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Modi and Kerala

Modi recently visited Kazargod in Kerala and loudly proclaimed in his rally that Kerala has become a nursery for budding terrorists. Some in facebook took exception to this comment and posted in facebook that Modi is trying to indulge in fear mongering in Kerala since he know he has no substantial voter base here.  I try to dissect here what Modi meant, and how a possible Modi Prime Ministership will affect Kerala. Most of the following is part of a discussion I had in facebook and need not be in the form of an actual essay.

This was the initial post

So, the ones who can’t be coerced into following his ideals must all be terrorists. Oh yes… We won’t follow his ideals like the others who would do so blindly without a thought and this makes us terrorists? Applause! Applause!

To all the Modi supporters… Is this the person who you want us to vote for? So sweet of him…

Just because Narendra Modi said it, do not jump your guns. The messenger may not be to everybody’s liking, but the message is important here. Kerala has been slotted under the Red Zone category of terrorist activity by National Investigation Agency acc to whom SIMI and IM are operating in Kerala via ‘micro-modules’. A Kerala-link has been in one way or other established in some of the major blasts in other parts of India (for ex – Chinnasamy Stadium blast in 2010, Gujarat Blasts 2008, 2008 Jaipur blasts,

In Oct 2013, 13 Keralites were given life sentence for training and recruiting 200 men into LeT to work in Kashmir. These 13 jailed people have allegedly misled the 200 young men saying they were going to given a good job. In fact these men were told that if they do not take part in terror training, their families would be harmed. K. P. Sabir, considered to be the ‘kingpin’ of Kerala terror network is still off the radar.

The annual remittance through hawala channels into Kerala alone is Rs 20,000 crore, a % of which has been used to fund the above mentioned blasts. And because of this not just NIA, all anti-terror org in India focus specifically on Kerala. Even the Intelligence Bureau says that up until a few years ago, Kerala, which was only a mere entry point for larger terror activities in India has turned into a breeding centre for extremist groups. IB says that Pakistan ISI uses the Gulf connection of Kerala to sponsor dubious anti-Indian activities.Kerala Police themselves have seized CDs which showed Taliban-style training for new recruits in Kerala.

Main advantage of Kerala for such extremist group is that

1. there is no political will to tack the situation
2. Kerala offers an easy exit route to Gulf due to its long coast.

I must tell here, that I have no bias against anyone. I am just trying to point out the facts. I have not even accused any political party of terror links. I have merely reproduced what the top Anti-terror organisations have put out in the public. Anyone can easily search it and obtain the required information from internet.

I just took the effort to write this because you commented

“We won’t follow his ideals like the others who would do so blindly without a thought and this makes us terrorists?”

That is not the case. Scoring political points is one thing. But, accepting certain facts, how ever unpleasant they are, is the need of the hour.

To this, I got the response

That was a long one. And I assume you must have done your research before writing it. Well and good. Since we are talking about hard truths here, I will also ask you… Can you also assure me that if he wins the election there won’t be any biases to the steps he will take? He already has an impression that Kerala is a nursery to terrorism. How could someone be expected to rule fair if he has such a biase about the people who he will be ruling? Also, if Congress rule was responsible of the rise in terrorism in Kerala, Modi should be for Gujarat riots, should he not be?

Government doesn’t work that way. Similar question can be asked about Chattisgarh which is the breeding centre of Naxals. Is the question going to be, “Oh! Is the government now going to view Chattisgarh with a biased eye?” or is the question going to be “How will government eliminate Naxal problem?” Hence the question of bias, I feel, is irrelevant. It is like a cancer patient asking the doctor “You are biased against my cancerous cells compared to my normal cells.”

That aside, politically speaking, Kerala is a very very important state to India. More imp. than half the states we have, due to a variety of factors. And no government can be stable if it is viewing Kerala with a biased view. Modi cannot sustain if that is the case. His fall will be imminent. And he is a smart enough politician not to let go of something as precious as his Prime Ministerial post. That is, assuming that Modi will be biased in his mind. I, do not feel he is biased. He is genuine.

