Why India’s ‘Muslim Rage’ Is Different from the Middle East’s

How India's vast diversity blunted the edge of Salafi protests last week

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Indian Muslims participate in a rally against the film "Innocence of Muslims" in Kolkata on Sept. 27, 2012

On Thursday, thousands of protesters marched toward the American Center in Kolkata, demanding a ban and an apology for the Innocence of Muslims film trailer that has sparked anti-American protests around the world. It was one of the larger spasms of unrest that have erupted in India since the storming of the U.S. embassy in Cairo on Sept. 11, with Muslim protesters taking to the streets in Kashmir and the southern city of Chennai earlier in the month as well.

And though the American Center and other U.S. government facilities have been forced to temporarily shutter — the U.S. consulate in the southern city of Chennai closed for a week — the tenor of this month’s protests in India has been markedly different from those in other parts of the world. Part of that is because a protest in the country doesn’t capture as much attention as it might in other parts of the world; at any given moment, somebody is raising a fist in India over anything from nuclear power to the price of onions. Last week, for instance, the day before over two dozen people were killed in anti-American protests in Pakistan, an India-wide strike was held over a recent diesel price hike and allowing foreign brands like Tesco and Walmart into India’s retail sector. As Mujibur Rehman, a professor at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, told the Global Post last week: “If you compare the current protests with the protests against President Bush’s visit in 2008, those were far more widespread.”

(PHOTOS: Protests Rage in Middle East, Sparked by Anti-Islamic Film)

Another important distinction is who has been behind the handful of demonstrations that have happened. Or, to put it another way, who has not been behind them. As Bobby Ghosh writes in this week’s magazine, a worrying development that has come to the fore in the past month is the emergence of the street power of radicalized Salafi Muslims who have instigated some of the fiercest demonstrations in Libya and Tunisia. “In the two weeks following Sept. 11, Muslims of various sects and political groupings launched dozens of protests around the Muslim world,” he writes. “But it was the Salafis, at the heart of the largest and most violent demonstrations, who won the more-outraged-than-thou contest.”

There are between 20 million and 30 million Salafis in India, according to Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind, an India-wide Salafi organization. And while they may have taken center stage in the violence elsewhere, Salafis played a less pronounced role in India’s protests, with some leaders outright condemning the action. Near Jamia Millia Islamia University, in a quiet, grassy compound dominated by a large new mosque, Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind holds a very different view on how to react to disparaging depictions of their Prophet. “When the Koran is burned, or this kind of film is made, we don’t like it, but we don’t support what [the protesters] are doing,” says Maulana Asghar Ali, the general secretary of the organization. “We are strict followers of the Prophet’s teaching. All the things the protesters are doing — taking to the streets, destroying things — the Prophet has not taught us.”

Ali says his group has come under criticism from other Muslim groups in India for not joining in. The sizable Salafi community in the southern state of Kerala also eschewed the protests, instead calling meetings at which followers could air their frustration over the infamous film. “If we are able to be good Muslims, the propaganda will not succeed,” says Hussain Madavoor, general secretary of the Indian Islahi Movement, a Salafi group in Kerala. “More efforts should be exerted among intellectuals and media [to disseminate] the true picture of Islam so that these willful attacks would be staved off.”

(MORE: The Rise of the Salafis)

Even in Kashmir, where tensions have been brewing between Salafis’ fundamental interpretation of Islam and the beliefs of Sufi Muslims who have lived in the valley for centuries, it was not the Salafis who were the first to join the call to protest. A conglomeration of Sufi organizations says it was the first group in Kashmir to react to the spreading news of the anti-Islam trailer and that the Salafis and other Islamic groups followed.

So can India consider itself immune to the worrying trend of Salafis growing more assertive — and dangerous — in other parts of the world? Obviously not. India is as vulnerable to the perils of extremism as any nation, and large-scale violence gets sparked in the country faster and fiercer than in most parts of the world. But India is also vast, both physically and psychologically, and the inherent diversity even in one religious minority may be helping prevent the same kind of tinderbox we’ve seen elsewhere from forming.

Whether that can last, particularly in charged places like Kashmir, is unclear. “We’re not anti-U.S., but it is so painful for us that people [in the U.S.] make fun of our Prophet,” says Maulana Gulam Nabi Shah, a senior Salafi leader in Kashmir. Maulana Shah says his organization called on followers to protest peacefully this month, but their strike quickly devolved into thousands of people throwing stones, burning U.S. flags and shouting anti-U.S. slogans. Police eventually dispersed the crowds with tear gas. “When it comes to our beloved Prophet we all are together. We’ll sacrifice our lives even to protect the honor and holiness of Prophet Muhammad’s shoe.”

— With reporting from S.N. Hussain / New Delhi and Areepatta Mannil Abdussalam / Calicut

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69 comments
gannu
gannu

One should know that India is held together as one country by the 82% Sanatana Dharma/Hinduism disciples and not any "Secularism" or "multi religiousness" as being described by one!!Hence with 1 Billion Hindus around ,how can you see very violent muslim protests?

hdc77494
hdc77494

Insult the Islamic religion and you can be sentenced to death, imprisoned in the USA, spark mass riots. Insult Christianity and you get your own TV special.  My distrust of Islam is because it's not just a religion. They want Church control of the legal system, the subjugation of women, minorities, and the liquidation of non-believers everywhere. Frankly I see those things as a danger to free people everywhere.

CalvinMiner
CalvinMiner

The headline is appallingly racist. "Muslim rage" is acceptable at Time, what about "Lazy Mexicans" or "Black thugs?"

MarthaGuyer
MarthaGuyer

Americans need to be aware that there are differences within the Muslim groups as there are differences in our country. India has been a longtime ally of ours.Lets do our homework & understand better these people in India!!

