Being Muslim in India

Published: August 2, 2015
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Memon was the only one of 11 people convicted to have his death sentence upheld on appeal. PHOTO: REUTERS

Memon was the only one of 11 people convicted to have his death sentence upheld on appeal. PHOTO: REUTERS

Memon was the only one of 11 people convicted to have his death sentence upheld on appeal. PHOTO: REUTERS The writer is the editor and translator of Why I write: Essays by Saadat Hasan Manto, published by Westland in 2014. His book, India, Low Trust Society, will be published by Random House. He is Executive Director of Amnesty International India. The views expressed here are personal.

The convicted terrorist Yakub Memon was buried this week, the same day as former Indian president and scientist APJ Abdul Kalam.

The Indian government forbade the media from reporting on Memon’s burial, while Kalam was given a state funeral on a gun carriage (which was fitting since his fame came as a developer of atom bombs and the missiles to carry them).

The media complied on the matter of Memon, and this was for two reasons, though it is usually fiercely protective of its free speech rights. The first reason was that Mumbai’s media agreed with the government’s concern that an overly supportive crowd of Muslims at the funeral of a convict would polarise a city which has seen more than its share of communal violence. The second reason was that there was distaste at the fact that a convicted terrorist was being given public sympathy if not respect. Some channels carried on-screen banners announcing their position that they would not give publicity to such distasteful happenings.

The only indication Indians got of the numbers at the Memon funeral were some photographs that newspapers carried the following day. Indian Express reported that about “8,000 Muslims from across Mumbai gathered to offer namaz for Yakub Memon”.
The question for us is: why were they there?

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and governor of Tripura, Tathagata Roy offered his theory of why the Muslims had gathered. He tweeted: “Intelligence shd keep a tab on all (expt relatives & close friends) who assembled bfr Yakub Memon’s corpse. Many are potential terrorists.”

Indian Express reported that people came from far away and with “WhatsApp messages on the venue and time of the last rites doing the rounds, complete strangers came to mourn for Yakub.”
The report added that senior police officers tracked social media for the briefest hint of anger. However, the police commissioner accepted that there had been “no rabble-rousing” and inside the burial ground those gathered had been told “koi naarebaazi nahin karega (no shouting of slogans)”.

If they were not there to demonstrate, why did so many show up despite the extreme hostility in the media and the police scrutiny?

That is easy to understand if we can look at events without prejudice and without being coloured by the narrative of the media. The sequence of events is quite clear in that sense. The blasts that Memon was convicted for happened on March 12, 1993. In January of the same year, over 500 Muslims (and over 200 Hindus) were killed in riots in Mumbai. The month before that the BJP-led movement against the Babri masjid resulted in the tearing down of the mosque.

In that sense, the blasts were part of a larger sequence of events and linked to violence in which communities were involved to a very large extent. To the numbers of those killed, we must add those who lost their businesses, those who were wounded, raped and those who were displaced. These numbers run into the tens of thousands.

This was the background to the blasts. Memon’s hanging itself was divisive and threw up a lot of poison. Television channels were openly hostile to the idea that he should not be hanged. Meanwhile, a report in the Times of India quoting a study by the National Law University said that 94 per cent of those sentenced to death were either Dalits or Muslims.

This reinforced the perception among many Muslims that they were being punished for their religion. Even if Memon was guilty, and he was, the eagerness of the state to kill him was because of his religion. The total lack of sympathy in this case was contrasted to the murderers Maya Kodnani and Babu Bajrangi of the BJP, both convicted of equally vicious crimes, but out on bail.

Then there is the larger reality of being Muslim in India. It would be instructive to see the reader comments under any article on the internet that refers to not just terrorism, but any related issue where the perfidy of Muslims can be introduced. In India’s Anglicised middle classes, the sense of bigotry and prejudice runs through so strongly that it is frightening. I need hardly go into the matter of the trouble faced by Muslims who look for housing and jobs.

That then is the reality of being Muslim in India. There are moments, and the hanging of Yakub Memon was one, where all of the gathered injustices are crystallised. Those gathered at the graveyard were not there to protest. They came to sympathise because they are also victims.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 2nd, 2015.

