Thursday, October 1, 2015

Global voices against Halal

Global voices against Halal
Global voices against Halal

We all have heard of the word “Halal”, do we know what goes in to the process of Halal?
Halal is the Arabic word for “lawful” or “permitted”. Halal is the word that is used in reference to foods and drinks that are permissible for Muslims to eat or drink under Islamic Shariah law. In regard to halal, there is also a term ‘Haram’ that signifies the food that can not be eaten by Muslims. Such food includes pork meat, blood, alcoholic drinks etc. and most importantly the animals which are not killed by the process of Halal. Halal guidelines also forbid consumption of some carcass parts like the testicles and bladder. So Muslims eat only that food which comes from a supplier that uses halal practices. Specifically, the slaughter must be performed by a Muslim who, during the process, will recite a dedication, known as tasmiya or shahada. (invoking the name of Allah) and then saying three times "Allahu akbar" (Allah is the greatest and the only God). Animals must be alive and healthy at the time of slaughter and must face Mecca. Then, the animal must be slaughtered with a sharp knife by cutting the throat, windpipe and the blood vessels in the neck, without cutting the spinal cord. Lastly, the blood from the veins must be drained. This is considered a very inhumane and painful process because the animal dies a very slow and painful death. Since the rules dictate (among other things) that the animal must be alive and conscious at the moment its throat is slit.

In the Holy Quran, it says that the animal should listen to the prayers of Allah. If it’s unconscious, then it won’t be able to do that.

Here is a live report of such a slaughter:
“The slaughter according to Islamic law - the throat cut with a rough sawing action.The cut half severs the head but doesn’t kill the animal.The animal slides on the ground, got onto its knees, regained its feet with its throat gaping and blood pouring from its throat. And then it ended up charging towards me with its throat cut. It was just appalling. To stop it getting up again, the slaughterman slashes the tendon on its rear leg. This steer is vocalising a lot at this point. The tongue is coming out, so clearly distressed. You can see from his eye that he's distressed. These are all behaviours that are indicative of fear, anxiety, distress. Lamb after lamb has its throat sliced open while fully conscious. They make pitiful bleating and gurgling sounds as they choke on their own blood. It’s a chilling sound that, once heard, stays with you for days.”

Quranic verses regarding halal foods include: 2:173, 5:5, and 6:118-119, 121. I don’t think any other religion describes topics like the method of killing of animals, that too in so ghastly manner. The requirement to invoke Allah's name is a must for slaughter of any animal in halal. Kosher meats, which are consumed by Jews, are permitted to be eaten by Muslims because there is a similarity between their method of slaughter and halal meat.

On particular festivals, the ritual involves binding the animal, typically around the muzzle or legs, and slitting the throat. The animal will eventually bleed out in a painful and gruesome display. Many times the animal is beaten, sometimes to death, before the blood is drained. Halal slaughter during the month of Eid is performed as a public ritual, often in the open streets of Muslim communities. Blood from the countless sacrifices pools in the public squares and is tracked around by spectators.

The rising  global objections to Halal

In western countries there is a requirement of stunning an animal before slaughter , in India the killing of animal is done in a swift blow called “Jhatka ‘ where instant beheading, with one single strike reduces the pain for the animal. Globally, halal food has been criticized by animal rights activists.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) says that “all animals should be effectively stunned before slaughter to improve the welfare of these animals” and killing animals without stunning them causes “unnecessary suffering”. But citizens are now concerned that the inhumane halal method might be increasingly being practised in Britain. The latest census suggests there are at least 2.7 million Muslims in the UK, with a spending power estimated in the region of £20bn.
Muslims think that the practice of pre-stunning is contrary to the specifications of zabiha and prefer to eat halal meat that has not been pre-stunned. Additionally these Muslims came together and campaigned for the traditional halal method.
Muslim authorities like Halal Food Authority (HFA), a non-profit organisation that monitors adherence to halal principles in the UK, on the other hand example insist that stunning cannot be used to kill an animal. This has lead many slaughterhouses to move to halal processes so they do not lose Muslim customers.
This means, not only might the Islamic halal method being used on the animals , the unsuspecting citizens might even be consuming halal meat.
The Halal Food Authority, now estimates that a staggering 25% of the entire UK meat market is halal. But Muslims are about 5% of the UK population, therefore there is as much as 5 times more halal meat than Muslims.

In Feb. 2015 a horrific footage was secretly filmed in an abattoir in North Yorkshire that raised anger among animal rights activists. This gruesome video showed sheep being hacked and tortured to death. The film showed the Muslim workers kicking sheep in the face and hurling them into solid structures. Not using pre stunning method, the rising halal slaughter and increasing animal cruelty being caught at these halal slaughterhouses have angered the animal rights groups.

