Wednesday, January 28, 2009

UPA fails horribly on the security front

The UPA with Sonia at the helm and puppets like Manmohan Singh (who otherwise is good at finance & economy) have constantly neglected defense and internal security matters. Barely two months after the Mumbai attacks a number of reports have exposed the loopholes in our security apparatus. The UPA fails to recognize the fact that development and security go hand in hand. One cannot be compromised at the cost of the other. What is the use of building up an economy which we cannot protect from dangers within and outside the country? Does the UPA need to be explicitly told to cut off all ties with Pakistan? How dumb can it get?

Significance of Bangladesh Mutiny :

Given below are some links that expose the gaping holes in our defense and internal security setup:

the list is getting longer with each passing day.....’-drive-to-doom.html

This one is the most disgusting....know why the PM kept saying 'we don't war'.

When Muslim clerics from Azamgarh led a rally asking for a probe in Jammia encounter, I realized that this section of Muslims might raise their voice against terrorists from Pakistan, but when it comes to Indian terrorists from within their community , they are ready to humiliate even martyrs. Disgusting!!!!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mangalore Pub Attack

The recent attack on some girls at a pub in Mangalore has raised some doubts. I would like to clarify that Swabhimaan does not support such hooliganism and moral policing. This group has not been formed for any kind of moral policing. It is for the girls and their parents to decide what they should be doing or should not be doing. Any member of Swabhimaan who indulges in such activities of hooliganism in the name of Swabhimaan will be de-registered from the group and we cannot be held responsible for his/her acts.
This issue is not dying down. There are those that argue that noodle straps, exposing, current movies, fashion shows are all against our culture. Their point is valid and such things should not be encouraged. But to discourage such things, one has to win over the heart and minds of people. As the last resort, legislation can be brought in to bring about such changes. Force as an instrument will fail and there will be backlash against it. If pubs are against our culture, bring a legislation against them. Ordinary people cannot be given the freedom to rough up anyone for any reason, more so for a freedom that is legally given to them. We need to think about other ways by which people can be drawn back to their roots. If you have any suggestions for this, please leave a comment.
The media is not far behind in degrading our culture, including some widely circulated newspapers. They are promoting obscenity. One hand, they shout at top of their voices against molestation and rapes, and on the other hand they carry obscene pictures. They are actually promoting degradation of minds. They cannot always come up and say that minors are also raped and they don't dress up provocatively. It is this kind of content that is thrown at people regularly which aids in development of such heinous and perverted mentality. The media is good enough only for shouting at the top its voice & asserting its rights, but it has never accepted its responsibility.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Dangerous move : Madrasa education = CBSE education

