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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sorry, I don't need a Muslim leadership in India, non-Muslim politicians do a better job

Even those who believed in the concept of Muslim (political) leadership and thought that it exists in India should have realised that this is nothing less than a myth.

Two recent incidents including the murder of a minor Muslim girl in a police station in Lakhimpur Kheri and the firing on Muslim villagers in Bihar's Forbesganj has exposed the so-called Muslim leadership.

Bihar has no dearth of Muslim leaders ranging from NCP's Tariq Anwar to Congress' Shakil Ahmad and Maulana Asrarul Haq Qasmi, who represents Kishanganj constituency in the Parliament. All of them remained silent though they represent opposition parties in the state.

Had they taken to streets or at least spoken on the issue, it would have raised their stature and their parties would also have got benefited. One could understand the predicament of JDU's Muslim leader or BJP's Shahnawaz Khan who also hails form Bihar, but who stopped the Muslim MPs, MLAs, MLCs et al.

Politicians love to politicise issues, even non-issues. So what stopped Ghani Khan Chaudhary's politican successor, Mausam Benazir Noor, the young MP from neighbouring West Bengal, to take up the issue. In fact, no Muslim leader in the country worth his salt felt for the victims.

It was Ram Vilas Paswan who went to Delhi and staged a 'dharna', then apprised the Prime Minister about the issue and also asked Rahul Gandhi to visit Araria district to take a stock of the situation. Still, the Muslim leadership kept mum.

While Mahesh Bhatt went to Patna to urge Nitish Kumar to take action and later also reached Delhi, Muslim politicians' shameless silence showed their character. Muslim leaders in Delhi also didn't speak on the issue. Had it not been Paswan, Bhatt, a few activists and websites, particularly, http://www.twocircles.net/, the issue wouldn't have reached as far.

I am sorry to say but Maulana Asrarul Haq Qasmi has been a letdown. The elderly politician puts all energy in writing columns in Urdu papers rather than roaring in the parliament, if not on the streets. The Muslim social groups and other organisations were also indifferent.

In neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, a minor Muslim girl* was allegedly killed on the premises of police station. Though elections are drawing nearer and UP has seen a spurt in launch of new Muslim parties, there was absolute silence.

Jamat-e-Islami's Welfare Party, Dr Ayub's Peace Party, Ulema Council and other similar groups seemed to have forgotten even issuing statements. Even when most of the politicial parties and leaders [including BJP's firebrand leaders] had visited Lakhimpur Kheri, not a single delegation from any of these 'Muslim' parties visited the victim's family.

So what stopped them? Simply, they are not concerned. I don't go by the argument that many parties are propped up to divide the so-called Muslim vote. It is a mystery why none of these parties or leaders speak up when there is dire need for them to do so.

In the past also, we have seen that either it is on ideological ground or on the street, it is not the Muslim leaders who have taken up the cause of Muslims. So why this need for a Muslim leadership. It is a dangerous concept. We know as we have suffered it.

Time and again, Muslim voters have been cheated due to these so-called Muslim politicians. If there is a Muslim leadership, there should also be a Hindu leadership for Hindus. What is important that Muslim citizens understand that they must play an active part in the society and raise issues, not concerning Muslims alone, but others also.

With almost 60 Muslim MPs in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, lot of issues pertaining to the community should have been redressed and resolved easily, but the reality is that this doesn't happen. In the last six decades Muslim electorate has been through all and must wisen up now.

Just that Congress can't keep Muslims hostage by instilling the sense of BJP, these Muslim politicians should also be dumped as they are simply wasting their positions. It is always better to send pro-active non-Muslim leaders to legislatures.

Call me a cynic or whatever, that's the truth. If there are any exceptions, please tell  me. Meanwhile, the moral is that Muslim voters should better avoid voting for such politicians, who just have Muslim-sounding names, as in reality they have neither vision nor voice.

[* The girl who was found dead in police station in Lakhimpur belonged to a Muslim family. Her name was Razia though in order to protect her identity, section of media persons changed the name to Sonam as she was a minor]

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am in complete agreement with the views expressed in' sorry, I dont need a Muslim leadership. In fact the self styled Muslim leaders have only been raising emotive issues to garner Muslim support. We can put this leadership in two categories. Firstly those belonging to All India Muslim Personal Law Board and Jamiatul Ulemae Hind andsecond category includes those Muslims who join political parties and are elected to assemblies and Parliament.
AIMPB and Jamiat are only concerned with Muslim Personal Lay, Madarsa Education . AMU minority character and the Urdu languge. Most of these people, traditionally belong to the elite section of Muslim population and they are least concerned about the majority poor, illiterate and economically and socially backward segment of Indian Muslims. They cannot get elected and look for nominated seats and raise issues which protects their interest.. Those Muslims who are elected and are members of political parties only toe the party line and keep mum
It is therefore in the interst of Muslims not to vote and support a candidates only because he or she happens to be a Muslim. A secular minded Hindu who is concerned about the well being of oppressed and the poor is hundred times better than a leader like Syed Shahabuddin who has hardly spoken onissues concerning the majority of marginalised Muslims

Anonymous said...

Iqbal wrote :"Sabq phir padh sadqatka, saqawatka, shujawat ka!
Liyaa jayega tujh se kaam duniya ki imaamath ka!" our leaders have "managed to become leaders"without all those ordeals!The community should dump them and replace the with "good Muslims"!

Anonymous said...

The current so called Muslim Leadership is neither Muslim nor looks like a Leader.

These fellows are slaves of their political Masters/System/Money/Position.

They are NOT MUSLIMS by any streach of imagination, that's why political parties BRING THEM UP, they are easy to enslave.

But the Muslim community as a whole is to be blamed and not these scoundrels, who call themselves, Muslim Leaders, since we send them to the parliament.

Ya Allah, please help & guide this naive community to understand things of this world and the hereafter in the right sense .
Aameen.

Anonymous said...

The current so called Muslim Leadership is neither Muslim nor looks like a Leader.

These fellows are slaves of their political Masters/System/Money/Position.

They are NOT MUSLIMS by any streach of imagination, that's why political parties BRING THEM UP, they are easy to enslave.

But the Muslim community as a whole is to be blamed and not these scoundrels, who call themselves, Muslim Leaders, since we send them to the parliament.

Ya Allah, please help & guide this naive community to understand things of this world and the hereafter in the right sense .
Aameen.

Sangeeth Ibrahim said...

Well written post. It is said that every community gets the kind of leaders that they deserve. We should trace back the roots of this problem to the Reactive mindset of our community.

Quran Recitation Online said...

Seriously what Muslims are doing now a days i totally agree with the post title. but problem is the non Muslims leader won't allow us to worship our GOD the freedom will be ended soon ... I think our Muslim leader are more inspired from non Muslim leaders to tease people and working on non religious acts. shame and pity for them .

urdudaaN said...

Noice article!

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Anser Azim said...

Agree!!! A leader should be judicial to all its constituents..a muslim has more responsibility if he gets leadership....one should not be promuslim/prohindu if one happens to be a quaid!!!

JaLpArI - tHe MeRmAiD said...

superlike this article :) so true!

JaLpArI - tHe MeRmAiD said...

oh and i also superlike all the anon comments above :)