The fight for Muslims is fundamental for the survival of our democracy

Despair can turn you from citizen to perpetrator. From the hunted to the hunter.

March 28, 2013 in Columns
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Some years ago, at a TEHELKA press conference, a young Muslim man walked up to TEHELKA Editor Tarun Tejpal and held his hand in deep gratitude. “If it had not been for your journalists, we would long have picked up the gun. Your work gives us hope, Sir,” he said. “You help us believe we belong to this country.

It was one of those rare moments of vindication journalists live for. The young man’s father, a respected maulvi, was falsely incarcerated then. We had just written his story. He would be acquitted a few years later.

In a sense, it is immaterial who that young man was. Over the past few years, TEHELKA journalists have documented hundreds of stories of innocent Muslims languishing in jails — often brutally tortured — on flimsy or false charges. It is easy to blank that phrase out, to be inured to it: “Hundreds of Muslims arrested on false charges”. But each case hides hair-raising stories about prejudice, incompetence and deliberate malafide. Each case also holds stories of pain, destroyed lives and hollowed futures.

Innocent Muslims have been jailed with impunity in India over the past decade because it was easy to jail them. Within hours of any terror attack, a bunch of Muslim boys would be arrested and their names aired in the media as “masterminds”. Then they would disappear from mainstream consciousness. Their guilt was assumed: it did not need to be proved.

Since 2001, a terrible maxim had seeped into the Indian mainstream: All Muslims may not be terrorists but all terrorists are Muslims. It did not matter if you caught the wrong ones. No one needed veracity. Everyone only wanted the illusion of security and “action taken”.

It wasn’t easy to report on these stories and ask the hard questions. The few human rights and media groups who did, were scorned as “anti-national”. Or doctrinaire liberals. The key point was missed. It is no one’s position that those who plant bombs should go unpunished. Those, like us, who were raising flags had only two simple arguments to make. One, take the long route, catch the real culprits, remain constitutional: that is the only way to real security. Two: do not make false arrests and breed fresh despair, triggering new cycles of hate and revenge. In the clever calculations men make about security and State, they underestimate the power of human despair. When you lose faith that a system will play fair by you, it can breed fatal recklessness. It can make you abdicate from the rules that cement human relations. Despair can turn you from citizen to perpetrator. From the hunted to the hunter. Despair can be a deadly weapon.

Fortunately — even if slowly — this dangerous tide has begun to turn. The dogged exposés are paying off. Over the past few months, there have been some very significant developments. First, in November last year, nudged by a committed citizens’ group — People’s Campaign against the Politics of Terror — CPM leader Prakash Karat took a list of 22 Muslims to President Pranab Mukherjee and demanded the Centre take immediate steps to help such victims of “State-led injustice”. The demands included fast-track courts; rehabilitation and compensation for those falsely jailed; and a review of the UAPA Act. Most importantly, Karat’s delegation to the President made the idea of ‘justice for Muslims’ front-page news. The sound-proof towers had been breached.

In March this year, in another unprecedented move, in the Rajasthan High Court Infosys agreed to pay a compensation of 20 lakh to Rashid Husain, a young Muslim engineer who’d been questioned by the police and unfairly sacked from his job soon after. Hopefully, this will set a blueprint for all those whose lives and reputations have been similarly destroyed. Young men who’ve spent decades in jail; who cannot find jobs or houses to rent even when they’re acquitted; whose families find themselves ostracised and sisters find themselves unmarriageable because their brothers have been stigmatised.

Finally, in a potentially far-reaching move, this week — perhaps driven by cynical electoral concerns — Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde wrote to parliamentarian Mohammed Adeeb that the government was considering setting up fast-track courts to expedite trials of Muslims in terror cases. It is absolutely crucial that this letter of intent does not go into oblivion. The fight for justice for Muslims is not an act of chivalric charity towards minorities: it is a fundamental act of survival for Indian democracy.

TEHELKA has compiled all its coverage of this issue online as The Muslim Question. Do read it. You will understand why.

28 Comments

  • delhidjinn March 28, 2013 - 1:57 pm Reply

    Very happy and proud that you are doing this task of ensuring justice. Eventually it is justice that defines a nation or lack of it.

