“Sonia Gandhi – a blot on the Nation” – by Mark Tully


Posted Sat, 07/21/2012 – 23:50 by admin
Folks, the following article, “The Truth and Hidden Facts,” is written by the renowned British journalist and author, Sir William Mark Tully.

The article is about India’s Congress Party but it also covers a few other topics like Hinduism. ……
Here is a quote from one of his recent interviews about Indians, ” They are highly intelligent people. When provided with opportunities they take them. You can see that in the countries where there are Indian communities of the diaspora. They’re not communities that just lie back and wait for things to be done for them. So I think it’s Indians, above everything else, that gives one hope.” He is always very candid in his conversations and in interviews he gives. He says that the reason he loves India and has spent over 40 years there is because, unlike Britain which is too dull and orderly, India is an unpredictable and lovable madhouse! While he says India has tremendous potential, he does not think India can achieve its full potential unless it makes very considerable reforms in how it is governed and bring about reforms in its administration, in its ability to deliver services.

He has also written hundreds of articles about India. He has received many prestigious awards, including Padma Shree and Padma Bhushan.

Now that you know who Mark Tully is, read this article that he wrote last month.

Chandu Radia




I was surprised when the Congress party gave me a Padma Shri – I am the only foreign journalist to ever get it. For, in my forty years of political reporting in India, I have always been a vocal critic of the Nehru dynasty. Someone even called me recently: “a vitriolic British journalist, who in his old age chose to live back in the land he never approved”.

It started with Operation Blue Star. I was one of the few western correspondents who criticized Indira. As I have said since then numerous times, the attack on the Golden Temple and the atrocities that followed the army operations, produced in all sections of the Sikhs a sense of outrage that is hard today to alleviate. I believed then that the large majority of Hindu India, even if politically hostile to Indira Gandhi, openly identified with – and exulted in – her will to overwhelmingly humble a recalcitrant minority.

As everybody knows, Indira Gandhi helped my fame grow even more, by wanting to imprison me during the Emergency she clamped and finally throwing me out of India for a short while. But the result was that the whole of India tuned in, then and thereafter, to my radio’s broadcasts, ‘The Voice of India’, to hear what they thought was ‘accurate’ coverage of events.

When Rajiv Gandhi came to power, I first believed that he was sincerely trying to change the political system, but he quickly gave-up when the old guard would not budge. I criticized him for his foolish adventure in Sri Lanka, although I felt sorry for him when he was blown to pieces by Dhanu, the Tamil Tiger. It is in Kashmir, though that I fought most viciously against his Govt and subsequent Congress ones for its human right abuses on the Kashmiri Muslims of the Valley. The Congress Governments tried indeed several times to censor me and the army even took prisoner my Kashmiri stringer, whom I had to rescue by the skin of his teeth. I am also proud that I was the first one to point out then, that the Indian Government had at that time no proof of the Pakistani involvement in the freedom movement in Kashmir. Thus I always made it a point to start my broadcasts by proclaiming that « the Indian Government accuses Pakistan of fostering terrorism», or that “elections are being held in Indian-controlled Kashmir”…

As I was so popular, all the other foreign journalists used the same parlance to cover Kashmir and they always spoke of the plight of the Muslims, never of the 400.000 Hindus, who after all were chased out of their ancestral land by sheer terror (I also kept mum about it).

As for Sonia Gandhi, I did not mind her, when she was Rajiv Gandhi’s wife, but after his death, I watched with dismay as she started stamping her authority on the Congress, which made me say in a series of broadcasts on the Nehru Dynasty: “It’s sad that the Indian National Congress should be completely dependent on one family; the total surrender of a national party to one person is deplorable. You have to ask the question: what claims does Sonia Gandhi have to justify her candidature for prime-ministership? Running a country is far more complicated than running a company. Apprenticeship is required in any profession — more so in politics”. I heard that Sonia Gandhi was unhappy about this broadcast.

Then, after President APJ Abdul Kalam called her to the Raj Bhavan and told her what some of us already knew, namely that for a long time, she had kept both her Italian and Indian passports, which disqualified her to become the Prime Minister of India, she nevertheless became the Supreme leader of India behind the scenes. It is then that I exclaimed: “the moribund and leaderless Congress party has latched onto Sonia Gandhi, who is Italian by birth and Roman Catholic by baptism”.

She never forgave me for that. Yet, today I can say without the shadow of a doubt that when history will be written, the period over which she presided, both over the Congress and India, will be seen as an era of darkness, of immense corruption and of a democracy verging towards autocracy, if not disguised dictatorship, in the hands of a single person, a non Indian and a Christian like me. Truth will also come out about her being the main recipient for kickbacks from Bofors to 2G, which she uses to buy votes, as the Wikileaks have just shown.

Finally, I am sometimes flabbergasted at the fact that Indians –Hindus, sorry, as most of this country’s intelligentsia is Hindu – seem to love me so much, considering the fact that in my heydays, I considerably ran down the 850 million Hindus of this country, one billion worldwide. I have repented today: I do profoundly believe that India needs to be able to say with pride, “Yes, our civilization has a Hindu base to it.”

The genius of Hinduism, the very reason it has survived so long, is that it does not stand up and fight. It changes and adapts and modernizes and absorbs–that is the scientific and proper way of going about it. I believe that Hinduism may actually prove to be the religion of this millennium, because it can adapt itself to change.

Hindus are still slaves to MUSLIMS and CHRISTIANS

On the name of secularism, lots of facilities and cash incentives are given to Muslims and Christians. Haj subsidy is given to Muslims for Haj yatra, wages of Muslim teachers and Imams are given to Muslims are given by looting the Hindu temples. No such subsidy is given to Hindus for going to Hindu religious places or any wages to Hindu religious priests or Hindu teachers. In fact congress secular government creates many obstacles for Hindus for going to Amarnath Yatra. Even after 65 years of independence reservation is given on religious grounds while it should have been abolished by this time. If at all reservation or subsidy is needed, then it should be purely on economic grounds rather on the grounds of minorities. Such reservations affect the quality of work. Congress party giving various kinds of allurements to minorities to buy their votes with Hindu money. In the government many people are with Hindu names but in fact many are Muslims and Christians with Hindu names to fools Hindus and to show in the government, majority people are Hindus.



Sonia Gandhi is a problem for governance, says Mark Tully

Sangeeth Sebastian | Mail Today | New Delhi, November 21, 2011 | UPDATED 12:17 IST
Senior British broadcaster and writer Mark Tully has publicly expressed his displeasure at dynasty politics and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

The former BBC chief’s rare display of candour came at the launch of his book Non-Stop India (Penguin/ Allen Lane) in the Capital on Saturday evening. “Too much of influence lies there, when it should lie in the Prime Minister’s Office,” he said in response to a query by television host Karan Thapar on whether Tully thought “Sonia Gandhi is a problem” for governance.

He also had his guns trained on Congress heir apparent Rahul Gandhi. “Rahul is trying to do in Uttar Pradesh what Mulayam Singh Yadav did,” he said referring to his attempts to get in touch with the masses. “But it is not easy, considering the security around him,” Tully said.

According to him, India needed to worry more about dynasty politics. “The Prime Minster, for all his qualities, is not a politician. At the Centre, most people are not grassrootlevel politicians such as Mulayam. This is a problem with the Congress party.”

Thapar, who played more of an agent provocateur than an amiable host, meanwhile, egged Tully on with his pointed queries. He extracted more from Tully than the reticent Britisher was expected to part with, prompting the latter to admit that “I could not withhold anything from you”.

The 243-page book, according to the author, reflects the change in the international view of India – as an emerging economic powerhouse brimming with confidence – since the publication of his earlier book No Full Stops in India . The book features a number of revealing interviews with the captains of industry, subsistence farmers, politicians, Dalits, spiritual leaders and even bandits.

Identifying corruption as a major malice of the governance system, Tully has, however, warned the people not to get distracted by it. “If you concentrate too much on corruption, you forget the cause,” he said.

Surprisingly, for an Englishman who was knighted by the British monarchy in 2002, Tully was less than enthusiastic about the growing status of English as an aspirational language of the Indian middle class. “Learning English is an economic asset,” he said. “But the problem is its impact on regional languages. English is a mark of India, not Bharat,” he added.

