The Candid Eye

May 4, 2010

India’s Electronic Voting Machines Proven Insecure

In a collaborative study, a team of Indian and international experts have revealed that the electronic voting machines used in Indian elections are vulnerable to fraud. Even brief access to the machines, known in India as EVMs, could allow criminals to alter election results.

These research findings are at odds with claims made by the Election Commission of India, the country’s highest election authority, which has maintained that weaknesses found in other electronic voting systems around the world do not apply to India’s EVMs. Less than a year ago, it stated: “Today, the Commission once again completely reaffirms its faith in the infallibility of the EVMs. These are fully tamper-proof, as ever.” [1] As recently as two days ago, the Chief Election Commissioner described electronic voting machines as “perfect” and claimed that “till today, no individual could prove that the EVMs used by the EC can be tampered with.” [2]

Almost the entire population of India votes on electronic voting machines. There are around 1.4 million of the machines in use, all of the controversial “Direct Recording Electronic” (DRE) variety. Such machines record the votes only to internal memory and provide no paper records for later inspection or recount. With DREs, absolute trust is placed in the hardware and software of the voting machines. Paperless electronic voting systems have been criticized globally and more and more countries and US states are abandoning such systems altogether.

EVM : Image Courtesy - http://indiaevm.org/

In a video released today, the researchers show two demonstration attacks against a real Indian EVM. One attack involves replacing a small part of the machine with a look-alike component that can be silently instructed to steal a percentage of the votes in favor of a chosen candidate. These instructions can be sent wirelessly from a mobile phone. Another attack uses a pocket-sized device to change the votes stored in the EVM between the election and the public counting session (which in India can be weeks later).

This study was performed by researchers at NetIndia, (P)Ltd., in Hyderabad, the University of Michigan in the United States, and at a non-profit in the Netherlands that specializes in electronic voting related issues.

Inside EVM : Image Courtesy - http://indiaevm.org/

The researchers were also surprised to find that the vote-counting software in the EVMs is programmed into so-called “mask programmed microcontrollers,” which do not allow the software to be read out and verified. Because these chips are made in the US and Japan, this has led to a situation in which nobody in India knows for sure what software is in these machines or whether it counts votes accurately.

Hari Prasad is a computer engineer and managing director of NetIndia, a Hyderabad-based technology firm. Prasad organized the study and says the findings are the culmination of a seven month investigation. “Everywhere I looked there were more security problems. I am glad that with the presentation of this work, the debate over whether India’s EVMs are secure is over. We need to look forward now. India deserves a transparent election process, which these machines simply cannot deliver.”

Rop Gonggrijp, a security researcher from the Netherlands, also took part in the study. Says Gonggrijp: “Never mind what election officials say, this research once again shows that the longstanding scientific consensus holds true—DRE voting machines are fundamentally vulnerable. Such machines have already been abandoned in Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Florida and many other places. India should follow suit.”

Gonggrijp continues: “In order to have any transparency in elections, you need to have votes on paper. Computers can be programmed to count votes honestly, but since nobody can watch them, they might just as easily be programmed to count dishonestly. How is the voter supposed to tell the difference?”

Professor J. Alex Halderman of the University of Michigan helped develop the new attacks along with his students. “Almost every component of this system could be attacked to manipulate election results,” says Dr. Halderman. “This proves, once again, that the paperless class of voting systems has intrinsic security problems. It is hard to envision systems like this being used responsibly in elections.”

The newly released video and technical report can be found at http://IndiaEVM.org.

[1] ECI press release, August 8, 2009
[2] Interview with Navin B Chawla, Rediff.com India news, April 26, 2010

For more information, please contact authors@IndiaEVM.org.

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February 18, 2010

Sri Sri takes the shovel to create environment awareness

Kolkata had a surprise garbage picker this week – the revered Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living Foundation. Sri Sri, who was in the city on a three-day visit extended his concept of community service to direct hands-on garbage cleaning.

Sri Sri cleaning the lily pool

The project titled, ‘Clean Inside, Green Outside’, saw him along with 175 young volunteers of the Art of Living Foundation embarking on shovelling garbage from the once-famed Lily Pool in the Rabindra Sarobar area.

Emphasising on the need to bring about environment awareness Sri Sri said, “No one single agency or authority can undertake this mission. We need all to join hands so that together we make a difference.”

