Muslim Leaders Do Not Reject ‘Sar Tan Se Juda’ Philosophy – Hindu Right Press on Udaipur Murder

New Delhi: Muslim leaders reacting to the murder in Udaipur are not outright rejecting the ‘Sar Tan Se Judah‘ (beheading), the English spokesperson for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Organizer, said.

The editorial in Organizer accused certain “actors” of encouraging radicalism, in particular “the communists, the NGOs, academics, think tanks, secular politicians, human rights activists like Teesta Setalvad, and fake news peddlers posing as fact checkers like [AltNews co-founder] Zubair”.

“All of these actors are cultivating hateful minds and giving fanatics confidence to get justice for themselves,” the editorial read.

The arrest of AltNews co-founder Mohammed Zubair, the need to reform Islam, the formation of a new government in Maharashtra and the fall of the rupee were among other issues that found a voice in the right-wing Hindu press last week .

ThePrint brings you a look at what’s been making headlines in the pro-Hindutva press over the past week.

“Including Kafirophobia”

Referring to the Udaipur murder, the alleged links of the accused Ghaus Mohammed and Riyaz Attari with Dawat-e-Islami, a Pakistan-based organization of the Sufi-Barelvi sect of Sunni Islam, the Organizer The editorial added: “Such organizations propagate and practice Islam worldwide according to hadith, injecting and inculcating kafirophobia, an intrinsic hatred towards non-believers of Islam.”

“Of course Ghaus and Riyaz are the real enforcers. Yet the fundamentals that shaped their minds and the agents that carry those teachings are the guilty equals of the process,” it reads.

In a opinion piece for which he wrote News18RSS official Rajiv Tuli said the Udaipur murder was “the work of an exclusivist Islamist ideology which regards coexistence with people of other faiths as a detestable idea”.

“Islamic fundamentalism is a global phenomenon. The aim of this movement is to return to the “original” principles of Islam as they were followed in seventh century (sic) Arabia. The dangerous part of this philosophy is that it enjoins the Islamist believer to convert all other non-believers to Islam through force, violence and power,” Tuli added.

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“Is Zubair a journalist?

A editorial in Panchjanyathe Hindi spokesman for the RSS, interviewed people who gave their support to New Alternatives co-founder Mohammed Zubair after his arrest. Zubair was arrested by Delhi police last month for allegedly hurting religious feelings with a four-year-old tweet featuring a still from a 1983 film by director Hrishikesh Mukherjee.

“Who are these people waving the hashtag ‘I stand with Zubair’ in the name of freedom of expression when the community hate campaign launched by Mohammed Zubair against Nupur [Sharma] resulted in the beheading of tailor Kanhaiya Lal of Udaipur,” the editorial asked.

Referring to statements by the Editors Guild of India and the Press Club of India condemning Zubair’s arrest, the editorial added: “These two institutions are there to look after the interests and affairs of journalists. Is Zubair a journalist? So why are these organizations coming forward in his defense? What is their constraint? »

“Hindu Lives Matter”

Organizerin its cover story titled “Hindu Lives Matter”, cited a decades-old article on Islam by historian Sita Ram Goel, who has acquired a reputation to “expose Nehruvian fallacies”.

“Islam has imposed an emergency on India, so that everyone has perfect ‘freedom’ to praise their Allah, their prophet, their scriptures, their history and their heroes, but get into trouble if they say that Islam should answer some questions”, the says the cover story, quoting Goel’s article.

Goel’s article goes on to say that the average Muslim “ignores what is written in the Islamic scriptures”, has the “normal moral notions of his Hindu neighbours”, adding that “Muslim theologians and politicians exploit his ignorance and mobilize him in the streets by attributing him to the enemies of Islam (sic).

Calling Goel’s words “relevant even today”, the cover story added: “The state of emergency which Islam had imposed after its advent in India and which had long caused resentment among Hindus, was now fully sanctioned by the Hindu elite.”

“All religions were equal. But Islam was more egalitarian. No wonder Muslims have acquired an unprecedented sense of self-satisfaction; they had won a triumph their sword had not won for them in over a thousand years.

“Fictional notion that Islam is in danger”

RSS ideologue Ram Madhav called for reform of Islam in a article for new age islam – a Delhi-based website founded by Sultan Shahin, a columnist who writes about Islamic theology and Muslim politics.

