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India & Ghandi

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in response to reader comment: Within 100 years of its birth islam had violently reached both India and Europe

Submitted by Robert (United States), Dec 7, 2016 at 08:02

Dear Prashant,

Regarding your view of Truth, we in Europe and the USA,
have undergone a historical transformation
whereby Science, or Secular Knowledge belongs to the realm of Reason,
but Religion is the Realm of Faith.

It seems that you do not subscribe to this distinction.
The distinction is supposed to imply that there are completely different paths
to the Truth of Religion,
as opposed to the Truth of Science, social or physical.

Another problem I have with your position
is that you seem to violate our Western notion of
Religious Liberty
by sitting in judgment on the Truth of Islam and Muslim Believers.

I Love India, especially the Hindu part which in the Twentieth Century has given the World Mahatma Gandhi. Isn't, though, "Mahatma " a Hindu version of "Muhammad"?

Racism has also been disestablished in the West. I don't know much about the Untouchables of India today. However, the fact is that India has produced Non-Violence under the Human Hindu Gandhi,
and for this I love India. And Culturally, I prefer India to Pakistan.

But there are Millions of Muslim Citizens in India.
Are they Culturally very different from the Muslim Citizens of Pakistan, or Bangladesh?
These are Social and Demographic Questions,
not Questions about Race, obviously.

But if you recognize that the Muslims of India are living at Peace with the Majority Hindus,
then you have grounds to prefer the Hindu Religion.

But this does not give you ground to argue that the Hindu Faith has more Truth than Islam.
That's because Religion isn't a matter of Truth or Falsity.

Incidentally, Jews have lived in China for centuries in Peace under Confucianism and Buddhism.
And Jews have lived Peacefully in India under Hinduism and Buddhism.
Non of that wolds for the Christian or Muslim World,
where Jews have been persecuted and killed just because of being Jewish.

So my question to you is how has India managed to remain mostly Tolerant
of its Muslim Population which numbers in the many Millions (46?)?

In Summary, the issue isn't one of Truth, but of Tolerance.
And of course, Hindu India has produced Non-Violence,
while Pashtun Pakistan breeds breeds Jihadists for the Taliban of Afghanistan.

By Blood there is no difference between the two populations.
It isn't easy to tell a Pakistani from an Indian in the USA by looks alone.
Unfortunately, though, the Truth of Islam will get you nowhere
if your aim is to live at peace with your Muslim Pakistani brothers and sisters.

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