They are not even mentioning minorities. It is scary for Muslims. It is scary for all of us.

Like Lakdawala, the former Jawaharlal Nehru University professor believes that Congress’s silence over Padmavati went beyond the election. “I believe that that Congress has lost its capacity to speak on issues like free speech.”

For Mujahid Nafees, a 35-year-old Muslim man from Ahmedabad, the Congress is playing a “dangerous game” in not condemning the agitation against Padmavati. “Today, they are quiet about Padmavati. What will it be tomorrow? What’s the limit of looking the other way,” he said.

Nafees, who runs an advocacy group called the Minority Coordination Committee, continued, “Right now, the Congress believes that Muslims will always vote for them. Eventually, Muslims will just have to stop voting and that just hurts the democratic system that we live in. It is dangerous.”

There is a deep sense of helplessness in the Muslim community, rich and poor.

Congress and Hindutva

While the BJP has always accused the Congress of appeasing the minority for votes, political analysts believe that the Congress has practiced “soft Hindutva” since the eighties.

In 1985, then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi nullified the landmark judgement that granted alimony to a Muslim wife from Indore named Shah Bano, just to appease orthodox Muslims who opposed the Supreme Court’s interference in their personal laws.

To restore the balance, a few months later, Rajiv Gandhi ordered the lock on the Babri Masjid to be removed, giving Hindus access to the birthplace of Lord Rama. But long time observers of the Gujarat elections say they have never seen anything like the current campaign.

Why Congress’s Silence On ‘Padmavati’ Is Terrifying A Section Of Muslims In Gujarat

A series of events last week, leading up to the postponement of a period drama about a Rajput queen, has polarized opinion and shifted the focus of prime time news from pressing matters such as an ongoing farmers’ agitation in the heart of the national capital, to a raging discussion on Hindu pride.

In a recent conversation with HuffPost India, Hanif Lakdawala, a doctor based in Ahmedabad, recalled the events with shock and disbelief, particularly the threats of violence made against Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone, the director and lead actress of the film Padmavati — based on an epic poem by Malik Muhammad Jayasi.

“How can people saying that they are going to chop off someone’s nose and head over a movie. Still, no one is coming forward to defend free speech or even to condemn such hateful statements. What is going on in this country?” he said.

Amnesty Offered To First-Time Stone Pelters In Jammu And Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has announced amnesty to first-time stone pelters, officials said on Thursday.

In a Twitter post on Wednesday night, Mufti said: “It gives me immense satisfaction to restart the process of withdrawing FIRs against first-time offenders of stone pelting.

“My government had initiated the process in May 2016 but it was unfortunately stalled due to the unrest later that year.

“It is a ray of hope for these young boys and their families. This initiative will provide them an opp ortunity to rebuild their lives.”

The Centre’s special representative on Jammu and Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma had recommended the move to instil confidence among the stakeholders for a sustained dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue.

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Amnesty Offered To First-Time Stone Pelters In Jammu And Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has announced amnesty to first-time stone pelters, officials said on Thursday.

In a Twitter post on Wednesday night, Mufti said: “It gives me immense satisfaction to restart the process of withdrawing FIRs against first-time offenders of stone pelting.

“My government had initiated the process in May 2016 but it was unfortunately stalled due to the unrest later that year.

“It is a ray of hope for these young boys and their families. This initiative will provide them an opp ortunity to rebuild their lives.”

The Centre’s special representative on Jammu and Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma had recommended the move to instil confidence among the stakeholders for a sustained dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue.

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