India out. GST war on islam. Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane as Morocco Premier (write to: abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com)

India out.

GST war on islam.

Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane as Morocco Premier

-DR. ABDUL RUFF

abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com

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Parliament in Rabat, Morocco, 20 November 2011

I – Poll

Moroccans have elected new lower house of parliament on 25 November, in the first national vote since the approval of constitutional reforms in July billed as laying the foundations for a fully-fledged constitutional monarchy. Moderate Islamists, as expected, did well the vote after a similar success in Tunisia’s first democratic election a month ago and the Justice and Development Party (PJD) emerged as the biggest party in Friday’s parliamentary elections.

The Justice and Development Party (PJD) took 107 seats out of the 395 in Parliament, almost twice as many as the second-place nationalist Istiqlal party, with 60 seats. The election was held more than a year early, after pro-democracy demonstrations swept the country earlier this year as part of the regionwide Arab Spring.

The leader of a moderate Islamist party Abdelilah Benkirane has been appointed by King Mohammed VI as Morocco’s new prime minister. Abdelilah will now hold talks on forming a coalition government.  His Justice and Development Party has not been in government before.

The PJD’s victory follows that of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda Party in an election there last month. Following elections, King Mohammed VI is for the first time obliged to choose the prime minister from the largest party, rather than naming whoever he pleases. King Mohammed received Benkirane, who is the PJD’s secretary general, in the mountain town of Midelt and named him head of government with the task of forming a new government.

Under a new constitution approved by referendum in July, the king has to choose a prime minister from the party that won the most seats. The constitution also gives the prime minister more powers to govern, but the king still has the final say on issues of defence, security and religion. The reforms were supported by all the main political parties, which called on their supporters to back the proposals in the referendum.

The 20 February movement, which spearheaded Morocco’s pro-democracy protests earlier this year, has called for a boycott of the elections, dismissing them as a “piece of theatre”. It says the constitutional changes approved in July are superficial, and perpetuate a “facade of democracy” that – it says – has disguised continuing royal rule for decades.

King Mohammed VI presented the constitutional changes as a far-reaching concession to Arab Spring-style pro-democracy protests, but activists believe they will do little to change the actual power structure and have called for a boycott of the elections. As a result of the constitutional changes approved by 98% of those voting in a 1 July referendum, the position of the prime minister, who must now be appointed from the largest party in parliament, has also been enhanced, gaining the authority to appoint government officials and dissolve parliament.  However, the parliament will have a greater share of power and – in theory – will play the leading role in a legislative process previously dominated by the king.

Benkirane, who was elected head of his party in 2008, leads its more pro-monarchy faction. He has repeatedly stated his support for a strong king, even though some of his colleagues would prefer a less powerful ruler. “The head of the state is king and no-one can govern without him,” he told supporters. The PJD has said it will promote Islamic finance. However, it has avoided focusing on issues such as alcohol and headscarves for women.

Many of the protesters who took to the streets in February feel the reforms still fall far short of their demands for a democratic, constitutional monarchy, and have called for a boycott. Ahead of the poll, the sleepy calm of the capital, Rabat, was occasionally punctuated by the marches of unemployed graduates. But the country’s powerful monarchy and the system that supports it appear to have averted any direct, mortal challenge for now.

A low turnout in the parliamentary poll would detract from the legitimacy of King Mohammed VI’s reforms and could hint at future problems.

II – Morocco

The Kingdom of Morocco is the most westerly of the North African countries known as the Maghreb. To the south, the status of Western Sahara remains unresolved. Morocco annexed the territory in 1975 and a guerrilla war with Algerian-backed pro-independence forces ended in 1991. UN efforts have failed to break the political deadlock. To the north, a dispute with Spain in 2002 over the tiny island of Perejil revived the issue of the sovereignty of Melilla and Ceuta. The small enclaves on the Mediterranean coast are surrounded by Morocco and have been administered by Madrid for centuries.

Strategically situated with both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, but with a rugged mountainous interior, it stayed independent for centuries while developing a rich culture blended from Arab, Berber, European and African influences.  However, Morocco was a French protectorate from 1912 to 1956, when Sultan Mohammed became king. He was succeeded in 1961 by his son, Hassan II, who ruled for 38 years. He played a prominent role in the search for peace in the Middle East, given the large number of Israelis of Moroccan origin, but was criticized for suppressing domestic opposition. A truth commission set up to investigate human rights violations during Hassan’s reign confirmed nearly 10,000 cases, ranging from death in detention to forced exile. After his death in 1999 Hassan was succeeded by his son, who became King Mohammed VI and was seen as a modernizer. There has been some economic and social liberalization, but the monarch has retained sweeping powers.

King Mohammed is aided by a powerful propaganda machine – his image adorns streets and shops across the country. Central to the monarchical regime’s strength is its longevity – the Alaoui dynasty gained control of most of Morocco in 1664 – and its claim of descent from the Prophet Muhammad. The king has tremendous religious and political capital – it’s not just the king but the whole political establishment, the monarchy and the “makhzen” provide for the patronage network that embodies Morocco’s ruling elite.

Moroccan citizens, many of them poor and illiterate and living in rural areas, are made to believe that the monarch has a special gift or blessing and they feel that they have some psychological relationship with the king. Symbolic rituals also boost his status. In an annual ceremony of allegiance, the “bay’a”, Moroccan officials bow before the king as he parades on a horse.

Despite these traditional trappings, the monarchy under the 48-year-old king has taken on a more modern, reformist image. His father, Hassan II, ran a notoriously brutal regime between 1961 and 1999. Opponents were tortured and protests repressed.  1965, the interior minister at the time, Gen Mohammed Oufkir, supervised a crackdown on demonstrations in Casablanca from a helicopter while – according to one story – personally spraying rioters with a machine gun. But a process of gradual reform began in the final years of Hassan’s rule, and continued with his son. It included a family law that advanced women’s rights and a truth commission that explored abuses under King Hassan – though none of those responsible were prosecuted.

Along with Ennahda in Tunisia and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey, it places itself within a contemporary movement to promote and respect Islam and reconcile Islam and democracy. Coalitions of more secular, royalist parties have tried to smother it and the Islamists have found it hard to directly challenge the king because of his religious status as “commander of the faithful”. It too is seen by many as being in the pocket of the palace. The PJD here in Morocco is presenting the ‘third way’ between revolution and the uncertainty of the current system.

The toppling of long-standing leaders in Tunisia and Egypt at the beginning of the year is widely seen as having caught the Moroccan regime off-guard, at a time when the reform process had stagnated. As Morocco’s own protest movement took shape, a long-held taboo was breached. It’s the first time in Morocco that the king was openly criticized and they didn’t shoot people. Instead, the monarchy’s response was to promise changes including rights guarantees and more powers for the parliament. These were enshrined in a new constitution that was approved by referendum in July.

III – Observations

Maybe, the Arab World is in the process of changing but Arabs still don’t know the results and what will happen in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria or Yemen especially the destruction of Libya by the NATO-UNSC terror organizations. The moderately Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), which has been buoyed by the recent reforms, and by the gains Islamists have made elsewhere in the region, could win the election and so supply the next prime minister.

Leaders of Morocco claim they are presenting the way of reform without losing the stability, the unity of the country- but at the same time furthering the democratic agenda of Morocco.

Morocco’s ruling elite thinks it has skillfully sidestepped the revolutionary fervor sweeping the Arab world by offering a milder, more peaceful vision of change. Critics of the reforms point in particular to the fact that the king will still have wide-ranging executive powers, in particular control over foreign, defence and security policy. Activists also say the reforms will not end the behind-the-scenes dominance of the “makhzen” – a power apparatus of veteran politicians, powerful businesspeople, the security forces and royal officials controlled by the king through a system of patronage.

Morocco is bidding for membership of the European Union, its main trade partner, but there appears to be little enthusiasm for this within the bloc.

Morocco has been given the status of non-Nato ally by Washington, which has praised its support for the US-led war on terror. After deadly suicide bombings in Casablanca in 2003, Morocco launched a crackdown on suspected Islamic militants.

The message of a democratic agenda and gradual change is one that has gone down well with Morocco’s allies in the anti-Islamic US and Europe who promote pro-west leaders in Muslim world and destabilize the Muslim nations if the leaders do not buy CIA terror gimmicks…

Political and poll bribery is common. Sheep were being handed out to voters, and over the last few months, the protest movement has been subject to a smear campaign, arrests, and intimidation at the hands of shadowy groups of pro-monarchy thugs known as “baltaja”. But Moroccans say they will show the Western world that Morocco can bring about a gentle revolution and the nation can travel towards a real democracy.

In Morocco elections are never decisive as the king retains ultimate control and though parliament has more power, parties are weak. The electoral system is prepared on purpose not to let anyone succeed, so it’s impossible to get more than 20% of the seats in parliament and this is to allow the monarchy to dominate. The manipulation of the party system is just one of the old-fashioned tactics still being deployed to bolster the status quo.  According to analysts, the reforms passed this year are largely cosmetic, and there is no guarantee they will be put into practice on the ground. However, so long as it plays the NATO fiddle well, it has got nothing to worry.

Claims, fake or real, of descent from the Prophet Muhammad (Peace) by a few pampered Muslim leaders might be fashionable but are ridiculous if they decline to promote true Islam in the society. Moroccan king clams the same of being a descent from the Prophet Muhammad but he shamelessly sides with NATO terrorism and western anti-Islamism. A Muslim nation that promotes anti-Islamism and helps, directly or otherwise, the anti-Islamic GST rogues and refuses to promote Islamic way of life and institutionalize Islamic law on daily basis ceases to be a Muslim nation.  Muslim leaders in such societies are guilty of anti-Islamic crimes.

Elected premier Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane, though worships the king, has a responsibly constructive role to play in this regard so that Islam takes firm roots in the society. Americans, Britishers and other western terrocrats cannot help him or Morocco in this regard. Benkirane’s pro-people policies and their proper implementation would greatly benefit not just Muslims but entire humanity in some measure.

Muhammad praying at the Ka’ba.

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د. عبد راف

Dr. Abdul Ruff, Specialist on State Terrorism; Educationalist;Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA); Independent Analyst;Chronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements(Palestine,Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc); Anti-Muslimism and anti-Islamism are more dangerous than “terrorism” Anti-Islamic forces & terrorists are using criminal elements for terrorizing the world and they in disguise are harming genuine interests of ordinary Muslims. Global media today, even in Muslim nations, are controlled by CIA  & other anti-Islamic agencies. Former university Teacher;/website:abdulruff.wordpress.com

Does Narendra Modi really consider Indian Muslims patriotic!

Does Narendra Modi really consider Indian Muslims patriotic!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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One wonders if the image of Muslims in India is on the verge of a governmental face lift it badly requires and deserves. After decades of communal and hate politics the BJP seems to be changing towards a somewhat positive mindset with regard to Muslims in India. . .

For years, BJP and allies have worked overnight to make Hindus hate Muslims. Anything Islamic is criticized by them merely for Hindu votes- in fact to take away Hindu votes form Congress party. Many Hindutva people even claim the world famous architectural monument in marble, Taj Mahal at Agra, build by Mogul empire under Emperor Shajahan was built by Hindus and want to say that Hindus are much better than Muslims in any domain. They now occupy several Mosques saying they were temples or Hindu houses. Indian government ans even judiciary support them because they have to take care of prestige of Hindus. . .
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By way of slamming Al Qaeda, Indian Premier Narendra Modi has today called Indian Muslims patriotic people who will die for the country:

In an interview to CNN on Friday, prime-minister Modi slammed the terrorist group Al Qaeda which was used by the USA to execute the notorious Neocons’ plan of a terror attack on USA to gain legitimacy to invade and destabilize many Muslim nations starting with an Islamizing Afghanistan, and loot their resources. , which had earlier announced the formation of an Indian branch of its militant group.

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri had earlier in September described the formation of “Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent” as glad tidings for Muslims “in Burma, Bangladesh, Assam, Gujarat, Ahmedabad, and Kashmir” and said the new wing would rescue Muslims there from injustice and oppression.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that the patriotism of Indian Muslims is unquestionable, slamming the terrorist group Al Qaeda, which had earlier in September announced the formation of an Indian branch of its militant group.

