Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Pakistani academic deems Sanskrit dead; Indian lawyer deems Hindi non-existent!

Arfa Sayeda Zehra, a Pakistani professor of history and a lover of Urdu language, likes to illustrate the idea of death of a language with Sanskrit.

She deems Sanskrit a dead language and believes that this death occurred because the language lost its ability to adapt to the changing times.

I heard her on YouTube expressing this view at more than one forum, including the one that I have discussed in this post.

On this particular occasion, Zehra makes only a cursory comment on Sanskrit (relevant part: 13:21 min), but there is another YouTube video I have watched in which she makes a fuller statement turning Sanskrit into a metaphor for linguistic extinction.

(In that video, she also suggests that Sanskrit became extinct because its use was restricted to “religion”.

I haven’t had time to locate that particular video and link it here, but reader can easily look for Zehra’s videos on YouTube. She has repeatedly expressed the opinion described above.)

Zehra made the remarks in question at Karachi Literature Festival that took place over three days in February 2017.

In this post I have commented on Zehra's remarks.

I have also commented on the utterances on Urdu of another guy who I learnt is a Delhi-based lawyer. He is Saif Mahmood. He made his remarks (relevant part: 16:50 min) at the 2016 edition of the same festival.

Arfa Sayeda Zehra is a glib speaker, but her portrayal of Sanskrit as an example of unavoidable death of a language through ossification of expression betrays the misconceptions that her milieu has knowingly harboured within itself.

She seems to call out the Islamism that has undermined cultural diversity and expression in Pakistan, but hardly realises that her own milieu is not unaffected by the same Islamism resulting in her holding pretty ignorant views about Sanskrit's relationship with cultures and consciousness of the people of India.

Associating Sanskrit -- which has continued to the present times to animate almost all Indic languages and cultural memes -- with "death" shows that she has pretty crude appreciation of that relationship and she herself has not been immune from the phantasmagoria that Islam's ethnocidal and epistemicidal system builds for itself everywhere.

Saif Mahmood says that a misconception has taken root in India that "Urdu is the language of the Muslims and Hindi is the language of the Hindus".

He says "everyone in northern and central India" speaks what he would term "Urdu" and yet there is this perverse "insistence" on calling it "Hindi"!

"Ninety to 95 per cent of the words being used are Urdu words, such as kursi, maiz, etc," contends Mahmood.

(Really? Doesn't that imply that thousands of non-Farsi and non-Arabic words like aana, jaana, uthna, baithna, dekhna, soonghna, ped, paudha, kapde, lakdi, betaa, beti, doodh, cheeni, kutta -- not to mention the entire syntactical structure of the language -- are Hindi? Of course not. It's "Urdu speakers" like Saif Mahmood the genius who invented the entire vocabulary and the syntactical structure of the language spoken for centuries by millions of native-born Indians!)

Dialogues of Bollywood movie Mughal-e-Azam were in "Urdu" but "wrongly branded" as "Hindi" on the censor certificate, Mahmood says, translating one in "Hindi" to show how bizarre that would sound, eliciting much laughter from his Pakistani audience.

(That must have been an act of great injustice that the producer of the film somehow forgot to contest in public or in a court of law!! That's why Indians need a genius like Saif Mahmood.)

So, going by Mahmood's argument, a phrase like Taleem par sab ka haq hai (my example) is "Urdu" and that's how an overwhelming majority of Indians would express that idea.

(Presumably, no one will phrase it as Shiksha par sab ka adhikar hai.)

But of course this overwhelming majority of Indians, according to Mahmood, are such idiots -- or secret conspirators -- that they would perversely call that expression "Hindi" rather than "Urdu"!

As for "Hindi"  -- hardly anyone (perhaps no one) speaks it, according to Mahmood.

It takes an unsung and courageous linguist like him to call out this great dishonesty or perfidy (or both) of the millions of Indians!!

I think Mahmood, who is also a lawyer, should take the next logical step.

He should file a lawsuit demanding that all Bollywood films that have ever been made should be re-categorized as Urdu language productions!

He should file another lawsuit against the millions of his fellow Indians to make them correctly describe the language they speak in their everyday lives!

I have known very few people as honest and intelligent as Saif Mahmood.

I think he should be recognized as a great linguist and honoured with a Padma award as well as a Pakistani Sitara-e-Khidmat.

The following Web links have been used in this post in the order of occurrence.

(Karachi Literature Festival-2017 discussion on "Urdu Nu Kia Hua?". Discussants: Arfa Sayeda Zehra, Ali Akbar Natiq, and Afzal Ahmed Syed. Moderator: Saif Mahmood

(Idhar Urdu, Udhar Urdu, Kidher Urdu?: Urdu in India and Pakistan
Saif Mahmood and Arfa Sayeda Zehra
Moderator: Bari Mian

Friday, September 22, 2017

Using Urdu as a tool of Islamic imperialism and India's role as number one Islamist country in the world

BBC presenter Aliya Nazki mispronounces 'Brahmaputra' as 'Bhramaputra' at 10:02 min. in this BBC Urdu newscast called ‘Sairbeen’.

This woman had part of her education in Delhi and has lived elsewhere in India!!

