Death By Humor

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“Looking for comedy in the Muslim world” is a movie in which Albert Brooks tries to find out what makes Muslims laugh. It’s another thing that the movie’s protagonist travels to India and Pakistan in order to find out the answer to his question—-reflecting the general cluelessness of Americans in figuring out even the definition of what the “Muslim world” is.

I don’t know if Mr Brooks found the answer to his question mainly because he was in the wrong place, but for the last few days we have been privy to what does not make Muslims laugh.

Caricatures/cartoons of the Prophet to be precise. Of course, we have countless examples of evil long-nosed Jews being used in text books as a focal point of communal hatred across the “real” Muslim world—-but that of course is kosher. Or halal.

What’s important to note is that people have ultimately come around to accepting the fact that the Danes are evil. If you thought that the Danish were peace-loving people famous for pastries and cheese and a dogged football defense—then you are obviously deluded. But it’s never too late to identify your enemy—and it is with some amusement that I see the Islamic world go hammer and tongs at Denmark: ransacking their embassies, burning their flags and stomping on them for good measure. They have even cancelled their air tickets to Denmark—which means more of them will migrate to France. Something is truly rotten in the state of Denmark—and methinks it is not just their calorie-laden Danishes.

Which brings me to another observation: Where the heck did the people in the Gaza strip suddenly get all those Danish flags from? Do they have a massive stash of Norwegian flags also? And the dudes in Somalia, do they even know where Denmark is?

Why I am blogging about this is because it is one of those issues where both sides are right. Let us first look at the Danish newspaper. I mean obviously they are well within their rights to publish essentially racist stereotypes and pass them off as “comic freedom of expression”—it’s “all a joke” and we humble Asian servants should wag our tails and laugh.

Of course their funny bone goes for a walk sometimes: it seems a few days ago before publishing these cartoons they rejected some rather unflattering caricatures of Jesus Christ because they were afraid they might offend someone. Namely themselves.

What these Laudrup-lovers did not factor in was that someone who had bought shares of the company which makes Danish flags and supplies equipment to Danish/European embassies all over the world had made sure that the right people read the cartoons. In other words, radical Muslim clerics who are not blind.

All of a sudden the “real” Muslim world, a happy place with suicide bombers, AK47s and a democratically-elected terrorist organization (Hamas), got inflamed. Which was a big surprise to people who were taken aback by the ransacking of embassies, the violence and the scale of hatred unleashed all over—-after all they were not like this when Salman Rushdie wrote the “Satanic Verses”. Then they had been lively but essentially peaceful. It was only later that they read Ms Rushdie aka Padma Lakshmi’s cookbook and demanded that she give them head. Salman Rushdie’s head that is.

Coming back to the present mess, the American government came out with a statement condemning the insult to Islam. CNN and most news organizations in the US refused to carry the offending pictures because of respect to Islam and not because they were afraid of maraudering Islamic protesters attacking their reporters and infrastructure. I mean if this was pictures of Hindu gods on footwear or panties—then of course they would have carried them. After all that’s art. This is death.

Incidentally, it’s not as if Hindus aren’t learning the art of democratic civilized dissent—they did attack M Hussain when he portrayed Saraswati in the nude but right now there aren’t just enough madass Hindu zealots to worry the CNNs and the NBCs of the world. Needless to say that might change in the near future.

In conclusion, I wonder why the Danish government did this. Of course it was not just the newspaper—it’s a national conspiracy, else why would they be burning the Danish flag? Or why would normally-liberal Islamic countries remove their embassies from the said country? Or the Indonesian government declare Danish badminton players as personae-non-grata? Was one moment of racism-induced glee worth the trouble? Did they not know that there are some religions in the world who are not that laid-back? Or is the colonial hubris sometimes difficult to cast away?

Of course ,the Iranians known for their accepting culture and their stand-up president (the same guy who sent a get-well-message to Ariel Sharon wishing that he dies soon and believes that the holocaust was a myth) have struck back—-with a newspaper publishing caricatures of Hitler in bed with Anne Frank. Well at least it’s not violent and in this context of global over-reaction and death, that’s kinda okay.

I must say that this cross-civilizational death match of comedy is extremely funny. Except for one small problem.

Nobody is laughing.

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44 thoughts on “Death By Humor

  1. Of course, the West(incl Israel) will express dismay at the new competition started by Iran, but their people will not be burning any embassies.
    That said I am very eager to know when Denmark is going to publish:
    – africans swinging on trees
    – hindus rolling in filth
    – jews hoarding money
    – christians slaughtering babies
    – buddhists. hmm… what about em?

