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Radicalisation Of Indian Muslims -2
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Hindus forced police to arrest Muslim vendor for denigration</b>
July 6, 2007

Dombivali (Maharashtra): Shri. Pravin Moris, a devout Hindu had gone to a vendor selling photo-frames in Dombivali (West) for some work.<b> He noticed that the vendor was standing on the picture of Sree Ganapati. He also observed that the vendor had spitted on the picture of Lord Hanuman after chewing gutkha</b>. He therefore, questioned the vendor Ali Husain Shaikh but Shaikh very arrogantly answered back to him. Shri. Moris, therefore, went to the local Shiv Sena branch and with the help of members of Shiv Sena , a complaint was lodged with the local police station. As a result, the police have now arrested the vendor.
A myth is now exposed

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->A myth is now exposed
KPS Gill

The involvement of some Indian doctors and engineers - conclusive evidence in two cases is yet to be disclosed, but there now seems little doubt that one of the perpetrators of the attack on Glasgow Airport, Kafeel Ahmed, is an Indian engineer - has once again dramatically <b>exposed the infirmities of India's orientation towards Islamist terrorism, the manner in which it is perceived and projected by the national leadership, and the counter-productive tyranny of political correctness and undercurrent of apologetics that dominates most approaches. </b>

Tremendous political and emotional capital had long been invested in the asinine argument that there was something radically different about Indian Muslims that had prevented their engagement in any act of international terrorism. The truth, on the other hand, is that a number of Indian Muslims have long been mobilised and engaged in acts of terrorism on Indian soil - consequently there was no inflexible psychological barrier against their engagement in acts of terror per se - and it was only a matter of time before some of these individuals did, in fact, find the context and opportunity for participation in an act of terrorism abroad. This has now come to pass, and needs to be confronted directly, <b>and not in the defensive and often evasive manner that is largely evident in prominent Indian statements after the disclosures regarding the involvement of Indians in the UK attacks. </b>

By now it should be unnecessary - but regrettably is not - to state that none of this reflects in any manner on the larger Muslim community in India. The engagement of a handful of deviants in acts of terrorism cannot undermine the fact that an Indian Muslim population of 150 million has overwhelmingly rejected the Islamist radicalism and terror that has actively and aggressively been promoted by Pakistan on Indian soil for decades.

<b>Nevertheless, we should recognise that Islamist terrorism is, and has for some time now been, a reality in India, and it is no use saying 'don't label Indians'. </b>

Indians have engaged in these actions and this reality must be confronted if we are to understand - and eventually neutralise - the dynamics that underlie these acts of terrorism. We should accept, equally, that a <b>significant element within the Indian diaspora has long supported and funded terrorism in India and has been closely linked with Islamist extremist ideologies, and some elements within this diaspora have now planned and executed acts of terrorism abroad as well. </b>These are elements that should have been under strong surveillance for a long time, and at least some acts of terrorism could be prevented by effective monitoring.

Intelligence inputs are of critical significance in counter-terrorism, and the orientation of intelligence services is, in this sense, crucial. If a political culture of obfuscation and denial dominates the orientation of intelligence and enforcement agencies, we will repeatedly be caught off guard.

Even today, nearly 12 years after my retirement from the police, I continue to get information through private channels and well-wishers abroad on the activities of various radical and terrorist groups, particularly in Europe, the US and Canada. If private individuals have such information of subversive and extremist activities, intelligence and enforcement agencies cannot be unaware of them. <b>But they are inhibited in their actions precisely by the political injunctions against 'labelling' or 'causing offence' to 'a community'</b>. But the fact is that Islamist terrorism is squarely rooted in radical Muslim populations and institutions - just as Khalistani terrorism was rooted in radical Sikh populations and institutions. This is something that must be recognised and addressed, instead of pampering or offering a constant apologia for the 'larger community'. Such an orientation undermines counter-terrorism responses everywhere. <b>There is a constant fear of 'offending' a 'particular community', and this cannot and must not be the basis of response to specific acts of subversion or terror. </b>

