how the world sees america

A Professor Praises Terrorism

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Calicut, Kerala - “I was very happy, excited, on September 11th. Someone called me to switch on BBC and I saw the aircraft crashing into the World Trade Center and I saw it crumbling down -- down like the United States and I was laughing… Osama Bin Laden gave Americans back what they had done to the world. It was a wonderful thing! What else can a helpless people do? There should be more of it [terrorism] in U.S. Why not?”

P. Koya is one of the 13 Supreme Council members of the National Democratic Front (NDF), an Islamic organization based in Calicut, Kerala. He is also one of the founding members of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), which was banned by the BJP government in 2001 for supporting terror and was accused of involvement in the 2003 train bombings in Mumbai.

But Koya doesn’t look radical. He sits in a small wood-paned office behind a desk stacked with Western magazines like Time and The Economist. He looks like Richard Pryor with a bushy mustache, wearing a checked brown button-down shirt. And he addresses me casually, as though we’d met many times before.

He was once an English professor and speaks English authoritatively, adjusting his thin metal-framed glasses after finishing each point -- reminding me of my college professors. And he loves to talk about books: Arundhati Roy, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Charles Dickens. Chomsky, Sartre, Camus, Pilger.

But why this violent hatred? I ask him.

“Understand this,” Koya begins, “I grew up loving America. I thought it was the single greatest nation…I was enamored by Kennedy. He was so handsome. Just like a film star. I wept when he died.” Koya was keen on visiting the U.S. one day. At age 15 he entered college and studied English language and literature. It was 1965, and Koya says he was an independent-minded atheist despite two dull hours a day of after-school Qur'anic study.

Koya's family was religious but not fervently so. His childhood lack of faith bothered his father, but no action was taken against it. He came from an upper-middle-class home; his father owned a clothing store in the small town of Kunnamangalam, ten kilometers from Calicut. Koya's siblings are now spread out across Kerala and the Gulf working as engineers, doctors and scientists. His parents are dead, but they lived long, healthy lives.

From what Koya tells me, he has had a remarkably stable life. He lived in the same house since he was born and attended schools in the vicinity first as a student and then a teacher. Even after an arranged marriage at 29 and the birth of his three children, he remained in his childhood home. He’s now 57 and likes writing, teaching and watching American movies with his children. Aladdin, A Bugs Life, The Lion King and Pirates of the Caribbean are his favorites.

Koya tells me that his attraction to religion began at age 20 while he studied at St. George’s Christian College. Every afternoon after class, he’d relax by sipping tea with friends in the town bazaar. In a local tea-stall, he made many older friends, one of whom was 20 years his senior who worked at his neighborhood mosque with Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, an Islamic organization spun off from the more radical Pakistan original.

The mentor, who Koya didn’t name, would sit chatting with him and his friends for hours. “We all became close friends,” says Koya. “Of course, there were heated arguments. I would say to him, you cannot prove God through science, but he would say you cannot prove atheism either."

“Slowly, slowly he took me into the fold…My return to the faith was something very gradual. I can’t say why. It happened to me.” By Koya’s account, it took two years before he was visiting the mosque regularly. Soon after, he joined Jamaat-e-Islami as a student activist. His father was pleased.

Koya believes that the organization opened up a new world for him. “My circle enlarged, I had many more friends, Islamic friends, I knew them better than before. I belonged more than before.” After graduating college he decided to join a weekly Muslim magazine run by Jamaat-e-Islami. Through it, he interacted with party members across the country. On the Jamaat-e-Islami dime, he left Kerala for the first time in his life and journeyed from Delhi to Calcutta dozens of times.

Life on the road increased his sense of purpose, he says. He encountered disenfranchised Muslims up north, and felt a growing responsibility to aid them, to “establish an Islamic society in India” and “spread justice for the Muslims.”

He also paid closer attention to history and current global events, feeling a growing sense that his Islamic community was at odds with America. “Gradually I moved from love to love-hate to pure hate for the U.S.” He and his friends talked about Israel’s 1967 war, saw the struggles of Muslims in India, read news reports and thought of themselves as part of a global quest to aid Muslims around the world. They grew more radical in their views, and eventually Koya and others broke off from the parent organization and formed SIMI.

Koya says that he then left the magazine and joined Kozhikode College as a full-time English professor, working four hours each morning teaching English and using his free afternoons to develop SIMI. He traveled throughout the Gulf to meet with like-minded people (and reportedly to collect funds, which Koya denies).

After the Babri Masjid was destroyed in 1993, many SIMI members -- who’d outgrown the organization's 30-year-old age cap -- and others broke off to form the National Development Front to fight against what Koya calls a “nexus of interests coming together: Hindutva extremists, America, Israel, the Indian elite and all of their neo-liberal policies.” He says that these forces were bent on undercutting the Islamic way of life.

NDF found support in northern Kerala and now has 30,000 active members and over 100,000 more supporters, according to Koya. It is chasing the more moderate Muslim League in the north of Kerala to become the dominant Muslim political force in the state.

“You praise Bin Laden, but would you encourage your youth to kill Americans?” I ask Koya.

“I wouldn’t encourage it. How can you encourage it?” he begins, and then changes course, “But dying is not a bad thing either. It depends on how you view things. Americans eulogize their soldiers after they kill children in Iraq. Young African Americans die for their country. Young Muslims die for their belief.”

“Should America worry about Kerala?” I ask.

“There will be no terrorism here. India is a democracy so we can protest and vote when we disagree. We don’t need to kill. But India is coming after Muslims slowly and if we lose our rights, our right to think even, we will be left with no other choice. Islam is not hypocritical in that way. Violence can be justified. But India is a democracy so we have other means for now, don’t worry.” He raises his eyebrows again, smiles and asks, “Are you worried?”

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Comments (67)

SMARTRON:

Mr. Koya is bored. His youth has passed him by. Now history is passing him by, so the best he can do is wave his figurative private parts in its general direction.

He needs to take up a hobby, patch up relations with his wife or wives, maybe find a mistress, and relax.

After all, Allah has seen fit to leave him on a street corner in Kerala, of all places. Shouldn't he take that as a sign, and go get drunk? Or, perhaps, take a holiday in that other hotbed of achievement, Waste Bengal.

Mr. Bakshi should be commended for wasting time with the old fart, when clearly, no one else (even in Kerala!) has the time.

