत, कितना सांप्रदायिक है अथवा कितना धर्मनिरपेक्ष सवाल यह नहीं है। सवाल तो सबसे बड़ा यह है कि स्वयं को धर्मनिरपेक्ष कहने वाली कांग्रेस और समाजवादी जैसे राजनीतिक दलों के नेताओं के पेट में इससे मरोड़ क्यों उठ रही है? वे योगी के बयानों को उत्तरप्रदेश में होने वाले उपचुनावों से जोड़कर बवाल क्यों मचा रहे हैं?
जो लोग ऐसा कर रहे हैं उनसे पूछा जाना चाहिए कि क्या कांग्रेस ने कभी इस तरह के बयान नहीं दिए? क्या कांग्रेस ने मुस्लिम तुष्टीकरण के चलते देश के करोड़ों हिन्दुओं की भावनाओं को आहत नहीं किया? यहां हम कुछ ऐसे उदाहरण प्रस्तुत करेंगे जिनसे यह सिद्ध होता है कि योगी आदित्यनाथ ऐसे बयान देने को क्यों मजबूर हुए। इतना ही नहीं इससे यह भी सिद्ध होता है कि कांग्रेस को योगी के बयान पर तनिक भी बवाल मचाने का नैतिक अधिकार नहीं है।
सबसे पहला उदाहरण उस कांग्रेस नेता का है जिसने लगातार दस वर्षों तक इस देश के प्रधानमंत्री पद की कुर्सी संभाले रखी। पूर्व प्रधानमंत्री डॉ. मनमोहनसिंह ने इस पद पर काबिज रहते एक सार्वजनिक कार्यक्रम में बोलते हुए कहा था कि इस देश के सभी संसाधनों पर पहला हक इस देश के अल्पसंख्यकों अर्थात मुसलमानों का है। एक प्रधानमंत्री का यह तुष्टीकरण भरा बयान आखिर क्या इंगित करताहै?
बात यहीं समाप्त नहीं होती जरा याद करिए कांग्रेस के जयपुर अधिवेशन को यहां कांग्रेस के वरिष्ठ नेता और देश के तत्कालीन गृहमंत्री सुशील कुमार शिंदे ने हिन्दुओं पर जो निशाना साधा था वह कितना निदंनीय और घृणित था शिन्दे ने हिन्दुओं के लिए भगवा आतंकवादी शब्द का इस्तेमाल करके कांग्रेस की हिन्दू विरोधी मानसिकता को पूरी दुनिया के सामने उजागर किया था।
यहां कांग्रेस के दिग्गज नेता और पार्टी महासचिव दिग्विजय सिंह के मुस्लिम तुष्टीकरण और हिन्दू विरोधी मानसिकता का जिक्र करना भी प्रासंगिक होगा। दिग्विजय सिंह ने एक तरफ मुस्लिम तुष्टीकरण में बाटला हाउस एनकांउटर को फर्जी ठहराया था। और इसमें मारे गए आतंकवादियों के घर जाकर आंसू भी टपकाए थे। दिग्गीराजा के मुस्लिम प्रेम के  उदाहरण यहीं समाप्त नहीं होते पूरे देश ने टेलीविजन पर यह देखा है कि दिग्विजय सिंह ने ओसामा और हाफिज जैसे आतंकवादियों को किस प्रकार ‘जीÓ लगाकर आदर दिया था। कांग्रेस नेताओं के यह तो चंद किस्से ही हैं यदि पूरा इतिहास खंगाला जाए तो नेहरू से लेकर मनमोहन तक पूरी कांग्रेस अपने शासन काल में मुस्लिम वोट बैंक को अपनी तरफ करने के लिए इस देश के मूल निवासी हिन्दुओं के साथ छल-कपट की राजनीति करती रही और हिन्दू तथा हिन्दुत्व के खिलाफ जहर उगलती रही। ऐसी कांग्रेस को यदि योगी आदित्यनाथ के बयान सांप्रदायिक नजर आ रहे हैं तो यह देखकर बेहद आश्चर्य होता है।
योगी आदित्यनाथ के जिस बयान पर कांग्रेसी सहित इस देश के तथा कथित धर्मनिरपेक्षता वादी सर्वाधिक विधवा विलाप कर रहे हैं उसमें योगी ने कहा कि जहां मुस्लिम आबादी बढ़ती है दंगे वहीं होते हैं?
डॉ.पीटर हैमण्ड की पुस्तक ”स्लेवरी टेररिज्य एण्ड इस्लाम-द हिस्टोरिकल रुट्स एण्ड कण्टेम्पररी थे्रट तथा लियोन यूरिस की पुस्तक ”द हज ÓÓका अध्ययन करने पर मुस्लिम जनसंख्या को लेकर किए गए अध्ययन पर चौकानें वाले तथ्य सामने आते हैं जिनसे योगी आदित्यनाथ के बयान में कही बात को बल मिलता है। इन पुस्तकों के मुताबिक जब तक किसी देश में अथवा क्षेत्र में मुस्लिम आबादी 2 प्रतिशत के आसपास होती है, तब वे एकदम शांतिप्रिय कानून पसंद अल्पसंख्यक बनकर रहते हैं। जैसे कि अमेरिका में 0.6, आस्टे्रलिया में 1.5, कनाडा में 1.9, चीन में 1.8, इटली 1.5 तथा नार्वे में 1.8 प्रतिशत। जब मुस्लिम जनसंख्या 2 से 5 के बीच पहुंच जाती है तब वे अन्य धर्माविलंबियों में अपना धर्मप्रचार शुरू कर देते हैं, जिनमें अक्सर समाज का निचला तबका और अन्य धर्मों से असंतुष्ट हुए लोग होते हैं जैसे कि डेनमार्क में 2 प्रतिशत, जर्मनी में 3.7, ब्रिटेन में 2.1, स्पेन में 4 और थाइलैण्ड में 4.6 प्रतिशत।