Take the case of Mohammed Afzal's death penalty in the Parliament Attack case. The man has been found guilty and sentenced to death. A clear message needs to be sent out that such acts of terrorism will meet with no clemency. As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said in another context, "There can be no political compromise with terror. No inch conceded. No compassion shown." Yet, there is a clear policy of indecision and delay in this case. Indeed, in December 2006, in an obvious effort of obfuscation and justification of delay, <b>Home Minister Shivraj Patil stated in Parliament: "Statistics of the past 10 years reveal that on an average it takes seven years to decide upon a mercy petition. The law will take its own course." This is arrant nonsense.</b> These decisions take so long, not because of procedural or legal requirements, but because of policies of deliberate procrastination and sheer neglect.

<b>The underlying concern in the Afzal case appears to be the appeasement of the 'Muslim community'. </b>But in thinking that Indian Muslims would be 'appeased' by clemency to the likes of Mohammed Afzal, advocates of such a policy do grave injustice to, and deeply insult, this larger community. Mr Manmohan Singh has noted, "A terrorist is a terrorist and he has no religion or community." <b>But the actions, statements and orientation of his Government put such a perspective continuously in doubt. </b>

There is an urgent need to look closely at the dynamics, the patterns, the networks and the processes of Islamist terrorist mobilisation wherever they occur, without the imposed inhibitions of political correctness and appeasement of particular communities. Many acts of terrorism could be neutralised long before they occur if action is taken at the right time against the processes of subversion, and the organisations engaged in radicalisation.

It is not enough to lose sleep over the trauma and predicament of the families of terrorists. The crisis of belief and education in this country, and across the world, should far more be a matter of national and international concern. If educated men are able to misread history in such a manner and to engage in acts of terrorism to vicariously punish nations and communities, this is a terrible slur on our educational system.

It is also necessary to pay close attention to our youth in India and the diaspora, to see that they do not lose contact with civil society, and are not drawn into the dark and conspiratorial world of organisations drawn from 'Osama territory' - radicalised Arab and Pakistani elements. All this demands intellectual clarity, and not the patterns of justification and apologetics that have dominated the perspectives of India's feeble intelligentsia. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<b>Indian police seize 'Islamist' CDs in UK plot case</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Indian police said on Sunday they had seized CDs containing material about the Islamist conflicts in Chechnya and Iraq from the home of two Indian suspects in the car bomb plot in Britain.

A senior police official said officers had found the CDs in the family home of Kafeel Ahmed, 27, and his brother Sabeel, 26, both arrested by British police in relation to the plot.

"Some CDs are about the Islamic struggle in Chechnya and Iraq. We are examining the CDs for Jihadi content," said a police officer, closely associated with the investigations into the two men. The officer did not want his name made public.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Three held for baptising 6-yr-old child</b>
Pioneer News Service | Dewas
Three Muslim children were accused of forcing circumcision on a six-year-old child in Dewas district on Friday.</b>

Pappu Kushwah, resident of MG Colony near station road in his complaint to the police alleged that Shahruk (10), Irfan (9) and Gammu (9), all residents of the same locality took his son Ajay (6) to a lonely place and circumcised him with a shaving blade. They slit the sensitive foreskin of his penis, alleged Kushwah who termed it as a conspiracy by their elders to force religious conversion.

Case under Section 324, 323, 294, 506 IPC was registered against three juvenile on them on the basis of his complaint. Though a case was registered in this matter, the police refuted the charge of forced circumcision.

"These children are of a similar age group leaving in the same locality. Just because of the childish curiosity of exploring the difference in the private part, they unzipped each other during play. And while zipping back in hurry the six-year-old might have sustained some injuries" said SP I P Kulshrestra.

The casualty medical officer (CMO) who examined him wanted us to consult a surgeon and we did...he was discharged immediately, the SP added.

