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Raj Thackeray and the tale of Azaan Loudspeakers



The MNS chief, Raj Thackeray, took Maharashtra by storm with his statements on Azaan Loudspeakers. The leader made it very clear to the Maharashtra government and the crowds of the state that he’d be forced to take unimaginable steps if the government doesn’t stop the use of Loudspeakers in front of Mosques.

Azaan Loudspeakers
Raj Thackeray – MNS Chief

This created quite some buzz among the citizens of Maharashtra state and sent the Muslims down a lane of confused fear. While addressing the Journalists and people who assembled in the MNS Chief Office, Pune, Raj Thackeray urged all the ‘Hindu Patriots’ to stay ready on May 3rd. It is either the removal of Mosque Azaan Loudspeakers or the rage of the Hindu Patriots.

What are Azaan Loudspeakers?

According to Islamic beliefs, ‘Azaan’ means the ‘call to prayer. The mosque is the holy place where the Muslim men gather to offer prayers to ‘Allah’. This happens five times a day, a repeat on every single day of the week, month, and years to come. This practice became a part of every Muslim household from time immemorial.

In ancient times when there were no tools like clocks and stopwatches, a high priest from the mosque would recite the Azaan on the loudspeaker to intimate the Muslim brothers that it is time for prayer. Anyone who is within the vicinity of the mosque would come to do ‘Namaz’ and reminisce the divine aura of ‘Allah’.

The call for prayer is a beautiful recital that awakens the senses of Muslims and prepares them to pray with fresh minds. It became a habit and a tradition that is not easy to forget.

Raj Thackeray’s Ultimatum

Raj Thackeray 'Hanuman Chalisa
Thackeray’s Ultimatum for 3rd May

The MNS Chief gave an ultimatum to the Maharashtra government that if they fail to remove or stop the usage of Azaan Loudspeakers by May 3rd, he’d have the Hindu men play ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ right in front of the mosques. And if required and possible, they would even play it five times a day, louder than how the mosques play ‘Azaan’.

On the occasion of Gudi Padwa or the Maharashtrian New Year, Thackeray said that he was not looking to create communal differences. He emphasized that his statements are only the voice of all those people who get disturbed because of Azaan.

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According to the government rules, there should be no use of loudspeakers before 6 AM. However, ‘Azaan’ is allowed. He said this disturbs several people who live in the vicinity.  

“If they don’t remove their loudspeakers, then ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ will play. They will have to hear our holy prayer if possible five times a day” The MNS Leader said to the gathered assembly.

He further said that rules should be the same for everyone in the country. And nothing is above the law and order established. He cited the examples of political rallies and Ganesh, Navratri Utsav.

Thackeray’s Statements

“We need to take permission to use loudspeakers during political rallies. Hindus need to take permission before setting up loudspeakers during Navratri and Ganesh Utsav. Who gave permission to these mosques to use loudspeakers for Azaan?” Raj Thackeray strongly said.

He addressed the journalists and party men, “If these clerks sitting in the mosques feel that their religion is bigger than the country and its rules, then it is not like that at all”

The Following Tension about Azaan Loudspeakers

There were discussions about mosques and the usage of loudspeakers before as well. However, with the involvement of a political leader, the tension heightened by several folds. The police and authorities quickly straightened up to avoid any unwanted disturbances in the state. 

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The Supreme Court of India released orders that ‘all loudspeakers’ have to be initially registered and only the ones with permission should play the sounds. However, Raj Thackeray stressed that many mosques were not following these rules. He urged the government to intervene and establish the same grounds of justice for everyone. He said he was only against the ‘illegal’ usage of loudspeakers. 

The Police’s Preparation

Loudspeaker row
Police outside Raj Thackeray’s residence on 3rd May

The Home Department released a statement that Mumbai police were ready to handle any untoward situation if it were to arise. They identified the sensitive areas and had special forces keeping a close eye on the situation.

The government also registered the call that Raj Thackeray openly made to them. While they did approve the use of loudspeakers in most of the mosques, there were several that didn’t get permission yet.

And these were identified as sensitive areas and the MNS leader was also pointing out these places.

On the day of May 3rd…

Like MNS Chief Raj Thackeray already said, his party members were ready to take the step if anyone were to break the rules. Their keen eye was on every Azaan Loudspeaker in the state. Most of the mosques adhered to the Supreme Courts’ orders and did not play ‘Azaan’ on loudspeakers before 6 AM. However, the clerks recited ‘Azaan’ without the loud noise and the people reached their praying place as usual.

