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Muslims Must Fight for Liberalism Within

Vir Sanghvi in Dilemma of an Indian Muslim is right in saying that Indian Muslims have a very retrogressive political leadership.

india Updated: Aug 18, 2007 23:11 IST

Vir Sanghvi in Dilemma of an Indian Muslim (Counterpoint, August 12), is right in saying that Indian Muslims have a very retrogressive political leadership. The problem with Muslims is that even well-educated and liberal Muslims dare not utter a word against their religion, even if they have views to the contrary. It is only when Muslims break free of both backward views and the fear of expressing more liberal ones that they will find a difference in their lives. The need of the hour is to change mindsets and think of the interest of the entire community.

GK Arora, Delhi

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Vir Sanghvi’s article made a point that’s rarely discussed. It is necessary to oppose those religious leaders, both Muslim and Hindu, whose vested interests lie in controlling their own communities and keeping one away from the other. Liberals of the minority community have a harder time resisting their leaders, but we must encourage them to do so. It’s time we all agree that the issue is not Hindu and Muslim, but about the common person’s freedom from religious bigots on both sides.

Sunil Mukhi, Mumbai

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Vir Sanghvi is giving religion prominence over nationalism when he says that ‘It is up to all of us to ensure that young Muslims nourish the dream of a new, resurgent India’.

Indian secularism may survive only if equality of all religions is realised by all Indians. We must be alive to the defects of our own faith and try to overcome those defects and also blend into our faith every acceptable feature of other faiths. No single religion can claim to be perfect and so needs constant reinterpretation for growth.

Nisha Bala Tyagi, Delhi

Not as easy as 123

Karan Thapar’s able defence of the Indo-US nuclear deal (The ABC of 123, August 12), is a reasoned discussion of the benefits that will flow to India from the agreement. No agreement can be 100 per cent in favour of one party. The negotiators have to ensure that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Opposition for the sake of opposition should be put aside in the larger interest of the nation.

RJ Khurana, Bhopal

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