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Monday, July 07, 2008

Muslims favouring Hindu stand on Amarnath Shrine Board issue

On the left is a photograph of Muslims in Delhi protesting the J&K government's decision to take back the transferred land from the Shrine Board.

The placards have messages like 'Gilani hosh mein aao' and messages urging the government to return the land to the Board.

The news didn't appear anywhere else. At least, I couldn't find it. In other cities of North India also many Muslims came out on their own and expressed their solidarity with Hindus of Jammu and Kashmir.

Even in Jammu, the Muslim Federation criticized the government for reversing the decision. The point is that the issue arose out of the Kashmiri distrust of New Delhi because of the past 'betrayals' and may be Governor's excessive zeal, turned it into an issue.

It was a Kashmiri leadership Vs Governor dispute that acquired a Kashmir Vs Jammu Colour and later turned into a Hindu Vs Muslim battle. (Read my earlier post.) How easy it is to divide us!

Not just protesting Muslims on the streets of Srinagar, but every Muslim of this country was seen as an 'enemy'. The BJP, RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal again raised the pitch, and the same old statements about 'appeasement' were heard everywhere.

In the cacophony, the sane voices are lost. The news about Muslims in the valley taking care of stranded Hindu pilgrims or that of Hindus in riot-hit areas of Indore taking care of Muslims, are simply forgotten.

Unfortunately the photographs and images we see on TV and newspapers are only that of aggressive Hindu protestors of Jammu and the hordes of Muslims in Srinagar. How can VHP dare say that they will stop Muslims from going to Ajmer Sharif.

It was such a pathetic statement, which I don't believe any practising Hindu can make. And this organisation claims to speak on behalf of Hindus. As an outsider I don't understand the politics of Kashmir.

But personally I feel that if Hindus feel hurt, then the land should be given to them. There may be Muslims and Hindus, who have every right to feel for and against this. It is a democratic nation.

The aim of the post (and especially the photo) is that things can't be generalised. Elections are nearer. BJP leaders openly say that they have got an issue for the election and still we don't understand. How long will this keep happening?

It is disgusting to see Hindus and Muslims shown are shown as pitted against each other, which is absolutely false. Just like Hurriyat or any Kashmiri group alone is not representative of entire Muslim population and the opinion of Indian Muslims, how can Bajrang Dal, VHP or any other organisation hijack the voice entire Hindu community?

[The photo by Mr Biplab Mukherjee appeared in the Asian Age.]


VelaSwami said...

I am glad you put this post. Hindu's are hurt for the simple reason given for the riot was kashmiri nationalism. Tell me something friend, how does giving 4 acres of land on temporary basis generate such a nationalistic uproar? We are quite, it doesn't mean ppl are fools. Let not politicians forget this.

Ye manzilen !! said...

Good One A...glad u could find this "proof" that muslims are begining to use their heads..

Anonymous said...

It is very nice on the part of Muslims of Delhito organize a rally taking a stand favourable to Amarnath Shrine Board. This will dispel the image created of Muslims as fanatics and terrorists, by vested interests.
It would have been better still if they had made an honest attempt to know the real facts and stood for justice!
The Amarnath Yatra is subsidized and lasts for a fortnight only.The
"proactive Governor": SK Sinha who took charge in 2003 extended it to "two months".Consequent to the heavy influx of yatris and the extended duration, the ecobalance around the cave got affected.The ice lingam could not be secured naturally in 2006 and 2007. Hence, artificial methods had to be adopted!
Since the Governor was also the chairman of the Shree Amarnath Shrine Board, the Governor and his secretary hastily transferred 100 acres of "forest lands" to the Board, quite disregarding the Supreme court rulings governing transfer of forest lands.
No Environment Impact assessment was nade nor the CEC' specific directive as regards that forestland was taken cognisance of!Hindu, Muslim and Sikh citizens protested against the illegal transfer on ecological considerations.The Huriyat stole the show by numbers!Hence, vested interests twisted the matter and concluded that the State Govt. has succunbed to Huriyat's pressure!
The state Govt. has taken the responsibility to take care of the Yatra and the the welfare of pilgrims.Kashimir muslims have a tradition of providing every help to the pilgrims. They continue to do so now and for ever.

Anonymous said...

am glad you put this post. Hindu's are hurt for the simple reason given for the riot was kashmiri nationalism. Tell me something friend, how does giving 4 acres of land on temporary basis generate such a nationalistic uproar? We are quite, it doesn't mean ppl are fools. Let not politicians forget this.
esp.congress who have alway hurt us(hindus).Be it ramsetu,existence of god,amarnath shrine issues,
hindu who being hurt from a long time must awake and boycott these anti-national elements.

Shailendra Singh Parihar

Ashwin said...

It is comforting to not that sane muslims are coming out in support of a just cause.

Anonymous said...

its difficult to find INDIANS in valley !!!! its a fact!!!!! the earlier Indians accept it the better it is!!!!!! the blockade should continue till these Pakistanis realize the sufferings they have caused to kashmiri pandits

owais yousuf said...

I really appreciate this postmbut my friend you are only looking at one side of the coin and forgettig that their is otherside as well.I am a kashmiri muslim and since this issue started everyone seems to be targeting kashmiri muslims.
I will rather ask 3 questions:
1)Kashmir has article 370 in place how can you transfer 40 acers of land to a non state subject?
2)If They needed to build temporary toilets and huts for piligrims,what was the need to transfer it?Use it no body was stopping them..
3)How can they buy a forest land ?its is a clear voilation of J&K forest act?
We kashmiri people were never against the yatra but we are against the land transfer,Why isn't the same piece of land handed over to kashmiri pandits,they are the state-subjects.but government of india has some other plans that is why they dont want to take kashmiri people into confidence.
Everyone has seen the dual strategy that indians are playing against kashmiris.When "lathis" were used in jammu against voilent mobs at the same time bullets were sprayed on kashmiri people for their peaceful protests.This only shows the double standards used by indian agencies against kashmiris.I fail to understand how can indian people compare nationalist movement of jammu with that of kashmiris.We dont consider ourselves as indians,neither pakistanis.We are kashmiris and that is it.