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

Care for environment and Climate


Care for environment and Climate

-By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Causes

Pollution of environment and accelerating climatic change are not good for humanity. However, world has been experiencing with exceeding fears the ever deteriorating environmental collapse and unpredictable climatic conditions.

Several countries with millions of people in each are vulnerable to outcomes of climate change but the top polluters are not at all worried about their future. .

The major causes of devastating climatic changes taking place rapidly world over are already known to the world but intentional community has not yet responded with the urgency the issue merits and not in ways as to assure the humanity of their safety and security from climatic dangers. .

Apart from water scarcity, water quality is also a worrying concern in many countries with herding, mining, and urban development posing threats to public health. No need to specific mentioning of illegal mining operations permitted by Indian politicians and their regime.

US led NATO terror wars in Mideast as well as regular Israeli war in Palestine continue unabated, causing escalation of climatic changes by air pollutions; Emissions from industries and elsewhere have reached the dangerous limits. Nuclear powers, instead of feeding the hungry masses, are fighting to showcase their military prowess by manufacturing more and more high precision weapons as well as increasing the nuclear reaction operations, causing apart from serious health and other problems to the populations, also makes the atmosphere poisonous.

Nuclear reactor emissions are deadly dangerous to environment and affecting even the ether layers. Impending nuclear war is sure to put an end to human civilization eventually. However, nuke powers continue to blast nuclear plants to endanger living beings.

India continues to misuse resources meant for the common people by wasting the money on nukes and nuke enabled missiles.

Nuclear plants generate radioactivity attacking people near and far beyond Indian borders and waters, and can harm Indian and South Asian regional people. And nuclear blasts can kill people. In case of wars, the enemies will attack nuke plants and destroy the people in the localities. Pakistan where many people starve without food and shelter also trying to catch up with Indian nukes and missiles, adding to the regional dangers.

Asia

Climate change, combined with rapid population growth and urbanization, are placing intense pressure on Asia’s most precious resource. At the same time, extreme weather has led to unprecedented monsoon rains and deadly floods across the region that have eaten away at traditional livelihoods and in some cases interrupted the entire global supply chain for certain industries that are located in flood-prone regions. How governments, civil society, and citizens work together to address these issues will shape Asia’s development trajectory

Asia is the world’s driest and most water-stressed continent in spite of major rivers including the mighty Mekong in Southeast Asia and the Ganges and Yamuna, other rivers that bisect the subcontinent. One of Asia’s most sparsely populated countries, Mongolia, suffers from severe water scarcity despite having some of the largest freshwater lakes in the region. Water sources are unevenly distributed within the landlocked nation with abundant surface water resources located in northern Mongolia, which are inaccessible for the drier central and southern parts of the country that lack water sources. The Asian Development Bank warned that its growing capital, Ulaanbaatar, home to nearly half of the population, will face water shortage soon, as early as 2015

Thailand experienced in 2012 the worst flooding in five decades. Heavy monsoon rains submerged one-third of the country, left nearly 700 dead, and led to millions of dollars in economic loss from major industries as flood waters ground production to a halt in electronics, auto factories, and other industries. The enormity of the crisis exposed the realities of Thailand’s still nascent model for responding to natural disasters.

South Asia is home to three of the most densely populated river basins in the world – the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra – which support an estimated 700 million people. The basins straddle national borders, making them a natural source of contention between neighboring countries. In the next 40 years, the urban population in Asia will almost double from 1.6 billion to 3.1 billion with strained demand for clean water.

According to the WHO, in India alone more than 97 million people lack access to safe drinking water. Changing weather patterns as a result of climate change and other factors have resulted in unprecedented monsoon rains and deadly floods. Encroaching development on flood plains worsens the effects of flooding in places like Delhi. A pump draws water from the Yamuna River in Delhi to be used for irrigation on the Sarai Kale Khan flood plain. Each year the area is regularly flooded during the monsoon season.

UN climate scientists have warned that the coastal areas in Asia will be among the worst affected by climate change. The negative effects of sea level rise and extreme weather is already evident in the southern coastal areas of Bangladesh near Khulna, where erosion and cyclones have already displaced thousands of residents. In addition to displacement of residents, Bangladesh’s low-lying coastal areas are faced with increasing salt-water intrusion, which has led to serious health concerns and loss of livelihood for households that traditionally rely on agriculture and fisheries.

Nukes

We don’t need scientists to tell us that environmental hazards can lead to eventual destruction of the earth and consequent wiping out of human civilization once and for all. Ordinary common sense is sufficient for us to comprehend that devastating equation.

More we care for environment safety the better and longer we live. Future of our earth and our own lives depends entirely on how we treat the environment we live in.
Environmental policy as well as measures of regimes set the tone of the people in this regard

Open arrogance by the elected regimes that promote all anti-environmental operations secretly and openly is not good for modern civilization.

Indian regime has plenty of nuclear and environment scientists to advice the best course of choice but it seems the government takes only the advice of nuke scientists in making environmental policies who obviously ask the regime to promote the manufacture of nukes, endangering both the environment and people. So much so, the Indian regime pursuing aggressive nuke policy boldly say nuclear plants are safe and people of India can enjoy in full.

Indian government along with Tamil Nadu government jointly targeted the local Tamil people of Kudankulam village in Tirunelveli district who protested the nuke plant on their soil, some people were been killed by Jayalalithaaa’s police of Tamil Nadu because they have got majority in assembly .

