Thoughts of Rabindranath Tagore on Hindu-Muslim Relations

Christianity and Islam determined to destroy all other Religions: There are two religions in earth, which have distinct enmity against all other religions. These two are Christianity and Islam. They are not just satisfied with observing their own religions, but are determined to destroy all other religions. That’s why the only way to make peace with them is to embrace their religions.” (Original works of Rabindranath Vol. 24 pages 375, Vishwa Bharti; 1982)

Muslims can not confine their `Patriotism to any one country’ : a very important factor which is making it almost impossible for Hindu-Muslim unity to become an accomplished fact is that the Muslims can not confine their patriotism to any one country. I had frankly asked (the Muslims) whether in the event of any Mohammedan power invading India, they (Muslims) would stand side by side with their Hindu neighbours to defend their common land. I was not satisfied with the reply I got from them… Even such a man as Mr. Mohammad Ali (one of the famous Ali brothers, the leaders of the Khilafat Movement-the compiler) has declared that under no circumstances is it permissible for any Mohammedan, whatever be his country, to stand against any Mohammedan.” (Interview of Rabindranath in `Times of India’, 18-4-1924 in the column, `Through Indian Eyes on the Post Khilafat Hindu Muslim Riots)

Hindus and Muslims can make a fake friendship: Whenever a Muslim called upon the Muslim society, he never faced any resistance- he called in the name of one God `Allah-ho-Akbar’. On the other hand, when we (Hindus) call will call, `come on, Hindus’, who will respond? We, the Hindus, are divided in numerous small communities, many barriers-provincialism – who will respond overcoming all these obstacles?

“We suffered from many dangers, but we could never be united. When Mohammed Ghouri brought the first blow from outside, the Hindus could not be united, even in the those days of imminent danger. When the Muslims started to demolish the temples one after another, and to break the idols of Gods and Goddesses, the Hindus fought and died in small units, but they could not be united. It has been provided that we were killed in different ages due to our discord.

“Weakness harbours sin. So, if the Muslims beat us and we, the Hindus, tolerate this without resistance-then, we will know that it is made possible only by our weakness. For the sake of ourselves and our neighbour Muslims also, we have to discard our weakness. We can appeal to our neighbour Muslims, `Please don’t be cruel to us. No religion can be based on genocide’ – but this kind of appeal is nothing, but the weeping of the weak person. When the low pressure is created in the air, storm comes spontaneously; nobody can stop it for sake for religion. Similarly, if weakness is cherished and be allowed to exist, torture comes automatically – nobody can stop it. Possibly, the Hindus and the Muslims can make a fake friendship to each other for a while, but that cannot last forever. As long as you don’t purify the soil, which grows only thorny shrubs you cannot expect any fruit. ” (The above is the part of the article “Swamy Shraddhananda’, written by Rabindranath in Magh, 1333 Bangabda; compiled in the book ‘Kalantar’)

Own religion true-others are false: “When two-three different religions claim that only their own religions are true and all other religions are false, their religions are only ways to Heaven, conflicts can not be avoided. Thus, fundamentalism tries to abolish all other religions. This is called Bolshevism in religion. Only the path shown by the Hinduism can relieve the world form this meanness.” (The above is the part of the article `Aatmaparichapa’ in his book `Parichaya’)

Make your children strong: The terrible situation of the country makes my mind restless and I cannot keep silent. Meaningless ritual keep the Hindus divided in hundred sects. Sop we are suffering from series of defeats. We are tired and worn-out by the fortunes by the internal external enemies. The Muslims are united in religion and rituals. The Bengali Muslims the South Indian Muslims and even the Muslims outside India-all are united. They always stand untied in face of danger. The broken and divided Hindus will not be able to combat them. Days are coming when the Hindus will be again humiliated by the Muslims.

“You are a mother of children, one day you will die, passing the future of Hindus society on the weak shoulders of your children, but think about their future.” (From the letter to Hemantabala Sarkar, written on 16the October, 1933, quoted in Bengali weekly `Swastika’, 21-6-1999)


Owaisi – the blue eyed monster of India

This article is produced here from a Blogger friend Agniveer as written.

Owaisi – the blue eyed monster of India
Jan 08, 2013 03:44 pm | Agniveer Agni
They say that the custom of worshipping Satan is as old as worship of God. Most religious scriptures state that the clout of Evil is never to be underestimated. In fact most mythologies or prophecies from all religions have the same pattern – There was (will be) a powerful Evil. Call it Satan, Rakshas, Antichrist, Goliath or Dajjal. He was (will be) very powerful and made (make) lives of people hell. Yet he would have a great fan following and no one would dare stand in front of him. Everyone would try to appease him so as to not face his wrath. Fear is the Key! This would continue for decades and centuries. Finally, the superhero – an avatar, or Holy Spirit, or Prophet, or Imam or a divinely inspired soul comes that destroys the Evil. Ironically, the entry of the superhero is always too late to be of any help for those innumerable ones who already got trampled by the Evil in the previous decades or centuries.

Same seems to be the case with India. We seem to be perennially waiting for the superhero for ages who would get us out of the shameless mess that surrounds us and destroys the contemporary Evil. I have heard that more than 100 generations of my forefathers were trampled in this wait and no superhero ever came. Meanwhile the Evil kept changing faces, kept spreading all around like stench coming from garbage pile in Dharavi and infecting all. It would keep creating new demons by turning each infected one into a new demon. And then it becomes difficult to pinpoint who the real Evil is.

And since no superhero is expected to come in near future, the politicians among us appease the Evil, the diplomats put a diplomatic silence on their lips and the rest of us turn a blind eye. What more can you expect from a society that could not even help a dying rape victim on road for an hour and now is shouting protest slogans to hide the hollowness eating us! Yes I am referring to the gang-rape case of Delhi that exposed everyone – the society, the police, the politicians, the media, the celebrities, the intellectuals, the aam-aadmi – and brought us face to face with our naked shamelessness.

But that is not the focus of this article. The focus is an equally shameless act by a criminal MLA conducted in open that was meekly accepted by the spineless intelligentsia of the nation as a natural reaction to so-called Hindu fundamentalism! I am referring to the one hour speech by a small-time Hyderabad MLA with criminal background who made the most insulting remarks on nation, its majority and its police ever by any politicians. On top of that, while his thousands of supporters waved the green flags, he openly challenged the establishment to dare to take action against him.

I recall that a progeny of a “royal” family of ruling party who is considered a black sheep for 2 generations, allegedly made a vague but seemingly violent statement without naming any person or community. He was promptly arrested and put in prison. He had then said that: “If a hand rises against Hindus, he will cut that hand.”

I was impressed by the sensitivity and alertness of my nation’s establishment and media, that took no chances in punishing him and sending a message that even vague indirect references to violence of any sort are not permitted in this secular sensitive nation.

And here is Akbaruddin Owaisi – the erstwhile alliance partner of the ruling party – who openly called police and security forces eunuch. And aggressively threatens, “If these eunuch be removed for 15 minutes, 25 crore Muslims would wipe off 100 crore Hindus.” He did not stop at that. He abused Hindu Gods and Goddesses and abused India. And then gave his blanket assurance to all his hooligans to protect them when they take law in their hands. The uneducated MLA who does not know difference between cow and antelope (Neel gai), appealed to all Muslims to kill cows defying law because that is sacred to Hindus.