NimrahGhazanfar
NimrahGhazanfar

I don't understand why people refuse to see the good things and focus only on the bad ones! yes Pakistan has people who are fundamentalists but then so does every other country but everyone only attacks Pakistan! Riots are covered by the media but the peaceful protests aren't! People label Muslims as crazy and think that they have contributed in other people's knowledge but these are the people who have never been to Pakistan! These are the people who are only aware of one mindset of Muslims and believe that, that is the only mindset that exists! 

joenewlife
joenewlife

@Robert2011GB:disqus: in whatever guise you hide under, you are nothing more than a race and religious baiter,I hope the smarmy Indian, Amit_Atlanta, that you are leading by nose wakes up and sees that his Hindu fanaticism is being exploited by the likes of you. I am a Chrsitian myself, and I know that God created all human beings in His image.

Amit_Atlanta_USA
Amit_Atlanta_USA

While Europe, Indian and even Israel have ALREADY SUCCUMBED to the Islamic onslaught, America the LAST BASTION OF FREEDOMS is giving in too.......at a MUCH FASTER RATE.......thanks to NAIVE (or Islamic supporter?) President Obama's BAND of int. amp; ext. advisors – Some of them Muslim Indians!

 

a) CNN's Fareed Zakaria (Obama's ext.advisor for ME amp; Muslim affairs and COVERT radical Islamic supporter in chief!)

b) Huma Abedin (Dy.Dhief of Staff at the US state Dept. daughter of well known MB radical Mom).

c) Rashad Hassan -son of Indian Muslim immigrants (US Amb. to the OIC, defender of MB terrorists), and

d) Imam Rauf (US Goodwill Amb. to the ME amp; a 9/11 Conspiracy theorist amp; Imam of the GZ Victory Mosque).

 

GOD SAVE AMERICA from an Obama 2nd term!!!!!

nyaya
nyaya

It is nonsense to say Indian muslim is a opressed minority. However muslims in India to some extent are a different bunch as they live among different religions and are used to liveing with others. Many Muslims celebrate Hindu festivals in some cities and vice versa. However many moderate muslims from India do not subscribe to the behaviour of the Middle eastern muslims and they do not partake in activities with many middle eastern muslims even when they live in the west. So to bunch all of muslims as one homogeneous group as westerns do is wrong. There is grades of orthodoxy among muslims as it does among christians and hindus. Infact many Indian muslims are hesistant to mix with African muslims as they see them as very orthodox I have seen this myself.

mattbm
mattbm like.author.displayName 1 Like

Well, it's hot, it's dusty, it smells bad, and times are hard for the average person. Seems like normal Muslim rage. 

tarek
tarek

Ourse between international acceptance and among Islamic reference.

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جديد! انقر على الكلمات أعلاه لتعديلها وعرض ترجمات بديلة. إزالة

MarieMackinnon
MarieMackinnon like.author.displayName 1 Like

all muslims are crazy, especially the men who are the real problem (as in every situation). that's because islam is a violent political ideology (not a religion of peace), and men are taught to be violent and crazy as a way to get to heaven (because men aren't violent enough innately, of course).

that's why the islamic world is a gawdawful mess.

Jon
Jon

@MarieMackinnon One must not generalize all Muslims. And I disagree when one says a religion has a violent ideology (have you ever read the Koran to know its true ideology?). Was not Christianity violent throughout during the dark ages of Europe? Do not get me wrong - I am neither a Muslim nor a Christian and do not wish to put down either of the two religions. I am merely pointing out the irony in your argument. 

There are good and bad people everywhere and in every religion. We must exercise caution before making sweeping statements and be sensitive and not fuel radicalism with our views.

Dachman
Dachman

Yes there has been and are violent and radical Christians who are wrong. Look at the life that Jesus called His follower to live which is echoed throughout the New Testement.

In Koran you are told to lie and appear moderate when living among the infidels then when the time is right to rise up against them. Hate and violence is taught throughout the Koran.

Ray112233
Ray112233 like.author.displayName 1 Like

I agree, Marie. I also think that numbers for Muslims are inflated as there are many Muslims who have given up on the faith but do not reveal that and do not change their names to non-Arabic/non-Iranian ones for fear they will be attacked or killed, as the Koran (Word of Allah) demands. (Try to find a viedo on YouTube where Oxford biologist Richard Dawkins argues with a a bearded one on a UK TV program about perils of apostacy in Islam, even in non-Islamic countries. Also, websites run by former Muslims - such as IslamWatch - reveal the dirty secrets of this Janus-faced violent and irrational medieval desert belief system.)

Kajua
Kajua

Gandhinan way mean like gay way bro, a champion of  peace and

freedom a close aide and friend of hitler like aryan bors trying to save world

form impure and less pure to no pure right.

Bharati_shahida
Bharati_shahida like.author.displayName 1 Like

How little you  choose to know! 

Deep friendships between men were possible until this was described as suspicious and gay. ( Not that being gay is not perfectly acceptable!) 

 Gandhi's beauty is he spoke of all his struggles and thoughts publicly and did not pretend he was infallible.  He was ONCE for Hitler because he knew of Germany's humiliation. He did not know, like most of us, about the horrific extent of the Jewish Holocaust. 

He was also initially against the formation of Israel as  Israel used the word,'colonization', later changed to 'settler' because he knew the horrors. 

India felt this would create a permanent pressure point with the Arabs already there. (This was UK's goal). He learnt better and India til today is the only country where Jews, like all foreign visitors,  never suffered discrimination for over 2000 years. Jews, Shia, Ahmediyas, etc have  all always received Hindu protection.  Do read!

Like he was taught by the British, he thought blacks inferior until he realized he this was inhuman.

Perhaps you prefer Pak's hagiography used to describe Jinnah (who drank and married a non Muslim who often wore so called 'revealing' clothes).  

Gandhi's beauty, like in Hinduism, was to keep correcting any wrong belief and not accept anything as truth just because of it source and regardless of any dreadful consequences. He tried to correct his actions  and seek justice as nonviolently as possible. Hence brains like Einstein, etc. admired and continue to admire him.

Kajua
Kajua

Gandhinan way mean like gay way bro, a champion of  peace and

freedom a close aide and friend of hitler like aryan bors trying to save world

form impure and less pure to no pure right.