The possibility of disarmament is being delayed by adding more high precision nukes and missiles by nuclear powers to outsmart one another.
Nuclear states like India and Pakistan are engaged in this nasty rivalry.
India ignores danger so blasts and keep adding more nukes to its arsenals. A recent blast at Kudankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu , nearly 100km from Thiruvananthapuram, kept as a top secret like Hindutva secret agenda) killed seriously injured and persons, has exposed not just the chinks in the security agencies’ armour but the very fragile nature of nuclear pants. .
Blasts are associated with nuclear plants and they can happen anytime, killing only the local people and workers at the plant while the leaders and rulers stay in bungalows far away in Chennai. Even if the activities of personnel of various Central security agencies deployed at Kudankulam, situated at in view of the years of simmering popular protest to stall the installation of the mammoth Russian-built plant at the sea-front had been coordinated in a better and more imaginative manner, the blast would not have been averted.
Chernobyl blast in Soviet Russia clearly showed even the best scientists cannot stop blasts taking place t at nuclear terror plants. Even American and European nations are now scared of nuclear plants and have opted for other methods for electricity generation. They care for their citizens and well being of their people.
But India and Pakistan that terrorized the South Asian masses by their nuke arsenals and terror reactors care a damn about their own people respectively and go on commissioning more nuclear terror rectors putting the masses at perpetual risks. .
More shockingly, that the blast at Kudankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu incident took place hardly two kilometres from the live plant throws light on the possibility of making it a soft target for sea-born war mongers and miscreants sent by forces bent on destabilising the country so that USA could take full control of India as it does with Pakistan. .
The only relief for the agencies is that the blast of powerful home-made bombs was not the handiwork of Indian and TN governments treat as their enemies the popular anti-nuke movement known as People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), which has been spearheading the agitation. After harassing and putting them in jail, the Tamil Nadu police have somehow dropped the names of PMANE leaders Uthaya Kumar, Pushparayan, Mukilan and their several associates from the case. However, TN police or Jayalalithaa or central government cannot return the lives of those innocent protesters they killed on sea for protesting against state nuke terror threats.
Some bombs went off at a colony set up for tsunami victims at Idinthakari village adjacent to Kudankulam. The deceased and injured have taken shelter along with several others here from the sand mafia which calls the shots at the village of Kuthenkuly which is nearly 10km from Kudankulam. The villagers say that Kudankulam and neighbouring villages have been witnessing bloody skirmishes between people and sand mafia for the past several years. The Kuthenkuly villagers and mafia called a truce three years ago yielding to the pressure of police, but it did not last long. The police say that the villagers lost a fierce fight with the mafia engaged in mining sand from sea shore and fled the village. They had been making bombs to hit back at the mafia.
Though the authorities at the plant have been shocked by the incident, none has openly expressed it out of fear. Authorities are aware that explosives are widely used in clashes between the people and mafia and the explosives are taken from one village to another through sea. Yet, the state police and security agencies have failed to clear the area of explosives despite the fact that the nuclear power plant is located at almost a porous shore and residents’ ire against the plant has been raging.
The Indian continue to threat common people with its plans for large scale nuke pants across the nation. State madness is not good for the people. .

Peace

More than 1,500 “People’s Climate” events are now planned worldwide in 136 countries. Highlights include: The worldwide mobilization and march in New York City will take place just two days before world leaders are set to attend a Climate Summit at the United Nations hosted by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The summit is designed to build momentum for national and international climate action, including a new global climate treaty that will be finalized in Paris next year. Mobilization organizers say they are looking for “Action, Not Words” at the summit.
India saw its largest ever Climate Change Mobilization to press for stronger action on climate change. In September 2014, over 1500 people from different walks of life came out on the streets Delhi with colourful banners, placards and costumes showing their support for a healthy climate . This is the first peoples protest against any decision of the new government and will be pressing for India’s participation at the Heads of Government meet on Climate Change at the UN. The People’s Climate March started from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar in New Delhi which saw participation from citizens across the board . From College students to Rickshawallahs, from school students to daily wage workers, from artists to working professional, irrespective of background their one voice in unison demanded – Action on Climate Change! The speakers emphasized that the change must start from us, from our houses and from our localities.
The Climate Change March concluded with a street Natak presented by Asmita , which highlighted the hazards of Industrialization which has resulted in the form of calamities like droughts, floods apart from contaminated drinking water and polluted air. A memorandum on Climate Change was submitted to the Prime Minister detailing the demands so that India by itself can take swift action on Climate Change.

Policies at state levels to protect and preserve environment and climatic conditions alone is not enough for solving the acute problem but they must also implement the polices with active participation of various state and non-state agencies and people themselves can save our environment and climate, thereby protecting our planet from most dangerous environmental hazards like nuclear operations, regular missile testings, real wars like NATO wars in Islamic world for resources and Israeli war in Palestine, etc , war deaths and destructions, .
Denuclearization and disarmament should be focused more serious than ever now. Regional arms race need to be checked and big nations must stop dumping their unused terror goods on third world nations, especially in India and Pakistan.

Arms race and peace cannot go hand in hand. More the regimes care for environment better for the climate and living beings on earth.

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Illegal Assets: Bangalore Court Removes Jayalalithaa as CM of Tamil Nadu

Illegal Assets: Bangalore Court Removes Jayalalithaa as CM of Tamil Nadu
-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Jayalalithaa has gone back to jail. Of course Tamil Nadu will lose nothing by disowning and discarding a leader who betrayed Tamil state and looted the Tamil resources for her own sake while she is on oath to serve the people of Tamilnadu by all means.

Jayalalithaa has been deliberately insensitive to public complaints about properties stolen by criminals and police apathy and atrocities.

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Indian politicians, bureaucrats, among others, boldly engage themselves in bribery and other types of corruption operations because they are damn sure they are safe under a corrupt regime promoting corruption as part of so-called development. .

Very rarely that a political leader gets punishment in India but by and large the corrupt system Nehru gave birth to still continues without any problems and serious threats and politicians, various mafias and corperates and bureaucrats thrive. Punishments are given only to select leaders for their extra fittings.

Tamil Nadu’s DMK party leader Karunanidhi and ADMK leader Jayalalithaa have been caught by law in their corrupt operations and have spent time in jails.

Jayalalithaa has been convicted again in multi crore illegal assets case in Bangalore court. In a major setback for Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, a special session court in Bangalore convicted her and three others accused in Rs.66.65-crore disproportionate assets case giving the AIDMK leader a four-year jail term.

Today on 27th September Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was convicted under prevention of corruption act by a special court in Bangalore. Special Judge John Michael D’Cunha convicted the 66-year-old AIADMK Chief in a case of owning assets disproportionate to her known sources of income during 1991-96 when she was chief minister for the first time. The verdict was delivered at a makeshit court in the Parappana Agrahara prison complex in the presence of Jayalalithaa and the other accused. Jayalalithaa’s close aide Sasikala Natarajan, her niece Ilavarasi and her nephew and the chief minister’s disowned foster son Sudhakaran are also convicted.

