Sunday, April 16, 2006
Judas Gospel and Passion Play politics
Find below a letter to editor of the New Indian Express. This was published on April 9 2006. This letter should be seen in the context of a previous letter glorifying crucifixion and attempts to capture mountain tops of Tamil Nadu to put these plays of hatred.
This is with reference to Passion Plays of Jesus Christ's crucifixion.
Thoughout the history of Christendom the passion plays have been
instrumental in inciting violence against Jews and that too in the
name of love of god. In India these plays are used as tools for
evangelism. Hence one needs to understand the real nature of passion
plays which were once Nazi tools. How much truth exists in the
narrative and theology of passion plays? There is no evidence for a
historical Jesus. This is the reason why Church as well as believing
Christians fabricate forgeries starting from 'relics' like 'Holy
umbilical chord of Jesus' to the latest in the notorious list -
bonebox of his brother James. (BBC 18 June, 2003) Further there exist
many legends surrounding the so-called crucifixion of Jesus. National
Geographic has discovered coptic manuscripts of a Gospel by Judas
1700 years old on April 6 2006. These manuscripts say that Judas was
the chosen disciple of Jesus. National Geographic comments : "Diverse
beliefs circulated during Christianity's early years. Many were
suppressed in the early centuries C.E. as the religion coalesced into
a more structured faith based on the New Testament Gospels."
Clearly Christianity today and its conceptions of Jesus like he is the
only saviour or only son of god, are results of what Bible scholar
Elaine Pagels calls "Politics of Monotheism". In the light of such
scholarships empty does look the passion of passion plays which peddle
monotheistic aggression as love of god.*
* The line in red was edited out.
Theological Motivation of Varnasi Bomb blasts
This letter to the editor of The New Indian Express [Madurai edition] was published on 18 March 2006
This is with reference to the Varnasi bomb blasts where it is held
that the blast was some sort of foreign conspiracy to divide Hindus
But it should be remembered that the strong motive for not only
Varnasi bomb blast but also Delhi bomb blasts, is theological than mere
political. Thus he-who-should-not-be-cartooned (PBUH) tells in the
holy scripture in no uncertain terms of casting 'terror in the heart
of the disbelievers" and "smite above their necks and smite all their
finger-tips off them" ( Quran:Al-Anfal or Spoils of war: verse:12).
Perhaps Jehadhi terrorists have improved upon the technology from the
time of their prophet but theology behind the bomb blast rightly
originates in Quran. India's pseudo-secularists want to whitewash the
theological dimension of Islam's unrelenting war against Kaffirs
untill they pay Jizya in humiliation as required in Quran (9:29).
Unless truly secular and truly patriotic Indians challenge the evil
theology of forcing one's religion on other through terrorism and
violence, this evil shall continue unabated. Indians should realize
they donot have the luxury of asking for whom the bomb of Jehadhi
explodes. It explodes for every Kaffir, every idol-worshipper -in
short- for every Hindu -till the last Hindu child lives.
The right place for the Left:
This was published in the Letter to the editor of the New Indian Express - Madurai edition, 6th March 2006
This is with reference to left opposition to Bush visit and India's
stand on Iran.
Almost all Indian cities and towns with left presence have been
plastered with posters condemning George Bush for his 'aggression' on
Iraq. While there is no occupation of Iraq there is illegal occupation
of several thousands of square miles of Indian territory by China.
Even Jehadhis can learn a lesson or two on extra-territorial loyalty
from their left comrades. Leftists wearing their intellectual and
pacifist caps denounced Indian nuclear tests when BJP government
courageously led India to the glory of nuclear superpower Today the
pacifists who denounced Pokhran are acting as cheer leaders for a
pro-Hitlerian regime which wants to become a clandenstine nuclear
Mecca for Jehadhi terrorists around the world. Today left doubletalk
and anti-Indian loyalities stand exposed before the people of
Hindustan. Let nationalist citizens come forward to assign the
leftists to their rightful place namely the dustbin of history which
is their natural habitat.
Saturday, December 10, 2005
The Curious Case of a Broken Seal or Did a Wales Prof. of Sanskrit stoop down to hoax a hoax?