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  • Bairooni Haath
    Aug 2, 2015 - 2:08AM

    The problem with your narrative is that wherever Muslims have gone as a minority, they have the same circumstance. In the US, UK, Canada, Germany where nobody really cares for your religion, where a large segment of the population is not affiliated with any organized religion whatsoever, Muslims make sure they get noticed by becoming a problem minority.Recommend

  • pat
    Aug 2, 2015 - 2:45AM

    the author tried very hard to make it communal.The fact he dint mention the reason most convictions are dalits and muslims is because they belong to the most illiterate group of the society. Muslims try very hard to get sympathy form the same society they intend destroy and apperently it doesnt work that way in india. Education is given more importance than religion in todays india. And about menon he is a mass murderer and muslims are supporting him even after knowing it based on religion. It is proven that he parked two cars with bombs in populated area in mumbai. Recommend

  • ajeet
    Aug 2, 2015 - 4:10AM

    If you look at history from the time of Islamic invasion of India, you would know why most Indians don’t like them.Recommend

  • a_writer
    Aug 2, 2015 - 4:30AM

    If the purpose of the article is to project an image of ‘holier than thou’, one can safely say that Mr.Patel has, without a doubt, succeeded.Recommend

  • Mayuresh
    Aug 2, 2015 - 4:51AM

    You can definitely strongly argue about discrimination against muslims (note there is also discrimination based on language, caste, gender etc), Indian society has a long way to go.

    However, there was absolutely no need to compare Kalam and Menon – the only commonality is they died close to one another and were in news. And also very sad to see your implication that Kalam’s death was honored and covered because he developed the missiles, he was a truly inspiring figure for many and was a former President of India. Please read his biography. People are attracted to him because of his sheer humility, kindness and still achieving amazing success in India’s missile program.Recommend

  • wb
    Aug 2, 2015 - 5:19AM

    Fairly balanced view. Good job!Recommend

  • Ali
    Aug 2, 2015 - 5:26AM

    It makes a very disturbing reading. Hope sanity prevails in India and constitution and the laws are applied equally to every one irrespective of their religion or caste.

    However, we Muslims should acknowledge our own contributions and our double standards. For starters, we wanted a separate country made almost thorough ethnic cleansing became >97% Muslim in the lands we got. And then the tiny minority Hindu population is degraded and hounded. Every day there is news about rape and forced conversions of Hindu girls. Obviously, the Hindus watching these things collectively have no sympathy for Muslim complaints.

    Can you imagine a Hindu living in Pakistan writing a column like this in an Indian news paper? We should keep level headed and not increase the animosity. There have always been fair minded people among all communities both in India and Pakistan. We should work for peace than discord.Recommend

  • Shujaat
    Aug 2, 2015 - 5:31AM

    This is a good piece of work…
    Sometimes there is no good or bad side…Recommend

  • Anon
    Aug 2, 2015 - 5:57AM

    Excellent article! Now I know one Indian who is not delusional about who they are Recommend

  • Aug 2, 2015 - 6:08AM

    Is anyone surprised by this? Of course not! The whole world knows
    about the slow and steady minorities [read Muslims] genocide in
    Hindustan. BJP, and Modi Sarkar have to please their base. Which is
    composed of virulent anti Muslims like RSS, Shiv Sena and other extremist
    groups, that now control Hindustan. Their slogan..Hindustan is for Hindus
    only. Well,…any questions?Recommend

  • Rashida Khan
    Aug 2, 2015 - 6:35AM

    India has centuries of peaceful coexistence and secular constitution. Continuing it requires the nation to move continually towards perfection as a country where rule of law applies. One can be for hanging a terrorist and for celebrating the life of an illustrious president, without either being an anti-islam bigot or an islamofascist. The reality that this article describes applies equally to any disenfrachised person in India, and this disenfranchisement comes primarily from accepting without question the political agendas of parties like Congress, Samajwadi Party, and AAP– who want to win power by dividing Muslim and Hindu Indians from one another and from their common interest in a prosperous and secular India.Recommend