The Art of Living Foundation will incorporate a number of environment-sensitive priorities in the restoration. Collaborating with the Kolkata Improvement Trust, as well as a reputed landscapist, The Art of Living will deploy their volunteers to restore Lily Pool to the splendour that it once had.

Sri Sri led thousands at the Mahashivratri celebrations which were held on February 12 at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium. The evening commenced with a cultural presentation showcasing ancient Bengali art and culture. This was followed by the Maharudrabhishekam performed by Sri Sri followed by a satsang and a discourse.

Sri Sri during the Shivratri Celebrations in Kolkata

He also felicitated Pt Buddho Dev Dasgupta, sarod player; Chunni Goswami, football player; Subhash Dutta, environmentalist and social activist; Subhra Chatterjee, educationist, and Mahasweta Devi, novelist. Thousands of devotees from all over India and from over dozens of countries including the US, Canada, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Russia and Hong Kong were part of the festivities.

During the visit, Shri Shri was felicitated by Kolkata’s Sikh community and he also inaugurated an exhibition on “Sikhism as the Defender of Indian Dharma” by FACT India, an NGO of the famous Indophile and journalist Francois Gautier, in conjunction with Behala Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee. The exhibition showcased the bravery, fearlessness and sacrifices of the Sikhs during the Mughal, British and post independence periods.

He also inaugurated the Medicasynergie Super Specialty Hospital, a 500-bed super specialty hospital, one of its kinds in eastern India, earlier on the same day.From Kolkata, he left for a week long tour to the North East.

Source: Kolkata Mirror

February 15, 2010

‘Terrorists have no religion’ – Shah Rukh Khan is not telling the truth

Source: HJS

From: Mr. Narain Kataria, New York

At a public meeting held on Nov. 29, 2009, Actor Shah Rukh Khan is reported to have said that:  “Terrorism has no religion”.  This is grossly misleading and nonsensical twaddle by a crafty actor to lull Hindus into believing that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism.  It has not a whit to do with reality.  It is completely out of sync with the general view held by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists who have suffered unprecedented brutalities and savagery at the hands of Radical Islamists for the last 1400 years.

Islamic Militants

Instead of giving wide publicity to this untruthful claptrap all over India his opinion should have be dismissed with the contempt it deserves and challenged by leaders sitting in the meeting, including Home Minister P. Chidambaram.  Since people sitting in the meeting had absolutely no clue as to what the Islamic trilogy, Quran (sacred book of Muslims), Hadith (traditions based on conduct of Mohammad)  and Sira (life of Prophet Mohammed) , enjoin on Muslims,  they just listened to and accepted the crap dished out to them.  None of them, either because of ignorance or fear of violent reaction from Islamists, even raised the question that descendants of invaders, particularly Wahhabists and Salafists, are spreading the jihadist movement in India to complete the violent conquest of India for Islam.

The time has come for Hindus to develop a little bit courage and call a spade a spade.  It is an irony of fate and a matter of great disgust that none of the Hindu leaders in India came forward to challenge this statement laden with outright lies and bald assertions. Hindu leaders in India have lost the nerve completely.  Because of their squeamishness, sheepishness and lack of virility, Hindu society is undergoing torture and suffering.  At the moment Hindu society is directionless, rudderless and feels cantankerous because Hindu leaders rarely deracinate the perniciousness of Jihadi culture in public.

Death Cult : Image Courtesy - http://images30.fotki.com/

Hindus have been terrorized into submission by Islamists to such an extent that they never stand up and come out openly to speak the truth.  The truth is that more than 90% terrorism-related activities all over the world are carried on by Radical Islamists. Almost all the prisoners in jails in UK and USA on the charge of terrorism are Muslims. “Islamic terrorists have carried on 14,510 terrorists attack since 9/11” (a rate of about three to four a day).  (www.The Religion of Peace.org)  These attacks were not carried on by normal Muslims for money or personal jealousy but as a religious duty performed in the name of Allah.

