I take this opportunity to wish all our readers a happy Shivratri and send my greetings to the whole community spread across the world and the rest of India. My special greetings to our brethren in Kashmir, who have been braving both the elements as also the danger posed by the armed jihadis for many years.
Herath is our biggest religious festival of the year and irrespective of the state in which we have found ourselves during the past 700 years, we have observed this occasion with intense faith, solemnity and gaiety. This has helped us underline our distinct religious tradition as proponents of Trika philosophy, also called Kashmir Shavism, which forms the bedrock of our religious beliefs. Such observance has helped us in strengthening our resolve to reclaim Kashmir, no matter what the difficulties involved.
An Orchestrated Turmoil
The past month has witnessed an unusual polarization of Muslim community after the enactment of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Though, ostensibly, the huge vociferous protests taking place across many cities in India appear to be against CAA, one cannot but see a hidden agenda behind these protests. The violence witnessed during these protests and the slogans used and placards displayed by the protestors clearly point to the larger conspiracy behind the unrest. To the discerning eye it is quite clear that the protests against CAA are merely a ploy to express many perceived grievances; some of which have no basis at all.
CAA is basically an amendment introduced in the Citizenship Act, which will bestow Indian citizenship on those non-Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who fled to India before 2014, after facing ruthless persecution in these countries because of their faith. The reason why this amendment will not give citizenship to Muslims from these countries is based on the fact that Muslims do not face any persecution in these countries which have an overwhelming Muslim population (between 95 to 100 %) and are constitutionally-declared Islamic Republics. In the ordinary circumstances, the citizenship act continues its non-discriminatory treatment of all citizens as hereto fore. Therefore, under no circumstances can this Act can be seen to be going against the interests of Indian Muslims.
It is quite clear that the ignorance of Muslim masses on the issue is being exploited by some political parties including Congress, Communists, Aam Admi Party, etc., for vote-bank considerations. These parties have been joined by radical elements among the Muslims to further fuel the fire. As if this was not enough, forces opposed to Modi too have joined hands to create mayhem in the country to discredit Modi. That such forces play directly into the hands of our enemies within and without does not seem to bother them.
Over the last few years, some political parties have, through vilification campaign, succeeded in convincing a section of the Muslim society that Modi is anti-Muslim. Some of his actions were interpreted to indicate that these actions were taken against the interests of Muslims; Abrogation of Article 370 and 35 A, ending the scourge of triple talaq, Surgical strike and Balakote air attack on Pakistan, killing of large number of armed jihadis in Kashmir in operation All Out, Supreme Court decision on Ram Janam Bhoomi at Ayodhya, etc. It may be mentioned that some influential groups among the Muslims and other political parties, had got used to wielding enormous power over Muslim women and ignorant sections of Muslim society. Modi’s actions dealt a deathly blow to these vested interests among the Muslims. It is these interest groups, supported by Congress and its other camp followers, which carried out virulent campaign against CAA, resulting inmayhem across the country.
It is now revealed that the Kerala-based radical Islamic outfit, Popular Front of India (PFI), was deeply involved in organizing and executing these violent protests, particularly in Uttar Pradesh. PFI has remained in the news for all the wrong reasons. Over the years, its radical Islamist rhetoric, military-style drills and serving as a shelter-home to the fleeing cadres of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), make this organization a clear threat to the country’s integrity. Its complicity in the violence witnessed across the country during the protests against CAA is, therefore, no surprise.
Our community has been in the forefront of making our countrymen aware of the dangers posed by the radical Islamic ideology even beyond Kashmir’s borders. Some of those warnings are now coming true. It is the responsibility of the society in general and that of the government in particular to crush those forces which threaten the integrity of the country and try to destabilize it from within. Over the centuries, Hindus have been pushed from far corners of the subcontinent and beyond to an area east of Indus on the west and Brahmaputra in the east. There is absolutely no more scope for further contraction. This is something that we Indians need to understand resolve to protect at all costs.
– Col. Tej K Tikoo