Saturday, November 28, 2015

‘Country of Conflicts’

      24 hours, 365 days, struggle continues between life and death, for the existence, bombs and rockets are every second on the target, here the difference of life and death is merely 15 seconds, they have to escape, and they have to be alive so that they can save their Country. Here the 15 seconds stands for siren warning against air attacks alerting people to hide under bunkers to save their lives.

Every day, there is a new fight for their survival, the word like war, terror, bomb, rocket and missile has now been inherited in the soul of citizens.It’s the story of the Country, which has been in conflicts since its inception in 15th May 1948, which has been fighting for its very existence on Map, where war in is the nerves of its citizens, The State of ‘Israel’- The land of Three Faiths-The Bone of Contention.

In last 70 years the Jewish country has been in direct fight with all its Arab neighbors, who consider Israel as their motherland.

In Israel the young generation prior becoming engineer, doctor, scientist, think of Nation, think of Army the foremost to all. Youths, Students, regardless of their gender and status, go to School and College or Work, only after ensuring safeguard of their nation. What will be use of Education when there will be no Nation to live, this what they have in their souls.

Army is their religion, Army is their culture, and Army is their deed. This is the country where from Prime Minister to Peasant, Richest to Poorest, Laborer to Leader and Capitalist to Communist, everyone is first supposed to serve Nation.

Israel has different connotation of terrorism and its supporters, and has very strong urge to save its citizens.

Israeli cities appears much more like cantonments where each and every corner is captivated with bomb proof bunkers whether it is home, office, ground, university, market, shopping mall, to save precious lives of its citizens, as no one knows when a rockets is going to destroy Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. Palestine and Gaza is round the clock preparing to launch missiles, rocket here.

The State of Israel, on June 5, 1967, was going to be disappeared from Earth, after being invaded by Egypt, Syria and Jordan armies via three sides. It was the situation of Do or Die for Israel who did not leave any stone unturned for the sake of their land, losing more than 1 percent of its citizens in famous Six-day War.

It must be charisma that Israeli Air Force got lead against trio-army, defeating and scooting them from their own land with Israel capturing Gaza Strip, West Bank and Sinai Peninsula up to Suez Canal in Egypt, more than three times of its size.

It is certainly a matter of amaze that how Israelis are accustomed to such kind of life.

Even after being in fight with neighboring countries from 70 years, spending a big chunk of GDP for continuous renovation of military, how it stood up as most advanced country, certainly tells its story of struggle. The Tel Aviv city is among the most modern, beautiful, smart and safe cities in the world. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

When Slave Honoured by Ruler

The person, who was denied Visa by many Global leaders for more than a decade for his alleged role in 2002 Hindu-Muslim riots in Gujarat State of India, how dramatically became Prime Minister of world’s largest and most stable Democracy, and emerged as World’s most powerful leaders, is still indigestible for many. 

United States of America, United Kingdom, and other European countries which had denied him Visa for more than 10 years since 2002, for inciting anti-Muslim riots, and his anti-Muslim policies in state of Gujarat of which he was chief minister for 4 terms, are now welcoming him openheartedly.

However, Mr. Modi did not only compensate his 10 years of exile, but also emerged as a World leader representing India’s image not only as global partner in terms of trade but in terms international security, peace and prosperity.

He made the world re-create their thinking about India and Indians. The Indians, no matter which country they living in, have showed confident in his leadership and have started thinking of a new India and started their efforts towards his ambitions.

In merely one year and half year of governance, Mr. Narendra Modi, visited more than 27 countries including western counties United States of America, Canada, Germany, France, , Ireland, United Kingdom, east Asian countries viz. Japan, China, Mongolia, South Korea, central Asia like Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan,  island countries like Mauritius,  Singapore, Australia, Seychelles besides other Indian major partners Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, UAE, Brazil, Russia and made them realise the India’s potential.

Wherever his visited he invented a new way of mutual relationship and understanding among nations with awakening a new hope among Indians residing in whole world.  Heretofore, Mr Barack Obama, Mr Vladimir Putin or British premier David Cameron were the world leaders known for their administrative efficiencies and international policies but now Mr Modi and India is not behind in international prominence may be for the first time in independent Indian History.

This is his charisma that wherever he went and he made release Indian Diaspora how important they are for India and for the country they are living in and what they have to give to their mother land. He tried to connect with their hearts and made them release them of their patriotism.

Modi team better understand how to oblige the Indian living in abroad to allure them investing in India. He capitalized his two visits to Unite States of America for participating in United Nations annual meet, with invocating Indians in to mega event organised at Manhattans’ Garden Madinson Square and Silicon Valley, the Indian majority places.

