Muslims not minority as they ruled India for centuries - MJ Akbar

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  1. LurkerBaba

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    Yes, the heading of the original article is different. But after reading the content I changed it. Pep talk ?

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    Veteran journalist M.J. Akbar has questioned the minority status of Muslims, saying they had ruled India for decades and Brahmins were a bigger minority. He called upon Muslims to unshackle themselves from the “politics of fear” and adopt the “politics of development.”

    Muslims had become a minority when their hands turned to the government for help and not to Allah. And it was true that though Muslims were in a minority, they had ruled India for centuries.
    Muslims constituted roughly 20 per cent of the population during the time of eminent saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti of Ajmer in the 12th century, and even now they accounted for the same percentage.

    Mr. Akbar said, “The word ‘minority’ is not associated with numbers but with power.” Brahmins did not consider themselves a minority. Only Dalits should be considered a minority as they had never ruled the country.

    He was speaking on Sunday at the fifth annual convention of Muslim Writers Academy, only one of its kind for Gujarat-based Muslim writers and journalists.

    The former Congress MP said it was time for the community to introspect. The need of the hour was to change the attitude and mindset. “Changing attitude and mindset is not easy but when the time demands a change, a change should be ushered in, for power flows not from a sword but power flows from education.”

    Muslims should start regaining their self-confidence and shed the “politics of begging.” “Indian Muslims should consider themselves fortunate since India is a democratic country and communities here are empowered.”

    Muslims should not just cast their votes but sell them. “Sell it to the bidder who promises education and especially to that bidder who promises education to the girls,” he said.

    The Hindu : News / National : Muslims should shed attitude of minorityism, says M.J. Akbar
     
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  3. gokussj9

    gokussj9 Senior Member Senior Member

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    So tomorrow I convert to christianity and I colonized India for 100 years and gave a civilized life to dirty pagan Indians. :confused:
     
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    MJA can sometime have right ideas but words fail him. Surprising for a journalist.
     
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    hit&run Elite Member Elite Member

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    Technicality behind patrician of India was numbers of muslims and Hindus in an area. How can be simple English definition of minority be presented differently.
     
  6. spikey360

    spikey360 Crusader Senior Member

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    Finally, a person worthy of admiration and respect talking of Muslim self confidence and empowerment rather than votebank.
     
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    panduranghari Senior Member Senior Member

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    I do not agree with everything he writes but he is a man of integrity and worthy compared to the pseudo-secular journalists on TV and in the print.
     
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    GPM Tihar Jail Banned

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    What idiocy!! Is a pagan uncivilised? And during xian rule, the converts got of lot of breaks. In Goa, they were even given lands confiscated from Hindus.
     
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    Dude chill, I was being sarcastic. I am a Brahmin myself (though only in name :laugh: )
     

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