31 October, 2020

A Muslim Aims To Bridge The Communal Divide Through Education

A Muslim Aims To Bridge The Communal Divide Through Education
Men who ride a Hero Honda Splendour are chiefly proletarian-it's all about economy, mileage, lasting bonds and other working-class ends. Feroze Mithiborwala seems to fit the bill. This 31-year-old looks like someone for whom 'Partition' would mean a certain intersection in his coiffure rather than political secession. But there is a problem with the imagery, because straddling the machine is an intense Muslim who-even in the middle of shifting gears-will argue that Ravana was a Dalit and castigating him is an upper-caste conspiracy.

Feroze is an ideologue who has been a leftist and later a part of the Sarvodaya Movement. But shedding the cardinal virtue of ideologues, he strives to make a difference to the people around him, to the underprivileged Muslims of Mumbai, those who can't understand history or look beyond their own religious identity. He is one of the founding members and the spokesperson of a two-year-old organisation called the Muslim Intellectual Forum.

I felt the need for an intellectual movement within the Muslim...



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