“Breeding grounds for suicide bombers,” from Tavleen Singh in Indian Express:
With Ayodhya on my mind I sat down to write a piece on how
Islamic terrorism will not be defeated until we deal with the mullahs and madrasas who breed the suicide bombers and Islamic fundamentalists. I was still writing it when London exploded. This was not some distant horror but deeply personal since I have a son who lives in that city. He could have been on the bus, on the underground or just walking down a street. When I tried desperately to call him I found it impossible to get through and
thought of all the others who might be trying as desperately to call a loved one and those who may have lost sons, brothers, sisters, parents, friends just because Islamic fundamentalists believe terrorism is their sacred duty.
Tony Blair called the acts of terrorism in London ”barbaric” and said that the terrorists would not succeed because the civilised world was more determined to defend ”our values and our way of life” than the terrorists are to cause death and destruction. But, they will succeed because no Western leaders and certainly not our own ”secular” lot have shown any determination when it comes to dealing with the mullahs and the venomous ideology they preach through Islamic seminaries…
The Prophet’s mission, as interpreted by the mullahs, also involves converting us infidels to the faith because otherwise we are a constant threat to Islam. This is where the problem begins.
If the mullahs used the religious seminaries to teach love and peace and respect for other people and religions, Muslims would find it easier to live with the rest of the world. But, they teach jehad and bigotry and it is from these teachings that Islamic terrorism is born. In India, if we want to tackle the problem we could begin by demanding a White Paper from the government on how many madrasas exist on our secular soil, when they were
built and where they get their funds from. I am willing to bet that most have come up in the past 15 years and that the money comes from the same Middle Eastern countries that funded last week’s bombings in London and 9/11. As long as we pretend that this is not true we remain in danger of losing the war against terrorism.