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Muslim Radicalism: For PFI, There Is Little That Is Behind The Scenes

PFI came into being in response to violence against Muslims. Political silence on it only helped the fundamentalist outfit grow in coastal Karnataka

United in Faith: Hindu groups protest in Bengaluru aginst the beheading of Kanhaiya Lal in Rajasthan Photo: Getty Images

“Violence, violence, violence. We don’t like it. We avoid. But violence likes us, we cannot avoid.”

The audience broke into loud cheers when firebrand Muslim leader Riyaz Faringepete uttered these lines from the recent Kannada flick, K.G.F: Chapter 2, during a rally in Mangalore town of coastal Karnataka in May this year. The region has seen periodic communal violence, with both Hindu and Muslim outfits indulging in competitive fundamentalism.

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