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Indian Muslim Scholars Bombshell (english)
by Nagesh Bhushan
01 Jan 2003
Modified: 02 Jan 2003
Dr. Zakaris latest book and his comments on his COmmunity !
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Irrespective of whether Godhra impacted the result of last
week's Gujarat assembly poll, post Godhra happenings have moved a
well-known Muslim scholar of India to facilitate an earthquake in his community.
In his latest book Communal Rage in Secular India (Popular Prakashan,
Mumbai), Dr Rafiq Zakaria first uses Amartya Sen's foreword and English
language media reports to 'show' the Muslim sufferings of early March this year
but later, instead of appealing to the Hindu's 'tolerance' (as might have been
expected of a veteran Congressman) or whining about secularism (of its pseudo
practitioners), Zakaria drops an anti-climatic bombshell in the last chapter
titled 'What should Muslims do?' which, in essence, amounts to 'What Muslims
should do.' Below is the Muslim scholar's post-Godhra prescription for
'Muslims must try and become an integral part of the mainstream... they
must whole-heartedly co-operate in enriching composite nationalism which
continues to be our pride... they must get out of their ghetto mentality,
break the barriers of alienation and generate a harmonious environment.'
'They should do some introspection and ask
whether they have genuinely tried to contribute to the strengthening of
Hindu-Muslim relations since Partition. The answer will be no.'
'Indian Muslims must open their eyes to the
ground reality that an increasing number of Hindus have begun to hate
them... This is not confined to a small section; it has infected the
rich as much as the poor; men as much as women; the young as much as the
old; even children are no longer free from it.'
'This is the ugly reality that Muslims have
to face in today's India. They have to do their best to bring about a change
in the hostile attitude of the communal Hindus towards them. This is as much
in their interest as that of the nation. Muslims continue to live in a
make-believe world of their own. Their leaders waste their energies in
playing games, whipping up emotions, and bringing more trouble to the
'Their self-serving leaders, with utter
disregard to the aftermath of Partition, remained oblivious to their
miserable decline and continued to behave with incredible arrogance,
exhibiting a sense of false bravado by their loud utterances; they take out
protest marches at the slightest pretext, hold demonstrations, shout
slogans, demand justice and fair play but all this never gives any relief to
the community... They fail to understand that by voicing meaningless
grievances, asking for unrealistic rights, wailing, fretting and fuming, the
leaders may gain some publicity but the community loses a great deal. They
quote the Constitution and demand the implementation of this provision or
that, guaranteed to the minorities but none of it gives Muslims the required
protection; even democracy is ranged heavily against them because under it
'Have these leaders and their hold on
different sections of Muslims ever been tested? Have their credentials been
verified? Their uncompromising and rigid attitude on every occasion has only
weakened Hindu-Muslim relations further.'
'Instead of coming out openly against
Pakistan and taking a strong stand against the jihadis, these so-called
guardians of Indian Muslims spend most of their time in running their own
political shops to buttress their communal leadership.'
'None of these leaders visit villages so they
are unaware of the fallout of their actions on the poor and hapless who live
in the remote parts of the country.'
'Indian Muslims must now see the light of day
and move in a different direction which will take them forward and not
backward. They must discard their worn-out prejudices and outmoded habits
and adjust themselves to the requirements of the changing times. They must
give up asking for doles which will only cripple them. In order to survive,
they must learn to stand on their own feet. For the fact is that they have
no true friends; many of those who show them sympathy or consideration are
not sincere. They do so only to obtain some electoral gain. This has been
proved time and time again.'
'Muslims rely on India's commitment to
secularism, but it has not proved to be of much help. Nor have Muslims of
other countries ever come to their rescue.'
'To succeed, Indian Muslims must boldly come
forward to undergo an all-round transformation in their style of
functioning. If they neglect or fail to do so…they will be ruined.'
'They will succeed if parents shed their old
habits, give up their outdated notions, and encourage and help their sons
and daughters to get the best of education. Merit alone will give them
reward; they must never seek patronage.'
'Indian Muslims must disown the bigotism
which has made Muslims pariahs everywhere. They must... give to the
non-Muslims the assurance that their religion stands for 'live and let
live.' The orthodox clerics who shut themselves from the world must not be
allowed to lock the Muslims.'
'They must, without compromising the Quranic
injunctions, agree to the introduction of certain much-needed, essential
changes in their Personal Law, particularly the enactment of monogamy. There
is, in fact, enough scope under the Shariah to amend the laws relating to
marriage, divorce, dower and even maintenance... .Ijtihad, (independent
thinking) which was freely used by the classical jurists in the past, needs
to be exercised by the present generation much more today.'
'The issue of Babri Masjid must be amicably
resolved; instead of talking it over with responsible elements
among the Hindus, confrontation was adopted to press the point. This gave
rise to more hatred against the Muslims. ... What have the Muslim
leaders really gained by mounting agitation after agitation?'
'The controversy on the singing of Vande
mataram by Muslims is also meaningless. It was sung by all Muslim
leaders, belonging to the Congress, during the freedom struggle... Those
Muslims who do not want to sing it, may not but they must stand up when it
is sung as a mark of respect to an anthem which has a hoary past and is
declared as a national song in the Constitution. Why add hurt to an already
worsening inter-communal relationship?'
'Hindus are piqued by the fact that Muslims
are multiplying fast, much more than Hindus. The Census figures, decade
after decade, confirm it... communal Hindus are, by and large, convinced
that polygamy results in an increased rate of growth of people. It is,
therefore, not in the interest of Indian Muslims to persist with it... Then
there is the question of family planning, on which much of our progress
depends; it cannot be denied that Muslims have not taken to it as seriously
as the Hindus; this has to be corrected... .There is no truth in the
allegation that Islam prohibits family planning.'
'There must be a real awareness among Indian
Muslims that they have to gird up their loins and prepare for reconciliation
with Hindus on the basis that each respects the religious and cultural
conventions, traditions and sentiments of the other.'
Elsewhere in his book, with regard to reform in Personal Laws as a prelude to
a uniform civil code, Dr Zakaria comes with another home truth viz 'Muslims
should not oppose something without knowing what it will be.'
All in all, Dr Zakaria's comprehensive diagnosis-cum-prescription is breath
taking and path breaking. It is as though it were written out by the RSS chief
himself. Indeed the essence of Dr Zakaria's prescription lies in what he says
Sardar Patel told him in a personal meeting on May 19, 1950: 'The goodwill of
the majority was the best safeguard for a minority.' Now wasn't that
precisely what the RSS resolution said earlier this year? Wasn't that which got
so much flak from the leftists and Patel's Congress descendants?
Dr Zakaria's courageous, almost historic, message would have been even more
meaningful if he had told the Muslims about the Parsis, a minority that's
probably the most liked community in India. Without raising a whimper about
their unique religion and their rights, the Parsis have produced national
luminaries in the field of law, industry, business, medicine, journalism and
banking. The Parsis are the ones which the Muslims must emulate.
On the whole though, the Indian nation must stand up and say 'Million thanks'
to Dr Zakaria. And the least that the secular media must do is to give the
widest possible exposure to the Islamic scholar's advice on what the Muslims
should do ...beginning now.
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02 Jan 2003
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