Is there a proof that a temple ever existed at the site of Babri Mosque?
For that matter is there a proof that even SriRam ever existed?
There was a Mosque at that place which was in use to offer prayers. And that Mosque was razed. Wantonly. And the government was a silent spectator.
The only honorable solution is that the government apologizes and the Mosque is rebuilt.
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In the morning one can look into the mirror straight in the eyes with this kind of posts. I salute my friend.
The understated courage of friends like this one makes sinners like me marvel at them.
At the height of lynch-mania Nachiketa Desai sir described the top man in no uncertain terms.
What Sanjiv Bhatt stood for is not secret.
It is the moral courage and strength and integrity of people like them that will see India through the troubled times that we might face in future.
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Daniel is a young Muslim public intellectual of Turkish Origin in the US. He calls himself a Muslim Skeptic. Most probably the skepticism is not about God but about the two dominant western philosophical streams of atheism and liberal democratic thought.
Yesterday I came to know that his Facebook page is now available in Hindi. Obviously he thinks it appropriate to reach Indian audience. This discovery gave me a cringe.
Disclaimer : I welcome Daniel to Indian academia.
India has, perhaps, the largest Muslim population in the world. This Muslim population might be only 14.1 percent of the country's population but at the world level it becomes something like sixth or so largest population in the world when it comes to the population of countries. Naturally a smart and dynamic thinker would like to reach that audience. That he chose Hindi over Urdu is tribute to the realization that Urdu script is recognized less than Devnagri script. One must admire Daniel's knowledge of ground reality.
My flinching at his entry is because of another reason. Though we Muslims of India have not only painted ourselves into a corner but even before that we have made ourselves completely inconsequential in the scheme of things not only at the national but also at international level. Looking at historical developments one would conclude that Muslims of India should have been by now not only aspiring for but actually leading the Muslim world.
When the Chengiz Khan and Halaqu Khan hordes turned to devastate Central Asia and Gulf region and even before that Muslim from those areas, those who could, came to India for here there was stable and dynamic Muslim rule. As a consequence a flying look at Muslim history tells us that very soon India became not only a center but the center of Islamic science of every sort - Sufism, Jurisprudence, Hadith, Exegesis, historiography and the works.
Of course it with all these strengths that the Indian Muslims were caught and swept away in the western colonial tsunami.
They did put up a resistance but Europe had arrived with superior preparations and nothing worked at Indian level or at the level of world wide Muslim community - the Ummah. Yet enough strength was left in the community that it participated in a very robust freedom movement that sent the British home as well as inspired most of the colonized countries to break free of colonial rule.
Then it found itself divided into three pieces in the Indian subcontinent - India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The tragedy turned into irony too because it not only found itself divided but also has been constantly served the bill for partition and chastised in a multitude of manners for creating that division. In spite of so much of efforts for independence and so many sacrifices and so much of historical evidence and visibility for the same even in India we Muslims have not asserted that we are the inheritors of the likes of Maulana Azad, Maulana Muhammed Ali and the Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind and other freedom fighters.
The result is that not only we Muslims of India are in an extremely bad shape today socially, culturally, economically and politically but we have just gone through a security threat that is of horrific proportions and unthinkable even for small populations let alone for a two hundred million like people.
That a Turkish intellectual in US should think of reach this population is perfectly understandable from his point of view but not from our point of view. History has been preparing us for a historical role while we are reduced to being that group on which socialists, leftists, Marxists, liberals, democrats and seculars are having pity and those who would be lead by this group are preparing themselves to lead us.
Tr : Think on a point - were Muslims slaves to Hindus for a millennium or was it the other way round?
Then what happened that our legs gave away and we started reatedly reciting, "If the British leave then we will be enslaved by Hindus?"
Even today our text books are filled with the same slogan and the statement has been attributed even to the Muslim League president.
The question is who taught us this cowardice and who sucked up our bravery?
With utmost regret we have to admit that this lack of courage, cowardice, lack of spirit and lack of manliness has to be attributed to aligarh from where future leadership of Indian Muslims was to come - the pivital idea of Sir Syed's thinking was to be slavish and subservient to the British .
And the lives of communities rests on bravery and not on cowardice. Why did we not thinkk that we ruled this country for a thousand years and that rule is about to come back to us and we have to get it back?
What should have happened is that legs of Hindus should have given away and they should have been scared that if the British leave then these Musallas will overwhelm us again. In fact this idea haunted Hindu mind like a spectre and the cure they found fo it was that they distanced themselves from us.
And this is no flight of fancy for amongst the Congress line up Sardar Patel was the first Hindu leader who came to the realization after formation of combined government that it is not possible to live with Muslims. After that he harboured the idea of partition in his ranks every moment leading to Gandhi and Nehru succumbing to his thinking.
It was owing to this that Maulana Azad was angry with Patel.
This cannot be undone and I am sure it will be greatly appreciated.
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