There is so much India can teach the world about its traditions of democracy and ahimsa (non-violence), which is why its friends, including myself, were profoundly disappointed and alarmed by the communal violence that disfigured Delhi in recent weeks.
Millions of people around the world remain inspired by the example of Mahatma Gandhi, who led India to independence. The attacks on poor, working people, mainly Muslims, in Delhi cannot be separated from the attempts by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to redefine Indian citizenship and who is eligible for it, via the recent Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), and the proposed National Population Register and National Register of Citizens.
These measures would appear to be incompatible with Article 14 of India’s Constitution, which clearly states that all citizens are equal before the law. Together, these developments pose searching questions about India’s democratic future and its place in the global family of nations.
India’s Assault on Muslims Is Rooted in Economic Incompetence – By Shruti Rajagopalan (Mar 19, 2020, The Diplomat)
We, the People of India: Hammered in from three sides – By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam (Mar 20, 2020, Siasat)
Bollywood: ‘Othering’ the Muslim on screen – By Pranav Kohli and Pranav Dhawan (Mar 27, 2020, Frontline)
From Ola to Zomato to social media, I now hide my Muslim identity everywhere – By Bismee Taskin (Mar 21, 2020, The Print)