Citizens who are member of societal, ethnic or religious minorities are per se more vulnerable than the rest of a country’s population. That should be the case in India, too. Yet rather than being protected by the State, many of them are facing increasing hurdles, if not outright harassment through public measures. Prof. Nandini Sundar explains how.
- It may surprise some to discover that the vice president of the Freedom and Justice party, the Muslim Brotherhood’s most important political party obliged for decades to exist underground, is a Coptic Christian. And yet it is true. Professor Rafiq Habib, an academic who has for some time been studying Islam, is a Christian who has accepted to work with the new Islamic party, believing that at this time the Freedom and Justice Party represents the main nucleus of Egyptian society. “At the moment the Muslim culture can be a way of finding shared values, capable of strengthening a society pulverised in recent decades by a regime wishing to keep people divided. Its fundamental values are shared by the majority of the Egyptian people,” explains Habib.