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HOW GLOBAL ANTI-MUSLIM BIGOTRY BECAME ACCEPTABLE
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WHAT DOES THE AYODHYA VERDICT MEAN FOR INDIAN MUSLIMS, HINDUTVA AND THE FUTURE OF INDIA. THIS WILL BE ANALYSED IN DEPTH HEREAFTER 



BABRI MASJID  AND ASADUDDIN OWAISI 




INDIAN TOP COURT GIVES DISPUTED SITE IN AYODHYA TO HINDUS 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37_SFJUgs6c




BABRI MASJID DISPUTE : RELIGION OR POLITICS?







TENSIONS IN INDIAN CITY OF AYODHYA AHEAD OF BABRI MOSQUE VERDICT




BABRI MASJID VERDICT
November 10, 2019
https://www.dawn.com/news/1515939/babri-masjid-verdict


FEW events in the history of modern India have been as polarising as the 1992 destruction of the Babri Masjid in the Hindu holy city of Ayodhya.  In an episode of unabashed ugliness, a frenzied mob of thousands of Hindu extremists — including some of the leading lights of the BJP, which now rules India — stormed the 16th-century mosque and reduced it to rubble, guided by the belief that the spot where the masjid was built was Ram Janmabhoomi, the place where Hindus believe the deity was born. 
 
Communal riots followed the desecration of the mosque in many parts of India, while the demolition was condemned by major Muslim states.  This event has poisoned Hindu-Muslim relations in India since, and has served as a battle cry for the Hindu hard right, that has now captured state power in New Delhi. 

On Saturday, the Indian Supreme Court says that a temple would be built on the site of the razed mosque. While the apex court did say that the demolition was illegal, by allowing the building of the temple, it has, through this verdict, indirectly supported the vandalism by the mobs. It is also a tad ironic that the decision came on the day when the Kartarpur Corridor was opened for Sikh pilgrims, indicating Pakistan’s intentions to facilitate other religious communities.


Perhaps it would have been better had the court given the site to neither side, considering the sensitivity of the matter and its impact on communal relations in India. Moreover, on matters of faith and devotion, it is best if state institutions maintain a non-sectarian outlook to ensure justice for all citizens. Looking back at the events since 1992, it can be argued that the destruction of the mosque marked the beginning of the end of the Nehruvian ideal of a secular India, and the triumphal, raucous arrival of the Sangh Parivar on the national stage. Some of the most fanatical fringes of the Hindu hard right participated in the orgy of violence in Ayodhya on that December day; today, many of these elements are in positions of great power in India.

Undoubtedly, the verdict will embolden the foot soldiers of Hindutva and send a message to India’s minorities — particularly its Muslims — that religious triumphalism and violence tactics by the majority are condoned in modern India. The Indian establishment never ceases to boast about the claim that it is the world’s ‘largest democracy’. However, the post-Babri Masjid trajectory of the country has been anything but democratic, and especially with the election of Narendra Modi, it is clear that the national narrative is being shaped by Savarkar and Golwalkar rather than Nehru and Gandhi. Now, it is for the Indian people to decide whether they wish to adopt a democratic course, or build a Hindu rashtra where minorities are either hounded out, or forced to live as second-class citizens.


SUPREME COURT VERDICT: WHAT IF RAM TEMPLE WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1992 INSTEAD OF BABRI MASJID ?

Abhay Kumar, The Milli Gazette Online

Published Online: Nov 11, 2019

What if the Ram temple were demolished on December 6, 1992 instead of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya? Do you think the Supreme Court judgement would have been the same? 

Do you think the demolished structure would have been given to the party that was involved in razing it to the ground or supporting its demolition? These questions are unlikely to be raised in debates and TV shows. 

Would you not share the apprehension that the mainstream Indian media, the opposition parties and civil society members lack courage to go against the majoritarian frenzy?

The so-called secular and liberal forces have also disappointed us. They, too, do not want to appear "unpopular" and "insensitive" to the so-called astha (belief) of the majority community.

In a long-awaited verdict, finally delivered on November 9, the Supreme Court allowed the Hindus to build a Ram Temple on the disputed site in Ayodhya. Muslims, the other party to the dispute, were asked to build a mosques at another place in Ayodhya.

The Hindutva forces have argued that the Babri Masjid, built in the 16th century, stood at the exact place of the demolished Ram temple. In their fabricated history, "the Muslim invaders" demolished the temple to build the mosque. Muslims as well the eminent histrorians have denied these allegations. 

Abondoned by the secular parties, the minority Muslim community is perhaps most vulnerable today. They are increasingly being told to appear "tolerant", "friendly" to the majority Hindus, "loyal" to the country and become "rooted in the Indian (read Brahminical) culture.” 

