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The gruesome murder by young Hindu thugs of Junaid
Posted:Jun 28, 2017
 
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These are depressing times. For quite some time I have been watching with utter dismay the Secular India which Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Maulana Husain Ahmed Madani, Abdul Ghaffar Khan and others fought for being systematically undermined by ultra-Hindu nationalists. The obsession with Mother Cow has assumed such pathological dimensions that lynching has become a recurring crime.
 
THE GRUESOME MURDER BY YOUNG HINDU THUGS OF JUNAID, a young Muslim of Haryana is the latest. Attacks on Dalits too have intensified.
 
THE INDIAN CONSTITUTION PREPARED BY DR AMBEDKAR AND WITH THE FULL SUPPORT OF THE CONGRESS LEADERS promised a Secular, Tolerant, religiously pluralist India.
 
Just as in Pakistan Ahmadis, Christians, Hindus and Shias have been targeted y mobs or by sectarian militias in India minorities are facing increasing hostility.
 
THE MUSLIMS ARE IN PARTICULAR BEING TARGETED ALL OVER India.
 
FINALLY, ordinary decent people in India - the Civil Society - have come out in the streets shouting 'NOT IN MY NAME.
 
 
Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed
 
Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Stockholm University; Visiting Professor Government College University;  and, Honorary Senior Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore. Latest publications, The Punjab Bloodied, Partitioned and Cleansed, *(Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2012), won the Best Non-Fiction Book Prize at the 2013 Karachi Literature Festival and the 2013 UBL-Jang Groups Best Non-Fiction Book Prize at Lahore and the Best Book on Punjab Award from Punjabi Parchar at the Vaisakhi Mela in Lahore, 2016. And , Pakistan: The Garrison State, Origins, Evolution, Consequences (1947-2011), Oxford, 2013.  I can be reached at: billumian@gmail.com
 
 
 
 
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