  2. Was wondering which other country in the world would likely have produced such a cartoon ? Could it be Israel, or US,- probably no: one knows the Muslim world very well and the other trying to learn at least, albeit very slowly. It has to be distant from the centre of gravity of the Muslim world and should generally lack knowledge about the Muslims and should have what you have termed as -colonial hubris- in large measure.

    Good post !

  3. Of course, the West(incl Israel) will express dismay at the new competition started by Iran, but their people will not be burning any embassies.
    That said I am very eager to know when Denmark is going to publish cartoons depicting the foll in the name of freedom of speech:
    – africans swinging on trees
    – hindus rolling in filth
    – jews hoarding money
    – christians slaughtering babies
    – buddhists. hmm… what about em?


  4. Which brings me to another observation: Where the heck did the people in the Gaza strip suddenly get all those Danish flags from? Do they have a massive stash of Norwegian flags also? And the dudes in Somalia, do they even know where Denmark is?”

    — Quite possibly the best observation made by anybody in all this melee. I think Danish newspapers went overboard – there is no reason to confuse freedom of speech with respect to anyone’s faith. I think the reaction was more or less what was expected.

    What baffles me is what if this is all politically motivated to project islam as a psychotic religion hell bent on war (Err… which is not tooo faar from truth, but there are always good guys). Such an image will suit americans the best, now that they seem to have up their mind to liberate iran in a few months.

    Great post.

    Suyog

  5. Arnab,

    As a political analyst by profession (or as I fancy myself), your article was extremely well balanced. That it is sure to raise ire from both sides, secular and fundamental, is proof positive of this balanced judgment.

    However, if I may say so, the reactions are as important as the foundations of the crisis; as you point out vis-à-vis the availability of Danish flags’ in occupied Palestine. Yet, the reaction of the Muslim world has been, if one dares say so, extremely barbaric; something as comical and delusional as the relevance of Ram Rajya in this present day and age.

    However, as I say this with regards to the charred Danish Embassies (Danish Embassies, not the good old Soviet or American, nor even the British or French, but DANISH EMBASSIES!) and the people killed in the protests (basically Muslim’s martyred over ‘funny papers’) I feel a tinge of sadness, a sense of pity.

    Pity is indeed something that underlies your statement on the issue. Yet, perhaps as myself, you shy away from the implied: it is sad to pity and not sympathize. But I do pity the Muslims the world over; caught between a religion and entities who have taken over their lives via the former.

    In my conversations even with highly educated Muslims, I have discovered, and I am not afraid to say so, a clear ambiguity with democracy, with individual liberty, with that freedom we Indians take for granted because of that much-maligned Nehru-Gandhi duo. And, I have reiterated to my Islamic friends that unless this basic ambiguity, resulting from this tussle with the inevitability of modernity that stems from a deep sense of hurt, was addressed, Islam is bound to create a socio-economic Sub-Saharan Africa for itself.

    Well done, Prometheus, a clever and humorous summary of the inherent problem,

    Cheers,

    Vasabjit Banerjee

  6. GreatBong,

    I love your stuff, but the moral equivalnce that you’re trying to project simply doesn’t exist. You say that ‘both sides are right’ but the truth is that there are more than 2 sides and some are clearly more right than others.

    1. The Danish Government is 100% right. The pictures were published by individuals We don’t live in a tribal society anymore – individuals are free to express opinions that the Government may or may not agree with. If one of your posts offends people from Bangalore, that doesn’t mean that the CPIM government is responsible and needs to apologize on your behalf.

    2. The moderate muslims (yes, they exist) are also 100% right. They felt offeded by the cartoons and they have the right to protest and attempt to educate. If the protest extends to boycotting Danish products that is also a completely legitimate tactic. Although once again, the individual vs group thing bothers me .. the German Nazis comitted the Holocaust, that doesn’t mean Jews should refuse to set foot in a Mercedes.

    3 The newspaper in question, was no doubt provocative. But what the hell .. the right to provoke and offend has always been a cornerstone of the West. For those blaming colonialism, I suggest they read about the Piss Christ which was not only allowed to be displayed in America, but was in some part susidized by the American taxpayer. If radical Muslims cannot deal with this freedom, maybe they should start ignoring the West copmpletely.

