Fooling Muslims (Part B)
If there ever was a ‘text book’ for acting, Robert De Niro would be that text book. Among many of the famous characters he played, his fascinating portrayal of Travis Bickle, a loner who degenerates into a psycho cleaning up the scum off the streets of New York or a ticking time-bomb as is often described; in Taxi Driver is a legend.
So it was joyful to see two actors I admire the most together on the same platform. The question in my mind, though, is why would De Niro agree to be at some silly THINK fest of Tehelka? Not just because the event is corrupt but because RDN has never been known to speak much. He rarely gives interviews, not known to talk much to the media and even when he does he hardly has much to say. He didn’t say much at the Tehelka THINK2013 either. Shoma Chaudhary eulogised Taxi Driver in her chat with RDN. I wonder if Tehelka can say about itself “It’s clean… it’s real clean, like my conscience” like Bickle says in the first scene about his driving record. I wonder what part of Tehelka’s conscience, if there is one, is clean. Well, RDN is a big supporter of Barack Obama and maybe the secret lies in there. Time will tell. But it does cost a lot to host these legends so you can imagine the funds involved. How a rag like Tehelka operates is explained in my post “The fearless extortionists”. They even used extortion with former Goa CM Digambar Kamat it seems. Someday someone should investigate how the owners of Tehelka have acquired funds for THINKing and real estate worth crores.
However, it’s another guest at Tehelka’s THINK that has been catching everyone’s attention. The picture looks funny because it has a Union Minister in it too. If these people weren’t known public figures you could have mistaken it for a reception area where job applicants are waiting to be interviewed.
There’s P. Chidambaram and there’s the Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef. Some might remember, Zaeef used to be the Taliban spokie after the 9/11 attacks when the US threatened to attack Afghanistan if ‘Osamaji’ wasn’t handed over. His comic utterances back then sure made everyone have a good laugh. I hope that’s what Tehelka was looking for this time too. Mullah Zaeef came and told the Goa gathering how Taliban had equal rights for women and all. I suppose what he meant was both men and women are stoned equally or had their heads chopped off equally under the Taliban. This invitation of an extremist is not to gain some intellectual insight. It is simply to fool many Muslims in India who still believe Osamaji was good as is the Taliban. It’s like Barkha Dutt running to Imran Khan or Parvez Musharraf whenever there’s a crisis in NDTV or Muslims in India have rioted or been arrested. These jokers assume Indian Muslims can be permanently fooled. Where do they get their inspiration? The politicians, of course! The Congress, SP, JDU, RJD and lately AAP party have made this a permanent feature of their campaigns. Scumbags like Tehelka gently back the campaign. Sometimes “secret admirers” with money bags also dictate who should be at your party.
Following up that excellent Talibani Ambassador for humanity Zaeef was Syed Ali Geelani. The Kashmiri separatist was released by the J&K govt (probably with the connivance of the Centre) to meet a visiting Pak diplomat in Delhi. Never mind why the guy should be allowed that meeting, we need to impress Muslims in Kashmir. So Geelani returns the favour the very next day by stating stone pelting and guns can solve the Kashmir problem. I'm sure Muslims are thrilled with such macho statements. Err… Okay, we get it! Now who can possibly disagree with that? Not even the GOI or its spokies have disagreed.
Some days back the Congis screamed ‘you can’t steal Sardar from us, he is our property’. So when Arvind Kejriwal went and sucked up to tainted Mullah Tauqueer Raza the Congis screamed ‘you can tear down Bharat Maa banners and you may not sing Vande Mataram but you have no business to steal our Mullah’. Oops! How dare this AK! So Congi liar-in-chief Digvijaya Singh and Tariq Anwar of NCP rushed to Bareilly and repossessed the Mullah and asserted their property rights.
Diggy also certified that Mullah Raza is not communal and is a very secular person. Who can disagree with that either? From mere appeasement this has fast morphed into comic fooling of Muslims by ‘owning’ Mullahs. At this rate the Mullahs would be smart to put a price on their heads or auction themselves. But are Muslims buying this nonsense?
Shahid Siddiqui, a journalist and also a former member of the SP, earned contempt from his party and other ‘sickulars’ for interviewing Modi and finding a few of his contentions reasonable. (Nothing new, the Congi head in Mumbai has asked Lata Mangeshkar be stripped of her Padma and Bharat Ratna for endorsing Modi as PM). You see, a Muslim journo interviewing Modi is blasphemy but a scumbag like Tehelka inviting a Taliban founder is THINK. That also explains the Congi sympathy for terrorists when the GOI gives visas to such Taliban clowns. It’s election season, let’s keep the Muslims happy. This is where we cut back a bit to the past.
