I took birth in a Muslim family. But we are Muslims WITH A DIFFERENCE. My father was a freedom fighter. During my childhood I have seen Acharya Vinoba Bhave visited our house thrice. My name is EDWARD, my son’s name is RAHUL. I was sent to a Ramakrishna Vedanta Ashram to get my first education. These facts transpire the secular nature of my parents.
I have read Quran sharif. In Quran sharif , in Surah Kaferun Allah says “ La kum Dinukum Wa Liyadin” which means “ My religion is mine, your religion is your, there is no conflict between religion”. I was deeply shocked when I read on a Newspaper that in Pakistan , few Hindu children were badly beaten up only because they drank water from a water tap of a masjid. This is not Islam. Confining females inside house, as done by Talibans in Afghanistan is also not Islam. Wife of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad…Ayesha Siddiqa used to go to the battle field. Killing of innocent people is also not Islam. My name is Khan has truly projected what Islam is. Once a Muslim gentleman of our locality was rejoicing over the defeat of Indian cricket team by Pakistani team. I asked him “Who will extinguish fire if your house catches fire, who will take you to hospital if you get a heart attack, your Hindu neighbours or any one from Pakistan ?”. Maine unse puchha “ Kya aap ko pata hai Islam ye kehta hai ki agar zaroorat pade to apni watan ke liye jaan tak qurban kar do?”. I asked him “ do you know that the Muslims who have migrated from India to Pakistan ( Muhaazirs) are treated like dogs in Pakistan ?” He realized and told “ Bhaiya, aapne jo kaha woh samajhne wali baat hai, kisine is tarah se hume samjhaya nahi”. I told him I am a great fan of Imran Khan and Wasim Akram, I am a great fan of Ustaad Mehdi Hasan, Ghulam Ali, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan but I never feel happy when our Indian cricket team is defeated by Pakistan or any other team in the world.
My perception about Indo Pak relationship is most of the people of India and Pakistan are peace loving. It was good to see that in the last Parliamentary election of Pakistan, the radical forces could garner only 3 % votes. It is indeed a very positive feature. I love the people of Pakistan but I hate the terrorists of Pakistan. I hate the Government of Pakistan for not being able to curb terrorism on their soil. I hate ISI for encouraging terrorism.