Monday, December 01, 2008

``All Muslims are not Terrorists, But all Terrorists are Muslims''

A media group owner has said something interesting. ``All Muslims are not terrorists. But all terrorists are Muslims. I don’t see why we should be afraid of accepting such facts’’.

The high profile entrepreneur and journalist made the statement at a music performance in Hubli. What is even more interesting is that there were some Muslims among the guests and performers! 

I thought I would add here, some facts that such people may not be afraid to accept. 

  1. Intelligence agencies of India, USA, UK, and other countries have identified nearly 125 global terror outfits.
  2. Half of these have Christian cadres. The motto of some such organizations is to convert the world into ``The Promised Land’’.
  3. A third of these have Muslim cadres. Some say they are fighting a Holy War. Some media organizations call them Islamic terror outfits.
  4. At least 10 % of those listed are fighting for rights of tribes.
  5. There are at least 10 agencies on the list that have non –tribal Hindus as cadres.
  6. The list also includes agencies populated by people of other religions like Buddhism and Judaism.  

 Now I want to put you through a small quiz.

  1. Who killed M K Gandhi?
  2. Who killed Solomon Bandaranaike former PM of Sri Lanka?
  3. Who killed Premadasa, former president of the same country?
  4. Who killed millions of innocents in Ireland for over seven centuries?
  5. Who killed thousands in a blood war over four decades in the Kingdom of Nepal?
  6. When Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia, nearly two million people were killed. What was the religion followed by senior Khmer Roughe leaders?
  7. Who killed Indira Gandhi?
  8. Who killed Rajiv Gandhi?
  9. Who gas bombed trains in Japan in 1995?
  10. What is Lehi?

 Here are the answers.

  1. India’s most famous assassin was Nathuram Ghodse was a Hindu Brahmin.
  2. Bandaranaike was assassinated by Talduwe Somarama, a Buddhist monk, in 1959. His wife Sirimavo Bandaranaike would take over as the world’s first woman PM.
  3. LTTE, which mostly consists of Tamil speaking Hindus
  4. Irish Republican Army is a Christian organisation
  5. The Nepal Maoists are Hindus
  6. Some prominent Khmer Rouge leaders were devout Buddhists.
  7.  Khalistan activists who were Sikhs
  8. LTTE again.
  9. Members of the Aum Shinrikyo, a new religion influenced by Buddhism and Christianity.
  10. Lehi or ``Fighters for the Freedom of Israel", was a terrorist organization that was given general amnesty and merged into the Israel army. Yitzhak Rabin, a former Israel PM was a legendary Lehi member. 



Arif said...

More Power to you for speaking out clearly and boldly.

Padhy said...

Dear Rishi,

With Peace...

Thanks for putting some of untold facts in your blog. I commend your approach. Didn't like when you said,
"I thought I would add here"

Proud to be a Muslim

Hithayath said...


When most of Indian Media Houses are moving towards monetary & communal benefits, there are still some journalists like you who can put forth the truth however bitter it is...
The world needs more Rishikeshes...


Rishikesh Bahadur Desai said...

Dear Arif,
Thanks for reading. Let us keep hoping for better days!

Rishikesh Bahadur Desai said...

Dear Padhy,
Thanks for dropping by. The problem is that I dont get angry on chaps who make such comments. I pity their ignorance. That is why I was discreet when adding facts to my story.

Rishikesh Bahadur Desai said...

Dear Hithayath,
Thanks for your wishes. Facts are out there. One needs the courage to accept them. I also feel prejudice takes little time to settle than wisdom. Watch my next post for a Meera Bhajan. ``The King sent a cup of poison. Meera drank it and smiled''...

Alpesh Pandya said...

Clearly you are a Moslem dude. Your name is fake; May be you are afraid of being identified as moslem. Get a life.

Rishikesh Bahadur Desai said...

Dear Alpesh,

Thanks for the comment.
I appreciate your effort in spending time reading my post.
All details I have put up on my profile in my blogs or my Orkut, Facebook or LinkedIn pages, are true. You could visit them. You could also cross check these details with my friends, colleagues or my employer.
All facts about me are open and transparent; like my life, name and identity. They are neither hidden nor fake.

Lastly, I respect your opinions.
Similarly, I have the right to have my opinions.
My opinions spring from my belief that self -criticism leads to better understanding and improvement.
After all, individual assertiveness and not conformity, is the basis of this vibrant democracy.

Drop in a line whenever you feel anything about any of my writings.

Dev said...

Dear Rishi,
I've been having heated dialogues with several people on the same issue. I've blogged about this... please do check out these links. One of my friends is a scholar on Islamic studies at Amsterdam University -- his explanations of the problem was a revelation to me!
Here are the links:

madhukesh said...

Dear Rishi,

I was looking for information on the same, but could not seem to find the any. Thank you for putting it up here.

I do not agree with quote "All Muslims...."
But at the same time we need to look at what is causing this. In my opinion, It is unfortunately the MEDIA who is to blame. We have create this image in our head of a Muslim person blowing himself up in the name of religion. Why is this? Turn on any news channel, open Google news, read the newspaper. You will always find a Muslim name associated with Terror.
If a Hindu/Buddhist/Christian extremist does something similar, there seems to be very little coverage. But, in my opinion if a Muslim person or a Muslim state were to do something on similar lines, the story would run a course more than it deserved.

We need to condemn TERRORISM, not Muslims, or for that matter any religion.
The world needs a villain to hate, let that villain be TERRORISM.


Madhukeshwar Desai

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Bageshree said...

