Wednesday, November 01, 2006

francois gautier's column that was rejected

nov 2nd, 2006

you decide whether francois is telling it like it is.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: fgautier

Dear friends,

This column written for Rediff.com for which I am a regular contributor, was
refused thrice by its editors
Best
Francois Gautier

WILL ISLAM CONVERT ITSELF ?

The recent bombings of the Western Railway system in Mumbai have once again
thrown up the same question: Is it possible to dialogue with today¹s Islam ?
Does it listen to reason ? Does plain logic work ? Will it ever stop killing
innocent people in the name of God ?

Take these bombings for instance:  do they really make sense ? Here you have
a Central Government which is heavily pro-Muslim, making sure that a number
of Muslims are appointed in top posts, endeavouring to carve a sizable chunk
of reservations for Muslims, as seen in Andra Pradesh and constantly
pandering to India¹s Muslim minority. The bombings also happen in
Maharashtra, a state governed by the Congress, where many Muslims live and
work, the financial capital of India, whose prosperity benefits all,
including MuslimsŠ

The same illogical strain seems to have got hold of the Government of India,
whether it is BJP or Congress ruled. We keep hearing that those blasts, in
Delhi, Vanarasi or Mumbai, are the work of the ISI of Pakistan or
Bangladeshi extremists. But what they don¹t say is that it would be
impossible for these people to function unless they have a lot of ground
sympathy amongst local Indian Muslims. And the question has to be asked
again: why should Indian Muslims go against their own Government, which has
done so much for them since Independence ? Why should Indian Muslims target
India, a country where they have more freedom than in say Pakistan, or Saudi
Arabia ?

Every time also, the Government comes out with the same litany: ³these acts
are meant to create communal violence, be peaceful, don¹t react². Which
basically means, ³ You Hindus (who are targeted), keep quiet and get killed.
Who cares anyway². And a few months later, another blast takes the lives of
a few more innocent Hindus. But how long will the Hindus keep quiet? This is
the question that the Indian Government has to ask itself. Gujarat has paved
the way: However reprehensible these acts of mass vengeance were, they have
shown that Hindus keep quiet for a long time: they get riled at, they are
made fun of, they are despised, their women raped, men killed, children
burnt in trains and one day they blow up - and blow up badly. Riots don¹t
erupt in a few days: they are the fruit of decades, of generations even, of
suppressed anger, of frustration, of a silent majority which sees itself
more and more marginalized and taken for granted.

Yes, we do occasionally come across wonderful Muslims, open, friendly, who
have somehow preserved the knowledge that all religions are the same, that
Islam in India owes a lot to the tolerance of Indians, that Hinduism, yoga,
meditation and pranayama, are India¹s gifts to the world and can be
practiced by Muslims, Christians and Hindus alike. I have personally met
quite a few of them, within the Art Of Living Family, for example. But they
are such rarities. And even those educated Muslims, whom you can talk to,
will not go as far as criticizing the Koran. Look at Javed Akhtar¹s  poetic
tearjerker on the Bombay blasts (³As a human being, I shudder to think how
can my fellow humans do something so heinous? Are these terrorists made of
flesh and blood? Do they laugh and cry like us²?). Not once Akhtar, who has
made a favourite pastime of deriding Hindu Gurus, said that all these crimes
are committed in the name of Islam and the Koran, ³his² religion and ³his²
ScripturesŠ

So will Islam ultimately convert itself? Because the problem is not with
Muslims, but with the Koran. Will it, instead of feeling totally paranoiac,
thinking that it is under attack everywhere, whether it is Palestine,
Chechnya, Kashmir, or France, realize that it is actually Islam which is the
aggressor all over the world, that Muslims who have settled in France or
India, or the UK, and which these countries have sincerely accepted, giving
them citizenship and the same rights as any French, Indian or German
citizens, are actually biting the hand that fed them ? Will the mullahs of
Islam accept to sit down and reform the Koran, which is a perfectly
acceptable scripture for the Middle ages, when mentalities were very
different, but which today still propagates an aggressive, exclusive, and
dangerous zeal in its children?

This is what we are all hoping for. This is what most Western leaders
secretly crave for, when they go out of their way to praise and favour the
moderate Muslims of their country. This is what spiritual leaders like His
Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar are attempting, with a certain amount of
success, by speaking to Muslim leaders, fostering ties in Muslim countries
such as Iraq or Afghanistan, or reforming Kashmiri terrorists through
meditation.

Unfortunately, time is running out. Muslims in India and elsewhere in the
world do not understand is that we are slowly losing our innocence. At the
moment, Islam still benefits from the sympathy of the media, which
constantly negates Islamic fundamentalism, making a hero for instance of
the Chechen warlord Shamil Bassayev, recently killed, who organized the
gruesome massacre of hundreds of children in Beslan and a villain of
Vladimir Putin (or a hero of Sadddam Hussain and a monster of Bush) but it
is slowly losing that sympathy. Sooner or later nearly the entire world will
wage a war against Islam, from Europe to China, from the Ural to Pakistan.

There will also come a time, which is not very far, where everybody will
become wary of anything Islamic. Anyone looking slightly Muslim, in a plane,
in a train, in a shopping mall, will be looked upon suspiciously. Anybody
with a Muslim name will have problems entering any country. Those who have
Muslim friends will quietly stop seeing them or find some excuses not to
meet them. It is already happening. Muslims will cry themselves hoarse and
speak of persecution. But they will have only themselves to blame: they did
not speak up as a community when innocents all over the world were killed in
the name of their religion .

