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As Americans it is vital everyone, particularly community leaders, interact with all community institutions, including law enforcement. However, act carefully and in the best interests of the weakest and most vulnerable in the community. No matter what any Muslim leader thinks, the job of federal law enforcement is not to be their ‘friend’. While some communities may feel the FBI in their area is not as hostile to Muslims as they are in places like Southern California or New York, these suggestions are relevant to Muslim activists and leaders nationwide:

Last week another Muslim convert with a mental illness was arrested in an elaborate, expensive and yet familiar “sting operation” revealing a “New Year’s Eve” ISIS plot.  Also, over the weekend 150-armed white Christian “militia” members occupied a federal building and took over a large swath of federal land without a fight. The typical response is for for Muslim leaders to call for “Countering Violent Extremism” to be expanded to non-Muslims, particularly white Christians and to continue cooperation on the current “Muslim-only” CVE. This is the wrong response.

The FBI’s modus operandi for “stings” is well known and established now. Agents typically select a Muslim convert with a mental illness; someone they will identify (in their own words) as a “retarded fool” without a “pot to piss in.” They may lure the individual, who had no notion of committing any crimes in the first place, the opportunity, motivation and means to break a federal law.

This, combined with discriminatory prosecution (nobody can be arrested for flying to white supremacist meetings or for white supremacist Twitter activity) has the effect of pumping up the FBI’s terrorism arrest record to make a problem look bigger than it actually is. Since the FBI’s victims appear to be selected based on how weak and marginal they are, they can expect little resistance to this tactic. Who wants to defend “material support” of ISIS? Indeed, American Muslims are less likely to condone violence against civilians than Americans as a whole.

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Muslim leaders want to be gracious hosts to everyone, especially law enforcement during a time of increased Anti-Muslim hate. Ideally there should be no barrier between citizens and it’s governmental institutions, including Federal Law Enforcement. But at what point does this instinctive kindness, generosity and show of unity become damaging to the Muslim community?

Muslim Leaders have a Duty to their most vulnerable community members

Muslim leaders owe a duty to the people who come to the Masjid, which should be a safe place for families, including, children, teenagers, the poor, the sick, the intellectually disabled and the otherwise vulnerable. Every Muslim should have the right to pray in peace.

For some Muslim leaders, federal law enforcement is known for it’s “partnership,” “friendship” and common interests. These claims do not hold up to scrutiny.

White Supremacist and Right Wing Violence is not Federal priority

We should address the self-interested reason to build a communal relationship with Federal law enforcement first (the FBI and DHS): the alleged commitment to protect the Muslim community from white supremacists or right wing extremists. No such commitment exists. Take the recent spate of hate crimes against Muslims. Recently, in Northern California a man was arrested after he made threats in front of a mosque “I am going to kill you all.” Police found and detonated what they described as a bomb. They arrested the man then released him on bail. The FBI, unsurprisingly, was absent. This was a matter for local police.

When the FBI is involved, such as the threat by American Christian Robert Doggart to murder American Muslims and destroy property in the upstate New York hamlet of Islamberg, no terrorism charges were filed at all. His punishment amounted to a slap on the wrist. As Dean Obeidallah noted this past summer, the FBI did not hold a news conference or even a press release in the case, common even for robbery cases and certainly common for ISIS cases.

Though the FBI routinely issues warnings about potential terrorism by ISIS, it does not issue warnings about plots by right wing extremists, though this is a significantly larger threat not just to Muslims, but to all Americans.

There is good reason for this disinterest in right wing extremism. A report by the Department of Homeland Security produced an intense political backlash, forcing the Secretary of the Department to apologize and close down the office that dealt with right wing extremism.   The FBI knows better than to alienate the politically powerful. So they don’t.  It is far safer to go after mentally ill Muslims.

In the FBI’s budget request for fiscal year 2016, nearly all attention is focused on ISIS and Al-Qaida, it does not make any mention at all of right wing extremism or white supremacists. They are simply not a priority.

It is foolish to assume the FBI and DHS care about something when they seem to go out of their way to prove the opposite.

“Islam is a Threat to our National Security”

This past month A Federal Court Appeals Court in California  heard an appeal on a lawsuit called Fazaga vs. FBI, by Muslims who were subjected to dragnet surveillance based purely on their religious practice.

Craig Monteilh, a convicted felon and con artist who was sent to fake conversion to Islam, pray all prayers at the Islamic Center of Irvine and befriend local Muslims for the purpose of entrapping them or turning them into informants was told “Islam is a threat to our national security.”

In it’s pursuit of Muslims who regularly attend a masjid, the FBI was following the discredited “radicalization theory” model that posits increased Muslim religiosity is an indicator of future terrorism.  Monteilh’s career as an informant, until the Islamic Center of Irvine obtained a restraining order against him, lasted from 2006-2007. The case however still continues. The government is as adamant as ever that it did everything correctly.   There is no reason to believe this program with other informants has stopped. The FBI has recruited more convicted terrorists than Al-Qaida, Al-Shabab and ISIS, combined. According to the Washington Post, the FBI employs as many as 15,000 spies in the United States, much of this activity is focused on the Muslim community.

Indeed, in the Fazaga case itself, where the Obama Administration is arguing the FBI’s discriminatory and unconstitutional investigative techniques cannot be challenged because of the “States Secrets Privilege”, a doctrine normally reserved for international intrigue (remember, we are talking about a people praying at a place of worship). A Federal District Court Judge agreed to the FBI’s claims of “States Secrets” in large part based the “threat” made evident by all of the other terrorist plots by Muslims, many of which were the FBI’s own plots.

It starts with a lie

The Monteilh saga actually started with the FBI lying to the Muslim community in a masjid. Muslim community leaders in Orange County arranged for a town hall meeting at the Islamic Center of Irvine in 2006 because the relationship was obviously bad. Part of the audio from the event was included in a ‘This American Life’ segment, (readers should hear the whole thing). [An FBI speaker had previously told the business club the agency was monitoring Muslim students at the University of California in Irvine (UCI), where there had been a prior assault of a student by an agent, and at the University of Southern California (USC).   The FBI was singling out young people on the basis of their religion, which was offensive to many.]

In that meeting at the Islamic Center of Irvine, an FBI representative stated emphatically that his agency did not send informants to mosques and attempted to walk back his agency’s hostile disposition when they talk to anti-Muslim bigots. He was of course lying, since the case of Monteilh emerged soon afterwards.

Outreach is spying

In many communities, the FBI is routinely involved with “mosque outreach.” This may be in the form of a town hall or attendance at Jummah or Tarawih. They will typically have a Muslim community member act as a surrogate to arrange such gatherings.

It is important for leaders to understand the FBI is in no way interested in better long-term relations with the Muslim community.  They are not interested in learning about Islam or making friends with Muslims. That is not their job.

Freedom of information act requests found that “Mosque Outreach“ interactions that the FBI had with the Muslim community was for the purpose of spying. While many Muslims may consider this information gathering harmless, this opinion is irrelevant. The FBI may be in a position to identify vulnerable people, such as those easy to manipulate and recruit into a fake terrorist plot or as informants.

So what should Muslim Leaders do?

As Americans it is vital everyone, particularly community leaders, interact with all community institutions, including law enforcement. However, act carefully and in the best interests of the weakest and most vulnerable in the community. No matter what any Muslim leader thinks, the job of federal law enforcement is not to be their ‘friend’.  While some communities may feel the FBI in their area is not as hostile to Muslims as they are in places like Southern California or New York,  these suggestions are relevant to Muslim activists and leaders nationwide:

  1. By all means, if you need to report a crime, call 911 or whatever emergency services number was set up in your community. A community leader should not be a “partner” for law enforcement. A Muslim leader cannot both serve federal law enforcement and the most vulnerable in a community.
  2. Muslims leaders should call for institutional changes within Federal Law Enforcement so they have a genuine interest in equal protection under the law, rather than call for similar treatment for politically powerful groups such as white Christians.
  3. Muslim leaders should not participate in any public-private partnerships for “countering violent extremism,” or “CVE.”   This serves an agenda hostile to to the Muslim community.  They should certainly do their own community educational efforts in the Muslim community based on local needs and free of government influence.
  4. Before interacting with federal law enforcement and particularly before hosting meetings and events, rely on organizations such as the ACLU, CAIR, Muslim Legal Fund or Muslim Advocates, who have more expertise and can help Muslim leaders be more knowledgeable and effective in protecting the most vulnerable than the Muslim surrogates law enforcement typically prefers arranging meetings and events through.  If one of these groups has a local chapter, go to them first.
  5. Part of our civic education must always include “know your rights.” The organizations noted above can help organize those.

