People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
March 21, 2004
is the reason behind active participation of Muslims in the BJP which is known
to be an anti-Muslim communal organisation?
Kumar Bhattacharya, Tripura
the mere joining of some high profile individuals who happen to be Muslims does
not, in any way, suggest the active participation of Muslims in the BJP.
People like Arif Mohd. Khan or Najma Heptullah cannot, by any stretch of
imagination, be considered as the representatives of Indian Muslims.
the BJP has always tried to project a Muslim signboard to cover-up its
anti-Muslim, in fact, anti-religious minority orientation. It once had an Arif
Beg, later a Sikandar Bhakt, now a Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi as
"signboards". Of the 182 Lok Sabha MPs of the BJP, only one, Shahnawaz
Hussein, is a Muslim. This reflects
the refusal of the Muslims to accept the BJP as a secular party, leave alone
actively participating in its affairs.
being born a Muslim does not automatically entail a person to be either secular
or principled. Political
opportunism is as rampant amongst the minorities as it is amongst other
sections. The allurement of office
may make some Muslims susceptible to join a ruling communal party. This is crass
opportunism and does not, in any way, mean that the Muslims in India are
embracing the BJP's communal ideology.
in some places and on some occasions, the Muslim minority may be terrorised and
intimidated to support, if not, at least to
not oppose the communal forces out of sheer fear and threat to their survival.
This, again, cannot be construed to imply the acceptance of the BJP by the
not only the Muslims and other religious minorities
but a large number of those belonging to the Hindu faith itself recognise
that the BJP's anti-religious minority outlook is based on the RSS ideological
plank of seeking to convert the secular democratic Indian Republic
into a fascistic "Hindu Rashtra".
it is not only Muslims but all Indian patriots irrespective of their religious
affiliations that oppose the BJP for its ideological communal fascist
orientation. Like we commented in the Editorial column some weeks ago, the BJP
may well change its colours like a chameleon to suit a situation, but like a
leopard it cannot change its spots.
The BJP remains committed to destroy India as we know of it today, i.e.,
a secular democratic republic.