Rejoinder: A Letter from Indian Muslim Youth to Chetan Bhagat

Chetan_fourth IdiotFollowing is the text of a letter that was initially written by some of us and subsequently endorsed by the undersigned. This letter is a rejoinder to the article written by Chetan Bhagat titled , Letter from an Indian Muslim Youth published in The Times of India on 30th of June 13.

The letter was sent to The Times of India (at [email protected],
[email protected], and [email protected]) for publication with 166 signatures yesterday afternoon but we are yet to receive any response, or even an acknowledgment. Hence, we are left with no option but to make it public with additional signatures which we have received in the course of time.

In the letter sent to The Times of India, we included only Muslim names since Mr. Bhagat, in his letter pretended to be an Indian Muslim Youth. However, here we are including all the endorsements we received (at [email protected] ) because a large number of the emails read, I am not a Muslim but I am equally disgusted by Chetan Bhagat’s letter.

Given below is the text of letter followed by more than 200 signatures:

TEXT: A Letter to Mr. Chetan Bhagat from Indian Muslim Youth

3rd JULY 2013

Dear Mr. Bhagat,

At the very outset, let us make it clear that we are not fans of your regressive fiction. Therefore, we write to you not as crazy fans but as Indian Muslim youth, who felt utterly patronized, insulted and hurt after reading your article, Letter from an Indian Muslim Youth . You might have not realized this, but in pretending to render a strong modern Indian Muslim voice to the youth and the Muslim community at large, you have ripped them of their agency. You have reaffirmed stereotypes that many in the community have been fighting against. Heard of the Muslim god and his flock?

Sir, one does not need a name like Ahmed or Saeed or Mirza, or even be a Muslim to show one’s genuine concern for the community. One just needs to see beyond one’s own prejudice and biases. Believe us, this disgusting piece of your writing made us more nauseous than any of your (or Madhu Kishwar’s) love-verses to Modi. Your article is nothing but an extension of the thought process that anything Muslim is backward and regressive. Since you have assigned to yourself the task of bearing the moral burden of the community, would you care to explain what a “Muslim cap” is?

We agree with you when you say political leaders make promises that go empty post elections. And that there are Muslims who have achieved much without any “cap-wearing politician” helping them. But who is this leader that you are suggesting; one who would understand the desire of the Muslim youth to come up in life and inspire us to do better? Is it by any chance the mass murderer, Narendra Modi?

You know what hurts? That people pretend to care for you when they don’t. When in fact they use you to grind their own axe. How cleverly you turn everything that the Muslim youth face today being frisked with greater attentiveness, denied renting an apartment into a product of the community’s inherent backwardness, as if it bears no relation to the increasing communalization of our polity and society.

What makes you think that the cap wallahs exercise a great deal of influence within the community? Interestingly, one particular party has been lately seeking a lot of photo-ops with precisely these kinds of community leaders. Make no mistake Mr. Writer. They don’t.

Because of you, you write castigating an imagined Muslim leadership, people feel we vote in a herd. Now, isn’t that really clever, Mr. Bhagat. People feel we vote in a herd because certain parties never tire of screaming hoarse about minority appeasement and ‘vote banks’, even though, any psephologist or political scientist, or even an ordinary Muslim youth at Chai dukaan will tell you that Muslims vote just like any other community does: according to a mix of factors: local, national but above all, keeping in mind who will preserve their interests best. And their interests do tend to include the safety of life and livelihood.

We are sorry, Mr. Bhagat, but the democratic republic you talk of is not so democratic. If it were so, Afzal Guru wouldn’t have been executed to “satisfy the collective conscience of the nation”. Muslim youth would not have fallen prey to minority witch-hunting, and their killers not decorated with gallantry awards. Adivasis in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Orissa would not have been ripped of their fundamental rights to live with dignity. Dalit poets would not have been falsely charged under sedition laws.

Loving one’s nation is well and good, but being blinded by patriotism is not. Why do Indian Muslims always have to prove their allegiance to India? Why can’t they also be critical of their country?

The party whose path you are treading has had Indian Muslims pass through too many Sita-like ordeals of fire, Agni Pariksha. You may have the privilege to turn a blind eye to the post-Babri Masjid Demolition violence, the Gujarat pogrom, but many others don’t. How then do you think a leader who doesn’t even have the integrity to apologize for his complicity in the Gujarat pogrom represent Muslim youth’s aspirations for “scientific way of thinking, entrepreneurship, empowerment, progress and above all, personal freedoms? And just by the way, have you heard of the word,  ‘Justice’?

