Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Pakistani academic deems Sanskrit dead; Indian lawyer deems Hindi non-existent!

Arfa Sayeda Zehra, a Pakistani professor of history and a lover of Urdu language, likes to illustrate the idea of death of a language with Sanskrit.

She deems Sanskrit a dead language and believes that this death occurred because the language lost its ability to adapt to the changing times.

I heard her on YouTube expressing this view at more than one forum, including the one that I have discussed in this post.

On this particular occasion, Zehra makes only a cursory comment on Sanskrit (relevant part: 13:21 min), but there is another YouTube video I have watched in which she makes a fuller statement turning Sanskrit into a metaphor for linguistic extinction.

(In that video, she also suggests that Sanskrit became extinct because its use was restricted to “religion”.

I haven’t had time to locate that particular video and link it here, but reader can easily look for Zehra’s videos on YouTube. She has repeatedly expressed the opinion described above.)

Zehra made the remarks in question at Karachi Literature Festival that took place over three days in February 2017.

In this post I have commented on Zehra's remarks.

I have also commented on the utterances on Urdu of another guy who I learnt is a Delhi-based lawyer. He is Saif Mahmood. He made his remarks (relevant part: 16:50 min) at the 2016 edition of the same festival.

Arfa Sayeda Zehra is a glib speaker, but her portrayal of Sanskrit as an example of unavoidable death of a language through ossification of expression betrays the misconceptions that her milieu has knowingly harboured within itself.

She seems to call out the Islamism that has undermined cultural diversity and expression in Pakistan, but hardly realises that her own milieu is not unaffected by the same Islamism resulting in her holding pretty ignorant views about Sanskrit's relationship with cultures and consciousness of the people of India.

Associating Sanskrit -- which has continued to the present times to animate almost all Indic languages and cultural memes -- with "death" shows that she has pretty crude appreciation of that relationship and she herself has not been immune from the phantasmagoria that Islam's ethnocidal and epistemicidal system builds for itself everywhere.

Saif Mahmood says that a misconception has taken root in India that "Urdu is the language of the Muslims and Hindi is the language of the Hindus".

He says "everyone in northern and central India" speaks what he would term "Urdu" and yet there is this perverse "insistence" on calling it "Hindi"!

"Ninety to 95 per cent of the words being used are Urdu words, such as kursi, maiz, etc," contends Mahmood.

(Really? Doesn't that imply that thousands of non-Farsi and non-Arabic words like aana, jaana, uthna, baithna, dekhna, soonghna, ped, paudha, kapde, lakdi, betaa, beti, doodh, cheeni, kutta -- not to mention the entire syntactical structure of the language -- are Hindi? Of course not. It's "Urdu speakers" like Saif Mahmood the genius who invented the entire vocabulary and the syntactical structure of the language spoken for centuries by millions of native-born Indians!)

Dialogues of Bollywood movie Mughal-e-Azam were in "Urdu" but "wrongly branded" as "Hindi" on the censor certificate, Mahmood says, translating one in "Hindi" to show how bizarre that would sound, eliciting much laughter from his Pakistani audience.

(That must have been an act of great injustice that the producer of the film somehow forgot to contest in public or in a court of law!! That's why Indians need a genius like Saif Mahmood.)

So, going by Mahmood's argument, a phrase like Taleem par sab ka haq hai (my example) is "Urdu" and that's how an overwhelming majority of Indians would express that idea.

(Presumably, no one will phrase it as Shiksha par sab ka adhikar hai.)

But of course this overwhelming majority of Indians, according to Mahmood, are such idiots -- or secret conspirators -- that they would perversely call that expression "Hindi" rather than "Urdu"!

As for "Hindi"  -- hardly anyone (perhaps no one) speaks it, according to Mahmood.

It takes an unsung and courageous linguist like him to call out this great dishonesty or perfidy (or both) of the millions of Indians!!

I think Mahmood, who is also a lawyer, should take the next logical step.

He should file a lawsuit demanding that all Bollywood films that have ever been made should be re-categorized as Urdu language productions!

He should file another lawsuit against the millions of his fellow Indians to make them correctly describe the language they speak in their everyday lives!