  • indian March 28, 2013 - 7:26 pm Reply

    Dear Ms Soma,
    Yes Until Tehelka become the mainstream non-biased media, I hate Indian newspaers at all whom alwasys trying to propagate false news about Muslims, except ‘The Hindu’ paper, though they have a RSS ‘Samy’ the false propgating writer.
    Around me lots of Hindu friends they don’t hate me and we were able to enjoy lots of moments in colleges and all up to BJP took power in 2001. After that things changed heavily. When I grow beard they suspect me. Even my students who always found as dedicated. I will continue to teach ‘My’ childrens they are Rams , Rahmis and Roberts….. I never biased due to religion or etc.,. I love my country and treat them as my children. But when I grow beard and when I go for Prayer, things changed. Those days gone, when I was a young boy, I prayed for Shankar and myself to pass 7th Standard, Ha Ha!. I can certain Media, Media who propagate the falise messages that venoem spreads from normal people, law enforements officias to Government. Hence innocents victimised. I’m proud of your team’s work. Really have to salute to MR Tejpal, who proves the real democaracy.

  • humanist March 29, 2013 - 2:03 am Reply

    I’m all for justice for Muslims, but there are plenty of Hindus and Christians and Sikhs also falsely incarcerated, what about them?

    What about the fact that Hindus have gone from 20% of Pakistan’s population in 1947 to 2% today? What happened to the 18% Hindus – they achieved Moksha and evaporated into thin air peacefully? That is more than 20 million humans. 20 million. 20 million. Can you hear their cries? Can you feel their blood dripping on your hand? Can you see their horrified faces as they are systematically ethnically cleansed?

    It is unconscionable for you to be advocating for Muslims when such horrendous sins have been committed against tens of millions of Hindus by Muslims.

    Until the Muslims of India show their patriotism by demanding a Uniform Civil Code, until millions of them openly convert to Hinduism and other religions without any hoopla from their mullahs, until Muslim girls are free to marry Hindu boys as they wish, until Muslims stop whispering “kafir” “coward” “idol-worshipper” and other such intolerable and unacceptable insults about others, until Muslims fight against their own mullahs, until they accept and apologize for centuries of disgusting behavior by intolerant Muslim rulers. Until such time, Muslims will face resentment in not only India, but all over the world.

    The intolerance in Islamic beliefs is primitive and irreconcilable with tolerant Hindu ideals. Islam, as practiced in India, will need to change and openly accept the freedom of humans to choose their belief system, if Hindus are to trust Muslims. Islam needs to change, from within, for it to gain the respect and trust of others.

    • 32SL March 30, 2013 - 12:47 pm Reply

      Hellow Mr Humanist, we too, that is Muslims too are Humanist. LOL.
      I can see complete muddle in your thoughts and views about Islam and Mulism. Being a Hindu doesn’t mean needs to hide the terroism and complete Safron nature of Police and Judiciary which makes thousands of innocents in to jail. I can understand what makes you to write like this. a big share is for some Medias. Who propagate the false news about Muslims. Like Ms Soma said, before bomp exploded storey might have publshed from IM to SIMI. That is the reason you are writing like this. Accepting any religion is one presonal man’s choice. That is the answer for the points you highlighted that Pakistan’s population reduces to 2% or 20%. May be this kinds of statistics you can get from Samna, the mouthpiece of terror group Shive Sena, can’t be elsewhere. Whenever a media talk about abusing , torchering Muslims in general, if you are really a humanist, you should feel alteast worry of this situation. Atleast changed your mind of Islamic hatredness. But from your writing i could understand that you still want to be a ‘Modi’ and want to bring ‘Modi’ to perform More Godhra Massacre. Mr Humanist is this your really idea?. You like Hidnu fanatics just alwasy divert the attention, so called a sobbatage, by talking about Kashmiri Pundits , (Please look Kunal Majumdar of denial of exdous of Kashmir pundits, if you need truth), Pakistan blah blah? Brother, we are talking about situation in India. A statiscs says Muslims in jail is more than 50 years of Hindus whoe were put behind the jail . Can you deny that? Brother, Just be an Indain,Humanist. I respect you because you are my fellow Indian, you are following Hindu faith. You should respect me that I a fellow Indian and Muslim brother. Nothing else. Brother can I get this from you. Can you change your attitude of Islamic Hatred? Please go and read what is Islam and you won’t hate anyone in the world. Your vision will be turned to God, Almightly.

