requires that Muslims give up the political, literal and
fundamentalist interpretation of Islam and its traditional law codes
that prevents them from accepting the laws of a non-Islamic state.
They cannot continue to hold to Islamic expansionist ideas or see
their political identity in terms of their religion. In this regard
we can look to the example of Hindus and Buddhists in America and
Great Britain who are good citizens of their countries, yet have not
become Christians or necessarily adopted all of American culture.
For Indian Muslims to be true Indians
they must see their political identity in national, not religious
terms. They must integrate into the society and not isolate
themselves in their separate communities. They must also face the
fact that Muslims have a history of aggression against India that
Indians have every right to protect themselves against, whether from
Muslims trying to destabilize the country from the outside or from
They must identify themselves
politically with their country and not with the Arabs or Pakistanis.
Certainly this may be a challenge, though it is hardly impossible.