Modi, speaking to the first foreign media organization since taking over as the Indian prime minister, said, “Indian Muslims will live for India and die for India. Al Qaeda delusional to think Indian Muslims will dance to its tunes.”

Modi, who is scheduled to visit the United States later in the month for a UN meeting and meeting with US president Barrack Obama , said he has high hopes from his visit to the country, which, he said, shared many historic and cultural similarities with India. He added despite many ups and downs in the Indo-US relations in the past, the ties between the two countries will take ‘a new shape in the 21st century.’ He was quoted by CNN as saying, Modi said confident that India and the US can develop genuine strategic alliance.
“The Indo-US ties should not be seen within the limits of Delhi and Washington: Both the countries realise that their ties are in a much larger sphere.”
Does Modi’s explanation stands for BJP and other Hindutva parties? Many BJP leaders now swear that their party never considered Indian Muslims as traitors but only as patriots since many Muslims even in military establishments work sincerely for India. They give the example of Dr. APJ. Abdul Kalam who rose to be India’s president by sheer hard work to prove their point.

This pro-Muslim approach , if it is real, is in fact anti-climax in Indian Hindutva politics which is indeed a better trend in India.

In fact, BJP and other Hindutva parties have never failed to criticize Muslims as suspected citizens and pro-Pakistanis for political and poll purposes. The very rise of BJP and allies to power in states and at the centre owes much to Muslims’ issue.

BJP says the Congress and other so-called secular parties have misused. But BJP has very tactfully used the vote bank politics of Congress to corner Hindu votes.

BJP even criticized India’s house hold name and Tennis ace Sania Mirza when she was made the brand ambassador of new Telengana state, making an ugly statement that Sania is a Pakistani because she married a Pakistani.

BJP says the communal troubles are created by Congress and other parties. In UP where Samajwadi party rules has encouraged a communal war, leading to the killing of Muslims in Muzzafarnagar.

BJP now says they have been harmful to Muslims and they want to change the course now.

Al-Qaeda is strong in neighboring Pakistan and Afghanistan and is also making its presence felt in Bangladesh but not at all able to enter India which has more Muslims than all these three Muslim nations.

With a view to win over the Hindu votes, BJP in fact has divided Indian nation along communal lines and Congress also helped with the process.

So much so, BJP and other Hindu communal outfits openly threatened Muslims for years to go India.

However, now BJP’s strongest leader Modi has admitted that Indian Muslims live and die for India.

Hopefully, Modi’s statement about Indian Muslims being patriotic will last forever.

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Scotland Referendum: Ramifications for Kashmir!

Scotland Referendum: Ramifications for Kashmir!
-DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL
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Obtaining freedom and independence from big powers looks very difficult today as all big powers have joined hands to protect, even by terror wars, their illegally taken colonialist and imperialist possessions.

Scots have undertaken any armed struggle to obtain freedom from United Kingdom but used only peaceful and democratic means to achieve their objective but have failed. Majority of Scots have voted in favor of the status quo of remaining as an important part of UK that enjoys the UNSC veto status.

Though failed, the Scots who struggle for independent nation should be happy that they are a part of big nation, a former colonial empire of the globe which once controlled the resources of almost entire world, including the now only super power of the world USA.

The Scots would continue to their efforts for an independent Scotland.

The failure of the referendum for Scotland, however, has serious ramifications for all freedom seeking nations around the world.

Those Kashmiris in both Azad Kashmir and Jammu Kashmir who fight for freedom from Indian occupation in order for reestablishing a free Jammu Kashmir or joining a destabilized and weak Pakistan have serious message from the fate of Scotland referendum .

Some Kashmiris and Pakistan who seek referendum to determine the status of Kashmiris (whether they should be part of India or Pakistan) as per the UN resolution should now comprehend their fate if a similar referendum is placed by Indian government for vote. Most Indians would vote against cessation and Pakistanization of Kashmiris.

Also, most of Kashmiris, both Hindus and Muslims have been Indianized through constant regime deliberate manipulations and as such not many Kahsmiri Hindus would like an independent or Pakistanized Kashmir. Even those who support Kashmiri freedom struggle won’t support if Kashmiris deceive them by choosing to join an aimless Pakistan.
The main problem for freedom seekers of Kashmir is the support extended to India by big powers like USA, UK and Russia. And India seeks even the Chinese support for its continued occupation because China is also occupying a part of Kashmir, gifted by Pakistan.

Considering emerging situation, Kashmiris should stop fighting for freedom, clamoring for Pakistan and wait for the appropriate moment only to demand an independent Kashmir.

Another, much better idea for Kashmir Muslims in Jammu Kashmir is to accept the being citizens of India as the reality and make life comfortable by shedding antagonism with a powerful military regime India which has already enlisted support of all major powers of the world in keeping Kashmir as an integrated part of India.

Kashmiri Muslims should understand that they are the victim of big power politics and rivalry. By supporting Pakistan which was a part of Indo-Pak-Britain conspiracy, they also lose the support of Indian Muslims.

There is no credible possibility for Kashmir Muslims to become Pakistanis to share shame and destabilized values .

In order to save the remaining Kashmir Muslims they need to evolve a new mode of thinking since neither Pakistan nor India would ever allow both Azad Kashmir and Jammu Kashmir to come together to remake a nation because both use JK as a buffer zone to protect their respective territories.

As for choosing a country of residence, a strong India is much better than a weak and sub-serving Pakistan of today. Being blind to the emerging reality when India, Pakistan and China would jointly operate in the region.
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Dr. Abdul Ruff, Specialist on State Terrorism; Educationalist;Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA); Independent Analyst-columnist;Chronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements(Palestine,Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc)
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Anti-Muslimism and anti-Islamism are more dangerous than “terrorism” Anti-Islamic forces & terrorists are using criminal elements for terrorizing the world and they in disguise are harming genuine interests of ordinary Muslims. Global media today, even in Muslim nations, are controlled by CIA & other anti-Islamic agencies. Former university Teacher;/website:abdulruff.wordpress.com/

Scotland Referendum: Ramifications for Kashmir!

Scotland Referendum: Ramifications for Kashmir!
-DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL
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Obtaining freedom and independence from big powers looks very difficult today as all big powers have joined hands to protect, even by terror wars, their illegally taken colonialist and imperialist possessions.

Scots have undertaken any armed struggle to obtain freedom from United Kingdom but used only peaceful and democratic means to achieve their objective but have failed. Majority of Scots have voted in favor of the status quo of remaining as an important part of UK that enjoys the UNSC veto status.

Though failed, the Scots who struggle for independent nation should be happy that they are a part of big nation, a former colonial empire of the globe which once controlled the resources of almost entire world, including the now only super power of the world USA.

The Scots would continue to their efforts for an independent Scotland.

The failure of the referendum for Scotland, however, has serious ramifications for all freedom seeking nations around the world.

Those Kashmiris in both Azad Kashmir and Jammu Kashmir who fight for freedom from Indian occupation in order for reestablishing a free Jammu Kashmir or joining a destabilized and weak Pakistan have serious message from the fate of Scotland referendum .

Some Kashmiris and Pakistan who seek referendum to determine the status of Kashmiris (whether they should be part of India or Pakistan) as per the UN resolution should now comprehend their fate if a similar referendum is placed by Indian government for vote. Most Indians would vote against cessation and Pakistanization of Kashmiris.

Also, most of Kashmiris, both Hindus and Muslims have been Indianized through constant regime deliberate manipulations and as such not many Kahsmiri Hindus would like an independent or Pakistanized Kashmir. Even those who support Kashmiri freedom struggle won’t support if Kashmiris deceive them by choosing to join an aimless Pakistan.
The main problem for freedom seekers of Kashmir is the support extended to India by big powers like USA, UK and Russia. And India seeks even the Chinese support for its continued occupation because China is also occupying a part of Kashmir, gifted by Pakistan.

Considering emerging situation, Kashmiris should stop fighting for freedom, clamoring for Pakistan and wait for the appropriate moment only to demand an independent Kashmir.

Another, much better idea for Kashmir Muslims in Jammu Kashmir is to accept the being citizens of India as the reality and make life comfortable by shedding antagonism with a powerful military regime India which has already enlisted support of all major powers of the world in keeping Kashmir as an integrated part of India.

Kashmiri Muslims should understand that they are the victim of big power politics and rivalry. By supporting Pakistan which was a part of Indo-Pak-Britain conspiracy, they also lose the support of Indian Muslims.

There is no credible possibility for Kashmir Muslims to become Pakistanis to share shame and destabilized values .

In order to save the remaining Kashmir Muslims they need to evolve a new mode of thinking since neither Pakistan nor India would ever allow both Azad Kashmir and Jammu Kashmir to come together to remake a nation because both use JK as a buffer zone to protect their respective territories.

As for choosing a country of residence, a strong India is much better than a weak and sub-serving Pakistan of today. Being blind to the emerging reality when India, Pakistan and China would jointly operate in the region.
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Dr. Abdul Ruff, Specialist on State Terrorism; Educationalist;Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA); Independent Analyst-columnist;Chronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements(Palestine,Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc)
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Anti-Muslimism and anti-Islamism are more dangerous than “terrorism” Anti-Islamic forces & terrorists are using criminal elements for terrorizing the world and they in disguise are harming genuine interests of ordinary Muslims. Global media today, even in Muslim nations, are controlled by CIA & other anti-Islamic agencies. Former university Teacher;/website:abdulruff.wordpress.com/

Role of Muslim votes in Maharashtra poll 2014

Role of Muslim votes in Maharashtra poll 2014
-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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The Great Divide

In a nation like India where Hindutva majority parties are hailed as extra patriotic and nationalistic while similar Islamic parties are viewed as ultra anti-national and communal the state cannot be expected to be fair with the minority Muslims. That is the cruel fate of Indian Muslims but when Muslims themselves play into the dirty hands that operate against Islam and Muslims should be watched with utmost care and caution as Maharashtra, a fast emerging Hindu communal state, now going to poll to elect a new assembly.

Muslims, the major minority in India, faces a real existential problem as they are being forced by political campaigners from public platforms to fear the Hindutva forces and to choose a particular political party, namely say Congress party or Samajwadi party. All these years Muslims have betrayed their conscience in selecting political outfits for casting their valuable votes.

Both the Congress party and BJP have strong bonds built through their RSS linkages and hence the Congress party considers RSS more important than Muslims and hence does not criticize RSS.

Interestingly, such has been the usual perception-gimmick of the Congress party that used the “threat” of saffron parties to coerce the Muslims to vote for Congress party. Congress would offer some money and privileges (including a ministerial berth) to some Muslims who work as vote bank agents for Congress party but that only aggravated the general plight of Muslims in India

Congress party which ruled India for maximum number of years with full support of Muslims, never took the Hindutva communal political issue to the Apex Court for a final ruling because it wants the Hindu-Muslim animosity to continue so that it could use the Muslim votes by presenting the Hindu communal forces as a serious threat to Muslims, so that the terrorized Muslims are forced to support the Congress party.

How can Muslims support a party like Congress that has historically deceived Muslim community and took their votes for free?

Demolition of historic Babri Mosque was a deep rooted conspiracy by the Hindu leaders in the Congress government that used the ultra Hindutva communal organizations to pull the monumental Mosque in UP down like wild beasts in 1992.

How can Muslims trust the Congress party which deliberately delays the court judgment and allows all fake documents to be presented to the courts to save the Hindutva criminals for their crimes on December 06, 1992? Even as December 06 remains the national shame of secular India, a Keralite and Islamic pundit Abdul Nassar Madani has been in various Indian jails from Kerala to Tamilmadu to Karnataka and clearly it is Congress party that punishes him by false criminal cases, even after the courts acquitted him of all criminal cases once, for opposing Hindutva forces long back. While the Supreme Court wants to save Madani from the Hindutva-Congress conspiracies it is again the Congress government in Karnataka that blocks him from release by producing fake testimonies. This anti-Muslim cause Congress party has only helped the BJP and other Hindutva parties. Why should Muslims continue to support the Congress party and compensate for the loss of its Hindu votes to BJP and allies?

Maharashtra

So much so, Indian Muslims are only interested in escaping the onslaught of Hindutva forces and have no time to care about their own plight in the country. Ironically, Muslims j oust blindly vote for the so-called secular party, the Congress party, even though it is this party which is primarily responsible for the present communal tensions in the country by being insensitive to the Hindutva communal threat to National fabric and by its refusal to deal the problem through the judiciary. .

The anti-Muslim problem is extremely serious in Maharashtra where the Hindutva forces, BJP and Siva Sena, very strong for the very reasons and sure of winning the assembly this time, are now fighting for the chief minister’s post even before the poll is conducted. The ruling Congress-Nationalist Congress coalition is not sure about anything.

Maharashtra assembly elections are round the corner, 288 seats to go for polls on 15th October and as usual the anxiety of Muslims in the state have started to build up for two major reasons – to keep communal parties at bay and to increase Muslim representation in the assembly.

Muslims make up 11-12% of the population in Maharashtra state and hence have the possible strength in proving vital during elections if their votes are not divided. Generally, Muslims vote for the candidates suggested by their leaders.

The worries of Muslims always crop up only days before elections – parliamentary or assembly. Barely a section of the community in reality bothers about the actual strategy months before elections to achieve these two goals in the elections which basically rest at almost all Muslims’ heart. Even though these are main concerns of Muslims but the community never prepares a united strategy to accomplish the common objective.

There are so called pro-Muslim parties in Maharashtra who are eyeing to fight assembly polls from Muslim majority areas. These are Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), Awami Vikas Party, Welfare Party of India, Samajwadi Party (SP) and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslemeen (AIMIM). Although SP is not purely Muslim party but is the strongest Party mostly preferred by Mumbai Muslims who both oppose Congress and have not found any credible Muslim party. .

As of now these parties have not allied together plus there is no apparent possibility of alliance between SP and AIMIM. AIMIM has made a grand entry into Maharashtra with Akbaruddin Owaisi holding a huge rally in Mumbai this week where he announced of fielding candidates from Muslim majority areas in the upcoming elections with the motive of increasing Muslim representation in the assembly so as to raise community issues more rigorously. Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) which has a strong presence in Kerala has announced of fighting from all 20 Muslim majority seats in and around Mumbai. Former police commissioner Shamsher Khan Pathan led Awami Vikas Party has also announced of fielding candidates from all Mumbai seats. Three years before launched Welfare Party of India has also declared of fighting on 80 seats. The worries of Muslims always crop up only days before elections – parliamentary or assembly. Barely a section of the community in reality bothers about the actual strategy months before elections to achieve these two goals in the elections which basically rest at almost all Muslims’ heart. Even though these are main concerns of Muslims but the community never prepares a united strategy to accomplish the common objective.

Muslims in the communally sensitive state are known to least vote for SS and BJP rather they are identified to choose INC-NCP candidates due to their secular stand.

With an eye on the coming Assembly election, the Congress-NCP ruled state government in Maharashtra has announced 16 percent reservation in government jobs and education for the politically powerful Maratha community and 5 percent reservation for Muslims. With this, the total reservations for various communities in Maharashtra reach 73 percent.

However, Muslims should accept this reservation as bribe for their votes for the ruling Congress-NCP combines and should vote according to their conscience. They should vote to those who they are sure stand for Muslims.

Poll

Pathetic looking Indian Muslims are getting ready to vote in Maharashtra that is going to polls shortly. As the explosive communal issue targeting Muslims and Islam in India has systematically denied the Muslims their due place in the country as Hindutva parties, aided by Indian national Congress party, entirely succeeded in employing anti-Muslims and anti-Pakistan rhetoric tailored for poll in public meetings to garner Hindu votes.

Muslims comprise more than 16 per cent of the Maharashtra state population and have sizable presence in at least 30 assembly constituencies but they haven’t got adequate representation in the state legislature and Parliament. Despite having more than 10 million Muslim populations, there is not a single Muslim representative in the Lok Sabha (parliament) from the state since 2009. State Muslims are deeply concern over their declining political representation in state and national legislatures. They now want to showcase their real strength in the s assembly poll to start with. There are 16 Muslim-dominated constituencies in Mumbai city itself apart from minority pockets like Mumbra and Bhiwandi, Aurangabad, Malegaon, Nanded, Akola and Prabhani. However, Samajwadi party led by Abu Asim Azmi that holds sway in Mumbai and its sub-urban areas is keen to garner maximum Muslim votes.

Maharashtra’s over 8.28 crore voters will vote in a single-phase, one-day poll on October 15 to elect its 13th 288-member assembly and its 18th chief minister. The results will be declared on October 19, and in case of a clear verdict, the new government may assume office around the time of Diwali, even though the existing assembly’s term expires only on November 8. Of the 288 seats, 29 and 25 each have been reserved for SC and ST candidates. The by-poll for the parliamentary seat of Beed, vacated following the death of BJP leader Gopinath Munde, will also be held on October 15. The last date of nomination for candidates is September 27. Voters will get to exercise the NOTA (none of the above) option like in the recent parliamentary elections. An experiment this time is the VVPAT (voter-verified paper audit trail), a system where voters at around 3,942 polling stations in 13 seats across the state will get to verify if their votes have been cast correctly. VVPAT is a method of providing feedback to voters using a slip (akin to one we get after ATM transactions) which tells you which candidate and party you have voted for. It helps verify that the vote has been cast and can thus detect possible election fraud or malfunction. It also helps in auditing the stored electronic results.

The BJP showed better performance in Maharashtra than Sena in the Lok Sabha Elections 2014. The saffron alliance won 42 out of 48 seats and despite the traditional dominance of the Sena, the BJP bagged 23 seats while Sena could win 18 seats only. Keeping in mind the spectacular performance of the BJP in the last assembly elections and the 2014 general elections, the party now wants equal seat-share so that after the polls if the saffron alliance forms the government, BJP could claim the chief ministerial post in Maharashtra.BJP and Shiv Sena have been poll partners in Maharashtra since 1988 and have fought all polls together since then. But the rift between them is increasing. The Sena and BJP should resolve their conflict soon or else it will benefit the ruling Congress-NCP alliance that might be enjoying the current situation of its opponents.

The BJP won 23 seats in the LS polls in the state as against Shiv Sena’s 18. With a government at centre, BJP is now fighting hard for more number of seats in the Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2014. The seat-sharing crisis between Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Maharashtra is getting worse day the day. Although Shiv Sena (Uddhav Thackeray) asserted that it wants to continue its alliance with the BJP, but also rejected the demand of equal seats made by the BJP in the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly Elections scheduled to be held on October 15. The BJP proposed that after allotting the respective share of seats to smaller alliance partners, the remaining seats be divided equally between Sena and BJP. The BJP party is eager to contest the upcoming elections in Maharashtra from 135 of the total 288 seats. The two parties are at loggerheads not only over the seat-sharing issue but also over projecting the chief ministerial candidate for Maharashtra. While the Sena chief recently expressed his desire to become CM of Maharashtra, the BJP is saying that this issue should be discussed after the polls.

Consolidation

Consolidation of Muslim votes is absolutely necessary but not for national parties like Congress or BJP or SP but for the cause of Muslims and Islam. Unlike others, Muslims live for Islam and hence they are expected to choose Islamic path of life. .

The Hyderabad- based All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM)’s decision of contesting Maharashtra state assembly elections for the first time in its political history is a welcome move. There have been pressures from within the MIM for long time to contest polls at national level to consolidate the Muslim vote banks. In fact, the MIM has been a Hyderabad based party till today as it never contested in other places in Andhra Pradesh. But Owaisi family members who control the party which is controlling the party did not extend its political base beyond Hyderabad-Secunderabad twin cities. The decision of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) to contest the Maharashtra poll has made the ruling Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) nervous as both fear that MIM may split Muslim and “secular” votes that will pave the way for ‘fascist combine’ of BJP-Sivasena in the state. That some prominent Dalit and OBC-based parties also support the MIM as their policy in Hyderabad has clearly upset the calculations of Congress party. They now argue that MIM’ presence in Maharashtra would give a cake-walk to the Saffron alliance. The party has decided to contest at least 10 seats from Mumbai and Thane and will be targeting Muslim and Dalit votes.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) came into being way back in 1928 with a view to keeping Hyderabad state independent. However, it was proscribed after India’s independence but got revived in 1958. So it has presence in Marathwada since a long time which was the part of erstwhile Hyderabad state. There is a beautiful Islamic monument resembling the world famous Taj Mahal (known as Bibi ki maghbara in Aurangabad built for Emperor Aurangzeb) in Marathwada region which is major tourist attraction today. This would be for the first time that the MIM will contest any assembly elections outside Andhra PradeshThe MIM was revived by Abdul Wahid Owaisi, who was a lawyer by profession. He restructured the Party and organised it into All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen. After his death, his son Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi took control of the party in 1975 and was referred to as Salar E Millat (commander of the community). During his lifetime, Salar E Millat has passed the baton of the party to his eldest son Asaduddin Owaisi that triggered revolt in the party. Party MLA Amanullah Khan broke the rank with the party by forming Majlis Bacho Tehreek in protest but the MBT disappeared soon. Although, it has retained Hyderabad parliamentary seat since 1984 but its presence is limited in and around the Old City of Hyderabad. In June 2014, Election Commission has recoganised AIMIM as state party in Telangana. It contested on 35 seats (20 in Telangana and 15 in Seemandhra) and six Parliamentary seats in undivided Andhra Pradesh, but failed to increase its tally seven Assembly seats and lone Lok Sabha seat of Old Hyderabad city.

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Congress and NCP are trying to dissuade MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi MP to drop his plan as the move will help the BJP-Shiv Sena combine. But Owaisi seems to be adamant as Maharashtra has the fourth largest Muslim population after Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar in the country. While in successive elections to the state assembly, the number of legislators from the Community has come down steadily as state has become a communal hotbed due to Shiv Sena’s ‘hate politics’ and Congress-led state government’s mealy-mouthed” response to the communal forces. Muslims feel politically aggravated as they get raw deal from the two major political formations namely Congress and the NCP as both ruled the state except brief period since the formation of state in 1960. It seems that the MIM wants to exploits these aggrieved sentiments of the Muslims in the state. Owaisi says Majlis has come here to ensure that Muslims get the respect they deserve. The Maharashtra’s coalition government led by the Congress did nothing to uplift the Muslim community as they lag behind in every sphere of public life and innocent Muslims are being framed in false terror cases to make Hindus happy.

Muslims should consider that multiplicity of Muslim candidates will mar the chances of winning Muslim candidates as happened in UP and Rajasthan. There is no denying the fact that Muslims are unhappy with ruling coalition parties blaming them for not transferring Hindu votes to their Muslim candidates and not giving enough tickets.

Whether or not the Muslim parties can really help Muslims advance their legitimate concerns and genuine interests in India, now in Maharashtra, but one thing is sure: if they win their presence can be a healthy morale booster for the terrorized Indian Muslims.

Destiny

The emergence of all Hindu communal parties in India obviously got the endorsement of the Congress party which decides Indian polity. India employs the Hindutva forces to control the Muslims in the country.

As Muslims in India try to find their place in an increasingly saffronized India, they need to first give up their artificial fear of BJP or Siva Sena since they only try to take away Hindu votes from the corrupt and discredited Congress party. Indian Muslims should try to understand the Congress party’s communal politics in order to promote Hindutva forces as its historic policy.

No political party can rule India or states permanently but Muslims leaders should ensure that Muslims get their legitimate shares in development, education, jobs, among other domains.

BJP which won landslide victory just months ago in Parliament is now losing by-elections in a few states now and they would like to get Muslim votes as well in Maharashtra to win more se to form government. Similarly Congress also needs the Muslim votes. It would be better now for Muslims to Muslim candidates who have genuine interests in Islam and Muslims.

Generally parliament polls are different form assembly polls where issues are localized. The overt rhetoric by saffron bands against Muslims seems to have already dented the BJP vote banks in UP and Rajasthan. However, any gain by the Congress is also stationary. .

Instead of supporting political parties, Indian Muslims should be far away from party politics and decide their own fate by choosing the candidates who are committed to true Islamic path of life to protect their genuine interests. A poll understanding of Muslims with political parties should be in the open domain and in public. Secret pacts are not good for Indian Muslims.

Congress party as taken the Muslim vote banks in India for granted as Muslims fear the Hindutva parties and vote for Congress party as a lesser evil. One Muslim leader pointed to how only two Muslims had been nominated by the Congress and NCP from Marathwada, despite its large Muslim population. Defending the decision, senior Owaisi MP said: “We decided not to fight Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra as we wanted to check BJP and Shiv Sena. But Congress and NCP failed miserably in doing so”.

Indian Muslims who account for 16-20 percent of votes in the polls need to take their future seriously, if they want their children to live as dignified citizens of India. By continuing to support a discredited and most corrupt Congress party, Muslims are only projecting themselves as weak people for the Congress to kick once it comes to power, using the communal forces to terrorize them.

The role of Muslim votes in Maharashtra assembly poll outcomes is important and Muslims are expected to be wise and not to get involved in party politics. As it stands there Is not a national or regional party which stands for Muslims. .

If Muslim votes get divided, that will affect future of Muslims themselves. If both the major candidates happen to be from the same community, a non-Muslim gets elected even in Muslim dominated constituencies. .

Unfortunately, Muslims in India, both nationally and regionally, have not yet produced sincere leaders who work selflessly for the community. As a result, the leaders themselves betray the Muslims. The leaders thrive working as agents of Muslim vote banks. The government employs them and also threatening them to be punished for being Muslims for no crimes.

Hopefully, Maharashtrian Muslims sill show a proper path to Indian Muslims.

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Role of Muslim votes in Maharashtra assembly poll 2014

Role of Muslim votes in Maharashtra assembly poll 2014
By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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In a nation like India where Hindutva majority parties are hailed as extra patriotic and nationalistic while similar Islamic parties are viewed as ultra anti-national and communal the state cannot be expected to be fair with the minority Muslims. That is the cruel fate of Indian Muslims but when Muslims themselves play into the dirty hands that operate against Islam and Muslims should be watched with utmost care and caution as Maharashtra , a fast emerging Hindu communal state going to poll to elect a new assembly.

Muslims, the major minority in India, faces a real existential problem as they are being forced by political campaigners from public platforms to fear the Hindutva forces and to choose a particular political party, namely say Congress party or Samajwadi party. All these years Muslims have betrayed their conscience in selecting political outfits for casting their valuable votes.

Congress party which ruled India for maximum number of years with full support of Muslims, never took the Hindutva communal political issue to the Apex Court for a final ruling because it wants the Hindu-Muslim animosity to continue so that it could sue the Muslim votes by presenting and using the Hindu communal forces as a serious threat to Muslims so that the terrorized Muslims are forced to support the Congress party. .

Both the Congress party and BJP have strong bonds built through their RSS linkages and hence the Congress party does not criticize RSS.
The problem is extremely serious in Maharashtra where the Hindutva forces, BJP and Siva Sena, very strong for the very reasons and sure of winning the assembly this time, are now fighting for the chief minister’s post even before the poll is conducted. The ruling Congress-Nationalist Congress coalition is not sure about anything.

Interestingly, such has been the usual perception-gimmick of the Congress party that used the “threat” of saffron parties to coerce the Muslims to vote for Congress party. Congress would offer some money and privileges (including a ministerial berth) to some Muslims who work as vote bank agents for Congress party but that only aggravated the general plight of Muslims in India
Pathetic looking Indian Muslims are getting ready to vote in Maharashtra that is going to polls shortly. As the explosive communal issue targeting Muslims and Islam in India has systematically denied the Muslims their due place in the country as Hindutva parties, aided by Indian national Congress party, entirely succeeded in employing anti-Muslims and anti-Pakistan rhetoric tailored for poll in public meetings to garner Hindu votes.

So much so, Indian Muslims are only interested in escaping the onslaught of Hindutva forces and have no time to care about their own plight in the country. Ironically, Muslims j oust blindly vote for the so-called secular party, the Congress party, even though it is this party which is primarily responsible for the present communal tensions in the country by being insensitive to the Hindutva communal threat to National fabric and by its refusal to deal the problem through the judiciary. .

Maharashtra’s over 8.28 crore voters will vote in a single-phase, one-day poll on October 15 to elect its 13th 288-member assembly and its 18th chief minister. The results will be declared on October 19, and in case of a clear verdict, the new government may assume office around the time of Diwali, even though the existing assembly’s term expires only on November 8. Of the 288 seats, 29 and 25 each have been reserved for SC and ST candidates. The by-poll for the parliamentary seat of Beed, vacated following the death of BJP leader Gopinath Munde, will also be held on October 15. The last date of nomination for candidates is September 27. Voters will get to exercise the NOTA (none of the above) option like in the recent parliamentary elections. An experiment this time is the VVPAT (voter-verified paper audit trail), a system where voters at around 3,942 polling stations in 13 seats across the state will get to verify if their votes have been cast correctly. VVPAT is a method of providing feedback to voters using a slip (akin to one we get after ATM transactions) which tells you which candidate and party you have voted for. It helps verify that the vote has been cast and can thus detect possible election fraud or malfunction. It also helps in auditing the stored electronic results.

The BJP showed better performance in Maharashtra than Sena in the Lok Sabha Elections 2014. The saffron alliance won 42 out of 48 seats and despite the traditional dominance of the Sena, the BJP bagged 23 seats while Sena could win 18 seats only. Keeping in mind the spectacular performance of the BJP in the last assembly elections and the 2014 general elections, the party now wants equal seat-share so that after the polls if the saffron alliance forms the government, BJP could claim the chief ministerial post in Maharashtra.BJP and Shiv Sena have been poll partners in Maharashtra since 1988 and have fought all polls together since then. But the rift between them is increasing. The Sena and BJP should resolve their conflict soon or else it will benefit the ruling Congress-NCP alliance that might be enjoying the current situation of its opponents.

The BJP won 23 seats in the LS polls in the state as against Shiv Sena’s 18. With a government at centre, BJP is now fighting hard for more number of seats in the Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2014. The seat-sharing crisis between Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Maharashtra is getting worse day the day. Although Shiv Sena (Uddhav Thackeray) asserted that it wants to continue its alliance with the BJP, but also rejected the demand of equal seats made by the BJP in the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly Elections scheduled to be held on October 15. The BJP proposed that after allotting the respective share of seats to smaller alliance partners, the remaining seats be divided equally between Sena and BJP. The BJP party is eager to contest the upcoming elections in Maharashtra from 135 of the total 288 seats. The two parties are at loggerheads not only over the seat-sharing issue but also over projecting the chief ministerial candidate for Maharashtra. While the Sena chief recently expressed his desire to become CM of Maharashtra, the BJP is saying that this issue should be discussed after the polls.

Muslims comprise more than 15 per cent of the Maharashtra state population and have sizable presence in at least 30 assembly constituencies but they haven’t got adequate representation in the state legislature and Parliament. Despite having more than 10 million Muslim populations, there is not a single Muslim representative in the Lok Sabha (parliament) from the state since 2009. State Muslims are deeply concern over their declining political representation in state and national legislatures. They now want to showcase their real strength in the s assembly poll to start with. There are 16 Muslim-dominated constituencies in Mumbai city itself apart from minority pockets like Mumbra and Bhiwandi, Aurangabad, Malegaon, Nanded, Akola and Prabhani. However, Samajwadi party led by Abu Asim Azmi that holds sway in Mumbai and its sub-urban areas is keen to garner maximum Muslim votes.

One Muslim leader pointed to how only two Muslims had been nominated by the Congress and NCP from Marathwada, despite its large Muslim population. Defending the decision, senior Owaisi MP said: “We decided not to fight Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra as we wanted to check BJP and Shiv Sena. But Congress and NCP failed miserably in doing so”.

The Hyderabad- based All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM)’s decision of contesting Maharashtra state assembly elections for the first time in its political history is a welcome move. There have been pressures from within the MIM for long time to contest polls at national level to consolidate the Muslim vote banks. In fact, the MIM has been a Hyderabad based party till today as it never contested in other places in Andhra Pradesh. But Owaisi family members who control the party which is controlling the party did not extend its political base beyond Hyderabad-Secunderabad twin cities.

The decision of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) to contest the Maharashtra poll has made the ruling Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) nervous as both fear that MIM may split Muslim and “secular” votes that will pave the way for ‘fascist combine’ of BJP-Sivasena in the state. That some prominent Dalit and OBC-based parties also support the MIM as their policy in Hyderabad has clearly upset the calculations of Congress party. They now argue that MIM’ presence in Maharashtra would give a cake-walk to the Saffron alliance. The party has decided to contest at least 10 seats from Mumbai and Thane and will be targeting Muslim and Dalit votes.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) came into being way back in 1928 with a view to keeping Hyderabad state independent. However, it was proscribed after India’s independence but got revived in 1958. So it has presence in Marathwada since a long time which was the part of erstwhile Hyderabad state. There is a beautiful Islamic monument resembling the world famous Taj Mahal (known asBibi ki maghbara in Aurangabad built for Emperor Aurangzeb) in Marathwada region which is major tourist attraction today. This would be for the first time that the MIM will contest any assembly elections outside Andhra PradeshThe MIM was revived by Abdul Wahid Owaisi, who was a lawyer by profession. He restructured the Party and organised it into All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen. After his death, his son Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi took control of the party in 1975 and was referred to as Salar E Millat (commander of the community). During his lifetime, Salar E Millat has passed the baton of the party to his eldest son Asaduddin Owaisi that triggered revolt in the party. Party MLA Amanullah Khan broke the rank with the party by forming Majlis Bacho Tehreek in protest but the MBT disappeared soon. Although, it has retained Hyderabad parliamentary seat since 1984 but its presence is limited in and around the Old City of Hyderabad. In June 2014, Election Commission has recoganised AIMIM as state party in Telangana. It contested on 35 seats (20 in Telangana and 15 in Seemandhra) and six Parliamentary seats in undivided Andhra Pradesh, but failed to increase its tally seven Assembly seats and lone Lok Sabha seat of Old Hyderabad city.

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Congress and NCP are trying to dissuade MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi MP to drop his plan as the move will help the BJP-Shiv Sena combine. But Owaisi seems to be adamant as Maharashtra has the fourth largest Muslim population after Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar in the country. While in successive elections to the state assembly, the number of legislators from the Community has come down steadily as state has become a communal hotbed due to Shiv Sena’s ‘hate politics’ and Congress-led state government’s mealy-mouthed” response to the communal forces. Muslims feel politically aggravated as they get raw deal from the two major political formations namely Congress and the NCP as both ruled the state except brief period since the formation of state in 1960. It seems that the MIM wants to exploits these aggrieved sentiments of the Muslims in the state. Owaisi says Majlis has come here to ensure that Muslims get the respect they deserve. The Maharashtra’s coalition government led by the Congress did nothing to uplift the Muslim community as they lag behind in every sphere of public life and innocent Muslims are being framed in false terror cases to make Hindus happy.

Muslims should consider that multiplicity of Muslim candidates will mar the chances of winning Muslim candidate as happened in UP. There is no denying the fact that Muslims are unhappy with ruling coalition parties blaming them for not transferring Hindu votes to their Muslim candidates and not giving enough tickets.
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Muslims need to give up their artificial fear of BJP or Siva Sena s they only try to take away Hindu votes from the corrupt and discredited Congress party. Indian Muslims should try to understand the Congress party’s communal politics in order to promote Hindutva forces as its historic policy. The emergence of all Hindu communal parties in India obviously got the endorsement of the Congress party which decides Indian polity.

No political party can rule India or states permanently but Muslims leaders should ensure that Muslims get their legitimate shares in development, education, jobs, among other domains.

