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Indian Mujahideen: A Constant Scapegoat

There’s a news on a popular portal (Rediff.com) that the self-sufficient Indian Mujahideen feels that Pakistanis are brothers. Now this is the sheer mischief of Indian print, visual and online media.

I’m not a supporter of a terrorist outfit like IM but I strongly feel that its arrested “key operator” like Yasin Bhatkal’s every supposed statement is being taken out of context to malign an entire community.

There’s a term in media: Taken out of context. Just a few days ago it was in the newspapers that IM wanted to nuke Surat barring Muslims. How’s it possible? Did news agencies check and confirm that Bhatkal indeed stated and recorded this statement?

Now police and NIA say that the Indian Mujahideen is emotionally as well as ideologically close(r) to Pakistani Muslims. Hindus have no idea of the exalted philosophy of Islamic brotherhood. Agreed, it professes that Muslims all over the world of any ethnicity and country are brothers, but at the same time, it also underlines that all human beings are interconnected. Mankind is a mosaic of interwoven communities and races.

Right from independence, Muslims have never been considered as integral to India. They were termed as traitors and disloyal. Granted, Pakistan is no saint but its citizens are as good or bad as the Indians are. If a ‘disloyal’ community’s few oppressed youths think that people of the other side empathise with them and their cause, is it a felony? Is it a crime that amounts to treason or sedition? What have Indian Muslims got from India in all these years? This is a disturbing question that calls for a definite answer and no beating around the bush.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 January 2014 on page no. 2

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