India’s minorities fear return of Modi

Alwar, Rajasthan, India — “It’s not even been one year. I really miss him,” says Sahila Khan, her head bowed and sitting in a small room that belonged to her father, Rakbar, a Muslim farmer who was lynched by a group of Hindu men in India’s Rajasthan state. Khan, 28, was killed in July last year and […]

Alwar, Rajasthan, India — “It’s not even been one year. I really miss him,” says Sahila Khan, her head bowed and sitting in a small room that belonged to her father, Rakbar, a Muslim farmer who was lynched by a group of Hindu men in India’s Rajasthan state.
Khan, 28, was killed in July last year and left behind seven children, including 14-year-old Sahila.
Khan and a friend had been walking two newly bought cows through the fields of Alwar in the country’s north, towards their home across the border in Haryana when they were attacked by a group of Hindu men, according to his family.

But it wasn’t an isolated case.

According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), Hindu vigilante groups have killed dozens of people in recent years, many of them Muslims, for allegedly slaughtering or transporting cows — an animal that is considered sacred by many Hindus.

The attacks have sparked concern about the spread of violent Hindu nationalism since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his right wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in 2014.

Critics say the presence of a Hindu nationalist government in Delhi has encouraged vigilantism by their hardline supporters against cattle traders, especially Muslims, a minority in India. Even minority groups within the Hindu community, such as lower caste Hindus previously known as “untouchables,” have faced violence from hardline nationalists.

“There is fear. There was one incident and so we fear that there will be another,” said Suraj Pal, a farmer in Khan’s village, Kolgaon.

 

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  1. Fiction 4 months ago

    Such incidents affirms that Two Nation Theory is a reality. It cannot be denied. It will survive till last day of the world.

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