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The fear of Hindu Rashtra: Should India's Muslims keep away from electoral politics?

Updated Mar 15, 2017 02:16pm

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Four months before the Uttar Pradesh election results sent Muslims in India reeling in shock, former Rajya Sabha MP Mohammed Adeeb delivered a speech in Lucknow, which, in hindsight, might be called prescient.

“If Muslims don’t wish to have the status of slaves, if they don’t want India to become a Hindu rashtra, they will have to keep away from electoral politics for a while and, instead, concentrate on education,” Adeeb told an audience comprising mostly members of the Aligarh Muslim University’s Old Boys Association.

It isn’t that Adeeb wanted Muslims to keep away from voting. His aim was to have Muslim intellectuals rethink the idea of contesting elections, of disabusing them of the notion that it is they who decide which party comes to power in Uttar Pradesh.

Adeeb’s suggestion, that is contrary to popular wisdom, had his audience gasping. This prompted him to explain his suggestion in greater detail.

“We Muslims chose in 1947 not to live in the Muslim rashtra of Pakistan,” he said. “It is now the turn of Hindus to decide whether they want India to become a Hindu rashtra or remain secular. Muslims should understand that their very presence in the electoral fray leads to a communal polarisation. Why?”

Not one to mince words, Adeeb answered his question himself.

“A segment of Hindus hates the very sight of Muslims,” he said. “Their icon is Narendra Modi. But 75% of Hindus are secular. Let them fight out over the kind of India they want. Muslim candidates have become a red rag to even secular Hindus who rally behind the Bharatiya Janata Party, turning every election into a Hindu-Muslim one.”

Photo credit: Reuters.
Photo credit: Reuters.

Later in the day, Adeeb met Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who was in Lucknow. To Adeeb, Azad asked, “Why did you deliver such a speech?”

It was now Azad’s turn to get a mouthful from Adeeb. He recalled asking Azad: “What kind of secularism is that which relies on 20% of Muslim votes? The Bahujan Samaj Party gets a percentage of it, as do the Samajwadi Party and the Congress.”

At this, Azad invited Adeeb, who was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh, to join the Congress. Adeeb rebuffed the offer saying, “First get the secular Hindus together before asking me to join.”

Spectre of a Hindu rashtra

A day after the Uttar Pradesh election results sent a shockwave through the Muslim community, Adeeb was brimming with anger. He said, “Syed Ahmed Bukhari [the so-called Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid] came to me with a question: ‘Why aren’t political parties courting me for Muslim votes?’ I advised him to remain quiet, to not interfere in politics.” Nevertheless, Bukhari went on to announce that Muslims should vote the Bahujan Samaj Party.

“Look at the results,” Adeeb said angrily. “But for Jatavs, Yadavs, and a segment of Jats, most Hindus voted [for] the Bharatiya Janata Party.” His anger soon segued into grief and he began to sob, “I am an old man. I don’t want to die in a Hindu rashtra.”

Though Adeeb has been nudging Muslims to rethink their political role through articles in Urdu newspapers, the churn among them has only just begun. It is undeniably in response to the anxiety and fear gripping them at the BJP’s thumping victory in this politically crucial state.

After all, Uttar Pradesh is the site where the Hindutva pet projects of cow-vigilantism, love jihad, and ghar wapsi have been executed with utmost ferocity. All these come in the backdrop of the grisly 2013 riots of Muzaffarnagar, which further widened the Hindu-Muslim divide inherited from the Ram Janmabhoomi movement of the 1990s and even earlier, from Partition. Between these two cataclysmic events, separated by 45 years, Uttar Pradesh witnessed manifold riots, each shackling the future to the blood-soaked past.

I spoke to around 15 Muslims, not all quoted here, each of whom introspected deeply. So forbidding does the future appear to them that none even alluded to the steep decline in the number of Muslim MLAs, down from the high of 69 elected in 2012 to just 24 in the new Uttar Pradesh Assembly.

A relative holds a photograph of Mohammad Akhlaq in the village of Bisada near Delhi. Akhlaq was lynched by a mob in September 2015 after rumours that he had eaten beef. (Photo credit: AFP)
A relative holds a photograph of Mohammad Akhlaq in the village of Bisada near Delhi. Akhlaq was lynched by a mob in September 2015 after rumours that he had eaten beef. (Photo credit: AFP)

They, in their own ways, echoed Adeeb, saying that the decline in representation of Muslims was preferable to having the Sangh Parivar rule over them with the spectre of Hindutva looming.

“Muslims need to become like the Parsis or, better still, behave the way the Chinese Indians do in Kolkata,” said poet Munawwar Rana. “They focus on dentistry or [their] shoe business, go out to vote on polling day and return to work.”

He continued: “And Muslims?” They hold meetings at night, cook deghs (huge vessels) of biryani, and work themselves into a frenzy. “They think the burden of secularism rests on their shoulders,” said Rana. “Educate your people and make them self-reliant.”

Readers would think Adeeb, Rana and others are poor losers, not generous enough to credit the BJP’s overwhelming victory in Uttar Pradesh to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development programme. In that case, readers should listen to Sudhir Panwar, the Samajwadi Party candidate from Thana Bhawan in West Uttar Pradesh, who wrote for Scroll.in last week on the communal polarisation he experienced during his campaign.

In Thana Bhawan, there were four principal candidates – Suresh Rana, accused in the Muzaffarnagar riots, stood on the BJP ticket; Javed Rao on the Rashtriya Lok Dal’s; Abdul Rao Waris on the Bahujan Samaj Party’s, and Panwar on the Samajwadi Party’s. It was thought that the anger of Jats against the BJP would prevent voting on religious lines in an area where the Muslim-Hindu divide runs deep.

This perhaps prompted Rana to play the Hindu card, and the Muslims who were more inclined to the Rashtriya Lok Dal switched their votes to the Bahujan Samaj Party, believing that its Dalit votes would enhance the party’s heft to snatch Thana Bhawan.

Communal polarisation

Sample how different villages voted along communal lines.

In the Rajput-dominated Hiranwada, the Bahujan Samaj Party bagged 14 votes, the Rashtriya Lok Dal not a single vote, the Samajwadi Party seven, and the Bharatiya Janata Party a whopping 790.

In Bhandoda, a village where the Brahmins are landowners and also dominate its demography, followed by Dalits, the Bahujan Samaj Party secured 156 votes, the Rashtriya Lok Dal zero, the Samajwadi Party nine, and the Bharatiya Janata Party 570.

In the Muslim-dominated Jalalabad, the Bahujan Samaj Party received 453 votes, the Rashtriya Lok Dal 15, the Samajwadi Party six and the Bharatiya Janata Party 23.

In Pindora, where Jats are 35% and Muslims around 30% of the population, the Bahujan Samaj Party polled 33 votes, the Rashtriya Lok Dal 482, the Samajwadi Party 33, and the Bharatiya Janata Party 278, most of which is said to have come from the lower economically backward castes.

In Devipura, where the Kashyaps are numerous, the Bahujan Samaj Party got 86 votes, the Rashtriya Lok Dal 42, the Samajwadi Party one and the Bharatiya Janata Party 433.

In Oudri village, where the Jatavs are in the majority, the Bahujan Samaj Party bagged 343 votes, the Rashtriya Lok Dal 15, the Samajwadi Party 12, and the Bharatiya Janata Party 22.

This voting pattern was replicated in village after village. Broadly, the Jat votes split between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal, the Muslim votes consolidated behind the Bahujan Samaj Party, with the Samajwadi Party getting a slim share in it, the Jatavs stood solidly behind the Bahujan Samaj Party, and all others simply crossed over to the Bharatiya Janata Party. The BJP’s Suresh Rana won the election from Thana Bhawan.

“Can you call this election?” asked Panwar rhetorically. “It is Hindu-Muslim war through the EVM [Electronic Voting Machine].” Panwar went on to echo Adeeb: “I feel extremely sad when I say that Muslims will have to keep away from contesting elections. This seems to be the only way of ensuring that elections don’t turn into a Hindu-Muslim one.”

The Bahujan Samaj Party’s Waris differed. “Is it even practical?” he asked. “But yes, Muslims should keep a low profile.”

Women in Kairana village queue to cast their vote during the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections on February 11. (Photo credit: Reuters)
Women in Kairana village queue to cast their vote during the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections on February 11. (Photo credit: Reuters)

Hindu anger against Muslims

For sure, Muslims feel that the binary of secularism-communalism has put them in a bind. Lawyer Mohd Shoaib, who heads the Muslim Rihai Manch, pointed to the irony of it. “For 70 years, we Muslims have fought against communalism,” he said. “But it has, nevertheless, grown by 70 times.”

Indeed, those with historical perspective think Uttar Pradesh of 2017 mirrors the political ambience that existed there between 1938 and 1946 – a seemingly unbridgeable Hindu-Muslim divide, a horrifyingly communalised public discourse, and a contest for power based on mobilisation along religious lines.

Among them is Mohammad Sajjad, professor of history at Aligarh Muslim University. “The 69 MLAs in the last Assembly was bound to, and did, raise eyebrows,” he said.

But what irks Hindus even more is that Muslims constitute nearly one-third of all members in panchayats and local urban bodies. “It is they who have become a sore point with Hindus,” said Sajjad. “When they see Muslim panchayat members become examples of the rags-to-riches story, the majority community feels aggrieved. It is not that Hindu panchayat members are less corrupt. But every third panchayat member being Muslim has given credibility to the narrative that Muslims are being favoured.”

The Hindu angst against Muslim empowerment is also on account of both the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party being popularly perceived to be indifferent to the aspirations of certain subaltern social groups. For instance, it is this indifference that has led to non-Jatav Dalits and most backward castes, clubbed under the Other Backward Classes for reservations, to leave the Bahujan Samaj Party, as non-Yadav middle castes have left the Samajwadi Party. They did so in response to Mayawati turning hers into primarily the party of Jatavs, and the Samajwadi Party pursuing the Yadavisation of the administration.

“These aspirational Hindu groups are angry with the SP [Samajwadi Party] and the BSP [Bahujan Samaj Party],” said Sajjad. “Their anger against them also turned into anger against Muslims.” This is because it is popularly felt that the support of Muslims to the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party brings them to power, turning these parties callously indifferent to the aspirations of other groups.

