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#301 [Permalink] Posted on 15th April 2018 15:38
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//At an intellectual level I can understand how rape occurs.

Individuals can have serious dysfunctions.

But gang rape still seems incomprehensible.

Because at some point in a conversation one person has to say to a group of people 'Hey I have an idea. Let's kill and rape a child in a temple'

And I don't know any crowd of people to whom I could possibly say that sentence seriously, and not be hated or even beaten up.

The level of normalisation of anti Muslim bigotry and misogyny has to be so incredibly high to even think about saying something like that.

What kind of conversations must you be having at the dinner table with your nephew to know that he would be interested in being part of a gang rape taking place in another city?

Society has lost its moral compass for this sort of conversation to even have the space to be initiated.

And its the leaders in the most visible post of our country that has led to this end.

The silent support of Mr Modi.

#Humanism //
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#302 [Permalink] Posted on 15th April 2018 15:52
Ambedkar on Islam : BBC


BBC concludes that Ambedkar concluded that casteism in Islam is as rabid as in Hinduism and hence it was not worthwhile to become a Muslim.

Pathetic people really.

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#303 [Permalink] Posted on 15th April 2018 15:56
Pathetic Devotees of Indian PM


India has been outraged by a string of gang rapes. So much so that two BJP MPS offered resignation as a result of public, particularly social media, out cry.

Yet pathetic supporters reported the event in their own favourite tinge - according to them the PM has silenced the critics by forcing the legislators to resign. Really?

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#304 [Permalink] Posted on 18th April 2018 05:09
MUMBAI: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray on Sunday said that stringent Sharia-type law should be imposed to tackle heinous crimes like rape against women and minors as people have no fear of the law.

He also hit out at the members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP ) who stood out in support of the accused in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathuarape case.

“[The BJP] could not do anything of worth in the last four years to show voters, and now they only want to instigate riots to win elections. These BJP leaders created Hindu Ekta Manch in Jammu which held a rally shouting slogans of Bharat Mata ki jai , waving the tricolour in favour of rapists. How can you even think of doing so? The eight-year-old innocent child was not even aware of her religion and had to undergo such a pain. Here we have a party which is protecting the rapists,” said Thackeray, reported The Hindu.

“Smriti Irani was sending bangles to the then Prime Minister when the Nirbhaya case happened. What has happened now? Has she stopped wearing bangles now?” the Thackeray asked.

This is not the first time, the MNS chief gave bats for Sharia-type law.

Earlier in 2016, Thackeray gave the similar statement when a 14-year old schoolgirl was kidnapped, gangraped and her body badly mutilated in Kopardi village in Ahmednagar district.

“There is a need for a Sharia-type law, prevalent in some Islamic countries, to deal with such crimes,” he had said.
www.siasat.com/news/raj-thackeray-bats-shariah-punishment...
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#305 [Permalink] Posted on 18th April 2018 05:14
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#306 [Permalink] Posted on 18th April 2018 05:23
A 2014 U.N. report said one in three rape victims in India was a minor. Nearly 11,000 cases of child rape were reported in India in 2015, according to the National Crime Records Bureau's latest figures.

Reported rapes climbed 60 percent from 2012 to 40,000 in 2016, and many more go unreported, especially in rural areas.....
www.dailysabah.com/asia/2018/04/17/india-once-again-struc...
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#307 [Permalink] Posted on 22nd April 2018 06:40
My friend shared a video on whatsapp in which an old man looks like a muslim with nothing on him was about start the act with a minor with nothing was caught by people.

Before only heard in news but now saw a clip.
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#308 [Permalink] Posted on 24th April 2018 07:57
Amongst the latest perfidies :

(1) There was a demonstration in favour of the Unnao rapist with big banners.

(2) Hema Malini avers that rapes have been there earlier too but to use them to malign people is a recent trend.

(3) Yashwant Sinha has detached himself from the parent organization.
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#309 [Permalink] Posted on 24th April 2018 08:16
Pervez Hoodbhuy on Sir Syed and Iqbal