Perceiving a possible threat to their security, the Muslim minority is trying to keep a smile on their face even if they feel hurt and let down by the apex court of the country. 

For example, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, following the SC ruling, is giving contradictory statements.  The Board says that they respect the judgement, yet they feel disappointed with it. The Board, which is under huge pressure, is trying to keep "quiet". 

Muslims perceive a threat to their safety. They are also doing best to avoid any provocation. As a result, a large number of Muslims have put up messages on social media, welcoming the judgment. Some others are taking part in processions organised by Hindutva outfits. Some of them have also appeared before media to "congratulate thier Hindu brothers" over this "historical" judgement.

Unlike the minority community, the majority community is celebrating the judgement. The celebration includes chanting and writing 'Jai Sri Ram' on social media. "If temple was not built in Ayodhya where it would be built!", argues one of them. The extremists among them say the time has come to solve the controversy of Kashi and Mathura as well. While the so-called liberals, among them, deny use of coercion in this process, saying that there is nothing wrong in building the temple after the Supreme Court has upheld the position of the Hindus. 

Note how the position of the majoritarian forces is being justified by invoking the ruling of the apex court of the country. However, one should not forget that till recently the Hindutva forces were saying that the question of building a temple is a matter of "faith".

Even if the majority of the majority community is celebrating the Temple-Masjid judgment by the Supreme Court, my conscience does not allow me to celebrate it. 

My conscience does not allow me to forget the gross injustice done in broad-day light on December 6, 1992. 

How could we forget that thousands of fanatic Hindu mobs were mobilised to demolish a centuries-old religious place of the minority community? 

How could we forget that the Ram Temple mobilisation sparked off violence and riots, taking the lives of thousands of Muslims before and after the demolition?

How could we forget that innocent people were injured, displaced and killed in the name of building a temple at a place where no historical evidence can prove that it ever existed there? How could we forget this tragedy?

My conscience, let me repeat it, does not allow me to celebrate a judgement that appears to "honour" the so-called majoritarian sentiment. The judgement that does not show courage to challenge the brute power of a majoritarian government cannot appeal to my conscience.

Irrespective of what the mainstream media and the ruling elite say, I think that December 6 was one of the darkest days in the Indian history. On that day, not only the dome of mosque was razed to the ground but also the pillars of secularism and democracy were brought down.

Justice, therefore, cannot ignore the questions of majoritarian tyranny, violation of law and order and the Constitution and mindless murder and violence. But the SC judgment hastened to please the majoritarian sentiments constructed and maintained by the Hindutva forces. The so-called bench comprising several judges made a historical blunder to paint a false picture of 'India (read Hindus) is tolerant and secular'.

Would the judgement bring peace in society and put an end to communal politics? I doubt. 

I wish I were proven wrong.  But I doubt if communal conflicts are going be be a thing of the past in the wake of the judgment. I do not think the majoritarian forces are going to be contented with winning the Ram Temple and Babri Masjid case. 

I am afraid the judgement of the day is likely to boost the morale of communal forces to take law into their hands. If this happens, the attitude of the Indian state would become more aggressive and hostile towards the minorities. 

I am afraid the Ayodhya judgment may encourage the majoritarian forces to make a claim on other religious places of the minority community.

I know my views are against the majoritarian frenzy. At the time of writing this note I am sitting next to a bonfire. People around me are greeting me with 'Jai Sri Ram'. I also received a message last night to my Whatsup number in which I was alleged to be "a certain local friend" of Babur who would "start his long journey back home to Samarkand", following the verdict.

Contrary to all these allegations and the frenzy of the Hindu India, I want to register my dissent. I know my statement does not have much impact today but I am confident that history and posterity would understand the pain of my heart. 

Abhay Kumar recently submitted his PhD at Centre of Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University,  Delhi. A regular contributor to newspapers and web portals, Kumar has been working on the broad theme of the Indian Muslims and Social Justice. His other writings are available at abhaykumar.org. You may write to him at debatingissues[at]gmail.com
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INDEPENDENT MUSLIM MEDIA NETWORKS HAVE STARTED REACTING GLOBALLY TO AN ORGANISED PUBLIC DEPLORABLE QURAN BURNING INCIDENT BY RACISTS AND ISLAMOPHOBES
WHICH TOOK PLACE IN NORWAY.  ONCE AGAIN WE SEE NONMUSLIMS ON THE ATTACK. THESE ATTACKS RANGE FROM INVASIONS, SANCTIONS, FFTs, DEMONISATION AND NOW
DESECRATION. THE RESPONSE TO THESE ATTACKS NEEDS GLOBAL UNITED AND CONCRETE RESPONSES TO NEUTRALISE THE ENEMIES AND THEIR AGGRESSION.  NONMUSLIMS NEED TO BE REMINDED THAT TOLERANCE AND MUTUAL RESPECT OF RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS, VALUES AND SACRED BOOKS IS A RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STATE AND DESECRATION OF RELIGIOUS SANCTITIES CAN ONLY LEAD TO SOCIAL COHESION OF SOCIETY TO BE DESTABILISED