The Bollywood Star further said that he has read the Quran.  But he did not tell the ignorant audience that “sixty-one percent of the contents of the Koran are found to speak ill of unbelievers or call for their violent conquest; at best only 2.6 percent of the verses of the Koran are noted to show goodwill toward humanity”.  (Dr. Moorthy Muthuswamy, an India-born anti-terrorism expert,  in an interview with Jamie Glazov of Frontpage Magazine at  http://frontpagemag.com/2009/12/14/the-yemeni-koran-by-jamie-glazov/. [More details about Dr. Muthuswamy’s book, including its relevance to the ongoing jihad in India and where to buy the book are given here:
http://www.moorthymuthuswamy.com/.%5D

We are waiting for the next blast : Image Courtesy - http://www.bangladeshihindu.com/

Shah Rukh Khan used sophistry and subterfuge to misguide Indians (Hindus) by covering up the heinous crimes of his co-religionists, and portraying them in a very favorable light.  In his sinister attempt he was aided and abetted by anti-Hindu electronic and print media who broadcast his message as gospel truth all over India. Ostensibly, Shah Rukh was following the Islamic law of al Taqiyah which enjoins  on Muslims to lie and cheat in the furtherance of Islam. Shah Rukh fully exploited the non-comprehension of media and ignorance of the non-Muslim audience about the tenets of Islam.

It is a paradox that Muslims, converts or their descendants, who enjoy good life in India , invariably support their Arabian masters.

The following verifiable facts outright reject the statement of Shah Rukh Khan:

1. The World Trade Center attack in New York on 9/11 in which 3000 innocent people were burnt to death was carried out by agents of Al Qaeda (a militant Islamic terrorist group led by Osama bin Laden).

2. The Bali bombing on October 12, 2002 also was unleashed by radical Islamists.

3. The Madrid train bombings in Spain on March 11, 2004 in which 191 people were killed was by Muslims.

4. The suicide attack on Indian Parliament in December 2001 was launched by two Pakistani (Muslim) terrorist groups who were guided by the tenets of Islam.

5. The three Mumbai bomb blasts (i) in 1993 in which more than 250 people were killed, (ii) July 2006 in which 209 killed, and (iii) 26/11/2008 in which 170 people killed were all carried on by devout Muslims.

6. The June 7, 2005 London train bombing in which 52 people were killed was also the handiwork of Islamic terrorists.

7. Islamic terrorists in 1998  bombed US embassy in Kenya and killed hundreds of innocent people.

8. Islamic terrorists attacked in Algeria , Moroco in April 2007 and killed a lot of people.

9. A group of 45 Muslim doctors threatened to use car bombs and rocket grenades in terrorist attacks in the United States during discussions on an extremist internet chat site.  One message read: “We are 45 doctors and we are determined to undertake jihad and take the battle inside America .

10. Another terrorist suspect Najibullah Nazi, 24, from Denver was allegedly planning attacks on the New York subway in September, 2009 was also a Muslim.

11. Major Nidal Hasan proclaimed himself a “Soldier of Allah”.  He massacred 13 American soldiers at Fort Hood , Texas , and is said to have shouted “Allah-o-Akbar” before killing them.  He fully believed in Holy War against infidels.

12. US citizen David Coleman Headley (Daood Gilani) , and Canadian citizen Tahawwur Hussain Rana arrested in October, 2009 in Chicago were working for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) –  were both Muslims.

13. Javed Ahmed and Ashiq Ali arrested by Delhi Police on August 7, 2009 were Muslims.

14. British-Iraqi doctor Bilal Abdulla convicted on conspiracy to cause murder and explosion at Glasgow airport in 2008 was a devout Muslim.

15. Five young Muslim Americans living in Washington, D.C. suburbs who were on their way to the heart of Taliban sanctuary in Pakistan to be trained as Jihadi terrorists.  They were arrested in Pakistan on December 10, 2009.  One of them Zamzam made a video quoting Koranic verses.

Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Hassan Gafoor is on record to have stated at a Press Conference that 14-16 Indians (including  Fahim Ansari, Sabahuddin and other Muslims)  were suspected to be involved in the 26/11 Mumbai attack.

A known British Mullah Mr. Anjum Chaudri on video describes the killing of innocent non-Muslim in suicide bombing as  “legitimate”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maHSOB2RFm4&feature=rec-HM-fresh+div

Please also watch the following video of brutality by Islamists on Hindus in Bangladesh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0mAuslJhL0

One can go on and on and can write a book about Islamic terrorism around the world.

Now for the information of readers I would like to quote below some statements made by top terrorists and by noted experts on Islamic studies:

“I am one of the servants of Allah. We do our duty of fighting for the sake of the religion of Allah. It is also our duty to send a call to all the people of the world to enjoy this great light and to embrace Islam and experience the happiness in Islam. Our primary mission is nothing but the furthering of this religion.”  Osama bin Laden

Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini had said: “Holy war (jihad) means the conquest of all non-Muslim territories.

