Shaban is deputy director, TISS, Tuljapur, and honorary fellow, US-India Policy Institute, Washington.
Neo-Islam, like neo-Hinduism, is injurious to India’s pluralism
The triumphant narratives call for disciplining of Muslims, and for Hindu assertion.
Unlike in the West, India’s syncretic culture has kept the fear of Islam at bay.
Two years ago, there was a spontaneous protest by leading Indian writers who returned their Sahitya Akademi awards. This year witnessed the release of at least three powerful novels,all of which use the medium of art and fiction to reflect the burden of society.