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Delhi blasts: Full Text of Indian Mujahideen Email

Posted by jagoindia on September 17, 2008


Indian Mujahideen

In the Name of Allah, The Most Beneficent,
The Most Merciful.

Praise and Glory be to Allah, The One, The Supreme, Who didn’t create the creation for nothing, and didn’t leave them in vain, rather created them to worship Him Alone, but only the intelligent ones obey Him and the miserable ones disobey. And peace and blessings of Allah be upon His Beloved Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) and on all those who obey and honor him. And all praises be to Allah, the Lord Of The Worlds, who Revealed

(O you who believe) When you encounter (in fight) those who disbelieve, strike their necks first, till when you have completely massacred and wounded many of them, then bind them firmly (taking them as captives). Thereafter is the time, either for generosity or a ransom until the war lays down its burden. (Qur’an 47:4)

And remember when the disbelievers plotted against you (O Muhammad) to imprison you, or to kill you or to get you out from your home and they were plotting a plan and Allah too was plotting a Plan and Allah is the Best of those who plot a plan. (Qur’an 8:30)

It is not hidden from you anymore that after tasting the bitterest of defeats by our hands at Ahmedabad and Surat, the INDIAN MUJAHIDEEN- “the homegrown Jihadi militia of Islam” – have once again attacked to make you face the disastrous consequences of the injustice and oppression inflicted upon the Muslims all over the country. With this message, we once again declare that our intense, accurate and successive attacks like the one you will see exactly  minutes from now, Inshallah, will continue to punish you even before your earlier wounds have healed. To dreadfully terrorize you this time, by the Will and Help of Almighty Allah, we are about to devastate your very first metropolitan center, your ‘most strategic hindutva hub’, your ‘green zone’- yes! It’s your own capital – New Delhi – with NINE MOST POWERFUL SERIAL BOMB BLASTS, Inshallah, that are almost going to stop the “heart” of India from beating.

By this attack we intend to prove to you the ability and potential of INDIAN MUJAHIDEEN to assault any city of India at any time with the Help and Permission of our Almighty Allah. This accurately planned deadly strike is just another reaction to all those pre- and post- 26 July harassments imposed by your ATS and police on the innocent Muslims with complete, but hidden, backing of Central Congress government, aided by the state governments of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. This shows the never ending hostile hatred in your hearts against Islam and its people. But now it is time that you must realize the fact: you cannot deal with us unjustly any more. This attack has now confirmed that all your attempts to stop our advance have failed and whatever false claims made about the crackdown of the terror modules by the bastard P.C. Pandey in front of a huge press conference, shows how shameless the Gujarat police and Gujarat ATS have become.

Now is the time that the public and media should question this disgraced unprofessional rascal that if he boasts of arresting masterminds and key terrorists “all over India” then which “mastermind” executed today’s attack? Which “terror module” slapped your ugly face today? The public should not forget that this corrupt old hag is the same base-born criminal of the 2002 Ahmedabad genocide and one of the filthy loyal dogs of Modi who should be the first guilty offender to be put behind bars. The great insult and shame which P.C. Pandey has brought to the entire antiterrorist force, by projecting the forged story of this “crackdown” doesn’t need any more clarification and all those who possess even a little sense and intellect are witness to his shameful blasphemy. Far from solving the entire Ahmedabad bomb blast case, this imbecile has still not been able to solve the mystery of a simple email from INDIAN MUJAHIDEEN that insults you and proves your lack of ability from time to time. Taking into account all that followed after July 26, it seems that the entire Mumbai ATS has failed to take heed from our previous warnings and is deliberately committed to mess with us.

You should know that your acts are not at all left unnoticed; rather we are closely keeping an eye on you and just waiting for the proper time to execute your bloodshed. We are aware of your recent night raids at Ansarnagar, Mograpada in Andheri and the harassment and trouble you created there for the Muslims. You threatened to murder them and your mischief went to such an extent that you even dared to abuse and insult Maulana Mahmood-ul-Hasan Qasmi and even misbehaved with the Muslim women and children there. If this is the degree to which your arrogance has reached, and if you think that by these stunts you can scare us, then let the INDIAN MUJAHIDEEN warn all the people of Mumbai that whatever deadly attacks you will face in future, the only responsible elements for it will be the Mumbai ATS and their guardians: Vilasrao Deshmukh and R.R. Patil. You are already on our hit-list and this time very very seriously.

