Those people who know about Owaisis, the leaders of All India Majis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM), did not feel surprised when one of them stated that “I won’t say Bharat Mata Ki Jai even if you put a knife to my throat”. We should, in fact, feel happy that he did not raise ‘Baharat Ki Barbadi’ and ‘Bharat Ki Tukde’ like slogans that were shouted on the JNU campus.
This is not the first time Owaisi brothers made such blatantly provocative and treacherous statements. Some years ago, the younger Owaisi, Akbaruddin, blatantly proclaimed in a Muslim gathering “Remove police for 15 minutes, we will finish off one billion Hindus”, and the Muslims who were present in the meeting erupted with joy. Now one may wonder what makes the leaders of AIMIM make such statements. To know that one needs to look into their history.Don’t feel amazed. Owaisis of AIMIM will only get progressively audacious. Click To Tweet
The Genealogy of AIMIM:
AIMIM has its roots in the notorious and obnoxious ‘Razakars’ who supported the Nizam of Hyderabad and opposed its integration into India.
After India’s independence, the Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan, refused to integrate his princely state of Hyderabad into the Indian Union and demanded complete independence. Nizam, who suppressed and thoroughly marginalized the Hindus during his role, feared a Hindu civil uprising. To quell any potential uprising he allowed Kasim Rizvi, one of his close advisors and the leader of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), a Muslim fanatic political group, to set up a 2,00,000 strong Muslim separatist militia called ‘Razakars’. The Razakars were a band of bigots who did not want the princely state of Hyderabad to be annexed by the India Union. They wanted Hyderabad to either become part of Pakistan or continue to remain independent of Hindu-majority India. The Nizam and his cohort, Kasim Rizvi, received help from Pakistan and the Portuguese in their endeavours. They even had plans to ally with Pakistan in any of its future military confrontations against India.
Kasim Rizvi and his Razakars:
Kasim Rizvi, the founder of MIM, who believed in Muslim supremacy and their right to conquest, made many provocative statements leading to the Operation Polo, the Indian military action against Hyderabad. Addressing his thuggish followers called Razakars, Rizvi once stated, “Death with sword in hand is always preferable to extinction by a mere stroke of the pen”. In response to news reports that India was planning to invade Hyderabad, Rizvi said that “If India attacks us, I can and will create a turmoil throughout India. We will perish but India will perish also”. His plan was to massacre the Hindus if India attacks Hyderabad. In response, he expected the Hindus to attack Muslims in the rest of India resulting in the entire India turning into a sea of chaos.
But Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel did not allow their dreams to materialize and he launched Operation Polo, the military action to annex Hyderabad. After the defeat of Nizam’s army and the Razakars at the hands of the Indian army, Kasim Rizvi was arrested and jailed for treason and for perpetrating atrocities against innocent civilians. After the accession of Hyderabad into the Indian Union, the Razakars were disbanded and the MIM was banned. In 1957 Kasim Rizvi was released on the precondition that he would migrate to Pakistan.
However, before leaving for Pakistan, he wanted someone to take over the reins of his political brainchild called MIM and therefore chosen Abdul Wahid Owaisi, a lawyer, to carry forward his atrocious political legacy. Abdul Wahed, in order to recharge the political outfit, made a small change to its name by prefixing the words ‘All India’ to the already existing MIM and the party became AIMIM. So except the name, nothing else changed. Its soul remains same. Abdul Wahed Owaisi, the man who succeeded Kasim Rizvi, was arrested and imprisoned in Chanchalguda jail for making inflammatory speeches with an intention to generate hatred among Muslims towards India. After the death of Abdul Wahid Owaisi, his son Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi became the leader and after his death, his sons, Asaduddin Owaisi and Akbaruddin Owaisi are continuing the atrocious legacy of Kasim Rizvi.
So now what were the principles that Razakars stood for? They were Muslim bigots who wanted Hyderabad to either become part of Pakistan or remain fully independent of India. They killed Tens of thousands of Hindus, raped countless Hindu women and displaced lakhs of innocent civilians.
Now how can we expect the Owaisi brothers, Asaduddin and Akbaruddin, to say “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” (Glory to Mother India)? They are the descendants of Razakars, who fought to make Hyderabad a part of Pakistan and perpetrated untold atrocities against Hindus. The people of India, instead of feeling surprised at the statements made by the Owaisis, should understand the fact that the leaders of AIMIM, as times passes by, will only turn more audacious and their treacherous and provocative statements will only get intensified and turn toxic.