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Between the devil and the deep sea

by Satya Sagar, 01 Mar 2010, Communalism Combat

The truth is that those who run the Indian state, and sections of the Indian population who benefit from its policies, really don’t give a damn for the people the Naxals or other Left forces are trying to mobilise. The Dalits, Adivasis and the poor in general can all shrivel up and die for all they care. Whether these folks want it or not, they will be subjected to a perverse development process that involves driving nails through their flesh and laying rail-lines across their bones so that a small minority of Indians can have their ‘infrastructure’ and feel like a ‘superpower’. If they choose to fight back, they will be crushed like flies – the endless legions of unemployed Indian youth from around the country marshalled in uniforms for this genocide.

Both the Maoist leadership and the Indian state, it seems, are keen on playing with each other only one game, called ‘revolution and counter-revolution’, which ends only when either of the two players ceases to exist forever.

 
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The right way to cover terror

While covering terror, journalists need to show their dedication to social responsibility rather than wallowing in voyeurism to beat competitors.

Over one billion dollars are spent on media interventions in societies stressed by conflicts because of an emerging belief that informed reporting could be the most effective means of conflict resolution, and prevention of new wars.

Vidura Journal of the press institute of India Vol. 1, Issue 4

 
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The pulpits of our mosques have begun to booby-trap the public’

01 January 2010, Communalism Combat

Dhiyaa Al-Musawi, Bahraini intellectual, says the Arab world is regressing into a language and culture of death. He airs his views in an interview with Abu Dhabi TV.

I do not believe in gallows of ideology. Our problem in the Arab world is that we have many gallows of ideology and of accusations, of socialbetrayal, on which we try to hang an intellectual, a thinker or a poet every day, just like in the case of Naguib Mahfouz and others. We, I am sad to say, are against creativity and civilisation and against any language that seeks common ground in society. We must have the courage to get rid of the "backward" cholesterol of ideology, accumulating in the arteries of Arab awareness and the Arab mind.

This is not masochism – the kind that psychologists talk about – or self-flagellation. This is the truth. We have not developed, even to the point of admitting defeat. In the past we had a civilisation, in Andalusia and in many other places. But today we are regressing – we export violence, we terrorise whole countries, we threaten national security and many other things. We need to reform and reshape religious thinking because, in all honesty, the pulpits of our mosques have begun to "booby-trap" the public.

 

 

 
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A jihad against violence

01 January 2010, Comminalism Combat

Muslim women struggle for peace on International Human Rights Day

New York, December 2009: As the world comes together today to celebrate the 61st International Human Rights Day, we, the women in WISE (Women's Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality) demand that violence against Muslim women come to an end.

Violence against women not only affects women and their families but also the communities and societies we live in. Violence impedes women's development, access to education and health and equal rights in he family,which in turn hinders the progress and development of communities and societies. As the World Economic Forum's 2009 Global Gender Gap Index points out, 18 of the 25 lowest-ranking countries are Muslim-majority countries. It is the time to end the violence against muslim women and allow our communities to flourish in peace.

 
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