Hindu and Muslim Relations in Today's India

United States
April 4, 2012 6:16pm CST
I live in Texas and I am neither a Hindu or Muslim. I am fascinated by India and hope to be able to visit someday before I get too old to travel. I am aware that there had been conflict between Hindus and Muslims for many decades. What I am very curious about is how do ordinary Hindus and Muslims get along in their every day lives in today's India. For instance, are some Hindus and Muslims friends? Do Hindus and Muslims live in the same neighborhoods? Same apartment complexes? Are they friends in the workplace or is there animosity? What about a supervisor of one faith and a worker of another? Do Hindus and Muslims date? Marry? I realize that India is a huge country with a very large and diverse population. There are very large modern cities and small villages of peasants and everything in between. I am eager to learn more about India.
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9 responses
@thesids (22358)
• Bhubaneswar, India
5 Apr 12
Hi bostonphil Normally I dont respond into Politics and Religion but I was referred and asked to contribute here by my dear behen (sister) at mylot. Practically, we are all humans who have a heart and feel the same pain if we cut our fingers and also our blood color is red. This is what stands true for the common man out in every nation. Some people (specially politicians, the orthodox religious people and also some special people called terrorists) do play a major role when it comes in inciting violence on Communal and Religious issues. But for the common man, we all feel the same kind of pain and fear when this games are played. Personally, I have a few muslim friends too (I am a Hindu by the way) and I have even witnessed the massacres at Kanpur during the Babri Masjid Demolition on one hand but at the same time, I have seen both Muslims and Hindus helping each other out during the same time too. There are always good and bad people around and that cannot be avoided, but it is sure that the company in which you belong does play a major role. Normally, in the Northern Parts of India, the violence is quicker to catch due to illiteracy, poverty, unemployment and I think these reasons are enough for people to get mislead. At my state of Orissa, we havent had any much of these riots or massacres as we are still more peaceful here. I think the same also applies to southern India where people are more literate, more employed and the ones who are not, are not allowed to dominate the scenes. You mention to travel to India, that is great. But just be aware that the real India is not just only the Big Modern Cities there is a whole lot of other cities to which are not normally on the Tourism Segment but they are great to visit and have an Idea of what True India is about.
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@thesids (22358)
• Bhubaneswar, India
5 Apr 12
hi dear praaji Coming from Allahabad (northern India) I am much aware of their (muslim) dominance in the Economy of Uttar Pradesh and even the fact that they are mostly into hereditary business which makes them some people who can afford to go without high end education. Some who do get the higher education, are into good jobs too and more peaceful.
• United States
5 Apr 12
Politics and religion are very sensitive topics to say the least. They are two of my strong interests and yet in practice, I am a moderate when it comes to both. I am enjoying all the responses to my discussions. I am surprised because I was expecting to hear that there is constant strife between ordinary every day Muslims and Hindus but that is not the case. I am getting just the opposite. I am hearing that ordinary people get along fine no matter the religious difference. That is very uplifting. It has also been brought to my attention that most of the problems are stirred up by the religious and political leaders. I am certain that it is for self gain.
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@samar54 (2456)
• Egypt
5 Apr 12
I'm happy that there are places in India have the peace ," peaceful co-existence is the only key of success " that is true . God bless you
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@cotruelove (1038)
• Denver, Colorado
5 Apr 12
Hello friend, I have an Professor who lives in India as a friend in MyLot and I will ask him to join in this discussion. I know he is Hindu and very much into educating people about India and its culture. I find this to be an interesting discussion also.
• United States
5 Apr 12
Thank You. I welcome all comments and opinions from everyone and anyone. I especially look forward to getting responses from mylotters who live in India or are of Indian ancestry. I hope that you are doing well.
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• Denver, Colorado
5 Apr 12
He emailed me that he requested to be your friend. Also, asked that you private message him. I know I've learned a lot from him.
