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Mainstream, VOL LX No 20, New Delhi, May 7, 2022

Self mauling in the subcontinent | Mustafa Khan

Friday 6 May 2022


by Mustafa Khan

By no standard is this civilized behaviour that female madrassa teachers have slaughtered fellow female teacher in the same seminary as it happened in Dera Ismail Khan on March 29 2022 or e-rickshaw driver, Afsar Ahmad, being beaten and paraded as his daughter clung to him in August 2021. This is a clash within. How long it will take to eradicate will depend on how early we become rational and better educated. Why did Benjamin Franklin and fellow minded others like the transcendentalists Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau build a common place of prayer for all the people of different faiths and ways of performing prayers! There is much to learn from birds and animals who share with us the same planet in diverse and variegated surroundings. The woodpeckers have two wings, one on both the sides and an additional tail. In comparison the koyal/cuckoo which appears in the mango season in India is black and redish in feathers and slow to take off and short distance in a flight. They neither show any animosity to others or each other next to them and destroy them as did the marauders in Khargone in MP and Delhi demolition squad or drones and US warplanes that targeted Talibans in Pakistan and Afghanistan alike. Or the Baloch science teacher who blew up herself to kill the Chinese guest workers in Sindh. If hospitality is at risk so is your being native of India as in UP | "When any procession is held, people get curious to participate. This is why it (crowd) is there, no other matter is involved. People who disobey Court orders should... prove whether they’re Indians or from other nations: Brij Bhushan Ojha, Trustee, Kashi Vishwanath Temple. So how could one be an Indian and yet not Indian! This quandary is showing fault lines that have come down in the heirloom. A state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation. This is a challenging task that better educated and unbiased can explore and redeem both the major stakeholders in peace and prosperity. Why is it a Gordian knot uncut even when visiting PM AB Vajpayee asserted when he travelled to Pakistan that we cannot choose our neighbours! Once chosen why do we not accept and move forward. Why does a PM of India stopover to eat biryani in Pakistan and yet allow Gujratis going on a vandalizing biryani sold in Ahmedabad and Surat.

It is a fact the Prophet of Islam advised his followers to go to China for knowledge. One that Muslims were fast riders and were good in mathematics/arithmetics and were needed to develop the capital city of China. They were wanted there. As of now the Chinese have made marvelous progress in science and technologies. So if the Chinese experts come to help Pakistan why should anyone target them with bombs repeatedly? Who is so replete with malevolence?

(Author: Mustafa Khan)

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