Thank you, Modi, for proving that partition saved the subcontinent’s Muslims from extinction

Published: March 18, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gives a speech at his lecture meeting hosted by Nikkei Inc. and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in Tokyo September 2, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS

Dear Mr Narendra Modi,

I was not at all surprised that your party, Bharatiya Janata Party (the BJP), swept the recent Uttar Pradesh (UP) elections. You ran your campaign on an anti-Muslim platform, you convinced most of the UP Hindus that Muslims in their state are Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agents and that Muslims would not vote for your party, therefore they voted en masse for BJP.

In fact, to appear anti-Muslim, you did not field a single Muslim candidate despite the notion that there are more than 40 million Muslims in UP! So, in spite of the Muslim population of UP being over 20% of the total population, the new UP assembly will have only 25 Muslims (only 6% of the total), the lowest ever. And the credit for all this goes to you, Mr Modi.

But why should we be surprised?

It was in your state of Gujrat (when you were the chief minister) that the genocide of over 2,000 Muslims took place. As hooligans wrenched open the bellies of pregnant Muslim women and fed the fetuses to dogs, you watched silently, even though you could have prevented the massacre.

But why should you have done anything to stop the killings, Mr Modi?

The Hindu vote was important for your party and the destruction of the Babri Mosque helped your party become popular. Your men destroyed five hundred mosques and shrines of Muslim saints while the slaughter of Muslim men, women and children was being carried out in your state in 2002. And you cannot deny that it was your blatant anti-Muslim agenda that helped your party win the national elections in 2014.

You have never faced a mob of killers, have you Mr Modi?

My parents did; in 1947, when they had to flee to Pakistan from your state to save themselves from the followers of another rabid Hindu leader (Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel). I shall never forget how, for many years after the event, my mother would break down in tears as she told us about the thousands of dead Muslim men and women she saw as she and my father trudged their way to safety in the new country.

Mr Modi, I sometimes hear Pakistani and Indian Muslims claim that if India had remained united, and partition had not taken place, Muslims would have been a force to reckon with in a united India. They do not know that if Pakistan had not been created, the percentage of Muslims in a united India would have been, at the most, 30%. And even though the Muslim population in India today is 15% of the total, their representation in the Lok Sabha is only 4%. In fact, Muslims would have been a powerless group in a united India, the same way Muslims there today have no clout.

Just in case you are tempted to think that Muslims voted for you, think again. The Muslim vote was split between Congress, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) parties. If you think Muslim women voted for BJP due to your campaign against ‘triple talaq’, you’re wrong. You won because the Muslim vote was split, and next time it won’t be so easy, as Muslims will continue to live in fear of being killed as long as you are the prime minister. Next time, they will be united to ensure that the BJP does not win.

No, Mr Modi, if 600 million Indians (including Hindus) continue to live below the poverty line, you will not be able to win the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. Ultimately, Hindus will realise that there is no possibility of improvement in their lives under the BJP government and they will vote your party out. It is good governance that wins elections, Mr Modi, not terrorising Muslims and treating them as pariahs.

And this is why Mr Jinnah wanted a separate country for India’s Muslims, because he knew that in a united India, Muslims would have practically no rights. He knew that they would have been in danger of being massacred, which has repeatedly been proved by Gujrat’s Muslims and those that are being killed in hundreds of communal riots in India.

So, Mr Modi thank you for proving that Partition saved the subcontinent’s Muslims from extinction!

Shakir Lakhani

Shakir Lakhani

Engineer, former visiting lecturer at NED Engineering College, industrialist, associated with petroleum/chemical industries for many years. Loves writing, and (in the opinion of most of those who know him), mentally unbalanced. He tweets @shakirlakhani (twitter.com/shakirlakhani)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Arjun Sharma

    What is wrong with you?? Need some burnol???Recommend

  • jeetainder

    meaning less articleRecommend

  • Amin Daha

    well written article.Recommend

  • Namrata Sardar

    So disconnected from facts,.Recommend

  • Namrata Sardar

    If onlyRecommend

  • Rajiv

    Pointless article.
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  • Shakir Lakhani

    I often wonder if Indians know how to count. In the beginning, the number of Muslims killed was said to be over 3,000, later it was reduced to 1,000. For many days, the government did not know how many people were killed in the attack on Taj Hotel, Mumbai, and also about how many died in the Republic Day earthquake, tsunami, etc.Recommend