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Name                    Profession                            City (State)

  1. Rafiul Alom Rahman, Student, Delhi University, Delhi
  2. Mahtab Alam, Civil Rights Activist and Journalist, Delhi
  3. Javid Parsa, Student, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad
  4. Zulaikha Jabeen, Researcher and Activist, Raipur, Chhattisgarh
  5. Shahnawaz Malik, Journalist, Delhi
  6. Abdullah A Rahman, Student, TISS, Tuljapur
  7. Abu Zafar, Journalist, Delhi
  8. Sadika Saiyed, Law Student, Surat
  9. Omar Rashid, Journalist, Allahabad
  10. Imran Ali, Filmmaker, Delhi
  11. Rashid Hussain, Software Engineer, Jaipur
  12. Mahtab Azad, Development Consultant, Araria (Bihar)
  13. Ali Amir, Student, TISS Mumbai
  14. Gauhar Iqbal, Entrepreneur, Delhi
  15. Bilal Kagzi, Advocate, Surat
  16. Imran Khan, Journalist, Bangalore
  17. Nesar Ahmad, Researcher,  Jaipur
  18. Aasiya Aslam, Architect, Chennai
  19. Saif Khan, Student, IIT Kharagpur
  20. Ejaz Ahmad, Student IIT Delhi
  21. Mohd Tanveer Iqbal, Civil Rights Activist, Chennai
  22. Mohammad Noor Alam, Medical Student, Bagalkot
  23. Khan Rashid Ayyub, Legal  Translator, Azamgarh
  24. Tariq Shabibi, Software Engineer, Hyderabad
  25. Naim Siddiqui, Marketing Professional, Gurgaon
  26. Shahid Parwez Saiyyad,  Entrepreneur, Mumbai
  27. Yuman Hussain, Social Activist, Kishanganj (Bihar)
  28. Mansoor Ali, Network Administrator, Vellor, Tamilnadu
  29. Mohammad Altamash, Operation Manager, Gurgaon
  30. Naveed Hasan, Software Engineer, Bangalore
  31. Syed Hassan Kazim, Journalist, New Delhi
  32. Shehla Rashid, Policy Analyst, J & K
  33. Abul Kalam Azad, Student, TISS Guwahati
  34. Tasneem Khan, Assistant Professor, Galgotias University, Noida
  35. Najmul Huda, Research Scholar, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  36. Dayam Anwar, Accountant, New Delhi
  37. Shahrukh Hameed, Asst Bank Manager, Lucknow
  38. Mohammad Rafiq Mulla, Web Developer, New Delhi
  39. Ershad Ahmad, Development Consultant, New Delhi
  40. Shoaib Mohammad, Student, Bangalore University
  41. Faraz Ahmad, Business Executive, Mumbai
  42. Sikandar Azam, Journalist, Delhi
  43. Tarique Shafeeq, Activist, Azamgarh
  44. Rabab Iman, Social Worker, Delhi
  45. Najid Hussain, Scientist, Indian based in USA
  46. Sana Maryam, Writer, New Delhi
  47. Sadiq Naqvi, Journalist, New Delhi
  48. Md. Zaurez Danish, Mechanical Engineer, Manipal
  49. Ovais Sultan Khan, Social Worker, Delhi
  50. Saleha Tahseen, Corporate Trainer, Bangalore
  51. Syed Zameer Hasan, Software Engineer, Mumbai
  52. Mohd. Jalauddin, Executive with Coal India, Maharashtra
  53. Malik Abid Rasool, Student, Amar Singh College, Sri Nagar
  54. Mohd. Imran, Real Estate Appraiser, Indian based in New Jersey
  55. Sahil Rafiq, Student, Kashmir University
  56. Younis Altaf, Student, Hyderabad
  57. Javed Iqbal, Corporate Employee, Hyderabad
  58. Zoha Khan, Student, Dehradun
  59. Irfan Hashmee, Student, Hyderabad
  60. Md. Ali, Journalist, Delhi
  61. Saira Manzoor, Homemaker, Kolkata
  62. Shafaque alam, Journalist, Delhi
  63. Afreen Khan, Student, Dehradun
  64. Afroz Alam, Journalist, Delhi
  65. Mazin Khan, Publisher, New Delhi
  66. Mohd. Reyaz, Journalist, Delhi
  67. S M Fasihullah, Freelance Journalist, Hyderabad
  68. Zoha Abdul, Student, DU
  69. Tarique Anwar, Journalist, Delhi
  70. Mohammad Muneeb, Private Employee, Kohir, AP
  71. Areeb Rizvi, Student, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  72. Ufaq Paiker, Research Scholar, JNU
  73. Sania Mariam, Student, Kolkata
  74. Ayesha Farooq, Student, DU
  75. Falak Khan, Student, Bangalore
  76. Sarah Jameel, Student, Doon University, Uttarakhand
  77. Talha Hussain, Software Engineer , Gulbarga Karnataka
  78. Maheboob Shahana , Student, Jamia Millia Islamia Delhi
  79. Abdul Haadi, MA Sociology , Kottayam Kerala
  80. Waseem Ahmed , Circulation Executive, Hapur (U.P)
  81. Atiya Firdaus, Student Activist, Kota Rajasthan.
  82. Abdul Raheem, Procurement Manager, Bangalore Karnataka.
  83. Imran Ahmed, Real-Estate Developer, Kota Rajasthan
  84. Inam ur Rehman , student ,Delhi University ,Delhi
  85. Md Khalid , Ph.D Scholar Jamia Milliya Islamia, Delhi
  86. Ubaidurrehman, Ph.D Student ,JNU Delhi
  87. Shuaib PV , Student activist, Kerala
  88. Ts Amanullah , Engineering Student Chennai, Tamilnadu
  89. Riaz Ahmed, Law Student Chennai, TamilNadu
  90. Aminulislam , Political Activist Murshidabad West Bengal
  91. Danish Raza, Journalist, Delhi
  92. Sharib Zeya, Research Fellow, Delhi School of Economics
  93. Nizamuddin Ajmeri , Social Worker, Bundi Rajasthan
  94. Jeelani Basha, Software Engineer Poona.
  95. Kosar Jahan , Student Activist , Kota Rajasthan
  96. Lukhmanul Hakeem , Student Activist , Edappal Kerala
  97. Abdul Raheem Mulla, Corporator  GCC, Gulbarga Karnataka.
  98. P.Abdulnazar , Student activist , Vengara Kerala
  99. P Niyaz , Photo Journalist , Chennai TamilNadu
  100. Naveed Parsa, Engineering Student, Chandigarh
  101. Haseena Khatoon , Teacher Chennai Tamil Nadu
  102. Anjumand Ara, Teacher, Delhi University
  103. Ziyaullah , Political Activist Chennai Tamil Nadu
  104. Umer Farooq, Engineer, Punjab
  105. Saquib Ahmed, Advocate, Ahmadabad