After an 18-year court battle, special Judge John Michael Cunha John Michael Cunha convicted 66-year old Jayalalithaa, who is general secretary of the AIADMK. He held Jayalalithaa and three others – Sasikala and her relatives V.N. Sudhakaran and J. Illavarasi guilty. Sasikala is the close aide of Jayalalithaa. Pronouncing the order, the special Judge held Jayalalithaa guilty of amassing wealth disproportionate to known sources of her income under Sections 109 and 120 (b) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, said Special Public Prosecutor G. Bhavani Singh. Her aide Sasikala and two others have also been convicted.

Jayalalithaa slapped with Rs.100-crore fine. Jayalalithaa stepped down as Chief Minister. Automatically, Jaya gets disqualified for six years. Jayalalithaa, 66, will now lose MLA’s post and will have to step down as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, while she stands disqualified from public office for next 6 years. She is likely to appoint a loyal party man as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu.

This is the second time that Jayaalithaa has been convicted. Earlier, when the court disqualified her to continue as chief minister of Tamilnadu she handpicked her most loyal minister O Pannir Selvam who was then a junior in the cabinet who upon assuming power at Madras Fort he never took a decision without consulting Jayalalithaa- in fact, he did exactly what jayaalaithaa asked him. There were occasions when CM Pannirselvam left meetings in order to get orders from the Poes Garden, Jayalalithaa residence in Chennai. .

Security has been beefed-up at the DMK headquarters and residences of its senior leaders. On a request from DMK, security had been increased at “Anna Arivalayam”, the headquarters of DMK, two residences of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK President M Karunanidhi and the residence of K Anbazhagan, party’s General Secretary, police said. It was on Anbazhagan’s petition that the case had been transferred to Bangalore by the Supreme Court

The verdict made the AIADMK party people angry. Clashes broke out in Tamilnadu. News channels blocked, electricity cut, stones pelted minutes before the Jayalalithaa verdict announced. Protest against Subramanian Swamy in Chennai ​ Buses burnt near Ambattur, Kancheepuram, several injured. Jayalalithaa goes to Bangalore jail. However, the next day, bus services, suspended in many parts of the state, were being resumed in a phased manner though operations to Bangalore were still not being taken up.

Rallying behind beleaguered AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa, the party leaders and two of her allies said the Bangalore special court verdict convicting her in the disproportionate assets case was not final and expressed hope that she would emerge victorious. Meanwhile, scores of AIADMK workers held a “hunger strike” at several locations in the state protesting the verdict.

AIADMK MLAs are likely to meet here today to propose a candidate for the Chief Minister’s post. Party sources said the meeting is likely to be held later in the day and all the legislators have been asked to be present. Majority of the ministers of the Jayalalithaa ministry and MLAs had been in Bangalore since yesterday to know the outcome of the Special Court verdict.

Some of the names of Jayalalithaa’s cabinet ministers including O Panneerselvam, Natham Viswanathan and V Senthil Balaji besides former Chief Secretary and Advisor to Tamil Nadu government, Sheela Balakrishnan are doing the rounds for the top post. However, Jayalalithaa could still spring a surprise by possibly nominating a more not-so-known face.

Hoping for a major setback to the ruling party, opposition parties including DMK, Vaiko’s MDMK and Ramadoss’s PMK have been loud enough to reveal their changing stands. DMK and some other Dravidian parties like DMDK of actor Vijayakanth are making efforts to unite against AIADMK. While the whole state is abuzz with predictions on verdict, Jayalalithaa’s followers are not worried. Prior to the judgment, hundreds of AIADMK leaders from different districts have already made a beeline to Bangalore.

The asset case was filed by Subramanian Swamy in 1996 accusing Jayalalithaa of amassing properties worth Rs 66 crore during her tenure as the Chief Minister from 1991 to 1996. Earlier, she was arrested and jailed for some days after DMK came to power in the 1996 Tamil Nadu Assembly polls.

In perhaps one of the longest legal battles involving a political leader ever since the case was filed, the country has witnessed five Lok Sabha elections and Tamil Nadu three Assembly polls.

The verdict, which was scheduled for September 20, was deferred to September 27 as the Karnataka High Court had to issue a notification regarding shifting of the court to facilitate Bangalore police to make security arrangements for the Chief Minister. Jayalalithaa on September 15 had filed a petition before the Special Court judge seeking security cover.

Platoons of Karnataka State Reserve Police, the city Armed Reserve and the Rapid Action Force were stationed near the court, besides hundreds of police personnel, including those in plain clothes. Keeping all options open, an exclusive helipad has also been built within the prison complex in case Jayalalithaa, who enjoys ‘Z Plus’ security cover, decides to fly down there.

Amid palpable tension, the 65-year-old AIADMK chief set out from her Poes Garden residence in Chennai in the morning towards the airport along with her close aide Sasikala Natarajan, another accused in the case, besides Ilavarasi and flew to Bangalore in a special aircraft, hoping to return with a win in the court. .

Now Jayalalithaa ceases to be MLA and CM. Jaya was taken to a special jail kept ready in Bangalore in same night.

The big question now is who will head the government in the absence of Jayalalithaa. Again this is not the first time such a question has cropped up. In 2001, Jayalalithaa had to step down as a chief minister following a Supreme Court verdict which held that she cannot hold the office after being convicted for criminal offences. However, she made O. Panneerselvam, a minister in her government, as the chief minister.

Life

Born in Mysore on Feb 2, 1948, Jayalalithaa moved to Chennai with her mother, who started acting in movies. Jayalalithaa studied at the Bishop Cotton Girl’s High School in Bangalore and another Christian convent, Church Park, in Chennai. A bright student, Jayalalithaa ventured into acting and made her debut at the age of 16 in a Kannada movie. Her first Tamil movie was the memorable “Vennira Aadai”. But it was the grand success of “Aayirathil Oruvan” pairing with the legendary M.G. Ramachandran (MGR) that turned Jayalalithaa into a leading light of Tamil movie world. She has paired with almost all the leading Tamil heroes. She has acted in over 100 movies, mostly in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. However, her movie hero MGR is responsible for her phenomenal rise in Tamil politics, becoming CM of Tamilnadu where fanatics, like elsewhere in the country, talk about “outsider interference”.

In fact, her mentor MGR himself was a Malayalee and he had faced criticism form DMK for making big show in Tamilnadu But he became the first ever film star turned CM in the world and also became Bharatratna – a post offered by the ruling party to its favoured persons who have helped the party.

