If you have not watched the movie “Garam Hawa” I will say that you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t read this post any further because it may spoil the movie for you. I would highly recommend this to any one to understand the situation that Muslims of India were going through post-partition. This movie is based on a short story by Urdu writer Ismat Chughtai.
Story, direction, acting, dialogues everything is excellent in this movie. It has been many years since I watched it and now I am unable to get any DVD of this movie.
Towards the end of the movie when the whole family decides that they had it enough and can not take the discrimination and living in fear and it is time to move to Pakistan. On their way to the railway station they see a group of young men holding a demonstration for getting employment. The son steps down and moves towards them to join them and the father looks on his son approvingly. Giving this message to Indian Muslims if you want to feel at home then you have to join the struggles for a decent life.
Recently Syed Shahabuddin raised similar sentiments in his monthly magazines “Muslim India.”
The Muslims have to participate in the struggle of the common man for a better life and not confine themselves to their own deprivations and grievances. In brief, their political strategy has to be inclusive, for full participation in the quest for justice for all deprived sections of the people.
—- Muslim India, June 2007 editorial.
A natural question at this point is that then why do we need a blogging site like IMB? For simple reason is that joining the struggle and becoming part of the main stream doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mean that we lose our identity. This is the beauty and strength of India that it draws from all different religion, culture and philosophical sources so that all communities feel a part of it and the result of this Ã¢â‚¬Å“manthanÃ¯Â¿Â½? is our India.