A Facebook post portraying the latent Islamophobia and certain harmful social misconceptions of religion have been making rounds on social media. The post was made by a gentleman who claims to be a resident of Qatar, a former resident of Delhi. In the post, he narrates an incident which occurred to him and his wife who went to RBI to exchange international notes.
While they stood in a line with many others, the man overheard some middle-aged men shaming some Muslims who were also in the queue, for their attire; doubting if those Muslims were really NRIs. These men further pointed at them slurring abuses, after which when the narrator intervenes to explain how most Indians working in the middle-east are ‘blue-collar workers’.
“Sitting on the pavement I was reminiscing about the old days. I left Delhi 25 years back. It was nostalgic. I was lost in my own world when I over heard a tilakdhari gentleman talking loudly to a crowd of about 15 men. He was pointing towards some Muslim men in the queue and almost shouting slurs like, “yeh Behenke**## kahan se NRI lagte hain? In ke huliye dekho.” he wrote in his Facebook post.
As he defended the Muslims, the writer too was roped into the conflict. “These are uncles and nephews and brothers of Dawood Ibrahim. They have come here from Dubai to change his money. He has just bought tickets for them and asked them to change his money.”, the man abusing the Muslims blurted out.
The writer of the post was also called a relative of Dawood Ibrahim, an anti-national and a terrorist. Slowly as the writer lost control, he approached towards the man who has been abusing Muslims since the beginning.
“As I moved towards him, the entire crowd that had swelled up to about 30 odd people moved towards me. The cops moved away in other direction.”, the writer expressed. Though the writer was not harmed this clearly shows the current power play of the society and the position of Muslims in our country.
This comes in the wake of multiple instances of mob-lynching which killed many. As recently as yesterday a man in Jharkhand was lynched by an angry mob.
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