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Indian muslims in their own words

this is a website based in India, due to .in suffix


The truth is that the girl was with that Muslim boy with her consent which obviously Jats didn't like and wanted to break this alliance between a Jat Hindu girl and a Muslim boy, according to our sources one of our friend happens to be from that region.


and much much more

This website is very open on love jihad


Non-Muslim may call themselves secular, liberal, atheist, theist, left-wing etc.. but Muslims will follow their great Islamic culture whether others like it not not. They have the right to choose their ideology.

No one is stopping a non-Muslim from marrying Muslim girl but first non-Muslim has to accept Islam ie; the truth.

Islam is the true religion, there are no double standards here as a Muslim boy cannot marry a non-Muslim without the girl accepting Islam in the same way a Muslim girl cannot marry a non-Muslim without the boy accepting the truth which is Islam. Nikah can only happen if both girl and boy are Muslims.

Now if we go by the Indian media than the main cause of the riots turns out to be a 'girl'. A Hindu girl and not only in this case but in the many riots that had happened in the past there have been rumors floating around that the riots occurred because someone teased a girl from a particular community.

Why this happens ? Because Hindus have let loose their girls they have no control over them. The problem of indescent dressing is something we discussed earlier http://indianmuslimpost.blogspot.in/2013...ssing.html

If they don't like their girls to mingle with boys of other religions than they should impose certain restraints instead they give them extra freedom which means a disaster is waiting to happen. Too much freedom is often misused.

This shows that they have to later suffer because of their liberal and pro-western mindset, if they are so liberal than they should not get unhappy over inter-religious marriages.

-By Kareem Khan
India Today

August 30.

On August 30, Muslim leaders , BSP MP Qadir Rana, Congress leader Saeed-uz-Zaman, Samajwadi Party's Rashid Siddiqui and another BSP leader Noor Salim Rana, attend a rally in MuzaffarNagar where the BSP MP Qadir Rana declares , in presence of DM and police and all other Muslim leaders on the podium that there be no maha-panchayat . He is on video saying the most hateful remarks against Hindus

"Tau khuda kasam Muzaffar Nagar main aik baccha bhi Zinda Nahi bach Payega "

( If the Maha Panchayat is allowed, not a single child will be able to escape alive )

Go and watch the video. You can google "India Today Muzaffarnagar hate speech"
Kiran farooque • 2 months ago −

If Modi wins, it willbe end of India. Muslims will revolt and a civil war will ensue ending in Hindus being subjected to slavery again

-- blog in Hindustan times

Indian muslim openly threatens civil war

Agenda 2014: A Muslim perspective

Submitted by admin on 14 October 2013 - 5:30pm

Articles India Politics Indian Muslim

By TCN News

New Delhi: Author Dr. Javed Jamil and businessman Sirajuddin Qureshi in consultation with many Muslim intellectuals have prepared an agenda for 2014 Loks Sabha elections from a Muslim perspective.

Dr. Jamil is now sending abstract of the draft to political parties to get their support for this agenda.

Abstract of the Draft; Agenda 2014: Muslim Perspective

You will all agree with us that at a time when India is longing to emerge as a major political and economic force in the world, Muslims are passing through a crucial phase in their quest for finding a respectable place in Indian society. Unfortunately, due to myriad of factors, Muslims have not been able to find a place which they deserve. Committees like Sachar Committee have only been able to highlight certain aspects of the problems and have ignored many others. Even what Sachar Committee and other government reports have recommended has not been properly implemented. Despite claims by the government - there is huge difference between these claims and the public perception -- the impact on the conditions of Muslims has been minimal.

In view of the coming elections in the country, it becomes imperative that the Muslim perspective of the national development and their needs be debated by the political parties with an open heart. It is high time that all the political parties of the country not only made commitment to work on a model for the country which is inclusive and takes care of the needs of all the sections of society but also made a firm commitment to empower Muslims. The empowerment of Muslims, the second largest majority of the country, cannot be ignored, as any negligence on this front will stall the progress of the country towards its ultimate goal. Not only Muslims must feel secure, discrimination against them must stop at every level, and the country must facilitate them in achieving what they deserve – through their own efforts and through support from the rest of the nation including governments, political parties and social institutions.

It has to be recognised that Muslims in India are not only the largest minority and desrve all the rights of minorities enshrined in the constitution but are also the second largest ideological section and part of the deprived majority. The attention has to be focussed on all the three if Muslims have to play a meaningful role in the national affairs.

Moreover, not only the measures related to the socioeconomic empowerment of Muslims are to be taken but their vision of the country and their opinion regarding various national policies have also be taken into consideration.

While every single item in the list of necessary measures given in the attached paper needs to be accepted, there are certain key elements which will determine the response of Muslims in the coming elections. These include the following:

1. Right to Justice must be made “Fundamentals Right” in the Constitution

2. Introduce Economic Disparity Index as a compulsory economic indicator in the annual budget and all the economic surveys and other documents. Both Wealth and Income Disparity should be examined with subdivisions of Urban-Rural, State to State and Community to Community Disparity

3. Restructure tax so that 90 pc of the taxes are paid by those who own 90 pc of the wealth of the nation.

4. Introduce Right to Health as a Fundamental Right in the constitution so that all the policies and programmes in the country can be regulated according to their impact on health. The Government should be made responsible for establishing a health protective system.

5. Increased Muslim presence in Political institutions

* All political parties must agree to allot the following:

-- 15 pc tickets to Muslims in Parliamentary elections;

-- 15 pc seats to Muslims in Rajya Sabha;

-- If Parliamentary elections do not bring 15 pc Muslims from respective parties, they must compensate it by nominating more candidates for Rajya sabha

-- Allotment of tickets in assemblies in accordance with the population of Muslims in that state;

-- Allotment of seats in Legislative assemblies in accordance with the population;

-- If elections do not bring required number of MLAs, it should be compensated through allocation of greater seats in legislative councils

6. Reservation Policy: Reservation of Muslims in jobs in consultation with Muslim community leaders

7. At least 20 pc of all funds allocated to NGOs must be given to Muslim NGOs

8.To help in the establishment of an International University of Applied Islamics that will help in understanding the global and national issues, policies and programmes from Islamic perspective.

