Hindu Revolutionn in Jammu and Kashmir: Jammu Photo essays
Kashmir on the Boil
by Col. (Ret'd) T.K. Tikoo on 07-01-2008
IAKF foreign correspondent and Retired Indian Army Colonel, T.K. Tikoo, responds in detail to the outrageous claims of the separatist Kashmiri elements regarding the recent proposed land allotment for Amarnath pilgrims.
The political situation in Kashmir valley is reminiscent of the events of 1990, when lakhs of Kashmiri Muslims came out on the streets shouting themselves hoarse with “Hum kya chahte Aazadi” (we want independence). Ostensibly, these protests are against Indian “moves” to change the demography of Kashmir and a mass movement to preserve its ecology, as Mufti Mohammed Sayed and his Hurriyat masters would have the gullible press and ill informed Indian leadership to believe. None of these causes will stand close scrutiny. The protests are well orchestrated and thoughtfully timed to serve a purely political purpose. That Mufti is merely his master’s (Hurriyat) voice is, by now, well known and widely documented. Remember the last Assembly elections? It was an open secret that PDP was supported by the militants. Sometimes their support was so brazen that opposing candidate’s movement and campaigning in a given area would be seriously threatened by jihadis, whereas Mehbooba and her candidates would not only be provided security by them, but even the crowds would be brought to her public meetings, by employing coercive methods to frighten the common people in favor of PDP.
Mufti feels that having Hurriyat and their assorted militant outfits behind him will ensure his victory over National Conference, which is bound to pose a huge challenge to his PDP in the ensuing elections to the State Assembly. With hardly any presence outside the Valley, winning enough seats in the Valley is the only way he can retain his political relevance in the State politics. This he could do by raising an emotive issue that would fire up the jihadis, who have, over a period of time, been losing relevance as peace and normalcy are increasingly being embraced by the people at large, the anti-Indian Hurriyat, the Islamists who would not want the kafirs to desecrate the “Islamic” soil of Kashmir, and the “Azadi” seekers for whom presence of Hindus from outside, even though for only a short pilgrimage, is an existential threat. That such a course of action would create a serious communal tension in the state and outside does not matter to Mufti, who at one time was India’s Home Minister. Allocation of 40 hectares of forest land at Baltal to SASB (Shri Amarnath Shrine Board) had all the ingredients required to rouse passions. The issue, therefore, came handy to the scheming rabble rouser. Let us examine the issue on its merits.
These 40 hectares of land in Baltal area are required to erect prefabricated shelters to house the pilgrims (yatris) during the two months of the pilgrimage (yatra) period. These are not steel and concrete shelters that have the potential to disturb the ecology of the area. In any case, this area remains under a thick blanket of snow for 8 months in a year. For the bulk of the year the weather remains harsh and the terrain is no less treacherous. Living there on a permanent basis is unimaginable. Even the hardy bakarwals (shepherds) who are used to living in such difficult conditions vacate this area in winter. Therefore, in no way can Hindus be settled there on a permanent basis with a long-term aim of changing the demography of Kashmir. Anyone who knows even a little of Indian/Kashmiri politics and the Valley’s ecology will find both arguments for Kashmiri agitation (changing demography and ruining Kashmir’s ecology) laughable. But what certainly is not laughable is the fact that the Kashmiri genius for manipulating media and public opinion through sustained a disinformation campaign is once again proving as effective as ever.
Kashmiri’s sudden love for preserving Kashmir’s ecology is rather intriguing. For God sake, please ask them what did they do with Anchar lake, Manasbal lake, Dal lake, Nagin lake, the great Wullar lake and thousands of water bodies (locally called “mars”). As far as Anchar lake is concerned, it does not even exist now. Nagin, Manasbal, Dal and Wullar lakes have shrunk drastically. This happened only because of a lack of Kashmiri’s concern for preserving these magnificent jewels that once had given Kashmir its distinct identity as paradise on earth and the Switzerland of the East.
