Pre-Election Communal Violence Starts In U. P.
As the crucial UP Assembly elections are drawing near, the nefarious strategy of political parties to polarise the voters along communal lines has started to make its demonstration from the volatile region of Gorakhpur. As in the past communal conflagrations, this time too the BJP MP Yogi Adityanath has played his vital role in inciting the tension and damaging the Muslim religious places.
Now it has become abundantly clear that even the artificial barriers between the so-called communal and secular forces have disappeared, and both are complementary to each other. BJP having lost ground on every front is over-ambitious to once again test the 'HINDUTWA CARD' to placate its disenchated rank and file. On the other hand, the so-called great secularist, the Chief Minister of UP, Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav is also aware of the fact that the Muslim community which has brought him to power repeatedly, is getting highly suspicious of his deceptive tactics. As such, he too has the only one option, i. e. to terrorise them into coming back to his fold en masse, and it is possible only through the hallucination of 'HINDUTWA FORCES' resulting from the widespread communal frenzy.
These are the moments when the circumspection and sagacity of the majority of Indians who want to maintain communal harmony and an atmosphere of peace are put to the great test. I hope and pray that both Hindus and Muslims will not be oblivious to these dirty machinations of political parties.
[28 January 2007]
Dr. Mustafa Kamal Sherwani
Former President, All India Muslim Forum, Lucknow
Presently, Dean, Faculty of Law and Shariah Zanzibar University, Tanzania
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