This is not about Muslim versus Hindu
We thank Charles Sugrim for his reply (titled Religion divides us) in KN letter section of August 9, 2012, to our letter “The 1991 ‘battle’ for Islam in British Guiana.”
While Mr. Sugrim made a few interesting observations and conclusions regarding the forced conversion of Hindus in Hindustan (any history student would tell Mr. Sugrim that Hindustan, included present day Pakistan, Bangladesh and India), that continues to be a subject of great debate.
Let us reiterate for those who might also be caught up in any – religion divides us ‘hysteria’ or Muslim versus Hindu – that our letter was, inter alia, focused specifically on (a) the British concern of the increase of the Muslim population in their colonies, including British Guiana as compared to the Christian population; (b) Muslims in British Guiana and their steadfastness in holding on to their religion; (c) the failure of the British in trying to convert them to Christianity in British Guiana and (d) the fear of the British of the Africans converting of their own free will to Islam in British Guiana; so let’s keep it in perspective.
Mr. Sugrim should not get carried away with any “religion divides us” paranoia. In the process he missed the gist of our letter. The discussion on the forced conversion of Hindus by the Sultans in India is a subject that was addressed by many, including us in a previous letter to the press a few years ago.
We cannot change history, nor are we trying to rewrite it, but we just want readers, based on documented facts, to be aware of some of the trials and tribulations that our Muslim ancestors were faced with in their new homeland – British Guiana.
Again we want to thank Mr. Sugrim for his discourse on the subject.