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US slams India on its Independence Day

On August 15, 2017 while the Indian government of Narendra Modi and its Hindu extremist allies were celebrating country’s 70th birthday, its top ally United States blasted New Delhi of committing heinous religious policies against its minorities especially 150 million-strong Muslim minority.

On August 15, US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson unveiled the US state department’s 2016 International Religious Freedom Report.

Authorities frequently did not prosecute members of vigilante “cow protection” groups who attacked alleged smugglers, consumers, or traders of beef, usually Muslims, despite an increase in attacks compared to previous years. Courts also issued decisions on several long-standing cases related to religiously motivated violence and riots. Christian and Muslim activists stated the government was not doing enough to protect them against religiously motivated attacks. The government filed a Supreme Court petition challenging the minority status of Muslim educational institutions, which affords the institutions independence in hiring and curriculum decisions. Some nationalist political leaders advocated for the country to be declared a Hindu state,” the report said.

There were reports of religiously motivated killings, assaults, riots, discrimination, vandalism, and actions restricting the right of individuals to practice their religious beliefs and proselytize. There was an increase in violent incidents by cow protection groups against mostly Muslim victims, including killings, mob violence, assaults, and intimidation. Hindus threatened and assaulted Muslims and Christians and destroyed their property. According to the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI), there were more than 300 incidents of abuse targeting Christians during the year, compared with 177 in 2015. Incidents included assaults on missionaries, forced conversions of non-Hindus, and attacks on churches, schools, and private property. Administrators at some Muslim and Christian schools and graveyards denied their facilities to interreligious couples or their children. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) reported 751 conflicts between religious communities, which resulted in 97 deaths and 2,264 injuries in 2015,” the report noted.

The report rapped India’s Hindu extremists who are bent on making cow slaughter by Muslims and Hindu Dalit criminals like Holocaust deniers.

Authorities often failed to prosecute violence by cow protection groups against persons, mostly Muslims, suspected of slaughtering or illegally transporting cows or trading in or consuming beef,” noted the report.

Kolkata-born British writer Supriyo Chatterjee wrote on India’s birthday: “Today 15 August 70 years ago, India became independent. Here are some facts and numbers on India you don’t see.”

Here are some of those facts and figures:

  1. While country is home to 101 billionaire, 55% of country’s 1.1 population lives below the poverty line.
  2. India’s defence budget for 2017 is an estimated $53.5 billion. It is the world’s largest arms importer. It buys three times as much arms from the international market as Pakistan and China, its neighbors and rivals, accounting for 14% of all arms imports globally from 2009-2013. The USA is the largest provider (40%), followed by the Russians (30%) and the French (14%). Israel provides 4% of the imports but is growing in importance. India spends 7% of its budget on defense but only 2.4% of GDP on health and less than 3% on education.
  3. 200 million people go hungry in India.
  4. 1.3 million Indian children die a year before their first birthday. 1.6 million children die every year before age of 5. 43.5% of all children under-fives are underweight. Infant mortality rate is 46.07 deaths/1,000 live births. Almost half of children drop out of school before 15 years of age.
  5. Maternal mortality rates are 200 deaths/100,000 live births.
  6. Only 46.9% of the total 246.6 million households have toilet facilities. Of the rest, 3.2% use public toilets while 49.8% ease themselves in the open. 32% of the households use treated water for drinking and 17% still fetch drinking water from a source located more than 500 metres in rural areas or 100 metres in urban centers.
  7. Unemployment stands officially at 9.8%, but the real figure is much higher.
  8. More than 135,000 road accident deaths are reported every year, most of them being cyclists and pedestrians.

India-US artist Priti Gulati Cox in her blog post says: “India, you will be celebrating your 70th year of Independence from British rule on August 15. All over the country all of you will be remembering the fallen, hoisting flags, and singing songs of freedom. Meanwhile in Indian-administered Kashmir — the largest militarized zone in the world — the Indian state and its military and paramilitary forces will continue to carry on with their sustained human rights abuses aimed at the regions indigenous population.”

114 Army Veterans slam Modi’s anti-Muslim campaign

On July 30, 2017, in an open letter to the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi 114 veterans of Indian Armed Forces condemned his government’s racist policies against Indian Muslims (150 million) and Dalit (180 million untouchable Hindus and Christian).

