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Experts warn increasing religious intolerance endangers world’s peace

Published: 13/12/2012 08:09:00 PM GMT
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New Delhi: Religious intolerance is a widespread societal disease in many countries of the world including some of the advanced countries and larger democracies and people are getting increasingly intolerant about religion.

By Farhan Iqbal


New Delhi: Religious intolerance is a widespread societal disease in many countries of the world including some of the advanced countries and larger democracies and people are getting increasingly intolerant about religion.

These views were expressed by the experts who keep keen eye on the social changings and behavior of people towards religion.

Experts warned that religious intolerance is spreading like a disease in the society and even in the countries that claim to be highly advanced, large democracies and secular.

They expressed their concerns about the rapid increase in intolerance among the followers of different religions for one another and termed it as a widespread societal disease. They said that religious intolerance is creating a world where violence prevails and inter-religion harmony is extinct.

Experts also referred to recent developments which targeted the Muslims, their religion and holy personalities of Islam that hurt sentiments of the Muslims across the globe. Some of the fanatics burned the Holy Quran and then they released a pathetic anti-Islam that attracted widespread protests in the Islamic world that also turned violent and a number of people lost their lives.

They said that there are some certain elements in every community who are mischievous and entice peaceful people in the name of religion to hurt followers of other religion mentally as well as physically which is quite a dangerous situation.

According to the Chairman of Press Council of India (PCI), Justice Markandey Katju, ninety percent of Indians are “idiots” who can easily be misled by mischievous elements in the name of religion.

He said, “I say ninety percent of Indians are idiots. You people don’t have brains in your heads. It is so easy to take you for a ride.”

“You mad people will start fighting amongst yourself not realizing that some agent provocateur is behind this,” he added.

Katju continued, “Today 80 percent Hindus are communal and 80 percent Muslims are communal. This is the harsh truth, bitter truth that I am telling you. How is it that in 150 years you have gone backwards instead of moving forward because the English kept injecting poison.”

“The policy that emanated from London after the mutiny in 1857 that there is only one way to control this country that is to make Hindus and Muslims fight each other,” he said.

Kajtu said that there was propaganda that Hindi was the language of Hindus and Urdu of Muslims. He clarified, “Our ancestors also studied Urdu, but it is so easy to fool you. You are idiots so how difficult is it to make an idiot of you.”

He said that he is disclosing the facts harshly to make Indians understand the whole game and not remain fools.

Experts also urged the followers of all religions not to play at the hands of mischievous elements and strictly follow the inter-religion harmony to make this world a better place to live.



Justice Markandey Katju, Chairman Press Council of India

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