Veteran journalist Seema Mustafa is editor of the Delhi-based Sunday Guardian. In this interview with Yoginder Sikand, she talks about various issues related to Muslim leadership in contemporary India.

Q: Muslim representation in elected bodies is far below what is warranted by the sheer size of the Indian Muslim community. Political parties generally, including those that style themselves as ‘secular’, are largely indifferent to Muslim concerns. In this context, many Muslims argue the need for a separate Muslim political party so as to get Muslim concerns heard. The Jamaat-e Islami Hind, for instance, is now rumoured to be considering floating such a party. What do you think of such moves?

A: I think a Muslim political party floated by the Jamaat-e Islami is a bad idea. In the past, the Jamaat has been supporting candidates in different parts of the country, particularly in Muslim-dominated constituencies, without forming its own political…

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