Re: Indian Muslims Say: 'Pakistanis, You left us in 1947, Now Leave us Alone!'
I am sorry to write that this politics of treating Muslims as a monolithic whole is terribly wrong, miscalculated, and not based on facts.The two articles forwarded argue that Muslims of India must offer their apologies for the Mumbai carnage because some criminals bearing Muslim names, dress and slogans executed it. Do all Muslims on this earth think alike, eat alike, dress alike and practice same rituals? They do not. Then why should Muslims of India feel that they are responsible for this carnage? USA dropped bombs on Hiroshima, Nagasaki, killed millions in Vietnam, European fought two World Wars killing and maiming millions and millions. Should Christians of the world come out with the apologies? Mother Sita was kidnapped by a Brahmin, Gandhiji was shot dead by a Brahmin, should all Brahmins offer their apologies? In 1984 thousands of Sikhs were butchered in India, in 2002 hundreds of Muslims were killed in Gujarat, should all Hindus of India and world offer their apologies? Inspired by Manu's Codes, many people of high castes rape, kill and maim Dalits everyday, should common Hindus need to offer apologies? By writing such pieces few Muslims are helping to spread the Hindutva (and Bush-minded) canard that Muslim Ummah is in league in spreading terror and need to clarify. I feel that Indian Muslims should behave as normal Indian citizens and rise up to the occasion with those who are interested in safeguarding a democratic-secular India. Regards, Shamsul Islam
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