The mispronunciation may be inadvertent, but it seems that the controllers of Urdu language in the Indian subcontinent not only continue their chauvinistic eschewal of Hindi teaching and learning (i.e. in Pakistan), but continue with the practice of colloquializing the pronunciation of almost all Sanskrit-origin Hindi words that are used in Urdu.

That is despite the fact the majority of 'Urdu speakers' in the region, especially in India, are now better socialized and educated in Hindi than in Urdu.

For example, they continue, like silly poseurs, to pronounce 'prachaar' as 'parchaar', 'bhram' as 'bharam', 'var' as 'bar', 'graahak' as 'gaahak', 'vyaapaari' as byopaari', and 'grahasti' as 'garhasti'.

This cultivated avoidance of Hindi has pushed the institutionalized use of Urdu on to the path of hopeless Arabization and Persianization.

This institutionalized usage is already alienated from the soul of a language born in India.

Mispronunciation of Sanskrit-origin words is just one aspect of a larger picture; there is also deliberate misunderstanding of the meanings of those words.

The controllers of Urdu language thus knowingly continue with a pretense -- of misrepresentation and misunderstanding of an entire culture.

It's a cultivated misrepresentation and misunderstanding.

The fact is that Urdu has long come to be the tool of Islamic correctitude and imperialism in the Indian subcontinent.

It's the subtle and unsubtle means of acculturation to 'ideal Muslimhood' in the subcontinent, which is why a huge number of Muslims from not just northern parts of India but also eastern, western and southern parts tend to claim, quite counterfactually and unreasonably, that they are Urdu speakers, even if they can't manage even a smattering of idiomatic Hindustani.

For example, I have long heard the so called "Bihari Muslims" -- a number of whom continue to be stuck in Bangladesh and allegedly being discriminated against -- being described as "Urdu speakers", which is a laughable claim.

These so called "Bihari Muslims" hardly speak any Urdu that will satisfy even a primary teacher in a Madrasa.

The fact is that they speak the languages of the cultural areas (or anchals) they hail from, such as Bhojpuri, Maithili, etc.

Only a very small fraction of the "educated" Bihari Muslims can be said to have some knowledge of Urdu.

And the Bihari Muslims stuck in Bangladesh seem to have long forgotten whatever little Urdu they allegedly possessed once.

In a BBC report I checked on YouTube, even a young Muslim in Bangladesh whose family hailed from Odisha described himself as a "Urdu speaker" while he could hardly manage a sentence.

Why on earth?

The answer lies in Urdu's role as a language of Islamic imperialism and ethnocide, which resulted -- in the first place -- in the suppression of Banglahood, perceived by Islamic imperialists of the subcontinent as hardly 'Islamic' because of being too deeply rooted in Sanskritic culture.

The same mentality of Islamic imperialism works elsewhere in the subcontinent, especially in Pakistan (i.e. Punjab, Sindh, NWFP and Balochistan) which was never an Urdu-speaking area beyond the limited sphere of some 'educated' people in Lahore and a few other places.

The use of Urdu as an imperialist tool is a manifestation of an Islamism that India has bred and nurtured for a very long time.

The story of this Islamism in all its lurid detail has never been allowed to be told in India in a language that people will understand.

I believe India had become the number one Islamist country in the world in the 19th century, thanks to Deoband, Barelvi, and a host of other Islamic madrasas in the area that's part of present-day Uttar Pradesh.

India-bred Islamism later influenced - and continues to influence - the foreign lands through organizations like the Tablighi Jamaat.

Taliban, for instance, who established the most medieval form of Islamic state in recent memory, were brought up as jihadis by Deobandi mullahs in Pakistan.

Needless to say home-grown Islamism created the conditions that culminated in the demand for a separate state for Muslims in India.

Based on whatever little I know about Islam, I don't understand what merit people find in attributing Islamic "radicalisation" to one form of Islam or another, such as Wahhabi, Deobandi and Barelvi.

Such hairsplitting is unneeded. Islam by the book – i.e. Islam by Quran and Sunnah (Mohammad’s utterances and deeds as borne out by collections of oral reports or Hadith) -- is lethal and ethnocidal, whatever label is given to it.

It's as simple as that.

I have not so far been able to gather anything that will explain to me as to how Deobandi is different from Wahhabi and how that difference, if any, affects Islam's baleful impact on human societies.

Mumtaz Qadri, who murdered Punjab governor Salman Taseer in January 2011 for an idiotic reason, was a Barelvi, which is supposedly a milder form of Islam.

So Islam is Islam. Its fundamentals are guaranteed to unbalance people who delve into them.

It's also a lie to claim that the so called 'Sufism' (whatever wishy-washy things it means to various people) flows from Islam.

I don't think Islam by the book allows any freethinking, free seeking and syncretism.

Whatever freethinking, free seeking and syncretism happens, it happens as a cultural phenomenon; it happens despite Islam, not because of Islam.

Syncretism, by the way, is a crucial concept.

Islam - like Christianity - rejects and execrates syncretism by rejecting and execrating 'Shirk' which means including others in the unique status of one and only Allah who is comprehensible only and only through a long dead person called Muhammad.