Maulana Syed Abul A’ala Maudoodi, founder of the Jamaat-e-Islami proclaimed: “The goal of Islam is to rule the entire world and submit all of the mankind to the faith of Islam. Any nation or power that gets in the way of that goal, Islam will fight and destroy it.

Shaikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, who planned the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993, funneled these words to his fellow faithful: “Oh, you Muslims … destroy their embassies, attack their interests, sink their ships, and shoot down their airplanes. Kill them on land, at sea, and in the air, kill them wherever you find them.” (Babbin, in the Words of Our Enemies, p. 60)

“Our whole struggle is for the enforcement of Sharia law”  Muslim Khan, Spokesperson for the Pakistani Taliban, responsible for hundreds of bombings, shootings and abductions.

All the above statements made by religious scholars make it crystal clear that the aim of Islam is to dominate the entire world by force and subjugate entire humanity.  In spite of massive evidence presented above, Shah Rukh Khan and the so called secular print and electronic media has the temerity to present falsity as truth.  Radical Islamists know it very well that it is a game bluffing the hateful Kafirs.  Hence this secular shibboleth has to be exposed and vehemently condemned otherwise it will destroy India from within.

A study conducted by Pew Foundation concludes that:  Majorities or pluralities in the U.S. , Canada , and every European country, other than France , judge that some religions are more prone to violence than others. And when those taking this view are asked which religion they think of as more violent, Islam is designated by large majorities in each of these countries – in Netherlands 88%, in France 87%, in Spain 81%, in Germany 79%, in Poland 77% in India 73% consider Islam is the most violent religion.

http://pewglobal.org/reports/display.php?PageID=811

From all the above it is crystal clear even to the purblind that almost all terrorists have a religion.  They are devout followers of Islam.  Shah Rukh Khan is plainly lying and trying to fool the secular intelligentsia and clueless Hindus – the majority population of India .

For the information of those who are not fully familiar with the tenets of Islam, I would request them to visit the following websites:

http://www.jihadwatch.org/
http://frontpagemagazine.com/
http://blog.americancongressfortruth.com/2009/11/12/radical-islams-threat-to-america/#more-4204