A charismatic leader who is at home in Tamil, English and Hindi (a rare quality in Tamil Nadu politics), Jayalalithaa has also sung many songs and written several stories. But when she entered politics, few could have predicted her meteoric rise. AIADMK founder-leader MGR made Jayalalithaa the party’s propaganda secretary in the early 1980s. In 1984, she entered the Rajya Sabha.

Jayalalithaa, who chose never to marry, was elected to the Tamil Nadu assembly for the first time in 1989. Just two years later, she became the chief minister, sweeping the election of 1991 held in the wake of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination. She lost her huge mandate within five years amid corruption charges

During her first tenure (1991-1996) as the chief minister, Jayalalithaa had announced that she would take just Re.1 as her salary. The charge against her was that her asset was around Rs.3 crore in 1991 and had grown to around Rs.66 crore between 1991-1996.

Illegality

The AIADMK was voted out in 1996 as it was perceived to be corrupt. Incidentally, DMK MP T.M. Selvaganapathy lost his Rajya Sabha seat this year after he was convicted in the cremation shed case by a CBI court. He was the local administration minister in Jayalalithaa’s government when the scam broke. He later switched sides to the DMK.

The court had directed Jayalalithaa and three other accused to be present before it. Appearing before the court four times, Jayalalithaa has answered 1,339 questions in closed door hearings during which she has maintained that the case was “politically motivated” and “fabricated” at the instance of her rival DMK.

This is not the first time in her political career that Jayalalithaa has been convicted by a court. In 2000, a trial court sentenced Jayalalithaa for three years and two years imprisonment in two cases.

The case, registered by the Tamil Nadu directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption in 1997, states that Jayalalithaa and her three associates – her former close friend V K Sasikala, Sasikala’s nephew V N Sudhakaran and sister-in-law J Illavarasi – have acquired Rs 66.65 crore worth of assets by corrupt means between 1991-96 during Jayalalithaa’s first tenure as CM.

The disproportionate assets case filed in 1996 by the then DMK government led by M. Karunanidhi saw several twists and turns during its course. When the AIADMK returned to power in 2001 several witnesses turned hostile. On a petition filed by DMK leader K. Anbazhagan in the apex court, the case was transferred to Bangalore from Chennai. Since then, the case meandered, with several petitions filed by the defence and several adjournments. Over 255 prosecution witnesses and over 95 defence witnesses have been heard in the case. Jayalalithaa was also summoned by the trial court in 2011 and answered over 1,300 questions posed to her by the judge.

In 2002, Jayalalithaa again became the chief minister after being acquitted by the Madras High Court. She was later elected from Andipatti constituency. AIADMK leaders do not rule out re-run of such an arrangement. Friends and foes are in awe of Jayalalithaa, who is the tallest Brahmin politician in a state where anti-Brahminism is a part of political discourse. Even her critics admit that Jayalalithaa is a fighter and has an iron grip over her party.

The case filed at Madras High Court, was transferred to the Bangalore Special Court by the Supreme Court in 2003 on a plea by DMK, which claimed a fair trial cannot be held in Chennai as the Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK government was in power. As the case moved, it has faced several twists and turns following the filing of associated cases and petitions. Moreover, the Special Court itself has witnessed five judges presiding over the case – AS Pachapure, AT Munoli, BM Mallikarjunaiah, MS Balakrishna and finally John Michael D’Cunha.

With her Z Plus security cover, Bangalore police is reportedly deploying over 6,000 security personnel besides coordinating with the Tamil Nadu police for security arrangements.

Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, who had filed a petition in 1996 against her, said Jayalalithaa, who had the best lawyers, “should know corruption doesn’t pay”. “The judge is very upright. We are fighting against corruption,” he said. CPI leader D. Raja said though that there was no immediate threat to the government, it has to be seen who is going to be nominated the next leader. Organisation Secretary of DMK T.K.S. Elangovan said “justice was delayed, not denied”.

Earlier, there was media blackout in many parts of Tamil Nadu, while there was a power cut in many parts of Chennai.

As the charges were being read against all the accused, unprecedented security was put up around the DMK ministers’ residences in Chennai. Jayalalithaa’s supporters burnt the posters of DMK leaders and Swamy. The Tamil Nadu chief minister had filed two more defamation cases against Swamy for his comments ridiculing her. Reports said her supporters clashed with cops even as they were shown distributing sweets in anticipation of a win in the favour of their leader.

The Bangalore city police have promulgated prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC as a precautionary measure ahead of the court delivering its verdict. Police have also installed CCTV cameras at vantage points in the area to check movement of people and vehicles towards the jail.

Lesson

The judgment against Jayalalithaa was delivered in Karnataka state where she was born. Jayalalithaa quit the Chief Minister’s post. Jayalalithaa had faced a similar situation in 2001, during her second tenure as the Chief Minister, when Supreme Court ordered that she could not hold the post as she was found guilty of some criminal offences including TANSI case, in which she allegedly obtained property belonging to the state-owned agency.

It could be creating history in the annals of Tamil Nadu politics. It denotes an end of a saga; of an almost 18-year long legal battle of the actor-turned-politician Jayalalithaa. If Saturday’s judgment is going to be crucial to Tamil Nadu politics as per experts’ predictions, it could totally alter the political equations in the state. It will also decide the very fate of AIADMK in the next assembly election.

The guilty must be punished, and Jaya’s corrupt practices should serve as a lesson for all corrupt politicians of India. She must realize that she now shares a prison asset in Bangalore along with Muslim leader from Kerala Abdul Nasser Madani whom her police had picked up from his home state, naming him a terrorist for trying to defend the Muslims of Kerala from Hindutva/RSS forces, while the judiciary found him innocent after nearly 10 years of police torture in jails, including Coimbatore jailing Jayalalithaa’s tenure. Now Karnataka Congress government has once again put him in a Bangalore jail, just for sustaining the Hindu votes.

While Jayalalithaa, who was all set to become premier of India but could not because BJP won landslide, is undergoing punishment for her illegal assets and corruption cases, Madani is the victim of conspiracy by Indian state

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South Asian Cold War: Pakistan’s sea-based missiles


South Asian Cold War: Pakistan’s sea-based missiles

-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Pakistan is being destabilized by the US led terror and a long civil
war. People are suffering on account of many problems. Pakistan is
undergoing political turmoil, but its military is busy developing new
missiles obviously with specific targets. Washington eyes on
Pakistani nukes.
Pakistani instability was underscored this month, as anti-government
protests in the capital asking Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to quit
appeared to push Sharif’s government to the brink of collapse. Sharif
has not yet relented. One has no idea about the immediate future of
Pakistan.

