Muslims at the receiving end of politics of polarisation

By M.K. Ashoka

Bengaluru, Mar 26 (IANS): Muslims form one of the largest communities with 13 per cent population in Karnataka. Leaked reports claimed that the census during the tenure of the Siddaramaiah led Congress government put them ahead of the Lingayats and the Vokkaligas in terms of numbers.

The Karnataka legislature has seven MLAs from the Muslim community and all are from the Congress party. This is the lowest Muslim representation in the last decade. In 2008, nine Muslim MLAs were elected in the state.

In 2013, 11 Muslim candidates won, nine from the Congress and three from the JD (S). The highest Muslim representation (16 MLAs) was in 1978 and the lowest (2) was in 1983.

In spite of the numbers, Muslims are not being considered for tickets to contest the upcoming assembly elections in proportion to their numbers, even by the Congress party.

Analysts say that polarisation by the ruling BJP and Hindutva forces is the main reason for it. Starting from the hijab crisis, boycotting of Muslim traders to Azaan calls, the Muslim community has been targeted by the BJP.

The involvement of individuals and radical organisations of the Muslim community in the murders of Hindu activists in different parts of Karnataka and the cooker bomb blast case, has only made the situation worse for the community.

According to political analysts, Muslims can win in 21 assembly constituencies and play a deciding role in a large number of seats across the state.

Dr Chaman Farzana, a retired professor and national secretary of the All India Mahila Congress, told IANS that the Muslims have the largest population after the SC/ST communities in the state. They are more in numbers when compared to the Lingayats, Vokkaligas and Kuruba communities.

"Lingayats are demanding tickets to 71 seats from the Congress. The BJP will not even consider giving a ticket to any Muslim candidate and no other party is considering Muslim candidates generally. They can't do anything as the BJP has polarised the society," she explained.

"Earlier my grandfather won the Chitradurga MP seat. There was no polarisation then. People didn't consider caste as a criterion to cast their votes. The community's concern now is to defeat the communal BJP and the RSS in the elections by ensuring the victory of the Congress party," she maintained.

The community is unhappy that representation is not given to them to contest the elections. "But, we have to sacrifice to ensure the victory of the Congress," Farzana stated.

Congress MLA and former minister U.T. Khader told IANS that the concern of the community is that the government should act according to the Constitution. Every community and individual should be treated equally without government discrimination.

The present government is spreading hatred in the state. Once the government is formed it should not discriminate against people on the basis of religion. Only hate speeches are heard from the ruling party's leaders. The government itself is making hate speeches. The communal issue has to be taken care of by the government. When the government itself becomes communal, who will care? Khader asked.

The feeling of alienation is there among the Muslim community but they are reposing faith in the Constitution and feel that the Congress is the only hope for them, Khader stated.








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  • Prashanth, Badiadka

    Mon, Mar 27 2023

    I think next election not a single Muslim MLA will get elected. Muslims themselves will be the reason for this. They will vote for SDPI and will be the reason for BJP win in Muslim majority constituencies. Overall Muslims themselves are also the reason for present day situation to an extent.

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  • Naveen, Tulunadu

    Mon, Mar 27 2023

    These are baseless claims by the leftists 1) Media always sells the story of Muslim victimhood. While Muslims who constitute 18 percent commit anywhere around 70 to 80 percent of the crimes . 2) Most of our resources ( Billions and Billions of dollars) are spent on countering Terrorism and Pakistan threat. 3) There is a certain descipline, what to ware. Educational institutions are not meant to display your religion, cults, etc 4) Muslims also take huge benefits in the name of minorities at the expense of non - Muslims 5) As far as boycotting traders, Muslims are the ones who bagan it by boycotting hindu traders. You can see this all over the world how Muslims boycott non- Muslims 6) What is the contribution of Muslims to the Indian society? And there you will see only the negative contribution

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  • Anil, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 27 2023

    When muslims are in minority they crib and cry for secularism, equality, democracy and the moment they come to majority they demand separate nation like what happened in 1947 to create east and west pakistan in the name of islam, Once they divide our motherland and create a separate nation they wont believe in secularism, equality, democracy but want sharia to forcefully convert people to islam like 22% hindu population in pak in 1947 is now mere 2%. Look at what happened in kashmir in 1990 once they turned to majority. So world now understands their double standards very well.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Mon, Mar 27 2023

    Bro !! Thought provoking, rational comment... this dangerous trend is observed in various states across India !!!

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Mon, Mar 27 2023

    aap ne tho mere mooh ki baat cheen li.

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