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Raj Thackeray urged leaders from across the state to do ‘Maha Arti’ with loudspeakers playing ‘Hanuman Chalisa’. And the tagline is – if the government and mosques do not take the call seriously. MNS Secretary Ajay Shinde along with six others was arrested for performing ‘Maha Arti’ in Khalkar Hanuman Mandir, Pune. Though there was no violence, the Police arrested Shinde and the men as a preventive measure. They said it was to avoid the possible violence after the Aarti.

Several Mosques did not play ‘Azaan’. Raj Thackeray stated that he received support from several parts of the state, including Muslims too. He said it was a social issue and not religious. Loud noises early in the morning are a disturbance to sleep irrespective of religious beliefs.

The Azaan Loudspeakers issue became a tool for certain sections of the crowd to start communal wars. Around 250 MNS party workers were arrested for playing Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers. There was no bloodshed and the police were already in-game to prevent any mishaps.

135 Mosques played loudspeakers before 6 AM, against the rules established by the Supreme Court. The Home Department urged that appropriate action must be taken against breaking the rules. 

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To the peoples of the world: Israel is Carrying out a holocaust against Palestinian families



Israel is carrying out a holocaust against Palestinian families.

Yes, Israel is not sending Palestinians to gas chambers. But Israel is bringing Auschwitz and Mauthhausen to Palestinian homes, neighborhood, hospitals and mosques.

The title of this brief article is not a hyperbole or a dramatic overstatement meant to attract attention or gain sympathy. It is rather a reflection of reality.

Indeed, if a holocaust is about annihilating people, especially civilians and Palestinian families, the Israeli army, the Wehrmacht of our time, has been exterminating entire Palestinian families-the father, the mother and all the children.

We are not speaking about one isolated incident or a few incidents where one stray missile hit a home inadvertently or children killed as a result of collateral damage.

We are rather talking about carrying out a real holocaust against Palestinian families, an official policy endorsed and pursued by the government of Israel to wipe out numerous Palestinian households for the purpose of bringing the Palestinians to their knees.

This is Israel’s way of wreaking shock and awe on the defenseless and helpless Palestinians.

So far, more than 25 thousand entire Gaza households have been targeted by Israeli bombing. More than 12 thousands have been killed half of them are children and women.

Just imagine your own family being annihilated by a missile launched from high altitude. This nightmare has effectively become a routine experience in Gaza.

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Israel today is emulating the Nazis and other criminal offenders throughout history. Don’t invoke the mantra of anti-Semitism. In the final analysis, when Jews think, behave and act like the Nazis thought, behaved and acted, they (the Jews) become Nazis themselves, pure and simple.

Yes, I do recognize there are many kind-hearted Jews who reject this Nazi-like savagery. None the less, we must call the spade a spade. These atrocities are being enthusiastically supported by the vast majority of Israelis, including ordinary people, intellectuals and rabbis. Israel-2023 does have much in common with Nazi-Germany. Claiming otherwise would be both dishonest and malicious.

Real holocaust

Israel, a notorious professional liar whose agents control western media outlets from Sydney to California, is misleading the international community as to what is really happening in the Gaza Strip.

A regional military superpower thanks to unrestricted American backing and support, Israel is simply waging a war of extermination against a thoroughly persecuted people whose only “crime” is its enduring vigor and longing for freedom from the shackles of Talmudic Jewish Nazism, a Satanic ideology which views all humanity-save Jews-as animals whose lives have absolutely no sanctity.

There is no doubt that the ongoing Israeli rampage of murder and terror is an expression of that genocidal Talmudic mentality. It is a mindset that is even more nefarious than the Nazi ideology.

We Palestinians have been at the receiving end of Jewish criminality and murderousness for several decades. We know it too well and need no one to give us lectures on “Israel’s civility and humanity”

In the final analysis, a country that murders thousands of children and other innocent civilians rather knowingly and deliberately in order to create deterrence is neither civilized nor humane. It is tantamount to fornicating with truth to call Israel humane and civilized.

The truth of the matter is that Israel is a diabolical Judeo-Nazi entity that has much in common with the Third Rich.

Yes, Israel is not sending Palestinians to gas chambers. But Israel is bringing Auschwitz to Palestinian homes, neighborhoods and streets. Israel is carrying out a real holocaust against innocent Palestinian families.

This is not really a war. War is fought between armies. The Palestinians don’t have an army, or navy or air force. The Palestinians simply can not protect their own children from overwhelming barbarianism, played out in full view of the entire world.

