Never before has the death of 2 Muslims created so much media and public speculation and scrutiny before….
One is the tale of a much loved public hero, a teacher, a philanthropist, a scientist, a people’s president!
The other of an ordinary businessman who until a decade back was known to few other than his inner circle of friends and now hung for being a terrorist and contributor to the heinous 1993 blasts.
How ironical that both have received much publicized burials the same day?
I am not a jurist or someone who has an opinion on the legal process nor on the technical details of the bomb blasts , neither do I want to argue on the merits or demerits of the hanging as has been done ad nauseam by legal experts and so called bearers of moral values of society. It is not my job to even debate the essence of capital punishment whether it should be given or not.
This is my tale of 2 Muslims by me – a Muslim
Yes It is true that both were Muslims, both born and brought up in India, one in a poor fisherman’s village Rameswaran, other in India’s financial capital Mumbai .
Both may have had the same opportunities, same obstacles, similar so-called minority setbacks… But see how different their lives and death turned out to be!
One Muslim died at the ripe age of 83 and over a billion people grieved for his loss; the other had his life taken away in an untimely unnatural way on the day he turned 53! How many would truly grieve for his loss other than his family is anyone’s guess.
One Muslim died a hero of masses another a national traitor. One Muslim dreamed and lived to lead the nation to greater heights those even beyond this planet. The other unfortunately, got misled and let his country down.
It is only natural as human beings to feel sad for the family of one who has lost his life even if it’s that of someone who was an anti-national and convicted for it but spare a moment and feel the pain of the hundreds who lost their own kith and kin so many years back for absolutely no fault of theirs
I don’t understand people and politicians who want to give a religious tone to this entire episode. I can only hope the common Indian Citizen can read their bluff and not fall prey.
Here we are talking not of religion but of national safety and anybody remotely anti national should meet the same fate be it a Muslim or Hindu or Christian or anybody else.
For their own selfish reasons whether it’s for votes or otherwise… Some people incite passions in the name of religion from either community without laying out true facts!
India has the second largest number of Muslims in the world as its citizens. So how do we become a minority? Where have they not had enough opportunities to grow?
We have had 2 Muslim Presidents.
The top 3 most loved and followed film stars are Muslim.
The Indian cricket team has had a Muslim captain.
A R Rahman the only Indian to get a Oscar for India is a Muslim.
Number of Chief Ministers of states and members of parliament are Muslim.
Many Defense Chiefs and heads have been Muslim.
I have progressed like so many other Muslims only because of our great nation and its policy of religious tolerance! Let’s not cloud and poison our minds with a few stray incidents carried out by those with vested interests as they are not the norm.
Media, they say, has a huge responsibility. But do you think it was correct that the same person whom they had painted as a true villain for being instrumental in creating blasts was suddenly now being shown as the person who was being wronged and who should get sympathy?
Do you think that the President of India, the Governor, and the esteemed Supreme Court judges were all wrong to convict him for his offences? I believe they were just doing their Jobs… Tough as it was!
The same media had a front page editorial screaming mercy petition cancelled for one convict and hanging today and on the same front page another article stated mercy for ex-prime minister’s killers!
If this is not being insensitive to the deceased family or inciting tensions then what is? So should we believe in everything that media sells to us or even in that political class — which refused President Kalam, a second-term?
It’s time that the Muslims in India stand up and be counted as Indians first! Be proud of their nation and what it’s done for them. Be known for their patriotism because I bet all Muslims would be proud to be born, live and die as Dr APJ Abdul Kalam – The true hero of Hindustan.