Muslims are Right: ISIS has got nothing to do with Islam.

Yes, you read it right. ISIL or ISIS or simply IS ( Islamic State ) that have become the flag bearers of Islam actually have got nothing to do with it or at least it’s religious aspect.

Before coming to what really drives IS let’s examine another scenario. The scenario of Khalistan terrorism. Do you think they have anything to do with Sikhism or Khalsa? No. Not the religious aspect at least. They just want dominance over others in that area which is not possible in a secular and democratic setup of the country. Till 1849, Punjab was ruled by Sikhs and they were the sole lawmakers of the land. Their word was the law. But they were dethroned by the British. After the Independence, Sikhs wanted their monopoly back but it was denied to them. Since then, Khalistan is being demanded. It’s because Sikhs think it’s their land and they should be the sole rulers of the land. That superiority complex doesn’t go easily.

Now think about it. If a community that ruled a land for a brief period and were dethroned more than one and a half century ago don’t give away the superiority complex, what would you expect from people who had established a world order for more than a mellinium and who were dethroned just about a hundred years ago?

What really drives the ISIS is not the religion but the thought of getting back the world order. It’s about superiority of the religion and not religion itself. Islamic world order collapsed once the Ottoman Empire fell in the 20th Century. It’s natural that after being the ruling class for more that a mellinium, you wouldn’t want to live as a commoner and would want your erstwhile status back.

IS uses the religion to justify what they do and to get the new recruits. It’s easier for them to manipulate young, gullible minds through religion than any other means. Young people who are looking for a purpose in their lives find fighting for religion very appealing. And by the way, who would not want to become a hero and book his place in the promised paradise?

It’s not about education either. People will make you believe that only uneducated go into this field. No, that’s just no true. Infact its way of the mark. If that was the case, can somebody explain Osama Bin Laden? Not many people know that he was an engineer. And Al Jawahari?The current Al Qaeda cheif is a surgeon. The IS cheif is a PHd. If it was about education, why would these highly qualified people become what they became? For me it’s all about the list of power, fame or how easily can you be manipulated.

And think about it. Can these organisations in any form run without some kind of a state support. I certainly don’t think so. War against IS has certainly become a show off for the big two and their weapons. It’s an automatic advertisement of the weapons of US and Russia. So who is benefiting? Everybody knows about the terror network back home. And I need not elaborate on who is funding those networks. It’s our very own neighbour state. And what about the very little talked about outfit Hezbollah or Hizbullah or whatever? The outfit based in Lebanon has 12 members of Parliament there and also has two cabinet berths. It’s funding comes from Lebanon and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Can these outfits run without the state funding they receive? Certainly no. So more than religion, the current leadership of certain states and vested interests are responsible in fueling terror and using it as there proxy to further their interests.

So before blaming it upon religion, try to dig a little. It’s not the religion that drives them. It’s not the Quran as many people blame ( I don’t blame it because I haven’t read it) but it’s the urge to re-live the past glory. Nothing can justify their acts against humanity. They are as heinous as they get. But to blame the religion for it is equally unethical.


Is Jamia’s Minority tag Justified?

These days two Universities of Delhi are making headlines. JNU for Anti India propaganda and Jamia Milia Islamia for the decision of Government of India to oppose it’s minority tag in the honourable Supreme Court. This has led to creating a uproar in the Academia. People are terming it as an attack on the Muslim community by a fascist right wing government. But is it really legally right? Let’s find out.

First of all, let me make it very clear. I am myself a student of the University in question and hold nothing against it. I am tackling the issue purely from a neutral point of view.

First let’s discuss what is a minority institution. It’s an institution based on religion run by any minority group for educational purposes. In such institutions, seats are reserved for that particular community. It may be partially funded by the government but that is not necessary.

Well it is correct that its well within the rights of minorities to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice as provided in the Article 30 of the Constitution of India. This same argument has been put forward by many supporting Jamia’s minority tag. They also argue that institutions like St. Stephens College for the Christian community and SGTB Khalsa College or Shri Guru Granth Sahib World University for the Sikh community also work on the same principle of minority institutions as Jamia so taking away of minority tag of Jamia alone would be unfair. This is their main argument. Let’s see if it’s viable.

Once and for all let’s be clear Jamia is a Central University directly functional under the Government of India.It is not run by a minority but the Government of India itself. As we all know that India is a secular country. In a secular country, Government does not meddle in religious matters and nor does it run any institutions based on religion. So Jamia should not be a minority institution as there can be nothing called a minority Central University in a secular country. All the above mentioned institutions like St Stephens are private in nature and are not run by the government. So they can continue being minority institutions but Jamia can’t.

