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The Baltics, India: “The Dangers of Turning a Minority into an Underclass”

Lithuania-based Andrei Khrapavitski of Belarusan American Blog reflects on the events in Mumbai and suggests there might be a “lesson for the Baltics” there: “I know any status comparisons of Muslims in India to a Russian minority in Latvia or Estonia would be more than far-fetched, nevertheless I can see how volatile a relationship between a majority and a large minority can become if the latter is openly and methodically disfranchised by the former.”

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  • I think you are right. Had there not been westerners killed in these attacks, I doubt the Mumbai debacle would have attracted as much media attention and public concern.

    Time to understand how to beat the beast, i.e., terrorism, without, as you say turning a minority into an underclass.

  • truth seeker

    hi it could be other way also.larger minority could leverage their nos in to votes and black mail majority.that’s what happening in india.young small boys are recruited from poor families to get trained in to mullahs and are being used as missionaries to spred hatred.i was regularly attending these young boys in a medical college. i didn’t see any hope of them getting enthused in to the real enquiry of religion.they were all helpless young boys disease ridden and frightened lonely boys accopanied by their teachers whose nationalities varied from nepal to pakisthan.that’s a prominent arabbi college in bangalore.we used to wonder how come india afford to have foreigners in the heart of city with out enquiry. but that is not job of ours unfortunatly our govts of different parties also consider the same because any questions raised would bring dent in their vote bank. we are all riddened by this apathy. that’s what happening in india.

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