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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

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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.

 

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A pilgrim spends Rs 16,000 while govt spends Rs 73,000 for his Haj

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Haj pilgrims at Ahmedabad airport

By Japan K Pathak, 24 October, 2011

While Haj yatra is on and 6,000 Haj yatris are in process to leave for Haj from Ahmedabad airport, following details about Haj yatra and central government’s spending on Haj yatra are interesting. In this article, there’s also a comparison between the figures of central government’s spending for Haj yatra and for Kailash Mansarovar yatra.

In March 2011, in reply to a question asked by Lok Sabha member Shri Setti Raju alias Devappa Anna about budgetary provisions made and utilized by the Government on pilgrimage to Haj, Kailash Mansarovar and other religious places during the last three years and the current year, central External affairs minister Paramjit Kaur Gulshan replied: “The Government of India makes exhaustive arrangements to facilitate the pilgrims going to Saudi Arabia through the Haj Committee of India and facilitates provision of accommodation and other logistical support for them.”

She further said, “Doctors, Nurses and other paramedical staff, Coordinators, Assistant Haj Officers, Haj Assistants and Khadim-ul-Hujjaj are sent from India on short-term deputation to Saudi Arabia. A hospital in Makkah and branch offices – cum – dispensaries in Makkah and Madina are set up for Haj pilgrims.”

She added, “the Haj Committee of India is providing to the pilgrims information regarding confirmation of their seats, travel documents, transportation, etc. For Haj-2010, two more embarkation points viz Bhopal and Goa were added to the already existing 19 embarkation points spread across the country. With effect from Haj – 2010, seats are being allotted on confirmed basis to those applicants who have been rejected continuously for last three years in Qurrah.It is the constant endeavor of the Government to keep making improvements in the arrangements made for the Haj pilgrims and provide them with better facilities after taking into account the feedback received from all concerned.”

The minister gave following detail about central government’s expenses for Haj.

Financial Year

Budgetary Provision

Expenditure on Haj

(excluding subsidy)

2007-08 Rs. 27 .01 crores Rs. 32.30 crore
2008-09 Rs. 34. 56 crores Rs. 32.82 crore
2009-10 Rs. 37.82 crores Rs. 30.49 crore
2010-11 (till February 2011) Rs. 41.89 crores Rs. 28.86 crore

However the figures presented above do not cover the subsidy expenses.

The detail of subsidy figures is actually available from another answer given to Lok Sabha MP Radhey Mohan Singh, by minister of overseas Indian affairs and civil aviation Shri Vayalar Ravi on 9 March, 2011.

The minister stated: “Ministry of Civil Aviation makes arrangements for air travel of pilgrims proceeding for Haj through Haj Committee of India. For Haj 2008 and 2009, each adult pilgrim paid Rs.12000/- as fare and Rs.16000/- for Haj 2010 for Haj Charter Flight. The balance cost of operating Haj Charter Flights was borne by the Government. State-wise figures of cost are not maintained. The provisional total cost (including Service Tax) and per pilgrim cost borne by the Government for last three years is as under”

Year – 2007 – Total Cost borne by Government Rs. 476.74 crore. Per pilgrim cost Rs. 43,340
Year – 2008 – Total Cost borne by Government Rs. 894.77 crore. Per pilgrim cost Rs. 73,526
Year – 2009 – Total Cost borne by Government Rs. 689.91 crore. Per pilgrim cost Rs. 57,430

The minister added that for Haj 2010, the Government has so far(means till March 2011) released an amount of Rs.580/- crores towards cost of travel of 1,26,191 pilgrims.

The minister also added: “out of the total airfare, a nominal amount of fare is collected from the Haj pilgrims to make Haj Yatra more affordable. The pilgrims are carried from/to 21 embarkation points in India. This year, except from Srinagar and Patna which had technical constraints, the pilgrims were carried by direct flights. Specific provisions like facilities to be provided to pilgrims before and after boarding of flights, on cancellation/delay of flights, baggage etc. are provided in the MOU signed with the airlines. Assistance of various kinds are also made available during their stay in Saudi Arabia.”

This clearly means that while government spent Rs 73,526 for Haj yatra of each Indian Muslim(in 2008) selected by Haj committee, that Muslim individual on Haj on his own had to spend only Rs 16,000!!

In October 7 this year the Union cabinet approved the following for the Haj 2011 operations:

i) Number of Haj Pilgrims to be covered under the Government subsidy scheme for Haj 2011 to be facilited by the Haj Committee of India is 1,25,000.

ii) Fare to be charged from each of the pilgrims for Haj 2011 is Rs.16,000.

iii) Haj flights would be operated from 21 embarkation points during Haj 2011.

iv) Ex-post facto approval has been given for increasing the number of pilgrims to 1,26,191 for Haj 2010.

A related press release said: “Ministry of Civil Aviation is entrusted with the responsibility of making air travel arrangements for Haj pilgrims proceeding for Haj through the Haj Committee of India. For Haj 2011, Ministry of Civil Aviation has selected the airlines for undertaking Haj Charter flights through sealed tender process. Since only designated airlines of India and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) are permitted to carry Haj pilgrims from India to Saudi Arabia, the designated airlines of both the countries were issued the tender notice, Saudi Arabian Airlines and National Air Services (NAS), the two designated airlines of Saudi Arabia emerged L1 for 13 and 8 embarkation points respectively. MoUs have been signed with these airlines for carrying the Haj Pilgrims. The pilgrims would be carried from India to Jeddah/Madina during 29.9.2011 and 31.10.2011 and from Jeddah/Madina to India during 10.11.2011 and 10.12.2011.”

