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Communalism and Economic Marginalisation of Muslims



Muslims in India

India is a nation that makes up the second largest population of Muslims after Indonesia. Muslims are the largest minority group of India that is about 14.2% out of the total 1.25-billion population. A number of socio-development indices and reports indicate a low status of Muslims. Moreover, the recent rise of religious nationalism and communal conflicts has accelerated the destitution of Muslims and marked a dent in their economic development.

Socio-Economic Facts

Despite India’s rapid economic growth and policy reforms for the development of Muslim minority, there is no improvement in their socio-economic conditions.

According to census 2011, every one out of four beggars in India is Muslim. That is a quarter of the total 370,000 beggars. Muslims are behind in every socio-economic indices. The situation of Muslims is in disparity and apathy. 

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When talking about their development, there are always contrasting views from very different groups. Some ideological groups consider them as a threat to the limited resources. But the Sachar report in 2006 explores and proves the degrading conditions of Muslims in India. The report shows that Muslims are living in extreme poverty and have low literacy among them. Muslims are largely self-employed but they do not have enough access to credit facilities.

Sachar committee even reports that their condition is parallel and sometimes worse than than other backward castes like Schedule Castes. Government development programs were launched in this backdrop but could not make much progress. Still the Government employment rate is 8.5%, a way less than their population ratio.

In higher education, enrollment ratio is low for Muslims that is 13.8% as compared to all India enrollment ratio of 23.6%. 

National Sample Survey Organisation of India also reports that literacy rate among Muslim adult males is lowest within all other religions groups.

Even Muslim population in jails are also growing up.

Rise of Religious Nationalism 

After independence, India adopted a concept of secular state that do not endorse any one religion and there is a separation between state and religion. This concept is the foundation of the peaceful existence of India with such diverse religious groups. But over the time political parties unduly favour or supported one or the other religious groups for their vote bank and created a raft among people. 

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The recent idea of Indian Nationalism seems to be inspired by the British colonial expressions that divided India on communal lines. This ideology presents Indian cultural history separated as ‘Indigenous’ Hindu history and ‘Foreign’ Muslims history. This very notion perpetuates the religious division.

These religious consciousness is not their own but have been crafted by these events over the time. 

The existence of a number of religions in India is organic and progressed over a long period of time.

Though people have different faiths, they share common history, culture and a way of life. This is the reason for the peaceful existence of such a diverse population in India. Current developments like Hijab controversy, biased citizenship laws, derogatory slogans against Muslims can create forceful conflicts within people associated with different religions like the one by the colonial government that divided India on the lines of religion in the past.

People have been reminded of their exclusive rights over the shared resources of India. As a result, people are wasting much of their precious time in grabbing the largest chunk of resources. They are less considering creating even a bigger pie of economic resources out of the world economy. Hence, the most important human resource is wasting its energy and time on issues of religious identities, cultural dominance, who wears what, mending eating habits and curating slogans for hatred.

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Hijab controversy even brings youth into the fold of this futile jibe from the research, development and innovation led environment of universities and schools. Young minds are now captured with low grade issues of proving their originality, greatness and dominance. No matter if they fall way behind the world community in Economic Development, Research and Innovation. 

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Government can not afford to just consider India as a great civilization without a secular, democratic, diverse and tolerant political structure.

Religiously inspired political appeals often use moral and ethical rhetoric for economic austerity reforms and anti corruption measures. 

Religious nationalism defends majoritarianism politics that excludes the minorities from their rights and resources. From the first sight of the appearance of such politics, tensions and conflicts arise among the majority and minority groups.

Largest Violence Outbursts

Largest Violence Outbursts

Babri Masjid demolition in 1992 where an ancient mosque was demolished by the Hindu mob with deaths of around 3000 people mostly of Muslims people. This led to the continuous tensions, riots and conflicts.

Gujarat riots 2002, where hundreds of Muslims were killed, women raped and businesses were burned and destroyed. 

Muzaffarnagar clashes in 2013 erupted among Hindu and Muslims where many died and thousands leave their home and stayed in relief camps and never returned to their places.

Mob attacks on Muslims have become so common that the Supreme Court of India says that it can become a new normal.

According to the Human Rights Watch report, many Muslims have been killed by the so-called cow protection groups.

New Delhi clashes in 2020 resulted in deaths of around fifty people, most of them Muslims as a clash for protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act. This was the worst communal violence in decades of Delhi’s history.