मुस्लिम जनसंख्या के 5 प्रशित से ऊपर हो जाने पर वे अपने अनुपात के हिसाब से अन्य धर्माविलंबियों पर दबाव बढ़ाने लगते हैं और अपना प्रभाव जमाने की कोशिश करने लगते हैं। उदाहरण के लिए वे सरकारों व शॉपिंग माल पर हलाल का मास रखने का दबाव बनाने लगते हैं। वे कहते हैं कि हलाल का मांस न खाने से उनकी धार्मिक मान्यताएं प्रभावित होती हैं। इस कदम से कई पश्चिम देशों में खाद्य वस्तुओं के बाजार में मुस्लिमों की तगड़ी पैठ बनी उन्होंने कई देशों के सुपर-मार्केट के मालिकों को दबाव डालकर हलाल का मांस रखने को बाध्य किया। दुकानदार भी धंधे को देखते हुए उनका कहा मान लेता है अधिक जनसंख्या का फैक्टर यहां से मजबूत होना शुरू हो जाता है। ऐसा जिन देशों में हो चुका वह हैं। फ्रांस जहां मुस्लिम 8 प्रतिशत, फिलीपीन्स 6 प्रतिशत, स्वीडन 5.5, स्विटजरलैण्ड 5.3, नीदरलैंड 5.8तथा त्रिनिदाद और टौबेगो 6 प्रतिशत।
इस बिन्दु पर आकर मुस्लिम सरकारों पर यह दबाव बनाने लगते हैं कि उन्हें उनके क्षेत्रों में शरीयत कानून के मुताबिक चलनेे दिया जाए। जब मुस्लिम जनसंख्या 10 प्रतिशत से अधिक हो जाती है तो वे उस देश, प्रदेश, राज्य अथवा क्षेत्र विशेष में कानून व्यवस्था के लिए परेशानी पैदा करना शुरू कर देते हैं। शिकायतें करना शुरू कर देते हैं। छोटी -छोटी बातों पर विवाद दंगे, तोडफ़ोड़ पर उतर आते हैं। चाहे वह फ्रांस के दंगे हों, डेनमार्क का कार्टून विवाद हो या फिर एस्टर्डम में कारों का जलाना हरेक विवाद को समझबूझ बातचीत से खत्म करने के बजाए और बढ़ाया जाता है। जैसे कि गुयाना में 10 प्रतिशत मुस्लिम, इसराइल में 16 प्रतिशत, केन्या में 11 प्रतिशत और रुस मुस्लिम आबादी 15 प्रतिशत के कारण हुआ।
जब मुस्लिम जनसंख्या 20 प्रतिशत से ऊपर हो जाती है तब विभिन्न सैनिक शाखाएं जिहाद के नारे लगाने लगती हैं असष्णुता और धार्मिक हत्याओं का दौर शुरू हो जाता है। जैसे इथोपिया में 32 प्रतिशत भारत में 22 प्रतिशत।
मुस्लिम जनसंख्या के 40 प्रतिशत के ऊपर पहुंच जाने पर बड़ी संख्या में सामूहिक हत्याएं, आतंकवादी कार्रवाइयां चलने लगती हैं। जैसे बोस्निया में 40 प्रतिशत चांड में 54.2 प्रतिशत, लेबनान में 59 प्रतिशत। जब मुस्लिम जनसंख्या 60 प्रतिशत से ऊपर हो जाती है तब अन्य धर्मावलंबियों का जातीय सफाया शुरू किया जाता है उदाहरण (भारत का कश्मीर)जबरिया मुस्लिम बनाना, अन्य धर्मों के धार्मिक स्थल तोडऩा जजिया जैसा कोई अन्य कर वसूलना आदि किया जाता है जैसे अल्वानिया में 70 प्रतिशत, मलेशिया में 62 प्रतिशत कतर में 78 प्रतिशत और सूडान में 75 प्रतिशत। जनसंख्या के 80 प्रतिशत से ऊपर हो जाने के बाद सत्ता शासन प्रायोजित जातीय सफाई की जाती है। सभी प्रकार के हथकंडे अपनाकर जनसंख्या को 100 प्रतिशत तक ले जाने का लक्ष्य रखा जाता है। जैसे बांग्लादेश 83 प्रतिशत, मिस्त्र 90 प्रतिशत, गाजा पट्टी 98 प्रतिशत, ईरान, ईराक, जॉर्डन, मोरक्को, पाकिस्तान, सीरीया आदि।
मुस्लिम जनसंख्या 100 प्रतिशत यानी कि दार-ए इस्लाम होने की स्थिति में वहां सिर्फ मदरसे होते हैं और सिर्फ कुरान पढ़ाई जाती है और इसे अंतिम सत्य माना जाता है। जैसे अफगानिस्तान, सउदी अरब, सोमालिया, यमन आदि।
यदि इन आंकड़ों को तथ्थों को सही मान लिया जाए तो भारत में मुस्लिम जनसंख्या 22 प्रतिशत हो जाने की स्थिति बेहद गंभीर कही जा सकती है। ऐसे हालात में योगी आदित्यनाथ के बयान पर हाय तौबा मचाने के बजाए इस स्थिति पर गंभीरता से विचार की जरुरत है। रही बात कांग्रेस की तो उसके लिए यही कहा जा सकता है रस्सी जल गई पर बल नहीं गए।