And after that rousing speech in front of a crowd of thousands of fanatics, he went out to London in a royal fashion. Until a local citizen dared to file a case against him, the government, the police, the politicians, the media – no one found a reason to take this insult of nation and its majority by a sitting MLA as an issue of treason or inciting communal harmony. A few tweets did express some meek dissatisfaction and a few channels did cover the report as a regular duty. Almost all blamed “Hindu fundamentalists” for this!

I wonder why no one thought of blaming “Islamic fundamentalism” for Varun Gandhi’s speech in same league?

And when he returned back to India after his royal visit, he refused to surrender despite non-bailable charges. And no one could dare to force him into arrest. He growled, “I need 4 days to think over the arrest issue.” And the establishment said, “Your wish is our command!”

The only reason I can attribute to this all-permeating impotency is that perhaps Akbaruddin Owaisi is the new face of the demon. The new blue-eyed monster of this nation. In fact by displaying this shameless cowardice, the government, the media and everyone else are proving his claims to be true – “That all of them are Naamard (impotent) and even a crore impotent can do nothing worthwhile”

He said openly, “He would ensure that world fears him.” So the politicians appease and the diplomats remain tight-lipped. Who dare face the wrath of the Evil! When Evil came in form of the murderous Akbar 500 years ago, we worshipped him. How can we make an exception for the new-age Akbar! After all who knows to what extent the terror-links of a person, who dares abuse India in front of Indians, go to. Who knows what the sources of his lavish lifestyle are! Who knows why he was shot by a rival gang of Mohammad Pehalwan! Why take risk. Let us instead blame the fictitious “Hindu fundamentalists” who are neither in any Most Wanted List of any country, nor have any organized group like Al Qaeda or Lashkar-e-Taiyeba and hence pose zero risk. After all, the statements of a few aged sentimental “so-called Hindutva” leaders, who can offer nothing more than empty rhetorics to which no one listens, can be stretched out of context and linked with a random spurt of riots that happened more than 10 years ago in Gujarat to blame everything on the non-existent “Hindu fundamentalist”!

This habit of the spineless diplomats (media, politicians, intellectuals) is most stunning to me. To link everything to Hindu fundamentalism. I just don’t understand if they don’t feel any embarrassment making such lame arguments. The point is simple – if some so-called Hindu fundamentalist terrorises or kills or loots or incites people for violence, by all means, please arrest him. It was exactly on this logic that Varun Gandhi was arrested, Sadhvi Pragya was arrested. I do not know how solid the evidence were. But no media house or secular party tried to defend them citing their alleged deeds to be a reaction to “Islamic fundamentalism”.

But in case a Modi wins peaceful elections in Gujarat, blame it on “Hindu fundamentalism”. If Hindu passengers are burnt in a train, blame it on their “Hindu fundamentalism”. If Owaisi abuses Hindus and Hindustan, blame it on “Hindu fundamentalism”! I can explain this by nothing except what Owaisi said in his inflammatory speech: “Fear is the key”!

The Delhi rape incident made me ashamed to core for being an Indian. And this silent surrender to open terrorism and insult of country by a government representative takes my shame to an all new level. It brings even more shock when I heard that a rising leader of an emerging political party that made fight against corruption its main plank, telephoned a TV Channel to persuade it against showing a program against this speech of Owaisi. No leader of any secular party came forward to condemn it without linking to so-called Hindu fundamentalism. No one took to streets to demand arrest of this elected terrorist. No one threatened the withdraw support from government for shielding a hate-monger despite non-bailable arrest warrant. No one dared to say that death threat to majority of the country and insult of motherland are at least as serious issues as that of financial corruption. No spiritual guru questioned this abuse of Hindu Gods and Goddesses as well as Hindustan by a government representative.

And the greatest victims of misdeeds of these evils who sometimes come as Zakir Naik, sometimes as Osama and sometimes as Akbaruddin Owaisi are the common Muslims. By pretending to represent all Muslims, they bring bad name to all of them. Such speeches bring every Muslim under scanner. Radical Islam has tortured Muslims more than anyone else. And somehow the evil of radical Islam refuses to die. Rarely is any powerful voice heard and highlighted from Muslim community that condemns this terrorism. If a voice gets strong, it is silenced by the same cartel of terrorists. Many in the clergy give silent support to these terror-mongers. Thus a Zakir or an Owaisi are able to brainwash the upcoming youth among Muslims. They are told that all their sufferings are due to injustice meted out by Hindus. They are taught that Hindus killed them, looted them, discriminated against them, raped them and that is why Muslims are the least progressive society.

Very smartly, they would refuse to also highlight that 10000 times more Muslims are killed in Muslim nations or by Muslims than that ever in any unfortunate Hindu-Muslim riot. There are no Hindus in Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Algeria, Sudan, Somalia to dominate Muslims. But still mosques are bombed, innocents are killed, rape incidents are highest. The culprits are so-called Muslims themselves. Actually the very same gang of radical Muslims.

They would not tell these gullible youths that Arabs don’t even consider Muslims of sub-continent as better than slaves and discrimination is official. For them Muslim is only one who is an Arab. And hence sects like Sufis, Shias and Ahmadiyas are worse than Kafirs for them. And outside this Arab, Muslims of all sects (including Shias, Ahmadiyas and Sufis) are safest and most respectfully treated in India compared to any other Muslim nation of the world. In Pakistan, all who apply for passport have to declare that they hate Ahmadiya muslims.

Hindus in general are a peaceful tolerant community and this blend with Hindus has given a unique progressive outlook to Indian Islam. Whatever problems exist in Muslim society today are due to radicalization and hatred being imported by dogmatic and selfish leaders from Wahabi mindset of Arab that did not even spare the grave of Prophet from destruction.

They would also refuse to highlight that there was never a Hindu President in Pakistan or Bangladesh. But India proudly had Abdul Kalam as its President. In fact they would refuse to even refer to Muslim heroes like Abdul Kalam, Abdul Hamid, Ashfaqullah Khan because they represented anti-thesis of radical Islam.

They would also not explain why, if Hindus discriminate against Muslims, then why Bollywood had a slew of Muslim superstars since inception of talkies – Dilip Kumar, Shahrukh Khan, Amir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Salman Khan, Mohd Rafi, Naushad, Rehman etc etc.

They do not explain to them that in reality Muslims are NOT a minority in India. With more than 17% of population (an underestimation), they are actually at par with any majority group and hence cannot blame their plight on Hindus or Christians.

They would not explain that the cause of miseries of Muslims in India are these backward-looking radical Muslims and Mullahs who refuse modern education, instil threat of fatwas, discourage birth-control, issue fatwas insulting Muslim women and restricting their freedom and education, discourage free mixing with Hindus and imbibing the historical culture of the nation.

They just serve their selfish political and dogmatic agenda by poisoning minds of young Muslims and keeping un-poisoned minds under fear of threat. And hence the politics of vote-bank emerges. The reach of the Evil is now far and wide. He has both carrot and stick.