Coupled with this lack of concern has been their greed. For years the local vegetable vendors and boatmen living on the edges of these lakes would deliberately dump all the dirt and junk into these lakes. Over a period of time, small floating islands would form. These would be exploited for growing vegetables and flowers for commercial purpose. A few more years of farming would firm these up as proper islands, ready to be gobbled up as prime property. As the ever increasing pressure of population on land multiplied, these islands became prime pieces of real estate for constructing houses. This is how Dal Lake has shrunk to a third of its size now. The same is true of other lakes as well. Such is the concern of locals towards its ecology that a couple of years back a German tourist was so moved by the plight of the Dal lake that he spent his own money, time and effort to clean up the Dal! This event was covered by both local and national media.
Similar has been the fate of the Boulevard that skirts the Dal lake. It has lost its pristine beauty as one of the most magnificent stretches of walkways anywhere in the world. This beautiful road that circumvents the Dal lake is now dotted with residential houses, hotels, restaurants, shops, kiosks, etc. thus ruining the whole picturesque stretch between the Zaffarwan mountains and the Dal lake. The readers might recall that many years ago, Shri Jagmohan, the ex-governor of the State, had made a city forest on the northeast side of the famous Shankaracharya hill to enable the forest to serve as the “lungs of the city”. And what fate did it meet? Farooq Abdullah, who followed him as the State’s Chief Minister, turned it into a golf course, in the process cutting lakhs of trees and saplings that had been planted there for creating this city forest. Similarly, there was no hue and cry when many years ago a road was constructed from the base to the top of Shankaracharya hill and a huge monstrous communication tower was erected there to permanently scar Srinagar city’s precious landmark. And what has happened to Devi Angan (Godess’s lawn) surrounding the revered Hari Parbat? The lush green stretch has been so wantonly encroached upon that nothing much is left of it.
Even lately, huge chunks of forest land were given to Indian Railways to lay the track. Forest land was also given to various telecom companies to erect towers. A similar gesture was shown towards Jammu and Kashmir and Power Corporation. But there were no protests. Why? Because the local Muslims stood to gain from these projects. The prefabricated shelters at Domail will be only used by Hindus—hence, this hue and cry.
Numerous other examples can be quoted to refute the “ecological degradation” arguments. Significant ecological damage occurred when huge areas of forest land were sacrificed to construct the medieval Mughal road connecting the Muslim majority districts of Poonch and Rajouri with Kashmir valley via Lohran Mandi, across Pir Panjal to Suphiyan in the Valley. I myself have witnessed the ecological disaster that the construction of this road has entailed, wherein 10,000 trees till date have been cut, wildlife sanctuaries disturbed, and the fragile ecosystem damaged by blasting and blacktopping the newly laid road. Unlike installation of pre-fabricated shelters at Baltal for temporary occupation during two months in a year, which causes no ecological damage, blacktopped roads and constant vehicular movements on these roads passing through a fragile ecosystem is causing permanent ecological degradation.
Many years ago Kashmir’s wonderful waterway known as the Nallai Mar, a la Athens’ inland waterway system, was filled up to create a monstrous road to please anti-national elements living in what is traditionally regarded as the hub of pro-Pakistani activity. During the past two decades of militancy in the Valley, hundreds of thousands of centuries-old deodar and other rare trees were cut. From these, millions of cubic feet of wood were smuggled out and sold to finance the militancy as well as fill up the coffers of unscrupulous elements. But there were no protests, no hartal, no withdrawal of support from the Government. So much for the Kashmiri concern for the Valley’s ecology! Everyone worked in tandem to make a fast buck—Kashmir’s ecology be damned.