People are now also demanding clear labelling of food as unsuspecting population is being fed halal food. The British government meanwhile has no intention of banning religious slaughter, may be due to the large Muslim population living there. This Muslim appeasement is a tool to secure Muslim votes in elections.

Stunning of livestock has been mandatory in the EU since 1979, but member states can grant exemptions for religious slaughter. Some countries, including Denmark, have decided to ban non-stunning slaughter altogether. Concern about slaughtering, without prior stunning, has resulted in the religious slaughter of animals being banned in Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

In Australia, the national standard for meat production requires that all animals must be effectively stunned (unconscious) prior to slaughter. The vast majority of halal slaughter in Australia complies with this standard,. But there are a small number of abattoirs in Australia that have been granted permission from the relevant State or Territory food authority to conduct religious slaughter without prior stunning – for either Halal or Kosher (Jewish slaughter) purposes.
Australians are also rising against export of live meat after some Gazans were filmed doing cruelty to the cattle.

Concerns of Social observers in Australia

Along with a strong request on ban of live animals export to Islamic countries. Not only food but a large number of products including creams and soaps , chocolate etc. are now being certified as halal ie a check to see if any of these contain prohibited products like alcohol for example . This leads to a demand of certification on all consumer non durables as halal. This halal certification is Raking up $20 to $30 million a year in Australia alone.

The anti halal campaigners in Australia insist that certification pushes up prices and this money goes to fund ISLAMIC Charities which have link to terror groups like Hamas. Besides these the Halal sytsem also gives rise to some not-so-obvious problems.

1. Jobs reserved exclusively for Muslims
Sharia requires that the animals should be killed by Muslims only which leads to employment generation for Muslims in the west. So, even if you are not educated enough, if you are a Muslim, one safe career opportunity is exists for you –  of a slaughterman.

2. Infidels paying zakat : Zakat is a small percentage of earnings that Muslims put aside for donating to their Mosque for charity. Recent findings reveal a large fraction of this global money goes towards funding terrorist activities . Now, even in those countries where Muslims population is low in percentage, unsuspecting governments fall privy to the demands of Muslims organizations for halaal certification on all foods, this certification is obviously provided by a Muslim body only.They charge a fees and check the products of a company for halal compliance. Thus the companies end up paying a huge total to these organizations (or in case the government funds this body then the local citizens end up funding these bodies) who allegedly use these funds for zakat and terrorist activities. This is equivalent to taxing non Muslims to pay for Muslim schools

Such concerns now being openly raised in Sri Lanka and Australia among other countries.

3. Impose sharia on unsuspecting people by making them eat halal food ( along with paying zakat ). Even in India the local hot dog stands proudly claim to carry halal food, whereas halal food is strictly forbidden under Hindu law.

Indian Subcontinent

Bodu Sena is a a Sinhalese Buddhist nationalist monastic organisation based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Which wants to do away entirely with Halal certification in their country claiming on similar allegation that this is used to funding terrorism , enforce ‘Muslim ritualistic food ‘ on rest of the population with the ultimate aim of imposing Sharia in Sri Lanka
More and more international brands in India are now suspected to be selling halal food KFC, you may find the Halal logo on their counters if you are observant enough . Moreover India recently introduced a halal cosmetic range

Creeping Sharia in India
After going through all these facts, one gets a feeling that no religion should be allowed to dictate such painful and merciless killing of animals. Can’t the festivals be enjoyed without giving painful deaths to poor animals?
Many deeply religious souls in the West too eat meat because it is sanctioned in their holy books.
However, India is a Hindu majority nation and Hinduism teaches compassion for all living beings. Various animals forms are worshipped by Hindus who're the closest thing to paganism in the modern world.
Respecting all forms of life is integral to Sanatan Dharma. Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism agree in their support of non-violence and a vegan lifestyle.
Jains follow dietary codes regulating even the types of plants they eat. Hinduism too believes that vegetarianism promotes a healthy spiritual life.
It is high time for the animal rights activists and humanitarians take a stand against such killings of poor animals and put an end to this inhuman practice being carried out in name of religion

Missionary not mother Teresa--CONVERSION IN NAME OF HELP.

Manufacturing myths: Mother Teresa

"..if conversion is done in name of service, then that service gets devalued": RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat.

24Feb 15
The statement that kicked a storm
and ended up busting the decades old myth about Nobel Laureate Mother Teresa.
A thorough research by Canadian academics (Serge Larivee and Genevieve Chenard from the University of Montreal`s department of psychoeducation, and Carole Senechal of the University of Ottawa`s faculty of education ) says Mother Teresa was a product of well articulated hype.

