hanumadu wrote:According to SM, lot of student protests going against Iran and expressing happiness over killing of Soleimani. The protests are not just against the regime but also have an anti Islam element to it. I wonder how long this regime and Islam itself lasts in Iran now.
What will Indian shia muslims do when Iran leaves Islam? Will they become sunni, revert back to Hinduism, take up some other religion like christianity. How about shias in Sindh, Pakistan?
Ideally, I would have preferred this to happen in another 20 years time. When India is much stronger, has a better image, Hinduism would have a more favourable standing in the world and had controlled conversion activities. The natural choice for shias would have been Hinduism.
Not a bad thing to have a secular ( ! ) Islamic nation next door to the Pakis !!
No, it would be a terrible thing.
During the 1965 and 1971 wars, secular Shah of Iran
-Supplied Pakistan with F104 Starfighters, F86 Sabres, and spares from his own well-stocked US-backed inventory
-Gave safe harbour to Pakistani submarines, including PNS Ghazi, in Iranian ports
-Provided Pakis with oil on generous payment terms
In sum they were far more pro-Paki as a secular(ish) Iran than post the 1979 revolution.
Iranian sympathy for Pakistan extends beyond Islam (in fact, the Sunni-v-Shia subtext of their respective Islams is almost a sticking point in this regard). Rather, Iranians see in Pakistan an enduring reminder of what they imagine to be conquest-driven Persianate influence over the Indian subcontinent... the use of Nastaliq script in Urdu, for example, is perceived as a symbol of the fact that Persian was the court language of the Mughals in India.
The truth is that Iran never actually invaded (let alone conquered) Indian territory other than during the Mughal-Safavid war over Afghanistan and later on the raid of Nadir Shah on Delhi; yet, they have always regarded Indians as an inferior people to be enslaved, looted, and exploited by their TFTA selves, much as the Germans/Teutons have traditionally regarded the Slavs.
A pro-US secular Iran will very likely revert to the Shah's policy of backing Pakistan far more robustly than the Ayatollahs ever did.