Talks about a kar sewak in the family who brought back a brick from the Masjid, and the kind of fear associated with that experience. A fear that anything can happen anytime and it can burn you.
After Babri, people started talking about religion more openly, even within theatre community. More mentions of dharam. But there are groups speaking strongly against the happenings in society.
Talks of own obsession to get facts right. Paucity of data afflicting India today. Traditional sources for data or statistics are vanishing.
If you remove J&K, Muslims comprise only 3% of IPS officers on average. (percentage of Muslims in India: 10-14%)
Among IAS officers (data for 1978-2016 only), in some years you have ZERO muslims in the batches. Maximum was in '95 batch: 8%.
In 1980, 49 Muslims MPs out of 542 (9%).
In 2014, 20 MPs out of 543 (3.7%). First time the ruling party had no Muslim representation in the Lok Sabha. BJP went to Rajya Sabha to find representation.
Who gives LS tickets to Muslims? NOT Congress (5.7%). Congress is following the BJP.
Largest is RJD (20%).
Counterpoint: Maharashtra, where irrespective of who's in power, representation hardly varies. Still hugely underrepresented.
MP had 2% Muslim representation under Digvijay Singh, fell to 0.5% under Shivraj.
Rajasthan changes with administration - with INC in power, representation is 6%, but with BJP in power, falls to 1% - but not a big difference. Conclusion: Congress needs to do much more in terms of giving tickets to Muslim
It is not that Muslims DO NOT want to participate. Muslims stand as independents (e.g., 400 candidates in Maharashtra in 2014)
Why does it matter?
Muslim MPs asked 23% of all questions about Muslims in LS question hour.
So who speaks for the Muslims in Lok Sabha?
Good night and good luck!