Peace,Love, Happiness and Islam:

It is really very sad to read some people say arrogant and biased comments about Isalm.
I just want everybody to think independently before he or she writes his comments, cos once you spill things out of your mouth ,it will be too hard to take them back. All those who have commented negativly about Islam and muslims will feel very sorry for themselves, when they actually study the religion. As there is no religion which explains the importance of equality and peace in Humanity as Islam.
If Islam was such a bad religion, then why is it accepted and spreading faster than any other religion in the world?,especially in the USA? Why have we heard of somany important personalities converting to Islam?
Islam only preaches war or fighting when it comes to self defence and when one is refused to follow his principles.Islam is the only religion which forces one to give a portion of his savings as charity. Quran has been revealed to the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH), as the guidence to Humanity and not as the Holy book for Muslims alone. Quran mostly says "Oh People" and very few does it say "Oh muslims"
There must be a lot of anti social people who are muslims, but the true fact is that, these people are muslims only by their names and not muslims, if you look at it in the islamic principles perspective. So,it is really very sad to blackmark the whole religion as a religin of Terror and hatred.
I would like to request all the people who have gone thru this article to learn about Prophet Muhammed as a person and also about the Four Caliphs after his death who had ruled as per the Rules of Islam. These are the true followers of Islam and what they did is what Islam actually preaches. Please dont see People such as Bin Laden and others like Prof Koya as the missionaries of Islam. cos that will be the greatest Injustice that you shall be doing to yourself.
I hope these comments are viewed positively and please try to understand it keeping all your differences aside.

Hurrair.:

Yes, there are problems faced by minority communities including muslims every where. And especialy muslims are facing problems From UAS, zionizm and some other extemists like Hindu extreamists in india. As Proff. Koya said there are ways to oppose them in the democratic India.
Making groups and acting against them in the same way what they use, is not the right way. it will never give us the final solution. The right way is to make a Union of those who are not agreeing with attacks (a union of secularists, which includes all religions, all casts, all tribes).
somenody mentioned in their comments that Hinduthwa killed innocent people in Gujarat. that is not right. the real hindutwa is not killing anybody anywhere. it cann't kill anybody, like the real Islam will never Kill an innocent human. these are done by somebody they have their own interest in making clashes in bitween communities. they want to earn votes and get in to the power. and they are saying that we are the real Hindutwa. and now we start accepting that.

FARIS:

The question whether there is terrorism in kerala or not is another matter. But when you think about U S A or Hindutva or zionism, you can understand that there fellows are clearly making terrorism in their respective areas. From latin america onwards, USA is killing people for their own interest. When you look to Gujrat, you can see that Modi and his hindutva is killing thousands of people and when you look to Palestine, you can see how they manhandle the Palestininan children.What can we call all these things? terrorism or comfort? Those who suffer by these fellows, will be compelled to do anything to save themselves from the atrocities made by the enemies. It can't be called terrorism; it is defence. Defence is not a crime.

Shaheen:

"my religion is a conspiracy
my prayer meetings are a conspiracy
my lying quiet is a conspiracy
my attemt to wake up is a conspiracy
my desire to have friends is a conspiracy
my ignorence,my backwardness, is a conspiracy
..............But ther is no conspiracy to make me refugee in the very country of my birth
It is no conspiracy to poison the air I breath and the space I live in
It is certainly no conspiracy
to cut me to pieces
and the imagine of an uncut bharat"-khader moideen(telugu poet)quoted from 'India after gandhi'by Ramachandra Guha

rafeek:

I am from Kerala and stay among muslims and different parties including the group Mr.Koya. Reading Amar C. Bakshi's article, I was not able to stop laughing. The article is completely manipulated and the author has put his ugly imaginations with no slight evidences.

Such articles questions the credibility of the publishers.

Prof.P Koya is an Human rights activists and also Editor of a leading news paper.

Mr.Koya also actively invoves in fighting against RSS and Fascist organisations who try to propogate Muslim and Marxist hate. The facsist move is fighting for their HINDU NATION which they start dreaming from the day India got indepedance. They have conducted thousands of Genocides across the nation and has burned thousands of poor in the nation. CPM is one of the major political move which fight against this Fascist move.


The hate propogation has no limits. The propoganda is being taken over by the international journalists.

The leftists, democratic minded people and the human rights movements all have to fight against such hatered propogation.

Joe:

Mr. Koya is absolutely right. There is an evil nexus between hindu fascists, zionists, yankees and other capitalist forces around the world. This has to be challenged. But terrorism has no scope in india or in kerala until the last voice of democracy remains in this great country. terrorism has a room where democractic values not prevailing.Congratulation mr. koya for your courage to challenge the evils in this world. I hope you will take a strong stand against terrorism which yields nothing but scare and hate.

RAMACHANRAN PILLAI:


MR.BAKSHI,

Terrorism means as I understand that who killed the innocent peoples……

I am the neighbor of Mr.Koya……..
I know him since last 30-40 years ……..
I never head Koya killed anybody……..

1. But look …….Mr. Narandramody killed in Gujarat more than 3000 peoples……but he is not a terrorist as per your media or reporters………?
2. Balthakerya in Bombay killed thousands of peoples………….he is not a terrorist. …?

These are the few example from India……..i never saw or read MR. BAKSHI’S report about this kind of massive slaughter…..??????

Take the history from America …..

MR. BAKSHI should have visited Vietnam, Hiroshima, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Abugarib, Gottinamo etc. etc…. etc……what US SOILDER did or doing their and some one question about US……….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Mr.BAKSHI are making another kind of terrorism through Journalism…….

RAMACHANRAN PILLAI:


MR.BAKSHI,

Terrorism means as I understand that who killed the innocent peoples……

I am the neighbor of Mr.Koya……..
I know him since last 30-40 years ……..
I never head Koya killed anybody……..

1. But look …….Mr. Narandramody killed in Gujarat more than 3000 peoples……but he is not a terrorist as per your media or reporters………?
2. Balthakerya in Bombay killed thousands of peoples………….he is not a terrorist. …?

These are the few example from India……..i never saw or read MR. BAKSHI’S report about this kind of massive slaughter…..??????

Take the history from America …..

MR. BAKSHI should have visited Vietnam, Hiroshima, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Abugarib, Gottinamo etc. etc…. etc……what US SOILDER did or doing their and some one question about US……….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Mr.BAKSHI are making another kind of terrorism through Journalism…….

RAMACHANRAN PILLAI:


MR.BAKSHI,

Terrorism means as I understand that who killed the innocent peoples……

I am the neighbor of Mr.Koya……..
I know him since last 30-40 years ……..
I never head Koya killed anybody……..

1. But look …….Mr. Narandramody killed in Gujarat more than 3000 peoples……but he is not a terrorist as per your media or reporters………?
2. Balthakerya in Bombay killed thousands of peoples………….he is not a terrorist. …?

