- Author: Sanjay Khan
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Fingerprint! Publishing (1 December 2019)
- Language: English
Since independence, India has not really become free. It is defined in terms of individual perspectives rather than a unanimous opinion. There are stories that construct the narrative of this nation. It’s sad to see how wrongly they depict a country rich in its culture and history.
Assalamualaikum Watan by Sanjay Khan is a well-researched and an eye-opening account of India. In this book, he traces the journey of India through the tumultuous times. He also points out how a foreign power deconstructed its cultural fabric, which led to havoc. His perspective on varied subjects provides us with novel ideas on existing conditions.
In this book, he heavily focuses on the under-representation of Muslims in India. He looks saddened by the miserable state of his Muslim brothers and sisters. It pains his heart to see that his fellow beings haven’t got enough opportunities and that they are crushed under the timely riots and violence. He says that more Muslims are poor than Hindus, more Muslim women are at receiving end of injustice, Muslims do not get enough representation and educational opportunities (scholarships, facilities, etc.) to grow themselves. He is also crestfallen to note that not many Muslim men have clinched top positions in the global business.
To which, I’d say, Poverty does not have any religion. I agree that Muslims might be getting undertreatment at certain places, but focusing on them so much that you keep the plight of other countrymen aside, it’s a plain mockery. They do get a minority status, which they willingly enjoy till they get benefits (scholarships, etc.). So, it would be partially wrong to say that Muslims get under-represented in India.
Keeping aside my issues with the book, I’d commend the author for crafting an indulging narrative that’s full of information. The poetic narration won my heart. He puts out a word that Muslims have significantly contributed to make India a great nation, and they shall continue to do so. He also stresses that we should not allow any political propaganda to divide us. Overall, the author adopted a positive approach towards the plot treatment.
If the theme of this book resonates with you, go ahead. And then, let me know what you felt about it.
MY RATING: 3/ 5
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