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POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS CRITIQUES
must remember that India was partitioned in favor of the Islamic
State of Pakistan, which means that India was more or less left over
for the Hindus. Muslims in the subcontinent of India decided that
they could not share the same government with Hindus. This along
with the militant nature of Islam makes it difficult to separate
religion from Hindu-Muslim or India-Pakistan relations.
We should note that it is mainly the Hindus in
India who have tried to create a free society, not the Muslims of
the subcontinent. There is little religious tolerance in Islamic
countries, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, where Hindus are
routinely oppressed and have been steadily diminishing in numbers.
These countries pride themselves in being Islamic states or Islamic
republics following traditional Islamic law. Islamic law means that
Muslims cannot convert to other religions, though members of other
religious groups can convert to Islam.
It means that no one can publicly criticize Islam,
though other religions have no such protection. Therefore Hindus
must recognize the non-secular, exclusive and non-pluralistic nature
of certain religions and their possible social ramifications.
Hindus politically should not be
against any particular religion, but they should not accept
antinational policies, even these are done in the name of religion.