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  • Farida Majid
    Jiten Roy is deliberately diluting the word communalism. It should be noticed that experienced activists in the field in India use the word without having to
    Message 1 of 12 , Apr 24, 2012
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                Jiten Roy is deliberately diluting the word "communalism." It should be noticed that experienced activists in the field in India use the word without having to define it every time.  It has a specific meaning within a historic and geographic context.  Since it already includes in its meaning the warped sense of religious identity, artificially generated hatred between two religious communities, etc.  Jiten Roy's coinage of the term "religious communalism" is ridiculous and meaningless.

              OK.  Jiten Roy refuses to make a distinction between "religion" and communalism.  He is in fine company of our friends like S A Hannan, M. Anwar, Shahadat Husseini, Munshi/Abid Bahar/ Naz Chow/FAlamgir and Kamal Das and all the rest.  Take a survey.  None of them wants to make that distinction.                 

                It is now clearly self-evident that those who boast about being secular and atheists are not sincere in their self-declared non-communal status. Period.

               Note for Subimal: It is a pity that you too have sunk into a double-speak. Religion as a cultural artifice is part and parcel of an extensive  web called culture. That is why communities of people belong to it collectively.  You can, as an individual, choose not to follow a particular religion.  But you would still belong to the larger context  -- the shared culture. You cannot wish it away.  That is why I believe that a peace-loving, thinking person would try to identify the roots of communal violence in the subcontinent. Look towards the example of the works of Asghar Ali Engineer, Achin Vanaik, and Ram Punyani.



      To: mukto-mona@yahoogroups.com
      From: subimal@...
      Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2012 20:37:20 -0700
      Subject: Re: [mukto-mona] FW: (Negative Lessons for Bangladesh) Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making

       


       
      First let me make my position clear. I am not advocationg that there should be many religions although looking for unity in the diversity is a great idea. Nor am I advocating that there should not be any religion at all. After all that should not be even on my wish list as I am neither Stalin nor Mao. What I want to highlight is that we can clash over over any thing or any issue and those clashes can be bloody, long, and all consuming. Simply reflect on all the wars, battles, and feuds that happened ans are still happening. Clash between two villages, two schools, over districtism, over language, over soccar, and you can mention many more. But we cannot live without these institutions or organizations.  Given so many facts beyond our control at least in the short run, we can help ourselves only by being tolerant, logical, open minded, and argumentative.

      From: Jiten Roy <jnrsr53@...>
      To: mukto-mona@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Friday, April 20, 2012 5:59 PM
      Subject: RE: [mukto-mona] FW: (Negative Lessons for Bangladesh) Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making
       


      Whether I am a republican or democrat - that has nothing to do with the topic at hand? Just think about a hypothetical situation where there is no existence of religion and everybody is identified as human being, not Hindu, Muslim, Christian, etc. Do you think - there will be religious communalism? I don’t think so. Do you? We have religion and that why we have religious communalism also. It’s that simple logic.
      Jiten Roy --- On Fri, 4/20/12, Farida Majid <farida_majid@...> wrote:

      From: Farida Majid <farida_majid@...>
      Subject: RE: [mukto-mona] FW: (Negative Lessons for Bangladesh) Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making
      To: "mukto-mona" <mukto-mona@yahoogroups.com>
      Date: Friday, April 20, 2012, 4:34 AM

       
                 I forgot that Jiten Roy is a right-wing Republican.  All over the Western world today, in the USA and in Western European countries, Islamophobia is an important ingredient in the right-wing political agenda. Jiten Roy is not going to understand, or question or upgrade his understanding of communalism.                << You cannot decouple religion from religious communalism. >> says Jiten Roy blithely and thoughtlessly.                  Yes, you can, and you must. I don't want to go too much into the theory.  Only dwelling on what is visible, one can ask: How come religious people are not communal? How come communal people are not necessarily "religious" people? Moulana Abul Kalam Azad was an accomplished scholar of Islam, and yet he vociferously opposed communal Partition of India.  Lal Krishna Advani is a secular, non-practicing Hindu. Yet he is the most rabid communal politician whose instigation was the operational foundation behind the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992. How come Motiur Rahman Nizami is a close buddy of Advani? Is Nizami considered a "religious" person by non-Jamaati population of Bangladesh? Atal Bihari Bajpeyi was a strict Hindu, yet he was the least communal of all the BJP politicians.                    Religion is a powerful tool in the hands of fascist power-politics game players. It is an easily available excuse for legitimizing ethnic and communal hatred needed to stir up violence.      << You may ask - if it is due to a religion then why not everybody become communal a religious commune? It's like - even though we all have greed, not all people will steal out of greed.  >>                    The above is a too ridiculous and meaningless tautology for me to even attempt to tackle its irrationality!                            We should pay attention to how we can protect communal peace, and guarantee the safety of Hindu places of worship in Bangladesh. If we do not know the difference between religion and communalism the Jamaati riots will proliferate and Hindu persecution will continue in Bangladesh.  We should train ourselves to detect the onset of communal riots. Here is a quote from the Indian article again:Prof Rama Malkote, a social activist from Hyderabad said that large scale religious processions and festivals is a latest political trend and have a political patronage of communal vested interest from both the communities. The rise in communalism according to her is the result of absence of civil society in maintaining communal harmony. She said that communalism related events which are causing great damage to peace and tranquility should be banned.        
      To: mukto-mona@yahoogroups.com From: jnrsr53@... Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 18:47:37 -0700 Subject: RE: [mukto-mona] FW: (Negative Lessons for Bangladesh) Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making 
      Farida Majid:  If Jiten Roy wants be a sincere community leader working towards combatting communalism, then he has to learn how to decouple religion and communalism.  Communalism USES and utilizes religious sentiments, like Mohiuddin the Mohishasur, suddenly breaking into "Allah Rabbul Alamin" knowing fully well that it is a fake show of  piety.  But it is NOT about religion.
      Communalism means advocating collective interests of a particular commune or tribe or sect. Therefore, communalism has many forms. Here we are talking about reigious communalism, which is displaying hatefulness towards out of commune religious interests.
      When you see - Hindus are hating Muslims and Muslims are hating Hindus, and you are saying - religion has nothing to do with it,  it becomes an absurd interpretation of religious communalism. Such hatred is only because of their religious difference, nothing else.  You cannot decouple religion from religious communalism.
      You may ask - if it is due to a religion then why not everybody become communal a religious commune? It's like - even though we all have greed, not all people will steal out of greed.
      Jiten Roy
      --- On Thu, 4/19/12, Farida Majid <farida_majid@...> wrote:

      From: Farida Majid <farida_majid@...>
      Subject: RE: [mukto-mona] FW: (Negative Lessons for Bangladesh) Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making
      To: "mukto-mona" <mukto-mona@yahoogroups.com>
      Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 8:23 PM

