I am 72 today, thanks to all of you.

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The Navkar Mantra of Jainism and Sura Rahman of the Quran inspire me to write this note of gratitude to get me reach my new milestone today. Many religions and great souls like Prophet Muhammad, Jesus, Gandhi, Buddha, Krishna, MLK, Mother Teresa, Jimmy Carter, and others influence each of my days.

  1. Thanks to the creator for giving me a good life
  2. Thanks to my parents and family, who gave me an excellent beginning 
  3. Thanks to my sister Dilshad for the best sister anyone could ask for
  4. Thanks to my two kids, their spouses, and their grandkids, who are my joy
  5. Thanks to my wife Fatima for being the best life partner I could ever ask
  6. Thanks to Everett Blauvelt for being a father figure to me
  7. Thanks to my friends AbuSaleh Shariff, Adil Khan, Zafar Iqbal, Indrajit Saluja, OS Modgil, Andra Baylus, and Charles Stevenson, 
  8. Thanks to my friends for their great friendships; there are many to thank! 
  9. Thanks to my mentors for guiding me through life
  10. Thanks to Dr. Amer Suleman, Late Dr. Hind Jarrah, Dr. Basheer Ahmed, Dr. Nauman Anwar, Dr. Harbans Lal, Rev. Bill Matthews, and others for being a good guide. 
  11. Thanks to my Doctors, Nurses, and Techs for keeping me going
  12. Thanks to my passion for Pluralism that gives purpose to my life
  13. Thanks to the couples I have officiated marriages, they are good to me
  14. Thanks to all my Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and other friends.   
  15. Thanks to all my bosses for giving me good guidance
  16. Thanks to all my teachers for putting me on the right path.
  17. Thanks to everyone who has uplifted me throughout my life.
  18. The list is too long to thank, but they know I appreciate them, and I know and see them each time I think of them.  

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Can we counter misinformation about India?

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Washington Post, “Covert Indian operation seeks to discredit Modi’s critics in the U.S.”

It is one of the most extended reports on the ugly business of disinformation. I urge every passionate Indian who cares about correcting the false narratives by the “Disinformation Lab” to read this article. 

It is a wholesale operation to destroy critics of Modi, Christians, Muslims, Dalits, and Sikhs (they added Buddhists to the list recently). Their goal is to paint these groups as anti-Indian and goading the Hindutva forces (Nothing to do with Hindus or Hinduism) to lynch, burn, and reduce these people to 2nd class citizens and deprive them of all citizenship rights.

If these men spent the same time and money building a cohesive India where we got along and focused on development, India would be a more progressive nation. India has a vast potential to be a great nation when all its citizens produce instead of scheming to reduce fellow Indians into destitution.

I know a few Indians here in Washington who spread false information produced by the likes of Robert Spencer and the infamous Indian IT cells. They don’t even read it when I respond to them but keep sending similar stuff. Imagine innocent Hindus who may swallow all that material and hate fellow Indians and live in tension or apprehension. The good news is that most Indians of all traditions are common sense good people and do not buy into the divisive propaganda. We must find true freedom and live a happier life.

There is a way out if we, the caring Indians, create centers to bust false information with correct information. Let’s become the promoters of goodwill and build a cohesive India, an India where everyone focuses on development rather than devastation. 

We must passionately contribute our time and money and create a corporation to dispel myths. 

Mike Ghouse cares about the well-being of Indians and India.

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Washington Post – https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2023/12/10/india-the-disinfo-lab-discredit-critics/

Dangers to Israel and the United States

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Every ‘thinking’ human should understand this interview with Col. Douglas McGregor; he lays out a clear path that does not include war but solutions. I can’t believe Tucker Carlson is calm and collected and got the best interview out of the Colonel. 

I urge my friends to see and read different points of view to get the whole picture; those Jews who do not see the Palestinian perspective and those Muslims who do not see the Jewish perspective are short-changing themselves. You can disagree with me, but you can’t discount.

The bloodthirsty warmongers among us are excited to get the momentary satisfaction and compromise on the future of Israel, Palestine, and the U.S. The lives of all people should matter if we have an ounce of humanity left in us. Let’s shed our short-sighted thinking and genuinely look for the security of Israel and Justice for the Palestinians; one will not happen without the other.

Netanyahu has consistently lied to us about Iraq and Iran and made us jump the hoops to kill others and get our soldiers killed. He also told us to support Mubarak of Egypt; thank God Obama had the guts to reject him and instead asked Mubarak to step down. Had Obama not done that, the Egyptians and us would have a repeat of the Iranians and us. The Egyptians respected us, knowing we were not with their tyrant Mubarak but with them. Obama saved our relationship with them, and it was good for Israel in particular and the U.S. in general. I have no idea why our dumb, warmonger presidents obey Netanyahu and bring destruction to us, the Americans, and Israel in the long run. What is their fear to do the right thing?

Security for Jews and Palestinians should be our motto and keep us from piling up guilt. I hope our president repeats this mantra whenever he opens his mouth instead of supporting death and destruction. He has nothing to lose, but Israelis and Palestinians lose their lives.