Comparing Sir Syed and Allama Iqbal, two icons in Pakistan, Pervez Hoodbhoy, a celebrated Pakistani columnist wrote in The Express Tribune (February 9th, 2013):
Syed Ahmad Khan (1817–1898) and Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938) are described in Pakistani schoolbooks as the first Muslim leaders who stressed Hindu-Muslim separateness. Revered as the spiritual founders of Pakistan, they share many commonalities. Both were knighted for services to the British Empire (respectively in 1888 and 1923), both advocated purdah and had strongly traditional religious backgrounds, and both wished to liberate Islam from mullahs and pirs.
For every 19th century Muslim intellectual, including Sir Syed and the Allama, the outstanding challenge of the time was to understand the ascendancy of western civilisation and the apparently unstoppable decline of Muslim society. Seven centuries had passed since the end of the Golden Age, and Islamic societies everywhere were militarily feeble and intellectually sterile. Sir Syed and Iqbal courageously chose to confront this galling truth, but they arrived at dramatically different prescriptions for the rescue and reconstruction of Indian Muslims. A century later, these two national icons distinguish liberal Pakistanis from conservative ones.
For Sir Syed, the trauma of Indian Muslims after the failed 1857 uprising against the British called for a radically new interpretation of Islam. As a religious scholar and hafiz, he considered himself well-equipped for the task. Backwardness, said Sir Syed, resulted from superstitious beliefs and rejection of maaqulat (reason) in favour of blind obedience to manqulat (tradition). Desperate remedies were needed if the Muslims of India were ever to become anything other than “stableboys, cooks, servants, hewers of wood, and drawers of water”. His goal was to make Islam compatible with post-Renaissance Western humanistic and scientific ideas, and to extract the ‘pure’ belief from fossilised dogma.
It was a difficult enterprise to take on. The period after the end of Emperor Akbar’s reign had been one of unbroken anti-science and anti-rationalist conservatism. Some 200 years before Sir Syed, Sheikh Ahmed Sirhindi and other influential religious figures had issued fatwas against mathematics and the secular sciences, and demanded that the education of Muslims be limited to religious books. Initially Sir Syed was also inclined to this point of view but, following his gradual transformation during the 1850s, he rejected this view and challenged his contemporaries.
In Tahzib-ul-Akhlaq, he writes: “Yes, if the Mussulman be a true warrior and thinks his religion correct, then let him come fearlessly to the battleground and do unto Western knowledge and modern research what his forefathers did to Greek philosophy. Only then shall our religious books be of any real use. Mere parroting and praising ourselves will not do.” (“Apnay moon mian mithoo kahney say koee faida nahin”)
In his mind, the way forward was clear: Indian Muslims must learn the English language, practice the scientific method, accept that physical phenomena are explainable by physics only, and support British imperial rule against the rule of Mughals (who had by then sunk into decadence and depravity). This last piece of advice made him a target of bitter ridicule by secular nationalists such as Jamaluddin Afghani.
Sir Syed accepted the Holy Quran as divinely revealed but he frequently reminded his readers of Islam’s forgotten rationalist (Mutazilite) tradition, as in the works of Averros. He proposed a radical reinterpretation of the Holy Quran to make it compatible with science and modernity. Among other matters this involved understanding miracles, which science cannot accept as factual. Sir Syed therefore explained the Great Flood, as well as various miracles of Jesus, to be purely allegorical and symbolic. He also interpreted Islamic laws as actually forbidding polygamy and amputation of limbs. Quite expectedly, his claims provoked a furious reaction from the ulema of the time and he was decried as a heretic.
Sir Syed’s writings are all in Urdu and, whether or not one agrees with him, his clarity in supporting modernity and science is manifest. Equally, his remedies for social reform are clear and unambiguous.

On the other hand the Allama’s only serious prose is to be found in English, and he leaves key questions unanswered or ambigious. At times, to revive Islamic civilisation, Iqbal appears to call for a return to the sword. But at other times he stresses the enhancement of khudi — a sophisticated philosophical construct roughly describable as self-esteem. This construct, however, has a plethora of interpretations. Does it belong to the physical world? Will more khudi bring more order or more anarchy?
Iqbal’s politics, routed through his soul-stirring poetry, is the real reason why he is Pakistan’s supreme icon today. In his epic poem shikwa, like Samuel Huntington, he frames the world exclusively in terms of us-versus-them and the superiority of one civilization over all others. His pan-Islamic mard-e-momin belongs to the ummah and this perfect human aspires to martyrdom: shahadat hai matloob o maqsood-e-momin. Like a falcon, the mard-e-momin is a fighter and above worldly desire: tu shaheen hai basera kar paharon kee chatanon main. These verses can be found in Pakistan Army magazines, on its recruiting banners, and are sung with great fervour.
Iqbal, unlike Sir Syed, leaves the gap between science and religion unbridged. He takes no explicit position on miracles. On the contrary, he asserts that, “Classical Physics has learned to criticise its own foundations. As a result of this criticism the kind of materialism, which it originally necessitated, is rapidly disappearing.” But no real physicist can take this statement seriously. Even with the discovery of quantum physics — which superseded and improved upon classical physics — the description of observed physical phenomena requires nothing beyond material causes.
In the battle for Pakistan’s soul, Sir Syed’s rational approach ultimately lost out and the Allama’s call on emotive reasoning won. Iqbal said what people wanted to hear — and his genius lay in crafting it with beautifully chosen words. Unfortunately, his prescriptions for reconstructing society cannot help us in digging ourselves out of a hole.

