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Nicolas Sarkozy is a ‘tagdaa manoos’ (strong man), says Bal Thackeray of Shiv Sena

Posted by jagoindia on July 3, 2009

Sarko ‘tagdaa manoos’ for speaking on burqa
30 Jun 2009, 0410 hrs IST, Ambarish Mishra, TNN
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MUMBAI: Nicolas Sarkozy is a ‘tagdaa manoos’ (strong man), says Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, because the French president spoke his mind on the burqa issue.
In a leader comment in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamna’ on Monday, Thackeray, complimented Sarkozy for his “bold and courageous” comments that burqa was not a religious sign, but a sign of subservience. “It is heartening to note that Sarkozy has upheld his nation’s interests. He did not fall prey to the vote-bank politics,” said the Saamna editorial.
Thackeray said Sarkozy showed no consideration to the “regressive Muslim clergy” in his country. “He told the Muslim leaders in no uncertain terms that they will have to fully and completely adhere to the laws of France. India’s woes will end if we get someone like Sarkozy as our head.”
“Half of India’s leaders are in such poor health that we will have to look for proper space for their memorial,” the editorial said.
‘Saamna’ condemned Indian Muslim leaders for raising a bogey of ‘Islam khatre mein hai’ (Islam is in danger) every time the government makes an attempt to reform the Islamic laws. “Indian Muslim leaders will say that their religion is in danger even if Ajmal Kasab is sent to the gallows.”

Sarko ‘tagdaa manoos’ for speaking on burqa

30 Jun 2009, 0410 hrs IST, Ambarish Mishra, TNN

MUMBAI: Nicolas Sarkozy is a ‘tagdaa manoos’ (strong man), says Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, because the French president spoke his mind on the burqa issue.

In a leader comment in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamna’ on Monday, Thackeray, complimented Sarkozy for his “bold and courageous” comments that burqa was not a religious sign, but a sign of subservience. “It is heartening to note that Sarkozy has upheld his nation’s interests. He did not fall prey to the vote-bank politics,” said the Saamna editorial.

Thackeray said Sarkozy showed no consideration to the “regressive Muslim clergy” in his country. “He told the Muslim leaders in no uncertain terms that they will have to fully and completely adhere to the laws of France. India’s woes will end if we get someone like Sarkozy as our head.”

“Half of India’s leaders are in such poor health that we will have to look for proper space for their memorial,” the editorial said.

‘Saamna’ condemned Indian Muslim leaders for raising a bogey of ‘Islam khatre mein hai’ (Islam is in danger) every time the government makes an attempt to reform the Islamic laws. “Indian Muslim leaders will say that their religion is in danger even if Ajmal Kasab is sent to the gallows.”

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Bajrang camp empowers people to fight off Muslim terror

Posted by jagoindia on December 30, 2008

This is a timely step in the right direction. The Indian Government is more into protecting terrorists and their apologists and providing security to hopeless politicians. As the Mumbai massacre shows, we cannot rely on the Muslim appeasing government any more. It is time the man on the street equips himself intellectually and physically to fight off jihadis.

Bajrang camp teaches people to fight jihad
By Dippy Vankani


Dec. 28: The Hindu right-wing organisation Bajrang Dal held a three-day training camp for anti-terror alertness on a four-acre plot at Sion Koliwada that concluded on Sunday.

Youngsters were taught the art of wielding lathis, swords and air rifles and they also indulged in discussions on how Islamic jihad is responsible for the recent terror raids. Bajrang Dal officials told this newspaper that they had not taken permission from the police, as is their usual practice.

Youth aged between 18-35 years were enrolled for the camp that the outfit refers to as “Shaurya Prashikshan Varg”. The camp was attended by 110 youth from across Mumbai.

“We hold this ‘varg’ for three days in Diwali and in December and for seven days during the summer vacation. Our aim is to train the youth in self-defence and give them an insight on religious conversion and other issues that are important to the Nation,” said Umesh Gaikwad, convenor from the Mumbai division of the Bajrang Dal.

According to Mr Gaikwad, the youth are trained in wielding lathis, swords and air rifles.

“We train them with weapons those are allowed under the law. We also train them in the skills of aiming and gripping air rifles. Apart from the weapons, we also teach karate to youth, to equip them to face any kind of uncertain attack,” Mr Gaikwad said.

