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Communal violence bigger threat than Terrorism, Hindu terrorism more dangerous than Muslim

New Delhi: Renowned thinker and analyst, Dr. Javed Jamil has called upon all lovers of peace to realise the dangers ahead, not only on account of violence of various kinds, but also on account of the second round of Privatisation, which has begun under Modi government. He was delivering a talk on “Growing Fascism in India, its causes and solution” at Jamaat-e Islami Hind headquarters. Explaining the term “fascism”, he said that while the actual word came into usage after the First World War, Pharaoh was perhaps the first fascist ruler in the history of mankind who practised all the elements of fascism, including authoritarianism, radicalisation, intimidation and violence in suppressing the minority community of the descendents of Israel. He said that “while at the international level, currently America is involved in the most dangerous kind of fascism, in India Hindutva represents the same ideology of radicalisation, authoritarianism, a specific kind of nationalism and intimidation.”

Giving statistics, Dr Jamil said, “Communal violence is a muh bigger threat than terrorism, and Hindu terrorism more dangerous than Muslim terrorism”. He said that the few big terrorist attacks in India did not kill more than 300 people, while a large number of communal riots killed several thousand people. Not only around 80 percent of the dead in communal riots belonged to a minority community, out of all terrorist-related deaths, those attributed to Muslim outfits are an insignificant minority. He said that while the official figures indicate a death toll of around 15,000 in Hindu-Muslim riots in last 50 years, the unofficial estimates may well be near one hundred thousand. He said that out of around 35,000 terrorism-related deaths in India, only 15,00 have allegedly been caused by Muslim terrorists. Naxalites have killed more than 11,000 in last 30 years and Ulfa have killed more than 18,000 in last two decades. Still, Hindutvavadis have the audacity to say that “all terrorists are Muslims.” He asserted that Hindutvavadis tried to argue that Naxalites were non-believing Hindus, but forget that Census shows them as Hindus. “If they have any new definition of Hindu, they should declare all leftists as non-Hindus”.

Referring to Dadri cold-blooded murder of Akhlaq, he said, “even if the family was really eating beef, a mob could be allowed to take law into its own hands” and it was a clear example of how rumours are deliberately spread to incite violence against a particular community. He called for booking the culprits under POTA.

Dr. Jamil called upon Muslim intellectuals and organisations to stop being apologetic and defensive, always giving explanations to the questions raised by enemies. They should be in a position to pose questions to them. They should produce all the relevant statistics on communal violence. At the same time, he cautioned against allowing communalism to become the central issue in Indian politics. This would be like playing into the hands of communal forces, he warned.

He said that communalism of the late 1980s and 90s was a cover-up for the first round of privatisation, and by creating communal frenzy, a possible movement against the new economic policy was forestalled. Even Leftists got befooled and, instead of opposing privatisation, used all their energies fighting communalism. Now, when Modi has started the second round of privatisation, communal frenzy is again being generated. Media, intellectual circles and political parties are again busy debating communalism rather than discussing the huge aggravation of economic disparity the new round of privatisation is going to cause.

Dr Jamil warned that 2017 may be the year when big communal riots can hit the country. “If the party in power fails to retain the confidence of its supporters, it might resort to instigating big riots based upon its belief that communal riots bring big political dividends,” he said.

He called upon Muslims not to overreact and prepare a long-term plan with wisdom and farsightedness. He explained that while international fascism was primarily against the morality which Islam preaches, Indian fascism is not against these values but against the Muslim identity. He said that the moral values of all religions are almost the same, and this commonness must be explored to de-poison communalism.

In an answer to a question, Dr Jamil expressed his disappointment that despite the huge efforts he made in preparing “Muslim Vision of Secular India: Destination & roadmap”, Muslim leaders and organisations only paid lip service to it and did not take a lead in implementing the comprehensive roadmap given in the document. “It is a much bigger exercise than Sachar Committee or Ranganatahn Commission Report, as it presents Muslim problems and Muslim view in entirety and provides a comprehensive framework for the progress of Muslims comprising ideological empowerment, political empowerment, social empowerment and economic empowerment,” he said.   

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 November 2015 on page no. 2

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