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Ahmed Shaikh is a Southern California Attorney. He writes about inheritance, nonprofits and other legal issues affecting Muslims in the United States. He is the co-author of "Estate Planning for the Muslim Client," published by the American Bar Association. His Islamic Inheritance website is



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    January 5, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    As salaamu alaykum,

    This was an excellent essay and it really showcases and articulates the many double standards, the unfairness, and various hypocrisies that most of the establishment/elite seem to hold as far as their stances and beliefs regarding the treatment of alleged or possible Muslim “criminals” as opposed to non-Muslims “criminals.” Of course criminality, extremism, and bad behavior are wrong, regardless of who may choose to engage in it.

    However, I really don’t agree with the stance that many (most?) Muslims in the US seem to take, as far as many of the disparities in treatment between the Muslims and the non-Muslims being mostly a “racial” or color issue. That’s a big cop-out. “White” supremacists this and “white” supremacist that, etc., is something that the vast majority of Muslims (Sunni/Orthodox) at least in North America seem to always go on and on about (I’m not saying the author is saying this), when it’s something a lot more deeper and complicated to say the least.

    The author of this essay does a great job of showing examples and giving evidence that the main issue here is not the supposed color of various people being arrested or “not” being arrested, but what supposed “religion” they allegedly follow. Do you think Pam Gellar and the well funded, extremist Ziocon, Israel first (and second and third), Islamophobes and other right-wing, fanatical Zionists don’t like Muslims because of their supposed color? Or lack thereof, as the case may be, as many Muslims are white…

    What I would say to Muslims that seem to only think that all of this bigoted and unfair treatment is mainly about “color” is the following:

    Many, if not a majority of the half retarded/retarded, idiot, mentally challenged, jahil (who are barely even “Muslim” to begin with) “Muslims” that get caught up in these various stings, are allegedly white converts/reverts.

    And while the author makes a comment about the fact that “white supremacists” (the fact that they are “non-Muslims” is the key part, which I’m sure the author would probably agree with) are not getting into trouble or facing the same things that “Muslims” of course would face (of all colors it must be stressed, again, even if many of the alleged “Muslims” are halfway retarded dimwits, oafs, and obviously very ignorant of the Deen), I would add that it’s also a fact that there are many black “supremacists” and racists that also can tweet about anything and fly anywhere, without being arrested and never getting into trouble, etc. Of course the main thing about these black supremacists in terms of them not being arrested or getting into trouble, etc., is the fact that they are ALSO non-Muslim, like the white supremacists and racists.

    And unfortunately, lately I’ve noticed that some of the writers at Muslim Matters have been virtual “apologists” to some of these black racists and bigots (something that they would never do to white supremacists and rightfully so) as they unfortunately maybe see this as the “PC” thing to do, I guess, choosing to go by what’s acceptable in “mainstream” American/Western culture, as opposed to abiding by the ethics and morals of the Deen, and have in essence wrote nothing but glowing “praise” and “support” for these bigoted demagogues
    I’m taking about the racist, black supremacist Nation of “Islam” (sic), and their leader, Farrakhan, who spreads many lies about Islam, and about God and His last messenger (saws).

    I can provide links to various fatawa and/or opinions from respected, mainstream, Ahl us-Sunnah Scholars regarding what the Muslim stance is on the so-called “NOI” if you would like, but I’m sure that’s not necessary.

    Anyway, I have seen many things that these black racists and their “brothers” (who are very similar to them in every way and even more radical and racist) the “New Black Panther Party” (they are always inciting for racial violence BTW) have said that are just as bad, if not worse than any white supremacist type, and they’re never arrested, but wrong is wrong, and it doesn’t really matter (or shouldn’t) what color various racists are, but it does bother me that “Muslim Matters” only chooses the PC racists to denigrate and condemn and it’s even more frustrating because of the fact that some of the writers are seemingly too scared or apprehensive (not wanting to “offend” anyone?) to even call out the racist, non-Muslim NOI, who let me remind everyone, STILL to this day, continue to confuse non-Muslims of ALL colors about what the real, true Islam, is all about (it’s bad enough that we have these mad, misguided, psycho “SJs” allegedly doing these various evil, and totally,100% unIslamic, haaram acts – although false flags/psy-ops have been around for hundreds/thousands of years; another subject for another time I guess). As an aside, do you know how many times I have had to explain to non-Muslims (black and white) through just regular conversation (or dawah), that NO, the NOI are not Muslim, and that NO, Islam is not a “black supremacist” religion, or just a religion for black folk, etc.?

    Anyway, thanks a lot for writing this excellent essay, it was indeed very informative, and extremely interesting. And I’m sorry to have digressed a bit.

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    January 6, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    I sort of agree. Of course it does no good to ask the police to harass and disrespect white Christians the same way they do it to Muslims. But as a black person, we give our kids the talk. “If the police pull you over….” We know that if a crazy person attends our mosque and then goes out and randomly shoots a bunch of white Christians in America, there is a danger of our mosque being burned to the ground, with the usual cursory investigation and wrist slaps by the locals and the feds. Being a person who likes my mosque, if I have to choose, I want us to reign in the crazies. Yes, I know they are crazy and that it’s a sickness and sick people need a special space, but we can’t let their special space extend to a place where they are hurting others and we who are not crazy are getting blamed for it. We most definitely need to call out the FBI on this targeting of sick people at our masjid.
    However, for me, part of the problem is an antisocial element in our communities that believe our faith commands us to hate everyone who is not Muslim. The ones who talk about “voting is haram” and the like. It is parasitic to sit in the West and demonize it at the same time. This goes for my immigrant and native African American brothers and sisters. The Quran forbids us from living in a haram place.
    So these people, who are not making it and hating this place at the same time, their solution is clear. We should all truly follow our faith. There is no command to slaughter those you can’t live with that I know of in Islam. If you hate these kuffars and the place they have created, then “the earth is spacious” and if I find you at my mosque andcrazy and you want to hurt people and put my community and our masjid in danger, I would rather the FBI gets you.

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    January 7, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    As salaamu alaykum,

    I came across an excellent article that talks about this whole saga, in terms how both the right and left are a bit “hypocritical” and I’ve copied and pasted a few paragraphs (it’s from an anti-Police brutality blog):

    “Mow them Down,” Americans Once Critical of Police Killings Now Beg Feds to “Slaughter” US Citizens | The Free Thought Project

    –Those who call for violence against others, who have not harmed anyone, are the epitome of all that is wrong in the world today. Regardless of your political views, or positions on issues, denying due process, even to the vilest of criminals, is the work of tyrants.


    –The anti-Muslim Right, Islamic terrorists, and now the pro-state-violence Left — would all do well to study the intention behind Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous quote:

    –“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”

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    January 7, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    As salaamu alaykum,

    While of course there may be few half retarded, very mentally ill, criminal, jahil idiots who know nothing about the Deen (that’s a big understatement!) living in the West (and elsewhere), I think that we all (Muslims and non-Muslims) should think a lot more critically, think outside the box, and also look at alternatives to what we are constantly being fed, propagandized, and bombarded by our corrupt and controlled mass media.

    I think that after any alleged “terrorist attack” as the old saying goes, we should always ask – “Cui Bono?” (Who has benefited?) And who will be benefiting in the future, etc.

    I’m 100% convinced that many of these alleged “terrorist attacks” are indeed false flags and/or psy-ops committed by various Intel Agencies and the deep state, including elements of the Mossad. And no, I don’t thing that everything is an alleged false flag or so-called “conspiracy theory” (BTW, this term was coined by elements of US intelligence after the JFK assassination to discredit “skeptics” of this event).