9. To help in establishment of at least 5 central universities of Muslims

* 5 exclusive universities of Muslim women and

* 5 sports colleges.

10.“Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2011” should be passed without any further delay.

11.*Beautification and infrastructural development of cities and towns of religious importance

We are not just seeking certain rights and favours for our community but are also trying to play a meaningful role in national affairs. With the elections approaching it is high time we played our constructive role in setting up the agenda for elections. This is an effort in the same direction. We plan to hold nationwide programmes to create awareness about the issues confronting the nation and the country. We will love to hold discussions with any party/group/leader regarding the issues involved. We will soon be forming a committee of important community leaders and experts to hold these discussions.

Muslim Perspective of National Development and Socioeconomic Empowerment of Muslim Indians: General measures and policies Suggested

Prepared by Dr Javed Jamil in consultation with Mr Sirajuddin Qureshi and several important people and on the basis of responses from intellectuals from all over the country and NRIs

General Principles

Preservation of Secularism

1. Recognition that Indian Secularism is religious and not atheistic secularism; Indian secularism means respect to all religions, religious values of humanity, family and moral values; no discrimination on ground of religion or faith; and equal rights to all communities and sects individually as well as collectively. There should be severe legal punishments for derogation of any religion, its symbols and founders. Programmes on coming together of religions on common programmes in the interest of nation and mankind must be promoted.

Security (General)

2. Security of all individuals as well as groups against all kinds of assaults has to be guaranteed; Right to Justice must be made “Fundamentals Right” in the Constitution

Measures to alleviate Economic Disparity

3. Introduce Economic Disparity Index as a compulsory economic indicator in the annual budget and all the economic surveys and other documents. Both Wealth and Income Disparity should be examined with subdivisions of Urban-Rural, State to State and Community to Community Disparity

4. Restructure tax so that the tax is paid more by the real asset owners than the people with meagre incomes. (Switch in a phased manner to taxation on Wealth and cumulative assets rather than income and expenditure can help in reducing inflation and economic disparity in a big way.)

5. Commercialisation of human weaknesses should be banned with all religious groups arriving at a common agenda including the need of introduction of “Fundamental Prohibitions”

6. Food Security Bill should be passed at the earliest ensuring that all the sections of society including Muslims are adequately benefited.

7. Direct Cash Transfer schemes should also ensure adequate benefits to all sections of societies.

Health Related

8. Introduce Right to Health as a Fundamental Right in the constitution so that all the policies and programmes in the country can be regulated according to their impact on health. The Government should be made responsible for establishing a health protective system.

9. A National Drive for Hygiene: Comprehensive Hygiene, Drives against Mosquitoes

Role of Political Parties at the party level

All political parties must create Grievance cells in all its units from block upwards. Special Instructions need to be given to the units to monitor the government schemes, especially those related to Muslims and other deprived sections of society.

Measures for Socioeconomic Empowerment of Muslims

(Full list of more than 170 measures to be adopted by the government, the community is attached.) Here are the major requirements that should be taken care of urgently.
Increase Muslim Share in Governance

Ways are to be found out to ensure that Muslims get share in various institutions in accordance with their population in

(1) Political institutions

* All political parties must agree to allot the following:

-- 15 pc tickets to Muslims in Parliamentary elections;

-- 15 pc seats to Muslims in Rajya Sabha;

-- If Parliamentary elections do not bring 15 pc Muslims from respective parties, they must compensate it by nominating more candidates for Rajya sabha

-- Allotment of tickets in assemblies in accordance with the population of Muslims in that state;

-- Allotment of seats in Legislative assemblies in accordance with the population;

-- If elections do not bring required number of MLAs, it should be compensated through allocation of greater seats in legislative councils

-- Moreover, Muslim MPs and MLAs must be told in no uncertain terms that they should work on war footing to raise the standards of their community and their further rise within the party will depend upon their performance in general as well as in their respective constituencies .

(2) Bureaucratic set up: national drive through Muslim organisations and coaching centres to increase Muslim participation and success rate in civil services exams; Military, Police and other Higher services

(3) Give National Minority Commission a full-fledged Statutory Status with a separate wing for Muslim affairs

Social Sector

Reservation Policy: Reservation of Muslims in jobs in consultation with Muslim community leaders


-- At least 20 pc of all funds allocated to NGOs must be given to Muslim NGOs

Religious Education

To help in the establishment of an International University of Applied Islamics that will help in understanding the global and national issues, policies and programmes from Islamic perspective. It will also have management and other technical institutes later on


Modern Education

* To help in establishment of at least 5 central universities of Muslims

* 5 exclusive universities of Muslim women and

* 5 sports colleges.

* The Minority Quota in minority institutions (which effectively means that the majority community quota in every minority institution is at least 50 pc while there is no quota for minorities in normal schools and colleges) should be increased to at least 70 pc.

* Urdu promotion: Second language status in the country, Urdu departments in all universities and degree colleges,

* Removal of any objectionable materials with communal implicationsfrom all the text books prescribed anywhere in the country


* Help in the creation of a National Muslim Chamber of Commerce that can run a nationwide campaign to attract the participation of Muslims in all business activities right from Corporate Sector to small and medium scale industries, distribution network, trading and exports.

* To help in the establishment of Islamic Banking and finance sector

* Muslim share in Public Private Partnerships PPP projects

Civic amenities

* Active campaign against Muslim Apartheid

* To help in better civic amenities in both urban and rural areas by ensuring

(1) road connectivity to Muslim colonies and villages;

(2) regular power supply:

(3) safe water supply;

(4) safe disposal of excreta and disposable material;

(5) hygienic and healthy environmental conditions

(6) schools and market facilities in Muslim colonies;

(7) rapid legalisation of constructions in Muslim colonies and muhallas;

(8) better safety and security


By ensuring justice to the accused Muslims who are more often than not falsely implicated in different kinds of cases, tortured, harassed and executed.

* The data of riots should be regularly published giving details of the break-up (community-wise) of the persons killed or injured (by public or police) and jailed and beaten, and the compensations provided to the victims. Details of the violence like places of worship attacked, houses attacked or burnt, other property assaulted, etc should also be included.

