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Brief history of Islamic jihad in Kerala and the resistance of Hindus

Compared to norther regions of Bharat which saw frequent invasions by Muslims from 7th century onwards, southern regions like Kerala were not affected by jihad till around the 16th century. But the non-muslims of Kerala suffered horrific and sudden jihadi attacks within past few centuries like the jihad of Hyder and his son Tipu, 1921 Moplah jihad etc., which led to mass conversions of Hindus into Islam and destruction of temples in various regions. Due to these jihads, Malabar region which was once a Hindu majority area, saw rapid rise in Muslim population within few centuries.

If we are to trace the roots of jihad in Kerala, we must go back several centuries to the time when the Samuthiris or Zamorins (the Hindu Nair kings) were ruling Calicut, and Malabar was a politically significant region of Kerala.

During this time, the local Moplah Muslims had enjoyed patronage from the Zamorins and enjoyed all freedom to practice their religion in his kingdom. The chiefs of the naval forces of Zamorins were also traditionally Moplahs and they were known by the tile of ‘Kunjali Marakkars’.

But by 1600s, after Zamorins and their forces had defeated the Portuguese, the Kunjahli Marakkar of that time challenged the Zamorin by building his own fortress and by claiming himself as king of Moplahs and lord of Bharat’s seas. He also cut off the tail of one of Zamorin’s elephants (thus obviously triggering an elephant rampage) and when the Zamorin sent one of his Nair agents to demand an explanation for the deed, Marakkar abused the agent. This betrayal of Kunjali Marakkar and his Moplahs angered the Zamorin and he allied with remaining Portuguese forces to defeat the Moplahs and capture Marakkar. After capturing Marakkar, the Portuguese executed him.

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Top Ten Corruption Scam in India

Top Ten Corruption Scam in India

Every time I write or think about corruption, it’s expected that a selective few parties will run away with the top honors. Some of the most decorated parties have played their part in looting the nation & leaving nothing for the common man. Newspapers and news channels carry news related to these scams. The accused always have a common answer – I plead not guilty. Did they end up watching Rustom too many times?

Let’s look back at some of the biggest scams in the Indian Political History. We haven’t numbered any of the scams as they are not placed in any particular order. However, these are scams that have plundered the national exchequer.

2G Spectrum Scam – We live in the world of 4G, but corruption is not a two-day affair. A Raja was the Telecom Minsiter. Many power brokers and political behemoths were also said to be involved. The Ex Prime Minister’s speed of delivering speeches was slower than 2G.

Commonwealth Games Scam (2010): India’s performance was totally eclipsed by IOA President, Suresh Kalmadi. We finished second with 101 medals, but Kalmadi was interested in the other ranking. Business Today magazine estimates that the games cost 70,000 Crore ($11 Billion). Kalmadi made sure that even half of the amount was utilised.

Saradha Scam (2013): Mamata Banerjee’s TMC officially shielded the key people involved in the scam. This was a chit-fund scam carried across Bengal, Odisha, Assam & Tripura. The Saradha group collected $4-6 Billion (24,000-36000 crores) from 1.7 million depositors before it collapsed in 2013. Many TMC members were allegedly involved.

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Myths about Kashmir – The current problem in Kashmir started in 1987

Myths about Kashmir

This is the first in a series of articles on Kashmir. This series was motivated by the current spike in turmoil in the valley and the highly evocative video images that have shaped public imagination about it in recent days.

Myth 1: The current problem in Kashmir started in 1987

A statement bandied about by several writers is that the starting point of the disaffection of people in Kashmir towards Bharat was the election of 1987. This election is supposed to have been rigged by the Congress-National Conference, and led to people becoming disillusioned with Bharat, and its central government.

However, the above assertion is absolutely and provably false.

The first time all of Bharat witnessed the strong anti-Bharat and pro-Pakistan sentiment in the Kashmir valley was much earlier—in 1983. 

In that year, the Bharatiya cricket team had just won the world cup, in arguably the greatest upset in cricket history till then. They had beaten the seemingly invincible West Indies at Lord’s in the world cup finals.  Following this victory, they were hosting the runners up the West Indies at home for 5 ODIs and 6 test matches. The first ODI was to be held at Srinagar – the first international match there. To the great surprise of both the Bharatiya and the West Indian players, the crowd constantly jeered Bharat and cheered the West Indies. Not only that, pro-Pakistan slogans were raised, which was all the more telling given that Bharat was not playing Pakistan.