When Dr.N.S.Rajaram and N.Jha published their book 'The Deciphered Indus Script' they did expect a lot of criticisms but they never expected an allegation of a hoax. But that is exacty what happened. It was a Harvard Professor who made the allegation. In a glossy Marxist magazine Frontline, dated 13 Oct 2000 under the title Horseplay in Harappa Prof. Michael Witzel, an Indologist along with his non-Indologist colleague Steve farmer made a scathing attack on the decipherment questioning its methodology. However the most important and highlighted attraction of the article turned out to be its accusation of Dr.N.S.Rajaram that he fraudulently created a horse out of a common Harappan unicorn seal.
The seal in question is Harappan seal (Mackay 453) as it appeared in the book of Dr.N.S.Rajaram as shown here.The controversial seal fromThe Deciphered Indus Script. The viewers can see for themselves that the seal has the least resemblance to any horse. So actually the reader will be left to wonder what actually made Dr. Rajaram think that it was a horse. Now let us see the picture of the seal provided by Prof.Witzel (in Frontline) By producing an unclear line-drawing-like-image of the seal Dr. Rajaram has actually weakened his own case. Still the question remains why should he consider this seal as a horse? Now if one sees the actual quality photograph of the same seal (Mackay 453) as provided by Prof.Witzel in the Frontline magazine one can clearly understand why Dr. Rajaram thought this seal to depict a horse.
For the eyes of a neutral observer the diffrence between the Harappan unicorn seal and the Mackay 453 is striking even at the first glance. However Prof.Witzel and Steve Farmer have made the following statements.
- That the seal is indeed an Unicorn seal so common in the Harappan culture.
- If any Unicorn seal is broken in the appropriate place it can be made to look like a horse seal.
While one wonders why Dr.N.S.Rajaram had to weaken his own case for a horse intentionally (by providing a picture of a seal that looks more like a deer while a clear picture of the seal strengthens his case for the horse), the charge by Witzel that N.S.Rajaram hoaxed a Unicorn seal into a horse etc. is untestable, we can at least verify the above statements. So the whole question boils down to 'Can any unicorn seal when broken in the appropriate place be made to look like a horse or at least like the seal Mackay 453 ?'
As one can see the seal is broken starting from the right hand side corner of the fourth sign from the left (of the reverse impression) of the seal Mackay 453. Part of the Mackay seal where the crack starts So here are two pictures of a common unicorn seal broken straight at right angles and broken in a zig-zag manner. The Unicorn seal taken for comparison Each one is separately compared with Mackay 453 as given by Prof. Witzel himself in his Frontline article. The Unicorn seal that is being compared with the seal Mackay 453, is the one that is available on the Net at Harappa.com.The seal has been fliped horizontally to make the comparison with the controversial seal better and easier.
The First Comparison:(see for the picture below) Here the Unicorn seal is broken vertically straight at the edge of the fourth sign from the left. It can be seen that all benefit of doubts has been to given to Prof. Witzel's thesis and the seal is broken at the fourth sign as nearer as possible. Still the genital area can be seen markedly different in the Unicorn seal from that of the seal (here after referred to as M-453).
The Second Comparison: Here the Unicorn seal is broken in a zig-zag manner and care has been to remove not justthe genital area but even as much as a natural crack could have removed the curve in the genital area. Still one can see the Unicorn seal markedly different from the seal M-453.
The Third Comparison: Here the Uniorn seal is broken at the third sign from the left. Both the seals have been so broken and still they do not look alike.
Note: In all the comparisons below- compared seals have the whole crack (along with the symbols of the impression made by) of M-453 over-imposed on them digitally.
Conclusion:Any honest observer can see how they are clearly depictions of two different entities. So it is not very easy even to take a 'broken unicorn seal' and make it similar to a horse. In fact to do such a thing one need to remove using some graphics software thousands of pixels from the genital area. Even the poor representation of M-453 does not have such 'touchings' while a clear picture of this broken seal differs qualitatively from the 'unicorn' seal broken at different places quite conveniently and the genital area removed.