And this may be the way Islam will slowly disappear. Muslims with a little
common sense, or just maybe with a sense of survival, will start changing
their names quietly, they will stop going to the Mosque, they will send
their children to Christian or Hindu schools. Governments will clamp down so
hard on their own Muslims, there will be so many restrictions on them, that
entire families, will move out of the Muslim enclaves you find all over the
world, to resettle elsewhere. Jehadis facing certain death even if they are
not suicide bombers, will melt back in civilian life. Muslims will slowly
lose faith in the righteousness and the power of their own religion, become
atheists, or even embrace back Hinduism, as 90% of Muslims in India are
Hindu converts. It may take a few decades, a hundred years even, But Islam
will surely disappear in the alleys of history and what look now like
menacing, dangerous, foreboding force will be looked upon as just another
religion that came and passed away..

Unless Islam converts itselfŠ

François Gautier


10 comments:

k_1111 said...

This is *very* true.
only problem is that until that happens , many many lives will be lost.
Rediffdoesnt have the credibility or what ?
A sad thing to censor this.

virat0 said...

Some rediff editors are from clones of JNU stable. They are fine with hatredness of some christists and marxists. Still it is sensible many times. What they didn't read in the above article is :
Muslims in India and elsewhere in the
world do not understand is that we are slowly losing our innocence.

They don't appreciate this aspect. Mostly through their innocence they allow no barred criticism of certain people, but they may loose their innocence too. It is difficult to get it back when they loose it, and the implications could be joing with anti-nationals. They better appreciate it, and stop their targetted attacks. I see lost innocence in Arundhoty roy - the god of brainwashed people, by the thugs in media, and for the poor.

Trash the ideas of mafia taking their command from china, Britain and elsewhere. Else rediff editors will lose their innocence and no reward will compensate that.

virat0 said...

I see why they rejected. The secularists would rather be contented in criticizing when it pays them Read the future riot and blasting of rediff office:

Because the problem is not with
Muslims, but with the Koran.


When they get blasted, they wouldn't be able to disagree with that for sake of minority rights. I like francois gautier's writting the column for review by rediff editors. It is a sadistic to demand this article to be published, save all that sermons we got all these years on secularism :(

Shahryar said...

Excerpt from Where in the World is Varsha Bhosle?:

Varsha used to write for Rediff until 2003, when she went on a sabattical. She was unsubtly asked not to return when Rediff.com owner Ajit Balakrishnan told her that she would be given a pay-cut. Here it is in her own words:

You'll be pleased to know that you 'secularists' have a successful and time-tested way of tackling free speech: I am no longer writing for Rediff since its top honcho, Ajit Balakrishnan (also involved with discredited SABRANG communications Communalism Combat , ), finds me 'very inflammatory.'

bly243001 said...

I am sorry to say, but I too would have rejected the article-
not beacause what it had to say about Quran and Islam, but what conclusions it draws and the solution it presents.

Do you really think, Mr. Goutier:

-Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will change the jihadi mindset just by pranayam etc.--are you on a high? Since when Gandhian principles have worked with Muslims- are you completely oblivious to last 1000 yrs of Bharat's history?
-Governments will clamp down so
hard on their own Muslims,...
..certainly not Indian govt, it is already sold out to them.

- Mr Gautier fail to realize that Islam is expanding because it is unashamedly aggressive with complete muslim populace support, where are any signs that muslims are turning away from it...quite the contrary.

On other subject...why can't Varsha Bhosle start a Blog?

Saiganesh Ramani said...

Wishful thinking by Mr. Francois Gautier. I don't think most of us would see that happening in our life time.

WavesofChange said...

Well bly243001...

Some of your comments are purely out of ignorance. You have no idea what Pranayam and Sudarshan Kriya have done to terrorists in Kashmir, militants in Bosnia and naxalites in central/eastern India. I myself have met many and seen videos of their experiences and the dramatic changes it is bringing in communities.

It is more than just Gandhian "principles". Educate and experience yourself.

chitrakut said...

I think this is a very nice article by Mr Gaultier. Boycott is a powerfull tool. And it is already happenning. There is no high tech investments going into any islamic country. No islamic country has a high tech industry. All follow medieval laws and rapid economic growth is not possible with outdated concepts like interest on a principal being haram.

The only thing holding up islam is the huge oil reserves of arabian countries. Oil needs to be converted into a commodity of little value so that the backbone of this terror cult os truely destroyed. But boycott is a good beginning.

There is today no "non islamic" society that is sympathetic to muslims and muslims have really lost a lot of respect in the eyes of the rest of the world.

I think a good strategy would be to get followers of the terror cult to fight amongst themselves. And at the same time get them all isloated from the world. In the mean time, hopefully russia, nigeria, south america could supply all the oil needed to continue progress in our societies.

chitrakut said...

Also, I am somewhat able to understand the attitude of the editors of rediff.com. The article talks about the Koran being bad and needs revision. While there is truth in such a statement, it will invite fatwas against rediff. I believe that is what they are afraid of. Not due to love for muslims.

It is going to be very painfull to tell a person his deeply held beliefs are really bigoted. But this has to happen someday. Someday there has to be a moment of truth when one has to face reality. The process of getting the muslims to understand that the path they have chosen is a bad choice has to start some day. The islamic societties have to reform themselves over time.

chitrakut said...

Also for humankind to progress, muslims ought to be separated from non muslims.

The creation of Pakistan was the best thing to have happenned to India in a 1000 years. I only wish it was more complete. Today India has more muslims than Pakistan. And they still are a huge problem community. They need to be isolated further if we are to maintain our identity and achieve progress for our nation.