Muslims, was the "PC" Card

Sun Dec 10 19:09:37 UTC 1995

	The lively debate between Conlon and Tartakov on the one hand and 
J.B.Sharma and Peter (?) Lusthaus on the other, has been useful and 
instructive (so far). To put it in a proper perspective we need to 
analyze the condition of the Hindu minority in Muslim countries. Perhaps a 
beginning could be made by generating a bibliography of studies that 
already exist on this topic.
Shrinivas Tilak

On Sun, 10 Dec 1995, Frank Conlon wrote:

> It is sometimes observed that America has no real problem with race 
> because of individuals in high places, such as General Colin Powell.
> Colleague J. B. Sharma responds to my comment by noting that India has 
> its share of Muslims in high places.  I am sorry to say I think that 
> misses the point, and very much like many white Americans, suggests that 
> Indians who happen to be Muslim should be damn grateful.  
> Sharma's shift to invoke "permanent population displacements" is a rather
> transparent rhetorical device to renew the assault upon the undifferentiated
> identity called "Muslim" and to invoke the undifferentiated identity 
> "Hindu" as a having a special claim to status of victim.
> Gary Tartakov's post (just received) strikes me as an eloquent and 
> adequate comment on this.
> Perhaps it is again time to return the list to the blood sports of indologists 
> vs. comparative religionists, the PC-wallahs vs. the Mac-wallahs,...
> Frank Conlon

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