* “Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2011” should be passed without any further delay.

* Set up high-power screening committee(s) to look into all the cases where Muslim youth are languishing

* Set up fast track courts for those where the screening committee(s) believe that there is substance in the charges. Umpteen cases filed against one person should be collected and tried by a single fast track court and where a number of cases are proved false, others should be quashed as a matter of policy;

* Punishment of the Police, Intelligence and other agencies’ personnel who framed and fabricated cases.

* Adequate compensation to all terror-accused set free by courts in the past or in future.

* Re-examine the amendments made to UAPA which give arbitrary powers to the police and make necessary changes in the law to punish delinquent police personnel who misuse the provisions


Media should be given guidelines making it more people-friendly than market-friendly,more concerned with deprived sections, more careful about programmes and advertisements that promote promiscuity, nudity, gambling, addictions of all kinds, homosexuality, etc., more careful in coverage of religiously sensitive issues, giving more coverage to Muslim perspective of the national issues

Urban Development

* Public Transport connectivity with Muslim regions is to be ensured.

*Muslim share in urban infrastructure development has to be monitored.

*Beautification and infrastructural development of cities and towns of religious importance including Deoband, Ajmer, Saharanpur, Kalyar Shareef, Fatehpur Sikri, Haji Ali, Azamgarh, Bhatkal, Bareilly, Hazrat Bal etc. (Good road and train connectivity to be ensured)

*Islamic Community Centres in all major cities (as part of PPP with government allotting land and Muslims contributing funds)

Rural Development

(i) Establishment of good primary schools, private or government, in every single village; (ii) Establishment of Higher Secondary Schools iii) Special Training and Coaching Centres; (iv) Introduction of primary education in madrasas situated in villages and introduction of religious education in schools; (v)Disparity in the level of power supply between urban and rural areas should end (vi) Development of village units having police station, hospital, market, village community centre (vii) Special incentives and loans should be given for constructing colonies and houses in rural areas; (viii)Muslim villages must get greater share of PHCs and sub centres

Dilemma of Indian Muslims after partition

Submitted by admin on 4 November 2013 - 5:49pm

Articles Indian Muslim

By Yasmin Qureshi

Abbu’s family, like many other Muslims in India was torn between staying in their ancestral land and going to the new country founded for Muslims. The call for Pakistan and the Muslim League movement was more prominent in the elite or educated classes. For Abbu’s family it was a distant idea and life outside Dilli was inconceivable. But the partition wave didn’t leave them untouched and a few family members including Abbu migrated to Lahore. Lahore was chosen because they had heard it was similar to Dilli. A year in Lahore was enough for them to realize their heart was still in Dilli. Ghalib ki galiyan, echoes of azaans from Jama Masjid, pigeons flying above their roofs and the aroma of korma brought them back to the home their father had built.

Jama Masjid of Delhi. [TCN Photo]

The conflict of choosing between the newly founded nation states of India and Pakistan divided many families. Some of Abbu’s relatives shuffled between the two for many years till they were forced to make a choice by the governments in the 1960s. His elder sister’s family and a few other nieces and nephews decided to become Pakistani citizens.

For Muslims that stayed in India, the next few decades were years of fear and subjugation. Communal violence, often organized and manufactured by political parties or the right wing Hindu organization, RSS throughout the 1960s in cities where Muslims were in large numbers was a threatening message to the Muslims that if they choose to stay here they would have to live as a silenced minority with a constant reminder they were guilty of dividing India.

Discrimination in jobs and bloody riots led many Muslims to change their mind and migrate to Pakistan in the 50s and 60s. Ammi’s family was one of them. Her two brothers and mother migrated in the 1960s leaving her and her sister, both of who were married, behind. Due to visa restrictions and wars between the two countries Ammi wasn’t able to meet her mother (my nanni) for 15 years. Memories of Nanni’s first visit to India in the mid 70s are still vivid in my mind.

Due to frequent riots, Muslims often traveled in trains with changed names. Ammi recalls an incidence when she was traveling from Aligarh to Bombay in the 60s for her new job. A Punjabi lady in her compartment was very affectionate, sharing food and stories. After a few hours she asked Ammi her name. She didn’t speak for the rest of the journey. The lady’s family had been uprooted from their home in Gujranwala during partition. My mother’s Muslim name had brought back memories of the brutal violence she had witnessed in her hometown, now part of Pakistan.

When Ammi woke up in the morning she noticed the lady had covered her with a blanket.

Migration of many intellectuals and educated Muslims left a vacuum in Muslim leadership in India. Over the next few decades, the community became more marginalized and weak. It was safer to live in a Muslim ghetto than a mixed society. Education was poor and few could rise to prominent positions.

Abbu was the first person in his muhallah to go oversees for higher education and his galli neighbors still remember the decorations and celebrations to welcome him on his return from the US in the mid 60s. He was amongst some of the most prominent geophysicists of his times. He contributed significantly to the field of science and technology but an incidence created a deep wound in his heart never to be healed. He was leading an expedition of scientists in the Himalaya. After a point in the high mountains near the Pakistan border, everyone from this team except him was allowed to go further. On questioning why he was stopped but not any of his students, cook or driver, he was informed it was because he was a Muslim.

Throughout his life Abbu struggled with his Indian nationality and Muslim identity. He often recalled with great fervor how he along with his family and friends had gone to Lal Qila (Red Fort) to hear Nehru’s ‘Freedom at Midnight’ speech sitting on his elder brother’s shoulders. Maulana Azad too was an inspiration for him, both from a religious and educational perspective. His speech at Jama Masjid in 1948 addressed to the Indian Muslims predicting the challenges the new state of Pakistan would face in coming years due to regional identities, emphasizing that the new state would not solve the problems facing Indian Muslim left a lasting impression on Abbu and played a key role in deciding to stay in India.

An admirer of Allama Iqbal, Abbu was against the feudal and aristocratic foundation of Pakistan but in the next few decades he would often show disappointment at the continuation of the elite class rule in India and the privileges Nawabs and Rajas(who in his opinion participated little to nothing in the freedom movement) enjoyed.