It is to neutralise the efficacy of Muslim votes, and also to teach their parties of choice a lesson, that these aspirational groups have flocked to the BJP. “This is why the very presence of Muslims in the political arena has become problematic for Hindus,” Sajjad said.

So then, should Muslims take Adeeb’s cue and retreat from the political arena or at least keep a low profile?

Sajjad replied, “Go ahead and vote the party of your choice. But after that, play the role of a citizen. If people don’t get electricity, protest with others. You can’t be forgiving of those for whom you voted only because they can keep the BJP out of power. This is what angers aspirational Hindu social groups.”

Photo credit: PTI.
Photo credit: PTI.

Indeed, it does seem a travesty of justice and democracy that Muslims should rally behind the Samajwadi Party in Muzaffarnagar after the riots there. Or that they voted for the Bahujan Samaj Party in Thana Bhawan in such large numbers even though Mayawati didn’t even care to visit the Muslim families who suffered unduly during the riots.

Introspection and self-criticism

Like Sajjad’s, most narratives of Muslims have a strong element of self-criticism. Almost all vented their ire against Muslim clerics. Did they have to direct Muslims which party they should vote for? Didn’t they know their recklessness would trigger a Hindu polarisation?

Unable to fathom their irresponsible behaviour, some plump for conspiracy theories. It therefore doesn’t come as a surprise to hear Obaidullah Nasir, editor of the Urdu newspaper Avadhnama, say, “They take money from the Bharatiya Janata Party to create confusion among Muslims. I got abused for writing this. But how else can you explain their decision to go public with their instructions to Muslims?”

Poet Ameer Imam, who teaches in a college in the Muslim-dominated Sambhal constituency said, “Muslims will have to tell the maulanas that their services are required in mosques, not in politics. When Muslims applaud their rabble rousers, can they complain against those in the BJP?”

To this, add another question: When Mayawati spoke of Dalit-Muslim unity, didn’t Muslims think it would invite a Hindu backlash?

Photo credit: PTI.
Photo credit: PTI.

Most will assume, as I did too, that Muslims fear the communal cauldron that Uttar Pradesh has become will be kept on the boil. But this is not what worries them. Not because they think the Bharatiya Janata Party in power will change its stripes, but because they fear Muslims will feel so cowered that they will recoil, and live in submission. “Our agony arises from being reduced to second-class citizens, of becoming politically irrelevant,” said journalist Asif Burney.

True, members of the Muslim community are doing a reality-check and are willing to emerge from the fantasy world in which they thought that they decided which party won an election. The Uttar Pradesh results have rudely awakened them to the reality of being a minority, of gradually being reduced to political insignificance, and their status as an equal citizen – at least in their imagination – challenged and on the way to being undermined.

But this does not mean they wish to enter yet another world of fantasy, which journalist and Union minister MJ Akbar held out to them in the piece he penned for the Times of India on March 12. Akbar wrote,


“…[T]his election was not about religion; it was about India, and the elimination of its inherited curse, poverty. It was about good governance.”

One of those whom I spoke to laughed uproariously on hearing me repeat Akbar’s lines. So you can say that with them believing their future is darkled, Muslims at least haven’t lost their humour.


This article was originally published on Scroll and has been reproduced with permission.

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Ajaz Ashraf is a journalist in Delhi. His novel, The Hour Before Dawn, has as its backdrop the demolition of the Babri Masjid. It is available in bookstores.


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Baba ladla Mar 15, 2017 07:50am

BJP won 80% of seats in UP without fielding a single Muslim candidate. However, the so called sickular media in india was quick to point this out prior to the election. So much for sickularism!

Mike London Mar 15, 2017 07:53am

First of all stop seeing people in communal lines, Stop communal politics, and they should be banned. Politics is based on ideology, not religion. but the leaders take advantage of ignorance.

Rt Mar 15, 2017 07:56am

The same Hindu Muslim when settles outside votes on merit but is hellbent on keeping himself impoverished by indulging in identity politics when living in India.

Rob Mar 15, 2017 08:05am

“…[T]his election was not about religion; it was about India, and the elimination of its inherited curse, poverty. It was about good governance.”

So true. When Muslims of India drop their muslim card and work shoulder to shoulder with the Hindu brethren for progress, then everyone will be respected. For too long Muslims have looked at everything with a "what's in it for me?" attitude that had invited the apathy of the majority Hindus.

Amans Mar 15, 2017 08:07am

There will be a lot of maturity after this election. The Muslims themselves voted for the BJP. Looks like even they don't like the favoritism shown towards them. They would like to keep a profile of a normal citizen. But the favoritism puts them in uncomfortable limelight.

Farouq omaro Mar 15, 2017 08:09am

Jinnah was perhaps right when he called for separate electorates

Dianasour Mar 15, 2017 08:17am

In India Secularism means minority appeasment and repression of majority so of course when majority will feel dejected they will vote only to those who will adress their grievances and it reflected in the results of election.

Andy Mar 15, 2017 08:21am

Modi is a proud Hindu..But he is not a Muslim hater. I's amazing how even till this date, some Indian Muslims are clinging on to the past...The time for religion and caste based politics is over...it's a vote for development..and this trend is already catching up across the nation..in UP it will take 5 more years for the people to realize this.

Jitendra.Prasad Mar 15, 2017 08:28am

Excellent piece of analysis. Let secular parties practice the advice given by the author. Secular parties are hampering the progress and integration of Muslims and are responsible for Hindu backlash.

Atif Islam Mar 15, 2017 08:31am

Good analysis. I just want to add that unless and until the Muslim community of India shun its special identity and merge into the mainstream Indian society as Indian first, the problems would continue!

anshul Mar 15, 2017 08:33am

Good write up. This was bound to happen as in up politics for past 30 years has been sp holding yadav votes bsp dalit votes and whichever way muslims turned govt formed of their choice others felt they are mere spectators. Elections should be based on real issues which is nothing to do with caste and religious identity. Well everything is happen for good change is the only constant.

Deepu Mar 15, 2017 08:34am

India is a vibrant progressive democracy , her citizens are free to take an informed decision to vote for his or her choice. With the UP elections results they have shown their maturity and shown the door the diktats of the the religious bodies, the mullahs and the pandits.

Pawan Mar 15, 2017 08:37am

I am from UP n I agree with the writer to an extent that the Hindus rallied behind BJP because they thought samajwadi party favours Muslims! The election directly became hindus(with BJP) VS muslims (with samajwadi-congress alliance). Though I am not in favour of communal politics but Samajwadi party did favour muslims! Even BSP did the same!

Consider this, muslims make 19% of the total population of UP but they hold 37% positions in the municipal/panchayat bodies! The previous governments gave more positions to muslims n sidelined the majority Hindu population which led to the kind of an alienation of hindus! This is precisely why 80% hindus voted for BJP n since hindus are a majority, they were bound to win!

brr Mar 15, 2017 08:37am

Yes, the sky is falling. Ok, having for that one out of the way, let us examine the reality. a) As long as muslims were playing the "kingmaker", they did not mind sharing the spoils. Thus they played fiddle with BSP and the Yadavs and before that the INC for 60 years. Now that for a change they cannot play the kingmakers, woe is us, the crying begins.

right, play the victim card, and see where it gets you. Perhaps it is better to realize that caste equations are changing, the power is shifting, and one can get with the program by being smart and open to changes.

Azam Ali Siddiqui Mar 15, 2017 08:45am

Muslims of India should try to produce experts in the following areas:1-Sociology and Social Work.This will guide them how to develop human potential 2-They produce primary school female teachers and special education teachers in sufficient number to cut on dropout rates.3_Muslim teachers organizations should remain in contact with American and other International organizations to improve curricula and teacher education on a continuous basis.4--They should start some technical and vocational education in secondary schools. 5-They should also offer Business Education courses from high school to college level.Jo ho zouqe-amal paida to cut jati hain zanjeerain.You cannot beat something with nothing.Objective is prosperity,

wellwisher Mar 15, 2017 08:43am

this is a fair analysis which has deliberately avoided explaining the main point.Why did muslim women en mass voted for BJP

SNB Mar 15, 2017 08:49am

In socio-political space, every Indian needs to treat himself/herself just as a citizen

Human Mar 15, 2017 08:49am

Hindu-Muslim divide inherited from the Ram Janmabhoomi movement of the 1990s and even earlier, from Partition

sachin Mar 15, 2017 08:58am

Muslims of India is not a seperatist entity.By and large they prefer to live with their Hindu mates.Tamil Muslim speaking Tamil find his comfort with tamil hindus than muslims of u.p.I bet one can't distinguish Muslims in gujrat with Hindus.Its only their dressing which is a differential factor and their psyche when they prefer Muslim of Africa than their blood brothers Hindus.

Vasan Mar 15, 2017 09:05am

Please leave about religious politics. Even Hindus are affected by communal politics. That's why Congress and SP lost, and Modi won with a big voice. When we are all Indians, and having equal right, we should focus on developing and living together. Education can make a bigger difference in society. If all have right education, religion and caste should not matter to be a corporate employee, or a person who knows their law and rights. Primarily have faith in democracy, education, and law. First obey the law provided for everyone, all problems will be solved.

Kingbanana Mar 15, 2017 09:06am

Being a minority and to be unable to get your views in power is not the same as being reduces to a second class citizen - it is an aspect of demography.

Vasan Mar 15, 2017 09:08am

Moreover the voting average was less than 70% in UP. The one who came forward to blame themselves, if their candidates are not elected. If you feel your candidate is not winning, please come to vote next time. Because no one stops you.

DN Mar 15, 2017 09:09am

Firstly, very honest article and well covered news on DAWN. Secondly, I agree with author one point for all religion or party or individual - educate yourself first. My big inspiration is/was great late president - APJ ABDUL KAMAL. His emphasis on education is the only solution in this modern world. Keep bring this good article.

Oracal Mar 15, 2017 09:18am

India belongs to all Indians. They are expected to abide by social contract. Any one group or a community who wants to isolate themselves from the majority or wants their own fiefdom refuses to join in the modern education will lose out as we are seeing in UK,France and other parts
of EU. My spouse told me to practice the best thing in my life, when you are work you must dress and act like them and when you are at home you can dress in your own clothes or eat with your fingers. This advise has been my mantra,I do not wear kurta pajama or lungi or dressing up like an Indian when I go South Asian concerts. I have more friends in the majority community and they take as to who I am thus flows the mutual respect. My children also do not see race,religion or color.

