Who Triggered Rohingya Crisis? Myanmar or Islamists?

Rohingya refugee crisis is consistently hitting the headlines of late. Rohingyas are a community of Bengali speaking Muslims who have been living in Myanmar’s Rakhine state for a long time. Myanmar is a predominantly Buddhist country, and as many other countries, it is also facing the threat of Islamic terrorism. The Islamists are waging a bloody insurgency to carve a separate Muslim state out of Myanmar.

The Rohingya Muslim terrorists, in the month of August, launched well-coordinated attacks on police stations and killed around a dozen policemen and also killed many Hindu and Buddhist civilians. According to news reports, the violence unleashed by the Rohingya terrorists had cut short the lives of around hundred people. The police and military launched a massive retaliatory campaign against the terrorists and scores of civilians appear to have caught in the crossfire, which is resulting in the displacement of lakhs of Rohingya Muslims. This exodus made the already poverty-stricken Rohingyas lead squalid lives in refugee camps. The international aid agencies are making appeals to the world community to extend a helping hand to Rohingyas. However, not many countries are willing to take them. The most important reason appears to be that these Rohingyas are all Muslims.

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Many nations appear to feel that Muslims are not amenable to peaceful coexistence with other religious communities though they don’t publicly admit to it. There is also a widespread feeling that Muslims are prone to be easily radicalized and recruited by terrorist organizations. All these fears are making the countries in Asia very apprehensive of Rohingyas and are reluctant to let them in. Even the Muslim majority countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia are not ready to take the Rohingyas and instead they ask other nations to invite them into their countries. If we have a close look at the Islamic world, most of the Muslim countries have slipped into chaos and very few of them are enjoying relative peace. The Muslim nations, when a crisis situation arises, close doors for their fellow Muslims and start playing victimhood with a sinister intention to add fuel to the flames of Islamist terror all across the world.

Throughout the world, the radical Islamists are popularizing the pan-Islamist concept of ‘Ummah’. They are on a mission to unite the Muslims all over the world with an intention to use them to Islamize the non-Muslim societies. The mushrooming Islamic terror organizations are provoking Muslims everywhere, triggering the flames of separatism among them. The wealthy Islamic countries such as Saudi Arabia are funding these terror organizations. The brainwashing and weapons training are done in Pakistan, the motherland of all terror. Ata Ullah, the leader of Islamist terror organization called ‘Harakah al-Yakin’, which triggered the current spate of violence in Myanmar, was born in Pakistan and even underwent terror training in it. It is all happening in the name of ‘Ummah’ and establishing a ‘Caliphate’.

Many Muslim organizations are carrying out protest demonstrations against the repression of Rohingyas. But they conveniently ignore the fact that raising ultra-conservatism among Muslims, their inherent inability to peacefully co-exist with non-Islamic societies and the violence unleashed by a Rohingya terrorist organization called ‘Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army’ aka ‘Harakah al-Yakin’ are to a great extent the root causes of the present crisis. It has become a fashion for the Islamic clerics to call every insurgent as a ‘mujahideen’ and claim that they are waging a ‘Jihad’. But they must also realize the fact that ‘one man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist’ and no country keeps quiet when its unity and sovereignty are challenged. The Muslim clergy’s infatuation with ‘Ummah’ and their ‘Jihadi’ outcry are causing many problems. However, Muslims are not able to come out of the grip of their narrow-minded clergy.

The international community’s reaction to the Rohingya crisis is not balanced and appears to be largely biased. It seems that the international community is merely trying to be politically correct. The sorry plight of Rohingya Muslims is indeed a cause for concern but at the same time, the world community has miserably failed in condemning the Islamic separatism and terrorism that has been spreading in the Rakhine state of Myanmar. The world community has not been doing enough to curb the spread of ultra-conservative and pan-Islamic sentiments, which have reached epidemic proportions. Its reluctance to take affirmative action against Islamist terror has emboldened the Muslim clergy to radicalize the Muslim youths with impunity.

The time has come for the Muslim world to come out of the tight grip of the ultra-conservative clergy and move towards prosperity in the path of modernity. Obsession with religion and Jihadist outcry will only push this world further into chaos. Most of the nations in the contemporary world are facing the dual problems of overpopulation and limited resources. Taking refugees will only impose an additional burden on them. And moreover, the kind of dramatic spike in terror attacks the Europe has been witnessing after the refugee influx from some failed Islamic nations has made most of the countries increasingly vary of Muslims refugees. The Muslim community, especially its clergy, must realize the fact that this world is not only for Muslims and they have to cultivate the habit of peaceful coexistence with all other religious communities.