Samsara
Samsara

Indian liberals like to pretend that there is something different about Indian muslims compared to Pakistani muslims. The fact is that pretty much all the Islamic philosophies followed by Pakistanis like Barelvi,Deobandi or Tablighi all started in India. The only difference is that Muslims in India are a poor minority who do not have even proportional representation in govt services like the Police,Army etc.So any civil disturbance leads to disproportionate use of force on them.It is FEAR which keeps them in line. And even this is a recent phenomenon, how many here know that a Indian muslim organzation called SIMI took out marches celebrating the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan.It ended with a right wing hindu organization called VHP taking out counter marches tearing qurans all along the way.After that there were no more such marches from the SIMI. All this liberal nonsense does not work on muslims.They understand only retaliatory force. India is the lesson on how to keep muslims in line.

karur
karur

I concur with the comments below. India is a complex country with numerous ethnic,linguistic,cultural and religious groups. The priority for each group is to secure a fair share in the economic growth and well bring of the nation. protests are almost a daily occurence because India was born through 'satyagraha', peaceful protest. Indians of all pursuations(Muslims included), understand that protests like those in the Arab world, have no place in India. Interestingly, Islam too comes in different shades. I did not see violent protests in Malaysia or Indonesia too. Equally, even within India, the Muslims are not monolythic and behave differently, based on the cultural roots. In short, Indian Muslims behave like all Indians, i.e agree to disagree, through debate

jatindershoon
jatindershoon

Indian Muslims like other minorities have come to a realize that violent protest are counter productive and can have a very severe repercussions by the majority of Indians who believe in Peace and freedom of expression by Gandhian way,"NON-VIOLENCE."When you mix 90% sugar, little salt and lemon you get sweet lemonade and this is India all about.

18235
18235

JUST LIKE IN NYC----500 protests against something in nyc every year, including the occupy wall street nonsense.

ArvindRaju
ArvindRaju like.author.displayName 1 Like

To say that the muslims in India are more peaceful is absurd. As absurd as the need to protest the silly youtube movie that, but for these protests, no one would have heard about. These protests simply reinforce the fact that Islam is an inherently violent religion.

Amit_Atlanta_USA
Amit_Atlanta_USA

I wrote this in the Pakistani newspaper Dawn about a week ago in respone to my former homeland India's pandering to Muslims, and that holds good here too........Salafists or No Salsfists.

I said:

If Indian leaders had the guts, the least they could have done was tell Muslims that:

a) India deplores the movie’s depiction of prophet Mohammed

b) Explain to Muslims that so does the US govt

c) Make it abundantly clear that Muslims are free to voice their protests in a PEACEFUL manner (without disturbing others), and warn them that,

d) We will put down with a heavy hand, incl. SHOOT AT SIGHT orders against anybody trying to indulge in violence on that pretext.

And, the same applied to the Govt amp; Hindu inaction at the terrorising of Bodos and forcible return to Assam threatened with reprisals by Muslims even in places like Bangalore where Muslims are in a minority.

Short of that we can’t help if those of us (ex-Indians included) call India SPINELESS!

Amit_Atlanta_USA
Amit_Atlanta_USA

There's no way India will ever join the ranks of the developed nations..... not in the next 100 years (GDP figures NOT withstanding)……and here’s why?

The single greatest challenge with India is NOT the power crisis, the slowdown in the economy, etc. but it is the burgeoning population. There's no way India can provide for all these multitudes and build infrastructure to support them all.

The infiltration from Bangladesh, the exploding Muslim population (with Muslims being allowed to have upto 4 wives legally), and the outlandish subsidies such as Haj, largesse to minority institutions (read Muslim) for unproductive Islamic studies amp; rudimentary science, the bankrolling of Jammu amp; Kashmir's budget to the tune of nearly 90%, etc. are all adding to India's miseries. As a result India is on the verge of losing forever vulnerable border states such as Assam (just look up the map of Assam amp; the Muslim population growth there!). 

Unless India enforces a uniform civil code for all its citizens by throwing out all religious laws, curbs population growth, enact strong laws to keep corrupt politicians amp; bureaucrats out, amp; cuts down subsidies drastically, and make economic development more broad based to help the common man (amp; not merely IT amp; BPO sectors), there's no way India will ever be shining (NOT withstanding the phony high rises, glossy malls, the glut of cars all of which cater to a mere 5-10% of the population).

Amit_Atlanta_USA
Amit_Atlanta_USA

A lot of readers may misconstrue my comments as unsavory about India. Yes, I am Indian and I love India. But I believe that's the truth, if we care to dig a little deeper below the glitz amp; glamour, the tectnoic changes taking place in India are not pretty.

Those changes define what India will be 50-100 years from now. Our grandchildren amp; great grandchildren will not even know what India was like, just the way people in Pakistan know precious little about their pre-independence amp; historic glorious Hindu heritage which is all but deccimated in their "LAND OF THE PURE".

Amit_Atlanta_USA
Amit_Atlanta_USA

Just read this piece from an eminent Harvard Professor Dr.Subramanyan Swamy.

This has all the explanation of what's going on India and the world due to the Muslim onslaught.

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad...

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Dr. Subramaniam Swamy: "How to wipe out Islamic terror"

RW911
RW911

Could you point out Muslim countries where the minorities do not live in fear of persecution or oppression? None. 

Well, Turkey comes to some minds. And has Islam suffered there? Has the pride of Turkish Muslims been lessened? No! I hope these Islamists learn to not be insecure and understand that if something is truly great, (I don't know if ANY religion is 'great' for that matter) it must not be insecure.

Vermicious Knid
Vermicious Knid

Well, except for the genocide of over a million Armenian Christians during World War I.  But yeah, you don't often hear of mistreatment of the tinynumbers of non-Muslims remaining.

Farahin Ramli
Farahin Ramli

Malaysia. Indonesia. Brunei. pffftttt

greyclient
greyclient

Malaysia?? No ways! Non-muslims are under severe stress there. It isa modern country and very developed but recently Tamils were brow beaten into submission. Don't know about Brunei. Indonesia - same as Malaysia - too hard core Islamic. So out the the several score of countries you can come up with three?

