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3000 Hindus converting to Islam in Coimbatore: A Communal drama, strategic plan or politicized agenda? [1]

March 8, 2020

3000 Hindus converting to Islam in Coimbatore: A Communal drama, strategic plan or politicized agenda? [1]

3000 Hindus convert to Islam, IE

Tamil Puligal Katchi threatening to convert to Islam: Indian Express reported in December 2019 itself, Nadur residents and members of Tamil Puligal Katchi, citing ill-treatment of Dalits in the Hindu religion, had announced that they would be converting to Islam[1]. The decision was made at the outfit’s State-level meeting held at Mettupalayam. In other words, the general public does know this party or the actors involved. Moreover, as it came out explicitly converting to Islam, it is evident that the party members have contacts with the Mohammedans and in spite of Islamic terrorist activities, bombing and other activities taking place in Tamilnadu, particularly in Coimbatore, still, they preferred to do so, there has been nexus in such threatening. Its leader is seen with Mohammedan leaders and particularly respecting the tomb of Palani Baba is intriguing, as even, the Mohammedans do not like such activities (worshipping tombs). Yet, all have been going on. This proves that the nexus has a larger perspective of damaging agenda in the Indian context.

Coimbatore wall collapse, 17 SC killed.JCB

It all started with the collapse of the wall of Sivasubramanian (December 24. 2019): Indian Express continued…..In all, 3,000 individuals would give up their religion and become Muslims, they said[2]. General Secretary of Tamil Puligal Katchi M. Ilavenil presided over the meeting. Citing the wall collapse incident which claimed the lives of 17 people at Nadur, the members of the outfit said that despite there being a provision for taking action under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the owner the house – Sivasubramanian – was not booked under it. The 80-feet-long granite compound wall of Sivasubramanian’s bungalow collapsed early Monday 02-12-2019 in Nadur Adi Dravidar (Dalit) Colony in Mettupalayam, Coimbatore, that killed 17 people, including 11 women and three children[3]. The Coimbatore district police in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday 03-12-2019 arrested a 60-year-old businessman in connection with the wall collapse[4]. “Sivasubramanian constructed the wall with a discriminatory motive. There were no pillars to support it. He built the wall in order to separate his house from those of the Dalits who lived nearby. Citing the discrimination, we have been demanding officials to alter the case registered on Sivasubramanian and book him under the SC/ST act. But the State government has not altered the case so far,” said Ilavenil.

Coimbatore wall collapse, 17 SC killed

Whether all the involved groups wanted to politicize the wall-collapse?: Speaking about the detention of Nagai Thiruvalluvan, who is the outfit’s president, he said, “The person responsible for the tragedy was released on bail within 20 days of his arrest. But Thiruvalluvan who protested in a democratic way seeking justice has been detained in Coimbatore prison. It exhibits the inequality in the religion,” he said. Claiming that Dalits are being ill-treated in the religion, Ilavenil said that his party members along with the people of Nadur have decided to convert to Islam. “As many as 100 people will convert to Islam on January 5 in Mettupalayam during the first phase,” he said, adding that the process will be taken up step by step in other districts. A rich man buys land and constructs his house adjacent to the houses already there of SCs. Or The SCs houses are coming up next to the house of a rich man and thus, he decides to construct a compound wall. It is very difficult to interpret in the highly politicized and sensitive issues like this. “Because of torrential rainfall, the granite compound wall, which was 23 feet in height, had tumbled on the houses lying below,” said K Rajamani, collector of Coimbatore district. Mettupalayam police booked Sivasubramanian under section 304 (a) of the Indian Penal Code for causing deaths by negligence.

Threat to convert. News 18 picture

Residents had alerted the businessman about cracks that had developed in the wall, but he ignored their requests to strengthen the structure, the police said. “The accused was absconding for a day. However, we managed to arrest him on Tuesday afternoon,” said a police officer inquiring into the incident. TN CM Edappadi K Palaniswami visited the families of the dead, whose relatives staged a protest on Monday evening that was broken up by the police using batons. Opposition DMK president MK Stalin criticised the police action, slamming the local civic body for not removing the hazardous wall. “It seems Nadur Adi Dravidar Colony locals have often asked Sivasubramanian and Mettupalayam municipality officials to remove the compound wall, which posed a grave threat. However, the government had not acted on their complaints,” Stalin said. The TN government announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh each for the families of those who died in the wall collapse.

India Today freport on coimbatore conversion - 1

India Today explained that an affidavit was given for conversion: IN THE AFFIDAVIT SUBMITTED FOR CONVERSION, ALL OF THESE MEN HAVE WRITTEN THESE FIVE POINTS[5]:

  1. I belong to the Hindu religion, Arunthathiyar class by birth.
  2. My family respects and follows all the principles of Hindu religion till this day. I don’t have any hatred towards Hinduism.
  3. For the past three years, I was inspired by the Islam and I decided to follow the religion because of it’s religious laws and doctrines. This decision wasn’t taken with any guidance.

I wholeheartedly adopt Islam and I would follow it truly.