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#310 [Permalink] Posted on 24th April 2018 08:22
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#311 [Permalink] Posted on 24th April 2018 12:07
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#312 [Permalink] Posted on 26th April 2018 07:30
The Partition Stories

Dr Guneeta Singh Bhalla
PhD (Physics)

Do not miss this video. I have done the hard work of recording the minutes.

(0) Ref: Project called Retrieving Lost Stories from Partition of 1947

(1) Grew up in Faridkot. (Do not throw a stone from this district, it might land up in Pakistan and lost for ever.)

(2) Grew up watching two state controlled channels when most of the subcontinent did not have even one, state controlled or independent.

(3) Stories related to Sikh separatism are more engraved in memory then the school text books.

(4) Our brains are wired to learn from story telling.

(5) Her mother fled the violence with kids. The Jeep sometimes had to jump dead bodies.

(6) Ten, twenty and if we include the figures from fifties then the number of people who migrated goes upto fifty million.

(7) In terms of women abducted the number might up as high as a hundred thousand.

(8) We do not have the figures about the number of children who disappeared or died.

(9) Ice cold numbers contested by political leaders.

(10) Any set of data will not capture the toll on human heart.

(11) Who were these people involved. Stories of the millions of the people that were largely unknown.

(12) Untold history was in the danger of being lost for ever.

(13) Images of partition - trains overloaded with people.

(14) Idea triggered by a trip to Hiroshima in Japan where she was doing her PhD.

(15) She was inspired by the stories of the survivors of the atomic bomb attacks. Survivors not only lived the aftermath of explosion but even the stigma of the victim hood.

(16) The gestures, facial expressions, the disposition of the survivors telling the story gave an authenticity and legitimacy to the story telling as a history.

(17) The same thing was missing for the Partition. we did not have the witnesses.

(18) This task could not have been done by few people for the partition affected people were spread all over the world.

(19) Social media like operation.

(20) Hundreds of citizen historians came up.

(21) A story from Geneva Camp in Dhaka. A camp since 1947.

(22) Mohammed Hanif story recorded in that camp in 2011.

(23) Gayatri Chakravarty from 24 paragnas in West Bengal.

(24) Abdul Matin by Zubair Zorwali in Swat.

(25) Mirpur story that has no documented records.

(26) Geoffrey Langlands story.

(27) Daniel Golan story recorded in Israel. Karachi-Pune-Bombay-A Kibbutz in Israel.

(28) Mirza Changezi from Delhi.

(29) Mohammed Yusuf from East Punjab to Karachi.

(30) Already 4500 stories, 8000 hours, 22 languages, 350 cities around the world, over 10 million sharings.

(31) People were initially hesitant as suspicious before sharing their stories.

(32) Stories challenge many of our beliefs.

(33) Indentities of many of the characters were tied not with India or Pakistan but the Kingdoms they were living in. national identity appears suddenly in 1947 only.

(34) Economy is local. Partition made entire professions disappear in a stroke.

(35) Economic implications not analyzed till today.

(36) Great loss of knowledge - libraries went up in flames.

(37) Who is responsible for the violence.

(38) Neighbours did not attack neighbours, they tried to protect. Violence was more loot motivated.

(39) In Punjab people will ask her about her ancestors and they themselves knew many of their past generations. A knowledge that has disappeared by now.

(40) Story segment : A Muslim remembering a Hindu friend or benefactor and concluding that he made the decision about his philosophy - hate none, love all.


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#313 [Permalink] Posted on 26th April 2018 07:49
Who is a Bhakt and what Bhakts do?


Bhakt in Hindi means a devotee.

Lately this term has gained currency in India social media for the blind supporters of Indian prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi.

These people abuse anyone criticizing Mr Modi rather viciously but their air has deflated considerably as the Prime Minister has turned out to be not so spectacular a deliverer of goods as the devotees might have imagined.

The Bhakts should not be confused with the BJP IT Cell operatives though there is bound to be significant overlap. The BJP IT Cell is a different but paid group of individuals doing the same work.

Here is the gist of a Hindi post (the Bhakts being mostly monolingual Hindi users) by a Bhakt. "I am Congress. I created Hindu Free Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kashmir, Assam. Kerala, Bengal, Hyderabad and casteist Hindustan so that you keep fighting and I skimming the top (collecting the cream)".
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#314 [Permalink] Posted on 27th April 2018 08:08
Target AMU : The usual Muslim Bashing in India Today


(1) Subramaniam Swami said that AMU is an hub of terrorism and extremist ideology.

