The Indian Muslims Podcast is a platform for constructive discussion on issues important to the Indian Muslims. We will explore relevant topics across politics, society, arts, culture and more. We will talk with sensitivity and without sensationalization. We will amplify voices that need to be heard in a thoughtful way without the cacophony of thirty-second sound bites.

My name is Mohib and together with my co-host, Faisal, we appreciate you giving this podcast a chance. I am a digital marketer and photographer. Faisal is a technology professional. Many years back, Faisal and I, along with many others were involved with the Indian Muslims Blog, an award-winning opinion website. Now, we are dipping our toes into a completely different medium.

This podcast will showcase well-known and not so well-known voices within India’s Muslim community and some from outside. At times, we will look back for historical context to better understand contemporary issues. Other times, we will bring forward fresh ideas through our conversations. We will introspect and sometimes will be critical. As we embark on this journey to learn, we hope to inform and educate along the way. We will talk about best practices to tackle difficult issues that can be scaled up. We will highlight individuals and organizations that are doing exemplary work and how their experience can be used by others.

In this first episode, we spend a few minutes to understand the current situation of Indian Muslims. We will explore demographic data, political participation, educational attainment, economic well-being as well as stereotypes associated with the community.

Let’s get started.

Data Sources Used in this episode

Demographics

Political Representation

Polygamy

Vegetarianism and Non-Vegetarianism

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One comment on “Episode 1: Intro to the Podcast and Indian Muslims

  1. Naresh Chandra Saxena May 3, 2020

    Prejudice & Violence against Muslims

    As regards communal riots, I quote below Home Ministry’s own conclusion on the role of administration in a confidential internal report:
    ‘With few exceptions, it has been observed by almost all the commissions of enquiry that police were not sincere in meeting the important objective of protecting minorities, or the people who were in a weaker position and were either victim or target of killing in a communal disturbance. There were serious allegations that the police remained passive on many occasions. In many instances, police remained idle while looting, arson, and murders were committed in their very presence. In certain cases, police were an active participant in the violent mob.’

    For the two serious problems that Muslims face – violence and discrimination – the guilty party is administration and the majority community, and they need to be held responsible. Even before 2014, in most serious riots Congress was in power both at the state and central levels. The BJP has certainly been exploiting and in the process intensifying the deep-seated prejudice that unfortunately has existed for long in the Hindu mind. It is interesting that in the city of Moradabad (UP), where the two communities have equal share in population, educational institutions tend to be located in Hindu dominated areas but most of the police stations and Chowkies (outposts) are located in the Muslim dominated area. It would appear as if the Hindus need education and the Muslims need the police Danda.
    The primary responsibility of providing security and discrimination-free environment to Muslims as individuals lies with the administration, but Muslim leaders too should dispassionately analyse why the Hindus hate them, and therefore are easily swayed by the RSS and Bajrang Dal propaganda against them.
    Hindu parents aspire to send their kids to Christian convent schools, why not to Madarsas? If institutions controlled by Muslims – and this includes Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Milia – could become world class, image of Muslims would certainly improve. Imagine how Muslims would be perceived if in the coming 20 years the best civil servants, doctors, teachers and software experts in the country are Muslims. Why should their excellence be confined to music and films only?