The response prompted Thapar to ask Tully the reason behind his fascination for India. “It will be an absurd proposition if I try to become more Indian than an Indian,” Tully said. “My ancestors have all lived in India. Having lived in India, I too have started to believe in Karma,” he replied philosophically.

Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/mark-tully-slams-dynastic-politics-of-sonia-led-congress/1/160848.html

Can Telangana flourish with its Triangular shape?

Creation of Telangana is not a solution. This Telangan issue was discussed twice before in this blogspot. An astrological analysis was done in this article : “Andhra splits – Saturn effect?” in 2009, saying that

“These combinations foretell political problems, strained relations within the people, disputes and parting of ways between those who were together until then.

Its woes will not end but continue after that when Saturn and Rahu joins in the 8th house (Libra) for Andhra in 2013.
This is not a good time for Indian internal scenario too as this combination happens in the 4th house to Indian natal moon.”

In another article I wondered whether there is any Christian agenda behind Telangana demand?

I came across views both for and against the formation of Telangana which can be read under these two articles.

The main reason that Telangana supporters were saying was that they did not flourish and they were a neglected lot in the larger picture of Andhra Pradesh. If that was there problem, the solution lies not in seceding away. Better management right up to the grass root level must be and can be done.

In a country of Durga Nagpals who are penalised by the political masters for doing their jobs, the excuse of administrative reason does not hold water. If a part of a State does not show development, it is because the political rulers have no stake in that part. By seceding that part as a solution, we are actually dividing the people on the basis of their own wraths, anger, self interests and so on which would be further nurtured by vested interests to keep that part as their pocket borough so that the people cling on to them as their saviour as long as their problems still remain unaddressed. The result is that their problems would not be solved or how else the politicians can continue to survive?

The British policy of divide and rule is exactly aimed at keeping sections of people pitted against each other for ever so that their exploitation can continue without being challenged. Such a division on the basis of castes and religion had been happening ever since Independence. Now when those issues have started showing diminishing returns, newer divisions are being resorted to. The division of Andhra Pradesh comes under this category.

This is demonstrated in the way Digvijay Singh has reminded TRS of its offer to merge with the Congress if its demand for Telangana is met with. With election around the corner, the congress has offered Telangana formation. It is shocking that this crass opportunism has not been criticised but just termed as political expediency by our lame media. Are we a commodity to be divided and bartered to fulfil the ambitions of politicians and political parties? The motive of the politicians for division, defeats the so-called aspirations of the people for division.

We are not like the United States where many states are there with better administration for themselves. There the culture is the same, the language is the same and there are hardly any elements that differentiate one from the other. Moreover there are only two parties throughout the United States with less scope for multiple posturing. But in India within every 100 km you find a difference in the identity of people. The differences in caste, language and religion are being kept alive by politicians and those with political ambitions. The result is that there are many islands within a state working with cross purpose with others around them. If these islands are going to get legitimacy by becoming a state, then also the frictions are going to be there with an unchallenged scope of igniting chauvinism and self interest which would have less space for accommodation for others from rest of India.

Today the nation is facing the prospect of a fractured mandate in the hustings and instability in the Centre after 2014 elections. With more states in the kitty, there is going to be more regional parties who cannot work for a United India. Continuing instability at the national level is going to be the result of all this. It seems my oft repeated fear of bad patch for India in Moon dasa from 2015 to 2025 to be a period of instability, internal bickering and external threats will have its genesis in Telangna formation. Andhra Pradesh already had a notorious name as the forerunner in linguistic division of India. Now again it is leading another round of division which is going to make India an Africa!

Telangana is going to give legitimacy to all notorious secessionist elements in the country. Even peaceful states are going to bear the brunt of Telangana mania. In Tamilnadu, Telangana echo can be heard in Ramdoss, Seeman and the Kongu leaders who had expressed their wish for separate states from Tamilnadu. Ramdoss would ask for a Vanniyar state saying that Vanniars are the deprived lot and are poor ever addicted to boozing. Karnunanidhi would want South Tamilnadu to become a separate state to satisfy his Son Alagiri. The Christians would ask for secession of Kanya kumara and Nagarkoil saying that they are backward states. Already the converted Christians of these districts have raised an objection to the building up of the Tirupati like Balaji temple in the district. How crooked and narrow their agenda is! Will this kind of attitude promote Nationalism or unity among the people?

The underlying reason for these demands is that they would all become the fiefdoms of politicians who could find it easier to keep a smaller state under their grip. It is like the Pancha Tantra film dialogue of “Chinna kallu, peddha laabham” . With little efforts they can make huge profits. When the politicians have to operate in a smaller region or for a select group of people, their effort and expenditure are less and rewarding than working on larger region with more interferences to their focussed regions. This is the exact reason behind the clamour for division into smaller states.

The aims and ambitions of these smaller states would always be in clash with neighbouring states. Already every state is having problems with neighbouring states. The politicians would keep whipping up emotions against other states to keep their grip strong. Presently this is happening between the states where chauvinism of sorts is being developed in the name of democracy and voicing people’e aspirations. This is mis-use of democracy.

Coming to Telangana issue, one of the reasons put forward by the supporters is that they have a historical past that gives them an identity which they can preserve and nurture if they have their own State. They obviously refer to the Muslim rule in the recent past. There is also news that Urdu is going to be the first language in Telangana. Didn’t they have a past before that? Their history started from Trilinga kshetras that gave them an identity as Trilinga – Tailinga – Telanga! It was a Linga kshetra bound by a triangular land. The shape of Telangana tells it all!

Let people know that a trianglular land is prohibited for living as per Vastu sastra. It is called as TrikONAkAra BhUmi. According to Raja Martanda, “Raja bhIthi strI kONasya suta saukhya vinAshanam”. In present day terms, this means threat from (kings) employers and loss of employment and loss of well being of children! Triangular site will take a toll on children. Triangular site would not allow material progress.

I have said in so many times in my previous articles how a triangular land is a place of manifestation of unknown energies. These energies can be trapped and tapped only by worship and consecration done in the Hindu way! When done in that way, the land would prosper with peace and knowledge.

India also is triangular in shape and its people in the past were guided well to lead a pious life so that the defects arising out of the triangle were warded off by the force of energies that were trapped as Gods.

There was a triangular bhumi in India similar to the present shape of Telangana. It has been found out by archaeological excavations during the British period. It had a triangular shape bound by walls and by towns on three sides. This place is known as Ahichhatra, corrupted from Ahi- Kshetra, the capital of Panchala country of Drupada of the Mahabharata period.

An important information related to this site is that it is here the Yajna was held from which Draupadi emerged. It is unbelievable that a person can appear or be born out of a Yajna kunda. But the shape of the city itself in a triangle makes me say that any wonder is possible in a triangle provided people know how to extract the benefits of a triangle.

There are triangle shaped places in the world where wonders have been witnessed. For example England that is experiencing many crop circles every year is triangle in shape. It is because of the presence of energies unknown to science.

Sicily which experiences many crop circles is also triangular in shape.

The Bermuda Triangle is a triangular part of the Ocean where unknown energies are at play.

In all these places, there is no human effort to trap that energy and make it beneficial for mankind.

But the Vedic rishis were able to trap the energy present in triangular Bharat and guided people on how to lead their life in concurrence to these energies trapped as supreme shakthi. Ahichhatra’s shape offered a greater scope to use that energy to bring out a human being from a Homa Kunda.

The Trilinga Kshetra must have been established with a similar aim of trapping supreme energy from which people drew their spiritual strength.

But from the time it fell into Nizam’s hands and the people having converted into Islam, that energy had been left to dissipate, with the result the original nature of TrikONa bhUmi had set in. A land where even onions and garlic must not be consumed, animals are killed for eating! Readers may recall the 3rd part pf Kedarnath articles where I have explained the manifestation of Kali to attract the subtle bodies of murdered beings. The region of Telangana, if seen with some aid to detect the subtle bodies would present land of negative energy. This region had never prospered due to this reason ever since it left out the Hindu way of treating a TrikONa bhumi. Now with the exact shape of a triangle, only Kali’s wrath is going to be seen. This is not a curse but a caution.

