Train from Jodhpur on December 26, 2001, crippled Mohammed Abdul Hai’s future. He embarked on the journey to attend a three-day seminar on Muslim education in Surat organized by the All-India Minority Education Board. Approximately 400 Muslim scholars, activists, and community leaders were expected to attend the event. Hai was then employed as an associate professor at Jodhpur’s Jai Narain Vyas University.
Misfortune struck Abdul Hai and companions
Little did they know that this event would title him ‘terrorist’ and ‘anti-national’ and will be condemned for the next 14 months. 127 Muslims were arrested by the police under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), and charged them with being members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and for organizing the meeting to “promote and expand” SIMI’s activities. Along with Hai, Asif Sheik a primary Health care worker with Surat Municipal Corporation, Asif Sheik an aspiring journalist were all labeled a SIMI member.
Significant bias against the Muslims
In the past few decades, Indian Muslims have been booked in bogus terror-related cases, most of them resulting in an acquittal of the accused. An initiative of the New Delhi–based Centre for Study of Developing Societies in 2018 recognized that discrimination against police in India is the strongest among Muslims. Multiple reports signify hatred amongst the police personal against the Indian Muslims.
TPT Policy Advocacy and Recommendations
- Having a history of violence and political intervention, ferocity in West Bengal has been a routine affair in an electoral season. The violence embedded in Bengal’s political landscape is believed to be incongruous with the progressive nature of Bengali society and the refinement of its culture. However, with the rise of MK Gandhi, violence lost its legitimacy as a political tool and the Bengal Muslims emerged as the elite group leading to Communal Award. Subsequent to which the partition of the state led to interventional communal violence.
- An overview of the political geography and a recap of the state shows that Nandigram is the key factor in freezing the poll. The parliament made significant advancements in the region to envisage the unseating of the current legislative assembly of West Bengal. Defecting Suvendu Adhikari to switch sides has managed BJP to get hold of a persuasive leader who has a mass following among the AITC voter base. BJP whip-smart the electoral season and holds the paramount potential.