Harassment of Faisal Khan

August 12, 2006
Mayank Austen Soofi

Earlier in 2006, this journalist had published an interview with Mr. Faisal Khan - a social activist.

Mr. Khan is associated with the National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM) - a gathering of like-minded groups who while retaining their autonomous identities, claim to be working together to bring the struggle for a people-oriented development model to the center-stage of politics and public life.

Mr. Khan has been working in the field of social welfare. He has intensively worked in providing relief to victims of natural disasters, besides being actively associated with issues like female infanticide throughout India, particularly in the state of Haryana. Mr. Khan closely works with Magsaysay award winners Medha Patkar and Sandeep Pandey.

But recently a certain strange event happened to him.

Mr Khan has a Reliance Infocomm mobile phone connection. In August, 2003, when he purchased the phone, he had presented all the necessary details which were required to complete the formalities. There had been no problem since then.

However since the last week of July, 2006, Mr. Khan's phone has been blocked. The Customer Care Executive at Reliance attributes it to the 'security concern'. On prodding further, she was unable to detail the reasons that prompted the blocking of the said connection.

In these times of 'Islamic fascism' and Mumbai train blasts when Mr. Osama bin Laden and his considerable sympathizers are so bent on tarnishing the reputation of their religion, it is understandable to be extra-alert in devising ways to counter security threats. But one fails to understand what purpose is achieved by harassing a social activist like Mr. Khan.

While questions are continually raised about the lack of secular Muslims in the country's mainstream voice, an insulting treatment is meanwhile being meted out to an Indian Muslim who actually symbolizes just that kind of much-needed and much-missed person.

Is it because he is a Muslim?

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Harassment of Faisal Khan


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August 12, 2006
01:08 PM

Hey Mayank, is this Faisal Khan your Mr.Darcy ?

August 12, 2006
01:15 PM

[insinuative- edited]

August 12, 2006
04:10 PM

Look at how Temporal craftily wants to attach the saffron label to anyone who opposes his views. Even an atheist like myself gets targetted by him. Is it because I have an "incorrect" sounding name?

Mayank's ethics are very selective. He'll only notice that affect people of certain ethnic groups. Ethnically partisan liberalism is not liberalism at all -- it's merely ethnic partisanship.

August 12, 2006
04:30 PM

hehehe...look at the insecurista cry wolf...even when i am not here;)

he wears his atheism on his sleeves and keep repeating it every chance he gets

how conveniently he forgets that the proof is in the pie

it is not his professed beliefs but in the words of hatred that he spews here against the billion plus every chance that he gets

August 12, 2006
07:15 PM

temporal cries:
"Beware their Final Solution! Today they take our shampoo, but tomorrow they'll turn us into soap!"

Nope, I'm making criticism towards that community until enough people in it stand up to say "we need to criticize ourselves more," and also "the fringe in our community exists because we aren't criticizing them."

And temporal is certainly proof of that.

August 12, 2006
07:20 PM

your words are proof indeed!

keep goebbel alive;)

paint them all with one stroke:)

and think big! think final solution

August 12, 2006
09:57 PM

Goebbels ka bacha, speaking of your esteemed mentor, let's take a look at the latest from Goebbels' inheritors:

August 12, 2006
09:59 PM

Temporal is full of suggestions, because that's where his mind runs towards. More on the new Goebbels games:

August 13, 2006
12:17 AM

insecuristas should come up with a better final solution;)

August 13, 2006
02:37 AM

yes, temporal has very exacting standards for his grand dreams
that's why he's got one eye permanently closed, to maintain his wakeful dreaming

August 13, 2006
12:00 PM

goebellian hogwash:)

Sanat Mohanty
August 15, 2006
09:49 AM

Dear Mayank
Thanks for sending this note.

I have had the opportunity to have interacted with Faisal. He was one of the key organizers of the anniversary of the dandi march and has been actively involved in helping the poor in India - whether it be during rehab after calamities or consistently working to strengthen groups in urban poverty irrespective of their religion or caste. He has done much more for the country than most of us could lay claim to.

It is indeed unfortunate if what you say is true.

Mayank Austen Soofi
August 22, 2006
02:05 AM

Good news: Faisal Khan's mobile phone service has been re-started by Reliance.

raghav arora
July 11, 2007
09:03 AM

well guys these social activist are the biggest scrouges i have ever heard of,these ppl have no shame ,how they lie shameless ppl

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