World Views for Rising Discrimination in India

Recently US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken voiced concerns over the rising human rights abuses by government functionaries in India. He shares his commitment with the world’s largest democracy to protect democratic and human rights.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent government agency, in its USCIRF 2020 Annual Report places India as a nation of particular concern with its lowest ranking on religious freedom. This commission even advised the U.S. Government to put sanctions on those Indian officials who are involved in abuses.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a group of fifty Nation States, also urged India to take actions to stop the growing rise of Islamophobia.

United Nations Human Rights Office call new citizenship amendment act as fundamentally discriminatory in nature.

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says that this law can make the people stateless. 

Points to Conclude

Government promises to make India a world factory with the slogans of Make in India and self-reliant India can not be achieved without inclusion and development of its largest minority group. Afterall, how can a big chunk of the population remain idle without economic contribution? Government has to give skills, education, resource access and ability to Muslims to come to the mainstream and become a wheel for economic development and growth of the nation.

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Division of communities on the line of religion and caste will only exacerbate social and religious tensions among the country that will not let the nation become a progressive and leading economy. Indian political groups should rather focus on providing growth, well-being and happiness to its citizens. Hatred, communal fissures and bloodshed will ultimately lead to the doom of all communities irrespective of their affiliated identities.

Progress can only come after peace, tranquillity and togetherness. 

So, its obvious loss for all citizens if conflicts and doubts remain among them for each other.


Jewish Nazism is reality not fiction



Jewish Nazism

I realize that the title of this article might offend and provoke many people, especially those adhering to the Judaic faith. I do know that Jews, like everyone else, are not carbon copies of each other. There are many conscientious Jews who believe in fairness and basic human equality regardless of color, race and faith, and strongly reject racism and chauvinism in any form. Also, I will no longer be using euphemistic language in reference to Jewish Nazism especially in light of the latest Dresden-like bombing of Gaza by the Judeo-Nazi state also known as Israel.

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These people I salute for their rectitude, humanity and morality. They are our natural partners for peace and a better tomorrow for our children and their children.

But there are numerous other Jews who don’t believe in human equality and justice for all. Indeed, there are many Jews, e.g. followers of the hateful Chabad sect, who don’t even ascribe full humanity to people who are not members of the Jewish faith.

Needless to say, the venomous ideology adopted by these racist fanatics has much in common with Aryan Nazism.

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What else can be said to describe an ideology that teaches adherents that the life of a non-Jew has no sanctity and that goyem can be murdered without the slightest compunction or feeling of guilt?

The shocking reactions by the Israeli government, rabbis, and community leaders to the latest abduction, murder and subsequent burning of a Palestinian kids in Gaza are very telling.

In a certain sense, these reactions and attitudes can be compared to the reactions and attitudes of many Germans to the pogroms carried out against Jews by the Nazis prior to and during the Second World War.

The gleefully despicable embrace of the brashly hideous crime by the bulk of the Israeli Jewish society underscores the fact that millions of Jews in Israel and abroad do harbor certain Nazi tendencies, especially against the Palestinian people. These tendencies are too real and too tangible to be overstated.

However, we must call the spade a spade, even at the expense of upsetting the huge Zionist propaganda machine which habitually alters the black into white and the blatant big lie into a “truth” glorified by sheepish westerners who have long been brainwashed into believing that Israel is a modern, civilized and democratic state.

In the final analysis, when Jews (or anyone else) think, behave and act like the Nazis thought, behaved and acted, they simply become Nazis. Pure and simple.

Today, there are numerous Jews who openly call for the physical annihilation of Palestinians as retaliation for the abduction and killing of three Jewish settlers in the West Bank.

Saber-rattling rabbis speak menacingly of the need to adopt “the Biblical way” to combat the Palestinians.

For those not versed in Jewish phraseology, “Biblical way” is euphemism for genocide.

Today, the Israeli media reported that some army personnel openly appealed to the government to “give us the green light to annihilate them.”!!!

Just read what thousands of Jewish youths have been writing on their Facebook pages! It is outrageous, disgusting and sheer evil.

To put it in a nutshell, Nazism is being regurgitated and exuded all over Israel. This is happening in broad daylight while professional liars like Binyamin Netanyahu are filling the ether with all sorts of shameless lies about Israel being victimized by the Palestinians.

Seventy-six years have passed since Kristalnacht. Today Jewish settlers in the west Bank, in close cooperation and coordination, with the Israeli army could very well carry out a huge pogrom against an innocent and helpless community which really finds itself very much in the same precarious and vulnerable position that European Jewry experienced prior to WWII.

