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#286 [Permalink] Posted on 11th April 2018 12:52
Agony of the marginalised

The marginalisation of Muslims began soon after Partition and has since been institutionalised by political parties and governments. Doing away the burka and skull-cap will not end it.

Written by Shamsur Rahman Faruqi | Updated: April 5, 2018 1:19:30 pm


Our gayness and our gilt are all besmirched/ With rainy marching in the painful field.

— Shakespeare, Henry the Fifth

Harsh Mander is right: Muslims are being relentlessly marginalised in this country. I would like to add that marginalisation of Muslims has been an ongoing project since shortly after Partition, though not with such venomous intensity as now. Abul Kalam Azad opposed Partition for many reasons; one of them was that a predominantly Hindu India will be majoritarian and oppressive to non-Hindus. Apoorvanand is also right when he says that everyone wants the Muslim to be liberal, that is to say, more Hindu than Muslim. This is the prophecy of Azad coming true in spades.

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#287 [Permalink] Posted on 11th April 2018 12:54
A Million Mutinies That Tell Us the Modi Arrangement Is Falling Apart


If the middle classes are alarmed at the spectre of disorder lurking around the corner, they also know that it is the Modi establishment that has legitimised the use of violence in pursuit of a partisan political agenda.

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#288 [Permalink] Posted on 11th April 2018 12:55
RSS Chief Contradicts Modi


The RSS chief said it doesn’t endorse slogans like Congress-mukt India. He said those who use such phrases aren’t useful in the nation-building process. Is he rebuking Modi or is something else afoot?

Mohan Bhagwat’s clear-cut denunciation of the idea of Congress-mukt Bharat has caused political ears to prick up. What was the RSS sarsanghchalak driving at? What did he actually say? Is something going on inside the Sangh Parivar that the rest of us are not fully aware of?

Here’s the gist of what the RSS chief said in Pune last week: The RSS does not endorse slogans like Congress-mukt India. The RSS does not believe in excluding anyone. Those who use such phrases have negative thinking that only leads to conflicts and divisions. Such a person is not at all useful in the process of nation-building,

Now here are some of his exact words, as widely reported in the vernacular and regional press. At a book launch in Pune’s Balgandharva Rangmandir, Bhagwat is quoted as saying: “Nation-building cannot be the work of one man. It has to be inclusive, requiring the contributions of both the ruling and the Opposition parties”.

“These phrases like Congress-mukt Bharat are political slogans. It is not in the parlance of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh. The word ‘Congress-mukt’ is used in politics and is not part of the Sangh’s lexicon. We never use the language of excluding anyone”.

This categorical statement directly contradicts Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s objective of getting rid of the Congress party from Indian politics. This has been Modi’s clarion call ever since he was chosen as a prime ministerial candidate and he has continued to reiterate it all through the last four years, including on the floor of Parliament, where he declared as recently as this February that he was “pursuing the dream of a Congress-mukt Bharat”.

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#289 [Permalink] Posted on 12th April 2018 15:48
Asifa Gang Rape Case


NEW DELHI — In early January, Asifa Bano, an 8-year-old girl in a purple dress, was grazing her horses in a meadow in northern India. A man beckoned her into a forest. She followed.

According to the police, he grabbed her by the neck and forced her to take sleeping pills. With the help of a friend, they say, he dragged her to a nearby temple and locked her inside.

For the next three days, the police say, the two men and at least one other raped her, again and again. They told investigators that their motive had been to drive Asifa’s nomadic community out of the area. In the end, she was strangled, after one of the men allegedly insisted on raping her one last time.

Days later, Asifa’s crumpled body was found in the forest, in the same purple dress, now smeared with blood.

Source : NYT

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New Delhi: As she was allegedly raped repeatedly at a local temple in Jammu’s Kathua district this January, eight-year-old Asifa, it is said, could offer little resistance as she had been sedated with an anti-anxiety drug.

She is thought to have opened her eyes every now and then during the assault, but the impact of the drug kept her from reacting. So strong was the dosage administered to the young girl that it is believed to have kept her hanging by a thread for days before she was actually killed.

On 14 January, four days after she was abducted while grazing her family’s ponies, Asifa was allegedly strangulated.

These and other ghastly details, police claim, were revealed by the two men and a juvenile who are the main suspects and have been arrested for the crime that has shaken Jammu and Kashmir and caused a communal divide in the Jammu region.