These are the few example from India……..i never saw or read MR. BAKSHI’S report about this kind of massive slaughter…..??????

Take the history from America …..

MR. BAKSHI should have visited Vietnam, Hiroshima, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Abugarib, Gottinamo etc. etc…. etc……what US SOILDER did or doing their and some one question about US……….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Mr.BAKSHI are making another kind of terrorism through Journalism…….

Great US Great Thinker:

All those Indian who are in US or abroad like Bakshi, lick for their master to get promoted by selling Motherindia and their sons like Koya for the sake of their fame.

I am not his fan or Mr.Koya is not Hollywood hero so that I defend him. Mr.Bakshi should have visited Iraq and stayed their with is family and let the US soilder kill his kids and then let some one question about US.

Journalism is like religion and people like Mr.Bakshi are make it like prostitute.

Rx Prices:
INDIAN:

Hello "Mr. Bakshi" and "To Kumar":

You are two sides of the same coin. "To Kumar" stands for RSS and they have a experience of cheating all indians doing spy work for british and killing our Father Of Nation.

"Mr. Bakshi" is now doing spy work for US. he is conducting all the suspected anti-capitalist thinkers.

They try to catch our chief minister "VS" and "Kodiyeri" also!! Who cares... They fear the marxist and islamist school of thoughts. They want to defeat all anti-US thoughts with their cleverness.

Poor Koya.. He became the victim of "Capitalism - Fascism" marriage.

NON_US_Beware:

US population might be thinking that they are the best. But the others think that they are the worst and they develop on the cost of other's rights.

Here is the US Policy:

1. It is evil to think about sufferrings of people in palastine, iraq, afganishan. But it is nationalism to support the cruel guantanamo.

2. Devils are those who talk about crualities of US Maries.

3. All the civil / criminal laws are not applicable for US Military. They should define their rules and regulations where they go. Example: abu garib, vietnam, guntanamo.

4. Nobody should criticize the US state's action. Shut-up.

Hay, mr.bakshi... your embedded and sponsored journalism is really good. This is the best way to do your spy work and to propogate US propoganda. This is proven for our neighouring coutries Afganistan and Iraq. Please leave our nation. If you enter our nation, please know that we will send you back with the worst experience than Vietnam. Beware....

NON_US_Beware:

US population might be thinking that they are the best. But the others think that they are the worst and they develop on the cost of other's rights.

Here is the US Policy:

1. It is evil to think about sufferrings of people in palastine, iraq, afganishan. But it is nationalism to support the cruel guantanamo.

2. Devils are those who talk about crualities of US Maries.

3. All the civil / criminal laws are not applicable for US Military. They should define their rules and regulations where they go. Example: abu garib, vietnam, guntanamo.

4. Nobody should criticize the US state's action. Shut-up.

Hay, mr.bakshi... your embedded and sponsored journalism is really good. This is the best way to do your spy work and to propogate US propoganda. This is proven for our neighouring coutries Afganistan and Iraq. Please leave our nation. If you enter our nation, please know that we will send you back with the worst experience than Vietnam. Beware....

Wayne:

Judaism, Christianity and Islam are forms of socially sanctioned lunacy, their fundamental tenents and rituals irrational, archaic and more importantly when it comes to matters of humanity’s long-term survival, mutually incompatible. There are names for people who have beliefs for which there is no rational justification. When their beliefs are extremely common, we call them ‘religious’; otherwise, they are likely to be called ‘mad,’ ‘psychotic’ or ‘delusional.’ ‘’ To cite but one example: ‘’Jesus Christ—who, as it turns out, was born of a virgin, cheated death and rose bodily into the heavens—can now be eaten in the form of a cracker. A few Latin words spoken over your favorite Burgundy, and you can drink his blood as well. Is there any doubt that a lone subscriber to these beliefs would be considered mad?’’ The danger of religious faith is that it allows otherwise normal human beings to reap the fruits of madness and consider them holy.’’

Criticizing a person’s faith is currently taboo in every corner of our culture. On this subject, liberals and conservatives have reached a rare consensus: religious beliefs are simply beyond the scope of rational discourse. Criticizing a person’s ideas about God and the afterlife is thought to be impolitic in a way that criticizing his ideas about physics or history is not.’’

A zippered-lip policy would be fine, a pleasant display of the neighborly tolerance that we consider part of an advanced democracy, if not for the mortal perils inherent in strong religious faith. The terrorists who flew jet planes into the World Trade Center believed in the holiness of their cause. The Christian apocalypticists who are willing to risk a nuclear conflagration in the Middle East for the sake of expediting the second coming of Christ believe in the holiness of their cause. Such fundamentalists are not misinterpreting their religious texts or ideals. They are not defaming or distorting their faith. To the contrary, they are taking their religion seriously, attending to the holy texts on which their faith is built. Unhappily for international community, the Good Books that undergird the world’s major religions are extraordinary anthologies of violence and vengeance, celestial decrees that infidels must die.

In the 21st century when swords have been beaten into megaton bombs, the persistence of ancient, blood-washed theisms that emphasize their singular righteousness and their superiority over competing faiths poses a genuine threat to the future of humanity, if not the biosphere: ‘’We can no longer ignore the fact that billions of our neighbors believe in the metaphysics of martyrdom, or in the literal truth of the book of Revelation,’’ he writes, ‘’because our neighbors are now armed with chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.’’

I have a particular ire for religious moderates, those who ‘’have taken the apparent high road of pluralism, asserting the equal validity of all faiths’’ and who ‘’imagine that the path to peace will be paved once each of us has learned to respect the unjustified beliefs of others.’’ Religious moderates are the ones who thwart all efforts to criticize religious literalism. By preaching tolerance, they become intolerant of any rational discussion of religion and ‘’betray faith and reason equally.’’

The human need for a mystical dimension to life like mysticism and other forms of knowledge, can be approached rationally and explored with the tools of modern neuroscience, without recourse to superstition and credulity.

At this time Islam is the reigning threat to humankind. Much like a gruesome, Inquisition-style Christianity of the 13th century only leads us to believe not all cultures are at the same stage of moral development,’’ I couldn’t help but think of Ann Coulter’s morally developed suggestion that we invade Muslim countries, kill their leaders and convert their citizens to Christianity.