Further though Indologists living in a timewarp may want us to believe that finding horse bones and horse representations are a burden of proof resting solely on the shoulders of the scholars advocating Indigenous Vedic people, such a simplistic position is contested today. For example, Dr.Edwin F.Byrant specializing in early Indian history makes the following observations:
...Anyway, there is no evidence of a West to East trail of horse bones into the subcontinent in the period assigned to Aryan intrusions nor any innovations in the archaeological record whatsoever that can be correlated with an Aryan immigration. If the indigenous Aryan school is held accountable for the paucity of horse bones, their detractors must, likewise be held accountable for the complete absence of any archaeological indicator whatsoever of the Aryan presence."
Now the following conclusions can be drawn:
- By presenting a scrambled, shabby print of a seal, Dr.N.S.Rajaram has weakened his own case.
- By no stretch of imagination can this be called a hoax.
- Even in a worst case scenario, it can only be said that Dr.N.S.Rajaram has misidentified a broken unicorn seal for a horse.
- Prof.Witzel's picture only strengthens Dr.Rajaram's case.
- The absence of abundance of horse icons/seals in the Indus/Saraswathy civilization can be attributed to many factors including perhaps religious practices.
- But as in the AIT/AMT setting, the horses are required in abundance in the society of invading/migrating Aryans, Prof. Witzel should have shown positive archaeological evidence of a West-to-East trail of horses during the times attributed to Aryan Invasion (1500-1000 BCE).
I am neither an Indologist nor a Graphics expert. I am just an ordinary citizen of India, Tamizhian and a Hindu who happened to read Frontline and decided to check things for myself. I feel disillusioned that a man of Witzel's academic qualifications should stoop down to such levels. In conclusion i humbly want to remind Prof.Witzel that charging other scholars as hoaxers most probably because of political-ideological vested interests is not becoming of a 'Wales professor of Sanskrit' at Harvard university.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Past-Present and no Future?
- What you see here is the Nalanda University destroyed by the fanatic terrorists some 800 and odd years ago:
- What you see below is the Sanskrit Educational Centre destroyed by fanatic rioters day before yesterday (17-Oct-2005)in Mau UP- encouraged by a pseudo-secular Member of Parliament of Indian p-sec regime.
- Here you can read about the list of Pandit personal libraries destroyed by Jehadhi fanatics.
Now what about tomorrow? What tomorrow? Future? What future? Will Hindus have a future?
Saturday, October 08, 2005
Upanishads in the West: Sharing a good book
- Journey of the Upanishads to the West
- Author: Swami Thathagatananda
- Second edition, Advaita Ashrama, Mayavati, Himalayas 
- First edition, Vedanta Society, New York 
- Price: Rs 180 mail: Advaita@vsnl.com
This scholarly book is the result of Swami Thathagatananda's painstaking work documenting how the dissemination of Vedantic Truth shaped the expansion of Western Psyche from time immemorial to the modern times. The book shows the little known yet historically important effects the Beauty and Truth of Vedanta had on some of the most highly elevated minds of the West - often resulting in the very change of the way evolution of ideas and philosophy in the West. Swamiji starts from beyond the ages of classical Greek and through the evolution of Greek civilization, traces how Indic wisdom enriched Hellenic culture. Swamiji documents how Hindu thought reached Plato through Pythagoras. He convincingly quotes Prof.Urwick of London University, an authority on Plato, who says in his Message of Plato that anyone who has an understanding of Vedas and Upanishads, stands a better chance of understanding Plato’s philosophy than one with an ‘limiting western conceptions of philosophy’ (pg.116) Swamiji also shows how Platonic ideas resonate with Hindu concept of Rita . He quotes Dr. Frittz Berolzheimer who traces St.Augustine’s Pax to Roman ‘ratum’ to Greek ‘Physis’ and ‘Themis’ to Vedic ‘Rita’ and ‘Dharma’. (pg.121) Further, he shows how through Neo-Platonism Vedantic Light showered itself through Gnostic Christianity which though driven out into hiding by Synoptic Christianity, today has again surfaced forcefully thanks to such popular best-sellers like Dan Brown’s ‘Da Vinci Code’. There is an interesting point to be noted here. In the 16th century a Florentine merchant named Filippo Sassetti (1540-1588) visited South India and he noted that Hindu scholars used an ancient language called Sanskrit and he also noted arelationship between his own mother tongue (Itlaian) and Sanskrit. He translated the medical treatise Raja-Nighantu.(pg.170)
This shows that the traditional physicians of India South or North had a working knowledge of Sanskrit. In fact this is further corroborated by the Tamil literature Periya puranam which mentions that Paramjothi (later Saint Thiruthondar) who was born in the family of traditional physicans learnt medicine and Sanskrit. Hence to say that Sanskrit was the language of an elite class belonging to a particular caste (Brahmins) is historically untrue. Now let us return to our main theme from this small diversion.
