We are heading to a new Parliamentary election once more and the sole question remains of the victor now. Who will triumph finally? Will it be the same UPA or whether it’s the time for NDA-led by BJP to ascend? Or will there be any Third Front? Well, it can be anyone but the minority community has nothing to worry. It, true to its records, has become active already to influence the electoral procedure and it is no secret to any that all political parties in India, cutting across so-called ideologies, are hell-bent to appease them to have their blessings (in terms of votes). Islamic organizations know well how political leaders leave no stone unturned to have their support and hence, visit their offices day in and day out. So, to exploit such a golden opportunity, a Charter of Demands (containing 20 demands for now) has already been staged to different parties (as published in the Nov. 29, 2013 or Friday edition of Dainik Kalam). The charter, if analyzed meticulously, contains all that are deemed as essential and this ranges from efficient implementation of Sachar Committee Report to develop the status of Madrasa education and equate it to the status of other elite education systems. What is more, Muslims in India have been asked to cast their votes on this basis of this charter.
But all these urge a sane brain to think of need of this charter or electoral annunciation. Well, it is not hard to find this out also. Minority votes play imperative roles in several Indian states nowadays and in this era of coalition politics – when it is no longer possible for Congress or BJP to form a one-party government in the Parliament and also with thumping majority– these votes play greater roles. As part of a coalition, support of regional political parties has got to be sought and hence, the largest party in the Parliament has to keep anti-Muslim politics at bay. Isn’t it better to placate Muslims then? Both parties and mentors of Islamic politics in the Indian mainland have comprehended this simple arithmetic with success. Consequently, the Charter of Demands has been introduced prior to the Parliamentary Election. There is nothing to lose sleep also; all are ready to pamper and benefit them – but in exchange of getting Muslim votes in strength.
This novel development or Charter of 20 Demands has brought forth a very pertinent issue. Why are Hindus taken for granted all the time? Are Hindu votes of no value? Votes of other minority communities (2-5% voters) are snubbed always. But Hindus happen to be the majority community in India yet. Do not Hindus have their own demands? Why have Hindu votes become irrelevant to the indigenous political arena? The problem remains with Hindus only as they have failed pathetically to create their own vote bank. Hindu votes are divided among different political parties and they, in the end, do not have time to listen to Hindus. But the minority or Muslim minority vote bank plays a crucial role to form governments or to create its destiny. So, this vote bank is protected with utmost care and to please it, immoral and deceitful demands are also accepted. The person or party, as a result, will get the mandate to rule, destruct it for the next 5 years, let alone the freedom to corruption. Charter of 20 Demands is widely accepted hence even if it can create havoc, as per many.
There is the need of a Hindu awakening and in this contemporary electoral climate, Hindu vote must also be valued. Or else national integrity in India will soon become a thing of the past. Muslims would go on increasing their demands and repeat the task of 1947 once more.