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Old May 16th, 2013, 02:53 PM
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Lightbulb My name is not Khan, I am Mr Kaul

http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes...me-is-not-khan

I am not Khan. My name bears a different set of four letters: K A U L. Kaul. As those who know Indian names would understand I happened to be born in a family which was called Hindu by others. Hence, we were sure, we would never get a friend like KJ to make a movie on our humiliations, and the contemptuous and forced exile from our homeland. It's not fashionable. It's fashionable to get a Khan as a friend and portray his agony and pains and sufferings when he is asked by a US private to take off his shoes and show his socks. Natural and quite justifiable that Khan must feel insulted and enraged. Enough Masala to make a movie.


But unfortunately I am a Kaul. I am not a Khan.


Hence when my sisters and mothers were raped and killed, when six-year-old Seema was witness to the brutal slaughtering of her brother, mother and father with a butcher's knife by a Khan, nobody ever came to make a movie on my agony, pain and anguish, and tears.


No KJ would make a movie on Kashmiri Hindus. Because we are not Khans. We are Kauls.


When we look at our own selves as Kauls, we also see a macabre dance of leaders who people Parliament. Some of them were really concerned about us. They got the bungalows and acres of greenery and had their portraits were worshipped by the gullible devotees of patriotism.


They made reservations in schools and colleges for us. In many many other states. But never did they try that we go back to our homes. They have other priorities and 'love your jihadi neighborhood' programmes. They get flabbier and flabbier with the passing of each year, sit on sacks of sermons; issue instructions to live simply and follow moral principles delivered by ancestors and kept in documents treated with time-tested preservatives.


They could play with me because my name is Kaul. And not Mr Khan. I saw the trailer to this fabulous movie, which must do good business at the box office.


There was not even a hint that terror is bad and it is worse if it is perpetuated in the name of a religion that means Peace. Peace be upon all its followers and all other the creatures too.


So you make a movie on the humiliation of taking off shoes to a foreign police force which has decided not to allow another 9/11.


The humiliation of taking off the shoes and the urge to show that you are innocent is really too deep. But what about the humiliation of leaving your home and hearth and the world and the relatives and wife and mother and father? And being forced to live in shabby tents, at the mercy of nincompoop leaders encashing your misery and bribe-seeking babus? And seeing your daughters growing up too sudden and finding no place to hide your shame?


No KJ would ever come forward to make a movie, a telling, spine-chilling narration on the celluloid, of five-year-old Seema, who saw her parents and brother being slaughtered by a butcher's knife in Doda. Because her dad was not Mr Khan. He was one Mr Kaul.


Sorry, Mr Kaul and your entire ilk. I can't help you.


It's not fashionable to side with those who are Kauls. And Rainas. And Bhatts. Dismissively called KPs. KPs means Kashmiri Pandits. They are a bunch of communalists. They were the agents of one Mr Jagmohan who planned their exodus so that Khans can be blamed falsely. In fact, a movie can be made on how these KPs conspired their own exile to give a bad name to the loving and affectionate Khan brothers of the valley.


To voice the woes of Kauls is sinful. The right course to get counted in the lists of the Prime Minister's banquets and the President's parties is to announce from the roof top: hey, men and ladies, I am Mr Khan.


The biggest apartheid the state observes is to exclude those who cry for Kauls, wear the colours of Ayodhya, love the wisdom of the civilisational heritage, dare to assert as Hindus in a land which is known as Hindustan too and struggle to live with dignity as Kauls. They are out and exiled. You can see any list of honours and invites to summits and late-evening gala parties to toast a new brand. All that the Kauls are allowed is a space at Jantar Mantar: shout, weep and go back to your tents after a tiring demonstration. Mr Kaul, you have got a wrong name.


A dozen KJs would fly to take you atop the glory - posts and gardens of sympathies if you accept to wear a Khan name and love a Sunita, Pranita, Komal or a Kamini. Well, here you have a sweetheart in Mandira. That goes well with the story.


And you pegged the movie plot on autism.


I wept. It was too much. I wept as a father of a son who needed a story as an Indian. Who cares for his autistic son, his relationship with the western world, his love affair with a young sweet something as a human, as someone whose heart goes beyond being a Hindu, a Muslim or a proselytizing Vatican-centric aggressive soul. Not the one who would declare in newspaper interviews: "I think I am an ambassador for Islam". Shah Rukh is Shah Rukh, not because he is an ambassador for Islam. If that was true, he could have found a room in Deoband. Fine enough. But he became a heartthrob and a famousl star because he is a great actor. He owes everything he has to Indians and not just to Muslims. We love him not because he is some Mr Khan. We love him because he has portrayed the dreams, aspirations, pains, anguish and ups and downs of our daily life. As an Indian. As one of us.


