Oscar, its just a general perception nothing else. Even I do not see the same in India.That statement could be taken as negative.. since that means that Muslims were originally(and/or/are) regarded as third rate citizens and denied the same rights.Considered untouchables and kept in separate booths and areas. Denied dining with the white("hindu") man ..etc etc.
I dont think that is an accurate analogy.
Muslims in India are suffering an identity loss, they are patriotic but are constantly considered the opposite due to the existence of a Muslim Majority Pakistan next door. In my experience a Muslim Indian has to work harder than other minorities to achieve the same ..he/she feels the need to forcefully mix more into Hindu-Indian culture bracket.. and sing Vande-Mataram more vociferously... all in his/her own mind to identify. This trend may have been started by those in the UP areas.. and seems to be confined there mostly as such.
But I sense a change in that mindset at the expense of adapting an identity and adulterating their religious beliefs in an effort to be part of India. I have a members of family as politicians in India..and met Naseeruddin shah recently as well.
Both seem to potray the same image of being "More Indian than the average Indian" if the question of why India and why Pakistan is asked.
Again.. a personal opinion, not a fatwa
They are here for thousands of years till British started divide and rule. Even there is no equal civil code for all citizens in India. Its all depends upon their religions. All minority religions have their own code and dressing style even depends upon language, state and culture.
And it is all state, divide...rather than religious. You can see south guys prosper like anything coz of education high standards.
And the least, next door neighbor case see as a failure, not a cause of an identity crisis at all. (No bad intentions, but perceived truth)