What’s widening the Muslim-Christian wedge in Kerala

Christians and Muslims in Kerala are at war over sundry allegations of love and narcotics jihad and land grabbing. Illustration: Vignesh C

The 10th Ananthapuri Hindu Maha Sammelan held in April this year saw an unusual participant. The Christian Association and Alliance for Social Action (CASA) joined the debate on “love jihad, land jihad and halal food” at the pro-Sangh Parivar event in Kerala.

Although Christians had attended the event in the past too this was apparently the first instance of a Christian outfit participating in a Hindu Maha Sammelan.

The presence of CASA, which has been at the forefront of tapping anti-Muslim sentiments among Christians in Kerala, at the event, underlined the fact that the rift between Christians and Muslims in Kerala is only growing. Rumours, conspiracy theories and stereotypes are adding fuel to the fire fast spreading.

The Hindu Maha Sammelan that was attended by members of CASA in Kerala.

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