With rising tensions in Kashmir, Balochistan has, become a buzzword in India in last 5 years, though we know their struggle is as old as independence of India and Pakistan. Baloch who are waging a lonely battle against the might of the Pakistani state, are facing a lot of atrocities in the hands of Pakistani state. ‘The Thekedars of Human Rights’ in west are silent on the oppression of Baloch people. I see many friends on Facebook and Twitter extending their support on Kashmir’s separatist movement, calling it human’s first right to crusade against human rights violation, I see media houses from New York to Australia, blotting rims of papers in the favor of those cowards who are waging a war against India in the shields of women and children.
I do not question their wisdom, I do not judge their intentions, but one thing that I can assure you is-they are hypocrites at their hearts and minds. What silents their voice when it comes to speak about free Balochistan? What makes west to ignore the violation of human rights in Balochistan?
Why Balochistan is less important than Syria, Libya, Afghanistan or Kashmir? Why the terrorists in Kashmir, Naxalite in Chattisgarh are seen as rebels, but the rebels and martyrs of Balochistan are seen as illiterate savages?
We know the answer too. But these brave Balochs are fighting un-wavered, Balochistan is currently seeing the fifth and longest and bloodiest uprising against Pakistani rule. Will their struggle yield any fruit?
What is the Balochistan conflict?
In 1947, when British colonial rule came to an end in the Indian subcontinent, 535 princely states were given the option of either acceding to India or Pakistan through merger of territory, or remaining free and independent. Divided by the Goldsmith Line of 1871, Balochistan was split between Pakistani and Iranian occupation, with some bits spilling into Afghanistan on account of the flawed Durand Line. Balochistan was forcibly converted into a province of Pakistan, against the wishes of the Baloch and their Khan, though brave Baloch were, and remain, a fiercely independent people, with their own cultural and social identity.
Brutal repression by the Pakistani Army has failed to break the spirit of resistance. Baluchis are a fierce tribe. They have never subdued in their entire history except in the last 50 years where they were made slaves of muddy politics in the name of Pakistan. The first uprising of the Balochs happened during Military Dictator Ayub Khan’s regime, though it was quashed.
There have been 2–3 more uprisings, but the Pakistani state has been brutally suppressing these, killing the young Balochs, raping their women and leaving their children orphan. After the assassination of the Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti in 2006, the rebellion changed gears and became more intense.
— David B. Cohen (@DavidBCohen1) July 16, 2016
Will Balochistan be free ever?
They say, separatist movements only succeed if there’s some great power pushing for them. Look at Libya and Egypt’s uprising. Having millions of dollars of funding, backed by powerful nations, having ultra-moderns weapons in their artillery, rebels all around the world have pushed their revolutions successively. But when it comes to Balochistan, no one really cares for Balochs & their troubles.
There is no international support of Baloch movement for freedom because the countries that share borders with Balochistan presume that an independent Balochistan would result in more violence and destabilization. Iran sees free Balochistan as a threat to it’s economic & geopolitical interests, China sees free Balochistan as a hindrance in it’s devilish power-play in Indian subcontinent, Afghanistan is busy with own problems and… India despite of having one of the biggest strategic win of the world (Bangladesh-1971) in it’s credit, is advancing too slow in the diplomatic cloak-and-dagger policies about supporting free Balochistan movement.
Some people compare, Balochistan’s struggle with that of Bangladesh’s. But they must remember the face of Banglasdesh’s freedom movement Mukti Bahini (the Bangladeshi National Liberation Army) consisted of all the classes of their lands, be it doctors, laborers, journalists or the farmers, everyone jumped into the movement regardless of their ethnicity, religion, sects under a same banner. The spirit of freedom painted every color of Bangladesh (east Pakistan then) on a single canvas of revolution.