God gave animals horns, paws, and Jaws to settle their disputes by sometimes killing each other, and gave us a tongue to dialogue. We can live in peace and security if we do that at every cost. We must resist these brainless men and start a campaign called “Dialogue, not Destruction.” 

To my Jewish friends, yes, I have condemned Hamas and also condemned Israel for killing civilians. I have shared all that I have written in my emails. I need to put that down here on the website when I get some time.

Video segments

(2:00) Col. Douglas Macgregor

(4:20) Threats to the homeland

(6:12) Iran & its missiles

(13:00) Going into Gaza

(19:40) American hostages

(22:45) Impact on the American economy

VIDEO: https://x.com/tuckercarlson/status/1716574971206500570?s=48&t=xVaC2K0F6CDTkuSuzbYC2w

Mike Ghouse is a social scientist, a pluralist, and an interfaith wedding officiant. He offers pluralistic solutions to the media and the public on issues of the day.


Mike Mohamed Ghouse Wedding Officiant of America

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Dr. Mike Mohamed Ghouse is a social scientist, pluralist, and an Interfaith Wedding Officiant. Since 1999, he has officiated over 250 weddings between Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Jews, Humanists, Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists, and others. Through consultations with the couple and, if needed, the parents, he skillfully customizes the proceedings to include their faith and cultural traditions. They can choose Interfaith, Nikah, Civil, Hindu, Christian, or any combination. You can text him with your name(s) and email(s) to (214) 325-1916 to set up a conversation to discuss how you want your wedding to be. 

God puts love between two individuals from among millions of people in HIS universe to live in peace, tranquility, and harmony (Quran 30:21). Indeed, when two individuals are in love, the ultimate milestone of their relationship is marriage. He will travel within the United States, Canada, Mexico, and other places when his schedule permits to officiate the weddings.

Dr. Ghouse fully supports the work of Muslims for Progressive Values. He is the founder & president of the Center for Pluralism (CFP). Established in 1996, CFP is committed to building cohesive societies where everyone feels secure in their faith, religion, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual, and political orientation. He also manages a think tank called World Muslim Congress, inclusive of all Muslim denominations and focused on teaching values of Islam (you can call it original or progressive Islam). He has written a well-researched 5000 words chapter, “Can A Muslim Woman Marry A Non-Muslim?” in his book America Muslim Agenda, available on Kindle & Amazon.

He is a public speaker, thinker, author, consultant, pluralist, activist, and newsmaker. He is deeply committed to free speech, human rights, and pluralism in religion, politics, societies, and the workplace. He has dedicated his life to building a cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions to the media and policymakers on issues of the day. Everything about him is on his website. Please Download the Marriage Services Package from to learn about our services and for contact information of our officiants/imams.

​A tribute to President Musharraf

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Najma and Mike Ghouse with President Musharraf

We always learn memorable things from a few people, and that learning helps us for a lifetime. It was a post-9/11 conference set up by the Press Club in Washington, DC. President Musharraf was the speaker, and Najma and I went there to listen to him. He was the man of the hour, and I learned a life lesson from him.

The place was jam-packed, and President Musharraf was in high demand. The press conference was over, and he was dashing out of the hall. I wanted to talk to him about his replacement plans and Cricket diplomacy. I was President of the Noth Texas Cricket Association then.

There was no chance to meet him, but one of my Indian friends said, place yourselves in front of him. She was correct; as he was walking out, his bodyguard was paving the way for him to walk through the crowd. I jumped in front of him and said, Sir, I want just three minutes of your time to hear your replacement plans and to resume Cricket with India. Maleeha Lodhi was shouting that they didn’t have the time. I stood in his way firmly, then he said, ok, I will give your three minutes and no more.

I asked Sir, should something happen to you, do you have a person to replace you with the same vision? He said he had a plan but did not want to share, I pushed, but he did not. Maleeha interrupted several times that they had to go to the White House. He turned toward her and said, do not interrupt me, I had given this man 3 minutes, and now I will give seven minutes. About Circket, he said it is between the Cricket boards of India and Pakistan. He put the responsibility on the Indian Cricket Board. We had four additional minutes with him. He liked that Najma was a Pakistani American and I was an Indian American. He listened to her intently about her volunteerism for both communities and amazingly repeated almost every word she said in affirmation. What a great listener he was!

One of the biggest lessons I learned from President Musharraf was how to listen. Hundreds of journalists were in the hall, but the 7 minutes he gave were seven minutes of listening and talking. In those precious moments, the world did not exist for him but for Najma and me. I am doing my best to be a good listener, which is helping me consult with couples looking to get married, Nikah, or Interfaith Marriages. The President was a good listener. Think about how much time we waste “hearing” the other person but not listening. It is efficient to be a good listener. Inna Lillahi O inna Ilahi ur Rajeeoon.