I have known very few people as honest and intelligent as Saif Mahmood.

I think he should be recognized as a great linguist and honoured with a Padma award as well as a Pakistani Sitara-e-Khidmat.

The following Web links have been used in this post in the order of occurrence.

(Karachi Literature Festival-2017 discussion on "Urdu Nu Kia Hua?". Discussants: Arfa Sayeda Zehra, Ali Akbar Natiq, and Afzal Ahmed Syed. Moderator: Saif Mahmood

(Idhar Urdu, Udhar Urdu, Kidher Urdu?: Urdu in India and Pakistan
Saif Mahmood and Arfa Sayeda Zehra
Moderator: Bari Mian

Friday, September 22, 2017

Using Urdu as a tool of Islamic imperialism and India's role as number one Islamist country in the world

BBC presenter Aliya Nazki mispronounces 'Brahmaputra' as 'Bhramaputra' at 10:02 min. in this BBC Urdu newscast called ‘Sairbeen’.

This woman had part of her education in Delhi and has lived elsewhere in India!!

The mispronunciation may be inadvertent, but it seems that the controllers of Urdu language in the Indian subcontinent not only continue their chauvinistic eschewal of Hindi teaching and learning (i.e. in Pakistan), but continue with the practice of colloquializing the pronunciation of almost all Sanskrit-origin Hindi words that are used in Urdu.

That is despite the fact the majority of 'Urdu speakers' in the region, especially in India, are now better socialized and educated in Hindi than in Urdu.

For example, they continue, like silly poseurs, to pronounce 'prachaar' as 'parchaar', 'bhram' as 'bharam', 'var' as 'bar', 'graahak' as 'gaahak', 'vyaapaari' as byopaari', and 'grahasti' as 'garhasti'.

This cultivated avoidance of Hindi has pushed the institutionalized use of Urdu on to the path of hopeless Arabization and Persianization.

This institutionalized usage is already alienated from the soul of a language born in India.

Mispronunciation of Sanskrit-origin words is just one aspect of a larger picture; there is also deliberate misunderstanding of the meanings of those words.

The controllers of Urdu language thus knowingly continue with a pretense -- of misrepresentation and misunderstanding of an entire culture.

It's a cultivated misrepresentation and misunderstanding.

The fact is that Urdu has long come to be the tool of Islamic correctitude and imperialism in the Indian subcontinent.

It's the subtle and unsubtle means of acculturation to 'ideal Muslimhood' in the subcontinent, which is why a huge number of Muslims from not just northern parts of India but also eastern, western and southern parts tend to claim, quite counterfactually and unreasonably, that they are Urdu speakers, even if they can't manage even a smattering of idiomatic Hindustani.

For example, I have long heard the so called "Bihari Muslims" -- a number of whom continue to be stuck in Bangladesh and allegedly being discriminated against -- being described as "Urdu speakers", which is a laughable claim.

These so called "Bihari Muslims" hardly speak any Urdu that will satisfy even a primary teacher in a Madrasa.

The fact is that they speak the languages of the cultural areas (or anchals) they hail from, such as Bhojpuri, Maithili, etc.

Only a very small fraction of the "educated" Bihari Muslims can be said to have some knowledge of Urdu.

And the Bihari Muslims stuck in Bangladesh seem to have long forgotten whatever little Urdu they allegedly possessed once.

In a BBC report I checked on YouTube, even a young Muslim in Bangladesh whose family hailed from Odisha described himself as a "Urdu speaker" while he could hardly manage a sentence.

Why on earth?

The answer lies in Urdu's role as a language of Islamic imperialism and ethnocide, which resulted -- in the first place -- in the suppression of Banglahood, perceived by Islamic imperialists of the subcontinent as hardly 'Islamic' because of being too deeply rooted in Sanskritic culture.

The same mentality of Islamic imperialism works elsewhere in the subcontinent, especially in Pakistan (i.e. Punjab, Sindh, NWFP and Balochistan) which was never an Urdu-speaking area beyond the limited sphere of some 'educated' people in Lahore and a few other places.

The use of Urdu as an imperialist tool is a manifestation of an Islamism that India has bred and nurtured for a very long time.

