India’s new anti-Muslim law shows the broad allure of right-wing Islamophobic policies – By Arsalan Iftikhar
Although India is the largest democracy in the world, the rise of right-wing ethnonationalism under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slowly unraveling the secular democratic fabric of Mahatma Gandhi’s homeland. …right-wing Hindu nationalists in India, proponents of the Hindutva ideology, have alleged for decades that there are millions of illegal Muslim economic migrants (predominantly of Bangladeshi origin) living and working across India.
This issue has been a constant source of political tension in the northeastern Indian states bordering Bangladesh – especially in the state of Assam, which has been registering “Indian” citizens since the country’s 1951 census and fighting to marginalize and expel any so-called Muslim foreigners ever since.
And now, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to take Assam’s decades-long campaign of anti-Muslim discrimination disguised as a populist project nationwide, requiring over 200 million Indian Muslims to prove their Indianness or face being rendered stateless.…
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