  • Bharatiya from Oz
    Aug 2, 2015 - 6:59AM

    Unfortunately biased articles only increase divisiveness and animosity and does not help in any way to inspire so called minorities (should India consider Muslims, Christians, STs, SCs, OBCs etc etc etc as minorities based on caste or religion as opposed to make Quota based purely on Economic standing irrespective of religion, caste etc) in any way….If completely true how is that we have a current Vice President from Muslim community, had ex President from SC community (K.R.Narayanan), had ex chief election commissioner from Muslim community and there are umpteen number of elite successful Indians in highest echelons both government and private sectors who hold important positions because of their skills and talents.
    Dear Author….rather than demotivating minorities, care to write inspiring articles to instill positivity with hope to bring communities together!!! Show son responsibility.Recommend

  • Aug 2, 2015 - 7:27AM

    One can accept that death sentence should be banned in any civilized society even to heinous. But to start a debate on yakub is mischievous. I would have agreed if we had this debate on kasab as he was a victim but yakub was well educated.
    There is big difference in riot and terror. In a riot one reacts and is mass madness. Terror is planned and executed, more so such serial bombing.
    Muslims are more to be executed because they are involved in more crimes. It is different that there are socio economic factors, but to use stastics, well…
    There will always be insecurity in minority. Only way is to understand and develop the community. If the community leaders had invested on educating the people there would have been less hurt. But politicians want to keep the masses uneducated and imporvished.
    The media with writers like this will by giving wrong interpretation further confuse.
    Moral is be a kalam even in India a poor Muslim rose to the highest post on his own merits.
    To set the record kalam was given state funeral as he was THE people’s president, not for bombs.and 8000 people is not a small one.Recommend

  • observer
    Aug 2, 2015 - 7:29AM

    @author,

    “The question for us is: why were they there?”

    That is a very naive question. They were there because they are terrorist sympathizers. Remember why so many Muslims in many countries marched to mourn the death of Osama bin Laden?Recommend

  • Easy Peasy
    Aug 2, 2015 - 7:31AM

    The author conveniently ignored the respect accorded to Kalam by the same bigoted Indian middle class. Can India do better with its minorities ? Yes, but to suggest that Muslims are treated as second class citizens seems far fetched. I know many Indian Muslims who are leading perfectly good life because they chose to have one. There is bias no doubt but please note it runs both ways and certainly is not as prevalent as suggested by the author.Recommend

  • harkol
    Aug 2, 2015 - 7:33AM

    Aakar patel, as usual, is finding angles that don’t exist. Being Muslim in India is no different than being any other minority in India – Better than being minority in most other asian countries, and yet, not as good as being part of the majority (Hindu).

    In geographies of east, very few countries enjoy the protection & freedom the minorities of India do.Recommend

  • Abhi
    Aug 2, 2015 - 7:49AM

    I would wonder if you have guts to write about being Hindu in Pakistan or being minority in any other Islamic country.

    India is having abode of world largest Muslim population second to Indonesia only. Except few instances Hindus and Muslims lives in prosperity which you can’t even imagine in any other country.. You know why.. Iss mitti ki baat hi kuch alag hai..

    For us yakub was a terrorist and he paid for what he did.. Others will also be paid. So give terrorism any color..Recommend

  • Kannan
    Aug 2, 2015 - 8:14AM

    Muslims in India have to introspect and articulate what they want to be in the long run. They then have to work towards that.

    The victimhood narrative that the author espouses is mischievous and dangerous. This narrative breeds a sense of entitlement, vengeance and rule breaking behavior. This narrative may allow NGO’s to garner funds and make a merry living but it is dangerous for the country.

    As the example of Kalam shows, whenever Muslims work for the benefit of all in India, the country has bestowed the highest privileges and honours on such a person. Muslims like Kalam are in a minority today but there is no reason why they cannot become a majority. Rest assured, all Hindus will treat a person like Kalam as their god.Recommend

  • sabi
    Aug 2, 2015 - 8:25AM

    pat:
    Illiterate? What would you say about your country men commenting on Times of India concerning news about Pakistan viz a viz Muslims. Don’t say these people don’t reflect true India.
    For God sake don’t live in delusions and worry about rising level of bigotry in your society which ,if not addressed, may well put your country in deep troubles.Recommend