Let’s face it, deliberately done or not, Government is on strong legal footing in this case. They are actually right in taking away the tag. So let us give it away gracefully or else the reputation of the University could be affected by this bitter fight in the court.

Capitalism or Socialism?

Around me I see many people romancing the idea of Socialism as the only true system which gives equality to all. Socialism started as a labour movement but now has become a political system of governance and a full fledged political ideology. It fights it’s rival capitalism which may not be used as a political ideology by any one (and if someone does, he is demonised) but is a widespread system of governance. In their rivalry, I have decided to take a side. Yes, I am a
Capitalist. I will give a few pointers backing my choice.

1. First of all,why would I want to start a business ( If I am allowed to do so in a socialist country) if I know I would make no profit and all the profit would go to workers. Who would dare to open up factories. And even if the Government does open PSU’s whose losses would be compensated by the government, whose money does the Government use for compensation??? It’s ours, the taxpayers money. So if we see deeply, Government doesn’t run companies even in Socialism. People do. That happens in capitalism too. But losses are incurred by an individual and not by the entire nation.

2. I see no true socialist nation really prospering. To name a few nations, the first name that any socialist would throw at you would be China. But let me tell you, China isn’t a true socialist nation. It follows an open market policy and welcomes the big ticket multinationals. Other name is North Korea which you know is starving it’s own people in the name of communism. Other than that you find no prominent nation which can be called a socialist. So lack of a working model is a big disadvantage.

3. If you see the market trends, what is a luxury today would be affordable in future. The prices of everything settle if you give a bit of time. Cycle was a luxury in my Grandfather’s childhood but by the time I was born, cycle was very much affordable. I got mine when I was 3. So is the case with TV and cars. A few years ago, only rich could afford cars and TVs. But now middle class has got cars and TV has gone even to the BPLs.

4. Last of all it sets in a sense of competition. Every company big or small wants to give best possible product to sustain it’s market. Inferior product diminishes the market of the company. So more the companies, more the competition and better the product.So the real winner is the consumer.

These points make it very clear why capitalism for now is better than Socialism and also why most of the world follows Capitalist and Open market economy model. Socialism has to reform or perish.

K Issue- Is plebiscite only India’s responsibility??

These days Kashmir has taken center stage in the discourse in India after the Handwara shooting. Separatists claim that a 16 year old was molested by army personal. Army claims it is rubbish. Whatever the truth may be, it brings up the Kashmir issue and I find that there are a few misconceptions that need to be cleared about UN resolution on Kashmir. People have made it look like the conduction of the plebiscite is responsibility of Indian state alone. Is that so?? Let’s look at it.

Any discussion on Kashmir cannot end without a mention of Plebiscite promise by Nehru and UN resolution on it. But when we look closely at the resolution, it says the plebiscite can be conducted only when Pakistan withdraws it’s army from Kashmir. And mind you this resolution is not only for Indian side of Kashmir but also for PoK. So those people who want a plebiscite should ask Pakistan to withdraw it’s army from PoK before we can proceed further. Don’t make it sound like it’s only India’s responsibility to conduct the plebiscite. If plebiscite has to happen, it has to happen on both sides. Or are people of PoK are not Kashmiri?

One more misconception is that Pakistan doesn’t want Kashmir for itself but wants it as an independent nation. Are those people who believe this live in utopia? Pakistan has not even allowed an independent local government and Federal government ( in records) and Army (in reality) control PoK directly. And irony is that it is called Azaad Kashmir because in reality it’s nothing more than a colony for Pakistan.

On the other hand India has allowed democracy in its side of Kashmir with regular elections. Kashmir has more rights than any other state of India because of Article 370 of the Constitution of India which allows distinct flag and own Constitution for Kashmir. All the matters except defence and communication are governed by the elected government of J&K. No act of Parliament can be enforced without being ratified by the J&K legislative Assembly which is elected by the people of J&K.

Just remember when Kashmir’s King wanted Independence, India left it alone. It was Pakistan which invaded Kashmir,PoK was born and then King came running to the Government of India with a request to save Kashmir. It was then that India intervened. Till late 80’s Kashmir was relatively peaceful. It’s only after militancy erupted that situation worsened there. Blaming India for the situation is living in a fool’s paradise.

Though the Handwara shooting is condemnable, pelting stones at the army isn’t a great act of valour either.
Please read the history behind the conflict before blaming the Indian state for “occupation” of Kashmir.