Despite the image of a tolerant, democratic India, the truth of the matter remains that India is a very unfree country. While its secular Constitution is commendable, and the country’s early leadership (Nehru) awe-inspiring, India has failed in protecting minority rights and free speech. To this day, The Satanic Verses is banned. Jaswant Singh’s book criticizing Nehru is banned in Gujarat. And recently, M F Husain, a renowned Indian artist, renounced his Indian citizenship and became a Qatari citizen. For years, Husain was persecuted by Hindu nationalists and his patience finally ran out, leading him to find refuge in the Gulf.

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