IRSHAD SALIM — I’ll be telegraphic: For weeks now, I’ve been sharing with a young Indian friend Z — granular news on the situation in India — as the world sees them, and there have been no word, no sharings from his side, only Silence. Silence. Silence. Earlier, we have been sharing “all the news that’s fit to print” and views and phews, etc.
Today, however, he responded — with a videoclip — a rendering by Zafar Gorakhpuri. “Dukh Sukh Tha Ek Sabka”.
It broke the silence, just as a Czech Chandelier falls on a polished dance floor and broken crystals hit the roof!
Truly, sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
Z said: “Muslims stopped learning some time in the 9th century. Ghazali put an end to philosophy. Philosophy became a challenge to faith. It got replaced by Sufism. Divorce to science and technology. And welcome to khurafaat and superstition. By 18th century the gap between the Europeans and the Muslims became unbridgeable”.
I felt that his wandering Aligarian mind was going through seefee (seeing thru feeling) and bursting stream of consciousness.
“In spite of two terrible wars in the last century, the west keeps rising. And the Muslims keep falling, specially Arabs,” he added.
“This is a very scary situation. Don’t know where it will end”.
I’ve decided to archive Z’s words in “Voices of Wisdom” on the situation in India and Kashmir.