After Kedarnath, now the Trilingas are going to do the Dandava of destruction. That is going to be echoed throughout India. A nation born at midnight in an inauspicious configuration is entering its Makara period. I have no hope for a peaceful India, no hope for a future of India. Ved Vyasa’s ominous words are ringing in my mind. (Mahabharata 6-9). He compared the kings who were always fighting with each other to snatch the land from one another, with dogs that fight with each other for meat. This land had come a long way after Vyasa’s times. Today there are dogs, wolves and vultures fighting with each other over our land. Under the royal orders of a White Kali, Congress had become three in one – dogs, wolves and vultures together as one – with similar creatures following them.

“Amartya Sen comments on future PM” – some thoughts shared by Mr Arun Upadhyay

Britishers set up 2 institutes to destroy India & Russia. German disgruntled Marx & Engels were called to Cambridge to create Communist literature. Later on Russia & China also spread Communist literature to others but it failed within their own countries. It survives only in India because we accept anything foreign with reverence due to our slavish mentality. Other centre was Oxford where Boden Chair was set up in 1831 with specific declared purpose of forging Vedic literature to destroy Indian civilization. That too used hired Germans like Maxmuller, Roth, Weber.

Next subversive institute was London School of Economics, Winston Churchill opposed it in British Parliament on the ground that Britain had become Bankrupt after second world war. PM Clement Atlee explained that it will teach students of third world such economics that they will ruin the economies of their own countries and case flow of wealth to Britain. Indians and other third world countries persons like Amartya Sen are trained only to blame everything Indian. To give them credibility, they are awarded Nobel prize also.

Any subversive writer like Nirad Chaudhary, Taslima Nasreen or Fizo, Laldenga, Prabhakaran who destroy their countries are honoured in Britain. In past 15 years, only those persons could become PM’s in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh who were employees of world bank. Earlier East India Company servants were ruling. Plan of Atlee has succeeded through such economists in ruining economy of India, Pakistan and improving position of Britain where all black money of these countries is going.

There are 2 fundamental defects in British education of economics to Indians-

(1) Marxism does not bother about agriculture which is fundamental industry, called basic yajna in gita, chapter 3. It is concerned only with industries.

(2) Even in Industry, it is not concerned with its growth or constructive link with other industries. It is concerned only with rights of labour not to work, but to get full salary at cost of industry. If industry does not run, labour also will suffer.

(3) Even Political party like communist party or govt needs money to run country. Monopoly increases corruption. But Marxism does not recognize revenue as component of state.

(4) Marxism does not recognize need of a model code of conduct-it blames religion as opium for masses.

(5) So called nobel laureate and top economists among UK Indians do not know basic mathematics and unable to follow econometrics which is based on statistics. They spread political views only to denigrate any all institutes of India.

Britain does not follow itself the principles taught to others-

(1) Marxism was spread from Britain with Cambridge as centre. But it was never followed there. It was only to ruin Russia and India.

(2) Britain follows monarchy and tells that an Icon is necessary to unite country. For others British parliament is projected as mother of democracy and icon is abused as idol worship.

(3) Despite bankruptcy after World War 2, Britain did not request for foreign investment. But British educated economists work only for foreign investment.

(4) British leaders want all deposits from outside in Bank of England. But slaves taught there want all deposit in foreign banks and show austerity within own country.

(5) Britain takes pride of being nation of traders and pirates, but in India, all traders are viewed as thieves and black-marketeers and rules are made accordingly.

(6) History is always twisted to show white superiority. Any stick in Iraq is weapon of mass destruction. But atom bombs of UK/USA are flowers (actually called Daisy cutters by USA).

(7) Political funding is legal in US/UK, but is illegal in India by their followers. This clears way for mass corruption in society and administration and all extra money flows to foreign banks.

European policy of devaluation of other currencies is continuing since 1600 AD. Most Indians will not trust any logic by Indian person. They can read series of large Historic novels by James Clavel for period 1600-1945.
First of the 4 novels is Shogun for period 1600-1641. Europeans succeeded in dividing all communities, but Shogun Toranaga of Japan successfully countered the move by uniting all Shogunates. He abused Christian Missionaries as agents of European colonialism and termed them as Rice Christians. Same term was given in 19th century Orissa.
Converts were divided into 4 categories-Hen, Pen, Lady, Paddy. Hen Christians converted for eating meat, Pen Christians for education and govt jobs, Lady for marrying any body without bothering for caste, education etc. Paddy Christian is same as Rice Christians as translated by James Clavel-they converted for food after the population was driven to starvation.

Planned forced starvation death of 35 lakh persons in Orissa in 1865 was by Commissioner Ravenshaw who exported all rice in year of surplus production and caused largest genocide in world. The grateful anglicized Oriyas made an college in his name and called him father of Oriya culture and language as if great poets like Jagannatha Dasa did not know Oriya language. Now, that has been made Ravenshaw University since past 5 years. To cover up that genocide, fake history was created vy Vincent Smith in 1893 about murder of 10.5 lakh Kalinga army by Ashok. No king has ever maintained such huge army, largest was 6 lakhs by Aurangzeb. Baudha text Divyavadan tells that Ashoka killed 12,000 Kain monks being angry by idol of Buddha touching feet of Mahavira (as his guru which is admitted by Bauddha texts). Mass killings of innocent peaceful monks was termed as shunning of violence by adoption of Buddhism as if all Hindus are as murderous as Ravenshaw.

Novel series of James Clavel describes how Asian currencies were devalued, metal, cloth and other industries were ruined, population was starved to death, fed with Opium and exported as slaves in name of modernization. That is going on in name of Globalization by faithful servants of British in parties formed by the British.

List of temples converted into Mosques in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh

“Indian history for the last 50 years or so has been the preserve of historians who were Marxists by conviction and who had come to occupy positions of influence in India’s elite Universities. These historians have callously distorted past events and interpreted history to suit their political agenda. Their efforts were not an honest attempt at history writing but a warped exercise in social engineering. Nowhere is this as evident as in the case of the temple desecrations that occurred during the Muslim invasion of India. Opponents (even when evidence was forthcoming) were dubbed as fundamentalists and their views effectively suppressed.

John Keay, a British historian, in his recent book India had this to say about Mahmud of Ghazni’s destruction of the Somnath Temple: “But what rankled even more than the loot and the appalling death toll was the satisfaction that Mahmud took in destroying the great gilded lingam. After stripping it of its gold, he personally laid into it with his sword. The bits were then sent back to Ghazni and incorporated into the steps of its new Jami Masjid, there to be humiliatingly trampled and perpetually defiled by the feet of the Muslim faithful.”

Khuswant Singh in his book We Indians avers: “Mahmud of Ghazni was only the first of a long line of Muslim idol-breakers. His example was followed by Mongols, Turks and Persians. They killed and destroyed in the name of Islam. Not a single Buddhist, Jain or Hindu temple in northern India escaped their iconoclastic zeal. Some temples were converted to mosques; idols and figurines had their noses, breasts or limbs lopped off; paintings were charred beyond recognition.”Read more…




Hindu Temples converted to mosque in Karnataka

A Preliminary Survey of some of the Hindu temples that were converted to mosques and muslim monuments in Karnataka is given here. Many such muslim construction have used the materials of the Hindu temple after it was destroyed by the muslims. This shows the true nature of the religion Islam.
Some of the districts have been renamed or newly created. Some places which was under one district is now in another district. Those who read this can point out errors if any.

I. Bangalore District.
1. Dodda-Ballapur, Dargh of Muhiu’d-Dn Chisht of Ajodhan (d. 1700). Temple materials used.
2. Hoskot
(i) Dargh of Saball Shib. Temple site.
(ii) Dargh of Qsim Shib. Converted temple.