TOLERANCE IS A TWO WAY THING. INDEED HAVING COME BACK FROM A VISIT TO PAKISTAN I ACTUALLY MADE A SHORT SPEECH AT A PACKED PAKISTANI CHRISTIAN SUNDAY SERVICE TO EMPHASISE THE COMMON VALUES MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS HAVE IN BELIEF IN GOD AND A SPIRITUAL LIFE STYLE. HOWEVER, I ALSO STATED THAT ANY DISCRIMINATION THEY MAY BE FACING IN A MUSLIM MAJORITY COUNTRY NEEDS TO BE CONDEMNED AND ELIMINATED. JUST AS ISLAMOPHOBIA NEEDS TO BE ROOTED OUT WHICH MUSLIMS IN EUROPE AND THE WESTERN WORLD ARE CONFRONTING.


THE AUTHORITIES NEED TO REALISE THAT WHEN CERTAIN RED LINES ARE CROSSED MUSLIMS WILL STAND UP FOR THEIR SANCTITIES AND RIGHTS FORCEFULLY AND THE AUTHORITIES WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR NOT UPHOLDING THE LAW AND WHATEVER FALLOUT RESULTS. 
WE SALUTE THE MUSLIM HERO ILYAS FOR COMBATTING NONMUSLIM PREACHERS OF HATRED WHO HAVE DISTURBED THE PEACE AND TRANQUILITY OF NORWAY. THIS MODEL OF CIVIC ACTION IS TO BE APPLAUDED AND HE SHOULD BE HONOURED WITH A SPECIAL DEFENCE OF ISLAM AWARD.  THESE STREETS BELONG TO ALL THE PEOPLE AND MUSLIMS WILL NOT TOLERATE HATE SPEECH AGAINST ISLAM. SO WHERE ARE THE MYOPIC SECULAR LIBERAL MAINSTREAM MEDIA NOW. WHY DO THEY NOT SHOUT AND SCREAM AT NONMUSLIM HATE SPEECH. MAYBE WE ARE DEALING WITH THE DEAF DUMB AND BLIND WHO NEED TO BE TREATED LIKE THE OSTRICH BURYING IT'S HEAD BENEATH THE SAND. IT NEEDS TO BE NOTED THAT THIS INCIDENT HAS PRIMARILY COME TO THE SURFACE BECAUSE OF SOCIAL MEDIA AS MAINSTREAM MEDIA IGNORED AND SUPPRESSED THE STORY.   


INDEED THE LOCAL NORWEGIAN POLICE SHOULD BE CONDEMNED FOR PERMITTING THIS PROVOCATION AND THEY SHOULD BE MADE AN EXAMPLE OF. A MESSAGE SHOULD GO OUT TO RACISTS AND ISLAMOPHOBES THAT RED LINES WHEN CROSSED WILL BE PUNISHED. LEADERS SUCH AS ERDOGAN, KHAN AND MAHATHIR SHOULD USE THEIR CLOUT TO CONDEMN THIS ACT AND ENSURE THE NORWEGIANS RECTIFY THIS ERROR AND  STAMP THIS OUT. THIS INCIDENT CLEARLY HAD THE AUTHORITIES COLLUSION AND THEY NEED TO BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE.  


THIS EVENT BY SION- STOP ISLAMISATION OF NORWAY IS NOT ONLY A JOKE BUT PROVOCATION. HOW CAN THE MINISCULE 2.5% NORWEGIAN MUSLIM POPULATION "ISLAMISE" NORWAY. THIS CLEARLY ISLAMOPHOBIC RACIST PARTY WAS GRANTED PERMISSION TO DEMONSTRATE AND RALLY BUT WERE WARNED NOT TO BURN THE QURAN WHICH THEY DID. THIS PROVOKED MUSLIMS DEMONSTRATING AND LED TO A BREAK DOWN OF LAW AND ORDER.  THE AUTHORITIES HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO CLAMPDOWN ON THIS ACTIVITY WHICH THEY COULD HAVE EASILY DONE AND THEY NEED TO BE MADE TO ACCOUNT. THEY NEED TO IMMEDIATELY RELEASE ANY MUSLIMS ARRESTED AND SION'S LEADER SHOULD BE ARRESTED FOR DISTURBING THE PEACE AND FOR RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS HATE SPEECH. THE NONMUSLIM  EXTREMISTS, FANATICS AND TERRORISTS NEED TO BE  IDENTIFIED AND HUNTED DOWN BY THE AUTHORITIES. THERE IS A WARNING HERE FOR EUROPE THAT NONMUSLIM VIOLENT EXTREMISTS NEED TO BE CONTROLLED AND BANNED OTHERWISE THERE WILL BE AN INEVITABLE COUNTER REACTION.    

