Faced with namaz indignation over indignation in Kashmir, Islamist imperialism is agitated
Kashmir has been linked umbilically with Hindu and Indian civilization. Demographic change and the tyrannies of history cannot suddenly make this land under “Indian occupation”
Representative image. By Saiyna Bashir © 2020 The New York Times
A thousand-year-old legacy of bigotry and a sense of entitlement is becoming increasingly agitated in India today. Frustration spills over into academia, the media and social networks.
Take for example the webinar hosted by the Center for Women’s Studies at JNU. Entitled “Gender Resistance and New Challenges in Post-2019 Kashmir”, the webinar review read: “This interview will be based on the ethnography of gendered resistance to Indian occupation in Kashmir”.
Famous India detractor Ather Zia, professor at the University of Northern Colorado, has been invited to speak. The JNU administration got wind of the event late and canceled it.
The second case is that of the professor of political Islam Hilal Ahmed who writes an article in The imprint on why Hindus should defend namaz, even when it takes over public spaces.
“Even strangers, mostly Hindus, pay homage to my Namaz. It was so encouraging that I was able to offer Namaz on moving trains, on busy streets, in hospital corridors and even inside functional Hindu temples, ”writes Ahmed. .
The Kashmir webinar sought to replay the trope that Islamism has successfully established over the centuries: any land where Muslims establish a majority becomes Dar-ul-Islam and a secular state must stop claiming it.
But for Islamists, the reverse should not be true. “Secularism” must be alive, covering the excesses of Islam, until the land is Dar-ul-Harb, that is, when Muslims are in the minority.
This proves that Hindutva fears that parts of Bengal like Murshidabad and Malda, or several districts of Assam like Barpeta, Dhubri, Darrand or Goalpara could one day be called lands under “Indian occupation”.
Kashmir was the seat of the Hindu Shaivite tradition. It is named after the sage Kashyap. Adi Shankarcharya visited the place.
The name of the capital Srinagar is first found in the Rajatarangini epic of Kalhana. Ancient Kashmir had a number of capitals, but the most important was “Srinagari” – Sri means the Sun and nagri means the city – or the City of the Sun.
Kashmir has been linked umbilically with Hindu and Indian civilization. Demographic change and the tyrannies of history cannot suddenly turn it into a land under “Indian occupation”.
Likewise, Ahmed’s seemingly innocent prayer for Hindu tolerance for the indiscriminate takeover of public space for the namaz exudes law and a state of mind that has destroyed over 40,000 temples and replaced many of them. ‘between them by mosques over the past 1,000 years.
Why should Hindus give up even their sacred spaces and temples for namaz? Will Muslims reciprocate by allowing aarti in mosques?
Are the citizens of Gurugram in Uttarakhand wrong to protest against the regular occupation of public spaces and roads for namaz?
Can you occupy roads even in Muslim countries like UAE for namaz?
The answer to all of this is a categorical ‘no’.
Islamism must curb its imperialist and usurper instincts. India today, or for that matter any civilized nation, will not oblige.