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Saturday, May 17, 2014

An Indian Muslim's letter to Congress leadership: "I am not a BJP supporter but I am glad to see Congress' defeat in Lok Sabha election"

(C) INDSCRIBE

I am not a BJP supporter and there is hardly any chance that I would ever be in future but the rout of Congress in Lok Sabha election 2014, has given me satisfaction.

I find strange that some of my Muslim friends were gloomy at the Congress' loss. I have always found this mental slavery as nauseating. I would have understood had they been disappointed with the performance of non-Congress, non-BJP parties.

Or if you are die-hard anti-BJP man, the stellar performance of the party [and NDA] may have been disappointing for you. But sadness at Congress' defeat is just not understandable to me.

The reasons are here:

GETTING AWAY WITH RIOTS, MASSACRES

1. Congress is the party that can get away with 'massacres' and 'genocides' without even a whimper. Imagine, how more than 50 Muslims were killed in Assam recently, and it was no issue for the 'secular' party. Within three days, it was all forgotten, buried.

There was no demand to sack Tarun Gogoi, who now offers his resignation for poor performance in election! Just over a year ago, there was similar massacre in Bodoland in Assam. Which other party would have been able to skirt it so easily? Congress did, and nobody, not even media, questions it.

THE BOGEY OF APPEASING THE MINORITIES

2. Congress does hardly anything in terms of welfare measures or preferential treatment for Muslims, yet gives the impression, that it has 'appeased' Muslims for ages. It doesn't even deny this false charge, because it suits it and helps it gain sympathy of minorities and their votes.

Where in India are Muslims appeased? Are they in government jobs or private sector? Riots, encounters, killings, continue unabated and yet the minorities are appeased. Wonderful strategy.

TALKS OF GUJARAT RIOTS BUT NEVER IMPLEMENTED MUMBAI 92-93 RIOT REPORT

3. All the parties talk about Gujarat riots [2002] and then it goes back to Congress' failure in handling the anti-Sikh massacre [riots] of 1984. But how conveniently, Congress forgets all the riots during its regime until recently [Assam].

The riots of Meerut, Moradabad, Bhagalpur, Ferozabad, are history. But what about 1992-93 Mumbai riots, when in two separate rounds, more than 2,000 people were killed. That is recent history, much after 1984. Isn't it? Sudhakar Rao Naik was Chief Minister of Maharashtra then.

Yet, Congress that always promised to implement the Sri Krishna Commission report, never honoured the promise. Prosecution sanctions were not given even in cases against police constables who had opened fire on innocent Muslims, let alone officials.

Congress and its bureaucracy was always intent to saving the killers of Mumbai riots, and other riots. There was never firm action. Had the Congress acted against BJP and Shiv Sena's men involved in riots, history would have been different. But it remained soft and today, it is almost finished.

NO ACTION ON SACHAR PANEL REPORT

4. After its defeat in late 90s, it realised that it had lost Dalits, Tribals and Muslims, its core vote.

In 2004, when Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government lost, Congress again came back to power.

The justice Rajinder Sachar panel was appointed to submit its report over the socio-economic condition of minorities.

The panel's report clearly showed, how much disadvantaged Muslims have been, and how their representation is low, in jobs.

But for the next ten years, it didn't do anything. The party perhaps felt that it would invite 'majority backlash', which has come anyhow. How it feels, Sonia ji, Rahul ji?

INDISCRIMINATE ARRESTS, LACK OF CORRECTIVE MEASURES

5. In the last ten years, Indian Muslims suffered the worst. There were indiscriminate arrests, fake encounters, branding in the name of terror. It was repeatedly revealed in reports that Congress-ruled Maharashtra led in atrocities on Muslims.

Azamgarh was defamed during Congress rule. BJP was not in power, either in UP or at the Centre. But Congress did nothing to erase the perception or take action against those who used such words. Its police, special cell, and agencies, went on with their actions.

Yet, the genuine demand for a judicial probe in Batla House encounter, was turned down. We don't ask you to speak or act for us but we expected you to be at least transparent. You did nothing. In fact, in cases against right-wing extremists too, there was slackness, as you feared 'backlash'.

Bureaucrats fed you and you believed it, more so, because that was your intent too. Have a nice time, you deserve it. When the trends were coming and it showed 50-55 seats, I wished you would go to less than 50. It happened.

UNPROVOKED KILLINGS AND YET NO ACTION

6. Either in Dhule or in Gopalgarh, Muslims were shot in the chests and head. All these were acts of unprovoked firing. The police were controlled by your government in both states then. But as always, Rajasthan and Maharashtra chief ministers did their best to hush up these incidents.