    While I would admit that there are some very unbalanced, misguided, very ignorant/jahil alleged “Muslims” out there (and all of these guys are allegedly, so-called “SJs”) that obviously know NOTHING about the Shariah, and supposedly don’t know (????) that it’s 100% and TOTALLY un-Islamic, and HARAAM, under ALL circumstances, PERIOD, no ifs, ands, or buts to intentionally and purposefully target non-combatants (“civilians”), I believe that some of these “terrorist attacks” CAN BE proven to have been false flags. For instance, the 11-13 Paris attacks have been proven, basically beyond reasonable doubt IMO, to have been a deep state/intelligence agency sponsored false flag/psy-op. There’s indisputable proof that the various attackers were indeed knowingly protected assets and/or patsies (has anyone looked into this clown Salah Abdeslam?!). I know a writer and researcher in Canada (I consider him a friend) who has done very extensive research on the 11-13 Paris Attacks and has written many excellent essays regarding this “false flag” (and many other dubious types of events). I would like to link to some of his articles later, insha’Allah.

    Look, I know many people, especially Sunni Muslims (why do we blindly believe and buy into – hook, line and sinker – every darn thing that our controlled (by you know who), mass media and various govts. relay to us?) are very close minded to so-called “conspiracy theories” (again, let me stress that I personally don’t think that everything is an alleged “false flag”). However, I can list a few out of MANY false flags/psy-ops, that have been proven 100% and admitted to and confirmed by various governments and/or Intel Agencies to have been false flags/psy-ops:

    ~~The sinking of the American USS Maine in 1898 in the Havana Harbor. Initially blamed on the Spanish military, but proven to most likely have been an accidental explosion that went off from within the USS Maine.

    ~~The Bmbing of The King David Hotel in 1946 in Palestine. This operation was carried out by Zionist terrorists who were dressed up as Arabs, trying to make it look as though it was Arab “Muslims” who had carried out this attack, but the British were able to discern who the real perpetrators were.

    ~~The Lavon Affair in 1954. Mossad agents (working undercover) in Egypt bmbed several places and locations where there would likely be British, American people and/or Western interests and tried to make it look like and “Muslims” were the culprits (the Muslim Brotherhood; the same group that the fanatical anti-Muslim, Islamophobic, Hasbarat Ziocons, are always trying to fear-monger their fellow Americans with) for doing these evil acts. And for a while the Israeli govt. officially denied any responsibility for this act, labeling it as an anti-Semitic “conspiracy theory” before finally owning up to it and admitting that they were indeed 100% responsible for doing this (and BTW, the Israelis celebrate and honor these terrorists who were involved, just as they celebrate and honor the terrorists involved with the King David Hotel bmbing and other miscreants, including the infamous spy “J. Pollard”).

    ~~The Gulf of Tonkin Incident in 1964. There was an alleged “incident” in Southeast Asia/Vietnam, in the Gulf of Tonkin, where the North Vietnamese (Communist govt.) were said to have shot at an American Naval ship. After this incident was announced and presented to the public by president Johnson, the US Congress overwhelmingly passed a resolution for sending large numbers of US troops to Vietnam. Well, this was a complete fabrication and lie, because it never even happened.

    ~~The Attack of The USS Liberty in 1967. The Israelis intentionally bombed a US military ship in 1967 in the Eastern Mediterranean, trying to make it look like it was the “Egyptians” (Muslims) who had done this, in order to get the Americans to go to war against Egypt, one of Israel’s “enemies” at the time. They killed several Americans but were unable to sink the ship…

    Anyway, these are only a few false flags/psy-ops out of MANY that have been proven and admitted to by various governments, Intel Agencies, and/or establishment court historians. There are of course many more that I can list, including more recent ones allegedly involving Muslims…

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      Wael Abdelgawad

      January 7, 2016 at 4:51 PM

      Very interesting information. This could be the basis of an article in itself.

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        January 9, 2016 at 1:50 PM

        Thanks :) I’m not sure what part you meant, so I’ll cover a few things…

        Yes, I’m saying that these kinds of beliefs (i.e. that many of these alleged terrorists or would be terrorists are said to have) are so strange, so ajeeb, and of course because they are indeed so far away from the Quran and Sunnah, and totally against the Shariah (and I’m talking about basically what every single terrorist attack blamed on Muslims in the last 15 plus years has consisted of – i.e. Muslims intentionally targeting non-combatants/civilians) that you cannot come up with a different conclusion in terms of the fact that anyone with these kinds of totally un-Islamic beliefs (although 99% of Muslims in the world probably do not agree with these acts, and I’m sure 99.9% of Muslims in the US don’t, and the minuscule 00.1 % would not do any violent acts anyway IMO) have to be very, very jahil/ignorant of the teachings of this Deen. I mean seriously, how many Hadeeths of the prophet (saws) say over and over to NOT intentionally target non-combatants, including children, women, the elderly, day laborers (the common worker), the handicapped, religious folk (monks, rabbis, priests, etc.), and so on. I mean in the Quran it’s also very clear that any verses talking about fighting are always referring to people that are fighting you on the battlefield (i.e. all of these people are combatants), aside from the fact that from a historical perspective, many of these verses are only referring to specific battles that the Prophet (saws) and the Sahaba (ra) were fighting against the oppressive and murderous pagan Quraish. Even the famous “sword” verse is referring to people that were at the time, actively fighting and killing the Muslims (and even if we apply all of these verses to today, of course NONE of them would in any way support what has been happening with any of these alleged “Muslim” terrorist acts, and this is before even taking a look at the various aforementioned Saheeh Hadeeths of the prophet (saws)).

        But as far as False Flags (FFs) and Psy-Ops (POs), I wanted to clarify a few things that was maybe not evident in my last post.

        The US govt. pretty much knew very early on that the explosion that occurred on the USS Maine in 1898 in the Havana Harbor was an accident of some kind, likely caused by the American munitions that were located in the bowels of the ship (this was in later years proved beyond reasonable doubt). Of course it benefited the US Imperial ambition at the time to pretend that it was without any doubt whatsoever a Spanish naval ship that caused this explosion by firing on the American naval ship (without having any proof of course). And the US could gain a lot more territory than it already had, including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines – the territories that the Spanish held and ruled at that time in history. And the pro-interventionist/pro-war press at the time (embodied by the Hearst owned newspapers) kept saying “Remember the Maine!” to try to propagandize the mostly anti-interventionist Americans to support and back a war against the Spanish empire.

        Also as far as the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, most of the TPTB (“The Powers That Be” – the President, most of the Cabinet, military intelligence, the CIA, NSA, etc. – everyone in the loop) knew that the Gulf of Tonkin Incident never indeed did happen, and that the communist North Vietnamese NEVER fired on the American ships. And while the Kennedy Adm. sent various advisors and some troops to Vietnam, the various factions of the then Johnson Adm. wanted to escalate the whole American involvement in SouthEast Asia a lot more, and an “event” (or non-event as we now know) would of course help to facilitate this.

        Also in regards to to 11-13 France terrorist attacks blamed on “Muslims,” I have some general questions to my fellow posters:

        How many people are aware of the fact that the alleged mastermind of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was seen by various witnesses THE NEXT DAY (Saturday, 11-14) chillin’ out on the street, in broad daylight, smoking weed and drinking whiskey?! How many people know that the Abdeslam brothers (Salah and Ibrahim) used to own a bar in Brussels and were known to do nothing but get high, drink, and sell drugs at their bar? (ALL of this info is from the MSM)

        How many people know that Salah Abdeslam (who is “gay” by the way) until NO MORE THEN A MONTH before the 11-13 attacks (and possibly less), WAS GOING TO GAY BARS regularly, and that he was known as a kind of PROSTITUTE? (again, ALL of this info is from the MSM)

        There are MANY more anomalies and CRAZY facts about the Paris attacks, but I just wanted to mention a few.

        And BTW, there are many former high ranking US Military officials, very prominent (and well respected) former US presidential Cabinet officials, former “spooks” (CIA, NSA, MI6, etc.) that have gone on record and continue to this day to go on record saying that most of these alleged terrorist attacks that have been blamed on “Muslims” were indeed 100% False Flags and/or Psy-Ops, and that many of these same officials will attest to the fact that one of the main goals of these FFs/POs is to rev up the so-called “Clash of Civilizations” between the West (the formerly Christian, although at least now culturally Christian) and Islam and the Muslim world. A very big reason for this (although not the only reason) is because extremist Zionists want a Greater Israel (Eretz Yisrael – from the Nile to the Euphrates, just look at a map), and obviously all of these various terror attacks blamed on Muslims (and Islam) will get the US in particular and the West in general to go to war against Israel’s so-called enemies (i.e. Muslim nations and/or Islam in general), etc.

