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That is what it has come down to. DNA reports that according to Maharashtra police, a Ghalib couplet on a piece of paper is proof the Students Islamic Movement of India is into the business of mass violence:
Of the several affidavits — filed in court asking for the ban on the group to continue — accessed by DNA, one by inspector Shivajirao Tambare of Vijapur Naka, Solapur, cites a Ghalib verse — as part of evidence — to show how dangerous SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India) is.
Mauje khoon ser se guzer hi kiyon na jay, Aastane yaar se uth jaein kaya! A loosely translated Marathi version in the affidavit concludes that these lines speak of bloodshed and animosity.
Khalid Mehmood, the head of Jamia Millia Islamia’s Urdu department, however, has a different take. He told DNA that the lines, in fact, have a positive meaning: “Whatever be the circumstances, we will not leave the place (country or home of the beloved) even if our heads are chopped off…”. [DNA]
There’s more there. The Maharashtra police thinks SIMI is working for the secession of Maharashtra from India. I thought the Thackeray clan was doing that?
To quote the terrorist ideologue himself:
Bazeecha-e-atfal hai duniya mere aage,
Hota hai shab-o-roz tamasha mere aage.
The world is my play ground,
I see the game all around.
High time the Union of India charged Mirza Ghalib with sedition.
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