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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Threat of Islamisation of India

Few days back along with one of my friend and national convener of new emerging political formation Yuwa Dal (Youth party)Vinay Kumar Singh I visited diamond harbour jail in west Bengal situated some more than hundred miles away from holy Hindu pilgrim place called Gangasagar. Occasion and motive of our visit was obvious as we have to meet leader of Hindu Samhati Tapan Ghosh who had been put behind bars under some non-bailable offence after a communally charged muslim mob attacked workshop of Hindu Smahati on 12th of June in Gangasagar. Our visit has journalistic motivation rather than any political. After this attack lot of versions came out in various articles in several websites but this incident had no coverage in so called mainstream media.After visiting West Bengal and meeting to workers of Hindu Samhati along with jail officials and local journalist it was quite clear why this incident did not has any coverage in mainstream media. First it was very normal incident which happened and in some way it was below normal because it had no causality and according to people of that state which is ruled by communists for more than decades and decades with its identity of political blood shedding rather than development or industrialization witness attack on political opponents of communists on regular basis and because of zero causality in the incident of 12 June in no way was a news for newspapers in West Bengal. So called national media or mainstream media refrained from giving coverage to this incident with fear of antagonizing establishment and government in centre, if they had to take cognizance of this incident they have to recognize the feud between Hindus and Muslims which aggravates the debate on communal status of the state so mainstream media adopted the middle path not to engage itself in the debate of relationship of Hindu and Muslims in West Bengal. But thanks to evolution of alternate media in the form of several websites and groups on various domains that ignite this debate and exchanged information between them.

When we visited West Bengal and met various organizations and people we were able to realize the gravity of the situation and meaning behind this incident. Motivation and provocation of this incident had been described in various articles and I am in no mood to repeat those things but some sensational facts which we gathered were certainly has some indications for future of relations of Hindus and Muslims in India.

Gangasagar is a holy pilgrimage for Hindus and around this place one Islamist mafia Ismail Sheikh has full control in this area and earns millions of millions rupees with controlling the water supply of this area and distributing the water to neighboring villages but in return this Islamist figure has no respect for Hindu sentiments as he instigate other Muslims to sell beef openly in pilgrimage area knowing well that Hindus have keeps high regard for cow and they find it sacred in their religion. In various pilgrimage areas in India selling beef is prohibited but in this particular place Muslims breach this norm only to tease Hindus as well showing their monopoly in those areas. Islamist figure Ismail Sheikh with help of a local communist leader SukhRam Panda when stimulated the attack on Hindus who were participating in a workshop it was first naked attack on Hindus with nexus of red and green or you say it nexus of communists and Islamists.

Story does not end here when we visited daimaond harbour jail we were shocked to some new facts for which we were not ready. A Hindu who was earlier in that particular jail for one month told us few things which were not less than shocking. In Daimond harbour jail there is a cell no.7 which has exclusively Muslim prisoners and that cell has been converted into Islamic cell as all the prisoners has circled some area of floor of that cell with blanket and call that area “Blanket Mosque”. Nobody has any objection to any prisoner if he prays according to his faith in prison but all the kafirs has been prohibited to use bath room or toilet of that so-called Blanket Mosque area not only kafirs are being prohibited they are being forced to use their right hand to wash toilet or cleanse themselves which is barred according to Hindu religion as Hindus are being allowed only to use their left hand for toilet cleansing. These incidents were shocking only because they indicate something and which has some bigger meanings. Muslims in India are not ready to respect the sentiments of Hindus and peace is possible with them on only one condition that Hindus should become submissive and submit themselves to Islamic faith.

When we were on the visit of West Bengal Kashmir boiled on the issue of another Hindu pilgrimage issue. A holy and prestigious pilgrimage place situated in Kashmir and related to one of prominent Hindu deity “Shiva” called Amarnath another name of Shiva came under fire of Islamist forces. All this fuss started when regulatory body of Amarnath Pilgrimage Amarnath shrine board was allotted 40 hectare land in Kashmir to construct some temporary residential places in form of camps for pilgrims. In year 2000 government of J&K at that time headed by national conference formed Amarnath Shrine Board which is responsible to governor of state not government which later took over the responsibility of management of pilgrimage which now last for two months. When outgoing governor of J&K general S.K. Sinha allotted this forest land to shrine board some separatist groups and Islamist groups objected to this allotment as it would disturb echo atmosphere of valley. When CEO of shrine board Arun Kumar countered this argument with Hindu pollution vs Muslim pollution and made allegations that in Dull lake of valley Muslims are already habited and echo system is getting affected so how Hindus pilgrims could not be allowed to habitat in temporary camps during their pilgrimage. This statement came under fire and separatist and pro-Pakistani groups as Hurriyat conference and other political parties in Kashmir which have sympathy for Pakistan as per example PDP tried to vitiate the communal atmosphere of valley with provocative statements that government is trying to habitat Hindus in valley to disturb the demography of state. This statement exposes these groups and put big question mark on their crocodile tears for Kashmiri Hindus who have systematically annihilated from valley to pave the way for Islamisation of valley. From time to time these organizations claim that they are very much supportive of the idea that Kashmiri Hindus should return to valley as Kashmir has a different culture of Kashmiriyat but these sponsored protests against Hindu pilgrimage tells story in itself about their deception and motive.

