Voice That Matters
The saga well woven with a fine yarn by Salman Khurshid, a veteran congress leader and Former Union Minister, gives a detailed insight into a human psyche living on the margins of society. The book brimmed with woes, worries, whimpers and wails traverses through different segments. The author beautifully depicts and juxtaposes the subtleties of the community that has played a pivotal role and contributed a great deal to building nation. He touches mildly those vantages where prejudice rules the roost and preys upon those whom the society has marginalized.
The storyline is simple to comprehend the secular fabric of the country. The writer is candidly vocal about many aspects pertaining to varied social and political strata of life; he in his writing addresses coherently and smartly the knotty issues with surprising candour. The disturbing upheavals in the Aligarh Muslim University and the Jamia Milia Islamia from where they hounded historian Mushirul Hassan mishandling the Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, the never ending arguments over the Uniform Civil Code, and a lot more.
Salman does not hesitate even one bit to raise fundamental issues like Islam and modernity, he highlights why even after so many decades, Muslims are being treated as a poor cousin within the same periphery as they gently tended and nurtured with patriotic love. The author maintains to be critical of this step-motherly treatment.
The book unfolds certain scenes like the theme of helplessness, poverty, insecurity and leaderless community. He talks loud and clear the last about great Indian Muslim leader Dr. Zakir Hussain. The read as well talks about Maulana Azad, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai, Sheikh Abdullah, Humayun or Kabir.
The book encompasses every single detail ranging from people to parliament to president to the Sachar Committee, the Mishra Commission to riots and reactions emerging out of communal flames to juvenile status and social justice. The author pens eloquently about a very promising new leadership in Karnataka, Delhi, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, Mohsina Kidwai, Saifuddin, Mufti Saeed, Farooq Abdullah and others of their ilk they all are truly worthy and immensely likeable individuals, but their best is behind them.
Khurshid deigns to carry any mention of the likes of Shahbuddins, Arif Khans, MJ Akbars, Arun Shouries, the Mullahs and the Maulvis and he reads no good work executed by the Deobandis in the freedom movement.
Salman Khurshid quotes a few lines from MA Jinnah’s August 11, 1947 speech at the Constitutional Assembly of Pakistan. The writer has prolifically used plain English with immaculate style of writing, a lucid narration.
I personally found the book truly comprehensive and unputdownable for different frames clicked in a subtle manner in the book. The pace is rather slow but gripping. The reading stimulates the grey matter. The imagery employed by Khurshid is amazing.
By Sayed Wazid Ali