The release further stated: “the number of Haj pilgrims going through the Haj Committee of India is decided by the Ministry of External Affairs which is the nodal Ministry for Haj matters. The cost of air travel of pilgrims undertaking Haj through Haj Committee of India is borne partly by the pilgrims and partly subsidized by the Government of India. The cost/fare to be charged from pilgrims is decided by the Cabinet and collected by the Haj Committee of India and paid to the Government/airlines and the balance cost is borne by the Government, for which a budgetary provision is made in the annual budget of Ministry of Civil Aviation. The number of pilgrims to be covered under this scheme and the number of embarkation points in India from which these pilgrims would board the flights is also decided by the Cabinet every year.”

And spending for Kailash Mansarovar yatra

Now coming back to Lok Sabha MP Shri Setti Raju alias Devappa Anna’s question about Kailash Mansarovar yatra. Following is the table of central government’s expenses for Kailash Mansarovar yatra.

Year Budgetary Allocation Utilization
2007-08 Rs. 97 lakhs Rs. 97 lakhs
2008-09 Rs. 46 lakhs Rs. 43 lakhs
2009-10 Rs. 71 lakhs Rs. 69 lakhs
2010-11 Rs. 95 lakhs Rs. 93.50 lakhs

The minister while giving reply about Kailash Mansarovar yatra and central government’s spending for it stated: Government of India has constantly been improving the facilities in India for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra. Government of India has also been regularly interacting with the Government of China for improvement of facilities in China at the holy sites of Mount Kailash and Manasarovar Lake.

Conclusion

This entire piece of article shows that while for Kailash Mansarovar yatra, the government of India spends less than one crore per year, the same government spends 28-30 crore for Haj yatris as other than subsidy expenses and 476-690 crore as subsidy every year! What a person on ground gets from this has to be checked. If Rs 16,000 is just one-way, then Haji pays Rs 32,000 for air fare, but even then the govt spends upto Rs 73,000 for that pilgrim on air fare. Another thing is that govt should have spine to stop funding yatras whether it is Kailash Mansarovar or Haj. Question has already been raised in parliament time and again that why Sikhs are not funded for their Pakistan yatra and Christians for their middle east pilgrim tour!

Who owns the media in India ? Muslims, Christians Or Hindus?

Need I say anything more?

Posted on August 17, 2010 by Sam Hindu’s Blog.
SOME TIMES BY ; SANTOSH BHATT 

Who owns the media in India ?                                         

  • Let us see the ownership of different media agencies.
  • when i was in india and young journalist working for Goenka group and first time when people started talking about foreign investment i opposed it.
  •  I was against of any foreign investment due to this kind of long-term effects it will have on …country and mass..and Culture and Rape to the country by thoughts of bigots,.
  • NDTV: A very popular TV news media is funded by Gospels of Charity in Spain Supports Communism. Recently it has developed a soft corner towards Pakistanbecause Pakistan President has allowed only this channel to be aired in Pakistan .
  •  Indian CEO Prannoy Roy is co-brother of Prakash Karat, General Secretary of the Communist party of India . His wife and Brinda Karat are sisters.
  •  India Today which used to be the only national weekly which supported BJP is now bought by NDTV!! Since then the tone has changed drastically and turned into Hindu bashing.
  • CNN-IBN:This is 100 percent funded by Southern Baptist Church with its branches in all over the world with HQ in US. The Church annually allocates $800 million for promotion of its channel. 
  • Its Indian head is Rajdeep Sardesai and his wife Sagarika Ghosh.
  • Times group list : Times Of India,  Mid-Day,  Nav-Bharth Times, Stardust, Femina, Vijay Times, Vijaya Karnataka, Times Now (24- hour news channel) and many more… Times Group is owned by Bennet & Coleman.   World Christian Council does 80 percent of the Funding, and an Englishman and an Italian equally share balance 20 percent.              
  • The Italian Robertio Mindo is a close relative of Sonia Gandhi.
  •  Star TV:It is run by an Australian, who is supported by St. Peters Pontifical Church, Melbourne.
  • Hindustan Times: Owned by Birla Group, but hands have changed since Shobana Bhartiya took over. Presently it is working in Collaboration with Times Group.
  •  The Hindu: English daily, started over 125 years has been recently taken over by Joshua Society, Berne , Switzerland .. N. Ram’s wife is a Swiss national.
  • Indian Express: Divided into two groups. The Indian Express and new Indian Express (southern edition) ACTS Christian Ministries have a major stake in the Indian Express and latter is still with the Indian counterpart.
  •  Eeenadu: Still to date controlled by an Indian named Ramoji Rao. Ramoji Rao is connected with film industry and owns a huge studio in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Andhra Jyothi:The Muslim party of Hyderabad known as MIM along with a Congress Minister has purchased this Telugu daily very recently.
  •  The Statesman:It is controlled by Communist Party of India.
  •  Kairali TV: It is controlled by Communist party of India (Marxist)
  • Mathrubhoomi: Leaders of Muslim League and Communist leaders have major investment.
  •  Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle: are owned by a Saudi Arabian Company with its chief Editor M.J. Akbar. Gujarat riots which took place in 2002 where Hindus were burnt alive, Rajdeep Sirdesai and   Burkha Dutt working for NDTV at that time got around 5 Million Dollars from Saudi Arabia to cover only Muslim victims, which they did very faithfully…Not a single Hindu family was interviewed or shown on TV whose near and dear ones had been burnt alive, it is reported.
  •   Tehelka.com’s Tarun Tejpal  regularly gets blank cheques from Arab countries to target BJP and Hindus only, it is said.

