NEW DELHI, Khaleej Times — Be prepared to see Muslims across India fomenting widespread angeragainst US President George Bush when he comes calling in the next few weeks in a landmark yet conflict-ridden visit to the subcontinent that Washington believes is world’s most dangerous territory.
While Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind’s general secretary Maulana Mahmood A Madani has come up with a ‘Bush Go Back’ campaign, various student associations of Aligarh Muslim University are planning protests against his visit.
While Pakistan continues to be the best ally in Washington’s war against terror, Bangladesh has also emerged as a hotspot for subversive jehadi operations which could well use Bush’s visit as a chance to rake up anti-US campaign on their soil.
Even though security measures during the visit would be unprecedented, the intelligence inputs are not something to be happy about. The campaign has already surfaced from several quarters and intelligence organisations are acutely concerned over the protest calls.
The Left parties, that support the ruling coalition, is also expected to join the anti-Bush campaign.
"Bush has carried out atrocities not only in Iraq but in general against Muslims across the world. What he is doing in Iran is very alarming. Isn’t he targeting Muslims, post 9/11, as if all of them were terrorists?" asks Madani. "We helplessly watched the bombings of Afghanistan. Bush destroyed Iraqi people, properties and civilisation on a reasoning that proved false. The use of organised armed forces to plunder the resources and produce of helpless citizens is certainly condemnable and reprehensible," he said.
The All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat is to issue a call for holding street protests. The organisation would also not spare Congress-led federal government for its tilt towards pro-US oriented foreign policy.
Majlis-e-Mushawarat President and veteran community leader Syed Shahabuddin has made it clear that Bush is not someone who would be acceptable to India. "His visit has potential to create rift on communal lines. He is anti-Muslim," he said.
The Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Maulana Syed Ahmed Bukhari too is of the same mind. He said there is no question of Muslims in India welcoming Bush. "It is the duty of Muslims in India to oppose his visit. We express our disapproval to his methods of dealing with the world today," he said.