Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Triple Talaq Bill: The 'Gutter' raises a stink!

Rajya Sabha clears Triple Talaq Bill; Opposition absentees, walkout by AIADMK and JD(U) help NDA in Upper House
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Arfa Khanum Sherwani
@khanumarfa
Let there be no doubt #TripleTalaqBill is an extension of Modi govt’s anti-Muslim politics.
It is not only against Muslim men but against Muslim women as well.
It satisfies only one agenda of this govt-
Demonise Muslim men, Patronise Muslims women.
And appease the Hindu vote bank.
8:26 AM - 30 Jul 2019 from New Delhi, India
https://twitter.com/khanumarfa/status/1156224616207192064
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shahid Siddiqui
@shahid_siddiqui
BJP is mixing Talaq e bidat which is UnIslamic with its wrongful law. We oppose the triple Talaq unconditionally. But the Law is misplaced, unnecessary. It’s not to empower Muslim women but to demonise Muslim men & destroy Muslim society.
5:12 AM - 30 Jul 2019 
https://twitter.com/shahid_siddiqui/status/1156175727915442176
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Faisal Farooque of Mumbai writes in Pakistani online magazine Hum Sub on 31 July 2019.
طلاق ثلاثہ بل: بھارتی اقلیتوں کو نشانہ بنانے کا بہانہ ہے
तलाक़ सलासा बिल: भारती अक़लियतों को निशाना बनाने का बहाना है 
Triple Talaq Bill is a ruse to target India's minorities.
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Bangladesh is well on its way to becoming 100 per cent peaceful!

"There will be no Hindus left in Bangladesh in the next 30 years," says Prof. Abul Barkat of Dhaka University, who wrote 'Deprivation of Hindu Minority in Bangladesh: Living with Vested Property' (published 2008).

“The rate of the exodus over the past 49 years points to that direction,” he told the Dhaka Tribune. 

From 1964 to 2013, around 11.3 million Hindus were compelled to flee Bangladesh due to religious persecution.

Before the Liberation War, the daily rate of migration was 705 while it was 512 during 1971-1981 and 438 during 1981-1991.

The number increased to 767 persons each day during 1991-2001 while around 774 persons left the country during 2001-2012.

Barkat’s study found that most of the Hindus fled Bangladesh during the Pakistani occupation of the country. 

According to Shipan Kumer Basu, the President of the World Hindu Struggle Committee, “Pakistan’s feudal and military rulers were born anti Bengali language and anti-Bengali. In any way, if the vast majority of Hindus are displaced, it would be easy to rule by dividing the non-communal Bengali nation. From this point of view, the Pakistani military issued the Enemy Property Act in 1965, using the Pakistan-India war as an excuse.”

“Following that, 2.6 million acres of the original ownership of the Hindu community has been occupied or evicted,” Basu added. 

“Of the 2.6 million acres, about 82 per cent is agricultural land, 29 per cent is homestead, four per cent is gardens, three per cent are waterfalls, one per cent are ponds and 19 per cent of other lands were occupied. 

Abul Barkat mentioned in his study that the financial loss of the land and water and transferable assets under the Arms Vested Property Act amounted to Tk 650 million.”

Even though Barkat’s study found that most of the Hindus fled Bangladesh during the Pakistani occupation of the country, Dhaka University Professor Ajoy Roy told the Dhaka Tribune that due to the Vested Property Act, which led to the present government taking over the Hindu properties that the Pakistani regime seized as enemy property, 60 per cent of the Hindus were left landless and this is one of the reasons that prompted their mass migration from the country.
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Shelley Feldman of Cornell University wrote:

Following the 1947 partition of India into the predominantly Muslim state of Pakistan, including its East and West Wings, and the Hindu majority state of India, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder and first governor general of Pakistan, initially repudiated the theocratic foundations of the Pakistani state, noting that, ‘You may belong to any religion or caste or creed. That has nothing to do with the business of the state. We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of the state’. 

But despite this proclamation, he soon thereafter attempted to build a nationalist project in an idiom of a shared Urdu language, ostensibly to create a sense of collective belonging that would bring the East and West Wings together. 

The argument against Bengali, and for Urdu, was that Bengali did not comport with the construction of a national narrative articulated in the sacralized language and cultural traditions of Islam. 

At this time, the Hindu population was estimated to be between 10 and 12 million with Muslims accounting for 32 million. 

Thus, introducing Urdu as the lingua franca was a response to the perceived threat of Bengali nationalism in the East, where Bengali language and culture were infused with Hindu religious and linguistic idioms, and a significant proportion of the population was Hindu. 

