#Batla House: Excerpts from a history book of the future

Friends, I have some fantastic news. Last night, I became the first Indian and in fact, the first human to travel into the future using a time machine, thus fulfilling another of Rajiv Gandhi’s dreams. While touring the future, I was awed with the glorious India of tomorrow that I saw, an India where every single one of Rajiv Gandhi’s dreams has come true. It turns out that in the future, all school boards have been replaced by a single board called Rahul Gandhi Board of School Education (RGBSE) administered by JNU. I happened to pick up some of these history books of the future. Their covers were adorned with pictures of national heros such as Aurangazeb, Lord Macaulay, Mahmud Ghazni, Teesta Setalvad and Kanhaiya Kumar. In the future, school students under RGBSE have to take not one but two papers in Indian History, called:

Paper I: Evils of Hindu caste system

Paper II: National heros and India’s war of independence.

I was reading through the chapter on National heros when I happened to come across the chapter on Mohammad Sajid, the man who escaped minutes before the Batla House encounter and has now appeared in an ISIS video. I present to you in full this chapter, written by an eminent historian who has since received chairmanship of ICHR, a Sahitya Akademi Award, a Rajya Sabha seat and one all expenses paid trip to USA.

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India was passing through a very difficult phase in May 2016. The dictator Modi was strengthening his grip on the country, celebrating two years of grabbing power from in Delhi. His empire appeared unshakable. You could travel from Kashmir in the North to Kanyakumari in the South without passing through a single Congress ruled state. There was all around despair. 

And then, one fine morning in May 2016 came the voice of Mohammad Sajid in exile in the Islamic State. For the tortured people of India who had begun to fear that he might be dead, it was a moment of rejuvenation. It was no less of a moment of jubilation for the suffering masses than the time people had heard Subhas Chandra Bose address the people of India from Tokyo in 1943 on Azad Hind radio. 

Mohammad Sajid’s story, his dramatic escape from Batla House encounter minutes before the police got there, had already passed into folklore. For Indians, it brought back memories of Subhas Bose’s dramatic escape from house imprisonment in Calcutta. But as the years passed, people had gradually come to believe that he was dead. But when Mohammad Sajid addressed the nation from Syria, it was a moment of renewal for the idea of India.

Mohammad Sajid was born in an influential Muslim family in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. His father wanted him to become a lawyer, but Sajid himself had other interests. After receiving a sound education from St. Stephen’s College and JNU, Sajid joined the nationwide movement for peace. 

This was happening at a particularly crucial moment, when national peace was seriously threatened by the demolition of Babri Masjid in December, 1992. Although the top leadership of the peace movement largely favored caste riots and corruption scams as a means of dealing with the communal fascism, Mohammad Sajid favored a more confrontational approach that quickly gained currency among many of the younger cadres. 

This set Mohammad Sajid and his young supporters on an inevitable collision course with the leadership of the peace movement. Matters came to a head in May 2004, when there was a formal split between the pro-corruption and pro-militancy factions of the movement.

The most dramatic turn came in September 2008, at Batla House (now a National Museum) in Jamia Nagar neighborhood of Delhi (now renamed Atif Amin Azad Nagar), where Mohammad Sajid and some of his fellow revolutionaries found themselves surrounded by the police. Atif Amin fought bravely but was outnumbered, ultimately dying from his injuries. Mohammad Sajid managed to escape. The encounter became a rallying point for the Indian masses. Top leaders even from the pro-corruption wing of the peace movement came to pay their respects and some broke down in tears. A bronze statue now marks the spot where Atif Amin laid down his life… It was inaugurated in the year 2035 by President Romila Thapar.

Mohammad Sajid traveled much the same way Subhas Bose did, crossing the difficult terrain of Pakistan and Afghanistan, then on to Russia, from where he made his way to the Islamic State disguised as an Italian diplomat. Once in Raqqa, Mohammad Sajid obtained an audience with the Caliph Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, who promised him help in his  struggle to bring peace to India. Mohammad Sajid settled down in Raqqa, from where he began to recruit a volunteer force of liberators through the internet.

