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An open letter to my Muslim brothers


ARINDAM CHAUDHURI | New Delhi, August 23, 2012 15:54
Tags : assam violence | mumbai violence | amar jawan jyoti | muslims | bareilly violence |

Dear Muslim Brothers,
I first thought of writing an open appeal to our Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. But then I realized that it would be worse than banging my head against a granite wall. I also thought of making an emotional appeal to the President of the Congress Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi. But then, people far more powerful, important and experienced than me have tried doing that.

When I read about the riots in Assam, I was slightly perplexed. Why now? And then I was bewildered when riots broke out in Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, a town that was spared communal violence and divide even at the peak of the Babri Masjid crisis. I was shocked when I saw visuals of a mob rampaging in Mumbai, desecrating and destroying even the Amar Jawan Jyoti. I was boiling with anger  and helplessness by the time I read about how bona fide Indian citizens belonging to the Northeast felt so threatened that they were fleeing cities like Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai. And I felt really bad when I saw pictures of a mob trying to destroy a statue of  Buddha in Lucknow.  

These are truly dangerous times for India, perhaps even more dangerous than the 1980s when the Shah Bano and the Babri Masjid controversies eventually resulted in insane communal violence across the country. India had been spared the madness of communal riots since 2002. Suddenly, they loom again over India like a malevolent cloud. Predictably, the demoralized, dispirited and disgraced UPA government led by Manmohan Singh has sought to evade taking responsibility for this mess by blaming Pakistan for the mess. Apparently, morphed and false visuals of Muslims being allegedly persecuted and killed in Assam and Myanmar originated in Pakistan and were deliberately spread across India through social networking websites and text messages. That may be true.

But my question is: is that justification for molesting lady constables, desecrating the Amar Jawan Jyoti, randomly attacking people from the north east and threatening them and also destroying a Buddha statue? This is where my blunt question to my Muslims brothers, who are also fellow Indians must be asked: why are you getting so worked up over the persecution of Muslims in Myanmar? Why are you not holding rallies and organising protests against the daily massacre of Muslims in countries like Syria? Why are you not protesting against the senseless manner in which Shias are being butchered in Pakistan? Even more important: is there any dearth of real problems that Muslims face in India, while they remain one of the most economically marginalized sections of the society?

Most of the English speaking media is too conditioned to be politically correct to speak out things in a blunt manner when it comes to Muslims specially. But I urge all of you to rethink and contemplate the message that these actions are spreading across the rest of India. There is no dearth of extreme right wing Hindutva types who have an irrational dislike for Muslims. These same people are now shouting loudly that Muslims are more concerned with their own religion than the nation. How will that help the Muslim  community in India? Surely you are aware that in most of the recent riots, those were Muslims who were mostly killed. What purpose are all these provocative acts and gestures across India serving? Who will suffer the most? The merchants of hatred of all communities make hay while poor people become victims. What suicidal madness is propelling you on that path of death and destruction and more prejudice and more hatred? Let me remind you of another instance. A local Muslim MLA of Delhi is openly defying the orders of the High Court to stop building a so called Akbarabadi mosque and not interfere with the work of Delhi Metro. What message is he sending to the rest of India?

One of the many blunders committed by the great Mahatma Gandhi in my opinion was to launch the Khilafat movement after the First World War when the Turkish Empire was dismantled. Like now, Muslims in the then undivided India faced many grave problems. But their leaders thought saving a far away Islamic Empire that had anyway crumbled was more important. Since then, community leaders have repeatedly sought to provoke Indian Muslims to stand in solidarity with Muslims across the world. Nothing wrong with that. But when you keep doing this, and keep completely silent when other minorities across the world face persecution and discrimination, you are painting yourself into a sectarian corner. And it is incorrect to portray and keep repeating that Islam is in danger. It is one of the greatest religions of the world and has more followers now than the Catholic church. There is perhaps not a single country in the world where the population has actually declined. And the brutal and sad fact of today is, an overwhelming number of Muslims being killed over matters of faith are being killed by fellow Muslims. Sure, imperial powers like America have behaved badly. But then America behaved abominably even with citizens of Latin American countries where it supported brutal dictators who tortured, persecuted and killed their own citizens in the name of fighting Communism. Latin America is no longer in the clutches of Uncle Sam; not even oil rich countries like Venezuela. Why can't the same happen with countries in the Middle East where both benign and brutal dictatorships are the norm? How about a protest march and rally at Azad Maidan condemning the way Pakistan is persecuting Ahmediyas and Shias?

