Friday, October 18, 2019

Chandri Kolhi of Mirpur Khas (Sindh) has just been rid of her Kafirhood!

Another day, another #Hindu girl forcibly converted
Chandri Kolhi from Noukot, Mirpurkhas, was abducted, converted & married to Allah Dino.
Her innocent face can tell how old she could be!
I fail to understand why right-wing parties don't want to support a law to stop this?
9:32 PM - 17 Oct 2019
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan believes that more than 20 Hindu girls are kidnapped every month.
Rinkle Kumari was 16 years’ old when she was abducted, allegedly forcibly converted, and married to her kidnapper. 
Twice she wept and pleaded to go back home to her parents. Once before the civil court, and then, before the Supreme Court when it took up a pending petition on forced conversions initiated by the Pakistan Hindu Council. 
However, despite this, when the Supreme Court reassembled after a lengthy adjournment to hear the case, Kumari had somehow changed her statement and then accepted that she had changed her religion and married of her own free will. 
No proceedings ever tried to inquire into what happened to change her mind, but we can all guess, with a high degree of certainty, that her kidnappers coerced her (a bare reading of the case history shows this).
PPP Legislators Under Criticism As Forced Conversion Bill Rejected In Sindh Assembly
This is the second time a bill against forced conversions has failed to completely go through in the Sindh Assembly. In November 2016, the Sindh Assembly had introduced a bill of a similar nature after complaints of forced conversions by the Hindu community.
A report in Express Tribune quoted a senior official of the Sindh government as saying that after the bill was passed in 2016, Jamaat-e-Islami leader Sirajul Haq met with PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari and conveyed the grievances of religious parties and the Council of Islamic Ideology. 
Subsequently, the PPP leadership sent a message to Sindh Governor Justice (Retd) Saeeduzaman Siddiqui, asking him not to ratify the bill.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

A continued ethnic cleansing and criminalization of speaking out: the silence continues (even journalists are silent)

