Pulwama attack: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s epic takedown of Imran Khan
LIFE Pulwama attack: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s epic takedown of Imran Khan Often called a ‘Muslim leader’, Owaisi has given the Pakistani PM and Pakistan’s terror outfits the strongest political response from India yet. His words hold lessons for us Indians too. 13528 — Total Shares
In the wake of the Pulwama terror attack on 14 February, an assault so brutal, it left India in shock and politicians bickering over fixing accountability, it was Pakistan that seemed to have succeeded in bringing to the fore the fault lines that divide our country.
Indians fought Indians on Twitter and heated television debates ensued over who was a greater nationalist and who a true patriot.
Kashmiri students came under attack in various parts of the country, forcing Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remind people that “India’s fight was for Kashmir and not against Kashmiris”.
At a time like this, it was All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi, who spoke in the voice of unison like no politician has since India lost 40 of its Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has given Imran Khan a lesson in India secularism. (Source: Reuters)
Right after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a customary show of wily behaviour, said that he was ready to act against Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) if India provided actionable evidence against the terror outfit and its chief Maulana Masood Azhar, Owaisi called out Khan’s bluff — without mincing any words.
Owaisi gave it back to Khan point by point.
In response to Imran Khan’s recent advice to PM Modi that India must give peace a chance, Owaisi has asked the Pakistani Prime Minister to drop his mask of innocence .
“We would like to tell Pakistan PM [Imran Khan] don’t give that message to India which you want to by sitting before a TV camera. You started this, it wasn’t a first attack. There was Pathankot, Uri and now Pulwama. We would like to tell Pakistan PM to drop his mask of innocence,” Owaisi said at a rally in Mumbai.
Owaisi also hit out at the JeM, which has claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack. He said that a disciple of the holy Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam, would never kill a person.
“I would like to tell the outfit that killed our 40 men and claimed its responsibility, you’re not Jaish-e-Mohammed, you are Jaish-e-Shaitan… It is not Laskhar-e-Taiba, it is Lashkar-e-Shaitan,” Owaisi said.
Asaduddin Owaisi: This attack has links to Pakistan. It was done as per plan of Pakistan govt, Pakistan Army & ISI. I would like to tell the outfit that killed our 40 men & claimed its responsibility – you’re not Jaish-e-Mohammed, you are Jaish-e-Shayateen. #PulwamaAttack (23.02) pic.twitter.com/IO5bkztzUC — ANI (@ANI) February 23, 2019
But the most important point that Owaisi made — though directed at Pakistan — is a lesson that all Indians need to remind themselves of.
In response to a recent remark from Imran Khan that raised questions over how minorities are treated in India, Owaisi said that Pakistan should not worry about Indian Muslims — as they are here by choice after refusing Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s proposition to move in 1947.
Owaisi said, “One of the ministers from Pakistan had said that they will stop the prayer bells from ringing in temples of India but I want to tell him that he doesn’t know India. Till Muslims of this country are alive, Azaan will sound from mosques and bells will ring in temples. This is the beauty of our country which the neighbouring country sees because of jealousy. People in this country live as one and when it will come to the country we all will be together.”
It is this message of togetherness that needs to be reiterated loud and clear, not just to the world, but to all Indians who are actively participating in ‘otherisation’ in the name of ideologies, castes and religions.
The soldiers who died on February 14 and those who are guarding the borders even as this is being written are Indian soldiers — they come from all regions and religions.
While differences of opinions can and must exist, differences should not permanently divide us.
Owaisi is often called a ‘Muslim leader’. It is true that he draws his votes largely from the Muslim community, and it is also for this reason that Owaisi taking on Imran Khan directly means a great deal to India’s bruised soul in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.
The Indian Constitution is the book that binds us all. It is the book that allows both Modi and Owaisi the right to stake claim to all political posts. In contrast, as Owaisi has reminded Imran Khan that non-Muslims cannot become PMs in Pakistan — such is the state of minority rights in the neighbouring country.
