Yezidis last hope remain Hindus and India

As Islamic State warriors are closing on to Sinjar Mountains, the Yezidi fighters, most who took up whatever arms were available even kitchen knives, are finding it hard to believe that world is still not worried about the fate of thousands of innocent men, women and children whose sole mistake is that they worship Taus Melek or Peacock Angel whom Hindus know as the Commander of all Gods Murugan/Karthikeya/Sanath Kumar. While discussing with them the situation they are in, they show fear that either they will be killed or be converted; the latter of these two fears is what they consider as bad as death itself.

Taus Melek and Murugan are one?

Taus Melek and Murugan are one?

But the most potent question that many Indians are asking is why are Yezidis trying to forge bond with Indians and particularly with Hindus? What is their motivation? Is there something sinister behind this outreach? Some even argue as to why must Hindus get involved with a group that does not even identify itself as a ‘Hindu’ and has traces of what several feel, concepts, that do not exactly blend with Hinduism.

Murugan, the commander of all gods, is whom Yezidis claim to worship.

Murugan, the commander of all gods, is whom Yezidis claim to worship.

Keeping these questions in mind I asked a Yezidi man, as to why do the Yezidis feel that Indians, and particularly Hindus, would like to help them? His answer was straight; he said that it was because ‘there is no one else who would like to help us without converting us and we are aware that only and only Hindus are like that.’ This 44-year old man, who goes by the name of Hatim is a guide by profession and based in Dohuk, is absolutely sure that the ‘Hindus will help and India will help.’

But the question is why must India help Yezidis who have no known connection with India for thousands of years? To this he did not have an answer except that ‘will you not try to help your cousins if they are in danger and left India for Iceland? I know you people help (everyone)… (those too) who have no bond but we know you and we like you. Won’t you help?’

Killed for being 'Devil worshipers.'

Killed for being ‘Devil worshipers.’

Many may not find this argument or should we say a helpless and defeated plea convincing, certainly when we shun emotions and measure each thing in terms of value addition, then this helpless community of a few millions (some claim them to be as less as 5, 00, 000) staring at the biggest genocide of the 21st century that promises to wipe it out completely, is not worthy of investing in. Assuming this to be the way forward, now let us consider why India or Hindus ‘should not’ help the Yezidis. The only reason of not helping the Yezidis is as that they hold no value, and in any case there is always the defensive argument like when there is a fire in our very own house then why go to Iraq (youngsters waving Islamic State flags is a reality in India). Plus there is one more like has India done anything for Pakistani and Bangladeshi Hindus and Sikhs, who share immediate ties with us? Then why bother?

Plea for help

Plea for help

The Chief Editor, International Strategist and Founder of http://www.AmritWorld.com Mr. Amrit Pal Singh ‘Amrit’ explains this aspect in a conversation by saying that ‘India went to Sri Lanka to fight LTTE. Indian Army was sent to Maldives in 1988; in the case of Yezidis none of this has happened nor may this happen. But we are still in a position to help; all that are needed are manpower and money.” Explaining further he also gave another example of Fiji, where Mahinder Chaudhary, a Hindu Prime Minister was thrown out by the army. He said “everyone spoke against his removal, he was a staunch Hindu, but India did nothing, on the other hand New Zealand went ahead and sent a warship and Fijian Army hastily retreated. Mr. Chaudhary traces his roots to Haryana but did India bother? For no less than 56 days did the Fijian Army keep him captured.”

For Yezidis, he said that they are a very tiny minority in Iraq and now, since Kurdistan will soon be an independent nation hence they (Yezidis) will again be a minority there, but not as small as they are in Iraq. They will be just a religious minority and not an ethnic one so considering this scenario if India or Hindus help Yezidis it would be helping the soon-to-be independent state of Kurdistan. And therefore any help will only strengthen the bond between this new state with India, and the benefit? Well! This would be an oil producing friendly country in the heart of Middle East.

Brothers? Are we?

Brothers? Are we?

But keeping the money dynamics aside, even if India, or Hindus as Yezidis want, come to their aid then it only makes sense as they are a very small minority, plus the adoration and loyalty with which they look up to India with is something that several crore illegal Bangladeshis will never be able to do. So the choice for India is simple, and surprisingly, without any dilemmas. Just manpower and money is needed to help this minute minority, no need to send armed forces. Protecting Yezidis today makes sense as it will benefit Indians tomorrow.

How Yezidis and Hindus are forming a bond slowly but surely
Hindus and Yezidis must be credited to be looking at each other with curiosity and that too with extreme positivism. Small efforts have already been undertaken by both the communities, like Yezidi students in Bangalore going to celebrate Diwali with Hindus after visiting Murugan temple, Yezidi kids especially asking Hindus to help them, Qasem Sesho appealing to Hindus and Yezidi groups meeting Hindu leaders etc.

Small steps to a great start?

Small steps to a great start?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has already gone a step further and has promised to aid Yezidis displaced by current turmoil. So, we can presume that so far everything is positive from both the sides, but yes, only time will tell how Hindus and Yezidis take this relationship forward and whether both are ready to cement the bond further.