“No chance that they will be allowed back into Kashmir. People there continue to be violently hostile and bloody-minded to the mere suggestion that Pandits return to their homes,” Deepika Vij told me last week when we’d a chance meeting at PTI building in Delhi.
“Ajay’s young bua (father’s sister) was killed and his house was torched. He was in college then. His sister was a year younger,” Deepika Vij told me as to what happened when her husband’s family was made to flee the Kashmir valley.
Deepika is senior news editor at PTI (The Press Trust of India) in Delhi. Her husband Ajay Kaul, a Kashmiri refugee settled long in Delhi, is also a journalist. He left PTI earlier this year to join as managing editor at IANS (Indo-Asian News Service).
Deepika and Ajay were my seniors at PTI when I worked there from the year 2000 to 2005. 
"So, what’s the difference between you and your husband? Your family was driven out of their homeland in 1947 and your husband’s around 1990,” I asked her.
“Nothing. It’s exactly the same situation,” she responded.
(Deepika is a Punjabi like myself. So I know instinctively, without asking her, that she has descended from one of the hundreds of thousands of Punjabi ‘Hindu/Sikh’ families, like mine, ethnically cleansed from the regions that were turned Pakistan in 1947 in a matter of weeks -- regions that had been home to our forebears going back immemorially in time. Almost all Punjabis of Delhi have the same history.)
“Ajay was lucky because his father had a government job. There are dozens of people from his community I know personally who continue to languish in one-room flats in Jammu; more often they are large families crammed in a poky house. The poverty among the displaced Kashmiri Pandits is unbelievable,” she told me.
“I had a rude awakening to this situation when I just got married. There would be a steady stream of Kashmiri Pandit visitors -- sometimes up to half a dozen people together -- to our home. They'd often stay for days. No sooner had one lot left than another would come. There would be endless cooking in our kitchen.”
“These people were relatives, near or distant, friends, acquaintances, or those from the same village as one of my in-laws. I had never before experienced this situation where we had a constant stream of visitors at our home. So, I asked my mother-in-law. She explained that they had nowhere else to go or can't afford to stay anywhere else when they are in Delhi looking for jobs or getting some other work done.”
“Unlike the Punjabi families that had become nulcearized and individualistic long ago, displaced Kashmiri Pandits still rely on village bonds. They have to because there is so much poverty and joblessness among them,” Deepika told me.
During the ethnic cleansing of the Pandit families, their properties were destroyed or plundered or they were made to distress-sell them; those who did not sell their properties find them in ruins when they get a chance to visit them.
“Some Kashmiri Pandit families go back to their former homes now owned by those to whom they were distress-sold or by those who took part in the plunder. Enriched at the expense the Pandits, some of the new owners have turned them into plush houses or guest-houses complete with expensive mod cons,” Deepika told me.
“At the time of ethnic cleansing they were given the choice of either leaving or getting killed. Now when they visit the valley, they get the message: ‘You're welcome as a tourist, but don't you ever entertain the thought of coming back for good’.”
Ajay and Deepika have a son (16) and a daughter (11).
“My children have never been to Kashmir and have grown up in a universe that has no direct connection with the valley.”
In 72 years of its existence, the Republic of India has not only brushed the ethnic cleansing of Hindus/Sikhs under the carpet but also criminalized any discussion of what those people went through.
Which is the reason why today none of the millions of Indians who or whose families were once driven out of their ancestral homelands seems to raise their voice to tell the world that it’s they who were the victims, it’s they who were killed and maimed and plundered and abducted and raped by those who have been screaming blue murder since August 05.
It’s their land on which ‘genocide’ and ‘ethnic cleansing’ were carried out and it’s they who are the actual victims of fascism, racism and an ‘ideology of hate’.
Everybody is silent, even the journalists; their media employers never allowed them to tell their own stories. Everyone has to pretend as if nothing happened in 1947, as if millions of people happily gave up their homes, their property, their means of livelihood, their ethnosphere, their cultural heritage, uprooted themselves, and came over to this side. 
Everybody remained silent when that genocide and ethnic cleansing was repeated in Kashmir in the 1990s, pretending as if nothing had happened.
And everybody remains silent -- in fact the world remains silent -- even when a country built on genocide and ethnic cleansing openly invokes the pernicious ‘two-nation theory’.
In the deluded world to whose evil delusions the Republic of India has contributed the most, the ‘two-nation theory’ is a ‘progressive’ thing and thousands of years of Bharatiyata's proven syncretism is ‘Hindu fascism’!
‘Virtue’ is also on the side of imperial British who destroyed societies and cultures across the world; their propaganda arm BBC continues to lecture India (that they raped for over a century) on human rights!
False histories were written, often with a ‘Leftist’ twist, to hide the actual fascism and supremacism and to justify the ethnic cleansing of Hindus/Sikhs, such as the victims being portrayed as those who hogged productive assets and businesses or as ‘money-lenders’ exploiting ‘poor’ Muslims.
This ‘money-lender’ excuse is the most curious (and of course mendacious); you find it as a recurrent theme in the ethnic cleansing of ‘Hindus/Sikhs’ in 1947 as well as in the ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits in 1990s. 
In a talk he gave recently at Pondy Lit Fest, senior journalist Rahul Pandita said Indian 'intelligentsia' have made popular the narrative that Kashmiri Pandit community deserved to be hounded out of the valley because they hogged the best jobs available and were money-lenders.
Pandita's talk, by the way, is one of a few instances of the actual victims telling their stories I have heard recently, which is still not anything significant. 
The silence continues, by and large.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Pakistan sought to Islamize Bangla by removing Sanskrit words and getting Bengalis to write their language in Arabic!

After Pakistan’s creation in 1947, the ruling elite (led by 'Gujarati' Muhammad Ali Jinnah) attempted to ‘Islamize’ Bengali language and culture by banishing Sanskrit and Sanskrit-origin words from the language and replacing the Bengali script with the Arabic script.
The following is what Pakistani scholar Dr. Tariq Rahman wrote in a paper titled ‘Government Policies and the Politics of the Teaching of Urdu in Pakistan’.
Included as part of the drive toward creating a Pakistani-Muslim identity was the marginalization of the indigenous languages of Pakistan.

