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How Islamophobia is hurting India’s foreign policy
Islamophobia is the fear, hatred, or prejudice against the religion of Islam or Muslims. It has been fueled by incidents like the September 11 attacks, the rise of the Islamic State (IS), and other terror attacks by Islamic extremists. This anti-Muslim prejudice and hatred of Islam have been predominant in many parts of India where 80% of the population practices Hinduism. On the contrary, in India’s populous neighboring states like Bangladesh and Pakistan, Muslims are the majority. India also has close business relationships with Islamic nations such as Indonesia and the Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar where Indians form the largest expatriate communities. Yet, the ruling Hindu nationalist party and Hindu hardliners have been very harsh and openly made allegations and hate speeches against Muslims, and in some cases, with violence. Though they are a minority, Muslims have a 200 million-strong community in India, the third-largest after Indonesia and Pakistan. What is it like to be a Muslim in India?
Enjoy reading the article and learn about India’s Islamophobia.