وزیراعظم عمران خان انسانیت اور اقلیتوں کو حقوق دینے پر یقین رکھتے ہیں، کرتار پور باڈر کے بعد پنج ٹیراتھ کو قومی ورثہ قرار دینا اس بات کا منہ بولتا ثبوت ہے جبکہ بھارت میں صرف مذہب کے نام پر اقلیتوں کا روز قتل کیا جاتا ہے اور یہی فرق عمران خان کو ایک عظیم لیڈر بناتا ہے۔ #PMIK pic.twitter.com/4weVIRhB55 — PTI (@PTIofficial) January 5, 2019
What Owaisi has indeed tried to tell Khan is that India’s internal matters will not become Pakistan’s scoring points.
While it may seem sad to many that a Muslim leader has to speak up unequivocally for the Muslims of the country as the so-called ‘seculars’ and ‘pseudo-seculars’ think of votes, Owaisi’s remarks are not being made on behalf of Muslims — they are indeed being made on behalf of Indians.
India’s unity has been its strength. By showing Imran Khan the mirror of his country’s reality, Owaisi has shown what Indian secularism was built on.
We hope Khan will get the message.
We hope all Indians will get the message too. #Pulwama attack , #Imran Khan , #AIMIM , #Asaduddin Owaisi The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of DailyO.in or the India Today Group. The writers are solely responsible for any claims arising out of the contents of this article. Writer Author is assistant editor DailyO. Like DailyO Facebook page to know what’s trending.
5 Brutal Truths About Loving A Cancer (As Written By One)
February 25, 2019
The good, the bad, the Cancer.
As far as astrology goes, Cancer is one of the zodiac signs most likely to get a rep for being sensitive and emotional, yet trustworthy beyond words.
But there’s so much more to this crab of a zodiac sign than that, especially when you add love into the mix.
Yes, our shyness (or extroverted introversion, if you’re like me) can make our dating game seem rusty as hell, but here’s the deal: RELATED: 8 Reasons Cancer Women Are The Best Women To Love
These quirks listed below just scratch the surface of what it’s like loving a Cancer woman.
Here are 5 brutal truths you should know about dating and loving a Cancer, the proverbial crab among the zodiac signs, according to astrology. 1. We overanalyze everything.
You can imagine what it’s like to finally score a hot date with that guy you’ve been eyeing for awhile now, only to spend the entire time psychoanalyzing everything that comes out of his mouth (sometimes without really hearing a word he’s saying).
We’re really attentive when we want to be!
Also, flirting with a Cancer via text can either be really sexy or the absolute worst. It’s not our fault that your abuse of emojis sends us into detective mode. What the heck does the penguin emoji mean, anyway?! RELATED: 7 Ways To Truly Love A Cancer Woman 2. We can be ridiculously moody.
We’ll be the first to admit we can’t stand being seen as emotional, even though there’s definitely some truth to it. In fact, my ex can pretty much attest to the fact that I am the Queen of the silent treatment (oops!).
When a Cancer feels hurt or upset, you’ll totally feel it too: they’ll either retreat into their shell or come out swinging.
But don’t take this to heart; it’s just a knee-jerk reaction to protect ourselves from getting hurt. 3. We’re as stubborn as it gets.
Make us mad and we’re a force to be reckoned with. Seriously, when it comes to arguments, you will always lose.
It doesn’t matter if you’re right or wrong; how you approach us is the deciding factor for whether you’ll be sleeping on the couch tonight. RELATED: 6 Reasons A Cancer Girl Is The Best Friend You Never Knew You Needed 4. We love our family something fierce.
Which has both pros and cons, of course. Cancers know family will always come first, so dating us pretty much means basically getting adopted into our family. So you better be prepared to love our family too or you won’t stand a chance.
If my closest pals or family had serious reservations about someone I’m seeing, it’d be hard for us to bounce back from that. After all, if you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends. Figuratively, of course. 5. But above all else, we’ll do anything to make you happy.
When we fall in love, we feel it in our skin and bones. We give our relationships everything we have, no questions asked.
Even though wearing our heart on our sleeve will sometimes bite us in the end, we don’t regret those moments because they helped lead us to you.
So when a Cancer falls in love with you, it’s because you’re more than worth it. RELATED: 5 Things That Make Cancer Women Completely And Utterly Irresistible
When she isn’t researching the latest viral news, lifestyle, and relationship studies, binge-watching YouTube videos (for science!) or creating vision boards on the hottest beauty and fashion trends on Pinterest, writer Cassandra Rose is nerding out over her comic books and all things Sherlock Holmes. Author
What’s It Going To Take For Black Hair To Be Seen As Professional?