  • Asok
    Aug 2, 2015 - 8:39AM

    If you were going to devote the column to Yakub, as you did, was there even any need to have mentioned Kalam?Recommend

  • pat
    Aug 2, 2015 - 8:42AM

    In 1950 Hindu population in Pakistan was 22% and muslim population was 9% in India.fast forward to 2014 minority population is 1.7% in pakistan and muslim population in India is 14%. And Pakistan is the one talking about minorities when minorities in ther own country are being raped and murdered. This is called muslim hyprocracy and btw just look at what your iron friend china is doing before pointing fingers at India. Muslims are responsible for almost all the mess around the world. Is there any non muslim country that respects you?Recommend

  • mahakaalchakra
    Aug 2, 2015 - 9:03AM

    Since 1996, a total of 9 convicts have actually been executed in India. Is it a big deal for a country with 1250 million population with capital punishment in the constitution.

    Population percentage wise, more Muslims got their sentences commuted to life since 2001 despite the fact that almost in every democratic multi-religion country, number of Muslims in prisons are many times more than their percentage out of total population.

    You can Google UK, France, Germany, Denmark, USA and India.

    Aakar Patel, may I request you for a favor? Please disclose your religion.in response to my post. Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Aug 2, 2015 - 9:09AM

    Author tried his capacity to give this piece a communal touch.There are good and bad people in every community and religion.So you know why Dr. Kalam is respected and Memon was hated.Deeds make a man.The need of the hour for Muslims in India is better education, birth control (more children adversely affects the capacity to give good education ) and integration to the society instead of ghetto culture.Being a Hindu, my two best friends are Muslims. Never viewed them through religious prism nor they viewed me through that. Religion is a private matter.So be it.Recommend

  • Hold your horses
    Aug 2, 2015 - 9:10AM

    Aakar,

    People here mourned kalam for the person he was – before he became the president, as a president and post presidency – and not for his missiles.

    As for funeral and gun carriage – it’s been done for lot of former heads of state.

    I generally find your articles benign, but your statement on kalam reeks of prejudice.Recommend

  • Raja2000
    Aug 2, 2015 - 9:20AM

    Moslems are the most segregated folks (after Dalits) in housing, education and all aspects of national life, especially in Northern India, Moslems rarely get equal opportunity in India. Indians claim to be a free democracy. In practice, this is not the case. India is a disgrace. Recommend

  • jb
    Aug 2, 2015 - 9:42AM

    @bairooneehaath: Please name a geography and I will entail problems faced from Hindu, Chritstian or whatever other minorities present there with sources. That comment was a good attempt to divert from the fact that India’s majority continues to justify Pakistan 60+ years since formation. Thank yoh Jinnah for the life I have (and dont have).Recommend

  • Prakash
    Aug 2, 2015 - 9:48AM

    @Author
    You can be the victim if you so choose…but I bet APJ Abdul Kalam never thought he was one. In fact he got all the opportunities if deserved, and rose to the highest office.
    Just ask yourself, is it discrimination that is holding you from reaching the stature of say, MJ Akbar?Recommend

  • Vibhor chadha
    Aug 2, 2015 - 10:03AM

    Waao…..very nice try to make it communal but u failed miserably. Recommend

  • rusik
    Aug 2, 2015 - 10:36AM

    Any narration about minority hindu in Pakistan????Recommend

  • observer
    Aug 2, 2015 - 11:05AM

    The blasts that Memon was convicted for happened on March 12, 1993. In January of the same year, over 500 Muslims (and over 200 Hindus) were killed in riots in Mumbai. The month before that the BJP-led movement against the Babri masjid resulted in the tearing down of the mosque.

    OK.

    So bringing down a derelict structure , which itself was erected on the debris of a previous structure, is the same as deliberately planning and executing bomb blasts aimed to maim and kill NOT derelict structures but Human beings.

    I guess you never heard of false equivalences.

