Tuesday, February 01, 2011

The good news from Egypt is that perhaps the threat of Muslim Brotherhood is exaggerated

The Hosni Mubarak regime has always used the threat of religious fundamentalism as exemplified by Muslim Brotherhood to whitewash its tainted secularist credentials. This is quite familiar to Indians. The Congress party is forever conjuring up the spectre of right-wing, fundamentalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to cover up its corruption and incompetence with the fig leaf of secularism. But people are not easily fooled after a while. The good news from Egypt is that people at large are angry with the corrupt and authoritarian ways of Mubarak, and they are not too bothered with the prospect of the Brotherhood coming to power and taking away their freedom because they seem to realise that as people they have a lot of power than they imagined themselves to possess, and even the rigid Muslim Brotherhood must fall in line with peoples' demands. Secondly, it looks like that both the strength and popularity of the Muslim Brotherhood is exaggerated. The Islamist organisation is not as powerful as its critics claim to be! Similarly, in India, the RSS remains an insignificant organisation. Majority of Indians have no time to spare for the sillinesses of an organisation like the RSS.

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