In the same way, in Britain he was given such a warm and spectacular welcome which never ever any Indian Prime Minister received. In his address to Indians in Britain Mr. Modi said that the time has been reserved in 70 years, and no doubt it was manifested in various events organised in Mode’s honour. Guard of honour in the respect of Mr. Modi, by the same country which slaved India for 200 years, and his speech in British parliament, has proclaimed that India is no more a third world country.

Anyhow, it is well-known that from these visits, Mr Modi is trying to bring as much foreign investment that no one will remain unemployed and poor in India. After all, as he says he is a Gujarati 'Baniya' and knows very well how to bring money from other’s pocket, it very true.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Islam in Terror or Terror in Islam

From Pakistan to Turkey and from Syria to Morocco, absolute Muslim world is in extreme annihilation. The United States of America, European and rest of the Muslim minority nations simultaneously stigmatized a particular community for all recent terror attacks in last one month in Paris, Beirut and Russian plane crash in Sinai, Egypt.

Certainly in all the terror attacks in past one month, one year and even in past 2 decades in New York, London, Paris, Mumbai, Madrid, only this community was involved.

Eventually, it seems that whole Muslim world is engaged in just creating and destroying Terrorists and this is what Middle East is now known for. But, here question arises, why democratic values have always been failed in Muslim World. Is it merely due to religion and culture that makes Middle East more radical and why all the militants belong to Muslim World? The recent incidents have once again raised questions that whether "Islam in Terror or Terror in Islam."                    
The Story Starts Here:  Dispute of Dominance

Since World War 2, cold war between United Sates of America and former USSR has been accountable for shaping the past and future of many countries in the World, and Middle East is of course no exception. It is well known that the formation of militant group Taliban by USA with association of Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, UAE and other middle east allies to knockdown the USSR’s dominance in Afghanistan in 1989. Coincidentally, at the same time USSR happened to collapse and compelled to retreat. However, whether Afghanistan was saved or not is still ambiguous.

Ever since 1989 Indian has been prey of the same militants created by USA led coalition in Afghanistan which expanded its hold in Pakistan to fight proxy war against India. Attacks on Parliament of India in New Delhi in 2001 and 26/11 Mumbai attacks leaving hundreds dead were outcome of the same phenomena.  The Al Qaeda and Bin Laden, product of this very intervention, finally honored their creator with 9/11 in the return to what they had given to Middle East.

The 9/11 against paved a beautiful way for USA to invade in Middle Eastern countries in the name of fighting against terrorism, receded Iraq and Afghanistan into Stone Age. However, after fall of Saddam's regime in Iraq and killing of Bin Laden in Pakistan, as USA army initiated to retreat leaving behind the trails of destruction, the locals suppressed for one and decade started to be violent. The suppression of more than a decade of was sufficient for Iraqi and Afghani Muslim population, whose lives had been no better than hell,   to fill the vacuum by creating another Jihadist group 'ISIS', as they had left with no any source of lives.

As US army gradually retreated from Iraq the group become more violent, strengthen its hold in west Iraq and swallowed eastern parts of Syria which was already battling with deadly civil war between Russian led Assad Regime and US led Rebels.
Due to hypocritical attitude of USA, how many people have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, how Honduran and Chilean coup d'├ętat ruined democracy, how many fled Syria and Libya due to US led intervention still remains unanswered.

Why ‘West’ First Prey of ISIS

The Muslim community living in Western countries as minority is always being suppressed and discriminated, and that the ISIS is targeting to those well-educated dissatisfied Muslim youths in European countries. The French Muslim youths involved in both Paris attacks this year (January and November) is somehow outcome of that desperation.

Although, the situation has not become so far become so fragile for Eastern and southern eastern countries as Muslims population is not being suppressed that much. Especially in India Muslims enjoy much freedom of practicing their rituals, traditions and celebrating festivals than any other Muslim minority country in Asia.But, there may is some level of threat to China from ISIS for suppressing Muslims community in Xinjiang province, disallowing them from following their customs and festivals, which is prone to explode any time.