    4) The radicals who are burning embassies and marching with ‘death threat’ signs are utterly and completely wrong. Trying to protest carttons that portray Muslims as violent barbarians, they are behaving like violent barbarians. Denmark isn’t Saudi Arabia – things like drinking alcohol, or depicting the Prophet may be grave offenses against the Sharia – but the Sharia doesn’t apply to non-muslims. Those who wanted to follow it, would have convereted – the rest of us simply don’t care. Similarly, Hindus revere the cow, but that doen’t mean they should go around burning Embassies in New Delhi just because they serve beef in the supermarkets of Saudi and the U.S.

  7. Non-muslims have such a short memory. Obviously it goes back to 12 June, 1998 when Denmark defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Saudi’s first match in that world cup. Saudi’s football jihad never quite recovered from that shock. Coming down off an amazing 12th position finish in the 1994 world cup, that was such a letdown. Brian Laudrap was clearly off-side too. Also don’t forget it was Sweden who ended SA’s dream run in 1994. Those Scandinevians really need a lesson or two. It did take the real Muslims a few years to get the Danish flags, but don’t think they ever forgot. Very soon it will be Sweden’s turn. Allah, cartoon, religion are just pretexts.

  8. The Danes have illustrated a classix example of “what I do not know can never hurt me”. Sitting in the cosy confines of a Copenhagen office, sipping on a coffee, anyone can publish crap about someone living thousands of miles away. Wonder if they would have the guts to perform such a stunt closer home in Malaysia.

    Till now, I thought that making fun at religion’s expense was limited to the stereotype waale acts in American standup comedy (and they are really funny in the true sense of the word). I wonder what’s next ?

  9. hussain does it redoes it apologises and reapologises and all hyperventilating hindus begin to breathe easy, its that easy!varsha

  10. Nice post….
    “They have even cancelled their air tickets to Denmark—which means more of them will migrate to France. ”
    Completely true… you never see all the flag/embassy burning dudes queueing up to migrate to heaven on earth ..Saudi Arabia… Noooo sir… they will prefer to abuse the very freedom that they claim to despise by protesting in UK and other parts of Europe..

  11. Hey Arnab,
    A very nicely balanced take on this sensitive issue. I don’t have any disrespect towards any religion but still at times I can’t help but wonder what these so-called Muslims mean when they talk about the “muslim World”. Because I don’t think Prophet Mohammed had dreamt of a world consisting of only Muslims and in which people from every other religion will be considered as “Kafers”, and killing innocent human beings belonging to other should be mercilessly slaughtered so that no other religion exists in this world. I really don’t believe Prophet Mohammed had this vision. A prophet whose paths so many people across the globe had been following for almost 1500 years now couldn’t have been such a psychotic moron. He was a kind visionary with affection and love for the wholw mankind but these Muslim fundamentalists have made him out to be a war-loving demon who created a separate religion only to annihilate followers of other religions. Because of these people Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists everyone gets an absolutely wrong impression about the religion and of course, about the great prophet. These morons have neither understood their own religion properly nor let others have the correct notion anout it. Whatever wherever happens, they make a communal issue out of it and indulge into violence and mass-killing. If one takes a collective and impartial look at all sorts of violence taking place all over the world today, one can’t help but notice that Muslims are directly involved to 90% of those incidents. A religion that supports violence and mass-destruction is anything but a religion. And I don’t think this is what Islam means. These satans have misunderstood and misinterpreted their own religion.

    I really don’t know what kind of complex they suffer from but it is there for sure. Otherwise, how can one little cartoon in a newspaper in the far end of the world can create such hue and cry.

    I mean, don’t they have anything productive or constructive to do or what?

  12. Hey Arnab,
    A very nicely balanced take on this sensitive issue. I don’t have any disrespect towards any religion but still at times I can’t help but wonder what these so-called Muslims mean when they talk about the “muslim World”. Because I don’t think Prophet Mohammed had dreamt of a world consisting of only Muslims and in which people from every other religion will be considered as “Kafers”, and innocent human beings belonging to other religions should be mercilessly slaughtered so that no other religion exists in this world. I really don’t believe that Prophet Mohammed had this vision. A prophet whose paths so many people across the globe had been following for almost 1500 years now couldn’t have been such a psychotic moron.

