‘Mission Kashmir’ and BJP’s election agenda

Published: November 23, 2014

BJP is hoping for a huge success of the election boycott campaign announced by the pro-freedom and resistance forces in Kashmir valley so that not many people come out to cast their votes PHOTO: REUTERS

Kashmiri separatists demand either independence from Hindu-majority India or a merger with Muslim-majority Pakistan PHOTO: AFP BJP is hoping for a huge success of the election boycott campaign announced by the pro-freedom and resistance forces in Kashmir valley so that not many people come out to cast their votes PHOTO: REUTERS

While riding high on the Modi wave, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the 2014 Indian general elections (parliamentary and Lok Sabha polls) and formed a stable government in New Delhi. But quite amusingly, the saffron brigade has now set its aggressive eyes on ‘Mission Kashmir’.

Not only does the party intend to secure victory in improbable 44 assembly segments out of a total of 87, it also has a plan to install a Hindu chief minister in Muslim-dominated Jammu and Kashmir. The five-phased assembly elections in the disputed Himalayan region are scheduled to commence from November 25, 2014.

Just weeks after the devastating floods hit the Kashmir Valley on September 7th, BJP unveiled its over-ambitious plan to win 44 assembly segments in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. With all guns blazing, the right-wing BJP is busy with the over passionate election campaign. The party refers to its plan for Jammu and Kashmir as Mission 44 through full page newspaper advertisements and messages on various media, including social media.

So, what exactly is this ‘Mission 44’? And how can BJP translate its political reverie into reality?

Mission 44 is all about securing at least 44 assembly constituencies – a magical number required to form a government in an 87-member strong Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly. The grand plan includes reliance on mass scale voting in the Jammu province and the Buddhist-majority Ladakh region, and an election boycott in the Muslim-majority restive Kashmir valley. Amit Shah, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s right hand man and also BJP president, has on several occasions expressed his party’s desire to form a BJP-led majority government in Jammu and Kashmir.

Mr Shah visited Jammu on November 20th and 21st with a possible intention to polarise votes in the region. He appeared confident that his party would bag more than 44 assembly seats, while his speeches focused on issues like corruption, and ending dynastic rule of the Congress, National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He claimed that there was “overwhelming response” in BJP’s favour in all three regions of disputed Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. He launched BJP’s election campaign and addressed a rally at Ramban.

So how realistic is this mission?

In the 87-member legislative assembly, Kashmir valley accounts for 46 seats. It is, therefore, almost next to impossible for BJP to win even a single assembly constituency in Kashmir.

The party has a vicious plan though. It is hoping for a huge success of the election boycott campaign announced by the pro-freedom and resistance forces in Kashmir valley so that not many people come out to cast their votes, which gives BJP an outside chance to win a couple of seats in Kashmir by ensuring that the majority stays indoors but the migrant Kashmiri Pandits cast every single vote in its favour. Most of the Pandit voters (migrants) will cast their vote in 26 special polling stations made available in Jammu, Udhampur and New Delhi.

However, not every Kashmiri Pandit is a BJP fan.

Sanjay Saraf, who is contesting in the elections from the Habba Kadal constituency as the Lok Jan Shakti party candidate, castigates the “divisive” politics of BJP. He says,

“BJP, in order to grab power, is playing dirty politics. In Jammu, BJP wants mass voting while in Kashmir it wants to ensure that majority of the people boycott the polls.”

Meanwhile, BJP has fielded a Kashmiri Pandit businessman named Moti Kaul, from the Habba Kadal constituency, a radical named Ashok Bhat from Khanyar, Dr Hina Bhat from the important Amira Kadal constituency, and Daraksha Andrabi from Sonwar. All four of these constituencies fall in Srinagar. They have also gotten hold of Tral, an assembly segment in South Kashmir, with Sardar Avtar Singh as its representative.

Pro-freedom and anti-India sentiment run deep in Tral, a hotbed of active and former militants, Sopore, a bastion of resistance leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, alongside most of the assembly segments falling in the summer capital of Srinagar. According to the estimates, there are about 92,000 migrant Kashmiri voters across the Kashmir valley. Thus, BJP is trying every trick in the book to lure these voters in its favour.

But what is BJP’s mantra? What promises have the BJP leaders made to the people of Jammu and Kashmir?

On November 19, the former BJP President and currently the Federal Home Minister of India, Rajnath Singh, addressed an election rally in the mountainous region of Kishtwar in Jammu, and declared Article 370 a “national issue”. This Article explains Jammu and Kashmir’s conditional and controversially constitutional relationship with the Indian Union and also the region’s special status.

BJP wants to abrogate Article 370 with an aim to fully merge Jammu and Kashmir with India. According to Singh, the party is not interested in addressing this issue during election season. In what could well be described as an attention grabbing sound bite, BJP’s candidate from Amira Kadal, Dr Bhat threatened to pick up the gun, AK-47 rifle, if Article 370 was revoked by her party.