The then President of India Pratibha Patil performing Puja to inaugurate first VVIP Business Boeing Jet flight at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi on April 1, 2009

Although India was established as a secular country, Hindu culture’s dominance was evident with Bhoomi Pooja and Aarti being performed at government functions. Abbu raised an objection to the organizers in his office a few times, only to be questioned about his nationalism. Muslim faith to Abbu meant being part of the Umma (global Muslim community) irrespective of national boundaries and bowing only to Allah. But Indian nationalism often demanded submission to ‘Mother India’.

He loved the land he was born and chose to live in but his religion was just as important to him. Sadly the country he envisioned in his youth with socialistic ideals of communal harmony, equality and justice for all continued to be an unfulfilled dream.

We were glad during his last years the massive stroke he had suffered didn’t allow him to comprehend the horrors unleashed by the pogrom in Gujarat in 2002 or the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq post 911. His mind had become like a child, devoid of absorbing or understanding such human atrocities that would have disturbed him tremendously.


Yasmin Qureshi is a social justice activist and writer based in the bay area, California. Her work includes US wars in the Middle East, impact of global militarization and drone warfare, people’s resistance movements in places like Palestine and Kashmir. Her essay, The Militarization of India was published in Counter Punch in May 2011. Excerpts from this essay were read at an event organized by the Partition Archives project in Berkeley earlier this year. This article was first published on Kafila.org

Kashmir: The Hidden Occupation

JUNE 22, 2010

tags: human rights violations in Indian Kashmir, Kashmir, Shopian

by Shivam Vij

Guest post by YASMIN QURESHI

Yasmin Qureshi grew up as a member of India’s Muslim minority before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a social justice activist who traveled to Palestine in 2007 and to Kashmir last year. This article is a reflection on her trip to Kashmir.

I wanted to go to Kashmir ever since I visited Palestine in 2007. There are many similarities in the nature of the occupation as well as the struggles, both being nearly 63 years old.

One difference is that while Israel is seen as an external occupying force in Palestine, the Kashmir issue is considered an “internal” matter or a conflict between Pakistan and India, and the voice of Kashmiris is often lost. As a result, there are fewer international organizations monitoring the region, and little information about the extent and impact of the occupation gets out.

A layoff from my company in August 2009 gave me the opportunity to visit the region, called “a paradise on earth” by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. The unanimous message I heard as I traveled and spoke to journalists, taxi drivers, pony riders, waiters, students and teachers was that they want “azadi,” independence from the occupation by India.

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GROWING UP as a member of India’s Muslim minority, it took me some years to take a position on the Kashmir issue. My visit to Palestine forced me to analyze why I could show solidarity with Palestinians, but remain unsure about Kashmir. I was also falling into the trap that many Indian Muslims do: If only Kashmiris would give up their struggle against the Indian government, there would be peace for Muslims in the rest of India, and the scars of partition would be gone.

The first striking view of the capital city Srinagar from the airplane was the breathtaking beauty of the magnificent Himalayas as the backdrop to a long expanse of army tents and buildings along the runway. Six soldiers with guns stood guard around the plane. I wanted to take a picture, but was advised against it by my neighbor.

The extent of militarization is appalling. There are 700,000 troops and 70,000 police for a population of roughly 10 million. The Indian military has been conducting “training sessions” with Israel to curb the resistance in Kashmir. Checkpoints and detention centers (which also turn into torture centers) are all over the valley.

“There are more soldiers here than in Afghanistan or Iraq,” said Qazi Mir, my taxi driver who often drives journalists to cover news stories. “How do Indians expect us to be part of their country? Do they know what it is like to live surrounded by armed men?” he asked. In March, the combined number of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan was roughly 250,000.

A senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer admitted that, unless the longstanding grievances of injustice and suppression of civil liberties are addressed in a fair manner, there will never be peace. “Things are better now,” he said, as we chatted during iftaar, the breaking of the Ramadan fast, at an old family friend’s place. “Our forces have been reduced, but we are still very distant from a healing process.” Tired of the violence, some members of his family had moved to Delhi during the 1990s.

The nature of the struggle has changed over the years. Nonviolent protests and isolated incidents of violence had been taking place for some years, but in 1987, a rigged election that led to massive protests was a turning point. Images of the first Palestinian intifada, or uprising, the same year were an inspiration.

However, the fraudulent elections led to frustration that evolved into a violent insurgency throughout the 1990s. Kashmiris felt that democratic and peaceful means of resistance had been choked off.

With the rise in arrests, torture, killings and rape by Indian soldiers, young men started taking up arms. Pakistan took advantage of the frustrations of the Kashmiris and started arming groups like Lashkar-i-Taiba and Harkatul Mujahideen. The U.S.-led mujahideen resistance movement in Afghanistan against the USSR also had an influence in shaping the 1990s resistance. More than 300,000 Kashmiris, mostly Hindu Pandits, were displaced.

Jawed Bukhari had been part of the armed resistance until he gave up arms some years ago. He now works on documenting cases of torture and the missing. “Some years ago, we were worried about whether the next generation would continue our struggle,” he said. “Now we have no worries. We don’t need an armed struggle anymore. The civil society has taken on the resistance through nonviolent actions like strikes and protests.”

The last 20 years of oppression, torture and humiliation have given rise to a more mature, sustained and united resistance movement. Massive protests in July-August 2008 against the state government’s decision to transfer 100 acres of land to the Amaranth Shrine Board are the best example of this new form of uprising.

The state said that the land would be used to build toilets and huts for Hindu pilgrims visiting a cave in the mountain ranges in the state. Thousands of acres of land, including forests, hills, orchards and schools, had already been taken over by the armed forces over the years. Kashmiris perceived this as occupation of their land, similar to Israel’s tactic of settlement building in the West Bank. Thousands of people, young and old, men and women, poured into the streets all across the valley in cities and villages.

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THE ONLY company on the road to Gulmarg, a beautiful city that I had pleasant memories of from my visit as a young girl in 1984, was a trail of military trucks. Sadly, a lot of the best land there has been turned into an army camp.

As we drove through the lush green rolling mountains, Mir pointed to a hut where the Hindi film Bobby was shot. I could visualize Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia singing, “Hum tum ek kamre mein band hon.” Prior to the late 1980s, Indian films often depicted Kashmir as a romantic and exotic place for Indians, masking the lives and tribulations of Kashmiris.