Let us now examine the truth regarding the sinister propaganda by the PDP/Hurriyat nexus about the supposed ulterior motive of the Central government to change the demography of the Kashmir Valley by settling down Hindus from elsewhere in India. Take the case of Kashmir’s own history. It changed from a 100% Hindu dominated place till as late as the 14th century to what is today a 100% Muslim dominated area. Even after the British handed over power to so-called Hindus (Dogras), the latter could not ensure the safety and security of a few lakh Hindus who lived in Kashmir at the time of Independence. These few lakh Hindus were an eyesore to the Muslims. They were mercilessly cleansed from the Valley in 1990 to ensure that the Valley belonged to Allah and his believers. This is the reality of Muslim states all over the world. In 1947, a large number of Hindus, who were uprooted from Sialkot and nearby areas, sought refuge in Jammu. Till date these people are treated as refugees. In the 1971 war, Pakistan captured some areas of Chhamb sector of the State. Refugees poured into Jammu. Till today they have not been rehabilitated. They continue to live as refugees without any rights whatsoever. In contrast, India did not change the demography of the Valley even when Pakistan lay prostrate after its comprehensive defeat in 1971 war. That says much for its intentions.
Let us now turn to India at large. Rather than changing the demography of the Muslim inhabited districts in various parts of the country into completely Hindu dominated districts, it is the opposite that has happened. As per the census report of 1991-2000, the Muslim population has increased by approximately 33%, compared to the Hindu population increase of only 22%. During the same period, the Hindu population has decreased from 85% of the overall population to 80%. On the other hand, the Muslim population has increased from 11% to over 13% of the overall population. Please note that this does not include the states of Assam and J&K, where no census could be held. If this was done, the percentage growth would show an even higher increase. Rather than changing the demography of India in favor of Hindus, our ‘secular governments’ have over the decades welcomed millions of Bangladeshi Muslims to settle in India, in order to create secure and captive vote banks. In 2001, Shri Inderjit Gupta, India’s Home Minister at that time (a member of Communist Party of India and therefore a supporter of illegal Bangladeshi influx into India), informed the Lok Sabha that 10 million Bangladeshis had settled in India. He was obviously trying to underplay the seriousness of the situation. The fact is that over 20 million Bangladeshis are illegally living in India, in the process turning hundreds of Assembly seats in Assam, West Bengal, Tripura and Bihar into Muslim majority constituencies. Latest press reports state that such a situation will replicate itself in UP, Delhi and Mumbai. That is what Hindu-majority India does—change the demography in favor of Muslims and not in the favor of Hindus. Muslims in Kashmir know it well, but they are pretty much sure that the spineless Indian politicians and gullible media will buy their arguments lock, stock and barrel.
Muslim politicians from the Valley, when in government, have never felt shy of playing communal politics, as long as it has helped the Ummah. On the other hand, Hindu politicians dare not use the government machinery to help Hindu interests, even if for completely legitimate purposes. Take the case of Mata Vaishno Devi University in Jammu—the university was set up by the Vaishno Devi Trust using funds collected from pilgrims. The Trust had to shell out Rs 13 crores to buy land at commercial rates. On the other hand, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, set up as a countermove in Rajouri, was funded by the State Wakf Council headed by Mufti Mohammad Sayyed, who also gave it a huge chunk of forest land, free of cost.
One does not have to be a genius to forecast the result of the ongoing unrest. You guessed right—India has lived up to its reputation of “preferring to crawl when it was merely asked to bend.” The newly appointed Governor has practically dissolved the SASB, returned the land and handed over the yatra back to the state government.
Mera Bharat Mahan!
