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Pakistani Hindus Seek Asylum:Legacy Of Partition
In recent days, all national dailies and the visual media have highlighted the pathetic condition of Hindus who have sought asylum in India. Every one including the news channels have expressed surprise at the sudden large scale migration of Hindus from Pakistan. For Hindus who have studied the history of creation of Pakistan, it is not a surprise. This was bound to happen one day or the other. The very demand for Pakistan voiced by Muslims in 1940 at the Lahore session of the Muslim League was based on their assertion that Muslims were a separate Nation and that Muslims could not and did not wish to co-exit with the Hindus in undivided India. It is in line with this ideology that Quaid-e- Azam Jinnah in 14 days talks with Gandhi in Bombay in September, 1944 had told Gandhi in no uncertain terms that the only lasting solution to Hindu-Muslim conflict lay in the division of India into Hindustan for Hindus and Pakistan for Muslims. After division, India would be called Pakistan and Hindustan.
Further, in order to compete the process of consolidation of Pakistan-darul Islam-Jinnah had suggested exchange of populations. All Muslims to migrate to Pakistan and all Hindus to come over to Hindustan. He was not alone in making this proposal. Six other eminent leaders of Muslim League Sir Feroz Khan, Nawab of Mamdot, Pir Illahi Bux of Sindh, Mohammad Ismael of Madras, Raja Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Shaukat Hayat Khan and Ismael Chundrigarh-had also made this suggestion of transfer of populations. Justice G.D. Khosla in his book Sterm Reckoning, which came out in 1950, indicates the dates on which these suggestions appeared in the Dawn, 1946-1947.
British authorities who published later a series of volumes on the Transfer of Power in India have also pointed out that Jinnah had made the same proposal to the
British rulers. When this proposal was brought to the notice of Gandhi and Nehru, they rejected it out right. Even such a sensible suggestion from Jinnah did not find favour with the Congress Leaders. Both of them conveniently ignored the fact that in 1945-46 elections, Muslims had overwhelmingly voted for the creation of Pakistan.
Professor Mujeeb, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia confirms this. The League won all Muslim seats in the Central Assembly and 446 out of total of 495 Muslim seats in provincial assemblies.
Most of the Hindu/Sikh population in the western wing of Pakistan was driven out in 1947-48. Around this time there was also a large influx of Hindu refugees from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).
While participating in the Lok Sabha debate on the Nehru-Liquat Pact of April 1950 on the protection of minorities in the two countries, S.P. Mookerjee made two significant points: one, the above pact would not serve any purpose. Pakistan being an Islamic State would not protect the Hindus. To treat non-Muslims as equals with Momins amounts to a violation of the Shariah. The current flood of Hindus seeking asylum in India further proves what Dr.Mookerjee said six decades ago. Two, he told the Lok Sabha that along with Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur he had gone to Gandhi and had appealed to him that India should insist on an exchange of populations. Gandhi did not listen.
In the eyes of the western world, India had been divided on the basis of religion and a separate homeland had been carved out for the Muslims of the subcontinent. Therefore, no Muslim was to stay in India and no Hindus in Pakistan. In this context, Professor M. Mujeeb, Vice-Chancellor Jamia Millia relates that when he went to New York in 1949 to attend a session of the United Nations General Assembly, he happened to be seated next to the Turkish delegate. On seeing his name plate he at once asked him,
Are there still any Muslims in India? (Islamic Influence on Indian Society).
The Turkish delegate had asked this question because in 1923 after World War 1 a comprehensive and compulsory exchange of populations of Christians and Muslims between Turkey and Greece and Bulgaria and Turkey had taken place. Lord Curzon, then Foreign secretary, U.K. (and formerViceroy of India) had insisted on compulsory
exchange of populations as voluntary provisions or safeguards for minorities had not worked in the past. Had Gandhi and Nehru agreed to Jinnah's proposal, the question of Hindus seeking asylum in India would not have arisen? Both Gandhi and Nehru had deceived the Hindus.
Asaduddin Owaisi, President of Majlis -i-Ittehad ul- Mussulmeen, Hyderabad
Current OWAISI, grandson of Abdul Waheed Owaisi who set up the party which is housed in a building called DAR-US-SALAAM which belonged to Razakars led by Qasim Razvi, the right hand muscle man of Nizam Osman Ali.
Qasim Razvi, the leader of the Razakars
QASIM RAZVI the Razakar leader had led Muslim Fundamentalist party called MAJLIS ITTEHAD-UL-MUSSALMEEN ( MIM ) to fight against Independent India and wanted NIZAM of Hyderabad either to join Pakistan or declare Hyderabad as an Independent State. MIM had created havoc on HINDUS killing thousands and forcibly converting them to Islam..
Qasim Razvi, was arrested after the Police Action. However he managed to escape from the jail and ran away to Pakistan. After his arrest MIM party was in shambles but some of the radical Muslims wanted to revive the party. But there was none to take over the party...
ASADUDDIN OWAISI'S grand father, a Criminal lawyer came forward. He was succeeded by his son, SULTAN SALAHUDDIN OWAISI. He was succeeded by ASADUDDIN OWAISI.