They are taught tactics that would be of use when defending themselves if they are attacked by five or six people at a time.

When asked whether the outfit seeks permission from the authorities for organising such camps, Mr Gaikwad said, “The four-acre plot at Hanuman Tekri in Sion Koliwada belongs to the Dal. So, why should we take permission for training at that place? We have never taken permission before and will never take in the future either.”

According to him, the so-called secular government is not bringing out the real reason for the November terror raids. “The terror raids were carried out by Islamic jihadis but the government never brings it out in the open. We discuss these issues here with the youngsters,” added Mr Gaikwad.

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Indian Muslim Minister A R Antulay raises doubts over the killing of Hemant Karkare by Pakistani terrorists, blames Hindus

Posted by jagoindia on December 19, 2008

We have conspiracy theory believers at the highest levels of the Indian government. The Pakis are sure to latch on to this and blame India for the Mumbai attacks. Antulay’s outburst provides a glimpse of the perverted Muslim mind and should caution the government against such appointments in the future.

Antulay raises doubts over Karkare’s killing
17 Dec 2008, 1916 hrs IST, PTI

NEW DELHI: Union minority affairs minister A R Antulay set off a major controversy on Wednesday when he raised doubts over the killing of Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare by Pakistani terrorists, suggesting a link with the Malegaon blasts that were investigated by him.

Opposition parties were quick to attack the minister for his “misdemeanour” and demanded immediate clarification from the prime minister but the Congress party distanced itself saying they were his “personal remarks”.

BJP and Shiv Sena members raked up the issue in Lok Sabha and demanded home minister P Chidambaram, who had moved two anti-terror bills, to clarify the situation.

Maintaining that “there is more than what meets the eyes”, Antulay said Karkare was investigating some cases in which “there are non-Muslims also”, an apparent reference to the Malegaon blasts case in which sadhvi Pragya Thakur and a Lt-Colonel Shrikant Prasad Purohit were among the 11 persons to be arrested.

“Unfortunately his end came. It may be a separate inquiry how his (Karkare’s) end came,” he told reporters outside Parliament.

Antulay said “Karkare found that there are non-Muslims involved in the acts of terrorism during his investigations in some cases. Any person going to the roots of terror has always been the target, he said.

“Superficially speaking they (terrorists) had no reason to kill Karkare. Whether he (Karkare) was victim of terrorism or terrorism plus something. I do not know,” he added.

When he came under attack in Lok Sabha on the issue, Antulay sought to wriggle out saying he had not talked about who killed Karkare but about “who sent him in the direction” of Cama hospital, outside which he was killed.

“Who had sent them to Cama hospital (a lane opposite which he and two other officers were killed by Pakistani terrorists on Nov 26). What were they told that made them leave for the same spot in the same vehicle.

“I repeat what I had said. I had not said who had killed them but only questioned who had sent them there (Cama Hospital) in that direction,” he said in Lok Sabha where BJP and Shiv Sena members attacked him for his remarks.

Anant Geete of Shiv Sena accused him of “misleading” the house and sought Chidambaram’s clarification.

Earlier in the day, describing Hemant Karkare as a very bold officer having great acumen and vision, Antulay asked “How come instead of going to Hotel Taj or Oberai or even the Nariman House, he went to such a place where there was nothing compared to what happened in the three places?”

“Why all the three (Hemant Karakre, Vijay Salaskar and Ashok Kamte) went together. It is beyond my comprehension,” the minister said.

The minister’s remarks came under immediate attack from BJP which asked the prime minister to clarify whether his remarks are an “individual misdemeanour or the collective wisdom of the Cabinet”.

“The remarks are obnoxious and deserves a clarification from the prime minister,” BJP spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy told reporters.

Reacting to Antulay’s remarks, Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi they should be treated his “personal views” and Congress party does not agree with them and does not support such a formulation.

To a question, he said there was no question of embarrassment to the party.

Samajwadi Party MP Amar Singh, who himself was in the centre of a controversy when he had raised doubts over the killing of a Delhi police official in an encounter recently, said a senior leader like Antulay should before issuing any statement uphold the cherished tradition of collective wisdom of the cabinet.