  106. Mohammad Syeduddin, Student, Patna
  107. Parvez Bari, Journalist, Bhopal
  108. Shayed Sayeed, Software Engineer, Ahmadabad
  109. Zafar Mohammed, Business Executive, Mumbai
  110. Mohammad Saif, Journalist, Cuttack, Orissa
  111. Tauseef Ahmad, Technocrat, Delhi
  112. Mohd. Zakaria Siddiqui, Researcher, Indian currently in Australia
  113. Haseeb Mustafa Alvi, Engineer, Delhi
  114. Mohd Aarif Khan, Systems Engineer, Mumbai
  115. Fazal Ahmad, Advocate, New Delhi
  116. Qazi Sadaff Rehan, Student, Bhadrak, Orissa
  117. Aarif Khan, Assistant Professor, Indian currently in Riyadh
  118. Faisal Iqbal, Electronics Engineer, New Delhi
  119. Pervez Chaudhary, Student, AMU, Aligarh
  120. Fehmeena Ahmad, Activist, Delhi
  121. Mohd. Yousuf, Student, Chennai
  122. Mohd Abdul Rasheed, IT Manager, Hyderabad
  123. Moosa Azmi, Activist, Varanasi
  124. Saman Roohi, Phd Candidate, Indian currently at Amsterdam
  125. Dr. Uzma, Medical Practitioner, Mysore
  126. Dr. Zaheer Ahmed, Neurologist, Chennai
  127. Adnan Farooqui, Academic, Delhi
  128. Farhatullah Khan, Research Scholar, University of Madras
  129. Munawwar Kavungal, Trichur, Kerala
  130. Muneebuudin, Advocate, Hyderabad
  131. Samiullah Khan, Quality Control Manager, Bangalore
  132. Mohd Saif, IT Engineer, Kareem Nagar, AP
  133. K T Hafis, Student, Jamia Millia Islamia
  134. Fawaz Shaeen, Law Student, AMU, Aligarh
  135. Shihab Khan, Civil Engineer, Bhopal
  136. Abdul Raheem Kaiser, Student, BITS  Hyderabad
  137. Salima Aarif, Blogger, New Delhi
  138. Abdullah, Teacher, West Bengal
  139. Azhar Khan, Advocate, Jalgaon, Maharashtra
  140. Syed Salman Ali, Law Student, AMU
  141. Waseem Siddiqi, Entrepreneur,  Delhi
  142. Parvin Sultana, Research Scholar,  JNU
  143. Kashif Ilyas, Student, Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh
  144. Riad Azam, Student, Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh
  145. Imran Kichloo, Student, Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh
  146. Ameen Ahmed, Student, Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh
  147. Roshan U. Alam, Civil Services aspirant, Delhi
  148. Shaheen Ahmed, Performance Artist, Delhi
  149. Mohd Arif Dagia, LIC Agent, Raipu,  CG
  150. S M Zaki Ahmad, Development Professional, Delhi
  151. Ahmar Afaq, Law Student,  Saharanpur, UP
  152. Muhammed Imtiyaz Ahmed, IT Consultant, Delhi
  153. Memon Junaid, Dentist, Ahmedabad
  154. Omair Anas, Researcher, JNU
  155. Mukkaram Niyaz, Web Developer,  Hyderabad
  156. Imran Khan, Journalist, Noida
  157. Zaheer Hussain, Journalist, Bangalore
  158. S. Mohd Saim, Advocate, Rampur, UP
  159. Md Iqbal, Engineer, Ranchi
  160. Mohd Sajjad Hussain, Student, Delhi School of Economics
  161. Syed Humayoun Shabir, Research Scholar, AMU
  162. Fairoz Ahmed, Software Engineer,  Bangalore
  163. Moinuddin Ahmad, Journalist, Delhi
  164. Yasir Iqbal, Engineering Student, AMU
  165. Faheem Ahmad, Planning Engineer, Vellore
  166. Abbas Hasan, Marketing Professional, Delhi
  167. Sadiq Umar, Young Scientist, Delhi
  168. Sarfaraz Nawaz, Consultant, Bangalore
  169. Shahnawaz Akhtar, Journalist, Delhi
  170. Rabia Khan, Marketing Consultant, Lucknow
  171. Rasshad Khan, Technology Entrepreneur, Noida
  172. Abdullah Azzam, Law Student, Faculty of Law, AMU
  173. Meher Jahan, Law Student, Faculty of Law, AMU
  174. Sarah Hashim, Law Student, Faculty of Law, AMU
  175. Anam Khan, Law Student, Faculty of Law, A M U
  176. Sheeba Aslam Fehmi, Writer-Activist, Delhi
  177. John Dayal, Member, National Integration Council, GoI
  178. Anuradha Bhasin, Journalist, Jammu
  179. Preeti Sampat, Researcher, Delhi
  180. Sukla Sen, Activist, Mumbai
  181. Brijesh Kalappa, Advocate, Delhi
  182. Archana VB, Software Professional
  183. Smita Charbarty, Phd Scholar, Kolkata
  184. Himanshu Kumar, Activist, Delhi
  185. Faisal Ahmed Khan, Assistant Professor, Kerala
  186. Brinda Bose, Teacher, Delhi University
  187. Neha Misra,  Student, IMT Ghaziabad
  188. Shehba George, Activist, Ahmadabad
  189. Imran Khan, Educator, Aligarh
  190. Faisal Khan, Advocate, Meerut
  191. Clifton D’ Rozario, Advocate, Banglore
  192. Masihuddin, Pharmacist, Betiah, Bihar
  193. Aftab Fazil, Educationist, Delhi
  194. Nandini Rao, Activist, Delhi
  195. Dr. Aurobindo Ghose, Advocate, Delhi
  196. Asgar Hussain, Bank PO, Delhi
  197. Dr. Aslam Rizvi,  Medical Practitioner, Delhi
  198. Naaz Khair, development consultant, Delhi
  199. Garga Chatarjee, Columnist, Kolkata
  200. Menu Seshu, Activist, Shangli
  201. Nitya Vasudevan, Research Scholar, Bangalore
  202. Rukmini Sen, Journalist, Mumbai
  203. Vimochana, Women Rights Activist, Bangalore
  204. Shraddha Chickerur, Delhi
  205. Girish Pannikkar, Accounts Manager, Kerala
  206. Aruna Ganadason, Christian Feminist, Kerala
  207. Ms Jarjum Ete, activist, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh
  208. Navneet Shrivastava, Mumbai
  209. Dr. Shelly Dahiya, New Delhi
  210. Himadri Sekhar Mistri, Research Scholar, Delhi School of Economics
  211. Soma Marik, Visiting Professor, School of Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University
  212. Sudipto Muhri, Assistant Professor, Pune University
  213. Kalyani Menon, Feminist, Gurgaon
  • Shahnawaz Akhtar