What is happening in our country today strikes at all that the Armed Forces, and indeed our Constitution, stand for. We are witness to unprecedented attacks on society at large by the relentless vigilantism of self-appointed protectors of Hinduism. We condemn the targeting of Muslims and Dalits. We condemn the clampdowns on free speech by attacks on media outlets, civil society groups, universities, journalists and scholars, through a campaign of branding them anti-national and unleashing violence against them while the State looks away. We can no longer look away. We would be doing a disservice to our country if we do not stand up and speak for the liberal and secular values that our Constitution espouses. Our diversity is our greatest strength. Dissent is not treason; in fact, it is the essence of democracy,” days the letter.

Indians belonging to all faiths (Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Sikhism) are protesting all over India as part of the Not In My Name (watch a video below)campaign against lynching of Muslims and Dalits over consuming cow meat by anti-Muslim extremist Hindu groups known as Hindutva allied with the ruling party BJP.

The Dalit, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and Adivasi, which make more than 45% on India’s 1.2 billion population  – mostly consume beef. Mahatma Gandhi and Hindu historian Dr. D.N. Jha (Delhi University) has claimed that Hindu scriptures never banned eating beef and many of earlier Hindu religious leaders consumed beef and other meat products.

According to Indian sources, country’s 8 largest beef exporting companies are owned by Hindus. Indian government hopes to increase leather exports to US$9 billion by 2020 from its present level of US$5.85 billion.

In Modi’s home-state Gujarat, cow slaughter is now a non-bailable offense, punishable with life imprisonment, meaning that people who kill a cow will serve the same time as a murderer.

Indian Muslim community has always been victim of Hindu violence since the partition of British India in August 1947 which resulted in a Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan against the wishes of the Hindutva parties. However, the anti-Muslim violence has increased two-folds after the victory of BJP in 2014. In June 2017, the Mumbai-based Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS) and the UK-based Minority Rights Group International (MRG) released a joint report claiming that Modi party BJP stroke violence against Muslims.

Communal violence over the last five years has taken a huge toll on minorities, including Christians and Sikhs. But Muslims – who form 18 per cent of the country’s population – have borne the brunt of these hate crimes, such as lynching, threats, attacks on places of worship and forced conversion,” said the report.

In 2002, as chief minister of Gujarat state, Narendra Modi supervised the Hindu mobs which slaughtered over 2000 Muslims and rapped several hundred Muslim girls and women. Modi government accused Muslims for setting the Sabarmati Express to fire which resulted in the death of a dozen Hindu passengers. Justice Markandey Katju (a Kashmiri Brahmin), former judge at India’s Supreme Court, however, claimed that it’s a false flag operation by a right-wing Hindu organization. Justice Katju claimed that “the Godhra incident was planned in a precursory way to kill Hindus and find a reason to ignite communal riots in Gujarat.”

US author debunks Hindu lies about Mughal ruler

American history professor Audrey Truschke (Rutgers University, New Jersey) claims she has been target of Hindu extremists on social media since the release of her second book, Aurangzeb: The Man and The Myth, in February 2017.

Responding to her Hindu critics, she says she didn’t write the book for her critics or reviewers who dismiss her research on the basis of their hatred and distorted narratives of Muslim rule in Indian sub-continent for nearly 1000 years especially the last powerful and longest reigning Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

The Indian ruling BJP and its anti-Muslim bigots have long declared that Mughal rulers have no place in India’s history.

The other Muslim ruler who is hated the most by the Hindu-Fascists is Tipu Sultan also known as the Tiger of Mysore.

Audrey Truschke is not the first author to be chased by BJP and its Hindutva allies. The have declared India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru as a traitor and meat-eater for praising Mughal rulers in his 1946 memoir, The discovery of India.

US-born Canadian war reporter, journalist and author, Eric Margolis, in his 2000 book, War at the Top of the World, said: “When London was home to 15,000 ‘unwashed’ people – Muslim Mughals had created the greatest civilization in India.”

Aurangzeb, as a young prince lived a very lavish life – dinning in gold-dishes, enjoying music and served by dozens of servants. However, later influenced by some Sufi scholars he decided to fight the Deen-e-Iallahi (Allah’s religion) fitna created by his grandfather Emperor Akbar, the Great to please his Hindu Queen Jodha Bai (born 1542), a Rajput princess. The new religion became the religion of the royal court. It remained such during the periods of Emperors Jahangir and Shah Jahan who built the world-famous Taj Mahal in memory of his Queen Mumtaz Begum.