       
                   If Jiten Roy wants be a sincere community leader working towards combatting communalism, then he has to learn how to decouple religion and communalism.  Communalism USES and utilizes religious sentiments, like Mohiuddin the Mohishasur, suddenly breaking into "Allah Rabbul Alamin" knowing fully well that it is a fake show of  piety.  But it is NOT about religion.
                     Neither the Two Circles Net news report on Telengana riots in India, nor my own intro to the news gives any lecture on "religion." The communalist trick is that they would like to make you believe that it is all about religion.  It is NOT about religion. The point of communal politics in both India and Bangladesh right now is to create maximum mayhem, widespread misery and keep politics and economy and law and order in a state of chaos.              By the way, what do you mean by not ever hearing of pork being used by Hindu Nationalists ? Pork was forcibly put in the mouth of low class Muslims in the Suddhi campaign to re-convert them to Hinduism. This ugly Suddhi campaign has been the starting point of many infamous communal riots in India in the 1920s and back again in 1980s.  The idea comes from the British writers' falsehoods about low caste Hindus having converted to Islam in the past. That is, of course, complete BS, especially in Bengal where there were no Hindus before 8th century AD,  and no historian has proved it, neither is there any local record.              Read the Telengana report again, and notice how the emphases are on HOW communal hatred is propagated, how a communal riot is engineered, how the evil perpetrators take advantage of the unpreparedness of the residents, etc.  There are lessons to learn.
      To: mukto-mona@yahoogroups.com From: jnrsr53@... Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 16:27:09 -0700 Subject: Re: [mukto-mona] FW: (Negative Lessons for Bangladesh) Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making 
      What a shame! Stop politics with religion. I have heard many incidences of beef in the temple, but never heard of pork in the Mosque. This is a new one. I guess - Hindus are learning fast also.
       
      Please ban politics with religion all over the world ASAP. Don’t mix state and religion. As I said before – (politics + religion) = explosion. 
       
      Politics is mostly a dishonest trade. Don’t let your religion mix with such a trade.  Speak up against it! I understand that Islam has done it at the beginning of its emancipation. Hindus may have such precedence also. But, that was then. We are living in a different era. There was a time when British and Roman empires used to rule most of the world. That can’t be repeated now.  So, stop emulating prehistoric era.  
       
      Let’s learn a physical truth – The world is now integrated, and every action (somewhere), has equal and opposite reaction (elsewhere also). Therefore, keep your religion within yourself; no one needs to know about it.  Instead, be a human-being. That will be appreciated much more than your religiosity.  
       
      Jiten Roy
        --- On Thu, 4/19/12, Farida Majid <farida_majid@...> wrote:

      From: Farida Majid <farida_majid@...>
      Subject: [mukto-mona] FW: (Negative Lessons for Bangladesh) Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making
      To:
      Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 1:11 PM

       
                      The terrible negative model of COMMUNALISM and how it destroys peaceful communities.                  Our BNP/Jamaat goondas with their Hindu India/Muslim Bangladesh slogans (uttering parrot-like the EXACT sentiments of Hindutvawallas in India) will love to see this kind of destruction happen every day, every week, every month all over Bangladesh.  They already have started it in Satkhira, and I imagine incidents like that will proliferate. Character assassinations of political leaders (Sheikh Hasina, Suranjit Sengupta, Dipu Moni, et al) will continue before and after actual assassinations (Sheikh Mujib, Kibria, Ivy Rahman, et al).                 Awami League leaders are scared of Jamaati criticism of being India-lovers, anti-Islam, etc. They should not be.                 As part of Citizens' Civil Society we should all build up strong resistance to Communalism.  NOW!                         We should be repeating Humayun Azad's cry "Amra ki ei Bangladesh cheyechhilam?"
      Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 16:36:30 +0800 Subject: Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making 

      Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making

       on 18 April 2012 - 1:56pm
      By Mohd. Ismail Khan, TwoCircles.net,

      Telangana for past few years is in the news for all the bad reasons. The most unfortunate is the rise of the communal forces threatening the plural culture the region is known for. This development has threatened the future prospect of the region and has become a worrying factor for all the inhabitants of the part of Andhra Pradesh.
      The way BJP played Hindutva card and polarized the electorate against a Muslim candidate and won Mahbubnagar assembly by-poll in an area where a few years back it had hardly any presence, shocked the secular society. In fact, before and after the by-poll, the Telangana region has witnessed sudden rise in communal incidents. The rise in Hindu religious events as flamboyance of strength, communal riots in Karimnagar town after the India Pakistan World Cup match, communal violence in Adilabad where an entire Muslim family was set afire in the Vattoli village, the Gujarat style attack on the Muslim businesses in Sangareddy town, the deadly attacks on Muslim youths after Eid-ul-Azha by Hindu Vahini activists, the communal riots of 2010 in old city or the recent communal clashes in the Hyderabad new city areas -- all these incidents are making one believe that there is are deliberate experiments going on in the region by the right wing forces.
      Sangareddy riot: Muslim businesses attacked in planned way
      A close observation of Sangareddy communal violence gives a vivid picture. The violence was orchestrated by Hindutva elements in which Muslim properties were singled out and targeted in a planned manner. The mob was well organized with petrol bombs and weapons and roaming free in the streets attacking Muslim owned businesses. Muslims were first instigated by posting vulgar images of holy places, when they protested members of Hindu Vahini came out, in a planned way, and started attacking Muslim businesses in the market areas.

      Muslim businesses singled out and attacked in Sangareddy
      TwoCircles.net spoke to some of the victims of the Sangareddy violence. Syed Jaffer was running an electrical goods shop S.A. Electricals. It was torched down completely. Jaffer said: He saw those people who were attacking the shop and was shocked to notice that the mob consisted of even those people to whom he had provided free services. “Every Hindu in the town was instigated by Hindu Vahini by giving the slogan ‘Ram is being humiliated, restore his pride’, even the local Congress MLA provided them with moral support,” said Jaffer.
      Mohd Majid’s case was a fine example of the nature of those attacks. He used to run a small pan shop adjacent to Vijaylakshmi Bakery. In the riots his pan shop was totally burned down but the huge bakery owned by a Hindu did not get even a scratch.
      Jaffer told TCN, “It was a planned attack to target only businesses to make us suffer economically, as Muslims in the town were gaining a good ground in the market and becoming influential, which was used by the Hindutva elements to instigate Hindu youths to participate in the riots.”

      Majid near his burned pan shop in Sangareddy
      Sangareddy in its history has never witnessed such a communal violence. Even the locals were shocked by the sudden upsurge of prejudice against a community. In recent years BJP and its other right wing organizations have been trying hard in building up their cadre in the guise of supporting Telanagna movement. They mixed Hindutva with Telangna and Telangana with Hindutva. They showed Telangana culture as the culture of Hindutva and gave the slogans of Hindutva during Telangana agitation.
      “Telangna movement at this period is being totally hijacked by the right wing fundamentalist forces from every political party. They used Telangana sentiments to gain ground in the region, and now they are trying to form a state within a state, i.e. Hindutva state within Telangana state,” observed Lateef Mohd Khan, general secretary of Hyderabad based Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee.
      According to him, the right wing forces are exploiting the vacuum created by sudden annihilation of leftist movement in the Telangana region. “After the state government wiped out dominant Naxalism from the Telengana region, the vacuum was filled up by Bajrang Dal and Hindu Vahini as an alternate savior of lower castes. Even the higher caste Reddys who were landlords and more lenient towards Hindutva supported them to save their dominance,” he said.

