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Vote Bank Politics the Art of Muslim Manipulation in India

Vote Bank Politics the Art of Muslim Manipulation in India

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VOTE BANK POLITICS: THE ARTOF MUSLIM MANIPULATION ININDIA
Sujit Das³
 In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.
´
 --- Charles de Gaulle (1890 - 1970)³
 Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects.
´
 --- Lester B. Pearson (1897 - 1972)Muslim Vote bank [
Disclaimer
:
The contents of, and opinions expressed in this paper are the sole responsibility othe author and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the present website.]A shrewd politician has many colors. Manipulation of voters for seizing power in democracy isan art. Politicians hunt for votes from various parties, often with conflicting interests. Thus, theyneed to appease various factions, sounding sweet enough to win the votes. A vote bank is a loyal bloc of voters from a single community, who consistently back a certain candidate or political
 
 party in democratic elections. Such behavior is the result of an expectation of real or imagined benefits from that candidate or the party, often at the cost of other communities. Vote bank  policy is a divisive politics. It is detrimental to democracy because this brand of politicsencourages voters to vote on the basis of narrow communal considerations, often against their  better judgment.In India, the practice of vote bank politics is rampant. The term vote bank was first used by notedIndian sociologist, M. N. Srinivas which has now become a part of vocabulary of Indian politics(Atal, 2009, p. 189). By seeing its success, other Asian countries have adopted it. Though theterm originally referred to voting along caste lines, it was soon expanded to describe vote banks based on other community characteristics, such as religion and particularly the religioussentiment of the Indian Muslims.Since the establishment of democratic and secular polity in India, the Muslim population was bracketed in a vote bank group initially by the Congress party and subsequently by all the political parties in the country. None of them however, offered any remedial solution to resolvethe educational and economic miseries of the Muslim masses and allowed their communalconflict with the Hindus and Christians to grow day by day. There are many very distinctivequalities in the political behavior of the Indian Muslims.1.
 
A Muslim is not born in a family. He is born in the religion of Islam. He does not belongto Indian civilization; rather he belongs to the Arab culture. He has no appreciation for the ancient Vedic traditions. An Indian Muslim family is a poor imitation of an Arabfamily within the principled confines of Islam. Therefore it is very easy to isolate them asa religion-centric society and exploit in the name of Islam.2.
 
It is easy to boost up the Indian Muslims on Kashmir issue or Israeli-Palestinian issue.3.
 
Most of the Indian Muslims have immense hate for their progressive Hindu and Christiancommunities because of the illiteracy, poverty and backwardness of their owncommunity. This makes the Indian Muslims suffer from strong inferiority complex.4.
 
Muslims cannot de-link religion and politics. They vote in large numbers and participatemore in politics, much more than the rest of the electorate. They vote µen bloc¶ for onecandidate or party.5.
 
Muslim voters are more µstrategic¶ in their voting and tend to hold back their decisionsuntil the last moment.6.
 
They are more dependent on others in their decision making and more likely to beinfluenced by clerics or community leaders and guided more by narrow communityissues rather than by broader interests. In many Muslim dominated areas they do not haveindividual opinion and cast their votes as per the fatwa dictated by their religious leaders.7.
 
Criminal-politician nexus
:
Crime rate amongst Muslims is very high in India. Politiciansneed muscle power support for political work, parties and elections and the criminals
 
need the politicians¶ protection against the processes of law. Most of the Indian mafialords are Muslims.8.
 
They are less supportive to Indian democracy than the rest of the population. They havemore loyalty for Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, whom they see as their Guardian angels.The above characteristics make the Muslims an extraordinary political community easy tomaneuver in elections. Political parties know these ³Achilles Heels
´
of Muslims, and in order toexploit this psyche, they play very smartly. As a result; democracy steps into Indian Muslimhousehold before the battle of the ballot starts. Ironically, the Muslim clerics often help the political parties to use Muslims as a vote bank by continuously keeping the Muslim masseslinked with their religious identity and allow the situation to continue because of their self-seeking interest. As a result many Indian Muslims across all sections of the Nation have refusedto sing Indian national Song
ande Mataram
(Raghavan, 1996, p. 84).
 
These clerics will never make the Muslims realize that they face absolutely no danger from the cultural ethos of Indiancivilization. Muslims are encouraged to be isolated, kept backward, encouraged to study all sortsof theology in Madrasa etc. The Muslim clerics do it purposefully to promote fear of religiousabsorption of the Muslims by Hindu majority, so that they, as uneducated, not vote on merit butdue to fear psychosis vote in concert as block to whomever they are directed by corrupt politicians, who can provide all kinds of corrupt cover in exchange of directed block vote.(Left) Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is pretending to offer Namaz(Islamic prayer) to impress the Muslims. (Right) When Mamata is amongstHindus, she is with folded hands to appease the Hindus.The efforts of many honest Hindu nationalists to bring the Muslims into the socio-politicalmainstream of the country lost its credence in its vote bank competition with the "secular" parties. Though most of the Indian Muslims strongly hate their Hindu and Christian counterparts,there are few honorable one who have full faith in democracy but their voice is so feeble andweak that they are unable to bring out their community from their religion-centric identity.The political mobilization of Muslims as a vote bank made disturbing progress in the last threedecades. A section of Muslim clerics will never allow the common Muslims to develop their 

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