Listen to protesters
The Pioneer Edit Desk
Centre must keep an open mind
The Sri Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti, which is spearheading the ongoing protest in Jammu, cannot be faulted for dismissing Wednesday's all-party meeting as "meaningless". In retrospect, it would appear that the meeting, called by the Prime Minister, was meant to provide a platform to Muslim leaders of Kashmir Valley to criticise the protesters and reiterate their communal views under the garb of 'secular' concern. Hence, National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah was heard wondering whether his family had done the right thing by deciding to stay back in India after partition while PDP chairperson Mehbooba Mufti was at her shrieking best, hurling invectives at Jammu's Hindu protesters and shedding ersatz tears over the 'plight' of Kashmir's Muslims. Others, not to be outdone by either Mr Farooq Abdullah or Ms Mehbooba Mufti, waxed eloquent on how the protest has turned 'communal' in 'secular' Jammu & Kashmir and similar gobbledygook. Had it not been for the interventions by BJP president Rajnath Singh and his colleague Arun Jaitley, the all-party meeting would have become a conclave for unrestrained Hindu-bashing; since the Prime Minister chose not to set the record straight, we can only assume that this is what he and the Congress had hoped for. Indeed, Mr Jaitley has pithily summed up the crisis that continues to snowball with each passing day: If Muslim-majority Kashmir has a 'psyche' of which we should be mindful, so does Hindu-majority Jammu have a 'psyche', which has been trampled upon in the most grotesque manner by those who insist Jammu & Kashmir is only about pandering to the Valley's Muslims. Governor NN Vohra's astonishing decision to snub Hindu aspirations and ignore Hindu sensitivities, obviously to either please his patrons in Delhi or carry out their instruction, by asking the State Government to cancel the order allotting 97 acres of land to the Sri Amarnath Shrine Board, as well as divesting the board of its responsibilities, is only the latest instance of Jammu's Hindus being given the short shrift in order to appease Kashmir's Muslims. In a sense, the Amarnath shrine land dispute has proved to be the tipping point. Jammu's Hindus, smarting under Srinagar's high-handedness for decades and tired of brazenly biased Governors deaf to their appeals for justice, have decided that enough is enough: Latent, simmering anger has boiled over into uncontrollable rage.
However, it is instructive to note that the protest in Jammu remains anchored in nationalism; this is in sharp contrast to violence in Kashmir which is firmly rooted in separatism. Faced with an economic blockade, whose merits are no doubt debatable, the Valley's Muslims are looking towards Muzaffarabad and not New Delhi for succour, and threatening to use the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway to transport their orchard produce -- this is sheer blackmail and must be met without any leniency being shown to them. Seen against this backdrop and in the context of the Congress's partisan politics, it is doubtful whether the proposed all-party delegation, led by Minister for External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee, will be able to break the deadlock that prevails in Jammu. The protesters have made it abundantly clear that they will settle for nothing less than the land being restored to the Sri Amarnath Shrine Board and Mr Vohra being recalled. This is not a maximalist position. If the Government is genuinely interested in an honourable and fair settlement, it should be willing to consider these demands with an open mind.
August 5, 2008
Gujarat riots and the history of incessant Muslim Violence against Hindus
Amarnath Imbroglio Will Bury Islamist Tyranny In Kashmir
Can we allow descendants of Ghauri and Ghazni and followers of Genghis Khan and Osama Bin Laden pollute our environment and subvert our democratic way of life?
A US based Islamist wearing an academic cover has made a vicious attempt to mislead the American lawmakers so as to make a case to deny the travel documents to India �s most popular state Chief Minister namely Mr. Narendra Modi of Gujarat for visiting the US . This is despite the fact that Mr. Modi has categorically denied having made any attempts for seeking a Visa to undertake a US visit.
To further spread his venom against India �s national leaders he has called Mr. Modi an �Avtar of Hitler.� The author of this cheap and untrue Islamic propaganda is Mr. Muqtedar Khan, Director � Islamic Studies, University of Delaware . In this enlightened age a member of this predatory religion can not be allowed to get away with such slander and diatribe. (Attachment A)
As an honest person Mr. M. Khan should have told the people of this great democracy the truth about the fundamentals of Islam as propounded in the Sira and Hadith which stand for Darul Islam, Darul Ahad & Darul Harab given the numbers of Muslim population in different states. If Muslims are an absolute majority they are required to enforce Darul Islam where non-Muslims are kafirs, therefore, without equal rights. The so-called kafirs cannot practice their religions, pray, preach or display their gods as in Saudi Arabia . Where Muslims are in a hopeless minority they must live in Darul Ahad and must make a deal with the majority and make no demands; and finally when the Muslims are not in a hopeless minority they must conduct subversions and act against all human values to leverage their position in the polity and ultimately rulers and that is called Darul Harab.