KHAN Mar 15, 2017 09:23am

An excellent article , Secular India is fast becoming a Communal Hindu Rashtra . Very Unfortunate but It's a Fact. Modi and his MODIfied India should do the self analysis before its Get Too late . No doubt we will have very few comments on such self awakening articles from HINDUS of the Communal Hindu Rashtra.

Ravi Mar 15, 2017 09:21am

Many Muslims have voted for BJP. They have overcome the false fear propagated by greedy parties and voted for development. Today the winner is selected by votes of youth who want development and not petty communal politics.

amar deshpande Mar 15, 2017 09:30am

For this article, I am in love with you Dawn. Every Indian needs to read this article with calm head and think over it. The best article of 2017 so far. Thanks.

Pranav Nasik Mar 15, 2017 09:28am

All I will say is why any community is now thinking what exactly happened and who voted for who. Isn't it natural to think and to choose the best people to be in power. Power that comes from the people & for the people.

I have a feeling that UP "might" split into smaller states which are easier to rule and will make it's significance more lesser in India's politics. The reason behind this is the numbers game.

Mvjrao Mar 15, 2017 09:40am

Great and realistic analysis on how non BJP political parties and Maulanas are exploiting Indian Muslims. At least now they should start thinking that they are Indian citizens to get benefits of Indian democracy and focus on " real" education and not what is dished out by Maulanas.

Mahesh Mar 15, 2017 09:41am

I am so happy that Muslims have started introspection. I hope they will correct their ways now. All because of Modi.

D.K.PAMNANI -INDIA Mar 15, 2017 09:45am

@Dianasour

Agreed. 100%

Imtiaz Mar 15, 2017 09:54am

This election was fought in development platform..SP and BSP fought in communal platform

Desi Dimag Mar 15, 2017 09:55am

Thank god Communal parties like Congress, SP, BSP and RLD lost in UP.

ali Mar 15, 2017 10:07am

Indian Muslims should ignore politicians like Azam Khan, Aladdin Owasso , Abu aZMI and few others to prosper...

point of view Mar 15, 2017 10:13am

@Dianasour, agreed with you completely. In India, secularism means appeasement of Muslim. This makes Hindus to get attracted toward BJP. At the same time, BJP also successfully removed allegedly the brand name "Hindu Upper Caste Party" and promoting development based agenda covering all sections of society. This bring support from the lower caste and even Muslim communities.

Syed Zaidi Mar 15, 2017 10:23am

Love you Mohammad Ali Jinnah for giving us Pakistan! All these analysis and opinions of experts means nothing to helpless minority. Jannah calculated future well. A true sign of visionary individual. Thank you MAJ!!!!! Now we as a nation have to show some sensibility and concern for our future and treat minorities fairly and move forward. Pakistan is at a cross road, few good moves and we can turn around our future. We should not allow negativity and distractions of our neighbors. Just stay focused, rest will follow!

Human first Mar 15, 2017 10:23am

@ali : 100% agree

sd Mar 15, 2017 10:24am

India has been secular for more than two thousand years and will always remain secular. People voted for BJP as it gave them hope for better future and not for religion.

vaidehi Mar 15, 2017 10:29am

I am a modi bhakt but i find this article very well balanced and unbiased.

saudagar Mar 15, 2017 10:33am

MICHAEL DE NOTREDAMUS was right about MODI ,india,hinduism (real one).

kumar Mar 15, 2017 10:32am

Many critics view Indian Muslims equating it to just UP, Bihar......states. There are many South Indian states where Muslims have better living standards including Education. For example, Kerala Muslims are highly literate and own many businesses in the Middle East, Tamil Muslims take pride in being Tamilian first and industrious..... In UP, Bihar, from the beginning the quality of life of people irrespective of religion is not as good as other states, so is law and order situation. I sincerely hope BJP government in UP gives its people (irrespective of religion) better living standards and opportunities.

shankar Mar 15, 2017 10:37am

Muslims have a sense of entitlement in anything. In secular India they thought from Independence they will continue to get special treatment what Congress has been giving them. Once Modi called their bluff and wanted to set the house right they are crying hoarse. No special treatment for any one anymore.

Madhu Mar 15, 2017 10:43am

Have the Muslims prospered by voting in the Congress, SP and BSP over many decades? Neither has their lot improved or that of the other people. The BJP has no interest in damaging the prospects of one sixth of the people and rest of us will not allow that. Let the people behave rationally.

md Mar 15, 2017 10:53am

situation in UP was so bad police was not ready to register a FIR against Muslims if they had committed a crime due to minority appeasement by SP(SAMAJWADI PARTY) and this lead to people anguish and result is in front of you and there were many reasons like this which lied to minority appeasement.For 20% votes of minority in UP, SP was ignoring 80% people votes...

Desi Dimag Mar 15, 2017 10:52am

Muslims have all right to think about their community but why can't Hindus?

D.K.PAMNANI -INDIA Mar 15, 2017 10:58am

Supporting BJP by Muslims in UP Election shows, they are Indian Citizens and will not support Pakistan. Thanks

suhail Mar 15, 2017 11:03am

i heard modi s name only after 2002 riots in Gujarat. what about others?????

Fazal Karim Mar 15, 2017 11:04am

Very good analyses.I think Muslims should not take part in politics and elections instead concentrate on education and hard work. Education should be secular. Essential religious rituals can be learnt at home without wasting several years in Madarsas. Muslims should realize importance of time and treat it as cash. Do not waste time on gossips and unnecessary rituals.Each Muslim should save atleast Rs100/- per month for education even though it means cut on bread.

kunal majumdar Mar 15, 2017 11:05am

Excellent analysis. Thank you Dawn. For 70 years Muslims, Dalits, etc have been voting by their caste and religion under the machinations of Political Parties (BJP included). The day every one votes as an responsible Indian, all these insecurities will disappear.

AlsoIndian Mar 15, 2017 11:11am

I am extremely happy that muslim women voted for BJP. Modi's gift to them : Ending triple talaq and uniform civil.code.

INDIAN_HINDU Mar 15, 2017 11:16am

First of all let me clarify that I hate BJP and I am not from utter pradesh and I am a Hindu . my question is why a BJP candidate won from the constituency which is 80% Muslims dominated . clearly It is not a polarization. There were three main parties SP+, BJP+, and BJP . if I were a muslim how I will think. BSP no because they are very corrupt they did not even try to reach me asking for my vote. No to SP+ because in earlier term they proved themselves incapable a lot of rape and murder charges registered on their members on top of that Did they do something during mujaafernagar riots no. So option is Nota or BJP.the conclusion is not polarization but incapable opponents cause the result

Anil Mar 15, 2017 11:14am

Excellent piece written !! Hats off. Hindus & Muslims should just be Indian citizen while performing national duties such as voting. Rest of the time they can choose to be what they want.

BNJ Mar 15, 2017 11:29am

The plight of the muslims is not due to BJP but because of the pseudo-secular parties like Congress,SP,BSP,RJD etc. They did nothing except creating a fear amongst muslim community and using them as their vote banks. Why is the condition of Muslim community of Uttar Pradesh in bad shape,if they elected these pseudo-secular parties for more than 60 years of post Independence?? One need not be a genius to answer this.

Natarajan Ramachandran Mar 15, 2017 11:31am

Muslim women want progress and voted for BJP, and the men folks voted for BSP and SP, and hence the divide worked for BJP and their strategy of bringing triple talaq issue for debate in the right time.

Krishna Mar 15, 2017 11:32am

Super article. Very well balanced. India is changing, people are fed up with politics of caste and religion. The change is for good.

Minni Mar 15, 2017 11:34am

Simple! if there can be Muslim nations why there cant be any Hindu, Buddhist or Christian state? Why do muslims have problem from that?

Vijay Mar 15, 2017 11:36am

Who said BJP is not secular?

Aslum shaikh Mar 15, 2017 11:45am

Muslims need more than roji, roti and makan in general. They need education and jobs. It will not be possible until their leaders keep them misguiding. Women with burka, triple talaq does not show them in good light in today's world. They have same aspirations and dreams but they need to join mainstream. They can not sit aloof and then say that they are marginalized

Raja Mar 15, 2017 11:44am

If all muslim countries says we are muslim countries, christian says it's christian country then why not hindu says it's their country.

Please Mar 15, 2017 11:52am

@Desi Dimag Well said!!!!!

Arman Neyazi Mar 15, 2017 12:01pm

You have taken it all wrong. We Indian Muslims are deep rooted with the roots of Indianism. Politics here, in India is just for the elections not for every day life. We are known, truly, for the Unity in Diversity.

chandan gurjar Mar 15, 2017 12:02pm

people voted for development, for positivity. Period. Accept it or analyze it endlessly. you are going no where.

rich Mar 15, 2017 12:04pm

another thing the author is right, just being in parliment is not everything

christian are 3% of population, but do u see 3% mp in parliment? no

does that bother a christian like me? no

as long as anyone elected to parliment looks after my intrest as any other indian i am happy, dont need my co religionist, not as if he would be pious and work for me

elect good people to parloment, no matter whch party which religion

at present bjp is doing a good job, support them, if they fail throw them out next election elect someone u think will do better

y name Mar 15, 2017 12:04pm

Muslim and Hindu clerics in India should keep their religious politics outmode indian elections. If they love India, there's ONLY one thing to do --vote and work to build India.

Raj Mar 15, 2017 12:20pm

This mandate for BJP was not an anti Muslim vote. It was more of a anti pseudo secular vote.

More that 3000 Sikhs were burned alive in 1984 riots organized by champion of secularism in India, the Congress Party and the guilty are still not punished after more than 3 decades and no liberal talk about it.

Secularism in India had been discredited by the so called liberals and secular in India. Common sense says if a community is wrong something wrong people should have the moral courage to say so irrespective of whether it is majority or minority community.

vijay Mar 15, 2017 12:20pm

When Muslims can have muslim Rashtra, Christians can have Christian Rashtra, why can't a hindu have hindu rashtra? Pl. enlighten.

RAVEENDRA NATH Mar 15, 2017 12:27pm

India is a secular country and secularism is enshrined in its constitution and will remain secular, come what may. The so called secular parties are actually pseudo-secular and preach secularism only to divide the society and to get minority votes. Minorities however are a confused lot. They instead of thinking narrow community gains should strive for integrating into nationalistic mainstream and integrate into Indianism setting aside their misgivings.

xtra Mar 15, 2017 12:30pm

@md Same thing but in much larger scale is happening in West Bengal.

