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Islamists using YouTube to promote Islamic terrorism in India

Posted by jagoindia on September 2, 2008


One such video is here

Gujarat nudges out Kashmir on YouTube
7 Aug 2008, 0112 hrs IST, Himanshu Kaushik,TNN

AHMEDABAD: Gory visuals of the post-Godhra riots of 2002 are all over YouTube , along with messages of revenge.

One such clip ‘The Making of a Muslim Terrorist’ has the interview of a small boy who goes on to describe how a mob attacked houses, killed men and stripped women.

The 20-minute video, which instigates youth to become terrorists, has had nearly 90,000 hits. Another video titled ‘Attack on Islam by Hindus’ shows people wearing saffron bandanas on a rampage. Also featured are speeches of Hindutva leaders spewing venom against Muslims.

A five-part video titled ‘Hindu Extremists Killing Minorities In India’ has had nearly 10,000 hits and has been by a user identified as ‘longlivepakistan1’. It has numerous interviews of victims of the riots along with shots of the most affected areas.

Over 150-odd videos on Gujarat riots under titles like ‘Genocide of Gujarat’, ‘Gujarat Riots’ etc have been listed on YouTube .

A senior police official said these videos attempt to shift focus of ‘jehad’ from Kashmir to Gujarat. In comparison to Gujarat, clips on Kashmir are far too few. End

Also click Islamic Terrorists Using YouTube to Spread Propaganda
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Kota, SIMI hotspot in Rajasthan

Posted by jagoindia on September 2, 2008


SIMI stigma may sharpen polarisation in Kota
Rajan Mahan
Sunday, August 31, 2008, (Kota) Investigations into the Jaipur serial blasts in May have traced the trail to Kota in Rajasthan.

Sajid Mansuri, the alleged mastermind of the blasts lived for years here and allegedly turned it into a hotbed of activity for SIMI, the Students Islamic Movement of India.

Sajid has been arrested by the Gujarat police along with his seven alleged accomplices in Kota. Their families deny all the charges but the SIMI stigma has made Kota a deeply divided city.

A modest Dargah in Kota at the South Eastern tip of Rajasthan is in the eye of a storm after the arrests.

The Rajasthan Police claims three terror camps were held here over the past year. And the last one in January, the conspiracy behind the Jaipur blasts, was allegedly hatched by Sajid Mansuri.

But those charges have been questioned by the ones who live here, just as they have questioned the arrests made in Kota. Amongst the seven arrests are Ishaque Qureshi and his son Taufique in whose house Mansuri lived for nearly 4 years, after giving the Gujarat police the slip in 2002.

The police claim that changing his name to Salim and posing as a dealer of the regions famous Kota stone, he allegedly organised SIMI activities, with the help of father and son, who worked as homeopaths. Arrests have shocked their family and neighbours.

“We only knew him as Salim. He came with a wife and kids and rented our house. So many people, even rich ones, take in tenants. Is it a crime that we rented our house?” said Jamila, Ishaque Quereshi’s wife.

The extent of a ‘local hand’, if any, in the terror plot is unclear. But what is clear is that in recent years, Kota has been vulnerable to hardline influences, visible in its old city area, where the fear of communal violence is a legacy of the riots of 1989 and 1992, when the Ramjanmabhoomi became a flashpoint for tensions.

Further hardening polarisations was Muslims from here seeking Gulf employment bringing back Gulf money and Gulf ideas.

Today, over 40 per cent of Hindus have moved out of mixed mohallas, because of fears of growing radicalism.

“In masjids and madarsas in Kota, they regularly teach that ‘Islam is in danger’ and that they are all victims of injustice from the ‘Kafirs’. When this has been the climate in our mohallas for many years, it is no shock that Kota has become a SIMI centre,” said Brajesh Bhatnagar, resident of Ghantaghar area.

On the other side, there is massive mobilisation by the VHP and Bajrang Dal campaigns, including numerous trishul deekshas. In the past few years, even villages around Kota, like Suket, Sangod and Patan, have seen communal flare ups.

“Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena people here say that to fight terrorism, they are raising a Durgavahini force. Is our Indian Army or govt unfit to tackle terrorism?” said a resident of Maqbara Mohalla in Kota.

“Instead if we try to organise our community we are immediately branded as terrorists,” he added.

But despite the fissures, reassuring signs still remain intact. Like Kota Doria sarees woven by Muslim weavers and sold by Hindu traders for centuries. And most residents hope, the SIMI stigma will not snap, the threads of a shared past.

