December 2006 - January 2007
From: Dr. Rami Ranger
I would like to support the Rt. Hon. Jack Straw MP, Leader of the House for
raising a very valid concern about memberof our community who choose to wear
the veil. I also feel that he hanot been disrespectful to Muslim women; instead
he haasked them to feel equal to otherin our society. There are many wayone can feel proud of one’religion and culture and those customwhich
can put uat a disadvantage need to be looked at carefully especially when
we choose to live in different countriewhere different ruleare needed for
In Britain, equality for men and women iessential for the succesof the
family and country aa whole. Imagine if one arrivefrom a hot country to
a colder country and then refuseto adapt to the needof the new country.
Their progreswill be very difficult indeed. Women who wear the veil aa
mark of modesty are unwittingly keeping themselveat a di-advantage when
it cometo becoming a professional like doctor, teacher, judge etc. Thiwill
also be reflected in the succesof their familie. By encouraging our mother,
sisterand wiveto cover themselvefrom head to toe ia statement of fact
that they are not equal to uwhen they actually are.
I will also urge politiciannot to play politicwith thisensitive and important
issue which affectall of u, including the future of Britain. We cannot have
two societieliving side by side – one on the main stream and the other
on the fringe– not taking advantage of what the country hato offer
to uall. We are judged by the company we keep and if we do not encourage
women to progresside by side then we will not be able to compete with those
who do. God forbid, if the woman ileft alone with a large family and unable
to deal with the complexity of the modern world, then regrettably the state
will have to foot the bill – that mean, we the taxpayernot to mention
the difficultietheir children will face in thitough and uncaring world.
Those politicianwho appear politically correct in order to win voteare
actually destroying the very fabric of our society which made ugreat in the
first place. Muslimare now a part of Britain and the world. They are equal
and those who would like to treat them otherwise are harming not only their
cause but also that of world peace. We must all move in the same direction
for harmony or make an effort to accommodate each other in thiever shrinking
world. We had no choice in which religion we were born in to but we do have
a choice ato how we treat each other especially when we are all created by
It ia fallacy to think that ladiewho wear the veil are better because they
appear modest, and not those who do not the wear veil but work for uadoctorand nurseserving mankind including those who wear veil.
Dr. Rami Ranger MBE
JACK STRAW & MUSLIM LADIEIN VEIL:
Whilst appreciating the Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, leader of the House for raising
the stakein the debate over Muslim veila few dayago by calling for
women to stop wearing full-face coveringaltogether.
Though, Jack Straw’concern wasupported by Muslim ladieincluding
the BaronesUddin, Jemima Khan, who converted to Islam prior to her marriage,
awell a, the controversial left-winger writer Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. He added
that women who wore the veil were a barrier to good race relationand called
the head-covering a visible demonstration of separatenes‘that wadriving
white and Muslim communitiein to "parallel live"
No doubt, most political leaderthough appreciating hicourage in initiating
a debate on thicontroversial and human right issue concerning the British
women have distanced themselvefor fear of alienating their constituent.
But failure to addresthe issue and how best to support and promote community
cohesion among people of all faithwould certainly prove highly detrimental
to good race relation.
Rajinder Chopra, London
From: Sashank Banerjee
Revival of Relgionin
the 21st Century
I have no doubt that the thought-provoking article in the comment page of The
Timedated October 27 written by the learned Mr Rowan William, The Archbishop
of Canterbury will lead to intense and wide ranging debate on the subject of
world-wide religiourevivalism in the 21st century.
The circumstancethat have led to religiourevivalism in present-day Russia
and increasingly underway in China respectively after 70 and 60 yearof Communism
founded on the Hegelian rejection of God are very different from the lurch
towarda creeping rejection of secularism in the West today. It ievident
that Communism failed to kill man'inherent craving for spiritual wellbeing.
The noteworthy feature ithat the return to religion ia response to totalitarian
oppression that haceased to exist ain the case of Russia or ifast waning
under the pressure of materialism aithe case with China.
Contemporary Western society ifacing a different problem altogether. The
return to religion from secularism ia response to a present-day reality.
The Church had no part to play in thidevelopment. Athe post-industrial
society advanced, not an unexpected fall out wathat, Church attendence grew
sparse. Rationalism, if not outright atheism, seemed to be taking hold of the
majority populationin Britain, France, Germany and so on. Acosy complacency
wasetting in, European societiecame face to face with an aggravated version
of a security threat from Islamic extremism and the menacing phenomenon of
suicide bombingtargetting the liberal democratic societie. 7/11 terror attackin the streetof London killing 52 innocent people wathe high noon of thievolving new threat. Amilitant Islam declared that it wanted to dominate
the world, a deeply-felt fear psychosigripped the mindof ordinary people
all over Europe. Western civilisation, so the argument goe, iunder threat
and unlesthe society radically undergoechange it cannot be saved from ruin
and extinction. Thiperception changed everything. Britain inot a secular
state because the Head of State ithe Head of the Anglican Church - Anglican
Protestantism ithe State religion - but it ialso a secular society ano
other in the world i, because of ittolerance and understanding to other
religion. It isad that some see in such tolerance asymptomatic of the
weaknesof the society. Historically the Burqa of Afghanistan, the Niqab of
Saudi Arabia, the Abaya of Iran and so on are different varietieof pre-Islamic
tribal drescodein these societie. Athese body coverare increasingly
used by Muslim women in the streetof Britain, most non-Muslimsee them apolitical statementof defiance. The Quran makeno reference to anything
called a Muslim dres-code, it simply askMuslim women to dresproperly.
