Posted in Politics

Things Brexiteers say that really piss me off….

Independence: Those who have not read Government of India Act 1858 and Indian Independence Act 1947 have no right to say that they know what loosing and gaining independence it. Government of India Act 1858 made India an official British colony, after that no law for India could be made in India, no law maker of Indian Law could be Indian, no Indian could join Indian Civil Services that ran India, no Indian could be an officer in Indian Army, so on and so forth. Indian Independence Act 1947 is gaining independence. Agreeing shape of your bananas is a standard on your trade deal, having signboards outside restaurants and clubs in India saying “Indians and Dogs not Allowed” is loosing independence.

Take Back Control: To get something back you need to have lost it in the first place, Britain has always had control. We never lost control, we back EU laws 97% of the times. So there is no argument about 97% of the time. The rest 3% of the time, we have a veto and an opt-out to deal with. If something was really bad surely we can find a few countries who would help us block the legislation to go through. And in case we have a EU legislation that really is only detrimental to us or we can’t find friends and partners in EU to back us up, we have an opt out of Charter of Fundamental Rights which limits the extent of EU Courts and EU Laws, we can pass in our parliament contrary to the EU legislation and our National Law will hold supreme. So it is a complete lie to say that we have lost control.

Brexit Means Brexit / Leave Means Leave: Yes, leave means leave. But we can leave the EU and still remain in Customs Union and Single Market, no one can say that we have not left EU. How we leave the EU was not the question, leaving EU was. And, if people can’t agree on how we leave that question must be asked again or let the parliament decide. I as a democrat want to leave honouring the ‘Leave Vote’, but how we leave was never the question, hence we are perfectly right to argue that we want to remain in Single Market.

Will of the People / We Voted Leave / People Voted Leave: People also voted overwhelming Remainer MPs to parliament, and these MPs are doing job they were told to do ie exit with Soft Brexit. It is clearly mentioned on Page 24 of Labour Manifesto and Page 8 of SNP Manifest that they wanted to remain in Customs Union and Single Market. These Remainer MPs were voted in for a reason, to honour their manifesto of Customs Union and Single Market so that we are out of EU but in as well. It is as democratic for them to force government to deliver Customs Union and Single Market as it is to deliver Brexit. If Leavers believe that it is patronising to say that people didn’t know what they were voting for when they voted Brexit, it is equally patronising to say that people didn’t know that they were voting for MPs and parties that were ‘Remainers’ and at the least wanted to be in Customs Union and Single Market.

Respect The Referendum: Respecting Referendum is honouring the answer to the question of the Referendum, “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?” The answer was “Yes”. The Referendum did not have Theresa May’s red lines, hence it is perfectly with all legal and moral judgements to not be a member of European Union and remain in the Customs Union and Single Market. There are 17 million reasons to quit EU but there are 16 million reasons to stay in Customs Union and Single Market.

Unelected Bureaucrats: I believe British have the least when calling someone undemocratic while having a House of Lords in their Parliament, but then we are not here to talk about hereditary peers in British Parliaments but EU. European Parliament (directly elected by EU Citizens), Council of European Union (made of ministers of democratically elected governments), European Council (made of Prime Ministers of all EU countries, last time I checked they were all elected in their countries) and finally European Commission which is the Executive Branch of EU ( its members nominated by individual countries that are elected by their citizens, approved by European Parliament and Council of European Union) again we are less democratic than EU because appointment a Treasury Secretary is the Prime Minister’s decision, parliament can not vote or approve it.

Trade With The World: Suppose you have a restaurant Brexit with 60 tables, next to you is a bigger restaurant called Europe with 450 tables. Supplier China supplies to both you and wants a free trade deal, in what world do you think supplier China will offer you better deal than to restaurant called Europe, they are 7.5 times bigger than you, who do you think is China’s priority, a customer with £100 or a customer worth £750.

Remoaners And Other Name Calling: When I was young I was told that when people loose argument, they start fighting and name calling…. that is how every Brexiteer starts an argument today, because they know they have lost every argument, they are out there just for a fight… what happened to Anna Soubry is a classic example.

