Pandemic Politics in South Asia: Muslims and Democracy

In South Asia, entrenched social and political cleavages involving Muslims or particular groups of Muslims have shaped state efforts to address the global Covid-19 pandemic: Hindu nationalists blamed Muslims for introducing the virus to India; anti-Covid lockdowns extended severe constraints on civi...

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Published in:The review of faith & international affairs
Main Author: Nelson, Matthew J.
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group 2021
In: The review of faith & international affairs
Year: 2021, Volume: 19, Issue: 1, Pages: 83-94
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Asia / Health policy / COVID-19 / Pandemic / Islam / Hinduism / Religious conflict
RelBib Classification:AD Sociology of religion; religious policy
BJ Islam
BK Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism
KBM Asia
ZB Sociology
ZC Politics in general
Further subjects:B Afghanistan
B Pakistan
B Covid-19
B Kashmir
B Democracy
B Emergency
B India
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Summary:In South Asia, entrenched social and political cleavages involving Muslims or particular groups of Muslims have shaped state efforts to address the global Covid-19 pandemic: Hindu nationalists blamed Muslims for introducing the virus to India; anti-Covid lockdowns extended severe constraints on civil liberties in Muslim-majority Kashmir; anti-state mullahs protested public-health restrictions in Pakistan; Taliban insurgents used the virus as a pretext to delegitimize Afghanistan’s elected government. If one pattern has prevailed across South Asia, however, it is a pattern pushing away from democratic forms of legitimacy: persistent and uneven applications of emergency power, in particular, have weakened the outlook for democracy.
ISSN:1931-7743
Contains:Enthalten in: The review of faith & international affairs
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1080/15570274.2021.1874164