Asghar Ali Engineer 2004 response to Ram Guha ‘Emergence of Hindu revivalism does not lie in the absence of Muslim liberalism’ Society 

Asghar Ali Engineer 2004 response to Ram Guha: ‘Emergence of Hindu revivalism does not lie in the absence of Muslim liberalism’

Responding to Harsh Mander’s article ‘Sonia, sadly’ lamenting that Muslims have been “rendered politically irrelevant”, even “untouchable”, in India today, the historian Ramachandra Guha, under the title ‘Liberals, sadly’ writing in The Indian Express on Tuesday, rooted the community’s marginalisation in the absence of a liberal elite that could lead it “out of a medievalist ghetto into a full engagement with the modern world”. To make his point, Guha quoted the late activist and writer Hamid Dalwai, whom he also held up as one of the three “secularising modernists”, alongside…

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Sri Lanka declares Emergency after anti-Muslim riots Current Affairs 

Sri Lanka declares Emergency after anti-Muslim riots

Colombo: Sri Lanka has declared a nationwide state of emergency for 10 days to rein in the spread of communal riots on Tuesday, a day after mob attacks against the minority Muslim population in an Indian Ocean island’s central district of Kandy. “At a special cabinet meeting, it was decided to declare a state of emergency for ten days to prevent the spread of communal riots to other parts of the country,” the spokesman, Dayasiri Jayasekara, told Reuters. The announcement came after angry mobs made up of the majority Sinhalese…

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