The following Web-links have been used in this post in the order of occurrence.




Tuesday, September 12, 2017

इस्लाम और मुस्लिम भाईचारे के नाम पर हिंसा और गुंडागर्दी को छुपाओ. यह है रवैया, अमूमन, बड़े मीडिया का.

न्यूज़ मैगज़ीन Lallantop के अनुसार जयपुर में 8 सितम्बर को शुरू हुए हिंसक फ़साद के बारे में फेसबुक पर कुछ भ्रामक और भड़काने वाली सामग्री दी गई है.

Lallantop के इस विडियो के अनुसार, दिनेश भाटी सियाणा नामक एक फेसबुक उपयोगकर्ता ने अपनी वाल पर फर्ज़ी सामग्री की मदद से 'हिन्दुओं' को 'मुसलामानों' के खिलाफ भड़काने का प्रयास किया है.

Lallantop की इस रिपोर्ट पर पेश हैं मेरे कुछ विचार.

मैं फेसबुक सब्सक्राइबर नहीं हूँ. दिनेश भाटी सियाणा ने यदि भ्रामक और भड़काऊ प्रचार किया है तो वह निंदनीय है. 

पर Lallantop और अन्य मुख्यधारा के मीडिया वालों का रवैया सियाणा से भी अधिक भ्रामक है क्योंकि वे इस्लाम और मुस्लिम भाईचारे के नाम पर किये जाने वाले दंगो और हिंसा को न तो इमानदारी से कवर कर रहे हैं और न ऐसी हिंसा की भयानक सच्चाई को उसके यथार्थ नामों और विशेषणों से पुकार रहे हैं.   

परिणाम यह हो रहा है कि यह भयानक सच्चाई न तो जनता तक पहुँच रही है और न उस पर तबसरा और समालोचना हो रही है. 

सूचना और समझ का अभाव एक बड़ी वजह है कि सियाणा जैसे सोशल मीडिया उपयोगकर्ताओं की पोस्ट को हज़ारों व्यूज़ मिल रहे हैं.

पश्चिम बंगाल में बसीरहत में जुलाई में सैकड़ों लोगों ने इस्लाम के नाम पर दंगा किया और हिंसा की. 

वहां मुसलमानों के हजूम ने पुलिस स्टेशन को घेर लिया था और एक नाबालिग़ लड़के -- जिस पर इस्लाम कि तौहीन का इलज़ाम था -- को जान से मारने की मांग कर रहे थे. 'हिन्दुओं' के घर और दुकानें जलाई गईं. एक 'हिन्दू' का क़त्ल भी किया गया.

अधिकतर मीडिया संस्थाओं ने इस इस्लामी उत्पात को या तो नज़रंदाज़ किया या दबे हुए, छुपाने वाले लहजे में बयान किया.

यदि आपने पिछले दिनों इंडियन एक्सप्रेस पढ़ा है तो आपको जयपुर में हुए दंगे पर भी 'इस्लाम' और 'मुस्लिम' भाईचारे की छाप साफ़ नज़र आयेगी.

(हालांकि इंडियन एक्सप्रेस ने भी कभी इस्लाम या मुस्लिम भाईचारे के नाम पर की गई हिंसा और गुंडागर्दी को ठीक से रेखांकित नहीं किया है.)

जयपुर में भी सैकड़ों लोगों की भीड़ ने पुलिस स्टेशन को घेरा. ख़बरों में एक रिक्शे वाले की मौत का उल्लेख है जिसे  देख कर लगता है इस के ज़िम्मेदार दंगाई थे.

आनंद रंगनाथन और कुछ अन्य पत्रकारों ने मुख्यधारा की मीडिया संथाओं के इस भ्रामक रवैये को तथ्यों और आकड़ों से उजागर करने का प्रयास किया है, और इसकी आलोचना भी की है. 

रंगनाथन के अनुसार क्षेत्रीय और हिंदी मीडिया ही है जो कुछ हद तक तथाकथित 'अल्पसंख्यकों' के आतंक और हिंसा को उजागर कर रहा है. बड़ा मीडिया ऐसी ख़बरों को देख कर भी अनदेखा कर रहा है और इस अनदेखी को अपनी 'असाम्प्रदायिकता' की दलील समझता है.  

नीचे मुसलामानों द्वारा किये गए उत्पात, दंगे और हिंसात्मक हरकतों की कुछ ख़बरें हैं जो क्षेत्रीय मीडिया ने तो छापीं पर राष्ट्रीय मीडिया ने नज़र-अंदाज़ कर दीं.

इस पोस्ट में आनंद रंगनाथन के tweets के अतिरिक्त निम्नलिखित वेब लिंक्स दिए गए हैं.



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

'Quam' is a false concept that madly seeks to homogenize cultural diversity; it must be shunned

There is no such thing as "Sikh Quam". Anyone who believes in the so called "Sikh Quam" -- as the keshdhari discussant in this YouTube video (at 9:29 min) seems to do -- has to be a dangerously deluded person.

"Quam" is an artificially homogenizing and imperialist concept that militates against cultural diversity and syncretism. 

