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22-04-08, 10:13 AM
We all know, that now extremists & radical HINDUS are in control of India.... Today, Govt of India is publically Lying, as India is now a Hindu-Country... There are approx 400 Million MUSLIMS in India(i.e approx 40% in India are MUSLIMS), & less than 1% of MUSLIMS get any professional jobs in any private corporation/business... Also, less than 1% of MUSLIMS get any Govt powerful Jobs in any State or Central-govt in India.......The HINDU Controlled Media in India has very CUNNINGLY Suppressed all these FACTS....In Bollywood, its even Worse, as MUSLIMS are being Brainwashed to worship Statues in Hindu temples....same as being done by Indian govt in villages....
Also, the Hindu Controlled MEDIA in India is extremely CUNNINGLY suppressing all the Killings/Rapes of MUSLIMS in India....The Hindu controlled Judges in India are NOT giving any Justice to MUSLIMS...
We DEMAND JUSTICE for 400 Million MUSLIMS in India
Engr-Arshad Ali Khan, UMMAA-Broadcasting, Rolla, Missouri, USA

22-04-08, 10:14 AM
Discrimination-Obamaspeak (http://www.twocircles.net/2007jul14/muslim_women_sexually_attacked_paraded_naked.html# comment-1224)

Here is an extract from the speech made by Obama a couple of days ago. Just replace Blacks with muslims and see how well it fits the situation in india. This just goes to show that discrimination is the so starkly same, irrespective of where its carried out. To get more details see the now publicly available Sachar committe report to see the gruesome details.
"Understanding this reality requires a reminder of how we arrived at this point. As William Faulkner once wrote, "The past isn't dead and buried. In fact, it isn't even past." We do not need to recite here the history of racial injustice in this country. But we do need to remind ourselves that so many of the disparities that exist in the African-American community today can be directly traced to inequalities passed on from an earlier generation that suffered under the brutal legacy of slavery and Jim Crow.
Segregated schools were, and are, inferior schools; we still haven't fixed them, fifty years after Brown v. Board of Education, and the inferior education they provided, then and now, helps explain the pervasive achievement gap between today's black and white students.
Legalized discrimination - where blacks were prevented, often through violence, from owning property, or loans were not granted to African-American business owners, or black homeowners could not access FHA mortgages, or blacks were excluded from unions, or the police force, or fire departments - meant that black families could not amass any meaningful wealth to bequeath to future generations. That history helps explain the wealth and income gap between black and white, and the concentrated pockets of poverty that persists in so many of today's urban and rural communities.
A lack of economic opportunity among black men, and the shame and frustration that came from not being able to provide for one's family, contributed to the erosion of black families - a problem that welfare policies for many years may have worsened. And the lack of basic services in so many urban black neighborhoods - parks for kids to play in, police walking the beat, regular garbage pick-up and building code enforcement - all helped create a cycle of violence, blight and neglect that continue to haunt us.
This is the reality in which Reverend Wright and other African-Americans of his generation grew up. They came of age in the late fifties and early sixties, a time when segregation was still the law of the land and opportunity was systematically constricted. What's remarkable is not how many failed in the face of discrimination, but rather how many men and women overcame the odds; how many were able to make a way out of no way for those like me who would come after them.
But for all those who scratched and clawed their way to get a piece of the American Dream, there were many who didn't make it - those who were ultimately defeated, in one way or another, by discrimination. That legacy of defeat was passed on to future generations - those young men and increasingly young women who we see standing on street corners or languishing in our prisons, without hope or prospects for the future. Even for those blacks who did make it, questions of race, and racism, continue to define their worldview in fundamental ways. For the men and women of Reverend Wright's generation, the memories of humiliation and doubt and fear have not gone away; nor has the anger and the bitterness of those years. That anger may not get expressed in public, in front of white co-workers or white friends. But it does find voice in the barbershop or around the kitchen table. At times, that anger is exploited by politicians, to gin up votes along racial lines, or to make up for a politician's own failings."
See the full speech here.
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22-04-08, 10:56 AM
We all know, that now extremists & radical HINDUS are in control of India.... Today, Govt of India is publically Lying, as India is now a Hindu-Country... There are approx 400 Million MUSLIMS in India(i.e approx 40% in India are MUSLIMS), & less than 1% of MUSLIMS get any professional jobs in any private corporation/business... Also, less than 1% of MUSLIMS get any Govt powerful Jobs in any State or Central-govt in India.......The HINDU Controlled Media in India has very CUNNINGLY Suppressed all these FACTS....In Bollywood, its even Worse, as MUSLIMS are being Brainwashed to worship Statues in Hindu temples....same as being done by Indian govt in villages....
Also, the Hindu Controlled MEDIA in India is extremely CUNNINGLY suppressing all the Killings/Rapes of MUSLIMS in India....The Hindu controlled Judges in India are NOT giving any Justice to MUSLIMS...
We DEMAND JUSTICE for 400 Million MUSLIMS in India
Engr-Arshad Ali Khan, UMMAA-Broadcasting, Rolla, Missouri, USA

all governments in india have been concealing the real numbers about muslims .the govt. figures are around 150 million .

but the most competent authority to know about the real muslim numbers is the All India Muslim personal law board , which claims that there are around 200 million muslims in 2004 .

so if you claim its twice this number please come out with your facts .

22-04-08, 03:23 PM
Joint panel proposed to prevent harassment of Indian Muslim youths

Submitted by Mudassir Rizwan on Tue, 04/22/2008 - 07:16.

Indian Muslim (http://www.indianmuslims.info/news/indian_muslim)
New Delhi : Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has proposed a joint panel consisting of Muslim leaders and top intelligence and security officials to stop the harassment of young Muslims across India in the name of the “fight against terrorism”. He was talking to the leaders of India’s major Islamic organizations, which called on him to intervene to end the harassment of Muslim youths. The delegation consisted of the leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami, the Jamiat Ulma-e-Hind, the Muslim Personal Law Board (MPLB) and the Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, reported Pak daily newspaper Daily Times. The leaders expressed their concerns on the security of Muslims in India and complained of random arrests and media trials of Muslim youth.
Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat President Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan said the prime minister expressed sympathy towards the delegation members and proposed the joint mechanism.
However, he was sceptical of the effectiveness of such a panel. Another member of the delegation, Dr. Qasim Rasool Ilyas, said the leaders presented detailed cases of such harassment at the hands of Indian intelligence agencies across the country. He said there were several cases when security agencies had asked the media to conduct media trials to influence the judiciary.
Dr Ilyas, a spokesman of the Muslim Personal Law Board, said they had asked Singh to stop the “profiling of Muslims” — a project started by the Home Ministry. Something happens somewhere and it is linked to Islam and Muslims. Security agencies immediately arrest Muslim youth, torture them and then try them in the media, which builds up stories against them,” he added. He said the negative image portrayed by the media influenced judiciary. The leaders also said that prejudice against Muslims was growing among police and security agencies.

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22-04-08, 03:43 PM
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The 'Dalit Muslims' and the All-India Backward Muslim Morcha

By Yoginder Sikand

Qalander, September 2003

Forming almost a fifth of the Indian population, the Scheduled Castes or the Dalits, a conglomeration of numerous caste groups considered as untouchable, by caste Hindus, are victims of the most sternly hierarchical social order that human beings have ever devised. Since the social and economic oppression of the Dalits has been so closely intertwined with the Hindu religion, over the centuries many Dalits have sought to escape from the shackles of the caste system by converting to other religions. Consequently, a considerable majority of India's Muslims, Buddhists, Christians and Sikhs today consist of descendants of Dalit and other 'low' caste converts.

Recent decades have witnessed a remarkable upsurge in radical Dalit assertiveness. This resurgence of Dalit consciousness has not been limited to those defined according to the law as Scheduled Castes, though. Rather, the Dalit struggle for human rights has had a profound impact on other communities as well, most particularly the large category of castes, the Other Backward Classes (OBCs), who form over half the Indian population, as well as the Christians and Muslims, most of whom who share, in terms of social and economic background, much in common with the Dalits.This article looks at the growing consciousness and assertiveness of a large conglomerate of Muslim castes, some of whose leaders are now seeking to advance for them a new identity as 'Dalit Muslims'. It examines the politics, programmes and broader agendas that advocates of this new identity seek to put forward on behalf of a large section of India's Muslim population. We deal here with the origins and development of a particular Muslim organisation, the 'All-India Backward Muslim Morcha' [AIBMM] to see how this new identity seeks to position itself in the context of debates over Muslim identity in India as well as how it relates itself to the wider multi-religious Dalit community.

The 'Dalit Muslims': Who Are They?
Most Indian Muslims are descendants of ' untouchable and 'low' caste converts, with only a small minority tracing their origins to Arab, Iranian and Central Asian settlers and invaders. Although the Qur'an is fiercely egalitarian in its social ethics, Indian Muslim society is characterised by numerous caste-like features, consisting of several caste-like groups (jatis). Muslims who claim foreign descent claim a superior status for themselves as ashraf or 'noble'. Descendants of indigenous converts are, on the other hand, commonlyreferred to contemptuously as ajlaf or 'base' or 'lowly'. As among the Hindus, the various jatis among the ajlaf Muslims maintain a strong sense of jati identity. The emergence of democratic politics is, however, bringing about a radical change in the manner in which this sense of identity is articulated. Aware of the importance of numbers in order to acquire political power and the economic benefits that accrue from it, the Dalit movement has sought to establish a wider sense of Dalit identity that transcends inter-caste and inter-religious divisions and differences among the `lower' caste majority.
This wider Dalit identity does not seek to deny individual jati identities. Rather, it takes them into account but seeks to subsume them within the wider collective Dalit identity, based on a common history of suffering as well as common racial origins as indigenous people. This seems to have been a crucial factor in the emergence of a specific 'Dalit Muslim' identity that the AIBMM seeks to articulate. 'Lower' caste Muslim ideologues and activists in the AIBMM are now in the process of fashioning a new 'Dalit Muslim' identity, seeking to bring all the 'lower' caste Muslims under one umbrella, defined by their common identity as Muslim as well as Dalit.

The All-India Backward Muslim Morcha:
The AIBMM was set up in 1994 by Ejaz Ali, a young Muslim medical doctor from Patna, capital of the eastern state of Bihar, belonging to the Kunjera caste of Muslim vegetable-sellers. Bihar, India's poorest state, is notorious for its acute caste problem and for its >frequent anti-Dalit pogroms. Consequently, the Dalits in Bihar have been among the first to take to militant forms of struggle. The Muslims of Bihar, who form over fifteen per cent of the state's population, are also characterised by sharp caste divisions. The plight of Bihar's Dalit Muslims, whom the AIBMM estimates at forming almost ninety per cent of the state's Muslim population and consisting of twenty-nine different caste groups, is particularly pathetic. Most Bihari Dalit Muslims work as daily wage labourers, manual workers, artisans and petty peasants, barely managing to eke out an existence.
According to Ali, the plight of the overwhelming majority of the Muslims of Bihar, as well as an acute awareness of the limitations of the traditional Muslim leadership, suggested to him the need for the establishment of the AIBMM to struggle for the rights of the Dalit Muslims. He regards the destruction of the Babri mosque at Ayodhya in 1992 as a landmark event in this regard, seeing the traditional, and largely 'upper' caste, Muslim leadership as having only further complicated matters by playing into the hands of Hindu militants and as 'misleading' the Muslim masses for their own petty gains.

In less than a decade of its founding, by early 2001 the AIBMM had emerged as an umbrella group of over forty organisations claiming to represent various different Dalit Muslim castes. It now has branches in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Delhi, Rajasthan and Maharashtra, in addition to Bihar, where it has its headquarters.

Aims and Objectives of the AIBMM:
The foremost priority for the AIBMM is to get recognition from the Indian state for the over 100 million 'Dalit Muslims' as Scheduled Castes so that they can avail of the same benefits that the Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist Scheduled castes enjoy, including reserved government jobs, reserved seats in state legislatures and in the Indian Parliament, special courts to try cases of atrocities against them as well as social and economic development programmes meant specially for them. According to Indian law as it stands at present, only those Dalits who claim to be Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists can be considered to be members of the Scheduled Castes and thereby eligible for the special benefits that the state has made available to these castes. The AIBMM sees this as violating the basic secular character of the Indian Constitution. It insists that its demand for Scheduled Caste status for 'Dalit Muslims' is fully in consonance with the spirit of the Indian Constitution. Recognising the fact that demands >for special legal status for Muslims have been viewed in the past as 'separatist' and 'anti-national' and even `pro-Pakistan', the AIBMM is careful to project its demands as aimed at integrating the 'Dalit Muslim' into the 'national mainstream' by enabling them to progress economically and socially, along with other deprived sections of the Indian population. Besides being considered 'anti-secular', the law as it stands today is also condemned by the AIBMM as a gross violation of human rights. Furthermore,it is seen as a ploy to keep the more than one hundred million Dalit Muslims in perpetual thraldom, a conspiracy in which both the Hindu as well as Muslim 'upper' caste elite are seen as being involved. Because they have been denied Scheduled Caste status and the benefits that accrue from such status, the Dalit Muslims are said to lag far behind the Hindu Dalits, who have been able to make considerable progress in all fields because of the special facilities that the state has provided for them.

A New Indian Muslim Leadership and Changing Discourse of Community Identity:
The AIBMM prides itself in having coined the term 'Dalit Muslims', and in this it seeks to radically refashion notions of Muslim community identity. Deconstructing the notion of Muslims as a homogenous bloc, it brings to the fore the existence of caste distinctions among the Indian Muslims, which it sees as one of the primary and defining features of Indian Muslim society.

In articulating a separate Dalit Muslim identity it finds itself at odds with the traditional, largely 'high' caste Muslim leadership, which, in seeking to speak for all Muslims, sees the question of caste that the AIBMM so stridently stresses as divisive. Leading Muslim spokesmen have, not surprisingly, accused the AIBMM of seeking to create divisions within the Muslim community and of spreading 'casteism', and thus playing into the hands of militant Hindus.Ali sees as Islam as having historically played a key role in the emancipation of the Dalits, a role which, he says, was gradually watered down over time. Islam spread in India principally through the agency of the Sufis, he says, whose teachings of love and social equality attracted many Dalits to the new faith, shackled as they were by the chains of the caste system and the Brahminical religion.
It was not by the sword but through the love and compassion that the Sufis exhibited in their behaviour towards the poor, principally the Dalits, that large numbers of Hindus converted to Islam. With the establishment of Muslim political power in various parts of India, however, he says, this radical egalitarianism of the early Sufis gave way to more institutionalised forms of religious expression. 'High' caste Hindus, in order to save their properties or to secure high positions in Muslim-ruled territories, converted to Islam, bringing with them notions of caste superiority that are foreign to pristine Islam. Doctrines were developed that sought to legitimise caste inequalities by suitably misinterpreting the Qur'an. Gradually, he says, the 'spirit of Islam' was replaced by the 'rituals of Islam'.

One of the crucial tasks before the Dalit Muslims, as Ali sees it, is to rescue Islam from the clutches of those who claim to speak in its name, the 'high' caste Muslim leadership. Thus, he calls for a revival of 'the true spirit of Islam', which fiercely condemns all caste and racial divisions. The practice of untouchability, which Islam roundly condemns, is still observed, Ali notes, to varying degrees, by 'upper' caste Muslims, who look down upon 'lower' caste Muslims as inherently inferior. While Islam calls for Muslims to share in the plight of their fellow believers and to work for their social emancipation, the Muslim 'upper caste feudal lords' are said to be 'deaf, dumb and blind to the suffering of backward Muslims'.
Ali is bitterly critical of the traditional, largely 'high' caste, Muslim leadership, both `ulama as well as 'lay'. Over the centuries of Muslim rule, he says, the ruling class among the Muslims displayed little concern for the plight of the Dalit Muslims, who remained tied down to their traditional occupations, mired in poverty and ignorance. The only concern of the ruling class Muslims, he writes, was to perpetuate their own rule, and for this they entered into alliances with 'upper' caste Hindus, keeping the Dalits, both Hindus as well as Muslims, cruelly suppressed under their firm control. This disdain for the Dalits, he writes, carried down right through the period of Muslim rule, and continues till this very day. He accuses the present-day Muslim 'high' caste leadership of playing the 'minority card' and practising the politics of 'minorityism' to garner power for themselves while claiming to speak on behalf of all Muslims, the vast majority of whom are Dalits. They, he says, refuse to recognise the acute problem of caste within the community because 'they do not want to lose their jagirdari (power and privileges)'. Yet, the cling to their exalted caste titles simply to 'produce an impression of supremacy and to demoralise the backward caste Muslims'. In their attitudes towards the latter they are said to be hardly different from the way Hindu 'upper' castes treat their own Dalits. He sees the Indian Muslim community as a whole as having 'all the ingredients of the Brahminical order'. The 'upper caste' Muslim leadership, he argues, thrives on championing such 'communal' 'non-issues' as the protection of the Muslim Personal Law or the Babri mosque, which have only helped militant Hindu 'upper' caste forces, resulting in terrible violence unleashed against Muslims and communal riots in which the major victims are the Dalits, both Hindu as well as Muslim. 'The time has now come', he declares, for the 'upper' caste Muslims to 'stop thinking of the entire Muslim community as they have been clearly reduced to their [own] caste leadership, which they were doing from the very beginning (sic.) under the pseudo-umbrella of Muslim unity'.

Given the stress that Islam places on radical social equality, on the one hand, and what he sees as the failure of the traditional Muslim leadership in championing the rights and interests of the backward caste Muslims, on the other, Ali calls for a 'power shift' from the 'Arab-origin ashraf' to the 'oppressed Muslims'. Denying that his struggle is aimed against the `upper' caste Muslims, he says that it is directed principally at the government, to force it to grant Scheduled Caste status to the Dalit Muslims. A new, Dalit Muslim leadership is called for, for it alone is seen as able to champion the rights of the oppressed among the Muslims. By taking up the interests of the Dalit Muslims, he argues, the AIBMM is not seeking to divide the Muslim community on caste lines, as some have accused him of doing. Rather, he says, championing the cause of the oppressed is what Islam itself calls for, a radical concern for the poor and the weak, which 'is repeatedly stressed in the Holy Qur'an and in the Hadith'. The Prophet Muhammad's early followers, he notes, were largely poor and dispossessed people, and because he spoke out on their behalf, he was fiercely opposed by the rich Quraish of Mecca.
Islam, he says, insists on a passionate commitment to the poor. Hence the accusations against the AIBMM of allegedly dividing the Muslims by taking up the cause of the poor Muslims alone are dismissed as baseless. If special facilities were to be provided by the state to the Dalit Muslims, they would, he argues, be able to advance economically and socially. As a result, inter-marriages between them and the 'upper' caste Muslims would increase, and gradually the caste system within the Muslim community would begin to disintegrate, this being seen as working towards the fulfilment of Islam's vision of a casteless society. By denying the existence of caste within the Muslim community, he says, the traditional Muslim leadership is only helping to perpetuate it.
Ali calls for a struggle to be waged to fight for extending Scheduled Caste status to Dalit Muslims, and in this the Dalit Muslims would join hands with non-Muslim secular and progressive forces, in the face of the stiff opposition that is expected from many 'upper' caste Muslims as well as 'upper' caste Hindus. The struggle would need the help of non-Muslim Dalits as well, for if the Dalit Muslims gain Scheduled Caste status, they could join hands with Dalits from other religions and become one strong force, almost half the Indian population. They could, together, even capture political power, bring their interests and demands to the centre of the Indian political agenda and put an end to atrocities against them. Ali sees the new Muslim leadership that he envisages as being drawn primarily from among the 'backward' Muslims, who form the vast majority of the Muslim population in India, for they alone can truly speak for their people. Since the primary concerns of the backward caste Muslims are sheer physical survival, jobs, wages and the like, this new leadership would seek to bring about a 'revolution of priorities'. Instead of taking up 'communal' issues that would further exacerbate Hindu-Muslim differences by playing into the hands of fiercely anti-Muslim Hindu zealots, which only works to further their interests of the Hindu and Muslim elites, this new leadership would focus onissues such as 'employment, food, housing and elementary education', issues which affect the daily lives of all poor people irrespective of religion. In this way, Hindu-Muslim antagonisms would fade away, the Dalits of all religions, the primary victims of the politics of communal hatred, would unite, and the conditions of the poor would improve.

Since the Dalit Muslims share similar concerns of sheer survival with Dalits of other religions, this new Muslim leadership would seek to build bridges between the Muslim Dalits and those of other faiths. All Dalits, irrespective of religion, belong to the same 'nation' (qaum), Ali says. Mere change of religion cannot wipe away the common blood that runs in their veins. The Dalit 'nation', representing the indigenous inhabitants of India who today follow various different religions, has been fractured into various antagonistic groups, but they must be united. The 'divided Dalit nation', he writes, will be united once again when all Dalits, irrespective of religion, are granted the same status as Scheduled Castes.

Hence, in order to re-unify the Dalit 'nation' so that the Dalits emerge as a powerful collective force, all Dalits must unite to support the AIBMM's demand for Scheduled Caste status to the Dalit Muslims (as well, interestingly, to the Dalit Christians, who, too, are denied such status). By joining hands with Dalits of other faiths and jointly struggling to improve their living conditions, Ali writes, the Dalit Muslims would be able to join the `national mainstream' of Indian society. With a new Muslim leadership coming to the fore drawn from the Dalit Muslims, the community would turn its back to the communal antagonisms of the past rooted in a long tradition of exclusivism and separatism. The Dalit Muslims would begin to collaborate with other Dalits, with whom they have 'a great commonality of interests', pursuing the same occupations and facing the same economic and social problems. In this way, a joint struggle for social justice and inter-communal harmony can be launched for all Dalits, irrespective of religion.

Demanding Scheduled Caste status for the Dalit Muslims may, in itself, not be a very radical step, given the present climate of privitisation in the country, where government jobs are being sharply curtailed and public expenditure and subsidies drastically reduced. However, its wider implications are certainly more momentous in their probable consequences. The demands of the AIBMM, limited as they may well be, might actually help facilitate a radical shift in the very terms of Muslim political discourse. Its stress on secularism and human rights, which it sees as being grossly violated by the present law related to Scheduled Caste status, its call for 'integration' of the Muslims into the 'national mainstream', its radical disavowal of communal politics, and its appeal for building bridges and working in collaboration with other Dalits in order to reunify the 'Dalit nation' and working for inter-communal harmony, might well provide a key to what has so far seemed the intractable communal problem in India.http://www.indianet.nl/dalmusl.html

22-04-08, 04:08 PM

23-04-08, 05:46 PM
By TwoCircles.net staff reporter,
Katihar: National general secretary of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Member of Parliament Tariq Anwar has welcomed the central government directive to all states to appoint at least one Muslim inspector in each police station.
Talking to pressmen, Anwar said the directive, given in the light of the Sachar Committee recommendations, to appoint Muslim police inspectors and increase Muslim staff in teaching institutions, health department and banks is a welcome move.
Mr. Tariq Anwar said the picture of Muslims depicted in Sachar Committee report was very depressing. In spite of being the largest minority of the country, they are not only lagging in educational and economic fields but their employment ratio is also very low.
He demanded Nitish Kumar-led JDU-BJP government in Bihar to follow the instructions given by the union government.

23-04-08, 05:49 PM
Raver communal riot: A sequence of events

Submitted by Tarique on Tue, 04/22/2008 - 18:56.

Indian Muslim (http://www.indianmuslims.info/news/indian_muslim)
By Abdur Rauf Sheikh,
Date: 13th April 2008. Time: Evening; people are gathering for Maghrib prayer at a mosque in Kotwal locality in Raver (Jalgaon). Timing may be a coincident or planned. A Ramnavmi procession goes past the mosque. Silently? No. The processionists raise volume of their audio system which plays slogans like 'mandir wahin banayenge' (we will build the temple there). Then they throw gulal (colours) incessantly and deliberately towards the mosque. This all culminated into what is everybody's guess. A communal riot.
Some local BJP MLAs are believed to have been mastermind behind what happened that day in Raver, a small town of Maharashtra. They have given fiery and hateful speeches in the past and have always tried to disturb communal harmony in the area.
It is believed that with the blessings of these MLAs, some extremist Hindu organizations like VHP and Bajrang Dal took out the Ramnavmi procession in the area. This was first time that such a procession was taken out in the area. There has been a tradition to hold local peace committee meeting before taking out any religious processions. But this time no such meeting was called. Moreover, police inspector from the local police station was also on leave.
When the procession reached the Kotwal Masjid and began throwing gulal at it, some social activists complained to the police. The police said the processionists cannot be kept from what they are doing. Muslims were informed that police will clean the mosque later. It was time for Maghrib prayer. Prayer call was about to be given. Muslims were gathering in the mosque to offer prayer. Rather than showing some sanity, the processionists raised the volume of their audio system. This led to heated argument between Muslims and some processionists. Soon the two groups began stone pelting which deteriorated the situation and a full-fledged communal riot broke out.
To disperse the mob, police fired in the air but as they were outnumbered by the processionists, the situation could not be controlled. Several houses were kept on fire. A medical store was ransacked and looted. Several Muslim houses were broken into and valuables were looted. Some Hindu houses were also burnt. But soon police forces were called in and the situation was brought under control. A businessman named Yonus Khan was brutally beaten by some Hindus. They threw acid on his body. He was rushed to hospital but after fighting for life for four days he succumbed to injuries on 17th April.
After bringing the situation under control, the police made arrests. They made several arrests from the Muslim community though some Hindu miscreants were also arrested. Whether the police will be able to bring to book the real culprits or like past communal riots this too will be forgotten and buried is yet to be seen.
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Abdul Rauf Shaikh is secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind's social service department for Maharashtra.

23-04-08, 05:52 PM
Origin of Muslims in India

Posted April 21st, 2008 by Tarique Anwar
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By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi,
We have one of the oldest and India's first masjid called the Cheraman Jama Masjid exists at Kodungaloor in Kerala. As inscribed on the masjid's stone-plate, (where this writer has been after the historic Tsunami in 2004), it was built about 1400 years ago in 9 Hijra or 629 CE). Kodungaloor was the capital of the kings of Kerala, and in 622-628 CE (Hijra 2 to 9) the ruler was a great savant, by the name of Cheraman Perumal Bhaskara Ravi Varma. In those days, the seniormost of the rulers of Kerala was called as Cheraman Perumal.
According to some historians, Malik bin Deenar and 12 of his trade associates landed in Kerala and were engaged in the trade. Their way of trading however was distinctly different from that of earlier Arabs which attracted people beyond mere business relationships.
The King came to know of the surprising trade practices of these Arabs and had them brought to his palace to delve more deeply into their trade practices. On enquiry, Malik bin Deenar (some say a companion of the Prophet Muhammad (saws)) and his comrades related the reason for their honest trade practices to be their recent conversion to Islam.
Cheraman Perumal asked them what was that Islam which could so radically influenced the character and conduct of Arab thugs. The Arabs then described the tenets of Islam to him and talked about their Prophet Muhammad (saws). The King then wanted to know if there was any proof that the person they described was indeed a Prophet. The traders described the Mujizaat (miracles) of the Prophet, including the Shaqq Al-Qamar or the splitting of the moon into two.
The King then summoned his Astrologers who consulted their almanacs and reported a similar phenomenon recorded by them. The King forthwith abdicated his throne and left with Malik bin Deenar for Arabia where it is chronicled that he met the Prophet Muhammad (saws), accepted Islam and performed the famous Last Hajj (Hajjatul Wada) with him. On his journey back, he was drowned in a tempest which destroyed his ship and his body came ashore at Salalah, Oman where his grave is a famous landmark even today.
A historian Hamidullah writes in “Mohammad Rasoolulla”, quoting some old manuscripts from India Office Library (ref no. Arabic, 2607, 152-173) Vol.16 (06): “There is a very old tradition in Malabar, southwest coast of India, that Chakrawati Farmas (perhaps another name for Cheraman Perumal) one of their kings, had observed splitting of the moon, the celebrated miracle of the last Prophet at Makkah, and learning on inquiry that this was a symbol of the coming of a Messenger of God from Arabia, he appointed his nephew as regent and set out to meet him. The love for the Prophet grew in his heart and he became the earliest Muslim convert of present day India.”
A tradition of the Prophet (saws) has also been reported from one of the companions, Abu Saeed Al-Khudri (ra), regarding the arrival of Cheraman Perumal “a king from India presented the Messenger of Allah with a bottle of pickle that had ginger in it. The Prophet (saws) distributed it among his companions. I also received a piece to eat.” It is said that, after conversion, the Perumal took the name of Tajuddin, while other chroniclers say that he called himself as Abdullah Samudri, in remembrance of his past.
One Islamic scholar has written that Perumal’s followers built the mosque after reaching Kerala. “The Cheraman Jama Masjid was built by Malik bin Deenar, (one of the 13 followers of Prophet Mohammad), who reached the ancient port of Musuris on the spice route to Malabar in 629 CE.
As such this Masjid was one designed and constructed on the architectural principles of Hindu art. It is situated in the Mrthala village of Kodungaloor, hardly 20km from the Irinjalakuda railway station in Kerala. There are two tombs that of Malik bin Deenar and his sister in the masjid premises. Until 1984, the Cherman Perumal masjid retained its facade as a typical Kerala structure. In 1984, the local Muslim jamaat, which repaired the building, decided that the new structure should be more like an Islamic shrine with minarets.
While retaining the inner configuration of the edifice, the exterior was changed completely. One member of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage reportedly said that 'in 1984 the trust was formed to protect Indian heritage, from such radical alterations. But by 1984, the masjid had been given a new exterior. Otherwise the trust would have appealed and ensured that the 1400-year-old facade of the structure (although repaired many times) was kept in its pristine grandeur.
Having done the entire historical scrutiny one thing is certain that Muhammad bin Qasim or Mahmood Goznawi were not the originator of Islamic faith in India but they were only some of the Muslim rulers associated with the rise of Islamic governing system in India.
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M. Burhanuddin Qasmi is editor Eastern Crescent and director of Mumbai based Markazul Ma'arif Education and Research Centre. He can be contacted at [email protected] ([email protected]))

29-04-08, 04:08 PM
all governments in india have been concealing the real numbers about muslims .the govt. figures are around 150 million .

but the most competent authority to know about the real muslim numbers is the All India Muslim personal law board , which claims that there are around 200 million muslims in 2004 .

so if you claim its twice this number please come out with your facts .

02-05-08, 04:04 PM
Bangalore: India never, ever had any “freedom of press”. How can there be any freedom when the media is owned by the Banias and run by Brahmins? Our April 1, 2008 Editorial had explained this point. (“Media monopoly helps upper caste rule by suppressing truth”).
So we are not surprised by the dismissal of M.J. Akbar as editor of the Asian Age and Sister Seema Mustafa, his firebrand Deputy, by its owner T. Subba Rami Reddy, an Andhra Pradesh Reddy tycoon. They were dismissed for opposing the Indo-US nuclear deal, the pet project of the Khatri PM, an American stooge, and India’s Brahminical rulers. When the entire Manuwadi media was blindly campaigning for the deal, Akbar and his deputy had the courage to boldly oppose it — finally facing dismissal.
Worms called journalists: Not a single journalist protested because they belonged to a special variety of worms which when asked to merely bend straight away prostrated.
The ruling Brahminical micro-minority is converting day into night and vice versa only with the help of this gutter media which has lost all credibility. Thank god, it is dying one by one.
The rulers will do what they want to do but who asked the slaves to tolerate the muck they write in their toilet papers?

02-05-08, 04:11 PM
Gujarat Muslim POTA Detainees: Is Anyone Listening? Does Anyone Care?
By A Staff Writer

40 year-old Kamal Jahan Shaikh has been running from pillar to post in search of justice since mid-2003, when her nephew, Muhammad Parvez, was picked up in Ahmedabad by the Gujarat police and booked under the draconian POTA law. Yet, justice still eludes her, as it does, literally several thousand fellow Gujarati Muslims whose relatives have been arbitrarily arrested under POTA.
Parvez used to work for a company manufacturing water purifiers and was arrested by the police on his way to work. ‘They were in plain clothes and did not show any identity card’, Kamal relates. His family was told that he would be released in two hours, although more than five years have now lapsed without any sign of his release. He was charged with being involved in a number of cases, including in the murder of Haren Pandya, the former Gujarat Home Minister, and the ‘Tiffin Bomb’ case. Kamal, however, insists he was innocent. ‘He helped out in the relief camps in Ahmedabad in the wake of the anti-Muslim violence in 2002’, she explains, surmising that this might have been one reason for his arrest.
Parvez’s arrest has meant untold suffering for his family. ‘Our own relatives boycotted us, fearing that otherwise they, too, might be targetted’, Kamal tells me. She sees a larger design behind the arrest of her nephew and numerous other Muslim boys from her locality of Kalupur in Ahmedabad. ‘Modi wants to ensure that Muslims do not progress, that they do not get education and jobs, so that they have no future at all’, she insists.
Yasmeen Bano Shaikh, 37, is a mother of four. Her husband, Muhammad Hanif, used to eke out a living by stitching bags in his house in Ahmedabad’s largely Muslim Dariapur ghetto. The police alleged that the house was used to plot a bomb blast, without evidence, and he was arrested in mid-2003. ‘They took him away at 2:30 a.m., telling my mother-in-law that they would bring him back after half an hour’, says Yasmeen. She now struggles to maintain her family by making zippers for bags.
Anas Matchwala, 30, is the younger brother of Muhammad Uwais Matchwala. He used to sell belts for a living. In jail for the last four years, he has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in the ‘Tiffin Bomb’ case and 14 years in the Haren Pandya murder case, although Uwais insists he is innocent.
‘Even Vithalbhai Pandya, father of the slain Haren Pandya, also agrees that my son had nothing to do with Haren’s death and says that it was plotted by Modi himself’, says Uwais.
Uwais describes, in gruesome detail, the torture that Anas is said to have been subjected to in police custody and the threats that his family has also received. Anas is said to have been forced to sign blank papers. He was allegedly told that if he failed to sign them, his 70 year old father, who has already suffered three heart attacks, would receive the same brutal treatment.
Scores of other Muslim youth languishing in Gujarat’s jails and their hapless relatives have the same pathetic story to tell. Few of them can afford the prohibitive costs of hiring a lawyer to fight their cases. And then, the question is, besides them, is anyone listening? Does anyone else care?

02-05-08, 04:16 PM
Bangalore Techie Files Defamation Suit Against TOI

K. M. Shariff, a prominent information technology professional from the city has filed a defamation suit against The Times of India for publishing a libelous report against him. The report carried in the February 28 edition of the paper from Bangalore while linking Muslim Information Technologists Association (MITA) with radical activism, had alleged that the Police were looking for Mr. Shariff, describing him as an active MITA member. The report carried the byline of Mr. N. D. Shivakumar. Mr. Shariff, who was earlier vice president of Sun Microsystem and had been associated with several leading IT companies in the past, is also a noted social worker and runs several welfare institutions in the city. He currently runs an IT firm called Icalibrator from Bangalore.
The tendentious report had quoted police sources for casting aspersions about the activities of the organization without bothering to directly contact Mr. Shariff who was available in the city. The report had appeared amid a slew of such reports branding several accused or suspects as terrorists in the wake of arrests of some students from Hubli.
The scurrilous report about Mr. Shariff appeared in the February 28, edition of the TOI. A day later, Mr. Shariff held a press conference in the Bangalore Press Club and issued a rebuttal against the TOI report. He said MITA was no secretive body and operated openly imparting technical training to IT professionals. He said it also sponsored children for education in schools, and held courses in various aspects of IT for corporates. He said IT professionals like Subroto Bagchi of the MindTree and others had addressed the workshops of the MITA. He expressed surprise at the TOI report which ascribed training of radicals to the MITA. With him were seated Mr. Ananth Kansal, Chief Operating Officer and Mr. Rajendra Kumar Khare, chairman and managing director of the Indus Edge Innovation and B. R. Seetharaman, Director, Synopsis India Private Limited. Mr. Khare also spoke at the press conference and described Mr. Shariff as a highly patriotic person. He said MITA had been encouraging the Muslim youth to upgrade themselves technically and the TOI report was highly damaging for the otherwise fair reputation of Mr. Shariff. He said the appearance of the report at a time when terror reports provide daily diet to newspapers, people would be susceptible to believing such allegation. The duo, classmates of Mr. Shariff from college days, said there was no iota of doubt about Mr. Shariff engaging himself in any such activity as alleged by the irresponsible report in the daily known for its fair reporting.
Khare clarified that MITA was not an underground body, but was a body of professionals which was working hard to help the industry. He appealed to the media community to desist from publishing unfounded and scurrilous reports.
However, the TOI only carried a two-line report in a subsequent issue saying the MITA had denied link with terror. It neither published an apology nor a retraction.
Following refusal to publish an apology by the TOI, Mr. Shariff sent a notice to the daily demanding a compensation of Rs. 5 crore from the daily and filed a defamatory suit under sections 499, 500, 501, and 502 for libel.

02-05-08, 04:26 PM
A Saga of Struggle

I hail from a village called Maholi in Mewat and was born in 1962. My parents Were not educated, but were aware about education. My mother is from Rajasthan. My grandfather (nana) was a revenue collector. During the Partition in 1947, a few of my relatives went away to Pakistan. Some of the Punjabis who arrived here from Pakistan began to live in the premises where we lived in a haveli. I lived with my parents, three sisters and one brother. My eldest sister completed matriculation in 1976. My mother sent my brother to school. The migrant family from Pakistan in our haveli would send even their girl children to school. My mother was impressed and decided that why cannot my girls also study. My father was a small time farmer and sold buffalo milk to cover the expenses of the school fees of my elder sister, my brother and then me. So, school was a struggle as my parents had to make both ends meet. But by God’s grace I completed matriculation and joined the Government College in Nagina where the medium of education was Hindi. Of course, there was opposition to my education from the menfolk within the family circle. It was the Principal of the Nagina College who came home and convinced my father that how important it was for me to do my graduation. In fact the Principal cleared my fees dues too! As I had scored well in the matriculation, I received a scholarship and in 1979, I got admission into the Government College at Nagina and completed graduation in 1983. Meanwhile two Bal Bhavans were opened in Mewat. I joined one of them as a teacher for one year.
I got married to Bashir Ahmed in 1984. My husband was in the army in the Electronics Wing in Secunderabad. I had this intense desire to make him an engineer! I told him point blank that he had to acquire an engineering degree which would help him in future. He agreed and took up a course from Delhi.
My thirst for knowledge was not quenched. I wished to pursue my post-graduation in history and enrolled at the Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi. I lived in the hostel during the course. In 1987, I did a course in Library Science from Sonepat and B. Ed and then M. Ed. In the Mewat school, there was a post of a librarian and I worked here for some time. There was a sudden spurt of projects here in Mewat around 1996-97. While most were on agricultural development, there was one on women empowerment which interested me. I got associated with the project from the International Fund for Agricultural Development which got over by 2005.
Currently, the Mewat Development Agency in Nuh has taken me as a field coordinator. This involves interacting with self-help groups , women’s groups and many NGOs. My aim is to see that people in Mewat pay attention to education, especially girls education, women should have their own self-help groups and that Mewat sheds its image of a backward region. There is a lot of potential among the Meos to pursue education. All it takes is for the older generation to think afresh about the future of the younger generation and allow the children to pursue studies.
My husband is currently with the Haryana Electricity Board after taking voluntary retirement from the army. While my elder daughter has completed plus 2 and is pursuing medicine in Kota while staying in a hostel there, my second daughter is in the 8th standard. Two sons are studying in the 7th and 5th standard. My dream is that my children too should complete education and work in Mewat for the development of the place and the people. I run an NGO- the Mewat Mahila Balvikas Sanstha which is a vocational centre for women, offering training in embroidery, tailoring and even Hindi language guidance.
It has been a long struggle for me to convince people about why women should seek education. Narrow-minded men and the society had to be told that education is not a matter of acquiring degrees, but it has to be used for the upliftment of the society too. Today when I drive my scooter through the roads of Mewat, I do not find eyes popping out or people staring at me. They are getting used to the fact that times are changing . I am a Meo woman, I have my Islamic traditions intact. My education has not come in the way of my Islamic style of life.
As told to Nigar Ataulla

http://islamicvoice.com/April2008/Profile/index.php?PHPSESSID=9e3970f2e4b72921eeb50bdf9624eb 58#MohammadiTheFirstMeoGraduatefromMewat

05-05-08, 10:42 AM
Bangalore: When it comes to the offences committed by the upper castes (Hindus), our judiciary and all other wings of society including the media, are so soft. So kind. Not only that. The crimes they commit are treated as “economic offence” and given very light punishment —but many times simply let off with a minor rap. Here is a striking case of the Hindu double-standards when it comes to the notorious Bania share broker:
Bombay: Sixteen years after they siphoned off public funds to the tune of Rs. 47 crore to invest in shares, a special court on April 1 sentenced four prominent city brokers, including Ketan Parekh and Hiten Dalal, to one year in jail. “Had he (Parekh) been convicted and sentenced earlier, he would not have committed other offences”, observed Justice V.K. Kanade, who is heading the special court (for trial of offences relating to transactions under the Securities Act). The judge held them guilty of criminal conspiracy, misappropriation of funds and cheating.
The court, extended the bail of the accused and suspended the sentence till July 31, to enable them to file appeal in the SC. The other brokers who were sentenced to one year imprisonment along with Parekh are Pallav Seth and Shrenik Jhaveri. (Times of India, April 2, 2008).
But look how harshly the Dalits, Tribals and Muslim are tackled. SC/STs already reduced to skeletons fighting for human rights, are gunned down calling them naxalites, maoists. Our Khatri Sikh PM says the maoists are the No.1 threat to India. Muslims are called terrorists, arrested, pictures published on front pages, and lobbed in the jail to rot there life long.
The Hindus have their own law, the law of Manu. They are not governed by the constitution of India. The Supreme court is no exception. Yet our people are not getting angry.

05-05-08, 10:56 AM
Brahminism finally defeats Budhism & takes to naked violence


While we leave Budhist part of the current (the age-old Revolution for part-III of this write up), here in Part-II we concentrate on the current of development of violence in Brahminism. We, however, cannot help leaving this question with our learned scholars to ponder whether the series of counter-revolutions that Brahminism ran were (or running even now are) to contain or curb revolution or were mere brandishings in the air, where there was no revolution.
As violence in the Gita came into practice it took a line opposite to Budhism. As said above Brahminical stream followed the line — to do others to death to eradicate evil and the Gita supported this line of thought dressing its bloody face with high sounding verbosity stolen from the Lotus Sutra.

In its earlier history when a certain Brahmin, Parasurama, sets to do his adversaries to death, he takes Kshatriyas as his adversaries. In exercising his right propounded (in the Vedas, Shastras, Manu Smriti and further clarified) in the Gita to finish bodies of Kshatriyas he “goes around the earth 21 times” each time in search of any surviving Kshatriya including those in the mother’s womb. This is the philosophy that Brahminism gave shape in their latest Gita. This violence is not on enemies of another country but his very own Kshatriya neighbours. Violence is not to defend their dharma from enemy attacks. Violence is on a people who dared to develop a philosophy which Brahminism disapproved.
This violence is to curb others right to freedom of thought. Violence was to keep slaves from awakening and disengaging themselves from Brahminical chains of slavery.

The quality of Parasurama’s violence can be likened to the latest Gujarat Genocide (2002) where even pregnant women and children were not spared. And his killing sprees are lauded and praised and he is given the status of Bhagwan. Several temples are erected in his name. To the Chitpavan Brahmins, he is the god.
In one such temple in Himachal Pradesh, a pond is built to contain the Kshatriya blood that he collected. It seems the very “blood-thirsty” expression arose from Parasurama’s thirst for Kshatriya blood. No where it is mentioned that Parasurama risked his life or limb to achieve his target.
Now with the state power in Brahminical hand, not unlike Parasurama, every police and militia man is given a weapon in hand and sent on a killing spree. Not only such people are lauded and praised, given awards and rewards in real life, in (so-called) national ceremonies, but also in Hindi films.
The development of Brahminical religion in opposite direction to Budhism starts from here. As Dr. Ikeda puts it:
It is the difference between true person of religion who is prosecuted and attacked and a religious charlatan who attacks other (III/148) [1].
Soldiers of Hindu state are sent on the spree to shower bullets on people whose crime they do not know. Thus Parasuramas after Parasuramas are raised (through recitation of the Gita and shastras) as religious charlatans and sent on a killing spree.

That Brahmins loudly praise Parasurama is quite understandable. But what of the Kshatriyas? That they sat through the Sunday morning Ramayana serial for months is most amazing. In this serial a fretting and fuming Parasurama is portrayed as an honoured guest in Rama’s wedding ceremony. It looked as if he was brought in as a warning to Kshatriyas to take care. His presence should be taken as a threat by Kshatriya viewers of the serial. But nothing like this happened.
Seeing no reaction from Kshatriyas, Brahmins must be laughing in their sleeves. They must be gratified at the success of their experiment. That the serial maker did not overlook to dress up Parasurama’s face in a fretting and fuming pose did not trouble anyone.
Here is another departure of the fighter for Dharma that (Budhism and) Sikhism advance from Brahminism. The solder is ready to die on the path of saving humanity. It is because he has an attitude of respect for human beings. He is in love with humanity and for the sake of this love he is ready to give up his life. But the contempt of Parasurama for humanity was not just pouring in the serial. The tragedy of all tragedies is that it is getting translated into contempt of the ruling class for majority of Indians.

World’s worst arrogant people have come to power in India. None is more arrogant than people in power, says Daisaku Ikeda, (V/110) [2]. And wickedness of this state of Arrogance (anger) in a Hindu shows that no one in power is more arrogant than a Hindu. History of this age has brought out the ravages that caste has caused on Hindu psyche. And this evil state of mind of a Hindu is something to be feared. Muslims and Sikhs have learnt this terrible lesson with their lives.

In Hashimpura, a colony predominantly of Muslim factory workers in Meerut, police constables bundled around 41 young Muslim boys on a truck on May 22 evening, 1987. It happened in the aftermath of Hindu-Muslim riots. The very shape that Hindus have given to their atrocities brings out a state of arrogance in them that refuses to understand reality as it stands. After sucking their blood in economic exploitation, upper caste Hindu traders (who are the ruling Kshatriyas of this age) impose on poor Muslim factory workers these Hindu-Muslim riots.

This is what their sick mind plans all the time ever since state power has come in their hands. The yellow PAC truck took them to the bank of Upper Ganga canal in Muradnagar. After dragging them one by one out of the truck, they shot them dead before throwing each one of them in the canal. The story comes from the only survivor, Zulfikar, in whom the bullet accidently missed the point and passed two inches above through the shoulder. (Hindustan Times, Dec.18, 2006) [3].
Words of Nichiren Daishonin depicting conditions of society in Japan when correct Budhist teachings were obscured, apply exactly on Indian situation today. He writes:
“Not a single person in the entire population will possess a heart of goodness; there will be nothing but binding and enslaving, killing and injuring, anger and contention. People will slander each other or fawn upon one another and the laws will be twisted until even the innocent are made to suffer”. (WND 08) [4].
Here in India in this later day of the law, ruling Hindus, their judges and lawyers are aiding and abetting the state in persecuting the non-Hindu nationalities. Wearing masks of virtuosity, they are nothing more than accomplices in crimes of state. God (Bhagwan) Parasurama has entered their souls after 1947.

These days a noise is heard in upper caste circles about the treatment that rising population of Indian Bahujans deserve.
The ruling class is itching for Parasurama experiment to be repeated to bring the population down.
Have you heard of any other ruling class ever harboring such thoughts about its own countrymen? The excessively breeding, impure, dark/dirty Bahujans, progeny of hated Khatia Gana is troubling them because of their poverty. They are thinking of wiping them out in another such operation as — Black Thunder or Blue Star or whatever the name. People in whom compassion takes a back seat, Gurbani calls them wriggling worms that think they are human beings (sun galan akash ki keetan aye rees, GG p.06) [5]. It is talking of boasting and bragging of such like worms in human form.

“Ordinarily one regards killing another person as the most heinous of the acts. But when it is for the country someone who kills becomes a hero”, says Daisaku Ikeda (V/107) [6].
So Hindus are killing for the country. “Perverse religion of nationalism causes people to lose their senses”, says Haruo Suda (V/107) [7] and Hindus have lost their senses as they started worshipping Bharat Mata that too in modern times of 21st century. “The idea that state takes precedence over people is worship of power”, says Daisaku Ikeda (V/108) [8]. As Hindus took nationalism as their religion and Indian state as a deity, no one is a worst worshipper of power than the Hindu.

Worship of state known as leviathan worship was imposed by the Roman empire on people in early centuries of Christian era, just as worship of Bharat Mata was imposed on Indian people by Hindu terrorists in 20th century. But early pristine pure Christianity fought back. Here in India on the other hand the above mentioned army of upper caste Hindus intoxicated with bloody nationalism was raised to trample over the rights of all nationalities residing inside India in the name of nationalism and the idea that state takes precedence over people has gone to their heads. This was the poison fed to upper castes (Hindus) — long abandoned by nazi Germany and Europe as a bad dream.

We used to wonder at the scale at which devotional songs were sung and worship of Bharat Mata was going on in the fifties of the last century. Little did we know that this is worship of state power the Hindus are in the process of usurping. It is the same worship which the Romans had introduced in early Christian era as mentioned above and goes by the name of leviathan worship. “Early Christians challenged the apparently irresistible might of the Roman Imperial Government”, writes Daisaku Ikeda (V/109) [9].

“Leviathan-worship symbolizing state power was persuasively commended to Christians”, Daisaku Ikeda says. Worship of Bharat Mata too was sought to be persuasively commended to non-Hindu nationalities residing in India. And we have lived Dr. Ikeda’s words as he says - “nothing is more sinister than worship of state power”, over the past decades. But our people never recognised the danger till it came on their heads. This is what it means to have state power and also media totally in Hindu hands. This is the power that the Hindus were hankering after in those years. They used to become emotional about Bharat Mata, if someone so much as mentioned its name with less respect than (they thought is) due to a deity. While we were wondering at their worship of Bharat Mata - “worship of state is worship of power”, we learnt, only from Dr. Daisaku Ikeda (V/106) [10].

Times have changed. The killers have the state authority to kill. We will discuss below that killing and violence has acquired sophistication of sorts.
Present-day killers are not Brahmins themselves but servants of Brahmins. Even the Babri Masjid was not demolished by Brahmins. It was brought down by slaves of Brahmins.
Slaves are helping implement Brahmin ideology both in real life and in films. A Sikh-turned film star is lauded and praised for carrying a gun, shouting, foaming from the mouth for Muslim blood. Such are our rulers and such are their slaves.
While attacking their adversaries with rebuking, vilifying, beating, pelting stones, showering abuses and scorn may be known in other societies. But Brahminical society has added another gory dimension of murdering them en-masse.
India has undergone several rounds of murderous attacks on non-Hindu nationalities. It will not be too much if we say it is becoming an every day affair. A particular case of murderous attack on Sikhs in 1984 is reviewed here to understand the life (mental) state of the Gita and Bharat Mata-worshipping upper castes. Though the incident portrayed here is single and particular but only a generalized reflection of this particular reality is given and its accidental and unique forms are omitted, only law governed necessity of its development is given.

All we remember is that it becomes very difficult to recognize evil for what it is. On that day, it appeared as if criminals have descended on Sikhs from all sides. For deceiving, raping, kicking and killing Dalits, Muslims, Sikhs and lower castes, a difficult to recognize Hindu warrior has come to the central stage. This is what Brahminism intended and wrote the Gita to realize it and this has happened.
Otherwise what can you say of a people who did not forget to dress up elegantly to watch a roadside circus of murderous attacks on Sikhs? So enthusiastic were they that, to watch it they had raised platforms and climbed nearby trees, stairs and roof-tops on Bangla Saheb Road in Delhi just as they do when Ravana is put to flames on Dasara festival. Seeing them dressed up in a festive mood, it became difficult to come to terms with their behaviour till doctrine of ten worlds became available to us from Budhist texts. In their perception they were behaving as if in the death of a Sikh they were seeing death of a Ravana. This deranged perception gives away a sign of state of anger (arrogance) in which the upper castes have finally come to dwell. It took centuries of Brahminical time and tons and tons of patience before they could bring the most troublesome of their foes into prison of this state. The Gita helped Brahminism greatly in this process.

Here we are in the process of looking through a difficult state, in the severest form of which the ruling caste society has landed after undergoing the latest Brahminical counter-revolution. Budhist texts have helped us to diagnose it as fourth of the ten worlds in which life state of an individual human and a society can be described. It is called the state of anger both in Gurbani (karodh) and Budhist texts. It is described as the evil state, in religious terms with which modern psychology seems to be coming to terms. Dr. Ikeda says:
“Because their (people in state of anger) hearts are crooked they can see neither themselves nor others correctly”. (IV/122) [11]
We have seen with our own eyes that they were seeing in an individual Sikh nothing less than a demon. But the irony of all ironies is that the Sikh does not know that anyone can harbor such thoughts about him. Dr. Ikeda writes at another place that “while being overcome with envy they have their eyes spinning round and round in their heads. It seems to them however the mountains are heaving” (IV/135), [12]. This seemed to have happened to the upper castes watching the murderous attacks on Sikhs that day.

That day we saw them pursuing a Sikh to his death. It appeared as if seeing the Sikh alive has made the very earth underneath the feet of a Hindu shake. As Katsuji Saito says: “Because their eyes are spinning they cannot see the grandeur of mountains” (IV/135) [13]. Their eyes were truly spinning. Such is the distorted vision of those in this state. We see both Budhism and Sikhism trying to rescue people out of this sick state of mind. Though Babasaheb does not name the state but he correctly judged the condition of a Hindu in the Annihilation of Caste as he comes to the conclusion that the Gita and Shastras will not allow the Hindu recover his humanity. Rather after the latest counter-revolution the severity of symptoms of this state have worsened.
On another occasion it happened in the 2002 Gujarat genocide. In 1984, we were awe struck to see that while gladly giving a helping hand to hired killers and police, their look did not even betray that they were anguished or sorry or guilty of what Hindu state was doing to the Sikhs. They rather bore a look of indifference if not of satisfaction, authority and respectability.

This Hindu seemed to be authorized to conduct this operation. They seemed to have had prior information of Sikh killings was the thought that is troubling me since then. The plan to kill Sikhs might have been hatched in their Bangla Saheb Road/Gole Market flats. They seem to be charged with the duty of making a success of this macabre circus.
It is this type of violence that is described as picturesque violence in a Dalit Voice article, The violence in Hinduism (DV March 1, 1984, p.3, [14] by Dr. P. Rama Moorthy). I have myself seen them giving helping hand to police and to killers but not to the victims. The operation was neatly carried out in the manner of slave fights of Roman empire where killing of slaves by slaves was a game watched by royalty. Likeness was striking.
By saying: “It is a religion in which ego of the state tramples over the dignity of the individual”, Dr. Ikeda is talking about religion of nationalism. Who knows it better than us, how Punjabi upper castes vilified Sikh religion and took the poison of religion of nationalism for Amrit, in front of our eyes. All this they did to oust all thoughts of a magnificent religion like a bad dream. Their situation was like that of a drunken husband driving out his virtuous wife and bringing in a whore. It is ego (of this whore), their new religion of nationalism that trampled over the dignity of the Sikh religion and the individual Sikh is our well considered historical opinion.

Thus during Arjuna’s times, Kshatriyas were involved in killing and getting killed or injured in return. But the Brahminical violence of 1984 had taken further strides since then, leave aside Brahmin ruling class members, even Kshatriya/Vaishya and shudra ruling class members need not soil their clothes (let alone soiling of hands or getting injury). Slaves did this job for them while the ruling class was under state protection. This was observed during the “Blue Star Operation” in Amritsar and during partition times. The ruling upper caste remained under protection of state forces. They had no fear of the attackers. Like obedient slaves they knew whom to attack and whom to protect.
These upper caste government servants had matured into a ruling class on its own right by 1984. They thus seemed to be invited to watch the game of slaves after slaves turning up to kill (one after another) Sikh slave. For killing of Sikh slaves, slaves of another community were arranged. History will not forget to record this truth. Neither was this an isolated event. The same happened in Gujarat in the 2002 Muslim genocide.

What people, even nazis of the Nazi Germany, will be shamed before the terrorism that upper Kshatriya castes practiced. After finishing watching this macabre circus, they were seen returning to their sumptuous afternoon meals laid down for them by another set of slaves. It was with great difficulty I came to terms with knowledge as to why Brahminical govt. servants were making a beeline to gain residence into these tiny flats. Gole Market/Bangla Saheb Road flats were strategically located and were houses of power where close relatives of rulers (if not rulers themselves) lived. These were the houses where Hindu bombs were lodged. No bomb is more sinister than a Hindu stuck in the (marshland like) state of anger. I have an uncanny feeling that Brahminical rulers had arranged this circus with their connivance. We are ourselves witness to this scene, as Sikh men and boys were dragged out of the buses at Sahid Bhagat Singh Marg and as they ran for their lives to Bangla Sahib road.

Thus wearing the veneer of respectability and humility, the upper castes arrayed on the side of Brahminical forces have brought to light their own type of fight with Skhism. Actually in fights with other countries also they do not soil their hands. Their slaves only work for them as their paid minions worked for them on Delhi roads, one sees a highly developed state of anger brought to a sophisticated ending. On seeing the Adi Sankara approach, bells of danger used to start ringing in Budhist circles but modern victims of Brahminical violence can no longer recognize the army of soldiers that just inspects one set of slaves killing another set of slaves, under state protection with folded arms and easy mannerism of respectability.
Parasurama had to do this job with his two sacred Brahmin hands. But killing of enemies of Brahminism (the shudras) has attained such a sophistication that the Brahmin need not soil his hands with shudra blood, Kshatriyas are managing such affairs for him. The Hindu police is bringing tribal boys to Bhudevta (in naxalite garb) to try his hand on the gun.

On that day, hounds were set on Sikhs. My eyes and ears may be faltering on encountering such a ghastly sight. I was returning from Bangla Saheb Gurdwara to my Lady Harding Rd. residence.
But I believe they were guiding the hounds not only by saying “Sikh has run this way or that way or that he is hiding there or that he is gone around that corner of the house”, but also pointing with fingers, if not running with them to catch the Sikh. Their shrieks are still with me, refusing to die decades after the event. I was passing in front of government quarters, on Bangla Saheb Road that they were crowding. Corrupt powers of the world that want to rule over others must be envious of Indian ruling class.
Who are these people who collect together to give a helping hand and a finishing touch to gory killing before returning to their sumptuous meals? Are they humans? This state of life makes a human turn into an animal, say Budhist texts, dealing with the doctrine of ten worlds. It is the fourth of the ten worlds in which such humans are known to dwell and is called the state of anger both in Budhist and Sikh texts.

People in the fourth world have acquired a shade of sophistication over the lower three evil paths. They have retained the animality of the third world, adding to it a refined artistic and polished angle. As their inner feelings are covered by deceptive outward appearances, there is an intellectual operation of sorts involved in the situation. Dr. Daisaku Ikeda says: “The most dangerous brutality dwells within human beings” and quotes Russian novelist Dostoevsky who says: “People talk sometimes of bestial cruelty but that is a great injustice and insult to the beasts; a beast can never be so cruel as a man so artistically cruel” (IV/112), [15].
If you want to see such a cruelty, please come to India.

These are the ruling class Hindus who are blinded to their own faults because they dwell in the fourth evil world of anger. Western psychologists are fast recognizing this state in humans. A book named People of the Life: The Hope for Healing Human Evil by Dr. M. Scott Peck has appeared. Dr. Peck is applying symptoms of this state on his patients. We will follow-up his manner of healing them, because the Guru Granth had also taken this arduous task on warfooting. It deals with this most difficult to cure state of human mind. The Gurbani lays great stress on recognizing symptoms of this state and methods of curing it. Kam karodh nagar bahu bhariya mil sadhu khandal khanda hey (GG p.13 [16]).
Hindus display their knowledge (or you can say reading prowess) by narrating atrocities committed by Nazi Germany. But they are oblivious of ground realities in their own country they are ruling. Inability to reflect on one’s faults, failures and above all naked crimes, is one of the important symptoms of this state narrated by Nichiren Daishonin and given in the Lotus Sutra.

Famous words of Christ: “Forgive them because they know not what they are doing”, point to this symptom of state of anger. So the all-knowing Kshatriya knows not what he is doing. Such is his misery. It is blindness of a perverted state of mind that has touched those heights where a Hindu fails to recognize naked crimes committed by their (Hindu) open connivance with atrocities committed by state they rule. They refuse to admit to their failure or hand on crimes. This is the reason that they do not want to believe naked facts unearthed in their own country during their own rule.
In the aftermath of Sant Bhindranwale’s movement, mounds and mounds of human skulls and bones were recovered from areas of Punjab. Progeny of Parasuramas with state power in their hands have made bones of those who dared to shed light on this gory crime, join these mounds. They too went missing like those whom these bones belonged. And silence of graveyard has descended on such circles that were a buzz with human right activities. Many, many Parasuramas are stalking the streets for a smell of an enemy who will dare to expose those closely guarded secret of Indian state ruled by (Brahminical) Hindus. And the Gita says god has taken birth to save such killers like the Bhudevatas.

In Iraq, America and its allies might have brought down this situation on the people because they have invaded another country but in India it is not a war situation between two countries. It is question of state-sponsored terrorism on a neighbouring community with the aid of not only state forces and media but a cruel, heartless ruling class that dwells in the fourth world of anger (through reading and reciting of Gita and Shastras).
The Manu Smriti too recommends murders by Brahmin but the right given in the Gita is tackled in a more sophisticated manner. The manner that goes with the tastes of latest line of English-educated, trading class Kshatriyas.
Built by lifting verse after verse from a Budhist sutra (as Babasaheb has brought out in his above mentioned essay on the Gita in Vol.3 [17], Gita is lent a flavour by Budhism with worthy if not sacred poetic expression. And these expressions coming from the mouth of Khatia Gana (Kshatriya) god Krishna give the feel of heavenly symphony resounding in three worlds. (Just recall resounding words supposedly spoken by Krishna at the beginning of the serial Mahabharata).

Actually all this with its heavenly echo is stolen straight from the Lotus Sutra.
The Brahmin kept the Lotus Sutra somewhere away from the prying eyes of Budhists, indulging in activity called appropriating and plagiarizing Budhist writings (WND p.224) [18].
It is the same Lotus Sutra in search of which great Budhists spent life-time after life-time which Brahmins have brought into latest edition of the Gita. Names of some of these Budhists in search of the Lotus Sutra occur in the writings of Chinese travellers from whom they inquired about position of the Lotus Sutra in China. Chinese travelers have also recorded in their memoires that they were highly dignified, respectable, Budhist patriarchs.
Be that as it may, Kshatriyas have gone completely mad over this spurious, poisonous potion which Brahminism prepared for them so assiduously. They are thoroughly sold out to the Gita. With the result they are effectively alienated from Budhism which is the actual sources of those verses that so gladden their hearts

And if we are not wrong in our assumption the same is going to happen to the Sikh ruling class if they do not take special care. They are going the Kshatriya way. That after the Kshatriya (Khatri) Sikhs, Brahminical forces have reached the shudra Sikhs with the Gita in hand, (through such scholars whose question is under discussion) should ring danger bells in Jat Sikh circles. It is not for nothing that they too are hankering after the Kshatriya title which lovers of humanity should shun.
The present age is the age of real victory of Brahminism. As seen above, finally the Kshatriyas of latest Brahminical counter-revolution have surrendered. They have come down to a state which Brahminism had long planned for them. It were these Kshatriyas who kept on troubling Brahmins throughout history. It is because four noble paths (of learning, realization, Bodhisattva and Budha) were open to them. In the present age real victory of Brahminism has occurred as they have been able to lock their blood enemies into the fourth (lower) world of anger where they lose the very access to these four noble paths. They are thus run-away men that Gurbani calls jo bhage tin yoni firna. This is what is going to happen to Jat Sikhs if they start reading-reciting the Gita.

The Brahmin has told them to get out of the four higher paths: involvement in thinking and planning is not required. From here (the fourth path of anger), they are free to wander in lower six paths. Conducting marriage ceremonies and other functions in the most lavish manner to their hearts content are the jobs they are left to do. Relieved of any worthwhile work performance of birth, death and marriage ceremonies and squandering wealth on these has become every day affair with these Kshatriyas left in this idle state of anger. Even here, thinking and planning for the function is done by the Brahmin.

The Kshatriya is required to give the Brahmin enough space in his household and chance to preside over these ceremonies. In return they can indulge in any amount of drunken revelries, winning and losing wealth in gambling, womanizing, dancing and singing, film making and rest of hulla-gulla that goes with it. This is the sixth path of Rapture, also called heavenly path in Budhism. If one has a keen eye, one will see that the Kshatriyas are no longer making creative art or correct historical films. It cannot be done by those in lower six paths. Their sojourn in higher noble paths is blocked. One can see if one cares that out of the Hindus. Only the Brahmin pursues such creative activities.

Thus leaving them free to wander in the barren land of lower sixth paths, the Brahmin alone ascends to higher noble realms after fully satisfying his basic needs in a Kshatriya household.
Both Sakyamuni Budha and Guru Gobind Singh have pulled up their followers for keeping the company of Brahmins. Even then our armchair scholars give the Brahminical interpretation of the Gita.
The fact is that the Gita is a Brahminical scripture to confuse and confound the enemies.
That the Brahmin has brought on this state on Kshatriyas through the Gita and the shastras is what we learnt from Nichiren Daishonin’s Budhism. Several schools of Budhist preaching had sprung up in Japan in Nichiren Daishonin’s times. People were kept away from following the correct teachings because of these schools. Teachings of these schools in Japan is analogous to teachings of the Gita and shastras by Brahminical schools in India.

The fourth path of anger, which has become the path of the Indian ruling class, is the acknowledged evil path. Japanese Budhist movement run under Sokka Gakai is in conflict with those elements in Japan that follow this path. President Ikeda is worried at the prospect of Japanese society falling into nationalism (IV/133) [19]. That the Indian ruling class has descended into this state headlong is clear from the behaviour of their women. The essence is evident from the two powerful phenomenon of nationalism (given above) and bride-burning (given below). The upper caste Hindu society has imbibed it through reading Gita and shastras. Babasaheb’s conclusion in the Annihilation of Caste is that just for this reason (reading/reciting Gita and shastra day in and day out with Brahmin hovering on their heads) upper caste Hindus will not recover from this state. Situation is too grave. They are mentally imprisoned species.