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Yes, there have been projectiles fired on Jewish colonies from the Gaza Strip, but these projectiles are essentially innocuous from the military view point as evident from the nearly zero casualties incurred by Israelis.

Indeed, when there is one dead on one side and 300 on the other side, including 50 children and babies, in addition thousands of maimed civilians and swathes of pornographic destruction of property, we are not really talking about war, even an asymmetrical war. We are actually talking about a real massacre, a massacre that is reminiscent of the time when the Nazis ganged up on European Jewry 70 years ago.

This very real massacre, holocaust, wouldn’t have been carried out had it not been for the flaccidity and leniency and silence displayed in Israel’s face by the bulk of the international community.

This is not to mention the connivance, collusion and conspiratorial roles played by several criminal states and governments, including the United States, a majority of European governments and especially the whore-like Sissi regime in Cairo which is shamelessly and brazenly siding with Israel against the Palestinian people.

But never mind, another massacre, another blitzkrieg, another conspiracy won’t finish our people off. It is our kismet that we must die in order to survive.

But those in Washington and London and Cairo who are watching rather passively, probably gleefully, as our children are being incinerated and murdered at the hands of the children, grand children and great-grand children of the holocaust, will one day pay the price for their murderous complicity and ignominy.

We will not forgive or forget.

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Israel: A criminal state par excellance



Israel: a criminal state par excellance

In its exaggerated self-infatuation and excessive narcissism, Israel, a criminal state par excellence, often claims it is light upon mankind.

Zionist Jews, who falsely claim allegiance to the prophetic traditions of ancient Israel, are actually mostly atheists.

In fact, Zionism has more in common with the most infamous paragons of evil throughout history than with such Hebrew luminaries as the Prophet Moses, Aaron, Jacob, Joseph, David, and Solomon.

Indeed, ever since its misbegotten birth in 1948, a birth fraught with crimes against humanity, Israel’s modus operandi has been an uninterrupted series of atrocities, oppression, persecution, inequity, and racism.

Thus, Israel, A criminal state par excellence, is also a great falsifier of truth, history by claiming a higher moral ground vis-à-vis the Palestinians, its largely-unwept victims who are still crying to the seventh heaven for justice.

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Israel is already starving and tormenting 1.6 million Gazans, denying them food, clean water, and other necessities of life. The 17-year draconian siege is apparently meant to punish Gazans for electing Hamas which simply refuses to recognize Israel for religious and moral reasons. The international community  sought to overlook Israel’s  real crimes against humanity inflicted repeatedly  on  some two million helpless Palestinians languishing under a N-a-z-i-like siege imposed and maintained by Israel.

Israel portrays herself as a beacon of light in a sea of dictatorship, tyranny, and oppression,

What Israel, a criminal state par Excellance, refuses to tell the world, however, is the fact that the Jewish state through its ubiquitous tentacles in America, Europe and elsewhere to enable, shield, sustain, and support tyrannical regimes in the region such as the Sissi police state in Egypt, the feudal regimes in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain.

Israel, a notorious professional liar whose agents control western media outlets from Sydney to California, is misleading the international community as to what is really happening in Jerusalem and in the Gaza Strip.

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Israel, ruled by supremacist and megalomaniac Jews who think that no country or entity under the sun has a right to criticize Israel’s appalling maltreatment of the Palestinians, believes it has an unending free season on its victims.

Those are the Nazi-minded ideologues who are indoctrinated in Talmudic Jewish supremacy and who believe that the non-Jews lives have no sanctity , those are the Talmudic thugs who believe that the Palestinians must either be expelled or massacred .

As to its victims, Israel seeks always to demonize and dehumanize them so that the world will react indifferently if not callously when Israel murders them, expels them from their homes, steals their land and property as well as demolish their homes, a nearly daily callous practice the state of the Jews carries out in the West Bank.

Israel was born in sin. It will always be a sinful state, no matter what we read in the New York Times and the Washington Post or what we see on CNN and Fox News.

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World passively watching as Israel perpetrates open-ended massacre in Gaza



The Israeli army, which can be called the Jewish Wehrmacht given its Nazi-like behavior, continues to pound the Gaza Strip from ground, sea and air. According to sources in Gaza, virtually all targets hit so far are civilians.

As many as 3500 Palestinians, virtually all of them civilians, have been reported killed so far. Thousands others were injured, many sustaining life-threatening wounds.

