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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Linking Muslims with Terrorism: 12 cops killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh, 17 die in blasts in Impal

Why only Muslims are called terrorists?

It may seem a rant or that I am over-reacting but in 24 hrs, India braved two major terrorist strikes: In the first, Naxalites killed 12 CRPF policemen in Chhattisgarh and in other incident, 18 persons killed in Manipur in blasts by suspected People Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PRPK). Ironically they were not considered terrorist strikes.

Not one inspector MC Sharma, here 12 central policemen were killed but how much coverage did the deaths get in national media? Chhattisgarh could be far from Delhi but even a blast that kills one person in any other City, gets much more coverage.

The 18 deaths in Imphal didn't send the electronic media guys crazy. Of course, PRPK [or the KCP Military Council that has claimed role in blasts] can't be a story as it has no Muslim-sounding names. Isn't Imphal in India? Had it been in Assam, it may have got a wider coverage.

But the main issue is not the lack of adequate coverage of these tragic events. It is about how and why the killers in Chhattisgarh and in Manipur are never called TERRORISTS. They are called militants or Maoists or rebels or ultra-leftists.

I don't even rue the coverage of these blasts in newspapers [in case of blasts where Muslims are suspects, the headlines are always like 'India Attacked' and special articles on edit pages follow for days] or the comparison to blasts in Bangalore, Delhi, Malegaon or any other City.

What worries me is that these killers are not even referred to as terrorists. As if a Muslim-sounding name is necessary for that. This is a major grievance. I don't say that you should associate these acts with the religion, language or the cause or even these groups.

But, by not referring to them as terrorists, and simply terming PERPK radicals, Naga fighters, KCPC militants or Maoist rebels, the media and our politicians are doing a great discrimination. However, in case of Muslims, the branding is easiy: They are not just terrorists but also insensitively termed 'Islamic terrorists'.

Is it innocence? That's what Muslims ask. But they don't get any answers. After every other blast that happen in mainland apart from Naxal-infested areas, Muslims are asked to introspect. We do. But what about you? Will you--politicians and media introspect?

Post-Script:


Just a few hours after I wrote this post, the police have spoken about the role of Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) in the recent blasts in Malegaon and Modasa (Gujarat) ahead of Eid. Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and a few others have been arrested.


After Nanded, Parbhani, Tamil Nadu's Tenkasi, Kanpur and several other places where activists of Bajrang Dal or similar organisations were found involved in similar acts. There are often, small sub-groups, that can get more radical and extremist. Once again, I would say Terror has no Religion.

The Sadhvi's arrest

The first reaction to the arrest of Sadhvi was of shock. Some sections even termed it as a political stunt. The truth is that Congress is not going to gain from the arrests, as it will lead to further polarisation, so it is ridiculous to say that they hae been framed.

And there must have been hard evidences otherwise, it was not easy to arrest a religious person, epecially a woman, who had links with top politicians. It is childish to believe that a particular person can't do it. For the last three years, there were evidences that 'ultra-right wing Hindu organisations were involved in such activities'.

Once again, it is wrong to term any person who has not been tried in the court of law as yet, as terrorist. It is equally wrong to link the actions with religion. But there are fanatics in all religions. Many Sadhvis spewed venom against Muslims during the turbulent period of mid-80s to early 90s.

It is also a dangerous phenomenon to see many right-wing Hindu organisations, already claiming that she is framed, and even offering her legal aid. Some have even justified 'this form of terrorism', as a reply to the 'other kind of terror'.

There has been involvement of such organisations in blasts in various cities of Maharashtra, MP, UP, Tamil Nadu and other states. Even more worrying are the reports that retired armymen were involved in some ways to these groups.

I am more surprised that many people openly express surprise at the arrests and say that 'those associated with the RSS can't do it'. Sangh is surely involved in some charitable activities but it is an organisation that has a different vision of India and it's history has never been of a tolerant group.

Its cadres have played a role in riots and carnages. And it is quite possible for a smaller group within a radical organisation to grow more radical. So let's not brand any particular religion or group, stop justification of any form of violence through Newton's principles and wait for the courts to decide.

25 comments:

Maria said...

I agree to your points. Media is unfair to Muslims. There is no doubt about it.

Pinku said...

sad but true....

media sells masala and masala right now is Muslims.

मैथिली said...

