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Re: vamsi/sanjai's query answered

Please help make the Manifesto better, or accept it, and propagate it!
Thanks for posting this Mr Atherton.  I do not recall reading anything from you
before, however - you must be a new member?  Anyhow, nice to hear from you;
although the article is publicly available and probably one among many written
using the same theme, I am more interested in your views - which could be unique.

What exactly are you trying to say?

Vamsi M.

Mike Atherton wrote:

> Not long ago Mr. Vamsi relentlessly asked the question to IPI members
> regarding India's democracy. Those of you who are oblivious, the question
> And not very long ago, Mr. Sanjai spilled his venom on Islam/Muslims and/or
> Christianity/Christians and an ardent yet indirect support to
> Hinduism/Hindus, albeit he "declares" himself an athiest.
> I request you all to read this article and your puzzles will be solved once
> you finish reading it.
> Enjoy reading!!!!
> Regards,
> Mike
> http://rediff.com/news/2001/feb/05spec1.htm
> Adversity has this strange knack of bringing people together. When you are
> battling for survival, caste and creed do not matter. Roving Editor Ramesh
> Menon details one such incident, which could have been a landmark in
> communally strife-torn Ahmedabad. Only, it was too good to last.
> When the earth shook violently on January 26, the residents of Sarangpur
> Chakla -- like everyone else in Ahmedabad -- ran out of their homes. Many
> of them moved into the large courtyard of Rani's mosque, a 15th century
> monument. Located in an area that is dominated by Hindus, the mosque has
> been closed for over 32 years. But, as a protected heritage monument, it is
> being looked after by the Archaeological Survey of India.
> It proved to be a safe shelter during the quake, since it is surrounded by
> an open area, while Sarangpur is dominated by narrow lanes and old buildings.
> Soon after, a group of elderly Hindus approached Muslims in the Panchkuva
> area of Kalupur and asked them to begin offering namaz at the mosque again.
> They hoped it would please the Gods and the anger within the earth would
> subside. The Muslims happily acquiesced.
> On January 31, a dozen-odd Muslims went to the mosque to offer namaz early
> in the morning. It was the first time since the 1969 communal riots in the
> city that this had happened.
> The Hindus in the locality got together and organised water; before
> offering namaz, the Muslims are required to wash their hands and feet. "The
> residents thanked us and said our prayers would ward off danger to their
> area. Though the tremors continued, we thought it brought us together,"
> remembers Mohsin Sheikh, a small-time businessman who deals with bags and
> plastic sheets.
> For the next namaz, there were about two dozen Muslims offering prayers.
> The one held in the afternoon saw four dozen devotees.
> Though the numbers swelled to 250 for the namaz after sunset, the Muslims
> could sense the tension in the air. One of them walked up to a policeman
> outside the mosque and told him that, if there is a problem in them
> offering prayers there, they would stop immediately. The policeman said
> there was no problem; that the prayers -- which were for everyone's
> well-being -- should continue.
> Yet, by the time of the night namaz, they were told not to come to the
> mosque, thanks to strident protests from a handful of vocal residents
> associated with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Bajrang Dal and the
> Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
> The residents themselves had no complaints about the namaz. The area's
> right wing elements, though, felt the presence of so many Muslims -- the
> numbers were increasing with each namaz -- should not be allowed since
> Sarangpur borders Muslim-dominated areas.
> The last namaz of the day did not take place.
> The amity between the two communities did not last 24 hours. Those who
> reached the mosque for the last namaz say the policemen were beginning to
> worry about communal tension and did not want anything to spark it.
> Today, the iron gate leading to the mosque has been locked. The courtyard
> is silent except when the wind blows; then, one can hear the sound of
> rustling leaves.
> Four policemen are sleeping in front of the gate; which is covered with
> their damp clothes. One of them views me with suspicion. "Have you come
> here to read namaz?" he demands.
> I tell him I am, like him, a Hindu. Still suspicious, he says I cannot go
> in. "The mosque had been closed for years and will not open again. We are
> here to ensure that."
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Vamsi M.

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