      Sorry Ms Soma, for my brief explaination to this brother and diverting attending of seeing your valuable writing.

      • humanist March 31, 2013 - 4:33 am Reply

        If you are a peaceful Muslim, who contributes to the advancement of India by gaining knowledge, success through good, respectable deeds, and bring glory to the nation, you are welcome, and indeed, wanted as a valuable member of the Indian community.

        If you are a beard-growing burqa-enforcing semi-literate conservative Muslim who refuses to sing Vande Mataram, sends your kids to a madarssa to memorize a Koran instead of to a school to learn science, literature and arts, if you don’t join Diwali or Holi celebrations like Hindus join Christmas and Id celebrations, if you put Sharia above the Indian constitution, if you think Muslims should have their own personal laws, then you are against the idea of India, and deserve whatever is your due.

        Muslims need to put nation before religion. No Haj to Mecca, do Haj to Aligarh or Ajmer. Develop liberal, tolerant Indian muslim traditions and shun and reject all ties to foreign origin Muslim traditions. Develop the Sufi version of Islam – mystical, spiritual, peaceful, and tolerant. You will be welcome if you blend into the nation peacefully like Parsis and Christians. If you keep threatening Hindus, aggressively showing off Islam then at some point, Indian nationalists will get fed up and will rise up in huge numbers to reclaim their nation.

        Hindus don’t have any other land on the planet. Muslims have dozens of nations to choose to emigrate to. Hindus who leave India feel unwelcome and discriminated against. We will fight to the death for our forefathers lands. India is Hindustan. All minorities who live respectfully and peacefully are very welcome. But get educated properly, work hard, and benefit the nation. Nation before everything else. Mahatma before Mohammed. Indian constitution before Koran. All fellow Indians before some random Muslim from the Muslim ummah. This is what you must understand and act on.

        • Arjun April 4, 2013 - 2:32 pm Reply

          HATS off to u humanist …if the thoughts like urs get in all indians , then it will be a better place to live. But primarily most of the hindus resent them coz of their biased attitude towards them . their are other minority groups who are truly minority but have u seen them creating any fuss all round india . no .In every religion their are some black sheep but there are good ones who check them to bay .But here black sheep concentration is highest who keep on preaching hate . I agree with author , but for the god sake it is only due to incompetecy of aur intelligence and our law enforcerment as to just shut the ppl resentment by placing the innocent indians in jail.

          • 32SL April 8, 2013 - 4:13 pm

            Hi Mr Arjun,
            Appreciate your comments. But you too wrongly wriiten ‘Muslims creating tension all over India’. I just give one example, pleae analyze who are creating tensions. Not Mulims , Not Hindus. but RSS.
            1) 50 Karasevaks travelling on train, no ticket have been taken.
            2) When train stop at a station near Godhra, they took items from Muslim platform shops, never pay. When asked money they start attack Muslims.
            3)Train get fired in next few stations due to accident (proved)
            4) RSS and its allies took the dead body of the karasevaks to all over Gujrat and stir the religious tension and make them turn again Muslims and was spreading the false news of Muslims set fire for Train to kill Karasevaks.

            6)Modi ordered Police to not to act if any violent against Muslims

            7) Muslims killed, raped and looted propery and burned alive and even pregnant ladies stomach teared to see the whether child is dead or not. A congress MP and its burnt alive, either Sonia or Modi didn’t pikcup for his last call.

            8) Whole India simply mourn but believes this is reprisal attack due to Muslim set fire to Karasevaks. Like what you belive Muslims create the problems.

            9) A group of Hidnus (Mr Tarun Tejpals team) worked and a courageous Tehelka reporter selected for a sting operation to bring the truth to show the nation who are the real culprits and what went wrong

            10) Whole India understand the real culprits. The group of Hidnus (our Judiciary system) put the culprits behind the bars.

            So the whole story I repeat here Mr Arju to understand no Hindu nor Muslim creating problems but by RSS and its idealogies. Let us chase away.

