Sunday, April 16, 2006

pioneer: Apartheid in reverse

apr 16th

arjun singh wants to give the whole country to the christists and mohammedans on a platter.

and the entire political class supported him in that constitutional amendment, including the bjp. are these people stupid or do they have a death-wish?

large-scale discrimination against hindus is considered normal and appropriate.

this is pathetic.

all these people deserve to be lined up and shot. like shakespeare said, "first kill the lawyers".

i think -- not that i wish it on people, because i remember eachara warrier's case -- that these petty tyrannies by politicians will eventually lead to a military coup in india. (not only that, but the fact that the maoists are openly being feted and encouraged by the UPA: this must chagrin the armed forces no end. first it was mohammedan terrorists being fed biriyani, now it is chinese-funded terrorists being protected by the likes of samuel reddy in andhra pradesh.)

military dictatorship is not going to be pleasant at all, for tyrants in khaki are at least as bad as tyrants in khadi. but it may be inevitable, for the men in khaki are suffering too much and at least in the beginning, the people will welcome a change of pace from the usual suspects. but then generals are very difficult to dislodge.

india has the very worst politicians in the world. i can only think of *one* current politician whom i can respect, and he's not really a politician: arun shourie. everybody else is a turd of greater or lesser magnitude.


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From: Ram

 
Apartheid in reverse

The Pioneer Edit Desk

Wanted, minority institutions only ---- Statistics often pitilessly expose the truth that politicians craftily seek to hide behind rhetoric. In the first quarter of this year, the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions has received a whopping 1,600 applications from a variety of organisations claiming to represent minority communities, demanding they be allowed to set up educational institutions.

In all of last year, the NCMEI, which is empowered to over-ride official objections to 'No Objection Cetificates' for setting up of minority educational institutions and facilitate their affiliation to universities, received a paltry 380 applications. So, what explains the huge jump in the number of people eager to set up minority educational institutions between 2005 and the first three months of 2006? Since the demand for education among minority communities, desirable as it may be, could not have quadrupled in three months, we must look for the real reason in the trickery perpetrated on the nation by the UPA Government, notably Congress leader and Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh, in the form of the January amendment to the Constitution imposing quotas for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes on all educational institutions, barring those that flaunt the 'minority' tag.

When this particularly obnoxious Constitution amendment Bill was being debated in Parliament, several enlightened MPs had drawn Government's attention to the proposed law's inherent flaw: By keeping minority educational institutions outside the purview of quotas, the UPA regime was not only indulging in vote-bank politics but also inflicting enormous damage to non-minority private schools and colleges besides denying them their rightful autonomy. These and other objections were steam-rolled by the practitioners of crude caste and communal politics. With the Congress and others who subscribe to its pernicious politics sowing the proverbial dragon's teeth, the nation will now have to reap a bitter harvest.

As the sudden rush of applications to the NCMEI shows, it makes better sense - business and otherwise - to set up 'minority' educational institutions in the private sector. After all, schools and colleges set up by Christian or Muslim associations will not have to carry the burden of caste quotas totalling up to 49.5 per cent. Moreover, with the NCMEI hugely empowered by the latest amendment which, coincidentally, was also pushed through in January, virtually all official checks and balances to ensure quality control and adherence to minimum standards have been done away with.

Even basements can now qualify as 'schools' and 'colleges'; officials in the Union and State Governments who dare raise objections or universities that refuse to provide affiliation unless basic requirements are met will be forced to beat a retreat by the NCMEI. But no such relaxation of rules will apply to institutions set up by Hindu organisations or associations - not only will they have to carry the can for the Congress's folly but also run from pillar to post for sanction and affiliation.

The outrageous policy of forcing quotas on private educational institutions amounts to disincentivising non-minority schools and colleges even as minority institutions prosper due to their unfair advantage. It is nothing but gross discrimination against Hindus and a perversion of republican ideals. Indeed, what we are witnessing is the emergence of apartheid in reverse and the birth of tyranny of minority communities.


2 comments:

iamfordemocracy said...

Amazing how Congress and CPM manage to server their constituency effectively. Minorities vote for Congress. They are getting their rewards, day after day, week after week. And now, the familiar question - What did BJP do for Hindus?

EkSh00nyaSh00nya said...

Came across this as usual, interesting analysis of Islam by Balbir Punj in Asian Age (posted on Sulekha):

Islam and us
- By Balbir K. Punj

I keep on getting mails and e-mails — approbating, enquiring, or critical — from my readers. I normally respond at an individual level. I never thought that one of these could become the theme of a column. But recently one Nazar Ahmed Khan, resident of Civil Lines, Aligarh, who apparently keeps a tab on my column in the Hindi daily Dainik Jagran, has sent me a missive running into five pages. The letter is a veiled threat to refrain from propagating my "misinformed views on Islam based on isolated events and individual writings on Islamophobes." It further offers me a chance to understand "true Islam," if not embrace it as well, for the writer is confident that my "future generation" will have to accept Islam in any case.

I thought it wise to share my reply in Dainik Jagran with readers of my English column. The letter offers a glimpse into a Muslim mind. It is an empirical truism that it is Islam that shapes the mind of a Muslim. Christianity doesn’t shape the mind of a Christian, nor Hinduism of a Hindu, Buddhism of a Buddhist in that sense and to that extent.