“How can we forget what the army did to our women?” said an old pony owner as we rode towards a glacier. “One day we will be independent, Insh’allah [God willing]. We know that.” When he pointed to a far-off mountain range on the Pakistani border, I asked him if he would want to be part of Pakistan. “We just want an independent Kashmir,” he said. “What has Pakistan done for us?”

I was lucky to be in Srinagar at a time when two important conferences were taking place. The first was conducted by a delegation of women from Delhi to investigate the Shopian case [the May 2009 rape and murder of two women in Kashmir's Shopian district]. The other addressed the plight of half-widows and half-orphans and took place on the international Day of the Disappeared organized by the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP).

Half-widows are women whose husbands are missing, but have not been officially declared dead, thus they are unable to collect pensions or to remarry. Desperately hoping that one day their husbands will return, these women lead lives of immense stress and hardship. They often don’t qualify for support from NGOs, since there is no policy or clause addressing the needs of half-widows.

I was stopped at a checkpoint a few meters before the venue for the APDP conference. It reminded me of the checkpoints in West Bank. The policemen let me go after asking where I had come from, what I was doing there, and where I was going. It was an important conference, and the police were keeping a close eye on the event.

The Armed Forces Special Powers Act gives authorities the ability to search and arrest without a warrant. Everyone qualifies as a suspect. “This is what leads to large-scale human rights violations and torture,” explained Parvez Imroze, a human rights activist and the founder of APDP as well as the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS). His organization also monitors elections.

The act has been in place in the northeastern states since 1958 and was introduced in Jammu and Kashmir in 1990. State authorities have the right to detain persons without charge or judicial review for as long as two years. During this time, family members do not have access to detainees, and detainees do not have access to legal counsel.

“There have been only 15 cases of militants abducting civilians and military men in 20 years,” explained Imroze. “In contrast, armed forces are responsible for 10,000 missing persons. Families of missing persons struggle for justice for years. This is a failure of the judicial system.” Imroze’s life has often come under threat, and he is closely monitored by the Indian state.

“The Shopian case is another example of the failure of the state and its judicial system,” Imroze said. On May 29, 2009, relatives and police discovered the bodies of two women in a stream in Shopian. Local residents and forensic specialists alleged that Indian security forces committed gang rape before killing them.

Uproar and protests by local residents brought attention to the case, which could have easily have fallen into a black hole. “A few years ago, only a few would come out to protest,” noted Imroze. “Now thousands are out on the streets.”

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THIS IS by no means an isolated incident. There are thousands of cases of rape, torture, abuse and disappearances by the Indian armed forces. Most have not received any justice. Buried Evidence: Unknown, Unmarked, and Mass Graves in Indian-Administered Kashmir documents 2,700 unknown, unmarked, and mass graves, containing more than 2,943 bodies, across 55 villages in Kashmir.

Such reports are often invisible in global and Indian media. The 2009 report was published by the International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian-administered Kashmir, a rare collaborative effort of Kashmiris and non-Kashmiri Indians.

The Delhi delegation from the Independent Women’s Initiative for Justice held a press conference after visiting Shopian. They made a powerful statement about the failure of the state government to conduct a fair investigation, pointing out that the water was too shallow to drown in, and highlighted the plight of women in the valley. It should be noted that an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) later that year ruled out rape.

During the press conference, a woman stood up and said that normal dreams and aspirations have been made impossible. Another man asked why it had taken the delegation three months to pay a visit and what they would do after going back to Delhi. Quite often, fact-finding delegations from India frame such abuses as human rights issues, but avoid addressing them in a larger political context.

The delegation laid emphasis on the fact that the armed forces were there to protect and ensure justice, but were not doing their job properly. But the truth is that Kashmiris don’t see the armed forces as protectors at all. They perceive their presence as an occupation.

The investigative report published later gave a very detailed and candid account of persistent abuse of power, injustice and violation of human rights, but seemed to make a distinction between the Indian political system and the military.

A journalist friend who has years of experience reporting from the valley explained the complex and institutionalized nature of the occupation. “Kashmir is given subsidies by India to make it more dependent on India,” he informed me. Historically, Kashmir has been rich in natural resources and is world renowned for its dried fruits, carpets and papier-mâché products. “Subsidies destroy the local economy,” he explained.

He also highlighted the psychological impact and the internalization of violence on the social fabric of the society. Mothers live in anxiety, not knowing when their sons or husbands may end up on the “missing” list. Families are scared to send their daughters to universities.

Saleem Dar, a shopkeeper I bought phirans and shawls from, told me that he had sent his daughter to Nepal to study because it was safer and cheaper there. He used to export carpets, but his business has declined significantly in the past decade since 9/11. He was in favor of autonomy instead of independence but wanted the military forces to be withdrawn.

“The Indian government will not do a plebiscite because they know the outcome will not be favorable to them,” he noted, referring back to the 1949 UN Security Council resolutions that were passed after Pakistan attacked India, which led to one third of Kashmir becoming part of Pakistan.

The plebiscite, which hasn’t taken place because of political disagreements between India and Pakistan, was supposed to allow Kashmiris the right to self-determination.

After talking to local residents, I realized that many Kashmiris in the valley considered the rule of independent India an extension of the rule of Hari Singh, a Hindu Maharaja, known for oppressing the majority Muslim community. Singh acceded to India’s demands in 1947 against the wishes of the majority population. This belief about India’s oppressive treatment of Muslims only solidified as the Indian government used brutal military tactics to curb the Kashmiri insurgency in the 1990s.

Without understanding the situation in the valley, it is difficult for an Indian to face the reality of the aspirations of Kashmiris for an independent state. An open debate on the issue is avoided because Kashmir is considered an integral part of India. Kashmiris, however, address India as a different country. When I said “I am from Delhi,” they replied back saying, “Oh, you have come from India!” “But are you a Muslim?” they questioned on hearing my name.

Perhaps being a Muslim made it easy to gain their trust and enabled me to openly discuss their struggles and aspirations. Ameena Hussain, a school teacher, asked me what it was like to live as an oppressed minority in India. “Why would Kashmiris want to be part of India given what it has been doing to minorities there?” she asked. “You know, Kashmir is the only state with a Muslim majority.”

