Masthead graphic based on a painting by Gudrun Thriemer.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Aijaz Zaka Syed, "Osama's war and Indian Muslims," Palestine Chronicle, August 11, 2008.

[Indian security expert Bahukutumbi Raman has also discussed the Muslim perception of Indian Islamophobia, the attitude of Indian Muslims toward the US-India nuclear deal, and concern that Indian Muslims may be implicated in attacks in Afghanistan and elsewhere. -jlt] 2002, Muslims were raped, butchered and burnt for two months in Mahatma Gandhi's Gujarat as the world watched in morbid fascination.

When US President Bush visited India in 2006, a proud Prime Minister Manmohan Singh informed the Leader of the Free World that unlike in Pakistan and the rest of the world, there were no Indian Muslims in Al Qaeda ranks.

And a mighty pleased Bush had attributed this satisfactory state of affairs to the fruits of "democracy and human liberty." Although one never counted oneself among Bush's fans, as an Indian Muslim, one allowed oneself a brief pat on the back. And I am sure I wasn't alone in doing so. The Indian Muslims were somehow different — more progressive and more reasonable, all thanks to the great Indian democracy.

But I am not so sure now. The series of terror attacks in recent times, from Hyderabad to Bangalore to Ahmedabad, have not only shaken the Indian state but it has shaken the Muslim community as well.

Read the rest here =>
Recommend this Post

Sphere: Related Content