ALSO MUSLIM STATES NEED TO BE MUCH MORE PROACTIVE IN DEFENDING MUSLIM MINORITIES. A STARTING POINT WILL BE FOR MUSLIM AMBASSADORS IN OSLO TO BE WITHDRAWN IN PROTEST.  IT IS TIME TO STAMP OUT ISLAMOPHOBIA AND THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS TO DO IT BUT ACTION MUST BE TAKEN.   


SOCIAL MEDIA HEAPS PRAISE ON ILYAS FOR PREVENTING QURAN BURNING IN NORWAY 
https://dunyanews.tv/en/World/520005-Social-media-praises-Ilyas-for-preventing-Quran-burning-in-NorwayThe man manages to grab Thorsen's jacket, twisting him around.


Muslims across the world have been praising the Muslim man – now being called the ‘Defender of Quran’ – who attacked Lars Thorsen, the leader of the ‘Stop Islamisation of Norway (SIAN)’, for burning a copy of the Holy Quran during an anti-Islam rally in Norway. The incident happened in the city of Kristiansand despite apparent warnings from local police officials when the anti-Islam group said it planned to do so. Netizens took to the social media to praise Ilyas, though his exact identity could not be ascertained at the moment. In a video circulating on the social media, he could be seen jumping into the barricaded circle to save the holy book from being desecrated. The man manages to grab Thorsen’s jacket, twisting him around. However, the assailant falls to the ground after attempting to kick the anti-Islam activist. Police then scramble to break up the fight as several other people rush at Thorsen. The police immediately took Thorsen and his attackers into custody after a scuffle broke out, according to local media reports. In one video clip, Thorsen is led away by police with his hands behind his back, while his initial attacker is wrestled to the ground by a group of cops.

According to reports, two copies of the religious text at first were thrown in a trash can during the rally, while Thorsen set fire to another one. #ilyas_Hero_of_Muslim_Ummah, #Norway, #Defender_of_Quran, #TheGloriousQuran and Muslims started trending on Twitter in Pakistan. The Pakistan Union Norway (PUN), an important social and cultural organisation, strongly condemned the incident. PUN Chairman Chaudhry Qamar Iqbal, in a statement, referred to Lars Thorsen, and said he has hurt the sentiments of Muslims by desecrating the Holy Quran. He said that Norwegians were peaceful people and Norway enjoyed a good reputation around the world as it respected the rights of other religions.

Iqbal said that the people of Norway and its Muslims were also hurt over the fact that the desecration took place in broad daylight and the police did nothing to stop it. He condemned the police for springing into action only when the man jumped in to stop the desecration and, instead, came to the aid of the agitator.   The PUN chairman urged the government of Norway to stop people who instigated and hurt the sentiments of others through extremism. Muslim leaders in Norway announced that they plan to press hate crime charges against SIAN for burning Quran as well as for verbal assault.




DG ISPR salutes ‘Defender of Quran’



Later, Inter-Services Public Relations Director-General Major General Asif Ghafoor, through his personal account, saluted the bravery of Ilyas for jumping through the fence and saving the Holy Quran from burning. Asif Ghafoor tweeted “Salute to brave Ilyas for displaying courage to stop an absolutely deplorable action. Such Islamophobia based provocations only promote hatred & extremism.”  DG ISPR further added “All religions are and must stay respectable. Islamophbia is threat to global peace and harmony.”
 
Ilyas is now a social media sensation, and users are regarding him as the hero and one of the greatest defenders of Islam in modern times. In his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said the Muslims respect other religions and they expect the followers of other religions to also respect their religious sentiments. In a written statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry called on Norwegian authorities to stop anti-Muslim and xenophobic attacks, adding that Turkey is “expecting those responsible to be brought to justice as soon as possible.”


NORWEGIAN ANTI-ISLAM RALLY TURNS VIOLENT OVER KORAN BURNING 




The leader of a group against the “Islamization” of Norway was attacked by several men after setting fire to a copy of the Koran during a demonstration. Footage shows police intervening to stop the skirmish.

