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1/D-21
Nov 19, 2011
04:40 AM

Dear Professor, how right you are. Some white doctors in UK spoke against cousin marriage in certain pakistani community, and as usual,some muslim organistaions started shouting and accusing the doctors of interference against Islam. UK politicians, of both parties, never speak against all the bad habits of the muslims in the fear of losing their votes. The general feeling is,who cares about muslims. In the process, innocent muslims suffer for no fault of their own. The muslims in UK are always at the last for any human development index,be it in education, housing, employment or health matters.

george
london, United Kingdom
2/D-23
Nov 19, 2011
05:45 AM

Excellent article. I was also amused when this issue barely raised murmurs. Mr. Naim is one of the most respected names and hopefully, he will not be hounded by the Mullah pied pipers.

The problem has been that anyone raising voice against Islamic fundamentalism is branded as a fundamentalist himself. And, if he happens to be a Hindu, God save him!! the gravest threat to Indian Muslims comes from their own "friends". It is surprising that they can't see through their games.

The Irreverent Indian
Online, India
3/D-26
Nov 19, 2011
06:04 AM

ALL religions are dangerous. Never mind the oxymoron - 'religious intellectuals'.

Male Unblocked
Chennai, India
4/D-30
Nov 19, 2011
08:23 AM

Imam Bukhari's vicious attack on the Ahmadi exhibit in Delhi was widely criticzed on Muslim websites in India but found no censure in Urdu newspapers. When Salman Taseer was assassinated in Pakistan while fighting their obnoxious blasephemy laws, the Indian Urdu press never bothered to condemn the assassination whereas the Muslim blogs were livid at Pakistani mullahs who had created the atmosphere in which such an assassination could take place. Indian Muslims are the beneficiaries of tolerant and benign attitudes emanating from India's secularism, but many of them they have not internalized such attitudes and, sad to say, do not consistently denounce fundamentalist excesses when they occur.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
5/D-35
Nov 19, 2011
10:10 AM

According to Digvijaya Singh this will be a 'secular' attack by Imamji Bukhariji.

S.S.Nagaraj
Bangalore, India
6/D-38
Nov 19, 2011
11:08 AM

MB>> ALL religions are dangerous. Never mind the oxymoron - 'religious intellectuals'.
 

North Korea and Albania (under Enver Hoxha) should have been the most peaceful places to live on earth. Unfortunately, the truth is other wise...

"A Truth is a Truth only untill it is not proven false"

Ramki
Delhi, India
7/D-39
Nov 19, 2011
11:21 AM

Some responses to points made here:

1.Arrest and conviction of the guilty in the recurrent cases of anti-Muslim violence. Much to the shame of India, the occurrence of these “riots” has not stopped or even declined, and in most cases the guilty have gone free. However, much to the credit of the Indian society, an increasing number of non-Muslim individuals and groups have become active over the last three decades on behalf of the victims of the riots, and their efforts have brought some gains recently.

NO OBJECTIONS HERE. BUT DO THE SAME AND PUNISH THOSE GUILTY OF 1984 SIKH RIOTS AND 1990 MASS ETHNIC CLEANSING OF KASHMIRI PANDITS BY THE FUNDAMENTALISTS OF KASHMIR VALEY


2.Reservations for Muslims in all government jobs, proportionate to their numbers in the census and regardless of any other criterion.

IF YOU WANT RESERVATION OF SAY 12% OF JOBS TO MUSLIMS THEN DECLARE INDIA AS A HINDU NATION AND RESERVE 80% of JOBS TO HINDUS. YOU CANNOT HAVE RESERVATION AND SECULARISM AT SAME TIME


3.Taking away from the Archaeological Survey of India all mosques and Muslim shrines that the ASI presently controls, and giving access to them to various local Muslim “leaders.”

A HERITAGE PLACE WHICH IS NOT COMMONLY USED PLACE OF WORSHIP BELONGS TO ASI.

THOSE WHO THINK OTHERWISE, REMEMBER THAT INDIA IS A SECULAR STATE.


4.Taking away from the control of the Sunni and Shiah Waqf Boards as many trust properties as possible, to give the same to other local “leaders.”
 

INTERNAL MATTER OF RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY. GOVT AND JUDICIARY SHOULD NOT INTERVENE IN MATTERS OF RELIGION AND VICE VERSA. APPLIES TO HINDUISM AND OTHER FAITHS TOO.

