Is India a
by Dr. Kaukab
"Slum Dog Millionaire" Along with Dalit Voice
magazine Provide Clues to the Real India
Indians are going to the polls and India
is casually described in U.S.
media as the world's biggest democracy probably owing to its population. The
reality of India
is its massive poverty which is so horrific that it boggles the imagination.
The movie "Slum Dog Millionaire" gives viewers some flavor of the
scope and immensity of the suffering of the people. The recent mujahideen raid
on Mumbai [Bombay] created the impression that Mumbai is a
city of glittering hotels where rich Indian Americans like Newsweek editor
Fareed Zakaria and affluent Jews from Israel
"Slum Dog" gives an aerial view of Mumbai, of several
million people living desperate lives in shanties. The movie got the highest
Oscar awards but did not attract the sympathy of America's
Zionist controlled media. One reason could be that it contains a scene of a
Hindu mob attacking the Muslim slum and setting living people on fire,
including a main character's mother.
The poor masses find solace in India's
vast movie industry known as "Bollywood." People like Amitabh Bachan,
a popular film star, have fans whom Obama would envy. The movie demolishes Bachan
in a powerful scene in which he arrives at the slum in a helicopter to give out
autographs. The masses live on illusions. Democracy in India
Most Indians overseas are nationalists and will not let
Americans know what is happening in India.
For real insight into India,
one has to read DALIT VOICE edited by my venerable friend V.T Rajshekar. He is
brilliant, umcompromising and consistent in his exposure of human suffering in India.
He points out that India
is in the death grip of the caste system ruled by Brahmins. The Black people of
India, the Dalits, are the majority
but India is
ruled by a 15% Brahmin minority, Rajshekar writes.
The extent to which India's
ruling class has looted India
would turn Pakistani President Zardari green with envy. An article in the March
1-15, 2009 issue of Dalit Voice points out that Indian elites have $1,456
billion stashed away in Swiss banks.
As for the rights of women, Rajshekar quotes from an Indian
newspaper, The Hindu, "Forty per cent of the world's child marriages take
place in India,
resulting in a vicious cycle of gender discrimination, illiteracy and high
infant and maternal mortality rates."
Most people outside India
do not know that India
is being rent asunder by centrifigal forces. India
could easily disintegrate if Pakistan
were led by a Mahmud Ghaznavi or a Muhammad Ghori with the ability to
Notice the burden of anti-democratic force India
is using against its own people:
1. Kashmir is a Muslim state which wants to join Pakistan
but is held down by 700,000 Indian troops, the biggest occupation army in the
world. The entire Kashmiri people have been subjected to human rights abuses by
the Indian army, including rape as a weapon of terror and suppression. Several
hundred thousand Kashmirs have taken refuge in Pakistan.
2. Khalistan. Sikhs have suffered untold suffering under
Indian rule and have wanted to create their own state known as Khalistan. They
were suppressed with the utmost brutality by the Indian army. The holiest temple
of the Sikhs was occupied and desecrated by Indian military forces. Thousands
of Sikhs died resisting India.
After that India
implemented "anti-terrorism" laws in Sikh territories. Hundreds of
Sikh youths were executed in fake encounters with the police and thousands of
others suffered arbitrary prison terms.
3. Many Indians have accepted Christianity to escape the
rigors of the caste system but they have not been able to escape Hindu bigotry.
In recent years scores of churches have been burned down by Hindus, and
Christians slaughtered and nuns raped.
5. Northeastern India
is in crisis with recurring uprisings of peasants led by Maoist and Naxalite
4. Muslims periodically suffer at the hands of Hindu mobs
[as shown in the Slum Dog movie]. The historic Babri mosque was demolished by
Hindu mobs organized by Brahmins on the false pretext that it was built on the
birth place of the Hindu god [a story which turned out to be fabricated.]
Muslims are terrified in India
owing to yearly attacks and massacres, big and small, including the mass murder
and rape of Muslim women in Gujarat. They are so
terrified that they are refusing to accept and bury the bodies of the
mujahideen who were killed in the Mumbai raid.
[Dalit Voice often complains that India's
Muslim organizations are trying to integrate into Hindu India instead of
challenging the tyranny of Hinduism.] India's
upper class Muslim groups have been issuing statements against
"terrorism" [somewhat like ISNA in America]
while keeping quiet about Indian atrocties in Kashmir.
There is hope for Islam among India's
Muslim youth such as those who were part of SIM [Students Islamic Movement]
which has been banned by India.
These youth groups are in touch with Black Indians [Dalits]. When a prominent
African American Muslim, Hodari Abdul Ali, a friend of mine, visited India,
he was given an unprecedented welcome by both Indian Muslim students and Black
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