    He was a kind visionary with affection and love for the wholw mankind but these Muslim fundamentalists have made him out to be a war-loving demon who created a separate religion only to annihilate followers of other religions. Because of these people Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists everyone gets an absolutely wrong impression about the religion and of course, about the great prophet. These morons have neither understood their own religion properly nor let others have the correct notion anout it. Whatever wherever happens, they make a communal issue out of it and indulge into violence and mass-killing. If one takes a collective and impartial look at all sorts of violence taking place all over the world today, one can’t help but notice that Muslims are directly involved to 90% of those incidents. A religion that supports violence and mass-destruction is anything but a religion. And I don’t think this is what Islam means. These satans have misunderstood and misinterpreted their own religion.

    I really don’t know what kind of complex they suffer from but it is there for sure. Otherwise, how can one little cartoon in a newspaper in the far end of the world can create such hue and cry?

    I mean, don’t they have anything productive or constructive to do or what?

  13. “I mean if this was pictures of Hindu gods on footwear or panties—then of course they (CNN and other news organizations) would have carried them. After all that’s art. This is death.”

    Superb GB, superb. You summed up everything about the recent norm of the world. I strongly believe that now a days either money talks or violence silences. I don’t need to give examples of ‘money talking’ – aplenty. The ‘violence silencer’ is the reason why the American news organizations didn’t print the cartoons. Till now, mercifully, the Hindu fundamentalists don’t have enough money to either use the ‘violence silencer’ or ‘money talker’ to affect anything significantly anywhere.

    In any case I have strong disdain about western principles. Whatever suits them or their interests are moral, decent, and ethical and thus should be pursued – the rest is condemnable. Whatever they don’t understand – they become judgmental and start preaching unless of course they are afraid of violence – then they use the word ‘respect’ to justify their non-preaching. We also don’t understand a lot of things in life and we as a society is also judgmental but we don’t have the power to preach because as a nation we still don’t have the money power to preach. What I mean is that I dislike the power of ‘money talks’ and violence silencer’ no matter who is using them.

  14. Hi Greatbong
    Nice post.
    I think this whole thing is just ridiculous. It just shows how easy it is for a few rabble-rousers to rouse up the rabble. This post from Sepia Mutiny makes an interesting observation: Moslems feel like drawing characterization of Mohammad is blasphamous, as if Mohammad were God. But original reason Mohammad said that no one should make images of him was so people would not worship him like a deity.

    Here is another interest point of view on this subject.

    My view: if Islam is threatened by a few silly comics then what does that say about Islam?

  15. excellent piece!!

    and well, one of the links (sepia mutiny one on M F Hussain’s affair with Lord Saraswathi) has an extra h in http. Fix it, if it is worth it.

  16. It is things like these that make me glad that I am an atheist. Just feels good to be living a life without getting offended by such trivial things.

  17. Good post. Its great that you can make this hillarious.

    The one and only one person who has kept his cool and used his brains is Ahmed Abu Dayya, a shop keeper in Gaza. He ordered for a lot a Danish flags cos he knew they would be in great demand. He’s been selling them for $11 a piece. lol
    (thanks mosilager for that link)

    I have always felt that we are always waiting and searching to get offended. We have open wounds and run around in the crowd and wait for someone to poke at it and complain – this am saying from the experince of living in a hidnu religious south indian family in Mumbai. I just got bored of religion.

  18. Just wondering, if the Saudi can impose laws imprisoning and whipping people for eating during ramadan or worshipping other gods and justify it under their customs and their laws, why can’t Denmark follow it’s laws and customs and make fun of other religions? Its not like they are arresting muslims is it?
    Wonder what would happen if I wanted to put up a huge Ganesha in Saudi Arabia or Iran, would they let it stay there since removing or defacing it would hurt my religious sentiments?

  19. Wonderful post. This one issue that is as grey as they come. This is another hilarious take on the issue. Purportedly written by an Arab in UK it has precise potion of humour and just exposes the fraud brilliantly. I got the link from Nilu’s blog. It takes a slightly harsher stance regarding behaviour by the Muslim world. Warning: The post contains historical images Mohammed in paintings since ancient times so for those of you who have problems do not visit.

  20. Funny, insightful post.

    As I have often mentioned on my blog, Muslims are — far from being a barbaric race — a very shrewd people. They know when to act aggressors and when to act victims. They go on rampage all over the world, and strangely, end up finding sympathizers. After all why do they have trouble with almost every religion in the world?

    Even I didn’t like the cartoons but hey, big deal; no reason to torch embassies and let out war cries. But do they need a reason?