      Jaffar at his burned electric goods shop in Sangareddy

      Rise in religious processions
      Zahid Ali Khan, Editor of leading Urdu daily Siasat informed TCN about the degrading secular values in the region. “Right wing political party is trying to polarize Hindu votes in their favor, for that cause they have to orchestrate communal riots to get all Hindus in the same umbrella to gain ground in the region,” said Khan. According to him one more important factor is “the rise in communal religious processions and festivals which were not part of the Telangana culture. These are being put to polarize and produce hatred and they should be banned by the police.”
      The rise in religious processions in the Telangana region is creating lot of mess both for the police and for the general public. Muslims are celebrating Milad-un-Nabi or any other birthday celebrations of sufi saints on such large scale that right wing forces from other community are projecting it as a call for the competition which is giving an ample opportunity to propagate hatred, and this all is resulting in the form of violent clashes.
      The communal riot of 2010 in Hyderabad was a fine example of ugly result of competition in religious events. Even in the case of Sangareddy many locals alleged that non-Muslims in the town were annoyed by the large scale Mliad celebration and the fighting broke out just before Ram Navami rally.
      Prof Rama Malkote, a social activist from Hyderabad said that large scale religious processions and festivals is a latest political trend and have a political patronage of communal vested interest from both the communities. The rise in communalism according to her is the result of absence of civil society in maintaining communal harmony. She said that communalism related events which are causing great damage to peace and tranquility should be banned.

      A Telangana Muslim inspecting his vandalized hotel

      Beef and pork being used as RDX
      Nowadays whole city can easily be brought to standstill or on its nerve, neither by RDX bomb nor by deadly weapons. The latest formula found out by right wing miscreants is beef or pork. Hyderabad has always been an experimental ground for Hindutva forces for their mischievous plans. If the plan gets successful reactions then it is very well expected that it could be implemented in other districts. Like communal riots in the city, the same incident and trend was repeated in Sangareddy town. The latest invention of pork and beef game is widely expected to be seen soon in the rural towns of Telengana.
      Asaduddin Owaisi, president of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and Member of Parliament from Hyderabad observed that, “Right wing fundamentalist groups are active in every major political party. If one has to observe the communalism in Telangana region then one can see the narrow representation of Muslims in the region. Out of 118 MLAs from the region Muslims are just 7 while Muslims constitute 18% of the region’s population. They are leaving no stone unturned to keep the Muslims at bay in the region.”

      Government, Police should act: Owaisi
      On the growing demand for ban on unnecessary communal religious processions, Mr. Owaisi said, “banning is not a solution, once police have given them permission they now can’t backtrack, otherwise it will create unnecessary tension. The strict monitoring and vigilance of those processions is the only practical solution available at this time.”
      Speaking about his party’s strategy on communal issues he said, “We are trying our best not to fall prey to the strategies of communal forces, they want us to react, but we have shown tolerance to an extent. But MIM will not compromise on protecting the life and interest of Muslims. We continue to pressurize the government to act against the people who are propagating hatred against Muslims.”

      Half body of a pig was thrown into this Noor Masjid in Hyderabad in April 2012
      Why no action against traders of hatred? Police could have played an important role in harmonizing the prevailing tension between the communities but as expected police till now have showed lot of treads to find out communalism also exists with in the police. Police instead of arresting hate mongers, they are providing security to them. There are lots of cases pending against Praveen Togadia in Hyderabad but still police have provided obedient security to Mr. Togadia or any other communal leader whenever they visited Hyderabad to give hate speeches against Muslims and Christians. Last year Mr. Togadia visited Hyderabad 7 times, as if he had made Hyderabad his second home.
      Police have even showed prejudice during the communal clashes, like locals in the Sangareddy town alleged that police allowed Hndu Vahini activists to vandalize their properties but on the other hand they stopped Muslims from even protecting their properties, the excuse was fear of more communal clashes. Even in the latest desecration of religious places and the subsequent violence, police till now have rounded up 10 individuals, 9 of them are Muslims. This is despite the fact VHP had taken out that violent rally and attacked Muslims and damaged their properties.

      A handicapped Muslim at his burned shop
      Telangana’s ganga-jamni tehzib is getting shadowed by Hindutva fascist culture; it is in serious threat of getting extinct. If the present state of affairs continues unabated, one can expect worst to happen in coming days. The present scenario points to a new Gujarat in Telangana. A new Hindutva laboratory of south India is in the making.

    • Sukhamaya Bain
      I think Dr. Jiten Roy s points below are flawed.   Intellectuals of Bangladesh origin who followed news coming out of there over the last 40 years know about
      Message 2 of 12 , Apr 25, 2012
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        I think Dr. Jiten Roy's points below are flawed.
         
        Intellectuals of Bangladesh origin who followed news coming out of there over the last 40 years know about repression of minorities there, not only by opportunistic criminals, but also by government after government. They definitely know the history of Islam in the subcontinent, including destruction of Hindu temples. Babri Mosque was on a disputed site, with a claim that there was a Hindu temple on that site before the mosque. With the record that Bangladesh has on destroying and damaging hundreds, if not thousands, of little innocent temples, no honest intellectual of Bangladesh would criticize the destruction of the Babri Mosque in India; they would allow the Indian system to address the issue, including the claim by the Hindu zealots.
         
        Muslim intellectuals should realize that for them to criticize India or the Hindu fanatics for the destruction of the Babri Mosque is like a sieve telling a needle, “you have a hole on your butt.”
         
        The Hindus of East Bengal have suffered many times more than the Muslims of India not only due to the partition of 1947, but also due to systematic and state-perpetrated hatred, discrimination and barbaric atrocities against them in their homeland over the last 65 years. The purpose of Hindu intellectuals to bring up the Babri Mosque while talking about minority repression in Bangladesh is necessarily to soften the Muslim criminal mindset at home in Bangladesh; hardly an honest undertaking. It is futile; good Muslims do not need it; it would not work with hate-mongering Muslims.
         
        As for me personally, while I would like an honest judgment on the claim and counter-claim on the Babri Mosque site, I think it was barbaric for a mob to destroy the mosque. However, I do not talk about it for the reasons that I mentioned above.
         
        Sukhamaya Bain
         
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        From: Jiten Roy <jnrsr53@...>
        To: mukto-mona@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Saturday, April 21, 2012 10:37 AM
        Subject: [mukto-mona] RE: Religion & Communalism
         
        As I said before, "Communalism" encompass a broad spectrum of negative activities, some of which do not directly incite hatefulness, but saw seeds of hatefulness. For example, when Farida Majid talks about Babri-Mosque destruction in India without mentioning about thousands of temple destruction in Bangladesh, it becomes a communal statement. When I say Hindus are persecuted in Bangladesh without mentioning anything about Muslim persecution in India, it's a communal statement. When Muslims preach for Muslim-brotherhood, and Hindus preach for Hindu brotherhood, those are communal statements. All these statements saw seeds of hatefulness in the minds of millions of people. Therefore, religions are at the very core of communalism. There is no denying about it.
        Jiten Roy
         
        --- On Fri, 4/20/12, Jiten Roy <jnrsr53@...> wrote:

        From: Jiten Roy <jnrsr53@...>
        Subject: RE: [mukto-mona] FW: (Negative Lessons for Bangladesh) Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making
        To: mukto-mona@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Friday, April 20, 2012, 6:59 PM