Please note – Even though I learned a life lesson from President Mushraffa for which I am grateful, I did not like him – Had he not usurped the power and attacked India in Siachen, BJP would not have gained strength, with every one of the 1. 2 billion Indians rallied behind the Indian Government. Modi would not have come to power, and the calls for genocide of Muslims and Christians would not have been allowed. Most Indians are good people, and a small segment is wreaking havoc. India is going down the tube in social cohesion. I pray Bharat Jodo Yatra will awaken fellow Indians to shed hatred and start caring for each other and accepting each other as Indian and nothing less.

Mike Ghouse is a social scientist, speaker, newsmaker, and Wedding Officiant.
More about him at www.TheGhouseDiary.com

Bharat Jodo Yatra – God bless India

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Bharat Jodo Yatra is in the interests of Indians to sustain democratic institutions and democracy in India. The freedom that we have had for 75  years is gradually waning.

Rahul Gandhi hugging two old women during Bharat Jodo Yatr.

Rahul Gandhi hugging two old women during Bharat Jodo Yatra
Rahul Gandhi with a little girl, and on the right, helps a girl with her shoes.

“Bharat Jodo Yatra is a timely initiative to bring Indians together. It does not matter who took the lead, but it is the right thing to do. India is a great nation and will remain one, and a few transitory individuals cannot wipe out its 5000-year-old history. It is foolish to think Hinduism is in danger; who are you to save it? Sanatana Dharma does not need greedy defenders to take advantage of it. Its eternal values of pluralism and coexistence will outlive all the small men that have come and gone.”

By Mike Ghouse

Are we not happy when we function together, work together, study together, eat and live together with fewer conflicts and tensions? Aren’t we most pleased with each other in a family, neighbors, and community if we do not hate each other?

We were born to live in harmony. God has created everything in balance except our interactions with each other. Look around you. Look at the Sun and its planets arranged to go in circles with precision. The earth goes around the Sun in 24 hours, and it has been doing this for millions of years; not only that, it tilts at certain angles to give us the needed seasons of sustenance. Our body is programmed to function together, provided we feed it right. We can do the right thing with our freedom and live in peace or screw it up and live in tension. What creates disharmony? It is our interactions with each other that create discord, conflicts, and divisiveness in society. It is taking a toll on all Indians. Most Indians live in tension; the threateners and the threatened feel insecure. It has to change.

Bharat Jodo Yatra is a timely initiative to bring Indians together. It does not matter who took the lead, but it is the right thing to do. India is a great nation and will remain one, and a few transitory individuals cannot wipe out its 5000-year-old history. It is foolish to think Hinduism is in danger; who are you to save it? Sanatana Dharma does not need greedy defenders to take advantage of it. Its eternal values of pluralism and coexistence will outlive all the small men that have come and gone.

We are all Indians and created equal, and no one is more privileged than the other. Together as Indians, we are Hindus, Dalits, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Atheists, Nastiks, Buddhists, Bahá’í, Tribals, Jews, Bo’s, Qandharis, Bakarwals inclusive of every group of Indians. Anyone who breathes the air of the land, drinks the water, eats the food, and or chooses to be an Indian is an Indian.

We should not allow any evil force to pit one Indian against another. If patriotic, they must work for an exemplary. We should ask them to join us and build a cohesive India where authentic sab ka Saath, sab ka vikaas ho. Sab ka Samman ho, aur sab ko nyay mile.

The divisive Hindu-Muslim rhetoric has got to go. The politicians are the ones who gained from this nonsense. Did the average Indian gain anything from it other than being fooled?

We have to figure out how to co-exist with the least friction. It is in your interests, my interest, and everyone’s interest to have justice, which gives birth to sustainable peace and prosperity. Our motherland is sliding down on scales of poverty, economic growth, and social cohesion, and we must put brakes to this slide.

We need Bharat to be mukt from bad governance. Good governance is being accountable to the public. The top leader must hold press conferences, answer questions in the parliament, and fearlessly put himself to give difficult interviews to the pressmen like Karan Thapar, Ravish Kumar, and Arfa Khanum. True democracy is when the leaders are open to criticism and welcome it instead of harassing the critics. If Modi had children, he would have enriched them. However, he has enhanced his friend’s wealth by giving away profitable public businesses to them without offering bids to the public.

Modi’s lust for power and control is shameful and is worse than any dynastic rule. He chooses to remain silent when the nation is burning with hate and calls for genocide are made relentlessly. All this corruption and destruction has to come to an end.

Bharat Jodo Yatra reminds me of the Bharat Choro Yatra initiated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1942. Its demand was an immediate end to British rule over India. It was known as the Quit India Movement that led the British to run away.

Bharat Jodo Yatra is in the interests of Indians to sustain democratic institutions and democracy in India. The freedom that we have had for 75 years is gradually waning.

Watching the Bharat Jodo Yatra and Rahul Gandhi meeting ordinary Indians on the walk is a joy. No one other than Mahatma Gandhi was this fearless. These men are born once every 100 years to restore Dharma in society. Rahul has no fear even though he lost his grandmother and father to terrorism. He has set the movement to bring Indians together, and the momentum will pick up on its own. The Indians are reasonable people, and harmony is in their DNA even though momentarily they are lost following the pied piper.