Their boasting and bragging about abolition of sati and praise of Brahmin heroes for accomplishing this feat had hardly died, when even more ghastly phenomenon of burning women, that goes by the name of dowry deaths (bride burning), arose out of latest trading class Kshatriya society. Even those Kshatriyas could not control the flames of bride-burning rising from their own houses, who had led the latest Brahminical counter-revolution had bagged the very Kshatriya title from early Kshatriyas.
Rise of this phenomenon shows two things. One is their hate-filled hearts. How can other communities expect any human treatment from a ruling class that gave such a ghastly treatment to its own women. Second is their subservience to Brahminism It too has broken previous records as they too have passed all tests that Rajput Kshatriyas had cleared during the previous counter-revolution. They too had implemented sati with no holds barred. Actually their bagging of Kshatriya title in the latest Brahminical counter-revolution should show their strong-hearted behaviour.

Having enslaved the Kshatriyas, Brahminical forces now need not kill them. They have given the Gita and shastras in their hands. Parasurama days are gone. The Punjabi/Sindhi Kshatriyas are themselves ridiculing and vilifying Sikhs, Sikh gurus and Sikhism through the films they make and other media and other activities they conduct to please their Brahmin gurus.

Not unlike these pet monkeys of Brahminism, one such Sikh Punjabi Khatri is running the Nirankari movement just to vilify Sikhs, Sikhism and Sikh gurus. So the things are quite in place for Brahminism. Shudras are their worry now, as we see the Sikh scholar’s dilemma that is under discussion. It is suggesting that the noose for the shudra neck is under preparation.
Higher ranking shudra scholars, as per their own admission, are not reading the Guru Granth. They are only reading the Gita.
What a fall my countrymen. Judging by the Guru Granth standards the present-day Kshatriyas are not meeting the criteria to say that they walk on four noble paths.

Babasaheb wonders at the audacity of Gita to propound a philosophy “in defence of outright murder”, as it says: “killing is no killing because what is killed is the body and not the soul” (ibid p.364) [20]. But the wonder of all wonders is that over the ages this philosophy has worked. Kshatriyas were prepared to kill others (or to frighten them into submission before Brahminism) and killing became their profession under Brahminism.
As Brahminical fury on Budhists mounted, every village became a battlefield. A class was singled out of Khatia Gana that was indoctrinated on the Gita and shastras through personal attentions of chosen counter-revolutionary Brahmins.

The theory of their being born from arms of Brahma may be untenable but at practical level, it is a fact that the Kshatriya class was raised through personal supervision of individual Brahmins. Not only that. Brahminism has brought bigger calamities on India. The very first Editorial that V.T. Rajshekar wrote after starting DV was “Unity of persecuted nationaliteis”. While looking into history one finds that this is the Budhist view. But the Brahmin is hard on the job of creating disunity since centuries to handle (persecute) Budhist nationalities one by one.
We will discuss it elsewhere how this unity was brought about in Budhism and how confederacies were created. A samana (Budhist) king was elected but a Brahmin engineered dynasties and forcibly usurped the right to select a particular king of a particular dynasty. In this (samana) culture such kings as Ravana were elected by their brotherhood. But just because the samana kings opposed yajna (Brahmana) culture, they are portrayed as anti-people Rakshasas, in Brahminical literature.

Opposing yajna culture itself means Budhist revolution, explains S.K. Biswas at length in his book, Budhism, the Religion of Mohinjodaro and Harappa. But our scholars do not read Dalit literature. Even Bahujan scholars are not reading Babasaheb Ambedkar’s works.
Without reading Dr. Ambedkar one cannot cross the Bhavsagar (fearful sea, replete with dangers) that is India of the present dark (Kali Yuga) age, as it is called in the Guru Granth.
In Nichiren Daishonin’s Budhism, the age that begins 2,000 years after Budha’s death will be the age like this. And it is named Latter Day of the Law. Even definition of Kali Yuga is opposite to this Brahminical world.

We discuss elsewhere why Brahmins did this, why they brought such wholesale massacre on Kshatriyas, shudras and Sikh/Muslim masses. Suffice to recall here the identity of Arjuna’s relatives arrayed in the battlefield, against him, as portrayed in the Gita. They were the Budhist Khatia Gana. The Gita itself admits their brotherhood with Arjuna and his Pandav brothers. Why the Khatia Gana became such avowed enemies of Pandavs so as to confront them in battlefield? Why (the god of) Gita is instigating Arjuna to kill them? It is clear that the Pandavs along with Arjuna had gone over to the Brahmin side. Pandavs were instigated by Brahminical forces to demand the kingdom their Kaurav cousin, Dhritarashtra, was occupying.

Actually (Kaurava) Dhritarashtra was elected king of Khatia Gana brotherhood. That is how the whole Khatia Gana appeared on the battlefield on Dhritarashtra’s behalf to give a befitting fight to Brahminical forces. But the Brahminical literature ridicules Dhritarashtra because Brahmins were hell bent to create dynasties from out of the samana culture.
The Gita thus portrays a fight between Brahminism and Budhism (samana culture).
The army arrayed against Arjuna was nothing but of his own relatives. The Mahabharata makes it clear that Brahmins were guiding both the sides. Arjuna’s relatives arrayed in the battlefield were the Budhist Khatia Gana who had elected Kaurava Dhritarashtra as their rulers. Out of them Arjuna was singled out by the Brahminical forces and made a bloody fool.

When we take a superficial glance at the history of triumphant Brahminism we find that the task it undertook was to divide and redivide Khatia Gana society. Khatyo was the name of a people engaged in agricultural and cattle-rearing activities. Budha quotes Aggamma Sutta (DV Ed) to say that Khatias were masters of agricultural operation.
The Brahmin first divided the Khatiya (farmers) into two: warriors and farmers. Since then Khatiya has come to mean Kshatriya (warrior).
A brother is co-opted by Brahminical forces out of these Budhists. In this battle it is clear that brothers were arranged to cut the neck of (Budhist) brothers. This is what had happened to these Kshatriyas. Enough of Arjuna-like fools are getting singled out in shudra castes to ride on the neck of their own brotherhood till this day.

Much water has flown under the bridge since Arjuna’s times — the period which the Gita depicts. Since then Kshatriyas after Kshatriyas were brought up on this potion called the Gita and shastras. And thus made to walk on lower three evil paths as the life state of those playing with fire, blood and sword is known in Nichiren Daishonin’s Budhism (WND 139, Note-79) [21].
They were made to traverse thousands and thousands miles of fiery tracks with bodies smeared in blood and sword in hand. Such was the path on which the Kshatriyas were put. And the Mt. Abu yajna itself took place to single out this Kshatriyas (out of Khatia Gana) to be put on this path.

English-educated scholars may not understand the religious (Budhist/Sikh) idiom of evil paths or lower paths etc. So we are giving another concrete example. The example cited above was of fourth world of anger into which the latest line of Kshatriya traders have landed. Now we will deal with the third world of animality. Since each of the ten worlds has its own set of features each of the lower evil paths too have its own set of features. The most dreaded third evil path of animality was reserved for the warrior class prepared out of the Khatia Gana to fight Budhism. As said above Brahmins trained choicest members of the Khatia Gana for the warfare of brothers with brothers,.
We will take the famous Rajput ruler, Prithviraj Chauhan, for our description.

His personality as emerges from pages of history make him follow this path called a “(third) path of foolishness” (also known as the world of animality). He is seen playing with fire or it will be better to say that he was made to play with fire, blood and sword as this type of life is called in Nichiren Daishonin’s Budhism. (WND 139 Note-79) [22]. Since Islamic scholars were accompanying Shahabuddin Ghori, it is clear that he was invading India to contend with such rulers who were followers of Brahminism.
In pages of history Prithviraj is seen repeatedly leaving his home in the hands of his court Brahmins as he was made (ordered) to go to the battle fronts, time and again. It is written that he even left his newly wed wife Sanyogta in their hands.

It will put our case in right perspective if we say that Prithviraj’s brotherhood, the Budhist Khatia Gana, were wise during his times. It was because they still followed Budhist principles and unlike Prithviraj had not lost sight of their enemies. Budhists had taken care and developed safeguards in their social systems, to protect their women, from the Brahmin hand. We will discuss it elsewhere. They had already learnt this lesson which Prithviraj had not learnt. Budhist women were targets of Brahmins. But rulers like Prithviraj did not understand this finer point and exactly for this reason their path is called path of foolishness.

That Rajput Kshatriyas were so much imprisoned in six lower paths that they not only stopped bothering about the hostility of Brahmins towards their women but, instigated by the Brahmin, they started burning on husband’s pyre their own women. Prithviraj’s times saw the beginning of this horrible phase of Kshatriya history. It was a period when burning Kshatriya woman arose out of the Khatia Gana.
By throwing revolutionary Khatia Gana women on husband’s pyre, Brahminism took its (centuries-old) revenge on them. And sucked the very life force (Budhist spirit) out of the entire Khatia Gana.

Their women could not regain the same glory again. They may not regain it for eternity. They were those brilliant women who gave a fight to Brahminism on their own right.
This can be seen in the life history of world famous saint poetess, Meera Bai, arising out of them. But then silence of grave fell on Khatia Gana womanhood. No Meera arose out of them and no poetry. It was because their walk on four noble paths ended, giving way to Brahminic schemes of keeping them imprisoned.
Talking about the disability of those in the third world of animality and to judge true and false, good and evil, Dr. Ikeda observes: “they lack a firm moral and ethical foundation. As a result they act instinctively and without any sense of shame”, (IV/111), [23]. That is how Prithviraj took his defeat after defeat in the hands of Ghori exposing absence of self-reflection and ability for independent assessment of the situation. Thus he heaped shame upon shame on his valiant Khatia Gana brotherhood. Gurbani says when you are thus trapped you bring whole of your caste brotherhood into the trap - (fandhi lagi jat fahayan) (GG 1288, [24]).

The whole episode suggests that Brahmins, while sitting in the comforts of Prithviraj’s home, might be filling pages and pages of Prithviraj’s (false, useless, obituary-like) history (that Indians are made to read). In this history they might have admired their victim’s physical prowess and valor. But it is clear that it was no use. They had no mercy on him.
A Brahmin is Brahmin if he is not (fulfilling his caste mission and) relishing his (Khatia Budhist) foe’s defeat. To a Brahmin such grand defeats of Budhist rulers were more important than Ghori’s victory (or India’s fall).
Indeed the Brahmin had worked to achieve just this. He would have rejoiced in the success of his mission while savouring the company of Khatia Gana women like Prithviraj’s newly brought wife Sanyogata. Her name sounds like Gautama Budha’s wife. For all that we know this could be the cause of Brahminical ire. Shakyamuni Budha had forbidden his Khatia Gana followers from doing exactly this: keeping company of a Brahmin. But such persons as Prithviraj had descended to Brahminic faith after the Mt. Abut Yajna.

The question that Dr. Ikeda asks is: “Does having a lot of power and influence make someone great? (IV/98) [25]. This is our question too, in this historical situation, after treading the path of blood, fire and sword that Prithviraj Chauhan took. Dr. Ikeda’s observation: “Among the powerful people there are more than a few, whose lives are ravaged by the world of hunger and animality”. This fits with the life-state of Prithviraj Chauhan, emerging from pages of history.
Though in possession of physical and political power, Prithviraj shows clear tendencies of living in horrible lower worlds. He lacked sound standard for judging good and evil which is one of the characteristic of world of animality in humans, as Dr. Ikeda explains (IV/111) [26].

Such mighty Khatia Gana warriors, whose ancestors had given a promise to Shakyamuni on his death bed that they would build their physical strength to refute attacks of enemies of Dhamma, succumbed to the very same enemy — that too for such paltry gains. But what is more pathetic is that a single man arising out of them could bring whole of his brotherhood to such a sorry state, that too not for one or two days but for (what sees like) eternity. It is a sad-sad story that they made the whole brotherhood suffer for their sins and made them come to such passe. This is what Gurbani means when it says that when they are trapped they make all their caste fellows come into the trap - (fandhi lagi jat fahayan).

Actually Brahminical forces used the rulers as means to manipulate minds of masses of Budhists so that they stop pursuing higher paths. And not unlike Kshatriyas mentioned above, they restrict their activities to lower evil paths. To put it in another way the revolutionary Budhist Khatia Gana were prevented from waking up to their human rights. Dr. Ikeda says: “There is difference between a religion that exists for the people and the one that exists to perpetuate its own authority” (148/III) [27].
While Budhism exists for the people. Brahminism is a religion that exists to perpetuate its own authority.
Nichiren Daishonin talks of a promise made to Shakyamuni by his powerful Budhist followers (WND p.345) [28]. Hate-filled stories that Brahmins manufactured on the correctly lived lives of Khatia Gana people have washed out their grand contributions to Indian history. The life styles of these righteous (dharmi) people, who were bestowed with the title of Vajjarsattvas, ordinarily should be the pride of their people — their brotherhood, and their motherland.

These life styles should have been stored as treasure houses and precious heritage. Instead ruin and shame prevails over Central India which was their home during this phase of history.
They were weapon-wielding Budhists and this status reveals that they were in command of not only protecting the correct teachings but the person of Shakyamuni Budha as we learn from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin.
Armed Vajjarsattvas formed the vanguard of Budha, as he walked attended by heavenly gods on his right and left, he writes (WND 360) [29]. The Brahmin on the other hand made fun of them by depicting them as devout monkey gods (Hanumans). They did exactly what an enemy should do. [They have done this to Guru Gobind Singh’s beloved, heroic, weapon-wielding members of Khalsa fraternity]. The true story about them is that they were weapon-wielding Vajjarsattvas given the status of gods in Budhism as these writings bring out (WND 379, note-27) [30].

People should take things in their hands and not rely on those selected by Brahminical forces. It is an established truth now that Brahmins take care to select Prithviraj or Arjuna-like individuals as our representatives, to mock at us through their disabilities. They make them ride on us through the power given to them.
The latest case is that of Sardar Baldev Singh (and several other Sikh leaders). He was selected by Jawaharlal Nehru for this very purpose to heap shame upon shame on Jat Sikhs.
Here we discover a cruel historical joke played on Khatia Gana by their Brahminical foe. Not unlike Baldev Singh, Prithviraj Chauhan too was trapped (fandhi lagi...).

Features of individuality of personality seem to be lost in them. They seem to have lost the will to develop qualities of independence of spirit. Editor V.T. Rajshekar calls it “slaves enjoying their slavery”. This is the trait that runs counter to the teachings of Lotus Sutra and the Guru Granth.
Such negative characteristics had started appearing in the Gita/shastra following Hindu rulers from Arjuna’s times onwards. Appearance of these features in the ruling class itself should be taken as dangerous sign of Brahminisation or Hinduisation.
What Budhism teaches is struggle. But under the tyrannical Brahminical Social Order, the Brahmin takes upon himself the role of a guru and a constant companion of its victim. In the name of his guru, Dronacharya was seen virtually riding Arjuna’s back.
No one is to advice a Budhist. He is to walk alone on the path of perfecting his skills. Walking on this path, a fighting, struggling Budhist is to carve out his own course. Apana deep aap bhavo, are Shakyamuni’s words that Budhists lived with their lives. When one is charged with the fire, to lay down one’s life, on the path of liberating others who could be his companion? Who can be grater than his own self to guide him? This is what Shakyamuni means when he says apana deep aap bhavo (be your own light).

We find that Brahminical forces did all this to manipulate minds of masses of Budhists to walk on lower evil paths. It became a business with them as they reserved the higher paths of learning and realization for themselves. They put their famous karma theory of Gita to keep Kshatriyas in lower paths. Takanori Endo says: “Of the Ten Worlds, the six worlds from Hell, (Hungry spirits, Animality, Anger, Humanity) to Rapture are known as the six paths. These are based on the world view of Brahminism, which was widespread in India in Shakyamuni’s times. According to Brahmin teachings all beings dwell in places or realms that belong to one of the six paths and into which they are born according to their past actions or karma. The key idea is that of retribution according to the law of cause and effect; people are held to transmigrate through these six paths according to causes they make (IV/103) [31]. Brahmins dismissed the actual ground level causes that people make and instituted baseless causes of their own making so that they (the people) could be manipulated. And whole manipulation process boiled down to bring Budhists to lower evil paths.

As noted above the doctrine of six worlds too is a Budhist doctrine propounded in the Hinayana teachings. A concrete example is given below to show how the karma theory works in opposite direction to Budhism.
After abducting Sanyogata, Prithviraj was forced to leave for battlefield. It is obvious from the narration that the court Brahmins, on whom he depended totally (depicted in the film), instigated him (after building lies upon lies on Sanyogata and her marriage ceremony) to abduct her. He was thus forced by the court Brahmins to carry away his neighbouring king’s daughter. War-fronts were kept open for him as soon as he returned home with Sanyogata. All this was revealed in a film by the name, Prithviraj Chauhan. Brahmins simply made people dance to their tune.
At the same time Shahabuddin Ghori’s campaigns were brought on Prithviraj’s head by his court Brahmins. Such is consistent Brahminical enmity with Khatia Gana is amazing. It is this consistent enemity towards them right from earlier ages to this day that has made us catch a thread of the purpose running behind the historical processes under discussion. This is the path shown to us by Babasaheb Ambedkar.

Animality (foolishness) was the life state in which a majority of rulers (playing into Brahminical hands) lived. They had stopped observing Budhist principles that could have rescued the fools. Prithviraj did not observe the very first of the five Budhist precepts: not to harm others. This very first precept would have saved him from the dangerous situation. Besides belonging to the Chauhan clan, one of the clans inducted into Brahminism in the Mt. Abu Yagna, the much-married Prithviraj Chauhan, drunk with the poison of arrogance, displayed signs of Brahminical thinking by ignoring this simple precept - not to harm others. He forcibly abducted a neighbouring king’s daughter. By handing her over to his Brahmin courtiers he let the cat out of the bag and also it betrayed the sign of residing in the world of animality. People living in this world of animality start wars simply to prove their physical prowess.

Speaking in Budhist terms, by not observing this simple precept and as a fresh entrant to Brahminism, the karmic consequence of harming others too accrued to Prithviraj. His future path was through rivers of blood, fire and sword resulting in his ultimate capture.
This resulted in his humiliation and ultimate death in the hands of Shahabuddin Ghori, an enemy of Brahminism (not Budhists).
A Khatia Gana ruler was made to drink so much of poison from the Gita and shastras that he was made to forget even the correct path and he was made to dance to the tunes of his enemies. This is the meaning of walking in evil paths. While Budhism has set the path by demanding adherence to five precepts, Brahminism uses karmic theory not to facilitate his victim’s getting out of these paths but to keep them in lower six paths.

The causes they make were further subjected to Chaturvarnya cycle which is even more dangerously set in the Gita than the other two philosophies of violence and karma. And transmigration from life to life became a business with them to frighten people. Worst retribution was set for people who refused to follow Brahminism.
Those moving in the lower three paths are rendered incapable of following important injunction of Sakyamuni Budha. This happened to those of the Khatia Gana rulers like Prithviraj who left Budhism and refused to learn anything from it. With this poison poured into their ears day in and day out, leaders of Khatia Gana forgot the principles firmly laid down in Budhism to escape enemy trap.

Lower evil paths are meticulously delineated and laid bare for the grasp of laity in the Guru Granth, Nichiren Daishonin’s Budhism and Lotus Sutra. The Guru Granth lays bare the foolish character of people (as the Brahmin is bent upon making a fool out of them).
The Gurbani says: Fish digs holes at the bottom of the vast deep ocean, yet tricked by bait, it takes the hook, instead of escaping to the holes that it had dug. Being on the path of foolishness, it ignores the escape route but comes right into the net (machhuli jaal na janiya/. saru khara asgahu).
Applying it on Prithviraj we can see how despite Budhism giving all escape routes, his Brahminical ministers and advisers did not allow him to think as a responsible ruler. History says the court Brahmins used to stay put with Prithviraj’s until he was made an unthinking moron and started dwelling in lower three paths. This is the bait.

Being rulers under Brahminical teachings they could not swallow words of truth easily. You try telling any word of truth to a Kshatriya of today, you will meet with similar response.
What more we need to learn about Brahminism from the lives of these rulers? Even in the manner of their ruling one finds them imprisoned by Brahminical dharma. Standing right in the battlefield, Arjuna is waiting for the Brahminical orders whether to bend his bow or not. They are mentally incapacitated to make an escape from Brahminical net.

With such a magnificent army of world-famous Khatia Gana warriors at their disposal, why kings like Prithviraj Chauhan felt entrapped? It is because they were not walking on higher noble paths. They had simply stopped thinking but transferred this responsibility of thinking to Brahmins in their attendance all the 24 hours and seven days a week: (ati saiani sohini kyon kito wesahu , GG p.55) [32]
Budhist principles are the same as noted in the Gurbani. Prithviraj could have easily made use of these principles. Nichiren Daishonin says:
The fish wants to survive, they deplore their ponds shallowness and dig holes in the bottom to hide in, yet tricked by bait, they take the hook. Birds in a tree fear that they are too low and perch in the top branches, yet bewitched by bait they too are caught in snares. (WND 301) [33].

Because, living by instinct, they fly towards the bait in front of their eyes and in the end they are destroyed and undone. It is foolish to live by instinct. That is why living in this lower state of life is detested in the Guru Granth.
It is not merely Prithviraj but several other ruling clans gave up Budhism and joined Brahminism that set them on evil path of fire, blood and sword. Prithviraj’s case is not an isolated one. Battle fronts were opened all over India by Brahmins to defeat Budhism by fooling heads of kingdoms. Court Brahmins are known to enjoy all the comforts reserved for the rulers.
It were the Brahmins who lived in the company of rulers women while ordering the rulers around from one battle front to the other. History is replete with such stories of Brahminical kings. It was more a rule than an exception. This is what is meant by triumph of Brahminism.

History shows the prevailing anarchy under Brahmin rule at the time of the Muslim invasion. Shahabuddin Ghori had to contend with such tyrannical Brahminical kings.
Dr. Ambedkar explains that by the time Shahabuddin Ghori’s invasions took place North (Punjab) and Central India were already under rulers of Brahminic faith. Babasaheb is seen thinking hard on this issue as he gives names of different Brahminic kings studding north and Central India. (Vol.3, p.231) [34]. About Rajput kings, his remarks are noteworthy: “For some mysterious reasons, they had become staunchest supporters of Brahminism” (Vol.3, 231) [35].
These were the run-away men from Budhism. But Budhism teaches that when we raise our eyes from immediate exigencies of day-to-day living and make an effort to improve our understanding of ourselves and the world at large, we enter into the Four Noble Paths. These Four Noble Paths are Learning, Realization, Bodhisattva state and Budhahood. In so doing, we are starting on the process of developing our true potential as human beings. Also these four noble paths are the escape routes - the holes dug in the deep ocean of mind. To escape through these holes is to take things in your own hands. As said above this is the teaching of Budhism - apana deep aap bhavo.
1. Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, Vol. III, p.148.
2. Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, Vol. V, p. 110.
3.H.T. Dec. 18, 2006, p. Edit
4. Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, p.08.
5. (Sh.) Guru Granth (Sahib), p.6
6. Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra Vol.V, p. 107.
7. Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra Vol.V, p. 107.
8. Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra Vol.V, p. 108.
9. Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra Vol.V, p. 109.
10. Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra Vol.V, p. 106.
11. Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra Vol.IV, p. 122.
12. Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra Vol.IV, p. 135.
13. Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra Vol.IV, p. 135.
14. Dalit Voice, March 1, 1984, p.3.
15. Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, Vol. IV, p.112.
16. (Sh.) Guru Granth (Sahib), p.13.
17. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Writings & Speeches, Vol.3, p.1987, Maharashtra Govt. Central Book Depot, Near Charni Road, Railway Station, Netaji Subhash Road, Bombay - 400 004.
18. Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, p. 224.
19.Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, Vol. IV, p.133.
20. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Writings & Speeches, Vol.3, p.364, 1987.
21. Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, p.139, note 79.
22. Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol.1, p.139, note 79.
23. Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, Vol. IV, p. 111.
24. (Sh.) Guru Granth (Sahib), p.1288.
25. Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, Vol. IV, p.98.
26. Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, Vol. IV, p.98.
27. Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, Vol. III, p.148.
28. Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, p.345.
29. Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, p.360.
30. Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, p.379, note 27.
31. Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, Vol. IV, p.103.
32. Guru Granth (Sahib), p.55.


06-05-08, 08:30 AM
Muhammad Iqbal is a 30-year old social activist. Originally from Silchar, Assam, he shifted to Kerala some years ago, where he now works with several Muslim organizations in the field of community service. He narrates his story to Yoginder Sikand.

I came to Kerala in 2001, my first visit to the state. I had come to search for work, the sort of work that I had been doing in Assam—painting on cloth. One of the things that struck me first and most strikingly in Kerala was that the Kerala Muslims are far ahead of Muslims in other parts of India, in terms of both secular and Islamic education. I felt that I could learn and grow in Kerala, and that this was a good place for me to work. So, I decided not to go back to Assam but to stay here instead.
I decided to give up on cloth painting, and to engage in some form of social work. In 2003, I began working with a few Muslim organizations in Calicut. In association with them, I arranged for a large number of children from very poor families, many of them orphaned, from Assam, Manipur, Bihar and West Bengal, to be sent to orphanages and hostels run by several reliable Muslim organizations in Kerala, such as the Huda Trust, the Muslim Cultural Foundation School, the Islamic Cultural Society, the Jamiat-e Dawat-e Tabligh, the Muslim Education Society, the Nadwat ul-Islam and some orphanages-cum-schools run by the Kerala Nadwat ul-Mujahidin. Here these children receive free education, both religious and secular and are also looked after and cared for free of cost. Together, my friends and I have arranged for some five hundred such children to be looked after in various Muslim institutions in Kerala.
Most of these children are sent to English-medium schools to study. Some of these schools are run by the organizations where they also live. Others are run by various Muslim organizations and are located in the vicinity of their hostels. We arrange for the children to visit their homes once every three years so that they can remain in touch with their roots. We want them to start similar institutions in their own areas once they grow up. I hope at least some of them will.
http://www.twocircles.net/files/20080503mohammad_iqbal.gifI have had the good fortune of interacting with many Muslim activists and ulema here in Kerala and have learned a great deal from them. Unlike in my part of the country and in much of the rest of northern India, I find that in Kerala the ulema are also very socially engaged. It is not that just poor families send their children to madrasas to study, as generally in the north. Almost every Muslim child in Kerala, rich or poor, girl or boy, simultaneously studies in a madrasa and in a regular school. How well organized, how professionally run Muslim organizations here are! How clean they keep their institutions! What a contrast to north India! Most ulema here have also received some modern education. They, along with Kerala Muslims generally, have fairly good ties with their Hindu and Christian neighbours. They don’t engage in the sort of fatwa-warfare that some maulvis have become so notorious for! I wish north Indian Muslims would care to learn from the Kerala example, but, unfortunately, some of them, like many north Indians in general, have a misplaced sense of superiority and think that they have nothing to learn from south Indians.
I have helped some local Muslim organizations interact with north Indian ulema, hoping that in this way we can spread the news about the Kerala example and that Muslim organizations in north India can learn from it. We have, over the years, arranged for over five hundred ulema and Muslim social activists from north India to visit Muslim institutions in Kerala and interact with Kerala Muslim activists and religious scholars and also to participate in conferences here. We thought that in this way they might be encouraged to go back to their areas and help promote modern, in addition to religious, education, to set up social work centres and so on. But, I must confess, this venture has not been very successful. For some of those whom we invited, these visits were just holiday jaunts. Some others perhaps came on these visits in the hope of getting grants and projects.
But some of them have really done good work and have also learnt a lot from their visits here. There’s Aminuddin Bhai from West Bengal, who has set up a girls’ madrasa. We’ve arranged to provide hand-pumps in his village. There’s Arfan Khan from Assam, who was orphaned at the age of two. All his family lands were washed away in a furious flood unleashed by the Brahmaputra River. He began working as a clerk, and took care of a Muslim child whose parents had been killed in an attack by the Bodos. He now has a home for almost 80 orphan children and arranges for their education. Besides, he runs an organization for the physically challenged. He came and spent some time here, observing the work of Kerala Muslim organizations. I am so moved by his example that I am planning to make a film on him.
I am sure there are so many other people like them in the world, who are doing good in their own ways. Their voices need to be recorded, to be heard, to be remembered.
Mohammad Iqbal can be contacted on [email protected] ([email protected])

06-05-08, 10:28 AM
Muslims lead in remittances by non-resident Keralites

By Sanu George, IANS
Thiruvananthapuram : A study on non-resident Keralites shows that the Muslim community in Kerala continues to lead the pack of emigrants from the state when it comes to remittances from abroad but has the lowest number of women expatriates.
These results have come out in the third round of the Migration Monitoring Studies (MMS) being conducted by the Research Unit on International Migration of the Centre for Development Studies (CDSMRU). The Department of Non-Resident Keralite Affairs of the Kerala government is financing the studies.
MMS 2007, conducted during April-September 2007, was the third in this series. The first one, called the Kerala Migration Study (KMS), was conducted in 1998. The second one was conducted five years later in 2003.
The studies have shown that the non-resident Keralite population rose from 1.36 million in 1998 to 1.84 million in 2003 and grew a shade to touch 1.85 million in the latest study.
According to S. Irudayarajan of the CDSMRU, Kerala received about Rs.240 billion in remittances in 2006-07, which is about 20 percent of the state's net state domestic product and 30 percent more than the state's annual receipts.
The study found that the Muslim community, which forms nearly 25 percent of the state's 32 million population, received 50 percent of the total remittances during 2006-07.
"About Rs.120 billion in the remittances to the state were received by the Muslim community while Hindus who constitute the majority of the population received only about Rs.80 billion. Christians received about Rs.30 billion," Irudayarajan told IANS.
The total number of non-resident Keralites in 2007 was 1.84 million. Among them, 883,000 (48.2 percent) were Muslims, 617,000 (33.3 percent) were Hindus and 347,000 (18.5 percent) were Christians.
However, Muslims have taken a back seat with regard to the number of women non-resident Keralites.
"Christians have the highest proportion of females with 28.40 percent, followed by Hindus with 16 percent and Muslims come third with a mere eight percent," said Irudayarajan.
For all religious groups taken together, 89 percent of the emigrants went to the Middle East countries, but among Muslims almost all (98 percent) went to Gulf countries.
About 14 percent Christians and 8.7 percent Hindus went to the US, but only 0.2 percent of Muslims chose to go to that country.

07-05-08, 12:20 PM
Muslim politics in Bihar heats up

Posted May 6th, 2008 by Tarique Anwar

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By TwoCircles.net correspondent,
Patna: With the election of Dr. Ejaz Ali to Rajya Sabha and sacking of Monazir Hasan and Manzar Alam from Bihar cabinet, Muslim politics in the state is heating up.
A new organization Muslim United Front is gearing up to launch itself as a political party. Party president Abu Qaiser taken a dig at all political parties and Muslim leaders who "have divided the community on caste basis and spread hatred within the community," Abu Qaiser said in a statement in the state capital.
Criticizing Dr. Ejaz Ali, Abu Qaiser said that Dr. Ali has reached the parliament by erecting wall of caste among the Muslims. Instead of championing the causes of the community like implementation of Sachar report and promotion of educational awareness, he has chosen to rest in his palatial building, alleged Abu Qaiser.
Dropped minister Monazir Hasan has recently organized demonstrations against the "anti-Muslim policies" of the Bihar govt. He has yet to say whether these policies started when he was part of the government.
Abu Qaiser, who has made a name for himself working on behalf of Bhagalpur riots victims appealed Muslims to come on one strong platform to work for the solutions of the community. He is opposed to the distinction of castes among Muslims and therefore chose "Muslim United Front" as the name of his organization.
While talking to TwoCircles.net, he said that now the time has come for Muslims of Bihar should have their own party in the state which can challenge any ruling government with its own will power and can pressure the government to accept their demands.

09-05-08, 08:22 AM
'Maulvis in India keeping Muslims backward'

Posted July 20th, 2007 by Tarique Anwar

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By Faraz Ahmad, IANS
New Delhi : In the last 60 years of independence, no madrassa - including the great Darul Uloom at Deoband - has produced a single scholar, says minority education body chief M.S.A. Siddiqui underlining the need to modernise madrassas in India.
"I wonder whether these maulvis ever ponder over this. These people have a vested interest in keeping the community backward," Siddiqui, chairman of the National Commission of Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI), told IANS in an interview.
"Every year they pack their bags during Ramzan/Bakrid months with photographs of beggar children in tatters, take off for Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia and collect zakat (alms) to the tune of Rs.20 billion.
"They pass a fatwa, whereby they retain 40 percent of that collection - working out to nearly Rs.8 billion - for their personal use."
Siddiqui, a retired judge of Delhi High Court, was explaining the necessity for the commission to recommend the enactment of a Madrassa Board Bill to register, finance and regulate madrassa education in India.
"The idea of setting up a madrassa board is not to influence religious education but to enable children studying in these madrassas to join the mainstream as educated young men and women," he said.
"The board will help prepare modern curriculum, standardise non-religious teaching and introduce science, mathematics and English to enable them to compete with the world outside.
"This would also help prevent the recurrence of a Lal Masjid type incident in India," said Siddiqui referring to the siege of the Islamabad mosque by madrassa students and militants that led to a bloody confrontation with the authorities.
Hitting out at the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), he said, "Its sole concern is to somehow circumvent due legal process, create shariah courts, whereby the Muslim community will be beholden and bonded to them and discouraged to seek normal legal course of justice.
"And with a huge cash surplus, they further their political ambitions, buy up memberships of parliament and legislatures and strengthen their stranglehold on the community."
The idea of funding and modernising madrassas in the country is not new. Earlier the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government of former prime minister Atal Bihar Vajpayee had also conceived funding madrassas to modernise education in these institutions. The then human resource development minister, Murli Manohar Joshi, even sanctioned a substantial amount for disbursement to madrassas all over the country.
Education is a state subject. "These funds have to be routed through the state minority welfare board to the district minority welfare officer," said Siddiqui pointing to corruption in the process.
"There anybody with a beard and a skull cap lands up with a madrassa receipt book, gets the funds from the department, gives half the booty to government officials and takes away the loot. Many of these so-called madrassas exist only on these false receipt books," said Siddiqui of past attempts to fund and modernise madrassa education.
Siddiqui also spoke of the vested interest of maulvis.
"Most of them are upper caste, whereas the majority of the poor illiterate Muslims under their influence belong to the backward castes. There is no caste system in Islam but it is happily practised in the Indian subcontinent," he said.
"The Personal Law Board forbade Muslim girls from studying in co-educational schools without bothering to reveal how many of them have sent abroad their sons and daughters to study in British and American universities. Do they wear a veil to study there?" wondered the NCMEI chairman.
"When it comes to their lifestyle or the priorities of their immediate family members there is all the flexibility in Islam, and all the rigours are there to be imposed on others."
That is where a law to register, fund and regulate madrassas would come in handy, he said. "Every time anyone tries to question these maulvis, they raise a hue and cry, describing it as an interference in religious affairs," said Siddiqui.
(Faraz Ahmad can be contacted at [email protected] ([email protected]))

09-05-08, 08:22 AM
AMU to help link madrassas to mainstream education

Posted May 9th, 2008 by Mudassir Rizwan

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Lucknow, May 9 (IANS) In an attempt to open up mainstream higher education in India to madrassa students, the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has decided to accredit several Islamic seminaries across the country.
"The move intends to provide better opportunities to madrassa students to pursue higher education," Rahat Abrar, an AMU spokesperson, told IANS on telephone from Aligarh.
The effort will begin with Uttar Pradesh, where AMU is located and which has over 1,900 madrassas recognised by the state Madrassa Education Board. Around 170,000 students study in these seminaries - the figure being highest among all Indian states.
"For granting accreditation to madrassas, a committee has already been constituted. Our move will help raise the number of madrassa graduates considerably."
The committee will review the syllabi of madrassas and recommend changes in the education system. It has been directed to expedite its effort in Uttar Pradesh.
At present, there are only about 42 AMU-accredited madrassas in different states, including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
"Students of accredited madrassas will get lateral entry into bachelor courses offered by AMU. Thereafter, these students can also pursue master's courses offered by the varsity," said Abrar.
An AMU source said: "Initially, we will focus on reviewing the syllabi of madrassas in Uttar Pradesh, which have the highest number of madrassa students. Later, the same exercise will be adopted for seminaries in other parts of the country."
Initially, the committee will review and accredit the madrassas in Mau, Basti, Siddharthnagar and Azamgarh - all in Uttar Pradesh.
The state Madrassa Education Board has welcomed the move by AMU, but said a separate university should be set up to for their students due to their high numbers.
Board registrar Shoaib Ahmad told IANS, "Taking into account the number of students presently enrolled in different madrassas of the state, the government needs to set up a university to ensure higher education for such students."
He said a proposal to set up an independent university for madrassa education has already been submitted to the state government.
Officials at the madrassa education board said that AMU's move will help madrassa students join mainstream education and many avenues would open up for them.

09-05-08, 08:27 AM
Rs.344 billion earmarked for education sector

Posted February 29th, 2008 by Mudassir Rizwan
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New Delhi : Finance Minister P. Chidambaram Friday announced a budget allocation of Rs. 344 billion for the education sector. This represents a 20 percent increase over the figure for the current fiscal.
Of the total outlay for education, Rs. 131 billion and Rs. 80 billion will go for the government's flagship programmes Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Mid Day Meal (MDM) scheme.
Chidambaram also announced Rs. 45.54 billion for the Secondary education (SE) sector. The funds for SE would be provided out of the total outlay.
Chidambaram said Mid Day meal would now cover upper primary classes also and extend to 3,484 more administrative blocks. "This would benefit an additional 25 million children. The MDM scheme now benefits 139 million children," said the minister.
For higher education, the government has earmarked Rs 34.4 billion, including 8.75 billion for the University Grants Commission to implement the recommendations of Oversight Committee, which proposes 27 percent reservation for OBC (Other Backward Classes) students in higher educational institutions. The Rs 8.75 billion will be used for developing infrastructure for the additional intake of the OBC students.
For technical education Rs. 32.05 billion has been provided, besides Rs. 5.2 billion for the National Mission on Information and Communcation Technology.
Three new IITs will come up in Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan and the government has earmarked Rs. one billion for upgrading the national knowledge network in 410 higher institutions. This, according to Chidambaram, was on the basis of recommendation of the National Knowledge Commission.
For modernisation of madrassas, the government has earmarked Rs. 450 million. This is expected to boost education amongst Muslims.
An HRD ministry official Friday said the huge budgetary grant for madrassa education would help modernize, standardise and regulate these institutions. It would educate youth to join mainstream of the employment market, he said.
The HRD ministry is now hopeful that the proposed Central Board of Madrassa Education could be set up soon.
Chidambaram also announced 16 more central universities in states that do not have these institutions. At present there are 19 central universities.
To boost the pace of development in the northeast, the government has decided to have a new Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Shillong, Meghalaya. At present there are six IIMs at Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Kolkata, Indore and Calicut.
Also a new Indian Institute of Informatioon Technology (IIIT) would come up at Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu. At present IIITs are functioning at Allahabad, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
Also two new Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) will be set up at Bhopal and Thiruvananthapuram. These are besides three existing IISERs at Pune, Kolkata and Mohali (Punjab).
IISERs were created to make education and careers in basic sciences and break the barriers of traditional disciplines. These universities will be devoted to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in sciences.
The budget has also enhanced the allocation for the Rajiv Gandhi scholarship programme to Rs. 39.66 billion for Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) students.
For infrastructure development of 22 Sainik Schools spread across the country, the government has earmarked Rs. 440 million. Also a Rs.800 million for Balika Vidayalaya hostels has been allocated.
In order to have Model Schools in each block in the country, the government has earmarked Rs 6.50 billion. This would help in providing quality education in rural areas.
Navodaya vidayalayas for SC and ST students would come up in 20 educationally backward blocks. Also the Kasturba Gandhi Vidayalya scheme has enrolled over 100,000 girls in residential schools.

10-05-08, 06:04 AM
Conversion: a political weapon

Posted May 6th, 2008 by Tarique Anwar

By Ram Puniyani,
One has been hearing a lot about the conversion activities of Christian missionaries. That there is a threat to Hindu nation due to Adivasis converting to a 'foreign religion' is becoming part of social common sense. The real face of the conversion came to fore when after the attack on nuns in Alibaug (March 2008) was followed by a massive conversion to Hinduism, Shuddhi ritual (April 27, 2008) in nearby Mumbai. The person involved in both these has been the same.
In the attack on the Adivasis, the followers of Sadguru Narendra Maharaj of Ramanandcharya Peeth were involved and in the elaborate Shuddhi ritual the Guru himself led the conversion. Talking on the occasion he said the Hindus are being reduced to a pitiable minority because of the activities of Christian missionaries. He also came down heavily on the central Government for not pushing through the anti conversion bill and criticized the Maharashtra Government for passing the anti Superstition bill, according to him both these steps are anti Hindu.
His claim that Hindus are being reduced to minority is a stuff of make believe world as demographically India's Hindu population is fairly stable. The anti conversion bills which many state Governments have passed/are passing are totally against several articles of our constitution. Our constitution encourages the promotion of rational thought, in pursuance of which Maharashtra Government has done the laudable job of passing anti superstition bill. Those opposing this bill surely want the persistence of blind faith in society, it is this which strengthens their social and political clout and Guru is forthright as far as that is concerned. The same Guru's followers are adept to violence off and on. In Alibaug the people had assembled to hear a lecture on AIDS awareness when his followers assaulted the nuns.
How does one understand the rising incidence of violence in Adivasi areas? One recalls just around the Christmas time in 2007, massive violence was unleashed in Kandhmal and Phulbani districts of Orissa. In most of the Adivasi areas Dangs, Gujarat, Jhabua Madhya Pradesh, areas of Orissa, there has been a recurrent violence. It is these areas which have seen the conversion of Adivasis into Hindu fold. One must clarify that Adivasis are Animists, neither Christians nor Hindus. While some conversions to Christianity have been occurring they are not new as Christianity has been here from centuries. These conversions are due to many reasons, missionaries work in the area of education and health in particular. In recent times the overall population of Christians has been declining marginally (1991-2.60%, 1981-2.44%, 1991-2.34, 2001-2.30%) Part of the conversion surly is due to some groups amongst Christian missionaries who do believe in aggressive proselytization.
The Adivasi areas have invited the wrath of RSS combine from last two decades in particular since Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, an RSS affiliate intensified its activities in Adivasi areas. In these areas there is a vicious anti Christian propaganda leading to violence. Since this takes place in remote places the culprits can get away easily, more so with the complicity of communalized state apparatus. In these areas various Godmen with RSS affiliation, direct or indirect, have been either been setting up their Ashrams or extending their influence, Aseemanand; Dangs and Lakhhanand in Orissa, Asaram bapu in Jhabua refion MP, and Narendra Maharaj in Maharashtra.
Usually violence and intimidation is accompanied by cultural cooption. This latter has been done by holding huge Hindu Sangams and Shabri kumbhs. Dilip Singh Judeo, has been doing conversions in Adivasi areas of Madhya Pradesh. Sanskritzation is also operative in these conversions to Hinduism. The process has been called Ghar Vapsi or Shuddhikaran (purification) on the premise that Adivasis are Hindus. This is unmindful of the fact that Advasis are primarily animists and do not fall in the category of religion as a social phenomenon, as applicable to Hindus, Muslims, Christians etc.
Adivasis are the most deprived lot of the society and have been targeted more for political reasons than for their own welfare. As during the early 1920s, Shuddhi movement (Hindu Communalism) was unleashed in parallel to Tanzim (Muslim communalism), now again the Shuddhi is back. Ghar Vapasi word has been cleverly coined. While browbeating Christian missionaries for conversions, the same term for its own activities will bring in disrepute. So this term, Ghar vapasi; returning home! The propaganda behind this says that Adivasis are essentially those Hindus who ran away to forests to escape the conversions by Muslims kings. In forests they kept living for long because of which they kept sliding down on the scale of social hierarchy. This concoction serves two purposes. One it feeds into the misconception that Islam spread by sword and also makes the Adivasi's claim as the original inhabitants, null and void so the Hindus nation's claim on the country becomes stronger, as they can also claim to be its original inhabitants.
The realization that to impose Hindu rashtra in this country the electoral majority is needed as a starting point, the process of co-opting Adivasis into Hindu fold has been stepped up. And this 8% population can be the wonderful addition to electoral base for the right wing politics. The second advantage is that by indoctrinating them they can be unleashed against the other enemies of Hindu nation, like Muslims, as witnessed in Gujarat, where they were used as ideal foot soldiers for the agenda of Hindu Rashtra.
While one has no problems with the peaceful missionary work of Ramakrishna mission or Christian missionaries one is aghast at this new phenomenon in our society whose primary focus is political, though couched in the language of religion. More human welfare activities in these areas, more emphasis on human rights concerns of this marginalized section of society are what are needed. By emphasizing on blind faith, by spreading hate against other section of society, this phenomenon started by the ilk of Gurus is very dangerous to national Integration.
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10-05-08, 01:59 PM
Student refuses worm-infested food, thrashed

Posted May 10th, 2008 by Mudassir Rizwan

Patna : An eight-year-old school student broke his elbow after teachers allegedly thrashed him for refusing to eat worm-infested mid-day meal in a village in Bihar.
Hashmullah Ansari, a Class 3 student of an Urdu primary school at Shripur Bhatwalia village in East Champaran district, about 200 km from here, was allegedly assaulted Wednesday after he declined 'khichdi'.
"My son was punished for refusing to eat worm-infested food. His elbow was fractured," said the student's father Razi Alam Ansari in a complaint lodged with the district magistrate.
Razi said an inquiry conducted by a member of the village council found that his son's elbow was fractured due to beating by teachers.
He demanded action against three teachers, Afroz Alam, Akhlaqur Rahman and Anil Kumar.

10-05-08, 07:25 PM
Conclude Nuke-deal says former president Dr. Kalam
http://in.news.yahoo.com/most_viewed/in/n/nl//ani/20080510/r_t_ani_nl_general/tnl-conclude-nuke-deal-says-former-presi-99cbaa1 Sat, May 10 04:05 PM
Bhubaneshwar, May 10 (ANI): Former President Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam has favoured the Indo-US civil nuclear deal to boost country's nuclear energy programme. He rejected suggestions that the deal would undermine country's sovereignty.
Speaking at the convocation ceremony of Revenshaw University in Bhubaneshwar, Dr. Kalam said, "India required more uranium to carry forward its peaceful nuclear activities. A growing nation needed clean fuel to meet its energy demands."
He also said the country had plenty of thorium but very small reserve of uranium.
"We have thorium resources in abundance. But thorium is not fissile material and has to be converted into a fissile material using plutonium. Our scientists are working hard to realize this mission. It may take five to seven years time to achieve this goal. Hence, it is essential to have uranium for running our nuclear reactors," Dr. Kalam said, adding that "getting uranium from these countries will not stop us from doing indigenous research and development in thorium-based nuclear reactors".
Hence, we should go ahead with the civilian nuclear deal with US. It does not compromise India's sovereignty. We can at any time withdraw, if any national security need arises in future," he said.
Asked whether India needed a Pokharan-III, he said that there was no need to keep "re-proving" ourselves unless newer technology demanded.
Expressing satisfaction at the growth trajectory taken by India's nuclear programme, Kalam said the country had made the right decision in the nuclear area in continuation of economic reforms in 1991.
Dr. Kalam further said that our scientists in multiple scientific departments have worked for self-reliance and have succeeded in making the cryogenic engine, flight control system for the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), the latest Agni-III missile system and carbide nuclear fuel development and closing the fuel cycle. (ANI)

11-05-08, 05:08 AM
Muslims participate in awareness camp in Tamil Nadu village

Posted May 10th, 2008 by kashif

Vallam (Tamil Nadu): Over 100,000 Muslims Saturday gathered in this small village in Tamil Nadu for an awareness and empowerment campaign organised by Tawheed Jamaat, an Islamic organisation.
"Our people have congregated here to learn modern systems of accessing facts like the Right to Information Act, unlearn superstitions through magic shows whose tricks are explained, understand the tenets of Islam in Muslim personal laws governing divorces besides eschewing the evil practice of dowry," the body's president Zainul Abdeen told reporters in Vallam, 300 km south of state capital Chennai.
He refrained from reacting to queries that referred to statements made by Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam president M.H. Jawahirullah terming the event "purely entertainment oriented".
"Islam is a progressive religion and is asserting its resurgence through various manifestations of (a mass prayer) protest like the one that took place yesterday (in Vellore) and popular modes of communication that is taking place here today and tomorrow under our auspices," Abdeen said.
According to Vellore district collector D.P. Yadav, over 1,500 Muslims had courted arrest while attempting to pray in inside a fort Friday defying its prohibition by authorities and the Archaeological Survey of India.

11-05-08, 10:22 AM
As-salam alaykum

I am from Baroda Gujarat, the so called graveyard for muslims in India.

Frankly I didnt have th patience to read your thread from A to Z but i get the point of your concern.

First of all let me tell you what is happning to muslims in India or anywhere else is only because of our self (muslims)

ONLY we are to be blamed for or condtion and no one else.

I remember an aaya from Sura Tauba.

"Say: If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your kindred, the wealth that you have gained, and in commerce in which you fear decline, and the dwellings in which you take delight.... are dearer to you then Allah and his Mesenger and striving hard in the way of Allah, Then WAIT. Until Allah brings about his decision and Allah Guides not people who are disobedient."

Al Quran 9: 24

Further in the same sura

"Say: Nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allah has ordained for us. He is our Helper and Protector. And in Allah let the believers out their trust.

Al Quran 9: 50

Muslims believe that if Allah protects no one else can harm and vise versa

The sufferings of muslims around the globe is what muslims have asked for

And Allah knows the best

15-05-08, 01:58 PM
Serial blasts rip through Jaipur; Hindus & Muslims among 60 dead; Indians condemn

Posted May 13th, 2008 by kashif

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net,
Jaipur : Terror struck again. This time they chose one of the most busy tourist cities in the country: Jaipur. It was 7:30 pm, 13th May, prime time for shopping when daytime temperature is above 40 degree. Markets were bustling but within minutes they were shaking with serial blasts.
Seven blasts rocked the city of Jaipur, killing 60 (by 11:30 pm report from TwoCircles.net source in the city) and wounding 100. The blasts of medium intensity took place in the walled city whose residential areas are heavily Muslim populated.
Rajasthan unit of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has condemned the blasts in strongest terms. Talking to TCN from Jaipur, state JIH president Er. Mohammad Saleem said the blasts seemed to be part of recent blasts carried out in different parts of the country with an aim to instigate communal tensions. These attacks wherein innocents are killed are well calculated, he said. Those behind such attacks, he said, want to fuel communal hatred between Hindus and Muslims and destabilize the country.
When asked about casualties, he said places for blasts – markets, shopping centres – indicate the perpetrators wanted a large number of casualties. The blast sites include Manas Chowk Police Station area, Lakshmi Mishtaan Bhandar in Johari Bazaar, Tripolia Bazar, Badi Choupal and Choti Choupal. One of the blast targeted a popular Hanuman Temple. Most of the injured are being treated at Sawai Mann Singh hospital.
Talking to TCN an hour ago from the hospital where wounded are being treated, Er. Saleem said casualties are from both communities. Three relatives of his close acquaintances were also among the victims. He said a JIH team and some other organizations, both Muslim and Hindu, are helping the injured and relatives of the victims.
He said investigating agencies must change their pattern of investigation whereby they accuse some Muslim organizations within hours of attacks, and this sets the course of enquiry by police and media. This policy is to terrorise Muslims, Er. Saleem said.
According to the authorities, one bomb went off in a car while another near a handloom shop. All the areas that have been targeted are tourist spots.
The police say there were no intelligence inputs available earlier, but they were generally on the alert because of the IPL matches taking place in the city. However, it is to be seen whether they change their statement in coming days.
Meanwhile, Mumbai and New Delhi have been put on high alert and the National Security Guard has been dispatched to Jaipur.
There have been communal tensions in the city. These blasts took place just seven months after the twin blast at the dargah of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer on 11th October 2007. Two people were killed and 17 injured in that blast.
Shocked by the event, President and the Prime Minister have expressed condemnation for the blasts and appealed for peace and calm.
The American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin (AFMI) has condemned the deadly bomb blasts in the city of Jaipur which have reportedly killed sixty and injured more than one hundred people.
“We condemn this despicable and dastardly act. Our hearts and prayers go out for the victims and their families,” said Ali Qureishi, AFMI president, in a statement.
All India Muslim Forum, in a statement, has also condemned the dastardly terrorist attack in Jaipur, claiming scores of lives and leaving scores others injured. Dr. Mustafa Kamal Sherwani, president, All India Muslim Forum, said “The menace of terrorism can be eliminated only when the entire nation stands up as a single entity, the political parties stop the game of mutual recrimination in order to score the points and the tendency to proceed on certain assumptions regarding the involvement of the persons of one community ends.
Partial list of Jaipur blasts victims
Out of 56 dead that were brought to Sawai Man Singh Hospital, 42 have been identified.
1. Maina W/o- Anwar, Sikar.
2. Bano D/o- Md Sabir, Sikar.
3. Tara Shankar S/o- Satyanarayan, Jaipur.
4. Harish S/o- Tirath Das, Brahmapuri, Jaipur.
5. Sumera Ranjan D/o- Mustafa Khan, Brahmapuri, Jaipur.
6. Kumari Reshma, Jaipur.
7. Aini Khan D/o- Liaqat Ali, Jaipur.
8. Eqbal Ahmad S/o- Gaus Ahmad, Jaipur.
9. Bhagwati Devi W/o- Natwar Gopal, Jaipur.
10. Ram Prasad S/o- Natthu Lal, Jaipur.
11. Vijay Kumar Gusa S/o- Babulal, Jaipur.
12. Gopal Singh S/o- Namalom, Sanbhar.
13. Asha Ram Gujar S/o- Laduram, Thoke.
14. Mahender Kumar Sen S/o- Prakash Chander, Alwar.
15. Prabal Pratap S/o- Banwari Lal, Jaipur.
16. Chaman Lal Bagra S/o- Ram Chander, Jaipur.
17. Ramu Prajapat S/o- Loha Prajapat, Bihar.
18. Savitri Devi W/o- Prabhu Singh, Jaipur.
19. Narender Kumar Tanwar S/o- Chamanlal, Jaipur.
20. Kishan Kumar S/o- Suresh, Jaipur.
21. Puneet Soni S/o- Shiv Shanker, Jaipur.
22. Mehak Dagayach D/o- Sachin Kumar, Jaipur.
23. Diya Dagayach D/o- Sachin Kumar, Jaipur
24. Javed S/o- Moinuddin, Jaipur.
25. Deepak Yadav S/o- Lal Singh, Alwar.
26. Bharat Bhushan, Sikar.
27. Ram Sewak, Jaipur.
28. Mohan Lal Sharma S/o- Surjan, Jaipur.
29. Gaurav Sharma S/o- Mohan Lal Sharma, Jaipur.
30. Radhey Sham Yadav S/o- Ghasiram, Jaipur.
31. Murli Dhar S/o Chelaram, Jaipur.
32. Madan Lal S/o- Panna Lal, Jaipur.
33. Mukesh Kumar S/o- Kripa Shanker, Jaipur.
34. Kanha Ram S/o- Ganga Ram, Jaipur.
35. Constable Shahnawaz, Jaipur.
36. Era D/o Abdul, Jaipur.
37. Kawshallya Devi W/o- Satish Dhawan, Jaipur.
38. Ramesh Chauhan, Goda.
39. Haneef Khan S/o Ghulam Muhammad, Jaipur.
40. Sandeep Paswan S/o- Raghunath Paswan, Bihar.
41. Ramsewak Das S/o- Shiv Nandan, Jaipur.
42. Deepak Saini S/o- Shanker Lal, Jaipur.

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15-05-08, 01:59 PM
The RSS are using these types of bombs

18-05-08, 05:51 PM
Just as zionism is killing zionist Israel, “Jews of India” can never, ever convert India into Hindu Rashtra http://dalitvoice.org/Templates/may_a2008/editorial.htm

The 60-year-old monstrous zionist state of Israel, forged in fraud and boiled in blood, is doomed to die. This is the picture we get as the hated Jewish state celebrates its 60th birthday in May 2008.
The zionist state’s 60th birthday is relevant to us because our country ruled by the “Jews of India” is also 61 years old and there is a powerful move to bring the two into a tight embrace with disastrous consequences to the limping and lingering Bahujans of India.
Israel’s Arab citizens, who form a fifth of its population, are treated as second-class citizens though Israel claims to be the best democratic state in the world. It is one of the richest countries in the world, a nuclear power, with the world’s sole super power, USA, at its beck and call showering dollars and weapons whenever sought. All the zionist-controlled European countries like UK, Germany, France provide full security from any hostile neighbours. Over and above all this the Western world’s zionist-controlled media always paints a glorious picture of Israel whatever may be its crimes.
Gloomy future: With everything so favourable what is the situation inside Israel on its birthday? It is chaos, confusion, anarchy. More than anything the Israelis themselves are worried about their uncertain future. Thinking Jews are not even getting a sound sleep in the night.
On the top of all this the very existence of Israel is threatened by the Iranian bomb in the making and two deadly “terrorist” neighbours —Hizbollah on one side and Hamas on another — are out to crush Israel like a bed bug. Such is the all-round hatred the zionists have generated in the hearts of Muslims and all other fair-minded citizens the world-over.
Israel cares a damn to the United Nations and never bothered to implement even a single binding resolution of the world organisation. How can it considered a civilised state?
Racism inside: Apart from the Arab-Israelis living in the country, treated as enemy within, the Jewish nation is practising racism against its own Jewish citizens. The Jewish immigrants from Russia, India and Ethiopean Black Falashas (Jews) are segregated and treated as a second-class citizens.
Ashkenazi Jews comprise Israel’s ruling class like the “Jews of India” enforcing the world’s worst form of racism against the country’s Untouchables forming 20% of its population.
While in the next-door enemy country of Palestine, the population of Arabs is simply exploding, the Jewish population is dwindling. Such a “demographic threat” is more serious than the Iranian bomb which can be countered and fought. But what can Jews, who cannot produce children, do if the swelling population of Palestinians produces reckless human bombs which the cowardly Jews cannot counter?
Democracy-mongers taunting China: More than anything else, Israel is having a chaotic political set-up. It has 12 parties in the existing parliament. The Jews claim, like the “Jews of India”, to be the world’s brainiest people but no govt. in Israel can last for two years. Each govt. is a coalition of several parties. So much so, Israel has become ungovernable. Differences between parties are so serious that no unanimity is possible even on a crucial issue. The hawks demand all-out attack on Gaza strip and Hamas. Such an attack will make the angry Palestinians to suspect Fatah Party chief, President Mahmoud Abbas, an American stooge, whose govt. will be the immediate casualty. If Abbas goes or killed revolutionary Hamas will take over and that means for Israel a jump from frying pan into fire.
The great democracy-mongers of the West, who teach lessons in democracy to China, are blind supporters of the anti-democratic Israel which is governed by its religion, zionism.
Israel is the only country in the world which has combined religion and nationality. Israel is only for Jews. Its religion is zionism. Is there any other state in the country which imposes such a condition? Can a racist country be democratic? What right America and the West have to teach democracy to China?
Of course, the Hindu terrorist party of RSS also wants to convert India into a Hindu Rashtra. But the 20% Muslim and 5% Sikhs and Christians, plus the non-Hindu 20% Untouchables (Dalits) will never allow it.
Self-destructive state: Even in Israel there so many “secular” Jews who are opposed to Israel being made a zionist state. But right now Israel is only for Jews and zionism its official ideology.
It is this dangerous ideology that makes Israel a self-destructive state. Zionism will kill the zionist Israel. Hindu terrorist leaders itching to convert India into Hindu Rashtra, please note.
India’s Brahminical rulers are great admirers of zionist Israel. Several secret agreements have been signed between the two, including defence pacts covering even the Muslim state of Kashmir. India’s intelligence is intimately collaborating with Israel, apart from merging its commercial interests. Several high level delegations including political visits have been made.
Brahminism caused Holocaust: We fully understand the Brahminical anxiety to follow the zionist state and also blindly copy how it could “break the backbone” of the Muslims. “Terrorism” (read Muslim) has united the Jews and “Jews of India” in a tight embrace.
But we the victims of Brahminism in India would like to remind the Jews that these “Jews of India” were the very people who once engineered the rise of German nazis and caused the mass murder of Jews in the so-called Holocaust. (Leon Poliakov, Aryan Myth, 1977, New American Library, New York).
Being rulers of India they can do whatever they want in the Brahminical interests. Because the Brahminical people consider themselves to be the “Jews of India”.
Israel no model for India: But the similarity ends there. Israel is a tiny speck compared to gigantic India both in area and population. Not only that. India has the world’s largest virile Muslim population (next to Indonesia) who will never, ever allow India to be yanked to the zionist state.
Besides, India has hundreds of distinct ethnic identities not only different from the pure Aryan Brahmins, who are a micro-minority of 2%, but their very blood enemies.
“Caste identity” weapon: India is a country of pure Dravidians and Adi-Dravidas who fought the Aryan Brahminists throughout history. Please read the book, History of Hindu Imperialism by an upper caste Hindu monk, Swami Dharma Thirtha, for centuries of blood feud between invading Brahminists and the indigenous Indians.
In other words, India has over 85% hostile people inside its bosom who will never, ever allow to convert it into a Hindu Rashtra. Remember this.
The mere money, media and other strategic power it enjoys may help the Brahminical myth-makers to dazzle and entertain the fools willing to be fooled — mainly the 10 to 15% upper caste (Hindu) “literates”. But the other 85% oppressed nationalities, with their powerful “caste identity” weapon in their hands, will never, ever allow them to impose their Brahminical dictatorship.
The problem with the RSS and other Hindu imperialists is they only talk of “Hindu unity” but they don’t have any answer to the serious internal contradictions facing the “Hindu unity”.
The indigenous SC/ST/BCs are not Hindu and were never Hindu. Even if taken for granted they are Hindu, how to forge unity when they are divided into thousands of castes (ethnic identity)? The RSS merely talks of “Hindu unity” but in action it is breaking the unity, by strengthening the caste system (the other name for Hinduism), which is the supreme hurdle to any “Hindu unity”. The Brahminical silence on caste system is because their Hindu super-structure stands on the solid structure of different castes arranged on the basis of ascending order of reverence and descending degree of contempt.
Hurdles to Hindu Rashtra: Breaking this centuries-old caste system will automatically topple the supreme Brahmin sitting atop this deathless structure of caste system which is the other name for Hinduism.
We have cited only some of the most important hurdles to constitute India into a Hindu Rashtra. There are ever so many other hurdles of Muslims and other religious minorities, the north-south divide, the deep distrust within the three top dwija apex-castes of Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and the hatred of the shudras (10%) who are part of the four-fold caste system. Plus the Mangoloid tribal distrust.
The Brahmins who are driving this ramshackle goda gadi (horse-driven cart) are distrusted by their own Dwija underdog like the Vaishyas and Kshatriyas. Brahmins themselves are not united except in looting us.
If these are the many internal contradictions, then there are very many ferocious external contradictions: like the ever-waiting hostile neighbours surrounding the “Hindu nation” — all untied to bite and butcher the Hindu hound.
Chaddi boys turn into Maoists: The RSS and its camp followers know all these. Yet they think they can “manage” the internal contradictions on the lines of the “Prachanda revolution” in the Himalayan Nepal. That is how many of the RSS chaddi boys are showing greater interest in the Manuwadi marxist movement and rushing to Nepal to learn from Prachanda’s proclivities.
You can take it from us this beef-eating Brahmin Prachanda will be thrown out within an year by the very indigenous toiling people of Nepal who groomed him.
So, which ever way the Brahminists look, darkness is staring at them because anything planned to destroy Justice and Truth is bound to boomerang. George W. Bush is the latest proof.
In this centuries-old blood-feud between the Brahminists and the Bahujans, India is torn to pieces and made mincemeat. Yes. This is true. Brahminists in desperation are finding a vicarious pleasure in seeing their Hindu Rashtra is neither living nor dead. We are fully aware of the Brahminical conspiracy to push India into greater and much greater misery, starvation and deprivation. Yet we will not yield.
The centuries old tug of war will continue.

19-05-08, 06:03 AM
Muslim leadership concerned over pattern of investigation into Jaipur bombings

Posted May 18th, 2008 by Tarique Anwar

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net,
New Delhi: As apprehended, the investigation into the Jaipur bombings is going on the same past line adopted by intelligence agencies: accusing Muslim organizations, arresting Muslim youths and thus tarnishing the image of Islam and Muslims.
Five days after the serial blasts that claimed 80 lives (both Hindus and Muslims), the investigating agencies are clueless about the real culprits but what has become common knowledge is the involvement of Muslims, thanks to police and media trials. This attitude of intelligence and investigating agencies has not only proved apprehensions of Muslim leaders true but has them sit finger-crossed.
How is Muslim leadership going to tackle unfair investigations into terrorist attacks? “Recently we met with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and raised the issue of biased investigations into such attacks,” said Mujtaba Farooque, political secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), talking to TwoCircles.net (TCN) today. The prime minister suggested creating a mechanism through which arrest of innocents could be tackled, said Farooque. Like past investigations into terrorist attacks, this time too Muslims are being blamed and innocent Muslim youths are being arrested, said he. Will you demand CBI enquiry into such attacks? “This will have little impact as the entire system seems to have become biased,” said Farooque.
Talking to TCN on the issue, Neyaz Ahmad Farooqui, secretary of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH), said that after the Nanded and Malegaon blasts, JUH had demanded CBI enquiry, but no avail. These attacks are being carried out to tarnish the image of Islam and Muslims, he said. What will be your strategy to counter biased mentality of investigating agencies? “We will resort to every democratic means to tackle the issue,” said Farooqui.
S Q R Ilyas, convener of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), sees some international conspiracy behind such terrorist attacks in India. Talking to TCN, on the sideline of today’s Imarat Shariah Conference, Ilyas said, “It seems some international agencies hell-bent on tarnishing the image of Islam and Muslims are conniving with Hindu extremist groups to carry out such attacks so that the entire community could be put in the dock.” On AIMPLB’s future strategy on the issue, he said the organization may not take any action as its function areas are limited. He, however, said some efforts are on to bring out a white paper on the acquittal of Muslims arrested after previous terrorist attacks. Those acquittals were deliberately ignored by the media, he said, and their publication will help in rebuilding the image of Muslims.
To get the latest on the investigation into the Jaipur terrorist attacks, TCN contacted Er. Mohammad Saleem, Rajasthan JIH president and one of the frontline Muslim leaders in the state. “Till today the police could not make any serious breakthrough in the investigation; better to say that the officials are not making any serious effort to nab the real culprits,” said Saleem on phone from Jaipur. The police have arrested about a dozen Muslim youths but they say the youths have been taken into custody only for interrogation, they have not been arrested formally, said he. What about the investigation pattern? “What is happening is what we feared?” he said adding that two Hindu names appeared soon after the attacks have since disappeared. Vijay, a rickshaw puller from Mumbai, had alleged that a local woman named Meena lured him to carry out attacks for Rs. 1 lakh. Now the police say Vijay is mentally retarded, said Saleem. This all points out that intelligence and investigating agencies are trying to protect the culprits rather than bringing them to justice.
Er. Saleem expressed apprehension that some international intelligence agencies might have connived with their Indian counterparts to design such attacks so that Muslims could be targeted in the country. He demanded CBI enquiry into the attacks and said he would put the entire issue before the state DGP in a day or two.
Meanwhile Rajasthan Muslim Forum, an umbrella organization of Muslim groups in the state, has decided to hold an antiterrorism conference on 25th May in Jaipur.

