ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Mumbai's Muslims and 'Friends'

The violence against the police and the media at the recent rally in Mumbai held by Muslims to protest the killing of Muslims in Assam and Myanmar took everyone by surprise. While the Mumbai police's remarkable restraint avoided a larger confl agration, it failed to anticipate the violence despite clear signs. Ever since the 1992-93 communal riots in Mumbai, fi rst the Congress Party and later the ationalist Congress Party have cultivated a few Muslim leaders who act as "brokers" and havehardly any grass-roots support within the community

The Muslim rally held in Mumbai to protest against the killing of Muslims in Myanmar and Assam, and which left two Muslims dead from the police firing, may turn out to be historic in many ways. First, for the manner in which the Mumbai police, indicted for their communal conduct towards Muslims by two judicial commissions, handled this violence aimed at them and the media. Second, for the anger of the city’s Muslims against the ulema who organised the rally.

Brokering Peace

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