  • vivek

    I can literally build a time machine and go a thousand years into the future and I’d still find Pakistanis thanking the then Indian prime minister for proving the two nation theory correct :-))
    partition happened a long time ago ………just get on with it .
    If pakistanis constantly need validation of two-nation theory from India and Indian elections then I don’t think you guys can make it as a nation .Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    “there are even more Muslims in India than in Pakistan and Bangladesh combined”. Your 2011 census says Muslims are about 14% ot total Indian population, that means there are about 150 million Muslims in India. In Pakistan alone there are 190 million Muslims.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    This coming from a nation which forces its people to sign a document declaring Ahmadis are non-Muslims.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Don’t you realize the irony here?

    Muslims lost their political voice because of Jinnah! He divided Muslims into 3 equal parts. He sowed the seeds of Bangladesh by imposing Urdu onto them.

    With 20% Muslim population in UP, Muslims controlled the Politics of UP for 70 years! Imagine what would have happened with 37%!

    Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists got their India back. You guys are left to deal with Afghanistan’s instability. Remember Afghan raiders always invaded Pakistan. Alexander and Mughals first attacked Pakistan. History dictates the area now Pakistan has always been under attack.

    No wonder Jinnah called Pakistan “his blunder” and even before called it a “moth eaten” state.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    Muslims are more than 95% of Pakistan’s population, so obviously Hindus/Christians can never be prime ministers or presidents. As for Hindus leaving Pakistan for India, there are still many in Karachi alone. I have met many Pakistan-origin Sindhi Hindus in Dubai, Sharjah, etc. and even though UK & US has many Indian-origin Hindus, there are practically no Indian-origin Muslims in those countries. Which explains why the Indian Hindu population is decreasing (percentage wise), compared to that of Indian Muslims.Recommend

  • ab

    But the question is that the people from our side the Pakistan’s pseudo intellectuals community, questioning the two nation theory can be silenced now?Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Deoband has 75% Muslim population. BJP won. Because Muslim women voted for BJP.

    This is significant and opens up a new vote bank for BJP!Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    “But he is nothing more than a modern day Mussolini who has started showing his true colors.”

    What has he done exactly?Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    3 Million Muslims killed in Pakistan in 1971. But, you say India is more dangerous.

    How many Muslims have been killed in the past 10 years by other muslims in Pakistan? 60,000?

    http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/countries/pakistan/database/casualties.htmRecommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/countries/pakistan/database/casualties.htm

    60,000 odd Pakistanis killed in Pakistan since 2003, by fellow Muslims.

    I’ve a math question for you: Which is greater 3000 or 60,000?Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/countries/pakistan/database/casualties.htm

    61865 Muslims dead at the hands of other Muslims in Pakistan.

    Doesn’t this disprove TNT?Recommend

  • Warrior

    Keep dreaming for that day. Pakistan is and will remain on the map till the end of this world. #PakistanZindabadRecommend

  • Warrior

    Very well written article. They way BJP is trying to impose Hindutva on muslims majtorit states (UP) is a sign that india is going to become “Hindu republic of India”. and that day is not war away when there will be another partition of india.Recommend

  • Warrior

    and a meaningless comment.Recommend

  • Warrior

    You indians always remain to be in illusions and it is not your fault it is a genetic problem.Recommend

  • anwar

    please correct your statement…the population of Hindus in Paksitan dropped because of the separation of East Pakistan where Hindus population was 20 percent..It is very unfortunate that India took advantage of our differences and has been proud of it …But you dont appreciate Pakistan following in your foots steps in Kashmir…Recommend

  • Warrior

    You did not read the entire article before commenting here. We are more than Happy in Pakistan than the Indian muslims atleast we can’t be punish if we eat beef and we have liberty to live our own life.Recommend

  • Warrior

    That’s what we Pakistani think about India.Recommend

  • doesnt matter

    yawn. there is a muslim minister Mohzin Raza in UP cabinet. Nice of you to miss that fact.Recommend

  • Razzy

    By having such a rabidly communal person as the chief minister of India’s largest state, I think the development mask has started to wear off the BJP. That is clear enough a signal to those who can discern.Recommend

