Why could Muslims not be like every one else, they would ask me. I would make heroic attempts to explain the cause of distress. Why do Muslims seek to be an exception to the secular ethos of India that we all cherish as the Idea of India, was even more tiresome to respond to. Essentially while we all believed in secularism, the actual definition of secularism itself varied. To add to that confusion was the introduction of concepts such as 'pseudo secularism' and 'genuine secularism' by the BJP, an ascendent political force. So I chose to write a book about this called At Home in India: A Restatement of Indian Muslims.
Former external affairs minister
The writer is a former external affairs minister.
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