Being a Muslim In India Vs in the rest of the world

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The minority status that the Indian government designates is more of a privilege than a discriminatory one. This is part of Indian Constitution’s fundamental mechanism to protect minority interests. Article 29 in The Constitution of India 1949 is one of the articles that ensures these rights.

If you are a Muslim living in India then you can do legally everything which you can’t do in other countries.

1  India is a secular republic

State matters like passport issuance are not dependent on whether you are an atheist or a believer. Whereas in Pakistan, Muslims can’t be issued a passport unless they declare their religious beliefs. This makes it impossible for Muslims of Ahmadiya sect to get a passport.

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2 World Travel

Indian Muslims can travel to any country in the world for any purpose. But if you are a Muslim from Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria or Iraq then you cannot travel to Kuwait. Since 2011, these nations have been excluded from Kuwait’s visa plan. Sometimes getting a visa of China becomes difficult for Pakistani citizens.

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3 Fasting during Ramzan

Did you know that Muslims can’t fast in China during Ramzan? The Chinese government has imposed a ban on fasting for 30 days during the holy month. Whereas, in India Eid is celebrated with fervour and joy. Hindus not only wish their Muslim brothers but also share their happiness by participating in the festival.

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4 Hajj Subsidy

Indian government gives Hajj subsidies to its Muslim citizens who can’t afford to travel to Saudi Arabia. India is the only country in the world that provides this subsidy as part of “The Hajj Act”.

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5 Plurality

And above all India gives us the freedom of speech. In India Muslims are the safest , given the present scenario of restlessness and violence. India is a shining example of a pluralist society where over the last 70 years, 1 billion people belonging to many different religions, languages and cultures have learnt to live together.

Varanasi: A muslim woman on the streets of Varanasi with her kids dressed as Lord Krishna and Radha returning home after a competition in school ahead of Janmashtami, in Varanasi on Saturday. PTI Photo(PTI8_16_2014_000020A)
Varanasi: A muslim woman on the streets of Varanasi with her kids dressed as Lord Krishna and Radha returning home after a competition in school ahead of Janmashtami, in Varanasi on Saturday. PTI Photo(PTI8_16_2014_000020A)

We cherish our “unity in diversity”.

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