I believe that God is one and Mohammed Nabi is the last messenger of God. I accept Islam completely and convert to be a Muslim[6].

Thus, it is very clear that the involved groups have started their experiment to get converted with stakes from the Mohammedan groups and as well as the government In other words, they want cake free and also want to eat comfortably with such floated lobby and clout.. It could turn out another “Meenakshipuram” type conversion involving power, finance and other complicated factors. As days have changed, their methodology has also been changing.

India Today freport on coimbatore conversion - 2

The arrest of Nagai Thiruvalluvan and coming together of anti-Hindu, anti-national forces: According to M. Ilavenil, general secretary of the outfit, 420 residents, many of them members of Tamil Puligal, from Thondamuthur, Annur, Periyanaickenpalayam, Karumathampatti and Mettupalayam embraced Islam at mosques near their homes[7]. He claimed that the religious conversions were the fallout of the wall collapse in Nadur, Mettupalayam in early December 2019, in which 17 persons belonging to the Scheduled Caste died[8]. None of the converts were from Nadur “because Hindu organisations and police are camping thereafter our announcement [about conversion] on January 24,” he further claimed[9]. The outfit’s chief Nagai Thiruvalluvan, arrested on charges of inciting violence in Mettupalayam, said his cadres had planned for the conversion when he was imprisoned. The primary reason was what he described as “discrimination against Dalits”, particularly by the officials[10].  The way the arrest of Thiruvalluvan was condemned by the Dravidian, Islamic, Communist and other anti-national, anti-Hindu groups has been intriguing ad noted carefully. Because their meetings and speeches have more political bias than the issue of dealing with SC or conversion[11]. Of course, the Mohammedan media has been so happy to carry out such news in their own way[12].

Tiruvalluvan with Jawahirulla

SC leaders accuse Hindu organizations: M. Ilavenil, general secretary of the outfit continued, “The State government’s failure to see the Nadur tragedy through the caste discrimination prism, recognise that casteism was at the core of the tragedy and displaying anti-Dalit bias were the reasons for the conversion,” he charged. “Why did the police show hesitation in registering a case against the owner of the property whose compound fell on three houses killing the 17 Dalits; why did the police, right from the beginning, attempt to conceal the discrimination angle; why did the government not take any action against officials who had failed to act on Nadur residents’ petition regarding the compound wall and why did the police fail to act in a fair manner,” he asked. “These questions have been weighing on the minds of his outfit’s members, Dalit activists and concerned Dalits. This has been a simmering anger that led to the decision to convert to Islam, where they are guaranteed of equality,” he added. This, however, did not include people from the affected area, Nadur, he said. “Consequent upon our announcement, members of Hindu outfits have camped in the area convincing the residents to not convert. They are supporting the building of a temple. And, the police too are in good numbers. Even I’ve not been able to go there.” Terming the Dalits of Nadur gullible, Thiruvalluvan said they were under the Hindu organisation’s influence.

© Vedaprakash

08-03-2020

SC threat to convert to Islam, India Today

[1] Indian Express, 3,000 Dalits to convert to Islam in Coimbatore over government inaction on Nadur wall collapse, Published: 25th December 2019 05:24 AM | Last Updated: 25th December 2019 08:17 AM.

[2] https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2019/dec/25/3000-dalits-to-convert-to-islam-in-coimbatore-over-government-inaction-on-nadur-wall-collapse-2080588.html

[3] Hindustan Times, Police arrest Tamil Nadu businessmen whose compound wall collapse killed 17, by M Manikandan, Updated: Dec 03, 2019 16:21 IST

[4] https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/police-arrest-tamil-nadu-businessmen-whose-compound-wall-collapse-killed-17/story-vcXYxgwDF0JpjjYBfucf3N.html

[5] India Today, Over 430 Dalits convert to Islam in Coimbatore citing injustice, more conversions underway, Akshaya Nath , Chennai, February 12, 2020; UPDATED: February 12, 2020 00:15 IST

[6] https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/dalits-convert-islam-coimbatore-hindu-discrimination-injustice-1645564-2020-02-12

[7] The Hindu, Over 400 Dalits in Coimbatore converted to Islam, claims outfit, COIMBATORE , FEBRUARY 13, 2020 15:08 IST; UPDATED: FEBRUARY 13, 2020 15:45 IST.

[8] https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/over-400-dalits-in-coimbatore-converted-to-islam-claims-outfit/article30808864.ece

[9] News.18, Over 400 Dalits Converted to Islam Since Collapse of ‘Caste Wall’ Claimed 17 Lives, Says Tamil Nadu Outfit, Poornima Murali | CNN-News18Updated:February 14, 2020, 8:02 PM IST

[10] https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/discriminated-treated-like-animals-over-400-dalits-convert-to-islam-in-tamil-nadu-3000-in-queue/552920

[11] The Siasat Daily, Over 430 Dalits convert to Islam in Coimbatore, POSTED BY SAFOORA, UPDATED: FEBRUARY 13, 2020, 3:51 PM IST

[12] https://www.siasat.com/over-430-dalits-convert-islam-coimbatore-1824227/