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Challenges to Multiculturalism

Like all modern ideas defining the liberal world, multiculturalism too is not devoid of challenges. This section highlights such challenges.
When it comes to the enemies of the ideas and practice of multiculturalism, it has been witnessed that representatives from across political spectrum have shown little regard for multiculturalism. The right wing populist groups have found the idea of multiculturalism weakening and against the spirit of nationalism. The centrists, on the other hand, have also gone disenchanted with multiculturalism. They, along with those who believe in the left of the centre political ideology, have been of the view that the multiculturalism projects have still not helped the minority groups in complete sense. They believe that in the mission to protect the identities of minority groups they failed to address the issue of mainstreaming such groups in the wider societal fabric.
So, where does multiculturalism stands today? It is often said that over the past two decades, multiculturalism has fallen out of favour even in the western countries which have traditionally been very supportive of the idea of multicultural, RAINBOW societies. Here it is important to note the surge in right wing populism in the European world. Majoritarianism has engulfed several East European countries where the so-called original inhabitants have become the principal claimants of the state resources. This racist-majoritarian trend has led to be unprecedented rise of right wing populism in countries such as Denmark, Hungary, and Czeck republic.
But, on the other hand, even countries such as France and Germany have also realised that there are certain basic standards that must be respected while letting minorities live their lives in their own ways.
That leaves us with one of the central contemporary debates and that is: whether multiculturalism is dead?

Like all modern ideas defining the liberal world, multiculturalism too is not devoid of challenges. This step highlights those challenges.

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