5 Apr 12
I do not know about India but I ran a factory on the borders of Southall UK which as a very large Indian population and I employed muslims, hindus and any one else whatever the religious background and never bothered about as they all got on very well. The trouble only starts when religious leaders get involved and start stirring up trouble
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• United States
5 Apr 12
Others are giving me the same information that ordinary every day Hindus and Muslims get along fine. And that the problems seem to be the politicians or religious leaders stirring up trouble. The politicians and religious leaders seem to be the ones who gain the most from strife.
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• Chennai, India
5 Apr 12
You are very much welcome to India. As far the conflict, I would say there is no conflict among the common people. (We not only have Hindus and Muslims, but we have considerable population of Christians too.) Those who create conflicts and riots claim themselves to be Hindus / Muslims, and they use this religion as a cause for their violence. (If there is no Religion, I'm sure these people would still create problems but the reason would be something else.) I have many friends that belong to both religions. I respect theirs and they respect mine. (Our worships differ, but there is no indifference towards people.) Dating? I think may be. (Still the marriages are done mostly within the religion, but the number of inter-religious marriages are also growing.) But I should admit that we are slowly losing our identity too, due to globalization.
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• United States
5 Apr 12
I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. I was born in 1945. I grew up with the immigrants from other countries, mostly from Western and Eastern Europe. When I grew up, you mostly stayed within your own religion even as far as friendship. That of course has changed in The United States. I think that we call it assimilation which sounds something like globalization. Thank you for your very interesting and informative response. I hope that more Indians will respond although I welcome responses from anyone who would like to join in on this discussion.
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@sajeevking (5080)
• Mumbai, India
11 Apr 12
Hi bostonphil well about Hindu and Muslims i can say is kind a like same as white people and black people in America, well not based on color but on religion here But as there is now no problems in US, and both Black and White people live happily with each other same here In past both religion do have lot of problems, fight, riots and what not well every thing has changed a lot now even though we can see some sparks from time to time but that doesn't mean that all Hindu and Muslims are just looking for a reason to kill each other by the way India has the most number of Muslims people much more than any Muslims country I live is an Area where there is a large amount of Muslims, i don't have any problems as most of my Friends are Muslims. and my first crush at school day too....ahh she was beautiful any how back to the topic I am from Mumbai a crowded place to live in. My neighbor is Muslims, our Society building has total 132 flats out of which i guess 40 flats are of Muslims families. well i am a Hindu and luckily i was born in a block where you would find people of each and every religion About my companies well i think no one see religion there all they want is qualifications. skills etc. Hindus and Muslims do go to date and even get married.(still there are sometimes problems due to human natue) not everything between this two religion as sorted out there are still some problems (usually created by some nut politics or some cast freak people i must say) well will continue late...ehhh tried
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@samar54 (2456)
• Egypt
11 Apr 12
Good response Sajeev , I hope that I'll don't hear about any problems between Hindu and Muslims
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• Mumbai, India
11 Apr 12
Hi samar well although everything is sorted out between this two religion but still from time to time we can hear about some bad new in J&K border. the sad part is that even media don't highlight this problems and instead of doing anything people forgot easily. its mostly due to corrupt people who are in Indian politics.
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• United States
12 Apr 12
It sounds a lot like how we live and work and love in The United States. There were very bad problems between the races some years back. Things have greatly improved but there are still sometimes some problems. Same with religion and political beliefs although it seems to me that religion often influences religious beliefs. I love the responses that I am getting to my discussions. Thank you all for jumping on in and contributing.
@lampar (7597)
• United States
11 Apr 12
Correct, they do have wide range of religion divide in India, there are strife and violence in the past between majority Hindu Indians and Muslim Indians, the state of India also has deeply rooted unsolve issue with its Muslim majority neighbor - Pakistan. Overall, the animosity betweem them often manifested itself into full blown street violent over disagreement, prompted by the constant inflammatory speech of their religion leader to incite unrest within India. But i am sure the government of India and its leaders are working hard to avoid similar past violence from repeating itself over again for its own national security sake presently, the violent conflict between both religions are not as often as commonly believe anymore presently, i believe majority of younger generation of Indian regardless of religion background value internal peace and natinal security more now compare to their elders, thing will work out alright for them if only they are left alone to solve by themselves, they can sort it all out in due time as the Indian nation grow.
