MIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi has followed his brother Akbaruddin to jail in connection with a 2005 assault case on the collector of Medak district. Police had filed a case against both Asaduddin and Akbaruddin for obstructing authorities when they were demolishing a place of worship. There were incidents of stoning in Hyderabad and tension reigned in the Old City as Asaduddin was remanded to 14 days' judicial custody. Six RTC buses were targeted and shops downed shutters in the Old City. Asaduddin, who surrendered in the Sangareddy court, was immediately sent to jail. While Akbar's arrest was triggered by inflammatory speeches in Nizamabad and Adilabad, political observers say the action against Asad boils down to vendetta politics. A case which is well over seven years old has been dug up to put the senior Owaisi behind bars. MIM supporters are seething with rage and say that this will distance the Congress even further from Muslim minorities.
The official word emanating from CM Kiran Kumar's camp is that "the law has taken its own course". But whispers in the Gandhi Bhavan say that Kiran Kumar did not take too kindly to being labelled a Sangh Parivar man by Asaduddin Owaisi. However, many worry that the twin arrests will backfire on the Kiran Kumar government. Police presence in the Old City has been increased and so far there has been no large-scale violence.
Another MIM MLA representing Charminar, Ahmed Pasha Quadri, who made objectionable remarks about Mahatma Gandhi's statue presence in the state assembly, appears to be next in line. Addressing a gathering in Karimnagar on January 17, Ahmed Pasha had said that though the Nizams had constructed the Assembly building, Gandhi's statue was installed there. "Kiske baap ka building aur kisko laake bithaya," the MLA asked of the gathering. Police have already registered complaints against him and it appears that action is due anytime soon.
MIM leaders question why Congress Ministers Mukesh Goud and Danam Nagender who have several cases registered against them for roughing up people and officials alike have faced no arrest so far.
Crossing the Ts
Telangana is coming; Statehood soon; T garam garam; Referendum in Hyderabad: These were the headlines floating around in the media over the last few days. Congress leaders and union cabinet colleagues Vayalar Ravi and Ghulam Nabi Azad were the ones who set the cat among the pigeons again during a meeting with Seemandhra leaders. Vayalar Ravi reportedly told the anti-statehood petitioners that Telangana statehood was a given and that they'd have to take it or leave it. Soon enough, TV channels began buzzing with T in a day or two kind of stories while Vayalar Ravi, as is his nature, issued another statement denying it all. Surprisingly, through all the drama, it was the Telangana leaders who chose to wait and watch instead of early celebrations. God knows they've been down the road of false starts before and the response was understandably muted. TRS leader K Chandrasekhara Rao who has retreated to his farmhouse in Medak yet again is probably waiting for union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's January 28 deadline. Shinde had said that a decision would be taken by January 28, 2013.
In the meantime, the usual concern over the status of Hyderabad continues. Will it be a part of Telangana, a joint capital or a Union Territory in case the UPA government actually decides to concede statehood? Leaders of various parties from Telangana have been maintaining a studied silence. The ball's in Shinde's court now.
Speaking of courts, the Nampally Special Court has given the nod for CBI to prosecute Mopidevi Venkata Ramana and Dharamana Prasada Rao in the VANPIC (Vadarevu and Nizampattanam Port and Industrial Corridor) land allotment case. While Mopidevi is already in jail in connection with the Jagan illegal assets case, Dharmana still holds the portfolio of Roads and Buildings. The Kiran cabinet which had denied permission to the CBI to prosecute Dharmana will have no option but to accept the minister's resignation now. Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy who was seen as shielding Dharmana has lost this round to the courts.
The Litmus Fan Test
Ram Charan Tej's latest release Nayak falls into the customised fan formula bracket. Masala, gravity defying dances, fights, comedy and the mandatory romantic song-in-snow. The song Subhalekha raaskunna is a reprise of an old Chiranjeevi song. Ram Charan and Amala Paul sizzle in the number which was shot in Iceland. So it's bye bye, Switzerland . All credit goes to Amala Paul who in her chiffon manages to look as if she's dancing next to a radiator, her sultry pout fuller than ever. Must say that Ram Charan sounds more and more like his dad Chiranjeevi these days. Especially, when he says "Mana (Hindi equivalent of the royal hum) fans happy ga unnaru." In other words, Hamare fans khush hue. Or check out his remarks about Amala Paul. Aa ammayi baaga dance chesindi. "That girl danced well. She pleasantly surprised me." In other words, it is a given for fans that 'mana' Ram Charan will obviously dance well. It is the poor leading ladies who have to live up the litmus fan test. Ram Charan also had a word of advice for youngsters. "You have to be aware of politics, your MLA, of the government's functioning." Chiranjeevi sure seems to be coaching his darling lad well. And if in any doubt, please do refer to the name of the film.
Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
As usual the author has little ground reality in her story, the Majlis has been sleeping with congress ever since Mrs Indira Gandhi visited Darussalam in mid 70’s....only for a brief period in the name of babri masjid the relationship got broken....MIM was always involved in CM changes...many a time on behest of YSR...who had to wait nearly 20 years to fulfil his ambition.....MIM wanted to sleep with YSR congress and it created communal situation in the name of Bhagyalakshmi temple issue.............if not for some alert person and social media these criminals would have got away............if not for the police intervention.....MIM goons would have been shitting in their pants...there has been systematic police protection to them & their deeds.........it’s high time stop singing their song in this magazine for the sake of credibility
MIM are a bunch of foul-mouthed incompetent bastards, who are thriving on the ignorance of the local Muslim population in Hyderabad. Both the Owaisi brothers have made foul and disgusting speeches, and incited hatred several times. They have some "secular" chamchas who support them despite the clear hate-mongering and intolerance of other communities. This has to end. Hyderabadi Muslims are generally an enlightened group. They are not fools. It is precisely because of these opportunistic scoundrels that the tensions in the old city are ignited periodically. The MIM is a clear descendent of the murderous Razakar hooligans who ran for their lives holding their tails in their hands as the Indian army liberated Hyderabad. Now they are running the show. It is a complete waste of opportunity by the useless politicians of the city.
Both the Akbaruddin and Asaduddin should be prosecuted with the full force of law. Their chamchas should be rounded up and made to realize that hate speech will not be tolerated in India.
MIM is as anti-national as the RSS parivar (as aptly described by Shinde). Such communal outfits must be hounded out from our midst.
Asaduddin, Akbaruddin and all the other fucking uddin bastards have to be put in jail.
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