Interestingly though, BJP’s State Vice President, Ramesh Arora, claimed that Islam will prosper under the saffron party’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir. He passed a statement to the local media, saying,

“Kashmiris need to vote en masse for the Bharatiya Janata Party. This contention is misplaced that BJP is a communal party. Kashmir is a land of Sufi saints. Islam will only prosper in our regime.”

In the last assembly elections held in 2008, the Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKN) emerged as the single largest party winning 28 seats, while PDP won 21 and stood second, and the Indian National Congress (INC) emerged triumphant in 17 assembly segments while BJP settled for 11 seats. The rest of the assembly constituencies were won by the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP), the Communist Party of India – Marxist (CPM), the People’s Democratic Front (PDF), and independent candidates. The JKN and the Indian National Conference were successful in forming a coalition government as Omar Abdullah became the chief minister in early 2009.

As more than 1.5 million people were directly or indirectly affected by the massive September floods, the worst in Kashmir’s living memory, it was assumed that the assembly elections would be postponed to allow a smooth relief and rehabilitation process of the flood victims. That, however, did not happen. Instead, a team of the Election Commission of India (ECI) headed by Deputy Election Commissioner, Vinod Zutshi, visited Jammu and Kashmir on October 7th to meet various representatives of different pro-Indian political parties in Jammu and Kashmir to review the post-flood situation. A decision was taken to conduct Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls in a phased manner, beginning November 25th.

Ironically though, the government postponed the annual examinations of all primary, middle and higher secondary classes until March next year, citing the devastation of infrastructure caused by the floods as the main reason.

All said and done, there are not even bleak chances for the BJP’s Lotus to bloom in the Kashmir valley – alcove of Sufi saints.

Gowhar Geelani

Gowhar Geelani

The author is a writer, journalist and political commentator from Srinagar, the South Asian Journalism Programme (SAJP) scholar 2015, the first Kashmiri to be selected as Munich Young Leader 2014. He has also served the Deutsche Welle, in Germany, as an editor. He tweets as @gowhargeelani

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Jor El

    “All said and done, there are not even bleak chances for the BJP’s Lotus to bloom in the Kashmir valley – alcove of Sufi saints.”

    Excellent analysis, but lets not tempt fate before fate reveals itself …Recommend

  • sss

    time will tell if people of kashmir wants chaos or development.. either ways its a win win for bjp. Even if bjp manages to become opposition party , it would have made its mark…
    good days are indeed in near sight for kashmir…Recommend

  • ab1990

    kashmir doesnt have sufi saints. It is full of isis supporters. Whether bjp wins or not is irrelevant. At the end of day kashmir will be under indian army protecting indian border with pakistan whether kashmiris like it or not.Recommend

  • wb

    There is a reason why causes like Kashmir taken up by the leader of the Ummat-e-Muslima, which are illogical, unethical and immoral and if I may say unIslamic, are bound to fail spectacularly.

    “Not only does the party intend to secure victory in improbable 44
    assembly segments out of a total of 87, it also has a plan to install a
    Hindu chief minister in Muslim-dominated Jammu and Kashmir.”

    The ugliness of Kashmir cause is rendered void just with this ugly statement by the blogger.

    If Hindu dominated India can have Muslim Presidents (Not one but two), if Hindu majority Kerala can have many Christian chief ministers and a Muslim chief minister, if Assam could have a Muslim woman chief minister with a tiny minority of Muslims, why shouldn’t Kashmir have a Hindu CM?Recommend

  • abhi

    I can see frustation in this article.Recommend

  • JammuShiaBrother

    I bet Lotus will bloom..If this does not happen..I will leave Jammu and Settle in any other part of India may be gurgaon…..Since you have a lot of issue with respect to democracy..why dont u also say here on this forum that yes if..lotus blooms …you will leave for some other brotherly muslim country like Purest pakistan….Saudi arabia or middle east..P.S….dont go to europe they are already facing lots of issues with…you know what i mean to say…….Recommend

  • http://www.skp.com Vishwaroopam

    “Hindu Chief minster is Muslim dominated state ” bahut nainsafi hai Md mianRecommend

  • Hassan

    Modi is playing with fire. Even if is party manages to secure a victory, it will only increase increase anti-India sentiment if he tries to revoke article 370.

  • Lalit

    Author’s prophecies take me just six months back,when LS elections results were being announced and later to MH and HRY elections.Shock results seem to be the flavor of the season.
    Even Mr Geelani would accept that what BJP is hoping (low turnout in Kashmir),is actually a brain-child of separatists…. Boycott of elections can bring a little benefit for BJP,but grave losses for Kashmiris,as some unworthy candidates would be elected due to non-participation by masses and he would torment them for 6 long years.so all Kashmiris should vote even though its against BJP. BJP has fielded 32 Muslim candidates in J & K,so its totally wrong to call it exclusively a Hindu party. btw whats wrong in expecting a Hindu CM in Muslim majority state ? Isn’t India a secular Country ?…afterall Mr AR Antulay,a Muslim became a CM of Maharashtra,where Muslim population is only around 10%.Recommend