Muslims suffer, Hindus suffer, Hindustan suffers. The aam-aadmi turns a blind eye like in case of Damini dying on street. After all we excel only in writing obituaries, not success stories.

The media finds ways for protecting its commercial and professional interests. The politicians manage a balancing act between carrot of vote-bank and stick of fear. Sentimental orators and writers serving cause of ‘Hindutva’ would write reactionary rhetorics targeting entire communities that no one reads or takes seriously, except the media that would use it as a point to blame “Hindu fundamentalism” again! And some fools would see this writeup of Agniveer and start abusing religions.

One group would consider this writeup as justification for abusing Islam. Others would see it as conspiracy to demean Islam. Both will fight and the Evil will eventually win! The likes of Owaisi would get even more votes. We would nurture yet another monster. And continue our wait for the superhero who never ever came and would never ever come.

No one would step ahead to be the superhero himself. No one would think logically and honestly that hatred has to be destroyed from within and outside to be a superhero. No one would admit their own responsibilities in making things better. In having the grand-heartedness to love all humans as their own family members regardless of religion and birth. In having the courage to stand up against Evil attempting to abuse my mother. In having the vision to work for solutions that bring results and work at roots rather than show frustration which only make things worse.

Sounds depressing! Huh!

Come on friends, if this depression is not to turn true, lets get a bit more sensible. A bit more tolerant of each other and a bit more intolerant of the nonsense around. A bit more brave to fight the haters of motherland and a bit more proactive to cut the poison tree from root. A bit more visionary of the glorious future where all of us live in harmony as one family and a bit more realistic about the solutions we implement to achieve that vision. A bit more forgiving of the defects of others and much more critical of our own deeds.

The way we all united to demand death sentence for the rapists irrespective of whether they were Muhammad Afroz or Pawan Gupta, we must also unite to demand resignation of hate-mongers like Akbaruddin Owaisi. We must unite to have his party derecognized and he be sent to jail for treason and death threats to majority.

Enough of fear and apathy. Enough of seeing such incidents in saffron or green color. Let us realize that such monsters are the cause of whatever ignominy Muslims face and whatever terror attacks rest of the world faces. Let us realize that hate-mongers belong to no religion. And hence we must refuse to link such deeds of hate-mongers with any other event or person. We must also refuse to turn a blind eye to such misdirected chutzpah. Because these hate-driven designs give birth to graver crimes that shock the nation and its conscience. Lets thus destroy the root.

We don’t know how much of what Agniveer says will make sense to aam-aadmi (ordinary citizen) and make him rise to perform his special duties. Given the current spate of affairs, we seriously expect nothing from an impulsive, short-sighted, volatile society that we are becoming. But nonetheless, Agniveer stays unflinching in its path to salvation which passes through service of motherland, commitment to truth and tolerance, and constant visionary responsible result-oriented actions towards destruction of evil and nurture of virtuous.

We promise that till our last breath we shall work towards destroying the very roots of hatred that breed monsters like Zakir and Owaisi. We shall constantly strive to work towards a world where all live like one single family irrespective of region, religion, caste etc. In fact the only religion we believe in is religion of universal humanism.

How much we achieve and how quickly we achieve would depend on many things including how many of you commit to become Agniveer yourself. But nonetheless the mission shall continue till we live. And when we cease to live among you all tomorrow, we hope these words of Agniveer would still live and continue to ignite new Agniveers.

Journey is long, the night is dark.

But I can light a lamp, and I can walk.

How to debate with Muslim or Moslim?

Once you know something about Islam and try to talk to others, you may find yourself in a debate. Here are some of the “standards”.

Everyone from Muslims to atheists uses this. The implication is that Arabic is a unique language that can’t be translated and therefore, how could you know what you are talking about? First, the Koran claims to be a universal message for all humanity for all times. If the message is universal, then it must be able to be understood by all. If the message cannot be understood by everybody, then by definition it is not universal. So, which is it?

Another thing to consider is that over half of the Koran is about kafirs and politics. Do you really think that a political message about a kafir cannot be understood by the kafir? If so, what is that message that cannot be understood?

It must be made clear which Arabic is being spoken about. The Arabic of the Koran is classical Arabic which is about as similar to modern Arabic as the English of Chaucer and Beowulf is similar to modern English. Said in another way, not even a modern Arab can read classical Arabic. It is estimated that fewer than a thousand scholars who read classical Arabic can compose a paragraph on a random topic.

And what about the nearly billion Muslims who don’t even understand modern Arabic? If it is necessary to understand classical Arabic to understand what the Koran is about, then how can those billion non-Arabic-speaking Muslims understand the Koran? And if they cannot understand the Koran how can they be Muslims?

Ask the person who presents the argument if they have any opinions about the doctrine of Christianity. Then ask them if they read Hebrew, Aramaic or Biblical Greek? If they do not read those languages how can they form an opinion about something they have to read in translation? Of course they can read it and form an opinion, the same way we can read and understand the Koran.

A secondary question is why would anyone want to believe that the Koran couldn’t be understood? What is the purpose of believing that out of all the books in the world, why would there be one that cannot be translated?

The Koran is only 18% of the total doctrine. Would the questioner believe that the other 82% of the doctrine not be understood as well?

This response usually comes after some grim facts are given about Islam. This is probably the most common response from non-Christians. The best response is to ask if they have a reason that they don’t want to talk about Islam, since they want to change the subject. The average person knows next to nothing about Islam and sometimes this gambit is merely a way to steer the conversation into a familiar ground.

They are just trying to prove that Islam is not any worse than Christianity. At this point, welcome the chance to compare the two. Choose the ground of comparison. The best place to start is the founders. Compare Mohammed to Christ. The other good comparison is in ethics. Compare Islam’s dualistic ethics to unitary Golden Rule ethics.

Another version of this is that the person will compare some failed Christian to a “good” Muslim they know at work. It is fairly useless to do personal comparisons. How do you choose which Muslim out of 1.5 billion Muslims and which Christian do you choose out of a couple billion Christians?

A variation on the “Well, the Christians did …” is “What about the Crusades”? This is the time to say you welcome a comparison of the Crusades to jihad. Start with the question of why the Crusades were needed. Islamic jihad caused the invasion of the Middle East. The Crusades were a response to a cry for help by the tortured and oppressed Christians in their native land. Did the Christians do some very wrong things? Yes, but notice that the Crusades have been over nearly a thousand years. Jihad is active today. And while we are at it, why do academic libraries have many books on the Crusades, which lasted only 200 years, and so few on jihad, which has lasted 1400 years? The West has analyzed the Crusades forever and has never analyzed jihad.

Why is the Muslim your friend knows the only Muslim out of 1.5 billion that makes him the expert on Islam? Remember, the average Muslim knows very little about the doctrine of Islam. Why? Because, historically the imams have acted as the high priests of Islam and they have never made the doctrine simple to understand. That is one way they keep their prestige and power.

