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Hindraf condemns the Innocence of Muslims YouTube video
By N. Ganesan
The extreme reactions across the Muslim world these last several days against the Youtube trailer of the movie Innocence of Muslims is nothing short of a manifestation of how the globalizing world should not be working.
The video is clearly an amateur production. It is clearly intended to insult. It is clearly done in a very short time, as if responding to some time window. The producers knew what they wanted to achieve – to trigger the same kind of response in the Muslim world as the Danish Cartoons.
Religion in our increasingly globalised world has come to define the identities of whole communities. Deep sensitivities attach to these identities especially in communities that see themselves as oppressed. It must also be remembered that this globalized world is also a very unjust and unfair world, and the oppressed far outnumber the oppressors.
Touching in such insulting ways as done in this video is clearly just a technique to exploit this sensitivity and to create trouble across the Muslim world, which sees itself as an oppressed nation now.
All justice-minded people have to understand that what we are experiencing is just an instance of this. This same process is employed by vested interests in so many other instances and in so many other forms across the world, both across borders and within borders.
Looking at all the possibilities behind this episode and at all the implications of this episode, Hindraf comes to the final conclusion that this video is a deliberate and provocative act to touch insultingly on the deep sensitivities of the Islamic community and to cause anger and to trigger unrest and instability to the benefit of the perpetrators of this video. That Hindraf believes is the root purpose of this video.
In line with this understanding, Hindraf strongly condemns this act by the producers of this video in insulting Islam and Muslims across the world. These kinds of acts have to be stopped regardless of where they originate or where they find their effect as today national borders do not mean much. So whatever actions have to be taken against the perpetrators of this video must be taken to prevent recurrence.
In the same vein, we call upon the Malaysian government to view this episode for the lessons this episode has for Malaysia. We ourselves are a nation made up of a multicultural and multireligious population and effectively are a microcosm of the globalized world. This episode has clear lessons for us all on oppression and on equality and dignity.
As long as there is oppression of one nation by another, or of one community by another or of one class by another, this state of affairs is going to continue. We, the people therefore have to understand that the root cause of such tendencies within our world is the presence of oppression. Only when all oppression ends can we expect to find an end to exploitation of the differences that are intrinsic in our globalized world, purely for the benefit of vested interests of the few. Only then, will there prevail circumstances where we can expect all citizens to live in equality and with dignity.
The people have to become aware of this fundamental principle and oppose oppression wherever and in whatever form they exist.
Hindraf’s raison d’etre is to contribute to the development of this awareness in Malaysia in the Malaysian form. Therefore Hindraf takes a serious view of this video both for what it implies now specifically to all the Muslims of the country and for what it implies universally to all similar situations wherever sensitivities of the weak are transgressed for the benefit of the greedy and the powerful.