Tuesday, November 12, 2013

An appeal to the Muslims of Delhi - By Dr. Mustafa Kamal Sherwani

An appeal to the Muslims of Delhi

Dear Muslim brothers and sisters of Delhi!
                 I am making this appeal, especially to you because, we, the Muslims of India, are the only community which has been reduced  to the status of political slavery, which has badly fallen in the dirty trap of  power hungry politicians, which has been ruthlessly sandwiched between fictitious secularism and naked fascism and which has  its fortune confined only to ‘ make one party win in the name of secularism and make the other lose in the name of communalism.’ No doubt, our Constitution is a sacred document which guarantees to all the citizens equality in every sphere, but the circumstances created by  reprehensible policies of political outfits have  brought  us  not only to the lowest social strata of the country, but also inculcated in our collective minds a fear psychosis. Everything is before you, so to discuss the details is simply the wastage of time and energy. We understand our despicable position : we discuss it, but in the end lament over the reality that we have no alternative.

         Now that Delhi Assembly elections are going to be held in the first week of  December, we have got an opportunity to wriggle out of the present predicament which may pave the way for our better future. You know it well that  Congress and B.J.P. are the two main traditional contenders there. Of them which is worse or which is better on each front is difficult to say. Both are sunk in corruption and complementary to each other  in polarizing the vote  in the name of the so-called  communalism and secularism.

             I have not the  slightest inhibition in asserting with full force that Aam Aadmi Party ( AAP) , led by Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, has emerged as a strong force which is making a genuine beginning to be the option for those who are opposed to corruption in general, and for Muslims who are feeling desperately helpless. I am not testifying to the everlasting credentials of Mr. Kejriwal’s Party, but have no reason to doubt them either.

 Come on  dear brothers and sisters of Delhi ! Have faith in Allah and grab this opportunity by extending whole-hearted support to AAP. I am sure that Insha Allah it will lay the foundation for your bright prospects , and will ultimately give you a sense of self-confidence that can make you a politically vibrant community in the country.

Dr. Mustafa Kamal Sherwani, 
                         LL.M. ( Alig.),LL.D.(Lucknow)
Chairman, All India Muslim Forum
537CH/ 30, Sherwani Nagar
Opposite New Campus of  Lucknow University
Sitapur Road, Lucknow, U.P. India

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