BJP which won landslide victory just months ago in Parliament is now losing by-elections in a few states now and they would like to get Muslim votes as well in Maharashtra to win more se to form government. Similarly Congress also needs the Muslim votes. It would be better now for Muslims to Muslim candidates who have genuine interests in Islam and Muslims.

Generally parliament polls are different form assembly polls where issues are localized. The overt rhetoric by saffron bands against Muslims seems to have already dented the BJP vote banks in UP and Rajasthan. However, any gains by the Congress is also stationary. .

Instead of supporting political parties, Indian Muslims should be far away from party politics and decide their own fate by choosing the candidates who are committed to true Islamic path of life to protect their genuine interests. A poll understanding of Muslims with political parties should be in the open domain and in public. Secret pacts are not good for Indian Muslims.

Congress party as taken the Muslim vote banks in India for granted as Muslims fear the Hindutva parties and vote for Congress party as a lesser evil. .

Indian Muslims who account for 16-20 percent of votes in the polls need to take their future seriously, if they want their children to live as dignified citizens of India. By continuing to support a discredited and most corrupt Congress party, Muslims are only projecting themselves as weak people for the Congress to kick once it comes to power, using the communal forces to terrorize them.

The role of Muslim votes in Maharashtra assembly poll outcomes is important and Muslims are expected to be wise and not to get involved in party politics. As it stands there Is not a national or regional party which stands for Muslims. .
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Destabilization: US strategy for global supremacy!


Destabilization: US strategy for global supremacy!

By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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The US regime, irrespective of whether Republicans or Democrats rule the global super power, has always ensured its political and military supremacy by destabilizing its opponent nations that refuse to toe the Washington line. This goal is achieved by supporting and promoting the rebels and opposition parties in these countries, making them fight against the regimes.

However, Washington cannot tolerate if another country, not a stooge of the USA, say, Russia, tries to destabilize especially a pro-US nation.
Congressional elections in USA are held in a few weeks and Democratic US president Barrack Obama has a new war plan for that as well to help Democrats. .
The United States has a long history of arming, training, and even providing personnel in support of rebel groups in such countries as Afghanistan, Angola, Nicaragua, Libya, Syria, and elsewhere in contravention of international legal norms of non-interference in the internal affairs of foreign nations. While, genially the USA manages to get these nations destabilized and the regimes replaced with new puppet ones, it has not achieved its objective in Iran and Syria.
In fact, following the intense Cold war with Soviet Russia, Americans could create the preconditions for destabilization in the then communist nation, leading to breakup of the mighty Union of Soviets, dismantling the communist and socialist infrastructures.

Post Soviet Russia, after initial close ties with USA, began opposing the US hegemony and unilateralism but without any threat of a direct war with USA. .
America and Russia fight proxy wars indirectly by involving themselves actively in the affairs of other countries.
US-Russia involvement in Ukraine is a case in point here. Unfortunately, Washington’s leadership of international efforts against Russian aggression has been severely compromised by its own hypocrisy and double standards. Washington’s major limitation towards Russia, however, is not a lack of military leadership, but a lack of moral leadership. The fragile ceasefire between the U.S.-backed Ukrainian government and Russian-backed rebels could help pave the way to a peaceful resolution to the conflict—or simply postpone a worsening of the crisis.
While it doesn’t make Russia’s role in Ukraine any more legitimate, at least Moscow can point to the fact that in none of the cases of U.S. intervention in civil conflicts was the conflict along the U.S. border, nor were the rebel movements led by those who identified as Americans.

Similarly, while demands by the United States for the Russian government to apologize for its role in the downing of a civilian airliner over Ukraine are quite appropriate, it’s important to note that the United States never apologized for the 1988 downing of an Iranian airliner over Iranian waters by a U.S. Navy warship. Indeed, the two officers responsible for shooting down the civilian plane were given medals for “meritorious service” following the incident.

Russia has been vociferous in its criticism of Obama’s plans for ISIS, Syria and Iraq , with the Foreign Ministry in Moscow saying in a statement that airstrikes would be “an act of aggression” and that such a step, “in absence of a UN Security Council decision, would be … a gross violation of international law” and would further increase tensions.

Damascus is eager to win the US as an ally. Western diplomats and intelligence personnel say that the US has been secretly negotiating with Damascus in recent weeks in the hopes of getting the green light for air raids.

True, the USA and NATO are fighting Islam but they are unable to disclose this fact to allies in Mideast and elsewhere. There are large differences, therefore, between Washington and Damascus’s notions of who exactly the enemy is.

Suddenly, the Islamic State is confronted with a significant opponent in Obama. But Obama seems to dependent on the “Coalition of the Willing” that he is now currently assembling from EU. France’s President Francois Hollande declared himself ready to attack targets in Iraq from the air. British Prime Minister David Cameron has not fundamentally ruled out military participation in Syria. But the German government doesn’t want to get directly involved in the fight against the Islamic State. But his self-conflict is that the last thing that the US wants is a new crusade of the West in the Middle East.

Washington has formed an alliance between Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, the Kurds, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.

Turkey, a prominent NATO member is not with USA to fight ISIS. Iran supports the offensive against the Islamic State — even though it is simultaneously helping Assad. The Saudis, meanwhile, want to topple Assad and destroy the Islamic State — but doesn’t want to support their Shiite archenemies in Iraq.

Both Assad and the Islamic State were apparently trying to use each other. The Islamic State was long a useful enemy for the regime in Damascus. When Islamic State fighters began shelling rebel-controlled Marea from three sides in August, the Syrian air force flew several air raids. But their bombs didn’t hit the Islamic State. They instead struck exactly the rebels that are receiving support from the USA.

The war in the Middle East will, as usual, be a central topic at the UN General Assembly in September.

America’s selective outrage should worry the world community.

The international community has legitimate concerns regarding Russia’s aggrandizement. The so-called referendum used to justify its takeover of Crimea did not include the option of maintaining the peninsula’s current legal status with Ukraine and took place under the presence of tens of thousands of armed foreign troops. Polls as recently as last year showed only a minority of the population in Crimea supporting a union with Russia, and a poll this spring showed the same for the residents of eastern Ukraine. Furthermore, the Russian annexation constitutes a direct violation of both the Ukrainian constitution and the 1994 Budapest Treaty signed by Russia, Ukraine, and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. It is important to recognize, however, that Crimea was not the first such illegal annexation in recent years. Indeed, despite the leadership Washington has taken in mobilizing international opposition to Russian expansionism, the United States has taken a very different attitude in most of these other cases.

In 1975, in violation of two unanimous UN Security Council resolutions and a landmark decision by the International Court of Justice, Morocco invaded and annexed the former Spanish colony of Western Sahara. That same year, Indonesia invaded and annexed the newly independent island nation of East Timor, also in violation of a series of UNSC resolutions. Not only did the United States refuse to impose sanctions on Morocco or Indonesia, but U.S. military aid to these two countries actually increased following their conquests. This included direct support for their bloody counter-insurgency operations against the popular nationalist movements resisting the occupations. Thanks to years of campaigning by the international human rights community, along with the tenacious and largely nonviolent resistance by the East Timorese, Indonesia finally rescinded its annexation and withdrew from East Timor in 1999.

The United States has similarly offered few objections to Israel’s annexation of greater East Jerusalem following its conquest of the Palestinian-populated area in 1967. While the U.S. allowed six Security Council resolutions to pass demanding that Israel rescind its annexation and reverse other efforts to alter the city’s legal status, Washington has blocked their enforcement. During the 1990s, congressional legislation and executive actions by the Clinton administration effectively recognized the illegal Israeli takeover. More recently, a bipartisan congressional resolution in 2007, along with the 2008 and 2012 platforms of both the Republican and Democratic parties, recognizes Jerusalem as “the undivided capital of Israel.”

The U.S. government also appears to have effectively endorsed Israel’s illegal 1980 annexation of much of Syria’s Golan province. As in the case of the other land grabs, rather than impose sanctions on the conquering power, the U.S. government has actually increased its aid to Israel since its annexation of the Golan Heights.

Americans try to defend the Indefensible Israeli state criminals. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, citing the illegality of any country acquiring “part or all of another state’s territory through coercion or force,” has quite appropriately demanded that Russia withdraw completely from Crimea. However, he insists that it is “unrealistic” to demand the same of Israel regarding the territories it has seized by force. Indeed, both he and Vice President Joe Biden, when they were in the U.S. Senate in 2004, endorsed the late prime minister Ariel Sharon’s controversial proposal which, while withdrawing settlers from the Gaza Strip, would have Israel unilaterally and illegally annex large swathes of the West Bank to incorporate illegal Israeli settlements and surrounding areas into Israel. That same year, Kerry insisted that questions regarding Israeli compliance with international humanitarian law in the occupied West Bank should be determined not by the International Court of Justice but by domestic Israeli courts, effectively recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the conquered territory.

recent history of invasions hurts U.S. credibility as well: Just days after Russian troops moved into Crimea, for example, Kerry condemned the Russia action on the grounds that “You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests,” correctly noting that the Russian actions constituted a “direct, overt violation of international law.” Unfortunately, this gave the Russians an opening to point out that Kerry, along with Biden, had been an outspoken supporter of the illegal 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq under the false pretext that Iraq still had “weapons of mass destruction.”

Though Obama opposed the invasion of Iraq, he has been put on the defensive by the hypocrisy of his secretary of state and vice president. In a speech in Brussels on March 27, he insisted that the U.S. invasion of Iraq was not as bad as the Russian invasion of Crimea since “We did not claim or annex Iraq’s territory.” While this is indeed an important distinction, it overlooks the fact that the U.S. invasion of Iraq has been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, while the Russian annexation of Crimea resulted in essentially no fatalities and the death toll from eastern Ukraine has been limited to 3,000 people—with most of the civilian casualties a result of shelling and air strikes by the U.S.-backed Ukrainian military. The human costs in eastern Ukraine are tremendous, but they pale in comparison to Iraq, where the United States is again sending airstrikes to deal with the ongoing fallout of its disastrous invasion.

Obama also tried to differentiate between the two invasions by claiming that “America sought to work within the international system,” seemingly implying that if Russian President Vladimir Putin, like U.S. President George W. Bush, had sought UN approval, failed, and then invaded anyway, it would have somehow been okay.

Obama’s insistence that, unlike Russia, “We did not grab Iraq’s resources for our own gain” is questionable, given the generous oil production sharing agreements imposed on the Iraqis during the U.S. occupation. Similarly, even if one accepts his claim that the U.S. “left Iraq to its people in a fully sovereign Iraqi state that can make decisions about its own future,” Bush-era documents have made clear that this was certainly not the intention of the invasion’s architects. And recent developments put this into further question.

It is critical that the right-wing narrative about President Obama’s alleged “weakness” towards Russia be challenged. In doing so, however, it is also important to stress that Washington’s major limitation is not a lack of military leadership, but a lack of moral leadership.

Russia saved Crimea from the bombs of a US installed NAZI government in Kiev, the same filth that shot the plane down because it looked like Putin’s presidential plane.

Both sides are not equally to blame. It was NATO and the U.S. that provoked the Ukraine crisis by toppling a democratically elected government. Russia’s action by comparison have been quite restrained, especially given the ethnic cleansing perpetrated by the Kyiv junta’s neo-Nazi special police units, aka punitive battalions Likewise, the right-wing nationalist juntas in Luhansk and Donetsk were the ones that were first attacked. There are two sides in the Ukrainian civil war, men that use violence to take and maintain power and those that want to resolve the conflict through nonviolent processes. Sadly, it is the banal of evil – those who support those men – that is carrying the day.

US President Barack Obama seems to try to make a point to the voters for the next presidential poll: “Look, Democrats are more terrocratic than the Republicans”. On the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, Barack Obama announced that such airstrikes were on the way, in a speech that was designed to demonstrate America’s power and determination. Standing in the White House, the president informed his fellow Americans of a war against the Islamic State that could take years to achieve its goals. The appearance marked a complete reversal for Obama. He is now no longer the president who only brings wars to an end; he has now become a war president himself. Obama has spent much of his term withdrawing the US from quagmires abroad. But now, in the battle against Islamic State extremists, like his illegal war on Libya, he has a war of his own. His plan of attack, though, is filled with uncertainties and America’s ultimate goal remains unclear, except that Obama could use the new misadventure for the forthcoming polls for the powerful US Congress. .