        Of course many of these western/Zionist elites also want more and more powers that will enable even more measures that will enhance the already existing Western/Zionist (Ziocon) “police state.” It’s said that the “Internet Patriot Act” has been written for a while (as the “Patriot Act” was written way before 911), ready to go, and that the US elites are waiting for the best time to facilitate (and there have already been various measures for vote in the Congress) the so-called “internet 911” – something that will “falsely” be blamed on China and/or Russia (not to say these states are “good guys” or that like all nations, including the US, that their govts. – although Israel is said to be the most aggressive and brazen by the US Intel Agencies – don’t also conduct high level state sponsored espionage and “hacking”), but this would entirely be something that would in no way be caused a “foreign govt.” or external bogeyman.

        Later, I would like to include some very important and relevant links…

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    The Professor

    January 24, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Interesting that you would mention the White Supremacist and their ideology in reference to Muslims, and the FBI. You referred to them as being the ones who are saying, “make friends with them (Muslims) then kill them.” Do you know there are several jihadist training camps in the the USA and a statement in their training manual is, “make friends with the non-Muslims then kill them.” You are making a comment about the FBI doing this and yet the Muslims who are training in the USA have this in their training manual. Curious as to your arrival of the same comment. The camps are unfriendly and violent to non-Muslims who approach their front gate to talk to them.
    I will be surprised to see if this comment is posted or scraped because it delivers information that would be damaging to the training camps of jihadist in the USA.
    Usually, when Muslims are questioned or information is shared with them they start screaming a tyrant of words and will not be quiet and listen to what the other person is saying. It is a statement of, “my way is the only way and I do not have to have a peaceful conversation with anyone who is different from me.” Then they throw anything they can find at the person attempting to speak with them.
    The Sharia Law is not for non-Muslims, so to attempt to enforce this is causing a severe retaliation against all Muslims. The law of the country that a Muslim resides takes precedent over their religious laws. You did not see Christians forming patrols and challenging non-Christians to follow their religious laws or they will be beaten or worse. It is happening now because of the Sharia patrols and treatment against non-Muslims. What you expect of your Muslim community is separate from the non-Muslims and you can not declare your area of residence as a non-Muslim, No Go Zone.
    If you honestly want to understand why the non-Muslims are reacting in the manner that you are witnessing on global scale just look at what they started when they entered the various countries who offered to assist them in their need to escape the same crimes and envirnment that they are creating in their host countries. Now, the same countries are deporting them, banning them and destroying their mosques. In China it is against the law to be a Muslim. In Japan Muslims cannot wear their Islamic clothing or pray in public. Plus, they are now banned, as well. Why? Well, look at what the Islamic people are doing to the people and cities of the various countries who offered them a peaceful existence and financial assistance until they are established. You can answer that question for yourself. Norway is completely fedup with their rapes, destruction and demands, so they are deporting all Muslims, even ones who have been there for years, because of the violence and hatred of the other Muslims towards non-Muslims. When you open your heart and home to help people in dire need and they return your kindness by raping your people regardless of their age, destroy entire communities and cities and making demands of money, free houses and cars, it forces them to close the door and send you home, where ever that may be because they and other countries are just loading them on huge vessels and dumping entire families on whatever country the vessels land. I worry about the women and children who are not the ones creating this violence, but they are paying the price for their male family members and Muslim males who have been invoking this sabotage against hosting countries. Like all the religions of the world, Muslims can enjoy their lifestyle, laws and prayer just do it in your homes or mosques and stop enforcing them on other religions of the world.

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In The Name of God: A Communal Rupture Sowed By Communal Legacy

At one point of time, there used to be a mosque in Ayodhya. It stood tall and lofty for 470 long years, until a mob of extremist Hindu fanatics came at it with axes and pickets and razed it to the ground. Stemming from the popular belief that it was the birthplace of the mythological figure of the warrior Hindu god called Ram, the act was carried out for the future construction of a temple devoted to him, and one that had to be erected at the same spot where the 16th century mosque had existed for so long. 

“All we need for the betterment of life is Lord Ram, and there is no survival without Lord Ram”.

The supporters of the Ram Janmabhoomi cause kept reiterating this loud and clear in Anand Patwardhan’s documentary film Ram ke Naam (In The Name of God), that still serves as the single-most myth busting source centred round the whole dispute. But this very claim itself is based on partial accounts that stem from loose historicity, as depicted in the footage.

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On December 22 1949, Lord Ram was said to have appeared in the dream of a priest in Ayodhya, who along with a few other men installed an idol of the god inside the mosque in the dead of night. The film tracked down one of the priests who had participated in the plan, and identified him as Mahant Ramsevak Das Shastri. He claimed that the erstwhile district magistrate K.K. Nayar was also an organiser of this act and had ensured that Shastri and the others accused were released on bail. Although generally identified as the first breach of communal trust that gradually gave rise to the whole dispute, in truth, this religious fundamentalism has its roots running deeper than most of us fully grasp or acknowledge. 

Even at present, about a dozen places in India and Nepal claim to be the potential birthplace of Ram and there is no consensus among Hindu scholars and historians regarding the same. Ayodhya has been housing many Ram temples since the 19th century, and incidentally, quite a lot of them had claimed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram at one point of time or the other. After the construction of the Babri Masjid in 1528 by the Mughal emperor Babur, historic records show that the first instance of communal riots in the area was not before 1855. Sunni Muslims clashed with Bairai Hindus in the area claiming that the temple of Hanumangarhi (for the Hindu mythological figure Lord Hanuman) was built where once stood an already demolished mosque. Nawab Wajid Ali, the then ruler of Ayodhya promptly intervened and made peace, but not before the incident caught the attention of the colonial overlords. This took place just two years prior to the Great Revolt of 1857. It was the first known pan-Indian unified struggle for independence, and one that was founded upon the Hindu-Muslim unity which had been turning into a growing threat for the ruling East India Company. And of all the temples claiming to be the holy birthplace of Lord Ram, the British chose a mosque having Mughal origins to be the designated one for spreading the rumour that Babur had constructed it after destroying what was once a temple housing Lord Ram’s original birthplace. 

As this notion started gaining momentum, the British installed a fence on the premise, which led to an arrangement that had the Muslims praying inside the inner court and the Hindus being allowed to use the outer courtyard. This communal understanding and secular practice went on and in peace till 1949, until the breach orchestrated by Nayar occurred. 

The 1949 breach then led to communal rifts, which was followed by the mosque being sealed. This marked the beginning of how those in power have been manipulating the masses for centuries, either for ensuring a vote bank, or being mostly fueled by a blind sense of religious fanaticism that made them feel empowered over other religions. 

Repeated petitions were filed to open the locks and allow namaz inside the mosque. While the inner court was kept out of bounds, puja was allowed to be carried out in the outer courtyard. As many as four suits were filed between 1950 and 1961 asking for the restoration of the Muslims’ right to pray, none of which were heeded. Twenty years later, the Sunni Waqf Board finally filed a suit for complete possession of the site, and the one which turned out to be the final blow. Hindu groups in turn formed a committee to protect their rights, and the plan to construct the Ram temple was spearheaded, causing the Ram Janmabhoomi movement gaining momentum like never before, with erstwhile Bharatiya Janata Party (B.J.P.) member L. K. Advani giving leadership to the same. 

It was no less than a “political game”, according to the court appointed priest Laldas, who was charged with tending to the Ram idol after the mosque was sealed. During his tenure from 1983 to 1992, he was known to have been critically vocal against the whole Ram Janmabhoomi movement and the premeditated conspiracy that was growing around Babri at that time. He was removed from service 9 months prior to the demolition act and was found to be shot dead a year later under mysterious circumstances. 

“BJP does not believe in Ram, only in hatred…the Hindu Parishad members have never made a single offering or prayed at the temple even once,” he had told Patwardhan during an interview clip in the documentary. 

Surprisingly, none of the subjects that Patwardhan approached in the film knew exactly when Lord Ram was born, or at least even in which century. Not the poor tanner squatting on the ground, not the first year law student brandishing a sword before the march to Ayodhya and not even the saffron clad priest inside the air conditioned Toyota van. But all of them were unwaveringly certain in their belief that Ram’s birthplace was none other than Babri, and how it has been a known fact for many years. 

It was December 6, 1992 that witnessed the right wing mobilisation movement carry out the act of political vandalism quite unparalleled in the modern world, leading to subsequent communal riots, and a massacre which the country has not completely recovered from since. Babri was destroyed. 

