Question: has Anwarul Haq Chaudhury or any of the Muslim MLAs, or Congress, AGP, AUDF and Independent legislators who objected to the term “Islamic militancy” ever registered any objection to the names of the following terror groups?
Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb
Armed Islamic Group
Egyptian Islamic Jihad
Great Eastern Islamic Raiders’ Front
Islamic Army of Aden
Islamic Jihad Union
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan
Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas)
Jammu and Kashmir Islamic Front
Libyan Islamic Fighting Group
Moro Islamic Liberation Front
Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group
Palestinian Islamic Jihad
Society of the Revival of Islamic Heritage
Students Islamic Movement of India
If not, why not? Why is it always non-Muslims who are being called to account for “identifying” Islam with “terrorism,” while the many Muslims around the world who are energetically making that same identification never seem to arouse any protest from Muslim spokesmen or others?
“No ‘Islamic’ tag on terror outfits: Gogoi,” from the Times of India, July 14 (thanks to Vijay):
GUWAHATI: Protests in Assam assembly against the use of the word “˜Islamic” to refer to terrorist groups in the state on Monday led to chief minister Tarun Gogoi assuring his government would stop such a use of the word in future.
Gogoi’s comment came after Assam United Democratic Front legislator Anwarul Haq Chaudhury objected to “˜Islamic militancy” used in a question by Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) MLA Prabin Gogoi.
The issue was immediately grabbed by Muslim MLAs cutting across party lines and Congress, AGP, AUDF and even Independent legislators vehemently objected, calling it an insult to the community.