The fact is: strategists in the Congress and other so called secular parties want to continue misusing, abusing and exploiting Muslims as vote banks. Then there are the so called Muslim leaders who continue to impose a separate identity for Indian Muslims and perpetually portray them as victims. They are helped to a large extent by a large section of so called intellectuals of India who actually loathe the very idea of India. The Muslim as the persecuted victim is the favorite theme of these India baiters and haters. But my earnest appeal to Muslims is to stop this nonsense once and for all. It is time the Indian Muslim said a bold and emphatic no to these purveyors of victimhood and persecution.

Let me tackle this head on. There is persistent propaganda that Muslims in India have been treated as second class citizens in India since Independence in 1947. This dangerous lie has been repeated so many times that this Nazi style propaganda has acquired a halo of legitimacy. Let's go back to the early years after Independence. Dr B.R Ambedkar was busy changing personal laws in India, laws that were considered archaic and regressive. When there was concern in the Muslim community about an erosion in Muslim identity, a separate law was maintained for Muslims even though laws related to marriage, divorce and property were drastically altered for Hindus despite strong protests from obscurantist Hindu outfits. Even today, Muslim majority countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Egypt have laws that are far more liberal and modern when it comes to gender equality than India. There was an effort to change all that and nudge the Indian Muslim community towards a more liberal road when the Supreme Court delivered its Shah Bano verdict. That was a critical juncture for your community my Muslim brothers and friends. Sadly, your leaders failed you and hoodwinked you into believing that the Shah Bano verdict was an assault on Islam. The fact is: all religions, Hinduism,  Christianity or Islam have features that do not mesh with concepts like democracy, human rights and equal rights. The challenge is for reformers from within the religion to move towards bettering the practices. Sure, proposals for reform are always unpopular because feudal mindsets and vested interests always oppose them and invoke the 'Faith is in Danger' illogic. There were massive protests when a Hindu woman was given equal rights; there are still some Hindus who feel Sati is a noble practice and there are many Hindus who still think that Dalits should not be allowed inside temples and that the best place for a woman is inside the home. But social reformers have been at it for decades and more, bravely fighting obscurantist Hindus all the way. My dear Muslim friends, don't you think it is time Muslim leaders started paying more attention to things that really matter: education, jobs, healthcare and financial security?

There are Muslim leaders and other political parties that insist that the Indian state discriminates against Muslims. I have a very simple fact to present to fellow Muslim brothers and sisters of India. That simple but brutal fact is: the Indian state treats all marginalized and weaker Indians very badly. They include Muslims, Dalits, tribals, landless labourers, poor farmers, workers, tea stall and other push cart owners...So please do not fall prey to this wrong propaganda that only Muslims are singled out by the state for discrimination. You should be more shocked and angry with the fact that the conditions of Muslims is the worst in West Bengal when it comes to education, jobs, opportunities and more despite 34 years of ultra secular Marxist rule. And you must demand more answers from community as well as political leaders on these substantive issues. More important, you must stop being incessantly fooled by vote bank parties who claim to protect your interests. My suggestion: forget Myanmar for a moment. Ask the Congress-NCP government why culprits in the 1993 communal riots of Bombay are still roaming free. And ask the UP government why culprits in the Meerut massacre of 1987 when policemen brutally gunned down about 50 Muslims  in cold blood are still roaming free. Demand answers from Azam Khan and Imam Bukhari.

