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Sunday, June 27, 2010 01:05:54 PM, Ghulam Mohammad

Photo grab of TOI today's report

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To Mohammad Wajihuddin, with regret

Times of India, Mumbai’s print edition has never been known to harbour any sympathy for Indian Muslims, Islam and Muslim world. Time and again it has blackened its pages with stark calumnies against Muslims. The British Government’s ban on Zakir Naik’s scheduled visit to UK after the new Jewish Prime Minister David Cameron took over the Conservative-Lib-Dem coalition, has given Times of India another opportunity to play its dirty news and views management game to malign and de-legitimize the rampant anti-western sentiments that are natural to all Muslims around the world over America’s illegal and brutal invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan and the massacres of millions of innocent Muslim civilians, men, women and children. America and its allies who are helping in these murderous forays into weekly defended Muslim nations are in fact guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Times of India, becomes a willing tool to spread US propaganda over its ‘war against terror’ media campaign without having any moral standard to justify the invasions per se. It chooses to demonise the victimize Muslims and side with the aggressors, all for the possible benefit of financial bonanza.

In the article: The controversial PREACHER (TOI, June 27, 2010), TOI’s favourite hatchet man, Mohammed Wajihuddin, gathers the usual suspects from among the Left-liberals who are on the very fringe of Indian Muslim mainstream and who are known to be cowards not standing up to take the heat over acknowledging the crux of the whole matter and rather fashion their slick comments on tangential matters about Zakir Naik’s personality, his past and his worldwide popular following, to conveniently ignore the 800 pound gorilla of US imperialist menace looming large even on India’s own midst, setting and imposing its own agenda on the supposedly democratic nation, that elects an oligarchic cabal of politicians to perpetuate the new reign of democratic feudalism.

Times of India cannot fool the people that the war on terror is a legitimate war being fought over religious divide and while the West is clean, the Muslim nations are dirty. It may be TOI’s own communal bias that is getting better of its editorial judgment. The issue that should be addressed whether the West has not invaded two UN member nations, on spurious pretexts, but in fact in a concerted and well-publicized campaign (Remember Neo-con American Century plans) to control and usurp their oil wealth and other vital strategic resources of the Third World, especially the Middle East and Central Asia. The Islamisation of the legitimate resistance, in whichever form it is coming forth from a fragmented and weak polity of the third world countries, so holistically targeted by the brute force of world’s only superpower, is a fraud designed to preempt any religious backlash that is not being seen coming in any menacing proportion. The panic that minor incidents of amateurish bombings in Western cities are no comparison with the devastation unleashed by US and British forces in Iraq, and US, UK and other EU countries in Afghanistan. It is not a coincidence that the German President had to resign, when he admitted that his nation’s participation in Afghan has nothing to do with hunting Al-Qaida, but to secure strategic interest in that country. He severely dented America’s propaganda around the world that they are in Afghanistan hunting for Al Qaida. New York Times story of trillions of dollar worth of mining of precious metals further puts stamp on the greedy imperialist designs of the western marauders.

Times of India, underestimates its readership’s intelligence when it plays on the always running under-current of communal prejudices in Indian polity and thus is guilty of dividing the nation on communal lines, while openly supporting and sympathizing with Western imperialist agenda.

Knowledgeable people are not blind to the dirty game played by a few writers in TOI’s Mumbai editorial board with or without the owners’ approval.

Times of India’s hatchet job against Dr. Zakir Naik has wider linkages and it is time India’s more sober and mature media, place the wider perspective in public domain.


Copy of the letter sent to the Editor, TOI in response

to its report published today




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