Hindus and Yezidi students celebrating Diwali in Bangalore

Hindus and Yezidi students celebrating Diwali in Bangalore

Is love jihad for real?

Cases after cases have sprung up with Hindu women claiming that they married ‘Hindu’ men who later ‘turned’ out to be Muslims and forced and tortured them to embrace Islam. Tara Sahdev’s case of forced conversion and brutality by her ‘husband’ and several other such cases that have come to light from across the country point to a dangerous trend, which is, the growing radicalization and polarization of the Muslim youth. It is indeed wonderful that a powerful voice of Maulana Kalbe Sadiq has emerged which openly chided the jihadists but besides this lone man no other sane and strong voice from the community is coming out to challenge the development.

Tara Sahdev showing bruises that she got from her alleged husband

Tara Sahdev showing bruises that she got from her alleged husband

Some apologists may pretend that this said ‘radicalization,’ is some kind of smear campaign against the community, but keeping in mind that some of these youngsters also happen to proudly adorn T-Shirts with ISIS boldly imprinted on it, and brandish the black flags and meet with no resistance, then it clearly shows that something somewhere is going extremely wrong. The women like Teesta Setalwad who claim that this is nothing but an exercise of free will by the women coming out challenging the patriarchy by choosing their partners, cunningly overlooks one small detail and that is that several of such women claim to have married a ‘Hindu’ man and only later did they come to know that the man in question is a devout Muslim. So where is the free will? When did this free will end up being equal to duped and tortured? If this is the definition that the likes of Teesta and other champions of ‘women rights’ want to move forward with, then it is better that we also legalize sati, bestiality and child marriages as well; after all, free will must work in all criminal cases and not just in the case of select few.

 

UK simmers on grooming scandal

UK simmers on grooming scandal

A simple thing that we need to understand is that these cases are a dangerous trend that easily can be understood in the context of the sexual grooming and the assault cases that have plagued the western society of which the most recent case is the Rotherham case, where Pakistani Muslim men kept abusing White girls for close to 14 years and despite knowing the truth the authorities did nothing as they feared that they will be branded ‘racist.’ If we see this case closely then this is something that is the state of all the societies today, be it the eastern or the western one. While a shrieking media continuously and viciously tries to stifle the voice of protest and justice, the general mood of the public is of a seething mutiny against what it perceives is a slap on its face, which is bad for us in the long run. Therefore, any effort like Teesta’s should be taken in this context; it is done to cover up the tracks in the guise of women rights and liberty and not there to ensure justice and this is what we must fear because cases like these hamper our secular fabric and make people edgy. Also, it would be even better that the Home Minister does not try to wriggle out of the question of ‘love jihad,’ and instead puts strength in the wheels of justice. Why should an entire community be allowed to be viewed in suspicion because of extremist interpretation of religion and why must innocent girls suffer physically and emotionally when they clearly are the victims?

It is also important that no amount of cajoling or tagging (like being branded communal or racist) must be allowed to come in the way of dealing with the criminals with strength and this is absolutely necessary and anyone who sides with the criminals must be held accountable too. The best would be that the community leaders come forward and openly issue directions or throw such people out of the religion/clan/community and call for economic and social boycott but as we see today, it did not happen in the UK, and highly likely that it is no close to happening in India as well, and in both cases the target was the innocent girls who underwent extreme brutality.

The big question is why are we scared to tackle this criminal behavior? What are our leaders and police personnel scared of? Is there a powerful lobby that they fear will put them at risk? If yes, then it is government’s duty to investigate and cut such shadow outfits to size as soon as possible and save our country from any untoward incident. Surely, this is the least we can expect from the leading man who once claimed to have a 56 inch chest.

P.S.: It speaks volumes about Indians and also the English that no one took law into their hands even as these explosive cases tumbled out of a very dirty closet. Something like this even remotely similar, or even a rumor like this can bring genocide in neighboring Pakistan and Bangladesh. So let us ensure justice and avoid becoming a banana republic.

Why Meerut Gangrape and Forced Conversion Case Must Ring Alarm bells in India

The victim in green being accosted by well-wishers

The victim in green being accosted by well-wishers

Several rape cases have happened in India, and law and order certainly is an issue that needs an urgent look-into, but why do we need to closely monitor the Meerut gangrape and forced conversion case? Let us first see what this case is about; a young girl goes to a madrassa to teach children at a salary of just Rs. 1500, all in good-faith on the advice of her Muslim friend, the madrassa officials kidnap her and rape her continuously while keeping her drugged in a solitary confinement. Her fallopian Tube is removed so that she does not get pregnant and sexually serves them long enough, and at the time of this abhorring sexual torture she was also being brainwashed to embrace a religion that she had neither shown inclination for, nor was willing to embrace. While in the captivity she finds 40 more girls there and hears that some of them would be supplied to Saudi Arabia. Now, coming back to the response her plight has created. Most people, ably led by Indian media, are busy calling this as a one-off incident that need not be given too much importance for the sake of keeping public outrage under control. But think about the other side; this girl could have become an icon of Hindu-Muslim unity. She could have become the face of a modern India that does not degrade anyone on the basis of religion as a Hindu girl was proudly teaching in a Muslim religious institution despite severe objections from her own family. Right from the beginning to the time till she escaped and came to seek help in an unwilling and unsympathetic police station, she showed enough grit. But no one is feeling anything for her own strong conviction in the idea of ‘India;’ her supporters call it her one ‘big mistake’ while the accusers feel that she ‘asked for it.’

