I am sure that there are some excellent Muslims and there can be no doubt about that. No one nor I can deny that. However, the issue should be looked at holistically and not by stray examples. However, like it or not, giving the cock-eyed Indian politics of vote bank that has only encouraged the Indian mentality, it has thrown up the special Muslim identity in the forefront, rather than they being Indians. And the continuous attempt to indicate that Muslims are the sole deprived community and so they require special attention. For instance the inane nonsense from Manmohan Singh: What did it do? Highlighted a silly point only to score a political brownie and also divide society. Deepening the schism. And also giving grist to the idea that it is the Muslims alone being deprived. This type of stupidity of people like MMS (who was only following the Leaders diktat) that has given the unfortunate support/sympathy to such coots as Togadi and the MP from Gorakhpur (whose name I forget). That apart, AQ exploited that simmering anger and organised the 9/11 and hell broke loose. The War on Terror followed and founded a pan Islamism that was not there in earlier times, even if simmering. The imagined 'disinheriting' and 'unfair treatment' of Indian Muslim that was actually promoted by the so called 'secular' forces and the 'hurt', 'pain' and the feeling of being 'persecuted' by the whole world has made the Muslims galvanise their identity to be more upfront and indefinable as if to cock a snook at the world. And most of the Indian Muslim, as most of the Indians of all religious denomination, feel deprived. While the other Indian have no singular identity or cohesion as one group, the Muslims of various denomination have since no other religion has the concept of worldwide 'oneness' except Islam because of the idea of 'ummah', merely based on religion. They are made aware of their singular identity right from childhood and now, given prominence, being the world end of the world's stick over terrorism that has been unleashed worldwide by the fundamentalist groups within their society. The fact that there is the concept of 'ummah', virulent statements and fatwas by those revered by the Muslims as the last word i.e. the Maulavis and Mullahs, some supporting terrorism justifiable by the so called jihad has only allowed the Muslims feel that they are justified in maintaining and celebrating their separatism and separate and unique identity. All this has made others apprehensive of them and maybe even scared of them. That is why you find all the confusion in this world, to include on this forum. Indian Muslims are good people, but they are also confused and their confusion encourages many of them, especially the illiterate and semi literate, who form the majority of the lumpen elements of the Muslim ranks to act in bizarre ways that not only put the fair name of Indian Muslims in jeopardy and only adds to the fear of the unknown amongst others. I would therefore not be the one to not coo politically correctness that has been indoctrinated in us through the mischievous and self serving body politic of India over the last 66 years. I feel sorry for the Indian Muslims since they feel trapped and confused as to what is the reality and what have they done to deserve this fate. I have commanded many a Muslim soldiers and they are no less that anyone in patriotism and loyalty. But they are different, as are other religious groups in the Army. The reason? While we respect and practice religion, yet we do not allow it the prominence that would defeat the oneness of the concept of being Indians, Such divisions would only defeat the purpose of the unit, the Regiment, the Army and the Nation in our task to defend the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of our country.