 The ownership explains the control of media in India by foreigners. The result is obvious.

When print media and TV continuously air systematic venom towards the same culture and country and dumb politicians and common man  are  blind to see the long-term effects of their actions, Hindus are bound to get demoralized and their young generation will grow up hating its own heritage and culture.   

WHO OWNS INDIAN MEDIA? COMMUNISTS, CHRISTIANS or MUSLIMS?

Here is an eye-opening list of linkages of media people in India. As can be seen, it is an incestuous cabal of Communists, Christians and Muslims that is dominating Indian English Media. It is a closed group and Hindus are simply not welcome. Only in India with an 80 percent Hindu majority can this kind of nonsense be accepted by the majority.

  1. Suzanna Arundhati Roy is niece of Prannoy Roy (CEO of NDTV)
  2. Prannoy Roy married to Radhika Roy
  3. Radhika Roy is sister of Brinda Karat (CPI(M))
  4. Brinda Karat married to Prakash Karat (CPI(M) – General Secretary)
  5. CPI(M)’s senior member of Politburo and Parliamentary Group Leader is Sitaram Yechury.
  6. Sitaram Yechury is married to Seema Chisthi.
  7. Seema Chisthi is the Resident Editor of Indian Express
  8. Burkha Dutt works at NDTV
  9. Rajdeep Sardesai was Managing Editor at NDTV
  10. Rajdeep Sardesai is married to Sagrika Ghose
  11. Sagarika Ghose is daughter of Bhaskar Ghose.
  12. Bhaskar Ghose was Director General of Doordarshan.
  13. Sagarika Ghose’s aunt is Ruma Pal
  14. Ruma Pal is former justice of Supreme Court
  15. Sagarika Ghose’s another aunt is Arundhati Ghose.
  16. Arundhati Ghose was India’s permanent representative/ambassador to United Nations.
  17. Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy was the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
  18. YSR Reddy was from the Congress party (INC).
  19. YSR Reddy’s father, Raja Reddy, setup a degree college and a Polytechnic in Pulivendula.
  20. YSR Reddy had said that his one year study at Andhra Loyola College (ALC), a Jesuit institution, influenced him so much that he handed over the Pulivendula colleges to the Loyola Group.
  21. The YS family has established several educational institutions in Andhra Pradesh.
  22. YSR Reddy’s daughter is Sharmila.
  23. Sharmila married Anil Kumar, Anil Kumar converted to Christianity after the marriage.
  24. Anil Kumar set up “Anil World Evangelism” and is an active Evangelist.
  25. YSR Reddy’s son is YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
  26. YS Jagan is Chairman of Jagati Publications Pvt. Ltd.
  27. Bhumna Karunakara Reddy is close to YSR Reddy.
  28. Karunakara Reddy is the Chairman of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam.
  29. JPPL publishes the newspaper Sakshi.
  30. Chandra Babu Naidu has claimed that Lanco group was forced to invest in JPPL.
  31. L. Sridhar is alleged to have made the investment from Lanco Group.
  32. L Sridhar is Lanco Infratech’s Vice Chairman
  33. L Sridhar’s brother is L.Rajagopal.
  34. L.Rajagopal joined Congress in 2003.
  35. L Rajagopal is the son-in-law of P.Upendra.
  36. P.Upendra is a former Minister from Congress.
  37. Lanco Group’s Chairman is L. Rajagopal
  38. Andhra Prabha is a telugu newspaper started in 1938.
  39. Andhra Prabha is owned by The New Indian Express Group.
  40. Andhra Jyothi is a telugu newspaper.
  41. Andhra Jyothi’s Managing Director is Vemuri Radhakrishna.
  42. SUN TV Network is owned by Kalanidhi Maran.
  43. Kalanidhi Maran is the Chairman & Managing Director of SUN TV Network.
  44. SUN TV network owns: Sun TV, Gemini TV, Teja TV, Surya TV, Kiran TV, Udaya TV, Surjo TV among other channels.
  45. Kalanidhi Maran owns the tamil daily `Dinakaran’.
  46. Dinakaran was started by a former DMK Minister K.P.Kandasamy.
  47. Kalanidhi Maran’s brother is Dayanidhi Maran.
  48. Dayanidhi Maran was Minister of Communications and IT in the UPA government.
  49. Kalanidhi Maran’s father was Murasoli Maran.
  50. Murasoli Maran was a Union Minister from the DMK party.
  51. Murasoli Maran edited a tamil daily `Murasoli’.
  52. Murasoli Maran was an editor to `The Rising Sun’ a English weekly.
  53. Murasoli Maran as a publisher published the following tamil magazines: Kungumam, Muththaram, Vannathirai & Sumangali.
  54. Murasoli Maran’s uncle is M.Karunanidhi.
  55. M. Karunanidhi was Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, from the DMK party.
  56. M. Karunanidhi launched Kalaignar TV in 2007.
  57. M.K. Azhagiri owns Kalaignar TV.
  58. M.K. Azhagiri is M.Karunanidhi’s son.
  59. M.K. Stalin is another son of the M. Karunanidhi.
