By Yasmeen Aftab Ali
One of the first steps the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is doing after new Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s swearing in ceremony (if you ignore the telling off given to Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif that India expected steps to be taken by the latter against ‘terrorist groups’) is to move to repealing of Article 370 of the Constitution of India, which grants special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Coming hot on heels of two unsavoury incidents, this was not a very auspicious beginning. First, reported a day before Modi’s swearing in was the news of a protest by Rashtriya Hindu Andolan, a Hindu nationalist group, to ban Fajr Azaan Sanatan Sanstha activist Vijayalakshmi. This protest was a cry that India grants equal religious freedom to all; however, this must not mean followers of one religion disturbing the peace of the followers of other religions. Continue reading