Most Indian TV news presenters ask big questions every night. They ask questions of the opposition, questions of the liberals, questions of foreign governments, sometimes questions of the people, but rarely, if ever, for the people.
One such question has excited journalists on television since the eruption of violence around Ram Navami gave several state governments an excuse to bulldoze predominantly Muslim homes, without even seeking legal process. . The question: “What is a Muslim quarter?”
What is a Muslim quarter, indeed? Or, more accurately, a Muslim ghetto? Why are there Muslim ghettos in a supposedly secular country? What role do religion and demographics play in access to housing? What is the legal situation?
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