Country first , Religion later…..

It is rather shameful that people from North East have to panic and run for cover in their own country because their fellow countrymen have chosen to show solidarity to Muslims from Bangladesh by threatening to kill or hurt them across the country if they stay put.

And after what has happened in Mumbai and Lucknow it is evident that they could well mean what they say. I fail to understand why Muslim organizations throughout India have taken upon themselves to protest against the violence in Assam where people from both sides got killed over an issue which we all know is linked to illegal immigrants from Bangladesis encroaching upon the land and resources of Assamese people. It is known that the Muslims in Assam are from Bangladesh and this can be very well validated by the census records

The Muslim population has grown at twice the rate of growth of Hindu population in Assam proving that there has been an influx from Bangladesh. The congress has been supporting this since independence under its  appeasement vote bank politics but now things seem to have gone beyond their control as there are more Bangladeshis than Indians in pockets where violence has broken out.

Now here comes the part that hurts. When it is a conflict between Indians and foreigners who just happen to be Muslims why do we find Muslims in India supporting the Bangladeshis going to the extent of damaging government property, fighting with Indian policemen and even vandalizing martyr’s memorial by rampaging and tramping all over it !!  Even if I believe for a moment that the rally was against the violence happening in Assam what does it say when you disrespect what the Indians hold so close to their hearts.

If you read the report above you will know the theme of my argument. Even as Muslims your protest is for violence against Muslims not against India,the country you live in and which allows you to carry out your protest liberally. The martyrs memorial that got vandalized was erected in honor of a Muslim freedom fighter so is the anger against the Bodos fighting with your Muslim brothers from a Foreign land or against India as a nation regardless of the fact that our freedom was won with sacrifices from Hindus as well as Muslims. The last line of the report says it all – Several Muslim leaders have also condemned the act. As if they were supposed to applaud the act but have somehow chosen to condemn it.

Two important questions :

1. How many Hindus came out in large numbers against the violence in Assam and why most of them still either don’t know what the actual problem in Assam is or feel that it is a local conflict between 2 groups fighting for control in the region ?

2. Why only Muslim organizations felt the need to come out so aggressively and protest when essentially the fight is between Indians and Bangladeshis .

Threatening the north east people in Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad is cowardly and treacherous as obviously these folks have nothing to do with the violence in Assam and have come out of their homes like millions of other Indians in search of a better life. The right to move freely and settle in any part of the country is guaranteed by our constitution so who are these enemies of the state to force them in their own land ??

Anyone ,whether Hindu or Muslim who has chosen to be an Indian citizen has pledged to have country before religion as India was and remains to be a secular nation.I strongly feel that all Muslims in India will have to resolve and choose the nation over their religion, unconditionally and without exception else the patriotic Muslims will have to bear the cross for those who seem to have a doubtful stance…..

Pakistan in the eyes of Faiz

Pakistan will continuously struggle for finding its place in the world and for its own peace because the foundation on which it was built is intolerance and hatred.When you say that we are an Islamic state you admit that anyone who thinks otherwise is unwelcome.But now within Islam the same intolerance is forcing the government to bow before the Taliban and enact the Shariat law in swat valley.Tommorow some other fanatic will come with his own interpretation of how people should lead their lives and you will have another conflict and another new law enforced.This country will break into pieces.
In contrast,In India when some Hindu radicals tried to act overzealous they were rediculed by the whole nation and women sent them the Pink chaddis(underwear).The self proclaimed descedants of lord Hanuman(Bajrang Dal) were put in solitary confinement to rethink about their lineage.Freedom for everyone is what India believes in and it is the people who will make sure the government does its job.Also, freedom is for everyone Hindus,Muslims and Christians.
Pakistani Awaam(public) has to learn its lesson.If they will tolerate non sense they will be fooled.Corrupt leaders and terrorists have no religion – their actions are consumed by a lust for power,so they will not see reason.Their demands will increase with  submission. If  the whole country would not have come on the streets the government would have done precious little after the Mumbai attacks.In India they have to face the electorate  but in Pakistan ?
The below Ghazal and link on You tube sums it all up.
हम देखेंगे
लाजिम है के हम भी देखेंगे
वोह दिन के जिस का वादा है
जो लोह-इ-अजल पे लिखा है
हम देखेंगे

जब ज़ुल्म-ओ-सितम के कोह-इ-गरां
रुई की तरह उड़ जायेंगे
हम मेह्कुमून के पौन टेल
यह धरती धड धड धड्कागी
और एहल-इ-हुकुम के सर ऊपर
जब बिजली कद कद कड़केगी
हम देखेंगे

जब अर्ज़-इ-खुदा के काबे से
सब बुत उठवाए जायेंगे
हम अहल-इ-सफा मरदूद-इ-हरम
मसनद पे बिठाये जायेंगे
सब ताज उछाले जायेंगे
सब तख्त गिराए जायेंगे

बस नाम रहेगा अल्लाह का
जो घायब भी है हाज़िर भी
जो नज़र भी है मंज़र भी
उठेगा अनलहक का नारा
जो में भी हूँ और तुम भी हो
और राज करेगी खलक-इ-खुदा
जो में भी हूँ और तुम भी हो

हम देखेंगे
लाजिम है के हम भी देखेंगे
हम देखेंगे

फैज़ अहमद फैज़

अहले-सफा pure people; अनलहक़ I am Truth, I am God. Sufi Mansoor was hanged for saying it; अज़ल eternity, beginning (opp abad); खल्क़ the people, mankind, creation; लौह a tablet, a board, a plank; महकूम a subject, a subordinate; मंज़र spectacle, a scene, a view; मर्दूद rejected, excluded, abandoned, outcast;हरम – Place of worship, नाज़िर spectator, reader