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‘The recent polls have revealed an interesting trend — Muslims are voting for Muslim parties. But there is nothing emotive or religious about this.’ (Arati Jerath in Times Crest)

‘The recent polls have revealed an interesting trend — Muslims are voting for Muslim parties. But there is nothing emotive or religious about this.’ (Arati Jerath in Times Crest)

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The quiet social revolution among younger Indian Muslims

‘There are some student firebrands who make a lot of noise, but “most of us have tired of the jalsa-jaloos [procession-protest] politics of the Muslim leadership,” Mr. Shahnawaz said. He was awfully proud of his cousin Saba Karim, who was training to be a pilot in Patna — the first to do so in two decades. “There is no disputing that deeni taleem [religious education] is the foundation of Darul Uloom. But being computer illiterate or not knowing English is not the solution. Right now we cannot even fill up a form,” said the young man, who made a stunning parting remark: “Do you know the Islamic revelation started with the word, iqra, which means to read?” (Vidya Subrahmaniam in the Hindu) Continue reading

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Why Muslims are voting for the BJP in Gujarat

‘However, if one looks at the situation five years ago, it is fascinating and almost implausible why religious Sunni Muslims, including clerics, would come out to support the BJP.’ (Raheel Dhattiwala, The Hindu) Continue reading

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Financial inclusion: Fast-growing Bombay Stock Exchange – traditionally led by Hindu investors – opens new Islamic index

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Wikileaks praised by Indian Muslims for breaking myths about their community. US STATE DEPT CABLE TEXT: < Islamic extremism is not popular in India and most adults are not interested. This forces extremists to pitch to young and naive audiences who may be more amenable.>

‘This observation comes when Indian Muslims are asked to prove their loyalty to India time and again. This clearly shows that inspite of abject poverty and discrimination, Indian Muslims’ faith on Indian state is unshaken. Right wing parties and organizations continue to blame the government for minority appeasement.’ Continue reading

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