Most Muslims not only have a different perception of religion, of their own and others’, but also of history, law, politics, international institutions, banking, education, women’s status. No other ideology or thought, viz. democracy, communism, anarchism, free thinking, can impassion the Muslim masses except for Islam. In Muslim countries, any and every decision has to pass the "Islamic or un-Islamic" test.

The letter, typical of any Muslim apologist, says, I have not understood Islam. To be precise, my forefathers for 600 years neither understood Islam nor had any inclination to understand it. In fact, Dhimmis (non-Muslims under Muslim rule), were legally barred from teaching their children the Quran. A kafir (non-Muslim) could either embrace Islam, or pay jizya (religious taxation) to preserve his identity. Not infrequently, they were given a choice between sword and Islam (Toru Singh and Veer Hakikat Rai are classic cases). Forefathers of Mr Nazar Ahmad Khan, probably chose the former, mine the latter. We did not understand Islam, but we suffered and survived Islam.

The truth is that few non-Muslims have academic fascination about Islam. They want to avoid Islam or escape Islam. It is only the persistent pressure of Islam on non-Muslim demography and world order that is compelling non-Muslims to rethink about Islam.

I don’t understand Islam, but Osama bin Laden and Aiyman al Zawahari do; Aurangzeb, Shah Waliullah, Said Qutb, Maulana Maududi and Ali Mian did.

I am sure Mr Nazar Ahmed Khan will not claim better knowledge of Islam than those eminent men of religion. What do their views come down to? It is to re-establish an Islamic state and Islamic world order under the "shade of swords." This view is inherent in Islam.

Mr Nazar Khan is annoyed at me for calling Islam claustrophobic. He points out that many in the free society of the West are gravitating towards Islam for its "philosophical and religious appeal." They have no monetary, social or political gain by accepting Islam. Certainly, he has a point, I must accept. Why should Mary McLeod, daughter of a Jamaican evangelical Christian, become a Muslim and drape herself in burqa? His son Germaine Maurice Lindsay also known as Abdullah Shaheed Jamal was one of the four suicide bombers in London tube rail explosion on July 7, 2005.

But most westerners who accepted Islam never accepted the rigours of Islam. Few like John Walker Lynd, the "American Taliban," would give up comforts and the democratic system of the West to fight on the rugged terrain of Afghanistan against his compatriots.

But Nazar Khan is not correct in saying that Muslims (despite death penalty on apostasy) do not go out of Islam. He might check on websites like www.faithfreedom.org or www.mukto-mona.com run by apostate Muslims. You also have people like Ibn Warraq writing, Why I am not a Muslim and editing Leaving Islam, or Anwar Sheikh, Islam: The Arab Imperialism. Prior to leaving Islam many of them were devout, even fanatic, Muslims.

In any case, I leave Islam to them, since each one of them knows Islam better than I do.

The letter-writer mentions that there is a long list of social malpractice in Hinduism. Did Hinduism (actually Manu Smriti) not prescribe pouring molten lead into ears of Dalits if they studied the Vedas? Okay, but when did he last hear such a case actually occurring, when almost every week we hear about jihadis killing kafirs in the 21st century?

I don’t know about any actual historical instance of "pouring molten lead into ears" but Dalits were doubtless subjected to many religious and social handicaps. But social reformers arose from within Hindu society in every age, reformers who opposed untouchability, casteism, sati, bar on women’s education, child marriage, polygamy etc.

Who can be a greater authority on this subject than Babasaheb Ambedkar? Dr B.R. Ambedkar says, "The Hindus have their social evils. But there is a relieving feature about them, namely, that some of them are conscious of their existence and a few of them are actively agitating for their removal. The Muslims, on the other hand, do not realise that there are evils and consequently do not agitate for their removal. Indeed, they oppose any change in the existing practices. It is noteworthy that Muslims opposed the Child Marriage Bill brought in the Central Assembly in 1930, whereby the age for marriage of a girl was raised to 14 and boy to 18 on the ground that it was opposed to the Muslim canon law" (Pakistan or Partition of India, p.233).

Nor am I surprised when the writer claims that the philosophy of Islam is so perfect that neither Semitic religions like Judaism or Christianity nor "tribal religions" (sic) like Hinduism can rival it. Now, Islam revolves around the Quran, and the Prophet’s Sunna (saying and acts of the Prophet that every Muslim should try to emulate to the best of his capacity).

Thus Islam is a theology not a philosophy. The Ayat (verses) of the Quran are like commands to be followed with unquestioning obedience. There is no scope for discovery, debate, discussion or consensus.

Doubt in Islam, unlike in Christianity, is equal to disbelief, which is punishable. Philosophy entered Islam through Christian writings, from Greek scholarship.

But while philosophy triumphed over Christianity, it was banished from Islam.

The cornerstone of philosophy of ancient India is self-realisation. You can be a yogi if you do yoga and push the present frontiers of human consciousness. Any scientific postulations must stand the test of experimentation. But in Islam, Allah has uttered his last word with Prophet Mohammed. There is no way to either contact Allah or doubt Mohammed’s revelations. A Muslim will only have to obey. He must also engage in jihad to bring the world unto Islam. If anybody finds fault with Islam, it is at one’s own peril. There is no tradition of debate and discussion in Islam. This is the source of Islam’s incompatibility with the rest of humanity.