Next the revered Swamiji brings to light the little known but important role of the French in bringing the Vedo-Upanishadic wisdom to the West. Voltaire's love for India and Her wisdom is brought out by a long quote that says among other things
...I am convinced that everything has come down ti us from the banks of Ganges, astronomy, astrology, metempsychosis etc.Further it was Voltaire who officially presented Yajur Veda to the Bibliotheque du Roi and he also opined in his forward to Essai sur les moeursthat the wisdom of India had come at the right time to him allowing him to correct the constricted view that was propagated in the West. (pg.180) Documenting how Vedanta and Indic wisdom inspired and enlightened France through the works of many Indologists and Theosophists the author arrives finally at Romain Rolland who assimilated into his life Vedantic universal humanism. Romain Rolland in his letter to Madame Calve dated April 4, 1930 said thus:
I hope that the good effect of that great thought may enter into the soul of the West,wounded but still hard and contracted.(pg.229) It is surely astonishing for an Indian student (brought up on a daily academic diet of reductionist-contrived schools of Indian history that see Vedas as nothing more than primitive hymns addressed to nature by bands of nomads), to see a French philosopher of 20th century (Leon Delbos) exclaim
"There is no monument in Greece or Rome more precious than the Rig Veda"(pg.233)
Now Swamiji moves on to German Indologists and showers unrestricted praises on Max Muller. In this section a good prima-facie case is made for the direct influence of Hindu wisdom on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant (pg.252-253). The author brings out how narrow and superficial Hegel's view of India was. Nevertheless Swamiji points out
Hegel's thought was deeply rooted in India's long development of dialectical philosophy(pg.268) and Hegel himself acknowledged his indebtedness to Hindu philosophy. Hegel's contemporary Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) openly embraced as much as he could the snow-clad high peaks of Vedanta and said thus
In India our religions will never take root. The ancient wisdom of the human race will not be displaced by what happened in Galilee. On the contrary, Indian philosophy streams back to Europe, and will produce a fundamental change in our knowledge and thought.(pg.273) Swamiji gives in the following pages a critical evaluation of Schopenhauer's understanding of Vedanta cautioning the reader that his concept of 'Will' is not identical with the concept of Vedanta. (pg.274) Then there is also a detailed study of how Indic thoughts stirred the thought processes of one of the greatest thinkers ever of West - Nietzsche.(pages 297-304). ,Here is a quote from Nietsche specialist Armand Quinot that is cited in the book Pages mystiques de Nietzsche
On more than one occassion Zarathustra, the poetry and the posthumous fragments call to mind the religious lyric poetry of India. Dionysos recollects having been teh Indian Bacchus. With his initiate says of him the devotees of Shiva gave frequently said of their God: is he not the emerald God, the God who from one cosmic day to another becomes, dies and is reborn, the God of the orgiastic, the Creator, the Guide, and the Destroyer, the God who dances and makes the worlds dance ceaselessly from their morning to their evening?(pg.300) Swamiji clears some minsconception about Nietzsche. He was neither anti-Semitic nor sympathetic with the extremism of German nationalists(pg.3041)
From here the readers are shown how Blake and Willaim Wordsworth and Shelley were influenced directly or indirectly by Vedanta. R.M.Hewitt in his book Harmonious Jones affirms that Jone's Hymns to Narayana influenced Shelley's Hymn to Intellectual Beauty (pg.365). According to Quinet Shelley,Southey, Colerdige Byron and other poets of Lake School were said to be influenced by Indic thought to which they were introduced by Jones' Hymns to Surya Shelley's lines in Adonis also reveal that he assimilated into his realm reincarnation as in
Like a child fromthe womb,like a ghost from the tomb/ I arise and unbuild it again. (pg.367)
Then we are taken to the heart of American transcendental movement where glows inside the Vedantic Gnosis. In Emerson we find the assimilation of the ideas of not only Brahman but also Maya - the creative power of the ultimate Reality to weave a web of a transient reality. Says Emerson
In connection with the subject of illusions...the Hindus alone have treated this ...with the sufficient breadth in their legends of the successive Maias of Vishnu..Swamiji then shows how the light of Vedanta shines in the dewdrops Leaves of Grass Then we are shown how schools of Western Psychology have been influenced by Vedantic and Buddhist wisdom.Swami Vivekananda's clarion call for Universal Humanism based on Vedanta as it thundered across the Atlantic and Hindu Maha Oceans in the America is also given a detailed account.