The continued oppression on Muslims is also frequently proved by yet another unit – the Rajasthan ATS. The brutal lathi-charge on Muslims demonstrating against the arrests at Jodhpur has done nothing but provoke us against you  once again. Following the footsteps of Gujarat police, you too claim to have cracked down the Jaipur blast case. It seems you too have been affected by the same disease of enjoying much false praise. Let us notify you, as we did to the Gujarat Police that all the Mujahideen who shook Jaipur are absolutely safe and secure, and are heavily preparing for our next targets, one of which is A.K. Jain – the DIG of Rajasthan. In similar lines, nothing better could be expected from the miserably communalized judiciary which orders a FIR to be registered on those who raise their voice against the arrest of the innocent blast accused Abul Bashir against whom there is no evidence at all. The manner in which the Rajasthan High Court has so attentively responded to the demands of dogs of ABVP, who lodged a petition against Imam Bukhari, makes it clear that you have forgotten the Jaipur massacre very soon.

The INDIAN MUJAHIDEEN salutes those courageous and fearless Muslims of Azamgarh who disciplined the bastard Yogi Adityanath and other wretched Hindus who tried to march from within the Muslims in order to tease them and support an antiterrorist demonstration. His anti-Islamic slogans deserved bullets instead of stones as an answer, and here is an open challenge to him that if he and his cowardly supporters are able to gather all their guts and grit to stand in front of us once more – they must try it, and if not, then just wait for a spine chilling brutality from our side.

Be it the ATS of Maharashtra, the ATS and ACB of Gujarat, the OCTOPUS of Andhra Pradesh, or be it a psychological propaganda war by the biased media, none shall be spared when it comes to vengeance – the QISAS. The coverage of news by both the electronic as well as print media clearly depicts the level to which their immorality has reached while obeying their loyal masters of IB. But let us clarify here that you forgot your own principle: that sometimes the stories untold serve the purpose more than the stories told. Look at the way you handled the blasts in which Sangh activists have been involved.

With the Will of Allah, the Most Sublime, both the Bajrang Dal activists were killed and sentenced to Hell fire while they were engaged in bomb making – an art which needs extraordinary intelligence – at Kanpur, and this was rightly reported by the Indian Express mentioning that the police was astonished to see the quantity of bombs found. The ‘apes’ of Bajrang Dal were too foolish to plot a revenge blast in Kanpur on 24th Aug. 2008 against the Muslims.

The blast which occurred on 24th August hardly found even a single column space in The Times of India the next day. Hindustan Times carried the news, but without mentioning the identity of the wretched ones who were killed. The only information it delivered was that the father of Piyush Mishra, one among the dead, was running a private hostel in the locality! On 26th August, the Indian Express and Mail Today mentioned the news in some detail (heading: “The bajrang bomb?” – Indian Express). There were hardly any follow up stories in TIMES OF INDIA. Stories of Omprakash alias Bunty, a gang leader who was gunned down by the police was the topic TIMES OF INDIA gave to its readers the next day. Times spent more than a page for Bunty the gang leader. On the following days, there was an extensive coverage of police cracking down the Jaipur blast mystery, ‘investigative’ stories on Shahbaz Hussain, the ‘computer savvy’ master mind (yet another forged lie) alleged to be behind the serial blasts. But a dreadful silence was kept about the origin of bombs dug out from the camp of Sangh Parivar all along. A great number of human rights activists and organizations demanded an immediate probe to investigate the explosive agenda hidden by Sangh Parivar.

The statements issued and press conferences conducted in this regard were limited to single columns in the national newspapers. There was a clear and solid evidence of the Sangh Parivar’s involvement in making bombs and other explosive devices. There are many instances in which VHP and RSS were caught in trouble.

There was a bomb blast in the VHP office in Madhya Pradesh, in 1992, where one VHP member died and two were injured while making bombs. Again in 2002, there was a bomb blast in a temple in Mhow. When the police arrested the VHP activists after investigation, they confessed that they were even given training to manufacture bombs. Again, in 2006, in Nanded, there was a bomb blast in the house of an RSS activist where two RSS activists went to Hell. After that in March 2008, there were bomb blasts at two places in Tamil Nadu. This time also VHP activists were arrested by the Tamil Nadu police who confessed that “Yes. We were involved”. The coverage of the Sangh Parivar violence in Orissa, by the mainstream media reveals the bad character of the Indian press. After the very first day of violence, the most bastard national daily in the country, Times Of India, didn’t find it worthy enough to mention it in the front page! After 26th of August, the Times’ reader can hardly find news from Orissa, unless he dives into the inner pages. TIMES OF INDIA has written an editorial demanding to put an end to violence against Christians in Orissa. From the day next, the newspaper runs as if it had completed its duty and has better things to do!