Work/Life What’s It Going To Take For Black Hair To Be Seen As Professional? Whether we’re wearing weaves, waves or TWAs, Black people should be judged by what’s inside our heads, not what’s on top. | Updated 8 hours ago CarlosDavid.org via Getty Images
Last week the New York City Human Rights Commission released new guidelines that make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of hairstyle . Under the guidelines , residents have the right to have “natural hair, treated or untreated hairstyles such as locs , cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots , fades, Afros, and/or the right to keep hair in an uncut or untrimmed state.” And any targeting they may face in a public place like work or school can be deemed racial discrimination.
When I read this long overdue measure toward equality, I immediately thought about my grandparents and a specific day in the spring of 2012.
I was just a few weeks away from my college graduation and was visiting my family in Virginia during spring break. I recall sitting at the table in my grandparents’ house with my grandma, grandpa, mom, sister, aunt and cousin. We were having an important family discussion, or what some might call an intervention.
The issue on the table? My hair.
I’d recently stopped getting relaxers after more than 13 years of keeping my hair chemically straightened. Trying to tame my growing naps with just a flatiron was proving a frustrating and futile fight, so I grabbed the scissors to finally do a big chop and cut off all my relaxed ends, revealing a teeny weeny Afro for all to see.
And what my family saw was a problem that needed solving. “I believe that my hair is a beautiful reflection of my Blackness and not a negative indication of my character or work ethic.”
It’s not as if they didn’t think I was cute (because I was and I still am). My family was concerned about my future. More specifically, they were worried about my career prospects. As a soon-to-be college grad with dreams of being a broadcast journalist, I needed to get a job ― and my grandparents knew all too well the struggle to be taken seriously as a Black person in a world overwhelmingly dominated by white people and white standards of beauty and professionalism.
These may sound like harsh and shallow concerns, but my family just wanted me to be realistic and do what was best for me and my career. They didn’t want me to have to deal with people who would take one look at me and my hair and consider me unintelligent or unkempt. They wanted to give me a fighting chance in a workforce where there were already so few people who looked like me. So they strongly encouraged me to straighten my hair or at least invest in a really nice weave.
I refused. I refused because I believed then and I believe now that my hair is a beautiful reflection of my Blackness and not a negative indication of my character or work ethic. I understood because I had been taught that there are rules to survival as a Black person in America that rely on respectability and assimilation to Eurocentric standards for speech and style. But I knew the only way to change these rules was to defy them by being my nappy-headed (some might say hard-headed) self.
So I kept my Afro and I dealt with the consequences. I struggled to find a job in my field, I was asked on interviews if I would consider straightening my hair or wearing a wig, both of which I refused to do. And when I did manage to find salaried work at a call center, I dealt with co-workers and bosses who called my speech “ghetto.” I struggled to wear the mandatory headsets that wouldn’t fit over my head and my hair.
But I kept going. I’ve been blessed to have eventually found jobs in my field at publications that allow me to show up as my full self, Afro and all (shout-out to Essence magazine and HuffPost!), and do work that I care about. Now my hair and I are both flourishing. Many other Black professionals, however, have not been so lucky. “If my hair is to be a reflection of my character, it should show the world my inner beauty, creativity and determination in the face of strong odds.”
Last year, news anchor Brittany Noble Jones was allegedly fired from her on-air job in Jackson, Mississippi, for switching to natural hairstyles after years of wearing her hair straight. In 2010, an Alabama woman named Chastity Jones had a job offer rescinded after she refused to cut off her dreadlocks , and in 2001, Hampton University in Virginia implemented a dress code that barred students in its business school from wearing cornrows and dreadlocks.
Adults aren’t the only ones who face exclusion because of our hair. Students at a South African school famously protested a dress code that deemed Afro puffs a violation. And as recently as December, a high school wrestler in New Jersey was forced to cut off his dreadlocks in the middle of a match or forfeit. Children as young as 6 (and possibly even younger) have been suspended, expelled, banned or otherwise disciplined for their hairstyles for decades. What’s it going to take for Black hair to be seen as good enough as it is?