Kris Mar 15, 2017 12:32pm

Interesting analysis. There is some truth to the assessment that minority polarization is driving majority polarization in certain states like UP.

I think asking a community to stay out of politics is a bad suggestion. Instead, Muslims in India should realize that their destiny is tied to the destiny of the country. So they should also vote for the best candidate based on development as the sole criteria. When they vote against BJP en masse, purely based on religious reasons, that drives further communalizing of politics.

mkb Mar 15, 2017 12:42pm

Very fair and pragmatic analysis. The real empowerment and wellness to Muslims communities will come when they will think that they are India and vote the party who do not pamper them or project them as minority vote Bank. Their goodness lies with their assimilation with majority community.

Indian true friend of beloved pakistan Mar 15, 2017 12:39pm

In India the very secular political parties are non secular themself. They are only secular for doing politics only. 90% Hindus want a secular India. In our wildest imagination we can not thing of a Hindu Rastra.We are very much proud of our Muslim brothers and they are equal patriotic like any other Indian. That's the reason this beautiful country is striving for more than 5000 years.

Indian true friend of beloved pakistan Mar 15, 2017 12:43pm

In India the very secular political parties are non secular themself. They are only secular for doing politics only. 90% Hindus want a secular India. In our wildest imagination we can not thing of a Hindu Rastra.We are very much proud of our Muslim brothers and they are equal patriotic like any other Indian. That's the reason this beautiful country is striving for more than 5000 years.

Window telescope Mar 15, 2017 12:44pm

Wow wow wow well analysed and presented. The hinuds have educated themselves and turned aspirational and demanding more from the polity. Whereas muslims still think from their religion view point. The father produces so many children simply because to increase the tally count of his religious identity. These children whom he can not afoord to educate or even properly feed in this world where prices including cost of education is spiralling upward unless he has a very good sourse of income. What happens to the children is well documented. BJP did not have to polarise the electorate but only project itself as a pro development. The aspirational Hindus voted en mass finishing the so called protectors of muslims who only indulged in corruption. A good lesson in hindsight and for the future as well.

xtra Mar 15, 2017 12:45pm

Exactly this kind of introspection was due from the muslims since ages. We want to have progressive muslims in India who educates their children, not in madrassa but in proper schools and works hard for the betterment of themselves and their community. Please keep in mind that no one in India hates progressive muslims. We are proud of A.P.J.A bddul kalam, Azim Premzi, Khan trio, Mohammad kaif and pathans. The list is endless.

Ranga Mar 15, 2017 12:47pm

This kind of perspective is a shifting goal post. People (both leaders and ordinary) irrespective of religion, caste, creed, gender, language will be forced to change through education and awareness of their plight in the society. The quantum changes that technology is bringing to societies and economies will need to be adopted and adapted very quickly if one has to be even relevant in a society. We will do well to focus on the future instead of dissecting history and past and basing our learning on that.

Azahar masood Mar 15, 2017 12:49pm

@vijay Because Hindu rashtra as per our politicians will be against so called Secularism. So its not possible. Lol.

Indian true friend of beloved pakistan Mar 15, 2017 12:51pm

In India the very secular political parties are non secular themself. They are only secular for doing politics only. 90% Hindus want a secular India. In our wildest imagination we can not think of a Hindu Rastra.We are very much proud of our Muslim brothers and they are equal patriotic like any other Indian. That's the reason this beautiful country is striving for more than 5000 years.

®pot_belly dancer ω Mar 15, 2017 12:51pm

@Minni On spot bro

The end is near Mar 15, 2017 12:52pm

This is the very reason M.A.Jinnah had to make a separate country Pakistan only for muslims. He was a great visionary leader and he knew muslims and hindus Are two different nations and Can not co-exist harmoniously. Muslim Are being discriminated in India and treated differently just because they are muslims. The status of Indian Muslims are below the conditions of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. The overall percentage of Muslims in bureaucracy in India is just 2.5% whereas Muslims constitute above 14% of the population of India. Modi has Gujarat massacre on his hands and he is just fooling Indian muslims to get their votes.

Indian true friend of beloved pakistan Mar 15, 2017 01:02pm

@xtra Param vir Chakra awarded Abdul Hammid"s name missing

Indian true friend of beloved pakistan Mar 15, 2017 01:04pm

@vijay India can not have Hindu Rastra. The moment it becomes Hindu Rasra it will be no longer I NDIA.

Spinoza Mar 15, 2017 01:02pm

Secularism in India is long gone. Sadly I see Muslims being put to the wall again. Not a good omen for the region.

Wonderful Analysis Mar 15, 2017 01:31pm

Very good analysis.

gary Mar 15, 2017 01:36pm

India was divided on religious lines, and most Muslims who did not migrate to Pakistan, voted for the division on religious lines. They had to feel the rage of the Hindus.

rahul1 Mar 15, 2017 01:38pm

So even the author agrees that till now Muslims in UP enjoyed '1st class' treatment & Muslim elite & clerics were the main beneficiaries of 'appeasement' politics

John Varay Mar 15, 2017 01:43pm

Engaging and enlightening write up. Kudos to the author and the dawn for putting up such article. Give dues to PM Modi for what he has done so far for the citizens of our country and also giving the hopes of better tomorrow to every Indians. And now we as a citizen irrespective of our creed wait upon the BJP for delivery of the promises made to the voters before the election. PS Am a Christian belonging to the Poumai Naga tribe from Manipur

Truelight Mar 15, 2017 01:55pm

My comments rarely get published by Dawn. While this article is well balanced, it represents only one part of the real story. In hindsight, if only the Muslims and their Moulvis did not behave like a monolithic group in their voting preferences, since Independence, with an illusion that they decide the electoral outcomes in India, BJP would not have reached where it is for sure. However unfortunately this narrative, believed by many Muslims, like this author, sections of media and so called secular liberals in India, is a narrow and shallow perception. BJP or any party can never win majority seats just because of only polarization in India. Majority of the people in India have not voted for so called "Hindu Rashtra" (many of them would not even know, what it means) or to defeat the Muslims. They have simply voted for the best alternative/leadership available to them at this point in time. If you reflect on the recent electoral results of the five states, it becomes abundantly clear.

gary Mar 15, 2017 02:01pm

@suhail In the last seventy years , many riots happened under Congress and other secular parties. But nobody asks any question.

NetJOCKEY Mar 15, 2017 02:03pm

Very measured article and very relevant.

Human first Mar 15, 2017 02:13pm

@Truelight you are so right.

Kishor Mar 15, 2017 02:15pm

Sour grapes!

BJP Government taking India to another level where cast, religion etc issues are irrelevant.... Ppls who are putting fear in the minds of minorities that India will become Hindurashtra... In fact, these ppls are worry about their bread n butter...

If Muslims or poor ppls gets good education, they will get jobs, they become educated... then they will not vote these ppls... that's why they are no abolishing tripple talaq system in India...

Vikram Mar 15, 2017 02:14pm

Thanks for your article,

PSB Mar 15, 2017 02:23pm

@Atif Islam, They wont mingle with mainstream people as this is not permitted in their religion.

savvy Mar 15, 2017 02:30pm

The very same public of UP had kept BJP out for last 15 years , so if BJP will not deliver on its promise of progress , opportunity and development it will again be kicked out. It is just a normal cycle of change where people have been fed up of other ruling parties. For long in UP , Muslim voters have decided which party will come to power as they voted en-bloc and since it didn't happen this time all analyst have went overdrive in their analysis. .

kavita Mar 15, 2017 02:56pm

Kudos to the writer!

Blue Knight Mar 15, 2017 02:57pm

Thanks Asharaf Saheb.. A lot of hard work has gone into this article.. and you know or not.. whether Hindu or Muslim or for that matter any other person.. a significant nos of them remain in a make believe world.. and thus they keep the things unsettled.. OTHERWISE life will be very boring don't you think so..

p r sharma Mar 15, 2017 03:01pm

All voters irrespective of their religion, caste, community , ethnicity should cast votes on issues and issues only. Development and betterment of their life be the criteria for vote. The representative must be all the persons of the constituency and not of those whom he/ she assumes to have voted for him. Muslism should display this practice of voting and i am sure they will feel the change. In UP electon muslims have voted for the BJP's clear stand on Triple Talaq system. Just wait, utterence of talaq three times simultaneously will not result in legal divorce. Muslim women will feel a sense of relief. India will be remain secular in centuries to come.

Ranga Mar 15, 2017 03:05pm

@Atif Islam Very true. Agree 100%. They should come out from their reserved mindset and merge with the country men. Our Constitution gives equal rights to all its citizens irrespective of their religion.

There is a separate body which handles the minority issues. There are reservations in jobs and education. In-fact in minority institutions, RTE doesn't apply.

Abdulla Hussain Mar 15, 2017 03:01pm

Do whatever you like the end result will not change a bit. Muslims will continue to be what the are & how they are. India only claims to be a secular country the ground reality is quite opposite. I will not blame the majority for this way of thinking, their anti Muslim ego is logical and natural. No other community can claim 100% free from such ego & logic.

Blue Knight Mar 15, 2017 03:16pm

@Azahar masood .. Hindu Rashtra = a Secular Country

Blue Knight Mar 15, 2017 03:23pm

@Indian true friend of beloved pakistan .. My Dear .. Hindus are by nature secular people.. so you don't need to fear anything..

Manas Surya Mar 15, 2017 03:24pm

People have been looking at themselves as Hindus or Muslims or Dalits or Patels for too long in India. The time has come to think of oneself as an Indian first and foremost. The era of identity politics and communalism is coming to an end. Change, or end with it.

imtiaz ali khan Mar 15, 2017 03:22pm

Sad times. Extremist mindset is a disease.

SIVARAM FROM TAMILNADU Mar 15, 2017 03:32pm

This time Muslims voted for Modi in UP, even though they know that the BJP is not fielded any Muslim candidate in any constituency. Moderate Muslims and most of the Muslim women voted for Modi because they want to get rid of the clutches from so called rational thinking mullas and moulvis, who support triple talaq. This is good sign for Muslim community as they refused to be puppets of politicians and more importantly refused to be just vote bank and decided to play active role in progress of the country and for them too.