5.5. Preservation of the “Muslim identity” of the Aligarh Muslim University and the Jamia Millia—in other words, making sure that Muslims overwhelmingly dominate in admissions and jobs, regardless of any other criteria that are used at other Central institutions.

CANNOT BE DONE SO LONG AS THE SECULAR STATE AND THE TAXPAYER FUND THESE INSTITUTIONS.

WHY SHOULD A HINDU or SIKH or CHRISTIAN OR NON BELIEVER TAXPAYER FUND THESE INSTITUTIONS?


6.“Preservation and Development of Urdu,” and expansion of the acceptance of Urdudegrees for government jobs, school grants, and admission to graduate and post-graduate education at universities.

PRESEVE AND DEVELOP URDU. NO ISSUES. PLEASE DO THE SAME TO OTHER INDIAN LANGUAGES ALSO. ALL 18 LANGUAGES RECOGNIZED BY CONSTITUTION NEED SAME TREATMENT. TAXPAYER MONEY SHOULD FIRST FUND NON HINDI REGIONAL LANGUAGES THAT ARE NEGLECTED. URDU SPEAKERS OUTSIDE KASHMIR ALSO SPEAK ANOTHER LANGUAGE AND SO THE LANGUAGE OF

MAJORITY IN ANY PLACE SHOULD FIRST GET THE IMPORTANCE. WE ALL HAVE SEEN HOW A NATION WHICH CELEBRATED AND GLORIFIED URDU IS TODAY A BASKET CASE. LET US LEARN THE LESSONS FROM THE FAILED STATE THAT IS OUR WESTERN NEIGHBOUR. URDU WILL NOT DO ANY GOOD TO THE MUSLIMS, IT IS MODERN ENGLISH AND LOCAL LANGUAGE EDUCATION WHICH WILLL HELP


7.Defending the “Finality of Prophethood” against an alleged onslaught by the Ahmadis.

IN A NON ISLAMIC COUNTRY LIKE INDIA WHERE MAJORITY BELIEVE IN POLYTHEISM, THIS IS ABSURD..


8.Campaign to expel Taslima Nasreen from India. Contrary to what most people would like to believe, this issue has been kept alive in the Urdu press. In October, the Sahafat drummed it up for three days accusing Taslima of a “blasphemous” tweet! They never explain how they got it. Then, on November 17, the Munsif carried an article by some Syed Ahmad Wamidh Nadvi, entitled: "How Long Will Taslima Continue to Have the Government's Ashirvad?" An excellent example of how a person trained at the Nadva can curse and swear like a lumberjack while displaying his expertise in Arabic like an ‘alim.

THESE MATTERS DO NOT CONCERN THE MAJORITY OF FOLKS IN COUNTRY. SO STATE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS.


9.Interminable skirmishes and power-plays between various Muslim sects and their leaders, disguised as demands to bring out processions to “Protect the Honor of the Prophet’s Companions,” to name a road “The Mourning Road,” or to declare some group as “agents of the Jews,” “heretics,” or “terrorist.”
 

NOT THE BUSINESS OF STATE TO GET INTO THESE B.S ISSUES

Ramki
Delhi, India
8/D-43
Nov 19, 2011
11:43 AM

>> Imam Bukhari's vicious attack on the Ahmadi exhibit in Delhi was widely criticzed on Muslim websites in India

But what about secular websites and secular circles?

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
9/D-47
Nov 19, 2011
12:48 PM

>> Imam Bukhari's vicious attack on the Ahmadi exhibit in Delhi was widely criticzed on Muslim websites in India

It will be nice to get links to these websites and these criticisms so that we can spread the good word around and we too can participate.

I hope this article provokes a healthy debate. This is an important article which should be widely circulated and read so that more and more people are made aware and join their voices in protest

Shabnam Ali
New Delhi, India
10/D-50
Nov 19, 2011
01:16 PM

Ramki,

>>  Some responses to points made here....

Prof. Naim is not making these points. He is criticizing those who make such points.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
11/D-51
Nov 19, 2011
01:16 PM

Shabnam Ali

This Article will never be published in Urdu or Local Media .So only a few Muslisms will read it. Majority or Muslims read Urdu Newspapers or Local Media.

