Indian Muslims should oppose communal politics

26th May 2017

Sir, [India’s] Muslims had it coming [BJP wins in Uttar Pradesh on an anti-Muslim ticket]. When so called secular parties were projecting themselves as messiahs of Muslims, there was bound to be a reaction in the majority [Hindu] community.

Why did Muslims think it was a free lunch? Even when it initially appeared in their favour, Muslims should have seen the writing on the wall and opposed communal politics tooth and nail. It was obvious that soon the pendulum will swing to another extreme. Instead of talking about the right to eat beef, babri masjid etc. they should have brought the agenda back to employment, education, infrastructure, women empowerment etc.

Bharatiya Janata Party had no stake in their [Muslims]welfare because it was foolish to insist come what may they will not vote for the BJP! They said Muslims are not going to vote for us anyway, so why waste resources on them? And so called secular parties said -Muslims have no option but to vote for us, so why waste resources on them? Thus Muslims sealed their fate.

It will be in their interest to bring the agenda back to development instead of on communal issues and identity politics.

Yours
Sanjeev
Pune, Maharashtra, India

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