There is no end to such cases if one starts compiling. The problem is that the mindset is such that atrocities under Congress rule were ignored. Congress was not questioned [even by media]. It may seem harsh but it is the truth that Congress' secularism was flawed, yes.

It lowered the bar and still gave the impression that it was appeasing minorities, though it did the opposite. Just barely a month ago, in Maharashtra's Mumbra, excessive police action took place, and there was no action by Prithvi Raj Chouhan government. Citizens are rid off the arrogant self-styled champions of minorities, great.

SCARED OF ACTING AGAINST TOGADIA!

7. There is tremendous talk of 'appeasement' but whenever there was a case of 'hate speech', Congress governments had a selective approach. Muslim leaders like Owaisi and Imran Masood were booked and jailed and it was a welcome move. But Pravin Togadia was never arrested.

In Maharashtra, after much pressure and media intervention, a case was registered. But the police didn't arrest him. You let down the words like 'secularism', 'justice', and 'law'. You pandered to them and they are having the last laugh, now

PRESIDENTIAL ORDINANCE ROUTE

8. Muslims and Christians among Dalits, Tribals [SCs, STs] can't get benefit of reservation. It is not a law passed by parliament that can make such a distinction that certain communities or religious groups alone are entitled to reservation, while the rest are not.

The discriminatory distinction was made possible by 'secular' Congress through the backdoor entry. They had brought a Presidential ordinance to ensure that the backward Muslims or Christians don't get the benefits of reservation. They have succeeded in it for over 60 years. Despite protests, there has never been a slight attempt to undo the historic injustice.

IDEOLOGY....ERR, WHAT'ZAT?

9. Whether you like it nor not, the BJP has an ideology. Congress doesn't seem to have any ideology. All these years, when BJP targeted it for 'appeasement', Congress did little to spread its ideology or tell its people, or cadre, why secularism is important.

On the other hand, in states, RSS kept expanding. Wherever BJP formed government, the dozens of RSS' institutions in diverse fields, expanded. They got land and all possible help. Today, they are running colleges, hostels, orphanages, doing social work.

In process, its workers and sympathisers also got financially independent. Naturally, they had the freedom to spread ideology while they had no worries about doing something else to earn money. What was Congress doing? Its ground workers have nothing to do except 'kaam karwane ke liye paisa lena, playing the role of middle-men, the euphemism for bribe, for survival.

ABOUT RSS

10. Congress attacked the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), quite often. Its leaders even blamed the Sangh for its cadre's involvement in extremist acts. Definitely, lot of people were arrested. If Congress wished it could have banned the Sangh long back.

It didn't. When people belonging to banned groups are arrested, no one questions or asks if they are indeed member of that group or have a membership receipt. In the case of Sangh, the defence was always that the person may have been a worker but had left us and we keep no record.

Who taught this strategy to them and how you believed it, innocently. Either it had no evidence or it lacked the will. Digvijay Singh was most vocal and said that he had record, but why these records weren't used? Had Congress acted tough, the Sangh wouldn't have grown so powerful. Today, the Congress may have realised the RSS' strength.

11. FEAR OF BJP?

The Congress often said that if BJP came to power, it will be bad for minorities, especially, Muslims. This is unjustified and only aimed at keeping minorities at the Congress' side.

In 1977, Muslims like the rest of India, voted against Congress. Earlier, SVD governments had come to power in many states. In later years, non-Congress governments became the norm in many states. NDA came to power at the Centre.

In states like Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Muslims have been living in BJP rule, without riots, and in a much better situation than in Congress-ruled Maharashtra or Assam. Muslims are no cowards who would tremble at anyone's name.

It is a democracy and citizens have the right to change the government. If India decided to throw you out of power and vote the BJP, then this is also a welcome mandate. Muslims have no fear or apprehension, after having suffered innumerable riots in Congress-regimes as well as BJP and other regimes in the past.

NO STEPS FOR CORRECTIVE MEASURES

12. The list of damage done by Congress to Muslims is long. The Congress in UP, after independence, acted with vengeance against Muslims. It is the only state in India, where despite being an official language, Urdu medium schools can't be opened. 

This is violation of the universal right of a child to be able to study in his mother tongue, and a question of principle and rights. As a result, poor Muslim families who can't afford educating kids in private schools, have no option but to send their children to madarsas.

The law hasn't been changed, despite protests for decades. More than 10 lakh signatures were collected, loaded in truck and taken to Delhi, long back by Zakir Husain. Still, nothing happened. Muslims abandoned Congress in UP-Bihar, and later in the rest of India, wherever there was a third option.

