Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

Scary: Taliban, ours and theirs

Exhibit #1:
From The Hindu on February 19:

Register FIR against Renuka: Mangalore court

Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: A court here on Wednesday directed the Mangalore rural police to register a first information report against Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury. The directive from the Judicial Magistrate First Class (third court) came in the case filed on Monday by Mayor Ganesh Hosbettu against her. ..

Ms. Chowdhury reportedly made a remark, in the wake of the growing vigilante attacks in the region against women, that “Mangalore has been Talibanised.”

A case has been filed under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), 153B (making assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (making statements conducing to public mischief) of the IPC.

Just in case you’ve forgotten what this is all about, Manu Sharma and Sunil Prabhu remind us on NDTV,

Fifteen-year-old Ashwini committed suicide because she felt humiliated. But the men who caught and thrashed her and her Muslim friend haven’t been arrested yet.

In the Mangalore pub attack earlier, right wing Hindu activists thrashed women publically. The men from Sri Ram Sene were bailed out within a week.

So when Mangalore’s reputation is under attack what do the authorities do? The Mayor presses charges against a Union Minister for calling the developments Talibanisation.

Thrilled with the court’s indulgence, counsel for the Mangalore mayor had this to say: “Renuka Chowdhry has done an offence by misusing criminal incidents and tried to outrage the criminal feelings, religious feelings and even caused defamation to the entire city of Mangalore. The judgement is a historical judgement whereby the court has directed the police to register an FIR against her.”

IMHO, the Indian law enforcement and judicial system is really sick.

Exhibit #2:

Pervez Hoodbhoy in the ‘Saudi-asation of Pakistan’ reminds us just how serious a threat the Taliban and their kindred organisations pose to his country :

The common belief in Pakistan is that Islamic radicalism is a problem only in FATA, and that madrassas are the only institutions serving as jihad factories. This is a serious misconception. Extremism is breeding at a ferocious rate in public and private schools within Pakistan’s towns and cities. Left unchallenged, this education will produce a generation incapable of co-existing with anyone except strictly their own kind. The mindset it creates may eventually lead to Pakistan’s demise as a nation state…

A full-scale war is being fought in FATA, Swat and other “wild” areas of Pakistan,
resulting in thousands of deaths… But, perhaps paradoxically, in spite of the
fact that the dead bodies and shattered lives are almost all Muslim ones, few
Pakistanis speak out against these atrocities. Nor do they approve of the army
operation against the cruel perpetrators of these acts because they believe that
they are Islamic warriors fighting for Islam and against American occupation.
Political leaders like Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan have no words of solace for
those who have suffered at the hands of Islamic extremists. Their tears are
reserved exclusively for the victims of Predator drones, even if they are those
who committed grave crimes against their own people. Terrorism, by definition,
is an act only the Americans can commit…

For three decades, deep tectonic forces have been silently tearing Pakistan away from the Indian subcontinent and driving it towards the Arabian peninsula. This continental drift is not physical but cultural, driven by a belief that Pakistan must
exchange its South Asian identity for an Arab-Muslim one. Grain by grain, the
desert sands of Saudi Arabia are replacing the rich soil that had nurtured a
magnificent Muslim culture in India for a thousand years.

6 comments on “Scary: Taliban, ours and theirs

  1. Anonymous
    February 25, 2009

    Sid,How about this? When you cry for beating a few girls in Managalore, why are you not opening your mouth on sexual harassment of nuns.

  2. «charlie|thotti»
    February 22, 2009

    Sir, Though my comment is slightly related to the issue, I request you to write an article/post on why the BJP is gaining ground inspite of the obvious flaws of its previous administration…. Suddenly the Bombay attacks are solely because of a Congress govt whereas Kargil took place right under the noses of AB Vaj and Advani.

  3. PR
    February 21, 2009

    Dear Varadarajan,Good post. Please also add:Exhibit # 3Talibanization of Media (eg. < HREF="" REL="nofollow">NDTV’s Assault on Free Speech<>)Exhibit # 4< HREF="" REL="nofollow"> Newspaper editor is arrested in Kolkota <> for publishing an article (Not by a BJP govt, by the way!)and there are many more…

  4. Anonymous
    February 21, 2009

    I will not be surprised, if these self-styled moral police of Mangalore are planted by the ever treacherous Congress, keeping the coming election in mind !BJP is no match for Congress evil !

  5. kuldeep singh chauhan
    February 20, 2009

    islam and hinduism in india share a common ancestry customs traditions and ethos…hindus go to dargahs of sufi saints and muslims make idols for worship in different places… sai baba a muslim is revered widely by both hindus and muslims…these culture vultures in india and pakistan are hell bent on destroying the rich cultural heritage of the subcontinent… ramsene should first start a campaign to destroy temples of khajuraho which are filled with so called vulgarity and likely to corrupt moral values more than some harmless private legshaking or innocent display of affection…. though hoodbhoys’ efforts are futile now because the situation in pakistan is irreversibly out of hand… only solution is dismemberment of the country to salvage sindh and baluchistan while still it can be done to preserve the glorious tradition of religious bonhomie in subcontinent.

  6. me1084
    February 20, 2009

    really scary…

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