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Why Blame Pakistan as it is Bent Upon Bleeding India Until India Gives a Befitting Reply

Why Blame Pakistan as it is Bent Upon

Why blame Pakistan for acts of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir as it is always on denial and is bent upon bleeding India until the Kashmir problem is resolved or till India gives a befitting reply through fierce retaliation. Surgical strike is not enough but it has to be isolated economically, militarily and diplomatically at the international level.

The Indian patrol of about 10 soldiers could not defend themselves because they were not equipped with the latest sophisticated weapons and equipment.

In an unprovoked action, Pakistan carried out an attack by the Border Action Team (BAT)along the Line of Control (LoC) under the cover of heavy mortar shelling on two forward posts in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district on May 1.Government said that the Indian Army has been now given free hand in responding to what is termed as ‘cowardly and barbaric act’ when a Pakistani BAT sneaked 200 meters into Indian territory under cover of heavy shelling and mutilated two Indian soldiers’ bodies who were on patrolling duty.

Following the barbaric act, defence minister Arun Jaitley held that the sacrifice of the two soldiers would not go in vain and also assured that an “appropriate action” would be taken by the armed forces in response to the mutilation. “This is a reprehensible and an inhuman act by our neighbour. Such acts don’t take place even during war, let alone peace. Bodies of soldiers being mutilated is an extreme form of barbarism,” said Jaitley.

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JNU Manufactures Outrage Over Madhu Kishwar’s Appointment To Academic Council; So What’s New?

JNU Manufactures Outrage Over Madhu

The Left cabal at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is fighting tooth-and-nail to keep the university as the exclusive preserve of its ideological cohort. And many newspapers and online publications seem eager to believe that any change at the university must have the stamp of approval of this cabal.

Nothing illustrates this more than the ruckus created over the appointment of Madhu Kishwar to the Academic Council (AC) of the School of Art and Aesthetics (SAA) for a two-year tenure by Vice Chancellor (VC) M Jagadesh Kumar. The JNU caucus went apoplectic, as if some lumpen element or abhelpuriwala had been nominated to the council.

To make things worse, newspapers and online publications wrote slanted headlines, making it seem as if the protests against Kishwar – founder ofManushi,social activist, writer, and someone with a 35-year track record of academic output in diverse fields, including art, literature and much else – was an interloper.

“Madhu Kishwar named to JNU Council, row breaks out over her status as an expert”, claimed The Indian Express.“JNU faculty confused by pro-Modi scholar Madhu Kishwar’s appointment to academic council,” was Scroll.in’stendentious headline. One wonders what is there to be “confused” about Kishwar’s appointment; the insertion of “pro-Modi” in the headline, on the other hand, is a clear effort to confuse readers and prevent them from questioning the vested interests that oppose her. Anyone who has read her tweets in the recent past would know that Kishwar has often been a trenchant critic of the Modi government’s actions, though not one motivated by malice.

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आखिर कब तक करदाता ढोयेगा राहुल और प्रियंका गाँधी परिवार की प्रधानमंत्री स्तर की एस.पी.जी सुरक्षा का खर्चा?

आखर कब तक करदत ढयग

 कुछ माह पहले राजधानी के आरटीआई एक्टिविस्ट आशीष भट्टाचार्य की एक आरटीआई का जो जवाब भारत सरकार ने दिया से पता चला कि प्रियंका गांधी को लुटियन दिल्ली के 35 लोधी एस्टेट के शानदार बंगले का मासिक किराया मात्र 8,888 रुपये ही देना पड़ता है। यह छह कमरे और दो बड़े हालों का विशाल बंगला है। कई एकड़ में फैला है। ऊंची दीवारें हैं। जगह-जगह सुरक्षा पोस्ट बने हुए हैं। सुरक्षा प्रहरी २४ घंटे तैनात रहते हैं। यह भी ठीक है कि उनकी भी सुरक्षा अहम है। वे कम से कम नेहरु-गाँधी परिवार की वंशज तो हैं ही। पर उनसे इतना कम किराया क्यों लिया जा रहा है? इतने कम किराए पर राजधानी में एक कमरे का फ्लैट मिलना भी कठिन है। और जब प्रियंका गांधी के पति रॉबर्ट वाड्रा का अपना सैंकड़ों करोड़ का लंबा-चौड़ा कारोबार है। वे स्वयं सक्षम हैं, तो फिर उनसे इतना कम किराया सरकार क्यों लेती है। जाहिर है, देश की जनता को इस सवाल का जवाब तो चाहिए ही। और, क्या प्रियंका गांधी को लगभग मुफ्त में लुटियन जोन के बंगले में रहने की मांग करना स्वयं में शोभा देता है? इस देश में बाकी पूर्व प्रधानमंत्रियों के परिवार भी तो हैं। उन्हें तो इस तरह की कोई सुविधाएं नहीं मिलतीं, शायद वे इतनी बेरहमी से ऐसी मांग भी रखने में हिचकते होंगे? प्रियंका तो सांसद या विधायक क्या वार्ड पार्षद तक भी तो नहीं हैं।

