PRESENT POLITICAL STRATEGY
"As the community has learnt to peacefully live in mixed residential colonies and co-exist with their counterparts in offices, market, schools, colleges, universities, travel, business, trade, industry and commerce and its decisions are not governed by religious affinities and considerations, likewise it needs to learn to behave the same way in politics, with political institutions and political parties. No body should be a permanent friend or foe. Wherever the national and community interest is best looked after decision should go in that direction. And if ever the nation faces a challenge to its unity, integrity and sovereignty then our decisions without any reservation should go with the national interest".
Muslims in all states regroup themselves, float a centralized consultative mechanism, draft state/district wise development agenda, create necessary awareness among the masses with regard to the contents of the agenda and the benefits derived therefrom, include in the exercise political and social activists, involve the local print and electronic media to build up public opinion and necessary pressure on all the politicians and political parties, bring about a tie with those persons and sections who enjoy credibility but are reluctant to indulge in public issues and finally take this exercise up to the grassroot level.
A cadre of active and sincere workers is also created at all the levels to support the continuity, consistency and sustainability of this move. As far as possible those, who are already in politics from the community should not have a feeling of being targeted through this exercise, rather find the move consolidating their respective positions in the parties they belong to. This must eventually lead to an independent Muslim political formulation in all the states.
I am not suggesting a strategy in which there is a communal backlash. In fact what is being suggested here contains the following;
"In case if the secular parties do not live up to our expectations and do not adhere to our demand of proportionate representation, then We the Muslims of India, will not be left with any other option except to adopt the understated strategy to realize the already drawn Muslim agenda".
Long term option
"I have a strong conviction that any party which Muslims of India, ever try to float or form at the state or national level, even if they keep the colour of its flag saffron, it will be considered another Muslim League, then why not to go in for Indian Union Muslim League itself. Let us convert this state level political dispensation into a full-fledged national party. Imagin a situation when Indian Muslims, with their party, leadership and organizational network have their conditional tie up with dalits, backwards, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, what would be the Indian politics alike? If goals of participative governance, equal share in national development, equitable and dignified place in Indian polity and society are to be achieved, this is the only course available. We, as a community need to adopt the following strategy".
The fundamental problem at present is that now, we are being consumed; rather we need to learn how to consume? The Muslim community also needs to come out of certain notions which give rise to a fear psychosis. For example;
I think all such notions take birth from the stereotyped mindset and inferiority complex.
ANSWERS TO THESE NOTIONS
"To reveal full facts pertaining to partition, India needs a full, free and frank parliamentary debate. Perhaps this is necessary for the full facts to reveal before the Indian masses. M.A .Jinnah should not be made the only villain and scapegoat for what has led to division of the country. If we can live together for 800 years under Muslim rule, then why can't in a secular and democratic polity. This provides the bottom line for future discussion on this issue".
If the idea of accepting Muslim League, as the sole representative voice of the community does not find acceptance with the common man and elite of the community, the state wise emerging poltical dispensations as a result of the application of medium term option may take the form of a National political front. Decisions in general elections and other national and state related issues are then taken through this structure. In this kind of arrangement our national polity should have a tie with the politics of the state of Jammu & Kashmir because we the Muslims of India can better utilize the pressure of this border Muslim majority state to our utmost advantage.
"I am for the resolution of all our problems within the constitutional framework, seek an honourable place for my community in governance, development and public representation, keen to see that 200 million strong Muslim population is no more exploited by the touts of politics, political parties and the individual politicians, as a community it plays its due role in shaping the destiny of India and in this process achieve for itself indirect rule through the adoption of demand based politics and the same is culminating into securing for it the proportionate representation in all walks of life because this is where the actual redressal to all our grievencies lies.".