Mahmood Madani, the general secretary of some Islamic outfit called Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind is reported to have told a private TV channel that some Muslims have voted for Narendra Modi and the BJP in the recent Gujarat state elections. Madani is quoted as saying:
“In Gujarat, Jamiat workers on the ground have told me that in several assembly segments, Muslims voted for Modi. There is a perceptible change and circumstances are different now, . . . Some Muslims have indeed voted for Modi primarily for two reasons — fear and that the alternative is not good enough either.
Madani’s statements are being quoted approvingly by many supporters of the BJP. I think they mistake it to be an endorsement of Modi or even just of the BJP. But that is patently mistaken. He is just signalling to the Congress. I read his statements thus:
Listen up, Congress and other secular parties. We are not getting enough stuff. We need more free stuff and more reservations based on religion. We demand more subsidies and more privileges for Muslims. We demand more appeasement. If we don’t get more attention from you, we will punish you by not voting for you. If we, your vote bank desert you in the next general elections, you know you are royally screwed. So listen up and listen up good. Get with the program. Give Muslims more stuff or your little game of looting India is toast.
I read Madani’s statement as a threat to the Congress. And in response I guess the Congress will deliver. What does the Congress deliver to the Muslims? What it has always done: make them dependent and enslaved. Whatever else the Muslims of India may or may not be, one thing is for sure and that is that they are not free. They have traded their basic freedom and dignity by accepting handouts for decades. They have been debased and disenfranchised. Lacking the freedom to seek their own fortunes, they have made a pact with the Congress: they are pawns in the sordid game of entitlements and are given what PJ O’Rourke calls “the rations of slavery.”
“Freedom is not empowerment. Empowerment is what the Serbs have in Bosnia. Anybody can grab a gun and be empowered. It’s not entitlement. An entitlement is what people on welfare get, and how free are they? It’s not an endlessly expanding list of rights — the “right” to education, the “right” to food and housing. That’s not freedom, that’s dependency. Those aren’t rights, those are the rations of slavery — hay and a barn for human cattle. There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.”
I hope that the Muslims of India one day soon understand that they have to fight for that basic human right: to be responsible for themselves.