Appeasement Politics

One of the most concerning aspects of Indian politics today is the vote bank politics in which parties try to appease a section of the voters on religious lines, thereby not only creating discrimination but also tearing the secular fabric of the nation. This vote bank based on religious appeasements were initially mastered by the Congress party. Here is an excerpt from a book on Nehru, authored by none other than the eminent Congressman, Shashi Tharoor, who goes on to blame vote bank politics as one of the reasons for the communal disturbances that have taken place in the nation:

tharoor_nehru_book

So, when a new age, revolutionary party was started an year ago, I was excited because India needed a clean, neutral, non-religious, truly secular, professional party which could undo the grave follies committed by previous parties. But within few months of formation, the party began to show it’s true colors by resorting to the same vote bank politics which was followed by other parties in India.

When the party released it’s manifesto for Delhi elections, I was surprised to find that there was a committee setup to handle issues faced by Muslims but no other committee for any other religion. Check the section 6A in the following official webpage of AAP which says
“C6a Muslim Issues”:
http://delhi.aamaadmiparty.org/page/society-and-communities

UPDATE (27-March-2014) 
Looks like AAP has taken down the above webpage. But the webpage is cached by Internet Archive (an international body which saves webpages from popular sites for archive purposes) which can be accessed here:
https://web.archive.org/web/20130620020527/http://delhi.aamaadmiparty.org/page/society-and-communities

This is just like the typical vote bank politics followed by Congress (and pointed out by Tharoor in the above excerpt) which had led to discrimination. It makes one wonder if issues are faced only by people of one particular religion. Does it mean Christians have no issues? Jains have no issues?

One of the most talked about encounter cases in recent times has been the Batla house encounter, which after thorough investigations was declared as a genuine encounter by the Delhi High Court.

batla_genuine
Link:
http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-07-26/news/40815287_1_batla-house-digvijaya-singh-abhishek-manu-singhvi

Surprisingly, in a bid to appease a section of voters, Kejriwal questioned the court’s verdict & took a stand against it by claiming that it was a fake encounter. By doing so, Kejriwal was not only disrespecting the judiciary but was insulting the martyrdom of Mohan Chand Sharma as well. This erupted into a controversy after Kejriwal repeatedly took the same stand which in turn earned him great brownie points with minorities.

batla_fake_aapLinks:
http://www.indianewsco.com/news/aam-aadmi-party-defends-arvind-kejriwal-letter-says-batla-house-fake-encounter-6917042

http://www.electionnewsindia.com/article-113-again-kejriwal-called-batla-house-encounter-fake.html

As the Delhi elections approached, there was another startling revelation. The party, which had begun as a neutral party on anti-corruption plank had intensified it’s vote bank politics and it was found that the party was distributing millions of handouts to Delhi voters and appealing them on religious grounds.

This did not go down well with the constitutional body called Election Commission (EC) which immediately slapped a notice to Kejriwal asking him for an explanation:ec_notice_aap
Link:
http://zeenews.india.com/assembly-elections-2013/delhi-polls/ec-notice-to-kejriwal-for-seeking-muslim-votes-on-grounds-of-religion_891330.html

Since Kejriwal could not deny it, all that he could do was to defend his actions and as a result, he was given a stern warning by EC not to resort to such vote bank politics on religious lines in future:

ec_warns_aapLink:
http://www.hindustantimes.com/specials/coverage/myindia-myvote/chunk-ht-ui-myindiamyvote-countdownto2014/ec-warns-kejriwal-on-pamphlets-appealing-for-muslim-votes/sp-article10-1176428.aspx

In the meantime, lot of appeasements have been going on behind the scenes and clerics have been issuing “orders” to their followers to vote only for AAP. Recently, an association from a foreign land which calls itself “non-political”, published a full page ad in Milli-Gazette as follows:

milli_gazette_adImage source link:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=739531029397883

There has been support from Arab Countries as well who are issuing advice to Indians to vote only for AAP.
arabnews
News link:
http://www.arabnews.com/news/553071

Soon after the dates for General Elections were announced, Kejriwal and his party members spent a great deal of time to woo minorities by coming up with a roadmap exclusively for Muslim community for the 2014 elections. (Surprisingly, there has been no roadmap for Sikhs or Christians or any other community/religion)

kejriwal_muslims_roadmap_2014
News link:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/AAP-draws-up-roadmap-woos-Muslims/articleshow/32260925.cms

Image source:
Indian Express
The Hindu

Certain section of the minority voters seem to be so much fascinated/impressed by Kejriwal’s appeasement policies that in an article published by a reputed newspaper, Kejriwal is being compared to Prophet Mohammed:
http://muslimmirror.com/eng/kejriwal-a-hindu-by-faith-a-muslim-by-practice/

However, this might not last long because voters are beginning to realize the intentions of the party. Their intention only seems to be to get maximum votes at any cost (even at the cost of appeasement politics which can be harmful in the long run and definitely not expected from a new party of educated elite which claims high moral ground).