    And of course you never knew what was happening in Rameshwaram on the same date, at another burial.Recommend

  • Bewildered
    Aug 2, 2015 - 11:08AM

    “the murderers Maya Kodnani and Babu Bajrangi of the BJP, both convicted of equally vicious crimes, but out on bail”

    Please be fair. It is not only the Muslim’s killers who don’t get punished in India. How many have been punished for 1984 Sikh’s massacre?Recommend

  • Sazid Khan
    Aug 2, 2015 - 11:14AM

    The Problem with the Shameless Majority Community in India is Self Respect..When one Convicted hanged because he was Convicted terrorist and on the other side there are many terrorist who are Convicted in the blast in Minority areas in India are still enjoying Inflammable life however no Punishment of them…If Someone raise their Voice against them then they are Communal..One Great example is Bal Thackeray who is responsible for killing of thousand of Muslims and he openly admitted it but still he receive heroic welcome..This can be made a Good difference between the treatment of two Persons..Recommend

  • Manish Rastogi
    Aug 2, 2015 - 11:35AM

    Dear author ! you have a great future in statistics. In a country with a present population of 130 crores with a history of 68 years, less than 70 people in total were hanged till date & you have a gall to bring in somebody’s ‘fact’ that — “94 per cent of those sentenced to death were either Dalits or Muslims”. Great analysis !

    On the similiar lines without bothering any analysis, I can also say that 99% of the people Pakistan has hanged are muslims. Recommend

  • Syed Abbas
    Aug 2, 2015 - 12:16PM

    I have a question to all Pakistanis.

    When will your majority stop killing innocent minorities?
    When will your majority stop perpetrating Gujrat Riots like riots against Pakistani minorities which happens on daily basis?

    HypocritesRecommend

  • Pnpuri
    Aug 2, 2015 - 12:42PM

    Abul Kalam represents equal opportunity to everyone irrespective of his religion. Kalam started as a junior scientist and could reach the top position in most sensitive department of mesiles technology on basis of his merit and his religion did not come in his way. Making him president of India may be depending on some political expediency, but undoubtedly his elevation in service was based on his merit. Coming to memon, we are told that a terrorist has no religion and should not be identified with his religion. But about a terrorist who stands convicted, at what stage of life he gets a religious identity .Recommend

  • Union Jack
    Aug 2, 2015 - 12:46PM

    @Sazid Khan:
    Bal Thackrey killed thousand of muslims ? And he openly admitted it ? Surely such a great news must have been preserved by Pakistan somewhere. Show us at least one article which mentions what you so bravely claim.
    I am from Mumbai and hate Shiv Sena and Bal Thackrey and am sure he has deep role in Mumbai riot. But saying that he killed thousands is just such a super lie only Pakistanis can imagine.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Aug 2, 2015 - 1:40PM

    Why will anyone rent out their houses to terrorist sympathisersRecommend

  • whatnow
    Aug 2, 2015 - 1:54PM

    Patel is losing his balance ever more in favor of muslims.
    One wonders why some hindus ignore the 1200 years of insults and injuries inflicted by the agents and quislings of islam on the hindus. And this insulting and injuring the hindus has not come to an end. Islam’s long-term plans is to exterminate non-muslims. That some muslims are suffering now does not mean that this islamic plan is forgotten by them. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 2, 2015 - 1:57PM

    I read this as a show of concern by a concerned Indian…..you, Aaakar Patel have been quite consistent with ringing the alarm bell…..but it appears that most Indians, judging by their comments, don’t even want to acknowledge that there is an issue that needs to be addressed. Recommend

  • IBN E ASHFAQUE
    Aug 2, 2015 - 2:18PM

    The drama of Indian secularism is for all to see where if you are a muslim or a dalit you go to the gallows.Recommend

  • shafi
    Aug 2, 2015 - 2:38PM

    ao ajeet, now wat u want from muslim now. Be honest and say Let Kill all muslimRecommend

  • Aug 2, 2015 - 3:05PM

    @mahakaalchakra: He is hindu like Barka dutt or rajdeep sirdeasi whose “Dukan” is shut, after CONgress lost. Recommend

  • Aug 2, 2015 - 3:10PM

    @Manish Rastogi:
    Brilliant, sir. So much for the stastics. Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Aug 2, 2015 - 3:30PM

