From fear to inclusiveness is India’s great challenge – By SK Sadar Nayeem

The tragedy of Muslims in India is that even after 72 years of the country’s independence, and despite their earnest efforts to look for that elusive political protector who would deliver them from the endless nightmare of communal violence, riot after riot has broken the back of the community in independent India.

In the past, the only problem of the community that was highlighted was of their security. But even then, without eradicating the root of communal divide, the Muslims were given hollow promises of safeguarding their lives and properties by the so-called secular political parties to capture their votes.

Under these circumstances, Prime Minister Narendra Modi … said his first term was about ‘sabka sath, sabka vikas’, his second would stand for ‘sabka sath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas’.… but the sad truth is that such a surcharged situation has been carefully created where physical attacks on hapless Muslims in the country help a large section of Hindus get reassured for it demonstrates how Muslims can be ‘subjugated’. The Prime Minister must agree that during the entire campaign for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the ‘common enemy’ image of the Muslims was dinned into the minds of a large section of Hindus through every possible means of communication in order to keep ‘majority vote bank’ intact.…

https://www.thestatesman.com/opinion/fear-inclusiveness-indias-great-challenge-1502762679.html

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