Is it a Crime to be born a Muslim in India?

By Ram Puniyani

The rising tide of communal violence from the decade of 1980 has consolidated the communal politics, politics in the name of religion. The party riding on the chariot of religious nationalism became the second largest party and tasted power at center for six long years and is now entrenched in few states and is knocking at the door of power in few other states. The hope that its recent defeat in Lok Sabha elections will reduce the impact of communal politics in society or will ensure that all communities can breathe the air of civil rights and equal citizenship rights with ease, seems to be like distant drums!

The impact of the rise of this politics and accompanying effect on minorities has resulted in worsening their lot. This downward slide in the condition of minorities is very obvious, is going from bad to worse, to worst. It has resulted in the conditions for minorities where they have to live in fear, alienation and the impact of constant profiling in different walks of life. This communal politics has been talking of Hindu nation, has been spreading hate against minorities, against Muslims in particular. The Muslim community has been the major target of attack and has been bearing a huge brunt of the divisive politics being spearheaded by RSS, its progeny and by those influenced by the RSS ideology. They are not only there in the state machinery and media but also in other crucial spots of Indian social, economic and political life. The worsening plight of Muslim community got reconfirmed in the recently held national meet on ‘What it means to be a Muslim in India Today’, organized by Anhad in Delhi (Oct 3-5).

The meeting was addressed by the victims and social activists working in the area of human rights particularly of minorities. The pain and anguish of the Muslim community was heart rending, coming through different narrations of illegal arrests, tortures, detentions and adverse judgments. The latest trick is to implicate the Muslim youth in multiple cases in different states. This will ensure their being behind the bars for good. The communal violence which has broken the back of the Indian community is being supplemented by the intense and blind police action against innocent Muslim youth, in the name of terror attacks. While the communal violence is now being orchestrated at low intensity and is scattered far and wide, in the post 9/11 period another front for torturing the community has been opened. Here the modus oprendi is simple enough, there is ‘Intelligence’ tip and that makes our efficient police machinery to arrest the Muslim youth, being Muslim is the major ‘tip’ for arresting and torturing innocent youth by the guardians of law. Many a youth in the middle of their education for professional lives face immense obstacles, their illegal arrests are never compensated for and nor are they supported to complete their education despite being proved innocents.

There had been many such arrests followed by all sort of illegal steps by the police. Using cars without number plates, taking victims blindfolded to farm houses for third degree tortures are new addition to the ‘efficient methods’ of the police machinery. There are enough grounds of doubts in Batla House encounter, but it will not be taken up for honest investigation. The argument to avoid honest investigation is that it will demoralize the police force. Can we have such a police force whose morale depends hiding truth?

Following Mecca Masjid blast, there was a shooting by the police which killed more people than the number killed by blast. The pretext was that the crowd was menacing, which it was not. Truth of Ishrat Jahan case is out in the open but the perpetrators will remain in the seats of power unscathed, barring an odd official living in jail. While such enthusiasm in arresting Muslim youth is there for all to see, those arrested by Hemant Karkare’s ATS in Malegaon blast case, are currently being treated with kid gloves. The apprehension is that these guilty gang against whom evidence was collected by late Hemant Karkare may not get the punishment it deserves.

The families battered by such brutal police actions and the families shattered by communal violence are on the streets unattended, marginalized and neglected by society and state. Those Muslims having successful business have been targeted to ensure breaking their economic backbone. This not only in Gujarat but also in other BJP ruled states. This economically marginalized community is practically boycotted by financial institutions, telephone companies and other. There are many cases where the community is being denied space for graveyards, which are either being taken away or not allowed to expand where there is need for more space. The plight of Shabana Azmi or Imraan Hashmi not getting the house in desired locality is not isolated; this phenomenon is becoming more widespread. The walls of separation along religious community lines are becoming stronger. The Sachar Commission and the Prime Minister’s 15 point program remain a showpiece for purposes best known to the state!

The myths and stereotypes in the media and social space are very much there. The large section of school text-books reinforces the stereotypes and myths about the community. So where does all this lead us? In a democracy, in a secular state the minorities should be provided safety and dignity irrespective of their religion. The present condition of Muslims in India is nothing but abysmal from the point of view of security, economic condition and social life. A large section has started feeling the deprivations in a very painful manner.

