Police's prejudiced attitude towards Muslim youths violates Dharma : Puniyani

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  1. Singh

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    Interesting read

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    IN KALYAN, Bilal Shaikh was slapped with a non-bailable cognisable offence last month under Section 333, after he jumped a traffic signal. He was assaulted brutally for arguing with the police, suffered a fracture in the right arm and was in jail for eight days. The policemen who beat him up were released with a non-cognisable warrant.

    Another Muslim youth, Mohammad Amir Khan, age 18, preparing for his school exam, was abducted by police, charged with being the mastermind of serial blasts in Delhi, was charged under all the possible Sections, tortured in jail for 14 years and finally released in 2012 when no evidence was found.

    In the series of blasts, for which now Asimananda, Pragya Singh Thakur and Co are cooling their heels in jail, many a Muslim youth were arrested after every blast in Malegaon, Mecca Masjid (Hyderabad), Ajmer and Samjhauta Express. In all cases, the Muslim youth had to be released as police had no credible evidence of any sort. Many had to drop out from studies, ruining career prospects.

    The June 2012 report by Tata Institute of Social Sciences has found that 36 percent of jail inmates in Maharashtra are Muslims while the population of Muslims in the state is only 10.6 percent. The report was sponsored by the Maharashtra State Minorities Panel. The findings of the report are in conformity with the Sachar Committee report and general observations of human rights activists.

    Many in the police force are totally in the grip of communal thinking. With their infinite power, they unleash themselves against Muslim youth at every conceivable opportunity. With terrorism of the al Qaeda variety, stereotypes about Muslims have worsened. One recalls that this type of terrorism was subtly brought up by the United States for pursuing its goal of controlling oil wealth. The anti-minority attitude undermines their professionalism.

    The recent acts of terror and attitude of police are very reflective of the whole process of communalisation of society. In most of these acts of terror — Malegaon, Ajmer, Jaipur and Samjhauta Express blast — many a Muslim youth was arrested as the ones who have perpetrated the act. Police machinery produced evidence of their involvement with some Pakistan-based terror group; simi was always blamed for many of these acts. Even at that time there were enough pointers that police investigation and action was defying common sense. Police had a standard formula for arresting Muslim youth after every blast. They make it a practice to implicate Muslim youth and put on their head the charge of being involved in blasts and having links with Lashkar-e-Toiba, Indian Mujahideen, simi or some such group. Social activists kept pointing to the authorities about the leads pointed to another direction from where the acts of terror were emerging. Police, totally biased, kept repeating the same pattern over and over again.

    Once Hemant Karkare’s immaculate investigation showed the link of Malegaon blast to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s motorcycle and her links with many Hindutva groups, matters came to a halt. Sadhvi’s links with Swami Dayanand Pandey, Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit, retired Major Upadhayay, Swami Asimananda and many others subscribing to Hindutva ideology revealed that police till then was totally acting in a wrong manner. In this light, human rights organisation anhad (Act Now for Harmony And Democracy) organised a tribunal in Hyderabad, ‘Scapegoats and Holy Cows’. The report of this tribunal was very damning of the actions of the investigative authorities and the state. Logically, with the arrest of saffron terror gangs, the acts of terror seem to have come to a halt.

    DESPITE THIS, the attitude of police remains as biased as before and in day-to-day life they display this partisan behaviour. Those implicated in such acts are boycotted by the community and face immense personal, social and economic losses. Legal measures need to be strengthened so that the police cannot exercise its biased attitude in arresting any Muslim youth.

    Apart from preventive legal steps we also need to work against the prevalent social biases against Muslims in particular. The myths against the community, which are historical and contemporary issues related to the causes of acts of terrorism need to be countered by spread of truth about these myths. It is the duty of state and social organisations to undertake and promote such awareness programs through lectures, workshops, popular booklets and through mechanisms like TV and media in particular.

    Tehelka - India's Independent Weekly News Magazine
     
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    I will be politically incorrect here and say young Muslim men are more likely than other minorities to be suspected of terror activities in India, and several other countries, than other minorities. Why do our police not pick on Christian/Sikh/Parsi/Buddhist/Jain youth in the manner they seem to swoop down on Muslim youth. There is a history to this bias and police as part of society are not immune to it.
     