There is another popular and widely spread selective piece of misinformation that I want to point out. Every now and then, we read reports that Muslims find it difficult to get a house because all Hindus discriminate against them. Of course, there are prejudiced Hindus. But let me point out something that is never mentioned in such narratives of discrimination. There are still some Parsi housing societies in Mumbai where a non Parsi can't move in. There are many housing societies dominated by Jains where a non vegetarian would simply not be allowed. I know of Bengali families that have been denied housing because they are considered to be dirty fish eaters. And landlords in Delhi openly admit that they hesitate leasing out houses to north Indians and prefer south Indians as tenants. The fact is: prejudice and stereotyping of all types exist in India and the world. It is wrong and dangerous to propagate that only Muslims are the victims of such prejudice and discrimination.

My father tells me how derisively people from Orissa were treated by a large number of Bengalis when he was young. Desperately poor and illiterate, Oriyas were usually cooks, waiters and such and treated shabbily. Look at how things have changed in just about a generation or so. Parts of Orissa are still desperately poor. But Oriyas took to education in a massive way and are now very much part of the global economy. So much so that Bhubaneswar is threatening to overtake Kolkata as the education hub of east India! The message and lesson is simple: the answers and challenges to discrimination and prejudice must come from within the community and that the most potent and effective tool of empowerment is education. It was way back in 1875 that Sir Syed Ahmed Khan had recognized the value of modern education and established the Aligarh Muslim University. Why cannot the Indian Muslim community find more such visionaries? Many studies have shown that Muslims in south India do far better than Muslims in north India in terms of economic security. The answer, my friends, lies in education and I wish to see a revolution from the Muslim community for better access to education and better universities.

And then we come to the 'sensitive' issue of terrorism. Without a doubt, terrorism knows no religion, as the recent massacre of Sikhs in America shows. There have been terrorists in Ireland, Spain, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Japan...And they have belonged to all religions. So I appreciate your statement that terrorism has no religion whenever innocent Indians are killed in another bomb blast. But I can't fathom the illogical propagation of insane conspiracy theories behind a routine statement that Islam doesn't allow the murder of women and children and that Islam is a religion of peace. Which religion allows murder and which religion claims that it is not a religion of peace? Using this statement to propagate illogical conspiracy theories which many of you are falling prey to is crazy. I am shocked at the number of Indian Muslims — I am not very concerned with Muslims in other countries, or with Hindus in other countries for that matter — who still believe that 9/11 was a Zionist conspiracy or a conspiracy hatched by George Bush and his neocons to use that savage and barbaric act as an excuse to launch a war against Islam. That is madness. And it is pervading your community. There are very few Indian writers who are more critical than me about Bush and I have always believed and written that Osama was his creation that backfired, but believing such theories as I mentioned above is completely without logic. No wonder, many of you still think that the Batla house encounter where a police inspector was shot and killed was a conspiracy hatched by Delhi cops who murdered their own inspector to defame and target Islam. Sad! Of course the police is arresting many Muslims who turn out to be innocent. But then, the Indian police habitually arrests innocent people while the high and mighty get special treatment. Of course the police often indiscriminately opens fire on protestors. But lakhs of innocent Hindus are behind bars thanks to Indian police. And thousands of Dalits, farmers and others have been killed in police firing. Please stop this patently wrong thinking that the Indian police is unfair only towards Muslims. That kind of conspiracy peddling and victimhood is not going to help India's Muslim community in any way. It is further alienating other Indians.

I have travelled widely across the world. And I can say this without hesitation that Muslims in India get a better deal than Muslims even in so called great democracies Iike England and the United States. I have grown up with Muslim friends in this peaceful country – barring the times of clearly politically instigated rivalries. I won't make a case about the entire nation's (and my personal) love for Shah Rukh Khan, or how every Eid for the last four years, I have gone for Salman's film releases on the first day itself... But yes, I have — like my wife, brother in law and most  friends — adored Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and rejoiced when Pakistan defeated any other nation in cricket — other than India — and enjoyed them playing well even against India. Yes, we as a nation have kept various communities at large in a state of deprivation from education, economic well-being and access to health facilities; and unfortunately, Muslims have been a part of that discrimination like the Dalits. My Muslim brothers, this is a great and ever embracing country, of course with its ills. So when you fight and pass emails and put Facebook entries, put the same for causes like poverty, illiteracy and ill-health and for such causes unite with the Dalits and other downtrodden and make a common front than a religious front that spreads aggressive threats and in turn ends up alienating itself and strengthening other right-wing factions of other religions also. It's happening worldwide and it's happening in India.

