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India Today on Godhra carnage and bogus human rights lobby in India

Posted by jagoindia on September 30, 2008

The mother of all Indian magazines, India Today, concurs with the nanavati Commission report that Muslims did set the train in fire horrendously burning alive 58 innocent Hindus including 20 children. Another example of the peace religion in action!

Godhra carnage a conspiracy: Nanavati report
Uday Mahurkar, India Today
New Delhi, September 26, 2008,

The GT Nanavati Commission’s interim report on the Godhra carnage confirming the conspiracy theory of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Gujarat Police that investigated the case has stirred a hornet’s nest.

The familiar faces of the human rights activists, the government and the saffron lobby have resurfaced once again to create a din over the Godhra carnage.

The human rights lobby has called it a political report to suit the political designs of the saffron government. While the chief actor in the episode, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, has termed ‘it the unravelling of the ultimate truth’.

“I kept quite on the issue for seven years. Now the truth is out. It has silenced the mischief mongers, who have been trying to fish in the troubled water of Godhra to suit their designs,” he said.

What is the truth? One close look at the evidence with an open mind would indicate that the truth seems closer to what the Commission has said than what is being claimed by its critics.

There’s a wide gap between what the report concludes and what the human rights activists allege that the train was attacked by thousands of Muslims of Signal Falia area opposite Godhra Railway station with sharp weapons, stones and burning rags in front of dozens of eye witnesses.

The human rights activists have been peddling two unbelievable theories. One that it was an accident, something that lawyer Mukul Sinha of Ahmedabad, who represents NGO Jan Sangharsh Manch, has constantly argued in defence of the alleged killers of Godhra.

And two, that the Godhra carnage itself is a conspiracy on the part of the BJP-led Gujarat government. In other words, the saffron government killed its own Hindutva workers in order to whip up an anti-Muslims riot to create a political atmosphere in its favour for the next assembly polls.

The second theory has largely been spoken about in guarded language by supporters of Teesta Setalvad.

So, there is no meeting ground between the report and the human rights activists. While report says there was a conspiracy to burn the train. The human rights lobby not only discounts the conspiracy theory but even denies that the train was burnt by the Ghanchi Muslim mob despite a plethora of eyewitnesses who saw it happening.

The investigation into the case was led by DIG Rakesh Asthana, now IG and Vadodara Police Commissioner, and conducted by Dy SP Noel Parmar, a Christian officer known for his efficiency.

In fact when Parmar was appointed as investigation officer of the case, many in the Sangh Parivar complained to the government saying that he was a Christian and could play mischief under pressure of the minority lobby. However, the government didn’t change him inspite of such towering pressure.

Both Asthana and Parmar are known as upright and efficient officers and unlikely to toe a purely political line. That’s perhaps the reason why the Nanavati Commission has relied heavily on Parmar’s investigation in concluding that the Godhra case was a conspiracy.

The report says that the conspiracy was hatched by Salim Panwala, Razak Kurkur and around half a dozen others including Maulvi Husssein Umarj who was the main conspirator. The motive was to take revenge on the demolishers of Babri Masjid.

A night before the incident, they held a meeting in Aman Guest House opposite the station owned by an accused Razak Kurkur. Then they brought 140 litres petrol from the petrol pump closeby in seven plastic cans. The petrol was brought in a green tempo by Imran Sheru, Hasan Charkha, Jabir Behra and Mehmood Khalid and few more persons who kept it in the room of guest house.

According to the report, their plan went haywire when they learnt that the Sabarmati Express was several hours late and would arrive only after dawn instead of midnight.

Since the train got late they changed the strategy. When the train was about to leave the station at around 8 next morning they spread the false alarm that a Muslim girl had been abducted into the train by the Ramsevaks.

As a result, hundreds of irate Muslims gathered to attack the train. The report says that the conspirators wanted this melee to camouflage their designs and therefore they spread the false alarm.

The Nanavati Commission has discounted one of the main theories of a section of human rights activists that one of the Ramsevaks travelling on the Sabamati train coming from Ayodhya had tried to abduct a Muslim girl called Sofiabanu Shaikh at Godhra railway station on February 27, 2002 morning.

After interviewing Shaikh the Commission found several gaps in her story and concluded that she was parroting what perhaps had been fed to her a few days after the incident.