Source The Wire

The Muslim Situation in General


New Delhi, India - India is home to roughly 172 million Muslims - the third-largest Muslim population in the world.

Since 2014, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power, tensions between Muslims and Hindus have increased in large parts of the country.

Muslims, who make up about 170 million of India's 1.3 billion population, have faced attacks after being accused of eating beef or killing cows, an animal considered sacred in Hinduism.

Source : Al-Jazeerah

Finally Some FB Posts in Hindi


(If I get to comment on these I shall give the English gist too, IA.)

दुनिया में चार मुसलमान बम फोड़ते थे. महज़ दो उसके खिलाफ बोलते थे और बाकी अपनी अपनी वजहों से चुप रहते थे. इसके बाद दुनिया ने आतंकवाद को इस्लाम से जोड़ दिया. ऐसा होते देख उन मुसलमानों को बड़ा दुख हुआ जो ना बम फोड़ने मेें थे और ना बम फोड़नेवालों के समर्थक थे. ऐसे मुसलमान हर जगह तर्क देते कि आप चंद मुसलमानों की करतूत को पूरे इस्लाम से जोड़ उसे बदनाम क्यों कर रहे हैं? उनके तर्क पर सामनेवाले कहते कि बात आपकी सही है मगर जब अधिकतर मुसलमान इस आतंकवाद के खिलाफ सड़क पर नहीं उतरते जैसे वो गाज़ा के नाम पर उतर आते हैं तो क्यों ना माना जाए कि इस आतंकवाद में वो भी चुप रहकर साथ ही हैं, बस इसीलिए आतंकवाद इस्लामिक है.
लगता है कुछ दिनों बाद यही हाल हिंदुओं का होनेवाला है. शंभुलाल रैगर और कठुआ जैसी घटनाएं हिंदू समाज की जैसी छवि बना रही हैं उनसे लग रहा है मानो हत्यारों के पीछे सारा समाज ही झंडे उठाए खड़ा है. किसी गैर हिंदू से पहले हिंदू समाज को ही इन दरिंदों को सज़ा देनी चाहिए. अगर ऐसा ना करके हिंदू समाज चुप रहा तो कल आतंकवादी के तौर पर पहचाने जाने के लिए तैयार रहे. हिंदू धर्म के नाम पर काली करतूत करनेवालों को कवर देना बंद ना किया गया तो कुछ छवि तो बन ही चुकी है .. कुछ दिनों में और भी पुख्ता हो जाएगी. बात हाथ से निकल जाने के बाद सफाई मत दीजिएगा कि सारे धर्म को क्यों बदनाम किया जा रहा है. अपना धर्म और देश इन रेपिस्ट्स और हत्यारों से रीक्लेम कीजिए. ये इसके ठेकेदार बनने लायक कभी नहीं थे. ये उन हिंदुओं का धर्म और देश है जिन्होंने हमला करनेवालों तक के साथ दोस्ती और शादी करके नई तहज़ीबों को पैदा किया.