Effort of the writer will not have much effect on Indian Muslim Samaj who otherwise too is badly divided in csats,creeds and sub Branches of Islam .

a k ghai
mumbai, India
12/D-55
Nov 19, 2011
01:41 PM

Just take the case of Taslima Nasreen hardly a dozen Muslims support her .Rest are against her in one or the other way.Other one is Maulana from Gujarat who wanted to teach Deobandi students some Modern Education .Hold of clergy and Deoband is complete .

I doubt if some thing can be done.A few writings here and there will not help.Even educating Muslims in ordinary schools is frustrating experience .One has always to look over his shoulders .For small digression the Kerala Professor got his hand cut and lost job his job.
The Party of hand cutters is now sharing Power in Kerala under the grab of some Muslim Political Party.

Unless Muslims enmasse come forward no progress can be made by Muslim Samaj .We outsiders at the most can prod but real effort has to come from within.

But I do concede and say from my personal experience gained through NGO working in Muslim dominated areas of North that girls and boys in schools are very very eager to go for higher education like other children .That is the only hope of redemption .
Clergy and educated Muslims I have written off . They are semi dead hitting the  Modi wall .Nothing beyond .
 

Only Muslim Children are the hope for the future.

a k ghai
mumbai, India
13/D-69
Nov 19, 2011
04:44 PM

 Superb piece, thanks Mr. Naim!

Umair Muhajir
New York, United States
14/D-70
Nov 19, 2011
04:53 PM

"Even educating Muslims in ordinary schools is frustrating experience .One has always to look over his shoulders ."

You should really stay out of education business. You see difference even in kids!! Psychos like you are polluting this world. 

Lopamudra
Mumbai, India
15/D-78
Nov 19, 2011
06:54 PM

The problem in India is not Muslims or the Muslim fundamentalists; it is the Indian liberals. It is their consistent double standards that make India an illiberal state.

RSM
Delhi, India
16/D-100
Nov 19, 2011
09:45 PM

If the state cannot handle fundamentalist muslims, then it will never be able to handle majority fundamentalism.  A Very sensible article by CM Naim.

Navien K Batta
muscat, Oman
17/D-20
Nov 20, 2011
04:30 AM

Indian Muslims are the beneficiaries of tolerant and benign attitudes emanating from India's secularism, but many of them they have not internalized such attitudes and, sad to say, do not consistently denounce fundamentalist excesses when they occur..........Anwaar

How right you are Anwaar. This happens not only in India,but in the west as well. In UK,the muslims have built a wall between themselves and the local people. As a result, local whites despise the muslims in private. They detest the presence of muslims in the west. Newspapers are full of these stories and angry letters.

george
london, United Kingdom
18/D-32
Nov 20, 2011
11:40 AM

@ Shabnam Ali >> It will be nice to get links to these websites and these criticisms so that we can spread the good word around and we too can participate.

I had requested Anwaar the same thing. For reasons unknown, he evades this request.

Kiran Voleti
Chennai, India
19/D-48
Nov 20, 2011
01:53 PM

Pakistani fanaticism is being exported to India and the importers are so-called Indian Muslim Scholars better to be called as Mullahs. What is wrong with the Qur'an Exhibition of Ahmadiyya Muslims ??? How come an exhibition to expose the beautiful teachings of Qur'an be opposed by so-called Muslims ??? What Bukhari wants ?? Does he want Indian Muslims to follow the Constitution of Pakistan ?? In 1974, Pakistani Parliament promulgated a law declaring Ahmadiyya Muslims as Non-Muslims. Why the Indian Mullahs want to implement the law of that terrorist country in our great country of secularism which is graced with such a rich democratic values ??? Ahmadiyya Muslims in Pakistan face severe persecutions and atrocities because of their some distinctive teachings like they believe Rama and Krishna to be the great Prophets of God...they believe in freedom of speech and freedom of faith. They oppose Jihad mis-interpreted by Mullahs and the so-called Jihadis ( Blind followers and supporters of Mullahs) are involved in nothing but just TERRORISM to create disorder...Ahmadi Muslims are totally against any type of terrorism inflicted upon innocent people. They reject Mullah's version of violent Islam. That is why Mullahs in Pakistan are the staunchest opponents of Ahmadiyya Muslims living in Pakistan. But this is India. In this secular country how come mullahs dare imitate Pakistani fanatics ??? This is high time the evil must be nip in the bud before it gets any space to grow and become like a cancer as it has bore it's bitter fruits in Pakistan. Pakistan is ablaze with the curse of terrorism due to fanatic mullahs and their blind supporters. Minorities like Ahmadiyya Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Christians are deprived of their basic human rights in that worst country...I would like to request all sane and sensible Indians to extend their moral support for "Wajahat Habibullah", who is an exemplary person. He has set the right example. My salutations to him. And at the same time I request all to condemn in the strongest possible words to the mischievous acts of Mullahs and their supporters, who hail to be Indian....eat Indian bread and butter but dare to dance in the tunes of laws of Pakistan's Parliament !!! Shame on All India Personal Law Board Member Kamaal Farooqi and Syed Yahya Bukhari, brother of the Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid along with their supporters.

