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A Sufiana Intermission

A Sufi conference backed by the PM—and its political touch

A Sufiana Intermission
A Sufiana Intermission
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  • The Event: An international conference on Sufism in Delhi that has the nod of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
  • The Agenda: To present pluralistic, spiritual Islam as an antidote to the growing influence of extremist groups like the ISIS
  • Other Angle: After the Bihar debacle, the BJP has realised that polarisation won't work. Muslims must be wooed.

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Is the leopard changing his spots? All indications suggest that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is making a serious effort to woo the Muslim community. Or at least one section in particular. Preparations are on for a high-profile Sufi gathering in Delhi in a few weeks. This followed a meeting between Modi and a delegation of Sufi saints at his off­icial residence last August, where he dec­lared, “Sufi saints are an integral part of Indian ethos and Sufism contributed significantly to the creation of a pluralistic, multicultural society in the country.” He...

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