Muslims do not hope benefit in any way from Telangana state
Narendra Ch | 21 Apr 2014

Muslims do not hope to benefit in any way from a smaller Telangana state. Muslims also fear that in Telangana state, they would become more vulnerable since forces like RSS, VHP and BJP are likely to grow. This was indicated in a survey on Telanagna Muslims, commissioned by the People’s Pulse, a Hyderabad-based organization. The survey has found that after the formation of Telangana state, polarisation between Muslims and Hindus has become sharper.

The survey done by Ajay Gudavarthy of the Centre for Political Studies, JNU, indicated that this phenomenon was on account of sizeable and concentrated population of Muslims in the state.  According to him, the dominant Hindus community is looking at the Muslims’ demand for socio-economic benefits and political representation as an aggressive re-assertion, after remaining subdued in the united Andhra Pradesh.

Ajay collected opinions from various sections of the Muslim community which constitutes 12.5 percent of the population in Telangana, as per 2001 census. The survey found that the crux of the polarisation of Muslims and Hindus begins with the political representation that Muslims see as an immediate panacea for many of their problems.

 Hindus perceive this as an undue assertion and it is based on the premise that Muslims should get tickets from the political parties in constituencies where they are in sizeable number, like Bodhan in Nizamabad district (39 percent) and Mahbubnagar (20 percent).

In the outgoing 294-strong Assembly, there are only 11 Muslim members, of whom six are from MIM. Among the 42 Lok Sabha members, only one is a Muslim (MIM). Political parties are reluctant to allot tickets to Muslims because they are afraid they cannot win. If they are fielded, Hindus polarise against them.

The Muslims have a growing feeling that they are being marginalised when it came to representation in legislative houses. They also refer to how TRS candidate Ibrahim had lost a by election to a BJP candidate in Mahbubnagar. Several Muslims see the defeat of Ibrahim strong enough reason to polarise against Hindus.

The survey states that the Telangana movement did not appeal to Muslims because it is all about land, water and other agrarian issues.