Meanwhile on Saturday, members of the Vidhaythi Parishad staged a demonstration at the Kotwali police station seeking action against the accused. They left the station only after they were assured of proper action.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>CDs from Ahmed house have jihadi content </b>
PT Bopanna | Bangalore
Bangalore police analysing Kafeel's online activities
<b>Some of the CDs seized by the Bangalore police from the residence of the Ahmed brothers allegedly involved in the London terror plot had jihadi content, making it evident that the house was a nerve-centre of the unfolding terror plot</b>.   

The cyber cell of the Bangalore police who are going through the computer records and CDs seized from the residence have begun scrutinising the online activities of Kafeel Ahmed, who crashed a car bomb into the Glasgow airport.

<b>Kafeel is believed to have downloaded bomb design in March, prior to his departure in May this year for the United Kingdom </b>where he was studying for his PhD.

<b>The CDs contained jihadi propaganda material against the West,</b> especially the United States.

It is said the family members of the Ahmed brothers gave the impression to the police that they were unaware of the presence of the CDs in their house.
The police are also examining reports that the father of the Ahmed brothers, Dr Maqbool Ahmed, was incarcerated in the Bangalore Central jail during the Emergency for 18 months because of his links with the banned Jamaat-e-Islami

rediff was saying he was brainwashed by Gujarat, this Indian Muslim terrorist was brainwashed by Islamist propaganda. This family is radical.
<b>Shattered certitudes and new realities emerge in terror link investigation</b>
<b>Is terror gaining ground in south India?</b>
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Is terror gaining ground in south India?<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Title should be "<b> Is Islamist gaining ground in South India?</b> "
<b>UK terror plot: Jehadi CDs seized from doctors’ home</b>
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->In Bangalore, a top police officer who declined to be named told HT there was a "distinct possibility" that jehadi funds paid for Sabeel, Kafeel and Haneef's education abroad. <b>"These courses are exorbitant for middle class families. We want to trace their friends who could be crucial links in the network,"</b> he said.

He added:<b> "We have noticed a growing number of affluent young men in (coastal and border) areas (of Karnataka) and think they might be a part of the (jehadi) network. It is not as though they got rich because of high-profile jobs. In some cases, their relatives in working in West Asia have supported them with money. Most of these boys are neither employed nor have well-to-do kin, but still have an affluent lifestyle."</b><!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<b>Sameer ‘confesses’ to plotting Mecca mosque blast</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Sheikh Sameer, the prime accused in Hyderabad’s Mecca mosque blast case, has reportedly confessed that he masterminded the attack in connivance with Pakistan-based terrorists

Sameer’s interrogations so far have unraveled how the LeT and Bangladesh-based terror outfit Harkat-Ul-Jihadi-Al-Islami (HuJI) came together to execute the Hyderabad blast. A HuJI operative, Mohammed Shahed alias Bilal, is also wanted for his role in the blast.
<b>Some questions worth losing sleep over </b>
Tavleen Singh
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->The prime minister's timing couldn't have been worse. In the week we discovered that al-Qaeda could have found recruits in Bangalore, in the week we saw Islam's fanatical face on full display in the battle for Lal Masjid, and in the week that Ayman al-Zawahiri reappeared on our television screens to urge all Muslims to join the jihad to destroy the West, the prime minister announced that he is losing sleep over Muslims being "labelled".


