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Lamp unislamic, minister of UPA (led by Congress Party)

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on December 13, 2009

Mr E Ahmed, Union Minister of State of Railways, of the  Muslim League refused to light a kuthuvilakku (a lamp) at a public event at Indo Japan Chamber of Commerce.

The UPA (Congress Party led coalition) minister is first from left

Here is the report,

The minister, who flew into the city on Saturday especially to inaugurate the seminar on ‘Status of Infrastructure’, organised by the Indo-Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, caught the other dignitaries offguard when he declined to accept the candle offered to him to light the kuthuvilakku on the podium.

One of the organisers told this newspaper that the minister refused to light the lamp because it is an un-Islamic action.

“The Muslim community does not light lamps. It is against Shariah, the code which governs Islam,” said another. IJCCI president N. Krishnaswami told this reporter not to make an issue of this.

Source  : DC

This is the Indo Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry event.  The government just made a laughing stock of the Indian people in view of the Japanese. They are sure to chuckle, “WTF, you guys haven’t even sorted this out among yourselves after 65 years ?”

The factors that make it unacceptable are :

  • The Kuthuvilakku is widely accepted as a “secular” thing. There are no images of Gods on the lamp
  • Even the “Dravidian” leadership, widely considered to be rabidly anti-hindu, light the Kuthuvilakku at the drop of a hat
  • The great Indian political nervousness is not justified in this case.  “First you will ask us to light the lamp, then you will ask for data about performance of the social justice platform“.  Lighting the lamp is not like lighting a fuse. The bedrock of contemporary Indian politics is not about to be blasted away. So there is nothing to fear
  • Several prominent Muslims have lighted the lamp before the minister. See here for an example
  • Sharia cannot be followed in the public domain, at least in front of other countries. No one is forcing you to light a lamp at home

Note to Mr Vishnu Som.

This kind of behaviour and not minarets in alpine villages, measure up to a fundamental threat to Indian Muslims.


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  1. Barbarindian said, on December 13, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Great catch. There is nothing wrong if a Muslim wants to observe Sharia code, except where it runs afoul of accepted norms of freedom and liberty. Unfortunately, this is like, almost everywhere.

    The bigger problem is allotting a portfolio to such religious fundamentalist nuts. They could easily pick a Muslim with less hangups but then again Muslims wouldn’t go out to vote then and thus we get into the vicious circle.

    Specifically though, I would like to ask Mr. Ahmed what part of Railways is Sharia compliant? The whole thing is interest financed in various ways. Women travel in attire in gross violation of Sharia, it is not clear if the uniformed crew serve only Halaal compliant meat in the over fried snacks they serve.

    Needless to say, all these would be met with loud protestations of “our religion does not say that” from Shabana et al.

  2. commie.basher said, on December 13, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    The great Malayalam/tamil singer K.J.Jesudoss was the chief guest at that meet and he walked away protesting the minister not lighting a lamp.

    I think E.ahab should be shown the door sooner or later.

  3. Barbarindian said, on December 13, 2009 at 8:20 pm


    It is not clear but it seems Jesudoss had walked out in a previous occasion when another minister had refused to light a lamp.

  4. Shaan said, on December 14, 2009 at 2:55 am

    This is an assault on Tamil tradition. As far as I know nowhere in India except Tamil nadu they light lamp to begin an event.

    • K said, on December 23, 2009 at 2:51 am

      I havent attend many such events, but I dont think this practice is limited to Tamil Nadu. Lamp lighting is fairly common at most cultural events attended by government dignitaries across India.

      • Shaan said, on December 23, 2009 at 10:07 am

        Lamp lighting is common throughout India but lighting of this tall lamp called ‘kutthuvilakku’ in Tamil is unique to TN and Kerala.

  5. ic said, on December 16, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    This is too much..Where are the ‘secular’ media folks gone now??

  6. Sharan Sharma said, on December 18, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Looks like E. Ahmad is not new to this game…he’s been even more dangerous in the past (i’m guessing it’s the same guy)

    > The Ambassador asked him to speak to the Counsellor, who in turn was told that Mr E Ahmad of the IUML was repeatedly calling the Minister and getting increasingly aggressive. Could he please expeditiously issue the visa?
    (a visa for a known Islamist)

  7. sridhar krishna said, on December 19, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    dear RC,

    please see article linked below – the minister is under the scanner for the Haj quota sacm. The site is a known Muslim site.


  8. Ot said, on December 21, 2009 at 3:09 am

    One of the pitfalls of living a technology life is that you develop this reading disability called “diglexia” — the propensity to read “digital” meanings in ordinary words. Looking at the title of this blog post (“Lamp Unislamic”), I thought for a moment that some Islamic pin-head has declared a fatwa on Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP. 🙂 But I’dn’t be surprised if my misreading turns out to be true later on, because technology indeed is a grave threat to glorious 7th century lifestyle and tradition. It is just that still being busy with plain old lamps, the purists haven’t woken up to LAMP yet.

  9. Incognito said, on December 22, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Ahmed does not find all the idols of Gandhi Nehrus, installed across the country by congress party that is heading this govt, against sharia, unislamic and therefore should not he refuse to be part of such a government ?

    More than Ahmed it is the intellect of the people, who elected this creature, that is appalling.

    Are you listening, people of India and the constituency that elected this creature to represent you ?

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