Re: Coalition of Hindu, Jewish, Christian Organizations against Mumbai Terror
A basic reality that those who engaged in discussions on terrorism of religious orders must bear in mind is that all major religions became big ones through acts of annihilation of the opposition, coercion, illegal appeasement, fraudulent practices, or acts of war by trucking the idea of expansion of religion with the social and political agencies in power.
In the times of royalty innumerable examples are out there to suggest how cruel the religious campaigners were when it came to making success in making their belief by size of the clientile, a rat race in which all sense of dignity and rights of human beings to remain in peaceful life were violated
In the 20th century India (students of history would certify how), the unity of the Indian population in fighting the atrocious British regime was shattered by the British through acts of communalising I Indian civil space Those who got material, social and political dividends of this power game remained in power and did nothing to mend the the soul of the new India.
In the recent times, the state in India turned face away from crimes against atrocities, in Delhi 1984, Post Babri Masjid, Gujarat 2002, and Orissa and other states in 2007-2008. Our experience in India suggest the close link between power and impunity.
It is interesting to note what Asif Ali Sardari i wrote n the HINDU ,after the Mumbai terrorist attacks He clearly stated that orgin and spread of Taliban is to be located in the cold war games of the two super powers and the role of the US is more conspicuous in it. There are times in political establishments when the desire to dominate the world leads wanton acts of cruelty on 'lesser' others cold war was such a political situation where many national communites, who had same right as US or the USSR to exist as sovereign states, we merely dominated, spoiled and eternally cursed with terrorism or poverty, or internal conflicts.
Some political ideologies survive on an ideology of nacropolitics, so that their survival means death to others The rightist politics (economic or social) is clear of this category. Some sections of the traditional left also belongs to this category as well.
Most important is to take an independent position based on understanding and analysing the social forces responsible to the situation.
I understand why the Vigil is named so, saying without saying an absence of Muslims. And also I am disturbed by the expressions of Joe Kaufmann that "To the world's Muslims, I say get out from hiding and speak out against the groups that commit this evil, because you know that your radical brethren target you as well. And to the world, I say do the right thing -- before it's too late to do anything."
Such collective branding expose certain intolerence and defenitly a lack of openess. Like the position of the VHP -RSS -Bajrangdal position to Muslims and Christians in India
Lets also look at how the understanding on terrorism gets myopic when the comprehensivesness is missout and selections are done with political intentions. What about the terror states commit why dont we speak on it as well, or are we just become mere obedient clients of the states
Lets also think of people in Gza, Jaffna, Kashmir, Innumerables places in Latin America and Africa where everyday opens into mechine gunfire, must recollect BIJULAL HUMAN RIGHTS & LAW UNIT INDIAN SOCIAL INSTITUTE LODI ROAD, NEW DELHI 110003 __._,_.___
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