Saturday, August 26, 2006

People should go on trips with their own money

It is not the job of the Government of India to use money from hard-working tax-payers' pockets to fund fundamentalist Muslm pilgrims' Haj vacations to Saudi Arabia.

If they need money for pilgrimage, let them go to school instead of wasting time in madrassas; let them get jobs and work hard and earn their own money. Why should they live like parasites on the rest of us ?

Or, let them ask Saudi Arabia for money. Saudi Arabia has oil-money and can pay for their Haj visit as an incentive to attract Haj tourism. India is not super-rich, and has better uses for its citizens' hard-earned money.

The Congress, Samajwadi Party and other "secular" (anti-Hindu) parties are justifying this saying "how can you stop a practice of decades ?"

Well, just because something wrong has happened for decades does not mean it can never be stopped.

Paying money only to Muslims for their Haj is NOT SECULAR. If you pay them money to vacation in Saudi Arabia every year, I want money FOR ALL HINDUS to vacation in Nepal and Tibet every year. And money for all Christians to vacation in Jerusalem every year. And money for all Buddhists to vacation in Tibet every year. Then it would be secular: all religions being treated equally.

Muslims wasting precious Government resources of a poor country like India to satisfy their personal purposes are shameless parasites stealing money from our pockets. People should go on VACATION on their OWN MONEY.

On one hand they refuse to sing Vande Mataram, and on the other hand they want us to fund their foreign vacations.

If we do not, then they will say we are not "secular".

If this is "secularism" then we DO NOT WANT TO BE secular.

Let's say this with one loud voice, reverberating all over India. Forward this article to everyone you know -- help me reach EVERYONE in India with my points. We must raise awareness and create Unity behind this view. Otherwise the "secular" (anti-Hindu) forces will win again.

Once we show the backbone to stand up and fight for Justice and true Secularism, these anti-Hindu "seculars" and the Islamic Radicals will shut up and sit down. They are asking for more and more only because we are accepting every demand, however unjust, thinking that eventually they will start being reasonable and co-exist with us in peace.

They will never be reasonable and there will never be any peace till they carry out what the Koran tells them to do, or are defeated once and for all.

Let's stop pseudo-secularism NOW.

Jai Hind.

Rediff reports:
UP court stays subsidy to Haj pilgrims
Sharat Pradhan in Lucknow | August 26, 2006 15:03 IST

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Friday ordered a blanket ban on the subsidy given by the central and state governments to Haj pilgrims.

The order came on a petition moved 11 years ago by advocate Hari Shankar Jain on behalf of Vishwa Hindu Parishad activist B N Shukla, who also owns a chain of petrol pumps in the city.

While announcing their verdict, a division bench comprising Justuice A K Yog and O N Khandelwal, ruled that no subsidy should be given by the state or central governments for any kin of pilrgrimage.

The court however, sought to clarify that it did not intend to impose any restriction on the other facilities extended by the governments in the larger interest of safety and well-being of pilgrims of any community.

The order further adds, 'This would include security measures for pilgrimages like the annual Amarnath yatra as well'.

While issuing the order, the court has given six weeks time to the state and central governments to file their respective counter-affidavits in this regard.

The order has already created ripples in both political and religious circles. While political parties eyeing the Muslim vote were critical of it, the parties closely wedded to Hindutva welcomed the order .

Lawyer Hari Shankar Jain, who argued the petition was in a victorious mood. "We have succeeded in driving home our point. My contention was plain and simple -- being a secular nation, the central or state governments had no business to grant special concessions for pilgrimage by members of a particular community," he said. "The practice is unconstitutional," he told IANS over telephone from Allahabad.

However, the ruling Samajwadi Party and the opposition Congress were clearly unhappy with the order.

"The order is not the end of the world; it will be challenged in the Apex court," said Congress spokesman Akhilesh Singh.

State SP chief Ram Saran Das told this correspondent, "How can you withdraw a facility that been available to members of a community for decades? Members of the Muslim community deserved such a subsidy because they were economically weaker than other communities."

Well-known Islamic scholar and cleric Maulana Khalid Rasheed, the head of Firangi Mahal, one of India's leading Islamic institutions, was of the view that the order was 'prejudicial'.

He wondered, "What is wrong with subsidy to Hajis? After all it was out of the state exchequer, which also spends on religious festivals like the Kumbh Mela."

The Maulana was confident that Muslims would get relief against the order from the country's Apex court.


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