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Kashmir: Harbinger of the Second Muslim Awakening in South Asia

On August 22, 2019 Genocide Watch issued two emergency alerts for India: one pertaining to the ongoing lockdown in Kashmir which is now over a month long, and the other for the state of Assam.  Coincidentally yet not surprisingly in both these cases Delhi, reigned by the Caste Hindu, stands as the perpetrator of atrocities against Muslims – Muslims in  Kashmir and Assam.

In Assam the ethnically Bengali Muslims, who first settled there in colonial times, have been under the threat of losing their Indian citizenship status – “as part of a decades-long pattern of discrimination” – Genocide Watch fears with due reason, the over 10 million Bengali Muslims in Assam face imminent danger of dehumanizing indefinite imprisonment in the ‘foreigner detention’ centers constructed by the state because the vast numbers of poverty stricken Bengali Muslims cannot prove they have the legal right to life of freedom in the Land of the Hindu (Hindustan) after having inhabited the region for at least over 7 decades.  “This is a classic case of denial of citizenship in order to deprive a minority ethnic and religious group of its rights” said Genocide Watch in a report on Assam in 2018 – the world was categorically cautioned the Indian state was in the ‘preparation’ phase classified as Stage Seven of the Ten Stages of Genocide identified by the organization – United Nations was asked “to warn India not to strip citizenship from, imprison, and forcibly displace millions of Bengali Muslims who have lived their entire lives in Assam state”.   Yet in 2019 we have a number of 4 million, chiefly Muslim, who did not make it to Modi’s National Register of Citizens in Assam even with the required documentation.  And only very recently it has been reported 1.9 million Muslims in Assam now stand officially informed they are no longer Indian citizens – their future remains uncertain for they do not know whether they will be kicked out of Assam into Bangladesh as unwanted refugees or confined to the detention centers established to house them and millions more, who one may reasonably presume, are to encounter a similar fate sooner or later.

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Kashmir: “Since the Guilty Do Not Admit Their Guilt & Public Memory is Short…”

Jinnah said these words, which make the title of this outburst of mine, at a time when he announced the Day of Deliverance in November 1939 at the resignation of Congress’ 1937 provincial governments elected under the Government of India Act 1935  – the infamous British attempt to impose a constitutional framework on British India against the will of her people.

The 2 or so years of Congress rule in British Indian provinces under the umbrella of British governors and of course a British viceroy, proved to be the greatest watershed in Indian Muslim history – an eye opener for the Indian Muslim and for the few British who were not afflicted with the historical ailment of delusion that British imperialism has continued to suffer from just like its more contemporary counterparts in the present-day world i.e. the American imperialism, the notorious Zionist imperialism, not to forget Hindu imperialism working towards a full-fledged rebirth of sorts.  Following the 1937 Hindu-Muslim saga in British India author Beverley Nichols wrote of Congress:

“As soon as it was in power in these provinces, it dropped the mask.  Instead of inviting the Muslims to share the fruits of office, instead of attempting any form of coalition, it rigidly excluded them from all responsibility.  But it did not confine its autocracy to political matters; it proceeded to attack the Muslims in every branch of their material and spiritual life.”

Yet when Jinnah announced the Day of Deliverance there were some within his own League who thought this measure would ruin all scope for reconciliation with the Hindu thereby not leaving any hope for an India where the Hindu and the Muslim could coexist peacefully.  And Jinnah, well aware of their naivety and short-sightedness, issued a detailed press release reminding the Indian Muslim of how their cry for help had fallen on deaf Hindu and British ears for 2 long and bloody years and how simplistic the notion of Hindu-Muslim unity was given the long history of deceptive secularism that the Indian National Congress thrived upon, despite its insistence upon being the sole voice of the whole of India.

Today, history repeats itself, in the context of Indian occupied Kashmir in a myriad of ways.

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The Myth of the Sin the Mahatma Would Not Commit – Chapter 5

Beginnings of the Blood-bath

British attempts to impose an unnatural sense of unity upon the Hindu and the Muslim did not cease in spite of apparent failures on the negotiating table – ‘the game continued, move by Machiavellian move’ straight into 1947 while India continued to slip into bloody chaos.

Wavell, though quite convinced that “Congress was only after power and wanted to get rid of the British after which they will see how to deal with the Muslim and the Princes… the former by bribery, blackmail, and propaganda, and if necessary force… and the latter by stirring up people against them”, was eager to see an interim government in place following the Cabinet Mission’s rather abrupt departure from India.  Although Pethick-Lawrence instructed him to seek Jinnah’s participation in the set-up, especially in the wake of ML’s announcement of Direct Action, the Viceroy deemed it inadvisable to “send for Jinnah immediately” as that would only put Jinnah’s stock further up.  Instead he resorted to inviting Nehru to form the interim government while also obligating him to seek collaboration with the ML.  Nehru’s ambition was ablaze and relentless – unwilling to grant political parity to the ML and exclude Congress’ nationalist Muslims from the interim government – and Jinnah was not in the mood to continue another pointless ride on the merry-go-round of talks.  Wavell’s indirect overture was therefore rendered a failure when Jinnah suggested to “defer all action for six months” – for quite as anticipated Congress was itching to take control of India’s executive power and not the least inclined to accommodate any delay.

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The Myth of the Sin the Mahatma Would Not Commit – Chapter 4

Jinnah Articulates Pakistan

Facing a massive gathering of over 60,000 Muslims from all corners of India, Jinnah spoke for 2 hours that spring afternoon at ML’s historic session in Lahore in March 1940 despite the obvious fragility of health.  Speaking in ‘faultless, subdued Englifsh accent’ to an audience only a small fraction of which understood the foreign language, he captivated the Muslim by the purity, truthfulness and authority of his conviction thereby marking the beginning of a long-standing ‘symbiotic relationship’ between himself and Muslim India ‘in which each encouraged the other and both flourished’.

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The Myth of the Sin the Mahatma Would Not Commit – Chapter 3

The Young Indian Nationalist

Unlike Rahmat Ali’s fiery spirit and radical thinking Jinnah’s enduring wisdom infused with a rather uncompromising idealist fervor did tend to tarry a while before this most sincere and passionate ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity, who staunchly opposed the founding of All India Muslim League (ML) in 1906 and instead joined heads with Hindus, Parsis, Christians and 44 like-minded Muslims in the annual session of All India Congress that year, after all reached the same conclusion as Iqbal and Rahmat Ali.

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