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Initially, I thought, it should be titled as 'Letter to Rahul Gandhi (or Sonia Gandhi), but later I realised that perhaps it is all futile. For ten years, they run the government but couldn't honour the basic promises like implementation of Sachar panel report, then what's the point of expecting it from them.

If an ordinary Muslim wants to talk to Congress, there is no option. Other parties and their leaders are on Twitter and Facebook. But not Rahul Gandhi. People don't even have the satisfaction that they have at least conveyed their concern or sent their suggestions.

If you try Congress' in-house portal, Khirki, then also there is no response. I don't know if Rahul Gandhi has ever visited any ordinary Muslim's household to talk about his aspirations and expectations. So-called 'elite' leaders like Salman Khurshid or others like Ahmad Patel are considered 'Muslim leaders'.

Numerous delegations met Congress leaders and PM Manmohan Singh about indiscriminate arrests of Muslim youths, about false terror cases, about inquiry in Batla House, and other issues, but there was never any action.
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This blog has been running for almost a decade now. On this blog earlier too, I criticised Congress more often. As there was expectation from it. There was perhaps a feeling that it will ever take some corrective measures.

But Congress couldn't listen and understand. It is this party that has treated Muslims and many other sections of the country, like dirt. No wonder, Muslims voted for AAP and other parties, wherever they had an option.

In Delhi, in all seats, AAP emerged second. One would probably be a fool to imagine or hope that Congress will learn. In fact, it will just hope that five years later, people would give it a chance again. But that is plain wishful thinking.

Indscribe
May 17, 2014
indscribe@anindianmuslim.com
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[This blogger has neither been a BJP supporter, nor a Congress supporter. For those who are neither for one party or the other, we will keep voting for non-Congress, non-BJP parties. For you, it may be 'wasted votes', but that's my choice, in principle, always]


18 comments:

Nikhil said...

Absolutely nailed it man! The sooner the Muslims and other minorities realise this, the longer Congress will pay for their sins by being kept out of power.

Anonymous said...

You can't blame RSS without evidence. For 10 yrs Congress tried every trick to implicate Modi and RSS. Sadhvi pragya singh is in jail for yrs without even charge sheet.As long as you don't shed your preconceived opinion against BJP and RSS you will never be able to come to mainstream. You mention P Togadia but Owaisi brothers.

Eklavya said...

Very true and poignant my friend. I am a Hindu and a BJP supporter. But your article has really moved me. The muslims have been blatantly used and abused by Congress for its Vote Bank Politics. Today, the party is facing its biggest ideological crisis and nobody knows where it will go. For a vibrant democracy, the interest of all the citizens of a country should be protected at all cost without any discrimination to their religion, caste or creed.I hope the new government should keep this point in mind.

Once again well written article. I hope somebody point this article to the Gandhi clan and some better sense prevails upon them.

Jatin said...

Might not agree with some observations but good to read them.

Tarun Mitra said...

Good article. Keep up the good work.
Secondly, vote anyone, its your choice, after all the ballot is secret.

editor said...

@ Nikhil: Thanks
@ Anonymous: I mentioned that it was a welcome move to book and arrest the Muslim leaders who gave hate speeches.
@ Eklavya: Thanks brother.
@ Jatin: Of course, there are always areas of disagreement. Thanks for reading.
@ Tarun Mitra: :)

SENsible said...

I think this blog is GREAT. I personally think Muslims should have no fear under Modi as the PM.
Again, we should stop thinking of Muslims as a separate entity. As a group they are
ess prosperous, both educationally and economically.. But the responsibility lies with people like Sir Syed Ahmed who discouraged the Muslims to have English education. This IS THE CAUSE. Those who had English education are prospering. We have famous surgeons professors Civil Servants among Muslims. Muslims are not a separate entity. They are as much Indian as I am

Anonymous said...

There are also some points and policies that congress implemented for muslims.

Congress cancelled 'POTA' Act, Where thousands of Muslim youths harassed by Police
Congress gave Minority scholarship . While BJP Ruled Gujarat Govt.. Fight this in High court to not give scholarship on religion basis
Congress Gave 27% Reservation to OBC. Muslims are getting its benefit till date


So, It's not always time will be same. I am not saying that Congress is good party for Muslims. When you know that no one is good for you. You have to choose what is less harm for you.

editor said...

Anonymous: Thanks for your valuable comment. Yes, POTA was revoked but later UAPA was turned into another draconian law after amendments, and was passed without debate in the house!

It isn't that I am totally talking in black and white terms.
The scholarship scheme is good but it needed good implementation. There were other good steps too.