A rapid withdrawal from Iraq was once one of his central campaign promises, and now he is in danger of leaving his successor a country deeply mired in an intransigent conflict not unlike the ones he inherited from Bush. The risks associated with the new operation,is new misadventure for Congressional polls. which Obama has sought to sell as an anti-terrorism campaign, are immense. Obama is being led to go for tragic end.

The moral incoherence of US terrocracy will hasten the empire’s implosion. Their economic incoherence will facilitate Wall Street’s hastening of the empire’s implosion.
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Muslim votes in Maharashtra assembly poll 2014

Muslim votes in Maharashtra assembly poll 2014
By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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In a nation like India where Hindutva majority parties are hailed as extra patriotic and nationalistic while similar Islamic parties are viewed as ultra anti-national and communal,the state cannot be expected to be fair with the minority Muslims. That is the cruel fate of Indian Muslims but when Muslims themselves play into the dirty hands that operate against Islam and Muslims should be watched with utmost care and caution as a fast emerging Hindu communal state Maharashtra gong to poll to elected a new assembly.

Congress party as taken the Muslim vote banks in India for granted as Muslims fear the Hindutva parties and vote for Congress party as a lesser evil. .

Maharashtra’s over 8.28 crore voters will vote in a single-phase, one-day poll on October 15 to elect its 13th 288-member assembly and its 18th chief minister. The results will be declared on October 19, and in case of a clear verdict, the new government may assume office around the time of Diwali, even though the existing assembly’s term expires only on November 8. Of the 288 seats, 29 and 25 each have been reserved for SC and ST candidates. The by-poll for the parliamentary seat of Beed, vacated following the death of BJP leader Gopinath Munde, will also be held on October 15. The last date of nomination for candidates is September 27. Voters will get to exercise the NOTA (none of the above) option like in the recent parliamentary elections. An experiment this time is the VVPAT (voter-verified paper audit trail), a system where voters at around 3,942 polling stations in 13 seats across the state will get to verify if their votes have been cast correctly. VVPAT is a method of providing feedback to voters using a slip (akin to one we get after ATM transactions) which tells you which candidate and party you have voted for. It helps verify that the vote has been cast and can thus detect possible election fraud or malfunction. It also helps in auditing the stored electronic results.

The BJP again showed better performance in Maharashtra than Sena in the Lok Sabha Elections 2014. The saffron alliance won 42 out of 48 seats and despite the traditional dominance of the Sena, the BJP bagged 23 seats while Sena could win 18 seats only.Keeping in mind the spectacular performance of the BJP in the last assembly elections and the 2014 general elections, the party now wants equal seat-share so that after the polls if the saffron alliance forms the government, BJP could claim the chief ministerial post in Maharashtra.BJP and Shiv Sena have been poll partners in Maharashtra since 1988 and have fought all polls together since then. But the rift between them is increasing. The Sena and BJP should resolve their conflict soon or else it will benefit the ruling Congress-NCP alliance that might be enjoying the current situation of its opponents.

The seat-sharing crisis between Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Maharashtra is getting worse day the day. Although Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray asserted that the party wants to continue its alliance with the BJP, he also rejected the demand of equal seats made by the BJP in the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly Elections scheduled to be held on October 15. The BJP in-charge of Maharashtra affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy, while addressing a press conference, proposed that after allotting the respective share of seats to smaller alliance partners, the remaining seats be divided equally between Sena and BJP. Rudy said that the party will look to contest the upcoming elections in Maharashtra from 135 of the total 288 seats.The two parties are at loggerheads not only over the seat-sharing issue but also over projecting the chief ministerial candidate for Maharashtra. While the Sena chief recently expressed his desire to become CM of Maharashtra, the BJP is saying that this issue should be discussed after the polls. BJP is fighting hard for more number of seats in the Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2014. According to some reports, Uddhav also said, “We too live near the seafront. We have seen many waves. We are not afraid of waves.” This was an apparent reference to the BJP’s demand for more seats in view of the ‘Modi wave’ seen during the LS polls. The BJP won 23 seats in the LS polls in the state as against Shiv Sena’s 18.

Muslims comprise more than 15 per cent of the Maharashtra state population and have sizable presence in at least 30 assembly constituencies but they haven’t got adequate representation in the state legislature and Parliament. Despite having more than 10 million Muslim populations, there is not a single Muslim representative in the Lok Sabha (parliament) from the state since 2009. State Muslims are deeply concern over their declining political representation in state and national legislatures. They now want to showcase their real strength in the s assembly poll to start with.
There are 16 Muslim-dominated constituencies in Mumbai city itself apart from minority pockets like Mumbra and Bhiwandi, Aurangabad, Malegaon, Nanded, Akola and Prabhani. However, Samajwadi party led by Abu Asim Azmi holds sway in Mumbai and its sub-urban areas. Multiplicity of Muslim candidates will further mar the chances of winning Muslim candidate as happened in UP. There is no denying the fact that Muslims are unhappy with ruling coalition parties blaming them for not transferring Hindu votes to their Muslim candidates and not giving enough tickets. One Muslim leader pointed to how only two Muslims had been nominated by the Congress and NCP from Marathwada, despite its large Muslim population. Defending the decision, senior Owaisi said: “We decided not to fight Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra as we wanted to check BJP and Shiv Sena. But Congress and NCP failed miserably in doing so”.

The Hyderabad- based All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM)’s decision of contesting Maharashtra state assembly elections for the first time in its political history is a welcome move. There have been pressures from within the MIM for long time to contest polls at national level to consolidate the Muslim vote banks. In fact, the MIM has been a Hyderabad based party till today as it never contested in other places in Andhra Pradesh. But the Owaisi family which is controlling the party, did not extend its political base beyond Hyderabad-Secunderabad twin cities.

The decision of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) to contest the Maharashtra poll has made the ruling Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) nervous as both fear that MIM may split Muslim and “secular” votes that will pave the way for ‘fascist combine’ of BJP-Sivasena in the state. That some prominent Dalit and OBC-based parties also support the MIM as their policy in Hyderabad has clearly upset the calculations of Congress party. They now argue that MIM’ presence in Maharashtra would give a cake-walk to the Saffron alliance. The party has decided to contest at least 10 seats from Mumbai and Thane and will be targetting Muslim and Dalit votes.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) came into being way back in 1928 with a view to keeping Hyderabad state independent. However, it was proscribed after India’s independence but got revived in 1958. So it has presence in Marathwada since a long time which was the part of erstwhile Hyderabad state. There is a beautiful Islamic monument resembling the world famous Taj Mahal (known asBibi ki maghbara in Aurangabad built for Emperor Aurangzeb) in Marathwada region which is major tourist attraction today. This would be for the first time that the MIM will contest any assembly elections outside Andhra Pradesh, The MIM was revived by Abdul Wahid Owaisi, who was a lawyer by profession. He restructured the Party and organised it into All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen. After his death, his son Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi took control of the party in 1975 and was referred to as Salar E Millat (commander of the community). During his lifetime, Salar E Millat has passed the baton of the party to his eldest son Asaduddin Owaisi that triggered revolt in the party. Party MLA Amanullah Khan broke the rank with the party by forming Majlis Bacho Tehreek in protest but the MBT disappeared soon. Although, it has retained Hyderabad parliamentary seat since 1984 but its presence is limited in and around the Old City of Hyderabad. In June 2014, Election Commission has recoganised AIMIM as state party in Telangana. It contested on 35 seats (20 in Telangana and 15 in Seemandhra) and six Parliamentary seats in undivided Andhra Pradesh, but failed to increase its tally seven Assembly seats and lone Lok Sabha seat of Old Hyderabad city.

As the explosive communal issue targeting Muslims and Islam in India has systematically denied the Muslims their due place in the country as Hindutva parties, aided by Indian national Congress party, entirely succeeded in employing anti-Muslims and anti-Pakistan rhetoric tailored for poll in public meetings to garner Hindu votes.
So much so, Indian Muslims are only interested in escaping the onslaught of Hindutva forces and have no time to care about their own plight in the country. Ironically, Muslims j oust blindly vote for the so-called secular party, the Congress party, even though it is this party which is responsible for the present communal tensions in the country.
Congress party which ruled India for maximum number of years with full support of Muslims, never took the communal political issue to the Apex Court for a final ruling because it wants the Hindu-Muslim animosity to continue so that it could sue the Muslim votes by presenting and using the Hindu communal forces as a serious threat to Muslims so that the terrorized Muslims are forced to support the Congress party. .

Both the Congress party and BJP have strong bonds built through their RSS linkages and hence the Congress party does not criticize RSS.
The problem is extremely serious in Maharashtra where the Hindutva forces, BJP and Siva Sena, very strong for the very reasons and sure of winning the assembly this time, are now fighting for the chief minister’s post even before the poll is conducted. The ruling Congress-Nationalist Congress are not sure about anything.

Interestingly, such has been the usual perception-gimmick of the Congress party that used the “threat” of saffron parties to coerce the Muslims to vote for Congress party. Congress would offer some money and privileges (including a ministerial berth) to some Muslims who work as vote bank agents for Congress party but that only aggravated the general plight of Muslims in India

Congress and NCP are trying to dissuade MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi to drop his plan as the move will help the BJP-Shiv Sena combine . But Owaisi seems to be adamant as Maharashtra has the fourth largest Muslim population after Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar in the country. While in successive elections to the state assembly, the number of legislators from the Community has come down steadily as state has become a communal hotbed due to Shiv Sena’s ‘hate politics’ and Congress-led state government’s mealy-mouthed” response to the communal forces. Muslims feel politically aggravated as they get raw deal from the two major political formations namely Congress and the NCP as both ruled the state except brief period since the formation of state in 1960. It seems that the MIM wants to exploits these aggrieved sentiments of the Muslims in the state.

Owaisis say Majlis has come here to ensure that Muslims get the respect they deserve. The Maharashtra’s coalition government led by the Congress did nothing to uplift the Muslim community as they lag behind in every sphere of public life and innocent Muslims are being framed in false terror cases to make Hindus happy.
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Muslims need to give up their artificial fear of BJP or Siva Sena s they only try to take away Hindu votes from the corrupt and discredited Congress party. Indian Muslims should try to understand the Congress communal politics to promote Hinduvtva forces as its historic policy.

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Why did Israel order probes into Gaza war?

Why did Israel order probes into Gaza war?
-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Israeli probes into its own crimes are farce, to say the least. .

At the outset it must be made clear that ally, a close military ally of USA, cannot be punished for its crimes against humanity and Israel si empowered by the UNSC to keep attacking and terrorizing the Palestinians inside the Palestinian territories, especially in the terror blockades of Gaza Strip.

No one dares to challenge the fascist operations of Zionist regime and any one did attempt that, like Turkey with its aid ship tried unsuccessfully, to breach the blockades would be attacked by Israeli military. Nothing would happen to Israel which continues to boss over the Mideast region as the only West Asian superpower.

From latest Israel’s “order” to probe into Gaza war if one concedes that Israel is among law abiding nations that would indeed be a terrible mistake. The Zionist military regime just completes a mere formality of self-check exercise so that international community forgets about its crimes. Israel does not appreciates or respects international law or global courts like ICJ and ICC that try crimes at international level to but wants to conduct its own bogus inquiries by Jewish judges only to close the matter by declaring Israeli regime and Jews innocent and other the guilty. .

Figures from the Gaza health authorities show that more than 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including many children were killed by the Israeli attacks. On the Israeli side, hardly some soldiers and six civilians were killed. The hefty civilian death toll in Gaza was a preplanned conspiracy and has sparked international outcry. Israel has been strongly criticised for its heavy bombardment of densely populated areas in Gaza, while Hamas, the ruler of the tiny enclave, has drawn condemnation for its toy rocket firing against powerful Israel .