Twenty seven years, varying heartbeats, deadly communal violence acts and the loss of about 5,000 odd lives later, the landmark justice on the Ram Janmabhoomi dispute was delivered. 9th November 2019 was a date that meant too much to too many people. It was a day that either meant the end to so many years of rioting, divisibility and cut-throat communalism, or a further tint in the already widening secular fabric of the nation. 

2019 was also the year that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sworn in for a second term and had implemented a number of administrative decisions that gave BJP’s Hindu supremacist ideology a new momentum and utmost urgency. One of the first things that he did after taking office was revoke the Article 370 of the Indian Constitution on August 5, 2019, which had so far granted the internationally disputed Muslim dominated region of Kashmir a special status independent of Indian jurisdiction. The abrogation allowed Kashmir to be reinvaded by a strong Indian military, annexed to the Indian subcontinent and put under complete curfew with an internet blackout. And exactly one year later, Prime Minister Modi is about to lay the foundation stone for the newly constructed Ram temple in Ayodhya on the site of the demolished mosque on August 5, 2020, as thanks to the landmark verdict on the decades-spanning historic wound that has completely redefined the politics of the country, the forces responsible for the demolition had found themselves in complete legal possession of the land. 

For many blinded by irrational faith and hyper nationalism, the judgement reinstated the inherent vice of fanatic Hindutva ideology in the sense that their religion is all superior, and one that fuels the necessity to construct the Ram temple at the very spot of the Babri Masjid. But to others still believing in the idea of the independent India that awoke at the stroke of the midnight hour on 15th August 1947, the judgement could have very well been a bigger, and more dangerous rupture in the democratic and secular pillars of the country than the actual act of the demolition itself. 

The current chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, who was charged with overseeing the construction of the temple had gone on record as early as 2017 during a pre-election campaign to promise a Ram Mandir

Agar Samajwadi Party jeetegi to Karbala-kabristan banega, jabki Bhajapa ki Sarkar banegi toh Ayodhya mein Ram mandir banega.

30 years ago it was L.K. Advani who had promised that Mandir wahi Banega and today, it is Yogi Adityanath, the third face in line on the saffron political firmament, who is delivering on this promise.

Vikas Pathak, who is a professor at the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai, said that this is Hindutva’s true and unalloyed form, one that was supposedly hidden beneath layers of political exigencies for so many years leading up to this. This claim is further supported by an independent multimedia journalist in Kashmir, who said he feels the same due to the obvious choice of the date of inauguration. Requesting to be anonymous, he expressed his thoughts on how this is more of a planned move than a mere coincidence, and one which gives out a clear message.

The fact that it’s happening on the anniversary of the repeal of Kashmir’s autonomy, accentuates the importance that the Modi government places on its aggressive pursuit of a Hindu nationalist agenda”, also augmented Michael Kugelman in his comment on the matter. He is senior associate of the Wilson Center and the deputy director of its Asia Program. 

Just like Jai Shree Ram, this Mandir agenda too had been normalised into one which sounded like a clarion call for battle. In Patwardhan’s film, an unnamed Congress politician held a campaign where he asked the Vishwa Hindu Parishad that if indeed a Ram temple should be built, why could it not be anywhere else in the city, as Ayodhya is such a large place. 

“I am amazed at this stubbornness that they will build the temple at the very same spot! And that too, only after destroying the mosque… He (Advani) can easily build a temple anywhere in Ayodhya, but please do not insist that this can only be possible by demolishing an existing mosque. I want to promise that the temple will most definitely be built, but the mosque must also remain.”

As we went on to see in the film, and even twenty seven years down the line, it was firmly decided that Mandir wahi banega, and one existing holy site was destroyed to give rise to another. Come November 2019,  the temple plan gets sanctioned by the Supreme Court of India as well, ironically granting the Sunni Waqf board an alternate piece of land to construct their mosque instead.

While the 5-judge bench lay claim to the demolishing act accepting it as a crime, and while they also accepted that the installation of the idols inside the mosque was an act of desecration, it also gave the land over to those who desecrated it at the same time. A judge on the bench had called it “one of the most important cases in the world,” but when the perpetrators of what the Supreme Court has openly identified as a crime find themselves to be the main beneficiaries of the judgement, it brings to question how just the verdict actually is.

Quite bizarrely, the court had declared that while there was some evidence of Hindus worshipping on the disputed site, no such documentary evidence could be found in the case of Muslims until before 1857. 

“The mosque was built in 1528, and the area was under Mughal occupation till 1722. Then it was ruled by Nawabs, and finally annexed by the British in 1856. It must be self-evident that during this entire period of being under Muslim rule, Muslims were offering namaz inside the mosque and not the other way round”, said a Kashmiri student currently studying at Jadavpur University in Kolkata on the condition of anonymity, adding how such a reasoning based on “balance of probabilities” as one of the reasons to give it to the Hindu side is itself one of inequality. 

On the other hand, the judgement also referred to a 574 pages long report published by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) 15 years ago, which claimed that Babri Masjid was not built on vacant land. Reading the unanimous judgement and considering the report valid on the assurance of being scientifically tested, Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi who was leading the bench said: 

“There was a structure underlying the disputed structure. The underlying structure was not an Islamic structure.”

While the court relied heavily on this ASI report, independent archaeologists who observed the site on behalf of the Sunni Waqf board differed entirely with the ASI findings. While the six month long court ordered investigation did reveal the existence of an underlying structure beneath the mosque, eminent archaeologists Supriya Varma and Jaya Menon believe that the evidence collected on their part do not support the claims made by ASI. 

Their report read: “underneath the Babri, there existed older mosques.” 

They further added that even if the underlying structures were not of Islamic origin, they closely resembled Buddhist stupas at the most, and in no way anything remotely close to a Hindu temple. This particular claim is in turn also supported by the archaeological surveyor Alexander Cunningham, who was the first individual to survey Ayodhya (around 1862-63), and was known for his interest in tracking down and identifying places associated with Buddhism.

Had India as a country boasted of a very robust and strong judicial institution, such an incident would not have been dragged all the way from 1949 to 2019, let alone pave the way to constructing a temple on the disputed land. December 6, 1992 should have been permanently brought an end to it with strict actions being taken against the perpetrators. While the B.J.P. indeed is directly linked to the whole incident, the Congress government led by Rajiv Gandhi allowed the locks to be opened in the 1980s. Following the demolition, the Congress Prime Minister Narsimha Rao allowed them to get away with the violence in 1992. And in 2019, the Supreme Court judges have done the same. 

Ayodhya, for more than a quarter of a century, had been turned into a place of cynical and political revanchism. And thrust between this politics of a loosely manufactured historicity aiming to upend the Republic of secularism by replacing it with a system running on Hindutva ideology, were those that represented what India truly stands for. Of the numerous subjects that Patwardhan interviewed, both Hindus and Muslims, most of them unanimously awaited, and wanted peace. Something that was so easy to understand for someone who lived a simple life of an ironmonger, belonging to the low Bishkarma caste, was at the same time completely unimaginable to those amassing trucks and weapons to demolish the mosque:

“Once it exists, it is wrong to break. If someone tried to break our temple, would we allow it? We’d say go build your mosque elsewhere.”

Zahir Adil, the lead on Save India From Fascism Project of the human rights organization Justice For All also expressed a similar sentiment, saying how he would have actually welcomed it if the temple was not built after illegally destroying a historic mosque. 

“Apart from being a day that RSS criminals are rewarded with a new temple after perpetuating systemic violence in India, 5th August 2020 also goes down in history as the day that the words Jai Shree Ram will be displayed in the iconic Times Square as the Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for a Ram Temple on the site of the demolished mosque”, informed Masood Rab, spokesperson of Coalition of Americans for Pluralism in India (CAPI). It is one among the coalition of organizations that  have refused to carry forward the programming by the pro-Modi group in Times Square. 

The RSS, or the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, being the parent organization of the current ruling party in India has its roots in pre-Independence times and were also known for openly supporting Hitler’s Nazi agenda. They were banned as many as four times when India was ruled by the national Congress, but it has now become the de-facto power under BJP rule, with Modi himself being a known RSS member. 