There are many people who are criticising the Nobel laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, of not doing anything to protect the Rohingya Muslims and even demanded that she be stripped of her Nobel Peace Prize. This kind of statements reflect the sheer ignorance of the people who make them. They can’t expect Suu Kyi to put her nation’s security at peril just to safeguard her Nobel Prize. Despite the volley of contemptuous statements against her that are replete with ignorance, her reputation as a strong proponent of peace will last forever.

Last but not least, people who never uttered even a single word condemning the Islamist terror are now hitting the streets to speak for Rohingya Muslims. Had they been vocal enough in condemning the unceasing terror, had they been ferocious enough in abhorring the unending violence that is being perpetrated against humanity in the name of religion, things would not have reached this sorry state and lakhs of Rohingyas who have been fleeing Myanmar and living in squalid conditions in refugee camps would have been saved from the agony.

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Gauri Lankesh – Another Dissenting Voice Silenced.

The well-known philosopher, Voltaire, famously pronounced “I don’t agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” That is the kind of significance attached to the freedom of expression in any modern democratic society. Unfortunately, however, there is an increasing tendency in India to physically exterminate people who speak their minds. There is a series of killings that have been taking place in India, especially of rationalists and those who are opposed to the Hindu right wing ideology. The latest in the series is the killing of Gauri Lankesh, a journalist-cum-activist, who was a strong detractor of the Sangh Parivar organizations in the country. Rationalist scholars M M Kalbugi, Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar, who denounced blind beliefs and regressive thoughts, were also killed in a similar fashion during the last four years.

Words are not enough to condemn the brutal elimination of Gauri Lankesh. She was known for her consistent pro-poor stand, rationalistic ideas, and her opposition to communal politics. Naturally, the finger of suspicion is pointed towards the Hindu right wing. Unfortunately, the killers of the three rationalists are still at large and even this case may meet the same fate.

The realization must dawn on the entire society that people have a right to dissent. There is only one way to contest others with whom we don’t agree and that is by putting forth an effective counter argument. Physical elimination is the most barbaric way to silence dissent and does not augur well for the society.

Currently, in India, an ideological war is going on. The Hindus who resented the minority appeasement politics played by the so-called secular parties are standing with the Hindu right-wing BJP. The people who believe in the pluralistic ethos of Indian society are siding with the left-leaning political parties. This divide is getting progressively intensified and people started hating each other for the ideas and ideologies they stand for. Even the rampant poverty, corruption, social injustice, and ever widening economic inequalities are making many people feel frustrated. The frustrated people are getting attracted towards extreme left-wing politics. This ideological struggle is here to stay and will continue for a long time. Therefore, people should cultivate the habit of using their vocal cords and pens to question the ideas they don’t like. The problem arises when they start using weapons to eliminate those whose ideas they abhor.

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Intolerance, irrespective of who is in power, has become a new normal in India. There are many who jump to certain conclusions and unjustly place the blame squarely on the Hindu right wing forces in India for all the ideology-related violence. In Kerala, scores of CPM workers, as well as RSS Swayamsevaks, lost their lives in their fight for one-upmanship. Many BJP workers were killed by their political opponents in many parts of India. The cow vigilantism unleashed by the Hindutva organizations has taken the lives of many Dalits and Muslims. Therefore, intolerance is not only manifested by the Hindu right wing but also many other organizations and outfits. Any concerted attempt to unjustly put all the blame on the right-wing will only prove to be counter productive. Such propaganda will provide ammunition to the Hindutva forces to hit back by saying that it is a campaign to malign India and Indian society, thereby giving the entire thing an ingenious nationalist twist. Therefore, we, as a society, must condemn each and every violent incident, in which people lose their lives for the ideas and ideologies they stand for.

Using repressive means against those who speak up their minds must be condemned by one and all in the strongest possible terms. Even the governments must expeditiously probe these incidents to bring the culprits to book. Otherwise, these incidents are bound to reoccur.

Money, Sex And God

Well, I did not meditate under any Peepal tree, but still attained enlightenment. Not in any spiritual way but in a ‘derisive’ materialistic way as I kept on drifting towards more and more godlessness. Now you may ask what the findings of my enlightenment are. There are three ultimate truths that we all face during our ephemeral existence in this seemingly perpetual world. They are money, sex and of course death. Humans, during their ‘out, out, brief candle’ existence, pursue money and sex passionately till they reach death, their ultimate destination.

Money, as all of us are aware, can buy us almost everything except that it can’t buy one more day when one is terminally ill and reached the dead end of his or her life.

As far as sex is concerned, I’m tempted to quote from Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996) in which the male protagonist says, “There is joy in three things: eating meat, riding meat, and putting meat into the meat.”

Maybe that is why the so-called Yogis aka godmen, though they teach their disciples to renounce the worldly things, prefer to immerse themselves in black money and sexual exploitation of the female inmates.  Why don’t these godmen, who claim themselves to be the messengers of God, fear God? Maybe because they are very well aware of the fact that God is actually non-existent or even if he exists he is essentially powerless, therefore they are fully assured that he can’t do anything to stop their atrocities.