Now it is not very latent that whether terror is being spread by Islam or Islam is been terrorized. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

As I Landed on The Land of Three Religions


                                            Always presumed as a Country of war, conflicts, relentlessly engaged in cross-border territorial disputes with neighbouring countries and fighting against terrorism since its Inception.
Talking to anybody in Indian about going to Israel, evidently, gives them goose bumps as they always heard the name of Israel with the frightning words like Violence, Terror, along with the unstable middle eastern countries like Syria, Palestine Iraq, Iran, etc. Israel has a reputation and image of very unstable and war-torn country among Indians and nobody ever wants to come. 
But, however, as soon as landed at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, I made myself prepared for any untoward and embarrassing situation regarding immigration, security checks and other VISA related issues, which is what I have heard from friends before who came here earlier. Nonetheless, I got my immigration slip from immigration counter without any effort, questions and security checking to my surprise.
I exchanged 100 USD for 350 Israeli Shekels (Israeli Currency) at exchange centre and came outside of Airport to get a train to Tel Aviv University; unfortunately it was the day of Shabbat the weekly festival of Jewish people, starting from every Friday afternoon to till Saturday evening. During this period all the bus, trains, shops and other public places remain almost closed in whole Country. Thus I had to take a taxi for University for which I was charged 175 Shekels, while via train it would have been only 20 shekels. (1 Shekel = Rs 16.90 Approx).

Although, I was in grate amaze and surprise with a phobia and fear of being a new in Country, where everything seems to be strange from People and Language to Food and Culture, made me think how would I am going to live here for one year. 
However, in due course of time, I got a bit of familiar with the city Tel Aviv, the people, culture, language and way of living. The people, who have been fighting to save their existence from last seven decades, would be such warm, easygoing and helpful especially to the Indian people, I didn’t ever expect.

And, of course, obviously, I want to convey to the Indians and people of other nationalities too, who may be aspiring to come to Israel and have scary image of Israel, that I didn’t feel here any difference from any Indian or European Cities in terms of safety and security. Moreover, all the cities in Israel are no less smart than any European and American cities.
Although, I never planned and thought of coming to the country of conflicts, but after coming here I didn’t feel like being over-questioned, over-checked, treated like suspects by security personnel because of different nationally, however, Israel is much vigilant for its security as compare to other European countries; of course they have to be due to prolonged experiences of terrorist activities.
And undoubtedly Tel Aviv city is the most advance and High-tech city in the Middle East, with amazing beaches, beautifully crafted landscapes, roads with free Wi-Fi in whole city and exciting night life. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Discovery of 2015: India Is Intolerant Nation

                      As, after so much of melodrama and outcry of all India’s so called celebrities, eminent persons, scholars, litterateurs, scientists and elite and privileged class and of course the media, it has been finally discovered that India has become religious intolerant country under Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) Government, for being secular for 68 years after independence.

Well, there is nothing to argue against such intellectual personalities as all the knowledge we have now are just given by them, undoubtedly, before that there were no knowledge in India.

Nevertheless, here are some facts from in and around the world’s most developed and tolerant countries showing the religious intolerance against the minority communities (especially Muslims) followed by its co-relation in Indian context, that I want them to perceive.  

USA: First of all, it’s will be justifies if we talk about the United States of America, the world’s oldest democracy, most diverse in terms of ethnicity and religion.  As an aftermath of 9/11 attacks in the heart of USA, more than 1200 Muslims were arrested and sent to rigorous American detention centers for inhumane tortures. After the incident more than 1500 hate crimes were reported against Muslim communities in USA in 2001 alone.

In New York, addition to this religious intolerance, in December 2012, an Indian immigrant Sunando Sen was pushed by an American onto subway tracks and was killed by train.

Indian Context: However, India’s 26/11 attacks in its financial capital Mumbai or terrorist attacks on Parliament of Indian in its Heart New Delhi, didn’t send any impulses of quarantine of any particular community.

China: In Peoples Republic of China Muslims have been banned for fasting during month of Ramadan for members of Communist party members in Xinjiang province. In Xinjiang province they are banned for wearing headscarf (Hijab/Burqa) in public. Moreover, Muslims are banned for having their traditional beards, headwear and clothing in City of Karamay.  

Indian Context: Whether it is Ramadan, Eid or any festival, the minority community have never been stopped to perform their rituals and traditions by previous and current BJP Government and majority community.

Israel: 17 % of population of Jewish country belongs to Muslim community (mostly from Arab) does not have equal accesses to education, land and jobs in Government. 50 % Muslim population is living in poverty line while same for majority is only 15%. They receive only 5% of government development funding. Out of 70,000 employees in Hi-Tech companies only 300 are from minority community.

Indian Context: Indian minority community has been given numerous privileges and reservation in education, employment, jobs, skill development, pilgrimage and any other service provided by Government which is much more than any country in the world.

Kuwait: An Indian Muslim was killed just for drinking soft drink during month of Ramadan.

Indian Context: Indian Muslims are always free to follow or not follow their religious rituals.

Qatar: Qatar women basketball team was disallowed to participate in competition during 2014 Asian Games in South Korea for wearing Headscarf (Hijab). As per International basketball Federations rules (FIBA) any kind of headscarf, hair accessory and jewelry is prohibited during game.

