DEAR INDIAN MUSLIMS

Your uneasiness with the current political disposition at the centre is understandable considering many of its blatantly communal overtures , But the path you have taken to lodge your protest is only emboldening your opponent. The amount of islamist/salafist vitriol being churned out by the most vocal among you is making a large chunk of secular Hindus question the very meaning of secularism that they have vouched for , for decades. This is slowly pushing them towards your enemy camp and if it happens , there will never be a going back to pre Modi India.

I consider Social media to be an apt barometer to guage the public sentiments. Though the government was and is quiet popular among the netizens with or without the help of the IT cell , there was visible criticism to some of its most idiotic decisions like the demonitisation fiascco. But once the criticism against the government started becoming a mudslinging competition against Hindus, this opposition voices within the majority community started to die down. The concerted attack by the woke Hindus and the so called secular warriors from various minority communities especially the salafist ones and the evangelical Christians have been so relentless that it became impossible to be a Hindu in the cybersphere. Ironically the tactic the opposition took was one which had been successful across the world. It was an Indian version of American ideological right Vs left warfare where you could shut your opponent down by pulling the ” white Guilt ” card or the ” racist” card. But what these keyboard warriors in India failed to understand was the whole cultural and historical difference between the west and India. Indian Hindus could never be compared to American whites or Indian Muslims to African Americans. But if you know your history right it was the other way around. Hindus especially the ones outside Kerala and Tamil Nadu are still deeply pained by 600 year long brutal Islamic rule and the atrocities committed by few of its rulers. To publically shame them for the acts of the government had only aggrevated their sense of victim hood pushing them towards Modi – Shah combo. If you analyse any article criticizing the government , most of the comments would be from handles with Muslim names ( IT cell psuedos includes) showering profanities at the Prime Minister with indirect potshots at his percieved supporters ( Hindus ) . This came to the tipping point during the CAA protests when even Muslims who were considered apolitical started sharing political commentaries including pure Islamic theology. This shocked many including myself as we saw the CAA as an assault on Indian secularism and not as a war cry for jihad. Suddenly quotes from Qur’an started to appear as WhatsApp status of many of our close friends and some social media commentators started to show off their deep knowledge of scriptures. I would attribute the failure of the whole movement to this one aspect as public sympathy slowly vanished as salafism took centre stage.

The sense of apprehension among Hindus have started to boil over and is making the current power centres more powerful. Even though the economic downturn was palpable before the Corona crisis no one raised their voices against it . Now the unplanned Corona crisis management , which is nothing more than a disaster is being appreciated ( God knows for what) . So my Muslim Brothern please remove the communal tinge on your attack on Modi and be more inclusive of dissenting voices. This would only add heft to your voice , which would ultimately take you towards your desired destination.

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  1. The unofficial quantitative easing to prompt growth earlier and large counterfeit notes resulted in money in circulation much above the officially printed notes and hence demonetisation was warranted. Money in circulation rose from 5 lakhs crores in 2002 to 15 lakh crores in 2016. All FDI from Mauritius and other tax havens prompted growth but was being eroded through this money in market. Demonetisation was only way to start getting some control of current account deficit an fiscal control. Method of doing it could be questioned. Government cannot even table the actual money that came back as it would far exceed official figures throwing questions on our economy!

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