Seeing potential to wage a full-scaled war against the satanic state of Pakistan in the unity of Mukti Bahini, communist leaders of Balgladesh also joined the movement and ultimately India extended their unconditional support to Bangladesh. But Balochistan, unfortunately, has failed to do so. Baloch freedom call is led by tribal chieftains some of who continuously change positions on this issue (depending on their proximity to power). They are not united. They do not stand firm on their stand, the lack of determination in leaders, weakens the spirit of freedom, for example, one of the biggest rebel Brahamdagh Bugti (grandson of Akbar Bugti), offered his surrender with the words, “If people of Balochistan aren’t interested in freedom then we can negotiate”.
As leaders have no political acumen, the youth of Balochistan is loosing it’s spirit of revolution. The Pakistani army and ISI has cashed this scenario in most nefarious way pushing the Baloch youth in menace of drugs, so that they loose the grip on their culture, they forget the need of freedom, and ultimately loose their own lands that has been non-nonchalantly a free land of Balochs for century irrigated by sweat and blood of their ancestors. Drinking water that is basic need of life isn’t easily available for Baloch people, but drugs are flooding at every nook and corner plaguing Baloch youth, all thanks to ISI.
I would like to recite Mao’s quote here, “Keep men, lose land: land can be taken again. Keep land, lose men: land and men are both lost”. Some people might feel it irrelevant here, but folks, having youth deluged in drugs is no less than loosing them.
— K⭕️H❗️ 🅱️🅰️L⭕️CH (@BalochukKohi) June 21, 2016
But looking at the other side of coin, Hong Kong dares China, Ukraine dares Russia, Peshmerga dares ISIS – size doesn’t really matters. Sometimes! Pakistan is currently a failed country, a filed country can be easily be parted in different free states without waging a war even. It isn’t easy to defeat a Guerrilla ware so easy. Some of brave Baloch fighters have mastered the art of Guerrilla warfare, just it is that they are not united and organised under a same banner and efficient leadership.
An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.
Once rebels unite themselves for a common cause, and represent themselves fiercely on both war and diplomatic front, it would be easy to bring the matter into limelight making it a high ground for India to intervene and support their movement and to raise the issues of human-rights violation in UN’s court, without getting into any quid pro quo deals with the devils.
Overall, Balochistan have very high chances to be a country as a free nation, if they stand united on diplomatic front and fight organized in Guerrilla warfare they can persue this seemingly distant dream.
Update: Indian Philanthropist addresses Balochistan issue in Bollywood movie
Indian philanthropist and spiritual saint, Dr Gurmeet Ram Rahim, has addressed the issue of Balochistan in his movie Hind Ka Napak Ko Jawab. The plight of Baluch women, and youth who dare to raise the voice against Pakistan’s state sponsored atrocities is sensibly portrayed in the movie.
Also Read: Pakistan Was More Modern Than India In 70s
Bangladesh – The Country with Controversy Before & After Freedom
The history of United Bengal, after partition named as East Pakistan (Under Pakistan) and West Bengal (Under India), is the story of civilization of nearly 3000 years or more. After 1971 the East Pakistan also stepped on globe as an independent country. The seed of a sovereign nation was planted long before 1971 in the year 1947. Author Kaushik Roy has penned down the tale of cold-blooded massacres during the freedom struggle, and a series of political assassinations of national heroes even after independence of Bangladesh in his novel “Rootless” , here we shed some light on events that stirred the newborn country time and again.
In 1946 when United India was struggling to find out areas of ‘partition’ according to the majority population of either Hindus or Muslims, united Bengal had its identity crisis. Hindus majorly populated the western part whereas Muslims majorly populated the eastern region.
- The Bangladesh Partition, Power Struggle & The Quest For Real Sovereignty
- The General Election That Broadened Rift Between East & West Pakistan
- Foundation Of Bangladesh & Corruption in Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Regime
- Bangladeshi Students & Young Activists – Broken But Not Yet Defeated
- Kaushik Roy, Author – Rootless
Unlike other Urdu speaking Muslims of India, Bengali Muslims used to communicate in Bengali which was originated from Sanskrit. It was hard to accept by the Muslim from Western India that Muslims were talking in any Sanskrit originated language which generally gets associated with Hindus. On the other side, the Hindu leaders of the India considered them as Muslim.