    Chetan Bhagat’s writing shows that he has got very little idea about Muslim youth problem and by not saying anything about communalism the biggest cause of concern for Muslim youth, he has written this article to favour communal forces..

  • I endorse the letter.

  • Mamunur Rashid

    Great initiative indeed….I am gonna sing in this letter for sure….I hope you people also consider me as being a part of esteemed Indian Muslim Youth forum….thank you

  • Danish

    Except for the Afzal Guru thing and Dalit poets thing I completely agree with this letter.! In their cases as well, due course of law was followed.

  • Abdullah

    Sathiya gaya hai choo** Chetan Bhagat

  • Anshul Trivedi

    Chetan Bhagat: The best that middle class has to offer? Atrocious!

  • I agree with Mr. Bhagat’s perspective except for the last paragraph which showed he had no idea as to what is Islam.

    I think a bit of sense would render someone understand what and who he referred to as one who wears cap for mere symbolism.

    Zubair
    http://twitter.com/ZubairZCS

  • Anamul Haque

    Well written reply. Sick of these created representatives of Muslims. I wish to be part of signatories.

    Anamul Haque
    Non-profit professional
    New Delhi.

  • From what or where did Mr. Chetan Bhagat earn the legitimacy to speak for so many, let alone as patronizingly? I extend my unwavering solidarity to your voices.

  • sachith

    We are sorry, Mr. Bhagat, but the democratic republic you talk of is not so democratic. If it were so, Afzal Guru wouldnt have been executed to satisfy the collective conscience of the nation. Muslim youth would not have fallen prey to minority witch-hunting, and their killers not decorated with gallantry awards. Adivasis in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Orissa would not have been ripped of their fundamental rights to live with dignity. Dalit poets would not have been falsely charged under sedition laws.

  • hai

  • jabir choksi

    i endorse the letter

  • Javed

    I think he must be high on drugs while writing this article

  • ISSEE KO KAHTE HAI PADA LIKHA ZAHIL .please start again from std 1st..sorry from baby sitting.

  • Humayoun

    every time i hear his name i feel sick.

    I do agree with the following Text and wish to be one of the signatories of this letter.

    Syed Humayoun Shabir
    PhD Scholar.
    Aligarh Muslim University
    Aligarh, UP

  • Khan Rashid Ayyub

    i strongly endorse the letter……

  • I already endorsed this letter.
    woh qatl bhi karte haiN to charcha nahiN hota

    Mukarram Niyaz
    @taemeer

  • Mohammad Sajid

    I applaud your work and reply for that idi**.
    Now a days I see everyone is trying to be the patron of Indian Muslims, even though they do not know the basics of Indian Muslims psyche and problems. They do not understand the ABCD of Islam and thus show stereotype through their narrow mindedness.