RW911
RW911

Christians preaching their religion have been imprisoned in Brunei. Disagree on Malaysia too. The Tamil riots of the last few years are a proof of that. Ditto for Indonesia too, the Catholics there have a tough time.

The answer is western education: Turkey got it and its Muslims rose above the rest.

Ray112233
Ray112233

For those who hold up Turkey as the [only?] example of a Muslim country that is "modern" and "democratic" need to delve further. Sure there are educated and "Europenized" people there, especially in Istanbul and other cities. But do they represent the Turkish population? No. The home of Byzantium (the last bastion of the Holy Roman Empire), it has gone to a 99% Muslim majorit. The Orthodox "Pope" was on Charlie Rose a few years ago and said that he and the followers of his Christian faith threats from Islamists all the time. They want him and his people gone from Turkey (or become converts). Islamism is rising in that country and it will take a nudge from Saudi Wahabis to tip that country into another Islamic backwater. The Ottaman Empire based in Turkey for several centuries before WWI and headed by the last Caliph was still an autocratic empire spanning Middle East and parts of Europe. Under the Ottomans, Christian churches were desecrated by converting them into mosques.

RW911
RW911

I agree on that. Esp. under Mr. Erdogan Turkish politics haven't been very convincing over the last ten years or so. Perhaps the final nail on the coffin of Islam and a liberal democracy coexisting.

Amit_Atlanta_USA
Amit_Atlanta_USA

But Turkey under Erdogan is sliding fast into the radical fold. Also Turkey is haunted by its Armenian ghosts, when they butchered 100's of thousands of Armnian Christians early last century.

So Turkey did try to portray themselves as more western basically to keep the American (Money) and European (Immigration and efforts to be a fulfledged member of the EU) grapevine green. When the EU efforts failed now they are openly siding with the radicals. 

asiaman496
asiaman496

Sadly the only thing muslims seem to understand is killing and violence...

Many post are dead on in the fact that muslims in India, China and Vietnam for instance dont have the problems of the countries where they are a majority because these countries wont tolerate them being violent...

True Mystic
True Mystic

America didnt "make" that trailer - a silly person living in America did...but al-Assad sure is do a lot more than making a video-he's killing muslims...where is the mobs outrage against that ???

Ray112233
Ray112233

Human life has no value in Islam. Only that of their mythical "beloved" Prophet whom no one has seen (except renderingsa by medieval artists, modern cartoonists, and through the millions named for him - now how isn't this blasphemous?)

Samsara
Samsara

As noted by one commentator only reason the muslims of India are quiet is that even though there are 170 million Indian muslims, they still are a relatively small minority in the 1.2 billion population of India. Any protest out of hand will lead to vicious counter reaction from the 80 percent majority hindus in the country.We have seen how South Asian muslims react in Pakistan and Bangladesh where they are a majority.

Ray112233
Ray112233

Actually there are closer to 150 million. In any case, agree with comment.

Lucia Matias
Lucia Matias

The world would be a much better place without those moronic Muslims .. Who needs them? What are they good for?

Stone age religion controlled by protohominids.

jimmy kraktov
jimmy kraktov

These people are upset because there are Americans making fun of their Prophet Muhammad. Why not put it in perspective?

Americans make fun of Christians, and Jews, and gays, and blacks, and fat people and etc.. Muhammad isn't being centered out here, he's just a part of the daily banter in America.

All people should simply ignore the put downs and concentrate on the things in their lives that actually matter. An antagonist is looking for a reaction so deny him his pleasure.

Mohsin D
Mohsin D

You forget that Muslim rage did take place in India just a few weeks back over the killing of hundreds of Muslims in a North-East Indian province. Downtown Mumbai witnessed these protests where a mob ran amok and damaged a war memorial. Regardless of the magnitude of the video, Indian Muslims are more concerned about issues in their own country and not Arabs. Or it could be because there was widespread criticism of Muslim leaders (internally as well) for allowing the aforementioned incident to happen. After all, there is only a certain amount of political capital you can expend every few weeks.

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SiDevilIam
SiDevilIam

Being neglected and most persecuted minority in India, since the days of 1857 insurrection in which the princely states joined an armed struggle against British illegal occupation, Muslims are targeted as troublemakers in minor key and terrorists in major key.

Muslims were betrayed in Mahatma Gandhi's secular struggle for independence as more right wing factions of Congress party refused to give due credit to Muslim participation and personal sacrifices.

That was the reason for the division of British India. Now that Muslim majority areas and provinces became the original Pakistan and subsequently East Pakistan and Bangladesh, those who preferred to remain in Hindu majority India, have changed their political attitudes too.

Muslims joined whichever party, that protected them as a group and as a responsible religious minority. It so happens that Congress party has lost some Muslims to the other regional (opposition) parties.

Under the circumstances, massive protests over local, regional, national and international causes became more difficult.

There is no central authority that dominates. No Maulavi/Mullah ordering and managing India-wide protests and demonstrations, against foreign countries or national right wing fundamentalist Hindu groups or parties.

One historic incidence of Babri Mosque being demolished by BJP party in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, Muslims retaliated with massive destructive united protests in Bombay/Mumbai. I would consider it a rare expression.

Muslims in India are not as fanatic as their brothers in Pakistan, Iran or other countries. Kashmir struggle for independence is, essentially governed by local politics.

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Robert2011GB
Robert2011GB

The reason why Muslims in India have been muted in their response is because:

a) they're a small minority - 13%

b) they're afraid of the Hindu counter-reaction to any acts of Muslim violence

It's fear that keeps Muslims in line - nothing else

The West would do well to note that it's countries where the Muslims are in a majority that have seen the worst acts of Muslim violence, including the despicable destruction of Buddhist temples in Bangladesh.

MikeK9
MikeK9

Couldn't agree more. The muslims in India have always had their loyalties across the border. The best example of their deceipt, cynicism towards other religions is displayed by the place Gandhi has in their hearts. How many Muslims in India even acknowledge his contribution? This is inspite of Gandhi having been their biggest benefactor during partion -  to the extent that Hindus were overlooked and he lost his life for sympathising them.

