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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Hyderabad blasts & column on Rediff


Again a tragedy in Hyderabad but a column on popular website Rediff demonstrates the insensitivity of the writer and the site.

It was heart-rending to see elderly parents, both Hindus and Muslims, searching for their sons and daughters among the dead. It was a human tragedy and even ordinary people on the street said that nothing could divide them on religious lines, as it was an attack on humanity.

But this morning as I read the column, I felt utterly frustrated. I am reproducing the piece here. B Raman writes...

'...during a visit to Hyderabad..I was told that the influence of LeT and HuJI was so pervasive in local Muslim community that many kept in their houses pictures of Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf......what an ambigous word 'many' (it can 10, 10 thousand or a lakh, nice way to dub the Muslim community as traiters).

I felt sick. The writer hasn't seen. He just heard it. Ok. From whom? His sources! For sixty years Indian Muslims have been targeted by the extreme right wing as 'pro-Pakistani' and labelled the fifth columnists.

When people are picking up their dead in the morning and lakhs of Muslims and Hindus in the City still retain sanity after this dastardly attack, there is such an article based on just hearsay.

Firstly those who understand Muslim psyche clearly know that this is the wildest theory which probably just a hardline Bajrang Dal activist could float but not even intelligence officials will take seriously.....Muslims in India don't have any love for Pervez Musharraf, at all. There is no reason for them.

I don't know who is going to be benefited by such write-up. Do I need to give a proof of my patriotism to any body. And how long will Indian Muslims have to bear such insults. It hurts terribly ... What about the site's credibility...the message board remain notorious...now columns can also be based on anybody's vague ideas and hearsay....good going....

Yes we all all terribly shaken by terrorist attacks in India. If some Muslims have been misguided and indoctrinated then why IB and intelligence agencies don't recruit Muslims so that they can penetrate into these cells.

Why IB, RAW don't have Muslim officers? And what these high ranking officers like the writer were doing in govt then and do they still have any solution except this sort of Muslim-bashing? What good will the article serves.

Spreading canards about Muslims being pro-Pakistanis, will not serve any purpose. It will provoke Muslims, who will feel frustrated and angry. The non-Muslims who may not have thought about it, have again been told that these Muslims are not loyal. Keep repeating such things and people feel that there must be some truth in that. And what good it is for the nation?

Link to the column on Rediff is here.

12 comments:

mummyjaan said...

Hi,

I read the "article" you highlighted on rediff and really wondered whether the word 'article' can be applied to it. It can't.

To put up gossip on a portal and have it incite bitter arguments on the messageboards is highly irresponsible.

This is a time for mourning, not fighting.

Gokul chaat was such a ubiqitously popular hangout that most people in Hyderabad would have stopped there/eaten there at some point or the other.

As a Hyderabadi, I am aching for the families who lost loved ones there and in Lumbini Park, which is another family outing site.

It was indeed very painful to see this item and the rubbish that followed on the messageboards.

Id it is said...

A dastardly act no doubt! I hope reason prevails and peace is restored.

Manas Shaikh said...

It is rather sad to see a composed person so disturbed.

Unless Muslims are more active on the mainstream media, do expect such things.

Have you read today's editorial at the Hindu? Presumptuous and disgusting.

Abhishek Rajpurohit said...

Its all the more shocking to observe the State Govt. not interested in coming up with strict anti-terrorist acts to curb the rising terrrorism in this beautiful city, ...

Would we learn something from the Black Saturday for Hyderabad ??

Sharique said...

well as a matter of fact this was expected. Hyderabadi Muslims have always stayed away from terrorism and such charges would definitely be levied to malign their image. Even though I have no soft corner for Hyderabadis [:D] but this incident is beyond my personal prejudices and hence I object to Raman's article.

Aiymen Rashed, aiymenrashed@yahoo.com said...

This are the kind of idiots that we have in our intelligence agencies. No wonder we are not being able to get catch the hoodlums who are wreaking havoc in our country. What kind of an intelligence man is this idiot Raman that he is not even aware of the fact that the two terrorist organizations that he has named in his spurious (LeT and HUJI) are actually baying for Musharraf's blood. They hate Musharraf. Raman is an idiot of the highest order. Let us ignore such ignoramuses. As they say, save your breath to cool your porridge.

Hyderabadi said...

I dont want to comment on Raman's biased thinking.
I always think to educate our people about what Islam requires & what it teaches? This is the time to revert back & practice real Islamic teachings. Its enought that v r just running towards worldly elements.
Check my views here:
Bomb dhamakey aur Hamare Faraaiz

But, ofcourse someone has to comeup to object on false attitudes. So, I rightly appreciate your review, indscribe.

Anonymous said...

don't lie ..i have see with my own eyes pro pakistan articles in my indian-muslims roomates desk..your article about lamenting someone wrote the truth is bogus and you know that

Ghazala Khan said...

World is browing the space, and we in India and Pakistan are suffering from bomb blasts and baseless allegations. We need to findout our common enemy.

Miracles said...

this is nothing new.we all feel offended,infuriated and irked but what can we do to change the viewpoint?

Mohib said...

Great post, Adnan bhai. I also felt the same after reading his article, if you can call it that. No references but just heresy.

Diganta said...

There are Pakistanis living in the city but I don't understand why the article tends to project them as a part of 'Indian Muslim community'. BTW, Mushy is not a popular figure in Pakistan or India or anywhere among Muslims ...

"Why IB, RAW don't have Muslim officers?" - see this one I have raised questions despite reports by Outlook. I know Outlook knows nothing about RAW. RAW has several high ranked Muslim officers serving the country. I know it for sure!!