Khalid Hussain
Soro, Orissa., India
20/D-58
Nov 20, 2011
02:46 PM

It seems from the essay of author that the translation of Quran by Ahmadis is a standard one or even a BETTER  one which was also accepted by Saudi and had wide distribution already . So we can safely presume that it is not at all a distortion and orthodoxy should not have felt that their version of ISLAM was in danger !!! 

The demonstrators probably never read , Quran or its translations of Ahmediyas. The demonstration seems to be a political stunt and also it shows a terrible hatred for Ahmediyas just because they are Ahmediyas.

Indian muslims inherit a great tradition of debate. They are also a part of "argumentative" indians. Ahmediyas at least shall be considered as human beings and they have their rights. But it seems that administration had shivered and pissed on their legs seeing a "general" muslim anger.

bowenpalle venuraja gopal rao.
warangal, india
21/D-69
Nov 20, 2011
05:19 PM

Persecution of the Ahmediyas, also known as the Qadianis, started in Pakistan. They have been labelled as heretics and non-Muslims and are required to submit signed affidavits that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the founder of this sect, is an imposter, before they are issued a passport.

Professor Abdus Salaam, the only Pakistani Nobel laureate, is a Qadiani; few Pakistanis have heard of him, and those who have, aren't particularly proud of him. No university has been named after him; even the word "Muslim" was erased from his tombstone.

While Ahmediyas consider themselves to be muslims, the orthodoxy consider them to be heretics. The main issue against them is that their belief in the prophethood of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad amounts to apostasy, a crime punishable by death. Several lynchings have been carried out by mobs instigated by the orthodox clergy in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. This intolerance has spread to even to moderate Indonesia, where, earlier this year, in February, a mob lynched three Ahmediyas right in front of the police, who remained mute apectators.

The courage of Professor Naim, Mr. Wajahat Habibullah and the Congress MP, Mr. Bajwa,needs to be commended for standing up to the rights of people whose belief run contrary to mainstream concepts. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was a mujaddid (reformer) who made it his life's mission to reform the religion, which he felt, lost its essence over the centuries. He was against a violent interpretation of concept of jihad and interpreted it as an internal struggle to better inself.

As Voltaire said, I might vehemently oppose your ideas, but I will defend with my life your right to articulate it. Will the pseudo-secular leftist liberals, the likes of Arundhati Roy, Saba Naqvi, Yoginder Sikand, assorted politicians and other bleeding hearts, so vocal in their condemnation of acts of intolerance of other communities, come out of the closet and articulate their support for the right of this oppressed community? Aren't certain inalienable freedoms a right guaranteed by our constitution?

Come to think of it, will anybody condemn the pressure put on Benetton to withdraw advertisements showing their Pope kissing someone of another religious persuasion? Surely, the enlightened and liberal Europeans aren't as backward as we, the lesser mortals are.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
22/D-4
Nov 21, 2011
12:31 AM

Ramblings about "Manual of terrorism"??...........

INDIAN DESI
HYDERABAD, India
23/D-15
Nov 21, 2011
04:33 AM

@ Shabnam Ali >> It will be nice to get links to these websites and these criticisms so that we can spread the good word around and we too can participate.

I had requested Anwaar the same thing. For reasons unknown, he evades this request.

Tsk, tsk. Expect some righteous indignation and irrelevance soon.

Ajit Tendulkar
Seattle, United States
24/D-20
Nov 21, 2011
07:48 AM

Voleti,

>>  I had requested Anwaar the same thing. For reasons unknown, he evades this request.

