In an engaging article in the New York Times, Thomas L. Friedman shows, what does mean to be in a democratically pluralistic country. Friedman is writing about the terrorist who have attacked Mumbai late last year and in the process nine of them killed. There were ten terrorists in all, one survived and become a prize catch for Indian administration. Since, Pakistan refused to accept that these terrorists were a Pakistani, it become impossible to cremate them in Pakistan.
However, Indian Muslims refused them to be cremated at their cemetery saying one who indiscriminately killed innocents cannot be a Muslims. The Indian Muslims are showing the way for the Islamists, the world over. Friedman mentions M.J. Akbar, a leading intellectual of India as saying that Islam don’t support killing innocents and further says that killing of innocents is called ‘fasad’ in Islam and the killer as Fasadi. What the terrorists and self proclaimed mullahs are trying to convey is that it is Jihad.
This is a must read piece from three time Pulitzer Prize winner of the New York Times.