Niida
Niida

Indian Muslims are suppressed poor minority, any protest has an end result of majority Hindu attacking them and killing in thousands. A court verdict recently proved that in Gujarat massacre govt was systematically involved.

Hindu majority believe in Hindutava which mean getting rid of any impure or less pure to a point where your catch hold of a pregnant woman, slice her womb open with a sword and wave the fetus.

Bharati_shahida
Bharati_shahida

Pakistan and Bdesh were created for any Muslim unhappy in India, at a great cost to India.  

Regarding fetuses, unfortunately that was perpetrated by Muslims too.  Read India's history written by ARAB scholars.

Muslims CHOOSE to live in India: most are as unhappy or happy or rich or poor as equivalent Hindus.  If not, where is the help from rich Arab countries? 

Can we stop complaining/begging and see instead that every Muslim woman is well educated and financially capable?

Amit_Atlanta_USA
Amit_Atlanta_USA

Niida:

If what you say is indeed true, why don't we EXCHANGE the remaining few Bangladeshi Hindus, Christians and Pakistani Hindus, Christians amp; Sikhs for YOU ALL!!! Ofcourse there are a HANDFUL of Muslims like Dr. Abdul Kalaam we would like to keep!!!

Afterall the VALIANT Israelis (whom India's Hindus LOVE!) release a 1000 Palestinian Terrorists for.....I must apologize saying this even the dead body of ONE ISRAELI SOLDIER!

Sumeet Kumar
Sumeet Kumar

 Dearest Niida,

In which country do you reside? Don't expect me to buy the crap that you are an Indian Muslim.

There are instances of prejudice but if you are not expecting some kind of utopia where everyone loves everyone else and everyone is respecting each other, then Muslims are not suppressed minorities.

Where multiple cultures reside side by side then clashes would always be there and please stop being a cry baby, Hindus can also started pointing out the facts about muslims killing pregnant hindu ladies, kids blah blah...

First come and visit India, talk to people, observe the festivals and then write some crap on some site.

Ibsen123
Ibsen123

Rubbisj. Indian Muslims are thoroughly aggressive and attack Hindus usually befopre they get clobbered as in Gujarat. They are quiet in India because of fear of Hindu numbers, nothing else.

RW911
RW911

Interesting, you seem to know a lot about 'fetus waving tendencies' of around 900 million people speaking different languages, from different regions and having various ideologies besides the same religion.

Wow. And FYI, less Muslims die each year in India from religious violence than in Pakistan+Bangladesh (the nations supposedly for Muslims). 

The Shias esp are very much preferred by many of the "Hindu majority" and more so for their non violent tendencies, unlike Pak+Bang. Even "minority Muslims" like Bohras etc. aren't blown to bits. 

Here's the shocker: Your average Muslim from Gujarat is still enjoying a better standard of living (and better safety too!) than your average Pakistani. 

Yes there are still prejudices and there were troubles, most unfortunate. No civilized man would prefer bloodshed but it's more of a blot on the largely prevalent peace than something which happens on a large scale.

And in the end, for Indian Muslims to stay in this fairly safe condition, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis need to keep off. Do not try to spread your rabid extremist infection to this land. Your nations are doomed and its an open secret, just don't drag us down with you.

Kulwaant
Kulwaant

It is not only the fate of mulims all the minorities are treated like that way. 1984 Sikhs holocaust is many times worse than what you talking about.

KSSandhu
KSSandhu

Facts from Singh for those who want to know,

1) Sikhs started a peaceful agitation

to secure more rights for all Punjabis in accordance with the federal structure

of India  Simply agitating for greater rights for the state of Punjab.

2) The Indian Government decided to

counter this peaceful agitation by directing the Punjab Police to employ extra

judicial methods which included the torture and murder of hundreds of young

Sikh men. The India authorities moved to violence FIRST, this is a crucial

point.

3) As state repression increased Sant

Bhindranwale and other Sikhs who had been involved in up until now peaceful

agitation declared that in accordance with Sikh faith, force must be resisted

by force.

4) The Indian Government started to

talk about Khalistan because it suited their agenda to depict the Sikhs as

anti-nationalist terrorists. In fact the Sant only said that 'it is for Indian

to decide whether they wish to keep us in the Indian union, if they don't and

want to offer us Khalistan then we will take it, we shall not make the same

mistake twice'

5) The Indian army was training for

the assault before any so called militants had moved to the temple complex. The

Army stormed the temple on one of the busiest days in the Sikh calendar when

they knew that a very large number of pilgrims would be there. Brar's assertion

this was a coincidence, is frankly absurd! How can planning such an assault not

take the day that it is to commence into account? Would Sikh generals not be

aware of one of the biggest days in their calender? Would a Hindu general

forget it was Diwali or a Muslim general that it was Eid?

6) The assault left thousands dead.

Soldiers killed many women and children. Bodies were removed from the temple in

municipal rubbish trucks and cremated en-masses without identifying who the

victims were. The army set fire to the Sikh reference library. After this

desecration and diabolical crime, after thousands of innocents had been killed,

after the Sikhs holiest shrine had been desecrated, then and only then did the

concept of Khalistan become a rallying point for Sikhs.

7) The Sikh right to self-determination gained

greater justification after the subsequent Sikh massacres in Delhi and all over

India which killed many, many thousands of innocents and saw Sikh children

burnt alive on the streets of the capital city of what is meant to be the

worlds largest democracy..The perpetrators of these massacres, like Brar also

receive Z list security to this day. That is how India protects its guilty.

KSSandhu
KSSandhu

A former Indian military

chief who spearheaded the 1984 Amritsar Golden Temple operation against Sikh

fighters has been stabbed in a London street, according to officials.A

spokesperson for the Indian High Commission in London told the AFP news agency

that retired Lieutenant General Kuldip Singh Brar was attacked by four people

on Sunday evening during a private visit to the British capital.

