moncler outlet uk ‘Shining India’ continues to persecute Muslims despite their glorious contributions

‘Shining India’ continues to persecute Muslims despite their glorious contributions

World oldest shrine established by Muslims in Kerala; Allama Iqbal wrote Tarana e Hind; Jinnah made revolutionary changes in Indian legal system; Several Indian CECs, state chief ministers, scientists and physicists were Muslims; three Indian presidents were Muslims; Indian Army has half a dozen Muslim major generals; Indian film industry could not flourish without Muslim artists’ contributions; Muslim players had distinguished role; Saba Anjum had captained Indian women hockey team; many business tycoons are Muslims; Muhammad Nisar Hussain was the first man to take a wicket for India in 1932; Indian Muslim scientists, late president Dr Abul Kalam stand taller than all others; Taj Mahal in Agra alone earned Rs218.4m mostly in entrance fees; Muslims have lowest job percentage as compared to their population; Indian Muslims have shorter life spans, worse health, lower literacy levels and lower paying jobs

LAHORE: After killing and beating its Muslim compatriots and then throwing ink on Khursheed Kasuri’s Indian book launch ceremony organiser in Mumbai a few days back, the fascist Shiv Sena has now attacked the offices of the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India for hosting the Pakistan Cricket Board (BCB) chief Shahryar Khan for a meeting to discuss the resumption of bilateral fixtures, besides having threatened Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar on Monday to leave the country instead of adjudicating the ongoing South Africa India series that is being played under the aegis of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Though the United Nations and the West have silently watched the Indian regimes and their fundamentalist suppress the 172 million Muslims by using every possible method, one hopes the ICC will protest loudly and lodge its reservations with New Delhi and the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Since the 1947 partition, the fundamentalist Hindu mindset continues to afflict atrocities on the hapless Muslim minority, which currently faces a situation that seems to be getting worse than what has been encountered by the "untouchables" or "Dalits" for many centuries a story full of immense sorrow and grief.

Basically, the incumbent Narendra Modi government, Shiv Sena or other Indian Hindu extremist political and religious parties have failed to acknowledge the unforgettable and magnificent contribution of Muslims to nearly every sphere of life.

According to the Indian census of 2011, while the share of Muslims in the population had risen from 13.4 percent in 2001 to 14.2 percent with some border states showing a high increase, Hindus comprised 78.35 percent of the total population of 1.21 billion, compared with 80.45 percent of the total population in 2001.

Islam thus happens to be the second largest religion in India with about 172 million adherents, and their population in the world’s biggest "democracy" is third after their numbers in Indonesia and Pakistan!

In 2001, out of a 1.03 billion population, little over 827 million (80.5 per cent) had returned themselves as followers of Hindu religion, 138 million (13.4 per cent) as Muslims or the followers of Islam, 24 million (2.3 per cent) as Christians, 19 million (1.9 per cent) as Sikh, 8 million (0.80 per cent) as Buddhists and 4 million (0.4 per cent) are Jains.

It is not that the Indian ruling elite is not aware of the plight of Muslims.

Islam first came to the western coast of India with Arab traders as early as the 7th century AD to coastal Malabar and Gujarat regions and it was about 1,400 years ago in 629 AD that Malik Ibn e Dinar (died 648 AD) had built the Cheraman Juma Masjid in Kerala. An inscription in Arabi Malayalam language on the gate of the masjid gives the date as 5 Hijri. The mosque is thought to be first in India and probably one of the oldest shrines in the world. It is said that there burns an oil lamp which is believed to be more than a 1,000 years old. People of all faith bring oil for the lamp as offering, underlining its secular standing in Kerala.

"The Times of India" writes in its May 31, 2015 edition: "In a gesture that could resonate with the minority community, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit the centuries old Cheraman Juma Masjid, India’s oldest Muslim shrine, when he visits Kerala in July or August. The Juma Masjid is said to have been built by Malik Bin Dinar, a contemporary of Cheraman Perumal, the ruler of Kodungalur and adjoining parts of Malabar, who subsequently converted to Islam."

This ‘noble’ gesture by Modi is nothing but sham hypocrisy, as the subsequent atrocities on Muslims reveal.

The key Indian newspaper had further maintained that "a 1,000 year old lamp burns inside this first Indian mosque believed to be one of the oldest shrines in the world. People from all faiths bring oil for the lamp as offering."

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (India’s Prime Minister from 1947 to 1964) had penned down on pages 218 and 225 of his 1946 book "The Discovery of India" that the impact of the invaders from the north west and of Islam on India had been considerable.

"It had pointed out and shone up the abuses that had crept into Hindu society the petrification of caste, untouchability, exclusiveness carried to fantastic lengths. The idea of the brotherhood of Islam and the theoretical equality of its adherents made a powerful appeal especially to those in the Hindu fold who were denied any semblance of equal treatment."

But alas, these were mere words!

It is also a matter of public record that in 2005, the then Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had commissioned the "Sachar Committee" to prepare a report on the socio economic and educational situation of India’s Muslims.

The report had revealed significant prejudice against Muslims in the employment sector, noting that Muslims made up only 2.5 percent of the bureaucracy, even though they constituted almost 14 per cent of the population.

But despite findings such as these, successive Indian governments have been deaf and dumb to this issue.

Indians keep forgetting that Dr Sir Allama Iqbal had written Tarana e Hind (Sare Jahan se Accha Hindustan hamara), one of the most enduring patriotic poems of Indian Sub continent.

This poem is recognised by the Indians as a national anthem of opposition to the British Rule in India.

Quaid i Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who lived most of his life in Mumbai, had brought a revolutionary change in the Indian legal system drafted by the British rulers.

As the story goes, the phrase "hang till death" was inserted after Jinnah had made a convict escape a death penalty.

In a case where a pre independence freedom fighter was ordered to be hanged by the British Judiciary, Jinnah had come to his rescue. He stated that his alive client had served his punishment because the penalty was "To Be Hanged," and the requirements had been fully met since there was no mention of death in the sentence.

Since then, by the order of the Queen, the British Charter changed the language to "To Be Hanged Till Death" under common law.

This incident was an eye opener for the British monarchy, which till then had thought that India was a land of subservient puppets which did not have the courage to challenge its laws and actions.

Here follow the names, portfolios and contributions rendered by some of the most notable Indian Muslims:

Three of India’s Presidents (Zakir Hussain, Fakharuddin Ali Ahmed and Dr Abul Kalam) have been Muslims.

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