06 May, 2021

‘France Tries To Mask Its Islamophobia Behind Secular Values’

The Pakistan-born British commentator seldom minces words.

Jitender Gupta
‘France Tries To Mask Its Islamophobia Behind Secular Values’

Pakistan-born British commentator Tariq Ali seldom minces words. As a political activist, journalist, writer and film-maker, he has cou­rted controversy and ruffled many feathers. But over the years he has also built up a huge base of followers and admirers much beyond London, where he stays. The firebrand leader of the 1960s campus movement, now all of 71, shows no signs of mellowing with age. In this interview with Pranay Sharma, he charateristically refuses to pull any punches, while talking of the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the Islamophobia in the West and the ‘double standards’ Europe adopts while talking about ‘freedom of expression’.

The killing at Charlie Hebdo last week has led to worldwide condemnation while emphasising on the threat posed by radical Islam on France and other western democracies. How justified is that fear?

It has been going on since 9/11. The West ref­uses to address the causes. Any attempt to explain...

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