Similarly, the word Mullah ialso not mentioned in The Quran. They have merely
usurped power after the fall of the Calipahte and are setting the contemporary
political agenda of militant Islam. Islam'radicalised political agenda iwhat people are afraid of and the return to religion ithe consequence of
The need of the hour ia grasroot reality check of how best to secure the
nation'long-term security and social cohesion and harmony. It ia
political challenge that needpolitical solution. Learned discourse needto be persued with caution lest itimisunderstood. It will be good for all
mankind if the Archbishop of Canterbury can persuade the Islamic World to accept
a dose of secularism allowing Christian Churche, Jewish Synagogueand Hindu
Templeto function in Saudi Arabia and Iran. To sustain secularism in the
West what ineeded ireciprocity from the Islamic world.
KINGSBURY , LONDON NW9
Your Editorial made interesting reading and am sure it i'food-for-thought'
for those in corridorof power , both sideof the gulf,so to speak...With
itpowerful insight into the long-standing relationship between INDIA and
Britain ,you Have certainly made those vying for power ,in whichever part
of the world, reflect upon the need to not to write off India aa land of
poverty & massebut one of plenty of avenuefor stabilizing affairof State awell aBusines..And truly enough,the Government of India ha rolled
out the red-carpet for Foreign Investment ,realising it ia crucial factor
to bring about a stable path to economic security ...It haa vast number
of entrepreneurwho want to make money and somehow they find a way to do
it, overcoming obstacle, bypassing the ghostof bureacracy awell aold-fangled
notionin the Kingdom,aelsewhere that India ia land of slum, street-urchin,wild
animal& illiteracy ...Every visitor can feel the change & transformation
DESPITE & EVEN IN THE MIST OF SLUM...
Doethe World outside India really know the Real India ? That despite itcomplex cultural ,social & economic diversitie& distribution,and
apparently incomprehensible democratic-functioning ,it Ithe the land
of opportunity ,Democracy & Decent traditionstill prevail ...There cannot
be many parallel in the world where EVEN a slum-dweller would FIRSTLY
offer hihome & hearth to a Foreign traveller - a la Indian Hospitality
- that cannot be exterminated by suffering or by scarcity ...While on the subject,your
Editorial deserveencomiumfor visualising the ill prevailing and trying
to call a spade a spade ..factual & realistic reporting by Editorof magazineof the stature & reach of INDIA LINK INTERNATIONAL becomeall important
to mould the mind-setof those who are accustomed to leading a happy lifestyle
, without worrying for survival or the proverbial 3-square meala day ...CONGRATULATION!...On
the other side, it certainly reflectpoor on part of the mandarinin administrative
set-up in New Delhi & elsewhere to not to be able to project Resurgent
India in ittrue light , even in thiay & age when the whole of the Developed
World lookup to it for effective & optimum utilization of the IT- boom,growth & development...However,
I would humbly draw the attention of your Esteemed Readership to the following
# In the first three quarterof 2006,Indian Companieannounced 115 Foreign
Acquisition(these investmentare acrossectorfrom Information Technology
to BusinesProcesOutsourcing to Liquor).
# WIPRO haacquired companiein Portugal,Finland and in California
# RANBAXY habought Ethimed of Belgium and Mindogen ,the Spainish Genericarm of GSK .
# BHARAT FORGE habought six companiein four countrie,viz; Britain, Germany,Sweden
and China .
# SUZION bought Hansen,a Belgian gearbox-maker .
# UB made an unsolicited bid for Whyte and Mackay ,a Scottish Distillery .
# TATA STEEL hajust concluded itacquisition of Coru,a larger Anglo-Dutch
...These are the ambassadorof India whom policy-makeroutside India
ought to be viewing and attempt to collaborate for mutual growth in a bid to
alliviate the suffering of an impoverished Nation whose saga ithat
of being plundered of itriche,resource& wealth by 'raider' who mistook
'hospitality' for 'incompetence' or 'impotence' ...THEREFORE, it becomeimportant
for any Parliamentarian,Legislator or Captain of Industy sit up and look unto
INDIA ,in a new glow ,light and vision instead of treating itvery capable
human resourcea'outcast' or 'paraiah' of the world ...That ithe true
ESSENCE of all human endeavour, enterprise & life in a Developed Society
INDIA LINK INTERNATIONAL should continue to link up the world outside India
to what exactly ihappening in itshore. Keep up the good work,Sir!
From: Kurt Metzer
Alexandra Avenue, Harrow Middx.
Thiletter ilargely abut Vikram Seth’new book ‘Two Live’.
the two liveare those of Shanti B. Seth who studied medicine and dentistry
in pre-war Germany, where he met hifuture wife Henny Gerda Caro who waborn
into a Berlin Jewish family “cultured, patriotic and intensely German”.
They both sufferred from “man’inhumanity to man’ - Shanti
Seth joined the British Army Dental Corpand had hiright arm blown off at
Monte Cassino and with great courage continued hidental profession with one
arm in London. Henny managed to emigrate to England just before World War II,
but lost most of her family to the stupid and brutal holocaust. In 1951 she
married Shanti - a happy marriage which lasted for some 38 year. The book
goeinto detailof family and friendand demonstrateat least one vital
point - that many direct or indirect victimof the holocast were not religiouJewand had little interest in Zionism. In fact, the author (who iShanti’nephew) iagainst any state that preferthe adherentof one religion over
another. The final illnesseof both partieare described in some medical
deail, which may put off the more squeamish!
My own background isimilar but with a lot of differencein deail - Vienna
and Prague, not Berliin; and more direct contact with India, where I lived
for 7 yearand my father for 15. But particularly aa freemason, my friendincluded Indian dentist(mainly Gujarati, whereathe Sethwre from United
Province(Uttar Pradesh); and my universitiewere Cambridge and E.T.H. Zurich,
while Shanti studied in Berlin and Edinburgh.
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