COM­MU­NI­TYIN FLUX

Why Mus­lims no longer want to be taken for granted

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“Mus­lims feel a sense of be­wil­der­ment about who to vote for be­cause they feel

their vote doesn’t mat­ter.”

AR­SHI KHAN As­so­ciate pro­fes­sor, Aligarh Mus­lim Univer­sity, Ut­tar Pradesh “When Mayawati comes to power, she ne­glects us. When Mu­layam rules the state, there are ri­ots.” SAMI­UL­LAH KHAN Madrasa ad­min­is­tra­tor, Muzaf­far­na­gar, Ut­tar Pradesh

“Un­for­tu­nately some Mus­lim cler­ics are teach­ing com­mu­nal­ism rather than the true

mean­ing of Is­lam.” KALBE SADIQ Vice-pres­i­dent, All-In­dia Mus­lim

Per­sonal Law Board, Luc­know, Ut­tar Pradesh “Once ev­ery girl’s hos­tel had turned me down be­cause I’m Mus­lim. It’s a re­al­ity I have learned to live with.”

CHAMELI SARKAR Doc­tor, Domkal, West Ben­gal

“Though things are not so bad, the op­por­tu­ni­ties for Mus­lim women in the

so­cial struc­ture are limited.”

MAR­JINA AKHTAR Home­maker, Sa­niadi, As­sam Mus­lims, too, have ben­e­fit­ted from Modi’s de­vel­op­ment work. But he has to do more to win our con­fi­dence.”

ASH­FAQUE KURKUR Stu­dent, Godhra, Gu­jarat “If you be­have like a vic­tim, you will be treated like one.” AYE­SHA IFTE­QAR Stu­dent, Hy­der­abad, Andhra Pradesh “Modi and BJP may be more mod­er­ate than they are in Op­po­si­tion. So let’s try them out too.” AB­DULLA BAKHAVI Imam, Makhdoom Masjid, Mal­la­pu­ram, Ker­ala

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