Widespread anti-Muslim rhetoric dangerous and nefarious, warns Indian-American author

Mumbai, April 29 (KMS):  Expressing her concern over the prevalent “widespread anti-Muslim” rhetoric across India,  Indian American supermodel and author, Padma Lakshmi, has said people of all faiths should be able to live peacefully in “this ancient, vast land” and asserted that there is no threat to Hinduism in India or anywhere else.

The 51-year-old, who posted a series of tweets, said there is “widespread anti-Muslim” rhetoric in India and hoped Hindus don’t succumb to “this fear-mongering” and “propaganda”.

Tagging news articles from international publications like The Guardian and Los Angeles Times on Delhi’s Jahangirpuri clashes during a Hanuman Jayanti procession and the violence in Khargone city of Madhya Pradesh during Ram Navami celebrations earlier this month, Lakshmi said “true spirituality” has no place for hatred.

“Sickening to see the violence against Muslims celebrated in India. The widespread anti-Muslim rhetoric preys on fear and poisons people. This propaganda is dangerous and nefarious because when you consider someone less than it’s much easier to participate in their oppression,” she wrote.

The New York-based “Top Chef” star said all faiths should live together peacefully.

“Fellow Hindus, don’t succumb to this fear-mongering. There is no threat to Hinduism in India or anywhere else. True spirituality doesn’t include any room for sowing hatred of any kind. People of all faiths should be able to live peacefully together in this ancient, vast land,” she tweeted.

The Jahangirpuri violence, which erupted on April 16, left eight police personnel and a local resident injured.

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