In late May 1947 Sarat Chandra Bose, elder brother of Subhas Chandra Bose and Suharawardy agreed for supporting for an independent united Bengal. The reason of this proposal also had an economical view too. If the Bengal got divided, then most of the industrial hubs and coal mines would be in India whereas the raw material producing areas would be in Pakistan. The economy might be collapsed for both part of Bengal. But this proposal was not get enough support as neither Gandhi nor Jinnah wanted to take any more risk after the riot happened in 1946.
The Bangladesh Partition, Power Struggle & The Quest For Real Sovereignty
On 20th June 1947, the Bengal Legitimate Assembly had to vote on proposed partition. Out of 216 votes, 90 was favored for India whereas Muslim members preferred for the Pakistan. In such a condition Non-Muslim members agreed for partition of Bengal.
The struggle for Bangladesh started from that point of time; the political situation always remain unstable on a long run. A part of their population have much sentiment towards their language, and the other part have it for their faith. During partition, a lot of Hindus and Muslims shifted from the one half to the other half.
Though the East Pakistan was born regarding religious sentiment, still a lot of Hindus preferred to stay there. Aroma Dutta, the granddaughter of Dhirendranath Dutta, one of those few Hindus who tried their best to shape the future of the new country, explained the reason in few interviews.
The founding father of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah delivered his speech on 11 August 1947 that the state had to get out of the business of religion-
‘You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed- that has nothing to do with the business of the state…’
Jinnah’s vision inspired a lot of Hindus like Dutta to stay in East Pakistan. But Jinnah could not remain long with Pakistan, and his successors lost his sight of Islamic country. They had put the religion upfront in the business of Pakistan. That kindled more political dissatisfaction in the East Pakistan.
On 25th Feb 1948, Dhirendranath Datta discussed in Pakistan’s National Assembly about not imposing Urdu on East Pakistan. His legitimate argument was 44 million out of 69 million people in East Pakistan used to communicate though Bengali.
The East Pakistan was not yet that much developed. In rural areas, it is impossible to continue Govt. offices if Urdu was the only medium to communicate throughout the State. Though his point was very much valid, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan was not ready to accept any non-Arabic language to be part of the State. He scared that in such a way Panjabi, Baluch freedom fighters, Sindhi also might have to include official languages of State.
But this proposal was supported by the common men of East Pakistan. They appreciated Dutta for this. But soon this proposal also led East Pakistan to its first Civil War situation. The Pakistan Govt. declared that Urdu would be single language of the State. They imposed Urdu from school to Govt sectors, everywhere. The young students were opposed this act.
The Role Of Students in Bangladesh Liberation War: On 21st Feb 1952 Govt imposed 144 which prohibited the assembly of more than five people (British had passed this law to stop Indian nationalists to gather and discuss their ideas). Violating this law many students and citizens gathered at the Dacca (later named as Dhaka) University compound. Police beat young students with wooden batons, burst tear gas but the students didn’t stop. At 3 pm police opened fire, and several student died. During this protest march, Mujib was also a young student and was arrested for breaking law.
In remembrance of those Bengalis who fought for their mother tongue, later UNESCO declared 21st Feb as ‘International Mother Tongue Day’ to commemorate the 1952 Bengali Language Movement. They got the Bengali as their official language at the end.
But West Pakistan leaders were not happy with the situation. They started forcing to stop Bengali cultural rituals which were never segmented by religious faith earlier. The broadcasting of Rabindra Sangeet (Songs of Rabindranath Tagore) was ordered as banned; the Bengali women were forbidden to use Bindhi; as those were considered as Hindu cultural rituals by West Pakistan leaders. Because of significant difference of cultural values and visions between West and East Pakistan, the leaders of the West were not ready to consider minimal need of the East- budget, facilities, health etc.
Considering all this the Awami League Leader Mujibur Rahman addressed their six demands and without accepting those demands, they were ready for greater autonomy and freedom. These six demands were not at all showed any favour to West Pakistan, and the leaders from the West took it as a revolt against the country. They accused Mujibur and his party members that they were planning for an armed rebellion against Pakistan. Pakistan started Agartala Conspiracy Case against Mujib. But the public busted out their anger when one of the accused Bengali leader shot dead within the prison. Govt. had to withdraw the case against Mujib, and he became he the symbol of faith for Bengalis in the East.
