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.