Look at the effort the Times News Network takes to endorse the VHP argument that Lakshminanda Saraswati was killed not by the Maoists but by the Christian missionaries (heading: Maoists didn’t kill VHP leader –TIMES OF INDIA 31st August). On the other hand, the Orissa violence made a clear appearance in other news papers like The Hindu, Indian Express and Hindustan Times. They have given extensive coverage to the plight of hundreds of Christians, who were forced to run. Why is it that the Sangh Parivar violence is never dealt with in the same intensity as ‘Islamic Terror’ is treated? The media always uses double standards to measure terrorism. The word ‘terrorism’ is never used when a story on Sangh violence is told, no matter how large scale the violence is. The violence unleashed by the Sangh Parivar in Gujarat was defined only as “expression of communalism” and the same is the case with what happens in Orissa at present. At this moment we ask you as to why the ‘Sangh terror’ on all the minorities including the Muslims, Dalits and Christians is a rarely noticed idea?

With this message, we have hereby justified as to why the bastard Times Of India and its columnist Tarun Vijay is on our crosshair right now and this time too we warn you that the time has come for your breath to be arrested in our lethal claws so that you may suffer the agonies of “psychologically” fighting us. Even if you defend the criminals of VHP and RSS, shielding them from us, the INDIAN MUJAHIDEEN has plenty of ways, already planned, to make them cry for their sins, and one of which they have already faced in the parking of LG and Civil Hospitals. So next time whenever you are there in the hospital premises for the “blood donation” program it is our assurance to you that we’ll be there too for our “blood reception” program. Hence in future it is expected that you will not be so careless! It is high time now that all the state governments must know that the trouble faced by us will be definitely repaid and if the Muslims are terrorized, the Hindus can never breathe in peace. The injustice and pain inflicted on Kashmiri Muslims during the Amarnath crisis has once again landed you in great trouble, and it seems like our blood you spilled in the police firing is cheaper to you than that of the Hindus of Jammu. With this triumphant attack which we pay as a tribute to all our brethren martyrs in Kashmir, we announce that from now on Inshallah, the Muslims won’t cry alone, our women won’t be widowed alone, our children won’t be orphaned
alone and scores will be settled evenly.

The Central Congress Government which pretends to be the well wisher of Muslim interests has always treacherously hurt them and used them to come in power since Independence. It is this  double-faced attitude of the Congress that has secured its vote bank, and still allowed it to silently commit one of the most heinous crimes against the Muslim nation ever witnessed by history – the demolition of Babri Masjid. It has failed to take heed and still continues to cheat the Muslims under the label of “secularism”. These serial bomb blasts at Delhi are yet another intimidation to the Congress Government to desist from agitating the Muslim sentiments anymore. Your approval to the bills like GUJCOCA and POTA are not at all going to deter or affect the determination of the Mujahideen in any way, rather it will make our tasks easier for us.

We, the INDIAN MUJAHIDEEN, ask Allah, the Almighty to accept from us these 9 explosions, which were planned to be executed in the holy month of Ramadan. We have carried out this attack in the memory of two most eminent Mujahids of India: Sayyed Ahmed Shaheed and Shah Ismail Shaheed (may Allah bestow His Mercy upon them) who had raised the glorious banner of Jihad against the disbelievers in this very city of Delhi. It is the great hard work and sacrifices of these visionary legends that shall always inspire us Inshallah to carry on the struggle and fight against the Kufr (disbelief) till our last breath. This is the moment when the Muslims of Delhi should once again reflect at the glorious history of our ancestors and revive the forgotten obligation of JIHAD.


Your oppression will always be revenged Inshallah though after years to come. Never assume that we have forgotten the demolition of Babri Masjid and by Allah we can never forget it! It is that grave mistake of yours which will make you taste humiliation for generations to come. Babri Masjid was and will remain to be our glorious self esteem and Inshallah, we will prove it to you a hornet’s nest in which you have immersed your bare hand, unaware of the pain to come. If you are prepared to suffer the results of this issue, then by the will of Allah, verily! We will make you face it, and if you feel you are wise enough, then here we announce our ultimatum: Vacate the land of Babri as soon as you can.

