Comments on: What makes a religious symbol conspicuous? http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/08/24/what-makes-a-religious-symbol-conspicuous/ Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: MimiJ http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/08/24/what-makes-a-religious-symbol-conspicuous/comment-page-1/#comment-12628 Mon, 11 Jan 2010 22:51:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1843#comment-12628 I would just like to make it clear that Muslim women are NOT forced to wear a hijab by their religion but by the way a country they live in is ruled. There is no rule in Quaran that tells you to ‘always cover yourself’! It is just if a country is quite strict, like Saudi Arabia, you will need to cover yourself, and if it is not, like Kuwait or Kazakhstan, women can dress in whatever they want! It just annoys me so much, when people say that ‘poor Muslim women need to wear the hijab all the time because of their religion’! It is not the religion, people, it is the way a country is ruled! I am a Muslim woman, from a Muslim country, but living in UK and I do not wear a hijab and do not cover myself up.

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By: Benny_Acosta http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/08/24/what-makes-a-religious-symbol-conspicuous/comment-page-1/#comment-12427 Sun, 06 Dec 2009 19:23:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1843#comment-12427 “The ban on Burka wearing is an indication of the positive progression of women’s rights.”

Banning a person’s right to wear a particular article of clothing is not and indication for positive progress. In free societies people are allowed to choose whether they want to dress that way or not. Taking away the right to do so is not progressive.

Some people are religious. Some are spiritual in their way of life. The two are not the same. Also free societies allow freedom of expression as long as it harms no one. So the idea of assimilation is not a priority. New immigrants do not assimilate so easily. But their children do. And that’s that the real point. If we are going to get all stirred up and start asking for “dress code laws”, then we are effectively asking to have our freedoms limited.

Getting riled up over dress and appearance is foolish. Never judge a book by its cover. A person can only be judged fairly by taking their actions into account. Their appearance is meaningless. If appearance really meant something then there would be a WHOLE lot more of us living under persecution.

What’s in the heart stirs the mind. What’s in the mind stirs the body to action. And this is the real measure of a person’s character. Let those who want to wear their symbols of faith be free to do so. They should be able to enjoy that freedom just like those who choose not to, and are free to make that choice.

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By: adil http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/08/24/what-makes-a-religious-symbol-conspicuous/comment-page-1/#comment-11084 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 14:30:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1843#comment-11084 BAN ON BURQAARNT PEOPLE IN INDIA BAISED TOWARD ONE RELIGON.WHY ONE PARTICULAR COMMUNITY SUFFERS FROM BAN…THAT ALSO BAN TO COVER THE FACE,AFTER SOME TIME BAN TO PUT DUPPATA THEN WHAT NOT….EVEN OUR INDIAN CULTRE ORDERS US TO COVER WHOLE OF BODY U CAN GO THROUGH VEDAS WERE IT IS CLEARY WRITTEN TO COVER YR BODY WEN U GO OUT.SO WAT WRONG IF A MUSLIM GIRL COVER HER FACE?

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By: rajeev http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/08/24/what-makes-a-religious-symbol-conspicuous/comment-page-1/#comment-9376 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 00:12:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1843#comment-9376 Azad@the simmering dichotomy in the mainly christian europe and the other immigrants is gaining a stern ground swell;see the huge number of comments in Economist this week.Luckily for India its not immigration but only local population to be considered, by that I mean, race isnt an issue.”Azad: Yes more than 700 comments on the article in a week!!!!!! seems like everyone is involved in the debate.I agree such issues in India are PERHAPS more easily managable. Alien culture is not an issue.

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By: azad http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/08/24/what-makes-a-religious-symbol-conspicuous/comment-page-1/#comment-9336 Tue, 01 Sep 2009 23:37:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1843#comment-9336 Rajeev, Rohitthe simmering dichotomy in the mainly christian europe and the other immigrants is gaining a stern ground swell;see the huge number of comments in Economist this week.Luckily for India its not immigration but only local population to be considered, by that I mean, race isnt an issue.http://www.economist.com/books/dis playStory.cfm?story_id=14302290&mode=com ment&sort=recommend#commentStartPosition

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By: azad http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/08/24/what-makes-a-religious-symbol-conspicuous/comment-page-1/#comment-9333 Tue, 01 Sep 2009 15:44:42 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1843#comment-9333 Bandits in Burqas Strike in Britainhttp://news.aol.com/article/briti sh-police-hunt-robber-bandits-in/641486

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By: Hassan Elsisi http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/08/24/what-makes-a-religious-symbol-conspicuous/comment-page-1/#comment-9292 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 08:22:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1843#comment-9292 Fundamentalists are the main enemy of our humanity and as they exist in all religions and in all ideologies and they do not accept the others and it is too much easy for anyone of them to harm or to insult or to kill in the name of his religion and I think history is a clear proof for what I have mentioned. We should unite against these people and we should fight for our freedom and for our humanity. To prevent a student from wearing a burqa is an act from some fundamentalists. I donot agree with Taliban because they are fundamentalists and also I donot agree with these people because they are fundamentalists.

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By: rajeev http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/08/24/what-makes-a-religious-symbol-conspicuous/comment-page-1/#comment-9271 Fri, 28 Aug 2009 21:49:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1843#comment-9271 @ Rohit and AzadMy last post was about religious symbols in India, not France. Sarkozy can do that in France and but imitating sarkozy in India is not wise.Rohit:-I will not take a broad brush and paint “French can never respect Sikhism” even assuming that by French you mean practicing Christians. Well french don;t respect lot other of things too-like america and goes vice-versa! Hardly matters. It is what Sikhs or any other community gives back to French society will earn them the respect. In any case, respect has been commanded as Sarkozy already said that Sikhs will be allowed turban in France in response to Manmohan Singh’s non-official memo. But he views burqa clad women as “prisoners behind netting” and sees burqa as a “sign of subservience”, not a sign of religion. I agree with him.Turban in, burqa out, scarf allowed is the Sarkozy Rule.Azad:I agree with you. Those who want to go to France will do the needful or have an option to stay back in sweet home. As I said I was talking about the near impossibility of this happening in india due to huge differences between the 2 countries.Coming back to India, tolerance not escapism is the way out. If it is not in the head, it will not work. we unfortunately have politicians who cannot handle such delicate issues. The fallouts of such mishandling are huge.

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By: Rosma http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/08/24/what-makes-a-religious-symbol-conspicuous/comment-page-1/#comment-9270 Fri, 28 Aug 2009 21:02:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1843#comment-9270 My personal experience as a non-muslim is the following: I need to see the face of a person I want to get into contact with or who wants to contact me. Communication between people does not only take place via words but also via facial gestures. How can a person who hides her face expect others to take her seriously ? I cannot imagine having a professional discussion on whatever topic with a person hidden behind a burqa. I do not mind scarfs, tubans, crosses, bindis etc. as they don`t interfere with normal inter-human communication. Or is communication not wanted at all by persons who wear burqas ?Rosma

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By: Sainul http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/08/24/what-makes-a-religious-symbol-conspicuous/comment-page-1/#comment-9267 Fri, 28 Aug 2009 10:38:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1843#comment-9267 Freedom of speech and expression allows one in India to practise his/her own religion and belief. No one has the authority to curtail that. It is no wonder why such an incident happened in a college in Karnataka. The state is governed by the BJP, who gives all supports to a particular communal outfit to grow up and to rule the roost. After the Mangalore incident was aired by a TV channel, the college principal had to concede that he ordered the ban at the behest of some Hindu fanatic outfit. Let’s not intrude into others’ privacy as long as we stay in a democratic and secular country.

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