In India, a struggle for moderation as a young Moslem woman quietly battles extremism

by Emily Wax

In 2002, Rubina Sandhi’s home burned down by Hindu mobs during anti-Muslim riots. Instead of turning to violence, she is one of India’s many Muslims who are fighting back against extremism. Photo: Siddharaj/Washington Post

It was Sept. 11, 2001. Television sets in the mosques, tea shops and market were beaming images of the World Trade Center engulfed in flames in New York. Five months later, Rubina’s house was burning as Hindu mobs torched Muslim areas of her city, leaving thousands of people homeless. She remembers smoke hovering over Ahmedabad just as it had over New York