But once you know something about the doctrine, you can say that you know also know a Muslim, and his name is Mohammed, and what you say comes from the Sunna. In short, your Muslim, Mohammed, can beat your friend’s Muslim on any issue of doctrine. If the Muslim your friend knows says something about Islam that agrees with Mohammed, then it is right. If what he says contradicts Mohammed, then he is wrong. So this Muslim your friend knows is either wrong or redundant, but never more right than Mohammed.

Probably so. What does that prove about Islam? He may follow the Golden Rule and not Islam. That is, he may be a poor Muslim and a good person.

Now is the time to explain about the Islam of Mecca and the Islam of Medina and which one is the more powerful. It is also time to explain about dualism and how Islam always has two faces.

Stay with doctrine and history of Islam, never get personal and talk about an individual Muslim. Actually, there is one way to talk about any Muslim, show how what they do and say follows the doctrine.

Besides, you know this Muslim and his name is Mohammed. Don’t talk about “Muslims,” talk about Mohammed.

If you are quoting the Koran or the Sunna, then it is the real Islam, by definition. The Koran and the Sunna are Islam, the real Islam. All other Islam, such as is found in the media, is the false Islam. There is only one real Islam, the doctrine of Islam.

This comes after you have revealed some horrific part of the doctrine. What do Muslims call themselves? The believers. What do they believe? The Koran and the Sunna. They say that is what they believe. Really believe.

This is a restating of, “I know this Muslim and he is good man.” He may be a poor Muslim and a good man who follows the Golden Rule.

But, the statement shows that there is no understanding of the duality of Islam. The Koran has both violence and tolerance against the kafirs. Today in America the power of Islam is just getting started, so Islam is still weak. When Mohammed was weak in Mecca, he did not kill anybody. Islam is still in the first phase of jihad here.

But the Koran says that one Muslim can beat two kafirs. It also says that Islam must be the dominant political system. So when Muslims reach a third of the population (that makes it 2 to 1), they will be in the full stage of Medina and violence becomes a standard operation. But even then, we know from the Sira, that many Muslims just don’t have the stomach for the violence. The Sira shows that Muslims can support jihad many ways, besides personal violence. The “peaceful” Muslim you know is commanded to give money to Islamic charities and the charities give the money to the actual fighters.

Look at the violence in the Old Testament. It has two qualities—local and temporary. None of the violence is commanded to be global and eternal. In each case the violence is directed in a political struggle and when it was over it was over.

The violence in the Trilogy is for all Muslims, in all places and for all time. Jihad is to stop only when every kafir submits. Look at Mohammed, the perfect example. He was involved with violence until the day he died. And on his deathbed he directed eternal violence against the kafirs when he said in his last breath: “Let there be neither Christian or Jew left in Arabia.”

The Sira records that when Islam committed violence, it attracted new followers. As Osama bin Laden says: “People like a winning horse.” After 9/11 in the US, new followers joined Islam. Communism was a political system that preached, promised and delivered violence and it attracted many people. Many people love violence. Have you never paid any attention to Hollywood? Violence is piled upon violence and people line up to see it.

Islam is growing rapidly. but most of the growth can be attributed to high birth rates, not conversion. Islam’s growth in kafir countries is due to immigration, not conversion.

1. A Federal prosecutor may be in trouble because he’s a smart, successful kafir.

2. Jihad against the Christians at the highest level!  A Common Word is supreme jihad by Islamic scholars and the Muslim Brotherhood, championed by the usual dhimmi suspects at Yale, Harvard and Princeton Divinity Schools. Here’s the brilliant rebuttal by knowledgeable kafirs to this taqiyya-fest titled, “Truth About A Common Word.”

3. The Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide in Egypt on Bin Laden the jihad fighter, Sharia law and various other hot Islamic political topics. From

The differences in the different kinds of Islam are due to religion, not politics. Take the Sunni/Shia split, the largest division in Islam. Both Sunnis and Shias completely agree on how to treat kafirs and jihad. All Muslim subscribe to one of five schools of the Sharia and the Sharia’s position regarding kafirs and jihad is the nearly the same for all the schools.

The only big difference is whether to use violent jihad or peaceful jihad against the kafirs.

If you quote a hadith to a Muslim and they don’t like it, they will say, “Well, some of those hadiths are not acceptable (or true or some other disclaimer).” And that is true. Actually, when a Muslim says that, they are practicing taqiyya, sacred deception and duality. If it is a hadith, then a Muslim cannot be denied the right to follow it. It is Sunna.

The hadiths from Bukhari and Muslim are the creme de la creme of hadiths. When Bukhari made his collection, he threw out 99% of those he found. Those 99% are the unsure ones, the other 1% which are used here are authoritative.

The core of the myth is told in the Koran about how Adam built the Kabah at Mecca. It was the first house of worship. Then Abraham brought Ishmael to Mecca, prepared to perform the sacrifice demanded by God. Ishmael was left in Mecca with his mother, Hagar.

We have a very detailed report of Mecca at the time of Mohammed right down to the names of individuals, their children and wives. Arabs were very keen on family relationships. A person’s very name gave you his father’s or son’s name and a chain of relationships. One of the things that infuriated the Meccans about Mohammed was that he said their ancestors were in Hell since they were not Muslims.

Not a single person in Mohammed’s Mecca is named Abraham, Ishmael, or Hagar. Not one. Why? They had no knowledge about any relationship between the Arabs and Abraham. They knew of the Jews and Abraham, but they made no claim of kinship with their names. After Mohammed, these names became common amongst Muslims.

This has another large implication. Islam claims that Muslims, Christians and Jews are members of the Abrahamic faith. Not so. There is no such thing. It was an unsubstantiated claim by Mohammed.

If you spend any time talking about Islam you will hear: “What about the greatness of the Islamic Golden Age? Why, the West got all of its real learning from the Muslims. They preserved the Greek philosophers, invented algebra, chemistry, the algorithm and laid the basis of our learning.” Or: “The high point of human civilization occurred in Baghdad and Moorish Spain. It was all peace and harmony with Christians, Jews and Muslims living in multi-cultural compatibility.”

“When Europe was mired in the Dark Ages, Islam was a shining light on the hill. “

Hmmm. Let’s go over the data. Notice that the best of Islam is compared with the worst of the West. First, there never was a “Dark Age”. This prejudicial naming came from the time of the Renaissance when they looked back at the dogmatic approach to knowledge in medieval times and wanted to separate themselves from it. It is just like new rich wanting to shed their poor ancestry.

Let’s examine the Middle Ages for a moment and see how they came about. The collapse of Greek and Roman civilization came about from internal problems of too much wealth for too long. The ravages of the bubonic plague wiped out an estimated 30 to 60 percent of the European population, making it vulnerable to invasion. The annihilation of the centers of learning came from the jihad of Islam. So even if you want to use the term Dark Ages, at least recognize the influence of jihad.

And let’s look at how “un-dark” the “Dark Ages” were. Everyone agrees that the Renaissance was one of humanity’s great moments. But how did all of that greatness spring from the “Dark Ages”? You don’t get a champion racehorse from a plug mare. The Middle Ages were a time when the European man was created. The collapse of Roman central government allowed a new culture to emerge that was a fusion of Roman, Greek, Celtic and Germanic culture. Part of this culture was mechanical genius.

