Syed Shahabuddin has written a fine article on Indian Muslims: The balance sheet since Partition. Muslims suffered the maximum during and after partition, not only in Pakistan, but even in India, including Kashmir. We were truly the orphans of partition. The blame lies squarely with Mohammad Ali Jinnah. An excellent legal mind, an astute politician, but a disastrous statesman. By defintion a statesman is one who thinks of the next generation. Sadly Jinnah was totally zero on this vital issue. The price paid was horrible for the Muslims of undivided India who supported him totally and blindly. We still continue to pay that price in Gujarat and in Kashmir. Till the time of independence Jinnah had no idea that a huge Muslim population will be left behind in India. There was just no way they could have shifted to Pakistan, considering their poverty, their agriculatural interests and the geographical spread.Tragically these Muslims left behind had to carry the hatred and the poison of the RSS. For all his docility and meekness, Gandhi outsmarted Jinnah completely.
The absurdity of Jinnah’s politics could be judged from his speach in August 1947, in which he espoused a secular state of Pakistan. Little did he realise that the creation of Pakistan was primarily due to arousing religious passions for a Muslim homeland. Within a year of his passing away these passions led to severe tensions on who is a Muslim? It was easy to target Ahmadiyas for not believing in the Holy Prophet as the Last Prophet. But the passions never died. It was soon Aga Khani Khojas and on to Shias and then Sufis.There was no way Pakistan could integrate into one home for all Muslims.In comparison Indian Muslims, inspite of all the severe adversities have done much better.That is essentially because Indian Muslims view themselves as Muslims first, all other sectarian divisions come afterwards.That could have happened much better and with much less bloodshed if Pakistan was never created. J.S.Bandukwala, Vadodara
email@example.com II Until and unless Indian Muslims find a powerful leader to represent them and voice their grievances, Muslims will continue to live in a virtual hell. Partition 62 years ago orphaned these Muslims who did not expect the Hindu government to deceive them although they themselves had chosen to live in a what they perceived would be a truly democratic society where Hindu-Muslim differences would be insignificant with true progress of one Indian people. But the Hindu community was thinking something else. They were thinking of revenge and punishment for the Muslims. Muslims have always been walking under the shadow of death ever since partition, especially in the northern parts of India. Muslim leaders who blindly believed the Hindu Congress and discouraged the population of the North to migrate to Pakistan are to be blamed. They scoffed at the idea of Pakistan and challenged the very brave and practical Mr Jinnah. True, Pakistan is not a complete success.That is another story. But at least our Muslim sisters are not gang-raped by perverted murderers. At least pregnant women are not being raped and killed by criminal gangs without them being punished. This is virtual hell in the case of Indian Muslims. They need a very strong voice to represent them in the parliament. The police themselves are communal-minded and are full of hate for Muslims. Most of the Hindu public do not want to nor know the Muslims in their country. To the Hindu, Muslim is invisible or non-existent. While most Hindus are mostly financially comfortable and live in good houses and luxurious apartments, Muslims generally live in squalor in slums and pavements.There is no security of life. Even when they are slaughtered by Hindu mobs or the youth imprisoned without charge, the Hindu local government just does not care. Nor is the Hindu public sorry for them. So Muslims of India need a brave and strong leader who will bring justice to this dying species called Indian Muslims.The present so-called Muslim leaders are a joke. They are apologetic cowards and just want personal comfort. There are a few Muslims who are brave and want to do something. They should come forward, form groups and organize themselves effectively. It would be wise for them to join the leftist groups. They are better than these bigoted Hindus who are full of hate and injustice for the poor Muslims. Muslims of India have to make a comeback. Nobody can help them but themselves.They should remember their history and their great religion. The goal should be full education, create their own schools, own businesses and help their community. But first of all there should be a vision. A Chinese proverb says: "A long journey begins with one small step." All rich Muslims of India should completely finance this come-back project. Rhazes Esref
(on MG website)