    It is need of the time that Indian Muslim youth stood up and reply to the stereotype presented by the politicians and other propagandists.
    And propagate the true picture of what the Indian Muslim youths are and what they are trying to be and do for India. If we will not stood up and present what the Indian Muslims are, then they will remain following their stereotype of us. We need to change our perception to their psyche through our hard work.

    I endorse the letter in full spirit of Indian Muslim youth.

    • truth

      Truth .

      Ninety five percent muslims in India are converted. And you are talking of abcd of Islam. Paise lekar jihaad ki baat kartey hai.

  • Thank you for articulating my sentiments in clear terms

  • Siddarth

    Writers didn’t write about the article wrote by Mr.Bhagat. This article is a sick reaction of people who think if there are more discussions on genuine problems faced by all citizens of this country including muslims they will loose their grip on
    the community. These type of writers and so called secular politicians live and grow on fears of muslim community hence they never want them to come out of ghetto…if someone tries to put light on their real problems instead of fear of unknown like Chetan did, they will obviously see this as intrusion in their domain of Muslim representation, hence this reaction.

    • Manas

      The last post I read by bhagat suggested that we give up Kashmir because it is too expensive (I cud still reconcile if it was on basis of self determination) to defend and that we outsource our military to the US … so excuse me if I say that he is the most idiotic writer I have encountered

      On this issue, he again has no idea about the dynamics of society or politics or anything in India … the only info he seems to have is that politicians are trying to woo the muslim vote

      any group that has been “represented” has made very little progress, because the poverty is the currency of politics in India … the key to progress is not representation but individual empowerment …
      and I am very happy to see in this article that the muslim youth is rejecting the accusations of herd behaviour.

  • CA. Kashyap Kishor Mishra

    If Chetan Bhagat is wrong! how the ten signaturees can claim themselves right? how can they become voice of all Muhammadan youth of India?
    How can they claim that an average Indian (Muhammadan) youth approve this thought;- “the democratic republic you talk of is not so democratic. If it were so, Afzal Guru wouldnt have been executed to satisfy the collective conscience of the nation. Muslim youth would not have fallen prey to minority witch-hunting, and their killers not decorated with gallantry awards. Adivasis in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Orissa would not have been ripped of their fundamental rights to live with dignity. Dalit poets would not have been falsely charged under sedition laws.”

    Totally biased and personal opinion of the signaturees and should not be considered as voice of Indian Muslim Youth, at all!

    • guleshadab mansoof

      mr. mishra …koi bhi non muslim baahar se hamare halat ka jayza nahin laga sakta ..agar hame rented aptmt nahi milta to iske peeche un takato ka hath hai jo is secular mulk ko 66 saal se dharmik mulk me parivartit karna chati hai hame 1 jagah sametne ke peeche yahi taakta hai …samjhana hai to unhe samjhaye ki wo is religious biased vichardhara ko chhodh den aur muslim ke khairkhwah banna choodh de …ham khud ke baare me chetan bhagat se behtar soch sakte hai…to agar advice deni hai to so called rashtrawadi parties ko den jo biased politics khelti hai aur hame bakhsh den

      • Abhishek Kumar Sharma

        this was a post which was replied to chetan bhagat..

        Secular Muslims (secularism to islam) says:

        July 02,2013 at 05:13 PM IST

        We Indian muslims only have to pretend to be secular till our population is below 30% in India. From outside we may use sweet words and pretend to like Modi (al-taqiya), but secretly we will always vote for anti-modi brigade. Now Congress plan B (Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP) is also there to divide Modi BJP votes. South indian hindus and secular hindus are not fond of Modi. Genocide of Hindus, sikhs, buddhists, jains and parsis have happened in afghanistan, pakistan, bangladesh, kashmir and north east india. Infinite number of hindu girls were kidnapped and [email protected], some were killed and others were forced to convert to Holy Islam. Same future awaits hindu youngsters in remaining parts of south asia (India). Also love jihad is going on in many parts of the india. We have nothing to fear from divided and napunsak hindus living in india. Don’t worry about the poverty in muslim community in india. As soon as our population reaches 30%, we will start aggressively to take control of all the resources. We had done it before and surely we will do it again. Our population is increasing exponentially every where in India due to our much higher breeding capacity than other communities and also due to uncontrolled multi-millions of immigration from neighbour countries. We either don’t take part in census or don’t disclose our true family size. Also multi-millions of migrants from neighbour countries are never counted, but govt. is busy providing them with free ration cards, indian passports, voter i.d. cards and many other facilities. So don’t believe in govt. sponsored data, census and figures about muslim population. Secularists, media and we are doing our best to hide the true extent of muslim population explosion from dumb hindus….lol

        Mr.Mansoof,

        Kya iske baad bhi aap sochte hain k AAPKE so called SECULAR MUSLIMS aapke liye acha sochte hain…..!!!!!….neither i am supporting Chetan Bhagat nor going against your feelings that got hurt…:)

    • Ahmad Cameron (Canada)

      Being a CA, Mr Mishra can you please educate on the side lines how many SCs, STs, OBCs, Tribals, Christians and Muslims are allowed to become CA by your Charted Accountants Institute of India every year? Just a rough figure of each year since 1947 will be enough. It will hit you no sooner you will look at those figures. I know you will not answer my inquiry by spelling out those numbers but the fact that you will not answer only confirms the discrimination perpetuated by higher castes for past 4000 years who have put their stake in this Butcher of Gujarat to become the PM in 2014!