Kulwaant
Kulwaant

I would remind you humbly Khalistan is ultimate destination of Sikhs, India owe to Sikhs for its freedom, Sikhs were promised with greater autonomy in their ancestral home land at the time of partition 1947 but only after a decade Sikhs were betrayed when Punjab was divided in to 3 parts, raising concerns started a campaign of humiliation against them, laws were introduced to grab their land and force migration from their mother land, finally in 1984 Golden Temple was destroyed follow by Sikh holocaust. Sikhs were hunted down all over India. Sikhs deserve their own home land and will get one soon.

Amit_Atlanta_USA
Amit_Atlanta_USA

As a Hindu Indian, I am deeply ashamed of the Sikh killings. But, I must also say that these were not done by ordinary Hindus but paid stooges of the Cong(I). Most Hindus were vehemently opposed to the deadly assault on Sikhs' most sacred shrine the Akal Takt.

I must also say that the Sikhs are easily the most patriotic of all Indians (incl. Hindus like me!). They have fought along side Hindus against Muslims, and also are represented in the Indian armed forces at a ratio that is 4-5 times higher than Hindus, and possibly 40-50 times higher than Muslims!

No wonder Muslim Pakistan failed miserably in its efforts to divide the Hindus and Sikhs and so did the pro-Muslim Cong(I).

VijaySisodia
VijaySisodia

Do you have any Idea what you are saying. Indian Muslim is not weak and is as strong as a Hindu. One of the greatest person and most respected president Dr. Abdul Kalam Azad is a Muslim. India's PM is a Sikh.  Its the foolish thing to say that Hindus will attack Muslims if they protested against US. Gujarat riots were unfortunate and for your kind information equal no of Hindus died in the riots. Get your facts right before commenting anything.

Bharati_shahida
Bharati_shahida

Dear Niida

 Whatever India/ a Hindu does is wrong as per Pak's texts supervised by Gen Gul, ex ISI.  So much value for the truth? What does Islam say about deliberate malicious liars?

Dr Kalam is different from Abdul Kalam Azad. President Kalam was educated thanks to a Brahmin neighbor who noticed his intelligence. He is loved not for being Hindu or Muslim or strong/weak but for his brilliance and reasonable, compassionate statements. Indians adore him like they adore Sharukh Khan, Amir Khan, Salman Khan,Waheeda, Azim Premji, Mohd Rafi, Raza ... : loved Muslim names would cover every TIME magazine till today and still space would be insufficient. Merit counts, not some religious hocus pocus. Salman K, BTW, regularly brings Ganapati home. His mum is Hindu. This is India not some creationist US , colonial UK, S Arabia or Pak. Or a communist or theocratic regime . All I can say, is visit India, come make friends. We are waiting.

Still want to use your lovely and best young men as battering rams for US policy in Kashmir? Let them have fun and be educated instead

Amit_Atlanta_USA
Amit_Atlanta_USA

Yes, there are a FEW Muslim gems in India incl. Dr.Abdul Kalaam, Salman Rushdie (even though he's a foreigner like me today), A R Rehman (who was a Hindu until recently).........and NOT many many more.

 No wonder the ENTIRE INFIDEL WORLD  world loves the peaceful, patriotic, tolerant adherants of the world's 2nd largest Religion!!!! 

READ ON.........

The much pampered India amp; America hater CNN/Time's Fareed Zakaria's POLYGAMIST Islamic Scholar Rafiq Zakaria proclaimed Dr. Abdul Kalaam did not deserve to be a Muslim, as Dr.Kalaam drew a lot of inspiration from Hindu scriptures incl. the Bhagavad Gita!!!

And, why did I comment on the personal life of Mr.Rafiq Zakaria, b'coz any other Indian citizen (Non-Muslim) would be languishing in JAIL for the CRIME of POLYGAMY, but Muslims are allowed to have 4 wives and any number of children and the SPINELESS Indian state will grant benefits to all the dozens of kids and wives (even if they are divorced), and a paid HAJ for every 5 Years!!!

And, add to the above list our Pakistani lovers (some even criminals) incl. 

a) Dilip Kumar (who gifted Rs.2 Crores for Imran Khans cancer hospital decades ago when he had no compassion for India. He also was a regular host to the Pakistani Ambassador even during the 1971 amp; 1965 wars!)

 b) SRK - who wants Indians to love Pakistanis b'coz his Dad was from Pak. He says this even when the memories of the Mumbai attacks were still haunting Indians

c) Mohammed Azaruddin - who has tried hard to lose against every Pakistani cric. amtch

d) MAK Pataudi, Fareed Zakaria, Shabhana Azmi  - the much pampered trio have said there was "INSTITUTIONALIZED" discrimination against Muslims in India.

 

Let me know if you want to hear more!

Niida
Niida

One of the greatest person and most respected president  Dr. Abdul Kalam Azad was so weak to even talk about massacre in his presidency, I do know India have whole lot  of face saving rubber dolls like that to project it as secular state but its aim is always Hindutva, thats why the person involved Nerendra Modi has majority support for next PM.

Robert2011GB
Robert2011GB

Have you forgotten that it happened after a Muslim mob burnt Hindus alive on a train?

Muslims have to get it into the tiny heads that there's a price to be paid for Jihad - and that is that the Infidel fights back.

It'll be a long, long time time before the Muslims even dare to think about torching a train full of Hindus again.

In the nonsense that Muslims are taught in their madrassas, they learn that Jihad means Muslims kill infidels and the infidel survivors become dhimmis. Reality teaches the Muslims that the Infidels fight back and it is the Muslims who end up suffering the most.

You want to wage jihad on us infidels? well come on then, bring it on! just remember that Muslims have no right to complain when the Infidels fight back.

Robert2011GB
Robert2011GB

 Darling, I only promote Americana.

Anybody who opposes Islam is my friend.

Niida
Niida

please don't promote Hindutva with lies and correct you facts,

 September 2004, a one-member committee appointed by the Railway Ministry then headed by Lalu Prasad Yadav and consisting of former Supreme Court Justice U.C. Banerjee to probe the Godhra train fire, concluded that the fire was accidental.

