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Shekhar Gupta: Pulping the Modi script on Muslims

How BJP's panicky return to basic-instinct majoritarianism in Bihar has pushed Muslims back into 'secular' basement

Shekhar Gupta

Bihar has brought the minority (Muslim) vote back in the political debate. Before joining it, a remarkable fact needs to be noted: not since Mohammed Ali Jinnah went to Pakistan have Indian Muslims trusted a fellow Muslim as their leader. They have always preferred a Hindu, and not necessarily of one party. For nearly four decades it was the Gandhi family. Then, with Rajiv Gandhi's serial missteps, from Shah Bano to shilanyas, Muslims of the heartland shifted to V P Singh, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lalu Prasad. Subsequently in Uttar Pradesh Mayawati widened their choices. Elsewhere, in ...