1) Political Islam as practiced by almost all of the Muslim countries believes in jihad building and not in nation building. The mobilization of Muslims for a civilizational war and jihad will be relatively easy in Darul Islam. Mr. Khan has attempted to use his arsenal not only to achieve the goal of denying Mr. Modi the opportunity of visiting the US and educating the people about the Islamist conspiracy against Hindus but also to appease the titans of the UPA Govt. whose political energy is utilized in scheming to destabilize the popular and very stable Modi regime in Gujarat. But that�s not all - in his capacity as a member of the Islamic intellectual elite and a network Mr. Khan in his own devious and sinistrous way has in fact initiated a renewed civilizational war against Hindus and their leadership and at the same time delivered a message to the keepers of the sleeping Islamic cells in India to gear up for impending jihadi earthquakes and explosions.
2) As a matter of rule, the Islamist propaganda only highlights the public reaction against the extremist Muslims burning of Hindu pilgrims in a train in Gujarat . However, when the sufferings of Hindus as a result of the atrocities committed by the extremist Muslims in India are reviewed it becomes abundantly clear that these extremist Muslims actually are the cause and the culprits of these inhumanities.
To achieve and expand its goals, the expansionist and predatory Islam is universally known for distorting and misrepresenting the facts. Following this general rule Mr. Khan has groundlessly alleged and implicated Mr. Modi�s political party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in systematic killings of Muslims and burning of their homes and businesses, year after year. He conveniently suppresses the fact that a Muslim mob reportedly attacked and burnt a bogey of a passenger train, in Godhra, Gujarat killing some 60 Hindu men, women and children returning from a pilgrimage. There was a spontaneous public backlash resulting in riots in Gujarat , and in spite of the immediate response by the authorities some Muslims and Hindus died in the rioting. Some died in the police firing which became necessary in order to control the situation. Instead of stating the facts in an unadulterated manner this Islamist has exaggerated the sad development by turning and twisting it with a view to blame the whole incident upon the Hindus.
Going by their incessant propaganda on Babri Masjid demolition and post Godhra riots the Islamists have attempted to paint a picture of injustice against the Muslims in Hindu India. This falsehood has caused multiple, including psychological, damage to Hindus. Truthfully Islamists must be reminded of the Islamic inhumanities, genocide, kidnappings, loots, arsons, rapes and atrocities committed by their sultans during the last thousand years against Hindus. Above all they must be reminded without mincing words that not even in one single Muslim country in the world do Hindus enjoy equal rights as the Muslims do in Hindu India.
3) A Broad summary of instances of atrocities and injustices inflicted upon Hindus by the Muslims:
a) Genocide of some 50- 100 million Hindus by some estimates during 700 years of cruel Islamic tyranny including Hindu Kush - the worst in the history of mankind, and demolition, vandalizing and looting of tens of thousands of temples and conversion to mosques;
b) They massacred some 20,000 people in Calcutta in August 1946 in three days to force Congress to accept partition against Mahatma Gandhi's declaration of "Partition over my dead body";
c) Massacre of millions Hindus and Sikhs during the partition in 1947;
d) Over three million, mostly Hindus were massacred in East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, and the exodus of some 9 million Bangladeshi Hindus to India as refugees in early 1970's, when the Indian army had to intervene to rescue the populace;
e) These self styled Islamist victims have expelled, exterminated and ethnically cleansed the entire Hindu and Sikh populations from Kashmir region since 1989;
f) The recent incessant terrorist Jihadist attacks in various parts of India have cost hundreds of lives.
g) Forcible conversion of millions of Hindus into Islam. In fact 98 % of Muslims in India are a converted lot. A particular note should be taken of the fact that there was not a single Muslim in India prior to 711 AD.
h) Imposition of Jazzia (penalty tax) on Hindus for not becoming Muslims.
i) Thirty million Bangladeshi Muslims have illegally infiltrated in to India thereby stressing India �s economy, civil society and posing a security threat.
j) The ethnic cleansing of Hindus & Sikhs in Pakistan where they are now less than one percent reduced from over 23 percent at the time of partition and in Bangladesh where they are now about 8 percent from over 30 percent at the time of partition in 1947.