The General Election That Broadened Rift Between East & West Pakistan
7th Dec 1970 the first General Election was arranged in Pakistan. Two main contestants were Awami League from East Pakistan and Pakistan’s People Party (PPP) from the west. In this election, Awami league got the absolute majority with 160 seats in National Assembly and 298 seats in provincial assembly of East Bengal. But Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, leader of PPP made the President Yahya Khan believe that no party from east should rule Pakistan. The conspiracy led to a political restlessness, and Mujibur Rahman declared noncooperation on 7th March 1971. He was arrested and imprisoned in West Pakistan to normalize the situation.
On 26th March 1971, the Pakistani Army started operation Searchlight- absolute demolishing of all protests. For the next nine months the Pakistani army killed the intellectuals, students, Hindus, Bengali speaking Muslims, Awami League party member; raped women; fired cottages- pure vandalism whatever they could do.
The Radio That Revolted: In this hard situation, the Awami party members requested the Major Ziaur Rahman, a retired Bengali Army Major of Pakistani Army to lead the moment in absence of Mujibur. He agreed and declared West Pakistan an independent country called Bangladesh on 27th March from a radio station called Shwadheen Bangla Biplobi Betar Kendra (Independent Bengali Revolutionary Radio Station). Soon Pakistani army demolished the radio station. Zia with other party members fled to Kolkata and kept broadcasting through their radio station. They started building Mukti Bahini (Liberation Army). The Bengali army members also left their posts and joined Mukti Bahihi. A small spark took less time to set a fire over Bangladesh.
But the journey to freedom was not easy. The Mukti Bahini didn’t have enough weapons other than Bamboos and long draggers which were mostly used for cutting trees. Only few commanders who left the Pakistani army had their service revolvers. Mukti Bahini got their feet on the ground when Indian Army stepped into this political equation.
India joined this war officially on 3rd Dec 1971 and made Pakistan to put their guns down on 16th Dec 1971. But during this period a lot of Bangladeshi Muslims supported Pakistan army; those were called as ‘Razakars’ or ‘traitors’ just like Muhajirs in Pakistan. Razakars are still a significant threat to Bangladesh and the political equation of last forty years made it more complicated.
Foundation Of Bangladesh & Corruption in Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Regime
After independence when Bangladesh was dreaming for a happy ending forever, the awaited future was more blood shedding. Mujib was released, and overnight he became the national hero. He became the first President of Bangladesh. Being on throne is impressive thing at the same time it is dangerous too.
He started considering himself as dictator, and the massive support from common Bangladeshis made this faith to him. His party members were gradually corrupted, and he begun controlling from media to public opinions. From the beginning, the army officers of Mukti Bahini was not happy with him as he was in West Pakistan during the hard time and it was only the Mukti Bahini who was in the battlefield. They felt that their sacrifices were not paid off by Mujib.
An Array Of Political Assassinations In Free Bangladesh: In such a political unrest, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated on 15th August 1975 along with his most of family members. The junior army officers murdered the democracy of Bangladesh and they prioritized the army rule over Bangladesh. Khondaker Mostaq Ahmed became new President. Khaled Mosharraf removed Mostaq by his influence. Then Mosharraf was assassinated and Gen. Ziaur Rahman became next president. But He was also murdered, and Ershad became the new ruler. He ruled for long time by killing social activists, writers, students cold-bloodedly till 1990.
Khaleda Zia, the widow of Gen. Zia and Hasina Wajed, the daughter of Mujib, protested together against Ershad and established the democracy one more time. Things were looking fine at that point of time. Long waiting justice came back with two middle-aged lady from two dominant background. Bangladesh was hoping for brighter future, but these two ladies made Bangladesh failed again.
When it was matter of throne, they stood against each other and made the Bangladesh situation more restless. Earlier the collision was in between the nationalists and Razakars; now it turned between two women whose family sacrificed their blood for the country. The Razakars also kept shifting their political support based on the party in power. And none of the two ladies could give the nationalists the long-awaited justice.