  • Razzy

    Well that was before the fake ‘war on terror’ came back to haunt the country’s rulers and people alike. How many minority sitting MPs were slaughtered in broad daylight and their kith and kin raped and burned alive like Ehsan Jafri was by the way?
    Go and check some statistics how many ‘suicde bombers’ were blowing stuff up in Pakistan before 2004? were they dormant from 1947 all the way waking up suddenly in 2004?Recommend

  • Razzy

    in an un-divided India, Muslims would never ever have gotten their fair share. Even at 14% their share in politics and in other government institutions is a fraction of that which plays out during instances of engineered riots very well for the sanghisRecommend

  • Razzy

    Can a capable Muslim be able to buy property anywhere he likes if he has the money?Recommend

  • FactCheck

    From all indications, the world would have been better off without Pakistan. Another British gift to the world along with the Middle East.Recommend

  • Razzy

    I like the way you write. You can get more ‘honest’ and
    gloss-free view on India via some good papers like ‘The Hindu’ and independent outlets like ‘thewire.in’, schoopwhoop as they are not paid minions of the (almost) fascist lot that rules the roost in India

    But at the same time, one must be critical of the pathetic condition of Pakistan and the unscrupulous nature of the leaders. One wrong doesn’t make other rightRecommend

  • Gratgy

    Cough cough Salman Taseer, rose petals, east bengal, Recommend

  • Milind A

    That’s because Indian Muslims are chained to regressive customs like polygamy, triple talaq etc. Christians, Parsis, Sikhs who form miniscule minorities are more prosperous than the majority community Hindu. This is a big problem. Rather than doing self-introspection and fixing the wrongs in your community, you’re always blaming everybody under the sun…. India, Hindus, Jews, US. Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    It doesnt need to make sense, it needs to stimulate only and fill the page….. article that can attract lot of comments, and get paid !Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    People are getting burnt, lost hairs out of jealousy and you are asking what Modi has done !Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    dont worry he is not in majority, common Pakistani is not like that, he is writing for money.Recommend

  • Vedic_Sasthra

    Stop blaming Hindus for your failures. Even in the uk, Hindus thrive well and are upper class. Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    Read the Sachal report, you will find that although Muslims are 15% of the total Indian population, they are only 3% in government and 4.5% in private firms.Recommend

  • Vedic_Sasthra

    Well written for delusional [email protected]Recommend

  • Sane

    Probably you all must be knowing that Modi govt. has established a forum called ‘Troll Army’. They are paid to be on news blogs and on social media. They have changed names, identities and are busy 24/7 commenting and posting. Even one person has many identities.Recommend

  • Sane

    What is you Hindu name?Recommend

  • Sane

    Muslims in India will not leave to anywhere. They will make another Pakistan for themselves. Attitude of Hundus shall compel them to do so.Recommend

  • Sane

    If you ask this from an Indian, answer would be ‘both are same’. Because they lie as much as can’t maintain trail of lies.Recommend

  • Gratgy

    There is no such thing as a Sachal report. you mean Sachar report. Majority of Muslims stick to their traditional industries by choice from a very young age instead of modern schooling (not Madarsas) and are usually self employed. You will find very few Hindus as Butchers or tanneries, carpenters or artisans. Are you saying Hindus are discriminated in such Industries.

    In fact other minorities such as Christians and Sikhs are doing far better than Hindus.If you are professionally qualified you get a job regardless whether you are Hindu or Muslim or any other community, If you are madarsa educated, you do not.

    Unless you are saying Muslims should get jobs just because they are Muslims. First step is you need to get out of this persecution complexRecommend

  • Razzy
  • Sane

    Sachar Commission Report.Recommend

  • Sane

    Two nation theory has emerged in India more strongly than ever before. Muslims very well understand that they cannot survive in India. Soon there will be Muslim uprising in whole India like Kashmir.Recommend

  • Sane

    Muslims by struggle cut part of India to make Pakistan. India has a strong history of successful invasions and divisions. Again this is going to happen.Recommend

  • Sane

    Since 1946 over 15 million Muslims were massacred in India.Recommend

  • Sane

    If you are Sonali Bandre, I love you.Recommend

  • Sane

    But, Hindu soldiers can fight? They don’t have even given food. I think they will cross the border to beg for food.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    I am not being paid anything for writing blogs, I do it because I love to writeRecommend

  • Sane

    Welcome new member of ‘Troll Army’.Recommend

  • Sane

    Muslims are safe in India; correct, as long as they don’t eat beef, vote Modi, have changed identity and look like Hindu. Otherwise…….Recommend

  • Farha

    “You read the parts most convenient to you,”

    This is actually what you are doing. I am quoting the main points of the article which speak of a hartaal as all experts agree (see other comments). Remembering a battle is different from calling for it. Imran Khan in his past Dharnas has called for a new “Battle of Panipat”, but this did not imply any violence.