I am not a prophet of doom and gloom, but the signs are unmistakably bleak.

A final point, the Palestinian people in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are surviving thanks to the good-will of the international public opinion. Should the international community go into a brief slumber, God forbid, Israel and its own Wehrmacht, SS, Gestapo and Hitler Youth might embark on the unthinkable. Don’t you ever say Jews can’t carry out a holocaust against their victims, the Palestinians?

Words can kill; words do kill.

Unfortunately, the chilling words we are hearing from many Israeli Jews these days leave no room for optimism.

Khalid Amayreh is a Palestinian journalist and political commentator , we lost him on account of natural reasons on 12th of July last year in the Occupied Palestine

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I’m most definitely Palestinian!




In-your-face brutality, unending genocide, unending atrocities, mass slaughter directed against one’s people, one’s brethren, causes the most strong and unimaginable reaction, in response to the oppressor’s horrendous and barbaric deeds. The autocratic, despotic, tyrannical Israeli-hand systematically and with pre-planned engineered precision, massacres, annihilates, eliminates the young and the old Palestinian alike – in the most inhumane and most despicable of ways. Slaughters men, women and children in broad daylight. Bares its blood-thirsty intentions, its monstrous objectives in the most unashamed of ways. Mercy to none – not to the living, not to the severely wounded and dying; no mercy even on the dead or their lifeless remains.

The constant fear of being bombed anytime, rained down with missiles and all manner of munitions from within the vast arsenal of the Israeli side; definitely stockpiled high, with enough buffer inventory of munitions, deadly and lethal stockpile, to blow the receiving side multiple times over; so as not to leave a “shred” of evidence of your original physical-self on the surface of the land, which your people, generations and generations of your ancestors, since time immemorial have dwelt on.

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The inexplicable terror of seeing Israeli drones constantly “floating about” unopposed, in the skies above your unsheltered head. Drones with eyes like that of a greedy dog. Electronic pixels wanting to cast an evil eye, an evil-spell upon your very being. Eyeing upon your existence, wanting to blow-up, tear-up your physical being, seemingly wanting to devour your flesh and body; all by way of a few computer clicks / even the manual computer-clicks now, seemingly, are being replaced by more automated ways of executing these most evil deeds. Software, coded software, written programs to execute on the most Evil-intentions. Evil-intentions of the most evil amongst the human race.

Everybody knows, the Israelis have exterminated with their weaponry, uncountable numbers of Palestinians across a 40, 50km stretch of land, in front of the whole world, over the past so many weeks and months. And retain the capacity, the ability, the power, the means to slaughter, devour many, many more innocent ones, day in, day out.

The Israelis possess American technology, American weapons – the bedrock of their faith, the foundation stone of their belief in their never-ending invincibility. The Palestinians have their faith in Allah; that Allah will redeem his faithful people, from the clutches of these war-mongers, who rain down terror, day and night on the most innocent, the most vulnerable.

Most definitely, the Moslem spirit in me, the Palestinian spirit in me is not defeated; quite to the contrary, it’s rekindled, stronger than ever.

I’m definitely Palestinian, in every sense of the word, and Allah will save us, Allah will have mercy on us, Allah will guide us.

(Note: Azhaar Amayreh is a marketer stuck in war-ravaged Rafah with her child.)The following article is part of a campaign to raise money to help MZEMO contributor Azhaar Amayreh and her family leave Gaza. Please give what you can.

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The futility of counting on the U.S. to pressure Israel



It is really ludicrous to see how dishonest the U.S “mediators” constantly demand that the Palestinians display more “good will” toward Israel at a time when Israel continues to perpetrate a real Holocaust against the hapless and helpless Palestinaians and steal Palestinian land in broad daylight.

It seems amply clear that the current Palestinian leadership, i.e. the Palestinian Authority (PA)  led by Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, neither learns from its own blunders nor from other people’s blunders. This is really a gigantic disaster befalling the Palestinian people and their enduring just cause.

How else can one relate to the unrelenting illogical insistence of the the whole world on accepting the U.S., Israel’s guardian-ally, as “mediator and honest broker” between us and our murderous tormentors and grave-diggers, Israel?

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Indeed, one doesn’t have to be an expert on American foreign policy in the Middle East to know that the U.S represents the problem, not the solution, given its long-standing embrace of Israeli fascism and expansion.  After all, it is the US that not only enabled Israel to actively pursue its lebensraum policy at the expense of its neighbors but consistently shield it from any accountability or international condemnation.

