Deprivation of Bihari Muslims
By Muhammad So-hail Ahmed
One of the biggest migrations in the history of the world was in 1947 when the Muslims of India decided to live in a peaceful homeland, where they could not be dominated ethnically, socially or religiously by others; especially the dominant Hindu population. The fears of such dominance can be seen as clearly as the full moon at night. The founding fathers of Pakistan, which included Bengalis, Urdu-speaking Muslims of UP, Punjabis, Pashtuns, Sandhis and Balochis were convinced that they must live in united Pakistan under a Muslim ruler, instead of united India under dominant Hindu leadership; elected through the democratic system, who would certainly hail from Hindu population.
Since the message was very clear and common, Muslims also realised that those of them living in Hindu-dominant regions of India would be subjugated to hatred, oppression and tyranny. With the basic difference in the values of Islam and Hinduism, they would be unable to eat meat. They were observing their religious degradation as a part of the dominant Hindu society. Therefore, it was decided to put their lives at stake and get away from the potentially explosive environment.
Today, one can easily see the manifestation of the above-scenario; shaping up around the Muslims and the awkward situation, which they have to face. The statement of the cleric of Jamia Masjid Delhi, available through social media, depicted that a lady wearing the Islamic dress of the hijab was stared at; giving a message to them to conform to the norms of the dominant society, instead of showing oneself in the Islamic outlook.
The worst sufferers are the migrants from the Indian state of Bihar. This is located towards the east of Lucknow; bringing it geographically closer to East Pakistan (Bangladesh).
Migrants from Bihar moved towards the nearer province and settled in Muslim majority region of Bengal earlier known as West Bengal. They enjoyed the status of first-class citizens as long as it was united Pakistan. When the Hindu teachers started to pollute the minds of the youth, they did not know that the two-nation theory was given originally by Islam. When the Holy Prophet (PBUH) spread the message of Islam, the community started to adopt Muslim and kafir identities as two from the same family started to differentiate within the family. However, kinship and relationship continued without any prejudice. Respect for parents, despite being non-believers, was retained and ensured. The conclusion is that all Muslims are equal and brothers. The teachers in Bengal were sowing the seeds of hatred on an ethnic basis.
Courtesy :Daily Times