In this Wednesday's Indian Express, Madhu Trehan has written an article Bending Over Backwards. She begins it by writing the following:

Rarely has an article befuddled me as much as Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand’s article, ‘Making history, not repeating it’, in The Indian Express (August 17).

The first paragraph describes the violence in Azad Maidan: “...a Muslim mob behaved in despicable fashion — torching OB vans, attacking media persons and the police, molesting women constables, snatching arms from the police....” Then the authors laud Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik for not acting against the violent mob. The article continues, “But do allow for the possibility that responding in a most ‘un-police-like’ fashion to extreme provocation, the city’s police commissioner, Arup Patnaik, may have opened a happy chapter in the otherwise unhappy Muslim-police relationship in the metropolis.”

Let’s replace some of the words in the first paragraph with substitutes and see how it plays.
Replace “Muslim” with “Hindu”. Would the authors have written the first paragraph if the mobs were Hindus? Is the law to be adjusted according to the religion of the miscreant?

It sums up the big issue quite aptly. It's for you to think as well when you allow the above mentioned line of thinking to be propagated and believed.

My earnest appeal to Indian Muslim brothers is: please build on the positives rather than wallow in the negatives. Let me remind fellow Indian Muslims of the story of a genuine hero and star. He was born a Hindu and converted to Islam. He is A.R Rehman, arguably the most celebrated and admired music composers of contemporary India. How many stories have you heard about A.R Rehman facing discrimination and prejudice because he converted to Islam? And by the way, does he become less of a devout and true Muslim just because he sings Vande Mataram?

You have been hoodwinked too long by merchants of hatred and vote bank politics. Your destiny, and that of our children and of India is also in your hands. It is time you decide where you stand and where you want to move.