    The Muslim world is a frustrated world and they shall remain so unless they learn to be tolerant and respectful towards other faiths. They themselves are inviting such crude cartoons. Apart from a few countries like the UAE, Jordan, Turkey etc., no Muslim countries are developed. They have despotic leaders and they themselves are busy fighting tribal wars. If we keep blaming the Americans or the Europeans all the time we’ll just keep beating the dead horse without finding the real solution. They need internal catharsis, desperately, otherwise they’ll not only destroy themselves, they’ll even destroy the world.

    Amrit
    http://www.writingcave.com

  21. The European Muslim discontent can be understood in the context of anti-immigrant/anti-ISlam sentiments in Europe. Denmark is not well known for its tolerance to immigrants and unlike UK or the US is unused to them. They have a far right anti immigrant party, one of whose members called “Muslims a caner on Europe” and asked that they be exterminated. The septagenarian Queen Margrethe has repeatedly made statements that one must oppose Islam. Not exactly at atmosphere friendly and welcoming of their Muslim minority

    Re, Danish flags- a friend in Lahore tells me the crowds are burning American flags which are apparently available in large numbers across the Middle East. American flag manufacturers never miss out on a business oppurtunity

  22. I surely laughed … but at the knee jerk reactions … and by your splendid posts.

    I laugh even when somebody files a PIL in SC of India about some “important” issue. The important issue is that a horse was shown (in a movie) running a long distance. They claim the horse was ill-treated. But how come these people ignore the ill-treated people across rural India? Why there is no PIL for the same?

    I begin to relate these issues along similar lines… these are (tragic) comedies.

    People show knee jerk reactions to the least “important” issues whereas serious issues like humanity hardly gets any attention.

  23. I think that if the world has to be truly cosmopolition than one has to be a little sensitive to each other’s natural weaknesses and feelings.

    Why should innocent people die in the name of freedom of expression though it maybe totally justified in the liberal context. Why can’t god and religion be left alone-there are plenty of other themes for artistic expression. Even the film people sometimes show stuff best not shown and pass it off as freedom of expression wheras in reality it camouflages their commercial interest.
    Unless circumspection and sensitivity to others feeling is not there, these incidents will continue to happen and someday catapult to a 9/11.

    Then instead of “Nobody is laughing”, “Everybody shall be crying”

  24. I dont have much time on my hands..so Ill just say …simply brilliant. One of your best writing. So mature, and as someone said, so balanced.

    Completely agree with eveyting you said and got the underlying hints as well. Lovely.

  25. @Anon1: Yes I am curious too. Hindus and cows are a safe target.

    @Tarit: And precisely because of that reason perhaps they felt they could get away with it. No such luck.

    @Supremus: The Muslim world reacts exactly the way there are lampooned to react in the first place with the result that stereotypes are further strengthened.

    @Vasabjit: Pity more so because of the people’s lives which have been lost over such a trivial, non-issue (of course seen from a rationalist POV)

    @AndyS: I agree with you—when I meant both sides I meant the newspaper and not the Danish government. And if you look at what I wrote again you will see that I have criticized the connection made by the protesters between an independent newspaper and a government. However for the citizens of the Muslim world it is nigh impossible to even understand what press freedom is, let alone their total independence from the government because coming from autocrato-theocratic societies it is a concept foreign to them.

    @Mosilager: Wow. Thanks for the link. Answers the mystery.

    @AQC: Thank you thank you—the pen is mightier..

    @JAP: MSM—contacts??

    @Dipanjan: Brilliant ! I think you just may have hit upon the right answer.

    @Asterix: Of course they wouldnt have the guts—I am sure the Danish newspaper people thought this would be a bit of innocent fun among its conservative reading hinterland…

    @Varsha: Hussain is a clown. Enuff said.

    @Ashwin: Yes certainly. Therein lies the irony.

    @Nachowski: 😉

    @Dev: Prophet Muhammad made strong anti-idolatory strictures part of Islam because of the political dictats of the day—he was fighting a tribe of people who worshipped idols. Unfortunately, despite the fact that the historical context has long ceased to be relevant , people keep on taking the words at their face value.

    @yourfan: Right. But I would prefer it to remain that way–I dont want Hindus to use the Islamic “standard” reaction as a “template” for the way we are supposed to deal with things which we do not agree to.

    @Michael: What it says is that its believers are opposed to any POV contrary to what they think is right—and this is concomitant to the fanaticism that Islam has become today. The voices of reason from the Islamic world are drowned out by the sheer mass of “let’s kill the Kafirs”.

