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Rising Violence against Muslims in India Under Modi and BJP Rule

While communal violence has been an ongoing and unfortunate reality for post-colonial and post-partition India, there’s no sidestepping the fact that attacks and hate crime incidences against the country’s Muslim minority by members of the Hindu majority have occurred in greater frequency and ferocity in the years since Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), came to power in 2014 –on the back of a Hindu nationalist agenda, one in which anti-Muslim animus and discrimination features in mainstream political discourse and government policy. These realities have brought Muslims to the brink of genocide in India and Kashmir.

Rising Violence against Muslims in India Under Modi and BJP
Muslim men with supporters of Sikh organisations Dal Khalsa and Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) hold placards and slogans in a strike against the Citizenship Amendment Act, India, on January 25, 2020. SAMEER SEHGAL / Hindustan Times via Getty Images
 

 

 

 

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Narendra Modi was sworn in as India’s 14th Prime Minister on May 26, 2014, after promising to revitalize the Indian economy and implement the same kind of economic policies that had transformed his home state of Gujarat, where he was Chief Minister from 2001 to 2014.

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