Sumit Paul, New Age Islam
Political Dispensation's Tacit Consent In All These Shenanigans And Shebangs Is
Aggravating The Whole Issue All The More
gulf is alarmingly widening.
is on the lookout for an excuse to harass and humiliate Muslims.
3. Why is this
Islamophobia spreading like a conflagration?
The Sudarshan News TV reporter claims Haldiram wants to hide
"something" and promote "something",
meaningless row over the Urdu (actually Arabic) inscriptions on a Haldiram
product is yet another sign of ever-growing religious polarisation and
humiliation of a community ( read Muslims). This gulf is alarmingly widening.
It seems that the Hindu-India is on the lookout for an excuse to harass and
humiliate Muslims. The 'reverse' script of Urdu is now on the radar of the
neo-Hindus, though most of them cannot even discern between Urdu and Arabic
rasmul-Khat (script). To them, any language written from right to left
is a 'reverse tongue' (ulti Zabaan) and belongs to Muslims!
blockheads don't know that even Hebrew, Armaic and Sindhi are written from
right to left and belong to Jews, Christians and Hindu (Sindhis) respectively.
The ancient Indo-Iranian script Kharoshthi was written from right to left. Seeing me read and write Urdu, Persian and
Arabic, many Hindus ask me why on earth do I opt for these 'Muslim' languages!
I just smile because as we say in Persian, Jawaab-E-Jahilaan Baashad Khamoshi
(the best reply to a fool's query is silence).
point is: Why is this Islamophobia spreading like a conflagration? Hijab, Halal,
Azaan, Urdu all have become eyesores to the majority. Granted, all these,
barring Urdu, are totems and external religious symbols, but then, Hindus also
follow totems. Almost all humans, being somewhat devolved, fall for
religio-scriptural totems because religious symbolism is inveterate in humans.
But here the context is rather different. A false narrative of Islamic
oppression is being drilled into the collective psyche of Hindus.
'pseudointellectuals' and over-nationalists like Manoj Muntashir, Neeraj Atri,
Tariq Fateh, among others are painting a distorted picture of Muslim excesses
and forcible conversions in the past. Though all is not false, a large chunk of
it can certainly be called spurious. For example, Manoj Muntashir (I don't know
whether he's a lyricist or a 'historian') recently claimed in Ujjain that 35
lacs people died of poverty when Shahjahan got the Taj Mahal built, spending 9
crores and he had the hands of the artisans (who built Taj) chopped off (this
is a widespread misnotion among the Hindus of India, though Manoj Muntashir
certainly DIDN'T mention the last concoction regarding the mass amputations in
his ironically 'brilliant' statement!).
blatant lies, not corroborated by any history book or historian worth his/her
salt. But nowadays, the 'immortal' words of such Wikipedia 'scholars' are taken
as Oracular or Gospel Truths by the gullible and bovine masses. Ergo, a general
perception among Hindus has got rooted and internalized that ' Muslims were
invaders and mass rapists.'
dormant Hindu consciousness is being fanned by repeating the Goebbelism of '
thus far subjugated, but now resurrected.' The Sanatani Hindus (a stupid term
that emerged after the killings of rationalists Like Dabholkar, Kalburgi,
Pansare and Gauri Lankesh) are justifying their atavistic aversion to Muslims
by citing obscure episodes of Hindu-bashing by Muslims from the crevices of
unverified history. This 'settling-the-old-scores syndrome' is engulfing the
whole Hindu community, which's now at loggerheads with Muslims at every step
and action. This doesn't bode well for the country and will lead to complete
polarisation and anomie. But who cares?
British historian Sir Arnold Toynbee's ' Perceived Pre-emptive Persecution
Syndrome ' (PPPS) can be mentioned here in the resurgence of militant Hinduism.
Toynbee wrote that' When a community or a race thinks (often fallaciously) that
it was persecuted by a much stronger adversary in the past, it (the oppressed
community) may again be persecuted in future by the same adversary. So, before
the adversary again subjugates them, it's better to subjugate the adversary.'
This cannot be denied that embedded somewhere in the consciousness of Hindus is
the fear of persecution by the Muslims. So, Muslims are being attacked and
thwarted by all means.
At the same
time, you cannot brush off the fact that the present political dispensation's
tacit consent in all these shenanigans and shebangs is aggravating the whole
issue all the more. The rabidly zealot politicians are emboldening and
instigating all lumpen elements and they're having a field day.
An occasional columnist for New Age Islam, Sumit
Paul is a researcher in comparative religions, with special reference to Islam.
He has contributed articles to world's premier publications in several
languages including Persian.
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