ISLAMABAD: Noted Indian author Chetan Bhagath has said Muslims, particularly Kashmiris, face racism on a daily basis in India.
According to Kashmir Media Service, Chetan Bhagath in an interview in New Delhi said that once he was on a panel interviewing MBA candidates for a business school when one of the aspirants introduced himself and said, “Sir, I am from Kashmir but I am not a terrorist.”
Bhagat said that on another occasion he was caught in traffic on Mumbai’s Western Express highway while on way to boarding a flight. “I didn’t know what to do. I got out of my car and asked a young boy on a bike to drop me to the airport. He took me but said that I will drop you a little further from the airport because there are some cops there. I enquired what the issue was. His reply was: “I am a Muslim guy on a bike at the airport, they will trouble me’,” Bhagat said.
He said that the Indian people needed to understand that their country was becoming too polarised.
He acknowledged that there are some “terrible things” happening but the bigger issue, according to the author, is what the Muslims go through on a daily basis.—APP