        • 32SL April 8, 2013 - 3:44 pm Reply

          Looks that you are wrong person at the wrong side. Anyway I answer some of your question. Just note that Islam means peaceful, submission to the will of God. There is no peaceful or non-peaceful Muslim category. But some Muslims pratice some are not. This is common to any community. Note Beard growing is a Sunnah (the way of Prophet Muhammad). A man having beard doesn’t mean he is concervative or radical. In fact, they will be more God fearing and they will live peacefully. A Pious Muslim will be good Citizen. If a man having having Tilak on his forehead, is he a radical? A Sikh man having beard is he a radical? No, we consider all are pious people and they are following their religious practice. That is it. The same goes to all your hatred/misunderstood questions. India is multi cultured and multi religious faith practising and one of best democrated country in the world. Unity in diversity is the fundamental of Indian Constitution. I wonder how are you able to talk like this when you see in own eyes in this article how many Muslims victimized? how many familys demolished?. You are writing like a radical(I wish you shouldn’t). Note, No Mulsims ever go and fight with other communities. Muslim never started any communal riots since for the last 50 years, all are just reprisals. All the hands of RSS. If you are looking for Indians with good understanidng on fellow communities and concentrate on improving on country. Just need to away from RSS idealogies. Just need to wipeout RSS. Just tell me how mnay RSS cadres have been hunged since the independence for their crime and riots? Godsay, the RSS Terrorist who killed our Mahatma was ‘Nadhuram Godse’. But he was tattoed as Ismail as him name so as to stir the religious division between Hindu community and Muslim community. The same practice going till now. Put bomb and point the Muslims. Yes Muslim not good at Engilsh becuase our Mullah’s (that you refered) prevent us from learning English. Even Deoveband Madrash(UP) issued fatwah that learing Engish language is Haraam (forbiden) in line with Mahatma’s Agitation of the English. Mappillai Muslims 200 peoples from Kerala were taken by English in train and was dead when it arrives at the last station by pushing them on one single garage.Have you heard about Tippu Sultan, a courageous king fight with English for the sake of Indian land. Get proper guidance through Hindu scholar Shri Ravi Shankar and Islami Scholar Zahir Nayak to have real understanding of Theology. Get proper histroy from P C Pandey kind of Historian not from Murali Manohar Joshi’s changed history which was taught during the BJP term to our kids to seed the Islamic hatred in the childhood itself. There is a lot of misunderstanding of Islam by you kind of ‘literate’ (as you said) people. – A small note from ‘semi-literate’.

        • 32SL April 8, 2013 - 4:16 pm Reply

          Looks that you are wrong person at the wrong side. Anyway I answer some of your question. Just note that Islam means peaceful, submission to the will of God. There is no peaceful or non-peaceful Muslim category. But some Muslims pratice some are not. This is common to any community. Note Beard growing is a Sunnah (the way of Prophet Muhammad). A man having beard doesn’t mean he is concervative or radical. In fact, they will be more God fearing and they will live peacefully. A Pious Muslim will be good Citizen. If a man having having Tilak on his forehead, is he a radical? A Sikh man having beard is he a radical? No, we consider all are pious people and they are following their religious practice. That is it. The same goes to all your hatred/misunderstood questions. India is multi cultured and multi religious faith practising and one of best democrated country in the world. Unity in diversity is the fundamental of Indian Constitution. I wonder how are you able to talk like this when you see in own eyes in this article how many Muslims victimized? how many familys demolished?. You are writing like a radical(I wish you shouldn’t). Note, No Mulsims ever go and fight with other communities. Muslim never started any communal riots since for the last 50 years, all are just reprisals. All the hands of RSS. If you are looking for Indians with good understanidng on fellow communities and concentrate on improving on country. Just need to away from RSS idealogies. Just need to wipeout RSS. Just tell me how mnay RSS cadres have been hunged since the independence for their crime and riots? Godsay, the RSS Terrorist who killed our Mahatma was ‘Nadhuram Godse’. But he was tattoed as Ismail as him name so as to stir the religious division between Hindu community and Muslim community. The same practice going till now. Put bomb and point the Muslims. Yes Muslim not good at Engilsh becuase our Mullah’s (that you refered) prevent us from learning English. Even Deoveband Madrash(UP) issued fatwah that learing Engish language is Haraam (forbiden) in line with Mahatma’s Agitation of the English. Mappillai Muslims 200 peoples from Kerala were taken by English in train and was dead when it arrives at the last station by pushing them on one single garage.Have you heard about Tippu Sultan, a courageous king fight with English for the sake of Indian land. Get proper guidance through Hindu scholar Shri Ravi Shankar and Islami Scholar Zahir Nayak to have real understanding of Theology. Get proper histroy from P C Pandey kind of Historian not from Murali Manohar Joshi’s changed history which was taught during the BJP term to our kids to seed the Islamic hatred in the childhood itself. There is a lot of misunderstanding of Islam by you kind of ‘literate’ (as you said) people. – A small note from ‘semi-literate’.

