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11th March 2017: This is not that long-looked-for break of day!
Let us recall with the famous creation of Faiz Ahmad Faiz: "Ye daagh daagh ujaalaa, ye shab-gaziida sahar, Vo intizaar thaa jis-kaa, ye vo sahar to nahiin, Ye vo sahar to nahiin jis-kii aarzu lekar Chale the yaar ke mil-ja`egi kahiin na kahin Falak ke dasht men taron kii aakhiri manzil, Kahin to hogaa shab-e sust mauj kaa sahil, Kahin to jaake rukegaa safiina-e-gham-e-dil. Jawaan lahu kii pur-asraar shaahrahon se Najaat-e-diidaa-o-dil ki gharii nahiin aa'ii; Chale-chalo ke vo manzil abhii nahiin aa'ii"
Translated by V.G. Kiernan:

"This leprous daybreak, dawn night's fangs have mangled – This is not that long-looked-for break of day, not that clear dawn in quest of which those comrades set out, believing that in heaven's wide void.

Somewhere must be the stars' last halting-place, somewhere the verge of night's slow-washing tide, somewhere an anchorage for the ship of heartache.

When we set out, we friends, taking youth's secret, of mind and spirit's ransom has not struck;
Let us go on, our goal is not reached yet."

My father was an acolyte of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. He had refused to migrate to Pakistan in the aftermath of partition of India. He had adamantly refused to migrate despite many attractive and interesting offers that his friends made who had migrated earlier and occupied important and influential positions in the newly born country Pakistan, in the name of Islam. 

My family suffered financially and emotionally as the Zamindari system was abolished in India and my father couldn't successfully make up with the new realities. My childhood had more painful memories that a pecuniary difficulties afflicts on an average family. However, he never felt any remorse of regret for his decision; he was rather proud of that. He died 23 years after Independence as a die-hard Congressman. Today I can recall more quotes that he had taught us from Maulana Azad, about his books and his dire prediction about the partition of Mother India.

I don't need any certificate of those who are sporting the mask of cultural nationalism today and were serving the British masters in the times gone by.

However, I'm not a Congressman and I feel Congress Party, after Nehru, has changed its character, color and vision. I don't think it has any vision at all now. You can put it the other way – "After Nehru, Congress party has lost the road and the road-map as well." I feel Mahatma Gandhi was absolutely justified to suggest that Congress should be disbanded after the initial phase of Independence of India.

On 24th Feb 2017, I'd written in Merinews:

The great national party that was once the galaxy of brightest intellectual political stars with honesty, integrity, courage, vision and acumen has become a club of spineless sycophants. It worries not only the people who are nostalgic about Indian National Congress but most of the secular Indians also.

"Congress is failing to bring an effective change where Narendra Modi is offering chance after chance to grab the opportunity. It was so simple to defeat and deflate this jumla sarkar but the Indian Opposition missed no opportunity to miss that opportunity. I will say – the Congress party and other outfits are either complicit with RSS agenda or at the worse, highly inefficient in the game of politics.

Indian Opposition is like a Parisian flaneur trying to find a house at Champs Elysees Boulevard while using a map of London. They simply can't get to where they want to be this way. Bottom of form.

The Congress party has received a real jolt in the Maharashtra. The reality is that after Prime Minister Nehru most of its leaders had efficiently plundered the nation for so many years and made merry on taxpayer's money. They have been fooling the minorities, especially Muslims with bare lip service. They have done nothing to alleviate their sufferings. They have robbed the Muslims of their language, of their culture and of their pride. The RSS won't have dared to pull down the Babri Masjid had the Kar Sevaks not received the tacit approval from some top Congress leaders."…….End of quote.

I feel that no political party in India has any special interest in the well being of minorities. All these outfits are interested in their votes. Someone has rightly said that the minorities are like bouquet garni (A French term used for garnished bouquet) which is a bundle of herbs usually tied together with string and mainly used to prepare soup, stock, various stews and non-veg pulao broth, however, it is removed and thrown out prior to consumption. Election after the same every political party exploits them during election and they forget about them after that.

I feel there is no great future for any Muslim pollitical outfit in India like Indian Union Muslim League or MIM as Muslims are divided within themselves horizontally and vertically. At best, they can form the splintered social pressure groups without supporting or opposing any political outfit. The Mulsims have to be neutral. No Imam has the clout to give them a political beacon. They can't be enemy of any party; they can't afford it. They have to explore their future in the 
fields of education, business and professional skills, not in national politics. No, they won't proceed very far and further at the ladder of  country's leadership and active politics as Muslim individuals. The present democratic set-up and Indian history would not be the favorable assets for them. These fetters would prevent them reach and occupy a powerful leadership status in any big way.

Sooner or later, I'm not afraid but I feel India is going to be a Hindu rashtra and I repeat what I'd written above:

"The Congress Party and other political outfits are either complicit with RSS agenda or at the worse, highly inefficient in the game of politics."

I'm excited of what is going to happen on 11th March 2017, the day when the future of Indian politics is going to transform forever. I'm stressed and worried, and I've found that regardless of age, many people are worried or stressed out about their future. It doesn't matter whether you're a 20-something young professional or if you're an 85-year-old because life is stressful for all of us. You may worry about whether you're on the right track, whether you're making smart decisions, or if you're living up to your full potential. But all that becomes secondary once a bolt from the blue changed every thing. You plans go awry. No choice!

This is a day and not to know what lies ahead of is more painful. I'm muddling through the confusion and I'm more worried about my future generations, my community, my country and my Mother Earth.

Sometimes the greatest moments in life are those moments that are completely and totally unexpected. My father was perhaps standing or a Terra Firma (solid ground) at a critical juncture of his life; I feel the ground is being cut from under my feet. He was lucky.
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