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.
The shared fight against the disease is uniting religious communities.
The nation stands as one
Shows of solidarity are growing as the country comes together to beat the virus.
The outbreak offers a stunning opportunity for prejudice to grow.
A Muslim sect is being blamed for the virus
The Tablighi Jamaat Islamic missionary group is being scapegoated for the pandemic.
The virus has exacerbated tensions following the Delhi riots
Existing religious have now been given an excuse to grow.
Government policies set the scene for it to grow
The Modi government has introduced a number of Islamophobic policies, which have normalised behaviours we are now witnessing.
The disease has not affected sentiment towards Muslims.
There are bigger concerns about its spread
Islamophobia is not a major talking point in the Indian fight against coronavirus.
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