However, Pakistani military establishment seems to know the dangers
Islamabad is facing from outside Pakistan. In order mainly to outsmart
its rival nuke power India, Pakistan, like Russia, is developing
sea-based missiles and expanding its interest in tactical nuclear
warheads to give it a second-strike capability if a catastrophic
nuclear attack destroyed its entire land-based weapon system.

Instead of working to enhance the range of its missiles, Pakistan is
developing shorter-range cruise missiles that fly lower to the ground
and can evade ballistic missile defenses. In a sign of a big strategic
ambition, Pakistan in 2012 created the Naval Strategic Force command,
which is similar to the air force and army commands that oversee
nuclear weapons.

Pakistan has repeatedly tested its indigenously produced,
nuclear-capable, Babur cruise missile, which has a range of 640 km and
can strike targets at land and sea, military officials said. In 2011
and last year, Pakistan also tested a new tactical, nuclear-capable,
battlefield missile that has a range of just 60 km. This is the
miniaturisation of warheads, according to Pakistani strategic experts.

Western experts, for example, are divided over whether Pakistan has
the ability to shrink warheads enough for use with tactical or
launched weapons. Maria Sultan, chairwoman of the Islamabad-based
South Asian Strategic Stability Institute, an organisation with close
links to Pakistani military and intelligence wings, said the
short-range missile is designed as a signal to India’s military. “We
are saying, ‘We have target acquisition for very small targets as
well, so it’s really not a great idea to come attack us’?” Sultan
said. “Before, we only had big weapons, so there was a gap in our
deterrence, which is why we have gone for tactical nuclear weapons and
cruise missiles.

The next step of Pakistan’s strategy includes an effort to develop
nuclear warheads suitable for deployment from the Indian Ocean, either
from warships or from one of the country’s five diesel-powered Navy
submarines. Shireen M. Mazari, a nuclear expert and the former
director of the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad, a hawkish
Pakistani government-funded think-tank said Pakistan is on its way,
and ‘my own hunch is within a year or so, we should be developing our
second-strike capability,” he asserted. .

The development of nuclear missiles that could be fired from a Navy
ship or submarine would give Pakistan “second-strike” capability if a
catastrophic nuclear exchange destroyed all land-based weapons.

Pakistan’s nuclear push comes amid heightened tension with US
intelligence and congressional officials over the security of the
country’s nuclear weapons and materials.
US media had reported in September 2013 that US intelligence officials
had increased surveillance of Pakistan in part because of concerns
that nuclear materials could fall into the hands of “terrorists”- the
usual US gimmick employed to tactfully take away the nuke arsenals. .

For more than a decade, Pakistan has sent signals that it’s
attempting to bolster its nuclear arsenal with “tactical” weapons -
short-range missiles that carry a smaller warhead and are easier to
transport. Over the past two years, Pakistan has conducted at least
eight tests of various land-based ballistic or cruise missiles that it
says are capable of delivering nuclear warheads. It is unclear how
much direct knowledge the government has about the country’s nuclear
weapons and missile-development programmes, which are controlled by
the powerful military’s Strategic Planning Directorate

The acceleration of Pakistan’s nuclear and missile programmes is
renewing US and international concern about the vulnerability of those
weapons in a country home to more than two dozen “Islamist extremist
groups”. The US strategists argue that the assurances Pakistan has
given the world about the safety of its nuclear programme will be
severely tested with short-range and sea-based systems, but they are
coming.

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, when asked if the US was
concerned about a sea-launched Pakistani weapon, said it was up to
Pakistan to discuss its programmes and plans. But, she said Washington
would continue to urge all nuclear-capable states to exercise
restraint regarding nuclear and missile capabilities. “We continue to
encourage efforts to promote confidence-building and stability and
discourage actions that might destabilise the region.”

While, ignoring the Israeli nukes, the western officials have been
concerned about Pakistan’s nuclear programme since it first tested an
atomic device in 1998 to counter the real threat posed by Indian
atomic bomb. Those fears have deepened over the past decade amid
political tumult, terror attacks and tensions with India.

Analysts say much about Pakistan’s programme remains a mystery. The
prime minister is the chairman of Pakistan’s National Command
Authority, a group of civilian and military officials who would decide
whether to launch a nuclear weapon. Pakistani military officials
declined to comment on the nuclear programme.

Pakistan is also, like India, testifies missiles very often and very
recently, Pakistan successfully test-fired short range
surface-to-surface missile ‘Hatf IX’ that has a range of 60 kilometres
and can cover parts of India. The test of the missile also called Nasr
was conducted with successive launches of four missiles from a
state-of-the-art Multi Tube Launcher with Salvo Mode.
Hatf with in-flight manoeuvre capability is a quick response system,
with shoot and scoot attributes. It contributes to the full spectrum
deterrence against the prevailing threat spectrum.

The successful test launch was warmly appreciated by Pakistan
President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Chairman of
Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Rashad Mahmood congratulated
the scientists and engineers on achieving yet another milestone
towards Pakistan’s deterrence capability. He appreciated the
professional attributes of all concerned which made possible the
successful launch of the weapon system. Mahmood showed his full
confidence over the Strategic Command and Control System and the
capability of Pakistan’s armed forces to safeguard the security of the
country.

Apart from nukes and Kashmir, water issue also poses trouble for
Indo-Pakistan peaceful bilateral ties. A project 120-MW Miyar
hydropower project near Udaipur town is being commissioned by private
firm Moser Baer in the Miyar Valley on a tributary of the Chandrabhaga
River. A three-member Pakistani delegation will inspect the 120-MW
Miyar hydropower project near Udaipur town in bordering tribal
district of Lahaul-Spiti on September 28 Monday. The purpose of the
Pakistani team’s visit is to ascertain whether any diversion has been
made in the original flow of the Chandrabhaga, which later enters
Jammu and Kashmir and merges into Chenab River. “We are hopeful that
India will show some flexibility on (Pakistan’s) reservations over the
building of new dams in India.”
The delegation led by Pakistan’s Indus Waters Commissioner Mirza Asif
Beg, reached Manali in Himachal Pradesh this afternoon and would leave
for Lahaul and Spiti. The Indian team comprising Water Commissioner K
Vohra and senior joint commissioner PK Saxena would also accompany the
Pakistani delegation to the site.