<b>Next week marks the first anniversary of Mumbai's train bombings and my first question to our prime minister is, why has he never lost sleep over that ghastly event? My second question is, why can he become so eloquent over the suffering of the mothers of alleged terrorists and so sanguine over the suffering of nearly 200 Mumbai mothers who lost their children for no reason? When he made his visit to Mumbai after the July 11 bombings last year, many noticed that he exhibited no emotion. "He could have been taking a walk in Lodhi Gardens for all the emotion he showed," a friend from Mumbai commented bitterly.</b>


Maybe the three doctors from Bangalore are not involved in the plots to blow up London nightclubs and Glasgow airport. If so, they will prove their innocence, because Britain has a justice system that accepts that you are innocent till proved guilty. Does any Islamic country? It is too early for the prime minister to be shedding tears on their behalf. It is also embarrassing that he should offer Gordon Brown India's help in the investigation. When we cannot catch our own jihadis, what possible help can we give anyone else?<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Islamic Rage boy is the rage (pardon the silly pun) on internet these days. Didn't pay attention till I saw that this guy's not from Palestine or Pakistan but from our own Srinagar!!
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Islamic Rage boy is the rage (pardon the silly pun) on internet these days. Didn't pay attention till I saw that this guy's not from Palestine or Pakistan but from our own Srinagar!!<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
What is the salary of professional Islamic protestor?
Do they get paid more than Roy etc?
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Deoband: a girl can marry a boy of her choice</b>
Posted July 11th, 2007 by Tarique AnwarIndian Muslim 
A fatwa issued by its Darul Ifta, Darul Uloom Deoband said that a girl can marry a boy of her choice. According to the fatwa issued last Sunday, consent of parents are recommended and not required for marriages.

This fatwa is remarkable because even though Islam asks girl's consent for marriage but in India it has been reduced to a custom. Rarely, a girl can refuse marriage arranged by her parents.

The second part of the fatwa issued in response to a question said that consenting <b>adult boy and girl can marry each other only in "kufu" and marriage outside "kufu" will be considered invalid.</b>
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Fatawa Al-Hindiyyah, a collection of Hanfi rulings prepared during the reign of Emperor Aurangzeb lists six aspects for "kufu"- family lineage, Islam, freedom, piety, wealth and profession.


You can marry anyone till he is Muslim . <!--emo&Big Grin--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--> <b>काशी विश्वनाथ से पांच युवक हिरासत में</b>

वाराणसी। उत्तर प्रदेश के वाराणसी स्थित काशी विश्वनाथ ज्ञानवापी परिसर के पास बुधवार रात संदिग्ध अवस्था में घूम रहे पांच युवकों को वहां तैनात सुरक्षाबलों ने हिरासत में ले लिया।
  उच्च पदस्थ पुलिस सूत्रों ने बताया कि <span style='color:red'>राशीद अहमद, वसीम अहमद और दिलशाद , आरिफ हुसैन और सुंदर बसलत को इस विश्व प्रसिद्ध काशी विश्वनाथ मंदिर में घुसने से पहले ही हिरासत में ले लिया गया। परिसर में मौजूद पुलिस अधिकारियों ने इस बारे में ज्यादा जानकारी देने से इनकार कर दिया। उन्होंने बताया युवकों को परिसर में तैनात जवानों ने हिरासत में लिया है। उनके पास से रेलवे टिकट और कुछ कागजात बरामद किए गए हैं। </span><!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

Police arrested 4 Muslim youth and a Hindu trying to sneak into Vishwanath temple.
<b>Police unearth Kafeel’s jihadi activities</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->An Islamic centre called Dar-us-Salaam, with a library, auditorium and book shop, was the hub of the sleeper cell set up by Kafeel Ahmed, currently detained in the United Kingdom for his involvement in the failed terror attacks there, the Bangalore police have claimed.

Many of Kafeel’s friends, including a civil engineer, questioned by the police have admitted to attending meetings convened by Kafeel at this centre, located on the first floor of a building in the Shifaa hospital compound, close to the busy Queen’s Road. It was from here that Kafeel operated from last December to May this year.

<b>“He would deliver lectures in the auditorium, use it to indoctrinate people and recruit them for the jihadi cause,” said a senior police officer investigating the case</b>.

<b>“We have evidence that Kafeel sent e-mails to his friends to invite them to meetings at Dar-us-Salaam where he distributed printed and audio material relating to atrocities on Muslims across the world and exhorting them to join the jihad in protest,”</b> he added.