It’s going to take us deciding to push back. Rules that governed Black behavior in the past ceased to exist when we collectively refused to follow them. I love and appreciate my grandparents’ generation for what they went through to make sure I’d have the opportunities I have today. Now it’s my turn to take some risks to make sure future generations of Black girls and boys don’t have to fit their future into a box.
Things are finally changing in at least one part of the world. Now that New York City has formally made discrimination on the basis of hairstyle illegal, I hope more cities will follow suit. Whether we’re wearing weaves, waves or TWAs, we should be judged by what’s inside our heads, not what’s on top. And if my hair is to be a reflection of my character, it should show the world my inner beauty, my creativity, style, energy, flair and determination in the face of strong odds. Related Coverage
Golovkin set to sign huge DAZN deal and fight rival Canelo in £23m trilogy bout
THREESY DOES IT Golovkin set to sign huge DAZN deal and fight rival Canelo in £23m trilogy bout
Triple G is currently a broadcast free agent after HBO ended their boxing coverage – with the Kazakh linked to DAZN, Showtime and ESPN By Jack Figg 25th February 2019, 2:14 pm Updated: 25th February 2019, 2:14 pm GENNADY GOLOVKIN is close to agreeing a “multi-fight deal” with DAZN that will include a trilogy bout with rival Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Golovkin, 36 is currently a broadcast free agent after HBO ended their boxing coverage – with GGG linked to DAZN, Showtime and ESPN. AP:Associated Press 5 Golovkin is currently a broadcast free agent after HBO ended their boxing coverage – with GGG linked to DAZN, Showtime and ESPN
However, The Ring Magazine report Golovkin is close to agreeing a deal with DAZN that includes three guaranteed fights – with a possible £23m trilogy bout with Canelo, 28.
Alvarez and Golovkin have twice fought with the first ending in a controversial draw after Triple G looked to have done enough to secure the win.
A rematch was scheduled for May 2018, but after Canelo failed two pre-fight drug tests the rematch was scrapped.
Canelo put his failed tests down to “contaminated meat” he had ingested in Mexico , and boxing’s biggest attraction was handed just a six month ban. Getty Images – Getty Canelo Alvarez and Golovkin rematched in September 2018 in Las Vegas after their first fight resulted in a draw USA TODAY Sports 5 Canelo Alvarez claimed the WBA and WBC middleweight world titles and defends them for the first time against Danny Jacobs in May
The suspension expired in September 2018, just in time for a Golovkin rematch, as the duo met once again in Las Vegas.
It seems the opportunity for Golovkin to have one more crack at Canelo will be the deciding factor in a move to DAZN. Most Read in Boxing Fury slams AJ’s fight with Miller and dismisses pair as ‘two bum dossers’ ‘Shambles’ Boxing fans fuming at ITV Box Office’s coverage of Eubank Jr’s fight with DeGale ‘HE AIN’T GOT IT’ Groves mocks rival DeGale after Eubank Jr loss and urges him to retire IN THE NICK OF TIME Tragic boxer Blackwell says he DIED in ambulance after Eubank Jr clash ARE EU READY? Saunders wants rematch with Eubank Jr at super-middleweight after DeGale win EU BEAUTY Eubank Jr puts DeGale on brink of retirement after points win in rival clash WILD CLAIM Wilder would beat AJ as he is ‘faster and more power’, insists legend Holyfield Live Blog Eubank Jr crowned champ after resounding points win over DeGale AP:Associated Press Canelo is set to defend the WBC and WBA titles he now owns against Daniel Jacobs on May 4 The Mega Agency 5 Golovkin could fight WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade after the organisation moved GGG up to their No1 challenger
Golovkin is likely to return between June and July, with WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade the rumoured opponent after the organisation moved GGG up to their No1 challenger. Topics
The Hard Lessons of Dianne Feinstein’s Encounter with the Young Green New Deal Activists
The Hard Lessons of Dianne Feinstein’s Encounter with the Young Green New Deal Activists 24.02.2019 2
One imagines that Senator Dianne Feinstein would like a do-over of her colloquy with some young people on Friday afternoon. A group of school students, at least one as young as seven, went to the senator’s San Francisco office to ask her to support the Green New Deal climate legislation. In a video posted online by the Sunrise Movement, she tells them that the resolution isn’t a good one, because it can’t be paid for, and the Republicans in the Senate won’t support it. She adds that she is at work on her own resolution, which she thinks could pass. Then, when the group persists in supporting the Green New Deal, which was introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Feinstein responds, “You know what’s interesting about this group? I’ve been doing this for thirty years. I know what I’m doing. You come in here and you say, ‘It has to be my way or the highway.’ I don’t respond to that. I’ve gotten elected, I just ran, I was elected by almost a million-vote plurality,” she continued. “And I know what I’m doing. So, you know, maybe people should listen a little bit.”
