The news raises several important questions.
1. Since the Raza Library is a national institution, supported entirely by every Indian citizen’s tax money, should its events begin with a recitation from the Quran?
2. What is the significance of a reading from the Quran in Arabic when it is not explained how the recited verses contribute to the particular event? Is it done only out of some misplaced sense of piety?
3. What is one to make of the learned Director’s claim that there were no differences between the civilizations of Iran and India? Does Iran also have Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain cultures alive and thriving like in India?
4. Why does the Director think that a secular or la-mazhab government in Iran was unacceptable, and had to be replaced by an Islamic government? Is a secular government not acceptable in every country where the majority population is Muslim? Is secularism good only for India and the West?
5. Finally, is the Raza Library a proper platform for projecting the political conflict going on between Iran and the Arab states of the Arabian Peninsula? .....