What Kejriwal had started as shrewd strategies to garner votes are now haunting him back in the form of boomerangs. For example, in a recent press event, one of the MLAs disrupted the conference and demanded a probe into Batla house encounter:

batla_probe_refused
Link:
http://www.business-standard.com/article/politics/cong-mla-asks-kejriwal-to-probe-batla-house-case-114013000549_1.html

But since Kejriwal himself knows that Batla house encounter was actually genuine and he had used false propaganda to garner votes, he is now distancing himself from it by saying he cannot initiate a probe since he “respects the court decision” (which he had not respected before elections in order to gain some votes) and he “never promised it in his manifesto“!! This apparently has not gown down well with Muslims who had shown him lot of support for his stand on Batla house encounter and his “informal” promise in the form of “handouts” distributed in millions. Latest reports show that Muslims are in fact irked with his stand now and feel cheated/alienated:

batla_irked
Link:
http://www.firstpost.com/politics/muslims-irked-with-kejriwals-comments-on-batla-house-1368955.html

Many more  boomerangs might be on the way and a lot more voters who initially supported AAP after falling for its appeasement policies might start distancing themselves from it.

16 comments on “Appeasement Politics
  1. Appeasement Appeasement Appeasment, tell me one single thing that has been done by any govt for the benefit of Muslims, they dont get even a job in lathial bahini (defence or in police service) although threir physical strength, bravery much much higher then hindus, needless to talk about any other department—–coming to the other point any case of conviction or fake encounter related to muslim will only be accepted if there are muslim representative , how a muslim can trust a hindu—has any body seen ever that in Indian hindu court muslims got any justice

  2. Appeasement Appeasemenrt Appeasement I know hindus will cry like that proving jinnah saheb was a greater thinker—–”it is extremely difficult to appreciate why our Hindu friends fail to understand the real nature of Islam and Hinduism. They are not religions in the strict sense of the word, but are, in fact, different and distinct social orders, and it is a dream that the Hindus and Muslims can ever evolve a common nationality, and this misconception of one Indian nation has troubles and will lead India to destruction if we fail to revise our notions in time. The Hindus and Muslims belong to two different religious philosophies, social customs, litterateurs. They neither intermarry nor interdine together and, indeed, they belong to two different civilizations which are based mainly on conflicting ideas and conceptions. Their aspect on life and of life are different. It is quite clear that Hindus and Mussalmans derive their inspiration from different sources of history. They have different epics, different heroes, and different episodes. Very often the hero of one is a foe of the other and, likewise, their victories and defeats overlap. To yoke together two such nations under a single state, one as a numerical minority and the other as a majority, must lead to growing discontent and final destruction of any fabric that may be so built for the government of such a state”.

  3. Dear ‘Aga Yahya Khan’ ,
    You missed the entire context of the article. It was not hindu vs muslim. It is about morality in electoral politics. You’re right in thinking that political parties claiming to be pro muslim have never done anything for them. So it is time to ditch such parties. No political party can be savior of Hinduism, Islam or Jainism. The people have to save themselves.
    I would sincerely urge you therefore to think of voting a party which claims to be for India and not for some community. A party which talks about governance issues which the work of a govt., rather than acting like messiah. You think rationally, does USA/Japan/Canada/Australia give reservations based on religions? No! They only talk of developments.
    Its time you think seriously about voting for BJP. They are the only party discussing on basis of development and governance.

  4. I Buy daily Milk n n veggies from a Muslim Shop. Diwali is not possible without the cotton made by Muslims in my Village nor our Cattle are chained without the chains made by Muslim iron-smiths. They are an important part of our life but due to this political illness a large portion of Muslims think Congress or AAP is the reason for the survival pr living in this country. Make a right choice or our next generation might not have a bright future to live in. n by the way if anyone talks about the reservation for them, hell no. If Muslims demanding reservation after rulling this country for 800 years, its a shame on everyone. Vote with courage n vote for people who don’t ask for your votes n the name of religion.

  5. Dear Aga Yahya Khan,

    No muslim is being forced to be part of India and be discontented, they had the option to go to Pakistan or modern day Bangladesh and be content over there, but they or their parents chose to remain in India.

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