The Indus Waters Treaty was signed in 1960 with the support of the
World Bank to settle water issues between the two neighbouring
countries provided that India and Pakistan can inspect sites of
development works such as projects or dams to check that no diversion
has been created to the river flow, which could deny it the unhindered
flow.

During the five-day trip, the delegation will also visit four
“controversial sites” on the Chenab River where New Delhi is planning
to construct new dams, said the paper. Reiterating that Pakistan’s
objections over the design of Kishanganga dam were logical, Baig told
the daily that some serious doubts pertaining to the controversial
project – particularly regarding the Neelum distributary point – and
other dams on the Chenab river have already been allayed.

The delegation would try its best to resolve all issues during their
stay in India. But at the same time, he admitted that Islamabad would
have no choice but to approach the International Court of Justice if
New Delhi did not entertain their “fair” demands.

Such cross border water problem remains a major irritant between them
as Pakistan is the victim of this anomaly. As Pakistan does not get
enough water from rivers running from India or get over flooded when
it rains heavily in Indian side.

Though it is not like US-USSR era cold war, Indo-Pakistan cold war has
negative impact on the people of Kashmir.
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God and Worship: Why does God not punish the ill-doers?

2014, September 22

God and Worship: Why does God not punish the ill-doers?
-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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“But to Allah alone belong the last (Hereafter) and the first (the world).” (Sūrat’l-Najm: 24-25)
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Faith in God is the most serious thing: one has faith in God or does not have it. There is nothing like “little” or “more”. Real faith is absolute.

Human beings are devoted slaves of God whether or not Allah punishes the harmful and guilty in this world. Humans and other living being came into existence in this world only as per God’s will and plan.

People continue to commit crimes taking lives as freely as wild bests do, use deceptive methods to cheat, undermine others, steal the property of others, and tell lies because they have no faith in God-Allah.

The ever increasing crimes and thefts even by Muslims only indicate the falling level of Islamic faith globally.

Those who commit crimes of allsorts see no threat to themselves either from the society or from God and so they continue to be engaged in heinous crimes more forcefully.
The impression that if God punishes the criminals and cheats after their crimes if not on the spot is gaining momentum with people losing real faith in God and religions.
In other words, people expect God to punish those who commit crimes and bestow benefits comforts to those who do not commit crimes and also do good things to others.
Their argument is simple. Since God is omnipresent and omnipotent and sees everything good and bad happening around the world He should be able to set things right.
As a result, in the absence of punitive measures by God, the might has become the right of powerful individuals and gangs globally. Muslims and others behave in similar fashions.

True, God plays the roles but not only God – even humans are also allowed to play their roles, both positive and negative.

Rewards and punishments come from God Almighty at the appropriate time when humans least expect the same way humans attack non-humans the most unexpected ways. .

Life with faith in God is much better than life without faith because by abandoning faith Muslims become weak morally and emotionally that makes people at times inhuman. Leave intolerable worries to God.

Believers become angry even with God. Anger towards God is associated with poor adjustment to bereavement, particularly when the anger remained unresolved over a period. But worries and withdrawal from faith may lead to depression, withdrawal, and a dangerous drop in Islamic religious faith..

When things are difficult and out of our control, it is easy to snap. We yearn for the situation in which everything is secure, safe, and predictable. The relationship with God that you used to cherish does not seem comforting anymore. We even feel betrayed, abandoned and mistreated. We stop going to the mosque. We feel like our belief has shattered. We resent religious advice. Whether we are praying to Allāh or not, it does not seem to have any difference. We feel like the world has conspired against you and hold Allāh responsible for that harm, temporarily blind to the reality that afflictions and calamities befall everybody, even the prophets and messengers.

People respond differently to crisis. During troubled times, it is natural to be sad and exasperated be it the death of a loved one, being diagnosed with serious illness, trauma, natural disasters or any negative events. Some people become angry, and even turn that anger towards God. After blaming other people, themselves, and fate, they eventually blame Allāh.

Our Prophet Holy Muhammad (SAS) said people are tested in accordance with one’s level of faith. If his faith is strong, one will be tested more severely, and if their faith is weak, humans are tested in accordance with his faith. “Calamity will keep befalling a person until he walks on the earth with no sin on him”.

Many people experience similar struggles. Rather than pulling away or trying to cover up the negative feelings, dealing with the issue in an open and honest way is more helpful in the long term. It may not be serious if you just have a flash of anger towards Allāh, and then the coping mechanisms kick in. However, if you have trouble minimizing the anger, you may need to seek help.

This world is a place for tests. Everyone is being tested. Some are being tested through hardships, while others are being tested through ease.

Allah has set rules and regulations on how to live on this earth. This includes rights of parents, children, men, women, workers and human beings in general. We also have free will, and some people use it to break Allah’s laws by oppressing others and transgressing their limits. If someone breaks these laws it’s the job of the Islamic state to stop them. It is also our job as Muslims to stop that person by ordering good and forbidding evil. If we do not do so there will be chaos in the society, and will eventually lead to the downfall of that nation. Allah will hold those people accountable for their actions, if not in this world, then definitely in the hereafter. They will not get away with it.

So if somebody has been through so many hardships that they want death, it’s because the people around them have been breaking Allah’s laws.

Let us all pray that Allah give peace to the hearts of the oppressed, give them strength and make their lives easy. (Ameen)

Muslims should comprehend the purpose of Islamic worship. Why do we worship Allah? Is it out of fear for God or for seeking favors or showing our real faith in God?

We must know that Allah has already written our story and the plots in our lives. Allah has similar stories for all those enjoying by harming others. Allah’s laws are unique. Keep in mind that we don’t become religious and righteous to be immune from calamities. Our obedience to Allāh is not a bribe for Him to give us something in return or spare us from trials.

Dealing with anger towards Allāh cannot erase the sorrow, but by coping with it appropriately, it can lead to growth in faith and a closer relationship with Allāh.

Transforming the anger into compassion and contentment is an empowerment. Trials are meant to increase our resilience, and a strong believer is better and more beloved to Allāh than a weak believer.

