Indonesia’s Moderate Islam Forum and the BJP

On Friday, August 26, 2022, The Print published an article regarding a summit planned by the largest Muslim organization in Indonesia, home to the world’s largest population of Muslims, hoping to “quell the ideas of radical Islam and extremism and promote moderatism.” Language like this already rings alarm bells, considering the notorious Prevent and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)’s strategy of delineating arbitrary markers of radicalization, and entrapping Muslims under what becomes effectively a police state. The nail in the coffin, so to speak, is the presence of a central committee member, Ram Madhav, a BJP politician who once served as General Secretary of the party and is a member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The BJP is India’s ruling party, and current Prime Minister Modi was an architect of the 2002 Gujarat massacre of Muslims. Continue reading Indonesia’s Moderate Islam Forum and the BJP

A Christmas Conundrum

Last night I sat with my grandmother as she flipped through the TV channels, until a Christmas segment caught her eye. She halted at DMC, a local ‘general entertainment’ and news channel. Although not evidently in cahoots with the State, one needn’t really confirm that in Egypt. (Surviving) independent channels toe the State line regardless. If they really want to thrive, they’ll accommodate its propaganda. … Continue reading A Christmas Conundrum