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शंभुलाल रैगर ने एक अधेड़ आदमी को कैमरा फोन के सामने कुल्हाड़ी से काट कर जला डाला. इसके बाद उसने अपनी करतूत को लव जिहाद के खिलाफ कदम ठहराया और इंतज़ार करने लगा कि लोग भगवा और तिरंगे झंडे लेकर उसके बचाव के लिए आएं. मूर्खों ने उसे निराश नहीं किया. ना सिर्फ उसे बचाने के लिए चंदा इकट्ठा किया बल्कि झांकी निकालकर हीरो बनाया. और ये सब तब है जब राजस्थान पुलिस ने अपनी रिपोर्ट में लिखा कि रैगर खुद शादीशुदा होकर लड़की के साथ अवैध संबंध रखता था. लोन दिलाने के नाम पर रैगर ने लड़की को बैंक मैनेजर से यौन संबंध बनाने को राजी किया. दरअसल रैगर ने जिस अधेड़ को मारा उसे लड़की और रैगर के संबंध पता चल गए थे. रैगर को इसमें हिंदू-मुस्लिम एंगल निकालने की गुंजाइश दिखी और उसने वही किया. बाकी का काम धर्म के नाम पर चुंधियाए मूर्खों ने अंजाम दिया.
अब यही जम्मू के कठुआ में हो रहा है. हवशियों ने आठ साल की मासूम सी बच्ची को मंदिर में कई दिनों तक रौंदा. दोस्तों को दूसरे शहरों से बुला बुलाकर कई कई बार बलात्कार किया. बच्ची को बेहोशी के टेबलेट देते रहे. जब मन भर गया तो हत्या करके फेंक दिया जैसे लोग गंदे हाथ को टिश्यू पेपर से साफ करके फेंक दिया करते हैं. इन दरिंदों के लिए इंसानी जान खराब हो चुके टिश्यू पेपर से ज़्यादा नहीं है. अब चूंकि लड़की मुसलमान है तो अपने बचाव की गुंजाइश फिर इसी में है कि मामले को सांप्रदायिक रंग दे दो. फटाफट तिरंगे लहराकर साबित कर दो कि हम तो राष्ट्रभक्त लोग हैं. इन्हें विश्वास है कि झंडा दिखाकर ये दूसरे पक्ष को आसानी से गद्दार साबित कर देंगे. आधा मुल्क तो झंडा देखकर ही भावुक हो जाता है. ये फॉर्मूला इतना सटीक है कि बार बार देश में अपनी करतूतों को ढंकने के लिए इस्तेमाल हो रहा है. जो बचे हैं उन्हें हिंदू-हिंदू के शोर में पागल करके अपनी तरफ खींच लिया जाता है. ट्वीटर पर एकाध मानसिक रोगी लिख भी चुका है कि अच्छा हुआ वो लड़की मर गई, वैसे भी बड़ी होकर आतंकवादी ही बनती.
इतनी नीचता? संस्कारों का इतना स्खलन? दिमाग में इतना ज़्यादा गोबर?? एक-दूसरे को रौंद डालने के लिए ऐसा वहशीपन???
ये लोग किस तालिबान से कम हैं? ISIS बनने की इनमें कौन सी गुंजाइश नहीं है? देश की व्यवस्था एक बार बिगड़ जाए और इनके हाथ में हथियार आ जाएं तो ये वो भी कर सकते हैं जिसके लिए बर्बर आतंकी संगठनों को कोसते हैं. और फिर रातोंरात संगठन थोड़े ही बनते हैं. हालात इसी तरह उन्हें बनाते हैं. हालात तो वैसे ही बनते दिख भी रहे हैं. प्रधानमंत्री चुप बैठा है. मुख्यमंत्रियों को चुनाव जीतने से फुरसत नहीं. विपक्ष प्रतीकात्मक विरोध तक में फेल है तो सड़क पर असली संघर्ष तो भूल ही जाइए. आम आदमी जीएसटी और तेल बढ़ोतरी से बिगड़े बजट पर सिर खपाने से ही नहीं उबर पा रहा है तो तेज़ी से अपनी तरफ बढ़ रहे संकट को कहां से पहचाने?
ये देश जाति और धर्म के पाटों के बीच फंसकर पिसता जा रहा है. या तो किसी एक तरफ होकर सुरक्षित होने का भ्रम पाल लीजिए या फिर झुंझलाते हुए इसका पिसता जाना हमारे साथ में देखिए.

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जम्मू कश्मीर से लेकर यूपी तक में होनेवाले बलात्कार की घटनाएं जब विदेश में सुनी-पढ़ी जाती होंगी तब ज़रूर विदेशी कहते होंगे कि ये देश बलात्कारियों का देश होने से बेहतर सपेरों का देश था. उसके बाद उन्हें ये भी पता चलता होगा कि इस देश में अपने साथियों पर लगे रेप केस वापस ले लिए जाते हैं. खुद के खिलाफ सीएम दंगे के केस खत्म कर देता है. दूसरे धर्म की लड़की का रेप करनेवाले अपने धर्म के लोगों को बचाने के लिए तिरंगे की आड़ लेते हैं. मतलब ये सारी खबरें पढ़कर दुनिया में हमारी शोहरत कितनी बढ़ जाती होगी!!
ऊपर से हम वो समाज हैं जो बलात्कार को इज्ज़त से जोड़ते हैं और उसी तेज़ी से एक-दूसरे की इज्ज़त रौंदने पर उतारू हैं. फिर हम ही हैं जो इस बात पर भी गर्व करते हैं कि सेक्स को संयम के बूते काबू करने की विधि भी हम ही जानते हैं. हमने तो दुनिया को कामसूत्र और अजंता-एलोरा- खजुराहो के दर्शन कराए हैं. मतलब ये बताइए कि इतने विरोधाभासों में कौन जीता है? ये कैसे लोग हैं जो एक ही सांस में नैतिकता की बात करते हुए मां और बहन की गाली भी दे लेते हैं? हम सभी को हमारे पूरे समाज की मर चुकी संवेदना और समझ का पोस्टमॉर्टम अब कर ही लेना चाहिए

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#290 [Permalink] Posted on 13th April 2018 02:26
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Is no one else on the forum completely gutted by the barbarity of the Kathua incident?
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#291 [Permalink] Posted on 13th April 2018 05:05
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They will wake up. It is mind numbing.

