India: Muslim citizens’ in the new dawn of Narendra Modi

Prime minister’s critics fear that The Hindu nationalist BJP’s election victory will change the culture of the nation. A day after the Hindu nationalist Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, claimed a landslide election victory, some in the Muslim congregation were anxious about whether this new country had a place for them.

For some Indian Muslims whose populace of around 200 million would include the seventh-biggest nation on earth Midi’s vehement re-election has been a segregating knowledge. The nation’s most bitter race crusade in ongoing history was studded with references to unapproved transients from Bangladesh as “termites”, the selection to parliament of a Hindu blamed for psychological oppression and a discussion about whether Mahatma Gandhi’s professional killer who executed the establishing father for as far as anyone knows cowing to Muslim requests was in certainty a loyalist. Regardless of this or maybe as a result of it, a record 270 million Indians cast their votes in favour of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or its partners. Grinding among Hindus and Muslims, just as strain among organizations inside the two religions, has been a tenacious element of Indian life. Be that as it may, in the previous five years viciousness against Muslims has expanded, including at any rate 36 killings by “bovine vigilantes” of cows ranchers and merchants blamed more often than not misleadingly for hurting the worshipped creatures. In Gurgaon, where a huge number of Muslim vagrants have touched base in a previous couple of years alongside Hindus to work in processing plants and on building locales, pressure has been bubbling over. Harsh battles have been pursued against Muslims imploring in open spaces since mosques have no limit or are excessively far away. Endorsed supplication spaces have been slowly trimmed down to a little more than three dozen after dissents by Hindu associations.

Rajeev Mittal, the head of a Hindu nationalist group that has campaigned against mosques in the area, insists his campaign is strictly about upholding municipal planning laws. “We are not against people offering prayer, but it should be done in the mosque or in all the areas designated for them,” he said. The BJP points to statistics that show there have been no large-scale religious riots under Modi’s prime ministership, and no surge in bias crimes in the country’s official data through some rights groups argue this information is patchy and unreliable. The impact of Modi’s rule has been to embolden extremists, his critics say, and create a culture where religious chauvinism and impunity can flourish. Modi’s supporters and opponents alike recognise that his victory on 23 May is the cementing of an ideological shift in what will soon be the world’s most populous country. Most elections are a choice between competing visions, but India’s polls this year were, in the words of the Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, “a battle for India’s soul”.

>Alma Siddiqua

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