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The Politics on Hijab


Globally, approximately 89% of the muslim women cover their head. In India, almost 64% of the Muslim women and 29% of the Sikh women wear some kind of headscarfs ( stats from times of India) . When such large number of Sikh women also chose to cover their heads then why only the Muslim women and girls are being targetted by the government and why is there such a large influx in the hatred crimes against muslims.

At the beginning of this year, BJP's government banned hijabs in schools for your muslims girls. This is when the issue got highlighted and the international recognition. Hundreds of young girls took out to street as they couldn't get their fundamental right of education. Looking at the reason for this ban we see that it is merely another cheap tactic of BJP's extremist and dirty politics. It is evident over the years that BJP has created and used anti-Pakistan and anti-Muslim slurs and sentiments to their benefits in elections. The hijab controversy itself was being amped up by the governing BJP and the wider Hindu right wing to legitimise and whitewash their anti-Muslim attitudes and rally their supporters behind an emotive cause during elections. Not only is this political but it is also unconstitutional. According to Article 25 of the Indian constitution,

“All persons are equally entitled to freedom and the right freely to profess, practice and propagate religion”.


CONCLUSION


The Indian nation really needs to wake up and stand against such an immoral government which does politics on religion and extremism. Hijab is a women's right and not something to make policies and politics on by the patriarchal society.



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This view on hijab is one that is so widespread around the world. Even hijabi representation in media shows muslim hijabi girls as oppressed and forced to wear the hijab. This representation is extremely problematic and has negative consequence for muslims and their perception around the world. The hate is so deeply imbedded that hijabis become the victims of hate crimes around the world. Such as those in France

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Ahmad Rana
Ahmad Rana
Jul 06, 2022
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Agreed. The fact that the media represents the hijabis as oppressed is absurd. Whenever Muslims are shown in Hollywood or Bollywood, they're always presented as extremists with burkhas and men wearing caps which is merely an exaggeration. And when they try to help Muslim women by hijab ban, they automatically take away their basic right of freedom.

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The world's anti-Islamic sentiments have labeled the hijab as an extremist form of expression-one that only propagates violence and turmoil. It is a shame that these views are upheld even after protests from those that wear the hijab and claim that it is only a form of self-expression and important to their personal identities. The world needs to take notice and accept that true freedom means not limiting those that do not seem to fit into you box of 'right'

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Ahmad Rana
Ahmad Rana
Jul 06, 2022
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absolutely! the west and France even called Hijab a "symbol of oppression' while the girls who actually do hijab feel otherwise. According to them. Hijab gives them the confidence, courage, privacy and a sense of protection. The world actually needs to stop imposing their opinions onto the women and let them choose for themselves.

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You have mentioned some good points. However, this issue is not limited to India only and is a worldwide concern. The simple thing is, that everyone should be allowed to practice their religion and dress according to what their religion says, no matter which place they live in. But that is not the case, not only in India but also in countries like France. With that said, this issue is also not limited to Muslim women only, in Pakistan, there is hatred against Hindus as well where some groups just don't allow them to practice their religion freely. We also hear about forceful conversions every other day. In cases like this, it is the responsibility of states to deal wit…


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Ahmad Rana
Ahmad Rana
Jul 06, 2022
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I hundred percent agree with you and like I said in my last comment to Insha as well, this problem doesn't only exist in India but is an international problem where we see a lot of women being supressed. Some countries promote the hijab ban while others condemn its ban. It think all of this brings our attention towards the broader issues of inequity, women right violation, dirty politics, communalism, and patriarchalism.

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Why is it the female hijab that's always attacked in such cases of hegemonic violence? Why do you think that the hijab alone has become a symbol for Islam in this as well as multiple other instances rather than anything else such as men with beards or even Islamic mosques? Why is it that no matter how far a country claims to progress, it's discrimination and sectarianism always falls back on to women?


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Ahmad Rana
Ahmad Rana
Jul 06, 2022
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Your questions have really got me thinking as well. While the reasons aren't really black and white and it's hard to completely explain why this problem exists, there certainly are some things which I think might be the probable reason for it. It's because of the patriarchal mindset of the political leaders where they think they have the liberty, opportunity, and the power to decide on and for women which is extremely unfortunate. This shows their illiterate and cheap mindsets which need to be changed.

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Where I understand your take on this issue and completely condemn BJP's current actions against the Muslim communities and women perpetrating an anti-Pakistani rhetoric, my question here to you is that is the 'politics of hijab' really condensed within India or their motives to badmouth Pakistan or is it a world wide patriarchal issue where women's attire, life choices or lifestyle has often made a public debate in order to satisfy certain standards and obviously to benefit men in politics. On the other hand, what you shed light on massively and quite excellently is the increasing extremism in India, however, the case lies that isnt extremism in fact increasing in different forms in many parts of the world, including our…

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Ahmad Rana
Ahmad Rana
Jul 05, 2022
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Really like your comment! and to answer your first question, no the issue is definitely not just in India but is prevalent in almost every male-dominant country and society. I think the patriarchal mindset is one of the biggest issues we have because the men in power somehow consider women weak and love to force their ideas on them. The debate of what women should wear shouldn't be existing in the first place as it is their right and choice and also because there are more serious issues which need to be addressed. Coming onto your second question, I think this issue is prevalent in Pakistan as well where our political parties give rise to such issues. Now, even the…

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