21-05-08, 04:55 AM
There is a conspiracy to convert Kishanganj into Kashmir: Taslimuddin

Posted May 20th, 2008 by Tarique Anwar

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter,
Kishanganj: Poor residents of this highly Muslim-dominated district are being harassed, they are facing hurdles in running their business and police are harassing them in the border areas of the district, said Union Minister Mohd. Taslimuddin on 19th May.
Talking to pressmen, the union minister of state for food and civil supplies said several Muslims have been falsely implicated in cases and they are facing many other atrocities.
Praising people of his constituency, Kishanganj, he said the district had sent a message of peace to the country in 1992 when the entire nation was burning in the fire of communalism after the demolition of Babri Masjid.
He warned that if harassment of the people is not stopped soon, the situation may get worse and the state government will be responsible for it. He said that he has complained with the Home Minister in this regard. He said there seems to be a conspiracy in practice to convert Kishanganj into Kashmir.
Located in the northeast of Bihar, Kishanganj became a separate district in 1990. Surrounded by West Bengal, Bangladesh and Nepal, Kishanganj is one of the most backward districts of the country. The district has set example of peace and communal harmony in hard times. Today when the whole country is suffering from the curse of communalism, Kishanganj still maintains its century old charm of peace.
After Kashmir Valley, Kishanganj is the second biggest Muslim populated area having 80% Muslim population. All communities including Hindu, Muslim and Sikh have lived here with peace and communal harmony. The Gujarat riots or other such communal riots had little impact on the mind of people here. The district is dotted with a number of temples, mosques and dargahs. No religious site here has ever been damaged in the past during communal riots in other parts of the country. People celebrate all festivals with equal enthusiasm.
Talking about the Jaipur bombings, the minister asked “Who are they who want to disturb the communal atmosphere of the country by bombing religious and public places and killing innocents? He lambasted investigating agencies and media for burying the truth behind these attacks. He expressed concern that after every such attack, police arrest Muslim youths and put them behind bars.

21-05-08, 10:06 AM
'Maulvis in India keeping Muslims backward'

Posted July 20th, 2007 by Tarique Anwar

Indian Muslim (http://twocircles.net/news/indian-muslim)

By Faraz Ahmad, IANS
New Delhi : In the last 60 years of independence, no madrassa - including the great Darul Uloom at Deoband - has produced a single scholar, says minority education body chief M.S.A. Siddiqui underlining the need to modernise madrassas in India.
"I wonder whether these maulvis ever ponder over this. These people have a vested interest in keeping the community backward," Siddiqui, chairman of the National Commission of Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI), told IANS in an interview.
"Every year they pack their bags during Ramzan/Bakrid months with photographs of beggar children in tatters, take off for Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia and collect zakat (alms) to the tune of Rs.20 billion.
"They pass a fatwa, whereby they retain 40 percent of that collection - working out to nearly Rs.8 billion - for their personal use."
Siddiqui, a retired judge of Delhi High Court, was explaining the necessity for the commission to recommend the enactment of a Madrassa Board Bill to register, finance and regulate madrassa education in India.
"The idea of setting up a madrassa board is not to influence religious education but to enable children studying in these madrassas to join the mainstream as educated young men and women," he said.
"The board will help prepare modern curriculum, standardise non-religious teaching and introduce science, mathematics and English to enable them to compete with the world outside.
"This would also help prevent the recurrence of a Lal Masjid type incident in India," said Siddiqui referring to the siege of the Islamabad mosque by madrassa students and militants that led to a bloody confrontation with the authorities.
Hitting out at the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), he said, "Its sole concern is to somehow circumvent due legal process, create shariah courts, whereby the Muslim community will be beholden and bonded to them and discouraged to seek normal legal course of justice.
"And with a huge cash surplus, they further their political ambitions, buy up memberships of parliament and legislatures and strengthen their stranglehold on the community."
The idea of funding and modernising madrassas in the country is not new. Earlier the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government of former prime minister Atal Bihar Vajpayee had also conceived funding madrassas to modernise education in these institutions. The then human resource development minister, Murli Manohar Joshi, even sanctioned a substantial amount for disbursement to madrassas all over the country.
Education is a state subject. "These funds have to be routed through the state minority welfare board to the district minority welfare officer," said Siddiqui pointing to corruption in the process.
"There anybody with a beard and a skull cap lands up with a madrassa receipt book, gets the funds from the department, gives half the booty to government officials and takes away the loot. Many of these so-called madrassas exist only on these false receipt books," said Siddiqui of past attempts to fund and modernise madrassa education.
Siddiqui also spoke of the vested interest of maulvis.
"Most of them are upper caste, whereas the majority of the poor illiterate Muslims under their influence belong to the backward castes. There is no caste system in Islam but it is happily practised in the Indian subcontinent," he said.
"The Personal Law Board forbade Muslim girls from studying in co-educational schools without bothering to reveal how many of them have sent abroad their sons and daughters to study in British and American universities. Do they wear a veil to study there?" wondered the NCMEI chairman.
"When it comes to their lifestyle or the priorities of their immediate family members there is all the flexibility in Islam, and all the rigours are there to be imposed on others."
That is where a law to register, fund and regulate madrassas would come in handy, he said. "Every time anyone tries to question these maulvis, they raise a hue and cry, describing it as an interference in religious affairs," said Siddiqui.
(Faraz Ahmad can be contacted at [email protected] ([email protected]))

as salamu alaikum,

that's a bunch of bull****, aligarh was founded by a maulvi. and that is one of the best universities not just in india but internationally too. there's some medical schools in india by other maulana's like maulana azad medical school. and these schools have some of the best graduates (not just muslim studetns, but theres many hindu students on there). i worked at a hospital once, while they were doing fellowship interviews (for nephrology and pulmonary). most of the applicants were desi, and majority were from indian med schools.

as salamu alaikum

21-05-08, 10:49 AM
they should stop tourists and the Hindus from visitng the Taj Mahal... and see how they feel... LOL

23-05-08, 03:15 PM
as salamu alaikum,

that's a bunch of bull****, aligarh was founded by a maulvi. and that is one of the best universities not just in india but internationally too. there's some medical schools in india by other maulana's like maulana azad medical school. and these schools have some of the best graduates (not just muslim studetns, but theres many hindu students on there). i worked at a hospital once, while they were doing fellowship interviews (for nephrology and pulmonary). most of the applicants were desi, and majority were from indian med schools.

as salamu alaikum
Wasimur Rehman: Maulana, doctor and now civil servant

Posted May 23rd, 2008 by Tarique Anwar

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net,
When madrasas are labeled as an obstacle in Indian Muslim's education and growth, a madrasa graduate has proved the perception wrong. That too by walking on an uncharted path. Wasimur Rehman, a Fazil from Darul Uloom Deoband, South Asia's most respected Islamic seminary, has done proud to all madrasas and Indian Muslims by clearing India's prestigious UPSC Civil Services exam.
Coming from an undeveloped district of Siddharth Nagar of Uttar Pradesh, Rahman has made a history by becoming first cleric to clear Civil Services Exam. Talking to TwoCircles.net (TCN) from New Delhi, he elaborated on his education, career and coaching for UPSC exam. "I began my education at a maktab in my village, then I shifted to Madrasa Ehyaul Uloom in U.P.'s Gonda district for higher religious education." At this madrasa, which is affiliated with Darul Uloom Deoband, Rehman completed five years of eight-year course of Fazil. For the remaining three years, at the end of which he was to be awarded with a degree, he moved to Darul Uloom Deoband in Saharanpur.
Son of a hakeem (late), Rehman comes from a humble family background. His mother is homemaker; of three brothers, one is a driver and another works at a shop. His youngest brother is doing MA in Theology at Aligarh Muslim University, he said to TCN.
Rehman is very happy to become first madrasa graduate to clear the UPSC Civil Services exam. This was his childhood dream. All odds notwithstanding, he has kept his childhood ambition to become a higher government officer afire all through. While talking to Hindustan Times Assistant Editor Zia Haq, Rehman said, "I always wanted to become a high-ranking government officer and serve my country. I am happy to become the first Darul cleric to clear the UPSC."
But to achieve his goal, he had to cover a long distance after completing his course at Deoband. This mainly because there was no taker of his Deoband degree in the mainstream market – and this is where Muslim leadership and madrasa authorities should press the government to acknowledge the degrees from madrasas of certain standard. This may help in producing several Wasimur Rehmans, and ultimately will remove some doubts and misconceptions about madrasas and their education system.
To get his degree nationally acceptable, Wasimur Rehman took admission at Jamia Hamdard. First he completed a one-year Pre-Tib course required for madrasa graduates seeking admission in BUMS. Then he completed five-years BUMS course. Now he was eligible to face graduate-level government exams. And he began preparation for UPSC exam. But at the same time, he decided to continue his study in Unani medicine, and so he took admission in MD (Unani) at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
Coaching for UPSC
At AMU he became more serious about his UPSC goal. So, along with his MD course, he began attending coaching classes provided by AMU's Centre for Guidance and Coaching for Civil Services aspirants.
In Delhi, first he got guidance from Crescent Coaching, then he joined Waji Ram and Ravi coaching for General Studies (Mains). Before his fourth and last attempt at Civil Services exam, he joined Hamdard Coaching Centre run by Jamia Hamdard.
As he was not from a rich family, who helped him in his studies and UPSC preparation? "My family, my all brothers always remained supportive to me. They helped me as much as they could," said Rehman to TCN. "At AMU, I also worked on a project called Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), a Central government project wherein Unani literature is being digitalized," he said. This project helped him financially.
Madrasa's role
For his success at UPSC, how much credit will he give to the madrasa education he got? "The extracurricular activities related to enhancement of writing and speaking ability of students at the madrasa helped me immensely. At Mains (UPSC) a candidate's writing ability is tested thoroughly. "Whatever writing ability I could develop at the madrasa proved crucial for my success," said Rehman. What kind of reformation of madrasa would you like? "I think what is most important is motivation and awareness. Madrasa students are not less talented than any other students. They need to be motivated and properly guided," said the man who has no email ID at the time when millions of teenagers across the globe have romped the Web world.
A trained cleric as an IAS officer
What will be his priority as an IAS officer? "To serve the country without any discrimination of caste and creed will be my priority, first and last, and I will work with full sincerity and honesty," he said. How can he keep himself clean while being a part of a corrupt system? "On my part, I will try to be an honest officer," said the man whose success has justifiably rekindled hope in eyes of many other madrasa graduates.

http://twocircles.net/2008may23/wasimur_rehman_maulana_doctor_and_now_civil_servan t.html

01-06-08, 06:48 PM
Accusing Muslims for terrorism not right: speakers at grand anti-terrorism conference

Posted June 1st, 2008 by Mudassir Rizwan

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter,
New Delhi : Muslims should not feel guilty for each act of terrorism; they should not feel inferior to other communities in India as they are equal inheritor of this country and they should strive for their rights, said speakers at a grand anti-terrorism conference here on 31st May.
“We are opposed to terrorism and we are determined to eliminate it, come what may,” said Maulana Mahmood Madani, leader of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH) and Member of Parliament. The global peace conference held at Ram Lila Ground was attended by roughly 1.5 lac people. The conference was organized by Darul Uloom Deoband, JUH and some other leading Muslim organizations including Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) and Jamiat Ahle Hadees.
“What could be more blatant lie than calling Muslims terrorist?” asked social leader Swami Agnivesh, adding that when two followers of Islam meet, they greet each other with a peace prayer. “Real terrorists are those who created Israel in the heart of Arab world, imposed war on Afghanistan and Iraq and now are eying Iran,” said Agnivesh lambasting the western powers.
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt said that by putting 20-crore strong Muslim community in the dock, India can never succeed in curbing terrorism. He expressed concern over the trend that Muslims are blamed for each act of terrorism.
JIH secretary Mujtaba Farooque said that soon after a terrorist attack, fingers are raised at Muslims while intelligence and secret agencies are in the dark before the attack.
Maulana Marghoobur Rahman, rector of Darul Uloom Deoband, was patron of the conference which was presided over by Qari Syed Mohammad Usman, JUH president and deputy rector of Darul Uloom Deoband.
In his presidential address, Qari Usman said the scenario created by global terrorism is a challenge for the Muslim community as it is altering the social and political situations vis-à-vis Muslims in India. At this juncture, it is necessary for madrasas and Muslim organizations to declare that they have nothing to do with terrorism and they condemn all kinds of terrorism.
Rejecting the allegations of terrorism against Muslims, Qari Usman said, “How can Muslims in India become a terrorist while they have always sacrificed for the country, all odds, hurdles and discrimination notwithstanding?” Muslims have always taken to a democratic way to fight for their rights and they have always refrained from extremist groups and activities, he continued. Not a single Muslim has ever been found in any anti-national activities, he said.
Other religious leaders and prominent personalities who spoke on the occasion included Maulana Asghar Ali Imam Mehdi, general secretary of Jamiat Ahle Hadees, Pramjeet Sing Serna, president of Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee

http://twocircles.net/2008jun01/accusing_muslims_terrorism_not_right_speakers_gran d_anti_terrorism_conference.html

07-06-08, 07:43 PM
Kolkata: A demonstration by West Bengal Madrasa Students Union outside the office of the West Bengal Board of Madrasa Education, demanding to allow Kamil students ( madrasa graduate) prompted State Government to take action in this regard.
Madrasa students demanded that graduates of madrasa board exam be allowed to appear in School Service Commission Examination (SSC) for appointment in Government run madrasas.
According to officials of the state madrasa education department, the School Service Commission (SSC) conducts the examination for appointment against the vacancy of theology teachers in state run madrasa since 1997. However, last year graduates from madrasa stream were not allowed to appear in the examination.
The eligibility to take this examination was changed since last year and madrasa graduates couldn't appear in this exam. The minimum qualification for the students of madrasa stream is post graduation where as for the sudents of other stream it is graduation.
Hundreds of madrasa graduates would have lost the chance to appear for SSC this year too had it not been for the agitation, a section of students claimed. While the madrasa board has said it does not know why its graduates were denied the chance.
The state madrasa education department has claimed that this is due to some mistakes in communication between the Board and the School Education Department.
Madrasas-that was managed by school education department earlier – are now being overseen by a separate department, a senior representative of the department claimed. Therefore according to rules, the madrasa education department is independent not to follow the norms framed by the earlier department.
Abdus Sattar, Minister for madrasa education added that his department is taking necessary steps to make sure that the madrasa graduates are re allowed to appear for the test.
He stated that there was some problem last year but now the Chief Minister himself is taking up this matter seriously with the school education department. Measures are being taken to ensure that graduates of madrasa are permitted to take the test, Sattar informed.

13-06-08, 09:28 AM
Ten suspected ISI agents released
GUWAHATI, June 12: In a glaring example of the total inaptitude of the Assam Police, the Additional Sessions Court of Kamrup today had to release 10 suspected ISI agents as the Assam Police could not submit any documents to prove its claim!
It should be noted that the 10 suspected ISI agents were arrested by the Assam Police from various parts of the State and from Kolkata in 1999. Out of the 10 suspects arrested, one was a Bangladeshi citizen while one was a Pakistani citizen. The 10 suspects had been held in State jails for the last 9 years but even 9 years were too less for the Assam Police to gather any documents to substantiate its claim.
Out of the 10 suspects arrested, 5 were arrested from the city, 2 from Karimganj and 1 each from Howli, Goalpara and Kolkata. The Bangaldeshi citizen Billal Miyan was arrested in Kolkata while the Pakistani citizen was arrested while he was travelling from Karimganj to Guwahati to sell stolen watches.
Though the Pakistani and Bangladeshi suspects could have been sentenced to 5-year terms for violating the Foreigners Act, the Kamrup Additional Sessions Judge had to free them as they had already spent nine years in jail. The release of the 10 suspected ISI agents should come as a slap on the face of the Assam Police.

15-06-08, 07:07 AM
violence spread in West Bengal
Posted June 14th, 2008 by Tarique Anwar

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter,
Ganga Sagar: In a fresh incident of communal violence, at least 40 people are reported to have been injured in Ganga Sagar island in West Bengal on 13th June. The injured included 15 policemen.
According to reports, clashes between RSS workers and local Muslims erupted soon after a training camp organized by the Hindu extremist organization ended in the area. Reports say that RSS workers were making provocative sloganeering against Muslims and Quran. It is said that RSS and Bajrang Dal had already made preparations to cause harm to Muslims. Although RSS and other Hindu communal organizations have spread their influence in other Indian states, West Bengal has until recently been aloof from such incidents.
President of West Bengal Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Maulana Siddiqullah Chaudhary have indirectly accused the CPM-led state government for the violence. He said the communalists were given an opportunity to perpetrate terror against Muslims in order to augment the weakening grip of communist party on Muslim community. The CPM is apprehensive of losing mandate in coming election on this account. About 2.5 lakh Muslims reside in the island; it turns out to be 50% of the total population. CPM is anxious to attract Muslims of the state as general elections are round the corner. But RSS has become equally active here. On Thursday, there were clashes between Bengalese and Nepalese in Siliguri City injuring about 30 persons, after which the army was deployed.
RSS, however, said that it held the training camp peacefully. They said that they feared such eventuality from the very beginning of the programme. RSS is said to be now busy in penetrating its roots in Muslim dominated border areas of West Bengal where, it claims, Bangladeshis are coming in illegally. Mohsin Ali, a local inhabitant, says RSS supporters had resorted to provocative sloganeering. On the other hand, RSS has accused the Marxist government had incited Muslims to attack RSS men. But rejecting RSS allegations, the Marxist leader and a minister in the state government Kanti Ganguli said RSS is a provoking organization.

16-06-08, 03:33 AM
Ten suspected ISI agents released
GUWAHATI, June 12: In a glaring example of the total inaptitude of the Assam Police, the Additional Sessions Court of Kamrup today had to release 10 suspected ISI agents as the Assam Police could not submit any documents to prove its claim!
It should be noted that the 10 suspected ISI agents were arrested by the Assam Police from various parts of the State and from Kolkata in 1999. Out of the 10 suspects arrested, one was a Bangladeshi citizen while one was a Pakistani citizen. The 10 suspects had been held in State jails for the last 9 years but even 9 years were too less for the Assam Police to gather any documents to substantiate its claim.
Out of the 10 suspects arrested, 5 were arrested from the city, 2 from Karimganj and 1 each from Howli, Goalpara and Kolkata. The Bangaldeshi citizen Billal Miyan was arrested in Kolkata while the Pakistani citizen was arrested while he was travelling from Karimganj to Guwahati to sell stolen watches.
Though the Pakistani and Bangladeshi suspects could have been sentenced to 5-year terms for violating the Foreigners Act, the Kamrup Additional Sessions Judge had to free them as they had already spent nine years in jail. The release of the 10 suspected ISI agents should come as a slap on the face of the Assam Police.
GUWAHATI, June 14: Former Asom Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, former Asom Chief Secretary JP Rajkhowa and former DGP HK Deka today expressed serious concern over the release of as many as ten suspected ISI agents by the court for the failure of the Assam Police to prove charges against them. They termed it as a total failure of the Government and a serious threat to the internal security of the country. Mahanta even said the incident has once again proved Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s soft stand towards the ISI and Islamic fundamentalists. However, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) preferred not to air any comment on the issue now.
Talking to The Sentinel, Mahanta said: “It was due to the bold stand taken by the then AGP Government that police could arrest as many as ten ISI agents on the basis of strong ground, but those ISI agents have been set free due to negligence on the part of the Tarun Gogoi-led Government. Either the police didn’t investigate the case deeply or the prosecutor was not given the required briefing by the State Government or the State Government took a soft stand in the case. Whatever may be the case, it has proved once again that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is soft towards the ISI and fundamentalists. This is undoubtedly a serious threat to the internal security of the country.”
It may be mentioned here that the 10 suspected ISI agents had been arrested during the tenure of Prafulla Kumar Mahanta as Chief Minister of the State.
Blaming it on the Assam Police, former Asom Chief Secretary JP Rajkhowa said since it is a serious matter and the Union Ministry of Home Affairs should step in. Talking to The Sentinel, Rajkhowa said : “If the ten are not ISI agents, the Assam Police is responsible for holding them so long on mere suspicion. After their arrest, did the Assam Police ever consult the RAW and IB, given the fact that the issue was so serious and a grave threat to the internal security of the country?”
Rajkhowa further said: “The Assam Police can still detain them as they are a threat to national security. They can still be arrested under the National Security Act (NSA) and their cases may be referred to an advisory committee headed by a retired judge of the High Court. The Assam Police is actually incompetent to handle such cases.”
Former Asom DGP HK Deka was also surprised at the release of the 10 suspected ISI agents. Talking to The Sentinel, Deka said: “It’s not only an unfortunate incident, but also a threat to the internal security of the country. When the suspected ISI agents were arrested, sufficient incriminating documents were seized from their possession. Maybe, the police didn’t investigate the case deeply and that led to its failure to prove the charges against the 10.”
Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) general secretary Manoj Baruah said: “It’s a total failure of the Government and the police. If the 10 are not ISI agents, what action will the Government take against those who detained them for nine years?”
AUDF working president HRA Choudhury, on the other hand, said: “This incident has proved that only judiciary can give justice to the people, not administration. The incident has also proved that there is a tendency to frame the people of a particular community as fundamentalists.”
It is worth mentioning here that when the 10 suspected ISI agents had been arrested, including four from the Guwahati railway station, the police had claimed that it had seized various incriminating documents from their possession and claimed that it had been a big success.
What will Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi say now? It is still fresh in the minds of circles concerned that the Chief Minister, while replying to a question from Opposition leader Chandra Mohan Patowary on March 10 this year, told the Assam Assembly that ISI activities had been on the rise in the State and that his Government had arrested as many as nine ISI agents. Gogoi had also told the Assembly that his Government had enough evidence to prove that MULTA and HuM had links with the ISI.
This apart, at a meeting on internal security in New Delhi on December 20, 2007, Gogoi said: “The Northeast, of late, emerged as an important hub for espionage activity for agencies such as the ISI. But we are determined to root out that menace.”
Does Gogoi realize the gravity of the situation?

16-06-08, 08:43 PM
Kutch gets Muslim Brides from Bengal

If you thought that women trafficked out of Bangladesh and bordering district of West Bengal find their way to the sex trade, then think again. Many among such girls from the eastern part of the sub-continent are now being sold off as brides in the western district of Kutch in Gujarat. It has been merely ten months since Mumtaz has been married off to Salim Mongal, a shepherd in Bhadreshwar village. The 16 year old girl from Bankura district of West Bengal is already seven months pregnant and trying to cope with the new culture and language. Like Mumtaz, Masura, Samina Ruksana and many other Bengali girls like her from the Indo-Bangla border areas are now finding their way here as brides. “Our father was too poor to arrange for our marriage back home,’’ said Ruksana Adam, who claims to be from Bankura district of West Bengal. “ It was at that point, a man called Zafar from our area met our father and got me married here,’’ Ruksana added. Married for four years, this woman in her early 20s now has a daughter. Her sister Afsana, who is in her early 20s too found her way to Kutch a couple of years ago and has a son.

Many girls are being brought in here as well as in the Banni region, said Meena Rajgore from the Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan. “While they claim to hail from Kolkata, many of them are from Bangladesh too,’’ she added. “In many communities here there is a tradition of early engagement, the ones who do not find a bride early are often forced to stay without a wife till very late. Mostly such people procure wives from Kolkata or Bangladesh,’’ she said. Nirav Patni from the District Rural Development Agency in Bhuj too confirmed the practice of getting brides from West Bengal and other areas along the Indo- Bangala border areas. We paid about Rs. 40,000 for getting our sister in law, Madina, said Ishaq Juma Kumbhar, a villager from Bhadreshwar. Kutch police superintendent Harekrishna Patel said, with gender disparity very high in Kutch, many communities buy their wives from outside. “We know many Bengali girls are being brought in here, but as yet we have no official information on girls from Bangladesh being brought in. But there is no official complaint registered in such cases also, which makes it difficult for us to initiate action,” he added.

(Reported by A.H. Lakhani)

20-06-08, 05:00 PM
protestors arrested after anti Qadiani demonstartion
Posted June 20th, 2008 by Tarique Anwar

By Mohamed Siddique, TwoCircles.net,
Hyderabad : Police arrested about 20 protesting Muslims in Hyderabad today when they tried to hold a demonstration near the place of worship of Ahmadia (Qadiani) community on the occasion of Friday.
The demonstrators were demanding the removal of a board on the place declaring it to be a mosque. Muslims reject the claim of Ahmadias that they were also Muslims and have been demanding that they should stop calling their places of worship Mosques.
As soon as the Friday congregations over in the nearby mosques, a large number of Muslims gathered outside Ahmadia center demanding that the board be taken off. The community had a new board with "Lailaha Illalla Mmohammadur Rasulullah" and "Masjid" written on it.
The Hyderabad city police commissioner B Prasad Rao said that as a precautionary measure additional police force and personnel of anti riot Rapid Action Force was deployed near the Ahmadia center. The police had also barricaded the place with barbed wires to keep the protestors at bay.
Tension is prevailing between the Muslims and members of Ahmadia community since Sunday last when a protest by Muslim community had forced the state government to cancel a conference of Ahmadia Jamat.
All Muslim organizations, including the politically influential Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and Jamat-e-Islami had held a huge public meeting in Hyderabad on Saturday last demanding that the Ahmadias should be declared as non Muslims in India as their faith clashes with the basic tenets of Islam. "The Qadianis should not be allowed to undertaking any public activity in the name of Muslims and Islam as they don't believe in Prophet Mohammed being the last messenger of God. They believe their found Ghulam Ahmad to be their prophet", said Asauddin Owaisi, MIM MP from Hyderabad.
The Ahmadia community is celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the selection of successor to the founder of their faith.

21-06-08, 02:31 PM
Author: Shaykh Zainuddin Makhdum - Translated from Arabic by S. Muhammad Husayn Nainar)
The Tuhfat al-Mujahidin or ‘The Tribute to the Strugglers’ is one of the earliest extant historical treatises about the southern Indian state of Kerala. Its author, the sixteenth century Shaikh Zainuddin Makhdum, hailed from the renowned Makhdum family from the town of Ponnani in Malabar, in northern Kerala. This family traced its descent to migrants from Yemen, who played a leading role in the spread of Islam in southern India. Following in the footsteps of many of his forefathers, Shaikh Zainduddin rose to become a leading Islamic scholar. He spent ten years studying in Mecca, where he also joined the Qadri order. On his return to his native Malabar, he spent almost four decades teaching at the central mosque in Ponnani, then a major centre for Islamic studies in southern India. He also served as the envoy of the Zamorins, the Hindu rulers of Calicut, to Egypt and Turkey.
The Tuhfat is one of Shaikh Zainuddin’s several works, and is the best known among them. A chronicle of the stiff resistance put up by the Muslims of Malabar against the Portuguese colonialists from 1498, when Vasco Da Gama arrived in Calicut, to 1583, it describes in considerable detail events, many of which that the author had himself witnessed and lived through. It was intended, as Shaikh Zainduddin says, as a means to exhort the Malabar Muslims to launch a struggle or jihad against the Portuguese invaders. The book thus extols the virtues of jihad against oppressors, and, at the same time, also provides fascinating details about the history of Islam in Malabar, the relations between Muslims and Hindus in the region and the customs and practices of both.
Islam’s first contact with India is said to have taken place in Malabar, and Shaikh Zainuddin offers a popularly-held account of this. He writes of how the Hindu ruler of Malabar, impressed with a group of Muslim pilgrims on their way to Ceylon, converted to Islam and accompanied them back to Arabia. There, shortly before he died, he instructed them to return to Malabar. They did as they were told, and the king’s governors welcomed them, allowing them to settle along the coast and establish mosques. Gradually, he writes, the Muslim community began expanding through the missionary efforts of Sufis and traders.
Relations between Muslims and the Hindus of Malabar, Shaikh Zainudin observes, were traditionally cordial. The rulers of Malabar, all Hindus, treated the Muslims with respect, one reason being that the Muslims played a vital role in the region’s economy because of their control of the trading routes linking Malabar to other lands by sea. Hindu rulers even paid salaries of the muezzins and qazis and allowed the Muslims to be governed in personal matters by their own laws. Hindus who converted to Islam were not harassed, and, even if they were of ‘low’ caste origin, were warmly welcomed into the Muslim community. This was probably one reason for the rapid spread of Islam in the region.
Shaikh Zainuddin’s observations about the Hindus of Malabar are remarkable for their sense of balance and sympathy. Of the Hindu rulers, he says, ‘There are some who are powerful and some comparatively weak. But the strong, as a matter of fact, will not attack or occupy the territory of the weak’. (This, Shaikh Zainuddin suggests, might be a result of the conversion of one of their kings, referred to earlier, to Islam ‘and of his supplications to this effect to God’). He also adds, ‘[The] people of Malabar are never treacherous in their wars’. At the same time, he notes with disapproval the deeply-rooted caste prejudices among the Malabari Hindus. So strict is the law of caste, he writes, that any violation of it results in excommunication, forcing the violator to convert to Islam or Christianity or become a yogi or mendicant or to be enslaved by the king. Even such a minor matter as a ‘high’ caste Hindu woman being hit by a stone thrown by a ‘low’ caste man causes her to lose caste. ‘How many such detestable customs!”, Shaikh Zainuddin remarks after recounting some of them. ‘Due to their ignorance and stupidity, they strictly follow these customs, believing that it is their moral responsibility to uphold them’, he adds. ‘It was while they were living in these social conditions that the religion of Islam reached them by the grace of Allah’, he goes on, ‘[a]nd this was the main reason for their being easily attracted to Islam’.
Of all the Hindu rulers of Malabar, the most powerful, and also the most friendly towards the Muslims, were the Zamorins of Calicut, who claimed descent from the king who is said to have converted to Islam and died in Arabia. The Tuhfat describes how the Zamorins turned down bribes offered by the Portuguese to expel the Muslims, and of how they, along with Nair Hindu and Muslim forces, engaged in numerous battles with the Portuguese, who are said to have singled out the Muslims for attack and persecution. Shaikh Zainuddin is at pains to note the contrast between the response of the Hindu Zamorins to the plight of the Malabar Muslims with that of several Muslim Sultans in other parts of India, who were approached for help in expelling the Portuguese. ‘The Muslim-friendly Zamorin’, he writes, ‘has been spending his wealth from the beginning’ for the protection of the Malabari Muslims from the depredations of the Portuguese. On the other hand, he rues, ‘The Muslim Sultans and Amirs—may Allah heighten the glory of the helpful among them—did not take any interest in the Muslims of Malabar’.
The Portuguese conquests, resulting in their wresting g the monopoly over the Malabar spice trade from the Muslims, caused a rapid decline in Muslim fortunes, reducing the community to abject poverty. Shaikh Zainduddin describes the reign of terror unleashed on the Malabari Muslims, by the Portuguese, who were fired with a hatred of Islam and Muslims—indiscriminate killings of Muslims, rapes of Muslim women, forcible conversions of Muslims to Christianity, enslaving of hundreds of Muslims, destroying mosques and building churches in their place and setting alight Muslim shops and homes.
In appealing to the Malabari Muslims to launch jihad against the Portuguese, Shaikh Zainuddin makes clear that this struggle is purely a defensive one, directed at only the Portuguese interlopers and not the local Hindus or the Hindu Zamorins, for whom he expresses considerable respect. Nor is it, he suggests, a call to establish Muslim political supremacy and control. Jihad, then, for Shaikh Zaiuddin, was a morally just struggle to restore peace in Malabar and expel foreign occupiers, to return to a period when Muslims and Hindus in the region lived together in harmony.
This treatise is an indispensable source of Malabari history and would be invaluable to those interested in the history of Islam in South Asia. Much that Shaikh Zainuddin says with regard to the legitimacy of struggle against foreign occupation and oppression finds powerful echoes today, in the context of present-day imperialist aggression, which is, of course, much more lethal than its sixteenth century Portuguese counterpart that Shaikh Makhdum discusses in his book.


22-06-08, 09:10 AM
What are they preparing for?

Submitted by Tarique Anwar on 18 June 2008 - 6:41pm.

By Nasiruddin Haider Khan,
What are they preparing for? Against whom? For whose security? And who are the people who are doing these preparations? A channel reported that in Indore, Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) members openly fired guns in the air. There were multiple rounds fired. I am sure people of the area would not have become happy to hear the sounds of gunfire. They must have been scared. Who is being scared? And who are these preparations against?
Earlier, we had news of girls being given arms training in various Sangh Parivar camps. Is it that the Ministry of Defence has outsourced border protection to Sangh Parivar? After all, this is the time of outsourcing and responsibilities of armed forces are also being outsourced. But it could not be outsourcing of border security. Perhaps it is for protecting cities and mohallas. But the question stands, security for whom and against whom?
Who are our enemies? Is it the same security that was needed in a state called Gujarat not too long ago? Please bear with me, Gujarat is used just as an example here. What is in their heart, only Lord Ram can tell.
But what is happening in the name of Ram? Recently we heard that Maharashtra’s Anti-Terror Squad have nabbed two people for bomb blasts in an auditorium. These two are associated with a Hindutva organization. (Veer Savarkar also said there is a difference between Hinduism and Hindutva). In April 2006, two Bajrang Dal members died while making bombs in Nasik. Again the question to be asked is who is making the bomb and who are the intended targets? Bhagat Singh did a blast to make the deaf hear, no one was injured as a result of his bomb. But these bombs are for killings. Who is to be killed?
But there is something odd here. Think about it, if an organization that had words like Muslim, Islam, Tanzim, or Idara in its name and its members were taking arms training in a part in Indore or firing in broad day light. What would have happened then?
Suppose, if people arrested for blast in Thane auditorium were part of Islamic movement, mujahideen or a jehadi organization, would the media and government officials have taken it the same way they did with this news of June 17th, 2008? (Go on and search newspapers and TV news of that day).
But the question still stands, who is this preparations for? And against whom?
(Nasiruddin Haider Khan is a journalist and activist based in Lucknow)

22-06-08, 09:16 AM
Politicization of terror

Submitted by Tarique Anwar on 19 June 2008 - 8:06pm.
By Md. Ali, TwoCircles.net,
Exactly ten years after Babri Masjid demolition, on 6th December 2002, a powerful blast rips apart a BEST bus in Ghatkopar in northern Mumbai. Two persons died on the spot. Maharashtra police picked up several Muslim youths including Khwaja Yunus, a Gulf-based NRI software professional. Years later, the POTA court acquits Yunus and all other accused. But something tragic occurs before the court acquittal.
Violating all the norms of basic humanity and human rights, the police brutally torture Yunus and he is murdered in the police custody.
That Khwaja Yunus was innocent has been confirmed by the court. Then the question conveniently forgotten by the state and central investigative agencies that had passionately arrested the so called Muslim terrorists remains. If it was not Khwaja Yunus, who was behind the Ghatkopar bomb blast and a number of other unsolved blasts? The recent arrest of some Hindu extremists in connection with the Thane auditorium bombing case may provide some clues.
Hindutva groups
The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Maharashtra arrested four persons: Mangesh Dinkar Nikam, Ramesh Hanumant Gadkari, Santosh Angre, and Vikram Bhave for planting the bombs at the Bhave auditorium in Vashi and Thane's Gadkari Rangayatan last month. Seven persons were injured in the Thane blast on June 4th.
These people are associated with Hindutva groups Janjagruti Samiti and Sanatan Sanstha.
Gadkari, is an engineering diploma holder. Angre, a school dropout, was in the business of preparing and selling ayurvedic medicines.
According to the accused, they had manufactured at least five bombs. While three of them were planted in Panvel, Vashi and Thane, one was planted in a dustbin at Pen but it did not go off.
These Hindutva extremists confessed to ATS on Tuesday that they had planted a bomb outside a mosque/dargah on the Pen highway last Diwali. They claimed that they wanted to check the intensity of the bomb, but it did not explode.
"Gadkari and Bhave said that they had planted a bomb outside a mosque or dargah, on the Pen highway. Our teams are verifying the claim,'' said investigating officer B B Rathor.
With this revelation, the ATS is now going through the records of those arrested for the Jalana, Porna and Parbhani mosque blasts to find if there is any connection between the two groups.
This official revelation from ATS is important in many respects.
It is the first time that the ATS has come up in the public with the possibility of any kind of involvement of Hindutva terrorist groups in bomb blasts in India.
This is the recent proof in the series of incidents which point towards the possibility of Hindutva terrorist organizations in the terrorist incidents in India.
This confession by the members of the Hindu organizations has caused varied reactions in the social and political spectrum across India.
The secular organizations have re-emphasized the need for the central and state investigative agencies to look for the real culprits behind terror attacks in India. They point towards the fact that not even a single case of bomb blast except the Bombay bomb blast of 1993 has been finally investigated, nor the agencies could be able to arrest the real culprits.
Speaking to TwoCircles.net, Saeed Khan of Muslim Youth of India (MY India) demanded that there should be independent inquiry of all the bomb blasts in India, for which the central government should constitute an independent national tribunal consisting of retired judges, retired police officers, civil and human right activists and journalists.
He points out that till now the investigative agencies have dealt with the bomb blasts in a completely prejudicial manner exhibiting their deep rooted biases against the Muslims in India. Notwithstanding, not even a single case of bomb blast except the 1993 Bombay bomb blast, has reached to natural conclusion.
Khan, who works with Muslim youth educating them about dangers of extremism, explains that whenever a blast occurs, there would be a breaking news which would claim the involvement of SIMI, HUJI, and others; the sketches would be released and many Muslim youths would be arrested without proper proof, and after endless torture, if the human rights people raise their voice they would be released or they will endlessly tortured.
Then no one would remember the blast case and the case would be silently closed, even when the falsely implicated Muslim youths will remain arrested in jails. He cites the example of Ghatkopar bomb blast. And there are other cases like this.
For instance, the Nanded incident in which the RSS activists died whilst making bombs has been swept under the carpet by the government of Maharashtra as well as the media.
Politics of terror
Even the fake attack on the RSS HQ in Nagpur has been dealt with in a similar manner as the fact finding reports have shown. Recently the attack on the RSS HQ at Tenkasi, Tamil Nadu is also a case in point. The Tamil Nadu police arrested at least seven RSS activists for engineering the blasts that was designed to create communal tension.

A BJP banner publicising Hindu Janjagruti Samiti event
The investigative fraternity of India has sufficient evidence to prove that the Hindu fundamentalist organisations are involved in terrorist activities. Even the Home Minister Shiv Raj Patil has accepted in the Parliament in the last budget session that there are some Hindu terrorist organizations who are involved in terror activities in India, as did the Maharashtra Chief Minister Mr. Vilsasrao Desmukh a couple of days back.
Apart from that, the analysts and political commentators pointed towards the benefit that the BJP reaped because of the Jaipur bomb blast occurred immediately before the Karnataka elections. It helped the party to create panic and polarise the votes on religious lines, claims Saeed Khan.
Referring to this he points out that it has been very easy for the Hindu terrorist organisation to replace the politics of riot by the politics of bomb blasts, particularly when the investigative agencies are not able to see, deliberately or whatever, this very simple strategic point.
There is another very important development to this case now.
According to the media reports, the police has said that these accused can't be arrested under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) because these acts of terror were not done by "an organised terrorist group."
It is this double standard that the secular organisations are completely against.
"How can one differentiate between the Hindutva terrorism and the so called Islamic terrorism? And more importantly, does terrorism has any religion?"
Feroze Mithiborwala of Awami Bharat echoes Saeed Khan and urged the media not to label terrorism with 'Hindu' or 'Muslim' label as it pains the entire community as guilty.
Feroze blames the security agencies for failure in the terror investigations of the last three years. He points that all these investigations lead us nowhere which means that security agencies have been pursuing a preconceived path and have been looking at only one possibility. This has to lead to the demonization of the Muslim community and the rise of Islamophobia in India.
Feroze who is a political activist points out that the government, security establishments and the major media ignored the possibility that there were other terror networks in India besides often blamed SIMI-ISI.
These networks are operational and lethal is now proven beyond doubt by the arrests of Hindutva-vadis in number of bomb blasts.
If there was any doubt that these are rogue elements within the Hindutva organizations it was removed by the recent editorial of "Saamna" in which Bal Thackeray urges Hindu suicide squads. This terror thinking comes from the top.

02-07-08, 11:22 AM
Ghulam Muhammed, Bombay, (ghulammuh ammed3 @gmail.com): Manoj George wrote on June 5, 2008 a question:
“Are Brahmins responsible for plight of Muslims in Pakistan and Bangladesh as well? Are they the cause of Muslim poverty in Africa or Muslim emigration into western countries?”
Of course all the chief conspirators were the Brahmins, who were the collaborators/perpetrators of the division of united India, into Pakistan and Bangladesh. When Pakistan was partitioned, as a state it was born in bankruptcy. Pakistan was sold to Western imperialists, as a military outpost. The day Pakistan was founded; an emissary was sent by Jinnah to the US president to receive a cheque, to fund the newly born state. Who conspired this other than Jawaharlal Nehru, a Kashmiri Brahmin? His daughter used force to carve another supposedly weak and puppet nation of Bangladesh. The whole community of Muslims, which formed 30% of united India’s armed forces and other security agencies, was systematically destroyed; or they would have certainly made their own space in United India. The British and Jinnah were the front people to have initiated the move to partition India, but India was the biggest beneficiary of this partition. If Muslims in Pakistan, Bangladesh and even in India are backward, exploited and deprived, I will lay the blame on a Brahmin and its Machiavellian conspiracy against Muslims, as Brahmin love for India was merely a cover for the love of Brahmin dreams to rule India exclusively. Imagine how India was a closed country aligned with the Soviets, mainly to ward off the West’s imperialist designs on independent India or rather warding off of any ‘regime change’ by the West to unseat the uncompromising Brahmin. A Brahmin family was only protecting its own hegemony over India. Later, when India was finally opened, the ‘credit’ went to other Brahmins, now dancing to a different tune, to dethrone the old Brahmin family. Later it was Brajesh Mishra, Vajpayee, both Brahmins, who brought in first the American Jews, and later the Israelis to run the country once again as an enslaved nation. If Muslims were to write future history, they will characterize the 60 years of ‘Independent’ India as the Brahmin Age. Let us see, how fast their legacy gets dissipated as their injustices have hit the nadir and there is no redeeming signs on the horizon. Manoj George is bringing into discussions the subject of Muslims of Africa or Muslim emigration to West, which is not the main subject of the present discussion. Mercifully, Brahmins unlike Jews have tangled with Indian Muslim on the Indian subcontinent only. Though lately, they both, Brahmins and Jews seem to find quite fertile common grounds to cooperate and move against not only Indian Muslims, but the entire Muslim world. Nobody can deny that when an Indian American Jindal is introduced into the US election equations in the Republican quarters, against an Afro-American Barack Hussein Obama that is going to be widely demonized as a closet Muslim, a backroom proxy war is already on.

02-07-08, 06:53 PM
Because he was a Muslim…..

Submitted by Tarique Anwar on 2 July 2008 - 5:39pm. By Dr. M. Iqbal Siddiqui,
“You people always do such things (bomb blasts),” said a senior officer of Rajasthan Police to Dr Amanullah Jamali, a Unani Medical Officer posted at a government health centre in the village of Bagri Nagar in Sojat Tehsil of Pali district.
On Saturday, 19th May 2008, Dr Amanullah was heading towards his residence at Sojat Road in a bus when a police ‘Gypsy’ came near the bus and a policeman from it asked him to get down the bus and ride the gypsy. When he asked where he was being taken and for what crime, one of the policemen said there was nothing to worry, only a few queries regarding his passport. He kept quiet. Then he was taken to Beawar Police Station and finally to Alwar Gate Police Station in Ajmer where he was kept detained for three days.
His sole crime was that he was a Muslim and, by chance, he was in Jaipur on the day of the serial bomb blasts for his personal work at the Board of Indian Medicine. By the way, there were about 40 lakh people in Jaipur on the same day.
“Go! Stand in that corner,” asked a constable in harsh voice, “sit down on the ground,” another ordered. Amanullah was a bit afraid of the situation so he followed the commands. Then he was taken inside a room and searched thoroughly after being stripped to underwear as if he had committed some big crime. Then the investigation began “Miyan (a negative attribute given to a Muslim), tell the truth otherwise, I will book you for the Jaipur blasts and put the whole blame upon you,” asked a policeman.
He was kept in the Alwar Gate Police Station for three days where he had to sleep on a dirty mat in a room filled with ants. He had to pray on the floor. He was not permitted to go for Friday Prayer. He was abused frequently and also slapped on his face and beaten with the police ‘danda’. When his brother and brother-in-law came to the police station on Saturday for his release, they were also detained for the night. On fourth day they were all set free with a warning that Amanullah’s position was still suspicious so he should not talk much about his detention and must not face the media. Otherwise he would be at the receiving end as they (the police) have ‘power’.
When the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind’s state president Er. Mohd. Saleem contacted the police officials on telephone they denied any detention, but when he threatened to raise the matter before the higher authorities the officer on the telephone line immediately said that Dr. Amanullah has been released and he can be contacted on telephone. However, the contact with him could be established only after four hours.
More than one month after the blasts in Jaipur, the situation is that every practising Muslim is ‘suspicious’. They have detained and released about 7 to 8 persons so far as we know, suspecting them to be involved in the blasts. The investigating agencies are still groping in dark. It seems that they are not searching for the real culprits of the blasts. Instead, they are working ‘honestly’ on some foreign secret agencies’ agenda of branding and profiling Muslims as terrorists.
(The author is media cell in-charge of Rajasthan Jamaat-e-Islami Hind. He can be contacted at [email protected] ([email protected]))

09-07-08, 09:31 PM
Muslim tenants facing rejection from Hindu landlords in Delhi

Submitted by kamran on 6 July 2008 - 5:22pm.
http://www.twocircles.net/2008jul06/muslim_tenants_facing_rejection_hindu_landlords_de lhi.html
By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net,
New Delhi: Is being a Muslim itself a cause of suspicion? Yes, at least in Delhi where Muslims are suspected not only by the police but also a majority of the majority community. The case becomes crystal clear when it comes to renting flats in the city where Muslim ruled for about 1,000 years.
Meet Naqueeb Ahmad, 24, a promising IT engineer. He works with HCL, a premier computer software company. His office is in Noida, some 15 km from New Delhi’s Jamia Nagar area where he lives in a two-room flat. With good salary and a well-known company tag, he wanted to reside in some posh areas but he landed in Jamia Nagar, one of the largest Muslim ghettoes in Delhi.
Why? “I tried to get a two-room flat in Chirag Dilli area, got one and had the first meeting with owner of the flat over rental,” says Ahmad, a bachelor planning to be engaged this year talking to TwoCircles.net. Everything was going well. “The flat was fine and the rate was affordable, too. The owner offered me tea and during conversation he absent-mindedly asked my name. When he knew I am a Muslim that was enough to seal the deal. He said he would rent to a family, not bachelors. He forgot that in the beginning of the talks he had said he had no problem with bachelors,” recounts Ahmad.
Ahmad also tried to get a rented flat in Pushp Vihar, Connaught Place and South Extension localities but everywhere his application was turned down on one ground or the other. Shocked by the discrimination, he went to Connaught Place area, not alone but with a Hindu friend. But in vain. In South Extension area which is more popular for markets but has some residential flats, Ahmad had a Sikh friend Manpreet Singh. He wanted to share his room. His friend agreed but when the lady owner of the flat came to know about it, she denied saying that the Muslim would be a non-vegetarian.
Not only Naqueeb Ahmad, there are many Ahmads who are facing humiliation from Hindu homeowners in Delhi.
Ahmad’s friend Faheem is a System Administrator at an MNC. He lived in Sarita Vihar area that is near the Apollo Hospital where his elder brother works as a physician. In the wake of growing anti-Muslim feeling following terrorist bombings for which Muslims are accused by default, Faheem and his brother were asked by the flat owner to vacate it without giving any reason.
Not only a particular area but entire Delhi is playing stranger to Muslims. To gauge the situation, Abhishek Sharan of Hindustan Times set out for a flat in posh colonies. He assumed the identity of one Imran Sheikh, a software professional from Aligarh. Wherever he went with this identity for a rented accommodation, be it Malviya Nagar, Vasant Kunj or Model Town, he failed. He revealed it in an article.
In Malviya Nagar he got a flat and over final talks when he revealed his identity, the owner had a quick, furtive look at him and denied. The broker later told him that the owner is a conservative and does not want to give flat to a Muslim.
In Vasant Kunj area the broker grilled him on the phone about his education, background and company and when he came to know he was Imran Sheikh he tried to cut the line instantly but being persisted for the reason he said he would have to get his identity particulars verified by the local police, by the Aligarh police and also by the employer.
This is not the process in practice. Generally a tenant has to fill a single form comprising his identity particulars which are meant to be verified by local police.
In Model Town, the flat owner after knowing he is a Muslim asked about passport. When Imran Sheikh (Abhishek Sharan) said he did not one, the owner said he had to get one.
Notwithstanding what politicians say and how many welfare programs the government announces, the ground reality is that Muslims are being victimized. And this is resulting in ghettoisation.
According to 2001 Census, 16,23,520 Muslims are in Delhi. An overwhelming majority of them are living in ghettoes like Jamia Nagar, Okhla, Nizamuddin and Seelampur. A sizeable chunk of the Muslim community lives in the Walled City area that includes Jama Masjid ara, Chandni Chowk, Ballimaran, Darya Ganj and Matia Mahal.
The Muslim legislators who are in the Delhi government today represent these ghettoes: Perwez Hashmi (Okhla), Chaudhry Mateen Ahmad (Seelampur), Shoaib Iqbal (Matia Mahal) and Haroon Yusuf (Ballimaran).
The hatred Muslim tenants facing at the hands of Hindu landlords is mainly because of the anti-Muslim atmosphere created in the wake of terror attacks in Delhi and other parts of the country. For this credit should go to the police and media, particularly electronic media which present suspects as convict.

10-07-08, 06:10 AM
AASU to launch agitation against influx
GUWAHATI, July 9 – The All Assam Students Union (AASU) on Wednesday declared vigorous and continuous agitation across the State accusing the Central and the State Government of failing to deport illegal Bangladeshis even after the scrapping of the IM(DT) Act nearly three years back. In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court had scrapped the IM(DT) Act on July 12 in 2005 acting on the petition of former AASU president Sarbananda Sonowal.

Slamming the Congress, the AASU said that all the developments taking place in the State including the release of seven arrested ISI personnel who were in jail for want of proof, were enough to testify that the party was acting as the saviour of the Bangladeshis, ISI and the fundamentalist forces.

Addressing media persons, the functionaries of the student body, adviser Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya, president Sankar Prasad Rai and general secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi warned that the AASU would resist all attempts to provide safeguard to the illegal Bangladeshis. “The Congress Government has failed to honour the verdict of the Supreme Court which has compelled us to start our agitation again to save Assam from the Bangladeshis,” said Dr Bhattacharya regretting that the Congress Government has totally ignored the crucial issues like sealing the border, providing constitutional safeguards to the indigenous communities in the State, update of the NRC and implementation of the provisions of the Assam Accord.

Bhattacharya informed that the agitational programme of the student body would commence from July 12, the day of the Supreme Court ruling in connection to the IM(DT) Act.

The war of the AASU against the illegal Bangladeshis would be announced through the sound of traditional instruments and holding of protest meeting in every district on the occasion of three years completion of the scrapping of the IM(DT) Act.

From July 15 to 22, the AASU will hold organizational meetings on the issue of illegal Bangladeshis and its agitational programme.

The student body is also going to hold a series of public meetings from July 25 on the issue of illegal Bangladeshis and the first public meeting would be held at Sivasagar district.

“The main issue in State politics is the issue of Bangladeshis and unfortunately for the people of the State, the illegal Bangladeshis now have a decisive influence on State politics,” said the AASU.

10-07-08, 06:12 AM
Donkupar lays stress on economic ties with Bangla
From Raju Das - http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/details.asp?id=jul1008/ne2
SHILLONG, July 9 – Meghalaya Chief Minister Donkupar Roy today reiterated that economic links with neighbouring Bangladesh need to be put on the fast track for overall development of Meghalaya.

Speaking at Jail Road Boys’ School, here today, Roy said the education sector in Meghalaya would stand to gain with improved ties with Bangladesh.

He informed that many students from Bangladesh were already studying here, adding, the numbers could be increased with better ties with Bangladesh.

The State education policy which was in a formative stage, he said, would help in bettering the education sector of Meghalaya once implemented.

“Shillong with its educational centres provides excellent opportunities for students from Bangladesh to further their studies, instead of going to far-off countries and other Indian States,” Roy said.

The Chief Minister informed that he was in touch with other Northeastern States to go on an official trip to Dhaka to cement relations with that country.

“Hopefully, the trip would be undertaken sometimes in September this year, if things move smoothly,” he said optimistically.

Roy has been a staunch advocate of improving ties with Bangladesh. He even went to the extent of stating that an enhanced trade link with Bangladesh was a better option than the much-talked about Look East Policy.

Roy, a native of Shella bordering Bangladesh, hoped that friendly trade links with the neighbouring nation would be restored as in the past when border haats (weekly markets) were thriving business centres for residents of the border areas of both nations.

10-07-08, 04:19 PM
Bombay riots of 1992-93: Shiv Sena leader convicted, gets bail within an hour

Submitted by kashif on 10 July 2008 - 3:19pm.
http://twocircles.net/2008jul10/bombay_riots_1992_93_shiv_sena_leader_convicted_ge ts_bail_within_hour.html
By Md. Ali, TwoCircles.net
Mumbai: What if not a mockery of justice that victims of the 1993 Mumbai riots wait for justice for 16 years but an accused is convicted and gets bail within an hour. This is what happened on 9th July in Mumbai when former Shiv Sena MP Madhukar Sarpotdar was convicted by a Special Court for his inflammatory speeches that led to rioting.
With the judgement, Sarpotdar, sitting MLA from Kherwadi, has become first leader from Shiv Sena to be convicted for his inflammatory speeches. He was convicted along with two other Shiv Sena activists, Jaywant Mahadev Parab and Ashoke Shinde in this case by Special Court Magistrate R C Bapat Sarkar. They were awarded a year’s simple imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5,000 each. However, the magistrate granted them bail allowing them to appeal in a sessions court by August 16.
Sarpotdar and other two have been convicted under section 153-A of the IPC. They were convicted for rioting, unlawful assembly and “promoting enmity in different religious groups.”
According to media reports during the Bombay riots in Bandra, there were rumors of a Ganesh idol being desecrated in a temple in Bandra.
On December 27, 1992, Sarpotdar led a five thousand-strong mob through Nirmal Nagar and Kherwadi in Bandra to the Ganesh Temple. He made provocative speeches in the temple during the reinstallation of the Ganesh idol in that temple. Soon after, the mob turned violent and rioted.
The way some of the witnesses in this case behaved during the hearing reveal pressures on the witnesses as it was a high-profile case.
Out of six witnesses (five of them police officers) of this case, only three identified Sarpotdar. One of the witnesses, a police constable, told the court that he had lost his memory in 2004, and thereby won’t be able to recall the incident.
However, it was Inspector Madhav Khanolkar whose witness statements and support of the prosecution made the case strong against Sarpotdar. Now retired from the post, Khanolkar was on duty when the case was registered. He claimed that he had heard Sarpotdar and others making provocative speeches aimed at flaring the communal feelings of the Hindus against the Muslims.
The Shri Krishna Commission had also noted that Saptodar’s activity during the reinstallation ceremony of the Ganesh idol was communally provocative.
This was the most high profile of all the 148 riot cases of 1992-93 that have been reopened by the state government and sent for a trial to a special magistrate’s court.
It should be noted that this was only the third post-Babri Masjid demolition riot case in the city, which ended in conviction.

12-07-08, 07:03 PM
Muslim intellectuals opposed to associating nuke deal with Muslims

Submitted by Tarique Anwar on 12 July 2008 - 5:30pm.

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter,
Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh): The most painful thing emerging out of the debate on the Indo-US nuclear deal is that this sensitive issue is being presented as a clash of interests between Muslims and non-Muslims, said Prof. Mohammad Shamim, president of Intellectual Forum for Secular Democracy and Social Justice.
A programme entitled “Indo-US Nuclear Deal: From Muslim Point of View” was held by the organization in Women's Polytechnic at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) yesterday.
Expressing his views, Prof. Mohammad Shamim said Indo-US nuclear deal is a national issue but some political parties have opposed the deal by associating it with Muslim interests whereas the very same political parties are not ready to do anything for Muslims' welfare when they are in power. He said his organization condemns efforts to associate the national issue with Muslim interests only.
President of Minority Council Farhat Usmani said the pros and cons of this deal should be discussed at country level because the deal is going to affect the future of this country. This issue has nothing to do with religion and the people opposing the deal by dragging Muslims into the issue are not only proving their mental sloth but also spreading hatred. He said the tragic aspect of the issue is that a few Maulvis also want to transform it into a Muslim issue but this trend must be condemned. He said Muslims are equally respected citizens of this country and they also have the right to express their opinion on the issue as a citizen but associating this sensitive issue with religion is wrong.
Dr. Mujibul Haq said the United States has never honoured its agreements with other countries. It keeps its own interests supreme in both friendship and enmity. This is one of the reasons why the deal is being opposed in India.

12-07-08, 07:06 PM
Muslims in India in better conditions compared to minorities worldover: London-based Dr Javed Akhtar

Submitted by Tarique Anwar on 12 July 2008 - 5:32pm.

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter,
Gaya (Bihar): In spite of all sorts of discrimination in India, the position of Indian minorities is far better in comparison to minorities in other countries, said London-based cardiologist Javed Akhtar addressing a student gathering in the city yesterday.
Muslims in India have got full liberty and the right to equality at par with majority community, he said. In this case, if we secure some distinguished place in the field of education, we can establish our identity on the global map, he said while addressing the students of Abdul Hameed Minority Hostel in Gaya during his short stay in the country. But for the community to get that position, its students will have to become fully aware of their responsibility and obtain education whole heartedly and diligently.
In his speech, the eminent cardiologist said that in spite of better opportunities of education in India, Educational backwardness among Muslims is extremely depressing. He said although the Holy Qur'an and Hadith are full of injunctions for obtaining knowledge, Muslims community is lagging behind others in this field.
The eminent cardiologist advised the imams of mosques to motivate people for obtaining education on every Friday and on the occasion of every ijtima. He said the rich people of the community should stop child labour that is rampant among poor and labourers and make arrangements for their education.

15-07-08, 07:26 PM
Foundation stone of new Delhi Haj House uprooted by ‘Shiv Sainiks’

Submitted by Tarique Anwar on 15 July 2008 - 5:51pm.
http://twocircles.net/2008jul15/foundation_stone_new_delhi_haj_house_uprooted_shiv _sainiks.html
By TwoCircles.net staff reporter,
New Delhi: The fear of what happened yesterday with the planned new Haj House in Dwarka area of the capital was voiced by Muslims earlier. About five dozen Shiv Sainiks allegedly uprooted the foundation stone of the planned building. Chief Minister Sheila Dik**** had laid foundation on 8th July.
The miscreants also broke the main gate of the campus and grills, they were sloganeering “if no land for Amarnath Shrine, no land for Haj House in Delhi”, says a report published in the Urdu daily Rashtriya Sahara.
The police have registered an FIR against Shiv Sena and some unnamed persons in the Dwarka Sector 23 police station and security personnel have been deployed at the site.
According to the report, the miscreants attacked the site around 8 in the morning and about half an hour they were breaking and destroying whatever they found at the site. As soon as the news spread a few hundred Muslims from neighbouring colonies gathered at the spot. Soon some Haj Committee officials including CEO Sharon Bagaria and committee member Muhammad Shakeel Saifi reached there.
Talking to TwoCircles.net on phone, Saifi said he is receiving threats as he had filed the FIR.

Abd ul-Muntaqim
15-07-08, 07:28 PM


18-07-08, 05:36 PM
Imran (17), only bread earner of his family, killed pointblank by Indore police

http://www.twocircles.net/2008jul17/imran_17_only_bread_earner_his_family_killed_point blank_indore_police.html
Submitted by Tarique Anwar on 17 July 2008 - 6:04pm.
By Md. Ali, TwoCircles.net,
When Mehrun Nisa bade Imran goodbye to work she never knew that next time instead of receiving her son, she would get his dead body. According to Imran’s family, he was killed by two policemen at point blank around 11am on 3rd July 2008.
Imran, a 17-year-old boy and a resident of Hina Colony in Khujrana, a Muslim ghetto in Indore, was working as a painter near his home. On the day when there emerged a disturbing noise from some mobs, the contractor told him to go home.
It was the day when the Hindutva group Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) had given a call for "Bharat Bandh" against the withdrawal of the forest land to the Amaranth Shrine Board by the Jammu and Kashmir Government.
Imran was told by his contractor to go home because at that time the VHP activists have allegedly entered some Muslim dominated areas and enforced the "Bandh" leading to a clash between them and the Muslims.
Because of the instigation and provocation of the Muslims by the VHP and the biased attitude of the police the backlash later on took the form of full-fledged riots.
On his return from work Imran was with his younger brother Shahrukh. Both were called by the accused policemen. They took the elder of the two, Imran, and dragged him on the road first and then inserted the gun inside his mouth and shot, leading to his death on the spot.

Shahrukh (right) carries the body of his elder brother
Abdul Rafeeq, father of Imran, talked to TwoCircles.net about the difficulties that his family is facing since Imran's murder.
He said that the family got this news at 1 pm. Imran's mother out of desperation and panic went to the police station but the policemen threw rocks at her and told her to go home because they don't have the body of her son. They visited many hospitals to find their dead son but could find his body on the next day.
Abdul Rafiq informed TwoCircles.net that initially he was being given Imran's dead body without its postmortem, but he refused and insisted on the medical report after which the concerned authorities conducted autopsy of Imran's body.
Imran belongs to a very poor family. He was the only earning hand of the family of nine. His father who used to drive vehicles in local area is uanable to work because of some problems in his spinal cord since last two years. In Imran's absence, says Abdul Rafiq, the family does not have sufficient food even to feed the relative who are visiting to console the family.
Abdul Rafiq couldn't control himself and broke down on the phone describing the body of his son and how mercilessly he was murdered by the people who are supposed to be the protector of citizens.
How poor Imran's family is and how many problems they are facing can be assessed by what his father had to say: “Now no one can bring Imran back but only if I am provided with any job or something so that the family of eight could survive."
There are various questions which need to be raised as far as this case is concerned.
TwoCircles.net got to know that the FIR of the case has been registered but there has not been any mention of the two policemen who murdered Imran mercilessly. Although there has been a witness, Shahrukh, of Imran's murder and who can identify the accused but the report has been registered against the "anonymous” culprits.
Imran's father said that he is a poor person without any political and financial strength and it is questionable that anybody would dare to raise this matter when the culprit is the administration itself.
When the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) delegation visited riot-hit areas in Indore two days ago, a delegation of People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) met the NCM team. It put up the case of Imran among other cases before the NCM.
The NCM team told the delegation that although it does not have any constitutional power to punish anyone but it has noted down the case separately. It will treat the case as a special case because Imran was shot at point blank and the police appear to be involved in the issue.

Imran's body lying on the street
The delegation appealed to NCM that Imran’s family should be provided with support and security. Sharukh, who is the witness in this case, is a living threat to the police and the administration. It may attempt to harm him.
NCM chairperson Mohamed Shafi Qureshi told the delegation that in the meeting of the full bench of the Commision in Delhi, it will decide what to do with the case, and whether the eyewitnesses in Imran's case need to be called to Delhi.
The eyewitnesses in other cases are turning hostile because of the threat and pressure on them by the administration. So Shafi Qureshi instructed the SP and DM to provide them with security.
But is police capable of protecting witnesses to its own involvement of the killings of the innocent?
TwoCircles.net contacted the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and asked about the future steps that the PUCL team is planning to take in Imran murder case.
PUCL team said that one has to take every step in this case cautiously, because the police is the direct culprit in the case.
It first first of of all wants to read the postmortem report of Imran's body, and then it will consult the legal experts on how to take up the case.
That Imran's family and all the victims of the Indore riots get justice will, to a large extent, depend on the attitude of the BJP government and the local administration towards the case.
The real issue at stake here is justice, be it the case of Imran's murder or the killing of Anwar Patel and the Sindhi Khen Chand Mafija.
It becomes important because there have been various proposals by many people that we should forgive the police persons who "unconsciously made some mistakes".
They argue that punishing the police would amount to discourage their morale because after all they managed to control the riots and bring peace in the riot torn areas. The Peace Committees are filled with representatives of the political parties prominently BJP and the Congress.
Although it is really debatable that to what extent the family of Imran, even at the risk of their lives, would go to fight against the inhumanities and brutalities of the administration committed on the name of "bringing peace" and "controlling the riots", one thing is very much clear. That only the collective support of the civil society throughout the country, timely implementation of the recommendation of the National Commission for the Minorities along with the proper representation by the media can help the victims of the Indore riots including the family of Imran.

