Akbaruddin Owaisi & The Lingering Communalism

Akbaruddin Owaisi of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen has once again forced me to sermonize on the communal elements present within our society who leave no stone unturned to engineer communal disturbance. A well wisher of mine had advised me to refrain from writing on such subjects on my Facebook account because she felt that it leaves a bad taste in everyone’s mouth but the truth is that there is an extent to which things can be ignored and elements like these come over and above that point of ignorance. People like Akbaruddin Owaisi, Zaid Hamid, Praveen Togadia, Bal Thackeray etc have mastered the art of spewing venom.

I don’t wish to discuss the filthy matter of Akbaruddin Owaisi’s speech but what I intend to communicate to everyone reading this post is to learn to give a mature response to such bigoted persons instead of tackling them with emotional and angry outbursts. As far as nuisance is concerned, Mr Akbaruddin is not a new kid on the block. In 2007, he along with his party members had threatened to implement a fatwa on Taslima Nasreen which had set aside death penalty for her on charges of blasphemy and he had the audacity to say this even after the then Vice-President Elect and current Vice President Hamid Ansari had led Muslim intellectuals in Hyderabad in issuing a clear cut condemnation of the forces planning to take out an assault on Nasreen. His party, the All India Majlis-e-Ittahadul Muslimeen claims of being a communitarian outfit but during its rallies it becomes somewhat similar to a Muslim version of the Sangh. Just like the RSS has been banned thrice in the past, AIMIM was banned for nearly a decade starting late 1940s because of its association with Razakars which happened to be a Muslim paramilitary organization and played a crucial role in resisting the annexation of Hyderabad to India.

I find no difference in the attitude, demeanor and tone of communalists belonging to different communities. Their arguments are based on a set pattern. The Hindu communalist calls Muslims foreign invaders with a circumcised penis who are barbaric by nature and believe in killing kaafirs and cows. The Muslim communalist says that Hindus worship 33 crore pagan gods who increase every day, they worship the penis and the vagina in the form of the lingam and don’t wash themselves after urinating. These are sickening viewpoints. None of them care about introspection but are quick to point fingers. The Hindu communalist is concerned about Ahmaddiyas and the Muslim communalist is concerned about Shudras even though none of them have ever taken a single step to help the other. It’s time for us to overcome such stupidity by giving it the kind of response it deserves. Akbaruddin Owaisi has benefitted from this because now he is known all across the country. Had we treated him just like the mad dog who keeps barking on the street, he would have still been a nomad except in Andhra Pradesh. What makes the situation even worse is the response of people. Owaisi had said somewhere in his speech that let the police be removed for 15 minutes and we’ll see what happens. In response to this, the most ‘liked’ comment which I came across was the one which said that in Gujarat we had seen what happened when the police was removed for 15 minutes. Trust me it does not help anyone. Grow up ! Stop posting stupid comments and stop burning down embassies. It’ll be better to keep an eye on the courts and ensure that such communal elements are punished.    

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