  • Viki Raghuvanshi

    plz the hindu-hating modi-hating so-called experts had also predicted Modi will not become PM, BJP cant get a simple majority on its own etc. Lets see what the public gives as verdict in polls.Recommend

  • Anjaan

    The article 370 of the Indian constitution has done no good either to Kashmir or the Kashmiri people in the past 68 years … therefore it must go … !!Recommend

  • ani

    You have a right to your opinion. But, please get your facts right..Kashmiri Pandits are not “migrants”. They have been living in Kashmir since centuries, before they were forced to flee in the 1990s. And, what’s the problem with having a “Hindu” CM in “Muslim majority J&K”. If the candidate is capable of giving good governance, he/she should be voted to power irrespective of religion -Christian, Hindu, Buddhist. The day one considers merit before a person’s religion will be the day one takes a step ahead in life.Recommend

  • ravi

    The author has pathological problems wt BJP. Politics is a game of going against conventional wisdom. Modi did in National elections. Miracls will happen. Recommend

  • honmh

    Your frustration is showingRecommend

  • Parvez

    I thought you explained that quite well…….it will be interesting to see how this plays out.Recommend

  • Life_death

    Such a hatred you have in your mind against our PM.I am kashmiri and I support him and his party for Kashmir’s development. Recommend

  • Rahul

    We will know within a month who is out of touch in Jammu & Kashmir. You or the BJP. My money is on the BJP.Recommend

  • Sid

    And what would be your state of mind in case BJP wins ? BJP not winning had been predicted by many like you in past and so far it has sweeping records. I am looking fwd to see if win in Kashmir. Not because it is a “Hindu” party as it used to be in past. But simply because we need stable governance in country and it can’t be obtained with Congress or it’s stooges being CM of any state.
    As for article 370, it has to go. And about the statement “merging with India”……were u sleeping past 67 years ? It is already a part of India. Unfortunately past government did not play it fair in democratic sense by giving it special privileges. It has to go.Recommend

  • Drone

    Hilarious you are talking about safe guarding Sufis. We all know there is no place for Sufis or their Sufism in Pakistan. Sunni Takfirs are already chasing every single minority in Pakistan and Sufis are quite high on their hit list. Kashmiris know that such mindless ideology is at their doorstep and they would rather opt for their Hindu brothers.Recommend

  • Jor El

    “If Hindu dominated India can have Muslim Presidents (Not one but two)”
    U r wrong, Dr. Zakir Hussain, Fakruddin Ali Ahmed and Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Last I counted, it was 3 not 2 …Recommend

  • Jor El

    y the double “increase” ???Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    I did not quite get the purport of this article. Perhaps I did not read it attentively enough. Kashmir is part of the assembly and I think(in my personal opinion) that BJP has the same right to look for votes there as has any other party. Being a Hindu party should have nothing to do with that. also I would like to go further to say that if they can assure the people living there that BJP will bring them prosperity then they should get their votes.
    tbh I saw lots of hate for BJP from your article but you did not show any reason for that hate. you know, like a PPP bashing article which appeared sometime ago showed that PPP has been in power for decades and they have done nothing for thar. So on the same analogy you should provide something which the BJP has done wrong to Kashmiris.Recommend

  • Sane

    Indian trolls pounce on any blog if says anything about hegemony of Hinduism or says about safeguarding Muslim rights. They are full of hatred against Muslims.Recommend

  • Jahil hamid

    “migrant Kashmiri Pandits cast every single vote in its favour.” now that you have brought it up. The real custodians of Kashmir are the Kashmiri pundits descendants of Rishi Kashyap after whom Kashmir is named. The Muslims are the migrants who came a few hundred years back and in 1980s chased the Kashmiri pundits out of the Kashmir valley.

    The author’s hate for India and Indians is very visible it is better that the author shifts residence to Pakistan to avoid what they did to Kashmiri pundits. It is coming soon.Recommend

  • Hassan

    because anti-India sentiment will increase twice as much as normal………… jk it was accidental.Recommend

  • Lalit

    Make it four,if you consider one of the two acting presidents of India Mr M Hidaytullah(1969) who was at that time the sitting chief justice of Indian Supreme court .Further there have been instances when Muslim leaders like CH Mohammad Koya(Kerala),Syeda Anwara Taimur(Assam)Abdul Gafoor(Bihar) and AR Antulay(MH) have honored the posts of Chief Minister in Indian states…the average population of Muslims in these states is less than 25%..
    Meanwhile Muslim leaders like Azam Khan say that Tajmahal should be handed over to Muslims as it was constructed by a Muslim Emperor,as if Shahjehan built it with his life long savings and not with the tax collected from the masses which included Hindus,Muslims and other communities too…what is his take on all the development work done by Hindu or Sikh PMs ? should all such constructions be handed over to the respective communities ?Recommend

  • Lalit

    ”Politics is the art of Possibilities”….and Mr Modi is proving it every next day…Recommend

  • Dont tempt fate

    Ha ha..Am I the only person who can smell the frustration in between the words?Recommend

  • Dont tempt fate

    Kashmiris like this blogger are so openly ‘secular’. They cannot accept a Hindu CM even if he is the most capable of the lot and then they have the guts to talk about anti muslim discrimintion.Recommend

  • doesnt matter

    “Not only does the party intend to secure victory in improbable 44
    assembly segments out of a total of 87, it also has a plan to install a
    Hindu chief minister in Muslim-dominated Jammu and Kashmir.”