After nearly thirty-five years of Mujib’s assassination, his murders were hanged by the neck until they died in 2010. But the political unsettlement remains restless between Khaleda Zia and Hasina Wajid. The students of Bangladesh always played a significant role in national politics.
Bangladeshi Students & Young Activists – Broken But Not Yet Defeated
In 1952 they initiated the Language Movement (Bhasa Andolon), in 1971 large part of Mukti Bahini was students and in the year 2013, the students protested on the streets of Dhaka against the Govt. for the capital punishment of Razakars. During that time young protestors, bloggers were murdered by the Razakars. They put the religious sentiment against the student. But they were not succeeded as gradually the command citizens also joined them. At the end, few of the Razakars were hanged till death.
Recently two young students were died in a road accident. On the next day, few of his mates walked on a street for safer road. Realizing the dangerous condition of the streets, the other students from school and University also joined them and demanded for safer roads for the citizens. This apolitical moment was considered as a politically influenced demand by Govt, and they dragged police to break them. The police also tried to stop them, but the young students were not ready for it.
Along with police, political goons were also opened fire and made lathi-charge on them. The Bangladesh Govt stopped internet and other communication media for few days to normalize this. The students are broken but not yet defeated.
Though their interest mostly tempts Bangladesh political leaders; the students, writers, bloggers are always the knights for their democracy. Whenever it was required, they stand together against the Govt. irrespective of their faith and kept protesting till either death or the acceptance of their demand.
Kaushik Roy, Author – Rootless
In a busy rainy evening when you are confining in an annoying traffic jam, when you are rushing to reach at your home, when you are itching your neck after all day’s hectic schedule; the most suitable boy standing beside you may be Kaushik Roy.Like every introvert, ‘the boy next door’ requires a very formal introduction- Kaushik Roy is a 24 years old Software Engineer currently working in Bangalore.
He completed his Bachelor degree in Computer Science from the University of Calcutta, Kolkata and then Master degree in Computer Application from the VIT University, Vellore. From childhood itself, he had a keen interest in historical based fiction and non-fiction. He started writing articles on historical events and characters for his high school magazines. Later he also continued the journey in his college and university days and he elaborated his fields of writing with several categories of fictional short and long stories.
You can buy Kaushik Roy’s Novel Rootless Here: https://amzn.to/2wlnW7S
Also Read: Life Of A Mohazir In Pakistan
- The Pakistani Gazetteer, 25th February 1948
- Zaheer Hasan, The Separation of East Pakistan: The Rise and Realisation of Bengali Muslim Nationalism, (Oxford University Press, Karachi and University Press Ltd, Dhaka 1994)
- Jahan, Rounaq, Pakistan: Failure in National Integration, (Columbia University Press, New York 1972)
- A.M.A. Muhith, State Language Movement in East Bengal 1947 to 1956 (University Press Ltd, Bangladesh, 2008)
- Gary J. Bass, The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide (Vintage; Reprint edition, 2014)
- Salil Tripathi, The Colonel Who Would Not Repent: The Bangladesh War and its Unquiet Legacy(Aleph Book Company, 2014)
Muslim boy evinces the problems of Muslims in India, and it’s not funny
Why do Muslims have such a high population growth rate? Why do not they favor uniform civil code? What about the rights of Muslim women in India? Why Triple Talaq? Questions are many, that are being fired by ‘Virat’ social media warriors and then these are easily picked by ‘Pseudo’ liberals, not to answer these but to counter-question them. They use the ‘Muslim’ word/world for their own agenda and that revamps the hateful questions from form to another – Why are many Indian Muslims seen as untouchable? Why Government is oppressing Muslims? But amidst all this ruckus of downright nonsensical questions, one thing that is irrefutable about the Muslims in India that they love India and India loves them.
While wandering on Quora, I found a question gleaming on my timeline “What problems are Muslims facing in India?”, considering it another idiotic ‘agenda-driven’ audit, I was about to move on and then I saw this answer by a Muslim boy who revealed his ‘real’ problems in India and it touched my heart.