She reminded me of the riots in Bombay (called Mumbai now) following the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992 and the massacres of Muslims in the state of Gujarat in 2002. I was living in India when the two tragic events unfolded.

It was an interesting perspective from the other side. Kashmir is often used as fuel to ignite anti-communal feelings. As an Indian Muslim, I partly blamed Kashmir for our problems. After talking to the local residents of the valley, I realized Muslims in the rest of India have to fight their own battle for justice and equality. Having visited Ahmedabad, Gujarat, on the same trip, I acknowledge it is easy for me to say this sitting in the U.S.

Kashmir is not the only place where India is exercising its might. As the war against the poor tribals in eastern and central India escalates, the question is how long India, proud to call itself the world’s largest democracy, will continue oppressing its own people.

Can democracy at gunpoint truly be called democracy?

Modi: Inheritor of Patel’s legacy

Submitted by admin on 8 November 2013 - 5:55pm

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By Kaneez Fathima

History has been distorted by the Hindutva ideology upper caste ruling class people and used as a weapon against backward classes as well as Muslims. It is in this scenario that the praising of Patel by Modi has to be seen and for a while now Patel is used as a new play card by the Hindutva ideologues even though he was a Congressman. It should be noted that Congress is a mixture of all kinds of people in it. Patel carried state sponsored genocide on Muslims in Hyderabad as well as other parts of the country. Later Narsimha Rao played an important role in Babri Masjid demolition. History is not only distorted but also being saffronised and infringed in the tender minds of children through school textbooks. State sponsored Hindutva hegemony was started by Patel and it became deep rooted in the regime of Modi in such a manner that the people are singing anti Muslim songs instead of national songs on 15th august which is Independence Day (Ex. Banayenge hum mandir banayenge etc.).

When the Britishers slowly occupied our country on the name of trade and started ruling over us, they observed that there are people of various castes with different customary habits. Then they slowly started implementing divide and rule policy that led to the division of this country into India and Pakistan.

Modi like Patel wear blood-stained clothes.

Though Mr. Gandhi is projected as father of nation but as per the records of Indian government the title was not conferred officially. It was not Gandhi who started freedom movement but was already initiated long time ago by rulers such as Bahadur Shah Zafar, Begum Hazrat Mahal of Awadh and Tipu Sultan and was followed by Jhansi Lakshmi Bai, Tantia Tope etc. After the suppression of 1857 first independence war, the Muslim clerics of Deoband and at other places played an important role and sacrificed their lives for the sake of country’s freedom. Then it was revolutionaries such as Bhagat Singh and Ashfaqullah Khan who came forward to free the country from the clutches of Britishers and they gave the slogan ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ (which has very wide meaning in it). It was Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind that for the first time made a call for complete independence of India. In these changing scenario, Gandhi and his team got afraid and negotiated with the Britishers for share of power with the Britishers and when that did not work out, in the course of time it was named as Independence movement. Many Muslims played a key role in the independent struggle but most of them are forgotten for eg. Ali Brothers, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai etc. (slowly names erased from history of even those Muslims who were in Congress).

The divide and rule policy of Britishers was further followed by the Indian leaders. It was basically C. Rajagopalachari (Rajaji) who planned for the division of the country in the year 1943 in his famous C.R. formula and got it approved by Gandhi. Gandhi and Patel proposed Mountbatten for the division of the country on the basis of religion and their basic idea was that when Muslims migrate to Pakistan, the upper caste ruling class can maintain their hegemony over the backward classes and indigenous people of India. Jinnah did not agree to the proposal of Mountbatten about the division of the country but was forced to accept it. Thus he is blamed for the division of the country.

In the year 1932 itself Communal Award was given to Muslims by the colonial rulers but Gandhi and Patel strongly opposed it. Congress continuously pressurized Muslims to leave separate electorates. Opposition against Muslims increased with the official declaration of Lord Wavell that there will be equal share of Hindus, Muslims and depressed classes after the transfer of power and it was Patel who opposed it very strongly. They were unable to digest that Muslims will also become the rulers of this country along with upper castes. Congress party thought that the upper castes can have complete control of power only after dividing this country on the lines of religion and they did as they thought. In result Muslims lost political voice in the Constituent Assembly. Patel had forced Muslims to give away the constitutional rights guaranteed by the objective resolution of the Constituent Assembly. In the year 1947 when a resolution was passed in the Constituent Assembly to cancel the separate electorates, quota in education and employment which was enjoyed by the Muslims before partition, there was no Muslim voice to protest against it.

Country was divided on the basis of religion and Muslims are blamed for it. After the partition many from the Muslim intelligentsia migrated to Pakistan but those intellectuals who remained and refused to go from India were robbed of their voices. Even Maulana Azad could do nothing about the communal politics played by Vallabhai Patel. Patel even killed thousands of Muslims in the name of merging Hyderabad state into the Indian Union under police action against the Hyderabad state. Even though he was a Congress man but it is his anti-Muslim actions which made Narendra Modi praise him and saying that he must have been first prime minister of this country. As Patel could not become prime minister, now Modi wants to become prime minister and complete Patel’s unfinished agenda. Patel was not nominated as Prime Minister because it was only Nehru and Jinnah in those times who had understanding and capacity to handle and maintain international relations.

Though Patel is praised as iron man and his role in merging 550 princely states into Indian union is appreciated as a major task, but it is forgotten that he has carried genocide on Muslims in Hyderabad state on the name of police action by attacking Hyderabad state without warning and lakhs of people were massacred. This cannot be justified by blaming Nizam and it has to be acknowledged that Indian Army under the leadership of Patel has carried genocide on Muslims, the scars of which are still fresh in the minds of the community. Moreover, Patel’s mindset can also be understood by his eagerness to recognize Israel as soon as possible by India, not only that he was pro-capitalist and pro-US. He might not have been a member of RSS but he was neither secular nor democrat. Even Jawaharlal Nehru had called Patel a communalist. The people who divided the country on the basis of religion, how can they be called as secular and in favor of pluralism? After the assassination of Gandhi by the RSS, it was banned, but the strangeness is that the charges of banning RSS were not the charges of murdering Gandhi but their speeches being full of communal poison. This itself shows Patel’s soft corner for RSS. And today if Modi is praising Patel then that is no surprise!

