Civil services examination conducted by an independent UPSC is considered to be one of the toughest exam in the world. Lakhs of candidate prepare for years, burn the midnight oil and toil hard to clear this exam: first the prelim and then the mains to be followed by a grilling personal interview, but only a few are able to achieve the success. Also because of the reservation cap now removed from 50%, and the existing exam pattern the exams are losing the sheen.
The exam came under criticism when few years ago, Tina Dabbi an SC, cleared the first stage of the exam with much fewer marks than the cut off for general candidates and then topped the overall exam. The method of moderating the marks obtained in different optional subjects has also been criticised. Are candidates with a good PR story like an SC woman clearing the exam in first go or someone from insurgency – ridden J&K doing it despite all difficulties, chosen deliberately? This needs introspection.
Last year 52 and this year 51 Muslim candidates have been selected by UPSC and it is an all-time high. Compare this with year 2005, when only 3% Muslims were selected for the Civil Services. This year the percentage has increased to 5.15%. Is the rise in selected candidates only due to their own efforts? Out of the 51 selected Muslim candidates, 26 have been coached by Zakat Foundation, a new entity in the UPSC coaching scenario.
Zakat Foundation is an American NGO with branches all over the world.
In the year 2012, a German Federal Court banned IHH, a Turkish International Islamic Charity as the Turkish Charity was contributing funds to Hamas, the dreaded terror outfit in Palestine. Hamas is recognised by the European Union, Israel, and the United States as a “terrorist organisation”. The Istanbul-based Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (İHH) is an Islamic charity group that was formed to provide aid to the Bosnian people.
The Illinois-based Zakat Foundation had reportedly passed funds through another foundation to IHH in the past. The German court ruled that if the Zakat Foundation or any other Western charity continued working with IHH despite the evidence presented in the German case, that meant they were knowingly working with an entity that funds Hamas, a terrorist group dedicated to the destruction of Israel.
FrontPage Magazine also alleged that the Zakat Foundation sponsored a grant to IHH, a pro-Hamas charity. The same year, a leading charity evaluator, Charity Navigator, lowered the overall ranking of the Zakat Foundation because of lack of transparency in its functioning. In 2010, the Zakat Foundation worked with Muslim Hands, a British-based charity also accused by Israel of funding Hamas, during relief operations in Haiti.
After the 9 / 11 attack, scores of charities were shut down after prosecutors found their financial and logistical links to different terrorist groups across the globe. The US government eased up after President Obama became the Potus. Eight years of Obama administration gave the Islamic charities the chance for a resurgence. One of the most notorious charities is the Gaza-based Unlimited Friends Association for Social Development (UFA). Investigations have shown that UFA has close links with senior Hamas leaders. At least 8 prominent US-based charities are funding UFA, one of them is the Zakat Foundation.
For many years now India is suffering from the menace of illegal migrants. These illegal migrants pose a serious threat not only to the law and order situation but also to the national security. Recently many incidents of Rohingya Muslims being involved in illegal and terror activities have come to light. Many anti-India forces are trying to support and settle these illegal migrants in many strategic places in India, especially at Jammu and the Chicken Neck area in North Bengal.
Zakat Foundation is one of the first to provide the land to Rohingyas to build their camp as far back as in 2012 in Delhi, the national capital.
A Muslim charity can do better than that for its Muslim brothers. Why not settle them in an Islamic country? Popular Front of India (PFI) is an extremist and militant fundamentalist organisation of India. In 2010, Kerala police unearthed country-made bombs, weapons, CDs and incriminating documents containing Taliban and Al-Queda propaganda material from the PFI activists. In the year 2015, intelligence agencies confirmed the role of PFI in 2011 Mumbai bombings, 2012 Pune bombings, and 2013 Hyderabad blasts. It is said that PFI is nothing but a resurrection of the banned outfit Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).
In March this year, when the Jharkhand Government banned PFI in the state, leaders of the many Muslim organisations condemned the ban and issued a joint statement against Jharkhand government. One of them was Dr. Zafar Mahmood, Chairman of the Zakat Foundation of India, which is at the forefront of all troubles.
In the year 2012, the UPA government proposed to introduce the provision of Limited Competitive Examination (LCE) for recruitment of a limited number of IPS officers from amongst the existing police officials working under various State Governments. This was to be in addition to the direct recruitment method already in vogue, by the UPSC. The proposal was to give an opportunity to the lower ranks of the police force to rise to the level of direct entry IPS officers.
Zakat Foundation filed a petition against the Government of India against the change in the procedure. The Foundation lost the case and the UPA government developed cold feet too and dropped the idea later on. What would Zakat Foundation have gained by hindering the rise of meritorious junior police officers to the level of police leadership? Is it because the chances of junior level Muslim officials rising to top positions were less?
Zakat Foundation first came into limelight when coached and guided by it, Shah Faesal became the first Kashmiri to top civil services exam in the year 2009. He raked up controversy when he wrote in a newspaper article the following:
When Kashmiri representatives are bullied in TV debates… when military bravado is encouraged over civilian agony……….and truth is not shown at all, and most importantly, when cows are made to feel more important than the Kashmiri people, the frustration and anger will, expectedly, be directed against India.
This article was totally one sided. Muslims are pampered and with around 16% of the total population, they still enjoy the status of minority! They were the mainstay of the Congress vote bank politics, which was usurped later by the Maulana Mulayam Singh – Samajwadi party and then by the BSP.
Is Kashmir not a part of India? He dabbled with politics and now he wants to come back and join the IAS to serve the people again. These spins are done by journalists like Barkha Dutt and her gang for money and fame and for peddling such issues, they are awarded Padma along with the likes of Vinod Dua and others by the Congress regime to project the secular face of the Indian National Congress and given prized houses in the Lutyens Zone in areas like Kaka Nagar and Bapa Nagar.
Another famous prodigy of the Zakat Foundation coaching classes, Safeer Karim, an IPS officer from Kerala, who was caught cheating in a Civil Services exam. There are many interesting facts about this year’s civil services exam and the outstanding performance of Muslim Candidates. Read this thread of tweets-
Since everyone is beating chest on number of Muslims who passed UPSC, here is some more interesting statistics. Muslims scored on average 5 marks more than non-Muslims in interview. One mark means around 3.5 ranks. Thus, interview performance pushed Muslim ranks by 17 overall.
— संजीव नेवर (Sanjeev Newar) (@followsanjeev) May 9, 2018
My wife belongs to the 1982 batch and nephew of Late Zail Singh was give more than 200 marks in the personal interview, which jumped his ranking and it catapulted his ranking in the final list and got him his home state as his cadre.
These statistics are shocking and alarming. Is there a network which is trying to help Muslim candidates? If Zakat Foundation really wants upliftment of Muslim community, why is it not arranging for coaching of Muslim students for IIT, IIM, medical colleges and other high paid professional courses? Why is it only eyeing for Civil Services? All this makes Indians ask a fundamental question – Is Zakat foundation’s agenda social or political?
Politicians keep changing but the bureaucracy is permanent. The policy-making power going into the hands of agenda driven people is dangerous for the country in the long run. Recently a camp of Rohingya was bulldozed by the Government of Uttar Pradesh, but the adjacent plot belonged to the Zakat Foundation, where the Muslims were allowed to build houses and Al Jazeera reported that a mosque was razed to ground, which was in fact a Jhuggi which appeared to be a Mosque, where only 52 family lived!
Enough damage has been done by the secularist. A new change is required. The government must not allot land to such organisations.