Post May 2014, if exit polls are anything to go by, Congress will be at its worst tally. Regional leaders like our own Chandi and Assam’s Gogoi will have more muscle power than ever in Congress. Chandi is practical. Modi is too. I think they will make a fine PM-CM duo for the betterment of Kerala.

As far as your Congress responsibility and 2002 is concerned: I do not just blame Congress. I blame all the dominant political parties in Kerala, who have no individuality or ideology. They are nothing but a disgusting alphabet soup of political outfit. I will give a small example to compare Gujarat and Kerala. Ma’adanis case; who is Bangalore jail in Karnataka, where a BJP govt was in power just a few months ago, is no where near the end, not least due to endless influence by our own state politicians. You see our politicians acting like running lackeys of fanatics. But in Gujarat, convictions have been made. Many have been packed to jail. Case is going on with so much scrutiny by media and that too when a hostile government is at the centre. I am not saying everything is A class in Gujarat. But you see movement towards an eventual justice. In Kerala, everything is still in air.

To this I got the response

All of us are pretty sure how irresponsible the leaders of Kerala has been in all the cases that you pointed out. I am just panicking because I’m not sure if we should run away from one evil into the hands of another. I am concerned what will happen if Modi comes to power of the whole nation. People have died in Godhra, and in Naroda Patiya, both of which are the worst hit on man’s conscience. I’m just not sure because Modi took a side in the matter.
Quoted from NYTimes, “A top state official tells one investigation panel that Mr. Modi ordered officials to take no action against rioters. That official was murdered. Thousands of cases against rioters are dismissed by the police for lack of evidence despite eyewitness accounts.”
and Modi himself in 2012,
“There may have been a time when I hurt someone or when I made a mistake,” he says, adding, “I ask my 60 million Gujaratis to forgive me.”
You see, I am just concerned about a leader and followers with a biased state of mind.

I am not here to defend Modi. Do not support NDA just because of Modi. Support them since they have an efficient team who can put an end to the imminent problems we face in a swift manner.

For one quote from New York Times I can quote from a dozen other articles in Time or Guardian or NYT itself.

In fact, I can quote even from Raghavan-headed Special Investigation Team whose investigation was monitored by the Supreme Court, which has absolved Modi of all the allgations levelled against him. I can quote from cases where those “human rights” activists, like Teesta Setalvad, are facing a court cases for misusing the money collected for seeking justice to Gulbarg Society massacre victims, or are linked in a doubtful manner to Congress party (ex – Sanjeev Bhatt; R B Sreekumar). I can go ahead and say that they are just trying to frame Modi so that he will become eletorally irrelvant and Congress can maintain its dominance over Indian political scenario. One can view it this way too.

Regarding Modi’s role; I think he can be accused only of mismanaging the riot situation. Even then, for a newly appointed CM, he handled the situation pretty well compared to Assam Riots under Congress CM Tarun Gogoi or Muzaffarnagar Riots under Mulayam Singh – Akhilesh Yadav govt. I did not see anyone criticising these men with the ferocity that is reserved for Modi. In fact, half the people do not even know the details. And if Modi has apologised he has apologised for his mismanagement; not for plotting the murder of minorities. And in fact, it is good that you are quoting his apology, since one of the charges against him is that “He is so arrogant that he hasn’t even apologised.” So, that takes care of it. Asking for apology shows that he is ready to own his mistakes and not to repeat them. I see no reason why his apology should be used against him. If anything, it should be used to give him another chance to prove that he is being truthful.

The accusation that he is prejudiced against the minorities cannot be proven. What he thinks, feels etc is in his head. Neither I nor anyone else can assume that he must be thinking in a particular way. It becomes your perception versus my perception of him. n fact, what he is fighting is a Battle of Perceptions. Some feel he is a good administrator. Some feel he is a tyrant. Those who feel he is a tyrant, I can only tell that India is not Germany or Italy were Fascist elements sprang up. Those who have read history, in an unbiased and objective manner would know and realise how pluralistic and diverse India is and how different India is from the west European nations. There has been only one tyrant in our history. Her name is Indira Gandhi. And her descendants are still ruling the government. Constitution has been amended since the times of emergency, so that no one, not even the most popular PM can over turn the basic rights of Indians.

