Friday, September 01, 2006

Ali Akbar's son claims to be Hindu

Ashish Debsharma retuns to the religion of his ancestors. Islamic fanatics will soon try to kill him.

Why ? Because the Koran specifically says that giving up Islam (apostasy) is punishable with death. The Koran also asks all Muslims to kill apostates.

That is why Ashish Debsharma is stressing that his family was never actually converted to Islam. He hopes that Islmaic fanatics will therefore not consider him an apostate in reality and will not come after his life.

Will Dhimmi India be able to protect him from Islamic fanatics ? Probably not. There is no vote bank benefit in doing so, is there ?

Times of India reports:

Ali Akbar's son claims to be Hindu
Priyanka Dasgupta

KOLKATA: Aasish Khan, the son of sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, has embraced Hinduism, sparking off a raging debate and heartache to the 84-year-old father who has told TOI his son was besmirching his illustrious family’s name.

Aasish, who has already changed his surname to Debsharma through affidavit on August 19, claims his family was never really Muslim. "We were originally Brahmins and used the surname Debsharma. My great-grandfather Sadananda Debsharma took the title of Khan, which is not a surname and is used by Hindus and Christians... due to compulsions. We never converted to Islam."

His dad is distraught. In an email to TOI from the US, where Ali Akbar has settled down, he said: "I do not support his (Aasish’s) choice. Unfortunately, many statements made by my son in the newspaper regarding the history of my family are incorrect. My family has been Muslims for many generations, and we will remain Muslims. It is a shame that he is trying to reinvent the history of our family and in turn hurting the past generation of our family."

Aasish's 'reinvention' is that his ancestors were Hindus. He claims his family even prayed to goddesses Kali and Saraswati. He said he was never asked to follow Islamic rituals or offer namaz and his grandfather had given Hindu names to him and his siblings — Dhyanesh, Pranesh and Amaresh.

"Staunch Muslims have opposed my decision," he said. "They did not realise we were never converted to Islam. I would like to make it clear that the only religion our family believes in is music," said the 60-something Aasish.

Ali Akbar Khan, who juggles his classes at Ali Akbar College of Music and three dialysis sessions a week with his rare concerts across the world, is hurt and the music fraternity stunned by Aasish’s claim.

The Ali Akbar family is not an ordinary family — his father Allaudin Khan is the founder of the Maihar gharana and his disciples, including Ravi Shankar, Nikhil Banerjee and Ali Akbar, have dominated the Hindustani classical music world for years.


At 6:38 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First hand example of the tyranny inflicted on hindus for being converted to islam. also a good example for the remaining muslims!!!

At 6:40 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

a good example for all muslims to revert back to hinduism!

At 12:44 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont know how to contact you. so posting here. this is a video link made by Indo-American Kashmir forum on kashmiri pandits and their plight.

jai hind

At 11:04 pm, Blogger Harsh Vardhan said...

Thank you very much for the link.

I will publicize this more widely in a forthcoming post on this blog.

Jai Hind,


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