Fact : When Dr Muhammed Hamid Ansari was the Vice Chancellor the law enforcement agencies picked up two students. Dr Syed Mubin and Gulzar Wani. These two boys ultimately were let out by the court without any evidence of involvement in illegal activities, let alone conviction. The Home Minister Dr Rajnath Singh is on record that episodes of extremism amongst Indian Muslims is simply conspicuous by its absence. Even Dr Ansari in his parting interview as the Vice President of India with Karan Thapar asserted that Indian Muslim are su generis, in a class of its own - meaning free from extremist ideology.

Yet people like Swami continue to spread their venom without any fear of consequences from the law and order machinery.

(2) AMU Students Union took exceptions to this calumny. The President of the AMU Students Union said that terrorists are not harbored by AMU but the RSS branches. He also wanted Swami's Raj Sabha membership revoked.

(3) His statement irked the BJP and her student wing the ABVP. They are thinking of suing the AMUSU President Dr Mashkoor Usmani.

(4) BJP District President warned that AMUSU to remain within limits.

(5) Then there were a few more reactions from both sides.
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#315 [Permalink] Posted on 30th April 2018 09:54
The SWOT Analysis


Indian social media is rife with opposition to the current Narendra Modi lead BJP government at the center.

Yet there is a huge BJP IT cell, the paid army of internet trolls, that works round the clock to malign the main Saffron targets - the Muslims, Christians, Communists and the secular majority of India.

At the moment it is difficult to say as to who is winning the battle but the governing dispensation, though not unnerved, but has been thwarted at least temporarily by their own in-apt administration, policy blunders and and the public becoming aware about the negative view constantly emanate from the Saffron quarters with no let up in the vehemence.

Of course the security situation of minorities, mainly Muslims, remains very precarious but the ruling powers have not gotten away with all they would like to have. Particularly the demonetization disaster had lead to the huge deflation of the superiority balloon.

Now the only strident belligerency of majority vote remains there and the operatives, the spokespersons and political leaders and sadly the near total media have not shown either any remorse or any slacking in their spread of hatred and venom.

The all round incompetency is visible for all to see. The corruption, in spite of a top heavy administrative structure, is showing its ugly head.

As result we have seen very small concessions from the powers that be.

The PM one almost criticized the cow vigilante.

India voted in favour of Palastine in the UN.

The PM spoke, in presence of the king of Jordan, about Muslim youth thriving in India.

Though UAE and Saudi Arab were seen to cozying up to the government but one still has to give the benefit of doubt that these countries did so keeping the Indian Muslims in mind.

Then we have seen the international leaders, like Angela Merkel of Germany and Justin Trudeau of Canada, giving visibly a cold shoulder to the PM at international events.

No one is fooled by the obscenely frequent foreign visits by the PM as a mighty foreign policy juggernaut. The foreign heads no more come out in ceremonial welcome to his so frequent visits.

Indian society has come to realize that the PM welcome functions on foreign soil were merely hired PR exercises.

India has not still figured out how the corporate financial support to the PM can be neutralized. (The communists can simply do nothing about it.)

We do not know the Sikh inclination - whether it is towards the PM or away from him.

We can say without much fear of contradiction that Justin Trudeau visit to India was not a family picnic nor an exercise in support of Khalistan supporters. A solidarity with the beleaguered minorities, particularly the Muslims, it can be read.

We do have some hints from the south. A recent outrage against the chef Sanjiv Kapoor's artificial dish called Malabar Paneer should be taken as an indication that northern hegemony is in general not welcome there and one might also conclude that the sentiments will be the same about the saffron ambitions.

Muslims all over India still remain confounded about their course of action regarding their security and social and and economic conditions.

Communists are still getting the worse of the electoral verdict and hence are not in a state to assert themselves.

Mayawati in particular and the Dalits in general are still not known to rise up to the occasion.

After the assertion in Bihar and the subsequent betrayal by Nitish the JP-Lohia socialist response, including the other Yadav clan, is is still dormant.

Congress is still beset with problem of competence combined with the stubborn refusal to push Priyanka to the front. Yet they have managed something that India today does not appreciate yet history will deal with it more kindly - the Congress has shown utmost determination in the Parliament have jammed the proceedings so effectively that one is reminded of Sushma Swaraj of 2004 when she thwarted the process of Sonia Gandhi possibly rising to the seat of PM of India.

Though there has been a big amount of song and dance about dealing with Kashmir militancy with stern posture and that has been attempted but the situation rather than coming under has become worse.

Today we have seen many pro-Muslim tweets emanating from the PM office and one can interpret it as the sign of approaching 2019 elections.

The secular intelligentsia of India though extremely alert and solidly for the multicultural India and completely against the Saffron upsurge is still confounded about the possible course of action.

I intended to do a SWOT analysis from the point of view of Indian Muslims in this post but I hope I have covered the main points.
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