Anti-Muslim Violence in Delhi

Anti-Muslim Violence in Delhi

Tensions are running high in India due to a newly enacted anti-Muslim citizenship law. The law has instigated some of the worst violence in decades between the country’s Hindu majority and Muslim minority. For decades, Hindu nationalism has controlled the country’s politics and targeted Muslim communities. Over the past two weeks, more than 50 people have been killed and 200 people injured.  Most of the casualties are Muslim.

Instructors, click the link below to download this week’s lecture for use in your classroom. The deck contains a writing prompt and a debate question as well as other assessment questions.

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Links

“Delhi Riots Aftermath: ‘How Do You Explain Such Violence?’”
https://www.npr.org/2020/03/07/812193930/delhi-riots-aftermath-how-do-you-explain-such-violence

“Delhi riots: Violence that killed 53 in Indian capital was ‘anti-Muslim pogrom’, says top expert”
https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/world/delhi-riots-pogrom-violence-deaths-modi-bjp-india-police-a9384891.html

“No going back after deadly Delhi riots”
https://asiatimes.com/2020/03/no-going-back-after-deadly-delhi-riots/

“Modi government’s domestic agenda has begun undercutting its secular foreign policy”
https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/delhi-violence-clashes-donald-trump-india-visit-6302987/

“What Happened in Delhi was a pogrom”
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/02/what-happened-delhi-was-pogrom/607198/

“India’s Muslims are punished for asking to be Indian”
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/india-muslims-punished-indian-200306190342176.html

“Violence in India threatens its global ambitions: NYT”
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/violence-in-india-threatens-its-global-ambitions-nyt/articleshow/74504411.cms

“Is India losing friends in the world? Jaishankar responds to criticism over Delhi violence”
https://www.republicworld.com/india-news/general-news/is-india-losing-friends-in-the-world-jaishankar-responds-to-criticism.html

Assessment

  • Writing: Describe the history of the conflict between the Hindus and Muslims in India. How has this conflict evolved over time and what role has India’s colonial history played in the violence we are seeing today?
  • Debate: The Indian government should be held accountable by the international community and the UN for authorizing sectarian violence against minorities in their country through a pogrom.
  • Poll: Is the Indian government doing enough to stop the anti-Muslim violence in the country?
  • Short Answer: Is India’s new citizenship/asylum law a breach of its secular constitution?

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