II. Belgaum District.
1. Belgaum
(i) Masjid-i-Safa in the Fort (1519). Temple site.
(ii) Jmi’ Masjid (1585-86). Temple site.
(iii) Mazr of Badru’d-Dn Shh in the Fort (1351-52). Temple site.
2. Gokak, Masjid. Temple site.
3. Hukeri
(i) Mn Sahib-k-Dargh (1567-68). Temple site.
(ii) Kl Masjid (1584). Temple materials used.
4. Kudachi
(i) Dargh of Makhdm Shh Wal. Temple site.
(ii) Mazr of Shykh Muhammad Sirju’d-Dn Prdd. Temple site.
5. Madbhavi, Masjid. Å iva Temple materials used.
6. Raibag, Jmi’ Masjid. Temple site,
7. Sampgaon, Masjid. Temple site.

III. Bellary District.
1. Bellary, Masjid built by Tp Sultn (1789-90). Temple site.
2. Hampi, Masjid and Idgh in the ruins of Vijayanagar. Temple materials used.
3. Hospet, Masjid in Bazar Street built by Tp Sultn (1795-96). Temple site.
4. Huvinhadgalli, Fort. Temple materials used.
5. Kanchagarabelgallu, Dargh of Husain Shh. Temple site.
6. Kudtani, Dargh. Durgevara Temple materials used.
7. Sandur, Jmi’ Masjid. Temple site.
8. Siruguppa, Ld Khn Masjid (1674). Temple site.
9. Sultanpuram, Masjid on the rock. Temple site.

IV. Bidar District.
1. Bidar, Ancient Hindu city transformed into a Muslim capital. The following monuments stand on temple sites and/or temple materials have been used in their construction:
(i) Sol Khamb Masjid (1326-27).
(ii) Jmi’ Masjid of the Bahmans.
(iii) Mukhtr Khn-k-Masjid (1671).
(iv) Kl Masjid (1694).
(v) Masjid west of Kl Masjid (1697-98).
(vi) Farrah-Bgh Masjid, 3 km outside the city (1671).
(vii) Dargh of Hazrat Khallu’llh at Ashtr (1440).
(viii) Dargh of Shh Shamsu’d-Dn Muhammad Qdir known as Multn Pdshh.
(ix) Dargh of Shh Waliu’llh-al-Husain.
(x) Dargh of Shh Zainu’l-Dn Ganj Nishn.
(xi) Dargh and Masjid of Mahbb Subhn.
(xii) Mazr of Ahmad Shh Wal at Ashtr (1436).
(xiii) Mazr of Shh Abdul Azz (1484).
(xiv) Takht Mahal.
(xv) Gagan Mahal.
(xvi) Madrasa of Mahmd Gawn.
2. Chandpur, Masjid (1673-74). Temple site.
3. Chillergi, Jmi’ Masjid (1381). Temple site.
4. Kalyani, Capital of the Later Chlukyas. All their temples were either demolished or converted into mosques.
(i) Jmi’ Masjid (1323). Temple site.
(ii) Masjid (1406). Temple site.
(iii) Masjid in Mahalla Shahpur (1586-87). Temple site.
(iv) Dargh of Maulna Yqb. Temple site.
(v) Dargh of Sayyid Pr Psh. Temple site.
(vi) Fort Walls and Towers. Temple materials used.
(vii) Nawb’s Bungalow. Temple materials used.
5. Kohir
(i) Jmi’ Masjid. Temple site.
(ii) Darghs of two Muslim saints. Temple sites.
6. Shahpur, Masjid (1586-87). Temple site.
7. Udbal, Jmi’ Masjid (1661-62). Temple site.

V. Bijapur District.
1. Afzalpur, Mahal Masjid. Trikta Temple materials used.
2. Badami, Second Gateway of the Hill Fort. Vishnu Temple materials
3. Bekkunal, Dargh outside the village. Temple materials used.
4. Bijapur, Ancient Hindu city transformed into a Muslim capital. The
following monuments are built on temple sites and/or temple materials
have been used in their construction:
(i) Jmi’ Masjid (1498-99).
(ii) Karmu’d-Dn-k-Masjid in the rk (1320-21).
(iii) ChhoT Masjid on way to Mangoli Gate.
(iv) Khwja Sambal-k-Masjid (1522-13).
(v) Makka Masjid.
(vi) AnD Masjid.
(vii) Zangr Masjid.
(viii) Bukhr Masjid (1536-37).
(ix) Dakhn Idgah (1538-39).
(x) Masjid and Rauza of Ibrhm II Adil Shh (1626).
(xi) Gol Gumbaz or the Rauza of Muhammad Adil Shh.
(xii) JoD-Gumbad.
(xiii) Nau-Gumbad.
(xiv) Dargh of Shh Ms Qdiri.
(xv) Gagan Mahal.
(xvi) Mihtar Mahal.
(xvii) Asar Mahal.
(xvii) Anand Mahal and Masjid (1495).
(xviii) St Manzil.
(xix) rk or citadel.
(xx) Mazr of Pr Ma’bar Khandyat.
(xxi) Mazr of Pr Jumn.
(xxii) Dargh of Shh Mrnji Shamsu’l-Haq Chisht on Shahpur Hill.
5. Hadginhali, Dargh. Temple materials used.
6. Horti, Masjid. Temple materials used.
7. Inglesvara, Muhiu’d-Dn Shib-k-Masjid. Munip Samdhi materials used.
8. Jirankalgi, Masjid. Temple materials used.
9. Kalleeri, Masjid near the village Chawdi. Keavadeva Temple materials used.
10. Mamdapur
(i) Jmi’ Masjid. Temple site.
(ii) Mazr of Kaml Shib. Temple site.
(iii) Mazr of Sadle Shib of Makka. Temple site.
11. Naltvad, Masjid (1315). Temple materials used.
12. Pirapur, Dargh. Temple site.
13. Salvadigi, Masjid. Temple materials used.
14. Sarur, Masjid. Temple materials used.
15. Segaon, Dargh. Temple site.
16. Takli, Masjid. Temple materials used.
17. Talikota
(i) Jmi’ Masjid. Jain Temple materials used.
(ii) PNch Pr-k-Masjid and Ganji-i-Shahdn. Temple site.
18. Utagi, Masjid (1323). Temple site.

VI. Chickmanglur District.
Baba Budan, Mazr of Dd Hayt Mr Qalandar. Datttreya Temple site.

VII. Chitaldurg District.
Harihar, Masjid on top of Harhareshvara Temple.

VIII. Dharwad District.
1. Alnavar, Jmi’ Masjid. Jain Temple materials used.
2. Bankapur
(i) Masjid (1538-39). Temple site.
(ii) Jmi’ Masjid (1602-03). Temple site.
(iii) Graveyard with a Masjid. Temple site.
(iv) Dongar-k-Masjid. Temple site.
(v) Dargh of Shh Alu’d-Dn-Qdir. Temple site.
(vi) Fort (1590-91). Temple materials used,
3. Balur, Masjid. Temple materials used.
4. Dambal, Mazr of Shh Abdu’llh Wal. Temple materials used.
5. Dandapur, Jmi’ Masjid. Temple materials used.
6. Dharwad, Masjid on Mailarling Hill. Converted Jain Temple.
7. Hangal
(i) Jmi’ Masjid. Temple site.
(ii) Masjid in the Fort. Temple site.
8. Hubli, 17 Masjids built by Aurangzeb in 1675 and after Temple sites.
9. Hulgur
(i) Dargh of Sayyid Shh Qdir. Temple site.
(ii) Masjid near the above Dargh. Temple site.
10. Lakshmeshwar, Kl Masjid. Temple site.
11. Misrikot, Jmi’ Masjid (1585-86). Temple site.
12. Mogha, Jmi’ Masjid. dityadeva Temple materials used.
13. Ranebennur, Qal, Masjid (1742). Temple site.
14. Savanur
(i) Jmi’ Masjid reconstructed in 1847-48. Temple site.
(ii) Dargh of Khairu’llh Shh Bdshh. Temple site.
(iii) Dargh and Masjid of Shh Kaml. Temple site.