During the war of succession, prince Aurangzeb always maintained that he was not interested in Mughal throne but his only objective was to protect true Islam from the Deen-e-Iallahi fitna which was practiced by Crown Prince Dara Shukoh. When he was declared Emperor of India by the royal court on July 31, 1658, he declared that he wouldn’t take a single penny from the royal treasury. He fired all the royal servants and until his death on March 3, 1707, the Emperor of the richest country of the world lived on the sale of handwritten copies of Holy Qur’an and prayer caps. Aurangzeb’s wife Nawab Bai Ji (died 1691) used to cook food herself.

Anti-Muslim Hindu and Sikh writers and authors have accused Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir of destroying Hindu temples and Sikh Gurdawaras while both Christian and Jewish historians have not accused him of such religious discrimination. Yes, Aurangzeb did close-down some Hindu and Sikh worship places, an act against Islamic Shari’ah, but not on religious basis but because those places became breeding-grounds for anti-government rebels. Interestingly, the Mughal officials and soldiers involved in enforcing these acts had always been non-Muslims.

Aurangzeb donated land and cash to several Hindu and Sikh worship places such as the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India.

Aurangzeb’s royal court had more Hindu nobles than any other Mughal Emperor.

 

Chutzpah: India wants to fight ISIS in Iraq

On July 9, Iraqi prime minister Haidar al-Abadi paid a visit to Mosul which was liberated from the US-Israel created ISIS terrorists after eight month battle. He congratulated Iraqi army, Shi’ite fighters and Iranian military advisers over the strategic victory.

Washington never stopped lying about its support for Baghdad to defeat ISIS, which according to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is doing Israel’s dirty work in Iraq and Syria.

Now, as the ISIS gets its AZZ being kicked in both Iraq and Syria – the anti-Muslim US-Israel ally, India has offered to train and arm Iraqi soldiers to defeat ISIS in Iraqi areas which are still under its control.

Indian government has asked Iraqi ambassador in New Delhi, Fakhri Hassan Al Issa to convey the offer to Iraqi government. India’s foreign minister V.K. Singh has paid a visit to the liberated Mosul city in search of 39 Indian citizen missing for the last two years.

The Iraqi embassy’s building in a posh south Delhi colony was decorated to mark the victory. A banner in Arabic and English stating “With efforts of Iraqis the city of Mosul has been liberated from the hands of Daesh terrorist organization” hangs from the first floor balcony while the gate is festooned with colourful ribbons.

I hope Iraqi government realize that it’s an Israeli trap to protect its ISIS proxy in Iraq. Indian army is not only Israel’s largest arms buyer but its soldiers are trained in Israel. The CIA, Israeli Mossad and Indian RAW have a long history of  collaboration. They worked together in turning former East Pakistan into Bangladesh in 1971.

India’s ruling party BJP and its Hindu extremist allies have been accusing Muslim groups fighting Indian occupation army in Muslim majority state of Kashmir having links with ISIS.

In December 2015, Indian defence minister Manohar Parrikar told reporters that Indian army is ready to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria only as part of United Nations’ peacekeeping mission.

London-based International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence (ICSR), an Israeli propaganda group has reported that thousands of Shi’ites from India are fighting in Iraq to protect religious sites from ISIS terrorists.

On June 14, 2017, the Jew York Times reported that “Tora Bora, the mountain redoubt that was once Osama bin Laden’s fortress, fell to the Islamic State early Wednesday, handing the extremists a significant strategic and symbolic victory.”

India: Gen. Harwant Singh irks Hindutva again!

The leaders of the ruling BJP and other Hindu extremist (Hindutva) groups have condemned Lt. Gen. Harwant Singh, former deputy Chief of Army Staff, over his recent article on Indian occupied state of Jammu and Kashmir, entitled, India Needs to Look For a Non-Military Option.

Indian media has spewed much rhetoric on the need to retaliate against Pakistan. Hitting Pakistan across the Line of control in J and K is a zero sum game. Pakistan too can engage Indian post with artillery and shows no hesitation in targeting civilian population as well,” wrote Singh.