20-07-08, 03:03 PM
Ex-DGP RB Sreekumar who took on Gujarat govt. to protect law and human rights

Submitted by Mudassir Rizwan on 20 July 2008 - 6:37am.
http://www.twocircles.net/2008jul19/ex_dgp_rb_sreekumar_who_took_gujarat_govt_protect_ law_and_human_rights.html

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net,
R B Sreekumar has three masters degree in his business card, and he can thank Narendra Modi for his degrees. Not long ago Sreekumar retired as Additional Director General of Police of Gujarat. He was denied a promotion by the Gujarat government and he could not become Director General of Police.
As an IPS officer, Sreekumar started his police career in Gujarat in 1972 and worked there till his retirement in 2005. As head of intelligence, he was given several instructions by politicians and police officers which he considered illegal and meticulously recorded in a semi-official diary. He gave affidavits and reports to National Human Rights Commission, Central Election Commissions and Nanavati Commission going against the official government line angering the state government.

Soon after, he was transferred to a position where he had no responsibility and no job to do and therefore he made good use of his time and got himself additional masters degree.
He was recently on a tour of the United States attending American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin (AFMI) convention in New York and talks in various cities sponsored by Indian Muslim Council-USA (IMC-USA).
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3063/2675981032_4e345c526a_m.jpgTwoCircles.net talked to RB Sreekumar about the change in Gujarat society that led to post-Godhra violence. He says small issues between people and community that can get easily resolved at the local level become nationalized and communalized making it difficult for easy resolution.
When asked how we can tell if Gujarat violence of 2002 was pre-planned, he informs that Muslim businesses that had Hindi names and even displayed Hindu deities were attacked, suggesting that information about businesses must have been gathered months in advance.
He also talks about how policemen’s action or inaction that leads to tense situations getting out of hand. He wants police officers to have strong conscience and be brave while doing their job. The worst that can happen to government officials is that you will be transferred but personal discomfort is a small price to pay for holding the law and the constitution.
As for RB Sreekumar, he fought a legal battle against the Gujarat government and was promoted as Director General of Police after his retirement. He lives in Gandhinagar and is working actively for justice to the victims of Gujarat genocide.

20-07-08, 03:05 PM
When asked how we can tell if Gujarat violence of 2002 was pre-planned, he informs that Muslim businesses that had Hindi names and even displayed Hindu deities were attacked, suggesting that information about businesses must have been gathered months in advance.

How can a Muslim Businesses have Hindu deities ??????

25-07-08, 09:00 AM
Shiv Sena activists enter Taj, pray inside

Agra/Lucknow : A group of Shiv Sena activists, including three women, entered the Taj Mahal complex and prayed within the precincts Thursday. They were taken into custody and later released.
Around 10 Shiv Sena activists bought tickets and entered one by one into the Taj Mahal complex in the afternoon. They performed some kind of 'parikrama' (walked around the monument) of the main structure with folded hands. They were forced to stop when security personnel noticed them wearing saffron scarves. A minor scuffle ensued after which the police took them to the Taj Ganj thana.
They were released in the evening.
The Shiv Sena claims the 17th century monument is actually a Shiva temple.
However, senior home department and police officials in Lucknow and Agra have denied the incident.
Inspector-General of Police (Agra zone) Gurbachan Lal told IANS: "The Central Industrial Security Force, which is in charge of Taj security, frisked some persons on suspicion and nothing objectionable was found on them."
"Such an incident has not happened and no arrests have been made at all," Lal categorically said. "They were some local people and all had a valid entry ticket," he added.
In Lucknow, Principal Secretary (Home) Mahesh Gupta and Additional Director-General of Police Brij Lal told reporters that some "Shiv Sainiks tried to enter the mausoleum but no such incident (puja) took place inside the premises."
The station house officer Taj Ganj, Raj Kumar Sharma, also denied any puja was performed by the Shiv Sena activists.
"Nothing of the sort happened. There is zero percent truth in their claims. District Magistrate Anil Kumar also came. The Shiv Sena group was escorted by the police and the CISF personnel. They neither performed arti nor any puja. I have apprised all the seniors of the whole affair."
However, the Shiv Sena activists and others who saw them say the group did enter and performed whatever puja they could. Later, they interacted with the TV channel reporters there.
The police officials and the Archaeological Survey of India personnel say the people "committed no crime" and therefore no action could be taken against them.
Conflicting reports apart, people are still not clear what the top police officials and the administrative officers, including the district magistrate, were doing at the Taj, if no such incident took place there.
The Shiv Sena had announced earlier that its activists would perform puja and aarti on every Monday during the month of Shravan, considered auspicious for the worship of Hindu god Shiva. On Monday, they were prevented from entering the Taj premises. They later performed the puja at the Taj corridor.
Vinoo Lavania, Shiv Sena chief in Agra, said they had gone to the Taj Mahal as ordinary citizens of India and felt like praying. "So, what's wrong with that," he asked.
R.K. Dixit, Archaeological Survey of India's in-charge of the Taj Mahal, told IANS: "They came in a group as ordinary citizens and purchased tickets. We were with them all the time along with the Taj Ganj police station in-charge. With folded hands they went towards the mosque and went back. How could we have prevented their entry as they did nothing objectionable."
"I don't know why such a hullabaloo is being made about it. They told me their programme is for Mondays and had come today just to see the Taj Mahal."


26-07-08, 04:38 AM
AIMPLB withdraws demand for special CBI court for Babri Masjid demolition case

Submitted by kashif on 25 July 2008 - 5:53pm.
By TwoCircles.net staff reporter
Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh): All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has withdrawn its demand that the Babri Masjid demolition case wherein Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi besides six others are accused, should be heard by a special CBI court in Lucknow.
The AIMPLB will not insist on its demand that the state government should issue notification for beginning the case in the special CBI court. Other accused in the case include Vinay Katiyar, Sadhavi Rithambara and Uma Bharati.
A similar case wherein 49 people including Lal Krishna Advani are accused is already pending in a special CBI court in Rae Bareli. Witnesses of the case are being recorded in the court and only three witnesses have been recorded so far, though 15 years have passed since the case was registered. Judging from the pace at which the case has been moving, it cannot be guessed when the verdict shall be delivered.
When asked about the withdrawal, legal advisor of AIMPLB advocate Zafaryab Jilani said if AIMPLB keeps insisting and the government accedes to their demand, the case will be opened afresh and it is for this reason that the Board has dropped its demand.
Earlier, in 2002, Advani and others in his group had challenged an application filed in Allahabad High Court to the same effect, and the honourable judge dismissed it on the plea that the special court in Lucknow cannot hear this case on technical grounds, adding that the government can issue a fresh notification, if it wants that the case be heard in Lucknow and no time limit will be binding for this. But no notification has been issued till date and this only casts doubts over government’s intentions, though AIMPLB continued representing the case before the government.
After Mulayam Singh government, Mayawati came to power in Uttar Pradesh in 2007. AIMPLB placed the same demand before her but even after seeing inaction by her, the Board decided to withdraw its demand.

http://twocircles.net/2008jul25/aimplb_withdraws_demand_special_cbi_court_babri_ma sjid_demolition_case.html

27-07-08, 08:19 PM

27-07-08, 08:22 PM

28-07-08, 03:26 AM
We all know, that now extremists & radical HINDUS are in control of India.... Today, Govt of India is publically Lying, as India is now a Hindu-Country... There are approx 400 Million MUSLIMS in India(i.e approx 40% in India are MUSLIMS), & less than 1% of MUSLIMS get any professional jobs in any private corporation/business... Also, less than 1% of MUSLIMS get any Govt powerful Jobs in any State or Central-govt in India.......The HINDU Controlled Media in India has very CUNNINGLY Suppressed all these FACTS....In Bollywood, its even Worse, as MUSLIMS are being Brainwashed to worship Statues in Hindu temples....same as being done by Indian govt in villages....
Also, the Hindu Controlled MEDIA in India is extremely CUNNINGLY suppressing all the Killings/Rapes of MUSLIMS in India....The Hindu controlled Judges in India are NOT giving any Justice to MUSLIMS...
We DEMAND JUSTICE for 400 Million MUSLIMS in India
Engr-Arshad Ali Khan, UMMAA-Broadcasting, Rolla, Missouri, USA

First of all your figures are wrong, Muslims only make 13% to 15% of India's total population. Islam has failed to convert Hindus, because of two reasons.
1. The Hindu Kingdoms lead by the warrior class managed to defend Vedic(Hindu) priniciples from Islamic invasion the most famous of them the Rajput kings of rajasthan.

2. The Hindu Scriptures the Vedas, contains so much of eternal truths and logic where the Quran have failed to displace it.

A Hindu living in Saudi Arabia has practically no right at all for anything, he is not allowed to build a temple and could not even perform his own worship, compare to a muslim in India who are allowed in governments, build masjids and so forth, first go and correct Saudi or any Islamic land first. Mind you, India's president is a Muslim Abdul Kaalam. This will never happen in any Islam land, where a non-muslim being a head of state.

Just imagine, a Hindu coming to Saudi Arabia, building temples, saying islam is wrong and so forth, destorying masjids, how would a muslim feel ?? Similarly this has been done in India by the Islamic invaders, how would a Hindu felt ?

If you want to study something, get views from both sides(Hindu and Muslim) draw a conclusion and from there judge, this is a sign of a intelligent person, not getting one-sided views(islamic views) and than jumping into conclusion.

28-07-08, 03:29 AM
hindus go to saudi to work of their own free will, if they dnt like the laws they are free to leave, simple as!!

28-07-08, 03:30 AM
First of all your figures are wrong, Muslims only make 13% to 15% of India's total population. Islam has failed to convert Hindus, because of two reasons.
1. The Hindu Kingdoms lead by the warrior class managed to defend Vedic(Hindu) priniciples from Islamic invasion the most famous of them the Rajput kings of rajasthan.

2. The Hindu Scriptures the Vedas, contains so much of eternal truths and logic where the Quran have failed to displace it.

A Hindu living in Saudi Arabia has practically no right at all for anything, he is not allowed to build a temple and could not even perform his own worship, compare to a muslim in India who are allowed in governments, build masjids and so forth, first go and correct Saudi or any Islamic land first. Mind you, India's president is a Muslim Abdul Kaalam. This will never happen in any Islam land, where a non-muslim being a head of state.

Just imagine, a Hindu coming to Saudi Arabia, building temples, saying islam is wrong and so forth, destorying masjids, how would a muslim feel ?? Similarly this has been done in India by the Islamic invaders, how would a Hindu felt ?

If you want to study something, get views from both sides(Hindu and Muslim) draw a conclusion and from there judge, this is a sign of a intelligent person, not getting one-sided views(islamic views) and than jumping into conclusion.

The thing is indian Mythology is comparable to Ancient Greek mythology except that Indians still beleive in that story.

And we treat you DHIMMIS right, so dont complain about that.

28-07-08, 08:29 PM
Indian Muslims on Haj promote global goodwill: Government

Submitted by Tarique Anwar on 28 July 2008 - 7:25pm.
http://twocircles.net/2008jul28/indian_muslims_haj_promote_global_goodwill_governm ent.html
New Delhi : The government has told the Supreme Court that Indian Muslims performing Haj promote international goodwill and understanding.
The government stated this in an affidavit to the bench of Justice R.V. Raveendran and Justice L.S. Panta, which Monday admitted for regular and elaborate hearing a lawsuit by former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Praful Goradia opposing the grant of subsidy to Haj pilgrims.
The lawsuit also questioned the constitutional validity of the law providing for budgetary allocation for annual financial assistance to Muslims performing the Haj.
The government defended the financial assistance to such pilgrims saying: "The Haj pilgrimage has certain foreign relations and foreign policy aspects. It is important to note that the Haj is taking place in a foreign country, Saudi Arabia, which is an Islamic country."
"India has one of the largest Muslim populations in the world, next only to Indonesia, and friendship and better relations within the comity of nations, including Arab countries, is an aspect of international relations and foreign policy," the government said.
"Taking into account various factors, which go into promoting better relations, the government has thought it fit that Muslim brothers from weaker sections too get the advantage of performing the Haj," said the government.
"Moreover, Indian Muslims performing the Haj promote international goodwill and understanding," it said in its affidavit.
Opposing Goradia's plea to scarp the Haj subsidy, the government said: "It is important to note that the amount of subsidy is allocated in the Union Budget. The court ought not interfere with budgetary allocation made by Parliament after due consideration of all relevant issues."
In its affidavit, the government submitted to the court that its act of granting subsidy to Muslim pilgrims as also to pilgrims of other religions is not a sectarian but a secular activity.
"The government is only facilitating the Indian citizens to go on pilgrimage. It is submitted that the facilitating activities undertaken by the government can never be termed as the process to acquire a particular religious character by the government and basic features of secularism is not at all impeded by the such activities," said the government, refuting Goradia's allegation that providing subsidy to Haj pilgrims was a non-secular function of the government.
In his petition, Goradia alleged that the estimated Rs.2.8 billion annually spent by the government for funding the Haj pilgrimage was not only unconstitutional but a drain on the tax payers' money.
He contended that the provision for special subsidy to Muslims, without any similar assistance to others like Hindus, Christians, Buddhists and Sikhs, was violative of the constitution as the State cannot discriminate between the citizens on the grounds of religion, caste or creed.

29-07-08, 02:29 AM
The thing is indian Mythology is comparable to Ancient Greek mythology except that Indians still beleive in that story.

And we treat you DHIMMIS right, so dont complain about that.

If you consider that as Indian Mythology, what about 72virgins to have sex with in heaven, river of wine where you drink and get drunk and the prophet using a mythology animal known as a buraq flying thru the seven heavens, can i consider all these as mythology too ?

we threat u melechas(muslims) right and allow you to build masjids in india and allow you to practice your faith freely in india, while the same cannot be said for Hindus living in Saudi Arabia, where they are not even allowed to practice their faith.

29-07-08, 08:21 AM
If you consider that as Indian Mythology, what about 72virgins to have sex with in heaven, river of wine where you drink and get drunk and the prophet using a mythology animal known as a buraq flying thru the seven heavens, can i consider all these as mythology too ?

we threat u melechas(muslims) right and allow you to build masjids in india and allow you to practice your faith freely in india, while the same cannot be said for Hindus living in Saudi Arabia, where they are not even allowed to practice their faith.

Hey maccoy - what do you mean by ' we threat ' ? Here we I think you mean hindu - the micro miniroty 15 % population who with the help of British (drinking the urine of British Queen) is still trying to control India. Or you mean " WE " is some thing another ???

The proof of hindu drinking the urine of british queen - lets look at the protest of the Indian hindu living in Malaysia - during the protest the hindus were holding the protrait of the british queen. And their cuning brahmin leader from HINDRAF kiss the foot of the british queen when he was in london.

talib ul islam
29-07-08, 08:35 AM
The difference is, the Indians who go to Saudi (Muslims and Hindus) are migrant workers, they will never get permanent status(yes Muslims too).

The Muslims of India although some were/are descendants of Persian/Arab/Mongol invaders the majority are ethnic Indians who converted to Islam, so are Indians in their own country.

The sad thing is the some of the corrupt Hindu upper classes have adopted the old English Raj way of divide and conquer, to stay in power.

The English instigated discord amongst the Indians, via exploiting each others differences and by spreading lies and rumors to create hate amongst them (Hindus, Muslims and others), this was done to keep the "natives" squabbling/busy to make their rule easier, i.e. if we can get them to fight each other, they wont fight us/our rule.

The upper classes make up 10 - 15 % of the population but control 50-60% of the Finance/Wealth of India, including all if not most media outlets and most top government posts, but to keep this power they need the "old" ways specifically the caste system which is an integral part of the Hindu Faith, so to keep alive the Hindu teachings (or shall I say the corrupt version of the Hindu teachings) they need a gimmick, and at the moment they have adopted the old European Orientalist propaganda against Islam, last seen and used a few hundred years ago when Christian Europe was fighting the Muslims in the Crusades.

The educated upper classes are using the same tactics as the crusaders by indoctrinating the illiterate and ill educated lower classes with false propaganda to do their bidding, which is beneficial for them on many levels, e.g. it keeps the lower classes occupied, it creates religious fervor, it stops the lower classes from converting to other religions, again which reinforces the caste system, which intern keeps their status at the top secure.

The reason for all this has more to do with politics, power and wealth rather then religion, as we know India is going through a great change at the moment, their economy is booming, education is more accessible then ever before, hence even the lower classes are getting education which was un-heard of before, the wealthy upper class Hindu politicians are worried as the wealth of the country will be accessible to all soon, which will intern lead to them loosing their power and grip especially in the poor rural areas, hence they need a distraction or another angle, and as the more educated the Indians get the more questions they ask and gain more intelligence etc, then they will start thinking for themselves which we cant have can we, this is why these corrupt politicians have re-branded themselves under the guise of the Hindu nationalist, as a good Hindu would never question his upper class masters.

I’d just like to point out, not all Hindus (all castes) are afflicted by this false propaganda and lies, and most educated and intelligent ones abhor such actions done in their name, I personally have a few Hindu friends, and they are genuinely honorable and nice people without any hidden hatred like some, I also personally know 2 and have acquaintances with a further 5 ex Hindus who became Muslim, they were all upper class/caste university educated individuals (if that makes a difference to anybody), so contrary to popular belief it’s not only the lower cast untouchable Hindus who convert to Islam.

29-07-08, 02:15 PM
Hey maccoy - what do you mean by ' we threat ' ? Here we I think you mean hindu - the micro miniroty 15 % population who with the help of British (drinking the urine of British Queen) is still trying to control India. Or you mean " WE " is some thing another ???

It was supposed to be treat and not threat, typo error. Look i don't understand why are you bringing British into the picture ? It seems you are very defensive

The proof of hindu drinking the urine of british queen - lets look at the protest of the Indian hindu living in Malaysia - during the protest the hindus were holding the protrait of the british queen. And their cuning brahmin leader from HINDRAF kiss the foot of the british queen when he was in london.

They were holding the Queen is because, it was the British empire who brought them to malaysia to work and now they are paying the price for staying in Malaysia without any rights or help from the Malaysian government.Their leader is not a Brahmin, Do you know what is the definition of a Brahmin ?

29-07-08, 02:53 PM
Centre alerts Asom on jehadi attacks

GUWAHATI, July 28: In the wake of two consecutive serial blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has specially alerted the Asom Government on possible attacks by jehadi elements in the State. Following the alert message from the MHA, the State Home Department has identified some pockets and intensified vigil in and around them.
According to sources, the State Police Department is on its toes on the ‘threat’ from the jehadi forces ahead of the Independence Day celebrations. There are enough precedents of Asom witnessing blasts and other forms of violence on the Independence Day and in its run-up.
Since a section of the ULFA has been busy in doing the spadework for possible ULFA-Government peace talks, ISI-backed jehadi forces who are active in the State may be out to derail the peace initiatives being taken by the pro-talk ULFA faction.
According to sources, about 150 cadres of the Muslim United Liberation Front of Assam (MULTA) and 50 cadres of the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen have been active in the State. They mainly recruit youths from Dhubri, Goalpara, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Darrang, Karimganj and Cachar districts and send the recruits to Bangladesh and Pakistan for training. These Islamic militants are active in some urban areas also from where they do the networking.
A police source said: “We have a lot of information on the activities of Islamic militants in the State, but we cannot crack down on them due to some problems. I think it is time to intensify our crackdown on Islamic militants in the State the way we do on the ULFA, failing which Islamic militants will emerge as a greater threat to the State than from the ULFA.”
It may be mentioned here that since 2001, 227 Islamic militants have been apprehended in the State, the highest being 89 from Dhubri.
Meanwhile, talking to The Sentinel, City SSP VK Ramisetty said: “In the wake of the serial blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad, extra deployment of security personnel has been made in the sensitive areas in the city. Special check-posts have also been set up in all busy areas so as to prevent any untoward incidents. This apart, police personnel in civil dress have been deployed to keep a watch on antisocial elements.”

‘Islamic rebels more dangerous than ULFA’

GUWAHATI, July 28: BJP’s Asom committee secretary Ranjit Thakuria today said that Islamic fundamentalists were undergoing training in the sar areas in Dhubri and Goalpara districts, but the State Government was not taking the matter seriously. Talking to The Sentinel today, Thakuria said: “The Government is giving more importance on the ULFA, but the fact remains that Islamic militants are more dangerous than the ULFA. If raids are conducted in sar areas, huge cache of arms and ammunition will be seized.”

29-07-08, 02:56 PM
SP sacrifices 246 animals for winning trust vote
We will drag SP MLA to court, threatens People for Animals
GUWAHATI, July 28: The Samajwadi Party sacrificed about 246 animals in the famous Kamakhya temple here since yesterday for the success the party and the Congress had achieved in the recent trust vote in Parliament, shocking the temple trust and provoking the animal rights groups of the State.
SP MLA Kishore Samrite came from Bhopal and started sacrificing the animals as thanksgiving to Goddess Kamakhya for the victory in Parliament. The SP MLA will be in Guwahati till July 30.
“Everyday he is sacrificing 121 goats and four buffaloes. So far in the last two days, 242 goats and four buffaloes have been sacrificed,” said the Kamakhya Debottar Trust, which runs the temple.
The trust is also baffled as the value of the sacrificed animals is Rs 25 lakh. Samitre shot into fame early this year when he was allegedly offered Rs 25 lakh by the Congress to vote in favour of an independent MLA. He, however, remained nonchalant about the whole incident. He told mediapersons that it was his wish and he was only fulfilling it.
“Another batch of 121 goats will be sacrificed tomorrow while the number of buffaloes will go up to 15,” said Samitre. The total number of animals to be sacrificed will tally with the exact number of votes the UPA got in the confidence motion.
Kishore Samitre is the MLA from Lanji constituency in Madhya Pradesh and had been suspended from the party for sometime after the bribe scandal, but was taken back into the party fold in March.
Today, the People for Animals as well as People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) swung into action and held demonstration in front of the DC office to stop sacrifice of animals. They also sent a fax message to Amar Singh and Mulayam Singh Yadav protesting the butchering of so many animals.
“Animals cannot be sacrificed for the interest of political leaders. It is against animal rights,” People for Animal leader Sangita Goswami said. She added: “It’s strange that the UPA Government at the Centre that speaks of science and technology, nuclear energy etc still believes in sacrifice of animals. We will move the court against the SP MLA soon.”

29-07-08, 02:58 PM
Setback to Haneef as inquiry decides not to reveal evidence
Melbourne, July 28: The truth behind the bungled case of Indian doctor Mohammad Haneef, wrongly accused on terror charges in Australia, may never come to light as the head of a government-ordered inquiry today said much of the “sensitive” evidence before it cannot be made public as it could harm diplomatic ties with the UK.
Former NSW Supreme Court judge John Clarke said he has not sought the declassification of the documents because he believed the hurdles would be “virtually insurmountable” and said it will for the Australian Government to decide how and in what time frame does it make the content public.
“Faced with the need to advance the investigation, which has already been significantly delayed, I felt that I had no choice but to advise the Attorney-General that the inquiry will be unable to proceed effectively unless it is able to withhold publication of a large part of the proceedings,” Clarke said. Attorney-General Robert McClelland, “recognizing the difficulties facing the inquiry has accepted my advice,” he said, admitting that the step will disappoint the 28-year-old Indian doctor and others. The Australian police had received severe flak for its handling of the case of Haneef, who was kept in detention for three weeks following his arrest at Brisbane airport on July 2 last year in connection with the failed London car bombings, only to be absolved later of terror charges. When the inquiry began in February, Clarke had asked for powers of a royal commission in the event of the agencies failing to cooperate fully with his inquiry.
But the former judge now said he will not seek such powers to conduct the rest of the inquiry as he did not believe the limitations on the public disclosure of sensitive material can be overcome by the move. “During the past three months, I have been given a vast amount of relevant material by the Commonwealth and state departments and agencies with involvement in the matters under investigation and also by Haneef’s representatives,” Clarke said. “A very high proportion of the material carries a security classification which limits the extent to which it can be shown to other people or disclosed generally,” he was quoted as saying by a daily The Australian. (PTI)

30-07-08, 07:26 AM
The difference is, the Indians who go to Saudi (Muslims and Hindus) are migrant workers, they will never get permanent status(yes Muslims too).

The fact is they could not even perform their rights of worship in their own homes. In contrast Muslims can build masjids, conduct religious classes and freely practisced in India, Hindus in Saudi are treated like 2nd class or 3rd class just because they are classified as infidels,kafir or dhmmi.

The Muslims of India although some were/are descendants of Persian/Arab/Mongol invaders the majority are ethnic Indians who converted to Islam, so are Indians in their own country.

Conversion to Islam is not because of “I'm convinced of the faith” Many were forced into it, during the time of islamic rule, non-muslims were made to pay jiza or taxes for remaining a Hindu, this enabled conversion into islam under duress. Arab traders in the south use material benefits to gain conversion, while the majority were forced under the sword. Nevertheless despite 700years of islamic rule in many states, India did not convert, due to the strong presense of its scriptures namely the Vedas which held its ground, this goes on to show the rich cultural traditions india had. Unlike other nations which fell under Islamic invasion and total conversion. Islam could not penetrate Sanatana Dharma(Hindusim).

The sad thing is the some of the corrupt Hindu upper classes have adopted the old English Raj way of divide and conquer, to stay in power.

The English instigated discord amongst the Indians, via exploiting each others differences and by spreading lies and rumors to create hate amongst them (Hindus, Muslims and others), this was done to keep the "natives" squabbling/busy to make their rule easier, i.e. if we can get them to fight each other, they wont fight us/our rule.

Yes very True, but you have failed to realise that there are muslims who were also like the English Raj, one of them being Jinnah(Muslim) the First Prime Minister of Pakistan, he wanted to Divide india, while a Hindu Gandhi using the priciples of Non-Violence wanted to unite India. So Muslims played the major part in Dividing India on the basis of religion. Islam knows no other religion other than itself.

The upper classes make up 10 - 15 % of the population but control 50-60% of the Finance/Wealth of India, including all if not most media outlets and most top government posts, but to keep this power they need the "old" ways specifically the caste system which is an integral part of the Hindu Faith, so to keep alive the Hindu teachings (or shall I say the corrupt version of the Hindu teachings) they need a gimmick, and at the moment they have adopted the old European Orientalist propaganda against Islam, last seen and used a few hundred years ago when Christian Europe was fighting the Muslims in the Crusades.

What about Saudi Arabia, almost 80% of the wealth,top government posts etc are concentrated upon an expanded Muslim family, India is better in this sense. To Keep this power, they most often use slavery which is permitted in Islam mind you. Saudi(Arabs) are famous for keeping Africans as Slaves. Slavery is very prominent. If you compare this, then Caste System is better. The Islamic teachings have always been corrupted in brainwashing young muslims to commit sucide-bombings, killings and and its treatment of slaves. Sudan is a place where poor african women are repeatly raped by Arabs who are none other than Muslims. Can I say all these is due to the corrupt teachings of islam. So to keep Islamic teachings alive, promised of heavenly pleasures and the tool of fear is used. The best brainwashing tool is to make everyone believe that the whole world is against Islam, thus pushing for islam to dominate the world. Like now you are commenting that India is using a propaganda against Islam. Anything non-muslim means against islam.

Hindu teachings were not kept alive because of some Caste-system, because it made sense to many of them, Today there are millions of western converts into Hinduism, simply because it made sense. Some Islamic scholars are painting the wrong pictures about Hindus and India and a great propaganda is there to insult Hindus and their beliefs, it is very common to see many muslims upon hearing all these propaganda have a very low opinion on Hindus, in fact some muslims see Hindus close to animals and must be slaughtered, thanks to these propaganda. Even in this forum you can see, some cuting and pasting anti-india or anti-hindu articles but when it comes to Arabs raping of Sudanese women, and Sunni Muslims fighting with shia muslims in Pakistan and Iraq almost nothing is being said.

I don't blame you, I blame the islamic propaganda machine which brainwash innocent people like you into believing Hindus are bad, they are worst of the kind, they are against islam and so forth, its scriptures is full of lies all these were blurted out by few zealots muslims and thus by the word of mouth it spread like wildfire and a man like you by reading these materials believe that the Hindus are the cause of oppression against muslims. The Quran also played a part, with its caste-system namely muslims being the upper-class, people of the book(Christian/Jews) being 2nd-class and the Pagans being the lowest. Non-Muslims are supposed to play Jiza to remain non-muslim, Pagans should be converted if not killed, All these are in the Quran, what do you expect ? Its a fact.

Gandhi a Hindu tried to unite everyone and practiced Non-violence, Mother Theresa a Christian helped everyone regardless of race, an people like Idee Amin a Muslim who murdered 400,000 thousand of his own people is given asylum in Islamic Holiest nation Saudi Arabia. , I would rather be in hell with Gandhi and Mother Theresa than be in the Islamic heaven watching bearded muslim man having sex with multiple virgins and getting drunk by drinking wine. This is fact, its there in the Quran. Sometimes i wonder how can muslim women view all these ? what would they become in heaven ?

The educated upper classes are using the same tactics as the crusaders by indoctrinating the illiterate and ill educated lower classes with false propaganda to do their bidding, which is beneficial for them on many levels, e.g. it keeps the lower classes occupied, it creates religious fervor, it stops the lower classes from converting to other religions, again which reinforces the caste system, which intern keeps their status at the top secure.

Looks who is talking about conversion, In a islamic country a muslim who converts to another religion will face death. Do you know that ? Muslims don't even have the right to convert, they would be cast aside. I'm sure you will agree to this. There are many muslims who want to convert but are afraid to do so. The most backward and the most uneducated people in the world are muslims, how many universities do Islamic countries have ? How many are educated ? The Entire Islamic world is fill with false propaganda that this why u see so many Killings, Beheadings, Muslims fighting among themselves, and many are uneducated, first you should look at your own society first before commenting on Hindu societies. Islam Caste system is already there, Muslims,People of the Book and Pagans, and there is also slavery which is permitted in Islam. Look at Pakistan Muslims are fighting among themselves on the basis of religion, Sunni and Shia, you don't see this in India among the Hindus killing each other on the basis of religion. There must be something wrong in your religion go and check it out first.

The reason for all this has more to do with politics, power and wealth rather then religion, as we know India is going through a great change at the moment, their economy is booming, education is more accessible then ever before, hence even the lower classes are getting education which was un-heard of before, the wealthy upper class Hindu politicians are worried as the wealth of the country will be accessible to all soon, which will intern lead to them loosing their power and grip especially in the poor rural areas, hence they need a distraction or another angle, and as the more educated the Indians get the more questions they ask and gain more intelligence etc, then they will start thinking for themselves which we cant have can we, this is why these corrupt politicians have re-branded themselves under the guise of the Hindu nationalist, as a good Hindu would never question his upper class masters.

A Good Muslim will never question at all, he will simply follow. Just like the blind leads the blind. Islamic teachings says Jews are pigs and swine, Muslims simply heed to it without questioning. That is why today there is so much of hatred for the Jews among the Muslims. All these is coming out not due to the political system, but because the teachings say so.

The islamic world is control by a few Sheiks and the rest are simply uneducated baby producing machines, look at the middle-east how many Arabs are educated ? The entire muslim population are simply uneducated mass, only those who venture onto european soil gain some education, When muslims become educated then some will question Islam and when they do so, they will leave islam. Today there are many websites formed by Ex-muslims groups, most famous being f******eedom.org.///just see that the website i gave is being censored/// it is so successful that many have left islam. Even a panel of Ex-Muslims was formed in Britain recently. Indian Muslims are far better than any other Muslims from around the world, this is due to the Society they are living in, pre-dominant Hindu and their roots can be traced to their Hindu culture and those moral attitudes are still intact. Indian Muslims are normally very tolerant of other faiths, especially in the South, because of the Hindu influence. The More Muslim they become, the less tolerant they become..

Council of ex-muslims in UK
When Muslims become educated they leave islam provided they don't lose their intelligence to some Islamic propanganda.

I’d just like to point out, not all Hindus (all castes) are afflicted by this false propaganda and lies, and most educated and intelligent ones abhor such actions done in their name, I personally have a few Hindu friends, and they are genuinely honorable and nice people without any hidden hatred like some, I also personally know 2 and have acquaintances with a further 5 ex Hindus who became Muslim, they were all upper class/caste university educated individuals (if that makes a difference to anybody), so contrary to popular belief it’s not only the lower cast untouchable Hindus who convert to Islam

Similary i can say not all muslims are affected by the islamic propaganda machine. I also have a few Muslims friends who are very nice people and are not biased towards Hindus and its culture A Indian muslim friend also know how early Muslim invaders treat the Hindus, plundering their wealth and destroying temples, he wanted to leave islam but could not, because his head could be on the chopping block and his society might reject him. A Head Hindu priest in one of the Australian temple is a former Islamic iman, Arab parentage, he converted, Intellectual Muslims sometimes read Hindu scriptures and become better Human beings like the President of India Abdul Kaalam. A staunch Muslim Noor Fatmi who is a Laywer build a Shiva Hindu temple after receiving divine intervention. A Muslim Doctor Abdulah Nakas who got inspiration from the Hindu Scripture Bhagavad Gita that he is very much convinced. In fact there are many muslims who are only muslim by name but practicing Vedic(Hindu) Dharma. This is the reason why Muslims must remain uneducated so that they can't read other scriptures and the same time question the Quran.

Muslim Doctor
http://btg.krishna.com/main.php?id=906 (http://btg.krishna.com/main.php?id=906)

Muslim Lawyer

http://in.rediff.com/news/2005/mar/13temple.htm (http://in.rediff.com/news/2005/mar/13temple.htm)

Today Sanatana Dharma(Hindusim) has millions of western converts into the faith, not becauses of inter-marriages or forced conversion, its because they are convinced of the faith.

Some pearls of wisdom from the greatest thinkers.

“When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous."
Albert Einstein

Dr. Albert Schweizer (1875-1965)was an Alsatian (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alsace)theologian (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theology), musician (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musician), philosopher (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosopher), and physician (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physician) He received the 1952 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1952)Nobel Peace Prize (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobel_Peace_Prize)
"The Bhagavad-Gita has a profound influence on the spirit of mankind by its devotion to God which is manifested by actions

Aldous Huxley(1894-1963) was an English (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England)writer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Writer), By the end of his life Huxley was considered, in some academic circles, a leader of modern thought and an intellectual of the highest rank.
The Bhagavad-Gita is the most systematic statement of spiritual evolution of endowing value to mankind. It is one of the most clear and comprehensive summaries of perennial philosophy ever revealed; hence its enduring value is subject not only to India but to all of humanity."

Herman Hesse (1877-1962) was a German (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany)-Swiss (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland) poet, novelist, and painter. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobel_Prize_in_Literature).
"The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life’s wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion."

There are many many more quotes by the greatest thinkers of the world, who are neutral and are not affected by biased assumptions like what those islamic clerics who always stamp on other religions to make islam look good.

You can watch a clip on those and many other quotes

Islam have failed to convert the Hindus because, the Vedas and all ther other Hindu Scriptures have many insight to the Divine truth, the Quran could not handle it, Even Akbar, the great Mugal ruler who was once a stauch muslim succumbed to the Hindu scriptures after hearing it from the right source.

Many Muslims on the internet today, get their views on Hindusim from Islamic scholars who most often paint wrong pictures on Hindusims, many were fabricated and lies were foretold to make Hindusim look like a piece of garbage, muslims simply heed to their explantion. A Human within a thinking mind, should question and ask, how did Hindusim survive the Islamic onslaught on India, Why didn't Indians become Muslims, less than 14% of India population today are muslims and many are simply muslims by name, they still go to temples. Why didn't the Brahmins convert ? what is there in their scriptures ? A sane person should explore all scriptures and then decide without fear. islam as successfully made its followers to be very fearful. fear hampens intelligence.


30-07-08, 10:03 AM
Maccoy 77 - if you are saying that your brahmin religion is so powerfull and devine - than why is today 80 % of Indian sub continent is non hindu ? Why your population is only 15 % and not more ?

islam as successfully made its followers to be very fearful. fear hampens intelligence.
A person should fear God - and not a person just like you brahmin who use to creat fear about person , you did this with the population of Indian sub continent, the reason behind this is the acceptance of Islam by the population of Indian sub continent.

For your misconseption of hindu please give a visit www.dalitvoice.org

30-07-08, 10:24 AM
Maccoy 77 or any brahmin - please give the answer of the following questions

1. Why hinduism divides people based on varna / caste?.
2. Why certain people are “uppper” and certain other people are “lowwer” varna / caste according to hindu dharma?
3. Why Rama killed Sambuka for doing penance ?
4. Why Sankara madam selects its successors from a particular caste if hinduism is not discreminatory?
5. Why did Krishna marry 16000 women, 6 official ?. What is the moral of the story?
6. Why did Laxmana cut the nose of Surpanaka?
7. Why did Krishna killed his neighoring kings and invaded those?
8. Why did Hindu gods allowed destruction of Hindu temples by moghuls ?
9. Why animals are sacrified if hindu religion support sativism ?
10. Why bramin born from the head and sudra from the foot of the god?
11. Why intercaste marriage is prohibitted in hinduism?
12. Why only few people wear “poonool” in hinduism?
13. Why only certain people are vegetarian hindu religion?
14. Why mantras for occassions such as marriage is different for each castes in hinduism?
15. Why the champions of hinduism do not interfere in the Kandadevi temple issue?
16. Why the champions of hinduism do not talk when one section of hindus are harassed by another?
17. Why did Chandrasekara Sankarachary said caste based on birth is?
18. Why should a dalit remain in hinduism?
19. Why the hindu fanatics interfere in religious conversion when they don’t interfere when atrocities were committed by caste hindus on dalits?
20. Why there was never a dalit or sudra in the management of sankara madam?

30-07-08, 10:43 AM
Hindu fanatics unleash terror against Muslims in Jammu

Jammu, July 09 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the activists of Hindu fanatic organizations have unleashed reign of terror against Muslims in Jammu region, creating a sense of insecurity among them.
The Hindu extremists are specially targeting the Gujjar-Bakarwal community of the region. Their houses have been damaged and properties looted and the puppet authorities are behaving as mute spectators.
The Gujjar-Bakarwal community members said that Hindu hooligans attacked Muslims’ properties and lives in Kathwa, Sunderbani, Akhnoor, Kalakot, Nagrota and other places. They added that these extremists in collaboration with Indian intelligence agencies were creating communal discord amongst the people of Jammu and Kashmir. They appealed to the world human rights organizations to take notice of such incidents and impress upon India to take steps for the security of Muslims in Jammu.
Kashmir Media Service

30-07-08, 10:54 AM
lol and I am like wow a thread with topic of India and we got 76 posts already only to realise 70 posts are from you alone afdal.

do you really read all these long posts from these whatever sites you paste them from?

Man! I can never do that wa ana min al hind aydhan

30-07-08, 11:28 AM
Maccoy 77 - for your hindu look at this http://www.discovervancouver.com/forum/Hindu-Epic-Ramayan-Fictional-Story-t267528.html

This is told several times by several well red hindu researchers. Now, the eminant hindu scholer,Dr.Suniti kumar Chatterjee.
Ramayana was not the historical fact of any age ,and it is a fiction from begining to end.
hindus ,now worship as a main God and the babri masjid,which was built by king Baber was raized to the ground
by the fanatic hindus because that is the birth place of Rama.They wanted to proove that Rama was a historical figure and jsut like Jesus Christ has a historical place of his birth in Bethlahem,they wanted to establish a place for Rama also.
According Dr. Suniti Kumar Chatterjee, "Ramayana was not the historical
> : fact of any age; it is from beginning to end a fiction. Valmiki borrowing
> : from the story of Dashratha Jataka of the Buddhist literature to compose this
> : epic." (For Ref.: Suniti Kumar Chatterjee, " Rama and his Birthplace",
> : Ananda Bazaar Patrika, Calcutta, Jan 17, 1976. English translation by Noorul
> : Islam Khan is included in the book Babri Masjid _ Ram Janambhoomi Controversy,
> : ed. Asghar Ali Engineer, 1990)

30-07-08, 11:32 AM
lol and I am like wow a thread with topic of India and we got 76 posts already only to realise 70 posts are from you alone afdal.

do you really read all these long posts from these whatever sites you paste them from?

Man! I can never do that wa ana min al hind aydhan

Yes I do read it and only than I post it , the thread was "JUSTICE for 400 Million MUSLIMS in India" but I am trying to give some real knowledge about it . Ana min Al Assam - Ahlan

09-08-08, 01:29 PM
Jehadi bomb experts in State
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GUWAHATI, Aug 8 – A group of foreign explosive experts has managed to sneak into India with the assignment of triggering off explosions in Assam and local activists of the Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) have been directed to provide logistic support to them. Though the Harkat-Ul- Jehadi Islami (HUJI), a Bangladesh based militant group, is believed to be behind the plan, the involvement of other jehadi groups in the plan cannot be ruled out, highly placed police sources said.

Police sources told The Assam Tribune here today that the Special Branch of the Assam Police has already alerted all the district police forces about the game plan of the jehadi elements and two alert notices were sent, the first one on July 30 and the second on August 6 in an attempt to foil the attempt.

Sources disclosed that the plan hatched abroad, was part of the plan to create terror all over India and according to information available, a small group of foreign nationals already entered India to carry out the plan. Sources said that though the exact number of the members of the group is yet to be ascertained, according to information received so far, the group consists of at least three persons, all of them either Bangladeshi or Pakistani nationals. Sources said that they have not yet been able to enter Assam, but their assignment is to carry out improvised explosive device (IED) blasts in public places. Of course, according to intelligence inputs, the aim is to carry out blasts in Guwahati city, but the police is not willing to take any chances and all the district police forces have been alerted.

Police revealed that local SIMI activists have been directed to provide logistic support to the group once they manage to enter Assam. Two SIMI activists- Yashin of Nagaon and Sahajahan of Guwahati have received instructions from abroad to provide logistic support to the explosive experts and the police and security forces have been directed to look out for the two. Though Yashin and Sahajahan, both in their early 30s, are from Assam, they have traveled to different parts of India and even abroad in recent years in connection with the activities of the SIMI. They have been instructed to keep the explosive experts in safe locations and also to identify the locations where the IEDs can be placed for maximum damage, sources added.

Police sources, however, said that this was not the first attempt of the jehadi elements to create disturbance in Assam as they have been trying to do so for the last couple of years or so. Sources revealed that in July,2006, the Jehadi groups made a massive plan to carry out major blasts in the Guwahati railway station and other public places including bus stands in Guwahati. But fortunately for Assam, the police and security agencies came to know of the plan well in advance and massive security arrangements were made in the vulnerable places including the Guwahati Railway station to foil the attempt of the jehadi groups. About three months back, another serious attempt was made by the jehadi groups to trigger off explosions, but the police and security forces managed to foil the attempt because of timely receipt of information.

Sources said that though all possible security arrangements have been made to foil the latest move of the jehadi groups, the cooperation of the general public is also vital and they should also keep their eyes open and inform the police and security forces about any suspicious looking object or abandoned vehicle.
AUDF seeks NRC updating
GUWAHATI, Aug 8 – The Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) has submitted a memorandum to Assam Governor Shiv Charan Mathur demanding detection and deportation of foreigners through legal procedure to ensure that no genuine Indian citizen is harassed while doing so. The memorandum also stressed the need for updating the process of National Register of Citizens within a specific period of time. The memorandum also took exception of the statements made by various circles

leading to a fear psychosis in the minds of the people of the minority community in the State.

The AUDF also urged the Governor to initiate steps required to issue photo identity cards to the citizens, which according to the party, would prevent any further harassment of the genuine citizens.

“A section of people are justifying their ill-treatment of the minorities on the ground that as the Government has failed to deport Bangladeshi nationals, they will deport them on their own. Some of them are even in favour of repeating the 1983 massacre to clean Assam from Bangladeshis, which is very unfortunate,’ the memorandum rued, adding, “If active measures are not taken to uphold the rule of law, constitution and legal process in the State, law and order situation will be disturbed irreparably.”

It also intimated the Governor about the need for maintaining records and issue identity cards to the internally displaced persons due to chronic flood, riverbank erosion and ethnic violence in the State.

The memorandum also demanded the early introduction of the Inner Line Permit in the State.

It also emphasized the need for completing the sealing of the Indo-Bangla border as early as possible, besides implementation of the Assam Accord 1985 in true letter and spirit.

APW for tough laws against jehadis

GUWAHATI, Aug 8: The Assam Public Works (APW) has demanded of the State Government and the Centre of enacting tough laws to tackle the jehadis who are active in the country. It also demanded of the Government to confiscate the assets of Bangladeshis and deport them from Asom soon.

09-08-08, 01:31 PM
Be cautious with anti-migrants drive: Assam minority groups

Submitted by Mudassir Rizwan on 9 August 2008 - 6:26am.
http://twocircles.net/2008aug08/be_cautious_anti_migrants_drive_assam_minority_gro ups.html
By Syed Zarir Hussain, IANS,
Guwahati : Frontline minority groups in Assam have cautioned the government to not allow student groups and political parties to take the law into their hands by hounding suspected illegal migrants as part of the "anti-foreigners" drive.
"It would have dangerous ramifications if groups and individuals were allowed to take law into their own hands. It has been noticed that several organisations in recent days were engaged in a drive to round up people alleging they were illegal migrants," said Badruddin Ajmal, leader of the Assam Jamiat Ulema and president of the Asom United Democratic Front (AUDF).
During the past week, activists of the All Assam Student's Union (AASU) and the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chattra Parishad (AJYCP) rounded up about 100 suspected Bangladeshis from various parts of the state and handed them over to the police.
"It is the government's responsibility to detect and expel foreigners. We also want that anybody who came after March 25, 1971 be detected and then deported to Bangladesh," Ajmal said.
"But simply catching someone on the basis of their language or religion would have serious consequences if not checked immediately."
The infiltration issue is on the boil in Assam after the Guwahati High Court recently pronounced a verdict declaring 61 people foreigners, after which police swung into action and began a drive to arrest the accused and push them back across the border.
"We also want foreigners to be deported, but then genuine Indians should not be harassed in the name of hounding migrants," said Wajed Ali Choudhury, leader of the minority cell of the Assam Congress party.
Meanwhile, there were some 386,000 cases pending before various Foreigners Tribunals in Assam for hearing.
The state government too has cautioned the opposition not to communalise the issue.
"It is unfortunate that parties like the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and the AGP (Asom Gana Parishad) were trying to dub all Muslims as foreigners. If that is the case then even genuine Muslims in Assam would oppose the anti-foreigners drive," Assam government spokesperson and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told IANS.
"We must defeat the design of the BJP in particular to dub all Muslims as foreigners. Foreigner is a foreigner, be it a Hindu or a Muslim."

17-08-08, 08:27 AM
'Keep Mahanta out of Assam regional unity process'

Submitted by kamran on 17 August 2008 - 6:48am.

Guwahati : The move for unifying the major regional political parties in Assam has hit a roadblock with the influential All Assam Students' Union (AASU) saying that former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and his party must be kept out of the process.
The state's main opposition party, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), had initiated the move for regional unity earlier this year to take on the ruling Congress that is having a free run in the elections in the absence of a strong and cohesive regional force to contend with.
"We are in favour of a unified regional force but that has to be without Mahanta and his party. He has betrayed the people of Assam by not doing anything to detect and expel illegal Bangladeshi migrants who are threatening to overwhelm the state's indigenous people," AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya said Sunday.
A delegation of the AASU met with members of the AGP unification committee Saturday to discuss the issue and stayed firm on its demand to keep AGP founder-president and twice chief minister Mahanta out of the process.
Mahanta, who was expelled by the AGP in July 2005 on charges of alleged anti-party activities, floated a new party called the AGP (Progressive). The split in the AGP has come to cost the party dear with committed regional party votes splitting, giving the Congress a clear edge.
A realisation among the regional forces of the need for unity among them had led the AGP to start the unification process that included Mahanta and his AGP (Progressive) in the plan.
AASU members put up posters at the venue of the meeting with the AGP and one of them read: "Why was the Assam Accord not implemented even after 23 years of its signing?"
The charge against Mahanta is that he did not do enough to initiate moves to rid Assam of illegal Bangladeshi migrants although that was the promise with which the AGP was formed in 1985.
Another charge that is haunting Mahanta is over the mystery killings of relatives of militants during his tenure as chief minister. These have come to be called 'secret killings'.
An enquiry commission instituted by the Congress government has already indicted Mahanta on the 'secret killing' issue although no action has been initiated against him.
Commenting on the AASU's condition, AGP spokesman Atul Bora said: "We shall place the AASU's stand before our party's central committee."
What is significant is that the AASU has come to pursue a rigid posture on the matter by asking the AGP to keep Mahanta out although it is supposed to be a non-political student organisation.
"I am surprised to see the AGP seeking AASU's support on a purely political issue like unification among regional parties. The AASU's posture doesn't bother me as it has a view on almost anything in the state," said Topon Lal Baruah, president of the Guwahati-based Centre for Development and Peace Studies, a think tank.

The Brahmin old man Mahanta and the Brahmin Samujjal Bhattacharya - the old brahmin is the main person behind the anti muslim popaganda and the later brahmin is following his footsteps.

17-08-08, 10:16 AM
and unfortunately we have those apologetic Indian Muslims who love India so much and live outside India yet defend it day & night and are so patriotic!!! I dont know what world they live in.......

17-08-08, 07:17 PM
and unfortunately we have those apologetic Indian Muslims who love India so much and live outside India yet defend it day & night and are so patriotic!!! I dont know what world they live in.......

Oh boy............T , you are going to get soooooooo flamed by brother highdreamer.........

17-08-08, 07:23 PM
and unfortunately we have those apologetic Indian Muslims who love India so much and live outside India yet defend it day & night and are so patriotic!!! I dont know what world they live in.......

I could not catch you or understand you. I am just informing in this forum about the Muslims from India. Since I have seen since my joining this forum - much of the moderators or members are from the Indian sub continent.

18-08-08, 06:37 AM
I could not catch you or understand you. I am just informing in this forum about the Muslims from India. Since I have seen since my joining this forum - much of the moderators or members are from the Indian sub continent.

Bhai, he is not referring to you at all..............We all appreciate what you are doing keeping us informed. I am not ashamed to admit that till you started posting here, I did not know that much about it.

Unlike some people on this forum we as muslims have no agenda other than Islam.....sometimes things come up that seem nationalist in nature but the bigger picture & foresight always pertains to Islam eventually! The sad fact is that if your people stood up against oppression & struggled for their own dignity, certain brothers of our own here( it seems)would label you as foreign agents and terrorists. but worry not, kufr will cause it own demise just like USSR. I was touched & saddened by one of your comments. You had asked some of us to remember you and your people & pray for them. you may think it was just a simple request that you asked of your brethren, but I must tell you that It moved me literally. You & your people are in my prayers. constantly.

18-08-08, 06:59 AM
I could not catch you or understand you. I am just informing in this forum about the Muslims from India. Since I have seen since my joining this forum - much of the moderators or members are from the Indian sub continent.

i was replying to some of the posts regarding Indian Muslims.......

19-08-08, 09:35 AM
Checkout the picture...Its is called Masjid Poster.

1. Tit for tat is the only solution. Super diabolic counter offensive is the only answer to the Muslim problem. You also force them to accept Hindutva. You also convert Muslim women to Hinduness. You can do this through discussions or even by using power.

2. We Hindus should tell to Muslims- "If you come , with you, if you don't without you and if you oppose, inspite of you, we will continue to work for our national interest". Real unity will only come when Muslims need it. They should beg for unity. We should not at all ! Why should we? No Britishman will do such mistake in Britain. Unity is there. That sort of unity is sufficient.

3. We Hindus should militarize and industrialize ourselves. That is the only key for survival now. So industrialize and militarize Hindus as early as possible. In army, navy and airforce, Hindus should have majority. Infact the people with double faiths should not at all be allowed to enter Indian Military. This is the only way to keep ourselves safe.

4. Whose govt. is there is immaterial. Who is there in majority in armed forces will decide the future identity of this Hindusthan. Remember this

Courtesy of Savarkar Darshan

23-08-08, 04:12 PM
Indian Muslim clerics come out in Abu Bashar's defence

Submitted by Mudassir Rizwan on 23 August 2008 - 7:23am.

New Delhi : Prominent Islamic clerics led by the Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, Maulana Ahmed Bukhari, has came out in support of madrassa teacher Mufti Abu Bashar, arrested for his alleged involvement in last month's serial bombings in Ahmedabad, and demanded the government stop 'undue harassment of Muslims'.
Joined by Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi, MP from Mumbai, Bukhari virtually sounded a bugle of revolt against what he termed the 'anti-Muslim' policies of the Indian investigating agencies.
According to IANS, the protest rally on the Lucknow-Azamgarh highway in Uttar Pradesh drew at least 5,000-7,000 people, who kept the road blocked for hours while raising anti-police and anti-government slogans.
The crowds cheered the speakers when they openly flayed the government and the police.
While both Azmi and Bukhari termed the police action as 'biased', Bukhari went to the extent of issuing a warning, 'If the government does not take early measures to bring an end to undue harassment of Muslims who are indiscriminately labeled as terrorists, this country is in for another partition; So let us be prepared for nation wide riots and violence.'
He said, "All this talk about creation of Indian Mujahideen needs to be probed; I would not be surprised if such an organization has been floated by fundamentalist bodies like the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) or VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad) with the sole intention of defaming Muslims."
Azmi said: 'I am not giving any clean chit to anyone, but the manner adopted by the investigating agencies speaks of a blatant bias and a predetermined approach.'
He felt, 'an appropriate way to deal with the situation would be to constitute a high level committee comprising secular minded judicial luminaries like Justice Sachar, Justice Krishna Iyer and Justice A.A. Ahmadi. It could even have representatives of Hindu organizations like RSS and VHP. Let them question the arrested young Muslim boys and if the committee is convinced that they are actually involved in terrorism, let them be hanged.'
However, in the same vein he went on to add a word of caution, ' but what the investigating agencies are doing today is grossly unfair; they were all declared as terrorists well before any trial and this is what needs to be stopped.'
http://twocircles.net/2008aug23/indian_muslim_clerics_come_out_abu_bashars_defence .html

24-08-08, 09:07 PM
Tragic memories of black Saturday haunt victims

Submitted by Mudassir Rizwan on 24 August 2008 - 9:49am.

By Mohammed Shafeeq, IANS,
Hyderabad : A year after Hyderabad was rocked by twin bomb blasts that snuffed out 43 lives, the real culprits remain at large while memories of the black Saturday still haunt numerous families.
It was the evening of Aug 25, 2007 when a powerful explosion devastated Lumbini Park near the state secretariat, killing people enjoying a laser show. Moments later, another but more powerful bomb ripped through Gokul Chat, a popular eatery that was packed at that time.
Ten people were killed in the first blast, seven of of them tourists from Maharashtra. The number killed at the eatery in Koti, a business hub and a haunt of book lovers, was 33. Another 20 were injured.
Coming three months after the blast during Friday prayers at the historic Mecca Masjid that killed nine people, the twin blasts became this 400-year-old city's worst terror attacks. They instilled a sense of insecurity in this truly cosmopolitan city of over seven million people.
While the failure to crack the case is frustrating the police, the memories of that day haunt many families as well as survivors. The blasts shattered many dreams.
Prathyusha, 21, wanted to go to the US for higher education. After buying a book, she dropped at her favourite Gokul eatery -- only to die. Her family is yet to come to terms with the loss.
"The tragedy and her memory will always remain fresh in our minds. The wounds will not heal easily," lamented her father J. Narasimha Sharma, who works in a private firm.
M. Susheela, 32, a bus conductor, had gone to Koti to buy 'rakhis' along with two relatives. On his way home, they stopped at the eatery for snacks when the bomb went off. All three died instantly.
"The failure of the investigating agencies to catch the culprits is painful for us," said Susheela's elder sister Chandrakala, who now looks after Susheela's five-year-old son Sai Kiran.
"Terror attacks ignite passions. After hearing repeatedly how terrorists killed her mother, he says he wants to become a police officer to punish the guilty," said Susheela, while trying to fight her tears.
The only hope of a head constable's family. Akramullah Khan, 19, was studying B.Com and also doing a part-time job. He was the only brother of five sisters.
On the fateful day, he was travelling in an auto-rickshaw with two of his sisters. He asked the driver to stop at Gokul Chat and went in alone to take a parcel.
The two sisters watched in horror as their brother died in the massive explosion. The family said that not a single day passes without her mother Jeelani Begum crying for him.
The blast wiped out an entire family. Mohammed Saleem, 42, a realtor, his wife Syeda Farida Naaz, 37, and their sons - 8-year-old Amir and 6-year-old Mohammed Ali -- had gone to Lumbini Park to see the laser show.
Half hour before the blast at the park, the family left for Goklu Chat as the children were more keen on savouring chat. Moments after the family entered the eatery, the powerful bomb killed them all.
A year later, the police still appear to be groping in the dark. The investigating agencies could not go beyond blaming the Bangladesh-based terror outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad-e-Islami (HUJI), believed to be also responsible for the Mecca Masjid blast.
They could only confirm that terrorists used Neogel-90, an ammonium nitrate base, in the IEDs, a pattern seen again in Ajmer and Jaipur blasts this year.
As many as 97 suspects were picked up for questioning and 21 were jailed on suspicion of their links with HUJI terrorists but the police have still failed to crack the case.
The police are clueless about where the bombs came from, how they were brought to Hyderabad and who planted them. As a result, not one single man directly involved in the explosions was arrested.
Police officials argue that it was not easy to crack the cases as the HUJI commanders, including Shahid alias Bilal, a native of Hyderabad, operate from Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The 97 picked up by the police included a few Bangladeshis staying illegally but they were not found linked to the terrorists. A majority of the suspects was let off.
Police said the terror group entrusted the job of smuggling and transportation of explosives, manufacture, planting and carrying out the attacks to different people, making it difficult for the investigating agencies to identify the real culprits.

24-08-08, 09:10 PM
People's Tribunal warns against 'victimisation of Muslims'

Submitted by kamran on 24 August 2008 - 5:58pm.

Hyderabad : After hearing complaints of victims of police torture in the name of fight against terrorism, national-level People's Tribunal Sunday warned that that such treatment of Muslim minority could lead to frightful consequences for the nation.
The tribunal felt that this was "leading to a a very strong sense of insecurity and alienation which may lead to frightful consequences for the nation".
"The victimisation and demonisation of Muslims in the guise of investigation of terror offences is having a very serious psychological impact on the minds of not only the families of the victims but also other members of the community," the jury observed after 40 victims from across the country deposed before it and recorded their statements.
The tribunal, comprising nine jury members including Justice S.N. Bhargava, former chief justice of the Rajasthan High Court and Justice Sardar Ali Khan, former chief justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court and former chairman of National Minorities Commission, made the interim recommendations.
The tribunal's report will be submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Union home ministry and international human rights organisations within a month.
"The testimonies show widespread communalisation of the police across states in the country," observed the tribunal, which was set up by NGOs ANHAD (Act Now for Harmony and Development), Human Rights Law Network and Peace along with dozens of other human rights organisations and Urdu daily Siasat.
The jury also included senior lawyer K.G. Kannabiran, resident editor of Times of India Kingshuk Nag and Desh Bandhu Lalit Surjan, academics Ramy Punyani, Rooprekha Verma and Haragopal.
It expressed shock and dismay that the fight against terrorism had veered more around witch hunting of Muslims rather than curbing of terrorism.
"The testimonies showed that large numbers of innocent young Muslims have been and are being victimised by the police on the charge of being involved in various terrorist acts across the country. This is particularly so in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan though not limited to these states."
"The states ruled by both the BJP as well as the Congress were witnessing such incidents," said the report read out by senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan on behalf of the jury.
It also found fault with the attitude of the judiciary and media in dealing with the cases of harassment.
"In most of these cases, the courts are routinely allowing police remand and not granting bail merely on the statement that they are required for further investigations. They do not examine whether there is any evidence against the accused."
Bhushan said the media had forgotten its basic duty of subjecting the police statements to scrutiny to find out the truth.
"Unfortunately the media too uncritically publicises the charges and allegations levelled by the police. This has resulted in destruction of the lives and reputations of a large number of persons so picked up by the police who have later been found to be innocent."
The tribunal underlined the need for judicial intervention to put an end to this victimisation of Muslim community and payment of compensation to the victims.
"Whenever any person is released by the police for the want of evidence against him, the courts should award adequate compensation for the destruction of his life and reputation," it said.
"In such cases the courts should examine if the prosecution was malafide, and if it is so found, the police officials involved must be held accountable and the compensation payable to the victims must recovered from the officers concerned."
It also demanded that criminal procedure code should be amended to make it obligatory on the part of the centre to award adequate compensation to the innocent victim who is discharged or acquitted due to the lack of evidence of falsely implicated.
It urged the state human rights commission and national human rights commission and state minority commission to take up such matters seriously, look in to them independently and award adequate compensation, taking suo moto action instead waiting for somebody to approach.
The tribunal expressed deep concern over the incidents of lawyers being prevented by other lawyers from representing the suspects and accused of terror cases.
It also demanded action against the Bar Association who were preventing the lawyers from discharging their duty. "Such officials of Bar Associations should be hauled up for contempt of court for interfering with administration of justice."

24-08-08, 10:47 PM
Fact finding mission on illegal arrests of terror suspects: Teesta

Submitted by Tarique Anwar on 22 August 2008 - 5:17am.

By Md. Ali, TwoCircles.net,
Human rights activist Teesta Setalwad is planning to take the cases of terrorism suspects, those who have been illegally arrested and tortured and detained in India'a 'war on terror.' TwoCircles.net's Md. Ali spoke to her about her views on terror investigations and plans for defending terror suspects.
TwoCircles.net: There are some reports in media that you are going to take up the case of Abu Bashiar Islahi, the alleged mastermind of the Ahmadabad serial bomb blast.
Teesta Setalwad: We are first of all going on a fact finding mission. Because it is not only the case of Abu Bashar but a series of cases that have emerged recently in India in which there have been illegal arrests and torture on the name of "fight against Terror".
In fact there have been a series of cases in which the empirical evidences have been let go by the authorities. Like the use of Ammonium Nitrate in the bomb blasts in Panwal and Thane and there are lots of others.
There are lots of loop holes in the manner the investigative agencies have conducted the process of investigation. For instance the hasty departure of Kenneth Haywood from Delhi though he has been given a look out notice. For us it is extremely mysterious and we are finding that no political party has spoken against it.
TwoCircles.net: But the Anti Terror Squad, Maharashtra has already given him a clean chit.
Teesta Setalwad: Please hear me out. I am saying the Narendra Modi government and persons like L.K. Advani who are pouncing on the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the centre for every small opportunity. How come they have not taken up the issue of Kenneth Haywood's departure which is a clear failure of Central Intelligence.
(Kenneth Haywood is the man from whose Internet Protocol address the e-mails containing terror threats which were sent to the TV channels just before the Ahmadabad serial bomb blasts on 26 July 2008.Although a national look-out had been issued against him Kenneth Haywood gave the Indian intelligence a slip and escaped to United States on Monday.)
The ATS had said that it had nothing against him but they were due to do his narco-analysis test and he was asked not to leave the country, there was a look out notice against him. Look out notice means that your name and passport number is there at every airport and every border point.
If you look at Kenneth Haywood's background, it is very suspicious. The Indian Express about fifteen-twenty days back and Hindustan Times today have carries report about his suspicious background. The mainstream media has been monitoring that his antecedents have been very suspicious.
Campbell White is supposed to function in 49 countries but it is in fact not a multi national company. It is Evangelist and is possibly associated with the Christian Rights. So we don't know there for what this company was up to.
In any case I would just suggest that there is an Indian in America who was in a similar position of Kenneth Haywood. About two years back his computer was traced to send emails to the president of US George W. Bush and the Vice-President **** Cheney.
His name is Vikram Buddhi who is son of a navy captain. And he is languishing in a US jail.
Why in this case there was such haste? Because he was White and an American?
Surely the Indian Intelligence authorities should have thoroughly gone through his antecedents before he was allowed to go. At the end of the day it was his computer (from which the emails which contained the terror threats were sent.)
So there are many suspicious things to do with the blasts.
The Surat blasts are almost like a joke. They were found in hoardings (and the tree tops) and they didn't go off. The police is not able to say whether they were placed before or after the Ahmadabad blasts.
The whole vehicle trail, the whole issue of gas cylinder trail and there are many questions like these which the Gujarat police has not been able to answer.
Its not just the Gujarat police whether it's the Bangalore blasts or the Jaipur blasts, we have unfortunately reached a situation where empirical evidence is being given the go by the authorities. And therefore we are looking into this whole question as to where the loopholes are.
TwoCircles.net : That is why you have decided to do some fact finding.
Teesta Setalwad: Yes, because increasingly in Uttar Pradesh we are finding that all persons who are being booked for the so called terror related cases are not being allowed legal assistance and legal help.
TwoCircles.net: In fact there have been some cases of legal boycott to the accused by the legal fraternity in the terror related cases in the cases.
Teesta Setalwad: Yes, that is right. There was legal boycott and there was attempt to browbeat their lawyers. Now we believe that there were lawyers doing this that is what our information is. And if lawyers are going to indulge in such anti-Constitutional acts we would like to ask what the Bar Association of Uttar Pradesh and the Bar Association of India is doing on this?
Have we become banana republic that we don't allow legal help to accused of certain offences?
TwoCircles.net: But there is one thing that the alleged mastermind of the Ahmadabad serial bomb blasts Abul Bashar Islahi has already confessed about his role in the blasts.
Teesta Setalwad: I don't want to go into this specific case, I told you we are going to do a detailed fact finding before we finalise our ultimate strategy on how we intervene in this case.
But the point which remains as far as confessions are concerned, confessions need to bear up to the testimony in a court. Police confessions are often under torture, I am not saying this one was necessarily under torture. But we can not always go by what police and investigation team tell us about confessions.
We must maintain the ability to distance ourselves from what the police and the intelligence agencies are telling us.
Unfortunately the whole climate created by the "war against terror" and the way the Indian authorities, whether its National Democratic Alliance (NDA) or the UPA are dealing with the issue, is not allowing the normal questions to be asked.
The space for rational questioning is narrowing down and that is very dangerous thing in any democracy.
TwoCircles.net: What do you mean by normal questions?
Teesta Setalwad: Questions that I raised. You raised a question which a journalist would not normally ask. You ask me a question that Bashar has already confessed. Now normally a journalist will not believe a "confession".
I am a journalist of the 80s and not 2000. Journalist of 80s would always question what the authority says, whether it is the police, whether it is the IB.
So if Bashar has made a confession under the police remand, automatically in our mind that is suspect.
This is the point I am trying to make. We have to understand that even in a court of law, even under Indian court, confessions under police remand don't have a high validity in a court of law, yet in the public mind the kind of propaganda offenses that the Anti Terror Squad and the IB agencies are indulging in, we are being told that whatever the police says we are expected to believe.
Now this is a very dangerous situation in any democracy, particularly when we know that our authorities do not respect the rule of law, that we have a situation when the politicians indulge in hate speech against certain section and they are not prosecuted against, and the same agencies then tell us that what they have got is correct and what is true.
So I hope that Indian democracy, our institutions, particularly the judiciary is able to maintain a rational distance from this hysterical discourse, that is all I have to say right now.
http://twocircles.net/2008aug21/fact_finding_mission_illegal_arrests_terror_suspec ts_teesta.html#comment-8119

04-09-08, 08:50 AM
Terrifying Testimonies

Submitted by Tarique Anwar on 3 September 2008 - 5:31am.
By Yoginder Sikand, TwoCircles.net,
For several months now, almost no week passes without the media reporting about 'dreaded Muslim fundamentalists' being picked up by the police and allegedly confessing to being involved in bomb blasts or plots to engineer violence across India. It is not my argument that all of these reports are cooked-up and dished-out propaganda.
Some of these stories must be true, and those behind such acts must be caught and punished. But, the fact remains, many of these stories circulating in the media are wholly fabricated, and these are being manufactured and highlighted for a particular motive: to fuel anti-Muslim passions and, thereby, justify various forms of discrimination and oppression—even murder—of hapless Muslim citizens who, far from having anything to do with terrorism, are victims of terror—of agencies of the state, especially the police and Hindutva terror outfits.
America's 'global war on terror' has provided a convenient cover to the Hindutva lobby and to fiercely anti-Muslim elements within the Indian state machinery to launch a concerted campaign of terror against Muslims. Large numbers of Muslims in various parts of India continue to languish in jails on trumped-up terror charges, suffering brutal torture as well as routine insults to their religion by police officials. Meanwhile, Hindu terrorists, often in league with the police and the state machinery, are allowed to run riot, unleashing violence and bloodshed on a frightening scale, while the state, the police and the courts take no firm action against them. Bomb blasts that are now occurring with frightening frequency, whose perpetrators remain unknown, are automatically blamed on Muslims, while some of these might possibly be engineered by Hindutva outfits or by elements within the state apparatus, or even by foreign intelligence agencies like the CIA or the Israeli Mossad who have a vested interest in demonizing Muslims and thereby driving India closer into the deadly American-Israeli embrace.
That, in brief, was what numerous social activists as well as dozens of Muslim victims of police and state terror testified to at a public hearing on brutalities against Muslims in the name of countering 'terrorism' recently organised in Hyderabad by a group of noted human rights' activists. Going by their depositions and the verdict of the jury of eminent social activists, journalists and retired judges, it appears that powerful elements within the state apparatus are deeply implicated, along with Hindu terrorist groups, in a witch-hunt of India's Muslim citizens.