और इससे ठीक विपरीत उदाहरण भी सुन लें। अभी हाल ही में भूतपूर्व प्रधानमंत्री पी. वी.नरसिंह राव के पुत्र पी. वी. राजेश्वर राव के निधन का एक छोटा सा समाचार छपा था। वे 70 वर्ष के थे। श्री राव कांग्रेस के पूर्व सांसद भी थे और उन्होंने तेलंगाना में कुछ शिक्षा संस्थानों की शुरुआत भी की थी। उन्हें कभी कोई स्पेशल प्रोटेक्शन ग्रुप से सुरक्षा नहीं मिली। उनके बाकी भाई-बहनों को भी कभी एसपीजी सुरक्षा नहीं प्राप्त हुई। वे लगभग अनाम-अज्ञात इस संसार से कूच कर गए। राव की तरह से बाकी भूतपूर्व प्रधानमंत्रियों के परिवार के सदस्य भी सामान्य नागरिक की तरह से ही जीवन बिता रहे हैं। इनमें पत्नी और बच्चे शमिल हैं। डा. मनमोहन सिंह की एक पुत्री डा. उपिन्दर सिंह, दिल्ली यूनिवर्सिटी में इतिहास पढ़ाती हैं, सामान्य अध्यापकों की तरह। वह पहले सेंट स्टीफंस कालेज से भी जुड़ी थीं। चंद्रशेखर जी के दोनों पुत्र भी बिना किसी खास सुरक्षा व्यवस्था के जीवनयापन कर रहे हैं। एक पुत्र नीरज शेखर तो अभी भी सांसद हैं। यहां तक कि वर्तमान प्रघानमंत्री का पूरा परिवार भी आम नागरिक की जिंदगी जी रहा है। पर राजीव गांधी के परिवार पर रोज करोड़ों रुपये खर्च हो रहे हैं। क्योंकि वे एसपीजी के सुरक्षा कवर में रहते हैं। क्या बाकी प्रधानमंत्रियों के परिवार के सदस्यों की जान को किसी से कोई खतरा नहीं है? क्या वे पूरी तरह से सुरक्षित हैं? 

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Ram Janmabhoomi Temple at Ayodhya is more about India’s honour than religious belief

Ram Janmabhoomi Temple

Ivividly remember that Sunday afternoon when I was loitering in our neighbourhood along with other children. We were school students then, and apart from cricket, the other topic of our passionate discussion was the ongoing agitation at Ayodhya. A few minutes into our discussion, we saw a hefty man running towards us. He was panting. Tears were rolling down his cheeks as he repeatedly yelled “Jai Shri Ram” (Hail Lord Ram). Before we could react, several others in our locality had joined in and roared back “Jai Shri Ram”. Within minutes almost everybody, including me and my friends, were chanting “Jai Shri Ram” in unison.

This day was December 6th 1992.

The Babri Structure at Ayodhya had been demolished and the news had spread like wild fire. Conch shells were blowing, sweets were distributed, diyas and candles were being lighted.

This was the scene and extent of celebrations at a small colony in Kanpur, an industrial city around 220 kilometres from Ayodhya–the birth town of Lord Ram. Remember this was 1992– a different era with no Facebook, Whatsapp or Twitter. Mobile phones were super luxury and 24×7 television news was nowhere. The only mode of communication were landline phones and word of mouth. Yet, news of the demolition of Babri Structure spread like wild fire and instigated hysterical celebrations all across India.

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