From the beginning of the human civilisation, the hard-working and prosperous people have been held to ransom by criminals and laggards. It is impossible to view the terrorist attacks on Mumbai as motivated by any religious principles. [Otherwise the meaning of religion will need to be redefined radically.] Mumbai is India’s financial capital. While the marauders of the past attacked with the intention of plundering wealth and resources, the terrorists of the present attack with the intention of weakening the country’s economy. The latter is a more perverse motive.
The new Al Qaeda chief, Zawahiri, has always asked his followers to attack centres of commercial activities. The whole tribe of people led by Zawahiri as well as his predecessor Osama bin Laden have always behaved like barbarous Luddites who perceive every symbol of technological and industrial progress as detrimental to their interests. And what indeed are their interests?
Apart from pursuing a wild goose chase in the name of some miasmic and incoherent religious ideology as well as cooking other people’s geese in deadly furnaces of varied explosive powers, what are the interests of these killers who don the garb of religious crusaders?
None. They have no constructive vision, are unable to make any meaningful contribution to the human society, live like rats in some hidden places, and emerge from their cubbyholes only to kill innocent people.
How long will this war by sheer criminals continue against humanity?
Isn’t it high time that all Muslims in their right minds come out openly condemning every kind of terrorism perpetrated by their co-believers? Isn’t it high time that the Muslim community turned resolutely against those who perpetrate nefarious crimes in the name of their religion and god?
It is only the common man who can avert terrorism and such policies that act on a large social scale. Sir Norman Angell said in a different context (speaking about war):
We cannot prevent war unless we recognise that its final source, its ultimate cause, does not lie in the wickedness of rulers and diplomats, nor in the avarice of international financiers and armament makers, nor in the ‘contradictions of capitalism.’ The primary cause is the defective political judgment of the ordinary man and voter. [emphasis added]
We can apply Sir Angell’s words to terrorism too. It is the common man who can make the real difference. In the case of Islamic terrorism, which is the most terrible menace that has gripped contemporary civilisation, it is the ordinary Muslims who should make the difference.
The days of the Roman warriors and marauding Turks are gone. The medieval knight cannot wield his battle-axe in our times. With them has become extinct a whole way of acting. The modern man is a free citizen of a nation; a citizen of the world, in fact. Should this modern man be condemned to live like the slaves and vassals of the savage days? Don’t we deserve to live a free life? Free to forge our destiny. Don’t we deserve to make use of the freedom that our socio-political systems have envisaged for us? Why should we let some perverted minds keep us captive behind the bars of some obsolescent ideology? I feel very strongly that it is our Muslim brethren who should take the first step to boycott the criminal elements in their own fold. And save humanity from inveterate criminals.