On 21st Jan, 2009 Economic Times reported the following :
Some other links:
This is a very dangerous move. There is no commitment on any board that can monitor the content of the Islamic teachings.There won't be any standard criteria for passing. According to the Deobandis, the madrassas are there purely to produce Islamic scholars. How can the Madrasa educated people be given CBSE equivalent certificates without modernized content? This will only encourage radicalism and orthodoxy within the government. This will only increase national security threat - both external as well as internal. The madrasa educated people will also be able to apply to colleges and seek govt jobs with these certificates.
Contributed by Shri Kumar Manglam
In the interim report submitted by the committee to Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Arjun Singh; it was proposed that the 'Aalim' degrees offered by Madrasas should be recognized in all the universities for admissions into the B.A. course. The 'Fazil' degree offered by any Madrasa, Darul Uloom or Jamia should be recognized by all Universities for admissions to post graduate programmes, the committee recommended. It also suggested that Madrasa education should be covered under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). So now IAS, IPS, military , CRPF you will find Moulvis only with religious education in Arabic and Farsi ruling India.
A major part of the existing curriculum in almost all madrasas consists of the teaching of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh). Many of these detailed rules and laws were devised centuries ago and may have lost their relevance in today's context. As someone who has written extensively on modern fiqh issues (jadid fiqhi masail) with regard to a host of contemporary issues that were obviously unknown to the early Islamic scholars.
madrasas now give much more attention than they presently do to the principles of jurisprudence (usul-e fiqh), because while several minor fiqh details (juzuvi masail) can and do change over time, and hence require new interpretations, these basic principles are unchanging. Knowledge of these principles is essential for engaging in ijtihad or creative reflection with regard to a host of contemporary issues that were obviously unknown to the early Islamic scholars.
Months after the first set back to the Indian educational system when the Congress' central HRD minister Arjun Singh set the stone rolling for reservations (including the creamy layered ones) in higher education comes another... Just before the following general elections, Arjun Singh proclaimed that his government is tabling a bill to recognize Madrasa certification at par with that of CBSE.Madrasas have been institutions of learning, where "Islamic sciences including literary and philosophical ones are taught" (Encyclopedia of Islam - Leiden E.J.Brill). The avowed aim of madrasa education is to inculcate the belief and practice of Islam among its followers and guide them to follow the Quran (Collection of God's revelations to Prophet Mohammad) and Sunna (Traditions of the Prophet Mohammed).Madrasas in India and their workings all along remained religion-centric. Subjects related to Islam dominate its curriculum and have largely ignored the rational sciences. The ultra-orthodox teachings at the Madrasas encourage the students to isolate themselves from the national mainstream... this coupled with lack of transparency in their operation encourages several conspiracies further splintering our already divided society in this time of terror, suspicion, and hate. This is to the extent that recently the government had reportedly issued notices to keep several madrasas under watch for anti-national activities.A responsible government would need to encourage all sects and religions to join the mainstream. However, what is happening currently is far from what was expected. Recognizing and accepting religions differences is one thing and encouraging religions differences is altogether another. Today, Arjun Singh has set a very dangerous precedent by declaring that they are working on a bill to equate Madrasa certification with that of CBSE, so that the madrasa educated gentry may qualify for government jobs (read IAS, IPS, IFS etc). What is the governance model being set for the future generations? Had Raja Ram Mohan Roy had accepted the Sati system since it was the "religious belief" of the time, we may still have been living with it.Today the religious orthodoxy is being encouraged by the proposed amendment to educational law. What is going to come next... separate constitutions for the different religions? Indian Muslim organizations have for long demanded a separate Sharia law for their society. Would that be on the cards next? On the same lines as Arjun Singh's thinking, one might argue that Vedic certification too be accepted for government positions, and so should the monks studying in Buddhist monasteries.
Can some one File PIL in supreme court that why vedic, sikh, buddhists school students not get Central aid and recognize their education with equivalent degrees ?

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Discussion on Conversions Post

I had added some remarks on the Conversion post, but there is a refresh problem. So, I am writing them here:
I request people to read the complete presentation and watch the videos before commenting on this post. There have been comments which have come only after reading a few lines ....if you really want to discuss, please read completely. Once again, I would say that we condemn violence. But there is something that you need to understand...charged situations lead to violence...they happened after Godhra, they happened after Swamiji's assassination. Therefore, it is very important for all communities to realize that violent acts perpetrated even by a few members of any community can create problems for the whole community. Let no one indulge in such acts. The onus should not lie exclusively with the ones who retaliate.

Here is a good write-up by a group member :

State machinery being used for evangelist son-in-law of CM?

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Assam : Another Kashmir in the Making?

Terrorist attacks are claiming more civilian lives in India's northeast than in Jammu and Kashmir. The region is also witnessing more insurgency-linked violence. According to latest central home ministry figures, there were 1,489 incidents of violent incidents in the northeast in 2007 compared to about 1,000 in Jammu and Kashmir.
Here we look at the reasons for terrorism in the North-East, particularly Assam, which has been a victim of a number of bomb blasts recently.

Although the IMDT Act was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2005, the deep rooted problem does not have an easy solution because of difficulties in identification, false citizenship certificates and vote bank politics.

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