Once formed, Mohammad Sajid’s  Idea of Indian National Army (IINA) began its forward march with the slogan “Ayodhya Chalo”, resolved to fight till the last tweet and the last FB post. As he marched, foreign patrons of Indian NGOs made huge donations to him, determined to support his cause. However, his luck had turned on him and time was running out. Victorious American-Zionist forces were pouring into the Islamic State and the Caliph Abu-Bakr Al Baghdadi committed suicide in his bunker on May 5, 2017. Two days later, Mohammad Sajid was on a flight from Raqqa to Karachi with all the treasure collected from donors when it crashed. The treasure was never found.

Meanwhile, the surrendered volunteers of the IINA were taken into custody by Modi’s Army and accused of sedition. And thus began the historic IINA trial at Delhi’s Red Fort in August 2017, where leading lawyers such as Ashish Shaitan and Sant Sri Topiwal personally appeared as defense counsel. The dramatic trial  was shown live on Nehru Dynasty Television…and a nationwide clamor for their release began to reach a fever pitch. Hundreds of Sahitya Akademi Awards were returned. However, as part of non-violent resistance against the Modi government, the Sahitya Akademi Awardees did not return the prize money. Ultimately the government buckled and the IINA volunteers were given amnesty. 

Despite winning that round, the episode left the Modi government fatally weakened. Just 2 years later, in 2019, the Modi Empire officially collapsed and the dream of `Bharat mein Azaadi’ was achieved. 

In modern India, Mohammad Sajid’s statues mostly appear at roundabouts in the public square: he is shown with one little finger raised in the air and a fountain shooting out of him.”

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26 thoughts on “#Batla House: Excerpts from a history book of the future

  1. In other news,NEDA,a coalition of non-Congress parties in the NE(Assam,Arunachal Pradesh,Meghalaya and Sikkim)has been formed(which in turn is a part of NDA) consisting of BJP,AGP and BPF from Assam,PPA from Arunachal Pradesh,NPP from Meghalaya and SDF from Sikkim.HBS is the head.This is a masterstroke move by BJP and it shows that they really want to conquer NE.HBS is a great choice to head this coalition.But most importantly,I am happy that Pawan Chamling and his party(SDF) have joined.SDF is the ruling party in Sikkim and Chamling has been CM for 5 consecutive terms I think.I have heard lots of good things about him and he was my favourite non-NDA CM.I really wanted him and his party to join the NDA and I am happy that he and his party are in the NDA camp now.

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    1. Pawan Chamling is a very good man. Glad he is formally with BJP now. NEDA is a fantastic idea as it gives the entire North East an extremely strong signal from BJP. In 2019, every single seat will be super important.

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  2. Lovely news article from the future.

    You forgot to mention that a certain FreeBijliwal created an alternate peace front with the explicit goal of fighting tyranny. For his efforts, FreeBijliwal was made minister of the newly formed secular broadcasting ministry where he single handedly channeled most of the nations savings into advertisements featuring him as the hero. This enabled the secular Indian media companies to each have a market cap that exceeded that of established tech companies.

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  3. Islamic Banking branch to be opened in bastion of saffron Gujarat,with its low muslim demography and the Gujarats faithful and loyal support to BJP for decades,is this development not surprising?
    If this had been permitted by UPA how would have been RWs reaction.
    Is BJP taking its supporters for granted?
    CW awaiting your comments please.

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    1. Many years ago, I came across the concept of Islamic banking, then mooted by Raghuram Rajan. I was outraged, but believe it or not, I was convinced by others that it might actually be a good idea. Due to religious issues, lots of Muslims avoid banks altogether and believe it or not, thousands of crores of idle money is lying in Indian banks today because Muslims are against interest. I am a big believer in the idea that in matters of money and trade, we should do business wherever and however we can get it. For instance, I am no fan of the crazy Muslim states, but I am all for flattering the Sheikhs of the Gulf to invest in India. Money is money. So, if private institutions are ready to open up banks on whatever they call “Islamic models”, let them. More business is always good.