Today, the U.S. administration is criticizing Palestinian “unilateralism” in reference to desperate PA efforts to get the UN Security Council to recognize Palestinian statehood and agree on a deadline for ending Israel’s Nazi-like occupation.

Well, we all know that the U.S. is being pornographically hypocritical when it accuses the virtually vanquished Palestinians of acting unilaterally as if its spoilt nefarious daughter, Israel, were ever acting in full conformity with international law.

Well, Mr. Abbas and Mr. Ereikat: Don’t be too gullible, too sheepish. Ask your American interlocutors, e.g. Mr. John Kerry, the following questions:

Since when did Israel ever behave bilaterally rather than unilaterally?

Was the usurpation of Palestine and expulsion of its indigenous people at the hands of Jewish terrorist gangs hailing from Eastern Europe, a bilateral or unilateral act?

Was the annexation by Israel of East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights a bilateral or a unilateral act?

Was the building of hundreds of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as well as the transfer of 600,000 Jewish settlers to live on a land that belongs not to them a bilateral or unilateral act?

Was the wanton demolition of some 30,000 Palestinian homes by Israel a bilateral or a unilateral act?

Was the annexation of the bulk of the West Bank and East Jerusalem a bilateral or a unilateral act?

And what about this ugly structure, called Separation wall, which resulted in the theft of thousands of acres of private Palestinian land? Was it a bilateral or a unilateral act?

I could go on and on and on listing America’s hypocritical and duplicitous stands on Palestinian grievances and Israeli crimes. Indeed, the U.S dishonest stand on the Palestinian plight has only been consistent in its moral depravity. Indeed, hypocrisy in its most brazen form has always been and continues to be the modus operandi of American policy toward the Palestinian issue. I know it is politically incorrect to speak in this tone. However, truth must not be another victim of the dark evil embrace between the U.S. and Israel.

But morality is not and has never been part of American politics or policies, especially foreign policy. This is why the world looks so ugly, so gloomy and so unjust.

The U.S. is insisting that only a “negotiated” settlement to the Palestinian issue would be acceptable to the U.S.

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In other words, Israel must always have the final say as to any possible peace deal with the Palestinians.

But since Israel would never ever end its occupation or dismantle the settlements, let alone allow for the repatriation of the refugees, it means there can be no negotiated settlement unless the Palestinians agree to surrender to Jewish Nazism. But that will never happen as Muslims, including the Palestinian people, would never allow the Ramallah leadership or any other leadership to commit adultery with the honorable Palestinian cause.

Let’s be honest. The purportedly honest American broker or mediator is neither honest nor a broker or mediator. The proverbial American judge is simply telling the insolent rapist (Israel) and the vanquished rape victim (the Palestinians) to sort it out amongst yourselves. Do we have to be the smartest humans on earth to understand the implications of this brutal ugliness?

It is tantamount to a total American embrace of Israeli fascism. It means that the American stance is actually Israel’s stance. It also means that that the U.S. would never accept or condone any settlement that Israel doesn’t accept.

That is why the Palestinians need to have a moment of truth with themselves.
And the message they need to internalize is that they would have to wait ages if they continued to put their trust in the U.S. to pressure Israel to walk in the path of peace.

Let us face it. Israel will never walk in the path of peace unless it is pressured and bullied to do so. However, Israel would never ever walk in the path of peace as long as it continues to receive nuclear submarines from Germany and the most advanced fighter jets from the U.S.

In a nut shell, America can’t and won’t exert any meaningful pressure on Israel to end its N-a-z-i-like occupation. We all know that Israel controls the American government or at least controls those who control the American government. Israel is intoxicated by its arrogance of power and Talmudic insolence. And the U.S., Israel’s guardian-ally, is not in a position to be an honest mediator and to impose a deal on Israel or even convince her to allow for one that would give the Palestinian a semblance of justice.

What should be done?

We must go ahead with our efforts at the U.N. Security Council, irrespective of American threats to veto any resolution favorable to the Palestinian cause. At least casting the veto would embarrass America itself and its treacherous Arab allies (they are not actually allies but cheap slaves and puppets as we all know).

We Palestinians must be confident of our inevitable triumph over Zionism and its evils. Yes, it may take time, but eventually Zionism won’t live forever in a sea where hundreds of millions live.

Khalid Amayreh is a Palestinian journalist and political commentator , we lost him on account of natural reasons on 12th of July last year in the Occupied Palestine

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