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Nai Subh
Nai Subh - I

We have heard enough of the wailing, of the innumerable wrongs and injustices done to us. But where has it taken us? Isn’t it time we honestly asked where WE went wrong, what we lack – and ought to do? This series is an attempt to provoke introspection, invite critical self-assessment.

The author’s credentials ought to matter little as we were told to consider what is said, not who says it. That he narrowly escaped being killed in the service of the community during the Gujarat genocidal days may be some credential, nevertheless.

ImageThe author makes no claims to academic excellence or scholarship. Presented here is a sincere, common-sense point of view consolidated from two decades of close personal observations across the length of India. A course of corrective action will emerge from an honest analysis of the present condition. Therefore if a judgment is reserved till the end, the feeling of hurt will hopefully be replaced by desire for action.

This series is largely based on the author’s Urdu audio presentation KHITAB available from MG.

 

In a warm March afternoon in 2002 a two-year old boy, Yaqub, was trying to erect a minaret by standing pebbles of varying sizes on one another. Perched atop a dilapidated grave in Ahmedabad’s Char Tola Kabrastan surrounded by some 6,000 victims of Gujarat genocide that had taken refuge in this make-shift relief camp, he was oblivious to the destruction around: murders, rapes, widespread arson. His effort to construct, rebuild from the ruins made a profound impact on me, it showed me the light in the darkness of frustration and anger.

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Nai Subh - II

In this limited column series the author provokes a rethink at the Muslim situation and invites honest introspection. In Part - I he showed, using examples from Gujarat, how Muslims are themselves primarily responsible for the mess they have landed in. Continuing with his portrayal of the present condition of the Muslims, he reminds that effective remedial action can only come from a correct and comprehensive diagnosis. This, in turn, can only emanate from an honest fact sheet. 

This series is largely based on the author's Urdu audio presentation KHITAB available from MG.

Let us name the top five nations to which our children would typically seek to immigrate. Not just economic prosperity, they may even factor in considerations like democratic rights, freedoms and tolerance, human dignity, delivery of justice, treatment of women, quality of press etc. Our survey produced not one Muslim country in this list.

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Nai Subh - III

In the previous two parts of this series - meant to invite introspection - the author traced the state of Muslims on various parameters suggesting that Muslims are less productive than fellow humans.

In this last part of the fact sheet he examines Muslim contribution - or the lack of it - in various fields. While the author claims no scholarship he has taken pains to present a truthful picture culled from reliable data. Far from inviting a hair-splitting analysis, this is meant only to make a larger point.  

The author maintains that the corrective course he is apt to suggest in forthcoming issues will make sense only if the diagnosis is correct and comprehensive, which in turn needs factual reporting. This series is largely based on the author's Urdu audio presentation KHITAB available from MG.

After a closed door public speech where I presented a reality-check an innocent Muslim gentleman whispered into my ears this worry: what if Hindutva brigade heard me and misused this info! Ignorance coupled with innocence! Alas,he did not know that all except Muslims - specially the Hindutva brigade and Jews - already know this and much more.

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Nai Subh - IV
ask helvetica,sans-serif">In the first three parts the author presented a fact sheet on the condition of the ummah. He showed, quoting authoritative data, how badly Muslims as a human grouping, and how Muslim countries as nations perform, how much they produce and consume vis-a-vis others. In varied human pursuits ranging from academics, medicine, finance and banking to sports and entertainment he painted a bleak picture of the Muslim world.

Feeling hurt is different from being cheated. On the contrary, we actually cheat ourselves by living in delusions of grandeur. If things went wrong, as they clearly did, we must honestly – and courageously – probe the causes. Neither meaningless accusations, nor endless lamentation can help. In this and the forthcoming few issues the author analyzes these causes that, which will lay the foundation of a new dawn.

This series is largely based on the author’s Urdu audio presentation KHITAB available from SPRAT

"How much lower can we sink?" This cry in the wilderness raised by the late Edward Said is echoed repeatedly. Presenting a thought provoking address to the 10th OIC Session, Dr Mahathir Mohammed of Malaysia lamented, “Some [of us] believe that poverty is Islamic, suffering and being oppressed are Islamic. Ours are [solely] the joys of Heaven and the afterlife..”. He philosophically concluded that Muslims are more concerned with the form than the substance of Islam”.


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Part - V
sales helvetica, drugstore sans-serif">Having presented a none-too bright fact sheet on the condition of the ummah, in this issue the author traces myths that he believes form the bedrock of the questionable logic of Muslim practices today.

Our ideas are born in the womb of our assumptions. Do our assumptions pass the test of reason? Are they supported by historic evidence? What harm do they inflict if they are fundamentally erroneous? How wrong assumptions lead to ineffective, even counter-productive, action?

In this and the forthcoming issues the author analyzes some assumptions that he regards as pure myths.

This series is largely based on the author’s Urdu audio presentation KHITAB available from SPRAT .

 
If actions proceed from ideas and if ideas are born from knowledge and assumptions, then wrong beliefs and presumptions constitute a grave threat to the outcome. I believe that many of our popular assumptions defy evidence.

Myths may be classified as those planted by vested interests and those cultured by the victims themselves. We seem to suffer both, but are harmed more by those we cultivate. Here are some. In their import they are lethal in the long run.

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