Wow…that was certainly a roller coaster ride in the first few minutes after the judgement came out.
A moment comes that comes but rarely in history, when we pass from the old to the new. For more than 7.5 crore Muslim women in India, a golden new chapter has begun.
There is a lot of credit to go around. First of all, there are the brave Muslim women who stood up to Islamic patriarchy in a society where Mullahs rule with an iron hand. One can only try to imagine the kind of courage it takes to rebel against entrenched discrimination in an Islamic environment where women are forbidden from being seen, let alone being heard.
Then of course there is the Supreme Court which has upheld the Constitutional guarantee of equality for all.
And finally there is the Central Government which successfully argued in the Supreme Court to get triple talaq abolished. In this Independence Day address, the Prime Minister had specifically spoken of the struggles of Muslim women who live under the sword of triple talaq.
Today Narendra Modi has become the liberator of 7.5 crore Muslim women in this country. To women suffering under the yoke of Islamic patriarchy, Narendra Modi has become the brother they never had.
I am not much of a believer in the whole idea of “mardangi” (being a man), because I do not think gender should play any role in deciding people’s roles in society. But if I did believe in the concept of “mardangi“, I would understand it as something like this : A real man is not one who subjugates women. The Mullah who locks away a woman in a black tent is not a real man. A real man is one who fights for the honor and equality of women.
I will say frankly that I am a Hindutvavadi. And we hope that the Prime Minister is one too. But, this does not mean we are against individual Muslims. We do not want injustices on Muslim men, women or children. We just want equality and justice for all.
Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.
When the Americans fought the Nazis, their war was not against Germans. Their war was against the fascist ideology of Nazism. When America fought Communism, they weren’t fighting Russians. They were just fighting against the fascist ideology of Communism. Similarly, the struggle of the Hindutva movement in India is against Islamism, not individual Muslims.
In fact, who does Islamism oppress most of all? The Muslims! When Islamism prevents a Muslim child from studying science or math in school, who loses? When Islamism puts a woman in a black tent, who loses?
I’m against Islamism, not Muslims.
This is hardly the end of the battle for Muslim women. From what I am reading (and my understanding might be wrong here), it is the practice of “instant triple talaq” that has been abolished. If a Muslim man so chooses, he can still divorce one of his wives by making three separate pronouncements of talaq spread out over a period of time.
So, yeah… even today a Muslim man may divorce one or more of his wives without using the judicial system altogether. But, it is the message that matters.
For the first time, the nation has sent a message to the Mullahs that the law shall reign supreme in this country. The dogma of Islamic patriarchy cannot get its way due to its chokehold on votebank politics.
On Aug 15, 1947, India did not receive full independence from Britain. Rather, we only got “Dominion status” and the British monarch continued to be the King Emperor of India. But once the door was opened, things moves swiftly with little resistance and less than 3 years later, India became a fully sovereign republic.
A similar door has just been opened for Muslim women. From this point onwards, the battle against the imposition of Sharia law will probably get a lot easier.