Why do shrines, irrespective of the religion they belong to, are becoming the centers of financial and sexual crimes? Many Vatican officials are charged with financial and sexual crimes and removed from their positions. Islamic fundamentalists, in their pursuit of political objectives, sell women as sex slaves and also indulge in drug trafficking to make money. If God really exists why is he not able to show his miracles to dissuade his messengers and representatives from committing all the atrocities they are committing?

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Peaceful end to Doklam standoff

They jostled, threw stones, and issued threats against each other but not even a single shot was fired. Asia’s two nuclear neighbors, India and China, managed their border dispute well and in a responsible manner.

Though China indulged in a lot of sabre-rattling to force India to withdraw, India exercised commendable restraint and persisted with its opposition to China’s efforts to unilaterally redraw the borders. China, of late, has been trying to grab its neighbors’ lands and seas through flexing its military muscle. The decline of the United States as a predominant power in this hitherto unipolar world has also emboldened China to act in a macho manner to expand its territory.

India and China, though fall under the category of developing countries, spend a large amount of money on defense. India procured nuclear weapons and spending billions of dollars on importing conventional weapons. All this money could be better utilized to bring about improvement in the lives of the people who are leading squalid lives in the numerous slums spread all across the country. It is also a fact that China is years ahead in technology, industrialization, and military modernization and fares far better than India in many developmental parameters. It, therefore, appears to be not ready to put all its achievements at stake and go for an avoidable war with India. Even India, with its teeming millions leading squalid lives and rampant corruption and misgovernance plaguing its society, is not in a position to wage a war against a formidable force such as China. India, though it boasts of maintaining a vast standing army, is not able to tackle its north-western neighbor, Pakistan, which is making it bleed through a thousand cuts by sponsoring cross-border terrorism. Against this backdrop, it would be over ambitious on India’s part if it feels that it can achieve something by escalating a conflict situation with China.

The Doklam episode should make people and nations realize the fact that in this age of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and ultra-connected globalized world no one can act irresponsibly. The spread of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons created a situation, where it is impossible to wage a war without suffering collateral damage. Humanity survived the first and second world wars mostly because there was no wide spread possession of nuclear weapons and the US, which was the only country to possess a nuclear weapon during the Second World War, emerged victorious by using it against Japan. Now the situation, however, is entirely different. The nuclear proliferation and falling of these weapons in the hands of the rogue nations such as North Korea and Pakistan has made this world certainly more precarious. It is highly unlikely that the humanity will survive if a Third World War breaks out.
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One more reason behind India and China settling their dispute through diplomatic channels appears to be economic. China has a strong manufacturing base and the people in India prefer Chinese products owing to their inexpensive nature. Even India is trying to build a robust manufacturing base in the expectation that it would provide employment opportunities to its teeming millions. The geographical proximity of these two Asian neighbors made them inextricably intertwined with each other both politically and economically and therefore, are not in a position to go to a war.

There are hot heads on both sides of the borders who indulged in a lot of warmongering but their attempts to unleash a nationalistic hysteria to trigger a war was finally overwhelmed by sensible measures taken by the conciliationists. Let us all hope that the peace will prevail all along India’s border for a long time if not perpetually.

Know Wahhabi Islam To Understand ISIS.

The founder of Wahhabism, Al-Wahhab, denounced many practices like honoring the dead and paying homage to saints and angels. He even opposed Muslims visiting the holy prophet’s grave and celebrating his birthday. He argued that the whole of Muslim community must have one leader called ‘Caliph’ and all the Muslims must pledge their loyalty to the leader. And, he demanded strict conformity from his followers with regard to the principles he propagated. Anyone who failed to comply with the principles would invite the wrath of the Wahhabists. In one of his books he wrote, “Those who would not conform to this view should be killed, their wives and daughters violated, and their possessions confiscated.”

So the above statement reflects the mindset of Wahhab. Accusing someone of indulging in blasphemy and beheading him itself is heinous, and targeting their wives and daughters and violating them for the so-called offenses committed by men is a mind-numbing atrocity. The unimaginably atrocious sex offenses committed by ISIS are undoubtedly inspired by the Wahhabist thought.

There is another thing which Wahhab was well-known for, and that was popularizing an Islamic doctrine called ‘Takfir’, under which a Sunni Muslim can accuse his fellow Muslim as being a Kafir (infidel) and get him either beheaded or excommunicated from the Muslim community. The Wahhabists, who are considered to be puritanical, widely use this doctrine called ‘Takfir’ against the liberal Muslims, who question any Islamic doctrines or practices. In many countries like Saudi Arabia, which are considered to be the strongholds of Wahhabism, the blasphemy laws are very strict. According to ‘Sharia’ law, a Muslim who is accused of ‘Takfir’, a form of apostasy, is punishable by death. The doctrine of ‘Takfir’ was also used as an instrument of state terror to suppress the people who resisted the oppressive regimes in Saudi Arabia. Abd al-Aziz Ibn Muhammad, the son and successor of Ibn Saud, the founder of ‘House of Saud’, the royal family that ruled Saudi Arabia, used ‘Takfir’ to justify the mass slaughter of resistant populations in his kingdom.

