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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Elections 2009: Muslim politicians' visits to temples, would you call it majority appeasement?

Indian general elections are a colourful affair. It's not just the Hindu leaders who pay obeisance at Islamic shrines, but there are lots of Muslim politicians also who are visiting the temples.

Just last week there was a furore in West Bengal when senior CPI (M) leader Mohammed Salim had visited a famous temple and sought blessings.

He had sipped the 'charan-amrit' [ceremonial sacred water off the idol] that had led to major controversy and hoardings were put up in Kolkata, against a Communist leader performing puja, consuming prasad and practising the politics of appeasement [ya, you read it right].

Far away in South India, a few voices were raised but no fatwa or protest. The recent incident involves a Congress leader and former hockey player Aslam Sher Khan. He is contesting on Congress ticket in a Madhya Pradesh constituency and visited a temple to seek blessings for his victory in the Lok Sabha polls.

So it's not just the Maulana Mulayams who are accused of wearing the skullcap and hosting iftaars or meeting Ulema to seek votes, Muslim politicians are not much behind.


There are many other leaders visiting the temples. The Samajwadi Party candidate from Lucknow* Nafisa Ali visited the Hanuman temple and started her campaign after puja. She is a new entrant to SP.

[Even Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Kishenchand Advani and other BJP leader wear skullcaps and throw such parties. They have also visited Dargahs lately. Specially the Ajmer dargah is favourite for most of them.]

Of course, most of them who otherwise love to have photographers around, often regret that their picture was taken at the particular moment.

With elections just 12 days from now, we will see more interesting news and mini-controversies propped up every day. Mostly it's the rival candidates or the dissidents in one's own camp who try to raise such controversies.

However, the electorate seem to have become mature enough to look through the reality and that's the reason that after a flutter for a day or two, such controversies dies a natural death because voters don't react as per the 'expectations'.

[*Lucknow is all set to witness an interesting battle between BJP' Lalji Tandon, BSP's Akhilesh Das and Nafisa Ali along with Congress' Rita Bahuguna Joshi. Ulema Council's Amaresh Mishra is also in the fray.]
Such photos of Varun when he visited Pilibhit in the past, now appear shocking. But that's what politics is all about, at least, in India.
BJP Baffled

It was interesting to see that when some Muslim politicians act as per BJPs expectations, the party leaders accuse them of 'not being secular'. Senior BJP leader and national executive member Tathagata Roy told Salim that he had himself witnessed the CPI (M) leader participating in the religious event and that's why he can't be secular. [Statesman March 25, 2009]

Photos: Congress candidate from Betul Aslam Sher Khan seen paying obeisance at a temple. The other photo shows Mulayam Singh Yadav who keeps getting flak for being pro-Muslim and for appeasing Muslims though he has never offered Namaz as per my knowledge.

16 comments:

Krishna said...

We need to get these politicians banned from talking religion(and caste too) and religious leaders from talking politics. Nation will benefit greatly. No riots , no appeasement no votebanks,no BJP, MIM etc.

Sandeep Monga said...

This is what India is all about,do whatever u want,go wherever u want to go,pray to whosoever u want to pray to,there r no fights or religious dictates except in some cases.People love it when a person from another religion visits their religious place even if it is for elections.It may be a gimick but it is very much a part of us.I army it doesn't matter whether the commanding officer is a muslim or hindu or sikh or christian any religious function of any religion will not start or will not be complete if he is not there.This I guess is the true strength of our country.In the case of elections it is the same with every politician.Waise toh inke liye yeh kahavat janchti hai ke nau sau chuhe kah ke billi haj ko chali.chalo jaise bhi chali kam se kam haj ko gayi toh.Ha

Pinku said...

hahaha...I love it....the level of hypocrisy is just so awesome...

only solace a Politician will screw one and all...he has no favourites.

Sandeep Monga said...

Please everyone read the article by Javed Anand in Indian Express on the beard judgement.

scribbling papers said...

These people who call themselves Muslims are nothing but hypocrites.

indscribe said...

@ Krishna: Ya, ideally there should not be any use of religion and simple plank should be development, welfare and basic amenities.

@ Sandeep Bhai: I agree. Also, yes I have read that article. It's good to see that there are Muslims who have a diverse opinion on the beard issue also. He has some valid points.

@ Pinku: :) Just one of the umpteen interesting facets of our nation.

@ Scribbling papers: Basically it's no devotion or anything. Plain politics.

However, as far his Muslim-ness is concerned, I don't care. I avoid judging others. If he is comfortable doing puja, he has every right to do it. Its after all his life and between him and his god.

Anser Azim said...

The irony is that Mr Aslam sher Khan will be seen again in this posture exactly after 5 years provided he succeeds!!!. He is bowing to peoples vote rather than his God. It is saddening to note that their only religion is power and greed!!!

Yuyutsu said...

Hmm, as they say-- nau sau chhohe kha kar billi haj ko chali.

Adnan bhai, all this is hogwash -- sab election ka drama hai, I wonder how media gets these pictures? These politicians must be informing them beforehand to be present there and click snaps!

Sandeep Monga said...

Any comments on lalu's & Srinivasan's hate speech.Varun,Lalu,Srinivasan commited the same mistake or shall we say crime.Don't u think that NSA should be invoked in these cases also.Varun says kill Muslims,Lalu says crush Varun,Srinivasan says cut the hands off those who touch minoriries.What is the differecnce.all of them are butchers.

Faroha said...

what nonsense....what kind of a Muslim they think they are when what they are seen to worship directly negates the principle of tauheed in Islam? To bow before no one except God, to eat or drink nothing which has any deity's name other than Allah taken on it.....and what hypocrisy....what manipulation of the innocent masses! Neither are they good Muslims, nor good leaders....such gimmicks may make a politician, but not a leader

Faroha said...

what nonsense....what kind of a Muslim they think they are when what they are seen to worship directly negates the principle of tauheed in Islam? To bow before no one except God, to eat or drink nothing which has any deity's name other than Allah taken on it.....and what hypocrisy....what manipulation of the innocent masses! Neither are they good Muslims, nor good leaders....such gimmicks may make a politician, but not a leader

Kagaz ki kashti said...

:-)

Sandeep Monga said...

What about the our very own shoe thrower?

JaLpArI said...

If a person cud bow down to statues and still be a Muslim, we'd have statues of Allah and Huzur S.A.W before of anyone/thing else. Nauzubillah!
even if keep religion aside, does this 'great gesture' mean any better than, 'my dear Hindu brothers, plz give me ur votes...'..

whatever....

syahi said...

I am not sure but think the pic of aslam sher khan is taken from a different angle.
This hypocrisy will continue till the voters get educated,matured and some day I hope they would be able to overlook or reject these nonsense.

urdudaaN said...

Islamic shrines! :)