This language initiative can thus be understood as an effort to mark Hindus as a community distinct from East Bengal’s Muslim majority.
In addition to the 1948 struggle against Urdu, the 1949 effort to introduce the Arabic script instead of the Sanskritized Devanagari Bengali script, led to the Language Movement — Bhasha Andolan — in East Pakistan. 

The Movement sought recognition of the East as a multi-religious community whose mark of national belonging was shared language rather than religious identity.

A bloody battle ensued following a five-year struggle against the imposition of Urdu as the lingua franca. A number of university students were killed and today, for many Bengalis, Hindus and Muslims alike, Ekushy, 21 February, remains a hallmark of national pride.

Struggles over recognition of the multiethnic character of East Pakistan, and the particular place of Hindus in the body politic, also included the State’s proposal for a separate electorate for minorities. 

But Bengali Muslims and Hindus alike rejected this proposal, even as a 1956 Constitutional provision only allowed Muslims to serve as the president of Pakistan. 

Arguing against the proposal were Basant Kumar Das, Peter Paul Gomez and B.K. Dutta, as well as H.S. Suhrawardy and Mujib-ur-Rahman,all members of the Constituent Assembly that included Hindus, Christians, and Muslims. 

They claimed that the proposal would relegate minorities to the status of second-class citizens and, significantly, would put Muslims residing in India at risk, since the politics of the period reflected an implicit or explicit engagement with policies in India.

Passage of The East Bengal (Emergency) Requisition of Property Act (XIII of 1948)13 was Jinnah’s final action aimed at marking Hindus as second-class citizens. 

The Act empowered the government to ‘acquire, either on a temporary or permanent basis, any property it considered needful for the administration of the state’. 

Although claimed to be necessary to meet the administrative needs of the newly independent province, including the need to accommodate government offices and civil servants, it also obfuscated illegal appropriations, particularly of Hindus. 

According to Lambert (1950), ‘80 percent of the urban property in East Bengal was in the hands of Hindus’, as were large estates. 

The value of real property and other assets assumed abandoned in East Pakistan ‘was officially estimated by the Chief Minister of West Bengal at 870 million rupees (US$ 182,700,000)’. 

Such unequal ownership of property helped to publically justify state confiscations without compensation.
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Jogendra Nath Mandal (1904-1968) was one of the founding fathers of Pakistan. He belonged to a Dalit Hindu community. Mandal served as Pakistan's first minister of law and labour; he was also second minister of commonwealth and Kashmir affairs.

Mandal migrated to India a few years after Partition after submitting his resignation to Liaquat Ali Khan, the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, citing the anti-Hindu bias of Pakistani administration.

The following is a short excerpt from the lengthy resignation letter, dated 08 Oct. 1950, he wrote to Liaquat Ali Khan. 

"What is today the condition in East Bengal? About fifty lakhs of Hindus have left since the partition of the country. 

Apart from the East Bengal riot of last February, the reasons for such a large scale exodus of Hindus are many. The boycott by the Muslims of Hindu lawyers, medical practitioners, shop-keepers, traders and merchants has compelled Hindus to migrate to West Bengal in search of their means of livelihood. Wholesale requisition of Hindu houses even without following due process of law in many and non-payment of any rent whatsoever to the owners have compelled them to seek for Indian shelter. 

Payments of rent to Hindu landlords was stopped long before. Besides, the Ansars against whom I received complaints all over are a standing menace to the safety and security of Hindus. 

Inference in matters of education and methods adopted by the Education Authority for Islamisation frightened the teaching staff of Secondary Schools and Colleges out of their old familiar moorings. They have left East Bengal. As a result, most of the educational institutions have been closed. 

I have received information that sometime ago the Educational Authority issued circular in Secondary Schools enjoining compulsory participation of teachers and students of all communities in recitation from the Holy Koran before the school work commenced." 
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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Indians, develop your own knowledge and epistemology

India, that is Bharat, is the ultimate bastion of cultural autonomy, cultural freedom and cultural wisdom in the history of humanity.

Never in history has the humanity known anything better, which is why the Great Indian Cultural Matrix (or Bharatiyata) is the very last bulwark we have against the ultimate dystopia of cultural heteronomy, unfreedom and unwisdom.

And yet India has become degraded to the point that Indians themselves are striking at the very roots of their own cultural wisdom -- such as this silly woman Ira Trivedi who tells an interviewer that 'beef is the cheapest source of protein' and a solution to the 'huge problem of malnutrition'. 

She needs to read more (and more). 

In fact, she'd better stop reading altogether and instead spend a couple of years in a rural community in India (where she'd at the very least have an opportunity to learn the local Indian language and drop that affected English accent!).

Most Indians like us have neither any moral courage to stand up to the butcher's knife, which has long been wielded by people with an ethnocidal agenda, nor any moral imagination to enunciate a darshan of non-violence that will go beyond the sacred cow to include all animals -- indeed all of nature.

