Monday, November 30, 2015

Secular Fabric of 'LokMat'

       It was 29th Nov, Sunday Edition of Marathi daily 'Lokmat' carried an analysis on ISIS and their sources of funding. Because the article centered upon finance behind operations of ISIS, it carried an image of piggy-bank stamped with symbol of ISIS. Bare Facts right. But the fun is not in statement, its in interpretation and interpretation of the interpretation (don't interpret if your head's already dizzy) 

Lokmat, 29 Nov 2015
ISIS flag over Piggy Bank

ISIS Symbol : Meaning ?

          The white banner at the top of the flag reads: “There is no god but Allah [God]. Mohammad is the messenger of Allah.” This phrase is a declaration of faith used across Islam, and is known as the shahada

Flag of ISIS

        Underneath is a white circle emblazoned with black writing reading "Mohammed is the messenger of God", which is meant to resemble the Prophet’s seal, similar to that used to close an envelope. Sourced from here / cached

Aftermath in India

Muslims Vandalize Lokmat Office over Pig alongwith Prophet Mohammad

  Lokmat's office was attacked in multiple places in Maharashtra. The copies of the Sunday edition of the newspaper were also burnt at several places. An FIR was also registered against the cartoonist and the editor of the newspaper by Congress, Member of Legislative Assembly (Malegaon) - Shaikh Asif Shaikh Rashid.

The Interpretation

      So, the piggy bank could have been left for what is was - a piggy bank but no, some people reacted which was soon synchronized into attacks on office. FIR was registered. Threats of dire legal action called. The interesting part for me is - not the revenge attacks. If Muslim Community feels threatened - they have as much right to retaliate as me. What did catch my attention was the stoic silence of media and in some ways - the means of voicing this digression by Muslims.

Original Article by LokMat that sparked this protest

Why Violence ? Ok, leave it or try to ignore it assuming heat of the moment. Why No debate and intolerance over this un civilian mode of attack ? Dear Media, why so Tolerant ? So, in more ways than one - major media channels downplayed this event. No scorching tweets by our esteemed  Bindi Brigade nor were in sight - protectors of liberal voices of India

Aaj Tak downplays protest by Hindus over PK

Why do you crawl back in your slimy holes and try shunting down time when attacks are by Non-Hindus ? Do i forget the hue and cry you raised when Hindus protested over Shiva attired actor being degraded in PK. No you came back on us, called us 'In Tolerant', 'Violent' and 'Motived & Attention Seeker'. Well! Why not same adjectives for them, today ? Or you are afraid your offices would be vandalized next ?

Watchman of Saint Francis School removed after he refused being 'Converted'

The Interpretation of Interpretation

These are golden take-away points, representing true fabric of 'Secular' India. 

  • Secularism is used as 'Shield' by Media/Politicians when things become too hot to handle or they do not want to comment upon the obvious. So, Secularity will be safely invoked and applied when muslim brothers protest over ISIS Article but not when Shiv Sena workers butcher and sell live meat outside Jain Temples during Paryushan.  

  • Secularism and Community peace will be disregarded when Baba ramdev is Lathi-Charged and his tent burned, Jayendra Saraswati arrested midnight on Diwali, 600 police men gherao and lathi charge devotees of Asharam Bapu - but it will be used as a shield to protect Imam Bukhari of Jama Mashjid from his numerous Non Bailable Warrants.
    " Reprimanding the police for its failure to execute numerous NBWs on previous occasions for all these years, Metropolitan Magistrate Rajinder Singh issued fresh NBW against Bukhari and remarked that such inefficiency could not be tolerated. The magistrate also rubbished the contention of Delhi Police that they did not arrest Bukhari fearing communal backlash as he represented a religious community "
  • only because Asharam Ji is head of Hindu Institution we must not leave an opportunity go waste in ridiculing and showing fake stories of him, as doing otherwise means we are favoring him and hey ! that's not secular. And on other hand we must firmly close our eyes - when allegations over peoples of other religions surface up , because disturbing Pastor Jacob John over alleged raping of 13 Minor Girls in Christian Grace Home or those 63 Kerala Christian priests facing offenses including murder, rape, molestation, assault, abduction, theft and cheating may disturb the 'secular' nature of India and make minority community uncomfortable

    Grace Home - Father Jacob John is accused of raping Minor Girls here since months
    You could read more about Imam Bukhari Non-Bailable warrant and non- arrest here/ cached. Grace Home News are covered here/cached. Also, provided is a reference to 63 Kerala Christian priests here/ cached.

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