Haha! May be you should send proof of identity to the person who thinks you are a Moslem (what an anglicised spelling!). How easily we assume anyone who speaks of non-Islamic forms of terrorism has to be a Muslim himself!

raviraj said...

good observation

Suraj said...

Dear Rishi and Mukesh

Your post here might sound good as word against word and sentence against sentance. But when it comes to argument against argument, I think that your argument has an element of ignorance vis-a-vis denial. Which you want the readers here to silently or willingly or ignorantly overlook..........continued to here

manoj said...

Dear Rishi,

I am sure, you have taken lots of pain to list of nonislamic terrorist in action in the world, if you relook your own list, you will find that none of these incidents have larger impacts on world & hatred behind crime aws limited to region ,country, & had no universal applicability, but today islamic terror is distroying world peace, no religion teaches to hate other religion, but i am sure kafir is not word from hinu dictionary, today in madarsas in many countries it is known fact that how to kill & distroy is basic course,
i will share few thoughts with you
1) what do students in pakistan?
BE:-- Bomb Engineering ?
MBBS:--Member of bomb blasting society.
IIT:--islamic institute of terriosim.
CAT:--career in al-queda & taliban
M-tech: Master in terror technology.
LLB:--Learning licence of bomb blasting. bio weapon science.
These are my imaginary word, but you know they are facts
as per me todays terror is socio economic problem. modern education only will bring them out of their own dream world, they have no right to thnk that they understand ALLAH better, even he will not excuse them for all these acts against humanity. out of furstration you cannot do kranti.your blog space may not be enogh to express my views,i dont blame all. but all must be blamed for following blindly few, with very few exceptions, speaking & implimention are two different things, one must not shy away from facts, dont cover your weakpoints religiosly, to show you are only correct & all world is fool.

indian said...

hi rishi
whr ur living not in this enttire world from moon or smthing like that ??????

..answer this

13 March 1993 - 1993 Bombay bombings. Mumbai, India. The single-day attacks resulted in over 250 civilian fatalities and 700 injuries.

4 February 1998. The 1998 Coimbatore bombings occurred in the city of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. 46 people were killed and over 200 were injured in 13 bomb attacks within a 12 km radius.

13 December 2001 - Suicide attack on India's parliament in New Delhi. Aimed at eliminating the top leadership of India and causing anarchy in the country. Allegedly done by Pakistan-based Islamist terrorist organizations, Jaish-E-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Toiba.

24 September 2002 - Machine Gun attack on Hindu temple in Ahmedabad, India. 31 dead, 86 injured.[125][126]

# 11 March 2004 - Multiple bombings on trains near Madrid, Spain. 191 killed, 1460 injured. (alleged link to Al-Qaeda)
# 3 September 2004 Approximately 344 civilians including 186 children, are killed during the Beslan school hostage crisis.[128][129]
# 2 November 2004 - Ritual murder of Theo van Gogh (film director) by Amsterdam-born jihadist Mohammed Bouyeri.
# 4 February 2005 - Muslim militants attacked the Christian community in Demsa, Nigeria, killing 36 people, destroying property and displacing an additional 3000 people.

# 7 July 2005 - Multiple bombings in London Underground. 53 killed by four suicide bombers. Nearly 700 injured.
# 23 July 2005 - Bomb attacks at Sharm el-Sheikh, an Egyptian resort city, at least 64 people killed.
# 29 October 2005 - 29 October 2005 Delhi bombings, India. Over 60 killed and over 180 injured in a series of three attacks in crowded markets and a bus, just 2 days before the Diwali festival.[130]

7 March 2006 - 2006 Varanasi bombings, India. An attack attributed to Lashkar-e-Taiba by Uttar Pradesh government officials, over 28 killed and over 100 injured, in a series of attacks in the Sankath Mochan Hanuman temple and Cantonment Railway Station in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi.[134] Uttar Pradesh government officials.

11 July 2006. Mumbai, India. 11 July 2006 Mumbai train bombings were a series of seven bomb blasts that took place over a period of 11 minutes on the Suburban Railway in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay). 209 people lost their lives and over 700 were injured in the attacks.

13 May 2008. Jaipur, India. Pakistan-based Islamic militants detonate around 7 bombs within 12 minutes, leaving over 60 dead and numerous injured.

26 July 2008. Ahmedabad, India. Islamic militants detonate at least 16 explosive devices in the heart of this industrial capital, leaving at least 49 dead and 160 injured. A Muslim group calling itself the Indian Mujahideen claims responsibility. Indian authorities believe that extremists with ties to Pakistan and/or Bangladesh are likely responsible and are intent on inciting communal violence[135]. Investigation by Indian police led to the eventual arrest of a number of militants suspected of carrying out the blasts, most of whom belong to a well-known terrorist group, The Students Islamic Movement of India[136].

13 September 2008. Delhi, India. Pakistani extremist groups plant bombs at several places including India Gate, out of which the ones at Karol Bagh, Connaught Place and Greater Kailash explode leaving around 30 people dead, followed by another attack two weeks later at the congested Mehrauli area, leaving 2 people dead.

26 November 2008. Mumbai, India. Muslim extremists kill at least 174 people and wound numerous others in a series of coordinated attacks on India's largest city and financial capital. A group calling itself the Deccan Mujaheddin claims responsibility, however, the government of India suspects Islamic militants based in Pakistan are responsible. Ajmal Kasab, one of the militants, was caught alive.

ani said...

Hello Rishikesh
I think you have left out the biggest killer of all here: The government of the United States of America. It is a secular country... incidentally Christian. According to Noam Chomsky presidents of the US for the last 50 years are eligible for trial in the World Court for war crimes.