Let us be first honest to ourselves, vulnerable to Allāh and make du’ā’ and crush the pride and be humble. The meaning of du’ā’ is the servant’s asking his Allah (Lord) for His help, and asking His continuous support. Do not be arrogant. Even when you are angry, force yourself to turn back to Allāh and complain your grievances to Him. The prophets have shown us perfect examples of how they turned to Allāh during severe circumstances
Humility or simplicity is not a weakness. Admit that you are powerless, not everything is manageable and there are times when you need to give up being in control. The trial that you are facing is not an indicator that Allāh’s plan is a mistake.

Holy Prophet Mohammad Rasūlallāh said that caution will not be any benefit against predestination, but du’ā’ benefits matters that have occurred and that are yet to occur. And indeed, du’ā’ meets with a calamity, and fights it until the “Day of Judgment” . All our good deed will testify before the Almighty.

Rather than being angry and cutting ourselves off from Allāh, turning to Allāh actually relieves the distress. In fact, human beings are wired to be this way.

Without Allah we have no life, no identity!

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Will Siva Sena boys recite: “Laailaaha Illallah, Muhammadarrasulallah” to uphold communal harmony?

Will Siva Sena boys recite: “Laailaaha Illallah, Muhammadarrasulallah”
to uphold communal harmony?

-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Very close on heels of the proactive message of Premier Narendra
Modi suing pro-Muslim words uncharacteristic of Hindutva parties that
harp on communal clashes for Hindu votes, the prime communal and
essentially anti-national Siva Sena party has issues a list of dos an
don’ts to Indian Muslims essentially asking them to behave.

Quite likely, the Siva Sena and other ultra communal parties in
secular India may have been deeply worried about the fallout of
pro-Muslims statements by BJP leader in India because the Hindutva
parties could lose its Hindu vote banks in the country created by
sheer hate politics. .

The Shiv Sena said Narendra Modi has lauded Indian Muslims for their
patriotism and also urged Indian Muslims “not to let down” Modi after
he praised the community for its patriotism and love for the country
in an interview.

Shiv Sena is damn sure that all Hindutva outfit sin India will never
give up their ultra and aggressive Hindutva ideology. It said in an
editorial in the party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ that Modi has initiated a
new chapter by giving a guarantee of the community’s love for its
motherland. Now, Muslims must not let him down”. Frowning on Hindu
hardliners, it said that by making this statement, Modi has not
diluted his staunch Hindutva ideology.

The editorial said the entire minority community cannot be held
responsible for the misdeeds of a handful of Muslims indulging in
terror activities. “Modi is the prime minister of the country and of
all communities and people…But, he has been always painted as
‘anti-Muslim’ by pseudo-secularists of the country,” it argues.

Siva Sena claims it owns tough “but fair Hindutva” propounded by the
Shiv Sena patriarch and founder late Bal Thackeray, like other Indian
politicians, used cricket to boost his own and party image. Siva Sena
also claims that Bal Thackeray always was not against Muslims. But,
always opposed those who celebrated Pakistani cricket team’s win
against India because Hindus blast semi explosives when and make
aggressive demonstrations in Muslim localities when India by chance
defeats Pakistan. Sena considers those who showcase aggressively their
majority Hindutva character by insulting and terrorizing the
minority Muslims are patriots while those who defend Islam are
automatically traitors

Yet, Sena claims that it has the highest respect for nationalist Muslims.

Modi has spoken well of Indian Muslims in order to prevent them from
supporting Islamic fundamentalist but terror groups like Al-Qaeda and
quite likely a reply to Washington seeking Indian military support
for NATO terror operations in Islamic world.

The Shiv Sena blames Congress for its vote bank politics that harmed
the genuine Muslim interests in the country. lamented that certain
communal elements attempted to create a schism between the 20-crore
Muslims and other communities for their vested political interests.
They were pampered by Congress and made to feel like “princes” while
certain Muslim leaders relying on numbers, resorted to political
bargaining – which is nothing short of terror, it said.

In extending its advisory list for Indian Muslims, the Sena party
has even boldly called upon Muslims to sing ‘Vande Mataram’ in tandem
with the rest of the country, put a halt to the “alleged anti-national
teachings” imparted in ‘madrassas’ and discard the “minority community
veil” (burqa) which would result in many political shops downing
shutters permanently.

It is indeed too much on the part of Sena communal outfits and this
amount sot interference in the religious freedoms of Muslims as major
minority community of India.
Don’t these Hindu communal fanatics know that the Madrassas impart
Islamic education, including teaching of Holy Quran and Holt Prophet
as well as history of Islam? How does it bother them? Why should burqa
that protects womanhood from evil eyes worry the communal Hindus so
much?

Once the politics of religion ends, India has the potential to
progress and become an influential, global superpower, the Shiv Sena
said. However, this is hampered by the ignorance and non-cooperation
of the community, who are influenced by certain leaders bent on
keeping the community “in the ditch of backwardness”. ‘Saamana’
appealed to the Muslims to get on to the national mainstream and not
let down Modi for his appreciation of the community

Today, they would ask Muslims to sing vande maderum , tomorrow they
will ask them to drink rum and later on, the would instruct Indian
Muslims to change their names into Hindu ones and finally ask them to
convert into Hinduism if they want to live with life. Perhaps, even
worse can happen as Hindutva forces would face the threat of existence
in a new, really secular society and eventually close their Hindutva
shops for good. .

For communal harmony to take roots in secular India, there should be
mutual counseling and advising. When Hindutva Siva Sena urges
Muslims to sing “vande mandaram” to identify themselves with India and
Hinduism, the Hindus also should say “Laailaaha Illallah,
Muhammadarrasulallah” as a positive gesture towards Muslims so that
mutual harmony becomes real and credible and sustainable.

Both hands must unite in order make a sensibly audible clap, it is said.

India Politics: Not by words alone – Modi government should help Muslims in real terms!

India Politics: Not by words alone –  Modi government should help Muslims in real terms!

-DR.  ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL
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A week ahead of his keenly-anticipated US trip, in response to a question on al Qaeda’s video appeal to Muslims of the Indian subcontinent to join the Indian arm of the terror outfit,  Prime minister Modi said: “If anyone thinks Indian Muslims will dance to their tune, they are delusional.” He strongly feels that the Congress policy of appeasement of the minority community won’t work anymore, and the benefits given by the government shouldn’t be limited to the affluent and elite Muslims. Now it’s up to the Muslim population of the country to come good on the faith that the right wing PM of the country has reposed in them. Also, this may be the first big step of rapprochement by Modi towards the community that trusts him the least.