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योगी के देशराग पर कांग्रेस का विलाप क्यों? Exposing Congress’s Hypocrisy

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Yogi Adityanath’s statements: a wonderful article exposing Congress’s hypocrisy and pointing to imminent danger to India from Islam.

The Muslim Rage and Hypocrisy- Tehelka blog

 

Though this article still paints Muslims in victimhood mode, overall, it breaks the pattern and puts blame squarely on Muslims.

Gaurang

http://blog.tehelka.com/the-muslim-rage-and-hypocrisy/

The Muslim Rage and Hypocrisy

Can you believe it? A Chinese–made shoe is holding hostage a population of over 1.4 million in Srinagar. It began in Central Kashmir’s Magam area. On 28 November, someone saw a white sports shoe with the name of the last Caliph (Hazrat Ali) printed on it. A close examination of the shoe, however, threw up a hint of mischief: on the right-side of the toe, the name ‘Ali’ was hand-written with a black marker and didn’t look like a company mark. Soon, men, children and women gathered on the streets. Protests ensued. The shoe was held high in the procession while the demonstrators called for an end to “hurting” Muslim “sensibilities.”

Even before the crowd from this protest had returned home, a new mob gathered around 30 kilometers away at Srinagar’s Zadibal-Nowhatta neighbourhood where Shia and Sunni communities live together but their union is often marred by frictions from time to time. For years, youngsters of this area have been stone-pelting the armed forces for atrocities and the clampdown on Azadi-demanding protests, but today they were stone pelting each other’s houses, breaking windowpanes and disfiguring fence walls. Some people say pro-India PDP’s Shia leader had spoken against the first three Caliphs of Islam during his Moharram speech (a few days before the shoe-incident) that angered the majority Sunni population. Others say the Shia youth wanted to enforce a strike in the Sunni area of Nowhatta which was resisted by the shopkeepers triggering stone pelting between the other communities. The result: the police and the paramilitary CRPF are enforcing a curfew for several days now; seizing some youth in nocturnal raids, and even the parents of those running away to escape the Khakis. Ghulam Qadir Sheikh, the father of a youth who was detained in one such raid, says he was dealt with like a hardcore criminal in the police station. Adding to the absurd chaos, Kashmir’s Divisional Commissioner Asghar Samoon, as quoted in the local media, explained that he had recommended in the past too that parents of minors (allegedly involved in stone pelting) must be punished. Meanwhile representatives of around 30 religious bodies (both Sunni and Shi’ites) are now trying to calm the angry communities.

A friend jokingly says if this is what a single Chinese shoe can do, imagine the magnitude of global unrest if the whole of China were unleashed on the world.

Ruptures between Shi’ites and Sunnis aren’t new. They had developed immediately after the Prophet Muhammad’s death in 632 AD. There was no agreement on his immediate successor. Sunnis recognise the first four Caliphs (Abu Bakr, Umar Farooq, Usman Ghani and lastly, Ali Murtaza) as his rightful successors; the Shi’ites believes the prophet nominated his son-in-law, Ali. Since then, sentiments over the matter continued to boil right through to the modern times, sometime pushing countries to the verge of civil war. But in the case of Kashmir, Shi’ites and Sunnis rarely have such turbulent history. There is a greater realisation among many regarding who will actually benefit from such a sectarian fight which I’ve already mentioned in my previous blog post.