         
        Whether I am a republican or democrat - that has nothing to do with the topic at hand? Just think about a hypothetical situation where there is no existence of religion and everybody is identified as human being, not Hindu, Muslim, Christian, etc. Do you think - there will be religious communalism? I don’t think so. Do you? We have religion and that why we have religious communalism also. It’s that simple logic.
        Jiten Roy --- On Fri, 4/20/12, Farida Majid <farida_majid@...> wrote:

        From: Farida Majid <farida_majid@...>
        Subject: RE: [mukto-mona] FW: (Negative Lessons for Bangladesh) Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making
        To: "mukto-mona" <mukto-mona@yahoogroups.com>
        Date: Friday, April 20, 2012, 4:34 AM

         
                   I forgot that Jiten Roy is a right-wing Republican.  All over the Western world today, in the USA and in Western European countries, Islamophobia is an important ingredient in the right-wing political agenda. Jiten Roy is not going to understand, or question or upgrade his understanding of communalism.                << You cannot decouple religion from religious communalism. >> says Jiten Roy blithely and thoughtlessly.                  Yes, you can, and you must. I don't want to go too much into the theory.  Only dwelling on what is visible, one can ask: How come religious people are not communal? How come communal people are not necessarily "religious" people? Moulana Abul Kalam Azad was an accomplished scholar of Islam, and yet he vociferously opposed communal Partition of India.  Lal Krishna Advani is a secular, non-practicing Hindu. Yet he is the most rabid communal politician whose instigation was the operational foundation behind the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992. How come Motiur Rahman Nizami is a close buddy of Advani? Is Nizami considered a "religious" person by non-Jamaati population of Bangladesh? Atal Bihari Bajpeyi was a strict Hindu, yet he was the least communal of all the BJP politicians.                    Religion is a powerful tool in the hands of fascist power-politics game players. It is an easily available excuse for legitimizing ethnic and communal hatred needed to stir up violence.      << You may ask - if it is due to a religion then why not everybody become communal a religious commune? It's like - even though we all have greed, not all people will steal out of greed.  >>                    The above is a too ridiculous and meaningless tautology for me to even attempt to tackle its irrationality!                            We should pay attention to how we can protect communal peace, and guarantee the safety of Hindu places of worship in Bangladesh. If we do not know the difference between religion and communalism the Jamaati riots will proliferate and Hindu persecution will continue in Bangladesh.  We should train ourselves to detect the onset of communal riots. Here is a quote from the Indian article again:Prof Rama Malkote, a social activist from Hyderabad said that large scale religious processions and festivals is a latest political trend and have a political patronage of communal vested interest from both the communities. The rise in communalism according to her is the result of absence of civil society in maintaining communal harmony. She said that communalism related events which are causing great damage to peace and tranquility should be banned.        
        To: mukto-mona@yahoogroups.com From: jnrsr53@... Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 18:47:37 -0700 Subject: RE: [mukto-mona] FW: (Negative Lessons for Bangladesh) Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making 
        Farida Majid:  If Jiten Roy wants be a sincere community leader working towards combatting communalism, then he has to learn how to decouple religion and communalism.  Communalism USES and utilizes religious sentiments, like Mohiuddin the Mohishasur, suddenly breaking into "Allah Rabbul Alamin" knowing fully well that it is a fake show of  piety.  But it is NOT about religion.
        Communalism means advocating collective interests of a particular commune or tribe or sect. Therefore, communalism has many forms. Here we are talking about reigious communalism, which is displaying hatefulness towards out of commune religious interests.
        When you see - Hindus are hating Muslims and Muslims are hating Hindus, and you are saying - religion has nothing to do with it,  it becomes an absurd interpretation of religious communalism. Such hatred is only because of their religious difference, nothing else.  You cannot decouple religion from religious communalism.
        You may ask - if it is due to a religion then why not everybody become communal a religious commune? It's like - even though we all have greed, not all people will steal out of greed.
        Jiten Roy
        --- On Thu, 4/19/12, Farida Majid <farida_majid@...> wrote:

        From: Farida Majid <farida_majid@...>
        Subject: RE: [mukto-mona] FW: (Negative Lessons for Bangladesh) Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making
        To: "mukto-mona" <mukto-mona@yahoogroups.com>
        Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 8:23 PM

         
                     If Jiten Roy wants be a sincere community leader working towards combatting communalism, then he has to learn how to decouple religion and communalism.  Communalism USES and utilizes religious sentiments, like Mohiuddin the Mohishasur, suddenly breaking into "Allah Rabbul Alamin" knowing fully well that it is a fake show of  piety.  But it is NOT about religion.
                       Neither the Two Circles Net news report on Telengana riots in India, nor my own intro to the news gives any lecture on "religion." The communalist trick is that they would like to make you believe that it is all about religion.  It is NOT about religion. The point of communal politics in both India and Bangladesh right now is to create maximum mayhem, widespread misery and keep politics and economy and law and order in a state of chaos.              By the way, what do you mean by not ever hearing of pork being used by Hindu Nationalists ? Pork was forcibly put in the mouth of low class Muslims in the Suddhi campaign to re-convert them to Hinduism. This ugly Suddhi campaign has been the starting point of many infamous communal riots in India in the 1920s and back again in 1980s.  The idea comes from the British writers' falsehoods about low caste Hindus having converted to Islam in the past. That is, of course, complete BS, especially in Bengal where there were no Hindus before 8th century AD,  and no historian has proved it, neither is there any local record.              Read the Telengana report again, and notice how the emphases are on HOW communal hatred is propagated, how a communal riot is engineered, how the evil perpetrators take advantage of the unpreparedness of the residents, etc.  There are lessons to learn.
        To: mukto-mona@yahoogroups.com From: jnrsr53@... Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 16:27:09 -0700 Subject: Re: [mukto-mona] FW: (Negative Lessons for Bangladesh) Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making 
        What a shame! Stop politics with religion. I have heard many incidences of beef in the temple, but never heard of pork in the Mosque. This is a new one. I guess - Hindus are learning fast also.
         
        Please ban politics with religion all over the world ASAP. Don’t mix state and religion. As I said before – (politics + religion) = explosion. 
         
        Politics is mostly a dishonest trade. Don’t let your religion mix with such a trade.  Speak up against it! I understand that Islam has done it at the beginning of its emancipation. Hindus may have such precedence also. But, that was then. We are living in a different era. There was a time when British and Roman empires used to rule most of the world. That can’t be repeated now.  So, stop emulating prehistoric era.  
         
        Let’s learn a physical truth – The world is now integrated, and every action (somewhere), has equal and opposite reaction (elsewhere also). Therefore, keep your religion within yourself; no one needs to know about it.  Instead, be a human-being. That will be appreciated much more than your religiosity.  
         
