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Indian muslims in their own words

Modi: Inheritor of Patel’s legacy

Submitted by admin on 8 November 2013 - 5:55pm

Articles India Politics Indian Muslim

By Kaneez Fathima

History has been distorted by the Hindutva ideology upper caste ruling class people and used as a weapon against backward classes as well as Muslims. It is in this scenario that the praising of Patel by Modi has to be seen and for a while now Patel is used as a new play card by the Hindutva ideologues even though he was a Congressman. It should be noted that Congress is a mixture of all kinds of people in it. Patel carried state sponsored genocide on Muslims in Hyderabad as well as other parts of the country. Later Narsimha Rao played an important role in Babri Masjid demolition. History is not only distorted but also being saffronised and infringed in the tender minds of children through school textbooks. State sponsored Hindutva hegemony was started by Patel and it became deep rooted in the regime of Modi in such a manner that the people are singing anti Muslim songs instead of national songs on 15th august which is Independence Day (Ex. Banayenge hum mandir banayenge etc.).

When the Britishers slowly occupied our country on the name of trade and started ruling over us, they observed that there are people of various castes with different customary habits. Then they slowly started implementing divide and rule policy that led to the division of this country into India and Pakistan.

Modi like Patel wear blood-stained clothes.

Though Mr. Gandhi is projected as father of nation but as per the records of Indian government the title was not conferred officially. It was not Gandhi who started freedom movement but was already initiated long time ago by rulers such as Bahadur Shah Zafar, Begum Hazrat Mahal of Awadh and Tipu Sultan and was followed by Jhansi Lakshmi Bai, Tantia Tope etc. After the suppression of 1857 first independence war, the Muslim clerics of Deoband and at other places played an important role and sacrificed their lives for the sake of country’s freedom. Then it was revolutionaries such as Bhagat Singh and Ashfaqullah Khan who came forward to free the country from the clutches of Britishers and they gave the slogan ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ (which has very wide meaning in it). It was Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind that for the first time made a call for complete independence of India. In these changing scenario, Gandhi and his team got afraid and negotiated with the Britishers for share of power with the Britishers and when that did not work out, in the course of time it was named as Independence movement. Many Muslims played a key role in the independent struggle but most of them are forgotten for eg. Ali Brothers, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai etc. (slowly names erased from history of even those Muslims who were in Congress).

The divide and rule policy of Britishers was further followed by the Indian leaders. It was basically C. Rajagopalachari (Rajaji) who planned for the division of the country in the year 1943 in his famous C.R. formula and got it approved by Gandhi. Gandhi and Patel proposed Mountbatten for the division of the country on the basis of religion and their basic idea was that when Muslims migrate to Pakistan, the upper caste ruling class can maintain their hegemony over the backward classes and indigenous people of India. Jinnah did not agree to the proposal of Mountbatten about the division of the country but was forced to accept it. Thus he is blamed for the division of the country.

In the year 1932 itself Communal Award was given to Muslims by the colonial rulers but Gandhi and Patel strongly opposed it. Congress continuously pressurized Muslims to leave separate electorates. Opposition against Muslims increased with the official declaration of Lord Wavell that there will be equal share of Hindus, Muslims and depressed classes after the transfer of power and it was Patel who opposed it very strongly. They were unable to digest that Muslims will also become the rulers of this country along with upper castes. Congress party thought that the upper castes can have complete control of power only after dividing this country on the lines of religion and they did as they thought. In result Muslims lost political voice in the Constituent Assembly. Patel had forced Muslims to give away the constitutional rights guaranteed by the objective resolution of the Constituent Assembly. In the year 1947 when a resolution was passed in the Constituent Assembly to cancel the separate electorates, quota in education and employment which was enjoyed by the Muslims before partition, there was no Muslim voice to protest against it.

Country was divided on the basis of religion and Muslims are blamed for it. After the partition many from the Muslim intelligentsia migrated to Pakistan but those intellectuals who remained and refused to go from India were robbed of their voices. Even Maulana Azad could do nothing about the communal politics played by Vallabhai Patel. Patel even killed thousands of Muslims in the name of merging Hyderabad state into the Indian Union under police action against the Hyderabad state. Even though he was a Congress man but it is his anti-Muslim actions which made Narendra Modi praise him and saying that he must have been first prime minister of this country. As Patel could not become prime minister, now Modi wants to become prime minister and complete Patel’s unfinished agenda. Patel was not nominated as Prime Minister because it was only Nehru and Jinnah in those times who had understanding and capacity to handle and maintain international relations.

Though Patel is praised as iron man and his role in merging 550 princely states into Indian union is appreciated as a major task, but it is forgotten that he has carried genocide on Muslims in Hyderabad state on the name of police action by attacking Hyderabad state without warning and lakhs of people were massacred. This cannot be justified by blaming Nizam and it has to be acknowledged that Indian Army under the leadership of Patel has carried genocide on Muslims, the scars of which are still fresh in the minds of the community. Moreover, Patel’s mindset can also be understood by his eagerness to recognize Israel as soon as possible by India, not only that he was pro-capitalist and pro-US. He might not have been a member of RSS but he was neither secular nor democrat. Even Jawaharlal Nehru had called Patel a communalist. The people who divided the country on the basis of religion, how can they be called as secular and in favor of pluralism? After the assassination of Gandhi by the RSS, it was banned, but the strangeness is that the charges of banning RSS were not the charges of murdering Gandhi but their speeches being full of communal poison. This itself shows Patel’s soft corner for RSS. And today if Modi is praising Patel then that is no surprise!

Patel was a staunch Hindu fascist and Modi is a Hindutva fascist who believes in Hindu nationalism. In the history of independence struggle there is no single name of RSS persons who devoted their lives for the sake of country’s freedom. Modi after carrying out Gujarat genocide has become hungry of making the whole country into a Hindutva laboratory. The people including the great personalities who are praising Modi are in fact justifying Gujarat genocide. Because if at all they had little concern towards humanity they can never praise or support Modi on the name of so called development. No one can exist for longer time sitting on the corpses of innocents. Therefore, the political end of Modi is nearing due to which he is making all kinds of weird statements.

It is time to remind ourselves that after Gujarat genocide, Modi had stated that Hyderabad is the next target. It is in this context also that he praises Patel and wants to build his tallest statue by collecting iron from all over the country ‘excluding Nizam iron’ as per his words.

True nationalists would never have proposed partition of the country, the conspiracy of partition itself proves who true nationalists were. Though India is called a democratic and secular country, no true secularism and democracy exists. If at all the so called secular parties were democratic at least by their mindset, then the democratic values would have been given priority and constitutional rights implemented. After 66 years of independence, the worst conditions of Muslims and Dalits are the proof that Democracy cannot be implemented in its true sense. Muslims are facing indirect untouchability and direct discrimination whereas Dalits are the direct victims of untouchability and discrimination in this secular and democratic country. By distorting history and putting blame on Muslims for partition will not change history. History will repeat itself. Therefore, we have to re-read and re-write our history and should not believe the people who are distorting it for their personal and political gains.

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