Monday, April 30, 2012

Hindus in Pakistan

by Lt Gen NS Malik

"If Muslims in India constantly crib to have no say and no power, they should come to Pakistan to see the plight of minority Hindus with their own eyes. They'll never complain and learn to live peacefully with their Hindu brethren in India." Asma Jahangir, Human rights activist, Pakistan 
Asma's right. When pitted against the oppressed Hindus in Pakistan, the Muslims of India are indeed far better. A few days back there was news that Hindus in Baluchistan region are abducted and converted to Islam. The family members of those who've been abducted often avoid lodging complaints for fear of dire consequences. Many Hindus in Pakistan's Baluchistan, Sindh and NWFP regions, embraced Islam for survival.  

Has any Muslim in India ever been forced to accept Hinduism in order to live in this country?  

The Marathas, who fought against Ahmadshah Abdali in 1761 and couldn't return, are now languishing in Pakistan doing menial jobs. Most of them are sweepers and Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul has the descendants of those Marathas working as toilet-cleaners.  

June, 2000, Time carried an article (later banned and deleted from the net) written by Craig Gaverns. He 
interviewed a few Hindu-Marathas (most of those Marathas are now forced Muslims) working as cleaners and attendants at PMA.  

One of them told him that once a Pakistani captain continuously slapped him and made him eat human excreta for not polishing his shoes properly.  

He fearlessly told Gaverns to disclose his name (Nanji Ubale) despite Gaverns had grave doubts about that man's safety. His name was carried and within a couple of days, he was hacked to pieces. Even those Hindus who got converted to Islam are treated very badly. They're always reminded of their humble and infidel roots.  

One such Hindu doctor Ratan Chitkara, who later embraced Islam and became Saeed Khan, was always denied promotion to become the C M H O (Chief Medical & Health Officer) at a hospital in Pakistan's Chitral province.  

The reason was that he willy-nilly accepted Islam. 'Dil se nahin liya' (not accepted from the core of his heart) observed his born Muslim friend.  

My point is: Did the ancestors of the sub-continental Muslims ever accept Islam DIL SE ? Were they not converted to Islam by coercion?  

BBC, London's Roger Amlett's big essay ' Conversions on the sub-continent ' (1998) puts it bluntly " Why do all the 'converted Muslims' of the sub-continent behave in a manner as if their Allah directly dropped them as Muslims from an imaginary heaven? Why do they (or their forefathers) forget that they were cajoled, coaxed and coerced into embracing Islam? "  

The Hindus in Pakistan constitute 2.67 % of its population, which is now close to 18 crores. According to 
Pakistan-born Ibn Warraq, an ex-Muslim, " By 2015 this ratio will drop down to almost one percent as very many existing Hindus will have accepted Islam to save their skins, precisely necks."  

Here in India, Muslims cry foul that they're discriminated against. This happens indeed. But don't 
they also get their rights and rightful positions in India 

In India, Muslims have become the heads of the state. There'd been so many top brasses in the Armed Forces of India, who're Muslims. Can one show a single really big and influential Hindu in Pakistan 

Why wasn't Pakistan's second Chief Justice Bhagwan Das, a Sindhi-Hindu from Shikarpur, Sindh, made the CJP (Chief Justice of Pakistan)?  

Why was Neeraj Chawla (actress Juhi Chawla's uncle, who chose to stay back in Pakistan following partition) abducted in spite of being a high official on Pakistan's Film Censor Board?  

Despite his seniority, he was not made the chief of the Censor Board of Pakistan. 

Has any Muslim been deprived of his rank in the sensitive army because of his religion?  

Didn't India have Idris Hasan Latif as the Air Chief Marshal?  

It's very easy to condemn sitting on the fence and when you're getting everything without much efforts. Look from a broader and deeper perspective and you'll realize that you're much better and well-ensconced here than the poor Hindus in Pakistan, who get no representation at any level.  

They cannot even register their marriage in Pakistan. Karachi and Islamabad universities abolished their Hindi departments and even certificate courses in Hindi because it's the language of the Kafirs (infidels).  

Except for Danish Kaneria, no Hindu ever played Test cricket in Pakistan, though Anil Dalpat came closest to playing and getting included in the final eleven.  

Why was Nirmal Mukherjee, a Bengali Hindu of PIA, never selected for the Pakistan national hockey team? He was PIA's vice captain in the early seventies.  

Veerbhadra Seksaria, the only Hindu industrialist from Pakistan, never got an opportunity to set up a cement factory in Pakistan's lone industrial city, Faisalabad (erstwhile Lyallpur).  

Indian media and some so-called secularists like Teesta Seetalvad (her husband's a Muslim), Arundhati Roy (a Syrian Christian) and Mallika Sarabhai (a Gujrati Hindu) scream from their rooftops when something 'wrong' happens to the Muslims in India 

Why can't these influential secularists raise their voice in unison against the treatment meted out to the Hindus in Pakistan who live there as gentiles and lepers? 

Courtesy: Various Sources

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hindus – stepchild of Secularism in India

Is the chronicle of secularism doctored in the realm of India?  This single issue has been confounding Indians, in particular Hindus, through decades and truly, the dispute refuses to end as with each day it passes, the same is getting more baffling. And the role of political parties in India, regardless of their (alleged) ideological inclinations, has been no less in fuddling the issue. Secularism, to cut a log story short, as per western tradition, happens to be a doctrine that does decline religion along with religious considerations or does portray an institution where biasness  to any particular religion finds no place in administration. Moreover, the Secular State, on the whole, doesn’t have the right to mistreat or placate any individual or community on the basis of personal religion.

Are all these perceived in India? I am eagerly waiting for a favorable answer even if this prospect is as bleak as the sun rays in a cloudy day!

Secularism in India, these days, is being exemplified through mounting  minorityism – in short, the interest of minority communities, in particular Muslims, has got to prevail others come what may and in this respect, other minority communities (be it ethnic or linguistic or religious) can also be sacrificed.

Where are Hindus then? They are nowhere; the religion in spite of its ancient heritage and high-flown humanist values has failed to retain a clout in the dominion of post-1947 India. And this disrepute is also the consequence of its own humongous faults – inordinate generosity and failure to abide by its own martial ethics (and to change it to cope with the changing reality).  

And the situation is right before us. While following Hinduism is being looked upon as sheer animism, Islamists are being regarded as the followers of a triumphant ideology who must be provided the first position to evade vicious onslaughts. State power of India is infected with this notion posing a grave threat to Hindus altogether.

The following calendar depicting national holidays depicts it more.


In the said calendar, Islamic festivals revel in four holidays; Christian festivals have been rendered two national holidays while the majority Hindu community ought to remain happy with two national holidays only.

Secularism believes in fair treatment to all and appeasement to none. Isn’t it?

Do Hindus get fair treatment?  

If one says so, two words – partisanship and nonpartisanship – must be banished from English dictionary straight away.