The Hate of Hindus towards Muslims

As result of long and hard struggle by Muslims of India through their political organ Muslim League and under able guidance of their leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah and blessing of Allah sub-hanohoo wa Ta’ala, an independent Muslim country, Pakistan, came in to being at 2357 hours on August 14, 1947.

Extent of Hate can be visualised by comparing (1) & (2) with (3)
(1) Once we were playing hide and seek and a boy (Muslim) rammed in to a passerby Hindu. He shouted, “کپڑے بھڑشٹ کری گیا ۔ کپڑے بھڑشٹ کری گیا (He made my clothes filthy. He made my clothes filthy)” and cursed Muslims.
(2) Another time after playing we went to a Hindu’s shop for drinks. Shopkeeper sold drink to a Hindu boy but declined to sell to Muslim boys. On Hindu boy’s request to sell drinks to us, he said, “مُسلے ہیں بوتلیں بھڑشت ہو جائیں گی (They are Muslims, bottles will become filthy).” Then one Muslim boy asked for water, the shop keeper standing two meters away poured water on to his hands from half a meter above his hands.
(3) Hindus worship cows. Some cows used to wander about in the town. Once a Hindu was passing by a cow and the cow started urinating and his clothes were drenched with urine of cow. He said, “پاپ چڑی گئے ۔ پاپ چڑی گئے (My sins are washed away. My sins are washed away).”

I studied in the best school of the province. Our class comprised 6 girls (one Muslim, 4 Hindu, one Christian) and 14 boys (6 Muslim, one Sikh, 7 Hindus). In March 1947, I was in Grade 3, when decision about independence came to be known, following which, hatred could be noted on faces of Hindu students. A Hindu classmate, Rambeer (4 years older than) me abused Mr Muhammad Ali Jinnah. On asking him not to do that, he took out a knife and tore my coat from behind and went away threatening me. Two days later, when teacher was not in the class room, a friend of Rambeer, Keerti Kumar abused Muslims. On asking him to stop, he jumped on me saying, “We will kill you Muslims and there will be no Pakistan.” A few days later, a quarrel took place outside the school between Hindu and Muslim students of class-10 and a boy was injured. Consequently, the school was closed. Thereafter skirmishes in the city between Muslims and Hindus were heard every fortnight or so.

Muslims of Jammu took out procession every. One day children of 8 years and above were included and I was also part of the procession. The slogans were “لے کے رہیں گے ۔ پاکستان [We will get Pakistan]”, “بن کے رہے گا ۔ پاکستان” [Pakistan will be founded], “What do you want ? Pakistan”, “پاکستان کا مطلب کیا ? لا إله إلا الله (Meaning of Pakistan? There’s no god except God] ”.
During July, 1947, Muslims of the state passed “Accession to Pakistan Resolution” and submitted it to the ruler of Jammu Kashmir.

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Friends ?

“If you are looking for friends when you need them…it’s too late.” ~ Mark Twain

Friends are like balloons;
once you let them go,
you might not get them back.
Sometimes
we get so busy with our own lives and problems
that
we may not even notice that we have let them fly away.

“Banned Parenthood” and Microcephaly

I recently came across an article with the above caption written in 2015 and it immediately brought to my mind an old Urdu write-up ? Afsana (fiction story), may have been Minto but I only remember the abominable and heart-wrenching contents.

But first a word or two about “Banned”. Many years ago USA practiced “Eugenics” almost like Nazi/Hitler’s. The ‘committee’ ordered Surgical “sterilization of young women (and men) considered to be unfit for parent-hood like:
Feeblemindedness
too poor
physically disabled — and so on.

That eugenics committee dissolved in 1977 (Thank God).
There may still be other ways of continuing the “selection’ process and I will not go further except mentioning that pictures I saw (in that article) were those of African-American grandmother who looked perfectly normal with her grandson and she was raped at age 13, when she was declared feebleminded (instead of rape investigation) so that when she got married at 19 and found out what surgery had been done it wrecked her marriage but she was thankful they let her have her only son.

The Urdu afsana or whatever was that of a microcephalic teenager who became a mother (do not remember who made the poor bayzubaan pregnant) causing problems for the “owner” whose “livelihood” got disturbed with her pregnancy. Those of you who do not know “microcephalics” just a few words for them. Medically this means a child born with a very small head (and therefore brain) who live with extremely poor intelligence, very very feebleminded. In Panjab they were called “Shah Dawlah’s Choohay”. The story goes about a mazar of Shah Dawlah in Gujrat (Pb) where some time ago some childless mother made “mannat” that if you give us children I will “donate” the first child for your service/set-up (lot of Mujawars and buildings). It so happened that the first child born turned out to be a microcephalic (known medical condition).

After that many “childless mothers” did the same thing and the first child was given to the service of Shah Dawlah and that child was “made” into microcephalic with iron cap on the newborn so received. It was not uncommon to see people taking such a child to use him/her for asking for alms. These “Shah Dawlah’s choohay” were sold from the mazar and the “owners” lived happily ever after, for such a child when he/she approaches you and begs speaking hardly any words with out-stretched hand one can imagine why such hand would always be filled with money.

I don’t remember the whole afsana but you remember my village Kotla which is located in Gujrat distt. and I remember seeing these children coming to me tapping on my shoulder and making me feel so disturbed and helpless. Later, I came to know of the family of Shah Dawlah when they stopped this abominable practice.

Yes, I would vote for such a “feeble-minded” for that operation (call me “flexible”) but would be horrified to apply that principle to everybody microcephalic or not.

Published on April 23, 2017 by Dr Wahaj ud Din Ahmad, a brain diseases specialist stationed in USA.