Bukhari, Owaisi and Indian Muslims
Yousuf Kirmani, Tr. New Age Islam
Indian Muslims have never been communal but the BJP that represents a particular section has labelled them as communal. The Muslims of the country never stood behind the Muslim League. Those who might have demanded Pakistan went to Pakistan but those who did not demand did not go and the number of such people was and is high. Sometimes they held onto the Congress and sometimes onto the Samajwadi Party and were cheated by the two. Now BJP and its leaders want Muslims to come into their fold. Sometimes a Muslim is called a patriot and sometimes he is called a puppy who comes under the wheel and is run over. Sometimes his skullcap is put on and sometimes his skullcap is rejected.....
…the third failed attempt of its kind to assassinate prominent political figure Maulana Fazl ur Rehman – indicates a growing ideological divide between religious parties and Taliban militant groups…
What is Pakistan’s fundamental interest? This question has been making rounds in Islamabad’s diplomatic circles, with even countries considered very close to Pakistan wondering if the leadership realizes the futility of its obsolete rhetoric and the gravity of its imminent consequences…..
This time, however, the pretext is unprecedentedly “ideological”. The MQM has taken umbrage over a statement by the PPP Leader of the House in the Senate, Khurshid Shah that it is an “insult” today to refer to the migrants from India into Pakistan at the time of partition as “Muhajirs”. His argument is that the term “Muhajir” connotes a temporary or transitional arrangement for foreigners whereas the “Muhajirs” of 1947….
The love jihad campaign exposes how Hindu women are central symbols of the Hindutva body politic. Hindutva’s cry for segregation denies free movement to Hindu women, using the threat of physical, emotional and religious harm to women’s bodies as weapons of social control. Women are thus told that inter-religious marriages are undesirable for their own good. Hindu women who indulge in inter-religious romances or marriages are depicted as dangerous to the construct of the Hindu nation.......
Even a perfunctory understanding of Islamist radicalism should have persuaded the “ultra-secular” chief minister that the political theology of groups that have grown out of Maulana Maududi’s teachings don’t recognise the sanctity of national boundaries. These groups make no distinction between Indian Muslims and Bangladeshi Muslims: to them, both are part of the same community of true believers. Indeed, more and more evidence is now emerging that the network of radical Islamism is not confined to Bangladeshi émigrés. …
Over seven million Indians live in the Gulf who remit to their mother country over thirty billion dollars annually. Their safety and welfare are matters of abiding concern to India. India cannot be a bystander in this situation. It calls for the definition and pursuit of an initiative by India to promote stability of the region by building a new, inclusive and comprehensive security paradigm in association with regional and extra-regional players with a direct interest in peace in West Asia…..
The Mukti Pratishtan, the mother organisation of the BMM, filed cases against Mr Satyarthi in 1996 for defalcation of accounts, usurping its property and working against its interests while employed with it. This case is still being heard in a Delhi court. There is good reason to believe that the Norwegian Nobel Committee did not do due diligence. For it is clear that the story of Mr Satyarthi it has internalised and Mr Satyarthi’s own narration of it makes no mention of the more than a decade with the BMM, as Swami Agnivesh’s comrade in arms…..
Nobel Prize: Hardly Noble Politics
Gouthama Siddarthan, New Age Islam
Gouthama Siddarthan, New Age Islam
It is really a great achievement of the Nobel award committee that it has created an environment in which criticism of the Nobel prizes is always rubbished and in which controversies are taken just as part and parcel of the scenario of the Nobel awards announcements. The committee has successfully infused the global psyche with a total indifference to, and an utter contempt for any valid and reasonable criticism from really serious and progressive-thinking writers and intellectuals. This can be termed as a feat on the part of the Nobel committee.
Should the Muslims of India change with the times, taking cognizance of the big political change in India, in order to ensure their survival? The coming to power of the Hindu chauvinists bodes ill for the traditionalist Muslims, the ones inflexible in their display of religiosity, who assert their rights under the Indian Constitution, identify themselves with the Arabs, are lukewarm toward Indian nationalism, and denounce America and its foreign adventures. They are also deeply prejudiced against the Shi’a, whether in India or elsewhere......
Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Vadodara and now East Delhi — a series of communal incidents have flared up of late. How should we understand their causes? How far might tensions escalate?....
Moutasim Billah, who has been accused by Hyderabad police of influencing two SIMI activists of Maharashtra to go to Afghanistan for terror training, says he cannot even afford his college fees, let alone fund such a trip by the two SIMI activists.....
Sudhir T. Devare
This peaceful and constitutional transfer of power from a former general to a commoner also signifies how far Indonesia has travelled in a short span of 16 years, from a military-run totalitarian regime to a full-fledged democracy, the third largest in the world. This phenomenal transition, in which the Indonesian media and civil society played a major role does not; however, seem to have captured enough imagination even within Asia. For India, which is separated from Indonesia by less than 100 nautical miles from the Nicobar Islands, the changes in this vast neighbouring country have profound implications.....