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#292 [Permalink] Posted on 13th April 2018 05:13
Parijat Misra on Facebook about Asifa Extended Gang Rape and Murder Case of Jammu


Want to know the difference between Congress and BJP?

In Congress rule, people were emboldened to rally *against* rapists and government.

In BJP rule, people are emboldened to rally *in favor of* rapists and government. That too while shouting #BMKJ

For all those who still say "At least BJP is better than Congress", you are no longer naive, you are assholes !!

(A comment on Saket's post)

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Hinduism isn't a thing at all ... it's a western import and imposition of a distorted image and application of whatever that existed locally/regionally in the Indian subcontinent in the ancient times .... so in my view BJP is as much a foreign import as is the use and spread and application of this wrongly perceived word "Hinduism" .... Indian subcontinent isn't home to "religions" really ... Indic philosophies were varied, fluid , influenced and derived from surrounding and other coexisting philosophies in the Sino-Indian and Indo-Persian regions .... there is no strict following or prescription from any book in the ideas, rituals, beliefs, structure and function of what people of this subcontinent practised.

Basing violence or political dominance in the name of Hinduism is rather a western construct in the same way. Only that by borrowing such notions of imagined Hinduism, we have become what we ought not to have .... so it's not western anymore ... hence it's our prerogative to defy and dissociate from notions of "Hinduism" and any violence or political dominance enacted in its name ....

#JusticeForAsifa

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Just raze and destroy the temple where little Asifa was raped and murdered.

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Whenever the Kathua rapists are hanged, I want to be the hangman. I want look into those animals' eyes and see the fear of death in their eyes.
Also, I would spit in their faces.

Jaswant Narwal : So do I.

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Two BJP state cabinet ministers - Chowdhary Lal Singh and Chandra Prakash Ganga have expressed support for the Hindu Ekta Manch. BJP MLAs from Kathua and Hiranagar constituencies attended the rally taken out by them. The Manch has been formed under the leadership of the BJP state secretary, Vijay Kumar. They are supporting the men accused of raping and killing an 8 year old Asifa in a temple. She was confined and raped for over a week before her tormentors killed her. And some members of the BJP are supporting those accused of this horrific crime openly. What action will you take against these men, BJP? Will you expel them from your party forthwith? If not, what are the people who voted for this party planning to do in the next elections? BJP voters its time for you to prove that you are loyal to this country and the constitution. And that you do not vote for parties that protect and shield rapists and killers. Those who have repeatedly accused some people of being anti national, it is time for you to prove your credentials. Show your patriotism. Speak up against the party you voted for and tell them that if they do not expel such members of the party as those supporting the alleged rapists, you will never vote for them again. If you can't or won't do that, come out and say openly and loudly that you support this crime.
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#293 [Permalink] Posted on 13th April 2018 05:23
More Sundry Posts on facebook about Asifa Gang rape and Murder


Please meet Ms. Deepika Singh Rajawat, a young lawyer from Jammu and Kashmir, who has defied all threats and abuses, and embarked on an arduous journey to provide justice to the eight year old Asifa Bano, who was brutally gang-raped in a temple for days before being strangulated to death in Kathua district. She is continuously facing threats and verbal abuses by fellow lawyers but is continuing on her path to provide justice to Asifa. I salute her courage, conviction and passion for justice.

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Heartening to see that people are holding midnight vigil at the India Gate against the rape and murder of Asifa Bano in Kathua and the rape of a teenager in Unnao, which was followed by the brutal murder of her father in police custody. Am glad that Rahul Gandhi has now hit the streets and leading people against this tyrannical government.

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Please meet Mr. Ramesh Kumar Jalla, the Senior Superintendent of Police (Crime Branch), who along with his team, completed the investigation in Asifa's rape and murder case in Kathua in “record time,” arrested all the accused, and submitted the charge sheet on April 9, which was at least 10 days ahead of the 90-day deadline fixed by the High Court. By the way, he is a Kashmiri Pandit, and he exposed the Hindutva bigots who admittedly raped and murdered Asifa to "teach a lesson" to her community. For him, his duty was supreme and he didn't let extraneous factors distract him. He was under tremendous pressure from the BJP ministers who had also participated in the protest march of the Hindu Ekta Manch. But he didn't budge. He is now at the receiving end of the wrath of Hindutva brigade, but he doesn't care. Salute to him. Wish there were more officers like him.