  60. M.K. Stalin was named after Joseph Stalin.
  61. Joseph Stalin was the authoritarian leader of the Soviet Union.
  62. M.K.Stalin is the Minister for Rural Development and Local Administration in Tamil Nadu.
  63. Kanimozhi is one of the daughters of M. Karunanidhi.
  64. Kanimozhi was a sub-editor for the `The Hindu’.
  65. Kanimohi was Editor in Charge of `Kungumam’ a tamil weekly.
  66. Kanimozhi became a Rajya Sabha member in 2007.
  67. Kanimozhi conducted programs in SUN TV and Vijay TV.
  68. Kanimozhi’s second husband G.Aravindan is Singapore based Tamil literary figure.
  69. Dilip D’Souza was member of PIPFD
  70. Dilip D’Souza’s father was Joseph Bain D’Souza.
  71. J.B.D’Souza was former Maharastra Chief Seccretary and activist.
  72. Teesta Setalva member of PIPFD
  73. Teesta Setalvad married to Javed Anand
  74. Teesta and Javed run Sabrang Communications.
  75. Javed Anand is General Secretary of Muslims for Secular Democracy { ?? }
  76. Javed Akhtar is spokesperson for Muslims for Secular Democracy
  77. Javed Akhtar married to Shabana Azmi
  78. Karan Thapar owns ITV
  79. ITV produces shows for BBC
  80. Karan Thapar’s father was General Pran Nath Thapar COAS during 1962 war, when India lost under his watch.
  81. Karan Thapar was very good friend of Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari.
  82. Benazir Bhutto was Pakistan’s Prime Minister.
  83. Benazir Bhutto’s father was Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
  84. Z.A. Bhutto served as Pakistan’s President.
  85. A.A. Zardari is the current Pakistani’s President.
  86. Karan Thapar’s Mama was married to Nayantara Sahgal.
  87. Nayantara Sahgal is daughter of Vijayalakshmi Pandit.
  88. Vijayalakshmi Pandit was sister of Jawharlal Nehru.
  89. Medha Patkar is a leading spokesperson for Narmada Bacho Andolan.
  90. NBA was helped by Patrick McCully of International Rivers (formerly Internal Rivers Network.)
  91. Angana Chatterjee was on the board of IRN
  92. Dipti Bhatnagar was an Intern/Volunteer at IRN.
  93. Dipti Bhatnagar is an activist at NBA.
  94. Dr. Angana Chatterjee is part of PROXSA 9Progressive South Asians)
  95. PROXSA is mother-ship of FOIL
  96. ASHA endorsed by FOIL
  97. Sandeep Pandey co-founder of Asha for education (ASHA)
  98. Dr. Angana Chatterjee is married to Richard Shapiro
  99. Richard Shapiro is Director and Associate Professor of the Graduate Anthropology Program at CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies)
  100. Shubh Mathur co-wrote a letter with Angana on ‘Humanitarian Crisis in J&K’
  101. Biju Matthew is co-founder of FOIL (Forum of Indian Leftists)
  102. Vijay Perasaud is co-founder of FOIL.
  103. Vijay Prasa co-authored with Angana Chatterjee and wrote against IDRF 9India Development ad Relief Fund).
  104. ASHA has association with AID (Association for India’s Development)
  105. AID works with FOSA (Friends of South Asia)
  106. FOSA started by a Pakistani – Ali Hasan Cemendtaur.
  107. Amitava Kumar associated with FOIL
  108. FOIL & FOSA opposed California Text Book Edits.
  109. California Text Book Edits was opposed by Michael Witzel.
  110. M.Witzel is Wales Professor of Sanskrit at Harvard University.
  111. Rahul Bose is brother-in-law of Khalid Ansari.
  112. Khalid Ansari is the Chairman of Mid-Day Group of Publication based in Mumbai.
  113. Khalid Ansari is Chairman of M.C. Media Ltd.
  114. M.C. Media Ltd. has a join-venture with BBC for FM radio brodcasting.
  115. Khalid Ansari’s father was Abdul Hameed Ansari.
  116. A.H. Ansari was a freedom fighter and active Congressman.
  117. Dr.John Dayal worked as a journalist with the N.Delhi edition of Mid-Day.
  118. Narasimhan Ram is the Editor-in-Chief of ‘The Hindu’.
  119. N.Ram’s first wife was Susan.
  120. Susan, an Irish, was in charge of Oxford University Press publications in India.
  121. N.Ram and Susan’s daughter is Vidya Ram.
  122. Vidya Ram is a journalist.
  123. N.Ram is now married to Mariam.
  124. N.Ram, Jennifer Arul and K.M.Roy participated in closed door Catholic Bishops Conference of India in Thrissur, Kerala.
  125. Jennifer Arul is the Resident Editor and Bureau Chief in South India for NDTV.
  126. Jennifer Arul is Chief Operating Office for Astro Awani – Indonesian news and information channel.
  127. K.M. Roy was a reporter in `The Hindu’
  128. K.M. Roy is the General Editor of the group of the `Mangalam’ Publications.
  129. Mangalam Group of Publications was started by M.C. Varghese
  130. K.M. Roy received the `All India Catholic Union Lifetime Award’
  131. All India Catholic Union’s National Vice President is Dr.John Dayal.