Europe was creating a new mind, the mind that would change the world by producing practical machines such as water mills and a thousand small improvements in daily life. The cathedrals were a stunning tribute to humanity and works of great beauty.Â
Without the Middle Ages there could not have been a Europe or a Renaissance.

Now look at the Golden Age of Islam in Baghdad. Where did it come from? Not from Islam. The Koran was the first book written in Arabia. Architecture in Arabia consisted of mud huts. Mohammed’s house was made from mud bricks; a man could touch the ceiling and a curtain served as a door. Arabic culture was barely iron age with its only art being poetry.

So where did the learning come from? Islam crushed the Christian, Zoroastrian, Buddhist and Hindu cultures and brought them all together in one culture. The scholars of these cultures were brought together and created an intellectual surge called the Islamic Golden Age. It was kafirs who created this so-called Golden Age while Islam took the credit. As an example, we call our numbers Arabic numerals. But the Arabs got them from the Hindus and took credit. We should call our numbers Hindu numerals.

It was Christian dhimmis who translated all of the Greek and Roman literature for their masters. Later, when this material was translated back into Greek and Latin, the Muslims got the credit for the work. In short, Islam got its knowledge just like it got its wealth— from theft and violence.

Islam cannot sustain any intellectual effort. Their own scholars cannot do the work due to the limitations of the dogma of Islamic thought.

And what were the Muslims able to do with this knowledge? Not much. What did they do with glass? Make pretty windows for the mosque. Europeans took glass and made microscopes and telescopes as well as stained glass. What did the Muslims do with mathematics? Not much. They combined the mathematics of the Greeks and Hindus and created algebra. And what did they do with algebra? Nothing. When it came back to Europe, the Europeans created calculus and physics.

A list of the great Arabic scholars reveals that many on the list were Christians with Arabic names. And the best of the Muslim scholars turned out not to be very Muslim and their works were later demolished by Muslims who were true to the real knowledge of Islam, the Koran.

Now let’s look at the great Moorish Spain. It was supposed to be a great center of multiculturalism. Of course, there was that day in Cordoba when the Muslims killed 8,000 Jews, but ignore that. What did Islam do as soon as it came to Spain? Shipped a thousand blondes off to be slaves in North Africa. But ignore that. Then there was the day when, after a battle against the Christian knights, they beheaded all the corpses and all the prisoners to build a hill of skulls. A Muslim then mounted the hill of skulls and issued the call to prayer. But ignore that.

How can any culture that makes slaves and dhimmis of all kafirs be called great? Simple. It served the needs of the groups that pushed the idea. It was Voltaire and Jewish scholars who created the idea of the Golden Age in Moorish Spain. Why? As an intellectual counterweight to the hated Catholic church. That propaganda attack survives today. It is the intellectuals who hate Christianity today, who push the same ideas.

If Islamic learning was so great, then where are the great Muslim scholars of today? No Islamic nation has ever had a Nobel prize in science. Not one. There have been eight Muslims who shared Nobel prizes in science, but it occurred in working in kafir nations and with kafir partners.

Bill Warner

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AUGUST 27, 2002


I heard in the morning that my book, Utal Haowa (Wild Wind), has been banned inBangladesh.

The reason that was put forward by the government was that my book had destroyed the socio-political amity of the country.And that there were anti-Islamic statements in my book. The first part of my autobiography, Amar Meyebela, was also banned inBangladesh. Both these books chronicle my life. I have just one thing to say in this regard. You have no freedom of expression inBangladesh.

I have penned my views on politics, society and religion and they need not necessarily match the views of the government. If there is democracy in a country, a citizen will have the freedom to talk his mind out.

WhatBangladeshoffers in the name of democracy is farce. It is no democracy at all. Elected politicians act like dictators. But this is nothing new forBangladesh. Ever since 1971 whenBangladeshbecame independent, this has been continuing there. Various political parties use religion as a pawn to garner votes. Religion is the best tool with which you can fool the unlettered, the poor.

The government has taken away from me my right to citizenship. No government allows me to go toBangladesh. Whichever party has come to power has tried to throttle my voice. They are trying to show that they are doing all this to protect their religion. I understand, this will help them win votes.

But this is only going to push the country back by a thousand years. The possibility ofBangladeshever becoming a secular state is being destroyed by such acts.

Can you call a country a democracy where freedom of speech is not encouraged? Is it possible to dream of a healthy society in such a country? Never. No wonder political terror is pushing the country to the brink of devastation.

Murders are rampant, women are being raped, they are committing suicide. Ever since religion was made the guiding force of nation-building, torture on humanity has been on the rise. Fundamentalism destroys the amity between people. If this is not criticised, we will not have right-thinking people around. Without this, religious sentiments will keep a nation years behind in everything.

If Slaughter Houses had Glass Walls, Everyone would be a Vegetarian.”

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You are what you eat.

 If slaughter houses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.”

By Uttam K. Jain

The celebration of Thanksgiving spells a death knell to the turkey. Thousands of birds are slaughtered to enable Americans to celebrate this festival.

Conceived through forced and artificial insemination, the turkey begins its life’s journey in an egg form in the womb of its mother turkey caged together with many other such mothers made to go through the horrors of factory farming.  

Laid in a cage and rolled out in the form of an egg, and immediately separated  and moved to a factory-hatching environment it, together with  millions of others,  the chick enters  the world only to be forced through  extreme  tortures, pain and agony as  its mother did.  

Given only three square feet of floor space on which to spend its life, each bird is forced to endure beak and toe mutilations intended to prevent crowded birds from injuring one another, both procedures are performed without the use of anesthesia and can cause extreme pain, stress and even death.  

Although turkeys have a natural life expectancy of about 10 years, they are commonly slaughtered between 12 and 26 weeks of age.

When they grow up they have to endure horror. During transportation to the slaughter houses these birds are crowded in small cages with very little or no ventilation and they are even deprived of food and water during the long distance hauls that sometime take days.  When arrived at the destination to get them off the truck, these birds are thrown mercilessly handled by their necks and feet only to become ready to be hung up by their feet on a rotating conveyor with anchors.  

The conveyor moves and takes each bird to the knife to have its throat slit while it is alive.  While trampling, confused as to what’s happening to itself and trying to free itself some fall on the bloody floor only to be picked up, smashed and put back on the anchor for its only crime that it was created by artificial insemination and for no fault of its own!

 Stunning is not legally required for most farm animals. (The poultry, which comprises over 90 percent of “food animals,” is not covered under The Humane Slaughter Act).

Even when stunning is required, industry reports indicate an alarming failure rate. Standard slaughter practices, combined with gross negligence, result in immense pain and suffering for millions of animals.  So, these birds go through the torture factories while being conscious.

 Speed, not humane consideration, guides the slaughter process. Thousands of animals are dismembered or dropped into a scalding tank while they are still conscious.

  Next, these birds are thrown into a machine where their feathers, toes and beaks  are removed in few seconds.  The carcasses are then packed neatly and shipped across the nation to distribution warehouses and then to the grocery stores.