What both sides forget is that the Meerut gangrape and forced conversion case is shockingly similar to the horrid stories that have emerged from neighbouring countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh, where Hindu, Christian, Sikh and Buddhist girls are often targeted by abduction, confinement in madrassas, rape and conversions. Sexual grooming awoke Europe when young women and even little girls were being targeted by Islamists. This is actually a plague that is spreading everywhere, and we can no longer play blind to an imposing monster anymore. The first Meerut like case, that actually caught the world’s attention emerged from Pakistan’s Sindh, was of a teenage girl Rinkle Kumari who despite severe pressure from Hindu community and even United States still continues to languish with a ‘husband’ who was her abductor. A similar case was reported from Bangladesh where a 16-year old Sagorika Haldar was first raped and brutally murdered by the rapists as she continued to resist them. These are not isolated cases, as per a report (and these are conservative numbers from Pakistan i.e. the cases that actually get reported) Movement for Solidarity and Peace in Pakistan, close to 1000 minority girls get tagged and later targeted by Islamists and forcefully converted year after year. The numbers of Bangladesh are even more alarming but there is a common thread between the Islamists in both the countries and that is the growing influence of those who clearly target minority women with rape as a tool and when they are met with resistance, they embark on teaching them a lesson by first gangraping them and later marrying them to the abductor/rapist, stifling the woman to a life-long torture of rapes and other forms of harassment. This is what has been happening in these two countries and anyone can draw parallels to this case, that has come to light now, with several thousand cases reported year after year from these countries. The modus operandi is also the same; first finalize and tag a woman and entice her with sweet talks or friendship, then try and brainwash her with ‘false religion’ stuff and if she still does not agree, then rapes, tortures and conversion, post which they are married off to old men or worse shoved into flesh trade. It is for this very reason why Meerut should ring alarm bells now. In fact, we should have been alert from the moment people rioted in Azad Maidan and targeted Amar Jawan Memorial but we turned a blind eye, and now we have Gurudwara attacked in Saharanpur, ISIS flags and supporters in Kashmir and Kerala, Amarnath Yatra stalled, pages and posts in favor of ISIS and anti-Shia posts on Facebook and Twitter and we even have youngsters wearing ISIS T-Shirts. It is a known fact that radicalization is present in today’s India or else how can anyone ever explain the reasons of young and affluent Indian Muslims joining in the global Jihad and travelling to Syria and Iraq? In fact, to assume that these are isolated incidents and not part of a global Jihadi network, is nothing but foolhardy as ISIS has clear intentions of taking over the world with horrendous and radical means and it is under this context that Meerut gangrape case needs to be seen.

The madrassas have now emerged as a cause of concern as they do not confine themselves to just imparting the ‘knowledge’ anymore and we really cannot blame them either because the funding comes from abroad and so does the dictation. The madrassas will have to abide by the ideology of the donors or else they risk losing out on money therefore, regulating madrassas is important for national security and communal harmony while dealing with the errant radicals with iron hands is very important at this stage or else India could turn into another battle ground sooner or later. Infiltration by radical Bangladeshis and LeT (Lashkar-e-Toiba) agents is a known fact and the lack of protests by Deoband and Muslim organizations in such cases point to a dangerous path that lies ahead.

Also, for media and political parties who have shown virtually no concern for either the victim or the situation that India is in and have remained mum to serve their brand of ‘selective secularism,’ we must remind them collectively, that they are doing a great disservice to India’s secular fabric that has allowed us longevity and also a liberal view that has kept this multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-linguistic country together. Meerut gang rape and forced conversion case must be an eye-opener; brushing aside such cases won’t take them away but yes, careful handling could help contain radical and terrorist elements who wish to destabilize this country.

P.S.: While discussing this case with a Pakistani Hindu activist he agreed that Pakistan’s one big mistake was to turn a blind eye to rapes and forced conversions that are now rampant there. As a result, he said, today Pakistan is battling terrorism on its own home ground, because the first thing that it (radicalization) demolished was the idea that Muslims can co-exist with Hindus or other non-Muslims. This feeling that Muslims cannot co-exist with non-Muslims is now leading to bloodshed and more bloodshed, as more and more communities, even Barelvis, Shias, Ahmadiyas and Christians are being targeted by the radicals as they believe this would make them superior to others. Now the big question, are we staring at a similar situation in India?