India is Hindu majority state but Muslims have been given equal status here even in application of their sharia they are being given full freedom in the name of personal law and they don’t follow land of law and challenge Supreme court of India not to dare interfere in their matters as divorce, marriage, polygamy, adaptation etc. Their waqf boards have full autonomy; these institutions are out of purview of land of law. Their pilgrimage of Haj has been awarded with state subsidy but these Muslims don’t respect Hindu sentiments. In one of TV channel in discussion with this controversial leader of JKLF and former terrorist Yasseen Malik given byte that our objection is for management of this pilgrimage. According to this terrorist leader who was once name of terror in 1980’s in valley for Hindus and main figure to compel Hindus to leave the valley told news channel that Amarnath shrine board had tradition for last sixty years to have management of this pilgrimage in hands of Muslims and get some amount of royalty from this pilgrimage which ultimately culminates in employment of hundreds and thousands of youths. At the same time if Yaseen Malik would have been asked if he has allowed Hindus to get management of Ajamer Shrif in Rajsthan, or management of WAQF board or Haj pilgrimage their answers is obvious big no. Then why management of Hindu pilgrims in Muslim hands only because they have mentality of Islamism and Islamic supremacy.

Our visit of West Bengal has experienced us that this state is under threat of Communists-Islamist take over with threat of Islamisation of India. This is not the story of West Bengal alone. Along with border areas of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal nexus of Maoists and Islamists building huge infrastructure to take over India with design of Islamism and Maoism. West Bengal is flooded with Bangladeshi Muslim infiltrators as earlier they were welcomed by communists as their potential vote bank and later on they are most vulnerable to Islamist recruitment. Border areas of India along with Bangladesh with border areas of states of Bihar, West Bengal and Assam has become potential threat for national security as demography of some districts has changed so miraculously with growth of more than 100 or 200%. On the one hand Bangladeshi infiltrators has been welcomed by political parties in West Bengal and Assam with garland in their hands and the other hand more than 10 million Hindus in these two states still struggling for their status as citizen of India. Hindus have only one state in the form of India which they claim as their homeland but in their own home they are being disowned because of their Hindu identity. Now if you visit India you would come to know Hindus are under seize, they are afraid, they are on the verge of another partition of their motherland in the name of religion. All this is happening due to Muslim appeasement and wrong interpretation of secularism which has become synonymous to Muslim appeasement.

Threat of Islamisation of India has some implications for world as well as India is the only democracy with pluralistic view between Tel Aviv to New Delhi. If this nation also comes under Islamic rule or disintegrate in another states on religious ground there would be no hope of democracy and free world in this world. Threat of Islamisation of India is not only threat of India it is a threat for civilized world as well. Need of the hour is to bring all civilized people and nation under one umbrella to fight against Islamisation of this world which has become gravest threat for civilized world in modern history after down fall of communism and fascism.

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At 7/03/2008 02:10:00 PM, Blogger akhter said...

By Tinku Ray
BBC News, Delhi

Elderly women in India
There are more than 70 million pensioners in India

In India's financial capital, Mumbai (Bombay), Laxmibai Laxmidas Paleja lies on a low cot with a thin sheet over her.

She's 92 and very frail and there are obvious bruises on her face. She also has swelling around her eyes, nose and mouth.

"My grandson and my daughter-in-law started abusing me. And they said, 'I'll kill you, I'll kill you'," she says.

"I'm old. I couldn't defend myself. I was bleeding all over. I've got bruises all over my body. Then they just bundled me in a car and dumped me here at my daughter's house."

Grandson Vinay Paleja denies the accusation.

Laxmibai Paleja
Laxmibai Paleja's face is covered in bruises

"No, I never touched my grandmother. She hurt herself and I don't know why she's making these accusations against us."

While recovering at her daughter's house, Laxmibai Paleja says she now has nothing.

She agreed to sell her land and gold to pay for medical treatment for herself and her son. But none of the money was used for the purpose, she says.

The case will probably go to court, but getting to this stage takes a long time in India. Laxmibai Paleja may not even be alive by the time it is resolved.

Rising abuse

There has been a steady rise recently in reports of cases of elderly being abused, harassed and abandoned in India.

Traditionally older people has been revered in India, signified by the touching of their feet by the younger generation.


They have to make up their mind if they want criminal action - but then they will have to forget their family ties
Kewal Singh, Delhi police

Prime ministers and presidents have almost always been senior citizens.