मीडिया सिर्फ टीआरपी को रिप्रेजेन्ट करता है. जो भी आतंक फैलाता है, आतंकवादी है. धर्म हमारा व्यक्तिगत मसला है राज्य को इससे कोई सरोकार नहीं होना चाहिये. किसी भी अपराध को किसी भी धर्म से जोड़ना एकदम गलत है.

आपके यहां आकर बहुत अच्छा लगा
आप हिन्दी ब्लाग क्यों नहीं शुरू करते.

Anser Azim said...

Media jumps to conclusions and often becomes the court of justice. Extremists are there in every community and religion. Political wars often result in violence etc. Here is a news that is circulating in todays HT but that does not mean they are guilty. But it is a possibility that these gentlemen are involved in those Malegon bombings.I am happy to see some like minded Hindu brothers and sisters on this blog and gives me a positive look of India that I equally love the most.
http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?sectionName=HomePage&id=19659f76-0c93-4f42-8ba3-81af82326d3b&&Headline=Police+suspect+hand+of+Hindu+extremists+
best wishes
anser azim Chicago

Indscribe said...

Thanks Maria.

Pinku, I hope electronic media evolves with time and get more responsible. It causes panic like news about replication of big bang and many young boys and girls got so depressed that they ended lives. So such reporting does hurt every section but there is not proper monitoring.

Maithili,
I have thought about it. Ab aapne kaha ha to zaroor koshish karunga.

Anser Azim Sb,
I received your other comment also at the other post. Problem in posting, is it because there was a blogger outage scheduled for today. I couldn't access it for a while. May be this could be the reason.

aziaf said...

I am glad that you are able to bring out these things to light. Jazakallahu Khair, brother! May Allah swt save us the human kind from these beasts. Aameen

Z@ki-R said...

These days every incident deliverately linked to muslims. Even the so called educated mass also believes in similar line. I think indian media should behave more responsibly. in assam, when there was riots, even the govt media (radio) was telling 'riots by illegal bangladeshi muslims'.

A Soul in Exile said...

Adnan

I disagree...
Show me one channel which calls the terrorists in Kashmir as terrorists...
They - for some weird reason are always labelled - Kashmiri Militants?
And religion is never mentioned...

-A soul in Exile...

JaLpArI said...

an excellent post, sir...
i agree with you totally

bout the Kashi militants, i guess, it's only coz, their ambitions are very obvious to the public... besides, wat's the word used in Hindi?? aatankvadi!!! or is there somethin else?.... and bout mentioning 'islam', well.. Kash is a muslim majority, and so, it can even think bout Independence, it wudn hav spoken bout independence otherwise.....so, dyu exactly need to mention 'islam' ther? i dunno!!

Indscribe said...

A soul in exile,

That was earlier. Now they are also terrorists. Even Zardari said it.
When Kerala guys were gunned down in Kashmir recently, the media termed tehm as terrorists straightway, not suspect, no alleged.

sandeep monga said...

Wishing everyone on this blog a very very happy Diwali & may God grant us & our contry peace & prosperity and also the heart to understand love & respecteach other

Indscribe said...

Sandeep bhai
Thanks you
Aapko bohat badhai, aur meri taraf se sabko diwali ki shubhkamnaen...
:)

Anonymous said...

I think this is the oft repeated refrain that one gets to hear from all Indian Muslims. Guys, you cannot escape the fact that most blasts that rock this nation are designed by muslim masterminds. Also, the fact is that the Maoists or the Naxalites do not perpetrate terror in the name of religion like SIMI or the Indian mujahideen. These terror outfits function on the basis of their ideological faith. They do not claim to be Hindus and the Hindus are the ones who are mostly on their radar.

Anonymous said...

Nice article. But it is true terrorists are called Islamic Terrorists and Maoists and Naxalites are simply called Maoists and Naxalites respectively.

Some of the reasons behind terrorism called as Islamic terrorism are below:

(1) Islamic terrorists justify their actions by committing their violent Jihad against infidels through Quran.

(2) Islamic terrorists claim that non-Muslims are infidels and Jihad is justified against them.

(3) Islamic terrorists shout "Alla hu Akbar" while beheading/shooting the infidels.

Unlike Islamic terrorists who justify their Jihad via their religion Islam, Maoists and Naxalites do not justify their violence by associating their ideologies with some God.