27 year-old Yakoob Khan from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, was arrested at the age of 17, accused of being involved in the Coimbatore blasts in 1998, a charge that he vehemently denies. 'On the day of the blast I attended class at the Industrial Training Institute where I was enrolled, and when I was returning home I heard about the blasts'. In the wake of the blasts, the police went on a rampage, indiscriminately picking up Muslim youth. Some days later, Yakoob found himself in prison, where he was to spend almost the next ten years, much of it in solitary confinement in a small cage-like cell. 'I was accused of being in possession of explosive material, and of being associated with the Islamic group Al-Ummah, although I had never even heard its name.' In addition to routine torture, while in jail he was often abused for his religion. 'I would be beaten up if I wanted to say namaz. My torturers would tell me to face them while praying, rather than the Kaaba. They tore my Quran, and while beating me they would scream "Bharat Mata ki Jai"'. 'They ruined ten precious years of my life, my youth, falsely branding me as a terrorist', he says.
Yakoob Khan's friend, 34 year-old Shiv Kumar, alias Abdul Hamid, is a Hindu convert to Islam. He eked out as livelihood selling old newspapers and utensils for recycling. He was accused of being involved in the Coimbatore blasts, a charge that he denies. The police forced him to sign a blank piece of paper which they later filled out themselves, threatening him that if he refused to do so they would arrest his family as well. He was remanded to the Coimbatore jail on the basis of this forced 'confession' and his repeated applications for bails were rejected. Because he was the sole earner in his family, his wife was forced to beg in order to survive. He was finally acquitted only recently, after almost ten years in incarceration. 'I was mercilessly tortured in prison. I was constantly told that if I had not become a Muslim and had remained a Hindu I would not have been beaten like this', he says.

Shabbir Masiulllah Ansari was picked up by the Mumbai Crime Branch in August 2006, but he was soon released on bail for 'lack of evidence'. Yet, he was charged anew for being allegedly the 'mastermind' of the Malegaon mosque blasts, while, it is said, that at the time the blasts took place he was actually in police custody. He continues to languish in jail and has suffered routine torture, including acid being thrown on his private parts. In the course of torture he was coerced into making a forced confession, but he later retracted this in court.

Maulana Muhammad Zahid is originally from Malegaon. Some two years ago, at the time of the Malegaon bomb blast, he was in Phul Savangi, a village 500 km away from Malegaon, where he used to lead the prayers in a mosque. The police implicated him in the blast, although his relatives insist he is innocent. When he was produced before the magistrate in Mumbai Esplanade Court, he gave a statement listing the torture that was done to him and also the false statement on which the police had taken his signature. The magistrate ignored his plea and asked for the police produced statement and accepted that as evidence. He still languishes in prison.

Faisal Attaur Shaikh and Muzammil Attaur Rehman Shaikh are among the thirteen Muslims charged for the 11 July 2006 Bombay local train blasts. The police accused Faisal of being a commander of Lashkar-e Tayyeba and of setting off the blast. They also claimed to have recovered maps of Mumbai and some CDS from Muzammil. In October 2006, 11 out of the 13 accused in the case gave their confession, but later retracted it in the sessions' court. It is alleged that almost all the accused were subjected to brutal torture, which forced them to confess to crimes they said they had not committed. It is claimed that 11 out of the 13 accused could not endure the torture and finally agreed to whatever story the police fabricated. This is why their confession stands retracted.
33 year-old Kalim Ahmed Karimi used to manage a small radio repair business in Ahmedabad. On 3rd April, 2003 he had gone out to get some medicines for his pregnant wife who was unwell. The police picked him up and he never came back. Although Kalim was arrested on the 3rd April from Ahmedabad, the CBI states that they arrested him on the 26th of April in Andhra Pradesh. He was charged with being allegedly involved in the Tiffin Bomb Blast case, the Haren Pandya murder case and a 'jihadi' conspiracy. Thereafter, he was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for the Haren Pandya murder case and to 10 years in the Tiffin Bomb Blast case.
Says his 70 year-old father, Habib Karimi, 'My son is innocent. Officials of the crime branch picked me up for questioning. Under duress, I was forced to sign some blank papers that they presented me with. They told me that I should not contact any lawyer and that they had men keeping an eye on me. I was also told not to forget that they had my signatures on blank sheets. My son has been tortured brutally and he has been forced to sign a confession. He and some others have narrated the experience of torture and forced confessions before the POTA Judge Sonia Gokani.'

Junaid is a final year student at Unani Medical College, Hyderabad, and president of the student union. He was picked up on the 3rd of September 2007 while returning to his home. He was produced before the magistrate on 8th of September 2007. Police claim that he was apprehended at Nampally railway station on the 8th of September. He was accused of conspiring against the state, which he vehemently denied. The argument given by the police was that some literature was found in his possession. While in custody he was subjected to heavy electric shocks, including on his private parts, and was coerced into making a forced confession. During his interrogation he was constantly rebuked for having shouted slogans against police violence. They asked him why he raised questions regarding the Sohrabuddin fake encounter and why he attended a conference against it. They even asked him why Muslims have so many children. For two days he was not given anything to eat. His face was kept covered in a black cloth throughout this ordeal. A shoe was stuffed in his mouth and he was told to read the Quran in that condition. In order to further humiliate him he was forced to shout 'Jai Shri Ram'.

24 year-old Aftab Alam Ansari, the only bread-earner in his 10-member lower middle class family, and an employee of the Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation, was picked up by the police and taken to Lucknow. 'I was badly tortured with iron rods by drunken policemen who accused me of being a Bangladeshi. I was forced to declare that my name was actually Altaf Muletar and that I was responsible for the bombings in Sankat Mochan Mandir and the Courts in Lucknow. Of course I had nothing whatsoever to do with these.'
Aftab was then sent to the civil jail in Lucknow where he was stripped and was imprisoned for twenty two days. 'I was accused of being the area commander of the Harkat ul-Jihad al-Islami, although I had never even heard of this outfit. My interrogators heaped abuses on Muslims and Islam.'
'They are targeting us just because we are Muslims', Aftab says. 'They want to falsely implicate us in terror cases so that our image gets tarnished and people start hating Muslims.' Like many other innocent Muslim youths who have been picked up and brutally tortured by interrogating agencies and then released for lack of any evidence, Aftab received no compensation for the enormous amount of money his family spent on securing his release. Nor has the state compensated him in any way for the damage to his health caused by the torture in prison. Nor has he received any sort of apology.
Scores more Muslim men and women testified at this public hearing, narrating the harrowing brutalities that they or their relatives have been subjected to, being, so they insisted, unfairly blamed for various terror acts. Predictably, though, the so-called mainstream Indian media took little notice of the hearing, the first of its kind in the country. Nor, for their part, did major political parties and state authorities. As Ghadr, the popular cultural activist from Andhra Pradesh who addressed the gathering, rightly put it, 'To expect anything else from the media and the establishment is folly. The answer lies not in simply narrating our woes but initiating a mass movement against this sort of oppression.'

08-09-08, 11:24 PM
Victims of India's 'War on Terror'

Submitted by kashif on 8 September 2008 - 3:33pm.

By Yoginder Sikand, TwoCircles.net
In a development of far-reaching and frightening implications for the stature of the Indian judiciary, Bar Associations in several parts of the country are effectively banning advocates from defending Muslim youth branded as 'terrorists', many of them who may well be wrongly accused. A chilling indicator of how deeply-rooted anti-Muslim prejudice has now become.
The Bar Association of Dhar, a small town in Madhya Pradesh, is a case in point. Taking the law into its own hands, it has declared that no local lawyers can defend terror-accused—all Muslims, incidentally. Yet, no action has been taken against this patently illegal declaration. Says advocate Noor Mohammad, who was viciously physically assaulted by lawyers in Dhar who sought to prevent him for taking up the case of a Muslim who he says has been wrongly accused of running a terrorist-training camp in a jungle near Dhar , 'This is an alarming development, an indication of how widespread Hindutva sentiments have become. They indiscriminately brand Muslims as terrorists and presume them guilty even before proper investigations have been made. At the same time, no action is taken against the RSS when it openly declares that it will take up arms. It's as if India's laws do not apply to them.'
In April 2008, Noor Mohammad travelled to Dhar to defend the accused, but at the gate of the court he was assaulted by a group of lawyers and activists of the BJP youth wing and was badly beaten up. 'I told the judge about this', he says. ' I told him that the life of the accused might also be in danger and requested that the case be transferred elsewhere. The judge told the lawyers who were beating me to leave the court premises. He repeated this three times but they refused to listen. Instead, they kept laughing, as if to say that they had no respect for the court. And the judge did not write all this down.' To add insult to injury, when he approached the local police, they threatened him. 'They told me that I must say that I don't want to take any action against the lawyers and that I was not hurt.'
When, some days later, Noor Mohammad returned to Dhar he was again beaten up by BJP youth activists, this time so badly that he fell unconscious. 'A Hindu boy helped me by putting me into an auto-rickshaw and taking me to the police station. The hapless local Muslims are just too terrified to speak out, fearing that they will be branded as terrorists or terrorist-sympathisers if they do', he says.
The same fate befell Lucknow-based lawyer Muhammad Shoeb, who has taken up seven cases of Muslims accused of being terrorists across Uttar Pradesh—in Rampur, Lucknow, Barabanki and Faizabad. 'The Faizabad Bar Association declared that no lawyers would be allowed to defend any terror-accused, and so, when I travelled to Faizabad to take up the case of Maulana Hakim Muhammad Tariq Qasmi, who has been accused in some terror-related case, I was badly beaten up by lawyers inside the court. The judge said nothing and the police refused to register my complaint.' 'They are trying every means to sabotage the judicial system', he goes on, 'but I will continue fighting the cases I have taken up despite their efforts to intimidate me.'
Muhammad Shoeb believes that in scores of cases across the country, Muslim youth have been deliberately and wrongly implicated by the police in acts of terror. 'As I see it, Hindu communalists and powerful elements in the state apparatus are hell-bent on unleashing such terror on Muslims that they are actually forced to take to terror so that, in this way, they can justify a concerted campaign to clamp down on the entire community', he says. While, as in Faizabad, several Hindu lawyers are firmly behind the local Bar Association's decision not to allow any lawyer to defend Muslims accused of being terrorists, he says that some Hindu lawyers have supported him in his struggle. 'Many of them are just too scared to speak out though', he points out, 'although when I organised a press conference at the Uttar Pradesh Press Club in Lucknow, some Hindu lawyers came to express their solidarity. A Hindu lawyer and I are jointly fighting the case in Barabanki involving Maulana Tariq Qasmi and Khalid Mujahid.'
Noor Mohammad and Muhammad Shoeb were among the several Muslim victims of the state's 'war on terror' who came to testify recently at a public hearing organised by a group of reputed human rights' activists at Hyderabad. At the hearing, numerous other Muslims related similarly harrowing tales of being persecuted by the police and by the state, besides Hindutva forces, of being wrongly branded as 'terrorists' and of being falsely implicated in terror-related cases.
The situation is equally grim in states ruled by the BJP and the supposedly 'secular' Congress. Says Latif Muhammad Khan, a social activist from Hyderabad, 'There has been an alarming rise in fake encounters in Andhra Pradesh, where innocent Muslims, Adivasis and Dalits are being gunned down by the police in the name of countering terrorism and Naxalism, who are then rewarded for this. Deliberate attempts are being made to destroy Muslim identity. For instance, Maulana Nasiruddin from Hyderabad has been languishing in a jail in Gujarat without any trial—his only 'fault' was that he had condemned the destruction of the Babri Masjid.'
Bomb-blasts which might have well been engineered by other forces are wrongly blamed on Muslims, providing an excuse to the police to unleash terror on Muslim localities, Khan says. A case in point—a blast in the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, which Khan argues, could surely not have been done by a Muslim. Several Muslims were shot dead in cold-blood by the police in the wake of the blast in what can only be called uncalled-for firing. Thereafter, scores of Muslims were arrested and subjected to brutal torture and even abuse of their religion. 'They tortured them so mercilessly that, unable to bear the pain, many of them have forced to make false confessions. The situation is worse than in the Guantanamo Bay prison, but yet their voices are silenced. Many Muslims are just too scared to protest, fearing that they will also be branded as terrorists if they do' he relates. For daring to take up the cases of these innocent Muslim victims of state terror, Khan has been falsely implicated in a terror case. 'The police have said that I should be killed in a fake encounter', he says.
Reflecting the general sentiment of the dozens of Muslim victims assembled at the public hearing, Noor Jehan Begum, a social activist from Gujarat, remarked, 'They want Muslims to be made into the new untouchables. They want to grind us to dust, to make us their slaves so that we cannot raise our heads and live with dignity.'
A grim story indeed of a community over 150 million strong under siege, and of a system whose secular and democratic claims are increasingly being exposed as hollow.
[Photos by Yoginder Sikand]

14-09-08, 10:02 PM
Delhi blasts: 2 Muslims picked up from Jamia Nagar (http://www.twocircles.net/2008sep14/delhi_blasts_2_muslims_picked_jamia_nagar.html)

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net

New Delhi: In connection with the Delhi blasts, the ATS sleuths picked up two persons Abdul Rasheed Agwan and Adnan Fahad from Abul Fazl Enclave area under Jamia Nagar Police Station in the national capital today.
“Around 11 am on Sunday, 12-15 persons, some of them with guns, reached House No. F-34 in Abul Fazl Enclave Part I, two of them went up to the third floor, knocked at the door saying they are from gas agency. They went in, looked for their ‘prey’ Adnan Fahad but there was no male,” said Adnan’s neighbour Nayeem to TwoCircles.net.
They asked his wife to call Adnan who was in the neighbourhood. As soon as he reached home he was asked to come with them, added Nayeem who also went with Adnan to some distance but the police officers asked him to go back.
Adnan, father of two kids, one 3 and half years old and another barely one years old, runs a small shop for DTP work in Daryaganj in the Walled City area.
“He has never been attached to SIMI or any other organization, said Nayeem adding that he is a very noble and simple man, he never had any fight with anyone.” The police officers said they were taking for just questioning for 15-20 minutes.
Around one hour later at 12:15 pm, three vans full with ATS sleuths entered Shaheen Bagh (Abul Fazl Enclave Part II). They reached to the house of Abdul Rasheed Agwan and took him also for questioning.
“When we asked for their ID, they didn’t show any card,” said Taufique Agwan, his son to TwoCircles.net.
Abdul Rasheed Agwan runs an NGO called Universal Knowledge Trust that provides scholarship to poor students. He also runs a consultancy Centre for Advancement of Voluntary Efforts. It helps people in opening NGOs.

What has shocked the families of these two persons is that they were taken for questioning for 15-20 minutes and two hours later, news was flashed on television channels that two persons have been arrested in the connection of the Delhi serial blasts.
Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, head of the Mushawarat, the umbrella body of Indian Muslim organisations, condemned this arrest and said that this is a clear sign that the conspiracy to malign the whole Indian Muslim community has now entered the next stage. Until now faceless and unknown Muslim youths were arrested on unproved charges of terrorism, now the emboldened security agencies have moved further up the ladder and will arrest Muslim leaders with clean image. These very agencies and their supporting chorus in the media, both of which have totally forfeited the trust of the Muslim community, play blind whenever Hindu terrorists are caught red-handed making bombs, most recently in Kanpur last month.
Dr Khan demanded that Mr Agwan should be set free forthwith unless the security agencies have something concrete against him. If they do have any such proof in their possession, they must share it with the Muslim leadership in the country.
On Saturday evening five serials blasts rocked the city when bombs exploded in busy market places with people shopping on the weekend. So far 21 persons have been killed and around 100 wounded.
Minutes before the blast an email was sent to some media organizations claiming responsibility of the blast. The mail was sent by the mysterious outfit Indian Mujahideen.
That email, like one sent before Ahmedabad serial blasts, was also traced to Mumbai.


09-10-08, 10:09 PM
Madrasas and allegations of extremism

Submitted by Mudassir Rizwan on 9 October 2008 - 1:32pm
By Maulana Waris Mazhari,
(Translated by Yoginder Sikand)
Madrasas are a characteristic feature of Muslim societies the world over. They serve as centres for religious and moral instruction. As in other democratic countries, in India, too, all religious communities, including Muslims, are allowed by law to establish such institutions. Thus, there are many Hindu gurukuls in the country, in addition to which are the vast number of centres run by the RSS, where, in contrast to madrasas, training in the handling of weapons is openly given.
Again, in contrast to madrasas, these centres propagate intoleranc and hatred towards people of other faiths. It is thus distressing that while madrasas are accused of promoting terrorism, no one raises a finger against these Hindutva institutions. It seems that madrasas stand as the single major obstacle in the path of the Hindutva agenda of 'saffronising' the country and imposing Brahminical Hindu culture on all its inhabitants. That is why the madrasas have come under heavy assault by the fascist forces in India today.
The anti-madrasa propaganda is not a new development. However, it has rapidly increased in intensity in the recent past ever since the Hindu Right began to gain political power and strength in much of the country, first in some states and then at the national level. When the BJP came to power at the Centre, its Human Resources Development Minister, Murli Manohar Joshi, sought to impose the Hindutva ideology through the educational system, or what the media referred to as 'saffronisation'. Then, in accordance with a carefully planned strategy, in 2001 a Ministerial Group was formed in the aftermath of Pakistan's uncalled for aggression in Kargil. The Group submitted a report on internal security which falsely alleged that madrasas in India had turned into centres for promoting religious fundamentalism and thus had become a major security concern. It claimed, without supplying evidence, that madrasas were being used by terrorist, fundamentalist and anti-national elements, particularly in districts along the international borders with Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.
As soon as the report was submitted the media began parroting the same lines. Interestingly, prior to the report the media had not made much of a noise about madrasas. The question thus arises that, if these allegations were true, where was the country's investigative media prior to this? Why did they have to wait for the report to come out to cry hoarse about these allegations against the madrasas? To add to the absurdity, Lal Krishan Advani, senior BJP leader, in fact denied these allegations in Parliament when responding to a question by a Muslim MP, but the Group that prepared the report was formed under his supervision and came out with quite the contrary argument, which greatly boosted the anti-madrasa campaign, which still rages in the media. And, reflecting this frenzy that has been whipped up against the madrasas, numerous students and teachers of madrasas continue to be falsely accused of being behind terrorist acts. The authorities of the madrasas have been insisting that such allegations are almost wholly baseless and lacking in evidence. In actual fact, none of these allegations against madrasa teachers and students have as yet been proven based on standard and acceptable principles of evidence and justice.
Allegations against madrasas in the media and by certain political forces are routinely framed in such a manner as to target and attack not just these institutions but also Islam as a religion, in line with the fiercely anti-Islamic stance of these forces, who claim that Islam itself promotes intolerance and terrorism. This anti-madrasa propaganda has now become so pervasive that even many non-Muslims who do not have any prejudice against Islam have serious reservations about madrasas. They believe that the ulema of the madrasas deliberately distort Islamic teachings for their own political purposes and interests and, accordingly, are turning Muslim youth towards terrorism. This view is now widely held not just among non-Muslims but also among several Muslims themselves. For instance, in an article published in several newspapers in May 2000, the governor of Goa, Muhammad Afzal, levelled the same sort of allegations against the madrasas.
An influential section of the media is now employing the anti-madrasa campaign as a means to attack Islam itself. A good illustration of this is an article that appeared in the India Today magazine in June 2001, titled 'Crescent Classroom'. The writer, Sumit Mitra, visited a madrasa in the Muslim-majority Murshidabad district in West Bengal and filed a report, from which I am quoting some excerpts below:
'Murshidabad is more of a fanatic oddity in a state not much given to stand-offs along communal lines. This is evident in a religious-educational movement that demands "Islamic education" for children. The drive to "purify" education is spearheaded by the Barua Rahamani Education Society (BRES) [which...] has already opened 109 madarsas in the state [...] [T]he Barua Ahle-Hadis Education Society begins Arabic lessons at the prep level. But more interesting is the society's publication of the book on the Bengali alphabet, replacing the age-old Barna Parichay of Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar. The traditional textbook introduces the first letter aw with the word ajagar, Bengali for python, but [the] Salafi Barna Parichay says after aw: awju korey pak haw-o (wash yourself to be pure before namaz). The second letter of the alphabet, aa is dinned into the child's ears with the exhortation Allah-r naam law-o (Take the name of Allah)". The third letter, ee, goes with the line Embrace Islam.
The Talibani twist to such unorthodox alphabetic drill frequently surfaces. For the letter "dh" the book has a picture of dhol, the percussion instrument, with the line dhol tabla-e khodar lanat (God's curse be on music). For r, it is rasool (the Prophet)...For sh, it is shirk, [the crime of] of comparing anyone with Allah....'
According to the writer, all this is evidence of what he calls 'Talibani' education. He claims that this sort of education promotes intolerance and extremism. This single example reflects the fierce hostility of a certain section of the media. If teaching 'A' for Allah and 'R' for Rasul is branded as 'fundamentalism', then no Muslim of this country can be exempted from this charge of being a 'fundamentalist'. Nor, too, can the followers of other religions, who seek to provide their children with knowledge of their own faith. Is the constitutional provision and guarantee of secularism to be interpreted in such a way that children are not to be given religious education or that they should not be brought up according to the teachings of their faith? Is teaching about God, morals and the purification of the self, all of which religion talks about, anti-national and tantamount to so-called 'Talibanisation'?
In the heat and fury of the hate-driven anti-madrasa campaign, the actual roles and identity of the madrasas have been completely ignored. In India, Hindu Right-wing forces, and, at the global level, senior American leaders and defenders of American Imperialism, have left no stone unturned in their effort to project madrasas as centres for training terrorists. To back the claim about madrasas in India being allegedly engaged in promoting terrorism, the Ministerial Group report prepared when the BJP-led government was in power at the Centre refers to—and this is repeated by large sections of the media—the recent rise in the number of madrasas in certain districts in the country along its international borders. This is misleading. In actual fact, the number of madrasas has increased not just in these districts but all over the country in general. One reason for this is the heightened sense of insecurity and defensiveness about their religion and identity among Muslims across the country caused by the destruction of the Babri Masjid in 1992 and the developments that took place thereafter. Another factor is undoubtedly economic—the scope for collecting donations for madrasas has now become wider. This is a result of the woeful neglect of the economic dimension in the present system of madrasa education. The increase in the number of madrasas simply as a means for collecting donations is an unfortunate development. But this increase must be seen against the findings of the recently-released Sachar Committee Report, according to which only 3-4% of Muslim children study in full-time madrasas.
There is no doubt that the anti-madrasa campaign as well as widely-held negative views about madrasas have been strengthened by on-going political developments in neighbouring Pakistan. The aggressive and totally stupid actions of some madrasas and self-styled 'Islamist' groups in Pakistan have only further contributed to the negative image of the madrasas, as have statements and actions against madrasas by pro-American Pakistani leaders in order to curry favour with their American bosses. These have given further impetus to the propaganda against madrasas being spearheaded by anti-Islamic forces in India. It is, however, incorrect to equate Pakistani madrasas with their counterparts in India, because the contexts in the two countries are vastly different. It is as erroneous as equating Hindu institutions in Sindh, Pakistan, or in Bali, Indonesia, with Hindutva outfits in India.

A well-planned, organised policy and campaign is required to counter the false charges of Indian madrasas being engaged in fanning terror. For this, madrasas need to be more open to the wider, including non-Muslim, society and must also address their internal weaknesses and shortcomings.
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*This is a translation of a chapter by Maulana Waris Mazhari titled Madaris Par Intihapasandi Ke Izam ki Haqiqat in Yoginder Sikand & Waris Mazhari (ed.) Dini Madaris Aur Dahshatgardi: Ilzam Aur Haqiqat ('Madrasas And Terrorism: Accusations and Realities'), Global Media Publications, New Delhi, 2008, pp. 113-20.
Waris Mazhari is the editor, Tarjuman Dar ul-Ulum, official organ of the Old Boys' Association of the Dar ul-Ulum, Deoband. He can be contacted on [email protected]

13-10-08, 09:31 PM
Mayawati announces slew of projects for Muslims

Submitted by Tarique Anwar on 13 October 2008 - 4:34pm
Lucknow : Wooing members of the Muslim community ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati Monday announced a slew of schemes aiming to promote education among the youth of the minority.
"An Arabic-Persian university will be set up in Lucknow. Several primary schools, junior high-schools and government secondary schools will be established in Muslim-dominated areas," Mayawati announced at her Bahujan Samaj Party's (BSP) national convention here.
The meet was organised to discuss problems faced by the Muslim community.
For the upcoming university, the government has earmarked Rs.100 million (Rs.10 crore) while for the schools Rs.1.35 billion (Rs.135 crore) has been sanctioned, she said.
For raising the educational standards of Muslims, Mayawati also announced that her government will give financial grants to 100 more madrassas in the state.
She announced the Kanshiram self-employment scheme to create job opportunities for youths of minority communities.
A coaching institute to help youths of minority communities in preparing for the civil services and other competitive examinations will also be set up, she said.
"The government will spend nearly Rs.4 crore (Rs.40 million) on the forthcoming coaching institute," said Mayawati.
For promoting the Urdu language, the chief minister announced a hike in the financial grant to the Uttar Pradesh Urdu Academy. "The grant will be doubled from Rs.1.5 crore (Rs.15 million) to Rs.3 crore," said Mayawati.
She said a separate Unani Board will be set up at a cost of Rs.30 million (Rs.3 crore) to revive the traditional medical science.
The state government will also recruit more Urdu teachers in Muslim-dominated areas, said Mayawati.

16-10-08, 04:55 AM
Probe sought on removal of Muslims from Advani's security convoy

Submitted by admin3 on 15 October 2008 - 6:19pm.

Kozhikode : The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has demanded an inquiry into the alleged recall from duty of two Muslim police drivers from the security convoy of opposition leader L.K. Advani, who was here Tuesday to attend a public meeting.
Addressing reporters here Wednesday, IUML state General Secretary P.K. Kunhalikutty alleged that the incident was not unintentional and was done to create communal division among the officials.
"The action of removing officials from security duty based on their religious beliefs is a disturbing development. It is a serious issue. This incident is a shame on Kerala," he said.
Kunhalikutty said that the action was "an outline of an approach Sangh Parivar is trying to create in the country."
It is reported that the officials in Advani's security team had asked the Kerala Police to remove the two drivers from the convoy a few minutes before the opposition leader landed here.
Kerala Police officials, however, declined to comment on the issue.

28-10-08, 07:31 PM
Human rights activists missing in UP; PUDR suspects police
By TwoCircles.net news desk,
New Delhi: Two human rights activists of People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) are missing for a few days in Uttar Pradesh and the organization has blamed state STF and ATS for their abduction and illegal confinement.
The PUDR has “strongly condemned the abduction and illegal confinement of two human rights activists in Uttar Pradesh at the hands of the state STF and ATS. All of them were active with the People's Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) and are missing” says a press release from PUDR.
“Vinod Kumar Yadav and Sarfaraz had been actively campaigning against the state sponsored propaganda aimed at identifying Azamgarh district as the hotbed of terrorism. They had been part of organising various mass protests in Lucknow, Azamgarh, Faizabad, Ballia and Gorakhpur to highlight the terrorising of Muslims and the falsity of police claims and illegality of police actions. Given the terror unleashed on the Muslims of Azamgarh after the Jamia Nagar police encounter in Delhi, the PUDR activists were trying to provide legal help to the families of those arrested” says PUDR.
These activists had prevented the harassment of two Muslim youths by ATS personnel in plain clothes on 24 October 2008. The two youths were travelling from Azamgarh to Delhi by train when they were harassed and threatened by ATS personnel. They were also prevented from returning home. This happening was reported in the local press. “The PUDR activists' disappearance occurred soon after” says the release.
The PUDR has demanded that the government ensures safety and immediate release of the human rights activists. Criminal charges need to be registered against the STF/ATS personnel involved in the abduction and illegal confinement.

04-11-08, 04:17 PM
Complaint lodged after man falsely implicated in Delhi blasts

Submitted by admin4 on 4 November 2008 - 12:21pm.
http://www.twocircles.net/2008nov04/complaint_lodged_after_man_falsely_implicated_delh i_blasts.html
Lucknow : The police have registered the complaint of a retired government employee that police officers picked him up illegally, tortured him and forced him to admit his non-existent "involvement" in the serial blasts in Delhi, when he came here to get a visa for his Haj pilgrimage.
Noorul Hassan, a resident of Kasimabad village in Ghazipur district, 325 km from here, alleged that he was picked up by two men in plainclothes from the Alambagh locality of Lucknow Oct 25 when he came here to get a visa for the Haj pilgrimage. He was to collect his visa from the Haj House.
"We have lodged an FIR (first information report)," inspector K.K. Bhatt of Kasimabad police station told IANS on phone Tuesday. "Hassan suspects the Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) and the Special Task Force (STF) is behind this. However, the incident took place in Lucknow and the case has been transferred there."
At the state capital here, additional director general of police (crime, law and order) Brijlal denied the involvement of ATS and STF. He suspected "criminal elements" instead.
"I conducted an inquiry at my level and additional superintendent of police Ghazipur went to his house and took his statement regarding the incident," Brijlal told IANS. "We are investigating the matter and those found guilty will be punished."
On Oct 31, Hassan had told IANS: "I was picked up in the early hours as soon as I got down from a bus and the cops, besides forcing me to accept that I am a resident of Sarai Meer locality of Azamgarh, also produced a youth before me and forced me to 'recognize' him as a key suspect in the blasts.
"Realising perhaps that they (cops) have picked up a wrong person, they later left me on the road in an unconscious state in the Alambagh locality," added Hassan, who used to work for the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation.

09-11-08, 03:43 PM
Another Shaheen Bagh, another foiled encounter in Delhi

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net,
New Delhi: About 20 days after the foiled kidnapping by Noida Police of a Muslim youth in Jamia Nagar’s Shaheen Bagh area, the Haryana Police in broad daylight on November 8 tried to do a Shaheen Bagh in Malviya Nagar but again they had to face public resistance and flee the scene in ‘local police cover.’
It was around 3:30 pm yesterday when everything was normal in Hauz Rani Gaon area under Delhi’s Malviya Nagar Police Station. Imran, 28, was at his shop Gauri Motors. A white color Bolero jeep with blue beacon light atop but with no number plate came to the shop. Six armed men, who later turned out to be policemen from Vallabh Garh in Haryana, came out and dragged Imran into the van. He cried for help, local residents gathered and asked the ‘kidnappers’ to show their ID if they are policemen but they threatened them to kill. Yet the locals including women braved their threat and did not allow them to pick the youth. The local police came and took the Haryana Police to Malviya Nagar Police Station. After some time they were released.
In a similar incident on October 16, some Noida policemen, in civilian dress and in a car with no number plate, had tried to pick a youth from Shaheen Bagh area but the timely and brave resistance of locals saved the life of the man.
Locals say that the policemen had some sinister plan to kill the youth in a fake encounter and declare him as terrorist. They said Imran has no criminal background.
Imran’s elder brother Haji Quresh told TwoCircles.net: “I fear if they had picked my brother they would have killed him in a fake encounter and declared him terrorist.” When the locals asked the policemen to show their ID as they were in civilian dress and in a van with no number plate, they took out their arms and threatened them to kill.
“They dragged my brother on the road and hit him with rifle butt. They also put some women resisting their attempt to pick him at pointblank. However, locals including women braved their threat and stopped their vehicle from moving,” said Haji Quresh.
Imran is in shock and fear. He was not gathering courage to face the camera. Talking to TCN on phone he said: “They came up to the shop and asked about Imran. They said they wanted to give him wedding card. When I said I am Imran they said they wanted to buy meat. I said I do not do that business. I have this shop. I do sale-purchase of cars. But they began dragging me. I got frightened. I fled but they soon caught hold of me and took out revolver. They threatened me to kill.”
When he asked them about his fault they said “you should be killed” recalled Imran. They took him to the van and asked him if he knew the man sitting inside. “I said I do not know him” said Imran adding that the man sitting inside also denied he knew. Soon the locals gathered and resisted the policemen to pick him.
The local residents called local police. They came and assured them of action against those who wanted to pick the youth. They took them in their custody and drove to the Malviya Nagar Police Station. The people alleged that once the policemen at the station they took side of the Haryana policemen and released them some time later.
Haji Quresh has filed a complaint with the local police.
http://www.twocircles.net/2008nov09/another_shaheen_bagh_another_foiled_encounter_delh i.html

09-11-08, 03:50 PM
How hyderabad police conspiracy failed to make Shoiab and Imran a "terrorist"
By Mohammed Siddique, TwoCircles.net
Hyderabad: At first glance one can think of him as a college student, or a smart marketing executive or perhaps a call center worker. But Imran Khan today is none of them. His calm demeanor and occasional smiles are just a façade behind which he tries to hide his internal turmoil and agony caused by the events of last 16 months.
Imran, once a brilliant student of B.Tech in a Hyderabad based private college and a beacon of hope for his lower middle class family has passed through a hell and reduced to a shell of his former self.
"Even if I enjoy something good for a while, my mind suddenly goes back to the events of last few months, my smile vanishes and my mind goes numb", says Imran speaking in fluent English.
And his trauma and distress is not with out reason. Imran has suffered a hell and has returned. He is one of the four people, a court in Hyderabad acquitted in a terror related case. The 7th additional metropolitan magistrate threw out the charges of criminal conspiracy to wage war against the country and supplying RDX saying prosecution did not produce any evidence whatsoever to support its case.
Imran, his uncle (Phupha) Shoaib Jagirdar, and two other unconnected youth Abdul Majeed and Abdul Kaleem are now free following the court order but the fear of police trying to frame them in another case still haunts them.
Imran was among the dozens of Hyderabadi Muslim youth who were picked up by the police after the bomb blast in historic Mecca Masjid on May 18, 2007 and subsequent twin blasts in Lumbini Park and Gokul Chat in which more than 50 people had died.
"It was a few days after my uncle Shoaib Jagirdar was picked up from Jalna by Hyderabad police that police raided my house. As I was the eldest son of my family, they took me away to the Task Force office. My father, who is a driver in a central government organization had also come with me but the police sent him back saying I will also be sent back after some questioning", Imran recalled the day when his
ordeal at the hands of the police began.
Initially the police wanted him to become a witness against his uncle Shoaib, whom the police was trying to frame in a fake passport case. Shoiab was picked up on the suspicion that he was involved in the Mecca Masjid blast and projected him in the media as a terrorist and as a big catch. But when all the efforts including third degree torture failed to make him admit his "crime", they were forced to prepare a "fake passport" against him.
But when Imran expressed his ignorance about any fake passport case,the police decided to make him also an accused in another case.
"In a meeting with police officers, in which I was also sitting in a corner, Joint Commissioner of police Harish Kumar Gupta, a Kashmiri Pundit, said that as I was highlighted in the media as a terrorist,the police can not afford to let me go just like that. He asked them to book me in some case and they booked me in a fake passport case", said Shoaib Jagirdar, a father of two children.
"We were charged with conspiring against the country but it was infact the police which was conspiring against us", said Imran.
This was just the beginning of the suffering of both Shoaib and Imran. After a while the police booked them in a criminal conspiracy case and linked their names to the twin blasts at Lumbini Park and Gokul chat saying they had supplied the RDX for carrying out the attacks.
"I was taken aback by this allegation because I have never seen any explosive in my life", said Imran. "One day the police team led by inspector Ramachandran took me to a private guest house at Kompally in the outskirts of Hyderabad and subjected me to third degree torture", said Imran with a trembling voice.
"I can't tell you what they did to me. They fired six rounds of bullets which passed closed to my ears to frighten me. They threatened to kill me in encounter. They beat me throughout the night. They gave me electric shocks at my private parts and they told me that my time was up" he said.
When the day broke, another team of torturers took over and adopted new methods. "This time they tied a five liter water bottle to my penis and made me stand up with hands stretched upwards. I became so miserable that I was ready to confess any thing they wanted to. I even fell at the feet of Harish Kumar Gupta and
Ramachandran", said Imran. The nightmare continued for three days. The police wanted him to confess that he and his uncle were responsible for the blasts in Mecca Masjid and hand links with the blasts at other two places.
The police also pressurized Imran and Shoaib to admit that they had links with the other two accused in the case Abdul Majeed and Mohammed Kaleem. "I had never seen them in my life but they wanted me to say they were my accomplices", said Jagirdar. They refused.
The torment entered a new phase when the police took both uncle and nephew separately to Bangalore for Narco test. "To make us talk during the test, they enacted a drama before the test in which a person comes and gives me a packet and I have to hand it over to somebody. They tried to insert such images in our mind so we say the same thing during the test", Shoaib said. Just before the test, the police officials made Shoaib and Imran talk to each other phone and forced Imran to tell him that he (Shoaib) had handed him over a packet of RDX. "This was all a game police was playing with us".
However nothing came out of the Narco tests of the two and what prosecution could lay before the court was only confessional statements forcefully extracted. During the cross examination, the complainant inspector YTR Reddy admitted before the court that he had nothing else to show as a proof, forcing the judge to dismiss the case and acquit the accused.
Both Shoaib and Imran were grateful to the judiciary as well as the CBI for doing justice to them. "The police conspiracy against us failed only after the CBI team took over the investigation in to Mecca Masjid case. They met us in the jail and after talking to us, gave us a clean chit", said Imran. The court on the other hand refused to believe in the fiction dished out by the police.
"But enough damage has already been done", says Imran who lost two years of engineering course. "My family's reputation is in tatters. My college refused permission to me for sitting in examination saying I was a terrorist. My father is facing humiliation in his office and others are calling him father of terrorist. My sister was harassed in her college and my younger brother was assaulted. BJP supporters attacked my home. Even though no charge of Mecca Masjid blast was
leveled against us by the police in the court, we were projected in the media as suspects in the case", says Imran.
Shoaib's experience was equally harsh. The government of Maharashtra cancelled his father's Kerosene dealership saying he was a terrorist involved in Mecca Masjid blast. Even in jail he was attacked by other Muslim prisoners for "targeting" a mosque. Even after coming out on bail Shoaib became target of angry passers by. "The police has used the media to brand me a terrorist", he said.
Shoaib was surprised that police chose him as a target though the RSS chief of Marahatwada region Vishnu Rangnath Rao Naik came forward to certify his good character.
But why of all the people Hyderabad police zeroed on him to pick up in connection with the Mecca Masjid blast. "I blame the intelligence agencies and local politicians of Jalna for this. I had become inconvenient for the leaders as I was raising the issue of waqf properties. The intelligence agencies are working to trap people like me in cases of other states so we don't get any help", he said.
"If any body has benefited all this, it is the police officers", says Imran. "Many police officials have been promoted for arresting a great terrorist called Imran", he says sarcastically. "Instead of catching the real culprits they have made us the escapegoats and were given promotions and rewards. The promotions should be withdrawn immediately", he says.
Amjadullah Khan Khalid, a leader of Majlis Bachao Tehreek, who provided legal help to the accused in the case say that the court judgment is another proof that the Hyderabad police was fabricating false cases to trap the Muslim youth. "Now that the Hindutva terrorism has been exposed and the RSS activists were being arrested along with army persons and others, I am sure that the blast in Mecca Masjid and other places was also carried out be these elements. But instead of investigating their role, the government is targeting Muslims as they are a soft target. The government is afraid that if Hindus are arrested, there will be a majority backlash. Who cares if Muslims are framed or killed in fake encounters", he said.
Alleging that the communal minded police officers were conspiring to trap Muslims in false cases, Khalid demanded a commission to go in to the background of such officers, action against those responsible for booking false case and torturing Muslim youth.
"Two cases have already been dismissed by the court. The judgment in three other similar cases is due shortly. But before that the government should withdraw all such cases", he demanded.
He also demanded that the victims like Shoaib and Imran should be compensated for the irreparable damage they suffered.
Imran is however determined in one respect. "If for some reason I am not able to complete engineering, I will definitely become a journalist to fight for the weak, so they don't suffer the way I have suffered. I will help them by reporting about their sufferings". But is there any space left in the media for true stories and sufferings of the weak?
http://twocircles.net/2008nov07/how_hyderabad_police_conspiracy_failed_make_shoiab _and_imran_terrorist.html#comment-12515

24-11-08, 12:32 AM
The right to life must be guaranteed and culture of impunity must end: Anjuman Ara Begum

Anjuman Ara Begum is Ph.D scholar of Department of Law, Gauhati University, Assam, India and the Regional Research Associate for the North Eastern states for South Asia Forum for Human Rights for the Project Understanding Impunity. She has researched the armed conflict in North Eastern states and its impact on civilians since 2004. Kashif-ul-Huda of TwoCircles.net interviewed her about her research. Opinions given are her personal. Read some of the cases after the interview.

Q: Why were you interested in this investigation?
A: There is a total absence of systematic research on the human rights violations by armed forces. Court cases and their judgments are never analyzed using the human right frame work. In our investigation we used incident forms of about 70 pages, recorded the interviews and then analyzed with human rights standards. This is done with an aim to find the different levels of impunity starting from filing/ non-filing of FIR and failures and possibilities of truth, justice and reparation. I was interested in this research because it gives a first hand account of the ground realities and to see how the law works at different level.

Q: What are some of the findings?
A: We found that laws are blatantly violated by the state actors as well as non-state actors. Victims are mostly from marginalized section of the society with no education and no sound economic background. Most of the victims are not aware of the legal system and culture of impunity is deep rooted and very often they were intimidated if they sought legal resort.

In cases of sexual violence it is attached with social notion of honour and dignity and hence women don’t want to speak. Many cases of sexual violence are not reported at all and chances of not reporting are high if the victim is unmarried.

There are about 17 cases of disappearance in Manipur. Cases of “secret killings” in Assam are not investigated and KN Saikia inquiry commission report says that there is nexus between the surrendered militants and state forces in conspiring the killings of innocent family members of ULFA activists.
Q: What are the states that you covered under this research?
A: Till date three states Assam, Nagaland, and Manipur. We are aiming to cover Tripura next year.

Q: What about violence and torture on innocents perpetrated by the militants?
A: Yes, that is one major issue raised by many in Assam we found people constantly demanding the accountability of non-state actors. Non-State actors or militants are not under impunity laws, as one doesn’t need sanction to file case against a militant. But non-State actors are enjoying impunity as there is no mechanism to hold them accountable.

Non-State actors commit human rights abuses and remain outside accountability despite harsh laws that aim to prosecute and punish them. It would be useful to identify common issues of human rights violations by both the State and non-State agencies and both to be accountable for. I think they should definitely include rights to life, liberty and expression; freedom of conscience, movement and sexual rights.

Visit the link for our position on the accountability of non-state actors:

Q: Give us an idea of the scope of this human rights abuse by armed forces and militants?
A: The state of impunity, understood as the freedom to commit violent acts normally subject to penal process, which the State agencies in South Asia routinely enjoy, and the attendant loss of remedies under the law the victims of such violence suffer and their implications for the rule of law concepts have for long been under debate and indignant activism in human rights and civil society circles.

There are laws in Indian penal code like section 197, 45, Armed Forces Special Powers Act etc that require 'prior' sanction for legal proceedings against an army. These laws are in force for the last 50 years in the Northeast India.

Now it is difficult to give exact number or data as these laws give wide scope for abuse. Arrests are rarely made official and there is total de facto immunity. The home ministry in its annual report has provided some data of human rights violations by both State and non-State actors which shows that civilian deaths are highest in Northeast India.Militancy in North East India
Year Incidents Extremists killed Security personnel killed Civilians killed
2001 1335 572 175 600
2002 1312 571 147 454
2003 1332 523 90 494
2004 1234 404 119 414
2005 1332 405 70 393
2006 1366 395 76 300

Q. What is the effect of all this violence on the society?
A: When society is highly militarized women and children suffer most. Children suffer due to trauma. School buildings are used as army camps that affect their education.

Many children are kidnapped and recruited forcefully by the militants. Women are sexually assaulted. There are cases of mass rapes where 37 women were raped by army. No justice for such victims. Heavy deployment of security personnel could not give a feeling of security among the masses.

Some of the cases:

Case of Imanat Ali
Address: Keikhu Moning Leikai
PS Porompat
Imphal East
manat Ali, aged 40 years, Class IX passed, was a construction worker (Mistri) by profession.

Imanat was working at Commando complex at NOT AOC near Khumalampak, Imphal East district. One called Ramlal employed him there. He had three brothers and three sisters. One brother Altaf [email protected] was a PULF member (later killed in an encounter). Imanat was married and is survived by his wife Mumtaz and two children. Mumtaz is house wife and the two children are sons Izatul Ali, 2 years and Arafat Ali 1 year and 4 months old. 8 family members were dependent on him. His earned about 7 thousand per month.

On February 5, 2007, Imanat went to work and didn’t return home. Family came to know from other workers that he was called by an unknown person from the work site. Imanat was carrying his cell phone and money. Ramlal gave him money to be distributed among the labourers on the construction site. Next day his bullet ridden body was found in Pangkong Hillside, Impahl East. His body was discovered by a local person at around 9 am. There were 3 bullet marks at the head, stomach and thigh. His hands and legs were tied up. Police kept the body in the morgue. Family received the body on February 7, 2007.

FIR was filed in the Porompat police station. There were protests against the killing. A Joint Action Committee (JAC) was formed. Memorandum was submitted to Chief Minister. Till date CM has not responded to the memorandum. Syeda, sister of Imanat Ali sold her gold jewelry and gave Rs. 3500 to the members of JAC for traveling and other expenses. Till date no response from JAC. Police initially asked the family to meet them again after three months. Due to financial hardship the family could meet police only after 6 months. Police informed them that the time is over and they cannot do anything now.

Mother of Imanat is depressed and traumatized. She developed amnesia and cannot recognize people any more. Father got heart attack after the incident and about Rs 3000-4000 is spent for each check up. Syeda is also depressed and traumatized. All the earning members of the family are killed and now the family has no alternative income for sustaining themselves.

Case of Md Zabir
Khergao Awang Leikai,
PS Porompat
Imphal East
Md Zabir was the son of Abdul Kader and Majbul Bibi and was 26 years old. He was class VIII passed and an auto rickshaw driver by profession. He earned about Rs. 2400 per month and five family members were dependent on him. He was married one month ago and his wife Sajina, 18, hails from Khergao Awang Sabal Leikai. She is unemployed.

On May 12, 2008 at around 3-30 pm, Zabir went to the auto parking at the Khergao market to buy motor parts. Manipur police commandos in uniform came in gypsy and bikes. They picked up Zabir at around 4 pm and he was killed around 5 pm. Villagers in the market have witnessed the incident of picking up but did not want to testify due to fear. Zabir was carrying a mobile phone and two thousand rupees. He made a phone call to his brother in law, Ibemcha and asked him to save him from the custody of the Police Commandos. Nikah of Zabir’s elder brother was due on that day. Police later on said that he was killed in an encounter.

JAC has been formed and a memorandum submitted to Chief Minister. No FIR has been filed. The family wants to know the perpetrators and demands justice as Zabir was innocent. Zabir’s mother is sick cannot recognize people any more. The family has spent Rs 10,000 on her treatment.

Case of AK Bipinchandra, 13 years
Village: Thoubal Kiyam Siphei Amurejam,
Thoubal District
Father: Ak Ebohal
Mother: Ak Ongbi Medha
Bipinchandra is a student of class – VIII in Catholic English School situated near Manipur University. Bipinchandra went out to play football nearby and went missing since then.

Parents of both Ajay and Bipinchandra went to Myanmar and met two men, one being Sunil, a People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) cadre. Sunil informed the parents that the children came at their own will and PREPAK (GS) did not force them. Mother of Bipinchandra asked Sunil that she will accept it if the children testifies it before TV. Sunil laughed at her plea. The militants also threatened if any protest meeting is held.

The protest is still on. Local Meira Paibis held sit is protest in the village. No further communication with the group.

[Photos and case descriptions courtsey of Anjuman Ara Begum]
http://www.twocircles.net/2008nov23/right_life_must_be_guaranteed_and_culture_impunity _must_end_anjuman_ara_begum.html

26-11-08, 10:42 AM
from another forum

When they betrayed the Mujahideen

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

The Muslims of the frontier were under the control
of the Sikhs. The army of valiant Mujahideen led
by Syed Ahmad (rahimahuAllah) unchained them
from the rule of kufr.

They wished to establish an Islamic State governed
by the Divine Laws of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah.

The people found peace and tranquility under the
shade of the Shar’iah.

But, Alas! That was not to last as some tribes revolted
and betrayed the Mujahideen.

These tribes did not wish to wage Jihaad against the
Sikhs and they frowned on the da’awa preached
by Syed Ahmad (rahimahuAllah) and his followers.

They invited the Sikhs to join them in the rebellion.
What ensued was a raging battle in which the followers
of Syed Ahmad and Shah Ismail Shaheed displayed
matchless valor and heroism.

On the 6th of May 1831 Syed Ahmad and Shah
Ismail Shaheed laid down their lives for the
sake of Allah , Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

Several years back an acquaintance of mine narrated
an interesting account:

“I was talking to an old-timer and I inquired of
him as to why there were so many Sikhs in
Peshawar. Also, why were there no signs
of Walaa wal Baraa shown towards them.

He answered:

‘You see when the tribes betrayed the Mujahideen,
the Sikhs became our Rulers and there was severe
tyranny. Our women were dishonored...They are
our fathers!’”

The people chose dishonor after Allah had bestowed
on them the gift of Islaam and Jihaad.

The Prophet (sallallahu `alayhe wa sallam) said:

‘When you become preoccupied with transaction in
credit and are so engaged in cattle rearing and in
crops that you abandon jihaad; Allaah will enforce
an ignominy upon you and will not remove it until
you go back to your religion.’

(Abu Dawood)

Sadly, today we sit and watch the bloodbath of
our brothers (complaining of our state of weakness)
while indulging in the luxuries of this world.
Many sit in cozy drawing rooms condemning the
methodology of the soldiers of Allah (Azza wa Jal).

A little boy was reciting a war poem and a phrase
stuck in my head:

"They will not heed...no they will not care until
the Hindu and the American boots march into
their homes..."

The Sahaba were determined to march into
Makkah despite it's inviolability to avenge the
death of one Believer...this is how valuable
Muslim blood is!

Mujashi (radiya Allahu Anh) narrated:

My brother and I came to the Prophet
(Sallallahu `alayhe wa sallam) and I requested
him to take the pledge of allegiance from us
then. He said, "I will take (the pledge) for
Islaam and Jihaad".

(Sahih Bukhaaree, p.416, vol.1)

So this is the correlation between the Religion
and Jihaad ; the two are indissoluble.

Allah, Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, has informed us:

“And say: ‘Truth has come and falsehood has
vanished. Surely, falsehood is bound to vanish.”

(Al-Isrâ 17:81)

And His Prophet (Sallallahu `alayhe wa sallam) said:

“Let this Ummah have the glad tiding of prosperity,
glory, religiosity and authority in the land.”


“Islaam prevails and is not prevailed upon.”


“This religion shall reach its goal as long
as the night and day remain. Allah will not
leave a tent-house or a mud-house except
that He makes this religion enters it either by
might of a mighty one or ignominy of a
disgraced one. It is going to be a glory by
which Allah makes Islaam powerful and by
which He will disgrace and lower disbelief.”


The Kuffar, Munafiqeen and the Murtadeen have
tried every atrocious scheme to thwart the rise
of Islaam including Lashkars [1] ,Drones and
Black Magic... [2] But they have tasted disgrace
at the hands of the Mujahideen who fight to make His
Word the Uppermost.

The Beloved Prophet (Sallallahu `alayhe wa sallam) said:

‘A group among my nation shall continue
standing firm on the religion of Allaah.
None of those who forsake or disgrace
them shall be able to harm them until they
become victorious over all people.’


Verily the victory belongs to Islaam, so
glad tidings to the noble ones on the frontlines
who strive for the Glory of Islaam.

Allah says:

“They intend to put out the Light of Allah,
But Allah will bring His Light to perfection,
even though the disbelievers hate it.”

(As-Saff 61:8)

“But honour, glory and power belong to
Allah, His Messenger and to the believers
but the hypocrites know not.”

(Al-Munaafiqoon 63: 8)

your brother in Islaam,


[1] An army of tribesmen armed and paid by the allies to fight against the Mujahideen.

[2] Daniel James, who worked for Britain's top general in Afghanistan, General David Richards, said he carried out black magic against the Taleban.

“I actually did black magic for General Richards to protect
him from the Taleban.” Daniel James

26-11-08, 11:06 AM
"Daniel James, who worked for Britain's top general in Afghanistan, General David Richards, said he carried out black magic against the Taleban.

“I actually did black magic for General Richards to protect
him from the Taleban.” Daniel James"

Would that be this General Richards?


And would that be this Daniel James?


"An embittered British army interpreter became a spy for Iran while serving in Afghanistan, a court heard today.

The trial at the Old Bailey heard that Daniel James, who was born in Tehran and of Iranian descent, was a Walter Mitty-style fantasist who believed he had been passed over for promotion and been the victim of racism"

I know there won't be many on here who are seeking promotion into the higher echelons of the army hierachy but F.Y.I spouting stuff about 'Black-Magic', whatever your language skills, 'aint gonna endear you to the top brass.

27-11-08, 12:05 AM
The sikhs are the enemies from the times they came into being/

27-11-08, 01:53 AM
Hello there,
First post, so hello guys! I'm an English (non-Muslim) journalist who worked for an Indian national newspaper for several years. I would like to take issue with the premise in the first post that the Indian press is inherently anti-Muslim. The newspaper I worked on featured a bunch of dynamic and extremely bright Muslim journalists who were integral to our newsroom. There is a remarkable lack of prejudice in Indian newsrooms, and if you earned your stripes then you were respected and went far.
I would even go as far as to say that the Indian press is a great safety valve that readily and publicly shames the the RSS, BJP, VHP and Shiv Sena when they try to encourage sectarian chauvinism. It is, in short, an unfair charge.
Similarly I spent some time working for a newspaper in Dhaka, where the opposite religious composition worked equally smoothly, with Hindu and Christian journalists contributing to a balanced point of view.

As an aside, I am moving to the Middle East in January, and am trying to find out about Islam as much as possible so I can hit the ground running when I move, I look forward to reading your posts.

12-12-08, 11:07 PM
Army jawan arrested for attempting to create communal trouble in Adilabad

By Mohammed Siddique, TwoCircles.net,

Hyderabad : The Adilabad district police has exposed and foiled a conspiracy to trigger communal riots by arresting a army Jawan Suresh Waghmare from Military Area of Secunderabad. Chandra Rao, the district superintendent of police, Nirmal said that Suresh has been arrested in connection with an incident in Tanur village near Bhainsa earlier this week in which four legs of a bull were found hanging at the main entrance of temple.

He said that in a deliberate attempt to create communal trouble, Suresh Waghmare had put the legs of the animal at the temple entrance in the wee hours of Tuesday coinciding with the Muslim festial of Idul Azha.

However nipping the trouble in the bud, the police made heavy security arrangements in the village and imposed section 144. During the subsequent investigations, the dog squad led the police to the doors of Suresh Waghmare. The police recovered the remaining parts of the rope which was used in tying the legs of the animal to temple's gate.

Chandra Rao said that Suresh had come to the village a day before the incident but went back to his headquarters. His father Gangadhar was also missing from the village.

Tanur was among the villages affected by the communal violence in Bhaina in October last. The police sources said that they were investigating whether Suresh Waghmare was involved in the earlier incident of communal violence in the area.

The police have booked criminal case under various section including 295A and 153 A against Waghmare. The police arrested him just before he was to leave for Punjab where he was recently transferred.

Meanwhile even two months after the riots, Bhainsa continues to witness sporadic incidents of violence. In an apparent attempt to vitiate the communal atmosphere in the area miscreant burnt a Pan Shop in the town two days ago.

16-12-08, 02:02 AM
Delhi Police asked to explain alleged framing of innocent men
15 December 2008 -

New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) A city court Monday asked the Special Cell of Delhi Police to file its response to a Central Bureau of Investigatiobn report that two Kashmiris allegedly framed as Al Badr terrorists are innocent.

Additional Sessions Judge S.K. Gautam asked the Special Cell to file its reply by Dec 24, the next date of hearing.

The court earlier issued warrants against the two alleged terrorists and they were brought before the court Monday.

Counsel for Special Cell informed the court that the cell wanted to make some submissions before the court, which allowed its plea and asked them to file its reply by next date.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which investigated the case, had in its final report Nov 13 said that charges against Irshad Ali and Muarif Quamar were baseless and should be dropped.

Questioning the role of some Delhi Police officers in the incident, the CBI charged sub-inspectors Ravinder Tyagi, Subhash Vats and Vinay Tyagi with framing the duo.

The CBI's final report says Sub-Inspector Vinay Tyagi prepared the reports of the recoveries allegedly made from Ali and Qamar and these were also signed by Vats and Tyagi.

Another loophole uncovered by CBI was that though the police claimed the men were arrested while alighting from a Jammu and Kashmir state transport bus in Delhi Feb 9, 2006, the two tickets, planted on them by the police, were of a day later (Feb 10, 2006).

Qamar and Ali, both from Kashmir, were arrested by the police from Mukarba Chowk on G.T. Karnal Road in north Delhi in February 2006.

16-12-08, 02:05 AM
Guj ATS arrests 2 Hindu youths with GPS device, maps of Saurashtra
15 December 2008 -

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter

Mumbai: The Jamnagar court in Gujarat on December 13 gave into ATS remand the two youths caught with a global positioning system (GPS) device and maps of Saurashtra region and doing some suspicious activities in the city on December 6.

After five days of grilling Mahesh Parab and Anil Jagtap were formally arrested on December 12 and handed over to the Gujarat ATS. ATS officer GL Singhal said: 'Both came here from Khambalia by taxi this month. The taxi is registered in Mumbai RTO. Hence the local police felt doubt and the taxi was stopped. When asked about the purpose of their visit to Jamnagar they could not give satisfactory answer. The duo claimed that they were the employees of a software company in Mumbai and that they had gone there to survey their subscribers. Therefore, the police took them in custody and seized the taxi.'

Singhal added that before being handed over to ATS they were put in police custody for five days. The ATS arrested them formally on December 12 accusing them of going against the government secrecy law. It produced them before the court of judge A A Nanawati in Jamnagar on December 13 and asked for their remand.

According to media reports the police have recovered from them very culpable governmental documents besides video clips, one GPS (Global Positioning System), laptop and the maps of different areas in Swarashtra.

According to Times of India, Mahesh and Anil have claimed to be employees of Biond Software Ltd, a Dombivali-based software company in Mumbai. They were caught from Khambhalia on Saturday night as they were travelling in a car fitted with a Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking device. They also had some area topography maps and a laptop containing distance charts, digital maps of Guajrat coastal line and even Wagah border.

The police sources told that they were making video clips of the armies doing parade at sensitive places of the city including Wagah Border from where Pakistani border is very close. Reportedly they were also taking video graphs of airports and busy railway stations. It is reported that the video clips recovered from them have the films of the bus from India to Lahore. The ATS sources told that the digital camera recovered from them has the photos of the Jamnagar airport and a building adjoining to it. According to ATS they had tried to capture the photos of the fighter planes of Indian Air Force standing at Air Base of Jamnagar airport.

The police suspect whether their plan was to carry out any destructive activity on a large scale. It is investigating into their purpose behind taking the pictures of the prohibited places.

17-12-08, 03:05 PM
Checkout the picture...Its is called Masjid Poster.

1. Tit for tat is the only solution. Super diabolic counter offensive is the only answer to the Muslim problem. You also force them to accept Hindutva. You also convert Muslim women to Hinduness. You can do this through discussions or even by using power.

2. We Hindus should tell to Muslims- "If you come , with you, if you don't without you and if you oppose, inspite of you, we will continue to work for our national interest". Real unity will only come when Muslims need it. They should beg for unity. We should not at all ! Why should we? No Britishman will do such mistake in Britain. Unity is there. That sort of unity is sufficient.

3. We Hindus should militarize and industrialize ourselves. That is the only key for survival now. So industrialize and militarize Hindus as early as possible. In army, navy and airforce, Hindus should have majority. Infact the people with double faiths should not at all be allowed to enter Indian Military. This is the only way to keep ourselves safe.

4. Whose govt. is there is immaterial. Who is there in majority in armed forces will decide the future identity of this Hindusthan. Remember this

Courtesy of Savarkar Darshan

I dont understand why you should get so uppity about it?
Look at the contents of this forum..all of you suggesting...l"et's nuke'em...yeah, they got their just desserts...well, they should be killed,after nothing but worthless kaffirs...i'm proud of all these brave jihadis who killed and maimed."..and etc., etc.
Now compare with the statements you found on that quote....I cannot find a single violent response or threat..they are talking about very technical things.and that too on a forum like you do here!..and how funny..you can rave and rant like a lunatic...but you quote from other forums as they "gosh, how dare they".
Grow up!
And Afdal, seriously..get yourself checked for the foll - OCD, delusional psychosis, and Constant Lying Through Your Teeth Syndrome..

11-01-09, 02:09 PM
Rehabilitate Muslim youths acquitted of terror charges: Tasleem Rahmani

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net,
New Delhi: “If there is not an undeclared emergency against the Muslim community, the government should immediately stop the malicious campaign of arresting and implicating Muslim youths in false cases of terrorism,” said Dr Tasleem Rahmani, president, Muslim Political Council of India.
He was talking to TwoCircles.net on the sidelines of press conference he had called to tell the media about the facts related to Talha Amir, the Azamgarh youth who was picked by Maharashtra ATS last month for his alleged role in terror acts but was released on bail after two weeks as they did not find any evidence against him.
“The government must rehabilitate the youths who have been acquitted of terror charges in Hyderabad and other parts of the country because their detention has destroyed their career. The government should give them government jobs” Dr Tasleem Rahmani said adding that “If our demands are not met we will launch a nationwide campaign. We are ready to go jails for our demands.”
“We consider as national hero the youths acquitted of terror charges. They suffered atrocities at the hand of the government and did not take arms. We will field these youths in assembly and parliamentary elections if they were not rehabilitated properly” Dr Rahmani said.
Asked if the atrocities against the Muslims in the name of terrorism in last 4-5 years in Congress party rule will become an election issue and the community will search for an alternative to the Congress, he said yes the community is already making up their mind for the alternative.
Giving details about Talha in the press conference he said: On the very first day of his arresting the security agencies said Talha was working as a module between Indian Mujahedeen and Lashkar-e-Taiba, he has been in contact with those absconding from the Batla House flat where the encounter took place. He was projected as a SIMI member and accused of involved in Delhi and Mumbai blasts. But after interrogating him for 13 days in Mumbai neither the Mumbai Crime Branch nor any ATS team from states like Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh could find any evidence against him. They told the Nagpur court on January 3 that they did not want to keep him on further police remand as they had no more allegations against him. As a result he was released on bail.
“Maulana Amir Rashadi, convenor of Uttar Pradesh Ulema Council, strongly raised his voice against the Batla House encounter. To silence his voice and to demoralize him his 22-year-old son, who was on way to Hyderabad to join his office, was arrested and implicated in false cases,” Dr Rahmani said.
He lambasted the security and intelligence agencies and national media, both electronic and print, for accusing innocent Muslim youths in terror cases without any proof and presenting them as hardcore terrorists before the nation. And when the same youths are acquitted they turn silent.
“I am sure there is not a single Muslim terrorist in the country but I think that the government, through terrorizing Muslim youths, implicating him in false cases and launching atrocities against them, is trying to create some real terrorists out of them. This is a conspiracy of the government against the Muslim community,” he asserted.
To press for their demands, the Uttar Pradesh Ulema Council and Muslim Political Council is going to organize a massive rally in Delhi on January 29, in which thousands of Muslims from Azamgarh will take part. Hundreds of youths acquitted of terror charges in Dlehi, Mumbai Hyderabad and Azamgarh will also participate in the rally, Dr Rahmani said.
http://twocircles.net/2009jan10/rehabilitate_muslim_youths_acquitted_terror_charge s_tasleem_rahmani.html

11-01-09, 02:17 PM
“Martyr’s mother” Firoza Bibi wins Nandigram assembly seat
By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net
New Delhi: Popular among Nandigram people as Shahider Ma or the Martyr’s Mother, Firoza Bibi, a 60-year-old homemaker, has won the Nandigram Assembly bypoll with the highest margin since the constituency first voted in 1951.
Trinamul Congress candidate Firoza Bibi defeated Paramananda Bharati of CPI (supported by Left Front that includes ruling CPM) by 39,549 votes in the by-election held on January 5, whose result was declared on January 9.
During the violent Nandigram movement in 2007 Bibi’s youngest son Sheikh Imdadul was killed in police firing on March 14, 2007.
“I have lost my son - Raja (Imdadul’s nick name). His character was similar to a king and he sacrificed his life during the fight. This win is dedicated to my son’s sacrifice and others who also sacrificed their lives. With this verdict, I have received a chance to live with many sons and I will be vocal in the Assembly to resolve the false cases filed against many people in Nandigram in district by the police” she told media.
It is widely said that the police had targeted Raja because he was trying to carry the injured away from the battle zone.
The government had tried to acquire farmland for a chemical hub in the area early 2007 and Nandigram, located about 170 km southeast of Kolkata, at the meeting point of the Hooghly and the Haldi Rivers, remained theatre of political violence all through 2007. The farmers resisted their land acquisition. After much violence involving police and Communist cadres, which saw several deaths in the Muslim dominated area the government had to shift the project from there.
The Nandigram seat fell vacant after sitting CPI MLA Sheikh Mohammed Ilyas resigned following disclosure, in a sting operation, of his involvement in corrupt practices.
Besides Nandigram in East Midnapore, the bypoll was also held for Para and Sujapur assembly seats in Purulia and Malda districts respectively. While Mausam Noor of Congress won Sujapur Minu Bauri of CPM won Para seat.