At the end of the day, it comes down to whether you believe in our Constitution or not. I believe in it.

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Akhilesh Yadav, Ghaziabad Riots, Masuri, Muslim Victimhood, NH 24, Politics, Quran, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Terror Fundings

The Muslim Leadership In India – The Ultimate Sham – 3

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 3. Ghaziabad Riots

  •  Background
If there can be a more mundane reason for riots kindly inform me, for I will be even more greatly amused than you are going to be after you learn about this particularly nasty piece of handiwork by some merchants of death, for the lack of a better word. The incident began when 3 boys (reports give one of their name to be Rashid / Salman) happen to tumble up on 16 – 18 pages of Quran on which abuses along with a phone number was written upon paragraphs 9 and 10. These boys showed these pages to  Hafiz Abdul Gaffar/ Gaffar Hafiz / Abdul Gaffar / Zalil-ur-Rehman / Muti-ur-Rehman (each report gives a different name though the name Gaffar appears predominantly). He gave it to the muezzin of the Rafiqabad masjid, Abdul Qadir. Incidentally Qadir claims in one report that Gaffer gave him the copies, and in another he claims Zalil-ur-Rehman showed him the desecrated pages of the holy book. Then he called the elders of that locality to discuss as to what is to be done and it was decided that the book will be buried as is the practice. The news report says – Qadir recalled how within minutes of the pages being brought to him, a crowd had gathered outside the masjid. He said – “When I stepped out of the masjid 15 minutes later, several people had gathered asking what had happened. Some people asked me if someone had thrown the pages outside the masjid, while others said they had been found near the tracks.
By afternoon it was decided that a complaint should be registered with the Masuri police station after the Friday evening prayers. The Imam Qadir claims a group of people, which included only a few he recognised, forced him to take the pages to the police station. “We reached the police station by around 6.30 pm, but it took at least an hour to register a complaint. By then a larger group of people had gathered outside the police station,” Qadir says. One Zalil-ur-Rehman, who claims Abdul Gaffar to be mentally challenged according to a news report [both Rehman and Gaffar have “disappeared” as of now], wrote the complain on behalf of Qadir, who incidentally is now disowning whatever is in the FIR claiming that since he did not know how to read and write, Rehman had written up the complaint and read out a different version of it to him. Though the Inspector asked for custody of the pages, it was not provided and even as to this day the article is being written, the pages are “lost” and no one knows what happened to them. The crowd started demanding the police officers that they should immediately start interrogating the man whose number was written on the pages to which the police responded negatively saying that it can be done only after verifying who the person is. Apparently this triggered the “spontaneous reaction” and a mob of nearly 3000 – 5000 started pelting stones at the police men, blocked the NH 24 , started looting the cars and other automobiles, set ablaze nearly 64 private and public vehicles, abused and even manhandled women passengers of the road (Read a shocking firsthand experience here[25]). Strangely the mob also let free, the criminals lodged in the jail, one of whom was arrested on charges of drug trafficking. To add to this, the investigation report by Masuri administration says, “In a bid to kill a head-constable Roop Chand (who is still critical), the rioters strangulated his neck tightly with a rope. Several policemen were injured with the stones pelted by them.” Another constable is still critical in hospital with a bullet wound. Anyone would naturally start retaliating, and the police resorted to firing to disperse the crowd. There were causalities resulting in the death of 6 people – Hayat (35), Asif (19), Wasim (18), Wahid (18), Amir(16) and Lukman (14) – and about 25 people were injured, 12 of whom are reported to be policemen. One should remember that these were 30 police men who were trapped in a police station by a 3000 – 5000 strong mob armed with rifles, revolvers and sharp weapons” who had “set a barrack on fire and threw an LPG cylinder in the fire to maximise damage.” 
 