  132. Dr.John Dayal is also Secretary General of All India Christian Council (AICC)
  133. AICC’s President is Dr. Joseph D’souza
  134. Dr. Joseph D’souza founded Dalit Freedom Network (USA)
  135. Dr.Joseph D’Souza participated in the inaugural Religious Freedom Day
  136. The Religious Freedom Day was attended by former Republican Sentor Rick Santorum
  137. AICC claims Confederation of SC/ST Organizations (India) as a sister organization.
  138. AICC claims Christian Solidarity Worldwide (UK) as a sister organization.
  139. AICC claims Release International (UK) as a sister organization.
  140. Release International states it supplies bibles and literature to meet the need of growth and evangelism.
  141. Dalit Freedom Network partners with Operation Mobilization India.
  142. OM India’s South India Regional Director is Kumar Swamy
  143. Kumar Swamy is the State President of Communal Harmony Committee.
  144. Kumar Swamy serves with Karnataka State Human Rights Commission.
  145. OM India’s North India Regional Director is Moses Parmar.
  146. Moses Parmar serves as North India Public Relations officer of the All India Christian Council (AICC)
  147. OM seeks to plant and strengthen churches in areas of the world where Christ is least known.
  148. OM ministries work with Dalit-Bahujan people in India.
  149. Operation Mercy Charitable Company (OMCC) grew out of OM India
  150. OMCC works with Dalit Freedom Network (DFN).
  151. DFN has Dr. Kancha Illaiah on its Advisory Board.
  152. Dr. Kancha Illaiah is a Professor in Osmania University, Hyderbad.
  153. DFN has William Armstrong on its Advisory Board.
  154. William Armstrong is a former US Senator from Colarado (Republican).
  155. William Armstrong is currently the President of Colorado Christian University.
  156. Colorado Christian University’s one of the strategic objective is to share the love of Christ around the World.
  157. Suhasini Haidar is daughter of Subramanian Swamy
  158. Suhasini Haidar is daughter-in-law of Salman Haidar
  159. Nadira Alvi married V S Naipaul
  160. Nadira Alvi, a journalist, is sister of recently assassinated Maj Gen Amir Faisal Alvi, the ex-chief of Pakistan’s elite SSG
  161. “Resalat” is a Tehran-based Persian daily.
  162. “Ettela’at” is another Tehran-based Persian daily.
  163. “Resallat” and “Ettela’at”signed MoU with “Siyasat” and “Munif”
  164. Siyasat and Munif are Hyderbad, Andhra Pradesh based dailies.
  165. Toseeh is another Persian daily.
  166. Toseeh has tied up with Vaarta.
  167. Vaarta is one of the dailies from A.G.A.Publications Pvt Ltd.
  168. A.G.A Publications Pvt Ltd is one of the companies in Sanghi Group
  169. Sanghi Group was co-promoted by Gireesh Sanghi with his brothers.
  170. Gireesh Sanghi is Congress M.P, Rajaya Sabha
  171. Gireesh Sanghi is All India Vaish Federation National President.
  172. Mahendra Mohan Gupta is on the Advisory Board of AIVF
  173. Mahendra Mohan Gupta is Chairman of Dainik Jagran Group
  174. Ramoji Group is headed by Ramoji Rao
  175. Ramoji Rao is Founder & Chairman of Eenadu
  176. Eenadu is the largest Telugu news daily in Andhra Pradesh.
  177. Ramoji Group also owns ETV Network.
  178. ETV Network produces content in Telugu, Bangla, Marathi, Kannada, Oriya, Gujarati, Urdu & Hindi.
  179. Ramoji is reported to be close to Chandra Babu Naidu and supported of Telugu Desam Party.
  180. Ushodaya Enterprises Pvt. Ltd’s parent company is Ramoji Group.
  181. Blackstone Group is reported to have invested Rs600 crore in UEL.
  182. Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd brings out The Deccan Chronicle newspaper.
  183. DCHL also brings out “Andhra Bhoomi” a telugu newspaper.
  184. DCHL also brings out “Asian Age”.
  185. DCHL became a publishing parter of `The New York Times’.
  186. DCHL began publishing `The International Herald Tribune’
  187. T. Venkatram Reddy is the Chairman of DCHL.
  188. T. Venkatram Reddy is former MP, Rajhya Sabha from Congress.
  189. M.J. Akbar was Editor-in-Chief of Deccan Chronicle and Asian Age.
  190. M.J. Akbar is Founder and Chairman of the fortnightly the Covert.
  191. M.J. Akbar worked at `Times of India’, `Sunday’ & `The Telegraph’
  192. M.J. Akbar was a Congress MLA from 1989 to 1991.
  193. M.J. Akbar joined The Brookings Institution, Washington in 2006, as a Visiting Fellow on U.S. Policy Towards the Islamic World.
  194. M.J. Akbar was a member of the `Forum of Islamic Scholars and Intellectual’ held in Makkha al-Mukaramma in 2005.
  195. M.J. Akbar’s wife is Mallika Joseph.
  196. Mallika Joseph worked at Times of India.

