New Delhi: At last, LK Advani's autobiography has been published in Urdu. It is understood that he wanted this Urdu version to appear in print much before the elections. Despite the fact that he was once India’s Deputy Prime Minister, he could not succeed in finding a suitable Urdu publisher to publish his autobiography. The fact of the matter is that most of the Muslim Urdu publishers were reluctant to associate themselves with this book. I am aware of the fact the reason is that majority of Urdu publishers are in the business of commercial Islamic religious literature for which there is an endless and steady demand. Every responsible person interested in India’s security and survival is fully aware of the fact that there is a steady flow of unaccounted money (petro-Dollars) for such anti-National Islamic propaganda purposes from the Middle East, especially from Saudi Arabia. By associating themselves with a kaffir like Advani --- despite his loud proclamations of being the most “secular” Hindu leader in the Sangh Parivar --- these Urdu publishers were seized by fear that they stood to loose commercially by indiscreetly wounding the Muslim religious feelings, emotions, sentiments and sensibilities.
Telugu, Hindu and English editions of L K Advani’s autobiography were released during the ad blitz preceding the recent General Elections, projecting him as the future Prime Minister of India. The aim of Advani was to reach out to the Muslims and win their favour before the elections. Keeping this in view, a prominent Muslim leader of BJP tried hard to convince a well-known Urdu publisher to undertake the job of publishing the Urdu version of this book. The concerned Urdu publisher gave his consent subject to the condition that the name of the publication house would, on no account, be printed in the book. Naturally, the idea was dropped because it was thought that if a book is published without the publisher's name and address, no political purpose would be served, apart from presenting a totally undignified picture. L K Advani failed magnificently not only to get this simple job done, but also failed to carry political conviction with both the Muslims and the Hindus of India.
After so much of Islam-embracing trial and tribulations, selflessly undergone by L K Advani to get the Urdu version of his life story published, the book titled “Mera Watan, Meri Zindagi" [My Country, My Life] has finally been released at the FICCI Auditorium in New Delhi in the second week of this month. This Urdu book release function was presided over by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan. Journalists like MJ Akbar, Aziz Burney and Waseemul Haq participated in the function. Besides, poet Chandrabhan Khayal, Najma Heptullah and Rajnath Singh were also present.
Speaking on the occasion Advani, thawing with great affection for the ‘patriotic’ Muslims of India (perhaps with an eye on Muslim votes in the 2014 Parliamentary Elections!), In a very moving manner declared that though his autobiography has been translated into many languages yet he views the Urdu edition as the most important one --- as something that is closest to his heart. In his usual pseudo-secular enthusiasm for the Muslims of India (not even excluding the Islamic terrorists) he spoke on the political importance of 'secularism' and the cosmic transcendental and transmuting significance of 'Hindu-Muslim harmony' for not only national peace but international peace and tranquility! At the same function, Rajnath Singh expressed his Himalayan love and passion for Urdu. A journalist called Aziz Burney lauded Advani’s Urdu book and said that it resembled Maulana Azad's writings. A large number of Shia and Sunni scholars attended the event at the FICCI auditorium. Editor of Urdu Rashtriya Sahara, Aziz Burney said that what Advani has written about killing in Karachi in his book is similar to what has been mentioned regarding what happened in Delhi in Maulana Azad’s book ‘India Wins Freedom’. He appealed to the BJP not to create problems in the way of ‘peaceful relations’ with ‘peaceful and compassionate’ Islamic Pakistan. All the lovers of Hindutva and Sanatana Dharma on the one hand and dedicated Swayamsevaks of the RSS, have been shocked beyond words by the fact that a known anti-Hindu writer and RSS baiter like Aziz Burney was chosen to release Advani’s Urdu book at a function in New Delhi. I have read innumerable articles written by Aziz Burney where in he has castigated the Swayamsevaks as terrorists and attacked the RSS as a terrorist organisation. Aziz Burney has written an article in which he has said that ATS chief Hemant Karkare, who lost his life in terrorists attack on Mumbai, was killed by the Indian army. He has also alleged that RSS and Narendra Modi were involved in this terrorist attack on Mumbai. Aziz Burney not guilty of treason? For anti-National writers like Aziz Burney only the ISI in Pakistan stands for ‘global Peace and Tranquility’. Ignorance of law is no excuse for any citizen and it does not behove well for Advani to plead ignorance of Aziz Burney’s vitriolic anti-Hindu and anti-National ways. Any one can see that Aziz Burney is an anti-Indian. I am presenting below the front cover of a book published by him which speaks for itself and its venomous diatribe against India.
Another disgraceful aspect about the Urdu book release function is that the National Song 'Vande Mataram', which is normally sung at all functions and programs organized by the BJP, was not sung at this function. This is a classic instance of not only minority appeasement but also national betrayal by L.K Advani. The Congress party and the UPA Government have already cast aside the ‘Vande Mataram’ song as a ‘Hindu communal’ song. Now the great secularist Advani has also blown his whistle as a star anti-Hindu, pseudo-secular performer! When L.K Advani on his return from Pakistan three years ago, described Jinnah as a great secular leader, I wrote in these columns that Advani had succeeded in converting the BJP into a true Bharatiya Jinnah Party (BJP).
BJP is incapable of introspecting as to why the people did not vote for them in the recently held Parliamentary elections!
( The Writer is a retired IAS officer)
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