Patel was a staunch Hindu fascist and Modi is a Hindutva fascist who believes in Hindu nationalism. In the history of independence struggle there is no single name of RSS persons who devoted their lives for the sake of country’s freedom. Modi after carrying out Gujarat genocide has become hungry of making the whole country into a Hindutva laboratory. The people including the great personalities who are praising Modi are in fact justifying Gujarat genocide. Because if at all they had little concern towards humanity they can never praise or support Modi on the name of so called development. No one can exist for longer time sitting on the corpses of innocents. Therefore, the political end of Modi is nearing due to which he is making all kinds of weird statements.

It is time to remind ourselves that after Gujarat genocide, Modi had stated that Hyderabad is the next target. It is in this context also that he praises Patel and wants to build his tallest statue by collecting iron from all over the country ‘excluding Nizam iron’ as per his words.

True nationalists would never have proposed partition of the country, the conspiracy of partition itself proves who true nationalists were. Though India is called a democratic and secular country, no true secularism and democracy exists. If at all the so called secular parties were democratic at least by their mindset, then the democratic values would have been given priority and constitutional rights implemented. After 66 years of independence, the worst conditions of Muslims and Dalits are the proof that Democracy cannot be implemented in its true sense. Muslims are facing indirect untouchability and direct discrimination whereas Dalits are the direct victims of untouchability and discrimination in this secular and democratic country. By distorting history and putting blame on Muslims for partition will not change history. History will repeat itself. Therefore, we have to re-read and re-write our history and should not believe the people who are distorting it for their personal and political gains.
Counter currents

Sardaar Patel: A Monster Or A Messiah

By Abdul Majid Zargar

13 November, 2013


The ruling political party at centre, Congress is in a mad race with BJP to own & appropriate the legacy of Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Independent India’s first Home Minster also referred to as Iron Man of India. BJP’s Prime Ministerial Candidate Narendra Modi has even promised to collect iron from five hundred villages of India to erect a large Statue of Patel, to which Congress’s spokesman has satirically retorted. “First they(BJP) promised us a Ram Mandir. Then they sold bricks (referring to shilanyas). Now they will sell iron”.

If Congress had lived to its ideals of secularism & democracy propagated before & at the time of partition of sub-continent, then it should be ashamed of having in it’s fold a person like Sardar patel. But alas history has been distorted to convert a communal monster into a messiah.

Patel’s communal mindset & hatred against Indian Muslims can be measured from a debate in constituent assembly. Replying to a demand of reservations for Muslims in India made by a member Naziruddin Ahmed, Patel replied “You have got what you wanted. And remember, you are the people who are responsible for Pakistan, and not those who live in Pakistan. You led the agitation. What is it you want now? We do not want the country to be divided again” (Times of India, 29 August 1947).The sarcastic tone of this reply tells you all. Instead of being obliged to Muslims who preferred to stay back against heavy odds and made this country a truly secular one, Patel blames them for partition. He easily forgot his own role along with Nehru & Gandhi in repudiating cabinet Mission plan which finally became a Raison d'etre for partition of the sub-continent.

Immediately after Independence when Congress was at the helm, there was talk of a classified circular which directed that no Muslim be appointed to senior-level positions in the defence forces. (The Hindu- 19th August 2009). This circular was issued at the behest of Patel as Deputy Prime Minister . He also instituted a policy whereby government officers were expected to report Muslim personnel who were thought to be of "questionable patriotic value". This created such a fear psychosis among Muslim officers that many were forced to leave India. Those left behind always thought of being under continuous surveillance, a syndrome they are still inflicted with. If you observe the behavior of some top Indian Muslim bureaucrats posted in Kashmir- you will notice the effects of this syndrome compelling them to overdo things which leads one to feel that Hindu officers are better than Muslim ones.

Patel is credited with integration of five hundred sixty two princely states with the Indian union. But his means of doing so were coercive, undemocratic & foul . To obtain an instrument of merger from an unwilling Raja of Alwar, Tej Singh Prabakar, Patel arrested and falsely implicated him in an assassination plot of Mahtama Gandhi until he fell in line. Other Mahraja’s took the hint & made a beeline for mergers. Once during the Kashmir debate in Constituent Assembly, Sheikh Abdullah in a mood of exasperation, walked out of parliament. Patel noticed it and sent Abdullah a message that he could walk out of Parliament but not be able to leave Delhi. Abdullah took the message & returned (Thematic Volumes on Patel-page 17).

Indian textbooks show Sardar Patel as demi-god who created a unified India. The truth is more sordid. You will not find any mention of massacre of Muslims in Hyderabad & Jammu in any standard history book. The window dressing of Patel’s misdeeds is complete. In respect of Hyderabad, which had declared independence instead of accession with India, Patel through his infamous police action is directly responsible for slaughter of around two lakh Hyderabadi Muslims. The Sunderlal commission enquiry report in this regard, which is believed to have strongly indicted Patel, has not been made public till date. Writes famous writer William Dalrymple In his book-The Age of Kali, “the Sunderlal report has been leaked and published abroad, and estimates that as many as 200,000 Hyderabadi Muslims were slaughtered.” Similar views have been expressed by Prof Cantwell Smith, in The Middle Eastern Journal, in 1950.

Being a willing partner with Dogra rulers in massacre of Muslims in Jammu in 1947 to enforce a demographic change, Patel’s visit to Jammu was meant to fastrack the pogrom. Writes Abdullah in his book Aatish Chinar at Page 312 “On November 4 1947, Patel along with Mahraja of Patiala & Defence Minster Baldev Singh visited Jammu and had a talk with Mahraja. On 5th November a proclamation was made in the city informing the Muslims desiring to go to Pakistan to assemble at police lines. In response men, women & children came in large numbers. They were herded in around forty trucks with each truck holding around sixty people. On reaching a hill side near Samba, the young women were abducted while the rest were mowed down by machine Guns already set up there”. Patel has even been accused of allowing diversion of Govt. Arms & ammunition to RSS thugs who played a havoc with such arms (see Nehru’s letter to Patel dated 30th December 1947).

