Muslims do not support personality based small political outfits and reject the trap of political wilderness. This fact emerged in the joint meeting held by Millat Bedari Muhim Committee (MBMC) & Forum for Muslim Studies & Analysis (FMSA) Aligarh at Media Centre Aligarh to analyze political scenario after the announcement of the assembly elections.
Presiding over the meeting former Dean & Controller of Aligarh Muslim University Prof. Humayun Murad said that Maulana Syed Salman Nadwi’s initiative to unite some political outfits under over all leadership of the Peace Party has compelled us to re-think over the political situation and the status of the Muslims within its parameter. He pointed out that before every election some political groups emerge from nowhere. This time also it has happened. Some are rebellious, some craving for fame while others are centered on particular people. But they lack trustworthiness and aim. So Muslims should draw their political lines on secularism and nationalism only to be in mainstream.
Secretary of Forum for Muslim Studies & Analysis, Jasim Mohmmad pointed out that there are some political groups which contest elections just for creating nuisance and cutting secular votes which becomes advantageous for the communal parties. He cited the example of 2007 Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election when Delhi Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmad Bukhari raised alarm bells for Muslims identity and formed UDF which collapsed even before elections begin. Jasim Mohammad strongly called upon the community to stood by the secular forces and do not fall in the trap of small secratarian parties.
Aligarh Muslim University’s Executive Council member Dr. Mohammad Shahid said that we must remember to be in forefront and mainstream and should not be part of whatever communal forces are doing. Former President of AMU Students’ Union Dr. Naseem Ashraf said that small religion based parties cannot deliver goods as their resources, over of influence and moreover philosophy is limited. Muslims should not take them seriously.
Analyzing and elaborating on the burning issue Professor & former Chairman, Department of Civil Engg., Aligarh Muslim University Prof. Razaullah Khan pointed out that exclusive Muslim politics has limited space as is evident from the experiences of Muslims league in Karala and the Majlis Itteha-ul-Muslmeen in Andhra Pradesh. He said earlier Muslims dissatisfied with the failure of Jamat Uloma-e-Hind to secure concession from the Congress formed Muslims Majlis-e-Mushawarat in 1967 but Mufti Atiqur Rahman despite community’s support failed and then A. J. Faridi launched Muslim Majlis which also faded away. So Muslims need only secular base.
AMU’s Polytechnic Principal Prof. Syed Iqbal Ali said that in Indian political context established a parallel Muslims system is totally out of question because that will be only communal rhetoric and Manufactured anger and these two do not add up to electoral success. Coordinator of Central University’s Research Scholar Association (CURS) Dr. Fatima Zehra Said that we must take up national interest before communty’s interest.
Apart from large number of intellectuals, teachers and well wishers of community Dr. Raza, Dr. Sabri, Nusrat Jamal Ansari, ware also present in the meeting which appealed to community to support secular parties of national character in the forthcoming elections.