RTE, RTI, are all Congress' initiatives. But the aim of this post is tell what is wrong in my view.

editor said...

Anonymous: Thanks for your valuable comment. Yes, POTA was revoked but later UAPA was turned into another draconian law after amendments, and was passed without debate in the house!

It isn't that I am totally talking in black and white terms.
The scholarship scheme is good but it needed good implementation. There were other good steps too.

RTE, RTI, are all Congress' initiatives. But the aim of this post is tell what is wrong in my view.

Anonymous said...

Just wondering, why do letters from 'an american hindu' or 'an indian christian' or 'a british sikh' do not get sent?

Is 'muslim' a special breed against whom the entire world has conspired?

Or is it a possibility that others groups do not try to maintain a separate identity and mingle together given sufficient time.

(I did not mention "a pakitani hindu" bcoz that would be too much to ask for)

editor said...

You are very right. It is a peculiar problem in India.

This blog was initiated ten years ago, when everywhere one would find headlines like, 'Why liberal Muslims don't speak up?".

So one had to speak up with a Muslim identity to prove that we exist and we need not be the kind of Muslim you want us to be or the one you present us as.

Ab kya karein. Forced to do. Because TV channels or media men don't go to Muslim homes to ask them what they feel and just write or show what certain clerics or a few celebrities from Bollywood say.

On terrorism, on MF Husain, on every thing, it was common to say, "Why Muslims don't speak up".

Arrey bhai, you don't approach on street in your own city and don't ask, you don't let them space in letters column, what will they do.

So one has to speak as a Muslim, ki nahi bhai, ham ye kah rahe hain.

It has been decided that if it is a Muslim, he will have this view, this alignment, this particular thought etc etc

Muslims are just as homogenous or heterogenous as Hindus or Sikhs or others but still 'Muslims' have been made a 'strange species'.

Amita Limaye said...

A very balanced view.but I don't agree that Muslims don't speak up ...they do ...but than MSM show only what they want to show...I read many views whether for or against... they r there but who's stopping them to get heard? The way media had been since last some years , it was very easy...but did we hear any rational views ? There was literal vitriol against modi or the 2002 riots, nothing else. So a blog like this is welcome...home rana ayyub on tweeter understands the reality.. thank u again ...all is not lost for India.

Sultan Mazharuddin said...

Your views will find resonance with every Indian muslims and also many non muslims. It was like you were echoing my thoughts. We considered Congress as the 'lesser evil' ! It is indeed pathetic how they have taken us for granted and marginalized the community ...like the other minority communities. Muslims will definitely give BJP a chance. So far Mr. Modi has shown 'promise'. If he errs then it will be back to Congress by default. Yes I am very satisfied that Congress was taught a lesson. Will they learn from their mistakes ?

Keshav Dixit said...

One of the most brilliant and as non partisan as can be Blog. Coming from the heart an aggrieved and angered one at that! That the Muslims are not one monolithic group is as bright as sunlight, but somewhere the Muslims themselves are in denial of this truth. In the Indian context a Bengali Muslim is as different from a U.P Muslim is from a Kerala Muslim or a Konkani one. Not to speak of sects & casts. This needs to be accepted. This generalisation and compartmentalisation needs to be boxed out for the whole world to see only then will real problems come to surface. Your blog is just the tip of the iceberg.
Look forward to your views & all the best

Keshav Dixit said...

One of the most brilliant and as non partisan as can be Blog. Coming from the heart an aggrieved and angered one at that! That the Muslims are not one monolithic group is as bright as sunlight, but somewhere the Muslims themselves are in denial of this truth. In the Indian context a Bengali Muslim is as different from a U.P Muslim is from a Kerala Muslim or a Konkani one. Not to speak of sects & casts. This needs to be accepted. This generalisation and compartmentalisation needs to be boxed out for the whole world to see only then will real problems come to surface. Your blog is just the tip of the iceberg.
Look forward to your views & all the best

Anonymous said...

Great Job on the whole! Awakening beeper for Congress in taking Muslims & their votes for granted. You justified the fall of congress.
Thank you for sharing our sentiments exactly & so clearly...Keep it up! :)

Anonymous said...

Dear Author,

I am so much impressed with this article that i have trying to find words to put it for you. I am a BJP supporter as well as fan of RSS...But fact is I am more of an aniti congress person than more of Pro BJP person.I love to see Congress go down rather than BJP come up...So your facts are absolutely correct...Congress stands for symbol of lie, deceit and cheating the people of India...They cheated the Majority people in name of pluralism and they cheated minority people in the name of providing security and respect and equality with all. They failed with all fronts and still then they are default party for Indian people...