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Darshan Soni can remember the last time he stepped into the

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Cong tries soft Hindutva

The line dividing Hindus and Muslims in Godhra has never run deeper. Darshan Soni can remember the last time he stepped into the Muslim territory as himself.

canada goose black friday sale An active member of Godhra leading cow vigilante group, Soni only ever crosses into the Muslim area posing as a Muslim skullcap placed firmly on canada goose outlet vip his big, bald head to pick up leads on the movement of cows. canada goose black friday sale

Soni has never willingly spoken to a Muslim in 24 years. don talk to each other in Godhra; we never have. a town of 150,000 people, has never been known for Hindu Muslim harmony. before 1947, every year an incident drove the communities apart, said a Muslim trader who didn want to be named.

And 2002 sealed it forever, when on February 28, 59 Hindu pilgrims travelling in the Sabarmati Express were killed in a fire that engulfed their coach near Godhra canada goose outlet toronto factory station; nearly 2,000 people, a majority of them Muslims, were killed in the subsequent riots that singed 20 of Gujarat 25 districts.

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buy canada goose jacket cheap 2017 marks 15 years of the communal riots that tore through Gujarat According to official sources, canada goose outlet store new york 790 Muslims and 254 canada goose outlet black friday sale Hindus were killed, and as many as 100,000 Muslims and 40,000 Hindus were rendered homeless. According to civil rights and Muslim groups, more than 2,000 Muslims canada goose outlet online reviews were killed by Hindu mobs. Earlier in 2017, all 28 accused in a post Godhra riot case were acquitted by a Gandhinagar court citing lack of substantial evidence. Muslims, who make up 22% of Godhra 2.13 lakh electorate, feel alienated from the political mainstream in Gujarat. buy canada goose jacket cheap

cheap canada goose uk Communal polarisation is a defining feature of Gujarat politics, and Godhra is its prime example. In the assembly constituency of Godhra, where Muslims make up about 22% of the electorate, the Congress has defeated the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in six of the 12 assembly elections held so far. The coming elections in November will be a test for both parties as they struggle to hold on to their constituencies in the city as well as the state. cheap canada goose uk

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However, the electoral dynamics are more complicated this time. A section of canada goose outlet in vancouver Gujarat Muslims feels disillusioned with the Congress perfunctory patronage. The party hasn made any significant moves to rebuild the community trust. In March, Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki, said, will be most happy if Lord Ram temple is rebuilt in his canada goose outlet online uk birthplace. In June, the party youth wing demanded the central government declare the cow as national animal.

canada goose clearance If Congress is toying with soft Hindutva to win the Hindus back, the canada goose outlet BJP too is trying to woo the Muslims. In May, the party minority cell kicked off a series of Muslim meets with an event in rural Gandhinagar where, it claims, around 2,000 members of the Congress minority cell joined the BJP. canada goose clearance

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But as the fight for votes kicks off, issues related to safety and security continue to weigh heavily on Muslims of Gujarat.

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70% of the community lives in fear that they will be implicated by police if trouble happens, says Sophia Jamal, vice president at the town municipality.

has changed in the 15 years. When our kids are picked up over suspicion and sent to jail, they keep rotting there until a court decides in their favour. this drama is to provoke riots, says Haji. people are running maximum butcher shops in India. You tell us that your religion doesn allow the killing of animals then what are bulls, buffaloes and goats?

canada goose store There is only one exception to Godhra Hindu Muslim segregation. Harin Patel and Sajid Khan Pathan canada goose outlet uk have been business partners since 2007. They run their motor company from an office space burnt down in the 2002 riots, even though they live across the line of separation. canada goose store

buy canada goose jacket should be tuning between two people. That the important thing in business, says Patel. dum close relation hai. Family relation hai. Har cheez mein (We are very close, like family), says Pathan. buy canada goose jacket

It seems like the perfect story. Business beats religion. There is one catch, though. Pathan happens to be a vegetarian: eat beef at all? Not like it a good thing. Some people are just being stubborn all. canada goose outlet toronto location a few months, PM Narendra Modi home state goes to the polls in what is being billed as one of the most important tests for the BJP before the general elections in 2019. HT travels to five of Gujarat most important cities and www.jacketstockk.com through them examines some of the issues that are shaping the poll campaign.

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