Wahhabis, who strongly feel that they practice the purest form of Islam and therefore real Muslims, hate Shias and many other Muslim sects and nationalities like Sufis, Kurds and Yezidis.  In many countries, Sunni Wahhabists bomb the mosques of Shias and other sects to kill the worshippers. Many people wonder why Muslims kill their fellow Muslims in the name of religion. The reason for the violence in the Muslim world is the establishment of the purest form of Islam, that is Sunni Wahhabism, and they want to attain their goal through physically eliminating the Muslims who don’t follow Sunni Wahhabism. There are numerous terror organizations, which proclaim their allegiance to Wahhabism, including the ISIS, Al-Qaeda and Boko Haram, which are trying hard to forcefully establish the purest form of Islam (Sunni Wahhabism) all over the world, and to achieve their goal they transformed many Islamic countries into virtual killing fields.

As has already been stated in the initial paragraphs of this article, these Wahhabists have another goal too. They want to establish the dominance of Islam all across the world. The progress towards the achievement of both the goals appears to be happening simultaneously. On the one hand, the Wahhabist ideology is growing at a rapid pace. Many ordinary Muslims, who prefer to denounce ISIS in front of cameras, are actually inwardly appreciative of their atrocities.

The mushrooming of terror organizations, who announce their allegiance to Wahhabist doctrine, is a cause of concern all over the world. If you feel that only Wahhabism poses a threat to world peace, you are gravely mistaken. Even the other sects like ‘Deobandis’, who are based at the largest Islamic seminary in India called ‘Darul Uloom Deoband’, don’t want to be left behind in this race to transform the world into a ‘Dar al-Islam’. According to daily mail, the ‘Deobandi’ movement has half of British mosques under its control and a leading Deobandi imam in the UK preaches anti-Semitism and calls on Muslims to “shed blood for Allah”.

Will the Islamist terror trigger the Clash of Civilizations?

On the one hand, efforts are in full swing to establish the purest form of Islam, and on the other hand, the efforts for establishing the dominance of Islam all across the world are also in full swing. The Muslim mass migration to Europe, which has been happening in the garb of asylum seeking, is expected to bring about unprecedented demographic changes in the continent. The very high birth rate among Muslims and the rampant conversions into Islam from other religions will eventually create instability and unrest in the world. The Wahhabi Islamists, to achieve their twin goals, resort to violence. Just like they bomb the non-Wahhabi mosques, they also launch attacks on other ‘Kafirs’ (infidels) like Christians, Jews and Hindus with an intention to establish Wahhabi dominance all over the world.

The problems with Wahhabi-inspired Islamist terror is, their organizations keep multiplying and even if the world, through its concerted effort, manages to destroy a Wahhabi terror organization, it will only be replaced by a more brutal, mind-numbingly atrocious organization. That’s what the history says. After Mujahideen got weakened, Taliban and Al-Qaida took its place. After both those terror organizations became weak, ISIS took their place. Even if the world manages to destroy the Islamic State aka ISIS, it will only be replaced by a more obnoxious terror organization. Perhaps that is the reason the world leaders appear to be helpless and are taking more than adequate care not to offend Islam and Muslims in spite of the ceaseless terror attacks. They even shy away from prefixing the word ‘Islamic’ to ‘terror’. Such is the dread felt by the world community towards the Islamist terror led by the ISIS and other similar groups.

When India was at the receiving end of the Islamist terror, the western media would call terrorists as mere ‘gunmen’ or ‘separatists’ and would pontificate India to enter into negotiations with the ‘gunmen’. But now the western world appears to be facing the same situation.

The moot point is, will the west and the terrorists sit across the negotiating table and bring peace to this world? It is highly unlikely. Because what Wahhabism, represented by the ISIS, wants is a complete dominance of Islam all over the world. It requires the west to close down their Christian missionaries and it also requires the Pope to stop sending his ‘Jesus Salesmen’ all across the world. It requires the west to accept the spiritual, cultural and political supremacy of Islam and agree to play second fiddle to Islamism. Well, will they agree to all these preconditions?

The missionaries have invested billions in converting the native populations of different countries, and being an Abrahamic religion, Christianity also wants to spread throughout the world and establish its cultural and political hegemony all over the world. So in spite of the rampant appeasement of Muslims, the day appears to be not far away when the Christian West will have to set itself at loggerheads with Islamists, and the two Abrahamic religions, in their pursuit of supremacy, will eventually clash against each other, in what will be a ‘Clash of Civilizations’.