Vasant Mar 15, 2017 03:37pm

70 years, Muslim votes were consolidation target as a tool for garbing electoral power. In return they were given symbolic doles without changing the realities of Muslims at large in India or helping them join mainstream as that would have diluted the very formula that won the so called Muslim representing parties elections. BJP may have just reversed the formula to its advantage and its a lesson for all parties but more importantly to the voters. More the religion becomes your political identity that will be used to consolidate minority votes or opposite of it. I think whatever were the means used to fight this election, voters better focus on moving away from religious identities in politics to help shift the agenda to what matters. Political parties are capable of reinventing themselves to new narratives.

SURYA KANT AGRAWAL Mar 15, 2017 03:49pm

I am a Hindu and I visit Nizamuddin Auliya and listen to soulful music of beloved Chaand Niyazi and Brothers. How many non Indian Muslims in this world have such a fearless privilege even in their Islamic countries? I perform whirlwind dance of Dervish, where the gathering is gender neutral. I am left with no doubt that India is a place where flower of Islam will bloom in its full potential encompassing all, whether Shias, Sunnis, Sufis, Ahmedias, Mujahirs, Masih, Dervesh, Fakirs, Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Budh, Jains and lovers like Bulleshah etc etc. This country is a place where likes of Mansoor Al Hallaj, Samrad, Rumi can flower. It is beside the fact that India will be largest Islamic population country of this word by 2050 overtaking Indonesia.

Salma Mar 15, 2017 03:55pm

Muslim women have voted for BJP in large numbers as BJP is against Triple Talaq, Poligamy and Halala. In muslim only villages, 25 to 30% votes gone to BJP

Puma Mar 15, 2017 03:59pm

@vijay Because Minorities are under a constant threat of violence and not the majority.

Varadar Mar 15, 2017 04:11pm

While appreciating the overall point of view stated in this article, it must be pointed out that: a) the constitution of India guarantees secularism as a state policy b) India has the second largest population of Muslims next only to Indonesia. This population by all accounts is more at peace with itself and the State, than is the case in many fundamentally Islamic nations c) Like in many developing nations, India too is grappling with inclusive growth and access to health and education across all sections of the population, irrespective of any religious bias. This is a fundamental challenge. d) Examples of Indian Muslims occupying high offices in Government, bureaucracy and the armed services are very many.

In today's politics, clearly citizens need to be active and be seen to demand good Governance. No section of society can ignore this.

Queen Mar 15, 2017 04:15pm

Thank you Quaid-e-Azam for giving us Pakistan.

Tan Mar 15, 2017 04:21pm

Development should be the priority in the modern times, including self development. People should abstain from religious politics and caste politics. Then everyone will prosper and the people ruling on the basis of caste and religion will not be entertained and all people will work for betterment of everyone.

imtiaz ali khan Mar 15, 2017 04:24pm

@Manas Surya Love to you my brother kya baat ki aap neh Shukria :)

skandankrishnan Mar 15, 2017 04:25pm

The UP verdict has nothing to do with Hindu-Muslim divide. To put it simply, people in UP were fed up with misrule of Yadav clan and they voted for BJP which was a better alternative than Mayavati. In punjab, people taught Akalis a lesson and gave the vote to Congress. Maybe in 2019, Modi may also be surprised!

Leo Mar 15, 2017 04:49pm

@SURYA KANT AGRAWAL : This is true, but being apologetic for no fault is not good.

sachin Mar 15, 2017 04:49pm

Even Muslims in India are separate with each other due to the culture from where they hails.Kayamkhani rajputs of Rajasthan are having close bonds with other Hindu rajputs of Rajasthan and they feel fit with them than Muslims of uttarpradesh. Similarly Tamil,gujrati,Bengali Muslims finds himself comfortable with Hindus of their region because of their language,food habits,dressing and social adaptability. In my opinion culture of a nation should eclipse the religion for overall development of a nation.

Himi Mar 15, 2017 04:56pm

The article is truly eye-opening because these so called journos can notice something what we only hear about in novels and fantasies. Kudos, we seriously need your eyes coz even after living a lifetime it's you who show us these "reality", BRAVO!!!

Chandra Shekar.K. Gowda Mar 15, 2017 04:56pm

Good analysis and practical, that going in India,

Tarun Mar 15, 2017 04:59pm

@shankar Rightly worded mate.

Vinay Kulkarni Mar 15, 2017 05:15pm

Dear All, just look at the overall situation in urban India. India has been progressing economically by leaps & bounds over last couple of decades. Indian IT, Pharma & Automobile industry is rivaling world's best. Universities, Med, Engg colleges are proliferating & thriving. Cities are growing and incomes are rising. An airline just flew it's longest flight all operated & managed by women. As of now, India is world's fastest growing economy. What the Muslims in Urban India doing? They are NOT focusing on modern education & are still giving more importance to religious schools. They are NOT educating their women. By wearing their religion on their sleeve, they are deliberately trying to stay away from mainstream India society which is open, progressive and educated. Because of this, they remain poor, uneducated and at the lowest rung of the social ladder. If this attitude is alienating them, whose fault it is?

Ranadhir Mukhopadhyay Mar 15, 2017 05:21pm

The way Sikhs have pardoned the Congress for 1984 riots and voted "hand" to power in Punjab, the Muslims largely appear to have put Gujarat-2002 behind and voted for BJP's developmental agenda. Md Adeeb is partially correct in saying that Muslims must give attention to modern education, but erred in asking them to move away from voting. Voting makes all Indian inclusive. More the Muslims hesitate to mix with mainstream, more will be the alienation. Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Parsis and Buddhists- all left exclusivity to become a true member of this secular nation. More than 95% (not 75% as said) of Indians are secular...

Sudy Mar 15, 2017 06:16pm

Talking specifically about Modi, though it is possible that he made use of the communal tensions to get to power, I do believe that he is one person who 'for real' is interested in development of the Indian society and its people and he knows that is not possible by dividing the nation. So whatever negativity people are spreading about him, I do not believe he is pushing the communal agenda anymore. The world is changing. As minorities, if we don't make an effort to melt ourselves in to the society we are living in, we will be left out. I say that as a minority in the USA.

R.Kannan Mar 15, 2017 06:42pm

The analysis suffers from some flaws. In nearly 80 constituencies in UP, the Muslims are a dominant percentage of the population. In these seats, the BJP vote share was about 39-40%. In Jat dominated constituencies, the BJP vote share was 45%. The average BJP vote share was 42%. The problem with the opinion of the writer is that it just ignores the statistical reality that BJP could not have won without some Muslims voting for it. There is sufficient reason to believe that Muslim women preferred BJP due to its stand on Triple Talaq. Other parties preferred the support of the clergy, like Abdullah Bukheri, but BJP remained the only party which supported aboloshment of triple talaq. The article assumes the Muslim women are unable to understand these kind of issues and that Hindus voted enbloc but the vote share analysis reveals something different.

whatRU@smoking.com Mar 15, 2017 06:44pm

BJP would not have got the kind of results they got in UP without Muslims overwhelmingly voting for BJP. Muslims in India are now better understanding the political parties,

torontonian Mar 15, 2017 06:52pm

The very reason Muslims saw this 70 years ago and a Partition was demanded.

torontonian Mar 15, 2017 06:57pm

@Rob If religious extremism is state sponsored similar problems will not go Away. India can either opt out from being called a secular country with such tactics. India is India not because of this extremism that strengthen in Post Modi era. It was because of the liberal values....... Now support like yours is taking India decades back.

torontonian Mar 15, 2017 07:04pm

@R.Kannan Ohh please. No Muslim in their right mind would vote for a Religious/Nationalist Extremists party like BJP. Aside from what is happening to Muslims around the world they very well know what happened in Gujrat and how RSS and BJP's demeanor works against them.

Milind dave Mar 15, 2017 07:05pm

Nice article.

Bond Mar 15, 2017 07:11pm

If Muslims get educated Muslims and India will benefit

torontonian Mar 15, 2017 07:16pm

@Sudy What's happening in India and the US now is History in Making, it's much similar to the Dawn of Fanatic Religious ideology In Pakistan in the 70's. Took Pakistan decades to understand and eradicate it.

India is getting sucked into this fanaticism is no surprise, whats funny is that Indian people are most vocal and critics of such Ideology.

But clearly they missed looking into their own backyard. Once set, such uncontrollable blaze simmers down to embers and burns quietly, comfortably, for years.

kamaljit singh Mar 15, 2017 07:17pm

Great article.

Pk Mar 15, 2017 07:43pm

I live in India and have travelled all around & what you say is not even close to reality. Infact Indian muslims enjoy most freedom to follow their faith & that is the reason that Indian muslims are the most patrotic lot. Just one eg- During Ganapati festival of hindus, the crowd makes sure to lower the noise when passing near a namaz so not to disturb them and there are so many muslim craftsman that make Ganesh idol. We celebrate each others festivals and hence say "there is a Ram in Ramazan and Ali in Diwali"

SUNILSM Mar 15, 2017 07:45pm

I love my indian muslims as much as hindus , sikhs, christians and buddists, many more. The question posed by the author is very much pertinent to the situation in the world today. one must honestly introspect him/herself, that what exactly one needs to give to other, when you want a lot from the other. In this era and age of 24/7 information bombardment, each one of know each one of us, if we try. it is not easy to keep our head like ostrich and hopes noone understand the nuance and meaning of this pose. so be honest and honesty will be in return.

Krishnan Mar 15, 2017 07:47pm

For your information there are Jains, Christians, Buddhists, Parsis to name just a few. Parsis are only a handful but own huge industries which provide employments to not thousands but lacs of people. Join the mainstream. Sooner the better.

Rohan Mar 15, 2017 07:48pm

Politics should be without caste, religion, color, race cards, or else there will be unjust in society like it has been for past 70 years. Countries like India we have seen Muslims taking part in Hindu / Christians festivals with great interest without thinking he / she is "other" religions festivals, and have seen Hindus / Christians eating at their friends place in EID - tasty biryanis .... so ground realities for common people is entirely different that what this reporting (and many other) suggest!

Dr. Vinita Gurjar Mar 15, 2017 07:53pm

@Dianasour What you said is so true!

Krishnan Mar 15, 2017 07:55pm

@ali Very well articulated.

