Reservation- justified or not?

Reservation has become a major issue in Haryana and jats have been fighting for their so called right. I must say seeing the condition of rohtak, i cannot find much difference between Jammu&Kashmir and Rohtak, the only difference being in J&K these violent acts are done by terrorist and in Rohtak these are the citizens of the country doing so; really shameful it is. There are several videos of jats buring buses, trains, police stations and government is bearing loss in crores.

If this is how things are meant to be done then let all the communities come out and destroy the nation slowly. I am sorry but this is not the way things are meant to be done. First of all,reservation is meant for people who are economically backward and to ensure equality of opportunities to those; not for the richer dumb class who have profited from Green Revolution and are not capable of getting admissions on merit. Second of all, if you want reservation then there is a systematic way of doing everything; file a writ petition in High Court or Supreme Court.

There have been news saying there is high alert in delhi, jaipur etc because terrorist might use this as an opportunity. It is very despicable to see how much we hate terrorism and now indirectly promoting it.

At one side  our soldiers are fighting for us without caring about their lives and thousands of them die every year and it breaks my heart and definitely their heart too after seeing the condition of nation. Is it the nation for which they sacrificed their lives? Don’t let their sacrifice go in vain. Be a citizen who is worth protecting for. #IncredibleIndia

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Let the Peace Prevail

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Abdul was taking his last breadth
living last few moments of his life,
He was called a terrorist
who crossed the border of India
with dangerous intentions,
But he was not born as a Terrorist!
He was not born with this mindset,
it was given to him by people!
He was killed in a cease fire,
Also many people got injured in same,
And a small kid Faizal was killed
He was innocent but
then why did he deserve this?
Soldiers of India and Pakistan,
both keep fighting on borders
taking each others lives,
protecting their Nations,
but from whom?
So many mothers loose their sons
sisters loose their brothers, wives loose their husbands,
this loss takes place at both sides
then who gains and who wins?
What is the reason of this war?
Why this hatred? Why this terrorism?

Let the Peace prevail for once and see how this world becomes paradise!

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Yakub Memom’s Death Punishment- Justified or not?

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Thousands of Families are still surrounded by the Air of Melancholy as the death of their loved ones in the Mumbai Serial Bomb Blast 1993 have left the families in torment. We live in a Nation where the life of a Barbaric Ruthless Inhuman Terrorist is so important that his death has become a debatable topic. A terrorist’s death is being mourned by hundreds of people. I believe that it was truly justified and see no reason to consider him innocent. It was purely fair as the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India resumed the case hearing of Yakub Memon (The Mastermind of Mumbai Serial Blast 1993) at 2:30 am in the morning even after the dismissal of the Curative petition. If we recall the past then a total number of 257 innocent civilian were killed and more than 800 people were severely injured in 13 bomb blasts. Mercy is not meant for such Ruthless & Cruel Terrorists. From past 22 years the voice of people are full of despair, The Sacrifice & Martyrdom of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh & the Lionhearted Soldiers of India is not a vain attempt, it is the time when we all have to unite against this Evil of Terrorism. JAI HIND!!

ISIS is not Islamic

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Terror organisations such as ISIS are not only spreading death and chaos in the world but also insulting Islam and its followers.

They say they believe in God.
They think they fulfil Allah’s wish.
They kill in the name of Islam.
Everything they do, they say for Islam.

Really?
Does Islam asks to kill innocent people? Does Islam orders to kill children who go to school because of education? Does Islam wants the spread of terror and destruction?

No. Not at all. Islam indeed is a very peaceful religion. The Quran actually is against violence. So, the terror groups which claim that they follow Islam do not do so actually. In reality, they are insulting God by spreading wrong in the name of God.

Ideology and the rise of terror

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Militant ‘Islamic’ movements are organisations born out of particular configurations of geopolitics and superpower interventions. Beginning as resistance movements and later moving on by aiming to create new states, their strategies have been ideological and violent with scant regard for human rights.