    Why do muslims believe they have the birthright to openly discriminate against non muslims?

    A hindu cannot become CM of Kashmir merely because of his religion? What about merits, talent, capability? Why does secularism gets thrown out of the window when we talk about rights of non muslims, Mr Geelani?Recommend

  • sharabi

    @Gowhar Geelani
    Hindu party?? really so you think we are Hindus just because we have voted for BJP?Recommend

  • Jor El

    If anti-india sentiment increases twice as much in the valley, who is the ultimate sufferer ???
    Secondly, u don’t see people in jammu or ladakh or kashmiri pandits take part in anti-india protests, do u … n these guys want the abrogation of article 370 …Recommend

  • Jor El

    So, hypothetically if the BJP wins in Kashmir, muslims rights r not safeguarded ??? even though 32 candidates fielded by the BJP just in the valley out of 46 r muslims ???Recommend

  • sheelo

    Mr. Modi is a Hindu extremist,,,,,, whatsoever he does,, will never succeed in Kashmir because kashmiris can never forget the brutalities of the indian forces,,, how come they throw their lock to BJP ,,,, once they are locked will always remain locked.Recommend

  • Jor El

    Aah, but politics aint like that … in politics u have no permanent friends or enemies, just permanent interests … if the BJP suits their temp interests, ppl will be smart enuff to vote them in …Recommend

  • ab1990

    coming this from pakistan which was made because of a leader who hated hindus is laughable. Look in the mirror and talk. Muslims from other countries dont even get citizenship in the gulf . Muslims are the ones who hate other muslims. Look at syria and iraq.Recommend

  • jazzman

    wait balochistan is much larger issue than kashmir. this article and the author seems to be a part of propaganda mission. if the author is really concerned about humanity, he should do some research and highlight the plight of balochis as well. he cant, he is only “passionate” about azad kashmir. well balochis we are with you in spirit and thoughts.Recommend

  • Gp65

    First of all Kashmiri Pandits are not migrants to Kashmir. Secondly several Hindu majority states in India have had Muslim CMs and further Hindu majority India has had a Sikh PM. So there is nothing so terrible if J&K has a Hindu CM in secular India.Recommend

  • Anand

    People like the author who has a problem with a Hindu chief minister of Kashmir have a poor grasp of history of Independent India. Examples of Muslim chief minister in states where Hindus are in overwhelming majority are in galore. A R Antulay in Maharashtra, Abdul Gaffur in Bihar, Sayed Anwara Taimur in Assam and also Md Unus in another state most likely Bihar. But icing on the cake is S C Jamir. He became the chief minister of Nagaland where Christians are in an overwhelming majority followed by hindus and where Muslims are even less than 5% could be less than even 3%.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    This has never been a pan-Kashmiri struggle. Its been a Muslim oriented struggle. You never see rallies and stone pelting in Ladakh and Jammu.
    Seperatism in Kashmir is more of an Islamist struggle, like the kind seen in Pakistan.

    The amazing this is so many supposedly liberal, anti-Terrorism Pakistanis support this Islamist struggle for dominance in Kashmir, vow to fight the same phenomena in their own country.

    This is utterly hypocritical.

    This Author too was using the words Kashmiris in his previous blog entries. But, where are the Pandits and Buddhists and Sikhs? Why are they voting for a party which wants to abolish Article 370?

    Pakistanis should stop using the word Kashmirs for it conveys the wrong impression. They should be more specific when they talk of Kashmiris and use “Islamism” or “Islamists who want to want seperatism” or “Pro-Sharia Islamists” or “islamist militants”.

    Saying “South Asia successfully launched a probe to Mars” is correct, but also a lie, isn’t it. Similarly, “Kashmiris support seperatism is wrong”, but more presicely it should be “a part of Radical Sunni Muslims Seperatism”Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    They don’t like it because it’ll hurt the brand “Kashmir Seperatism”.
    If Pandits, Sikhs, Buddhists, do not want to be part of this clealy Islamist movement, and vote for pro-India parties who want to abolish Article 370, then the brand will take a beating

    “Kashmir Seperatism” is will turn out to be a lie. It will be another case of “Islamic Seperatism”. Yet another one which the civilized world has grown tired of.
    The question would arise, why not the Seperatists migrate to Pakistani side of Kashmir, which would settle all disputes.Recommend

