Muns wrote: ↑
Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:37 am
Guys, really unfortunate set of circumstances with regard to this New Zealand mosque shooting. Out of the 49 it seems that nine Indians have lost their lives at least for now. Pretty much 20% of the victims. For the first time in my life I am seeing myself agreeing with Owaisi, i.e. his asking that Sushmaji do what she can to facilitate visas for family members who want to travel to New Zealand. An unfortunate set of circumstances and as always when attacks like these take place as unfortunate as they are, it really brings thoughts and questions as to what Indians and some of us have tried to achieve as a whole.
I guess I'm just going to spell out my thoughts here. However, reading through the years of BR and then later Sita Ram Goel, one cannot but help understand the struggle that we as a nation have had to fight against Islamic extremism over the millennia. Every day, I get reports from from social media and our personnel regarding violent attacks on Hindus and BJP workers especially in Kerala as well as West Bengal. Our forces are facing continual attacks because of this ideology from Pakistan and Bangladesh. India itself has tried its very best to highlight the pain that we've suffered over the last few decades with regard to Islamism on the world fora.
All it takes is one white extremist dumb *&^%$^&^ it seems to reset to the whole clock. I myself keep thinking about the Indians that have died in this attack only trying to further their own livelihood and to make a better life for themselves by emigrating. In some sense I can see myself in their shoes. Perhaps this is the idea of vasudeva kutambhikam that is really instilled in all of us. Is it really just all of us? I wonder or just us Hindus that were raised to believe in this equality of all religions? As Africans we call it Ubuntu ( swahili)...or maybe to some extent (botha...respect for that person)
However, where is the respect in Shirk? Tawhid? Riddah? etc. Perhaps now is not really the time. It is time to reflect, but my mind keeps coming back to what it means for Indian society as a whole and what we have tried to achieve with regard to our neighbors.
I guess let's do whatever we can to help our Indian brothers in need even in New Zealand, and fight the battles that yet have need to be fought.
It is always sad when innocent lives are lost in an act of terror, be it civilians going about their daily lives or soldiers/policemen in line of duty. I consider the latter innocent too, unless it is a battleground in the literal sense.
Yes, this was RoL vs RoP, but it is still a terrible act. We as Hindus cannot sit by and feel insulated, it is a ripple in a pond that affects everyone living in it. And as we know so well, this will be tom-tommed all over as a symptom of global Islamophobia. Strangely, when a Muslim kills innocent people of a different faith - just for being different - Islam is touted as a religion of peace and the gunman passed off as a one-time aberration. However, when it is the reverse, the entire society is blamed and labeled fascist. The Mullahs will incite the faithful into revenge attacks and the cycle will continue.
Most muslims I have met are simple ordinary folk, in most ways no different from Hindus, with the singular, glaring exception of being victims of an ideology that leaves no room for discussion or doubt and offers no way out. I call them victims because they truly have been so brain-washed from childhood that they cannot see it themselves. Very similar to practicing Catholics or Observant Jews. The huge difference of course is the latter do not put on suicide vests.
Hindus make the classic mistake - almost a knee-jerk reaction - of wanting to 'get rid' of all muslims. You just cannot wish them all away. The only way forward is to deny the Mullahs and the troublemakers like Owaisi a platform. Sadly, our biggest enemies in this are Hindus themselves, those who see an advantage in keeping the Muslim masses impoverished, so they can preserve their pliant vote-banks. Until these snakes are crushed, we will make no progress.