Regarding treatment meted out to Muslims, Patel had few tiffs with Abul Kalam Azad. The first such tiff occurred at Patel’s refusal to replace Delhi’s Sikh Police Commissioner, when he was clearly seen siding with marauders killing Muslim men & raping their women. On another occasion, Patel ignored Azad’s request to allot properties of departing Muslims to those Muslims who had been dispossessed in other states but instead allotted these to incoming Hindu refugees.

Notwithstanding his many statements exhorting Hindu-Muslim unity, rights of minorities etc. which were all hog-wash meant for public consumption, Patel In actual life was a proverbial wolf in lamb’s clothing. Congress leaders need to revisit history before vying with BJP to own & appropriate his legacy.

(This article is dedicated to the memory of those innocents who were killed in Jammu in 1947 for no fault of theirs. The author is a practicing chartered Accountant. Feed back at abdulmajidzargar@gmail.com)
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Start dialogue with separatists: Owaisi to GOI

‘Congress lacks agenda, Modi’s Jammu visit threat to peace’



Start dialogue with separatists: Owaisi to GOI


Srinagar: Urging the Government of India (GoI) to start a meaningful dialogue with separatist leadership in Kashmir, president All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and Member Parliament Asaduddin Owaisi Thursday said Kashmir was a dispute and it needs to be addressed.

He also called Bhartiya Janta Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendar Modi's visit to Jammu 'a threat to peace in Jammu and Kashmir' .

"Dialogue should be started with all the shades of the people including the separatist leaders. Kashmir is a humanitarian issue and it needs to be addressed in a humane way. Both the countries India and Pakistan have to come forward and provide immediate relief to Kashmiri's by resolving the issue,” Owaisi told KNS over phone from Hyderabad.

Emphasizing the need for a peaceful dialogue he said, "I was a part of recent delegation of MP's headed by Manishankar Ayar which went to Pakistan. We told the counterpart that all issues including Kashmir can be resolved through a dialogue. I think both the countries should soon sit together and resolve the issue of Kashmir. When Iran and America like varied countries can resolve their issues through dialogue then what should stop India and Pakistan to start dialogue and resolve their issues," .

Commenting on the Hurriyat's stand over Kashmir he said, "I don't want to discuss the ideology of separatist leaders but the thing is that every separatist leader including Syed Ali shah Geelani should talk to New Delhi if they really want to see the solution of Kashmir,” he said.

Owaisi further said that Kashmir is a political as well as administrative issue and both these aspects need to be addressed simultaneously. "A special attention is needed to listen to the hearts and minds of Kashmiri's. "People of Kashmir want a peaceful environment so both the countries should put an end to the hard policies" .

Indian Muslim orgs react to Abdul Kadir Mollah’s hanging in Bangladesh

Submitted by admin on 14 December 2013 - 3:56am

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By TwoCircles.net news

New Delhi: Jamat-e-Islami leader Abdul Kadir Mollah was executed by Bangladesh on Thursday for his role in atrocities during 1971 war of independence.

Various Indian Muslim organizations have reacted to this hanging:

Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee (CLMC):

Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee strongly condemns the death sentence of Abdul Kadir Mollah. The death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights. It is the premeditated and cold-blooded killing of a human being by the state. This cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment is done in the name of justice.

It should be noted that the charges leveled against Molla have been denied by him always. It is also clear that there is no evidence against Molla or other convicts. Bangladesh set up International Crimes Tribunal in 2010 to investigate the abuses took place during the 1971 conflict. But, it is a matter of concern that UNHRC strongly opposed this so called ICT because it is against the international standards and had written to Bangladesh government to stop the execution because the trial had not met the international standards required for the death penalty. It is largely believed that it is an attempt to eradicate the Islamist opposition leaders.

We express our solidarity with the family of Jamat e Islami leader Abdul Kader Mollah and hope that the people of Bangladesh will understand the conspiracy of Shiekh Hasina’s politics of revenge and will give her a fitting reply.

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind

JIH chief Maulana Umari said that opposing any effort or tendency of secession and making effort for maintaining integrity of a country cannot be described as treason. Criminalization of the efforts of Maulana Abdul Qadir Molla and Jamaat Islami Bangladesh and leaders of other parties and convicting them for death or life imprisonment is brazen barbarism, which cannot be justified.

Maulana Umari said it is a fact that none of these leaders were prosecuted and charge-sheeted during the regime of Shiekh Mujib and even after the independence of Bangladesh, Jamaat Islami Bangladesh has been a renowned political party of the country and played constructive role both as a ruling and opposition party. In the age of democracy it is unthinkable that a ruling party, just for revenge, would level wrong heinous charges against political opponents ignoring all the requirements of justice. He urged the Bangladesh government to keep from such acts in future and appealed to the government of India and governments and people of entire world to raise voice against the oppression and brutality.

Ameer-e Jamaat described the death of Maulana Abdul Qadir Molla as martyrdom and expressed deep sympathy with his family members and colleagues of his organization. He prayed to Almighty Allah to pardon his sins, raise his place in the paradise and bestow patience to his family members and strength to all who are on the right path.


The All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, the umbrella body of Indian Muslim organisations, today severely condemned the Bangladeshgovernment’s hasty execution of a controversial verdict issued by a discredited and politicised tribunal.

President of AIMMM, Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan said here that the hasty execution of Maulana Abdul Qadir Molla, a prominent leader of Jamaate-Islami Bangladesh, is a scandal and crime committed by an unpopular government which is about to be overthrown by the people of Bangladesh in the forthcoming general elections. The present government by its hurried execution of a controversial order by a discredited and politicised tribunal is only seeking to weaken opposition forces.

Dr Khan said it was totally unfair to revive closed cases after four decades defying the decision of the first President of Bangladesh. Dr Khan said this judicial murder will go into history as one of the sins and misdeeds of the present Bangladeshi ruler. Dr Khan asked international human rights organisations to take the Bangladesh government and its discredited tribunal to the International Court of Justice as sanity and good counsel have failed to bring the present rulers of Bangladesh to their senses.

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