  • Politicians’ Response

Anyone with a little common sense would be trying to pacify the locality. They would also not blame the police of gross negligence when they have been brutally attacked. A group of 30 facing an armed group of 3000 is a night mare. So we expect leaders all across the political spectrum including Muslims leaders, to condemn this incident and act tough.  But secular India is no place for pragmatic approach is it? Hence we have Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, the “young and dynamic” Akhilesh Yadav, who uneasily evades questions of him not being in control of UP by lame jokes, blaming, wait – for –it, the Police Officers, who had delayed the action against the complaint. Akhilesh “felt that had action been taken on time after local residents complained about desecration of a holy book, the flare-up could have been avoided” says one news report.Bordering on absurdity and lack of sympathy the CM said in the presence of state DGP A C Sharma,Bahut bigra hua police mahakma hai (There is something wrong with the police department”.
  
Was this absurdity confined to the new CM alone? No. The Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari made the whole incident about Muslim victimhood once again, not even for once pointing out the fact that it was the so- called devout Muslims who had created the ruckus. He claims that he represents the Muslims of India even while constantly creating trouble for the ruling dispensation of UP with “warnings” like “Eighty percent Muslims have voted for the SP this time round and Mulayam Singh can only ignore them at his own periland I had appealed to Muslims to support the SP during the Assembly polls. But it will be a tough call now, I have no answer and suggestions like There are a few Superintendents of Police but no Muslim District Magistrate. If there is a paucity of Muslim officials, get them on deputation and I was not seeking any alms from the SP chief but was only batting for the community. I am feeling let down as adequate Muslim representation was not given in response to his brother being denied a Rajya Sabha ticket from UP. One would wonder if the Imam thinks that Uttar Pradesh civil administration is his personal fiefdom or if he is some famed public policy consultant considering the interventions made by him in administrative issues. It is altogether different issue than another secular leader Azam Khan had declared that the Imam was a non-entity in the Muslim world. This is the same Bukhari who persuaded Muslims not to participate in Anna Hazare movement since chanting slogans like “Vande Mataram” and “Bharat Mata Ki jai” are un-Islamic. This is the same Maulana Syed Ahmed Bukhari against whom Delhi High Court had issue a non-bailable warrant in connection with a criminal case in which he is accused of rioting, obstructing and assaulting public servants from discharging their duties[26]. 
Following is the extract of a news item from Times of India about the response from The Left, Right and Centre of the Political Spectrum.
 

The rapidly deteriorating communal situation has, however, drawn no reaction from the political class, a silence seen as linked to Mulayam’s unique position as flag-bearer of the “secular” bloc in future central politics. The violence reiterated the salience of SP in the wake of turmoil over Centre’s decision to allow FDI in retail. The Left and Samajwadis have joined hands in opposing the move that could wipe out native retailers. Mulayam, who once again floated the idea of ‘third front’ by partnering the Left bloc to protest against the coal scam in Parliament last month, is seen as critical in deciding the shape of secular politics post-2014. He is eyeing leadership of the ‘third front’ for a last shot at prime ministership. Both the Left as well as Congress are aware of his political muscle. He may be a big beneficiary in the 80-seat state and could determine who rules Delhi. The Left will prefer him to stay with the third front. Congress, on the other hand, is keen to keep him on its side, as much for UPA-II as for 2014. No wonder, the party has desisted from criticizing the UP regime even though it ran a campaign during state polls accusing Samajwadis of using communal polarization for electoral gain. Trinamool Congress is eager to coordinate with Mulayam since early polls suit both parties. Interestingly, while Mulayam cannot ally with BJP, the latter has its own calculations post-retail ruckus in keeping away from the UP regime. The saffron party does not want to stoke the ‘communal vs secular’ debate by talking about the sensitive issue since it would evoke strong ‘secular camaraderie’ from Congress and keep Mulayam on the UPA side.