      • CA. Kashyap Kishor Mishra

        Dear Mr. Ahmad Cameron,

        I only can laugh over your remark. Do you know any thing about working of ICAI ? Exams of ICAI are purely based on merit.

        Any one can join CA course. Fortunately there is no reservation in CA exams, hence one can only walks with his merit in CA exams.

        If you have merit you also can be a Chartered Accountant.

        Now come to your last paragraph “discrimination perpetuated by higher castes for past 4000 years who have put their stake in this Butcher of Gujarat”
        why you pointed out only one butcher ? very biased seance of history you have, Mr.Ahmed. Do correct it. Last 100 years of Indian history witnessed a huge number of butchers. Do point out some more names. If you are not able to recollect. You are not honest.

        Be honest, for you, for your country, for your near one’s (I include, my self, too, in that list) and for future to come.

        Wrong is always wrong ! “however it’s color has”

  • Raies Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander

    Endorsed

  • salik

    good points

  • MOHAMMED ABDUL AHAD FAROOQI

    I endorse the letter

  • Mahtab Alam

    Endorsement Process Closed. We are about to send it to The Times of India for Publication. Thank you for your response and solidarity. # A Letter from Indian Muslim Youth to Chetan Bhagat

  • Nawaz

    To Mr Bhagat/Hippocrate

    Such piece of writing are just another shit that are politically motivated to divide the society and to favor some group who have no morals, ethics and patriotism.

    Regards
    Nawaz

  • Arshad, SRCC

    What I understand is that Chetan Bhagat seems to be over impressed by the APCO ads promoting the Saffron Terrorist. I’ve earlier read his articles criticising Nitish Kumar for having a hidden agenda and then on an other article, he went on to give campaign tips for the BJP. Ironically, at the beginning of every article, he proclaims himself to be secular & non-political. :/

  • GULESHADAB.MANSOOF

    paid puppet of notorious politician aka feku

  • Syed Hassan Kazim

    Mediocre writers like Chetan Bhagat should stick to their own business of writing easily salable novels rather than teaching Indian Muslim youths about politics and advising them how to vote or whom to vote or whom not to. He should stop acting as a mouth-piece/ spokesperson of Narendra (” Murderer”/”Feku”) Modi

  • Faisal

    Dear Indian Brothers, I agree to your voices. But I also appeal for unity with lots of courage at same time.

  • This justify the right bent of Chetan. Other countries are being blamed for torturing their minorities, while ignoring what is happening in India itself.

  • Zareena Farooq

    I am not an Indian Muslim but a Kashmiri subject living under Indian military occupation. Would you let me endorse this letter as who I am?

  • S Z A Husain, Research Scholar, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi

    Endorsed

  • Adil

    I endorse the letter. and Chetan has been a constipated writer. dont take him seriously. people have given him more than he deserves

  • I subscribe, endorse to the views express by learned author he depicted the reality.

  • Endorse it. Appropriate response to “Bagula Bhagat” the saffron agent masquerading as sympathiser of Muslim youth.

  • Tanwir Alam

    Tanwir Alam
    General Manager
    Travel Agency – Kuwait.

    I endorse the letter

  • No, I am not going to react on the words of fictional story writer..
    If he was with good words for muslims even then his pen couldnt have make any better for me, so any bad would also not effect me..

  • Indrajit Gupta

    A well-drafted hardhitting reply to a condescending, patronising fool who obviously has no clue about what happens in Indian society. If I was young and a Muslim, I would sign. I wish there was a version for people like me.

  • Rizwan

    It’s a brilliant responsive letter!

  • santosh

    I fully agree with these points.

  • faisal iqbal

    In his quest of supporting the “feeling” of the muslims, Chetan forgot that the arena is set for 2014, and one cannot be delusional. They say: one way of promoting is intensively demote it. But no rules for demotion, obviously.
    They are saying to us that this nation is yours, to make the by-lookers feel that it isn’t.

    Poor by-lookers. I feel pity.

    Hamari jang to Israel aur America se ho rahi hai. In chote mote gali ke gundon se to baat karna bhi be-izzati hai .

  • Chetan bhagat..
    This was required
    Thank you IMY..

  • I didn’t expected this from Chetan Bhagat…
    He should apologize… his may thoughts are very good but this one is really bad.