There is also the demand for Governor’s rule in the state, forgetting that it was during Governor’s rule that Pandits were driven out of the Valley. There was complete breakdown of law and order and yet no one, yes no one, was held accountable for the lawlessness that prevailed then. Those who still parrot Kashmiriyat, forget that this culture and Sufi spirit died long ago and its final demise occurred when Pandits were hounded out of the Kashmir Valley,” Singh added.

Then there is talk of political solution and yet no one appears to spell out as to what that political solution is. There is a democratically elected government in the state. There is need for India to look at options other than military action and yet there can be no two opinions that the country must keep its powder dry,” said Singh.

Last month, Gen. Harwant Singh was condemned for authoring an article, entitled, “A New Spoke in the One Rank One Pension’s Wheel“, published in the Hindustan Times (June 2). In the article, Singh called the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), as inefficient and poorly trained. There are five paramilitary divisions in CAPF. According to Indian reports, 37 members of CAPF in Kashmir had committed suicides during last three years and 28,300 took earlier retirement or quit the force while serving in Kashmir.

Gen. Harwant is not the first Indian to be demonized for telling the truth about Indian occupied Muslim majority (90%) Jammu and Kashmir state. Many other non-Muslims Indian academics and authors have suffered persecution at the hands of Indian police (here, here).

In May 2017, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his landmark visit to India – offered his services to resolve Kashmir conflict between New Delhi and Islamabad. Islamabad accepted the offer while New Delhi rejected it saying Turkey has always been a close ally of Pakistan.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Wednesday said India and Pakistan are important South Asian countries but the situation in Kashmir has attracted the attention of the international community. He said that his country is willing to mediate between the two neighboring countries to resolve Kashmir dispute peacefully in order to save the region from a possible nuclear war. On Thursday, New Delhi rejected the offer saying India doesn’t want a third party to involve in this dispute.

Modi’s BJP and other Hindutva organizations have a long history of collaboration with Israeli Mossad terrorism in India which is always blamed on Muslims (here, here).

Netanyahu-Modi: Meeting of two Butchers

On Tuesday, Israeli prime minister, the Butcher of Gaza Strip hugged several times Indian prime minister, the Butcher of Gujarat, calling him mere dost (my dear friend) at the Ben-Gurion Airport. Their friendship is based on the murder of thousands of innocent Muslim men, women and children.

This is Narendara Modi’s second visit to the Zionist entity. He visited Tel Aviv as chief minister of Indian state of Gujarat a decade ago after supervising the murder of over two thousand Muslim men, women and children and letting Hindu fascists rape over 600 Muslim girls and women while forcing over 300,000 Muslims becoming refugees in their own motherland.

Israeli diplomats and media outlets have claimed that India under Hindu extremist ruling BJP has shed its hesitation in acknowledging deepening ties with the Zionist entity, especially Modi’s decision not to meet the West Bank president Mahmoud Abbas whom he received a month ago in New Delhi.

Several leaders of the opposition Congress party have criticized Modi’s visit to the Zionist entity. Member of federal parliament (Lok Sabha) from Hyderabad, Asaddudin Owaisi said: “Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel will only strengthen its occupation of Palestine.”

India is the largest market for Israel’s security industry, with the former purchasing weapons and technology to the tune of an average $1 billion a year. Several Israel arms manufacturing groups are eyeing India’s plan to modernize its military power. The plan, which has included over US$100 billion of investments on the part of both Russia and the United States, is meant to strengthen India’s abilities and positioning vis-a-vis Pakistan and China.

Binu Mathew, editor of Indian news website, Counter-Currents Org. posted an  article, entitled, Modi’s visit to Israel: Embrace of two Deadly Ideologies, Zionism and Hindutva, on July 5.

Modi is visiting a land where the RSS dream has come to fruition. It is not surprising that both Modi and Netanyahu are calling each other brothers and embracing each other repeatedly,”Mathew said.

He was referring to anti-Muslim Hindu extremist party Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh whose leader Vinyak Damodar Savarkar was behind the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi on January 30, 1948.