29-01-09, 06:22 PM
Hundreds of Muslims from Azamgarh demand probe into Batla shootout

New Delhi : Hundreds of Muslims from Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh, gathered at the Jantar Mantar here Thursday, demanded an end to the police harassment of youths from the community and a judicial enquiry into the Batla House shootout last year, in which two alleged terrorists were killed.
The protesters, numbering around 3,000, gathered at Parliament Street here and raised slogans against the politicians and the police.
"We want an impartial time-bound judicial enquiry into the Batla House encounter by a sitting Supreme Court Judge. We also want an end to the police atrocities on youth of Azamgarh on the pretext of tackling terror," said Maulana Amir Rashadi Madni, convener of Ulama Council that organised the Ulema Express.
"All those found guilty in the judicial enquiry should be put on trial. Though Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma died (in the Batla House shootout) but the Ashok Chakra given to him should be taken back. The protest has just started, it will slowly and slowly spread across country," Madni told IANS.
Madni also made clear the council's political plans.
"We will fight elections on two seats - Azamgarh and Lalganj - in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. We are in discussion with several big and small political parties," he said.
"Muslims have supported others for nearly 60 years and now they should support us. We have made clear to the political parties that the formation of a third front can only be under our leadership," he added.
The protesters, ranging from students to the elderly, arrived at the Old Delhi Railway Station around 1.30 a.m. Thursday in a special train that set off from Uttar Pradesh's Azamgarh town around 12.30 p.m. Wednesday.
The council has paid Rs. 1.4 million for booking the train and Rs.300,000 as a security deposit for the journey.
The train reached nearly three hours before the scheduled time of arrival, as it was not allowed to halt at any station between Kanpur and New Delhi for security reasons.
Besides Madni, numerous leaders from Uttar Pradesh and Delhi also addressed the protesters
"We want the government to take action on our demands before the parliamentary elections. We will support only that political party which will work for us," said S.Q.R. Ilyas, the joint convener of Co-ordination Committee for Indian Muslims (CCIM).
CCIM, a joint group of several Muslim organisations, has supported the protest in the capital.
"Political empowerment of Muslims is necessary as those elected by the community to work for their welfare and cause generally don't work once elected," Ilyas added.
The Muslim leaders criticised the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party and said it's time that they came up with a common strategy and empower their community.
Protesters, most of whom were wearing skullcaps, raised slogans such as 'Azamgarh Zindabad', 'Ulema Council Zindabad' and 'Nara-e-taqbeer Allah-o-Akbar'.
They were also holding placards. Some of the placards read, "We are students, not terrorists" and "Mere kaatil ko kaun giraftar kare, uske to ghar mein bandook bhi sarkari hai (who will arrest my killers, when their weapons are of the government)".
"We just want a judicial probe into the Batla House encounter and people also should stop blaming youth of Azamgarh for everything," a 20-year-old boy Abusham Azmi, who had a placard in hand and was raising slogans, told IANS.
Azmi is a college student and has come from Sarai Meer in Azamgarh area.
However, several others refused to talk, saying that they have been asked not to speak to the media.
Nearly 250 students from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Milia Islamia and Delhi University also took part in the protest march.
The council demanded an impartial enquiry into every "encounter" in the last 10 years.
http://www.twocircles.net/2009jan29/hundreds_muslims_azamgarh_demand_probe_batla_shoot out.html

25-02-09, 08:15 AM
We are still haunted by the terror: Riot victims (Seven years after Gujarat riots)
By Santosh Chowdhury,IANS,

Ahmedabad : Abdul Sattar Quereshi, 40, an iron fabricator in the Naroda Patiya area here, vividly remembers watching his shop being burnt by a group of sword-wielding men who went about killing passersby early Feb 28, 2002.

"I escaped being attacked and ran for cover. The narrow lanes of Naroda Patiya helped me hide behind a house which was some yards away from the main street and difficult to access for outsiders who had no idea of the lanes of the locality," he recalled.

Quereshi was also lucky that his family was away in Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh when the riots broke out. Naroda Patiya witnessed the worst rioting during the 2002 violence that broke out Feb 28 and claimed over 1,000 Muslim lives across the state. In this neighbourhood alone, at least 95 people were killed, 38 injured and four went missing.

"My wife and two sons did not know my whereabouts for three days as I managed to run from my hideout behind a house to a street still crowded by rioters who were busy overturning vehicles and setting them on fire," Qureshi recalled to IANS..

What perhaps helped save him were his clothes and the absence of a beard.

"I did not sport a beard and was not dressed in a 'pathani suit' (worn by many Muslims) but a simple shirt and pant. I looked like any other passerby on the street which perhaps helped me escape as I was not really noticed in the frenzy of rioters," he said.

Despite seven years having passed since the riots, Quereshi says he is still haunted by the terror even as he continues with his iron fabrication business with money borrowed from relatives.

"I did not apply for compensation or even ask my family to ask for any dole from the state government. You destroy a family, a home, a business and then you offer consolation in the form of compensation?" he said.

Azam Khan, 34, another witness to the bloodshed at Naroda Patiya, said he lost his brother in the rioting.

"We were spared by the rioters as two Hindu guests were in my house when they charged in. I shouted: 'Bhai mehman hain, Hindu hain, Navrangpura se aye hain. Raham karo'. (They are my guests, they are Hindus and have come from Navrangpura. Have mercy). Navrangpura is an upmarket residential and business hub in western Ahmedabad.

But his brother was killed.

The riots were sparked by an incident Feb 27 in which a train caught fire in Godhra town, killing 59 passengers, mostly Hindu activists. It unleashed communal frenzy that would consume large parts of the state.

Seven years after those deep wounds, the scars are still visible in the charred walls of shops and houses burnt down by rioters in the area.

"Most of the residents of this area still live in fear as the terror of the post Godhra riots are hard to wipe off. There are few families in this locality which did not lose a member in the riots," says cobbler Nazir Khan, who still has a deep gash on his left shoulder.

"I was hit with a sword while running towards my house. I survived because the rioters thought I would anyway die of bleeding as my white shirt was soaked with blood. There was no medical help available for nearly five hours so I tied my handkerchief around the shoulder tightly and kept running," Khan told IANS..

Khan said he was later picked up by a police van and taken to the civil hospital.

He termed last week's appointment of Shabbir Hussain Shekhadam Khandwawala, a Muslim, as Gujarat's director general of police (DGP) by Chief Minister Narendra Modi a "political gimmick" which would not offer any sense of security to the minority community in Ahmedabad.

"It's a political gimmick. Nothing is gained by the man on the street by who becomes Ahmedabad police commissioner or Gujarat DGP. The Lok Sabha polls are nearing and this time the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is doing its best to woo Muslims," he said.

Ever since the 2002 riots, people in Muslim-dominated areas have never regained the sense of security they experienced during the 1970s, said Musudul Rahman Quddusi, 70, who was spared by the rioters who called him as "too old to kill".

Scores of Muslim families have migrated to Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and even Rajasthan after the riots never to come back, he said.

In Naroda Patiya, the state government's neglect is evident as there are scores of slums where the riot victims continue to live in squalor without any proper civic amenities despite many visits by many Congress and BJP leaders in the area during the 2007 assembly poll.

Most of the other riot victims met by this correspondent refused to be identified, saying they could be threatened and there would be nobody to turn to for help.

"Please don't bother us. We now want to live peacefully. We want no politician to express sympathy for us," said a victim in the area.

"Most of the riot victims in Ahmedabad have received compensation barring those who are still missing. Now it is not the question of compensation. It's all about whether all the culprits are being brought to book," said Mukul Sinha, a senior lawyer of the Gujarat High Court.

26-02-09, 06:30 PM
Muslims properties being grabbed in a planned way in Gujarat
By Nikhat,

27-28 February 2002 is seen by many of the believers of Secularism as an epoch in the hate history of the world and as a blow on the secular values and ethos. But there are many who celebrate it as a victory. But today after seven years of the Gujarat Experiment the question of identity and citizenship for Muslims of Gujarat remains as it is. An obvious question rises in my mind and in the mind of many others including Indians and foreigners, Muslims and Hindus, Christians and Parsis and men and women: Has the condition of Muslims in Gujarat and communal climate of the state improved after seven years of Gujarat genocide 2002?

The answer to this question is obviously a big NO. To strengthen the argument one needs to look into the trends of discrimination and alienation of Muslims in Gujarat. Here, it is worth quoting Mr. Yusuf Shaikh, the Convener of Antrik Visthapit Hit Rakhsak Samiti (AVHRS) which describes very aptly the condition of Muslims in Gujarat: “Kis tarah se sudhari hai? Sudhar ka to koi sawal nahi hai. Kuch nai chizen aisi hui hain jis se Musalmano ki halat aur bhi bigad gai hai. abhi nai-nai tarike se Musalmano ko dabaya ja raha hai. Waqf ki zaminon par kabza kar ke, madarson pe kabze ki ghatnae bina rok tok badh rahi hain” (How it has improved? There is no question of improvement, some new things have happened, which has further degraded the condition of Muslims. Now, new strategies are being used to suppress Muslims. Now the incidents of encroachment on the land of Muslim waqf, madrasas are increasing unchecked)

It is just becoming an unchecked phenomenon, where in the name of development Muslim schools are being demolished, waqf lands are acquired, madarasas are encroached. All this is happening with the explicit support of the Government.

In Dabhoi Taluka of Baroda district, an ancestral graveyard of Muslims has been encroached upon by the Hindus of the vicinity and it is now used as caring and rearing ground for cattle. Several complaints have been made to local authorities but no one paid any heed to the call. Similarly, in Tilakwada village of Narmada, the village Panchayat has encroached a waqf land and made some illegal structure over it. When questioned by Muslims of the village, they were threatened of life and expulsion from the village.

Another case is of Teen Talab village of Dhaboi taluka in Baroda. Here the land of an old madrasa and the village mosque became the reason of discrimination and alienation. Both the mosque and the madrasa were built on waqf land and were in a dilapidated state. So, seeing the bad condition of both the religious structures, the Muslims of the village decided to repair them and for which they have got the permission from the Village Panchayat. For the same intent, the old madrasa building was razed and construction of new building was started with the community’s contribution. But the Panchayat withdrew their permission under the pressure of local BJP/RSS leaders. 25-30 BJP workers assembled there and forced Muslims to stop construction and on the same evening the newly built madrasa was bulldozed illegally by Police Inspector Patel. The Muslims of village went up to the IG to complain about the illegal conduct of the Police but nothing resulted out of it.

In August 2008, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation decided to demolish the boundary walls and some portion of the two medieval age mosques, namely, Rani Sipri and Siraji Saiyed Masjid in pursuance of its road expansion plans. It was only after the stay of the Gujarat High Court the very old mediaeval mosques could be preserved. The Mazar of Wali Gujarat was razed during riots but here it is a blatant misuse of office and power to wipe Muslim heritage from the map of human history.

In a similar step taken by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, a school catering to the educational needs of Muslim children of Naroda Patia was demolished as the local body says the school is in the way of Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project.

Similarly, a Municipal Primary School is on the verge of demolition and closure by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation for the proposed construction of a Bus Depot for Bus Rapid Transit System. The school is located on the Delhi-Mumbai High Way No. 8 (Narol Road, behind Chandroda Talab near Old Toll Naka), around 1 km away from the Bombay Hotel, where the riot affected people of Naroda Patia have been rehabilitated. The school has nearly 2000 students and all of the students are from the families displaced during Gujarat carnage 2002. It has also class rooms made under Sarva Shiksha Abhian. It is important to note that adjacent to the school there is a huge vacant land, which could have been acquired for the same purpose, but the AMC was only interested in the school. Several representations were also made to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation to change their plan. Initially, the AMC Commissioner promised the school board of trustees that the school will not be demolished. But the AMC was adamant to demolish the school, so they have passed a fresh order to immediately seal and demolish the school.

These are only illustrative of what the Muslims of Gujarat are facing in their day to day life. These examples are enough to tell as to what extent the life, identity, citizenship, culture, symbols, and heritage of Muslims or associated with Muslims are under threat by a multi-headed demon which is difficult to identify and defeat.

26-02-09, 06:32 PM
Desecration of Quran leads to tension in Uttar Pradesh town

Lucknow : Members of the Muslim community took to the streets and blocked traffic in Uttar Pradesh's Rae Bareli district after a half-burnt and torn copy of the Quran was found, the police said Thursday.

The holy book was found torn and its pages burnt near the Chhoti Masjid in the Khwajkhan locality in Jaayas town Wednesday night, police added.

"We have registered a case against unidentified people, while another case has been filed against one person identified as Pappu Halwai," district police chief Tarun Gaba told IANS on phone.

A company of Provincial Armed Constabulary along with district police have been deployed in the town after protesters took to the streets, added Gaba.

Protesters blocked roads, disrupting traffic in various parts of Jaayas, about 90 km from here. The police are yet to make any arrest in the case.

26-02-09, 06:33 PM
Gujarat HC issues notice to riot accused Kodnani, Patel
By Abdul Hameed, TwoCircles.net

Mumbai: The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday issued a notice to minister of state Maya Kodnani and VHP leader Jaydeep Patel admitting an application filed by Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) for cancellation of the anticipatory bail granted to them by a sessions court.

Maya Kodnani is alleged to have led a mob, distributed swords among them and fired from her pistol, in Naroda Patia and Naroda Gam areas on February 28, 2002. In Naroda Patia 95 were killed and 38 injured. Jaydeep Patel is accused only in Naroda Gam killings that claimed 11 lives and left nine injured.

SIT which is reinvestigating the nine major cases of Gujarat riots filed a supplementary charge sheet against Kodnani and Patel in December 2008. Due to their absence from the hearing on January 29 and 30, SIT declared both of them absconder accused. While the arrest of both the leaders was expected they managed to secure anticipatory bail from a lower court on February 5.

However, SIT challenged anticipatory bail granted to them on February 19 but Justice A S Dave of the Gujarat High Court had refused to hear the petition saying 'not before me'.

On February 24 Justice D H Waghela while hearing the matter asked Maya Kodnani and Jaydeep Patel to file their answers by March 2.

26-02-09, 06:35 PM
SC refuses to stay Guj HC verdict on non-applicability of POTA in Godhra train carnage
By Abdul Hameed, TwoCircles.net

Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied staying a Gujarat High Court order which supports the recommendation of Central POTA Review Committee (CPRC) that POTA charges leveled against the accused of Godhra train carnage should be dropped.

On February 27, 2002, 59 karsevaks were killed in a fire that caught S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express at Godhra station, triggering Gujarat-wide anti-Muslim riots claiming nearly 2000 lives.

In all, 116 persons were arrested and 18 declared absconders out of the 134 accused in the case. Presently 81 accused are in jail because 13 were released due to lack of evidence prior to be charge-sheeted, 19 were granted bail and three others died in judicial custody.

Noticeably, all accused are Muslims charged under POTA. The CPRC, appointed to review the Gujarat POTA cases, while holding the accused were wrongly charged under POTA had recommended their trial under ordinary law.

Last month the High Court absolved all accused of POTA charges.

Sardarji Maganji Waghela, a resident of Godhra, who lost his son in the carnage, had moved the High Court challenging the decision of CPRC. The HC while dismissing his petition on February 12 allowed the petitioner to approach the SC within two weeks against its verdict.

Senior counsel L Nageshwar Rao mentioned his petition before a bench in SC, which agreed to hear it on March 6.

26-02-09, 06:36 PM
This might be a long shot, but why don't the Muslims of India emigrate to Pakistan ?

26-02-09, 06:54 PM
This might be a long shot, but why don't the Muslims of India emigrate to Pakistan ?

Because Muslims of India are indigeneous , and more over if Muslims emigrate to Pakistan - than they are labelled as Muhajirs and ends up in the Karachi game.

26-02-09, 06:55 PM
This might be a long shot, but why don't the Muslims of India emigrate to Pakistan ?
THAT WOULD BE a really bad idea...
...i didnt care to read whole of the stuff afdal posted.....it was way too stretched......& not only exaggerated but over exaggerated....

27-02-09, 11:51 AM
Because Muslims of India are indigenous , and more over if Muslims emigrate to Pakistan - than they are labelled as Muhajirs and ends up in the Karachi game.

Re. the Muslims being 'indigenous' :

Four major world religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated there, while Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam arrived in the first millennium CE and shaped the region's diverse culture.


So they're not really that 'indigenous'. And why wouldn't they emigrate (if they have the means to do so) ? - surely settling in a Muslim country is better than a nation that has so much open hostility towards one's Faith?

Re. being a pawn of certain Karachi officials, can you explain that to us ?

15-03-09, 11:27 AM
Mushawarat appeals to Muslims to link vote with reservation
By TwoCircles.net news desk,

The All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat (AIMMM), the umbrella body of Indian Muslim organizations, has appealed to Muslims to vote for strong secular candidates in their respective constituencies and shun candidates of parties which reject reservation for Muslims on the lines of Ranganath Mishra Commission or have communal and divisive agendas.

The AIMMM has advised Indian voters, especially Muslims, other minorities and all right-thinking people, to realise the importance of their votes and use this democratic power in order to bring in good and positive change.
While welcoming the emergence of some serious Muslim political parties, AIMMM has cautioned against the mushrooming of “Muslim” parties which will only split Muslim votes and harm the Muslim cause.

The Working Committee of AIMMM met here in New Delhi yesterday to deliberate on the coming Lok Sabha elections and other milli, national and international issues. The meeting chaired by AIMMM national president Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan was attended by the following members: Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari (President, Jamaat-e Islami Hind), Mr. Mohammad Jafar (Vice President, Jamaat-e Islami Hind), Mr. Amanullah Khan (General Secretary, AIMMM), Mr. Nusrat Ali (General Secretary, Jamaat-e Islami Hind), Mr. Hafiz Rashid Ahmad Chaudhry (Vice President, AIMMM), Mr. S.M.Y. Nadeem, Prof. Shakeel Ahmad, Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman, Dr. N. Rasul Siddiqui, Prof. Humayun Murad, Dr. Syed Farooq, Prof. S. M. Yahya, Ahmad Rasheed Shervani (General Secretary, AIMMM), Mrs. Nusrat Shervani, Dr. M. Farooq, and Dr. S.Q. R. Ilyas.

The meeting offered condolences to the millat and families of prominent leaders and friends of the community who passed away recently and prayed for their souls, especially the prominent Urdu poet Abul Mujahid Zahid, Haji Ajmal, businessman and philanthropist from Assam who established Ajmal Perfumes business (He was father of Badruddin Ajmal Qasmi, leader of AUDF), Ashfaq Husain Ansari, ex-MP, Habiba Kidwai, an active social, educational and political personality who ran a centre for boys at Matia Mahal in Delhi, Ghulam Muhammad Shah, former CM of Kashmir, Maulana Fuzail Ahmad Qasmi, General Secy., Markazi Jamiat Ulama-e Hind, Khan Abdul Wadood Khan, former MLC, UP.

The full text of the resolutions passed at the AIMMM Working Committee meeting is as follows:

GENERAL ELECTIONS: AIMMM discussed the forthcoming general elections and advised Indian voters, especially Muslims, other minorities and all right-thinking people, to realise the importance of their votes and use this democratic power in order to bring in good and positive change. Muslim voters should vote for strong secular candidates in their respective constituencies and should shun candidates of parties which reject reservation for Muslims on the lines of Mishra Commission or have communal and divisive agendas. While welcoming the emergence of some serious Muslim political parties, AIMMM cautioned against the mushrooming of “Muslim” parties which will only split Muslim votes and harm the Muslim cause.

NATIONAL MOVEMENT FOR MUSLIM RESERVATION: The AIMMM felicitates the Joint Committee of Muslim Organisations for Empowerment (JCMOE) on successfully holding the National Convention on Reservation on 1 February, 2009. While fully endorsing the Resolution adopted by Convention which launched the National Movement for Muslim Reservation, the AIMMM directs all its state units and members to associate actively and take a leading role in organizing the National Movement at every level. The AIMMM realises that the Muslim struggle for Reservation has only begun, that it should gather momentum in the General Elections, with the support of the political parties and their candidates to reservation for Muslims and the demand for the publication, acceptance and implementation of the Report of the Mishra Commission. The MMA calls upon the Muslim Community to persevere with determination till the goal is achieved. AIMMM also assures the backward Muslim communities that they will be the first beneficiaries of reservation for Muslims.

WAQFS: The illegal occupations, encroachments and embezzlement of waqf properties is a daily story. A Joint Parliamentary Committee on Waqf has been studying this problem and the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs is reported to have prepared a bill which will place waqf boards under the direct control of the Central government and encroachment of the waqf land would be made a criminal offence. It is the need of the hour that waqf properties are saved, utilised and developed for the purposes for which those properties were originally earmarked. Properties under the control of government departments should be released and returned to the waqf boards. Waqf properties should be exempted from the rent control act and genuine representatives drawn from well-known Islamic organisations and Islamic scholars must be included in the waqf boards on both central and state levels. If real and perceptible change is not seen in the near future, agitation should be started to reclaim all waqf properties so that the same are run by the Muslims of India.

GUJARAT POGROMS: AIMMM is relieved that as a result of the Supreme Court intervention there is some movement to punish the criminals behind the Gujarat pogrom of 2002 and offer some solace to the victims. Recently 228 more names have been added to the official list of the victims of the pogrom raising it to 1180 persons killed. AIMMM registers with pain that the Gujarat state chief minister is yet to drop a minister in his cabinet who has been found responsible for leading mobs and firing at innocent people during the 2002 carnage. AIMMM also registers its anguish that seven Arab and Muslim ambassadors participated in a recent Vibrant Gujarat programme of the Modi government. Such relations with the engineer of Gujarat riots must be avoided as he has shown no remorse and has made no attempts to make amends for his own and his government’s crimes.

TERRORISM: While AIMMM unreservedly condemns all acts of terrorism committed on the Indian soil, it notes that security agencies, especially the STFs and Special Cells, still operate with impunity arresting, rather kidnapping, Muslims youths and continuing harassment of Muslims in certain pockets like Azamgarh which started in the wake of the Batla House encounter of last September. AIMMM also notes that despite CBI’s clean chit, Moarif Qamar and Irshad Ali, both IB informers who were framed by the Delhi Police Special Cell as “terrorists”, continue to rot in jail. AIMMM notes that a positive change has been observed in the Union home ministry since the arrival of Mr Chidambram but the authorities have to work hard to win back the confidence of the Muslim community which has been shaken by the previous two incumbents of the home ministry. AIMMM also feels that both India and Pakistan should cooperate against a common enemy which is working to destablise South Asia.

Last January 21 Muslim youths were acquitted after spending a long time in prison. They were arrested in the aftermath of the Makkah Masjid blast. They have been paid meagre sums as “compensation”. AIMMM demands that all such Muslim youths incarcerated on mere suspicion should be set free forthwith and be paid adequately and rehabilitated. AIMMM also observes that despite the Congress Party’s specific commitment in its manifesto before the last general elections, it has introduced Pota Mark 3 under the guise of “UAPA” which will be a sure prescription for misuse against minorities and weaker sections as has been seen earlier in the cases of TADA and POTA. AIMMM registers its regret at the Delhi Lt Governor’s unfortunate decision against a magisterial enquiry into the Batla House encounter although a magisterial enquiry is mandatory according to NHRC guidelines regarding any killing by the police.

HINDU TERRORISM: AIMMM observes that the investigations into the Hindutva terrorists have slackened since the martyrdom of Maharashtra ATS chief Karkare. This calls for the immediate removal of the current ATS chief. AIMMM notes that there is no investigation whatsoever in the claim of one of the main accused that two RSS leaders have taken huge amounts of money from Pakistan’s ISI. Shiv Sena supremo, among others, has openly supported the alleged Hindu terrorists and offered them legal and monetary help. There is no action against Ram Sene’s chief, who is facing dozens of criminal cases and has been openly committing violence against members of the minority community and has said openly that if he was alive at the time, he would have killed both Gandhi and Nehru. AIMMM observes that Karnataka under BJP is being turned into another Gujarat. Hindu fascists have free reign to terrorise minorities yet the central government finds itself helpless to intervene or event to send a strong warning to the state government.

BLACK MONEY: Recently a sum of 2.5 crore rupees was stolen from the central office of the BJP in Delhi but the party preferred not to report the same to the police. Media has reported that Mr LK Advani’s personal campaign to become the next prime minister has a budget of Rs 250 crores and yet there is no enquiry into this serious matter and the source of this black money. Media has also reported that $ 1500 billion of Indian money is deposited in secret Swiss bank accounts belonging to corrupt politicians, industrialists, businessmen and bureaucrats. This has been known since 2006. While the American government has forced the Swiss banks to disclose the identities of its nationals stashing away huge sums in secret Swiss bank accounts, our government seems to be blissfully unaware of these developments. If the government is serious in its resolve to fight corruption and black money which is more serious than any other problem faced by our country. A serious attempt must be made to find out the individuals and who have smuggled out such large sums out of the country or acquired it abroad illegally.

VHP DEMANDS: AIMMM takes note of the demands of certain VHP leaders and Hindutva outfits that Muslim leaders must clearly condemn terrorism and clarify their stand if India is darul amn. While reiterating that Islam and Indian Muslims are totally against terrorism anywhere including India which is a darul amn where Muslims are bound to live in peace, AIMMM demands Hindu leaders to condemn Hindutva terrorism and disown people who are facing serious charges of terrorism. Unless and until Hindu leaders come clean on this issue they have no moral right to demand the same from others.

SHARIAH-COMPLIANT INVESTMENT SCHEMES: AIMMM welcomes the belated decision by SEBI to allow a Shariah-cocmpliant investment scheme and hopes that more such decisions will be taken in the near future in order to allow Indians, especially Muslims, to get genuine options for moral investments compatible with their beliefs. AIMMM would like to remind the government that it is yet to deliver on the promise of the prime minister to allow Islamic banks in India.

REHABILITATION OF MOSQUES IN PUNJAB: The Sikh community in Punjab has voluntarily returned a number of mosques to the Muslim community in recent years and this process continues. These mosques had gone into adverse occupation after Partition in 1947 in all parts of the undivided Punjab which included Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. One such mosque is under the occupation of the Dalai Lama administration in Dharamshala and is used as a passport office. While AIMMM appreciates the gesture of Sikh brothers, it hopes that others too will follow suit and soon all adversely occupied mosques will be returned to the Muslim community or to the state waqf boards.

GAZA AGGRESSION: AIMMM condemns in most strong terms the 22-day-long Israeli aggression against the impoverished, disarmed, blockaded and occupied Gaza Strip. The wanton destruction of lives and properties has raised voices all over the world for the trial of Israeli politicians and army war criminals responsible for the loss of life and wholesale destruction. AIMMM supports the demands the trial of the Israeli war criminals and imposition of reparations on Israel for the damages inflicted on Gaza Strip. This is the only way to stop any future repetition of such war crimes.

SUDAN: AIMMM has noted with alarm the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague against the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for alleged and unproven war crimes in Darfur. AIMMM notes that this unprecedented warrant against a head of a state represents a serious precedent which should be avoided for the sake of world peace and stability. AIMMM has failed to understand why the ICC has not yet issued arrest warrants against well-known war criminals like George Bush, **** Cheney, Ronald Rumsfeld and Ehud Olmert.

18-04-09, 11:44 AM
Bharati Muslim Majlis advocates for Muslim interests
18 April 2009 - 3:35pm. By RINA,

New Delhi: A meeting of Bharati Muslim Majlis (BMM) chaired by its president Saba Asrar has come up with an advice to the leaders and voters, “He who will champion Muslims cause will over this country.”

BMM president told the press, “Presently, there are about 30 crore Muslims in the country and they are in a decisive position in at least 150 constituencies. So, all political parties are eyeing Muslim votes.” Castigating vote-bank politics, he said: “Muslims are now awake. They are not subjects of any particular party. They will vote for who supports them.” BMM is campaigning for 10 per cent reservations to Muslims.

Reflecting on past performance of major political players, Mr. Saba Asrar said: “BMM has written to various parties asking about their performance as well as policy and programs for Muslims’ betterment and we will advise voters to elect those who have a better record.” Reacting over opposition to minorities’ welfare programs, he said, “Some people stoke communalism only to become known.”

Condemning political brokers, Mr. Saba said, “They bargain for the whole community only for sake of their own benefit but never return back till five years are over.”

Expressing distress over the community’s position as revealed by Sachar Committee report, he said, “None of the brokers bothers about it when Muslim youths are implicated falsely or fake encounters are enacted.”

“Some people launch a political party just at the brink of elections. They only serve to divide Muslim votes” said Mr. Saba adding “They are making Muslim votes ineffective in name of caste, region or class. Muslims should be aware of such elements.” For voters’ guidance BMM is preparing a list of Muslim-friendly candidates.

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06-05-09, 08:23 AM
People gherao Nizamuddin PS, block traffic following police pulling down a portion of Madina Masjid
By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net

New Delhi: In an incident which the local people described as a calculated move by the police to vitiate the communal atmosphere on the eve of the elections in Delhi, a police team from Nizamuddin Police Station on May 5 allegedly demolished some portions of the Madina Masjid near Delhi Public School in Sunder Nagar area near Nizamuddin Dargah.

According to eyewitnesses, a police team comprising 8-10 policemen in the leadership of Nizamuddin Police Station SHO came to the mosque around 12:30 pm on Tuesday. Without any provocation they started pulling down the asbestos sheets structure on the veranda of the mosque. Locals said the police also demolished wazukhan (place of abulation.)

When TCN reached the mosque it found the inside of the mosque ransacked. Prayer mats, books and rehals were strewn over there. The locals also alleged that the children of the madrasa attached to the mosque were also roughed up by the policemen. The children were sleeping when the policemen came. They used filthy language for them and roughed up them.

“Over the time the police have been threatening us. Whenever we put up a sheet or do some temporary construction on the land of the mosque, police come and threaten us,” said Muhammad Islam, imam of the mosque.

Local people got enraged that the mosque and the adjoining land are the properties of the wakf board yet the police have pulled down the sheets and ransacked the wazukhan. They took away the sheets and the water taps fitted in the wazukhana, the locals said.

When TCN tried to know from ACP Gurucharan Das who was visiting the site, he said he was looking into the case and verifying about the incident. People surrounding him did not seem to be satisfied with his statement.

The news about the incident has already spread. People began gathering near the mosque. About 10:30 pm about 200 people marched towards the Nizamuddin Police Station. They were shouting anti-police slogans. When they reached the station they blocked the road on both sides causing halt to the traffic for about half an hour. The mob also threw stones on the road and forced some vehicles to retreat.

Locals said the incident was planned to instigate Muslims and vitiate the communal atmosphere before the voting due on May 7. The election campaign ended on May 5. Nizamuddin area falls in the East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency for which among others Delhi CM Shiela Dik****’s son Sandeep Dik**** (Congress) and Chetan Chauhan (BJP) are in the fray.

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06-05-09, 08:25 AM
Gujarat riot victims seeking votes for Lalu in Patna
By Manzar Bilal, TwoCircles.net,

Patna: No one knows what Lalu Prasad Yadav and his party RJD have done so far for the victims of the Gujarat riots 2002 but they have succeeded to bring some victims from the state to campaign for Lalu. A team of four victims of infamous Gujarat riot is seeking votes for Lalu who is contesting for Patliputra Lok Sabha seat.

Ishtyaq Ansari, Qureshi Ghulam Rasool, Shakila Bano and Md Yaseen Ansari, who are among thousands of those who lost their relatives and properties in 2002 Gujarat pogrom, came Patna to seek help of RJD chief Lalu Prasad believing that he will get them justice.

They met Lalu Prasad and told him tales of their destruction in a meeting where other RJD leaders were also present. Their painful stories fielded audiences’ eyes with tears.

Shakila Bano, who hails from Ahmadabad, said that her husband was killed by rioters in the Gujarat carnage but he was not recognized as dead rather as missing by Gujrat government. So she was denied any assistance by government. She has gone two times to Delhi for justice but all in vain so far.

She told Mr. Prasad that Muslim community of Gujarat respects him because he has done a wonderful job for Muslims by inquiring Godhra train incident and brought real culprits before people. She further said that now she came to seek his help for providing them with due compensations and justice.

Ishtyaq Ansari, Qureshi Ghulam Rasool and Md Yaseen Ansari, who were injured in the Gujarat riot and have spots of wounds on their bodies, also requested Lalu Prasad to help them.

Mr. Prasad assured them to help them for providing them with compensation by removing all kinds of barriers in the way as he did by appointing Banerjee Commission.

Though the delegation came to seek help from Lalu Prasad but later they stayed two days in Patna and visited Muslims areas and requested Muslims to keep away communal parties from the power. Otherwise they will make whole country like Gujarat. They sought votes for Lalu showing spots of wounds, telling their painful stories. They were telling people that Lalu is the only person who can defeat communal leaders such as L.K Advani and Narendra Modi. A large number of people came out of their homes and welcomed them warmly.

Notably, Patliputra is Yadav dominated constituency and three Yadavs are in fray from here as JD-U has fielded former RJD MP Ranjan Prasad Yadav, who was a close friend of Lalu Prasad and Congress has also fielded a former RJD MP, Vijay Singh Yadav, who was considered right hand of Lalu Prasad and had been campaigning for Lalu until two days before nomination but surprisingly he emerged as opponent of Lalu. In this circumstances Muslim votes are believed to be decisive. Therefore all parties have set their eyes on Muslim votes.


25-07-09, 04:05 PM
Anti-NHRC protest spreading, its report on Batla burnt in several parts of India
By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net,

New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission would not like to remember this Friday as the apex government body to protect human rights received more bricks than bouquets in several parts of the country when people came out to condemn its biased report on the Batla House encounter.
Protest demonstrations were held in Jamia Nagar in East Delhi, in front of the NHRC headquarters in Central Delhi and 700 kms away in Azmagarh – the native town of the two youths killed in the encounter. The protesters burnt the copies of the report and reiterated their demand for judicial enquiry in the case.

The 30-page report that NHRC prepared following the Delhi High Court order to probe the September 19, 2008 shootout at House No. L-18 in Batla House area of New Delhi’s Jamia Nagar has given a clean chit to the Delhi Police for the encounter in which two terror suspects were killed and Police Inspector MC Sharma sustained bullet injuries which he later succumbed to.
The NHRC concluded the report saying there was no violation of human rights in the Batla House encounter as the police opened fire only in self-defence.

This enraged the human rights activists, Jamia Nagar residents and Azamgarh people including relatives of the youths killed in the shootout. After Juma prayer they came out to protest the report. They said that the rights body just accepted the police version of the case and did not bother to approach the neighbours, civil rights groups which had carried out investigations on their won and the families who repeatedly urged the body for representation and always ignored.

NHRC headquarters:

“It is painful that rights activists are protesting against the NHRC, supposed to be the protector of rights of citizens, for its own bungling in a probe of encounter,” said renowned civil rights activists Shabnam Hashmi leading a protest demonstration called by several groups at the headquarters of the NHRC. It is shameful that the national rights body just adopted the police version of the encounter and did not bother to visit the site and talk to locals, she said.
ANHAD which she leads and PUDR had filed petition in the Delhi High Court for judicial probe of the encounter. Disclosing a little known fact related to the issue she said: the Manmohan Singh government had agreed for a judicial probe just before the elections but Delhi CM Sheila Dik**** approached the party and the government to change the mind as this will sweep the Hindu votes away from the party, Shabnam said.
On 20th May, the Delhi High Court, acting on a petition filed by the People's Union for Democratic Rights and Anhad, had asked the National Human rights commission to conduct their own inquiry into the alleged Batla House encounter of September 2008 and give a report upon it. This order of the High Court was made after the High Court was shown reports of four independent organisations into the encounter, including the report of PUDR, the Delhi Union of Journalists, the Jamia Teachers Solidarity Group, all of which seriously questioned the version of the Delhi police regarding the encounter. These reports and the petition filed by the PUDR had pointed out several specific problems with the version of the Delhi police. In particular, the following questions were raised about the version of the Delhi police.

1. If these boys were killed in a genuine encounter, how did the 17-year-old boy Sajid have four bullet holes on the top of his head, which could only happen if the boy was made to sit down and shot from above.

2. How is the skin peeled off from Atif's back? This was clearly visible in the photograph taken before his burial which is annexed to the PUDR petition. Obviously Atif had been tortured before being killed.

3. How are the other blunt injuries on the bodies of the boys explained by the police version of the encounter?

4. If the police knew in advance (as they claimed) that these boys in the flat were the terrorists involved in the Delhi and other bomb blasts, why did Inspector Sharma go in without a bullet proof vest?

5. How could 2 of the boys escape from the flat which had only one exit (two doors next to each other) and from a building which had only one exit?

Raising these loopholes in the police story about the shootout she condemned the NHRC for not bothering to look into them.

Addressing the gathering national coordinator of Association for Protection of Civil Rights Mahtab Alam lambasted the police for its constant policy of carrying out fake encounters. Kavita Krishnan (CPI ML Liberation) also addressed the gathering.

At the end of the protest a statement given to the media has question the very basic structure and appointment of members to the NHRC.

“The time has come to seriously reexamine the manner of appointment of members of the NHRC and its powers. The present system of appointment by a committee of Prime Minister, Home Minister, Speaker and Leader of Opposition etc. is not working satisfactorily. All of them seem to want a toothless and tame body which will not question those in power,” reads the statement.
They demanded constitution of a SIT by the Delhi High Court to probe the case.

“Since the NHRC report does not address or answer the disquieting questions raised by the several independent fact finding reports about encounter, it is therefore essential that there be an investigation into the "encounter" by an SIT appointed by the Delhi High Court,” they said.

Signatories to the statement are: Shabnam Hashmi (Anhad), Moushumi Basu (Secretary, PUDR), Mahtab Alam (APCR), Dr. Anoop Saraya (Jan Hastakshep), Harsh Mander (Director, Center for Equity Studies), Sreerekha & Tanvir Fazal (Jamia Teachers Solidarity Group), Colin Gonsalves (Director, Human Rights Law Network), Prashant Bhushan, Supreme Court Lawyer, Arundhati Roy (Writer), Kavita Krishnan (CPI ML Liberation) and Kamini Jaiswal (Advocate).

The protestors burnt the copies of the NHRC report in front of the main gate of the NHRC headquarters.

Batla House:

A big protest demonstration was held near Khalilullah Masjid, meters from the House No. L-18 where the encounter had taken place on September 19, 2008. People condemned the NHRC for the biased report on the encounter
The NHRC report has further maligned the Jamia Nagar and strengthened the police propaganda that the area is a hub of terrorists, said Asif Muhammad Khan, ex-councillor who gave a close fight to sitting Congress MLA in the recent assembly elections on the sole issue of the encounter.

After going through the report it feels that the police prepared it and NHRC people just signed on it, alleged Khan. He warned that people of the area will soon gherao the headquarters of the NHRC.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Tasleem Rahmani, leader of Ulema Council, said the UPA has never been serious and honest about probe in the case. Had it been so it would have ordered a judicial probe, he said.

The demonstrators burnt an effigy of the NHRC and a copy of the report.


A protest was also held before the office of the District Magistrate in Azamgarh. Scores of people including the victim families attended the protest and demanded a judicial probe in the shootout. The protest was organized by PUCL, Sanjarpur Sangharsh Sewa Samiti and Karavan.
Giving details of the protest to TCN acting president of UP PUCL and secretary of Sanjarpur Sangharsh Sewa Samiti, Tariq Shafiq said they had gathered to condemn and reject the NHRC report on Batla House encounter and reiterate their demand for judicial enquiry.

“We have handed over a memorandum to the DM to be sent to the President of India. We have demanded a probe by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court into the encounter,” Tariq said.

The four-point memorandum has three other demands: end of violation of human rights of those detained in jails in terror cases, a probe into the beating of some Azamgarh inmates languishing in Jaipur and Ahmedabad jails in terror cases, and permission to the students made accused in such cases and are in jails to continue their study, Tariq added.
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25-07-09, 04:08 PM
Ban PDP if there is proof of terror link: Abdunnasir Madani
By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter,

Kochi: The People’s Democratic Party can be banned if its link with terrorism is proved, said Abdunnasir Madani, chairman of the party. The party can be banned if there is clear evidence of its activists’ role in the terrorist and bomb blast cases in the state in the last five years. The attack against him and his party is the result of the political approach taken by the party in the last election, added Ma’dani.

Madani ruled out the reports that Abdul Haleem, arrested in connection with the Kozhikode twin blasts of 2006, was his personal aide. He said that many people who had been in the PDP left the party when he was in jail. Many of them have joined the Muslim League and the NDF. He added he was not responsible for what they did when no more in the party.

Linking him and PDP with those arrested in connection with terrorism was part of a hidden agenda, Madani added.

In another development, Kummanam Rajasekharan, general secretary of the Hindu Aikyavedi (a Hindutva organization), demanded that organizations like the PDP should be banned to prevent terrorism effectively in the state.
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25-07-09, 04:19 PM
Justice is snatched ,It does not come free particulalry for the muslims

26-07-09, 07:54 AM
An autopsy of NHRC report on Batla House encounter
By TwoCircles.net News Desk,

Follwoing is a joint statement of some human and civil rights groups tearing apart the National Human Rights Commission report on the Batla House encounter. Signatories to the statement are: Tanweer Fazal, Farah Farooqui, Ghazi Shahnawaz, Harris, Ahmed Sohaib (Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Group), Mahtab Alam (Association for Protection of Civil Rights) and Aslam Khan (All India Students Association, Jamia Millia Islamia--Editor)

The National Human Rights Commission’s so-called enquiry into the Batla House ‘encounter’ has pronounced the Delhi Police innocent of any foul play. Interestingly, the NHRC’s investigations into the police action on 19th September are based on evidences provided by those accused of encounter alone. The Commission’s enquiry is based on the responses of the following officers of the Delhi Police:

1) R.P. Upadhayay, Additional Commissioner of Police, Vigilance;

2) Satish Chandra, Special Commissioner of Police (Vigilance), Delhi;

3) Neeraj Thakur, DCP (Crime & Rly.), Delhi;

4) Karnail Singh, Joint Commissioner of Police, Special Cell, Delhi.

As it appears from the Report, the Commission did not even bother to pay a visit to the Batla House locality and Flat No. 108, L-18, the site of the said encounter. There has been no attempt to collect the versions of the eyewitnesses, neighbours or relatives of those killed. The Fact-finding reports of various civil rights groups including JTSG’s Encounter at Batla House: Unanswered Questions, a damning indictment of the police version with corroborative evidence has been given no cognizance. Applications filed by individuals from Azamgarh wishing to depose before the Commission were ignored and not even acknowledged.

The Commission also cites the post mortem reports of the deceased, which have thus far been treated as state secrets. While wounds suffered by the slain police officer has been provided with great detail such as the places in the body where bullet injuries were found, their impact, ‘entry and exit points’ etc. Even the injury suffered in the arm by injured Constable Balwant Singh carries all this information but the same treatment is curiously absent in the case of Atif and Sajid, the slain ‘terrorists’. It mentions the injuries and bullet entry wounds on Atif’s and Sajid’s bodies but refuses to consider the fact that Sajid had several bullet wounds on his forehead and head regions, which suggests that he was shot while made to crouch or squat.

Further, in both Atif and Sajid’s case, the postmorten report mentions ‘several ante-mortem injuries including firearm wounds’. This only suggests that there were at least a few ‘non-firearm wound’. In what circumstances were these caused? The enquiry team provides us with no explanation. In the absence of any description, the suspicion that they could have been tortured before being encountered gets strengthened.

In the police’s defence, it cites the serological report which says that the blood group matching that of Atif, Sajid and Balwant Singh (the police man who was injured in the 19th September operation) was found on the floor, gate, drawing room, walls, gate and furniture of the flat No. L 18. So what does this prove or disprove? Except that two people were killed and another injured. But most interestingly, it does not mention at all whether the blood matching the blood group of Inspector Sharma was found in the flat.

This is glaring as the Commission’s report in the very next few paragraphs confidently corroborates the police version that a “volley of bullets was fired on the police team as soon as it entered Flat no 108, L-18..through the side gate. …” If Balwant Singh was “also with Inspector Sharma” and sustained bullet injuries leading to the spilling of blood mentioned in the serological report, how is the serological report completely silent on the blood of Inspector Sharma?

The weapons which killed Inspector Sharma, W/2 and W/3, according the Commission, belonged to no one in the police party, and were therefore quite obviously it concludes, the possessions of the slain youth, Atif and Sajid. The NHRC here places an implicit faith in the Delhi Police, and chooses to ignore what the civil rights activists have been saying from day one, that no panchnama or seizure list was prepared in the presence of any independent witnesses, as is procedurally required.

It also refuses to comment on questions being raised on the police claim that two alleged terrorists escaped during the operation, declaring it to be beyond the scope of its enquiry. In fact, it seems to be accepting the police version that ‘each flat has two doors and a crowd had gathered outside at the time when the exchange of fire was on’. Going by the police version the NHRC concludes, ‘in the melee it was possible for some persons to escape’. But the contradiction in the police report itself is not taken note wherein it is claimed that while Inspector Sharma led a few staff inside the building, the rest of the team members were guarding the ground floor. Now, had the NHRC team visited the site, it would have noticed that even if the flats have two gates, but the entry gate to the building is only one, on the ground floor and that was being manned by the police party. The residents of the other flats had been told to stay inside, but this again could be gathered only if the NHRC team had recorded the eyewitness accounts. How could it be possible for the two alleged ‘terrorists’ to flee?

The NHRC has conveniently skirted all uncomfortable questions in its urgent rush to declare the innocence of the Delhi Police. Coming as it does, in the wake of the botched up enquiry into the Shopian rape and murder case, raises serious doubts over the credibility of enquiry commissions and bodies such as the NHRC. By ignoring all contrary voices, the NHRC has proved itself to be a propaganda arm of the state, and not the independent custodian of human rights of the country’s citizens, as it was created to be.

All those interested in the pursuance of truth and justice, reject this farcical, partisan and shameful mockery of an enquiry.

We reiterate our demand for an impartial judicial enquiry by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court to look into the entire issue emerging from the Batla House encounter.

27-07-09, 06:59 PM
Muslim organizations reject NHRC report, demand judicial probe
By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net,

New Delhi: The Coordination Committee of Indian Muslims, an umbrella body of leading Muslim organziations which was created in the backdrop of minority witchhunting in the name of war on terror in India, has categorically rejected the National Human Rights Commission report on Batla House encounter in which the apex rights body gave clean chit to the Delhi Police.
“It is one-sided as NHRC has solely depended on police version of the 19th September 2008 event, post mortem reports of slain inspector M C Sharma and Atif Ameen and Mohammed Sajid and forensic report and arrived to the conclusion that ‘there was no violation of human rights and the action of the police was fully protected by the law’” CCIM leaders told media today at Press Club of India in New Delhi

“NHRC betrayed the trust of the people by completely denying the other party to be heard. NHRC completely failed to protect the human rights of the victims and common man. In doing so NHRC has lost the faith of the common people that it is above the state pressure,” they said.

The CCIM has reiterated its demand of high level judicial enquiry into the encounter in absence of which the blot on the Delhi police and Home Ministry cannot be cleared. They also demanded high level judicial enquiry in all high profile terrorist incidents.

The NHRC report on Batla House encounter is nothing but a joke to human rights, said Mujtaba Farooque, politial affairs secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and coordinator of CCIM. He express concern over rising cases of encounters saying that the accused or suspects should be brought to book, not be murdered in cold blood, Farooque said.

Maulana Ameeduzzaman Keranvi, General Secretary, All India Muslim Majlise Mushawarat (Maulana Salim Qasmi group), said the report which seems just a police version of the incident has endangered the credibility of the rights body. He demanded judicial enquiry.

Maulana Amir Rashadi, president, Rashtriya Ulema Council, strongly condemned the NHRC as well as the Congress-led UPA Government. “The report is just an exercise to save the police and the then Home Minister Shivraj Patil who was little interested in security of people,” he said. “The Batla House encounter was a conspiracy hatched out by Patil and the Delhi Police to bail out the former,” Maulana Rashadi alleged.
Muslim Political Council of India chief Dr Tasleem Rahmani said the present report on the encounter should not be surprising as only this was expected when the government ignored the judicial enquiry demand by human rights groups, Muslim organizations and locals. “When the enquiry was assigned to the NHRC it was clear that the rights body will save the police.” He rejected the Congress leader Digvijay Singh’s indication that government may ask NHRC to reenquire the case. “There is no need of a fresh enquiry by NHRC. We demand a CBI probe in the supervision of a sitting judge of the Supreme Court.”

Other leaders who addressed the press included Dr SQR Ilyas, working committee member, All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Maulana Muqueem Faizi, Asst General Secretary, All India Jamiat Ahle Hadees, Maulana Abdul Wahab Khilji, president, Indian Islahi Movement, A R Agwan, executive committee member, All India Muslim Majlise Mushawarat and Suhail K K, president, Students Islamic Organization of India.

The leaders announced to hold a demonstration against the NHRC report at Jantar Mantar tomorrow.

The CCIM has rejected the NHRC report on the basis of following points:

1. It is one-sided, and NHRC has solely depended on police version of 19th September 2009 events, post mortem reports of slain inspector Mr. M.C. Sharma and Mr. Atif Ameen and Mr. Mohammed Sajid and forensic report and arrived to the conclusion that “there was no violation of human rights and the action of the police was fully protected by the law.”

2. NHRC did not look at the other side, they didn’t meet the other occupants of L-18, neither they contacted the locals of Jamia Nagar and nor the relatives of the slain boys from Azamgarh.

3. NHRC didn’t visit the flat No 108 of L-18 to check the police version and came to the conclusion that police acted in the self defence.

4. NHRC reported two contradictory version of the police one by Shri R.P. Upadhayay Additional Commissioner of Police (Vigilance), Delhi, submitted in a report to NHRC on 23 October 2008 and another not by Mr. Karnail Singh, Commissioner of Police Special Cell Delhi, submitted in a note which was submitted to NHRC on 19th November 2008 and does not tried to verify which statement is correct and which is not.

5. The NHRC also didn’t try to ascertain by wether M.C. Sharma was actually killed by the Atif and Sajid and also who opened fire first. Relying on the police version, NHRC came to conclusion that “if the police had fired first, Atif and Sajid would have been injured and would not have been in a position to fire back at the police. Hence, the police party acted in self defence. To prove that M.C. Sharma was killed by Atif and Sajid the NHRC relied on CFSL report which has found chemical on the hands of Atif and Sajid and the police version that it found two 0.30 mm pistols and that the pistols do not belong to police.

6. NHRC also didn’t answer that when M.C. Sharma got the medical aid within five minutes (Holy Family Hospital was 5 minutes distance from L-18) and when his vital parts were not hurt by gunshot then why he died because of excessive bleeding.

7. When AIIMS post mortem report says that the surgery done on M.C. Sharma at Holy Family Hospital destroyed the vital evidences as to how they came to the conclusion that M.C. Sharma was hit from front side.

8. NHRC also didn’t try to know how Sajid was fired on his skull. His photographs showed multiple injuries on his skull, which suggests that he was made to sit first and then shot in cold blood from above. NHRC simply says that Sajid’s post-mortem report shows several ante-mortem injuries including prominent bullet wounds but it didn’t analysed the report.

9. NHRC also avoided answering whether Atif and Sajid were actually terrorists or not. Its simple answer was that this is not an issue before the Commission.

10. NHRC also violated its own guidelines regarding magisterial enquiry and simply accepted the police version that Lt. Governor didn’t permit such enquiry. NHRC must answer whether such an enquiry in all the police encounters is mandatory or it is the choice of the state Government to order it or not.

11.This is surprising that NHRC also didn’t try to cross examine the sole eye witness Mr. Mohammed Saif who was arrested alive from flat no 108 of L-18.

CCIM comprises organizations including Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Jamiat Ulama-I- Hind, Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith, Indian Islahi Movement, Tanzim Abna-e-Qadeem, All India Muslim Majlise Mushawarat, Muslim Political Council of India, Students Islamic Organisation of India, Ulema Council, Azamgarh, Majlis-e-Fikro Amal.
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28-07-09, 04:56 PM
Father of slain terrorist moves Delhi High Court

New Delhi: Claiming that his son was an innocent, the father of a suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorist, who was killed in a Delhi shootout last year, has written to Delhi High Court seeking criminal proceeding against the policemen involved in the gun battle.

Mohammed Sajid's father Ansarul Hassan, of Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, wrote to Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah pleading that an FIR should be filed against the police personnel.

In his three-page letter, Hassan has written that police have refused to file an FIR in the case and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) also has not acted on his plea.

The court is likely to take into consideration the letter Wednesday.

Atif Amin and Sajid, the two suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists allegedly involved in the September serial blasts in the capital last year, were killed Sep 19 and two other suspects Mohammed Saif and Zeeshan were arrested from the Batla House area in south Delhi.

The gun battle took place a week after the serial blasts.

28-07-09, 04:57 PM
I was picked to be a witness, Kozhikode blast main accused tells media in court
By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter,

Kochi: ‘I did not place the bomb. I was brought here to be a witness. You should inform these things outside. I am innocent,’ Abdul Haleem shouted out at presspersons when he was taken by the police to the court yesterday. He repeated in the court too that he was innocent. He also wrote down what he had said and submitted in the court. He demanded CBI inquiry in the matter.

Abdul Haleem, arrested in connection with the Kozhikode blasts of 2006 and was in judicial custody, was brought to the court by the police who wanted his police remand. Kozhikode Judicial First Class Magistrate S Resmi issued an order sending the 33-year-old accused in the custody of the Crime Branch till August 6.
The court sent him into police remand on the appeal of D Rajan, Crime Branch DySP who is probing the case. The Court also ordered to allow the service of a doctor for the accused, since he informed he had a chest pain.

Haleem was brought to the Court from the district jail at 10 am yesterday in a huge police protection. After the court procedures, Haleem was taken away by the Crime Branch. The Crime Branch had asked the Court to give him in custody for 14 days. The CB began questioning Haleem on the same day. The Karnataka police is expected to reach the state to question Haleem, as his associates are supposed to have a role in the Bangalore blasts.

Abdul Haleem was arrested by the police on July 22 when enquiring about the Ernakulam blast. He was then remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. And now he has been sent to police custody since the police maintained that they needed to question him.
http://twocircles.net/2009jul28/i_was_picked_be_witness_kozhikode_blast_main_accus ed_tells_media_court.html

28-07-09, 04:58 PM
Mysore violence: Vedike demands judicial probe
By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter,

Kochi: The Karnataka Komu Sauharda Vedike demanded a judicial probe into the recent violence in Mysore. KL Ashok, state general secretary, raised the demand while addressing presspersons after the state level general body meeting of the organization in Uduppi.

The Vedike has also decided to launch an independent inquiry into the riots from August 2 and submit the report to the state Governor HR Bharadwaj.

Three people were killed and several others injured in the clashes that began on July 2 in Udayagiri in Mysore. Clashes broke out, reportedly, because of the desecration of a masjid. Property worth crores of rupees was destroyed. People under the leadership of the Popular Front of India had held a demonstration demanding the release of those innocents arrested, including the leaders of the PFI. The demonstrators were brutally lathicharged and arrested by the police. The Komu Sauharda Vedike too had participated in the demonstration along with some other organizations.

28-07-09, 04:59 PM
Prophet's picture in textbook stirs row in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow : Taking serious note of a picture of Prophet Mohammed published in an officially prescribed textbook, the Uttar Pradesh Minorities Commission Tuesday issued a show-cause notice to the state government.

This followed an uproar among Islamic scholars and the clergy, who consider publication of the Prophet's picture "blasphemy".

"We have asked the state higher education department to clarify how it could give its go-ahead to a textbook, prescribed for B.Ed courses, to carry the picture of the Prophet," newly-appointed minorities commission chairman S.M.A. Kazmi told IANS here.

The textbook is prescribed for the B.Ed course run by the Ram Manohar Lohia Awadh University based in Faizabad.

The book titled "Udayimaan Bhartiya Samaj ke Shikshak" (Teachers in Emerging Indian Society) is authored by Karan Singh, a retired university professor, and published by Lakhimpur-based Govind Prakashan.

Earlier, a meeting of Islamic scholars and clerics was convened at the Islamic Centre of India here Monday evening. Prominent among those who attended the meet were Maulana Khalid Rasheed, the Naib Imam of Lucknow and head of Firangi Mahal, Lucknow's oldest Islamic seminary and Maulana Athar, president of the All India Shia Muslim Personal Law Board.

"Firstly, it was against the tenets of Islam to carry any picture of the Prophet and secondly, no one on this earth has a picture of the Prophet; therefore, sure enough the picture carried in the said book was simply imaginary," observed Maulana Khalid Rasheed.

"Earlier, it was a Danish cartoonist who sought to sketch the Prophet in a derogatory manner and now it is this book. While there was nothing derogatory about the Prophet in the contents of the chapter on him, yet considering the sensitivity of the issue, the book needs to be immediately withdrawn," he stressed.

"The picture of the Prophet needs to be removed from the book before it is brought back into circulation in the market," the Maulana added.

29-07-09, 07:13 PM
Muslim organizations reject NHRC report, demand judicial probe
By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net,

New Delhi: The Coordination Committee of Indian Muslims, an umbrella body of leading Muslim organziations which was created in the backdrop of minority witchhunting in the name of war on terror in India, has categorically rejected the National Human Rights Commission report on Batla House encounter in which the apex rights body gave clean chit to the Delhi Police.
“It is one-sided as NHRC has solely depended on police version of the 19th September 2008 event, post mortem reports of slain inspector M C Sharma and Atif Ameen and Mohammed Sajid and forensic report and arrived to the conclusion that ‘there was no violation of human rights and the action of the police was fully protected by the law’” CCIM leaders told media today at Press Club of India in New Delhi

“NHRC betrayed the trust of the people by completely denying the other party to be heard. NHRC completely failed to protect the human rights of the victims and common man. In doing so NHRC has lost the faith of the common people that it is above the state pressure,” they said.

The CCIM has reiterated its demand of high level judicial enquiry into the encounter in absence of which the blot on the Delhi police and Home Ministry cannot be cleared. They also demanded high level judicial enquiry in all high profile terrorist incidents.

The NHRC report on Batla House encounter is nothing but a joke to human rights, said Mujtaba Farooque, politial affairs secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and coordinator of CCIM. He express concern over rising cases of encounters saying that the accused or suspects should be brought to book, not be murdered in cold blood, Farooque said.

Maulana Ameeduzzaman Keranvi, General Secretary, All India Muslim Majlise Mushawarat (Maulana Salim Qasmi group), said the report which seems just a police version of the incident has endangered the credibility of the rights body. He demanded judicial enquiry.

Maulana Amir Rashadi, president, Rashtriya Ulema Council, strongly condemned the NHRC as well as the Congress-led UPA Government. “The report is just an exercise to save the police and the then Home Minister Shivraj Patil who was little interested in security of people,” he said. “The Batla House encounter was a conspiracy hatched out by Patil and the Delhi Police to bail out the former,” Maulana Rashadi alleged.
Muslim Political Council of India chief Dr Tasleem Rahmani said the present report on the encounter should not be surprising as only this was expected when the government ignored the judicial enquiry demand by human rights groups, Muslim organizations and locals. “When the enquiry was assigned to the NHRC it was clear that the rights body will save the police.” He rejected the Congress leader Digvijay Singh’s indication that government may ask NHRC to reenquire the case. “There is no need of a fresh enquiry by NHRC. We demand a CBI probe in the supervision of a sitting judge of the Supreme Court.”

Other leaders who addressed the press included Dr SQR Ilyas, working committee member, All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Maulana Muqueem Faizi, Asst General Secretary, All India Jamiat Ahle Hadees, Maulana Abdul Wahab Khilji, president, Indian Islahi Movement, A R Agwan, executive committee member, All India Muslim Majlise Mushawarat and Suhail K K, president, Students Islamic Organization of India.

The leaders announced to hold a demonstration against the NHRC report at Jantar Mantar tomorrow.

The CCIM has rejected the NHRC report on the basis of following points:

1. It is one-sided, and NHRC has solely depended on police version of 19th September 2009 events, post mortem reports of slain inspector Mr. M.C. Sharma and Mr. Atif Ameen and Mr. Mohammed Sajid and forensic report and arrived to the conclusion that “there was no violation of human rights and the action of the police was fully protected by the law.”

2. NHRC did not look at the other side, they didn’t meet the other occupants of L-18, neither they contacted the locals of Jamia Nagar and nor the relatives of the slain boys from Azamgarh.

3. NHRC didn’t visit the flat No 108 of L-18 to check the police version and came to the conclusion that police acted in the self defence.

4. NHRC reported two contradictory version of the police one by Shri R.P. Upadhayay Additional Commissioner of Police (Vigilance), Delhi, submitted in a report to NHRC on 23 October 2008 and another not by Mr. Karnail Singh, Commissioner of Police Special Cell Delhi, submitted in a note which was submitted to NHRC on 19th November 2008 and does not tried to verify which statement is correct and which is not.

5. The NHRC also didn’t try to ascertain by wether M.C. Sharma was actually killed by the Atif and Sajid and also who opened fire first. Relying on the police version, NHRC came to conclusion that “if the police had fired first, Atif and Sajid would have been injured and would not have been in a position to fire back at the police. Hence, the police party acted in self defence. To prove that M.C. Sharma was killed by Atif and Sajid the NHRC relied on CFSL report which has found chemical on the hands of Atif and Sajid and the police version that it found two 0.30 mm pistols and that the pistols do not belong to police.

6. NHRC also didn’t answer that when M.C. Sharma got the medical aid within five minutes (Holy Family Hospital was 5 minutes distance from L-18) and when his vital parts were not hurt by gunshot then why he died because of excessive bleeding.

7. When AIIMS post mortem report says that the surgery done on M.C. Sharma at Holy Family Hospital destroyed the vital evidences as to how they came to the conclusion that M.C. Sharma was hit from front side.

8. NHRC also didn’t try to know how Sajid was fired on his skull. His photographs showed multiple injuries on his skull, which suggests that he was made to sit first and then shot in cold blood from above. NHRC simply says that Sajid’s post-mortem report shows several ante-mortem injuries including prominent bullet wounds but it didn’t analysed the report.

9. NHRC also avoided answering whether Atif and Sajid were actually terrorists or not. Its simple answer was that this is not an issue before the Commission.

10. NHRC also violated its own guidelines regarding magisterial enquiry and simply accepted the police version that Lt. Governor didn’t permit such enquiry. NHRC must answer whether such an enquiry in all the police encounters is mandatory or it is the choice of the state Government to order it or not.

11.This is surprising that NHRC also didn’t try to cross examine the sole eye witness Mr. Mohammed Saif who was arrested alive from flat no 108 of L-18.

CCIM comprises organizations including Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Jamiat Ulama-I- Hind, Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith, Indian Islahi Movement, Tanzim Abna-e-Qadeem, All India Muslim Majlise Mushawarat, Muslim Political Council of India, Students Islamic Organisation of India, Ulema Council, Azamgarh, Majlis-e-Fikro Amal.
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Protest rally denounces NHRC report, Muslim leaders give memorandum to Home Minister
By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net,

New Delhi: Mounting pressure on the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre for a judicial probe into the Batla House encounter, the Coordiantion Committee of Indian Muslims (CCIM), an umbrella body of leading Muslim organizations, held a protest demonstration today at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. CCIM was formed last year in the wake of rising incidence of minority witchhunting following terror strikes in the country.
Addressing the protest rally, CCIM leaders denounced the National Human Rights Commission report on the September 19, 2008 encounter as, they said, it is just a copy of the police version of the encounter. They rejected it saying it one-sided as the apex human rights body did not bother to talk to families of the victims, neighbors and civil and human rights groups who had exposed loopholes in the police story about the encounter.

Two Azamgarh youths, whom police described as terror suspects, were killed by the police in the shootout. Delhi police inspector M C Sharma had also sustained bullet injuries which he succumbed to in the evening on the same day.
NHRC in its report submitted to the Delhi High Court last week said the police did not violate any human right in this case. It opened fire in its self defence, said the report.
Addressing the protest rally Dr S Q R Ilyas, executive committee member, All India Muslim Personal Law Board, termed the NHRC report a blot and a question mark on its credibility. He described the report as shameful because it just toed the line of the police.

