MIM is trying to revive the pre-Partition strategy of Muslim League to forge Dalit-Muslim alliance. The earlier experiences show that such alliance is neither viable nor in the dalit interest

In the backdrop of the suicide of a PhD student, Rohith Vemula in the Hyderabad Central University campus, many new facts have emerged. While the issue of assault on a fellow student, suspension of five students are currently subjudice, what is important is to see the transition of the boy as is evident from his facebook wall. It seems that during the last few years, he was being mentored by some people who first drew him to Ambedkar Students Association from the SFI and then to the All India Majlis e Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM ) lead by the Owaisi brothers.

Jogendranath Mandal Exposed the Strategy Through his Letter
Jogendranath Mandal was one of the prominent leaders who worked for the cause of the Scheduled caste upliftment. He served as Minister of Law and Labour of Government of Pakistan and later resigned.

Every Hindu especially the Hindus who are being mislead by the propaganda that “Muslims and Dalits” have common purpose must read the whole letter that Jogendra Nath Mandal wrote to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali Khan.

The letter is dated 8th October 1950. Jogendranath Mandal begins his letter stating why he joined the Muslim League government

“ the principal objectives that prompted me to work in co-operation with the Muslim League was, first that the economic interests of the Muslims in Bengal were generally identical with those of the Scheduled Castes.”

It was clear that there must have been a similar propaganda at that time that Muslims and SC’s have similar causes. This was the attempt by the then forces to draw a wedge among Hindus.

“… The Calcutta carnage was followed by the ‘Noakhali Riot’ in October 1946. There, Hindus including Scheduled Castes were killed and hundreds were converted to Islam. Hindu women were raped and abducted. Members of my community also suffered loss of life and property. Immediately after these happenings, I visited Tipperah and Feni and saw some riot-affected areas. The terrible sufferings of Hindus overwhelmed me with grief, but still I continued the policy of co-operation with the Muslim League….”

Little did Mandal realise the ideology of the Muslim League

Mandal continues

“…It may also be mentioned in this connection that I was opposed to the partition of Bengal. In launching a campaign in this regard I had to face not only tremendous resistance from all quarters but also unspeakable abuse, insult and dishonour. With great regret, I recollect those days when 32 crores of Hindus of this Indo-Pakistan Sub-continent turned their back against me and dubbed me as the enemy of Hindus and Hinduism, but I remained undaunted and unmoved in my loyalty to Pakistan. It is a matter of gratitude that my appeal to 7 million Scheduled Caste people of Pakistan evoked a ready and enthusiastic response from them. They lent me their unstinted support sympathy and encouragement….”

However within 3 years, Mandal resigned.

Why did Mandal resign?

Once the Muslim League achieved their objective of Pakistan, they went ahead with their mission of cleansing the Hindus. The so-called slogan “Muslim-SC bhai bhai” went out of the door. After all, the Scheduled castes were also Hindus and therefore kafirs or infidels.

Mandal recollects the horrors the Hindus especially the Scheduled Castes were subjected to.

“…The atrocities perpetrated by the police and the military on the innocent Hindus, especially the Scheduled Castes of Habibgarh in the District of Sylhet deserve description. Innocent men and women were brutally tortured, some women ravished, their houses raided and properties looted by the police and the local Muslims. The military not only oppressed these people and took away stuff forcibly from Hindu houses, but also forced Hindus to send their women-folk at night to the camp to satisfy the carnal desires of the military….”

Officials Helped Looters

…. Arson, looting of Hindu shops and houses and killing of Hindus, wherever they were found, commenced in full swing in all parts of the city. I got evidence even from the Muslims that arson and looting were committed even in the presence of high police officials. Jewellery shops belonging to the Hindus were looted in the presence of police officers. They not only did not attempt to stop loot, but also helped the looters with advice and direction…..

What is today the condition in East Bengal? About fifty lakhs of Hindus have left since the partition of the country.

The West Punjab had after partition about a lakh of Scheduled Castes people. It may be noted that a large number of them were converted to Islam.

In that grand setting of the Shariat Muslims alone are rulers while Hindus and other minorities are zimmies who are entitled to protection at price, and you know more than anybody else…..”

Creating a bogey of Muslim-Dalit Unity

Over the last few years, AIMIM party leaders the Owaisi brothers have been trying to bracket the Muslims as under-privileged sections along with the Hindu Scheduled Castes and stating that the Muslims & Dalits have similar problems and are

Excerpts of the resignation letter of Jogendranath Mandal

http://bengalvoice.blogspot.in/2008/05/appendix-1-jogendra-nath-mandals.html

My dear Prime Minister

It is with a heavy heart and a sense of utter frustration at the failure of my lifelong mission to uplift the backward Hindu masses of East Bengal that I feel compelled to tender resignation of my membership of your cabinet.