I hope this clears up things for you :)

Also, note Islam in India was spread through a lot of violence against Hindus in ancient India. All the Muslims in India are infact converted violently or through terror by various conquering Islamic rulers in ancient India.

Ahmed said...

Terrorim has no relegion. Terrorists are terrorists. All the terrorists have some justification for their acts it could be relegion or any idealogy. So if you call Muslim terrorists then why not use the term Terrorist with others?

As far as comment that most blasts rock the nation are by Muslims, it would have been better that you could back your claim with some statistics. So why not give us some statistics of blasts during last 10 years only from some reputable sources.

Anonymous said...

Indscribe,
What exactly is your complaint? Maoists/Naxals follow maoist /communist ideaology and are called by that name. Muslims who carry out terror quote and call themselves Islamic. So are called islamic terrorists. If Hindus do like wise they will be too. What is wrong in that. Please don't tell me there are no differences between them. Do you even know how many encounters were carried against these naxals especially in AP in 70's even intellectuals were eliminated. Please read of the atrocities of police on them.

VIVEK said...

Bravo man you are doing a great job it pains me when even highly educated people talk in extreme communal overtones keep up your good work even if you can change the mindset of 100 people you can pat your back for a job well done.
I am a hindu but i swear i see so much of myself in you. This thing you have posted in your blog. I have been saying this since God knows when whenever anyone talks about islamic terrorism.
Anyways keep up your good work hope to hear from you
remember sanity is always bigger than fundementalism.
JAI HIND

muzaffar said...

I AGREE WITH U BUT ALL TV CHANNELS AND NEWS PAPERS ARE NOT UNFAIR WE OFCOURSE HAVE A GROUP OF SECULAR PRINT AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA.IT IS A NEED OF HOUR TO LAUNCH NEWS CHANNELS IN ALL LANGUAGES OF INDIA TO PRESENT OUR RIGHT MESSAGE.

Anonymous said...

Terrorists or terrorized
During the past decade religious extremists have been pursuing a deviant ideology in the name of Islam. They were projected as the voice of Islam by Islamophobes who used extremist pronunciations as an excuse to pursue a policy of intimidation, humiliation and isolation of Muslims all over the world.
Words of Arabic, spoken or written were simply seen as sinister and stories were invented of existence of terror sleeper cells. Expert commentators and interpreters in the West included counter-terrorism experts, political scientists and feminists analyzing and promoting religious bigotry and categorizing Muslims as national threat.
War on terrorism was a tragic mistake targeted at an enemy that existed more in the minds of its leaders than in reality. War on terror knitted together a number of global discrete regional problems to be portrayed as combating the same threat in multiple guises and locations. It’s a pity that the West chose to pursue a massive war in which far more innocent people have been killed and injured than terror strikes around the globe, an act no less sinister than terrorism itself. Their deaths must be counted and acknowledged in the real costs of this so-called act of “justice.” It is important that the voice of the silent majority who has been speaking against violent religious extremism be heard and seen as the genuine voice of Islam. I absolutely lend my support for countering terrorism, but not by being blindfolded to demonization and Islamophobia being propagated in the West. There seems to be no demarcation on who the terrorists are and who are the ones being terrorized. Terrorism should be categorized as “law enforcement” rather than a “national security” problem that can be attributed to religion.
The global jihadist movement has been sidelined by largely secular, peaceful, reformist revolutions in the Middle East. This opens a huge window of opportunity to achieve freedom and choice through legitimate non-violent means. The pro-reformist uprisings have achieved more in a few short months that the global jihadist ideology could achieve in more than a decade of its existence. The call to practice violent jihad has lost most of its appeal to today’s young Muslims who are twittering and skyping their way to regime change.

Anonymous said...