M. Ashraf Haidari
On the whole,
Afghan opium fuels a global trade in heroin that generates over $60 billion in
profits for corrupt officials, drug traffickers, organized criminal groups, and
insurgents, according to the U.S. Department of State. The U.S. government
seems to understand the need for a comprehensive solution. President Obama once
stressed a need for non-military forms of assistance: "To advance
security, opportunity, and justice -- not just in Kabul, but from the bottom up
in the provinces ....
...religious extremism can only be curbed
through zero tolerance against hate speech. The state has looked the other way
for far too long. The virulent mullah-militant combine has done irreparable
damage to tolerance in our society. The provincial special branches and local
police should monitor and regulate the use of loudspeakers in mosques and
madrasas and keep an eye on wall chalking as well as printed material aimed at
creating sectarian trouble....
softens and you find yourself humming long forgotten songs. For the last few
days a song of Mukesh has been coming back to me. While trolling YouTube – one
of my favourite pastimes, I have to confess – I came across this song some
months back: Ek Tu Ke Sar Utha Ke Chala Dagh Dikhane....
Indeed, the more the lumpen hordes seek to turn what remains of Nehruvian India into a veritable mob ...That questioning Indian spirit has gone perceptibly limp today. Prof Thapar wonders why academics and experts shy away from questioning the powers of the day. “It is not that we are bereft of people who can think autonomously and ask relevant questions. But frequently where there should be voices, there is silence. Are we all being co-opted too easily by the comforts of conforming?”......
The majority of
Muslims, in fact, rejects this militancy and seeks peace, not war, in the name
of God. But there are more militant Muslims, who, like the militant Christians
of the past, are willing to “smite the enemy,” or kill the heretics
(“apostates”) in the name of God. They share the German battle cry of World War
I: Gott mitt uns, or, in Arabic, “Allah is with us.”….
It is of course
true that parties like the Congress and the Samajwadi Party must take primary
responsibility for failing to provide Muslim voters with an imaginative or
modern leadership that doesn’t box them into a corner. The fact that secularism
today is increasingly seen to have become a slogan prostituted by cynical
politics has only reinforced the absence of options for India’s minorities...….
Pavan K Varma
The Vedas begin
with a sense of eclectic wonder at the miracle of creation. The Upanishads
explore the ultimate essence of existence not by reiteration of dogma but by
intellectual enquiry. Our sages, thousands of years ago, were prepared to
accept that truth can have many facets, Ekam Satya, Bipraha Bahuda Vedanti:
The truth is one; the wise call it by different names. Shankaracharya, who
revived Hinduism in the 8th century CE, propounded his theory of Advaitavad,
not by fiat, but through dialogue, discussion and informed argumentation, Shastrarth…
started on Wednesday and the main congregation and prayer were held on Friday.
Inside the Krishna temple, which is the main temple for the few Hindu
inhabitants of the twin cities, was a riot of colour. Shiny streamers in pink,
red and blue hung from the walls, and garlands of red roses and orange and
yellow marigold decorated the altar. While oil lamps and candles set entire
bustling streets near Canada’s Parliament were transformed on Wednesday as
thousands of government workers were kept inside their buildings for hours
while police and military officers in combat gear swept the area, fearful that
shootings that morning had been part of a larger plot. Anxious workers pressed
their faces against the windows of nearby offices, trying to figure out what
had happened in a city so peaceful that pedestrians can usually walk unimpeded
into the Parliament building before being checked by guards. “I never thought
this would happen,” said one woman, who refused to give her name as she hurried
along a main street after the police allowed people in her building to evacuate
the area in the afternoon. “This is Canada.”....
Gunman Panics Canadian Capital,
Killing Soldier in Rampage
Section 5 of
the Hindu Marriage Act stipulates that neither of the party should have a
spouse living at the time of marriage. Section 11 of the Act, renders
polygamous marriages void. Due to this, Hindu men who contract bigamous
marriages are allowed to go scot-free without any legal obligations towards
their partners. Faced with this travesty of justice, it is important to compare
the legal provisions under the Muslim Personal Law….
Ottawa shooting wounds Canadian
soldier at War Memorial
A soldier was shot at the National War Memorial by an
unknown assailant Wednesday morning and there are reports of 30 to 50 shots of
gunfire inside the halls of Parliament.
Parliament’s Centre Block has been shot and killed,” Conservative MP Bernard
Trottier tweeted at 10:30 a.m. Tory MP Bob Zimmer also reported the same. Those
reports are unconfirmed as police are still actively searching the area and say
it is “not a secure scene” as there may be multiple shooters.
Police have expanded their perimeter and say they are
actively investigating “several shooting incidents in downtown Ottawa.” Police
are also asking citizens to not tweet the locations of the officers involved.
won the 2013 election riding a national consensus in favour of free trade with
India. In 2012, “a nationally representative poll among a cross-section of more
than 2,600 men and women showed that 67 per cent Pakistanis thought the country
should trade with India”. This was found by Gallup Pakistan, which also
estimated that “only 29 per cent of people were opposed to the idea of trade