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 rather accused) as the ghettoised ones.
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 ghettoes?
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