Why Brutality of Razakars Against Hindus is Linked with Owaisi's AIMIM?

NewsBharati    07-May-2024 16:30:34 PM
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Recently, Home Minister Amit Shah who held a roadshow at Lal Darwaza in Hyderabad in support of BJP candidate K. Madhavi Latha, had said that representatives of Razakars have been sitting in Parliament for the last 40 years. "For 40 years, the representatives of Razakars have been ruling Hyderabad. This time, we are fighting to rid the city of them. Everyone should vote and try to bring the city into the mainstream," he had stated in a direct attack against Asaduddin Owaisi, the chief of AIMIM (All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen). But who are Razakars? Why is Asaduddin Owaisi linked with Razakars? Why is Razakars legacy dangerous for the country?

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The Razakars

To unite all Muslims in support of Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan and reduce the Hindu majority by large-scale conversion to Islam, the Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (MIM) was founded in 1926/27 under Nawab Mahmood Nawaz Khan. The Razakars were the Islamist paramilitary force of the MIM, established by its President Bahadur Yar Jung who headed the MIM later. It should be noted that the official website of the AIMIM hails Yar Jung as "the tallest leader of the community".

In 1944, the MIM became more communal under the leadership of Syed Qasim Rizvi, who commanded a force numbering anywhere between 50 thousand to 2 lakh men. The stated goal of the Razakars was to perpetuate Islamic rule in Hyderabad and later, to violently prevent the merger of Hyderabad with India.

Violence against Hindus by Razakars

The Razakars went village-to-village and mass-murdered, raped and kidnapped several Hindu villagers, a massive genocide that did not find itself a place in history.

1. Parkala Massacre: On 2 September 1947, the Razakars banned all nationalistic gatherings in Warangal, but over 1,500 people from nearby villages ignored the order and gathered to hoist the Indian flag. Seeing the Indian nationalism spreading everywhere, the Razakars could not contain their anger. So the Razakars opened fire indiscriminately killing 22 people and injuring over 150 people in that attack.

They tied three people to a tree and shot them dead. In the nearby village of Lakshmipuram, they sexually assaulted women, robbed them of money and set huts on fire.

2. Bhairanapalli massacre: Starting from June 1948, the Razakars attempted to invade Bhairanapalli village on three occasions but were thwarted by the villagers using slings and other traditional weapons. However, in August, the Razakars managed to infiltrate the village. The villagers sought refuge in the village fort and managed to eliminate some of the Razakars. Despite their efforts, the defenders were eventually killed, leading to the Razakars unleashing unprecedented brutality upon the village. Women were subjected to rape, robbery of their gold ornaments, and forced to participate in 'Bathukamma', a sacred Hindu game, in the presence of deceased individuals. To conserve ammunition, two to three villagers were lined up, and a single shot was fired. According to historians and village elders, the Bhairanpalli massacre on August 27 and the days preceding it resulted in the deaths of approximately 118 individuals.

All these incidents had such an impact on the people that the national activities were stopped due to the terror of the Razakars.

MIM's end & AIMIM's birth

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had rejected the MIM's desire to remain independent and sent a warning to the Nizam saying "Accede or die". The Nizam did not listen. Patel decided upon the use of force. Codenamed Operation Polo, the Indian forces began their march into Hyderabad, as ordered by Sardar Patel, on 13 September. The Nizams Razakars were easily beaten.

After the Operation Polo, the MIM was banned. Its leader, Qasim Rizvi was jailed from 1948 to 1957, when he was released on the condition that he would leave India and go to Pakistan. While leaving, he handed over the leadership to a lawyer - Abdul Wahid Owaisi. He organised the MIM into the All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM). His grandson, Asaduddin Owaisi is the current leader of the party.

But Razakars ideology continued

Notably, Abdul Wahid Owaisi continued the legacy of Razakars & Kasim Razvi as he was arrested on March 14, 1958, and ended up in Chanchalguda Jail for more than 11 months for making hate speeches against Hindus. Several decades later, Akbaruddin resorted to the same tactics - inciting hatred against Muslims in public appearances. While in India, he dared to threaten if the police were removed for just 15 minutes, he will show how 25 crore Muslims would remove 1 billion Hindus in no time.

Moreover, AIMIM’s website traces back to its “roots” to the late 1920s as it speaks of Yar Jung & his role in shaping the party.

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Despite Asaduddin Owaisi's claim that AIMIM is not a descendant of Qasim Rizvi's MIM, the evidence above proves that the legacy of the Razakars persists within AIMIM and its leadership.