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Jan 23 • 8 tweets • 5 min read
I am sorry my tweet irked you @QutubOwaisi Sb.
The truth is the modern-day #AIMIM has itself made the origins of Majlis-e-Itteḥād’ul Muslimīn Mamlikat-e-Āṣafiyā-Islāmia so convoluted, few know much about its origins and history anymore.
So I thought I’d do a refresher #thread.
The present AIMIM, which people erroneously refer to as MIM has little to do with the original party.
It’s present leadership has nothing to do with the original founder Nawab Bahadur Yar Jung who never collaborated with any of the Owaisi clan.
Sample 1: in the public record.
Dec 18, 2021 • 12 tweets • 8 min read
Those who say Congress ruled India for 74 years forget Congress was in government between 1947-1977, 1980-1989, 1991-1996, 2004-2014; a total of 54 years of which 44 years were single party rule.
It achieved what it did in a span of just 54 years. #MinorityRightsDay
To begin with, Congress successfully transitioned a country as complex as India from a feudal-colonial society - torn by Partition and its accompanying communalism - into a functioning constitutional, democratic state based on a working parliamentary democracy.
It created an…
Nov 25, 2021 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
Following regular requests for bibliography recommendations on the subject of Indian Muslims and politics, I am sharing a thread listing just a few books I hope readers will benefit from.
1. Professor Mushirul Hasan’s, “Legacy of a Divided Nation”, I consider essential reading. 2. Rajmohan Gandhi’s biographical essays in “Understanding the Muslim Mind”, based on the lives of some prominent Muslim political leaders, what guided their politics and their impact on Muslim politics in the Indian subcontinent, is a must read.
Very easy to read too.
Jul 13, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
What absolute ROT!
Every Mughal emperor ruled under the jurisdiction of Hanafi fiqh, and their decisions with regard their non-Muslim subjects are an exceptional model for how Islamic law can apply in a state with non-Muslim subjects.
The Ottomans had little to no influence…
…in matters to their East and the wealth of the Mughal empire dwarfed that of the Ottomans and the Safavids combined.
As for Din-e-Ilahi - any serious/specialised historian working on the subject will inform you - no such thing existed. It is based on a singular mistranslation…
Jul 2, 2021 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
Neither Mr. Jinnah nor any other leader was unique in recognising the threats posed by Hindutva. The Mahasabha and it’s affiliates likely hated Gandhi more than any other individual. It did not require a “visionary” to see this, by any means! So @asadowaisi is correct.
The creation of Pakistan was by no means uncontested. Mr. Jinnah was never - not even in parts of what came to comprise Pakistan - the sole voice of India’s Muslims. Punjab was firmly Unionist, until 1942 and further, Princely States like Arcot did not even consider his politics.
Jun 29, 2021 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
How many know that albeit briefly, the @iumlofficial once had a Chief Minister of its own?
C. H. Muhammad Koya was CM of Kerala from 12th October 1979 until the 1st of December 1979.
He also held the portfolios for Home, Finance, Education both before and after his CM’ship.
The first Muslim Chief Minister in India was M.O.H. Farook Maricar; the youngest ever CM of any UT in India and was a 3-time CM of Puducherry, (then Pondicherry), first in 1967.
He also served as Union Minister in Congress governments and was Ambassador and Governor many times.
Jun 25, 2021 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
No Muslim should be made to feel apologetic about their personal political affiliation, outside of the right-wing or parties whose avowed and manifest intention is to erase Islam from India.
Every region, state, locality of our country has its own particular political dynamics…
…and as equal citizens of the Democratic Republic of India it is our right to participate robustly and our responsibility to strengthen democracy in society.
One of the means to do this is to participate as much as possible in democratic processes, such as elections and…
May 27, 2021 • 29 tweets • 17 min read
Today marks the 57th anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s death.
Many of those, whose lives he directly touched are still with us today.
This thread is a humble tribute to the life of a man who led #India from a feudal-colony to becoming a democratic Republic. #Nehru 🌹
Born on 14th November 1889, in Allahabad, Pandit Nehru was educated at Harrow in England and Trinity College, Cambridge. He studied law at Inner Temple Inn, London in 1910.
In 1912 he returned to Allahabad to practise law at the Allahabad High Court as an advocate. #Nehru
May 26, 2021 • 15 tweets • 11 min read
My wishes to those observing #BuddhaPurnima today, which marks the birth of the #Buddha in the 6th century BC.
#Buddhism once wielded significant influence across India. This #thread explores some of the reasons for the #DeclineOfBuddhism in India, and its attempts at a revival. #Buddhism grew out of a reformist urge to radically reinvent Brahmanical-Hinduism, and reached the peak of its influence under the Mauryan Empire (323 BC-185 BC).
The Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, embraced Buddhism as his personal faith, almost 300 years after the birth of the #Buddha.
May 16, 2021 • 6 tweets • 4 min read
As promised, here is a bibliographical thread of books recommended - as introductory readings - for anyone interested in the life & reign of the Emperor #Aurangzeb Alamgīr (R.A.).
Some of these include suggestions with relevant essays related to his life. #History#Mughals#books
The Ruka’āt-i-Alamgīri is a collection of his letters to members of the Imperial family, #Mughal noblemen and others.
A must read for anyone interested in an assessment of the Emperor as a family patriarch, administrator and ruler. Easy to read and available to order online.
May 15, 2021 • 15 tweets • 6 min read
Shakha level research yields sub-standard history. Particularly when you copy-paste items off the internet, instead of applying historiographical methodology.