Abdur Rasheed Agwan, executive committee member, All India Muslim Majlise Mushawarat, said there should be a judicial enquiry for every encounter, not only for Batla House encounter. He refuted the government’s argument for not allowing probe that this will demoralize the police force. “Police can commit mistakes in executing its duty and so if it is found guilty in some case this will not demoralize them. But no enquiry in the Batla encounter will certainly demoralize the minority community,” he said.
Addressing the protestors Maulana Nizamuddin, leader of Ulema Council which has now become part of CCIM, said time has come for the people to rise against the opressive government. There is a need to change the power system so that the marginalized and minorities could get their rights, he maintained. We won’t sit unless our demand of judicial probe is accepted, he announced. Ulema Council had brought its supporters in three buses from Azamgarh.
Shia leader Maulana Zeeshan Hidayati also lambasted the NHRC for the report. “It is shameful that protector of human rights could not protect the rights of the innocents,” he said.
At the end of the protest rally, a delegation of the CCIM in the leadership of its convenor Mujtaba Farooq, who is political affairs secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, went to meet Home Minister P Chidambaram and demand judicial probe into the encounter. As the minister was not in the office, the delegation submitted a memorandum to his office.

Text of the memorandum:

A demonstration by citizens of Delhi was organized on July 28, 2009, under the auspices of the "Coordination Committee of Indian Muslims". The gathering demanded the following from the Government of India.

1) To ensure justice and transparency, all riots and disruptive acts of the last decade, should be probed into; by an independent high powered commission. The commission, should, is a time bound frame, identify the real culprits; the report of the commission should be made public.

2) The Batla House encounter 2008 should be enquired into, by a high powered judicial probe, to ascertain the truth. The gathering rejects all attempts to justify the police version; without conducting an independent inquiry based on independent accounts, by reliable witnesses.

3) Reforms should be initiated in the Police and Law Enforcement machinery and the recommendations of National Police Commission should be immediately implemented.

4) Effective legal mechanism should be evolved to check and curb police atrocities, illegal detentions, fake encounters, tortures, custodial deaths and fabricated accusations.

5) Harassment of relatives and well wishers of the detainees should be stopped and a whole locality should not be targeted or victimized.

6) Confidential reports and confessions extracted under duress must not be leaked to the media. Effective regulations and legal mechanism should be enacted to ensure fair and unbiased reporting in media.

7) All initiatives for undemocratic and unjust legislation should be stopped and all those legislations in various states should be cancelled wherein confessions in police custody are made admissible in courts or which allow police to keep persons arrested without filing charge sheets or which violate human rights in anyway.

8) Measures should be adopted to promote human values, respect for human life, tolerance and co-operation so that we can build a hatred free and peaceful India.

9) Justice should not be delayed. Comprehensive reforms in the judicial system should be initiated to ensure speedy delivery of justice. All those residing in jails for more than five years, pending a judgment in their case; should be immediately released. All those who are eligible for bail, but lack financial resources, should be granted bail and released from custody.

10) The horrible conditions in jails should be changed through comprehensive measures of j ail reform.

11) Those arrested in the aftermath of the deplorable Batla House episode are on police remand, even now after a passage often months. Under some pretext or other, they are being continuously harassed and tortured. This cruel process should immediately stop; their cases should be speedily brought to trial and decided, as per law.

Signed by:

Mr. Mujtaba Farooq, Secretary, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind,

Ml. Abdul Hamid Naumani, Secretary Jamiat Ulema Hind

Ml. Muqeem Faizi, General Secretary Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith,

Ml. Abdul Wahab Khilji, President Indian Islahi Movement

Ml. Ameeduzzama Keranvi, President Tanzim Abna-e-Qadeem Darul Uloom Deoband

Mr. A. R. Agwan, AIIMM

Dr. Tasleem Rahmani, President Muslim Political Council

Mr. Suhail K.K. President Students Islamic Organisation of India

Ml. Aamir Rashadi, President Ulema Council, Azamgarh

Ml. Zeeshan Hidayati, President Majlis-e-Fikro Amal

Dr. S.Q. R. Ilyas, All India Muslim Personal Law Board

Member Organisations:

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Jamiat Ulema Hind, Jamiat Ahle Hadees, All India Muslim Majlis Mushawarat, Muslim Political Council of India, Ulema Council Azamgarh, Students Islamic Organisation of India, Majlis Fikr o Amal, Majlis Ulema Hind
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29-07-09, 07:15 PM
Masjid official murder be probed by special team: Muslim Jamat Council
By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter,

Kochi: A special team should probe the murder of the Masjid committee official in Ernakulam, said Adv A Pookunhu, state secretary of the Kerala Muslim Jamat Council. He was speaking at a press conference in Kochi.

Basheer Haji, secretary of Vattekunnam Masjid committee at Idappally in Ernakulam, was murdered by unidentified men last Thursday (July 23). He was stabbed from behind when he had just opened his shop in the morning. The men sped away immediately on a bike. The police have not yet been able to track the attackers.

More officials and scientific experts should be appointed if necessary to help the police team that is probing the case. The government should provide ample compensation to the family of the deceased, Adv Pookunhu said.

Earlier there were attacks against the imams of masjids. Now it is against masjid committee officials. Mystery reigns over the attacks on masjid officials at Kundamangalam in Kozhikode and Idappalli in Ernakulam, he added.

Office-bearers of the Jamat Council such as KM Shahul Hameed, Vattekkunnam Muslim Jamat President, EK Ummer, vice-president, Mavudi Muhammed Haji, district president and KA Hydrose, vice-president, were present at the press conference.
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29-07-09, 07:25 PM
Prophet's picture in textbook stirs row in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow : Taking serious note of a picture of Prophet Mohammed published in an officially prescribed textbook, the Uttar Pradesh Minorities Commission Tuesday issued a show-cause notice to the state government.

This followed an uproar among Islamic scholars and the clergy, who consider publication of the Prophet's picture "blasphemy".

"We have asked the state higher education department to clarify how it could give its go-ahead to a textbook, prescribed for B.Ed courses, to carry the picture of the Prophet," newly-appointed minorities commission chairman S.M.A. Kazmi told IANS here.

The textbook is prescribed for the B.Ed course run by the Ram Manohar Lohia Awadh University based in Faizabad.

The book titled "Udayimaan Bhartiya Samaj ke Shikshak" (Teachers in Emerging Indian Society) is authored by Karan Singh, a retired university professor, and published by Lakhimpur-based Govind Prakashan.

Earlier, a meeting of Islamic scholars and clerics was convened at the Islamic Centre of India here Monday evening. Prominent among those who attended the meet were Maulana Khalid Rasheed, the Naib Imam of Lucknow and head of Firangi Mahal, Lucknow's oldest Islamic seminary and Maulana Athar, president of the All India Shia Muslim Personal Law Board.

"Firstly, it was against the tenets of Islam to carry any picture of the Prophet and secondly, no one on this earth has a picture of the Prophet; therefore, sure enough the picture carried in the said book was simply imaginary," observed Maulana Khalid Rasheed.

"Earlier, it was a Danish cartoonist who sought to sketch the Prophet in a derogatory manner and now it is this book. While there was nothing derogatory about the Prophet in the contents of the chapter on him, yet considering the sensitivity of the issue, the book needs to be immediately withdrawn," he stressed.

"The picture of the Prophet needs to be removed from the book before it is brought back into circulation in the market," the Maulana added.

Author, publisher arrested for Prophet's picture in textbook

Lucknow : The author and publisher of a controversial textbook, that carries a picture of Prophet Mohammad, were Wednesday arrested in Uttar Pradesh for "hurting the religious sentiments" of people, police said.

Karan Singh, author of Udayimaan Bhartiya Samaj ke Shikshak (Teachers in Emerging Indian Society), and R.P. Singh, owner of Lakhimpur-based Govind Prakashan, were arrested in Lakhimpur, about 100 km from state capital Lucknow. Karan Singh is a retired professor of the Ram Manohar Lohia Awadh University in Faizabad district.

"The two were arrested in Lakhimpur district and would be soon produced before a local court," district police chief Piyush Mordiya told IANS on phone.

He said further action would be taken following the court's directives.

According to officials, a case under the Section 295 A (acts intended to outrage religious feelings by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has already been registered against the author and the publisher.

Following an uproar among Islamic scholars and the clergy over a picture of Prophet Mohammad in an officially prescribed textbook of Ram Manohar Lohia Awadh University, officials Tuesday seized about 700 copies of the controversial text books. The textbook is prescribed for the B.Ed course run by the university.

"We carried out raids at the publication house in the Lakhimpur district and seized the copies of the controversial textbook," said Sub-Divisional Magistrate Avinash.

Meanwhile, Muslim clerics have demanded constitution of a screening committee to check publication of such books in future.

02-08-09, 08:30 AM
Probe ordered into portrayal of Muslims as terrorists in police training capsule
By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter,

Kochi: The Kerala Government has ordered a probe into the portrayal of Muslims as terrorist in an anti-terror visual capsule prepared by the state police.

Ernakulam Range IG Vinson M Paul has been assigned to enquire into the portrayal of Muslim characters as the theme in the visualisation of terrorist hunt organised by the Kerala police, informed Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, state Home Minister. The Intelligence department also will probe into the matter. There were some doubts about the visualisation organised by the police in the beginning itself. But the seriousness was understood when newspapers reported the matter and the intelligence submitted its report, the minister said.

The visualisation of the police hunt for terrorists was presented in a function organised by the police department in connection with the launching of the Computer Aided Police Service (CAPS) in Kochi on July 30. The CAPS will enable to bring all police stations and offices, including that of the state DGP, together under a computerised network. Complaints can be lodged through e-mail and the status of the case be monitored online. The Home Minister and DGP Jacob Punnoose were present at the function. The visualisation was reportedly organised by Tomin J Thachankari, Kannur Range IG and head of police Cyber Cell, and Manoj Abraham, Kochi City Police Commissioner.

The visualisation deals with the tactful defeat of a high-tech terror network by the police. All the terrorist characters wear pyjamas and kurtha and have beard. They hack the government websites. The Cyber Cell of the Kerala Police locates them and shoots all one by one.

However, the DGP reportedly maintained that he did not feel there was anything offensive against any particular community in the visualisation. He added that the dressing and beard can’t be taken as referring to Muslims. Moreover, no names of the characters have been said.

The Home Minister has said several times that the police enquiry in connection with terrorism should not be used to insult or abuse any particular community. Recently, the move of the Kochi city police Commissioner to make a 2-hour film against terrorism too had created news.

03-08-09, 04:02 PM
Post-Godhra riots: Congress not to seek central rule even if Modi implicated

Gandhinagar : The Congress is unlikely to demand imposition of president's rule in Gujarat even if Chief Minister Narendra Modi's involvement in the 2002 post-Godhra riots is proved, senior party leader Shankersinh Vaghela said Monday.

"The UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government at the centre would only abide by apex court's orders in case the chief minister and his colleagues are found guilty in the post-Godhra riots but is unlikely to demand imposition of president's rule," he told reporters.

Vaghela said the central government would do what the apex court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) recommends after the probe gets over in the case as it has asked for time till Dec 31, 2009 to complete it.

The former union textiles minister said that if Modi and his colleagues are found guilty in the post-Godhra carnage in Gujarat, then the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Gujarat would have to resign and a new cabinet formed.

"Modi should also not object to the call by the SIT members for questioning over the post-Godhra riots as the chief minister is already willing to depose before the Nanavati Commission, which is probing the same issue," he said.

Vaghela said Modi should not also object to a narco test if it is demanded by the investigators probing the 2002 Godhra riots.

Moreover, the role of cabinet ministers in the Sohrabuddhin fake encounter case should also be probed by investigators as one of the accused in the case- the then Inspector General of Police (IGP) D.G. Vanzara had direct access to ministers in Gandhinagar, he added.
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03-08-09, 04:03 PM
AUDF condemns dropping of MCOCA in Malegaon blast case
By TwoCircles.net News Desk,

New Delhi: Assam United Democratic Front chief and Member of Lok Sabha Maulana Badruddin Ajmal has expressed concern over a Mumbai special court's decision to drop the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) against 11 accused including Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Lt. Conl. Purohit in the September 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case.

Maulana Ajmal has urged the Maharashtra government to challenge this verdict in Supreme Court with strong evidences so that suspicions created by this judgment regarding the sincerity of the state government in this terror case involving Hindutva extremists could be removed.

Criticizing the present ATS chief he said that former ATS chief Hemant Karkare, for the first time, unveiled terrorist elements among Hindu organizations and brought out a new face of terrorists before the world by an impartial investigation in Malegaon and other bomb blast cases. But unfortunately new ATS chief K P Raghuvanshi washed off all efforts of slain Hemant Karkare and paved the way for dropping MCOCA from all 11 accused in 2008 Malegaon blast case.

“Before the arrest of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and her associates in Malegaon blast, several Muslim youths were arrested in connection with other cases and charged with MCOCA without sufficient proof” said Maulana Ajmal adding that an appeal to drop MCOCA from these innocents has been filed in Supreme Court three years ago but they are yet to get any verdict. But surprisingly besides substantial proof against the accused in 2008 Malegaon blast case only within 10 months MCOCA has been dropped from them. What kind of justice is this?” He asked.

“We are failed to understand court’s argument that none of them is part of an organized crime syndicate. On this criteria all accused of minority community should have been released long ago but it did not happen so far. Why this double-standard of justice?, he questioned. “To drop MCOCA from Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and her co-accused is not only a challenge for the democracy but also a danger to security of the country” he added.

Maulana Abdur Rashid, the general secretary of Jamiat Ulema Assam, believes that the verdict came out under the instruction of Mharashtra government led by Congress and NCP only to collect Hindu votes before the assembly election as in 2005 Congress-led Assam government firstly got IMDT Act repealed by Supreme Court and later to please Muslims it appealed against the verdict with insufficient proof which was rejected.

Maulana Badruddin Ajmal demanded both Central as well as Maharashtra governments to re-enquire the Malegaon blast case along with all other terror incidents occurred in the country by CBI or any independent and impartial agency to punish the real culprits who have been trying to transfer this democratic and secular India into a Hindu Rashtra.
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03-08-09, 04:03 PM
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04-08-09, 08:32 AM
Mysore riot: Karnatak HC questions detention of PFI activists
By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter,

New Delhi: The Karnataka High Court has questioned the continued detention of 113 activists of Popular Front of India. The youths were detained when they were protesting against the arrest of 40 others in connection with the communal violence witnessed in Mysore on July 2.

The court has asked the Mysore district authorities to file an affidavit outlining the provisions of law under which the youths have been kept in judicial custody over the last three weeks, says an Indian Express report.

A division bench comprising Justice V Gopala Gowda and Justice K Bhaktavatsalam issued the directive following a habeas corpus filed by one Noor Jehan and five others from Mysore in this regard.

The court expressed its displeasure over the manner of detention when the case came up for hearing this week.

04-08-09, 04:59 PM
In the name of SIMI
By Ram Puniyani,

In third week of July (2009) Maharashtra police arrested several Muslims in Pusad, Akola and neighboring regions on the charge that they are reviving SIMI under a new name. It is after a fairly long time that one has heard of arrests in the name of SIMI. The earlier cycle of arrest of Muslim youth which was a matter of routine after every blast, Malegaon, Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, Jaipur and other places was broken with the impeccable proof of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s motor cycle being found in Malegaon. The trace of motorcycle link led to Swami Dayanand Pandey, Lt Col Shrikant Purohit and many others associated with Hindu right wing organizations, offshoots of or inspired by RSS ideology.

Society witnessed that after most of the blasts so far, Muslim youth were arrested on the charge of being behind the blasts, were harassed for months and then released for the lack of evidence. This was more or less a routine pattern and it frightened the whole Muslim community to no end. Many a Muslim youths’ careers were crushed due to these reckless and baseless arrests. Many a minority families under went severe problems, were ostracized from their own community once they were dragged into the net on the charges which were guided more by the prevalent biases or stereotypes than any substance. SIMI came to be regarded as the core organization responsible for fomenting trouble through youth. Despite the ban on SIMI in 2001, the Muslim youth kept on being labeled as SIMI activists and were put behind the bar.

It’s not to say that SIMI was holding ideology which was talking of democracy and secularism. One knows that SIMI, which began as a student front of Jamat-e-Islami Hind gradually, came out of its control and became radical in the decade of 1990s in particular. Yoginder Sikand, an Islamic scholar of repute gives a very crisp history of this organization (/www.countercurrents.org/comm-sikand150706.htm). SIMI was founded on the ideology propounded by Maulana Maududi, according to whom all non Muslims are kafirs and man made systems like democracy are false and Shariah is the only way. It kept the goal of spreading Islamic consciousness amongst Muslim students and peaceful missionary work amongst non Muslims. Some events in the decade of 1990 were to shape its ideology in a radical and militant direction. These events were Soviet Russia’s invasion of Afghanistan and Islamization of Pakistan in particular.

Meanwhile Jamat- e- Islami came to accept democracy and Secularism as its guiding ideology. SIMI came out from the control of its parent organization to talk in a different language. The demolition of Babri Mosque and the post demolition violence gave it a fillip in the negative direction. It said that Democracy has failed to protect Muslims so there is a need for some one like Mohammed Gazni, the destroyer of Somanth. This was also the theme of the poster released by them in the aftermath of Babri demolition. It was alleged that SIMI has links with Sikh and Kashmiri militants. It was alleged that they have links with Osama and ISI. At the same time SIMI claimed that it wants to work through peaceful methods, while the worsening communal situation made it to say that Muslims are a belabored community. Under these circumstances SIMI was banned in 2001.

The ban on SIMI was challenged, so a tribunal had to be appointed to review the ban. Ajit Sahi of Tehelka in his painstaking investigation, followed the tribunal’s sitting all through (Tehelka, SIMI Fictions, 12th August 2008), the tribunal did not find any evidence of the charges put against the organization for banning it. The ban could not be upheld. About this investigation Ajit Sahi said, “… his investigation is no dry story rising from lifeless court documents. It has been an emotional rollercoaster to sit across young boys barely into manhood, their foreheads creased by sleepless nights worried stiff over the jailing of a father, a brother, wondering endlessly, “Will this end? Is this for real? What do I do now? Where do I go now? Will I survive this?” He further says “as I interviewed countless Muslims, so weathered, I couldn’t but ask myself, What if this was me? What if it was my brother, my father in jail?”

With the World scenario tilting against the Islam and Muslims, courtesy the radical Islamists trained in the Madrassas set up in Pakistan with US aid, the popular psyche perceived an average Muslim as a terrorist and police machinery operated on this understanding. Even when scores of lives were shattered and the community came under the intimidation of highest order, the Government did not put any corrective to this pattern of investigation with which police was pursuing its work.

Disturbed by this situation two people’s tribunal were set up by the Human Rights groups. The report and recommendations of both the tribunal are similar and overlapping. The first one was headed by Justices (Retd) Bhargava and Sardar Ali Khan, with prominent social activists like Asghar Ali Engineer and Prashant Bhushan as the jury. The testimonies showed that a large number of innocent young Muslims have been and are being victimized by the police on the charge of being involved in various terrorist acts across the country. This is particularly so in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, though not limited to these States. This victimization and demonisation of Muslims in the guise of investigation of terror offences, is having a very serious psychological impact on the minds of not only the families of the victims but also other members of the community. It is leading to a very strong sense of insecurity and alienation which may lead to frightful consequences for the nation.

The second tribunal set up by different set of organization s of Rajasthan worked under the leadership of Justice (Retd) Bhargava. One of it pertinent observation was that the police authorities investigating the terror offences appear to be violating all the laws of the land and directions of the Supreme Court during the conduct of the investigations. In particular, many persons have been detained for days or weeks, without showing them to be arrested and without producing them before any Magistrate. They have been sometimes tortured and humiliated by the police officers. They have not been allowed to meet their relatives and lawyers, who have often not even been informed of their detention. The investigation of the blasts by the police also appears to be communally motivated and only persons belonging to the Muslim community have been the target of the investigations.

The names of HUJI and SIMI have been bandied about by the police as the perpetrators of the blasts without any evidence. A number of former members of SIMI have been arrested and detained without any basis or evidence against them. The media has also been uncritically repeating and amplifying the baseless allegations and innuendoes of the police mentioning persons and organizations belonging to the Muslim community, thus resulting in ethnic profiling and feeding into the Islamophobia being sought to be created and reinforced in the minds of the Hindu community by the Hindutva organizations. In Jaipur this has resulted in the vilification of the entire Bengali Muslim community who has been victimized by the Hindutva organizations in complicity with the police.

Thousands of them have been picked up after the blasts and forcibly transported to New Jalpaiguri and then Bangladesh without any due process of law and without giving them an opportunity to show their Indian Citizenship. This has resulted in the ethnic cleansing of Jaipur.

One does not know with what seriousness the administration looks at these people’s tribunal, the fact is they have put forward profound realities of the society. It is imperative that the Government takes a serious look at these reports and instructs the investigation authorities to be more professional in their approach and sheds its biases while dealing with minority community.
Recruitment of minorities in central govt. services goes down in 2008-09
By TwoCircles.net News Desk,

New Delhi: According to government data provided to the Rajya Sabha today, there has been sharp decline in recruitment of people from minority communities in the central government services including ministries and departements. In 2006-07, more than 12 thousand people from these communities were recruited while in 2008-09 only 4,479 could be recruited. However, it is not clear how many Muslims are among these recruits as the government did not want to disclose it.

Minister of Minority Affairs Salman Khursheed told Rajya Sabha today that government has no data about individual minority community regarding their recruitments in central government services.

“Statistics of employment of Minority community persons, including Muslims, in the Central Government Services is not maintained on the basis of a particular religion but for all the five minority communities as a whole,” he said in a written reply.

“The guidelines issued by Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT) on 8th January, 2007 include instructions for monitoring the progress in recruitment of minorities in all Ministries/ Departments, public sector enterprises, public sector banks and financial institutions. The data is not collected minority community-wise or service-wise by the DOPT, but for the five minority communities as a whole.”

He presented data regarding recruitments of minorities in the central government in the last three years. The recruitments of 12182 minority persons in 2006-07 were made in 70 ministries/departments the recruitment of 4,479 in 2008-09 is against vacancies in 32 ministries/departements.

The number of persons belonging to the minority communities recruited during the last three years in the various Ministries/departments and their organisations are given below.

2006-07 2007-08 2008-09
Minorities recruited in respect of 70 Ministries/Departments Minorities recruited in respect of 61 Ministries/Departments Minorities recruited in respect of 32 Ministries/Departments
12,182 12,195 4,479

Highlighting the importance of the Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Programme for the Welfare of Minorities Khurshid said: The program provides for giving special consideration to minority communities in recruitment of police personnel, Central police forces, railways, nationalized banks and public sector enterprises and for this purpose, the composition of selection committees should be representative.

To implement the provision, the Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT) has issued Office Memorandum on 8th January, 2007. The salient features of this Office Memorandum are as follows:-

(i) The composition of Selection Committees should be representative. It should be mandatory to have one member belonging to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe and one member belong to minority community in Selection Boards/Committees for making recruitment to 10 or more vacancies.

(ii) Where the number of vacancies against which selection is to be made is less than 10, efforts should be made to have the Scheduled Caste/Tribe officer and a Minority community officer included in such Committees/Boards.

(iii) Wide publicity should be given to all appointments in Government, public sector enterprises and public sector banks and financial institutions. Advertisements should be issued in the language(s) spoken by a large number of people of the State/UTs, apart from English and Hindi. Further, for Group C and D level posts, having only basic qualifying requirements, information about vacancies for recruitment should also be disseminated through schools and colleges in that area, in addition to normal channels.

(iv) Where there is concentration of minority community population in local areas, the vacancy circular in local language may be distributed in those areas by suitable arrangements
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05-08-09, 10:41 AM
We’re being harassed for taking up cudgel against Modi govt: Rubabuddin tells TCN
By TwoCircles.net Staff Correspondent,

Ahmedabad: The family of Sohrabuddin Sheikh killed in a fake encounter in November 2005 in Ahmedabad is being harassed for taking up cudgels against the Narendra Modi government.

Speaking to TwoCircles.net, Rubabuddin, brother of Sohrabuddin, said that over 80 policemen in plainclothes came to arrest him at 10.30 p.m. on January 29, 2009, in police jeeps without registration numbers. However, cops did not tell him the reason for seeking his arrest.

But the cops returned back after villagers staged a protest.

According to Rubabuddin, some of the policemen spoke Gujarati dialect, suggesting that it was a joint team of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh police.

Rubabuddin says he was told about a case of threat and intimidation registered against him and his family members – brothers Shahnawazuddin, Nayabuddin and 80-year-old father Anwaruddin – after he wrote to the Supreme Court about the incident.

Rubabuddin has filed a case in the Supreme court demanding further investigation into the fake encounter of his brother and cold blooded murder of Sohrabuddin’s wife Kausar Bi by CBI or some other agency to ensure justice in the case.

The criminal case, according to Rubabuddin, has been registered against him and his family on a complaint by tenant of his friend Virendra Jojoria in Nagada. The tenant alleged that he had been threatened by Rubabuddin and his family members as well as 50 other residents of Jhaniya village in Ujjain district of Madhya Pradesh.

Rubabuddin and his family hail from Jhaniya village.

Rubabuddin and his family members have now secured anticipatory bail from Nagda court. Rubabuddin says it is fake complaint as neither he nor any member of his family threatened the Jojoria’s tenant.

“It appears to be a move to pressurize me and my family to back out from the case we have filed against the Gujarat government in connection with Sohrabuddin and wife’s murder by Gujarat and Rajasthan police’’, he says.

Surprisingly, Rubabuddin’s family has strong Sangh Parivar connection. His father Anwaruddin, one of the biggest landlord owning over 1,000 acres of land, was the Ujjain district president of Jan Sangh before 1965 and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party subsequently.

Rubabuddin’s elder brother Shahnazauddin is still vice-president of the Ujjain district BJP and secretary of its sports cell. He worked as election officer of Ujjain BJP MLA Dr. Narayan Parmar.

“My mother Zaibunnisa was elected as sarpanch of Jhaniya village on BJP ticket in 2004’’ says Rubabuddin.

“Yet, we are being victimized by the state governments of saffron parties’’, he complains.

“No one from the BJP helped us so far in the fight for justice against Modi government’’, he says. “Instead some BJP men asked me to withdraw the case’’, he complains.

While 13 policemen, including three IPS officers – DG Vanzara and Rajkumar Pandian of Gujarat cadre and Dinesh MN of Rajasthan cadre – were arrested in Sohrabuddin and Kausar BI murder cases and are currently imprisoned in Sabarmati jail following probe by Gujarat CID(crime), Rubabuddin feels that full justice would be possible only if further investigation was transferred to an agency other than Gujarat police.

He has also moved the Supreme court, seeking transfer of the case to CBI. On August 3, a bench of the apex court issued notice to the Gujarat government asking it to show cause why the further investigation in the case be not handed over to Special Investigation team(SIT) headed by former CBI director R K Raghavan. SIT is currently investigating 10 most heinous cases of 2002 communal riots and a separate complaint about involvement of Modi and his ministers in the riots.

The Modi government has to submit reply to the notice within a period of one week.

It was the SIT investigation that led to arrest of a former minister Mayaben Kodnani in Naroda Patiya and Naroda Gamriot cases.

The Supreme Court has also asked the state government to fix the compensation amount to be given to the family of Sohrabuddin.

Sequence of events

*Sohrabuddin, his wife and friend Tulsi Prajapati were picked up from a bus in Andhra Pradesh on Novemberr 22, 2005.

*Brought to Gujarat on November 23, 2005.

*Sohrabuddin gunned down near Vishala Circle on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on November 26, 2005. Police claims that he had come to kill Modi and VHP leader Pravin Togadia.

*Sohrabuddin’s wife Kausar Bi killed on November 29, 2005 and her body burnt and disposed of in Ilol, Vanzara’s village.

*Investigation into the ‘encounter’ conducted by Anti Terrorist Squad(ATS) of Gujarat police. Case closed down by filing a summary, saying that two other accused, including -Rasool Parti-were untraceable.

*But the case reopened again and handed over to Gujarat CID(crime) after Sohrabnuddin approached Supreme Court in December 2005.

*CID(crime) investigation opened a can of worms proving the episode as murder and not encounter.

*Subsequently, 13 policemen are arrested and put in jail.

*Further investigation are yet to be done in the case.
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05-08-09, 01:23 PM
Malegaon protests against dropping of MCOCA from 2008 blast case
By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter,

Mumbai: Hundreds of Malegaon residents assembled in Azad Maidan in Mumbai yesterday to protest against the dropping of MCOCA from the September 2008 Malegaon terror blast case in which some Hindutva extremists including Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur are accused.

The protesters demanded progress in the case on the basis of proofs collected by slain ATS chief Hemant Karkare. They also demanded enquiry against the extremist organization Abhinav Bharat; most of the accused in the blast case had been affiliated to the group.

It was interesting that the protest was organized by Malegaon district Congress committee, Malegaon Youth Congress and Congress Minority cell under the leadership of Malegaon Congress MLA Shaikh Rashid, and they were blaming the ATS as well as ruling Congress-NCP state government for carelessness in the case, which led to the dropping of MCOCA from Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Lt. Colonel Purohit and others involved in September 29, 2008 Bhikku chowk, Malegaon bomb blast case.

A special court in Mumbai on 31 July ordered to drop MCOCA from Sadhvi Pragya Singh, Lt Col Prasad Purohit and nine others accused in 2008 Malegaon blast case. Since then every day Muslim, social and secular organizations have been holding protest rallies against the verdict in several parts of the country. But it was an agitation which was held by Congress leaders against Congress-led state government.

Leading the protest MLA Shaikh Rashid said that innocent Muslim youths accused in 2006 Malegaon bomb blast case were charged with MCOCA and being tortured while MCOCA has been dropped from Sadhvi Pragya Singh, Lt Col Prasad Purohit and others involved in 2008, Malegaon bomb blast. This was possible only because of carelessness of ATS which filed weak chargesheets against them in court.

“Sadhvi Pragya Singh and her associates are anti-national so if state government will not challenge the special court verdict within 15 days with strong proofs then we will file petition in the court on behalf of Malegaon citizens” said Mr. Shaikh Rashid.

“We are here to demand for justice; so government should take action against culprits of Malegaon bomb blast as soon as possible” he demanded.

Protesters alleged that killing of Hemant Kerkare was a conspiracy to save high-profile personalities whose names were to be disclosed in terror incidents that have taken place in the country. They asked immediate removal of ATS chief KP Raghuvanshi “who is responsible for dropping of MCOCA from accused in the case” and demanded government to put investigation report done by slain Hemant Kerkare before the court.

Meanwhile, home minister for state Mr. Arif Naseem Khan assured protesters to take tough action against culprits. He said that the government was prepared to challenge the special court verdict in High Court with strong evidences to charge accused under MCOCA once again to punish them.
http://twocircles.net/2009aug05/malegaon_protests_against_dropping_mcoca_2008_blas t_case.html

05-08-09, 02:02 PM
From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 6, Issue 31, Dated August 08, 2009


Chilling Confession


The Gujarat Police took quick credit for arresting the masterminds behind the July 2008 blasts in Ahmedabad. RANA AYYUB tracks the police's star witness to find he has been tortured into falsely implicating the 'masterminds'. An exclusive report

HE HAS a name, but lets just call him 'Witness'. He had a life too — like yours and mine — till 26 July 2008, when serial blasts shook Ahmedabad. Between 6.45 and 7.55 that evening, 16 bombs exploded in various parts of the city, including in a hospital where the injured were being rushed to. As the death toll reached 56, Witness had only one thought – he could have been responsible for the bloodletting, the mayhem, the death of innocents.

He almost was. Witness was in on the plot. He knew bicycles were being bought. He knew low-intensity explosive devices were being assembled. He knew they would be concealed in tiffin boxes and the boxes placed in the bicycles. But Witness withdrew at the last minute — barely 24 hours before 6.45 in the evening — when he learnt that the target areas had changed. As the plot was being hatched in meetings Witness attended before July 26, he was given to believe that RSS and Bajrang Dal offices would be targeted. But the script changed. Witness withdrew when he realised that innocent people in crowded places would be slaughtered.

The Gujarat Police was quick to blame the blasts on the Indian Mujahideen (IM), the same group held responsible for the blasts in Jaipur on 13 May 2008. But when different states paraded different faces, all proclaiming their catches as the IM's mastermind, TEHELKA started an investigation that
Implicated A forensic team investigates the site of one of the serial bomb blasts that took place in Ahmedabad on 27 July 2008

led it to Witness.
Implicated A forensic team investigates the site of one of the serial bomb blasts that took place in Ahmedabad on 27 July 2008

The testimony of Witness is important — and credible — for several reasons. First and foremost, because he indicts himself, openly admitting he was part of the plot till the last moment. This gives his words credence. His words gain even more credence because he has given more or less the same narrative to the Gujarat Police. The narrative changes at one crucial place – when he reels off the names of the men behind the Gujarat blasts. But wait. Witness has told TEHELKA that he was physically tortured by the police into naming innocents, that he could not bear the physical and mental torture he was subjected to. They were not responsible for the serial bombings, he swears.

I, TEHELKA's special correspondent, landed up at his house in Juhapura, accompanied by the wife and daughter of an accused in the case. Witness' sister opens the door. Her brother is not home, she says. As I speak to her, a male voice asks from inside, "Who's there?" When she does not answer, a man comes to the door. He is around 22, dressed in kurta and jeans, just like any college student. The lady with me says, "He is the one." Yes, this is the Gujarat police's star witness. The police arrested people on the basis of Witness' statements. The police said its claim that the Gujarat blasts was the work of the Indian Mujahideen, a reincarnation of the Student's Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) was proven by Witness' statements. It is on the basis of Witness' statement that the police have named the masterminds in the case – Mufti Abu Bashar and Sajid Mansuri.

At first, Witness is unwilling to talk. He is preparing for exams, he says. He sees the lady accompanying me and asks her what she is doing with me. I have smuggled myself in, wearing a head scarf, trying to pass off as one of them. He lifts up the lady's child in his arms and allows us in, looking around to see if we have been spotted. After keeping in him detention for twelve days and
Casualties of the Ahmedabad bomb blasts wait for treatment at a hospital

beating the confession out of him, the police now keep an eye on their 'approver'.
Casualties of the Ahmedabad bomb blasts wait for treatment at a hospital

Witness bursts into tears when I ask him questions. "Don't make me narrate everything again. My family and I have gone through hell all because of me. It was all a big mistake," he says between sobs.

His mother, an ailing lady in her late 50s enters. She wants to know if we too are from the police. "How many questions do you want to ask him? He has told you everything he knows. Now leave him alone!" she says. Witness ushers her out and bolts the door.

"I wouldn't be talking had it not been for this girl," he says, gesturing at the girl now sleeping snugly in her mother's arms. "Her father is innocent, ma'am. They are all innocent. If what I say to you can do anything, then please get them freed. They are in jail for no fault of theirs."

Witness was detained days after the blasts in Ahmedabad took place in July last year. He was part of the plot until he learnt the targets included hospitals and not those responsible for the 2002 Gujarat riots. Until he learnt that they were not going to kill the 'Bajrangis' or those who had
alleged SIMI operatives being paraded before the media by the police

admitted to having slit open the stomachs of pregnant women during the riots.
alleged SIMI operatives being paraded before the media by the police

THEY (THE conspirators) had told us that they wanted to avenge the atrocities committed against Muslims but what they were doing would also kill Muslims," says Witness. Although he was never told who the top bosses were, he carried out the orders of his fellow plotters.

Witness also reveals troubling truths – he denies ever being a part of SIMI. He denies the involvement of SIMI in the plot and says he knows the Indian Mujahideen only as a phrase seen in newspapers. Witness says he was tortured into implicating the men he met during Friday prayers. "The police forced me to name those they had arrested." Our long conversation was occasionally interrupted by his mother's knocks on the door. She was both scared and curious but Witness wanted to talk. He wanted to unburden himself and THE WITNESS was party to the plot. He knew the bicycles were being bought. He knew the low-intensity explosive devices were being assembled but he backed out at the last minute, just before 6.45pm

reveal everything; all in the hope that it would help free those innocent people languishing in jail. THE WITNESS was party to the plot. He knew the bicycles were being bought. He knew the low-intensity explosive devices were being assembled but he backed out at the last minute, just before 6.45pm

The words came in a torrent and he spoke, initially without much prodding. "My friend Alamzeb Afridi [absconding, involved along with Witness in the blasts] introduced me to Yakub bhai [earlier detained, now a witness], Arif Kagzi, Yunus Mansuri and Sajid Mansuri [all accused in the July 2008 Ahmedabad blasts and all ex-SIMI members who spoke to TEHELKA in Sabarmati jail]. They told me that they used to be SIMI members. I knew Alamzeb from college. We used to meet in the evenings for religious discourses. We would discuss the Quran and often attended various programs at Yaqub bhai's place. These guys would only teach us about the hadees[the Prophet's statements and actions] and would tell us about the life of the Prophet. I was told that after SIMI was banned, they would hold educational programmes to explain the true meaning of Islam to youngsters who were disillusioned. People like Abdul Subhan Qureishi [one of the masterminds of the plot, now absconding] and Safdar Nagori [General Secretary, SIMI] used to come there. I was told that Subhan worked with Wipro and that he had been absconding ever since his name came up connection with the July 2006 Mumbai train blasts. He said that he was not involved in the blasts. He said that the group hated the hardliners and wanted to work against the propaganda put out by the VHP and the RSS. This was in 2007.

In the meetings we were told how Muslims were being tortured in Afghanistan, America and Palestine. Subhan Qureishi used to tell us that these were the real people who were against Islam. Of all the people who attended, Abu Bashar Siddiqui was perhaps the most reserved of all. He had tremendous knowledge about the Quran and the hadees and used to speak about the true essence of Islam. Those meetings were not conspiracy sessions. In them, no one ever spoke about the plot. Subhan used to bring Abu Bashar Siddiqui for the religious gatherings and it was very clear that he did not discuss anything else with him.

There was an annual meeting of SIMI every year. In 2007, it took place in Indore. They just wanted the ban on SIMI to be lifted. It was there that Safdar Nagori and others were arrested. Subhan and Qayamuddin Kapadia [recently arrested, named by Witness as being involved in the blasts] were also to reach there but they said they had missed their train. They returned to Ahmedabad two weeks later. Alamzeb, Mujeeb [another ex-SIMI member, now in jail], Tauseef [a localite accused in
Chain of Evidence SIMI leader Safdar Nagori after being arrested from a house in Indore's Manikbag locality

the case, now in jail] and I had continued to meet after namaz.
Chain of Evidence SIMI leader Safdar Nagori after being arrested from a house in Indore's Manikbag locality

After the Indore arrests of SIMI cadres, Subhan Qureishi met Mujeeb, Alamzeb, and me and told us that we had to do something to avenge the Gujarat riots. Subhan first approached the SIMI guys. They told him outright that they did not wish to be a part of anything and that they were struggling to lead a normal life as had been tortured enough by the Gujarat police for being SIMI members. These people could not even carry on their normal jobs. Qayamuddin was also absconding then as the police was after him. The first time Subhan and Qayamuddin met us was at a shop at the Dani Limda area in Ahmedabad. We were told not to involve the SIMI people and also to take in new people with no records. Arif and the others told Subhan not to do anything destructive.

SUBHAN THEN gave us Rs 3,000 to enrol in some physical fitness courses like swimming. We did that for a month. Only the three of us — Mujeeb, Alamzeb and me — knew about it. Qayamuddin was our leader. We were asked to stay away from SIMI members, as they would have stopped us. We did not meet any SIMI member. Subhan and Qayamuddin had tried to gauge who could do the task and had told just the three of us.

Qayamuddin got a CD just a month before the blasts. The CD was shown to Mufti Abu Bashar as he was the only one who could understand Arabic. A few days afterwards, Qayamuddin came to us and told us that some boys had come from outside who were well trained and who wanted to do something. None of us knew them. Nobody knew them. We were only given orders. When Qayamuddin mentioned bombs, I said that the original plan was to attack the VHP headquarters and not kill common people. He retorted that even if we didn't help them, the boys from outside would set off the bombs. He said they wouldn't wait for us and told us that if we helped them, they would be able to place the explosives at the right places and would be able to take revenge against 'WE SAW what happened in Godhra. It was wrong. We saw the VHP men talking about slitting the stomachs of pregnant women. We just wanted to show them how it feels when your own are killed,' he says

the right people. 'WE SAW what happened in Godhra. It was wrong. We saw the VHP men talking about slitting the stomachs of pregnant women. We just wanted to show them how it feels when your own are killed,' he says

We then agreed to the plan. Qayamuddin then gave us Rs 5,000 and asked us to buy 10 cycles. At that time my exams were on. Alamzeb bought six bicycles and gave me three. I parked them at places where no one would touch them and Alamzeb parked his cycles too. Later, Qayamuddin called us. We asked him about the bombs and how many casualties they would cause. Initially, they said the bombs would be kept in buses and we were asked to identify the right buses. We then confronted them, saying that people in buses were not our targets. We said we should set off the bombs in places were Hindus dominate and where it is difficult for Muslims even to enter. The places they had chosen were areas like Paldi, which also had a large number of Muslims.

The targets were then changed to areas like Maninagar and Satellite. Qayamuddin later took me with him and showed me places like Naroda [one of the worst hit during the Gujarat 2002 riots] and told me that these were the places were we needed to plant the bombs. I was told to just look at the areas. After we came back from Naroda, we met Mujeeb who was waiting for us near the Vadodara express highway. Qayamuddin then told me that I did not appreciate what we were doing and that I was too busy with college. I retorted that that was because they were not keeping their
Abdul Subhan Qureishi, named by the police and by Witness as one of the masterminds of the Ahmedabad blasts

promise to attack the VHP. I told them I did not want to be a part of the plan.
Abdul Subhan Qureishi, named by the police and by Witness as one of the masterminds of the Ahmedabad blasts

Did you know Sadiq Israr Ahmed? [in custody with the Mumbai police, named as one of the IM masterminds and accused in the Ahmedabad blasts. Recently cleared by a Mumbai court of involvement in the 2006 Mumbai train blasts] Was he ever a part of the plan?
No. I've never heard of him. If the SIMI members found out about our plan, they would never have let us go ahead with it.

Did any of you go to Pakistan or any other country?
No, never. The names I have read in the chargesheet are just names to us. We only heard about them on TV. SIMI was just a small organisation. Poor Abu Bashar had no idea what was going on. Whenever he was around, we never spoke about the plot. In fact we were told never to discuss anything with SIMI. The only reason Abu Bashar has been implicated in the case is because he used to attend tableeghi jamaats [religious conferences] across the country and was also very keen that the ban on SIMI be lifted. He was perhaps the only one who would speak to us about the true meaning of Islam.

After I said I wouldn't be a part of the plot, I was removed from the group. It was only on the morning of the blasts when Alamzeb came in to get the cycles that I felt something was about to happen. I told him where the bicycles were parked and then went to college. It was only after I returned that I realised that the blasts had taken place. After the blasts, the group avoided me. Even when they met me they asked me not to discuss the plot.

The only fault of Zahid Sheikh [a friend of Witness arrested by the police and accused in the case. Also accused of attending terror camps in Ahmedabad] and others who have been arrested is that someone told him that the blasts were done by this group. I met Alamzeb five days after the blasts and asked him about the boys from outside. Were they like us – kurta-pyjama clad and bearded? Alamzeb replied that on the contrary, they didn't look like us. They were welleducated, wore jeans THE INDIAN MUJAHIDEEN is a phrase he only knows from the newspapers. He also denies any SIMI role in the Gujarat blasts. 'If SIMI members knew the plan, they would've never let us go ahead with it,' he says

and T-shirts and smoked a lot. THE INDIAN MUJAHIDEEN is a phrase he only knows from the newspapers. He also denies any SIMI role in the Gujarat blasts. 'If SIMI members knew the plan, they would've never let us go ahead with it,' he says

Did you know their identity?
No ma'am. They never divulged these things. Alamzeb only told me that they had rented a room and that they were extremely well-trained in making bombs. They were not like one of us. There was another person who kept the bombs. There is a stark difference between us and those people. They were like none of our group or any SIMI members we had seen.

You have been named a witness in the case. Your statement says that those named in the chargesheet including Arif, Tauseef, Zahid and the others played an active part in the blasts. Why did you say that? Did they torture you mentally or physically?
They first took me to Ashish Bhatia's office [Joint Commissioner of Police heading the investigations]. They strip you completely. One person sits on one leg and another on the other. They kept me twisted over in a 180 degree position. Like they did to poor Zahid. They trick you. They told him that everyone had named him and that he should take responsibility for the blasts. They did the same to me. I could not stand the pain, so I did what they told me to.

Are those named in the chargesheet involved?
How could they be? We knew exactly what was happening from Day One. The people named had no inkling. Naved Kadri, one of them, is from Juhapura, like me. He would get frightened at the thought of blood. His only fault was that he was a friend from Juhapura. He has been chargesheeted
Mufti Abu Bashar, accused by the police of involvement in the blasts but cleared of any involvement in them by Witness

as a conspirator. I have seen him being tortured in custody. He is still inside.
Mufti Abu Bashar, accused by the police of involvement in the blasts but cleared of any involvement in them by Witness

Do you see the role of a SIMI insider?
The third party with the bombs only came into the picture after the SIMI guys were all inside. How could they do it?

Did you know about the Indian Mujahideen?
No. SIMI was banned in 2001. All of them — Safdar Nagori and the rest — were still free. If they had actually received training they would have done the blasts way back. Why would they wait? The blasts happened only after they were arrested. In my lie detector test, they asked me about the IM but I've seen this term only in the newspapers.

But you were still a part of the plot. Why did you join it?
You know what happened in Gujarat. What happened in Godhra was wrong. The guilty should have been punished. But you know what they did to us. We saw the videos of Babu Bajrangi on TV and the VHP guys talking about slitting the stomachs of pregnant women. Politicians knew that what happened was wrong. The Hindus here knew exactly that it was wrong but they still support Narendra Modi. We just wanted to show them how it feels when your own people are killed.

You were a part of the plot till almost a day before the blasts and you have been let off. But others who don't even know about the blasts are in jail. Why did this happen?
Ma'am, I only know how the plan was hatched and that the cycles were bought. The policemen told me that Yunus Mansuri said I had planted the bomb. I said that in that case, call him; I will face him because I know I have not done so. They told me this before they had even arrested him. Two days later, they arrested him, saying that I had named him. I told them whatever I knew. I know that uninvolved people were suffering, and I told the crime branch that those people were innocent. But they implicated them. There is no such thing as justice. Sub Inspector Bharvad took me out in a vehicle and said, as he took out his revolver, "You bastard, run! We don't want to investigate you people. Run!" He later took me to the police station and I was tortured. They abused Muslims and kept on torturing me. I knew that I could not take it anymore and I gave in. I said whatever they told me to. They made me say that I had planted the bombs. When I met Police Inspector Tarun Barot, I told him I couldn't take the pain. I said I would kill myself. Barot told me, "Don't worry, I have spoken to Ashish Bhatia. We will make you a witness in the case." I told them the truth so they would free the innocents, but they made a false statement from what I said. They warned me against speakingout and told me that they could implicate me and that there was scope for supplementary chargesheets. I am speaking out now because I am disgusted, because innocent God-fearing men 'THE POLICE tortured me. They undressed me and kept me in an 180 degree position. I could not take the pain so I did what they told me. They forcefully made me name those they have arrested,' he says

are in jail. 'THE POLICE tortured me. They undressed me and kept me in an 180 degree position. I could not take the pain so I did what they told me. They forcefully made me name those they have arrested,' he says

How can you be so sure that the others were not involved?
It was all done secretly. We were told strictly to keep away from SIMI men like Arif, Sajid and the rest. If Mufti Abu Bashar and the others knew about it wouldn't they have spoken to us about it? Only Subhan, Qayamuddin, Alamzeb and I knew about the plot.

What about Abu Bashar?
Subhan brought Abu Basher into the group in Ahmedabad only for his knowledge of Arabic and the hadees. They said Abu Bashar had asked us to wage jihad, which is absolutely false. Subhan categorically asked us to keep our mouths shut in front of Abu Bashar because he was quite educated and was a God-fearing man. Subhan and Qayamuddin were always on the run. They kept saying that they need people to help carry out attacks.

Did the Gujarat Police ever lure you?
They keep telling me, "Listen to us. You are a state witness. We will take care of you. Just don't talk about this outside."

When was the last time you met Subhan Qureishi? 'QAYAMUDDIN showed me places like Naroda [one of the worst hit during the Gujarat 2002 riots] and said that these were the places where we needed to plant bombs,' says the police's star witness

Around 30 days before the blasts. 'QAYAMUDDIN showed me places like Naroda [one of the worst hit during the Gujarat 2002 riots] and said that these were the places where we needed to plant bombs,' says the police's star witness

Unknown to the police, Witness has given us a full account in which he also damns himself. We also spoke to police officers without letting them know that we had had a long meeting with their star witness. The police maintain that they have a strong case. Says Joint Commissioner of Police Abhay Chudasama who is in charge of the case, "Even a child would know how important a witness would be in this case. And we do believe that whatever statements we have got from them and from the accused corroborate the evidence and will be enough to strengthen our case and nail the accused".

When asked specifically why the alleged mastermind in the case would keep changing and asked about Abu Bashar Siddiqui, Sajid Mansuri and Yunus Mansuri [whose involvement in the case Witness has denied], Chudasama maintained that they were the key conspirators. While Chudasama was not as forthcoming when it came to the status of the witnesses, Ashish Bhatia, IG, Law and Order, who was the Joint Commissioner of Police in charge of the investigations maintained that some people who had backed out of committing the blasts were made witnesses and that their confessions would be crucial. When asked if the statements were voluntary, Bhatia said that all the statements were voluntary and in case the witnesses retracted their statements — even though they were recorded before a magistrate and therefore couldn't be retracted —the Police would have the right to file a case against them. When asked if the witnesses had been tortured, both Chudasama and Bhatia replied that the matter was sub judice.

One year into the blasts, the trial is still to begin. Perhaps in the case of the Ahmedabad blasts there may not be no such thing called justice.

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05-08-09, 06:45 PM
India's abusive, failing police system leads to rights violations: Human Rights Watch
By TwoCircles.net News Desk,

New Delhi: The Indian government should take major steps to overhaul the country’s policing system that facilitates and even encourages human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on August 4. For decades, successive governments have failed to deliver on promises to hold the police accountable for abuses and to build professional, rights-respecting police forces, the report said.

The report has come at a time when Manipur is burning due to a fake encounter in which a pregnant woman and youth were killed, and almost two weeks after India’s National Human Rights Commission gave a clean chit to the Delhi Police for the Batla House encounter, which the victims’ families, neighbors and large number of human and civil rights activits and groups have described as a fake encounter from the day one – September 19, 2008.

Several police officers admitted to Human Rights Watch that they routinely committed abuses. One officer said that he had been ordered to commit an "encounter killing," as the practice of taking into custody and extra-judicially executing an individual is commonly known. "I am looking for my target," the officer said. "I will eliminate him. ... I fear being put in jail, but if I don't do it, I'll lose my position."

Almost every police officer interviewed by Human Rights Watch was aware of the boundaries of the law, but many believed that unlawful methods, including illegal detention and torture, were necessary tactics of crime investigation and law enforcement.

The 118-page report, "Broken System: Dysfunction, Abuse and Impunity in the Indian Police," documents a range of human rights violations committed by police, including arbitrary arrest and detention, torture and extrajudicial killings. The report is based on interviews with more than 80 police officers of varying ranks, 60 victims of police abuses, and numerous discussions with experts and civil society activists. It documents the failings of state police forces that operate outside the law, lack sufficient ethical and professional standards, are overstretched and outmatched by criminal elements, and unable to cope with increasing demands and public expectations. Field research was conducted in 19 police stations in Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, and the capital, Delhi.

The international rights body has accepted that religious minorities in India are soft target of police atrocities – arbitrary arrest and torture, especially meted out by police as punishment for alleged crimes.

The report documents the particular vulnerability to police abuse of traditionally marginalized groups in India. They include the poor, women, Dalits (so-called "untouchables"), and religious and sexual minorities. Police often fail to investigate crimes against them because of discrimination, the victims' inability to pay bribes, or their lack of social status or political connections. Members of these groups are also more vulnerable to arbitrary arrest and torture, especially meted out by police as punishment for alleged crimes.

Colonial-era police laws enable state and local politicians to interfere routinely in police operations, sometimes directing police officers to drop investigations against people with political connections, including known criminals, and to harass or file false charges against political opponents. These practices corrode public confidence.

In 2006, a landmark Supreme Court judgment mandated reform of police laws. But the central government and most state governments have either significantly or completely failed to implement the court's order, suggesting that officials have yet to accept the urgency of comprehensive police reform, including the need to hold police accountable for human rights violations.

The report has some detailed recommendations for police reform drawn from studies by government commissions, former Indian police, and Indian groups. Among the major recommendations are:

Require the police to read suspects their rights upon arrest or any detention, which will increase institutional acceptance of these safeguards;

Exclude from court any evidence police obtain by using torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment in suspect interrogations;

Bolster independent investigations into complaints of police abuse and misconduct through national and state human rights commissions and police complaints authorities; and

Improve training and equipment, including strengthening the crime-investigation curriculum at police academies, training low-ranking officers to assist in crime investigations, and providing basic forensic equipment to every police officer.

The Human Rights Watch has reminded the Congress-led UPA government its promise to pursue police reforms actively. A critical step is to ensure that police officers who commit human rights violations, regardless of rank, will face appropriate punishment, the group said.
http://twocircles.net/2009aug05/indias_abusive_failing_police_system_leads_rights_ violations_human_rights_watch.html

07-08-09, 01:00 PM
Uttar Pradesh police slaps criminal charges on disabled man

Lucknow : Can a 60-year-old physically challenged man who cannot even stand on his feet "run away" after attacking a police team? The Uttar Pradesh police believes he can.

In Etawah district, some 300 km from Lucknow, Ale Hasan, a man with 80 percent disability, has been booked for attacking a police team during a clash between two groups in Bakewar town of the district.

"I cannot move an inch without any support and they (police) have slapped criminal cases against me," said Hasan, a resident of Kidwai Nagar in the district.

He has been booked under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 7 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act for attacking a police team during an Aug 3 clash between two groups over a land dispute.

Hasan came to know about the criminal cases against him when a police team Thursday raided his house while he was not present there.

"They (police) told my mother that they would arrest me for assaulting policemen if I fail to surrender in the next two days," said Hasan, who possesses a medical certificate to prove his disability.

To get justice, Hasan has taken the help of some local journalists to bring the matter to the attention of senior police officials, who have assured him that they will take "appropriate action" action against the erring policemen.

"We have initiated an inquiry into the matter and stern action would be taken against the policemen who booked Hasan without carrying out proper investigations," said Deputy Superintendent of Police Harishanker Shukla.
http://twocircles.net/2009aug07/uttar_pradesh_police_slaps_criminal_charges_disabl ed_man.html

10-08-09, 04:38 PM
Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Univ yet to start academic session


New Delhi: Almost 90% of the buildings of the Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar University in Rampur are complete. However, due to the indifferent attitude of the State government as well as due to the political tug of war the Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar University could not be approved this year as well. This has caused severe damages. In fact, the academic session could not be started off this year. This is a very very serious issue. Former Uttar Pradesh Minister and the Pro Chancellor of the Mualana Mohammad Ali Jauhar University Mohammad Azam Khan called a press conference here yesterday at the press club in this regard. He expressed his dismay at this sorry state of affairs.

Mohammad Azam Khan threw a detailed light on the proposed Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar University. He said that despite the fact that all of the guidelines of the Supreme Court to set up any University anywhere in the country have been met, the university is yet to get green signal from the state government.

Nearly ten lakh rupees have been paid as fees, at least fifty acres of land and on that a built area of about twenty four thousand square feet have been completed but still the University has not been approved.

Mohammad Azam Khan pointed out that although there are certain Universities in the State which possess only thirty beegah or even less than this piece of land but, still, however, they have been granted approval.

Azam Khan charged that the university was getting green signal when it planned to teach only Urdu, Arabic and Persian but as soon as it decided to impart education in Medical Sciences, Engineering and other professional courses some political parties could not digest this and started creating hurdles for the approval of the university.

10-08-09, 04:42 PM
Of 35 states/UTs, only 15 have minority commission

By TwoCircles.net News Desk,

New Delhi: Of 35 states/Union Territories in the country, only 15 have so far constituted minority commission, the Union Government told the Lok Sabha on Friday.

Giving this information in the Lok Sabha in a written reply Salman Khurshid, Minister for Minority Affairs, said that the State Minorities Commissions have been constituted in fifteen States, namely Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Delhi, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.

The states which have not set up minority commission include Kerala – where Muslims are about 25%, according to Census 2001 – and Gujarat which has been in world news for bloodiest communal riots in the country

The National Commission for Minorities has recommended to the State Governments to set up State Minorities Commission where they do not exist, informed the minister to the House.

http://twocircles.net/2009aug09/35_states_uts_only_15_have_minority_commission.htm l

15-08-09, 11:57 AM
Protest at Delhi Police Hqrs against growing culture of fake encounters
By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net,

New Delhi: On the eve of 62nd Independence Day when President of India was preparing to congratulate the nation, a group of students, teachers and civil and human rights activists from across the National Capital gathered near the Delhi Police Headquarters in the heart of the city to protest violations of right to life – the growing culture of encounter killings – reminding the powers that be that all is not well with the country, particularly its minorities and the downtrodden –frequent target of these encounters.
Sporting red headbands encripted with ‘No to Encounters’ the protesters – mostly students and faculties of Jamia Millia Islamia, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Delhi University – were shouting anti-police and anti-government slogans: Dilli Police Murdabad, UPA Down Down, Fasiwad ho Barbad, State Terrorism Down Down.
They were protesting against the recent encounters – Sohrabuddin (Gujarat), Batla House (Delhi), Dehrdun (Uttarakhand) and Imphal (Manipur) – and demanding checks on the police and security forces.

Encounters are simply violations of the right to life, said Jamia Millia Islamia teacher Tanveer Fazal of Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association (JTSA). To counter growing culture of state terrorism, there is a need to grow the culture of resistance, Tanveer said.

"We are not fighting for a particualr community. We are fighting for the safety and security of all citizens of the country," said Prof Akhtarul Wasey of Jamia Millia. He called upon the government not to ignore the rising unrest among the youths against the fake encounters in the country. He also lambasted the NHRC fro toeing the police line in the Batla House encounter case, and not meeting the criteria of a fair probe.
Manisha Sethi, JTSA leader, vowed to continue the protest against the encounters particularly the Batla House encounter until the government gives in and orders a judical probe. Not disheartened with the thin presence in almost all demonstrations she organized on Batla House encounter, Manisha is confident that “like Vinayak Sen for whose release we continued protesting for two and half years until we got success, we will continue our movement till we get justice in the Batla House encounter case.”

People from Campaign for Peace and Democracy, Manipur (CPDM), All India Students’ Association (AISA), ANHAD and other groups also spoke on the occasion. At the end of the protest a coffin of state terrorism was burnt.
http://twocircles.net/2009aug15/protest_delhi_police_hqrs_against_growing_culture_ fake_encounters.html

08-10-09, 08:57 PM
Two former chief ministers flay Modi


Gandhinagar: Within a day of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi completing a record eight years in office, two former chief ministers of the state, Shankersinh Vaghela and Suresh Mehta, came together to take up cudgels against his government.

Addressing mediapersons in Ahmedabad Thursday, the two announced the formation of a citizens front aimed at "articulating the problems of the large mass of suppressed government employees who have been rendered speechless by a repressive government".

"The Prabuddh Nagrik Shakti Manch is a non-political citizens forum which has been formed in response to an overwhelming demand for justice from sections of the government's own employees," said Mehta.

"The gross mismanagement, repressive and wasteful ways of the present establishment needs to be exposed, and following representations in this regard we have decided to take up these problems," said Congress leader and former union textiles minister Shankersinh Vaghela.

The two pointed out that the plight of teachers, who were the worst exploited in the present regime, would be the first issue that the manch proposed to take up.

Mehta said there were major disparities in the salaries and facilities given to a large mass of teachers who had been recruited as 'vidya sahayaks' and were being paid a mere Rs.2,500 to Rs.3,500 per month as against the Rs.15,000 to Rs.20,000 wages of regular teachers.

"The ad hoc teachers were additionally being utilized to perform 14 other administrative tasks by the manpower-short local administration leaving them little time to devote to their primary work of teaching children. This grave administrative anomaly bordering on exploitation, which was causing social tension besides unrest in the ranks of the employees, would be the first issue that we propose to take up," said Mehta.

There is considerable discontent prevailing among the adhoc employees who have been recruited on a large scale during Modi's rule.

Elections to the key municipal corporations of Gujarat-Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot, Surat, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar are slated to be held next year, followed by those to other local self government bodies.

The Manch, according to political analysts, is intended to dent the urban vote bank of Modi in a bid to set the tone for elections to other local self government bodies to follow.

While Shankersinh Vaghela suffered a setback after he was defeated in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, he had contested from Godhra, Mehta quit the BJP in the run up to the last Vidhan Sabha elections in the state.

23-10-09, 04:45 AM
Justice for Hafiz Modi and Narendra Saeed!

By NM Sampathkumar Iyangar,

Dismissal by Lahore High Court of the terror case against Jamaatud Dawa Chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed in early October comes weeks after the ‘honourable’ Home Minister of India P Chidambaram “demanded” justice for the victims of Mumbai terror attack. “My demand is that now that he (Saeed) has been arrested he should be interrogated on the 26/11 incidents. His role in the 26/11 attacks must be investigated,” Chiddu had declared soon after returning from a junket to US.

India has been claiming that Saeed is the alleged mastermind behind November 2008 terror attack in Mumbai. In US, the new Indian Home Minister urged anyone who cared to meet him to intervene in the issue. Back home, he announced that ‘senior’ US officials agreed to press Pakistan to deal sternly with the ‘mastermind’ of the attack. He was commenting on the restriction imposed by Pakistan government on the movement of Saeed for the second time in this year.

Hafiz Saeed of JuD

Around the same time Chidambarem was ranting that the alleged terror perpetrator be handed over to his authorities to be punished, an ‘honourable’ former Supreme Court judge of India stuck to his position to not touch an alleged criminal responsible for massacre of hundreds of Muslims in India. The ‘Judicial’ Commission headed by him was singing an entirely different tune.

The learned judges were examining a question: Were the anti-Muslim riots in 2002 in Gujarat part of an orchestrated violence as numerous quarters from across India and the world think they were? The Commission rubbished persistent claims by human rights watchers to that effect. Its order issued on Sept 18 and made public on Sept 19 characterized testimonies not just of activists but of top police officers as well as "vague allegations" and "unwarranted assumptions." It categorically refused to summon Narendra Modi to question him on his actions and inactions, which his own Party Supremo AB Vajpayee described it as a “blot” on India’s face.

Commissioned justice

Any person with a trace left of a sense of balance would observe the striking double standards. What is sauce for the goose must be sauce for the gander too. It is simply not fair to divorce prosecution of a scholarly Islamic ideologue for alleged crimes from interrogation of a street-smart chief scientist of the laboratory of [a barbaric brand of] Hindutva that called for the pogrom.

Funnily enough, it was to shed authentic judicial light and bring the truth behind the actual masterminds that the (Shah)-Nanavatii-Mehta Commission is supposed to exist. Both Nanavati and Mehta have no reason to shorten their sinecure assignments, secured to reward loyalty to appropriate regimes during employment. Another dignitary – Justice KG Shah – was to originally head the panel. But, the farce of a known BJP loyalist heading the Commission was too obvious to continue. He was not outright dumped, but allowed to work under Nanavati. This he did for six years before dying in 2008 after serving the cause of 'justice' in India till the age of 73.

Nanavati had headed a Commission to probe the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Predictably, he could not even move his little finger against powerful cronies of Indira/Rajiv Gandhi, who ‘bravely’ taught a lesson to the whole community. From all indications, the wizened 74-year-old appears set to serve the cause of justice till in his late 80s. Given the ‘dynamic’ pace of his work, he may surpass the record of Justice Liberhan, who took 17 years to compile a monumental record of demolition of the Babri Masjid.

Shielding Modi

The 'honourable' judges also rejected the plea to summon two of Modi's lieutenants, Ashok Bhatt and Gordhan Zadaphia. The same rationale to shield Modi was employed to let them off hook. Ashok Bhatt had been a prominent don of Khadia area in Ahmedabad in his heydays. After providing “protection” to the wealthiest of traders in Gujarat concentrated in the busy locality, he became a typical Indian trade union boss, much sought after by tycoons to buy industrial peace. Becoming Modi's health minister in 2002, he became law minister and is now the ‘honourable’ Speaker of the august Assembly of lawmakers of the State. Zadaphia was the home minister who oversaw the pre-preparations and the conduct of the riots. Impatient to consolidate his power through more hawkish postures, he soon fell out with his boss. However, Zadaphia has been lucky to escape the fate of Haren Pandya – another Home Minister who fell out with Modi due to over ambitions and got bumped off under mysterious circumstances.

As a saving grace, the Commission decided to get tough with three small-time staff of those days, who ran errands for the CM. The personal assistants Sanjay Bhavsar, Tanmay Mehta and Om Prakash Singh have been directed to file affidavits. They have been asked to recall their mobile-phone communications at the height of the riots between February 28 and March 3, 2002.

The Commission came to this decision on an application moved on August 31, 2007 after a full two years of careful analysis. Jan Sangharsh Manch, a civil rights organization fighting for 'justice' of a different kind, incomprehensible to honourable judges of India, had asked it to summon them for questioning. The learned judges could not agree with any of the eight contentions submitted by its Counsel Mukul Sinha. The JSM Counsel had wanted to question – apart from Modi, Bhatt and Zadaphia – the three personal assistants and RJ Savani, DCP-Ahmedabad-Zone 5 during the days of disgraceful governance.

"The commission does not think it proper to summon the chief minister or any other minister of the government and question them about the incidents merely on the basis of vague allegations or wrong and unwarranted assumptions," the panel observed in the order. At the same time, Tanmay Mehta and Sanjay Bhavsar have been asked to state if they had talked to Jaydeep Patel, a notorious VHP leader of Naroda in the city.