Gone are the days when America would carpet bomb the countries which aided terror attacks against its citizens. Now the US is no longer in a position to lead the war on terror, and President Barack Hussain Obama, in a speech delivered to the UN General Assembly, has already declared that “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”.  So the world has already got cold feet on facing the growing Islamist terror threat. After each and every terror attack we hear banal and absolutely ridiculous statements like “Islam is a religion of peace” and “Islam has nothing to do with terror”. But the people who habitually keep making these statements will be forced to stop them at a certain point. Because the patience of the ordinary people will definitely wear thin at some point in the future and the governments all over the world will be forced to take some drastic action to protect the lives of their citizens. And that is exactly when the Clash of Civilizations will loom large over the world.

An Age Of Ideological Struggle.

The ideological struggle has never been as intense as it is now. The educated people are using each and every medium to further their ideological leanings. They are writing articles in newspapers, putting forth their views in television programmes in a very assertive and forceful manner, blogging their ideas and opinions, sharing a lot on the social media and are even going to the extent of trolling their ideological adversaries.

What is it that enabled the people to freely express their ideas and feelings? It is undoubtedly the advent of the internet and the resultant social media. Gone are the days when people were dependent on the newspapers for the latest newsfeed. A few decades ago the ability to express was a privilege of a select few. Only a few renowned columnists would write articles in newspapers and we would read them with awe and readily agree with their ideas because they were printed, and in those days printed word carried considerable clout making us remain under the mistaken notion that printed word can’t be wrong.

With the rapid penetration of the internet and the social media’s ever-increasing popularity, the mainstream media is no longer able to wield its hegemony.

The advent of television brought about revolutionary changes in the way news and views are presented.

However, some media outlets took advantage of their primacy and started abusing their privileges. They started concealing more things than they revealed. The paid news has become a part and parcel of their business.

Then came the social media, and it managed to break the vicious circle of concealments, selective reporting, bias, news trading, and ideological control. Now the whole of the Main Stream Media stands exposed and its very credibility has touched the rock bottom. Now the educated people are no longer ready to attribute unnecessary sanctity to the printed word and are cross-checking the authenticity of it before putting their trust in it. The google search engine, which brought a virtual treasure house of knowledge within the reach of even the ordinary people, has effectively broken the monopoly of a few people who monopolized knowledge.

The MSM has lost its credibility in such a way that most of the important news and events are broken on social media. Twitter has revolutionized the way people express their views and has become a platform for the right thinking people to expose the Main Stream Media’s fraudulent intentions.

And in this social media revolution, twitter and facebook played a lead role. Twitter, the microblogging site, has taken the center stage with its hashtags and trends and started reflecting the people’s ideas, opinions, attitudes and aspirations. On Twitter, no idea goes unchallenged and no view goes without being subjected to the critical scrutiny. So in an essence, the emergence of social media has become a bugbear to the media crooks who, for many decades, had spread their lies unhinderedly to amass untold wealth.

Saudi Arabia, the Mother of Islamist Terror.

It is an open secret that Saudi Arabia is the mother of the apocalyptic Islamist terror that is spreading like a wildfire throughout the world. The 28 classified pages,  which were part of a US Senate intelligence committee report, have once again put the spotlight on Saudi Arabia and its terror financing.

September 11 attacks came as a rude awakening to the big brother, the United States. The attacks had cut short nearly 3,000 American lives and made the majestic WTC towers vanish from the Manhattan skyline. A nation, which always believed that the lives of its citizens are not expendable, had to watch helplessly its sons and daughters leaping to their deaths from the towers.  Till then the US would pontificate its fellow democracies like India to enter into negotiations with countries like Pakistan which sponsor cross-border terrorism. Till then the people of the third world countries look up the US in awe and would think that the country is not only infallible but also impregnable. However, 9/11 changed everything and from then onwards an irreversible deterioration began in the American nation and it continues unabated.

George W. Bush, the then US president, announced a ‘Crusade’ against the ‘Jihadis’ and ordered the carpet bombing of the counties which he believed to be responsible for the 9/11 crime. Thousands perished in the reprisal attacks launched by the US. However, the things that started coming to light slowly suggest that Bush ignored the real culprits, who happened to be his thick friends, and paid too much attention elsewhere.

After the September 11 terror attacks which extinguished nearly 3,000 American lives, a Senate enquiry committee was formed, which was officially named as “Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001”. The committee submitted its report in 2002. The report has 832 pages. However, 28 pages from the report have been classified and stored securely in a basement room of the US Capitol building. Now the content of those 28 pages has become a mystery. Many Americans, especially the near and dear ones of the 9/11 victims are demanding vociferously to declassify the 28 pages so that the people can know who actually aided and abetted the terrorists in committing the heinous crime. However, the US government, under the leadership of Barack Hussein Obama, is not ready to declassify them for obvious reasons.