This is the bird that gets cooked, sliced and put on the dinner plates — to celebrate Thanksgiving by neatly dressed family members and invited guests, who are blissfully ignorant of the torture the turkey has suffered from the birth to the death.  

Is it not  the pinnacle of hypocrisy  indulged in by the so-called civilized society? Is there no better way to celebrate the Thanksgiving?

Paul McCartney said: “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.”

“I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals,” said  Henry David Thoreau.

When most in a society consume flesh as a normal food, you have a violent society.  Most of us have heard of the saying: “Your are what you eat.”

My blood is boiling

my blood is boiling as i m hearing the blast case in delhi…
 i think our government is blind as well as deaf…. they are just securing terrorists like afjal guru and amir ajmal kasab, while on the other hand they r fail to secure our protection,,,

 i think only the policy of “an eye for an eye” can protect us,,,
just kill the terrorists without any pity….
 just f**k them othewise they’ll F**k us,,,,,
the nerves of our government is full with dirty water instead of blood, so we have to do the job……
 aaj phir lalkara gaya hai apne watan ko,
 apne hindustan, apne gulshan ,apne chaman ko,
 ab dikha do yaaron, garmi unhe apne lahu ki,
 aur badh chalo aaj dushmano k daman ko…..

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હિન્દી ફિલ્મોમાં મુસ્લિમવાદ

હિન્દી ફિલ્મોમાં મુસ્લિમવાદ. From by. Kalpesh Soni.

Posted on August 1, 2011
“અમે તો હિન્દુ-મુસલમાન એવો કોઈ ભેદભાવ રાખતા નથી. હુસેનચાચા શાકભાજીની લારી લઈને રોજ અમારા હિન્દુ વિસ્તારમાં આવે છે અને અમે તો એમને બે રુપિયા વધારે આપીને રાજી થઈએ છીએ.” “ઐયુબ-રીક્ષાવાળો અમારા બાળકોને ફુલની જેમ સાચવીને સ્કૂલે લઈ જાય છે અને લાવે છે” – સંકુચિત દૃષ્ટિવાળા ઘણા હિન્દુઓ આવું બોલે છે. વ્યાપક દૃષ્ટિએ જોતાં દરેક હિન્દુએ મુસલમાનને ત્રણ પ્રશ્નો પૂછવા જોઈએ:
1. શું એ ગાય અને વાછરડાને કાપીને ખાવાનું બંધ કરશે?
2. શું એ હિન્દુ છોકરીઓને ફસાવવાનું બંધ કરશે?
3. ‘ઈશ્વરના અનેક સ્વરૂપમાં માનતો હોવાથી હિન્દુ કાફર છે અને કાફરને મારી નાંખવાથી ખુદા રાજી . . થાય છે’ – આ વાત ખોટી છે એવું એ કહેશે?
. . ત્રણેયના જવાબો ‘ના’માં આવશે. હવે હિન્દુઓ વિચારે, કે એણે મુસલમાન સાથે કેટલો સંબંધ રાખવો!

‘થ્રી ઈડિયટ્સ’ – હિન્દુત્વની નજરે

‘થ્રી ઈડિયટ્સ’ ફિલ્મમાંનો એક ઈડિયટ એવા ફરહાનના મુસ્લિમ કુટુમ્બમાં પિતા-પુત્ર વચ્ચે શિક્ષણના પાયાના ખ્યાલો અંગેના જે મતભેદો બતાવ્યા છે એ હકીકતમાં ઉચ્ચ શિક્ષણ લઈ રહેલા હિન્દુ પરિવારોની સમસ્યા છે. ઑટો ગેરેજ, મકાનનું રંગરોગાન, ગાદલા-રજાઈ બનાવવા, ઈંડા-મરઘી ઉછેરવા જેવા નિમ્ન કક્ષાના ધંધામાં જોડાયેલા અને ભારતમાં બ્રિટિશ એજ્યુકેશન સીસ્ટમ લાગુ હોવાથી એને શંકાની નજરે જોતા તેમજ એ શિક્ષણ લેવાથી પ્રયત્નપૂર્વક દૂર રહેતા મુસલમાન સમાજના 2 ટકા મુસલમાનો પણ શિક્ષિત નથી તેથી તેઓના પરિવારોમાં આવા સભ્ય તેમજ શિક્ષિત સમાજને લગતા પ્રશ્નો ઉદ્ભવે એ શક્ય જ નથી. આમ છતાં આ ફિલ્મમાં આમીરખાન મુસ્લિમ પરિવારને એક આધુનિક પરિવાર તરીકે ઉપસાવે છે. જ્યારે રાજુના હિન્દુ પરિવારની ખુબ ભદ્દી મજાક ઉડાવી છે. હિન્દુ સ્ત્રી વેલણથી પતિની છાતીમાં ખંજવાળે છે એથી વેલણ સાથે ચોંટેલા છાતીના વાળના ગુચ્છા રોટલીમાં આવે છે – એવું બતાવ્યું છે. શું આપણી મા-બહેનો આવી રીતે રોટલી વણે છે? એ જ રીતે પરીક્ષા નજીક આવે છે ત્યારે હિન્દુઓ કેવી અંધશ્રદ્ધામાં રાચે છે, એવું અનેક દૃશ્યો આપીને બતાવ્યું છે. એની સરખામણીમાં અભણ મુસ્લિમસમાજમાં વહેમો, અંધશ્રદ્ધા તેમજ કુરિવાજોની ભરમાર છે, છતાં એનો ઉલ્લેખમાત્ર નથી.

રાજુને આ ફિલ્મમાં પોતાની ગ્રહોના નંગની વીંટીઓને, પથારીવશ દર્દીએ વાપરવાના યુરિનટબમાં નાંખી દેતો બતાવ્યો છે. કોઈ મુસલમાન, એણે પહેરેલા તાવીજ-માદળીયા કે કાળા-લાલ દોરા-ધાગાને સંડાસના કમોડમાં નાંખી દે – શું એવું દૃશ્ય ફિલ્માવવાનું આમીરખાન પસંદ કરશે ? ગુજરાતનો નાગરસમાજ સભ્યતાની દૃષ્ટિએ અતિ ઉચ્ચ તેમજ સાહિત્ય અને ગીત-સંગીત વગેરે કળાના ક્ષેત્રમાં ખુબ આગળ વધેલો છે. એને આ ફિલ્મમાં કેવો બતાવ્યો છે? નાગર પરિવારનો દીકરો – રણછોડદાસ શામળદાસ ચાંચડ ભણવામાં નબળો છે અને ઘરનો નોકર છોકરો હોંશિયાર છે. આથી ‘રેંચો’ નામધારી એ છોકરાએ મહેનત કરવાની અને જે ઉચ્ચ ડીગ્રી મળે એ નાગર દીકરાને આપી દેવાની! ખ્યાલ આવે છે ને, આમીરની માનસિકતાનો! અને હા, હિન્દુ છોકરીને લગ્નમંડપમાંથી જ ઉપાડવાની અને એ રીતે સેંકડો હિન્દુ પરિવારોને એક સાથે બદનામ તેમજ દુ:ખી કરવાની પરંપરા શાહરુખખાને ‘દિલવાલે’થી શરુ કરી છે એ પરંપરાને આ ફિલ્મમાં આમીરે આગળ વધારી છે. છેલ્લે આમીર પોતાને ‘વેંગડૂ’ બતાવે છે – આ ‘વેંગડૂ’ એટલે શું? શું એ હિન્દુ છે? કે પછી એ ખ્રિસ્તી છે? ‘એ જીનિયસ વૈજ્ઞાનિક પોતાના સમાજનો છે’ એવો યશ કોઈ હિન્દુ લઈ ના શકે એવું આમીરે બરાબર ગોઠવ્યું છે.