  • http://www.yahoo.com/ AMINA AMEIN

    I thought you are a sensible man.Recommend

  • Fareed Khan Afridi

    See,…here lies the problem. They are toothless. They
    cannot do anything unless cleared by their hindu overlords.
    The only thing they can do on their own is use the ‘ facilities ‘
    So haranguing the world and beating your chest over a few
    handful Muslims in ‘showcase’ positions is pathetic. Nobody
    is fooled. Maybe the Papua/New Guineans believe it. In a population of 1.6 billion, with 200 million Muslims just a
    handful of Muslims…you see it? No. You will never see it.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Having a Muslim CM for past 68 years is not hegemony, but talks of having a Hindu one for the next 6 years is Hindu hegemony.
    Do you even acknowledge the massacre of Kashmir Pandits in Kashmir? In your opinion, do you believe Muslims attacked and drove away Pandits? I am curious as to how far are you willing to stretch the truth.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Anti-India sentiment will increase? More like Islamist sentiments will increase and hatred of non-Muslims will increase, which translated to anti-India hatred.
    On the other hand non-Muslims will start voting en bloc and will unite them. They form majorities in 2 out of 3 portions of J&K.
    We cannot fight Islamism without uniting all non-Muslims and liberal Muslims.Recommend

  • Abdur Razzaq

    And what power do presidents enjoy in India? Beyond ribbon cutting and delivering boring lectures.

    In India, the real executive power rests with the PM not the president, just like in the UK. So these are nothing but fancy showpieces to show to the world how (pseudo) secular we are.

    India never had or perhaps will never have any christian or muslim PM. That is unthinkable.Recommend

  • Riya

    Dear Mr Geelani,
    Must you really parrot such statements? Must you really think that you should pander to India hating war mongers? Must you really think that a Hindu CM in Kashmir is a disaster? Must you play in so blatant a manner this communal game? Must you reduce every Muslim in India and elsewhere an idiot by assuming that she/he will be pleased by what you write?


  • Xoxo

    It is perfectly fine in a democracy to have a leader who does not represent the race/religion of the majority population. e.g. Obama in the US, AK Antony (a Christian CM of Kerala – where Hindu+Muslim comprise 70% of the population). If you only want majority religion to have the CM post, then you either want a theocracy or non-secular governance model. Sadly for you either of that is not possible in India.

    So, BJP’s “vicious” plan is to give voting power to the Kashmiri’s who were forced to leave their homeland by terrorists. Are you suggesting that Kashmiri hindus should not have voting rights? Is BJP inciting terrorists in the valley to affect the low voter turn-out? If not then how the plan is vicious?

    Seems that political and religious ideology has taken away any rational thought from the author.Recommend

  • Sane

    Would you enlighten readers as what caused massacre of Gujarati Muslims?!! Also in what part of India there in no Hindu hegemony. Your answer might be ‘whole India’.Recommend

  • Parvez

    If that is how you see it….possibly that is how it is…..but then the author sees it differently ….and possibly THAT is how it is.
    For me its an interesting situation and as I say….it will be worth seeing how it plays out.Recommend

  • Parvez

    …and what makes you think otherwise ?Recommend

  • test

    but the chief ministers are independent and states can develop autonomously like modi did in gujarat when congress rules the central. Still do you say minority muslim as chief minister doesn’t have power. It is undeniable fact that Intelligence bureau is head by Syed Asif Ibrahim is a muslim. Recommend

  • Lalit

    now when you have effectively declared all Presidents and Chief Ministers as rubber stamps,i am sure you would have same views for Chief Justice of Supreme and high courts,Chief election commissioner,Cabinet ministers,Air Force Chief,Chief Information Commissioner and Cabinet secretaries and Chief of Intelligence Bureau,some of the posts which have been occupied by Muslims in India at different times.also may be ‘the richest Man’ is a honorary title in your view,just like those Muslim Superstars of Bollywood,every one of whom commands a signing amount,equivalent to the annual turnover of whole Lollywood put together…..
    and in our last line i can see that you have not mentioned a Sikh PM,because you Know that a Sikh has already become a PM of India for a decade.if we can make a Muslim our Foreign and Home Minister,and a Christian our Defense Minister,there is no reason why they can’t aspire to become a PM….BTW do you notice the Irony,on one hand contention for PM ship is being discussed in case of one Country while the minorities are becoming rarer than a Dodo in other Nation.Recommend

  • saswath

    these people have only one aim in life…hate other and cry injustice wherever you are if in less number…but kill & eliminate all other as soon as surpasses that magic number.. why its so difficult to assimilate with all and practice whatever good for humanity and society.Recommend

  • saswath

    we think its ok..but they never choose others if they are in power…they can choose a criminal but never any honest from others…I’ve no hate for them but this i can say with experience.Recommend

  • saswath

    as soon as their population becomes of enforcer..they start driving out other and call them migrants and encroaches…read history and it never changed.Recommend

  • saswath

    it is hatred broRecommend

  • saswath

    mine is always for NaMoRecommend

  • Milind A

    Atleast the handful Muslims can aspire to power… In you country or any Muslim country, there’s no trace of any non-Muslims in power. All the non-Muslim minorities are hounded, kidnapped, converted… Its a struggle for existence there.Recommend

  • You should know this

    In India,the President barely has any power,unlike the P.M. …something India has in common with the UK ..and not the USA & France (where Presidents hold all the power)
    This is taught even in school (at least in cbse)Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Post Godhra riots happened after Hindus in trains were burnt alive.