I will say this of Faith: it has been the foundation of every religion, every cult, every sect, every religious terrorist organization that desired to gain advocates whose will greatly exceeded their intelligence. When a religion asks that its followers believe all that it declares, and to do so without evidence, it speaks volumes of the intent and meaning of that religion. These churches, temples and mosques, they will keep their followers in the shadows of millennium past. Evolution is still howled as the great enemy of faith. It simply has the greatest following of scientists and evidence. It's not scientifically that any religion has ever tried to debunk Evolution. They brought forth no evidence. They claimed no new discoveries. Their only tactic was to point to tattered and very old scriptues -- to flip through the pages, and read the rancid words, almost as if they were pure gold. Faith does not require investigation, or evidence, or demonstration, or observation, or logical deductions. It simply requires that a person believe, in spite of what evidence may say: it requires that a person blindfolds themselves when demonstration is shown, to use earplugs when anyone speaks of logic, and to turn away at every reason for them to believe what Faith tells them is wrong. Those cults and sects which have utilized violence for the realization of their apocalyptic future -- they required nothing but the willpower and a great deal of Faith.

To Kumar:


Notice how the author of the last post is shy about developing his party letters 'CPM'. They stand for 'Communist Party (Marxist)'.

His propaganda piece does deserve a more patient and informed exposure, but I have only the patience to point out that the RSS in fact predates independence considerably, and that SIMI has carried bombings of crowded areas, with casualties; and what on earth can he mean by 'they have conducted thousands of genocides'! Communists, and Indian ones most of all, know only hate and resentment as springs of action. They know nothing of the love of peace, the love of wisdom, or nobility in thought and action.

Kumar:

I am from Kerala and stay among muslims and different parties including the group Mr.Koya. Reading Amar C. Bakshi's article, I was not able to stop laughing. The article is completely manipulated and the author has put his ugly imaginations with no slight evidences.

Such articles questions the credibility of the publishers.

Prof.P Koya is an Human rights activists and also Editor of a leading news paper.

Mr.Koya also actively invoves in fighting against RSS and Fascist organisations who try to propogate Muslim and Marxist hate. The facsist move is fighting for their HINDU NATION which they start dreaming from the day India got indepedance. They have conducted thousands of Genocides across the nation and has burned thousands of poor in the nation. CPM is one of the major political move which fight against this Fascist move.


The hate propogation has no limits. The propoganda is being taken over by the international journalists.

The leftists, democratic minded people and the human rights movements all have to fight against such hatered propogation.

Bengal Tiger:

I am deeply ashamed that this son of a sw**e is from my country India. It is because of these blood-thirsty Islamic dogs like Mr. Koya, who are poisoning young minds throughout India with their hate filled speeches and bringing bad name to this country. Unfortunately the tribe of these fundamentalist thugs is increasing in India thanks to Islam useful idiots in Indian politics such as commie mother*******, congress ruffians and spineless, pseudo-secular Indian media who treat these vile thugs with respect they hardly deserve.

clash:

This seems to be a very interesting discussion. If at all a kerala (Muslim) professor is spewing hatred against America, it is his way of expressing. He is just talking it out but he aint offering any "shock and awe" treatement. Ok, agree he cant wage a war against a monstrous power like America. If at all that happens where will all the fat people in America run? I have been seeing some barrel shaped americans who can barely move, still relishing their crap filled Mac D's and headless and tailess fried chicken as that of KFC's. Now, when he speaks about a Neo-liberal agenda that is being pushed in India which is cornering muslims, may be he was bothered about obesity. he defenitely does not want all his muslims brethren to be fat as barrels and cant move a meter when some hindu fanatic runs behind them with his siantly trishul. So, the fat people has been on a tirade attacking the lesser fat ones all over the world for a century or so. Defenitely, these fat morons have an advantage that they have meeker and less fatter people nearer to them! I mean the impoverished, mexicans, the balls-less candians and an overly self concerned latin america!
In a democracy like India, there is always room for people like Koya, who have travelled extensivley in to the northern parts of India, there is an obvious discrimination and racsit approach towards muslims in Norht India and they are stuck in the 50's because of the absymal conditions of life and educations, it is very normal that an educated man (kerala has more than 95% literacy) like Koya is digruntled about the American policies which include economically and militarly subjugaitng the rest of the world. Now, the pretentious dungs who have been speaking about kerala here are all those looneys who have migrated there and living licking some white a**ses. Hmm corporotocracy is all about that, aint it?

K2 v Lal Baboo:

I don't think either of you have captured the essence of India's problems:
a. Rampant poverty - this is slowly improving - our economy is booming. At this rate in 30-50 years we should have a much stronger economy with lower poverty levels. However, for that to happen we get to:
b. Infrastructure: no one cares to invest in infrastructure. We build houses an roads like a ants nest. This will curb any economic progress we make
c. Culture: we don't respect our own culture. Hindus/Muslims/Sikhs/Christians have always lived in peace and been welcomed. As a hindu, I feel conversion is heinous. However, we should take steps to make sure Hinduism is the religion of choice for everyone. We have to understand ourselves and be able to talk intelligently about it. Beyond that, we need to respect personal choice.

Baldly stating that we need to boot muslims out, or feeling bad about being hated is silly. Most people don't hate each other. Most Indians hate fools like Kova above - but bjp lost the elections as well. I'd say both of you have it wrong.

to "USA":

"USA: I am so sick of these anti US types as if their nation is some bastion of enlightenment. America may make mistakes but at least the system is free and open. India a democracy == sure for the elite"

I am sorry to see you're feeling all sensitive about being critisized. I think its important to realize that there are great issues and great strenghts to any real democracy. India is no exception, the poor in any country don't have rights. I am sure the fact that it took you 200 years to give blacks and women equal rights gives you the right to criticize the Indian democracy. Do you think homeless hobos have the same rights as new england lawyers??

The US foreign policy has had an abysmal track record. In the mid 80s, Afghan subversive elements were sponsored as a means to battle soviet interests. Invading Iraq was a mistake of monumental proportions. Not because I believe that its 'morally' wrong to invade Iraq, but because the initial proponents were not honest enough to discuss the probability and impact of a civil war.

Unfortunately, time and again, the trigger-happy US foreign policy has acted in a subversive manner to local interests - vietnam, Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan (1980s), Cuba etc. Hence the criticism. Living in the US we enjoy the benefits of a great democracy, but we shouldn't be blind to our faults.

Time and again, US foreign policy has yielded great positive results. Support for charitable organizations in Africa is an example. I would suggest to future leaders that they strive to keep foreign policy to non-military options. I cannot think of a single military intervention that did not cause great pain and ultimately did not any semblance of stated goals within a reasonable time frame. You would need to go back to WW2 for that.

k2:

I am a Muslim and I am amazed at the level of hatred people have towards Muslims. Do they feel there is any difference between their hatred of Muslims and the hatred of Misguided Muslims towards them.

It is the easy and cowardly path to hate a people, whether they are Muslim, Jewish or Christian.