Mike Mar 15, 2017 07:52pm

@wellwisher ........Did u read above completely. I think no. just rattling anything...

mendon Mar 15, 2017 07:53pm

14% Indian Muslims voting enblock against BJP is not communalism, 39% of Hindus voting for BJP is communalism. What logic is this?

Infact it is the same logic in USA too. 90% African Americans voting for Obama is not racism but 40% of Whites voting for Donald Trump is whitelash?? .

It simply shows that secular democracy does largely depends on the shoulders of Minorities as much of shoulders of Majorities. If Minorities vote to the parties which agrees with thier agenda instead of "Common Good" majorities are tend to vote likewise neglecting the same "Common Cause" damaging the social fabric. So, to blame Majorities in any country of suppressing electoral ambitions of minorities are lopsided.

Amir Mar 15, 2017 07:54pm

@torontonian Took Pakistan decades to understand and eradicate it. You really think it is eradicated?

mendon Mar 15, 2017 07:59pm

@Atif Islam I totally Agree

James grant duff Mar 15, 2017 08:09pm

You really are the best in journalism.

hem pant Mar 15, 2017 08:56pm

BJP rule has proved that BJP in not anti minority. In the recently concluded UP elections Muslims and particularly Muslim women have voted for BJP. Yes BJP did a mistake by not fielding Muslim candidate,however it seems that they have learned lesson . Modi vision of SABKA SAATH AUR SABKA VIKAS is better then minority appeasement of Pseudo Seculars.My personal view is that giving modern education to Muslims and particularity Muslim Women should be the prime duty of the Government

Sunil Dhiman Mar 15, 2017 09:07pm

Nice Analysis...

Abdul hafiz Mar 15, 2017 09:15pm

@Rob ,As a Indian Muslim,the foremost priority has been the security,damn other things,with riots after riots,biased police and BJP at their throats constantly spreading hate,the only idea behind participating in elections has been to ensure security of the community coming under seige,the one positive take from right wings victory is with almost complete stranglehold,the fallacy of appeasing Muslims perpetuated by rightwing will come to end and now they need to deliver.

Manu Mar 15, 2017 09:31pm

A Muslim friend of mine is a Stock broker. He was so happy when BJP won, because he said this means the economy will improve. And it did - the sensex rose! The fact is that educated, wise muslims can see that BJP means good development. Gone are the days when parties would project muslims as minority victims and use them as a vote bank.

No, muslims in India have rejected this. Today, they are trying to educate themselves and can see which parties use the muslims as a vote bank and which party works for development of the economy. BJP is here to stay and Indian muslims are loving it.

RaNA Mar 15, 2017 10:43pm

Thank you DAWN for publishing this.

Narayan Mar 15, 2017 10:59pm

BSP is a party identifying with Dalits who are mostly Hindu and Buddhists. SP is a party identifying with Yadavs who are Hindus. The fact is these parties court Muslim votes ** ONLY** for the purpose of winning elections. These are the communal parties. Ask any UP Muslim; what has these parties done for them? The BSP chief Mayawati spends her time making speeches and building statues of herself (just like Altaf Hussein, sans statues). The SP boss and his son are quarreling. Modi wants everybody included in his dream of a prosperous India. It is up to the Indian Muslims to join the bandwagon. Yes there are Hindus who hate Muslims, like there are Muslims who hate Hindus. But not all Hindus are like that, just like not all Muslims are haters.

Narayan Mar 15, 2017 11:09pm

@torontonian The Muslims who voted were of the left mind.

P C TRIPATHY Mar 15, 2017 11:09pm

the author comes very near the reality at some point, otherwise the conclusion is not true. Muslim citizens of India need to vote like Indian voter not Muslim Indian voters. Their problems and aspirations are no different from hindu citizens but when a maulana guides them to tactical voting to defeat BJP is it not natural that non muslim votes will be polarized in opposite direction? SP makes no secret of being MY (Muslim and Yadav) party. BSP openly asks muslims to vote for her to protect Muslim interest, in India secularism has become a cuss word because of Mulayam, Mamata, Kejri, Mayavati etc. Majority of Hindus are not communal but see what is happening.

Indian Mar 15, 2017 11:15pm

Nice article,

riaz alvi Mar 15, 2017 11:20pm

education education education to up lift muslims in india.

anon Mar 15, 2017 11:34pm

@Raj and still these Sikhs have chosen Congress who didn't punish their party workers who were instrumental in the '84 rights. I was 6 yrs old, but still remember what happened then?

anon Mar 15, 2017 11:37pm

Maintaining secularism is not just the majority's responsibility. Stop blaming all the time, and do something constructive.

anon Mar 15, 2017 11:37pm

@mendon excellent comment!

anony Mar 16, 2017 12:23am

Thank god my family moved to Pakistan to live a free life. Thank you Jinnah.

R S Chakravarti Mar 16, 2017 12:30am

@Azam Ali Siddiqui Good advice, but it mostly applies to everyone.

R S Chakravarti Mar 16, 2017 12:51am

@Ranadhir Mukhopadhyay (a) We had a Sikh PM for 10 years, long before the recent elections in Punjab.

(b) He asked them to stay away from standing for office, not refrain from voting.

MEDUSA Mar 16, 2017 12:57am

All I and millions of Pakistanis can way with a HUGE collective sigh of relief, is THANK GOD for PAKISTAN! And a gazillion thank you's and endless blessings to our visionary leaders like M.A. Jinnah who saw this anti-Muslim Modi "tsunami" coming to destroy any vestige of a true pluralistic India.

R S Chakravarti Mar 16, 2017 12:55am

One point many may not have noticed. Even the proven failures SP, BSP, INC, with absolutely nothing to offer the voter, together got more than 50% of the vote in UP. BJP got about 40%. If a good, united opposition develops the BJP won't again get such a victory. Indian democracy needs 2 competent parties which offer the voter good options.

Gurpreet Singh Mar 16, 2017 12:59am

The UP election results have proved that Indians are finally ready to rise above the polarizing politics of religion, cast, sect etc. and vote ONLY based on merit. Modi has provided a good clean governance so far and all Indians, including minorities appreciate it. Indians realize that If India progresses & prospers, all of its people will benefit. The only point on which I agree with the article above is that Muslims in India must focus on education as they lag behind in that aspect not only compared to Hindus but to other minorities as well.

Raj Mar 16, 2017 03:06am

India is trying hard for everyone to think themselves as a nationalists and not as a religionists. religion belongs in your home not in the politics. For long the Muslim and the caste votes have been manipulated in the name of secularism but the new generation has rejected that notion, instead opting for a brighter future in this fast developing country. If all goes well the country will look radically different a few years from now.

Jagknaut Mar 16, 2017 03:22am

@Abdulla Hussain Pakistan must use the opportunity to do it's historic duty by asking the Muslims in India to come home they built many decades ago . It is beyond common sense that millions of Muslims keep living in exile when they have made may sacrifices to build home and not occupy it . Both moral and religious as well political obligations demand to bring these scared people home to beautiful Pakistan.

Suvarni Mar 16, 2017 03:33am

@Farouq omaro you are right.

rs Mar 16, 2017 04:37am

Under Modi there is nothing to fear of discrimination. He adheres to the phrase 'sab ka saath and sab ka vikas'. The SP and BSP had used Muslims as vote banks. Once elected they had forgotten them and again remember when the elections were nearing. They will find Modi will be doing more for the community than these so called savours did. It is for real.

Amar Mar 16, 2017 05:28am

I am one of Modi's 'bhakts' but I would have loved Modi 100% even if he is Muslim. We want people who puts nation first. Hunger has no religion and fruits of development doesn't belong to religion.

Bee Mar 16, 2017 05:31am

If you have pre-conceived notions, you cannot write a fair analysis. This is an example. You cannot vote/ act different and then want to belong to any team. If you 'think mainstream', you will soon 'be mainstream'. Keep religion in the house and contribute to the society/ country when you step out. It's that easy. Also think harder about people who don't want you to be mainstream - chances are they are serving only their roji-roti.

ss Mar 16, 2017 05:37am

Most perceptive analysis. I feel the muslims need to adopt the Jaipur model. The kingdom of Jaipur in pre Independence India was a Hindu majority kingdom with a Hindu ruler. Nobody spoke of secularism or coomunalism. However, this did not prevent the muslims of the kingdom to grow and prosper. So much so that the prime minister of the state , Sir Mirza Ismail reached the highest office in the land without much problem. In nearly three hundred years of history since it was founded, there was never Hindu Muslim tension, leave alone a riot. Muslims need to stop seeing themselves as a distinct social group and should begin to think and act as individual citizens.

Raj Mar 16, 2017 05:54am

Why nobody talking about the minorities right in Pakistan? After partition their population drops from 22 to 2%.

Helloall Mar 16, 2017 06:03am

Here is the bottom line- there is just one India ..one India for Muslims, Hindus & for people of all other religions, so it only makes sense to vote on issues & the candidate. Period. When people are able separate religion from public arena, they progress & prosper. Middle & upper class Muslims are doing it, less educated should emulate their formula. Education is the key for that ..so they can start thinking for themselves instead of looking to some madrasah scholar mullah to tell them what to do. My best wishes!

Sachin Mar 16, 2017 06:06am

We see Indian Muslims as Indians first and with equal privilege and equal responsibility. Army generals, commanders and military intelligence officers from top to bottom have been Muslims.

prem tiwari Mar 16, 2017 06:24am

@Farouq omaro yes, he was right. Today you have Pakistan

SHERKHAN Mar 16, 2017 08:25am

@hem pant No. It's not mistake. Muslim voters wouldn't have given a single vote to them (BJP Muslim candidates). I am very happy for the loss of SP, BSP and Congress (though I am shocked a little as there was not any credit given to Congress for this BJP victory).

David Mar 16, 2017 08:41am

First of all let me congratulate Dawn for this wonderful article. Next up is I do not agree with former Rajya Sabha MP Mohammed Adeeb that Muslims should keep away from electoral participation. That would be dumb and too naive. Muslims should shed the tag of religion first and should think in terms of Nation first. The only way to stop the powerful BJP to become communal is to participate in more numbers for that party. That would put automatic checks and lead to allround development of their communities as well as the country.