The ‘Real’ problems of Muslims in India
Much has been said about ‘Secular Fabric’ theories in India, newspapers have inked reams of paper, we have a long list of politicians who are thriving on ‘secularism’ and the intellectual society that is showering hypothetical cynicism in our society; I believe most of them make their ‘invaluable’ opinions sitting in their air-conditioned rooms without going through a grassroots’ survey.
The secularism written on a piece of paper, shouted in TV debates is far aloof from the secularism practiced in reality. Secularism is something new, but ‘Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb‘ is an age-old tradition being followed by Hindus and Muslims with an unwavering fidelity. Secularist hullabaloo dwells in TV debates and political spheres but ‘the real secularism’ lives in INDIA, in our hearts, in our veins.
There are some who sneer and cough in the times of rising intolerance and agenda-driven hatred, but here are many who know to smile in every milieu.
Yes! Being a Muslim I face many problems in India!
In School: Friends waited for me to snatch my tiff-in box for delicious Biryani and Kababs. I faced problems when all of them visited me at home on EID. I felt bad when I was spared from punishments during Ramzan. It was troublesome to visit each and everyone’s home on Diwali and other festivals.
In college: I again faced problems when my roommate in hostel made arrangements for me to offer Namaz. I got very angry when my college professor gave me enough liberty for attendance just to make sure I am offering my prayers on Fridays.
In office: During Ramzan, I faced problems being a muslim in India because every other individual wanted to offer me Iftar. Surprisingly, they even remembered my Namaz timings. I faced problems when my manager reduced my work load during those days and threw an Iftar party with people of every religion sitting beside me.
Here, Mokarram Iqbal tells how he have been lucky to live in a society that treats everyone equal regardless of their religious beliefs, while putting his experiences forward he opines it is the ‘Education‘ that makes the difference not the religion.
I don’t think I ever faced any problem regarding of my religious links rather I have been blessed and cared for being a follower of Islam in India. May be this is because my upbringing was in very favorable and great society. The major concern as if I can see is the “lack of education in the Muslim masses” that’s why they feel insecure to the majority masses. I lived 18 years of my precious life in a colony where we are only Muslim family and we are hell respected . I have got great friends who are not from my religion. I never got a single call of feeling problematic and insecure inside. In Ramzan when we were at fast, none of our teachers would even make us stand for punishment, this is not because they were afraid that we are Muslims but because they respect us. The major problem is the conventional approach of Indian Muslim society. May be in many parts of India any injustice is done to Islamic population but that doesn’t apply to general masses. Education stature of Indian Muslims must be enhanced and every problem will vanish. “I always feel safe and happy in India because I know I am living in the security of 100 million of Indian who follow Hinduism , Sikhism, Jainism, Christianity.”
And while everyone was putting their sentiments forward, here comes a #BrutallyHonest answer from Abdullah Al Faruque who evinces – Yes, Muslims in India are facing many problems that might or might not be associated with other religions. There are all kinds of problems Muslims face in India. Some of these “problems” may be across religions and culture while some may be community specific. But they are there. Muslims do not face any problem in India which is a lie. A big lie! The first step towards solving a problem is to acknowledge that there is a problem. Denial does not help.
High population growth rate: There are many reasons for this. Lack of family planning, overall economic backwardness, unwillingness to use contraception (due to the perceived “evil” nature of contraceptives and accepting high birth rates as gift from God), lack of awareness and ignorance among Muslim women, marriage at young age (especially females) etc. are among the major reasons. And this has hampered the Muslims more than any other community. The Muslim community must look within and not be intimidated/antagonized by such elements and lose track of the problem. There has been a good decline in the fertility rate of Muslims in India and the trend must continue. The xenophobia among some non-Muslims related to this is absurd though! Analyzing the whole problem will nullify any misplaced notion on this issue which is generally fueled by propaganda.