December 12, 2009

Negationism and the Muslim Conquests

From: Rewriting the Indian History

It is important to stop a moment and have a look at what the Belgian scholar Koenraad Elst, has called “negationism in India”. In his foreword to the book of the same title, Koenraad explains that negationism, which means in this context “the denial of historical crimes against humanity”, is not a new phenomenon. In modern history, the massacre by the Turks of 1,5 millions Armenians, or that of the 6 million Jews by the Nazis, the several millions of Russians by Stalin, or again the 1 million Tibetans by the Chinese communists, are historical facts which have all been denied by their perpetrators… But deny is not the exact word. They have been NEGATED in a thousand ways: gross, clever, outrageous, subtle, so that in the end, the minds of people are so confused and muddled, that nobody knows anymore where the truth is. Sometimes, it is the numbers that are negated or passed under silence: the Spanish conquest of South America has been one of the bloodiest and most ruthless episodes in history. Elst estimates that out of the population of native Continental South America of 1492, which stood at 90 million, only 32 million survived; terrible figures indeed but who talks about them today ? “But what of the conquest of India by Muslims”, asks Elst? In other parts of Asia and Europe, the conquered nations quickly opted for conversion to Islam rather than death. But in India, because of the staunch resistance of the 4000 year old Hindu faith, the Muslim conquests were for the Hindus a pure struggle between life and death. Entire cities were burnt down and their populations massacred. Each successive campaign brought hundreds of thousands of victims and similar numbers were deported as slaves. Every new invader made often literally his hill of Hindu skulls. Thus the conquest of Afghanistan in the year 1000, was followed by the annihilation of the entire Hindu population there; indeed, the region is still called Hindu Kush, ‘Hindu slaughter’. The Bahmani sultans in central India, made it a rule to kill 100.000 Hindus a year. In 1399, Teimur killed 100.000 Hindus IN A SINGLE DAY, and many more on other occasions. Koenraad Elst quotes Professor K.S. Lal’s “Growth of Muslim population in India”, who writes that according to his calculations, the Hindu population decreased by 😯 MILLION between the year 1000 and 1525. INDEED PROBABLY THE BIGGEST HOLOCAUST IN THE WHOLE WORLD HISTORY. (Negat.34)
But the “pagans” were far too numerous to kill them all; and Hinduism too well entrenched in her people’s soul, never really gave up, but quietly retreated in the hearts of the pious and was preserved by the Brahmins’ amazing oral powers. Thus, realising that they would never be able to annihilate the entire Indian population and that they could not convert all the people, the Muslims rulers, particularly under the Hanifite law, allowed the pagans to become “zimmis” (protected ones) under 20 humiliating conditions, with the heavy “jizya”, the toleration tax, collected from them. “It is because of Hanifite law, writes Mr Elst, that many Muslim rulers in India considered themselves exempted from the duty to continue the genocide of Hindus”. The last “jihad” against the Hindus was waged by the much glorified Tipu Sultan, at the end of the 18th century. Thereafter, particularly following the crushing of the 1857 rebellion by the British, Indian Muslims fell into a state of depression and increasing backwardness, due to their mollah’s refusal of British education (whereas the elite Hindus gradually went for it) and their nostalgia for the “glorious past”‘. It is only much later, when the British started drawing them into the political mainstream, so as to divide India, that they started regaining some predominance.
Negationism means that this whole aspect of Indian history has been totally erased, not only from history books, but also from the memory, from the consciousness of Indian people. Whereas the Jews have constantly tried, since the Nazi genocide, to keep alive the remembrance of their six million martyrs, the Indian leadership, political and intellectual, has made a wilful and conscious attempt to deny the genocide perpetrated by the Muslims. No one is crying for vengeance. Do the Jews of today want to retaliate upon contemporary Germany? NO. It is only a matter of making sure that history does not repeat its mistakes, as alas it is able to do today: witness the persecution of Hindus in Kashmir, whose 250.000 Pandits have fled their 5000 year old homeland; or the 50.000 Hindus chased from Afghanistan; or the oppression of Hindus in Bangladesh and Pakistan. And most of all, to remember, is to BE ABLE TO LOOK AT TODAY WITH THE WISDOM OF YESTERDAY. No collective memory should be erased for appeasing a particular community.
Yet, what has happened in India, at the hand of Hindus themselves, is a constant denial and even a perversion of the genocide committed by Muslims in India. Hasn’t the “radical humanist” M.N. Roy, written “that Islam has fulfilled a historic mission of equality and abolition of discrimination in India, and that for this, Islam has been welcomed in India by the lower castes”. “If AT ALL any violence occurred, he goes on to say, it was a matter of justified class struggle by the progressive forces against the reactionary forces, meaning the feudal Hindu upper classes..” Want to listen to another such quote? This one deals with Mahmud Ghaznavi, the destroyer of thousands of Hindu temples, who according to his chronicler Utbi, sang the praise of the Mathura temple complex, sacred above all to all Hindus… and promptly proceeded to raze it to the ground: “Building interested Mahmud and he was much impressed by the city of Mathura, where there are today a thousand edifices as firm as the faith of the faithful. Mahmud was not a religious man. He was a Mahomedan, but that was just by the way. He was in the first place a soldier and a brilliant soldier”… Amazing eulogy indeed of the man who was proud of desecrating hundreds of temples and made it a duty to terrorise and humiliate pagans. And guess from whom is that quote? From Jawaharlal Nehru himself, the first Prime Minister of India and one of the architects of independence!
