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Mihir Sharma

Now the UK Has to Wrestle With India’s Demons, Too

The subcontinent’s divides are being globalized, spreading alienation, disinformation, radicalization and violence in their wake.

An India-Pakistan cricket match set off violence half a world away. 

An India-Pakistan cricket match set off violence half a world away. 

Photographer: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images

Here in India, Hindu-Muslim clashes that threaten houses of worship, force shops to close and inflame passions on social media no longer constitute news. It is noteworthy, however, when they break out not in Madhya Pradesh but in the English Midlands.

Police in the city of Leicester have arrested dozens of people in recent days after what authorities described as “serious disorder.” Weeks ago, a game of cricket between India and Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates raised tensions, as such matches often do. Subsequently, Hindu revivalists marched through a Muslim-dominated part of Leicester, chanting religious slogans. A Muslim mob surrounded a Hindu temple and burned its saffron flag. Scuffles between the two groups broke out across the city.