Will this tenacious Indian bigotry ever end?
Earlier this week, results of the largest-ever survey of religious attitudes across India delivered an unsettling portrait of sectarian anxieties.
Pew Research Centre interviewed nearly 30,000 people in 17 languages in 2019-2020, and found instinctual tolerance everywhere, but always paired with an overwhelming bias towards living separately.
To be sure, these are complicated findings, and Narendra Modi’s India is not quite South Africa before Mandela. But the feeling of “apartness” is nonetheless real, and the instinct to segregate is effectively identical.