M.N. Roy, and Nehru in a lesser degree, represent the foremost current of negationism in India, which is Marxist inspired. For strangely, it was the Russian communists who decided to cultivate the Arabs after the First World War, in the hope that they constituted a fertile ground for future indoctrination. One should also never forget that Communism has affected whole generations of ardent youth, who saw in Marxism a new ideology in a world corrupted by capitalism and class exploitation. Nothing wrong in that; but as far as indoctrination goes, the youth of the West, particularly of the early sixties and seventies, were all groomed in sympathising with the good Arabs and the bad Jews. And similarly in India, two or three young generations since the early twenties, were tutored on negating Muslim genocide on the Hindus. In “Communalism and the writing of Indian history”, Romila Thapar, Harbans Mukhia and Bipan Chandra, professors at the JNU in New Delhi, the Mecca of secularism and negationism in India, denied the Muslim genocide by replacing it instead with a conflict of classes. The redoubtable Romila Thapar in her “Penguin History of India”, co-authored with Percival Spear, writes: “Aurangzeb’s supposed intolerance, is little more than a hostile legend based on isolated acts such as the erection of a mosque on a temple site in Benares”. How can one be so dishonest, or so blind? But it shows how negationism is perpetuated in India.
What are the facts? Aurangzeb (1658-1707) did not just build an isolated mosque on a destroyed temple, he ordered ALL temples destroyed, among them the Kashi Vishvanath, one of the most sacred places of Hinduism and had mosques built on a number of cleared temples sites. All other Hindu sacred places within his reach equally suffered destruction, with mosques built on them. A few examples: Krishna’s birth temple in Mathura, the rebuilt Somnath temple on the coast of Gujurat, the Vishnu temple replaced with the Alamgir mosque now overlooking Benares and the Treta-ka-Thakur temple in Ayodhya. (Neg 60). The number of temples destroyed by Aurangzeb is counted in 4, if not 5 figures; according to his own official court chronicles: “Aurangzeb ordered all provincial governors to destroy all schools and temples of the Pagans and to make a complete end to all pagan teachings and practices”. The chronicle sums up the destructions like this: “Hasan Ali Khan came and said that 172 temples in the area had been destroyed… His majesty went to Chittor and 63 temples were destroyed..Abu Tarab, appointed to destroy the idol-temples of Amber, reported that 66 temples had been razed to the ground”.. Aurangzeb did not stop at destroying temples, their users were also wiped-out; even his own brother, Dara Shikoh, was executed for taking an interest in Hindu religion and the Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur was beheaded because he objected to Aurangzeb’s forced conversions. As we can see Romila Thapar and Percival Spear’s statement of a benevolent Aurangzeb is a flagrant attempt at negationism. Even the respectable Encyclopedia Brittannica in its entry on India, does not mention in its chapter on the Sultanate period any persecutions of Hindus by Muslims, except “that Firuz Shah Tughlaq made largely unsuccessful attempts at converting his Hindu subjects and sometime persecuted them”. The British, for their own selfish purpose, were of course greatly responsible for whitewashing the Muslims, whom they needed to counterbalance the influence of the Hindus and the Congress. It is sad that Jawarlhal Nehru and the Congress perpetuated that brand of negationism. But that is another story.
The happiest in this matter must be the Muslims themselves. What fools these Hindus are, they must be telling themselves: We killed them by the millions, we wrested a whole nation out of them, we engineer riots against them, and they still defend us!… But don’t the Hindus know that many orthodox Indian Muslims still cling to the Deoband school, which says that India was once “Dar-ul-Islam”, the house of Islam, and should return to that status. Maulana Abul Kala Azad, several times Congress President, and Education Minister in free India, was a spokesman for this school. The Aligarh school on the contrary, led by Mohammed Iqbal, propounded the creation of Pakistan. What particularly interests us in the Aligarh school is the attempt by Muslim historians, such as Mohamed Habiib, to rewrite the Chapter of Muslim invasions in India. In 1920, Habib started writing his magnum opus, which he based on four theories: 1) that the records (written by the Muslims themselves) of slaughters of Hindus, the enslaving of their women and children and razing of temples were “mere exaggerations by court poets and zealous chroniclers to please their rulers”. 2) That they were indeed atrocities, but mainly committed by Turks, the savage riders from the Steppe. 3) That the destruction of the temples took place because Hindus stored their gold and jewels inside them and therefore Muslim armies plundered these. 4) That the conversion of millions of Hindus to Islam was not forced, “but what happened was there was a shift of opinion in the population, who on its own free will chose the Shariat against the Hindu law (smriti), as they were all oppressed by the bad Brahmins”…!!! (Negationism p.42)
Unfortunately for Habib and his school, the Muslims invaders did record with glee their genocide on Hindus, because they felt all along that they were doing their duty; that killing, plundering, enslaving and razing temples was the work of God, Mohammed. Indeed, whether it was Mahmud of Ghazni (997-1030), who was no barbarian, although a Turk, and patronised art and literature, would recite a verse of the Koran every night after having razed temples and killed his quota of unbelievers; or Firuz Shah Tughlak (1351-1388) who personally confirms that the destruction of Pagan temples was done out of piety and writes: “on the day of a Hindu festival, I went there myself, ordered the executions of all the leaders AND PRACTITIONERS of his abomination; I destroyed their idols temples and built mosques in their places”. Finally, as Elst points out, “Muslim fanatics were merely faithful executors of Quranic injunctions. It is not the Muslims who are guilty but Islam”. (Negationism in India, p. 44)
