If Azam Khan were a Hindu, he might have been removed from the Samajwadi Party a long time ago. Mulayam Singh Yadav could be tolerating him because he is SP’s only mass Muslim leader, a crucial section of UP’s vote bank. The minister has time and again made meaningless, inciting and generally bizarre statements, many of which have sullied the sanctity of women.
Do we need such leaders, who have neither any sense of occasion nor any wisdom or any humility? This compulsion to stir up controversies has become a political disease that many politicians suffer from. People like Subramaniam Swamy, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Ram Jethmalani, even Rahul Gandhi, if one considered ‘speaking without understanding’a destructive trait, grab headlines all the time with their sensational statements. This breed of politicians, apparently, enjoys the longest of ropes in their respective parties, at best quietly chided within closed doors, only to step back out and create a new headache for the party, who are mostly forced to defend the erring politician with little logic and shame.
Azam Khan was clearly insensitive and brazen when, after the gang-rape incident in Bulandshahr, he indicated that this gang-rape could be a political conspiracy against the Uttar Pradesh government. So deeply occupied his mind was with how to extract maximum political mileage from the incident that he simply ignored the fact that his comments were an insult to the victim. How will a mind that is tuned only into how to malign the opposition ever have time to deliver on the promises made to people during elections?
Then more recently, he latched onto an incident he had no connection with and gave it a funny angle. After the news of Shahrukh Khan’s detention at a US airport appeared, Azam Khan exploited it as an opportunity and attacked PM Modi and US President Barrack Obama of doing little for the Muslims. Modi had to feature.
His tendency to politicize every issue is not the kind of politics young Indians appreciate today. Even the rural population understands and sees through the various methods politicians employ to fool the public.
The 2017 UP election will produce a winning party that talks about development, not about issues that have nothing to do with the general public and their welfare.