        Jiten Roy
          --- On Thu, 4/19/12, Farida Majid <farida_majid@...> wrote:

        From: Farida Majid <farida_majid@...>
        Subject: [mukto-mona] FW: (Negative Lessons for Bangladesh) Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making
        To:
        Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 1:11 PM

         
                        The terrible negative model of COMMUNALISM and how it destroys peaceful communities.                  Our BNP/Jamaat goondas with their Hindu India/Muslim Bangladesh slogans (uttering parrot-like the EXACT sentiments of Hindutvawallas in India) will love to see this kind of destruction happen every day, every week, every month all over Bangladesh.  They already have started it in Satkhira, and I imagine incidents like that will proliferate. Character assassinations of political leaders (Sheikh Hasina, Suranjit Sengupta, Dipu Moni, et al) will continue before and after actual assassinations (Sheikh Mujib, Kibria, Ivy Rahman, et al).                 Awami League leaders are scared of Jamaati criticism of being India-lovers, anti-Islam, etc. They should not be.                 As part of Citizens' Civil Society we should all build up strong resistance to Communalism.  NOW!                         We should be repeating Humayun Azad's cry "Amra ki ei Bangladesh cheyechhilam?"
        Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 16:36:30 +0800 Subject: Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making 

        Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making

         on 18 April 2012 - 1:56pm
        By Mohd. Ismail Khan, TwoCircles.net,

        Telangana for past few years is in the news for all the bad reasons. The most unfortunate is the rise of the communal forces threatening the plural culture the region is known for. This development has threatened the future prospect of the region and has become a worrying factor for all the inhabitants of the part of Andhra Pradesh.
        The way BJP played Hindutva card and polarized the electorate against a Muslim candidate and won Mahbubnagar assembly by-poll in an area where a few years back it had hardly any presence, shocked the secular society. In fact, before and after the by-poll, the Telangana region has witnessed sudden rise in communal incidents. The rise in Hindu religious events as flamboyance of strength, communal riots in Karimnagar town after the India Pakistan World Cup match, communal violence in Adilabad where an entire Muslim family was set afire in the Vattoli village, the Gujarat style attack on the Muslim businesses in Sangareddy town, the deadly attacks on Muslim youths after Eid-ul-Azha by Hindu Vahini activists, the communal riots of 2010 in old city or the recent communal clashes in the Hyderabad new city areas -- all these incidents are making one believe that there is are deliberate experiments going on in the region by the right wing forces.
        Sangareddy riot: Muslim businesses attacked in planned way
        A close observation of Sangareddy communal violence gives a vivid picture. The violence was orchestrated by Hindutva elements in which Muslim properties were singled out and targeted in a planned manner. The mob was well organized with petrol bombs and weapons and roaming free in the streets attacking Muslim owned businesses. Muslims were first instigated by posting vulgar images of holy places, when they protested members of Hindu Vahini came out, in a planned way, and started attacking Muslim businesses in the market areas.

        Muslim businesses singled out and attacked in Sangareddy
        TwoCircles.net spoke to some of the victims of the Sangareddy violence. Syed Jaffer was running an electrical goods shop S.A. Electricals. It was torched down completely. Jaffer said: He saw those people who were attacking the shop and was shocked to notice that the mob consisted of even those people to whom he had provided free services. “Every Hindu in the town was instigated by Hindu Vahini by giving the slogan ‘Ram is being humiliated, restore his pride’, even the local Congress MLA provided them with moral support,” said Jaffer.
        Mohd Majid’s case was a fine example of the nature of those attacks. He used to run a small pan shop adjacent to Vijaylakshmi Bakery. In the riots his pan shop was totally burned down but the huge bakery owned by a Hindu did not get even a scratch.
        Jaffer told TCN, “It was a planned attack to target only businesses to make us suffer economically, as Muslims in the town were gaining a good ground in the market and becoming influential, which was used by the Hindutva elements to instigate Hindu youths to participate in the riots.”

        Majid near his burned pan shop in Sangareddy
        Sangareddy in its history has never witnessed such a communal violence. Even the locals were shocked by the sudden upsurge of prejudice against a community. In recent years BJP and its other right wing organizations have been trying hard in building up their cadre in the guise of supporting Telanagna movement. They mixed Hindutva with Telangna and Telangana with Hindutva. They showed Telangana culture as the culture of Hindutva and gave the slogans of Hindutva during Telangana agitation.
        “Telangna movement at this period is being totally hijacked by the right wing fundamentalist forces from every political party. They used Telangana sentiments to gain ground in the region, and now they are trying to form a state within a state, i.e. Hindutva state within Telangana state,” observed Lateef Mohd Khan, general secretary of Hyderabad based Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee.
        According to him, the right wing forces are exploiting the vacuum created by sudden annihilation of leftist movement in the Telangana region. “After the state government wiped out dominant Naxalism from the Telengana region, the vacuum was filled up by Bajrang Dal and Hindu Vahini as an alternate savior of lower castes. Even the higher caste Reddys who were landlords and more lenient towards Hindutva supported them to save their dominance,” he said.

        Jaffar at his burned electric goods shop in Sangareddy

        Rise in religious processions
        Zahid Ali Khan, Editor of leading Urdu daily Siasat informed TCN about the degrading secular values in the region. “Right wing political party is trying to polarize Hindu votes in their favor, for that cause they have to orchestrate communal riots to get all Hindus in the same umbrella to gain ground in the region,” said Khan. According to him one more important factor is “the rise in communal religious processions and festivals which were not part of the Telangana culture. These are being put to polarize and produce hatred and they should be banned by the police.”
        The rise in religious processions in the Telangana region is creating lot of mess both for the police and for the general public. Muslims are celebrating Milad-un-Nabi or any other birthday celebrations of sufi saints on such large scale that right wing forces from other community are projecting it as a call for the competition which is giving an ample opportunity to propagate hatred, and this all is resulting in the form of violent clashes.
        The communal riot of 2010 in Hyderabad was a fine example of ugly result of competition in religious events. Even in the case of Sangareddy many locals alleged that non-Muslims in the town were annoyed by the large scale Mliad celebration and the fighting broke out just before Ram Navami rally.
        Prof Rama Malkote, a social activist from Hyderabad said that large scale religious processions and festivals is a latest political trend and have a political patronage of communal vested interest from both the communities. The rise in communalism according to her is the result of absence of civil society in maintaining communal harmony. She said that communalism related events which are causing great damage to peace and tranquility should be banned.

        A Telangana Muslim inspecting his vandalized hotel

        Beef and pork being used as RDX
        Nowadays whole city can easily be brought to standstill or on its nerve, neither by RDX bomb nor by deadly weapons. The latest formula found out by right wing miscreants is beef or pork. Hyderabad has always been an experimental ground for Hindutva forces for their mischievous plans. If the plan gets successful reactions then it is very well expected that it could be implemented in other districts. Like communal riots in the city, the same incident and trend was repeated in Sangareddy town. The latest invention of pork and beef game is widely expected to be seen soon in the rural towns of Telengana.
        Asaduddin Owaisi, president of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and Member of Parliament from Hyderabad observed that, “Right wing fundamentalist groups are active in every major political party. If one has to observe the communalism in Telangana region then one can see the narrow representation of Muslims in the region. Out of 118 MLAs from the region Muslims are just 7 while Muslims constitute 18% of the region’s population. They are leaving no stone unturned to keep the Muslims at bay in the region.”

