the word ‘United States’, by India and the word ‘Arab’ by ‘Kashmiri’? Have a look.
” YOU WORRY ME ! ”
I’ve been trying to say this since Mumbai November 2008, but you worry me. I wish you didn’t. I wish when I walked down the streets of this country that I love, that your attitude and culture still blended with the beautiful human landscape we enjoy in this country. But you don’t blend in anymore. I notice you, and it worries me. I notice you because I can’t help it anymore. People professing to be Muslims, have been attacking and killing my fellow citizens and our friends for more than 20 years now. I don’t fully understand their grievances and hate, but I know that nothing can justify the inhumanity of their attacks. On November 2008, Pakistani MUSLIMS, with the covert help of Indian Muslims attacked major landmarks in the economic capital of my country. They brutally executed all non Muslims they came upon and tortured to death two elderly Jewish people in the Nariman House Jewish center. They took control of two five star hotels killing and wounding hundreds of proud fathers, loving sons, wise grandparents, elegant daughters, best friends, favorite coaches, fearless public servants, and children’s mothers. The Pakistanis celebrated, Some Bangladeshis too were overjoyed as was most of the Arab world. So, I notice you now. I don’t want to be worried. I don’t want to be consumed by the same rage, hate and prejudice that has destroyed the soul of these terrorists. But I need your help. As a rational Indian, trying to protect my country and family in an irrational and unsafe world, I must know how to tell the difference between you, and the Kashmiri/Muslim terrorist. How do I differentiate between the true Indian Muslim and the Muslim/Kashmiri terrorists in our communities who are attending our schools, enjoying our parks, and living in OUR communities under the protection of OUR constitution, while they plot the next attack that will slaughter MORE of the same good neighbors and children?
The events of November 08 and subsequent attacks changed the answer… It is not MY responsibility to determine which of you embraces our great country, with ALL of its religions, with ALL of its different citizens, with all of its faults. It is time for every Muslim in this country to determine it for me. I want to know, I DEMAND to know and I have a right to know, whether or not you love India ….. Do you pledge allegiance to its flag? Do you proudly display it in front of your house, or on your car? Do you pray in your many daily prayers that Allah will bless this nation; that He will protect it and let it prosper? Or do you pray that Allah with destroy it in one of your Jihads? Are you thankful for the freedom that this nation affords? A freedom that was paid for by the blood of thousands of patriots who gave their lives for this country’s independance? Are you willing to preserve this freedom by also paying the ultimate sacrifice? Do you love India ?? If this is your commitment, then I need YOU to start letting ME know about it Your Muslim leaders in this nation should be flooding the media at this time with hard facts on your faith, and what hard actions YOU are taking as a community and as a religion to protect the India. Please, no more benign overtures of regret for the death of the innocent, as after Mumbai and every terrorist attack, because I worry about who you regard as innocent…. No more benign overtures of condemnation for the unprovoked attacks, because I worry about what is unprovoked to you. I am not interested in any more sympathy; I am interested only in action. What will you do for India – our great country – at this time of crisis, at this time of war? I want to see kashmiri-Muslims waving the INDIAN flag in the streets. I want to hear you chanting ‘Allah Bless India ‘. I want to see young Kashmiri/Muslim men enlisting in the military. I want to see a commitment of money, time and emotion to the victims of this butchering and to this nation as a whole. Indian Intelligence services have a list of many terrorists they want to talk to regarding the Mumbai train attacks, the June 2013 Srinagar attack, the Bod Gaya bombings, the Bangalore blasts of 2013 and so many others. Many of these people live and socialize right now in Muslim communities. You know them. You know where they are. Hand them over to us, NOW! But I have seen little even approaching this sort of action. Instead I have seen an already closed and secretive community close even tighter. You have threatened lawsuits. You have screamed for protection from reprisals. The very few Kashmiri/Muslim representatives that HAVE appeared in the media were defensive and equivocating. They seemed more concerned with making sure that India proves who was responsible before taking action. They seemed more concerned with protecting their fellow Muslims from violence directed towards them in India and abroad than they did with supporting our country and denouncing ISIS and Al Qaeda ‘leaders’. IF the true teachings of Islam proclaim tolerance and peace and love for all people, then I want chapter and verse from the Koran and statements from popular Muslim leaders to back it up. What good is it if the teachings in the Koran are good, pure, and true, when your ‘leaders’ ARE teaching fanatical interpretations, terrorism, and intolerance?
It matters little how good Islam SHOULD BE if huge numbers of the world’s Muslims interpret the teachings of Mohammed incorrectly and adhere to a degenerative form of the religion. A form that has been demonstrated to us over and over again. A form whose structure is built upon a foundation of violence, death, and suicide. A form whose members are recruited from the prisons around the world. A form whose members (some as young as five years old) are seen day after day, week in and week out, year after year, marching in the streets around the world, burning effigies of our prime ministers, burning the Indian flag, shooting weapons into the air, as it happens daily in Kashmir. A form whose members convert from a peaceful religion, only to take up arms against India, the country of their birth. A form whose rules are so twisted, that their traveling members refuse to show their faces at airport security checkpoints, in the name of Islam.
We will NEVER allow the attacks of November 2008 or any others for that matter, to take away that which is so precious to us — our rights under the greatest constitution in the world. I want to know where every Muslim in this country stands and I think it is my right and the right of every true citizen of this country to DEMAND it. A right paid for by the blood of thousands of my brothers and sisters who died protecting the very constitution that is protecting you and your family.
I am pleading with you to let me know. I want you here as my brother, my neighbor, my friend, as a fellow Indian…… But there can be no gray areas or ambivalence regarding your allegiance, and it is up to YOU, to show ME, where YOU stand. Until then,
“YOU WORRY ME