Bob Graham, the former chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, says that he believes support for the hijackers came from the government, wealthy people and ‘charities’ in Saudi Arabia.

Congressman Thomas Massie described the 28 pages as “shocking” and said, “I had to stop every couple pages and…try to rearrange my understanding of history. It challenges you to rethink everything.”

So the finger of suspicion points towards Saudi Arabia, and it is clear that America wants to conceal some facts so that it can continue its unholy and self-defeating alliance with a state that compulsively promotes Islamist terror all over the world. The specialty of Saudi Arabia is it feels that it can finance the Wahhabi Islam which breeds and radiates terror all across the world, and at the same time engage itself in a phoney war on terror to deceive the world community, especially the United States. The US politicians who are gung-ho about their so-called strong bilateral relationship with Saudi Arabia, are ready to go to any extent to conceal the terror financing of their strategic partner.

Saudi Arabia’s export of Wahhabi Islam:

Saudi Arabia is a very influential Arab nation, native to the two holiest sites in Islam –Mecca and Medina. With its authoritarian family rule and draconian ‘Sharia’ law, it holds the “worst of the worst” human rights record in the world. An overwhelming majority of Muslims who reside in Saudi Arabia are Sunnis and practice highly intolerant ‘Wahhabism’, which is considered to be an embodiment of bigotry. However, the people of Saudi Arabia, who practice ‘Wahhabism’ refuse to be called as ‘Wahhabis’ and claim themselves to be ‘Salafis’. They say that ‘Salafism’ is the purest form of Islam and take pride in practicing it.

For many of us, the moment we hear about Saudi Arabia the first thing that comes to our mind is public beheadings that are carried out in that country.

Saudi Arabia, although a desert, is endowed with vast crude oil reserves and its economy is overwhelmingly dependent on oil money with no economic diversification at all. They face acute shortage of skilled labour and import it from many other countries, including India. They also import virtually everything from other countries.

However, Saudi Arabia is well known for exporting three things-oil, dates and Islamist terror. Behind every explosion triggered by Islamists that cuts short innocent lives, there is Saudi money. 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out September 11 attacks were from Saudi Arabia.

1979 was the turning point in the history of Saudi Arabia.

If you delve deep into the history of Saudi Arabia and why it compulsively aids and abets Islamist terror, you will come to know that 1979 was the turning point in its history. In that year, a highly unexpected event took place in Saudi Arabia, which took the entire Islamic world by storm. Radical Sunni clerics felt that the Saudi royal family, under the influence of the west, was taking steps towards modernity which was resulting in the contamination of Islam. The radical clerics, with an intention to dethrone the royal family, aided and abetted armed terrorists to intrude into the Grand Mosque (Masjid al-Haram). The royal family was alarmed by the sudden development. Fearing that they may lose their entitlement to rule the country, they struck a deal with the radical clerics.

They, as per the deal, reversed may progressive decisions taken previously and also promised that they would fund the promotion of the radical Wahhabi form of Islam all over the world as long as the terrorists keep off the Saudi soil. From then onwards they kept implementing their pernicious plan to export radical Wahhabi Islam by pumping a large part of the oil money for the purpose. That is the reason why Islamists resort to violence all across the world but desist from triggering bomb explosions in Saudi Arabia so that it remains an island of peace and prosperity even while the rest of the world goes up in flames, giving the Saudi royal family a peaceful kingdom to rule on.

Terror funding in the name of ‘charity’- Saudi way.

Most of the Saudi terror funding happens in the name of ‘charity’. It funds the construction of mosques, madrassas and Sunni cultural centers, where radical clerics indoctrinate and radicalize people, especially children. They teach the children that it is their sacred duty to kill the Kafirs (infidels) to uphold and strengthen Islam. The mosques and madrassas in Pakistan and Afghanistan, financed by Saudi Arabia, have been breeding terrorist organizations like Mujahideen, Taliban and Al-Qaeda. Even the ISIS, the obnoxious terror organization which buried the humanity at 6 ft deep, is also influenced by the puritanical Wahhabi Islam, which is an offspring of Saudi Arabia.

Conclusion:

The United States boasts of fighting a war against terror. However, it is hand in glove with countries like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, which parent all the Islamist terror. It showers unending love on Saudis and considers them as its strategic partners. It also extends massive financial aid and supplies sophisticated weapons to Pakistan. So America is not actually waging a war on terror. By supporting the rogue nations like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan it has actually become a part of the terror network. The US is not going to win its so-called war on terror. With its Saudi obsession and soft corner for Pakistan, it is only going to bring unending misery upon itself and the rest of the world.

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The Rakti-filled Godmen and their Fake Bhakti Preachings.

