Got a message saying in a nice enough way that though I might not understand the struggle between Hindus & Muslims in Kashmir, my words were a form of fighting Jihad.

Putting aside the astounding politics of that comment, let me just say that I don’t know anything about Islam–or Hinduism, for that matter–except that I love the art inspired by both traditions. After a cursory look at how Jihad is defined, it seems it has a meaning in Islam quite different than its use in Islamophobic war-mongering where it is synonymous with terrorism.

It can’t be said I really understand the concept but it seems I might in fact be a derivative form of Jihadist & still implacably against the politics of terrorism. But then again, my understanding could be quite faulty & I might be unduly flattering myself by thinking Jihadism & I have anything in common.