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House for Mr Khan?

September 26th, 2010

A few days back CNN IBN aired what they called a ’sting operation’, A HOUSE FOR MR KHAN wherein they said that it was very difficult for Muslims to get a house in major cities of the country. Be it Hindus, Sikhs or Christians, no one would let out their house to a Muslim family. Fair enough, I agree that it is not so easy for them to get a house in a non Muslim society. But can you really blame these people who do not give their houses to Muslims? Is it their fault that today they do not trust people from Muslim community? Are they to be blamed if they’re concerned about safety and security of their families and kids? Who is really responsible for creating this mistrust?

I really don’t think that these people are to blamed for this at all. Their lack of faith is a culmination and not the reason for the way things are at the moment. And therefore, it was sad to see Rajdeep Sardesai trying to paint these people as villains of the piece without trying to analyze the reasons for this mistrust. There was no one on his panel who spoke candidly about how have things come to this. More importantly, Rajdeep himself never questioned anyone on this issue. Was it because blaming politicians is not really masala news any more but blaming citizens of the country is? Well, I somehow have a feeling that it was. And that’s the underlying fact of this whole matter.

At another level if you go to smaller cities in the country which have a history, like Allahabad, Meerut or Aligarh, or even older localities of metros you’ll see a phenomenon called MOHALLAs. These localities or MOHALLAS are essentially a place where you’ll find people from one community and caste only. Haven’t you guys heard of localities like Sindhi Colony, Bengali Colony (and market as well), Punjabi mohalla, Gujarati mohalla etc etc? Muslims too over the ages have always preferred to live in their own localities, for a variety of reasons.

What Rajdeep Sardesai conveniently chose to overlook is the fact that vice versa is also true for Muslims in the country. They too generally prefer to let their premises out or even sell their properties to Muslims only. If you google ‘house for rent for Muslims in India’ you’ll get more than three million results. Take a look at this snapshot from a website called, which quite clearly lists out houses which will only be sold to Muslims.

There are many such listings in this and other websites. As you can see, it’s both ways. To just blame one section of the society is just ridiculous. Sardesai should’ve been more objective in his reporting and judgement in that so called ’sting operation’.

Apart from this, as you guys would appreciate, there is a regional dimension to this issue as well. People from a particular region like to stick together. Even in modern cities like Delhi, in it’s sub city Dwarka, there are Bengali, Gujarati and Rajasthani Societies. And it is not just happening in India only. Even abroad Indians from a particular region like to stay together. For example, the director of the forthcoming movie Crook, Mohit Suri, says that he got the idea for this movie when he saw this ad in a store in Sunshine District of Melbourne which said-

‘Accommodation is available for the Indian students for Gujarati boys only’.

Also, have you guys seen the latest ad of IDEA mobile services, which shows an old woman letting out her house only when the would be tenant puts on a facade of being from the same stock? As they say, birds of the same feather flock together. That’s a natural phenomenon. And it’s quite natural for someone to accommodate another who is similar to you in living and eating habits. Leave aside Muslims, my mom-in-law would not rent out her place to anyone who is a non vegetarian! Can anyone question her right/decision in the name of secularism or anything else? For those of you who do not know her here’s a warning, don’t even try it.

The divisions in our society are very much there and have been so for ages. As responsible citizens of this country we don’t need to be averse to this diversity but we need to respect it. Yes, Muslims do get a raw deal but to blame our citizens for this would be a mistake. They did not plant this seed of mistrust among themselves. It is the way they’ve been influenced by our politicians who have exploited our diversity for their own gains who are to be blamed for this mess. Who knows if terror had not been such a burning issue in these times in our country things would’ve been different? If things have to improve, our politicians need to first start building bridges between the communities by amicably resolving issues like Ramjanambhoomi/ Babri Masjid and Kashmir imbroglio first. These are the issues which have been utilized by politicians to create mistrust, and in the bargain, vote banks as well.

Rajdeep Sardesai would do well to be more careful in his assessment than to just point accusatory fingers at non Muslims of this country. Giving out one side of the story will only hurt his own credibility, which after this report, is pretty low in my eyes.

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    Anil Kohli:

    Rajdeep Sardesai epitomizes the brand of secularism that is being implemented in this country.

    Speaking for the minority is secular, speaking for majority is communal. What happens to minorities in general does not bother them it is what happens, only 1 community in particular matters since gathering and consolidation of votes for the Congress is an important part of their mandate.

    Victimhood has to be exacerbated to meet this end.

    Long term damage to the society is immense they shall reap the harvest in due course of time.

    Media and personalities connected who most vocal have been a subject of keen interest for me. You could read my views this is the link.

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    Bhagwad Jal Park:

    I think people need to be blamed for lumping all Muslims together into one bracket based on the actions of a few. It's like me saying that all Hindus are dangerous based on the comments of a few hardcore and abusive Hindutva people...