Posted in Politics

Nepotism and Priyanka Gandhi

Let me say this outright I like Priyanaka Gandhi, I have had a crush on her since I was a boy, but, I am going to defend her not because of my crush but because I really don’t see a problem with Nepotism. Most of us have hypocritical approach towards Nepotism, my father was a soldier and I was under a good pressure to join armed forces. I have several friends who have 2 or 3 generations in Army, but no one says a word about how evil nepotism is of soldiers. In fact everyone looks up to them.

Same goes for businessmen it was fine for Ratan Tata to inherit JRD Tata, and it was fine for JRD Tata to inherit Jamshetji Tata, no one ever says that this was wrong. Same goes for Birla, starting with S.N. Birla, followed by B.D Birla then G.D. Birla and then Kumaramangalam Birla. And why just Tata-Birla, every other business family in India is doing it Ambanis, Godrejs, Wadias to your local baniya and local sunhaar. In Khurja, 3 generations of same Pansari has sat on their shop, no one has ever said that someone else should sit on this shop. And this is not just limited to India it is everywhere else world as well, look at Ford, Waltons, Sainbury’s, Koc, Disney etc. Even today most people choose professions which their fathers had worked in.

Next, politics everywhere has nepotism in it, from Bushes in America, Trudeaus in Canada to Bhuttos in Pakistan, Gandhis in India and Sheikhs in Bangladesh. The mother of all Parliaments, The British Parliament also had a Father-Son Prime Ministers (Pitts father and son), today many Tory MPs have had a close relative as an MP. For God’s sake there is a very lengthy page on political families on Wikipedia, for easy reading it is classified by country with a note that it is an incomplete list…. The fact is that every other political party in India is indulged in Nepotism, from South starting with AIADMK (father & son) to NC (father and son), from West with Shiv Sena (father & son) to AIUDF (father and son). And about BJP and Bhakts they say that a picture is worth a million words hence I am posting two….

Next coming to Modi and RSS, both of them are indulged in fairly large dose of nepotism. A family man one can only rise in RSS to the rank of Mahanagar Karyavah (City head). To rise beyond the rank Mahanagar Karyavah you need to be a bachelor who is a full time devotee to Sangh. Hence when Modi joined RSS he had to abandon family of his birth and his wife. To climb in RSS, it is a per-requisite to abandon person’s own family and accept RSS as his family. Modi exchanged his family for the RSS family. Hence his nepotism should not be measured with who benefited from family of his birth, but who benefited from the family he chose to become member of. And his brothers from RSS who benefited from Nepotism of Modi are far too many…. I will mention only a few……

President of India : Ram Nath Kovind
Governors of States : Governor of Bengal Keshari Nath Tripathi who was accused of converting Raj Bhavan into an RSS Shaakha.
Chief Ministers of State: Like Dhongi Adityanath, the man who wants to divide India on religious grounds once again.
Chief of Army Staff: Gen Bipin Rawat was appointed sidelining two senior Generals (he is not RSS Member yet, but he thinks and acts like one, and like his predecessor VK Singh, there will be a day when he will don RSS Uniform)
Vice Chancellors of Universities like JNU and BHU

The whole list will be too long if Modi’s Nepotism is to be captured in its entirety….. the latest example of Nepotism is of Sambit Patra as an Indpendent Director of ONGC with salary of 27 Lakh per year …. What qualification does Patra have to secure this salary and position except that he is from Kachchadhaaris and benefits from Modi’s Nepotism. Nepotism runs in Modi like blood in his veins… you just need to recognise his family…. His family is not The Modi Family but The Kachchadhaari Family.

Posted in Islam & Religion

Shahada – The Testimony

Shahada (meaning Testimony) is the testimony that every Muslim has to make in order to be a Muslim, it is the first and most important of all pillars of Islam. Although there are several versions of Shahada, the most common one is also my favourite. And the reason it is my favourite is the reason it breaks down the person of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to his absolute deserving position

The first part deals with bearing witness that there is no Ilah, better translated as worship-able or worthy of worship except Allah the One Almighty God that everyone believes and worships. I had written an Article on this several years ago, but it still is as relevant today as it was when it was written. Reading this file will explain definition of Allah, His Rights and Misconceptions about Him, hence kind of explaining not worshipping any other Ilah and worhipping Allah alone. You can Download it here as well

