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Two flow-ons to Indian election result?

The landslide victory of Narendra Modi in the Indian election is a clear demonstration of the previous government being solidly routed.  But, like a lot of things in life the result of the the BJP winning the election may not be such a good thing for India's Muslims.

"Discrimination against Muslims in India is so rampant that many barely muster outrage when telling of the withdrawn apartment offers, job rejections and turned-down loans that are part of living in India for them. As a group, Muslims have fallen badly behind Hindus in recent decades in education, employment and economic status, with persistent discrimination by a Hindu majority a key reason why. Muslims are more likely to live in villages without schools or medical facilities and less likely to qualify for bank loans.

Now, in the wake of a landslide electoral triumph Friday by India’s Bharatiya Janata Party, a Hindu nationalist party, some Muslims here said they are worried that their place in India could become even more tenuous."


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"The Bharatiya Janata Party is led by Narendra Modi, who is widely expected to become India’s next prime minister. Mr. Modi has a fraught relationship with Muslims, who make up about 15 percent of the country. He was in charge of the western state of Gujarat in 2002 when uncontrolled rioting caused 1,000 deaths, mostly among Muslims. He has also been linked with a police assassination squad that largely targeted Muslims."

See also this piece on CommonDreams dealing with the result of the Indian election.


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