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Muslim Communalism

While I fully agree with the editorial ("Resisting 'Sustainable' Communalism," EPW, 27 June 2015) and appreciate its urgency and concern, I must point out that there is another similarly corrosive "sustainable" communalism, and that is of a large portion of the Muslim community. It is most obviously expressed in what is easily termed as "sectarian" bias and antagonism. This sectarianism has become more and more blatant in recent years. Then there is also that refl exive communalism that is directed against all Muslims who do not contribute to the sectarianism of these people nor to their exclusivism that is directed against all those Muslims whom they derisively call "secular." It has been quietly accepted by many liberals in the media. Ordinary Muslim citizens of India need to be protected as much from the communalism of their co-religionists as from what is labelled majoritarian communalism.

C M Naim

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