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Ladislav Kudlacek
Education project manager (Czech Republic)

Political Scientist and Economist. I worked for human rights and humanitarian NGO in India and for international NGO People in Need based in the Czech Republic as a Programme Manager for Afghanistan. In present time I work as an Education Manager. I studied Economics in Tomas Bata University and Political Science in Masaryk University in the Czech Republic and in the University of Delhi in India and Humanitarian and International Law in Helsinki University in Finland.

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Islam terrorism background

Published 19th June 2010 - 3 comments - 2091 views -

Islam terrorism background

Islam fundamentalism in India is not based only on poverty of people and lack of education. The Muslim elites are being systematically frustrated by lack of political chances and by violation of the fundamental rights. Muslims who have good education as well as social background also see the unbearable life standard of their brothers and sisters in believe. After all they try to transform the tragedy of their people but they do not have the opportunity to be admitted to government.

Many Muslims in India do not see themselves like Indians. The reason is also the present Indian politics. Modern Indian nationalism is not based on the great idea of Ghandi’s philosophy of non-violence and understanding across the caste system, religions and nations. India is different now. Nationalism is based on Hinduism or other Indian religions where Christians or Muslims as imported religions do not have space.

Antipathy against Muslims as an electoral issue

Politicians also share their antipathy against Muslim minorities. They use communal violence and disorder as a regular political tool for winning elections. In spite of the fact that there are about 12 % Muslims in India, their power shared in state administration, government as well as the parliament is less then minimal. It is about 1 %. “The whole political system gives advantage to the majority and takes away the political rights from the minorities,” said Ahmed, a student of political science at Delhi University. “We feel that we do not have any relevant voice to change our poverty, our wretched and unsuccessful social status. The frustration is getting bigger and bigger and Hindus from the majority as well as our government do not want to hear our demands and rights,” said Ahmed.

Many other Muslims have similar feelings. People who have to bear everyday discrimination prefer to hide their identity and religion in case they do not want to have any problems with nationalists.  Life can be difficult in this country where the religion is the centre of the ordinary life.

No representation means no rights

Muslim elites do not have access to the power sharing. They are not allowed to change the law and political practices which produce violation of Muslims’ human rights. The equation that a Muslim must also be a terrorist, is strong also in India. “No minority veto and lack of minorities’ representation as well as power sharing and office holding give the majority huge potential not to care about minorities’ need. Unfortunately, some Muslims see the solution in fighting, which is nonsense,” said Ahmed. However, it is the only way for them to show their demands and frustration from the Muslims’ situation in India. The problem is that they do not see the result of their effort and they make this situation only worse. However, without coming up Muslim rights as well as human rights in India, terrorism is going to grow and never stop. The increase of Muslims’ social status can save many lives. Politicians should see this way for peace. It is for the both sides – Muslim minority as well as Hindu majority.


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  • Luan Galani on 21st June 2010:

    Very interesting! An insightful overview of this oft-neglected reality.
    I didn’t know about that. It’s very, very sad, and, as you said, it can come as an excuse to extremism. Thanks for this post!

    Luan


  • Johan Knols on 21st June 2010:

    One of those topics that one has to be very careful with….
    I believe in freedom of religion. What I don’t believe in is uplifting a social status because it could prevent the increase of terrorism. Terrorism is a ‘no go’ under any circumstance and the threat of it doesn’t justify the cause. It would only make the situation worse.
    The uplifting of the muslims’ social status should therefore have a humanitarian reason and not one of fear.


  • Iva Turnhöferová on 26th June 2010:

    Hey be very carefull about this statement. You cannot simplify it this way. Untill 2008 there were most of the attacks done by the terrorists from Pakistan. The recent terrorist attacks are done by Indians but its believed in quite strong links between LeT and IM. And there is need to differiate between terrorism in Kashmir and terrorism in the rest in India. It has different patters and aims…true is that political participation and the general muslim situacion is one of the leading factors of nowdays but it never has been so and its not true in all the cases…true is that fundamentalism is not only based on poverty and lack the education, but by lack of political participation. But fundamentalism cannot be used as synonym for terorism.


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