The second part deals with the testimony of Prophethood of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). And the reason why this Shahada version is my favourite option is because it mentions Prophet’s status as a slave of Allah before being a messenger. And that I think this is core to Islam, that every person is a slave of Allah, before anything else. The testimony says “And, I bear witness that Muhammad is His Slave and Messenger”

  1. Is His Slave: Truly Prophet is a slave of Allah (The Almighty God), and slave is a better word to use than Servant that many translations use. We Muslims should have no inhibitions in saying that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) like all of us was a slave of Allah. There is nothing shameful in saying that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was a slave of Allah. This is so central to Islam, the belief that Prophet is a slave to Allah also means that he can not be someone who could be taken for worship.
  2. And Messenger: Of course He is Messenger of Allah, which basically makes him a prophet as well because of the general rule that all Messengers are Prophets but all Prophets are not messengers. The two basic differences between a Messenger and Prophet are: a Messenger comes with a Message which if ignored will be followed by a punishment on earth, a Prophet can be ignored without consequences on earth; Messenger is prohibited to be killed, while Prophets can be killed.
Posted in Politics

Supreme Court did not give clean chit to Modi

“Eine Lüge muss nur oft genug wiederholt werden. Dann wird sie geglaubt.”
usually translated as, “Repeat a lie a thousand times and it becomes the truth.” Josef Goebbels, used to say this, he was Reich Minister of Propaganda for Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945 . It is as true today as it was during the Nazis, infact it is said far more many times now with explosion of media hence many people actually believe it.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Supreme Court did not give Modi clean chit, what happened was that it did not find enough evidence to prosecute him,

  1. It does not mean that Modi did not do it, it only means that the evidence produced is not enough to prosecute Modi. In the UK there is Police and then there is Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Police gathers evidence and gives to CPS who then assess whether there is enough evidence to secure a successful prosecution. The SIT has worked in a similar way, where it was not deciding whether Modi has done it or not, but whether there is enough evidence to prosecute him. Everyone knows Modi was involved and it was his tacit and explicit involvement that let Gujarat 2002 happen. Hence SC has not give him a clean chit.
  2. It does not mean that Supreme Court did not find ‘not guilty’, because someone to be ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’, he has to be charged and presented to Supreme Court. When someone is not presented to SC, SC can not give him clean chit.

Now let us see what SIT of Supreme Court did say

  1. Sanjiv Bhatt did attend the meeting where the illegal and objectionable orders had been given to Police. These orders were to let the Hindus get a free hand at killing Muslims and that Police should not intervene. And what happened to Sanjiv Bhat for telling all what the illegal and objectional order was, as of date writing he is in jail, and his family had been attacked while they were driving in a car.
  2. It was illegal to give bodies of victims of Godhra to VHP, bodies are always given to individual relatives and not political groups who then parade it throughout city spreading hatred.
  3. It concluded that Modi has a communal mindset

This is Bajrang Dal leader detailing what he did in Naroda-Pataya and how it was all blessed by Modi and had protection of Modi. Unfortunately this is not considered a testimony in court

The well that Babu Bajrangi describes is in this video… the boy describes that 4 truckload of bodies were recovered from the well, mostly women and children.

The Tragedy with Gujarat Riots is that many forget the human cost of it, watch the documentary below (and it is two and a half hour long). The human cost of this carnage is reflected in this few years old Muslim boy whose family was slaughtered in from of his eyes and he describes their slaughter with vivid details in the very start of the documentary (time stamp two minutes) when the documentary is to conclude the boy makes an appearance again (time stamp two hours twenty four minutes). He now says that when he grows up he is going to be a soldier who is going to kill all Hindus, the film maker asks him if the boy is going to kill him as well, the boy replies that he only kills Hindus and refuses to believe that the filmmaker is a Hindu. He refuses to be believe that Hindus can be nice, saying that the filmmaker is a Muslim. No child is going to forget how his family was slaughtered, when he grows up we can pray that he realises that all Hindus are not like those who entered his house and slaughtered his family. And we can only pray that he find it in his heart some forgiveness and remove some bitterness.

Posted in Who Am I

The Leftist Libertarian Me

I have always believed that I am a Leftist Libertarian. In case you do not know what I was talking about, there is a chart of political ideologies based on their social and economic scales at the bottom of the page. Although this was no surprise but today I went to a website and did their political leanings quiz. It did point me where I thought I should be, except that I thought I would be a bit more Libertarian… in any case here is the interesting result, I am as Leftist as Josef Stalin and Fidel Castro, but as Libertarian as Mahatma Gandhi.

