August 8, 2014 Special Dispatch No. 5818

Indian Blogger Attacks Global Islamic Lobby, Says: 'Let Us Stop Beating Around The Bush; There Is Something Called Islamic Lobbyism And It Is Far Stronger Than Jewish Lobbyism'

August 8, 2014
India | Special Dispatch No. 5818

In a recent post, Indian blogger Mrutyuanjai Mishra questioned the popular outrage at the Israeli action in Gaza and other international issues, noting that such outrage was not directed at Syria, where the death toll is about to surpass 200,000.

The blog, titled "Islamic lobbyism is stronger than Jewish lobbyism", was published on the website of The Times of India, a leading newspaper. Mishra also noted that India's own foreign policy, notably in the case of relations with Denmark, might be a victim of Islamic lobbyism.

Following are excerpts from the blog:

"India Was Not Included In This International Body [OIC] Because Pakistan Actively Opposed India's Participation; India Has More Muslims Than Many Other Smaller Islamic States That Are Members Of The OIC"

"There are more than 50 countries in the world which have an Islamic constitution or where the majority of the population follows the Islamic faith. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has 57 nations as its members. It is the second largest international organ only preceded by the United Nations. India was not included in this international body because Pakistan actively opposed India's participation. India has more Muslims than many other smaller Islamic states that are members of the OIC.

"Over the years we have seen how this international organization has used its platform to lobby and coerce other states into following norms that may be alien to their cultural practices. OIC even tried to internationalize the Kashmir issue, which India insists is an internal matter. Let us stop beating around the bush. There is something called Islamic lobbyism and it is far stronger than Jewish lobbyism.

"We saw how the world opinion was shaped in the present Israel-Palestine conflict. Muslims in European countries are also getting highly organized and are now demanding removal of journalists with Jewish background from the function of newsreader or as hosts on TV programs. One such case was recently noticed in Denmark when Martin Krasnik, a host at a popular news analysis program, was dubbed an incompetent Zionist, and thousands of signatures were collected to demand his removal from his post, just because he is of Jewish origin.

"In Europe more and more mosques are funded from abroad, creating room for increasing the possibility of cultural influence. Very few dare to question the sources of the funding. But as soon as some writers try to question the validity and impunity of Hamas, or Hezbollah or ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria led by Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi], then eyebrows are raised."

"It Is Simply A Myth That The Jewish Lobby Is Strong; Compare It With The Influence Of Islamic Countries Which Are So Many In Numbers And Which Have Constantly Opposed India's And Israel's Positions On Sensitive Issues"

"One does not have to go far back in history. The death toll in the present war in Syria is soon to surpass the total of 200,000. It is an example of atrocity committed by one Muslim group on another. But Israel always faces the brunt of international pressure for defending, relatively speaking, a tiny piece of earth compared to the vast area of earth controlled by Islamic countries.

"It is welcoming news that Israel is withdrawing its troops from Gaza, but the damage is done to its international image. If the Jewish lobby was so strong, how come they did not manage to influence and win the world opinion to their side? We are witnessing a growing global anti-Israel animosity spreading right across the globe. Hamas, which is a terrorist organization, enjoys impunity when one-sided criticism of Israel is endorsed in the United Nations resolution singling out Israel for condemnation.

"It is simply a myth that the Jewish lobby is strong. Compare it with the influence of Islamic countries which are so many in numbers and which have constantly opposed India's and Israel's positions on sensitive issues.

"The present Indian [Narendra] Modi-government should really dig into and find out if it was the pressure from Islamic countries that prevented India from developing a healthier and closer relation with Denmark. After Jyllands-Posten, a Danish newspaper, published a cartoon of the prophet Mohammed, India has been tip-toeing and not wanting to be seen in the company of Denmark. How come we were ready to throw a very good relation on board? I am very well aware of the fact that the official reasons cited were masquerading as something altogether different.

"It is high time for India's relations with Denmark to improve drastically as both can benefit from investment and growth. Nevertheless, it once again drives my point home that a strong Islamic lobby exists, and it pressurizes non-Islamic countries to accept Islamic norms and values. Today it is Israel's turn. Tomorrow it will be India's. Both India and Israel are victims of growing global Islamic lobbyism."[1]


[1] (India), August 5, 2014. The original English of the blog has been lightly edited for clarity and standardization.

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