But ultimately, it is a miracle that Hinduism survived the onslaught of Muslim savagery; it shows how deep was her faith, how profound her karma, how deeply ingrained her soul in the hearts of her faithfuls. We do not want to point a finger at Muslim atrocities, yet they should not be denied and their mistakes should not be repeated today. But the real question is: Can Islam ever accept Hinduism? We shall turn towards the Sage, the yogi, who fought for India’s independence, accepting the Gita’s message of karma of violence when necessary, yet had a broad vision that softened his words: “You can live with a religion whose principle is toleration. But how is it possible to live peacefully with a religion whose principle is “I will not tolerate you? How are you going to have unity with these people?…The Hindu is ready to tolerate; he is open to new ideas and his culture and has got a wonderful capacity for assimilation, but always provided India’s central truth is recognised.. (Sri Aurobindo India’s Rebirth 161,173) Or behold this, written on September 1909: “Every action for instance which may be objectionable to a number of Mahomedans, is now liable to be forbidden because it is likely to lead to a breach of peace. And one is dimly beginning to wonder whether worship in Hindu temples may be forbidden on that valid ground (India’s Rebirth p. 55). How prophetic! Sri Aurobindo could not have foreseen that so many Muslim countries would ban Rushdie’s book and that Hindu processions would often be forbidden in cities, for fear of offending the Muslims. Sri Aurobindo felt that sooner or later Hindus would have to assert again the greatness of Hinduism.
And here we must say a word about monotheism, for it is the key to the understanding of Islam. Christians and Muslims have always harped on the fact that their religions sprang-up as a reaction against the pagan polytheist creeds, which adored many Gods. ” There is only one real God they said (ours), all the rest are just worthless idols “. This ” monotheism versus polytheism business ” has fuelled since then the deep, fanatic, violent and murderous zeal of Islam against polytheist religions, particularly against Hinduism, which is the most comprehensive, most widely practiced of all them. It even cemented an alliance of sorts between the two great monotheist religions of the world, Christianity and Islam, witness the Britishers’ attitude in India, who favoured Indian Muslims and Sikhs against the Hindus; or the King of Morocco who, even though he is one of the most moderate Muslim leaders in the world, recently said in an interview: ” we have no fight with Christianity, our battle is against the Infidel who adores many gods “. But the truth is that Hinduism is without any doubt the most monotheist religion in the World, for it recognises divine unity in multiplicity. It does not say: ” there is only one God, which is Mohammed. If you do not believe in Him I will kill you “. It says instead: ” Yes Mohammed is a manifestation of God, but so is Christ, or Buddha, or Krishna, or Confucius “. This philosophy, this way of seeing, which the Christians and Muslims call ” impious “, is actually the foundation for a true monotheist understanding of the world. It is because of this ” If you do not recognize Allah (or Christ), I will kill you “, that tens of millions of Hindus were slaughtered by Arabs and other millions of South Americans annihilated by the Christians. And ultimately the question is: Are the Muslims of today ready to accept Hinduism ? Unfortunately no. For Muslims all over the world, Hinduism is still the Infidel religion ” par excellence “. This what their religion tell them, at every moment, at every verse, at the beginning of each prayer : ” Only Allah is great “. And their mollahs still enjoin them to go on fight ” jihad ” to deliver the world of the infidels. And if the armies of Babar are not there any longer; and if it is not done any more to kill a 100.000 Hindus in a day, there is still the possibility of planting a few bombs in Bombay, of fuelling separatisms in the hated land and eventually to drop a nuclear device, which will settle the problem once and for all. As to the Indian Muslim, he might relate to his Hindu brother, for whatever he says, he remains an Indian, nay a Indu; but his religion will make sure that he does not forget that his duty is to hate the Infidel. This is the crux of the problem today and the riddle if Islam has to solved, if it wants to survive in the long run.
We will never be able to assess the immense physical harm done to India by the Muslim invasions. Even more difficult is to estimate the moral and the spiritual damage done to Hindu India. But once again, the question is not of vengeance, or of reawakening old ghosts, but of not repeating the same mistakes. Unfortunately, the harm done by the Muslims conquest is not over. The seeds planted by the Moghols, by Babar, Mahmud, or Aurangzeb, have matured: the 125 million Indian Muslims of today have forgotten that they were once peaceful, loving Hindus, forcibly converted to a religion they hated. And they sometimes take-up as theirs a cry of fanaticism which is totally alien to their culture. Indeed, as Sri Aurobindo once said: “More than 90% of the Indian Muslims are descendants of converted Hindus and belong as much to the Indian nation as the Hindu themselves”…(Rebirth of India, p.237) The embryo of secession planted by the Mahomedans, has also matured into a poisonous tree which has been called Pakistan and comes back to haunt India through three wars and the shadow of a nuclear conflict embracing South Asia. And in India, Kashmir and Ayodhya are reminders that the Moghol cry for the house of Islam in India is not yet over.
* For more details, read “Negationism in India, concealing the record of Islam”, by Koenraad Elst, Voice of India, New Delhi.

