Activism, not panic
We are not against freedom, but against coercive means
FEEDBACK BY BASIT MALIK
This refers to the article The question of conversion’ (GK 23rd December 2011). I could clearly make out; revered author was a little confused on his topic.
For instance, the writer states “... offering money, admissions and jobs etc are of the nature of baits to lure people and exploited their weaker points” ironically ending up confiding , “ why cry Islam is in danger when some one from the other faith extends help and weans one away” . Is this a helping hand or helplessness, at least I cannot figure it out from the article.
Though, at the 4th paragraph the author vividly denounces, “Did microscopic community …violate the legal norms? If that is the case then missionaries are to be hold accountable” while the author does not bother giving santa claz surprises before Christmas, “…we ignore that, like any other religious institutions, missionaries’ schools too have their faith at its heart. They provide social services but cannot remain oblivious to the purpose they were raised for”. Sir, none, including (as you quoted) Mirwaiz ‘Omar’ Farooq is not denying them their freedom to propagate Christianity. What we are questioning is the ‘norms’ or ways in which they are doing so. Moreover a large number of students going to these institutions surely confirms that they have been secular in their conduct throughout but if now the latest ‘ curriculum change’ signifies of transcending the boundary from ‘ encouraging’ Christian principles to exploitation of gullible souls, then of course some thing needs to be done, that too urgently.
Furthermore, Sir, when you write “Europe, does not lose cool against the advances of the ‘alien’ faith, why should we … if, some odd man have taken the momentary bait and embraced apostasy,” it becomes hard to make this comparison. The way Islam is spreading in the west including Europe is a different story. How many news reports, including media malice have we heard of people in European countries lend favors on accepting Islam? If the spread of Christianity in Kashmir is congruent to how Islam is expanding in the Europe, I don’t have a problem with it. Albeit, if it is otherwise I will definitely make a loud, louder sound so that every one hears it.
By the way I don’t feel that it is the right time for self flagellation, “we have become self centric and are callously insensitive.” Sir, this self whipping has never served us any purpose. At this juncture we need confidence and complicity of each other.
I may again reconfirm and affirm that Christians have full freedom to express their faith through a proper channel, but at the same time we do have the freedom to resist any ‘unwilling change’. And I guess this ‘unwilling change’ should be talked about; on our dining tables, served with tea in drawing rooms, at our desks in class rooms, in usual street talks, in newspapers in fact everywhere. Only then could we bring an end to it.
Let us call it activism not panic.
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