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Citizenship and Diversity

Chetna Sharma

A civilization can be judged by the way a society treats its minorities.

 

Mahatma Gandhi

Introduction

One day, while traveling in a Karol Bagh-Gurgaon D.T.C. (Delhi Transport Corporation) bus, I overheard two people talking about the status of Muslims in India. One of them made a point about the privileged position Muslims enjoy in India, and how despite that, they have made a demand for reservation. The other said that since we are all citizens of the same country, we should all be treated equally by the state; why, then, are they getting certain privileges? They have a special status when it comes to marriage and divorce—they can have four wives, while Hindus can only have one. These point raised by ...

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