The INDIAN MUJAHIDEEN accepts the sole responsibility of Delhi serial blasts, and we claim this, through our third consecutive email, which is, unfortunately, still a mystery for you. It is very sad to see the bad condition of your cyber forensics who have still failed to find out our technique of sending the “Message of Death”.

To end with, we have now proved to you that the more you trouble us, the more you will be troubled by us. This deadliest strike at Delhi once again makes it clear that our threats are not at all limited to mere words and with the Will and Permission of Allah, the action is in front of your eyes. Let us make it clear to all the enemies of Muslims, especially the Hindus of India, that the BJP backed RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal, and the entire Sangh Parivar would be the only responsible factors for whatever horrifying tragedies you are to face in the nearest future. The cause will be these wicked bastards and the effect will be on the entire nation. Remember it is not at all difficult for us to attack you in states like Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Kerala etc. And by The Grace of Allah there is no shortage of explosives or lack of manpower and we are extremely capable to shed your blood anywhere anytime. The only reason here is that your wrongs against us in other states have crossed the limits of cruelty. If you still think that the arrests, expulsions, killing, murders, fake encounters, tortures, sufferings, cases, trials and tribulations inflicted on us will not be answered back, then here we remind you: that those days have gone.

The battle has now begun and the dust will never settle down. And All Praise be to Allah, Lord Of the Worlds, and Peace be upon His Messenger Muhammad, and all those who follow the Guidance.

12th Ramadan, 1429 AH.

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Understanding Indian Muslim Islamic terrorism, Beyond Hindutva excuses

Posted by jagoindia on September 17, 2008


This article looks beyond the Babri bogey while analyzing Islamic terrorism in India. Full article is here
Understanding the terror spectre
Radhika Bordia, Supriya Sharma
Monday, September 15, 2008, (New Delhi)

But what about independent factors, like the growing hold of orthodoxy tied to changes in the Islamic world?

The affluence of oil rich Saudi Arabia is translating into greater influence of Wahabbism — a more hardline version of Islam.

Nadeem Hasnain, a professor of social-cultural anthropology at the Lucknow University, says: “As a south Asian anthropologist, what scare me the most is the Arabization of Islam which is rapidly taking place. I see it everywhere. For instance, take names like Saad bin Jung or the use of ‘ibn’. Now, even the name Saddam is becoming common in India.”

At home, the Deoband seminary is strong in condemning terror. But among the graduates in its madrassa are religious bigots like Mullah Omar.

The mullahs also finding allies in parties that call themselves secular, yet in the bid for Muslim votes they unabashedly support dangerous radical leaders.

Religious fault lines come into greater focus with blasts.

And so for instance when Bangalore was rocked by blasts, we found ourselves visiting Muslim centres in Karnataka, looking for evidence of radicalization. We were terrified at the discovery that radical Islam had taken root even in a state like Karnataka.

In January 2007, when people in a RSS-organised Hindu Jan Jagruti Mahotsav procession pelted stones at Muslim households, Muslim youth retaliated. And it almost sparked a riot in Bangalore.

Startling ruptures were there between the communities. But if we had looked closely, actually the signs were already there, unfolding in seemingly unconnected, unusual ways.

For instance, Yakshagana, the famed theatre of Karnataka once had Muslims, but no longer. In Rajasthan, powerful folk voices tell us of new maulvis who would rather not have them sing.

Folk artist Rukma Bai says: “They told me If I sing, they will make me an outcaste.”

Radicalisation on the ground is too powerful to ignore.

But where to go from here? What to do about it?

Questions we need to take on. But before we can, another blast has hit us.

Once again, we find ourselves in sensitive territory.

The trail of investigations leads to Muslim neighbourhoods Each detention makes us panic: Is the police rounding up innocents, and creating ground for further alienation?

This is a real and valid anxiety, but equally a cause of concern: How our police and our investigative agencies struggle with lack of resources and worse lack of intelligence?

Each blast is followed by a mandatory discussion on the need for a federal investigative agencies on the lines of the US FBI. But what’s the use when the existing agencies are struggling?

For example, for every 100 men required in Rajasthan to collect intelligence, only 80 are available. The Maharashtra state intelligence bureau is coping with 30 per cent vacancies. And when terrorists armed with the latest technology are hacking through email networks, our investigative agencies are grappling with numerous problems.

S C Tripathy, former DGP, Madhya Pradesh, says: ”Earlier they had special status both in terms of money and in terms of respect. Now they are gone. Money part, special pay, was substantial. But in the last, I mean forty years or so, the special pay percentage has not increased while the pay has increased. So naturally people are not willing to go to these jobs.”