Lal Baboo:


The biggest problem in India are the Muslims..The Hindus should have kicked out all the Muslims during the 1947 partition. When Jinnah said let Pakistan be for Muslims, They should have kicked them all out, and let India for the Hindus, Christians, Sikhs..but not the Muslims.. The muslims in India have no loyalty. They are weasels.

M R Ducks:

I've been reading through Bakshi's posts from the lovely State of Kerala-Bama. My entertainment came from reading the comments and all the defensive, "We're not backwater hicks" protestations. Sadly, these sorry souls have fallen into the "national pride" fantasy where nothing less than effusive praise will suffice for international attention. Perhaps because no one really cares about Ker-Alabama, that any fleeting attention has to be milked for all it is worth. Considering what was said about how Gulf money seems to be better spent on Masala-Mansions rather than properly drained roads to get to them, I would surmise that Kerala-bamans don't care about Keralabama either.

frank burns:

Who is killing more? Are Americans killing more Muslims, or Muslims killing more Americans. In absolute body counts, the Americans are "winning" for the time being, but starting a large war about 9-11 is insane. If after the McVeigh's Oklahoma bombing the US government declared war on Indiana, what a mess there would have been.

Anonymous:

I would like to address everyone who has commented here on this page.
Please dont let your minds be influenced by the opinions of others, be it against anything or support anything. Please think before you ink.
I find so many comments mindless (even the topic itself) and the way they are expressed.
Remember all that matters is the cause, so see if the comment you write does any good cause. Otherwise don't just pen in anything.
Thank you.

Vikki:

Professor is speaking nothing else but what is written in Quran. Killing kafirs is what is dictated there.

NaraHari:

Please don't call him a KERALA Professor call him a MUSLIM Professor. Unfortunately, there are somany peopls like Mr. Koya, in India, especially in KERALA. So sad...

Elizabeth:

My mother is an Episcopal priest who also is a professor of Islam; as a result, I grew up in a solidly Christian household, but with many Muslim friends. With that said, I want to address all of those who believe Islam is nothing but a violent curse of a religion, and who want to stop all Muslim immigration to the U.S./aid to Muslim countries: that's SO not what Jesus would do.

If you find yourself with the opportunity to meet some Muslims--not the extremist type, but the moderate, run-of-the-mill, majority followers of Islam--you'll find that theirs is a deeply maligned religion. While a handful of Muslims are extremists and terrorists, the vast majority aren't. Above all, you might find that religion doesn't matter much when you just plain like and get along well with someone else.

In the meantime--and on a much more harsh note--I find it disgusting that such views are espoused by so many people. As an American who has spent considerable time abroad, it sickens me to know that so many people give our great country such a bad reputation. I love this country too much to watch idly as its name is dragged through the mud by intolerance and prejudice--but really, the rest of us can only do so much damage control when we're overseas.

mohsin gondal:

Dear Sir / Madam

I am 46 years old, Canadian citizen and native of Pakistan (muslim). I was an immigration consultant in Canada and also member of Canadian Bar Association as part of my business , I had an office in New York.
During 2001 immediately after the Sept 11, event the US govt arrested me on Oct 25, 2001 on anonymous call, as a material witness for the 9/11 world trade centre terrorist attack. A detail investigation by the FBI and USA Naval intelligence dept was conducted and I was cleared, but even then govt put me in front of Grand jury , and I was cleared and the case was dismissed by the Grand jury of the US Federal Court .
Approximately after 2 weeks , before I was released from custody the US Govt imposed a new charges of Fraud and money laundering , under the advice of my attorney , I pleaded guilty and I was sentenced to prison for five years (which was four years more, what I pleaded). In which I had already spent 3 years in Detention jail, during the case , I had about 14 months left to finishing my sentence ,(instead of appealing, I preferred to applied for Treaty Transfer to Canada, because if the case is in the appeal, defendant is not eligible for transfer back to his home country).
While at prison, I learned from the case manager Miss Hause, that my citizen was incorrect in the FBOP’s (Federal Bureau of Prison) computer system as Pakistani instead of Canadian.
Its important to note , that all of my Canadian identifications (passport , citizenship card , S.I.N , Health card , Driving license etc) were under FBI’s possession, with a great deal of concern, I wrote a letter to the Canadian Consulate in Buffalo, N.Y to notify such mistake and requested them to fix this problem. This is especially important for Treaty Transfer back to Canada.
The Canadian Consulate official sent a letter to the jail to correct my citizenship status, however FBOP ignored the request and the citizenship status in the FBOP computer still reflect Pakistani instead of Canadian (Note:- I would be required to obtain visa to visit Pakistan) .In contrast , the deportation letter received from US Immigration dept, Contained the correct citizenship status of Canada.
At the hindsight, I believe that the FBOP intentionally left the citizenship as Pakistani, so that they could retained me at their facility, while the govt is planning to file new charges against me 3rd time.
Approximately six weeks before my released date on Jan 30 ,2006 I was notified by the FBOP that I was being transferred from Allenwood , PA to MDC (Metropolitan Detention Centre) in Brooklyn N.Y, it was explained to me, that the purpose of this transfer was in preparation for deportation back to Canada, (after few days, I signed the immigration deportation papers, with my consular Miss Chen).
But immediately after my arriving to MDC Brooklyn, I discovered during a phone call with my family in Montreal, that RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) official had contacted my sister and brother-in-law regarding the whereabouts of my wife and my current situation, there was no explanation given by the RCMP official to the purpose of the call and he left his phone number and asked my wife to call him back immediately, my wife called the RCMP official and left messages in his voice mail. Then the official contacted my brother-in-law again and had asked him to tell my wife not to call again, because there is nothing good nor anything bad.
Meanwhile the AUSA ( Astt United States Attorney) office Investigator and FBI brought me to their office to be interrogated without an attorney present, even AUSA told in the court to the judge on March 16, 2006 that he arranged attorney for me before my arrival from Allenwood PA to MDC Brooklyn, N.Y, on Transcript; page 11, Transcript line No: 14 to 23.
AUSA:-
He (Khalid Awan) was writ in the cause of a grand jury investigation. He clearly had criminal exposure. So to protect his interest I made an application to the duty magistrate for counsel to be appointed.
THE COURT:-
Initially he was brought here by a Court to testify before the grand jury?
AUSA:-
That is correct, Your Honour.
THE COURT:-
When he arrived here, you made arrangements for an attorney to be pointed to request him?
AUSA:-
Yes, Your Honour.
This interrogation started with the AUSA office Investigator stating that my family will be arrested in Canada if I refused to answer their questions.
At this point I am certain that my family is in great danger for reasons that I am not aware of. I was scared that my family would be harassed by these people along with the Canadian RCMP official, I strongly believe that the RCMP is doing this intentionally in collaboration with FBI official to further harass me to admit charges, that I never committed.
Without knowledge of the reasons why the Canadian RCMP agency was involved. I was surprised that RCMP official directly approached my family instead of me without proper explanation, and its also shocked for me, that how RCMP got the phone number of my family (because before my arrest, I don’t have any single record in any police dept, of any country).
I was intimated and pushed to the edge during this interrogation, I was determined to provide anything these USA officials wanted to make them happy even is the questions made no sense, because I want them to stop the harassment to my family.
On March 15, 2006 I completed the term of my imprisonment and was to be released from American Custody and deported back to Canada. Before that I was arrested again 3rd time, and charged with providing “material support to a foreign terrorist” and money laundering (to a organization and person, which are not designated by the USA govt and belongs to Sikh religion) , and with whom, I don’t have any single common interest, because we both are from different countries and different religions.
These charges emerged while I was still in prison and without the capability of providing any type of support. It was even difficult for me to get enough financial assistance to pay legal fees. I could not have provided any material support while I was in prison for five years and I could not launder any money because I did not have any.
AUSA filed three counts of indictment against me.
Conspiracy to provide material support.
Provide a material support to the foreign terrorist.
Money laundering to support terrorism.
(Please note, that in my previous case govt charged me for money laundering and fraud from Jan 1999 to 2002 and “its mentioned in the plea-agreement by the AUSA that no further money laundering charges will be brought against defendant from Jan 1999 to April 2002” even then govt indict me for money laundering from 1998 to Nov 2001 (Which is double Jeopardy and violation of 5th Amendment of U.S Constitution.)
In Oct 2006, during pre-trial hearing on the motion’s filed by my attorney the first two counts of my indictment were dismissed by the judge, stating that there is a lack of facts and figures.
After two weeks AUSA re-indicted me again. I believe this is a desperate act of the AUSA to cover up a huge embarrassment . Further this hastily drawn indictment was full of factual errors and creative legal theories.
Since I was first arrested by the American govt, I believe that I have been singled out, isolated `and discriminated against primarily because of my race and religion, in addition to the fact that I don’t know any information that the American govt is trying to pressure out of me.
I do not understand the American laws and this is what led to my pleading guilty in the first case. I have difficulty understanding the new charges also.
I have been charged under, section 2339(a) of Title 18 of the United States code, which makes it illegal to provide material support to a foreign terrorist.
Please understand, I am not a terrorist, I do not know any terrorist and I have had no connections with or to any known or unknown terrorist. I have been incarcerated for last 5 years and I had no money to provide or launder.
The law enforcement have in America is pressuring me to provide information to them that I really do not have or know. I am a Canadian Citizen and nearly all of my family is in Canada, including my wife and kids. I don’t know any information to tell them to help their investigation.
Because of this , I am being treated unfairly and my rights under the American constitution are being violated. I am being held here in further detention against my will for crimes which I could have never committed, because I was in prison.
I believe, that I am a victim of the discrimination that was outlined in the July 3, 2006 issue of Time magazine (Page 29, column 3). In this article section 2339(a) & (b) are discussed and criticized “as most suspects are charged under these two sections. However, the justice dept here in America admits that of the more than 218 guilty pleas that it has obtained, most are for minor investigation issues that are uncovered deeding the course of their terrorism investigation. This suggest, according to the article that the Attorney General’s office have is not concerned about the rights or fairness or the manner in which it achieves convictions for the people they arrest. Furthermore, criticizes have noted that one of the patterns to emerge from these domestic prosecutions is that suspect seen too incompetent to carry out the deeds they are accused of. The Deputy Attorney General acknowledges that the Dept of Justice’s goal is “ preventions through prosecution’s” and this is done with no regard for an individual’s rights.
I agree that these guilty of terrorism should be prosecuted . But as the above mentioned article suggest , innocent people should not be targeted because of their race or religion.
I am not a terrorist and I should not be targeted and treated unfairly and unjustly.
I need your assistance desperately in my case, as I believe that I am being treated unjustly here. I would like to send you my attorney’s contact information and provide you with legal documents related to my case, so that you may become more familiar with my situation.
Please also note, that I appeared in the court , for no guilty of my 2nd superseding indictment on Aug 02, 2006 and on Aug 03, 2006 FBOP officials placed me in the SHU (Segregation Housing Unit) out of these months, I placed in the SHU isolation from Jan 03, 2007 to March 6, 2007 for unknown “Pending Investigation” in these 215 days of my segregation and isolation, I don’t have a single phone call access to my family, no legal calls to my attorney and Canadian Council, my legal mail opened in my absence, no medical treatment for my injured shoulder (even I went for hunger strike for 3 and half day) I harassed by the various jail officials and lot of other problems too which already been submitted in the attention of the FBOP higher authorities, but no action taken on them, after writing the court, instead of receiving the response or any action on my complaints, jail officials removed /moved me from MDC federal facility to Nassau County Jail .
My suffering has gone on for far too long, and I need your help to bring my suffering to an end. I want to return home to my family, because my imprisonment was injustice and will remain a great injustice forever.
May God bless you and be with you in your efforts to champion the cause of human rights, and the suffering of innocent prisoners and restore hope, faith and love to peoples all over the world.

Sincerely,
KHALID AWAN
FBOP NO. 50959-054

The court will be on 12 September 2007.

A Merkan Reida:

Mohammedans are a viral plague upon the earth and need to be stopped by whatever means possible

To biswas (moron):

Afghanistan was invaded because they had the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. Iraq? A mistake? Yeah, probably. But there is enough evidence to support that Saddam paid folks to be suicide bombers & make threats against the USA & Israel?

Palestine: Please tell me what role the USA has in Palestine, outside of having serious diplomatic relations with Israel (a Jewish country, one not unlike our Judeo-Christian values)? If memory serves correctly, the USA has consistently tried to negotiate peace in the Middle Easy re: Israel. Every major item brokered has broken by Hamas & other idiotic tribal factions in that region. You want peace? Stop attacking Israel (no, I am not Jewish) & stop blaming the rest of the world for issues in your own region. You guys can't even stop killing each other...even if you believe in the same religion.

BISWAS:

why all these people are so worried hering something against US. are you not seeing American terrerism around the world? In Iraq, Afganistan and Palesine? If US can sponsor state owned terrerism everywhere in the world and kill thousands of innocents in Palestine and Iraq, they have no right to resist? Always all fools of the world support big powers and their Hitlers (ofcourse Bush and Hitler christians)till they come to your doorstep to kill your children and rape your sisiters

Reddy:

Koya has as much contempt to India as US. Its just that it doesn't serve his purpose right now to reveal it openly.