People who received or acquired such material are now trying their best to hide or destroy them. But a couple of such CDs are in the Hindustan Times’ possession. <b>“Rise up to fight the injustice against Muslim brethren across the world. Do not be targets, make others your targets,” one of them exhorts. Recent events in Chechnya, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan are all referred to, invariably portraying Muslims as oppressed victims</b>.

Though the police were not willing to confirm whether the CDs with HT were those distributed by Kafeel, they confirmed that the material they had seized from his parents’ house was very similar.

Denied entry into the larger mosques once their extremist views became known, Kafeel and his friends would also gather in small, lesser known mosques for their meetings.  The pan-Muslim focus of these meetings, police officials maintained, pointed to Kafeel’s links with global terror outfits. Investigators said Kafeel tried to indoctrinate co-suspect Mohammed Haneef’s brother-in-law at these meetings.

The police are also trying to find out whether<b> Kafeel conducted a “dry run” of the medical syringe-trigger technology he used in the failed London and Glasgow attacks, in Bangalore.</b> A manual on how to cause such explosions has been found on Kafeel’s hard disk, which the police have recovered from his family.

Investigators have also gathered details of Kafeel’s travels while he was based in Bangalore. They are intrigued by how much he moved around.<b> “He travelled a lot, specially across south India. We want to know if he established contacts with any of the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba cells in Mumbai, Delhi or Kashmir,” </b>said an intelligence officer.

<b>Kafeel even went to China. Police are still at a loss as to why he did so.They wonder if it was to establish contacts with China’s Uighur Islamic militants who are active in the areas bordering Pakistan</b>.

Now we know why PM Moron Singh lost his sleep? He was thinking how he managed to get arrested, Moron Singh could have given him shelter in his own PM residence.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Smell the coffee</b>
Udayan Namboodiri
Saturday Special focusses on the plight of the middle-class, educated Indian Muslim, who, following the revelations about Al Qaeda's links with certain doctors and engineers of the community, would hitherto be victims of far more prejudice and type-casting than ever before. But what about those sectors of the Indian polity that contributed to this by demonising America and linking the Indian Muslims' collective psyche to that of the Iraqis and Palestinians?

The busting of the "Bangalore Club" - what else can you call a collective of educated, upwardly-mobile youth pursuing a common objective - threatens to mark a new beginning in inter-community relationships in India's cities. Henceforth, it won't just do to wish away acts of bombing and mass-killing as results of confused rage by the ill-educated, madarsa-going types. The news of the involvement of Bangalore boys Kafeel and Sabeel Ahmed and their cousin Mohammed Haneef in the Glasgow airport bombing as executors of an Al Qaeda plot could lead to mass type-casting of Muslims, the fold-back of social drawbridges and, eventually, the re-engineering of idioms of political correctness. In sum, more ghettoisation.

The biggest tragedy, however, would go unnoticed. And that is - the people responsible for the predicament, most of them non-Muslims, would get away. For, let us not pretend that the Bangalore Club could emerge without there being a collusion between the Left-liberal establishment and a formless, deceptive entity called the "moderate Indian Muslim". Since 2001, the Left-liberals have given political legitimacy to Jihad Inc. and its auxiliaries in India by ceaselessly producing "root cause" theories. They raised enough din over Gujarat and Babri Masjid to distract people from observing the process of formation of 'secular' alliances between overtly Brahmin parties like the Congress and CPI(M) and ISI front organisations. The "moderate Muslims", a motley group of performing artists and unionised university teachers, acted as the PR arm of this sinister movement. They Urdu-ised the rhetoric generated in the secular olfactory - Iraq, Bush, Gujarat, etc - and pushed the middle-class Indian Muslim farther and farther away from the mainstream. Much to the profit of the 'secularists'.