Not completely disapproving the remarks, Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan said Antulay must be having “more information” since he hails from Maharashtra.

The issue came up when the house was discussing two bills brought in by the government to tackle terror against the backdrop of Mumbai terror attacks.

Geete said the prime minister and several senior union ministers have gone on record to say that Karkare was killed by terrorists.

Not satisfied with Antulay’s reply, Geete charged the union minister with “misleading” the house, which he “did not “expect”. End

One Readers Opinion

nivaas,world,says:To enable to solve the mystery of why three officers were travelling together, I suggest the minority muslim minister to travel to pakistan and seek an answer from his secret contacts in ISI. Jokes aside this is just the tip of the iceberg of what goes on in some peoples mind. I have personally heard some people whispering and admiring the islamic terrorist guts to take on several hundred security men and grudging admiration for the massacre of indians with under the breadth remarks such as “thats our gujerat revenge
[17 Dec, 2008 1936hrs IST]

Posted in Hindutva, India, Indian Muslims, Islam, Islamofascism, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pakistan, State, Terrorism, UPA | 7 Comments »

Tehelka: Muslims widen your heart — best interview, must must read

Posted by jagoindia on November 5, 2008

This is one of the best interview you would have come across.

Click here

Posted in Christianity, Hindutva, India, Indian Muslims, Islam, Islamofascism, Media, Must read article, Pseudo secularism, Terrorism | Leave a Comment »

In future, we will see more Indian faces of terror: Newton’s third law has started taking effect

Posted by jagoindia on October 30, 2008

The Rediff Interview/Terrorism expert Maloy Krishna Dhar
‘In future, we will see more Indian faces of terror’

October 29, 2008

With the arrest of a Sadhvi and her alleged accomplices for their alleged involvement in the Malegaon blast, the term Hindu terrorism has got new meaning.

Maloy Krishna Dhar, a former joint director of the Indian Intelligence Bureau, has studied terrorism in-depth for many years. He has written several books on Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence and Bangladesh sponsored terrorism. Dhar took time off to speak with’s Vicky Nanjappa about the new trends in terrorism and also about the spate of incidents that have rocked this country in the past couple of years.

What are your views on the eye for an eye attitude of some Hindu outfits?

Newton’s third law (for every action there will be an equal and opposite reaction) has started taking effect. We need to find out the extent to which the Hindu mind is being influenced especially when everyone is flashing what the minorities have had to say. Yes I would say that the mentality is growing and it sure is scary. I think it is time to look beyond the Bharatiya Janata Party and other saffron outfits and think of Hindus as a whole, and see up to what extent they are being influenced.

Sir do you endorse these views?

Definitely not. I have always been saying that people should have faith in the system and try and rectify problems in a democratic manner. I am trying to moderate the system. It is very important to have the Muslims with us. We need to moderate their views too.

What are your views on the Malegaon incident in which a Sadhvi was arrested?

No one is saying anything clearly. What is happening is that the Muslims allege that they are being maligned. Now parties which depend on the Muslim vote are finding it difficult to secure those votes. Another fact is that the BJP and its allies seem to be on a better footing to face the forthcoming elections. Hence it seems as though this is an attempt to reflect terror on the BJP. Let the noise regarding this case settle down and then the truth will come out.

There are allegations that former IB and military officials trained some Hindu activists to carry out blasts. What do you have to say about this?

This is blatant falsehood and bunkum. The IB has no expertise in bomb making. Some military personnel may have knowledge regarding this. But tell me is it necessary for someone to train when all the information is so easily available on the internet. These are just allegations which have not been proven.

You have written and spoken about the presence of ISI cells in India. Despite both the IB and the police claiming to be making inroads how is it that such cells continue to function and carry out blasts at will.

The ISI cells and its modules cannot be fully unearthed. There are several reasons for this. Whenever the IB or the police go for action, a hue and cry is raised by human rights groups and the so-called secularists. Political parties are weak and they end up falling back on the support of the minorities. Electoral considerations are another reason for not being able to unearth all the cells. In our country the police are under the ruling party and unless a free hand is given there is very little chance of making headway completely. Although the IB is an old and efficient organisation, their strength in terms of man power is not sufficient. We also need is an IB which will not go by the orders of the political parties.

What about the participation of the people while gathering intelligence?