  • harsh

    ALl you people endorsing are supporting afzal guru who attacked indian parliament.
    however you can support terrorist as you are in secular nation not islamic republic that is difference
    @writer come out of modi-Phobia learn to respect your future PM of india

  • harsh

    please stop playing victimhod mentality card

  • Ahmad Cameron (Canada)

    “Butcher of Gujarat” nee Modi represents the upwardly mobile Indian middle class comprising of upper caste, rich Indians making only about 15% of Indian population but this Butcher will not be able to represent the SCs, STs, OBC, Minorities for sure as we all will see after the elections of 2014. Look what he did when he campaigned in Karnataka. Your beloved BJP lost its Govt there! Open your eyes as there is still time. Daily laborers die or meet fatal injuries in Alang, the biggest ship breaking yard in the world at Gujarat port as a result of accidents. What has this Butcher done for the safety and compensation to the labor working there even after 10 years of being the CM of Gujarat? Oh but the majority of laborers are not from Gujarat but from UP, Bihar, Bengal, etc so let them die is what this Butcher’s views are.

  • Rosemeen Pradhan

    Certainly support you.

  • ? Chetan Bhagat is an bigot, and an ass (all the asss of the world kindly excuse me for insulting you.)
    ? Muslims vote like another community. Right on that count.
    but Muslim appeasement does occur whether it effects the vote bank or not I do not know.

  • Shafiq Makrani

    First of all, I will like applaud the reply to CB’s stupidity.

    Secondly I would also like to congratulate the ppl of India commenting on this reply. I would say, this is future of India, One Voice, One Nation.

    Stay United and let no one corrupt your heart.

    May God Bless You All.

  • truth

    Truth is that —
    Uttarakhand is in danger, help them. why muslims are not coming in front.
    Come Forward for help.

  • I completely endorse the letter and the ideas expressed there.

  • Anjali Noronha

    I endorse.

  • Sumit

    I completely endorse this letter.

  • Pyoli

    I endorse this reply and I am outraged by the big-daddy attitude of this “writer” who first had the audacity to lecture the Indian women and now claims to speak for the young Muslims. I urge you Mr. Bhagat, to show some integrity in public discourse and cast aside your ‘liberal’ garbs to show the khaki half pants that you are wearing inside.

  • Md Manzar Hossain

    I didn’t expect this type of intention from Chetan Bhagat, it seems that he need special class to understand the young muslim….it show that he is inclined to some organisation like wearing khaki half pants…!!!

  • Abhishek Kumar Sharma

    Dear all my brothers’ and sisters’,
    As i had gone through your article in response to Chetan Bhagat….yeah i do completely agree with your feelings that got hurt …..but when i was going through all the replied articles on Chetan Bhagat’s write-up of 30th June 2013….i came across the article of SECULAR MUSLIMS…which followed like…

    Secular Muslims (secularism to islam) says:
    July 02,2013 at 05:13 PM IST
    We Indian muslims only have to pretend to be secular till our population is below 30% in India. From outside we may use sweet words and pretend to like Modi (al-taqiya), but secretly we will always vote for anti-modi brigade. Now Congress plan B (Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP) is also there to divide Modi BJP votes. South indian hindus and secular hindus are not fond of Modi. Genocide of Hindus, sikhs, buddhists, jains and parsis have happened in afghanistan, pakistan, bangladesh, kashmir and north east india. Infinite number of hindu girls were kidnapped and [email protected], some were killed and others were forced to convert to Holy Islam. Same future awaits hindu youngsters in remaining parts of south asia (India). Also love jihad is going on in many parts of the india. We have nothing to fear from divided and napunsak hindus living in india. Don’t worry about the poverty in muslim community in india. As soon as our population reaches 30%, we will start aggressively to take control of all the resources. We had done it before and surely we will do it again. Our population is increasing exponentially every where in India due to our much higher breeding capacity than other communities and also due to uncontrolled multi-millions of immigration from neighbour countries. We either don’t take part in census or don’t disclose our true family size. Also multi-millions of migrants from neighbour countries are never counted, but govt. is busy providing them with free ration cards, indian passports, voter i.d. cards and many other facilities. So don’t believe in govt. sponsored data, census and figures about muslim population. Secularists, media and we are doing our best to hide the true extent of muslim population explosion from dumb hindus….lol

    So, now what should i expect from this????…..is this a secular voice!!!!!….atleast Chetan Bhagat had’nt wrote this much rubbish…..though i am not supporting him….but whatever he was trying to conclude…i would like to stand for that cause that he was trying to persuade the citizens that we have to think over our rights so that we could form a DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC …..instead going on some illogical craps…..

    KOI BHI DESH PERFECT NAHI HOTA….USEY PERFECT BANANA PADTA HAI…..

    JAI HIND….

    Abhishek Kumar Sharma
    AMU,ALIGARH

  • K. Sridhar

    I endorse this letter and the sentiments that it expresses.

  • Janus

    Chetan Bhagat is a pompous jackass for presuming to speak on behalf of all Muslim youth, but you lost me at ‘mass murderer Modi’.
    And then the letter devolves into the usual tirade about the so called pogrom in Gujarat where 250 Hindus died in addition to 750 Muslims. The very definition of a pogrom is a one sided massacre, which this certainly wasn’t.

    Another word casually thrown around is ‘genocide’, which is the total extermination or drastic reduction of a population of people. Please do tell us how the Muslim population of Gujarat has been totally decimated after the riots.

