Regarding the rise and necessary fall of Islamophobia, and anti-Arabism in India

Why some Indians should thank Islam's civilization, not demonize it

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By Ahmed Khan, The Rahnuma Daily Editor-In-Chief (Online English)
@editor_therahnuma, editor@therahnuma.com

Hyderabad (Rahnuma) India’s Arab friends are home to over 8 million Indian Diaspora. According to the World Bank, India is the highest recipient of global remittances at $80 billion USD in 2018. Over the last three years, India registered a significant flow of NRI remittances, from $62.7 billion in 2016 to $65.3 billion in 2017 which constituted 2.7% of India’s GDP.

NRI remittance to India from GCC countries in 2016 alone amounted to nearly 50% of the total remittance, at a whopping $36 billion USD, with UAE and Saudi Arabia at nearly $25 billion USD on their own.

People who are spreading Islamophobia and anti-Arabism in the guise of somehow being a nationalist have no clue of what they are talking about, are biased and ignorant and are working to weaken India, not strengthen it.

They have no understanding of the ground realities and are brainwashed by a little lobby which is corrupt, and ironically also dependent on Gulf support, even if by manipulation.

More NRI’s live in Arab and Muslim countries then anywhere else on earth.

Inscriptions found in Mesopotamian indicate that Indian traders from the Indus Valley—carrying copper, hardwoods, ivory, pearls, carnelian, and gold—were active in Mesopotamia, that is, modern day Iraq, during the reign of Sargon of Akkad as far back as 2300 BCE. Furthermore, archaeological research at sites in Bahrain, and Oman has led to the recovery of artifacts traceable to the Indus Valley civilization, confirming trade between India and its Arab friends for over 4000 years!

Spreading anti-Arabism will never work and Islamophobia will only backfire. Muslims were prominent in Hindustan during the Golden Age of Islam, no different to how they were prominent all over the world.

That was the period of Arab-Muslim hegemony and more intellectual and scientific advancements were taking place in the Arab-Muslim world then anywhere else on the planet. That is why Hindustan welcomed Islam’s civilization with open arms and its illiterate and literate people embraced its knowledge, for economic and social advancement, no different to how India embraces the West, English, and the America created IT sector in India, despite having a nasty past with colonial Europe.

People who hate Muslims and Islam in India need to stop believing lies and stop remaining so ignorant and hateful.

Who was India’s 11th President and what role did he play in India’s ballistic missile capability? What role did this Indian Muslim, whose father was an employee at a Madrassah, play in making India a nuclear power?

In his book Wings of Fire, which Indian Muslim monarch did the 11th President of India refer to as real Missile Man of Hindustan?

‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, meaning the world is one family. That is an Indian philosophy which once gave India an identity different from all other countries. The current climate being created in India is making people stop believing in India.

Indian Islamophobes must be stoped from further eroding Indian ideals, and India’s global reputation.

People in India who hate Muslims and Islam, ought to embrace gratitude for the contributions of Islamic civilization to India’s advancement and also be taught the Vedic philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam instead.

Ahmed Khan is the Editor-In-Chief & Publisher of The Rahnuma Daily (theRahnuma.com), the online English daily edition of The Rahnuma-E-Deccan Daily (ReDD), India’s oldest Urdu daily print newspaper established in 1921. More than 81.1 million Indians identify Urdu as their language, and as per the annual INA (Indian Newspapers Association) report, ReDD ranks among the top 5 most widely circulated and read Urdu daily print newspapers throughout India. Ahmed resides in Hyderabad at his maternal ancestral home and can be contacted at, @editor_therahnuma, editor@therahnuma.com

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