Fatwa Bans entry of Hindus in city

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  1. chase

    chase Tihar Jail Banned

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    Ramanathapuram district, 527 km south of Chennai, which houses Rameswaram Temple and many holy shrines, is getting out of bound for outsiders. Local Jamaath Councils have issued ‘fatwas’ declaring Muslim-majority villages out of bound for people even from the district itself.

    Entrances to Athiyuthu, Puthuvalassai, Panaikulam, Azhagankulam and Sitharkottai sport such boards, all put up by the local Jamaath Councils. “There are boards deep inside these villages which declare outsiders are not allowed,” said B Arumugam, who acted as a guide to this correspondent. Interestingly, all these villages have a strong Muslim population.

    “Advertising (banners, posters and pamphlets) and honking (from vehicles) without permission is prohibited inside the Panchayath. By Order - Muslim Jamaath Thajul Islam Sangh, Pottakavayal”, is the board which welcomes the visitor to the village entrance on the Attrankarai Road, hardly 10 kilometre from Ramanathapuram town. “For the last 20 years, only Muslim candidates had been elected from this constituency. Only Muslims could be elected from this Assembly constituency,” said N Suriyaprakash, a civil engineer-turned-politician.

    Ramanathapuram is represented in the Tamil Nadu Assembly by MH Jawahirullah of the Muslaim Munnetra Kazhagam (MMK), an Islamic outfit. The MMK was an ally of the AIADMK in the 2011 Assembly election and switched over to the DMK camp during the July 2012 Rajya Sabha election. “Both the Dravida parties are responsible for this sad state of affairs,” said Kuppuramu, a lawyer. He said the DMK, the Congress and the AIADMK, in order to appease the minorities look the other way when Islamic fundamentalists unleash a reign of terror.

    Kuppuramu took this reporter to Pamban, a village near Rameswaram island, the birth place of Pamban Swami, a great Saivite saint. The Panchayath road has a board put by the Islamic extremists banning outsiders from the road: “Not a public thoroughfare. Ladies move about in this place,” says the board.

    Pamban Swamy (1848-1929), who preached love, compassion, kindness and equality, would be turning in his grave if he comes to know what his successors have done in his place of birth. The Hindu community is a scared lot because of the ever growing Islamic extremism in the district. “During the DMK regime in 2008, some Muslim youths hoisted the national flag with chappals at Vethalai village. The case was hushed up by Hassan Ali, the then MLA of the Congress,” said Kuppuramu. He said there was another instance of tricolour with chappals being hoisted in Puthumadom village which too was hushed up Hassan Ali.

    Efforts to contact the district collector and superintendent of police were futile. Though e-mails were sent to both the officials, there were no replies. “The collector is busy in meeting senior officials. We are yet to check the mail,” Dharman, his personal secretary told The Pioneer on being asked about the email.

    R Nataraj, former director general of police, Tamil Nadu, said it was not proper to put up such boards. “I don’t think even the government has the power to put up such boards. But we have to find out why they have put up boards like this,” said Nataraj. BR Haran, a political commentator, and Gowthaman, director of Vedic Science Research Centre, Chennai, who accompanied this reporter to the spots, were told by villagers of Azhagankulam that they have no other way but to fall in line. “We can never survive here without their cooperation. We are all businessmen and why should we bother about such boards?” asked Nithyanandam, a building contractor at Azhagankulam.

    The villagers are still in a state of shock as some Muslim youth slaughtered a cow in front of the Muneeswarankoil Temple. “The Jamaath Council president and secretary told us that they were helpless as the youth would not listen to them,” said Senthilvel, a foreign exchange dealer in the village. Suba Nagarajan, a BJP leader in Ramanathapuram, said the Muslims in the district are on a warpath with the Hindus since 1981. “Religious conversion and smuggling are rampant in the district. Panna Ismail and Bilal Mohammed, who murdered Hindu leader Vellaiyappan in July 2013 at Vellore had come to Keezhakarai after the murder. The police should probe the details of their visit to Keezhakarai,” he said.

    According to Kuppuramu, nearly 50 per cent of the business establishments in Ramanathapuram are owned by members of the Musilm community. “A Hindu can launch his business only if he gets approval from the Muslim community. This is an unwritten rule in the district,” said Kuppuramu. He said his efforts to meet the superintendent of police ended in futile as the officer was busy most of the time.

