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#526 [Permalink] Posted on 21st April 2019 10:12
Sad news from neighbouring country

A series of bombings has hit luxury hotels and churches in Sri Lanka, killing at least 138 people and wounding about 400 as worshippers were attending Easter Sunday services.


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#527 [Permalink] Posted on 21st April 2019 10:17
Hindu majority voted Vajpayee to power after 92 Riots. Shiv Sena came to power after 93 riots. Modi became PM after 2002 Riots. Riot perpetrators Sangeet Som elected in UP. Fanatic Monk Yogi elected UP CM. Now Pragya may became a MP.

Liberals Hindus: “How did we reach here?

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#528 [Permalink] Posted on 22nd April 2019 09:50
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Looks like she expected LS seat
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#529 [Permalink] Posted on 22nd April 2019 12:08
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Shiv sena wont give her more than a MLA seat. You need to be a crowd puller to be given a LS seat especially for a regional party like SS. Shiv sena is just a backdoor entry to BJP.
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#530 [Permalink] Posted on 22nd April 2019 13:04
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Yes, looks like she didnt get entry to BJP.
One Aam Aadmi founder muslim lady also joined BJP.

Many are joining ruling party for various reasons, & own benefit.
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#531 [Permalink] Posted on 22nd April 2019 22:40
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You are talking of BJP spokeperson Shazia Ilmi. She left in 2014 but AAP sweeped Delhi a year later so she wasn't missed.

There was Asifa Khan from Gujarat who had switched to BJP and made lots of noises but disappeared after 2014 elections. Then heard about her again in 2017 when she was given a cushy corporate job by BJP.
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#532 [Permalink] Posted on 4th May 2019 15:08
Face Veil Debate Comes to India

The debate around Muslim women seems never-ending. Now, a circular by a Muslim educational group in Kerala is making waves.

The circular in question was issued on April 17 by P.A. Fazal Gafoor, president of the Muslim Educational Society (MES), a leading educational group in the state with 150 institutions. The circular, sent to the secretaries and principals of all the colleges under the MES, asked them to ensure that the “female students don’t attend classes wearing any attire that covers their face”.

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https://www.textise.net/showText.aspx?strURL=https%253A//thewire.in/rights/kerala-muslim-women-veil-ban

NOTE: Site is safe to view, no faces.
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#533 [Permalink] Posted on 9th May 2019 08:02
Many Muslims have exhausted their capacity to feel fear


Alienating Muslims, of course, has only been an appendage to the government’s larger project of developing a misplaced sense of Hindu pride - one that depends on the demonisation of Muslims.
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Pragya Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts that killed six people, is contesting the general elections. As a Muslim, am I scared by this development? No.

Am I worried Maneka Gandhi won’t offer work to Muslims if they don’t vote for her? Far from it. I am actually amused by her ‘threat’. Am I offended when Yogi Adityanath compares “Ali” with “Bajrang Bali”? Yawn. I wish he could find better rhymes.

Am I angry with most TV anchors for their pro-Modi stance? No, I feel sorry for their inability to practise the courage that journalism requires.

I, the Indian Muslim, have come a long way from feeling a sense of fear, anger or resignation over the politics of hate that has been directed against me in the last five years.

Since it was elected to power in May 2014, the Modi-led government has left no stone unturned to corner Muslims — it has rewarded mob violence against members of the community, its leaders regularly spew anti-Muslim rhetoric, it has directed the media to further its divisive agenda, it has allowed the WhatsApp rumour factory to flourish, peddling the imagined fear of “Hindu khatre mein hai”.

The government’s attempts have met a degree of success, with Muslims often acting on fear, such as not carrying meat in trains, not driving or walking too close to a cow, not giving their children “too Muslim sounding” names.

But every emotion, including fear, has a threshold, beyond which it begins to wane, and eventually ceases to exist. Each adversity also carries an opportunity within. Around 2017, by when Mohsin Sheikh, Akhlaq, Junaid and Pehlu Khan were hacked to death, Muslims began channelising their fear, their alienation into a need to strengthen their community from within. From lamenting “what we fear”, Muslims began talking “what we must do”. These were not just living-room conversations. Muslims are on the field today, in a slum or in a village, working towards empowering their more vulnerable coreligionists.

A group of Muslims in my hometown, Lucknow, for example, has adopted a village in adjoining Sitapur district. There, they counsel parents to send their children to the local government school, they have launched adult education classes, hired Hindi and English teachers for the village madarsa, installed a clean drinking water facility, and formed self-help groups for women.

A Muslim woman, who is a PhD in management, has opened a school in her hometown, Balrampur, in eastern UP. Her team goes door to door to convince underprivileged Muslim families to send their children to school.

A group of Muslim women in Lucknow runs a kitchen that employs needy co-religionists so that the latter can spend on the uplift of their children.

These initiatives are self-financed, free from state or political intervention, and their common objective is to ensure long-term socio-economic empowerment of the community. I cite examples from my hometown, but I wouldn’t be surprised by similar initiatives elsewhere.

Economic laggardness has made Muslims vulnerable to political attacks and contributed to their unpopular (unfair as that may sound) image. Fixing their financial standing, Muslims feel, is the primary way to protect future generations from demonisation by the media, the state and political parties.

