Friday, 26 July 2013

The Saffron Wings and Stalinisation of Indian Politics

Yashwant Sinha is a worried man these days. He is apprehensive of his leader Narendra Modi being taken for a ride by the Congress party. He says that the Congress party is laying a trap for him, a trap of the binary of Communalism and Secularism and fears that his upward looking Narendra Modi might fall in it. So, well wisher that he is of Narendra Bhai, he wants to alert him: do not get entangled in the conspiracy of the wily Congress. He appeals to Narendra Modi to stick to people’s issues and not let the political discourse shift to the terrain of the Secularism versus Communalism debate.

And then Yashwant Sinha rushes to clarify- ‘ No, no, he was speaking to Congress and not to Narendra Modi’. After all, how can HE, the SAB-JANTA-WALA be advised by an ordinary party member like him? Sinhaji only wants the nefarious design of the Congress to be foiled. Read what he writes, “The Modi-baiters have a clear game plan. The more he speaks, the more controversy they will create. The pre- election political discourse will, thus, be distorted and attention will shift from the mis-governance and corruption of this government to what happened more than 11 years ago in Gujarat. We must bring the discourse back from the past to the present.”

Yashwant Sinha had served the country under the NDA regime as finance minister. He is, therefore qualified to speak about economic issues, “We should bring the debate back to current issues which are basically economic issues. The issue of poverty, the issue of bread and the issue of unemployment. These are the issues which are hurting people. It is not communalism or secularism. These are the issues. So we should bring the debate back to these issues.”

You could almost see the worry on his face. And worry is actually not about the discourse being marred by the spurious Communalism-Secularism debate, it is in actuality, a fear of the BJP being devoured by Narendra Modi and consequently leaving mortals like Yashwant Sinha lost in oblivion. After all, the speeches of no BJP leader other than Narendra Modi have been televised live, especially while addressing college students. How is it that the entire speech of Narendra Modi when he visited the Sri Ram college of Commerce of the University of Delhi was telecast live and also recently his speech at the Fergusson College , Pune? How is it that all national TV channels think their viewers across India would be interested universally in what Modi has to say in a ‘local’ setting? It seems, Modi has transformed himself into a national figure of far wider reach than any of the other leaders of the BJP, who have been in Delhi for decades together, being constant fixtures on channels, who used to think that they were the articulators of the ideology of the party.

All that is past now. Yashawnt Sinha, therefore , is not talking about marginalization of ‘real’ issues , issues of bread , unemployment and governance. He is talking about the marginalization of people like him within the party. Since the time Modi was anointed as the chief of the election panel of the BJP, all they have been left doing is defending his statements, supporting his upgradation in the party even at the cost of the tallest among them. Modi has become the centre and they have been pushed to the periphery. It is this fear which is expressed through the words of Sinha.

Sinha does not want Modi to be made an issue, a talking point. But now all this is beyond him. Modi is very carefully crafting his campaign in which it is only he who would be visible. You would always see him at the centre flanked by the sulking, sullen older faces of the party. Modi smiles, Modi frowns, Modi turns his head towards Advani, Modi ignores advani, etc.,etc.. He has become the reference point. A time may come when all of them would be asked to address rallies or even press conferences wearing Modi-masks. First, their voices would be snatched from them and then he would demand their faces. Modispeak and Modiface , this is what would remain of a party, which boasted of being a party opposed to the personality cult. This is what is gnawing at the heart of Yashwant Sinha.

This is a complete Stalinisation of the BJP. While giving Stalin the centre-stage Lenin had probably not anticipated that he would gobble up the entire politburo of the party. Soon after taking charge , he restricted Lenin’s access to the party and got his all his colleagues , who had their own ambitions, in the politburo eliminated one by one. The ones who survived could do so only by licking his boots. We know that Stalin was part of a very different history. Analogies cannot be dragged beyond a point. However, similarities are too striking to be ignored. This is what is happening to the BJP now. It is the decimation of the party to make room for a person, which is Sinha’s nightmare .

Sinha wants Modi to speak less. He would be fortunate if he escapes the wrath of the Bhai after making this unwarranted, unsolicited advice. We saw the express departure of Amir Raza Husain, who was brought into the party and made its Delhi state Vice- President only recently, after he made a statement criticizing Modi and lauding Advani. His mentor Vijay Goel, an old hand in the party had to rush to press to express his loyalty to Modi after dismissing his prized find from the party.

It has been said that the emergence of Modi in India has only one notable precedence in history and that is the rise of Hitler in Germany. Overall that may surely be true, but if we look at this phenomenon from the point of view of the political organisation, one can only go back to Stalin and what he did to the Soviet Communist party.

( Source: @ published on 26 July,2013)

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Top 10 Question On Islam with Verses of Holy Ramadan

Higher educated women for Muslim community normally face some annoyed queries from their counter parts from other community either work places or homes. Normally, The queries are listed bellow because I too face similar question from my counterparts from other community , specially Hindu Community. 
So my this post can help to understand such queries and easy to reply them about Islam and Muslim community. 

1. What is Islam?

Answer: Islam is not a new religion, but the same truth that God revealed through all His prophets to every people. For a fifth of the world's population, Islam is both a religion and a complete way of life. Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy, and forgiveness, and the majority has nothing to do with the extremely grave events, which have come to be associated with their faith.

2. What does Islam mean? 

Answer: The Arabic word Islam simply means 'submission', and derives from a word meaning 'peace'. In a religious context it means complete submission to the will of God. 'Mohammedanism' is thus a misnomer because it suggests that Muslims worship Muhammad (peace be upon him) rather than God. 'Allah' is the Arabic name for God, which is used by Arab Muslims and Christians alike. 

