Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Trump’s Rhetoric Soared Anti-Muslim Crimes in West


Although it is due to formally implement the Donald Trump’s (Republican 2016-Presidential Candidate)proposal of banning Muslims in United States, in case if Republicans comes to power, but recent incidents what many saw as new American Policy baring Muslims from visiting United States, grew outrage in world Muslim community.

             Donald Trump, Republican Presidential Candidate for USA-2016  Election.


Paris Attacks followed by Trump’s rhetoric didn’t take more than two weeks escalating anti-Muslim incidents with detaining a Muslim family from flights, attacks on mosques and hatred speeches and violence.

In a recent incident, a British Muslim family bound for a visit to Disneyland was barred from boarding a London flight to Los Angeles at Heathrow Airport earlier this month.

The questions here once again started arising that, are Americans becoming intolerant against their minority community including African Americans, Muslims and Hindus, Sikhs, Jews among others.

All national Exit Polls showed positive trends after Republican front-runner presidential candidate's remark on the total ban on Muslims visiting United Sates of America, in late November.  His remark surged him in all exit polls ever since the trumpet of 2016-Presidential elections blown.

The trends, somehow, to a greater extent gestures towards the changing pattern of Americans mind towards Muslim community making them overprotective and intolerant against minorities.

And, the degree to which his remark is going to change the future of American politics and Presidential election can be not be very unambiguous in months ahead.

The world's oldest democracy, claiming equal right to all no matter what religion, colour, beliefs and faiths its people share,   is seems to be going through from its transition period from secular to religious, from tolerant to intolerant, and from pluralist and cosmopolitan to stereotypes.

Not only this, violence against African Americans (Blacks) has also seen a dramatic upsurge in recent few years with more than 355 mass-shooting in mere 336 days in States.

Martin Luther King Jr., would had devoted his whole life in fighting for rights of African American,  would have shocked by seeing such intolerance in Unites States. Significantly, Martin Luther King Jr. was inspired by Indian freedom fighter and crusader of truth and non-violence, Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi), to fight for rights of African Americans (Blacks).

And surprisingly, the very first African American (Black) President of United States, Barack Obama did not hesitate criticising India for inciting religions intolerance, earlier this year.  

During his visit to India, in his speech to Indian people he had said that India will keep developing as far as it will remain secular and will not be divided on lines religion. Later, he also remarked that the rising religious intolerance in India would have shocked its peace icon Mahatma Gandhi. However, India has been occasionally target by Western democratic liberal and secular counties for being intolerant against its minority communities.

Coming back to USA, it is now up to the Americans and its Muslims that how are they going to reflect their vote towards such rhetoric or they have become accustomed enough to digest such direct anti-Muslims statements by a presidential candidate, And how the Paris, 9/11 and Charlie Hebdo are going to affect American majority communities when will set to cast their vote.


Friday, December 11, 2015

American Saga of Tolerance : 336 Days, 355 Mass-Shootings

After 9/11, the numbers of Americans killed in terrorist attacks stand less than one hundred, outnumbering the hundreds of thousand killed in mass-shooting in United States of America, so far.

                                                                 

The recent killing of 14 innocent people in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, by a Muslim couple, once again sparked a debate in American politics and media to stringent the arm rules, raising questions on vanishing tolerance of Americans against African Americans, which was planted by Martin Luther King after decades of struggle.

The media and citizens, who have been waiting and watching the Obama administration, in the hope of some substantial action, have now been outraged and can go beyond something unexpected.

The Obama, the State’s first African American President, has been failed to cope up 
the rising intolerance against African Americans in recent years.
Ever since 9/11, such mass killings have been in rise against religions and ethnic minorities in USA. The Muslims, Asians, Hindus, Sikhs, Blacks and other minority communities have repeatedly been prey of discrimination and hatred.
Such recent incidents and laxity of Obama government, has once again tend to house a sense of fear and insecurity among minorities. 

The recent incidents have gestured towards exceeding records of killings of Americans in recent years after September 11, outside and inside its territory, which, if not constrained timely can trigger devastating results.

In a recent interview to BBC, Barack Obama, President of United State of America had admitted that, “his government has been failed to cope up with surging mass-shooting in USA in recent years, adding that, “after 9/11 less 100 Americans would have been killed in terrorist attacks, while Americans killed in mass shooting counts hundreds of thousands.”