    You wanted what caused the Massacre, this did.


    Again, like in West, some communities are acting violently.

    Now, my turn. You did not answer my question earlier. You went ahead and asked me about an incident in 2001 suggesting it is the reason for something which has been happening since 1947, increased in 1990 – Persecution of Pandits.

    What does Godhra have to do with Pandits being massacred on such large scales? Or, do you care only about the lives of Muslims?

    You remember Post Godhra riots, but don’t care about Godhra train being burnt down? Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Then, why did Zardari and Musharaff both opted to be Presidents of Pakistan?
    Pakistan too has a Westminster style Parliamentary Democracy like India.
    Presidents are not toothless, they have a certain job to do and they do it. He is the protector of the Constitution, but I don’t expect you to understand that. How many Constitution has Pakistan had?
    In the meanwhile, you can write to your Supreme Court asking them to abolish the Presiden’t chair since it too is toothless.
    Pakistanis say the darndest things.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    There is no bill in India which become a law without Presiden’t signature. That is pretty powerful.
    See my reply to Fareed Khan Afridi, you belong to his category.Recommend

  • observer

    “”Hindu Chief minster is Muslim dominated state ”

    I am sure the author has no compunction about minority Muslims invading, occupying, subjugating and ruling over a huge majority of Hindus over a period of 800 years. But, he has a problem if a non-Muslim becomes a chief minister in a majority Muslim state.

    Also, he is fine with Pakistan’s constitution for forever forbids a non-muslim minority becoming President, Prime Minister or other high position. I am sure he will advocate a similar constitutional edict relegating the 40% non-muslim Kashmiris to second class status, if ever Kashmir becomes an independent country.Recommend

  • Eric Kumar

    No power in the world can stop India in abrogating article 370. The practical matter is that Kashmir being already in hands of India it’s very very hard for Pakistan to add it in their real estate. Pakistan tried number of times and out come is quite obvious. Pakistan has million of other problems to tackle , Poverty, terrorism, maulivies, Mullahs, blasphemy law, Taliban, power shortage, unemployment, and list keep going on. Having Kashmir would make country in better shape. Having Kashmir Pakistan become a valley of Roses, Having Kashmir country will get rid of terrorists and Taliban’s. Kashmir will bring Pakistan peace, prosperity and fun. Come on come to some senses and be practical. India would never ever give Kashmir to any power of the world.Recommend

  • Abdur Razzaq

    Please take a stroll through Old delhi and look at the neglect, the squalor and the complete absence of infrastructure by the government.

    Perhaps Delhi has been far away from ‘Vikas’, so why not take a trip to the largest Muslim ghetto (Juhapura) in Divided Ahmedabad, that very city that was home to our ‘vikas purush’ (Development man). Back in 2010 it was in stark contrast to it’s immediate neighborhood. Forget about public schools or roads but heck there was not even proper street lightning. And when you compare the public investment and infrastructure in its neighborhood one realizes it is deliberate.

    Have you tried applying for a loan from a bank with a Muslim name? or perhaps applied for a passport and had to take a trip to the nearest police station with the said name? Or have seen with your naked eyes the bias shown by these cops during incidents of communal rioting? The kind of ‘acceptable’ muslims are the like of Shahrukh or Salman having mixed families or Abdul Kalam azad who was open that he also reads the Gita along with the Quran daily. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not against these individuals they are free to do what they want. But then these are very ones that are somewhat acceptable to the populace in general and even they are at times questioned for their ‘patriotism’ like Shahrukh was.

    When I was in Surabaya I was shocked at knowing that the tamilians and the sindhis have climbed the social and economic ladder in Indonesia and how naive Indonesians still are rosy eyed about India and think of us in terms of Amitabh and Shahrukh. They should come and see the hatred and the hidden contempt a large section of the country has towards Muslims. Perhaps will be an eye opener to these naive Indonesians.Recommend

  • Abdur Razzaq

    Sure thats a very powerful position let me you tell you. About as powerful as that of ‘her highness’, the queen of England.Recommend

  • Abdur Razzaq

    And thank you again for letting me know my ‘category’. That was very non-judgmental on your part. Yes thank you once againRecommend

  • Sane

    So, you accept that Gujarati Muslims were massacred by Hindu fanatics in support with then CM and now PM Modi.Recommend

  • Indian

    I’m begining to see some truth in this. After I read about Emraan Hashmi finding it hard to buy an apartment & Shabana Azmi also agreeing with the existence of an islamophobic bias- I took a look around my home. I live on an expensive residential street & it never occured to me that I never had any muslim neighbours (tenants or owners) -ever.Recommend

  • Secular

    People who hate Modi/Hindutva groups/religious extremists/anti-minority fundamentalists/sangh parivar/bajrang dal/vhp/rss/bjp DON’T hate Hindus. Don’t stereotype the general, peaceful Indian Hindu population with saffron goondas & saffron terror groups.
    I urge you not to write idiotically.Recommend

  • Sadly,Yes

    It is sort of true..( instead of the CM..I would rather say the VHP & law enforcement was responsible for the killings- of course,the c.m.wasn’t asleep )Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    So you why don’t you write a letter to your Supreme Court and PM asking them to abolish this rubber-stamp chair? Will save them a lot of money..