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Response to comments on: Kasab’s Birthday Gift

In response to my write up: Kasab’s Birthday Gift to US- Mumbai Blasts,  in a discussion group which also appeared on this blog on July 14,  one Mr. Chauhan, supposedly a Major General representing <Sainik Sangh> made several incidery remarks. Here I reproduce his comments with my responses. (His comments are in bold. My response start with >>>. are in italics and in navy blue color.)

Gaurang G. Vaishnav

Those who think BJP is the salvation are nothing but bania brahmin caucus in another demoniac form

 >>> Who said anything about BJP? Your prejudice starts with your fist sentence. Can you prove with figures that BJP= Bania+Brahmin? Are Advani, Bangaru Laxman, V. Naidu, Modi, Rajnath Singh, etc., Bania/Brahmin? How would you define demonic?

What does Modi know about running a modern State  He may have delivered for the fat profiteers and Hindu Jews which doesn’t make a State 

>>> You must be living in la-la land to make such a stupendous statement. Of course, you have not lived in Gujarat so your ignorance can be forgiven. What fits your definition of modern state? Bihar, UP, Orissa? 

What does BJP know about nationalism which is not obscurantism and building temples  ? The masses are in grip of renegade capitalism  which must be replaced by nationlism not Jews .

>>> I do not know why you keep harping on BJP when I have suggested that Congress be thrown out? Capitalism is an economic system, nationalism is not. Capitalism can be replaced with socialism, communism, etc. but not with nationalism. Are you aware that BJP  believes in Integral Humanism as an economic system? Do you even know what it mans and who propounded that concept? Please Google and study it. Suffice is to say that capitalism, socialism, communism, etc. have inherent weaknesses because they are not built around needs of human beings. Integral Humanism aspires to build economic system keeping human beings at the center.

 Does BJP know about nationalism? Who has stood for total integration of Kashmir with Bharat? Who has stood for uniform Civil Code? Who has maintained that there are hundreds of national heroes (who have been ignored by design) of freedom struggle besides Nehrus and Gandhis? Who had the guts to conduct nuclear explosion and stand up against mighty USA?

What a small vision hanging of Afzal Will this deliver the nation from every day shame? Just diversion

>>> Hanging one individual will not solve all problems, but then you can make that argument for any step that the government takes or does not take. Afzal Guru is a convicted terrorist. Terrorism is meant to sap a society of its confidence and lead it into submission. Keeping Afzal and Kasab alive despite court orders is hastening that process of submission. Therefore, it is not a small vision, but an effective prescription for one of or serious national maladies, i.e., the feeling of helplessness against abject terror. 

 In any case, unless you are against the rule of law, or have some personal affinity for Afzal, you would not question hanging of Afzal. 

Afzal is already a martyr with his poeple MANY MORE ARE READY TO FOLLOW HIM.

>>> Osama bin Laden was a hero too to millions of Muslims in Pakistan, Yemen, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, USA, UK, Bharat, etc. Where is he now? He was gunned down like a rabid street dog and is at the bottom of an ocean. Those who are ready to follow him will meet the same fate or worse. It is only a matter of time before present rulers in Bharat are replaced with a government that will not tolerate and mollycoddle terrorists- mind you, I am not saying BJP, it could be any party or combination of parties that will come to power and take the initiative.’ Then so called martyrs will be sent for a meeting with their creator because of the pressure that will build up from the suffering populace. Congress can do the same and win people’s hearts but to do that it has to first purge itself of its entire leadership which is anti-Bharat, anti-Hindu, pro-Muslim and corrupt to the core.

Is Modi ready to field his in retaliation?

>>> Why do you pick on Modi? When I am raising issue of fighting terrorism and asking that guilty be hanged, which is a central government issue, how does Modi figure in the discussion? Mr. Modi has proved his credentials by catching would be terrorists before they could inflict harm on the innocent. Compare Gujarat with Maharashtra and see the difference in number of terrorist attacks. Ishrat Jahan and Soharabuddin would have been garlanded and given ministerial posts, had they been in a Congress ruled state.

 Modi does not have to retaliate because he is proactive. he does not weigh his actions against how a particular community would feel or vote before he takes a step that he feels is in the interest of Gujarat and the nation.

Why cant BJP send out sallies  in return.

>>> Why is it BJP’s burden to send out “sallies” (I do not know what this word means but I assume you mean retaliating force”)?  Who is in power? Congress or BJP? Suppose, BJP were to take up your suggestion, you will be the first one to blame it as a Hindu terrorist party supported by Jews.

The French President  visited Kabul the other day and gloried the role of NATO in foighting terrorism. The next day ficew French soldiers were killed. BJP AND ITS BANIAS  Learn from PASHTUNS! 

>>> I will take your argument and turn it on its head to show its hollowness.. BJP or Congress can take the killing of the French soldiers to man that any action against terrorists would mean killing of Bharatiya soldiers and civilians. So, it would be better not to act.

