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CAA Protests Indicate Khilafat 2.0 Is Here - A Lost Cause Backed By The Elite
The violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Muslim-dominated areas and minority institutions like Jamia Milia Islamia, and Aligarh Muslim University can be interpreted in two ways: one is that they have misunderstood the intent of CAA, and the other is that they do not care much for persecuted minorities in Islamic countries.
But that is not what we are seeing in the violent Muslims protests - sometimes joined by other “secularists” - against CAA.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself was forced to point out this fact in the light of the mainstream media trying to cover up these anti-national acts under the garb of democratic protest and student activism.
The usual suspects, the champions of Nehruvian secularism, tried hard to paint these as secular protests but the cameras told us something else. Many of the protesters mouthed openly Islamist slogans, as if to indicate that they are Jinnah’s children now risen from slumber.
Tens of millions of Hindus are wondering what wrong the government did to pave a faster path to citizenship for those persecuted minorities in the Islamic states of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. They are witnessing the torching of public property because the government is not giving the same rights to those who are part of the system of persecution in these states.
Of course, the protestors would have us believe that they are outraging for the sake of equality. But no one is fooled and the silent majority is witnessing, on their TV screens, some of the communal horrors witnessed during partition days by Muslim separatists.
Many secularists and even some Hindus may still deny this reality, but this would mean we haven’t learnt any lessons from partition, and the Islamist sentiment that drove it.
Writing in 1940, Ambedkar rightly diagnosed the weakness of the Congress in its dealings with the Muslim community. The Congress has failed to realise, he wrote, that “the policy of concession has increased Muslim aggressiveness, and what is worse, Muslims interpret these concessions as a sign of defeatism on the part of the Hindus and the absence of the will to resist.”
The Indian state retained the autonomous regulatory regime for minority schools and colleges while imposing punishing rules on those run by Hindus. It took over religious institutions of Hindus with impunity and used their money for its secular schemes.
On the other hand, it provided for building infrastructure on waqf properties from taxpayer funds. It opened its purses to finance madrassas and minority institutions which are dens of communal education and are today leading the protest against the government’s humanitarian gesture of giving refuge to the minorities persecuted by Islamic states.
The separatist chickens bred, fed, promoted and celebrated by the Indian state are coming home to roost. The violent CAA protests in demographically sensitive areas are testament to India’s failed minority policies. Where broadly inclusive social security schemes and uniform civil code would have benefited all communities equally, including the underprivileged, by targeting the minorities for special benefits minds have been partitioned once again.
It’s time to course correct. There is no nirvana in continuing with separatist policies which favour the same mentality and ideology of Jinnah which divided the nation. It will lead to nothing but another partition. Most of the anger today that is bursting forth from the expected quarters is precisely because the present government has stopped appeasing them.