In recent years, India has witnessed disturbing trends of discrimination and prejudice against its Muslim minority population. With charges of ‘appeasement’, ‘Love Jihad’, and forced conversions being hurled repeatedly, the Hindu politico-religious right has made no secret of its desire to silence, alienate and disempower Muslims.

A striking example has now erupted in Rajasthan’s Kota district where three Muslim teachers have been suddenly suspended by the state government on charges of religious conversion and Love Jihad.

The abrupt and seemingly arbitrary action against Muslim teachers of a government school in a Kota village has created a furore in the desert state which has seen escalating anti-Muslim agendas since the BJP returned to power last December.

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