The first two weeks of 2015 have not helped moderate Muslims anywhere in the world. Between the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Syria) [ISIS/ISIL and now IS], the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Boko Haram and the renegade gunmen claiming allegiance to the al-Qaeda in Yemen that shot the cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo, the world seems to have exploded in a frenzy of Islamic ideology-fuelled killing. Reactions to Islamic radicals conducting acts of terror have been varied. Between the Moroccan-born Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, rudely telling Muslims to get out of his country, the thousands of people in Germany marching in an anti-Islam demonstration, anchor Jeanine Pirro on Fox News saying “we need to kill them” and Rupert Murdoch tweeting about holding Muslims collectively responsible for terrorism, common Muslims everywhere are being forced to apologise and take responsibility for the dangerous actions of less than one per cent of the world’s total Muslim population.

Insurgents as global terrorists

People that believe such things seem to have missed some key pieces of information pertaining to the rise of some of these movements. In this piece, I will attempt to historicise the rise of some militant “Islamic” movements so that in our public debate we may have balance and some context. This is important because the rationalisations that are coming our way use Islam as the driving force behind all recent acts of terror. I believe that we need to shift this debate onto more logical terrain, i.e., we need to understand the conditions which beget certain types of insurgent and terrorist organisations. I assert here that Islamic ideology alone is not the driving force behind these organisations. Islamic ideology is merely the fabric in which an articulation of inequality, marginalisation, and alienation is embedded or stitched. Islamic ideology is deployed to get new recruits to particular terrorist groups. Think of such ideology as an advertising strategy or a marketing campaign to get people to adhere to the political causes being championed by these groups at the barrel of a gun.

“With the left discredited in societies with strong ethnic and religious sentiments, the fallback ideology of rebellion is mostly religion-based.”

Let’s start with the usual suspect, the Taliban. Raised by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to fight the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan in 1979, the Taliban went on to capture power in Afghanistan after its western handlers left and the Cold War ended. What followed in Afghanistan was brutal fighting between several Taliban leaders; some of whom under Mullah Omar were able to consolidate a new Afghan state. Common Afghans suffered during this period of civil war and deal brokering. Osama bin Laden, initially a Taliban recruit, floated al-Qaeda, which, after 9/11, was forced into a partnership with the Taliban in a resistance against the American invasion of Afghanistan. The war with the U.S. destroyed whatever state the Taliban had created and fragmented both organisations — the Taliban and al-Qaeda — leading to different splinters of the same groups in West Asia and South Asia, each practising deadlier violence to distinguish itself from its competitors.

Similarly, IS was once known as Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) led by the Jordanian terrorist Al Zarqawi, who was killed in 2006 in a targeted attack by the U.S. Air Force. In 2003, AQI began fighting the American occupation of Iraq. Later it merged with other small resistance groups and turned into the Mujahideen Shura Council, before emerging as the ISIS under the leadership of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Again, IS also emerged as a reaction to western intervention in West Asia and gradually broadened its scope to Syria during the protests against President Bashar al-Assad.

Boko Haram (western education is forbidden) arose in Nigeria in the mid-1990s as a moderate Islamic group in the aftermath of the Biafran War, which left two million people dead between 1967-1970 following the brutal suppression of the people of Biafra by the Nigerian government, supported by prominent western countries and oil companies. Boko Haram started as a movement that criticised the corrupt, oil-wealthy government of Nigeria and became a provider for the poor undertaking state-like welfare functions in northeast Nigeria. As Boko Haram receded into the jungles of northeast Nigeria, successive governments repeatedly ignored the growing radical and militant nature of the group.

The place of Islam

The Taliban, Boko Haram, al-Qaeda and IS are organisations born out of particular configurations of geopolitics and superpower interventions and invasions. They started as resistance movements that were aimed at creating more ideal states and opposed foreign invasions, bad governance and despotic regimes. These groups are trying to create new states. This is why their strategies have been ideological and extremely violent with scant regard for human rights; for state formation is a messy, bloody affair. Just think of Europe between 900 and 1900 AD.