Other sectors of the media may feign surprise at the development. But The Pioneer can't help feeling a little vindicated. For years now, this paper has tirelessly worked to explode the myth that the madarsas are the only terrorist factories. Education has nothing to do with a person taking to extreme ideologies. The partition movement, and all its associated horrors, was scripted in university common rooms, not in tanneries. In recent years, highly educated, even technically accomplished, Indians have been won over to Al Qaeda's cause. In this very column last August, our Kochi resident editor, Arun Lakshman, had revealed that many of the people behind ISI-backed National Democratic Front (NDF) - a quainter name for a fundamentalist outfit is hard to find - and Jamaat-e-Islami are your everyday, English-articulate Malayali gentlemen. Take this: P Koya, one of the founders of the NDF, retired as English literature professor from the Government Arts College in Kozhikode. Another, called EM Abdurahiman, was a librarian with Cochin University.

There are examples from all over India. In Jammu & Kashmir, the Dukhtaran-e-Millat's emergence of a feminine, quasi-jihad organisation surprised the world. It actually has educated women in its ranks who feel no embarrassment in calling the Taliban a harbinger of women's emancipation. Then, you have the Students' Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), reading whose original mission statement one wonders if it isn't a chip off the old block - the much-respected-these-days Aligarh Muslim University. Banned in 2001, SIMI has been growing from strength to strength. In 2005, SIMI allegedly struck twice in a single month. On July 5, its operatives staged an attack on the temple complex in Ayodhya, and, on July 28, played a role in the bombing of the Shramjeevi Express that killed 12 passengers. Following the October 2005 Delhi blasts, the Union Home Ministry claimed that Islami Inquilabi Mahaz, or the Islamic Revolutionary Front, a hitherto unknown outfit that claimed responsibility, was associated with SIMI. The outfit was also behind the Ahmedabad railway station blast of February 19, 2006, and the twin blasts in Varanasi on March 7 that year, which killed 18 people.

It took an epistle from London to wake Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from his stupor. But, displaying classical lack of proportion in the distribution of his sympathies, his heart went out for the mother of the medic held in Australia. As a toady media establishment raised an alarm in the background over British conspiracies and a gloomy future for Indians (emphasis mine) marked by racial profiling and associated discrimination (a possibility thankfully squashed by Lord Megnad Desai, writer Farrukh Dhondy and others), the Government did its utmost to misrepresent the case before the world at large. By mid-week, however, the evidence was too overwhelming to continue with the charade.

While the Indian Muslim would bear the brunt of the backlash, which would come both from the West and his own immediate environment, let's for a minute wonder about the cynical politics of secularism that lies at the root of this.<b> What should be done with the CPI(M), an apparently respectable, mainstream Indian political party, which mid-wifed the birth of so many fundamentalist organisations, including the NDF and Jamaat-e-Islami in Kerala? Did not State Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan make it his first duty to rush to Chennai after winning last year's election to secure the release of Abdul Nasser Madani, the prime accused in the Coimbatore blast? What about the Congress, which has brought a despicable outfit like the IUML to South Block? Can it deny its tacit support to illegal madarsas in West Bengal's Murshidabad district - home base to three of its MPs? And, did or did not Madani campaign for the CPI(M) in the 1996 election?</b>

It is time fingers were pointed at the right quarters. The hour has come for the Indian Muslim to stand up and say: "I won't be used any more".
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>What's the new root cause? </b>
Wilson John
After the busting of the Bangalore Club, one is forced to concede that even educated, affluent Muslims are taking to terror

Marc Sageman, who was a CIA case officer and a forensic psychiatrist posted in Afghanistan during the late 1980s, carried out an exercise to profile global terrorists a few years ago. <b>He found that contrary to popular belief, the vast majority of the recruits came not from poor, illiterate and broken families but from caring, well-to-do ones. And, 63 per cent of those whom he interviewed had gone to college.</b>

Three-quarters were professionals or semi-professionals - engineers, architects, and civil engineers, mostly scientists. Very few had any background in religion. Osama bin Laden himself is a civil engineer, his deputy Al-Zawahiri a physician. Mohammed Atta, the 9/11 lead hijacker was an architect. As for madarsa-trained, semi-literate fundamentalists, they make up only 13 per cent of the terrorist brigade.