He admitted that the stringing of arms norm is urgent need of hour to check the crime incidents, which is very high in USA as compared to any European developed country.
In America getting a weapon license is, somehow, as easy as getting a driving license, while getting a weapon license in India is as difficult as getting an American Green card.


Biggest Democracy vs. Oldest Democracy: Is India more intolerant than States?

Mr. Barack Obama earlier this year had criticized Indian administration for its slackness in curbing rising intolerance against minority communities (Muslims and Christians). Weeks after his visit to India, he had said that “surging religious intolerance in Indian would have shocked its peace icon Mahatma Gandhi, which provoked a stream of outrage in India.

However, this, Obama’s statement came after a couple of incidents of religious mass conversion of Muslims to Hinduism and incidents of vandalizing mosques and churches by Hindu nationalist groups, after ruling Indian party, Bhartiya Janta Party (Hindu nationalist-Right Wing) came in power last May (2014).

The Indian media, laureates, left wings and oppositions have also been accusing the ruling Party for inciting and promoting the intolerance in country since last May, and the issue has been emerged as a major political challenge for Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India to grapple with.

Likewise, undeniably for Mr. Barack Obama, the rising mass killing is going to play a decisive role in 2016’s presidential election.

Nevertheless, if World largest democracy, India, is becoming intolerant against its minority communities, then what would be it called that happened in World’s Oldest Democracy the United States of America in 336 days in 2015.
In 2015, India, three people have been victim of religious intolerance, while USA has more mass-shootings than days in Year.

Isn’t America becoming intolerant towards its African American and other ethnic minorities?
 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Like Diwali, Jews Celebrate 'Hanukkah'

                     "Hanukkah is Jewish Festival of Lights, as Diwali for Indians" 
Lighting up houses with bright candles, chanting songs of victory and peace, distributing sweets and gifts and wishing each other well-being and prosperity, this is how Hannukah is celebrated, also known as the Festival of Lights. Surprisingly, this festival significantly resembles the iconic Hindu Diwali.


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Candles and Diyas symbolic of Festival of Light | © abhinabahtt and chosenpeople.com

Diwali Festival

Diwali is another festival of lights observed for five days in India by Hindus. There are many similarities between the two. The Jewish festival of lights, Hanukkah, is celebrated for eight consecutive nights sometime between late November and late December – determined by the Hebrew calendar – in Israel and by Jewish people all over the world. Hanukkah could be called the ‘Jewish Diwali,’ celebrated to commemorate the victory of good over evil since ancient times.
Diwali Celebration | © Pradip Mahato/Flickr
In India, the festival of lights, Diwali, usually falls in October and November – determined by the Hindu calendar – and is celebrated by the lighting of Diyas(lamps/candles) in and around the house and windows, wearing new clothes, preparing special dishes and sweets, opening festive crackers, and giving or receiving surprise gifts from relatives and friends.
In the same way, Hanukkah is celebrated with lightning of candles on the menorah(a candelabrum with nine branches) followed by the chanting of songs and the distribution of presents.
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Hanukkah Lights | © Djampa/Wiki Commons 
Both festivals owe ancient importance, in their respective religion, to instances of war and victory, of good over evil. As per Hindu mythology, Diwali is celebrated in the name of Lord Rama (Hindu God) of Ayodhya, after his victory over the evil Ravana, when the people of Ayodhya lit lamps to celebrate his return and illuminated the whole city.
Diwali is observed for five days substituted by other small festivals including DhanterasChhoti Diwali (Small Diwali), Diwali, Gowardhan Pooja and Bhai Duj.
Hannukah Traditions
The story of Hannukah is the remembrance of the Jewish victory of over the Syrian-Greek Army and reclaiming of the Jewish Holy Temple in Jerusalem over 2,100 years ago. You can visit the sites from the story still today.
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Hanukkah Celebration © Rebecca Israel/WikiCommons
The story is that the army struck the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, leaving them with only enough oil to light one day, but that it stayed lit for eight consecutive days and nights, once they had won the war. This is why the Jewish people light the menorah using a single candle (the shamash), and commemorate Hanukkah to the mark the miracle that the oil lasted, by lighting candles from right to left each day from one to eight. They also eat deep-fried traditional dishes to symbolize this.

Diwali and Hanukkah, celebrated throughout the world, are the reflection of victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.