The report concluded that the story of a Muslim girl’s abduction was falsely spread on that morning of the unfortunate incident.

This rumour was part of a conspiracy in order to collect a crowd to attack the train.

The 168 page report says that in the melee Sjaukat Laloo and Mohammed Latika cut open the rear vestibule of S-6 and entered the train from there and the opened the closed door to allow the other conspirators to move into the compartment with the petrol.

Hasan Lalu then threw a burning rag to start the blaze even as the mob continued to pelt stones to prevent the passengers from moving out of the burning train coach. This is by and large what Noel Parmar has said in his investigation. End

Flashback to rediff report about the fire in 2002

Title: Fifty-eight killed in attack on Sabarmati Express
Rediff on The Net, Date: Feb 27, 2002

At least 58 people, most of them kar sevaks returning from Ayodhya, were killed and 43 injured when miscreants attacked the Sabarmati Express and set afire four of its coaches at Godhra railway station in Gujarat on Wednesday.

Following the incident, large-scale violence and stabbings were reported from Godhra town, Ahmedabad and Baroda.

The dead included women and children, a senior railway official said.

When the train from Faizabad arrived at Godhra railway station at around 8.30 am (IST), the kar sevaks travelling on it and some locals on the platform started shouting slogans.

As the train started moving, someone pulled the emergency chain and it came to a halt near the signal point, where a mob attacked the coaches with petrol and acid bombs, setting them on fire, the official said.

Some passengers were trapped inside the coaches and burned to death, he said.

Mahant Devendradasji, the head priest of a temple in Ahmedabad, who was in the train, said: “A few people began stoning the train without any provocation. As a reaction, people inside the coaches downed shutters.”

The mahant said the attackers numbered over 2,000.

In New Delhi, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee appealed to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad to postpone its plan for constructing a temple in Ayodhya. But the VHP said it had no authority to do so and was determined to go ahead with the construction as directed by religious leaders.

The outfit also called for a Gujarat bandh on Thursday to protest against the attack.

Indefinite curfew was clamped in Godhra immediately after the incident, as large-scale violence erupted. Police opened fire at many places to disperse rioting mobs.

In Ahmedabad, a bus was set afire by a mob in Bapunagar, while some passengers of a community were injured in an attack by a group of people, the police said.

In Baroda, one person was stabbed to death and five were injured after a mob attacked them at the waiting hall of Baroda railway station, the police said.

The governments of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal have sounded a high alert and instructed district authorities to ensure law and order in communally sensitive areas.

Among the injured in the attack on the train were 31 men, nine women and three children. Of them, 20 passengers who sustained serious burns were admitted to a hospital at Godhra.

One of the coaches of the 18-bogie train was completely gutted, official sources said.

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Muslims rampage in Thane over Navratri pandal, 50 hurt, 1 killed

Posted by jagoindia on September 30, 2008

This pseudo secular link gives the statistics: 1 dead, 50 injured in Thane communal clash

Below Times of India report throws up a clearer version exposing the violent Indian Muslim. When he acquires some numbers, you get to see his real colors, his transition from secular to terror. Will Hindus ever learn how evil Islam and its adherents are?

“People from the minority community are not allowing entry to anyone. Fire brigade personnel watched helplessly when the vehicles were set ablaze,” a police official said.

Riots in Thane over Navratri pandal
30 Sep 2008, 0206 hrs IST,TNN

THANE: The Rabodi area here witnessed tension between two communities over a Navratri pandal on Monday evening.

Police said though the issue was sorted out, tensions developed yet again in the evening. A huge mob gathered in the area, stoned the Rabodi police station and set fire to three cars and a bakery.

Thane police commissioner A P Dhere said, “A group was erecting a pandal and an arch. People from one community objected and there was stone throwing. When police reached the spot, they were attacked.”

The police did not fire, he said, but resorted to a lathicharge. The exact number of injured is not yet known. Dhere said an additional commissioner and other officers had been rushed to the spot. Three companies of the State Reserve Police have reached the site. “We will contain the tension and restore normalcy,” Dhere said.

NCP MLC Jitendra Awhad said, “The VHP and Bajrang Dal are quite active in this area. They insisted that the pandal be constructed at the same spot. The police were trying to bring about a compromise, but matters took a turn for the worse late in the evening.”

