Four years after independence [and partition], India had gone to polls. The first general election was held in 1951-52. Even in that era, substantial number of Muslims were elected to the Lok Sabha.
The wins and the representation of Muslims in the lower house of parliament, clearly suggested that independent India had a secure place [and future] for minorities. Most of the Muslim candidates won on Congress ticket.
There were many stalwarts who were member of the first Lok Sabha. Some had to be fielded from Muslim majority constituencies too as Congress didn't want to take risk of their losing the election, due to polarisation. However, the Congress was so popular then, that its Muslim candidates won easily.
The Muslim members of the first parliament represented different regions. Most of them were elected from Uttar Pradesh (UP), Hyderabad and Bihar. Here is recalling the names and constituencies of the 20 Muslims who won in the election:
|Rafi Ahmad Kidwai|
|General Shahnawaz Khan|
20. At first-glance, one may not count the name of B Pocker in the list of MPs (members of the first parliament).
B Pocker, a Musilm candidate, had won on Madras State Muslim League (MML), which later became IUML, defeating the Congress candidate from Malappuram constituency.
B Pocker Sahib Bahadur who hailed from Malabar (Kerala), was earlier also a member of the constituent assembly.