Narendra Modi has won with a thunder and RSS is coming out with flying colors. So, this might be a disturbing phase of Indian Democracy but nothing is lost for Muslims. Actually the Indian Muslims have had hardly anything worth to lose. Their language is gone, their history is compromised and a bleak future is stubbornly looking into their eyes. Urdu has been decimated by the Congress long ago. The ingratiate Bollywood which had thrived upon this language gave up the Urdu Script in postures and certificates without compunction. The central and state governments have attached no commercial benefits to attract back the poor language and now this beautiful bride of Indian Ganga Jamuna culture is surviving in Hindi Script with mutated pronunciations. We, the Muslims are lagging behind in competition in every walk of country life except crime and we have already given up the nonchalant fight in the national race long ago.
“Today, we are fighting among ourselves in mosques to sort out the Kafirs and Takfiris and purify our society according to our discovered tenets.”
This is our real issue and not the modern education or unity.
Many of thinkers and well wishers of Muslims are professing the theory of insensitivity of majority of countrymen toward minority. They feel that the man who should have been facing the music of law is going to rule the nation. The so-called ‘collective wisdom’ of society has pronounced its verdict. But I can’t buy this argument. Only 31.8 % Indian voters countrywide favored Narendra Modi in this election. Those who call it Modi Lahar are ignoring the hard fact that 68.2 % of Indian voters didn’t support BJP. We are thankful to the silent majority standing side by side to the Communal outfits. There is no denying that RSS has convinced a vast section of society about its hate-Muslim politics. It is thriving now and times ahead are not easy for us. Should we hope that Narendra Modi will respect the constitution of India? Yes and No ! Is it easy to forget that Modi is an obedient soldier of RSS which wants to make India a Hindu Rashtra?? Those who have been smart enough to peep into the RSS mind know well that this politico-cultural group believes that Muslim community is the major stumbling block to the idea of a Hindu nation. It doesn’t believe in the plurality of Indian Nation. RSS has always planted its fellow travelers in Congress and secular parties. Had Congress been sincere in its efforts to counter the venomous ideology of RSS, it could have already done it in 1952.
There have always been a conflict of interest between secular parties and they have used the Muslim votes to serve their ulterior motives and parochial interests.
The Indian Muslims have miserably failed themselves to evolve a leadership within and always looked to someone outside to lead them. From Bahuguna to Mulayam, we were always on the lookout for Messihas. There have always been splits in our ranks – vertical and horizontal. While RSS successfully polarized enough Hindu votes to win, our self-proclaimed leaders played false and mislead their followers.
We are now at the mercy of NaMo for decades. For the world he had fought elections on ‘development plank’ and for RSS it was the Great Step in achieving its ultimate goal of Hindu Rashtra. However there is a sop that Modi has offered – He himself said that if anybody touches Muslims, he won’t sit idle. We have no choice to trust his word.
That reminds me the words of Moulana Abul Kalam Azad – “Let us consider dispassionately the consequence which will follow if we give effect to the Pakistan scheme. India will be divided into two states, one with a majority of Muslims and other of Hindus. In the Hindustan State there will remain three and half crores of Muslims scattered in small minorities all over the land. With 17 per cent in U.P., 12 per cent in Bihar and 9 per cent in Madras, they will be weaker than they are today in the Hindu majority provinces. They have their homelands in these regions for almost a thousand years and built up well know centers of Muslim culture and civilization there. They will awaken overnight and discover that they have become alien and foreigners. Backward industrially, educationally and economically, they will be left at the mercies of what would become an unadulterated Hindu Raj. On the other hand, their position within the Pakistan State will be vulnerable and weak. Nowhere is Pakistan will their majority be comparable to the Hindu majority in the Hindustan States. In fact their majority will be so slight that it will be offset by the economical, educational and political lead enjoyed by non-Muslims in these areas. Even if this were not so and Pakistan were overwhelmingly Muslim in population, it still could hardly solve the problems of Muslims in Hindustan.”
The sagacious and farsighted eyes of Moulana were apprehending the situation that we are facing today. He was not opposed to partition only a Congress leader but as Muslim reformer and statesman. Had Pakistan not been formed today there would have been 35 percent Muslims in undivided India.
My idea is that as Muslims we should welcome the Concept of Akhand Bharat of RSS wholeheartedly. We have bigger stake in country’s future and RSS is ready to help. So, We are with you Mr Bhagwat ! Har har Modi ! Ghar ghar Modi ! Jai Akhand Bharat !
By Naim Naqvi