Such protests, however, also throw up questions (so far avoided and unanswered too). Was this shoe-protest a justifiable rage? How will a violent protest in Srinagar force the shoe-manufacturer (in case it’s established that a mischief was played at the manufacturing level) in China to stop such production. Or how will it force some individual or a group not to play this malafide act again? They must be already giggling somewhere after having successfully triggered clashes in Srinagar over a shoe.

This incident also reminds me of the June 2010 anti-West and anti-India protest in Kashmir. Young men in hundreds in the same neighbourhood carried a blue underwear on a wooden stick, after spotting on it, a sketch of a building which looked like the Al-Aqsa Mosque of Palestine. Without any thorough examination, the underwear enraged them. Soon they blamed the West for “hurting Muslim sensibilities” and clashed with the police and the CRPF. The under wear protest soon faded after it was established that it never carried images of any Islamic worship place. The blue underwear flouted as a placard had in fact sketches of buildings that resembled London’s Big Ben and Saint Paul’s Cathedral and several other places.

This year, during the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ protests, I was in Kashmir. The entire valley was angry. I was on my way to Poonch (researching for a story about a strange disabling disease that has become a scourge in the border district) when my car was stopped by some protesting youth in Shopian district. It took me, my cameraman friend, Abhijit Dutta and the driver, Tanveer Ahmad almost half-an-hour to convince them that the media should be allowed to cover such protests and there were similar other protests in other areas too which our team was supposed to cover. Abhijit took some pictures of sloganeering youth before Tanveer accelerated the car. In such situations, lying to the police, the CRPF or protesters is often best to save one’s skin.
On the just-reopened Mughal Road, we were soon negotiating curves in the mighty Pir Panjal Mountains that separate Kashmir valley from Poonch and Rajouri districts. I asked Tanveer how one should react to the anti-Islam film, the condemnation call by pro-India mainstream parties and strike call by pro-Azadi groups.
“If I won’t earn Rs 100 or 200 today, how will it hurt the United States, the film maker or Obama. Or, how will it decrease my love towards Prophet Muhammad and Islam both,” he replied. “Not people, the response should come from the 52 Islamic states. Let the core states like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, or Turkey and others expel US’ Ambassadors as a mark of protest or let the Gulf countries stop exporting oil. The West will come down to its knees. But it needs gurda (guts) which they don’t have.”
Tanveer was right. First Muslims must abandon protesting on vague things like the shoe or underwear. On films like Nakoula Basseley’s anti-Islam film or other issues, there is a greater need to channelise this rage in a manner that registers the full magnitude of hurt felt by Muslims by such actions. Also the present forms of random, uncoordinated and thoughtless protests, like the one we saw in Kashmir, further negates the Muslim cause, divides the community and in fact weakens the merit of a genuine protest.
For some time, like diplomats, Dutta, Tanveer and I pondered in the moving car over what could be the genuine response of Islamic block if Muslim sensibilities are hurt instead of burning down public property and stone pelting moving cars. What we thought could be these:

1. Diplomatic– Expel and call back Ambassador from the country which the Islamic countries feel has hurt the sentiments of Muslims
2. Economic – Stop oil imports for a month until that country takes strong action
3. Military – Organise a military alliance like NATO and issue a joint press statement by the commander in chiefs of this alliance condemning the event
4. Criminal – Put the specific person responsible on an international Islamic watch list so that if and when he travels through or into any Islamic country he can be nabbed/deported
and finally the most important,
5. Intellectual Response – A creative, intellectual response as well that contextualises the above response in terms of a meta-narrative (without coming off as conspiracy theorists).

Tanveer, who at the end repeated his previous one-liner, however, undermined all the joint efforts. “It needs gurda (guts) which they (the Islamic nations) don’t have.”

Apart from gurda (guts), sometimes there has been an element of hypocrisy and ignorance among Muslims as well. Imagine a scenario where an American F-16 blasts a Muslim holy site in Pakistan or an Israeli bulldozer razes an age-old shrine in occupied Palestine. What would be the Muslim response? I am sure it will be similar to the previous responses. Protesters across the Muslim world will occupy streets, some will try to march towards US or Israeli embassies and police will fire at them to quell the protests. There will be killings and loss of property. Strikes and clampdowns. And that’s it. But has anyone ever thought about why Muslims are often enraged when the “West” is seen as mocking them, but equally indifferent when Muslim Countries blast shrines, raze historic sites and bring down holy places that are connected with Muslims’ identity.