Compared to Indians like us, even George Monbiot (who writes for The Guardian) has for years been doing a better job of advocating "a shift from meat to a plant-based diet" -- even though his reasoning is bereft of the cultural wisdom that an Indian can invoke so very naturally.

Bear in mind that it's our communities and cultures -- not an individual person, nor abstract reasoning -- that are the ultimate repositories of wisdom. 

The so called West will continue its ludicrous routine of 'rediscovering' the cultural wisdom it kills every moment of its colonial-imperial existence through its academic and media overreach.

(It will, for instance, first 'discover' some kind of tragedy in the commons and then 'rediscover' the same commons through the eyes of someone who finds that commons aren't a tragedy after all.)

Thus, the colonial-imperial cycle of suppression of cultural wisdom followed by its 'rediscovery' ought to mean nothing to us. We should exercise our minds to develop our own knowledge and epistemology by drawing on the experience of our own communities and cultures.

That's the way to protecting, replenishing and recreating the cultural autonomy, freedom and wisdom that Bharatiyata has given the world.

After all a lot of our high-performing sports persons like Olympic silver medallist Sushil Kumar never had to go through the artificial Western routine of 'discovery' and 'rediscovery' to get the answer inherent in the question: 'How can one be as strong as an ox without eating meat?'

They had cultural wisdom.

So don't be impressed by factoids told a dime a dozen in affected English accent -- and remain rooted in Bharatiyata.

If we do that, the humanity stands a great chance of being saved from the ultimate dystopia of cultural heteronomy, unfreedom and unwisdom.
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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the Pakistani 'Sufi', has a message for 'Hindus' and 'Sikhs'

In this video, Pakistani Barelvi mullah Khadim Hussain Rizvi speaks on Kulbhushan Jadhav, Maharaja Ranjit Singh's statue at Lahore fort (unveiled last month), destruction of idols at Somnath Temple by Mahmud of Ghazni, and more.
Rizvi-led Tehreek-e-Labbaik held the whole country hostage for three weeks in Nov. 2017 through Faizabad dharna in Islamabad. Several people lost their lives in the unrest.
Rizvi is a staunch follower of Ahmad Raza Khan Barelvi (1856-1921) after whom is named the Barelvi brand of Islam -- indeed the so called 'Sufi Islam' which is glorified in India as paragon of tolerance and syncretism but which in actuality has been the criminal and ethnocidal arm of Islam for centuries.
Ahmad Raza Khan Barelvi was of course 'famous' (and glorified among Muslims) for his intense hatred for the Kafir 'Hindu'. Ayesha Jalal cites Ahmad Raza Khan Barelvi as having said that 'faced with the choice of giving water to a thirsty Kafir and a thirsty dog, the Momin (Muslim) should give it to the dog'.
The following are some excerpts from 'Sufi' Khadim Hussain Rizvi's utterances recorded in the video clip 4:29 minute onwards (Punjabi original followed by translation with my glosses).

