By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi


There is no scope of religion based politics in any democratic system in the world. The example of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Indonesia are there to avail lessons from, where religio-political leaders do not have nationwide appeal. They can win only a pocket of citizens and shout for a particular time period within a limited space. Similar is the case with any extreme Left or Right wing political party in Europe and America. They may win a few seats with immotive slogans and polarization, even if they come to power walking through a particular situation, they can't stay in the Govt. for a longer period of time. Any extreme Left or Right - be it China, North Korea, Myanmar or Arabian Gulf countries, they are not democracies, even for the name sake. The dominance of Right politics in present India, Israel, Turkey and France are different case studies. However, one thing is certain in all these cases that religion is not only the factor, rather it is a political tool in most cases for certain political parties.


Everyone speaks of unity, be it religious or political, especially among Muslim Indians, but "HE" dreams that all other should come and join HIM or his master under the name of unity. Rest all, only speak about unity because it sounds good to the ears and write because it reads well and looks wiser. It's strange to note that one whose own sons, brothers and house is not together and united under a single roof, but the same person lectures to unite a whole country and whole folks of different religious denominations.

Nevertheless, unity is partly possible only when there is a scope of offering serious sacrifices by the leaders. Practically unity in diversity is the best strategy for long lasting peace and inclusive development of a country and even a small community.


The author is Director of Markazul Ma’arif Education and Research Centre (MMERC), Mumbai and Editor of Eastern Crescent.