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Posted By: Mohammad Khursheed Akram Soz | B-22, Kailash Nagar, Tahsiil: Wani, Dist: Yavatmal-445307 | November 2nd 2012 | 19:11
Dear Arindam! Just now I got an opportunity to go through your article "An open letter to my Muslim Brothers”. The questions raised in this article regarding the violent and evil acts of the some members of the Muslim Community are quite right. Such acts are completely against the spirit of Islam even if these acts are as a protest against some emotional religious issues. The Quran provides a clear guideline on this, "Good and evil are not equal. Repel Evil with what is better; then you will find that the one who was once your enemy has become your dearest friend, but no one will be guaranteed such goodness except those who practice patience and self-resistant- no one is guaranteed it save those who are truly fortunate". (The Holy Quran 41:34-35). In fact Islam is a religion of peace and the real Muslim is he who never indulges himself in any evil acts. According to a tradition of the Prophet, "A Muslim is one from whose tongue and hands people are safe. So I am thankful to you for your sincere efforts for awakening the Muslims by the questions raised in your article and hope that all the Muslim intellectuals will take your views positively. May God Bless You with Divine Wisdom and Good Health? Thanking You Sincerely yours Md.Khursheed Akram Soz
Posted By: D. Rajesh | Goa | October 10th 2012 | 15:10
Sir, you have awakened me to ask few questions to my Muslim brothers. You feel pain over riots and violence, and unlike other pseudo seculars, you were honest enough to identify that culprits were from the Muslim community. Appreciate you sir, for that. However, am not surprised by behaviour of Muslims. Unlike all other religions, Muslims follow their religion and their Holy books very strictly and prefer not to do anything Un-Islamic unless permitted by the religion. As the time has changed, religion too has to modify itself to meet the challenges of the time. A very analytical piece indeed.
Posted By: Raghu | Saudi | September 23rd 2012 | 15:09
Am really happy to know that we have real brothers in Muslim community. I invite all our muslims brothers & sisters to unite together for the sake of our nation's development and show the world that we are Indians!
Posted By: Shaik Iqbal Ahamed | Vijayawada | September 9th 2012 | 20:09
While it should be welcomed that it is an open letter to the community, here are some of my observations. Muslims follow their leaders en mass. Emotions as in every community swayed and is misused. Actions of some anti-social could not be attributed to the community in whole. The leaders of our country failed to stop the destruction of Babri Masjid and failed even miserably to book the perpetrators and seek justice. This will go on haunting for ever. The answer to every problem is "go to the root cause" which is Justice to be delivered for the perpetrators of genocide in the name of religions at the earliest and immediate.
Posted By: Abdul Wahid | New Delhi | September 6th 2012 | 15:09
An eye opener and Awesome peace of writing. Many many thanks.
Posted By: shakil | Bangalore | September 4th 2012 | 16:09
I am agreeing with you on many points and at the same time I differ also. I think you have touched many topics related to Muslims in India. I just wanted to pin point my few observations. 1) Let me start with Azad maiden incident, it was widely reported in media that Muslims were involved in violence but at the same time if any violence is carried out by the Raj Thackeray and his group then everyone starts talking about Raj Thackeray and MSN without taking their religious identity, same has been applied of many group like LTTE. Regarding vande Matram, its widely believe that Muslims do not respect and are against the National song, here I will like to tell everyone that Indian Muslim love and respect our national song as much as any other community. The main problem arises when people try to force us to sing the vande martram song, without realizing that in 1950 (after India's independence), the song's first two verses were given the official status of the "national song" of the Republic of India, not the entire song. So if anyone is not willing to sing full song it doesn't mean he does not love his/ her country. Please note one point “Only first two verses of Vande matram is considered as National song”. You also mentioned that many believe that Muslims are more concerned with their own religion than the nation, which is somehow right. But its common in all Indians, almost all Indian give preference to their religion, state. Biharis are beaten up in Maharashtra, North Indians make fun of south Indians and vice versa. So it’s wrong to blame Islam.
Posted By: arun | Ahmedabad | September 3rd 2012 | 18:09
Don't know why but I had prejudice against you before reading this article. But I admit I made a mistake. Secondly this article echeos what I or so many Indians feel. Kudos to Mr. Arindam!
Posted By: Gaurav | Hyderabad | September 3rd 2012 | 17:09
Great Article. Heart rendering to see comments from Muslim community. Can some one of you please educate lesser educated masses before it is too late?
Posted By: shaz | Bangalore | September 3rd 2012 | 17:09
That’s really a good article but any one of you ever try to understand the root cause...why these sort of dejected, miserable thinking comes into picture and anyone ever noticed that these all started after Babri Masjid demolition and after the Gujarat riot. Because now they are not feeling secure, they are not getting even equal right either in terms of jobs