After the general elections held in March 1946 Mr. H.S. Suhrawardy became the leader of the League Parliamentary Party in March 1946 and formed the League Ministry in April 1946. I was the only Scheduled Caste member returned on the federation ticket. The 16th day of August of that year was observed in Calcutta as ‘The Direct Action Day’ by the Muslim League. It resulted, as you know, in a holocaust. Hindus demanded my resignation from the League Ministry. My life was in peril. I began to receive threatening letters almost every day. But I remained steadfast to my policy. Moreover, I issued an appeal through our journal ‘Jagaran’ to the Scheduled Caste people to keep themselves aloof from the bloody feud between the Congress and the Muslim League even at the risk of my life. I cannot but gratefully acknowledge the fact that I was saved from the wrath of infuriated Hindu mobs by my Caste Hindu neighbours. The Calcutta carnage was followed by the ‘Noakhali Riot’ in October 1946. The terrible sufferings of Hindus overwhelmed me with grief, but still I continued the policy of co-operation with the Muslim League.

Partition of Bengal

It may also be mentioned in this connection that I was opposed to the partition of Bengal. With great regret, I recollect those days when 32 crores of Hindus of this Indo-Pakistan Sub-continent turned their back against me and dubbed me as the enemy of Hindus and Hinduism, but I remained undaunted and unmoved in my loyalty to Pakistan. They lent me their unstinted support sympathy and encouragement.

Women for Military

The atrocities perpetrated by the police and the military on the innocent Hindus, especially the Scheduled Castes of Habibgarh in the District of Sylhet deserve description. Innocent men and women were brutally tortured, some women ravished, their houses raided and properties looted by the police and the local Muslims.

Officials helped looters

Arson, looting of Hindu shops and houses and killing of Hindus, wherever they were found, commenced in full swing in all parts of the city. I got evidence even from the Muslims that arson and looting were committed even in the presence of high police officials. Jewellery shops belonging to the Hindus were looted in the presence of police officers. They not only did not attempt to stop loot, but also helped the looters with advice and direction.

Staggering details – Nearly 10,000 killed

During my nine days’ stay at Dacca, I visited most of the riot-affected areas of the city and suburbs. Total casualties of Dacca and East Bengal riot were estimated to be in the neighbourhood of 10,000 killed.

Forced Conversions of Scheculed Castes.

The West Punjab had after partition about a lakh of Scheduled Castes people. It may be noted that a large number of them were converted to Islam.

Pakistan ‘Accursed’ for Hindus

Islam is being offered as the sovereign remedy for all earthly evils. In that grand setting of the Shariat Muslims alone are rulers while Hindus and other minorities are zimmies (a non-Muslim in an Islamic state who pays the capitation tax called Jizyah and obtains protection) who are entitled to protection at price, and you know more than anybody else Mr.Prime Minister, what that price is.

My own sad and bitter experience

My own personal experience is no less sad, bitter and revealing. I can no longer afford to carry this load of false pretensions and untruth on my conscience and I have decided to offer my resignation as your Minister, which I am hereby placing in your hands and which, I hope, you will accept without delay. You are of course at liberty to dispense with that office or dispose of it in such a manner as may suit adequately and effectively the objectives of your Islamic State.

Yours sincerely,

Sd./- J.N. Mandal, 8th October 1950

“Bhai Bhai”. The video link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks_-eHu4HYM&feature=youtu.be) titled “Muslims, Dalits together may weaken BJP, RSS : AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi” talks about this strategy.

This is a strategy to create confusion among the Scheduled caste Hindus, to make them believe that they have been very close to Muslims from centuries. The Owaisi brothers and their party have been actively taking up this line for a few years now especially in academic institutions.

Propaganda in the name of Bhagyanagar

A senior professor from Osmania University has been going around stating that Bhagmati was a Scheduled caste and she married Quli Qutub Shah and that the name Bhagyanagar Or later Hyderabad was on this line.  He thereon goes on to make a case that marriages between SC’s and Muslims have been common and that it must continue. This is an utter lie, a propaganda campaign. Unfortunately there are some people who are falling for this propaganda due to lack of information.

Pre-Partition Strategy Being Repeated

The AIMIM owes its legacy to Qasim Rizvi’s MIM. People must know that it was Qasim Rizvi who led the Razakar movement in Hyderabad against the Hindus and the Indian Union. It would be good to recall before 1947, similar attempts were made by the Muslim League. Once the goal of Pakistan was achieved, the Muslim League leadership had no use of the Scheduled Caste Hindus. Hindus from all communities were massacred as part of the Darul-Islam campaign.

The scheduled caste brethren must remember that Dr.Ambedkar himself had warned about the danger of this alliance. He warns “The brotherhood of Islam is not the universal brotherhood of man. It is brotherhood of Muslims for Muslims only. There is a fraternity but its benefit is confined to those within that corporation. For those who are outside the corporation, there is nothing but contempt, slavery and enmity.”

The visionary that Ambedkar was, could see through the strategy. Visionaries like Ambedkar could easily have seen that there is not much difference between the ideology of the Muslim League, that of the MIM and that the present day AIMIM is only a repackaging of the old MIM .

The Hindu society has faced many onslaughts in the past. Like any society, we have our share of weaknesses. The society has time and again come up with corrective measures to address the weaknesses and we must continue to make positive efforts in that direction.

At the same time, we must be wary of the forces that try to further their causes by pitting one group with another or trying to wedge away groups by spreading hatred against others and at the same time posing as their messiah.

We must Rise and tackle these strategies as one force.

(This article was originally published in Organiser).

Analysis : The Unviable Alliance
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