So what about Islam? I suggest here that Islam is the only commonly known ideology and script in these regions in which an articulation of resistance can be embedded, which common folk can understand, practise and stand by. Islam gives these movements legitimacy. It gives them a discourse and it attracts money. It is their USP. The movements are not initially motivated by Islam but by bad and corrupt governments, unequal power relations between countries, invasions by foreign powers and global income inequalities made persistent by the current global economic regime where the metaphorical one per cent has captured half of the world’s wealth. Let us not for one moment forget that most Muslims live in democratic countries like India, Malaysia and Indonesia and practise their religions peacefully and within the bounds of law. Let us also not forget that there are strong overlaps between Muslim countries with terrorist groups aspiring to statehood and where there has been a prolonged war with at least one great power. Similarly, the Algerians who killed 12 people in France last week lived on the margins of French society and were immigrants from a country which had been virtually socially, economically and politically destroyed by France, which many historians agree was always the worst country to get colonised by. One million Algerians died to overthrow French colonialism. This was followed by a postcolonial regime (the FLN state) that willingly killed over 1,00,000 of its own people in order to safeguard its oil interests backed by western powers.

Neo-mercantilism and terror

Let me be clear that historicising these groups does not mean that one condones their actions. None of these groups can find ethical support because indiscriminate violence used by IS, Boko Haram, al-Qaeda, the Taliban and their hydra-headed babies has snatched away the human rights of thousands of people. However, we absolutely must understand the current rise of religious extremism as what it really is — the only readily available response in a shrinking political discourse that can challenge, or even attempts to challenge, the current world system. The left is popularly discredited and doesn’t find purchase in societies with strong ethnic and religious sentiments, so the fallback ideology of rebellion is mostly religion-based.

If we want to make sense of terrorism we need to launch a strong challenge to the current economic system that breeds and perpetuates global inequality and encourages a neo-mercantilism of sorts where western nations have encouraged and backed despots to preserve economic interests, and have undertaken military invasions to cement control over economic and natural resources.

But we must not, under any circumstance, demand that Muslims all over the world take collective responsibility for the actions of a fraction. In doing so terrorism unwittingly wins, because the whole point about terrorism is to fracture communities, destroy social capital and scare people into changing how they relate to each other. The need of the hour is to think carefully and hard about the factors and variables that have led to the formation of anti-state groups, treat each case as unique and not indulge in religion blaming. Terrorism and insurgency are businesses motivated by greed and grievance as Collier and Hoeffler told us many years ago. Islam, like any other ideology like Maoism (China and India), Marxism (USSR) or Catholicism (Northern Ireland) is the glue that holds the plot together.

Source- The Hindu

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Charlie Hebdo – A time bomb!

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The recent terrorist attacks in Paris were devastating. Masked gunmen opened fire in the offices of a French satirical newspaper with initial reports saying that as many as 12 people had been killed and 10 wounded.

The French magazine often published nude cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. This is clearly an insult to Islam which should not have been done. This is totally pathetic. France is a country from which secularism originated. They should have maintained it. All religions should be treated equally and the religious beliefs of all persons should be kept in mind. The magazine did not only hurt the sentiments of the people following that religion, but also triggered terrorist activity at large. If proper action had been taken to stop this insensitive act, many terrorist attacks could have been avoided.

They say, they were practicing their right to freedom of expression and speech. However, a distinction must be made between freedom of expression and misuse of freedom of expression. According to universal law, people should not be allowed to use their freedoms and rights to hurt the feelings of other people and specially feelings of faith. Religious sentiments of people matter a lot. Hence, the magazine undoubtedly set off a time bomb, that had to blast some day or the other.

However, I strongly condemn the attacks. They shouldn’t have taken the law in their own hands. The terrorists stated that they avenged the Prophet. This is not the case. Islam is a religion of peace. The Quran is against violence. Even Allah is against violence. The terrorists are not only deceiving Allah, but also deceiving the followers of Islam. The terrorists preach wrong and carry out wrong in the name of God. This is insanity.
Terrorism is a disease. It is an epidemic.