By no means should this piece be seen as advocating stupid violence like the one we saw in Kashmir, but have Muslims ever launched a genuine indignation against the razing of house where prophet Muhammad was born on which a library stands now. Where was the Muslim rage when the house of Khadija (Muhammad’s first wife) where Muhammad received some of the first revelations of the Quran) was replaced with a public toilet block and Dar-al-Arqam, the first Islamic school, where Muhammad taught was levelled for construction? Did it not deserve a response when Jannat-ul-Baqi, a large cemetery where tombs of several of the prophet’s wives, daughters, sons and as many as six grandsons and Shiite saints were once located were bulldozed and levelled? In both Mecca and Medina (the birth place of Islam), Saudi Arabia has, according to many reports, already bulldozed over 90% of the Islamic monuments (during the past 20 years) dating back to around 1400 years. In their place, five star hotels, parking lots and shopping malls are coming up. Saudi authorities often use the excuse that the expansion is necessary to accommodate the increasing number of Muslim pilgrims. But why can’t the hotels and malls be constructed outside the historic interior of Mecca thus preserving both Islamic identity and the monuments? At a place where Paris Hilton can open a luxury bag shop, (in Mecca Mall) why can’t the old shrines and monuments co-exist?

Now apprehensions are also growing over the expansion of Masjid an-Nabawi that will see the demolition of three of the world’s oldest mosques that hold the tombs of Prophet Mohammad, and his closest companions, Abu Bakr and Umar. At a cost of US $6 billion, the construction will raze holy sites as old as the seventh century.

So instead of stupid protests over a vague China-made shoe or someone’s underwear, the rage should be directed at something real. Many Muslims usually label people of other faith as ‘infidel blasphemers’ when a verse of the Quran appears on a skating board or a page from the Quran is brunt, but when the sacred and holy sites are razed in the Islamic states, the word ‘blasphemy’ disappears and the silence becomes remarkable.

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Author: Mohammad Umar BabaBaba Umar’s career started with The Indian Express in Srinagar where he reported on the South Asia earthquake of 2005. In the following years, he wrote features for Kashmir’s first online news magazine Kashmir Newz and in 2008 he joined Rising Kashmir as a senior reporter where he covered 2008-09-10 civil unrest. Baba specializes in producing stories mostly on Kashmir conflict and water disputes in India. Baba joined Tehelka in 2010 and the next year saw him winning ICRC (Geneva)-Press Institute of India (PII) award for his news report on victims of armed conflict in Kashmir.

 

Muslim thinker: Government should withdraw Haj subsidy

Muslim thinker: Government should withdraw Haj subsidy

Last updated on: October 30, 2012 23:41 IST

 

‘Politicians make hundreds of promises, many of them false, to trap Muslims,’ Abusaleh Shariff, member, Rajinder Sachar Committee, tells Rediff.com‘s Faisal Kidwai.

Abusaleh Shariff

“Many Muslims are illiterate and don’t understand the political system, they get trapped,” says Abusaleh Shariff, member, Rajinder Sachar Committee.

Shariff, who is also president, Centre for Research and Debates in Development Policy, New Delhi [ Images ] and chief scholar of the US-India Policy Institute, Washington DC, tells Rediff.com‘s Faisal Kidwai why he believes Muslims are shortchanged in India [ Images ].

When it comes to social and economic development, are Muslims in India behind other communities?

The Muslims are behind almost all other communities in India. In some areas, such as education and employment, Muslims are even worse than Dalits.

What are some of the major reasons for the Muslims’ underdevelopment?

There are many reasons. First, many of them live in rural areas where services such as schools and job opportunities are not that easily accessible.

Second, even those Muslims who live in cities live in slums and in the periphery of the city. They are confined to their own neighbourhoods and areas where public services are not provided as much as required.

So, if enough public services are provided to Muslim-concentration areas, their economic situation will improve. But this does not mean that services should not be provided to areas that are non-Muslim majority areas. We need broad-based parallel policies to address this lack of services.

If there are more schools, hospitals, etc, in their areas, then they will be more involved and will be in a better position to compete.

There are three charges that are levelled against Muslims: They are pampered by politicians (b) they get a huge Haj subsidy and (c) they have more children than others. What’s your view on these accusations?

Politicians want to use Muslims as vote banks. It’s a trick they play to use them.

Politicians make hundreds of promises, many of them false, to trap the Muslims and, since many Muslims are illiterate and don’t understand the political system, they get trapped.

I am a secular person and believe that the government should not have any role in any religion.

The Haj subsidy is a trap used by politicians to curry Muslim votes. As per Islam, only those people who can afford it should perform Haj.

The Haj subsidy is a form of interference by the government in religion; it should withdraw the subsidy.

The issue of population growth is as old as Independence. At the time of Independence, the fertility rate was high among all communities, including Muslims, Hindus and even Christians; the rate among Muslims was only marginally higher.

During the past 60 years, the fertility rate has dropped across all communities; it has also fallen for Muslims.

In fact, recent data shows that the drop in rate has been higher among Muslims than in any other community.

The birth rate has nothing to do with religion; it has to do with culture. Muslims are also part of the grand Indian culture and they are also changing with the culture.

Are you seeing more Muslims getting educated and coming into the mainstream?