I told you that I will not go to different websites looking for the relevant posts in order to re-post them here for you. My answer will be the same every time you bring it up.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
25/D-36
Nov 21, 2011
11:31 AM

It is a very lucid and unbiased assessment. India has lived with religious diversities and that includes Islam. Religious, sectarian and ethnic controversies and even the minority mindsets( read oppression) causing controversies often resulting in violence is not new. Muslims are a part of our history as the British. Muslims in India are Indian Muslims and different than the Muslims in other Muslim countries.The Hindu- Muslim recurrent violence has a history, a colonial legacy and now due to vote bank politics.Babri was denounced by all and sundry and Modi is hounded constantly, and those after him majority being Hindus. No conscience can accept what is evil.But todays politics depends on self motives and self preservation, and appeasing their own constituencies and not having any broad based view out of the fear to annoy the other. The constituencies and socities being a mix of majority and minority therefore, everybodies stand depend on what will be in their self interest and avoiding controversies. Truth speaking needs courage.In that sense your essay is more acedemic ,many will  agree also what you say but how practical it would be is doubtful in terms of its takers, including Muslims. Every religion and societies have elements who only criticise and react with  no creativities of their own.Majority may not approve them but like to remain at the background, and those insecure who can easily be manipulated lend them support.It is unfortunate.It is innocent Muslims who suffer for no fault of their own, and it dampens the spirit of those young practicing Muslims who want to prosper as equals. Nevertheless there is a wind of change and it is not going to stop.

S K SRIVASTAVA
New Delhi, India
26/D-50
Nov 21, 2011
01:29 PM

It’s a fact that so called secular brigade is not keen to promote tolerant form of Islam, but these jokers act as agents of communal elements from minority communities, there was so much ruckus on Ramayana issue just a fortnight back all the secular brigade did is to cry as if their end of the day is near, and now totally silent and shamelessly hiding away  from the truth of Qadian  Muslims  rights……………………shame on the secularists ……………..glad for a change outlook broke the ranks of fake secularists

madhukar
hyd, India
27/D-56
Nov 21, 2011
03:32 PM

@ Anwaar>>I told you that I will not go to different websites looking for the relevant posts in order to re-post them here for you. My answer will be the same every time you bring it up.
Will be happy to see atleast one such link. Atleast once!

Kiran Voleti
Chennai, India
28/D-97
Nov 21, 2011
10:05 PM

>> Will be happy to see atleast one such link. Atleast once!

Go to Google. Tell them Anwaar sent you.

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
29/D-110
Nov 21, 2011
11:55 PM

 It's not a problem that the Qadiyaanis practice whatever they want to practice. But it'll not be in the name of Islam since they don't believe in the Qur'an as they reject the verses which state the Prophet Muhammad is the last Prophet of God after Prophet Jesus. If a Chrsitian or Hindu Sect claims to be Muslim just be claiming that they believe in the Qur'an while at the same time they practice Polytheism & claim that they have a new Prophet amongst them, will it be acceptable. Qaadiyaani's (not Ahmedis) are not Muslims, they may call themselves a new Relgion of a conglomeration of religions & none objects to that.

Waseem
Bangalore, India
30/D-31
Nov 22, 2011
07:49 AM

>> "India has lived with religious diversities and that includes Islam....." - SK Srivastava

There is no need to attempt political correctness. All other religions - Sikhs, Hindus, Parsis, Christians etc. - have gelled with the sense of Indianness. But, Muslims still stand separate. The Preamble of the Indian constitution says "...constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC...". Islam struggles to coexist with two of those fundamental notions - democracy and secularism. Not only in India, but across the world. And, this is not to be blamed on Islam as a religion. The blame lies with those who act as the "protectors" and "representatives" of this religion. They have made every attmpts at preventing Islam from evolving and adapting to 21st century realities. As long as the Mullahs are allowed to interfere with the politics and social aspects of Muslim lives, this problem of disdainful coexistense will continue.

>> "Muslims in India are Indian Muslims and different than the Muslims in other Muslim countries." 

How are they different? If you are implying that Indian Muslims are good, while other Muslims are bad, it is wrong. The vice-versa is also wrong. The problem is not the Islam per se. The problems are their pied pipers. You make their pied pipers redundant and lot of these problems will cease to exist. 

The Irreverent Indian
Online, India
31/D-41
Nov 22, 2011
09:12 AM

Irreverent,

>>  Islam struggles to coexist with two of those fundamental notions - democracy and secularism.