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How could they do it, even the animals won't. Look at those innocent eyes of Asifa. They'll haunt us forever. 😥
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#294 [Permalink] Posted on 13th April 2018 05:29
People should stand united to dislodge NDA Government: Church of South India


By Express News Service | Published: 08th April 2018 03:49 AM |

Last Updated: 12th April 2018 07:23 PM | A+A A- |

Bishop Thomas K Oommen, moderator, Church of South India, leading the dedication service of the elevation of CSI Immanuel Church, Broadway, on Sunday. (EPS | Albin Mathew)

KOTTAYAM: Even as the BJP is trying woo the Christian communities to get a base in Kerala and Northeast states, the Church of South India (CSI) has taken strong exception to various policies of the NDA Government at the Centre, including its alleged pro-corporate and anti-poor policies, atrocities against Dalits and the tribals and the hard-line Hindutva agendas.

CSI Moderator Bishop Thomas K Oommen, the supreme head of the church, has published an open letter to the people of the country, asking them to stand united to bring down the government.

The letter quoting Gandhiji’s words on ‘salt march’ that “With this, I am shaking the foundations of the British Empire,” appeared as a symbolic call against the NDA Government.

The CSI which is the second largest Christian denomination in India has a strong presence in South Indian states including Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
According to him, over the past few years, especially during the last four years, people are extremely alarmed at the way the nation is being ruled by the government at the Centre.

Source : NIE (Looks like this article has been taken down.)
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#295 [Permalink] Posted on 13th April 2018 05:45
Kathua vs Unnao


Bigotry is on display in the former. In the latter case it will be the wake call and a coming of age moment and an end of innocence experience for those who thought bigotry is a one way traffic and you are safe for not being from the beleaguered community. Chickens have been roosting on the home turf already.
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#296 [Permalink] Posted on 13th April 2018 08:35
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Assalam u alaikum

How can we express our sorrow in words, brother? I don't have a single word to say about those sick individuals who do this. Similar incidents happened in Kasur, Pakistan recently with several young girls.

I wonder what's the shariah punishment for such cases?
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#297 [Permalink] Posted on 13th April 2018 16:50
PM of India on the Recent Rapes


The incidents in the past two days are an embarrassment to the civilised society. We bow our head before the founding figures of the nation. No culprit will be spared, justice will be delivered. Those daughters will get due justice; all of us have to fix the problem together. The guilty will not go unpunished and the Government of India will not leave any stone unturned to ensure that happens.

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister

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#298 [Permalink] Posted on 14th April 2018 03:52
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#299 [Permalink] Posted on 14th April 2018 03:58
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Please meet Mr. Ramesh Kumar Jalla, the Senior Superintendent of Police (Crime Branch), who along with his team, completed the investigation in Asifa's rape and murder case in Kathua in “record time,” arrested all the accused, and submitted the charge sheet on April 9, which was at least 10 days ahead of the 90-day deadline fixed by the High Court. By the way, he is a Kashmiri Pandit, and he exposed the Hindutva bigots who admittedly raped and murdered Asifa to "teach a lesson" to her community. For him, his duty was supreme and he didn't let extraneous factors distract him.


Kudos to him.
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#300 [Permalink] Posted on 14th April 2018 18:26
New Delhi: Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Saturday for the first time in 52 years elected its new international president, marking the end of Pravin Togadia’s era. The organisation elected former Himachal Pradesh governor VS Kokje as its new chief, setting aside Togadia’s aide Raghav Reddy.

Togadia himself did not participate in the election, which took place in Gurgaon. Around 192 members of the organisation cast their vote through a secret ballot, out of which, Kokje bagged 131.

Kokje, a native of Madhya Pradesh’s Indore, is a sangh samajsevak since childhood. He served as a High Court judge in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Acting Chief justice from 2002 to 2003. He served as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh from 2003 to 2008 and took over as the vice president of VHP in 2014.

Togadia had informally been the leader of the VHP since 2003 and was formally appointed to the post in 2011. (ANI)
www.siasat.com/news/pravin-togadia-legacy-ends-vhp-gets-i...
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