Archive for: May 2014

Wither The Indian Muslim Leadership?

Why were Muslims directed in Bijnor to vote enbloc for a candidate, who had at least eleven cases, pending against him in court — including cases of murder, rape and of involvement in riots.

Great Indian Freedom Fighter and religious scholar of high repute, Maulana Mehmood-ul-Hasan is known, the world over for his staunch and constant opposition to the British regime and his unmatched sacrifices for the nation. He was bestowed with the title of ‘Sheikhul-Hind’ (to be simply translated as Master of the Nation). He was imprisoned by the British in Malta Islands, hence, he became popular as the ‘Prisoner of Malta’. He was one of the founders of Jamiat-ul-Ulema-e-Hind, the foremost Religious and Social Organisation, which is one of the most organised Muslim Organisations in India, with a national network. Maulana Mehmood-ul-Hasan was succeeded by his close disciple, Maulana Husain Ahmad Madani, a great freedom fighter, in his own right. He was the Principal Teacher at Darul Uloom Deoband, the world famous Islamic University and President of Jamiat-ul-Ulema-e-Hind. He inherited the rich legacy of his mentor. He was aptly bestowed with the title of Sheikhul-Islam (simply translated as Master of Islamic Knowledge). The two — the teacher and his disciple — are the stalwarts, in the galaxy of great freedom fighters in our country.
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Muhammad Adeeb
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The emasculating effect of ahimsa! (Part 1)

“Banyaon ka mulk hai. Woh log hamara kya ukhad lenge?” This is how people in the upper echelons of power in Pakistan speak about India, according to Brajesh Mishra, the former National Security Advisor. He stated this without so much as batting an eyelid on a popular TV show. Lest you wonder why our not-so-friendly neighbours from the north-west have referred to us as ‘baniyas’, well, the thinly veiled reference, obviously, is to the caste of the father of our nation.

Bapu has been accorded demi-god status in our country and a pre-eminent position in the pantheon of Indian leaders. So, the automatic implication and extension of this nationalistic metaphor is that all Indians are Bapu’s children. Hence, we are all Baniyas. No, this is no laughing matter. You would miss the point completely if you think the Pakistanis were scoffing at Bapu’s caste and grafting it on to the rest of the Indian populace, Manu and his social stratification notwithstanding. If that had really been the case, we could comfortably have dismissed it as a rank bad joke of an inebriated mind somewhere in the secretive cocktail circuit of Pakistan. Continue Reading..


Cliff Samuel
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