        Government, Police should act: Owaisi
        On the growing demand for ban on unnecessary communal religious processions, Mr. Owaisi said, “banning is not a solution, once police have given them permission they now can’t backtrack, otherwise it will create unnecessary tension. The strict monitoring and vigilance of those processions is the only practical solution available at this time.”
        Speaking about his party’s strategy on communal issues he said, “We are trying our best not to fall prey to the strategies of communal forces, they want us to react, but we have shown tolerance to an extent. But MIM will not compromise on protecting the life and interest of Muslims. We continue to pressurize the government to act against the people who are propagating hatred against Muslims.”

        Half body of a pig was thrown into this Noor Masjid in Hyderabad in April 2012
        Why no action against traders of hatred? Police could have played an important role in harmonizing the prevailing tension between the communities but as expected police till now have showed lot of treads to find out communalism also exists with in the police. Police instead of arresting hate mongers, they are providing security to them. There are lots of cases pending against Praveen Togadia in Hyderabad but still police have provided obedient security to Mr. Togadia or any other communal leader whenever they visited Hyderabad to give hate speeches against Muslims and Christians. Last year Mr. Togadia visited Hyderabad 7 times, as if he had made Hyderabad his second home.
        Police have even showed prejudice during the communal clashes, like locals in the Sangareddy town alleged that police allowed Hndu Vahini activists to vandalize their properties but on the other hand they stopped Muslims from even protecting their properties, the excuse was fear of more communal clashes. Even in the latest desecration of religious places and the subsequent violence, police till now have rounded up 10 individuals, 9 of them are Muslims. This is despite the fact VHP had taken out that violent rally and attacked Muslims and damaged their properties.

        A handicapped Muslim at his burned shop
        Telangana’s ganga-jamni tehzib is getting shadowed by Hindutva fascist culture; it is in serious threat of getting extinct. If the present state of affairs continues unabated, one can expect worst to happen in coming days. The present scenario points to a new Gujarat in Telangana. A new Hindutva laboratory of south India is in the making.




      • subimal chakrabarty
        I might have been misunderstood by Prof. Majid. Once I mentioned that I despite myself not being a believer live happily among the believers who include my
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          I might have been misunderstood by Prof. Majid. Once I mentioned that I despite myself not being a believer live happily among the believers who include my wife, relatives, colleagues, and innumerable friends. There is no denying the fact that religion is deeply rooted in a culture and hence it is an integral part of it. I accompany my wife to the religious festivals that she attends. My wife every day performs pooja at home. I was not born into an athesist family as Tariq Ali did. But I turned into an atheist pretty early stage in life thanks to people including professors (Dhaka College), intellectuals and political peers with whom I directly came into touch or under whose influence I came directly or indirectly. I have to admit that initially there was a feat of "show off" like eating beef at an early age (I may be one of the youngest persons coming from a conservative family doing so). Now I realize that the show off was not necessary and was discomforting to the close relatives. To echo Sunil Ganguly, I do not preach atheism. I do not preach theism either. Let me repeat the last sentence from my last e-mail as below: Given so many facts beyond our control at least in the short run, we can help ourselves only by being tolerant, logical, open minded, and argumentative.

               

          From: Farida Majid <farida_majid@...>
          To: mukto-mona <mukto-mona@yahoogroups.com>
          Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 5:48 PM
          Subject: RE: [mukto-mona] FW: (Negative Lessons for Bangladesh) Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making
           
                    Jiten Roy is deliberately diluting the word "communalism." It should be noticed that experienced activists in the field in India use the word without having to define it every time.  It has a specific meaning within a historic and geographic context.  Since it already includes in its meaning the warped sense of religious identity, artificially generated hatred between two religious communities, etc.  Jiten Roy's coinage of the term "religious communalism" is ridiculous and meaningless.         OK.  Jiten Roy refuses to make a distinction between "religion" and communalism.  He is in fine company of our friends like S A Hannan, M. Anwar, Shahadat Husseini, Munshi/Abid Bahar/ Naz Chow/FAlamgir and Kamal Das and all the rest.  Take a survey.  None of them wants to make that distinction.                            It is now clearly self-evident that those who boast about being secular and atheists are not sincere in their self-declared non-communal status. Period.
                   Note for Subimal: It is a pity that you too have sunk into a double-speak. Religion as a cultural artifice is part and parcel of an extensive  web called culture. That is why communities of people belong to it collectively.  You can, as an individual, choose not to follow a particular religion.  But you would still belong to the larger context  -- the shared culture. You cannot wish it away.  That is why I believe that a peace-loving, thinking person would try to identify the roots of communal violence in the subcontinent. Look towards the example of the works of Asghar Ali Engineer, Achin Vanaik, and Ram Punyani.
          To: mukto-mona@yahoogroups.com From: subimal@... Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2012 20:37:20 -0700 Subject: Re: [mukto-mona] FW: (Negative Lessons for Bangladesh) Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making 


           
          First let me make my position clear. I am not advocationg that there should be many religions although looking for unity in the diversity is a great idea. Nor am I advocating that there should not be any religion at all. After all that should not be even on my wish list as I am neither Stalin nor Mao. What I want to highlight is that we can clash over over any thing or any issue and those clashes can be bloody, long, and all consuming. Simply reflect on all the wars, battles, and feuds that happened ans are still happening. Clash between two villages, two schools, over districtism, over language, over soccar, and you can mention many more. But we cannot live without these institutions or organizations.  Given so many facts beyond our control at least in the short run, we can help ourselves only by being tolerant, logical, open minded, and argumentative.

          From: Jiten Roy <jnrsr53@...>
          To: mukto-mona@yahoogroups.com
          Sent: Friday, April 20, 2012 5:59 PM
          Subject: RE: [mukto-mona] FW: (Negative Lessons for Bangladesh) Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making
           
          Whether I am a republican or democrat - that has nothing to do with the topic at hand? Just think about a hypothetical situation where there is no existence of religion and everybody is identified as human being, not Hindu, Muslim, Christian, etc. Do you think - there will be religious communalism? I don’t think so. Do you? We have religion and that why we have religious communalism also. It’s that simple logic.
          Jiten Roy --- On Fri, 4/20/12, Farida Majid <farida_majid@...> wrote:

          From: Farida Majid <farida_majid@...>
          Subject: RE: [mukto-mona] FW: (Negative Lessons for Bangladesh) Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making
          To: "mukto-mona" <mukto-mona@yahoogroups.com>
          Date: Friday, April 20, 2012, 4:34 AM