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    A chauhan "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l" Senior Member

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    Police does the same on non-terror cases against all, irrespective of their religion, what turns on the police is money. This is true that a considerable number of prisoners are Muslims by religion, but it doesn't mean that they were being arrested for their faith or they are innocents.

    In fact to arrest someone Police needs a complaint,a reliable information which creates reasonable doubt based on proper reasons, evidences or grounds. What i have seen in my practice is that prosecution witnesses turn hostile when they speak on oath, many eye witnesses change their statements during chief examination basically due to "Threats of death or injury to witness or his family members, bribe to change the statement, to avoid the long legal process, to save time, to avoid the future clashes with the accused and people of his community or family", many witnesses does the same because they think "Kaun pade jhanjhat me". One of my Sikh friend's father was a honest truck driver, one day he found a person grievously injured beside the road, he took him to the hospital but eventually that person died, Police made a case against him and he was prosecuted, finally after 5 years, he was acquitted, his family suffered heavily in those 5 years.

    Terror cases are the most sensitive ones so they have to be dealt with precautions, many arrests are made to stop the criminals and witnesses fleeing away, and even if the accused is acquitted by the court , it doesn't mean that he was not guilty.There are many flaws in our legal process, which makes it hard to actually punish the criminal.There have to be thousands of small details in a criminal case and a small error made by idiot policemen can result into the acquittal.
     
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    lets be clear about a thing or two - if under the cloak of student-hood ( or indeed other form of "cover" ) anyone is in fact engaged in criminal activities including the planning of the same - they are not a bona-fide student ( or whatever else including "medical doctor" ) and should be treated accordingly - what is so difficult about understanding that - so the police, in this case , are doing their job correctly .

    as far as picking up some suspects who later turn out to be clean - for the safety of society that is better than letting some go who are now free to continue their mishief-making ..... that is the price a community has to pay for harboring student-criminals.
     
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    Police or for that matter, the govt officials in this country, belonging to any religion including the policemen have only one religion _ Extortion and loot.
     
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    A chauhan "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l" Senior Member

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    Bold part is really bold and true!
     
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    I wonder why this prejudice is restricted to Muslims and not to other so called minority communities.

    I say so called minorities, because, as I understand, this is India and it should belong to all.

    The very use of this word 'minority' smacks of the idea that India actually belongs to the majority and the others are fringe players (and are to be tolerated [sic!])

    I wonder who started the usage of this word and leading to the subsequent societal polarisation.
     
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    There was a thread here which said that India should be ruled according to Dharma ( Rajiv Malhotra thread)

    And this gentleman here is echoing that prejudice is against dharma, so this makes it an interesting point of debate
     
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    I will call it an unnecessary association of religion with the state, what Police is doing is its duty, though due to corruption and flaws in the legal system they can't do their duty flawlessly.
     
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    What is the antecedents of this Rajiv chap, apart from being an NRI?

    Making money by churning out the usual as do many NRI 'spiritual' gurus in the US!
     
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    The problem is, it is not associated with minorites alone, but rather the stuff against minorites are spoken out loud. This is the reason why you hear statements about "Minorities being prosecuted", "Muslims in danger" etc type of news, though in reality, there is no such thing as that.

    Its sad that we associate everything with religion.
     
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    Rajiv Malhotra is a man who is basically trying to assert India's own civilizational uniqueness in a widely western world, especially to Indians themselves, who barely know anything about their own country. This includes philosophy, societal customs, language, accomplishments in science and technology,among other field. India's essence can be summed up to one word: Dharma, which means "that which holds", along with meaning like righteousness, justness, duty and many others.
    He is not a philosopher, nor a new age guru. He only wants to make Indians aware of their distinctiveness in the world. Every culture in this culture in the world loves to assert their uniqueness, Japanese are very assertive about their own uniqueness, what makes them Japanese; Chinese strive to live to their chinese worldview ( Look for Confucius institutes throughout their world ), Frenchmen would take offence if you mistake them with someone else, it is strangely Indians who largely play down their identity, their uniqueness, trying to fit in strange fictional identities like " South Asian", " irreligious", and most fun being "world citizen". This strange self-loathing is something Rajivji is trying to do away. He is not a chauvinist, asserting your own identity while not running down others is not chauvinism. He is not providing any new re-packaged sugar coated dose of Dharmic worldview, as "new age philosophy", as it is popular in west. His book "Being Different" is a attempt to delineate the uniqueness of Dharmic worldview in a society where Western Universalism is the norm rather than exception.