The story of this Islamism in all its lurid detail has never been allowed to be told in India in a language that people will understand.

I believe India had become the number one Islamist country in the world in the 19th century, thanks to Deoband, Barelvi, and a host of other Islamic madrasas in the area that's part of present-day Uttar Pradesh.

India-bred Islamism later influenced - and continues to influence - the foreign lands through organizations like the Tablighi Jamaat.

Taliban, for instance, who established the most medieval form of Islamic state in recent memory, were brought up as jihadis by Deobandi mullahs in Pakistan.

Needless to say home-grown Islamism created the conditions that culminated in the demand for a separate state for Muslims in India.

Based on whatever little I know about Islam, I don't understand what merit people find in attributing Islamic "radicalisation" to one form of Islam or another, such as Wahhabi, Deobandi and Barelvi.

Such hairsplitting is unneeded. Islam by the book – i.e. Islam by Quran and Sunnah (Mohammad’s utterances and deeds as borne out by collections of oral reports or Hadith) -- is lethal and ethnocidal, whatever label is given to it.

It's as simple as that.

I have not so far been able to gather anything that will explain to me as to how Deobandi is different from Wahhabi and how that difference, if any, affects Islam's baleful impact on human societies.

Mumtaz Qadri, who murdered Punjab governor Salman Taseer in January 2011 for an idiotic reason, was a Barelvi, which is supposedly a milder form of Islam.

So Islam is Islam. Its fundamentals are guaranteed to unbalance people who delve into them.

It's also a lie to claim that the so called 'Sufism' (whatever wishy-washy things it means to various people) flows from Islam.

I don't think Islam by the book allows any freethinking, free seeking and syncretism.

Whatever freethinking, free seeking and syncretism happens, it happens as a cultural phenomenon; it happens despite Islam, not because of Islam.

Syncretism, by the way, is a crucial concept.

Islam - like Christianity - rejects and execrates syncretism by rejecting and execrating 'Shirk' which means including others in the unique status of one and only Allah who is comprehensible only and only through a long dead person called Muhammad.

The following Web-links have been used in this post in the order of occurrence.




Tuesday, September 12, 2017

इस्लाम और मुस्लिम भाईचारे के नाम पर हिंसा और गुंडागर्दी को छुपाओ. यह है रवैया, अमूमन, बड़े मीडिया का.

न्यूज़ मैगज़ीन Lallantop के अनुसार जयपुर में 8 सितम्बर को शुरू हुए हिंसक फ़साद के बारे में फेसबुक पर कुछ भ्रामक और भड़काने वाली सामग्री दी गई है.

Lallantop के इस विडियो के अनुसार, दिनेश भाटी सियाणा नामक एक फेसबुक उपयोगकर्ता ने अपनी वाल पर फर्ज़ी सामग्री की मदद से 'हिन्दुओं' को 'मुसलामानों' के खिलाफ भड़काने का प्रयास किया है.

Lallantop की इस रिपोर्ट पर पेश हैं मेरे कुछ विचार.

मैं फेसबुक सब्सक्राइबर नहीं हूँ. दिनेश भाटी सियाणा ने यदि भ्रामक और भड़काऊ प्रचार किया है तो वह निंदनीय है. 

पर Lallantop और अन्य मुख्यधारा के मीडिया वालों का रवैया सियाणा से भी अधिक भ्रामक है क्योंकि वे इस्लाम और मुस्लिम भाईचारे के नाम पर किये जाने वाले दंगो और हिंसा को न तो इमानदारी से कवर कर रहे हैं और न ऐसी हिंसा की भयानक सच्चाई को उसके यथार्थ नामों और विशेषणों से पुकार रहे हैं.   

परिणाम यह हो रहा है कि यह भयानक सच्चाई न तो जनता तक पहुँच रही है और न उस पर तबसरा और समालोचना हो रही है. 

सूचना और समझ का अभाव एक बड़ी वजह है कि सियाणा जैसे सोशल मीडिया उपयोगकर्ताओं की पोस्ट को हज़ारों व्यूज़ मिल रहे हैं.

पश्चिम बंगाल में बसीरहत में जुलाई में सैकड़ों लोगों ने इस्लाम के नाम पर दंगा किया और हिंसा की. 