Temples and mosques standing adjacent to each other are enduring symbols of Kota’s composite culture. But in recent years, extremist attitudes have escalated here.

Unless those are countered effectively, the polarisation could now intensify sharply. End

Further reading:  Shahbaz gives details of SIMI training camps

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Some questions about Muslims that confounds non-Muslims

Posted by jagoindia on September 2, 2008


Questions that confound non-Muslims:

  • Why do Muslims insert Islam in all spheres of social and political debate even in countries where they are a minority?
  • Why do Muslims incorporate Islamic religious traditions in the public life of secular countries?
  • When will Muslims take a rational look at Quranic teachings and suppress those that demean other faith-based groups?
  • Why can’t Muslims accept that there is such a thing as Islamic terrorism, and summarily condemn it?
  • Why do Muslims deny that there flourishes the idea of an Islamic world order, one which is attractive to almost all Muslims?
  • Why is it that people of other faiths are antagonised by the Muslim minority as a group?
  • Can everybody else be wrong, and only Muslims, right…?

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    Kashmir’s Accession to India: An Account By Sam Manekshaw

    Posted by jagoindia on September 2, 2008


    ‘Jawaharlal, do you want Kashmir, or do you want to give it away?’
    Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw on the Kashmir Accession.

    http://www.rediff.com/freedom/0710jha.htm

    Sam Manekshaw, the first field marshal in the Indian army, was at the ringside of events when Independent India was being formed. Then a colonel, he was chosen to accompany V P Menon on his historic mission to Kashmir. This is his version of that journey and its aftermath, as recorded in an interview with Prem Shankar Jha.

    At about 2.30 in the afternoon, General Sir Roy Bucher walked into my room and said, ‘Eh, you, go and pick up your toothbrush. You are going to Srinagar with V P Menon. The flight will take off at about 4 o’clock’. I said, ‘why me, sir?’

    ‘Because we are worried about the military situation. V P Menon is going there to get the accession from the Maharaja and Mahajan.’ I flew in with V P Menon in a Dakota. Wing Commander Dewan, who was then squadron leader Dewan, was also there. But his job did not have anything to with assessing the military situation. He was sent by the Air Force because it was the Air Force which was flying us in.’

    Since I was in the Directorate of Military Operations, and was responsible for current operations all over India, West Frontier, the Punjab, and elsewhere, I knew what the situation in Kashmir was. I knew that the tribesmen had come in – initially only the tribesmen – supported by the Pakistanis.

    Fortunately for us, and for Kashmir, they were busy raiding, raping all along. In Baramulla they killed Colonel D O T Dykes. Dykes and I were of the same seniority. We did our first year’s attachment with the Royal Scots in Lahore, way back in 1934-5. Tom went to the Sikh regiment. I went to the Frontier Force regiment. We’d lost contact with each other. He’d become a lieutenant colonel. I’d become a full colonel.

    Tom and his wife were holidaying in Baramulla when the tribesmen killed them.

    The Maharaja’s forces were 50 per cent Muslim and 50 per cent Dogra.

    The Muslim elements had revolted and joined the Pakistani forces. This was the broad military situation. The tribesmen were believed to be about 7 to 9 kilometers from Srinagar. I was sent into get the precise military situation. The army knew that if we had to send soldiers, we would have to fly them in. Therefore, a few days before, we had made arrangements for aircraft and for soldiers to be ready.

    But we couldn’t fly them in until the state of Kashmir had acceded to India. From the political side, Sardar Patel and V P Menon had been dealing with Mahajan and the Maharaja, and the idea was that V.P Menon would get the Accession, I would bring back the military appreciation and report to the government. The troops were already at the airport, ready to be flown in. Air Chief Marshall Elmhurst was the air chief and he had made arrangements for the aircraft from civil and military sources.

    Anyway, we were flown in. We went to Srinagar. We went to the palace. I have never seen such disorganisation in my life. The Maharaja was running about from one room to the other. I have never seen so much jewellery in my life — pearl necklaces, ruby things, lying in one room; packing here, there, everywhere. There was a convoy of vehicles.

    The Maharaja was coming out of one room, and going into another saying, ‘Alright, if India doesn’t help, I will go and join my troops and fight (it) out’.

