Saturday, 4 July 2020
The Indian Muslim
For a world safe for believers
I dedicate this book to believers in Islam. I write of their security predicament in India. I make the case that they have been short-changed by this secular, democratic republic. And this is not only on the time of the current regime in power. It dates back at least thirty years when a virus worse than corona inserted itself into the body politic of this nation. Today, the regime in power is a product and at a grave national security cost.
The regime has taken power on the back of a Big Lie. It has manufactured the perception of an internal security threat by projecting the largest minority anywhere in the world as one. It has ridden the coat tails of the Islamophobia prevalent abroad. It has presented the Indian Muslim as the Other to build up its vote bank based on Hindus. It has subverted national institutions; thus, even when it was not in power, it was in a position to paralyse the government from within. Now that it in power it is in a position to saffronise at will. This explains the dedication in that saffronsisation is a threat to the safety and well being of India’s Muslims.
I have followed the left-liberal thesis on the right wing ascendance in India. I have seen at first hand the influence of the right wing ideology in the military and within the strategic community. I have recorded this in my writings elsewhere. Here I have put together some of the writings that directly deal with the Indian Muslim security predicament. Since I have covered Kashmir in another book, I have not included the travails of Kashmiris here.
In the process of putting this compilation of writings that have appeared at various websites, I have concluded that it is possible to arrive at a security perspective unique for a minority. While usually national security is taken as indivisible, it is not so in reality. If the state is appropriated by parochial interests, such as of the right wing in India’s case, then the minority at the receiving end has to consider its own security by its own lights.
From a reading of this book, it is possible to conceptualise, that where the state is captured by particularist interests, its usage of instruments at its command constitutes a threat to the minority. This is an important finding from a reading of this book, making the compilation a significant one not only for India’s Muslims, but for the national security establishment, strategic community and the attentive public.
I thank the publications in which these 76 articles and commentaries have appeared (milligazette.in; thecitizen.in; ipcs.org; countercurrents.org; kashmirtimes.com; indiatogether.org etc). The first one in the compilation did not find any publisher. I trust readers will find the compilation that covers the last fifteen years offering a different, if not a unique, perspective.
I hope it is read also by Hindu friends so that they can see for themselves the premier internal security threat to India stems from the right wing regime’s subversion of democracy and by its supportive formations that want to use their sway in power to fashion a Hindu India. With the hope they bestir to reclaim the republic.
The book is my modest contribution to my community and to my nation of which my community is part. My gratitude to my wider family that inspired the book.
1. Terror Redux : A Minority Perspective
2. The Fiction Of ‘Minority Terror’
3. The Missing Muslim Army Officers
4. The Army: Missing Muslim India
5. Nailing the lies in name of national security
6. Consequences for India’s minority of the gathering war clouds after Pulwama
7. George Fernandes keeps his date with Gujarat carnage martyrs
8. The minority security problematic
9. Finally, the IS bogey laid to rest
10. PM Modi's version of Rajdharma
11. The army’s robustness in aid to civil authority: Lessons from the Gujarat Carnage
12. On the Strongman myth
13. A national security mess
14. Noting the spokesperson-minister’s remarks
15. An officer and gentleman: Worthy of a Muslim's ambition
16. The 'incident': Nothing but political
17. Is there an Indian 'deep state'?
18. The dissident terror narrative
20. Terror: More serious than most know
22. The army officer corps: Missing Muslims
23. A problem wider than Kashmir
24. After left-liberals, Muslim are next
25. The Paris attacks and India’s Muslims
26. Whither Modi, and, at one remove, India?
27. Why Ramchandra Guha speaks too soon
29. Kashmir and India’s Muslims
30. How deep does our prejudice run?
31. Contesting the Mushrif thesis
34. What is a moderate Indian Muslim to do? @Chetan_Bhagat
35. Mr. Modi's next stunt
36. Messiah Modi: What to make of him?
37. The Fear That Does Not Speak Its Name
38. Majoritarian terrorism: The resounding silence
39. Normalisation of the terror narrative: The response
40. The relevance of Vanzara's letter
41. A good school for Maqbool
42. The importance of being Asif Ibrahim
43. A secure minority, for a secure nation
44. Shall we imprison everyone?
45. An indirect response to terror
46. How deep is the rot?
47. In Muslim India, an internal battle
48. Internal security agenda for the new year
49. Muslim headcount: A useful controversy
50. Life Under Modi
51. Strategising for the Modi Era
52. The Next Polls and Beyond
53. Muslim Absence from the Strategic Space
54. Doing More with the Military
55. Elections 2014: The Worst Case Scenario
56. What if Modi Makes it to Race Course Road
57. Afzal Guru: The Man Who Knew Too Much
58. Taking on Mr. Modi’s Chief Cheerleader: Chetan Bhagat
59. The Unfolding Gameplan of Majoritarian Extremists
60. More than just a visit
61. Not So Easy, Mr. Modi
62. Chetan Bhagat: Caught at it Again
63. Catching up with the SIT Chief
64. Mr. Bhagat: Please Get Off Our Backs, Will You!
65. A Reply for Mr. Narendra Modi
66. An Open Reply to Modi’s Open Letter
67. Blasting the Terror Narrative
68. The Gujarat Revelations
69. Blast from the Past - The Varanasi Explosion
70. Muslim India: A Security Perspective
71. The Counter Narrative on Terror
72. Understanding Minority-Perpetrated Terrorism
73. Haldighati II: Implications for Internal Security
74. Widening the Discourse on Terror
75. Muslim India as ‘Threat’
76. Terrorism’ and Intellectual Responsibility