After Mahatma Gandhi’s abrupt death, Indians were looking for another Mahatma who was unselfish and did not lust for power but cared for fellow Indians to live in harmony.

We may have that Mahatma reincarnated in Rahul and we wish great success to the yatra to bring Indians together for the common good.

First published at https://www.theindianpanorama.news/opinion/as-i-see-it/bharat-jodo-yatra-what-does-it-mean/
Jai Hind!

(Mike Ghouse is the CEO and founder of the Center for Pluralism and an interfaith wedding Officiant. He offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day to the media, policymakers, and others. More about him at www.TheGhouseDiary.com)

RELATED ARTICLES WORTH READING: 11/06/2023 – Article by Ramachandra Guha, India’s prominent Historian on Modi Cult and its dangers. It is one of the best summaries of the Modi cult.  https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/11/04/modi-india-personality-cult-democracy/

Paving the road for Indian Muslims

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It is a powerful video message for Muslims everywhere. Sameer Ahmed Siddiqui seems to be paving the way for Indian Muslims to change their future.

Sameer mentioned digitizing history; even if transitory rulers wipe out the records, the narrative will remain in the digital world.

A few years ago, I talked to a wealthy Indian Muslim about building a Muslim History Museum; he was interested in the return on his investment and not preserving the Muslim heritage. I guess he will die with a lot of money left behind to be squandered by his offspring. I appeal to my rich friends to do something lasting and enjoy its results while they are alive. It is real happiness when you see the fruition of your investment in creating a better world. 

Sameer urged everyone to study IAS, and he and his group are training the seekers. Indeed, that’s the best civil society education syllabus. It has enriched us and empowered us with the knowledge of our country. I can vouch for it; both Abusaleh Shariff and I studied for IAS through self-study in the Bangalore University Library and the Bangalore Central Library and passed but failed in the viva-voce. 

Sameer is correct; as a community, Muslims do not have a ten-year, twenty-year, or hundred-year plan. We need to write one for India. Thanks to Allah for getting me to write one for America. The book is American Muslim Agenda; it’s a plan, a road map for American Muslims to chart their course. The book is available on Amazon.

One of my friends, Javed Iqbal, wrote one on India, but that was making one too much of a Muslim and not a civil society citizen. We need a balance between Deen and Duniya. 

One of the flaws we have as a community is the focus on Aakhira. Allah has given the Hazira to live it up to the fullest and not skip it. “So which of your Lord’s blessings will you deny?” Aakhira will come anyways if we live our Hazira soundly – The most significant responsibility we (all humanity) have is sustaining harmony among his creation.   

What can empower you? Take a leadership course offered by the chamber of commerce in your city and see what it does to you. It grounds you in America and India. If you are in India, it connects you with fellow Indians. We can build secure societies by being a part of it and not apart. Razi Radiuddin wrote, “But even before Hindutva’s rise, in so-called good days” of secular India, most people of both communities did not have much affinities with each other, except a minuscule leftist liberal of both communities.” Yes, we need to build affinities, when we are paving the road map for Muslims. 

You will die one day, and all of us will. Let’s not hoard our funds like a snake, but put them to good use and watch the benefits of it to fellow humans. 

Please watch the video. It gives us hope that efforts are on an accelerated pace for Muslim empowerment. The last 3 minutes of the video must go viral.

Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW8w6HNEDzo

Thank you

Mike Ghouse 

Indians made History at Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC – a few pictures and videos

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Video by Avani Dhruv – https://youtu.be/4mXr15NpheQ

For the first time in the history of the United States, Indian Americans chose the Lincoln Memorial, one of America’s iconic monuments, to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence. 

It is time we honor President Abraham Lincoln, who took the bold first step in the emancipation of enslaved people and brought liberation to Americans, and for that, he paid the price with his life. So did the father of the Indian nation, Mahatma Gandhi, who fought brilliantly to change the societal norm of untouchability. He also paid the price for bringing freedom to India from British colonialism with his life. He achieved that without violence and set an example to the world. Today, the world looks up to Mahatma Gandhi as the Prophet of Peace and emulates his methods.   

It was a purposeful event, a homecoming to many Indians. Indeed, history was made by commemorating the event at one of America’s iconic monuments, The Lincoln Memorial.

Homecoming is a state of mind where one feels relaxed, joyful, happy, and in harmony with fellow Indians by shedding all filters of religions, languages, caste, and cultures and accepting and respecting the otherness of other Indians. 

The joy expressed by Indians at the event was overwhelming. Everyone felt like they belonged to one nation and were one people. Inclusive India was not only a slogan but action vibes to them during the event. Each time “no-politics” was mentioned, it generated emphatic nods from fellow Indians. Politics or political figures were kept entirely out of the program as they are transitory, whereas India is an eternal nation. 