VijaySisodia
VijaySisodia

What you say doesn't make sense at all. First of all tell me how being in minority will stop people from being violent. 13% of 1.2 billion is still a  enormous number. And why would Hindus counter react on Muslim's protest against US.  And what about protests in Iran. Was that violent too? Country with largest Muslim Population in the world- Indonesia saw more than 3000 Muslim gathering in front of US embassy. Not a single act of violence was seen there.  Mr. Robert its time for you to stop hating people on the basis of religion. All religions have same goal and same God. You cant call yourself a Christian if you despise any religion. I am an Indian and a Hindu I participated in the protest myself and I am pretty sure there were several other Hindus, Sikhs, Christians in the crowd. 

Amit_Atlanta_USA
Amit_Atlanta_USA

What you are talking about is pure fantasy. Here's the reality:

a) They are a small minority - 13%

That's the official fig., and will always remain so. India's Muslim population is growing at more than twice that of Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and everyone else put together. The reason the govt. downplays their #s is 

i) NOT to take away the liberal minority rights allocated dissproportinately to Muslims

ii) NOT to strengthen the Hinduthava forces

b) They are afraid of Hindu counter reaction:

That has never been the case in EVEN IN A SINGLE INSTANCE. Even the hugely biased (against Hindus) report of an analysis of communal riots by B. Rajeshwari of the Institute of Peace amp; Conflict Studies says  that over 95% of the Communal riots in post-Indpendence India were started by Muslims, in only those towns amp; cities where Muslims were in sizeable numbers - Moradabad, Hyderabad, Karimgunj, Aurangabad, Bhiwandi etc.

PLEASE GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT BEFORE YOU PLACE YOUR OPINIONS AS REALITY!

 

Robert2011GB
Robert2011GB

 I hope you become more nuanced.

You're a Hindu against Islam.

I'm a Christian against Islam.

We should be allies.

Don't ever have a go at people who are your natural allies.

Bharati_shahida
Bharati_shahida

I dont have anything against Christians or anyone else but perhaps one can acknowledge history.  

http://www.dightonrock.com/inq... inquisition, this tribunal of fire, thrown on the surface of the globe for the scourge of humanity, this horrible institution, which will eternally cover with shame its authors, fixed its brutal domicile in the fertile plains of the Hindustan. On seeing the monster everyone fled and disappeared, Moguls, Arabs, Persians, Armenians, and Jews. The Indians even, more tolerant and pacific, were astounded to see the God of Christianism more cruel than that of Mohammed, deserted the territory of the Portuguese  and went to the lands of the Muslims, with whom time and Hindu culture had made peaceful living possible, in spite of the fact that they (Indians) had received from them enormous and incalculable evils. In this fashion the fields and cities became deserted as are today Diu and Goa “    (2)

Ray112233
Ray112233

I agree with Robert2011GB (Great Britain?). Fanatical, irratiional Muslims who riot and kill should be expelled from non-Muslim countries to return to the heaving bosom of their ancestors where they can cause as much mayhem as possible. The remaining rational and tolerant Muslim can stay where they are but assimilate with their home country natives. No hijabs; no prayers asses up in streets or public places (say your prayers at home or silently in your mind - God can hear you). And please no demands that non-Muslims accommodate your personal predilections (e.g. segregation of sexes; honor killings; and such). Keep your faith to yourself as followers of others do. If this is not possiblxe, tvhen please do us a favor: Self=deport yourself to the Home of the Holy Prophet and the Birthplace of your "World's Best" religion. They have enough land to accommodate the entire 1.5 billion (the rational and the irrational alike).

Amit_Atlanta_USA
Amit_Atlanta_USA

Looks like we mis-interpreted each others words. My apologies!

Robert2011GB
Robert2011GB

 What rubbish!

You seem to be a hindu who's ashamed to be hindu and yet lives comfortably here in America.

1) You're happy that the Muslim population is greater than 13%?

2) There is no Hindu counter-reaction to Muslim violence? So you're saying that the Hindus are naturally born cowards?

Those of us who rejoice in being Infidels, whether Christians in America or Hindus in India, need to unite in order to defeat the Muslim menace that threatens us all.

Amit_Atlanta_USA
Amit_Atlanta_USA

I wonder how you got these impressions!

1) You are happy that the Muslim Population is greater than 13%

What made you think so? Like most Hindus, Christians amp; all non-Muslims  (both in India amp; the US) I would ONLY be happy with THE SMALLEST PERCENTAGE of Muslims, and ONLY those who TRULY believe in co-existence, tolerance etc. Otherwise Indian Muslims always have Pakistan and Bangladesh that were created ONLY for Muslims!

2) There is no counter-reaction to Muslim violence?

Yes, there has been as in the case of Gujrat when Muslims burnt alive 100's of innocent women amp; children. But that was one of those RAREST OF RARE EXCEPTIONS, and was not entirely without Muslim backlash. Muslims recognize that was an exception and that's why we saw yet again threats against the Bodos, the on-going anti-Islamic film violence etc. They know just too well we are incapable of defending ourselves!

Hindus are pacific:

Yes, I sincerely believe so, as also Christians here in America amp; Europe, merely b'coz we have shut our eyes to the growing Islamization going on right under our noses and pretend to believe there are extremists in every religion....which is true....but as a leading pakistani radio host Fasi Zaka himself said about a year go : 

I quote:

""The silent majority does not want to take out a gun and shoot anyone, but at the same time they're not appalled by it when somebody else does……..The majority are enablers."…..  

And, one of the greatest dangers America, India and Europe are facing is the threat from Muslims within. And one of the people who is MIS-GUIDING Americans and Indians alike on all things Islamic is CNN/Time's own Mr. FAREED ZAKARIA. I have written extensively on the dangers from this man. Wait until he becomes the next US. Sec. of State as it's strongly rumored to be. Don't be MISLED by his columns in JUST the past couple of months where he's trying to BURNISH HIS SECULAR CREDENTIALS in prep. for the eVite from Obama.

He's clearly trying to CONCEAL HIS TRUE RADICAL ISLAMIC STRIPES!!!

For e.g.: Here's what he ASTOUNDINGLY said:

“The Danger comes from us (the US amp; the Zionists) and NOT from them (Al-Qaeda amp; Islamic radicals) – Ref: Reflections on 9/11 and its Aftermath” CNN-GPS Sept 9th, 2011.