 
It is unbelievable to know that not one leader, be it from Muslim community or the other secular leaders or the social activists or any one, had the guts to speak up and ensure that they were actually, really helping to build a secular India. Even the BJP has not been strong in its response other than the stray comments from BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar and Shahnawaz Hussain. It got even more ridiculous when the local Muslim leaders started asking the policemen not to take any action as it would further deteriorate the delicate communal situation of the region. [27]The only group who seemed to be registering some disapproval were the Hindu shopkeepers who had shutdown their shops protesting the police delay in making any arrests.  
 

  •  Results of Investigation

Notwithstanding the grumblings from the officials, about the investigation being hindered due to the presence of media, who are constantly following them for news bites, the results of preliminary enquiry are disquieting although not surprising. Following are the extracts of what the Intelligence Bureau has been saying for some time since long.

  •  Retired IPS and former Director General of Police (DGP) Uttar Pradesh KL Gupta says the reason behind the unprovoked attack on media persons at two places could possibly be aimed at destroying the video and photo footage of the violence so that the accused remained unidentified.            
  • The major worry of the IB is that the modules of various terrorist outfits might use the volatile situation to trigger more violence and engineer terror attacks, particularly on or before the tenth anniversary of Ayodhya Babri mosque demolition on December 6.

  • This was not the first time that a defaced religious book was found in the region. Another book defaced in the same manner was found in Pilakhua on August 10 during Ramzan. The pattern was similar to the book found in Masuri as a mobile number was also scribbled on that.
  • The man whose number was found scribbled on the defaced pages of the Holy Quran, claimed he had received a similar threatening call in August as well. “The caller used threatening and abusive language and told me that ‘you have defaced our religious book’. I was shocked. I called back and told him that we will hand his number to the police,” he claimed. The matter was not reported to the police as he received no further calls —that was till the September 14 violence at Dasna and Masuri. The man is totally confused and said two incidents of similar nature, in August and September, cannot be mere coincidence.

  • The police reportedly recovered some pamphlets which were distributed by a political party of eastern UP at various places soon after Friday namaz. The contents of this pamphlet, misinformation about Assam and Myanmar violence, provoked Muslims to resort to violence across the state.

  • Last month the police had recovered some kites on which highly communalised messages were written. The minority community had been asked to wage a war against the nation. Some pamphlets have been recovered on which communal slogans have been written.” an officer of state intelligence department.

  • “The State police chiefs have been asked to investigate robberies and street crime incidents minutely after security agencies noticed a disturbing trend of Indian Mujahideen raising money through this modus operandi.”  The report says that “another area of concern was the circulation of undated pictures of charred bodies of Muslims with communal text supporting it to motivate young men to join the IM”.
Thus we see a planned incitement, stirring up of passion using the age old, tried and tested theme of Muslim victimhood and a wide scale violence harming not only the policemen but also the unassuming on-lookers of their own community. The conclusion that terrorist outfits like Indian Mujahideen are raising money through such heinous manners is something upon which serious investigation need to be done. A very worrying trend is the number of young men who had participated in the mob. It is repeatedly pointed out how hundreds or thousands of young Muslims of the age between 20 and 25 have been seen rioting and plundering in this particular incident alone. One would like to assume that they are not fools who get flared up just because a few pages of their book have been defiled.  Yet, what is seen around the world, in Middle East and in Europe, points to a conclusion which is otherwise. Another thing which is of disturbing nature is the role played by the mosques. By now we have seen a number of incidents in which, misinformation is spread during the namaz time in mosques. As a concerned citizen anyone would want to know about the steps being taken to tackle this. It was a different India, when we saw a leader boldly stating I don’t give a damn if the Golden Templeand whole of Amritsar are destroyed, I want Bhindranwale dead so that the nation will not reel under the threats of secession and terrorism and it is another India when we have a foreigner ruled government trying its level best to pander to the whims and fancies of extremists in the name of secularism. 

Written on 2nd October 2012

Links to other parts 

  1. Part 1Muslim Leadership

  2. Part 2 – Assam Riots 

  3. Part 4 – Muslim Youth Radicalisation

  4. Part 5 – “Innocence of Muslims” 

  5. Part 6 – A Chance for Indian Muslims