Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Urdu Section
04 Oct 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com
Do Indian Muslims Need a Leader?

By Saif Shahin

Wanted: A leader for Indian Muslims. That advertisement hasn’t quite appeared on the Classified pages of newspapers yet, but you can read it in the anguished conversations of many a woebegone Muslim overcome by the ills of his society and the plight of his fellow travellers. “Leadership is important: you must have good leaders,” professedly secular non-Muslims also shake their heads and say, while ruing poverty, illiteracy, religious obscurantism and general Muslim disempowerment. It’s true: Indian Muslims have never had a Chosen One. Dalits can flaunt their Jagjivan Rams and Mayawatis, Yadavs and Kurmis their Lalu Prasads and Nitish Kumars. Dravidians can stick Annadurai posters on their walls, Marathas can show off Pawars and Thackerays, and even tribal communities, much divided though they are, can swear by Sorens and Mundas. But there isn’t, and never has been, an Indian Muslim Leader who can claim to have the whole community by his side. --Saif Shahin, NewAgeIslam.com (Translated from English by Samiur Rahman, NewAgeIslam.com)


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