The so-called ’Nationalist’ and ‘secular’ Muslims in India have made false claims of having made incredible sacrifices during the struggle for India’s independence. More than 60 years after independence we hear the big lie in very offensive tones from the platforms of different political parties and at TV TALK SHOWS that we Indian Muslims have made tremendous sacrifices for the freedom of this country. The fact is contrary to it that, apart from the brief years of 1858-60 and 1920-22,Muslims suffered very little hardship between 1857-1947.It is forgotten by everyone that the Muslim League’s search for protection and safeguards (in the early years) and its struggle for an independent state (in the later years) were strictly constitutional efforts, peaceful campaigns and political fights, conducted through parliamentary debates and negotiations. NO MUSLIM LEAGUE LEADER LANGUISHED IN PRISONS. No Muslim masses faced British bullets. The many people who died or suffered horribly in 1947 were running away from their homes because their life was in danger, not because they were fighting for the creation of Pakistan. They were casualties of communal riot, not of anti-British warfare. At the time of partition Muslims shouted slogan” Hans ke liya hai Pakistan ,lad ke lenge Hindustan”हंस के लिया है पाकिस्तान,लड़ के लेंगे हिन्दुस्तान
After World War II the British were in a hurry to leave India. The elections of winter 1945-46 were thus in fact about the future political shape of an independent subcontinent. Congress sought a mandate to keep India united while the Muslim League stood for a separate Pakistan. Emotive and sensationalist slogans such as‘Pakistan Ka Naara Kaya? La Illaha Il Lillah (What is the Slogan of Pakistan? It is that there is no God but Allah)‘ andमुस्लिम है तो लीग में आ‘Muslim Hai to League Mein Aa’(if you are a Muslim then join the Muslim League) were raised.
Hindus and Sikhs were demonised as infidels and exploiters. Muslims who opposed the Muslim League were portrayed as renegades to Islam. In some cases fatwas (religious rulings) were issued to the effect that such persons should be denied a proper Islamic burial. On the other hand, support was solicited from Sunnis, Shias, the Ahmadis, Muslim Communists and anyone who was registered in the census records as a Muslim.
The election results vindicated the contradictory claims of both parties.Congress secured 905 general seats out of 1,585 while the gains of the Muslim League were even more impressive. It won 440 seats out of 495 reserved for Muslims. It is to be noted that Muslims in the Hindu-majority provinces also voted massively in favour of the Muslim League.
Those now claim to be secular and nationalist Muslims were for the creation of Pakistan and supported Muslim league whole-heartedly. It was referendum of Muslims for the creation of Pakistan.The Muslims who supported creation of Pakistan, later on decided to stay back in India.
On 29 July 1946, Jinnah gave the call to direct action to Muslims to protest the alleged anti-minority attitude. 0n 16August1946, communal massacres, initiated by hotheads dispatched by the Muslim League chief minister of Bengal, Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardy, took place in Calcutta, which left thousands of people, mostly Hindus, dead and homeless. The Hindus retaliated with great ferocity. More Muslims died the counterattack. The Calcutta killings proved a contagion, and communal riots broke out in many parts of India. The real explosion, however, originated a few months later in the key Punjab province, where the Muslim (57.1 per cent), Hindu (27.8 per cent) and Sikh (13.2 percent) groups maintained an uneasy peace until the beginning of 1947.
In the third week of January 1947, the Muslim League started its’ direct-action’ in Punjab against the non-Muslim League government of Khizr Hayat Tiwana. The first large-scale, organised communal clashes took place in the Rawalpindi area. On the night of 6-7 March, Muslim gangs attacked a number of Sikh and Hindu villages, the campaign continuing until 13 March. It left more than 2000 mainly Sikh and Hindu men, women and children dead. Muslim League(It still exist in Secular India and the congress and other so called secularpolitical parties call it a secular political party) cadres were identified as the culprits behind it.
During World War II the Congress was banned, but the League, which supported the British war effort, was allowed to function and gained strength. It won nearly all of the Muslim vote in the elections of 1946. The following year saw the division of the Indian subcontinent and the Muslim League became the major political party of newly formed Pakistan.