Friday, April 27, 2012

Darul Uloom-Deoband’s diktat ends research on Salman Rushdie’s novels

Secularism means no hurt to Islamic sentiments in India

The Preamble to sanctified Constitution declares India to be a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic along with promising its citizens of justice along with equality, liberty and enterprises to promote fraternity among the citizens of the State.  If any Indian is asked ever whether the aforementioned cardinal principles of India can be challenged, he/she will state the word ‘no’ categorically. Won’t you state the same as well?  

What none does know even if the cardinal principle of secularism can’t be challenged, it can certainly be sacrificed or compromised to pacify Islamists in particular. Prabha Parmar, with post-doctorate fellowship to research in literature, bears testimony to the same; she, owing to the objection of Darul Uloom-Deoband, has been forced to call the research a halt midway. Her greatest crime has been to research on novels of Salman Rushdie – a name that is enough to add salt to the gaping wound of Islamists.

Nevertheless, apart from those of Salman Rushdie, novels of Amitabha Ghosh and Bikram Seth were also in the inventory of researches of Prabha Parmar. But all these justifications and Prabha Parmar’s standpoint that this is not premeditated on her part to lash out any community’s feelings have fallen on deaf ears. Darul Uloom-Deoband has not changed its views and Prabha ji, to steer clear of any disturbance, has appealed to Board of Chaudhary Charan Singh University (Meerut) to change subject of her post-doctorate fellowship.

It is to be noted, Darul Uloom-Deoband criticizing the university’s decision to let anyone research on novels of Salman Rushide warned that they would not allow it to take place.  

Prabha ji was destined to research on “Use of Magic Realism in the major Novels of Salman Rushdie, Amitabha Ghosh and Bikram Seth” and as per latest developments, Chaudhary Charan Singh University has cancelled doctorate fellowship of Prabha Devi.

No ill-feeling must be shown to any religious view and the State as an institution has no relation to any particular religion – this has been the basics of Secularism ever since its first use by George Jacob Halyoake, British writer, in 1851. But in India this definition is changing gradually – it’s more linked to pacify Islamists these days.  How can researches on works of an author assail a religion?

At first, Preamble to the Constitution of India declared the State as sovereign, democratic republic but the 42 nd Amendment in 1976 introduced two more words to it and hence, India, at the moment, happens to be a “sovereign socialist secular democratic republic”.

If audaciousness of Islamists is allowed to go on, without doubt, the next amendment will add new salient features to secularism –no hurt to sentiments of Islamists. And it may happen soon!

Let’s wait for the same. 

(Darul Uloom-Deoband)

(Salman Rushdie)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Secularism subverted

Pandering to minority communalism for votes is sheer cynical opportunism. Both Congress and the Left are guilty of it.

The mad race by so-called secular parties to grab the Muslim vote-bank is resulting in absurd situations. In Kerala, for instance, Hindus, who constitute 56 per cent of the State population, have been reduced to a minority in the State’s Cabinet, following the recent addition of a Muslim member to the Council of Ministers.

Recently, the leader of the ruling Congress-led United Democratic Front gave in to the Muslim League’s pressure, just as the party has done before, and allowed the League an additional Minister over the four they already had. Consequently, there are now six Muslim Ministers, including one from the Congress. Chief Minister Oomen Chandy is a Christian.

For over a year, the Congress had been resisting the League’s demand to grab the fifth Cabinet position. But the party suffered considerable erosion of its representation in the UDF, as the Muslim League and the Christian parties got almost all their candidates elected in last year’s Assembly polls that saw the Marxist led-LDF ousted from power.

The UDF’s majority is slim and this has made the leading parties in the ruling coalition cautious. The League had stuck to its demand for five Ministers (all Cabinet rank) right from the start. As part of the UPA at the Centre, the League already has representation at the level of Minister of State, with  senior leader E Ahamed as Minister of State for External Affairs.

The capitulation by the Congress to the League’s demand after some initial resistance exposes the growing power of the Muslim community — now placed firmly behind the Muslim League in Kerala politics. Several decades ago, Jawaharlal Nehru had proclaimed that the Muslim League was a “dead horse”. Today, the growing clout, both economic and political, of the party in Kerala, has made it a dominant constituent of the State’s ruling coalition. The rise of the Muslim community has in effect been facilitated by its partnership with the Congress in the UDF.

The national context in which the Congress has been looking for opportunities to appease the minority communities to retain them their vote-bank has also helped the League. As a UDF partner, the League has forced the imposition of Arabic as a second language which is compulsorily taught in all schools, even when a handful of students demand it.

Muslim leaders have also kept close contact with political leaders in the Gulf countries. Often, they use their religious affiliation to secure jobs and businesses in the Gulf in lieu of votes from the beneficiaries. As a result, a majority of the 10 billion plus dollars that come to Kerala have been benefitting the Muslim community alone, and this is visible even to the casual visitor.

The Muslims League’s economic and political clout has also led to extremist politics and the proliferation of terror groups within that State. Earlier, the Marxist led-Left Democratic Front sought to placate the community by turning a blind eye to extremism and even supporting extremist organisations like  the PDF of Abdul Nasser Madani, who is now in jail in Karnataka for his role in  bombing the Chinnaswamy stadium. He is also suspected to be behind several other incendiary incidents in Kerala. Yet, both the UDF and the LDF have shown great reluctance in prosecuting him.

Today, terrorist outfit SIMI’s new avatar, the Indian Mujahideen, is running riot in the State. They are reportedly giving Gulf money to their well-groomed and heeled young men, selected and trained by the IM. These young men then court girls from other communities. This activity is known widely in the State as ‘love jihad’.

