Banning The Preacher

The Indian authorities are out to get the Muslim preacher Zakir Naik for making inflammatory hate speeches around the world. Perhaps they should also pull in their own leaders for making similar speeches.

By Imran Jan | January 2020

The threat to India’s survival doesn’t come from Pakistan or China, but rather from India’s own actions. India is a nuclear state and therefore, it can’t be militarily defeated unless the other country is also willing to go down with it. That has been the reality of the Mutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D) concept of nuclear armed states. With its actions and policies, India is wired for self-destruction.

In August of 2019, the Indian government made an amendment to the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). It was approved by the Indian Rajya Sabha of the Indian Parliament, empowering the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to conduct raids anywhere prior to the government’s approval. The law empowers the government of India to designate anyone as a terrorist, stripping him or her off of any civil liberties or rights whatsoever. This is one example of that Indian self destructive move that would eventually lead to its collapse from within.

Zakir Naik, a religious scholar, preacher and a popular televangelist, started facing trouble primarily because of his faith. A terrorist attack occurred in a posh cafe in the Bangladeshi capital city Dhaka, killing 22 people. The attacker was inspired by the speeches of Zakir Naik. Bangladesh responded by banning Peace TV, a channel founded by Zakir Naik in 2006, which is broadcast from Dubai. The channel claims to reach 100 million people worldwide.

Zakir Naik denied supporting violence. He released a video statement in which he said, "Killing innocent beings is the second major sin in Islam." Once, I was watching a live cricket match between Pakistan and India and, among the huge crowd of spectators, I saw the Indian superstar Aamir Khan. He was visibly more enthusiastic than most of the Indian crowd. And then it occurred to me; these Indian Muslims have to prove their loyalty to India. They have to earn their Indian patriotism certificate. /p>

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The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at Twitter @Imran_Jan

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