    Mr Patel, would you like to enlighten us on why Muslims are hated in the UK and in the West? To give you some indication here are factual reports:
    On crime:
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/number-of-muslims-in-prison-doubles-in-decade-to-12000-9222237.html
    On education and employment:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2002/feb/20/race.immigrationpolicy
    And finally, would you like to care why non Muslims are despised in Pakistan:
    http://dawn.com/2011/11/09/pakistan-schools-teach-hindu-hatred/#idc-cover
    I can safely conclude that your IQ is of single digits and hence comment in a region where people are gullible. You will not last 5 minutes in UK as a journalist.Recommend

  • Manish Rastogi
    Aug 2, 2015 - 4:02PM

    @All. A typo in my last comment. My fingers typed ‘statics’ when the mind meant ‘statistics’ Recommend

  • The Khan-Waterloo,Ontario
    Aug 2, 2015 - 4:05PM

    So many Indians on this thread. Like WowRecommend

  • JP
    Aug 2, 2015 - 5:05PM

    This article is hugely misguided in missing the perspective of the Muslim President being loved and respected intensely and getting almost no attention by media. This reflects the true secularism of the country. The Yakub Menon followers form an outlier set of Muslims who do not assimilate with society, seek sympathy on religious minority grounds and are a huge problem for mainstream society. Media should pay no attention to them and rather listen to what is good for larger society. Recommend

  • G. Din
    Aug 2, 2015 - 5:21PM

    @swamy:
    “@mahakaalchakra: He is hindu like Barka dutt or rajdeep sirdeasi whose “Dukan” is shut, after CONgress lost.”
    Wrong! He is NOT a Hindu; he is Muslim. His middle name is Ahmad. It is a normal practice by Gujarati Muslims to take Hindu names to throw off Hindus.
    I am not at all surprized by his views that are quite consistent.Recommend

  • Bewildered
    Aug 2, 2015 - 6:17PM

    @Iqbal: (He is and Indian imposter and addressing the Author)

    “I can safely conclude that your IQ is of single digits”

    Have you even read the reports you referred? If this is your level of understanding, then your own IQ must be in the negative.Recommend

  • wb
    Aug 2, 2015 - 6:19PM

    @G. Din:

    We’re no less then Pakistani Mullahs who indulge in takfiri if we identify people by their religion and try to look at what they say through the prism of their religion.

    Besides, it’s a lie that Aakar Patel is a Muslim. Many have made this claim because of his criticism of Modi.

    By the way, Aakar is definitely lying and lying through his teeth when he says that Modi was complicit in Gujarat riots without pointing to the fundamental proven fact that Gajarat riots were started by Muslims who burned down a trainful of innocent Hindus.

    In that sense, he’s a bigot. But this article is fairly balanced.Recommend

  • Uzair
    Aug 2, 2015 - 6:50PM

    Brilliant piece! I specifically like the comparative analysis of Muslims vs other judgement, killings, etc. in Hindustan. Hindustanis have dehumanized Muslims and people of lower castes. Recommend

  • RAFIQUE AHMED KHAN
    Aug 2, 2015 - 6:53PM

    If the Hindus had accommodative heart for the Muslims; the picture of India would have been just the opposit Recommend

  • Meghana
    Aug 2, 2015 - 7:17PM

    @IBN E ASHFAQUE:
    “The drama od indian secularism is for all to see. If you are muslim or Dalit you go sent to gallows”
    As per indian death sentence statistics 1342 Hindus and 72 muslims are sentenced to death. And in that too actual hanging carried out very few. Your prejudice hold no grounds.
    Foriegn national Kasab or Yakub who who wage war against the state and target govt institution like stock exchange, parliament and kill thousands collaborating with foriegn agency are not representives of muslims. Dr APJ abdul Kalam sir is, a teacher, guide, visionary, scientist and most imp of all a great human being. And it’s rich coming from a country that sends 100 Muslims to gallows per day, gives death penalty to non muslims for false charges of blasphemy.. Where in india since 95 only 4 hanging has happened.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Aug 2, 2015 - 7:48PM

    What is the percentage of muslims among those hanged in India since 1947 ?

    http://www.newindianexpress.com/thesundaystandard/72-Muslims-Hanged-in-India-against-1342-Hindus-and-Others/2015/07/26/article2940289.ece

    “”report by Death Penalty Research Project of the National Law University (NLU), Delhi shows that of the 1,414 prisoners in the available list of convicts hanged in post-Independence India, only 72 are Muslims—not even 5 per cent of the total executions.”

