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Honor

by Thrity Umrigar

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Escalating Anti-Muslim Sentiment in India

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At the time of the partition in 1947, what was once the British colony of India was split, separating the predominantly Hindu Dominion of India (modern-day Republic of India) from the predominantly Muslim Dominion of Pakistan (modern-day Pakistan and Bangladesh). Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru envisaged India as a secular socialist democratic republic. Sadly, his vision did not endure, and anti-Muslim sentiment and violence have been a constant, increasingly so since the early 1990s. This issue is captured vividly in Thrity Umrigar's novel Honor, which centers around a Hindu woman who is suing her brothers for murdering her Muslim husband.

India is constitutionally secular, and the population is roughly 84% Hindu and 14% Muslim. Religious extremists have established a movement intended to make Hinduism the official religion, and in the process, further the persecution of Muslims. In December 2021, hundreds of these extremists gathered at a conference in Haridwar, where speakers ...

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