India’s ruling BJP attacks ‘Muslim language’ Urdu

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Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and right-wing Indian news outlets have launched an attack against the Urdu language, calling it a ‘Muslim’ language. Araga Jnanendra, the home minister of the BJP-ruled state of Karnataka in southern India claimed on Wednesday that a 22-year-old was murdered in the state’s capital because he did not speak Urdu. He later retracted the statement, saying that his initial statement was ‘not right’, as reported in The Times of India. A youth died in Bengaluru after he was stabbed during a road rage incident. A communal spin by BJP Nati…

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