Hindustan  Editorial: How neighbors see us!; India should return to its secular roots!

iranIts image is getting undermined in the Islamic world. This will hurt Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, on Twitter, condemned what he called the “wave of organised violence against Indian Muslims”. (REUTERS)

Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey are some of our neighbors, most Muslim dominated! They are simply shocked at riots and violence unleashed against Msuslims in India! Rightly!

We can’t choose our neighbors, nor hide from them what is happening in India. We have to live with them in peace, friendship and cooperation if we wish to prosper! This is what Hindustan editorial highlights.

Internet has made the whole world into a Global village, close to each other at seeing or shouting distance only! No man is an island hidden away, but seen and heard by all thanks to the flood light “Transparency international!”

Adithi Devo Bhava!
Read what spokspersons in each of these countries speak of the terror unleashed against Muslims and minorities. That should force our government to change its policy of turning India into a Hindu Rrashtra! Unity in diversity, friendship to all enmity to none, a welcoming nation rooted in “adithi devo bhva” has been the image we have built up to all nations till today!

Let us improve and embellish that image, not tarnish in any way. Every thing else, done overtly or covertly, by our ruling class or the ruled will tarnish our image beyond repair before the comity of nations! james kottoor, editor ccv.

Read below the Hindustan Editorial!
On Monday, Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, on Twitter, condemned what he called the “wave of organised violence against Indian Muslims”.

Iran’s statement comes soon after the Indonesian minister of religious affairs said that riots in India were “inhuman”. Turkey and Malaysia have been critical of India’s moves on Kashmir and the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, or the CAA; Bangladesh has also expressed its unease with the CAA.

When Narendra Modi took over as prime minister in 2014, one of his key achievements was building ties with the Islamic world. Recognising India’s national interests and strategic imperatives, Mr Modi travelled extensively to Muslim-dominated countries, particularly in West Asia. New Delhi was also careful to keep up its ties with Iran, despite pressure from the United States. It saw Indonesia as an important middle power in Asia-Pacific. Bangladesh was perceived as India’s closest friend in South Asia.

Some of the criticisms are extreme. Some States making these criticisms have an abysmal record of human rights themselves, and lack the moral authority to point fingers. But in diplomacy, perceptions matter. And the fact is that key diplomatic gains are in danger of being frittered away because of contentious domestic developments.

It is not enough to think that the world is prejudiced against New Delhi. In fact, enhancing India’s stature has been a key element of Mr Modi’s agenda. But the sense that his government has been insensitive to minority concerns has gained ground — in the West, but also in the Islamic world. This will have geopolitical costs.

It will also make India vulnerable to transnational extremism, at a time when the neighbourhood is fragile, with a possible Taliban return in Afghanistan. India needs to mend its image. Returning to its secular roots and reaching out to Muslims at home is the first step.

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