They've published their research and findings about the life of Teresa after scrutinising her rather dubious way of 'caring for the sick', her questionable political contacts, her suspicious management of the enormous sums of money she received, and her overly dogmatic views regarding ... abortion, contraception, and divorce. 
So how was the Mother Teresa myth manufactured from missionary Agnes Gonxha? Let's look at the major contributors.

Aditya Agnihotri's photo.• Mass Media
It started with her meeting in London in 1968 with the BBC's Malcom Muggeridge, an anti-abortion journalist. In 1969, his eulogistic film about the missionary was what catapulted her to superstardom.  Research reveals Teresa housed the poor and sick in shoddy conditions, despite her access to a massive fortune. The powerful western media at the time told the world that Indians, particularly the Hindus, don't care for their helpless people and hence a foreign Christian saint has to perform that job. Media sold the poverty of India to the first world and capitalised on the stereotypes, further reinforcing them.

The rich 'first world' has a guilty conscience due to their dark imperialist past as well as their affluent wasteful indulgences in the present. Donating to church missions in third world countries is their pass to alleviating that guilty conscience. And what better candidate than a 'saintly' woman who seemed like an activist for "the sick, the dying and the poorest of the poor."
People do not like to admit that they have been gulled or conned, so a vested interest in the myth was permitted to arise, and a cunning media never bothered to ask any follow-up questions. Many volunteers who went to Calcutta came back abruptly - disillusioned by the bigotry and 'poverty-loving' practices of the "Missionaries of Charity," but thanks to the media apathy, they had no audience for their story.
• ChurchDays of Imperialism were the golden days for church. The explorers would find a territory, what followed were traders, the armies and with them - the church. Land, power, wealth and souls for the God - everyone was happy. However, with the demise of Imperialism, Church had to devise new means to convert Asians and Africans into Christianity. The Vatican saw 'Saint Teresa' as a perfect PR ploy to revitalise the Church and inspire the faithful especially at a time when churches are empty and the Roman authority was on a steep decline. Pain and suffering, according to her, was a a ticket to St. Peters. Missionary Teresa saw beauty in the suffering of downtrodden and was far more willing to pray for them than provide practical medical care.  Perhaps she had no idea what effect her religious bigotry had on the poor and sick people under her care.

In her own words, ''..There is something beautiful in seeing the poor accept their lot, to suffer it like Christ's passion. The world gains much from their suffering,''
Practicing charity is the best way to evangelize: Pope Francis

The western missionaries would convert the native population and converted population in turn would serve the church worldwide.  Truth is, but for imported Indian priests and nuns many European churches would have to close doors because Europeans seminaries are unable to fill their vacancies with Europeans.
According to the researchers, Teresa raised almost $100 million before 1980. A good chunk was used for building houses for the missionaries. Just 5 per cent went to the cause. Let's hear that again - just 5 per cent of that went to the poor.
Teresa has been known to be stingy even during national emergencies. During numerous floods in India she offered numerous prayers and medallions of the Virgin Mary but no direct or monetary aid. Saint Teresa was a wealthy proposition for the church by all means.  Which brings us to the money part of it..
• Money No public accounts are made available for Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, but enormous sums are known to have been raised. Million of dollars are pouring into India every day from unknown foreign sources, in white and much more in black, to convert and subvert India. Today, around the world Teresa's charities have attained untouchable status, which helps them fend off any attempts by the authorities to stop their morbid religious experiments on sick and poor people.

Millions of dollars were transferred to the MCO’s various bank accounts, but most of the accounts were kept secret, says researcher Larivee. There is also the question of the missing millions. ''Given the parsimonious management of (Teresa's) works, one may ask where the millions of dollars for the poorest of the poor have gone?'.
There are several testimonies from the leading American and British physicians about the extremely low standard of medicine practised in her small Calcutta clinics. There were no pain killers and the syringes were washed in cold water. She refused to give medicines to the inmates under her care, in the process allowing them to die painful deaths. Clearly there wasn't much of  a medical care or cure despite her charity sitting atop hundreds of millions.

Besides these, on one hand she preached humanity, on the other hand, she had no qualms about accepting the Legion of Honour and a grant from the Duvalier dictatorship in Haiti.
She went to Albania in 1990, at that time the most oppressive of the Balkan Stalinist states, and laid a wreath on the grave of the dictator, Enver Hoxha, while remaining silent on human rights violations.
In 1992, Mother Teresa gave many lucrative endorsements, including a character reference to the court for Charles Keating, the biggest fraud and embezzler in the American history
who stole a total $252 million from mainly small and poor depositors. Hitchens claims that Keating gave $1.25 million in cash to Mother Teresa and allowed her to use his private jet. The court had asked her to return the donation given by Keating but she never replied to the request.

