Published On: Sat, Oct 13th, 2018

#Hindu #Hardliners Force #Meat Sellers to Shut Shop in New Delhi Suburb – #India “This is the first time since partition that we have been asked to close shops for this long a period,” said Sajid Qureshi, whose family has been selling meat for decades.

Indian Hindu hardliners are forcing meat sellers to shut shops in a New Delhi suburb that is home to global outsourcing firms, saying they must respect the feelings of majority Hindus celebrating a nine-day festival.

The drive against the mostly Muslim shopkeepers in Gurgaon during the Navaratri festival is the highest profile campaign since Hindu vigilantes targeted people engaged in the slaughter of cows, considered sacred to Hindus.

With a national election due by May, some states ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government are drawing accusations that they are not doing enough to curb the activities of Hindu hardliners.

One meat shopkeeper referred to the 1947 division of British India into the independent India and Pakistan.

Read more: Hindu Hardliners Force Meat Sellers to Shut Shop in New Delhi Suburb – The New York Times

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