वहां मुसलमानों के हजूम ने पुलिस स्टेशन को घेर लिया था और एक नाबालिग़ लड़के -- जिस पर इस्लाम कि तौहीन का इलज़ाम था -- को जान से मारने की मांग कर रहे थे. 'हिन्दुओं' के घर और दुकानें जलाई गईं. एक 'हिन्दू' का क़त्ल भी किया गया.

अधिकतर मीडिया संस्थाओं ने इस इस्लामी उत्पात को या तो नज़रंदाज़ किया या दबे हुए, छुपाने वाले लहजे में बयान किया.

यदि आपने पिछले दिनों इंडियन एक्सप्रेस पढ़ा है तो आपको जयपुर में हुए दंगे पर भी 'इस्लाम' और 'मुस्लिम' भाईचारे की छाप साफ़ नज़र आयेगी.

(हालांकि इंडियन एक्सप्रेस ने भी कभी इस्लाम या मुस्लिम भाईचारे के नाम पर की गई हिंसा और गुंडागर्दी को ठीक से रेखांकित नहीं किया है.)

जयपुर में भी सैकड़ों लोगों की भीड़ ने पुलिस स्टेशन को घेरा. ख़बरों में एक रिक्शे वाले की मौत का उल्लेख है जिसे  देख कर लगता है इस के ज़िम्मेदार दंगाई थे.

आनंद रंगनाथन और कुछ अन्य पत्रकारों ने मुख्यधारा की मीडिया संथाओं के इस भ्रामक रवैये को तथ्यों और आकड़ों से उजागर करने का प्रयास किया है, और इसकी आलोचना भी की है. 

रंगनाथन के अनुसार क्षेत्रीय और हिंदी मीडिया ही है जो कुछ हद तक तथाकथित 'अल्पसंख्यकों' के आतंक और हिंसा को उजागर कर रहा है. बड़ा मीडिया ऐसी ख़बरों को देख कर भी अनदेखा कर रहा है और इस अनदेखी को अपनी 'असाम्प्रदायिकता' की दलील समझता है.  

नीचे मुसलामानों द्वारा किये गए उत्पात, दंगे और हिंसात्मक हरकतों की कुछ ख़बरें हैं जो क्षेत्रीय मीडिया ने तो छापीं पर राष्ट्रीय मीडिया ने नज़र-अंदाज़ कर दीं.

इस पोस्ट में आनंद रंगनाथन के tweets के अतिरिक्त निम्नलिखित वेब लिंक्स दिए गए हैं.



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

'Quam' is a false concept that madly seeks to homogenize cultural diversity; it must be shunned

There is no such thing as "Sikh Quam". Anyone who believes in the so called "Sikh Quam" -- as the keshdhari discussant in this YouTube video (at 9:29 min) seems to do -- has to be a dangerously deluded person.

"Quam" is an artificially homogenizing and imperialist concept that militates against cultural diversity and syncretism. 

Some idiot Khalistanis, like the keshdhari discussant in the video in question, have slavishly borrowed this pernicious concept from Islamic propaganda and use it thoughtlessly without looking at the death and destruction that the fraudulent concept of a "Muslim Quam" has already caused in the Indian subcontinent -- once in 1947 and second time in 1971.

The cultural clash between Punjabi and Bengali Muslims of Pakistan, the atrocities that the Bengali Pakistanis suffered, and the civil war that culminated in the creation of Bangladesh in 1971 demonstrated the falsity of the claim that Muslims of the Indian subcontinent make up a "Quam".

If Sikhs are sensible -- which they certainly are -- they would resist falling into the trap of this fraudulent concept called "Quam".

As far as I understand it, Sikhi is a 'panth' and a 'gyan marg', and Sikhs come from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.

Seeking to straitjacket the synthesizing, edifying and liberal traditions of Sikhi into an unnaturally homogenizing and false concept like "Quam" will destroy whatever remains of those great traditions.

The following Web link has been used in this post.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

One fine day your dearest 'Geeta' is no more; in her place is 'Fatima' you've never known

Media debates on 'Love Jihad', such as this one, elicit the following thoughts in my mind. I also recount here an experience of mine whereby one of my cousins eloped with a Muslim man.