The whole idea of the Zionist criminal regime ordering bogus Into the Israel’s Gaza war is to deny the UN to push forward with its own official investigation. Already the UN has initiated the probe by asking the UN Human Rights Council panel headed by Canadian judge William Schabas to submit a report. However, the UNHRC cannot punish or undertake measure to penalize Israel since USA can use its veto on the UNSC to shield the Zionist state criminals from prosecution.
Internal investigations could even help Israel challenge the work of the UN panel. Israel has long accused the UN human rights body of being biased against it , not supporting the Zionist goals as the USA and allies have been doing for years since the Israeli state was imposed in Mideast in 1947. .
So far, Israel has never been punished for its crimes against Palestine humanity. Americans whose policies are decided by the Israeli lobbyists and Mossad agents in Washington would not want to punish the Jewish criminals so long as they don’t attack and kill Americans in a big way.
And Israel and Jews take special care not to attack Americans and earn their god will that one of Jews would be US president in due course. Recently, as an eye wash to fool the world, Israel has ordered criminal probes into its recent military operation in the Gaza Strip, killing over 2000 Palestinians, mostly civilians plus 450 children and probe would include an Israeli shelling that killed four Palestinian children in the initial stage of invasion in mid-July. Thus, Israel’s chief military prosecutor has ordered investigations into a number of cases, including a naval shelling on a Gaza beach on July 16 that killed four Palestinian children and an airstrike on a UN school in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza July 24, in which 14 Palestinians were killed.
The military sources said, in all, the military prosecutor’s office is currently probing 44 reported incidents related to the 50-day conflict, in which suspicions of alleged misconduct and breach of international law have been raised. So far, seven cases have been closed. Two additional cases currently being “investigated” are suspected looting of money by a soldier from a house in Shujaiye in northern Gaza, and the death of a Palestinian woman who was shot by Jewish state terrorists. Another case involves a 17-year-old Palestinian who was detained by troops for five days and later claimed to have been physically abused and used as a human shield.
To expedite the investigations as mere farce, six teams of reserve officers, who are “experts” in various military fields and underwent legal training courses, are assisting the military prosecutor, and the military expects to hurriedly complete its reviews into claims within weeks and decide which warrant a probe.
Media reports said the Israel military probes were separate from a UN Human Rights Council panel headed by Canadian judge William Schabas. The panel has been tasked with investigating possible war crimes by Israeli forces and Palestinian militant groups in the course of the 50-day Gaza conflict.
Unless the Arab league takes genuine steps to punish Israel for his anti-humanity crimes the UNHRC probe like Israeli probe is going to be a big joke!
Israel is going to attack the Palestinians again to coerce them to come to the “talk table” to waste time and allow Israel “legitimacy” to undertake future attacks, and more genocide in Palestine!
Unless the UNSC and its veto system are dismantled there is absolutely no hopes for the people of Palestine if they continue to evade the ICJ and ICC out of unexplainable shyness.

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Monster Natural Disaster Strikes Kashmir: A Report


Monster Natural Disaster Strikes Kashmir: A Report

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Indo-Pakistan tragedy

It is not at all easy to describe the ill-fate of Kashmir as well as its people in India controlled Kashmir on amount of both intermittent natural calamities and regular terror enslavement attacks, both causing huge loses to humans and property, leaving behind severe strains in the Kashmiri lives each time they strike.

Either natural or military attacks, the Kashmiris keep suffering a lot for decades now. The flooding is the worst Indian-administered Kashmir has seen in decades. Officials say 400,000 people are stranded there and at least 200 people have died. Across the border in Pakistan, flash flooding and house collapses from days of heavy rain have left more than 200 people dead. Pakistan has not experienced floods as devastating since 2010 – officials say 254 people have died in the past few days and flood waters have destroyed thousands of homes and large areas of farmland.. Leaders of both countries have offered to help each other provide relief. Over the weekend Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote to his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, offering help to flood-hit victims on that side of the border. Sharif thanked Modi for his offer and said Pakistan was “prepared to extend a helping hand, in whatever way possible”. However, it is unlikely that either side will accept the other’s offer of help, given that Kashmir is one of the most heavily militarised regions in the world.

The death toll from floods in India and Pakistan has passed 450 as authorities continue efforts to rescue hundreds of thousands of stranded people. More than 200 people are now thought to have died in Pakistan, where In Indian-administered Kashmir some 175 people have been killed, many of them swept away by surging rivers.

Much of the water is reaching Pakistan from Indian-administered Kashmir where flood levels are now falling. There have been chaotic scenes at one of the region’s main airports, Srinagar, as tourists and migrant workers struggle to leave. The rain has eased off but many parts of the state are still inaccessible – large areas in the state capital Srinagar remain under water.

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Some 700,000 Pakistanis have been told to leave their homes. Pakistani authorities have breached a strategic dyke in flood-affected Punjab to ease pressure on flood defences downstream and protect urban areas. More than 700,000 villagers have been forced to flee their homes. Landslides have damaged roads and power lines, leaving many people without electricity and drinking water in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Flood waters submerged homes after the Chenab River rose dramatically over the weekend, causing what has been described as a “superflood”. The biggest concern now is of a new flood caused by a surge of water flowing from across the border in India. In Pakistan, flood waters have destroyed thousands of homes and large areas of farmland. The National Disaster Management Authority of Pakistan said 108 villages and farmland damaged.

In Indian Kashmir, photos showed residents wading through neck-deep waters clutching their belongings, stranded on rooftops or crammed into army boats, while others showed bridges and roads destroyed. Unprecedented floods caused by uninterrupted heavy downpour for nearly a week have wreaked havoc in Kashmir valley, even as flood waters entered many more residential areas here. The floods, which hit the Valley, breached a Jhelum River embankment here, submerging Shivpora, Indira Nagar, Kursoo Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Gogjibagh, Hari Singh High Street, Batmaloo and other civil lines areas. Some 350 villages have also been submerged since torrential monsoon rains triggered flooding and landslides across the picturesque Himalayan region of Jammu and Kashmir. The rain-swollen Jhelum River flooded large parts of Srinagar and forced residents onto rooftops, with reports the first floors of a children’s hospital and of another hospital were underwater. Flash floods and landslides triggered by six days of torrential rains have left over 7 lakh people stranded in Srinagar with many areas completely submerged under water.

The overflowing Jhelum took virtually the entire city in its grip, barring the old parts located on higher ground. Houses, bridges and dams collapsed in fast-moving waters. The Jhelum River, which flows from northern India into Pakistan, burst through embankments and left streets and buildings submerged. Sadal village, about 55 kilometers from Udhampur, has been completely submerged by a landslide. Road connectivity to it has been snapped from Kainthgali onwards. Situation in south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Kulgam and Pulwama has assumed the proportions of an unparalleled natural calamity as residents in these districts have never experienced in their living memory. Thousands of people in more than 700 villages have abandoned their homes and livestock and shifted to higher reaches to escape the fury of rising waters. People have been killed in floods in the Valley while hundreds of cattle heads had been drowned in swollen rivers and over flowing seasonal streams. Paddy crop over thousands of acres of cultivable land has been damaged, threatening an impending famine in these areas even after the flood waters recede. Srinagar.

The Jammu and Srinagar-Leh national highways have remained closed. Authorities have cancelled all Hajj flights from Srinagar International Airport to Saudi Arabia till Sep 12. Radio transmission in the Kashmir Valley was cut off after flood waters inundated the transmitter installations of state-run Radio Kashmir in Srinagar, officials said. The local Doordarshan centre is already operating from makeshift facilities after its studios got flooded. The Sri Nagar- Jammu highway remained closed for the sixth day. The local television and radio stations in Valley have remained off air. Also, there is no telecom connectivity between the Valley and the Jammu region. In some areas two- and three-storey houses had almost gone under water, and that thousands in Srinagar were sheltering on rooftoops hoping and praying for an early rescue. Nearly 1,500 trucks carrying essential supplies to the Kashmir Valley are stranded at various places on the over 300-km long Jammu-Srinagar national highway as stretches of the road have either been washed away by flash floods or have come under a landslide. The highway has suffered the maximum damage at the Ramsu area of the Ramban district where around 40 meters of the road has been completely washed away.

Many areas of Srinagar city are still under water. Most of Srinagar’s residential and commercial areas have been inundated. Residents and traders scrambled to save whatever they could from the muddy and swirling waters of the Jhelum River. The waters have entered homes, shops, businesses, schools and colleges, hospitals, mosques and army camps. There was a sea of water at Lal Chowk, the city centre. People plied boats on flooded streets to reach higher ground. Hundreds of people are trying to leave Srinagar, the main city of Indian-administered Kashmir. Hordes of tourists are trying to take flights out of the city’s airport, while many migrant workers, who have no money to pay for tickets, are looking for free flights.

The only communication tool still up and running was the police wireless system. One army officer compared the destruction to the Uttarakhand tragedy of last year when thousands died in flash floods. It would take huge efforts to rebuild damaged roads, homes, other buildings and bridges.

With road and communication links broken getting to those stranded in remote areas is proving to be a stiff challenge. The Indian army and air force are using helicopters to drop relief supplies and evacuate as many people as they can. Naval commandos have also been deployed to rescue survivors. Rescue operations continue, with local police, residents giving a hand to National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force personnel deployed in the area. Air force choppers have also been deployed and people from adjoining areas have also come forward to help in rescue efforts. Thousands of troops, police and other emergency personnel, backed by helicopters and boats, have been deployed across the state to reach those stranded, with at least 14,800 people rescued. But with no telecom or road connectivity between the Jammu region and the Kashmir Valley, the extent of damage due to the floods in will be know only after the communication lines are restored. Thousands of soldiers, backed by 25 helicopters and seven aircraft, have fanned out across the Kashmir Valley and the rest of the state to deliver blankets, tents and other aid, the defence ministry said in a statement. The Indian Air Force (IAF) began a massive aerial relief and rescue operation in flood-affected regions of the state. The floods have claimed over 100 lives so far. Soldiers and police have been battling to rescue thousands trapped by Indian Kashmir’s worst flooding for half a century which has killed at least 150 people and left the main city of Srinagar under water. Police Inspector General of Jammu region, Rajesh told AFP that thousands of people are still stranded and we have rescued several thousands. “More than 150 bodies have (also) been recovered so far. One C-17 Globemaster aircraft has been launched from Delhi to Awantipur with RAMT (Rapid Action Medical Team), two IL-76 aircraft with medical supplies and boats have taken off from Palam Air Force Base for Srinagar. “One IL-76 with teams of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) personnel has also taken off from Palam. Three C-130J Super Hercules special operations aircraft have been pressed into service to transport boats from Pune and Gandhinagar to Srinagar and blankets and tents from Kanpur to Jammu and Srinagar,” it said. A total of 26 IAF helicopters are also operating in the flood-hit regions. The army has established shelter camps at Poonch, Rajouri, Thanamandi, Bela, Potha, Sanai, Kishtwar, Akhnoor, Budhal, Gulabgarh, Sungri, Salomé, Gul, Kandi, Samote, Mahore and Chasana areas. Each camp is now home to 50 to nearly 1,200 homeless people. With radio and television services crippled, with most mobile telephones not functional, and internet connectivity dead.

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The JK state’s chief minister, Omar Abdullah, said the floods were “unprecedented” but urged residents not to panic, saying rescuers would eventually reach them. A police official in Srinagar, a city of 900,000, said he feared the extent of the devastation was not yet known because phone networks were down and areas cut off. “We are in a catastrophic situation,” he told AFP, adding that Srinagar’s police headquarters was under water. More than 14,800 people have been rescued so far, and 50 army medical teams deployed. Several thousand villages in the region, which has long been hit by a deadly separatist insurgency, have been damaged and 350 of them are submerged, the home ministry has said. In Srinagar, an army headquarters was also under water along with some government buildings.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who met the prime minister, promised the flood-hit people that help will reach them soon and asked them not to panic. asked people not to panic, asserting that help will reach them soon, said he has asked the cabinet secretary to direct the air force to use helicopters to evacuate people. Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the flood situation in Jammu and Kashmir and announced a special assistance of Rs.1,000 crore.. The Rs.1,000 crore package announced for the flood-hit state was besides a Rs.2 lakh compensation from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for the kin of each dead and Rs.50,000 each for the seriously injured. Prime Minister Narendra Modi toured the region and met top relief officials, describing the situation as “a national-level disaster”. Modi said the army, air force and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were cooperating with the state to expedite relief work. He said medical and other assistance would be provided on an urgent basis. In view of damage to houses, Modi said efforts were on to arrange tents.. Modi said the government was prepared to provide relief to people as the weather becomes colder.