It’s not as if Muslims in the past did not undertake long-term community initiatives. In Lucknow, at least three privately-owned institutions — a university, a medical college and a law institute — were established by Muslims some decades ago. But a sense of urgency has set in over the last five years. Every Muslim I know wants to “do something” for the community — an emotion previously limited to a few visionaries. Ordinary Muslims are doing what they can — some are giving money, others their time or ideas — to local, grass roots projects within their reach. This attitude contrasts the earlier approach of ordinary Muslims, where consolidating as a community meant voting against the BJP during elections. Indeed, many Muslims have begun to see the opportunity in the adversity, the strength in the weakness, the hope in the fear.

This positivity is a surprising yet natural outcome of the politics of the time. The Modi government, by spreading its communal agenda over sporadic episodes of lynchings and hate speeches, cleverly applied the logic of diminishing outrage: With each successive lynching or hate speech, the public outrage diminished. Pratap Bhanu Mehta correctly wrote in his article “the silence be damned”( IE, June 27, 2017): “big riot would concentrate the mind, make a damning headline. A protracted riot in slow motion, individual victims across different states, simply makes this appear another daily routine. This makes opposing it harder; it makes holding onto the outrage nearly impossible.”

For the besieged community, the logic of diminishing fear applies. It is difficult, impossible to hold on to fear for too long. Many Muslims have exhausted their capacity to feel fear. Hope has taken over them, buttressed by efforts to improve overall condition.

Alienating Muslims, of course, has only been an appendage to the government’s larger project of developing a misplaced sense of Hindu pride – one that depends on the demonisation of Muslims. As an ordinary Muslim who has outgrown her fear, I hope the ordinary Hindu too has outgrown the anti-Muslim hate her conscience has been fed with in the last five years.

Like fear, hate can’t be held on to for too long. Both have an expiry date. My fear has expired. Has your hate too?

By Irena Akbar, Indian Express
April 27, 2019.

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#534 [Permalink] Posted on 9th May 2019 08:04
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#535 [Permalink] Posted on 9th May 2019 08:29
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Over five years, BJP has consistently sought to marginalise Muslims

The 2014 general elections were crafted by the BJP to render India’s Muslims politically irrelevant by welding disadvantaged Hindu castes with privileged castes— and in India’s Northeast even with Christians — against the constructed common enemy, India’s Muslims.

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#536 [Permalink] Posted on 19th May 2019 16:19
Looks like another 5 years of modi according to the exit polls
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#537 [Permalink] Posted on 20th May 2019 09:51
That will be good. Muslims will get five years to deal wit the heightened communal temperature. Without Modi he will be ignored like a bad dream.
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#538 [Permalink] Posted on 20th May 2019 14:07
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I was reading a Muslim brother's tweet.

He wrote "Minorities Are Always Butchered Since 1947 In India..Nellie..Bhagalpur..92-93 Mumbai Riots...2002 Under Modi..Did We Bow Down? No..Its The Economic Destruction Which Will Affect Every Indian In The End! Kaun Modi?"

"Why The Fuss About
@SadhviPragya_MP
Winning From Bhopal? You Elected Modi Since 2002..And In 2014 Gave Him The Country On A Platter To Destroy It..Pragya Winning Is Not A Joke..
@narendramodi
Winning Since 2002 To 2019?... Is Joke On Majority Of India."

I agree with him 100%. Muslims have felt oppression under BJP and Congress. The remaining 80% will only feel it when it hits their pocket because of recession.
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#539 [Permalink] Posted on 23rd May 2019 00:29
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1) Many International publications and some Indian contributors too have been writing on how if BJP wins again, it will be doomsday for India's Muslims.

2) I do not know who is forming the government, we will know tomorrow. But if exit polls are any indications, let me put it on record that India's Muslims are the most resilient community, we have seen the worst forms of discriminations post-partition.

3) We have witnessed riots and pogroms, we witnessed Babri demolition, but we have survived and together with little support from government managed quite well despite some shortcomings.

4) Muslims have been living in Gujarat and MP and MashaAllah they are doing not bad. Yes, we will be made to suffer even more, yes Hindutva forces and Hindu communal-liberals will try everything to marginalize us even more.

5) But I have no doubt we will emerge stronger and more empowered.

We trust Allah and His justice, if He wants to test us more we will happily face this and InshaAllah we will emerge from the ashes.

6) So don't lose hope my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters, learn from people like
Aman Wadud (Assam) and Abdul Kalam Azad (Assam) who set examples every day fighting injustice in Assam, and give us hopes for future.

7) Finally, we do not need your patronizing sermons dear Hindu Liberals and International media, yesterday you cheered for him hoping to get some benefit, tomorrow again you will. Worry about yourself and the society you have contributed in building.

8) We are not going anywhere we will struggle, fight but survive. We will assert our identity, our faith our culture whether it makes you uncomfortable or makes you hate us, we don't care. Its your problem, reform yourself before giving sermons on reforming Muslim community.
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#540 [Permalink] Posted on 23rd May 2019 08:52
Thumping majority for BJP. Time for a pan India Muslim political party. Might not win but needs to make their voices heard. Congress has been effectively reduced to Muslim only party with a brahmin leadership. These Hindus are not going to help you.
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