is not without honour, save in his own country.” This Biblical dictum would fit
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi like a glove, because Indian Muslims continue to
paint him in lurid colours while leaders of the global Umma shower petals of
adoration on him.
Arabia’s highest Civilian Honour, King Abdulaziz Sash was conferred on Modi by
King Salman bin Abdulaziz at the Royal Court in Riyadh on April 3, 2016, the
acceptance of it was an act of supreme selflessness on the part of Indian Prime
because any other Indian politician so honoured by the Keeper of Islam’s two
holiest shrines, Mecca and Medina, would have publicized the event for Muslim
votes. But Modi has been quite clear on this one point: he is not interested in
In fact a
case study for social psychologists might well be traces of masochism in the
behavior of President Mahmoud Abbas. He conferred “The Grand Collar of the
State of Palestine” on Modi who happens to be the closest friend, indeed
soulmate, of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, Mahmoud Abbas’s
dedicated tormentor. Abbas’s obsequiousness may well be traced to his fervent
hope that Modi will put in a good word with his Israeli friend.
Abbas’s voiceless wailing is, for that reason, also inaudible. None of the GCC
or other significant Arab countries are interested in the Palestinian cause
ever since US and Israeli strategists have given a new blue print for West
Sunni-Shia faultline supersedes the Arab-Israeli faultline focused on the
Palestinian issue. Iran is the only regional country single mindedly dedicated
to Palestinian rights. Iran considers Hamas as the authentic voice of
Palestinian resistance. The Ramallah leadership is seen as a Western poodle.
fawning over Modi, Riyadh keeps a steady gaze on other power centres, near and
far. Saudi princes have visited the Maldives to receive the island nation’s
highest honour – “Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen”. The US and all its allies out to
play a helpful role in making things difficult for China’s Belt and Road
initiative, are making a beeline for any real estate in the Indian ocean –
Maldives, Sri Lanka, an atoll anywhere. Little wonder, then, even this Muslim
nation (Maldives that is) has held Modi in a loving gaze. The Nishan Izzuddeen
has been conferred on him too.
the apple of Saudi eyes has obviously been infectious in other GCC kingdoms.
Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa conferred “Kind Hamad Order of the
Renaissance” on him. The ruler of UAE, Shaikh Mohammad bin Zayed graced Modi
with the “Order of Zayed” medal, the Kingdom’s highest civilian order. Zayed
has done one better. He has set aside acres of land around Abu Dhabi’s grand
not left untouched the destroyed nation of Afghanistan as well. On June 4,
2016, he became the recipient of the nation’s highest award named” Amir
Amanullah Khan”. A pity, he will not be able to catch up with Morarji Desai.
The late Prime Minister received Pakistan’s highest honour, Nishan e Pakistan
self flagellating Indian Muslims, a scrutiny of the catalogue listed above may
be instructive. The lesson is not that Modi is the darling of the Muslim world.
Individual Muslim countries ingratiate themselves with India, which he
represents. Raw self interest is the operating factor. That Indian Muslims are
under pressure does not matter a jot to the great “umma”. That is the point.
In the days
of yore these very same nations had erected a body like the Organization of
Islamic Conference but it looked operational only so long as there were
competing blocks affiliated to one or the other power centre. In those days,
India mattered. The Indian “Muslim” factor was of some consequence but only
Did we not
send a thoroughbred Muslim, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad to the OIC in Rabat and were
snubbed? We fell between stools on that and other occasions. Why did we need to
have a Muslim, and none else, as ambassador to Riyadh? To neutralize the
influence of the Ambassador of Pakistan who, by virtue of being Muslim, would
strike a better rapport with the Saudis?
Americans, Europeans and the rest of the world send Muslim envoys to Riyadh?
South Block’s job should have been to identify the best person for that posting
– Hindu, Muslim, Sikh anybody, based on merit and not on communal
the basic point (they will say) there are those arrangements to be made for
thousands of Haj pilgrims. Fair enough, for that kind of assistance the mission
in Jeddah could have been suitably staffed.
Has not the
logic of New Delhi’s appointments to that one station for the past 70 years
been made to stand on its head by Modi. Despite his record with Muslims, he has
been graced by award after award by Saudis and others on the US leash.
monstrosity in Yemen, repression in its Eastern oil being province; Bahrain
where an overwhelming majority are the opposition; UAE, financing mercenaries
(along with the Saudis) and firepower to destroy Yemen, once a proud, civilized
Is this the
“Umma” from which you, Indian Muslims, expect Modi to have picked up lessons of
peace, compassion, charity? And is this Umma of any value to you in your
distress, whether in Kashmir or elsewhere?
Malaysia, Iran, Turkey are all Muslim but caught in the whirlpool which is what
the current world order is. When President Bill Clinton decisively intervened
during the Kargil war, there was still hope that some kind of order was being
sought to be imposed. That hope has dissipated in the Trump era.
Muslims must remember that their holiest of shrines are elsewhere, but their
salvation is here in India and its people, all of whom are under pressure.
Together, we shall overcome. Hundreds of years of social, cultural commerce
cannot be wilfully rubbed out.
Headline: For Indian Muslims “Umma” Is A
Source: The Citizen