Indian American Muslim leaders, as well as human rights organizations, having categorically denounced this display of religious bigotry has called for a day long protest in the iconic Times Square from 8 AM, asking for this display of vehement arrogance to be stopped. Those like Adil and Dr. Shaik Ubaid (President of the Indian Minorities Advocacy Network) have also expressed concern on how the proponents of this fascist ideology have become so confident that they are celebrating an illegal and bloody act in the middle of Times Square, and for the entire world to see. But others like Kugelman expect, and have pointed out that while there will be messages in Times Square blaring out communal rhetoric, there may also be messages expressing solidarity for Kashmiris.

“It is perhaps fitting, in this globalized era, if the incredibly polarizing Kashmir issue plays out under the bright lights of Times Square”, said Kugelman over a brief electronic conversation, but added how this juxtaposition is also extremely divisive within the country on the whole.

The mandatory in this case seems more like a political campaign trick than anything to do with actual Hinduism, and essentially a symbiotic Displace perpetrated by a fascist government.

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that this could be the rise of divisive Hindu supremacy as never seen before. In all its entirety, the day of August 5, 2020 marks the end of an era and the possible beginning of a new one. It detriments the idea that our founding forefathers had envisioned for the nation, and while we may not like it at the same time, this is essentially a new India that is emerging for everyone to see – one that is a land of strident Hindutva and religious dissonance at the forefront. 

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The Perennial Siege: Kashmir’s Tense Lockdown Anniversary

A year after the revocation of Article 370—special status of the valley, Kashmir continues to be under security lockdown, intermittent internet restrictions, almost negligible functioning of education system, amid reports of continuous detentions and across-the-board human rights violations.

Two-day curfew has been imposed in Indian-administered Kashmir in anticipation of containing any form of dissent ahead of the 5 August anniversary—the day Indian government stripped Kashmir of its special status. Officials say the curfew is meant to prevent violence by groups planning to observe 5 August as “black day”.

On August 5 2019, the state was split into two federally administered regions and its semi-autonomous status was revoked. The decision to revoke article 370—part of Indian constitution that guaranteed Kashmir special status—an action with potentially devastating consequences for Kashmiri identity and community was met with anger and feeling of betrayal in the region although it was widely welcomed in the rest of the country. In preparation for this, it put Kashmir into a complete lockdown at midnight on Aug. 4, 2019. Eight million Kashmiris were restricted in their homes. In-an-effort to impose a complete communication blockade, internet connections were cut, and phone connections were terminated.

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Everything seems to have come to a halt, and the past experiences have begun to conjure the images of unprecedented violence. Since the revocation or illegal annexation of Kashmir on August 5, the betrayed and besieged population, including me, treated like a prisoner in a forsaken paradise on earth, continue to mourn India’s deceptively organized virulent manifestation of democracy. The fact-finding report, Women’s Voice, counters the state narrative of “return to normalcy,” indicating that 13,000 boys and young men were detained illegally after August 5, including some as young as 14, with some imprisoned for up to 45 days, and with families paying as much as 60,000 rupees ($850) for their release

Kashmiris, however, saw their integration as a threat to the state’s ethnic character, and a milestone on the road to the realization of the BJP’s dream of a fundamentally Hindu nation. Many legal commentators decried the Indian government’s unilateral abrogation as “illegal,” calling it an “unconstitutional deed,” which was “accomplished by deceitful means” (Noorani 2019). 

The Problem oF Kashmir

A brief context of the conflict offers a perspective to understand the problem of Kashmir. “The world is reaping the chaos the British Empire sowed,” Amy Hawkins wrote in Foreign Policy, and “local populace is still paying for the mess the British left behind in Hong Kong and Kashmir.” The anti-colonial uprisings in the Indian subcontinent, China, the Arab world and elsewhere did not result in freedom or democracy for the nations ruled by the British Empire”. In Kashmir, the British left a bleeding wound amid the partition of colonial India. Kashmir in post-partition and to be more succinct, post-1947 emerged as a boiling pot from the cultivation uterus of the two-nation theory.

Since then, Kashmir is known to be the most heavily militarized zones in the world. More than 7 million soldiers have been deployed, as per the reports, to counter what the Indian army itself claims as “cross-border terrorism”. This myth has been busted time and again because of the actions of the Indian government in the last three decades. If there were any doubts earlier, they should have cleared by now. Their real enemy is the Kashmiri people, especially “Kashmiri Muslims”, the hindrance in the way of turning India into a “Hindutva nation” claims Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan in 2019 U.N. general assembly speech.

India’s decision to abolish the state’s nominal autonomy last year is the most far-reaching move in the region in the last 70 years and has been pushed by the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) as a development-focused action to “mainstream” the only Muslim-majority state in the subcontinent. While the government —which justified the shutdown as “preventive” — and the leading Indian media outlets are propagating an image of the region as slowly returning to “normalcy”, the reality on the ground, as documented by the New York Times, is very different. 

Kashmir continues to simmer under the siege.

Post 5—August SiegeAnd  Defiance

This season’s siege is more crushing than ever, possibly the worst since the first one nearly 30 years ago, a stratagem designed carefully to humiliate an entire population. There is also an unwavering manifestation of defiance, as by now the Kashmir street is sufficiently educated politically to not pin its hopes on an infusion of benevolence in the government’s Kashmir policy or any practical outcome from the partial solidarity from the international community. The mass arrests, in thousands, including minors and pellet victims [including a cancer patient] holding 7 million populations under eight hundred thousand jackboots has unveiled the façade of Indian democracy. 

“No government in the world has blocked Internet access as frequently as India. An incredible 213 times in just three years”, reports Time Magazine, “which is far more than Syria, Iran, Turkey, and Egypt together”. And more than half of those shutdowns have been enforced on Kashmir—is that because, questions Abid (PhD scholar, Dept. of political science department, Kashmir University) “of the special (autonomous) status Kashmir “enjoyed” in the larger Indian union? Will they also ban clean air, now that the special status has been erased?” 

Picking out promising adolescents; sometimes old men and even women, they branded them, as with batons and red-hot irons, to forcefully teach them how to behave. Abid Khan, 28, and Idrees, 29 from Shopian district in South Kashmir were raided in the middle of the night, tortured for hours by dozens of army men. Khan says he was dragged out and blindfolded along with his brother, who has learning difficulties, on August 14. “They gave electric shocks to my brother on the road outside our home. I heard him scream painfully,” quoted in AFP story, showing marks on his arms, legs and buttocks. Khan said. “Then they gave me electric shocks again on my genitals and wounds. One of them said ‘I will make you impotent’.” On September 13, Irshad Ahmed, a 12-year-old boy from neighboring Buchpora, Srinagar, suffered a serious head injury. His hospital registration card noted that it was a ‘fire-arm injury’, adding the word “alleged”. Those accompanying him said he had been hit by a cluster of pellets in his head. The bar has been raised so high for all forms of political dissent, and the detentions, numbering in thousands have choked any form of political activity on the ground. What remains still is an unwavering manifestation of the overarching defiance against the government-enforced execution of oppression. 

Pandemic Lockdown- In and Out of Kashmir

Since the world has now entered the sixth month of Covid-19 restrictions. With self-isolation, physical-distancing and e-learning online education, for most populations the robust internet and phone service has still provided a lifeline to let them work and be engaged and entertained. But in the Himalayan territory of Kashmir, the repression and militaristic method in the latest indignity in a 73-year cycle of oppression, militarization and scarcity especially since last year August in Kashmir has intensified: communications were completely cut in August 2019 and were only beginning, even after weeks pandemic broke out. Since March, only 2G is available, and only sporadically. As Waheed Mirza, novelist and political commentator on Kashmir asserts “A military siege is like a chokehold on an entire people”.  

For the world, asserts Arundhati Roy:

“Kashmir and Kashmiris signify as a prototype to learn the craft of surviving under a lockdown. For the former, it is a self-imposed precautionary measure experienced for the first time in the recent history by the world to fight against an unseen disease; as for the latter, it is the endless fight against the continuation of a seven month long enforced siege against their will.”

 This reality soon turned into a buzzword “the world is turning into Kashmir”. Azad Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan asserted India has been using the “cover of the coronavirus” to “mow down” Kashmiri youth and change the Muslim-majority character of the disputed region.  