October 15, 2009

Culture in Balance

Spiritual leader and Art of Living Founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, was conferred on Saturday in Dresden, Germany, the “2009 Culture in Balance Award,” in recognition of his outstanding contribution to all facets of culture, and for his commitment to global cultural balance, according to the Art of Living press release from Bangalore.

HH Sri Sri Ravishankar receiving Culture in Balance Award

HH Sri Sri Ravishankar receiving Culture in Balance Award

In granting the award, the selection committee attached special importance to Sri Sri’s efforts in promoting intercultural dialogue, peace and reconciliation in conflict zones, and ethics in business.

The award, instituted by the Forum Tiberius, was presented to Sri Sri by Dresden Mayor, Ms. Helma Orosz, amidst a standing ovation. The award ceremony took place in a special session of the World Culture Forum, at Volkswagen’s landmark transparent factory in the eastern German city of Dresden.

The Art of Living Newsletter further says rich tributes were paid to Sri Sri by a number of prominent individuals, including Mr. Nirj Deva, British Member of European Parliament, Prof. Gesine Schwan, candidate for the 2009 German presidential elections and Dean of Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance, Berlin, and Prof. Bernd Guggenberger, Dean of Lessing University, Berlin.

Upon receiving the award, Sri Sri said, “I share this award with all those people who stand for a violence-free and stress-free society. This award is not for a person or personality, but for a principle that stands for the ideal of a ‘one world family’ and cultural plurality.”

Earlier in the day, Sri Sri spoke of the need to globalise compassion, wisdom and humanism in his keynote address at the World Culture Forum, besides answering a wide range of questions and conducting a meditation. The Forum brought together 500 delegates from across Germany and Europe and from all sectors of society, including politicians, religious leaders, CEOs, scientists, professors and media personalities, says the newsletter.

Source: Asian Tribune

October 6, 2009

Adolf Hitler – A Christian?

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This is compiled by Jim Walker and is available here.

Through subterfuge and concealment, many of today’s Church leaders and faithful Christians have camouflaged the Christianity of Adolf Hitler and have attempted to mark him an atheist, a pagan cult worshipper, or a false Christian. However, from the earliest formation of the Nazi party and throughout the period of conquest and growth, Hitler expressed his Christian support to the German citizenry and soldiers. In the 1920s, Hitler’s German Workers’ Party (pre Nazi term) adopted a “Programme” with twenty-five points (the Nazi version of a constitution). In point twenty-four, their intent clearly demonstrates, from the very beginning, their stand in favor of a “positive” Christianity:

Adolf Hitler on his 50th B'day

Adolf Hitler on his 50th B'day - Image Courtesy : Telegraph.co.uk

We demand liberty for all religious denominations in the State, so far as they are not a danger to it and do not militate against the morality and moral sense of the German race. The Party, as such, stands for positive Christianity, but does not bind itself in the matter of creed to any particular confession. It combats the Jewish-materialist spirit within and without us, and is convinced that our nation can achieve permanent health from within only on the principle: the common interest before self-interest.

Hitler’s speeches and proclamations, even more clearly, reveal his faith and feelings toward a Christianized Germany. Nazism presents an embarrassment to Christianity and demonstrates the danger of faith. The following words from Hitler show his disdain for atheism, and pagan cults, and reveals the strength of his Christian feelings:

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