Many in India considered Sageman's findings to be irrelevant here. For long, it was believed that Islamist terrorism was exported by Pakistan and there was hardly any possibility of it taking root outside Jammu & Kashmir.

It was not an incorrect assumption, except that Islamic terrorism began to take roots outside Jammu & Kashmir, almost simultaneously, propelled in large measure by the Indian Government's inability to provide a sense of security to its 140-million Muslim population, which was increasingly threatened by the growth of Hindu radical organisations. A large number of the youngsters who were drawn to terrorism came from impoverished backgrounds, lured by money and dangerously naïve visions of attaining martyrdom. They were the foot soldiers of terror.

<b>But even before Sageman came out with his analysis and the Al Qaeda became a household name, there were indications, howsoever stray, that educated, professional Muslims in India could become enamoured by violent means of protest. The catalyst for such a development was the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) set up by a section of teachers and students of Aligarh Muslim University in 1977. </b>

The group's primary motivation was to counter the rise and growth of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). But it took upon itself to raise a banner for Islam whenever real and imagined attacks were launched on the religion and its believers in any part of the world. From demonstrations and protests against capitalism and over morality, the group began openly calling for jihad against India after the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December 1992.

<b>Though a large number of the group's supporters were poor students, the leadership was dominated by educated and middle-class Muslims from small and big towns. Two such professionals were Jalees Ansari, a doctor in the Maharashtra Government, and Salim Ansari, an engineer working at the Mazagon Docks. They were involved in the first series of blasts executed as a revenge attack for the demolition of the Babri Masjid.</b> Both were greatly influenced by the group's propaganda that swung between calling for jihad against India and terming the US as "Satan' and Osama bin Laden a saviour of Muslims.

Within the SIMI cadre, there were several professionals who took up the cause both in India and abroad. CAM Basheer, an aeronautical engineer, was one. A former president of SIMI, Basheer is based in West Asia, acting even today as the main recruiter and fund-raiser for terrorist causes. One of Basheer's close associates was Mohammed Altaf, a trained chemical engineer working in Dubai. Altaf was instrumental in recruiting and training several Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) activists who were involved in July 2003 Ghatkopar blasts.

The Ghatkopar blast, in fact, was the first clear sign of educated and professional Muslims taking to terrorism in significant numbers. Two prime accused in the blast were Mohammed Abdul Mateen Abdul Bashid, a 28-year-old MD in Forensic Sciences from Aurangabad University and Sayed Khawaja Yunus Khawaja Ayub, an Instrumentation Engineer from Parbani near Aurangabad. Both of them were SIMI activists and members of LeT.

<b>Another SIMI professional who turned to jihad was Haroon Rashid, a mechanical engineer working at the Kanpur plant of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. Rashid, recruited by LeT, was an engineering graduate from AMU, and had even completed a 22-week preparatory course for graduate mechanical engineers in the Singapore Maritime Academy. He was caught in 2005</b>.

<b>The SIMI link is so pervasive that of those arrested in the July 2006 Mumbai and four previous blasts, five were engineers, three doctors, one an MBA, two PhDs and one a doctorate student. Among the Mumbai blast accused were Muzammil Sheikh, a computer engineer working with a well-known IT firm in Bangalore, a Unani doctor Tanvir Ansari and a commerce graduate, Zameer Sheikh</b>.

Though most of them were motivated by local factors like Gujarat riots and large-scale detentions of Muslims after every terrorist incident in the recent past, there was a strong suspicion that developments taking place elsewhere in the world, particularly in Afghanistan, Iraq and Chechnya were influencing the minds and rhetoric of young Muslims in places like Mumbai and Bangalore. The failed London and Glasgow bombers from Bangalore, the first set of Indian global jihadis, have firmly confirmed these fears.