IX. Gulbarga District.
1. Chincholi, Dargh. Temple site.
2. Dornhalli, Masjid. Temple site.
3. Firozabad
(i) Jmi’ Masjid (1406). Temple site.
(ii) Dargh of Shh Khalfatu’r-Rahmn Qdir (d. 1421). Temple site.
4. Gobur, Dargh. Ratnarya Jinlaya Temple materials used.
5. Gogi
(i) Araba’a Masjid (1338). Temple site.
(ii) Dargh of Pr Chand, Husain (1454). Temple site.
(iii) Chill of Shh Habbu’llh (1535-36). Temple site.
6. Gulbarga, Ancient Hindu city converted into a Muslim capital and the following among other monuments built on temple sites and/or with temple materials:
(i) Kaln Masjid in Mahalla Mominpura (1373).
(ii) Masjid in Shah Bazar (1379).
(iii) Jmi’ Masjid in the Fort (1367).
(iv) Masjid-i-Langar in the Mazr of Hj Zaida.
(v) Masjid near the Farman Talab (1353-54).
(vi) Dargh of Sayyid Muhammad Husain Band, Nawz Ges Darz Chisht,disciple of Shykh Nasru’d-Dn Mahmd ChrAgh-i-Dihl.
(vii) Mazr of Shykh Muhammad Sirju’d-Dn Junaid.
(viii) Mazr of Hj Zaida of Maragh (1434)
(ix) Mazr of Sayyid Husainu’d-Dn Tigh-i-Barhna (naked sword).
(x) Fort Walls and Gates.
7. Gulsharam, Dargh and Masjid of Shh Jall Husain (1553). Temple site.
8. Malkhed, Dargh of Sayyid Ja’far Husain in the Fort. Temple site.
9. Sagar
(i) Dargh of Sf Sarmast Chisht, disciple of Nzmu’d-Dn Awlya of Delhi. Temple site.
(ii) Dargh of Munawwar Bdshh. Temple site.
(iii) shur Khna Masjid (1390-91). Temple site.
(iv) Fort (1411-12). Temple materials used.
10. Seram, Jmi’ Masjid. Temple materials used.
11. Shah Bazar, Jmi’ Masjid. Temple site.
12. Shahpur
(i) Dargh of Ms Qdir (1667-68). Temple site.
(ii) Dargh of Muhammad Qdir (1627). Temple site.
(iii) Dargh of IbrAhIm Qdir. Temple site.
13. Yadgir
(i) Afthn Masjid (1573). Temple site.
(ii) Jmi’ Masjid. Temple site.

X. Kolar District.
1. Mulbagal, Dargh of Hyder Wal. Temple site.
2. Nandi, Masjid east of the village. Temple site.

XI. Mandya District.
1. Pandavapur, Masjid-i-Ala. Temple site.
2. Srirangapatnam, Jmi’ Masjid built by Tp Sultn (1787). Stands on the site of the janeya Temple.

XII. Mysore District.
Tonnur, Mazr said to be that of Sayyid Slr Mas’d (1358). Temple materials used.

XIII. North Kanara District.
1. Bhatkal, Jmi’ Masjid (1447-48). Temple site.
2. Haliyal, Masjid in the Fort. Temple materials used.

XIV. Raichur District.
1. Jaladurga, Dargh of Muhammad Sarwar. Temple site.
2. Kallur, Two Masjids. Temple sites.
3. Koppal
(i) Jmi’ Masjid. Temple site.
(ii) AraboMasjid. Temple site.
(iii) Dargh of Sailn Psh. Temple site.




The List of Hindu Temples converted to mosque in AP

A Preliminary Survey of some of the Hindu temples that were converted to mosques and muslim monuments in Andhra Pradesh is given here. Many such muslim construction have used the materials of the Hindu temple after it was destroyed by the muslims. This shows the true nature of the eligion Islam.
Some of the districts have been renamed or newly created. Some places which was under one district is now in another district. Those who read this can point out errors if any.

I. Adilabad District.
Mahur, Masjid in the Fort on the hill. Temple site.

II. Anantpur District.
1. Gooty, Gateway to the Hill Fort. Temple materials used.
2. Kadiri, Jmi’ Masjid. Temple site.
3. Konakondla, Masjid in the bazar. Temple materials used.
4. Penukonda
(i) Fort. Temple materials used.
(ii) Masjid in the Fort. Converted Temple.
(iii) Sher Khn’s Masjid (1546).38 Converted Temple.
(iv) Dargh of Babayya. Converted ÃŽvara Temple.
(v) Jmi’ Masjid (1664-65). Temple site.
(xi) Dargh of Shh Fakbru’d-Dn (1293-94). Temple site.
5. Tadpatri
(i) Jmi’ Masjid (1695-96). Temple site.
(ii) Idgh completed in 1725-26. Temple site.
6. Thummala, Masjid (1674-75). Temple site.

III. Cuddapah District
1. Cuddapah
(i) Bhp Shib-k-Masjid (1692). Temple site.
(ii) Idgh (1717-18). Temple site.
(iii) Bahdur Khn-k-Masjid (1722-23). Temple site.
(iv) Dargh of Shh Amnu’d-Dn Ges Darz (1736-37). Temple site.
2. Duvvuru, Masjid. Temple site.
3. Gandikot, Jmi’ Masjid (1690-91). Temple site.
4. Gangapuru, Masjid. Temple site.
5. Gundlakunta, Dastgr Dargh. Temple site.
6. Gurrumkonda, Fort and several other Muslim buildings. Temple materials used.
7. Jammalmaduguu, Jmi’ Masjid (1794-95). Temple site.
8. Jangalapalle, Dargh of Dastgr Swm. Converted Jangam temple.
9. Siddhavatam
(i) Qutb Shh Masjid (restored in 1808). Temple materials use.
(ii) Jmi’ Masjid (1701). Temple materials used.
(iii) Dargh of Bismillh Khn Qdir. Temple materials used.
(iv) Fort and Gateways. Temple materials used.
(v) Chowk-k-Masjid. Temple site.
10. Vutukuru
(i) Masjid at Naligoto. Temple site.
(ii) Masjid at Puttumiyyapeta. Temple site.
IV. East Godavari District.
Bikkavolu, Masjid. Temple materials used.

V. Guntur District.
1. Nizampatnam, Dargh of Shh Haidr (1609). Temple site
2. Vinukonda, Jmi’ Masjid (1640-41). Temple site.

VI. Hyderabad District.
1. Chikalgoda, Masjid (1610). Temple site.
2. Dargah, Dargh of Shh Wal (1601-02). Temple site.
3. Golconda
(i) Jmi’ Masjid on Bl Hissr. Temple site.
(ii) Trmat Masjid. Temple site.
4. Hyderabad
(i) Dargh of Shh Ms Qdir. Temple site.
(ii) Masjid on the Pirulkonda Hill (1690). Temple site.
(iii) Tol Masjid (1671). Temple materials used.
(iv) Dargh of Min Mishk (d. 1680). Temple site.
(v) Dargh of Mu’min Chup in Aliybd (1322-23). Temple site.
(vi) Hj Kaml-k-Masjid (1657). Temple site.
(vii) Begum Masjid (1593). Temple site.
(viii) Dargh of Islm Khn Naqshband. Temple site.
(ix) Dargh of Shh D’d (1369-70). Temple site.
(x) Jmi’ Masjid (1597). Temple site.
4. Maisaram, Masjid built by Aurangzeb from materials of 200 temples demolished after the fall of Golconda.
5. Secunderabad, Qadam RasUl. Temple site.
6. Sheikhpet
(i) Shaikh-k-Masjid (1633-34). Temple site.
(ii) SariwAl Masjid (1678-79). Temple tite.

VII. Karimnagar District.
1. Dharampuri, Masjid (1693). TrikTa Temple site.
2. Elangdal
(i) Mansr Khn-k-Masjid (1525). Temple site.
(ii) Alamgr Masjid (1696). Temple site.
3. Kalesyaram, lamgr Masjid. Temple site.
4. Sonipet, lamgr Masjid. Temple site.
5. Vemalvada, Mazr of a Muslim saint. Temple site.

