Imphal, March 17,
“Our heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims. We pray God that they be granted easy relief and respite. The attack was inspired by hatred for Muslim, Islam and immigrants. Major and minor incidents of similar nature are becoming routine in the West. It is undeniable that this growing hatred corresponds to rise of right wing, white supremacist parties and leaders across Europe and America. In their attempt to advance their careers, politicians and media propagate hatred aginst minorities, immigrants and Muslims in their lands. Anti-Muslim campaigns are not controlled by Western governments. Now it threatens the very public life of Muslims in these countries. These attackers are more than mere individual fanatics gone mad. Not only fringe racial groups, even mainstream political parties in many countries are promoting such crimes. It is shameful that a micro-minority community counting less than 50,000 and amounts to only one percent of total population is projected in New Zealand as a threat to national security.”
E Abubacker wished that let this latest and worst incident of Muslim hate, prompt the sane elements in Europe and America to defeat Politics of Islamophobia and Media demonizing Muslims. He also expressed concern about the report that among the victims of these terror incidents, there are few Indians and people of Indian origin. He urged Union Minister of Foreign Affairs to extend needed support to them and to ensure safety of Muslim Indians living in New Zealand and Australia.
Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.
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