Writing that political correctness “has prevented” many from highlighting the radicalization of young Indian Muslims, Madhav said: “This radicalization of individual Muslims, on the fictitious notion that ‘Islam is in danger’, began with the rise in power of organizations like the Islamic Organization of Abdul Nasser Madani. Sevak Sangh in Uttar Pradesh in the mid-1990s, and continues to this day through outfits like the People’s Front of India (PFI) in Kerala.

“Islamic radicalism has grown in West Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan due to state patronage. But in India, it is the ecosystem of political apologists and liberal intellectuals, coupled with the stone silence, if not tacit support, of Muslim leaders that emboldens these radical groups and individuals,” Madhav wrote.

He further alleged that intelligence agencies in states where a non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is in power, such as Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan, “refuse” to do their part to fight against Islamic radicalization.

Central agencies, like the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the National Investigation Agency (NIA), are working hard to curb the activities of radical groups that promote terror and violence, Madhav added.

Quoting a interview which he gave to ThePrint, Madhav wrote that some well-meaning Muslim scholars responded to his statement that Muslims should “reject concepts like yoummah, kafir and jihadinsisting that such concepts had a different meaning.

“But what good is it to speak to the Hindus of a ‘different meaning’, when the medersa and the mosque is constantly spreading hate and exclusivity! How does this help to hide behind the facetious argument of ‘Islamophobia’ when some Hindus stress the need for reform,” Madhav asked.

Eknath Shinde’s “masterstroke”

Throwing his weight behind Maharashtra’s new chief minister Eknath Shinde, journalist Dibya Kamal Bordoloi in a opinion piece for Organizer called Shinde’s Hindutva appeal a “game changer”.

“Shiv Sena’s lost ideology over the past two and a half years as an MVA partner [Maha Vikas Aghadi] in Maharashtra with the Congress and the NCP was an obvious reason for Shiv Sainiks to join the rebel group. More rebel Shiv Sena MPs started joining the Shinde group in Guwahati. The rebel strength was increasing day by day, which also increased the concern of the Uddhav Thackeray faction of the Shiv Sena,” Bordoloi wrote.

Hailing his appointment as a “masterstroke”, Bordoloi wrote that Shinde was sworn in as Chief Minister of Maharashtra with the “full support of the Bharatiya Janata Party”.

“Earlier, Shinde, who led the rebels, was to be sworn in as deputy chief minister and Fadnavis as chief minister after losing power in 2019 when the Shiv Sena left a pre-election alliance with the BJP and formed a government in alliance with the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party. Thackeray’s resignation culminated Fadnavis’ campaign to overthrow the MVA government,” Bordoloi wrote.

The increase in the trade deficit at the origin of the fall of the rupee

Swadeshi PatrikaSwadeshi’s monthly magazine Jagran Manch, affiliated with RSS, published a editorial in its June edition on the fall of the rupee against the US dollar, blaming it on global inflation and imports from China.

“The question is whether a gradual depreciation of the rupee is inevitable or whether it is impossible to formulate a strategy to strengthen the rupee. For a long time, the policy of free trade has been adopted by governments and imports have been allowed at least by import duties,” the editorial reads.

“Due to the dumping of imports into the country by many countries, including China, not only has our trade deficit increased in an unprecedented manner, but our industries have also been affected and our dependence on imports has increased. increased (sic) Simultaneously The increase in the trade deficit had a direct impact on the demand for dollars and caused a depreciation of the rupee.

“A decrease in imports can reduce the demand for the dollar. On the other hand, due to India buying crude oil from Russia and paying for it in rupees, there could be a further reduction in the demand for dollars and the result will be seen in the form of an appreciation of the rupee,” the editorial concluded.

“Club-class environmentalists attempted to blockade Aarey’s car shed”

In a opinion piece for which he wrote News18Right-wing journalist Ratan Sharda has endorsed the Maharashtra government’s decision to keep the Metro Carshed project at Aarey in Mumbai.

Arguing that Aarey was “never a protected forest”, Sharda wrote: “It was reserved for grazing and had its own tribal villages inside. The Aarey Dairy project had been stopped for various reasons including vested interests.

Sharda further said that only ‘club class environmentalists’ are protesting against the state government’s decision to build a subway car shelter in Aarey.

“Each delay in project completion means hundreds of crores in rising costs due to inflation and more misery for commuters. But there were professional club-class environmentalists who tried to blockade the Aarey car shed.

“Misguided environmentalists went to court where they lost the case. But they kept trying to block the project. [But] For the steadfast and firm former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, this project would have been buried in time and delayed forever,” Sharda wrote.

(Editing by Amrtansh Arora)

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