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A Coloured Scheme Of Things

Kerala’s IUML, known to be moderate, finds itself on the recieving end of fake news and BJP rhetoric

A Coloured Scheme Of Things
Old Ties Photograph by PTI

  • Rahul Gandhi’s ­nomination from Wayanad has brought attention upon an old Cong ally, the IUML
  • Top BJP leaders have used campaign rhetoric to paint the IUML, known to be a ­moderate party, communal

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The year is 1962. The Indo-­China conflict was at its peak. Muh­ammad Ismail, the foun­der of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), received a letter from Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. It was in response to Ismail’s offer to send his son Mian Khan to join the armed forces to fight the war against China. Nehru politely declined and instead suggested in the letter that the crisis was going to be prolonged and that his son could ­instead ‘find some work connected with the war effort in Madras’.

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