United not to unite

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It is a fact that Muslims throughout the world have agreed on one single point: not to unite under any circumstances. The same is the case in Hderabad Deccan. I believe it is more in Hyderabad. Muslims have to fight on so many fronts and this requires joint efforts which, to be realistic, is not possible.

If we cannot be united, atleast we can do one thing. We should not break one another’s heads in front of our enemies -- just to give them an impression that there is some unity among us.

Both Majlis Ittehadul Muslimin and their opponents are giving an impression that they are on one anothers destruction mission. If they cannot unite, let them at least not ignore their opponents’ good work. It is a very sad state of affairs that three leading dailies of Hyderabad, viz. Etemaad, Munsif and Siasat take pride in not at all publishing news about their rivals.

No body can deny the services of Zahid Ali Khan, editor of Siasat in the fields of literature and social services. Similarly, the work and popularity of MIM in the political field and their services to the Ummah are unforgetable.

Recently there were attacks on Muslim youth. Police helped Hindutva activists to snatch big animals meant for sacrifice, allowed illegal construction of a temple adjacant to the historical Charminar and there were violent incidents as a result. In all these matters, MIM leaders took great pains. They even secured a stay order from the High Court. Siasat and Munsif shamelessly either ignored everything or avoided any reference of MIM! This is journalistic dishonesty and  breach of trust with your readers.  It also confirms the disunity among us. If you do not mention any news about the achievements or successes of MIM outside the state, it is not very harmful but to ignore their action against Hindutva elements is deplorable indeed as this gives them an impression that we are so drastically divided! Let prudency prevail over our immatured and senseless thinking.

Rasheed Ansari, Hyderabad

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 November 2012 on page no. 11

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