and in another article
..I find men victms of illusion in all parts oflife...Yogavindra the goddess of illusion is stronger than the Titans, stronger than Apollo(pg.435)
Then we move on to Russia and shown how India has always been a land of fascination and dreamt of by sages and artists alike. Tolstoy that towering literary giant of gentle and deep humanism in his last days took a great interest in Swami Vivekananda (pg.531-535)Another great savant of social sciences Pitrim A Sorokin too was a great admirer of Vedanta philosophy.(pg.543)
Thus Swamiji takes us through thousands of years of historical time and across the entire planet and shows us how Indian wisdom - the Vedantic truth has influenced nations and races in expanding psyche towards a cosmic Oneness. This is a book that shall grow with subsequent editions. That we are inheritors of such a living heritage that has beautified and sanctified the whole planet and its best minds, makes us feel proud and more importantly makes us ask the question 'am i really worthy of such ancestors like the Rishis of Upanishads?'. My immediate neighbourhood, people suffering there, slums that exist in my town and degraded village life that surrounds our towns, ill-kept temples where magnificent sculptures are degraded not by foreign invaders this time but by uncaring modern you and me, polluted temple tanks, and my own selfishness all say a resounding 'No You are not worthy of this heritage'. and then i hear a gentle voice from the book'...but YOU CAN if you make an effort.' May Mother Bharathi give us that inspiration to make ourselves worthy of our ancestors.
What we can do:
- Let us read this book, buy and donate it to our public and school libraries.
- Make small exhibits based on the book and invite students and youths to get inspired by it.
For more info, Excerpts from reviews can be seen Here
Friday, August 19, 2005
Sri Nataraja at CERN
This is the 2 metre height Siva installed at CERN - the European Center for Research in Particle Physics in Geneva. This was installed on June 18, 2004. Adjoining plaque has this to say:
A special plaque next to the Shiva statue at CERN explains the significance of the metaphor of Shiva's cosmic dance with several quotations from The Tao of Physics. Here is the text of the plaque:
Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, seeing beyond the unsurpassed rhythm, beauty, power and grace of the Nataraja, once wrote of it "It is the clearest image of the activity of God which any art or religion can boast of."
More recently, Fritjof Capra explained that "Modern physics has shown that the rhythm of creation and destruction is not only manifest in the turn of the seasons and in the birth and death of all living creatures, but is also the very essence of inorganic matter," and that "For the modern physicists, then, Shiva's dance is the dance of subatomic matter."
It is indeed as Capra concluded: "Hundreds of years ago, Indian artists created visual images of dancing Shivas in a beautiful series of bronzes. In our time, physicists have used the most advanced technology to portray the patterns of the cosmic dance. The metaphor of the cosmic dance thus unifies ancient mythology, religious art and modern physics."
The statue, of Shiva's cosmic dance of creation and destruction, was given to CERN by the Indian government to celebrate the research center's long association with India.
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Hindu family/families killed and how media reports?
Hindu family shot in Indian Kashmir
Islamist militants opened fire on a Hindu family in Indian Kashmir, killing five people and wounding nine others, police said. The attack came just before today's India Independence Day anniversary, when violence usually spikes in the Muslim-majority state. The shooting took place near Chargu, a remote village 65km east of Jammu. "The militants attacked a Hindu family of village defence committee members with automatic weapons," said a police officer. "Five people were killed on the spot and nine others were wounded. Five of the wounded are in a critical condition."