A few mentioned that they had goosebumps when they joined the medley of twelve one-liner patriotic songs. They further appreciated knowing about an inclusive India in terms of Religion, culture, geography, languages, saints, and India’s enduring architectural icons.  

We were thrilled to see our youth participate in the program. The extraordinary joy came when the kids heard about Laddus, and they could not wait to get their hands on it. That is the highlight of the program – to see our youth. 

Spiritual freedom is the most outstanding achievement in one’s life, and it clings to you till eternity. The ones who can free themselves from ill-will, hostility, malice, hatred, anger, jealousy, pressure, tension, apprehension, stress, strain, and conflicts, are showered with blessings of peace and joy. It is good to be free.

PROGRAM -11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

  1. American National Anthem
  2. Indian National Anthem
  3. Diversity of India’s Greetings
  4. One-liner songs (about 12) – group sing
  5. Mere Desh Ki dharti Sohna Uglay
  6. Songs by individuals
  7. Unmatched historical religious diversity
  8. Vande Mataram
  9. Sare Jahan say achcha Hindustan Hamara
  10. Jahan Daal Daal pay sonay ki chidiya karti hai basera
  11. Inclusive India’s famous religious icons
  12. Inclusive India’s cultural Icons
  13. Non-stop Patriotic Songs – sing along
  14. Learn the beauty and wisdom of India’s inclusiveness.
  15. Distribution of Laddus – India’s popular dessert.

Anju Srivastava, “I love my India where we do not differentiate between one Indian and the other, and when I read that in the Facebook, I was tempted to witness and I am glad I came.”

Mohan Swamy, “Happy Independence Day; I have been here for the last four years, and it feels like home to see Indians celebrating Independence. I came because it was for all Indians.”

Swati Ramesh, “Glad to see our flag flying Infront of the iconic Lincoln Memorial. We are the largest democracy, and America is the first democracy where all humans are considered equal.”

Sangeeta Mathur “Bhartiya” Simlote, I am grateful to the organizers for a much enjoyable and heartwarming celebration of the 75 years of independent India. We, as Indians, free of any caste or creed, collectively sang many patriotic songs. This was also joined by visitors from Canada who stopped by when they saw the Tiranga. It was followed by the distribution of the traditional laddoos. Mike ji had a handle on everything so well. It was all in all a great event.

Mike Ghouse, “We are proud of our heritage – a multi-faith, multi-cultural, multi-regional and multi-linguistic society, where we have come to accept and respect every way people have lived. For over 5000 years, India has been a beacon of pluralism – it has embraced Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Baha’i, and Zoroastrian faiths to include in the array of indigenous religions; Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. India’s democracy is a shining example to the world, where the people have peacefully transferred the powers.

Indians are inherently secular and economically capitalistic. They believe in a “live-and-let-live” lifestyle, which is the essence of capitalism. Over the years, we have expressed the highest maturity in handling extreme situations. The more divergent opinions we hear, the larger our heart grows, and the bigger our embrace would be. We are committed to fostering a pluralistic model of building a cohesive India where every Indian feels included and treated on an equal footing. I am proud of my heritage and am proud to be an Indian-American.”

It was a historic moment for the people of Indian origin, who celebrated India’s 75th Independence Day- a non-political event.

Every Indian is encouraged to create an inclusive model of India where every Indian feels included. Please review the seven images appreciating India’s linguistic, religious, and cultural diversity as a sampler.

Indians came together and organized the program, and no organization was involved.
Jai Hind

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Shaping Pluralistic Cohesive Societies

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Dr. Mike Mohamed Ghouse
President, Center for Pluralism Washington, DC, USA


This paper aims to prepare an individual to function effectively in a constantly changing
multi-faith, multi-cultural, multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multi-everything society with
minimum conflicts. Pluralism is a new subject with a focus on its effect on different
aspects of life in building cohesive societies where no one has to live in apprehension
or fear of the other.

Pluralism means respecting the otherness of others in religion, culture, politics, and
the workplace. You may see people of different faiths, races, cultures, and ethnicities
interacting, working, studying, intermingling, playing, and marrying each other.
A decade from now, you may not see the monopoly of a race or cultural groups in
the workplace, place of worship, school, bus, train, theater, library, or other public

These interactions between people not familiar with each other’s culture lend
themselves to misunderstandings and are bound to create conflicts.
As responsible members of society, we must prepare ourselves to prevent possible
challenges and lay a foundation for the effective functioning of institutions where
every human feels secure about his faith, race, ethnicity, culture, language, political or
sexual orientation, or any other uniqueness.

Exclusive communities will become a thing of the past. If you live amidst others, you
should also respect the otherness of others, as you expect them to do the same for

Keywords: pluralism; cohesive societies; cultural pluralism; political pluralism and
religious pluralism

Shaping Cohesive Societies

Ten years from now1, you will not find a Metropolitan city where you don’t see people
of different faiths, races, cultures, and ethnicities interacting, working, studying,
intermingling, playing, and even marrying each other. These new interactions are
bound to create conflicts, pit one group of people against the other, and develop
long-lasting biases and stereotyping that would disturb harmony

As responsible citizens, we must prepare ourselves to prevent such conflicts so that
each member of the society can live securely with their faith, culture, gender, race,
sexual, political orientation, or ethnicity. New societal norms are emerging, and we
have to deal with them.