    Tell how bad the Muslims have it when Bangladeshis try to sneak into India. You will find illegal Bangladeshis all over India.

    And, how many Muslims from India sneak into Pakistan?

    The state of Muslims is bad all over the world where they are not in a majority and have no oil, except for a few exceptions.

    In UK, % of Muslims in jail is higher than their population percentage! Pakistani slums too have 100% Muslim don’t they.

    Per capita income of Muslims in India is much higher than Pakistan or Bangladesh.

    Relatively speaking Muslims have it good. At least their women can find solace in the liberal laws of the land, even though their community will try to bring them down like in Shah Bano case.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    How can I deny facts. Facts are facts.

    While you can’t even admit the plight of Pandits and Godhra train massacre, I a Hindu recognize the carnage after Godhra train massacre.

    I also recognize that Gujarat is more peaceful than any city in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Roon

    Trying to justify massacres with more massacres. Typical Anoop. Ever heard that two wrong don’t make a right?Recommend

  • Sane

    Yes, but not for Muslims and other minorities.Recommend

  • Lalit

    if you feel that Shahrukh and Salman became the stars they are,because they have ‘mixed families’ or APJ Abdul Kalam became the president because he said that he read Gita and may be Azim Premji became the richest Man of India because he had ‘Premji'(a Hindu seeming name). their Success had nothing to do with their merit and capabilities….then i do not find a better word than ‘Ignorant’ to describe you. one can see with his naked eyes and the fact is even accepted by Muslim leaders that Indian Muslims in general have an affinity for high fertility,shun education and a general dislike for modernism (which is clear by the archaic fatwas issued by Muftis from time to time), a reflection of which is quiet visible in neighboring country..(Polio workers are of course thankfully not assassinated).living in Ghettos is an obvious outcome.Most of the Muslim (my present Boss is among them)who opted for Education and worked hard achieved everything they wanted in their life.Life is not a bed of roses for an Indian, irrespective of his religion and caste.there may be a fair amount of suspicion in a common Hindu’s mind for a Muslim and vice versa,but let it be very clear as an Institution Indian constitution has not allowed any discrimination,and i tend to believe in my constitution more than any other.Recommend

  • http://www.yahoo.com/ AMINA AMEIN

    From 1990’s to present decade:
    Millions of Kashmirs are killed
    Thousands faced (and are facing) Indian’s army animal-like interrogations
    Girls were raped. Male Children were Killed.
    One ‘Laash’ by Afghan-rented-militants and a ‘Shababshi sum’ from Delhi.
    A complete genocide.
    Void Law. Null Order.

    And You Indians have this one line in reply:
    ‘See what they did to Pundits’
    IF there will be, some time, an award for most Brutal-Genocide in History.
    India Will be honored the distinction in category.Recommend

  • Lalit

    yah and to dispel your doubts ,people from all hues should be forced to settle in your neighborhood… on a lighter note the kind of on screen image Emraan Hasmi enjoys,any ‘Bahu-Beti’ wala worth his name would always contemplate maintaining a safe distance from him.Recommend

  • http://www.yahoo.com/ AMINA AMEIN

    The ironic-optimism you are showing for the people who are fighting for there basic rights from many years.
    Kashmir wants to be Part of Pakistan. From the very first day India is kind of jealous.
    Do you ever read about that Plebiscite sections that had to be followed by India legislated by UN?
    Indian Democrats and its Democracy seems to be a fairy tale.Recommend

  • koshur_batta

    hahahah very nice. You first throw the pandits out and then call them Radical. Recommend

  • koshur_batta

    It’s not how he see’s it. It’s how it is. I am a kashmiri migrant and the reason why I was thrown out of the valley was because of religion, not because of freedom.Recommend

  • koshur_batta

    you most certainly have no clue whatsoever do you? First of all, not all kashmiri’s want to be with Pakistan. Secondly, have you read the UN charter? The first statement says that Pakistan will have to vacate forces from Pakistani side of Kashmir, then it has to vacate all the punjabi settlers in GB. Can you do that?
    Finally, let me ask you a question. how is kashmir a property of Pakistan or muslims when you throw out the original inhabitants out of their own land. You talk about Palestinians, my firend, kashmiri muslims are not Palestinians, it’s hindu’s that are the Palestinians. Kashmir was always a hindu society, until the muslim’s came. Now you claim it as your land. WAH!Recommend

  • koshur_batta

    actually that would goto Gen Niazi for what he did to bengali’s in East Pakistan. Grow up and start reading history.Recommend

  • Parvez

    I respect your sentiments….but kindly read up on the factual position as it stands today.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Less Muslims have died in Gujarat in 10 years combined than any city in Pakistan.