[This is report from New Zealand Herald available at URL http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_id=2&ObjectID=10340769]
This is Al jazeera Report:
Hindu families killed in Kashmir raid
The attack came despite a security increase in the region Suspected Muslim insurgents have raided a remote mountain village in India's Jammu and Kashmir state and attacked two Hindu families as they dined together, killing five, police said. The gun and grenade attack on Friday night in Sajroo village, 160 kilometers (100 miles) north of Jammu, the state's winter capital, came despite an increase in security in the region to prevent attacks ahead of India's Independence Day celebrations on Monday. Five people were killed and nine others were wounded, said Deputy Inspector General of Police Satbir Gupta, adding that three of the injured were in serious conditions. He said the insurgents attacked the two families as they ate an evening meal together. Gupta said the killers were from one of about a dozen Pakistan-based groups that have been fighting security forces in India's portion of Kashmir for the Himalayan region's independence or its merger with Muslim Pakistan. He gave no evidence to back up that claim. More than 66,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the conflict since it began in 1989.
[The Al Jazeera report is available at: http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/20495765-6EC7-4BF0-A22B-951C00472020.htm]
This is from Voice of America
Suspected Islamic Militants Kill Villagers in Indian Kashmir
By Anjana Pasricha
In Indian Kashmir, suspected Islamic militants have killed at least five people and wounded nine others, including four children. This latest incident comes as India claims overall violence in the insurgency-wracked region is declining. Police in Indian Kashmir say Islamic guerrillas attacked two Hindu families with guns and grenades, as they were sharing an evening meal in a remote village about 75 kilometers northeast of the winter capital, Jammu. Jammu is a Hindu majority region in the Muslim majority province of Kashmir. The targeted families were members of village defense committees. These committees consist of groups of villagers, armed and trained by security forces to defend against militant attacks. Defense committee members have often been targeted by Islamic rebels, who have been fighting since 1989 to end Indian rule in Kashmir. Officials say attacks in Kashmir have increased in recent weeks, but Home Minister Shivraj Patil told parliament Friday that, in the past year, overall violence has declined in the restive region, where an estimated 40,000 people have been killed since the insurgency flared. "During the current year till July end, the number of violent incidents has come down by 24.5 percent, compared to the corresponding period last year," said Shivraj Patil. "Similarly, the killings of civilians have declined by 28.5 percent since up to July. And it has happened because of fencing of the border, because of the vigilance of the forces, because of the policies of the government." Political analysts also attribute the fall in violence to a peace process that began last year between India and Pakistan. The latest incident took place two days ahead of India's Independence Day. Rebel groups, including those in Kashmir, often step up attacks at this time, and tens-of-thousands of security personnel have been deployed throughout the country to prevent violence.
[This Voice of America report is at http://www.voanews.com/english/2005-08-13-voa3.cfm]
This report is from BBC
Gunmen attack village in Kashmir
Islamist militants have killed five Hindus and injured nine more in an attack on a remote mountain village in India's section of Kashmir, police say. They struck as Hindu family members ate their evening meal together, a police official said. Three of the injured are in a serious condition. Guns and grenades were used in the overnight raid at Sajroo, 160km (100 miles) north of the city of Jammu. Kashmir has seen a recent spurt of violence despite peace talks. The division of the territory is a longstanding bone of contention between India and Pakistan. Correspondents say violence in Indian Kashmir tends to rise before Independence Day, which Delhi celebrates on Monday, a day after Islamabad. Deputy Inspector General of Police Satbir Gupta said two families were attacked in the raid. He was quoted by the Associated Press news agency as blaming the attack on Pakistan-based militant groups. An unnamed police officer told Reuters some of those attacked were members of a village defence committee.
