Are Muslims really second class citizens in India?

When India removed article 370 from Jammu & Kashmir on August 5, 2019, the prime minister of Pakistan started a campaign against India, his major blame was that India is violating human rights in Jammu & Kashmir. The Muslims are being tortured by Indian forces, after so much big accusation he did not stop at that point he further accused that The Muslims are treated as “Second Class Citizens” in India.

This allegation was really very much curious matter for every Indian. At the movement I decided to check if he is really right. I decided to check if Indians are really so much narrow mind at executive level.

India is very much tolerance country in the world. Where, the people from various religions and communities are living happily. Even though I do agree that there are castiesm among Indian people but it is limited only up to middle class and under educated people. The major public and government organization have their own personal department who do hire employees for the organization. The basis of selection is some qualification criteria, which every candidates have to follow in order to be qualified for that job irrespective of his cast, community and religious identity.

When we talk about Muslims participation in Indian politics, the face of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam comes in our mind. He was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. He was then elected by the ruling party, Bhartiya Janata Party, which is blamed to be anti – Muslims in the country by the opposition. Moreover Dr. Kalam had received every prestigious national award. He received Padam Bhushan in 1981, Padma Vibhushan in 1990 and Bharat Ratna in 1997.
When we talk about Muslims in India we cannot ignore film industry, bollywood where Khan family have very much strong presence like Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Amir Khan and Saif Ali Khan. All of these guys have millions of fans in India most of them are Hindu.

And other faces is Dawood Ibrahim, chhota Shakeel, which rarely come in our mind on the name of Muslims because we Indian are very much positive thinker, we do see the every matter from positive side.

I do remember my hostel time where some Muslims boys were living. I had seen many of them talking about Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Tiger and Chhota Sakeel. Moreover some of them were calling to each other Chhota Tiger and Chhota Sakeel. The matter is that they were negative thinker otherwise they could call Sahrukh or Salaman.

When we talk about religion we know Muslims youth are more vulnerable to be misguided on the name of religion all around the world which we have seen in ISIS in Syria and Iraq and India is not an exception of that. On coming days we continue to listen that NIA have arrested some people and most of them are Muslims but these people are negligible among twenty million Muslims in India. Most of Muslims are well educated, businessman and are well settled in their life.

The conclusion is that the people who deserve for high post jobs like IAS, PCS are getting that irrespective of his community and religion and people who have contributed in nation building are getting national award like Padam Bhushan and Bharat Ratna. The people who have some art in himself like bollywood actor, are finding millions of fan in India irrespective of his community and religion.

All of these are sign of mature democratic nation. So the allegation of Pakistan Prime Minister that Muslims are second class Citizens in India is baseless and it is mare a tools to misguide negative thinking muslims youth in the name of religion.

Indian Muslims” article in wikipedia has more information on muslims in India.

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