It appears that human lives ceased to have any value in India. In Gorakhpur, more than 60 children got suffocated to death after they were deprived of Oxygen in a government hospital. Two back-to-back train derailments killed around 25 people. And now, in the aftermath of a court convicting a rapist godman, many of the cities in North India bore the brunt of the godman’s goons, who went on a rampage resulting in a trail of death and destruction.

There is no dearth of self-styled godman in India, and the people, by frequenting their so-called ashrams and prostrating before them, lend credence to their histrionics. Chandra Swamy, Sant Rampal, Asaram, Nityananda, Premananda, Swami Sadachari, Ichchadhari Maharaj, Gnyanachaitanya, Gurmeet Ram Rahim… the tradition continues. Most of them are involved in sex scandals. They all enjoyed strong political patronage and even the people who are in the high echelons visit them and prostrate before them. People, educated and illiterates alike, are becoming their blind followers. These godmen, though they teach ‘Bhakti’ to their followers, prefer to immerse themselves in soulful ‘Rakti’. They accumulate enormous wealth, have innumerable followers and wield a lot of political influence.

The Sirsa-based godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim is accused of sexually exploiting some minor Sadhvis in his Ashram in 2002. After 15 years, the court convicted him of rape and will be sentencing him on 28th of August. This Godman, though he is like any other godmen in India, has some unique characteristics. He appears in glittering costumes and even made a couple of movies.

The rapist godman, as per the latest news reports, has a harem in his so-called Ashram in Sirsa. Reports even state that he is actually a sexual predator in the garb of a spiritual guru preying on his female followers. He even got many of his male followers castrated to guard his harem. Two people, who tried to spill the beans about his atrocities, one of them a scribe, were murdered. What is being reported now about him might well be the tip of the iceberg. Now that he is arrested and put behind bars, many skeletons are likely to tumble out of his closet.
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The incumbent BJP government in Haryana came to power with the active support of this godman and it appears that the government has returned the favor by allowing his large number of followers to gather in some of the major cities in Haryana, in spite of the fact that Sec 144 was imposed in these cities. The Haryana high court repeatedly alerted the government of the impending violence and asked it to take effective measures to preempt the violence and destruction. But the Haryana government, led by M L Khattar once again proved its incompetence in maintaining law and order. It failed even during the Jat agitation, when large scale violence, vandalism, and rapes took place.

It has become a habit for the right wing political parties and organizations to blindly defend godmen even after they are convicted of various crimes. One of the BJP’s loud-mouthed MPs, Sakshi Maharaj, has certified Gurmeet Ram Rahim as a noble soul even while the large scale death and destruction was taking place in his name on the streets of Haryana and other parts of North India.

Now is the time for the people of India to shed their blind faith and cultivate a bit of rational outlook. They should even give up their bad habit of frequenting godmen regularly and prostrating before them, which will invariably lend credence to their evil deeds. Otherwise, many more godmen will emerge inflicting rapes, molestations, death, and destruction in the country.

Triple Talaq Muslim Women

Put an end to the scourge of Triple Talaq.

In the history of humankind, many things that were discriminatory were passed off as legal, such as apartheid, slavery, and colonialism until they were finally abolished. Because the people who made them legal were powerful and did so to serve their narrow self-interest. The oppressed classes, when they have an overwhelming desire to get emancipated, fight back to get the discriminatory laws overturned. That is what exactly happened in case of ‘triple talaq’ also.
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The Supreme Court, at last, provided succor to the countless Muslim women who are reeling under the scourge of ‘triple talaq’. The unfair practice emboldens a Muslim man to violate the sanctity of marriage by deserting his wife in a unilateral and patently unjust manner. The triple talaq dehumanizes women, enslaves them to their husbands and deprives them of their dignity. Though this is a welcome verdict, the very fact that it took 70 years for the independent India to reform an utterly discriminatory law is deeply saddening. It also shows how arduous and painstakingly slow it is to bring about any reformation in Indian society.

Indian women, irrespective of the religion they are born into, are the oppressed class. The oppression is the direct result of their disempowerment, which is a consequence of their subjugation and financial dependence. The conservative elements in every religious community target their women folk in the name of community honor and leave no stone unturned in their effort to exercise unwarranted control over them thereby restricting their freedom.

Many of us wonder as to what made the practice of triple talaq continue in India even after it was banned in more than 20 Muslim majority countries including Pakistan, Indonesia, and Bangladesh? The main reason behind the continued injustice meted out to the Muslim women appears to be political. In India, the Muslim clergy, to tighten their grip over their community, make unceasing efforts to drive it towards more conservatism and even try to unduly influence the Muslim community’s voting behavior. The fatwas issued by Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, to vote for certain political parties is too well-known. Therefore, in India, the political parties, which treat the Muslim community as a mere vote bank, compete to grab the vote bank by appeasing the conservative Muslim clergy.

