A history of violence against Muslims in India

The causes of this violence against Muslims are varied. The roots are thought to lie in India’s history – resentment toward the Islamic domination of India during the Middle Ages, policies established by the country’s British colonizers, and the violent partition of India into a Muslim-majority Pakistan and a secular India with a Muslim minority. Many scholars believe that incidents of anti-Muslim violence are politically motivated and a part of the electoral strategy of mainstream political parties who are associated with Hindu nationalism like the Bharatiya Janata Party. Other scholars believe that the violence is not widespread but that it is restricted to certain urban areas because of local socio-political conditions.

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