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islam in India is as Hate Mongering as in Other Places

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in response to reader comment: Islam is not to blame

Submitted by Singha (India), Apr 2, 2008 at 22:21


Muslims in India not Radicalised is not just naive but an inaccurate statement. Tom Friedman along with some politically correct leftists, has peddled this canard which is contrary to ground facts.

Deoband the seminary that motivated Talibs in Pakistan and Afghanistan is in North India. Deoband have not abrogated their 150+ year old fatwa declaring India "Dar-ul-Harb". Deoband remains the most influential islamic institution.

Indian Muslims much more than the Punjabi and Bengali muslims stood for Pakistan. Remember, Mohummad Ali Jinnahboy, founder of Pakistan, was a Gujarati. Muslims from Aligarh, Bombay, Delhi and UP midwifed Pakistan. Also remember that the hate mongering pakistan movement was a completely democratic one.

In Kashmir, Hindus were ethnically cleansed last century. Even Aurangzeb, who through forcible conversions was significantly responsible for Muslim majority in Sind and Panjab had been unable to drive out Hindus from Kashmir. This is something that muslims had been wanting to carry out for over 400 years. There have been serial blasts in Bombay, Delhi and in rest of India.

Indian leftist governments have failed to provide a robust response to islam and its intolerance.

It is again naive to say that Democracy is the panacea for islamic ills. In the islamic world, democracy will drive most nation towards islamic totalitarianism.

This tends to happen because in the islamic environment, where critical discourse on koran, mo-hum-mad and islam is prohibited, it is easy for forces that represent islam to acquire high ground and achieve control. Once forces of islam take charge, we know what usually happens to democracy.

Comparing islam to christiainsm and judaism to justify the presence of hate mongering verses in koran is not apt. Because, islam has never gone through the reformation process. If muslims are serious about peace, the only way is abrogate koran and categorically declare intolerant verses illegal. Highlight that many of mo-hum-mad's actions were intolerant, hatemongering and wrong. There are no short cuts in our fight with islam; we have to face the problem and eliminate it from its roots.


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