In Villages Torn by Violence, Traditional Loyalties at Risk

FUGANA, India — Sakur Ahmed, an ironsmith, is a member of the only Muslim family left in the village of Fugana, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, where violence between Muslims and Hindu Jats erupted in September. When Muslims fled the village, Mr. Ahmed, protected by a Hindu neighbor, chose to stay.

When he cast his ballot in the national election on Thursday, Mr. Ahmed, 60, endorsed the Samajwadi Party, saying that it had helped displaced Muslims by setting up camps and by providing them with compensation for damages.

The rest of the village voted overwhelmingly Thursday for the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is seen as sympathetic to Hindus. “They voted for whom they like, and I was free to make my choice,” he said. “There is no tension between us.”… read it at The New York Times.

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