           
                     I forgot that Jiten Roy is a right-wing Republican.  All over the Western world today, in the USA and in Western European countries, Islamophobia is an important ingredient in the right-wing political agenda. Jiten Roy is not going to understand, or question or upgrade his understanding of communalism.                << You cannot decouple religion from religious communalism. >> says Jiten Roy blithely and thoughtlessly.                  Yes, you can, and you must. I don't want to go too much into the theory.  Only dwelling on what is visible, one can ask: How come religious people are not communal? How come communal people are not necessarily "religious" people? Moulana Abul Kalam Azad was an accomplished scholar of Islam, and yet he vociferously opposed communal Partition of India.  Lal Krishna Advani is a secular, non-practicing Hindu. Yet he is the most rabid communal politician whose instigation was the operational foundation behind the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992. How come Motiur Rahman Nizami is a close buddy of Advani? Is Nizami considered a "religious" person by non-Jamaati population of Bangladesh? Atal Bihari Bajpeyi was a strict Hindu, yet he was the least communal of all the BJP politicians.                    Religion is a powerful tool in the hands of fascist power-politics game players. It is an easily available excuse for legitimizing ethnic and communal hatred needed to stir up violence.      << You may ask - if it is due to a religion then why not everybody become communal a religious commune? It's like - even though we all have greed, not all people will steal out of greed.  >>                    The above is a too ridiculous and meaningless tautology for me to even attempt to tackle its irrationality!                            We should pay attention to how we can protect communal peace, and guarantee the safety of Hindu places of worship in Bangladesh. If we do not know the difference between religion and communalism the Jamaati riots will proliferate and Hindu persecution will continue in Bangladesh.  We should train ourselves to detect the onset of communal riots. Here is a quote from the Indian article again:Prof Rama Malkote, a social activist from Hyderabad said that large scale religious processions and festivals is a latest political trend and have a political patronage of communal vested interest from both the communities. The rise in communalism according to her is the result of absence of civil society in maintaining communal harmony. She said that communalism related events which are causing great damage to peace and tranquility should be banned.        
          To: mukto-mona@yahoogroups.com From: jnrsr53@... Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 18:47:37 -0700 Subject: RE: [mukto-mona] FW: (Negative Lessons for Bangladesh) Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making 
          Farida Majid:  If Jiten Roy wants be a sincere community leader working towards combatting communalism, then he has to learn how to decouple religion and communalism.  Communalism USES and utilizes religious sentiments, like Mohiuddin the Mohishasur, suddenly breaking into "Allah Rabbul Alamin" knowing fully well that it is a fake show of  piety.  But it is NOT about religion.
          Communalism means advocating collective interests of a particular commune or tribe or sect. Therefore, communalism has many forms. Here we are talking about reigious communalism, which is displaying hatefulness towards out of commune religious interests.
          When you see - Hindus are hating Muslims and Muslims are hating Hindus, and you are saying - religion has nothing to do with it,  it becomes an absurd interpretation of religious communalism. Such hatred is only because of their religious difference, nothing else.  You cannot decouple religion from religious communalism.
          You may ask - if it is due to a religion then why not everybody become communal a religious commune? It's like - even though we all have greed, not all people will steal out of greed.
          Jiten Roy
          --- On Thu, 4/19/12, Farida Majid <farida_majid@...> wrote:

          From: Farida Majid <farida_majid@...>
          Subject: RE: [mukto-mona] FW: (Negative Lessons for Bangladesh) Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making
          To: "mukto-mona" <mukto-mona@yahoogroups.com>
          Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 8:23 PM

           
                       If Jiten Roy wants be a sincere community leader working towards combatting communalism, then he has to learn how to decouple religion and communalism.  Communalism USES and utilizes religious sentiments, like Mohiuddin the Mohishasur, suddenly breaking into "Allah Rabbul Alamin" knowing fully well that it is a fake show of  piety.  But it is NOT about religion.
                         Neither the Two Circles Net news report on Telengana riots in India, nor my own intro to the news gives any lecture on "religion." The communalist trick is that they would like to make you believe that it is all about religion.  It is NOT about religion. The point of communal politics in both India and Bangladesh right now is to create maximum mayhem, widespread misery and keep politics and economy and law and order in a state of chaos.              By the way, what do you mean by not ever hearing of pork being used by Hindu Nationalists ? Pork was forcibly put in the mouth of low class Muslims in the Suddhi campaign to re-convert them to Hinduism. This ugly Suddhi campaign has been the starting point of many infamous communal riots in India in the 1920s and back again in 1980s.  The idea comes from the British writers' falsehoods about low caste Hindus having converted to Islam in the past. That is, of course, complete BS, especially in Bengal where there were no Hindus before 8th century AD,  and no historian has proved it, neither is there any local record.              Read the Telengana report again, and notice how the emphases are on HOW communal hatred is propagated, how a communal riot is engineered, how the evil perpetrators take advantage of the unpreparedness of the residents, etc.  There are lessons to learn.
          To: mukto-mona@yahoogroups.com From: jnrsr53@... Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 16:27:09 -0700 Subject: Re: [mukto-mona] FW: (Negative Lessons for Bangladesh) Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making 
          What a shame! Stop politics with religion. I have heard many incidences of beef in the temple, but never heard of pork in the Mosque. This is a new one. I guess - Hindus are learning fast also.
           
          Please ban politics with religion all over the world ASAP. Don’t mix state and religion. As I said before – (politics + religion) = explosion. 
           
          Politics is mostly a dishonest trade. Don’t let your religion mix with such a trade.  Speak up against it! I understand that Islam has done it at the beginning of its emancipation. Hindus may have such precedence also. But, that was then. We are living in a different era. There was a time when British and Roman empires used to rule most of the world. That can’t be repeated now.  So, stop emulating prehistoric era.  
           
          Let’s learn a physical truth – The world is now integrated, and every action (somewhere), has equal and opposite reaction (elsewhere also). Therefore, keep your religion within yourself; no one needs to know about it.  Instead, be a human-being. That will be appreciated much more than your religiosity.  
           
          Jiten Roy
            --- On Thu, 4/19/12, Farida Majid <farida_majid@...> wrote:

          From: Farida Majid <farida_majid@...>
          Subject: [mukto-mona] FW: (Negative Lessons for Bangladesh) Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making
          To:
          Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 1:11 PM

           
                          The terrible negative model of COMMUNALISM and how it destroys peaceful communities.                  Our BNP/Jamaat goondas with their Hindu India/Muslim Bangladesh slogans (uttering parrot-like the EXACT sentiments of Hindutvawallas in India) will love to see this kind of destruction happen every day, every week, every month all over Bangladesh.  They already have started it in Satkhira, and I imagine incidents like that will proliferate. Character assassinations of political leaders (Sheikh Hasina, Suranjit Sengupta, Dipu Moni, et al) will continue before and after actual assassinations (Sheikh Mujib, Kibria, Ivy Rahman, et al).                 Awami League leaders are scared of Jamaati criticism of being India-lovers, anti-Islam, etc. They should not be.                 As part of Citizens' Civil Society we should all build up strong resistance to Communalism.  NOW!                         We should be repeating Humayun Azad's cry "Amra ki ei Bangladesh cheyechhilam?"
          Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 16:36:30 +0800 Subject: Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making 

          Telangana: A new Hindutva laboratory in the making

           on 18 April 2012 - 1:56pm
          By Mohd. Ismail Khan, TwoCircles.net,

          Telangana for past few years is in the news for all the bad reasons. The most unfortunate is the rise of the communal forces threatening the plural culture the region is known for. This development has threatened the future prospect of the region and has become a worrying factor for all the inhabitants of the part of Andhra Pradesh.
          The way BJP played Hindutva card and polarized the electorate against a Muslim candidate and won Mahbubnagar assembly by-poll in an area where a few years back it had hardly any presence, shocked the secular society. In fact, before and after the by-poll, the Telangana region has witnessed sudden rise in communal incidents. The rise in Hindu religious events as flamboyance of strength, communal riots in Karimnagar town after the India Pakistan World Cup match, communal violence in Adilabad where an entire Muslim family was set afire in the Vattoli village, the Gujarat style attack on the Muslim businesses in Sangareddy town, the deadly attacks on Muslim youths after Eid-ul-Azha by Hindu Vahini activists, the communal riots of 2010 in old city or the recent communal clashes in the Hyderabad new city areas -- all these incidents are making one believe that there is are deliberate experiments going on in the region by the right wing forces.
          Sangareddy riot: Muslim businesses attacked in planned way
          A close observation of Sangareddy communal violence gives a vivid picture. The violence was orchestrated by Hindutva elements in which Muslim properties were singled out and targeted in a planned manner. The mob was well organized with petrol bombs and weapons and roaming free in the streets attacking Muslim owned businesses. Muslims were first instigated by posting vulgar images of holy places, when they protested members of Hindu Vahini came out, in a planned way, and started attacking Muslim businesses in the market areas.