VHP leader Shankar Gaikar said, “The trouble erupted over a small temporary gate set up for Navaratri. Some of the rioters were carrying swords.” He blamed a senior police officer for the trouble.

Police have sought the help of senior NCP leader and deputy chairperson of the state legislative council Vasant Davkhare and VHP leaders to help reduce the tension. “People from the minority community are not allowing entry to anyone. Fire brigade personnel watched helplessly when the vehicles were set ablaze,” a police official said.

Additional commissioner of police (crime) Prashant Burde and deputy commissioner of police Bhujangrao Shinde are camping at the spot to sort out the issue. end

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Terror blasts in Maharashtra, Gujarat; 8 killed

Posted by jagoindia on September 30, 2008

Blasts in Maharashtra, Gujarat; 8 killed
30 Sep 2008, 0154 hrs IST, Mateen Hafeez & Yogesh Naik,TNN

MALEGAON/AHMEDABAD: Two crude bombs hit Malegaon in Maharashtra, killing 7 and injuring 30, and Modasa in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat killing one and injuring ten.

The pattern of attack mirrored the one last Saturday in Mehrauli in Delhi. In both the cases, youth on motorcycles threw a plastic bag containing the low-grade explosives.
Bike blasts near SIMI’s Malegaon office kill 7

Two mysterious blasts in the Bhikku Chowk area of Malegaon killed seven people on Monday night and injured 30 others. The wounded were rushed to the nearby Noor Hospital and Faran Hospital. Two of the wounded were reportedly injured when police opened fire to disperse a mob. Three policemen were also reportedly hurt.

Curfew was imposed in the eastern part of communally-sensitive powerloom town of Malegaon after the blast and stone-pelting by a mob.

The location where the blasts took place also happens to be outside the building where the banned SIMI had its office. It is opposite Nisar Dairy and Bhikku Hotel. A Hero Honda motorbike, which was parked at the blast site, was completely mangled. While senior police officers said they were cylinder blasts, angry local residents insisted that bombs had been set off.

Additional SP (Malegaon) Sanjay Patil said that the explosions took place on a motorcycle. “Soon a huge mob gathered and they pelted stones at the police. We fired five rounds in retaliation. A huge crowd gathered and prevented the police from entering the area. There is tension and we have summoned additional forces. The exact number of injured people cannot be quantified now, but the mob attacked us brutally,” a police officer said.

Four companies of the State Reserve Police have been deployed. Malegaon sub-divisional magistrate Ajay More said the situation was tense. “Three policemen, including an IPS probationer Viresh Prabhu, are injured. Prabhu was hit by a stone and has a big gash on his head. We have admitted the policemen to Wadia Hospital,” he said.

While some police blamed cylinders for the blasts, other officials said the pattern was similar to the recent Delhi blasts, where two unknown persons came on a motorcyle and flung a bomb in the crowded Mehrauli market.

The Malegaon blasts took place at around 9.30 pm when a Ramzan special prayer was being offered in all mosques across the town. This is the second time that Malegaon has been hit by blasts. Earlier, on September 8, 2006, four bombs had been planted on cycles and went off in the textile town, killing 31 and injuring 297 others. Nine SIMI suspects had been arrested for the 2006 blasts.

Residents of Malegaon alleged that Monday’s blasts were a conspiracy to disturb the law and order situation two days prior to Eid. “I saw people running helter-skelter on the road and youths were taking the injured to the hospital,” said Khaleel Ahmed who stays in the vicinity.

Thousands of women were shopping at the time of the blasts. Bhikku Chowk is located between three mosques. The SIMI office, which is located on the first floor of a building, was functional till the outfit was banned on October 24, 2001. Bhikku Chowk also houses around six tea stalls.

A team of forensic experts from Nashik were reaching Malegaon to gather evidence from the blast site. An Anti-Terrorism Squad team had also reached Malegaon and have started investigations, said ATS chief Hemant Karkare.

Blast-scarred Gujarat was jolted just days before Navratri on Monday when a bomb went off in Modasa town of Sabarkantha district in north Gujarat, leaving a 17-year-old boy dead and more than ten injured. The incident occurred hours after the recovery of 17 crude bombs in Ahmedabad’s Kalupur area.