    And of course, let’s conveniently forget about the train burning that was used to start the riots in the first place and pretend that Modi ordered or incited people to riot.
    The Muslim mob who set fire to the train coach knew perfectly well what would happen to their own community, that innocent Muslims would be blamed and it would kick off communal violence.
    Blaming the whole community for the actions of a few is wrong, but the entirety of human conflict is based on that premise. Entire wars have been fought on this principle across the world over thousands of years.

    Nobody asks who they were, or what was their motivation in committing this horrible crime. Instead, right from the start, Modi has been made a convenient scapegoat by the media, by the self described ‘liberal’ intelligentsia and other exemplary individuals such as yourselves.
    It is for this reason that no one calls it the post Godhra riots anymore, they just refer to it as the ‘2002 riots’, because it’s far more convenient to forget what really triggered it.

    Modi set out shoot at sight orders in Godhra that very day(Feb 27th), and within 2 days (on March 1st) the Army was out.

    Source – India Today, March 18th 2002 –
    www . indiatoday . com / itoday / 20020318 / cover2 . shtml

    Modi in fact appeared on state TV the very next day asking people to stay calm and promising that those who burnt the train would be brought to justice.
    youtube . com / watch ? v = yPAnqxI3MY0

    So exactly what do you mean by Modi’s ‘complicity’ in the riots? Was he leading the riots personally, like a whole bunch of Congress politicians in 1984 who were never prosecuted?
    Was he making speeches ordering Hindus to take revenge against Muslims?

    Or should he have waved a magic wand and instantly stopped the riots? If so why is he alone being held to such a high standard, since of course,according to you Gujarat or India for that matter never had any riots before this.
    www . voxindica . net / 2012 / 02 / many-previous-riots-top-gujarat-in . html

  • indian politician have forget their duties, they has been misguided by their requirements

  • Lohithakshan

    It is unfortunate that Chetan Bhagat like trash holding up hand in opinions/counter opinions formation…I do fully agree with the article undersigned.

  • Atul

    I too sign this letter…

  • misra

    Chetan Bhagat made comments by differentiating communal designs. Muslims are usually more organized because they follow enforced discipline of friday prayers, animal origin food, and specific looks for branding of community.

    This way of organized community is considered a threat just as men in uniform. People get scared by the power of community even in minority. Hindu are not such a strong community because their religion is based on spirituality and not worldly or individualism. SUFI culture in muslim like Rahim and Abul fazal or galib are not communalised muslims.

    Politicians want this communalization because of herd mentality and it is true to a large extent by data of election and, it is used in election management.

    India is not a country for hindu or muslim but, people have fear and fear gets established by data or news reports. Renting out a house, or marrige or studing urdo are a personal choice but it can change if muslims are not communalized or become unidentified like hindu or any other faith by spirit.

  • Aamna Nayyar

    i am truly glad that there is this kind of an immediate & strong rebuttal to Chetan Bhagat’s absolutely rubbish and immature article. i have always thought of Chetan B as a very pedestrian writer; calling him an ordinary writer would probably be paying him some compliment.

    This response is the true Indian Muslim speaking up!! It is about time we make our voices heard and presence felt. Far too long we’ve been mute spectators to political tamasha made of our clan every general election time! Unfortunately to suit their personal self many from our community have also joined forces in the political jing-bang only to cause further damage to our cause.

    We must join hands today to keep a mass murderer from ruling this country while also making the ‘dynastic’ policy followers know that we can be taken for granted no more!

    Once again kudos to you! Do keep me involved in such matters in times to come.

  • NIRANJAN J. TOLIA

    This is height of intellectual bankruptcy and mediocrity that manifest around these days, courtesy BJP, particularly Modi brand of politics. Fascist, autocratic, divisive and corrupt to the core in every possible meaning of the term ‘corruption’ as Modi is, might have been successful in corrupting a couple of dozens like Chetan ‘Bhagat’ (of Modi). It is now the duty of every true Indian and a patriot in real sense to ensure defeat of such anti-humanity forces. If Modi is allowed to have his way, he will dwarf Hitler. In intentions he is no less than Hitler that is combined with the advantage of today’s technology.

    Please keep up your fight; a huge silent majority of Indians are with you.

    Lastly, a question for the ‘spoons’ of Modi. Do you think that pleasing your Master is the ultimate in life, have you heard of something called ‘conscious’? Would you ever be comfortable before your true self? Would you be able to justify your support to a killer of humanity, justify to your own self? Or the term ‘Conscious’ is an alien to you?

  • eba khan

    i am just 1 among millions who hate “chutiya” bhagat

    • truth

      Truth

      Why majority of Indians are with you. there is no point in supporting Muslims in India. Did they support kashmiri pandits in the past. for them, the only thing matters to them is Islam, This is the height of hypocrisy.
      In India , if u r pro-muslim, then u r secular. If u r pro-hindu then u r communist. Shame ..

    • truth

      Truth

      Phir aapki itni jal kyun rahi hai

  • Mohammad Zaki Naeem

    This so called writer/author of B-grade novels and endorsing a mass-murderer for money shud be kicked out very badly

  • dr.qazi

    shame on you
    u thought this is your novel to write nonsense
    i m a better indian than u are i serve india
    i am a doctor

  • Adnan Zahír Ahmad

    Excellent rejoinder.