The Delhi elections are over, and now the political focus will be moving towards Bihar elections. It has been already decided by Union Home Minister Amit Shah that Nitish Kumar will be the NDA’s chief minister candidate and Nitish Kumar has shown no visible dissent. Hence, the alliances are already decided BJP will support Nitish Kumar and Congress will alliance with RJD with yet to much waited nod from Tejaswi Yadav.
What remains unclear is the alliance of minorities, for whom will they cats their vote or will their vote be again divided as in case of legislative assemblies of UP and J&K or will they vote unanimously for one party as seen in Delhi assembly elections.
Muslim’s stand on recently passed law CAA, imposition of NPR & NRC is clear that they will not compromise and support these issues. Yet the bottom line remains their movement is faceless, they are yet to decide their leader, who could lead them.
It is still an enigma how will Muslim’s be able to protect their identity for long with a defined strategy. After CAA, What option is left for Muslims in India. they have to either fight with system or use instruments of system to get protection. In any case any party that stands against BJP or will not alliance with BJP seems the better option for them. Struggling with lack of leadership the muslims have reached to the consensus to associate themselves with liberal, secular leadership who is at least could assure the security, safety and some benefits then rather to get lynched, harassed and man handled by right wing politicians.
BJP is already geared up with their election wining formula of massive campaigning punctured with the usage of the rhetoric of hatered, the promised benefits they can milk from muslim bashing politics and inciting the euphoria to their supporters by insulting the very identity of the targeted community minority with names like traitors, outsiders, chronic flesh eaters, cow slaughters, child bearing machines, inhuman and to the extent of presenting them as savages. And if the trend continues the condition of Muslims is not going to improve any soon.
At one level, it seems obvious that it is a right time to speak out against such politics of hatered, regardless of consequences. Yet there many which tend to be decent people , who find it difficult to speak. Because the bottom line for us is to lead a quite life and leave the political agendas to some other people who can deliberate on these issues. as is happening now when it has been a more than a month that women in Shaheen Bagh protest for the imposition of CAA, and NRC, the students of JNU & Jamia Millia Islamia faced in past months, they got baton charged, were arrested to fight court cases, faced the bullets.
Yet there is a portion of population that want to disassociate themselves with these issues so as not to get associated with them at any cost. As has been written by a novelist Julian Barnes, in his novel, The Noise of Time on Shostakovich and his struggle to preserve the integrity of his music in the brutal regime of Stalin. ” He admired those who stood up and spoke truth to power. Those heroes, these martyrs but they did not die alone. Many around them they did not die alone. many around them would be destroyed as a result of their heroes. And therefore, it was not simple even when it was clear” the message is clear silence your your music or become part of the regime.
But can we the citizens of India afford to disassociate with the unrest, protest across the country?At present the Muslim minority out of compulsion came out of their comfort Zones to defend their existence in country, are on streets to protest although without a leadership. Yet the burning question remains, Will all Muslims unite this time, shed their sectarian differences, hesitations to be part of mainstream politics which they always have sidelined?
The answer is not far behind, the best litmus test of Muslim unity, political maturity will be revealed in coming Bihar assembly Elections in October 2020 .