Indian Muslim leaders slam national government


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Hundreds of Islamic leaders in India have demanded that the government protect their community from persecution, saying Muslims were being unfairly targeted in a police crackdown after bombings across the country…

“Today, with the injustice and harassment, Islam and Muslims in this country are under threat,” said Maulana Syed Ahmed Bukhari, influential leader of the Jama Masjid mosque, the largest in north India. “We have been quiet for a long time, but we cannot take this anymore. We too have rights.”

Bukhari said neither the ruling Congress nor the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were a suitable option for the minority Muslims, who make up 13 percent of India’s 1.1 billion-plus population.

I’m sorry; but, I admit I don’t know enough about the details of contemporary Indian politics to offer anything more than what’s inside this Reuters article. I’ll keep looking, though. There will be more thorough pieces available as the elections dates near.

The sad truth is that decades of division resulting from the Brits acquiescing to the partition of the Indian nation at the time of sovereignty has achieved what imperial policies always wish for. A divided nation, weakened by internecine strife.

One thought on “Indian Muslim leaders slam national government

  1. god says:

    I don’t know why I’m ever an optimist about India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. I agree with Eideard the Brits left things about as screwed as they could possibly have.

    But, years of looking at people who have decided to hate each other for centuries in Eastern and Central Europe doesn’t leave me with the feelings I find from old India.

    The lesson in progress from China and Singapore is that – bringing wealth and a better standard of living to a nation at least offers the opportunity to learn and grow together rather than further apart. I think the Indian subcontinent has that capacity.

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