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Terrorism in Kashmir

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Kashmir, as we call it, is a paradise on earth. It is undoubtedly a famous tourist destination of the country. However, now the scenario is different. The valley is not crowded by tourists, but by shootings, bombings and killings everyday. And now, it is the most famous terrorist destination of the country.

From a distance, it seems as a heaven on earth but is actually a living hell for the local people there. Their lives are shattered due to the daily firing, bombings, curfews, clashes and conflicts.

Kashmir must be restored to its glory and grandeur. The Political Parties must stop the selfish act of playing dirty politics on this sensitive issue of Kashmir. If peace and order is maintained, it will not take long enough to establish the valley as more tourist friendly than terrorist friendly.


Credits: Fatima Rehman, Grade 11, Delhi.

What is Terrorism?

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Terrorism means the destructive activities taken recourse to by a group of people to coerce a government to yield to their demands.Terrorism nowadays is mostly used as a lever to achieve a political aim. It is the biggest menace faced by the inter-national community today.
The aim is to create a chaos in a country with ulterior political motives. Indian late Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi and army general Baidya fell a prey to the extreme acts of terrorism. Hijacking of planes, blowing up of railways and bridges and bus full of passengers all are instances of terrorist activities that killed hundreds of innocent lives. The memories of the explosion of the Air India aircraft “Kanishka” in mid-air, the attack on Parliament of India, 9/11 attack and 26/11 attack still haunts the citizens of India.
Kidnapping, hijacking of planes, cross border terrorism, cyber terrorism are growing day-by-day. The terrorists use terror as a weapon to fulfill their demands. The effect of terrorism in all cases is killing of innocent people or a large-scale massacre of property.
Such unwanted killings and destruction cause irreparable damage to a country. Terrorism should be dealt with ruthlessly with undaunted courage and determination. A group of senseless people cannot be allowed to hold a country to ransom. Adherence to strictness only will bring back a stable political and economic environment.

This article is written by Megha Chatuvedi, an 11th grader in Delhi, India. 🙂
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The People of Pakistan are Suppressed

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India & Pakistan are two nations which once were united. After almost a century of struggle, both became independent. India took this opportunity and the country witnessed dramatic changes and took leaps of progress, whereas Pakistan struggled to mend it’s broken economy, divided by ethnic and religious fences.
India aspired of moving towards development but Pakistan craved power and to make it’s mark in the world. As a result, the people over there now live lives filled with dread, unable to voice their opinions against whatever is happening in their country. Pakistan’s society is helpless, for their government is sheltering monsters who’d condemn their own kin without conscience.
We raise our voices and criticize our Government on every step they take, every blunder they create, as it is our Right provided to us by our Constitution. The people of Pakistan have been petrified, suppressed, and denied their right to question and argue against the working of their Government. India, even with it’s internal dilemmas, is progressing toward perfection, but the conditioning of Pakistan it worsening with each passing hour. No one can help those people till they themselves, till they gather enough courage to stand up, raise their voices, rebel and pressurize their Government for a change.
Many of you believe and comment without empathy,on what happened with small innocent children, simply due to the fact that it happened in Pakistan.
To you, I say
“Stop whining! Posts such as this are evoked due to the one thing that binds us all, which we are familiar with, but have forgotten the sentiment behind that word. ‘Tis Humanity, ladies and gentlemen. One should look into themselves and search for it before saying anything, as a plague such as TERRORISM, can simply not belong to any RELIGION.”
This is not the time for blaming or alleging other communities for high alert in Delhi or some other problem. This is the time to unite and stand together against TERRORISM!


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Muslims are not Terrorists

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This is written by a Muslim.

There are some disgusting people who associate Islam with terrorism. They believe that Muslims are terrorists. This is wrong. This is insane. It is a sick mentality. The Quran teaches peace. Islam is against violence. Just because a few people with long beards are terrorists, it does not signify that they are Muslims.
It is a fact that terrorism has no religion. People ought to understand this. People should not be insensitive towards a particular section of society.

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