That is the French idea that as a part of Freedom of expression, you can insult religions and we can already see it is not working (attacks post the publish).
Doing hateful speech is ‘bad’, and it has a breaking point, and intolerance would result. (That’s human nature)
This is all because the society has “tolerated” the differences and hasn’t accepted and appreciated different cultures as their own.
This sort of islamophobic craziness is far more rare in India.
Even in the US, Obama is hounded by the right for his middle name Hussain. Although he is a religious Christian and a good guy, many believe he is secretly a Muslim and abuse for it..
In India, one can be a real Muslim and we would not “tolerate” you as a President, but we will celebrate you. Abdul Kalam lived and died a Muslim and celebrated a national hero even by the rightwing Hindus.
Percentage of Muslims in many European countries are comparable to that of India. However, how many of them rise up to become their national icons?
A minority can climb to any position in India – Army General, President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice and so on and we have had all these in the past few decades.
Every other country (incuding France) has a glass ceiling for its minorities preventing them from taking positions of power.
Spain and Portugal were at one point Muslim countries. Then during thethey were brutally taken out and now it is hard to believe that there was even Islam there. Wiped out from history in a brutal way.
We don’t do that. We don’t even tolerate. We actually celebrate our Mughal dynasty, because that period was as much a part of our culture as any other. It was our own.
Christian percentage in India is not too much more than Hindu percentage in US or UK. However, Christmas along with Buddha Purnima and Bakrid are major government holidays in India, while Diwali is not a government holiday in UK, Thailand or UAE. We celebrate with you and love your icons as ours.
It is not just now, but forever. India has been the home for persecuted communities around the world – Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Tibetan Buddhists, early Christianity and so on..
It is not just religious freedom, we celebrate and accept cultural freedoms of all kinds as one of ours.