VIII. Krishna District.
1. Gudimetta, Masjid in the Fort, Temple materials used.
2. Guduru, Jmi’ Masjid (1497). Temple materials used.
3. Gundur, Jmi’ Masjid. Converted temple.
4. Kondapalli
(i) Masjid built in 1482 on the site of a temple after Muhammad Shh BahmanI had slaughtered the Brahmin priests on the advice of Mahmd Gawn, the great Bahman Prime Minister, who exhorted the sultan to become a Ghz by means of this pious performance.
(ii) Mazr of Shh Abdul Razzq. Temple site.
5. Kondavidu
(i) Masjid (1337). Temple materials used.
(ii) Dargh of Barandaula. Temple materials used.
(iii) Qadam Sharf of dam. Converted temple.
6. Machhlipatnam
(i) Jmi’ Masjid. Temple site.
(ii) Idgh. Temple site.
7. Nandigram, Jmi’ Masjid. Temple site.
8. Pedana, Iama’il-k-Masjid. Temple site.
9. Rajkonda, Masjid (1484). Temple site.
10. Tengda, Masjid. Temple site.
11. Turkpalem, Dargh of Ghlib Shahd. Temple site.
12. Vadpaili, Masjid near NarsiMhaswmn Temple. Temple materials used.
13. Vijaywada, Jmi’ Masjid. Temple site.

IX. Kurnool District.
1. Adoni
(i) Jmi’ Masjid (1668-69). Materials of several temples used.
(ii) Masjid on the Hill. Temple materials used.
(iii) Fort (1676-77). Temple materials used.
2. Cumbum
(i) Jmi’ Masjid (1649). Temple site.
(ii) Gachinl Masjid (1729-30). Temple site.
3. Havli, Jmi’ Masjid. Temple materials used.
4. Karimuddula, Dargh. Akkadevi Temple materials used.
5. Kottakot, Jmi’ Masjid (1501). Temple site.
6. Kurnool
(i) Pr Shib-k-Gumbad (1637-38). Temple site.
(ii) Jmi’ Masjid (1667). Temple site.
(iii) Ll Masjid (1738-39). Temple site.
7. Pasupala, Kaln Masjid. Temple site.
8. Sanjanmala, Masjid. Temple sites.
9. Siddheswaram, Ashurkhna. Temple materials used.
10. Yadavalli, Mazr and Masjid. Temple sites.
11. Zuhrapur, Dargh of Qdir Shh Bukhr. Temple site.

X. Mahbubnagar District.
1. Alampur, Qal-k-Masjid. Temple materials used.
2. Jatprole, Dargh of Sayyid Shh Darwish. Temple materials used.
3. Kodangal
(i) Dargh of Hazrat Nizmu’d-DIn. Temple site.
(ii) Jmi’ Masjid. Temple site.
4. Kundurg, Jmi’ Masjid (1470-71). Temple site.
5. Pargi, Jmi’ Masjid (1460). Temple site.
6. Somasila, Dargh of Kamlu’d-Dn Baba (1642-43) Temple site.
XI. Medak District.
1. Andol, Old Masjid. Temple site.
2. Komatur, Old Masjid. Temple site.
3. Medak
(i) Masjid near Mubrak Mahal (1641). Vishnu Temple site.
(ii) Fort, Temple materials used.
4. Palat, Masjid. Temple site.
5. Patancheru
(i) Jmi’ Masjid. Temple materials used.
(ii) Dargh of Shykh Ibrhm known as Makhdmji (1583). Temple site.
(iii) Ashrufkhna. Temple site.
(iv) Fort (1698). Temple materials used.

XII. Nalgonda District.
1. Devarkonda
(i) Qutb Shh Masjid. Temple materials used.
(ii) Dargh of Sharfu’d-Din (1579). Temple site.
(iii) Dargh of Qdir Shh Wal (1591). Temple site.
2. Ghazinagar, Masjid (1576-77). Temple site.
3. Nalgonda
(i) Garh Masjid. Temple site.
(ii) Dargh of Shh Latf. Temple site.
(iii) Qutb Shh Masjid (Renovated in 1897). Temple site.
4. Pangal, lamgr Masjid. Temple site.

XIII. Nellore District.
1. Kandukuru, Four Masjids. Temple sites.
2. Nellore, Dargh named Dargmitt. Akkaslvara Temple materials used.
3. Podile, Dargh. Temple site.
4. Udayagiri
(i) Jmi’ Masjid (1642-43). Temple materials used.
(ii) Chhot Masjid (1650-51). Temple materials used.
(iii) Fort. Temple materials used.

XIV. Nizambad District.
1. Balkonda
(i) Patthar-k-Masjid. Temple site.
(ii) Idgh. Temple site.
2. Bodhan
(i) Deval Masjid. Converted Jain temple.
(ii) Patthar-k-Masjid. Temple site.
(iii) lamgr Masjid (1654-55). Temple site.
3. Dudki, Ashrufkhna. Temple materials used.
4. Fathullapur, Mu’askar Masjid (1605-06). Temple site.

XV. Osmanabad District.
Ausa, Jmi’ Masjid (1680-81). Temple site.
XVI. Rangareddy District.
Maheshwar, Masjid (1687). Madanna Pandit’s Temple site.
XVII. Srikakulam District
1. Icchapuram, Several Masjids. Temple sites.
2. Kalingapatnam, DargAh of Sayyid Muhammad Madn Awliy (1619-20). Temple materials used.
3. Srikakulam
(i) Jmi’ Masjid (1641- 42). Temple site.

(ii) Dargh of Bande Shh Wal (1641- 42). Temple site.

(iii) Atharwl Masjid (1671-72). Temple site.
(iv) Dargh of Burhnu’d-Dn Awliy. Temple site.

XVIII. Vishakhapatnam District.
1. Jayanagaram, Dargh. Temple site.
2. Vishakhapatnam, Dargh of Shh Madn. Temple site.
XIX. Warangal District.
Zafargarh, Jmi’ Masjid. Temple site.

XX. West Godavari District.
1. Eluru
(i) Fort. Temple materials used.
(ii) Sawi Masjid. Converted temple.
(iii) Qzi’s House. Somevara Temple materials used.
2. Nidavolu, Masjid. Mahdeva Temple materials used.
3. Rajamundri, Jmi’ Masjid (1324). Converted VeNugoplaswmin Temple.

Modi offers what people want.


Modi offers a new Camelot

Pritish Nandy

20 June 2013, 07:50 PM IST

There’s no doubt Narendra Modi is a big deal. He may not be everyone’s hero. But for young, urban India, those who read Chetan Bhagat and watch Kai Po Che, his appeal has grown exponentially in recent months. Media pundits (the last to climb on to his bandwagon) think he could be the next PM. From a pariah in 2002, Modi is the star of 2013. And I don’t think his support base is hardcore Hindu fanatics, as the Congress wants us to believe. Rather, it comes from young, secular, well educated, successful young men and women. They don’t follow Modi because he espouses Gujarati asmita (which he does occasionally) or sells some exotic blend of Hindutva and nationalism (which he also does, but increasingly rarely) or because he’s rabidly anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan or anti-anything. They follow him because he promises them a new India.

What this new India is no one quite knows. It’s a curious promise Modi has conjured up. Rajiv was the last Gandhi who sold us Camelot, much in the grand old tradition of the Kennedys. Modi, on the other hand, offers us a simpler version. Good roads, well built flyovers, electricity that does not fail, a modern, transactional society where corruption may exist but will not be half as corrosive and soul killing as it is today, and cities that can grow without falling apart. He doesn’t offer high pitched rhetoric on stuff everyone knows he can’t deliver on. He wants business to flourish, jobs to be created, dollars to come in, the rupee to stay strong. His vision may not be entirely inclusive. But then who offers inclusive politics in a country split by caste, religion, language, regionalism? What Modi offers is the dream of a new nation unburdened by history.

This suits our times. The young no longer care for history. Gandhi is a distant memory. Ayodhya, a bad dream. The young are not bothered about last week’s headlines, leave alone last year’s. Modi’s pogrom is a decade old. Even the Muslims have moved on since then and, like the rest of India, are thinking about jobs, careers, money and opportunities. If Modi can offer them that, integrate them into the larger Indian dream, they will be happy to forget the past and look ahead. The Congress offers them the lollypop of secularism but nothing else. And no one is enamoured of empty promises any more. The young want change. They want it quickly. Anyone who offers it to them is welcome, no questions asked.

