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Urgent need for reforms in Islam

As I see it Muslims all over the world cannot live in harmony with so called "infidels" wherever they have chosen to settle. India is a classic example of a polarised nation. Islam and democracy cannot go hand in hand as the very tenets of Islam reject a secular state--you can see in virtually all the Islamic countries on the planet--they are either dictatorships or ruled by archaic practices.

india Updated: Mar 13, 2006 16:37 IST

Further to the bombings in Varanasi, it increasingly appears that the cross-border infiltration is gathering more momentum after President Bush's visit.

As I see it Muslims all over the world cannot live in harmony with so called "infidels" wherever they have chosen to settle. India is a classic example of a polarised nation that has a large population of Muslims-where the Muslims are really a minority, but fast becoming a majority.

I do not see a Hindu India existing for long as the Muslim population is rising faster than the Hindu population and with increasing political bias towards the minority-India is shooting itself in the foot.

Islam and democracy cannot go hand in hand as the very tenets of Islam reject a secular state--you can see in virtually all the Islamic countries on the planet--they are either dictatorships or ruled by archaic practices.

Islam will always clash with a democratic process and President Bush is absolutely right in pointing out the failings of Islamic nations all over the world! Human rights issues, women's rights and basic human civility with peaceful modes of existence are lacking in Islam.

I do not think anyone can say that Islam is a peaceful religion, when it literally condones violence against "infidels". Whenever anyone dares criticise Islam death-threats are issued and the whole concept of civil dialogue goes out of the window.

The Islamic diaspora is moving backwards when the whole world is moving forward-it is becoming more violent, suppressive and insecure. The recent publications of the cartoons just shows how insecure Muslims feel about their own religion.

It is a shame that the world is being held hostage by a religion that will not and cannot progress with the times.