Not Owaisi, not TMC have to return after citizenship row to Congress

Not Owaisi, not TMC have to return after citizenship row to Congress

Not regional parties like the Trinamool Congress, not Asaduddin Owaisi — Muslims in India now need to come back to the Congress party.

The Congress’ stand on the National Register of Citizens, particularly the Citizenship Amendment Act and a number of post-election issues, shows it could be returning to its roots. Its time for Indian Muslims to restore their faith in the old party to undertake the BJP.

This, after Congress faltered on two grounds – its unwillingness to eliminate the Gandhi dynasty from the leadership role, and its approach between 2014 and 2019 ape that the BJP formula of Hindutva politics and to move away from its ideological roots.

The lesson from the 2019 elections is that a group of parties, despite their best intentions, will be unable to challenge the BJP at the national level, as far as Muslims are concerned. For that, an all-India organisation dedicated to liberal and pluralist values of nationalism, even if diluted in the past few decades, is vital.

It is apparent that no formation espousing values is on the horizon at the national level. The Congress is the only party that can give the BJP a fight in the Hindi heartland, which creates the bastion of the ruling party and nationwide. Let’s not forget that the Congress party had secured nearly 12 crore votes in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

So, Indian Muslims will be wasting their votes by voting for regional parties no matter how sincere their intentions and how genuine their commitment to ideas. However, a vote for them in as opposed to say, elections is a vote wasted. They are either too much riven or too regionally constricted with internal fissures.

Voting for the so-called Muslim celebrations, like the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), is an even greater waste of vote. Both of them are basically what an Urdu saying portrays eloquently:’derh eint ki masjid (a mosque constructed with only one brick and a half)’. They have to live down much of the previous sins.

The MIM, which was its organisation called the Razakars, and the precursor to the AIMIM, were principally responsible for egging on the Nizam of Hyderabad and not when both geography and demography demanded it, accede to the Union. Additionally, it tyrannised the country vitiating the tropical atmosphere in the Hyderabad state’s Hindu population. It had been responsible for the tragedy that befell the Muslims of the princely state following September 1948’s Police Action.

Along with the sordid organisational baggage that Asaduddin Owaisi carries, he suffers from a Quaid-e-Azam complicated. Indian Muslims don’t need another Quaid-e-Azam. Muhammad Ali Jinnah was an unalloyed tragedy for the Indian Muslims and the principal cause of their current political situation that is poor, having succeeded in cutting on down their demographic heft . His reincarnation can do great damage by his antics that are irresponsible to the Muslim picture in India, such as tearing up a copy of the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

Restricted to a small part of Kerala, the celebration is wholly inconsequential concerning national politics. Moreover, its nomenclature reminds individuals of the tragedy of Partition and its avatar , thus adversely affecting the image of Muslims in India. The earlier it disbands itself the.

What the Congress must do

The Congress will have to do more to re-establish its credibility among Muslims. It has been treating Muslims just. Far worse, it has tried to appease’Muslim sentiments’ by pandering to the wishes of the elements within the community on issues of personal law and other questions. No one has forgotten the Shah Bano case. In the process, the Congress has ignored the true social and economic needs of this community, especially of its most underprivileged sections.

In 2005, the Manmohan Singh-led Congress government set up the Sachar Committee to study the economic, social and educational condition of Muslims. It concluded that the socio-economic condition of Indian Muslims was worse than that of Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes. Muslims were underrepresented in army, police, the civil services, and legislature.

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