She befriended the rich and powerful and was a defender of Western big business. Though she proclaimed her devotion to the poor and downtrodden, she urged the Indians to forgive Union Carbide for the gas leak in Bhopal which had killed more than 2000 people.

• PoliticsAs late as 1995 (less than 2 years before her death) Teresa sat on a fast demanding reservation for Dalit Christians. When she was criticized for this, she took a somersault befitting any politician by saying that she was unaware of the demands of the fast organizers. Having already lost face, she further lost credibility when the organizers refused to be her scapegoat and contested her claim, and said that she had been informed well in advance that the fast was for demanding reservation for Dalit Christians. When anti conversion laws were brought up by Morarji Government, she was the first one to oppose it. She was against anti-conversion law and She always opposed family planning. She supported Indira Gandhi's Emergency.

   Mother Teresa’s popularity was such that she had become untouchable for the population, which had already declared her a saint. It would be pertinent to mention here that she was a hypocrite who kept the sick in pain and in shoddy conditions while each time she herself fell sick she sought the finest medical care. Despite the fact that medical tourists from the West travel to India for treatment, Teresa reckoned India wasn't good enough for her. She was admitted to California's Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation.

She herself, on many occasions, has confessed that she is doing it all for Christianity, which is what Mr. Bhagwat reiterated in his speech causing outrage among those who don't know any better. In Navin Chawla's book, who was an old Congress loyalist, on Mother Teresa,she says in her interview, "..a lot of people confuse me as social worker, I am not a social worker. I am in the service of Jesus and my job is to spread the word of Christianity and bring people to its fold'"

She was just a manufactured miracle. The story of her beatification is a fine example of miracle stories surrounding her. Following her death, the Vatican decided to waive the usual five-year waiting period to open the beatification process. The miracle attributed to Mother Theresa was the healing of a woman, Monica Besra, who had been suffering from intense abdominal pain. The woman testified that she was cured after a medallion blessed by Mother Teresa was placed on her abdomen. Her doctors thought otherwise: the ovarian cyst and the tuberculosis from which she suffered were healed by the drugs they had given her, she never had cancerous cells as advertised by the Church. The Vatican, nevertheless, concluded that it was a miracle.

One must praise and respect any person involved in selfless humanitarian work irrespective of his or her religious belief. But as soon as that work is done with ulterior motive, it no longer remains a saintly deed. It's then no different from any business. She is as much a saint as a shopkeeper who gives you food in return for your money.  Only, the source of money in this case was hundreds of millions in foreign funding as she portrayed India as a poor, starving, and a diseased land to her Western donors who responded by filling her coffers so that she could further the cause of the church.

M K Gandhi -A decoded past,ally of British in WW1.

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Hard to believe, but true. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi gave his wholehearted support to the British Raj during the First World War. He even led a massive recruitment drive encouraging towns and villages to send more men to war.
Around 622,000 soldiers, and 470,000 non-combatants, were sent overseas from India, and around one and a half million were recruited during the war years. But not everyone signed up willingly. There were instances where local leaders ‘stopped the water ...of those who were not readily coming forward to join the army and rewarded people who were joining.’ Brutal methods such as ‘stripping people naked and making them stand before their women folk,’ were also used. People were kept in thorny bushes for hours and hours, and unless they said - yes, I’m ready for enlistment, they were not let out.
Those whole agreed voluntarily, were those actually believed they were fighting UK in the World War, which was 1 in 4 Indians !
He was awarded the Kaisar-i-Hind in 1915 by The Lord Hardinge of Penshurst for his support and service to the British Raj.…/articlesh…/44124189.cms…/column-world-war-1-india-s-forgot

POK wants to be included in India-Ghar Vapsi

The breathtakingly beautiful Gilgit Baltistan wants to be a part of India
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Senge Hasnan Sering — activist and president of the Institute for Gilgit Baltistan Studies (IGBS) demanded that India intervene in the violation of human rights in PoK and open the Kargil border to ensure that divided families meet their ancestors in India. The IGBS is headquartered out of Washington D.C. and works for the betterment of the people of Gilgit Baltis...tan located in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Mr Sering was in the city of Mumbai to deliver lectures at IIT Powai and other educational institutes. Speaking to The Asian Age on Thursday Mr Sering said that if the Indian government did not insist on making the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan permanent, the people would be in favour of becoming part of India and not Pakistan.
" We want to be a part of India but the Indian government is considering making the LoC an international border,” said Mr Sering.
Gilgit-Baltistan was ruled by local rulers who converted to Islam from Hinduism and Buddhism in the 14th century.The territory became predominantly Muslim between 15th and 16th century and later during the Mughal Empire due to missionary Sufi saints whose dargahs dot the landscape.…