According to news reports on Kashmir, anyone who violates curfew–even those with valid passes allowing them to leave their homes–risks being detained by soldiers or police and possibly beaten. Even doctors, who’ve been celebrated as heroes elsewhere in the world, report being harassed on their way to work in Kashmir, which already suffers an acute lack of medical resources and staff. Limited access to information has also obstructed Kashmir’s coronavirus fight. The region uses 2G internet, an online connection so slow that it is nonexistent elsewhere in the world. Indian authorities have cut online access in Kashmir 55 times since it was restored in March 2020. According to the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Societies, a local group that documents and litigates human rights abuses “this has delayed doctors’ ability to read emerging treatment guidelines and new research on the disease”.

For some, the repressive methods allude to the fact that the Indian government’s priorities in Kashmir have not been changed by the pandemic. “Any administration that is willing to impose the longest Internet shutdown in history only believes in the right of censorship and surveillance,” says Mishi Choudhary, the legal director at the Software Freedom Law Center, a group that campaigns for Internet freedoms. The period post 5 August 2019 has changed the whole political landscape of the region. This season’s siege is more crushing than ever, possibly the worst since that first one nearly 30 years ago, a stratagem designed carefully to humiliate an entire people. 

Mental health workers say “Kashmir is witnessing an alarming increase in instances of depression, anxiety and psychotic events”.  Doctors Without Borders estimated after surveying 5,600 households in 2015. Nine of 10 have experienced conflict-related traumas. The figures are much higher than in India, according to other surveys.

Education: The Perennial Casualty

Ten months after India unilaterally revoked Kashmir’s autonomy, reports New York Times, “education stands as one of the crisis’s most glaring casualties”. Previously, Kashmiri Valley in particular suffered huge education losses as the students were forcibly kept away from schools and colleges by frequent official curfews and restrictions, shutdowns, incidents of violence and prolonged political unrest stretching for months, the worst of these witnessed in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2016. “The long school closures in the valley cause major disruptions in young people’s educational and professional development, producing feelings of insecurity, helplessness, and demoralization,” said Haley Duschinski, an anthropologist at Ohio University specializing in Kashmir.

Around 1.5 million Kashmiri students remain out of school. All educational institutions are closed, and most government and private schools are shut—except for few intermittent opening of educational institutions for some weeks, one of the clearest signs of the fear that has gripped Kashmir since the Indian government locked down the disputed territory. Parents in the Kashmir Valley also show this fear that “they are terrified of sending their children out with any exception reaction from the public amid troops deployed everywhere and on the prowl for trouble”. 

“What if the school or a bus carrying children is attacked?” asked Saqib Mushtaq Bhat, a father worried about violence by Indian troops or militants. “What if there are protests and their faces get shot by pellets?’’ Amid only 2G internet services working in the valley, G.N. Var, chairman of Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) which has 2,200 schools associated with it, termed it ‘denial of right to education’. The research scholars across the valley have equally suffered due to low speed internet and hugely affected the mental stability of people across the spectrum of the society. 

He said, “The restrictions on high speed internet are making it difficult for our students to avail online courses and access information which is vital in their career-building. We see it as a denial of the right to education.”  Reports suggest “no government in the world has blocked Internet access as frequently as India with 55 Internet blackouts in 2019 alone, including the longest in recorded history, 213 days, when Delhi put the valley on lockdown last year August.

Settler Colonialism

So far, anti-insurgency operations have proved equally devastating for Kashmiris amid the pandemic. As of June 30, 229 killings, 107 CASO’s (cordon and search operation), 55 internet shutdowns, 48 properties destroyed in the first half of 2020. Children and women continued to be victims of violence in J&K as 3 children and 2 women were killed in the first half of 2020. India continues to take possession of Kashmir despite being hit ever harder by the pandemic.

With all the constitutional amendments and new laws India has instituted in Kashmir especially since 5 August last year, the Palestinian case is often invoked to find the parallelism of how this sounds like the beginning of settler colonialism. The recent developments that highlight this process are, on the contrary, a further deepening and expansion of a matrix of control characteristic of such a project, duly aided through laws, to ensure the eventual elimination of the native.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration’s order to withdraw a 1971 circular that made it mandatory for the Indian Army, the Border Security Force and the Central Reserve Police Force to obtain a “no objection certificate” to acquire land in the region is also seen as part of a settler colonial project. Not only has the decrees evoked a sharp reaction among locals, which have long feared Delhi’s forceful integration of the restive region with the Indian union, but observers are also accusing Modi’s right-wing dispensation of using the Covid-19 pandemic to advance its Hindu settler colonial enterprise in the region, saying it is a page right out of the Israeli playbook to transform the region’s demographics. United Kingdom-based Kashmiri lawyer Mirza Saaib Bég argues that “J&K’s demography is bound to be altered beyond belief. And at a speed so astonishing that the procedure for issuing a domicile certificate will seem, unfortunately, a quasi-colonial project”.

Around 400 thousand people have been granted domicile certificates in Indian-administered Kashmir till July, 2020 proving right the fears of the beginning of demographic changes in the Muslim-majority Himalayan region. The certificate, a sort of citizenship right, entitles a person to residency and government jobs in the region, which till last year was reserved only for the local population. “The whole purpose of revoking Article 370 was to settle outsiders here and change the demography of the state. Now this provides the modalities and entitles so many categories of Indians whose settlement will be legalised over here.” – Kashmiri law professor and legal scholar Sheikh Showkat Hussain (Al Jazeera, April 1, 2020).

Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden said, “India should take all necessary steps to restore the rights of all the people of Kashmir.” He also asserts “Restrictions on dissent, such as peaceful protests or shutting or slowing down the internet weakens democracy,” in a policy paper posted on his website. Pakistan’s ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement that India’s latest step was a vindication of the country’s “consistent stance that the major intention behind the Indian Government’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019 was to change the demographic structure of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and turn Kashmiris into a minority in their own land”.

“This has long been part of the RSS-BJP’s ‘Hindutva’ agenda,” the statement added.

An  Indian Consul General in New York, Sandeep Chakraborty’s recent call for the ‘Israel model’ in Kashmir should ring alarm bells for the Muslim world. He flagrantly asserted “I don’t know why we don’t follow it. It has happened in the Middle East. If the Israeli people can do it, we can also do it,” Chakravorty said.

Kashmiris on Twitter were quick to call out Al-Jazeera, accusing them of “promoting settler colonialism”. The social media users were mainly drawing a parallel with expansionist or colonial settlements of Israeli Jews in Palestine or of Han Chinese in Xinjiag to forcibly settle and diffuse indigenous identity.


Kashmir is transformed into an open prison where the state works with a self-proscribed impunity to confiscate or mitigate basic universal rights, while the Indian state is trying to entice assimilatory participation of the common people. That territory-wide control by the state and its various institutions is countered through years of survival, persistence and resistance against the state’s operations over Kashmiri lives.

One inevitable fact that successive union governments since India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru have arrogantly with military highhandedness ignored is the political question of Kashmir. The recent political expedition of the Indian government in Kashmir paradigmatically problematized the political destiny of Kashmir and future of Kashmiris. Even in the 21st century globalized world, in the middle of a global pandemic, 8 million people are denied access to education, livelihood, entertainment, and health respite via a medium that has become an essential service for the rest of the world.

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Indian Myths Channel Genocide in Kashmir

India is a land and society of myths. More so now than ever before, under the Hindutva-inspired Bharatiya Janata Party government led by the claim of the myth manufacturer Modi: “India is a democracy; it is in our DNA.”

A much talked about myth has been that India is a secular state, and in the light of the post August 5 2019 developments in Kashmir and the Indian mainland, much sighing is being aired that Indian secularism is endangered.

However, the question arises, when was India secular? Was India “secular,” when it invaded Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) on October 26, 1947 on the pretext that a non-Muslim should rule a Muslim-majority state, or was it “secular” when Hyderabad Deccan was invaded and annexed on September 23, 1948 on the pretext that a Muslim could not rule over a Hindu majority?

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Based on a myth about the birthplace of the mythical “Lord Rama,” the 600-year old Babri Mosque was attacked and demolished on December 6, 1992. India’s Supreme Court validated the goon squad’s action on November 9, 2019. Today, the mosque’s attackers rule India.

Even the national anthem ‘Vande Matram’ is not secular, where Muslims object to its idolatrous aspects. For instance, the fourth stanza, addresses motherland India as, “Thou art Durga, Lady and Queen, with her hands that strike and her swords of sheen, Thou art Lakshmi lotus-throned…”

When a Muslim sings these words, he is forced to equate his country with the Hindu goddesses Durga and Lakshmi, thereby deifying the land of India. This goes against the concept of tawheed (the Absolute Oneness of God), according to which a Muslim cannot supplicate to anyone except God.