Some idiot Khalistanis, like the keshdhari discussant in the video in question, have slavishly borrowed this pernicious concept from Islamic propaganda and use it thoughtlessly without looking at the death and destruction that the fraudulent concept of a "Muslim Quam" has already caused in the Indian subcontinent -- once in 1947 and second time in 1971.

The cultural clash between Punjabi and Bengali Muslims of Pakistan, the atrocities that the Bengali Pakistanis suffered, and the civil war that culminated in the creation of Bangladesh in 1971 demonstrated the falsity of the claim that Muslims of the Indian subcontinent make up a "Quam".

If Sikhs are sensible -- which they certainly are -- they would resist falling into the trap of this fraudulent concept called "Quam".

As far as I understand it, Sikhi is a 'panth' and a 'gyan marg', and Sikhs come from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.

Seeking to straitjacket the synthesizing, edifying and liberal traditions of Sikhi into an unnaturally homogenizing and false concept like "Quam" will destroy whatever remains of those great traditions.

The following Web link has been used in this post.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

One fine day your dearest 'Geeta' is no more; in her place is 'Fatima' you've never known

Media debates on 'Love Jihad', such as this one, elicit the following thoughts in my mind. I also recount here an experience of mine whereby one of my cousins eloped with a Muslim man.

Any realistic person of any community who has ever lived in the Indian subcontinent knows that the phenomenon whereby "people of a certain community" eye the women of the other communities is as real as Delhi's Jama Masjid and has existed for centuries of Islam's expansion in this part of the world.

It's not a recent phenomenon, but has existed since medieval times.

It's immaterial whether one calls it 'Love Jihad' or something else.

(In the 'Ghazwas' that Muhammad fought, women of the vanquished would be taken away as 'Maal-e-Ghaneema' and used as sex slaves with full Quranic backing. See, for instance, this Quranic injunction.)

Women of the other community are often targeted for abduction during inter-communal conflicts and riots, corroborating the existence of this phenomenon.

(In the Pothohar region of what is now Pakistan, alone, about 4000 Sikh and Hindu women were abducted by those who attacked these communities during Partition of India. See, for instance, this narration by Amrit Pal Singh of the violence visited upon Sikh and Hindu residents of Pothohar during Partition.)

So the "debate" whether this phenomenon exists or not is dishonest even if you introduce a few valid nuances into it (such as saying: 'Where is the evidence for planning and organisation behind the so called 'Love Jihad').

Also dishonest is the introduction of concerns for individual rights and liberties because Muslims have NEVER accepted the principle (and the legal codification) that "religion" (which itself is a fraudulent concept) is entirely a matter of personal choice.

(They cite this principle only after bamboozling a woman into conversion to Islam followed quickly by Nikah with a Muslim.)

So most marriages that take place between a non-Muslim woman and a Muslim man are those where the former is converted to Islam and then taken in Nikah by the latter.

(The number of civil marriages that take place through the Special Marriage Act is negligible; and even if a wedding is registered under that Act, there is little chance that the alliance will not very soon become an all Muslim one.)

So overnight Geetas, Poojas and Radhikas become Fatimas, Abidas and Humras.

(Parents not only lose overnight their lovingly brought up Geetas, they are also supposed to prepare for the arrival of little Muhammad Qasims or Taimur Alis for grandchildren!)

I have personal experience of this open fraud that 'Muslims' inflict on others.

We learnt one fine day in late 1997 that one of my closest and dearest cousins eloped with a Muslim man and married him.

She called her parents to inform them that she had become 'Ayesha' and had married this guy (who, it later transpired, had sexually exploited her over months prior to her conversion in a mosque followed by the Nikah).

Within days of committing this 'dacoity', the guy was already asking for the girl's share of the property. (So much for the 'love' marriage!)

As luck would have it, the girl was homesick enough to decide to come to meet her parents.

She was lovingly received midway in a car with the entire family in it (with a few changes of clothes and some other essentials), and taken to a safe destination.

Thus started the de-brainwashing that lasted for about two months.

She was difficult to control initially, but eventually saw reason and realised that she had cheaply given up some essential parts of her identity in doing what she did.

All this while, the guy had been making threatening calls to all the relatives (including one that I received) and followed up his threats with a Habeas Corpus petition in high court.

Fortunately, we got sufficient time for de-brainwashing during which we also accessed a copy of the Muslim marriage law, and learnt that reconversion will automatically annul the Nikah.

As soon as the young woman was stable enough, we got her reconverted in an Arya Samaj Mandir. (So technically at least, the Nikah had dissolved at that moment.)

Then came the admittedly nervous moment when my cousin had to be taken to the high court to appear before the judges (in camera) in the presence of the guy to say what she wanted.

Fortunately, two months of patient rehabilitation did not prove to be in vain. She told the judges that she had been exploited and bamboozled by the guy into a relationship she no longer wanted.

The Habeas Corpus petition was thrown out and the Nikah stood dissolved.

Her parents had won back their beloved 'Geeta' and had thwarted the terrible prospect of having a Mohammad Qasim or a Taimur Ali for grandchild.

The following Web links have been used in this post in the order of occurrence.




