History is a thin excuse for unrelenting majoritarianism in India and its neighbourhood
Recently, a senior advocate in Karachi was charged with blasphemy after another fellow lawyer complained about his having affixed ‘Syed’ to his name in an affidavit. This, supposedly, hurt the lawyer’s religious sentiments. The case is just one instance of the tremendous persecution the Ahmadiyya minority in Pakistan has faced since the eighties when the Benazir Bhutto regime declared it non-Muslim. Ever since, no Ahmadiyya can use Islamic symbols or names, such as Syed. Their persecution began with the notion that Islam has no space for another prophet, as the followers of Mirza Qadiani, founder of the sect, believed he was. That declaration brought the community into the spotlight of Pakistan’s blasphemy law, and their exclusion has continually expanded—from being denied space in public life, education, and employment, now they are even proceeded against for using certain names or titles.
The situation in India is sometimes no different. ( Read the complete article here)
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Is this the 21st or the 12th century? When politicians do not have the guts to call out the bluff of those who make a living out of the pseudo business of religions but join hands with them, and the voting public are willingly lobotomized out of any capacity to sense nonsense, India will only continue to overripen as a banana republic to the point of rot.