If he wants to use our goodwill and love for strengthening his image as an ambassador for Islam, will we have to think to put up an ambassador for Hindus? That, at least to me, would be unacceptable because I trust everyone: a Khan or a Kaul or a Singh or a Victor. Who represents India represents us all too, including Hindus. My best ambassadorship would be an ambassadorship for the tricolour and not for anything else because I see my Ram and Dharma in that. I don't think even an Amitabh or a Hritik would ever think in terms Shah Rukh has chosen for himself. But shouldn't these big, tall, successful Indians who wear Hindu names make a movie on why Kauls were ousted? Why Godhra occurred in the first place? Why nobody, yes, not a single Muslim, comes forward to take up the cause of the exiled and killed and contemptuously marginalized Kauls whereas every Muslim complainant would have essentially a Hindu advocate to take on Hindus as fiercely as he can?


If you are Mr Khan and found dead on the railway tracks, the entire nation would be shaken. And he was also a Rizwan. May be just a coincidence that our Mr Khan in the movie is also a Rizwan.


Rizwan's death saw the police commissioner punished and cover stories written by missionary writers. But if you are a Sharma or a Kaul and happened to love an Ameena Yusuf in Srinagar, you would soon find your corpse inside the police thana and NONE, not even a small-time local paper would find it worthwhile to waste a column on you. No police constable would be asked to explain how a wrongly detained person was found dead in police custody?


Because the lover found dead inside a police thana was not Mr Khan. No KJ would ever come forward to make a movie on 'My name is Kaul. And I am terror-struck by Khans'.


Give me back my identity as an Indian, Mr. Khan and I would have no problem even wearing your name and appreciating the tender love of an autistic son.
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Very tragic!And it is so true.
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Suspect: Boston bombing was payback for hits on Muslims

When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims: Boston bombing suspect


WHAT A STARK CONTRAST TO MR.KAUL and Kind ?
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for decades now.. all of north india has known the plight of Kashmiri Pandits.. it is only now or may be not even now that the other safe people of India are coming to know of all this.. ah i pity you south and west indians.. you or your ancestors never felt the heat of India's battles and wars, the commotion and cruelty of partition.. nor were your people much involved in India's freedom struggle.. you've led an easy life for North is protecting you.. and now you blame the northern land locked states which according to you bring the GDP of India down..

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Whatever, I don't give a f.uck about them. There are plenty of them n Delhi.



I knew a Kashmiri pandit girl 'Raina' in college, was quite friendly with her.

I asked if she would marry me and she said she would ask her father. Her father responded that while he is ok with this arrangement, his own relatives would not accept a 'non-Brahmin' alliance.
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for decades now.. all of north india has known the plight of Kashmiri Pandits.. it is only now or may be not even now that the other safe people of India are coming to know of all this.. ah i pity you south and west indians.. you or your ancestors never felt the heat of India's battles and wars, the commotion and cruelty of partition.. nor were your people much involved in India's freedom struggle.. you've led an easy life for North is protecting you.. and now you blame the northern land locked states which according to you bring the GDP of India down..
What tf are you talking about... ye suddenly bhaiya/madrasi problem kaisey ban gaya
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for decades now.. all of north india has known the plight of Kashmiri Pandits.. it is only now or may be not even now that the other safe people of India are coming to know of all this.. ah i pity you south and west indians.. you or your ancestors never felt the heat of India's battles and wars, the commotion and cruelty of partition.. nor were your people much involved in India's freedom struggle.. you've led an easy life for North is protecting you.. and now you blame the northern land locked states which according to you bring the GDP of India down..
What has the plight of kashmiri pandits got to do with the rest of the Hindu clans?

BTW the friend who posted this on fb is a Kashmiri pandit/refugee in MH who studied Engg with me in Pune.She is now settled in b'lore but keeps missing her state. I once snubbed her on one of her such kind of posts by stating that this is brought upon you by none other than Pandit JN? And she replied that was past what about now. I didnt indulge in further discussion. But this was my thought on it is that it is always the past grave mistakes done by a few that haunt the next generations!
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What tf are you talking about... ye suddenly bhaiya/madrasi problem kaisey ban gaya
that y'all southies dont know anything about india and its history..
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What has the plight of kashmiri pandits got to do with the rest of the Hindu clans?

BTW the friend who posted this on fb is a Kashmiri pandit/refugee in MH who studied Engg with me in Pune.She is now settled in b'lore but keeps missing her state. I once snubbed her on one of her such kind of posts by stating that this is brought upon you by none other than Pandit JN? And she replied that was past what about now. I didnt indulge in further discussion. But this was my thought on it is that it is always the past grave mistakes done by a few that haunt the next generations!
who mentioned clans.. my point was that when did Puneri crowd start caring about anybody but marathi mandal.

