The problem of Muslims is poverty, not infidels. The tentacles of penury that keep charging the vortex further are primarily fed by unbridled procreation, generation after generation, stretching the flimsy resources further and further, till life is in tatters for units after units of the society. It eventually leads to poor or no education, children slaving as mechanics in roadside garages or elsewhere, but the cavernous family pans perennially refuse to fill up. There are no signs or sparks in the long, long tunnel, day after day, year after year. What makes it all the more unbearable, these youngsters cannot close their eyes to affluence on just the other side of the street, the posh living quarters, the gleaming cars and the razzmatazz of fashion and gadgetry. Writhing to break free from their deathly predicament, it is tempting to hit the road of delinquency as a short cut to better life, but the law might cut short the flight on that runway. Then there is an alternate route that promises a much more drastic salvation, the seeming ivory tower of power and pleasure complete with AK 47s and teenage houris in the lives both hither and beyond. What these have-nots usually forget, however, is the haves have worked their way up in their lives usually inch by inch, have much leaner families that can afford education and other commonly available amenities of life over genarations. Again, the ladder of prosperity stretches up and up, and as each of us look up to those occupying the higher rungs, we have the options of aspiring, daydreaming, working hard to get there, burning out in jealousy, or resorting to crime and terrorism to get there overnight.
What I say is of course not true of all Muslims. Nor is it true of a majority of those belonging to the creed and are poor. And surely, there have been several affluent and highly educated followers of Islam who have succumbed to the lures of satanic fiefdoms. I fervently hope and believe what these bigots are trying to do is practice a polluted version of a widespread religion. And if by slitting throats of the human lambs, captivating thousands of women some of which are barely out of their childhood and using them as sex slaves, blasting flesh and bones of the non-believers to smithereens, they are reinforcing the tenets of Islam, they are apparently in the wrong creed and they should seriously try to switch over. Atheism is an option.
It will also be argued that the Taliban, LeT, and of late ISIS, are the byproducts of international powermongering. But you cannot breed barbs and cacti on a neutral patch of concrete. Sadly, no other religion has offered more fertile lands to extremism and developed entire jungles of poison ivies.
In a jamboree like India, where people have absolute power, and absolute power corrupts absolutely, the soul of the nation is wilting. People drunk on BMW cars are mowing down innocents by dozens and being granted clemency for being minors and imbeciles, or worse, being the progeny of rich and mighty. An elected member of the power corridors has offered help to apparent terrorists hauled up with an awful load of ammunition and subversive literature emanating from ISIS. Now there is nothing wrong in taking up the cause of the unrepresented. But there are thousands of others of different creeds, guiltless but incarcerated, accused of pettier charges and awaiting justice for years —such is the judicial apparatus out here— why not help those too?
How many of our young sons and daughters can recite verses from the holy books of our own religions, leave alone from Quran? Does that mean their throats should be slit open? Tarishi was butchered because she could not recite the ayats of Quran, and going by the propensities and predilections of the heinous wolves, who knows what she underwent before she succumbed to their filthy swords? What message from what religion are these zealots trying to send across? That the infidel, those who do not follow the diktats of Islam, have no place on the Earth? What will these crazed carnivores do when all but those of their creed remain on the planet? Turning against their own will surely present a finer version of jihad then.
It is high time Muslims opened their eyes for their own general good, if not for the furtherance of the human race, and stop supporting terrorists entities —individuals, units, outfits and states, legal and self-proclaimed —merely on grounds of religous brotherhood. The future belongs to education, restraint, refinement and development, not the prehistoric warlords long consigned to dust.
I have no words to offer to the departed soul of Tarishi, a youth nipped so cruelly in the bud. I fear many more such carnages are waiting to spring forth and blacken the face of humanity in days to come, unless our friends, the Muslims, themselves come forth and call a spade a spade.
May your soul Rest in Peace, Tarishi.