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There is a sharp division of opinion amongst Muslims regarding the anti-corruption campaign of Anna Hazare. The sceptics are echoing the Congress slogan that Anna is the face of Hindutva forces, and the whole saga is meant to subvert the constitutional process and democratic institutions so as to ultimately help the fascist forces of the country capture power. I regret to say that the community has suffered a lot because of the negative approach of these intellectuals who use their super human wisdom to search out conspiracy angle in everything, however simple and straight.

As a response to RSS backing Anna’s movement, suffice would be to say that even if it be so, it does not affect the sanctity of the anti-corruption crusade, just as no Muslim would abandon Islam if RSS or BJP ask Muslims to follow Islam in letter and spirit. All Muslim intellectuals must realize that the community can never articulate its proper course of action in India till it starts making difference between these fictitious secular parties and fascist forces. It is simply a façade and ploy which is continuing since independence in order to keep the community under perpetual enslavement. Astonishingly, Mayawati’s secular credentials remain unpolluted even though she canvassed for Narendra Modi immediately after Gujarat carnage, but Hazare becomes a face of Hindutva forces if he praised Modi for developmental work.

If the Muslim community aspires to survive in India as a vibrant force, it will have to shun the isolationist tendency and super intellectualism to invent conspiracy theories everywhere. Anna's movement is a national movement, cutting across party lines. We must try to see which way the wind is blowing. A new India is emerging. The future is going to see gigantic changes on all fronts. It is like the French Revolution which is bound to alter the course of events. It is the time for the community to discard the people with negative tendencies. We, as Muslims, must be with the rest of the country when national issues are involved, but side by side we must assert ourselves as Muslims when the question of our religious identity or our rights as Muslims are in question.

Mustafa Kamal Sherwani, Lucknow

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 September 2011 on page no. 2

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