Well, maybe. But Feinstein was, in fact, demonstrating why climate change exemplifies an issue on which older people should listen to the young. Because-to put it bluntly-older generations will be dead before the worst of it hits. The kids whom Feinstein was talking to are going to be dealing with climate chaos for the rest of their lives, as any Californian who has lived through the past few years of drought, flood, and fire must recognize.
This means that youth carry the moral authority here, and, at the very least, should be treated with the solicitousness due a generation that older ones have managed to screw over. Feinstein’s condescension, though it’s less jarring in the video of the full encounter, which also shows gracious moments-including one when she offers a young person an internship-echoed that of Nancy Pelosi, from earlier this month, when the Speaker of the House talked about “the green dream, or whatever they call it. Nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it, right?”
This smugness stings-although, of course, it stings far less than the climate denialism emanating from the White House. But that’s not really the problem. The problem is that, even if you give Feinstein every benefit of the doubt, her response illustrates the fix we’re in. Later Friday evening, Feinstein’s aides released portions of her proposal, and on first view they appear to be warmed-over versions of Obama-era environmental policy: respect for the Paris climate accord, a commitment to a mid-century conversion to renewable energy.
It’s not that these things are wrong. It’s that they are insufficient , impossibly so. Not insufficient-and here’s the important point-to meet the demands of hopelessly idealistic youth but because of the point that the kids were trying to make, which is that the passage of time is changing the calculations around climate change.
Feinstein is, in fact, right: on most questions, a “my way or the highway” attitude doesn’t get you very far. If I’m a lawmaker and I think that the minimum wage should be thirty dollars an hour, and you’re one who thinks that eight dollars is generous, we’ll probably try to pass a law that sets the mark somewhere near fifteen dollars, and then argue about it again after the next election. There would be no point in holding out for what I can’t get. But, in the case of the environment, the opponent is not the Chamber of Commerce. The opponent is physics, and physics doesn’t negotiate. It’s not moved by appeals to centrist moderation, or explanations about the filibuster. And it has set a firm time limit. Scientists have told us what we must do and by when, and so legislators must do all they can to match those targets. The beauty of the Green New Deal legislation is not that it’s shiny or progressive or a poke in the eye to the oil companies. Its beauty is that it actually tries to meet the target that science has given us.
The irony is that, when Feinstein said she’s been “doing this for thirty years,” she described the precise time period during which we could have acted. James Hansen brought the climate question to widespread attention with his congressional testimony in 1988. If we’d moved thirty years ago, moderate steps of the kind that Feinstein proposes would have been enough to change our trajectory. But that didn’t get done, in large part because oil and gas companies that have successfully gamed our political system didn’t want it to get done. And the legislators didn’t do anywhere near enough to fight them. So now we’re on the precipice. Indeed, we’re over it. The fires that raged in California last fall were the fires of a hell on earth.
Given the failure of old-style politics on this issue, it is no surprise that youth are taking the initiative. Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest congresswoman in American history. The Green New Deal was hatched by the Sunrise Movement, which is composed of recent college graduates. And they are ancient compared with the sixteen-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who was in Paris last week to watch thousands of French youths join her in spreading the Friday for Future strikes, in which students skip school to demonstrate for climate action.
“You didn’t vote for me,” Feinstein said to one of the young people in her office. Which was true, because the girl in question is sixteen. In our reigning political calculus, that makes her powerless-she can’t vote and she doesn’t have money to give. But that calculus must shift; the job of older people, at this late date, is to have the backs of the young. We have skills to bring to the task: Feinstein has amassed a career’s worth of legislative savvy, and she can put it to good use here; Ocasio-Cortez could doubtless use the help. But, having blown our chance at leading, it’s time for those of us of a certain age to follow, with all the grace that we can still muster. TAGS