Police said a bomb left in a motorcycle in a crowded market went off around 9.30 pm, killing Zainuddin Ghori.

“An electronic gadget was found from the site. Forensic experts have been called in to ascertain whether it was a timer device and what sort of explosive substance was used,” said Sabarkantha district collector M Thennarasan.

“One person was killed and ten injured in the blast that took place at Suka bazaar. Police reinforcements have been rushed to the spot. The injured are being shifted to hospital,” he added.

The area was immediately plunged into darkness, triggering panic among shoppers thronging the area before Id and nearby residents. “It is Ramzan and Suka bazaar is usually bustling at this time. Some seven bikes were parked near a closed shop. One of them had a bag close to its petrol tank. This exploded. The bike was blown to bits,” said eyewitness Razzak Khan.

Some other eyewitnesses said two persons were seen parking the Splendor bike (GJ 9R 2896) there.

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Attendance dips at Jamia Milia depts as two Muslim students arrested on terror charges

Posted by jagoindia on September 29, 2008

Attendance hit in Jamia depts
Irena Akbar
Sep 26, 2008 at 0007 hrs IST

New Delhi, September 25 Following the arrest of two Jamia Millia Islamia students — Mohammad Shakeel and Zia-ur-Rehman — for their alleged involvement in the recent serial blasts, the university has seen a steep fall in the attendance of students in its Urdu, Arabic and Islamic Studies departments.

Professor I M Khan of the Islamic Studies department and a member of the university’s Academic Council said the attendance had fallen to just about 25 per cent of what it was before September 13 — the day the encounter at Jamia Nagar left two suspected terrorists, including Atif who too was a Jamia student, dead.

“In my class, just about 15 of the 50 students attend lectures now,” he said, pointing out that the shortage was unusual considering the fact that attendance had always been higher during Ramzan when “students don’t indulge in frivolous activities such as idling at coffee kiosks or bunking classes to catch a movie”. “They have either been called back by worried parents or asked to vacate accommodations by insecure landlords,” said Prof Khan.

The attendance shortage is specific to the three faculties. Prof Ravindran Gopinath’s History department has seen no dip in the number of students. “Almost all students of Urdu, Arabic and Islamic Studies are Muslims. Secondly, many of them belong to eastern UP, which is getting a bad name as most of the arrested suspects belong to Azamgarh,” he said. Attendance has also been unaffected in the Architecture department, according to lecturer Ayla Khan.

Prof Farhana Siddiqui of the Arabic department said: “Even though the university has a predominantly Muslim enrolment, students of my department fit the stereotypical terror suspect profile — beard, a skull cap and chaste Urdu.” She said only five students were attending her class that had a strength of 55.

Faculty members are now busy counselling traumatised students, especially boys. “Students are complaining that while their Jamia I-cards earlier helped them use Internet cafés and public libraries, the very same cards now work against them. We are telling them to focus on studies, forget the heavy police presence, and avoid the media,” said Gopinath. Students, they said, were now not stepping out after 7 pm.

The fear was palpable during the peace march organised by Jamia on Thursday. There was no slogan shouting. Most students refused to speak to the media and instead expressed themselves through placards that read, for instance, “Why can’t Sonia visit Jamia in bad times like she visited DU” and “Islam condemns violence”.

A few of them, however, did speak up. “We are with Shakeel and Zia till they are proven guilty in the court of law,” said a B.Tech first-year student from Bihar, pleading anonymity. Another student, who even refused to reveal his department, said: “This university was founded by freedom fighters. It is now being branded as a hub of traitors. We want to correct that image.”

The procession included the alumni too. IT engineer Samia Bashirduddin skipped office to be a part of the march. “Being an alumnus of a university whose image has taken a beating puts me under the radar too,” she said. The university is reaching out to the residents of the area too. “Every one in Jamia Nagar is associated with the university in one way or the other. We have to be there for them,” said Professor Archana Prasad of the Centre for Jawaharlal Nehru Studies.

Gopinath defended the university’s decision to use UGC funds for providing legal aid to the arrested students. “There is nothing wrong in helping the two till a judicial probe proves them guilty.” Prof I M Khan said: “We are also telling the landlords who are turning away students for want of documents to check up with our proctor office for verification.”