    @Zero: Thank you…fixed.

    @Anil: I am glad I am aethist too.

    @Thinks Heyz: Which just goes to show that the capitalist always wins.

    @Anonymouse: Double standards? Need I say more.

    @Chetan: Nice one that.

    @Amrit: Agree. And what I find frightening is the swing to radical Islam as perpetuated in the most tolerant of the Islamic countries—Egypt….one of the few places where dissent was once allowed.

    @Red: Tell me about it. I had a horrible, border-line racist incident at the Copenhagen Airport about which I have blogged earlier.

    @Bonatellis: Thank you..

    @DrAbhishek: Thank you..

    @Anonymous: One man even tried a PIL against Rahul Gandhi for holidaying with his Venezuelan girlfriend despite the fact that the were not man and wife. Go figure !

    @Hiren: God left alone? Am afraid that the idea of “God” is so overpowering it cannot be left alone. Ideally it should be—but it’s just not going to happen.

    @Mind Curry: Point.

    @yourfan2: Thank you…BTW I wrote the Book Fair post on your suggestion…looking forward to your detailed comments/opinions once you have some more time.

    @Prahathalan: Oh yes of course.

  26. All muslims, moderate or not, were offended and the publishers have committed a grave mistake by taking on the person whose integrity all muslims are thaught to defend by their lives.

    Nevertheless i do not condone the overreaction which is flaring at an uncontrolled pace. Its scary actually.

    -a ‘moderate’ muslim and a greatbong fan 🙂

  27. Greatbong

    I think that two more issues have to be taken into consideration, firstly the real context of Muslims in Europe, Muslims in Europe are at the very bottom of European society. That is to say that they are the poorest and most vulnerable section of society there and therefore the publishing of this cartoon is actually mocking the belief system of the most vulerable in European society. What I am trying to put forward here is that this actually has a certain class connotation here, the ‘Christian cartoons’ would not be published also because of class issues and not so much religious ones.

    The second issue that I believe to be important is the whole question of the imaging and the international Islamic community. With 9/11, Abu Garib, protests in Palestine and now these cartoons the Islamic community has found themselves being imaged in a particular way by a largely white owned and controlled mass media system. In fact the Islamic community is constantly being bombarded by such images over which they have little control or even power to send back images in the same medium. For example the only reaction we have seen to the cartoons are protest marches that are often violent, how come media rarely shows us any other sort of reaction, more interviews for example, where opinions actually have a chance to be expressed? Or for another example, how many times have we seen the images of the twin towers crashing down, heard victims stories… but how often have we seen buildings come crashing down because of bombing in Iraq, or heard victims stories? There is a definite imbalance of media imaging and representation at work here.

  28. Very good post..the replies too have been giving different views to the entrie issue. As far as i think..some people are taking this opportunity to show the frustrations in personal lives out as protests. If you look at the places where these protests have been held, largly include people who are either mentally or economically suffering. When i say mentally suffering..reasons may be many. It could be a long waging war( as in palestine) or the inherent hatred towards the west( as it is usually in the sub-continent).But anyways, a big issue made out of nothing.

    Once again..beautifully written article..enjoyed it..

  29. It’s another thing that the movie’s protagonist travels to India and Pakistan in order to find out the answer to his question—-reflecting the general cluelessness of Americans in figuring out even the definition of what the “Muslim world” is.

    The top 4 Muslim countries are
    Indonesia 182.2 m
    Pakistan 136.9 m
    Bangladesh 115.0 m
    India 108.6 m

    Too quick to call the foreigner clueless ….

  30. @Anon1: Yes we wonder how he got away.

    @Kele Panchu: Thank you

    @Para Changra: Do agree to the points you raise.

    @Coolneil: Thanks..

    @Anon: Yes I do…there are just too many comments there..most of them rubbish

    @Did not read the full post: Saved yourself some moments of your life by not reading the full post. Which you should have put to better use by not copying these stats and trying to make a rather rather “literal” point.

    Numbers do not a nation make—the word “Muslim nation” has a very different semantics from what India is…and Indian Muslims hardly represent the ultra-violent, quick-to-take-offense-and-firebomb, engaged-in-a-war-of-civlizations “Islamic world” representatives who are reputed to be humor-challenged. Which is the point I made.

  31. The words “plagiarism”, if you do not quote from references.

    Brother atleast give the original writer his fair share of credit. This is also called as “stealing”.

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