Muslims have similar aspirations as any other community. They want their children to get educated, to move up in the economic chain and become part of the political system. They have same ambitions and aspirations as anybody in India.

It’s wrong to say that they are not interested in development. I have no reason to believe that Muslims are less patriotic than any other community.

Go to the rural areas in Uttar Pradesh [ Images ]. You will see that the Muslims there want education for their children, but the government has failed to construct schools and colleges.

Instead of constructing schools and colleges, the government is providing for madrassas and modernisation of madrassas. This is wrong because madrassas are religious institutions and the government should not play any role in them.

Religious schools like madrassas create segregation and that is bad for Muslims and the country.

The Web site of the ministry of human resources talks only about madrassa modernisation in the name of Muslims; the government should do better than that.

Don’t you think the Muslims too are to be blamed for their present situation?

The Constitution has provided certain guarantees. It’s the government’s job to provide primary education and healthcare.

Take immunisation, for instance. The government has to provide immunisation not only to Muslims, but to all people. It has to bring the immunisation programme to everybody.

The government has to create awareness and sensitise and inform people instead of blaming Muslims or saying that Muslims are not interested. It has to make them participatory, a stakeholder in the programme. This is true for every community.

The Dalits were backward, but the government created educational and employment programmes for them. Now, the Dalits are in a much better socio-economic position than they were a couple of decades ago.

Providing basic services is the duty of the government. If the government is discharging its duties properly, then we do not need special programmes or reservations for Dalits or anybody.

The failure to provide services shows that the government is discriminatory against Muslims and, by government, I mean the system.

Photograph courtesy: Abusaleh Shariff

Faisal Kidwai

 

 

NRI Hindus rally against Jihad in India at Indian Consulate in New York. “SAVE INDIA FROM ISLAM”

SEP 3,  2012
This report is courtesy of The blog site, Vivek Jyoti.  I was at the demonstration along with my colleagues representing Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America. I will write about it later.
Gaurang Vaishnav

(VIDEO) “Save Assam – Save India; Say No – Sharia Law.”

  • NRI Hindus rally against Jihad in India at Indian Consulate in New York. “SAVE INDIA FROM ISLAM”.

(VIDEO) HINDUS PROTEST INDIAN CONGRESS & SHARIA LAW NYC- 5TH AVE & 64TH ST

Sept. 2, 2012. From their flyer, the reason for this rally is to protest the Indian Congress that is Anti-Hindu and Pro- Islam. “Save the Tribal Indians. Save the Hindus. Kick out Congress.” Not all of the chants were in English, but did manage to catch “Say NO to Sharia Law” There was also a “Charge Sheet against the Congress Govt. of India” that was handed out to the passersby. The organizers were The Indian American Intellectuals Forum; Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America; Hindu Human Rights Watch and Indian Heritage Foundation of Lansing, Michigan. There was very small rally in opposition to this rally that was supporting the Indian Congress.

Pictures and flyers posted here:vigilantsquirrelbrigade

HINDUS PROTEST INDIAN CONGRESS & SHARIA LAW NYC 5 AVE & 64TH ST

  • Sept. 2, 2012. A protest against the Indian Congress that is Anti-Hindu and Pro-Islam.

A  “Charge Sheet against the Congress Govt. of India”

“Save the Tribal Indians. Save the Hindus”. Kick out Congress.”

Short video of the chants (not all were in English,) but did manage to catch “Say NO to Sharia Law”

The organizers were The Indian American Intellectuals Forum; Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America; Hindu Human Rights Watch and Indian Heritage Foundation of Lansing, Michigan.

A very small rally in opposition was supporting the Indian Congress. An anti-Hindu counter-protest preaching ‘peace’ by forming an alliance with the “Religion of Peace”… aka Islam… and ignoring the victims cries for help.

But, the Hindu victims are NOT being ignored as these signs made very  clear.

Valiant protestors demand that ” Islam stop persecuting and mass murdering non-Muslims”

“HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ALL! NO TO SHARIA LAW in US OR INDIA!”

Link to slideshow HERE

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“Congress Hatao, India Bachao…” — INDIAN AMERICAN HINDUS PROTEST IN NEW YORK
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from: Upananda Brahmachari
date:Mon, Sep 3, 2012 at 5:11 PM
subject:Three important Hindu News. Must see.

Always check inhttp://hindunews4all.blogspot.in for various “HINDU NEWS FOR ALL”.
 