Thursday, August 17, 2017

Partition of India: The British and the BBC continue to be imperialist scoundrels they've always been

Compare this brief Partition documentary produced by BBC with a number of YouTube videos produced by amateurs like Sanwal Dhami, Desi Infotainer, IK Pind Punjab Da, Keshu Films Multani, Muhammad Sarfraz, and Muhammad Alamgir, and you will be convinced that this imperialist propaganda organisation has not even learnt the basics of sensitively reporting on a human society in 94 years of its absolutely shameful existence. This BBC clip is a beautiful example of how misleading imperialist propaganda can be produced in which people of the Indian Subcontinent are portrayed as emotive fools who are hopelessly divided among themselves on the basis of caste and creed. The sketchily, insensitively and selectively put together footage of the tearful response of a Muslim man returning to the house he was born in in India is contrasted with a British accented voice-over that is supposed to be "clinically observant, calm, rational and dispassionate". The viewers are supposed to feel the pathos arising out of BBC's reduction of Partition of India into a silly melodrama (with no sensible resolution) and be immensely thankful for the calm rationality that the British accented voice-over (and the consoling hug of British raised son of the Muslim man) provides to the emotional and disunited fools that people of the Indian Subcontinent are. Needless to say the British continue to be the colonial-imperialist butchers, spreaders of falsehood, sowers of discord, and shameless fraudsters. We need no less than an international tribunal to try the British imperialist criminals for the monstrous crimes against humanity that they have committed in the last three centuries. And BBC represents the very worst and the most mendacious of colonial-imperial propaganda broadcasters. I think there is a clear case for a social boycott of BBC across the former British colonies and for a demand that this shamelessly imperialist propaganda organisation be closed down.

The following are the Web links used in this post.

1. 'This is not my country' | My Family, Partition and Me: India 1947 - Episode 1 | BBC One

2. Sanwal Dhami's YouTube channel with videos featuring people of Indian Punjab who were witness to the Partition.

3. Desi Infotainer YouTube channel that has published a lot of Partition of India stories told by Pakistanis.

4. IK Pind Punjab Da channel on YouTube with videos that feature old Pakistanis who'd first-hand experience of the Partition of India.

5. Keshu Films Multani's YouTube channel that has short documentaries featuring people and families who had to flee their homes in what became Pakistan in 1947 and to settle in the divided India, primarily Haryana.

6. Muhammad Sarfraz's YouTube channel with videos featuring people in Pakistan who were witness to the Partition of India.

7. Muhammad Alamgir's YouTube channel featuring people who had migrated during Partition in 1947 from Haryana to what became Pakistan.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Here's a reminder of the 'undeclared Emergency' of the UPA-II era that elicited no 'Award Wapsi'

Published way back in September 2012, this interview with R. Jagannathan, the then editor of Firstpost, dates back to UPA-II era. 

It is a striking illustration of all the government intolerance, censorship, intimidation, even Emergency-like situation that was going on then -- not to mention massive corruption scandals like 2G and public outrage over them.

One is absolutely struck by the likeness that the issues raised by the interviewer, Madhu Trehan of News Laundry, bear to the issues that are being raised now in the Narendra Modi era in order to build the false narrative that Modi's rule has pushed India into an abyss of barbarism and totalitarianism.

Trehan talks about cartoonist Aseem Trivedi's arrest, Kapil Sibal's crackdown on social media, censorship (including of Jagannathan's article on Chidambaram), journalist Kanchan Gupta's having been summoned by a high-level government panel for answering questions on something he published, and such other issues and idiocies and ineptitude of the government led by Manmohan Singh.

Trehan even wonders if an Emergency like situation is upon us because of all the imperious and repressive measures taken by the UPA-II government.

So this interview brings before one's eyes the frightful scenario that prevailed in the year 2012 without a large section of the Media and 'Award Wapsi'/'Not in My Name' gang hollering that an undeclared Emergency was upon us as they have been doing ever since Narendra Modi has become the prime minister.

Watch the interview to understand what a massive fraud this section of the Media and 'Award Wapsi' gang have been perpetrating on the people!

Following is the Web-link used in this post.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Anand Ranganathan rips apart the fraud that the media has been perpetrating on the public

Here is a lovely article by Anand Ranganathan (who also works for News Laundry that I recently criticised in one of my blog-posts) on the criminal level of selectivity shown by the media in India in building a false narrative that Narendra Modi government has pushed India into an abyss of barbarism.

Published on 29 April 2017, this is not just an opinion piece, but a veritable research piece with a large number of citations of reportage, including news of what was going on during the tenure of the previous government.

The following are the comments I posted below the article, headlined 'Farook And The Art of Selectivity', on the News Landry website.

It's a lovely article and I have nothing but respect and admiration for Anand Ranganathan for embedding in it a whole lot of reportage to substantiate and enliven his argument. 

I am gratified that Ranganathan has used in the headline the name of Farook who was murdered in March 2017 in Tamil Nadu by some Muslim fanatics for making public his atheistic views -- without the media, except the Indian Express, making even a whimper over Muslim intolerance and terror.

It's because Farook's death occurred when I was doing some of my own research into threats to social media users and bloggers in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.