The plight of Kashmiri Pandits and others Hindus from Kashmir is well known to all north indians.. I knew many families in MP that left their homes with just a suitcase or two.. their properties have been usurped by mullas.
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saary for my crazy rants.. this thread just riles me up so much coz of the screwed up politics of Kangress and now National Conference.. how they have fu(ked Hindus so bad in JK.. yet Hindus will keep voting for them cause we vote based on caste.
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that y'all southies dont know anything about india and its history..
Isn't this a case of pot calling kettle black
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I think what is needed in today's world is for moderate peaceful people to come out and proudly say, "My name is Khan and I am not a muslim". Becharay, they are left in such an indefensible position... neither backed by their peaceful book nor backed by their neighborhood mullah nor backed by their friends from across the oceans. Terrible situation for one to be put in... to always be made the victim.
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I think what is needed in today's world is for moderate peaceful people to come out and proudly say, "My name is Khan and I am not a muslim". Becharay, they are left in such an indefensible position... neither backed by their peaceful book nor backed by their neighborhood mullah nor backed by their friends from across the oceans. Terrible situation for one to be put in... to always be made the victim.
And they sell their so-called-oppression filled stories to make money just like prostitutes sell their bodies.
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who mentioned clans.. my point was that when did Puneri crowd start caring about anybody but marathi mandal.

The plight of Kashmiri Pandits and others Hindus from Kashmir is well known to all north indians.. I knew many families in MP that left their homes with just a suitcase or two.. their properties have been usurped by mullas.

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The Hindu Hriday Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray- Aditya Kaul

As I begin to pen my thoughts on Bal Thackeray, I have already been abused by a dear friend for ‘farting’, in reference to a status I posted on facebook saying "All brides are beautiful and all dead are good".The status was not exactly to mock the death of the leader, as most would have guessed. It was directed at those intellectuals and journalists who till date abused and criticized Bal Thackeray at every step but today turned into his blind followers and sang in his glory in TV studios, online platform and elsewhere.


On the other hand, I had arguments with fellow journalists too, on twitter who called Bal Thackeray a “murderer”, “terrorist” and an “intolerant beast”. They on the other hand accused me of siding with a “militant” when I said that “the great statesman would be remembered for his upfront honesty”.



Clearly, I was somewhere in the middle with my apolitical thought process. Balasaheb, without doubt has been one of the tallest leaders of Maharashtra. The political movement, Shiv Sena, which he launched in 1966, gave identity politics an entirely new direction and dimension in India. Throughout his years in politics, there was never a need for him to stage rallies in New Delhi to gain attention or knock on the doors of the power centers. Everyone, almost all with respect that he commanded, went to him.



One can’t brush away a political leader who even in his death fills the city either with fear or respect. One can’t brush away the fact that thousands are mourning his death at Matoshree, Shiv Sena Bhavan and Shivaji Park and all across Maharashtra, even though he himself never assumed a position of power. That the Maharashtra government mended rules to confer state honours at his funeral itself speaks a lot about his legacy.


Political observers and historians believe that the funeral procession can only be compared to that of Mahatma Gandhi or B.R. Ambedkar, even as intelligence agencies told The Sunday Indian that they were “prepared to handle a crowd of more than 15 lakhs around Shivaji Park”.


In his own confession, Bal Thackeray refused to accept being a politician but called himself a political cartoonist. A phenomena in itself, who supported Indira Gandhi’s draconian emergency but warned terrorists upfront in 1992 when warning was being issued against the annual Amarnath Yatra in Kashmir. Thackeray, without mincing words apparently said that he won’t allow Haj pilgrimage through Mumbai if Amarnath Yatra was targeted. The Yatra continued peacefully, so did the Haj.


It was his campaign which resulted in the colonial name of Bombay to be changed officially into Mumbai. Amitabh Bachchan may have tried to ape Bal Thackeray in the film Sarkar but it wouldn’t be dramatic to say that there may never be another leader close to Bal Thackeray in India.


Known for his campaigns against the migrants in Mumbai, especially from North India, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, Thackeray however remarkably saved a community of seven lakhs in the early nineties. When told about the hardships being faced by the community who had fled terrorism in Kashmir, Thackeray who was in power in Maharashtra at that time ordered for reservation on special grounds for Kashmiri Pandits seeking seats in higher education. The policy announced by Bal Thackeray was later adopted as a policy by Government of India and issued by the HRD Ministry to several colleges and universities. It was a unique form of reservation which did not impact any other category of students; a reservation over and above the actual limit in strength of the intake of students.


As emptiness surrounds Mumbai streets in mourning, Bal Thackeray will forever remain etched in the history of Maharashtra as an iron leader who rose to limelight out of his sheer determination, humour and sarcasm. The mortal remains of Balasaheb may be confined to flames today in front of millions of his followers, but the post-Balasaheb phase is what everyone would be eagerly looking forward to at this historical occasion.


Will the millions participating in the funeral procession of Balasaheb support the separated cousins Uddhav Thackeray and Raj Thackeray forcing them to come together? It’s too early to speculate. Observers however feel that the Maharashtra politics will see a new phase in the coming days.
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for decades now.. all of north india has known the plight of Kashmiri Pandits.. it is only now or may be not even now that the other safe people of India are coming to know of all this.. ah i pity you south and west indians.. you or your ancestors never felt the heat of India's battles and wars, the commotion and cruelty of partition.. nor were your people much involved in India's freedom struggle.. you've led an easy life for North is protecting you.. and now you blame the northern land locked states which according to you bring the GDP of India down..

Who are Kashmiri Pandits?
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