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Change Must Come From Within For India's Muslim Community

After nearly seven decades of an onerous struggle, India as a nation knows well that you pay dearly for being a perennial laggard; on the other hand, the incentives of integrating with a globalised world are immense, and one need only look at the rise of the Asian tigers to confirm this undeniable fact. Unfortunately, the Muslims of India are stuck with an anachronistic world view, still unable to overcome the stranglehold orthodoxy.

More ‘Iqbals' And Less ‘Fanaas': How Bollywood Can Take On Religious Intolerance

If mainstream Hindi movies increasingly portray Muslims as regular Indians leading a "routine Indian life", it would immensely help in overthrowing the stereotypes that some politicians, extremists and their ilk project. But the depiction of Muslim leads in most recent flicks which do have them -- Chak De India, New York, Haider, etc. -- is heavily focused on identity issues. While such head-on tackling of Muslim identity crises is necessary and welcome, it should also be liberally supplemented by the portrayal of Muslims as simply people rather than Muslim people.