This is certainly the boldest piece of writing I have ever read.Inhumanity cant be tolerated in the name of religion.Our society needs more such brave writer.Its man who has created religion,religion has not created man.Religion can never be above humanity.
""An excuse to single out and target Muslims
Even Muslim critics of the face veil, who insist that it has no sanction in their reading of Islam, do not necessarily support the French ban, says Yoginder Sikand
The French ban on the Muslim face veil that came into effect last week has added new dimensions to on-going debates about secularism, democracy, religion, identity, the freedom of choice and gender justice. There is no simple answer to many of the troubling questions that the ban has provoked. Unequivocally approving or condemning the ban, to take any particular side in the fiercely polarised debate about the ban, is not an easy option.
The French government has justified the ban on the grounds that visible demonstrations of religious symbols in public are an affront to the supposedly unique brand of French secularism. "
Even the most educated and Westernied Muslims though disapprove many things in Islam but once confronted by Clergy in Mosaques they become pliant adherents to Sharia and Book. ,
This differene in preaching and practice by the Believers World over is the cause of confrontation between Islam and other Religeons.It is wrong to bifurcate Islam into Hard line and bengin Islam. Islam is only one per the great Book Quran which has clearly defined how a Believer should perform when confronted with different situations like piey for the Poor and helpless Khuda ke bande irrrespective of ones Religeon and War on the enemies when confronted.
The problem arises that Muslims world over are sticking to Jihadi line of thought and thus are now in confrontation mode World over.Though on Jehad too the empasis is more for inner struggle than with the outsiderers.But unfortunately Clergy does not see so hence the strife.We see the consequences of wrong type of Jihad in Arab Lands ,West,India and Far Eastern Asia
Fight for retention of Burqua is nothing but manisfestation of the same wrong Jihad .
Muslims have accepted Whabism .Day by day opponents to Whabi Islam are weakening .Pakistan has accepted the Wahbism and compeltely silenced the vast majority of the Suffi adherents with even ohysical elemination. India too is witnessing theuncompromising and unaccomodative version Zakir Naik type Wahabism.
So Burqua opposition is just a small but important sign of resistance to hard line Whabism .Sooner or later we will have same problems which west and other nations are facing that unaccomodative Islam .
Even the most vocal Secularists like Yoginder Sikand indulge in double speak on Islam so other rationalists in India.
>> Nehru agreed for Muslims' retention in Inda in 1947
What a ridiculous comment! Nobody advocated either forced evictions or generous retention. Read the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
"College-going girls put fizz in burqa biz
Rafia Nausheen,project coordinator,Mahita,an NGO working for the empowerment of adolescent girls and women,says: The reasons range from deep religiosity,personal choice to a diktat by parents who insist that if the girl wants to pursue higher education,wearing a burqa is the condition cutting across class and age barriers.
A decade ago,the community was oblivious to the need to educate girls.Now,they recognize the value and are preferring to send them out in burqas, says Noorjahan Siddiqui,who heads the womens wing of Confederation of Voluntary Agencies,an NGO in the Old City.
Recording the growing trend of more young girls coming out of their homes and making it to colleges is the burqa bazaar,where mannequins are clad in a range of scarves covering their heads and tied firmly under their chins."
Hopefully Education will enlighten the females and they will discard 7th Century Garments.
Nehru agreed for Muslims' retention in Inda in 1947 is the least problem . Real Problem is that he allowed Maulvies to stay behind.Pakistanis would have been far far happy with those wise Mullas.So would have been Indian Muslims.