4) Relentless Acts of Islamic terrorism:
It may be recalled that after the terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament on December 13, 2002 there was a massive build up of Indian forces on Indo- Pakistan border that sent an unmistakable message to Pakistan and the Jihadists about the possible severe consequences. Unfortunately, under the UPA regime the terrorists have received a boost courtesy of the appeasement policy, religion based reservations and politically motivated Sachar commission�s recommendations. Even after the increased frequency of bombings in India , the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, has refused to activate POTA in the country.
Most recently on July 25-26, 2008 the attacks and bomb blasts in Bangalore and Ahmadabad , another in Jaipur in May 2008 killed hundreds and injured many hundreds of innocent men, women and children. Over the past years, major terrorist strikes have been engineered by Pakistan-backed Islamist groups in Delhi, Bangalore, Ayodhya, Mumbai, Varanasi, Hyderabad, Malegaon, Panipat ('Samjhauta Express'), Ajmer and Ludhiana, with lesser attacks at a number of other locations.
Earlier, the terrorist attacks on CPRF and in UP courts were a part of an ongoing series. India , a soft state, for the Islamic jihadists particularly under the current governance, had a renewed series of terrorist attacks on Friday, November 23, 2007 when bombs carried on bicycles ripped through courts in Lucknow , Faizabad and Varanasi and killed at least 14 people. This should be taken as the latest warning specifically that Bin Laden, Mullah Omar and Musharraf guided Islamic jihad will not let the Indian Govt. or its judiciary to function against the wishes of the fundamentalist crusaders.
Jihadist terrorist attacks on Hindus and their temples continue in the country. The temples such as Raghunath, Akshardham, etc were specially targeted. In fact Varanasi , the most revered holy city of Hindus , bore the brunt of Islamist terrorist attacks twice. On March 7, 2006, at least 21 Hindus were killed and scores injured in bombings at Sankat Mochan temple and the railway station in Varanasi . Before that, terrorists had made an abortive bid to attack the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. In Kashmir alone hundreds of temples were looted, desecrated, burnt, destroyed and some of them turned into mosques. The latest crisis on Amarnath land issue is also the continuation of the same anti-Hindu crusade.
5) In J&K State Hindu Institutions are being destroyed at an unprecedented Scale:
Muslim protests led by the PDP to deny 100 acres of barren land for setting up temporary shelters for Hindu pilgrims transiting to Amarnath shrine during summer months is a recent example of the Taliban like intolerance demonstrated by the Muslim majority Govt. in Kashmir.
The process of desecration, loot, vandalizing and destruction of temples has continued in J&K under the anti-Hindu Islamic rule through generations with intent to wipe out all traces of religious and cultural symbols of Hindus. These targets, besides the temples, included libraries, schools, universities and ashrams. After the country became free and Kashmir acceded to the Union of India in 1947, the destruction and desecration of temples under the new Islamic regimes wearing secular turbans received added impetus and acceleration.
Temple lands, cremation grounds and other such entities belonging to Hindus were usurped and utilized for expansion of the Islamic populace. The famous Bhairavnath temple of Chattabal , Srinagar was locked up by the police. The judicial case pending in court concerning this temple was never allowed to be decided. Precious lands around Hari Parbat hill, Durganag temple of Srinagar and lands at several Hindu places of worship in the Valley were slowly and steadily turned into lands under the occupation of the Muslim trusts (Maqboozai-Ahali- Islam).
6) The law and order situation in Kashmir since 1986 deteriorated progressively and temple desecration became the order of the day.
The Islamic fundamentalist conspiracy against Hindus received unqualified support from the Pan Islamic Movement and from across the border. Here are some of the glaring examples that defy and shred into a million pieces the tall claims made by the Muslim leaders of Kashmir about their dedication and adherence to nationalism, multiculturalism, secularism, Kashmiriyat and religious freedom.
In 1967, Shivala temple, Chotta Nazar, Srinagar was desecrated. Again in 1984 Shri Hanuman temple at Hari Singh High Street was damaged and in the same year Arya Samaj temple of Wazir Bagh , Srinagar was burnt down.
