The Calcutta Quran Petition: A Millennium-long Clash of Civilisations – #SangamTalk By Smita Mukerji

The “Calcutta Quran Petition” is a case study in the form of a book, written by Shri. Sita Ram Goel, based on the writ petition, (Chandmal Chopra vs State Of West Bengal And Ors, 1988 CriLJ, 739), filed in the Calcutta High Court by Mr. Chandmal Chopra, seeking ban on the religious textbook of Muslims, the Quran. In the concerned writ petition it was contended by the petitioner that the teachings of Quran incite violence, disturb public tranquillity, promote feelings of enmity, hatred and ill-will between different religious communities and insult the religion or religious beliefs of other communities in India.

The concerned petition carried detailed description of Quranic verses and their interpretations to back up the aforesaid claim. In the said petition it was prayed by the petitioner that publication of the Quran (both in arabic or its translations) must be made punishable under Section 153A and Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code and as such came within the mischief of Section 95 of the Cr. P. C., 1973. As a public authority the respondent (State of West Bengal) had a duty to invoke the said Section 95 of the Cr. P. C. and to forfeit all copies of the Koran and seize the same wherever found in India.

The most vital factor that a wise strategist would keep in mind while being at war is: gaining knowledge about the enemy. What can be worse than being a nation under a siege extending over a millennium, without the slightest idea about the nature of the adversary it was dealing with? Yet this has been a singular failing of Hindus, locked in a tussle of life and death with invading ideologies sworn to obliterate its existence. The Hindus never made any attempt to study and know the aggressive Abrahamic beast assailing their nation, the ways in which it acts. And therefore our struggle has been one of continuous diminution, with no perspective gained and no lessons learnt from our innumerable losses. Time has come to break that cycle.

About Speaker: –

Born in a ‘probashi’ Bengali family based mostly in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, and daughter of a defence officer, Smita Mukerji has from the earliest years soaked in the cultures and flavours of different regions of India. This imbibed in her a sense of oneness and a deep attachment and (View More)

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