    I do not understand why Dharma is being dragged all the time these days. India is not a Dharmic nation, it is secular, where the sacred and profane are distinct and disparate entities. Dharmic would be a setup ,where spirituality and worldly duties go hand in hand.
     
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    These kind of "over-the-top" articles which give an impression that every detained Muslim is innocent and all those who have arrested are somehow due to "communal bias" ingrained in the police is factually incorrect and dangerous in the long run.

    What you have then is a scared police force who think twice before arresting anyone , even they are suspected of terrorist activities and emboldened terrorists who think they can conveniently play the "innocent Muslim boy" card to get out even after being arrested.Actually with pro-Muslim govts in place in almost all states that have been affected by blasts/terrorist activities even poltiical witchhunts cant be ascribed to detention of accused from muslim community.

    Actually these ind of arrested are not unheard of. incase there is a burglary in a neighbourhood the police first detain all the suspects [according to them], prima facie without any evidence and usually the investigation starts from there. It is the same in murder cases too... Since the absolute majority of the terrorist activites in India have been carried out by the jihadi nutbags, either from across the border or homegrown terrorists, the suspicion naturally falls on the Muslim community. That may not be the ideal scenario..but with the limited resources available to police that is the only practical scenario.

    .Innocents need to be protected, irespective of religion, but then that need should not come in the way of pro-active or pre-emptive police action that might save the lives of hundreds of people or bring to justice the accused.

    Anyway that this is Tehelka or the author is Ram Punyani should also not be ignored. Tehelka..Duh...
     
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    Thanks.

    I am not too well versed in this Dharma, but then I am all for Indianess and India without treading religious corns or imposition of religion as a mission in life by preaching as the sole salvation or the only true path.

    Indian civilisation and as it evolved through the ages encompassing all too is what one should preserve.

    As I see it one should merge into this Indianess without demanding separateness as the credo for existence.
     
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    Ray sir, my reading is also minuscule to say the least. I would need a very very long journey in knowledge and wisdom to even gain a cursory understanding of India's civilizational heritage. That would take a long time, atleast a decade if not more. And I need to understand west as well, of course in India's terms. That means sankhya nyay, vedanta, vedas, and many other schools, along with European classical as well as Renaissance and enlightenment period. It will take a while. I am taking my own sweet time.
     
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    Indian system of Dharma also has one more interesting meaning- property. For this reason, a tree can have it's own Dharma, which is to survive, lay fruits and die. But unlike people, it cannot have a religion. Similarly . a soldiers Dharma is to fight for his country, and if necessary die. Teachers have their own Dharma, which is to educate children. This property is called swadharma, which is a persons own Dharma. For example you and I are two distinct individuals. You habe your own set of beliefs, own convictions, as do I. So your own idiosyncrasies are part of your Dharma, or your Swadharma. So, you are supposed to follow your own Swadharma, your own set of ethics, without being adharmic. This is what makes the Dharmaic worldview so accommodative.


    I am afraid you are somewhat wrong here. Dharmic worldview allows integral unity(a term coined by sri Aurobindo) , which proposes that all of creation are naturally united,without a divine intervention necessary at specific periods of history. As far as the "only true path" is concerned, that had never occurred at any point as far as I have read. Because of the existence of the ideas of "Swadharma", one can view his/ her ishtadevata(i.e personal deity) any way they want. Had this not been so, they would not have been such a breathtaking scale of diversity of Sampradayas throughout the country. No one has heard of any inter-sectarian conflicts(for example among shaivas, shaktas, or vaishnavas) like one hears among Shias , Sunnis or Ahmadis, or among Catholics and Protestants in the middle ages.

    Salvation is the process of absolution from the dreaded "Original Sin", which supposedly will affect all progenies Of the original ancestors of Humans(Adam and Eve). This cannot be undone without intervention from the church :

    Extra_Ecclesiam_nulla_salus


    Since a theological equivalent of this dogma does not exist in Dharmic sphere, such a phenomenon of ramming religion down one's throat does not exist in our history.Earliest Christians the Syrian Christians along with Baghdad Jews lived in India for millenias without facing any social and religious persecution, and this happened; long before European ideas of religious tolerance spawned to being, or the enforcement of British style secular government came to existance.
     
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