Woo­ing the Mus­lims

India Today - - MAIL -

The cover story “Angst & As­pi­ra­tion” (March 17) has come at the right time. The Gen­eral Elec­tions are knock­ing at the door and po­lit­i­cal par­ties are try­ing their best to woo Mus­lims, who make up 13.4 per cent of the na­tion’s pop­u­la­tion. It is im­por­tant for In­dia’s growth that all com­mu­ni­ties live in peace and con­trib­ute in the de­vel­op­ment process. It is heart-warm­ing to note that more and more people from the Mus­lim com­mu­nity are em­brac­ing moder­nity with­out giv­ing up their re­li­gious be­liefs. K. R. NAM­BIAR, Navi Mum­bai To en­sure that Mus­lims as well as other mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties are com­fort­able with BJP, the Modi govern­ment, if it comes to power, must work to­wards de­vel­op­ing a so­ci­ety where there is no dis­crim­i­na­tion in the name of re­li­gion and where peace pre­vails. Speeches and prom­ises will mean noth­ing un­less they are fol­lowed by ac­tion. Eco­nomic growth alone is not the hall­mark of a pro­gres­sive so­ci­ety. Growth has to be in­clu­sive. JA­COB SA­HAYAM, via email Mus­lims have al­ways con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to­wards the growth of the coun­try. No politi­cian or govern­ment has the right to ques­tion their loy­alty. Ri­ots are an aber­ra­tion and they must not hap­pen in a sec­u­lar coun­try. The com­mu­nity must be sup­ported in its ef­forts di­rected at ed­u­ca­tional and eco­nomic growth. VIRENDRA T., Dehradun The cover story was a timely re­minder to Mus­lims not to be­come a tool in the hands of po­lit­i­cal lead­ers and use their right to vote with wis­dom. Mus­lims must not al­low them­selves to be used as a com­mod­ity whose votes can be bought and bar­gained for pseudo sec­u­lar­ism, a false sense of se­cu­rity or dummy de­vel­op­ment mod­els. Is­lam ad­vo­cates an egal­i­tar­ian so­ci­ety and Mus­lims seek­ing reser­va­tion in jobs defy Is­lamic tenets. Mus­lims in In­dia need to un­der­stand the

ground re­al­i­ties, they need to know what is good for their com­mu­nity and take de­ci­sions in­de­pen­dently if they de­sire to come out from the shack­les of poverty, il­lit­er­acy and back­ward­ness. RA­JESH SA­HAY, Delhi

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