Prof Prasad said: “Some of my students come from the families of landless labourers in Kerala. They are all here to build their future. The media and the police shouldn’t destroy their dreams.”

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Indian tax payers to fund Jama Millia’s legal support to Delhi blast Islamic terrorists

Posted by jagoindia on September 29, 2008


Gopinath defended the university’s decision to use UGC funds for providing legal aid to the arrested students. “There is nothing wrong in helping the two till a judicial probe proves them guilty.” Prof I M Khan said: “We are also telling the landlords who are turning away students for want of documents to check up with our proctor office for verification.”

Prof Prasad said: “Some of my students come from the families of landless labourers in Kerala. They are all here to build their future. The media and the police shouldn’t destroy their dreams.”

Here is a letter in Central Chronicle summarizing the this atrocious a act of Jama Milia vice chancellor.
central chronicle, september 26

A questionable decision
This refers to the report Jamia to provide legal help to two arrested students. By any yardstick, it is a perplexing decision. Just because the two suspect students happened to be students of the Jamia Millia Islamia, it doesn’t entitle them to have any association with a terrorist group. The matter is under investigation and the police has the unfettered right to interrogate the terror suspects and their associates. There is, however, no logic in the University’s decision to provide them legal help under pressure from religiously motivated group sympathetic to the two students. It will become well-nigh impossible for the state to take action against any suspect and the Police to interrogate any terror suspect if institutional support is forthcoming in such cases. Already, ii is being alleged by the coreligionist neighbourhood that the Jamia encounter in which 2 terror suspects and an Inspector of Police lost their lives was a fake encounter…

RJ Khurana, Bhopal

Jamia University to provide legal aid to Delhi blast suspects
Tuesday, September 23, 2008  21:28 IST

NEW DELHI: The Jamia Millia Islamia University would provide legal aid to two suspended students who have been arrested by Delhi Police for being allegedly involved in the serial blasts in the capital.

“Legal aid would be provided till they are not found guilty,” varsity spokesperson Rakshanda Jaleel on Tuesday said.

The varsity had yesterday suspended the students prima facie for their alleged connection with the serial blasts that claimed over 20 lives.

The suspects are subject to verification by disciplinary committee of the university comprising the Vice Chancellor, Dean and Proctor. The committee was supposed to discuss the issue on Tuesday but could not meet.

Meanwhile, the varsity vice chancellor Prof Mushrul Hasan has appealed to students to exercise restraint and maintain dignity in the wake of the developments.

“There are, doubtless, difficult times for each one of us, but we must stand firm against the attempts to defame and malign the reputation of our university. We must maintain the secular and pluralist tradition of Jamia Millia Islamia and reiterate our commitment to the values enshrined in the Constitution and reflected in the world view of the founders of our institution,” he said in an appeal to students.

The vice chancellor will address the varsity students on Wednesday. The interaction, which will not be open to press, aims at holding free and frank exchange between students and authorities, a release issued said.

A peace march will be taken in the campus on Thursday which be led by the vice chancellor. Teaching staff and students will participate in the march.

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Muslim Engineer arrested for Bangalore blasts, cops claim breakthrough

Posted by jagoindia on September 29, 2008

Sami behind blast at Madiwala: Anti-terrorist Cell
Naveen Ammembala | ENS27 Sep 2008 08:25:00 AM ISTBANGALORE: The Bangalore blasts case is finally getting solved as the Anti-terrorist Cell (ATC) has legalised the arrest of Mohammed Sami (23) and police have charged him as the main accused in the Madiwala blast case on July 25.

The ATC team led by ACP KN Jitendranath had shown the arrest of Sami and produced him before the ACMM court here on Thursday evening as an accused in Madiwala case. Sami has been taken into police custody for another 14 days.

He was charged as one of the suspects in the blast in Madiwala bus stand which claimed the life of a woman Sudha Ravi.

Incidentally, the first blast took place in Madiwala and was followed by seven other blasts in the city.  An architecture student, Sami is suspected to have supplied the IED (improved explosive device) which ripped through the bus shelter.

Sami, a 7th semester student of Bijapur’s SeCab Institute, had visited Bangalore with his friends several times and stayed in Bangalore with one of his friends at the time of the blasts.

