After months of protests over a controversial citizenship law, India is now dealing with some of the worst violence in decades.
At least 47-people were killed and over 300 injured in riots across Delhi. Witnesses said police were unwilling or unable to control the mobs, and in some cases may have participated in the violence. Crowds set fire to thousands of properties, including schools, mosques, shops, and homes. Police and paramilitary are now patrolling neighborhoods but some Muslims say they’re living in constant fear.
To discuss all of this:
- Aditya Menon is a political editor at The Quint, an Indian news website.
- Lalit K. Jha is the Chief US Correspondent for Press Trust of India.
- Salman Anees Soz is an economic development expert and the author of “The Great Disappointment.”
- Irfan Nooruddin is the Director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council and a professor of Indian politics at Georgetown University
Muslims in New Delhi are fleeing as sectarian violence reduces their houses, shops, and places of worship to ashes. In one neighborhood, witnesses said police fired at Muslim crowds, shielded Hindu rioters and didn't act when rioters set a mosque on fire.https://t.co/SWvEBzQQKb
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