          • humanist April 18, 2013 - 1:46 am

            Mr 32SL,
            Living as a minority in ANY society is not ideal, but minorities have been accorded respect and freedom under Hindu rule. The same absolutely and most certainly cannot be said for Muslim rule in nation after nation, era after era. Muslims are the worst guardians of human knowledge and civilization – your people, when given a chance to rule, have just destroyed other cultures and accumulated knowledge, forcing humanity to recreate and relearn solutions to problems that have been solved. Muslims need to be divided – into sects that will fight against each other and allow diversity of opinion and thought to take root within Islam. Your religion is immature, incomplete and dangerous, if you want to make a difference, stand up and shout out your opposition to those Muslims giving it a bad name, instead of defending the indefensible perverts and criminals hiding behind religion to perpetrate their crimes and sins. If you choose not to, then the rest of us will get up in massive numbers, and beat these bad people into submission to reestablish the rule of law. We’re all tired of you “moderate Muslims” who stay mum while your extremist elements kill and maim the citizens of India. So, either act, or watch as the good people act. Either way, your whining and complaining is useless and unwelcome.

  • Regular guy March 29, 2013 - 6:11 am Reply

    Keep it up – Indian (Hindu)

  • Regular guy March 29, 2013 - 6:17 am Reply

    Harsh Srivastava: unfortunately, terror is a communal issue and the issue is communalised with false arrests. We have to face up to it. In the Naxalites case, probably they are targeted because they are poor, not because they are Hindu. We need to face up to that too – there may be an Adivasi angle but its not a Hibdu issue. Please analyze correctly. Thank you. iNdian (Hindu)

  • Rajesh Kumar March 29, 2013 - 6:55 am Reply

    When Hindus start feeling that they are being victimized in their own country, then they will take up the gun against a tyrannical government. India is a democracy because it is Hindu. Were it not Hindu, it would have long turned into an Islamic theocracy.

    • sb April 11, 2013 - 2:50 am Reply

      Excuse me – are you forgetting the 1984 riots? Hindus are peaceful? Please read the comment son any article about Modi and you will be nauseated by his Hindu brigade supporters writing out choices hindi abuses against people. The discussion here is abotu the state and the state discriminates. It has certainly discriminated against the Sikhs who have always out their own lives at stake for the larger good of India. India used to be a secular country but now it is teeming with hatred andHindus are right in the middle of it.

      • Arjun April 12, 2013 - 2:32 pm Reply

        EXcuse me…… not hindus, they were congress ppl whereas most of the hindus from right wing were helping and protecting them.

  • Derek March 29, 2013 - 12:37 pm Reply

    With the kind of secularism media propagates, highly likely that majority in India will feel unsafe and will become militant. This has already showing up in the attitude of people when they say if Muslims can vote en-mass against BJP why should Hindus not vote for BJP. Is there anyone who stops Muslims to enroll in BJP and become a leader!

    Tehelka’s one point agenda seems to criticize BJP and Narendra Modi is its favorite punch bag.

    • 52AP March 31, 2013 - 11:59 am Reply

      Brother Derek, I just want to answer one question that is Why Muslims why can’t join BJP and become leader. It is just equal to asking why you didn’t joined Nazi and became hitler. When their first agenda is always against Muslims how will Muslims will join ‘your’ party. BJP is untouchable backed by terror part until year 2001 by most of the Indias around 85%. But they know how to gain power stir the religious hatred among Hindus and Muslims and turn Hindu against Muslims, they successfully executured Mass Gujrat Massacre, successfully demolised Bajri masjid, brouhgt laksh of Muslims in to the jail and succesffully put bomb and poitned to Mulsims etc.,. The powerful Media without shame, not all media, shown BJP as the correct party, Modi as the harmonious leader. What to do? I tell Muslims never said, never want to be leader. They are voting for Congress, most of them Hindus, tehy vote for BSP, most of them Hindus. So here issue is not Hindu or Muslim or Sikh or Chirisitian. But hte right wing terrorism on which RSS and BJP build. EVery country have some little number of right wing terrorist . But our contry we have right wing group BJP in the name of political party. Indians should boycott BJP kinds of communcal violence groups.

