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Pakistan kids taught A for 'Allah', B for 'bandook'
24/06/2012 08:04:41  PTI

London: Citing stark examples from school curriculum, a prominent Islamabad-based scholar has said that extreme religious and anti-India views fed into children in schools reinforced the cycle of extremism that showed no signs of receding in Pakistan.

Pervez Hoodbhoy, nuclear physicist and prominent commentator on current issues, showed the examples at a seminar in the King's College on the role of education in combating terrorism, organised by the Democracy Forum.

The examples showed by Hoodbhoy included images and text from a primer that mentioned the Urdu equivalent of A as 'Allah', B as 'bandook', T as 'takrao', J as 'jehad', H as 'hijab', Kh as 'khanjar' and Ze as 'zunoob'.

Hoodbhoy, whose presentation title was 'How education fuels terrorism in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan', also showed a college that is seen as going up in flames, containing images of things considered sinful - kites, guitar, satellite TV, carom board, chess, wine bottles and harmonium.

Examples cited by Hoodbhoy from another curriculum document for Class V students included tasks such as discussion on: 'Understand Hindu-Muslim differences and the resultant need for Pakistan', 'India's evil designs against Pakistan', 'Make speeches on shehadat and jehad'.

"There has been a sea change in Pakistan in the last six decades. The poison put into education by Gen Zia-ul-Haq was not changed by subsequent regimes. And attitudes have changed over the years, makes my country alien to me," Hoodbhoy said.

Recalling his growing up years in Karachi, he said the city was home to Hindus, Parsis and Christians: "They are all gone. The same is true of much of Pakistan. Minorities have no place in Pakistan today".

He held madarsas partly responsible for the situation, and regretted that efforts initiated during the regime of General Pervez Musharraf to reform them did not go far.

After the 2007 Lal Masjid incident, liberal voices were also less welcome in Pakistan's news media, he said. "Every attempt at education reform has failed to remove the hate material in curriculum, but there is a minority that wants change. The situation will remain in freefall, until something drastic is done to change the situation," he said.

Stressing on the need for pluralism and secularism in education, former Indian diplomat G Parthasarathy said tensions began when education did not foster respect for diversity and for other religions.

There was more to terrorism than education, because some of the recent perpetrators were well educated, he said. "The most important part of education is that diversity should be cherished, that unity does not mean uniformity."

Other speakers included King's College experts Professor Jack Spence from the Department of War Studies and Shiraz Maher from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation.


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k.v.raghavan
24/06/2012 23:03:43
Compare and contrast
Compare and analyse the situation in India and Pakistan.

YSR was a christian and made a CM of Andhra and tried to cut down Tirumalas wealth to size. His son in law was converting lots of Hindus by accepting donations from abroad. His son Jagan is not far away in showing affinity for their parent religion, but cheat people of Andhra by visiting Tirumala to show their affinity for Hindus and their God.

Now comes another news. Ram Charan Teja, the son and tollywood star, who recently got married visited Vatican to seek the blessings of Papal there. Who is he? None other than son of Chiranjeevi, the star of Andhra. So, silently I think all the VIPs of Andhra are becoming Christians?

We, Indians, particularly the Hindus got the beating from within and from outside.
k.v.raghavan
24/06/2012 23:03:43
Compare and contrast
Compare and analyse the situation in India and Pakistan.

YSR was a christian and made a CM of Andhra and tried to cut down Tirumalas wealth to size. His son in law was converting lots of Hindus by accepting donations from abroad. His son Jagan is not far away in showing affinity for their parent religion, but cheat people of Andhra by visiting Tirumala to show their affinity for Hindus and their God.

Now comes another news. Ram Charan Teja, the son and tollywood star, who recently got married visited Vatican to seek the blessings of Papal there. Who is he? None other than son of Chiranjeevi, the star of Andhra. So, silently I think all the VIPs of Andhra are becoming Christians?

We, Indians, particularly the Hindus got the beating from within and from outside.
Raj Puducode
24/06/2012 22:03:13
Bloody pain in the rear called terrorist Pakistan
n one of his publications which he presented to BJP leader LK Advani last week, Bangladeshi high commissioner to India Ahmed Tariq Karim attacked the Pakistan army saying its "selfish corporate" interests may spark off a nuclear confrontation with India.

In the 19-page document, excerpts from which have been displayed by Advani on his blog, Karim said the armed standoff between India and Pakistan over Kashmir was "inevitably enlarged by the Pakistan military into a permanent security threat to the newly established Muslim nation".

"While the Indian leadership, despite the conflict with Pakistan, chose the path of democracy and invested in strengthening their democratic and civic institutions, the political leadership of Pakistan used Kashmir as the reason for embarking on the road to authoritarian governance," Karim said.

"Ironically, in the process, they sowed the seeds for their own displacement by the very institution that was normally meant to be the guardian of their security," he added in the pamphlet titled 'Pakistan: Stalking Armageddon?'

According to Karim, Pakistan in its obsession with matching India tit-for-tat in missiles and the nuclear race, has "failed to address more fundamental problems related to societal development within its own orders, and has gone pretty nigh bankrupt in the process".

In the pamphlet, Karim cited seven "deadly sins" of Pakistan which were responsible for the political problems and weak democracy in the neighbouring country.

These, according to Karim, were doctrines of Islamic invincibility over Hindus, West Pakistani superiority over inferior Bengalis (Bangladeshis), its indispensability as a strategic ally of the US, too much emphasis on relations with China and Iran, a belief that majority of Kashmiris want to join Pakistan, and that defence of East Pakistan lay in the plains of Punjab (Pakistan).



“The intolerance of narrow monotheism is written in letters of blood across the history of man from the time when first the tribes of Israel burst into the land of Canaan. The worshippers of the one Jealous God are egged on to aggressive wars against people of alien cults. They invoke Divine Sanction for the cruelties inflicted on the conquered. The spirit of old Israel is inherited by Christianity and Islam. Wars of Religion which are the outcome of fanaticism that prompts and justifies the extermination of aliens of different creeds are practically unknown in Hindu India.

Dr.S.Radhakrishnan

 

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