Tuesday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. GMT:
A wave of violent attacks on India’s Muslim population has the community on edge. In recent weeks, hundreds of people have been injured and a handful killed amid rising communal violence across the country.
Last week, a number of Muslim-owned shops were razed in New Delhi before bulldozers were ordered to stop by India’s Supreme Court. Officials say they were targeting illegal buildings and not a specific religious group.
But critics say it is the latest attempt to harass India’s Muslim minority, which makes up around 14% of the country’s 1.4 billion people. The Hindu majority represents 80%.
Human rights watchers say recent inflammatory rhetoric from politicians of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is helping to fuel the country’s growing religious polarization. However, India’s Minority Affairs Minister has tried to downplay recent upheavals by saying religious intolerance is not worsening in the country.
In this episode of The Stream, we discuss what causes violence and what can be done to bring peace.
On this episode of The Stream, we are joined by:
Arfa Khanoum Sherwani, @khanumarfa
Editor-in-Chief, The Wire
Kavita Krishnan, @kavita_krishnan
Secretary, All India Progressive Women’s Association