    I couldn’t restrain myself, and said, ‘That will raise their morale sir’. Eventually, I also got the military situation from everybody around us, asking what the hell was happening, and discovered that the tribesmen were about seven or nine kilometres from what was then that horrible little airfield.

    V P Menon was in the meantime discussing with Mahajan and the Maharaja. Eventually the Maharaja signed the accession papers and we flew back in the Dakota late at night. There were no night facilities, and the people who were helping us to fly back, to light the airfield, were Sheikh Abdullah, Kasimsahib, Sadiqsahib, Bakshi Ghulam Mohammed, D P Dhar with pine torches, and we flew back to Delhi. I can’t remember the exact time. It must have been 3 o’clock or 4 o’clock in the morning.

    (On arriving at Delhi) the first thing I did was to go and report to Sir Roy Bucher. He said, ‘Eh, you, go and shave and clean up. There is a cabinet meeting at 9 o’clock. I will pick you up and take you there.’ So I went home, shaved, dressed, etc. and Roy Bucher picked me up, and we went to the cabinet meeting.

    The cabinet meeting was presided by Mountbatten. There was Jawaharlal Nehru, there was Sardar Patel, there was Sardar Baldev Singh. There were other ministers whom I did not know and did not want to know, because I had nothing to do with them. Sardar Baldev Singh I knew because he was the minister for defence, and I knew Sardar Patel, because Patel would insist that V P Menon take me with him to the various states.

    Almost every morning the Sardar would sent for V P, H M Patel and myself. While Maniben (Patel’s daughter and de facto secretary) would sit cross-legged with a Parker fountain pen taking notes, Patel would say, ‘V P, I want Baroda. Take him with you.’ I was the bogeyman. So I got to know the Sardar very well.

    At the morning meeting he handed over the (Accession) thing. Mountbatten turned around and said, ‘ come on Manekji (He called me Manekji instead of Manekshaw), what is the military situation?’ I gave him the military situation, and told him that unless we flew in troops immediately, we would have lost Srinagar, because going by road would take days, and once the tribesmen got to the airport and Srinagar, we couldn’t fly troops in. Everything was ready at the airport.

    As usual Nehru talked about the United Nations, Russia, Africa, God almighty, everybody, until Sardar Patel lost his temper. He said, ‘Jawaharlal, do you want Kashmir, or do you want to give it away’. He (Nehru) said,’ Of course, I want Kashmir (emphasis in original). Then he (Patel) said ‘Please give your orders’. And before he could say anything Sardar Patel turned to me and said, ‘You have got your orders’.

    I walked out, and we started flying in troops at about 11 o’clock or 12 o’clock. I think it was the Sikh regiment under Ranjit Rai that was the first lot to be flown in. And then we continued flying troops in. That is all I know about what happened. Then all the fighting took place. I became a brigadier, and became director of military operations and also if you will see the first signal to be signed ordering the cease-fire on 1 January (1949) had been signed by Colonel Manekshaw on behalf of C-in-C India, General Sir Roy Bucher. That must be lying in the Military Operations Directorate.

    You went in on the afternoon of the 25th. When you got to Srinagar, were you actually present when the Maharaja signed the Instrument of Accession?

    I was in the palace when V P Menon, Mahajan, and the Maharaja were discussing the subject. The Maharaja was running from one room to another…..I did not see the Maharaja signing it, nor did I see Mahajan. All I do know is that V P Menon turned around and said, ‘Sam we’ve got the Accession.’

    He said that to you.

    Yes, yes he turned around to me, and so we flew back.

    And you were actually present the next morning when V P Menon handed this over during that…..

    (Interrupting) I was at the cabinet meeting presided over by Mountbatten when it was handed over….we’d got the Accession. I can’t understand why anyone said that the thing was signed in Jammu, because we never went to Jammu.

    Was it the cabinet meeting, or was it the defence committee of the cabinet?

    No, it was a meeting with Mountbatten presiding, with Vallabhbhai Patel, Baldev Singh…

    Nehru, of course.

    There were other ministers too; I can’t recall…..

    That was the defence committee. Otherwise, there would have been a much larger group. Sir Roy Bucher was there too?

    Yes, yes, Sir Roy took me there.

    Was the Maharaja, in your presence, demurring from signing, was he laying down conditions. Was V P Menon saying ‘look you’ve got to bring Abdullah into the Cabinet first….’

