As covid-19 hit the headlines and became a national emergency in India, Islamophobia surged. On Twitter, furious posts poured out of the nation with the gruesome hashtag #CoronavirusJihad. The inference was clear: many Indians were using the pandemic as an excuse to victimise its Muslim population. Critics claim its government has done little to stop this, while others say the threat is exaggerated.
Yes, coronavirus is aggravating Islamophobia
The outbreak offers a stunning opportunity for prejudice to grow.
The virus has exacerbated tensions following the Delhi riots
Existing religious have now been given an excuse to grow.