The scenes of mutilated and maimed children, some of whose bodies are seen protruding through the rubble of their homes, destroyed by missiles fired by American-supplied F-16 fighter jets, seem to verify the view that Israel is targeting Palestinian civilians in Gaza knowingly and deliberately.

Israeli leaders and military officials are openly gloating over the high death toll among Palestinian civilians. They blame Hamas for the orgy of killing. However, virtually all Palestinians don’t buy the Israeli logice.

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As we all know, this is not the first time Israel indulges in such war crimes.

Israel has always been a regular perpetrator of war crimes . Indeed, one would exaggerate very little by arguing that Israel itself is a war crime or a crime against humanity.

I am not going to spend time refuting Israeli hasbara lies, blaming Hamas for the latest conflagration. Having been a vigilant observer of Israeli behavior for several decade , I can honestly argue that honesty and Israel can not really be used in the same sentence. Israel and honesty are an eternal oxymoron.

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As always, Israel violated the uneasy truce reached through Egyptian mediation in 2002. Israeli leaders, proceeding from the Talmudic ideology which views all non-Jews as lesser human beings or virtual animals, don’t feel bound by agreements or treaties reached with “Goyem.

People in the west, long duped and brainwashed by Zionist propaganda, may raise they eyebrows when reading these words. But we who live with these Judeo-Nazis and have been at the receiving end of their murderousness and evilness know better.

We don’t need and won’t accept lectures about the “humanity and civility” of the N-a-z-i-s of our time.

Hamas and other Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza don’t constitute an existential threat to Israel, which has one of the strongest military machines in the world.

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In fact, the claim that Gaza is threatening Israel is infinitely ridiculous. The thoroughly-starved and hermetically blockaded Gazans have a hard time feeding their children, let alone pose any meaningful threat to the N-a-z-i Germany of our time, a pugnacious state that more or less tightly controls the most powerful country under the sun, the United States.

It is sad and lamentable that a country of 320 million has allowed itself to be enslaved by Zionist pressure groups, hell-bent on prostituting America and eviscerating it of any semblance of morality for Israel’s sake.

Palestinians have resist Jewish terror

But the Palestinians can not take their very survival for granted. They can’t rely on the so-called international community to shield them against Jewish N-a-z-i-s-m.

Indeed, if the Palestinians don’t defend themselves, who is going to defend them? Obama? Merkel? Or Puten?

Hence, the valiant Palestinian determination to put up a semblance of resistance to the Jewish Wehrmacht. The Israeli assault on Gaza is not an assault on Hamas; It is rather a nefarious aggression against the entire Palestinian people. It is intended to break our people’s will to resist Israeli Nazism. Pure and simple.

To put the matter in a nutshell, the Palestinians in Gaza are simply defending themselves against an overwhelming evil force that is hell bent on ethnically cleansing them and stealing their motherland. Our fighters don’t fire their home-made missiles on Israel because they want to spill Jewish blood. They do it because this is the only means they possess to deter a cannibalistic enemy that can only feel good if and when it spills Palestinian blood.

Besides, the problem with Israel didn’t begin last week or last year.

Just remember that many of the people being now bombarded and murdered by the Jewish Wehrmacht are actually children, grand children and great grand children of the original Palestinian refugees that Israel massacred or brutally expelled out of their homes when the evil state was created in Palestine in 1948.

Hence, the Palestinians in Gaza can not really be terrorists if only because they were never the initiator of violence and terror. The Palestinians were living peaceably in their towns and villages, mostly leading a simple pastoral life until waves of Khazari Jews, who had no real connection with the ancient Israelites, invaded Palestine with the aid of Western countries, especially the evil empire, the United Kingdome.

Yes, it was Britain that put the venomous Jewish snake in the bed of the Palestinian child. Britain, as Noam Chomsky wisely said, can not claim innocence or argue that it didn’t know the snake was so poisonous.

Gaza Massacre: Surviving by dying

Today, Palestinians are sacrificing their lives for their freedom, dignity and survival. This is what they have always been doing from time immemorial. We are very much children of martyrs who were themselves children of martyrs. We survived despite a harsh history of plots and conspiracies that aimed to eradicate us as a people from the face of earth.

We in Gaza will survive the latest Israeli blitz as well

However, the world community ought to feel ashamed for watching the Nazi Germany of our time gang up on a defenseless people in Gaza whose only crime is that it is not part of “the holy tribe,”

This conspicuously immoral world , which doesn’t respect any modicum of respect, will surely have a precarious future. It will face ultimate demise.

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