Sami is a close follower of Abdul Subhan Khureshi alias Tauqeer, who is believed to have taken shelter in Muzzafarabad in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

The Anti Terror Cell (ATC), headed by joint commissioner of police (Crime), Gopal B Hosur and Jitendranath  took him by flight to Pune for further investigation on Thursday night. Sami had, during investigations, revealed that he had ‘links’ in Pune who provided him shelter while he trained for the execution of activities undertaken by the Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), police said.

Sami was later escorted to Bijapur, his native place, on Friday evening. Details of his friends who might also be involved in such activities are expected to be gathered from there.

The ATC also sought custody of Afsar and Tareeque for further investigation.

Engineer in custody: B’lore blasts: Cops arrest student, claim breakthrough
CNN-IBN, Sep 27, 2008

New Delhi: The Karnataka Police claim they have made a breakthrough in the Bangalore blasts case with the arrest of a 23-year-old student of architecture.

Mohammed Sami was picked up from Bijapur a few days ago. He is alleged to have been in touch with Indian Mujahideen mastermind Tauqueer, before and after the blasts in Bangalore.

Reports say the police also suspect he was the man who planted the bomb at Madiwala.

Sami has been taken into police custody for 14 days. A seventh semester student at Bijapur’s SeCab Institute, Sami was staying in Bangalore with one of his friends at the time of the blasts.

Nine bombs exploded on July 25 in Bangalore killing two people and injuring six others. The intelligence agencies suspect the hand of local militants behind the low-intensity blasts. End

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Bitta criticizes Jamia’s move to give legal aid to Islamic terror suspects

Posted by jagoindia on September 29, 2008

Bitta flays Jamia’s move to give legal aid to terror suspects

Indore (PTI): Anti-Terrorist Front President Maninderjeet Singh Bitta on Sunday criticised Jamia Milia Islamia University Vice-Chancellor Mushirul Hasan for extending legal aid to two students arrested in connection with the Delhi serial blasts.

“I strongly condemn the decision of Jamia VC to extend legal aid to those arrested in connection with the Delhi serial blasts,” Bitta told reporters here.

The students had been arrested in connection with the September 13 blasts after an encounter in the national capital, in which two suspected militants were killed.

Hasan had extended legal assistance to the duo.

Bitta criticised the Union Ministry for reportedly speaking in favour of SIMI and alleged that due to vote bank politics there has been a spurt in terror incidents.

“Till such politics continued, terrorism will continue to thrive in the country,” he said.

Bitta said there is a strong need for creation of Anti-Terrorist Courts on the lines of military courts to try anti-national elements and once such court convict a person, not even the President of India should have the power to entertain his/her clemency petition.

He said that the present government lacks the will to fight terrorism and added that like Punjab it should be fought unitedly by pursuing aggressive policies.

Praising Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, Bitta welcomed his statement that the country needed tougher laws to deal with terrorism.

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Extremist Kerala Muslim organization starting pan india party

Posted by jagoindia on September 29, 2008

Fundamentalist Muslim outfit in Kerala plans a pan-Indian political avatar
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Thiruvananthapuram, September 26 The Popular Front of India (PFI), a right wing Muslim organisation in south India, is planning a pan-Indian outfit to plunge into electoral politics. The PFI is an umbrella body of Kerala’s National Development Front (NDF), Karnataka Forum for Dignity (KFD) and Tamil Nadu’s Manitha Neethi Pasaria (MNP).

The PFI’s move to form a political party — if it materialises — would have serious implications in Muslim-dominated areas, especially in southern India. At present, the Muslim voters are attracted towards parties like the CPI(M), Congress and Indian Union Muslim League.

The PFI was formed in November 2006 as a common platform of the NDF, KFD and MNP, which have made inroads into Muslim belts in three southern states.

In Kerala, the NDF — a key constituent of the PFI — has been involved in political clashes with the CPI(M) and RSS. Two NDF men had lost their lives in recent violence. Many NDF activists were allegedly involved in the recent political murders in Thalassery and Thrissur.

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Shunned Muslims return to Azamgarh

Posted by jagoindia on September 28, 2008

Shunned, they return to Azamgarh
Deepak Gidwani
Saturday, September 27, 2008  03:59 IST

AZAMGARH: On normal days, the Azamgarh railway station is mostly deserted. But it has recently started witnessing hectic activity with arrivals suddenly going up. The reason? People who left their homes years ago to earn a decent livelihood elsewhere are returning.

