Intro: India’s “secular brigade” should try to restore peace among Moslems in Moslem countries, before they debate Israel’s self-defensive actions in Gaza.
Lok Sabha members from various parties sitting in the opposition have never pressed this earnestly for socialism or for “eradication” of casteism in India, as they have for the need to denounce Israel’s war on Hamas (Islamists terror outfit) in Gaza-a part of Palestine, which Hamas severed from the Palestinian Authority (PA), upon the Indian Government. Their demand reflects either they are ignorant or they’re willfully suppressing the fact that Hamas is a non-state actor, a terrorist organisation which is running a parallel government in defiance of the central P.A, much like the People’s War Group (PWG) Army of Maoists in parts of Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and South-east Maharashtra.
What these “secular” parties MP and “secular” columnist (eg. Rasheeda Bhagar in Hindu), and “human rights” warriors and some Muslim organisations make out is that Israel is killing non-combatant, peaceful civilians – women, children old and young defenceless Gazans in their homes, at schools, hospitals and markets. But it ignores Hamas’ usage of civilians as human shields, and their utilising homes and hospitals as armouries and missile launching sites.
Israel has repeatedly warned the civilians in Gaza to evacuate the targeted sites; but Hamas heeds not, for it apparently plans to use the civilian death toll to elicit sympathy and condemnatory action from the Umma (the global community of Moslems) and others. It is this inhumanity of Hamas that is being ignored by the ‘secularists’, who have demanded the Indian government to condemn Israel!
Muslims are slaughtering one another all over the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan. In Pakistan, Taliban Sunnis are blowing Shias and Ahmadiyyas’ [Mirza Ghulam Ahmad founded the movement on 23 March 1889 and termed it the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at (community)] to pieces in dozens every day. In Afghanistan, in the first six months of this year 5000 Muslims were killed, and more than 25 percent were killed in the corresponding period in 2013. In Libya several armed Moslems are killing hundreds of their own co-religionists; in Nigeria Moslem gangs are killing thousands of Christians; in Iraq and Syria one group of Moslems liberated some territory, proclaimed the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to set up a Caliphate, and are now slaughtering Shias and have ordered Christians to evacuate their ancestral towns and villages; to convert to Islam or die.
Still more alarming is that tens of thousands of India’s Moslems are volunteering to join the caliph’s jihad army: the Chief of Lucknow’s Nadwatul-ul-ulema was reported to have sent the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL’s) Caliph Greetings.
The “ secular” MPs- the English speaking, liberal intellectuals, human rights activists- have never demanded that India’s parliament must pass a resolution to call upon the Islamists, jihadists to stop ethnic cleansing of Christians and Yazidis in Iraq; Hindus and Sikhs in Afghanistan; persecution of Christians,Hindus, and Ahmediayas in Pakistan and so on. Indeed, the outstanding characteristic of India’s ‘secularists” has been to support Muslims in their aggression on non-Muslims everywhere in the world; ignore sectarian slaughter and persecution among Moslems themselves; and condemn Israel and Hindus in their efforts to preserve themselves from the onslaught against them by minorities.
The following words of Maulana Abul Hassan Ali Nadvi ( known as Ali Mian) of Darul-ul-uloom, Lucknow, reflects where the heart of Muslim leadership in India is:
Muslims all over the world including those of India were hopefully looking up to Pakistan for help and guidance as whatever happens in Pakistan or any other Muslim country casts its shadow on the Indian Muslims also. The Pakistan’s debacle of 1971 had caused immense grieve to Indian Muslims…” (From the speech at the reception given by the Secretary General of the Pakistan National Alliance to delegates of the first Asian Islamic conference at Karachi in July 1978. (Source: The Observer, Dec 16, 1994)
“Secularists” in India pathologically and vociferously react on behalf of Islamists everywhere in the world in their undying wish and hope to get the “minority” vote bank to patronise them. The number of Gaza’s Muslims under the tyrannical rule of Hamas, the non-state, renegade faction of the Al Fatah which rules as the Palestinian Authority (which has some peace agreement with Israel), dying and dead is just a minute fraction of the Moslems slaughtered by Moslems.
-Dr TH Chowdary (The writer is a senior columnist and Chairman —Pragna Bharati, Andhra Pradesh)