It is known fact that  the MPs and MLAs of BJP and its Hindutva allies, with or without criminal records, have won polls all over India on anti-Muslim platforms and most  ministers in BJP ruled states and at the centre are deadly communal  in outlook and Muslim cannot expect anything  good from them. And, the ministries under them  also do nothing for Muslims but only misbehave and even insult  weak Muslims.   That is position in New Delhi and state capitals and elsewhere  because  the officials are also, by and  large, communal.

Even outside India, none believes that Indian communal parties that now control India would ever change to accommodate Muslism  or govern the antion in an inlcusive manner to benefit every one – not just the  corporate lord and rich people.  .

So notwithstanding what Modi  has said,   perhaps sincerely, Muslims generally do not hope for anything  better  in dealings  from BJP  government.  Modi should undertake stesps to  assure Muslims of their  lawful place in India.

The PM’s statement, however, is likely to stir a hornet’s nest among the Muslims anyway, as those who are opposed to him would cry foul and the liberals are likely to feel indignant over the emphasis on their nationalistic credentials.

One must not forget that the Muslims contributed equally in India’s freedom struggle against the British nd Hindus and Muslims, among others, jointly  fought for freedom of India. .

The Modi government and the BJP have to honestly engage with the Muslim community which no political party has ever done in India

In India, 170 million Muslims share a cordial relationship with the Hindus. Considering the years of exploitation that a large section of Muslims faced due to vote bank and divisive politics, they now have to rise above parochialism and get themselves properly educated to be a part of development.

By positive  attitude  from  Indian political parties, especially the  Hindutva outfits,  assisting the  Muslims to live  in a fearless environment, Muslims could be prevented from getting attracted to extremist organisations and lead them to work for their uplift.
Muslims in India are the largest minority of Indian state, deserving dignity, protection, livelihood, education, jobs, and quality life as enshrined in the Constitution of India. .

However, they have been reduced to mere vote bank stuff with the status of semi-slaves that could be manipulated and misuse by the politicians in order to win polls, particularly the Congress party.

For ordinary Muslims, the recent positive statement of Indian premier Narandra Modi naming Indian Muslims credible patriots has become shocking even for Congress party leaders  as not even that party  that  exploited the  Muslims for its own purposes ever said  something like truthful that soothing to Muslims years in India in public.

Today,  Indian government run by  the national parties like Congress and BJP in alliance with regional parties like  Siva Sena, DMK, AIADMK, Telugu Desam, etc can  deal with Muslims the way they prefer and they do exactly that makes majority Hindus happy.

This anti-Muslim  problem has been happening for decades with changing political fortunes of Indian political parties primarily because Indian Muslims have no credible voice in the  country, in parliament, state assemblies as their leaders have already sold out Muslims to major parties  in exchange for favors for their families;  Worse,  Muslims still trust the Congress and other pseudo secular parties like Congress, SP that also, like other Hindutva parties, pursue Hindutva programs in India and abroad

It remains a fact that Congress pursues the same polices the BJP advances in India to make Hindus the bosses and Muslims the slaves.

For Indian Muslims the ruling party should not be concern but it is because they see BJP more dangerous than Congress party.

Indian media lords, worst possible fanatic minds the world has today, just dutifully help the regime’s anti-Muslims and anti-Islam overturns and also insults the terrorized Muslims
A few Muslim leaders who control Muslim vote banks in the country, jointly or separately, and transfer votes to the parties that offer maximum money to them benefit from every regime, irrespective of which party or coalition rules India.

Anti-Muslim hate politics  has badly affected Muslims but Congress party did  nothing to  end the anti-constitutional mischief because it also promotes it. Not only the BJP but also Congress  very tactfully uses Muslims  with some vague pampering  statements only to prompt the BJP to take advantage of them. Congress party and allies, the so-called secular people, cannot do that because they gain only if Muslims are divided and hated by Hindus so that Muslims vote for  the Congress party. .

The Hindutva parties have only benefited from secret agenda of Congress party.

Muslims are made to think without Congress party Muslims, like in Jammu Kashmir where  the military does that,  would be killed by Hindutva parties and hence they must protect the Congress party and  governments.

Muslim leaders are betraying the Muslim masses. Modi should vacate the court case regarding the historic Babri Mosque and let Muslims worship there as they used to do before the Congress government of Nehru dynasty conspired to dismantle that mosque by misusing Hindutva parties and criminal elements.

Indian Muslims continue to suffer as hapless sections of Indian vote bank politics.

False dependence on Congress party has led them to such an extent that Muslims are unable to think that Congress party is the root cause of ill-fated journey of Indian Muslims.

Muslims in India look forward to positive attitude from Hindutva parties toward their cruel fate so that they could aim at a better destiny for themselves in a constructively meaningful manner.

True, India remains a Hindu majority nation will remains so as far as we can see so Hindus have no reason to worry.

Narandra Modi led BJP government has the absolute majority for making decisions and all the resources under its total command , and so it can showcase  the pro-Muslims rhetoric in  practice by implementing polices that  help Muslims and improve their status in the national scenario that they continue to serve India  now as  the  legitimate citizens of India.

A major task for the Narandra Modi government is to release Muslim mindset from the awkward position they have been pushed by the essentially the Congress party that colonized Muslim mindset in its own profitable ways. Muslims as a major minority section are entitled full human status as assured by the Indian constitution.

Modi should ask Indian media lords to sympathetic towards defenseless Indian Muslims – enough of gimmicks of fanaticism and hatred towards them.  Let the highly communalised India media do justice to Muslims now on. Stop  the mischief of putting Pakistani stamp on Indian Muslims in a negative  manner, thereby further complicating their pathetic existence in India.

New premier Narendra Modi can make it a reality. It seems only he has got the authority and power to empower pathetically living Muslims and can do it. India now should undertake serious economic measures to uplift majority of Muslims who suffer due to the mischievous behaviour of Muslim leaders.

Indian Muslims, perhaps except those Congress vote bank agents, look forward to Prime minister Modi for showing enough sympathy for them.

Let a new credible era of Indian secular democracy set in soon!

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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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