Intolerance is the game fundamentalists are playing in Muslim dominated countries.There are denominations and divisions galore in Islam though the name itself suggest peace. The greeting too is to wish peace.One does get the feeling that humans always think about that which has eluded them in life and make it their totem, symbol, greeting or what you choose.
one does kno w for certain that the region which gave rise to Islam is riven with strife and bloodshed.It continues to this day , and the tragedy is that it has spread wherever the faithful reside.
there is no other word to describe the reactions of Muslims. They do not stand dissent in any form, in their country. And they do not stand discrimination elsewhere.It is a fact that Saudi Arabia, the home of Islam, does not tolerate any other form of worship within its confines. The subcontinent was one till recently and the idea of Pakistan creation was greeted with jeers by the very people who championed it later, Bangladesh from where Taslima hails is part of unified Pakistan. Only the obduracy of politicians on the other wing led to bloodbath ,liberation struggle and eventual breakup with the mother country.Zulfiqar ali Bhutto threatened to launch a a1000 year war against india and had the mortification of negotiating for the release of 90000 prisoners of war. Then the country witnessed massacres of entire political families and the hardliners are even now carrying on.
What was taslima's crime? She shared her perceptions of women under islamic society. Writers and authors are allowed liberty and she might have taken a bit of it in her characterisation.Where in the world does Islam prohibit it? Even the prophet, according to tradition, was given a bit of tweaking by his favourite wife.
Where politics gain primacy, no human being is safe. Does not matter whther the person is man or woman. Islam's claim to fame at one time was its conferral of dignity on womenfolk.one gets the feeling that all the finer points of all religions are hijacked, thwarted, mutilated and manipulated for the pleasure and convenience of a minority within minority. And to think the religion was so devised as to make middlemen redundant! The issue needs wider debate and more objective analysis.The wave of intolerance need to be contained and contained firmly.
the issue needs wider discussion
Tags: Taslima , Islam , Intolerance , Bloodbath
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