In the 2012 UP election campaign there was Salman Khurshid kicking and screaming for reservations of Muslims. He wanted to prove he was the biggest champion of Muslims and even said he would ensure the rights of ‘pasmanda’ (backward) Muslims even if the EC "hangs" him (that’s reservations for Muslims from OBC quotas). Wow! In recent times there has been no greater theatre to fool Muslims because even Khurshid would have known what he proposed was unconstitutional. Then there was the Andhra govt which announced compensation to Muslim youth wrongly detained by police for terror attacks. I don’t mind the compensation at all but why only Muslims? And there is no law that provides for such compensation. The Andhra HC first struck it down and then withdrew its order for reconsideration.
There was Kamal Farooqui who exhibited exemplary moronery by stating Yasin Bhatkal was arrested because he was a Muslim. Of course, don’t forget the Lalus and Paswans who thought campaigning with ‘Osamaji’ look-alikes will tempt Muslims to vote for them. It has taken time for many Muslims to wake up to the fact that many of these politicians had taken them for idiots. Either that or some Muslims certainly need introspection on why some in their community were so inspired by Osamaji.
Should a Muslim step out of line and acknowledge progress is equal for all he will be condemned like Ghulam Vastanvi was by the establishment and the media. He also lost his job as the head of Darul Uloom. Any Muslim, particularly from Gujarat, claiming he has progressed will have no credibility but scumbaginis like Teesta Setalvad will be given Padma awards. The moment Modi started talking about Maulana Azad the Congis started realising that there are more heroes in our freedom struggle other than Nehrus and Gandhis. Here’s what Zafar Sareshwala of Gujarat, who frequently appears on TV as a panellist, asks of Muslims on a CNN-IBN blog:
Sareshwala notes “These crumbs thrown at the Muslims proved double-whammy because they did not effect any change in the lives of the Muslims and all the time they were accused of being appeased”. There is just one correction I would make in his statement. It’s not as if Muslims were being “accused of being appeased”, it is the sickular politicians who are being accused of appeasement without the real intention of delivering progress and of treating Muslims merely as a votebank. Alarming truth that never dawns on people is that wherever these politicians hoodwink Muslims there has been no progress for any community. All communities suffer equally as they do in UP. The same sickulars like Kejriwal, Digvijaya and their clan believe that pleasing and appeasing Mullahs takes care of Muslims because they believe the Mullahs are also the “political” leaders of Muslims. So, forget the people, own the Mullahs! Sareshwala is not alone. Post the Patna blasts some newspaper carried a passionate letter by a Muslim student (this is from the net and I don’t know which newspaper) and the strong yearning in Muslim youth to distance themselves from the terrorists can be seen in his words:
The student, Md Shadan Arfi, wants “fatwas” to be issued against the terrorists and their organisations. That’s an excellent question to all the fatwa-issuing Mullahs. It’s also a question the media and politicians don’t ask of the Mullahs. And if all that isn’t enough yesterday there was a student enrolled into the “Diggy School of Terror Management”. Congi Shankarsinh Vaghela concocted a bizarre theory that BJP/RSS were hiring Muslims, training them in bomb-making and terrorism and inducting them into the Indian Mujahideen. Not just that, the BJP is also funding the Indian Mujahideen says Vaghela. Oh yes! I know of one Ayesha Bano who regularly attends BJP meetings in Delhi under the watchful eyes of snoop-dog Vaghela. I guess Vaghela also saw her at RSS shakhas in Nagpur. She operates some 51 bank accounts to launder hawala money and is in the news after being arrested for allegedly funding the Patna bombers. These are desperate measures at their Himalayan best. Shinde’s letter to all CMs to not arrest innocent Muslim youth can’t be explained by even Einstein. How in hell is a CM supposed to preclude anyone being arrested is innocent? It would have been more sensible for Shinde to say “don’t arrest any Muslim”.
The mother of all desperate measures in fooling Muslims came from none other than Dr. Rahul Gandhi, International expert in Terrorism, Communal Riots & ISI. Dr.RG grandly screamed in Indore on October 24 that Muslim youth who were in the relief camps after the Muzaffarnagar riots were being lured by the ISI; obviously for terrorist activities. He also blamed the BJP for the riots. Nothing new from the Congis but the history of communal riots in India has the stamp of Congress all over it. The party also boasts of India's most communal politician. He not only dumbfounded his own party and a hapless crawling media but he even stunned the Muslims. Every Muslim group and organisation had nothing but condemnation for his stupidity. I don’t care if the BJP complained to the EC. I don’t care if the EC takes any action. For once, I’m glad Muslims aren’t falling for these stupid tricks and deceptions. "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me" Sareshwala, Shahid Sidiqui and that student are saying exactly that.
Fooling Muslims concludes.
Desperate Measures series… to be continued.
Previous parts: 1) Poor Shayari of RahulG 2) Emotional blackmail 3) Disguised dictatorship 4) Lie like hell 5) Removing Modi 6) Fooling Muslims (Part A)