Zionism is a Jewish supremacist ideology. It came into existence through the existential anxiety of the Jews living in Europe. A secular Austrian-Jewish journalist, Theodor Herzl, was the first to turn rumblings of Jewish nationalism into an international movement around 1896. Aided by the prevailing political climate in Europe, the Zionist movement encouraged Jews to migrate to the British domain of Palestine and used their money power, political power and military power to establish a nation called Israel in Palestine, ethnic cleansing 700,000 original dwellers of the land. This project continued with the 1967 Six Day War and still continues with the settlement of hundreds of thousands of Israeli Jews in the occupied land in clear violation of international laws and U.N resolutions. Israel is a colonial, rogue, apartheid state. It is this rogue nation that India is embracing. Modi not visiting Ramallah, the headquarters of Palestine Authority is a clear message to the Muslims of the world and to Muslims back home in India,” Mathew said.

In the same way, RSS was launched by some Nagpur Brahmans due to the existential anxiety created by the growing freedom movement and to ensure the hegemony of the upper castes when India got freedom from the British. The collusion of RSS with the British and Savarkar’s mercy petitions are legends that RSS wants the nation to forget. Some history will come back to haunt them forever. RSS agenda was to make India a Hindu Rashtra with Manusmriti (Manu’s Code) as the underlying principle when the British left India. When they found that Mahatma Gandhi stood in their way, their henchman Nathuram Godse pointed his gun at him and gunned him down. When Narendra Modi came to power in 2014, as RSS claimed, after 1000 years of foreign domination, they found it an opportune moment to make their dream a reality. The mob violence, lynchings, violation of food rights, human rights, livelihood rights are part of this larger plan,” Mathew added.

In Israel RSS has found a natural ally and a role model who put their grand vision to fruition. In Modi’s embrace of Netanyahu we see the marriage of two evil ideologies, Hindutva and Zionism. Israel with its tried and tested military technologies and tactics to subdue the freedom strugglers of Palestine, will be ever ready to pass on their know how to Modi. Muslims, Dalits and other minority groups in India, beware of this deadly embrace,” Mathew warned.

Modi sells India as ‘cash cow’ to isolate Pakistan

Last month, taking a cue from Saudi ‘royals’ Indian prime minister Narendra Modi tried to sell India to US president Donald Trump as cash cow in order to isolate Pakistan.

Modi went to United States with three main objectives; 1) convince Trump to list Pakistan as a terror-sponsoring state like Iran, 2) keep US-NATO forces in Afghanistan, 3) buy arms from US to bully both Pakistan and its regional ally China.

Trump likes countries which can invest billions of dollars in America to boost country’s shrinking economy. Trouble is, India doesn’t have surplus capital like Saudi ‘royals’ to invest in America. Nearly 55% of India’s 1.2 billion citizens live below poverty line.

Modi did offer to buy 205 civil aircrafts from Boeing worth US$20 billion (as compared to Saudi US$110 billion arms deal) and to negotiate a long term deal to import LNG from United State worth US$45 billion which would cost more than India’s current import from Iran. India is world’s fourth largest importer of LNG.

India had offered to invest US$3 billion into Iran’s Farhad-B natural gas fields with reserve of nearly 19 trillion cubic ft. In May 2017, Tehran announced awarding development contract to Russian energy giant Gazprom.

Modi also tried to pacify Donald Trump’s earlier harsh criticism about the US’ trade imbalance with India to the tune of $30.8 billion.

Regarding Pakistan, an American ally since the 1950s – Modi told Trump that his military surge in Afghanistan is doomed to fail as Pakistan Army supports Taliban.

I’m sure Modi know that India with the help of its arms supplier (US$2 billion per year) has created its own Taliban inside Northern part of Pakistan. Same goes for the terrorist Haqqani group which was in fact created by CIA.

Modi’s real problem with Pakistan is that India is losing its illegal occupation of Muslim-majority state of Kashmir.

During his June 25 visit, Modi also tried to take into confidence two anti-Muslim Israeli poodles; US defense secretary Gen. James Mattis, who admitted last month that US is losing war against Taliban and US secretary of state Rex Tillerson, who according to former US military intelligence officer, Robert David Steele, works for Israel.

According to a White House source, Trump was non-committal on Pakistan and China. He probably understands that the US needs Pakistan’s cooperation in Afghanistan and maintain economic relations with China. The US ambassador to the UN, pro-Israel Nikki Haley has disclosed – unwittingly, perhaps – that Trump aspires to mediate between India and Pakistan and has discussed this in the US National Security Council.