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Fundamentalism and Unrest in India

November 21, 1990

I would like to say that it is open season on Islam. It is so trendy to dump on Islam. So convenient to oversimplify--good guys versus bad guys. Acts of violence committed by others against Muslims are portrayed to be only in reaction to some act of the followers of Islam. How foolish it appears to imply that these poor lambs go about their business peacefully until excited into action by a person of Islamic faith.

Blaming Hindu fundamentalism on Islamic fundamentalism is mental trickery in order to skirt the real issue, i.e., minority rights. V.P. Singh is to be commended for his courageous stand on minority rights--those of the untouchables and Muslims. Ignoring real issues and looking for scapegoats are deception.

SHAMIM IBRAHIM, Lomita

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