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15563Re: [Arkitect India] Vishwaroopam: Reinforcing Global Communal Stereotypes, Namaz, Bombs & justification for the US Empire By Feroze Mithiborwala [1 Attachment]

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  • Sadanand Patwardhan
    Feb 5, 2013
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      An excellent observation that is often observed in breach. The US
      establishment would like everyone to believe including their citizenry
      that America means US and US means America. Quite a few US citizens
      would tell you quite innocently that they are Americans, completely
      unmindful of the fact that their are other nations in the Western

      A related mistake most of us make is in stating that US did this and US
      did that; when it is the US Administration [we call it government] and
      US establishment that is calling the shots; many times even against the
      wishes of their citizens. Though it is cumbersome to talk of US
      Administration every time, it is worth the trouble because it then helps
      us to remain focused on who the real culprit is.

      Many references Feroze has come up with in his article including to 9/11
      are thanks to White Anglo Saxon [women and men], or even Jew
      investigators, thinkers, writers, and journalists. If the super power is
      to be defeated, then it would be done only in cooperation with its
      citizenry. Therefore, that little trouble taken in identifying US
      Administration as the real culprit, and not America but USA as the
      country, is well worth every keyboard hit.

      --- In arkitectindia@yahoogroups.com, Shruti Joshi wrote:
      > Thanx, Mr. Mithiborwala, for this analytical write-up.
      > Just one (irritating) detail - every time you have written America/ns
      you are actually refering to USA, hence, it would be respectful to other
      nations on the continents of Americas to refer to USA as USA and not
      > ________________________________
      > From: arkitectindia@yahoogroups.com
      [mailto:arkitectindia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Feroze Mithiborwala
      > Sent: Monday, February 04, 2013 2:56 AM
      > Subject: [Arkitect India] Vishwaroopam: Reinforcing Global Communal
      Stereotypes, Namaz, Bombs & justification for the US Empire By Feroze
      Mithiborwala [1 Attachment]
      > [Attachment(s) from Feroze Mithiborwala included below]
      > Vishwaroopam: Reinforcing Global Communal Stereotypes, Namaz, Bombs &
      justification for the US Empire.
      > By Feroze Mithiborwala
      > February 4, 2013
      > I was a little benumbed whilst watching this technically advanced, but
      socio-politically regressive movie. Kamal Hassan has lied to all of us
      when he had stated that this movie is his tribute to Indian Muslims &
      will make them proud.
      > This movie had me even more worried than earlier!
      > The message propagated all through the course of this slick production
      is basically - "One Good Muslim, All the rest - Bad Muslims".
      > The hero, Taufik is an Indian Muslim who saves the world, whilst the
      rest of the Muslims portrayed in the movie, are all committed to
      destruction & mayhem, all in the name of their religion.
      > This is the state of the world - Vishwaroopam.
      > Yet, let me categorically state that I do not support any cuts, or
      further censorship of the mobs, but will certainly strive to counter
      this movie & all like it - intellectually & on the ideological plane,
      where the true battle lies
      > This movie also justifies the US wars & occupation of Afghanistan in
      ways that even Hollywood would have felt ashamed of portraying. All this
      for the NRI audience I would tend to venture. My first opposition to the
      movie stemmed from the fact that the posters prominently posited the
      infamous 'stars & stripes' in the background & I knew that trouble was
      brewing. Mind you, the Indian Tri-colour is far less prominent & even
      missing for the most . . . so much for NRI nationalism, or for that
      matter that of the RNI's, the Resident Non-Indians, the chatterati where
      these communal stereotypes hold sway.
      > And coming back to the movie, I have never ever seen so many scenes of
      Namaz in any single film & there is certainly a sickeningly strong
      overdose of Islamic imagery & the overwhelming majority of it linked to
      negativity & violence. The movie is one big screenplay of Namaz & Bombs,
      Namaz & Terror, Namaz & Violence. I wonder as to how Kamal Hassan, who
      is also the scriptwriter, thought that this would help the cause of
      Indian Muslims, knowing full well what the community has been through
      for the past two decades & more. The way the entire community has been
      'terrorized by the terror' & this has led to their further demonization
      & isolation.
      > More so, the script is deeply flawed, lacks intelligence & an honest
      research. One would have tended to expect a little more from Bollywood
      after certain good movies dealing with this genre, such as 'Dhoka'
      (Mahesh Bhatt), 'New York' (Kabeer Khan), 'Qurbaan' (Saif Ali Khan), 'My
      Name is Khan' (Karan Johar & Shahrukh Khan), 'Agent Vinod' (Saif Ali
      Khan) & last but not the least 'Tere Bin Laden' (Abhishek Sharma),
      certainly the best political satire in a generation. It also had a far
      more genuine Bin Laden look-alike than the ones that appear in the CIA
      produced videos.
