The article “Islamophobia in Europe” (Aug. 29) puts in context the series of events that took place in France, Switzerland and Britain, and portrays Europe’s bias towards the minority community whose members have been living there in peace since ages. Europe is always looked upon for its intellect and tolerance for other culture and their people. Targeting the people of a religion and depriving them of their right to practise generational faith will tarnish the secular image of Europe.
Salman Mahmood , New Delhi
In the backdrop of the discrimination our own Shah Rukh Khan suffered during his recent visit to the U.S., the Indian mind is prone to conceive any message of discord as a “civilisation of conflict.” Most Europeans have no emotional affiliation to religion or culture. When such people, who once had a monolithic culture and religion, are today coming into contact with other faiths and culture in a globalised world, some kind of friction is but natural and every nation needs to respect it. It is to do away with any such external discrimination that they propose to shun “burqa” or “minarets.” In India, too, we are concerned about a “uniform civil code” and other measures for social and demographic balancing. Of course, after 9/11, the westerners are more cautious.
Mathew Thankachen, Kollam
Islamophobia is certainly not a new phenomenon in Europe. The cause of such incidents as quoted in the article are political. Amid widespread economic downturn, suspicions about Muslims with international links have created widespread disenchantment across Europe.
Anoop Poonia, Jaipur
True, Muslims in Europe face prejudice. What about the prejudice in Islamic countries against non-Muslims? If one intends to play fair, it is the Islamic countries that need to do more on religious tolerance. Before asking for the right to equality in Europe or America, one must speak up for the right of the religious minority in Islamic countries.
Jeremiah Duomai, Delhi