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    1. Arindam,
      If islamicbanking is a indeed being started in gujarat – then one more breach of trust by modi.

      Modi actually gives a damn now for hindu sentiments or hindu values.
      He is just another politician who wanted to be PM and so played with the emotions of Hindus and the anti incumbency wave.
      He has done everything to project himself as a statesman and is now even celebrating his 2 years as if “all is well”.

      If majority of voters fall for the propaganda- he will get another term
      If peope see thru his lies and false promises and decide to teach him a lesson for reneging on his promises he will face the kind of backlash that he would never have anticipated. Time will tell.

      As of now nothing can be done. Justas congress was tolerated for 50 plus years , so too bjp will have to be tolerated for whatever duration they get to rule . Hindus are anyway divided and Modi too will continue to exploit those divisions by pandering to caste , gender , linguistic and religios divides. If he does not somebody else will. The status quo continues. Some shall gain. Some shall loose. Life goes on

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      1. Hi Rightwinger and Arindam,

        please see my comment on Islamic banking above:

        “Many years ago, I came across the concept of Islamic banking, then mooted by Raghuram Rajan. I was outraged, but believe it or not, I was convinced by others that it might actually be a good idea. Due to religious issues, lots of Muslims avoid banks altogether and believe it or not, thousands of crores of idle money is lying in Indian banks today because Muslims are against interest. I am a big believer in the idea that in matters of money and trade, we should do business wherever and however we can get it. For instance, I am no fan of the crazy Muslim states, but I am all for flattering the Sheikhs of the Gulf to invest in India. Money is money. So, if private institutions are ready to open up banks on whatever they call “Islamic models”, let them. More business is always good.”

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        1. Lol !!!
          If money is money – then why not legalize prostitution in a big way doing away with all the ‘hush hush’ taboo attached to it in India.
          Along with many other positive offshoots ( tourism, health , self regulation, seperate source of revenue , reduction in rapes ) it could bring in tonnes of money and also generate employment in millions.

          Modi ( and bjp ) does not seem to be that much of a forward thinker in that aspect. Pathetically spineless! !!

          The very fact that we are allowing to pander to religious stupidity to placate muslims is shameful coming from a supposedly hindutwa party !!! So tomorrow also allow relugious conversion for money – after all every poor individual will get a few lacs ( with jobs overseas or freebies locally ) … That will also help modi deliver on his 15 lac per family election promise.. !!!!

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          1. Actually, I am totally in favor of legalizing prostitution. It would make a big difference to the lives of thousands of women who are currently trafficked, work in slavery and are extremely vulnerable to STDs. They are also raped repeatedly (often by the police) and subject to extortion.

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            1. But bjp and modi will not do that ( legalize prostitution) …they will instead do many repressive things like ratifying islamic banking , increasing reservations ( decimating merit ) , create more feminist laws with gender bias against men ( refer draft policy on women empowerment ))…..Modi is turning out to be a big mistake .

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    2. Many years ago, when I first read about Raghuram Rajan supporting Islamic banking, I got very angry and posted to Facebook. To my surprise, a college friend of mine working for an investment bank in Hongkong (and big time BJP supporter) engaged me in a discussion. The comments thread that followed was probably the first and only time in my life my views on some issue changed completely after a discussion on FB.

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  4. Today,the Modi Govt has completed 2 years in office.CW,it would be nice if you make a post in which you assess and rate the progress made in various areas such as economy,foreign policy,defence,social welfare,internal security,corruption,etc on a scale of 1 to 10 perhaps and also the implications of the actions taken.Really looking forward to read it if you post it.

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