Indian Muslims largely unattracted to extremism

Indian Muslims largely unattracted to extremism

Whistle-blower website WikiLeaks released a cable sent by former U.S. envoy to India, David Mulford, which said that 150 million Indian Muslim population is largely unattracted to extremism. It added that separatism and religious extremism have little appeal to Indian Muslims, and the overwhelming majority espouse moderate doctrines.

The cable stated that India’s growing economy, vibrant democracy, and inclusive culture, encourage Muslims to seek success and social mobility in the mainstream and reduces alienation. With Indian Muslim youth increasingly comfortable in the mainstream, the pool of potential recruits is shrinking, while Muslim families and communities provide little sanction or support to extremist appeals. The vast majority of Muslims remain committed to the Indian State and seek to participate in mainstream political and economic life.


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