And I was absolutely stunned to see that ordinary social media-using 'Muslims' across the entire social-media-scape of these three countries have virtually turned into Al Qaeda or ISIS when it comes to openly abusing and threatening people who can even remotely be imagined to have used critical words for Islam or its prophet.

There is absolute terror going on on social media platforms from 'Muslims', complete with the vilest 'Ma-Behn' expletives and abuses.

I personally reported, for instance, some of the posters of abusive, even murderous, videos on YouTube, including one in which a Muslim man resolves to hunt down and kill Ashu Parihar, a young Indian woman, whom he accuses of having insulted the prophet, and even gives two of his phone numbers to potential informers.

There is another video featuring a Muslim man, apparently a Pakistani, who calls the young woman a whore and many other hate-filled names, invokes Modi ("Modi jaise ke kutte desh mein rahne wali"), and threatens to kill her.

None of these videos has been removed by YouTube and none of them has become the subject of mainstream media's reportage.

So a gargantuan fraud and a criminally selective level of propaganda has currently been going on in India with active involvement of the mainstream media.

Even the better reporters in the media, such as Indian Express that ran a very special 'Junaid Lynching' edition on 25 June 2017, have been guilty of high levels of criminal selectivity to build a narrative that suits them.

I feel that almost all journalists of the mainstream media have turned into trolls. Everybody is a troll now!

And the worst of them are guys like Siddharth Varadarajan and jokers like Prem Shankar Jha who published on 25 June on The Wire an entirely mendacious propaganda piece -- complete with whoppers like Kumar Vishwas and Kapil Mishra belong to the RSS! -- on how an undeclared emergency is upon us. 

The following are the web-links used in this post.

Monday, June 26, 2017

भारतीयों, अपनी संस्कृतियों और परम्पराओं को 'रिलिजन' कह कर अमृत को विष न बनाओ!

'रिलिजन' एक विनाशकारी अवधारणा है. इस से दूर रहने की आवश्यकता है.

भारत के वह लोग जिन पर 'हिन्दू' का लेबल लगाया जाता है
(a) उनका न तो कोई एक गॉड या अल्लाह है,
(b) न कोई एक क्राइस्ट या पैग़म्बर,
(c) न कोई एक किताब,
(d) न कोई एक 'डॉक्ट्रिन' या अक़ीदा, न कोई एक कलमा,
(e) न कोई एक चर्च, न कोई एक मक्का-मदीना,
(f) न कोई एक पोप या एक खलीफा की संकल्पना,
(g) न किसी चर्च को समाज की आस्था और नैतिकता तय करने का अधिकार,
(h) न कोई एक ही तरह की हज का हुक्म,
(i) न कोई सुन्नत पर चलने का हुक्म,
(j) न कोई एक कौम या उम्माह की संकल्पना,
(k) न किसी तरह की खिलाफ़त को कायम करने की अवधारणा,
(l) न सवाब (इनाम) पर आधारित जिहाद की संकल्पना
(m) न औरों को 'कन्वर्ट' करने का जूनून,
(n) न मिशनरी या तबलीगी जमा'अतें कायम करने की धुन,
(o) न सारी दुनिया में अपने चर्च या मस्जिद बना कर जनता को कंट्रोल करने की कोशिश,
(p) न किसी तरह का कोई कैनोनिकल लॉ या शरीअत,
(q) न किसी तरह की कोई एक्युमेनिकल या वैटिकन काउंसिल जो 'डॉक्ट्रिन' में बदलाव करे,
(r) न इस तरह की मान्यता या चेष्टा कि जिसे हम सत्य मानते हैं वह संपूर्ण विश्व पर लागू किया जाना चाहिए,
(s) न यह दावा कि हमारे तरीक़े पर चलने से ही मनुष्य को साल्वेशन या निजात मिलेगी,
(t) न apostasy या इर्तिदाद (‘रिलिजन’ को त्यागने) की अवधारणा और न उसकी सज़ा का डरावा.

तो फिर जिन लोगों पर 'हिन्दू' का लेबल लगाया जाता है वह किसी 'रिलिजन' को मानने वाले कैसे हुए?

और जिस चीज़ को 'Hinduism' कहा जाता है, वह एक 'रिलिजन' कैसे हुआ?

अपने आप को ‘ईसाई’ कहने वाले अपनी ‘ईसाइयत’ को ‘रिलिजन’ कहते हैं. वे ईसाइयत के ‘इतिहास’ को यहूदियत से जोड़ते हैं. सो यहूदियत भी ‘रिलिजन’ कहलाई.

अपने आप को ‘मुस्लिम’ कहने वाले अपने दीन को यहूदियत और ईसाइयत से जोड़ते हुए ‘पैगम्बराना’ परम्परा की अंतिम कड़ी मानते हैं. सो उन्हें भी अपने दीन को ‘रिलिजन’ कहलवाने में कोई आपत्ति नहीं.

पर जिन लोगों पर 'हिन्दू' का लेबल लगाया जाता है उनका 'रिलिजन' जैसी वाहेयात अवधारणा और साम्राज्यवादी व्यवस्था से कोई सम्बन्ध नहीं है.

