MIM (Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi is in news now a days for the hate speech he delivered in one town near Hyderabad and his arrest because of it. His arrest can be called as very brave and much needed step to counter the evil of hate politics. The case is already in court and we have to wait and see what will be outcome of this case but at least some action has been taken so let's wait and watch.
This is not the first incident where a political leader has delivered such speech, we have long history of speeches like this, many names can be mentioned, we can argue about who started it, how many people got away and why should Mr. Akbaruddin should be punished and things like that. One can take many names apart from Owaisi like Late Balasaheb Thackeray, Praveen Togadia, Uma Bharati, Sadhvi Ritambara, Varun Gandhi, Digvijay Singh, Narendra Modi and many more, the list is huge, they all delivered some type of speech against some community or group for some reason which created controversy. There can be many arguments and counterarguments, one can justify some speeches as need of time or as a reaction to certain incident or just as fire brand speech rather than hate speech. We all know that they created some disturbance in society, they were used to get some political mileage and our system failed miserable to punish these people or even sometimes protected them for some reason or other but we have to start somewhere and why not now?
Owaisi's speech has all characteristics of hate speech and it demands to be punished, it spreads venom against Hindus, calls for civil war and includes many things which are regularly used in these type of speeches like talking about some tragic incidents from past to challenge people's emotions. Normally these speeches try to spread assumptions like majority is trying to suppress or exploit minority (if it's delivered by some minority leader) or minority is getting unfair advantage and crossing their line (if delivered by some majority leader) and things like this. Political parties and leaders use some of these theories, some incidents to create some issues and challenge people's emotions, they bring caste, religion, region, state or whatever criteria they feel is required to divide and rule, their intention is to create a loyal vote bank, which can vote for them no matter what and many times they are successful to create their own brand in state or national politics and this success encourages more people to try this formula, that's why we need to stop this somewhere.
People like Akbaruddin Owaisi are not present only in particular religion or belong only to certain political party, they are present in every party, almost every party needs people like him to appease their vote bank, they deliver some controversial statements time tot time to keep fire burning, they keep media busy, try to be in news. We need to put an end to this type of politics, they need to know that we are not going to get fooled by these statements any more. I know that many of these issues or incidents they mention in their speeches really require careful attention, serious investigation and culprits need to be punished. Various governments at state or national level failed to address many of these these problems in timely manure which allowed or rather created need for such leaders. These type of leaders were required to express feelings of people who were feeling marginalized in their own country or state for some reason or other, and in some cases establishment allowed these type of leaders or parties to grow purposely for some political gains.
There is not only one particular political party who is responsible for this type of politics, they are all in this game together and we are also playing this game with them, we are also responsible for this mess. They are not going to stop on their own, we need to put an end to it, we need to tell them that they are not going to get our votes based on these issues which divide us, we are not going to listen to this crap any more, we need to be loud and we need to be very clear, lets put and end to this hate politics, lets not encourage this any more, after all choice is ours because this country is our and these leaders are also our own leaders, we have power to make them as well as fix them if they are not functioning properly.
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1. Owaisi sent to 14 day judicial custody
2. YouTube link for Owaisi's speech