24 September, 2020

The Bjp’s Millennial Muslim

Shahnawaz Hussain is that rare politician, a Muslim who’s proud of his Sangh connections

The Bjp’s Millennial Muslim
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Muslim boy meets Hindu girl. On a DTC bus. They fall in love. ("She had the loveliest eyes...") He’s a sales rep; she, a teacher at a government-run school. The courting years are spent sitting through a string of Hindi films at theatres across the city. Finally, they get married. ("Our parents did protest, but it’s all well now.") Have two children. A few years later, at the grand old age of 31, he’s waiting to move the family from their rented two-room flat in a downmarket colony to a bungalow in Lutyen’s part of the capital. Hopefully, with a biggish lawn "for the iftar get-together". Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, minister of state for food processing in the Vajpayee government and the lone Muslim elected to the 13th Lok Sabha on a BJP ticket, has arrived.

In a manner even he concedes he couldn’t have dreamt of when he landed in Delhi from his thatched-roof house in Madhepura, Bihar, in ‘85-86 and enrolled at the Pusa Institute for a diploma in engineering. "I had a friend studying with me who, one fine day, told...

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