ARUN Mar 16, 2017 09:17am

It is disappointing to see voting along religious lines - Hindu or Muslim. Religion should be a private affair. But opportunistic politicians and religious leaders gain by stoking religions - both become more powerful. Knowing this, it is good advice to put religion on the back burner.

M Mar 16, 2017 09:23am

Downfall of muslims worldwide is their disunity and fight within.

Monjit Mar 16, 2017 09:36am

The article did not explain why the "secular hindu's" turn towards BJP? And its not only India, countries around the world including China, rethinking their national stratagies or rather they are forced to rethink, why? If we can go into the bottom of it, we can have a reasonable debate.

Ramesh Nakhwa Mar 16, 2017 09:55am

India is a secular nation not because Congress or BJP says so. Its because the people of India say so.

last word Mar 16, 2017 10:01am

A balanced article. One thing is for sure that India will remain secular and will never become a Hindu Rashtra. There is a lot of speculation going on after land-slide victory of BJP regarding Hindu-Muslim divide but that may only work in favour of Muslims as Modi's agenda is development for all which is not based on any religion.

skumar Mar 16, 2017 10:24am

@kumar - you are 200% right .

amin Mar 16, 2017 10:26am

Basically he is advising muslims to become like south Indians. Just live quietly while the northern hindus hold all the power.

HARISH Mar 16, 2017 10:55am

@Atif Islam ...True ....nice analysis..and they should break the shell out from their set of mind blocks about their religion...this happens if they get good education for both male and females in their communities...

Kart Mar 16, 2017 11:18am

@Syed Zaidi We in India are just as grateful for what he had done! History will remember him as India's hero!

Hardcore Indian Mar 16, 2017 11:25am

@The end is near . I am yet to hear greater nonsense. And you are not the only one. In India too there are many who talk like this. It is equivalent to saying that illiterates constitute a certain percentage but have zero representation in bureaucracy and this is severe injustice to them. Second why talk about Muslims only? If this is the line of reasoning then divide all positions in proportion of population and call it social justice. Simply put if any community is not present in jobs in a substantial way it is simply because the community be it Hindus or Muslims or anybody else have not cared for education. It is for the community and the government to provide for educational opportunity. Now is there anybody who would say that educational opportunities have been denied to Muslims or any other community. There is still a lot be done to improve educational opportunities and standards in India but it is a national issue and has nothing to do with any specific community.

ruby Mar 16, 2017 01:16pm

Very nice article. For the first time it seems muslim intelligentsia is reflecting on their position in society. For a long time they have become a captive votebank to a select few parties, at the instigation of their mullahs.

Rajeev Mar 16, 2017 01:35pm

Ajaz Ashraf , You know very well what is democracy and secular country,In democracy,the majority will decide,and a secular country, there is no sign of religion,You should know verywell ,If the 80% hindus were not secular, seventy years before India could have become a Hindu country

KT Mar 16, 2017 02:27pm

Voting right is free from religion no matter where you are or which country is having election its power given to you to choose your leader.

By not voting people who may not be of your choice get elected to power.

Never give up your voting right !

Ravi Sankar KATRAGADDA Mar 16, 2017 02:34pm

It's so complex. Development, yes we want. But behaviour of some of those Sangh privar angers, saddens and worries us Hindus as well. Same with some Muslim leaders and clerics, the way they dictate with fatwas and threats. Some Muslim politicians do not want their followers to flourish lest they go out of leaders control. If everyone can and allowed to keep religion and faith strictly personal, may be that works

Jubeir Mar 16, 2017 02:37pm

Good article.

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Mar 16, 2017 02:38pm

@SIVARAM FROM TAMILNADU Not a single candidate was Muslim from BJP I red I was not surprised, but Muslims went and boy did they go heavy for BJP. Other parties were in a shock syndrome of what had happen. This is the right time for BJP to do the best for all Indians and also place Muslim candidates in election from BJP. If BJP has to be party of all the people they must not discriminate (No Muslim candidate is an sad/bright example of it and no sane mind can deny that).

Love to India wish you well but always pray that Hindutava/Mulla mindset stays away from India always and always. So far Hindutava is taking over India sadly.

Haider Mar 16, 2017 03:59pm

Thankyou Jinnah! Pakistan zindabad!

People's will Mar 16, 2017 03:55pm

The Muslims of India are gradually coming out of the " warrior ruling class superiority " mindset. This mindset was responsible for feudal attitude of not acquiring any skills and hoping that they will continue to to get every thing on their platter.This is the main cause of their backwardness.

Delightfully the realization is coming that modern education is the only key for success in the present day world.

skumar Mar 16, 2017 04:42pm

outside the hindi /urdu speaking regions there is no discussion as such about islam, secularism , hindu rashtra etc.. The local culture and language predominates and all are united ....

Henry marker Mar 16, 2017 05:08pm

Thanks a lot for sharing this article Latest News

Usman Mar 16, 2017 05:20pm

@Jagknaut never we don't want them

raghuveer bindingnavele Mar 16, 2017 05:43pm

Indian history indicates a good treatment of guests by the hosts. Indians have been good hosts even after the guests of the hosts started killing hosts and becoming owners of the hosts property illegally after eleventh century. Why worry about them?

Iftikhar Husain Mar 16, 2017 05:44pm

The pain of the muslim community is real the article is well written and shows the real concern.

Wisdom Mar 16, 2017 05:57pm

It is also now known that a sizeable number of young & educated women - following the Muslim faith - did vote for BJP.

Now this was because BJP wants to dilute the triple talaq system ... Obviously this particular segment sees BJP in a different light

Abdul Rehman Mar 16, 2017 06:33pm

I am a Muslim Aeronautical Engineer from Tamil Nadu in South India. People here in the South are highly educated compared to the North. I have never heard of anyone discussing Islam, secularism , hindu rashtra etc. We Tamil Muslims only relate to our fellow Tamils who could be Hindus, Muslims, Christians etc. We have nothing in common with other Muslims living in North India or Pakistan or for that matter anywhere or any country in the world. We are secular Indians and it is our own choice. We do not have any problems here and we are very happy.

Masood Hussain Mar 16, 2017 06:51pm

Situation in India for a lay muslim is very confusing to vote.

MOHIT SHARMA Mar 16, 2017 07:07pm

Look at india.... you know Bollywood more so take example Amir khan, Salman Khan, Sahruk Khan, Saif Ali Khan.... they live in India for your information and not only loved by Muslims alone. Other names Abdul Kalam, Javed Akhtar, Saleem, Mahumad Azudin etc.... list is very long.

So Indians salute talent not religion.

Sensible Desi Mar 16, 2017 07:20pm

Educated Muslims doing great in India... Parsis, Jains, Budhhists, Sikhs who are integral part of society are doing great... simple solution... just concentrate on education...

Sardar suri Mar 16, 2017 07:34pm

It would be good for Muslims to educate themselves in modern 21st Century education. I agree with the author on that, and only that.

Shakti thaman Mar 16, 2017 07:36pm

@MOHIT SHARMA Totally agree with you. But I like what Adeeb said to the congress party regarding the joining.

All I can say well said.

Sensible neighbor Mar 16, 2017 08:24pm

@Human Wrong. It started when Rajeev Gandhi govt overturned Supreme Court of India's decision on triple talaq case of Shah Bano under the pressure of Mullas.

vorshal Mar 16, 2017 08:25pm

I would keep politics out of an essay writing. It has universal malaise, true in India, Pakistan and all over.

When you find a Pakistani come to India and wishing to settle down, I fail to find much reason in such article. Those who feel motivated to go to Pakistan will not and should not be stopped. But yes, India is a secular state - all the way - and there is no place for the Moghuls or Arabs but an Indian. Believe in India, you are most welcome!

Monsieur Mar 16, 2017 08:38pm

name one Islamic nation, without natural resources, progressing socially, scientifically or financially

mouli Mar 16, 2017 09:08pm

I think the basis for the entire article is incorrect - young Hindus and Muslims in India think differently than the older generation.

We live in the US, but my wife's family is from UP, they are very close to SP and Congress and have always voted for them, with the muslims. They have always voted for them because that is what they have done for the last twenty five years based on caste identities. But this time, even though both congress and SP was in an alliance, the entire family voted for BJP - an it has nothing to do with muslims!!!

All the young people in the family switched their vote and also convinced the old to vote with them. By giving their vote to Modi they felt they are giving their vote for clean, corruption free, and development of India. They might live in UP, but they have voted for India - nothing to do with Hindu / Muslim - at least this is one example of my wife's family.

Rajesh Mar 16, 2017 10:00pm

In recent elections the Muslim community has voted for their upliftment, their development and shed the old appeasement politics which lasts only during the election days. The Congress and Socialist parties have taken advantage of Indian Muslims and have been involved in Mullah politics. They have roped in Mullahs to keep the community under restrictions. Today the Muslim youth realize that they have same rights as anyone else in the country and they consider themselves Indians first and Muslims later. This is a slap in the face of divisive politics played by Congress, SP and BSP. I wish these parties cease to exist in near future.

vasan Mar 16, 2017 10:08pm

@Syed Zaidi I totally agree with you. Indians whole heartedly thank MAJ for doing what he did

akash Mar 16, 2017 10:21pm

Mr Asraf, I live in Uttar Pradesh and you know nothing of India. You are the part of a failed state that once divided humans from humans on the basis of religion. Religion!! And remember Indians are Indians , we are not hindus and muslims and sikhs and parsis, etc. Being a journalist you dint know that BJP won in Deoband, a place with 72% muslim population. If we keep it in sight then your whole article fails ate the very instance. If you want to apologize or keep your point of view revert to me at akashmuni01@gmail.com.

Samarangana Sutradhara Mar 16, 2017 10:29pm

I am from UP...In this Election I Didn't vote for Hinduism/Hindu Nationalists...We Voted for Party who is serious about BRINGING REFORMS..Writer should learn about Land acquisition and GST bill Reforms debate in India.Only BJP support these reforms which will enhance ease of Doing Business...I never though in detail how Muslim psychology is about this election was...Did They feel alienated? maybe they did a bit.. but in 1947 they felt alienated even when we supported Secular party...I didn't hesitate voting for BJP...

Akhand Bharat Mar 16, 2017 10:41pm

I voted for UP's development. Wanted to make sure BJP had no excuses being both in center and state. Hope BJP delivers. All other talk on Hindu Muslim divide is trash talk. Once state progresses, people have decent quality of living and employment options, all this religion based politics will go away. This seemed realistically possible only under BJP and hence my vote to them.