All of a sudden, Azamgarh is an apologetic address to have. People in Mumbai, Delhi and several other big cities have begun to spurn those who come from this tainted place. The Delhi serial blasts, the Jamia Nagar encounter, and the arrest of five ultras from Mumbai on Wednesday — all from Azamgarh — has altered the destiny of many who left this backward reqion with dreams of making it big elsewhere.

“No one wants to have anything to do with us any more. Suddenly, we are strangers in places where we lived for decades,” says Shamim of Saraimir, who lost his job in Mumbai. “My only fault is I belong to Azamgarh,” he laments. “There are a lot of people like me who are coming back now… not voluntarily, but they are being forced to leave by employers and landlords,” he says.

Whether it is the Godaan Express from Kurla (Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Mumbai) or Kaifiyat Express from Old Delhi station, every day trains disgorge scores of people at Azamgarh . And bring depressing stories of hundreds who bear scorn and insults everyday only because Azamgarh’s reputation has been sullied by a spate of unfortunate events.

“I have worked in Mumbai for 30 years in the same company. My employer who has trusted me for so many years called me some days ago and asked me to pack my bags and leave. He said he might get into trouble due to my link with Azamgarh,” says Salim who was working for a firm in Santa Cruz.

Abdul of Sanjarpur, Faiz of Sidhari or Salim of Chand Patti, all of whom have been summarily dismissed from jobs in Mumbai, are asking the same questions: “What’s our fault? Why have we been thrown out?” But, for now, there are no answers.

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Indian Muslims in denial mode, sorrounded by propaganda, unable to face the truth

Posted by jagoindia on September 28, 2008

The relevant part is posted here. To read full article bySudheendra Kulkarni in the indian express go here
It is worrying to see that many vocal Muslim commentators have chosen to be in denial mode—denying the fact that the culprits behind the bomb blasts in various cities are Muslims; denying that SIMI may be engaged in anti-national activities; denying even the existence of an organisation called the Indian Mujahideen and insinuating, instead, that it is a phantom created by the security forces to give Muslims a bad name. “A fake encounter,” is how certain reports on Muslim Internet sites have described the Jamia Nagar incident. Some Muslims even to this day deny that Al-Qaeda was behind 9/11, claiming it to be a Jewish conspiracy to defame Islam worldwide.

Equally worrying is the tendency to project any police action against a suspected member of the community as action against the community as a whole. That the security forces must be diligent, fair and unbiased in discharging their duty is undeniable. Those who violate this code must be chastised and even punished. But to complain that the entire community is targeted when the security forces do their normal duty of intelligence-gathering and investigation is to handicap the Indian State, whose first responsibility is to protect the citizens, Muslims included. An overwhelming majority of Muslims want peace and are as opposed to terrorism as non-Muslims. However, the outcry that Muslims are being targeted whenever the police do their normal duty—or when the police cannot do their duty because of their failure to enter a ghettoised Muslim locality for fear of inviting such an outcry—strengthens the prejudices that many non-Muslims have about Muslims.

Indian Muslims need to introspect on another point: whether the shrill and persistent propaganda that they are a persecuted and oppressed community in India is helping or hurting them. This propaganda has no factual basis whatsoever. True, the Indian Muslim community suffers from certain inequities and disabilities, but this is substantially true about other communities too. There is nothing in India’s Constitutional order, in our democratic political system or in the secular ethos of our society that inherently discriminates against Muslims. Nevertheless, the propaganda that Muslims do not get justice in India, echoing similar poisonous propaganda that the Muslim League had mounted before 1947 as a rationale for its demand for India’s Partition, is being systematically conducted both within the country and globally. This has naturally influenced a section of educated Muslims, radicalising them in the direction of Islamism. It is high time right-thinking Muslims asked themselves an important question: should Muslim grievances—yes, they have many legitimate grievances—be addressed within the framework of India’s secularism and democracy or through the agenda being advanced by the Indian Mujahideen? They must also ask themselves a related question: are those self-styled “secular” political parties and leaders, who treat Muslims only as vote-banks, friends or foes of the community?

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