Sunday, December 8, 2013

Aligarh Movement and Separatism

A site asserts:
Though started as a reform movement the Aligarh Movement ultimately encouraged separatist politics.
Yours truly would like to plead non-guilty.

But some explanation is in order.

Let us make it short and to the point. If some people took up the idea of separatism and took it to its logical conclusion then it can not be taken as a be all and end all of the parent movement. There might have been many Aligs in the movement for Pakistan but it can not be denied that M.A.Jinnah was not an Alig. In the profundity called the Indian freedom movement Pakistan movement can only be taken as an appendix, however effective it was. Looking, in hindsight, at the activities of Jamiat-e-Ulama-e-Hind one can decisively conclude that all of Muslims of India were not on the side of Pakistan movement. And the same is true about Aligs. Not all of them were for it.

The question is why people do not pay heed to this aspect.

Even more grave question : why we Aligs do not emphasize it?