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‘Anti-Muslim bigotry has been normalised under Modi’

Al Jazeera speaks to Neyaz Farooquee on his book, An Ordinary Man's Guide to Radicalism: Growing up Muslim in India.

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Muslims, who make up about 170 million of India's 1.3 billion population, have faced attacks since Modi came to power in 2014 [Pawan Sharma/The Associated Press]

New Delhi, India – India is home to roughly 172 million Muslims – the third-largest Muslim population in the world.

Since 2014, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power, tensions between Muslims and Hindus have increased in large parts of the country.

Muslims, who make up about 170 million of India’s 1.3 billion population, have faced attacks after being accused of eating beef or killing cows, an animal considered sacred in Hinduism.

Modi’s rise has further pushed Muslims towards marginalisation, leading many to suggest the community should withdraw from politics.

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