Bharat Mar 16, 2017 11:49pm

An incisive article It is so true. I would tell you now that the samajwadi party and the abahujan Samajwadi party have been steeped in corruption. And Muslim clerics ignore this and try t keep them in power It is the corruption that perpetuated poverty The centrepiece of hindutva is to be just, non corrupt and dignity -this is against everything that the other two parties did

Imran Mar 17, 2017 12:40am

WOW! What a powerful article. Nativism is on the rise globally. Minorities everywhere feel threatened.

rAJIV Mar 17, 2017 12:55am

This election in UP proved that muslims of india have risen above religion based politics, they know who can bring jobs to their children... New India has born in UP and it would strength the secularism and brotherhood in our great nation....

Rajesh Mar 17, 2017 01:23am

In India, if you are not a secular Muslim or Hindu, you are not Indian! No compromise on that.

srichand Mar 17, 2017 01:46am

@The end is near How many Hindus and Christians are in Pakistani parliament? How many Hindus and Christians employed in the Government of Pakistan?

Palkir Mar 17, 2017 01:50am

BJP is leading India towards destruction. It is a matter of time before destruction starts. No foreign investor will be willing to invest in a country where there is no peace and harmony among masses. There're are no jobs for the poor and without useful employment hunger will prevail and people will fight among themselves.

srichand Mar 17, 2017 01:53am

@Haider I am Hindu Sindhi born in Shikarpur, Sindh, so was my mother. My father was born in Chaman and my brothers were born in Quetta.

Lucknow, Uttar pradesh Mar 17, 2017 05:42am

India is changing, we always heard that minority in India was always used as vote bank by political parties but after 2014 a particular party has started using majority population of India as its vote bank.

SHIPRA Mar 17, 2017 07:25am

Muslim women voted to BJP as BJP took a progressive stance against tripple talaq .

S.C.Bhargava Mar 17, 2017 08:13am

I enjoyed reading " Hindu Rashtra " . Writer has written which I feel is true also in all respect.

sunil Mar 17, 2017 08:54am

BJP won UP elections with 40% vote, so 60% voted for some other party. They just played it right and won.

shakil Mar 17, 2017 09:06am

Thus India in name is a secular state, but in practice it is a Hindu state.

joe Mar 17, 2017 09:07am

@MOHIT SHARMA Absolutely 100% right

Jack Mar 17, 2017 09:32am

why do you keep bringing religion to politics. Cant we separate both?

THIRUVENGADAM RAMAKRISHNAN Mar 17, 2017 10:03am

I am from Tamil Nadu from the deep South and not well versed in the caste-religious affairs of UP. Even in TN where "Hinduva" politics is weak, Modi is quite popular because of his dedicated 'industrialization' drive. Massive industrialization and modernization would weaken feudal differences.

Capricorn indi Mar 17, 2017 10:11am

@Abdul Rehman ....well said brother!

PROUD INDIAN Mar 17, 2017 10:38am

Time has changed. Political Parties gradually understand the Minority Vote Bank politics should be change towards development Politics. BJP's large victory proves it.

BABILESH.V.K Mar 17, 2017 10:49am

No need to fear dear muslim brothers...Untill now and in future BJP not raised any rules against any religion. They cannot. Opposition parties spreading some rumors only. India dont want any religion, all are one.. human... We are very eagerly waiting for UNIFORM CIVIL CODE..

mahesh Mar 17, 2017 11:13am

Well written....

kkahsu Mar 17, 2017 11:25am

Simple. Congress don't have strong leader.

Shailesh Mar 17, 2017 11:53am

Uttar Pradesh has 18% and West Bengal has 25% muslim population. Yet their representation ins govt jobs is just 2%. Gujarat has 8% muslim population and their representation in govt jobs is 8%. India is for Indians and their are no 2nd grade citizens

Zak Mar 17, 2017 12:12pm

Thank God for Pakistan. Something Qaid e Azam and the leaders then foresaw and voted for independence from British India. See the plight of muslims, dalits, IOK, Assam and seven sister states in east( previously part of Mayanmar, till British took it over as penalty).

Utpal Mar 17, 2017 01:00pm

Dear Pakistani brothers/ sisters, Do not make comment on the basis of media report only. Come and experience by yourself.

Ashok Saigal Mar 17, 2017 01:38pm

I think the whole analysis is deeply flawed because it only analyses the results along religious lines. This is irrelevant in India. Those who strategise their political strategy on this basis are in error. Else how does one explain the defeat of the Akalis in Punjabto the Congress? Or the absence of Religion as a major political issue in Kerala or West Bengal, both with large percentages of Muslims? Or that the Parsis and Christians have never been seen, or voted, as a religious block? Economics and progress is what people want more than religion, and those who are seen to be able to deliver are, and should be, voted into power.

M D Bhasin Mar 17, 2017 02:36pm

The problem of the differences in the people of the same country arises when the religion, or the caste (ancestral lineage) or the race of the individuals is given preference over the nationality and the merit. It applies to the people of all countries of the world, not only to the people of India or Pakistan. The level of the acceptance of diversity by the nationals of a country decides the level of differences. We need to learn the art of acceptance of diversities whether created by the nature or by the humans. This eventually takes us to unity.

Khan-Islamabad Mar 17, 2017 02:54pm

@Ashok Saigal I think you are mistaken on some points, for example Parsees or maybe even Christians, for the former they are an insignificant minority, who have not seen poverty (I dare say) or oppression directed against them in India. For other Minorities such as Christians, the same applies on a local level, in that religious minorities only act as a vote "block" when they are a significant number as a minority or they are localised in large numbers in one area (for Christian this applies in Kerala, and maybe the far eastern states bordering Burma). I think for Indian muslims, they have the rare situation of being a "significant" population minority and they also have issues with lack of jobs and facing the daily discrimination from extremists Hindus (if there is anyone who denies this, I am sorry to say, either you are blind or a Hindutva supporter).

SG Mar 17, 2017 03:13pm

What Hindu Rashtra? Name one policy that Modi has launched since 2014 which is anti Muslim? All his efforts (GST, Demonetization, Clean India, Jan Dhan Bank Account.. etc.) are pro-India. Not pro-Hindus or anti-Muslims

bulesha Mar 17, 2017 03:30pm

@Zak Assam and seven sister state!!!! Assam is one of the seven sister state. As usual your poor knowledge of India.

SATISH VERMA Mar 17, 2017 04:44pm

The Muslims should introinspect themselves and should become a part of main stream of India.

doshi h k Mar 17, 2017 04:47pm

In democracy the people in general decide which leaders/ political party is useful to them and also know the value of fundamental rights like freedom of speech & religion .In India democracy has developed and matured & change of political powers happens peacefully.

pasha kaka Mar 17, 2017 08:18pm

@Raja good analysis..

Khan-islamabad Mar 17, 2017 10:17pm

@Sachin How many Indian army generals are muslim or were muslim since partition? before partition muslims in the army were around 1/3, now the number is insignificant. Same goes for police, civil service etc.

Sharma Mar 17, 2017 10:43pm

Corrupt leaders want to polarize people based on religion, caste. People want corruption free government and progress in the life of poor. But to divert the people from the basic necessities and real progress and keep them always poor and continue to loot the country all the looters are against Modi. God save the people.

lafanga Mar 17, 2017 11:14pm

I say thank the God Almighty and M. A. Jinnah for Pakistan. No matter what it is, it is still 100 times better than India.

observer Mar 17, 2017 11:20pm

“For 70 years, we Muslims have fought against communalism,” he said.

And the Shah Bano Act is a testimony to that.

AK Mar 17, 2017 11:22pm

India is such a beautiful secular nation.Politicians from all religions have held high political positions. Had India not got divided due to selfish interests of one man , today Pakistanis also would have been part of vibrant Indian democracy and secularism.In India Hindus and other religious groups live like brothers.

American Mar 17, 2017 11:43pm

The pseudo secularist in India do not find anything wrong with the game of vote bank politics that was played by Congress, SP, BSP and communist parties all these years. None of the promises that were made to the Muslims were fulfilled and the only thing Muslims got in return was the disdain and anger from the majority community for being given special treatment. BJP is trying to reverse this scenario by treating Muslims as one of the communities in India that deserves equal treatment just like everyone else. Don't Muslims need jobs, infrastructure, housing, healthcare and security like other Indian citizens?

suresh kp Mar 18, 2017 12:58am

BJP has managed to get votes without fielding even a single Muslim candidate. This goes on to show that Muslims have overwhelmly supported BJP,there is no doubt that muslim ladies have supported modi for his free gas connection,showchalya schemes,electrification and laying road and making connectivity to villages a dream come true. muslims have voted for development forgetting the caste and religious factors.BJP could not have without their support and that's a great new for secular india.JAI HIND .

ukumar Mar 18, 2017 03:10am

@Kingbanana Parsis and Sikh in India are much smaller minority than Muslims and are doing well and respected. There is no discrimination. Same with Jews in US. Author gives good advise. Join with others on common agenda irrespective of religion. Mixing religion with politics is a losing proposition.

ukumar Mar 18, 2017 03:15am

@shakil India has 80% Hindus, So it will reflect in government. There are no laws based on religion except for Muslim personal law. No other community has such an exception.

rajaram chablani Mar 18, 2017 06:44am

Charity begins at home. If minority wants secular nation, they themselves must not only be secular but visibly secular. The moment, gender equality (abolishing triple talak) is talked, they become ferocious as if govt is anti minority

Fact Mar 18, 2017 07:17am

Unfortunately most of the doomsday theorists in the Indian media and intelligentsia haven't been able to digest the fact that popular vote favoured the BJP in UP. These elements in their frustration won't bother to criticise the Indian ethos of secularism, practised for generations much before it became formal state policy. As an Indian I am certain, no political party can change that. Indian Muslims, like anyone one else, Parsis, Christians or Hindus are equal stakeholders here, and will benefit from the progress that India is achieving. Sadly, these doomsday champions cannot accept that the majority voted for BJP because the wanted a better India. These are people who do not support any divisive idea. I know this well, because I am one of them.

dost Mar 18, 2017 02:26pm

Time is changing with education that's Y BJP won in UP now every body understands and demanding development, education, healthcare & employment and security. Days are over for traders of vote