Is ‘terrorism’ a religion?

  No. Terrorism is not a religion. Terrorism is a tool
meant to stage a severely violent protest against a
state, against a people, against a group belonging to a
particular thought, sect, economy, or even religion. A
terrorist has a mandate from his conviction to protest by
violent means. He intends to curb the expansion, curb
the activities, foil the welfare of members of a particular
group that the terrorist and his companions find
detrimental to the existence and progress of their own
thought, sect or even religion. Therefore terrorism may
result from religious fanaticism.

  Terrorism is a form of protest. The protest intends to
draw results by destruction of  part or whole of a stream
of thought and materials. A terrorist may or may not
belong to a religion but he is trying to bring to fore his
line of thought which may be a reflexion of his religion,
or misinterpretation of his religious teachings.

  Hinduism does not advocate terrorism. Non-violence
is the basis of Hinduism. Hinduism wants all people of
all nations to live happily. It advocates the principle of
‘live and let live’. Hinduism prohibits acts which result in
death and injury. Hinduism does not teach ‘revengeful
acts’ that cause death and injury. A Hindu will not ever
desecrate gods or places of worship belonging to
another religion. This is because he or she sees the
same God as his or her own at the places of worship of
other religions.
  The Hindu does not believe that his God can be
destroyed physically. He also does not believe that God
dwells only in the place of worship. A protest staged by
a Hindu should remain non-violent and must not cause
death or injury.

  Modern Hinduism is based on secular principles and
gives stress on democracy. Hinduism is itself secular.
Democracy is based on numbers. Majority determines
the course of development, education, commerce, and
sharing of resources of the land, and fruits of man-
power. For development, education, commerce and
sharing of resources it is necessary to strengthen
democracy. Democracy survives provided there is love
for the nation and its Constitution among the citizens.
The Constitution of India is aimed at building a secular
nation in which all its citizens have freedom of religion,
and provides equal opportunity. The Constitution
ensures that all people are treated equally under Law,
and given social, economical, and political justice. It
ensures liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and
worship as well as equality of opportunity. Constitution
provides the basis for unity. Violence and terrorism do
not go well with democracy. Violent protests do not help
to strengthen either religion or other kinds of ‘ism’.

Terror Loses Battle; Terrorists lose life.
 The battle is between the terrorists and the
government which means the nation as a whole. It is
imperative for any government to act to keep law and
order. Any terrorist act will invite investigation by the
police and arrests of suspects. If there is death caused
then the investigation will be urgent and deep.
The Role of Religion in Terrorism
By Mohan Shenoy
Adyar Gopal Parivar
News Items published on this website in the past
Role of Religion in Terrorism
 By Mohan Shenoy
     The terrorists not only lose the battle but also gain
nothing from their sacrifices. Whoever resorts to
violence and terrorism fails in his or her objectives
utterly. It is said that the terrorists and their leaders
want to inflict injury to the psyche of a particular group
of people having a particular way of life, but the
victims could be other than the members of the
particular group they were targeting. They thus cause
injustice to their own religion by killing innocent
people of different faiths; and some of the victims
belong to the faith of the terrorists and so they fail in
their mission. The terrorists commit multiple murders
for which they get only scorn from the surviving
members of all the religions. The terrorists are literally
idiots and most foolish. They are usually uneducated
youth exploited by so-called intellectuals by
brain-washing. To imagine that by this killing they will
reach their objective of saving and strengthening their
own religion is a big mistake on their part.

  The Law provides punishment for those who commit
terrorist acts. Those who commit terrorist acts
regardless of which religion they belong to, will be
caught and brought to trial and given severe
punishment for their actions. Those master-minds
who planned these attacks also will not be spared.
There are many friends of these terrorists and some
of them may be hiding. They will be hunted down and
brought to trial. To prevent future attacks, and to
prevent future chances of loss of life of innocent
people by similar terrorist attacks, the terror planners
and master-minds, and also the financiers and
managers of these groups will be traced wherever
they are hiding, in whichever part of world, and
brought to trial. They must get their dues in terms of
justice for their crimes. This is going to be a long
process. In this process many innocent people losely
connected might have to be questioned or arrested to
interrogate. Interrogation could be violent and
torturous. In any case the massive edifice that is India
can not be even touched by these terrorists' attacks.
The solid and steely grit of the India psyche is
infallible. The mental entity of the terrorists can not
defeat the mental entity of India by these activities of
terrorism which result in loss of innocent lives but no
gains of any kind to the terrorist outfits.
  Hopefully a better sense may prevail upon these

Bottom Line: To whichever religion a terrorist belongs,
by birth or by naturalization, he or she is taking a
wrong path to stage his or her protest. It will go
against the Indian Constitution. The government will
be forced to act and bring the terrorist to trial and
prevent recurrence of the violence. The members of
Hindu faith should not support the terrorist even if his
or her aim and objective is in favour of Hinduism. He
or she should be discouraged from resorting to
violence. He or she should be made to adhere to the
principles of non-violence and join in peaceful
protests. He should keep faith in democracy and
achieve his objective by increasing the numbers of
members belonging to his religion by which he and his
group can have their say in the matters.

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