This refers to the article, ‘Ayodhya: the long wait for justice’ (Dec 8), by Aijaz Zaka Syed. The article has shed some light on what followed after the destruction of Babri Masjid. For Indian Muslims – one of the minority groups in India – it is more than just an event since Muslims are still bearing the brunt of what came out of it. The incident is a stark reminder of the relevance of the Two-Nation Theory. Indian Muslims are living in a more hostile environment than ever. Extremists are not shying away from displaying the somewhat ‘dangerous’ show of their power and dominance. The minority group, who is relying on the just verdict of the Indian Supreme Court, is facing greater challenges with each passing day.
From removing Taj Mahal from the list of tourist attractions to the killing of innocent people on the basis of their religion, the violence against Indian Muslims is gaining momentum. India, which takes pride in calling itself a secular country, has been showing no regard for cultural values of minority groups for a long time. What is currently being done by India, including human rights violation in Kashmir, shows the vulnerability of Indian Muslims. It also shows how conveniently the authorities turn a blind eye to the issues that relate to the weak.
Saman Hamid ( Peshawar )