BBC report is available at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4147930.stm
This report is from Pakistan Times
Five Killed by fresh violence in India held-Kashmir
Pakistan Times Kashmir Desk
JAMMU (IHK): At least five people were killed and nine injured in an attack by activists on a village in India held-Kashmir on Saturday.Indian police said that the attack took place late on Friday at Shajroo village in Udhampur district, 120 kilometres (75 miles) northeast of occupied Jammu. "The gun battle continued until early this [Saturday] morning. Five village defence committee members have been killed and another nine injured," he said, adding that the wounded included four children aged between two and 14.●
This report is from The Hindu
Seven civilians killed in J&K
JAMMU: Seven civilians have been killed in the past 48 hours in Jammu and Kashmir in a sudden upsurge in violence by militants. These areas had been targeted even in the past before the Independence Day.
The militants targeted far-flung areas taking advantage of the gaps in the counter-terrorism grid due to the terrain. They attacked two houses of Village Defence Committee (VDC) members, killing five persons and injuring nine, including three children in Udhampur district. The injured have been airlifted and admitted to the Medical College hospital. One of the injured, Jammu Naseeb Singh, told The Hindu that this was the second time that Shajru village in Udhampur district had been attacked before the Independence Day celebrations. They had been apprehensive about an attack even this time. "We fought till the end with arms and ammunition but we did not have enough ammunition to hit back," he added. Two civilians were killed while a VDC member was kidnapped in Kulhand village in Doda district. Mohd Ashraf Hajam, 32, and Parvez Ahmed, 16, were dragged out of their houses and killed. The kidnapped villager, Abdul Majeed, a resident of Gandoh tehsil, was taken to a near by forest area. His tongue was chopped off before he was released.
[The Hindu report is available at: http://www.hindu.com/2005/08/15/stories/2005081507251200.htm]
A brief analysis:
Now that we have different reports let us just see how these reports read the massacre of family members. While VOA, BBC, New Zealand news agency and even al Jazeera report the religious identity of the attacked family members, The Hindu and Pakistan Times are silent about it. The Hindu reports three children while the other reports speak of four children. The four children according to Pakistan Times are aged between two and fourteen. Perhaps to The Hindu the fourteen year old may not be a 'child' though when Indian army accidentally killed two Muslim teenagers and apologised for it The Hindu raged against the artmy in its editorial for killing 'children'. But here we do have a case of intentional firing at children aged between 2 and 14 and we find The Hindu silent and what is more The Hindu makes the report include the killing of Mohd Ashraf Hajam, 32, and Parvez Ahmed 16 (revealing their religious identities through names) who were dragged out of their houses and killed unlike the blanket massacre of families by Islamic Jehadhis when it comes to Kaffir Hindus. This blogger in fact respects Muslims who have joined hands with VDCs and has even written an article to honor them in the webzine Thinnai.com. But this partial revealing of religious identities by a magazine that calls itself 'national' and shamelessly uses the word Hindu is nothing but a betrayal of trust of its readers. Thus we find even in reporting the intentional massacre of Hindu families The Hindu makes a gloss-over attempt in the most unethical way. If this is the kind of journalism the Marxist media baron peddles at his so-called Asian college of Journalism, one wonders in which way the institute is better than Paki madrassas where impressionable teenagers are brain-washed by Mullahs? So dear reader, dissuade your near and dear ones from joining this Marxist madrassa where your ward or yourself may be brain-washed by Marxist Mullahs in such a degraded manner you can not even report objectively massacre of a Hindu family. Time Hindus take action to shut down the Mao dinosaur of Mount Road called The Hindu.
Respected H.V.Sheshadriji has left us
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Pakistan and Anti-Semitism
Akhtar Hameed Khan is a celebrated social thinker of erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) who had won international acclaim for the work he did for the success of Comila Development Programme in the former East Pakistan as well as Orangi Pilot Project in Karachi. In a book of collected articles titled ‘Mushahidat-o-Ta'asurat’ published by City Press, Karachi in 2002, Khan reveals that Mohammad Iqbal as well as Allama Mashraqi were both influenced by ideas of ‘Superman’ attributed to Nietzsche ,which in the same deviant form, were also admired by Hitler. In fact, according to Khan, Allama was an admirer of Hitler too. However far from fancy ideological fascinations another powerful and also a practical connection, existed between anti-Semitism and Pakistan movement, through the Palestine issue. Mohammad Iqbal was the intellectual founder of Pakistani movement, guiding it through each crucial movement in those turbulent periods spanning the late 1930s to 1947. In a letter marked ‘Private and Confidential’ dated 7th October, 1937 Iqbal exhorted Jinnah thus:
“The Palestine question is very much agitating the minds of the Muslims. We have a very fine opportunity for mass contact for the purposes of the League. I have no doubt that the League will pass a strong resolution on this question and also by holding a private conference of the leaders decide on some sort of a positive action in which masses may share in large numbers.”
