Destroying The Myth
Indian Muslims have been at the centre of controversy ever since the beginning of the British rule either because of their own behaviour or because of the policy of divide and rule pursued by the British or because of communal forces in both the Hindu and Muslim communities. Even long after partition and independence of India, the controversies did not die down—they are being intensified in the present situation. Certain myths about
Indian Muslims are being propagated today especially by some vested interests. Those who spread such myths are serious obstacles to the process of nation building and are bent upon destroying not only secular fabric of this great country but also peace and harmony of this country.
The book Muslims and India is written by Shri Asghar Ali Engineer, an eminent and established author of Islamic Literature in India. The author has painfully gathered all the authentic and factual information from various sources and has convincingly enumerated the hard facts in the book—an extremely critical subject viz, Muslims and India. He has narrated the facts not only about Indian Muslims and mosques and other important issues in India at the same time equally and justiceably stated about temples and Hindus in India.
This critical and complicated subject has been dealt in seven major chapters viz, Historical Backdrop, Socio-Political context, Muslim Women and Modern Society, Contemporary Politics, Secularism and Riots, Gujarat Imbroglio and Legal Framework.
Under Historical Backdrop, the author delineates inter-faith relations in Medieval India, Archaeological Excavations and temple, role of Ulema in Freedom Struggle, Ambedkar
Muslims, Hindutva and Minorities. Under Socio-Political context the study discusses Tribal Muslims Dialogue, Dalit Muslim Dialogue, Education, Secularism and Human Values, Religion-Democracy, Religion and Law, Religion and Communalism,
The chapter on Muslim Women and Modern Society forcefully and factually illustrates Indian Muslims, Identity and modernity, Religion in Secular Society, Police and Minorities, Fundamentalism and Terrorism etc, Contemporary Politics delves upon BJP’s 25 years, and Communalization of Indian Polity, Communal Riots, 2004, India Shining, Indian Muslims and Lok Sabha Elections, India under BJP, Ayodhya’s Voice, State Elections Results-Victory of BJP or Communalism.
Chapter on Secularism and Riots states 2002 Riots, Defeat of NDA, BJP back on Aggressive Hindutva, BJP and Politics of Religion extremism, Future of secularism in India, Reservations for Muslims etc, The chapter Gujarat Imbroglio and Legal Frame-work discuss elaborately and factually the incidents in Gujarat-Godhra Train Burning, Gujarat Carnage, BJP and Gujarat elections etc. Judiciary and communal violence. Triple Divorce, Need for Change, Law on Communal Riots, Uniform Civil Code, Indian Muslims and Personal Law Board.
The book is a valuable document for students of politics, sociologists, politicians, law enforcement authorities and of course historians.
By Nilabh Krishna