It is people like Koya who are having all the fun in india bombing trains and other public places on a daily basis.

The impotent BJP govt did nothing to stop these SOBs. The best punishment for all thses creatures is just put them in one of their heavenly countries say like pakistan.

Its plain and simple MUSLIMS are evil however you spin it. Like i said before every muslim is a terrorist. Its just that others who are not terrorists are waiting for their revelations untill that day they look and act like everyone else.

Unfortunately it gets worse before it gets better. These rodents will do more violence for their own doom before the country wakes up and give up this love for so called minorities. I am sure that day is coming and when it comes every city in India is godhra and it will be over with in a short time.

Having said that it is disgusting that americans and other western people act like they just found Muslims to be violent today. They were always violent and inhuman but they used to be in stone ages till these Aholes armed them with modern weapons.

Thanks to you f..ing americans your buddy bin laden is a threat to everyone.

USA:

I am so sick of these anti US types as if their nation is some bastion of enlightenment. America may make mistakes but at least the system is free and open. India a democracy == sure for the elite!

NS:

Right On, Rory !! Unfortunately Kerala is a state where Islamic radicals like Koya are the liberals !! And there is the visceral hatred for America from the commies in Kerela - commies and islamic radicals together constitute a huge anti American bloc that would love to see America suffer more acts of terror.

SIMI is a terrorist organization - plain and simple. Guys like Koya are very very likely to support actual terrorists for all their fake talk about democracy.

I really hate this SOB - i would have smashed his face open the minute he said he loved what happened to US on 9/11.

GOD KNOWS WHY:

It is interesting that Pakistanis talk about religion and how muslims should avoid pork. But look who is their best friend...China-a nation that relishes PORK...the point I am trying to make is that strange things happen...we make friends with people who in their daily life violate all those principles we strive for...for example- A pork lover being a pork haters best friend...........think about it folks

Mohamed Shahid:

Koya is in need of money, we should give him something or Saudis are behind this man. He is not a muslim, he should be following a religion called Devilism. There are many radicals like him in India, Zakir Naik and his followers. We should not forget, Pakistan is also a part of India. Like Pakistani radicals there are many brain poisoned radicals in India.

Vegas Vic:

Christians die for their belief. Muslims kill for theirs.

Vegas Vic:

Christians die for their belief. Muslims kill for theirs.

Rory:

Mr. Koya is dumber than a sack of hammers. As usual, his story is that of a useless loser outsider who is "befriended" by radical Muslims and feels like he "belongs" to their group. It's the same reason that Scientologists target women sitting by themselves on subways in major cities - they are the most likely to have (as the theory goes) low self esteem and be interested in going to a "party" that fronts for recruitment efforts. In effect, Mr. Koya uses hate for America as a reason to make some friends.

Indeed, you have to be a complete moron to think that destroying America would be a good thing. Good-bye medicines, international aid, food, scientific advancements at the forefront of every field, even things like the Internet. Combined with Islamic supremacy and you'd all be sitting in ditches poking berries up your noses while some toothless imam with a 2nd grade education prattles on about how it was "God's Will" that your child died of previously treatable dysentery and your average life expectancy is back down to a nice 7th century 31 years. Mr. Koya's concern about "undercutting the Islamic way of life" is a euphemism for what everyone else knows as "progress".

Lastly, his byline is one echoed by almost every Muslim "thinker" in this forum: the not-so-veiled threat that if we don't coddle their precious pipe dreams and mutilate the rest of society to fit their Islamic ideals then they will have "no choice" but to revert to violence. Why are we still even bothering to talk to these people?

Stop giving guys like this news:

"And he loves to talk about books: Arundhati Roy, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Charles Dickens. Chomsky, Sartre, Camus, Pilger."

If he is so unhappy with the West, why is he largely reading Western writers?

"I am not afraid of terrorism in India; its democracy and current batch enlightened political leadership will be its saving grace."

Just wait. Look at what your neighbors in Pakistan are currently dealing with re: extremism.

"Americans eulogize their soldiers after they kill children in Iraq. Young African Americans die for their country. Young Muslims die for their belief.”

I would ask him to actually ask any American soldier if they would enjoy killing a child (the answer would be a resounding NO). Extremists? No problem. After all, they recruit children to be suicide bombers.

JustSaying:
While America may or not be involved in a struggle over a way of life, the struggle isn't based on religious overtones. An American can practice any faith they want; you can't do the same in nearly all lands that have a Muslim majority (try changing from Islam to Christianity in Afghanistan). There's a huge difference between the two, something that seems to miss the mark with most liberals. If Christians in America started suicide bombing aimed at other religions, what would you state?

Religious freedom means equal protection under the law, not that you have carte blanche protection to kill anyone that disagrees with you (at least in the US).

Last but not least, Hindu is the majority religion in India. Why would any group, regardless of belief, expect to be treated better.

I don't know why our media feeds these idiots.

concerned:

"Radical Islam" is a threat that will continue to stay in some strength. As long as Muslim youth are immersed in an environment of hatred and intolerance, issues of terrorism will persist. Unfortunately, Islam is not a religion of peace. This is a myth spread by more secular Muslims. Al-Qaeda and other faithful Jihadis are the strict followers of Islam. Two quotes I have heard that are interesting:

1) "If Mohammed was alive today he would be a member of Al-Qaeda."

2) "Christians and Jews say that 'I am willing to die for my beliefs.'
Muslim Extremists say: 'You will die for MY beliefs.'"

Me:

All Muslim immigration should be stopped.
All aid to Muslim countries and groups should be stopped. All technical assistance should be stopped and all western and foreign workers should be recalled from Muslim countries. Islam is a curse on all nations and offer its followers and world nothing but misery.

not indian:

**and this fella were a non muslim

not indian:

a mere 15% muslim indian can bully and threaten and even attack the remaining 85% non-muslim. what a shame. I wonder what would happen to non-muslim if this interview was taken in a muslim country!

Puneet Madaan:

Yesterday only i checked BBC propoganda coverage, which says that support of radicalism is decreasing in Muslim world...

anyways for readers, as a Indian i will only say...

1) The climax of Caliphat movement was played in Kerala...so you can't expect anything better from butcherer's of Mopla....

2) SIMI was banned by BJP (described as radical hindu political party from left wing, communist and of course Islamofacist). but the ban was taken away as soon as leftist came to control power...

3) Gandhi had defended Mopla extremist, so why you expect that "leftist" government will take action against them.. and plans to open the secrets...

