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By Jeremy Seabrook

The West has develop into passionate about Muslims, consistently classifying them as both "moderate" or "extreme." Reacting in contrast dehumanizing tendency, Jeremy Seabrook and Imran Ahmed Siddiqui exhibit us the way of life of negative Muslims in India and sheds mild on what lies at the back of India’s "economic miracle." The authors examines existence in Muslim groups in Kolkata, domestic to a few of the main deprived humans in India, giving a voice to their perspectives, values and emotions. We see that Muslims aren't any varied from these of different faiths -- paintings, family members and survival are the overpowering preoccupations of the overwhelming majority. even supposing such a lot are observant of their faith, there isn't any hint of the malevolence or poverty-fuelled extremism attributed to them. This enlightening and assuredly written publication can be of serious curiosity to scholars and practitioners of improvement and somebody who desires a extra lifelike photo of Muslim lifestyles and smooth India.

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We were to hear much more on this theme. I met the Imam of the mosque, which is at the far end of the island, close to the East Metropolitan By-Pass. It is one of the few brick buildings, washed pale green. On the walls are red-painted images, clearly executed by loving amateurs – a Holy Book, flowers and candles, a red dome and a minaret. The Imam is an unremarkable-looking man in late middle age, wearing a blue lungi and chappals, bare-chested, not easily distinguishable from the people he serves and among whom he lives.

Manwara has pawned all her jewellery, her nose-studs and earrings, so that they can eat and the little boy can receive the medicine he needs to survive; but even that money is running out. Three months later, I met Manwara again. She looked thinner and more haggard. She was working, sorting waste materials in a godown run by Tiljala-SHED. Her daughter, Moina, has left home and ‘married’ again. She has taken her child, and Manwara is now living alone. Moina never even calls. This is a very recent indicator of abandonment in the families of slumdwellers.

Manwara will not stop drinking, because the emotional pain is greater than the physical, and she no longer cares what happens to her. The decline of Manwara has been swift and shocking. She cries, the desolate tears of a woman who has become old in less than a year. In the waste segregation unit where Manwara works, Naushad presents a striking contrast. He is about 30, and if he looks happy, he says, this is because his third child – a boy – has just been born. Naushad considers himself the most fortunate of men.

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