Yes that is very important. Collaboration between the people and security agencies is required and this should include the Muslim community too. The Muslim community needs to know that being inspired by Pakistan is bad for them.

What are your views on the latest instances of terrorism and the birth of the Indian Mujahideen?

It is a new name that’s it. The Students Islamic Movement of India could not possibly function under its own name once it was banned and hence it became the Indian Mujahideen. Basically the IM has the people from the same resource pool.

What do you have to say about the new age terrorist who is educated and tech savvy?

As I said before, the IM has the people from the same resource pool of SIMI. SIMI always had a pool of educated people.

Do you think that the Mumbai and Gujarat police have cracked the entire IM module?

They are making headway for sure. But getting leads is one thing and connecting it is another. Once the leads are connected, one could say that they have succeeded completely. As of now what I see is just newspaper investigation and PR work by the police to show that they are doing some work.

There is a hue and cry about the Jamia Nagar encounter, but the Delhi  police maintain that this incident helped them crack the case. What are your views on the same?

Whenever such an act takes place there is bound to be a hue and cry. I would say that the operation is genuine but would also like to add that it should have been done in a better way. Encounter is a science and should be undertaken in such a manner that none can raise a finger.

We see that Jihad is becoming more home-bred. Why do you think this has happened?

It is not exactly correct to say this. It is only now that we are getting to see a more Indian face to this. It just shows that both Pakistan and Bangladesh have succeeded in creating modules in India. In the coming years we will get to see more Indian faces. The need of the hour is to eliminate these modules.

Terror has travelled south. Karnataka and Kerala have become hotbeds for recruitment and training. Did the IB see this coming?

I have shouted and screamed about this in the past. I had given a talk at the Indian Institute of Science two years back where I mentioned that several areas in both Karnataka and Kerala had several modules. But at that time no one believed me. However now everyone seems to be waking up to the problem.

Lastly please rate the states which have coped best with terror.

Well, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Gujarat have dealt best with the problem. Kerala has just woken up, Tamil Nadu is yet to wake up, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh are waking up.

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Hindutva, Gita and Islamic fundamentalism – must read

Posted by jagoindia on October 13, 2008

Hindutva and radical Islam: Where the twain do meet
Dec 27, 2007, Arun Shourie

Your Hindutva is no different from Islamic fundamentalism’ — a fashionable statement these days, one that immediately establishes the person’s secular credentials. It is, of course, false, as we shall see in a moment. But there is a grain of potential truth in it — something that does not put Hinduism at par with Islam, but one that should, instead, serve as a warning to all who keep pushing Hindus around. That grain is the fact that every tradition has in it, every set of scriptures has in it enough to justify extreme, even violent reaction.

From the very same Gita from which Gandhiji derived non-violence and satyagraha, Lokmanya Tilak constructed the case for ferocious response, not excluding violence. From the very same Gita from which Gandhiji derived his ‘true law’, shatham pratyapi satyam, ‘Truth even to the wicked’, the Lokmanya derived his famous maxim, shatham prati shaathyam, ‘Wickedness to the wicked.’

In the great work, Gita Rahasya, that he wrote in the Mandalay prison, the Lokmanya invokes Sri Samartha, ‘Meet boldness with boldness; impertinence by impertinence must be met; villainy by villainy must be met.’ Large-heartedness towards those who are grasping? Forgiveness towards those who are cruel? ‘Even Prahlada, that highest of devotees of the Blessed Lord,’ the Lokmanya recalls, has said, ‘Therefore, my friend, wise men have everywhere mentioned exceptions to the principle of forgiveness.’ True, the ordinary rule is that one must not cause harm to others by doing such actions as, if done to oneself, would be harmful. But, the Mahabharata, Tilak says, ‘has made it clear that this rule should not be followed in a society, where there do not exist persons who follow the other religious principle, namely, others should not cause harm to us, which is the corollary from this first principle.’