7) Temples desecrated, damaged and/or shut down in Kashmir from 1990 to December 1992
1. DASHNAMI AKHARA, SRINAGAR
2. GANPATYAR TEMPLE
3. RAGHUNATH MANDIR, SRINAGAR
4. SHIVA TEMPLE , JAWAHAR NAGAR, SRINAGAR
5. HANUMAN MANDIR, SRINAGAR
6. SHIVA TEMPLE , BARBAR SHAH, SRINAGAR
7. JAI DEVI TEMPLE , BIJBEHARA
8. VIJESHWAR TEMPLE , BIJBEHARA
9. SHIVA MANDIR, BIJBEHARA
10. RAGHUNATH TEMPLE , ANANTNAG
11. GAUTAM NAG TEMPLE , ANANTNAG
12. THREE TEMPLES OF LUKHBHAVAN, LARKIPURA, ANANTNAG
13. WANPOH MANDIR, ANANTNAG
14. SHAILPUTRI TEMPLE , BARAMULLA
15. DAYALGAM MANDIR, ANANTNAG
16. BHAIRAVANATH MANDIR, BARAMULLA
17. BHAIRAVANATH MANDIR, SOPORE
18. RUPABHAVANI MANDIR, VASAKURA
19. KHIRBHAVANI MANDIR, GANDERBAL
20. SHIVA TEMPLE , GANDERBAL
21. MATTAN TEMPLE , ANANTNAG
There have been reports of further destruction of some 39 temples in Kashmir after December 6, 1992 for which FIR were filed. Please note that FIRs on all destruction cases were not filed with the authorities in view of the complicity of the administration and warnings of retaliation against the complainants by the Islamic terrorists.
These examples represent only a fraction of the systematic mass destruction of thousands of temples in J&K after independence of India when the Islamists assumed the total and unfettered control of the state. But now the Amarnath imbroglio is bound to bury the Govt. promoted Islamist tyranny in Kashmir .
8) The facilities for Haj pilgrimage by Hindu India are unmatched - not even the Islamic countries provide such patronage:
India provides an airfare subsidy to more than 100,000 pilgrims selected by the Haj Committee of India who go for Haj annually. According to official figures, this subsidy was Rs 280 crores in 2006 or about Rs 28,000 per pilgrim. Today, with rising fuel prices, this figure would have gone up to Rs 350-400 crores.
For the convenience of pilgrims, charter flights are operated directly from 16 airports in India to Saudi Arabia . Returning pilgrims can transport 10 liters of holy Zam Zam water with them free of cost. At Delhi airport there is a separate Haj terminal. To improve the comfort of pilgrims, Air India has been advised to use wide-body jets in future for their Haj flights.
There is a separate Haj cell in the ministry of external affairs. The Haj Committee of India has its own premises in Mumbai. Similarly the State Haj Committees have their own premises in various other Indian cities. These facilities have been built on land provided by the state governments. Yet the Muslims and their Kashmir government denied a mere 100 acres of forest land for building temporary shelter for Amarnath bound Pilgrims!
For the Muslims however, the Govt. provided accommodation in Mecca and Medina is decided keeping in mind the need to provide maximum convenience and comfort to the pilgrims. Typically, all accommodation has lifts, telephones, running water, electricity and telephone at the minimum. There is total computerization of pilgrim location and movement. During Haj, a large contingent of seasonal local staff, supervisors, data entry operators, as well as drivers and messengers (whose job is to round up and bring home safely elderly pilgrims who may have got lost) is appointed by the consulate general of India , Jeddah, during the Haj period.
For Haj 2007, a contingent of 115 doctors (including 63 specialists with post-graduate degrees) and 141 nurses and other para-medical staff, 3 coordinators, 46 assistant Haj officers, 165 Haj assistants and 186 Khadimul Hujjaj were sent from India on short-term deputation to Saudi Arabia. Special attention is given to medical facilities for the pilgrims.