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date: Mon, Sep 3, 2012 at 5:46 PM
subject: REPORT ON PROTEST IN NEW YORK ON SEPTEMBER 2ND NEAR INDIAN CONSULATE AGAINST ISL

REPORT ON PROTEST IN NEW YORK ON SEPTEMBER  2ND  NEAR INDIAN CONSULATE AGAINST ISLAMIZATION OF INDIA (ASSAM)
Radical Islam is the greatest threat not only to Hindus but also to the entire humanity – Dr. Marvin Belsky of Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam
We support our Hindu brothers in their struggle against Radical Islam – Mr. Stuart Kaufman of The United West.
Congress Government in India is determined to destroy Hinduism.  In the next election, Hindus should vote strategically and unitedly to get rid of Sonia Gandhi – Narain Kataria
Narain Kataria from New York

A boisterous Protest by 100 strong Indian American Hindus was organized by Indian American Intellectuals Forum in New York September 2nd near Indian Consulate to express their repugnance and  revulsion against  burning of Hindu villages by Bangladeshi Muslims in collusion with Muslims from Assam and West Bengal and making thousands of  Hindus (Bodos) refugees in their own country.

The Protesters said that India is in danger.  After Kashmir Radical Islam is taking over Assam in the North East.  Jihad is spreading far and wide. 

The Protesters also expressed their abhorrence at the inaction and apathy on the part of Government of India in handling the riots in Mumbai by 50,000 Muslims, who, armed with petrol cans and plastic bottles, hockey sticks, iron rods, damaged the police vans,  stole their guns and ammunition, injured more than 50  policemen, molested the policewomen, burnt the City’s transport system, smashed journalists’ TV cameras, vandalized War Memorial and held the entire Mumbai City to ransom, in the broad day light. 

The Protesters held responsible the ruling Congress Government of India for  not taking stern action against Kashmiri Muslim militants who fought pitched battles with India’s security forces in the month of Ramadan, chopped of one Hindu teacher’s hand in Rajasthan, killed one Hindu boy in Kerala, attacked TV journalists in Lucknow,  did not allow Hindus to celebrate the Birth Day of Lord Krishana (Janamashthami) in Ranchi, and in cooperation with Pakistani Muslims sent thousands of SMS messages to North East residents in Bengaluru,  Pune, and Hyderabad and threatened them to leave these cities otherwise they would be killed.

Instead of punishing the perpetrators of the above mentioned crimes, Congress Government banned Hindu websites, facebook and twitter.

The Protesters also blamed the Congress Party of Sonia Gandhi for taking income from Hindu temples and giving it to Muslims to build mosques, run Madrassas and go to Mecca for Haj.

Every month 20-25 Hindu girls are abducted by Muslims, forcibly converted to Islam and married to Muslim men.  The Congress  Government is doing nothing to ameliorate the miserable plight of these unfortunate girls.

Half a million Kashmiri Hindus have been ethnically cleansed from the  Kashmir Valley, but the Government of India is taking no action to resettle them back in the Valley.

Infiltration by Bangladeshi Muslims tantamount to an invasion of India by foreigners sponsored by Congress Party, Communist Party and supported by Jihadists in Assam and West Bengal.  The aim of this  insidious  design is to keep Congress in power and help Muslims to Islamize India.

Mr. Tathagata Roy, an erudite scholar and  former Prof. of Engineering and former President of BJP, West Bengal who was on a visit to New York was surprised to see so many Hindus protesting against Islamization of Assam and appreciated their vigor  and vitality.

The Protest was supported by Mr. Gaurang Vaishanav of  Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America,  Mr. Satya Dosapati of Hindu Human Rights Watch, Dr. Kumar Arun of India Heritage Foundation, Lansing, Michigan and Panun Kashmir International.   The unique feature of this Protest was that it was supported by non-Hindu American groups such as “Stop Islamization of America” of Pamela Geller, “Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam” of Dr. Marvin Belsky, “The United West”  of Mr. Stuard Kaufman,LogansWarning@hotmail.com and several other groups.

A copy of the Memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister of India, Shri Manmohan Singh was sent by email to the Consul General of India.  It will be formally sent to him by Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested today.

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India’s dubious Secularists- S. Gurumurthy