      > All of the above movies were good honest efforts & there is a common
      thread as well as a degree of intelligent sensitivity that has gone into
      researching these scripts & directing these movies, none of which faced
      any public opprobrium or ire, even though they were far more complex
      than this ignominious, outrageous ill-conceived prejudiced charade
      called Vishwaroopam.
      > Yet, I want no cuts here . . . . . . .
      > The two lines attributed to Rahul Bose, whom many of us consider to be
      our own, are the most dangerous & misleading of all the dialogues in the
      > Rahul Bose, who plays Umar (alluding to Mullah Umar, the leader of the
      Taliban, I would presume), is facing an assault on his village. The
      Taliban have captured a few American soldiers & are on the move. The US
      army, attack the village where they have been led by a trace, with the
      help of Kamal Hassan, who plays Taufik, a RAW agent. Taufik has
      infiltrated the ranks of the Taliban to rise to be the ipso facto No. 2.
      > Wonder what the RAW itself has to comment here.
      > With the US helicopter gunships blazing away as they did in Vietnam &
      Iraq, as they do in Somalia, Yemen & Libya - & hope to in Syria - the
      Taliban are on the run.
      > Here Rahul Umar Bose makes a statement to assure his fellow Talibani's
      - "Don't worry, the Americans do not kill women & children".
      > All I could think of in that Shakespearian moment was - "Et Tu
      > To what extent can an artist such as Rahul Bose sell himself, his very
      moral intellect, is a question that he & many others need to seriously
      ponder upon.
      > This dialogue would be considered ridiculous & even blasphemous by the
      Americans themselves, who always refer to the deaths of civilians as
      'collateral damage', but Kamal Hassan in his willful pandering has gone
      even beyond the worst in Hollywood.
      > Thus the movie further portrays the US soldier manning the gunship,
      feeling sorry for killing innocents, whilst the Afghans are all
      portrayed as dehumanized killing machines. I do not think our immediate
      neighbours are going to appreciate this movie very much. But who cares,
      our movies are a reflection of our skewed foreign policy as it does
      appear. And the Afghans are not exactly a market yet.
      > The second statement by Rahul Umar Bose is even more dangerous for
      Indian Muslims & for all the secular activists who have stood by the
      community as it was demonised, isolated & entrapped into the false-flag
      terror attacks that we have witnessed since the post-9/11 world. This
      was the phase of 'controlled chaos' & 'unending perpetual state of wars'
      - to use Neoconservative terms.
      > Here whilst talking to Kamal Taufik Hassan, Rahul Umar Bose smilingly
      & nonchalantly mentions that "We were also involved in the terror
      attacks of Malegaon, Bombay & other Indian cities". In the Tamil &
      Telegu versions, Coimbatore & Madurai are mentioned.
      > 'Good God!!', I exclaimed to myself, even dropping my popcorn - this
      movie is basically stating that the Taliban & Al Qaeda are active in
      India & thus certain sections of the Indian Muslim population are
      certainly enmeshed with the global terror network. This will prove to be
      catastrophic in the subconscious perceptions that tend to get ingrained
      deep into our reality.
      > This, Mr. Kamal Hassan, is going to be disastrous for Indian Muslims &
      we can all assure you that.
      > But where is the research may we ask? Have you not heard of ATS Chief
      Hemant Karkare, who even served in the RAW? Are you not aware that since
      2007 the role of the Abhinav Bharat & Sanatan Sanstha in terror attacks
      across the country is being probed? Particularly in Malegaon, Nanded,
      Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid, Ajmer, Goa & another 10 more as per the
      statements of the Home Ministry. Actually there are more than 16
      recorded cases, but we will leave that for later. All of which are
      further linked to the right-wing Manuwadi Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
      > Are you really unaware of these facts? Are you planning to leave the
      country, or had you already left India & were living in New York & are
      thus so ill-informed whilst writing the script, which lacks even an iota
      of honesty & responsibility?
      > And this is thus a question that we as secular activists must ask
      ourselves. Many Hollywood movies with a geopolitical strategic agenda
      are produced in tandem with the Pentagon, so as to further the Imperial
      agenda of global hegemony & the advancement of the
      Military-Security-Industrial-Corporate-Media Complex.
      > The Zionist dominated Hollywood target & portray Palestinians & Arabs
      in particular & Muslims in general as terrorists & fanatics & thus these
      societies need to be invaded & civilized - & their resources taken over
      for good measure.
      > This movie by Kamal Hassan in my estimation also certainly falls in
      that category of disinformation & propaganda to serve the cause of the
      Empire & to justify the wars, occupation & the genocide of the Afghan
      nation, as well as the people of Pakistan. Thus not even a fleeting
      reference to the drone attacks & the killings of innocents, of women &
      children - thus & as to how it continues to create & foster more & more
      militants & terrorists.