    When are you going to answer my first question about pandits? Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Two wrongs don’t make a right. But when did I justify this massacre? I simply laid out the reason for post godhra riots.

    I am not he one who practices selective humanity – ignore plight of pandits, but talk about Kashmir. Ignore godra train burning but talk about only post godhra riots.

    Off all the comments from you I’ve never seen one which actually admits the plight of Kashmiris Pandits. You have spent time trying to convince me pandits were in neglibible numbers in PoK.

    Why this selective humanity? Aren’t pandits as Kashmiris? Aren’t they humans? Recommend

  • Abdur Razzaq

    Lalit, try changing your name to Abdul Lateef and see if u can find a good house in any of the better localities n Delhi or Mumbai or Bangalore. And then talk about ghettoizzation. I earn quite a lot, am a post grad from a reputed university in the states and I work for a very reputed firm yet had to settle for a sub standard ghetto for a home since no one will even lease me a place in the better part of Delhi forget about allowing me to make a dealRecommend

  • Abdur Razzaq

    Well, just type per capita income india and google will show you that India’s per capita income PPP has always been around 33% less than that of income for the entire 20th century. It overtook Pakistan somewhere between 2005 and 2006 (google will show you a chart and you’ll have it clear by then).

    Secondly knowing that Muslims have been the most poor community in India, you must know that an average Indian muslim must have been much poorer than his Pakistani counterpart for the entire 20th century.

    Atleast don’t let your prejudice cloud your intellect.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Which definition of Pakistan are we taking here? The 1947 one, or the 1971 one? If the 1947 definition of Pakistan, then India has been ahead all along.

    Pakistan has been a rentier state for the West and has no institutions to speak of. The only way it grew and maintained a higher average income is by getting Billions from the West.

    When the dole dried up, Pakistan faced reality.

    Like Saudi Arabia has Oil, but no Human Resources nor any notable centers of learning nor any institutions to fall back on, Pakistan is only slightly better on all these counts. Pakistan had the Western Aid in stead of Oil.

    If you give an illiterate man millions, he will eventually spend it all and he will go back to square one. But, India didn’t those Billions in Aid, it has its people and institutions to fall back on.

    I prefer the latter, don’t you?Recommend

  • Lalit

    you mean to say all Indian Muslims live in Ghettos ?
    It is not unusual in India for people to prefer members of the same communities as their neighbors and its true for even Muslims ,Sikhs,Jains and Christians.This selective approach is shaped by many things like Languages,Cultural aspects and more so food habits.Even Hindus from different cultural backgrounds find it difficult to acquire a home of choice many a time, due to multiple reasons,which technically speaking, is a sort of discrimination.I can understand, it is more difficult for Muslims,with many other things not going in their favor..incidents like Kalyan Boys only add to their miseries.Recommend

  • Abdur Razzaq

    Pakistan started getting big doles from the west during the Afghan Jihad which was designed by the CIA,ISI combine to deal a fatal blow to the USSR notwithstanding the collateral damage to the civilian population. And this was the late seventies. How does that account for the PPP differences in the 50s to the late 70s. Even then in a country as corrupt as Pakistan, you cannot expect those doles to trickle down to the general populace. It is all gobbled up by the likes of Mr. 10%. The Pakistani politicians may not actually be running the show but they sure are at it when it comes to swindling money.

    Secondly there are many nations on the earth like Malaysia, Indonesia, Bermuda, Tunisia that was neither a western favorite nor it has any natural resources to boot yet they do much much better than India. Even unstable Lebanon and War torn Libya has a better HDI than India. And then you have tell me Indian Muslims have the best. Bollocks. The kind of discrimination people face in Housing, Loans, Jobs and the kind of neglect the forced ghettos face means India has a long long way to goRecommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Sadly my attempt to educate you out of you ignorance was not allowed.


    1 Billion a year 1965! Adjust inflation of around 7% per year, what about be the value be in today’s terms? $30 Billion? $50 Billion? Imagine Pakistan getting $50 Bil in a single calender year today!
    So, US has basically bankrolled Pakistan’s Budget, especially in the 50s and 60s.

    No wonder it had better HDI than India! India didnt have a sugar daddy and concentrated on building institutions and Democracy.

    This gulf between India and Pakistan will only exacebate. Pakistan can never become a Democracy, due to its obsession with Kashmir, which in turn keeps Military at the center of Politics. It will never have Land Reforms. It will never stop being a security state.Recommend

  • Venkat Sundaram

    Yeah I can say that it is not the case. i have seen many Muslims who had good education UG and even PG. I studied in a college run by a Muslim there was even Muslim quota in their seats. Also many of the Muslim friends had parents or relatives in the Gulf and none of them were poor since they could afford to pay high college fees since it was a pvt. college. Further more this data may not be accurate and seems to have been done to get Muslim vote banks during Assembly elections going by the published date. Even if this was not the case there is still a stretching of data since even parsis buddhists jains are not in larger numbers compared to Muslims and most of time in gathering of these types of Religious data they are put together along with Hindus.Recommend