Posts Tagged ‘Sharad Pawar’


November 1, 2008

Saturday, November 01, 2008






When it comes to Muslims, police has a very well-defined policy: arrest them first and ask questions later. After all they can be available for third degree torture only in jail. But for others they are for saving the culprits with all the loopholes in the books. The way police is trying to save the accused who battered the Bhaiyyas on the local train and got on killed, the whole police hierarchy right from home minister to the bear policeman, all vocally defend the criminals for not committing a ‘HATE CRIME’. They virus that has been spewed by Raj Thackeray in the recent days, has so swiftly spread throughout the Maharashtra state, that it can only be referred to as HATE VIRUS. Wherever a few Marathis gather, all they talk about is how to tackle the first Bhaiyya. Be that on train, on buses, on footpaths, on over- bridges. The mastermind of this HATE VIRUS is none other than Raj Thackeray. No same person can deny it. Even Raj will not deny it. On the contrary he will boast about it. So when the police repeat ad nauseam, that it is not a hate crime, for the first time, India will have to come to term with the real face the crime that had hitherto hidden, as that hate was only reserved for Muslims. Now the virus has spread on and it will know no boundaries, unless those at the helm of the affair will realise that they have a clear choice: Save the criminals or save the nation.  


Maharashtra’s Congress and NCP are playing with the future of the state and its people, when they think they can save the criminals from among their political class and protect their turf for themselves. Mumbai, in fact is a chromosome from the very Idea of India, that keeps this nation together, in one piece. Mumbai’s cosmopolitan ethos has developed to carry the nation with it. If we fail in Mumbai, we will fail in all four corners of our nation. The evolution of the commercial city of Mumbai had been a boon to the idea of India. If all the diversities of India can be so merrily and happily accommodated in a small city, the spirit of Mumbai, should rule the whole nation. Now if some vested interests are allowed to inject the poison of separatism in our lives, it is for us to first recognise the disease and then swiftly cauterize the cancer.


Sharad Pawar, R. R. Patel and Vilas Rao Deshmukh have compromised with the fascists for their own narrow interests. If they realise that what they have been doing by playing up with a dangerous brand of trickery to bolster their hold on the state electorate, is sheer unpatriotic, they would save India first and eventually save their own political future. If they destroy the nation, they cannot hope to survive to enjoy any future.



Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai


Violence in Indian politics commands premium — By Ghulam Muhammed

October 22, 2008


Wednesday, October 22, 2008



Violence in Indian politics commands premium



India’s democracy is cursed. It can only function if violence is unleashed. The group that can wreck peace of the nation is lauded by its own constituency as their saviour, their protector, their brave ideal. L. K. Advani, whose BJP had 2 seats in Parliament, was gifted by a US source with a doctoral dissertation, outlining how aggression can be converted into power. He organised the demolition of Babri Masjid and went on to so improve its electoral power in a subsequent election, as to win highest number of Parliamentary seats and put its own leader as coalition Prime Minster of India. Gujarat Chief Minster reportedly organised a genocidal communal riot against his state’s Muslims, and won subsequent election by thumbing majority. Since independence Congress has been using communal riots targeting Muslim minority in various states, to push a double game of first killing Muslims and pillaging their properties and later coming on the scene as saviors of Muslims, by promising offers of hefty relief and recompense, so Muslims vote them in. All their successes have been directly related to this murderous violence to secure Muslim votes.


Now it is the turn of a new generation, when a budding Raj Thackeray, has shown how mobilising goons on streets to terrorize law-abiding citizens, with minimum of efforts, thanks to free media publicity, is poised become a new winner in Maharashtra’s fractured political polity. Though he has been charged with fomenting several acts of violence, the way his popularity is being measured by the same media which on cue denounces him as a menace to civil society, it is now beyond possibility that he will increase his political strength in the coming election, to claim a big share of corruption pie that goes in India with the electoral victories.


The beauty of the whole operation is that the same people that are supposed to control and prevent his fascist violence, terrorizing people in the state, are handling him with kid gloves, in a strategy of their own, to split the votes of their adversaries and thus make sure they return back to rule the state. So it is open secret, that both Vilas Rao Deshmukh Congress and Sharad Pawar are not unhappy that Raj Thackeray is able to make a dent into Shiv-Sena/BJP combine. Sharad Pawar had gone cynical brushing aside his coalition partner, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s demand to ban Raj Thackeray’s MNS party, with the retort, that Election Commission has hardly any political party registered and how can it ban one that is already registered.  That means even with a fascist strategy and a divisive agenda, according to Sharad Pawar, Raj Thackeray’s MNS is providing a vital backdrop to the nation’s other main political parties, who are not averse to go for, encourage or tolerate such undemocratic outfits, with the word Sena (army) as their very open face of violence, as long as they provide some counterbalance to their electoral strategies.


Possibly, this is the reason that Maharashtra’s Samajwadi Party, under its firebrand leader, Abu Asim Azmi, is appearing to be pushed by both Congress and NCP, to add up representation of North Indians to its old Muslim constituency in Maharashtra and come on the streets with a Sena of its own.


A mock Mahabharata will be arranged and the victory will go to the ‘masterminds’. The misery of the people and social and economic cost of such destructive politicking is hardly the subject that will interest the oligarchs in power.



Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai