Why Only Mike Ghouse? by Shah Alam Siddiqui

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Article by Shah Alam Siddiqui.

January, 29,2014
Only Mike Ghouse???
By Shah A Siddiqui
It was my second year to attend the seminar on Holocaust & Genocides.
Every year has been organized by the Foundation for Pluralism  and American Together Foundation. This year
the focus was on Native American Indian genocide in the American history.The
venue was as usual the Unity Church of Dallas’s beautiful auditorium. Before I
elaborate the manifesto of this very well organized annual program under the
superb management of Mike Ghouse, I will praise for the punctuality of his all
events, whether it is a small get together or big event , starts on time and
ends on time without waiting for the people to accumulate and fill the hall.
This gesture of his punctuality shows the discipline in his life.
I was very much impressed when I had attended  last year’s event on Sikh massacre and I was
participating as a speaker on the genocide of Urdu speaking Pakistanis in
Bangladesh in 1971 by the Mukti Bahini forces. This event was widely attended
by the Indian Sikh and Hindu community besides of local dignitaries from the
American offices. In my column in Urdu Times I had criticized the missing
numbers of Pakistanis where, only 3 or 4 were present at the event to support
the Sikh community on their memorial program of Sikh genocide in 1984 in all
over India.
I will quote here the saying of John F Kennedy “Geography
has made us neighbors.History has made us friends. Economics has made us
partners and necessity has made us allies”. Those whom God has so
joined together, let no man put asunder” what a beautiful quote is that,
and if we all start thinking in this way the world can be a wonderful place to
live with harmony. Mike Ghouse in his program, always spreads the word that
 “speak up for others and stand up for
others” Unfortunately, as a human being our mental capacity is went below
average for the others. We should come out of the shell of self centered
policies and be useful person of the community.
Come to the point of the symposium on American-Indian genocide in the
17th century, which is a Stigma on the forehead of powerful civilized country
of the world. The lobby was nicely displayed with the posters and pictures on
the topic of Native American genocide. It was very good exposition of the
history and frankly speaking, it was my first ever chance to attend a symposium
on the extermination or genocide of Native Americans. I have had a little
knowledge of Native Americans  that this
tribe were brutally killed and exterminated by the conquerer. Christopher
Columbus was also one of those who ordered to kill Native Indians during his
governorship and. I read about the brutality that Columbus once punished a man
found guilty of stealing corn by having his ears and nose cut off and then
selling him into slavery. There are many ore stories about him.
In the expo lobby, I met with one spiritual Mexican man whose nickname
was “Gorilla” who told the story of being named “Gorilla”
which was interesting, but his real name is 
Ricardo Cervantes and he showed us a black shiny round stone plate about
an inch thick and a spiritual torch burner. Later he displayed in the
auditorium the lighter and the stone with the noble history of his ancestors
related to stones and prayed or those who left this world for the betterment of
the human being.
Mike Ghouse also introduced me with a prominent historian, lecturer of
Full Blood American Indian, Citizen of Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Peggy
Larney, who gave us a brief information on the Native American holocaust. 
At the symposium there were a couple of very impressive speakers like
Civic Leader and Native American Representative 
Steve Melendez, who briefly took us back to the history of the Native
American Genocide in which more than 100 millions were brutally vanished from
the earth.
There were many speakers like Coke Buchanan, Alan Keith, Michael
Losurdo, Constance and I heard one speaker Gurvinder Singh of Sikh massacre in
1984 and also one Indian-American Civil right activist Sajee Gopal on Gujrat
killings of Muslims in 2002 they both delivered very impressive and touch
speech on the subject. Very young keynote speaker Mary Ann Thompson-Frank, who  is also a Civil Right activist delivered her
speech with charismatic style and gripped the audience to listen to her
findings and experience to visit Rwanda. She shared a very useful information
to the audience.
A short documentary prepared by CNN and presented by International
correspondent Christian Amanpour on Jewish genocide was also displayed for the
audience. In the documentary the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland was
focused which dragged me to my visit of this camp in 1986 when I was posted on
a diplomatic assignment there. The Jewish Holocaust has  a horrible heart wrenching stories and in the
concentration camp one can see and feel the pain and pesky scenes even after
more than seven decades. I have written my memoir about this visit.
I had a very little knowledge about the genocide of native Americans,
but in this symposium and its exhibition gave me a vast picture of this
barbaric ethnic cleansing of a tribe where hundred of thousand of pregnant
women killed with their babies in the womb and the invaders used different
killing methods like  infesting  with deadly epidemics of diseases in women
and children. New born babies were also not spared and got killed by the occupying
soldiers. I read different  slogans
printed in the flyer regarding the genocide. One interesting slogan of British
soldiers  was ” The only good Indian
is a dead Indian”. In fact, this slogan reminds me when the British
soldiers use to put signs in different public places in Indian subcontinent
before partition that” Admission of dogs and Indians are prohibited”
This  wonderful symposium and
exhibition was full of knowledgeable materials and information. I can say it
was an educational symposium or convention on the native American Indians and I
congratulate Mike Ghouse for doing this wonderful job on his own.
I will again criticize our Indian and Pakistani community for not
attending and supporting the cause of Native Americans on their genocide. I
know this is history now, but to remember the history keeps you energized to
face the consequences.Thanks a million to God that we are  now living in a civilized country and we did
not go through the atrocities the people from the other communities have gone
trough and we are reading their stories.
I would like to come to the title of this article ” Why only Mike
Ghouse???” most of my readers can understand the concept of this article
but most of the readers  will just ignore
knowingly.  First, I would like to say
something about Mike Ghouse that whatever he is doing is a noble work. In the
beginning when he started his ‘Pluralism’ mission to bring the different faiths
at one platform, it was a rubbish and provocative act for other believers,in my
opinion and I was very against of his all these activities being propagated his
‘Pluralism’ “faith” among the communities of different faith and
cultures. I moved from Chicago in 2001 to this beautiful city Dallas and since
then I have been listening Mike Ghause ‘s radio program and different papers
and literally I use to hate him because of his illogical  theories 
on pluralism and I thought this guy must be an ” atheist” or he
hates Pakistanis or Muslims. In the beginning, in 2001 when I moved to Dallas
from Chicago 
I started listening his radio program and most of the times I use
to call on his radio show and complain for  not being fair with Pakistanis and Muslims and
after listening and reading his articles about ‘pluralism’ I deadly gone
against Mike Ghouse and thought that this guy is against Muslim ideology. By
the time passes away, I use to read his 
emails and couple of times I saw him on the Fox TV show with ‘Sean
Hanity show’ in favor of the Muslim cause defending Muslims in the 9/11
scenario and after that I saw him on different occasions on Fox Tv and read his
articles in ‘Huffington Post’ newspapers and in groups of community emails, gradually,
I changed my opinion about Mike Ghouse. I extended my full support for the
cause that Mike Ghouse is carrying alone on his shoulder for the humanity. He
is serving the community in all walk of life, regardless of religions and
ethnic backgrounds. He is trying to bring an impossible dream into reality and
that is harmony, brotherhood and sincerity within the different communities.
He stands up for Ahmadis, Bahais, Buddhist, Christians, Sikhs, Hindu,
Jains, Ismailis and of course for Muslims as well. He attends all kinds of
worship as a gesture to show his and community’s cooperation with them. 
The teaching of Islam is very broad who clearly speaks about brotherhood
and harmony to the others and the other religions also support the same
gesture, none of the religion teaches hatred or violence among different
believers. This is a hard work which Mike Ghouse is doing alone under his own
flag of ‘Pluralism’ .

Is his all activities are going against of humanity? Or it is in the
right direction of humanity. If he is doing something positive for the
community, for the different believers, then why we should not support him and
extend our cooperation to him for the betterment of the human cause. Together
we can stand strong and it is my believe that one day our dream will come true
when all the  believers of different  faiths will live in peace and prosperity. We
should join hands to hand with Mike Ghouse to make this planet a beautiful
place to live.

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