Hurt religious sentiments appear to be the handwork of fanatics interested to keep fundamentalism alive. A recent light hearted statement of a Muslim leader that Western Uttar Pradesh be declared as Muslim Pradesh indicates that Islamic community is in still pre-independence mode when fundamentalism was at its peak.
Hindu society has been polytheist and secular through ages. Current Islamic teaching creates violence and hatred toward Non-Muslims (Scholar Dr. Tawfik, We Muslims have to change).T he real spirit of secularism is all inclusiveness, religious pluralism and peaceful co-existence. Islamic personnel laws, divine laws granted to the community post independence has only aggravated fundamentalism.
Compromising fundamentalism injects intolerance and may lead to catastrophe of which partition of1947 is classic example. Politics should attempt to unite citizens and negate divisive effect of religion.
To sustain secularism Indian Islamic community should take cue from their counterparts in Indonesia. Ancestors of both Indian and Indonesian Muslims were Hindus but Indonesian Muslims are still associated with their roots, Hinduism.
They all know Ramayana. Their national channel airs Ramayana once a week, their shopping mall is named Ramayana Plaza and its national airlines are called Garuda and domestic airlines as Jatayu.
Most of their ships are named after heroes of Mahabharata. Majority of Muslims have Hindu names like Wahyu (Vayu), Hendra(Indira), therefore names borrowed from middle east and Arab is not must.
Separate Islamic code is now threatening national security as is evident from home ministry's report that Muslim youths are becoming radicalised and youths from UP madarsas and of Andhra and Karnataka are being recruited for terrorist activities.
One NSA had confirmed that SIMI, a terrorist outfit has established about 800 cells pan India. No terrorist activity from foreign soil is possible in our country without active local support, which is readily available as confirmed by various Indian terrorists in police net.
India is pluralist society with multiple religions, languages, cultures; secularism is the only option to remain together. Theological tolerance is essential requirement for secularism to succeed. So long Muslims are encouraged to keep separate identity and divorced from their roots national security will always be threatened by religious bickering.
Political parties should junk vote bank politics and keep national interest uppermost. It is the most opportunistic time as the national election is due in few months. Common civil code should be the main election plank of truly secular party.
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