હિન્દી ફિલ્મજગતમાં મુસ્લિમવાદ

પશ્ચિમબંગાળની જાજરમાન હિન્દુ અભિનેત્રી શર્મિલા ટાગોર અને મંસૂર અલિખાન પટૌડીનું ફરજંદ એવા સૈફ અલી ખાને પંજાબી હિન્દુ યુવતી અમૃતાસિંઘને પોતાના બાળકોની માતા બનાવીને છોડી દીધી અને શાહીદકપૂર તેમજ કરીના કપૂર – એ હિન્દુ કપલને તોડીને સૈફે કરીનાને પોતાની કરી લીધી. આમ કરતી વખતે એણે અમૃતાસિંઘના અરમાનોની સાથે-સાથે પોતાની માતાની લાગણીઓનો પણ વિચાર ના કર્યો. હિન્દુ માતા શર્મીલા, સૈફ અમૃતાને છોડે એની બિલકુલ વિરુદ્ધ હતી. છેવટે શાહીદ હાથ ઘસતો રહી ગયો. એ નબળો પ્રેમી સાબિત થયો. આની સામે સલમાનને જુઓ. એને ઓલરેડી છોડી ચુકેલી ઐશ્વર્યાને વિવેક ઓબેરોયે હુંફ આપી તો સલમાને વિવેકની કારકીર્દિ ખલાસ કરી નાંખી. ભગવાન પ્રત્યે ઉત્કટ પ્રેમ ઉભો થતા સમય લાગે એ સમજી શકાય પરંતુ પોતાની ગર્લફ્રેંડને પ્રેમ કરતા હોય તો એને સાચવવાની તાકાત તો હિન્દુ છોકરાઓએ બતાવવી જોઈએ ને ! એમાં શાહીદગીરી ના ચાલે ! આમીરે પણ પોતાની પહેલી પત્નીને છોડીને હિન્દુ યુવતી કાજલ સાથે બીજી વાર લગ્ન કર્યા. રણબીરકપૂર સાથે ગાઢ પ્રણયમાં મસ્ત એવી દિપીકા પાદૂકોણ તેમજ એને પસંદ કરતી અનિલકપૂરની દીકરી સોનમ, રણબીર સાથેના સંબંધો બગાડીને બન્ને આમીરના ભત્રીજા ઈમરાનખાન સાથે જોડાઈ ગઈ. આ રીતે ભારતના હિન્દી ફિલ્મના મુસ્લિમ હીરો ભારત સહિત દુનિયાના તમામ દેશોને એવો સંદેશ આપવા માંગે છે, કે દુનિયાભરની છોકરીઓ માત્ર મુસલમાન છોકરાઓને ભોગવવા માટે જ છે. તેઓ દૃઢપણે માને છે, કે ધર્માંતરણ દ્વારા મુસ્લિમોની સંખ્યા વધારવા માટે, જેમ ખેતરની જમીનમાં હળ ઘુસાડીને અનાજ પેદા કરાય છે તેમ ગેરમુસ્લિમ સ્ત્રીઓ સાથે શરીરસંબંધ કરીને મુસ્લિમ ઓલાદો પેદા કરવાની છે. વાનરવેડા કરતા સલમાને થોડા સમય પહેલા એક નિવેદન કર્યું હતું, કે ‘પોતે એવો આખલો છે કે જેનાથી ભારતની ગાય જેવી છોકરીઓએ પોતાની જાતને સંભાળવાની છે.’

હિમેશ રેશમીયાએ પોતાની ફિલ્મના દરેક ગીતમાં ‘યા અલ્લા’, ‘માશાલ્લા’, ‘શુભાનલ્લા’ વગેરે શબ્દો મુકવાનો તેમજ ગીત ગાતી વખતે હીરો-હીરોઈન પાસે વારંવાર ‘આદાબ’ની મુદ્રા કરાવવાનો નનૈયો ભણી દીધો તો સલમાને હીમેશને ક્યાં ગાયબ કરી દીધો એ કોઈ જાણતું નથી. એની સામે પાગલના રોલમાં સલમાનની, પાગલખાનામાં ફિલ્માવેલી એક આખી ફિલ્મમાં એક પાગલ ‘ઓમ શાંતિ: શાંતિ: શાંતિ’ એવો વેદના મહામંત્રનો જાપ કરતો હોય છે. એ પાગલને ધમકાવીને પાગલખાનાનો સિક્યુરીટી ગાર્ડ એ મંત્ર વિશે અતિ અભદ્ર કોમેંટ કરે છે એ ચાલે પરંતુ પોતાની ફિલ્મમાં પાકીસ્તાન વિરુદ્ધ બોલતા તેમજ ભારતની ગદ્દારી કરતા મુસલમાનોની બેઈજ્જતી બતાવતા પંજાબી જાટ હિન્દુ યુવાનો – સન્ની તેમજ બોબી દેઓલ પ્રત્યે વેરભાવના રાખી એમને એકલા પાડી દેવામાં આવે છે. તેઓની સાથે-સાથે અજય દેવગનની પણ સ્થિતિ એવી થઈ કે, પોતાની હોમ પ્રોડક્શનની ફિલ્મોનું નિર્માણ કરે તો જ તે કામ કરી શકે. મિસવર્લ્ડ ઐશ્વર્યાને મહિનાઓથી રોજ અડધી રાતે તેના ઘરે જઈને હેરાન કરી રહેલા સલમાન વિરુદ્ધ, અંડરવર્લ્ડથી ડરીને કોઈ પોલીસ ફરિયાદ કરી શકતું ન હતું – એ વાત સૌ જાણે છે. એ જ રીતે પરવાના વિનાની રાયફલ રાખવા બાબત સંજયદત્તની તપાસમાં જે ફોનકૉલ્સ ખુલ્યા એમાં બહાર આવ્યું, કે સંજયે હીરો ગોવિંદાનો કાંટો કાઢી નાંખવાની વાત ભાઈલોગને કરી હતી.