The Shah Bano case stands as a testimony to the fact that the political parties in India stoop to any low in order to appease the Muslim orthodoxy with an eye on their vote bank. In a blatantly unjust move, the then Congress government led by Rajiv Gandhi made a law in the parliament to deprive a divorced Muslim woman called Shah Bano of her right to maintenance, overturning a verdict given by the Supreme Court that granted her alimony. And, it is this unholy nexus between the political leaders and the clergymen, which made the lives of countless Muslim women miserable by creating hurdles on the path to reformation.

The Muslim women who were victimized by these discriminatory laws, have fought back and knocked at the doors of the highest judicial body. The male dominated and downright regressive All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) bitterly opposed any alteration in triple talaq on the pretext that it will amount to the intervention in the Muslim personal laws. In its feeble attempt to dissuade the Supreme Court from delivering its verdict, it even proposed that it would take some measures that include subjecting the errant Muslim men to social boycott. The board, however, appear to be ignorant of the fact that subjecting people to social boycott is also illegal and discriminatory. The victims of triple talaq fought a protracted legal battle and faced many odds in their effort to get justice. Now that the verdict has finally come, they are rightly celebrating it.

The Muslim clergy appears to have a very negative view of gender justice and many of them publicly expressed their aversion to it. Some time ago a prominent Muslim leader called Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliyar stated, “Gender equality is something which is never going to be a reality. It is against Islam, humanity and was intellectually wrong,” and went on to say that “women are fit only to deliver children”. The AIMPLB, headed by the self-proclaimed leaders of Muslims, is no different. Therefore, these forces are not fit to represent the interests of Muslim women. It appears that the Muslim women have realized the futility of expecting others to speak for them, and have at last taken matters into their own hands. A progressive Muslim women’s organization called Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) was instrumental in bringing about awareness among Muslim women and is at the vanguard of the fight against discrimination.

The clergy and other orthodox elements in the Muslim society must realize the fact the gender justice is non-negotiable in this 21st-century society and they can no longer thwart the overwhelming urge among their women folk to lead a life of dignity in a just society. The self-proclaimed Muslim leaders, instead of opposing every move towards reformation and getting branded as patently regressive, can transform themselves into the instruments of change. They can try to bring about awareness among the Muslim community about various social evils and sensitize them about the need for reformation. But that appears to be too much to expect from them.

Human life – colossally strong or utterly fragile?

Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.

This Shakespearean quote aptly summarizes the human life in its umpteen manifestations. It appears that no one else had a better understanding of human life and its essential fragility than Shakespeare.

The human existence on this planet earth is a great saga, a saga of unending exploration and pursuit of truth. In this exploration, many a time they emerged triumphantly and found or invented many things that made their lives progressively comfortable. However, on numerous occasions, they faced failure and found that there are many things that are beyond their comprehension. And those things that remained an enigma to the humans are attributed to supernatural power, that is God. And this God delusion led them to religion. Maybe that is why Karl Marx, one of the greatest philosophers of all time, very aptly contended that “religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand”.

Humans, owing to their superior cognition, gained upper hand overall their fellow creatures, subjugated them and have been exploiting them. They created everything. They created money, gods, religion, technology and many more.  Ironically, instead of keeping their creations as their loyal followers, they gradually enslaved themselves to the very things they had created. For most of the people, money is everything and they are ready to stoop to any low to get more of it. For many others, religion and Gods are everything and they don’t have even an iota of hesitation to kill their fellow humans on the pretext of defending their religion. And now, the humans, in their pursuit of science and technology, have developed the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). They are even creating too-many so-called useful things which are actually making humans useless.

They are developing machines that can perform each and every conceivable human activity, in the name of making human lives more comfortable. The capitalist society, in its unending pursuit of wealth, is producing too many things which are making humans progressively impotent and malady afflicted. The emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), big data and deep machine learning are poised to create cognitive machines, which will possess human-like qualities. Their entry into workplaces will effectively make humans obsolete thus making the enslavement of humans to technology complete.

Some time ago, I was reading about René Favaloro, the Argentinean cardiac surgeon, who pioneered the bypass surgery. Interestingly, this surgeon, who saved numerous cardiac patients, committed suicide by shooting himself in his heart. Favaloro was the strongest man when he breathed new life into his patients by performing surgeries on them but proved to be the weakest man when he committed suicide by putting a bullet in his heart. His life and death signify the colossal strength as well as the utter fragility of human life.

However, most of the people, for inexplicable reasons, fail to understand this fragile and ephemeral nature of human existence and continue their materialistic pursuits till they breathe their last. This happens mostly with the well-educated urban dwellers. However, curiously, many uneducated rustic people in India come up with some deep philosophical musings, such as “however much wealth you accumulate you won’t be able to take it along with you on your final journey”.