    However, in order to imply that India hangs muslims dis-proportionately, he writes

    “”Meanwhile a report in the Times of India quoting a study by the National Law University said that 94 per cent of those sentenced to death were either Dalits or Muslims.”

    May I remind readers that in Hindu Muslim riots in India, its muslims and Dalits Hindus ( who now enjoy more rights and privileges then regular Hindus ) who fight each other and get killed. Recommend

  • yo2da2
    Aug 2, 2015 - 8:57PM

    @pat: Maybe. But the numbers present at the funeral was minuscule compared to the 180 million Indian Muslims. First of all it would be difficult to know all those paying request to Memon were Muslims. Second, how are they representative? You are doing the same thing that Pakistani commenters consistently do is to make acts by minuscule groups of right-wing Hindu mobsters (such as Gujarat 2002 and Babri Masjid) be representative of the 900+ million peaceful Hindus. Yes, there are reports of discrimination. But how widespread is it? Recommend

  • To ashamed losers
    Aug 2, 2015 - 8:59PM

    The hindus have extreme animosity towards muslims and even other minorities for the following reasons;
    1)India was ruled by minorities for almost 1200 years first the muslims and then bristish, and they call it 1200 years of slavery.
    2)India was partitioned in 1947 along religious lines resulting loss of million of lives in both muslims and hindus
    3)rise of facist and ultra right militant organizations like RSS and hindu mahasabha which started organizing hindus preaching hatred and enemities others faithRecommend

  • yo2da2
    Aug 2, 2015 - 9:01PM

    @pat: You should also compare the number of Muslims and Hindus who showed up to pay respect to Kalam. Aren’t they more representative of their nationwide communities?Recommend

  • yo2da2
    Aug 2, 2015 - 9:03PM

    @Ali: I’ve always maintained that treat people fairly and equally and they will return the favor by being better citizens who feel proud of their country. And help make their country progressive and stronger. Recommend

  • yo2da2
    Aug 2, 2015 - 9:07PM

    @Motiwala: Oh, be quiet! Genocide means the population of Muslims should be going down, not up!Recommend

  • yo2da2
    Aug 2, 2015 - 9:19PM

    @Iqbal: You don’t have to get personal Single digit IQ is of an imbecile. Recommend

  • Freeman
    Aug 2, 2015 - 9:24PM

    @RAFIQUE AHMED KHAN: What accommodative heart are you referring to? The one that saw Muslims as belonging to a different nation and, therefore, unwilling to live with non-Muslims, especially Hindus and Buddhists whose land was invaded and occupiedfor a thousand years without their permission?Recommend

  • Pakistani reader
    Aug 2, 2015 - 10:58PM

    The blog is full of Indian trolls. LOL.

    But we have to admit we are in no position to lecture Indians. We are the most intolerant country. We discriminate even within muslims to decide who is “real muslims” .Forget about other minorities in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Javelin
    Aug 3, 2015 - 7:00AM

    @mahakaalchakra: His full name is Aakar Ahmed Patel. He hides it and you know the reason why.Recommend

  • jamor
    Aug 3, 2015 - 10:04AM

    @pat:
    Actually it was not proven that he parked cars with bombs.He was found guilty for providing the logistics for the bomb plot.He purchased the cars and arranged air tickets.He was also found guilty for storing the bomb material.Recommend

  • sharabi
    Aug 3, 2015 - 11:08AM

    I would not go to funeral of a man who has been involved in killing more than 250 innocentsRecommend

  • Raghu
    Aug 3, 2015 - 12:51PM

    @wb:
    where is the balance. kindly try to reverify the facts presented. he does not even bother to provide his sources for such stupid figures like 94%. what crap. And if the media has actually stopped giving coverage,stupid media outlets would not have covered minute by minute coverage of his hanging as if it was T20 world cup match. Looks like it was written to appease his pakistani audience.Recommend