This kind of mass movement was built with infuriating speeches wherein parallels were drawn between Hindus and Jews in undivided India and Palestine respectively. Such a parallel was drawn by none other than Iqbal himself in his letters to Jinnah (for example in his letter dated 28 May 1937). Ultimately this ‘positive mass action’ resulted in creating successful ‘civil war’ scenarios as during the Direct-action day pogroms witnessed in ‘Great Calcutta Killing’ and Noahkali. This ensured that the battle-wary Congress leaders succumb to partition. That Ms. Muriel Lester, in whose house Gandhi stayed during his visit to England, and who was at ground-zero of Noahkali holocaust at Gandhi’s request, described the Pakistani movement there as ‘well planned quite a Hitlerian network of folks’, was not accidental. Dr.Ambedkar also discovered Nazi nature in Jinnah's voice. He said
The Muslims are now speaking the language of Hitler and claiming a place in the sun as Hitler has been doing for Germany. For their demand for 50 per cent. is nothing but a counterpart of the German claims for Deutschland Uber Alles and Lebenuraum for Tthemselves, irrespective of what happens to other minorities.[CHAPTER XI COMMUNAL AGGRESSION, Thoughts on Pakistan]
Meanwhile in distant Palestine, the Jews escaping European anti-Semitism were getting harassed by Islamic fundamentalists of whom the most prominent was Mohammed Amin al-Husseini, appointed as the Mufti of Jerusalem by British in 1921. Yet by late 1930s and early 1940s the Mufti had drifted towards Nazism attracted by its anti-Semitic nature which he too shared. He repaired the al-Aqsa mosque in Palestine which hitherto was in ruins with funds from India and during this time the Muslim League under Jinnah and the anti-Semitic Mufti had established good rapport and understanding. Mufti was dismissed by British authorities in the year 1936 for his participation in anti-Jewish riots." Soon he sent Hitler 15 drafts of declarations and demanded that axis powers help settle ‘the problem of the Jewish elements’ in ‘the same way’ Germany was settling the problem. Later Mufti flew to Germany met Hitler in person and helped Nazis by recruiting 20,000 Muslim volunteers for the SS.
It is interesting that when Jinnah came to Cairo for an international Islamic conference he made it a point to meet and hold intimate discussions with Mufti. Later as World War II came to an end and the evils of the Third Reich became known and humanity was shamed by its own barbarism towards fellow humans, Mufti’s role in helping some of the gruesome mass murders of Jews in Europe started coming to light. In 1945 Yugoslavia sought to indict the Mufti as a war criminal for his role in the mass murders of Jews in Croatia and Hungary. He escaped French detention in 1946. However in the ruling circles of Pakistan, Mufti remained a hero. For example, in 1951 he presided over an International religious conference in Pakistan which was attended by none other than the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Liaquat Ali Khan who delivered a lecture piously standing before al-Husseini seated in a presidential throne.
Such then is the polity of Pakistan, which starting from the day of its founding fathers, portrays Nazi sympathizers and collaborators of holocaust as heroes of a religious cause. Hidden subliminally in all these is a sub-text which equates Jews and Hindus as marked enemies of the true believers. The niceties of Trojan horse speech writers not withstanding, the equations have not always been so subtle. Here is a recent crude one. In response to the killing of Hamas terrorist Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in Israel, a spokesman for Lashkar-e-Taiba, one of the most prominent Pakistan-based terror groups, was quoted in the newspaper ‘Greater Kashmir’ saying, “We will take revenge in India, as Yahud (Jews) and Hindus are two sides of the same coin.”
Had Levy known all these would he have been stunned?
-S. Aravindan Neelakandan