Posted in Nationalism

Anyone else interested in joining Tukde-Tukde gang?

Recently on Facebook, within a gap of 24 hours, two Indian Nationalists on two different threads called me a member of Tukde-Tukde Gang (Splitters Gang)….. So let me confirm, Yes, if opposing Imperialism and Colonialism means that I belong to Tukde-Tukde Gang than I am proud to say that I belong to Tukde-Tukde gang. To me someone who considers that they are being ruled by ‘other’ and want independence from these ‘others’, I am with them because everyone has right to self determination. The textbook definition of Imperialism is someone being ruled by ‘other’, so I am not talking Non Sense. If standing against oppression and refusing to stay under rule of someone considered ‘other’ is being in tukde-tukde gang, than I am proud to be in tukde-tukde gang. Because this is textbook Imperialism and Colonialism, and I am happy to be in company of greats like Washington, Gandhi, Rehman, Mandela and countless others who fought Imperialism and Colonialism, they were the original members tukde-tukde gang. And they did tukde-tukde of the British Colonial Empire, an Empire where the Sun didn’t set. All these men accepted that forcing a group of people to be ruled by someone they consider ‘other’ is wrong, they too called it Imperialism and Colonialism, and none of them would ever support imperialism and colonialism. This opinion is for every group of people who consider that someone ‘other’ is ruling them and they want independence from the rule of ‘other’, be it Kashmiris, Baloch, Kurds, Catalonians, East Turkestanis, Tibetians, Kurds, Kosovars or anyone else. I don’t like to be ruled by someone ‘other’, why should I imagine someone else liking it, every person has right to self determination. So yes I have no problem in being tukde-tukde gang of today because I am in footsteps of Gandhi, Rehman, Mandela and countless others.

For the thousandth time, my take on Kashmir is this (like everywhere else in the world where people are fighting for independence), people of Kashmir consider Indians as ‘other’ and there is serious and popular demand for independence, hence there must be a referendum. Obviously the choice in the referendum will be between remaining in India or leaving the Indian Union. Should Indian Government wish that Kashmiri people should choose to remain in India, it should offer Kashmiri people such a good deal that Kashmiri people realise that it is beneficial for them to stay in India rather than leaving her. This is the way democracy works, when Scotland was voting whether to stay in UK or leave, the British Government offered Scots such a good deal that they voted to stay in the UK, same thing should happen in Kashmir. It is like hiring a cycle rickshaw, if I and rickshawallah agree to a price, great, we go together. But if we don’t agree then we part ways, there is no need to fight about it, I can not beat him up and force him to take me somewhere because I am huge and he is frail.

Personally, I want Kashmir to remain in India, I spent my entire childhood in Kashmir and want to have a close relationship with her and I believe that Kashmiri people would be worse off by leaving India. BUT whether Kashmir should remain in India or not is NOT MY DECISION, that is a decision for Kashmiri people, not me and nor anyone else, but Kashmiri people alone.

Finally, it is a grave injustice to force anyone to stay in a union they don’t want to stay in, that is Imperialism and Colonialism, hence if being opposed to Imperialism and Colonialism is being in tukde-tukde gang, I am happy to be in Tukde-Tukde gang, in company of Jean-Bapiste, George Washington, Simon Bolivar, Mahatma Gandhi, Mujib-ur-Rehman, Nelson Mandela and countless others. As people who support democracy, we should honour will of people and not our egos, I am completely opposed to Brexit, but I still want the Brexit to be honoured. Because, people voted for Brexit. The only way to stop it is another referendum.

Posted in Who Am I

The beginning

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

As a Muslim all beginnings begin with praise of God Almighty.
Allah is the same One True God that all Monotheists worship, He is not a new deity, you can call Him by any name as long as it is a beautiful name. He remains to be Allah as long as He is The One and Only ie One Unique, creator and sustainer of Worlds. Next He is not ascribed any parentage or lineage, and finally He can’t be imagined in any shape, form or power. God Almighty of Christians, Elohim of Jews, Ek Onkara of Sikhs and Parmatma of Hindus all fit into this criteria, hence for Muslims all these are Allah, The One True God.