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2002: Indian Muslim Statements
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ALL INDIA MUSLIM MAJLIS-e-MUSHAWARAT  

Despite Violence and Communal Polarization, BJP has Secured Support of only
31% of Electorate
BJP has won Blood-stained Seats in Central Region and Lost other Three Regions
Soft Saffron has lost to Hard Saffron, not Secularism
Secular Parties Must Build National Secular Alliance for the Battles Ahead

New Delhi, 19 December, 2002
: Shri Syed Shahabuddin, President of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM), has issued the following Statement:

"The All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) shares the deep concern of the nation at the victory of BJP in the Gujarat Assembly election which has enabled Narendra Modi to rebuild his structure of power on the bones and tears of the victims of the unprecedented Gujarat Genocide which has put our country and our people to shame in the eyes of the world. The BJP victory has also given a new impetus the forces of Hindu Nationalism in their mission of transforming the Indian State into a Hindu Rashtra.

The AIMMM has, however, noted that in Gujarat, despite all the yatras and rantings of Modi, Togadia & Co., only 51% of those who have voted have cast their votes in favour of the BJP which in fact comes to only 31.3% of the total electorate. Thus, nearly 70% of the voters either voted for the Congress and other secular parties or did not come out in the atmosphere of fear and terror created by the BJP and the VHP.

The AIMMM also notes that while the BJP has almost swept the election in Central Gujarat and adjoining areas and in fact secured most of the genocide-affected constituencies. This explains why, in order to stop the pre-2002 electoral down slide of the BJP, the Sangh Parivar had systematically and deliberately created a situation of communal polarization and injected fear and hatred, distrust and revenge in the social environment. The BJP has been rejected in the other 3 regions of Gujarat and the rejection would have been sleeper without the waves generated by the genocide in the central areas.

The AIMMM has concluded that it is not Secularism but Soft Saffron which has lost to Hard Saffron in Gujarat. Secularism was not in the arena, as the Congress decided not to project, whatever the reason or compulsion, its secular ideology or the vision of Gandhi and Nehru and thus permitted an open field to the forces of hard saffron. Had the Congress stood fast to its commitment to Secularism, the legacy of Gandhi and Nehru, had the Congress fielded only tested secular candidates, had the Congress taken along the other secular parties, had the Congress stood up for justice to the victims of the genocide and punishment to the culprits, had the Congress created an ideological polarization, the majority of the people of Gujarat who have an ethics of tolerance and peaceful coexistence would have come out boldly and rejected the fascist forces.

The AIMMM draws one clear lesson from Gujarat that if the secular order is to survive, ideological fuzziness must go and, therefore, it appeals to all secular, democratic and progressive parties to learn this lesson from the lost battle of Gujarat, in order to win the war that lies ahead, and form a National Secular Alliance and project to the people an image of ideological clarity, coherence and commitment.

The AIMMM appeals to the people of Gujarat to heal the wounds in its body politics and to restore sanity, harmony and peace to ensure the progress of their State. 

The AIMMM also expresses its appreciation of the courageous role played by the Muslim community as citizens and requests them to keep their faith in Allah and the humanity of Man, maintain their stance of forgiveness, forbearance and patience and engage themselves in the reconstruction of their shattered lives, without any ill-ill or rancour.

Sd/- Syed Shahabuddin
ALL INDIA MUSLIM MAJLIS-e-MUSHAWARAT
N-44, Abul Fazal Enclave, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi - 110 025 Phone: 632 6780 Fax: 632 7346
  Email: muslim@del3.vsnl.net.in q

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