It’s very fashionable to talk about moderate Muslim and Liberal Muslim today in 2013 but what exactly is a moderate Muslim? Who is a moderate Muslim? Given the present political and social dynamics a cocktail circuit an atheist Muslim would be a perfect candidate for such a title but can there be a Muslim who loves India is a 5 times namazi fears Allah and also loves his Indian culture and fellow Indians at the same time also be a moderate Muslim?
To many Muslims this is a way of life and is basic and elementary as eating and breathing but yet it’s such a big deal when it comes to Patriotism. When the advent of terms like Terrorism, Islamist many who themselves stand on the right side have tried to paint a picture of Islam and Terrorism being a synomous and also there is a school of thought that blames Muslims for the Partition of India. Few people know that Pashtun Muslim majority NWFP of Pakistan which is today is hot bed of Taliban militancy in Pakistan had voted for a secular congress and not Muslim League in 1946 elections. What did the people who chose to vote for Congress and not Muslim League think before voting a secular congress over a Muslim League?
When India and Pakistan was partitioned in 1947 the Indian Muslims had a choice they could migrate to Islamic republic of Pakistan or could stay in a secular but Hindu Majority India. There was almost a total migration of population in places like Punjab but there were also other places which were affected by partition which the population migrated for various reasons. There were instances of one brother migrating to Pakistan and others staying back in India. So what was going on in the minds of such families? Why did they choose to stay in Hindu Majority India in spite of all the propaganda of The “Two Nation Theory” by Muslim League? Jinnah is considered by many as the Leader of Muslims in 1947 but what impact did Muslim leaders like Maulana Azad and Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan had upon the Indian Muslims of 1947? These are some of the interesting questions that have to be pondered and Play “Imaan” has tried to throw light on some of the issues.
The one act play starts when the protagonist Hussain’s grandson comes home in tears after being teased by his class mates as Pakistani and he questions his grandfather of his decision for not going to Pakistan and staying back in India when most of his other brothers had left for Pakistan. The play concludes on the day of 1992 Babri Masjid demolition when the whole country is rocked by riots and his grandson is missing? How does Hussain react to the situation? The Play weaves through 1992 and 1947.
Sameer Khan the writer and director in his play “Imaan” has tried to explain some of these issues. The first show of this Hindustani play was held at a modest but artistic venue called “Kala Chaya” at Patrakar Nagar Pune on September 2012 and was packed with audience and received rave reviews by everyone present at the venue. Imaan is back one again this time at Nehru memorial Hall Pune on 4th August 2013.
The Language of the drama is Hindustani which perfect foil to the nuances of the Play and some of the language is actually Daccani a dialect of Urdu used by Muslims of Maharashtra, Andhra and Karnataka. It’s a very interesting aspect of the play and it tries to throw some light on the mindset of the Indian Muslims that chose India and not Pakistan as their Homeland esp. in states which were not affected by communal violence during partition.
Imaan will be staged on
4th August , 9 pm
Nehru Memorial Hall
Tickets Contact : 9823156899
Image Source : Poster direct from organizers