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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Don't blame just the Muslims: What about ghettoes of Gujaratis, Christians, Castes ?

Farzana Versey makes an interesting point in the article, 'Ghettoes reserved for Muslims'.

She writes that on a househunt she found that every caste group and community was busy creating its own ghetto but it is Muslims who are only termed [or accused] as the ghettoised people.

In Mumbai, it is very tough for a Muslim to find a house in a multi-cultural society because no body is willing to give a house to Muslim on rent [or for purchase either].

The situation is similar in most cities of the country and unless a strong movement emerges against this ghettoisation (by any community) and governments take certain measures, it will damage the social fabric of the nation. She writes:
One has heard of instances about how the Malabar Hill-Napeansea road belt (the most prized and pricey areas of Mumbai) are being take over by the Jain-Marwari business families.
Old Parsi bungalows are being bought just to ensure that the particular part of the city is left pure for a group of people.
Christians too have begun to form their own buildings, so do Parsis and Gujaratis and Sikhs. But these are not called ghettoes. Why, then, must Muslim-populated areas be deemed ghettos?
This blog has raised the issue of discrimination with Muslims in housing societies, on many occasions. Read the stories:

1. Builders' boycott pushes Muslims into the ghettos
2. No House for Muslims: Controversy on Shabana Azmi's comment
3. Finally, a bank for the Muslim-dominated Juhapura in Ahmedabad

[Link to Farzana Versey's story]

9 comments:

mrajshekhar said...

hi,
came here after seeing your comments at retributions. a representative, if disheartening, discussion thread there. this country does seem to be losing a lot of its tolerance.
regds

indscribe said...

Rajshekhar Ji....thanks for visiting. Let's keep the dialogue on... and hope for the best.

Anonymous said...

Please correct the link

Anonymous said...

The correct link is http://www.countercurrents.org/ind-versey091106.htm

indscribe said...

ya...thanks Isha. I have corrected the link.

Anonymous said...

Using the term ghettos itself portrays a very bleak future. One hopes for a society where what counts is what one has done, not the race of religion. After all in office, it is very rarely that one even bothers to think about what is the religion of one's colleagues; same thing will slowly start to happen in society (my fervent hope)

Anonymous said...

Hi...

read ur blog... it is sad that we as a nation are becoming more and more suspicious and intolerant of our fellow countrymen

But somewhere... each one of ur posts gives me a hope that somewhere...all is not lost as yet...and there is still some scope of recovery...Amen!

Regards..

Diganta said...

Adnan, thanks a ton that you've brought a very good point. Ghettos are natural in multi-ethnic and multi-cultural societies that are not open to other cultures. These qualities does not alone apply to Muslims, but also to any Indian population division - linguistic, religious or caste-wise.

mrajshekhar said...

yes. i will be in touch. take care.
shekhar