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What If Rajiv Hadn't Caved In To The Zealots?

What if Rajiv Gandhi hadn't given in to the bigots in the Shah Bano case? What if the Babri Masjid had not been unlocked by Rajiv Gandhi in 1986? What if Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses had not been banned?

What If Rajiv Hadn't Caved In To The Zealots?
What If Rajiv Hadn't Caved In To The Zealots?
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The Secularism Roundtable: Despite a historical mandate, and the support of the largest number of MPs ever, the Rajiv Gandhi government in the mid-1980s made a series of decisions that changed the contours of Indian polity, polarising it in profound ways...

What if Rajiv Gandhi hadn’t given in to the bigots in the Shah Bano case?

Balbir Punj, convenor, BJP thinktank: Rajiv Gandhi’s yielding to mullahdom was in fact a continuation of a ‘secular’ trend set by his predecessor and maternal grandfather Nehru who legislated the Hindu Code Bill to reform Hindu society. But he left the Muslim society undisturbed in its medieval mindset. We could have had a uniform civil code (UCC) by now but for such capitulations.

Kamal Faruqui, member, All India Muslim Personal Law Board: It is mischievous to suggest that Rajiv capitulated to the mullahs. He honoured the wishes of the common Muslims. Had he not got Parliament to pass a law upturning the SC judgement, it would have led to not just riots and a serious law and order problem but also to a state of siege in the minds of the Muslim community. They would have been left sulking, hurt, insecure, and betrayed. It would have been a black chapter in Indian history.

Mushirul Hasan, vice-chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia University: The whole problem with the political strategies of all...

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