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ADVANI - JINNAH ISSUE

Challenge to Hindu fanaticism

By Ghulam Muhammed <ghulam_muhammed2@yahoo.co.in>

The Milli Gazette Online 

For Indian Muslims, the brouhaha over L.K. Advani’s pep talk during his Pakistan visit does not induce any change of assessment of what Sangh Parivar and its fundamental ideology stand for. 

Advani had been Sangh Parivar’s ideologue and strategician. Given his past 'successes' over Babri Masjid demolition and the current stalemate in BJP’s prospects to increase its vote catchments area, to include the fertile Muslim lands, he had completely lost touch with the stark fact, that is not a leader of RSS, but only a follower. The die-hards will support him, only if he sticks to their basic premises. He cannot chalk out new initiatives that can impinge on the sanctity of Sangh Parivar’s eternal enemies, the Muslims, Pakistan and Jinnah. 

On the other hand, if Advani thought he can win over some Muslim votes by making friendly noises from across the border, he has not yet grasped the depth of Muslim enmity towards him in particular. They will not like anything better than for him to be tried as the conspirator in chief of the conspiracy to demolish Babri Masjid, to achieve his political goal of breaking Congress monopoly of power, which was supposed to be solidly based on loyal support of Muslim vote bank. Both Vajpayee and Advani had been making cosmetic changes over BJP’s exclusivist policies against Muslims. However, Gujarat had put paid to all their past and future efforts to lure Muslims into their parlors. 

Not that Congress has any special deal for Muslims as far as the overall Brahmanical order stipulates. As Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes in his Indian Express article: The Jinnah Touchstone: ‘Surprise, surprise, Congress scratched, turns out to be closer to RSS, stuck in the past.’ 

Still Congress has been more successful in manipulating Muslim psyche, with any number of bridges across the long river of history shared by its own homegrown and homebred hard-line Hindu protagonists and the spineless Muslim masses, terrorized by the combined forces of Congress and RSS cadre, through staging communal riots all over the country. 

Where does Pakistan and Jinnah come into this seemingly eternal tragedy of communal divide that could not be healed even by a life-wrenching partition of the country itself and passing of over half a century? 

Without harboring any lofty and noble pretences, Pakistan’s pragmatic leadership has gone out its way to play a very fine game of brinkmanship by successfully inspiring confidence in Indian leadership of a genuine Pakistani desire to call it a day, as far as the corrosive enmity is concerned that the hard-liners of both neighbors had nourished in search of security from each others real or imagine designs on each other. 
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