- 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.
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...