बल्कि यह भी कहना पड़ेगा कि भारतीयता में 'रिलिजन' जैसी कोई अवधारणा लेश मात्र भी नहीं है.

‘रिलिजन’ में संस्कृति से परे एक बनावटी सामूहिकता और सबकी एक ही आस्था होने का ढोंग है, जबकी ‘धर्म’ की अवधारणा ऐसी है कि प्रत्येक व्यक्ति का अपना निजी धर्म हो सकता है.

‘रिलिजन’ में सोच, आस्था और कुछ हद तक सांस्कृतिक व्यवहार के मामले में समन्वयता (syncretism) को अस्वीकार किया जाता है ताकि सबकी एक ही आस्था होने का ढोंग बना रहे, जबकी भारतीयता की तो आत्मा ही ऐसी समन्वयता है.

इसलिए ‘धर्म’ रिलिजन नहीं है.

और ‘रिलिजन’ धर्म नहीं है.

यदि ‘हिन्दू’ कहलाने वाले लोगों में थोड़ी भी समझदारी है तो वे अपनी विविधता-पूर्ण संस्कृतियों और परम्पराओं को ‘रिलिजन’ की विनाशकारी अवधारणा के ढाँचे में ढलने से रोकेंगे -- न कि स्वयं ही उन पर 'रिलिजन' का झूठा लेबल लगाकर अमृत को भी विष बनाने की मूर्खता करेंगे.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Of course students should be able to burn Adityanath's effigy but there is hate and falsehood in broader propaganda

In this video clip posted today (25 June 2017) by News24 TV channel on YouTube, the anchor discusses an order by the proctor of Allahabad university in Uttar Pradesh that says students cannot burn the effigy of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath because he is some kind of "Dharmacharya".

Having viewed only a part of this interview, I offer the following cursory comments.

Students' "virodh" is obviously "political"; it's nothing but "politicking". So anchor's question is stupid.

Also idiotic and laughable is the university proctor's contention that Adityanath is some kind of "Dharmacharya".

I think Adityanath is a pretty silly kind of politician who may not even receive the perfunctory respect that people usually give to politicians.

However, the most idiotic and mendacious comments have been made by All India Students Federation's (AISF's) Rahila Parveen who repeats the stale and obviously false accusation that Modi government has been trying hard to gag dissent and opposition.

Any nincompoop who reads newspapers or watches TV or surfs the Net can see that the Media has been floating with most caustic of criticism -- and even abuse and vituperation -- directed against the Modi government right from the time it took office on 31 May 2014.

Today (25 June 2017) Indian Express, for instance, has published a very special 'Junaid Lynching' edition -- all to build the narrative that Modi government has pushed us into a situation where "Hindus" of India are openly threatening, killing and lynching innocent Muslims.

Social media has taken the cue and people have gone berserk in hollering on Twitter that 'Hindus are killing Muslims'.

Junaid's lynching is a horrible act of criminality resulting from fight between two groups of young people on a train and should be condemned, but using it to build a narrative that Modi government is getting Muslims killed is blatant falsehood and hate-filled criminal and communal act in itself.

The same false and hate-filled propaganda was spread around the killing of Zafar Khan in Rajasthan.

What Rahila Parveen and others of her ilk are doing is spreading falsehood and hatred.

The following is the web link used in this post.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Yoga -- and India -- has nothing to do with colonial-imperial system called 'religion'

In this video clip of a TV discussion on International Yoga Day posted on YouTube, a woman anchor and two men discuss the nature and purpose of Yoga. 

The elderly of the two men -- who appears to be Jewish -- says he has been practising Yoga for the last 35 years and has benefited from it.

In response to the anchor wondering if Yoga originates from "Hindu religion", the elderly man says anyone -- a Jew, a Muslim, a Christian -- can practise Yoga without such practice having any bearing on their "religion".

Here is what I think about their discussion.

Not only Yoga, India itself has nothing whatsoever to do with 'religion' which is a concept that only applies to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

'Religion' is a concept that has always been totally alien to India's diverse cultures.

India has never produced anything remotely resembling 'religion'.

So there is no such thing as 'Hinduism' the religion.

The same can be said about other alleged 'religions': 'Buddhism', 'Jainism', 'Sikhism', etc.

India has always had great diversity of cultures and embedded within that cross-pollinated, syncretistic matrix have been various Bhakti Margs, Gyan Margs, Panths, Sampradayas, etc.

None of those Bhakti Margs, Gyan Margs, Panths, Sampradayas, etc., has any similarity with 'religion', i.e. with Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

'Religion' is a colonial-imperial system that anathematizes 'syncretism' which is the active principle of all human cultures across the world.

By anathematizing 'syncretism', 'religion' acts as an 'ethnocidal' force in the world.

That is what Judeo-Christianity and Islam are. They are an 'ethnocidal' force.

They act against all human cultures across the world and seek to undermine cultural autonomy and cultural syncretism.

Judeo-Christianity and Islam supplant cultural autonomy and cultural syncretism by stultifying heteronomy and homogeneity.

