How to avoid ‘vicious’ comments from fellow Muslims
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“It’s not just the racism and the sexism.
It’s the general disrespect.
The fact that they don’t have to go to church.”
Vardhan, a Muslim from South Delhi, has been living in the US for a year and a half, studying in the University of Michigan.
He said he was drawn to the US because of its liberal politics and culture.
“When I came to the States I was like, ‘I don’t really know what’s going on in India’, ” he told Al Jazeera.
“I found the culture more liberal than in the States.”
“I’ve heard that they have so much tolerance of different views and that they are more tolerant of different ethnicities, but it’s really not true,” Vardhaan added.
He is also a regular speaker at the annual Sikh community event at the Sikh temple in New York.
“They do have a lot of tolerance for Sikhs.
I know it’s very strange, but when you are a Sikh and you are living in America, you are still considered a Sikh, even if you have no religious affiliation,” Vardshan said.
“That’s the main reason why I came here.”
Vardshaan has been invited to speak at various events across the US, but says the Sikh community is always the first to raise issues with him.
“Sometimes it’s just like a joke.
Sometimes it’s a misunderstanding,” he said.
‘Unbelievable’ It is a situation that has been unfolding for a while, but Vardhasan says he is shocked by it.
“It is incredible.
This is happening in a country where there are many Hindus and Sikhs and all different religions, and yet the only way that they can talk to each other is to insult one another,” Vardinghans mother, Pranika, told Al-Jazeera.
“In the past, if we were in America we would have been able to interact with one another, but now it is impossible.
It is unbelievable.”
The incidents of hate speech and discrimination in the name of religion have been on the rise in the last few years, with attacks on Hindu and Sikh women on the streets of America and attacks on people of colour, including people of different religions.
While there is a need for change, Pransam Singh told Aljazeera that she thinks the Sikh faith should be given a greater voice in India’s government.
“We have to recognise that it is not just us.
It should be the government, and the government should listen to the voice of all religions,” she said.
Vardhamans experiences with discrimination and hate speech are not new for him.
His family and he have been targeted for years.
“The only reason why my dad has been targeted is because of my religion, because I am a Sikh.
He’s been discriminated against and harassed for his religion, his faith,” VARDHAMANS mother, P.P., told AlJazeera on the phone from India.
“What bothers me the most is that they use my religion to push a narrative and it’s not true.”
He added that he was forced to hide from his family and friends after he had reported his father’s harassment to the police.
“He told me to leave my house, I don’t know where my house is.
And he said, ‘You have to come to America.
I’m going to kill you.'”
Vardhans father, Bishnu Singh, told the New York Times that his son’s experiences were similar to what happened to him.
He had also reported his family’s harassment and assault to the local police.
“He told us, ‘My brother was beaten up by people of the opposite faith in America.
They just beat him up,’ ” Bishu said.
The incidents against Vardans parents have sparked outrage in India.
The Sikh faith in India has been the target of discrimination and attacks in the past.
“This is the same thing that happens to Hindus and Muslims, the same people who have been discriminated and beaten up.
What’s wrong with that?”
Pranikant Bhushan, a senior adviser to the Prime Minister on Sikh issues, told The Times of India.
Vardshans parents were not the only victim of hate crimes in India during the recent spate of attacks.
Many people in India and around the world have witnessed instances of hate crime against Sikhs, including in New Delhi.
The recent spate is reminiscent of the Sikh attacks in 2008 that resulted in the death of two teenage girls, Anees Khan and Sangeeta Roy, who were attacked by a mob.
“Sikhs in India, wherever they are, are always the target, and it has always been the same,” Bhushans wife, Harshan, told Reuters.
“So this is just another case of a different kind of harassment.
We are in a situation where we are trying to fight for the freedom of speech, but what’s wrong is that
“It’s not just the racism and the sexism.It’s the general disrespect.The fact that they don’t have to go to church.”Vardhan,…