A demonstration held by Stop Islamization of Norway (SIAN) in the city of Kristiansand turned violent after the group’s leader, Lars Thorsen, defied a police order against burning the holy Muslim book. The rally had been approved by local authorities, but police had warned SIAN against desecrating the Koran, after the group said it planned to do so. Two copies of the religious text were thrown in a trash can during the rally, while Thorsen set fire to another one. The unsanctioned actions infuriated counter-protesters, who vaulted over a fence and attacked SIAN’s leader.
  Video of the altercation shows Thorsen tossing away a burning Koran as an unidentified man charges at him. The man manages to grab Thorsen’s jacket, twisting him around. However, the assailant falls to the ground after attempting to kick the anti-Islam activist. Police then scramble to break up the fight as several other people rush at Thorsen.

Both Thorsen and his attackers were detained by police, according to media reports. In one video clip, Thorsen is led away by police with his hands behind his back, while his initial attacker is wrestled to the ground by a group of cops. Muslim leaders in Norway announced that they plan to press hate crime charges against SIAN for burning Korans as well as for verbal assault.   Thorsen is no stranger to political controversy. He recently received a 30 day suspended jail sentence and a fine for distributing pamphlets in Oslo that accused Muslims of being “notorious sexual predators” who “rape in epidemic proportions.”



DISGRACE OF THE QURAN IN NORWAY 
WHO IS UMAR ILYAS 
Zamana Gawah Hai Ep #184






https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95fMG_aSBqA
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MODI'S BJP GOVERNMENT PUSHES HIS ANTI-MUSLIM CITIZENSHIP LEGISLATION WHICH EXCLUDES MUSLIMS ONLY SEEKING REFUGE IN INDIA. HOWEVER IT HAS TRIGERRED NATIONAL PROTESTS AGAINST SECULAR NATIONAL LAWS WHICH ARE DISCRIMINATING AGAINST INDIAN MUSLIMS.  THIS LEGISLATION CAN NOT BE VIEWED SEPARATELY FROM WHAT IS HAPPENING TO KASHMIRI MUSLIMS, NOR THE SUPREME COURT DECISION ON THE BABRI MASJID NOR THE NATIONAL REGISTER FOR CITIZENSHIP WHICH IS ALREADY MAKING MUSLIMS IN ASSAM STATELESS. INDIA IS BECOMING AN INTOLERANT HINDU RASHTRA STATE AND IT IS BECOMING A NATION AT WAR WITH ITSELF. NEHRU'S INDIA IS BEING DISCARDED IN FAVOUR OF A INDIAN HINDU NATIONALIST ENTITY. THE TWO NATION THEORY AND VISION OF QUAID I AZAM MUHAMMAD ALI JINNAH IS PROVING TO BE RIGHT COMPARED TO THAT OF GANDHI AND NEHRU. WILL INDIA BE ABLE TO SURVIVE AS ONE NATION?  THIS URGENT QUESTION WILL BE REVIEWED.
     


INDIAN POLITICIAN TEARS UP CONTROVERSIAL CITIZENSHIP  BILL IN PARLIAMENT 





LOK SABHA PASSES CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT BILL 




Indian parliamentarian Asaduddin Owaisi tore up a copy of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill intended to grant citizenship to religious minorities from neighbouring countries, except Muslims. 
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MODI'S BJP GOVERNMENT PUSHES HIS ANTI-MUSLIM CITIZENSHIP LEGISLATION WHICH EXCLUDES MUSLIMS ONLY SEEKING REFUGE IN INDIA. HOWEVER IT HAS TRIGERRED NATIONAL PROTESTS AGAINST SECULAR NATIONAL LAWS WHICH ARE DISCRIMINATING AGAINST INDIAN MUSLIMS.  THIS LEGISLATION CAN NOT BE VIEWED SEPARATELY FROM WHAT IS HAPPENING TO KASHMIRI MUSLIMS, NOR THE SUPREME COURT DECISION ON THE BABRI MASJID NOR THE NATIONAL REGISTER FOR CITIZENSHIP WHICH IS ALREADY MAKING MUSLIMS IN ASSAM STATELESS. INDIA IS BECOMING AN INTOLERANT HINDU RASHTRA STATE AND IT IS BECOMING A NATION AT WAR WITH ITSELF. THE ZIONIST MODEL AND PRESCRIPTION IS BEING APPLIED TO INDIA BUT THIS IS NOT PALESTINE AND NEHRU'S INDIA IS BEING DISCARDED IN FAVOUR OF A INDIAN HINDU NATIONALIST ENTITY. THE TWO NATION THEORY AND VISION OF QUAID I AZAM MUHAMMAD ALI JINNAH IS PROVING TO BE RIGHT COMPARED TO THAT OF GANDHI AND NEHRU. WILL INDIA BE ABLE TO SURVIVE AS ONE NATION? IS THIS INDIA OR END-IA?  THIS URGENT QUESTION WILL BE REVIEWED.