By undermining cultural diversity and creativity, Judeo-Christianity and Islam also pose a threat to the very survival of human species on Earth.

The following Web-link has been used in this post.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

News Laundry scrubs out Zee News's hypocrisy... and its own!

In a video clip posted on YouTube on May 5, News Laundry (of Madhu Trehan) lampoons Zee News for its hypocrisy in preaching against "media-corporate, media-politician nexus" while practising exactly the opposite.

“The teeny-tiny problem with the show was that it was being aired on, umm, Zee News, by, errr, (Sudhir) Chaudhary,” says the text accompanying the video clip produced by Aaditya Rakheja of News Laundry.

I can see quite well “the teeny-tiny problem” with Zee News pointed out by the News Laundry.

However, I can also see another "teeny-tiny problem" with the issue that News Laundry has highlighted, but deliberately omitted to mention, namely that all mass media companies -- and not just Zee News -- are neck deep in corrupt media-corporate-politician nexus.

Abhinandan Sekhri alias 'Nikku' of News Laundry, for example, is one of the oldest associates I know of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Sekhri is the founding trustee along with Arvind Kejriwal of the latter's NGO called Public Cause Research Foundation (PCRF).

His association with Kejriwal goes back earlier than 2008 when I had started to work with Kejriwal and his team. So I know him personally.

I have never known Sekhri doing any worthwhile journalism, but I recently found myself sitting through an interview he had done with his old pal, Chief Minister Kejriwal, on the occasion of the unveiling of Pran Kurup's book.

That interview was remarkable for Sekhri’s pusillanimity and Kejriwal's brusqueness.

Sekhri did not do a very good job of sounding intellectual and 'politically' mature without asking, of course, the obvious questions of his old friend -- such as 'How far have you gone in pushing forward the investigation and prosecution of various scams perpetrated by the Sheila Dikshit government?'.

(That was Kejriwal's campaign promise. Remember? And has come back to haunt the AAP Supremo.)

Sekhri (and News Laundry) has also been understandably silent on the Rs 200 crore PWD scam  -- not to mention fund-raising scam (illegal payments made to AAP by Mukesh Kumar and Hem Prakash), medicine and ambulance procurement scam and other scams -- of the government led by his old buddy Kejriwal.

It's rather interesting that a news outlet run by the brother of Sekhri's employer at News Laundry has recently carried the sleazy details of Kejriwal's PWD scam in which chief minister's brother-in-law Surendra Bansal has also been involved.

The pot calling the kettle black, News Laundry?

While calling into question the trustworthiness of Zee News' reportage, the holier-than-thou News Laundry failed to mention the fake news purveyed by a number of supposedly "sober" media outlets. 

For instance, I recently posted a blog that talks about a fake news about a "coup" in Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) peddled by the Wire, NDTV, the Quint, Janta ka Reporter, The Deccan Post, and India Herald. 

Prannoy Roy of NDTV, of course, has had long association with Kejriwal too, often reflected in things like removing an inconvenient story from the "independent" news channel's website.

(Shouldn't someone see the "media-politician nexus" here, involving media outlets like News Laundry and NDTV?)

Even news agencies like ANI have been getting into the act, filing stories such as the one discussed here that can't be deemed anything but fake news.

So News Laundry's arrogation to itself the role of 'launderer' of Zee News without looking at itself and the rest of the mass media is no less hypocritical and dishonest than the latter's preaching of media morality. 

The following web links have been used in this article in the order of occurrence.


Monday, June 12, 2017

The Religion of Peace: Learning to Kill in the Holy Month of Ramzan!

There is an interesting post on Facebook page 'Secular Pakistan'.

It’s a colourful invitation by Jamiatur Rasheed, a Deobandi madrasa in Karachi, asking Muslims to register for a programme at its campus in the ongoing holy month of Ramzan, which includes a presentation on Ghazwa-e-Hind (final Islamic battle for India).

The notice can also be found on The Picta (online Instagram posts viewer) where it has been posted by Majlis-e-Ilmi Society which is one of the institutions of Jamiatur Rasheed-Karachi.

The Davanagari transcript of this notice is given at the bottom of this article. 

The notice calls upon Muslims to register for '
Itikaaf' -- an Islamic practice of staying in a mosque for a certain number of days and devoting oneself to ibaadat and learning -- at Jamiatur Rasheed; the registrations closed on Sunday, June 11.

The charge (including boarding and lodging) for the 'Itikaaf' at Jamiatur Rasheed, including a presentation on Ghazwa-e-Hind as well as classes on blessings and jurisprudential issues of waging Jihad, is Rs 2500.

The invitation also cites free Wi-Fi at the campus.

A person seeking registration was required to bring a surety of a ‘reliable personage’, a photo copy of his ID card, and two photographs.

Jamiatur Rasheed, which claims to provide free Islamic education to its regular students and boasts a computer lab and a swimming pool, publishes four magazines on Islam, including a children's weekly in English called 'The Truth International'.

According to the Wikipedia, "Ghazwa-e-Hind or the final battle of India is an Islamic term mentioned in some "good" Hadiths in particular predicting a final and last battle in India and as a result, a conquest of the whole Indian sub-continent by Muslim warriors."

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