Posted By: khan arif | Mumbai | September 3rd 2012 | 17:09
I sincerly hope that you can also write such a loving, caring and straight forward open letter to our Hindu brothers.
Posted By: Shanky | Hyderabad | August 30th 2012 | 21:08
Good article...Every religion should understand the importance of provides opportunities for a win-win situation.
Posted By: Dr.M.Rahmatulla | Hyderabad | August 30th 2012 | 13:08
An open letter to Muslim brothers by the chief editor of The Sundday Indian is thought-provoking to our educated Muslim brothers. The stray incidents of hooliganism by some misguided Muslim youths does not represent the majority of our Muslim brothers.
Posted By: Anil Gupta | Meerut | August 27th 2012 | 18:08
Hats off to you for writing such a candid piece.The problem in India is not of Muslims but of pseudo-secular Hindus. During past two centuries Hindus have witnessed several reform movements but there has been none among the Muslims because they have been guided (or misguided) by fanatic obscurantist orthodox clergy. Many Muslims openly claim to be descendants of Hindu forefathers. But collectively they do not admit this historical fact. Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad has, after testing samples of half a million people from across the country, published a report that DNA of all people of India, irrespective of their caste, creed, religion or region, is same. Kunvar Mehmud Ali, when he was Governor of M.P., openly admitted before the press that he was descendant of Parmar Rajput rulers of the area. Same is true of almost all the Muslims of India. If like Indonesia, Indian Muslims also openly admit that their forefathers were Hindus the problem will be solved to great extent. But the irony is that the politicians who use them as bonded vote bank do not allow the Muslims to live in peace. Please write something on the conduct of this vote hungry politicians who are using the Muslims as a herd.
Posted By: Priyanka | Jaipur | August 25th 2012 | 20:08
Sir, you have raised a very important question. The need of our is to change our thinking. Every one should consider they are neither Hindu nor Muslim or of any other religion. First of all they are human. All should consider that they are one.
Posted By: Tarun Kumar | Jamshedpur | August 25th 2012 | 20:08
I wonder when the Indian nation will have people who can distinguish the self seekers among politicians and community leader who keep dividing them on caste and communal basis. They have become mature enough to throw Govts in elections but yet to get mature enough to read between the lines of political statements.
Posted By: Ranjith Kumar | Bengaluru | August 25th 2012 | 10:08
Article like this will definitely change people's mind a little bit or leads to think over. But there is one question - where do you find terrorism in Sri Lanka? If you are mentioning LTTE as terrosist, then please go through history of Sri Lanka. Organisation fighting with arms are not terrorist. Compare their aim with others. If you still consider them as terrorist, then there is a flaw which needs to be redressed.
Posted By: Rishi | Delhi | August 25th 2012 | 03:08
A great article but I doubt it will have an impact where you want it to be effective. Once again very nice article. Thank you
Posted By: RD | Ppp | August 25th 2012 | 00:08
Great Article..Must read for every Indian Muslim.
Posted By: Soutrik Chatterjee | Chandannagar | August 24th 2012 | 21:08
Excellent Sir. I dream of an India where people will be under the same law irrespective of their religious views and the politicians will stop exploiting communities for their gain.
Posted By: Vipul R. Shah | Bhavnagar | August 24th 2012 | 19:08
Sir Excellent and bold article. Request to publish the letter in Hindi language for more Indians and specially our Muslim brothers to understand it.
Posted By: Debojit Dutta | New Delhi | August 24th 2012 | 17:08
This piece appeals to me.
Posted By: Aleem (indian) | Dubai. United Arab Emirates. | August 24th 2012 | 16:08
I have gone through your thoughts and information. Its very alerting and attractive message to all Indian Muslim Brothers. I do agree with this Information.
Posted By: Zeest | Bangalore | August 24th 2012 | 15:08
I agree with you, Its the hypocrisy by few right wing extremist, questioning our nationality when we speak about global things. But they go on speaking for Pakistani Hindus, when we speak we suddenly are ordered to leave the country. They should acknowledge, People in distress should be helped, like you do. We also care for people. The system has rotten deep inside, communal lines are being drawn, its well known fact that the Right wing extremist are using false flag attack to defame or pressurize minorities. When they are arrested the political leaders paint a religious agenda, there is no dearth of such people. Only solution will be we the Indians should come up and stand together. We should remember the golden rule of Armed forces, they don't allow talks of religion or political parties in the premises as its personal belief, that should not be imposed or challenged for others. This country deserves better class of citizens not vice-versa.
Posted By: RC Gupta | New Delhi | August 24th 2012 | 15:08
No community can rise without education, so instead of propogating religion, the community leadres should advocate for education to every child in the community. Automatically one will find the change and such type of things will not be there.
Posted By: Ameya Bhagwat | Satara | August 24th 2012 | 14:08
