Saturday, May 17, 2014

Modi's Dream Win: Barring Shahi Imam And Aziz Burney's Azizul Hind, No Urdu Paper Engages In Scare-Mongering, All Ask Muslims To Wait And Watch For The Promised Good Times

By New Age Islam Special Correspondent

New Delhi: 17 May 2014

Pseudo-secular politicians had been scaring Muslims for long of a saffronised India under Mr. Narendra Modi. Even figures like 22, 000 Muslims will be killed in that scenario were bandied about. [How was the calculation made is, of course, anybody's guess.] However, a quick survey of Delhi's Urdu Press, the only barometer of Muslim opinion in the country available, reveals  that barring Shahi Imam's statement published in Mr. Aziz Burney's Azizul Hind daily, and the newspaper itself and a few columnists, no Urdu newspaper is engaged in scare-mongering. No dire predictions are being made. All have accepted the verdict of the people and say in a democracy the people's verdict should be always accepted and welcomed as it reflects the collective wisdom of the people. All editorial writers are asking Muslims to wait and watch for the promised good times.

Indeed, some Urdu newspapers have even taken positive note of PM-designate Mr. Modi's remarks in his victory speech that he would carry every one with him.

 Also displayed prominently is BJP President Rajnath Singh's repeated advice to party workers that no remarks should be made against any community (read Muslims) in victory celebrations.

Azizul Hind has also displayed prominently Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Delhi's statement that the Mr. Modi's victory is "dangerous" for the country unless BJP changes its policies. Divisive politics cannot help the country. It will be very dangerous for the country, If the BJP implements its own policies rather than follows the Indian constitution, he is quoted as having said.

The lone exception is Mr. Aziz Burney's Azizul Hind. Mr. Burney is a prominent Urdu journalist and was the founding editor of largest circulated Urdu daily Rashtriya Sahara for over two decades. Azizul Hind is his new venture and today's paper is the 337th day of its publication. His
newspaper has come out with a black cover page. Apparently May 16,

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