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Healing the Hindu-Muslim Divide

Author Name: Moin Qazi | Format: Paperback | Genre : Religion & Spirituality | Other Details

This book is an attempt to initiate a dialogue between Hindus and Muslims to explore how best we can cool the seething anger and douse the angry flames that have incited religious ideologies and are staggering at a rapid pace. The conflagration of the crisis appears headed for a volcano. Since 1947, India and Pakistan have shared profound affinities across ferociously policed borders,

A few decades back, India was an amalgam of rare mysticism, its stages adorned with efflorescent strains of hereditary culture. The great 14th-century Sufi poet Amir Khusrau wrote qawwali, a poetic form derived from Arabic chants, using a female persona and imagery derived from the cult of the Hindu god Krishna. Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa, India’s most influential yogi in the 19th century, spent many years dressed in different costumes. India was the world’s busiest cultural crossroads, receiving and transmitting cultural influences between East and West, North and South.

The divergence between Hindus and Muslims became ongoing after Britain divided the country. India’s independence and the emergence of Pakistan in 1947 have unquestionably impacted mutual relations, as underlined by the ongoing religious anxiety and increase in community riots. We may have to infuse rich cultural vigour to heal the wounded civilisation. What we need is to temper our speech and slough off prejudices with a respectful and helpful attitude.

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Moin Qazi

An economist by training, a social worker by practice and a poet by chance, Moin Qazi is an author, researcher and development professional who has spent four decades in the development sector. He is a firm believer in learning from communities in their environments. This is a compilation of articles which have been published in leading magazines. The author has contributed articles to leading global publications and authored several books. He has been associated with the development sector for almost four decades.

He began his early career as a development journalist. While still at college, he began writing on issues relating to the plight of child labourers and leading efforts against it. His work ultimately received the attention of Indian courts, leading to a series of reforms for child labourers.

He worked for over three decades at the State Bank of India and has been associated with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, NITI Aayog and Tata Institute of Social Sciences. He has played a crucial role in empowering women and the education of girl children in rural areas, along with efforts to create affordable housing programmes for low-income individuals. He writes regularly for several newspapers and journals.

He holds PhDs in English and Economics and has authored over a dozen books on diverse themes.




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