Why are not all Muslims terrorists but all Pakistanis so in an attack of terror?

Disclaimer: I’m not disrespecting my country or my country’s army. I have the greatest respect for them and their sacrifices. However, I’m a bit confused and I need your help to shape my opinion.

I’m stumped. I don’t know, I’m so confused. I am going to be firing a few questions at the rabid nationalists that have kept me wondering for a few days recently.

Please let me know what it is that I’m missing here.

Post 9/11, there was a sentiment of fear of Muslims all over the world. It was termed as Islamophobia. And it was condemned the world over. When Muslims were deported at airports just because they were Muslims, there’d be a furore in the whole world, the leaders and the media would condemn the action. And it seemed logical. Just because a few terrorists who turn out to be Muslims carry out attacks, doesn’t make every single Muslim a terrorist. There cannot be a generalization. And it was only fair.

You're right, Morpheus. Explain it to them!

You’re right, Morpheus. Explain it to them!

But then, the Uri attack happen (yeah, Pakistan sponsored. Agree.) And suddenly every Pakistani becomes a culprit?

Artists being told to go back to their country or comment and condemn the attack (which the general Muslims didn’t do too in the case of any terrorist attack committed by a Muslim at any time).

Suddenly there are celebrities stating that when things are not at peace, artists would also come under the fire. Then why shouldn’t all Muslims come under fire when there is a bomb blast by a Muslim?

Shouldn’t all individuals be allowed a peaceful existence without being burdened by the actions of their religion and their country?

You may say i'm a dreamer, but i'm not the only one..

You may say i’m a dreamer, but i’m not the only one..

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the great Indian army and I have the utmost respect for them. I just want to understand the difference here.

Again, my question is – Why are not all Muslims terrorists but all Pakistanis so in an attack of terror?

And I need your help understand this.

Rabid nationalists, it’s your time to shine! Please comment below and answer the question. 🙂

(Not-so-rabid nationalists are welcome to comment too! Please comment below and answer the question!)




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  • Vishal Garg

    Nicely put up Rajat (by asking questions rather than opinions). Atleast you can get away with Anti-nationalist remark for now. 🙂 And hey sorry because I have taken some space since you only asked for Rabid nationalists to comment 😀

    I may not be able to help you much in your confusion over here, because I kind of have similar questions :P. However things could have been interesting if you added few more questions like:

    “Will Ajay Devgan and Karan Johar stick to their recent remarks about Pak Artists if the whole situation would have been opposite (i.e. Pak artist in Shivaay and Only Indians in ADHM)?”

    Disclaimer (Copied): I’m not disrespecting my country or my country’s army. I have the greatest respect for them and their sacrifices.

  • Thank you for your reply Vishal!

    I edited and added a line to welcome not-so-rabid nationalists like you to comment too 😉

    I’m not sure about Karan Johar or Ajay Devgan but that’s not even the point. The point is, I don’t really find it just to blame every individual for something that their country is doing.

    It’s like the teacher punishing the whole class because some students were not paying attention. And that is grossly unfair!

    Thank you again for taking out the time and commenting! 🙂

  • Vishal Garg

    Can’t agree more with you.

    The teacher – student example you gave is quite good. I guess the larger problem comes when there’s hardly anybody to correct the teacher and the teacher doesn’t even understand that it was an unfair call.

  • Ila Bhardwaj

    To your question, yes of course, everyone deserves to be happy and live a peaceful life wherever they want, be it Pakistani, Indian or any other nationality. Unfortunately, life turns into an adventure, if you’re a Muslim and from Pakistan planning to even visit India forget about living there. I love my country don’t take me wrong but I wouldn’t appreciate the free movement of people between these two Nations, as it will always magnetize unnecessary mass violence, terrorism and global embarrassment. We all are in the same boat, doesn’t matter how much we try to reconcile as a normal citizen, the relations b/w India and Pakistan is getting worst day by day.

    Also, Pakistanis are already living in a world of terror and unable to fight against their existing mobilizers of mass violence within their country and if a country or a state fails to fulfill the basic criteria like security and peace because of its broken political system and degraded rule of law, then others will rule over it which obviously results in violent mobilization and radicalization of anger among communities. Now, If Pakistani actors decide to live or relocate to India, then I wish them good luck. Personally, I prefer to avoid blamestorming and wouldn’t like to live in a country where my each action or every single word is being watched out and criticized constantly. Same applies to the Indians also who wish to go to Pakistan.

    Due to the irreconcilable differences in our political system and our thought process, building bridges among these two nations is still a bone of contention.

    Also, it’s human tendency you know, they choose easiest way of resolving the conflicts or issues.
    Just like, when a part of your body has got severe infection or wounds which can’t be healed, then you need a surgery buddy. In some cases, that part of body needs to be removed.

  • Thank you for your comment, Ila. So essentially what you’re saying sums up to – if the relations between India and Pakistan are not good, artists should refrain from crossing the border to work.

    But I don’t really agree with this. See, that’s the whole point of the blog post. Why should a person be burdened with the doings of his/her country?

    That’s the whole point.

    Thanks a lot for taking the time to comment! 🙂

  • Ila

    Of course, they should. Since decades, India bent over backwards to have a peace agreement with our lovely neighbors but each effort turned out to be a catastrophe in the end. I don’t see a point to leave the door open even for further negotiations as long as Kashmir remains a sticking point. So, to be blunt, it’s better for the citizens from both countries to reside either in their own country or some other Asian, European Country or States wherever they want to. Earth is a big planet to live a happy life without opening old wounds. Try to have a tunnel vision, things are already crystal clear. We can’t move in the same circles by holding double-edged sword. Also, that’s my personal opinion, I prefer to live apart rather than holding the fire and confronting unnecessary conflict everyday.

  • Yes I agree with you but the only point that I see unfair is to blame every Pakistani for this conflict. And unless the government declares a war with Pakistan, or tells us to ban their movies and stuff officially, it is rabid and silly nationalism and I am against that.

    Thank you for your comment, Ila. Apologies your comment got delayed to be moderated from the backend.