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in response to reader comment: The tale of two Muslim women in India

Submitted by Robert (United States), Oct 12, 2022 at 22:14

Dear Prashant,

Unfortunately, I do not think many in the USA would understand you. The reason is, that few Americans know much about the history, culture, and Ancient Civilization of India.

The minimum known is that Pakistan split off from India after Britain finally ended its imperial rule over India. And we are expected to know that Pakistan is a huge Muslim majority country but Hindu majority India has a huge Muslim minority which is larger than many other Muslim majority countries.

Now what I learned about the Muslim minority in India is that they are quite happy to be citizens of India and arguably have it better than Pakistanis.

In that context I can try to be a Sherlock Holmes to figure out what's going on in your narrative. It seems like Indian Muslims feel that they are not really good Muslims. That's why they make the first woman a Hero - she came out dressed like a good Muslim. But the second woman could not be a hero to Muslims in India because they must feel insecure on some level. So the second woman is viewed as a threat because she is viewed as an opponent of Islam in Hindu majority India.

So - does my interpretation of the motives appear feasible to your better understanding of Indian culture?

PS: Let me give you an American current event. It involves the African American rapper YE. He very recently wore a shirt which read "WHITE LIVES MATTER." For this he received negative publicity by African Americans - and of course left wink, white, and Democratic Americans. Candice (a black Conservative Republican woman was with him and on his side. Also, I know that Nadler and Schiff (US Congressman) were probably or certainly not on the side of YE for wearing this shirt.


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