Radicalism is so deeply rooted in some of the most followed faiths in the world that led to the muzzling of voices that stood against it. The presence of so-called ‘Blasphemy’ or radicalism in the 21st century is a mockery of generational evolution. Who are these radicals and who decides the definition of ‘Blasphemy’?
For centuries practices such as witch burning and ‘Sar Tan Se Juda’ has been conducted in the different Abrahamic religions. Though witch burning or other satanic practices have disappeared over the decades in European countries, the rise in cases of ‘Blasphemy’ is consistent. Islamic countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Brunei, Iran, Mauritania, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia have laws that result in death penalties.
But why is ‘Blasphemy’ in radicals discussed today? On 12th August 2022, Indian-origin author Salman Rushdie was stabbed by a man named Hadi Matar in NYC, US. Published in 1988, Salman’s book ‘The Satanic Verses was banned in several countries accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammad. Fatwa was released against him by the Iranian government, forcing him to take refugee in the UK for decades. When this report was published, Salman was on a ventilator fighting his life battle. His agent confirmed that the author might lose an eye and liver.
Compared to other victims, Salman may have been lucky to survive. Monotheism has been proven fatal to many across the world, including India. Despite not having any laws about ‘Blasphemy’ many are accused and killed regarding allegations of it. Let’s take a deep dive into the cases around the world about the same:
Mahashay Rajpal was murdered for publishing a pamphlet
Many of the readers might have heard about the controversial short pamphlet ‘Rangeela Rasool’. During the 1920s, India was been burned in the communal riots, adding fuel to it two books were published Hindu and Arya Samaj. Namely ‘Krishna Teri Geeta Jalani Padegi’ and ‘Nineteenth-Century Lustful Maharishi’ filled with hatred and obscenity for the respective communities. Enraged with it, Pandit Chamupathi published a well-researched short pamphlet about the personal life of their prophet. Though the book was published anonymously, the publisher Mahashay Rajpal faced a judicial trial alleging blasphemy and was later killed by a radical Islamist. On the other hand, the writers of the other two books didn’t face such heinous consequences.
Humanity leads to Death
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan or the banana republic has always been a center of hatred towards several minorities living there. Today on the verge of extinction, minorities in our neighboring country have been facing heinous crimes for decades. One such case leads to the murder of former Punjab governor Salman Taseer for showing humanity to a poor Christian woman. During a press conference, the late governor appealed to the then president Asif Ali Zardari to pardon the woman and that there was no need for such inhumane laws in the modern world. In the year 2011, Taseer’s bodyguard Mumtaz Qadri opened fire killing about 27 people including the governor. This monstrosity was celebrated in Pakistan as Qadri was declared a warrior and a dargah was built in his honor.
Hindu Mahasabha Leader Kamlesh Tiwari
Former leader of Hindu Mahasabha Kamlesh Tiwari was brutally killed by radical Islamists for his alleged remarks on Prophet Muhammad. After serving nine months in prison, Tiwari was residing in Lucknow. UP. Citing allegedly ‘Blasphemy’ Kamlesh was stabbed 15 times and shot in the head by radical terrorists in his office. Whoever says that education can change this radical psychology is severely mistaken, one of the accused in the charge sheet was a lawyer. Based in Delhi, Advocate Mohammad Naved Siddiqui was arrested for providing weapons and hiding the terrorists.
Nupur Sharma’s Comment
One comment by national level spokesperson Nupur Sharma was blown out of proportion so much that it led to the murder of three people across the nation. Apart from this, four people were brutally assaulted, and don’t know how many received death threats for the same. One of the most gruesome murders in connection with alleged blasphemy took place in Rajasthan’s Udaipur. Kanhaiyalal, a poor Hindu tailor was murdered as his minor son mistakenly shared a post supporting Nupur. What’s scary is the killers made a video boasting how they killed Kanhaiyalal and how their next target was PM Modi. Nupur Sharma received uncountable rape and murder threats from across the world for alleged blasphemy.
‘Blasphemy’ isn’t just an issue in the Asian continent, the attack on Charlie Hebdo’s office in France left them stunned about the radical threat they were facing. Charlie Hebdo is a satirical newspaper that published cartoons with pictures of the Prophet Muhammad. Alleging blasphemy, radical terrorists attacked the newspaper’s office killing 12 people. Even this couldn’t stop the newspaper, they printed content that could offend followers of different religions.
In connection with the same, a teacher was killed in France for discussing freedom of expression. As an example, he showed some cartoons from Charlie Hebdo magazine. After a few days, a terrorist beheaded the teacher while chanting Allah Hu Akbar. Calling it an ‘Islamic Terror Attack’, President Macron banned radical Islamic organizations.
Monotheism in any form can be fatal to a democratic society, where the choices are to convert or die. From 1929 to 2022, slogans like ‘Sar Tan Se Juda’ are thriving in the world. In a country that opens its arms to everyone and anyone, processions are taken across the country with hundreds of people shouting ‘Gustakh E Nabi Ki Ek Hi Saza, Sar Tan Se Juda’. Is this progression?