The counsel of ‘equability’ of the Gita, he says, is bound up with two individuals; that is, it implies reciprocity. ‘Therefore, just as the principle of non-violence is not violated by killing an evil-doer, so also the principle of self-identification [of seeing the same, Eternal Self in all] or of non-enmity, which is observed by saints, is in no way affected by giving condign punishment to evil-doers.’ Does the Supreme Being not Himself declare that He takes incarnations from time to time to protect dharma and destroy evil-doers? Indeed, the one who hesitates to take the retaliatory action that is necessary assists…

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Tarun Vijay on hit list of Indian Mujahideen Islamic terrorists

Posted by jagoindia on September 18, 2008

I’ll write, says editor on terror hit list
By: MK TayalDate: 2008-09-16

Tarun Vijay

FORMER Panchjanya editor  and columnist Tarun Vijay, who is on the hit list of the Indian Mujahideen (IM), says he will continue to write, irrespective of the danger to his life.

The editor, who has been pinpointed in the IM mail circulated after the Delhi serial blasts, said he would continue to work and write as before.

“I will continue to work like any other Indian,” he said. Wasn’t he scared that the IM may attack him? “I have just got up from my computer. I am working for the Tricolour,” he said, brushing aside the threats.
The IM  has released a virtual hit list, in which it has held out a threat to many politicians, journalists and police officers for ” harassing” the minorities.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, his deputy RR Patil, Gujarat DGP P C Pandey, additional DGP of Rajasthan A K Jain are on the list as well. The mail also hits out at a prominent English daily for not reporting on Bajrang Dal activities.

Terrorist mail is a hit list

“You (referring to the two politicians) are already on our hit-list and this time very seriously,” the group said in the email, also warning the Mumbai-based Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS). In the same tone it issued threats against the Director General of Police (DGP), Gujarat, PC Pandey and Additional DGP of Rajasthan AK Jain for their “false” claims of cracking the terror network in the state. It blamed Pandey for the 2002 Gujarat massacre and the Rajasthan police for attacking Muslims in Jodhpur. The two state police have been challenged to unearth the Mujahideen’s network.

Making a mockery of the policing and terror investigation system, the IM challenged the police to trace the source of the threat mail.

The mail also attacked top media groups for their so-called “biased” approach in reporting terror incidents. The writer of the mail seemed well versed with the incidents as he furnished complete review of each attack as reported by the media. According to experts, the IM seems to be following the lines of Kashmiri militants who used to threaten media groups operating from the state in the initial days of militancy in the Valley. The IM has threatened to target hospitals as well.

Meanwhile, not formally demanding that the Union Home Ministry provide him with security, Vijay is not averse to moving around with commandos.

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Why SIMI is banned and Sangh organizations not?

Posted by jagoindia on September 15, 2008

source: If it’s SIMI, it must smell of terror, Sept 10,

Quite often this question is asked by the Musalmans and pseudo secular-pro minority oufits:  Why SIMI is banned and Sangh organizations not?

Maloy Krishna Dhar, a former cop and joint director with the Intelligence Bureau, explains why investigations carried out by government sleuths are the best evidence to go by.

“On many occasions, hard evidence will be lacking,” says Dhar. “It is not possible for investigators to break into terrorists’ circles with video cameras and return with footage that conclusively proves their involvement in illegal activities,” he reasons.

Instead, Dhar says that a body’s unlawful activities are established through years of investigations. “Sometimes sleuths go through the records of a particular organisation dating back several years, along with records of interrogations and investigations to make an inference.” So when the government forms an opinion, it is based on years of intelligence work and can’t wholly be deemed circumstantial, says Dhar.

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VHP, BJP targetted by Indian Muslim terrorist group, SIMI

Posted by jagoindia on September 15, 2008

SIMI men were planning to target Advani, Modi: police
Anubhuti Vishnoi
Posted: Mar 31, 2008

Activists of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), arrested by the Madhya Pradesh police last Thursday, have told police that they planned to target top BJP leaders, including L K Advani and Narendra Modi, because they believed these leaders were linked to the destruction of the Babri Masjid and the post-Godhra riots.
Police claimed these SIMI activists had told them they were even training militant cadres for the attacks.

“Those interrogated have said that training camps and militant cadres were being organised to target some top leaders… while they are being evasive about names, they said their targets were leaders associated with the Babri Masjid case and the recent Gujarat riots. The Samjhauta Express blast connection is also in the realm of possibility,” Indore SP Anshuman Yadav told The Indian Express.

