The Taliban Cometh
So much has already been written about this incident that i decided against adding to the entropy of the Blogosphere. But i am feeling a little disturbed, and couldn’t help advancing the onset of carpal tunnel on my fingers.
What is going on with India, and Indians?
I am referring to the attack by Hindu Taliban militants on some hapless women at this pub in Mangalore. Shameful, despicable act by a bunch of losers who deserve a tight slap on their face. There is no way such acts are to be tolerated and condoned in a supposedly tolerant society such as ours.
What was equally surprising was the over-the-top headlines all over the place.
Taliban style in BJP’s Karnataka: moral cops assault girls in pub [link]
Pub attack ugly expression of Hindutva Talibanisation: CPI(M) [link]
India’s Taliban may hurt BJP [link]
One Indian minister described the incident Saturday in the southwest city of Mangalore as a bid by Hindu fundamentalists to “Talibanize” India; others suspect a political ploy. [link]
What bothers me is the word Taliban. The Taliban did some pretty gruesome stuff. They killed people in cold blood. They tried to destroy an entire nation. I pray to god that the day never comes when AK47 toting men start roaming the streets of India killing men and women for petty reasons such as an untrimmed beard.
We were quick to come up with the term ‘Hindu terrorism‘ while our external affairs minister and one of the most senior politicians in Congress, Pranab Mukherjee, has been busy proclaiming that the term ‘Islamic terrorism’ is incorrect. Is hypocrisy all that’s left of our great nation?
Is it fashionable to lambast any wrong related to Hinduism? (On this note, read this interesting analysis)
Is this a race to be more secular than the other news channel, or the other political party, with Hinduism becoming the punching bag of choice? Am i supposed to start feeling ashamed of my religion?
This for a religion in whose name no wars were fought, and no innocent lives were lost. Ever.
I have no issues with any religion. I personally don’t believe in any religious drama. I believe that the only purpose religion has served historically is to divide mankind. I am not supporting the acts of these people. I just wish to see crime being treated like crime, and not through the tinted pseudo-secular glasses that are so much in vogue these days.
The politicians are just using this incident to bring down the BJP in an election year, even when there is no evidence of a link. The media is busy spreading their usual sensationalism by using heavy terms to describe these attacks, and has been quick to label this incident as a wider phenomenon.
What happened to objectivity? Is that an impossible word in contemporary India?
These morons are no Taliban. For Ram’s sake, please let’s call a spade a spade. Not a cluster bomb.