'PEOPLE DYING': MALAYSIA's MAHATHIR SLAMS INDIA's CITIZENSHIP LAW 
Amid protests in India, Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad questions 'necessity' of new citizenship law seen as anti-Muslim.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/12/d...25226.html


Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has criticised India's new citizenship law, which is seen as discriminatory against Muslims and has sparked deadly protests across the South Asian country. Speaking on the sidelines of the Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019 on Friday, Mahathir questioned the "necessity" of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), when Indians have "lived together for 70 years".

"People are dying because of this law. Why is there a necessity to do this when all the while, for 70 years, they have lived together as citizens without any problem?" he asked.


"I am sorry to see that India, which claims to be a secular state now is taking action to deprive some Muslims of their citizenship," said the 94-year-old leader.  "If we do that here, I do not know what will happen. There will be chaos and instability, and everybody will suffer."

Mahathir's comments came amid deadly protests in India over the CAA, in which at least nine people have been killed so far. On Friday, tensions prevailed throughout the country, including in capital New Delhi where several metro stations were closed and internet suspended in some areas to prevent demonstrations. Thousands of people in a Muslim-dominated district of the capital marched after the Friday prayers, some carrying a huge Indian flag, raising slogans against the Modi government. Protests continue to be organised in various Indian cities as authorities impose a ban on public gatherings and arrest hundreds of people. The United Nations has called the CAA "fundamentally discriminatory" while the United States's State Department has urged India to "protect the rights of its religious minorities".





INDIAN POLITICIAN TEARS UP CONTROVERSIAL CITIZENSHIP  BILL IN PARLIAMENT




INDIAN MUSLIMS ARE READY TO FACE NARENDER MODI AND AMIT SHAH 





LOK SABHA PASSES CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT BILL


Indian parliamentarian Asaduddin Owaisi tore up a copy of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill intended to grant citizenship to religious minorities from neighbouring countries, except Muslims.



EXPERTS DECODE THE RAGING PROTEST AGAINST CITIZENSHIP LAW ACROSS INDIA 
India Today Exclusive



PROTESTS PARALYZE INDIA AFTER RACIST ANTI-MUSLIM LAW PASSED 
December 18, 2019
https://therealnews.com/stories/protests...law-passed

Modi's government using brutal violence against students and workers to stop demonstrations. Professor Sumit Ganguly examines the legal, moral and political significance anti-Muslim laws and the growing movement to oppose Hindu nationalism.




CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT BILL AGAINST INDIAN MUSLIMS  


Zamana Gawah Hai Ep #188







INDIA HEADING TOWARDS RACIAL SUPREMACIST IDEOLOGY
https://tribune.com.pk/story/2121000/1-i...rs-article


Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a tweet on Thursday, shared an article of prominent Indian author and journalist Khushwant Singh, who foresaw where India was headed with its racial supremacist ideology. The premier termed Singh’s words as prophetic who “foresaw where India was headed with its racial supremacist ideology.”   In the article, Singh said every fascist regime needs communities and groups it can demonise to thrive. 

“It starts one group or two but it never ends there. He said a movement built on hate can only sustain itself by continually creating fear and strife,” added the Indian author.  Singh categorically said, “Those of us [Indians] today who feel secure because we are not Muslims or Christians are living in a fool’s paradise.”  The premier had time and again condemned his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and the country’s Bharatiya Janata Party-led government over their illegal and unconstitutional moves aimed at minorities particularly Muslims.

He had termed the Indian government “fascist” and “supremacist” when it removed the special status of Indian-occupied Kashmir (IOK), making it a part of India forcibly.  Amid protests in India against a controversial new citizen bill, Prime Minister Imran said on December 11 that millions of Muslims could flee India due to the curfew in the disputed territory of Kashmir and India’s new citizenship law, creating “a refugee crisis that would dwarf other crises”.




PAKISTAN RUBBISHES INDIA’s FUDGED NUMBERS ON SHRINKING MINORITIES
https://tribune.com.pk/story/2117873/1-p...minorities

Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal has rejected fudged numbers churned out by leaders of India’s ruling BJP on Pakistan’s “dwindling minority population”.