The 13 arrested SIMI activists have told their interrogators that apart from Advani and Modi, others being targeted were Uma Bharti, VHP leaders Ashok Singhal and Praveen Togadia. The SIMI activists, including their leader Safdar Nagori, said the decision to target these leaders was taken because no action was taken, despite several inquiry commissions, against leaders involved in the Babri Masjid demolition and Gujarat riots.

The 13 activists are being interrogated jointly by the Intelligence Bureau and police units of at least six states — teams from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi and Haryana have all landed — at a secure interrogation centre in Indore.

Yadav said that while SIMI’s association with the Samjhauta train blasts is not yet established, it is in the “realm of high probability”.

“The IB and Haryana police are interrogating them on the issue. Though there is strong suspicion of their involvement, no linkages have been established as yet,” he said.

Indore has a connection to the Samjhauta Express blasts case — much of the material used to create the lethal suitcase bombs were bought from the city’s Kothari market. While investigators had traced the terror trail to the city last year, even identifying the shops from where articles like suitcases, plastic bottles, battery were purchased, there has been no movement forward ever since. At that time, Indore police had even ruled out any SIMI connection to the blasts.

“At that time there was nothing to establish the SIMI connection because all these people, who have been arrested now, had been at large for years. With their arrest, things change considerably,” Yadav said.

Police believe identification by the Indore shopkeepers of any of those arrested will give them a new lead.

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Kashmir’s azaadi demand is about Islam

Posted by jagoindia on August 29, 2008

Kashmir’s ‘azaadi’ demand is about religion
Yogi Sikand

August 28, 2008
Many Kashmiri Muslims vociferously insist that the demand for independence of Kashmir has nothing to do with religion. Instead, they argue that the conflict in and over Kashmir is essentially ‘political’. What is conveniently ignored by those who make this claim is that religion and politics, particularly in the case of the Kashmir dispute, involving as it does the rival claims of Muslim-majority Pakistan and Hindu-dominated India, can hardly be separated.
As the current spate of violence in both the Hindu-dominated Jammu division and the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley, triggered off by a controversial decision of the state government to allot a piece of land to a Hindu temple trust, so starkly indicates, religion and communal identities defined essentially in religious terms have everything to do with the basic issue of Jammu and Kashmir [Images] and its still unsettled political status.

Kashmiri nationalists, in contrast to hardcore Islamists and the Hindutva brigade, quickly dismiss this point, finding it, perhaps, too embarrassing, afraid of being labelled as religious chauvinists or ‘communal’. But, no longer, it seems, can the crucial role of religion in shaping the contours of the ongoing conflict in and over Kashmir be denied.

That the ongoing Bharatiya Janata Party-inspired agitation in Jammu has marshalled considerable support among the Hindus of Jammu clearly indicates that the political project of Kashmiri nationalists — of a separate, independent state of Jammu and Kashmir — has absolutely no takers among the Hindus (and other non-Muslims) of the state.

Kashmiri nationalists insist that in the independent Jammu and Kashmir of their dreams, religious minorities — Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists — who would account for almost a fourth of the population, would have equal rights and no cause for complaint. Some even boast, without adducing any evidence, of commanding the support of the non-Muslims of the state for their project.

At the same time as they roundly berate the Dogra Raj as a long spell of slavery for the state’s Muslims, they insist that the boundaries of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, as constructed by the same Dogras, against the will of the Kashmiri Muslims, be considered as sacrosanct, as setting the borders of the independent country that they demand.

If, as they argue, Dogra Raj was illegitimate, then surely there is nothing holy about the state boundaries as laid down by the Dogras, bringing Jammu and the vastly different Kashmir valley in a forced union.

If, as they rightly insist, Kashmir was conquered against its will by the Dogras of Jammu, there is no reason why the forced union of the two should continue in the independent Jammu and Kashmir that Kashmiri nationalists dream of, particularly given the Jammu Hindus’ resentment of alleged Kashmiri hegemony, a sentiment shared even by many Jammu Muslims.

Kashmiri nationalists, however, would refuse to recognise this basic contradiction in their argument. The reason is obvious: To do so, to recognise that Jammu’s Hindus (and Leh’s Buddhists) would resist, even to the point of violence, the agenda of an independent Jammu and Kashmir would clearly indicate the obvious but embarrassing fact, that this agenda represents the aspirations and interests largely of Kashmiri Muslims, and is a means to legitimise Kashmir Muslim control over the rest of the state.

