When whole of India was riding on the Anna Hazare Frenzy there was also a buzz within the Indian Muslim community – many Muslims were excited about the whole movement yet others were jittery and biting their Nails in anxiety. There was a deluge of Pro Anna Wave in the Nation. Huge Crowds thronged the Jantar Mantar and Social Networking Sites were buzz with all kinds of opinions.
Anna Hazare had become a huge centrifugal force “The New messiah” and “The New Gandhi” who would lead the country to a new path. It got most people excited which included all sections including minorities. My Father smiled every time he switched on the TV and saw new channels flashing Anna Hazare. He would often say” It’s time for a revolution, Anna has drawn the nation together and we need a change”. I remained neutral and skeptical yet I secretly wished what the whole nation was dreaming would be True. I was apprehensive about the whole movement yet I wanted to believe that there could there indeed be a Gandhi reborn in 2012?
Muslims only had a faint smile on their face but soon the smile disappeared the moment they saw Ram Madhav of RSS sitting on the stage with Anna Hazare. Yet it was ambiguous whether Mr. Anna Hazare was pro Lok Pal and not anti congress. Being Anti Congress otherwise would not affect me or many of the Muslims. Yet to think of who would step into Congress shoes after the change of Govt is a matter which would send many Muslims into fretful mode.
Internet Hindus and the anti secularist were on the Roll. It was apparent that the Euphoria developed by Pro Lok Pal wave was turning into an anti Congress Wave. The author would like to clarify here that he does not endorse any Political party but being from the minority community and having witnessed the perils of Politics of Demagogue and communalism it sent a shock ripples among the Muslim community and I could fathom it.
The Right wing followers would post Hate Messages on Fb and Twitter, Congress Khallass , Muslims Khallass. My Lips quivered when I saw Saffron clad men sharing the stage with Anna Hazare, Of course there were some show boy Muslim Mullahs with ceremonial Skull caps and ceremonial beard but the fact was no Muslim knew who they were and what their names were and media would conveniently change their telecast to other program’s the moment these nameless obscure show boy Mullahs would start to speak from the podium.
Indian Muslims also wanted to believe that Anna Hazare would lead the Nation to a Righteous Path, Irrespective of caste, religion of all Indians. Of course they were also citizens of the country and corruption was an issue for them like other citizens but their countenance turned into a Poker face the day Anna Hazare praised Narendra Modi. Yet many still believed that it was just one of case and Anna Hazare stood for a secular India but whatever self-denying doubts and delusions were swept away the day RSS openly announced its support to Anna Hazare.
Anna Hazares Mumbai Fast failed miserably the mood was swinging people began to realize that the man who they would love to believe is a Gandhi was not a Gandhi after all. He advocated Alcoholics should be physically beaten and tortured. He was capable of making a facetious statement like the one he made when the Agricultural Minister was assaulted by a man. It didn’t take long for many to realize they had been worshipping a false God but final nail in the coffin and something that turned the Poker faces of Muslims into Frown was when the AIC anti congress crusade in Haryana elections that clearly established the political ambitions of the movement which till that point was supposed to be an apolitical movement.
So the bottom line is “for Muslims Corruption was an issue but secularism is a matter of their survival” and when it’s a choice between Corruption and Secularism the answer is an easy guess thus when the Muslims saw the emergence of Anna Hazare movement as an anti Congress and a Pro bjp movement by default. There was a clear disappointment and there were no tears among Muslims to see this Anna Movement wither into oblivion
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