Islamic Voice A Monthly English Magazine

DHU'L HAJJ - MUHARRAM 1424 H
February 2004
Volume 17-02 No : 206
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Editorial


Sharing a Vision of a New World

Sharing a Vision of a New World

It was a rare coincidence that two world bodies, ideologically poles apart, the World Economic Forum and the World Social Forum met last fortnight. The first, a club of investors and captains of industry in pinstriped suits, gathered in Alpine slopes of Davos in Switzerland and the other, a representative of the underdogs gathered a motley crowd of 'marginalised people' in the humid, polluted Mumbai. Few Muslims took notice of the events. It passed by us, for neither Muslims are producers of a single, globally recognised brand product nor the ones who are conscious of imperialist stranglehold tightening around them and the nations they inhabit. The nearly 75,000 delegates, including Nobel laureates, writers, film makers, artistes, researchers, and ideologues who formed this rainbow coalition discussed as to how industry-led capitalism has accumulated riches, power and thereby authority in few hands. How the transnational media peddles and foists wasteful products and services on the hapless masses all over the globe, leaving the nature agasp for breath. How the mighty war lobbies build a nexus with schools of strategic studies and promote war with a condescending media mouthing jingoism, inventing excuses and manufacturing consent and thereby lending a ring of credibility to the devious and diabolical designs of the neo-imperialists. How the Bretton Woods institutions, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, gain control into the smaller national economies and get them to subserve the neo-colonialist interests of the West. How the ever-widening income gap between the 15 per cent white, resourceful races and 85 per cent under-fed, un-washed masses elsewhere incites social conflicts, genocide, wars, narco-traffic, trade in humans, and proliferation of hazardous arms. How the West demolishes walls in Berlin, but raises a tougher, more formidable one in Palestine. How its stooge, the United Nations acquiesces to war in Afghanistan and is found totally impotent in stopping the one in Iraq. Nearly 800 workshops on poverty, AIDS, sustainable development, debt, social conflicts, terrorism, people's right over land and resources, harmony between man and nature, commercialisation of civic utilities et al figured out the vast agenda for action. There were umpteen number of intellectuals who questioned if the world could be a place worth living half a century hence, what with people getting addicted to wasteful consumption and lifestyles simply beyond the rate of their regeneration. There were questions as to how to democratise the UN which lends veto to nations harbouring less than a fifth of the humanity. There was introspection on nationalism joining the category of primordial intolerances a la racism, casteism, fanaticism, communalism, tribalism and medievalism. There was concern that monopolised media was increasingly becoming the trumpeteer of the minuscule clique in the West that hinders freedom of expression rather than helping the voiceless. Undoubtedly, the World Social Forum is a protest movement, sans sanction to implement its agenda. But the concerns it voiced, are indeed the ones that perturb the entire humanity, including the Islamic world. It is where, one comes across the scope for fusing and merging the vision of a world that is free of hunger, disease, illiteracy, debt, exploitation, family values, gender justice, preservation of nature, peace without denial of justice and equality. Gaps remain and fault lines do run between the two visions, but Islam's essentially egalitarian character gels finely with any movement that envisions a world without injustice, war, racial hatred, religious discrimination and national prejudices, all maladies that currently afflict the world and are promoted by the West through its aggressive colonial designs. It is here that Muslim participation in the fora such as WSF would have ensured sharing, interspersing and inter-splicing of vision for an equitable world. And also because the new face of colonialism is aggressive, offensive and ruthless and uses Islam as a camouflage to hide its sinister designs. n

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