Asaduddin Owaisi’s scaremongering
There is seemingly a sea change in Indian Political Parlance today. The earlier perversion in Indian Politics, has been corrected to a large extent by the BJP-rule, by being in the majority for 5-years. There is some amount left to be corrected. The youngsters, specially the millennials do not know how India was before half or a quarter century ago. They could easily grasp, if the picture is presented. For, the history repeats/ recycles itself when the progeny of the so-called secularists has been exercising to kick.
Late Shri Sita Ram Goel, in his thin book of sixty pages, titled: ‘Perversion Of India’s Political Parlance’ published first in 1984 by Voice Of India publication, New Delhi succinctly presented what those perversions were in pages 12&13. His writings resonate and touch the chord of the people even at this age and time. For instance, recently, the other day (31-5-2019) MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi addressing the Youm ul Quran meeting at Macca Masjid in Hyderabad on the occasion of Jummat-ul-Vida made many statements. However, the worrisome one among them is: “Hindustan mein hum kirayedaar nahin, barabar ke hissedaar hain.” (We are not tenants in India. We are equal stakeholders.) Nobody disputes that. It’s perfectly legitimate. The Muslims community has every right like any other community and also responsibilities equally in this country. By saying the said words, Owaisi is causing unnecessary fears in Muslims and casting aspersions on the ruling, just for gaining political mileage. What’s the dire need for him to say so, on the Government, which has not yet started the business of governing. Isn’t this hatred blind?
Next he added, “We are not second grade citizens. We are entitled to the same rights as our other fellow citizens, as guaranteed by the constitution of India. No one is authorized to seize our constitutional rights.” Even a layman could understand that Asaduddin Owaisi was playing a victim card which the liberal media could unapologetically lap up. The community has been pampered for a long period by the Congress and the other regional secular parties, to give an impression that they are to them, more than the others in this country. Thus groomed, they feel neglected now, for being treated as equal to others in all the ways. All the while the Muslim community has been straight- jacketed on Minority-terms and targeted as a vote- bank. The BJP’s motto has been since its inception ‘equality to all and appeasement to none’- in the prevailing situation-with this kind of regime, they (Muslim leaders) are feeling the pinch.
Actually, the pain (that was falsely described by Mr. Owaisi) was inflicted on Hindus by the principal party in the politics then, the Congress. The present perceived feeling of Owaisi was the genuine grievance of Hindus in their own county. By dividing Hindus into caste-equation, the Congress created a permanent wedge in the Hindu community so that they could not collectively raise their voice.
Juxtapose what Owaisi said with that, of that had been written by Shri Sita Ram Goel long ago in his book. He writes: ‘Every Hindu politician or pen-pusher who aspires to pass the test (of secularism) has to :
1) proclaim that Islam stands for social equality and human brotherhood;
2) celebrate the Prophet’s birthday with fanfare and throw an Iftar party at the end of Ramzan;
3) attend urs of Sufis and Urdu Mushairas;
4) support the claim of Urdu to be the second state language in all states where Muslims are in a minority;
5) admire whatever passes for Islamic art and architecture;
6) relish Muslim cooking and appreciate Muslim dress demeanour;
7) abuse Israel and applaud Arab countries.
Shri Goel went on to say (after pointing out many pseudo- secular features of secularists in appeasing the Muslim minority): ‘Even these positive services rendered to Islam are not sufficient for a Hindu politician or pen-pusher who is out to earn the secular certificate. One is not secular unless one harbours a deep-seated anti-Hindu animus and expresses it quite frequently. One should lodge an immediate protest against the least little expression of Hindu religion or culture in public life and the mass media. One should frown upon every government dignitary performing a puja in a Hindu temple or going to a Hindu place of pilgrimage. One should accuse all educational, cultural and research institutions of hiding Hindu communalists. One should put the blame squarely on the RSS for every street riot. And so on, the list of one’s grievances against Hindu society should be as long as one’s love for Islam and Muslims’.
That written documentation of Sita Ram Goel was understandable to many as they too felt so. Late Shri Goel had written those statements in his book candidly without keeping words under wraps for sophistication. Many could sense truth in them as they (the writings) were the actuality in their lives.
In the present day context, Mr. Owaisi not only scared his constituency of voters but also warned his community intellectuals. He said tellingly that the Muslim intellectuals opposing him had failed to comprehend the political situation. “We (his MIM party and the members in it) have mastered the art of politics and conspiracies, so I recommend that you (Muslim intellectuals) leave our political moves to us,” he said. Mr. Owaisi joining hands with Shri Prakash Ambedkar wants to make in-roads into Maharashtra assembly in a big way for which the polls are to be held in an year’s time. So, his consolidation of Muslim community and his rantings are high. However, the truth in his statements is hollow and is otherwise as the BJP led NDA assured to take the Muslim community into their fold in their vision of Sab ka Vishwas.
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I am Indira Garimella living in Hyderabad. I hold a Master’s Degree and M. Phil (in English) with M.Ed. I worked as PGT in English in Government run Residential Schools. I have been associated with Pragna Bharati, Hyderabad. I also worked as Associate Editor of Bharatiya Pragna, monthly magazine of Pragna Bharati in the past. I have been a keen observer of National Politics and also write letters and articles to the English and Telugu newspapers from time to time.