Christian conversion even time of tragedy-Like Mother Teresa

While Nepal is suffering, missionaries are busy selling Jesus
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Aditya Agnihotri's photo.Mohan Bhagwat stands vindicated. When the RSS Chief, referring to Teresa said "..service is devalued if conversions are done in the name of service or work", the entire media kicked up a furore. Political parties and Christian groups blamed him of inciting religious hatred. The Delhi Catholic Archdiocese claimed that the Christian community was in a state of shock over's comment. But the recent, unfortunate event of an earthquake in Nepal, proved that what Mr Bhagwat said, is not far from the truth.
News and pictures from Nepal after the massive earthquake has shocked the entire world. People from all over, are finding ways to reach out to those, who are affected by the natural disaster. But amidst all the chaos, tragedies and tears, Christian Missionaries are shamelessly selling Jesus and Christianity. It is more shocking because many of these individuals and organizations are influential and they reach many people via social media and other channels. In a disturbing trend, Christian Missionaries prey on poor vulnerable people during tragedies and look at disasters like this, as an opportunity to convert people.
The true intention of the missionaries stands exposed on social media, and now even the main stream media is forced to report them.…/nepal-earthquake-us-pastor-t……/241-how-the-nepal-earthquake-traged…

Execution of Sambhaji by Aurangzeb

Execution of Sambhaji by Aurangzeb
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Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was one of the first persons who presented an open threat to Aurangzeb, harassing the Mughals with his guerilla tactics. He was one of the few who stood up to Aurangzeb's harassment of Hindus, opposed the re introduction of Jiziya tax, and was a thorn in his flesh, in the Deccans,turning the Marathas from a fighting force into a full fledged kingdom.
When Shivaji passed away in 1680, his son Sambhaji took over as the ruler, and continued his father's relentless struggle against the Mughal empire. Sambhaji giving shelter to Md.Akbar, Aurangzeb's 4th son, during his revolt against his father, only aggravated the hatred he had for the Marathas.
After his defeat at Wai in 1687, Sambhaji took refuge in the Western Ghats along with his friend and advisor Kavi Kalash. However when some of the Marathas betrayed Sambhaji's position, he was captured by the Mughals and bought before Aurangzeb. Sambhaji along with Kavi Kalash was dressed as a buffoon, and made to endure mockery and insults from the Mughal soldiers there.
Sambhaji was given a choice to convert to Islam and spare his life, which he refused. Sambhaji was tortured to death, in the worst possible manner, his eyes and tongue plucked out first,nails removed, then being skinned alive. And finally along with Kavi Kalash, his limbs were hacked one by one, and finally his corpse being thrown. The severed heads of Sambhaji and Kavi Kalash were stuffed with straw and displayed as a warning.
Post independence, our history was written by leftists. They referred to the cruel Aurangzeb as the - Last Great Mughal Emperor, in our school books. Aren't we insulting our great warrior Chatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj and every Hindu by allowing them to do this ?

Why did Nehru allow Ford Foundation in India

Why did Nehru allow Ford Foundation in India ?
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Then prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru allowed the Ford Foundation entry into India in 1952 without the complete paperwork and permissions required in law for establishing itself in this country and conducting operations in sensitive sectors on a major scale.
The Sunday Standard investigation into the foundations’ activities in India that goes back to the 1950s throw up some startling facts.
■ The Ford and Rockefeller foundations had penetrated the Indian establishment without any government oversight.
■ It gave junkets and scholarships to senior government officials in the Nehru administration without clearance from the Indian government.
■ These officials were directly selected by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations without the knowledge of the government.
■ B K Nehru, Indira Gandhi’s cousin and the Commissioner General for Economic Affairs of Indian Embassy in Washington, advised against insistence on clearance of the funds by the Rockefeller Foundation to government employees after a meeting with its President Dean Rusk.
■ Rusk told the government that only consultations (and not approval) with the Department of Economic Affairs would be necessary before it funded bureaucrats and others.
■ Appalled at the storm brewing in his government against the foundations’ blatant efforts to woo government officials, Nehru denied he had given the necessarily approval. However, he had to backtrack after a note was shown to him, which made it obvious that the opposite was true