4 min read.Updated: 03 Mar 2021, 09:32 PM ISTRahul Jacob
A couple of new books serve us a sharp reminder of how badly we might be failing our secular ideals
One of Ghazala Wahab’s defining memories of her childhood home in Agra was seeing a riotous mob assemble outside its gates. Mobs, exercised by the Babri Masjid agitation three decades ago, were roaming the city looking for targets. Her father gave her a list of numbers to call. It was of senior people he knew in the police and civil services. In a shocking and all-too-premature initiation into adulthood, none of the people she called responded with help. In her book published this month, Born a Muslim: Some Truths about Islam in India, a narrative that is by turns private and public, Wahab talks about the socio-political discrimination that Muslims face in India. They are often viewed as ‘anti-national’ and accused of being appeased and favoured, despite a wealth of data that shows that the opposite is true.