Joint family systems - where three or more generations lived under one roof - were a strong support network for the elderly.

But more children are now leaving their parental homes to set up their own.

Sociologists say the pressures of modern life and the more individualistic aspirations of the young are among reasons why the elderly are being abandoned or, in some cases, abused.

Alarmed by what's happening to some of the elderly, the Indian government recently introduced a new law.

The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Bill provides for up to three months' imprisonment for those who do not take care of their parents.

Court orders will also be used to force children to pay maintenance for their elderly parents.

HelpAge India is the biggest non-governmental organisation in the country which campaigns for the rights of the elderly.

It recently launched a helpline in Delhi which has received hundreds of calls since its inception.

The organisation's own research suggests nearly 40% of senior citizens living with their families are facing emotional or physical abuse.

But only one in six cases comes to light, the study showed.

Kewal Singh, of the senior citizens' cell at Delhi police, says it is not easy for parents to prosecute their children.

"First they have to make up their mind if they want criminal action. But then they will have to forget their family ties," he says.

"But if they want to maintain and retain those family ties, then the situation will be different. There's always a conflict between the law and emotions in these circumstances."

Left to die

The problem is not confined to India's cities.

I travelled to the southern state of Tamil Nadu, to a town called Erode. Last year a 75-year-old grandmother, Chinnamal Palaniappan, was found on a rubbish dump just outside the town.

She had allegedly been dumped there by her grandsons and died a few days later.

Palaniappan's daughter, Tulsi, and her husband live in a one-room house with a thatched roof.

An old age home in India
The government is building more than 600 old people's homes

There are two beds, electricity and a government gifted free colour television. But it is obvious their home is the poorest in the neighbourhood.

"My mother was living comfortably with us for a very long period and all of a sudden on one particular night she went mad and she kept on talking through the night," Tulsi says.

"I got annoyed and told her not to shout or speak further. But she wouldn't stop. Suddenly I found her missing and heard she had walked out of the house.

"We did not do anything, people have cooked up stories. My mother was mentally unbalanced," Tulsi insists.

Law steps in

Poverty and search for work are two main reasons rural elders are being left behind. So many of them have to rely on charities for food and medical help.

There are more than 70 million senior citizens in India and the figure is set to grow to well over a 100 million in the next 25 years.

Consequently, the number of old age homes is growing dramatically.

The government has ordered the construction of more than 600 across the country.

This is the first project of its kind undertaken by the government - a sign that it has already recognised the reality that more elderly people will need assistance in the future.

The government also hopes the new law will act as a deterrent.

But Matthew Cherian, chief executive of HelpAge India, says it is not going to prevent families from breaking up.

"You're not going to get back to the joint family system. We have to get into more and more old age homes.

"At HelpAge India, 30 years ago when we started supporting old age homes, everybody said this was a Western concept. Today everybody accepts this is not a Western concept, this is the reality."




INDIA BABY GIRL DEATHS INCREASE!!

The number of girls born and surviving in India has hit an all time low compared to boys, ActionAid says.

A report by the UK charity says increasing numbers of female foetuses were being aborted and baby girls deliberately neglected and left to die.

In one site in the Punjab state, there are just 300 girls to every 1,000 boys among higher caste families, it says.

ActionAid says India faces a "bleak" future if it does not end its practice of cultural preference for boys.

Girls 'condemned'

ActionAid teamed up with Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to produce the Disappearing Daughters report.

More than 6,000 households in sites across five states in north-western India were interviewed and statistical comparisons were made with national census date.


The real horror of the situation is that for women avoiding having daughters is a rational choice
Laura Turquet, ActionAid

Under "normal" circumstances, there should be about 950 girls for every 1,000 boys, the charity said.

But it said that in three of the five sites, that number was below 800.

In four of the five sites surveyed, the proportion of girls to boys had declined since a 2001 census, the report said.

The research also found that ratios of girls to boys were declining fastest in comparatively prosperous urban areas.

ActionAid suggested the increasing use of ultrasound technology may be a factor in the trend.

The document says that Indian woman are put under intense pressure to produce sons, in a culture that predominantly views girls as a burden rather than an asset.

It says many families now use ultrasound scans and abort female foetuses, despite the existence of the 1994 law banning gender selection and selective abortion.

The charity also blames other illegal practices - such as allowing the umbilical cord to become infected - for the growing gender imbalance.

"The real horror of the situation is that, for women, avoiding having daughters is a rational choice. But for wider society it's creating an appalling and desperate state of affairs," Laura Turquet, women's rights policy official at ActionAid said.

"In the long term, cultural attitudes need to change. India must address economic and social barriers including property rights, marriage dowries and gender roles that condemn girls before they are even born.

"If we don't act now the future looks bleak," Ms Turquet said.

Some 10 million female foetuses have been aborted in India in the past 20 years, the British medical journal the Lancet has said.

 

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