4) Have you checked how good they misguide the peoples around them by such names like "National Democratic Front".

5) Why is it, that what we say radical Hindus were fighting Nazis in WW2, and what we say as liberal left

6) "kim Philby", son of Deobandi Muslim convert John Philby ( the founder of 1939 neo Nazi "British Peoples party") was close childhood friend Nehru.

7) It was not only Hindus, but also the Christians , who were mass slaughtered in Mopla on name of new Caliph ... i.e. **Haji Mohammed** Amin al husseini. what you expect from those blind peoples anyways, who already had conducted many holocaust/massacre in there blind Ideology...

misoislamic:

Well, if P. Koya feels so downtrodden and put upon by predominantly non Muslim India, perhaps he should move to one of the wonderful islamic controlled countries, say Pakistan or Iran.

Without a doubt, he could see what a true paradise on earth these islamic isolates really are.

It always amazes me, to hear any muslim tell it, they are always victimized by everyone else. Its either the Jews, the Christians, or the Evil Americans. There is ALWAYS a plot against the poor poor muslims. . . If they are Gods favored people, why does he allow this to happen?

I would think that the self styled muslims, who are so much smarter, wiser and better than the despised Jews, Americans, etc. could succeed in at least one Islamic paradise on Earth.

Gandhi:

Koya is a Terrorist . We should put him behind bars or send him to Guantanomo bay.
he is nothing but other Islamic Terrorist like Osama Bin Laden of Kerala , Maulana Masood Azhar of Jaish e Mohamad.
We should arrest him immediately under TADA , POTA or MCOCA for supporting Terrorism and Inciting hatred against our country India.

Just saying.:

Many of you don't realize that the professor's culture and ours are somewhat similar. In the way that he is fine with resorting to "justified" violence to protect his cause, which is religion, America uses "justified" violence to protect its cause, our liberty and freedom. Take a journalist from that nation and have them interview a really proud American. It will come off the same way to them as this article does to us. The way we're taught to hate them and call them terrorists is comparable to how they've been taught that America is a terrible nation.

Also, I agree that this article is poorly titled, but at the same time, it has to express the opinion of its author.

Madhav:

Any Govt worth its name should take action against anti-national sentiments propagated by persons like Mr. Koya. May be, this Govt is too afraid of losing the minority votebank

Anonymous:

Professor Koya is nothing but an ignorant son a b**** who can kiss my big fat American a$$

St Huck:

Of course, assuming that readers would assume as much from this posting is a form of the narrow mindedness that you fear in and of itself.

St Huck:

Just as with the caption of the flooded road in the previous article, this article does nothing to imply that every professor from kerala is a wannabe-jihadist. The article is about one man, a man with known extremist ties at that. Give the readership more credit, please, not everyone is so naive and impressionable as some of you seem to think.

devinder thakur:

There are two things that are at work here. One is the obligation inherited by the Islamic faithfulls to spread Islam throught the world and SIMI as an organisation is committed to it and the other is the secured place in Janat if you die for the cause of your religion. The problem is that one man's food is another man's poison.After all who is there to decide what is god's will and what is man made grudge. Muslims very rapidly forget the good that the world has done to them and also they are very quick at perceiving injustice to them in whatever society they happen to live in.

devinder thakur:

There are two things that are at work here. One is the obligation inherited by the Islamic faithfulls to spread Islam throught the world and SIMI as an organisation is committed to it and the other is the secured place in Janat if you die for the cause of your religion. The problem is that one man's food is another man's poison.After all who is there to decide what is god's will and what is man made grudge. Muslims very rapidly forget the good that the world has done to them and also they are very quick at perceiving injustice to them in whatever society they happen to live in.

Jeremy:

Mr. Bakshi is fairly profiling a person upset with America in word, but debating deed. It seems to be discontent at a nascent stage, an important time to address and nip it.

bill:

This doctor koya is just another self-absorbed sadist/islamist who enjoys the killing of innocent people.

MK:

This just a feeble attempt by the writer to circumvent the ideas of a fanatic and project it as how muslims in Kerala think.

Being a keralaite, I am 100% assured that Kerala will be the last point to be overrun by extremist elements in South Asia.

xyz:

I too want to know, is this a hate Kerala website? Why don't you go to small town USA and ask people there about nonChristians, communists and Muslims? After all American soldiers come from there.

Prabhu:

For someone who has never been to the US, it is not such a big deal to love or hate the people there. Just like for most Americans, attacking and killing people in some distant land (Vietnam, Iraq, ...) filled with bad people is not a big deal. Mr. Koya's views will be echoed by many Americans, but it will sound like "Nuke Afghanistan" (earlier), or "Nuke Iraq" (we're done with that too), or "Wipe off Iran" (nowadays), not to forget "Kill the Jews" (of Borat fame).

better embrace christianity for peace than islam:

islam has nothing other than violence and hatredness..

no wonder why christian nations like usa prosper

SpitFire:

The title of the story is unapropriate.

It implies that most keralites are terrorists.There are so many such outfits in india, who are soft towards extremism.

Why dont you write about Al Uma i nTN, SIMI in UP etc.

kevin:

Is this a hate kerala site.. sound so.
heard of the terrorist problems india faced in the 80s.. visa vis bhindranwala and the likes.. most of them had their support bases in canada nd US.. Heard of Bin Ladden.. he was an American ally and was supported by US.. Heard of Saddam Hussain.. he was supported by the Americans as well.. Terrorism is an aftermath of the bad deeds of the opportunists.

Hira Biswas:

I enjoy reading Amar Bakshi no matter what he writes about. He has a wonderful way of describing anything. I am not afraid of terrorism in India; its democracy and current batch enlightened political leadership will be its saving grace.

Deb Chatterjee:

Pala Koya and his bunch of SIMI maniacs need to be challenged physically and ideologiocally by the non-Muslims in a global effort to confront "radical" Islam. The definition of "radical Islam" is defined by Koya, quoted from the article as follows:

"'nexus of interests coming together: Hindutva extremists, America, Israel, the Indian elite and all of their neo-liberal policies.' He says that these forces were bent on undercutting the Islamic way of life."

Thus, whenever Islam (with its Shariah venom) comes to an arbitrary decision that some political and social forces around it are creating a neo-liberal or liberal order that is opposite to Islamic perspectives, Islamic theology can be invoked to pre-emptively strike and kill innocents who may belong to that order. This violence is justified by Islam, even if these innocents are non-combatants and partake in no war.

I wonder how Indian Government allows such anti-national forces to exist ? This is, of course the main difference between a 1st (USA) and 3rd World (India) countries.

Muslim immigration to USA should be stopped.

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