હમણાં અચાનક પાંચ મિનિટ માટે મારી નજર સામે ‘ફના’ ફિલ્મના દૃશ્યો આવ્યા ને હું ચમકી ગયો. મને થયું, કે ફિલ્મમાં આવું બતાવ્યું હોય તો ગુજરાતના માત્ર સરદાર પટેલ ગ્રુપે એકલાએ જ શા માટે એનો વિરોધ કર્યો? આ ફિલ્મ બનાવવા બદલ સમગ્ર ભારતમાંથી વિરોધ પ્રગટ થવો જોઈએ અને આમીરને દેશદ્રોહીનો મેડલ આપીને પેલા વિકૃત વાસનાવાળા ચિતારા હુસેનની જેમ આ દેશમાંથી હાંકી કાઢવો જોઈએ. ભારતીય નાગરિક તરીકે સૈન્યમાં દાખલ થઈને આમીર ભારતના હવાઈદળના જવાનોને મારી નાંખે છે અને પોતે પાકીસ્તાનને વફાદાર છે એવું ફિલ્મમાં બતાવે છે. ભલે એ ફિલ્મ હોય પરંતુ ભારતના એક નંબરના દુશ્મન દેશ એવા પાકીસ્તાનના વફાદાર તરીકે ભારતીય સેના તેમજ સૈનિકો સાથે ગદ્દારી કરવાની માનસિકતા ધરાવતી ફિલ્મ તૈયાર કરનાર માટે કહેવું શું?

યાદ કરો અમિતાભ બચ્ચનને! પોતાના દીકરા અભિષેકના લગ્ન મુંબઈમાં જ કર્યા છતાં ફિલ્મક્ષેત્રના એક પણ મુસલમાનને આમંત્રણ આપ્યું નહિ, ખાનબ્રધર્સને પણ નહિ. છતાં અત્યંત પ્રભાવી રીતે તેઓ ફિલ્મઉદ્યોગમાં ટકી રહ્યા છે. ટી-સીરિઝવાળા ગુલશનકુમારે જબરદસ્ત ક્રાંતિ કરી હતી. એણે પોતાનો નફો ખુબ ઘટાડી નાંખીને લાખોની સંખ્યામાં અઢળક ભજનોની કેસેટ્સ તેમજ સીડીનું નિર્માણ તેમજ વેચાણ કર્યું. પોતે તો કરોડો કમાયો પરંતુ એની સાથે-સાથે હિન્દુ ધર્મની એવી હવા ફેલાવી દીધી કે ચારે બાજુથી ગુલશનકુમારની વાહ-વાહ થવા લાગી. આથી કહેવાતા ઈસ્લામના ઠેકેદારો એવા અંડરવર્લ્ડના ભાઈલોગે ગુલશન પાસેથી એટલી મોટી રકમની ખંડણી માંગી કે કોઈ પણ ઉદ્યોગપતિ એ ખંડણી ચુકવવા તૈયાર ના થાય. અને હત્યારાઓએ ગુલશનને મુંબઈમાં ધોળે દિવસે રસ્તા પર દોડાવી-દોડાવીને માર્યો. રસ્તા પરથી એ મકાનોની ગલીમાં ઘુસ્યો ત્યાં પણ કોઈએ એને રક્ષણ ના આપ્યું. છેવટે કોઈ ખ્રિસ્તી બાઈના મકાનના, બાજુમાં બહારના ભાગે આવેલા જાજરુમાં જઈને એ ભરાયો. ત્યાં એ બાઈએ ટપોરીઓને ઈશારાથી ગુલશનના છુપાવાની જાણ કરી દીધી. શૂટરોએ શરીરમાં ગોળીઓ ધરબી દઈને ગુલશનને પતાવી દીધો. કોઈ પત્રકાર ગુલશનના મૃત્યુની વિગતો લેવા ગયો તો એ બાઈ ખડખડાટ હસતા-હસતા એની સાથે વાત કરતી હતી, કે છેલ્લી ઘડીએ મોતથી ગુલશન કેવો ડરી રહ્યો હતો? એ બાઈનું હસવાનું રોકાતું ન હતું.

ઘણીવાર મને પ્રશ્ન થતો કે બ્રાહ્મણોની ચોટલી, પૂજારીનું ધોતીયુ વગેરે હિન્દુ ધર્મના ચિહ્નો હાસ્યાસ્પદ શા માટે થયા? પછી ખબર પડી કે એ તો હિન્દી ફિલ્મની સમાજ પર થયેલી અસર છે. એની સામે ફિલ્મ જગતમાં ટાલીયાઓ ઘણા હોવાથી તેઓએ નક્કી કર્યું, કે ટાલીયાઓની મશ્કરી ન થાય અને ટાલ સ્ટેટસનું ચિહ્ન ગણાય એ માટે ફિલ્મમાં સારો રોલ કરનારને માથે ટાલ દેખાડવી. અને તેઓ એ બાબતમાં સફળ થઈ ગયા. વળી તમને એક પણ ફિલ્મમાં મુલ્લા-મૌલવી કે ફકીરની બેઈજ્જતી થતી જોવા નહિ મળે. ‘મુન્નાભાઈ’માં જ્યોતિષી બટુકમહારાજની કેવી ખરાબ હાલત કરવામાં આવી છે, યાદ છે ને! કોઈ પણ વિલન કે હીરો લગ્નમંડપમાં ગોરમહારાજનું કેવું અપમાન કરે છે? નિકાહ પઢાવતા કાઝીને તમે એવી હાલતમાં જોયો છે કોઈ દિ? જુની ઘણી હિન્દી ફિલ્મોમાં મંદિરના ભગવાનની સામે હીરોને ઉદ્ધત ભાષામાં ડાયલોગ મારતો બતાવ્યો છે. પૂછો, એ ફિલ્મના નિર્દેશકોને, કે મસ્જીદમાં જઈને ખુદાને પડકારવાની ગુસ્તાખી કરતા હીરોને દર્શાવતું દૃશ્ય તેઓ પોતાની ફિલ્મમાં ફિલ્માવવાનું પસંદ કરે છે?

એક ફિલ્મના નિર્માણમાં કરોડો-અબજો રુપિયા ખર્ચાતા હોવાથી અને અંડરવર્લ્ડના મુસ્લિમ ગુનેગારો એમાં રોકાણ કરતા હોવાથી સ્વાભાવિક રીતે જ તેઓ એવી ફિલ્મ બનાવડાવે કે એમાં હિન્દુઓની મશ્કરી થાય અને મુસ્લિમો સારા દેખાય. ઉપરાંત ફિલ્મો મુંબઈમાં બનતી હોવાથી અને મુંબઈમાં માફીયારાજ હોવાથી કોઈ નિર્માતા પોતાના જોખમે ફિલ્મ બનાવે તો પણ ભાઈલોગને તેઓની શરતે(મફતના ભાવે) ફિલ્મની પ્રિંટ્સ આપી જ દેવી પડે. આ રીતે મુંબઈના ફિલ્મક્ષેત્રના ઉદ્યોગપતિઓ આ પ્રકારની વિવિધ મુશ્કેલીઓ સામનો કરી રહ્યા છે. ફિલ્મઉદ્યોગને અંડરવર્લ્ડની તમામ બદીઓથી મુક્ત કરાવીને સ્વચ્છ ફિલ્મોનું નિર્માણ કરી શકાય એ માટે એ ક્ષેત્રના શ્રેષ્ઠીઓને ગુજરાતમાં યોગ્ય વાતાવરણ જણાય છે. એ માટે જરુરી સગવડો ગુજરાતમાં ઉપલબ્ધ થઈ શકશે એવું તેઓને સ્પષ્ટ લાગે છે.

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