It’s not political amnesia alone that defines them. What defines them also is the search for a new India. They have heard about it before, in election doublespeak. But once elections are over, the traditional dynamics of Indian politics come back into play. Caste based reservations. Pampering of khaps. Vote bank politics. Socialist rhetoric. Gender prejudice. And corruption, all pervasive corruption. The more things promise to change, the more they stay the same. Both Congress and the BJP have the same problem: They seek the comfort of numbers on the basis of the existing status quo. The young resent that. They know they have no role to play in such politics. Their only hope lies in change, and Modi for them represents the possibility of that change. Rahul doesn’t. (In fact, last week’s Cabinet reshuffle underscored that.)

Rahul doesn’t because he’s a Congressman, a Gandhi. Whereas Modi is not the BJP. He is a lone wolf. He may make all the right noises but he reports to no one, is accountable to none That’s why he takes the kind of decisions a party man may not, being forced to balance countervailing forces. Modi balances nothing. He allows rebellion to raise its head and then squashes it. The young see that as the capacity to act, to take a decision against all odds. That’s why Modi appeals to them. He’s everything they want to see in the new India. Quick decision making. Decisive policy changes that can achieve swift results. No looking back at the past. The burial of history, and a new Discovery of India. It’s ironic Nehru’s great grandson has abdicated that role. It’s equally ironic the BJP which saw glory in our Hindu heritage has now found itself a leader unabashedly campaigning to be the next PM on the plank of a new, modern, unapologetic identity that seeks to capture the future.

Will he succeed? I have no clue. The algorithms of electoral politics are fickle. But many people believe (and no, they are not all BJP flunkies) that he could. Traditional arithmetics don’t give him the numbers. But then, a wave just might.

Islam will not change, Muslims will, says Taslima Nasreen.


Islam will not change, Muslims will.


Taslima Nasreen

Some ex-Muslims believe Islam is resistant to change. They think there are a few reasons why the Islamic tradition is more resistant to change and the creation of a secular liberal breathing space for adherents than many other religious traditions appear to be.

The reasons are:

(1)…. Islam has historically had an expansionist and political dimension.
It was formulated at a time of war and is completely embroiled in the Arab imperialistic ambitions of the time.
While there is war and brutality in the Old Testament, there is no call for global war – the conflicts are quite local. In effect Islam became a kind of meta-tribalism when it was formulated.

Also, orthodox Islam explicitly sees no distinction between the sacred and the secular: social spheres have to be patterned according to sacred dictates.

Contrast this with Christianity, in which Jesus reportedly tells his followers to render unto Caesar his due, and unto God his due.

(2)… Islam sees its core text, the Quran, as being, more or less, God incarnate.
What Jesus is to Christianity, the Quran is to Islam.

Jesus is the logos in Christianity, the flesh-made-Word, whereas in Islam, it is the Quran that is the logos, the Word-made-flesh.

This is problematic because it means that Muslims have a hard time accepting that parts of the Quran are highly situated in very specific temporal contexts. Add to this the idea that Islam believes it is the final religion and the Quran is therefore the final text for all time and all places, and you can see that the seeds of literalism are sown right into the orthodox, classical tradition itself.

By contrast the idea of an eternally infallible text is not found in Christianity (the Bible is considered inspired, but still the work of human minds) or in the Indian / Asian religions.

(3)… Islam has somehow gotten saddled with this arrogant claim of Muhammad being not only the final prophet, but also the best human being to have ever existed in human history.

This is in contrast to the prophets of Israel in the Old Testament, who are seen as being basically human beings dealing with the challenges of life and existence as best as they could.

My impression of Muhammad as a man is that he seems to have started off as a humble and honest merchant, but the second half of his life shows that some major transformation took place: he behaved no differently from an average Arab warlord of that era (not that I am judging it by modern-day ethical standards — just observing), and it looks like the military conquests, multiple wives and influx of concubines and slaves just went to his head.

Many people have pointed out the differences between the conciliatory Meccan and more aggressive Medinan suras of the Quran.

(4) Unlike Hinduism or Buddhism or other Eastern religions, it can be reduced to a single man and a single scripture.
The same is true for Christianity as well of course, and Judaism to a lesser extent. This kind of reductionism encourages a religion to be a more closed system and discourages diversity and pluralism.

(5) The traditional Sunni orthodoxy is anti-innovation to the core, and all new ideas are considered as the devil’s handiwork and to be approached as cautiously as possible.
This has caused Islam to stagnate remarkably and has prevented its growth or evolution in any meaningful way. Here even Christianity and Judaism are different from Islam and have shown some fairly strong progressive and innovative movements through the ages (most recently, witness the rise of Emergent Christianity under which even evangelicals are taking a post-modern turn, and Process Theology inspired by Alfred North Whitehead, a contemporary of Bertrand Russell).

(6) Every orthodoxy needs a heterodoxy to keep it from stagnating too much, and every heterodoxy needs an orthodoxy to keep it from becoming reckless.

This is true not just for religion but also for science and for virtually every human endeavor.

Whether we are conservative or liberal, the future terrifies us even as it beckons us, and it is just natural to want to regress to the comforts of what is stable and known no matter how stale it has become.

But the Sunni Islamic tradition has exaggerated this fear of the unknown to such monumental proportions that it has squashed freedom of expression and thus every single heterodox movement. The only “heterodoxy” that has survived is the Shi’ites, and they only differ with the Sunnis on doctrinal issues that don’t have much of a bearing as far as social realities go.

(7) Islam is, to my mind, the only religion in the world with developed orthodox doctrines on how to treat unbelievers and apostates, and convinced of its universalizing mission which can even be implemented by coercion.
In other words identity politics are built right into the orthodox Islamic tradition. This makes the radical politicization of Islam even more problematic and endangers all those who dare to question the received wisdom.

Christianity is also a universalizing, prosyletizing religion, but its imperialistic ambitions (a) were not really based on the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth who was nonviolent (see also the comment above about rendering unto Caesar his due and rendering unto God his); and (b) have largely been surrendered in today’s context.

( 8 ) There is hardly a female voice to be found in Islam.

Christianity still has the figure of the Virgin Mary and even Mary Magdalene in the non-canonical Gospels, as well as numerous female Christian saints. Christ definitely had a feminine side and used to take female disciples, which was revolutionary for his era. Some of the Hindu scriptures are partially authored by women, and likewise for Buddhism. Both Hinduism and Buddhism have Tantric schools that elevate women to the status of goddesses and also certain very spiritual schools of thought according to which experience is supposed to trump intellectual dogmas which has allowed them to evolve.

Some of the reasons are good but nothing can prevent religion or religious people from changing, reforming and evolving. I am more interested in modern humans than ancient religions.

Muslim rulers have been using Islam for their own interests, they keep people in ignorance, women in slavery, and allow the persecution of the people of different faiths. They do not allow criticism of Islam.

You suppress critical thinking means you suppress the ability to think clearly and rationally, to engage in reflective and independent thinking. If criticism of Islam is allowed in the Muslim countries, I believe many Muslims will become agnostic or atheists, or become secular and will ask for secular state, secular laws and secular education.

It is not true that Islam can not be changed, Islamic laws have been slightly or considerably reformed in many different Islamic countries. But this is not enough. Revolution is always better than reformation. It doesn’t matter how much you sugarcoat myths, myths will never be facts.

Ignorance about true Islam is one of the main reasons for most Muslims to resist changes in Islam. Changes happened in most of the Western countries because free thinkers were allowed to criticize churches, priests, and Christianity.
Educated and enlightened people in the Christian societies abolished religious rules, separated state and religion before other religious communities did.

We now see more non-religious people are in the Western Christian countries than in the Muslim countries. Muslim men and women whoever leave Islam or criticize Islam still get killed, harassed, tortured, exiled. But I do not think Muslims will take much time to be secular and liberal if Muslim rulers instead of talking action against the people who criticize Islam, take action against the religionists who violate other’s human rights and the right to freedom of expression.
Christians were not less violent than Muslims. If Christians can change themselves, Muslims can. They are all humans.

