Rushdie Not A Problem For Muslims But For Politicians

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    Rushdie Not A Problem For Muslims But For Politicians


    BY SAEED NAQVI



    The Maulana from the Darul Uloom seminary at Deoband who threatened the Jaipur Literary Festival with disruption, in case Salman Rushdie participated, is only the latest in a long list of spoilsports appointed by God.

    When Pakistan was beginning to take shape and had not yet acquired the Islamic passion it is currently famous for, the country’s second Prime Minister, Haji Sir Khwaja Nazimuddin, organized a cultural evening where the great Sarangi player, Ustad Bundu Khan, was the star attraction. Among the invitees was a Maulana.

    When it was time for the guests to depart, master of ceremonies “Patras” Bukhari, himself a great wit and man of letters, escorted the Maulana to a limousine. Since Ustad Bundu Khan lived in the same direction, Patras requested the Sarangi maestro to accompany the Maulana.

    Next morning the Prime Minister found himself facing a Maulana shaking with rage. “How dare Patras expect me to accompany a Sarangi player!”

    The PM promptly called Patras and acquainted him with the delicacy of the matter. “You must do what is proper and report to me.”

    Patras informed the PM the following day that he had taken suitable action. “I have apologized to Ustad Bundu Khan!” The Maulana on one side Patras and Bundu Khan on the other have rolled along parallel tracks from medieval times.

    In 1988, Rajiv Gandhi, in political difficulties, needed the Muslim vote. This was the reason he succumbed to pressure from the so called Muslim leaders and banned Satanic Verses.

    Even in those days opinion among Muslims was divided. Clearly Rushdie had, while talking about the Prophet’s wives, transgressed from the sort of irreverence which is part of literary license to hurtful rudeness.

    There were those who thought the book should be banned but there were many more who argued that banning of books was immoral and counter productive.

    Supposing Satanic Verses had not been banned in India. Well, there would have been no global hullabaloo about the book and no Iranian Fatwa, all of which cumulatively helped boost sales.

    And now the Jaipur festival is taking place in the middle of the UP election campaign in which the Muslim vote is again on a premium. Coincidentally, an internal power struggle is on in Deoband itself in which the nephew is challenging the uncle. In this situation either can raise the stakes to embarrass the other by raking up the Rushdie issue.

    Rajasthan Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot is, meanwhile, smarting under Congress High command displeasure for tardy action in Gopalgarh where the police shot Muslims in a mosque. Since Rahul Gandhi is busting his guts campaigning for the party in neighbouring UP, one false note on the Rushdie issue can cause the Muslim vote to bolt and for Gehlot to be shown the door. Or, so the partymen, in a state of funk, seem to believe.

    Supposing the organizers ignored Deoband and went ahead with Rushdie’s well advertised programme. Would the country’s Muslims take over the nation’s roads in fiery agitating? Of course not.

    Rajiv Gandhi’s decision to upgrade relations with Israel (ultimately Narasimha Rao implemented it) has a lesson for the Congress. Muslim leaders, the usual suspects, advised him against upgrading relations. Muslims would be annoyed, they said.

    Others argued that there are other negatives in upgrading relations with Israel, but one thing is clear: Israel is not a priority issue for Indian Muslims. Continuous projection of Rushdie like issues, as vital to Muslims, comes in the way of development as their priority requirement. They become a mindless religious herd in popular perception.

    The wide acceptance of this perception is partly related to the decline of Urdu and the composite culture on which their identity is built. This cultural identity has in the season of vote banks been replaced by a bland religious identity. Religious identity is easier to stoke for minority mobilization. Cultural identity derives from Sufi traditions, music, architecture and, above all, poetry which has challenged religious dogma frontally.

    Sab tere siwa kafir
    Aakhir iska matlab kya?
    Sar phira de Insaan ka
    Aisa khabt e mazhab kya?
    (Every one other than you is an impious kafir? what kind of non-sense is this? Shun religion which is illogical)

    There is not a passage in Urdu poetry which gives any quarter to orthodoxy or the clergy but poets make a clear distinction between irreverence and disrespect.

    Rushdie not a problem for Muslims but for politicians
     
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    The Darool is no political party!

    So how come they are being left out of the loop?
     
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    I have no opinion on Rushdie in regards to blasphemy against Islam, but I sometimes think about what I would do, given an opportunity to collect the money for the fatwa.
     
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    I would actually add an say that the media is probably more respondible for the mess. In 2007 also there were protests but the media didn't give it 24/7 coverage like it did now. So what happened in 2007 was some Muslim groups - as is their right - protested and demonstrated peacefully and that was it. The same would have happened now if the media had focussed on real issues rather than blowing this visit out of proportion to the detriment of 100s of other authors in Jaipur or overanalysing this with relation to the elections. We had UP elections in 2007 as well for those who don't remember and that was Rushdie visited as well. There were demonstrations and that was it.

    Our TV media is unique in the sense that almost every channel is like a replay of FOX news while the US has only one such TV news channel. Instead of focussing on real, "boring", election issues like poverty, education and employment, they prefer the "masala news" of identity politics, Deoband pronouncements, caste politics and ofcourse the random show throwing event on any random politican
     
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    Media is one aspect for the mess.

    But what about the Owassis and the Darool and other Muslims who congregated to cause chaos if the video conferencing was to take place?

    Can anyone guarantee that it would be peaceful?

    Let us not be apologists.

    The politicians and Muslim have played up a non issue.

    Or ostriches.

    The Muslims are very much responsible for the chaos.

    The rabid ones, that is.

    Ban the book, but you cannot ban a Man!

    My greatest fear is that all these appeasement is polarising this country.

    And if it erupts, there will be chaos that we will not be able to handle.

    It is time to back down and quit acting like prized idiots!
     
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    You said it.
     
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    Not only money, but cause chaos and snooking a snout, agitate the other extremists, the Hindus Joes and let the country burn and then act coy!

    Just like Godra and Gujarat!

    If Islam is indeed a religion of Peace as it is so repeatedly claimed but never seen on ground, then create Peace and not demand Peace to suit one's own convenience!

    Shame the Hindu right wing, if indeed Peace is the Islamic message!

    I am tired of the apologists and the fraudulent claims on all sides of the spectrum.

    I want to live in real PEACE!
     
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    I am more shocked with the civilian way of looking at religion.

    I commanded a mixed bag and my own orderly was a Muslim and I had no hassle.

    Why is there so many divides that I never experienced in my professional life?

    Are we in the Army different?

    If so, learn from us!
     
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    In army the co is not busy dividing soldiers unllike in civil society where netas and self appointed thekedards are busy dividing people for personal gain.
     
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    You bet it!

    And so is the silly controversy in the Jaipur Lit Fest.

    UP election.

    Reservation and champion of the Muslim cause.

    It is not the Muslim Cause, It is the Darool's cause and pretending to be the saviour!

    How come there was no such love oozing for the Muslim when he came earlier for the same Lit Fest?

    It is politics.UP elections!

    As far as the Army goes I will lick the living hell of anyone who says we have a religious or caste divide.

    In fact, we are the real face of secularism in India!
     

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