No BJP Seat in Kerala: Indian Muslims should learn from Kerala Muslims

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by Musthafa Thalthodi

When you split apart, no one will show even pity on your fate. Kerala shows it very clearly. Among us also there are subversions like Popular Front, which damages the unity. But, they don’t have a valued status in Muslim community in Kerala. So, the unity and political power still remain unspoiled.

India once again saffroned, mainly with the support of EVM and inappropriate democratic strategies of major political parties. Congress, the second largest party, is far behind from BJP in numbers of MPs. It has no prominent state in India to be proud with two digit number except Kerala. Kerala shows the way to the rest of India.

Kerala didn’t elect a single member from BJP till to date. The strength of Kerala lies in its harmony and level ground among all major religions viz Hindu (55%), Muslim (27%), Christian (18%). High literacy and renaissance movements in 19th and 20th centuries, especially among Dalits and Muslims helped social integration throughout the state.

One other major aspects to highlight is the political literacy, especially among Muslim community. Kerala shows a different way to deal with minority issues. During the colonial period, Muslims in Kerala fought against Portuguese, Dutch, French and British forces. Muslims never rule Kerala, but they were supporting their Hindu Kings. This created a healthy relationship. All political struggles on those days led by or strongly backed by Muslim clergies (Ulemas).

After defeat of Qilafat uprising (The Malabar Rebellion) in 1921, Muslim in Kerala broke to the earth. But then, their respective leaders whom from religion and politics put their heads together and ponder their case more than a decade and decided to enter into politics.

When the great Tamil Nadu veteran leader Qaede Millath Muhammad Ismail started a party called Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) in 1948, Kerala Muslims accepted whole heartedly him and the party. Since then, till today IUML sending powerful leaders to parliament from Kerala, without a gap.

Late Ibrahim Sulaiman Sait, Gulam Mahmoud Banatwala, E. Ahmad were among them. Now the last 10 years E.T. Muhammad Basheer and PK Kunchalikkutty are representing IUML in parliament. They achieved the second and third largest majority of the state in this election after Rahul Gandhi from Wayanad. Rahul and Congress received 15 seats out of 20 from Kerala.

Only one seat goes to ruling CPM. Two Muslim League and one each for Kerala Congress & RSP. All the northern Kerala captured Congress with the overwhelming support of IUML machinery. In other words, political unity of Kerala Muslims is a worth of serious thought for the rest of India.

People of Kerala entrusted Muslim political leaders in execution of state governance. Major portfolios of UDF governments like Industry, Education, Rural Development, Social Welfare, IT, Public Works are governed by IUML ministers. All virtues of Kerala are the art work of all people in the state. Muslim community takes their dues as well as gives the sweat equally.

Since politics is the key for success, indifferent attitude towards politics is the menace of Indian Muslim. No one is responsible for their fathomless condition, except Muslims. Change your status quo by changing your belief system. When you have political power and keeping yourself under the Islamic teachings, that is Umma, you are respectable community.

When you split apart, no one will show even pity on your fate. Kerala shows it very clearly. Among us also there are subversions like Popular Front, which damages the unity. But, they don’t have a valued status in Muslim community in Kerala. So, the unity and political power still remain unspoiled.

If you need dignity, you have to give dignity. Agree on whatever possible ways and means with other communities. Be united on common issues. Sit all fractions’ Ulemas around a round table, extend a helping hand each other. Agree on good leaders, let a single point or center for leading in political affairs. Contribute on national integration and harmony. Educate children, literate adults, meet their daily needs, keep away from cattle-business, train their skills, enhance their living standard. So much things are left to attend, and so much there to attain political arena.

Disregarding politics will leads you nowhere. The politics is nothing but a sincere ‘ibada’. It is the better way to serve community, religion and nation. Be part of it, change the attitude and change the world. Be in mind, unity and obedience to leader is the base of all. Losing this ‘manthra’ will make situation even worse. Kerala shows this example last 70 years. In Kerala IUML is that strong which either enjoys the power or anytime can come to power. That is the respect Kerala Muslim precisely have. That is why Rahul chose a constituency where the Muslim League is the strongest political party, and where Muslim community nearly 50%.

Disclaimer: Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not necessarily reflect Milli Chronicle’s point-of-view.

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