          Muslim businesses singled out and attacked in Sangareddy
          TwoCircles.net spoke to some of the victims of the Sangareddy violence. Syed Jaffer was running an electrical goods shop S.A. Electricals. It was torched down completely. Jaffer said: He saw those people who were attacking the shop and was shocked to notice that the mob consisted of even those people to whom he had provided free services. “Every Hindu in the town was instigated by Hindu Vahini by giving the slogan ‘Ram is being humiliated, restore his pride’, even the local Congress MLA provided them with moral support,” said Jaffer.
          Mohd Majid’s case was a fine example of the nature of those attacks. He used to run a small pan shop adjacent to Vijaylakshmi Bakery. In the riots his pan shop was totally burned down but the huge bakery owned by a Hindu did not get even a scratch.
          Jaffer told TCN, “It was a planned attack to target only businesses to make us suffer economically, as Muslims in the town were gaining a good ground in the market and becoming influential, which was used by the Hindutva elements to instigate Hindu youths to participate in the riots.”

          Majid near his burned pan shop in Sangareddy
          Sangareddy in its history has never witnessed such a communal violence. Even the locals were shocked by the sudden upsurge of prejudice against a community. In recent years BJP and its other right wing organizations have been trying hard in building up their cadre in the guise of supporting Telanagna movement. They mixed Hindutva with Telangna and Telangana with Hindutva. They showed Telangana culture as the culture of Hindutva and gave the slogans of Hindutva during Telangana agitation.
          “Telangna movement at this period is being totally hijacked by the right wing fundamentalist forces from every political party. They used Telangana sentiments to gain ground in the region, and now they are trying to form a state within a state, i.e. Hindutva state within Telangana state,” observed Lateef Mohd Khan, general secretary of Hyderabad based Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee.
          According to him, the right wing forces are exploiting the vacuum created by sudden annihilation of leftist movement in the Telangana region. “After the state government wiped out dominant Naxalism from the Telengana region, the vacuum was filled up by Bajrang Dal and Hindu Vahini as an alternate savior of lower castes. Even the higher caste Reddys who were landlords and more lenient towards Hindutva supported them to save their dominance,” he said.

          Jaffar at his burned electric goods shop in Sangareddy

          Rise in religious processions
          Zahid Ali Khan, Editor of leading Urdu daily Siasat informed TCN about the degrading secular values in the region. “Right wing political party is trying to polarize Hindu votes in their favor, for that cause they have to orchestrate communal riots to get all Hindus in the same umbrella to gain ground in the region,” said Khan. According to him one more important factor is “the rise in communal religious processions and festivals which were not part of the Telangana culture. These are being put to polarize and produce hatred and they should be banned by the police.”
          The rise in religious processions in the Telangana region is creating lot of mess both for the police and for the general public. Muslims are celebrating Milad-un-Nabi or any other birthday celebrations of sufi saints on such large scale that right wing forces from other community are projecting it as a call for the competition which is giving an ample opportunity to propagate hatred, and this all is resulting in the form of violent clashes.
          The communal riot of 2010 in Hyderabad was a fine example of ugly result of competition in religious events. Even in the case of Sangareddy many locals alleged that non-Muslims in the town were annoyed by the large scale Mliad celebration and the fighting broke out just before Ram Navami rally.
          Prof Rama Malkote, a social activist from Hyderabad said that large scale religious processions and festivals is a latest political trend and have a political patronage of communal vested interest from both the communities. The rise in communalism according to her is the result of absence of civil society in maintaining communal harmony. She said that communalism related events which are causing great damage to peace and tranquility should be banned.

          A Telangana Muslim inspecting his vandalized hotel

          Beef and pork being used as RDX
          Nowadays whole city can easily be brought to standstill or on its nerve, neither by RDX bomb nor by deadly weapons. The latest formula found out by right wing miscreants is beef or pork. Hyderabad has always been an experimental ground for Hindutva forces for their mischievous plans. If the plan gets successful reactions then it is very well expected that it could be implemented in other districts. Like communal riots in the city, the same incident and trend was repeated in Sangareddy town. The latest invention of pork and beef game is widely expected to be seen soon in the rural towns of Telengana.
          Asaduddin Owaisi, president of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and Member of Parliament from Hyderabad observed that, “Right wing fundamentalist groups are active in every major political party. If one has to observe the communalism in Telangana region then one can see the narrow representation of Muslims in the region. Out of 118 MLAs from the region Muslims are just 7 while Muslims constitute 18% of the region’s population. They are leaving no stone unturned to keep the Muslims at bay in the region.”

          Government, Police should act: Owaisi
          On the growing demand for ban on unnecessary communal religious processions, Mr. Owaisi said, “banning is not a solution, once police have given them permission they now can’t backtrack, otherwise it will create unnecessary tension. The strict monitoring and vigilance of those processions is the only practical solution available at this time.”
          Speaking about his party’s strategy on communal issues he said, “We are trying our best not to fall prey to the strategies of communal forces, they want us to react, but we have shown tolerance to an extent. But MIM will not compromise on protecting the life and interest of Muslims. We continue to pressurize the government to act against the people who are propagating hatred against Muslims.”

          Half body of a pig was thrown into this Noor Masjid in Hyderabad in April 2012
          Why no action against traders of hatred? Police could have played an important role in harmonizing the prevailing tension between the communities but as expected police till now have showed lot of treads to find out communalism also exists with in the police. Police instead of arresting hate mongers, they are providing security to them. There are lots of cases pending against Praveen Togadia in Hyderabad but still police have provided obedient security to Mr. Togadia or any other communal leader whenever they visited Hyderabad to give hate speeches against Muslims and Christians. Last year Mr. Togadia visited Hyderabad 7 times, as if he had made Hyderabad his second home.
          Police have even showed prejudice during the communal clashes, like locals in the Sangareddy town alleged that police allowed Hndu Vahini activists to vandalize their properties but on the other hand they stopped Muslims from even protecting their properties, the excuse was fear of more communal clashes. Even in the latest desecration of religious places and the subsequent violence, police till now have rounded up 10 individuals, 9 of them are Muslims. This is despite the fact VHP had taken out that violent rally and attacked Muslims and damaged their properties.

          A handicapped Muslim at his burned shop
          Telangana’s ganga-jamni tehzib is getting shadowed by Hindutva fascist culture; it is in serious threat of getting extinct. If the present state of affairs continues unabated, one can expect worst to happen in coming days. The present scenario points to a new Gujarat in Telangana. A new Hindutva laboratory of south India is in the making.
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