The analogy with pre-Partition India is useful. The Muslim League insisted that because the Hindus of India were in a numerical majority, a united, independent India, no matter what safeguards it gave and promises of equality it made to the Muslims, would be dominated by the Hindus, and would, for all its secular and democratic claims, be untrammelled Hindu Raj. Hence their demand for a separate Pakistan.

The Hindus of Jammu and the Buddhists of Leh find themselves in precisely the same position as did supporters of the Muslim League in pre-Partition India, only now the actors have reversed their roles.

Kashmiri nationalists insist they want an independent, united Jammu and Kashmir, just as the Congress did when it talked of a united and free India. And, like the Congress did with the Muslims, they promise the non-Muslim minorities of Jammu and Leh that their rights would be fully protected in this state of their dreams.

Yet, just as many Muslims refused to accept the promises of the Congress, fearing that they would never be honoured, the non-Muslim minorities in Jammu and Kashmir refuse to buy the arguments of the Kashmiri nationalists, which they rightly see as a thinly-veiled guise to justify Kashmiri hegemony.

I have heard Kashmiris, including some of my closest friends, come up with the most ingenious arguments to counter the above point.

‘Kashmiriyat, the teachings of love and peace of our Sufis, unite us all and would ensure that non-Muslim minorities will be safe and protected in a free Jammu and Kashmir,’ some of them say. A laughable claim, unless all Kashmiris suddenly decide to shun the world and trod the mystical path, an unlikely prospect. Sufism is in a rapid state of decline in Kashmir and elsewhere, as is the case with all other forms of mysticism.

Then there is another bizarre argument, which I heard, among others, from none less than one of the chief ideologues of the Jamaat e Islami in Kashmir and a fervent backer of Kashmir’s accession to Pakistan, which runs like this: Islam lays down the rights of non-Muslims and insists that Muslims should respect them. The Prophet Muhammad himself did so. So, if Jammu and Kashmir gets freedom and becomes a truly Islamic State, the non-Muslim minorities will have full freedom and equality.

That the Islamists whom he led had hardly done anything to promote anything even remotely approaching that sort of confidence among the state’s minorities — in fact doing almost everything to completely alienate them — did not even cross his mind.

The late Sadullah Tantrey, once head of the Jammu branch of the Jamaat e Islami, even went on to insist, in all seriousness, that ‘Indeed, so happy will the non-Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir be in this independent Islamic state that even Hindus from India would line up to settle in the state.’ I squirmed in my seat as he went on, stunned at his evident ignorance or hypocrisy or, as seemed more likely, both.

I itched to tell him, as I sat before him in his house in Gath, up in the mountains of Doda, that the ‘Islamic State’ hardly outlived the Prophet Mohammed and has been completely extinct ever since; that the fate of minorities in scores of Muslim countries, even those like Saudi Arabia that claim to be ‘Islamic’, was deplorable; that even Mohammed Ali Jinnah had promised full equality to the non-Muslim citizens of Pakistan but that had not prevented them from being reduced to virtual second-class citizens; and that, simply put, he was lying or else living in a fool’s paradise. I kept my mouth shut, however. After all, I was there to learn what his views were, not to preach.

Clearly, any forced union of the disparate nationalities in Jammu and Kashmir in the form of a separate, independent state that Kashmiri nationalists champion (as now do even some Kashmiri Islamists, former passionate advocates for union with Pakistan who, flowing with the tide, have realised that their earlier stance has increasingly few takers among Kashmiris, given their mounting disenchantment with Pakistan) would be a sure recipe for civil war. The current agitation in Jammu is ample evidence of that. It is time, therefore, that pro-‘Azadi’ Kashmiri leaders admit this publicly.

This is not, however, to plead the case for the division of the state, as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has been advocating, for surely that would further harden communal boundaries and rivalries in just the same way as would the project of an independent Jammu and Kashmir. Rather, it is to recognise and publicly acknowledge the very plural character of Jammu and Kashmir, and the concerns and sensitivities of all its peoples, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and others.

Dr Yogi Sikand is the editor of Qalandar, an electronic magazine on Islam-related issues, and also the author of several books on the subject.

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