We have witnessed human progress in almost every dimension of life, from economics
to medicine, automation to information technology, and set the world on the course
of self-rule, which is the people’s government by the people for the people. Now we
must apply our ingenuity to building cohesive societies2.

Cohesive Societies are designed for each one of the members to feel secure about their
uniqueness. One’s peace of mind and tranquility hinges on the stability of the political,
social, and economic environment surrounding him. Similarly, his safety relates to the
security of the people around him. It behooves us to build societies where everyone
feels secure about themselves; it guarantees a shield and tension-free life.

Cohesive Universe

The world we see can be broadly classified into two categories; matter and life.

The matter is programmed to be in balance, indeed, every planet in the solar system
is precisely programmed to stay on its course, and the planet earth is designed to
tilt periodically at certain angles to give different seasons and sustain life. Imagine if
any one of these planets veers off even half a degree, a disaster could come in the
proportions of the big bang.

The Quran about this cohesiveness;

The Quran3

55:5 ٱلشَّمْسُ وَٱلْقَمَرُ بِحُسْبَانٍۢ

[At His behest] the sun and the moon run their appointed courses.

55:6 وَٱلنَّجْمُ وَٱلشَّجَرُ يَسْجُدَانِ

[before Him] prostrate themselves the stars and the trees. Prostrate here means obedience
and doing what they are programmed to do.

55:7 وَٱلسَّمَآءَ رَفَعَهَا وَوَضَعَ ٱلْمِيزَانَ

And the skies has He raised high, and has devised a measure. Measure here means all things
are functioning in their designated place as they are programmed to do.

55:8 أَلَّا تَطْغَوْا۟ فِى ٱلْمِيزَانِ

so that you [too, O men,] might never transgress the measure [of what is right] – meaning
everything is set to be in balance, so should human interactions be.

The human body also works cohesively. All the organs of the body work with each
other for a human to function normally. Much of the universe is programmed to run
in harmony. Harmony is the natural state of things. All things find their balance for
their survival.

Category: Life

Life is not programmed to be cohesive and in balance, unlike the matter. Our
interactions with each other can bring peace or create chaos in relationships between
family members, communities, society at large, and even the nations. Human effort is
required here.
When life forms came into being, particularly the human form, the first thing that
got uploaded into the DNA was free will. Unlike the matter, cohesiveness was not
programmed into human life, they were given the free will to create their own

God says in the Quran chapter 49, verse 134, that he has created us into many tribes,
communities, nations, and by extension, faiths, ideas, shapes, and colors and that all
of us can trace back our origins to a single couple referred to as Adam and Eve. Given
that diversity, we are bound to have conflicts and compete for resources. So, HE adds
that the best ones among you are those who will take the time to know one another.
HE knows that knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to acceptance
and appreciation of different points of view for people to learn to live in harmony.
The source of disharmony in society is free will.

God told Adam not to eat the fruit, but if he were to eat, he would have no place in
paradise anymore. Adam chose to eat; the story goes that he was booted out of the
heavenly abode to the world of conflicts, where he had to hunt for food, fight with the
animals, live in tension, and even go to the bathroom. The angels perhaps argued with
God that it was not fair; God could have stopped him from eating the fruit. Then God
probably said, look, my angels, I am the God, and if I don’t honor my word, then who
will? I gave a choice to Adam, didn’t I? And he chose.

God: “O Adam, dwell thou and thy wife in this garden, and eat freely thereof, both
of you, whatever you wish; but do not approach this one tree, lest you become
wrongdoers.” “According to some of the earliest commentators, Garden is an earthlyabode alluded to namely an environment of perfect ease, happiness, and innocence.”
And “This tree is alluded to elsewhere in the Quran as “the tree of life eternal,” and
in the Bible (Genesis 2:9) as “the tree of life” and “the tree of knowledge of good and
evil. (Quran 2:35)

Choices we make

Indeed, we plan our lives about our incomes, families, homes, retirement, and the
future of our kids and grandchildren. We also prepare our businesses to deal with the
economic vagaries to sustain and grow. We have a choice to reluctantly accept what
comes our way or choose to shape the future we want.

How do we create cohesive societies?
When we face difficulties, we resort to blaming someone or the other, take our
frustrations on each other, and aggravate the situation further instead of finding
solutions. “Turn the other check,” said Jesus; among different interpretations, it is not
to add fuel to the fire. If the other person curses and you do the same, the conflicts
multiply. If the other person hits you, and you hit back, he comes after in ending the
war. Jesus says solutions come from turning the other cheek and choosing the words
to mitigate conflicts and nurture goodwill.

