Islam, Hinduism and me
by Amit Behere
This is part 3 of a 6 part series by Amit Behere. Click here to read Part 2: There’s no such thing as good Nazi
Every since I was a young boy, I have been a devout kaffir 🙂 Never believed in God or any higher power, still don’t. My religious views are not directly relevant but they are also not irrelevant.
There was a long time when I was uber critical of Islam while going easy on other religions. It took me years of following politics, reading history, conversations with friends like Amit Joshi & @brumbyoz (on Twitter) to realize a few things.
The most important one is that it is absolutely dishonest/disingenuous to blame Islam (radical Islam) for the issues in the Middle East. That is ignoring the culpability of the western world, namely the US (and in the past USSR). It is very clear at least to me, that well over 50% blame for the toxicity in the Middle East can attributed to American foreign policy over the past many decades.
Islam is not homogenous, even though it’s followers follow one book. Islam in India is very different from Islam in Saudi Arabia which is very different for Islam in Iran which is very different from Islam in Indonesia. To judge every Muslim using the same prism is wrong.
Islam in India is not a threat. Hindus own India. All top politicians are Hindus, always have been. Most from the same family 🙂 Most powerful businessmen, most of bureaucracy, most of the high court, supreme court judges are Hindus. And even more importantly our entire army, navy, airforce and police force is majority Hindu. For 80% Hindus to be scared of 14% Muslims is cowardice of almost epic proportions.
Hamam mein sab nange hain. Hinduism is the world’s poorest religion, the world’s least educated religion. We kill so many girl fetuses every day that ultrasounds have to be made illegal. It is absolutely ridiculous for us to have any opinion about any other religion.
That being said, it is also very unfair to lay these issues at the feet of Hindus. Does Hinduism teach female infanticide, or poverty or rejection of education? Of course it doesn’t.
The truth is that the subcontinent is an awful, backward, regressive place. And it has nothing to do with religion. A billion plus Indians and few hundred million Pakistanis and Bangladeshis have ALL contributed to this filth. Hindus and Muslims alike.
The day we understand that the reason for this backwardness is our own corruption, apathy and stupidity, then we can start taking steps to improving things. It is pathetic that millions of Hindus will shout for a Ram Mandir, yet not even a hundred will hold their government responsible for a broken medical/education system. Thousands of Muslims will hold a rally against TTT but not even a hundred will show up to demand justice for Akhlaq/Pehlu Khan.
A person can live without religion (I am doing fantastic) but we can’t live without hospitals and schools. We can’t live without justice. Those babies who died in Gorakhpur, does it matter what their religion was? Demand better schools, better hospitals and better infrastructure from your Govt. Demand better governance. These things don’t have a religion.
Haj yah Vaishnodevi jaane se school/aspatal nahi banenge. Par agar desh mein acche schools aur aspatal ho, tow har ek ki Haj aur Vaishnodevi ki yatra bahut acchi kategi. Because you will have a lot more to be thankful to the Almighty for.
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