Any realistic person of any community who has ever lived in the Indian subcontinent knows that the phenomenon whereby "people of a certain community" eye the women of the other communities is as real as Delhi's Jama Masjid and has existed for centuries of Islam's expansion in this part of the world.

It's not a recent phenomenon, but has existed since medieval times.

It's immaterial whether one calls it 'Love Jihad' or something else.

(In the 'Ghazwas' that Muhammad fought, women of the vanquished would be taken away as 'Maal-e-Ghaneema' and used as sex slaves with full Quranic backing. See, for instance, this Quranic injunction.)

Women of the other community are often targeted for abduction during inter-communal conflicts and riots, corroborating the existence of this phenomenon.

(In the Pothohar region of what is now Pakistan, alone, about 4000 Sikh and Hindu women were abducted by those who attacked these communities during Partition of India. See, for instance, this narration by Amrit Pal Singh of the violence visited upon Sikh and Hindu residents of Pothohar during Partition.)

So the "debate" whether this phenomenon exists or not is dishonest even if you introduce a few valid nuances into it (such as saying: 'Where is the evidence for planning and organisation behind the so called 'Love Jihad').

Also dishonest is the introduction of concerns for individual rights and liberties because Muslims have NEVER accepted the principle (and the legal codification) that "religion" (which itself is a fraudulent concept) is entirely a matter of personal choice.

(They cite this principle only after bamboozling a woman into conversion to Islam followed quickly by Nikah with a Muslim.)

So most marriages that take place between a non-Muslim woman and a Muslim man are those where the former is converted to Islam and then taken in Nikah by the latter.

(The number of civil marriages that take place through the Special Marriage Act is negligible; and even if a wedding is registered under that Act, there is little chance that the alliance will not very soon become an all Muslim one.)

So overnight Geetas, Poojas and Radhikas become Fatimas, Abidas and Humras.

(Parents not only lose overnight their lovingly brought up Geetas, they are also supposed to prepare for the arrival of little Muhammad Qasims or Taimur Alis for grandchildren!)

I have personal experience of this open fraud that 'Muslims' inflict on others.

We learnt one fine day in late 1997 that one of my closest and dearest cousins eloped with a Muslim man and married him.

She called her parents to inform them that she had become 'Ayesha' and had married this guy (who, it later transpired, had sexually exploited her over months prior to her conversion in a mosque followed by the Nikah).

Within days of committing this 'dacoity', the guy was already asking for the girl's share of the property. (So much for the 'love' marriage!)

As luck would have it, the girl was homesick enough to decide to come to meet her parents.

She was lovingly received midway in a car with the entire family in it (with a few changes of clothes and some other essentials), and taken to a safe destination.

Thus started the de-brainwashing that lasted for about two months.

She was difficult to control initially, but eventually saw reason and realised that she had cheaply given up some essential parts of her identity in doing what she did.

All this while, the guy had been making threatening calls to all the relatives (including one that I received) and followed up his threats with a Habeas Corpus petition in high court.

Fortunately, we got sufficient time for de-brainwashing during which we also accessed a copy of the Muslim marriage law, and learnt that reconversion will automatically annul the Nikah.

As soon as the young woman was stable enough, we got her reconverted in an Arya Samaj Mandir. (So technically at least, the Nikah had dissolved at that moment.)

Then came the admittedly nervous moment when my cousin had to be taken to the high court to appear before the judges (in camera) in the presence of the guy to say what she wanted.

Fortunately, two months of patient rehabilitation did not prove to be in vain. She told the judges that she had been exploited and bamboozled by the guy into a relationship she no longer wanted.

The Habeas Corpus petition was thrown out and the Nikah stood dissolved.

Her parents had won back their beloved 'Geeta' and had thwarted the terrible prospect of having a Mohammad Qasim or a Taimur Ali for grandchild.

The following Web links have been used in this post in the order of occurrence.




