The dictionary meaning of Xenophobia is dislike or prejudice against people from other countries.
Politicians use it to fan the fires of the sheeple against the enemy – The Foreign One.
Whether it is the Hindus or Indians perceived as the enemy in Pakistan.
Or the Middle East terrorists or Indian techies or Mexican workers or Russian spies perceived as the enemy in United States.
Or the British or Italian or Christian or Muslims perceived as the enemy in India.
Or the American or all whites or all infidels perceived as the enemy in the Muslim countries.
The real life cases of Xenophobia is sadly everywhere. In fact, it exists even in our own homes, work places, class-rooms etc.
A daughter-in-law is perceived as a foreign element in her husband´s home. A revolutionary person is considered foreign at a workplace. That odd student who is so different from the rest of the class is considered foreign in the classroom. A transgender is foreign to the society. Family or group politics are the outcome of Xenophobia – foreign ideas, thoughts, tastes and distastes.
Xenophobia is everywhere and we are all knowingly or unknowingly participants of it. I firmly believe all of us are racists in varying degrees, including me.
Someone foreign is our enemy.
And we are the foreign enemy of someone.