Let’s take the American example, applicable to all nations and societies.
When the economy goes south, we have witnessed a hostile attitude
from our fellow Americans who have been here for more than five
generations towards new Americans who have lived for a generation or two.
It is not a phobia but a natural fear of losing one’s way of life and resources. The
racial conflicts and the supremacist feeling among a few are the products of the
non-acceptance of the other. Then some of us are inflicted with Anti-Semitism,
Homophobia, Misogyny, Islamophobia, Hinduphobia, Xenophobia, and other phobias.
How long will we let these diseases consume us and continue to give us tensions? We
need to extricate ourselves and be free people again to live in peace.

Most of us have heard things about others from our friends, news, social media, or
our knowledge of others, and we instantly form opinions about others. As responsible
individuals, we must strive to strip stereotyping and build pathways to ensure our
society’s smooth functioning, whether in the workplace or in our neighborhoods.
We have no shame in poisoning our kids and destroying their lives. Through our
actions, our kids imbibe our prejudices towards others, particularly against women,
Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Blacks, Whites, Conservatives, Atheists, liberals and
people from ‘other’ ethnicities. It must be painful for our children when they grow
up and have to work with very people, they have learned to be lesser human than them, and they will have difficulty trusting them. It is a loss for everyone and hence work place cohesion is critical. Otherwise, the organization loses productivity when employees don’t work cohesively with others5. Secondly, they bring those tensions home. They cannot give 100% of themselves to work or their families and live a fuller
life. It has to change.

We must break away from our biases toward fellow humans to live a more vibrant and
happier life.
We need to reassure each other, particularly the disconnected ones, that we are
committed to safeguarding the American way of life. No American needs to worry
about losing his way of life. Together as Americans, we uphold, protect, defend, and
celebrate the values enshrined in our Constitution, a guarantor of the way of life for
each one of us.

Knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to acceptance of each other. If
we can learn to respect the otherness of others and accept the God-given uniqueness
of each of us, then conflicts fade, and solutions emerge. Creating model programs,
a strategy applied by the Center for Pluralism, facilitates people to open up to each
other. The interfaith, inter-racial, and intercultural weddings are a superb example of
creating one America. Indeed, such weddings are very patriotic to build one nation
under the blue sky. I admire all such couples telling the world, through their actions,
look, we are two different people with different upbringings, faiths, and races; if we
can accept each other and live in harmony, so can you.

In annual flagship programs like Unity Day6, Holocaust & Genocides7, Thanksgiving8 and Festivals of Faith, Essence of Religions, and other programs, we have found fellow Americans walk out of the event with lesser bias towards the other. The more we learn about each other face to face, the fewer the conflicts would be.

We urge the caring social and political leadership of every nation to organize a Unity
Day program. Invite and bring in people from different faiths, ethnicities, races,
cultures, and other uniqueness to come together and rededicate their pledge to be
one nation again and again.

Nothing will change unless someone takes the initiative and commits to bringing
the corrective course. To quote Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing thatever has.”9
Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”10

In trying to pursue the building cohesive societies, building a cohesive America, an
America where each one of us feels secure about ethnicity, faith, culture, race, political
and sexual orientation and other uniqueness, becomes a focal point, which’ success
may enlarge and reinforce the efforts of all social development catalyst on a global

If the vision for nations is built up under these pillars and reflects these ideas, following
up innovative strategies and tools, not simply on a replica principle, might bust the
myths between Jews-Christians, Christians-Muslims, Muslims-Jews, Hindus-Muslims,
and others. In one case, faith works; in others it may be the different ethnicities or
cultures that need busting the myths so people can see each other as fellow humans
just like them and nothing less, which is a strong base for social cohesion.

We have already witnessed how old citizens feel about new citizens, immigrants, or
new members of any society. It is not a phobia, but a natural feeling of losing one’s
way of life, control, and world.

Every religion, government, and society has one unstated goal; to create communities
where every member of the society feels secure about their faith, race, ethnicity,
culture, political or sexual orientation, or any other uniqueness. But the primary
responsibility to create such societies falls on each of us. Indeed, every element in
nature is programmed to seek balance except humans, who must work on creating
harmony to live in peace.

We need to reassure each other that we are committed to safeguarding the way of life
of every member group of society. No one needs to worry about losing their way of life.
Together as Americans, Bosnians, Russians, Chinese, Indians, and others can uphold,
protect, defend, and celebrate the values enshrined in our respective constitution, a
guarantor of our political and social structures that each one of us wants.


  1. Harvard University – https://pluralism.org/news/opinion-secularism-essentialcohesive-society-religious-symbols-promote-individualism
  2. Holocaust and Genocides – http://holocaustandgenocides.com/
  3. Macioti, M. I., & Musaraj, A. (2017). Albania and the teaching of religion in
    schools. Academicus International Scientific Journal, (15), 14-27.

