The idea of a Muslim vote bank and demographic takeover: How data shows up this narrative as contemporary mythology
There are a few myths about the Muslim population in India that have assisted in the growth of the politics around this community. One has to do with the rapid growth in Muslim population, debunked both globally and in India. The other is the ‘Muslim vote bank’, and the accompanying narrative that the current turn towards Hindutva is a reaction to decades of ‘minority appeasement’. But it is necessary to consider the data in order to properly examine these formulations.
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Muslims should not waste their vote as there is infighting in Samajwadi Party and Congress lacks a voter base in Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati told a huge gathering at her Lucknow rally.
For the ensuing assembly elections, Mayawati is working on an altogether different strategy. She is busy giving shape to a Dalit-Muslim consolidation in her favour.
The incident, which happened on 28 September in Bisahra village of Uttar Pradesh's Dadri district is an indelible blot of shame that we must live with.
The two victories of the AIMIM in Maharashtra shows yet again that Muslims are looking for alternatives beyond the traditional "secular" parties who, they feel, have let them down by treating them only as vote banks
Sonia Gandhi's appeal to Muslims to not split their vote is also communalism of a kind. It appeals to Muslims to chose her brand of secularism over someone else's.
The Muslim vote bank is being gradually dismantled. And 2014 could provide us with evidence of that.
Whether the Shahi Imam's endorsement of Mamata Banerjee actually helps her or not, it proves that the Congress is losing its grip over Muslim votes. Even parties which claim not to look at religion or caste are wooing Muslim voters.
According to a report on The Economic Times, the party has decided to approach the Muslims in a different way than the traditional time tested one. So instead to seeking out ulemas and maulvis to help them establish a connect with the masses, the BJP intends to hold discussions between people from the grassroots and Narendra Modi.
With a section of imams turning against Rahul Gandhi, should the Congress be worried?