Lamp unislamic, minister of UPA (led by Congress Party)
Mr E Ahmed, Union Minister of State of Railways, of the Muslim League refused to light a kuthuvilakku (a lamp) at a public event at Indo Japan Chamber of Commerce.
Here is the report,
The minister, who flew into the city on Saturday especially to inaugurate the seminar on ‘Status of Infrastructure’, organised by the Indo-Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, caught the other dignitaries offguard when he declined to accept the candle offered to him to light the kuthuvilakku on the podium.
One of the organisers told this newspaper that the minister refused to light the lamp because it is an un-Islamic action.
“The Muslim community does not light lamps. It is against Shariah, the code which governs Islam,” said another. IJCCI president N. Krishnaswami told this reporter not to make an issue of this.
Source : DC
This is the Indo Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry event. The government just made a laughing stock of the Indian people in view of the Japanese. They are sure to chuckle, “WTF, you guys haven’t even sorted this out among yourselves after 65 years ?”
The factors that make it unacceptable are :
- The Kuthuvilakku is widely accepted as a “secular” thing. There are no images of Gods on the lamp
- Even the “Dravidian” leadership, widely considered to be rabidly anti-hindu, light the Kuthuvilakku at the drop of a hat
- The great Indian political nervousness is not justified in this case. “First you will ask us to light the lamp, then you will ask for data about performance of the social justice platform“. Lighting the lamp is not like lighting a fuse. The bedrock of contemporary Indian politics is not about to be blasted away. So there is nothing to fear
- Several prominent Muslims have lighted the lamp before the minister. See here for an example
- Sharia cannot be followed in the public domain, at least in front of other countries. No one is forcing you to light a lamp at home
Note to Mr Vishnu Som.
This kind of behaviour and not minarets in alpine villages, measure up to a fundamental threat to Indian Muslims.