PratikDas wrote:One was ready to declare that Kasab was not a Muslim because no religion promotes violence ,
See. This stock quote of "No religion promotes violence" is a sop/anodyne/drug and fundamentally intellectually lazy and easy route for the politicos to indulge in the politics of toleration and moderation without the fear of "negative opinion" of anybody. It is built on falsehood and is not the way to go.
Fundamentally EVERY religion (Jainism and Buddhism are exceptions here maybe, dunno enough) promotes violence and even sanctifies and ritualizes it under certain circumstances. Islam too does that. That fact must be said loud and clear to everyone , by every politico and govt spokesperson and opinion maker. The fact is that all religions became "liberal" lately after reforms and more liberal and frankly "creative" readings of the scriptures needs to be spoken loudly.
This "No religion promotes violence" sop, tries to sanctify the extremist opinion of a literal reading of Islam as the authentic one, in pursuit of whatever aim (vote banks and appeasement). That should be challenged. Islam should be questioned and the strands and modernizing instincts of islam too should be allowed to blossom and not the state sanctioned hagiography of a literalist interpretation and it's polemics as the official one.
The failure that all religions have multiple streaks and sides is not communicated and the "Officialese" of Glorification of Islam is allowed to dominate is not a fault of the ordinary muslim, but of the state and the intelligentsia and their intellectual dishonesty. Call it out and this slogan will disappear and hopefully a hard look in the mirror by the ordinary muslim will follow.
. Praveen Swami of Al-Hundi says that is a piece of creative fiction.yet we've been told what Kasab's final words were and they sure seem to point towards his being a Muslim