Essay

Muslims today

Print edition : March 02, 2018

New Delhi, September 17, 1947: Muslim refugees, evacuated from areas of unrest in the city, take shelter in the Purana Qila. Photo: AP

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. Muslim politics was clay in his hands to mould as he wished. Photo: PIB

H.S. Suhrawardy, former Premier of Bengal. The Muslim League leader listed several options with regard to the political course in the early days. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Mohammed Ali Jinnah, a September 18, 1947, photograph. Photo: AFP

Asaduddin Owaisi, president, All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen. Photo: MOHAMMED YOUSUF

A rally by the Indian Union Muslim League protesting against attacks on minorities and Dalits, in Thiruvananthapuram on July 10, 2017. Photo: S. GOPAKUMAR

Seventy years after Independence, the Muslims of India have very real grievances. No political party, secular or ”communal”, has made a sincere effort to address them or simultaneously draw Muslims into the political mainstream and enlist the support of non-Muslims.

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