Indian Context: Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza was criticized by Indian Muslim community for wearing shorts during matches.

France: After the incidence of Charlie Hebdo in which 12 peoples were killed by terrorists in January 2015 for depicting cartoons of Prophet Muhammad, there were 21 incidents of shooting and grenade throwing on Islamic buildings and 33 cases of insults and threats in Paris, France reported. A Muslim prayer hall was also fired in Paris by majority communities.

Indian Context: Even after Mumbai 21/11 or Parliament attacks no such incident of targeting the Muslim or any community were reported.

India is Indeed Intolerant

In Northeastern states of India many incidents of killing and converting Hindus to Christianity forcefully by Christian terrorists and separatist groups have been reported for many years.

In Nagaland, the Hindus, India’s majority community has not been allowed to celebrate Durga Puja and other religious festivals due to the suppression and killing by Christian terrorist groups.

In Tripura, the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) is known for attacking many Hindu priests and temples and forcefully converting them to Christianity.

In Assam many Hindus were harassed and converted to Christianity by Christian Hamr ethnic group forcefully.

Everybody has forget that how India's former president APJ Abdul Kamal and Indian superstar Shahrukh Khan were frisked and insulted at American airport security checks.

“Now, India’s largest minority community must decide themselves whether India is Intolerant or not.”

Monday, November 2, 2015

India’s Undeclared Calamity

“As of now India can go towards direction of fastest developed Economy or towards the Only Hindu Country in the World.” 

                       Riding on the ship of Hindu Nationalist Narendra Modi, Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) came into power wining unprecedented 284 seats in Loksabha Elections 2014 with full majority after 30 years in Indian Electoral history by any non Nehru-Gandhi member.

The Indian youths, desperate for change, good education, jobs and eradication of corruption, gave votes to Narendra Modi’s model of good governance (Not to Hindu Nationalist) with full enthusiasm.

However, nobody knew that Modi’s victory could trigger to an undeclared and unannounced Calamity, just like colonial period, after 68 years of Independence, posing threat to unity and integrity of country. 

In the country where even after been in minority, 15% of Muslim population enjoyed same status, freedom and participation as any other religion in India since independence in 1947 in Congress Regime (Indian National Congress), well know secular party of India. And this is the fact well-known to all Muslim World.

But, what happened to the world’s largest democracy, most tolerant, secular, cosmopolitan and fastest growing country, in last one year that led to ‘Religious Intolerance at its Zenith.

Since 68 years the Congress party have used Indian Muslim community as its vote bank, pretending to give provide them favor (Reservation) in all sectors, but they are still underprivileged as compare to other minorities. But they could not still understand how they have been used by political parties and why they are still downtrodden even after having so many schemes, reservations and privileges. And Indian is the only country which gives such privileges to Muslim community, for example subsidy in Hajj Pilgrimage which is not even given by any Arab country.

Anyhow, coming to point, since BJP came into power in May 2014, religious tolerance has took a new turn in the history of independent India.  

In most recent disgusting and heinous incident a mob of Hindu extremists attacked and killed a Muslim person on grounds of consuming beef by him in Dadri village in State of Uttar Pradesh last month.  But, in the previous governments, was consuming beef a crime in India. Had no one eaten beef in India in last 68 years? Were Hindu banned from worshiping Cow in last Governments? Then now what has been changed, what new has been happened in BJP Government.

Ban on Cow slaughter and eating beef have been making headlines in Indian media for last one month with ridiculous statements by leaders of ruling and opposition parties on the support and against religious groups madly, setting aside all the development issues.

Citizens want to get out of such caste and religious politics for the sake of development while the political leaders, whichever party it is, still think voters as political fools.  Whether it is Congress or BJP both played the ace of Communalism  to be in power.

Since in last one and half year of BJP Government, a number of more incidents of religion conversion (Ghar Wapasi) of Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, vandalizing Mosques and Churches have also been reported in last one and a half year in many parts of India.

The hate speeches by Hindu extremist group Vishwa Hindu Parishad      or by leaders of All Indian Majilis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) against religion of each other have created an atmosphere of fear among people of both communities, triggering an Undeclared and Unannounced war and devastation in India, the Country know for ‘Unity in Diversity’.

While, due to recent religious intolerance acts in various parts of India against Christians and Muslims, Mr Barack Obama, the president of USA, who has already been failed to stop racial indifference against African American in USA, did not even hesitate to advice India that such increasing religious intolerance in India would have even shocked Mahatma Gandhi. But he forgot that Mahatma Gandhi was the real victim of religious intolerance who saw the partition of his country on communal basis.