To be fair, the Congress is not the only party competing for the Muslim vote-bank. The Marxists have their eyes on it too. Under the Marxist-led LDF’s rule, the police were informally ordered to let extremism flourish. That is how the training camps set up by the IM were allowed to function even after the police got wind of them. T Naseer, one of the IM leaders and allegedly the man behind several terrorist activities, was allowed to escape from police custody after he was caught from his hideout. He was finally arrested by Bangladesh Police and handed over to the Indian authorities. There are several instances of top Marxist leaders, including CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan and former Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan having secret dealings with absconding criminals holed up in Dubai. These were exposed by the media in the State, and led  the party to launch counter attacks against the newspapers, charging them with being CIA agents.

It is interesting to note that, in secular India a non-Hindu can be the Chief Minister of a Hindu majority State. But a similar privilege is denied to a Hindu in a non-Hindu majority State. Take, for instance, Jammu & Kashmir, where there is a substantial Hindu population in the Jammu region and a Buddhist population in the Ladakh region. Yet, no non-Muslim can ever hope to become Chief Minister of the State. It is the same story in the Christian-dominated States of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram.

The recent Assembly election in Uttar Pradesh has exposed the competition among different, ‘secular’ parties for the Muslim vote-bank. Even before the garlands around newly elected Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has wilted, he has come under pressure from the Muslim clerics for their share of the electoral booty. This is evident in the tussle between the party’s powerful Muslim face, Mr Azam Khan, and the Delhi-based Muslim cleric, Shahi Imam Bukhari.

The political drama between the Marxists and the Congress, competing for the Muslim vote-bank, has been repeated in West Bengal also. During the Marxist rule, the Bengali author from Dhaka, Taslima Nasreen, was hounded out of Kolkata. We are also familiar with the Congress’s dubious role in the Salman Rushdie episode that led the author to abort his visit to the Jaipur Literary festival held at the same time that the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election was on.

Now West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is also in the queue to play this vote-bank politics. Recently, her Government organised a massive conference of Imams in Kolkata, where she announced monthly stipends for them to be paid from Government funds.

In Tamil Nadu, it is public knowledge that Government power is used by both the DMK and its political rival, the AIADMK, to confiscate temple funds and positions, and then use them for promoting their brand image.

This is the type of secularism that India must now suffer, with the Congress taking the lead. Against this brand of so-called secularism, how does one define rank communalism? Are the two any different?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Fake Currency and Economy of India

It’s known far and wide that Pakistan leaves no stone unturned to destabilize India and fake currency, in this regard, happens to be one of its most useful tools. And contrary to the expectation of all, the main route of the same is operated through Bengal. Reason? Painstaking studies do reveal that Bengal, within the federal structure of India, happens to be the friendliest state to Pakistan and its best sympathizers, naturally, reside here most. Two bordering districts of Bengal, Murshidabad and Malda, hence, are mostly being used in this regard. All these breathtaking info have been learnt from the investigations of NIA or the National Investigation Agency.

National Investigation Agency, to be precise, has been created by the Government of India to combat the mounting saga of terror across the country. And only on January, 2012, NIA along with BSF and other Indian intelligence agencies conducted an investigation to bust such a racket in Malda leading to the arrest of 14 people. From both Morgen Hossain and Raqib Sheikh, arrested from Jamshedtola at Kaliachak, District: Malda, NIA learnt that Pakistan was conducting its entire trade of fake currency through the bordering areas of Bangladesh and Nepal.

Taking cue from Morgen and Raqib, NIA arrested Imran and Zonab (with fake Indian currency worth Rs. 9.85 lakhs) from Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh. As per Imran and Zonab, they got fake currency from an individual named Iqbal Kana who did receive the amount from Mohammed Ashraf of Dubai.

Following investigations revealed more sensational and dreadful information. According to the information, fake Indian currencies (made in Pakistan) move to Dubai, before anything else. And from there currencies are transferred to Bangladesh and Nepal. In line with pundits, 70% of the entire fake Indian currency moves to India from Bangladesh. Districts of Murshidabad and Malda are used as transit altogether. What makes these two districts most suitable in this case? If anyone dares to ask this, he/she (dubbed as a communal) will be arrested by the Bengal government straight away.

This is cruel truth at the moment even if investigative reports of NIA state categorically villagers of the two aforementioned bordering districts are employed as bearers to transmit counterfeit currency.

Special Task Force of Calcutta Police seized fake currency worth Rs. 1.5 crores in 2011 and has got hold of fake currency worth Rs. 50 lakhs in 2012 (up till now). Well, the government has not hinted the amount of fake currency in the market at the moment.

It is worthwhile to mention, the majority of Indian population (being worst sufferers) is conscious of the ill-effects of counterfeit 500 rupee note. But the reality is more awful than this. Pakistan has been instrumental in sending more fake 100 rupee notes than this and all of those are effective at the moment. Owing to such developments, police or government is yet to seize these notes; any such incident will lead to a social unrest without doubt. Information does suggest that these notes are annulled once they reach the exchequer but these efforts are a few if compared to the obligation. What can we conclude from here? Fake currency, thanks to Pakistani machinery and local support, is in full swing in the realm of India.

Without a shred of doubt, fake currency happens to be helpful in mounting inflation and consequential hike in prices. Whether it is Pranab Mukherjee or Amit Mitra, all, despite being conscious of the entire episode, prefer to remain silent. And the sole reason behind silence happens to be the involvement of both Pakistan and Bangladesh. Any such utterance would discredit their own political careers and also ambitions; hence, even if they send Jihadis or fake currency or even infiltrators or slaughter minority Hindus there – both Pakistan and Bangladesh have got to be befriended.

[Source of News: Times of India – 06 April, 2012]