Gender inequality: Although this is a problem which is present across religions and cultures in India, Indian Muslims have the worst record for this. The reasons are high percentage of Muslims in agrarian and “physical labour focused” sectors, over-dependence on clergy in personal matters like marriage and divorce, marrying off girls at a young age, discouraging higher education among women (due to the age old “Indian” fear of not being able to find a groom) etc. It is absolutely incumbent for Muslim women to lead from the front in this regard. The victims have to make the loudest noise. And I am glad to say that it has already started in India. It won’t be eradicated completely in even the next 5–10 years but such change is seldom achieved in a haste.
Religious conservatism and intolerance: There…. I said it! I would like Indian Muslims to look at this issue rationally. I’m not going to quote verses here but will try to discuss this issue with nothing but logic. The main claim that fuels Islamic conservatism is that Islam is for eternity and it is perfect. OK! Let’s try and make sense of this. If the religion is for eternity, then it has to re-align itself with changing times to be conducive for progress. Change and progress are realities which only fools will deny. The modern world is radically different from what it was in the 7th century. We now know many things about the world which have never been mentioned explicitly in any of the religious texts.
“There are many other problems that Indian Muslims face but, in my opinion, these are the major ones. Most of the unmentioned problems here (poverty, illiteracy, political exploitation etc.) are common (both in size and scale) across the board which just proves my point of how Indian Muslims have integrated with the Indian culture now. Also, I think I must add that this answer might come across as pessimistic and rude to many but the question was about “problems that Indian Muslims face” and not how I party with my non-Muslim friends which of course I do and enjoy a lot,” further he says concluding his most rational reply in the thread.
When we talk about intolerance, paid-rioters, agenda-driven politics and TRP-thirsy media, we often ignore the fact that not all the fingers are same. Beliefs do not make anyone good or bad, every religion, be it Hinduism or Islam, has it’s own set of fanatic theories and blood-thirsty clerics, call them parasites who thrive on other’s blood and money. A rational approach is the need of hour, rules and verses were written in other times, if they are relevant in present times, follow them, if not – flout them.
Also read: A MADRASA THAT TEACHES SANSKRIT TO MUSLIMS
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Wake Up Governments – Say goodbye to drugs
People accuse that Governments are supporting drug mafia. They say Government is helping peddlers. It is their political gimmicks, they have their own interests for that they blame each other. On this International Day Against Drugs Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, here, I am not blaming Government for supporting illegal trafficking of poison, but yes they are ‘legally’ sowing the poison in Indian soil that is plaguing our youth, our nation.
What can be sadder than this, that the lands of the brave are now wasted! Wake Up Governments: Say goodbye to drugs, any amount of revenue generated from tobacco & opium cannot compensate for the precious lives we lose every year.
The Scourge of Drugs – Where Governments Fail
The population of India has reached over 1 billion people and is increasing. The country is growing at an incredible pace in terms of numbers. But here is something that is halting the growth of our nation. Some reports suggest that there is an increasing use of illicit drugs and reported numbers are over 3 million drug addicts in India.
From teens experimenting with so-called party drugs, to those trapped into lifelong addictions, one thing is clear – the damage caused to the individual and the wider implication on our society is too serious to ignore.
Large number of the addicts are treated within the families amidst increasing financial burdens, lack of appropriate services and care, which is a huge challenge for the country. Back in 2014, our honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the nation to come forwards to fight against the scourge of drugs.
In his second radio address ‘Mann ki Baat’ PM had said, “I received a letter from a citizen on the problems related to drugs the people are dealing with nowadays. I promise that I am going to talk about it in my next programme”. PM Modi also urged the citizens of the country to share more information on the issues related to drugs that can be discussed in the programme.
Certainly, many would have shared the information and suggestions. But the question is, this is 2016, and what has Government done so far? Yes, he did ‘Mann Ki Baat’, he expressed his concern about this stigma, almost every ‘politician’ talks about it, but what walking the talk?
