Anita Nair needs no introduction as she is well-known Indian novelist. And being a Hindu she is credited to bring tales from Quran for children something many would think twice in the current environment.
Her book “Muezza and Baby Jaan: Stories From the Quran” has been launched recently and while talking about it, she said one needs to start combating negative perceptions about Islam with children.
“We need to start with children and it’s easier to teach children that Islam is another religion like Hinduism or Buddhism, the scripture is like every other scripture. There is nothing that makes Islam a terrifying religion that people make it out to be,” Nair told IANS on the sidelines of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Fest.
“I know a lot of Muslim writers wanted to do it but were hesitant because it would have been considered a propaganda. I am a Hindu so it’s not a question of propaganda, it’s only about opening up the religion to the public,” she noted.
“There isn’t anything written about the Quran. If you look at Bible stories, if you look at Hindu mythology, if you look at Jataka tales, everything is available out there, but there is nothing on Quran. Increasingly, in this time and age, terrorists are using the Quran as a scapegoat to explain what they are doing and that is very sad indeed,” Nair said. This is not the only book that this Kerala Sahitya Akademi awardee has written based on research on Quran. Her earlier book title “Idris: Keeper of The Lights” is also a treasure trove of stories.