It is not the Central Govt. alone that has been lavishly spending Hindu taxpayer�s money on Haj subsidy -- almost all State Governments have set up Haj houses. In fact, the State Governments across the country spend roughly about Rs 1,000 crore annually for the Haj pilgrims. The government in Delhi is constructing a six storey Haj house at a cost of Rs. 30 crores.
9) Preferential treatment of Muslims by Govt. is unconstitutional:
The official commitment for Aurangzebish, unconstitutional and privileged treatment to the Muslims by Govt. in enforcing the politically motivated Sachar Report, Prime Minister's commitment for first preference to Muslims, his 15 point plan for the Muslims; and enforcing a communal quota system in employment and even at the topmost technical and management institutions - not practiced by any other country is absolutely baffling. Such naked discriminatory policies have the potential of leading the country towards a new dismemberment. The uncalled for and unconstitutional largesse amounts to open bribery and class war, initiated by Congress, for clinging to power.
10) Exaggerated and false Islamic propaganda on Gujarat riots must be exposed:
As stated earlier the Gujarat riots so widely publicized were a spontaneous reaction against the burning of some 60 Hindu pilgrims in a train at Godhra, Gujarat . The highly exaggerated reports about these riots by anti-Indians and Islamists, foreign owned Indian media and their sponsors, hide the fact that the Muslims themselves were the cause and the culprits of this upheaval. There is a concerted effort to defame Hindus and their leaders with the sole aim of Islamizing India and establishing a Darul Islam. How can we ever forget the fact that India was partitioned on the basis of religion, as the Muslim leaders proclaimed that they were a separate nation and therefore, were unable to live with Hindus in a single country? They demanded a country of their own and the British masters readily obliged them.
Mr. Khan and his brand of Islamic society need to do some introspection on their own past violent crusades against Hindus. Using Mr. Khan's language of calling Shri Modi and his party "self styled Hitler and fascists, etc" is rather ironic. By the same token the way Mr. Khan has unleashed his anti-Modi tirade rooted in Islamist thinking, he too could be called "Mr. Goebbels" of terrorists � Goebbels being Hitler's propaganda man. The spate of terrorism in Bangalore and Ahmedabad in India on July 25-26 and the Amarnath Land imbroglio could possibly have been incited by people like him and his recent provocative articles and utterances.
Perhaps US Homeland security should take a note and look into any possible links between his outfit and the terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda, Taliban, and Mujahideen etc. For Mr. Khan�s satisfaction the most popular Chief Minister of a progressive Indian state has much to do at home for renovating people�s lives including that of the Muslim citizenry of Gujarat . Unlike some self styled leaders he does not need to visit foreign countries with a view to strengthening his political base at home.
11) Mr. Khan and the people of his politico-religious persuasion must realize that by now the curtain has been lifted:
The global community understands their inability and incapacity to coexist with members of other religious formations. The hard core Muslims like him believe that they must live by the Islamic trilogy consisting of the Koran, Hadith and Sira, which are considered to constitute the complete way of life for them. Tragically such a way of life is in direct conflict with democracy and freedom to practice one�s religion therefore, the prospects of coexistence in harmony with other religionists is rather unthinkable.
Under these circumstances unless Islam is tamed and/or reformed the continuation of civilizational war would remain a reality. With more than a billion free people of India , exercising freedom in every walk of their lives, unlike in most of the Islamic countries, the �siege of India � as envisaged by Mr. Khan�s Islamists has absolutely no prospect of succeeding. The freedom- loving Indians like Mr. Modi will not sacrifice their liberties and way of life for any amount of petro-dollars and out dated regressive religious philosophy which promises nothing but ideological slavery. Indian people did not accept the slavery of the British imperialism and tyranny of the Muslims sultans and there is no way in hell they will accept the slavery of the fundamentalist wahabies. On the other hand the day is not far away when not only in India but all over the world �jihad� will be outlawed as a crime against humanity thus putting terrorists, Islamists and fundamentalists out of business.
Dr. Jagan Kaul
Hindu Jagran Forum ( USA )
August 05, 2008
email: krishan.kb@verizon. net
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