4.Margaret M., Planetary Citizen of the Year Award, 1978

  1. Mead, M. (2019). An Anthropologist Looks at America. In American Social
    Character (pp. 15-32). Routledge.
  2. Michigan State University – https://workplace.msu.edu/boosting-workplacecohesion/
  3. Musaraj, A. (2013). Intercultural and Interreligious Communication in the
    Balkan. Academicus International Scientific Journal, (7), 36-43.
  4. Pehar, A. (2021). The significance and influence of religions and confessions on
    the formation of nations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Academicus International
    Scientific Journal, (24), 109-123.
  5. Thanksgiving Celebrations – http://thanksgivingcelebrations.blogspot.com/
  6. The collected works Mahatma Ghandi Volume Thirteen : (Mar 12, 1913 – Dec
    25, 1913)
  7. https://theconversation.com/3-big-ways-that-the-us-will-change-over-thenext-decade-126908
  8. The Quran – https://www.islamicity.org/quransearch/?q=chapter:49
  9. The Quran – https://www.islamicity.org/quransearch/?q=chapter:55
  10. Unity Day USA – www.UnitydayUSA.com

Film : Shudra To Khalsa

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Review by Mike Ghouse

The story is about how the Aryans invaded India and controlled the indigenous masses by manufacturing messages and claiming that they came from God and instilled fear among the masses.   

It is a raw narrative about how the Aryans conquered India by the oldest technique known to humankind; divide and rule. They claimed themselves superior to the natives and created the varna systems, also known as the caste system. The Brahmans were on the top whereas most of the native population was considered subhuman and placed them in the lowest rung of the society called Shudras, the untouchables. The natives were told that the varna system was God’s word and instilled fear among them to obey the Brahmans. The Shudras suffered severe humiliation and deprivation of all human rights. The Brahmans declared that God created the untouchables to serve them and the Shudras believed it was their duty to serve the Brahmans, as it was God’s law. 

They spread this narrative, “The Varnas were created from the body of the Brahma, the creator of the world. The Brahmanas were created from his naval; the Kshatriyas from his hands; the Vaishyas from his thighs and the Sudras from his feet.” In Indian culture, feet mean inferior.

I watched a documentary on Al-Jazeera about the plight of Dalits https://www.islamicity.org/81475/indias-dalit-revolution-l-101-east/ – and what struck me was this statement, “We hate ourselves for what God has given us. and we question how we came into being.” This is such a sad statement! To be Dalit is God ordained, hence, they did not rebel against the injustices, mistreatment, and oppression.

Healing is a very difficult task, the discord and division will continue as long as Modi is at the helm and has a deep-seated hatred for the others (Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and Dalits) continue. You can see the depiction in the film and how the upgraded Shudras were ‘Used’ to keep their flock at the bottom. The “divide and rule” has worked in the past, and will continue to work, which we witnessed in the UP elections. Modi is not a Brahmin but an upgraded shudra to keep the others as enslaved people to serve his masters; RSS, Ambani, and Adani. 

The film is divisive, like the Kashmir Files mixing a lot of lies with a few facts. The acting is terrible, and the screenplay is poorly written. But the film makes the point and it is worth watching.

The film deals with Manusmriti, a brutal ideology of the supremacy of one group of people over all others. It has deeply penetrated the psyche of many Hindus. Even though it has nothing to do with Hinduism, it has become a part of it. Manusmriti is against human rights, justice, and the US laws of equality for all humans. Our Immortal declaration of independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that their Creator endows them with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness“. 

The film points out that Manusmriti was the creation of one supremacist man, Manu. It is time for Hindus to collectively reject it, but unfortunately, otherwise, the RSS plans to make it the law of the land. It will mess up India. Indian women will be reduced to slaves of men, and the Shudras and other minorities will not have a vote or can even speak. If they do, they will be thrown into jail.

The substantial part of the movie is the shameless treatment of fellow humans, labeling them as Shudras. As a teen, I have witnessed that humiliation and have fought against that on the street corner water taps. Thanks to my father, who invited the Shudras into our home, we ate from the same plates, and my mother made tea, and they drank it from the same cups. He made no distinction between human beings when discrimination and mistreatment of the Shudras were common everywhere.  

Even though discrimination is illegal in independent India, it is embedded in the psyche of many but not all Hindus, and it has even migrated to the United States. We need to stop our nation from such pollution. We need the United States to remain the nation we found when we came. 

Thanks to the organizations like Hindus from Hindus for Human Rights, Sadhana, and others who are liberated from the clutches of Manu and subscribe to the Immortal declaration of our independence wholeheartedly. We must admire them.  

1:53 Minutes movie at https://youtu.be/-JOPGAB4IEM  

Dr. Mike Ghouse is a Social Scientist, Public Speaker, thinker, author, newsmaker, and an Interfaith Wedding Officiant. He is deeply committed to Pluralism in Religion, Politics, Societies, Human rights, and religious freedom. He is the founder and president of the Center for Pluralism, Director at World Muslim Congress, a think tank, and a wedding officiant at Interfaith Marriages. His new book American Muslim Agenda is available on Amazon, and “Standing up for others” and “Madame President” are coming soon. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. More about him at TheGhouseDiary.com