TEJPAL, MULLAH ZAEEF AND SIMI - Great Editors Advocacy for Islamists

Yesteryears  Great Editor has a colourful personae and mysterious past.  Historically the secularist chatterati always had a short memory and  somewhat purblind vision.  It is surprising how the Indian media and  charmed glitterati of the 2013 THINK festival could not decode the  mystery of Tejpal’s invite to Mullah Abdul Saeed of Taliban to Goa  for being counted among the galaxy of global intellectuals.

According  to the Raisina Hill buzz, the Great Editor worked overtime to get the  clearance of intelligence agencies for the necessary visa for  ensuring presence of the great Mullah of Taliban at THINK-2013.  No  one knows whether the city grapevine of Tarun Tejpal’s intimate  proximity to Mullah Zaeef is a town gossip or ground reality.

Mullah  Zaeef is a notorious misogynist believing in stoning of women, as  prescribed in shariah.   Tarun Tejpal is a twice-sworn secularist.   What is the connection between the two fundamentalists, one a hard  boiled Islamist and the other a self-annointed secularist?  This  question has often bothered me and some of my friends.  A friend of  mine is convinced that thereby hangs a shadowy tale.

In  August  2008  the so-called  Great Editor  had carried out  a  sustained campaign, bordering on secular morbidity,  in  defence of   the  banned jihadi terrorist outfit, SIMI  (Students  Islamic  Movement  of  India) which had  by then  already  morphed into the   notorious  kaffir-killer outfit,  the  Indian Mujahideen.  Being a  well informed journalist Tejpal  could not be ignorant of the fact  that barely   a few months ago in November 2007, a menacing e-mail had been  circulated  to  media  by  the  radical outfit, Indian Mujahideen  in  proclaiming, “The   war  of  civilization between  the Muslims and the infidels has  begun in Indian territory.”

Surely  the Great Editor could not be unaware of the following important  facts about SIMI published from time to time in newspapers and  journals and readily available in public domain:
i) The outfit was commissioned in Aligarh Muslim University on April 28, 1977, in Aligarh  University and named the Students Islamic. Its avowed goal is to  establish Muslim rule in India.
ii) Before it was banned, the logo of SIMI flaunted a very intimidatory logo depicting a copy of the Quran spread across the globe and two AK-47s placed astride the holy book for waging jihad against infidels.
iii) That the single-minded goal of SIMI is to transform India into Dar-ul-Islam either by concerting everyone to Islam, and if      necessary by waging Islam’s holy war for achieving its cherished goal.
iv) SIMI does not believe in the concept of nation State, nor does it subscribe to secularism. It wants to establish an Islamic caliphate across India cast in the mould of Nizam-e-Mustafa.

Every  Indian journalist knows that the most frequently flaunted slogan of  SIMI has been, “Allah  is our Lord, the Qur’an is our constitution, Muhammad is our  leader, Jihad is our way and Shahada is our desire”. In addition, SIMI  has always praised  the Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden ie an  outstanding example of a true Mujahid, who has undertaken Jihad  on  behalf of  the 'Ummah'.

According  to Yoginder Sikand, a well known scholar of Islam, SIMI considers  ‘Nationalism’ as a false idol devised by the non-Muslim enemies  of the faith. All non-Muslims are branded by SIMI as 'kafirs', and no  distinction is made among them. Because of the Quranic belief that  the enemies of Allah are likely to offer stiff resistance to Islam,  SIMI has been openly preaching that violent Jihad needs to be waged  against kaffirs of India (read Hindus).

Despite  all these facts known to even a ‘cub -journalist’ Tarun Tejpal  had the cheek to launch a vigorous campaign to defend SIMI in August  2008, by publishing as  many as seventeen articles vociferously  defending the radical outfit  in his liberal-left  magazine, Tehelka.  To quote Tejpal, a three month long investigation by Tehelka’s Editor-at-Large, Ajit Sahi, had revealed “a chilling and systematic  witch-hunt against innocent Muslims”.

The following pearls  of wisdom were incorporated by the renowned secularist. In an article titled  ‘The Thin Red Line’; he revealed his unwavering commitment to cause of jihadis  operating under the umbrella of SIMI and Indian Mujahideen:

“The Indian state  must tread carefully. The individual tragedies point to a wider  psychosis. For the last many years – abetted by global trends –  the state’s actions seem to be deepening a prejudice against  Muslims.”

In  his highly laboured brief for SIMI the Great Editor pontificated that  “not just the policing and the intelligence agencies that are to  blame - even the judicial process is often complicit in the  miscarriage of justice”.

