It must be an irony of sorts that the two nation theory (TNT) which managed to strengthen the barrier between Hindus and Muslims (leading to disasters for both sides) has created that strange beast: a muslim who is considered as an outsider in both India/Pak. This can be a person from a liberal muslim family which chose to stay back in India. This can also be a Shia/Ahmadi in Pakistan who can still recall with pride the contributions of their families towards the Pakistan movement (and in support of TNT). These days such individuals/communities are branded as ISI agents in India and RAW agents in Pakistan.
As the latest outburst from Shaan shows, even an A-star hero like Ali Zafar will be accused of being a traitor because he works in Bollywood. How about the Pakistani authors (Mohsin Hamid, Fatima Bhutto) whose publishers are in India (and who have significant sales in India)? Fatima of course looks gorgeous in a (un-islamic) saree while managing to drive Paknationalists crazy. Tasleema Nasreen is an extreme example where liberal Hindus kept mum when muslim thugs in Kolkata and Hyderabad were violently assaulting her and rioting in the streets (the lib-Hs atoned by shedding crocodile tears when Hindutva forces launched a non-violent assault on Wendy Doniger’s book). The vote-bank (women) politicians (Mamata in Kolkata and Sonia in Delhi) ensured that a renowned woman of arts became an outlaw in her adopted country.
Which brings us to Kashmir. To the best of our knowledge there are no muslim organizations in India dedicated to the Kashmiri cause, also no prominent muslim voice who stands up for the rights of Kashmiris (muslims). They have the formidable backing of the upper-caste duo of Arundhati Roy and Pankaj Mishra….and that’s it.
But what about the maulanas who should have no fear of earthly agencies? Surely they can raise their voice against injustice of fellow muslims who are clamoring for Sharia rule? No such luck. Instead we have a war of words launched by the Dewan of Ajmer (dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti) against Pak Army chief Raheel Sharif (see below). This is not an isolated outburst. The Dewan had also proposed a boycott of Pakistan PM (Raja Parvez Ashraf) when he visited the dargah in March 2013, when the beheading of Indian soldiers (in Kashmir) was dominating the headlines.
dewan of Ajmer dargah on Monday asked the Union government to snap ties
with Pakistan over its army chief Raheel Sharif’s statement describing
Kashmir as ‘jugular vein’ of his country. Syed Zainul Abedin
Ali Khan while addressing heads of various shrines in Mehfil Khana
expressed disappointment at Indian government’s poor response to the
“Such nonsense statements issued on a routine by
Pakistan’s politicians, diplomats and sometimes by their non-state
actors should be reciprocated in similar manner. Kashmir is an integral
part of India. It is highly uncalled for them to peek into our internal
affairs at a time when they are struggling to control sectarian violence
in their own land,” Khan said. He demands a paradigm shift in Indian
foreign policy especially towards Pakistan.
cordial relations with neighbors and Pakistan being an Islamic republic
has never put this tenet in practice, he said adding that Pakistan’s
interference in our affairs gives them an opportunity to build a popular
stereotype for Muslims here.
He also talked about terrorism
and communal conflicts in the country and advised the upcoming
government that every political party should come on a single stage on
these issues. They should demand the ban of every sort of relations with
Pakistan, he said.
Khan raised the issue of Muslim killings in
Assam by Bodo terrorists as an apparent attempt to kindle sectarian
violence in the north-east region. The heads of shrines unanimously
condemned the killings and called for an action plan to ensure that
violence ends and people who fled their homes may return.
fresh killings are an outcome of some political leaders fanning
religious sentiments. These killings took place in the midst of Lok
Sabha polls and Election Commission should investigate if these are
fanned due to political reasons?” Khan said.
He also urged
Muslims to rally behind the new government at the centre and participate
in every nation-building activity. “Community is lagging behind in all
social and economical parameters. Time has come that we should set short
term goals including focus on educating our new generation,” Khan said.
Link (1): http://snapjudge.blogspot.in/2013/03/bjp-hails-ajmer-dargah-heads-boycott-of.html
Link (2): http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Sever-Pak-ties-Ajmer-shrine-head/articleshow/34700144.cms