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Subject: Why islamic state will be a failed state
enlighten    4/29/2007 10:27:14 AM
Following Historical facts should be taken into consideration befor reading this article. 1.Before India - Pakistan partition India is just one big country of different ethnicity. 2. Before Moghul Invasion, There was no Islam in this region. Now let us see a why a Islamic state will be a failed state.Here is a good example of stste of India and Pakistan with the current state of affairs. Almost every day a bomb blast or terrorist activities happening in Pakistan. Here was an Arab Muslim intellectual, who having compared the history of these two states since their independence from Britain in 1947, concluded that the Indian experiment was a success story, while in contrast, Pakistan has done very poorly. The following are excerpts from the article, followed as usual, by my analysis, and comments. “As we compare the secular Hindu State of India with the Islamic State of Pakistan, we are struck by the utter contrasts between the two. To begin with, India’s president now is a Muslim, which indicates that his religion did not keep him from reaching this high position. Furthermore, we should remember that he has played a major role in the development of the Indian nuclear program. Add to that, India has made great strides in the fields of technology, economics, agriculture, and education. It has achieved a remarkable level of democracy in its government. Compare all that success with the awful backwardness of the Islamic State of Pakistan, its system of religious education, its failing economy, the rise of terrorism with the blessing and encouragement of the tribal and religious leaders of the land. “A comparison between India and Pakistan would lead an independent observer to pity the Pakistani government and its Muslim people. In contrast, India, having adopted a secular model for its government, has managed to spare itself many problems. It is true that India is not free of Hindu fanaticism; nor may we forget that its society is marked by the existence of the caste system; and has to cope with the problems stemming from population explosion. However, by adopting a secular system of government within a democratic framework, India has been in a better position to tackle its many challenges, when compared with such countries as Pakistan and Egypt. “Thus, by developing its secular regime, India has succeeded in creating a new way of life, both in government and in society. An Indian, regardless of his religion or ethnicity, participates in the decision-making process. India has been free from those religious schools that have negatively impacted the Pakistani political system. In India, the role of Hindu religious teachers is restricted to the social realm; they are not allowed to interfere with legislative matters. While India is a secular state that did not keep several of its politicians from being religious people as may be observed in the press and the documentary films. However, the role of religion stops at the door of politics, economics, education, and culture; in the sense that a political decision is not subject to a specifically religious influence. This has spared India a great deal of political strife, and enabled it to achieve its prominent place on the global scene. Through education, India has created the [new] Indian man, on the foundation of the separation of religion from the state, where a religious identity has been replaced by the rise of an Indian citizenship. “While India has achieved all that progress, Pakistan, as an Islamic state, has failed to implement those Islamic religious principles, such as faithfulness and trust that would have enabled it to succeed in its societal and governmental venture. The tribal tendencies in Pakistani society, by deforming its Islamic values, have created a fertile ground for terrorist activities and a myriad other problems. As we contemplate the terrible deterioration in the life of Pakistan, notwithstanding the presence of its nuclear arsenal, the question persists: would not secularism have been the savior of Pakistan from its unending crises?” Analysis: The author of the article, by contrasting the history of India with Pakistan since the partition of the Indian Subcontinent offered a simple thesis: Secularism (‘Ilmaniyya) has provided India with a blueprint for success, domestically and on the international scene. On the other hand, Pakistan while striving to be a model Islamic State, has foundered for the last sixty years, and has been plagued with innumerable domestic and international problems. V.S Naipul says “Islam is in its origins an Arab religion. Everyone not an Arab who is a Muslim is a convert. Islam is not simply a matter of conscience or private belief. It makes imperial demands. A convert’s worldview alters. His holy places are in Arab lands; his language is Arabic. His idea of history alters. He rejects his own; he becomes, whether he likes it or not, a part of the Arab story. The convert has to turn awa
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