Why Always Pakistan?
November 20, 2009 3 Comments
Extremism isn’t confined to a country, race, religion or caste. Why still Extremism and Nationalism in Pakistan is set off with hoopla every where in the world? On top of that, countries suffering from extremism, fanaticism and nationalism point fingers at Pakistan yet they themselves are victim of extremism and fanaticism. One of these countries include our neighbor country India — and our best one of the whole allies, United States of America.
India unfortunately has no shortage of extremists. There are quite a number of Hindu fundamentalists in India affiliated with a number of extremist political parties like Shiv Sina, BJP, RSS etc., that keep on disturbing the internal peace of India. These extremists not only target Muslims, but they do also target Christians. This sort of fundamentalism is quite common at many places in India. And this isn’t presumed, but convincing enough on the basis of enough and prima facie proofs. Without discussing much of the extremism transpired in past, since it’s known to many, let’s talk about the most latest one that happened just yesterday.
Promotional posters for a new Bolly-boo movie, showing an actress with unsuitable wearable, have been torn down by activists of hard-line Hindu nationalist group. They’ve called the posters an affront to Indian values.
In another event, Shiv Sena have also target Indian television station in Mumbai just because a local TV channel in India criticized Shiv Sena.
Last week, Shiv Sena’s ageing leader and figurehead Bal Thackeray criticised leading Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar for saying that he was an Indian first and that Mumbai, his home city, ‘belongs to all Indians’.
On the other hand, since the terrorist attacks of 9/11 have happened in United States of America, many office bearer or functionary of a high rank of the religious right in America have been quite vocal against Islam, the Quran and Prophet Muhammad SAW. Excluding some anomalies, American columnists, intellectuals and political leaders have encouraged this hate campaign with their silence.
For example: Rev. Franklin Graham, Billy Graham’s son and successor who participated in the former president Bush’s inauguration ceremony, declared Islam a “very evil and wicked religion.”
If America is intolerant to religious extremism, one would hear within the public square criticism of extremists of all faiths. However, we only hear Muslim extremists being condemned. Is it not the case?
There are a lot of developing examples from many countries. Let’s truncate it: Absolute majority of Indian people want to see peace, Americans want to see peace. Everyone wants to see peace. The syllogism of all of this, again, is that extremism isn’t confined to a particular country, race, religion or caste. A handful of hatemonger and extremist bods at all don’t represent actions and thoughts of the whole state. Absolute majority of Pakistanis are product of peaceful mind. We’re adverse to extremism. Then why always Pakistan on this planet?