It is not just the illegal intoxicants that are worrying our government, but legalization of cultivation of certain dangerous plants (read poison) has also proved to be an eminent danger for our nation. According to a report from International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), license for opium cultivation has been granted to 170,000 families in India, spread throughout 6,900 villages; therefore given the usual family size of four to six, at least a million people are directly involved in this business. Over 70% of the opium grown here ends up in the black market or is saved for the villagers’ personal use. India is said to be a transit route for illicit heroin, hashish, and morphine base from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Burma. Now one can claim that this ‘licensed’ opium is used for medicinal needs. Guys, this is not the truth. Most of it goes into the making of catastrophic realms of Heroin (the Chitta), Morphine, Codeine, Smack and that desi poppy husk.
Similarly, India is one of the largest producers of tobacco. India has more than 1 lac registered tobacco farmers and many more who are not registered. It is a lesser-known fact that around 0.25% of India’s cultivated land is used for production of tobacco.
Government calls it ‘revenue generation’, but here is the truth:
Our government claims that opium and tobacco make a significant contribution to the national economy and together provide employment to more than a million people. But here is a report that indicates the other aspect of this fact.
- In a study conducted jointly by a team lead led by Dr. Rijo M John, Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur, and Dr. Monica Arora of Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) found that the total economic cost of tobacco-related diseases of people aged between 35 years to 69 years in India in 2011 alone stood at a staggering Rs 1,04,00,000 crores. Of this, Rs 16,800 crores were direct costs alone.
- Every six seconds, someone in the world dies from tobacco use, and approximately every sixth death occurs in India. India accounts roughly for 10 per cent of world’s tobacco smokers. India is also the third largest producer of tobacco in the world. Certainly, any amount of revenue generated from tobacco & opium cannot compensate for the precious lives we lose every year.
- Likewise, the expenses that are needed for running de-addiction programmes are much higher than the revenues generated by cultivation of opium. Various state-run drug de-addiction centers have reportedly run out of medicines. They do not have adequate staff to deal with the huge rush of drug users who are dependent on opium, opiates or other synthetic drugs.
Say Goodbye To Drugs – Move to a Fruitful Venture
Semi-arid lands of Kota (Rajasthan) that were usually covered with bright-purple or red poppy flowers are now turned into orange-laden orchards. The farmers who cultivated opium for generations in Kota-Jhalawar region, a traditional poppy growing belt of Rajasthan, have moved to citrus cultivation. This area was once a thriving town on a caravan route of opium peddlers and now is growing as a hub for export-quality citrus. The sheet of purple Jhalawar used to wear every winter with fragile poppy blooms is now a thing of past with orange-laden orchards taking over. Oranges produced in Jhalawar region are of export-quality, and shipped to various countries. “My family used to cultivate poppy or opium for generations. Opium cultivation is very tedious and the plant is fragile and easily suffers damage due to natural calamities, rain, hailstorms, diseases etc. Besides, Opium addiction has already ruined our generation, but now we are happy with orange, it’s giving us better revenues and is not killing us in any way“ says Ajit Singh, a farmer from Salotia a small village in Jhalawar.
Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Shows The Way To Fight Against Drugs Menace
While druglord’s lobby is busy pushing their agendas, recommending Governments to stay high on ‘lethal revenue’, Saint Ram Rahim opines them to generate revenue and employment by cultivation of medicinal herbs rather than growing venom in our rich- cultured nation’s land. He suggests that growing herbal medicinal plants could do wonders for the betterment of the society by earning much higher revenue and generating employment as well. Treatment of illness and maintenance of health using herbal medicines is the oldest and most popular form of healthcare known to humanity that has been practiced by all cultures and in all ages, throughout the history of civilization. Recently there has been a universal shift in the trend from synthetic to herbal medicine, which can be termed as ‘Return to Nature’. The utilization of the herbal drugs is a much-accepted trend and market is growing day by day.
The annual turnover of the Indian herbal medicinal industry is about Rs. 2,300 crore, as against the pharmaceutical industry’s turnover is of Rs. 14,500 crore, with a growth rate of 15 percent. With people becoming aware about the benefits of organic farming, more and more farmers are opting for this trend. Dheeraj kumar from Sach Herbotech says, growing medicinal plants like Safed Musli, Ashva-Gandha, Guggulu, Aloe Vera, Shatavari etc. can yield a revenue over of Rs. 60,000-70,000 per acre in an year.
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