Monday, April 17, 2023

Gun, Nation And Religion

By Sumit Paul, New Age Islam 16 April 2023 "Drill Into The Brain Of A Child That A Specific Community, Race, Religion Or A Group Of People Is Your Enemy And He'll Be Comfortable With This Prejudice Till The End. He'll Never Scrutinize That Wrong Notion Because Harbouring A Prejudice Is Always Easier Than Getting Rid Of It And Loving Someone Wholeheartedly." Dr Martin Luther King Jr. I'm terribly disturbed to read (I got to see the video as well) that a few Hindu boys stripped an 11-yr-old Muslim minor and forced him to chant ' Jai Sri Ram ' and ' Pakistan Murdabad'. This happened in Indore. This ' Jai Sri Ram ' slogan seems to have become a passport to committing crimes of all sorts from beating a helpless Muslim child to killing (as in the case of Atiq and Ashraf's brutal killings when all three Hindu criminals were shouting 'Jai Sri Ram'). But let me first write and condemn what happened in MP. That kids are being indoctrinated and instigated to browbeat the minorities is a glaring sign that the country has become religiously too sensitive, polluted and prejudiced. Just imagine, these kids will become tomorrow's adults and the kind of venom and religious hatred they'll be filled with because their brains are already indoctrinated with putrid bilge of religion and nation. The three young miscreants, who killed Atiq and Ashraf, belonged to lowly and impoverished Hindu families and one of them even begged to survive. They shouted 'Jai Sri Ram' while pumping bullets into the bodies of the criminal brothers, who were no saints either. This has halved the country into two distinct blocks: Hindus and Muslims. Since these scum of the earth killed two 'Muslim' demons, they're being held as ' Saviours of Sanatan Dharm' and even being compared to the great Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. All three valiant revolutionaries must be agonizing wherever they're! Instead of condemning, many Hindus are happy and projecting these three as heroes. This shows the turbid national spirit and a totally transformed mindset of its people who're now too much into religiosity and bellicose nationalism. No exaggeration, but if the truth must be told, new India is thriving on gun, nation and religion culture. This doesn't portend well for the country. We're living in critical times. This rabid religiosity and national tendency to hail the Hindu criminals will further widen the chasm. ---- A regular columnist for New Age Islam, Sumit Paul is a researcher in comparative religions, with special reference to Islam. He has contributed articles to the world's premier publications in several languages including Persian. URL: New Age Islam, Islam Online, Islamic Website, African Muslim News, Arab World News, South Asia News, Indian Muslim News, World Muslim News, Women in Islam, Islamic Feminism, Arab Women, Women In Arab, Islamophobia in America, Muslim Women in West, Islam Women and Feminism

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