The other long-standing myth, which India validated through a presidential fiat last year, is that J&K are its “integral” part – a territory it has occupied since September 1947 with a million-man force. In doing so, it served up another myth: the constitutional relationship between J&K and India.

Subodh Varma (“Some Myths About Article 370, 35A and Kashmir”, Sabrang India August 8, 2019) explains that in the process of effectively scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution through a presidential order supported by a Lok Sabha (lower house) resolution, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its supporters regurgitated a slew of myths, half-truths and sleights of hand that have been part of its parent, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) propaganda for decades. Ironically, many parties and opinion leaders who do not subscribe to the RSS ideology also repeated them, which show how far these myths have traveled. Meanwhile, social media went ballistic with RSS/BJP supporters posting bizarre claims while others started offering land for sale in Kashmir.

Arun Jaitley (d. August 24, 2019), who served as finance minister from 2014 to 2019, had tweeted on August 4, “J&K integration with India took place in October 1947. Article 370 came into force in 1952, Article 35A came in 1954, four and seven years later respectively. How can Articles 370 and 35A be a condition precedent to merger?”

He had sought to prove that Articles 370 and 35A were somehow unrelated to J&K’s “joining” [albeit perforce] the Indian Union implying that they are unnecessary and also that they were the result of some [past] Congress governments’ stupidity.

This is a lie.

On October 26, 1947, India invaded J&K, obliging its ruler, Raja Hari Singh, to sign the Instrument of Accession (IOA); the Dogra ruler’s ancestor having purchased the territory and its citizen from the British. However, this document states that the Indian parliament could only legislate on the state’s defense, external affairs, communications and some ancillary subjects. The agreement’s Clause 5 reads: “The terms of this my Instrument of Accession cannot be varied by any amendment of the Act or of Indian Independence Act unless such amendment is accepted by me by an Instrument supplementary to this Instrument.” Clause 7 says: “Nothing in this Instrument shall be deemed to commit me in any way to acceptance of any future constitution of India or to fetter my discretion to enter into arrangements with the Government of India under any such future constitution.”

Simply stated, it says that many things left pending in the IOA were to be settled later through negotiations. After its invasion, India, which faced the Kashmiri resistance till 1949, finally seeking a UN-negotiated armistice, has yet to lay out the laws and governance mechanism. Accordingly, the UN Security Council adopted successive resolutions call for a plebiscite where the Kashmiris would vote freely to decide their future.

The UN continues to recognize Kashmir as a disputed territory.

The 1947 partition agreed upon by Muslim and Hindu leaders with Britain, the departing colonial ruler, reads that Muslim majority states would merge with Pakistan. Kashmir is a clear case.

To preserve the IOA’s spirit and to reassure the Raja, Article 370 was moved in India’s Constituent Assembly in May 1949, which was voted to be part of the Indian Constitution in October 1949. Consequently, Presidential Orders were issued in 1950, 1952 and 1954 to settle various issues. Jawaharlal Nehru  -India’s first prime minister- and his interior minister Vallabhbhai Patel (d. 1950) were part of these negotiations, which negates the RSS myth that Patel opposed Article 370.

The RSS propped up the full integration bogey to stir up agitation against the land reforms initiated by the Raja-appointed Sheikh Abdullah government. The RSS gave it a communal hue as the landowners were mostly Dogras and Pandits and most peasants were Muslims.

The RSS/BJP propaganda about Article 35A hides the fact that Raja Hari Singh had proclaimed the Hereditary State Subject Order in 1927, which allowed only the state’s residents to own land and to government jobs. The state’s assembly voted to include this order in the J&K Constitution. In keeping with the IOA terms regarding the preservation of rights of state’s residents, Article 35A was added to the Constitution through the Presidential Order of 1954.

Kashmir’s annexation falls under RSS ambition of a pure Hindu India.

The RSS states that J&K, with its “oppressive Muslim-majority character, has been a headache for our country ever since Independence.”

RSS alleges that forces “inimical to Bharat never wanted Kashmir to integrate itself with Bharat …  and in October 1947, these elements conspired with the enemy to defeat every move to save the situation from our [Indian] side.” While, India continues to loudly claim that it was Pakistani tribal fighters and not Kashmiri freedom-fighters who confronted the Indian invading army, RSS claims that it was its fighters who fought alongside Indian troops, adding that if a ceasefire had not been agreed upon, its fighters would have helped completely conquer J&K.

RSS blames the large Muslim presence for J&K being conferred a special status under Article 370, even after its total “accession.”

On December 11, 1991, BJP president Dr. Murli Manohar and Narendra Modi, and also, the now interior minister Amit Shah, led the 15,000 mile “Ekta Yatra” (Unity March) from Kanyakumari -a Tamil Nadu coastal town, the southernmost town in mainland India- which culminated in Srinagar’s Lal Chowk on January 26, 1992 to hoist the Indian flag, signaling that they had “arrived to settle the account.”

RSS claims: “The endless appeasement of the Muslim population, especially in Kashmir, practiced by the successive governments at Delhi, has been the bane of our government’s Kashmir policy. Just as too much mollycoddling and lack of discipline spoil the child, so has been Kashmir, a problem created out of our own folly.” RSS alleges that Pakistan arms militants for armed revolt from within India.

Amit Shah has harped the long-repeated party line that Article 370 is the root cause of spread of terrorism. As a corollary, it is also said that the article was the source of sentimental belief in a separate Kashmir, providing ground to cross-border terrorists to exploit.

However, it is the erosion of Article 370 that has led to increasing disenchantment of Kashmiris and their search for a way out. For instance, Article 370 provided for extending provisions of law to J&K through Presidential Orders, issued after concurrence of the state assembly. However, the 1954 Order has extended almost the entire Constitution to J&K. Out of the 97 entries in the Union List, 94 have been made applicable to the state and out of the 47 entries in the Concurrent List, 26 have been extended to the state. This has largely reduced the state’s powers. Overall, Article 370’s provisions were used at least 45 times to extend Constitution’s provisions to J&K.

Not only have the J&K rights been increasingly restricted, but also the spirit of the section has been violated by simply getting the state government to rubber stamp such extensions.

Also, the J&K Constitution was amended several times using Article 370. For instance, Article 356 was extended removing a similar provision in the J&K Constitution (Article 92), which called for President’s concurrence for imposing President’s rule. Article 370 was used for the extension of President’s rule. Even Article 249 (parliament’s power to make laws on State List entries) was extended to J&K through a recommendation of the governor, bypassing the state legislature.

In the past, Congress governments and later BJP, used these measures to manipulate the politics of the state to install ministries or impose President’s Rule.

Another myth, really a blatant lie, proffered by BJP, is that development was not possible because Article 370 didn’t allow it. Post-August 5, Indian politicians and opinion leaders continue to harp that with the removal of special status, including J&K will now become part of global India. Seriously, how Article 370 stopped any government from providing or encouraging more investment and industry in the state when most provisions of the Constitution, including Union list entries were extended to the state. The Union governments could have undertaken any economic measures or programs they wanted in J&K. In fact, there was nothing except unkempt promises of colossal special packages. No Indian government undertook any economic or political measures that would provide sustainable and long-term benefits to J&K.

Simply, the removal of Article 35A will now free real estate sharks to gobble up properties and use it for setting up private businesses including private schools. It is difficult to believe that private investment will flow into J&K, when an occupied people there are discontented and uncertain.

Indian propagandists in and out of government harp on the myth Articles 370 and 35A, and the arrangements they enshrine, were unique to J&K. In fact, Nagaland, Assam, Manipur, Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, and Goa enjoy similar provisions. In other states too, there are laws preventing non-domiciliary persons from owning land.

The Narendra Modi-led central government had, after the revocation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, recently announced that people will now be able to buy land in Kashmir. As a result, the 1971 circular, which restricted land acquisition and requisition without a ‘No Objection Certificate (NOC)” from the Home Department, has now been replaced by the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013. And, the displacement of Kashmiris with the replacement of Indians has begun the process of ethnic cleansing, leading to a genocide of the Kashmiri people.

Citizens of India ought not to live by the myth of living in the largest democracy and in greatness but instead should heed to Gandhi, “as human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”

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