  • Pankaj
    Aug 3, 2015 - 2:00PM

    Wow…. I never found such article on Sarbjeet from other side.Recommend

  • ask
    Aug 3, 2015 - 4:39PM

    @G. Din: @Javelin: Speculation about the author’s religion shows dilution at citizen level of Indian Secularism-an ideology, IMO, now dumped by its most ardent past champions-the urban middle class Hindus. Wild guesses are both ridiculous & revealing. Ridiculous because Patel is on record that he is a Hindu. A Hindu is a Hindu if he merely says he is a Hindu. He doesn’t have to bear witness to any credo. It’s also revealing of Hindu Right for whom the epithet “Muslim” is a metaphor to symbolise those that disagree and are therefore disagreeable. From Hindutva point, were a Hindu to write one line against Modi, one word against BJP and make a sound against RSS he becomes a “Muslim”. Patel has criticised all three, among others, in good measure. He has to be The Metaphor!Recommend

  • G. Din
    Aug 3, 2015 - 6:09PM

    @wb:
    “We’re no less then Pakistani Mullahs who indulge in takfiri if we identify people by their religion and try to look at what they say through the prism of their religion.
    Besides, it’s a lie that Aakar Patel is a Muslim. Many have made this claim because of his criticism of Modi.”

    Religion, my friend, is a very important and vital component of a Muslim’s whole being. Even they will attest to that. So, when you see a point of view, predominantly, or wholly, consistent with Muslim point of view, it is not a sin to indulge in “takfiri”. That is how statistical inferences are drawn. That is why when your application for credit is declined by a bank, or your wish to rent a premises is declined by a landlord precisely because of your identification with a specific group that is considered unreliable or undesirable, such a decision is based on well-founded laws of statistical inference. The whole world of finance is based on such inferences flowing from your association with a particular group, desirable (from their point of view) or undesirable
    As regards, Mr. Patel, just ask him his middle name which he tries to avoid. If it is not a Muslim name, I stand corrected. Recommend

  • ask
    Aug 3, 2015 - 7:09PM

    @G. Din: Following needs to be seen in the backdrop of the averment made that religion is vital for a Muslim:- Common sense & basic knowledge of Indian languages should tell that the word Aakar means: physical form, figure, shape, model, silhouette etc all of which are suggestive of certain way of worship, and none of which are compatible with the religion that Patel, of a supposedly particular middle name, is believed to be following. Had he kept his first name as “Nirakaar” (formless one) the suspicion would’ve had some merit.Recommend

  • someone
    Aug 4, 2015 - 1:34AM

    @RAFIQUE AHMED KHAN:
    Well when minority population is ever increasing in India from few million in 1947 to 180 million in 2015, it is more than accommodating from the part of Majority. Now, could you please confirm what is the status of minorities in Pakistan comparing to the times of partition? may be if you were a bit more accommodating , Pakistan would have had different scenario.Recommend

  • Kejriwal
    Aug 4, 2015 - 11:26PM

    @Kannan:

    Please keep in mind President Kalam was declared non Muslim by Ulema in India precisely because he served the country, his motherland with all of his abilities. Recommend

  • G. Din
    Aug 5, 2015 - 12:11AM

    @Kejriwal:
    “@Kannan:
    Please keep in mind President Kalam was declared non Muslim by Ulema in India precisely because he served the country, his motherland with all of his abilities.”
    President Kalam was even spurned by his elder brother (who is still living) precisely because he decided to serve “Hindu India”. He (the brother) vowed he would never visit him at Rashtrapati Bhawan and he never did. Caution: it may be considered to be indulging in “takfiri”, whatever that is.Recommend

  • sharma
    Sep 29, 2015 - 6:05AM

    @Motiwala:
    Muslims carved out Pakistan for themselves from joint India. That is why everyone believes that hindustan was left behind for Hindus.Recommend

  • Indian
    Nov 15, 2015 - 11:26PM

    This article is misleading. It may be true that muslims face little discrimination in india but its because of the past hindus and muslims share. But no society is perfect minorities faces discrimination everywhere. Imagine the hindus and christians living in pakistan. Pakistan teach hatred against india and hinduism in school. India on the other hand is evolving youth of india is creating better society without discriminations. Whoever wrote this article is a clown. Muslims are happier in India then in pakistan. Recommend

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