During the parliamentary debate on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led party repeatedly claimed that population of religious minorities in Pakistan had declined from 23 per cent in 1947 to 3.7 per cent in 2011. The Indian government has introduced a controversial bill offering citizenship to illegal immigrants from three neighbouring countries if they belong to non-Muslim minority groups. Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who have entered India illegally can apply for citizenship if they can prove they originate from Muslim-majority Pakistan, Bangladesh or Afghanistan.

The BJP government claims that minorities in these countries are dwindling, and that they face persecution due to their faith.  Dr Faisal, while speaking to [i]The Express Tribune[/i] on Saturday, said the claim is contrary to historical facts and census results. He said the number of non-Muslim population drastically dropped due to creation of Bangladesh. “Therefore, blaming Pakistan for persecution against the non-Muslim population is unfounded and a lie,” he added. “The white part of Pakistan’s flag is equally sacred to us as its green,” he said. The white colour in Pakistan’s national flag reflects non-Muslim population of the country.

During the debate on the controversial bill in the Indian parliament, Home Minister Amit Shah alleged that Pakistan’s non-Muslim population had shrunk from 23% in 1947 to 3.7% due to persecution. However, Shah, in his animosity against Pakistan, quoted the combined data for both East and West Pakistan (now Bangladesh).

There is no official data available for the country’s population based on people’s religious beliefs at the time of partition in 1947. However according to 1951 census, the country’s non-Muslim population was 14.20 per cent (both for East and West Pakistan). It may be noted that Pakistan’s non-Muslim population was not evenly distributed according to 1951’s census. In West Pakistan, the non-Muslim population was just 3.44 per cent, while in East Pakistan (today’s Bangladesh) it was 23.20 per cent of the total population.

The data on religious background for the recently-held census in 2017 is yet to be released by the government. However, according to the previous census carried out in 1998, Pakistan’s non-Muslim population stood at 3.7 per cent of the total population, signalling that the share of non-Muslims has remained at or around 3.5 per cent from the time of first census in 1951.


TUMULT IN INDIA  
https://www.dawn.com/news/1523502/tumult-in-india

OVER the past week, Hindutva backed by the brute force of the state has bared its fangs in India. Hundreds have taken to the streets to protest the BJP-led government’s ill-planned moves of passing the Citizenship Amendment Act — which allows only non-Muslim refugees from some of India’s neighbouring states to apply for citizenship — and the introduction of the National Register of Citizens, widely seen as a fig leaf for stripping Indian Muslims of citizenship.

Clearly, there is an Islamophobic agenda behind these diabolical moves by the Modi clique, which is why India’s Muslims as well as conscientious citizens from other communities are protesting. Violence continued on Friday; at least 13 people have been killed in various cities so far, while hundreds have been temporarily detained as the state tries to put a lid on the protests. Curfew has also been enforced in certain areas, while the internet has been shut down in many cities.

While the Sangh Parivar was largely shunned in the post-independence era, because M.K. Gandhi’s assassin was an ideological child of the RSS, in today’s India, the storm troopers of Hindutva control the levers of state. It is no surprise then that ever since coming to power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought to remake India in the image of the Sangh — a Hindu rashtra to be built on the model of a fabled Vedic golden age. In this programme, there is no place for minorities, specifically India’s Muslims, hence the legal efforts to disenfranchise the community. However, though the Sangh ideologues are trying their best to label Indian Muslims as ‘outsiders’, history points to another reality. Islam has existed in the subcontinent for over a millennium, while Muslims have been living in what is now India for centuries. That should remove any lingering doubts about the right of India’s Muslims to citizenship of that country. No bigoted law can be allowed to deprive them of their identity and dispossess them from the land of their ancestors.

As India drops the facade of a secular democracy and champions the politics of hyper-nationalism, the international community needs to speak up. Under the Modi regime, Muslims have been lynched by vigilante mobs on suspicions of consuming or transporting beef and the world has kept silent. Under the BJP dispensation, India-held Kashmir has been under lockdown for months and its people held prisoner, but the world has looked away.

Now, as New Delhi lights the fires of communalism by disenfranchising millions of Muslim citizens, will the international community still keep silent?  Moreover, questions of identity and citizenship are best left to academics to discuss.  If zealots — guided by imagined histories — are put in charge of such sensitive matters, and worse, given the legal powers to decide who is and who is not a citizen, disaster is sure to ensue.



ITS NOW OR NEVER: WHY YOUNG, URBAN INDIAN MUSLIMS PLUNGED INTO THE ANTI-CITIZENSHIP ACT PROTESTS
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‘It’s now or never’: Why young, urban Indian Muslims plunged into the anti-Citizenship Act protests


Some drew strength from the broad-based student protests, others decided it was time to speak up against injustice. Rehan Sheikh had been disturbed by the prospect of a nationwide National Register for Citizens since April when he first heard Indian Home Minister Amit Shah announce plans to bring in the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Addressing a public meeting then, Shah said the legislation would grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and then flush out “infiltrators” through the NRC.