    That I honestly can’t tell you. All that I can say is that the Maharaja was … he was not in his full senses. He was running about saying I will fight there. Unless the Indian army comes in, my own forces will fight’; that sort of rubbish was going on. All that V P Menon was telling him was that we cannot send forces in unless the accession takes place. Then he signed it. That is all I can tell you about the actual signing.

    And you were present the next morning when the Instrument was handed over to Mountbatten?

    Yes.

    You have said that the first lot of troops were flown in around noon.

    Immediately (emphasis in original) after the cabinet meeting. We went to Srinagar I think on the 25th. I can’t tell you the dates. We came back on the 26th in the early morning, and the same day we started to fly troops in. And the Pakistanis only came in when we started throwing the tribesmen out. It is only then that the Pakistani regular troops came in. I think it was General Akbar Khan, who was married to Begum Shah Nawaz’s daughter; can’t remember her name, dammit, I used to know them so well in Lahore. I think he organised the tribesmen coming in.

    What you said about the Sikhs being moved on the 26th, immediately after the Letter of Accession was given, is not known. The story is that the first Indian troops were moved on the 27th – that they left at the crack of dawn, maybe even earlier, and that they arrived in Srinagar at 9 am. General Sen, who wrote a book about it, said that they were surprised to find troops of the Patiala regiment (state forces) already there. Did you find, when you went to Srinagar that in fact at some point earlier on, perhaps even before 15 August, the Maharaja of Patiala had agreed to send a battalion of his troops to Kashmir.

    If that had happened, I would have known. No. There were no soldiers of either the Indian or Patiala forces which had gone in earlier.

    Then is it possible that the troops that General Sen referred to were the ones who had gone in on the 26th?

    No, that was the First Sikh Light In….Sikh Battalion, that was sent with Ranjit Rai. That was sent on the 26th. The same day we’d had the cabinet committee meeting, the defence committee meeting or whatever. I remember getting out of that meeting and making arrangements. Bogey Sen went in later. Poor old Ranjit was killed. He and I were from the same batch – the first batch at the Indian Military Academy.

    In his book, The Great Divide, H V Hodson, who wrote it after being given access to Mountbatten’s personal papers, doesn’t specifically say that the Instrument was presented to the defence committee at its morning meeting. But he does say that after you had given your appreciation of the military situation in the morning, discussion went on about, well, we should send in the troops but should we accept the Accession or not.

    Which implies that the letter of Accession had already been given but the cabinet (committee) was still in two minds about whether it should be accepted, or whether the Maharaja should be told, well, we are sending in troops to support you, but we are not going to accept the accession just now. In the evening, apparently, the decision was taken that we will accept the accession but with the proviso about the reference to the wishes of the people which eventually went into the letter that Mountbatten wrote.

    Now is it possible that although you made the arrangement to send the troops, the actual fly in took place on the 27th.

    (Thinks) No they were sent in the same day. And I think you would be able to verify that from air force records because we didn’t have all that many aircraft, and had to get them from the civilian airlines. They had all been got ready.

    Excerpted from Kashmir 1947, Rival Versions of History, by Prem Shankar Jha, Oxford University Press, 1996, Rs 275, with the publisher’s permission. Readers in the US may secure a copy of the book from Oxford University Press Inc USA, 198, Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10016, USA. Tel: 212-726-6000. Fax: 212-726-6440.

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    The “Angry Hindus” And The Muslims: Rantings of an NRI Muslim Kaleem Kawaja

    Posted by jagoindia on September 2, 2008


    Kaleem Kawaja is not your average self righteous, semi-literate, rag-tag Muslim from small town India. Far from it, he is an IIT Kharagpur mechanical engineer lives in Washington and works for the famed National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). But as his rantings reveal, it makes no difference whether a Muslim is educated or not. A Mohammedan is always a Mohammedan. Ignorant, closed minded, rabidly hostile, immune to secular and democratic beliefs — common traits of most Muslims living in the prison called Islam. Well educated Kaleem Kawaja is no different.

    The below title is from indianmuslims.in/the-angryhindus-and-the-muslims

    The “Angry Hindus” And The Muslims Written by Kaleem Kawaja

    Below is from indiatribune.com and is titled “Why Hindus are angry at Muslims in India?” Note the change in title to make give it a more acceptable face. indiatribune.com has not archived the article but responses are available in their website here here here and also in indianmuslims.in

    Why Hindus are angry at Muslims in India? By Kaleem Kawaja via e-mail, August 3, 2008. indiatribune.com

    Day in and day out the “angry Hindus” charge the power structure in India with the allegation that the Muslim community is being appeased and the government is eager to go out of its way to please Muslims. Since currently it is not possible to blame Muslims for oppressing Hindus, the attack is launched against the government for minoritism. The anger of these Hindus is directed at both the perceived appeaser and perceived appeased. The disregard for truth is extraordinary indeed.

