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SurferSpeak: 'Divisive tactics, nothing else'

Surfers look through terrorists' gameplan to divide on religious lines.

india Updated: Apr 16, 2006 22:36 IST

A month back it was Sankat Mochan temple at Varanasi. This is around it is Jama Masjid in Old Delhi area of the capital.

The low-intensity bombs that went off in the revered Muslim shrine have overwhelmingly evoked a rational response.

A vast majority of our surfers seem to agree that whosoever is doing this, just wants to create further divisions in Indian society.

They unilaterally declare that attack on any religious place of worship is an act of cowardice.

However, some of them add that the time has come for Muslims to realise that it is essentially their 'problem' boomeranging on them! Harsh word. May be.

Let's take a look.

Writing from San Jose, USA one of the anonymous surfers who chose to call himself Jai Hind said, "All blasts are equally bad -- whether in Jama Masjid, temple in Varanasi, Jammu or Ram Janma Bhoomi. People need to understand that Jama Masjid blast is not different from any other attack on Hindu temples."

However, our surfer RH from Varanasi, has absolutely no doubt.

"It is complete intelligence failure. Religious places have always been a soft target for terrorists. All communities must come out with joint statements against such inhuman behaviour, condemn such acts and show solidarity against such acts."

Another surfer, Ahmad Nafees from Lucknow, feels the Advani-Rajnath Singh rath yatras are responsible for this.

"The Delhi blast is clearly an outcome of the rath yatra taken out by the so-called 'saviour' of the country. It is the fallout of the hatred preached by various hard-line Hindutva organisations."

Pirajvi from Mumbai, India certainly didn't agree with Nafees.

He thought, "Well, what goes around comes around!"

New Delhi's Lokesh too thought on similar lines.

"Now, the Muslims say how could this happen at a place of worship? Where were they when Hindu temples have been attacked?"

Saeed A Khan from Little Rock in the US presented a balanced view.

"Perpetrators of the crimes are not the only ones involved in the crime. Their political and religious gurus are the ones who need to be blamed first. Politicians and corrupt law-enforcement officials are also an important part of the chain," says Khan.

He adds,"When members of parliament and law-making bodies start interfering inappropriately with the law-enforcement agencies, the politicians begin dividing the nation on religious lines, and a particular community is favoured and/or discriminated against. The moral fabric of the society breaks down and the law of jungle applies."

There is chaos, disharmony, law-enforcement problems, extremism and terrorism. None of these can ever be justified, glorified and treated as acts of heroism.

The culprits, whether a common man, law-enforcement officials or politicians, should be dealt accordingly and brought to justice.

VK Menon from Chicago, USA too felt it was time to stand up against any kind of terrorism.

"It is time to put away all political and religious beliefs and face the menace of terrorism. Political parties have to come together to find ways to eradicate this demon of terrorism from the soil of India."

John Skinner from California, US wasn't too impressed with this line of thought. He felt Islam was getting what it nurtured for so long.

"Why so much fuss? If I can recall, last month there were twin blasts in a Hindu temple in Varanasi. Where were those who said they cannot accept attacks on a religious place? Islam has to accept, what they sow is what they will reap."

Ismail from Kochi, had a different view.

"This is a retaliation against Varanasi attacks. And whosoever is behind this brutal act, whether Muslim or Hindu, requires to be punished."

But Masood Khan from Indianapolis, USA was convinced that terrorism was simply an act of cowardice. And that such people had no religion.

"The persons behind such acts are not human beings. They don't have any religion. People should fight against them to protect the communal harmony of the country. They, somehow, want to play with lives of innocent people."

All views and opinions presented in this article are solely those of the surfers and do not necessarily represent those of

First Published: Apr 16, 2006 12:28 IST

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