The Modi government has directed officials to repair roads leading to Leh and Ladakh so that food and other livelihood supplies could be sent before the state gets cut off at the onset of winter. The prime minister also offered to extend all possible help to the flood-affected people in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. “India will never hesitate from doing work of humanity,” Modi said, and also appealed to all states to provide assistance to Jammu and Kashmir.

Modi also wrote to his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, offering his “deepest sympathies” to flood-hit victims on that side of the border and relief assistance. Over the weekend Modi wrote to his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, offering help to flood-hit victims on that side of the border. Sharif thanked Modi for his offer and said Pakistan was “prepared to extend a helping hand, in whatever way possible”. Meanwhile, authorities in both countries are engaged in relief operations. In Pakistan, officials said most of those killed were in Punjab province.

Pakistani PM Sharif has visited some of the affected areas, expressed his grief over the death and destruction caused by recent rains and floods… He assured that the government would leave no stone unturned to help the people in distress. Heavy rains were easing and have stopped altogether in parts of Pakistan after floods hit Punjab, Pakistan-administered Kashmir and the northernmost territory of Gilgit-Baltistan. Nawaz Sharif also undertook an aerial survey of flood-hit areas in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, said official sources in Islamabad. A Pakistan government source said: “The people of Pakistan are also feeling pain and saddened over the loss of lives and properties of the people in IoK (Indian Jammu and Kashmir) and are with them and ready to help in whatever way possible to mitigate their sufferings caused by the heavy floods”.

Although the rains have subsided, many areas of the city are still water-logged, including neighbourhoods around the Dal Lake. Pick-up trucks packed with young men are going around neighbourhoods to rescue trapped people as many complain that the authorities are not doing enough. The main road to the city from the airport is still under water.

Jamaat-u-Dawa chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed blamed India for causing deadly flooding in Pakistan by deliberately diverting waters from dams in Jammu and Kashmir regions. Both the Indian and Pakistani sides have been ravaged by floods that have killed at least 239 people as rivers burst their banks after heavy monsoon rains. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who recently cancelled high-level peace talks and accused Pakistan of fighting a “proxy war”, was more conciliatory in a letter to his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, on September 07. If so, why does Pakistani government not blame India?

Sharif returned to power through a parliamentary poll. Modi, elected in May, looked set to usher in warmer ties with arch rival Pakistan, which has fought three wars with India since independence, two over Kashmir. But they suffered a blow in recent weeks when New Delhi called off high-level bilateral talks, angered over meetings between Pakistan’s envoy and Indian Kashmiri separatist leaders.

Will the catastrophic situation bring the nuke powers come closer to save populations of three nations: India, Pakistan and Kashmir?’ As Premier Modi announced huge relief package for Kashmir, hopefully, the ill-fated nation, now a part of India, would return to normalcy soon!

However, the Indo-Pak flashpoint known as Kashmir issue needs to be resolved for any credible ties to take shape between India and Pakistan, the two nuke powers of South Asia with shamefully incredible poverty levels to boast of.

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today practicing truly Islamic faith and life.
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Monster Floods Rock Kashmir!

Monster Floods Rock Kashmir!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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It is not easy to describe the ill-fate of Kashmir and people of Kashmir on amount of both regular natural calamities and terror enslavement attacks, both causing huge loses to humans and property, leaving behind severe.strains in the Kashmiri lives each time they strike.

Unprecedented floods caused by uninterrupted heavy downpour for the past five days have wreaked havoc in Kashmir Valley, even as flood waters entered many more residential areas here Sunday. The floods, which hit the Valley Tuesday, breached a Jhelum River embankment here, submerging Shivpora, Indira Nagar, Kursoo Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Gogjibagh, Hari Singh High Street, Batmaloo and other civil lines areas. Some 350 villages have also been submerged since torrential monsoon rains triggered flooding and landslides across the picturesque Himalayan region of Jammu and Kashmir. Across the border in Pakistan, flash flooding and house collapses from days of heavy rain have left another 193 people dead. The rain-swollen Jhelum river flooded large parts of Srinagar and forced residents onto rooftops, with reports the first floors of a children’s hospital and of another hospital were underwater.

Situation in south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Kulgam and Pulwama has assumed the proportions of an unparalleled natural calamity as residents in these districts have never experienced in their living memory. Thousands of people in more than 700 villages have abandoned their homes and livestock and shifted to higher reaches to escape the fury of rising waters. People have been killed in floods in the Valley while hundreds of cattle heads had been drowned in swollen rivers and over flowing seasonal streams.
Paddy crop over thousands of acres of cultivable land has been damaged, threatening an impending famine in these areas even after the flood waters recede. Damage to public and private property according to the officials has been set instead at billions of rupees. Srinagar-Jammu and Srinagar-Leh national highways have remained closed. Authorities have cancelled all Hajj flights from Srinagar International Airport to Saudi Arabia till Sep 12. Sonam Lotus, director of the local Met department said there would be fair weather in the Valley during the next five days

The Indian Air Force (IAF) began a massive aerial relief and rescue operation in flood-affected regions of the state. The floods have claimed over 100 lives so far. Soldiers and police have been battling to rescue thousands trapped by Indian Kashmir’s worst flooding for half a century which has killed at least 150 people and left the main city of Srinagar under water. Thousands of troops, police and other emergency personnel, backed by helicopters and boats, have been deployed across the state to reach those stranded, with at least 14,800 people rescued. Police Inspector General of Jammu region, Rajesh Kumar, told AFP that thousands of people are still stranded and we have rescued several thousands. “More than 150 bodies have (also) been recovered so far. The exact number is hard to assess as we are still searching for bodies.” One C-17 Globemaster aircraft has been launched from Delhi to Awantipur with RAMT (Rapid Action Medical Team), two IL-76 aircraft with medical supplies and boats have taken off from Palam Air Force Base for Srinagar. “One IL-76 with teams of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) personnel has also taken off from Palam. Three C-130J Super Hercules special operations aircraft have been pressed into service to transport boats from Pune and Gandhinagar to Srinagar and blankets and tents from Kanpur to Jammu and Srinagar,” it said. A total of 26 IAF helicopters are also operating in the floot-hit regions.

Meanwhile, radio transmission in the Kashmir Valley was cut off after flood waters inundated the transmitter installations of state-run Radio Kashmir in Srinagar, officials said. The local Doordarshan centre is already operating from makeshift facilities after its studios got flooded.

In Indian Kashmir, photos showed residents wading through neck-deep waters clutching their belongings, stranded on rooftops or crammed into army boats, while others showed bridges and roads destroyed. The state’s chief minister, Omar Abdullah, said the floods were “unprecedented” but urged residents not to panic, saying rescuers would eventually reach them. A police official in Srinagar, a city of 900,000, said he feared the extent of the devastation was not yet known because phone networks were down and areas cut off. “We are in a catastrophic situation,” he told AFP on condition of anonymity, adding that Srinagar’s police headquarters was under water. “Many people may have died and houses collapsed but we are not getting to know much (information),” he said. More than 14,800 people have been rescued so far, and 50 army medical teams deployed. Several thousand villages in the region, which has long been hit by a deadly separatist insurgency, have been damaged and 350 of them are submerged, the home ministry has said. In Srinagar, an army headquarters was also under water along with some government buildings.

Like hundreds of others in her neighbourhood in the city’s north, she fled in the middle of the night when the water reached her home. Thousands of soldiers, backed by 25 helicopters and seven aircraft, have fanned out across the Kashmir Valley and the rest of the state to deliver blankets, tents and other aid, the defence ministry said in a statement.

As Chief Minister Omar Abdullah asked people not to panic, asserting that help will reach them soon, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the flood situation in Jammu and Kashmir and announced a special assistance of Rs.1,000 crore.. The Rs.1,000 crore package announced for the flood-hit state was besides a Rs.2 lakh compensation from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for the kin of each dead and Rs.50,000 each for the seriously injured.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi toured the region and met top relief officials, describing the situation as “a national-level disaster”. Modi also wrote to his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, offering his “deepest sympathies” to flood-hit victims on that side of the border and relief assistance. The prime minister was accompanied by army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag on the aerial survey. Home Minister Rajnath Singh also took stock of the grim situation. The air force started a massive relief and rescue operation in the flood-affected regions Sunday. “A total of 850 personnel have been airlifted so far in the flood-affected regions of the state,” a defence ministry statement said. “Our resources are at your disposal whenever you need them,” Modi said in the letter released by his office. Modi, who undertook an aerial survey of the flood-affected Jammu and Srinagar regions, said the current crisis was a “national level disaster”. Abdullah, who also met the prime minister, promised the flood-hit people that help will reach them soon and asked them not to panic. The state is reeling under the worst floods in six decades. “This is an unprecedented situation and we are doing the best we can under the circumstances. Please don’t panic, we will reach you, I promise,” the chief minister wrote on his Twitter account. He said his primary focus was to save the lives of the people affected by the floods. Abdullah said he has asked the cabinet secretary to direct the air force to use helicopters to evacuate people. Modi said the army, air force and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were cooperating with the state to expedite relief work. He said medical and other assistance would be provided on an urgent basis. In view of damage to houses, Modi said efforts were on to arrange tents. “Many houses have been destroyed. We are speeding work to provide 5,000 tents in flood-hit areas,” he said. Modi said the government was prepared to provide relief to people as the weather becomes colder.

The Modi government has directed officials to repair roads leading to Leh and Ladakh so that food and other livelihood supplies could be sent before the state gets cut off at the onset of winter. The prime minister also offered to extend all possible help to the flood-affected people in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. “India will never hesitate from doing work of humanity,” Modi said, and also appealed to all states to provide assistance to Jammu and Kashmir.

In Pakistan, 193 people have been killed, with 108 villages and farmland damaged, the National Disaster Management Authority spokesman said. Prime Minister Sharif has visited some of the affected areas, the NDMA said in a statement . “Pakistan’s Prime Minister expressed his grief over the death and destruction caused by recent rains and floods… He assured that the government would leave no stone unturned to help the people in distress,” it added. Heavy rains were easing and have stopped altogether in parts of Pakistan after floods hit Punjab, Pakistan-administered Kashmir and the northernmost territory of Gilgit-Baltistan. Nawaz Sharif also undertook an aerial survey of flood-hit areas in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, said official sources in Islamabad. A Pakistan government source said: “The people of Pakistan are also feeling pain and saddened over the loss of lives and properties of the people in IoK (Indian Jammu and Kashmir) and are with them and ready to help in whatever way possible to mitigate their sufferings caused by the heavy floods”.

Jamaat-u-Dawa chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed blamed India for causing deadly flooding in Pakistan by deliberately diverting waters from dams in Jammu and Kashmir. Both the Indian and Pakistani sides have been ravaged by floods that have killed at least 239 people as rivers burst their banks after heavy monsoon rains. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who recently cancelled high-level peace talks and accused Pakistan of fighting a “proxy war”, was more conciliatory in a letter to his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, on September 07. If so, why does Pakistani government not blame India?

Modi, elected in May, looked set to usher in warmer ties with arch rival Pakistan, which has fought three wars with India since independence, two over Kashmir. But they suffered a blow in recent weeks when New Delhi called off high-level bilateral talks, angered over meetings between Pakistan’s envoy and Indian Kashmiri separatist leaders.

Will the catastrophic situation bring the nuke powers come closer to save populations of three nations: India, Pakistan and Kashmir?’ As Premier Modi announced huge relief package for Kashmir, hopefully, the ill-fated nation, now a part of India, would return to normalcy soon!

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