The reason I disagree with you is that Muslim Media, political activism and legal affairs falls far behind the standards what is required. Dr Zakir Naik and IRF have the resources and the know-how to actually take on the Indian Government and tell their side of the story (even if it’s a sham trial) which I don’t believe it will be.
With access to Peace TV and its resources, they could try to cut through the Media fog and try to put their side of the story to the masses.
India has a great tradition of good investigative Journalism and Indian people feast on investigations and expositions.
The “Hazrats” and the “Maulanas” don’t have the ability to take on the Indian Government and Media machine but Dr Zakir Naik and IRF does.
Instead of actually fighting this battle for the Indian Muslims, the coward has cut and run![/quote]
I am questioning the accuracy of your assessment in this regard.
Was there a fair trial in Hashimpura case?
Mufti Qayyum spent 11 years behind bars for no fault - on trumped charges of terrorism.
Gulzar Wani, a boy from my university, was picked up from the campus 17 years ago when present Vice President of India was the Vice Chancellor. Last month he came out because nothing was proved in the court against him. Did he get a fair deal? He is fully grown man by now into bad years of life.
There is article (either 22 or 28) of Indian constitution where you can propagate you religion amongst Indian people. Christians went to court using that in case of conversions where Christian missionaries were under legal threat. You know what the Judge ruled in the court? He said that you can convert people to your religion only if there is no fear of public outrage. What does it mean? Don't you know that Hindu outrage can always be cooked up?
Please, please get connected with the fast changing ground reality.
There is no law against beef but can you not see all the havoc that is taking place because of beef, cow?
Things were not cozy-cozy even before May 16, 2014.
Today these are even worse.
When I say that Dr Zakir Naik is wrong to assume that he might be tortured in the custody then I am mrely fine tuning my assessment of the ground level legal situation.
The moment Dr Zakir Naik lands in custody his welcome will not be of the same level as Lalu Yadav or Mayawati under house arrest. Nor perhaps he will be like Ajmal Kasab in custody. But my fears are that his situation will be closer to latter than formers. I suspect that his situation will be like that of Mufti Abdul Qawi Sahab DB of Hyderabad. I have not got an opportunity to talk to Mufti Sahab but my close friends were telling terrible things - I hope the reports are not authentic.
And we have giant intellectuals like Maripat Saheb defending the coward simply on Nationalism.[/quote]
I repeat - he might lack the courage that you are demanding of him but coward he is not.
And what is this about Nationalism?
I don’t think that the Indian state is impenetrable
I don’t think that the Indian legal system is as shambolic and corrupt as you two are making it out to be.
. watch closely the expression on Karan Thapar's face when he realizes what has happened. This was much before Modi became the PM. After he became the PM I can not tell you how damn scared even the secular liberal democrats have become. You perhaps are not paying attention to what I have been saying in the India Diary thread. I can assure you that I find my personal courage at the all time peak but I have no intention of landing with a thud without making an iota of difference to the state of the believers residing in India or elsewhere. Your enthusiasm is infectious and and your sentiments were honourable and very dear to my heart but you have to cool down a bit.
I am not saying it because I believe Indians are great harbingers of justice, fairness and equality BUT because India wants to project itself on a global scale to be a developed country…Each scandal hits Indian ambitions that much harder…Kashmir and human right abuses are an embarrassment for Indian (image), not to their sense (of right and wrong).[/quote]
My brother you got it wrong.
Did you read this
piece by Barkha Dutt in the Washington Post? I had linked it earlier. It was on my screen for two weeks. Read it now. India does not care about world opinion any more. And my brother Barkha Dutt is no RSS bigot.
There are miscarriages of justice in any system and it takes resources but importantly courage to stand your ground and fight it.
I can not be upset with you because you are not committing gross mistakes. These are the mistakes of fine tuning and we do commit them all the time. Unfortunately the mistakes in the cases that we are discussing have huge repercussions. So kindly hold on your guns and relax a bit.
The episode with Dr Zakir Naik is sowing the seeds of despondency in the Indian Muslims. If people like Maripat Saheb think Dr Zakir Naik and IRF have no chance in today’s India it’s a truly low moment for Indian Muslims.
Worst times are perhaps the best opportunities. But the episodes in history when people should best courage in worst times are rare. Fortunately such events in Islamic history are rather regular. I feel honoured that you consider me in that league. I am also overwhelmed by your love. I also will not bore you to death by telling you how lonely I find myself in my immediate environment. Apart from myself I know only one more example in the larger Alig community who has not completely surrendered mentally to the fascist forces operating in India.
Yet I can not push Dr Zakir Naik to the noose or less. that is his decision. I do not concur with his assessment and I also agree that he should have faced the music head on but I can not push him to it.
Indeed it is all time low for Indian Muslims and I am ashemd to be part of it but I have neither sumbitted nor quit.
[quote]Instead of arguing, all Indian Muslims reading this should logoff and start packing to leave the country.
I am painfully aware that this is impractical, as impractical as it was in 1947.
On individual level I can assure that I am not going to leave.
You disappoint me.
I thought an ALIG would be looking to take on the system and even dent it (for the next fighter to dent it further), even if not defeat or crumble it. How can an ALIG defend a coward who ran away without a fight?
Your thoughts are very disappointing to me.
Instead of giving hope and courage to millions of Indian Muslims, you are actually submitting to a crooked system, admitting that you are powerless to fight it.
I am extremely disappointed. An ALIG is supposed to rail against the system, fight it, resist it, not cower down in fear and admit defeat.