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Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad told me before the 2014 election in Lucknow, “Muslims can form a government (with their vote), but they don’t have the numerical strength to make a government fall.”
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Perhaps for the first time since 1952, India had a government that did not depend on Muslims voting for it.
Nothing wrong with this. Looking at it objectively, democracy is all a game of numbers with endless permutations and combinations, and Modi had just proved more adept at it in the face of the retreat by the secular forces, that’s all.
Its effect on the Muslim mindset can only be imagined, or felt. All along, Muslims felt they were a critical cog in the democratic machine, but were suddenly made to feel unnecessary.
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To canada goose black friday sale worsen matters are the hotheads of the ruling dispensation who seem answerable to no one but themselves as they go on a Muslim bashing spree. Vigilante justice is easily meted out to Muslim youth in imagined and petty cases, with no one raising their voice, not even an M J Akbar who in his prime would have shed copious tears in prose at what is happening around him.
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So what comes to the aid of the young, disheartened, Muslim youth? Imagined communities, courtesy digital India aka social media.
It is on social media that the imagined community of Muslim Ummah is formed, an imagined community that brings together misguided, misinformed, youth to the era of 7th century Arabia, which they feel was the community’s golden age.
The idea of a caliphate, the institution abolished by Kemal Ataturk in the early 20th century with the end of the Ottoman empire, has always been a distant dream, a suppressed longing in the Muslim community, and it was this deep desire that ISIS leader canada goose store Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi tapped into by proclaiming himself the new caliph.
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