In  those days of booming bomb blasts  Tejpal published under the  heading, ‘the SIMI fictions’ the following pro-Islamist essays  packed with caustic diatribes against the police and the  government:
1. The Thin Red Line, written by Tarun Tejpal himself.
2. The Kafka Project, by Ajit Sahi.
3. Inside The Whale: State vs. Shahid Badr Falahi, by Ajit Sahi.
4. The Good Doctor’s Complications, by Ajit Sahi.
5. They just want Muslim boys to be always in Jail, by Ajit Sahi.
6. A Doubtful Crime: And years of Unfair Punishment, by Ajit Sahi.
7. The Cry of The Beloved Country, by Ajit Sahi.
8. The Hunt of Our Past Lives, by Ajit Sahi.
9. SIMI Here, SIMI There, SIMI Everywhere, by Ajit Sahi.
10. The History Appraiser Caught with His Books, by Ajit Sahi.
11. A Man of God, Not a Man of Terror, by Ajit Sahi.
12. Dissent or Don’t.  You Are Damned Either Way, by Ajit Sahi.
13. The Left Hand Doesn’t  Know.  Or Doesn’t It?, by Ajit Sahi.
14. The Case of Absconding Lawyer, by Ajit Sahi.
15. A Judge Stirs a Hornet’s Nest, by Ajit Sahi.
16. The Supreme Court’s stay is a murder of justice, by Ajit Sahi.
17. Terror Has Two Faces, by Ajit Sahi.

Even  a cursory reading of the above mentioned seventeen articles reveals  how dear Islamist Jihadis were to the bleeding heart liberal, Tarun  Tejpal. The following narrative of the advocacy for SIMI lays bare  the secret story of invitation to Mullah Zaeef and his fast-tracked  visa for joining the jamboree of high profile intellectuals during  Think-2013 event.

The  wonder of wonders, however, was that Great Editor went ballistic to  defend SIMI barely a few weeks after the Indian Mujahideen had, in  July 2008, killed and incapacitated scores of innocents in serial  bomb blasts in Bangalore, Jaipur and Ahmedabad.

Another  highly provocative and intimidatory e-mail captioned The Rise of  Jihad in the land of Hind was circulated, on July 26, 2008, by the  Indian Mujahideen shortly before the serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad.  In addition to hurling filthy abuses on Hindu Gods and Goddesses, the  said e-mail threatened specifically to avenge the alleged atrocities  committed against SIMI, the mysterious darling of the Great Editor.

In  the circumstances, it is an unraveled mystery what motivated Tejpal  to mount a three months long expensive campaign to defend SIMI. Was  it done for free or was it caused by the virus called “Paid News”  that has afflicted several secular publications in India?  No wonder,  in 2008, there were hush-hush rumours in Lutyen’s garden city about  the source of money spent by Tehelka in defending SIMI. More so at a time when bomb blasts all around had  caused death and destruction.

Prima  facie the Great Editor of yesteryears was more bothered about the civil  rights of the bombers of SIMI and Indian Mujahideen than the lives of  innocent Indian citizens who were being incessantly slaughtered by  these two radical Islamic outfits. No intelligence agency dare  question Tarun Tejpal because of his high- profile political  connections, including the rumour about his easy access to 10  Janpath!

After  reading the difficult-to-put-down tome, The  Seige, authored by Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott Clarke, I see a message in  the boast of ISI’s Major Iqbal that they have a double agent  code-named Honey Bee and a number of Chuhe (i.e., the mice) operating in India.  As a result of Major Iqbal’s  revelation several questions have cropped up in my inquisitive mind.  I am listing some of my serious concerns:
i) Who is the Honey Bee on whom our intelligence agencies like Intelligence    Bureau and RAW cannot lay hands?
ii) Who all could be Major Iqbal’s Chuhe, or mice, nibbling at the tattered fabric of India’s unity and integrity?
iii) How that is our Intelligence Bureau cannot identify and locate the Honey Bee and the ISI’s Chuhe?
iv) Is there any resemblance between David Headley’s pre-26/11 recee of Mumbai and the recent visit and reccee of Mullah Zaeef to Goa?
v) Whom all did Mullah Zaeef meet during his hurried trip to Goa?  The Talibani Mullah is a    very combative and complex strategeist.
vi) Is the tourist-paradise city of Goa, vulnerably located on Konkan coast, slated to be targeted next in exactly the same way in which Mumbai was targeted in November, 2008? Goa could even face the butchery and vandalism in the manner and on a scale showcased by the Al Shabab’s commandos at Westcoast Mall in Nairobi on September 27, 2013?

Being  a retired police officer I often feel concerned about the next jihadi  strike across my motherland.

Perhaps  time has come to view with extra caution the visit of Talibani Mullah  Zaeef to Goa on the pretext of joining the Think-2013 glitterati and  his close association with Tejpal.

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3. The Muslim Community and their Leaders
4. The politics of hate in India – extension of vote bank politics
5. Why Secularism is not an Indian Concept
6. History of Urdu

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