One recalls under the domination of Brahmanical values, caste based exclusionary social-political-system, the caste of Shudras was systematically denied the life of dignity and made to live in subjugation and ghettoization. The efforts of ‘Brahmanical ideology based politics’, the one of RSS and its progeny, is achieving the same pattern with some difference. Now Muslims are being reduced to second class citizens. This is precisely what RSS wants, this is what is coming to be practiced at all the levels in the country. RSS progeny being in power or out of it does not matter as far as the life of Muslim community is concerned. The RSS workers and ideology have infiltrated the ‘social common sense’ through media and education. It has infiltrated the state machinery. The limit of this can be seen that RSS controlled Bhonsla Military School in Nasik is supplying large number of recruits for Indian army one of them being Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit, an accomplice of Pragya Singh Thakur, alleged culprits of Malegaon blast. If RSS, a fascist organization wrapping its politics in the cloak of Hindu religion, swaymsevaks can infiltrate army, which institution in the society is safe from slow communal fascist infiltration? Which institution can be trusted for upholding Indian Constitution?

It is with this gloomy scenario around that many a victims deposing in the meeting said with pain and anguish, “Is it a crime to be born a Muslim in India?”

(Ram Puniyani could be contacted on


  1. In fact the real enemy of RSS are Shudras, dalits, chandalas and intellectuals. Monorities are the weapon through which RSS (Brahmans) wants to fool and rule their opponent on pretext of country, religion, caste and personal lust (benefit & loss).
    Minorities crime is that they can never be fooled on pretext of country and (hindu) religion. They never recognizes supremacy of brahmanas and pay nothing to them.
    Further they never vote bjp but always third front, fourth fronth or congress. Most of the non-manuvadi leaders reach parliament or state assemblies due to their votes. Educated and beard-clad muslims holds command in society and always make diatribe against BJP & RSS danger. Thus,have became target of RSS(BJP) supporte policemen, armymen, intelligence men, buracrates, etc. Non-brahmanical religion provides save passages to non-manuvadi through conversions. It is old habit-tactics, theory, methodology and 'modus operandi' of (Indian) fascist to declare and propagate their enemy anti-Hindu and/or then anti-nationalist/Indian. Useless for brahmanas should be useless for all hindus as well as for India. (brahmans) RSS will do every thing to continue their rule and supremacy, whether it is alleged bomb-blasts, communal riots, attack on Indian parliament, attack on Mumbai, fire in sabarmati express, blast in samjhauta express, blast in many mosques, planning of military coup by colonel purohit & company and thousands of other anti-national, unhumanistic and unreligious acts, they will never stop like mad dog. We should recall Ambedkar's statement in which he directly and clearly blamed Brahmanism for all problems of India. But there is another problem... that, very soon it will be epicenter of all problems of this world!

  2. It is an almost established fact that whenever and wherever communalization of society occurred through communal rights, bomb-blasts and by other means BJP gain power at one side while on other side parties like Third Front, Fourth Front, even Congress and leaders belonging SC, ST, OBC, Minorities get loss in manifold. We can take example of Gujrat, Bhagalpur, BJP’s rise from two seats to national party, formation of BJP’s government in many states. Thus communalization and polarization of hindu votes are the best way through which Brahman can continue their supremacy and hold in all sphere of societies. RSS eighty thousand schools and more than 135 branches, its networking and ‘modus operandi’ in India is continue to produce dedicated hindu fanatics and chuvanists committed for Brahmanical version of Hinduism on pretext of serving for “Bharat Mata”. Situation has arrived to such a alarming level that (Brahman) RSS can fool every hindu through issues like Islamic terrorism, Pakistan, Kashmir, cricket match, uniform civil code(Shah Bano case), madarsas, Christain machinery, religious conversions, China, cow slaughter, etc. and muslims through infiltrated agents. Sometimes it becomes difficult to find out any difference b/w common hindu and RSS men and impossible to trust any hindu. Whether India is moving towards the path of Hitler’s Germany and Sddam’s Iraq and get the same fate? Handiwork and mentality of colonel Purohit & co. is an exception or a drop in ocean?


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