So do you. You advocated "permissible genocide". You said freedom of speech should be allowed to some but not to others. Hindu communalists and Muslim communalists have a hard time adapting to democracy and secularism. In the mean time we have to put up with you.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
32/D-47
Nov 22, 2011
09:56 AM

>> "So do you. You advocated "permissible genocide". You said freedom of speech should be allowed to some but not to others. " - Anwaar

You sound like a 8 year old school kid now!! Why don't you make it simple:

Ma'm, he is a bad boy!!

No ma'm, he took my pen!! He pinched me, ma'm!! He's talking ma'm....

Ma'm.... Ma'm...

The Irreverent Indian
Online, India
33/D-67
Nov 22, 2011
12:14 PM

Irreverent,

>>  he is a bad boy!

He is a man now, and yet has no idea how bad he is!

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
34/D-92
Nov 22, 2011
03:45 PM

Indian muslims and Muslims of Arab world or muslims of Pakistan are very different.

If you had ever spoken even once to these people , you will immediately realise this( Yes , I did , interact with both  of these ) . It may be too far to think , but in this world , at this stage, Indian muslims are the only hope to the rest of muslim world.

bowenpalle venuraja gopal rao.
warangal, india
36/D-94
Nov 22, 2011
03:52 PM

Qaadiyaani's (not Ahmedis) are not Muslims, they may call themselves a new Relgion of a conglomeration of religions & none objects to that......Waseem, # 29

Does that give license to lynch people just because of their beliefs? Are Shias/Sufis/Druze not muslims? They too don't agree with the Sunnis,especially the Wahabbis, on everything. 

The Kerala High Court has, in 1970, ruled that Ahmadis are Muslims and that they cannot be declared apostates by other Muslim sects because they hold true to the two fundamental beliefs of Islam: that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad was a servant and messenger of god.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
37/D-108
Nov 22, 2011
05:23 PM

Excellent article, and I find myself pleasantly surprised to be in agreement with almost all the comments on this board so far (that are on topic rather that on-going feuds! but who am I to stand in the way of people's amusements?)

@ Waseem - in India it is not the Govt's place to define the religious identity of people.  If the Ahmediyas/Qaadiyanis identify as Muslims, then that is their business, not the Government's.  You don't have to accept them, but the Govt should not have to act on your feelings on this.  It is, however, the Govt's duty to maintain public order and ensure citizens' security and enjoyment of freedom of expression. (eg like this exhibition.)

It is worth noting that the Govt stood ready to do just that - and that it was the organisers of the exhibition who chose discretion.  I do not know their situation, so cannot judge their actions in this, but I do think that India is poorer for this squelching of free speech in the name of policing belief.

As for Imam Bukhari, he is a very naughty boy and someone should take away his microphone. that is jmho.

Zafar
Sydney, Australia
38/D-114
Nov 22, 2011
05:43 PM

It is worth noting that the Govt stood ready to do just that - and that it was the organisers of the exhibition who chose discretion. I do not know their situation, so cannot judge their actions in this, but I do think that India is poorer for this squelching of free speech in the name of policing belief.

Attaboy! So in that case there should be no breastbeating and moaning and whining (like stuck pigs, to use the expression favoured by the biggest self-appointed secular hypocrite here) if the organisers of, say, a Husain exhibition or Sahmat's Ramayan exhibition also are persuaded to "ch[o]ose discretion". Is the double standard really not visible to you or do you prefer to remain in denial?

Ajit Tendulkar
Seattle, United States
39/D-6
Nov 23, 2011
01:12 AM

Mr. Naim has raised certain important issues. But I believe we cannot resolve them unless the majority of the Muslims ( including all who read Urdu papers) and their leaders change their worldview.

The government and the law and order administration cannot act beyond a point against people's . If a significant number of people opine in a certain way, politicians cannot act too tough against them fearing a voter backlash. Especially if the issue is as sensitive as religion, the government of a country that saw the worst kind of religious divide through a partition actually caves in easility.  Banning of Rushdie's Satanic verses, deportation of Taslima Nasreen, inability to protect M F Hussain against vandalism, banning the screening of the Da Vinci code etc. are examples of the government caving in easily.

DC
NEW YORK, United States
40/D-89
Nov 23, 2011
05:31 PM
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Charan dewry
Guwahati, India
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