Let us bust this provocative assertion on the basis of historical relevance, and accuracy.
As usual Mr Bharadwaj has failed to give sources.
For those interested, the source is “The Travels of Ibn Battuta Vol III”, translated by the Orientalist Sir Hamilton Gibb.
Curiously, our pamphleteer appears to have lifted the screenshot from a post by someone else on Pinterest!
Apr 24, 2021 • 9 tweets • 8 min read
Right-wing influencers continue to lie to the public over the #CoronaPandemic mismanagement in India.
Here @KanganaTeam deliberately misleads people by suggesting the setting up of #oxygen plants was the responsibility of state governments. The truth is different. #Thread
The Union Government took a full 8 months to just invite bids for tenders to set up oxygen plants in India.
An investigation by journalists @VijaytaL and @psychia90 for @scroll_in, revealed the autonomous CMS Society under @MoHFW_INDIA only opened bidding on 21st October 2020!
Apr 23, 2021 • 8 tweets • 5 min read
India’s far-Right Supremacists move in predictive ways their propaganda to propound.
Mr. @Abhina_Prakash - a Right-wing academic - made the following claims, about #AIIMS.
Let us examine these claims and ‘feather’ the truth around the sophistry displayed here.
Using a table from Wikipedia as his source, he claims former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh “will not be judged kindly” as he only established 1 AIIMS in his 10 year tenure as PM.
The obfuscation between “Announcement” with “Establishment” is of course a deliberate ploy, as we shall see.
Apr 20, 2021 • 17 tweets • 9 min read
Today marks the 495th anniversary of the first Battle of #Panipat, fought between a Timurid army led by Zaheer-ud Din Mohammad #Babur and the Afghan king Ibrahim Lodi.
This engagement had a profound impact on the #history of the Indian sub-continent and Islamicate Asia.
The Lodis were the 5th of a succession of Islamic dynasties (collectively known as the Delhi Sultanate) that had ruled Delhi since 1206, for more than 300 years prior to Babur’s advance upon it, in 1526. Until then he had merely raided as far as the frontiers of the Punjab.
Apr 19, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
While we are preoccupied with attending to the sick and those in need at this difficult time, the Right-Wing ecosystem is at it 24/7, manufacturing hate.
This lady deliberately mistranslated the words of the Maulana to create discord and it is our duty to correct this. #Thread
Truly, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
For anyone with a basic understanding of Hindustani or Urdu it is easy to follow what the speaker said, but a few mischievously tweaked words later, the entire context changes.
Apr 15, 2021 • 18 tweets • 6 min read
With the advent of an election the “Pasmanda” narrative suddenly picks up steam.
This thread explores how the so-called ‘Pasmanda Movement’, now hijacked by garden-variety #Islamophobia applies narratives to fragment already dispersed Muslim electorates, as a political tool.
“Pasmanda” is a term of Persian origin which literally means “those left behind”, or simply; “backward”, “oppressed”, “discriminated against”.
It could represent any economically or socially marginalised segment of society.
It has no basis in caste, or indeed religion.
Mar 25, 2021 • 14 tweets • 9 min read
A rise in scholarship and research on India’s Islamic #history - and on the Mughals in particular - continues to inform and enrich our understanding of the period between the 10th and 18th C, when India’s geographical extent formed Asia’s most robust Islamicate region. #Thread
While new works by eminent scholars like Prof. Richard Eaton and Dr. @AudreyTruschke have further contributed to this development, classic works by doyens of the Aligarh School and many others continue to stand their ground as repositories for our understanding of this period.
Feb 27, 2021 • 10 tweets • 5 min read
As we know, Rightwing Hindutva is the loudest proponent of the “Caste in Muslims” line.
Gullible Pasmanda activists fall for this charade while willing Quislings perpetuate it.
In this thread I give a rebuttal to each point of fitnāh made by this man.
This is not an assertion of superiority but a genealogical frame merely tracing descent.
Nor is it comparable to Caste as institutionalised and practised by Vedic Brahminism.
NB: The Prophet (S.A.W.) in fact first took up arms against his own tribe, the Quraish.
Feb 24, 2021 • 20 tweets • 8 min read
Today 24th February 2021, marks the 282nd anniversary of the clash between Persian forces led by Nader Shah and the Mughal army under Muhammad Shah “Rangeela”, in what came to be known as the “Battle of Karnal”, fought approximately 100 kms north-west of Delhi.
Nader Shah, a Turcoman adventurer and warlord of the Afshar tribe had risen from obscure origins and replaced the long-reigning Safavid dynasty of Persia in 1736.
A brilliant general and commanding personality, his military abilities were matched only by his ambitions.
Feb 22, 2021 • 13 tweets • 7 min read
This poor chap, @BharadwajSpeaks stayed up all night to craft abuse & bluster. For all his fury and performance anxiety, he has not countered a single refutation I had made.
Mediocrity sells and lies sell even better, but you can’t fool all the people, all the time! #Thread
The prolific use of Islamophobic terms such as “Madarsa-chhaap”, “desert-cult” and “Taqiyya” in this context, may appeal to lumpen minds. But they are no substitute for historiographical method and knowledge. The latter rely on facts and a correct interpretation of those facts.
1. “Shivaji had 200 officers in civil administration”.
Incorrect. The number is far higher. Under Shivaji, the Marathas held more than 200 forts.
Each fort had (a minimum) of 2 civil officers classified as Karkhanis.
Besides, Karkuns, Subehdars, Havaldars performed civic duties.