An overhaul of Intelligence is something recommended by multiple reports — like the Kargil Review Committee Report (1999) and Group Of Ministers Report: Reformation of National Security System (2001).

A key recommendation, pending for almost a decade, is the need to immediately recruit an additional 3000 people in the Intelligence Bureau. To date, only 1,400 posts have been sanctioned. The IB has barely 3,500 field personnel in a country of 1.2 billion. What’s more shocking, there are hardly any Muslim officers.

We in the media often fall into same trap as the police we criticise. For a few days we’ll debate the blasts, cover the arrests, do stories on families and then it is all forgotten. It’s on to the next headlines, the next big story. But terrorism is a complex process. It needs to be tracked for weeks and months. Its multilayered: Involving Islamic fundamentalism, ghettoised communities, a world difficult to penetrate.

Then there is a wider problem. The canvas of jihadist Islam is wide, wider than national borders. How do we probe a phenomena unfolding outside our borders? Events that unfold in West Asia, Pakistan, Afghanistan. Policy decisions taken in Washington impact us in Delhi, Mumbai and Kashmir.

With truth elusive, fiction fills the vacuum. The latest Bollywood theme are terror and its aftermath — Mumbai Meri Jaan, Wednesday, Contract, Black Friday.

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Police get Muslims, Christians to join Vinayaka Procession in Chennai

Posted by jagoindia on September 17, 2008


Police get Muslims, Christians to join festivities in north Chennai
8 Sep 2008, 0627 hrs IST, A Selvaraj,TNN

CHENNAI: As part of the initiative taken by the police , leaders of the Muslim and Christian communities joined the Vinayaka procession in a northern suburb, setting an example that could go a long way in ensuring that the event remains free of communal tension in the city.

In Mathur-MMDA near Madhavaram, a group of Muslim residents and Christians welcomed and cheered processionists carrying the Vinayaka idol for immersion. As a mark of harmony, the religious heads exchanged shawls.

Local residents, traders associations and various political party cadres, irrespective of their ideology, had installed a 5 ft high Sarva Sakthi Vinayaka idol on the Second Main Road in Mathur on Vinayaka Chathurthi day on Wednesday. The Mathur-MMDA panchayat president K Ezhumalai (DMK), Devaraj (joint secretary of AIADMK youth wing), Senthilkumar, Rosaiah Naidu (Congress) and several other local political leaders had organised the idol installation.

On Sunday morning, when the idol was taken in procession, it was stopped near the Al-Masjida Jummah Mosque and welcomed by Muslims, including several women in burkhas. Led by the head of the mosque, Umar Hathab, they wished the processionists. Hathab and Ezhumalai also exchanged shawls.

“We have gathered here to show our friendship with other communities, to respect their religion and customs,” Ismail, a committee member of the mosque told, TOI. As a reciprocal gesture, Ezhumalai announced a grand feast for Muslims in the area on September 27, as part of Eid celebrations.

Later, the idol was proceeded to the First Main Road, where Christians had gathered to welcome Lord Vinayaka in front of the Evangelical Church of India. Led by the Rev. Williams Vallavattol, they welcomed the Vinayaka Chathurthi committee members and exchanged shawls as a mark of friendship.
“We had approached all religious leaders in Mathur-MMDA to take this new step towards communal harmony. I am glad they all agreed. Earlier I had organised a similar programme in Kayalpatnam in Tuticorin and it was highly successful,” S R Jangid, suburban city police commissioner, told The Times Of India.

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Ahmedabad Muslims torch Goddess picture, attack Hindu temple

Posted by jagoindia on September 17, 2008


Another instance of Islam in action. And the muslim loving pseudo secular press will never report these news items.

Click this article and photo of 20 August, deshgujarat here

Quote:

Even in 2002 riots Muslims did not touch a single Hindu temple, but this time in Shahpur riot Muslims have dared to vandalize a small but old Hindu temple near Golvad circle. Muslims even torched Hindu Goddesses’ pictures and ‘Chundadi’ a holy piece of textile. Police commissioner himself had to rush to the place. Police fired 23 shells of tear gas on crowds. Earlier on Monday police had to fire 29 tear gas shells and 5 rounds of bullets to suppress Muslim rioters. Unquote

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Delhi blasts to have serious impact on festive shopping season

Posted by jagoindia on September 17, 2008


Pre-festive shopping to be badly hurt
14 Sep, 2008, 0027 hrs IST, ET Bureau

NEW DELHI: The upcoming festive shopping season starting from later this month is going to be badly hit in the National Capital Region (NCR) due to the terror attacks on major markets on Saturday. According to traders, business might be down by almost 40-50%. The shopping season, which is scheduled to start from Navratri and Eid, usually continues till Dussehra-Diwali.

