Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Atrocity in Kerala

In ScienceBlogs I read "In a horrific instance of Talibanism, Muslim fanatics in Kerala on Sunday chopped off the right hand of a college lecturer, accusing him of setting a question paper with a derogatory reference to the Prophet"....etc

IMO: Relatively uncommon in India and widely publicised there, unlike USA most people are civilised.

Reacting to the incident, Muslim writer Hameed Chennamangaloor said, “the circumstances are ideal for fanatics to convince their community members here that the problems their community faces in Iraq or Afghanistan are their own. The fact is that the problems of even Muslims in Kerala are quite different from their community members in northern states.”

Mr Chennamangaloor told ET that it was quite possible that the assailants in the Muvattupuzha incident were hired and not committed members of a religious group. “Some of these groups have more funds than even mainline political parties like Congress or CPM, and can hire any number of goons,” he said.

Adds Mr Chennamangaloor: “What we should have is more cultural integration between different religious groups. Unfortunately fanatics are highlighting non-existent issues, puffing up differences and causing cultural disintegration.”

IMO: The "Times of India" seem to think it may have been the Taliban.

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