Sageman's Al Qaeda profile is beginning to make sense even in India.

(The writer is Senior Fellow with Observer Research Foundation)
<b>Haneef sent a 'hurry' email after attacks</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Melbourne, July 14: Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef, who was slapped with charges of supporting a terrorist organisation, is said to have sent an email to an associate shortly after the failed UK terror attacks, saying he would have to leave Australia in a hurry. However, he did not mention visiting his ailing wife and child, according to evidence obtained by federal police........<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Charged: Sabeel for ‘knowledge’, cousin Haneef for ‘reckless’ help </b>“The allegation is that Haneef provided support to a terrorist group,” Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty was quoted as saying in Canberra by TV channels. “The specific allegation regards recklessness rather than intention — the allegation being that he was reckless about some of the support he provided to that (UK) group, in particular the provision of his SIM card...”

Police alleged that Haneef “recklessly” provided his SIM card to cousins Sabeel and Kafeel when he left Britain for Australia last year.

Detained: 8
Indians Kafeel and Sabeel Ahmed, cousin Mohd Haneef; Iraqi doctor Bilal Abdulla; Jordanian doctor Mohd Asha and his wife Marwa; and two unidentified trainee doctors

Charged: 3
• Bilal Abdulla: Conspiring to set off explosives
• Sabeel Ahmed: Having information that could prevent an act of terror
• Mohd Haneef: Providing “reckless”

support to a terrorist organisation
• Released: 1
• Marwa Asha<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Got to hand it to these aussies! <!--emo&Big Grin--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo--> What right hand gives, left hand takes it away!
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Haneef gets bail but visa cancelled, detained
New Delhi: <b>A Brisbane court has granted bail to Indian doctor Mohammed Haneef, charged in connection with last month's failed car bomb attacks in Britain.

However, hours later the government invoked immigration laws to keep him behind bars.</b>

Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews told reporters in Canberra that he had cancelled Mohamed Haneef's working visa on suspicion he had links to terrorists.

Haneef would be taken into immigration custody soon, Andrews said.

Haneef's bail application had been rejected on Saturday by a Brisbane court, only to be reconvened on Monday morning 1030 hrs local time.

Haneef was charged with recklessly providing resources - amounting to a mobile phone SIM card - and supporting terrorism. However, the magistrate felt that the charges were not very serious and granted him bail, saying it was an exceptional circumstance.

Haneef cannot leave Australia till the next hearing, which is on August 31. He has to provide the authorities there with a residential address to the Commonwealth in the next 24 hours and has to report to a Gold Coast police station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday till his hearing.

He also has to provide a surety of $10,000 (Australian dollars) and cannot apply for a passport till a final verdict is pronounced.

The Australian Attorney General has said that Mohammed Haneef will not be extradited, but will instead be tried in Australia while proceedings against him continue in the UK.

Speaking exclusively to CNN-IBN Haneef's wife Firdaus said, "I am thankful to the people in India who prayed for my husband and for the people in Australia who supported him. I also want to thank the Prime Minister of India, without whose intervention, this would not have been possible."

On Saturday, the Australian police charged Haneef with giving support to a terrorist organisation. He was booked under the Terrorist Act for providing a SIM card to terrorists.

Haneef, who is cousin of UK terror suspect Kafeel Ahmed, was in detention for 12 days. Haneef is a second cousin to Kafeel Ahmed, a suspect who is in a critical condition with burns from the Glasgow attack, and last contacted him via the Internet in March/April 2007.

Haneef had been arrested in the wake of the discovery of two car bombs in London's bustling theatre and nightclub district on June 29. The following day a jeep crashed into the terminal building at Glasgow Airport and burst into flames.

All six suspects in Britain are medicos from West Asia or India. One, Iraqi-trained doctor Bilal Abdulla, 27, was charged last week with conspiring to cause explosions.

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