    That an Indian Muslim should be left free to live his life in accordance with his religious beliefs and customs, strikes these “angry Hindus” as an act of appeasement, a concession. But the “angry Hindu” is not angry at similar protection given to ethnic Hindu groups by letting many Hindus not accept the provisions of the Hindu Code. They erroneously blame the Muslims for having more than one wife while the government data base shows that due to large scale polygamy among tribal Hindus, as a whole, more Hindus are being found practicing polygamy than Muslims. They attack the government for the Shah Bano legislation but completely ignore the 1976 amendment of the Special Marriage Act that allows Hindu men special privileges of inheritance under the Hindu United Family Act, that are not allowed under the secular Indian Succession Act. A gender bias may exist in the Muslim Personal Law, but so do the separate Personal laws of the Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, and Buddhists contain biases favoring men over women.

    They are angry at Muslims because Article 30 of the Indian Constitution allows rights to minorities to establish their own schools; but they overlook the fact that the Arya Samaj, Ramakrishna Mission and the institutions of Marwari Hindus are benefitting similarly from the same Article 30. The “angry Hindu” is angry at the Indian government for the ban on Salman Rushdie’s book “Satanic Verses”, but ignores the fact that Dr Ambedkar’s book, “Riddles of Rama and Krishna”, Aubrey Menon’s book “ Rama Retold”, and Sytanley Wolport’s book, “Nine Hours to Rama’ have also been similarly proscribed by the Indian government.

    The “angry Hindu’ is angry at Muslims because a sizeable number of Hindus had to move away from Kashmir due to the large scale violence there; but he ignores the fact that similarly a large number of Muslims had to leave for good many villages in some districts in Gujarat, Bihar and Assam. They had to leave for good areas in cities in Gujarat (Surat, Ahmedabad, Naroda-Patia, Baroda, the Panchmahal district), Bihar (Bhagalpur, Jamshedpur), Maharashtra (Bhivandi, Malegaon), Assam (Berapat, Nellie). These are the villages and cities where they had lived for generations, but had to migrate from due to horrendous and non-stop anti-Muslim violence there. In many cities across India even well educated Muslims were forced to leave their houses in mixed population areas and move to Muslim majority localities just to survive.

    Despite many promises the government failed to help them go back to their homes.

    The “angry Hindu” is angry that Article 370 of the Indian Constitution limits rights of ownership of property in Kashmir to Kashmiris – most of whom are Muslims. But he ignores the fact that similiarly Article 371A provides similar protection to residents of mostly Hindu population in the states of Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram.

    The “angry Hindu” is angry because the Indian state does not formally embrace the concept of Hindu Rashtra, even though for all practical purposes it practices most elements of that policy. All government, private and other public events in India begin with prayers from Hindu religious scriptures. All national institutions and awards are named after names from Hindu mythology and religious scriptures. The media and other cultural organs constantly borrow from the Hindu religious mythology into their public programs without batting an eyelash.

    He is angry whenever any Muslim, no matter how loyal, meritorious or diluted-Muslim is elevated to a position of dignity in India. The “angry Hindu” does not want to even give a hearing to the Muslim community on their most genuine and well documented grievances, eg the Sachar Commission report that details the across the board severe impoverishment and backwardness of the Muslim community.

    If the “angry Hindu” ever does an objective study of the ground realities he will realize that he has nothing to be angry about. In fact he has every reason to be happy to find that in practice the Indian state has moved very far from the secular state that was promulgated at Independence in 1947. He should be happy at the near monopoly that he has in the socio-economic life of India, in employment in the burgeoning private and multinational corporations, the government undertakings, the political parties, the better higher education institutions and the society at large. It is time for the “angry Hindu” to realize that he is being misled and used by the opportunistic right wing politicians. He should cool his misplaced anger at the Indian Muslims and find ways to reduce the heightened tensions in the nation that is hurting India’s well-being at a critical time. End

    For further reading of Kaleem Kawaja’s warped perspectives wherein he endorses systems diametrically opposed and hostile to democracy and secularism, practised both in his adopted country, USA and country of origin, India.

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