      • humanist April 1, 2013 - 2:08 am Reply

        Go get a proper education, instead of babbling incoherently in paragraph-less misspelt posts that just exhibit how badly educated and ignorant many Muslims are. You go to religious schools where you ratta one book, and think it has taught you everything there is to know about life and the world. You accept the lies that are fed to you by your own parents and your mullahs without questioning them.

        The right wing has only risen because the left wing and minority appeasement politicians have ruined the country completely. India is worse than a sh*thole today because of your Congress party and its Muslim beardos and burqos. We want our India back, and we want to heal it and fix it for our future generations. Either join us in building a great India, or get out of the way, or just leave the country. There are lots of Muslim countries you can move to.

  • Jadeboy March 31, 2013 - 1:28 pm Reply

    I agree with Soma’s viewpoint that India needs to be a just society and that Muslims in India are very much a part of our country’s social fabric. There is just no justice in mis-treating any section of society, be they Muslim, or Hindu or Sikh or Christian. If we are to move ahead as a country, we need to take all sections of our populace along in that journey to progress. And this cannot be done unless we co-opt Muslims too in our developmental plans etc.

    Essentially, all this boils down to good governance. It would require the government to deliver decent standards of administration which is corruption free and equitable. That does not seem to happen anywhere in India and so all sections of society seem miffed (and seem to blame some community or other for their plight). In some senses this would mean no playing minority politics, no majoritarianism, no bias in treating any community. This would go very far in allaying concerns of all sections of the population. However, it seems that our political class likes to play divisive politics. And this is fount for all feelings of injustice, deprivation and inequity. We need a cleaner political system, and we need a corruption free government to start with. For that we need to elect a set of MPs and MLAs who stand for probity. If we do not, we have ourselves, as a people, to blame. After all we get the government and the plight we deserve.

  • Motoon April 2, 2013 - 9:33 pm Reply

    I think these blogs are financed by Ghulam Nabi Fai’s India funds.BTW the arrests of muslims in all countries of the world remains highe and the same as it is in India. Does it mean the whole world is against them. It suits their victimisation syndrome. The author and her ilk are feeding on them.Islamic terror is a world wide phenomenon and there is no use closing our eyes to it. If any others have to committ terrorism there must be a motive.It is only the muslims who have a motive to bring in Dar ul islam. Rest of the world have no such agenda. There may be some cases of reactive terror efforts due to the incumbant pseudo secular govt mollycoddling with anti nationals for vote bank.

    • hai April 9, 2013 - 12:34 pm Reply

      Motoon, It is just a propaganda by media and part of Islamaphobia. Any form violence should be rejected and deemed to punishable. You said Hindu terror groups attacks are reactive. Then Muslim will say same thing. It won’t solve the problem. Not a single day can cahnge the whole world.No Muslim can dream on it. We can see peaceful peoples all aorund us in all community. Don’t live on wrong idealogies. The fake encounters and fake arrests that you can read from this article are most of them from Congress ruling states. So no point they are looking for minorities. Latest list is Afsal guru, who has not given a fair trail by our judiciary system, no proof he is involved in the attack but hanged. If we continually do discrimination agains minorities in name of wrong system and etc., reason, how to stop all the violence from all these peoples. Same goes to Muslim if they are not merging their idealogies to national stream and living peacefully with fellow Indians, they can’t come out of this ‘minority’ mind.