India’s dubious Secularists 

S. Gurumurthy

30 Jan 2012

www.gurumurthy.net


Maqbool Fida Husain and Salman Rushdie are a telling comparison and contrast to capture the true character of secular India. Both are Muslims by birth. Both were born in colonial India’s Bombay Presidency. Husain, some 32 years when Rushdie was a child, died last year. Husain was an artist. Rushdie is a writer. Both had become famous, globally — Husain through his paintings and Rushdie through his writings. Husain lived all his life in India before he exiled and became a Qatari in 2006. But Rushdie lives in the UK as a British citizen. While Rushdie excited the highly sensitive Muslims to turn against him, Husain managed to irritate the not-so-sensitive Hindus. Take Husain first.
This is how Husain annoyed the soft Hindus. He used his fertile imagination and painting skills to undress all well-dressed Hindu gods, goddesses, depict them naked and used his popularity to market them. He drew a naked Goddess Lakshmi sitting on Lord Ganesha’s head. He painted Durga in sexual union with a tiger. He portrayed a naked Goddess Saraswati holding a veena. He painted a naked Parvati with her son Ganesha. He depicted a naked Hanuman, seeing a naked Sita sitting on the thigh of naked Ravana. He painted a naked Bharatmata twice — once in the shape of India with names of the states of India on her naked body, alongside a naked sadhu in the Bay of Bengal. But his art on Muslims was a telling contrast. He drew a fully clad Muslim king alongside a naked Brahmin. He completely covered, even with purdah, the Muslim women he drew, which of course included his mother and daughter. He fully attired the Muslim poets he painted.
Some Hindus, who saw his perverted art demeaning the Hindu divinities, began protesting at his exhibitions and filing criminal cases. Seeing mounting protests and cases, Husain moved out of India. The government of India, judiciary, political parties and, of course, the media, all rushed to defend Husain’s right to freedom — his right to offend Hindus and demean their gods. There were protests against Husain. But no one issued an order to kill him. No one was injured, no one was hurt and none was killed. Yet, the protests were labelled by ‘seculars’ as ‘saffron terror’.
Now come to Rushdie, a contrast. His life is living hell since he wrote his controversial book The Satanic Verses. Though living, he has, by now, died a million times since February 4, 1989 when Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fiat (fatwa) to Muslims to kill him. But, why should Khomeini order the killing of a fellow Muslim? With almost a generation gone since 1988 when Rushdie wrote the infamous book, it is time to recall some history. Rushdie’s book was about a disputed tradition in Islam. According to it, Mohammed (depicted in Rushdie’s book as Mahound) had first added three verses (Sura) in the Quran, accepting three goddesses that used to be worshipped in Mecca as divine beings, but later revoked the verses saying that Devil (Satan) had tempted him to utter the verses to appease the Meccans — so the title ‘Satanic Verses’ for the disputed verses. The Rushdie book set off violent reaction from Muslims.
Mustafa Mahmoud Mazeh blew himself up in a central London hotel while making a bomb intended to kill Rushdie in 1989. Hitoshi Igarashi, the Japanese translator of Rushdie’s book was stabbed to death in July 1991. Ettore Capriolo, the Italian translator, was stabbed and seriously injured in the same month. And Aziz Nesin, the Turkish language translator, was the target in the events that led to massacre of 37 people in July 1993. William Nygaard, a Norway publisher, was almost killed in Oslo in October 1993. In Belgium, two Muslim leaders who had opposed Khomeini’s ‘Kill Rushdie’ fiat, were killed. Two bookstores in California, and five in England, were fire-bombed. Twelve people died during rioting in Mumbai. This list does not exhaust the violence.
Starting from then and till now, Rushdie has been hitting headlines for the wrong reasons. Now again Rushdie is in the news. Rushdie had been invited to the Jaipur Literature Festival 2012, Asia’s largest, a week back. Muslims threatened agitations and Rushdie’s presence would have meant violence. So the Indian Intelligence Bureau invented an input saying that four hired assassins were roaming around to kill Rushdie. This was proved fake, calculated to prevent Rushdie from coming to India. The four participants who had read out from The Satanic Verses at the meet ran away from India to escape arrest. William Dalrymple, the festival director, got death threats. Finally, Rushdie’s video address to the Jaipur festival was dropped as, according to organisers, it risked the lives of the participants from the Muslim protesters outside.
The contrast is self-evident. Rushdie, who just wrote about a disputed tradition in Islam, was hounded for decades and is on a death threat even now, and people who had nothing to do with either the book or Rushdie have been butchered. Even today the fear of slaughter in his name haunts the world, as the Jaipur meet shows. But, all that Husain, who, in the name of freedom hurt the Hindus — “considered as the gentlest and most civilised on the earth” according to Mahatma Gandhi — faced were normal protests. The protests by Hindus against Husain were ant-bite compared to the scale of violence against Rushdie’s book, even though the hurt to the Hindu sentiments by the perverted paintings of Husain were explicit and undeniably monumental.

But what is distressingly shameful is the politics of contrast. See how the secular media, parties, leaders and state glorified Husain’s right to abuse Hindu gods and goddesses to wound Hindus and how the same secular actors repeatedly decried Rushdie’s similar right to hurt Muslims. Now something even more shameful. The ‘seculars’, including the media, had ceaselessly condemned the normal protests against shows displaying Husain’s painting and pontificated to Hindus about the need for tolerance. But they wouldn’t utter a word against the violence by Muslims nor ask them to be tolerant. The reason is obvious. They are dishonest.

Muslims rightly felt offended by Rushdie’s reckless literary work. And Hindus were justly hurt by Husain’s perverted art. Muslims, highly excitable, however reacted violently. Instead of holding both Rushdie and Husain wrong, the seculars faulted Rushdie and praised Husain. Why? Because, being insensitive to Hindus and pretending to be sensitive to Muslims is enough to make one secular. QED: Such secularism is perversion — and a dangerous one.

(Views expressed in the column are the author’s own)
S Gurumurthy is a well-known commentator on political and economic issues.
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