As already mentioned, Bengali posed the greatest threat since it was the language of most Pakistanis according to the census of 1951.

The state marginalized these languages by implementing several language planning policies (LP)...

Urdu in East Bengal: Among the corpus planning activities undertaken by the state in East Bengal was the Islamization of Bengali. 

The East Bengal government set up a language committee on 7 December 1950 and this committee recommended the use of non-Sanskritized Bengali. 
However, as far back as 1948 East Bengalis had begun to mistrust such changes.

Above all they feared that the script of their language, being very close to the Devanagari script of Hindi, would be changed to the Perso-Arabic Nasta'liq script of Urdu. 
Such apprehensions were expressed in the legislative assembly, in the press and by the students of Dhaka University.

The government, thereupon, took no action, although the apprehensions expressed had not been entirely unwarranted.

Even as late as 21 January 1952, exactly a month before the language crisis led to riots in Dhaka, the fourth meeting of the Urdu Committee, with Abdul Haq as chair, recommended that a uniform script be adopted for the national and “regional” languages.

Bengali, the majority language of Pakistan at that time, was classified as a “regional” language and the idea that its script should be changed was mooted at various levels.

A small experiment, involving the teaching of Arabic, was, indeed, conducted in this regard. The central government established “twenty adult education centres in different parts of East Pakistan to teach primary Bengali through Arabic script".

However, since 1940 the medium of instruction in the high schools had been Bengali in the Devanagari-based script, this experiment failed. 

Apart from this, in 1950-51 Urdu was “introduced as an additional compulsory subject from class V”. 

Surprisingly, however, the East Bengal Report on Public Instruction 1952-53 was silent about the greatest upheaval of its time -- the Bengali language movement of 1952. Indeed, the report confined itself to the following laconic, and under the circumstances rather perverse, statement:

Urdu, then the proposed only state Language of Pakistan was introduced in Middle classes as a compulsory subject. English was, however, abolished up to [sic] class V which was now merged into the primary stage.

The report of 1953-54 also stated without remorse that Urdu had been added “from class IV to upward as a compulsory subject [in some areas] and as an optional subject in [certain other areas]”.

Thus, Bengali-speaking students had to learn Urdu even after their own language, Bengali, had become the other national language of Pakistan.

While official documents declared that Urdu was compulsory for Bengalis just as Bengali was compulsory for “Urdu-speaking pupils,” the fact was that state support made Urdu much more ubiquitous in Pakistani cities, especially in the official domains, than any other Pakistani language.

Thus, anyone with any social ambition found it necessary to learn Urdu.

This meant that pragmatic people, even if they were Bengali language activists, had to learn Urdu, and they felt that their language, and thus their identity, were unjustly marginalized because of an intentionally harmful language-teaching policy.

The Bengali language movement did not lead to any fundamental changes in the centrist policies of the ruling élite. Indeed, the very worst took place instead.

The consolidation of the provinces of the western wing into one unit, the province of West Pakistan, in 1955, presented a united front to East Pakistan. 

While confronting Bengali ethnicity in this manner, the policy also provoked the nationalists in West Pakistan – the Sindhi, Pakhtun and Balochi-Brahvi ethno-nationalists – to confront the Punjabi-Mohajir dominated center even more aggressively than before.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

"Hindus are openly killing Muslims in India," is how Harsh Mander would've put this news!

An apparently false report about an alleged murder in Delhi -- phrased in incredibly communal and hate-filled words -- is circulating across the world as an 'evidence' of Hindus' openly killing and lynching Muslims throughout India.

The report claims that Brahmins in Maujpur locality in Delhi killed a Thakur boy only because the boy had a Muslim-sounding name.

The details are so flimsy, tendentious and poisonously phrased that the entire story cannot be anything but a whopping lie, if someone were to fact-check it.