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• United States
12 Apr 12
You live in The United States. Have you lived in India or are of India ancestry? Hindu? or Muslim? You seem to have a lot of knowledge of what is going on in that part of the world? How so? As you know we have had our share of prejudices and discriminations in our own country. Things have greatly improved. It is so much better for so many. The younger generations are so much more tolerant than my own generation was and generations before me were. I am glad to be reading that things have greatly improved between Hindus and Muslims in India.
@lampar (7597)
• United States
12 Apr 12
All Indians regardless they are Hindus and Muslim are becoming more aware of the danger they face if they continue this violence path further down into the future, and allow past religion differences to divide their nation further apart. After gaining independence from their colonial master- British, Indian government had been trying hard to assimilate all Indian into their political decision making process, it is a slow changing process but no doubt will continue to intergrate into the daily life of many Indians, where Muslim and Hindus are also friends apart from just sharing a same nation. With the present younger generation, they are not that easy to get incite by foreigner like their elders used to do at the beginning of independence. That is no question certain outside power will love to see India break into pieces and engulf in sectarian or religion strife, and fail in its nation building after their hard fought independence, it is really that hard to figure it out why is that so if you familiar with the history of India.
@mmall69 (194)
• India
11 Apr 12
Hi, Thanks for your interest in india...yes you heard correct only..in india now hindu and muslims are friends...they both respect both religions...hope u will visit india soon...and welcome to india.
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• United States
12 Apr 12
Good news. Glad, very glad, that the situation has improved between Muslims and Hindus in India. Very glad that each group is respecting one another's faith. I hope, also, that i will be able to get to India soon. I so want to get there.
@pupupd (1521)
• India
8 Apr 12
Hey, it is good to know that someone wants to know more about my country. I would say Indians are very pure at heart, they are very friendly and helpful in nature. We specially encourage every Indian to be honest to all the tourists and foreigners who visit India regularly. India has a lot of happening destinations, each one having it's own unique charm and beauty. To name a few, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh and Delhi in North India. West Bengal, Sikkim in East India. Jaipur, Gujarat, Mumbai & Goa in West India. Kerala, Kanyakumari in South India. There are many more places to visit which I have not mentioned here and are worth a visit. You need more than a month to enjoy beauty of India As for the Hindu-Muslim relations, we do not believe in discrimination as long as there is peace. But if people of one religion becomes negative and starts inflicting damage on other religion, then there is an uproar and violence. When I say Indians, it includes all religions who stay in India and are a part of it. We work together, travel, Dine, go on Dates. I am in fact a die hard fan of Actor who is Islamic. We love to stay in Harmony with everyone.
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• United States
8 Apr 12
I am very excited about the prospect of one day visiting India. I have many friends who have visited and some who live there. I realize that it is a huge country. It would probably be impossible to see India in one visit. It is expensive to get there and the plane trip is very long. I am not yet up to it. Regarding Hindu - Muslim relations, all the feedback that I have gotten from mylotters is different than what I expected. And that is good! In The United States, we hear about conflicts between Hindu and Muslims. That's what we hear. Mostly we hear these stories when there is violence between the groups. We never hear about the ordinary everyday Hindu and Muslim as to how they get along. That was my reason for posting my discussion. My discussions got answered and I got educated. I have learned so much from being on mylot.
@bagarad (12151)
• Paso Robles, California
5 Apr 12
I'm afraid I can't contribute much here, but I think it's a great topic and I hope to see what others have to say
• United States
5 Apr 12
I am enjoying my responses. Thanks for checking in. I hope that you are also enjoying the responses that i am getting and learning from them also. I love mylot because I have learned so much from the site.