इक़बाल नू समजो... ते दो-क़ौमी नज़रिया इक़बाल ने- पेश कीता... उस दो-क़ौमी नज़रिये नू समज के ते फ़ेर रनजीत सिंह दे मुजस्समे किले विच खड़े करो.
केड़ा रनजीत सिंह दी औलाद जी जेड़ा औदे मुजस्समे…? अस्सी ते हाँ मुजद्दिद-अलफ़-सानी दी औलाद विचों
केड़ा इथ्थे रनजीत सिंह दा पुत्तर जी जेड़ा औदे मुजस्समे नसब कर रेआ…? अस्सी ते हां महमूद ग़ज़नवी दी औलाद विचों, जेनू सोमनात दे मंदर उत्तेजद्दों वड्डा बुत्त तोड़न लग्गा ना सोमनात दा -- वड्डा बुत्त -- ते हिन्दुआं ने महमूद--ग़ज़नवी नू पेशकश कीती - बई बुत्त तोड़ यार; साड्डा रैणा कुज्ज नी; मंग की मंग दां... सोना मंग दां, हीरे मंग दां, जवाहिरात मंग दां, पैसा मंग दां, अशर्फ़ियाँ मंग दांमंग की मंगणइ।
ते महमूद--ग़ज़नवी तारीख़ी जुमला कया. ओने कया तुस्सी मैनू पैसे देके इस्स कम तों रोक नई सकदे। जिस नबी दा मैं कलमा पढ़या- बुत्त तोड़न आए,
बुत्त वेचण नई आए...
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केड़ा रनजीत सिंह दा पुत्तर जी जेड़ा बुत्त नसब कर रेयै? केड़ा उसदी नसल 'चों है इथ्थे पाकिस्तान '?
पाकिस्तान ते बणया- 'ला इलाहा इलअल्लाह--मुहम्मद--रसूलअल्लाह' दे नारे उत्ते।
अगर किसे नू रनजीत सिंह नाल प्यार ते अमरतसर चला जाएओनां नाल अपणी रिश्तेदारियां कड्डेइथ्थे ते मुहम्मद--अरबी दे ग़ुलाम रैंदे-.  
और रनजीत सिंह बारे इक़बाल की कैन्दा-?
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इक़बाल कैन्दा- जद्दों रनजीत सिंह दी हकूमत आई ते ओनां शरफ़-उन-निसा दी जेड़ी कबर दे उत्ते पया सी ना कुरआन (ओनां कुरआन ते तलवार रक्ख के उत्ते कबर बंद कर दीती सी)... कुरआन वी चुक्क के लै गए ते तलवार वी लै गए....
इक़बाल कैन्दा- उस दिन फ़ेर मुसलमान वी मर गए ते मुसलमानी वी मर गई - कि जेड़ा अपणी धी दी कबर ते रख्या होया सामान... ओदी हिफ़ाज़त कर सकन....
ऐस-दा तुस्सी मुजस्समा नसब करना चांदे-? मौल्वियां नू ते छड्ड देओ पैले इक़बाल तों- पुच्छ लैणा सी कि रनजीत सिंह कौण सी.... जिनने बादशाही मस्जिद नू अस्तबल बणाई रख्यासुनहरी मस्जिद नू अस्तबल बणाई रख्या... उत्थे (घोड़े) पेशाब करदे सन, लिद्द करदे सन
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Understand Iqbal. Understand the two-nation theory which Iqbal had presented and stop installing statues of Ranjit Singh at the (Lahore) fort.
Who among us is a descendant of Ranjit Singh here who wants to install his statue...? 
Not any of us for we are the descendants of Mujaddid-Alf-e-Sani (Renewer of Islam of the second Islamic millennium, the title of Ahmad Sirhindi, a 16th century 'Sufi').
[Ahmad Sirhindi “expressed his pleasure on the assassination of Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Sikh Guru, regarding it as an admirable step.”
Pakistani historian Mubarak Ali writes that Sirhindi wanted Mughal emperor Jahangir "to adopt a policy to humiliate Hindus" and believed that "the imposition of jizya rightly kept the infidels in a state of subordination".]
Who the hell is this son of Ranjit Singh here who has been installing his statues...? For we are among the descendants of Mahmud of Ghazni who set upon Somnath Temple... 
When he was about to destroy the grand idol at Somnath Temple, the Hindus made a proposal to him: 'Don't break our idols. We'll be left with nothing. Ask us anything. What do you want? Gold? Diamonds? Precious stones? Money? Ask us anything you want.
Mahmud of Ghazni made a historical response to that offer. He said, 'You can't stop me from carrying out this task by paying me money because the Prophet whose Kalima I've recited is one who came to destroy idols, not to sell idols'. 
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So who is this son of Ranjit Singh who is busy installing his statues? Who belongs to Ranjit Singh's race here in Pakistan?
The entire creation of Pakistan was based on the slogan: La ilaha il Allah Muhammadur rasulullah' ('There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah').
If anyone here has any affection for Ranjit Singh, he should go to Amritsar and explore his relationships with them... Not here. This is the country for the slaves of the Muhammad-e-Arabi.
And what does Iqbal say about Ranjit Singh?
(At this point, Khadim Hussain Rizvi cites the legend of Sharf-un-Nisa Begum whom Muhammad Iqbal had supposedly eulogized in a poem. Sharfun-Nisa Begum was a sister of the Subedar of Lahore, Nawab Zakariya Khan, who ruled the city in the reign of the Moghal emperor Muhammad Shah Rangila. 
Muslim legend - as related by Rizvi - has it that she was a staunch Muslim who believed that the message of Quran had always been accompanied by the power of sword. So when she died, a copy of Quran and a sword was placed on her sarcophagus, according to her will, and the building sealed from all sides. Muslims believe that Maharaja Ranjit Singh's forces desecrated the building.) 
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Iqbal says when Ranjit Singh rose to power, they broke into the building and took away the Quran and the sword. Iqbal says that day Musalmans died and so did their Musalmani (Muslimhood) because they failed to protect the stuff placed inside the tomb of their daughter.  
And you want his (Ranjit Singh's) statute to be installed (in Lahore)?
Leave aside the Maulvis, you should have consulted Iqbal to understand as to who Ranjit Singh was... the same Ranjit Singh who turned the Badshahi mosque and Sunehri mosque (in Lahore) into horse-stable where horses would urinate and defecate.

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