The entire story is based on what the reporter presents as the statements of the victims' mother. Neither police, nor anyone else has been spoken to.


The story is tweeted by Arjun Sethi, a US-based hatemonger and fake news disseminator, who is most likely a Khalistani masquerading as a "human rights lawyer".

(Arjun Sethi's tweet has so far been retweeted 557 times, 'liked' by 772 people, and so must have been seen by hundreds of thousands of people across the world -- great material for Imran Khan for his next speech for the international audience!)


The story has been reported by Zafar Aafaq and published in Caravan Daily, a little known publication, not to be confused with Caravan magazine.

The Editor of this little known publication is Aijaz Syed and Associate Editor is Behzad Parvez.

The Patrons of this publications include some of India's best known spreaders of communal hatred like Teesta Setalvad, Ram Puniyani, Subhash Gatade, and John Dayal.


This report puts me in mind of Harsh Mander, one of the most virulent liars and hatemongers in India today (in the ranks of which I include people like Kavita Krishnan, Hartosh Singh Bal, Aditya Menon, Apoorvanand, A.G. Noorani, and Siddharth Varadarajan).

Harsh Mander has long been saying in his articles that in today's India 'Hindus are openly killing Muslims'.


The following is how I think Harsh Mander would describe this allegedly 'open and routine genocide' of Muslims at the hands of Hindus.

"Hindus in India go about their daily business with guns in their hip pockets. As soon as they learn that some auto-rickshaw wallah or street-side vendor looks or sounds like a Muslim. They simply pull out their gun from their hip pocket, kill the Muslim-sounding person, blow the smoke off the gun, put it back in their hip pocket, and resume going about their daily business."


Monday, September 16, 2019

Haripur Hazara and its Pashtun son who sowed the wind

This is the town -- named after Hari Singh Nalwa (1791-1837) -- where my father was born.
It's in a district (with the same name) where Ayub Khan (1907-1974) -- who brought first military rule upon Pakistan -- hailed from. 
(Ayub Khan's son Gohar Ayub Khan is former foreign minister of Pakistan. Wikipedia describes him also as a "business oligarch" with personal wealth of $15 million.) 
Wikipedia says Ayub Khan belonged to an ethnic Pashtun tribe.
Haripur is also the place where Pashtun nationalists and Members of National Assembly (MNAs) Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar (as well as other members of Pashtun Tahafuz Movement or PTM) have been jailed since May 2019.
PTM's sloganयह जो दहशतगर्दी है, इसके पीछे वर्दी है (Behind terrorism are men in military fatigues).
Dress code issued for schoolgirls in Haripur
(Dawn, 14 September 2019)
HARIPUR: The district education office has made it mandatory for all girl students of government schools in Haripur to wear an abaya, gown or chador, drawing a mixed reaction from locals.
A circular issued earlier this week by Samina Altaf, District Education Officer, asked all principals and headmistresses of government schools to ensure that girl students wore an abaya, gown or chador.
“Instruct all students to use gown/abaya or chador to veil/conceal/cover up their-self in order to protect them from any unethical incident,” the circular said.
Repeated attempts to seek comments from the officer concerned were unsuccessful. However, one of her subordinates confirmed that the circular was genuine.
“It was necessary to protect girl students from a growing number of complaints of eve-teasing and harassment,” she said.
“A good number of girl students have developed a habit of wearing dupatta or ‘half chador’, which is not sufficient to cover their bodies,” the official added. In reply to a question, she said since providing police protection to girl students at every nook and corner was not possible, the administration had decided to make it binding upon them to observe “proper purdah for their safety”.
Commenting on the circular, Umar Farooq, a social activist and office-bearer of Rawadari Tehreek, criticised the decision. “Instead of ensuring the safety of girl students, the authorities have bound them to dress against their will,” he said.
The social activist stressed the need for effecting a gradual change in social attitudes and for educating girls and boys both to respect each other.
But Muhammad Sohail, whose daughter is a class X student, supported the move. “It will certainly help bring down complaints of harassment. The government should have made the decision much earlier,” he observed.
Naveed Khan, father of two school-going daughters, called the initiative laudable.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