In the following months, as the NRC was implemented in Assam and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government became more vocal about a nationwide citizenship register, Sheikh realised how closely it was linked to the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Yet, when the Bill was passed by Parliament and became an official Act on December 12, Sheikh was taken by surprise. “It happened so suddenly,” said Sheikh, a 30-year-old investment advisor working with a bank in Mumbai. “I always knew this was going to be a dangerous law, but I did not expect to be passed so quickly after they tabled it in Parliament.”

Since then, like almost every other Muslim he knows, Sheikh has been brimming with feelings of anger, indignation, dread and a sense of urgency. These feelings have intensified after December 15, when the Delhi police unleashed an unprovoked assault on students of Jamia Milia Islamia University in Delhi, and students around the country began to protest in response.
For young, urban, middle-class Muslims like Sheikh, who had been more invested in their community’s educational and economic development than politics, the Citizenship Amendment Act and the police crackdown on protests have been an eye-opening jolt.

“We have been silent about a lot of things for the sake of peace, including the Supreme Court verdict about the Babri Masjid,” said Sheikh, referring to the court’s decision on November 9 to hand over the disputed land in Ayodhya to the Hindu side. “But now it is a question of our very existence in this country. We have to speak out now.”

'The community that was silent over the Babri Masjid being snatched has come out over the Constitution being taken away. What can be a greater sign of patriotism?,' the poster says. — 

‘I cannot believe this is happening’   

This “now or never” sentiment was palpable at Mumbai’s August Kranti Maidan on Thursday, when thousands of people across communities turned up to protest the Citizenship Amendment Act. Several protesters had never considered stepping out on the streets to raise slogans before, but now, for the first time, they felt compelled to raise their voices.  “My family has never been interested in politics before,” said Alam Khan, a travel agent in his 30s. “My wife did not watch the news even when the Ayodhya verdict came out or when Article 370 was removed [in Jammu and Kashmir].”  “But this time our community is directly being targeted, so many of my family members wanted to protest,” he said.

Protesters at Mumbai's August Kranti Maidan on Thursday. — Photo by writer

Khan’s personal desire to be vocal is rooted in both fear for his community and a rising sense of patriotism. “Muslims from my grandparents’ generation were not literate enough to preserve documents. How will people like us show proof of residence in India from the 1950s and 70s?” he said. “I cannot believe this is happening in my country – we cannot let it happen.”

Firdos Farooqui, a medical doctor from South Mumbai, said that the protest at August Kranti Maidan was only the second time she ever felt the need to participate in a public agitation. “I had protested triple talaq last year because it is an un-Islamic practice, and now I am protesting CAA and NRC because they are against India,” she said. “I did not expect that the law would be passed so easily, without much opposition in the Parliament.”

Like Farooqui, Farzana Khan, who had travelled for the protest all the way from the northern suburb of Mira Road, was also rattled by the idea of Indian Muslims being asked to prove their citizenship. “My father was a freedom fighter who won medals for this country,” she said. “What more do I need to prove?”

Firdos Farooqui and Farzana Khan at the protest against the Citizenship Act in Mumbai on December 19. — Photo by writer

Wearing religion on one’s sleeve

According to 39-year-old Javed Sayed, it is the support of non-Muslim Indians that helped Muslims across the country to step out in large numbers and protest visibly in public.

“I think Muslims had resigned themselves to a lot of injustice towards the community, so there were hardly any protests against NRC in these last few months,” said Sayed, a graphic designer from Mumbai. “But after CAA [Citizenship Amendment Act] was passed, when so many non-Muslims came out to speak for us and to support the students of Jamia, we found it easier to protest.”

A banner at the protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Mumbai on Thursday. — Photo by writer

Indian Muslims’ discomfort with public dissent is rooted in a history of bitter experiences with street protests, particularly since the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992. But some Muslims are now ready to discard the past and take control of their narratives. Journalist Humaira Ansari, for instance, said that after the Citizenship Amendment Act was passed, she decided to “stop giving a damn” about how other people perceive her political stances. “Earlier, whenever there were terror attacks and Muslim groups went out of their way to condemn the violence, I always felt uncomfortable about it,” she said. “I always questioned, why should we have to do it? Why should I have to wear my religion on my sleeve?”  Ansari, 33, has had sleepless nights since the Act was passed. “Now I feel it is time for us to embrace our religion, to step out and say yes, I am a Muslim and I have a problem with the way Muslims are mistreated and targeted in this country.”[/font][/size][/color]
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