      > Then comes the part where there is a meeting between the leadership of
      the Taliban led by Rahul Umar & Al Qaeda-Osama Bin Laden. Here again I
      would request all those who have been taken in by the recent supposed
      assassination of OBL at the staged operation at Abbotabad, to read the
      excellent & well researched book by David Ray Griffin - 'Osama Bin Laden
      Dead or Alive?'
      According to many honest experts, OBL has been dead since December 15,
      > It is also time, actually high time, for the Indian peace movement to
      address the issues of the 9/11 false-flag terror attack, which has been
      central, seminal & defining moment of the 21st century, changing the
      very trajectory of international politics & leading to an era of wars,
      occupation & genocide. (http://www.ae911truth.org/).
      > Recently more than 12,500 police stations across America received
      petitions by peace activists stating that the attack on WTC 1, 2 & 7
      were an inside job & demanding that the investigation be reopened. This
      movement is being spearheaded by more than 1700 architects & engineers &
      they have the support of many prominent intellectuals, scholars, and
      human-rights activists, whistle-blowers from within the CIA-FBI, as well
      as vast sections of American society & the numbers are growing.
      > The reason as to why we will have to grapple with these issues is
      that, I personally know of Muslim youth who have been quizzed about
      their positions on 9/11, Bin Laden & Al Qaeda. The youth have been
      perplexed & horrified & left wondering as to what a job application in
      the engineering, IT & telecom sectors have to do with their knowledge or
      lack off, on these issues. With Muslim children who have tried to step
      out of their ghettoes & seek admission in a multi-cultural milieu, being
      denied & told to go back where they came from. Of Muslims being denied
      housing in secular neighbourhoods. All these discriminative practices
      have also increased in the last decade - thanks to the dominant paradigm
      of terror.
      > Now, let us get back to the movie.
      > Soon after the carnage at Rahul Umar's village, we are transported
      into America. Here Kamal Taufik Hassan is working incognito singing &
      dancing to songs written by Javed Akhtar (Lyricist), as any good Muslim
      should be. Then a terror network begins to unravel & here we have Rahul
      Umar now planning to explode a Dirty-Bomb made of waste radioactive
      material, which the good Muslim does foil, but after saying his Namaz!
      Whilst in the room inside wherein lies the Dirty-Bomb, is a bad Muslim,
      an African-American of Nigerian descent, busy offering Namaz before he
      is to blow the city to kingdom come.
      > Herein lies another serious problem with this film & that is the
      tarnishing of African-American Muslims as part of the global terror
      network. In most Hollywood movies, they are sensitive enough to portray
      the African American as the FBI boss, under whom the White officers
      serve. But here the RAW agent is working with only Whites, presumably
      Anglo-Saxon agents, whilst the African-American Muslim, is in tandem
      with the Taliban. Another case of out-sourcing I guess.
      > Yet again, Kamal Hassan fails in his research. The terror attacks
      portrayed in the film have never occurred. Also the FBI has been
      entrapping Muslim youth from various ethnic backgrounds & this too is a
      documented fact. Since there are no serious terror threats to America,
      the FBI actually manufactures them, as there is no other way to justify
      Homeland Security & it's vast gargantuan powers & budget. FBI agents,
      informers, or ex-convicts working in tandem with the FBI are sent into
      Muslim communities with an attempt to create terrorists. During the
      course of the year, a couple of youth, mainly with a criminal background
      do get entrapped due to intensive indoctrination about the crimes of the
      American Empire against their people. These youth are then further
      induced & provided training to carry out a terror attack. Targets are
      indentified, funds, bombs & ammunition provided & the day that they do
      carry out the attack, they are apprehended red-handed. The bombs turn
      out to be fake & so do the guns & that is how stupid this supposed
      terrorists are.
      > This information is now available in the mainstream corporate media &
      should have been studied by Kamal Taufik Hassan, before trying to give
      the FBI a positive image in India.
      > This movie thus is basically a propaganda tool for the FBI, as well as
      the US Empire. And now apart from Hollywood, they even have some of the
      best known names from Bollywood to do their bidding. I wonder as to how
      much of the financial backing of this movie came from sources such as
      these & this question must be asked in all seriousness.
      > The plot foiled, America saved, sorry, the world saved - Rahul Umar &
      his Taliban cohorts decide to flee to - India for God's sake!! Thus we
      end with the inevitability of Vishwaroopam II-India!
      > Actually Kamal Taufik Hassan, might even consider shifting the next
      locale to Qatar, where the 'Good Taliban' now have a functioning office.
      Here they will all have ample security as the US has a vast network of
      naval & airforce bases.