The stories of Pooja Kumari of Pakistan and Pooja Singh of India

There lived a girl called Pooja Kumari in Pakistan.
There lived a girl called Pooja Singh in India.
They are probably still alive.
14-year-old Pooja Kumari has been converted to Islam [seen in conversion certificate].
The police failed to recover her, and Sindh govt. child marriage act didn’t apply to Hindu girls.
Will the state let parents know as to why police couldn’t recover her?
12:18 AM - 18 Jul 2019
Pooja Kumari, 14, was abducted nearby Hyderabad, in July 2019.
Now - another girl whose name Payal, 15, has been abducted from Tando Mohammad Khan on 30 August, 2019. The police have lodged FIR.
Sindh government: what about your child marriage law?
9:11 AM - 4 Sep 2019
फिर सामने आया लव जिहाद, शादी के बाद धर्मांतरण का दबाव, अदालत की शरण में पीड़िता
(Published in Dainik Jagran, 04 September 2019)
धनबाद (झारखण्ड): सिंदरी निवासी पूजा सिंह ने शहरपुरा सिंदरी के कामरान अहमद खान (पति), अली मोहम्मद खान (ससुर) एवं साजिया इमरान खान (जेठानी) के खिलाफ अदालत में जबरन धर्म परिवर्तन के लिए मारपीट प्रताडि़त करने का आरोप लगाते हुए मुकदमा दायर किया है। पूजा के अधिवक्ता सुबोध कुमार ने बताया कि अदालत ने सुनवाई के लिए बुधवार की तारीख निर्धारित की है।
अदालत में दायर शिकायतवाद के मुताबिक पूजा सिंह ने आरोप लगाया है कि उसने कामरान अहमद खान के साथ 2 जुलाई 13 को शादी की थी। शादी के वक्त शपथ पत्र दायर किया था कि वह हिंदू रीति रिवाज को ही मानेगी और उसपर धर्मांतरण के लिए दबाव नहीं बनाया जाएगा। 
उसके पति कामरान दिल्ली चले गए और वह सिंदरी में रहने लगी। शादी के डेढ़ माह बाद उसके ससुर अली अहमद खान उसे ताना देने लगे कि तुम मुसलमान हो। इसका पालन करो। वहीं साजिया इमरान खान ने उससे कहा कि नौटंकी बंद करो। 
पूजा ने आरोप लगाया कि 20 जून 17 को जब वह पूजा करने गई तो उसके ससुर ने सामान को फेंक दिया था और कहा कि ड्रामा बंद करो। मुस्लिम की तरह रहो। जब इस बात की भी सूचना उसने अपने पति को दी तो उसके पति ने भी कहा कि जो कहा जा रहा है चुपचाप उसे मानो। बाद में उसके साथ मारपीट की गई और आभूषण छीन कर घर से निकाल दिया गया। 
पीडि़ता ने आरोप लगाया है कि 1 सितंबर 19 की रात्रि 7:00 बजे जब वह अपने मायके में थी, तो उसके पति और ससुर वहां आए और उसे गाली गलौज और मारपीट करने लगे और कहा कि दांपत्य जीवन बिताना है तो मुस्लिम धर्म कबूल करो। पीडि़ता ने इसकी शिकायत थाने में की जहां से उसे कोर्ट जाने को कहा गया।
Nupur J Sharma
‘Live like a Muslim, stop this drama of Hinduism’: Pooja Singh harassed by husband Kamran and in-laws for not converting to Islam
1:50 AM - 5 Sep 2019

Chandri Kolhi of Mirpur Khas (Sindh) has just been rid of her Kafirhood!

Kapil Dev @KDSindhi Another day, another #Hindu girl forcibly converted Chandri Kolhi from Noukot, Mirpurkhas, was abducted, convert...