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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Of political opportunism and Indo-US Nuclear deal


Shahid Siddiqui, who till the other day, was defending Samajwadi Party, in TV debates, suddenly switched sides and joined Mayawati.

Call it opportunism but this is politics. Coming from Shahid Siddiqui, it shouldn't be a bit of surprise. Siddiqui, the editor of the fiery Nai Dunia Urdu weekly, was always more a politician, less a journalist.

Not many remember that in the aftermath of Babri Masjid demolition when Muslims were angry with Congress and Arjun Singh had left the party, the same Shahid Siddiqui was the head of the Propaganda and Publicity Cell of the Congress. It was unimaginable but not many knew it even then and he continued befooling everybody, right from his readers to the electorate.

That's why he wouldn't have given a thought to it once how readers of Nai Dunia will digest it all of a sudden. After all, the paper that was pro-Samajwadi Party for almost a decade, will now have to take a different position.

In the last issue, when the paper had published a poll that 70% Indian Muslims were against the deal, most of us were surprised. Whatever may be the mood of the Indian Muslims, I was certain that it was a desktop poll. Khair.

He owns a newspaper that has a fair circulation but is on the decline due to the editor's interest in politics rather than paper. He needs a Rajya Sabha seat, which Mayawati may have promised her.

In the past, many Muslim leaders from Arif Mohammad Khan to Akbar Ahmad Dumpy and Rashid Alvi to poet Malikzada Manzoor Ahmad, joined the BSP. But none could stay there for long.

Just like SP that centres around Mulayam Singh Yadav's personality, BSP is also one-woman show. But Behenji hardly gives the space, which even second rung leaders in other parties get.

Siddiqui now says that Mayawati's Dalit vote is transferable. He says that for a Muslim candidate of BSP, the Dalits enthusiastically vote while the Yadavas don't vote for the Muslim candidate of SP.

It is true to only some extent. But the reality is that Yadavas constitute barely 7% of UP's population while Dalits are now 21%. Muslims account for 19% and most of them went with SP or the winning Muslim candidate. The fact is that Siddiqui succeeded in making a noise though he doesn't even have a vote (he is a Rajya Sabha member).
Meanwhile, SP has its own set of problems. It arose out of anti-Congressism but its core constituency are Muslims and thus can't align with BJP. When it thwarted Congress' bid to form government at centre, it was alleged that Mulayam had a secret deal with BJP.

Even with nearly 40 MPs, the party has failed to wield any influence on national politics. However, Mulayam should have realised that when they failed to get any mileage during the first four years of this government, they should have taken the lead in opposing it.

Now if the government falls, Mulayam Singh will get nothing. In case it survives, Amar Singh and Anil Ambani will be the chief beneficiaries. Whatever, it's unfortunate for Indian politics that opportunism has become order of the day and horse-trading is on.

Ajit Singh has got the Lucknow airport named after his father, but now needs more, perhaps the Food Ministery. Devegowda and his son, Chautala, Omar Abdullah, Shibu Soren and every other guy with a vote in Lok Sabha, is being sought after.

And this drama will go on for another two days.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi dear ajit singh has changed now !! how are you doing, it is nice to read ur blog and be in touch.

Anser Azim said...

Political munafeqoon!!!

Anonymous said...

Its high time now that Muslims of India recognise such people who have nothing but lust for money and power and will change their position overnight...

Shahid is not a Muslim leader nor his newspaper represents Muslims...

Vibhash Prakash Awasthi said...

and if u read some of the constitutional amendments...u will b surprised to know tht this horse trading is legal

Anser Azim said...

The news is that the India's Congress party-led government has survived a vote of confidence over a civilian nuclear deal with the US. Indian system used to be a mix of socialism and capitalism. But the capitalism has now taken over and so has the divide between the rich and poor. India has become rich in the last decade or so and some Indians have become richer and so are the politicians and sportsmen. Its easy to predict who could have bribed the politicians. They are the big corporations of the world , who rule the world politically and economically. Interestingly BJP, CP of India and some Muslims joined hand to win this motion. Though they are adversaries all through their existence!!!

In my opinion these politicians are the true "mufaquoon" of their respective religions.




anser

Kagaz ki kashti said...

We all had witnessed the political drama live yesterday..
Some events were sad & some good... like Rahul Gandhi and Omar Abdullah's speeches.

Young generation politicians seems better.. with them, hope the future holds good for India!

Anser Azim said...

This political horse trading is true for the whole barresaghir. And this trend continues in one form or the other (from Raja Jai Chand to Meer Jaffer to Mr Shahid Siddiqui). Saarion ka daur jata nazer aata hai, ghoonghat ka riwaj extinct ho chala hai, zabanon ka irtequa khatm ho chuka hai . Han ager koi cheez ab tak baaki hai to zameer faroshi ka yeh genetic trait. No wonder many of our leaders were part of this Kharid wo frokht keeping the old tradition and trait alive.

anser azim Chicago

arif said...

bhai sab 22 ke bad aap kya khenge kya waki main yeh kuch kama paye apne opputunism

Anonymous said...

hindustaan ka nau javan musalmaan kai tarah ki mushkilon ke daur se guzar raha hai uske pass na to rozgaar na hi itni wasat hai ki ki wo apni zindgi theek dhang se basar kar sake aap log siyasat me rahe aur p[rofessional taur par bhi kafi amir rahe aap ne qaum ke liye kya kiya.aaj aap aur aap ke dusre saathi laawarison ki tarah apna wajood dhoond rahe hain aap log ek dais par aa kar musalmano ki ladai kyon nahi lad rahe hain aap log ek hon hum naujwan log musalmano ki aane wali nasal ke liye achcha kar sakte hain sonchne me aap log zyada waqt le rahe hain kuch karen janaab nahi hamaari qaum mit jaygee