There is no need to make ancient religions evolve to modern religions. Religion will always have conflicts with rationality and science. Religious scriptures and religious laws are not compatible with the modern concepts of human rights, women’s rights and the laws that are based on equality. All religious scriptures are out of place, out of time. Religion alone is powerless. People have enormous power to make a religion survive for centuries, or to go extinct.

I am hopeful that someday Muslims will make Islam die out. Zeus, Poseidon, Hermes, Athena, Apollo, Neptune, Jupiter, Odin, Thor and thousands of gods died, Allah will die too.

National Security is compromised by Ishrat case – article by Narain Kataria.



The recent charge sheet filed in Ishrat Jehan encounter in 2004 by CBI against 7 patriotic Hindu police officers is not only politically motivated and mala fide in its intent but also outrageous and reprehensible in its content. It could embolden terror outfits like Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Tayiba, The Taliban, Indian Mujahideen; and boost the morale of several other Pakistani terrorist groups waiting for an opportunity to kill and murder innocent Indian citizens.

In this case, we should understand in unambiguous terms that it is not purely the question of law and order. We are fighting a war unleashed by Pakistan and anti-Indian and fifth columnists planted by our enemies in the Indian State. It should be dealt with the full force of the State. Any weakening under the guise of human rights will give fillip to the anti-India forces waiting in the wings to tear apart Indian State.

Sonia Gandhi and her Congress is mortally afraid of Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi. They are worried that if he becomes the next Prime Minister of India, Sonia Family would be put either in Tihar Jail for plundering billions of dollars from poor Indians, encouraging missionaries to convert gullible and poor Hindus by force, fraud and allurement to Christianity and indirectly supporting Islamic terrorism. Another option for the Family will be to flee from India.

We believe that CBI charge sheet is a part of the sinister conspiracy hatched between Sonia Gandhi and her political adviser Ahmad Patel. The aim of this charge sheet is to tarnish Narendr Modi’s image, destroy his credibility, nail him, fix him, disqualify him from fighting elections in 2014 even at the cost of national security.

In order to implement their mean, mendacious and atrocious design, Ahmed Patel and Sonia Gandhi have already posted several Muslims and Christians in most sensitive positions to reduce Hindus to second class citizens in their own country as mentioned in my blog:

“Salman Khurshid, Foreign Minister of India;
E. Ahmad, India’s Minister for External Affairs;
Syed Akbarddin, the spokesman for the Ministry of External Affairs;
Chief of Intelligence Bureau, Syed Asif Ibrahim;
Chief Justice of India, Altmas Kabir;
Attorney General of India, Goolam E. Vahanvati;
Vice President of India Mohammed Hameed Ansari;
Health Minister Gulam Nabi Aza;,
Union Minister Farooq Abdullah, K. Rahman Khan,
Sonia Gandhi’s political Advisor Ahmad Patel all are Muslims.
Former Chief Election Commissioner of India, S.Y. Qureshi was also a Muslim.

Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul Gandhi, Defense Minister A.K. Anthony, Air Chief Marshall Norman Anil Kumar Browne all are Christians.”

The Governor of Jharkhand Syed Ahmed and the Governor of Uttrakhand Dr. Aziz Qureshi, are both Muslims.
There are unconfirmed rumors that several Congress Ministers and leaders like Ambika Soni, Manish Tiwari, Anand Sharma, Jagan Reddy (not with Sonia any more), Ajit Jogi, masquerading under Hindu names are also converts to Islam or Christianity.

Several Muslims officials have been posted in very sensitive posts in CBI. For example the CBI’s Director of Prosecution Abdul Aziz was re-employed through a proposal moved by the Department of Personnel Training (DoPT) after his retirement in July when his status was equivalent to that of a Joint Secretary. CBI’s Special Director Salim Ali was specifically appointed to lead the investigation with an eye to fix Narendra Modi and and degrade, demonize and demoralize other Hindu officials of IB.

In this connection, it would be worthwhile to note that in appointing Sayed Asif Ibrahim as Chief of Intelligence Bureau, the government had overlooked three officers (Hindus?) one year senior to him in the Indian Police Service. ( http://www.rediff.com/news/special/asif-ibrahim-as-ib-chief-reading-between-the-lines/20121126.htm)

It would not be out of place to mention here that Sonia Gandhi has composed a National Advisory Council (NAC). Most of its members are far left guys, leftists, communists, Muslims and Christians. They have come up with a bill “Prevention of Communal and Targetted Violence Bill”. The aim of this Bill is also to gag the voice of Hindus in their own country and terrorize them into submission.

The appointment of Najeeb Jung, last week, a Muslim Vice Chancellor President of Jamia Millia Islamis, as the Lt. Governor of Delhi has sent shock waves all over the Hindu world. Hindus look at it as a horrendous scheme to promote Islam in India.

Here are some examples of harassment of patriotic Hindu Police officials. In the past six months the CBI enquiry spearheaded by Muslim CBI officials has methodically victimized the Hindu police officers, beginning with the arrest and incarceration of G.L. Singhal. On June 4, 2013 suspended IPS officer D. G. Vanzara was arrested by the CBI, from Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad, after he was transferred a day ago from a Mumbai Jail, where he was lodged as he is an accused in Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter killing case of 2005. Arrest warrants are pending for Gujarat Additional DGP (Crime) P.P. Pandey, who is in hiding, though he has filed an appeal in the Supreme Court to get the FIR cancelled. On May 2013, IB Special Director Rajendra Kumar summoned for interrogation.

There are several proofs (which CBI has chosen to ignore) that Ishrat Jehan was a Lashkar-e-Taiba suicide bomber. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had apparently informed the Intelligence Bureau (IB) that Ishrat Jehan was a Lashkar-e-Taiba suicide bomber.

Ishrat Jehan and Javed did a reconnaissance mission in Ahmedabad on May 13-14 and stayed at Hotel Shivganga, in Ahmedabad as a married couple after which they returned back to Uttar Pradesh. The staff at the Mezban Hotel in Lucknow claim that Sheikh and Ishrat, using the pseudonyms Abdul Rahim and Ishrat Ayesha, shared room 204 on four days in May 2004. Mohammad Wasi, a resident of Ibrahimpur in Faizabad, says the visitors tried to buy weapons from local mafioso Javed Khan. Javed and Ishrat returned to Ahmedabad on May 24, 2004 and performed a reconnaissance mission in Ahmedabad. From Ahmedabad, Ishrat went to Nasik and Javed went to pay his family a visit to Kerala. (http://dnasyndication.com/dna/article/DNAHM43933 )

Ishrat Jahan was a part of hit squad (Amjad Ali Rana alias Babbar alias Salim, Zeeshan Johar, and Javed Gulam Sheikh) to kill L.K. Advani and Narendra Modi. This proves her guilt by association.

In February 2013, Intelligence Bureau Chief, Asif Ibrahim , though a Muslim, for a change wrote a strongly worded letter to CBI where he backed up the IB’s claim that Ishrat was an LeT operative. Indeed, Ibrahim was so convinced about the case he had, that when CBI did not desist even after his letter, he escalated the matter to Home Ministry and even PMO level.

The Gujarat High Court-appointed SIT – additional DG of Central Industrial Security Force R R Verma, additional DG Mohan Jha and inspector general Satish Verma – agree: the four, who were killed in the encounter, had links with terrorist outfits.

In the backdrop what has been stated above, it is clear that Sonia and Ahmed Patel are hell bent on tarnishing Narendra Modi’s image at any cost. In order to win Muslim votes, they would even go to any extent to compromise national security.

Sonia and Ahmed Patel are misusing CBI to achieve their anti-India agenda. It is a paradox that many Hindus are supporting them for their personal aggrandizement. It is a matter of great regret and shame that seeds of suspicion are being sown between two nationally important intelligence agencies by the Congress Party. This is tantamount to treason and could endanger Indian security system.

It is a matter of great concern that on one hand China and Pakistan are hobnobbing to encircle India from outside, and on the other hand Sonia and Ahmed Patel in collaboration with anti-national forces are weakening and destroying India and Hindus from within.

Narain Kataria


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