    The local population is of the view that Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is the only person who could solve this fundamentalism tangle. “She made the police track down the killers of Hindu leaders by constituting the Special Investigation Division. The same SID may be able to resolve this issue,” said Shiva Thavasimani, Hindu Munnani leader.

    Fatwas ban outsiders’ entry into Rameswaram villages
     
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  3. alphacentury

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    minority they say, huh.:sarcastic:
     
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    Shit even i didn't know my state is no better than other.
    I wonder even why local medias report this?
     
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    The official Religion of Peace, Love , Respect, Equality, Tolerance, Brotherhood and what not. :namaste:
     
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    If only it was the other way around (i.e. non-Hindus being banned from entering a village), it would be number one debate on Arnab Goswami's daily dose of self-righteous bullshit.

    It shows a few things:
    • That no community of India is really victimized ("bathed in milk," or however the expression goes)
    • That just because you are a minority, you can't get away playing victim all the time
    • That the past few hundred years of South East Asian history has shown a tendency that wherever Muslims achieve a 51 percent demographic majority, they will begin to instantly impose themselves on others, and act far more intolerant than they accuse Christians/Hindus of acting elsewhere (wherever they're in a minority).
    • That Muslims of Kashmir didn't respect the basic tenets of secualism, when they allowed Hindus (Pandits) to be kicked out of the valley
    • That the story of South East Asia will repeat in India, if real secularism isn't understood, and minority-appeasement goes too far
    • That there are zero Muslim-majority nations that practice secularism the way Christian-majority and Hindu-majority nations do; and there will never be one.
    UPA and its allies are cut from a cloth that has made it its policy for protection of the Muslim community towards a hegemonic expansion, in exchange for sure-shot vote-banks. There needs to be a counter-balance to that. AAP and 3rd front can't be that. The process of counter-balancing appeasement won't be painless, but it is necessary. Therefore, BJP.
     
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    I can't believe this happening in secular India!
     
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    WTF:shocked:
     
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    I never expected these things to happen from religion of peace.
    :rolleyes:
     
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    Where is the secular crowd, please show some outrage :)

    Nahh I forgot this applies only to Yindoos, peaceful mohamedans are not subject to same standards
     
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    Publishing such news is against communal harmony. The new bill would be useful to see that minorities are not harassed by communal majority by such online news articles.
     
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    This IS secular India. Secularism in India means Minoritism.
     
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    Who knows? We may see a foreign hand in these type of matters.
     
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    What is it, sarcasm day in DFI or too afraid to speak against minority.
     
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    Correct Tammi !!!!
     
  16. Singh

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    This is happening in Tamil Nadu ? :shocked:
     
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    Since Pioneer is a BJP newspaper so, other mediahouses are perhaps wary of publishing their stories.

    We saw this during 2G scam too, other media houses didn't even bother picking up Pioneer investigative piece.
     
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    Saar, we have experienced enough to read between the lines.

    These villages are quite rural without any development for quite some time. These people are very obviously instigated by someone. There is usually a caste based problem which arises in rural TN very similar to this.

    I am sure that many with this dissimilar view might be suppressed and called an outcast, because of which many might be afraid to raise their voice

    We shouldn't be judging a community based on the actions of a few.
     
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    Can you please help in understanding the situation a bit ?

    I know for a fact that in some very backward areas, the dominant caste calls the shots. And then we have the regressive Khap Panchayats in North India.
     
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    With pleasure.

    As you could read in the title post, such a decision was taken by the local Panchayat. Now who are the people in the Panchayat, they are the most powerful people in the village. Maybe such a decision was taken to have a control over local populace by preventing other people from entering their village so that there remains no interference in their control mechanism.

    Secondly there might be some oldies, very similar to Khaps, who oppose the idea of outsiders to mix among their kind for reasons unknown. Which happens very often in the case of castes.

    With little exposure to the outside world, the people in the village might agree to their views. However those who do oppose this view, fear that they might be ostracized from their own village and community. Hence they don't raise their voice.

    Please note that the second happens very commonly in TN. When there is an inter-caste marriage and if one of the spouse belongs to the higher caste, usually the partner's family are ostracized from all events like Temple functions, family functions and ceremonies. Often their business also goes to ruins thanks to their community members.
     
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    Cut the crap
    How many of us DFI members are ready to RV in a place in TN
    And move from there as one to defy this 'Fatwa'.
    or write as one to the CM of TN to stop this balderdash in her state,
    I agree we all can't keep rushing to put out bush fires in our country,
    but surely we can use our experience & clarity of views to put an end to this hogwash.
     

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