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Jakarta Post

Global interfaith harmony

  • Anand Krishna

    Jakarta

  /   Sun, September 6 2009   /  12:35 pm

About 60 years ago, then president Sukarno scoffed at Indian shopkeepers in India who took pride in displaying their religion on their signboards, "Hindu Tea Stall", "Muslim Restaurant", and so on and so forth. Around the same time, then president Radhakrishnan of India was amazed at how we on the archipelago had preserved our culture and traditions, deeply rooted in the ancient Indus Valley civilization, irrespective of our religious affiliations. That was a reality then, but a myth now. Now, the hard reality is that a notorious cleric, totally ignorant of our age-old traditions and culture, can publicly make the threat that suicide bombings will continue if we do not adopt a sharia-based government system. The intensified police efforts to curb terrorism are not blessed by this purported man of God. Instead, he blesses the suicide bombers and calls them martyrs. In ...