      > So Rahul Umar Bose, the FBI-CIA & Kamal Taufik Hassan can actually
      sort out all their problems there itself, without dragging India into
      the picture.
      > But therein lies the threat, the clear & present danger to all of us.
      You can imagine the next movie where Mullah Umar is in Mumbai, or Delhi,
      maybe in Chennai (threatening Jajayalaitha for the way she dealt with
      Kamal Hassan), or in Malegaon, or in Srinagar, or Hyderabad, or in the
      Samjhauta Express, or in Ajmer. Thus taking the blame for all the terror
      attacks, that now are alleged to be the handiwork of the right-wing
      Abhinav Bharat & Sanatan Sanstha, as per the National Investigation
      Agency (NIA) & certain Anti-Terror Squads (ATS).
      > And then, is Osama Bin Laden & his dreaded Al-Qaeda far behind in
      reaching India?
      > The fear that it will instill amongst the ordinary masses of India &
      the further fear & isolation towards which will be driven the Muslim
      community is apparent to many.
      > The terror of the politics of terror . . . . . . .
      > Also a little sincere & not-so-secret advice to film producers,
      directors, financiers & aspiring writers. In case you are sure that your
      film (or a book) is going to bomb at the box-office, be sure to include
      a few scenes that you may think may be offensive to the emotions of the
      Muslim community. Then arrange a screening prior to the release, even
      though your film has been cleared by the censor board - & rest assured
      that a few Muslims will fall prey to your trap & voila - you have your
      much needed controversy.
      > My sincere advice to the Muslim community is the following. Islam is
      to great a religion for one book or a movie to harm our faith. Let us
      overcome our insecurities & notice that the tide is turning in our
      favour. The protests against the film have harmed the image of the
      Muslim community, even more than Vishawaroopam was planned to. We need
      to learn to ignore certain barbs hurled at us & do not need to fall for
      the traps laid for us every time.
      > We have every right to protest & this is our constitutional &
      democratic right. Our strategy should have been to evoke support & call
      for a debate on the movie, whilst pointing out its flaws & distortions.
      Demanding the cuts after the censor board had cleared the movie, has
      harmed our image & further portrayed the community as extremist &
      > The problem with Vishwaroopam, is that it has projected only a
      miniscule part of the reality of the Afghan quagmire over a period of
      more than three decades. But one cannot deny that today the Taliban &
      their ilk, do represent a form of a vitiated, extremist & a violent form
      of Islam. From the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha's, to the attacks
      on schools & clinics, to the enforced imposition of a regressive
      barbaric code on women, to the public flogging & stoning, to the
      sectarian hatred & killings, to the destruction of Sufi Mazar's & the
      genocide of the Shia's - all this is being waged in the name of Islam.
      This cannot be denied by any honest God-loving/fearing Muslim.
      > This form of extremism is indeed alien & against the very letter,
      grain & spirit of Islam. Let us all stand up in unison & condemn this
      debasement & defilement of Islam. This we really do not venture into
      often enough - do we honestly?
      > In the course of the last 2-3 years, the truth about the terror
      attacks is being revealed & this is due to the sustained struggle of
      Muslim organizations, in tandem with our secular allies, despite all the
      odds, with the entire media & dominant sections of the
      Government-intelligence-security apparatus ranged against us - but yet
      we have overcome all these odds. Now is the time to reach out to all the
      communities that make up this great & dynamic nation & expose the true
      facts of the terror networks that are now being revealed.
      > If India is not to go the way of Pakistan, with its assorted
      Lashkar-Frankensteins, then we have to put a stop to those religious
      extremist forces that threaten to destroy the unity & social fabric of
      our nation. Now after the statement by the Union Home Minister, the tide
      has clearly changed in our favour & thus let's not undermine our
      struggle by isolating ourselves any further by taking to the streets in
      the manner that we have & I was personally both angry & ashamed at the
      public spectacle. There is a certain degree of double-standards,
      intolerance & hypocrisy within the Muslim community as well.
      > Also I would want to appeal here to all those who rightly advised the
      Muslim community on the values of freedom of expression, democracy &
      modernity. Kindly stand up, script & produce a movie based on the
      charge-sheet filed by Hemant Karkare, in a movie that can be titled
      'Bharatroopam'. I would love to see as to how many takers there would be
      from Bollywood, especially all the ones shouting 'cultural terrorism'.
      > In terms of soft-targets, the Muslim community is far more of a
      soft-target, than many film makers & writers.
      > Yet, I will not ask for a cut, even though both my mind & my heart
      have suffered a few deep searing cuts.
      > This is because I have immense faith in the great legacy of this
      country. I have great faith in the teachings of Krativeer Jotiba Phule,
      Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Azad, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar & Shaheed Bhagat
      Singh. I have great faith in the people of India, in our secular
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