Tarek Fatah on Why His Talk at Jamia Milli Islamia University was nixed.

An exchange on Bharat Chintan google group caught my eye for its forthright and simple commentary on a very vexed issue- Community Interactions, especially with Muslims. This is going to be a shamelessly borrowed post. Tarek Fatah is now a Canadian and a columnist with Toronto Sun. The paper displays a photo that shows him in conversation with Salman Khurshid, India’s External Affairs minister. I have not yet read his other writings and I am aware of the idiom ‘a single swallow doesn’t make a summer’.  Yet, I am willing to stick my neck out, because what he has written is in my opinion beyond reproach. While he seems to have in no way “minced” his thoughts, he has not been harsh or loose with his words. Over to him.
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“What has been observed of the Muslim leadhership in India can be described as spoiled brats. This attitude erupted last week when India’s national TV broadcaster, DDR, aired a recipe that contained pork on a cooking program. All hell broke loose with Muslim leaders claiming offence and demanding an apology. These are the same leaders who slaughter cows regularly in a country where most people consider cows sacred.”
April 18, 2013

At the eye of the storm — again

Jamia Milli Islamia University refused to elaborate on the ‘unavoidable reasons’ that led to the cancellation of my talk to students.
Tarek Fatah
I am in India doing research for my next book, Jinnah’s Orphans, the story of how a single man left a permanent scar on India’s face and seriously damaged the psyche of a people. And as I write this sitting in the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai, the very place where Pakistani terrorists committed mass murder in the name of Islam in 2008 — I have managed to embroil myself in a controversy over free speech and the rise of Islamism in India.
India is the birthplace of my Muslim parents, their grandparents and generations before them who, by the the mid 1800s, converted from Hinduism to Islam.
In my desire to get a sense of how Indian Muslim youth see the future and to know where they stand on the rise of radical Islamism across the world, I had requested my hosts arrange a visit to the prestigious Jamia Milli Islamia Univesity (JMI) in New Delhi. JMI is headed by Najib Jung, one of India’s most enlightened Muslims, a leading figure in the community and well respected for his progressive outlook.
JMI agreed to my talk, but merely hours before the event on April 11, the university sent out a cryptic press release stating: “An interactive session with Mr. Tarek Fatah, a Canadian writer and broadcaster and a secular Muslim activist has been CANCELLED due to some unavoidable reasons.”
The university refused to elaborate on the “unavoidable reasons” that led to the cancellation of the event.
It didn’t take long before I discovered it came as a result of a handful of Islamist youth who had threatened to disrupt the event. They created a situation where university administrators were coaxed into shutting down the event instead of risking a flare up on campus.
Soon the news of this cancellation hit India’s most prominent media outlets, and now the issue has taken on a life of its own.
If there is anything to be learned from this is that what is needed today is a robust challenge to not just terrorism, but the ideology of Islamism. The Islamist addiction to self-imposed victimhood must also be exposed. This does not happen in India (or even in Canada) where vote bank politics trumps the truth.
One rare example of straight talk came from the man who just might scrape through to become India’s next prime minister.
In January 2010, a group of students at the Aligarh Muslim University aired the sense of Muslim victimhood when they heckled Rahul Gandhi, demanding to know “Why has India not had a Muslim prime minister?”
While the question by the Muslim students was rhetorical, Rahul Gandhi’s answer was refreshingly bereft of political correctness or vote-bank pandering. The young MP who most likely will lead the Congress into India’s next general elections in 2014, shot back at the students: “Can you name five young Muslim leaders?”
What India’s current flock of Islamic leaders do best is cajole the majority into what is referred to as a ‘Hindu guilt’.
The same happens in the U.S. and Canada where it is ‘White liberal guilt’ that precludes any challenge to Islamist ideology.
What has been observed of the Muslim leadhership in India can be described as spoiled brats. This attitude erupted last week when India’s national TV broadcaster, DDR, aired a recipe that contained pork on a cooking program. All hell broke loose with Muslim leaders claiming offence and demanding an apology. These are the same leaders who slaughter cows regularly in a country where most people consider cows sacred.
Maybe I shouldn’t have said that — I probably just got into trouble again. 
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This drew a comment for one Faraz Ahmad that is worth quoting:
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Man, this Tarek Fateh is a great guy. My compliments to him. Let me answer the blokes who ask why India has not had a Muslim PM so far. Because Indian Muslims like spoilt brats, have not reacted in a community spirit to the problems faced by the Dalits, the tribals, the OBCs of the country. They are completely impervious and oblivious to the discrimination meted out to other deprived sections of the Indian society. In fact their natural instinct is to mainly identify with the Aryan Savarnas be it in relations to the Dalilts, tribals, or OBCs or even the people of North-east. Besides can these AMU students tell me why even one non Muslim minister in the Pakistan government was not tolerated and gunned down by the jehadi salafi elements? Why do they have the horrible hudood laws in Pakistan. Why cant Hindus enter Mecca? What face do Indian Muslims have to oppose the execution of the Razakars of Bangladesh who conspired to kill, rape and maim thousands of freedom fighters of Bangladesh? After all this,they protest discrimination without bothering to admit that their attitude only invites discrimination
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