This article is simply out of this world! Hats off Mr. Arindam Chaudhary! We never discriminate! So why discriminate when it comes to punishing? INDIA as a secular country can never succeed till we learn to punish perpetrators regardless of their religions or castes!
Posted By: Bobby | Bangalore | August 24th 2012 | 14:08
Ugh!! Is it possible to write such honest write-up. I had no clue. Good going.
Posted By: Manoj | Mumbai | August 24th 2012 | 13:08
Very nicely written, pls this same letter in other language also.
Posted By: Tanu | Delhi | August 24th 2012 | 13:08
Talking to you makes my soul get higher..dazzling idea! Who first imagined this? You alone is responsible for the quality of the fact you describe. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on or blame on. This is not a diplomatic way of approach.
Posted By: Mohammad Tariq | New Delhi | August 24th 2012 | 12:08
Dear Arindam Chaudhuri,I am a huge fan of you, you are the Idol of the youngsters. It is very admirable that you have written an article about us (Muslims in India ) what have done in Mumbai is really bad and all Muslims are against that but one thing I want to ask you about the Media that when in London few people attacked on Gurudwara the media showed that news with very strong interest and anger but when Muslims have been killed in Myanmar then why the media of our country was silent? We all Muslims love our country, we gave and we can give our lives for the nation, but the people like Modi, Bal Thackeray etc. should understand that. We are Muslims but We are Hindustanis too. Jai Hind.
Posted By: Rao | Riyadh | August 24th 2012 | 22:08
Dear Tariq, this is not to disrespect your comment but for "Sikhs" India is the only country to look back but for Muslims of Myanmar there are 57 Muslim countries to look back for their support. Where are the media of other Muslim countries why are they silent, you are not asking them.
Posted By: wanderer | Doha | August 28th 2012 | 14:08
We as Muslims believe that all the Muslims together constitute a body.And if one part of the body is inflicted with pain,the whole body feels it and we are bound to speak out against it.
Posted By: Shanky | Hyderabad | August 30th 2012 | 21:08
Speaking out against it is fine....everyone in this great country has a right to speak his own mind....but only if it doesn't result to violence.... Extremists of all religion tend to forget that there is a country to care about....and its the duty of every Indian to protect its sovereignty. May this kind of nuisance stop immediately in our country...We have had a history of togetherness for over a thousand years now....apart from a few instances of rift....Sadly, we only remember the rift.
Posted By: Manoj | Iraq | October 10th 2012 | 15:10
We should feel this for whole humanity, and not selectively for a particular community
Posted By: Manoj | Iraq | October 10th 2012 | 15:10
To add something more to your comment, the attack on Gurudwara was not projected as an attack on Sikh religion.
Posted By: Manoj | Iraq | October 10th 2012 | 15:10
The people killed in US Gurudwara attack have family members in India. The same can not be said about Muslims in Myanmar.
Posted By: sam | Bangalore | September 25th 2012 | 22:09
I think media reporting was not biased due to the religion rather its based on the facts that Sikhs have their roots in India but Muslims in other parts of world are not Indian. I am sure if it were Indian Muslims they would and should have reported it. On the role of media every year Gujarat riots anniversary is shown on news many times and Modi is RIGHTLY treated like demon but how many mention the 1984 riots and perpetrators Tytler and Sajjan Kumar. One encounter in J&K is reported but 300 encounters in North-East region are not.I agree with your point that most of the Muslims love the country. Whether majority or minority, a common man is usually busy in taking care of his family. I guess Modi/Thackerays/Gandhis they all know it. But they want majority minority to keep fighting. In the end its divide and conquer for them. It's not about Hindu vs Muslims its more about politicians vs common man. Unfortunately, it is not easy for everyone to understand it.
Posted By: Yashovardhan | Delhi | August 24th 2012 | 12:08
Sir, this is very much true . You wrote the actual facts I must say each Indian whether a poor Hindu or Muslim from other religions is being treated as a Vote Bank only. We the people of India are divided among religion, caste, sub-caste community and each have their leaders.
Posted By: Shahnawaz Khan | IIT-BHU | August 24th 2012 | 11:08
Very fruitful piece..hats off to you Arindam, U have written voice of my heart.
Posted By: Mohib Khan | Delhi | August 24th 2012 | 11:08
It is really a very good article. I hope every Muslim will understand this and will act accordingly.
Posted By: Shanky | Hyderabad | August 30th 2012 | 21:08
Not only Muslims, even Hindus, Sikhs and Christians should understtand the importance of togetherness.
Posted By: Hitesh Chandel | Gurgaon | August 24th 2012 | 10:08
An open letter to all people of the world regardless of the religion that they follow.
Posted By: Sane Voice | Kolkata | September 3rd 2012 | 17:09
Azad Maidan indcident was condemnable but did such violene occur anywere else during any protest over Burma and Assam. How many times the Shiv Sena and Raj Thackerey's goons hve vandalised Mumbai, any effort on your behalf to stop them. He is threatening a Bihari exodus similar to the lines of North Eastern people's panic exodus from Bangalore.

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