Thursday, August 17, 2017

Partition of India: The British and the BBC continue to be imperialist scoundrels they've always been

Compare this brief Partition documentary produced by BBC with a number of YouTube videos produced by amateurs like Sanwal Dhami, Desi Infotainer, IK Pind Punjab Da, Keshu Films Multani, Muhammad Sarfraz, and Muhammad Alamgir, and you will be convinced that this imperialist propaganda organisation has not even learnt the basics of sensitively reporting on a human society in 94 years of its absolutely shameful existence. This BBC clip is a beautiful example of how misleading imperialist propaganda can be produced in which people of the Indian Subcontinent are portrayed as emotive fools who are hopelessly divided among themselves on the basis of caste and creed. The sketchily, insensitively and selectively put together footage of the tearful response of a Muslim man returning to the house he was born in in India is contrasted with a British accented voice-over that is supposed to be "clinically observant, calm, rational and dispassionate". The viewers are supposed to feel the pathos arising out of BBC's reduction of Partition of India into a silly melodrama (with no sensible resolution) and be immensely thankful for the calm rationality that the British accented voice-over (and the consoling hug of British raised son of the Muslim man) provides to the emotional and disunited fools that people of the Indian Subcontinent are. Needless to say the British continue to be the colonial-imperialist butchers, spreaders of falsehood, sowers of discord, and shameless fraudsters. We need no less than an international tribunal to try the British imperialist criminals for the monstrous crimes against humanity that they have committed in the last three centuries. And BBC represents the very worst and the most mendacious of colonial-imperial propaganda broadcasters. I think there is a clear case for a social boycott of BBC across the former British colonies and for a demand that this shamelessly imperialist propaganda organisation be closed down.

The following are the Web links used in this post.

1. 'This is not my country' | My Family, Partition and Me: India 1947 - Episode 1 | BBC One

2. Sanwal Dhami's YouTube channel with videos featuring people of Indian Punjab who were witness to the Partition.

3. Desi Infotainer YouTube channel that has published a lot of Partition of India stories told by Pakistanis.

4. IK Pind Punjab Da channel on YouTube with videos that feature old Pakistanis who'd first-hand experience of the Partition of India.

5. Keshu Films Multani's YouTube channel that has short documentaries featuring people and families who had to flee their homes in what became Pakistan in 1947 and to settle in the divided India, primarily Haryana.

6. Muhammad Sarfraz's YouTube channel with videos featuring people in Pakistan who were witness to the Partition of India.

7. Muhammad Alamgir's YouTube channel featuring people who had migrated during Partition in 1947 from Haryana to what became Pakistan.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Here's a reminder of the 'undeclared Emergency' of the UPA-II era that elicited no 'Award Wapsi'

Published way back in September 2012, this interview with R. Jagannathan, the then editor of Firstpost, dates back to UPA-II era. 

It is a striking illustration of all the government intolerance, censorship, intimidation, even Emergency-like situation that was going on then -- not to mention massive corruption scandals like 2G and public outrage over them.

One is absolutely struck by the likeness that the issues raised by the interviewer, Madhu Trehan of News Laundry, bear to the issues that are being raised now in the Narendra Modi era in order to build the false narrative that Modi's rule has pushed India into an abyss of barbarism and totalitarianism.

Trehan talks about cartoonist Aseem Trivedi's arrest, Kapil Sibal's crackdown on social media, censorship (including of Jagannathan's article on Chidambaram), journalist Kanchan Gupta's having been summoned by a high-level government panel for answering questions on something he published, and such other issues and idiocies and ineptitude of the government led by Manmohan Singh.

Trehan even wonders if an Emergency like situation is upon us because of all the imperious and repressive measures taken by the UPA-II government.

So this interview brings before one's eyes the frightful scenario that prevailed in the year 2012 without a large section of the Media and 'Award Wapsi'/'Not in My Name' gang hollering that an undeclared Emergency was upon us as they have been doing ever since Narendra Modi has become the prime minister.

Watch the interview to understand what a massive fraud this section of the Media and 'Award Wapsi' gang have been perpetrating on the people!

Following is the Web-link used in this post.

Pakistani academic deems Sanskrit dead; Indian lawyer deems Hindi non-existent!

Arfa Sayeda Zehra, a Pakistani professor of history and a lover of Urdu language, likes to illustrate the idea of death of a language with S...