Most Indian TV news anchors ask Big Questions every night. They ask questions of the opposition, questions of liberals, questions of foreign governments, sometimes questions of the people, but rarely, if ever, for the people.
One such question has excited the newsmen and newswomen on TV since the eruption of violence around Ram Navami gave several state governments an excuse to bulldoze mainly Muslim homes, without so much as a pretence of a legal process. The question: “What’s a Muslim area?”
What’s a Muslim area, indeed? Or, more accurately, a Muslim ghetto? Why do Muslim ghettos exist in a supposedly secular country? What role does religion and demography play in access to housing? What’s the legal position?
Accumulation by Segregation: Muslim Localities in Delhi, Ghazala Jamil
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