    In short you are being misleading by referencing half-quotes that are taken completely out-of-context. This would be like if I claimed that Gandhi said “India will have a bloodbath” and was then responsible for the Bihar riots where 7000 Muslims were killed in a Congress-controlled, Hindu majority area. Would you agree with this? After all it is clear Gandhi used the term “bloodbath”. If not, why the double standards against Jinnah and the League?

    As for Suhrawardhy he actually used to lead joint Hindu-Muslim marches against the British and actually was the first one to respond to the riots by bringing in the Army.

    Suhrawardy put forth a great deal of effort to bring reluctant British officials around to calling the army in from Sealdah Rest Camp. Unfortunately, British officials did not send the army out until 1.45 am on the 17th”

    “He had a map of Calcutta spread before him on
    which he followed the course of the riots in the ill-fated city. As the phone calls came in, he rushed to where it [i.e. help] was needed.Shaheed went to the worst afflicted areas himself and tried to get the crowd under control by sheer force of personality. I belief he engaged in hand-to-hand fights more than once, pulling bloodstained swords
    from the hands of half-crazed individuals. Even his worst enemies have given him credit for complete fearlessness. This quality somehow had a salutary effect in calming a violent crowd … That Shaheed worked like a tiger to quell the riots is well known. There are enough
    people still alive, both Hindus and Muslims, who can bear testimony to it, but for one of the greatest proofs was to look on his face during those days. It was a look of anguish and suffering.” (More can be quoted)

    “1946 Hindu massacre.”

    You mean Muslim massacre at Calcutta. Followed by even more violence in Hindu majority Congress Controlled Bihar and UP. You deceptively conflate the Calcutta killings (where Muslims were killed) with the Nakholi riots, which like the Bihar riots, only broke out afterwards.Recommend

  • Gratgy

    His murderer became a hero, showered with rose petals and his grave has become a shrine of sorts. Plus you conveniently ignored east Pakistan where 3 million people were slaughtered and 100,000 women were raped and murdered. Recommend

  • Gratgy

    The courts sentenced Kodnani to 28 years in prison while Gujarat government run by Modi sought death penalty for her. by the way what about lakhvi chacha and Haafiz Sayeed, By the way aren’t we conveniently forgetting about famed state guests such as Osama bin laden, Mullah Omar, Haqqanis etc. Your comprehension doesn’t seem to improveRecommend

  • Razzy

    Did you even read that article. An opinion can contain hard facts..like bajrangi on bail time and again due to “health reasons” (ow poor fellow). May be that is beyond you! And yes those are not “alternative facts” as Trump would say! hahahaRecommend

  • Swaadhin

    Sure mate!! I would come as Kulbhushan 2Recommend

  • OSD

    Haha. It would be better if you took Kulbhushan 1’s advice on that first.Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    It seems Nawaz is getting a lot of advice in the form of flak from experts and so called experts for the way he is handled the Kulbhushan case at ICJ.

    We shall take Kulbhushan’s advice when he is back to India. I promise even if it takes 5 years, I shall come back to this link and remind you that Kulbhushan has been released.Recommend

  • OSD

    Nawaz might be facing a concerted malicious campaign to topple him, but there is no problem with regards to Kulbhushan case in Pakistan. That was all hyper active media which wanted to increase their TRPs, but everyone went quite the moment it became clear that this ruling does not affect the proceedings against Jhadav. In any case, you can take Kulbhushan’s advice when he comes back in a body bag and then reincarnates as whatever he is supposed to transform into. Would you be brave enough to promise here that you will come and remind me when Kulbhushan is hanged? And I promise you that will happen before 2018 because his appeal promise runs out in months.Recommend

  • OSD

    Would you be brave enough to promise here that you will come and remind me when Kulbhushan is hanged? And I promise you that will happen before 2018 because his appeal promise runs out in months.Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    Sure mate!!Recommend