Although historically aware of its disadvantaged sections and their special needs, India has decisively switched from ‘appeasing’ Muslims — its largest minority — to budgeting for them.

Two things in recent years have helped institutionalise minority budgeting. One is the creation of a minority affairs ministry by the Congress-led UPA government in 2004 and, as a result, yearly budgetary allocations made to it. Read more

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As President Obama’s special representative to Muslim communities, Farah Anwar Pandith’s job is to tell the Muslim world, ‘Look, America ain’t all that bad’. Pandith invariably begins by pointing to her own life as a successful American Muslim woman of Indian origin. Read more

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The Doha Debates, a Qatar-based debating platform that brought free speech to the Arab world, is in India.

As it always does, The Doha Debates has picked a fairly explosive but pertinent issue for its Delhi debut on February 15. The motion is, “This House believes Muslims are not getting a fair deal in India”. Read more

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