Posts Tagged ‘humanism’

Letter to the editor: Responses to articles on Mumbai attacks

December 1, 2008

Sandip Roy writes on Salon.com about terrorism in Mumbai. I react:

The sectarian divides in India are complex problems — my grandfather pointed me to Churchill’s speeches and his concerns. There’s a remarkable line in one of his speeches where he describes the lack of inter-mingling — “While the Hindu elaborates his argument, the Muslim sharpens his sword. Between these two races and creeds, containing as they do so many gifted and charming beings in all the glory of youth, there is no intermarriage.” A point well made, I think.

And the problem exists to this day in much the same degree. I don’t doubt the sincerity of either side of the argument: the humanistic one that has faith in the two communities’ abilities to bridge the divisions, but also the reactionary one that portends chaos coming from the inflammatory passions of the articulate and certainly not marginal minorities that incite conflicts. No, we should not and cannot ethnically cleanse India; but the alternative is not a politically impossible utopia either.
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