 Further, we have a history of brave men and women, who have given their lives and fought on the battlefield within the bounds of Dharma. We do not need to learn from Pashtuns or terrorists who are nothing but modern day asuras and  rakshasas.

PEOPLE ARE NOW GETTING WISE AS TO WHO  SIT SNUGLY MAKING MONEY AND FIELD OTHERS TO FIGHT . GERMANS WERE RIGHT ABOUT THE JEWS WE HAVE SO MANY VARIETY OF THESE !

>>> Apparently you are a big fan of Hitler. That should preclude you automatically from this discussion because this group is for people who believe in democratic norms and  meaningful discussion.  

 You are right about people getting wise. They now know that it is the Congress and UPA that sit smugly and make billions through Commonwealth Games, 2G, Adarsh Housing Society and multitude of scams. Kalmadis, Rajas, Kanimozhis, Marans, Chidambarams, etc. are the glaring example of this rot and they do not belong to BJP. People are wizened to the fact that while these Congress demons are looting the nation, they feed the common man to the wolves, i.e., terrorists.

Mumbai walas are fools They listen  to perverted politicians such as the Home Minister and  do not demand his dismissal .

>>> In past, Mumbaiwalas have  taken scalps of their Chief Ministers and they will do it again. Have you watched 2008 film, “Wednesday” with Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher in lead roles? There is a telling dialogue where Naseeruddin Shah, the common man says: “we are resilient, not by choice but by force because we have to go out next day and earn our livelihood.”  That is exactly why people go on with their routine even after the bomb blasts. But once this reaches a flash point, all bets will be off.

 The same happened last time and the sam w will happen again!

>>> So, what you as an individual will do about it to change the course? That “same will happen again” is a given, but the end results may not be same. Even a goat gets up on its hind legs when totally cornered or its kids are threatened. Once the patience runs out, events take unpredictable course and no politician or police force would be able to contain them. People in Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, etc. are much more suppressed than people in Bharat. yet, they came to a point where they shed their fears and either brought down, or are in process of doing so, sitting government/dictator.

People get the rulers they deserve .

>>> That is a good dose of opium. You may be OK with the Government that you have gotten, millions of  Bharatiyas and I are not.

HINDU history is replete      

>>> A jaundiced person can see nothing but yellow. Perhaps, you have had no chance to read real history of Bharat. Like many others you might have been taught Macaulayian and Nehruvian history. This is a subject of entirely another discussion.

 Our history is of people who have wished well for the entire humanity, kings who gave away their kingdoms for upholding Dharma, soldiers who obeyed all dharmic rules of warfare even when fighting against those who had no concept of Dharma. Ours is the history of Rama and Krishna, of Arjun and Abhimanyu, of Mahaveer and Buddha, of king Puru and Pruthviraj, of Shankaracharya and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, of Chankaya and Chandragupt, of Mirabai and Narsinh Mehta, Of Kabir and  Thiruvalluvar, of Shivaji and Rana Pratap, of Nanak and Guru Govind Singh, of Maharani Laxmibai and Tatya Tope, of Bhagat Singh and Madan Lal Dhingra, of Khudiram Bose and Jatin Das, of  Shyamji Krishna Varma and madam Cama, of Veer Savarkar and Subhashchandra Bose, of Lala Lajpatrai and Chapekar brothers, of Ramakrishna, Vivekanand and Aurbindo, of Sardar Patel and Gandhiji. This is just a sampling. Remember,  our is not the history of Jawaharlal, Indira, Sanjay, Rajiv, Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka. They are an aberration and a blot on our history.

chauhan, maj general   <gs@sainiksangh.org>

>>> With an organization named Sainik Sangh, last name  Chauhan and a title like Major General, one would expect from you valor, courage, indefatigable  confidence and deep love for motherland. One would expect you to lead from the front and not discourage those who are fighting. One should be excused if he/she is led to believe that the organization as well as your name and title are phony.

 

 Finally, you may not realize but Internet etiquette dictates that all CAPS or all bold text be not used in any correspondence. All bold is akin to shouting. I am sure that you wanted to discuss and not shout.

You seem to have pathological hatred for BJP, Modi and Hindus which is abundantly clear from your writing. Your disdain for Jews is a disease that led to Hitler’s massacre and second world war. You may think in narrow terms of Brahmin and Bania, I believe that we are all Hindus, first and last. I will gladly accept the intelligence of Brahmin, courage of Kshatriya, pragmatism of Vaishya and sense of selfless service from Shudra because, according to Purush Sukta, they are all parts of same body. We are all Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra; our real caste is whatever quality out of these four is predominant in our life at a given time.

 It is the Congress culture to divide the society in the name of caste and religion. Rise above it and join those who have come forward to end the misgovernance rather than standing on the sides and making baseless, derogatory statements.

 Gaurang G. Vaishnav

Defend Muslims, Defend America- NY Times

In the following article, the author holds out the spectre of Muslims not cooperating with the national security agencies, if they felt discriminated against. He did not find any need to advise Muslims to introspect for reasons that have led many Americans to be suspicious of their motives.

Being an Assistant Professor of law he has tried to make a case for Sharia law, etc., but those who have suffered at the hands of Muslims across the globe, very well know that once given a foothold, they would take over the whole country and ruin it with their backward looking, savage, undemocratic mindset. We see what Afghanistan is, what Saudi Arabia is, what Iran is  and what Pakistan is going to be.