Insane or Cover-up
The decision to declare neo-fascist Anders Behring Breivik who massacred innocents in a twin bomb attack in Oslo and a mass shooting as insane was driven by the political interests. He has been deemed unfit to face trial and his incriminating testimony dismissed as merely the ravings of a madman. But all evidence points to a meticulous planning with a clear political agenda. This decision is motivated by the fear that even a limited investigation of the events and a trial would raise uncomfortable questions for the far right parties and political establishment across Europe that have promoted Islamophobia, religious bigotry and reactionary fascist ideology against the supposed creeping Islamization of Western society. It is an attempt to portray him as a “lone wolf”, who acted without any support. The political establishment is fully aware of the fact that Breivik did not draw his disturbing ideological outlook out of thin air. Mere articulation of such extremist views by Muslims is enough to have been put on trial, received extensive media coverage, and been imprisoned for years for propagating Jihadist ideology.
Religious fanaticism affects all religions and acts of violence takes place all around. Jewish fanatics kill Palestinians on a daily basis. Hindu fanatics indulge in hate propaganda and violence that is state-sponsored. Or it was God who told to invade Iraq. But clearly the “war on terror” does not apply to Islamophobes. The western media highlight Muslim fanatics – ONLY and concentrate on some dumb fanatic who failed to set off a bomb even after going back and forth to get “training” on how to make a bomb from the most dangerous place on earth. There is no reason to believe that similar incidents will not replicate across Europe. There's a preventative lesson to be learned from asking why he did what he did.

Anonymous said...

Don’t differentiate terror

It would be unrealistic to compartmentalize this global menace of terrorism on the basis of religion and geography.

It is must be condemned in all its forms and manifestations. It is unfortunate that the topic on terrorism has been hijacked by powerful nations who never want that their acts of unwarranted violence to be discussed in the context of terrorism. The so-called global war on terror has tried to mislead that terrorism is the monopoly of non-state actors alone.

Thus the killing of innocents by the imperialist alliance in unjust wars or state sponsored acts of terror by police, army, administration; judiciary is not considered terrorism at all and is condoned as collateral damage. All over the globe the word Islamic terrorism has been in the air since 9/11 and the West ensured that the media take up this new word and propagate it.

There is no denying the fact that Islam is being used for political indoctrination for reasons that are political, regional, cultural and economic rather than religious. The sudden upsurge of violent religious extremism should not be seen in isolation from the gross injustice and suffering inflicted against the Muslims by the major world powers. Why does the global war on terrorism only target certain “terrorists” and is friendly with many others who use terror?

Self-interest and double standards are the reasons that the “terror threat” will never go away, even though the actual “terrorists” will. In fact, assaulting of innocents either by the national armies wearing uniform and carrying flags or by extremist organizations must be treated as terrorism and accordingly dealt with. One hopes that truth will prevail and the guilty, irrespective of their religion and region are punished for the suffering they inflict on innocent humanity.

Anonymous said...

MULTICULTURALISM
“Multiculturalism” has become the latest code word used by racists to spread their communal poison. Ironically the problem of failure of cultural integration isn't a religious conflict but a cultural one.To portray all European Muslim immigrants mostly uneducated and low skilled as a single block is ridiculous when Muslims are white, some black and others brown with a lot of cultural differences between them, say Saudis, Indians, Turks and African. It is totally unrealistic to imagine that the process of cultural assimilation or integration of immigrant groups takes place in an instant. They can be well integrated in mainstream Europe in the future generations without having to forsake their religion and traditions.

Anonymous said...

Jihad:
Jihad is pitifully misunderstood term in western world. The widespread belief that jihad sanctions terrorism is completely false. Jihad is a broad and complex term in Islamic theology. It literally means “struggle” or “effort”, and it is a duty for all Muslims. Jihad usually takes on three forms: an internal struggle to refrain from sin and be the best Muslim one can be (which is often referred to as Jihad Al Akbar, the greater jihad); an external struggle for justice and to build a good Islamic society; and a holy war which could be a war of self-defense and cannot harm civilians. The term ‘jihad’ shares many values with concept of patriotism, and that it is a religious analogue to Western ‘just war' theory.
The twisted notion of ‘jihad’ to condone terrorism against Muslims and non-Muslims is similar to and no worse than ‘patriotism’ under its most extreme and violent interpretation, which requires obedience even when we are committing war crimes and human rights violations. War on Terror in reality has been a war on jihad of self-defense.

Anonymous said...

Dear Sir,

Kindly delete irrelevant comments on the blog and highlight last 5 comments by Anonymous. These comments on Jihad and other issues are highly appreciable and need further support from the blog.

Sarthak Ganguly said...

I love to read your blog. Though I don't support all of your views. But I respect you nevertheless.

I have also thought about this topic. I have written here -http://www.sgownblog.com/2012/11/why-islamic-terrorism-is-unique-in-our.html
Please go through and let me know what you feel about it.