3. How do we know Islam is the truth?

Answer: a- It is the only religion that holds Allah as One, Unique, and Perfect. 
b- It is the only religion that believes in the sole worship of Allah, not Jesus, not an idol, and not an angel, only Allah.
c- The Quran does not contain contradictions.
d- The Quran contains scientific facts, which are 1300 years ahead of their time. The Quran, while revealed 1400 years ago contains scientific facts, which are only now being discovered. It is not in contradiction to science.
e- Allah has challenged the world to produce the like of the Quran. And He says they won't be able to.
f- Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was the most influential man in history. In the book "The 100 most influential men in History", written by non-Muslim, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was #g. Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) was #3. It should be noted that even the Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) was a prophet sent by Allah. Would Allah allow a false prophet to be so successful? No. Even the Bible refers to this in Deuteronomy 18:19. A false prophet would die!!! Yet Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) did not die till he completely conveyed, and taught Allah's religion.
h- He had many prophecies, and all of his prophecies have come true, or are still coming true.

4. Why does Islam often seem strange? 

Answer: Islam may seem exotic or even extreme in the modern world. Perhaps this is because religion does not dominate everyday life in the West today, whereas Muslims have religion always uppermost in their minds, and make no division between secular and sacred. They believe that the Divine Law, the Shari'a, should be taken very seriously, which is why issues related to religion are still so important 

5. Do Islam and Christianity have different origins? 

Answer: Together with Judaism, they go back to the prophet and patriarch Abraham, and their three prophets are directly descended from his sons-Muhammad (peace be upon him) from the eldest, Ishmael, and Moses and Jesus, from Isaac. Abraham established the settlement, which today is the city of Makkah, and built the Kabah towards which all Muslims turn when they pray. 

6. Who are Muslims? 

Answer: One billion people form a vast range of races, nationalities and cultures across the globe, from the southern Philippines to Nigeria, are united by their common Islamic faith. About 18% live in the Arab world; the world's largest Muslim community is in Indonesia; substantial parts of Asia and most of Africa are Muslim, while significant minorities are also to be found in the Soviet Union, China, North and South America, and Europe.

7. What do Muslims believe? 

Answer: Muslims believe in One, Unique, Incomparable God in the Angels created by Him, in the prophets through whom His revelations were brought to mankind; in God's complete authority over human destiny and in life after death. Muslims believe in a chain of prophets starting with Adam and including Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, Elias, Jonah, John the Baptist and Jesus, (peace be upon them). But God's final message to man, a reconfirmation of the eternal message and a summing-up of all that has gone before was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through Gabriel.

8. Who is Allah? 

Answer: It is a known fact that every language has one or more terms that are used in reference to God and sometimes to lesser deities. This is not the case with Allah. Allah is the personal name of the One true God. Nothing else can be called Allah. The term has no plural or gender. This shows its uniqueness when compared with the word god which can be made plural, gods, or feminine, goddess. It is interesting to notice that Allah is the personal name of God in Aramaic, the language of Jesus and a sister language of Arabic.
The One true God is a reflection of the unique concept that Islam associates with God. To a Muslim, Allah is the Almighty, Creator and Sustainer of the universe, Who is similar to nothing and nothing is comparable to Him. The Prophet Muhammad was asked by his contemporaries about Allah; the answer came directly from God Himself in the form of a short chapter of the Quran, which is considered the essence of the unity or the motto of monotheism. This is chapter 112 which reads:
"In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. 
Say (O Muhammad) He is God the One God, the Everlasting Refuge, who has not begotten, nor has been begotten, and equal to Him is not anyone."

9. Does Allah look like us? 

Answer: No, Allah is perfect. He is not like any of His creations. He has told us that He has hands, eyes, a face, and feet, but all of these attributes are befitting to His might and glory. A Muslim does not say a single thing about Allah other than what Allah says about Himself. Allah is Perfect and Unique.

10. What does it mean to believe in Allah? 

Answer: To believe in Allah means to believe in total perfection, and uniqueness.
It means to believe in His prophets because they are His, and He sent them. We can not pick and choose. A Muslim must believe in all the prophets of Allah.
It means to believe in the Angles! We must love them all. We cannot hate an Angel say, for example, Michael to whom rain and the vegetation of the Earth are attributed or Gabriel to whom revelation (bringing down the scriptures to the prophets) is attributed.
It means to believe in Allah's predestination of good and bad.
Itmeans to believe in the last day: The day of Judgment. 

Holy Ramadan On Holy Q'ran:-

Quranic Verses on the Holy Month of Ramadan and Fasting, Please read and try to follow -Ameen

"Ramadan is the (month) in which the Quran was sent down, as a guide to mankind and a clear guidance and judgment (so that mankind will distinguish from right and wrong).." (Q 2:183)

Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you many learn piety and righteousness" (Q 2:183)

Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may attain taqwaa." (Q2:183)

The most honored by Allah amongst you are those best in taqwaa."(Q 49:13)

..And it is better for you that ye fast, if ye only knew." (Q 2:184)

"Indeed We have revealed it (Qur'an) in the night of Power. And what will explain to you what the night of Power is? The night of Power is better than a thousand months. Therein descends the Angels and the Spirit (Jibreel) by Allah's permission, on every errand: (they say) "Peace" (continuously) till the rise of Morning!" (Q 97:1-5)

We sent it (this Qur'an) down on a blessed Night. Verily, We are ever warning (mankind of Our Torment). Therein (that Night) is decreed every matter of ordainment. Amran (i.e. a command or this Qur'an or His Decree of every matter) from Us. Verily, We are ever sending (the Messenger). (As) a Mercy from your Lord. Verily! He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower." (Ad-Dukhaan 44: 3-6)