It is interesting to note that author has used the term Muslim-American twice, instead of using American-Muslim. This reveals the Islamic thinking where the loyalty is not to the nation but to the religion. The very concept of Darul Islam (or Dar al-Islam) and Dar al-Harb, i.e., “Land of Islam” and “House of war” (Land to be conquered  for Islam) is at the root of this thinking and reason for worldwide misery caused by its followers.

I am not a Republican and am opposed to many of their policies, but I think they are right when it comes to the caution against creeping in of the Sharia law.  Those Americans who mindlessly blabber about freedom of expression and freedom of religion, etc. are naive and do not understand that those principles apply only when everyone respects them. By and large, Muslims do not believe in either of those principles; look around the world where they are in power. They use it as a tool to come to the power. Once they have the reigns in their hand, rest of us, Hindus, Christians, Jews, etc. are going to be Dhimis, second class citizens living at their mercy. Democrats and media outlets like New York Times should smell the coffee and do a service to America by not supporting encroachment by Islam before it is too late.

Gaurang G. Vaishnav

Blog Owner

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OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR, New York Times

By AZIZ HUQ

Published: June 19, 2011

WITH an eye toward the 2012 elections, legislators in six states have been debating laws explicitly prohibiting courts from considering or using Sharia law, with 14 more looking at wider bans on “foreign law.” They’re taking a clear cue from Oklahoma’s wildly popular Sharia ban, which voters approved as a state constitutional amendment last year by more than 70 percent.

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Such laws are discriminatory and pointless. Civil liberties groups are fighting them in court and calling on state legislators to abandon such bills. But there is an additional reason everyone, including would-be proponents of the laws and the federal government, should oppose them: they pose a significant threat to national security.

To begin with, the bans’ justifications are thin. Despite the worries voiced by candidates in the recent Republican candidates’ debate in New Hampshire, no state, county or municipality is about to realign its laws with religious doctrine, Islamic or otherwise. Nor does any state or federal court today in Oklahoma, or anywhere else, need to enforce a foreign rule repugnant to public policy. Under the legal system’s well-established “choice of law” doctrines, the courts are already unlikely to help out someone who claims their religion allows, say, the subordination or mistreatment of women.

Instead, the bans would deprive Muslims of equal access to the law. A butcher would no longer be able to enforce his contract for halal meat — contracts that, like deals for kosher or other faith-sanctioned foods, are regularly enforced around the country. Nor could a Muslim banker seek damages for violations of a financial instrument certified as “Sharia compliant” since it pays no interest.

Moreover, these bans increase bias among the public by endorsing the idea that Muslims are second-class citizens. They encourage and accelerate both the acceptability of negative views of Muslims and the expression of those negative views by the public and government agencies like the police.

Such indignities arise amid a pattern of growing animus toward American Muslims. Reports of employment discrimination against Muslims to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which declined after a post-9/11 peak, have recently surged. Gallup, Pew and ABC polls confirm a new spike in anti-Muslim views. Most troubling, tallies of hate crimes collected by nongovernmental organizations show the same trend.

In this context, bans like the one in Oklahoma will serve to chill cooperation by the Muslim-American community with counterterrorism efforts. This makes sense: in such an environment, it would be fair for Muslims to pause before, say, passing on a lead to the police, worrying about whether the police would then look at them with suspicion as well.

But the likelihood of such a chill is also supported by four large, random-sample surveys that I conducted with two colleagues, Tom Tyler and Stephen Schulhofer. Our data, collected from Muslims and non-Muslims in New York and London, suggest that the experience and perception of private discrimination have a significant negative effect on cooperation.

This not only affects everyday public safety, but also the interaction necessary to gather information about self-radicalization and domestic efforts to recruit terrorists. After all, it’s simply impossible for the government to gather all that information. For that it must rely on the public, both as a filter and as an aid in interpreting it. If the government lacks strong ties to the Muslim-American community, that kind of filter falls apart.

To prevent the erosion of such support, the Justice Department should better publicize its support for a pending challenge to the Oklahoma amendment. It should also announce that it will challenge similar measures as violations of the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion. Doing so would not only protect the rights of Muslim-Americans, but also send a signal that they can rely on the federal government’s support.

To be sure, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has taken steps against anti-Muslim bias, for example by supporting a California schoolteacher’s suit challenging her dismissal for taking time off to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. But these steps are inadequate compared to the scope of public and private discrimination facing Muslim-Americans.

America has been here before. In 1952, Attorney General James P. McGranery filed a legal brief for the plaintiffs in Brown v. Board of Education, in part, he said, out of national security concerns. “Racial discrimination furnishes grist for Communist propaganda mills,” he said, and “raises doubts even among friendly nations as to the intensity of our devotion to the democratic faith.”

McGranery’s insight remains true today. The federal government needs to do more to defend equal access to the law regardless of faith. To do so is not simply to uphold our core values — it is also to work to improve our nation’s security.

Aziz Huq is an assistant professor of law at the University of Chicago.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/20/opinion/20huq.html

 A version of this op-ed appeared in print on June 20, 2011, on page A27 of the New York edition with the headline: Defend Muslims, Defend America.
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