So it’s not just the traders but also manufacturers of major consumer goods would also take a hit. The NCR region accounts for almost Rs 110-125 crore business daily and contributes almost Rs 15 crore to the state exchequer every day. Besides, Delhi contributes about 6-8% of excise and sales tax revenue to the national exchequer.

“Business is going to be badly hit. Shopkeepers in Delhi generally depend on their livelihood on the sales they do in this busy shopping season. Many of the hurt were also traders. Outside traders who come to Delhi in the busy season to buy stock may not come now,” says Praveen Khandelwal, President, Confederation of All India Traders.

Gaffar Market, Karol Bagh and Connaught Place are the some of the largest shopping districts in India. While Karol Bagh is one of India’s largest shopping districts, with major auto parts and cloth market having about 40,000 shops, Ghaffar Market houses imported items, mobile phones with about 1,500 odd shops. All the three circles combined, including Palika Bazaar, Shankar Market and Connaught Place, constitutes about 5,000 odd shops.

Besides, Connaught Place houses the offices of major companies and PSUs such as FCI, LIC, BPTP, Parsvnath, Ansals, Reliance Industries, Jet Airways, ICICI Bank, HDFC. All major brands such as Reebok, Adidas, Tag Heur and Levis also have stores in the area.

When contacted by SundayET, Murli Mani, president, Gaffar Market said: “There are more than 200-300 shops around the blast site, which were mainly in handloom business. Everyday around 20,000 people come to this market. Blasts will deeply impact business as many areas will be sealed now.”

One of the blasts happened just above Palika Bazaar — the basement market — which is a major hub for electronic items. Maher Elahi, vice-president, Palika Traders Association. said: “We have about 400 shops and 40 authorised hawkers in Palika Bazaar and about 5,000 corporate offices in Connaught Place. The security measures are negligible. These blasts will deeply affect our business.”

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The idea of India vs the idea of Pakistan/Talibanised Kashmir

Posted by jagoindia on September 17, 2008


Complete article The case against azadi for Kashmir Sushant Sareen
the Idea of India is good and noble. It is an idea that is progressive, inclusive, pluralistic, tolerant and accommodating. Above all it is a Republican idea which holds the ideal to be more important than the extant beliefs of the common herd.

Compare the idea of India with the idea of a Talibanised Kashmir (as professed by the Geelanis, Salahuddins and their ilk), or even the idea of Pakistan — denominational, exclusivist, reactionary, intolerant and very violent.

No doubt, there is a lot of prejudice and discrimination still present in India. But the task of nation-building in India is a ‘work-in-progress’. Countries like the US are over 200 years old and have not yet solved all their social and communal problems.

The important point is that the Idea of India must prevail over the idea of exclusivist and regressive states like Pakistan or its fan club in Kashmir. The campaigners for Kashmir’s azadi (especially those based in Delhi) could perhaps be sent on a year-long study tour of Waziristan, Swat and Bajaur (with a week in the Lashkar-e-Tayiba camp in Muridke thrown in as bonus) to make them understand why Kashmir cannot be abandoned for the Taliban and al Qaeda-inspired ‘freedom-fighters’.

The proponents of azadi and their apologists misuse, if not abuse, concepts like secularism and democracy that embody the Idea of India to undermine India. Frankly, India does not need certificates on democracy and secularism from anybody in the world, least of all from Kashmiri separatists and their supporters and sponsors who while mouthing these concepts are totally unfamiliar with the meaning, much less the practice, of these words. Nor does India need to amputate a part of herself simply to prove her commitment to democratic values.

Accepting azadi will mean subscribing to the doctrine of clash of civilisations, the fundamental assumption of which is that pluralistic societies are a quirk of history and will not be able to survive the assertion of primordial identities. This was exactly the logic that created Pakistan. It is hardly important that the bacon-loving Mohammed Ali Jinnah didn’t want a theocratic state; the Talibanisation of Pakistan is a logical outcome of the demand for a Muslim state. If today we accept that logic, then India will become a country only for Hindus.

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