  • Faraz Alim April 8, 2013 - 2:31 am Reply

    A question to all Hindus who are shown a fear of Muslim just ask a question to yours heart HOW COULD BE 100 CRORES of HINDUS FUTURE BE IN TROUBLE OR FEAR OF 12 CRORE OF MUSLIM ? if you get this answer then think about your friens in which one or two will be Muslim again think one more time how could mostly a daily wage earning community who fight day to day to earn so that they can feed their love one could be matter of trouble ..? OPEN your eyes before it closes for ever

    • Arjun April 11, 2013 - 1:27 pm Reply

      All growth has happened in human history when people denounced religion. Christianity tried its best to cow down Copernicus when he told us that earth was not the center of earth. Same thing was done to Darwin. Hindus have long left the heinous practices of sati and multiple marriages. Visit any city in India and more and more people are opting for electric cremation for their departed instead of burning woods.
      Where does Islam stand? Muslims still follow their faith as was codified in its book. They simply refuse to redefine or move away from their 7th century lifestyle. In India millions of Muslims waste their childhood by going to Madarasas and learning Arabic/Quran/Hadith and when they grow up their knowledge is absolutely meaningless in this world. Then comes the cry of discrimination and backwardness which has been chosen by themselves.
      It is high time Muslims should introspect and dump the non sense. Grow up fellows for because of your sheer number mankind cannot advance till you all do too!

  • Sovan Chakraborty April 14, 2013 - 5:50 pm Reply

    Mr. Arjun I support your views. It is absolutely correct that religion is a barrier to the logical thinking. Religion suppresses, rather it is afraid of, broad/free thinking of their devotees. Once people start to think logically then the days of PRIESTS/BRAHMIN/IMAM etc. etc. will come to an end.
    In present days people have come far away from the bindings of religion. But in ISLAM the concept of JIHAD is now very much active and there is clear instruction in the KORAN itself that only ISLAM is the religion of truth and the people of all other religion is KAFER. So, to kill those KAFERS and to establish the religion of truth through out the globe is the highest form of responsibility of all the MUSLIMS. JIHAD is based on this concept. I personally feel that it is now very important for the Muslims to come out of the religious education and to get themselves educated in the light of science and technology. Freedom of thinking, freedom from religious binding is very essential in present scenario.

  • Lalit Mohan Bagai April 19, 2013 - 9:58 pm Reply

    more muslims are in prison for ordinary offences.

    60 percent muslims in french jails, 12 percent in britain and 40 percent in
    mumbai.

  • faisal husaini April 26, 2013 - 12:14 pm Reply

    States area ruled dramatic scenes created by politicians. After getting rid of LTTE, although not completely, Sri Lanka is ready to put itself under another threat resulted by the means of injustice to the people of his own land. Minorities in any country do not have any interest in indulging into agitation or mutiny until justice is denied to them. Provided that, injustice by the states is brought to action either due to prejudice of power or a plot to win the election in blind counting of democracy.
    Subha Wijesiriwardena’s write up was informative as well as enlightening, as there is a little section of such people who even bother about this particular minority.
    Myanmar is suffering from worse situation where Rohingyan Muslims have been denied from all basic human rights. I expect that torchbearers of justice from media, politics and public come forward and fight to establish it.

  • raj April 27, 2013 - 6:37 pm Reply

    32SL you blame RSS Dear Dear This show how much you had been brainwash. Islam is the evil dear. Just check the history Mecca was the home of jews before so called prophet he killed them and drive them from Mecca they fled to Israel the small piece of land even from that small piece of land you want to drive them out. and reason you give is they had invaded were as you had invaded now compare it with burma just see the face of rohinga muslim and burma people you know who is outsider this outsider had been killing poor burma buddhist and when this Buddhist fight back you start fake pics circulation in india. Check the Assam people pic and bangladeshi muslim invaded there and you know who is outsider. Check the reason for kashmir terrorist they want separate country because muslim in majority then check the all muslim country pakistan, bangladesh and all shit you see how minority had been killed vaporized from 20 percent to .5 percent from 30 percent to 9 percent so how can you trust muslim Secular means respect for all in same amount how come you give one community free hand and bad name to other. if god created us how come he want us to be slaves pray him multiple time why will he reward us sex for killing people who belive in other god is he God or IMPP.

  • amar May 19, 2013 - 4:45 pm Reply

    Seems like a lot of comments given here are from brainless people ( ie dont have a brain). I cant comprehend how its by in some peoples views that a whole section of society feels unsafe and these people consider it ok!! and justify it.

    Be it any religion or section of society, it can never be branded. This is going beyond stereotyping as one is taking action based on Stereotypes rather than facts. THIS MUST BE STOP!

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