July 23, 2003
Exposing Purdah: The
Truth Behind the Veil B Shantanu
Hindus under Muslim Rule in West Bengal
Jinnah - A genuine Muslim communalist
Gandhi, Moulana of Muslim appeasement
Why do Muslims protest violently?
Sati-Pratha and its origins
Fragile Islam, Touchy Muslims
Forefathers of Indian Muslims Were Hindus
We are still under siege in our own country
Disenchantment of Indian Muslims
The solution has to come from within Muslim society
Open Letter Indian Muslim Council
The Mirage of Hindu-Muslim Unity
There was a letter in Dawn of Karachi-Pakistan Dt 6th July 2003.
The letter refers to response of an American Professor to the request of
three students of Aga Khan University- Pakistan for research fellowship in
Duke University- USA.
American Professor has expressed his frustration in admitting students
from Islamic societies by giving below mentioned observations to Pakistani
aspirants. Perhaps the authors of jihadi campaign were not prepared for
this type of response, fire fighting efforts of Musharraf & Co
a) Your ethnicity and your age (student age = idealistic) are so
similar to those of the jihad-minded terrorists from the schools that
nurtured the Taliban and Al Qaeda that it is not worth our trouble to try
to determine if you are a well-disguised terrorist or a real
learning-motivated medical student. You may well be innocent, but some of
your neighbours are as potentially lethal as anthrax or HIV, and must be
b) The problem of such global terrorism, motivated by a delusion of
holy sanction for the killing of the "infidels", comes mainly from your
world and culture. You must solve it internally, or face rejection and
suspicion such as mine from outside.
c) If you and your fellows do not root out such unreason from your own
ranks, you leave it to be solved by unsympathetic military violence from
outsiders. I believe it can only be finally solved by your internal
action, and I pray you can find better and less violent solutions than we
outsiders must use. You will then stand forth as true heroes and
peace-bringers to all of humanity, rather than as members of a culture
suspected of fostering, tolerating and covertly sympathizing with the
deluded and doomed pseudo-heroism of future-hating jihad-minded suicide
bombers. War-makers are no longer the heroes humanity needs.
The reply from One of the applicants is indicative of the inability of
those in Islamic society who are the real victims of this jihadi mindset.
The inner resilience to take on the jihadi groups is lacking and an effort
is made to find the causes that give birth to Jihadi warriors.
It seems that Islamic societies are more determined about the need to
carry out Jihad rather than the need to spare the world from the ravages
of it. The trend has to be reversed by the adherents of Islam only. Rest
of mankind is not antagonistic to Islam as is being made out by the
followers of that faith.
The solution has to come from within Muslim society. While the
anguish of Muslims in such situations can well be understood, Muslims also
have to understand the deep wounds and torture that has afflicted millions
and millions around the globe due to their ill conceived and intolerant
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