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Public pressure put Akbaruddin Owaisi in prison
The democratic leaders who believe in the rule of law are duty bound to ensure that those leaders who violate the law must be taken to task. Letting them go scot-free will hasten collapse of administration and the buildings it is housed in.

AKBARUDDIN OWAISI is a sitting MLA of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly and is one of the younger siblings of the Owaisi-clan based in the old city of Hyderabad. The claim to fame of the Owaisi family lies in its expertise in inciting one religious community against the other and hoisting their own flag and putting their own political party in the limelight as the sole protector and defender of a large number of Muslims living in Hyderabad from the days of Nizam, the ruling Prince who prospered under the protective umbrella of the British Empire.

The British rulers of the Indian Empire had goaded and encouraged all separatist elements like the Razakars, the Owaisis, The Muslim League, not forgetting the Mullas and Maulanas. The armed constabulary of the Nizam left no stone unturned in brow beating the Arya Samajists, Congressmen and women to kowtow to His Exalted Highness the Nizam of Hyderabad who in turn had sworn loyalty to His Majesty King George V, Emperor of India.

The Owaisi family went all out to buy loyalty for the Nizam from the vast majority of the Hindu peasantry. A voice of dissent or an advocacy for Freedom and self rule in the post-British period was silenced into submission. The diehard freedom fighters among the Hindus, especially the Arya Samajists were tortured by the Nizam loyalists like hell. Of course, the loyalists like Owaisis did so for a consideration in kind or cash. His Exalted Highness never disappointed them.

The hate speech that Owaisi delivered unashamedly in December last year in district Adilabad of the present day Andhra Pradesh was more than enough to have him put behind bars. But that was not to be. The appeasement policy of the Congress party led State government came in the way of administration of justice.

Way back in 1928, the then patriarch of the Owaisi family, the great grandfather of the present Head of the clan, Shri Asaduddin Owaisi had formed an all purpose party for defending, preserving and protecting the all round interests of the Muslim community of Hyderabad. The political-cum-cultural party was named Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen or MIM in brief. It worked for the betterment of Muslims of Hyderabad alone and drew sustenance from the Nizam both in cash and in kind. If there ever was a complaint against MIM for torture of its cadres or display of bad behavior, the State administration and the Police looked the other way. Thus the MIM grew from strength to strength and dreamed of keeping Hyderabad (then a princely state), independent even after the departure of the British Raj from the undivided India. But that was not to be.

The Razakars, armed militia of the Nizam became more loyal than the King and committed untold atrocities on the Hyderabad subjects. The Common Man could not bear it anymore and any longer. There was a general but peaceful uprising led by the Arya Samaj. The local population joined the anti-Nizam uprising lock, stock and barrel. Newspapers published in Hyderabad mentioned it mildly but the ones published from the British India remained un-reined.

Indeed it was the Police Action planned and executed by the battle trained Indian Army that brought the Razakars to their knees. MIM was banned in 1948 till 1958. Now in 2013 the MIM is making an endeavour to be restored to power. MIM too is a party to look after the political, economic, cultural and educational interests of the Muslims of India. History has confirmed that a party looking after only sectarian interests prospers sooner than a secular party. However, the electronic media, both print and visual has brought a sea change in the attitude of the people. Where political leaders shy away, common man steps in and has the projects of national interest completed in the interest of the common man.

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