    The point of India's diversity is that we're integrated, which is the exact opposite of segregated. I think the ad allowing accommodation only to Gujarati people is actually illegal since it violated the principle of equality in our Constitution.

    Finally, birds of a feather flock together only out of fear. If people are not mixing with those outside their community it means the fear factor in society is very high.

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    Comment By : Anil Kohli

    @Bhagwad Jal Park:

    Yes in principle I have to agree with you on what you say. This is not acceptable and should be avoided.

    How ever let me place something very crudely before you. We know 95% of the snakes are harmless, yet our instinct on sighting them is either to run or to attack them, do we stop to find out if it is harmless or not.

    Pardon my using this example it is not the best, neither is this any reflection on Indians who follow Islam nor my sentiments towards them.

    Equality in deeds and not in words is the need of the hour.

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    Prashanth K.P:

    Sush - a vivid, matter-of-fact, to-the-point observation to a subject unnecessarily fondled by electronic media for, as usual, cheap viewer-ship.

    No doubt the sycophantic classes comprising the Shoba Des, Barkah Dutts, Sagarika Ghoses, Rajdeeps, et al. rake up and mock the indignity of Indians for their parochial interests. Then we have the political elites, some dynastic, some not, who entail this group. Then we have the so called intellectuals following. This dangerous mixture capable of inciting a sense of surreal confusion is more menacing in society than the threat itself.

    The divide these mongers cause to the society far outreach the real problem. The superficial and ill-fetched sensationalism these dangerous elements instigate is worse than a pogrom.

    Generalizing one incident as pertinent to a whole community is their passion. This rental issue that all have raked up itself is absolutely false. I have Muslim tenants renting both in my complex as well as villas in Kerala and Coimbatore. I know of umpteen Hindus renting property out of Muslims. In fact, in certain parts of Kerala, majority of land and property are owned by Muslims. Why, Guruvayoor where Lord Krishna's Temple is located is entirely engulfed with Muslims ownership so to speak. Huge business houses are owned by them. I have personal friends who are stinking rich. The 4th, 5th and 6th richest Indians from the entire Arabian Gulf are Muslims from Kerala.

    It is absurd to even imagine that the Muslims are anywhere backward than the Hindus. Petty political considerations have been bestowed upon the Muslims from Independence, primarily owing to personal prejudices and short sighted vision of the then Political stalwarts, not everyone of course. Our present day sufferings, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, has been a direct consequence of this short-sightedness our political forefathers gifted us. While it is too entangled to untie, we must ensure that it does not become a nooze around our necks.

    Thanks and Jai Hind!

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    A straightforward and unbiased presentation of a subject which has been unnecessarily hyped by the brand of media Mr. Sardesai is a part of. I agree with the views in this post.

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    Comment By : Prashanth K.P

    Manju, thanks for your cognizance.

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    आज जो कुछ भी हालत हें वो सब तुष्टिकरण की नीति का परिणाम हें. में ये पूछना चाहता हू की क्या हिंदू होना आज भारत में ही इतना बड़ा पाप हो गया हें जो परधानमंत्री तक ये कहते हें की संसाधनों पर पहला हक मुसलमानों का हें? इन लोगो को ये समझ में कयूं नहीं आता की भारत की अखंडता हिंदुत्व में ही हें. जहा कही भी हिंदू कमजोर हुआ हें वही से अलगाववाद की आवाज उठी हें. कश्मीर तथा नागालेंड इसके उदहारण हें और अब आसाम में भी ये ही स्थिति बनती जा रही हें.

    Not a puzzle but the fact that 80% problems, not only in India but across the world, are being caused by Muslims.

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    Enfant Terrible:

    Divisions in our society cannot be just wished away. They are there and will remain. Although there are exceptions to such divisions but more often than not this holds true for most of us.
    Terrorism has further deepened this division. Thats obvious. But what is not is the fact that Hindus too face the same discrimination in predominantly Muslim countries. Can you then blame Hindus for being cautious in India.

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    @Enfant terrible

    How many Muslim countries allow such freedom to Hindus or other religions as Muslims got in India?? Have you ever imagined conditions of Hindus in Pakistan?? After partition, total Hindus were only 2% of Pakistan's population & after 64 years, they are still 2%. In India, Muslim population has grown to 40%, just double in the same time frame. It's not because Muslim got higher "production skills" but it's actually because Hindus & Indian democracy were kind enough to accept them as part of this society. But don't worry, real game is about to begin soon... 10% more Muslim population in India & you will see how much Muslims love India??

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    Comment By : Jake

    I think you are grossly mistaken about pakistan although your motive was correct and let me correct you on that. During partition the hindu population in pakistan was 10%.Now it is less than 1%. I do believe it is much less than 1% and it is on the decline.

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    This is a good tip especially to those fresh to the
    blogosphere. Brief but very accurate information… Many thanks for sharing this one.
    A must read article!

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