The honourable judges directed Om Prakash to inform it through an affidavit whether or not a mobile phone, number 9825000836, was registered in his name or whether it belonged to him otherwise. He is to confirm whether or not he had talked with any or both of the honourable ministers (NOT the honourable CM!) over the phone. The Commission wants to know the nature of conversations if he does not choose to deny them outright. Nanavati and Mehta obviously find it difficult to sweep under the carpet the data of mobile calls collected by IPS officer Rahul Sharma about conversations between key characters during the pogrom.

Centre-state nexus

Jaydeep Patel had proudly taken credit for a teaching some essential lessons to hundreds of "Muslim upstarts" in the State during and after riots. He was nabbed along with Madam Maya Kodnani, a sitting minister in Modi’s Cabinet, only after the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team could not delay it any further. It is another matter that it is business as usual for both the dignitaries currently, who are happily out on bail. That should not surprise anyone conversant with trends in India ever since the country became 'free'. Ruling as well as opposition groups, whether at the State or at the Central level, have been artfully collaborating with one another to destroy any semblance of human rights that existed for minority communities under colonial rule.

The nexus between “communal fundamentalist” State governments on the one hand and New Delhi and its supposedly independent arms on the other hand is particularly striking. Occasional "remedies" to undo injustice come about only after so much of delay as to make them a cruel joke. That too is limited to cases where international human rights groups exert tremendous pressure. Not just in Gujarat, the conspiracy to rob life and liberty of individuals is nationwide. The prosecution invariably can go on extending custody of uncomfortable suspects till they go insane. Courts have no qualms to readily deny bail to hapless victims who lack enough resources to feed parasites. In order to prove their loyalty to authorities, they have robbed hundreds of families of their breadwinners.

A person needs to be as wealthy as Rubabuddin Sheikh – brother of Sohrabuddin Sheikh who was eliminated in cold blood by top IPS officers of Gujarat – to interest the Apex court in gross inhumanities. Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi were kidnapped in broad daylight from an APSRTC bus in connivance with top cops in Maharashtra to stage the bizarre ‘encounter’ in Gujarat.

Often, the occasional churning of the ‘conscience’ of high-profile judges fails to have any impact either on victims / their kin or the murderers. For example, the murderer IPS officers who fraudulently cooked up a conspiracy by Sohrabuddin to kill Narendra Modi are enjoying five-star comforts in jail. It should not be surprising to see them one day as honourable ministers like Bhatt and Kodnani! Investigations by Anti Terrorist Squad into the “conspiracies to kill Modi” are still going on and the Muslim youths picked up for alleged role are rotting without trial.


It is interesting to observe the trashing by Nanavati-Mehta duo of the widespread demands to question Modi in the light of New Delhi’s persistent demand for prosecuting Hafiz Saeed. It is not entirely impossible that the JuD Chief played a direct role in the carnage, as India claims he had. Nor is it right to rule out offhand that he has distanced himself completely from the activities of LeT, as he claims. While LeT continues its struggle to liberate Kashmir from occupation forces, JuD has been an NGO since it was formed, from all available evidence. JuD is known for deep dedication to charitable activities, efficiency and dynamic management. Like any respectable church group, the constructive work it does is beyond governments’ capabilities.

Perhaps, Hafiz was indeed involved in the Mumbai attacks, in which ten terrorists went on a 60-hour rampage that killed 166 people. Perhaps, what the Lahore High Court found to be mere “hearsay & conjectures” on examining the dossiers prepared by the Indian authorities was only a part of the unveiled facts. It must be recalled that Indian Home Minister Shivraj Patil and Maharashtra’s CM Deshmukh had been quietly removed from public view after the attacks, apparently to keep disturbing facts about highly placed Indian dignitaries in the dark.

Bulky dossiers

Be that as it may, the “crime” was more than a full 6-1/2 after close to 2000 innocents were slaughtered and thousands more driven off from habitats in 2002. The whole world is aware of the person whose actions and inactions fueled the pogrom. He allegedly instructed the administration not to restrain rampaging Hindutva goons from taking revenge. He justified the violence as “action-reaction phenomenon” for the burning of two rail coaches full of passengers and said the mobs must be allowed to “vent their anger.” Yet, the Nanavati-Mehta Commission supposed to facilitate dispensing justice “does not think it proper to” to inconvenience the gentleman by questioning him, let alone arresting him!

The only work that India’s security agencies have managed in the last ten months, apart from staging fake encounters and stepping up security to VIPs, has only been to produce bulky dossiers. P Chidambaram, who became the boss of New Delhi’s internal security machinery after the sacking of Shivraj Patil did not bat an eyelid to claim: “Evidence is in Pakistani soil. When Pakistan says give us evidence, evidence is not on Indian soil, all the evidence against Hafiz Saeed is on Pakistani soil. . . Therefore, one must investigate in Pakistan and find the evidence in Pakistan!”

It is not that Chidambaram is so naïve as to be blind to the problems of the fledgling civilian government in Pakistan to bow to the diktats of the big brother even if want to. Unfortunately, the governmental structure in that country is different from India’s. For one thing, courts elsewhere are not as pliable as Indian courts. It is possible in India to keep anyone, particularly a Muslim, in jail without trial with courts’ nod by following “proper” procedure. Arbitrary picked up suspects of terror dramas can be convicted and sentenced to death based solely on “confessions” extracted in custody. The interior minister of Pakistani Rehman Malik has repeatedly told the Indian high commissioner that their judiciary wants authentic documents “particularly that information which we need from India.”

When the JuD chief was put under house arrest for the first time, the courts directed his release because the charges were “sketchy”. Currently, Saeed has been booked in two cases under Anti-Terrorism Act in Faisalabad for making “provocative speeches, urging people to wage a jihad against infidels.” No self-respecting judge anywhere in the world will consider sympathizing per se with a struggle against suppression of popular aspirations in an occupied territory as terrorism. In any civilized country, prosecution can be based only on specific offences and no one can be punished simply for beliefs.

Chidambaram, however, crossed all limits of diplomatic decency when he termed the Lahore High Court’s verdict setting Hafiz Saeed free on grounds of insufficient grounds as “charade.” It is anyone’s guess whether the independent judiciary will sanction indefinite detention of the Professor, as long as Indian rulers attempt doctoring their dossiers, blacking out disturbing facts about Indian citizens, without whose knowledge such an attack could not have taken place. It is uncomfortable for both the ruling elite and the ones in opposition to admit that the countless terror bomb blasts, including the Mumbai attacks, cannot be blamed on JuD or Syeed alone. The runaway radicalization in the country leading to terrorism has its roots in gross injustices and is directly proportional to the marginalization of vast sections of the society.


Warmongering with a neighbour, already badly bruised in a different conflict, happens to be a compulsion to the ruling elite of India. It needs to cover up not just glaring intelligence and security lapses on in case of the Mumbai attack. All round tyranny has led to breakdown of constitutional institutions and failures of all governing structures. No wonder, numerous foreign affairs bureaucrats, high profile politicians and the Media were pressed to mount a strident rhetoric, short of declaration of war. Scaring the neighbour and the international community about a flare up between nuclear armed adversaries, the rulers calculate, can secure some sort of “triumph” over the imaginary enemy. Showcasing the imaginary ‘triumph’, achieved at mindboggling costs to the public, has repeatedly been successful in drumming up patriotic frenzy to let them continue reigning over the masses.

The Indian political class has managed to erect an invisible apartheid system, right since the British Empire vacated all its colonies, transferring power to home-grown leaderships. The apartheid affected the minority community of 27 million Christians only to a limited extent, mainly because of their highly developed institutions in economic and social spheres. The 160-plus million Muslims who are comparatively poor and backward due to the migration of a big chunk of the well-off sections to Pakistan and elsewhere, on the other hand, are the worst victims.

Perpetration of the apartheid system is the main objective for provoking conflicts deliberately and repeatedly. It is also behind the simmering dispute over Kashmir. Stationing of seven lakh troops in the disputed territory, resulting in routine human rights abuses, can only fuel retaliatory terror. After every incident of terrorism and riots, it is normal to pick up a number of Muslim youth “on suspicion” and let them rot without trial in jail indefinitely with courts’ consent. Also, any disapproval from this section for suicidal war advocacy is equated to treason. In the cruelest manifestation of the apartheid system, Muslims are expected to declare their unconditional allegiance to the powers-that-be after every riot and every outbreak of conflict, or face social ostracism.

It is ironic to find the Muslim leadership in India has routinely herded the masses steeped in ignorance and backwardness to back the Congress party. This translates into covertly supporting the apartheid policy, because it was Congress that had sown and has been nourishing the invisible apartheid. It will be no exaggeration to state that the likes of BJP and Shiv Sena have only taken advantage of this policy to a limited extent. In most cases, including in the eyewash probe into the Gujarat pogrom, they have been partnered by the Congress top brass and the constitutional authorities that have been thoroughly corrupted.

Take the unceremonious burial given to Sri Krishna report into the Mumbai riots; Take the ‘effective’ follow-up actions on Liberhan’s 17-year eyewash of probing Babri demolition; ; Take the Apex Court’s wisdom behind jailing an unfortunate riot victim on contempt charges for flip-flopping in her deposition before it, frightened to the spine by powers that the court is powerless to touch; Take the indifference to the plight of the POTA-accused in the Godhra train burning incident in 2002, who had to rot in jail for seven years without bail after POTA itself had been repealed but their release was stayed while the court took its own sweet time to dispose off a challenge to the repeal itself; Take the hundreds of thousands of breadwinners behind bars in several States ruled by the “secular” parties: Take the case of NHRC’s clean chit for the fake encounter at Batla House. These are just a few of the nightmarish fruits of blindly allying with hypocritical groups that promote the apartheid. Unless the minorities assert themselves and bravely raise their voice against the bogey of war advocacy, it will be impossible to escape the vicious circle.

It is time that Indian rulers are forced to dismantle the invisible apartheid and end State-orchestrated terrorism within the country rather than spoiling for deadly conflagrations, which only add to the agony of the people. As popular outrage gets out of control, there is every risk of instability through terror attacks. This can be averted only by instilling a sense of justness in State machinery and not by terrorizing people who demand that. Crying hoarse demanding prosecution of foreign citizens running NGOs to serve the people there cannot be the substitute for credible prosecution of highly placed ruffians responsible for mass murders. India must give utmost priority to purge the machinery of human rights protection and justice dispensation of rent-seeking elements. The entire structure needs to be cleansed of parasites that use their top positions of office to sabotage justice from within, if India is not to implode.


The author is an independent analyst of South Asian issues, based in Ahmedabad, India.

23-10-09, 04:47 AM
Maharashtra elections: Muslims are moving beyond the status-quo

By M. Zajam and Kashif-ul-Huda for TwoCircles.net

On the face of it, Muslims have been able to maintain the status-quo in the new assembly of Maharashtra but scratch the surface and witness the emergence of a community gaining political strength.

Outgoing Maharashtra assembly had 11 Muslim MLAs, and the latest election also returned 11 Muslim MLAs. The 2009 result saw 5 Muslim candidates coming second, three of those with a margin of less than 10,000 votes. In 2004 elections, 7 Muslim candidates ended up runner-ups and four of these with less than 10,000 votes. So, if we include runner-ups in our analysis it seems Muslims in Maharashtra have lost some political ground.

In 2004 elections all Muslim MLAs belonged to either the Congress (INC) or its ally, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Between 2004 and 2009, Muslims of Maharashtra saw multiple anti-Muslim violence, fake encounters, and arrests of Muslim youth after terrorist attacks. Muslims felt helpless and lacked security while the ruling alliance which got overwhelming Muslim votes in 2004 elections did nothing to protect them.

Increasing incidence of communal riots saw many Muslim corporators of both INC and NCP resigning from their positions. This grass root revolt against the ruling parties by the Muslims of the state saw more than hundred Muslim party officials quitting their party positions or elected seats but none of the MLAs joined cause with them.

2009 election has returned same number of Muslim MLAs as the last assembly but with a major difference that 4 out 11 belong to non-INC and non-NCP parties. Three of the four seats are of Samajwadi Party (SP) of which two seats won by SP state chief Abu Asim Azmi and one by Mufti Mohammad Ismail who contested on Jan Surajya Shakti party ticket.

Mufti Ismail celebrating his victory in Malegaon. [Ummid.com photo]

Mufit Ismail represents the increasing loud voice of Muslims’ frustration with Congress inaction when it comes to Muslim issues. He came to the limelight by winning the Malegaon municipal election after forming his own political party. His lead of around 18,000 this election gives indication of strong Muslim resentment against Congress-NCP government.

For Congress, Minster of State Baba Siddique won a third term as MLA from Vandre West in a close fight. Young Municipal Councillor, Aslam Shaikh won Malad West defeating R. U. Singh of BJP. In Mumbadevi where Muslms form 50% population, Amin Patel had an easy ride.

Mohammed Arif Naseem Khan, the first Muslim to be Minister of State for Home (Urban) of Maharashtra since the state came into existence in 1960 was contesting from Chandivali. Two-time MLA from the Kurla assembly constituency, Mohammed Arif Naseem Khan came into light during the 1992-93 communal riots in Mumbai when he played a key role in setting the first peace committee in suburban Ghatkopur. Arif Naseem Khan defeated Dilip Bhausaheb of MNS by margin of 33.715 votes. In Silod, Abdul Sattar Abdul Nabi had maintained lead right from the beinging and sealed the victory with margin of 26,753 votes.

For NCP, Nawab Malik, Mushrif Hasan Miyalal won Anushakti Nagar and Kagal respectively.

The list of 174 candidates released by the Congress had 12 Muslim names while the NCP’s list of 113 candidates had four Muslims.

Though there are 10.6% Muslim in Maharashtra and about 48 constituencies with a significant Muslim presences only 11 Muslim candidates are able to win for the last two assembly elections but result this year provide strong evidence that Muslims are getting organized and gaining political strength on their own. Congress and other secular parties will get votes only if they had no choice. And choices they are getting- many Muslim led parties are moving in to Maharashtra – United Democratic Front (UDF), Rashtriya Ulema Council (RUC), and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) have made their entry in the state in recent months.

Message for the secular parties- listen to the community and deliver; Muslims can not be taken for a ride anymore. New INC-NCP government can start by implementing Sri Krishna Report, speeding trials in cases of fake encounters and arrests of Muslim youth on terror charges, controlling and punishing the guilty of communal riots.
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04-11-09, 02:52 PM
Marad clashes of 2002: Five acquitted
By TwoCircles.net Staff Correspondent,

Kochi: Five persons have been exonerated in the case of looting and setting a house ablaze amidst the Marad clashes of 2002.

Kuttichantakath Rafeeq (35), Kuttichantakath Sakkeer (32), Kinattinkalakath Basheer (45), Kinattinkalakath Noufal (30) and Kinattinkalakath Faisal (35) were acquitted by the Special Additional District Sessions Court Judge KP Prasannakumari. All the accused were residents of Marad. The court reportedly pointed out in the judgement that the prosecution had failed to prove the charges against the accused.

The incident leading to the case took place in the night of January 3, 2002. The case was that the accused looted and set fire to the house of Arayachantakath Jeejabhai. Jeejabhai’s husband T Suresh was a former secretary of the Araya Samajam.

PD Ravi appeared for the prosecution and MT Shameer appeared for the accused.

This is one of the 67 cases registered in connection with the incidents including the five murders that took place on the coastal village of Marad in Kozhikode district. The clashes took place on January 3 and 4, 2002.

04-11-09, 03:04 PM
SIO team visits minority ministry to press reforms in scholarship schemes

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net,

New Delhi: A high-level delegation of the Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) yesterday visited the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs office in New Delhi and had a detailed meeting with officials related to the minority scholarship schemes. The delegation headed by SIO National Secretary Shahnawaz Ali Raihan apprised the ministry about the problems being faced by candidates, and also suggested ways to make the schemes more effective.

While appreciating the scholarship programs as a good step towards eliminating the educational backwardness of minorities in India, the delegation told the ministry there were scopes to make the schemes more outreaching and hassle-free. They urged the ministry to make proper advertisement in local media about the schemes, to enhance scholarship amount, to simplify forms and other procedures and to fix a calendar for the entire process -- from announcement to disbursal of funds -- of scholarship schemes.

SIO Jharkhand State President Shariq Ansar, a member of the delegation, shared his experience -- how SIO played major role throughout Jharkhand to make students aware about scholarship programs and what kind of hurdles his team faced. He said that schemes were not properly publicized.

“Though being a positive and sincere step the scheme to an extent has not been successful in reaching the deserving rural and urban candidates of the country. On the very first year of its inception, the scheme was not advertised by the state authorities and scheme was going unnoticed. In Maharashtra, Bihar, Jharkhand and various other states SIO pressed the state governments to extend the deadline by a month and also advertise it in all the newspapers widely read by the minorities,” Shahnawaz Ali Raihan told TwoCircles.net. Apart from this, there are many hassles and procedures, at the local level, which a common student can surely not sustain and get through the scheme, he added.

“The candidates have to face great hardship in getting the income certificate. At times some colleges do not know about the scheme or they refuse to accept the forms only because they did not receive any GR on it. On the other the pre-condition of opening a bank account has also been a major reason of students not being benefited from the scheme,” Raihan said.

Since its inception in the year 2007, SIO has been propagating the schemes among the minorities throughout the country. During the course, it experienced different odd scenarios and understood the need of candidates. “Therefore, on behalf of the minorities, especially Muslim community, SIO suggested and demanded to the Govt. certain things to make the scheme more outreaching, viable and hassle-free,” Raihan said.

Raihan told TCN that the officials positively listened to their points. They told us that the ministry was thinking on corrections to remove hurdles in the schemes, and thanked the delegation for apprising the ministry of the related issues at the right time.”


Merit-cum-Means Scholarship

● It is the fact that daily need and livelihood in recent days is becoming dearer, therefore, under the merit-cum-means scheme the maintenance allowance should be increased from the present Rs 5000 and should be reviewed as the beneficiary elevates to higher classes.

● Voter ID card should be considered as the residential proof of a candidate and if in any case the candidate does not have a voter ID only than he/she should be asked to file an affidavit of residence.

● There are certain professional courses which are not included under Merit-cum-Means scheme. Therefore, we urge you to extend the purview of the scheme and accommodate a wide range of professional courses.

● The format of application form should be simplified.

● There should be a separate application form for renewing the scheme which should be more simple. And the candidate should not be asked to again file a domicile.

● There should be a fixed calendar for the announcement of scholarship and allotment of the same.

Post-Matric Scholarship schemes

* Rate of scholarship should be enhance as [email protected]/month for outside home students and [email protected]/month for residential students. This maintenance should be reviewed as per the inflation rate.

* For the religion proof self declaration of student should be accepted.

* For the residential proof certificates regarding voting rights should be allowed. At last affidavit should be must.

* Father/Guardian income cert. /affidavit depending upon the nature of employee of the father/guardian.

* The format of application should be simple.

* The bank account should be demanded only after the grant of scholarship. The process will be allotment of time duration to the selected students for the submission of the bank a/c.

* The format of renewal should be separate with minimum requirement. There should not be demand of domicile and income certificates.

* The last date of submission of form and result should be fixed every year.(Aug to oct)

Pre-matric Scholarship Scheme

● The maintenance allowance for the students from class 1 to class 5 should be Rs 400/ and for class 6 to 10 it should be Rs 600/ a month.

● Under the residential proof, father’s/guardian’s Voter ID should be considered. However, if in any case parents/guardians don’t have the voter IDs only than they should be asked to file an affidavit of residence.

● The format of application form should be made more simple.

● There should be a separate application form for renewing the scheme which should be more simple. And the candidate should not be asked to again file a domicile certificate along with it.

● There should be a fixed calendar for the announcement of scholarship and allotment of the same.

Other demands

The SIO delegation also demanded that there should be regular follow-up from the central government to check whether the state governments are implementing the scheme to the lowest level.

The centre should ensure that the state government widely advertises the scheme at the time of its announcements in all major regional dailies, at least three times, in the course of time.

The centre should ask the state governments to distribute the applications forms and ensure that it reaches up to sub divisional level.

The Central Minorities ministry should check with the state governments that all the DEO, BDO, BEO, DSC, Vice Chancellors and school and college heads also issue notice of the announcements of the scheme.

All the state governments should launch information centre, may be a website, where students can check the announcements and allotments of the scheme.

[Photo: www.asianews.it]

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08-11-09, 09:34 AM
One convicted for 1989 Bhagalpur riots


Patna : A court in Bihar Saturday convicted Kameshwar Yadav, accused of killing a Muslim teenager during the 1989 communal riots in Bhagalpur.

Bhagalpur Additional District and Sessions Judge Arvind Madhav found Kameshwar Yadav guilty of shooting dead Mohammad Qayyum, 15.

Yadav was charged with firing upon Qayyum while leading a mob of rioters Oct 24, 1989.

The police had earlier closed the case against Yadav, citing lack of evidence. He was later even given a citation by the state police in 2004 for maintaining communal harmony.

However, the case against Yadav, who was also the prime accused in the killing of a Muslim shop owner, was one of the first in the 27 cases Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ordered to be reopened for investigation in 2006.

Qayyum's father Mohammad Naseeruddin, in his complaint to the police, had said when he came out of his house on hearing sounds of gun shots and bomb blasts, he saw Yadav, along with some other rioters, gun down his son who was trying to run for safety.

He also said that the body of his son was taken away by the mob as he hid in his own house due to fear.

In 2007, Yadav was sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment by the court in another case of communal violence in Bhagalpur in 1989.

Over 1,000 people, a majority of them Muslims, were killed in the month-long riots in Bhagalpur city in October 1989.

09-11-09, 06:53 PM
Undertrials accuse Delhi trial court judge of communal bias
By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net,

New Delhi: Three undertrials lodged in Tihar Central Jail have in an affidavit alleged that the Delhi district court judge who is hearing their case, has shown communal bias and used objectionable remarks against them during the proceedings. They said they have lost hope of justice from the court as the judge seems to have reached conclusion even before the conclusion of the trial.

In affidavits separately filed in the court of District & Sessions Judge G P Mittal, the accused said: The attitude and conduct of the Ld. Presiding Officer is biased and before conclusion of the trial, the Ld. Presiding Officer has reached the conclusion that we are guilty as on number of times, the Ld. Presiding officers has passed remarks which are absolutely unwarranted.

In the affidavits, the undertrials have mentioned some remarks of the learned judge. At one occasion, they alleged, the judge told the accused that they were Ajmal Kasab’s brother and they were all of the same clan.

“Ld. Presiding Officer passed remarks by addressing all of us ‘That Ajmal Kasab is your brother. You all are of the same clan but now you are not owning him,” the affidavits read.

According to the affidavits filed on November 3, two accused -- Shafaquat Iqbal @ Iqbal S\o Abdul Gani and Shabbir Ahmed S\o Mohd. Shafi – are from Doda district in Jammu and Kashmir while Mohd. Hassan @ Abu Qasim S\o Mohd. Hussain is from Punjab province in Pakistan

All lodged in the Tihar Central Jail are facing trial under IPC Sections 121,122,123 etc and Section 4\5 of Explosive Substance Act. Their case is pending with an additional sessions court of Delhi. They were detained under the FIR No 28/07 by Special Cell.

The accused have also made a serious allegation that the judge once told them that they were lucky to be in jail otherwise they would have been killed.

“On one occasion, the Ld. Presiding Officer has said that “You are lucky being inside jail otherwise you would have been dead,” they said.

In view of these incidents, the accused said, they have lost faith in the court.

“In view of the biased and prejudiced attitude of the Ld. Trial Court, we have no faith in it and we are hopeful that we will not be getting justice as the Ld. Trial court has reached the conclusion that we are guilty before the conclusion of the trial.”
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10-11-09, 09:00 AM
MUSA president interrogated

UDALGURI, Nov 9 – Badrul Islam, president of Muslim Students’ Union of Assam (MUSA), was interrogated by Udalguri police on Sunday at Udalguri PS in connection with a case related to killing of Dipak Rabha on August 14 last year during the Assam bandh called by his organisation. It is to be noted that he was arrested at Hatigaon in Guwahati very recently in this connection.

10-11-09, 01:22 PM
Bhagalpur riots convict sentenced to life imprisonment


Patna : A court in Bihar Monday sentenced a man convicted of killing a Muslim teenager during the 1989 communal riots in Bhagalpur to life imprisonment.

Bhagalpur Additional District and Sessions Judge Arvind Madhav sentenced Kameshwar Yadav to life imprisonment Monday.

Unhappy with the court's judgement, many of Yadav's supporters shouted slogans against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Two days ago, the court had found Yadav guilty of shooting dead Mohammad Qayyum, 15.

The police had earlier closed the case against Yadav, citing lack of evidence. In 2004 he was even given a citation by the state police for maintaining communal harmony.

However, the case against Yadav, who was also the prime accused in the killing of a Muslim shop owner, was ordered to be reopened for investigation in 2006 by Nitish Kumar.

In 2007, Yadav was sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment by the court in another case of communal violence in Bhagalpur in 1989.

Over 1,000 people, majority of them Muslims, were killed in the month-long riots in Bhagalpur city in October 1989.
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03-12-09, 04:59 PM
Bloody Friday 2002 at Adhiapara: A tale of tears and fear
Photo and text by Anjuman Ara Begum for TwoCircles.net

December 1, 2002 is a day that the people of Adhiapara under Hajo PS, Kamrup, Assam will never forget. On that day ten persons including one Army Major were killed in a fierce encounter between the villagers and the armed officers.

Adhiapara Masjid

The incident was sudden and quite unexpected. It was a day of the holy month Ramadan and being the day of the Friday, villagers were busy with their daily works as usual when a group of Army personnel belonging to Assam regiment entered the Adhiapara village in a Tata Sumo vehicle (registration number AS 01- M 3714). The vehicle stopped near the house of recently retired school teacher Tomiziddin Ahmed on the suspicion that he was hiding arms and ammunition and also providing shelter to ULFA members.

One Mohammad Ali, who the villagers now suspect to be an informer, succeeded in persuading the army group to believe that Tomizuddin is providing shelter to ULFA members. Mohammed Ali was a surrendered ULFA member and offered himself to be an informer for the Army.

Azizur Rahman still suffering from different complications

The army group was led by company commander, Major Rah Thabah, hailing from Meghalaya. Villagers informed that Ali’s game plan was to try to extort money from a school teacher of that village, and so he told the Assam Regiment battalion that there was a group of ULFA militants in the school teacher’s house. When Major Thabah’s group operating in civil clothes came to the village, the villagers mistook them to be ULFA militants. The major along with his associates entered the house of Tomizuddin around 1 pm. There was no one at home as the male members of the family were gone for the Friday prayer.

All the members of the army group were inside when villagers gathered and attacked them. Major Thabah tried to explain but there was hardly anyone to believe him. The army group started firing to save themselves. Several villagers were injured in the process. All persons holding AK -47 in civil cloth must be terrorists belonging to ULFA, the villagers thought. When villagers encircled the house of Tomizuddin with daggers, big knives, sharp trident shaped weapons, the Major came out first and tried to negotiate. Unfortunately Major Thabah and Jawan Debojit Deori were killed on the spot. Other members of the group in order to find a way to escape started firing indiscriminately. They came out of the house and continued to fire while running away. Seven ordinary Muslim villagers were killed in the process and several injured. Meanwhile villagers also burnt down the Tata Sumo vehicle and the driver was severally beaten by the villagers. The drive later succumbed to the injuries. Those killed are

1. Tofid Ali, son of Himan Biwi, 17 years old
2. Meser Ali, 45 years old
3. Farmud Ali, 48 years old
4. Mohnur Ali, 40 years old
5. Ali Akbar, 48years old
6. Mohiuddin Ahmed, 57 years old
7. Nizan Ali, 55 years old
8. Major Thabah, 40 years old
9. Debojit Deori
10. Chandan Rajbanshi ( driver of the Tata Sumo)

Memorial built by the villagers at Adhiapara

The incident completed 9 years now. Villagers of Adhiapara still remember the day with tears and fear and pray that such an incident never happens again. State government has also instructed the security personnel not to believe in the information provided by the surrendered militants without verification.

The Government of Assam provided rupees 1 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed vide letter no. RR.146/2006/69 dated April 26, 2007 and the injured were given rupees 10 thousand for treatment.

Samser Ali was injured during the firing

Himan Bibi, mother of Tofid Ali

Funeral prayers for the dead [archive photo]

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18-12-09, 09:17 PM
Togadia threatens stir over Ranganath Mishra panel report


Ahmedabad: Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Pravin Togadia threatened a nationwide agitation if the government made any move to implement the report of the Ranganath Mishra Commission for reservation for Muslims and other minorities. "It is anti-constitutional, anti-national and anti-Hindu," he alleged.

Togadia, VHP secretary general, condemned the report terming it as against the spirit of the founding fathers of the Indian constitution and said if implemented, it would particularly be damaging to the interests of the vulnerable sections of Hindu society.

"Implementation of such a report is set to encourage religious conversions, particularly among the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and other backward classes to take advantage of this development," he said.

"The present government is trying to undo the conscious decision of the constituent assembly not to provide for religion-based reservation."

"The implementation of the report will mean death for the Hindu SCs, STs and OBCs and their children," he added.
Minority commission seeks 10 percent job quota for Muslims

New Delhi : A government-appointed committee tasked to study the status of religious and linguistic minorities says these communities are "under-represented" and "sometimes wholly unrepresented" in government jobs and has recommended that 10 percent government posts be reserved for Muslims.

The report of the National Commission on Religious and Linguistic Minorities, headed by Justice Ranganath Mishra, former chief justice of India, was tabled in the Lok Sabha Friday amid noisy scenes.

Stressing that education was the "most important requirement for improving the socioeconomic status of backward sections among religious minorities", the report says that literacy levels of Muslims and Buddhists were low and next to Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST).

"Educational levels of religious minorities vary considerably from one community to the other. While educational level of Jains, Christians and Parsis is higher, that of Muslims and Buddhists is low and is next to SC/ST," according to the 449-page document in two volumes.

"Since the minorities - especially the Muslims - are very much under-represented, and sometimes wholly unrepresented, in government employment, we recommend that they should be regarded as 'socially and educationally' backward in this respect within the meaning of that term as used in the constitution," says the report, which was presented to the government in 2007.

Recommending that 15 percent of posts in all cadres and grades under the central and state governments should be earmarked for minorities, the commission specifically says that 10 percent of that should be reserved for Muslims, which form the largest -- 73 percent -- share of the minority population in India.

"The remaining five percent (should be reserved) for the other minorities," it says.

"In no case shall any seat within the recommended 15 percent go to the majority community," it emphasizes.
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07-01-10, 07:39 PM
Why S M Mushrif’s book “Who Killed Karkare?” not discussed in media

By Mohd Ziyallah Khan,

To tell a truth in front of a tyrant ruler is the biggest crusade in the sight of Lord. And perhaps, this saying sounds so true to Mr. S M Mushrif (retired IPS officer – former IGP Maharashtra) when he wrote his book ‘Who killed Karkare?’ published a couple of months back. Ironically, despite all the truth he has managed to jot down in his daring work, he couldn’t get the kind of coverage or response in the Media.

The sort of debate or discussion it should spark off in the market sounds missing though, the reasons are obvious, which he himself disclosed in his recent visit to Nagpur on 2nd and 3rd January 2010 in a conference organised by Bahujan Sangarsh Samiti Nagpur Chapter.

He said that 20-25 different journalists from the various big and small media houses – both the print and electronic – which interviewed him on 28th October 2009 at his Pune residence, but nothing really appeared the following day, except in small time newspapers of the city. His work was totally kept under the carpet; nobody really cared to debate or discuss it in public domain, thanks to the kind of pressure the Saffron brigade has created on the media industry. So one can imagine the fear in which they dwell these days. To this point Mushrif added a humor saying, “the saffron elements happen to be the real terrorist, but with my book they seems to be terrorized, so in this way I now call myself a more bigger terrorist than them”.

The most interesting speech in the two-day program of Bahujan Sangarsh Samiti, was in the symposium on ‘Hindu Nation and Bahujan Society’ (Bahujan Society is referred to the non-Brahmin communities, including Muslims, Christians, Sikh, Dalits, OBC’s etc). In his speech, Mr Mushrif said that the real trouble before the anti-national elements (saffron groups) were the true nationalist people like Karkare, Salaskar, Kamte etc, who managed to find the real culprit behind the series of bomb blasts executed in various places including, Malegaon, Nanded and Parbhani etc. The two laptops recovered by Karkare after Sadhvi Pragya’s arrest disclosed, how the Hindu terror network was responsible for the series of bomb blasts carried out, making Muslim innocent youths responsible for the same.

The laptop recovered had ample of information about how the Hindu terror group materialized this anti-national activities using people and groups of different expertise and resource. These groups of men included some high profile industrialists, politicians, media professionals, historians, academicians and so on. This new nexus coming into light was well exposed by our real hero, the ATS Chief, Hemant Karkare. This man made a promise to himself that he will leave no stone unturned to let the world know the truth. However, before he could do this, he was knocked out of this mortal world in a very mysterious fashion during the 26/11 Mumbai attack.

According to Mushrif, the elimination of Karkare was nothing but an innovative way of getting rid of a person who was likely to expose the anti-national elements which is nothing but the saffron brigade. This innovative way is – certainly killing people like Karkare under the shadow of some operation like 26/11, so it was a good team work between the so called Lashkar men and the saffron elements.

According to Mushrif, the IB was well informed about the LeT men hatching a plan to attack the Taj, they had been knowing this fact since 18th November 2008, but unfortunately, they never passed on this information to the Navy or to the Mumbai police, rather they preferred to give it to the coast guard which has nothing to do with the internal security. So it was nothing but efforts done too little too late, failing thus to avert this attack. The IB despite being informed about the movement of the boat carrying the men with lethal weapons remained tongue tied. Earlier the IB was provided with 35 different suspicious cell no’s by the RAW, the same numbers used during those 72 hours of terror in Mumbai, including many ISD calls and only one call made in Mumbai, just before the death of Karkare. In this way Hemant Karkare was killed by the men as per the directions of the saffron elements, while the message went to the masses was, ‘LeT men killed him’.

According to Mushrif, he had found 11 stark contrasting elements in two operations. The Taj-Oberoy-Trident was completely different from the one at Cama and Rangbhavan lanes. How can same people be at two different places at the same time? Also, he came across so many loopholes, in the 26/11 investigation. Sr. IAS officer Rangari told Times of India, Mumbai edition that during the attack at CST, out of 35 CCTV cameras, 16 were shut down at that particular day for no valid reason. The SIM recovered at CST station of the terrorist belonged to a person based at Satara (a city in Maharashtra), the police investigation was intervened in the midst of the due process, and this owner of the SIM was never brought to books. The lady beside the coastal area identified these men who came from boat, and was the eyewitness to the massacre perpetrated at Taj in the broad daylight, but was soon forced to leave for US.

The interesting remark made by Mr. Mushrif at the end of his speech was, that the IB in India is worst than any RSS Shakha, and that if these men who happen to be custodians of our security and who remain hand in glove with the enemies of our society, then its time to stand up for a new revolution.

(The writer is a freelancer and media activist based in Nagpur, can be contacted at [email protected])



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14-01-10, 01:30 PM
Court allows only prayers at Hubli Idgah Maidan


New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday allowed the Muslim community to hold mass prayers twice a year in the Idgah Maidan in Hubli in Karnataka, but ruled out allowing the construction of any structure there by the community.

A bench of Justice Dalveer Bhandari and Justice Mukundkam Sharma gave the ruling, upholding the June 1992 verdict of the Karnataka High Court.

The high court, upholding the lower court's ruling, had said the Idgah Maidan was not the exclusive property of the Anjuman-e-Islam but belonged to what was by then the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation.

Rebutting the claims of the Anjuman-e-Islam, a Muslim religious body, the high court had said that the Maidan was not leased to it but it was merely given the licence to use the field for twice a year for religious purposes - offer prayers on Bakr-id and the Ramzaan.

The high court, in its verdict delivered Jun 8, 1992, had also ordered demolition of a permanent structure, erected by the Anjuman, within 45 days.

In its appeal against the high court ruling before the apex court, the Anjuman-e-Islam had contended that the field had been given to it on a 99-year-long lease in 1930 by the former British government and it was free to use it in the manner it deemed fit.

The Supreme Court gave the ruling on an appeal by the Anjuman-e-Islam against the high court ruling.

20-01-10, 07:37 AM
Our lord appreciated christians as per quranic versus 3:55,5:82 and 57:27,28 except quranic versus 5:57 and 9:31.

As per Quranic Verses 4:59 & 83 it’s the duty of the everyone to spread the following
messages to all concerned in the interest of Peace, Security, health & wealth for Mankind

"Please download from web site WWW.GOLDENDUAS.COM for peace, security, health & wealth
for mankind. and the same may be published to all members of the group based on quranic
verse 2:2, 10:57, 17:11,16, 28:59, 39:55,57, 13:37 & 65:8. Otherwise it will amount to refusal
to follow our Lord Order, guidance and direction as per Quranic verses 6:26”
Please kindly arrange to post the above said message in the group websites to know all concerned
interest of peace, security, health and wealth of all mankind. Otherwise it will amount to
refusal to follow our Lord Order, guidance and direction as per Quranic verses 6:26"

With kind regards

28-01-10, 12:15 PM
Muslims want strong, prosperous India; say unity must for it

By TCN News,

Muslims want to see India more educated, prosperous and stronger than all other countries. For this there should be communal harmony and strong unity among communities in the entire country. This is the general feeling of Muslims in Delhi and Patna today on 60th Republic Day. TCN teams went into streets in the two capital cities and asked people: What kind of India they want to see in future, and what requires for India to become internally strong.

“We want to see a strong India. Unity, communal amity and harmony are must for it, says Azmat Ali Khan,” a driver in New Delhi. A. Danyal, principal, Millat Urdu High School in Patna echoes the driver: “The wise way to make India internally powerful is to promote communal harmony by inter-faith dialogues among the communities. As India’s is a plural society, without mutual understanding it cannot progress and get stronger.”

While many are proud of the democratic system of the country, some say we can see a delightful future if the values of democracy be given its due respect by government as well as citizens.

Delhi Muslims:

A Jamia Millia Islamia student— We want India become better than today. People should excel and be honest in their work.

Azmat Ali Khan, a driver— We want a strong India – an India where education particularly of Muslims is ensured. For India to become strong, communal unity and harmony is must.

Kausar Neyaz, a teacher— Better than today. Education is must so that poverty is eradicated and children become soldiers of the country.

Muslehuddin, a teacher— India should maintain its importance in the world. It should move on the path shown by former president APJ Abdul Kalam. Only then India can become super power. Youth of the Muslim community should be strong educationally and financially

Two madrasa students— Developed, prosperous. People should think good for each other. They should be united and love each other.

Nayyer Azam, a B.Tech student— Prosper and communally peaceful. Politicians should be honest.

A Muslim NRI— Honest, decent and truthful. We have a great nation. If leaders become honest, it will be good for India as a nation and for all communities.

A grocer— A happy, prosperous India. There should be communal unity and harmony.
Azeem, a class V student— An India where roads should be clean and there is no terrorist. We ourselves should become good to make India better.

Farooq Ali, ex-Army man and security guard at Jamia Millia Islamia—Want to see India stronger than America. This can be achieved through education. Education alone can make India super power.

Tanveer Ahmad Qasmi, a cleric—Want India become leading country in the world. For this we will have to choose the path of truth and honesty. To make India great and leading, we have to free India from corruption as well. Our country is great in terms of democracy and I am proud of it.

Delhi Muslim women:

Shaheen Kausar, principal of a private Muslim school— Want to see India very beautiful and very strong. I wish it again become golden bird and stronger than all countries. For this struggle, courage and unity are required.

Sakina Anwar, a student of Jamia Millia Islamia: Very beautiful and better India. We must be united so that we could work for the betterment of the country.

Bushra, an MA student: Want to see India better, higher and more developed than others. We need confidence and unity.

Patna Muslims:

Maulana Anisur Rahman Qasmi, chairman, Bihar Haj Committee—Our country has democratic system and we believe it will see delightful future if the values of the democracy be given its due respect by government as well as all the citizens.

A Danyal, principal, Millat Urdu High School—We want to see corruption-free, educated and cultured India where all the basic facilities are available for all the citizens irrespective of religions, castes and creeds. The wise way to make India internally powerful is to promote communal harmony by inter-faith dialogues among the communities. This is because India has plural society so without mutual understanding it cannot progress and get strength.

Mufti Sohrab Nadvi, deputy secretary of Imarat-e-Shariah—It is really great to have democracy system in our country but we need to implement this system with its full demands then only every one will be able to live peacefully.

Maulana Wasi Ahmad Qasmi—We want to see India as a role model for whole world and for that, true democracy and unity is must in the country.

Haris,a young journalist—60 years ago the Indian Constitution came into force but it is a fact that we are still far from the vision of our forefathers. We need to work in all fields including education, health, and economy without any discrimination. Every Indian wants to see the country growing but this should be for all and not only for selected people. There should be strong policy to tackle the poverty.

Maulana Noor Alam Rahmani—Discrimination must be ended and equal opportunity should be provided for people of all sections, and especial attention should be given to rural areas where most of the citizens are living. Neglecting them, country will never progress.

Adil Fareedi,a Darul Graduate—Government should build relation with common people and try to understand their problems and concentrate on education. Unfortunately, government take decisions keeping in mind high profile industrialists and not a common man that is why price is growing but government did not take any appropriate step to control it. This is not the way to progress.

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12-02-10, 10:43 AM
Adv Shahid Azmi shot dead in Mumbai

By TCN News,

New Delhi: Advocate Shahid Azmi, who was defence lawyer for about 50 Muslim youths languishing in jails in terror cases, was shot dead about one hour ago by unknown people in his chamber near Taximen's Colony in Kurla East, Mumbai. Five people pretending as clients entered in his office and fired five rounds at Adv Azmi from pointblank range. He was rushed hosiptal but declared dead at arrival.

About 32-year-old Shahid Azmi was the defence counsel on behalf of Jamit Ulema Maharashtra for more than 50 Muslim terror suspects languishing in jails in connection with Malegaon blasts and train bombings.
His close acquaintance Dr Tasleem Rahmani, president, Muslim Political Council of India told TCN that Azmi was just 16 when he was arrested in a TADA case but he was later acquitted by the court. “He was a brave, humble, intelligent and efficient lawyer who charged minimum from the innocent victims,” added Dr Rahmani.
Who could be behind the killing? “Those who have conspired for putting hundreds of innocent Muslim youth in terror cases, could be behind his murder,” said Dr Rahmani.

Malegaon-based Ummid.com says: Shahid Azmi came to the limelight after he began handling the 7/11 Mumbai blast case and other terror related cases in which Muslim youths were detained. His petition filed on behalf of Jamiatul Ulema challenging the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) is pending for judgment in Supreme Court.


13-02-10, 06:49 PM
Islamophobia at work in Indian media

By NM Sampathkumar Iyangar

A 61-year-old passenger was getting his personal baggage checked at the security check booth of New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport on February 10. The security man found a knife in the baggage and reported the matter to his officer. A spokesman was not able to specify the type or size of the 'knife' but could only tell the media, "We found a knife in his baggage. When we questioned him, he could not give any reason so he was detained and handed over to the police."

The incident may not ordinarily be considered to be newsworthy. However, the passenger Winston Marshall happened to be an American national. It was natural that it immediately attained some news value.

While an online TV blog flashed it as "Delhi police detain a US National at IGI airport", a more 'enterprising' one focused on the resident of New York and said: "US terror suspect held in Delhi.” The police were checking if he had any terror links after finding from his passport that he had travelled to Pakistan and Bangladesh recently, according to another media circus that said: "American detained at Delhi airport for suspected terror links"

Press Trust of India, whose ticker is frequently picked up and quoted in the big 'national' press as well as the vernacular press across India, had other news peg about the incident. PTI is considered to be the Xinhua of India, and not without basis. Ever since the Agency got nationalized through the backdoor and lost its independence soon after independence, it disseminates the news as desired by government authorities.

Although supposed to be autonomous and 'free', it often propagates the views of the reigning rulers more than the news of incidents. Naturally, PTI is considered across the world as the State-owned or 'official' news agency of India. Its ticker: "61-yr-old American national detained at IGI airport."

The style of the report accurately reflects the current status of Islamophobia in India. It explains the actions of the rulers in New Delhi, such as on Batla House fake encounter, eyewash retrials on post-Godhra pogrom, ban on SIMI, etc. In fact, PTI seems to stand for Press Tarnish of India to brand anyone professing the religion of Islam as a terrorist. No wonder, the 'staff reporter' of PTI highlights some "juicy details" not obvious to unbiased observers.

1. The passenger was flying to Doha, in the Arab heartland.

2. He preferred to take a Qatar Airways flight.

3. He changed his religion some 40 years ago (PTI described him as Kensinghton Carmichael, a convert from Christianity to Islam)

4. He travelled to various parts of the national capital

5. He had multiple tourist visas and had visited Pakistan and Bangladesh earlier.

Maybe, the passenger would not have made news for PTI had he opted for a major airline carrier such United Airlines, KLM Royal or British Airways; had been destined for London or Amsterdam, had he desisted from converting to another religion; if he had remained confined to Delhi airport while in India; and had he not visited Dhaka, Karachi etc, with due entries in the passport!

It is not odd that the PTI staff reporter found the presence of a knife or whatever "reminiscent of the case of terror suspect David Headley, arrested in Chicago in October last for allegedly plotting terror strikes in India!"

Incidentally, the mischief comes close on the heels of preventing an elderly couple from attending a marriage in Dubai. The Emirates flight with some 400 passengers, in which the 71-year-old and his wife suffering from a heart condition were traveling, was called back from the runway just before takeoff. While the detention of the ‘terror couple’ hogged the limelight, not many media businesses cared to inform viewer/readers the outcome: There was nothing that could incriminate the senior citizens and the whole airport drama was based on a hoax call warning about the “Islamic terrorist” in the flight.

[The author is an unattached policy analyst based at Ahmedabad, India]

13-02-10, 07:47 PM
Adv Shahid Azmi shot dead in Mumbai

By TCN News,

New Delhi: Advocate Shahid Azmi, who was defence lawyer for about 50 Muslim youths languishing in jails in terror cases, was shot dead about one hour ago by unknown people in his chamber near Taximen's Colony in Kurla East, Mumbai. Five people pretending as clients entered in his office and fired five rounds at Adv Azmi from pointblank range. He was rushed hosiptal but declared dead at arrival.

About 32-year-old Shahid Azmi was the defence counsel on behalf of Jamit Ulema Maharashtra for more than 50 Muslim terror suspects languishing in jails in connection with Malegaon blasts and train bombings.
His close acquaintance Dr Tasleem Rahmani, president, Muslim Political Council of India told TCN that Azmi was just 16 when he was arrested in a TADA case but he was later acquitted by the court. “He was a brave, humble, intelligent and efficient lawyer who charged minimum from the innocent victims,” added Dr Rahmani.
Who could be behind the killing? “Those who have conspired for putting hundreds of innocent Muslim youth in terror cases, could be behind his murder,” said Dr Rahmani.

Malegaon-based Ummid.com says: Shahid Azmi came to the limelight after he began handling the 7/11 Mumbai blast case and other terror related cases in which Muslim youths were detained. His petition filed on behalf of Jamiatul Ulema challenging the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) is pending for judgment in Supreme Court.


Was Shahid Azmi killed by ‘Hindutva’ gangster Chhota Rajana?

By TCN News,

Mumbai: The word Hindutva before the notorious gangster may not be surprising as the Mumbai police say Adv Shahid Azmi might have been killed at the order of fugitive underworld don Chhota Rajan to avenge another don Chhota Shakeel’s alleged dispatching of shooters last year to kill defence lawyers of BJP’s Varun Gandhi and September 2009 Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Thakur.

Shahid Azmi (33) was killed by three armed men on Thursday in his Mumbai office. Azmi was defence lawyer for more than 50 Muslim terror suspects in different cases including Mumbai train bombings, Malegaon 2006 blasts and 26/11 terror attacks.

A senior case investigator has been quoted by media as saying: “Azmi was allegedly bumped off to avenge Dawood gang’s operations chief Chhota Shakeel’s dispatching shooters last year to Delhi and Mumbai, respectively, to kill lawyers representing the BJP’s Varun Gandhi and September 2009 Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Thakur.”

The Delhi Police’s special cell had in July 2009 nabbed seven suspected Chhota Shakeel men who were allegedly tasked to kill lawyers, Mukul Rohatgi and Siddharth Luthra who were representing Varun Gandhi.
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13-02-10, 09:21 PM
Where does this 4o0 million figure come from ??

07-06-10, 08:18 PM
Dhule police firing of May 6: Fact finding report

By TwoCircles.net Staff Correspondent,

The indiscriminate police firing on Muslims who were protesting against a poster depicting the image of Prophet Muhammad on May 6 in Dhule town of Maharashtra suggests that the police came with a pre-determined mind to ‘teach a lesson’ to Muslims. The community is still frightened as their members though appeared before the fact finding team requested anonymity.

This is the observation of a 5-member fact finding team of All India Secular Forum. The team visited the affected areas in Dhule on May 12, six days after the incident. The team found excessive use of force by police was evident for all to see. “The Communal Prejudice among the police is a very strong. Many Muslims abstained from responding to the query by the Team as they think it might bring them to Police’ vindictive attention, as they themselves opined. Even those responded, requested to keep their name undisclosed. Police has created a fear psychosis among the people for no obvious fault of them,” says the fact finding team.


A Maharashtra city, 300 kms north-east of Mumbai, has about 5 lakh population out of which 40% are Muslims, mostly engaged in power loom industry, known as Ansaris. The rest of the population is engaged in agriculture and allied industries. Sugarcane, Banana, groundnut, Cotton and of late grapes are the major crops of the region. Quite a few ginning as well as sugar mills are located in the region.

Though Dhule and Malegaon are twins for many reasons, unlike the latter which is situated at a distance of a mere 50km, Dhule is historically a peaceful city from the communal point of view. However, people started feeling communal tension since the Ram Janmabhoomi movement launched by the Sangh Parivar in the early 90s. A number of smaller skirmishes were reported in the years followed from Nandurbar, Sakri, Navapur, Pimpalner… which are on the borders of Gujarat and Madya Pradesh.

Prior to the recent incident, the last big Hindu-Muslim riot in the city of Dhule took place in October 2008 over the controversial Afzal Khan-Shivaji poster, in which about 10 people lost their lives. A separate enquiry report on this riot was released by AISF then.

Sequence of May 6 Incident

On the day of unrest, May 06, 2010, when the administration was busy conducting MHT-CET exam, someone pasted a computer generated cartoon of Prophet Mohammed on the district Collectorate notice board. Creating images of Prophet Mohammed is considered to be a blasphemy by Muslims. One Bilal Ahmed who happened to visit the Collectorate, on seeing the poster, rang up to Mr. Sawaal Ansari, NCP Corporator and informed him of the mischief. Sawaal Ansari, in turn informed one Mr. Harshawardhan Kadam Bande, Ex MLA and NCP leader. A delegation led by these two leaders called upon the District Collector who in the presence of the Superintendent of Police, assured the delegation that that the culprit(s) would be arrested within one hour. However, hours passed without the police arresting any.

Meanwhile, a crowd of Muslims numbering few thousands had gathered at Assi Footi Road, Tiranga Chowk. The crowd demonstrated against the blasphemy and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits. It is reported that the crowd had turned violent and pelted stones on ST Buses. According to the media 14 buses were damaged which the Muslim representatives refuted saying only two buses were damaged. Police force was deployed on the scene. The SP Mr. Himmatrao Deshbhratar appealed to the crowd to disperse peacefully, assuring them that the culprits would be arrested soon. He even requested Mufti Mazood Ahmed (35 years old) to appeal the crowd. Standing on top of the Police Vehicle, Mufti appealed to the Crowd to disperse.

When the Fact Finding Team asked about the happening the Muslims told that, heeding the appeal of the Police officer and the Mufti, the crowd dispersed peacefully, and as it was time for Namaz they went to Namaz Subhani Masjid. However, they further said, when the Namazies came out of the Masjid after offering Namaz they found themselves surrounded by RAF Commandos and local police who started firing indiscriminately on the crowd without warning, and unleashed frightening attack on people and property. Several people were injured including Mufti Mazood Ahmed who was requested by the Police to appeal to the masses to maintain peace, was also brutally attacked by the Commandos, his two fingers are fractured and is now in bandage.

The eye witnesses told, immediately after this firing without warning, the police launched an offensive in the Muslim basti, forcefully entering into houses, hurled abuses on the women of the houses, beating whoever was found including women and children, breaking furniture and throwing about utensils in the kitchen and arresting about 40 Muslims from their homes.

The fact finding team visited Taj Transport Garage which according to the eyewitnesses was ransacked by 15-20 Commandos who beat up the owner Mohd Alim and picked up 6 employees of the garage.1 Similarly the Commandos broke open another shop, Maharashtra Battery Works which was closed then, and raged the shop to the ground. The batteries were also smashed beyond repair. Another Engineering workshop run by Haji Mohammed Shafi Ramzan Shah, was also raided and his servant Shafique was brutally attacked and taken to custody.

Criminal cases against protestors

The police filed FIR No 154/2010 against the crowd under the article 307. “In total 23 people were made accused in the case, 11 were arrested, rest remained absconder. However, we have secured release of all those arrested on bail, said Adv Nadeem Ansari talking to TwoCircles.net from Dhule.

Agreeing with the findings of the team regarding the police brutality, Adv Ansari cited a case of controlled use of police power. Adv Ansari said only on May 27 there was some incident in an area in Dhule. Two groups of majority community pelted stones on the police but the police restrained from firing and just resorted to lathi-charge, but in the Muslim case they opened fire.

He also added that the all the accused are those who were injured in the incident. The government has not given any relief to the victims of police brutality. On any official enquiry in the incident, Adv Ansari said the District Magistrate has ordered an SDM enquiry. The enquiry will take place on June 16/17.

The fact-finding team consisted Dr Suresh Khairnar(Nagpur), Mayatai Choure (Kamptee), Ranjit Pardeshi (Dhulia), Adv. Karim Salar (Jalgaon), Rahul Wagh (Dhulia) and Asif (Malegaon).

[Photo by www.hindujagruti.org]

16-06-10, 07:11 PM
Ajmer blast investigation in media: 2007 and 2010

By Najiya O., TwoCircles.net

Investigation by the Rajasthan Anti-Terrorism Squad has brought to light new, and supposedly real, faces behind the deadly attacks in the Ajmer shrine in 2007. And the CBI says that the Ajmer and Hyderabad Mecca Masjid blasts are linked, done by the same forces. So what about all the news stories published in the media about the so-called Islamic terrorists like the HuJI behind those bomb blasts? What about all the articles published by the media based on the revelations of ‘intelligence officers’ and ‘official sources’?

Three people were killed and 17 others injured when a bomb exploded in the Ajmer Dargah Sharif on October 11, 2007. As always, the police, government and media began to hunt for the involvement of the so-called ‘Islamic terrorists’ with Pakistani and Bangladeshi connections. That the blast took place in a Muslim shrine, killing and injuring Muslims in the holy month of Ramadan was not a matter at all. The Harkat-ul Jehad e Islami based in Karachi became the prime suspect immediately.

On October 13, Praveen Swami wrote in ‘The Hindu’ on why the ‘Islamic terrorist groups’ should attack a Muslim shrine (http://www.hinduonnet.com/2007/10/12/stories/2007101261651600.htm). Certain media doubted the HuJI while some speculated that the HuJI had organized the blast in association with other terrorist groups. Shahid Bilal was the man reported to be the key operative behind the attack. The Rajasthan police also suspected Syed Salim, a victim of the blast and former resident of Hyderabad, to be a part of the HuJI network and claimed that he must have triggered the bomb, but the Andhra police rejected the theory stating Salim had no record of any terror link. The report by Shishir Gupta in the Indian Express on October 15 added – ‘Official sources said that nothing concrete has emerged so far in the probe and any link of the HUJI or its operative Shahid Bilal to this case is still to be established (http://www.indianexpress.com/story/228506.html).

The police picked up many clergymen and madrasa teachers during the investigation. One person named Bashir was arrested by the UP police. He is reported to have given clues about Moulvi Abdul Hafiz Shamim who also ran a madrasa besides being the moulvi in a local masjid. Moulvi was reportedly tortured in police custody for 18 days and then set free for lack of evidence. Khushbur Rahman, a teacher in a Rajasthani madrasa, was arrested on October 25 from his home in Jharkhand and released on November 6 on want of evidence. Moulvi Imran Ali was picked up as per the clues given by Khushbur Rahman (http://www.hindu.com/2007/11/08/stories/2007110855030500.htm).

The reports of 2007 stated clearly that the Ajmer and Mecca Masjid blasts were linked, though not in the way it is said now. The way the two blasts were organized looked similar. In both cases one bomb was left unexploded. ‘Investigators feel the Mecca Masjid attack and the Ajmer blast were carried out by the same group — HuJI Bangladesh — due to similarities in the modus operandi. Both used a mobile phone trigger and unexploded devices were found after both strikes’ (http://www.indianexpress.com/story/231352.html). ‘The police have stumbled upon evidence indicating that the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) used in Mecca Masjid and Ajmer blasts were fabricated in Hyderabad .. ... Bangladeshi HuJI activist Abu Hamja prepared eight IEDs in Hyderabad in May first week and the explosive material was smuggled into the city from Bangladesh by an alleged LeT operative Shaik Abdul Nayeem of Maharashtra, sources said on Friday. While two IEDs were used in Mecca Masjid, four were sent to Ajmer. One bomb at the mosque failed to detonate.’ (http://www.hindu.com/2008/01/12/stories/2008011250010100.htm). And more importantly, SIM cards of mobile phones were used to trigger the bomb in both cases; the seller of the SIM cards was traced to Jharkhand. A report of the IANS said -"The central intelligence team was in Jamtara and they interrogated Sahid, the owner of Sargam Telecom. Sahid had sold the SIM card used in the Ajmer blast to someone called Babulal Yadav without asking for valid documents," a police official told IANS (http://www.twocircles.net/2007oct18/links_ajmer_and_hyderabad_blasts_fou...). The report also states that the name and address given by the man who bought the SIM card were false. The fake name on the ID card was traced to Babulal Yadav of Jharkhand while the photo was that of Tarak Nath Pramanik, a yoga instructor in Noida. The report continues about the police interrogation of Sahid and the alleged connections that the Pakistan’s ISI has in Jharkhand. A report carried by the Indian Express states that the government contacted Pakistan on the matter: ‘India is learnt to have referred to Harkat-ul-Jihadi-Islami (HuJI) and its commander Shahid Bilal, who is alleged to have masterminded nearly
all the recent terror strikes in the country’ (http://www.indianexpress.com/story/231352.html). The then Home minister Shivraj Patil also made the following statement after visiting the blast site at Ajmer “I am fully aware of the progress of the investigations and how far it has reached. The investigation is going as far as our borders,” (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/2454951.cms).

Fast forward to 2010

However, all these clues and links have attained an entirely different meaning now, when the Rajasthan ATS have discovered new hands behind the blast. Beginning a new wave of arrests in the blast case, The ATS arrested Devender Gupta, a member of the RSS, from Ajmer on April 30, 2010. It was followed by the arrest of Chandrashekhar Barod and Vishnu Patidhar from Madhya Pradesh on May 1. ‘Two members of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) - Devender Gupta and Chandrashekhar Barod - have emerged as the prime suspects in the Hyderabad's Mecca Masjid and Ajmer blasts. .... Investigators say the names of Gupta and Barod came up during the narco-analysis of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Lt Col Prasad Srikant Purohit during the Malegaon blast investigation.... The name of Sunil Joshi, an RSS member from Madhya Pradesh, who died in December 2007 also cropped up. ... The Rajasthan Home Minister, Shanti Dhariwal, confirmed the links to The Hindu newspaper saying, "Colonel Purohit, arrested for Malegaon blast, has confessed that Sunil Joshi had organised the Dargah operation with the help of Gupta." (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/rss-members-behind-hyderabad-ajmer-blasts/115...). ‘A few days after this (the Ajmer blast), Sunil Joshi and Vinod Patidar were found dead at their respective houses in Indore. It is suspected that Joshi and Patidar were “silenced” since they were reportedly “becoming weak links.” (http://www.deccanchronicle.com/hyderabad/terror%E2%80%99s-hindu-face-643 May 18, 2010).

Vishnu Patidhar was arrested from Shahjahanpur allegedly for helping to procure mobile phones and SIM cards used in the blast on May 1 and released a few days later when he reportedly agreed to be approver against the two prime suspects. Prior to this a man named Sanjay Gupta was also detained in Dhar. Lokesh Sharma was detained on May 13 and was remanded in police custody till May 21.Rajesh Mishra, an industrialist, became the fourth to be picked up from MP on the Ajmer blast case when he was detained for questioning on May 15. He was then released on May 20. The ATS is yet to catch hold of the two other suspected masterminds Asimanand and Ramnarayan Kalsangara who are reportedly hiding in Gujarat and Karnataka (http://www.deccanchronicle.com/hyderabad/terror%E2%80%99s-hindu-face-643).

The Indian Express’s report on May 18 said that ‘at least two accused in the newly emerging network behind the two 2007 blasts, Devendra Gupta and Chandrashekar, have affiliations with Abhinav Bharat, which was founded in 2006 by Lt Col Prasad Purohit — another accused in the Malegaon blast — as an educational trust but was in reality a step to “set up a parallel Hindu state and an armed government’ (http://www.indianexpress.com/news/malegaon-ajmer-hyderabad-blasts...-joi...)

Home Minister P Chidambaram said in an interview with the CNN-IBN channel, “We think now there is evidence pointing to terrorist groups, which are supported by extreme right Hindu fundamentalist organisations. We don't call it Hindu terror--terror is terror... The groups seem to subscribe to an extreme fundamentalist Hindu philosophy. We think there is evidence that connects the Ajmer blasts, the Mecca Masjid blasts (in Hyderabad) and not yet (but) the Samjhauta (train) blast,” he said (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/kasab-afzal-will-be-treated-alike-govt/115637...)

A whole new list of suspects and arrests have come up and the media which had earlier published reports detailing how the HuJI members carried out the attack are now explaining how the RSS and Abhinav Bharat are behind the blasts. Praveen Swami writes about ‘The Rise of Hindutva Terrorism’ in the ‘Outlook’ (May 11, 2010) which says - the Rajasthan Home Minister Shanti Kumar Dhariwal said ‘the men were backed by an "organisation which tries to incite violence between Hindus and Muslims", adding that authorities were "investigating the links of the organisation with the RSS" (http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?265400). But the question that continues to haunt every person who has observed the developments in the case is that why the Rajasthan police’s investigation did not move the way the ATS investigation has moved now even though both agencies used the same primary evidences and links such as the unexploded bomb, SIM cards etc.

Mentioning the results of investigations of the Ajmer, Malegaon and Mecca Masjid blasts, Nikhil S Dixit wrote in DNA on May 19, 2010, ‘All these arrests are an indication that investigators are slowly shifting their focus to the once neglected ‘Hindu terror’ groups and are waking up to the potent threat of ‘Hindutva terrorism’. Even though evidence of such groups existing has been there since 2002, investigative agencies have always turned a blind-eye towards them. Timely action on part of investigators could have helped saved many lives and prevent certain blasts’ (http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_investigators-have-neglected-hindu...).


16-06-10, 07:14 PM
UP Minorities Commission seeks report on harassment of Muslims by a police inspector

By TCN News

Lucknow: Taking strong note of complaints by muslims against a police inspector, received during tour of Shahajahanpur district on June 13, the chairman of State Minorities Commission (SMC) SMA Kazmi has seeked report from district administration of Shahjahanpur. The commission has also directed that any senior official should present himself before the commission on June 29 with complete report regarding the complain.

Secretary, SMC, Mohd Akram informed newsmen on Wednesday that SMC chairman Kazmi has received complains against Raja Singh presently posted as Incharge, Sadar Bazar police station in Shahjahanpur district. "The complainants include local muslims who have stated that Singh in vindictive action uses abusive language against muslims when they venture out for offering namaz. The police inspector has also been accused of beating innocent muslims besides puncturing the tyres of mtorcycles outside mosques when people go inside for offering namaz," said Akram on Wednesday. He also stated that the complain has been taken seriously by the commission and has been treated as a case of Muslim harassment.

http://twocircles.net/2010jun16/minorities_commission_seeks_report_harassment_musl ims_police_inspector.html

20-07-10, 06:40 AM
A masjid between communism and capitalism

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net

Communist parties have ruled Indian state of West Bengal for 33 years. In the last few years the ruling Left Front has welcome capitalist and have gone out of the way to bring them to their under-developed state. Whether this strange mix of communists and capitalists will do any good to the state remains to be seen but this nexus is already affecting the lives of people living in this state.

The structure looks like a typical small masjid of north India with three domes and minarets on its sides. Structurally this building still looks like a masjid but its function has changed over the years. Sitting next to a prominent road, while decades ago it would have served as a place to offer namaz for the travelers now this building serves the customers. In the past, muezzins may have called azaan to invite devotees to prayers (Hayya 'ala-s-Salah) and thus success (Hayya 'ala-l-Falah), now shops and banners compete with each other for customers for quick bucks.

This is one of at least ten mosques in Kolkata that remains under illegal occupation. Most remarkable about this masjid is that it in West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya’s constituency. Situated on 32A Ramkrishna Upanibesh Road in Kolkata, it is completely under illegal occupation and no prayers are offered there anymore.

“Sri Hari Glass Works” seems to stake a claim on this owner-less masjid. Glass works shop occupies half of the building and the other half is a courier and travel service. Turning a house of worship to a place of business is not only breaking Indian laws but also a violation of sacred traditions. But the worst crime is the election advertisements painted on the walls by the ruling party CPI(M) asking for votes. May be there could not be a better picture than this of Left Front’s misgovernance of the state where it has supported unlawful elements, encouraged illegal activities and completely disregarded its Muslim population. This masjid thus becomes a symbol of what happens to religion when pushed by both communist and capitalist ideologies.

Recently, Shahanshah Jahangir, president of Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) of West Bengal, along with others visited the spot and inspected the mosque premises.

He expressed his grief saying “Muslim places of worship have never been safe under the CPM rule in the state.” He also expressed his determination to take legal steps to recover the said mosque and if required he will lead peaceful democratic protest for the purpose.

Email the Chief Minister of West Bengal: [email protected]