Mr. Zakaria also said Americans were more tolerant of VIOLENCE AGAINST CIVILIANS THAN THE MUSLIM WORLD:

Here's what he said:

""“The shift has been especially dramatic in Jordan, where only 12 percent of Jordanians view suicide attacks as "often or sometimes justified" (down from 57 percent in 2005). In Indonesia, 85 percent of respondents agree that terrorist attacks are "rarely/never justified" (in 2002, by contrast, only 70 percent opposed such attacks). In Pakistan, that figure is 90 percent, up from 43 percent in 2002. Gerges points out that, by comparison, ONLY 46 percent of AMERICANS say that "bombing and other attacks intentionally aimed at civilians" are "NEVER JUSTIFIED," while 24 percent believe these attacks are "often or sometimes justified."Ref: : “Learning to live with radical Islam” – Fareed Zakaria Newsweek Feb 28th, 2009

"“The shift has been especially dramatic in Jordan, where only 12 percent of Jordanians view suicide attacks as "often or sometimes justified" (down from 57 percent in 2005). In Indonesia, 85 percent of respondents agree that terrorist attacks are "rarely/never justified" (in 2002, by contrast, only 70 percent opposed such attacks). In Pakistan, that figure is 90 percent, up from 43 percent in 2002. Gerges points out that, by comparison, ONLY 46 percent of AMERICANS say that "bombing and other attacks intentionally aimed at civilians" are "NEVER JUSTIFIED," while 24 percent believe these attacks are "often or sometimes justified."

Ref: : “Learning to live with radical Islam” – Fareed Zakaria Newsweek Feb 28th, 2009

And, in the UK the MI-6 is deeply aware of the threat form the Muslim Diaspora (particularly the Pakistani Diaspora) given what one of Pakistan's top diplomats (NOT just another Pakistani Mullah!) said sometime back.Pakistan's High Commissioner to the UK Mr.Walid Shamsul Hassan said that "LONDON CAN SEE TERROR ATTACKS FROM THE OVER 1 MILLION PAKISTANI DIASPORA"!

(Ref: Sunday Times Sept 8th 2008, and a 4 part BBC interview October 10th 2008 – Check it out on You Tube).

Hope that explains!

RW911
RW911

Its true. And Thankfully so. I'd prefer death/exile than to live in a Muslim majority country. And yes I'm Indian.

Akshay Srikar
Akshay Srikar

You sir, deserve a dislike for this comment. 

The protest in India is quiet because, like the article says, we have a some kind of protest every other week. Protests were we fight as Indians and not as religious individuals. Moreover, everyone here is tired of having Hindu Muslim clash. We have just come in terms with our past enmity. We don't want another one. 

akashs20
akashs20

 Speak for yourself. I am an Indian and I can say for  a fact that Muslim fundamentalism in India is on a huge rise and even ordinary Hindus like me are worried about it. The Mumbai riots were a clear indication of things to come regarding Muslims and their propensity for casual violence whenever some mullahs say Islam is in danger.

scullerz
scullerz

Maybe you don't want..dont speak for every indian. large parts of Southetn and eastern India is infested by growing intolerance towards the majority community. If only our mainstream media reports the news as it is, probably we will see less of airheads like you.

E.R.
E.R.

 Actually not true, because Hindu fully empathize with Muslims on this. Even LK Advani, the fire brand leader of the Hindu nationalist BJP openly condemned the film and said that they fully supported their fellow Muslims on this particular issue.

At this point, the Indian govt. was one of the first countries to ban the video. And their govt. spokesperson also openly condemned the video as well as practically banning any associated links by serving google court notices.THIS IS what the west should learn.

Nott o mention that violence is endemnic in all socieities. Its only in the US where people go to the movies and shoot cinimea goers. In Norway a right wing extremist kills 80 fellow citizens without remorse over an imaginary fight against Islam. In Sri Lanka, Buddhist extremist go about in a rampage killing Tamil Hindus and Christians massacring them in epic proportions which has now resulted in calls for War crimes tribunal by the Tamil minorities against the Buddhist majority.

Samsara
Samsara

The Pakistan govt also banned the video.In fact they even banned youtube. There was still violence.There is only one difference between muslims of Pakistan and of India. In India muslims are a poor minority.

Arun Kabilan
Arun Kabilan

Yeah, like Google's gonna cry over Pakistanis not using YouTube. And honestly I think the muslims here are just more sensible and just realized there was no fucking way this shitty third grade crappy AMATEUR movie is worth killing anyone. I just got one question. How the fuck did they get hold of this movie?

hardworker777
hardworker777

Actually Robert, if your assessment is correct how do we explain the very peaceful protests in Iran and Southern Beirut under the auspices of Hizbollah? Do you think that the Muslims of Iran are afraid? Or do you think Hizbollah is afraid? Please go peddle your nonsense somewhere else. 

Samsara
Samsara

What will the muslims of Iran protest against? The US does not have a presence in their country. Hizbollah is in Lebanon which has a 40 percent Christian population. Whereever the muslims are in a big majority, Pakistan,Bangladesh etc we can see their true behavior.

Ray112233
Ray112233

This has been true for 1,400 years when PBUH and his fanatical armies spread outward to convert heathens (Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians, Hindus, Buddhists, and other pre- and un-Islamic folks in North Africa, Asia, and elsewhere. If iot weren't for the brave Crusaders, Hindus, and Sikhs, this regreesive, irrational, hate-filled fascists belief system would have spread throughout the world like an earlier form of Naziism and Communism, the scourges of mankind. To see how tolerant Muslims are, as they claim everytimes some violent mob erupts (especially since 9/11 in the West but innumerable times before that in the East - e.g. India - ever since this faith's founding, identify Muslim majortity contries where the minorities are in double digits and increasing in relative and absolute terms.

hardworker777
hardworker777

Huh? That made no sense. Full of contradictions. What will Muslims of Iran protest against??? What? Hizbollah in Lebanon has 40% Christians? In South Beirut? Did you read what I wrote??