Since the 1980s, there has been a growing consolidation of what may be described as “Hindu-ness” in India. This should not be a surprise because ever since 1947, the major political parties seemed to have forgotten the majority community an kept their incessant focus on the minorities, principally the Muslims. The successive governments in independent India have partitioned the society into majority and minority. Essentially, it is a double partition: At first the country was partitioned territorially, and subsequently, people of different faiths were partitioned in terms of policies. Now the situation is such that any kind of effort to equalize the field between the majority and the minority communities is seen as cultural, physical or religious persecution of the Muslims. genocide, physical, cultural, or religious. However, unless there is an equalization, we cannot call it secularism. Thus, the growing sense of nationalism in the country is not Hindu assertion, but simply the recognition of a majority as majority.
Professor Nalapat addresses the Muslim community clarifying that the community is perfectly safe in India. Notwithstanding the narrative that certain vested interests have created, not joining the Jinnah-Churchill bandwagon of partition, he states that the Muslim community thus needs to restore its faith in an undivided subcontinent.
One of the big gestures of reconciliation, says he, would be to hand over the greatest sites of the Hindu faith, Ayodhya, Mathura, and Varanasi, to the majority community. For when the places of birth of Ram and Krishna, and the original site of the Kashi Viswanath temple are restored to their former glory, it would go a long way to strengthen the secular fabric of the society.